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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. It's free for all family members!


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.

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  BEARNSON, Catherine Vigdis
aka Kate B Carter
  Via marriage to Austin Carter (1890 - 1962)
William Furlsbury Carter (1811 - 1888)
Sally Ann Mecham (1842 - 1910)

During her lifetime of research, travel and interviews, Kate produced many books and pamphlets about the history of Utah pioneers. She was a leader in community affairs and served as national president of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers for thirty-six years and was the driving force behind a twenty-five-year effort to build the D.U.P. Museum, which was dedicated in 1950.
Kate was recognized for her work with a number of awards, including the Order of the Falcon, an honor from the government of Iceland (Stórriddarakross) on May 18, 1955.

  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.

  CODY, William Frederick
aka Buffalo Bill Cody
  William was a first cousin to Joseph Putney Deuel (1800 - 1873) via marriage to Melinda Cody (1803 - 1888)
Mary Cater (c1710 - 1773)
William Manley (1703 - 1788)

In 1872, Cody was awarded the Medal of Honor for service as a civilian scout to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, for "gallantry in action" at Loupe Forke, Platte River, Nebraska. It was later revoked, but restored again on June 12, 1989.
Cody was honored by two U.S. postage stamps. One was the 15¢ Great Americans series stamp.

  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.

  THOMPSON, Roy   Via marriage to Chilla Carter (1886 - 1912)
John Carter (1782 - 1852)
Hannah Knight Libby (1786 - 1867)

Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor World War II
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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:    

Last Updated: May 22, 2020
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FAWBUSH, William  1816 - 1923 107
DECATUR, Annie Maud  1883 - 1989 106
BOYSON, Mary  1891 - 1997 105
LARSEN, Liona Louise  1900 - 2006 105
WALL, Don Harvey  1891 - 1994 103
BAGLEY, Donna Pauline  1913 - 2014 101
HOUGHTON, Vera Edna  1898 - 1999 101
TRIPP, Herschel Earnest  1891 - 1993 101
BOYLE, Elsie Beryl  1905 - 2005 100
JAMESON, Mary Ann  1875 - 1976 100
MERRILL, Clarissa  1803 - 1904 100
OSTBERG, Elsie Anna Laura  1908 - 2008 100
PARK, Estella Maud  1885 - 1986 100
SCHNACK, Rachel Cornelia  1783 - 1884 100
Van AUSDAL, Myrtle  1895 - 1996 100
  Latest Updates:

June 14, 2021 The following are the latest family members on this site to have have been added, reviewed and/or recently updated.

DONLEY, Raymond E
CATER, Blanche
STONEBERG, Milton C
CATER, Grace Victoria
WOODS, Warren J
CATER, Ygerne
CATER, Cheryl Ann
CATER, Ronald Edward
GOUGH, Shirley M
CATER, Clare Edward
PROTHERO, Gladys Ygerne
CATER, Charles Edward
DEVEL, Horace W
JORDAL, Phyllis Jane
SLONIGER, George Esmond
SLONIGER, Fremont Loran
SLONIGER, Florence Grace
SLONIGER, Karen Jane
JORDAL, Dorothy Mae
JORDAL, Fremont Samuel
CATER, Capitola Maude
SHELDON, Clare Emmerson
CATER, Dessie Mae
CATER, Lottie Grace
HOLMAN, Grace Ellis
CATER, Charles Sr.
BIELKI, Earle
MARTIN, Howard H
MULLIN, Jeraldyne Frances
PARKS, Lottie Irene
MULLIN, Daughter
BUCKNER, Nancy Geneva
MULLIN, Thomas Douglas
Lorraine H
MULLIN, Tom Decatur
BLAKE, Melaine
BLAKE, Bradley Mitchell
BRADLEY, Virginia Lee
BLAKE, Ward Mullin
BLAKE, Ward Mitchell
MULLIN, Genevieve Gladys
CATER, Abigail Susan
CATER, Josephine King
CATER, Charles Clare Jr.
CATER, Charles Clare Sr.
KING, Helen Geneva
YOUNG, Mary Sutherland
CATER, Joseph Pierce
CATER, Andrew Jackson
GRANT, Clarissa
CATER, Myrtle Estelle
CATER, Ephraim Edgar
CATER, Patrick Laurie
CATER, Bryan Patrick
CATER, Forest Lee
CATER, Michelle
CATER, Teresa Lynne
CATER, Forest Michael
CORY, Alexa
FAULKNER, Robin
CORY, Nick
CORY, Shane Howard
CORY, JoAnne
CORY, Kimberly Kay
CORY, Howard Wayne
CATER, Carol Ann
FINNER, Alberta E
CATER, Forest Joseph
NEWMAN, Steven Joseph
NEWMAN, Michael Richard
NEWMAN, Denise Marie
NEWMAN, Richard Arthur
NEWMAN, Karen Elizabeth
NEWMAN, Julia Ann
NEWMAN, Timothy Albert
NEWMAN, Bernard Joseph
CATER, Laura Belle
MURRAY, Eric
MURRAY, Denise
KOENIG, LuAnn Kay
KOENIG, Jerry Henry
SWENSEN, Jeffrey
SWENSEN, Tiffiany
SWENSEN, Jessica
KOENIG, Lonna Marie
GERKEN, Darlene Verdell
KEITH, Parker Butlin
KEITH, Jammal Shaw
KEITH, Billy
KEITH, Kimberly Dawn
KEITH, Tina Marie
KEITH, William
BUTLIN, Becky
HAMPTON, Melisa Ann
HAMPTON, Tori America
RAMERIZ, Windy
BUTLIN, Penny Irene
GERKEN, Donna Belle
BUTLIN, Paul E
GERKEN, Henry E