Martha York Carter

16 June 1843–23 December 1878 (Age 35)
Hancock Township, Hancock, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of Martha York

When Martha York Carter was born on 16 June 1843, in Hancock Township, Hancock, Illinois, United States, her father, William Furlsbury Carter Sr, was 32 and her mother, Roxena Mecham, was 12. She married Rodney Degrass Swasey on 28 December 1857, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 9 daughters. She lived in Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States in 1850. She died on 23 December 1878, in Mona, Juab, Utah, United States, at the age of 35, and was buried in Mona, Juab, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Rodney Degrass Swasey
Martha York Carter
Marriage: 28 December 1857
Mary Ann Swasey
Sarah York Swasey
Lona Loraina Swasey
Abigail Mercy Swasey
Willetta Elizabeth Swasey
Martha Melissa Swasey
Lillian Marsella Swasey
Estella Armenta Swasey
Rodney DeGrass Swasey
Pearl May Swasey

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    28 December 1857Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 3
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    Age 4
    Historical Boundaries: 1847: Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States
    1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World
    Age 13
    William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

    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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    Story Highlight

    Rodney Swasey Story

    RODNEY DEGRASS SWASEY Summarized by Val Dunn Paul (a grandson) states Lona Swasey Ellertson, his mother, had a visitation from her father (Rodney) after he had died & he stood at her bedside & to …

    Sources (33)

    • Martha Carter in entry for Mary A Condon, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Martha Suasey, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Martha Carter in entry for Rodney D Swasey and Annie Green, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937"

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