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1929 Picture from Visalia, Tulare County,  CA

John Quincy Carter  and his parents, Henry Jones Carter and  Mary Caroline (Preston) CARTER, were among the first settlers the lane which would become Hamilton County in January, 1858.   The Henry Jones Carters arrived on the Cowhouse Creek on 15 Sept., 1856.

Elizabeth Blansit came as a tiny baby with her parents, John Chambers Blansit  and Eleanor "Ellen" (White) Blansit in 1858 to the newly created Hamilton County.



Descendants of John Quincy Carter

 By Kathy McNeill Beaudr y


Generation No. 1


1.  JOHN QUINCY5 CARTER  (HENRY JONES4, JOHN WESLEY3, CALEB2, LEVI1)1,2,3,3 was born July 11, 1851 in Smith County, Texas4,4,4, and died February 18, 1934 in Woodlake, Tulare County, California5.  He married ELIZABETH BLANSIT6 1872 in Hamilton County, Texas, daughter of JOHN BLANSIT and ELEANOR WHITE.  She was born September 1856 in Alabama, and died November 08, 1931 in Woodlake area of Tulare, Tulare County, California.  


        In the 1880 census for Hamilton County Texas, John's occupation is listed as farmer, with his parents both born in Tennessee.  At that time he was living  with his wife Elizabeth and 5 children. 

        In the 1900 census, John is shown living in Foard County, Texas with his wife "Lizzie" and 9 children, the youngest of whom is Grace, the grandmother of Kathy Beaudry.   According to that record, Elizabeth had 15 children, with 13 still living.  

        The 1910 census shows John and his wife as having 10 children, with 9 still living, and Elizabeth is said to have been born in Texas, which is incorrect.  It is likely that one of the children gave the information to the census taker. 

        In the 1920 census, John was living in Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona with his wife Elizabeth, daughter Grace Downey, and grand-daughter Evelyn Downey, mother of Kathy Beaudry. 

        For the 1930 census, John and Elizabeth were living with their son James A. Carter, in Woodlake, Tulare County, CA.  That record, though, is misindexed as J.A. "Caster" instead of Carter.

        After I found the information about John's death on-line from a site that lists the records of burials in the Visalia Cemetery,  I visited the cemetery and took pictures.  Neither John nor his wife have headstones, just a concrete "button" in the ground to mark the plot number.

        When I was a child, my mother told me that she had lived with her grandparents and uncles on a farm.  Unfortunately, she either didn't tell me the names of the uncles, or I have forgotten.  When she was five years old, she went to live with her own mother, who had remarried.    


Burial: February 20, 1934, Visalia Cemetery, Visalia, Tulare County, California7,7,7



        In the 1900 census for Foard County, TX, Elizabeth is listed as having 15 children  with 13 of them still living.  In the 1900 census, Elizabeth is called "Lizzie;"  in the 1880 and 1920 census she is called Elisabeth; she is buried under the name of "Betty Carter." 

        Elizabeth is the daughter of John Chambers Blanchet/Blansit  and is the sister of Amanda Maude Blansit.  Maude married Alfred Lafayette "Fayette" Carter, the brother of John Quincy Carter. 

        In 2000 and 2002, Kathy McNeil Beaudry visited Visalia Cemetery, where Elizabeth and John are buried.  Sad to say, they have no headstones, only a concrete "button" to mark their graves.  The plots were paid for by their oldest son,  James A. Carter.


Burial: November 10, 1931, Visalia Cemetery, Visalia, Tulare County, California8



        In the 1930 census, J.Q. is listed as first married at age 18, and Elizabeth first married at age 16.



Marriage: 1872, Hamilton County, Texas       


2.                i.    JAMES ALEXANDER6 CARTER, b. June 12, 1873, Hamilton County, Texas; d. November 23, 1946, Woodlake area of Tulare, Tulare County, California.

3.               ii.    LAURA ISABELLE CARTER, b. August 26, 1874, Hamilton County, Texas; d. August 26, 1964, Tucumcari, Quay County, New Mexico.

                 iii.    JOHN C. CARTER9,9, b. 1876.

4.              iv.    ELLEN C. CARTER, b. September 10, 1877, Hamilton County, Texas; d. April 11, 1951, Crowell, Foard County, Texas.

5.               v.    HENRY HARDEE CARTER, b. May 31, 1879, Hamilton,  Hamilton County, Texas; d. Abt. 1945, Penrose, Fremont, Colorado.

6.              vi.    CLAUDE CORNELIUS CARTER, b. September 20, 1880, Hamilton County, Texas; d. November 26, 1961, Atascadero, California.

                vii.    PAUL B. CARTER10,11, b. December 1882, probably Hamilton County, Texas12.  

Notes for PAUL B. CARTER:

       In the 1910 census, Paul was living in Chaves County, NM, as a boarder with the Tilghman Howard family.  He is listed as a farmer.  

               viii.    BABY CARTER 113, b. Bet. 1883 - 188513.  

Notes for BABY CARTER 1:

       The existence of this child and its possible date of birth is only hypothetical, based on information that Elizabeth and John had 18 children.  This tentative data should be verified.  

7.               ix.    MYRTLE ETHEL CARTER, b. October 1886, Hamilton,  Hamilton County, Texas; d. February 19, 1923, Wichita County, Texas.

8.                x.    LEONA AMANDA "JOSIE" CARTER, b. October 01, 1888, Hamilton, Hamilton County, Texas; d. January 07, 1989, Pearsall, Frio, Texas.

                  xi.    A. D. CARTER14, b. February 1891, Hamilton County, Texas15; d. June 15, 1914, Potter County, Texas16.


Notes for A. D. CARTER:


                 xii.    BABY CARTER 217, b. Bet. 1892 - 189417.  

Notes for BABY CARTER 2:

       The existence of this child and its date of birth is only hypothetical, based on the information that Elizabeth Carter had given birth to 15 children by the 1900 census.  It should be verified.

                 xiii.    CARL R. CARTER18,19,19, b. June 189520.


