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MILITARY SERVICE: REVOLUTIONARY WAR
The above information was based on the Revolutionary War Survivor's Pension
application and file of Isaac Carter. The file included his widow's
application to receive the pension payments due to him at the time of his
death. See Pension File #S-8147. When he entered service for the first
time on 5 FEB 1777, he was residing in Cumberland County, NC, and had to
rely on information from "friends" to estimate his age and year of
birth, implying he was probably orphaned. He mentioned a brother, who was
perhaps an older brother, but that is not certain. The name of the brother
was not mentioned. His first tour of duty was initially under the command
of General Francis Nash, in a regiment of the 7th North Carolina Continental
Line (that is, a Regular Army unit rather than a local militia unit)
commanded by Colonel Hogan, a Major whose name Isaac could not recall,
in a company commanded by Captain John Welch, Lt. Robert Green and Ensign
James Pearl. [General Nash was later killed in combat and Colonel Hogan
was promoted to General to replace him.] During this tour Isaac also
served in a company commanded by Captain Robert Fenner in a battalion
commanded by Colonel Sylvanius Harney in the Third Continental Regiment
commanded by Colonel (later General) Hogan. During this first tour of duty
Isaac was at the Battles of Brandywine and Germantown, and he was at Valley
Forge, Pennsylvania, during the winter of 1777. In 1778 his unit marched
to New Jersey in pursuit of the British Army and he participated in the
Battle of Monmouth, New Jersey; his unit then pursued the British into New
York. In the summer of 1778, his unit was "passing to and fro through
the State of New Jersey". Part of his unit wintered at Morristown,
New Jersey, and the remaineder wintered "at a place then called
Perammus" [spelling not certain], New Jersey, implying the name had
since been changed. In the Spring of 1779 his unit marched to West Point,
New York. That summer the unit, under General Wayne, engaged the British
at [uncertain, possibly "King"] Point and were victorius. In the
Autumn of 1779, Isaac Carter marched with his unit to South Carolina
and that winter  they were marching on toward Charleston when his term
of service expired. He was discharged by Colonel Harney at Lockhart's Folly
"about thirty miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina".
"I then remained a short time in Cumberland County, North Carolina,
my birth place..." [Underlining added.]
Isaac Carter stated he re-enlisted as a " Balloted soldier of North
Carolina" on 1 JUL 1781 for a one year tour of duty. Upon further
questioning, Isaac Carter added: "...the last twelve months of
service I was what was called a Balloted Substitute in North Carolina. The
militia of that state then being classed in the number of twelve in a class
who had one of each class to enter the service or to hire a substitute, and
I entered the service as a substitute for one of this class." This
second tour of service, then appears to have been with the North Carolina
Militia rather than with the Regular Army (Continental Line).
During his second tour of duty Isaac served under Captain Dennis Porterfield
and his unit was in North and South Carolina. He described the route of
the march to South Carolina, where his unit joined General Greene's forces
about 1 September 1781. General Greene's army marched to Eutaw Springs
and engaged the British there on 8 SEP 1781. "...I was wounded in
the left arm..." at the Battle of Eutaw Springs. He was then marched
through South Carolina to Bacon's Bridge, near Charleston, South Carolina.
Isaac Carter was discharged at Bacon's Bridge then marched with about 100
other soldiers to Wilmington, North Carolina, where his discharge papers
were delivered to him. The group march was to prevent individual dischargees
from being attacked by the Tories [Loyalists] enroute home, he explained.
Isaac Carter stated he again returned to Cumberland County, NC [about JUL
1782], where he resided for three years after the war [until about mid-1785],
then he relocated to Orangeburg District, South Carolina, where he remained
until the Spring of 1810, when he relocated to Pike County, Mississippi. He
filed his pension application from Pike County, MS.
When questioned about his age and date of birth, Isaac Carter made the
following replies. He stated he was born "...In Cumberland County,
North Carolina, and according to the best information ever received by me
from my friends, I was born in the year 1764...I never had an exact record
of my age but was informed by my friends who professed to be acquainted
with my brother and who said they had children near my age and whose age
was recorded, this being the only channel through which I could obtain any
thing like a correct knowledge of my age."
The amount of time Isaac Carter served during his first tour was three years
and 15 days. His second tour was one year. The total service during the
War for Independence was four years and 15 days.
Isaac Carter listed as references James Y. McNabb and Rev. Joseph Raybourn,
who signed his name Joseph Raborn. With a tremorous hand, Isaac Carter,
age about 69 years, signed his sworn affidavit on 17 JUN 1833 and affidavits
by his references were signed the same date. Also on the same date, George
G. McNabb, Clerk of Probate Court, and ex officio Clerk of the Board of
County Police of Pike County certified the affadavits were the original
[Rev. Joseph Raborn was probably the pastor of the church attended by Isaac
Carter in 1833. Efforts should be made to identify the church and determine
if any records of births, baptisms, marriages, deaths, and funerals were
preserved. One of Derrel Carter's daughters married Joseph Raborn, Jr.,
possibly a son of the minister.]
No reference was made by Isaac Carter in his pension applicaton to the date
or place of his marriage or to the name of his wife.
A transcript of Isaac Carter's Pension Application is posted on the Pike
County, Mississippi, USGenWeb site on the following web page.
