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John Carter, Colonel
Born ca 1613
Died January 10, 1670 or June 10, 1669
Immigrated between 1638 and 1641
Married 5 times, see the Family sub-topic
Owned: Corotoman Plantation, Lancaster County, Virginia
John was born ca 1613, based on his own statement in 1635 that he was "twenty-two." He was certainly born in England, but his parentage is uncertain, and no birth or christening record has been identified, as the records of Christchurch were lost in the Great Fire of London in 1665. He was probably the son of the Newgate vintner, John Carter and his wife, 'Elizabeth' Benion Carter, and if so, he was born at Newgate Christ Church, Middlesex, London, England. Whoever his parents were, they were well connected with the Virginia Company, at least as business associates and possibly as family.
John Carter is named in the ten children in the will of 'John Carter citizen and Vintner of London (PCC made 3 April 1630 proved 6 May 1630) all under the age of 21 years. The ten children were subsequently subject of an order under London's Court of Orphans..
John Carter's son Robert "King" Carter adopted the coat of arms identical to that of William Carter the vintner of London, who Currer-Briggs speculates was the brother of John Carter the vintner of London, likely father of this John Carter. Currer-Briggs also notes that the decision to rename the Lancaster Co parish church as 'Christchurch' around 1670 when John Carter Snr was vestryman, and when he was committed to funding the building of a new church, provides a further connection back to Christchurch, London, the church where his father was buried in 1630 and given as his abode in 1638.
Some sources suggest a specific date of birth: October 7, 1613
As a young man, John probably made frequent voyages, facilitating the tobacco trade between Virginia and London as a representative of the Virginia Company. His family in England certainly had connections, both political and economic in Virginia.
On August 10, 1635, John boarded the Safety at London and gave his age as 22 years. Thomas Carter, presumed to be his brother aged 25 years, was also on the ship.
On 12 May 1638 in the High Court of Admiralty, John Carter of 'Christchurch, London, aged 24 or thereabouts' gave evidence that in June 1637 he did 'lade aboard the ship Leaman (Benjamin Woolmer, master) in the port of London for his own account', goods to be transported to Virginia. He and his goods were captured by the Spanish and he landed back in London.  This links John Carter Jnr to the parish of his father John Carter Snr, the vintner. .
A further connection to London is provided by records of a Merchant adventure between Major john Carter, and [[Benion-10] Gabriel Benyon] (his uncle) and Gabriel's son [[Benyon-68] Daniel Benyon], then aged 24,with the ship the “John and Thomas” which sailed in October 1651, as factors for Richard Glover. Part of their cargo left Virginia in the “Seven Sisters” with other ships of the English fleet in June 1652. The remainder of the tobacco consigned to Gabriel Benyon and Richard Glover in London was put aboard the Dutch ship “Fortune” at James River and given leave by the Governor to carry it to England or Holland, as there was no room on any English ships. The “Fortune” was seized by the English frigate “HMS Warwick” and carried to Plymouth.
He decided to settle in Virginia sometime between May 1638 and January 1641/2, when he began, almost immediately, his first term as burgess for Upper Norfolk County (later Nasemond).
John married five times. He may have married for the first time to Jane Glyn before settling in Virginia.
Children of John and Jane Glyn:
2) Eleanor (Eltonhead) Brocas, married in 1655, daughter of Richard Eltonhead, widow and 3rd wife of William Brocas of the Virginia council. She died soon after their marriage, and there were no known children.
4) Sarah Ludlow, married in 1662, born 1635 and died before June 10, 1669, daughter of Gabriel Ludlow and Phillis Wakelyn, nephew of Cromwell's General Edmund Ludlow. married by early 1660's. Her son, Robert, was less than five years old when she died.