Notes for CARL R. CARTER:

       This may be the man referred to in a letter from Lynn Moncus as "Uncle Ross."

                 xiv.    JOHN Q. "MAN" CARTER, JR.21,22, b. November 189723.

9.              xv.    GRACE MARGARET CARTER, b. February 1899, Crowell, Foard County, Texas; d. July 14, 1929, Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ.

                xvi.    BABY CARTER 3, b. Aft. 1900.


Notes for BABY CARTER 3:

       The existence of this child and its possible date of birth is hypothetical, based on information that Elizabeth Carter had given birth to a total of 18 children.  This information needs to be verified.

                xvii.    HER??? CARTER24, b. Abt. 1902, Foard County, Texas25.


Notes for HER??? CARTER:

        The name of this boy is nearly undecipherable to me on the 1910 Census Record, the only record I have of him, and could be Herbert, Harris, Ernest or Harold.   Researchers who want to look at the record and make a guess at the name should look for the family of John Carter in Foard County, TX.


              xviii.    BABY BOY CARTER26, b. July 07, 1904, Near Crowell, Foard County, Texas27; d. July 07, 1904, Near Crowell, Foard County, Texas.



       According to the "Birth & Death Book 1, Foard County, Texas," this baby boy was stillborn.  The name of the physician or coroner reporting - W. H. Adams, M.D., Crowell, Texas.  Date of record - August 4, 1904, Date of report - July 8, 1904, Date of death - July 7, 1904 at 11 p. m.



Generation No. 2


2.  JAMES ALEXANDER6 CARTER (JOHN QUINCY5, HENRY JONES4, JOHN WESLEY3, CALEB2, LEVI1)28,28,28,29 was born June 12, 1873 in Hamilton County, Texas30,31, and died November 23, 1946 in Woodlake area of Tulare, Tulare County, California32,32,32.  He married IDA F. RAY Abt. 1901 in probably Oklahoma.  She was born Abt. 1880 in Indiana33, and died Aft. November 1946 in probably California34.



        I got the info about James' date of death from the California Death Index, at  In his parents' obituaries, he is called "J.A." and is said to have been living near or in Visalia, California as early as 1931 and as late as his father's death in 1934.

        In February of 2004, I obtained a death certificate for James.  It lists his wife as "Ida Ray Carter,"  his occupation at the time of his death as "farmer," and his parents as John Q. Carter and Betty Blancet.  In his earliest Census Records - 1910 & 1920, his wife is listed as Ida F. Carter.   I have concluded (perhaps wrongly) that her birth surname was "Ray" since she is listed that way on James' death certificate.

        In 1910 James & Ida were living in Greer County, Oklahoma, with children:

Raymond, son, aged 8 b. OK, father born TX, mother born.  IN

Henry H., son, aged 6, OK, TX, IN

Winnie M., daughter, aged 4, OK, TX, IN

Layfette (sic), son, aged 1 8/12, OK, TX, IN


        In 1920 James & Ida were living in Seminole County, Oklahoma, with children:

Raymon (sic), 18, OK, IN, IN, farmer, home farm

Henry, 16, OK, IN, IN, laborer, home farm

Winnie, daughter, 13, OK, IN, IN, laborer, home farm

Layfette, son, 10, OK, IN, IN, laborer, home farm

Mary, daughter, 7, OK, IN, IN, laborer, home farm


        In 1930 James is listed as "J.A. & Ida Caster," (sic) living in Tulare County, CA with:

Logfith, (sic), son, age 21, widower, OK, TX, IN, farm laborer

J.Q., father, age 78, married at age 18, TX, TN, TN, farm laborer

Elizabeth, mother, age 74, married at age 16, TX, TN, TN  

        According to his WW I Draft registration, James was of medium height and build, with blue eyes and brown hair.   At the time he signed his draft card information, on September 12, 1918, he and his wife Ida were living at Rt. 1 Bearden, Okfuskee, Oklahoma.  He signed up for the draft in Seminole County, Oklahoma.  


Burial: November 26, 1946, Woodlake Cemetery, Woodlake, Tulare, California

Cause of Death: cerebral hemorrhage

Medical Information: caused by hypertension  

Marriage Notes for JAMES CARTER and IDA RAY:

        In the 1900 census, James was unmarried and living with his parents.  I based his marriage date on that fact, plus his first born child being 8 years old in the 1910 census.



Marriage: Abt. 1901, probably Oklahoma       

Children of JAMES CARTER and IDA RAY are:

                   i.    RAYMOND R.7 CARTER35, b. Abt. 1902, Oklahoma36.  


       I based his date of birth on his being aged 8 in the 1910 census.  

                  ii.    HENRY H. CARTER37, b. Abt. 1904, Oklahoma38.

                 iii.    WINNIE M. CARTER39, b. Abt. 1906, Oklahoma40.

                 iv.    LAYFETTE CARTER41, b. Abt. 1908, Oklahoma42.

                  v.    MARY CARTER43, b. Abt. 1913, Oklahoma44.

 3.  LAURA ISABELLE6 CARTER (JOHN QUINCY5, HENRY JONES4, JOHN WESLEY3, CALEB2, LEVI1)45,45 was born August 26, 1874 in Hamilton County, Texas, and died August 26, 1964 in Tucumcari, Quay County, New Mexico.  She married JAMES WALTER MONCUS July 16, 1900 in Crowell, Texas.  He was born February 22, 1875 in Talladega County, Alabama, and died May 26, 1955 in Tucumcari, Quay County, New Mexico.  


from: the Albuquerque Journal, Sunday September 19, 1999


                                                "PIONEERS FOUGHT DUST & HARDSHIP

                                                                by Fritz Thompson


        "In the summer of 1902, wanderlust seized J. Walter Moncus and wouldn't let go.  He loaded his wife, Laura Isabel Carter Moncus, and their infant son, Herman, into a couple of covered wagons and headed northwest from south Texas, planning to wind up in Arizona.  He hoped to homestead, do a little dry-land farming, raise some livestock, get a flock of chickens, maybe open a general store somewhere near present-day Phoenix.