An abstract of Isaac Carter's military service and a brief family history
is found in FAMILY RECORDS: MISSISSIPPI REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS,
compiled by the Mississippi Society, Daughters of the American Revolution
(DAR), State Board of Management, 1953-1956. According to this account,
Isaac Carter resided near the town of Chatawa in Pike County. "Chatawa
Convent said to be located on their old home."
The Revolutionary War [Pension] Claim of Isaac Carter of Pike County,
Mississippi,was approved on 12 DEC 1833. The document reported that Isaac
Carter was entitled to receive a pension of $80 per year during his natural
life, beginning on 4 MAR 1831. He died before receiving any pension
payments. Nancy Carter then applied to receive the payments due to Isaac
Carter for the period 4 MAR 1831 until Isaac's death on 24 MAR 1834. Nancy
had to prove that she was indeed the widow of Isaac Carter. For that
purpose she requested affadavits from some surviving friends who had known
Isaac and Nancy Carter in Orangeburg District, South Carolina. Some of
these were their neighbors in 1800, as proved by that census.
Leonard Varnado and Peter Felder of Pike County jointly certified on 2 JUN
1834 that they believed that Nancy Carter was the widow of the deceased
pensioner. They stated they had been acquainted with the couple in both
Orangeburg District, South Carolina, and in Pike County, Mississippi.
In an second affadavit, dated 26 JUN 1835, Leonard Varnado stated he
had known the Carters for 40 years before Isaac's death, or since about
On 11 MAY 1835, Benjamin Zachary of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, swore
that " he was present and saw Isaac Carter married to Nancy Young in
the State of South Carolina Orangeburgh District does not recollect the date
but knows that the said parties were legally married."
[Zachary's affadavit is the only primary source record that has been found
that alleges that Nancy Carter's maiden name was Young and that Isaac and
Nancy Carter were married in Orangeburg District, SC.]
Family members also provided affidavits. On 2 JUN 1834 and again on 26
JUN 1835, John. J. Bankston, Derrel Carter, and Burrel Carter each signed
an affadavit swearing that Nancy Carter was the widow of Isaac Carter, the
pensioner. Derrel and Burrel were sons of Isaac and Nancy Carter. John J.
Bankston was apparently a relative of Derrel's wife, Sarepta Taylor Carter,
a Bankston descendant. The second affadavit was witnessed and cetified by
Harvil Carter, another son of Nancy Carter, who was a Justice of the Peace
for Pike County.
Another account of the Isaac Carter family is found in Resource Records
of Pike / Walthall Counties, Mississippi, 1798-1910;... This volume
includes a reprint of Pike County, Mississippi, 1798-1876, by Luke
Ward Conerly, plus information added by E. Russ Williams, Jr.:
"Miscellaneous Legal and Family Records Pertaining to the Areas of Pike and
Walthall Counties, Mississippi". Williams included a brief history and
genealogy of the Isaac Carter family which reported that "Isaac Carter
...married in Orangeburg District, South Carolina, in 1780; and died in Pike County,
Mississippi, Mar. 24, 1834. He is buried on Rocky Creek in Chatawa,
No documentation proving the marriage was in 1780 has been discovered. The
1800 census of Isaac and Nancy Carter indicated they had no children born
before 1785. A marriage about 1784 or 1785 thus seems more plausible.
Using 1784 as a reference point and assuming that Nancy Young Carter was
at least 16 years of age when she married, the best estimate of her year
of birth is about 1768 or earlier.
Williams also reported that "Isaac Carter married Ann Elizabeth (Nancy)
Young, supposedly "Dutch, short,dumpy, jolly, adept, etc." [No
source was cited for this quote.] "She spoke Dutch and was born in
Orangeburgh Dist., S.C. She died after Isaac, having spent her last years
with her son Israel..."
The writer has as yet found no proof of any of these statements:
Mrs. Nancy Carter's full maiden name was Ann Elizabeth Young.
Nancy Young Carter spoke Dutch.
Nancy Young Carter was born in Orangeburg District, South Carolina.
Nancy Young Carter resided her last years with her son, Israel.
It now appears that Nancy Young Carter was confused with Elizabeth Young,
daughter of William Young, Jr., and Mary Linder Young of Orangeburgh
District, South Carolina. William Young, Jr. was the son of William Young,
Sr., and his wife, Rebecca, who were from Holland and settled in Orangeburgh
District, South Carolina in the mid-1730s. It is not certain whether
William Young, Jr., was born in Holland or in South Carolina, but it appears
certain that he spoke Dutch. Elizabeth Young, was possibly the first
generation of this family to have been born in America, and she probably
also spoke Dutch. Elizabeth Young was born in Orangeburgh District, South
Carolina, on 14 JUL 1764, according to personal correspondence received
from Bill R. Linder, 4615 9th Street
South, Arlington, VA 22204-5922. He reported that Elizabeth Young married,
first, Richard Moncrieff, and second, Samuel G.Parsons.
For more detail about the William Young, Jr., and Mary (Linder) Young family
and their descendants, go to this web page compiled by Gene Jeffries, the
official Genealogist for the Orangeburgh German-Swiss Genealogical Society:
There is a companion web page that contains data of interest to a later Carter-Amacker union.
