William Carter

Brief Life History of William

When William Carter was born on 12 February 1821, in Ledbury, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Thomas Carter, was 31 and his mother, Sarah Parker, was 34. He married Ellen Benbow on 5 December 1843, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He immigrated to Utah, United States in 1858 and lived in Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1850 and Utah, United States in 1870. His occupation is listed as blacksmith, glass blower, farmer in Ledbury, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom. He died on 22 June 1896, in St. George, Washington, Utah, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in St. George, Washington, Utah, United States.

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William Carter
Sophronia Ellen Turnbow
Marriage: 8 February 1857
Adeline Turnbow Carter
Wilford John Turnbow Carter
Franklin Turnbow Carter
Milton Turnbow Carter
Samuel Amos Turnbow Carter
Sylvira Caroline Carter
Sophronia Ellen Carter
Mary Ann Turnbow Carter
Austin Turnbow Carter

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  • William Carter, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William Carter, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • William Carter, "Find A Grave Index"

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Historical Boundaries: 1827: Hancock, Illinois, United States

1841 · The Nauvoo Legion

In 1841, the Nauvoo Legion was organized. It was a group of men formed to protect the people of Nauvoo but also fought in different wars. Joseph Smith was the Lieutenant General of this group. Other leaders included Brigham Young, John C. Bennett, and others. They were part of the Illinois Mormon War (1844-1846), Mexican-American War (March of California, Capture of Tucson), Indian Wars (Battle Creek Massacre, Battle of Fort Utah, Walker War, Ute Black Hawk War, Mountain Meadows Massacre), American Civil War, and Morrisite War. The Legion was disbanded in 1887.

Name Meaning

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’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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William Carter

William Carter of Ledbury, England (Information taken from William Carter, First Plowman in Utah) An original pioneer of Utah, William Carter was born February 12, 1821 Ledbury, Hereford, England. H …

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