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Major Robert W. of Halifax 'Bobby' Carter, Esquire

Major Robert W. of Halifax 'Bobby' Carter, Esquire[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1770 - 1839  (68 years)

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  • Name Robert W. of Halifax 'Bobby' Carter 
    Prefix Major 
    Suffix Esquire 
    Born 22 Dec 1770  Halifax Co., Virginia Colony Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 Sep 1839  William Co., Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Franklin City Cemetery Franklin, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I13942  My Reynolds Line | Descendants of Giles Carter of Henrico
    Last Modified 2 Jan 2022 

    Father Captain John C. dna Carter,   b. 26 Aug 1737, St. Peter's Par., New Kent Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1781, Halifax Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Mother Mary Michaux Cunningham,   b. 1740, St. Peters Parish, New Kent Co., Colonial Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1781, Halifax Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married Abt 1758  Halifax Co., Virginia Colony Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F4368  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Unity [VA] Cook,   b. Abt 1771, Halifax Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1809, Franklin Co., Williamson, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 38 years) 
    Married 26 Oct 1792  Halifax County, Virginia (MB1/25) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • License Date: Wedding Nov 1
    Children 
    +1. 'Sally', Sarah Venable Carter,   b. Abt 1793, Halifax Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1843, Williamson Co., Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years)
     2. John Blagrave/Blagrove Carter,   b. 10 Nov 1797, Halifax Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1847, New Orleans, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     3. Robert Michaux Carter,   b. 1799, Halifax Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1831  (Age 32 years)
     4. Mary 'Polly' Carter,   b. 22 Dec 1800, Halifax Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jan 1875, Davidson Co., Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +5. Samuel Jefferson Carter,   b. 3 Jan 1802, Halifax Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1873, Lauderdale County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    +6. Alexander Cunningham 'A.C.' Carter,   b. 14 Mar 1807, Williamson, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1884, Nashville, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F4375  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Photo Major Robert Carter
    Photo Major Robert Carter
    Capt. Robert Carter.jpg

    Documents
    LVA Chancery
    LVA Chancery
    Heirs of Theo, s/o John Brothers & Sisters
    LVA Chancery Record
    LVA Chancery Record
    Brothers & Sisters Heirs of Theo, s/o John
    LVA Chancery Record
    LVA Chancery Record
    Brothers & Sisters Heirs of Theo, s/o John
    LVA Chancery (2)
    LVA Chancery (2)
    Brothers & Sisters Heirs of Theo, s/o John
    Giles 5
    Giles 5
    A History of the Carter Family"
    Compiled and edited by the
    American Genealogical Research Institute
    Washington DC 20001
    Copyright 1972
    Library of Congress Card Catalog #: 75-187586
    Identifies two Giles Carters as separate individuals, probably related.
    Will of John Carter Halifax Co., VA WB1-370 pg 1
    Will of John Carter Halifax Co., VA WB1-370 pg 1
    Halifax Co. WB1-370 Pg 1 John Carter 1781.jpg
    Will of John Carter Halifax Co., VA WB1-371 Pg 2
    Will of John Carter Halifax Co., VA WB1-371 Pg 2
    Halifax WB1-371 Pg 2 John Carter 1781.jpg
    Marriages of Carters in Halifax Co., Virginia Index
    Marriages of Carters in Halifax Co., Virginia Index
    12982HalifaxIndxMarageMale-Carter.pdf
    1797 List by Samuel Carter; Richard Carter, Taylor, Colquits, Robert Carter, and Elias Dodson, Francis Carter [widow of GS]
    1797 List by Samuel Carter; Richard Carter, Taylor, Colquits, Robert Carter, and Elias Dodson, Francis Carter [widow of GS]
    HalifaxCo Misc Papers.jpg
    Accounts Current for Estate of John Carter, by Susannah Powell Page 1 [Purchasers at Estate Sale]
    Accounts Current for Estate of John Carter, by Susannah Powell Page 1 [Purchasers at Estate Sale]
    13905JohnCarterAcctsCurrent 1803.jpg
    Accounts Current for Estate of John Carter by Susannah Powell Page 2 [Purchasers at Estate Sale]
    Accounts Current for Estate of John Carter by Susannah Powell Page 2 [Purchasers at Estate Sale]
    13905JohnCarterAcctsCurrent 1803-2.jpg
    Accounts Current Estate of John Carter by Susannah Powell
    Accounts Current Estate of John Carter by Susannah Powell
    13905JohnCarterAcctsCurrent 1803-3.jpg
    Ltr. from Francis Willis to Charles Carter concerning Slave
    Ltr. from Francis Willis to Charles Carter concerning Slave
    1745 DeedFrancis WillisSr.jpg
    Chancery Record John Carter,[father of this Richard] dec'd, heirs sue for money due the estate of their dec'd. father.  Richard 'Tailor' Carter, Exe. is dead and Executorship has fallen to his Widow, Mrs. Susannah (David) Powell(neeBigger).  The testimony of Frederick Miller may link the Gunsmith to this Giles Carter Family.[current dna analysis however, reveals two different haplogroups.]
    Chancery Record John Carter,[father of this Richard] dec'd, heirs sue for money due the estate of their dec'd. father. Richard 'Tailor' Carter, Exe. is dead and Executorship has fallen to his Widow, Mrs. Susannah (David) Powell(neeBigger). The testimony of Frederick Miller may link the Gunsmith to this Giles Carter Family.[current dna analysis however, reveals two different haplogroups.]
    Frederick MillerTestimonylinks-13984.jpg
    Giles Carter Lines
    Giles Carter Lines
    GilesCarterLines.png
    Major Robert Carter-Death Notice
    Major Robert Carter-Death Notice
    Nashville Union
    Sep 16, 1839
    DAR Lineage of Mrs. Effie Fulcher Clark, descendant of Robert Carter and Unity Cook
    DAR Lineage of Mrs. Effie Fulcher Clark, descendant of Robert Carter and Unity Cook
    46155_b290427-00174.jpg

