Questions of the Week for January 11

Since the journey begins with going up to Shiloh, I want to invite readers to think with me about the circumstances that Eliza and her children faced when they struggled with the homestead.


Does anyone know how Millie Starr met Jess Cartwright? I don’t know that I ever gave the matter any thought until I was looking at a map of the homestead claims for the area around Shiloh Church. Low and behold, the property owned by Eliza Hope Dane Cartwright was right next to property owned by John Starr (who I have been told was one of Millie’s uncles). So it is possible that the families were


Does anyone know when the Cartwrights moved down from the mountain? My sense is that this was probably a generational shift. We know that Joe and Jess lived around Ione and Tate. We also know that Thomas is buried at the Shiloh Church Cemetery. (Eliza is buried in the Gum Log community where here daughter Frances lived near Russellville, AR). Presumably, this also may have something to do with the agricultural economy and when the farmers up on the mountain could no longer compete with the farmers who were able to grow more plentiful crops down in the bottom land fields around the Pettit Jean River and other streams.


What kinds of things have you and your siblings wondered about with respect to our shared our genetic heritage? Let me give a couple of examples.

Example #1: Over and over again, I recall hearing my father explain to people that the reason he had such a temper was that he was “Irish.” (Never mind the fact that the Cartwright lineage is more English than anything else and only partially Scotch-Irish but in no sense solely Irish!.) I am not sure what people made of my father’s excuse, but it is certainly one of my oldest memories about how someone in the family made sense of the role DNA plays in an individual’s life.

Example #2: Several years ago, while visiting Aunt Dorothy [Cartwright Snyder], I recall her telling me that her doctor had recently prescribed a supplement for thyroid deficiency. Then she commented, “I told MC that I am the last of the six siblings to have to take Thyroid medication.” Dorothy went on to say that in her case, it was probably the result of the aging process and not necessarily an inherited problem. Even so, I was surprised to hear that all six of the siblings had received treatment for thyroid issues. Although I had known that Aunt Virginia [Cartwright Hamilton] had struggled with her thyroid levels, I was not aware that this was a problem that had affected other members of the family. I am not even sure that I knew that my father Billy had experienced thyroid deficiency. Although I am far from being an expert on this kind of medical issue, I do know that there are multiple reasons why any of us might have thyroid issues. Genetic  inheritance is one contributing factor, but not the only one.

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About mcartwright1957

I am a member of the senior administrative team at the University of Indianapolis where I have served since 1996. I am married to Mary Wilder Cartwright. We are the parents of four children: Hannah, Erin, James, and Bethany. I currently live in Nashville, IN.
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1 Response to Questions of the Week for January 11

  1. I am sure Jess and Millie met in Waldron, but do not any details.


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