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special order from the war department directed to
report to him for assignment to duty. Captain Carter
was announced in general orders as acting assistant
adjutant-general of the Third (Colored) Division,
Eighteenth Army Corps, and remained on duty with
that organization until the close of the war, having
received a commission from the president as assistant
adjutant-general of volunteers, with the rank of
captain. July 25, 1864. He participated with his com-
mand in all the skirmishes and battles in which it

was engaged before Petersburg, on the north of the
James, at Deep Bottom, Newmarket Heights, and Ft.
Harrison, and in both expeditions to Ft. Fisher and
the subsequent campaign to Raleigh, North Carolina.
He was subsequently brevetted major and lieutenant-
colonel for gallant and meritorious services during
the war. In recommending him for brevet commis-
sions Brevet Major-General Charles J. Paine wrote:
"Captain Solon A. Carter, late assistant adjutant-
general, United States Volunteers, served as assistant
adjutant-general of the division which I commanded
for about a year, from the beginning of August, 1864.
First in front of Petersburg, under constant fire day
and night ; then across the James, in front of Rich-
mond, taking part in a very severe and successful as-
sault by the division of the enemy's lines on the New-
market road, September 29, 1864, and in other engage-
ments : later, in both Fort Fisher expeditions, at the
taking of Wilmington, and in the march in pursuit
of General Johnston's command, never for a moment
away from his post, and never neglecting his duties,
which often were quite as severe as those of any of-
ficer of the division. He was a brave and faithful
officer of great merit, and I always exceedingly re-
gretted that he was not promoted. There is not,
within my knowledge, an instance of equal desert
without a greater reward." After his discharge from
the service, Captain Carter returned to Keene and
engaged in the furniture trade.

He was a member of the house of representatives
from Keene in 1869 and 1870. In June. 1872, he
was elected state treasurer, which office he held since
that time with the exception of one year (1874-75),
receiving the nomination by acclamation and without
opposition in successive re-elections. He is an ac-
tive member of the Unitarian organization, and has
served several years as president of the State Asso-
ciation. He is a member of the Military Order of
the Loyal Legion of the L'^nited States and the Grand
Army of the Repul^lic. He has taken an active part
in Masonic organizations, having passed the chairs
of the Blue Lodge. Royal Arch Chapter and Com-
mandery. and also the chairs of the Most Worship-
ful Grand Lodge, serving as most wor.shipful grand
master for two years (1878-79), and as right eminent
grand commander of the Grand Commandery in
1875. He attained the Thirty-third Scottish Rite,
September 19, 1905.

Solon A. Carter married Emily A. Conant, of
Leominster, Massachusetts. December 13, i860. They
have two children: Edith Hinks. born January i,
1864. and Florence Gertrude, February 24, 1866.
Edith Hinks Carter, eldest daughter of Solon A.
and Emily A. (Conant) Carter, has since her gradu-
ation from the Concord high school in 1881, been
employed in the state treasurer's office as assistant
to her father, having charge of two or more im-
portant departments. Florence Gertrude, their sec-
ond daughter, married. January 7, 1890. Edward
Parkhust Comins, of Concord, New Hampshire ;
died June 8, 1905, at Dorchester ^Massachusetts ; sur-
vived by her husband and daughter Sara, born Sep-
tember 7, 1892.

(II) Thomas (2), youngest child of Rev.
Thomas (i) Carter, was born June 8, 1655, in Wo-
burn, and was a husbandman and proprietor, in his
father's right, of considerable land in that town. He
married Margery, daughter of Francis Whitmore, of
Cambridge, in 1682. She died October 5, 1754.
Their children, born in Woburn, were: Mary.
Thomas, Eleazer, Daniel. Ebenezer and Ezra.

