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In the early history of Franklin County several unrelated Carter families migrated to this area and settled at Switzer. The Carter's were large land owners, farmers, physicians and mill operators. Members of these families would intermarry and the Carter family would become one of the largest and well known families of the area.
Thomas Spencer Carter had married Margaret Anne Green, daughter of Isaac and Susan Green of Culpepper County, Virginia, on January 3, 1803. With his wife and several small children, he migrated from Culpepper County, Virginia to Kentucky and was living in Boone County in 1810. Records indicate that Thomas Spencer Carter was on the north Elkhorn at Switzer with a family of eleven children by 1828. There he built a large home, know as the Carter Plantation just above the creek on the right of the railroad crossing. Nancy Ann Carter, daughter of Thomas Spencer, married in Franklin County on March 30, 1850 to James W. Carter, born 1829 in Scott County, Kentucky son of Tilman Carter and Frances "Fanny" Sebree. In 1870 James W. Carter's occupation was farmer, flour and feed dealer in Switzer. Benjamin D. Carter born about 1853, son of James and Nancy, built a home across from the old Carter homeplace. Thomas Spencer Carter's exact date of death is not know, however, he did not appear on the 1850 census for the Switzer district. In 1845, Thomas S. Carter deeded to his youngest son, Thomas D. Carter, 150 acres of the property where he lived, including a hemp and sawmill. Thomas D. Carter, married Sarah Carter, daughter of Tilman Carter and Fanny Sebree Carter. Margaret Green Carter was living in the household of her son Thomas D. Carter in 1850. She died on March 29, 1853.
John Carter, born about 1785 in Virginia appears in Franklin County before 1810. On February of that year, John Carter married Nancy Scott, daughter of William and Sarah Elizabeth Scott. At his death he was in possession of a farm on the north Elkhorn containing 285 acres. John Carter left a will written in Franklin County on May 11, 1867 naming his son, John A. Carter, executor. John Albert Carter, born August 17, 1814, married Virginia Thomason, son of James William and Delia Jones Thomason. John and Virginia raised a family of seven children. John's occupation in 1870 was a farmer and raiser of stock on 330 acres of land in Switzer. He took possession of his father's farm in 1839 and cultivated the farm through 1859. Virginia Carter died on September 15, 1891 and is buried in the North Fork Baptist Church Cemetery beside her husband. John A. Carter, married April 3, 1893 to Sallie E. Switzer.
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