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John Carter (1696 - 1742)

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John Carter
Born in Lancaster, Virginia, British Colonial Americamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Shirley, Charles City Co, Vamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Lancaster, Virginia, British Colonial Americamap
Carter-1766 created 25 Mar 2011 | Last modified
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Of the four sons of Robert Carter, John, of Crotoman the eldest, will be the only one mentioned in this sketch since it is through him the' Tennessee family traces its line of descent from the Virginia Carters.

John of Crotoman inherited his grandfather's plantation on the Rappahannock, but through his marriage with Elizabeth Hill he came into possession of what was then the most renowned' plantation in Virginia, that of Shirley, which Sir Edward Hill had purchased for his bride, a Welsh heiress and court beauty.

John Carter "the second," studied law in London at the Inner Temple. In 1722 he was appointed secretary of Virginia and is known in Carter genealogy as "Secretary Carter". As secretary he seems to have resided mostly at Williamsburg and at Shirley. Crotoman was a tobacco mart, and records show that at one time he upheld one Joseph Carter as inspector despite the accusations against him and the protestations of Corbin, Receiver of Customs, and other officials.

Death came to Secretary Carter July 31, 1742. After the prescribed period of mourning expired, Elizabeth Carter married a certain Browler Cocke of whom little is known except that he held Shirley until the year 1771, at which date Charles Carter of Crotoman came into the estate of Shirley.[1]


shirley plantation
John Carter


  1. Armstrong & French, pp. 59-63


This person was created through the import of Tribal Pages 0004.ged on 25 March 2011.
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On 15 Jan 2017 at 09:43 GMT Eric Daly wrote:

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