(III) Ebenezer. fourth son and fifth child of
Thomas (2) and Margery (Whitmore) Carter, was
born September 24, 1695. in Woburn, and lived in



Wilmington, Massachusetts, where he died before
March lo, 1746, at which date a committee was
appointed to appraise his estate. The whole was
valued at three thousand eighty-one pounds, and the
estate was administered by his widow, Lydia. It
included one piece of forty-four acres with mansion
house in the first range of "Great Lots" of Woburn,
and another of twenty-three acres in the second
range, beside lands in Wilmington. His widow's es-
tate was divided in April, 1775, administration being
granted to John Flagg, a son-in-law, to whom the
heirs agreed to give the in-door goods in compensa-
tion for her care in old age. She was born June 11,
1695, daughter of William and Rebecca Butters, of
Woburn ; was married to Ebenezer Carter, April 15,
1719, and died February 14, 1775. Of their children,
the first six were born in Woburn and the others in
Wilmington, namely: Ebenezer, Lydia, Abigail, Ezra,
William. Nathan, Rebecca and James.

(IV) Ezra, second son and fourth child of
Ebenezer and Lydia (Butters) Carter, was born
May 2, 1723, in Woburn, and resided in Wilmington,
dying there about 1771. His son, Ezra, was ap-.
pointed administrator of his estate May 21 of that
year._ He was married September 5, 1745, to Lydia
Jenkins, of Wilmington, who survived him and mar-
ried (second) John Flagg, who assumed the guar-
dianship of her minor children November 12, 1771.
Samuel, who was over fourteen years of age, chose
his rnother, as a certificate by James Morrill shows,
as did also _ Benjamin, James, John and Moses.
Joseph, William and Lydia chose their Uncle Nathan
as their guardian. Samuel, Benjamin and James,
with their mother's consent, signed a request May
26, 1777, for the appointment of Edward Kendall as
their guardian. The children of Ezra Carter were:
Ezra, Benjamin, Joel, Ebenezer, Joseph, William,
Lydia, _ Samuel, Benjamin, James, John and Moses.
(Mention of Samuel and descendants is a part of
this article).

(V) Joel, third son and child of Ezra and Lydia
(Jenkins) Carter, was born April 28, 1749, in Wil-
mington, and passed his life in his native town,
where he was a farmer. He was married December
26, 1771, to Sara, daughter of Joseph and Sara Jen-
kins, of Wilmington. Their children were : Joel,
Sara, Lydia, Dolly, Joseph. Hannah, William, Re-
becca, Amaziah. Mary and James. (Amaziah and
descendants receive extended mention in this

(VI) William, third son and seventh child of
Joel and Sarah (Jenkins) Carter, was born April 17,
1787, in Wilmington, Massachusetts, and was an
early resident of New Ipswich, New Hampshire. He
subsequently resided in Chelsea, Vermant and War-
ner, New Hampshire, and passed his last days in
Lebanon, New Hampshire, where he died Novem-
ber II. 1875, aged eighty-eight years. He was mar-
ried March 8, 1813, to Jane Scott, who was born
March 11, 1791, and died May i, 1818. leaving only
one child, William (2) Carter. William (i) Car-
ter was married December 31, 1818, to Percis Wood,
who was born July 31, 1791, and died May 29, 1866.
The children of the second marriage were : Henry
W., James H. and Mary Ann. The latter became the
wife of T. W. Wyman, of Stanstead, Quebec.

(VII) William (2), only child of William (i)
and Jane (Scott) Carter, was born February 11,
1816, in Warner, New Hampshire, and received his
education in the public schools of that town. He
was early engaged in the mercantile business there
and was for many years postmaster and a prominent
man in town affairs. He was much respected and
esteemed for his integri'ty and. business ability.

For a time he was a partner in business with George
A. Pillsbury, who was later very prominent as a
flour manufacturer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In
addition to other public services, he acted for
some time as town clerk. He was a Demorcrat in
politics, and an active member of the Congregational
Society. He died May 8, 1851, at the age of thirty-
five years. He was married January 8, 1840, to
Hannah Badger, daughter of Elliott and grand-
daughter of Benjamin Badger, of Warner (see
Badger, VI). They were the parents of two sons.
The younger died at the age of twelve years.