The name "Ann Elizabeth ("Nancy") Young" appears only in
applications for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution
(DAR). Some of those applications should be obtained and critically
evaluated to determine if documentation was provided and, if so, what were
the primary source documents.
317. "Nancy" YOUNG was born before
1775, according to her 1800, 1810, and 1820 census records. [A birth year
between 1765 and 1770 is plausible, based on the 1800 census data.] No
other proof of the age or date of birth of Nancy Carter has been found.
Nancy Young Carter obviously died after 2 JUL 1835, when the payment from
the pension of Isaac Carter was made to Hardy Carter, son and attorney for
Nancy Carter. The sum of $244.38 was received by Nancy Carter, based on
Isaac's having lived three years and 20 days from the effective date of the
pension program, 4 MAR 1831.
The settlement of the pension claim does not prove that Nancy Carter died
in 1835, although no records that are definitely hers have been found
after the pension settlement and the 1835 tax list of Pike County. It has
been purported that Mrs. Nancy Carter resided with her son, Israel Carter,
after the death of Isaac Carter. In 1840 there was no elderly woman in
the household of Israel Carter in Pike County, MS. The only elderly woman
residing in a Carter household in Pike County, MS, in 1840 was found in the
Henry Carter household; she was age 70-79, or born in the 1760s. That would
fit Nancy Carter, but Henry Carter has not yet been proved to have been her
son. The elderly woman in the home of Henry Carter was more likely Mrs.
Charity Carter, widow of Samuel Carter, who died in Pike County in 1837.
Tentatively, it is concluded that Mrs. Nancy Carter died before 1840 in
Pike County, MS.
WHO WERE "NANCY" YOUNG CARTER'S PARENTS?
The parents of Nancy Young Carter have not been identified.
Assuming that Nancy Young Carter spoke Deutsch (German) rather than Dutch,
could she possibly have been a descendant of Isaac Young, Sr., a bricklayer
who arrived in the German-Swiss community near Savannah, Camden County,
Georgia, on 21 AUG 1736? The following family members were named in
A List of the Early Settlers of Georgia, edited by E. Merton Coulter
and Albert B. Saye, published by The University of Georgia Press, Athens,
GA, (c) 1949, 1967.
Other Youngs who migrated to the German-Swiss settlement in Georgia,
named in the above reference, were the following:
Daniel Young, "quitted" before August, 1741
George Young, age 45, "Tr. Servant", died by AUG 1742.
Mary Box Young, wife of Thomas the Wheelwright.
All of the Youngs listed above went from Europe to the Georgia Colony
"on their own account." They were Palantine refugees who
went voluntarily to the American colonies in search of religious freedom.
It is uncertain whether some of the Youngs, mentioned above, were indentured
servents. That seemed to be suggested by the references to their
"quitting"and going to the Carolinas, more likely to adjacent
RECORDS OF THE ISAAC CARTER FAMILY IN ORANGEBURG DISTRICT / COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA:
The Isaac Carter family was residing between the forks of the Edisto River.
The Thomas Young family was nearby. Thomas Young was age 26-44 years, thus
he could possibly have been a brother of Nancy Young Carter. A Samuel
Carter, also age 26-44 years, and family was also residing nearby.
1810 TAX LIST, AMITE COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI TERRITORY:
This tax list was contibuted by Cynthia Samples,
whose web site contains information about Isaac Carter, his children, and
The tax list was published in Residents of the Mississippi Territory:
Miscellaneous, Books 2A and 2B, compiled by Jean Strickland and Particia
Edwards, P. O. Box 5147, Moss Point, MS 39563, (c) 1995, the compilers. See
Page 181 for Carters. The compiler indicated that the column titles were
not indicated on the original tax lists and have been estimated.
Isaac, his son Allen, and daughter Mary, who married Britton Addison,
were enumerated on successive lines of the unalphabetized tax list.
Age 21 of over__________02______01______01
Under age 21___________05______01______01
Age 21 or over__________01______01______01
Under age 21___________02______00______00
Total: Free Whites______10______03______03
Other Free Persons_____00______00______00
The 1810 tax list suggests that Isaac Carter had 10 children who were
residing in Amite County: two sons and one daughter born 1789 or earlier;
five sons and two daughters born 1790 or later, a total of seven sons and
three daughters. It appears that one of the two eldest sons was still
residing in his parent's home in 1810. No additional children were born
after this 1810 tax list.
MILITARY SERVICE: WAR OF 1812:
In 1946, Mrs. Boyd Gardner, nee Vida Lamkin Lenoir, born 13 APR 1896,
applied for membership in the National Society of United States Daughters
of 1812, Mississippi State File # 85, National File #13904, based on the
service of Isaac Carter of Pike County, Mississippi. Mrs. Gardner was
residing in McComb, Pike County, MS, in 1946. She reported her line of
descent was (1.) Isaac Carter, 1765-1834; (2.) Henry Carter m. Nancy Tate;
(3.) Sarah Anne Minerva Carter m. Robert Lenoir; (4.) David C. Lenoir m.
Gussie Hurst Lamkin; (5.) Vida Lamkin Lenoir. The Revolutionary War
Survivor's Pension File of Isaac Carter shows Mrs. Boyd Gardner obtained
a copy of the file in 1937.
