Dominicus Carter (1806 - 1884)

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Place of Burial: Provo Ward 2, Utah, UT, US
Birthplace: Scarborough, Cumberland, Maine, United States
Death: Died in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States
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About Dominicus Carter

Biographical Summary:

Dominicus Carter (1806-18840. Born in humble circumstances in Scarborough, Cumberland county, Maine, Dominicus Carter was the son of John and Hannah Knight Libby Carter. His father was a farmer, and Dominicus along with the rest of the family worked the farm. He had no formal schooling, but he did learn the trade of blacksmithing.

He married Lydia Smith in 1828 and a few years later they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Some records have 30 June 1832, others have 30 June 1834.) They moved to Kirtland (it appears they were in Kirtland by 1834) where he "had the privilege of hearing and listening to the teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith."

In 1838 Dominicus and Lydia Smith Carter were a part of Kirtland Camp, the large wagon train that made the exodus from Kirtland to Missouri. While traveling, they lost their two-year-old daughter Sarah Emily. Then, twenty days after arriving in Far West, Lydia died, leaving Dominicus with four children. The following month, November of 1838, he married Sophronia Babcock. Together they endured the trials of expulsion from Missouri.

In 1839 Dominicus took his first plural wife, Sylvia Ameret Meacham, and in 1844 he took another – Mary Durfee. He also was married to Sophronia Babcock's younger sister Eliza Babcock. It appears that Dominicus and Eliza were married in 1846 during the Nauvoo period, but she was back with her mother soon after as evidenced by the Winter Quarters Wards Membership Lists. Eliza crossed the plains as Eliza Babcock, and in 1855 she married John Groves.

Dominicus was living near Nauvoo when the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were killed.

The trials of those days are well known and don't need to be repeated. It is said that Dominicus intended to leave with the early emigrants for the West, but he was asked to stay in Nauvoo and build wagons. He also worked on the Nauvoo temple and was one of those who received the blessings of that temple in December of 1845. Eventually they joined the body of the saints in Winter Quarters, but Sophronia died in childbirth on the plains on 26 August 1847.

In 1851 Dominicus, his wives and his six living children finally arrived in Salt Lake City. They moved to Provo in October of that year. But Sylvia Meacham decided that she didn't like the life of the polygamist wife and divorced him. It's unclear exactly when she left, but they had to be together for the conception of their son Isaac Morley, who was born in June of 1851 and died while they were crossing the plains. They had no more children together (see her bio) and Sylvia married her 2nd husband on 3 Nov 1855, so she was divorced from Dominicus by then.

Once Dominicus was settled in Provo, he took four more wives:

Polly Miner 1851

Elizabeth Brown 1852

Caroline Maria Hubbard 1854 (divorced in 1861)

Frances Nash 1857

Among his descendants, much is made of Dominicus Carter's nine wives, but before he ever came west he had already lost two of those wives, and three others chose to leave. During most of the Provo years he lived with four wives: Mary Durfee, Polly Miner, Elizabeth Brown and Fannie Nash. At his death all four of those women were at his bedside. By the count of his grand daughter Hannah Clark Pike, he had "46 children, 17 of whom preceded him in death, 87 grandchildren and 41 great grandchildren." (The book "Carter Pioneers of Provo Utah" says he had 52 children, but there are several known mistakes in that list.)

Dominicus Carter was described as a high-spirited man and a respected citizen of Provo: He was First Counselor to President George A. Smith of the Utah Stake. He served on the Provo City Council. He was a Probate Judge for four years. He was a good singer and in the early days led the singing in Provo. He helped organize a band which furnished music for the early militia and was their leader for twenty years.

During the 1880s, when polygamists were hunted and tried, many men went into hiding – but Dominicus Carter stood his ground. As a result, he served time in the state penitentiary. He was in his seventies.

