When Oberlin Mathias Carter was born on 11 July 1856, in Patriot, Perry Township, Gallia, Ohio, United States, his father, Robert Thompson Carter, was 25 and his mother, Lucinda Miriam Williams, was 21. He married Marguerite Wescott on 29 October 1890, in Orange, Essex, New Jersey, United States. He lived in Leavenworth, Kansas, United States in 1900 and Florida, United States in 1935. He died on 18 July 1944, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Patriot Cemetery, Perry Township, Gallia, Ohio, United States.
English: occupational name for a transporter of goods, from Middle English carter(e) ‘carter’ (Anglo-Norman French car(e)tier, Old French charetier, medieval Latin carettarius, carettator). The Old French word coalesced with the earlier Middle English word cart(e) ‘cart’, which is from either Old Norse kartr or Old English cræt, both of which, like the Late Latin word, were probably derived from Celtic. This surname is also very common among African Americans.
Irish: shortened form of McCarter .
Americanized form of German Karter ‘carder’.