|Birth: ||Mar. 4, 1843|
St. Clair County
|Death: ||Jul. 3, 1930|
CARTER, William Fielding
Clinton, Clinton Township, Missouri
Source: 1919 History of Henry Co MO, Uel W. Lamkin, Historical Publishing Co pg 306.
Capt. W. F. Carter, a Civil War veteran, now engaged in the real estate, loan and insurance business at Clinton, comes of a long line of good old Southern stock and is one of the representative pioneers of Henry County. Captain Carter was born in St. Clair County, Missouri, March 4, 1843, Osceola being his native town. He is a son of William Farley Carter, and Eliza A. (Conn) Carter. The father was a native of Culpeper County, Virginia, and was a member of the "first families of Virginia." Anna Hill Carter, of Shirley Plantation, Virginia, a close relative of William Farley Carter, was the wife of Gen. Robert E. Lee, and this branch of the Carter's trace their lineage back to Robert Carter, who was the agent of Lord Fairfax, and he was a conspicuous figure in the colony of Virginia prior to the Revolutionary War and a very wealthy man. William Farley Carter, the father of Captain Carter Sr., the subject of this review, was at General Washington's funeral, but was a baby in his mother's arms. He grew to manhood in Virginia and became very wealthy, at one time owning 8,500 acres of land, which was located in Kentucky. Later he removed to Missouri and bought what was known as the "Two Mile Farm" near St. Louis. He went to St. Clair County about 1842, and was engaged in farming the balance of his life. He was a thorough scholar and was a graduate from the law department of the University of Virginia, taking his degree from that institution when lie was eighteen years of age. He was a fine Latin and Greek scholar and an accomplished gentleman of the old school and a great enthusiast in educational matters. He died at the age of sixty-two years. He was related to the Washington family in the following manner: George Washington's sister, Bettie, married Col. Fielding Lewis, Washington's aide-de-camp. To this union was born one daughter, Bettie, who married Charles Carter, and Charles Carter and Bettie Lewis were the parents of William Farley Carter, Captain Carter's father. Eliza A. Conn, Captain Carter's mother, was born at White Sulphur Springs, Kentucky. She was a daughter of Colonel Conn, who was the owner of White Sulphur Springs. She died in 1872. Captain Carter is the only living member of the children born to his parents. When a youth he attended the public schools at Osceola, Missouri, and was prepared for college under the preceptorship of his father. He was a student in the University of Missouri when the Civil War broke out. In April, 1861, at the first call to arms, he enlisted in the 'Confederate cavalry service' and later was transferred to the infantry, serving as second lieutenant in the Ninth Missouri Infantry, and practically had command of Company A most of the time. He participated in many important engagements but was never wounded, sick nor taken prisoner. He was of the cheerful type of soldier. never seeing the discouraging nor gloomy side of life, even in the most trying hours. He won the reputation of being the jolliest soldier in his regiment. During his term of service he was with his command in Missouri, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana, and served four years, two months and ten days. As a soldier his fidelity to duty never ceased and his service never ended until the principles for which he fought were hopelessly inscribed, "the lost cause." At the close of the war Captain Carter returned to Missouri, and located at Sedalia. In 1868 he came to Henry County and engaged in the mercantile business at Montrose Here he prospered and built up a large business establishment, but in 1876 he met with a severe financial loss, his business being destroyed by fire. He was then elected county treasurer of Henry County and moved to Clinton. After the expiration of his term of office he was employed as clerk in Sammons & Sammons Bank until that institution failed. In 1905 he engaged in real estate, insurance and loan business, in which he is still engaged. In 1915 he was elected collector of Clinton township and re-elected at the expiration of his first term, serving until 1918. Captain Carter was married September 2, 1869; to Miss Frances Vickars, a native of Missouri, of Virginia parentage. To this union was born seven children, four of whom are living: Fanny, wife of Frank S. Callaway, Kansas City; Jennie Washington, married Ed Covington, Deepwater, Missouri; Frank, proprietor of the Troy Laundry, Clinton; Stephen V., engaged in Government service at Tacoma, Washington. The mother of these children died in 1887 and in 1895 Captain Carter was united in marriage with Miss Jennie Kennedy, who had been a teacher in the Clinton public schools for a number of years prior to her marriage. Captain Carter has been a Mason for fifty-three years, and is a Knights Templar. He has been a lifelong Democrat and is a member of the Methodist Church, South. He is well known in Henry County and in this section of Missouri, and no man stands higher in the estimation of his fellow citizens than Captain Carter.
Virginia Margaret Kennedy Carter (1860 - 1939)*
Frances Vickars Carter (1850 - 1889)*
William Fielding Carter (1871 - 1908)*
Mary E. Carter (1873 - 1881)*
Charles E. Carter (1878 - 1909)*
Created by: Karen Schneider Childs
Record added: May 31, 2011
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