Thank you for the reply. Yes, I just recently found out about the Chartier/Carter Deerfield connection. I had Jean Chartier's information for some time collected because he married into my wife's lines of distant cousins. I only recently researched the fact that he was listed as being born in Deerfield, MA. That did sort of sick out in her list of all Canadian-born relatives! Jean, aka John was a distant cousin of mine and that is when I linked in and found the story. I just recently found and downloaded a copy of Virginia DeMarce's Supplement to "descendants of Samuel Carter of Deerfield, MA" which was helpful.
Yes, you are correct, many of the descendants changed the spelling of their name to the nearest English phonetic of Sharkey or a close equivilant. Others went back to Carter either knowingly,... or just "another close spelling". I have had trouble from time to time with this name change in families originating in Northern NY though. My wife was a Charette (from choret). The name originally came from a term for one who made "carts"........ yup, many former Charettes/Choret families in Northern NY changed their name to "Carter".
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