AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
Carter of Charlotte County, Virginia
We have an ancestress of the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Charlotte County, Virginia (East Roanoke District). Anna B. Carter (Age 30), her sons; Calle (Age 13), Lewis (Age 3). She worked as a wash woman for William Henry Bailey and lived upon his farm land. And of course we know (via Y-DNA results) that my Great Grandfather Lewis Henry Carter is the son of William Henry Bailey. But we have absolutely no oral histories, documented data (other than the 1900 Census) as to the ancestors of our Anna B. Carter. Reviewing the wonderful works of Mr. Henry Burke and David Boyce (spoke with him via telephone) have reveiled that NONE of those manumitted by Robert Carter III nor any of his ancestors (or descendants) took the surname Carter.
Then their is the vast and PHENOMINAL research works of Paul Heinegg on those free since the colonial era, surnamed Carter. Our Anna B. Carter may be descended from such free people but we simply cannot locate her before this 1900 Census nor after. We have seen other African Americans Heads (Otho, Samuel, Henry, Agness) in this Charlotte County region prior to the Census year 1900 with the Carter surname and daughters (or Grand Daughter) named Annie; but we are'nt sure.
Is anyone willing to provide guidance or greater discernment in this matter?