In the history that Hannah Clark Pike wrote about her grandfather, she said this: "For years he ran a blacksmith shop in Provo. I remember as a girl seeing him put the oxen in an old wood frame to shoe them. He and his older sons also ran a hostelry. I remember seeing the stages drive in, they would run out and change the horses. Sometimes the stage would hurry away and at other times they would remain and go to my father's large home and eat. He always lived in Provo, owning a great deal of property. His homes, blacksmith shop and hostelry were between 1st and 2nd North, 5th West and from 4th West to 5th West and 1st North, Provo. He died as he always lived, a true Latter-day Saint. While on his death bed he called his family around him and gave them many sacred charges for their guidance through life. He bore a strong testimony to the divine mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith and advised his posterity to abide in his faith."

Dominicus is buried at Block 4 Lot 10.

SOURCE: Find A Grave Memorial# 6489097 retrieved from http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6489097

-------------------- See book: Conquerors of the West: Stalwart Mormon Pioneers, volume 1 Name: Dominicus Carter Birth Date: 21 Jun 1806 Birth Place: Scarborough, Cumberland, Maine Parents: John and Hannah Knight Libby Carter Death Date: 02 Feb 1884 Death Place: Provo, Utah, Utah Arrival: June 1851 Spouse: Lydia Smith Marriage Date: 02 May 1829 Marriage Place: Newry, Maine 6 children Married 2nd: Sophronia Babcock , 1 child. Date: 1838 . Died: 26 Aug 1847 . In child birth on plains coming west Married 3rd: Sylvia Amaret Meacham , 2 children. Date: 28 Mar 1839 . Sylvia left him after the the death of her second child. She took her other son with her Married 4th: Mary Durfee , 13 children. Date; 2 Jan 1844 (polygamy) Married 5th: Polly Miner , 9 children. Date: 9 Oct 1851 (polygamy) Married 6th: Elizabeth Brown , 8 children. Date: 20 Jun 1852 (polygamy) Married 7th: Caroline Hubbard , 2 children. Date: 27 Oct 1854 (polygamy) Married 8th: Frances Nash , 8 children. Date: 6 Jan 1857 (polygamy) Dominicus was born in poor and humble circumstances. When he was four, his parents moved their family to Newry, Oxford, Maine . He never had the chance for an education. He only knew hard work. He learned the blacksmith trade and between that and his farm, he did fairly well. In June 1834 , Dominicus joined the Mormon Church. His first wife died early so he remarried. She later died while giving birth. He married his first polygamous wife, Sylvia . Later, after Dominicus had taken five more wives, Sylvia took her two small children and left him, saying she could not live in polygamy. In the spring of 1837 , they left Maine and moved to Kirtland, Ohio . In 1838 they moved to Far West and then to Nauvoo where they underwent the persecution that the saints were facing. Brigham asked him to help prepare for the trip by making and strengthening the wagons and other equipment. After leaving Nauvoo , they settled for a time in Council Bluffs , helping to repair the wagons and equipment of the saints who were going west, and whose equipment had taken a beating. It was 1850 before Dominicus was able to bring his family to the Valley. The following year he moved his family to Provo where he remained active in civic and church positions, serving in the Utah Stake presidency with George A. Smith . He served as Probate Judge for four years. He was asked to fill a position in the Provo City Council. He played in a Martial Band and helped furnish music for the early militia; he became their leader for 20 years. He had a fine voice and lead the singing in Provo . For many years he and his sons ran a hostelry as well as his blacksmith shop.

He owned a great deal of property in Provo . He was a kindly father and husband, a good neighbor and citizen, and a loyal and active member of the church all his life. Alfa Jean Carter

See book: Carter Pioneers of Provo, Utah (a biographical, genealogical & historical account of Carters. compiled by Arthur D. Coleman; published by J. Grant Stevenson 260 East 2100 North Provo, Utah 84601; copyright 1966 US Library of Cngress Catalog Card Number 66-28,176 -------------------- Birth: Jun. 21, 1806, Scarborough Cumberland County, Maine, USA

Death: Feb. 2, 1884, Provo, Utah County, Utah, USA

Burial: Provo City Cemetery, Provo, Utah County, Utah, USA

Born in humble circumstances in Scarborough, Cumberland county, Maine, Dominicus Carter was the son of John and Hannah Knight Libby Carter. His father was a farmer, and Dominicus along with the rest of the family worked on the farm. He had no formal schooling, but he did learn the trade of black smithing.

