EDWARD CARTER
IN PENNSYLVANIA

This record was compiled by Linda Dunn, from the records compiled by her mother, Irene Hendrix Basey

Update 7/20/2003. Thanks to information received from Elaine Randall English, I now have further information on the ancestors of Edward Carter. His father's name was Robert Carter and his grandfather's name was William Carter.

Generation No. 1

1. WILLIAM1 CARTER was born in ENG.

Child of WILLIAM CARTER is:
2. i. ROBERT2 CARTER, b. ENG; d. Bet. 1686 - 1687, Bucks Co., PA.


Generation No. 2

2. ROBERT2 CARTER (WILLIAM1) was born in ENG, and died Bet. 1686 - 1687 in Bucks Co., PA.

Children of ROBERT CARTER are:
3. i. THE ELDER EDWARD3 CARTER, b. Abt. 1640, Oxfordshire, ENG (Probable); d. Abt. April 1703, Chester or Delaware Co., PA.
ii. WILLIAM CARTER, b. 21 December 1738; m. CATHERINE UNKNOWN.
iii. CATHERINE CARTER, m. EDWARD TURNER.
iv. JOAN CARTER, b. ENG.
v. MARGARET CARTER, b. ENG.
vi. JOHN CARTER, b. ENG.
vii. JANE CARTER, b. Bef. 1686; d. Bef. 1755; m. HENRY BOWEN.


Generation No. 3

3. THE ELDER EDWARD3 CARTER (ROBERT2, WILLIAM1) was born Abt. 1640 in Oxfordshire, ENG (Probable), and died Abt. April 1703 in Chester or Delaware Co., PA. He married MARGARET UNKNOWN Bef. 1665 in Oxfordshire, ENG. She was born Abt. 1645 in Oxfordshire, ENG (Probable), and died Aft. 1703 in Chester or Delaware Co., PA.

Notes for THE ELDER EDWARD CARTER:
Edward and his wife were Quakers.
Edward was one of the jurors at the first session of court 22 Feb 1683; his land was located at Ashton TWP, Chester (now Delaware) Co., PA; he purchased 250 acres in PA from William Penn's grant before his departure from England. His ship left Parish Brampton, Oxfordshire, ENG on 05 Sep 1682 and arrived in Pennsylvania on 29 Oct 1682.

Member of Pennsylvania Assembly in 1688.

DOB may be 1699, Chester Co., PA; POD is also found as Aston Community, Chester Co., PA

 


Edward Carter left the village of Aston in the parish of Bampton in Oxfordshire, England in 1682. Edward Carter became a member of the Society of Friends and, when extensive Quaker migration into Pennsylvania began in 1682, Edward, his wife Margaret, and their son Robert were among the first to arrive in the new colony. Edward Carter purchased 250 acres of land in Ashton Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, directly from William Penn before leaving England. For reasons now unknown, he did not immediately settle on this tract on reaching Pennsylvania, but instead lived until 1684 in the village of Chichester, plying his trade of carpentry.

Although Margaret's maiden name is unknown, it is believed she was born about 1644 in Killingsworth, CT.

Edward Carter's name is mentioned frequently in the early Provincial records. He wa one of the jurors called to attend the first session of Court convened for Chester County, which met 14th, February, 1683. In 1684, he was appointed one of the collectors "to gather the assessments" for Chester township. He was appointed constable for Northley in 1686. (Northerly seems to have been the name given to Aston before 1687). He was a member of the Provincial Assembly in 1688. He was a member of the Society of Friends. He was appointed one of the trustees for Chester Meeting property, 5, 10 mo. 1687, and was, in consequence, one of the trustees of the lot donated by Jurian Keen in 1688. It appears that Friends meetings were regularly held at the house of Edward Carter, as the following entry is found in the records of Chichester and Concord (now Concord) Monthly Meeting, 23, 7 mo 1703. "The meting formerly ordered to be at Edward Carters the Last fifth day of every month is now Removed to Chichester meeting house. The former order does not seem to have been recorded.

Interestingly, Edward's stone house, built in 1684, still stands in Aston Township and is still occupied, although more than a little decreipt. It is now being restored.

The first recorded meeting of the society of Friends in the providence of Pennsylvania was that mentioned as being held at the house of Robert Wade, at Upland, in 1675, when William Edmundson, an eminent minister, then on a religious visit to the American colonies, was present... On the 6th of the First Month, 1687, Jurian Keen sold a lot of land, sixty feet in front and width, between parallel lines to the creek, adjoining his garden, on the west side o the present Edgmont Street, above Second, to John Simcock, Thomas Brasey, John Bristow, Caleb Pusey, Randal Vernon, Thomas Vernon, Joshua Hastings, Mordecai Maddock, Thomas Martin, Richard Few, Walter Fawset, and Edwart Carter to the use of the said Chester - the people of God Called Quakars and their successors forever Although the land was purchased it was several years before the building was erected, the evidence apparent establishing that six years elapsed before the meeting-house was finished.

From the list of members of the General Assembly for Chester County for 1688: John Blunsten, James Sandelands, George Maris, Robert Pile, Edward Carter, Thomas Coburn.

By will, dated 17, 2 mo. 1699, and recorded at Philadelphia, Alice Tremain, of Aston, widow, devised legacies to John Baldwin* (who married Katharine Turner, nee Carter) and to his wife and daughter; also to Edward, Margaret, and Robert Carter, and to John, Prudence, Hannah, and Lydia Carter, the children of Robert Carter, Edward Carter, and his son Robert were residuary legatees and executors.

By will, dated 17, 2 mo, 1699, and recorded at Philadelphia, Alice Tremain, of Aston, widow, devised legacies to John Baldwin (who married Katharine Turner, nee Carter) and to his wife and daughter; also to Edward, Margaret and Robert Carter, and to John, Prudence, Hannah, and Lydia Carter, the children of Robert Carter, Edward Carter and his son Robert were residuary legatees and executors.

At Concord Monthly Meeting,12, 5 mo., 1703, a letter dated 21, 4 mo, 1703 was received from Hannah Hilt, widow of John, complaining of the executors of Alice Tremain for refusing to give a Bible which was willed to her late husband. The meeting appointed George Pearce and Philip Roman to speak to Edward and Robert Carter (executors) about it. At the meeting held 23, 7 mo 1703, "Margaret Carter makes report to this meeting that the Bible is delivered according to order."

The last mention of Edward Carter, as living, is the minute above referred to, 12, 5 mo, 1703; and it is supposed he died shortly after this date, as the report at the meetin gon 23, 7 mo, 1703, is made by his wife, instead of himself.