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The Cater/Decatur Family Organization and
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This website was originally designed to provide information about the ancestors and descendants of my father, Wayne Henry Carter (1923-1979), and my mother, Mary Mirah Jones (1924-2010).

It has since been expanded to include the ancestors and descendants of our Carter progenitor, Richard Cater 1st (1598-1611-1677-1679).

These descendants and ancestors include the families of John Carter and Hannah Knight Libby who settled in the Great Salt Lake Valley in the 1850s.

All descendants directly related to anyone in these families or through marriage are encouraged and welcome to join this website.!

Cater-Decatur Family Organization:

Richard Cater 1st was born in Devon, England in the early 17th century and immigrated to the New Hampshire region of the New World. His history shows that he was an early settler of Bloody Point along with his daughter, Elizabeth and his son, Richard 2nd.
Ephraim Cater (1800-1887) was the son of John Cater III (1775-1863).
The Cater-Decatur Family Organization was created by the children of John CATER 3rd.
Ephraim Cater was the son of John Cater 3rd (1775-1863), John Cater 2nd (1737-1801), John Cater 1st (1712-1777), Edward Cater (c1675-bef1732) and Richard Cater 2nd.
The first official Cater-Decatur Family Reunion was held on September 26, 1876 and was voted to be a permanent organization by those attending. Today, it is the longest continuing family organization in existence.

Lost & Found:

Pam Jesperson submitted the above photograph labeled "Fanny Carter" and is trying to obtain a more positive identification.
If anyone can help please contact myself, Pam or Bob Givens. Thank you.

  Notable Family Members:

Descended From:
  CARTER, Ronald Gary   Dominicus Carter (1806 - 1884)
Polly Miner (1832 - 1896)

Ronald Gary Carter was the author of the nine volume historical fiction series Prelude to Glory about the American Revolution. He is also the author of several other books including Me and The Geezer, The Beecher Incident, The Youngest Drover, Death of a Stranger, The Trial of Mary Lou, The Royal Macabees, The Blackfoot Moonshine Rebellion of 1892, The Case of the Deadly Counterfeiters, The Case of the Golden Spike Kidnappers, The Clearwater Union War, and Unlikely Heroes.

  KING, Stephen Edwin   Richard Carter, Jr. (1780 - 1860)
Sarah Holmes (1792 - 1873)

Stephen Edwin King is the author of numerous horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, and fantasy novels. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television series, and comic books.

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John & Hannah Knight Libby Carter Family Organization:

John Carter (1768-1852) and his wife, Hannah Knight Libby (1786-1867) left their homes in Maine and New Hampshire during the early 1800s and began traveling westward that eventually spread over much of the Southwest. Their story of migration is rooted in the great migration of the Latter-Day Saints to their final settlement in the Great Salt Lake Valley, Utah Territory.
During their travels westward they arrived in Kirtland Ohio, then the headquarters of the LDS Church. For the next three years, the Saints dedicated much of their time and talents to construct the Kirtland Temple. In the early to mid-1830s, after developing a thriving community in Kirtland, Ohio, violence against the Church escalated to the point that it was no longer safe for members to remain. When the Prophet Joseph Smith moved to Missouri, members followed, leaving behind their comfortable homes, their cherished possessions, and their beloved temple.
They fled to Far West, Missouri in hopes of a brief respite, but unfortunately it was not meant to be. In February 1839, Church members had begun gathering in Illinois after persecution forced them from their homes in Missouri and Ohio finally settling in Nauvoo. In August 1840, plans were formally announced to build another temple in Nauvoo. Regardless, the Saints were undaunted by the fact that they had been forced to leave the Kirtland Temple behind and abandon two temple-building projects in Missouri. Three months later, on April 6, 1841, the temple cornerstones were laid. In June 1844, work on the temple temporarily stopped when the Saints learned of the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith.
Pressure from enemies of the Church made it clear that the Saints would soon have to leave Nauvoo. Leaders had hoped to complete the temple before departing, but as persecution intensified it was decided to abandon their beloved city and temple the next spring. In early 1846, Hannah, with some of her children, left Nauvoo for Kanesville, Iowa. It was in Nauvoo that this family would be forever divided as John and three children remained in Illinois.
When in Kanesville Richard Harrison Carter (1820-1848) answered the call for the Mormon Battalion. The other family member remained in Kanesville until 1851, having been delayed in departing earlier, by helping the Church leaders prepare the emigrant trains for the long journey ahead, finally arriving in Great Salt Lake City, UT Territory on June 20, 1851.
In the early 1870s, John “H” Carter traded his property in Provo which consisted of an adobe house, two log houses, a blacksmith shop, a barn, and several cords of wood, for eighty-five acres of land north and west of Provo, later to be known as Carterville. Through hard work and determination his efforts to make Carterville a thriving community were successful. Over the years, Carterville has been incorporated into the city of Orem and no longer exists today.
Our website is named after and in honor of his noble efforts.

