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 Elizabeth <I>Presley</I> Carter

Elizabeth Presley Carter

Rye Cove, Scott County, Virginia, USA
Death 19 Mar 1818 (aged 78–79)
Rye Cove, Scott County, Virginia, USA
Burial Rye Cove, Scott County, Virginia, USA
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Married Joseph Carter (1736-1808).

Elizabeth (Presley) Carter lived into her eighties. She and Joseph were buried side-by-side in marked graves in the old Carter Cemetery in the Rye Cove community, Scott County, Virginia, not very far from where Joseph had gotten his first Rye Cove land. Then, Rye Cove was in Fincastle County, and successively it was in Washington, Russell, and Scott counties. New and smaller counties were created as the population grew, but the name of Rye Cove stayed the same.

Elizabeth Presley was born in 1739 and died 19 March 1818. Joseph's 1808 will lists their seven children by name. The only information I have on Elizabeth Presley is that she was a half-sister of Agnes Allen, who was the wife of Joseph's younger brother Norris.

Because their oldest son removed to Arkansas, only through the two youngest sons, Presley and Thomas, was Joseph Carter's surname line perpetuated in Scott County.

Joseph and Elizabeth's other four children were daughters, and of these only the descendants of my ancestor, Jemima, did not go to Arkansas. Jemima married William Stewart and they stayed in Scott County.

Children of Joseph Carter and Elizabeth (Presley).

1. Anna Carter (1768-1770-aft. 1830), Fauquier Co., VA m. James Gibson (1766-1818). Soon after James Gibson's death, Anna and several of her children migrated to the Arkansas Territory, Hempstead County.

Children of James Gibson and Anna Carter;
Matilda Gibson, James Gibson II, Joseph Gibson, Robert Gibson, George Gibson, Mary Gibson, William Gibson, Elijah Gibson.

2. Jemima ("Mina") Carter (1772, Fauquier Co., VA-Apr 1843-Apr 1847, Scott Co., VA) m. 1789, William Stewart, in Russell (now Scott) Co., VA., son of John Stewart and Susanna (Fulkerson)

Children: James, Elizabeth, Judith, Jemima, Joseph, William H., David, Lucy, Anna Polly, Elijah, Nancy.

3. Elijah Carter (b. 1776, Fauquier Co., VA. m. Anne Guthrie, daughter of Daniel Guthrie. Anne's brother, Samuel Guthrie, married Elijah's younger sister Judith. Elijah and his 1st cousin Morgan, son of Thomas Carter, were captured by Indians in 1788 and returned home in 1793. After his mother died, Elijah migrated to Washington County, Arkansas Territory, probably with the Gibsons (older sister Anna).
d. post-1850, probably in Arkansas

(1) Allen m. Eliza Neal
(2) Matilda m. 1 March 1820, John Emberson

4. Elizabeth ('Betsy") Carter- Elizabeth was probably never married. She must have been the girl of that name who was captured by the Indians, along with the Johnson family and Mary Ann Carter (unidentified) on May 15, 1789. Worley Carter [descendant of Sarah Carter, a twin daughter of Thomas and Mary Morgan Carter] stated that his great Grandfather, Reuben Pendleton, was in (later) Cincinnati, trading horses with the Indians, and that he bargained with a friendly Indian to return Elizabeth, in exchange for a horse. This Elizabeth Carter is mentioned a number of times in the Minutes of the Stony Creek Baptist Church. 'Sister Elizabeth Carter Junior requested a letter of dismissal, which was granted Jan. 23, 1819. She, too, removed to Arkansas. We have no further record."

5. Judith ("Judy") Carter (b. early 1780s, Fauquier Co.,VA. m. Samuel Guthrie (1775-1844), son of Daniel Guthrie. Samuel's sister Anne was the wife of Elijah Carter, Judith's older brother. d. ca. 1828, as shown by her name being dropped from the list of defendants in William Stewart's suit against the heirs of Joseph Carter. (William Stewart was the husband of Judith's older sister Jemima.)
After Judith's death Samuel went to Arkansas, first to Miller County and later to Washington County.
Possible sons (in Washington County, Arkansas, 1840.Census):
Samuel, Edmund, Ephriam, Joseph.

6. Presley Carter (b. 24 March 1786, Russell (now Scott) Co., VA. m. (prior to 6 October) 1806, Elizabeth Porter. Elizabeth was the daughter of Katherine Porter, wife of Dale Carter who was the son of Norris Carter (Joseph's younger brother). Dale had adopted his stepdaughter. Elizabeth Porter was born 14 February 1789 and died 19 March 1878. d. 15 November 1844. Both Presley and Elizabeth are buried in marked graves in the Carter Cemetery in Rye Cove.

Presley Carter children:
(1) George W. Carter, b. 1807, m. Cynthia Conn
(2) Elijah E. Carter, b. 1809; m. Matilda Taylor, daughter of James N. Taylor and Sarah Carter (a twin daughter of Thomas, older brother of Joseph Carter)
(3) Allen J. Carter, b. 1812, m. Sarah McKinney
(4) Katherine P. Carter, b. 1814, m. William Thompson
(5) Thomas D. Carter, b. 1817, m. Louisa Stanfield, div.
(6) Anna W. Carter, b. 1818, m. Samuel M. Nelms
(7) Joseph H. Carter, b. 1820 m. Elizabeth Pennington
(8) James B. Carter, b. 1822, m. Eliza J. Horton
(9) Elizabeth A. Carter, b. 1831
(10) Eliza L. Carter, b. 1837, m. Hiram Suthard

In 1828 (Scott County Deed Book 3, 411) the 2 youngest sons sold their father's 236 acres of land on both sides of the Clinch River opposite the Rye Cove.
(1) Robert D. m. Anna -
(2) James, b. ca. 1791
(3) George m. Margaret -
(4) Matilda m. John Young; moved to Jackson Co., TN
(5) Joseph, b. 1795
(6) Mary m. Charles Nelson
(7) William
(8) Elijah

7. Thomas Carter m. Judith Carter, daughter of Norris Carter and Agnes Allen Carter.

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  • Maintained by: dcterri
  • Originally Created by: John Blakemore Sellers
  • Added: 18 Jan 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 175487979
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Presley Carter (1739–19 Mar 1818), Find A Grave Memorial no. 175487979, citing Joseph Carter Cemetery, Rye Cove, Scott County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by dcterri (contributor 47511169) .