NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
The Cartter family is of ancient English lineage. Richard Cartter, Lord of the Manor of Garston, in the parish of Watford, England, is supposed to have been the grandfather of Rev. Thomas Cartter, the immigrant mentioned below:
(I) Rev. Thomas Cartter, immigrant ancestor, was born in Hertfordshire, England, about 1608, as he deposed Dec. 17, 1662. He was a graduate of St. John's College, at Cambridge University, taking his degrees in 1629 and 1633. In 1635, with forty others, he came in the ship "Planter," from England, giving his residence there as St. Albans, Hertfordshire.
He settled first in Dedham, Mass., but soon removed to Watertown, Mass., where he was an elder of the church. He was admitted a freeman, May 1, 1638. On the founding of the church in Woburn he was called as the minister, and ordained there Oct. 22, 1642. He served the people acceptably for a period of thirty-six years, until his death, Sept. 5, 1684. He had in his possession what he believed to be a Bible of the martyr, John Rogers, from whom he descended in a maternal line. Johnson, in his "Wonder-working Providence," calls him a "Reverend goldy man, apt to teach the sound and wholesome truths of Christ." Another historian pronounced him "a very pious, exemplary man, an able and sound preacher of the Gospel." The customs of the time, good old Puritan times, is shown by the bill of expenses for the funeral of the beloved minister. Of the total cost of four pounds, nineteen shilings, the coffin cost six shillings, the wine for the mourners cost half the total bill, over two pounds. It may be interesteing to note that the town of Woburn paid him a salary of eight pounds a year.
He married Mary Dalton, who died March 28, 1687-88. Their children are mentioned in the will of James Cartter, brother of Rev. Thomas, dated Hinderlay, county Suffolk, England, Sept. 8, 1655.
1. Rev. Samuel, born Aug. 8, 1640, mentioned below.
2. Judith, March 15, 1645; married, Oct. 14, 1660, Samuel Somers; (second) Giles Fairfield.
3. Theophilus, July 24, 1646; died Feb. 15, 1649-50.
4. Mary, July 24, 1648; married (first) 1671, John Wyman Jr.; (second) Nathaniel Batchelder.
5. Abigail, Aug. 10, 1649; married, May 7, 1674, John Smith.
6. Deborah, Sept. 17, 1651; died Dec. 14, 1667.
7. Timothy, June 12, 1653, at Woburn; married, May 3, 1680, Anna Fiske; died July 8, 1727.
8. Thomas, June 8, 1658; married Margaret Whitmore; lived in Woburn.
(II) Rev. Samuel Cartter, son of Rev. Thomas Cartter, was born in Watertown, Mass., Aug. 8, 1640. He graduated from Harvard College in 1660, and was admitted an inhabitant and proprietor of the common lands at Woburn, Jan. 4, 1665-66. He held, at different times, several responsible offices in the town, selectman in 1679-81-82-83; commissioner of rate, 1680; town clerk 1690. He was also teacher of the grammar schools in 1685-86. He owned land on George Hill, Lancaster, given him by the town, and this land was occupied by his descendants for several generations.
He preached at Lancaster between 1681 and 1688, and doubtless resided there for a time. On Oct. 21, 1692, by a vote of the larger part of the town, Rev. Samuel Cartter was elected to be their fourth minister. He removed there soon after this call, but did not remain long over his pastoral charge, as he died there in the fall of 1693.
He married, in 1672, Eunice Brooks, born Oct. 19, 1655, daughter of John and Eunice (Yousall) Brooks. She married (second) Captain James Parker; (third) John Kendall.
1. Mary, born July 24, 1673.
2. Samuel, Aug. 27, 1675; died Sept. 10, 1676.
3. Samuel, Jan. 7, 1678, mentioned below.
4. John, March 14, 1680.
5. Thomas, April 3, 1682.
6. Nathaniel, April 4, 1685.
7. Eunice, March 29, 1687.
8. Abigail, May, 1689, died young.
9. Abigail, May 30, 1690.
(III) Samuel (2), son of Rev. Samuel (1) Cartter, was born in Woburn, Jan. 7, 1678, died in Lancaster Aug. 22, 1738. He lived on the north side of the road that leads up to George Hill, a little to the north of the school house, on the side of a house formerly known as the Ephraim Cartter house, his father, Rev. Samuel Cartter, having purchased two lots of Captain Henry Kerley in 1688. He was assigned to a garrison of George Hill with his brothers-in-law, Lieut. Nathaniel and Ephraim Wilder, Thomas Ross, and his brother, John Cartter, and lost, in attack by the Indians, July 31, 1704, with two fires, a good dwelling house, a horse, cow, two calves and his swine.
He was selectman in 1723 and served on various committees for the location of highways, etc.
He married, in March, 1701, Dorothy Wilder, born 1686, daughter of Nathaniel and Mary (Sawyer) Wilder.