Children of John and Sarah Ludlow:
5) Elizabeth Shirley/Sherley, marriage agreement executed on October 24, 1668, a widow from Gloucester County, and according to Stephen Carter, this was not a happy marriage. Son, Charles, removed to England as a young man and died there in 1690. (Is it possible that his mother joined him? Billups-130 13:22, 20 December 2014 (EST))
Child of John and Elizabeth Shirley/Sherley:
John served as Lieutenant-colonel, Burgess, and Councillor. He was first elected in 1642 as Burgess for Upper Norfolk County (in 1646 Nansemond). He served again in 1649 as Burgess for Nansemond County, and in 1654, 1657/58, 1658/59, and 1659/60, as Burgess for Lancaster County. He was elected as Governor's council in 1658, but returned as a Burgess in 1659. Records are incomplete, but in 1663, he had been reelected and was again serving as Councillor.
By the time of his election as Burgess in 1642, John had probably established residence in Virginia. He first settled in Upper Norfolk County (Nasemond) and meanwhile he acquired land in Charles River County (to become Lancaster in 1751). In 1642, John received his first of several land grants along the north bank of the Rappahannock River. In April of 1652, he applied for an extension by act of the Assembly on his land in Lancaster County. It seems that soon thereafter he moved to this land and built Corotoman plantation which became the family home. Corotoman Plantation was located overlooking the Rappahannock, flanked by Carter's Creek on the east and the Corrotoman River on the west. In 1656, John was made Colonel of Lancaster County militia, and by 1666, both he and his son, John, were members of the vestry for the Lancaster County Christ Church.
John and his eldest son John were members of the Christ Church Parish vestry. John, Sr. was found in the vestry book beginning in 1654 (no longer extant), and sons John, Jr. and Robert were also included, their names always preceding the minister's in a large, bold hand. Signatures in vestry books indicated social status, so this placement is significant. Meade writes he has never seen anyone else's signature placed before the ministers, even baronets like Skipwith or Chicheley.
John also had the contract to build the original Christ Church, said to be "the oldest religious edifice in Virginia," despite the fact that it was rebuilt in brick by his son, Robert. The original, probably built from wood, was finished in July 1670, six months after John died. John and four of his wives are buried there.
At the time of his death, John left some thirty indentured servants and some forty African slaves. This increasing reliance on the lifelong service of African slaves as opposed to the finite service of indentured Europeans typified the changing labor norms in Virginia.
According to the Encyclopedia of Virginia, John died on January 10, 1670, probably at Corotoman Plantation, Lancaster County, Virginia. He was buried inside the Christ Church, now rebuilt on the foundation of the original. A large etched tombstone, to the right-hand side of the chancel, covers John, four of his five wives, and some of their children (Elizabeth Shirley is not there). The epitaph reads:
Here lyeth buried 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.
John left the majority of his estate to his eldest son, Lt. Col. John Carter, as was the tradition, but he specifically left to second son Robert: one-third of his personal estate, 1,000 acres on a branch of the Corotoman River, one-sixth of his books, and "his mother's hoop ring & christall necklace." After son John's death, the inheritance transferred to the younger son, Robert "King" Carter, who vastly increased the family's wealth. Robert had been well prepared, as also dictated in his father John's will, he had been provided a tutor for his classical education, including Latin.
Edward Carter (d. 1682), House of Burgesses and governor's Council, was certainly related, but the exact connection is unknown.
Thomas Carter (1672-1733), also of Lancaster County, may have been a first cousin, as there is some evidence their fathers were brothers.
(One ref. states he was b. Garston, Hertford, England). Sarah: The Colonial Genealogist, vol.8, no.2 [Apr 1976], pp.65-66: by Dom W. Wilfrid Bayne, O.S.B., of Portsmouth Priory, RI). ().
 The Cabells and Their Kin: A Memorial Volume of History, Biography, and Genealogy Alexander Brown January 1, 1895 Houghton, Mifflin & Company: Wife, Child page 293, 294
Thank you to Edmund Berkeley, Jr., for your excellent research on this family and for publishing online.
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