Portrait of James and Elizabeth McCarty, abt. 1923 James Morton McCarty (1862-1925)
& Elizabeth Akins McCarty (1865-1944)


Fayette, Christian and Shelby Counties, IL; Springfield, IL; Tulsa, OK; Denver, CO; Dallas, TX


The family of James and Elizabeth McCarty is pictured here at their home in Tulsa, around 1912. Leslie, the oldest son, stands on the left. Next to him is Leta. Ray is standing in the center, and to his left is Mabel. Earl stands on the far right. The seated boy is Kenneth, and the dog's name was Spot.

Elizabeth mailed this picture postcard to her son Earl at Vinita, OK on July 3, 1912 or '13. She wrote on the back, Dear Kid, here is a birthday present. Wish you was at home today. Am glad you have got work but am anx— to hear more about it. Maybe the old man will take some of the [????] back. We are all well and getting along all right. Write soon good bye, M.

  James McCarty Family, Tulsa, OK, about 1912

James worked as a carpenter in Tulsa, and repaired furniture. He was the son of Alexander McCarty, born in Illinois, and the grand- son of James Morton McCarty, who came from Ireland. James was born in May of 1862, near Ramsey, IL, in Fayette County. In the late 1870s his father moved the family to Shelby County, near the town of Cowden.

The 1880 census lists James as an 18-year-old railroad worker. Elizabeth is listed with her family as Susan E. Akins, age 15, at school. She was named Susannah after her paternal grand-

     mother, but called herself Elizabeth, and was sometimes called "Lizzie." James and Elizabeth were married in Cowden on August 5, 1883. They subsequently lived in Springfield, IL, in Tulsa, and for a short time in Denver.

James McCarty died in Denver at age 63 on October 31, 1925. He was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery. Elizabeth McCarty later moved to Dallas, TX, where most of her children were living. She died there on July 28, 1944, at age 79, and was buried at Grove Hill Memorial Park.




Parents and Grandparents of James and Elizabeth McCarty

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Christian, Fayette and Shelby Counties of Illinois James's parents, Alexander and Louisa Jane Prater McCarty, were married in Fayette County on February 17, 1861. Alexander (b. November 28, 1842) tried farming in the late 1860s and early 70s, in Christian County. But he is listed in the 1880 census for Shelby County as a railroad section foreman, aged 37. He and Louisa, who was a year younger, had seven children after James:

• Lucinda Caroline (b. 1864) married James F. Christy in Shelby Co. on April 15, 1881
• John Elisha (b. 1866) married Margaret Robinson in Christian Co. on September 17, 1893
• Julana Irene (b. 1867) married George B. Campbell in Christian Co. on March 3, 1890
• Emma Cora (b. 1871) married Lewis Martin in Christian Co. on December 23, 1892
• Iona Belle (b. 1873) married John Privot in Christian Co. on March 5, 1893
• Charles Oscar (b.  1876) died in infancy     • Lula May (b. 1878) lived only a few years.

The dates and places of their children's marriages show that Alexander moved his family from Shelby back to Christian County in the late 1880s. In 1900, he and Lousia were living near Springfield, IL, with the family of their daughter Julana ("Lanie"). But in 1906 their son John died, just a few months after the death of his wife Margaret ("Mattie"). The couple left three children, Fern, Fred and Grace, who appear in the 1910 census as teenagers living with Alexander and Louisa, in Edinburg, Christian County.

Alexander McCarty died in Edinburg on March 2, 1917. Louisa Prater McCarty died there on May 5, 1938, at age 94. The Prater (or Prather) family lived around Edinburg, and their ancestry has been traced through Colonial Virgina and Maryland, all the way back to a John Prater, born in Wiltshire, England, in 1492.

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Obituary fragment for
John Howard Akins
(1845-1917)

Obituary Fragment, John Akins

Elizabeth McCarty was the only surviving child of John and Mary Jane Akins, of Cowden, Shelby County, IL. John Akins appears in the census of 1880 as a 35-year-old famer, born in Illinois, and blind in one eye. The 1860 census lists him as a 16-year-old farm laborer, the oldest child of Samuel and Susan Akins (sometimes spelled "Askins").

John Akins's father, Samuel, was born in 1819 in Salem, Ohio. His mother, Susan Moore Akins, was born in 1820 in North Carolina. Their five children as listed in the 1860 census were: Jno. H. (b. 1845); Wm. H. (b. 1847); Rachel L. (b. 1853); Mary A. (b. 1856); and Henry C. (b. 1858). Samuel served in the Union Army during the Civil War, from 1861-1865, and was discharged at the rank of Sargent. After the war a Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) post, a veterans organization, was named for him: Samuel Akins Post, #566, Cowden, IL.

