Names : John Bernard Carroll Sr. and Mary Agnes Hansen
Relation to blog author : Grandparents .
Relation to my Jefferds cousins : Grandparents ; relation to the children of my cousins : Great-grandparents .
Summary of important facts :
Location of family : Several ; family moved often during our grandfather's U.S. Navy career.
In the 1930's, the family made San Diego, CA their permanant home .
Sources used: Family records ( Family Bible )
Certificate of birth, City of Philadelphia John Carroll , 24/3/1887 . Certificate filed 31/3/1887.
Marriage license, County of Philadelphia, for John B. Carroll & Mary A. Hansen, 28/10/1919 .
U.S. Census returns ( from ancestry.com ) .
1910, Boston,MA; Seamen of the U.S.S. Missouri .
1930, Norfolk, VA; Precinct Number 25, block 1329 .
Certificate of death, County of San Diego; John Carroll, Number 8009 4711
Certificate of death, County of San Diego; Mary Agnes Carroll, Number 8009 11041
John Bernard Carroll Sr. was born on 24 March, 1887, in Philadelphia,PA .
He was christened at Saint Thomas Aquinas church in Philadelphia .
He was the eldest son of John Carroll and Jennie McEntee .
See the individual page on John and Jennie Carroll, for more information on them.
The 28 October, 1919, in Philadelphia, he married Mary Agnes Hansen .
They had two children, a son, John Joseph( a.k.a, John Bernard Jr. ), born in 1920,
and a daughter, Virginia Rose, born in 1922 .
Mary Agnes Hansen was born on 20 January, 1891, in Philadelphia, PA .
She was christened at the Asumption chuch, Philadelphia .
She was the eldest child of Christian Hansen , a railroader, and Catherine ( or Kate ) Morris. Christian was U.S. born, and Catherine was born in Ireland .
Grandfather( who was known as "Grossie" to his grandchildren ) served in the U.S. Navy . Through his Navy career, he had the chance to travel and see many things of this world.
A destiny that a poor child from Phildelphia would have never dreamt of.
He was devoted to his wife, and his two children. And despite his frequent departures, he held a regular correspondance with his family.
A few of these letters still exist.
Grandmother ( known as "NanNan to her grandchildren), kept the house running during her
husband's absences. She also endured the different moves, to such bases as Norfolk, Honolulu or Great Lakes, Il .
During their retirement, our grandparents doted on their four grandchildren, born to their daughter, Virginia Rose, and son-in-law, Donald Francis Jefferds .
The 3 August, 1962, John passed away in San Diego.
Mary passed away on the 30 December, 1972, in San Diego.
Our grandparents rest in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego .
Neither I, nor my sister or brother , had the pleasure to know our grandfather.
I was able to know our grandmother through a few of her visits to Hawaii . I was able to receive some of her love that she had for her grandchildren.
The following photo galleries are dedicated to the memory of our grandparents .