Biography - Lorenzo E. Carter

LORENZO E. CARTER was born at Breeman's Fort, near Edwardsville, Madison county, Ill., December 25, 1817. He is the second child of Davis and Catherine Carter. Davis Carter was a native of Tennessee, and his wife (Catherine Regan) of Alabama. He came to the territory of Illinois about the yar 1812, and for several years was actively engaged as one of the home guards known as "Rangers." He was intimately acquainted with Samuel Thomas and others who were among the early pioneers of the early times, and with them experienced much of the privations incident to pioneer life. About the close of the late war with Great Britain he was married, and settled near Edwardsville, where he resided until the spring of 1820, when, with his family of three children, he settled about nine miles southwest of the present site of Whitehall. He followed farming, and remained a citizen of Greene county until his death, which occurred in November, 1847; his wife died in February, 1844. He had a family of nine children, four sons and five daughters, all deceased except Eleanor – relict of Wm. Little, residing on section 30, township 12, range 13 – and the subject of this sketch, who resides in the same locality. Mr. Carter and his wife were highly esteemed for their many virtues.

Lorenzo E. Carter came to the county with his parents. His educational advantages were limited. He was married in May, 1843, to Miss Sarah, fifth child of Obadiah and Sarah Silkwood, of Greene county. By this marriage they have had a family of eleven children; four died in infancy. Those living are in the following order of birth, viz.: Evaline, relict of the late Elam Bain, of Greene county; John H., George W., Mary E., Sylvia J., William F., and Marcus L., residing with their parents. Farming and shipping grain have been the leading occupations his business career. He has devoted over fifty years of an active life to the development of Greene county, and has been an ey-witness of the great changes wrought in the county and state for half a century. He is respected as a citizen and business man for his energy and strict integrity.

Extracted 07 Sep 2018 by Norma Hass from Atlas Map of Greene County Illinois, 1873, page 47.

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