Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

John Carter

Male Bef 1623 - 1670  (> 47 years)


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  • Name John Carter  [1
    Born Bef 1623  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Jan 1669/70  Christ Church Parish, Lancaster County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I024402  Tree1
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2019 

    Father Virginia Carter 
    Family ID F13829  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Jane Glynne,   b. Bef 1634, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1656, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 22 years) 
    Married Bef 1650  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Carter,   b. Abt 1650, "Corotoman" Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1690, "Corotoman" Lancaster County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years)
     2. Elizabeth Carter,   b. Abt 1651, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1699, Baltimore, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years)
     3. George Carter,   b. Bef 1656, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1669, Christ Church Parish, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 13 years)
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F14986  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Eleanor Eltonhead,   b. 1623,   d. 1656, Christ Church, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years) 
    Married Abt 6 Feb 1655/56  Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F14987  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Anne Carter,   b. Bef 1641,   d. 1662, Christ Church Parish, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 21 years) 
    Married 1657  Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Carter,   b. Bef 1659,   d. Bef 14 Nov 1698, Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 39 years)
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F14988  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 Sarah Ludlow,   b. Bef 1644, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1664, "Corotoman" Christ Church Parish, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 20 years) 
    Married Bef 1663  Christ Church Parish, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Robert "King" Carter,   b. 4 Aug 1663, "Corotoman" Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1732, "Corotoman" Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     2. Mary Carter,   b. Bef 1664, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1721/22, Lancaster County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 58 years)
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F14963  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 5 Elizabeth Shirley,   b. 1648, Gloucester County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1693, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 46 years) 
    Married 24 Oct 1668  Christ Church Parish, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Charles Carter,   b. 1669, Christ Church Parish, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1709, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 41 years)
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F14989  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • === Research Notes from Robert Lumsden

      The FamilyTreeDNA Carter Y-DNA Project clearly shows unrelatedness in genealogical time between John Carter of Corotoman, Thomas Carter "of Barford" and Thomas Carter of Isle of Wight. They are all R1b haplotype, so they did have a common ancestor back in time.

      The major problem with any of these early colonial settlers is that none of them, that I am aware of, left a single bit of proof as to who their families were in England.

