____________________________________________________________________________ Hon. Henry W. Carter, farmer, Nathan, Ark. Henry W. Carter, one of the county's best and most enterprising citizens was born in Franklin County, N.C., January 12, 1826, and there attained his growth and received his education. At the age of twenty-one years he started out for himself as a farmer, and by industry and good management became the owner of 800 acres of land, 225 acres under cultivation. He came with his parents to this State in 1845, and has become one of the best known and most highly respected residents of Pike County. He has been twice married; first, in May 1850, to Martha (Scott nee) Hoover, who was born in Tennessee, and who was the daughter of Jacob Hoover. This marriage resulted in the birth of nine children, thee of whom are deceased and one died unnamed: Thomas H. (married in 1868 to Miss Mary White of this county), Albert E. (married Miss Fanny Bryant), Jacob M. (is at present studying law in Texarkana, will complete his law course in July, 1890, and is a young man of bright intellect and unusual ability), Robert L. (is at home with his father), Wesley H. (deceased), Fairwick F. (was married to Miss Rosa Kelley in 1882 and resides in this county), Emily C. (was married in 1870 to Henry Brewer a farmer of this county), and Mary C. (was married to O.J. Brewer in 1872, and both are now deceased). In 1862 Mr. Carter enlisted in the Confederate army as a private, and was soon promoted to first Lieutenant of Company A, Fourth Arkansas Regiment. Later he was made captain of his company, and served in that capacity until the close of the war. He was in the battles of Pine Bluff, Pea Ridge, Pilot Knob, Lexington, Kansas City, Poison Springs and Saline River. He was also in numerous skirmishes. In 1874 Mr. Carter represented this county in the Constitutional Convention which framed the present constitution, and in 1879 he represented this county in the Lower House of the General Assembly. He is a Democrat and is very active, politically. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, which he joined in 1850, and he is now a members of Pike Lodge No. 91. His first wife died in 1868, and his second marriage occurred in 1869 to Mrs. Sidney A. (Huddleston) Reid, who has borne him four children, two pairs of twins: Calvin E. (died at the age of six years), Alice, John (died at the age of five years) and Francis (still living at home. Alice was married in January 1890, to Mrs. William A. Daugherty, a farmer, residing in this county, and Francis is living with his parents. Mr. Carter is a liberal supporter of all public enterprises, and has held different local positions with credit. As a man he is progressive in all things, and wields no small influence in the community where he makes his home. He and family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Mr. Carter has in his house one of the first make of Seth Thomas' clocks, which has been in the family one hundred years, and has been handed down from generation to generation. It kept good time for sixty years. Mr. Carter was the only child born to the union of William and Mary (Williams) Carter, the father a native of George and the mother of North Carolina. They were married in the last State, and there remained until about 1843, when they moved to Mississippi, and thence two years later, or in 1845, to Pike County, Ark., where they passed the remainder of their days. ____________________________________________________________________________ Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, 1890, Pike County, page 319. ____________________________________________________________________________ HTML file and design by David Kelley, 1997. All rights reserved.