None of the published genealogies of the Isaac Carter family have included
a Henry Carter as a son of Isaac Carter. F. N. ("Doc") Carter,
whose U. S. Mail address if 247 Mockingbird Lane, San Angelo, Texas
76901-4809, indicated that Henry Carter was a son of Samuel Carter, who
was possibly a younger brother of Isaac Carter. Succession Records of
St. Helena Parish, Louisiana, 1804-1854 were abstracted by Clyde Purser
Young and edited by E. Russ Williams, Jr., and published in 1966. An
abstract of the succession of Samuel Carter, who was a resident of Pike
County, MS, but owned land in St. Helena Parish, indicated that Henry Carter
was the adinistrator of the estate and he purchased land from the estate,
which he apparently resold to a son of Samuel Carter as part of the
settlement. The abstract named seven children and heirs of Samuel Carter
but implied there was an eighth heir. Henry Carter was not expressly
stated in the abstract to have been a son and heir of Samuel Carter, but
he might possibly have been. The original and complete succession needs
to be studied to resolve this issue of whether Henry Carter was a son of
Samuel Carter or, by exclusion, of Isaac Carter.
Few details about the military service of Isaac Carter in the War of 1812
were provided. He reportely served as a Private in a regiment under the
command of Lt. Col. Nixon. A citation was make to "Vol. IV, Page 165,
Mississippi Historical Society (Mississippi Territory in War of 1812)
edited by Dunbar Rowland, Jackson, Mississippi. Official war record filed
in Mississippi Archives and History".
Rowland Dunbar, Director of the Mississippi State Archives for many years,
did publish that Isaac Carter was a Private in Col. Nixon's regiment.
However, a search of the Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers
Who Served During the War of 1812 in Organizations from the Territory of
Mississippi, National Archives Microfilm Publications, Microcopy Number
678, failed to find a pay slip for Isaac Carter of Pike County, Mississippi,
among the records of the 13th Mississippi Regiment, commanded by Col. Nixon.
The following Carters from Pike County did serve under Captain Henry Quin
and Lt. Col. George Henry Nixon: 1st Lt. William Carter, Sergeant Burrel
Carter, and Privates Allen, Henry, Hardy, and George Carter. Marcus E.
Carter and Michael Carter served in other companies of the 13th Regiment.
These were all inducted between 4-8 JAN 1815 for a period of three months,
unless discharged earlier. They were all discharged after one month's
service, on or about 5 FEB 1815. There was no indication in their military
records that any of them were present at the Battle of New Orleans on
8 JAN 1815.
RECORDS OF THE ISAAC CARTER FAMILY IN THE MISSISSIPPI TERRITORY PRIOR TO
Greg K. and/or Paula L. Carter, 4805-A Highway 29, Petal, Mississippi 39465, contributed the following data to Rita B. Denman (her address below), who has provided a copy to this compiler. Persons age 21-50 years were taxed. The original tax lists need to be consulted to confirm that males of age 20 years were not taxed. The original lists may provide important clues with regard to family groupings, also.
1812 Tax List, Marion County, Mississippi Territory:
1813 Tax List, Lawrence County, Mississippi Territory:
NOTE: This tax list suggests that Isaac Carter was born in 1763,
keeping in mind that Isaac stated in 1833 that he did not know
his date of birth but only estimated it to have been about 1764.
This 1813 tax list was published in Marion County, Mississippi,
Miscellaneous Records, compiled by E. Russ Williams. There
was no date or place of publication or printing. The details of
the tax list revealed that Isaac Carter and his two sons, William
and Allen, each owned land on the &qoot;Tansipoho" watershed.
Isaac was assessed tax on 320 acres "2nd quality" land
and a two wheeled carriage. The two sons each were taxed for one
poll, and 160 acres of "1st quality" land. Each of the
three were also taxed for slaves: 16 for Isaac, two for Allen, and
one for William. Also on this list were Jacob Carter, over 50, and
Samuel Carter (less than 50) and "Mikel" [Michael] Carter.
[This list, thus, indicates that Samuel was younger than Isaac.]
"Tansipoho" was probably a mis-spelling of Tangipohoa, as land records (see below) indicate Isaac Carter was granted land on the Tangipohoa River as early as 1811. A geological map or historical map should be consulted to confirm that this was a mis-spelling of Tangipahoa. Research on the formation of Counties might also shed some light on this issue.
1814 Tax List, Lawrence County, Mississippi Territory:
1815 Tax List, Marion County, Mississippi Territory:
1815 Tax List, Lawrence County, Mississippi Territory:
1815 Tax List, Marion and Lawrence Counties, Mississippi Territory:
NOTES: Greg K. Carter added this note: "The Marcus E. here
is son of Jacob B." [Carter of] "N. Jersey. Jacob was
also a Rev. War vet. They later came to Covington Co., MS."
This is the first appearance of Burrel Carter in the tax lists in
Mississippi. He apparently attained the age of 21 years in 1815,
which would suggest a birth year of about 1794.
Mrs. Rita B. Denman also obtained a copy of a map of original land grants
in Township 1 North, Range 7 East, Pike County, Mississippi, which she
shared with the compiler.