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      Abstracts of Lancaster County, Virginia Wills by Ida J. Lee
      CARTER, John. Will. 15 September 1669. 6 January 1669/70. Son, John Carter; son, Robert 1000 acres of land that was deserted by Col. Mathews and taken up by me, ( vizt. ) the neck of land that Wm. Thatcher and Wm. Hutchings has taken. Daughter, Elizabeth Utie. Wife, Elizabeth and her young son (whose name is intended to be Charles). Before marriage to present wife had made deed of gift to son John. Mr. Thomas Haynes, Mr. Thomas Malstard and Mr David Miller to be appraisors of estate. Extr., son John. Codicil, 16 Sept. 1669. To cozen John Carter one hogshead of tobacco.
      Wits. David Mils, Edward Carter, Thos. Edmonds, Jos. Willis.
      Bones of deceased wife and son George to be dug up and laid by me in the chancel of Christ Church Parish in Lancaster County, in a coffin.
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      1666-1669 Lancaster County Order Book; {Antient Press}: pg 133
      Lancaster County Court 26th of January 1669/70
      - A P:bate of ye Last Will & Testamt. of Coll. JO: CARTER (deced), is granted unto JOHN CARTER, his Sonne, accordinge to ye tenor of ye sde. Will
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      LANCASTER COUNTY DEEDS & WILLS 1652-1657; Antient Press; Page 255
      Lancaster County Court 6th of February 1655/6
      - Whereas it did appeare to this Court. that the Estate of Capt. BROCAS deceased stands indebted to Capt. EDWARD STREATER in 1200 lbs. of tobacco & caske, it is ordered that the said Debt bee paid by Majer JOHN CARTER who marryed ye Relict of Capt. BROCAS, to JO: SHARPE, the Attourney of ye sd STREATER
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      Old Rappahannock Co Va Deed Book 1, Part I - 1656-1662; Antient Press; pg 33
      THIS INDENTURE made the 20th day of May in the year of our Lord 1658 Witnesseth that we RICHARD BENNETT & MARY ANN BENNETT of NANSAMUM RIVER in Virginia for & in consideration of three score pounds Sterl. Lawful English money to us in hand paid before sealing & Delivery hereof the receit whereof we do hereby acknowledge do bargain & sell unto JOHN CARTER of Rappahannock in Virginia all our right title & interest in a parcell of land lying & being at NAIMCOCK in Rappahanock in River aforesaid bounded on a Creek on the Wester side thereof conteyning three hundred acres or thereabouts more or less now or lately in the tenure occupacon & possession of WM. BENCE & ROBERT BRYAN being all that parcell of or tract of land lying between the land of HENRY DED(missing)M, THOMAS GRIFFIN To Have and to hold the said parcell of land with all houses orchards whatsoever else to the same belonging to him his heirs & assignes for ever & we do hereby warrant the quiet possession & enjoyment of the aforesaid land & every part thereof unto him the said CARTER his heirs or assignes against any person or persons whatsoever clayming by or from us or either of us and also do bind our selves to make such further conveyance of the premises & every things as is needfull & as lyes in our power to do att all times hereafter when ever the same shall be required In Witness we have hereunto sett our hands & seals the day & year above written
      in presence of EDWD. CARTER, RI: BENNETT Seale
      THO CARTER MARY ANN BENNETT Seale
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      Old Rappahannock Co Va Deed Book 1, Part I - 1656-1662; Antient Press; pg 51
      NOW ALL MEN by these presents that I JOHN CARTER of the County of LANCASTER Merchant do assigne over unto GEORGE MARSH of the same County Merchat his heirs & assignes all my right & interest of the within menconed land for & in consideracon of a sum of money part already paid & fifty six pounds Four shillings three pence to be paid by Bill of Exchange charged to MR. JEFFRYS & MR. COHLOUGH & do hereby authorize DAVID MILLS to acknowledge this assignement in Court in my behalf. In Witness whereof I have sett my hand & seale this fourth day of April 1659
      Witness SIMON KIRBY, JOHN CARTER Seale
      MAT: MASON
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      Old Rappahannock Co Va Deed Book 4, Part II - 1670-1672; Antient Press: pg 171
      KNOW ALL MEN by these prsents that I JOHN CARTER the Execr. of JOHN CARTER Esqr, deceased of the County of LANCASTER doe authorize constitute and appoynt Mr. ROBT. PAYNE (of the County of Rappa.) my true & lawful Atturney in & concerning a Difference depending betweene me & PETER MAGE a Taylor being formerly a Servant to the said JOHN CARTER Esqr, deced in the non pformance of a Covent: made betweene the said PETER MAGE and JOHN CARTER Esqr. deced by wch the said PETER MAGE oblidged himselfe to pay three thousand pounds of tobacco & caske being in consideracon of his Freedom ffrom the said JOHN CARTER Esqr. deced and I doe by these prsents empower Mr. ROBT. PAYNE to sue and recover the said Debt with cost & dammadges as the Law shall allow from the sd PETER MACE and I doe hereby give the said Mr. RORT PAYNE full power as any attrny can have in all such cases and I doe also authorize him to constitute teto one or more Attroreys as he shall see occasion in my be-
      halfe giveing them heerby the like power. In Wittness whereof I have heerunto sett my hand & seale this 13th of Octobr. 1670
      in ye prsence of WILLM. PILCHER. JOHN CARTER