Family Centenarians:    

Photo:Name: Born / Died: Age:
FAWBUSH, William 1816 - 1923 107
LARSEN, Liona Louise 1900 - 2006 105
OSTBERG, Elsie Anna Laura 1908 - 2008 100
PARK, Estella Maud 1885 - 1986 100
Van AUSDAL, Myrtle 1895 - 1996 100
  Latest Updates:

February 12, 2020 The following are the latest family members on this site to have have been added, reviewed and/or recently updated.

FOWLES, Roberta
MELDRUM, David Merlyn
MELDRUM, Spencer Huie
SMITH, Clara
PECK, Michaelene 'Mickey'
BALL, Doris Eileen
PECK, Glen Leo
MCALLISTER, Colonel Gerald Bennison USAF, Ret.
SNOW, Leah Donna
MAY, Theodore John Jr.
PECK, Carrol Hazen
MAY, Theodore John Sr.
BEYNON, Marguerita LaVell 'Marge'
BEYNON, Charles Henry 'Chick'
MANN, Rodney Lloyd
SNOW, Lucille Mae
ROLLO, Ruth Agatha
MALM, Walter Clive
STAPLES, Dorothy
STAPLES, Benjamin Roscoe
SKINNER, Elva Lucinda
MADSEN, Mary Moana
CARTER, Alverda Pauline 'Verda'
MADSEN, Alfred James
LUTHI, Henry Cordell
GATTERER, Rachel Lottie 'Rae'
LAMONT, Vivian Virginia
LODDER, Johannes 'John'
LENZ, Myrtle
GATSON, Mary Edith
ALLEN, Emma Jane
ROBBINS, Susan Diane
YORK, Vernice Madge
LEA, Lloyd Leon
LLOYD, Margaret
SNOW, Ruby Rose
KENNEDY, James Horace Sr.
CURTIS, Shirley LaRay
KECK, Robert C
LAMONT, Lillie Agnes
JOHNSON, Ernest Robert
ALLAN, Leland Edward
CLARK, Margaret Evelyn
SESSIONS, Patricia Pearl
JOHNSON, Gregg Wilford
SNOW, Delva Myrtle
YORK, Barbara
YORK, Barbara
YORK, Orpha
HAYES, Bessie Abiah
YORK, Blaine Davis
JEX, Lewis Wellington
COLE, Edna Jane
JEX, Arthur Waldo
CARTER, Floyd Royce
IVERSEN, Bette Ruth
IVERSEN, Marion Aline
VICTOR, Dagmar Luella
PORTER, Saramae
JENSEN, Jose Fon 'Joe'
GOODLIFFE, Dorothy Sarah
JASPER, Norval William
HAGAN, Genevieve
COX, Ella Lorraine
MORRIS, Sara Jean
JAMESON, William Edward 'Bill'
DOOLEY, Frances Ellen
PARRY, Geraldine
PARK, Joyce
HUTCHINGS, Daryl William
HUNTSMAN, Lynn Pettit
HICKMAN, Flora Dee
GUNDERSEN, Arnold Parley
MILLETT, Lillie Voneta
HOPKINS, Clair Ross
OSTBERG, Elsie Anna Laura
HUDSON, Albert
HOUTZ, Max Kenneth
HORTON, Dwaine Clifford
PECK, Pearl Winifred
HORTON, Arthur James
BARTLETT, Carol Vivan
HOOVER, Richard Mark