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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.

  Notable Family Members:

Last Updated: December 26, 2022
Descended From:
  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.

  EATON, Allen Hendershott   John Burnham Eaton Jr. (1848 - 1926)
Minerva Ann Hendershott (1850 - 1924)

Allen was an author, lecturer and teacher of arts and handicrafts.

  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.

  MANLEY, William Lewis   Mary Cater (1710 - 1773)
William Manley (1703 - 1788)

William led a very interesting, heroic and diverse life. He was first a fur hunter, a guide of Westward bound caravans, a seeker of gold, then a farmer and writer in his later years.

  MERRILL, William Henry Jr.   Mary Cater (1710 - 1773)
William Manley (1703 - 1788)

William Henry Merrill Jr. was the founder and first president of Underwriters Laboratories.

  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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Our Cater-Carter Books
November 11, 2022

Dear Family,

The following chapters of our books are now online:

The Carter Families of New England: Their Ancestors and Descendants

  • Table of Contents
  • Volume I, Chapters One - Four

The Cater-Decatur-Carter Families of New England: Their Ancestors and Descendants

  • Table of Contents
  • Volume I, Chapters One - Four

By downloading any chapters of these books you agree that they are for your personal use only.

It is my hope that you will support me in this work so that our family's historical record is kept up-to-date, made available to the many families living today and to all our future generations.

Thank you.

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: December 07, 2022
Photo:Name:  Born / Died: Age:

FAWBUSH, William  1816 - 1923 107
DECATUR, Annie Maud  1883 - 1989 106
BOYSON, Mary  1891 - 1997 105
LARSEN, Liona Louise  1900 - 2006 105
ARMSTRONG, Mabel Louise  1912 - 2017 104
FOSTER, Bessie Ellen  1917 - 2017 104
REED, Susan Ellen  1903 - 2007 104
CATER, Charles Martin  1906 - 2010 103
WALL, Don Harvey  1891 - 1994 103
WENTWORTH, Stillman L.  1857 - 1961 103
DEEL, Donald Edward  1913 - 2016 102
HETT, John Jr.  1893 - 1995 102
BAGLEY, Donna Pauline  1913 - 2014 101
HOUGHTON, Vera Edna  1898 - 1999 101
PERELLI-MINETTI, Mario  1909 - 2010 101
PERRY, Nellie Elizabeth  1905 - 2007 101
TRIPP, Herschel Earnest  1891 - 1993 101
BOYLE, Elsie Beryl  1905 - 2005 100
CLEVELAND, Anita Elsie  1901 - 2001 100
CROSBY, Maude Etta  1888 - 1988 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
PROTHERO, Gladys Ygerne  1903 - 2003 100
ROWLEY, William Stephen  1912 - 20112 100
SCHERFENBERG, Lester Woodbury  1910 - 2011 100
SCHNACK, Rachel Cornelia  1783 - 1884 100
Van AUSDAL, Myrtle  1895 - 1996 100
  Latest Updates:

January 31, 2023 The following are the latest family members on this site to have have been added, reviewed and/or recently updated.

PERRY, Louis Kenneth
MELOON, Mabel Lena
YEATON, Sarah Sherburne
MELOON, Amory Jewett Sr.
BELL, Adeline M 'Addie'
MELOON, Charles M
CAMPBELL, Charlotte
MELOON, James Madison
SMART, Daniel Theodore
SMART, Cynthia Ann
HEGARTY, Barbara Jane
SMART, Gordon Everett
SMART, Charlotte Beryl
GALLOWAY, Roberta Jean
SMART, William Lloyd
SMART, Phillip Edward
HOWE, Dora Mae
BROOKS, Annie May
SMART, Percy Orville
SMART, Dr. Richard Clough 'Dick'
SMART, Robert Alan Jr.
GRINDSTAFF, Sarah Frances
SMART, Robert Alan Sr.
NORFOLK, Dorothy Louise 'Dot'
SMART, Richard Clough
CLOUGH, Marion Eleanor
SMART, Gay Earle
STIMSON, Biona Badbury
SMART, William Gay
SMART, Alice Estelle
RYAN, David D
SMART, Beverly Theodosia
NICHOLS, Idene Mae
SMART, Ralph Dixon
DIXON, Edith Newkirk
SMART, Edward Summer
PAVEY, Darwin Cadwell
SMART, Annie Estella
SMART, Eugene
SMART, William 'Willie'
WALLIS, George Frederick
SMART, Joseline M
SMART, Richard D Jr.
SAWIN, Edward Adams
SAWIN, Herbert Edward
ADAMS, Edith Amelia Rosette
ADAMS, Adelbert A
SMART, Mary Elizabeth
SMART, Richard D Sr.
MELOON, Mary Elizabeth
MELOON, Erstine Ritchie 'Ernie'
MELOON, Elizabeth L 'Lizzie'
RANDALL, Beatrice A
RANDALL, Charles E
LEFAVOR, Franklin Arthur
PLANKEY, Dorothy J
TRIPP, Pauline Emily
TRIPP, John Dana
COLBETH, Bertha May
COLBETH, Charles Henry
MELOON, Ellanorah E
HALL, Elizabeth Jane
MELOON, Samuel Rand
PARSHLEY, Mary Elizabeth
MELOON, Charles O
HAYES, Ralph Ring
MARVIN, Anna Barbara
BILEZIKJIAN, Stephanie Joan
MARVIN, David Winthrop
HUSSEY, Marie Theresa
MARVIN, Theodore Winthrop
MARVIN, Jeanne
MARVIN, David Patterson
MARVIN, Winthrop Lippett
MELOON, Ellen 'Nellie'
MELOON, Maud Beatrice
MOON, Geraldine Anne
HETT, Walter Dugald
HETT, John Jr.
MELOON, Apphia Dorotha
LAVERTUE, Mabel Minnie
WHITE, Bernice N
MELOON, Donald Henry
SIMOND, Margaret Louise
MELOON, Wilfred Calvin
MELOON, Calvin Arthur