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Re: Carten's of Nova Scotia
Posted by: Roger Carten Date: September 01, 2000 at 17:30:53
In Reply to: Re: Carten's of Nova Scotia by Sue Hamilton of 87

Some place I came across a reference to a Carten family that was sailing to America and the father died on the ship. The wife and children landed in New York and then moved immediately to St.Louis. I believe I saw this in the Irish Shipping records at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston. There was also another family that moved to Atlanta.

John Cormac Carten's children: Charles, Ann, Mary, Martha, Andrew, Susan, John, Margaret, Philip and Agnes. His wife was Martha Webster who was the daughter of a protestant minister. This created some interesting events.

Philip's children: Charles Cormac, Marianne, Margaret and Frances.

Almost all of them lived around Halifax. The exception was my great grandfather, Andrew who moved to Eastport Maine and then to Boston. He was the least successful in terms of money. They were so poor that when his oldest son died they were unable to buy a grave marker we think. My brother and I had one installed this August.

There are a number of Carten's in the Boston area who are in some way the decendents of Andrew but I only have talked to one.

At least our branch of the family is either very successful or very unsuccessful. They either are well educated or they are drop outs. My dad and one of his brothers both got doctorates from MIT. His other sibs are another story. My brother and I both have Ph.D's as well as master degrees in other fields. Other family members are either over educated as we are or not educated at all. I can't understand that gene at all.

Our family was catholic. John Cormac got kicked out of the Church for having the gall to marry a protestant but everyone else seems to have been buried in the Church. I was shocked to discover that my uncle had been a member of the Catholic Club at MIT. Neither he nor my dad ever mentioned any connection with the Church and both his and our families were raised as "luke warm" prots.

I live in Minnesota and my brother lives outside of Washington D.C. WW2 caused my father and his brother to move to D.C. where both families stayed. Otherwise, I think we would have lived in the Boston area.

Andrew left Eastport and moved to Boston with his remaining children. Dorchester which is in South Boston is where they lived. This means that my roots are in the famous Irish getto.

My bother and I are still in the process of collecting info on the family and plan to go back to all of the above places in the near future. If we can be of any help, please let me know. My e-mail address is Anyone else reading this can feel free to e-mail me too.


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