John served with the Illinois Volunteers for exactly a year, beginning July 23, 1862. He enlisted at age 17 for a three-year period, and joined Company "B" of the 115th Illinois Infantry. His personal characteristics at induction were 5'8" in height, light hair, blue eyes, fair complexion, single, and a farmer by occupation. He served at Camp Butler, IL, and was discharged for disability at Nashville, TN. His obituary (left) says that he contracted typhoid fever in the army, which "settled in his right eye causing blindness."
Civil War Veteran, John H. Akins John Akins,
abt. 1898

He later married Mary Jane Belt, on Valentine's Day of 1864; and he died at age 72 in Tulsa, on August 21, 1917, at the home of "Lizzie" McCarty. He was buried back in Cowden, at Mud Run Cemetery, next to his Wife, Mary Jane, and their son who died in infancy, "Buddy."

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James and Lucinda Anderson McCarty, Alexander's parents and James's grandparents, were married on July 15, 1839 in Fayette County, IL. A few weeks after they were married James bought 40 acres of farm land for $50.

He was born in Ireland around 1819, and Lucinda was born about the same time in Sumner County, TN, near Gallitan. Her family had come from North Carolina. James McCarty appears in the 1840 census as a farmer with a wife and an infant son. They are living in Ramsey Township, between the neighboring households of Lucinda's brother, Alexander, and her mother, Susan Anderson.

McCarty Family in the 1850 Census
U.S. Census, Fayette County, IL
November 22, 1850

Thomas   McArty3? M
Lucinda"31 F
John"10 M
Alexander"8 M
Mary A."6 F
Thomas"5 M
Savanah E."3 F
Andrew"1 M
In the 1850 census (right) the members of the "McArty" family are listed by name. James evidently identified himself as "Thomas" for this census. In March of 1853 James purchased an additional 40 acres, for $100. The Patent Certificate for this land, dated 1854, is the last record we have for him. James appears to have died in 1854, or early in 1855.

Civil War Veteran, John McCarty John
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Civil War
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abt. 1890
John McCarty, first child of James and Lucinda, and uncle to James Morton McCarty, joined Company "F" of the 97th Illinois Infantry in August 1862, and was wounded at the battle of Vicksburg in late May, 1863. He was shot in the right instep, the musket ball exiting through the top of his foot. John later worked as a constable in Irving, IL, about 23 mi. west of Ramsey, in Montgomery County. The picture at left is from a group photo of civil war veterans, taken before his death in 1891. With his wife, Henrietta, John had had two sons, Edward and George McCarty, who migrated south to Oklahoma and eventually settled in northern New Mexico. The last McCarty family descended from John now lives in Texline, TX.

Thomas McCarty, the third son of James and Lucinda, enlisted in December 1861, serving with Company "K" of the 54th Illinois Infantry. He would have been 16 at the time, although the record shows his age as 18. He was discharged for disability at Little Rock, Arkansas in December 1863, after a long illness and hospitalization. But in February 1865 Thomas was well enough to reenlist, in Company "A" of the 7th Illinois Cavalry. His health declined again, however, and he was not well at his discharge in November 1865. He died of chronic bronchitis on June 7, 1866.

The 1870 census records the surviving members of the McCarty household as Lucinda (age 52, illiterate), Andrew (21, deaf and dumb) and James M. (17), who worked on the farm. This James McCarty would be an uncle of James Morton McCarty. He died in St. Louis in 1934. His only son, William McCarty, died there in 1957. His only grandson, James William McCarty, was a Korean War Veteran and St. Louis Police Officer. He passed away in 2011.

A McCarty daughter, Julia C., had been born between Andrew and James, and had grown up to marry John Merriman in September of 1867. Coincidentally, her older sister, Mary Ann, had married his older brother, Henderson Merriman, in December of 1860. The two Merriman families were neighbors of the McCartys in 1870. Also living in the McCarty house-hold at that time was Lucinda's mother, Susannah, aged 74.



Only a little is known about the life of James McCarty prior to his marraige to Lucinda in 1839. He probably arrived in New York in May of 1837, where an uncle, a stone mason named Thomas Cavanaugh, was living at the time.

Signature of James McCarty (1839)
Undulating signature of our Irish grandfather, James McCarty (1839)
He signed his name with two captial Cs: "MC Carty"
Old National Road Map

Together with the Cavanaugh family he probably sailed down through the Chesapeake and up the Patomac River by boat to Cumberland, MD. From there they traveled on the "National Road" to its end, at Vandalia, IL. About twelve miles north of Vandalia, near the villiage of Ramsey, was a stone quarry. Limestone taken from that quarry, and conveyed to Vandalia by ox-drawn wagons, was used to build a bridge over the Kaskaskia river. It is very likely that James worked in the quarry while his uncle worked on the bridge.

A few years after completion of the bridge in 1840 the Cavanaugh family relocated to Galena, IL. Available evidence suggests that Thomas's brother arrived there from Belfast in 1848. If this is so, then the McCarty family's roots are in Northen Ireland.




Descendants of James and Elizabeth McCarty

 Leslie W. McCarty (1)

Les, the first child of James and Elizabeth McCarty, was born in Cowden, IL on Jan. 4, 1885. He served in the Navy before WWI, and was aboard the USS Georgia in 1910. He married Pearl Blalock in Tulsa before 1920, but they had no children. In 1930 Les and Pearl lived in Dallas, where Les was a partner with his brother-in-law, Robert Thomas, in a janitorial supply business. Les died in Dallas on Sep. 24, 1956, a widower.

