Henry W. Carter

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.                                                                    
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