postmaster at Ina, was for thirty years a teacher in the public schools of Jefferson county, and in that capacity did much towards promoting the educational interests of Southern Illinois. A son of John Thomas Carroll, he was born January 27, 1858, on a farm in Jefferson county, Illinois, coming from excellent Virginian stock, his paternal grandfather, James Carroll, having been a native of the Old Dominion state.
Born in Tennessee, March 13, 1830, John Thomas Carroll subsequently migrated to Illinois, locating in Jefferson county, where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death, March 11, 1863, while yet in manhood's prime. He married, December 8, 1850, Anna M. Shafer, and they became the parents of six children, namely: William R., living near Bonnie, Illinois; James H., of Ina; Luranie J., deceased; McDaniel, the subject of this brief biographical record; Sarah E., deceased; and Rosalee, deceased. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Anna M. Carroll married Joseph Etherton, a native of Tennessee, and to them five children were born, as follows: Mrs. Laura Sweeten; George C., deceased; Arizona, deceased; Zora, deceased; and Mrs. Mary O. Keller. The mother also died at a comparatively early age, her death occuring February 20, 1881.
After leaving the public schools of Jefferson county, McDaniel Carroll continued his studies at the Southern Illinois Normal University in Carbondale, entering in 1881 and completing the course in 1884. Fitted for a professional career, he began teaching school in 1881, and for thirty years was employed as an educator in Jefferson county. During his vacations and his leisure time Mr. Carroll has worked at the carpenter's trade, making good use of his mechanical talents, and since 1901 has served continuously as postmaster at Ina.
Mr. Carroll married, November 11, 1886, Mary Elizabeth McCullough, a daughter of James and Susan McCullough, and to them four children have been born, namely: Ina, wife of John Tippi, of Mount Vernon, Illinois; Nona, attending Ruskin Cave College, in Tennessee; Ada, who was graduated from Ruskin Cave College in the spring of 1912; and B. De Graw, attending school. Fraternally Mr. Carroll is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, and religiously he belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church.