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Carter Braxton
Birth: Sep. 10, 1736
Death: Oct. 10, 1797

Declaration of Independence Signer. Born in Newington, Virginia, he was the son of a wealthy planter. He was named for his grandfather, Robert Carter, who was nicknamed "King Carter" because he owned 42 plantations. Carter Braxton's mother died at his birth, and when he was 13 years old, his father died. He attended the College of William and Mary, but dropped out after one year to marry Judith Robinson, who died two years later, in 1756, giving birth to their second child. A few years later, he would remarry, to Elizabeth Corbin, and with her he would have sixteen more children. He had a prosperous and pleasant life, owning several plantations and going into various business ventures with Robert Morris (of Pennsylvania; another signer) and other prominent merchants. In 1761, he became a member of the House of Burgesses, where he served until 1771, and again in 1775. In 1775, he became a member of the Virginia delegation to the Second Continental Congress. The American Revolution threatened his comfortable way of life, so for a long time he was uncertain about independence. As late as April 14, 1776, he wrote a letter to his uncle saying that he believed America was not ready for independence. A month later, in May 17, 1776, he wrote another letter to his uncle stating that America "with one united voice" should seek independence. He came to believe that the country would be harmed if Congress appeared to be divided over the issue of independence, so he voted for independence, signed the Declaration, and then left Congress to return the next year. Back in Virginia, he supported a bill to recruit slaves to fight for the Revolution, to be given freedom in exchange for their service. The bill was defeated, but Braxton then embraced the effort to win American freedom, and purchased supplies for the army out of his own pocket. He was a member of the Continental Congress and the Congress of the Confederation, from 1775 to 1776 and 1777 to 1783, and again in 1785. Later in life, he made some poor business decisions, and lost most of his fortune, and in 1797, he suffered a stroke and died at the age of 61. Braxton County in what is now West Virginia was named for him. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) 
 
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 Parents:
  M Mary Carter Braxton (1712 - 1736)
 
 Spouses:
  Judith Robinson Braxton (1736 - 1757)
  Elizabeth Corbin Braxton (1745 - 1814)
 
 Children:
  Elizabeth Corbin Braxton Griffin (1760 - 1798)*
  Carter Braxton (1787 - 1855)*
 
 Sibling:
  George Braxton (1734 - 1761)*
  Carter Braxton (1736 - 1797)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Chericoke, Carter Family Estate *
King William
King William County
Virginia, USA [unmarked]
*Alleged or in dispute
 
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Record added: Apr 28, 1998
Find A Grave Memorial# 2803
Carter Braxton
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me I come to know my paternal great great great grandfather and his loving and caring life had for his country and hisfamily. I have just learned that I am related to you by my father. my paternal GREAT GRANDMOTHER Ida Braxton.
- Charisa Cupell
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