        " 'My grandmother didn't want to go,' says Lynn Moncus, who has a hefty and now-typewritten manuscript that Isabel left in longhand as legacy to the family's sojourn into the Southwest.  'She wasn't interested in moving out here at all.  She thought she'd be leaving civilization behind.'

        "Walter Moncus had no such misgivings, but a chance meeting along the way changed his mind about  going as far as Arizona.

        "The Moncus family stopped, stayed and left its mark instead upon New Mexico.

        "From the rugged Moncus Canyon in a crease of the Caprock to the Quay County sheriff's office in Tucumcari, the sons and daughters of Walter and Isabel found wind and dust and difficulty, wresting life from the uncompromising soil and from the endemic gamma grass in northeastern New Mexico.  Along the way, Walter and later his son Claude pinned on a badge and kept law and order in a territory that was known to harbor bad men and their moveable feuds, particularly those from Texas.

        "All the while, pioneers like the Moncus family straggled into the country, rolling their creaky wagons onto the vast, flat landform called the Caprock.



        "Walter and Claude would establish a cattle ranch here, and they would learn in the meantime -- like so many others -- that dryland farming in an extended drought on the plains of eastern New Mexico could be disaster.

        "It was here too that Isabel Moncus confronted and death with a racial prejudice she had held all her life, later to wonder at Texas history books and her own failure to recognize the slanted way she had conducted herself until then.

        "By trying hard to make a living, the Moncus family eventually covered all the occupations important in those early days.  They ranched right on through the Dust Bowl; father and son in different generations served as county sheriff; they ran a rural general store; and they birthed children and fixed broken bones -- the latter because Isabel Moncus brought with her a medical tome -- 'she had the book!' -- and it gave instructions on treating all manner of injuries and ailments.

        "Granddaughter Mary Lynn Moncus (many of the Moncuses went by their middle name), now 64, is a retired professor of Southwestern literature and folklore at New Mexico State University.  She remembers a childhood spent in her parents' then-dirt-floor, tin-roof house with no running water and a grandmother, on her father's side, who was her best friend.

        " 'When they came here, the didn't even know what kind of wild critters to expect in this new countryside,' she says. 'But they brought 21 head of cattle with them, they were tough and exceedingly resourceful and they survived.'

        "No such confidence flows from her grandmother's account, which she proclaimed as fiction but which Lynn Moncus says is in fact biographical.  And how her grandmother lamented leaving the area around Hamilton County, Texas:

        (from Isabell's manuscript:

        'I loved that home; I could see possibilities of our acquiring adjoining farms and becoming wealthy farmers and stock raisers.  I didn't want to sell our home . . . and go West!  Of all places.  I didn't want to go . . .

        'For the first few days, we traveled slowly.  The cattle had wintered hard and were thin.  They could travel only a few miles a day.

        'How hard and dreadfully lonely and dreary it could be . . ."

        "As they made their way West, the little Moncus family (Isabel's brother Claude Carter drove one of the wagons) would stop at fledgling farms of acquaintances who had proceeded them but had not ventured farther.

        " ' Every time grandpa stopped, my grandmother hoped, 'Maybe we'll stay here'," Lynn Moncus says.  'They'd do some canning, and my grandmother would make cuttings of fruit trees to plant an orchard.  And then grandpa would decide it was time to move on . . .'

        "Isabel Moncus thought Plainview, Texas, was civilized, but by the time they reached the aptly named Stinking Springs in eastern New Mexico, she knew for sure it was the end of niceties.

        "Isabel Moncus may have been tougher than she thought.  Lynn Moncus says some of her grandmother's contemporaries were actually driven mad by the stark loneliness and the incessant wind that swept over the empty prairie.

        "The men could get on a horse and ride away, but the women didn't have a chance; they had to stay there, often alone in a dugout with no one to talk to and every day was like the day before, only worse.

        "But her grandmother's adjustment to life in the New Mexico Territory was not itself without a hint of despair from the jolting journey of the wagon.

        " 'In a few miles, we went off into such a depression or basin several miles in extent . . . such as sometimes occurs on the plains.  'This,' I thought, 'is like the true deserts I've read and heard of, and dreaded as much all along . . .'  Not a sprig of grass, nothing but greasewood, sand and gravel . . . but plenty of that.

        "Walter changed his mind about where he was going not long after arriving in New Mexico Territory.  Someone rode into their trailside camp and told them about good ranchland between Fort Sumner and Tucumcari near the southern escarpment of the Caprock.

        "Walter Moncus decided to look into the report and he rode to Tucumcari, which was then little more than a tent city.  People there had some encouraging words but warned him to stay off the fenced property of the big Horseshoe Ranch, which frowned on homesteaders, who they equated with squatters.  It was here that Isabel Moncus was introduced to the kind of country she was in.  Already, she had recognized -- almost without realizing it -- the importance of water in the part of the plains.

        " 'We drove across the basin the basin, not so far as it seemed, and came to a big cattle outfit that had various wells in different parts of their range; but this was the first ones we'd struck, and we stayed there a couple of hours while the cattle drank and rested.  They were almost fagged out.  Some wouldn't have gone another mile, only that they sensed they were nearing water, and we ate our lunch while resting.'



        "Lynn Moncus has nothing but pleasant memories of her life in the company of pioneers, and the hardships that her grandparents and parents had endured were for her the stuff of adventure in the Caprock country -- even when she had to make the torturous trip to the spring to fetch a pail of water.

        "Her assessment of her grandparents' character revolves mostly around her grandmother Isabel.  But grandfather Walter evidently made quite an impression; he was a forceful and opinionated man, she says, and she could always calculate his mood by the way he set his hat.