Isaac Carter received original land grants in Pike County dated 16 APR 1811,
28 NOV 1811, 11 FEB 1812, 10 MAR 1812, 10 JAN 1818 (2 plots). Most of
these were in Sections 23 and 24, with one plot in Section 25. Other
Carters who received original land grants were D.(?) W. Carter, 1818;
Allen Carter, 1817, 1836 (2 plots); Samuel Carter, 1817; Henry Carter, 1836;
Derrel Carter, 1836, 1850; Isaac Carter (2nd?), 1836; Hardy Carter, 1836
(3 plots); F. A. Carter, 1853; Pharaoh Carter, 1854; S. Carter (3 plots,
dates illegible); Israel Carter, 1854; Jamison Carter, 1854 (3 plots);
Isaac F. Carter, 1854 (3 plots); James Houston (husband of Elizabeth
A map of original grants in Township 2 North, Range 7 East, might reveal
additional Carter family members.
PIKE COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI TERRITORY AND STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, RECORDS:
When I visited the Pike County Courthouse in Magnolia, Mississippi, I was
informed that the Courthouse burned in 1882 and that all prior civil records
were destroyed. It is thus necessary to rely on state and federal records,
including census and tax records and land records, family records, cemetery
records, newspaper accounts, and so forth.
It is possible that some of the pre-1882 land grants and deeds were re-
recorded after the Courthouse fire. Under normal circumstances, persons
owning land in the county after such a catastrophe would re-record their
personal copies of deeds, which often included a title history for the land.
Descendants and others researching the Isaac Carter family are encouraged
to search the deeds of Pike County for the period immediately following the
1816 "Census" [probably a Tax List]:
NOTE: This tax list shows six sons and two daughters and there was
an additional daughter who married earlier, making three daughters.
Allen Carter does not seem to be accounted for on this tax list and
is probably a seventh son. Allen Carter was listed in 1817, below.
1817 Tax List, Pike County, Mississippi
Enumerated in the Isaac Carter household:
1 male over 45; 1 female over 45; 2 males and 1 female age 10-15 years.
NOTE: Only seven sons and one daughter can be confirmed from this
census: William, Allen, Hardy, Burrel, and Derrel, plus 2 sons and
one daughter residing in the Isaac Carter household. However, added
to the six sons and one daughter born by 1800, the addition of two
sons and one daughter brings the total to eight sons and two daughters,
or total of ten children born by 1820. There is a discrepancy here
with the data from the 1810 tax list of Amite County, which indicated
a total of seven sons and three daughters.
1825 Tax List:
1835 Tax List:
The inclusion of Isaac Carter, Sr., Nancy Carter, and Isaac Carter, Jr.,
raises a couple of questions. Since Isaac Carter died prior to this
tax list, were there two more persons named Isaac Carter in the county?
How were they related to Isaac Carter (about 1764-1834)? The "Sr." may
be the Revolutionary War veteran, whose estate had not yet been distributed.
But Isaac Carter, the veteran, has not been reported to have had a son named
Isaac Carter, Jr. Regardless, was it Isaac Carter, Jr., who served in the
War of 1812, rather than the Revolutionary War veteran, who would have
been over age 55 when the War of 1812 started? The only other Isaac Carters
that has been found in this lineage were Isaac F. Carter, b. 1813, son of
William Carter and his first wife, Hannah Cole; and Isaac Carter, b. 1831,
son of Israel Carter and his first wife, Maria Felder. The Isaac Carter,
Jr., on the 1835 tax list was likely Isaac F. Carter, son of William Carter. He was
who was born too late to have served in the War of 1812 but was old enough
to be on the 1835 tax list. A second, younger Isaac F. Carter, b. 24 AUG
1830, and wife, Caroline, are buried in the William Guy Cemetery in Pike
1843 Tax List:
Note the abscence of one of the William Carters. William, son of Isaac, reportedly died in 1840.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: I am endebted to Mrs. Rita B. Denman,
Mrs. Peggy Cansler, and
Mrs. Clemi Blackburn for sharing
data about their Carter ancestries and the history of their Carter families.
Their U. S. Mail addresses will appear below.
There is general (concensual) agreement that the following nine Carters were
children of Isaac Carter "Nancy" (Young) Carter. There is a
possibility that there was one additional son and/or one additional daughter
that has not been positivley connected to this family. Several genealogies
have included a John Carter, but there is not a concensus among researchers
of the Isaac Carter family that John Carter was a son of Isaac Carter.
Therefore, he has not been included in this list. Some early family
histories included a Redmond Carter as a son of Isaac Carter; more
contemporary research has excluded him as a son of Isaac Carter.
The following nine Carters were all apparently born in Orangeburgh District,
South Carolina, between 1785 and 1810. In 1800 the Isaac Carter family was
residing between the forks of the Edisto River, which encompasses a large
portion of the contemporary county of Orangeburg and the northern portion
of contemporary Aiken County. No more precice locations of the places of
birth of these children are known.
Lists of the proven, probable, or possible children of these children (that is, the grandchildren of Isaac and Nancy Carter) are posted on "The Carters of Mississippi", a web page developed and maintained by Mrs. Cynthia Samples.