(VlII) William Scott, elder son and only sur-
viving child of William (2) and Hannah (Badger)
Carter, was born September 28, 1842, in Warner,
and received his primary education in the schools
of his home town. He fitted for college at Hen-
niker Academy under Professor Thomas Sanborn,
a noted educator of his time. He entered Dartmouth
College in 1S62, but his pursuit of an education was
laid aside to serve his country. He enlisted in
the fall of 1862 as a private in Company D,
Eleventh Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteer In-
fantry. He was soon appointed commissary sergeant
of the regiment. With his regiment he served in
Virginia and was present at the battle of Fredericks-
burg. In the spring of 1863 they removed to Ken-
tucky and were at Vicksburg, Mississippi when that
city surrendered, and also at Jackson, Mississippi.
Mr. Carter also served at Cairo, Illinois, and in
Kentucky, and spent some time in the hospital at
Covington, Kentucky, while disabled with chills and
fever. In the spring of 1864 he went to Annapolis,
Maryland, and was quarter-master for a large body
of convalescents located there. He subsequently
joined his regiment and participated in Grant's
campaign up to the battle of Petersburg. He was
discharged in 1865 and returned to the arts of peace,
having now reached the age of twenty-three years.
He decided to take up a business career and pro-
ceeded to Lebanon, New Hampshire. He entered
the employ of H. W. Carter, a half-brother of his
father, who was conducting a large mercantile busi-
ness, William S. Carter becoming manager of the
store. He continued this for five years and then be-
gan business on his own account in a similar line,
chiefly gents' furnishings. These he sold by sample
for a time, upon the road, and in time admitted a
partner in the person of Frank C. Churchill. This
relation began in 1877 and after a period of twenty-
one years, in 1898, J\lr. Churchill withdrew from the
firm. Since that time Mr. Carter has been president
and active manager of the corporation. Before 1877
the business was confined to wholesale jobbing in
gent's furnishings, but now includes the manufacture
of shirts, lined coats, overalls and jumpers and simi-
lar articles of daily use. In the operation of the
business at the present time, five commercial travel-
ers are employed in disposing of the products at
wholesale. Mr. Carter is also interested in manu-
facturing industries at Pawtucket, Rhode Island,
and in the south. He is a director of the Lebanon
National Bank and a trustee of the Public Library
of his home town. He was president of the Lebanon
Electric Light Company for a period of eighteen
years, until he resigned in 1906. He is active in
every movement for the promotion of the welfare
of his town and state. Since 1868 he has been
a member of the Congregational Church ; he is now
identified with James B. Perry Post, No. 13, Grand
Army of the Republic, and has been department
commander of the state in that organization. He is
prominent in the Masonic order, being a member of
the Franklin Lodge and St. Andrew's Chapter and



of the Mount Horeb Commandery, Knights Templar,
and Bektash Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Con-
cord. He has served as treasurer of his lodge and
chapter for several years. In politics he affiliates
with the Republican party; has filled various minor
town offices ; was a member of the state senate in
1891-92, and was auditor of state treasurer's accounts
in 1891. In 1901 Mr. Carter was appointed by
Governor Jordan as one of the commissioners sent
to Vicksburg, Mississippi, to ascertain and deter-
mine the positions of the New Hampshire regiments
in the siege of that city. His colleagues were:
General S. G. Griffin and Colonel John W. Babbitt.
Their action was approved by resolution of the
legislature, and an appropriation of five thousand
dollars made. On February 10, 1903, Mr. Carter
was appointed by Governor Batchelder as chairman
of the committee to select a monument to be placed
in the National Park at Vicksburg to mark and
commemorate the achievement of the three New
Hampshire regiments that participated in the siege
of that town. Mr. Carter is now president of the
Eleventh New Hampshire Building Association with
headquarters at the Weirs, New Hampshire. He
was married, August 20, 1868, to Theodora Bugbee,
who was born January 4, 1847, at Lakeport, New
Hampshire, daughter of Orrin and Mary A. Bug-

(VI) Amaziah, fourth son and ninth child of
Joel and Sara (Jenkins) Carter, was born Febru-
ary 15, 1792, in Wilmington, and settled in Cdn-
cord, New Hampshire, where he died June 7, 1866.
He was married about 1826 to Susan Dodge, of
Haverhill, Massachusetts, who survived him six
months, passing away December 5, 1866. They were
the parents of two daughters, Susan Maria and
Sarah Elizabeth. The first died when five years
old. The second is the widow of Dustin Watkins
Waldron, residing in Concord (see Waldron, IV).

