Carter, Joseph

Submitted by mercercounty on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 10:03

JOSEPH CARTER, farmer, post-office Indian Run, was born August 6, 1827; His grandfather, Barzillas, was born in New Jersey, but moved at an early day into Mercer County, now Lawrence County, where he spent the rest of his days. There were six children born to them, of which Nathaniel, the father of Joseph, was the youngest and only son, and who was married in 1826 to Elizabeth, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Colwell) Carlon. He settled on the old homestead, and there were eleven children born to them: Joseph, Barzillas, William, John, Rebecca (wife of Richard Rice), George, Elizabeth (wife of Thomas Hannah), Nathaniel, Newton B., Sarah (wife of George Bunny), Hannah (wife of Matthew Irving). Politically he was a Democrat, and died in 1860 at the age of fifty-five years, and he and wife were members of the Presbyterian Church. Joseph was married in 1850 to Eliza J., daughter of Christian and Eliza (Teter) Welker, of Lawrence County. He purchased a farm of John Cunningham of 100 acres, in East Lackawannock Township, where he engaged in farming and stock raising. They have had twelve children: Clara, William, John A., Susan, Welker, Nathaniel, James, Austin B., Elizabeth (wife of Charles Johnston), Joseph P., David and Mary L., John A., Susan and James died young. Joseph was drafted in the late war, but was released on account of his health. He was formerly a Democrat, but is now a champion of the Greenback principles. He and wife are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Mercer.

History of Mercer County, 1888, page 892.

[Joseph Carter died in 1899 and is buried in Carpenter Cemetery in Springfield Township.]

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