Ida Fullinwider was born in January of 1865 in Washington Township in Anderson County, Kansas to Samuel L. and Amanda Fullinwider. By 1875, the family had moved to the town of Colony in Anderson County. From 1865 to 1875, Ida's father, Samuel, worked in agriculture, but by 1880, Samuel was "keeping hotel" in Ozark Township, Anderson County, Kansas. In the spring of 1881, when Ida was about 16 years old, Samuel and Amanda decided to pack up their seven children, ages four to twenty-one, and head to California.
Ida did not remain in California for long. On October 1, 1885, she married J. W. Carroll in Colony, Kansas. Though they were married in Kansas, it is possible she met her husband during her travels west, as he was from Utah Territory.
It appears that Ida and J. W. eventually moved to Utah, as a Salt Lake County Death Record shows that Ida died on February 2, 1887, at age 22 in Salt Lake City from complications of paralysis. She was buried in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Salt Lake City. Ida was only 22 when she died leaving little time to accumulate an extensive historical record. In addition, in the late 19th century, women appear less frequently in the historical records than do their male counterparts. Her young age and her gender may very well explain why so little information exists about Ida (Fullinwider) Carroll.