        " 'Grandpa was good to me,' she says.  'But grandpa tended to raise his voice a little bit.  He maybe liked to talk big . . . He had a high school education, which was unusual in that time.  He like to talk politics and religion.  He had a particular interpretation of the Bible, and if you didn't agree, it was bad news.  He was a real table-pounder.  When I was little, I used to think, 'Boy, I'll be glad when I get old enough to leave the table quick.'

        "By contrast, her grandmother 'lived her religion; she was a front-row Baptist.

        "Despite their different personalities, Lynn says, her grandparents came to be held in high respect by people in the Caprock county.



        "Right after their arrival, Walter and Isabel felt fortunate to find a live spring in a place called CHARCO CANYON.  They staked a claim and, in time, the place became known as Moncus Canyon.  It was further fortunate that it was outside, if barely, the boundaries of the Horseshoe Ranch.

        "Isabel tells about finding the place:

        " ' (Walter) gave a loud whoop.  He was babbling and almost raving in his delight.  I'd never seen him so excited about anything and I wondered if he'd lost his mind.  Then he stopped the team and finally gave  me a chance to answer him.  *Old lady, just what do you think of this?* *It's perfect,* I said.  *And house or no house, it just seems like home to me . . . But when we do get a house, can you imagine anything nicer than our home on the range will be in this very location?*

        "The first house was no fancy affair.  It was built of closely set vertical posts, chinked with mud.  It was followed by a large frame house with a shingle roof and a porch on three sides, built on the open top of Caprock, Lynn Moncus says, where it could be struck by lightning and blasted by the wind.   

        "Young Herman soon was joined by a sister, Ima, and then twins, Claude and Maude, and twins again, Ray and May. 

        "For a while, Walter and Isabel Moncus were the first and only homesteaders in the area.  But other came.  Walter and his brother Burnace erected a shack and opened the Moncus Brothers General Store.  A blacksmith set up shop nearby, and soon there became a need for a post office, which was established in 1908 with the postmark of Ima.

        "Walter later built an adobe house with a shingle roof down in the canyon, and son Claude and his wife Sara -- Lynn's parents -- established themselves in a half dugout around the bend in the canyon.  First Walter and later Claude were elected sheriff, and Lynn Moncus remembers moving back and forth between the ranch and Tucumcari as her father served three separate terms.

        "Claude the sheriff achieved a measure of fame, was even written up in a crime magazine, for solving a semi-sensation murder of a man whose body was dumped near Tucumcari in the 1950's.  Claude doggedly figured out the identity of the victim and traced his car to Amarillo, found no better clue than a matchbook in the car and, beginning with nothing else, used the matchbook to determine who the killer was and to track him to Surgeon Bay, Wis.  The culprit was subsequently arrested in California and convicted in New Mexico, where he died in the electric chair.  Claude, a modest man, could have attributed his success to the streak of resourcefulness exhibited by his parents in challenging a new land with two covered wagons and a baby boy.

        "For all their struggles in those first years, it was perhaps Isabel who fought and won the biggest one.  'My grandmother was terribly frightened of Mexicans,' says Lynn Moncus.  'But later on she got angry at the misrepresentations of Mexican people she found in the history books.  (Isabel later wrote)  'I was afraid of the Mexicans . . . I'd never seen a Mexican; but wasn't I a teacher?  I knew my Texas history.  I knew that the Mexicans were a race of cowardly cutthroats . . . Oh, that history had me ruined, in that respect, for pioneering.'  Later, as she came to know them in New Mexico, Isabel's perceptions changed.  'My preconceived ideas of the Spanish race were wrong.  I found them to be as upright, honorable and sensible as my own race.  Of course there were dishonorable one among them, but neither could my own race boast of perfection.  Then is when I began to wonder about my Texas history.  Could those atrocious crimes as related in that history have been committed in retaliation from crimes equally as great, that we had committed against them?  We made history of theirs but failed to mention our own crimes.  Be that as it may, had I learned that lesson years earlier, I would have been spared the bitter hatred, fear and suffering that I endured until I learned the race among whom I am proud to acknowledge I have many good friends.'



        "Since almost the beginning of this century, the Moncus family has had a presence in Quay County and Eastern New Mexico.  Lynn Moncus says she's the last Moncus left.  Her grandparents, only two generations removed, were reflections of thousands of other optimistic pioneers who loaded down their wagons with nearly every earthly possession and set off down a dirt road -- more confident than apprehensive -- to farm and ranch in the unfamiliar but expansive West.  Some of them came to New Mexico.

        "The grass has not comp0letely come back in fields abandoned to the fickleness of dryland farming.  They lie in silent legacy to the unwise practice of taking a plow to some parts of the prairie, harvesting bumper crops of dust.  But even if the crops and cattle failed, the people endured.

        " 'I have nothing but good memories of pioneer time,' says Lynn Moncus.  ' They were hard times but we were all equal.  We were all grubbing for a living.  And even if some people were at war with each other, if one got hurt or in trouble or got sick, you went over to their place and brought in the crop or branded cattle or whatever needed to be done.'

        "Walter and Isabel Moncus, facing advanced age, move to Fort Sumner and then to Tucumcari in their later years.  He died at 80 in 1955.  She died at 90 in 1964.  They are buried at a cemetery in Tucumcari."


Marriage: July 16, 1900, Crowell, Texas       

Children of LAURA CARTER and JAMES MONCUS are:

                   i.    HERMAN H.7 MONCUS46, b. October 07, 1901, Texas47; d. December 30, 1980, Tucumcari, Quay County, New Mexico; m. BERNICE CAPPS.

                  ii.    IMA INEZ MONCUS48, b. March 23, 1903, Quay County, New Mexico49; d. February 1985, Nara Visa, Quay County, New Mexico49; m. (1) IRA WARD, Bet. 1920 - 1930; m. (2) W. D. MURRAY, Aft. 1930.  


       I found Ima's date of death in the Social Security Death Index under "Ima Murray."  


