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Biography: Carroll Henderson Florey, A. B. born June 2, 1860 – photograph

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Shelby County, Alabama

Professor Carroll Henderson Florey, A. B., was born June 2, 1860, in Shelby County, Alabama, the son of Henry Edward Florey and Frances A. Lawler.

The father was a native of Sussex County, Virginia, coming to Alabama in 1836. He passed his life almost entirely as a farmer within the bounds of Shelby County. He was a Democrat, a Baptist and a Mason. He served in the Confederate army, Longstreet’s corps and McLaw’s brigade. First service was at Mobile, then in northern Virginia; was wounded near Richmond in 1864. After the death of his first wife, he married Sarah C. Burchfield.

There were two children by the first wife:

  1. Theodosia Florey
  2. Carroll H Florey;

eight by the second wife,

  1. Theo. G. Florey,
  2. Lulu D. Florey,
  3. John W. Florey,
  4. Edward E. Florey, (1874 -1941) married Kate Gorman
  5. Minnie L. Florey,
  6. Joseph L. Florey,
  7. Wilson M. Florey
  8. Charles A. Florey.

The mother of Carroll H. was a daughter of Robert Lawler, of Talladega County. His father was the son of Edward Florey and Susan (Maddox) Florey. They came to Alabama in 1836 and passed their lives in Shelby County, he dying in 1866, at the age of sixty-four, she in 1880 at one hundred and one. The early training of Mr. Florey was acquired in the common schools of Shelby County. From Howard college, he graduated with a bachelor of arts in 1887. Afterward, he was an educator in different parts of the State, having for the six years prior to 1904 located at Harpersville as principal of Elm Hill Academy. His first school was in Monroe County at Perdue Hill. After two years he went to Womack, thence after four years to Vincent, for a like period.

He served as justice of the peace and registrar in his county. In politics, he took an active part in the welfare of the Democratic party, and he and his family were leading members of the Baptist church. In the fraternities, he affiliated with the Knights of Pythias.

Professor Florey married, Dec. 31, 1896, Lalla Rookh Elliott a daughter of Thomas C. Elliott and Marcella (Carter) Elliott. In 1904, they had one child, Carter Carroll Florey, born Dec. 31, 1897. Her father was an attorney of standing, member of the legislature, a veteran of the Civil war, and he and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He died in 1901, she in 1897. They were the parents of four children, all living in 1904.

Professor Florey passed away on July 20, 1932. He is buried in Vincent Cemetery in Vincent, Shelby County, Alabama.


  1. Notable Men of Alabama: Personal and Genealogical, Volume 1 edited by Joel Campbell DuBose
  2. Find A Grave Memorial# 49444544 # 43439928 # 148286817

Shelby County Alabama Pioneers Volume I


One comment

  1. I have personal knowledge of the Florey Family and Descendents Of Prof Florey!
    This is very interesting!

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