(V) Samuel, eighth child and seventh son of
Ezra and Lydia (Jenkins) Carter, was born Oc-
tober, 1758, in Wilmington, and settled in the north-
ern part of Hillsboro, adjoining Bradford, New
Hampshire, where he was a successful farmer. He
was married about 1792 to Polly Abbott, of Hen-
niker, and died October 3, 1826. His widow sur-
vived until March i, 1855, dying on the farm in
Hillsborough, where all their children were born,
namely: Jane, Nathan, Samuel, Benjamin, Cyrus,
Ira and Lucy.

(VI) Nathan, eldest son and second child of
Samuel and Polly (Abbott) Carter, was born Janu-
ary II, 1796, in Hillsborough, and settled and al-
ways lived in West Henniker. He was a carpenter by
trade, yet able to do all the work of building and •
finishing a house, from the foundation to the final
painting, and is said to have done more work during
his life than any other man in the town. He was
also a fine cabinet-maker, and made many cases for
clocks in early life. From time to time, as he was
able, he purchased contiguous land until he acquired
a large farm, which was mainly cultivated by his
boys as they became old enough. For nearly fifty
years he and his wife were members of the Congre-
gationaf Church in Henniker. He died June 4, 1880.
He was married, November 24, 1819, to Margery,
daughter of Aaron H. and Sally (Wood) Wads-
worth, of Henniker. She was born September 19,
1801, in that town, and died there January 23, 1892.
Her children, born in Henniker, were : William
Harrison, Caroline Matilda, Samuel Worcester,
Nathan Franklin. Henry Carlton, Harrison and
William Frederick. The first two died in early
childhood, and the last in his fifteenth year. The

third was a farmer in Henniker, where he died.
The fourth is the subject of the succeeding para-
graph. The fifth was a carpenter and died in Con-
cord. The sixth never married and remained on the
parental homestead.

(VII) Rev. Nathan Franklin Carter, third son
and fourth child of Nathan and Margery (Wads-
worth) Carter, was born January 6, 1830, in Hen-
niker, and fitted for college at Henniker and Kim-
ball Union academics. He graduated from Dart-
mouth College in 1853, and from Bangor Theological
Seminary in 1865. After leaving Dartmouth he was
principal of the Highland Lake Institute at East
Andover, New Hampshire, in 1853-54, oi the Con-
cord high school during the following year, and of
the Exeter high school from 1855 to 1864. He was
licensed to preach by the Piscataqua Association,
April 20, 1859; May 15, 1864; and July 16, 1867.
He was acting pastor at Pembroke, New Hamp-
shire, in 1865-66; at North Yarmouth, Maine, for
the next two years ; and at Orfordville, New Hamp-
shire, from 1869 to 1874. He was ordained as an
evangelist at North Yarmouth, Maine, December
19, 1867, and was pastor at Bellows Falls, Vermont,
five years, from October, 1874, and eight years at
Quechee, Vermont. On account of the failing
health of his wife, he gave up an accepted pastorate
in INIassachusetts, and took up his residence in Con-
cord, New Hampshire, where he has since resided.
Meanwhile he has supplied churches in Wilmot,
Andover and East Andover, East Concord, Camp-
ton, Warner, Quechee, Vermont, and Hopkinton,
for periods running up to two years, besides much
occasional preaching as opportunity offered. He has
been secretary of the New Hampshire Prisoners' Aid
Association and of the Central New Hampshire
Cong'regational Club since 1891 ; a member of the
New Hampshire Historical Society since 1890, and
was its librarian from 1895 to 1906.