Marriage: Bet. 1920 - 1930  

More About W. MURRAY and IMA MONCUS:

Marriage: Aft. 1930

                  iii.    CORNELIUS CLAUDE MONCUS50, b. May 31, 1906, Quay County, New Mexico51; d. June 1982, Tucumcari, Quay County, New Mexico51; m. SARA CAROLINE CLOUGH, Bet. 1920 - 1930; b. November 24, 190951; d. February 1980, Tucumcari, Quay County, New Mexico51  


Marriage: Bet. 1920 - 1930  

                 iv.    MINNIE MAUDE MONCUS52, b. May 31, 1906, New Mexico53; d. December 11, 1994, Perryton, Ochiltree, Texas53; m. (1) HARVEY BRONSON54,55, Abt. 192956; m. (2) DEWEY RICE ALLEN57, Aft. 1957, Texas; b. April 17, 1899, Hamilton County, Texas; d. December 05, 1976, Texas.  


Marriage: Abt. 192958  


According to a book on early Ochiltree History named "Wheatheart of the Plains," Dewey Allen, along with his parents and siblings, came to Ochiltree, Texas in 1905.  Perryton was not yet a town.  


Marriage: Aft. 1957, Texas  

                  v.    ANITA MAY MONCUS59, b. April 03, 1909, New Mexico; d. September 10, 1987, Perryton, Ochiltree County, Texas60; m. JAMES DENMAN JONES, Abt. 1930.  


       May Jones and her husband didn't have any children, according to all sources I have checked.  At the time of her death, May was living with her sister, Minnie Maude Moncus Allen, in Perryton, Texas.  


Marriage: Abt. 1930  

                 vi.    ARTHUR RAY MONCUS61, b. April 03, 1909, New Mexico62; d. December 04, 1975, Salt Lake City, Utah62; m. FLORENCE AUBREY, probably New Mexico.  


       I found a Florence Moncus in the SSA death index, but I haven't verified if she is this woman.  It gives her date of birth as 1925 and her date of death as 1989, in Harris County, Texas.  


Marriage: probably New Mexico  

4.  ELLEN C.6 CARTER (JOHN QUINCY5, HENRY JONES4, JOHN WESLEY3, CALEB2, LEVI1)63,63 was born September 10, 1877 in Hamilton County, Texas64, and died April 11, 1951 in Crowell, Foard County, Texas65.  She married CHARLES EDWARD LYON August 10, 1902 in Foard County, Texas66, son of JAMES LYON and MARGARET CHAPWELL.  He was born March 11, 1879 in Lamar County, Texas67, and died October 06, 1946 in Crowell, Foard County, Texas68.  

Notes for ELLEN C. CARTER:

In the 1910 census for Wilbarger County, TX:

        Charlie E. Lyon, head, age 31, married 7 years, b. TX, VA, VA, farmer

        Ellen N., wife, age 32, had 2 children, 1 still living, m. 7 yrs., b. TX, TN, TN

        Annie G., daughter, age 6, TX, TX, TX  

In the 1920 Wilbarger County, TX census:

        Lyans (sic), Charlie E., head, age 40, TX, US, MO, farmer

        Helen (sic), wife, age 42, TX, TN, TN

        Grace, daughter, 16, TX, TX, TX

        Virgil L., son, age 8, TX, TX, TX  

In 1930, Foard County, TX:

        Lyon, Charles E., head, 51, TX, VA, VA, farmer

        Ella (sic), wife, 52, TX, AL, AL

        Virgil, son, 18, TX, TX, TX, farm laborer       


Cause of Death: coronary thrombosis


        According to the Death Records Book for Foard County, Texas, Charles was a farmer, and had lived in Crowell for 55 years, 0 months and 0 days.


Burial: October 07, 1946, Crowell, Foard County, Texas68

Cause of Death: apoplexy

Medical Information: contributory cause - right-side paralysis 1945, duration 1 year

 Marriage Notes for ELLEN CARTER and CHARLES LYON:

        Marriage performed by C. E. Lindsey, Pastor of the Methodist Episcopalian Church South.  


Marriage: August 10, 1902, Foard County, Texas69       

Children of ELLEN CARTER and CHARLES LYON are:

                   i.    ANNIE GRACE7 LYON70, b. Abt. 1904.  


       The name of this child is based on the 1910 census which lists her name as Annie G., and the 1920 census which lists her name as Grace.  

                  ii.    INFANT LYON71, b. Bet. 1905 - 1910.

Notes for INFANT LYON:

       The information on this child is based on the 1910 census which says that Ellen has given birth to 2 children, with 1 still living.  

                 iii.    VIRGIL L. "JACK" LYON72, b. May 23, 1911, Foard County, Texas; d. September 12, 1978, Young County, Texas; m. MARY EVA MEASON73, Bef. 1934, Texas74.  


Burial: Crowell Cemetery, Crowell, Foard, Texas


Marriage: Bef. 1934, Texas74  

5.  HENRY HARDEE6 CARTER (JOHN QUINCY5, HENRY JONES4, JOHN WESLEY3, CALEB2, LEVI1)75,75,75 was born May 31, 1879 in Hamilton,  Hamilton County, Texas76, and died Abt. 1945 in Penrose, Fremont, Colorado77.  He married MYRTLE78 Bet. 1910 - 1911 in probably Colorado79.  She was born Abt. 1895 in Colorado79.



In the 1910 census, Henry Hardee Carter is living in the household of:

        Gunn, Rial M. , head, age 34, farmer

        Mary, wife, age 27,

        Lola, daughter, age 6,

        Bessie, daughter, age 3

          Carter, Hardy, laborer, age 28, TX, US, US, farm hand

 In the 1920 census for Fremont County, Colorado:

        Carter, H.H., head, age 37, b. TX, TN, TN, farmer

        Myrtle, wife, age 25, b. CO, Eng, Eng

        May, daughter, age 8, b. CO, TX, CO

        Cornelia, daughter, age 5, CO, TX, CO

        Lily, daughter, age 3, 6/12, CO, TX, CO

        Elizabeth, daughter, age 1 3/12, CO, TX, CO


1930 census, Fremont County, Colorado:

        Easter (sic), Hardee H., age 47, TX, TX, TX, farmer

        Myrtle M., age 34, CO, Eng, Eng

        May B., age 18,

        Cornelia, age 16

        Lily, age 13

        Elizabeth M., age 11

        Isabel I., age 5

        Hardee L., age 2


note from Kathy:

        I have conflicting dates of birth on this man.  


