Intermission – The Carters

This was taken from a Website in 2011. In fact this post was written 7 years ago and was left dormant on Our Ancestors. It was about the Carters, but I can’t remember why I had written it.


Samuel Carter

Samuel Carter was born in London, England, around 1665. He was among the first to settle in Deerfield. On December 4, 1690, he married Mercy Brooks and they had six children before she died on January 22, 1700. He then married Hannah Weller on July 1, 1701, and by 1704 had added one more child to the family. Carter was absent during the 1704 attack on Deerfield. He returned to find his wife and three children killed and four children carried captive to Canada. In 1705, he moved to Norwalk, Connecticut, and in 1706, he married Lois Stenton. In 1708 his last child was born.

Hannah Weller Carter

Hannah was the daughter of John and Mary Weller. She was born on May 14, 1674, and married Samuel Carter on July 1, 1701, when she also took on the care of Samuel’s six children from his first marriage. She and Samuel had one living child together, named Hannah. Mrs. Carter was killed on the 5th day of the march to Canada.

Samuel Carter (Jr.)

Samuel was the son of Samuel and Mercy Brooks Carter. He was born on March 1, 1692, and was captured during the 1704 attack. He never returned, and nothing more is known about him.

Mercy Carter

Mercy was born on December 17, 1693, to Samuel and Mercy Brooks Carter. She was taken captive during the 1704 attack on Deerfield and adopted into a family in the Kanienkehaka village of Kahnawake. Eventually she married someone from that village. There is a story that two of her sons were sent to Deerfield to see where their mother was born.

When Mercy’s father died in 1728, he promised her 100 pounds if she and her family would live in Norwalk, Connecticut, for ten years. This is where he had settled in 1706. She chose not to do this; however, the two sons who were sent to Deerfield, also visited Mercy’s brother Ebenezer, in Connecticut, in 1751.

John Carter

John was the second son born to Samuel and Mercy Brooks Carter. He was born on January 22, 1695, and was taken captive during the 1704 raid. John’s new home was in Pointe-aux-Trembles, near Montreal, and his new name became Jean Chartier. In 1710 he was granted Canadian citizenship. The Reverend John Williams and Colonel Stoddard visited him in 1714, and he told them he greatly wished to return to Deerfield; but when the governor of Canada later asked him if he wished to be redeemed, he had changed his mind. In 1718, John was granted land in Riviere-des-Prairies and married Marie Courtemanche on October 27 of that same year. Together they had eleven children.

John’s father died in 1728 and willed him 500 pounds if he would live in New England for the rest of his life. He did not do this, but he did visit his brother, Ebenezer, twice, once in 1736, and again in 1751. John died on Aug. 4, 1772.

Ebenezer Carter

Ebenezer Carter was born on September 9, 1697, to Samuel and Mercy Brooks Carter. He was captured during the 1704 raid and was redeemed for 24 pounds in 1707. He lived with his father in Norwalk, Connecticut, until he later settled in New Canaan, Connecticut. In 1721, he married Hannah St. John, and they had seven children. In 1751, two of his sister Mercy’s sons came to visit him. Ebenezer died in July of 1774.

Thomas Carter

Thomas was the fourth son of Samuel and Mercy Brooks Carter. He was born on October 6, 1699, and was killed during the 1704 attack on Deerfield.

Marah Carter

Marah Carter was born on January 22, 1701, to Samuel and Mercy Brooks Carter. She was killed on February 29, 1704.

Hannah Carter (Jr.)

Hannah was the daughter of Samuel and Hannah Weller Carter. She was born on July 8, 1703, and died in 1704, on the second day of the march to Canada.


Maybe I wrote this to remember posting it some other day…