He was married, March 12, i860, to Harriet
Frances, daughter of Major Nathaniel and Harriet
(Oilman) Weeks, of Exeter, New Hampshire. She
was born July 15. 1833, in Exeter, and died in Con-
cord, October 8, 1890. He was married (second)
October 12. 1892, to Harriet Louisa Gale, daughter
of Nathaniel and ]\Iary Elizabeth (Lovering) Jewell,
and widow of Joseph Gale, of Exeter, where she was
born January 9, 1842.

(Second Family.)

By a remarkable coincidence the
CARTER founder of this line is of the same

name as the clerg>'man who founded
m America the line previously treated. The name
must have been frequently found in England at
the time of the Puritan emigration, and is readily
traced in origin to an occupation. The records
contain frequent mention of it at an early day in
New England. . .

(I) Thomas Carter was among the origmal
proprietors of Salisbury, Massachusetts, where he
was a planter. He received land in the first division
and again in 1640, and is mentioned in the list of
commoners in 1650. He was taxed then and in 1652.
It is possible that he was at Ipswich before he
settled in Salisburv, as a man of that name was
made freeman there May 2, 1638. The wife of
Thomas Carter, of Salisbury, was named Mary, as
shown by his will, which was dated October 30,
and proven November 14. 1676. His death must
have occurred between these two dates. His chil-
dren were: Marv, Thomas, Martha (died young),
Martha, Elizabeth, John, Abigail, Samuel and

(II) John, second son and sixth child of



Thomas and Mary Carter, was born May i8, 1650,
in Salisbury, and resided in that town, where he
was probably a farmer. He subscribed to the oath
of fidelity and allegiance there in December, 1677.
He was a soldier and was sent to the defense of
Marlboro about 1689. His wife Martha died INIarch
ID, 1718, at which time he was living. His chil-
dren were: Mary (died young), Thomas, Abigail,
John, Samuel, Mary and Ephraim.

(IH) Ephraim, youngest chid of John and
Martha Carter, was born November 2, 1693, .n Salis-
bury, and Ived in the northern part of that town.
His wife's name was Martha. He was the first of
the Carter family in Concord, and appeared there
soon after 1740. He came with his family from
South Hampton, New Hampshn-e, and when they
started "The neighbors expressed great sympathy
for them ; gathered around and wept, when they
bid them farewell, to go so far into the wilderness."
Reaching Sugar Ball hill, they chained the wheels
of the cart containing their goods, to get them
down the hill safely ; transported their goods over
the }*Ierrimack in a canoe — swimming the oxen;
then fastening bed cords to the tongue of the cart,
dragged that across the river. Reloading their
goods, the carted them all up to the house. Ephraim
Carter and Ezra Carter were in the garrison around
the house of Lieutenant Jeremiah Stickney in 1746.
Ephraim had a family of five children: Ezra,
Daniel, Ezekiel, Joseph and Abigail. The last named
is said to have been eleven years old when she
came to Concord with her father. (Ezekiel re-
ceives mention in a later paragraph of this article.)

(IV) Daniel, second son and third child of
Ephraim Carter, was born in Salisbury, Massachu-
setts, but first settled in South Hampton, New
Hampshire, whence he removed to Concord about
1750, after the birth of his eldest child, and settled
in what was afterwards known as the Iron Works
District. He married Hannah Fowler, a native of
Salisbury, Massachusetts, and they had seven chil-
dren : Ezra, Molly, Daniel, Hannah. John, Moses
and Anna. (John and Moses receive further men-
tion in this article.)

(V) Ezra, eldest child of Daniel and Hannah
C Fowler) Carter, was born in South Hampton, was
brought by his parents to Concord and settled in
the West Parish in Concord, where he was a farmer.
He married Phebe Whittemore, of Pembroke. Their
children were : Ruth, Timothy, Hannah, Rhoda,
Ezra, Phebe, Esther, Daniel, Judith and Deborah.
Rhoda and Esther became, successively, the wives
of Moses Farnum (see Farnum, V). Deborah was
the wife of Henry Rolfe (see Rolfe, VI).

