Roadbloack - Carter Family - Which John Carter? Feb 24, 2021 14:27:56 GMT -5
Post by kcarter on Feb 24, 2021 14:27:56 GMT -5
I have reached a roadblock in my Cornish ancestry - it's not Penwith, but it's close enough:
My 3rd GGrandfather, Henry Carter, was b. Jan 1785 in Camborne to father John Carter and mother Beaton/Beaten/Bettan Donithorne (married 28 July, 1771 - Camborne). I have Beaton Donnithorne's ancestors worked through fairly well, but when I try to pinpoint Henry Carter's father, I have two choices.
1) John Carter, son of John Carter, born Camborne 1750 (marriage at age 21)
2) John Carter, son of Somer Carter, born Camborne 1745 (marriage at age 26)
Children of John Carter and Beaton Donithorne (all in Camborne):
1) "Summer Carter Donithorne", "Base" son of Beaton Donnithorne baptised 28 July, 1771 (the exact same day of the marriage of John and Beaton)
2) John Carter b. 13 Dec. 1772
3) Margaret Carter b. 1774
4) James Carter b. 1775
5) William Carter b. 1777
6) Henry b. 1778 (died)
7) Margaret b. 1779
8) Anne b. 1782
9) HENRY Carter b. 1785 (my ancestor)
10) Charles b. 1786
So, I have a bit of a dilemma as there is not enough information for a definitive answer as to which John is Henry's father. Cornish naming conventions have to be tossed out the window other than that the first son is John, but is that John for the grandfather (as suggested by Cornwall OPC), or John after the father (which seems to be the norm).
Also, I am trying to figure out who the father of Henry's half brother (?) Summer Carter Donithorne is. A compatriot with the same lineage said it must be John Carter (there is no paternity bond in the records), but why would John Carter marry and have his wife's son baptized on the same day? If he were the father, wouldn't he have just married her before the birth and left out the surname Donithorne? One other tidbit to note, there was a Summer Carter in Camborne who married in 1770; a year before Beaton Donithorne married John Carter and named her base son "Summer Carter Donithorne." I was wondering if he might have been the father.
To complicate things even more, John #2 (born 1745, son of Somer Carter) would be the first cousin of his wife, Beaton Donithorne.
So, there you go. I am leaning towards John Carter #1 - it is just a gut feel - age is right, 1st son's name is right... - but most of the family trees I have found for my 3rd GGrandfather Henry have the father as John #2. I don't know if that's laziness and they just copied and pasted somebody else's tree and couldn't be bothered verifying the information. Maybe they had their own gut feelings about it.
Any words of wisdom, insights, assistance of any sort would be most welcome!