Allen CARTER, b. 1786, per his 1850 census in Pike Co.,
MS, was probably the eldest son, based on the fact that he appeared on tax
lists a year earlier than William Carter. He was a legal adult in Amite
County, MS, in 1810, proving a birth in 1789 or earlier. In 1835 he was a
witness to the appointment by his mother, Nancy Carter, of his brother,
Hardy Carter, as her attorney to represent her in obtaining the pension
payments due to Isaac Carter at his death. Little has been published in
print about Allen Carter and his descenants. The following are listed as
children on Mrs. Sample's web site. Children with Elizabeth Addison:
Bennet, Tarrant A., three unidentified daughters. Chidren with Martha
Raborn: Jane Raborn Carter, Henry Young Carter, Hansford D. Carter,
Duncan H. Carter.
William CARTER, b. ca. 1785-1790, probably in Orangeburgh
District, SC. He was a War of 1812 veteran, serving with the rank of 1st
Lt. in the 13th Mississippi Militia Regiment.
The first wife of William Carter was Hannah Jemima Cole. They were
married in Amite Co., MS, on 22 OCT 1812. They were the parents of
Isaac F. Carter, born about 1813, and Mahala Carter, who married Jacob
Leonard Amacker. A second daughter, born between 1812-1820, has not been
identified; she may have died young.
William Carter married, second, Susannah Williams on 5 OCT 1820 in Amite
County, MS. Their children, as reported by Rita B. Denman, were: Emily
Carter m. B. D. Owens; Carolyn Carter m. Locke Martin; Francis Marion
Carter; Artabanus Carter; Harmon M.Carter; Peter Horry Carter; Mary Carter
m. William Cook; Jensey (or Jinsey) Carter m. Jesse Morris.
William Carter died about 1840, and Susanna (Williams) Carter died before
Mrs. Clemi Blackburn, 810 Avenue E NorthWest, Childress, Texas 79201, is a
descendant and researcher of this family. She descends from William Carter
via Mahala Carter who married, first, Jacob Leonard Amacker and, second,
Mrs. Rita B. Denman is also researching William Carter and his descendants
because her husband is a descendant of William Carter. Her U. S. Mail
address is 1008 Blue Ridge Place, Richardson, TX 75080-4925.
Mary CARTER, b. 18 MAR 1792, was m. 28 JAN 1808 to John
Britton Addison. In 1808 her parents and family were residing in
Orangeburgh District, SC, so that is the likely place of marriage.
Mike Curls is a descendant-researcher of
this family. He reported that Britton and "Polly" (Carter) Addison
were residing near the town of Darlington in St. Helena Parish, LA, at the
time of the 1820 census. In 1820 Mary Carter Addison had one son age 10-15
years, and four sons and one daughter age less than 10 years.
"Brittain" Addison died in St. Helena Parish, LA, intestate, prior to
22 DEC 1829, when an inventory was made of his estate. The settlement of
the estate of Britton Addison was recorded in St. Helena Parish Succession
Records, File 1-A. An abstract was published in Succession Records of
St. Helena Parish, Louisiana, 1804-1854 compiled by Clyde Purser
Young, (c) 1966, and edited by E. Russ Williams, Jr.
The widow, Mrs. Mary Addison, was appointed curator [guardian] of her 11
minor children, of which 1. Daniel, 2. Hansford, 3. Nancy and 4. Mary L.
Addison were "of the age of puberty", and 5. Archelaus K., 6. Ashford,
7. Lavica or "Lavicy", 8. Martha J., 9. Caroine Augusta, 10. William S., and 11. Elizabeth Addison
were under the ages of 12 and 14. In 1840, Nancy Hazard, wife of Raleigh
Hazard, "a child and forced heir", filed suit against her mother requesting
partitioning of her father's land.
In 1847, Daniel Addison requested partitioning of the estate. In an 1851
partition, the husband of Caroline Augusta was Julius H. Alford. The husband
of Levicy was Paul Harvin. Ashford and Archelaus K. Addison had relocated
before 1851 to Sabine Parish, LA; Daniel Addison was residing in Livingston
Parish. Levicy A. Addison Harvin deceased before 10 JAN 1851 (and probably
before 1 JUN 1850; see 1850 census of Mrs. Mary Addison, below).
At a sale on 8 OCT 1840, Daniel Addison purchased 640 acres on Beaver
Creek, "being the last residence of the deceased". At a sale on 15 APR 1848,
Mrs. Mary Addison purchased 480 acres "being last residence of deceased".
1840 census of Mary Carter Addison, St. Helena Parish, LA.
1 f. age 50-59; 1 f. age 30-39, 2 m. and 2 f. age 20-29; 2 f. age 15-19,
1 m. age 10-14. Total 3 males and 6 females. Daniel Addison, age 20-29, was married and was not living in Mary's household. There was another male, age 20-29, possibly a brother, residing with Daniel Addison in 1840. At the time of this census, Mary Carter Addison would have been age 48 to 51, so the female, age 50-59, is apparently Mary. She did not have a daughter born before the 1810 tax list, however, so the female, age 30 or over, may not be a daughter.
A transcript of the Family Bible of Britton Addison and Mary Carter Addison,
in the possession of Hart D. Addison of Conroe, TX, a Great-Grandson, was
provided to F. M. "Doc" Carter. The Family Register indicated the eldest son
of Mary Carter Addison was Israel Addison, b. 1808 and d. 1822. The register
also indicated that Hansford Addison died in 1835 and that Levicy died in 1849.