      THO; EDMONDS
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      1670-1674 Lancaster County Order Book; Antient Press: pg 187
      Lancaster County Court 8th of March 1670/71
      - In a difference dependinge att this Cort, betweene EDWARD CARTER, Plt. and Capt. JOHN CARTER, Executor of Coll; JO: CARTER, his Father (deced.), Defendt,, in a matter of Acct. betweene ye sde, pties, there appeareing noe cause of accon, non pros wth, costs is granted agt ye sde. Plt
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      CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 1 Part II; Pg 132
      JOHN CARTER, 1,300 acs. in Rappahannock River, on Cossatomen Cr. now Carters Cr., Aug. 15, 1642, Page 804. Due by assignment from Capt. Daniell Gookins. (Record incomplete.)
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      CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 1 Part II; Pg 150
      JOHN CARTER, 300 acs. Up. Norf. Co., Dec. 22, 1643, Page 934. Upon the Wwd. side of the Southern br. of Nansamund River over against land of Mr. Thomas Dew & near land of William Tucker. Trans. of 6 pers: Morgan Williams, Rich. Parker, Robert Peirce, Thomas Norrice, Israel! Harris, Hen. Bartholmew.
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      CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 3; Pg 256
      MAJOR JOHN CARTER, 300 acs. on the N. side of Rappa. Riv., 13 Sept. 1652, p. 86. Beg. for breadth on the W. side of the land of sd. Carter & running along the main river side, & for length running a mile into the woods. Trans. of 6 pers.'
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      CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 3; Pg 257
      MAJOR JOHN CARTER, 1600 acs. Lancaster Co., 19 Oct. 1653, P. 88. Upon N. side of Rappa. Riv., bounding upon the S. E. with Slaughters Cr. alias Johns Cr., along the river N. W. to the mouth & E. S. E. side of Corotoman Riv. &c. 1300 acs. granted him by patent 25 Mar. 1642 & confirmed 3 May 1652 & resurveyed 9 Oct. 1652; & 300 acs. by patent 13 Sept. 1652.
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      CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 3; Pg 295
      MAJOR JOHN CARTER, 1600 acs. Lancaster Co., on N. side of Rappa. Riv., 6 Sept. 1654, p. 292. From the mouth of Corotoman Riv. extending E. S. E. upon Slaughter als. Johns Cr. N. N. W. upon a branch of Corotoman River, & near tract of Wm. Clapham, Sent. 1300 acs. by patent 25 Mar. 1642 & 300 acs. by patent 3 May 1652.
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      CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 4; Pg 436
      WILLIAM COOKE, JOHN POTTER. EDWARD KING & SAMUELL GOUGH, 450 acs. on Eastermost br. of Corrotoman Riv., Lancaster Co., 12 Dec. 1663, p. 125, (629). Bounded upon land of Thomas Cherwood. Granted to Coll. John Carter, Esor., 25 Sent. 1661, by him assigned to Thomas Marshall 14 May 1662, who assigned one moiety to sd. Cooke & Potter; the other half assigned to Wm. Hutchins, who assigned to sd. King & Gooch.
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      CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 5; Pg 518
      JOHN CARTER & HENRY HEARD, 100 acs. N'umberland Co., 10 June 1664, p. 381, (425). Ely. upon Potomack Riv., Sly. upon Yeocomico Riv., Wly. upon a Cr. dividing this from land of Tho. Hayles sould to Robt. Lord, Nly. upon another tract belonging to Rich. Holder (or Holden), Granted sd. Holden last of Nov. 1656 & assigned to the abovenamed.
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      CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 5; Pg 537
      Col John Carter, Esqr Councellor of State, 4000 acres being a neck of land on the N. side of Rappa river bounded on the Westward side with Cassattawoman Cr which runneth N & E.N.E towards the head of Wiccocomico River and granted to Capt Samuel Mathews 1 Aug 1643, by him deserted and upon petition of sd Carter granted to him by order of the General Ct. bearing date with these presents, 12 Oct 1665, & further of transport of 80 persons, [Isaack Allerton & Thomas Sherwood listed]
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      CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 5; Pg 536
      COL. JNO. CARTER, Esqr., Councellor of State, 4000 acs. being a neck of land on the N. side of Rappa. Riv., bounded on Wwd. side with Cassattawoman Cr. which runneth N. & E.N.E. towards the head of Wiccocomico Riv. &c. Granted to Capt. Samll. Mathews 1 Aug. 1643, by him deserted & upon petition of sd. Carter granted to him by order of the Genrll. Ct. bearing date with these presents, 12 Oct. 1665, & further due for trans. of 80 pers: John Carter, John Carter, Eliz. Carter, Symon Kerby, Martha Jane, Mathew Mason, Jno. Morgan, Ned (a) Welchman, Jno. Cooper, Thomas & Peter-Frenchmen, Henry Harmond, Edward Carter, Rich. Townsin, Jno. Malby, Batt. Willmouth, Robin, Jno., Candee, Chubb-Negroes, Jno. Vincle (?), Jno. Bum, Lakins Jno. Shore, Jno. Persie, Wm. Harmond, 1 died on board, Wm. Farecloth, Jno. Mann, Thomas Holmes, 4 Cast away in the Virga. Merchant, Francis Dolman, Edw. Coock, Wm. & Ralph Scotts, Lawrence -, Henry Bell, Jno. Daniell, Pitcher -, Jno. Wms (Williams), Robt. Busbury, Kingsmell, Stephen Thomas, Tho. Jackson, Tho. Orford, Tho. Marly, Ed. Purnell, Ri. Sanderson, Jno. Bumwell, Sarah Edes, Edw. Westly, Peter Mosher, Jno. Bennett, Jno. England, Tho. Sherwood, Geo. Maples, Wm. Colon, Jno. Freeman, Isaak Allerton, Peter Shanack, Dole, Ned, Mingo, Raw, Bosse, Joane, Nan, Kate, Margtt., Betty, Susan, Phillip, Jane, Anthony, Jude, Besse, Symon, Negroes. P. 439, (524).
