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John Carter I of Corotoman (1613-1669/70)

Born:      1613  Christ Church Parish, Newgate Street, London John Carter I's tombstone. Click for a larger view.
Tombstone of John Carter I in chancel of Christ Church. Click for larger view.
Died:       January 10, 1669/70  Corotoman plantation
Buried:    Christ Church with four of his five wives and two infant children
Marriages:
  1. Jane Glyn--Married ca. 1637. Died 1652. Mother of John Carter II, George and Elizabeth


  2. Eleanor Eltonhead--Married 1655. Died 1656


  3. Anne Carter--Distant cousin. Married ca. 1657


  4. Sarah Ludlow--Born in England. Married ca. 1662. Mother of Robert Carter


  5. Elizabeth Sherley--Married 1668. Widow from Gloucester County, Virginia. Went to England with her son Charles shortly after John Carter I's death
Children:
  1. George--born ca. 1638; died in infancy


  2. Elizabeth--born ca. 1639; married 1) Nathaniel Utie of Maryland 2) Henry Johnson


  3. John II--born ca. 1640; died 1690


  4. Sarah--born ca. 1661; died in infancy


  5. Robert--born 1663; died 1732


  6. Charles--born 1669; went to England with mother
History:
  • Immigrated to Virginia in 1635 at age 22 on ship Safety
  • First settled in Upper Norfolk County (later became Nansemond County)
  • Traveled several times between England and Virginia in trade
  • Served seven terms in House of Burgesses
    • Upper Norfolk County   1641/42; 1642/43
    • Nansemond County     1649
    • Lancaster County       1654-1655; 1657/58-1658; 1658/59; 1659/60
  • Served on Governor's Council (1657 and ca. 1664-1667)
  • Patented 6,160 acres of land in Lancaster County between 1642-1665
  • In 1652-53 moved to Lancaster County and established Corotoman plantation on Rappahannock River between Carter's Creek and Corotoman River
  • Served as Justice, Lancaster County (1653-1669)
  • Served as Vestryman, Christ Church Parish (ca. 1661-1669/70)
  • Served as undertaker, or builder, of first Christ Church, a frame structure completed in July 1670 six months after his death

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