Joshua A. Carter


JOSHUA A. CARTER, an honored early resident of Jefferson county, came from Maryland, his native state, in 1812 with his father Henry Carter who settled near Smithfield and farmed there until his death. Joshua also was engaged in farming all his life, and after a useful career died in 1880 in his seventy-ninth year. The farm upon which his father settled is now owned by William Barkhurst. The wife of Joshua Carter was Sarah Evans, daughter of Cadwallader and Sarah Evans, who left Pennsylvania where their daughter Sarah was born starting from Pittsburgh on a raft and proceeding down the river to Washington, where they landed and taking an Indian trail, came to the site of Smithfield and entered a section of land. There the parents spent the rest of their lives. The mother died at the age of eighty-nine the father somewhat earlier. The farm they settled upon is now owned by Augustus Carter. Sarah Carter died about 1872, aged about seventy-nine years. She and her husband Joshua had nine children: William E., deceased; Ira, deceased; Nelson, Elihu;Hiantha, deceased; Augustus, Sarah; Pernelia, deceased; Mary, deceased.

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