Burial: Penrose Cemetery, Penrose, Fremont, Colorado  

Marriage Notes for HENRY CARTER and MYRTLE:

        Their date of marriage is based on Hardee being listed as single in the 1910 census,  his first child being born about 1912, and Myrtle saying in the 1930 census that she married at age 16.


Marriage: Bet. 1910 - 1911, probably Colorado79       

Children of HENRY CARTER and MYRTLE are:

                   i.    MAY B.7 CARTER80, b. Abt. 191280.

                  ii.    CORNELIA A. CARTER80, b. Abt. 191480.

                 iii.    LILY B. CARTER80, b. Abt. 191680.

                 iv.    ELIZABETH M. CARTER80, b. Abt. 191880.

                  v.    ISABEL I. CARTER80, b. Abt. 192580.

                 vi.    HARDEE L. CARTER80, b. Abt. 1927, probably Colorado81; d. 1988, Penrose, Fremont, Colorado.  


Burial: Penrose Cemetery, Penrose, Fremont, Colorado  

6.  CLAUDE CORNELIUS6 CARTER (JOHN QUINCY5, HENRY JONES4, JOHN WESLEY3, CALEB2, LEVI1)82 was born September 20, 1880 in Hamilton County, Texas83, and died November 26, 1961 in Atascadero, California84.  He married DIXIE MAY LOWDER Bef. 1918.  She was born Abt. 1898 in Oklahoma85.


note from Kathy:

        I have found conflicting dates of birth for this man. 


Marriage: Bef. 1918       


                   i.    DAUGHTER7 CARTER86, b. August 29, 191887.  

7.  MYRTLE ETHEL6 CARTER (JOHN QUINCY5, HENRY JONES4, JOHN WESLEY3, CALEB2, LEVI1)88 was born October 1886 in Hamilton,  Hamilton County, Texas89, and died February 19, 1923 in Wichita County, Texas90.  She married JACOB M. COYLE91,92 November 18, 1907 in Foard County, Texas93.  He was born Abt. 1861 in Texas94, and died Aft. 1930 in probably Texas.


Notes for MYRTLE ETHEL CARTER:      


Notes for JACOB M. COYLE:

        In his marriage record, Jacob is listed as J.M.  I found his given name in the 1910 census record for Foard County, Texas. 

        In the 1930 census for Wichita County, TX, Precinct 2, Jacob is living with his four youngest children and is listed as a widower.  At the age of 70 he is still working, as a laborer in the oil fields.  


Marriage: November 18, 1907, Foard County, Texas95       

Children of MYRTLE CARTER and JACOB COYLE are:

                   i.    MAY MARIE7 COYLE96, b. March 26, 190997.  


       May was delivered by Hines Clark, M.D.  

                  ii.    WINNIFRED COYLE98, b. Abt. 191299.

                 iii.    JAKE P. COYLE100, b. Abt. 1914.

                 iv.    MARION COYLE101, b. Abt. 1918.

                  v.    ERNEST MONROE COYLE102, b. March 01, 1920102; d. December 24, 1999, Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas102.


Wichita County Texas deaths

Coyle, Ernest Monroe          24-Dec-1999     M      

"Wichita Daily Newspaper

Dec. 27 or 28, 1999

Ernie Coyle

  Burkburnett--  Ernie Coyle, 79, of Burkburnett died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, in a Wichita Falls hospital.

  Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at  Calvary Baptist Church of Burkburnett with the Rev. Johnny Dowell, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in the Burkburnett Cemetery under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Burkburnett.

  Mr. Coyle was born March 1, 1920, in Chillicothe, Texas.  He was a retired pumper/operator for Mobil Oil Company.  He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Burkburnett and I00F.

  Survivors include a daughter, Bobbie Jo Wright of Toyah, Texas; a brother, Jake of Bowie; three grandchildren and six great grandchildren."  

The above obituary was sent to me by Terry Dishman, a Whitley/Carter researcher.  

8.  LEONA AMANDA "JOSIE"6 CARTER (JOHN QUINCY5, HENRY JONES4, JOHN WESLEY3, CALEB2, LEVI1)103,104 was born October 01, 1888 in Hamilton, Hamilton County, Texas105,106, and died January 07, 1989 in Pearsall, Frio, Texas107.  She married (1) JAMES WHITLEY108 Abt. 1907 in Texas108.  He was born Abt. 1879 in Texas109.  She married (2) WALLACE J. "PAT" PATTON Aft. 1923 in probably Texas.  He died Abt. 1972 in Pearsall, Frio, Texas.  


        Her name is listed as Amanda on the 1900 Census Records, but she was called "Josie" or "Jo" by her family.  In later years  she went by the name of Leona, perhaps after divorce from James Whitley.  Her SSDI record lists her as Leona Patton, born Leona Carter, and her parents as John Quincy Carter and Elizabeth Blansit.  She is buried in the Pearsall, Texas cemetery under the name Leona Amanda Patton, beside her second husband, Wallace J. "Pat" Patton.

        Her marriage record to James Whitley lists her as "Josie Carter."