He married Lydia Smith in 1828 and a few years later they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Some records have 30 June 1832, others have 30 June 1834.) They moved to Kirtland (it appears they were in Kirtland by 1834) where he "had the privilege of hearing and listening to the teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith."

In 1838 Dominicus and Lydia Smith Carter were a part of Kirtland Camp, the large wagon train that made the exodus from Kirtland to Missouri. While traveling, they lost their two-year-old daughter Sarah Emily. Then, twenty days after arriving in Far West, Lydia died, leaving Dominicus with four children. The following month, November of 1838, he married Sophronia Babcock. Together they endured the trials of expulsion from Missouri.

In 1839 Dominicus took his first plural wife, Sylvia Ameret Meacham, and in 1844 he took another – Mary Durfee. He also was married to Sophronia Babcock's younger sister Eliza Babcock. It appears that Dominicus and Eliza were married in 1846 during the Nauvoo period, but she was back with her mother soon after as evidenced by the Winter Quarters Wards Membership Lists. Eliza crossed the plains as Eliza Babcock, and in 1855 she married John Groves.

Dominicus was living near Nauvoo when the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were killed.

The trials of those days are well known and don't need to be repeated. I t is said that Dominicus intended to leave with the early emigrants for the West, but he was asked to stay in Nauvoo and build wagons. He also worked on the Nauvoo temple and was one of those who received the blessings of that temple in December of 1845. Eventually they joined the body of the saints in Winter Quarters, but Sophronia died in childbirth on the plains on 26 August 1847.

In 1851 Dominicus, his wives and his six living children finally arrived in Salt Lake City. They moved to Provo in October of that year. But Sylvia Meacham decided that she didn't like the life of the polygamist wife and divorced him. It's unclear exactly when she left, but they had to be together for the conception of their son Isaac Morley, who was born in June of 1851 and died while they were crossing the plains. They had no more children together and Sylvia married her 2nd husband on 3 Nov 1855, so she was divorced from Dominicus by then.

Once Dominicus was settled in Provo, he took four more wives:

Polly Miner 1851

Elizabeth Brown 1852

Caroline Maria Hubbard 1854 (divorced in 1861)

Frances Nash 1857

Among his descendants, much is made of Dominicus Carter's nine wives, but before he ever came west he had already lost two of those wives, and three others chose to leave. During most of the Provo years he lived with four wives: Mary Durfee, Polly Miner, Elizabeth Brown and Fannie Nash. At his death all four of those women were at his bedside. By the count of his grand daughter Hannah Clark Pike, he had "46 children, 17 of whom preceded him in death, 87 grandchildren and 41 great grandchildren." The book "Carter Pioneers of Provo Utah" says he had 52 children, but there are several known mistakes in that list.

Dominicus Carter was described as a high-spirited man and a respected citizen of Provo: He was First Counselor to President George A. Smith of the Utah Stake. He served on the Provo City Council. He was a Probate Judge for four years. He was a good singer and in the early days led the singing in Provo. He helped organize a band which furnished music for the early militia and was their leader for twenty years.

During the 1880s, when polygamists were hunted and tried, many men went into hiding but Dominicus Carter stood his ground. As a result, he served time in the state penitentiary. He was in his seventies.

In the history that Hannah Clark Pike wrote about her grandfather, she said this: "For years he ran a blacksmith shop in Provo. I remember as a girl seeing him put the oxen in an old wood frame to shoe them. He and his older sons also ran a hostelry. I remember seeing the stages drive in, they would run out and change the horses. Sometimes the stage would hurry away and at other times they would remain and go to my father's large home and eat. He always lived in Provo, owning a great deal of property. His homes, blacksmith shop and hostelry were between 1st and 2nd North, 5th West and from 4th West to 5th West and 1st North, Provo.