The husband of Elizabeth Addison was Joseph Woodward, according to the
register. No husbands were recorded for Mary Addison or Martha Addison; they
possibly never married. Mary Carter Addison died 3 JUN 1861, according to the
Family Register; she obviously in St. Helena Parish, LA.
Mrs. Mary Addison was enumerated on the 1850 and 1860 census of St. Helena
Parish, LA. In her household in 1850 were Martha, age 25, William age 22,
and Elizabeth, age 20, and Nicholas Harvin, age 8 months. In 1860 Mary
Addison was residing with her son, William S. Addison. Her age was given as
58 in 1850 and as 70 in 1860.
Hardy CARTER, b. ca. 1790-1794. He was a War of 1812 veteran.
He was married prior to the formation of Pike County, MS, in 1816. He was
born before 1794, per the 1820 census of Pike Co., MS, which indicated he
had two daughters born after the 1816 "census". In 1835, Hardy
Carter (Sr.) was appointed by his mother, Nancy Carter, to serve as her
attorney in securing the pension payments due to Isaac Carter at his death.
In 1837, a Hardy Carter served as a Representative to the Mississippi State
Legislature. By 1840, Hardy Carter was residing in Union Parish, LA. His
first, unidentified wife, appears to have died in Union Parish shortly after
the 1840 census and Hardy Carter married, second, in Union County, ARKANSAS,
just over the state line, Mrs. Jane F. (Cook) Cason, on 12 NOV 1841. They
were enumerated on the 1850 census of Union County, Arkansas. They were
apparently residing in Claiborne Parish, LA, when Mrs. Jane Carter died.
Her estate was being settled in Claiborne Parish on 29 AUG 1857 and identified
James M. Carter as her minor son. Hardy Carter has not been found on the
1860 census. A person named Hardy Carter was granted land in Caddo Parish,
LA, in 1860. The 1860 mortality schedule for Claiborne and Caddo Parishes
should be checked for Hardy Carter. The following were probably children of
Hardy Carter and his first, unidentified wife: two unidentified daughters,
born 1816-1820; Derrel Carter (b. MS, about 1818), Moses Carter (b. MS 1826
or earlier), Franklin Carter (b. MS about 1829), Pinckney Carter (b. MS about
1833), possibly Meridith Carter and possibly John J. Carter. The latter two,
who participated in the estate settlement, have not been researched. James M.
Carter, b. about 1845 in Arkansas, was a son of Hardy Carter and Jane Cook
Hardy Carter was named on two land grant documents in Union Parish, LA,
signed by him on 10 APR 1843 and 1 OCT 1845. On 3 OCT 1860 a person named
Hardy Carter was granted land in Caddo Parish. LA. On 1 SEP 1849,
"Derril" Carter received a grant in Union Parish. For
particulars about the land grants, go to this URL and perform a search for
Hardy Carter and/or "Derril" Carter:
The research notes of Frank Norris ("Doc")
Carter of San Angelo, TX, were invaluable in preparing this synopsis
about the Hardy Carter family.
Burrel CARTER, whose signature contained only one letter
"L", was b. ca. 1795 or 1796. He m. Mrs. Judith (nee Taylor)
White, widow of Robert White. Judith has been reported to be a daughter
of Nimrod Taylor, formerly of Wilkes County, Georgia. Judith had children
by her first marriage, including Caroline Virginia White, called
"Callie", who married Harvil Carter., younger brother of Burrel.
Burrel served as a Sergeant in the 13th Mississippi Regiment in the War of
1812. Burrel and Judith Carter were enumerated on the 1850 census in Pike
County, MS, with one sons and three daughters in their home. Conerly and
Williams reported that Burrel later resided at Darlington Plantation,
Chipola, Louisiana, and that he died 28 AUG 1860 and was buried on his
plantation. Chipola is located in northwest St. Helena Parish, LA, near
the Amite River.
Mrs. Judith White was enumerated on the 1860 census of St. Helena Parish,
LA, Microfilm Page 490 and Slave Schedule Page 21. The 1860 Mortality
schedule for St. Helena Parish should be checked for Burrel Carter.
Information about the ancestry of Judith Taylor White Carter can be
Gayle Erickson's Home Page. See specifically the following four web
pages: /GENE14-0012.html/; /GENE14-0017.html/; /GENE-0022.html/;
The children of Burrel Carter and Judith Taylor, as listed by Mrs. Samples,
were: William A., Melitia Ann, Walton N., Wilford M., Wellington W.,
Sarepta, Nancy A., Angeline, and Elizabeth.
Derrel CARTER, whose signature contained only
one letter "L" was b. ca. 1799. He m. Sarepta / Sareptha Taylor.
She was reported in one genealogy to have been a sister of Judith (Taylor),
who married Burrel Carter. The fact that Burrel and Judith Carter named
a daughter Sarept(h)a Carter seems to support this conclusion. Also,
Derrel and Sarepta Carter named a daughter Judith Carter, further
supporting the connection.