Divorced: Abt. 1923, Texas

Marriage: Abt. 1907, Texas110  


Marriage: Aft. 1923, probably Texas       


                   i.    ALTON JAMES7 WHITLEY111, b. May 13, 1908, Texas112; d. May 13, 1951, Cascadia, Linn County, Oregon; m. MRS. EDITH HARRISON MARTIN.

                  ii.    LESLIE C. WHITLEY113, b. 1910, Texas113; d. Aft. 1930.

                 iii.    ETHEL L. WHITLEY113, b. June 20, 1911114.

                 iv.    EDNA CRYSTAL WHITLEY115, b. October 08, 1916116.9.  GRACE MARGARET6 CARTER (JOHN QUINCY5, HENRY JONES4, JOHN WESLEY3, CALEB2, LEVI1)117,118,119,120,121 was born February 1899 in Crowell, Foard County, Texas122, and died July 14, 1929 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ123,123.  She married (1) JACK DOWNEY124 Abt. 1916 in Texas.  He was born Bet. 1885 - 1899 in United States125, and died Bef. January 1920 in probably Texas.  She married (2) ROSCOE LLOYD MILLS Aft. January 1920.  He was born Abt. 1886 in probably Massachusetts, and died 1925 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.


        In the 1900 census for Foard County, Texas, Grace is listed as being born in February of 1899.  

        In the 1920 census, Grace Carter Downey is living with her parents and daughter, Evelyn Downey.  She is listed as being a widow, with her occupation as laborer in a laundry.  


Burial: Cremated at Greenwood Memorial Cemetery, Phoenix, Arizona

Cause of Death: pulmonary tuberculosis

Medical Information: duration 1 year 6 months, contracted in Arizona


Marriage: Abt. 1916, Texas  


Marriage: Aft. January 1920       


                   i.    EVELYN CHRISTINE7 DOWNEY, b. May 05, 1917, Kingsville, Kleberg County, Texas126; d. February 18, 1975, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona; m. WILLIAM SEELEY MCNEIL; b. October 12, 1912, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona; d. January 1994, Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona.


       Evelyn came to Mesa, AZ, from Texas some time before January, 1920.  In the 1920 census, she is listed as living with her mother, Grace Carter Downey, a widow, and her maternal grandparents, John I. Carter, and  Elizabeth Carter.  Her grandparents had been farm laborers, and her mother was listed as such on that census.  Her father died when she was a toddler, and nothing is known of him.

        After her mother re-married, to Roscoe Lloyd Mills, Evelyn remained living with her grandparents and other family members, until age five.  Her step-father died of tuberculosis some time before 1927.  In that same year, Evelyn's mother went into a sanatorium to treat her own case of TB  Grace Mills didn't recover from her illness, and died two years later, about 1929.  During her illness, Mrs. Mills had placed her children in an orphanage.  They stayed there for two years.

        When Evelyn was twelve, she was a foster child to Katherine Christy, a school teacher at the Adams Elementary school.  Evelyn lived with "Aunt Kate," until 1937, when she married Bill McNeil.  After graduating from Phoenix Union High school, she attended Phoenix College for a year.  During the early part of her marriage, Evelyn helped her husband in the printing business.  When Bill McNeil began his own business in the fifties, Evelyn ran the office, kept the books, and made deliveries of finished jobs.  In the mid-1960's, she went to work at Motorola, where she worked until her death.

       Evelyn and Bill were both avid bowlers, and won many trophies.


Burial: cremated, ashes strewn in South Mtn. Park, Phoenix, AZ

Cause of Death: rupture of abdominal aortic aneurism


Burial: Cremated, ashes in possession of Kathy McNeil Beaudry


Children of GRACE CARTER and ROSCOE MILLS are:

                  ii.    FRANCES DORCAS7 MILLS, b. April 15, 1922, Mesa, Arizona127; d. March 14, 1989, Phoenix, Arizona127; m. (1) FRANK MAZZA, Bef. 1942; m. (2) RICHARD HUGHES, Bet. 1945 - 1946, probably Phoenix, Arizona; m. (3) GEORGE CHARLES SHUMARD, 1953, Hawaii; b. October 12, 1912, Beverly, Burlington, New Jersey; d. February 15, 1976, City of Hope Hospital, Duart, Los Angeles, California.


Marriage: Bef. 1942


Marriage: Bet. 1945 - 1946, probably Phoenix, Arizona


Marriage: 1953, Hawaii

                  iii.    RUPERT LLOYD MILLS, b. 1924, Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona128; d. December 19, 2002, Tempe, Maricopa County, Arizona128.






1.  Census Records, 1880, 1900 & 1920

2.  Family Bible.

3.  Census Records, 1880, Hamilton County, Texas; 1900 Foard County, Texas  & 1920 Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona (near Phoenix)

4.  Census Records, 1880

5.  Obituary.

6.  Census Records, 1870, Hamilton County, TX, 1880 Hamilton County, TX, 1900, Foard County, TX, 1910 Foard County, TX; 1920 Maricopa County, Mesa, AZ

7.  The Internet.

8.  Kathy McNeil Beaudry.

9.  Census Records, 1880 Hamilton County, Texas

10.  Census Records, 1900 Hamilton County, Texas

11.  Census Records, 1900 Foard County, Texas

12.  census record.

13.  estimate only, needs to be verified.

14.  Census Records, 1900 Hamilton County, Texas

15.  census record, 1900 Foard County, TX, living with parents

16.  Terry Dishman, a Whitley researcher and ancestor, in the Texas death records for 1903-1940

17.  estimate only, needs to be verified.

18.  Census Records, 1900 Hamilton County, Texas

19.  Census Records, 1900 Foard County, Texas

20.  census record, 1900 Foard County, TX

21.  Census Records, 1900 Hamilton County, Texas

22.  Census Records, 1900 Foard County, Texas

23.  census record, 1900 Foard County, TX

24.  Census Records, 1910 Foard County, TX

25.  estimate, based on age in census record.

26.  Terry Dishman, a Whitley researcher and ancestor, transcribed by Terry Dishman, Birth and Death Book 1, Foard County, Texas,Clerk # 27.

27.  Terry Dishman, a Whitley researcher and ancestor, Birth & Death Book 1, Foard County, Texas, transcribed by Terry Dishman.

