Elijah Harvey Carter and Martha Ann Bailey Click to view the family tree

Married 16-Jun-1867

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Husband:   Elijah Harvey Carter

Born: Jun-1841
Died: 2-Nov-1919
Father: Unknown Carter
Mother: Eleanor Hope

Born: Ireland.

Lived in a county of Ireland called Arma?. Lived on North Sea. Immigrated in through New Orleans brought as a child during the Potato famine. Mother and father didn't speak english.

Served in Civil War, drafted into the Confederate Army. Involved in Battle of Gettysburg. Wounded in Gettysburg in the leg with a TN Infantry unit. Left on battlefield still alive and badly wounded leaning up against a tree. 3 Union soldiers came by and happened to be Irish and Elijah understood that they were speaking in Gaelic in the same dialect as the county of Arma that he was from. Walked all the way back from Gettysburg, PA to TN where he lived. Was in bed for almost a year after that before he regained his health enough. Women took care of him during that time.

Source: From Anthony Hall as per Georgia Ann Carter.

Dad (Fred Carter) told me when he was about 90 years old that Grandpa (Elijah Carter) had been a Confederate soldier who was at several battles, including the battles of Cayuga and Shiloh. There were others which I do not recall. Grandpa was taken prisoner by the Yankees at Shiloh and was finally pardoned and allowed to receive a pension after the war ended. Grandpa told Dad and he told me (Marvin Carter) of an incident at Shiloh when Grandpa's hat was shot off. On forced march and worried about getting in trouble for not having a cap, Grandpa saw a dead soldier alongside the road. When Grandpa reached down to pick up the dead soldier's cap, he found it had brains in it. He shook out the remains and marched on with his newfound cap. So it is that war is always the same, with some soldiers seeing and enduring things too terrible to bear without scarring of the soul.

Source: Marvin Carter, Fred Carter's son telling this info that Fred Carter told him. Fred Carter is Elijah Carter's youngest son.

Additional: Had post traumatic syndrome and had a hot temper.

Elijah Carter marker

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Wife:   Martha Ann Bailey

Born: 26-Aug-1846
Died: 1-Mar-1928
Father: William Bailey
Mother: Quintila Hamrick

Born in GIles County - from Elaine Walton Lewis in Conroe, Texas

Went by covered wagon to Oklahoma to get on the Indian roles and were turned away as they did not live in Oklahoma at the appropriate time. Info from Barbara Whisenant.

Martha Bailey's marker

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Female  Child 1:   Georgia Ann Carter

Born: 26-Apr-1868
Died: 10-Aug-1960
Spouse: William Winfield Stout

Birthplace: Pinson, TN
AKA: Granny

Georgia Ann Carter

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Female  Child 2:   Ophella C. Carter

Born: Dec-1871


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Female  Child 3:   Hettie V. Carter

Born: May-1875
Died: 19-Jan-1938


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Male  Child 4:   James Oscar Carter

Born: 18-Feb-1878
Died: 1-May-1959
Spouse: Lula Jane Carter
Children: James Oscar Carter, Garland Carter

Birthplace: Tenn.
Source: Birth certificate

James Oscar Carter

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Female  Child 5:   Ellen Quentila Carter

Born: 24-Oct-1880
Died: 20-Mar-1920
Spouse: John Henry Hamm
Children: Johnnie Quintilla Hamm, Edith Lone Hamm, Roy Carter Hamm, Martha Ruth Hamm, Helen Louise Hamm

Born: Madison County, TN
Nickname: Ella

May be "J" for middle name

Note about her death confirmed by Charles Clellan Watson-Massengil: Marlin Stout & Weldon Stout (around 1920), were passing a creek near Atkins with the exquisite casket which was in a box. Upon crossing over the creek, pulled by horseback, the casket got loose from the box and floated down the creek!  So, in turn, they buried Ella in the box.

Ellen Carter

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Male  Child 6:   Alfred Amos Carter

Born: 12-Aug-1886
Died: 17-Aug-1912
Spouse: Myra Belle Williams
Children: James Armour Carter, Martha Laverne Carter

Born: Pinson, TN
AKA: Amos

Alfred Amos Carter's tombstone

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Female  Child 7:   Luna Carter

Born: 22-Sep-1889
Died: 27-Nov-1917
Spouse: Walter Terrel Cheek
Children: Mary Martha Cheek, Woodrow Wilson Cheek, Clelan Cheek


Luna Carter

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Male  Child 8:   Fred Ambrose Carter

Born: 7-Jun-1892
Died: 23-Apr-1986
Spouse: Pearl Hazel Lacy
Children: Marvin Ambrose Carter

Ran away from home close to the time that Elijah had disciplined him with a stick.

Had a tough case of Typhoid fever.

Fred Carter

Family Picture Album

Elijah and Martha Carter marriage license

Marriage license for Elijah Harvery Carter and Martha Ann Bailey. Source: Barbara (Carter) Whisenant

Elijah and Martha Carter marker

Marker for Elijah Carter and Martha (Bailey) Carter
(picture shot date 18-Sep-2004)