1. Samuel, born 1703; died at Lancaster, May 20, 1761.
2. Eunice, 1704; died at Sterling, Nov. 16, 1789.
3. Nathaniel, 1706, mentioned below.
4. Dorothy, baptized Feb. 4, 1710-11.
6. Jonathan, baptized April 5, 1713; died at Leominster, March 19, 1799.
7. Ephraim, baptized Feb. 6, 1714-15; died at Lancaster, Oct. 12, 1790.
8. Oliver, baptized Dec. 16, 1716; died at Leominster, Sept. 11, 1790.
9. Mary, baptized Feb. 1, 1718-19, died at Boston, Feb. 2, 1743.
10. Elizabeth, baptized Oct. 30, 1720; died at Lancaster, Oct. 9, 1755.
11. Prudence, Feb. 22, baptized April 7, 1723; died at Leominster, Mass., April 6, 1789.
12. Josiah, Jan. 26, 1726-27, at Lancaster, Mass.; died in Leominster, Mass., Feb. 14, 1812.
(IV) Nathaniel, son of Samuel (2) Cartter, was born in Lancaster, Mass. in 1706, died in Leominster, Mass., July 20, 1787. He resided on Bee Hill, in that town, on land given him by his father. At the first town meeting, July 9, 1730, he was chosen selectman, and on Dec. 15, of the same year, was made one of a committee to build the meeting house. He was one of the first sixteen to sign the church covenant when that body was incorporated, Sept. 25, 1743. His son Elias was the first person baptized by the first minister of the church.
He married (first), Feb. 9, 1731, Thankful Sawyer, born 1715, died Dec. 5, 1755, daughter of Elisha and Beatrix Sawyer. He married (second), July 21, 1758, Dorcas Spofford, of Lunenburg, who died Aug. 6, 1784. His will was allowed Nov. 20, 1787. He mentions Samuel, Elizabeth and Thankful Bennett, childrfen of his daughter, Elizabeth; son Elias; John, Nathaniel, Elias, David, Susanna, Dorothy, Luke, Sarah, children of his daughter Susanna; daughter Abigail; Ebenezer, Prudence, Elisha, Abigail, Elijah, Thankful, Susanna Colburn, children of his daughter Prudence; His children, Samuel, Elisha, Asa, Thankful and Nathaniel are to have the residue of the estate.
Children of first wife:
1. Elizabeth, born Feb. 9, 1734; died April 24, 1760.
2. Nathaniel, Dec. 17, 1735; died March 13, 1812.
3. Elias, Nov. 24, 1736; died at Buckland, Dec. 21, 1821.
4. Susanna, April 20, 1739; married, 1757, John Joslin; died Dec. 5, 1777.
5. Abigail (twin), May 10, 1741; died June 10, 1816.
6. Prudence (twin), married ____ Colburn.
7. Elisha, Sept. 11, 1743; died young.
8. Samuel, Aug. 14, 1746; died at Buckland.
9. Elisha, July 12, 1748.
10. Asa, May 6, 1750; died Jan. 21, 1822.
11. Thankful, June 6, 1752.
(V) Nehemiah, son of Nathaniel Cartter (according to family historian), was born Oct. 15, 1742, died Oct. 15, 1810. Others give him as descendant of John and Sarah (Smith) Cartter, of Springfield, Mass. Sarah was daughter of Ebenezer Smith, of Suffield.
Nathaniel [transcriber's note: don't they really mean Nehemiah?] Cartter settled in Westfield, Mass., and married Mary, daughter of David Kellogg, born in Westfield, Mass., Jan. 15, 1748, died June 20, 1810. They removed in their old age, to Lowville, New York, to live with their son Phedrus.
Children, born in Westfield:
1. Chandler, Feb. 27, 1768.
2. Nehemiah, May 4, 1769; died aged ninety-two.
3. Mary, June 1, 1770; died in Iowa, aged ninety-four.
4. Colonel Zeboam, June 13, 1772, mentioned below.
5. Catherine, Aug. 18, 1774; died Jan. 17, 1791.
6. David Kellogg, March 22, 1776; married 1804, Elizabeth Hollister, born Oct. 31, 1789, daughter of Abner Hollister; married (second) Sarah Betty, who died in Rochester, N.Y. Aug. 27, 1828; had son David, who was a federal judge, court of the District of Columbia.
7. Submit, Aug. 18, 1779; died Oct. 29, 1779.
8. James Bruce, May 17, 1781; died March, 1852, in Rochester; married (first) Mahala Doty, born in Saratoga, N.Y. March 15, 1793; died in Rochester, in 1852; married (second) Anna Parks; was a blacksmith and settled first in Springfield, Mass., and removed to Rochester; said to have ironed for the first wagon built in Rochester.
9. Bathsheba, Feb. 2, 1783; married, Feb. 26, 1807, Nathaniel Gaylordl; died in Holyoke, March 15, 1873.
10. Isaac, Oct. 21, 1784; died in Lowville, N.Y. Sept. 9, 1872, aged eighty-eight.
11. Phedrus, June 6, 1786; died in Lowville, Dec. 22, 1873; married (first) Sophia Murray; (second) Mrs. Ruth Hendel.
12. Samuel, Sept. 9, 1788; died in Kansas, aged ninety; removed in 1806 to Lowville; served in the war of 1812.
(VI) Zeboam, son of Nehemiah Cartter, born June 13, 1772, died at Lowville, aged eighty-one. He was colonel of militia in war of 1812.
He married Olive Hanchett, born in Westfield, Conn.,[transcriber's note: I thought it was in Mass.] and came to Lewis county, N.Y. in its early days.
Olive, Harriet G., Betsey, Milton, Nehemiah, David (twin), Deborah Sheldon (twin, married George Jackson) (q.v.).
By second marriage he had Franklin and Marietta.
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