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      LANCASTER COUNTY DEEDS & WILLS 1654-1661; Antient Press; Page 25-26
      KNOW ALL MEN by these p:sents that I JOHN CARTER of Rappahannock (in consideration that I have & shall make use of about three hundred pounds worth of my Children's tobo. which I formerly gave them) do give unto my 2 Children, JOHN &ELIZABETH, my Ten Negroes named Grashier, Mundino, Gumby, Emannell, Jingy, Kate, Tomboy, Maria & Christian & Kitt and to the Survivor of them one dying in nonage provided if I the sd JOHN CARTER live Twenty & seven month from the date hereof & pay within the same time Three hundred pounds for my Children's use that then this Deed of Gift to be void otherwise to be in full force & vertue. In Witnes whereof I have hereunto put my hand this 15th of April 1656 all the which is exprest in another Deed of the same tenor more formally
      Witnes WILLM. UNDERWOOD JOHN CARTER
      THO: BRISCOE
      Recognitr: in Cur 15th Apr. 1656; Recordat: 12th June sequen
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      Old Rappahannock Co Va Deed Book 1, Part I - 1656-1662; Antient Press; pg 51
      KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that I JOHN CARTER of the County of LANCASTER Merchant do assigne over unto GEORGE MARSH of the same County Merchat his heirs & assignes all my right & interest of the within menconed land for & in consideracon of a sum of money part already paid & fifty six pounds Four shillings three pence to be paid by Bill of Exchange charged to MR. JEFFRYS & MR. COHLOUGH & do hereby authorize DAVID MILLS to acknowledge this assignement in Court in my behalf. In Witness whereof I have sett my hand & seale this fourth day of April 1659
      Witness SIMON KIRBY, JOHN CARTER Seale
      MAT: MASON
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      LANCASTER COUNTY DEEDS & WILLS 1654-1661; Antient Press; Page 151
      THESE P:SENTS Witnesseth that I Colo. JOHN CARTER of Rapa. River in the County of Lancaster in Virginia Esqr. for ye Love that I bear towards my Neice, ELTONHEADE, the Daughterof EDWYN CONNAWAY, have given granted &., assigned have given order to be delivered & do by these p:sents give grant assigne & deliver unto EDWYN CONNAWAY for ye use of ye sd ELTONHEADE the oldest heifer that 1 now have in ye possession & at ye Plantation of WILLM. LUCAS on ye South side of Rapa, River coloured red & a flower deluce on both ears To have & to hold ye sd heifer with all her increase both male & female unto her ye sd ELTONHED CONNOWAY her heirs Exrs. Admrs. & assignes without ye lawfull let or disturbance of anyp:son or p:sons whatsoever In Witnes whereof I have hereunto set my hand ye 9th day of April Ao: 1656 Signed & delivered in presence of
      JASPER BAKER, JOHN CARTER
      FOSLIN DELANALL
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      LANCASTER COUNTY DEEDS & WILLS 1661-1666; Antient Press; Page 233-234
      NOW KNOW YE that I the sd FRANCYS MORRYSON Esqr. give grant &c. unto Colo. JOHN CARTER 450 acres of land lying on the Eastermost branch of COROTOMAN RIVER in Lancaster County & bounded upon the land of THOMAS CHETWODE runing East for bredth 225 pole, No: into the woods for a mile 320 pole West for bredth 225 pole South to the place where it first began 320 pole 'filch: sd land being due &c., To have & to hold the sd land &c. yeilding & paying &c. Provided it be seated &c. Dated at JAMES CITY 25th Sept. Anno Domini 1661, Annoq Caroli Secundi decimo quarte
      FRANCIS MORYSON
      THO: LUDWELL, Secr.
      Record in Cur Com Lanc 14th die Mail Anno Domini 1662 p EDWD. DALE, Cl Cur
      KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that I Colo. JOHN CARTER do assigne & make over from me my heirs or assignes the right of this within mentioned Pattent unto THOMAS MARSHALL his heirs or assignes as witnes my hand this 14th day of May 1662 JOHN CARTER the seale
      Recognit in Cur 14d Maii Anno 1662 record die & anno p EDWD. DALE, Cl Cur
      KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that I THOMAS MARSHALL do assigne & make over from me my heirs or assignes halfe of this within mentioned Pattent being in quantity 225 acres & bounded on the land of THOMAS CHETWODE unto WILL: COOKE & JOHN POTTER to them & their heirs forever as witnes my hand & seale this 14th of Maii (62)
      THO: MARSHALL the seale
      Recognit in Cur 14d Maii Anno 1662 record die & anno p EDWD. DALE, Cl Cur
      KNOW ALL MEN by these p:sents that I THO: MARSHALL doe assigns & make over from me my heirs & assignes the uper part of the within mentioned Pattent being in quantity 225 acres unto WILLIAM HUTCHINS his heirs or assignes forever as witness my hand & seale this 14th of Maii (62) THO: MARSHALL the seale
      Recognit in Cur 14d die Mali 1662 p EDWD. DALE, Cl Cur
      KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that I WILLIAM HUTCHINS do assigne & make over the uper prt of the within mentioned Pattent being in quantity 225 acres unto EDWARD KING & SAMUEL GOOCH to them their heirs forever as witnes my hand & seale this 14th of May (62) WILL: HUTCHINS p sig the seale
      Recognit in Cur 14d. die Maii Anno Domini 1662 p EDWD. DALE, Cl Cur

