My maiden name is Sheila Carrier. I live in Rochester, New York, and have just finished reading Kathleen Kent’s novels about Martha and Thomas Carrier. They have renewed my desire to learn about my heritage. My niece has gone as far back as the Civil War and discovered my great-great grandfather Carrier was a Union army officer. After the war he went to Panama and worked on the canal where he died of yellow fever. I know he was from Lockport, New York, and there are several Carriers buried in a cemetery there. We visited that cemetery but do not know if any Carriers still live in Lockport.
My grandfather was John Dudley Carrier. He was born in the late 1800′s. His son, my father, was John Littlefield Carrier. He was born around 1912 I have two brothers; John Charles Carrier (deceased) and Robert William Carrier. We all are from the Rochester, New York, area.
Do you know if any of Martha and Thomas’s kin migrated to upstate New York? I noticed that there was a reference to the ‘Virginia’ Carriers. Can you tell me anything about them?
I’m not very skilled at researching genealogy but my niece is. She is too busy to devote much time to this. Any info you can pass on would be very much appreciated!