    Histories
    Halifax County 1799 Chancery Matter John Carter and Mary Cunningham; Robert, Richard and Theodorick Carter vs Executors of John Carter's Estate.
    Halifax County 1799 Chancery Matter John Carter and Mary Cunningham; Robert, Richard and Theodorick Carter vs Executors of John Carter's Estate.
    JohnCarter&MaryCunningham Chancery 1799.pdf

  • Notes 
    • Name: Robert CARTER Birth: 22 Dec 1770 Death: 9 Sep 1839
      The will of John Carter, of Halifax County, amongst other provisions, devised to his three sons, Richard, Robert and Theodrick, four hundred and fifty acres of land purchased from George Ridley. The records of Halifax County, Virginia, show that Robert Carter sold his share of the land to George Marable.

      The court records of Halifax County, Virginia confirm that Robert Carter was married to Unity Cook, by William P. Martin, November 1st, 1792. The last business transaction recorded by Robert Carter, in Halifax Co., Va., prior to his removal to Tennessee, was the sale of two negroes to William Ferrell on June 19th, 1801. Robert Carter moved with his family to Tennessee about 1805. Robert Carter continued to reside at Franklin, Tennessee, until his death, September 9th, 1839, in his 69th year. His will was burned while in the possession of one of his grandchildren, at Nashville, Tennessee. A list of personal property, in his possession at his death, is recorded at Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee. Robert Carter and Unity Cook produced six children, Sarah Venable, Henry Cook, John Blackgrove, Robert Michaux, Polly, and Samuel Jefferson Carter, all of whom, according to the family Bible. Two other children, another Mary and Nancy, did not survive infancy.

      SAMUEL JEFFERSON CARTER, b. 3 JAN 1803 HALIFAX COUNTY, VA
      Samuel Jefferson Carter, son of Robert and Unity Cook Carter, was born in Halifax County, Virginia, January 3d, 1803, and died suddenly at Carter's Landing, West Tennessee, March 31st, 1873, leaving no will. He married, as shown by the family Bible, first Eliza Staggs, and had three children: Watson M., Jordan B., and Eliza S. Samuel Jefferson Carter married second Anne Vaulx, and had fourteen
      children: Warren, Hays, Watkins Leigh, Charles Vaulx, Samuel J., Laura O., Irene M., Samuel Jefferson, William Giles Harding, Anne Catharine, Frank Cook, Ella Watson, Vaulx, Mary Hays. Of the eleven sons of Samuel Jefferson Carter, the first eight are deceased without male issue. General William H. Carter has one son, William Vaulx Carter, and Frank Cook Carter has one son, William Dawley Carter. These two young men, William Vaulx Carter and William Dawley Carter, are all of their generation bearing the name of Carter, in the direct line traced in this memoir. Samuel Jefferson Carter resided with his family in Davidson County, near Nashville, Tennessee, prior to 1861, and in Nashville during the Civil War. At the time of his death he was residing on his farm in West Tennessee, near Carter's Landing, on the Mississippi River.
      WILLIAM GILES HARDING CARTER was married, October 27th, 1880, at San Francisco, California, to Ida Dawley. Two sons have been born of this marriage, William Vaulx Carter (who was graduated from West Point in 1904 and appointed a lieutenant in the Sixth United States Cavalry, his father's old regiment), and Leigh Hays Carter, who, while a student
      at the University of Illinois, was accidentally killed
      by an electric shock in one of the University buildings, August 27th, 1907.
      ALEXANDER CUNNINGHAM CARTER, b. in Tennessee.
    • John Carter was born in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent Co, VA on 26 AUG 1737, and baptized on 30 OCT 1737. This Parish is south of the York and Pamunkey Rivers and was also the home of the Waddill family.

      John Carter's Will was executed 18 JUN 1781, and probated before the court held for Halifax Co., VA on 20 SEP 1781. The witnesses were Benjamin Hobson, David Bates, Noel Waddill, Theodrick Carter (Third) and Charles Carter, a son of Theodrick Carter(Third). The Executors named were his wife, Mary Carter, Captain James Turner, William Boyd and John Carter's brothers Richard and Theodrick (Third).