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      Contributed by Kathleen Much

      RE: Edwin's first wife was Martha Eltonhead, and all I've read is that his 2nd wife was a sister or sister-in-law of John Carter of Corotoman

      Crozier's assumption that Mary Conway, widow, was a sister of John Carter doesn't bear close examination, as the "niece" relationship is satisfied by the Eltonhead sisters.

      John Carter married Eleanor ELTONHEAD Brocas, sister of Martha ELTONHEAD Conway.

      "[William] Brocas, [Ralph] Wormeley, and [Rowland] Burnham were all brothers-in-law (married to Eleanor, Agatha, and Alice Eltonhead respectively)." Darrett B. and Anita H. Rutman, _A Place in Time: Middlesex County, Virginia, 1650-1750_, pp. 48-49.

      P. 54: "Brocas's Eltonhead wife, Eleanor, did not leave the vicinity at his death; marrying John Carter, she simply moved across the Rappahannock to the north shore."

      Bishop Meade originally thought that John Carter's second wife was Anne Carter:
      "The first John Carter had three wives--1st, Jane, the daughter of Morgan Glyn, by whom he had George and Eleanor; 2d, Ann, the daughter of Cleave Carter, probably of England; 3d, Sarah, the daughter of Gabriel Ludlowe, by whom he had Sarah. All these died before him, and he was buried with them, near the chancel, in the church which he built, and the tombstone from which we take the above covers them all, being still in the same position in the present church. He had also a son named Charles, of whom nothing is known.
      His son Robert was by his last wife, Sarah Ludlowe." _Old Churches, Ministers, and Families of Virginia_, vol. I, p. 110.

      Later, Meade named four wives for Carter:

      Vol. II, p. 121: "This inscription is to the north of the chancel, in the east end of the [Old Christ Church]: 'Here lyeth bureied ye body of John Carter, Esq., who died ye 10th of June, Anno Domini 1669; and also Jane, ye daughter of Mr. Morgan Glyn, and George her son, and Elenor Carter, and Ann, ye daughter of Mr. Cleave Carter, and Sarah, ye daughter of Mr. Gabriel Ludlow, and Sarah her daughter, which were all his wives successively, and died before him.'"

