Friday, January 31, 2014

Marcus Princeton Carter

I first made mention of Marcus P Carter in my post "The Letters of Henry H. Melton".  Marcus Carter and Henry Melton were apparently friends. Henry had made it a point to write to Marcus when he was away at war and  also to have Marcus watch after his family when he was away. Henry did not make it back home.  Marcus would purchase the land that Henry lived on from the executor of his estate, Parham Kirk. They were obviously already neighbors, according to the letters. The questions arise of how Marcus P. Carter was related to the other Carters in the area, if at all. His daughter Sarah, would grow up to marry John A. Russell, son of James Roberson Melton and Temperance Russell, all who resided in the small town of Albemarle, North Carolina during its early years. Still out there is the determination of how James R Melton ties in to the other Meltons, he definately is related, due to close dealings with them, but just exactly how? And also to the origins of Tempie Russell, and how both James and Tempie were closely associated with the founding family of Albemarle, the Hearnes. 

In census records, Marcus and his young family first shows up in Montgomery County, living near several Tolbert families. A Whitson Tolbert is next door. 

Marcus Carter
Birth Year:abt 1824
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1850:Montgomery, North Carolina
Family Number:798
Household Members:
Marcus Carter26
Nancy Carter28
Francis C Carter9
Kinchen Carter4
Sarah A E Carter2
His oldest three children have been born, his wife is two years older than he. Francis Caroline, at age 9, declares her parents 17 and 19 at her birth. Marcus's profession is simply given as "Laborer". Perhaps he worked for the Tolberts.

In the 1860 census, Marcus and his family were enumerated 3 times. In each one, they had different neighbors. Many families were left out, The Carters were well accounted for. 

Name:Marcus P Carter
Age in 1860:40
Birth Year:abt 1820
Home in 1860:Stanly, North Carolina
Post Office:Albemarle
Value of real estate:View Image
Household Members:
Marcus P Carter40
Mancy Carter45
Frances Carter18
Kinchen Carter14
Sarah Carter12
Lundey C Carter10
Lucy J Carter8

This 1860 version has  Lucy as the youngest child.  This one was taken on August 1, 1860, by J. McCorkle, and lists him in the area of the Albemarle Post Office with several Millers as neighbors. His occupation is 'Farmer'. 

Name:Marcus Carter
Age in 1860:39
Birth Year:abt 1821
Home in 1860:Stanly, North Carolina
Post Office:Albemarle
Value of real estate:View Image
Household Members:
Marcus Carter39
Nancy Carter37
Fanny Carter16
Lunda Carter14
Kinchen Carter12
Lucy Carter10
Julia Carter8
John Carter5
On this one, two children younger than Lucy, a Julia and a John is listed. Lunda's shown as older than Kinchen. This version gives Marcus's age as 39 and Nancy's as 37, and his profession as a shinglemaker. The Post Office was still Albemarle, and the census taker was the same, except this one was a bit earlier, on June 30th. Perhaps Mr. McCorkle did not realized he had already enumerated this family. Sarah has been left out. His neighbors were all Thompsons, Ben, John, William and George. Which makes sense, as the location of the Thompson cemetery is not far from that of the Carter Cemetery. 

Name:Marcas Carter
Age in 1860:36
Birth Year:abt 1824
Home in 1860:Stanly, North Carolina
Post Office:Albemarle
Value of real estate:View Image
Household Members:
Marcas Carter36
Nancy Carter35
Frances Carter18
Kenchie Carter13
Sarah Carter9
Lundy Carter7
Caroline Carter5
In this last one, at an even earlier date, June 22, Marcus is younger still, as is his wife. Frances is Frances again, instead of Fanny, but Kinchen has become "Kenchie", which may have been his nickname. Sarah and Lundy are there, in the correct order, but there is no 8 year old Julia or 5 year old John. Instead, there is a 5 year old Caroline. Same Mr. McCorkle doing the counting and the post office is in Albemarle. 

His neighbors in the last one are given as J.M McLester, Parham Smith, J M Bivens, Guilford Harris, and Clementine Melton, with her younger sons Atlas and Preston. Her husband, Joseph Melton and older son Green J. Melton are missing from this census. I've wondered where they were and what they were doing.
Name:Marcus Carter
Age in 1870:50
Birth Year:abt 1820
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1870:Albemarle, Stanly, North Carolina
Post Office:Albemarle
Value of real estate:View Image
Household Members:
Marcus Carter50
Nancy Carter40
Lucy Carter16
By 1870, Fanny and Sarah are married, leaving only Lucy at home. The other children have died. Marcus and family are still in the area of the Albemarle Post Office. Their neighbors being Frank Melton, with wife Martha and daughter Fannie, Martha Melton, widow of his friend Henry H Melton, several Forrests and the Green Ross family and David Rummage family. Marcus is just a family. 