See the web page for the Derrel Carter family for a discussion of their
Mrs. Peggy Cansler, 5151 South Greenway Drive, Tucson, Arizona 85706, like
the compiler, is a researcher of the Derrel Carter family. Her husband,
Ronald Cansler, descends from Derrel Carter through his son, Jasper Newton
Frank Norris ("Doc") Carter,
who descends from Minton M. Carter, son of Derrel Carter, is another
researcher of this family.
Information about the ancestry of Sarepta Taylor Carter can be found on
Gayle Erickson's Home Page.
See specifically the following four web pages: /GENE14-0012.html/;
/GENE14-0017.html/; /GENE-0022.html/; /GENE14-0027.html/.
Harvil CARTER, whose signature contained only one letter
"L", was b. ca. 1805. In 1835 Harvil Carter was a Justice of the
Peace in Pike County, MS, and in that role certified some of the legal
documents submitted for his mother, Nancy Carter, to obtain the payments due
on the pension of Isaac Carter. Harvil Carter, born about 1806 in South
Carolina, was residing alone in Bossier (now Webster) Parish, LA, in 1850.
A "Harville" Carter was indexed on Microfilm Page 93 of the 1850
census of Amite Co., Mississippi. That census report should be compared.
The "H. Carter" enumerated in 1860 in East Feleciana Parish, LA,
on Microfilm Pages 25 and 204 (Slave Schedule) may be Harvil Carter.
Some family historians have reported that the wife of Harvil Carter was
Caroline Virginia "Callie" White, daughter of Judith Taylor White
Carter. Slaton reported that Harvil Carter died 2 NOV 1865 at his St. Cloud
Plantation, located at McManus, in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana.
Harvil was reported to own up to 1100 acres, including all of Section 47,
Township 2 South, Range 1 East. The most extensive published account of
this family was by Claude B. Slaton in the Louisiana Genealogical Register,
DEC 1985 issue.
Information about the ancestry of Caroline Virginia White can be found on
Gayle Erickson's Home Page.
See specifically the following four web pages: /GENE14-0012.html/;
/GENE14-0017.html/; /GENE-0022.html/; /GENE14-0027.html/.
The children of Harvil Carter and Caroline White, reported in published
family histories were: Marcus Tallious, Hannibal (male), Robert S., Haley
Montgomery (or Haley McCalister), Addie M. (or Addie E.), Lilah Virginia,
and Dewitt Carter. Documentation is needed for these children.
Israel CARTER, b. ca. 1807 or 1808. He was enumerated on
the 1840 census of Pike Co., MS, and the 1850 and 1860 census of Amite Co.,
MS. Conerly and Williams reported a birth date of 15 DEC 1807 and a death
date of 22 JUL 1878, with interment in the Carter Cemetery in Sunny Hill,
Louisiana, which is not shown on a contemporary road map of Louisiana.
Using MapQuest the town was found in
northwest Washington Parish, LA, on Louisiana Road 450, near the border with
Tangipahoa Parish, and on a line between Franklinton, LA, and Osyka, MS.
Israel Carter married first, Maria Felder, and second, Elizabeth Turner.
By these marriages he fathered 13 or 14 children. Maria's children:
Fenderland (Finland), Isaac, Augustus, Elizabeth, Laban (Labron), Brazella
(Brazilla), and Eveline (Evaline). Elizabeth's children: Mary Augusta,
possibly Joseph, Martena, Cora Arlena, Aria Carmadia, and Lola Mary
Elizabeth (Betsy) CARTER, b. ca. 1809, m. James Houston,
b. about 1790, a native of Pennsylvania, per his 1850 census in Bossier
Parish, Louisiana. James Houston appears to have arrived in Pike Co.,
MS, after the 1820 census and before the 1825 tax list. James Houston
and Elizabeth Carter were married about 1826. Their 1840 census in Pike
Co., MS, indicated four sons and one daughter. Two more sons and two more
daughters were born in the 1840s, per the 1850 census of this family in
Pike Co., MS. Three children born before 1840 were not in the home in
1850, one having married and two being boarded out while attending school.
In November,1850, James Houston was residing in Bossier (now Webster) Parish,
LA, with Nancy (Carter) Cook, daughter of Derrel Carter, and family in his
household. He was apparently making preparations to relocate his family to
Louisiana, near Lake Bistineau. James Houston died before 18 FEB 1858 when
his son petitoned the court to be appointed administrator of the estate.
The estate settlement indicated that James Houston was survived by his wife,
Elizabeth, and that by 1863 she relocated to Natchitoches Parish, LA.
The children of Elizabeth (Carter) Houston were: Nancy Houston m. Isaac F.
Sibley; John Houston, James Franklin Houston; Thomas Houston [d. 1852]; Mary
Elizabeth Houston m. Jasper Oliver; Josephine Letitia Houston m. John
Randolph Bosley; William W. Houston; Eugene L. Houston.
Mrs. Rita B. Denman is a descendant and
researcher of this family and provided the identification of the children.
Some publications have incorrectly identified this James Houston as John
Houston. His name is proved by the 1825, 1835, and 1843 tax lists of Pike
County, MS; the 1840 and 1850 census of Pike County, MS; the 1850 census of
Bossier Parish, LA; land records of Pike Co., MS, and in Bossier/Webster
Parish, LA; and his estate settlement in Bossier Parish, LA.
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