Biography of Capt. Julius M. Carrington
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

CAPT. JULIUS M. CARRINGTON, now retired, was an interesting figure in Cleveland's commercial affairs for many years, and is an honored veteran soldier of the Civil war. He represents one of the pioneer families of Cuyahoga County, and his father for many years was a prominent Michigan lumberman.

Captain Carrington was born at Lexington, in Sanilac County, Michigan, October 17, 1841. His grandfather, Joel Carrington, came from Connecticut to Ohio in 1831, being one of the pioneers in the Brecksville community of Cuyahoga County. Subsequently he removed to Sanilac County, Michigan, and later to Sand Beach in Huron County, that state, where he spent his last years. Mark Carrington, father of Captain Carrington, was born in Connecticut, July 11, 1815, and was a youth of sixteen when the family came to Ohio. He learned the cooper's trade, and about 1838 went to Sanilac County, Michigan. All that section of Michigan was then covered with heavy timber, and for years lumbering was the only industry outside of hunting and trapping. He had a prominent pioneer part in the development of the lumber industry of Michigan. At first he was in the cooperage business, located a mile south of Lexington, and subsequently bought a tract of Government land in the same vicinity at $1.25 an acre. Building a sawmill, he manufactured lumber, and subsequently became a member of the Carrington Pack Company, one of the leading firms of that day exploiting the timber resources of Michigan. He was in his early experience a timber cruiser-to select the best tracts of timber land In that way he became familiar with a large portion of Michigan. Later he formed a partnership with J. L. Woods, buying land, erecting a sawmill in a locality he named Kansas, and became one of the successful and wealthy Michigan lumber men of that time. He continued in the lumber business as member of the firm Carrington Pack Company at Fort Crescent, and after selling his interest moved to Port Austin, where he became interested in salt manufacture. After building up a satisfying competency he retired and looked after his private affairs until his death, on January 3, 1894, at the age of seventy nine. Mark Carrington married Rhoda Ann Butler, who was born in Watertown, New York, in February, 1822, and died February 1, 1901. She reared a family of eleven children.

Julius M. Carrington spent his boyhood days in frontier communities of Northern Michigan. His first schooling was in a private school taught by an Episcopal minister, and later he attended public schools at Lexington and Port Huron. On February 7, 1862, before reaching his twenty first birthday, he enlisted in Company E, of the Tenth Michigan Infantry, being mustered in as a private at Flint. He soon went South, and was with his command in a number of campaigns, participating in such historic battles and engagements as the siege of Corinth, Stone River, Antioch and Missionary Ridge. At the battle of Antioch he was wounded, a bullet penetrating his wrist and hand and taking off the end of one finger. A scar on his scalp is testimony to another enemy bullet. He received his honorable discharge at Rossyule, Georgia, in 1864, having been promoted from private to sergeant, to first sergeant and finally to second lieutenant.

After his war service Captain Carrington formed a partnership with his brother Erwin, and. engaged in the ship chandlery business at Port Huron, Michigan. After a year and a half he sold out and became an express messenger on a boat plying between Forestville and Toledo, and soon afterward located at Cleveland and became associated with Perry & Knight, lumber dealers. In 1869 he became bookkeeper for Callister & Foster, and in 1878 was made secretary and treasurer of the Peoples Gas Light Company, holding that official post for twenty one years. In 1892 he became one of the charter members of the Union Savings & Loan Company, and has since served as a director and is also a member of the executive board.

For a number of years Captain Carrington has lived retired at his present home on Vestry Street. He is a charter member of army and navy posts, Grand Army of the Republic, and a member of the military order of the Loyal Legion. He also belongs to the Early Settlers' Society at Cuyahoga County, and the, Royal Arcanum. Captain Carrington and family are members of St. John's Episcopal Church. He has attended that church since 1865, and has been vestryman for many years.

On December 13, 1876, he married Miss Abbie J. McNeil. She was born in Oxford, New York, daughter of Charles and Mary J. (Dennison) McNeil, both natives of Connecticut, her mother born at Stonington. Her father was of Scotch ancestry. The McNeil family came to Cleveland in 1852, where her father was in the lumber business. He died in 1900, in his eighty sixth year, and her mother passed away at the age of ninety two.

Mr. and Mrs. Carrington have two daughters, Ann, wife of J. W. Rebell, and Miss Mary Belle, at home.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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