It is pretty clear that the answer to the initial question as it relates to the father of Mary Elizabeth Carter, who married Silas Baughn in 1831, is David Carter who married Jane Flippen Walton, widow of Josiah Walton. The Baughn information Holly reported suggests that there was indeed a young son of Silas and Mary of the same age as the Baughn 12 year old in the household of William R. Carter in Amelia County in 1850. The next question is obviously who is this David Carter, one that I have wrestled with for a while.
David is one of the three Carter men who appear in Cumberland County, Virginia in the middle of the 18th century with no clear connection to the other Carter families known to be in Cumberland County at that time. The other two were Isham and Hezekiah. Fleming Carter and William Carter, orphans of John Carter, chose Isham Carter as their guardian when they reached the age that made them eligible to so choose. The inventory of the estate of John Carter presented to court on 22 Nov 1773 included 1 Bay Horse in possession of Isham Carter. It is thus reasonable to make the assumption that there was some family relationship between Isham Carter and the deceased John Carter. I believe all three of these men were brothers and sons of John Carter, son of Thomas Carter of Goochland, and a wife who preceded his last wife Mary who became John's widow in 1772.
There is a gap in the history of John Carter, son of Thomas of Goochland, who settled a plantation on Deep Run of Muddy Creek in Goochland County, later Cumberland. He acquired the land from his father in 1734. The next mention of him is in 1749 when his brother Edward names him in his will as an executor. In 1754 John Carter, Junior is a party to a deed [DB2/77]. Witnessing this deed were Robert Carter and his son Charles which suggests this John Carter, Junior is a son of Robert Carter of Cartersville and that he is called Junior in deference to his uncle John on Deep Run.
We know he married a woman named Mary whose LWT was recorded in Cumberland on 24 Nov 1794 [WB 3/40]. In this will the widow Mary Carter mentions sons Josiah, Fleming and William and daughter Nancy Carter Creasy. She does not mention two other daughters of her husband John Carter, namely Susannah and Mary who chose their own guardians in 1774 and were thus born between 1754 and 1760. The first indiction of a birth date of her proven children is given by the fact that in 1785 sons Fleming and William chose their guardians thus they were born between 1764 and 1771. It is thus possible that John Carter had one or more wives prior to his marriage to Mary and other children such as his son John who inherited his land as eldest son, the daughters Susannah and Mary as well as others. Son John was granted administration of his estate in 1772 and was thus born prior to 1751.
We do know that David and Hezekiah were brothers from the filings in a Chancery Case in Cumberland County in 1798. At the time this case was filed David, who married Jane Flippen, widow of Josiah Walton, had removed to Nottoway County, Virginia. I do not have a date of death of David but a Jane Carter appears as the head of household in Nottoway census records for 1830, 1840 and 1850.
The free whites shown in those census records were:
1830 2 M 10-14, 1 M 15-19, 1 F 20-29, 1 F 50-59
1840 1 M 30-39, 1 F 5-9, 1 F 60-69
1850 Jane Carter 72, William Carter 46
There is a suitably aged female present in 1830 but not in 1840 who might very well be Mary Elizabeth who left to be married in 1831.
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