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 Hannah <I>Parker</I> Carter

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Hannah Parker Carter

  • Birth 24 Jun 1822 Parsonsfield, York County, Maine, USA
  • Death 12 Apr 1852 Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Non-Cemetery Burial
  • Memorial ID 32892713

After the death of her husband Richard Carter in November of 1847, Hannah was left on the edge of civilization at Mt. Pisgua Iowa and no doubt had much trepidation for her life and that of her young children Mary Trueworthy and Samuel.

Her third child Franklin was born in February of 1848 and there are still many questions unanswered as to the biological father of Franklin.

We have record of her marrying Cornelius Brown on 13 December 1849 and find her in the 1850 Census with Mr. Brown and three children Mary, Samuel, and Franklin. . But that relationship happened after the birth of Franklin. Cornelius Brown married again in August 1852 Sarah Hamer the widow of John Worsley but left her when she chose to follow the Saints west. He returned to and died in his home state of New York in 1869.

What we do know is that Franklin is not the biological son of Richard Carter nor Cornelius Brown. Nevertheless, Franklin as a adult chose to take upon him the name of Carter and had himself sealed to Richard Carter.

As for the family tradition of a Mr. Enslow, there is no proof whatsoever about he being the father of Franklin.

Family tradition has long held that Franklin was the biological son of a Mr. Enslow. That is based on a life sketch in Carter Pioneers of Provo, Utah compiled by Arthur D. Coleman published in 1966, suggesting a family rumor/tradition.

There is a record of an Elster/Elza Endslow born in 1819 in Illinois and dying in 1849 at Council Bluffs, Pottawatomie County, Iowa in November of 1849. But, there is no record of a marriage to Hannah, nor anything suggesting that this Mr. Endslow and Hannah ever connected. The tradition may have been started about this Mr. Enslow out of convenience to explain Franklin's birth without having a legal husband in the picture for Hannah.

After the death of Hannah in 1852 the Carter family seems to have passed Franklin off on the Martindale family for the trip west to Utah, and the William and Rebecca Martindale family in Toole Utah is where Franklin lived until he was about 13 or 14 years old. He ran away from them, claiming the Mrs. Martindale was physically abusive. He left the Martindale family and found his way to the Santaquin area of Utah and began a relationship with his Carter family members.

The REST of the STORY. In these times of DNA, Franklin's direct line grandson Willis "Keith" Carter has taken at least 3 DNA tests that show that he is blood kin to me (Dale Bradley York), a direct line descendant of Aaron M. York. The relationship is with a zero degree separation in three separate haplogroups. Keith and I have identical Y-DNA with no mutations on the part of the Y chromosome. That is how the Y chromosome works - it is passed down unchanged from generation to generation through male descendants. This is as conclusive as my brother and I being born of the same biological father.

Keith Carter is using this as argument that Aaron M. York must be the biological father of Franklin. I for one, am not qualified to argue otherwise. The DNA test seems to be quite compelling.

IF, Aaron M. York did father Franklin with Hannah, then there is no doubt why the family "adopted out" Franklin to another family, the Martindales. This is one of those areas of Family History, where we cannot judge the morality of history, we simply must let the facts be facts, and "Facts are stubborn things".




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  • Added: 13 Jan 2009
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hannah Parker Carter (24 Jun 1822–12 Apr 1852), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32892713, ; Maintained by Brad York (contributor 47081131) Non-Cemetery Burial.