28.  Census Records, 1880 Hamilton County, Texas

29.  Death Certificate, from Woodlake, Tulare, California

30.  Death Certificate or record.

31.  Draft registration, 1918, in Seminole County, Oklahoma

32.  The Internet. California Death Records, at the following site:http://vitals,

33.  census record.

34.  Death Certificate of James A. Carter, her husband, lists her as a survivor

35.  Census Record, 1910 Greer County, OK

36.  census record.

37.  Census Record, 1910 Greer County, OK

38.  census record.

39.  Census Record, 1910 Greer County, OK

40.  census record.

41.  Census Record, 1910 Greer County, OK

42.  census record.

43.  Census Record, 1920 seminole County, OK

44.  census record.

45.  Census Records, 1880 Hamilton County, Texas

46.  census record, 1920, Tempe, Maricopa, AZ

47.  Social Security Death Index, "Electronic."

48.  census record.

49.  Social Security Death Index, "Electronic."

50.  census record.

51.  Social Security Death Index, "Electronic."

52.  census record.

53.  Social Security Death Index, "Electronic."

54.  Carolyn Carter Schiewe.

55.  Census Records, 1930 census for Perryton, Ochiltree County, TX

56.  Census Records, 1930 Perryton, Ochiltree County, TX

57.  Carolyn Carter Schiewe.

58.  Census Records, 1930 Perryton, Ochiltree County, TX

59.  census record.

60.  Social Security Death Index, "Electronic."

61.  census record.

62.  Social Security Death Index, "Electronic."

63.  Census Records, 1880 Hamilton County, Texas

64.  Death Certificate or record; volume 6, page 103, Death Records Book, Foard County, Texas

65.  Obituary.  Ellen was still alive at the time of her father's death in 1934.

66.  Terry Dishman, a Whitley researcher and ancestor, Marriage Book 1, Foard County, TX, p. 77, transcribed by Terry Dishman.

67.  Death Certificate or record, Volume 6, page 15 in the Death Records Book for Foard County, Texas, copied by Terry Dishman

68.  Death Certificate or record.

69.  Terry Dishman, a Whitley researcher and ancestor, Marriage Book 1, Foard County, TX, p. 77, transcribed by Terry Dishman.

70.  census record.

71.  Census Record, 1910 Wilbarger County, TX.  Ellen reported 2 children with one still living

72.  census record.

73.  Terry Dishman, a Whitley researcher and ancestor, Foard County Marriage Book

74.  estimate based on oldest child together, needs to be verified.

75.  Census Records, 1880 Hamilton County, Texas

76.  Census Record, 1880 Hamilton, TX

77.  Terry Dishman research, a Whitley researcher and ancestor, transcribed, Penrose Cemetery Records

78.  Census Record for 1920 Fremont County, CO lists H.H Carter with wife Myrtle

79.  Census Record, 1920 Fremont County, Colorado

80.  census record.

81.  census record, 1930, Colorado, misindexed as Hardee "Easter"

82.  census record.

83.  Birth Certificate of female child born in 1918 in Mesa, AZ to Claud C. Carter, age35

84.  Obituary, sent to me by Terry Dishman.

85.  census record.

86.  Birth Certificate or record, listed on-line for births and deaths in AZ at

87.  Birth Certificate or record,

88.  Census Records, 1900 Hamilton County, Texas

89.  census record, 1900, Foard County, Texas.

90.  Terry Dishman research, a Whitley researcher and ancestor, obtained from Wichita, Texas death records

91.  Terry Dishman, a Whitley researcher and ancestor, Marriage Book 1, Foard County, Texas, transcribed by Terry Dishman.

92.  census record, 1910, Foard County, Texas.

93.  Marriage Certificate or Record, Marriage Book 1, Foard County, Texas, page 133.

94.  census record, 1910 Foard County, Texas, Jacob is listed as being 49 years old.

95.  Marriage Certificate or Record, Marriage Book 1, Foard County, Texas, page 133.

96.  Birth Certificate or record, Book 1 Birth Records, page 49, Crowell, Foard County, Texas, copied by Terry Dishman

97.  census record, 1910 Foard County, TX, age 1

98.  estimate, based on age in census record, 1930, Wichita, TX age 18

99.  census record.

100.  estimate, based on age in census record, 1930 Wichita TX, age 16

101.  estimate, based on age in census record, 1930 Wichita, TX, age 12

102.  Social Security Death Index, "Electronic."

103.  Census Records, 1900 Foard County, Texas

104.  Cemetery Records or Cemetery Headstone; her headstone gives her name as Leona Amanda

105.  Census Record, 1900 Hamilton County, Texas

106.  Social Security Record, copy of SSA, received 5/17/2004 by Kathy Beaudry

107.  Social Security Death Index, "Electronic."

108.  Terry Dishman, a Whitley researcher and ancestor.

109.  Census Record, estimated from 1910 & 1920 TX Census Records

110.  Terry Dishman, a Whitley researcher and ancestor.

111.  census record.

112.  Terry Dishman, a Whitley researcher and ancestor.

113.  census record.

114.  Terry Dishman, a Whitley researcher and ancestor.

115.  census record.

116.  Terry Dishman, a Whitley researcher and ancestor.

117.  Census Records, 1920, Mesa AZ

118.  Census Records, 1900 Hamilton County, Texas

119.  Census Records, 1920, Mesa AZ

120.  Census Records, 1900 Foard County, Texas

121.  Death Certificate, issued July, 1929, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona

122.  Census Records.  1900 Hamilton County, Texas

123.  Research of Kathy McNeil Beaudry, as told by her mother, Evelyn Downey McNeil

124.  Social Security Record of Evelyn Downey McNeil, 1939

125.  Census Records, as reported on 1920 census by Grace Carter Downey

126.  Social Security Record, application of Evelyn Downey McNeil, 1939

127.  Broderbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 2, Ed. 5, Social Security Death Index: U.S., Date of Import: Aug 24, 1997, Internal Ref. #

128.  Kathy McNeil Beaudry.



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