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Joshua Carter
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Birth: unknown
Death: Sep. 18, 1675
South Deerfield
Franklin County
Massachusetts, USA

Lived in Deerfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony (Deerfield is now in Franklin County). Joshua Carter, a teamster killed at Bloody Brook, was the son of Joshua Carter and Catherine _____ Carter Williams.

Zebediah Williams, half-brother of Joshua Carter, was another teamster killed at Bloody Brook. The teamsters were hauling grain to storage, under the protection of Captain Thomas Lothrop and his soldiers.

Joshua Carter's name appears on lists of men credited for cattle, billeting, etc., at Deerfield.

In November of 1674, on the eve of King Philip's war, the Deerfield settlement was expanding. Three men were appointed to measure land for proprietors: "Robert Hinsdell," Joshua Carter, and "Jno Allen." All three perished together less than a year later.

Joshua was baptized in Windsor, Massachusetts, in March 1638. He married in Northampton on October 2, 1663, "Mary Feild daught[er] of Zach: & Mary Feild," according to The Great Migration Begins. Torrey's record: "Joshua (1638-1675) & Mary FIELD, wid; 2 Oct 1663, 22 Oct 1663, 6? Oct, 2/4 Oct; Northampton/Deerfield {Field 1:100; Sv. 1:340; Hosmer Anc. 82}"

After his father's death in 1647, Joshua received a legacy of "certain parcels of land, which he is to be possessed of at the age of twenty-one years."

Genealogy (per Sheldon):

CARTER, Joshua, of Dorchester, 1633; removed to Windham; d. in Hartford, July 15, 1647. He m. Catherine ; she m. (2) Nov. 30, 1647, Arthur Williams of Windham and Northampton; she m. (3) Feb. 11, 1677, William Branch of Spfd.; she d. Aug. 8, 1683.
Joshua, bap. Mar., 1638(2).
Elias. bap. Aug. 13, 1643; burned to death, May, 1653.
Elisha, bap. Feb. 3,; burned to death. May, 1653.

2, Joshua, s. of Joshua (1), b. 1638; of Northampton, 1660; came here among the earliest settlers; was constable 1674; was one of the ill-fated ones who fell with Capt. Lothrop. He m. at Northampton, Oct. 22, 1663, Mary, dau. Zechariah Field.
Child, Feb. 27, 1664; d. May 17, 1664.
Abigail, Feb. 11, 1665-6.
Joshua, June 6, 1668 (3).
Prob. Joseph.


Sketch of Joshua Carter (1613-1647), p. 318-320, The Great Migration Begins, vols I-III, via This source cites Windsor VR 1:7 and Pynchon VR 141. However, the sketch also implies that the son Joshua died in 1677.

Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700, via

History of Deerfield, Sheldon, 1895, v II, p 100

History of Deerfield, Sheldon, 1895, v I, p 40

See cemetery notes for further details and bibliographic sources.
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  Mary Field Carter (1643 - ____)*
  Samuel Carter (____ - 1730)*
*Calculated relationship
Bloody Brook Mass Grave
Franklin County
Massachusetts, USA
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Record added: Mar 25, 2010
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- D.Carter
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For my 8th Great Grandfather.
- Louise Burke
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