Notes for Thomas Carter Sr. Capt.: This is the famous one. Founded Carter family in VI, etc. Library books. From Mrs. Elliott's article in the COLONIAL GENEALOGIST IV:2, 1971: Captain THOMAS CARTER came to Nansemond County, Virginia, in 1649/50 about the time Charles I was beheaded. JOHN CARTER of "THE NEST", Lancaster County, Virginia, writing in 1858, said THOMAS' "brother JOHN" came to Virginia with THOMAS and settled south of the river in Essex. THOMAS appears in Lancaster County, Virginia, before the year 1653, aged 22 when he paid tithes for himself and four servants (See William Armstrong Crozier, Ed., Virginia County Records, Vol, 5, Virginia Heraldica, Being a A Registry of Virginia Gentry Entitled to Coat Armor [Baltimore: 1965, reprint of the 1908 edition] PP. 87-88.) From Colonel JOHN CARTER, who had gone to Lancaster County from Nansemond County about the time THOMAS landed in Nansemond County, Virginia, Captain THOMAS bought 800 acres in Lancaster County on the "Easternmost" branch of the Corotoman River and, 1 June 1654, acknowledged the debt in court: 12, 852 pounds of tobacco to be paid the following October "at ye dwelling house of the SD Mr. THo: Carter", and 130 pounds sterling on 18 Sept 1655. By 1663, although as yet unmarried, he had a home in Lancaster County named "Barford" and was paying tithes on twenty Peron. He was commissioner of Lancaster County Court, 1663;
Capt. Thomas Carter likely was the first of the family to come to Virginia from England. According to WFT, Vol. 18., Family 570, he sailed from London aboard SAFETH on August 10, 1635. By 1650he was in Nansemond Co. Virginia. He bought 800 acres of land in Lancaster County on the Corotoman River, from Col. John Carter. He was a Captain in the Va. Militia & member of Council of Burgess 1677. This Thomas Carter was also a Planter, Merchant & Tobacco trader. His plantation was called "Barford" in Lancaster County, Virginia.
Based upon WFT 18, Family 1907, He likely was the 6th son of Anscell Carter, a merchant in the City of London. Charles fled England upon the beheading of King Charles I, Coming to Virginia by 1650 and established Barford Plantation in Lancaster County. It is believed his first wife and children died in route to the United States, and he then married Katherine Dale, who, with her parents, had fled England when Cromwell took control. He married (1) Mary Anscell-Parkhurst Abt. 1662 in St. John's, Bedfordshire, England. She was born Abt. 1635 in St. John's, Bedfordshire, England. He married (2) Katherine Dale on May 4, 1670 in the Christ Church Parish, Lancaster County, Virginia, daughter of Edward Dale, Major and Diana Skipwith, Lady. She was born on May 4, 1649 in Prestwold, Leicesterhire, England, and died May 10, 1703 in Barford, Lancaster County, Virginia.
Charles served in the House of Burgesses; was Captain of Militia; was Clerk of the County Court and also held other positions in Virginia.
His will dated August 16, 1700 is on file in Lancaster County Courthouse in Virginia. The personal estate was valued at 236 pounds, which was a goodly sum, and included: A Parcel of Old Books; A Silver Drinking Pot; Tankard; and twelve Silver Spoons; beside the usual household and plantation furnishings of a man of class.
Charles W. H. Warner, premier historian and Carter researcher who has written numerous accounts of this family, says, " There are definitely is a connection to Robert 'King' Carter, and it is believed Capt. Thomas Carter and 'King' Carter were first cousins - their fathers Major Thomas Carter Sr. and Colonel John Carter, believed to be the sons of John Bridget Benion Carter of Newgate Street, London." For additional information on his ancestry and life see "The descendents of Capt. Thomas Carter", written by Joseph Lyon Miller, M.D., published by C.J. Carrier Company, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 1972. (Written 1912)
Capt. Thomas Carter's Will: Item i: do give my son Edward Carter one hundred acres of land to him and his heirs forever but if so be the said Edward will not join with his brothers within three months after my decease to pay Equal charge for the laying out and let his mother have what Timber she shall have occasion of for Repairing houses and fences on my now dwelling plantation during her life that then he shall have no benefit of it but I do give it to son John Carter to him and his heirs forever.
Item ii: I do give unto my son Thomas Carter my now dwelling plantation with 100 acres of land to it to him and his heirs forever after my now loving wife Katherine decease.
I do nominate my son Thomas Carter my executer and my loving wife executrice of this my last will and testament.
Item iii: I do give unto my son John Carter 100 acres of land to him and his heirs forever only reserving the same privilege to my wife as in, the other two items.
Item iv: I do give unto my son Henry Carter 100 acres of land to him and his heirs forever only reserving my wife to have the benefit of getting what timber she shall have occasion of for repairing and rebuilding on my now dwelling plantation but whereas the said Henry is in England and if it should happen he should never come in again I do give the said land unto my son James Carter to him and his heirs forever.
More About Thomas Carter Sr. Capt. and Mary Anscell-Parkurst: Marriage: Abt. 1662, St John's , Bedfordshire, England.
More About Thomas Carter Sr. Capt. and Katherine Dale: Marriage: May 04, 1670, Virginia.
Children of Thomas Carter Sr. Capt. and Katherine Dale are:
+Edward Carter, b. April 09, 1671, Barford, Lancaster, Virginia, d. 1743.
+Thomas Carter II, b. June 04, 1672, Barford Plantation in Lancaster Co. Virginia, d. September 30, 1733, Barford Plantation in Lancaster Co. Virginia.