      John Carter's three eldest children, Richard, Theo, and Robert filed a chancery suit in Halifax county in 1799 [19 years after the death of John] charging the Executors [Mary Carter, their mother] and Richard Carter, dec'd and his executor Susannah Powell (nee Carter) for monies not accounted for when Richard Carter bargained and sold land privately. Mary Carter (nee Cunningham) is still alive and gives testimony referring to Richard Carter's affidavit. Many pages of testimony follow demonstrating not only that money was paid to Richard, but never passed on to the family. The position of David Powell and Susannah is that the children were educated and provided for, out of the estate of their father, John Carter, dec'd. Robert appears to act as attorney and questions many witnesses. The suit is then refiled in Richmond County and continues. Polly Powell (nee Carter), wife of Mastin Powell and d/o Susannah Carter Powell (nee Bigger) testifies to angry words between Robert and Susannah, his aunt. The suit continues whereby Robert questions numerous witnesses as to the quality of his education, and of the ability of the estate of the dec'd John Carter to produce enough to keep the widow and children adequately. [it is obvious to this researcher that Robert is an ambitious, determined and combative individual and probably was of the same personality since his childhood, when he admits he would not be schooled.] He challenges that his education and that of his siblings was less than he considered their due. Both he and Theo, though, can write and sign their names, as does Susannah. The testimony of Frederick Miller links the Gunsmith to these Carter lines; he marries the Gunsmith's Daughter. Henry Hobson and others testify as well.

      [While the content of this matter is tedious reading, it offers more insight into the characters of these family members, than previously seen.-mfe]


    • Record Date: 02/04/1745
      Record Type: Letter
      Record Call No. Mss2 W6794 a 1
      Record Title Letter, 1745, to Charles Carter (King George County, Va.) concerning an African-American slave, Beck, and her family.
      Document Notes: The author of the letter, Francis Willis, requests to hire Beck's husband to prevent the family, which consists of several children, from being separated.
      County: King George
      State: VA

      This is in reference to a letter from Willis to Charles Carter mentions a child Bobby to come of age.

  • Sources 
    1. [S126] United States Archives, http://files.usgwarchives.net/va/halifax/vitals/marriages/marr-grms-1753-1800.txt.
      Robert Carter + Unity Cook

    2. [S54] DAR, http://services.dar.org/members/dar_research/search_descendants/?action=list&MyPrimary_Seqn=1134816&MyLineageCount=1.
      Robert, s/o John & Mary Cunningham Carter, m. Unity Cook 1 Nov 1792 Halifax
      Samuel Jefferson Carter m. Anne Vauix
      Frank Cook Carter m Kate A. Blair 1877

    3. [S40] Will, John Carter [husband of Mary Cunningham].
      Father, John Carter's Will Proves son Robert.

      Will of John Carter, Halifax county, Virginia, Book I, page 370, June 18, 1781:

      "I, John Carter, of Halifax County, Virginia, &c. My beloved wife, Mary Carter; my daughters, Ann Waddill, Elizabeth Carter, Mary Carter, Sally Carter; my three oldest sons, Richard, Theoderick and Robert Carter. Item: "To my son, James Carter, the land whereon I now live." Son, Francis Carter. Wife, Mary, executrix; Mr. William Boyd and my brothers, Richard and Theo. Carter, my executors.
      (Signed) "John Carter."
      Teste: Benjamin Hobson, David Bates, Charles Carter, Noel Waddill, Theo. Carter. June 18, 1781.

    4. [S85] Virginia Chancery Records, Halifax Co., Virginia Chancery Heirs of John Cook, Sr.
      Humbly Complaining wherewith to your Worships your Orator, Henry Cook, Edmund Cook, Richard Clayborne, [husband of Polly Cook], John Cook, Elizabeth Cook, Jarratt W. Cook, James Chambers, guardian of Richard Cook, Rebecca Cook, Sally Cook, Polly Cook, infants and orphants of John Cook decd ....died intestate leaving slaves and considerable personal estate...

    5. [S32] Find-A-Grave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7680882.

    6. [S18] Family Search, LDS, https://www.familysearch.org/tree/pedigree/landscape/L56M-Y1F.
      John C. Carter and Mary Michaux Cunningham: Marriage 1758, Halifax County,Virginia Colony
      L5GK-ZDF

    7. [S80] Google Books, https://books.google.com/books?id=yixOCAAAQBAJ&pg=PT88&lpg=PT88&dq=crews+and+barksdale&source=bl&ots=r6cowk3mld&sig=_hQGvX8mqmFXowD1AEPnU4niiL8&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi8pqKr5PHYAhVQPN8KHavfCCYQ6AEwCnoECAgQAQ&fbclid=IwAR3Hu5FKFNcwmmcOzCvTm5iMTatztAfbPBTcv7AVK21f89wV22eCXw7RWOc#v=onepage&q=Carter&f=false.