      Meade evidently didn't know about Carter's last marriage, to Elizabeth Shirley, who survived him.

      Hayden didn't know of any Carter sister, but says Edwin Conway *may* have married twice: "This second marriage, if it occurred, may have been to a sister of Anne Glynne, Carter's first wife."

      Probably the most comprehensive treatment of John Carter's wives is in Clifford Dowdey, _The Virginia Dynasties:
      "During the years of his rise and power at Corotoman, John Carter's personal life was made turbulent by deaths and remarriages. When he built his house about one hundred yards back from the riverfront, his family consisted of his wife, formerly Jane Glyn, his sons John II and George, and his daughter Elizabeth. His wife soon died, and he married a widow, Eleanor Brocas, from Lancastershire [sic; s/b Lancashire], England. She did not live long and died without having borne any children. Then he married Ann Carter, the daughter of Cleave (Cleve) Carter, thought to be an English cousin of her husband. She also died soon, leaving no children. Then came the wife who produced Robert: Sarah Ludlow was her name, and all known about her was that she was the daughter of Mr. Gabriel Ludlow: the 'Mr.' was carved on her tomb, and that designation was not used loosely. She was also the mother of Robert's sister Sarah. This fourth wife lasted a little longer than her immediate predecessors. She died in early 1668, when Robert was five. "Later in the year 1668 Colonel Carter took his fifth wife, Elizabeth Shirley (?), a widow from Gloucester County. This last, late venture - for he was near his own end then - seemed to be his first sour marriage. He died June 10, 1669, leaving his new wife about eight months pregnant. Carter's will showed what he thought of the mother of his unborn child and of his progeny by her.
      "She was to have 500 (which was part of the marriage contract), a Negro boy, 'her' necklace of diamond and pearls and 'her own books,' and share with Carter's sons John and Robert in the residual personal estate. To these bequests he pointedly added two books from the library (which otherwise went to John and Robert): Byfield's treatise _The Whole Duty of Man_ and _David's Tears_, an 'appropriate legacy for a mourning widow.' "Assuming that her child would be a boy, 'whose name is intended Charles,' and never referring to this future Carter exept as 'her son,' he provided for this heir as meagerly as decency would permit. His executors were to allow the widow 12 a year for his education and '[my] son John is to allow my wife's son necessary clothes.' . . . He provided for the contingency of the widow putting 'her son out [to] apprentice.' . . .
      "The widow's child was a boy whom she dutifully named Charles, after which he disappeared from the records. He was presumably alive at twenty-one, for John Carter II made provision for him in his will--one-third of the personal estate--though nothing indicated that he claimed his share."

      There is no mention of a Carter sister or sister-in-law who might have married Edwin Conway.

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      20.th Aprill 1669. The provinciall Court Begun. Liber C D

