This is an excerpt from the Carter Family History compiled by Effie Roseberry Morgridge, prior to her death in 1945. I am interested in any and all leads and comments that would either help prove or disprove the information that Effie wrote about Richard Carterís early life, as well as making links to Richardís sonsí descendants that I do not have information on, especially the descendants of William, George, John, Charles and Samuel Carter (see descriptions below).
The excerpt from Effieís book is as follows:
ďThe earliest knowledge we have been able to get is that Richard [Carter] was an orphan boy in the care of an aunt, and that he lived in England, County of Kent. He had been told that a grazing farm near where he lived would be his when he became of legal age.
He was attending school and committed some misdemeanor for which he was punished, he felt that he had been unjustly treated and he and a neighbor boy concluded to leave their homes and go to sea. They left their homes, taking a horse from the barn in order to ride it to the nearest town. They tied a blindfold over the horseí eyes (never heard any reason given for blindfolding the horse). When they reached the town they turned the horse loose, knowing that he would return to his barn.
They shipped as seamen and were on the sea about two years, then during a violent storm the neighbor boy was swept from the shipís deck and was drowned. When the ship next reached an American port, Richard concluded to stay in the new country and was bound to a Mr. Branton to pay his passage. A grandson of Richard, Dr. Fenton M. Carter, said that on Richardís last trip at sea he sailed from Cork, Ireland.
Meantime, the Revolutionary War began and a battle was fought on or near the estate of Mr. Branton (this estate was near Philadelphia). Mr. Branton went to join the Colonial forces near and left Richard in charge of the plantation. A company of Hessians came to collect cattle and provisions for the British army. One of the soldiers addressed Richard and because he could not make himself understood became very angry and thrust his bayonet into the breast of Richard.
At this time the British officer hurried up, reprimanded the soldier and placed him under arrest. The officer then had their surgeon examine and dress the wound made by the bayonet. These Hessians were then occupying Mr. Brantonís estate and during the night Richard and two other men from the estate left and joined the Colonial troops who were encamped nearby. Richard Carter enlisted that night May 1st, 1775 in Capt. Jackquil Morganís Company 3d. Virginia Regt. and on Oct. 4th, 1775 received for 157 days service in Colonial Army the sum of 11 pounds, 155.6 pence, (Virginia State Library Pittsburgh payrolls).
He served during the war his last discharge being dated June 1783, at which time he was a member of Capt. Uriah Springers Company, 7th Virginia Regt. Colonel John Gibson command officer. He was captured once but managed to escape and rejoin h is company. He was at the siege of Yorktown. He received a grant of land somewhere in the Virginia Military District, this grant was never used.
Richard Carter married Catherine (?) during the winter of 1780-81 and after the war lived near Leesburg, Loudoun Co. Va. In 1806 as he had grown sons able to look after his farms he prepared to visit England in order to claim his inheritance there but was taken suddenly ill with lung fever (pneumonia) and died about Dec. 1st 1806. He is buried near Leesburg Va. His wife Catherine is also buried there.
The Court records of Loudoun Co. Va. have no record of any will of Richard Carter but the inventory of his estate is recorded in Liber E. folio 64 Sale list in Liber H. folio 96. Catherine Carter the widow, and George Carter, a son, were granted letters of administration of the estate of Richard Carter on Dec. 6th, 1806, and commissioners were appointed on the same date to appraise his personal property, which was done on Jan. 7th, 1807, and the property was sold by the Administrators on March 3d, 1807.
Their children were born in Loudoun Co. Va. were as follows - Names and dates taken from family bible.
1. William, b. Oct 22, 1781. First wife Margaret Updyke, married Oct. 2nd, 1804. 2nd wife Susanah Woodford, married Jan. 29th 1811, married in Loudoun Co. Va. Moved to Tennessee.
2. George, b. Nov 6, 1783. Married Helen Ewers March 9, 1807 in Virginia, moved to Ohio and settled near Columbus.
3. Thomas, b. Oct 3, 1785. Came to Ohio in 1820. Died Aug 14, 1857, married in Va Jan 30, 1809 to Sarah Mary Pyott, born 1787, died 1874, both buried in Boston, Ohio, Belmont Co Cemetery. Had 9 children.
4. Joseph, b. Sept 2, 1787. Came to Ohio in 1820. Died Mary 26, 1865. Married in Va May 20, 1810 to Mary Wilson, b. Nov 12, 1789 and died Nov 12, 1862, both buried near Hendrysburg, Ohio. Had 12 children.
5. Richard, b. Sep 28, 1790. Was blind in one eye. Came to Ohio in 1820. Lived for awhile at Clayville, Ohio. Wm. A. Carter said that he went to Kentucky later and died there. No mention made of a family.
6. Mary, b. Aug 18, 1792. Married in Va to Mr. Cummings. Died one year later, no children. Buried in Va.
7. John, b. Nov 22, 1794. Went West. On his way back to Belmont Co he was taken sick at Cincinnati and died there, no record of any family.
8. Mahalia, b. Oct 22, 1797. Died in infancy in Va.
9. Charles, b. Feb, 1800. Came to Ohio, married Malinda Craven. Had one son Richard who was the father of Alice Carter of Elsie Mich. Charles later went to Michigan. Richard the sonís second wife was alive in 1917.
10. Samuel, b. Jun 9, 1806. Of him I knew nothing unless he was the Samuel C. that was murdered in 1838 in Muskingum Co. Ohio, and left one son, Thomas, who was raised by his motherís people, the Wickhams. In 1917 Thomas was living near Newark, Ohio and he said that his father was from Loudoun Co, Va.
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