Lucius Quintus Carothers McCaslin

Display Name: 
Lucius Quintus Carothers McCaslin
Sort Name: 
McCaslin, Lucius Quintus Carothers
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Peripheral
Vitality: 
Dead
Family: 
McCaslin
Family (new): 
Occupation: 
Management
Specific Job: 
Planter
Biography: 

Although Lucius calls this man "old Carothers McCaslin" the first time he mentions him (21), he is the ancestor for whom Lucius himself is named. "Lucius Quintus Carothers" McCaslin (31) was one of Yoknapatawpha's earliest and wealthiest white settlers, and the patriarch of the family that the narrative refers to as "the McCaslins and Edmondses" (17) and with the phrase "McCaslin-Edmonds-Priest" (23). What Lucius' narrative refers to as "our family skeleton" and "legend" - the fact that "old Carothers" fathered a child on one of his "Negro slaves" - is a major social and moral issue in Go Down, Moses (31), where his mixed race descendants are all named Beauchamp. Some of these Beauchamps are also mentioned in The Reivers, but here it is "Ned William McCaslin" (126) who is identified as the "actual [though illegitimate and black] grandson" of this founding father (32). Lucius Priest himself is old Carothers' great-great-great grandson.

Property Status: 
owns land
owns house
owns slaves
Financial Status: 
controls substantial wealth
Individual or Group: 
Individual
Character changes class in this text: 

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