   Earl H. McCarty (2)

Earl was born in Cow-
den on July 3, 1888. A life-long bachelor, his mother resided with him at her death, in 1944. Earl served as a trumpter in the music corps of the Illinois National Guard. He later served in the military during WWI. After the war he and his brother, Les, worked as salesmen in Tulsa. In 1923 he moved to Dallas, TX, where he would die 30 years later, on Oct. 30, 1953, at age 65. Earl owned a shoe repair business.

   Leta P. English (3)

Leta's date of birth was Jan. 30, 1891. She married Frank Sherrer English in Tulsa, on May 1, 1915, and they had two sons: Frank S. English, Jr., (b. 1916) and Earl H. English (b. 1919), both born in Tulsa. They later moved to Texas. Leta's son Earl died at age 54, in San Diego, CA, on Feb. 12, 1976. Her husband passed away in Travis County, TX, near Dallas, on Feb. 16, 1985. Leta died there two years later, on March 7, 1987, at age 96.

   Mabel I. Thomas (4)

Mabel was born on September 30, 1898. She married Robert Thomas in Tulsa, and their only child was a daughter, Evelyn. Robert Thomas, born in Beloit, WS, died in Dallas on February 16, 1935. Mabel died there on April 25, 1970, and was burried in Grove Hill Cemetery, near her mother. Evelyn, who married James P. Kitchens, died in Dallas in 2003, at age 87. Their two sons are James, Jr. and Michael C. Kitchens.

   Kenneth M. McCarty (6)

Kenneth, the sixth child of James and Elizabeth, was born November 9, 1904. He attended Kendall School, near what is now the University of Tulsa. In 1927 he married Aileen, probably in Denver, and in 1930 they were living with his sister and her husband, Mabel and Robert Thomas, in Dallas. Kennth later separated himself from the family. He died in Seattle on April 29, 1968, and is buried there at Riverton Crest Cememtery.

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Rayburn Ralph McCarty was the fifth child of James and Elizabeth McCarty, born in Springfield, IL, January 26, 1900.  In Tulsa he married the girl next door.  She was Naomi Myrtle Wilson (b.  August 26, 1906), whose family had come to Tulsa from Barry County, MO. Ray and "Noma" were married on April 8, 1925, and for their honeymoon they went to the base-
ball game every day for a week. When she later contracted tuberculosis they moved, around 1927, to Albuquerque, NM. Her parents and a brother followed them to Albuquerque a few years later. (The signature above is from Ray's WWI draft card, 1918.)

The children of Ray and Noma McCarty, all born in Albuquerque, are Jean, Helen, and Don.

Ray worked for the Santa Fe Railroad. He and Noma lived for many years at 1711 Lomas Blvd., and were members of Fruit Ave. Baptist Church. Ray died in Albuquerque on June 19, 1969; Naomi died in Missouri on July 5, 1990; and they are buried together at Sandia Memory Gardens in Albuquerque, near her parents: Nathan Wilson (1883-1968) and Cora Mae Calhoun Wilson (1888-1975).




Descendants of Ray and Naomi McCarty

 Jean E. White (1)

Jean was born after her parents moved to New Mexico. She married Wayne B. White, of Eminence, MO, in 1948. Their two children were Ralph and Patty. Jean passed away at Independence, Missouri on December 8, 2010.

   Helen R. Roberts (2)

Helen married Oris K. Roberts, of Amistad, NM, in 1952. They had five children, Ron, David, Donna, Rae Ann, and Sherry, before moving to the Denver area.

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Donald Wilson McCarty, born in Albuquerque in 1935, was the third and last of Ray and Naomi's children. He was also the last grandchild of James and Elizabeth McCarty. Don Married Loretta Kay Howell in Albuquerque, and their three children are Ricky, Terrie and Gary.

"Sitka Harbor," Wtrcolr, 35"x20.5," Kay McCarty Don and Kay and family moved from Albuquerque to Pasadena, CA, where Don graduated from Pasadena College in 1965. They moved on then to Heppner, OR and to Othello, WA, where Don served as pastor of Nazarene churches. The McCarty children all graduated from Othello High School, and then from Northwest Nazarene College, in Nampa, ID. Don and Kay moved on to Post Falls, ID, and then to Sitka, AK. After retiring from pastoring the Sitka Church of the Nazarene, Don joined Kay in the Kay McCarty Gallery, located until 2006 on Lincoln St. in Sitka.

Kay McCarty's original watercolors and prints depict natural settings in Southeast Alaska, and fishing vessels.

About the Groundwork

Section I

The Good Will
The End of Practical Reason
Duty and Moral Worth
The Three Propositions
The Feeling of Respect
Conformity to Universal Law
Maxims of Action
The Lying Promise
The Inquiring Murderer

Section II

Hypothetical Imperatives
The Categorical Imperative
The Suicide Example
Perfect and Imperfect Duties
The Contradictions
Moral Realism
The Formula of Humanity
Deontology and Ethical Ends
The Formula of Autonomy
Autonomy and Heteronomy
The Kingdom of Ends

Section III