Carroll family

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Carroll of Maryland
Carroll of Maryland
Earlier spellings Ó Cearbhaill
Place of origin Éile, Ireland

The Carroll family of Maryland is a prominent political family in the History of the United States, or, more correctly, a group of distantly related families.

Irish descent[edit]

Of Irish descent, the Carrolls have their origins in the ancient kingdom of Éile,[1] commonly anglicized Ely, as a branch of the ruling O'Carroll family.[2]


A partial, summarized pedigree of the Carroll family:

Other Carrolls and cousins[edit]

A distant cousin of the above branch of the Carroll family was Charles Carroll (barrister), a convert to Anglicanism. His immediate ancestors were among the last Lords of Ely. Other notable Carrolls were Brigadier General Samuel S. Carroll, Thomas King Carroll and daughter Anna Ella Carroll, and James Carroll. The Carrolls of Maryland have also intermarried with the "Blenheim branch" of the Lee family of Virginia.

In addition to these individuals, the Mitchell family of Maryland claim descent from the aforementioned Charles Carroll of Carrollton through the line of their founding matriarch Lillie Mae Carroll Jackson who, in addition to being a descendant of his, is revered today as one of the earliest and most prominent of the leaders of the African-American civil rights movement.

Notable residences[edit]

The Carroll family are famed for the number of beautiful homes and manors they have built across Maryland. Most famous is Doughoregan Manor,[3] which remains a family seat in the possession of descendants of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, who is buried there. Another early residence of this branch of the family was the Carroll House of Annapolis.[4] The later Homewood House was the birthplace of Governor John Lee Carroll, and is now a part of Johns Hopkins University.[5][6]

Mount Clare, built by Charles Carroll the Barrister, a distant cousin of the Carrolls of Doughoregan Manor, is the oldest extant Colonial era structure in Baltimore City.[7][8]

See also[edit]