      A Deed between Coll. Nath.a Utye and John Carter Esq
      This Indenture made the Eighteenth day of January in the Year of our Lord God Sixteen hundred Sixty and Seven Between Coll. Nathaniel Utye of the province of Maryland of the one partie and John Carter Esq of the County of Lancaster in Virginia of the other party Wittnesseth that it is Covenanted Concluded Condescended and fully agreed upon by and between the said parties to these presents for them their severall heirs Executors and Adminis.rs that he the sd Nathaniel Utye shall and will Marry and take to wife Elizabeth the daughter of the sd John Carter if she the sd Elizabeth shall thereunto agree and Consent before the last day of february next and the said Nathaniel Utye for and in Consideration of Six hundred pounds of lawfull money of England to be to him according to a Bond bearing date with the sd presents paid by the said John Carter as a marriage portion for the advancement and good of the said Elizabeth and for the Love and affection which the sd Nathaniel Utye beareth to the sd Elizabeth and for a Competent Joynture to be made to the sd Elizabeth in recompense of all Title and Presence of Dower that she the sd Elizabeth shall or may Claim out of all or any the Mannors Lands Tenements or hereditaments of the said Nathaniel Utye his heirs or assignes or any of them doth for him his heirs Executors Adm.rs and Assignes and every of them by these presents Covenant that he the said Nathaniel Utye if the said marriage between him and the sd Elizabeth be solemnized and in case she the said Elizabeth Survive and outlive him the said Nathaniel Utye will cause to be paid and delivered to her the said Elizabeth her heirs Executors Adm.rs or assignes one whole Third of his goods and Chattles personall & reall that he the sd Nathaniel shall have right to or be possesst with at his death or else Six hundred pounds of good and lawfull money of England at the choice and Election of the said Elizabeth and that she the said Elizabeth shall if she please have one whole years Time after the decease of the sd Nathaniel Utye to make her said Choice and Election and also besides the said Thirds of the sd Goods and Chattles or Six
      hundred pounds he the sd Nathaniel doth further Covenant to cause to be delivered to her the sd Elizabeth one thirds of his Mannr called Spesutia and of all other his Lands Tenements and hereditaments that either now doth or hereafter shall belong to him the said Nathaniel he sd Spesutia the sd Lands and Tenements and hereditaments to her the sd Eliz her assignes during her naturall Life. And the sd Nathaniel Utye doth further Covenant that in Case of the nonperformance of the premises it shall be lawfull for her the sd Elizabeth or her assignes to Sue and Recover the same in any Court of the province of Maryland or elsewhere the p.4 (fol. 4) sd premises shall remain and be. And this Indenture doth further Wittness that for the better assurance of the prmises the sd Nathaniel doth for the Consideration before mentioned Bargain and Sell unto the sd John Carter his heirs and assignes his said Mannor of Spesutia with all houseing and appurtenances belonging thereunto To have and to hold to him the said John Carter and his heirs and doth Warrant the sd Mannor to be free from all former Bargains and Incumbrances against all persons whatsoever and that he the said Nathaniel Utye is the true and sole Owner thereof untill the Sealing hereof provided that the sd Nathaniel Utye possess and Enjoy and make use of the same dureing his Life provided also that if the sd Elizabeth dye before the sd Nathaniel Utye then this deed of Sale to be void provided also that if the sd Nathaniel Utye do by his will or otherwise take such Course that the sd Elizabeth be paid and possessed with all the sd Goods Chattles and moneys in the same manner as it is agreed on & specified in this Indenture that then also this Indenture and deed of Sale to be void provided also that if the said Elizabeth Survive the sd Nathaniel Utye and the goods & Chattles money and Land be not paid and delivered or cannot be recovered in possession and peaceably Enjoyed by the sd Elizabeth and so this sd Deed be in full force that then the sd John Carter or his heirs at the request of the sd Elizabeth or her heirs or her Assignes do reconvey the sd Spesutia with all the houses and appurtenances thereunto belonging unto the sd Elizabeth and her heirs begotten on her Body by the sd Nathaniel Utye and in case of no such heirs or the failing of such heirs then to her and her heirs in generall And the sd Nathaniel Utye doth further covenant to and with the sd John Carter and his heirs and assignes that he will acknowledge this deed of Indenture in the high Court of the province of Maryland and there Confess a Judgment thereon and have it recorded within Six months after the date hereof and for the performance thereof Both bind himself and his heirs Execut.rs and assignes to the sd John Carter his heirs and assignes the Sume of twelve hundred pounds of good and law full money of England In wittness whereof the sd Nathaniel Utye hath sett his hand and Seal the date above written to a pair of these Indentures the one to remain with the sd John Carter till the other be acknowledged recorded and attested in the same high Court of Maryland and then to be returned and exchanged with that which is not recorded to be also attested and remain with the sd Nathaniel Utye as a Counterpart to that which remains in the hands of the sd John Carter and his heirs
      Subscribed Nath.l Utye
      Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of us
      William Pitcher
      Thomas Edmonds

      [A marginal note reads:] Thus writ at the bottom of the first
      page of the Deed being writ in paper thus Viz.t terlined
      before Sealing the 20th line Covenant and bar 30th line pounds.
      Mem.m That on the 20.th of Aprill 1669 Coll. Nathaniel Utye
      acknowledged the deed before.. . . Cha.s Calvert. Phillip Calvert
      Inrolled the 23.d day of Aprill 1669.
      Ro: Carvile RegT

      [The oath of Robert Carvile as register and examiner in Chancery]

  • Sources 
    1. [S044754] Carters of Virginia.
      Robert Carter of Nomini Hall
      by Lewis Morton, published by Colonial Williamsburg 1941

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