Note by Phyllis Brown: Benedict Joseph Napoleon Carrico was my great-grandfather. He was born 01 Aug 1844 – the ninth child of Pius M. and Mary Magdalene Spalding Carrico – and the first boy! How he was spoiled! 06 Jan 1875 he married Melvina Ann Smith, daughter of John Edward and Ellen Lyons Smith. Joseph and Melvina had ten children which included one set of twin daughters. My grandfather, Joseph Rueben Carrico, was their eighth child, born 15 Jan 1885. Melvina lived four more years, dying 10 Jun 1931. My mother was born in April of that year and never knew her grandmother.
The Springfield Sun
Thursday, October 6, 1927
Widely Known Farmer of the County Died Wednesday of Paralysis At Home Near St. Rose; Burial Friday Morning
Mr. Joe Carrico, age eighty-seven years, died at 3:10 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at his home on the St. Rose and Lebanon Pike of complications following a paralytic stroke which he suffered some three months ago. About three weeks ago his condition grew worse and he gradually sank until the end.
Surviving Mr. Carrico are his widow, Mrs. Melvina Carrico; four sons, J. H., Arthur, Fletcher and Rue Carrico, and four daughters, Mrs. Ed Smith, Mrs. Garland Hamilton, Mrs. Bernard Smith and Miss Nell Carrico, all of this county.
The funeral service will be conducted at St. Rose Catholic Church at 10 o’clock Friday morning and burial will follow in St. Rose cemetery.
Deceased was born and reared and spent his entire life in the immediate section of the county where he died. He was an honest and industrious gentleman and had been successfully engaged in farming for many years.