Shelby  County  Indiana

Joseph  B.  Carter

          Whether interested personally in farming or not no one could view the well kept, clean fields, good buildings and general thrifty appearance of a place that is farmed by  Joseph B. Carter  of Perry township, Clinton county without admiring the same.  He is one of our best general agriculturists and stock raisers and believes in doing well whatever he attempts.  He keeps things in ship-shape, never waiting for someone else to do what he himself should perform, nor for others to lay his plans.
          Mr. Carter was born in 1856 in Franklin county, Ind., the son of  William Carter,  who was born in England, from which country he came with his parents, when a child, to Franklin county, this state, where they established a good home through their industry.  The long voyage across the Atlantic was made in an old-time sailing vessel and the trip required thirty days.  The paternal grandfather spent the rest of his life in Franklin county, Ind., and there his son, William, grew to manhood and married  Rebecca Beasley,  who was also born in England, from which country she came with her parents when a child settled in Franklin county, Ind.  There she grew to womanhood and she and William Carter were married, later coming to Clinton county to make their future home.  A fuller history of these families is found on another page of this volume.
          Joseph B. Carter grew to manhood on the home farm and there did his share of the work when a boy. He received a good education in the common schools.
          Mr. Carter was married when he reached young manhood to  Katie Peek, who was born, reared and educated in Shelby county, Ind.  She is a daughter of  William Peek,  a prosperous farmer, now deceased.  His widow is still living, making her home in New Mexico, she and Mr. Peek having lived for some time in Kansas.  He was a soldier in the Union army during the Civil war.  Our subject had a half-brother,  William Gardner,  who was also a soldier for the Union.  He died in Frankfort, Ind., some time ago.
          Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Carter:  Clinton E., married to  Zora Pollard,  living in Perry township on a farm;  Myrtle,  now nineteen years of age and  Alta May (deceased).  The son was born February to, 1888, received a good common school education, and was married in 1909.  His wife is a daughter of  Sheridan Pollard  and wife.  She was reared and educated in Boone county.  Clinton E. Carter and wife have one child, a son,  Earl Clifton, whose birth occurred in August, 1910.
          Mr. Carter and his son are both members of the Woodmen of the World and the son belongs to the Knights of Pythias.
The History of Clinton County, Indiana,  Hon. Joseph Claybaugh. A. W. Bowen & Company, 1913, Indianapolis, Indiana, pages 836-837
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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