(VT) Timothy, second child and eldest son of
Ezra and Phebe (Whittemore) Carter, was born in
Concord, March 6, 1767, and died February 7, 1843,
aged seventy-six years. He resided in the West
Parish. He was married June 12, 1794, to Judith
Chandler, daughter of Captain Abiel and Judith
(Walker) Chandler (see Chandler, VI). She was
born October 9, 1770, and died December 28, 1852,
aged eighty-two years. Their children were : Abiel
Chandler, Ezra. Sarah Rumford and Judith Walker.
(Ezra and descendants are noticed in this article.)

(VII) Abiel Chandler, eldest child of Timothy
and Judith (Chandler) Carter, was born January
8, 1796, in West Concord, where he passed his life.
He was married in 1819 to Patty Farnum (see
Farnum, V), and they had the following children:
Timothy, Franklin I?., Sarah P., Augustine C. and
Martha H.

(VIII) Augustine Clark, third son and fourth
child of Abiel C. and Patty (Farnum) Carter, was

born August 28. 1831, on the old Carter home-
stead, near Penacook lake, and always lived in the
neighborhood of his birthplace. He was a success-
ful farmer, and engaged largely in the timber busi-
ness in early life. He was considered an expert
judge of timber values, and his judgment was
often sought by others, on standing timber. He
was a regular attendant on church services at the
West Concord Congregational Church as long as
he was able to be about. He passed away at his
home in West Concord, at four o'clock. Sunday
morning, February 4, 1906, in his seventy-fifth year.
Mr. Carter was a lifelong Democrat, and represented
ward three in the legislature in 1874. He was one
of the best known and highly respected residents of
his ward, and was appreciated by his friends and
family as a loving husband and kind father. He
was married September i. 1857, to Sarah E. Res-
tieaux, of Hopkinton, daughter of William and Bet-
sey (Chase) Restieaux. They had two daughters,
Lizzie R. Carter and Mattie E., wife of Frank E.
Dimond (see Dimond, VII).

(IV) Ezekiel, third son of Ephraim and Martha
Carter, was born 1737, in Salisbury, and settled in
Hopkinton, New Hampshire. He married Eleanor,
daughter of Joseph and Dorothy (Lindsey) East-
man, and they were the parents of Dorothy, David,
Sally, Ephraim and Johanna. Ezekiel Carter died
October 2, 1804, aged sixty-seven years.

(V) Johanna, youngest child of Ezekiel and
Eleanor (Eastman) Carter, was born July 2, 1771,
in Hopkinton, and was there married in 1790 to
Dr. Benjamin Buzzell, of that town (see Buswell,
VI). She died August 15, 1862.

(V) Moses, second son of Daniel and Hannah
(Fowler) Carter, was born about 1761, in Concord,
and married Molly Robinson. He died March 8,
1833, aged seventy-one years. His children were:
William, Daniel, Polly, Alice, Simeon, Moses, Anna,
Hannah, Sarah, Jacob C. and Israel Evans.

(VI) Mary (Polly), eldest daughter an'd third
child of Moses and JNIolly (Robinson) Carter, be-
came the wife of Daniel White (see White, III)._

(VII) Ezra, second son of Timothy and Judith
(Chandler) Carter, was born in West Concord,
December 27, 1798, and died January 28, 1879, aged
eighty years. He received his early education in the
common schools of Concord; later attended Pem-
broke Academy, and then commenced the study of
medicine with Dr. Moses Chandler, of Concord.
He continued his medical studies in Boston, where he
had the clinical instruction of Dr. James Jackson;
attended lectures in New Haven, Connecticut, and
afterwards at Bowdoin College, Maine, from which
he graduated in 1824. The obituary notice of Dr.

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