Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday -- George S. CARTER

When my husband and I traveled to Craven County in July 2007 for the George Family Reunion, one of our cousins took us on a tour of the family cemeteries. These were unlike the traditional church cemetery found closer to Havelock, or the New England cemeteries where my ancestors were buried on the outer fringes of the town. These cemeteries began on a piece of family land recessed within a sanctuary of tall long-leaf pines.

I photographed each headstone in the cemetery even if I was unaware of the familial connection. Some say that there are four Carter families in the area; but, according to most Carter family historians, they are all connected if you search back far enough.

This headstone interested me because of the parents recorded for George S. Carter. I knew of only one other set of parents named Isaac and Sarah Carter. . . . they were my husband's 3rd great grandparents. However, they didn't have any sons named George S.

In searching the 1910 Census I found a record of Isaac & Sarah F. G. Carter living next to Garrison & Charity George, my husband's 1st cousins twice removed. Isaac (age 21) and Sarah (age 19) had been married for 2 years and had a daughter, Mattie E. (age 0). In checking marriage records for Craven County, I found that Isaac Carter had married Sarah F. Y. Fenner on February 23, 1907.

This is just one connection yet to be discovered.


  1. Here's an update on this stone.

    Thanks go out to our cousin, Michaud "Shauddy" Robinson. George S. Carter is also in his family tree. George's mother, however, is the current connection to my tree.

    Isaac's parents are reported as being Joseph Carter and Matilda Martin. I'll have to do a little more digging here. . . but, Sarah's parents were Silas Fenner and Deborah Dove.

    Not only does that connect her to my tree, it connects her to land that her father donated for Piney Grove AME Zion Church to build upon.