Ira Carter was of French ancestry. He lived in Farnum, Canada. His wife lived to the age of one hundred and four, says family tradition. Among their chldren was Ira, mentioned below.
(II) Ira (2), son of Ira (1) Carter, was born in Vergennes, Vermont, and died in 1887, aged seventy-nine years. He bought a large tract of land at Farnum, Canada, where his parents settled, and developed the water power on the property, building a tannery, foundry, saw mill and making the locality a center of industry. He was of an inventive turn of mind and a very skilled mechanic. After he sold his property at Farnum he went to Champlain, New York, and devoted his attention to making patterns and models for various inventions. He patented many valuable inventions, among which may be mentioned a rotary force pump, a turbine water wheel and a mill for sawing blocks of marble, and a very useful cheese press.
He resided later at Malone, Franklin county, New York, and finally returned to Farnum, where he spent his last days and where he died and was buried.
He married Charlotte Saxe, who was born at Stanbridge, Canada, daughter of George and Charlotte (Leroy) Saxe.
1. Rachel, married Peter Wilbur.
2. George, died young.
3. John W., married Helen Mooers.
4. Marion, married Charles Clarkson.
5. William H., married Orens Rose.
6. Charles H., mentioned below.
7. Webster A. (twin), married Hattie Vischer.
8. Walter A. (twin), married Anna Spear.
9. Caroline, married Cyrus A. Paine.
(III) Charles H., son of Ira (2) Carter, was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., March 23, 1840. He received his education in the public schools of Champlain, N.Y., at the Champlain Academy and the Malone Academy. He began to learn the trade of machinist at St. Albans, Vermont, and he completed his apprenticeship there. At the breaking out of the civil war he enlisted in Company I, Third Vermont Regiment, as a private and served three years and nine months. He was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant. After the war he settled in Burlington, Vermont, and engaged in the practice of dentistry for a year. He then resumed his trade as machinist in the employ of Edward Stevens & Company, of Winooski, Vermont. He was active in public and military affairs and became captain of Company I, First Regiment, Vermont National Guards, and chief of the fire department of Winooski. He removed to Burlington and worked at his trade there. He joined the Ethan Allen Fire Engine Company of that city. After an extensive western trip, he located at Montpelier, Vermont, and became mechanical draughtsman for the Lane Manufacturing Company, a position he held for twelve years. He was justice of the peace and overseer of the poor in Montpelier. In 1885 he accepted a position as superintendent of the machine shop of George R. Lombard at Augusta, Georgia. He resigned three years later to become superintendent of the E. Van Winkle Cotton Gin and Machine Manufacturing Company. A year later he became draughtsman for the Atlanta Iron Bridge Company and remained about six months, resigning to become chief engineer of the government at Fort McPherson, a position he filled for the next sixteen years. For two years he was superintendent of an artificial ice plant at Atlanta, manufacturing sixty tons of ice a day. The same firm owned an eighty-ton cotton seed oil mill and operated the Commercial Fertilizing Company. He was in charge of three distinct industries.
Since 1908 he has resided in Chazy, New York. While in Atlanta he was a member and secretary of the board of examiners of engineers. He was a member of the O. M. Mitchell Post, Grand Army of the Republic, of Atlanta, and at one time its commander. He was commander of the GrandArmy post of Montpelier while living in that city. He is also a member of the Knights of Honor of Atlanta; of the Milton Lodge of Odd Fellows of Atlanta; of Webster Lodge of Free Masons; of King Solomon Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; of Jason Burr Council, No. 3, Royal and Select Masters, of Atlanta. He is independent in politics.
He married Caroline F., born at Chazy, New York, daughter of Robert and Sarah (Connor) Kingsbury. Her father was born near London, England, about 1784, and died in Chazy aged about eighty-seven years; came to this country with his parents when he was ten years old, and lived a short time in New York City; became a merchant in Quebec, Canada, and later at North Adams, Mass.; removed to Chazy in 1847 and bought the Judge Alexander Scott farm of four hundred acres, now in the village limits, cleared the larger part, operated a saw mill on Tracy brook and dealt extensively in cattle, wool and produce, which he shipped to Boston and New York markets; a shrewd and successful business man; Sarah (Connor) Kingsbury was born in England. Two brothers, Robert and Charles Connor, were officers in the English army. Dr. Robert Kingsbury, father of Robert A. Kingsbury, was surgeon in the English army, resigned, came to Canada, and practiced the remainder of his life in Quebec; married Elizabeth Smith; chldren: Robert A., George, Isaac, Margaret and Martha Kingsbury.