The last census Marcus Princeton Carter will appear in is the 1880. He is by then an old man, Lucy is still at home and he and Nancy have gotten custody of the living children of daughter Fannie, James Thomas Shepherd and his sister Lundy Cornelia Shepherd. 
Land records show that his lands were split in 6 shares. I know that John Russel and wife Sarah Carter Russel were one share and daughter Lucy. J. Carter Kearns recieved another share, while Tom and Nealie Shepherd, children of Fannie were two other shares. 

Marcus Carter and members of his family are buried near the area called "Green Top" in Stanly County, east of Albemarle, not far from the Swift Island bridge across the Yadkin-Pee Dee River. There are 6 marked graves and 4 not legible. Perhaps the 4 are the mysterious children, "Julia, Caroline and John" and one other who did not make a census. The markers read:

Nancy Ann Carter wife of Marcus Carter age 96

Marcus P Carter born Nov 4, 1820 and died Nov 15th 1880 age 60 Y 11 D

William W Shepherd born Sept. 18, 1873 Age 2 M 17 D

Francis C. Shepherd was born Dec. 20 1842 and died Sept 23, 1873 Age 30Y 1m 3D

Kinchin Carter  Born May the 22, 1845 and died July 13, 1865 Age 20 Y 1 M 21D

Lundy C Carter Born Dec 16 the 1850 and died July 24, 1865 Age 14 Y 9 M 8 D

The proximity of the dates of the death of Kinchin and Lundy lead me to believe they may have died from a contagious disease. 

Kinchin Carter was 20 years old at his death. He was the right age to have been drafted into the Civil War, however, there are no records that he enlisted or was conscripted. I looked into records concerning health, mental status or dependency in Stanly County and found nothing that would give a reason that he was not a soldier.  That does not mean he did or did not have a mental or physical handicap that may have precluded him from serving. Finding tales of men literally forced and blackmailed into joining the army, it is hard to see how he just missed it, was overlooked, or just chose not to serve. 

The toddler, William W Shepherd was no doubt the son of Fannie Carter and husband William Edmond Deberry Shepherd. His father was named William Wilson Shepherd, and likely, the baby William's name was William Wilson also. 

The following is the family tree downward of Marcus Princeton Carter and his wife, Nancy Ann Marks Carter. Unknown is his family tree from himself upward. Was he a member of the Carter family that here existed, a descendant of the esteemed Revolutionary War soldier, Samuel Carter? Or did he migrate from somewhere else? Perhaps someone will find the name of Marcus in a record that gives a hint toward this information. 

He named his only son Kinchen. There was an old citizen in the county called Kinchen Pennington. A Carter daughter married Nelson Pennington, a son of Kinchen. Could there have been an overlooked daughter of Kinchen Pennington who married a Carter, perhaps even a first wife of a well-recorded Carter?

Marcus Princeton Carter b 7 Nov 1820 in North Carolina d 15 Nov 1880 near Albemarle, Stanly County, NC. 
Wife, Nancy Ann Marks, born about 1817 to 1822. Died in Stanly County.

I. Francis C. (Fannie) Carter, born 20 Nov 1843 married on 24 Dec 1868 in Richmond County to Willima Edmund (or Edwin) Deberry Shepherd (sometimes seen as Sheppard), son of William Wilson and Emeline Shepherd. 

Name:Edwin Shepherd
Birth Date:
Spouse's Name:Fannie Carter
Spouse's Birth Date:
Spouse's Birthplace:
Spouse's Age:
Event Date:24 Dec 1868
Event Place:Richmond, North Carolina
She was the mother of 3 children: James Thomas (Tom) Shepherd, Lundy Cornelia "Nealie" Shepherd Mauldin Dawkins, and William W (probably Wilson) Shepherd. 

Fannie Carter
Fannie Carter
North Carolina, Deaths, 1931-1994
spouse:Edwin Shephard
child:Nealie Dawkins
h Carolina, Deaths, 1931-1994
spouse:William Edmund Shepherd
child:James Thomas Shepherd
other:Lucy Rosa Morton
II. Kinchen Carter, born 22 May 1845, died 13 July 1865

III Sarah A. E. (Sallie) Carter born 18 April 1848 died 9 May 1917. 
     Married 1 Nov 1874 to John A. Russell, son of James R. Melton and Tempie Russell

IV Lucy J Carter, born 7 May 1854  died 23 Feb 1918

Lucy J. Carter
North Carolina, Marriages, 1759-1979
marriage:1 November 1883Albemarle, Albermarle Township, Stanly, North Carolina
father:Marcus Carter
mother:Nancy Carter
spouse:William Kearns
other:Hubbard Kearns, Nancy Kearns
Other possible children: Laura (1852), John (1855) and Carolina (1855). These may have died as small children and could account for the unmarked, unreadable stones in the family cemetery.

So where did Marcus P Carter live before his appearance in the 1850 census? Were he and Nancy married in Montgomery County? Who were Nancy Ann Marks Carters parents? Why was this family not polled for the war effort? What saved Kinchen, at least from going? Was there a epidemic about in 1865 that took the lives of both Lundy and Kinchen that summer?

These are questions there may never be an answer to, now that Tom Shepherd and his sister Nealie, both who lived with their grandparents for awhile, have passed.

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