Great Grandma Carolyn "Carrie" Corder (sometimes Carder in old census records) was born around 1852 in Illinois. Her mother's name was Emeline and her fathers name was Isaac Corder as listed in the 1850 Clay County, Illinois census.

In the 1860 Clay County, Illinois census her father was absent, presumed deceased. Her mother was listed first with her five brothers and three sisters, being the seventh child in line. Of interest is that her family was next door to the Elizabeth Engeldow family, Elizabeth also apparently widowed. Elizabeth Engeldow was listed with two sons, Charles 13 and Carolyn's future husband, William C. Engeldow who was 11. Also living in the Elizabeth Engeldow household was her sister, Rhoda Kitching (actual spelling should be Catching).

Carolyn Corder married William Carl Engeldow and they subsequently had three children, Edward Clyde born about 1875, Rosella "Rose" born about 1876 ,and my grandfather, William Carl Engeldow born on October 13, 1879. The photograph above is the last known photograph taken of Carolyn. She died of pneumonia in March 1880, at the age of 26 while her youngest child (my grandfather) was only six months old. The Elston's who were close family friends of William and Carolyn, adopted the infant, Lewis Alva, which is when his last name changed from Engeldow to Elston.

The above photograph was in the possession of Carolyn's oldest son, Edward Clyde. When he got up in years he sent the photograph to my grandfather, Lewis Alva Elston (Engeldow), her youngest child. My grandmother said when he received this large portrait, he wept uncontrollably as it was the only thing he had of his mother. This portrait remains in the family today.

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