Children of Robert A. Kingsbury: 1. Jennie Kingsbury, born at Quebec; married Asa Butterfield of North Adams, Mass.; children: John Butterfield, Lucretia, married George Law, Eva Butterfield, married Stephen Burns. 2. Robert Kingsbury Jr., died unmarried. 3. Sarah Kingsbury married a cousin, John Kingsbury. 5. Mary Kingsbury, died unmarried. 6. Elizabeth Kingsbury, died unmarried. 7. Joseph Kingsbury, died unmarried. 8. Thomas Kingsbury, died unmarried. 9. Martha Kingsbury, died unmarried. 10. Caroline F. Kingsbury, married Charles H. Carter, mentioned above. Charles and Caroline F. (Kingsbury) Carter had one child, Charlotte E., born in Montpelier, Vermont; married James I. Brush, of Atlanta, Georgia.
Cornelius, son of Isaac Carpenter, was born in Martinsburg, Lewis county, N.Y., Aug. 29, 1816, died Feb. 12, 1905. He received a good education, attended Lowville Academy in 1842, and in early life taught school in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties. He read law and was well versed in all its intricacies. Although never admitted to the bar, he practiced and transacted a great amount of legal business. He was well known in the county and ws held in the highest regard. For thirty years he was justice of the peace for the town of Edwards, St. Lawrence county, and was known far and near as "Squire" Carter. He had considerable talent as a poet, and published a volume dedicated to his friend, L. C. Smith, of Syracuse.
Politically he was a Republican.
He married Mary Elizabeth, daughter of William H. and Maria (Earl) Knox. William H. Knox was born at Russell, St. Lawrence county, N.Y., where he died Dec. 4, 1848. Maria Earl, his wife, was born March 16, 1818, died Nov. 22, 1896. Their children were: Earl, Harriet, Mary E., Susan and Laura.
Children of Cornelius & Mary E. Carter:
Milton, mentioned below.
Ellsworth, died Aug. 13, 1899.
(II) Milton, eldest son of Cornelius and Mary Elizabeth (Knox) Carter, was born in South Edwards, St. Lawrence county, N.Y., April 10, 1865. He was educated in the public schools of Edwards and at Wesleyan Seminary, Gouverneur, N.Y. He decided to adopt the profession of law as his vocation, and pursued a preparatory course of reading and study in the offices of Earl and Bancroft, Esq., of Edwards, under the Hon. E. H. Neary, of Gouverneur. He was admitted to the bar Nov. 23, 1893. During his residence in St. Lawrence county, and before his admission to the bar, he was elected justice of the peace of the town of Edwards. He settled in the village of Harrisville, town of Diana, Lewis county, where he has since resided, practicing his chosen profession extensively. He has been village clerk, police justice of Harrisville, town clerk, and supervisor of the town of Diana. In 1902 he was elected district attorney for Lewis county, and continued in that office from Jan. 1, 1903 to Jan. 1, 1909, proving an eminently capable and efficient officer.
Feb. 17, 1910, he was appointed by Governor Charles H. Hughes to fill the office of judge and surrogate of Lewis county, made vacant by the resignation of Judge E. S. K. Morrell. This signal honor is well deserved, for Judge Carter brings to the office a fund of legal experience and learning that renders him particularly well fitted for the position.
He is a member of the Church of Christ (Disciple).
He married, at South Edwards, N.Y. May 23, 1896, Minnie, born at Centerville, N.Y., Oct. 4, 1878, daughter of Russell and Harriet J. (Crocker) Olin. Russell Olin was born Dec. 11, 1838, died in 1910. He was a millwright. He married Harriet J. Crocker, born March 6, 1842. Children: Minnie, Benjamin, Estella, Lewis, Eugene, Russell and Erwin.
Children of Judge Carter & wife:
Theodore R., born Jan. 7, 1899.
Ellsworth J., Nov. 24, 1901.
Milton (2), Oct. 12, 1908.
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