George was born to Joseph and Rosannah Carnley (her maiden name) 26 July 1844 (1842 on headstone incorrect) near Troy in Pike County, Alabama. Rosannah died ca. December 1845 and Joseph married Mary Ann Stevens 18 March 1846 in Pike County. The family migrated to Walton County, Florida ca. 1848 when George was about 4 years old.
In 1862 at about age 17 or 18 he joined a Confederate cavalry unit that became known as the 15th Confederate Cavalry attached to the Confederate Army post at Pollard, Alabama. He was AWOL during most of the war however, and in September 1864 deserted to the Union Army at the Pensacola Navy Yard.
After the war he married Martha Lassiter ca. 1865. About 1888 he was instrumental in establishing a School called "Carnley's" on Pine Log Creek south of today's Children's Home Community and served as its supervisor for several years. Later renamed Pine Log, the school closed in 1915, a year after George died.
He ended life with the title of Reverend, but when he first acquired that title is unknown. The first record identifying him as a minister is dated 1905. A year later he was ordained as a Congregationalist minister, but he had probably been a lay preacher for many years previously. From 1905 to the year of his death he pastored at churches in Stella, Ealum and Gordon. The Gordon church, which no longer exists, stood on the same property as the Miller Community Cemetery. George's service as pastor of the church when it existed probably accounts for his burial in the cemetery.
Calculating from the 1844 year of birth, he was 69 years, 10 months and 22 days old at the time of his death.
↑ Find a Grave, database and images, memorial page for Rev George M Carnley (26 Jul 1844–17 Jun 1914), Find A Grave: Memorial #15420498, citing Miller Community Cemetery, Gordon, Walton County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Sam Carnley (contributor 49130503). Includes image of headstone showing full dates of birth and death, and unsourced biography.
"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFH6-6DN : 4 April 2020), George Cornaly in household of Joseph Cornaly, Walton county, Walton, Florida, United States; citing family 13, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MNZZ-M39 : 13 September 2020), Geo Camlee [sic], Precinct 5, Walton, Florida, United States; citing enumeration district ED 156, sheet 487B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,254,132.
"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M36F-582 : accessed 3 November 2020), George Carnelly, Precincts 5-7, McDades Pond, Yellow River, Shoal River & Precinct 15, Crestview & Precinct 18, Walton, Florida, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 121, sheet 21B, family 483, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,177. Born Alabama Jul 1839.
"United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FS7V-TZJ : 4 December 2014), George M. Carnly, Private, Company D, 3rd Battalion, Florida Cavalry (Meyer's) (15th Con, Confederate; citing NARA microfilm publication M225 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 2; FHL microfilm 880,002.
Is George your ancestor? Please don't go away! Login to collaborate or comment, or contact
the profile manager, or ask our community of genealogists a question.
Sponsored Search by Ancestry.com
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with George by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with George: