Carson-McCormick Family Memorials


288 pages, 6 x 9", hardcover, acid free paper, photographs, indexed.

First distributed privately in 1960, this exceptional work of family genealogy is now available in hardcover to a large audience for the first time. Exhaustively researched and gracefully written by Thomas Carson McCormick, Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin at the time of his death in 1954, the book traces the ancestry of the Carson and McCormick Families in the American South and Western Europe over the course of forty generations and more than a thousand years.

Especially noteworthy are the dozens of colorful biographical sketches presented with Professor McCormick's characteristic worldly harmonous touch, many of them profiling well-known historical figures such as James I, the "Poet King" of Scotland, Eleanor of Aquitaine, the "Greatest Frenchwoman"; Captain John White of the Roanoke colony and his granddaughter Virginia Dare and Thomas Lynch, Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Also, of special note, published here for the first time anywhere is "Fact and Fiction in Genealogy," an essay completed by Professor McCormick shortly before his death, but not discovered among his voluminous papers until many years later. Given the "Genealogy Boom" of intervening decades the essay remains remarkably timely today.

The distinguished sociologist Roy G. Francis, a former student of Professor McCormick's, now retired, contributes a moving tribute to the author.

Carson-McCormick Family Memorials includes 30 photos and illustrations, many antique and of unusual interest. An eight-part appendix treats more broadly of family history, primarily in Scotland, Ireland, England, and France as well as the American South. The text of 273 pages is fully documented cross-referenced and indexed.

Included among the hundreds of surnames covered are the following: Abercrombie, abernathy, Arbuthnot, Barclay, Baxter, Beauchamp, Beaumont, Berkeley, Bethune, Bohun, Boyd, Bruce, Burke, Burnard, Burnet, Butler, Campbell, Cannon, Chaworth, Clare, Cochran, Comyn, D'Aubigny, Davis, Deincourt, Douglas, Drummond, Dunbar, Dundas, Erskine, Felton, Ferrers, Fitzalan, Fitzgilbert, Forbes, Fraser, Gordon, Graham, Gray, Grey, Griffith, Hardesty, Hay, Horry, Howell, Inge, Innes, Jeter, Johnson, Keith, Leslie, Lindsay, Lovel, Lynch, Lyon, MacCormac, Matt, Marshall, Maxwell, McLemore, McNair, Mohun, Moncreiff, Montagu, Montfort, Moray, Morley, Mortimer, Mowbray, Murray, Neville, Ogilvie, Oliphant, Perkins, Plantagenet, Price, Quincy, Reid, Ros, Seton, Shelton, Sinclair, Skene, Stewart, Strachan, Sutter, Tooke, Vere, Warenne, West.

About the Author: Thomas Carson McCormick was born in Tuscaloosa, AL in 1892. He was a graduate of the University of Alabama (B.A., 1911), Peabody College (M.A., 1918), and University of Chicago (Ph.D., 1929). He married Lillie Anderson Griffith of Nashville, Tennessee. They had three children. At the time of his death (1954) he was Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin. He was author of textbooks, research monographs and journal articles in sociology.

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