He died as he always lived, a true Latter-day Saint. While on his death bed he called his family around him and gave them many sacred charges for their guidance through life. He bore a strong testimony to the divine mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith and advised his posterity to abide in his faith."

Donated by:Vauna Marie Kelly

Dominicus is buried at Block 4 Lot 10.


Parents:

 

John Carter 1782 - 1852

 

Hannah Knight Libby Carter 1786 - 1867


Spouses:

 

Lydia Smith Carter 1809 - 1838

 

Sophronia Babcock Carter 1822 - 1847

Sylvia Ameret Meacham Snider 1820 - 1894

 

Mary Ette Durfee Carter 1830 - 1885

 

Polly Miner Carter 1832 - 1896

 

Eliazbeth Brown Carter 1833 - 1914

 

Caroline Maria Hubbard Fenstermaker 1831 -1907

 

Frances Nash Carter Davis 1836 - 1908


Children:

 

Arlytia Lydia Carter Peck 1829 - 1854

 

Lucinda Carter Curtis 1831 - 1904

 

Barrett Carter 1833 - ____

 

Sidney Rigdon Carter 1834 - 1912

 

Sarah Emily Carter 1836 - 1838

 

Lydia Ann Carter Peck 1838 - 1853

 

Erastus Francis Carter 1843 - 1912

 

Infant Carter 1847 - 1847

 

Wilford W. Carter 1848 - 1849

Mary Jane Carter Stewart 1850 - 1938

 

Isaac Morley Carter 1851 - ____

 

George Dominicus Carter 1852 - 1922

 

Frances Clark Carter Knight 1853 - 1935

 

Enos Carter 1854 - 1938

 

Edmund Durfee Carter 1854 - 1915

 

Polly Ann Carter Whipple 1854 - 1931

 

Harriett Carter 1855 - 1856

 

Willard Richard Carter 1856 - 1941

 

James Chauncey Carter 1856 - 1921

 

Mariah Elizabeth Carter Whipple 1856 - 1907

 

Clara Melissa Carter Bate 1858 - 1948

 

Ezra Carter 1859 - 1902

 

Franklin Richard Carter 1859 - 1932

 

Heber Kimball Carter 1859 - 1926

 

Warren Carter 1860 - 1922

 

Hannah Libby Carter Jones 1861 - 1938

 

Albert Miner Carter 1861 - 1929

 

Tamma M. Carter 1862 - 1862

Phebe Carter Taylor 1862 - 1930

 

John F. Carter 1863 - 1953

 

Louisa Carter Sorenson 1864 - 1939

 

Alma Miner Carter 1865 - 1939

 

Ann Carter 1867 - 1867

 

Seth M. Carter 1867 - 1869

 

Alfred Carter 1867 - 1867

 

Charles Henry Carter 1868 - 1928

 

Ruth F. Carter 1869 - 1870

 

Joseph William Carter 1870 - 1941

 

Marion Carter 1870 - 1874

 

Ilus Carter 1871 - 1881

 

Arthur Carter 1875 - 1937


Created by: Teresa Sunday

Record added: Jun 08, 2002

Find A Grave Memorial# 6489097

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Dominicus Carter's Timeline

1806
June 21, 1806
Scarborough, Cumberland, Maine, United States
1829
May 2, 1829
Age 22
Newry, ME, USA
1831
January 14, 1831
Age 24
Newry, Oxford, Maine, United States
1834
June 30, 1834
Age 28
June 30, 1834
Age 28
1838
1838
Age 31
1839
March 28, 1839
Age 32
Adams County, Illinois, USA
1844
January 2, 1844
Age 37
1845
December 22, 1845
Age 39
December 22, 1845
Age 39