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Nicknames: "Ship Planter April 1635"
Place of Burial: Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Birthplace: Hinderclay, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Woburn, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts
Occupation: First minister in the town of Woburn, Massachusetts, Reverend, 1st Minister at Woburn, MA Congregational Church, Ordained 9/2/1641, 1st Pres. Minister, First Minister of Woburn, Ordained 10/22/1642
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Reverend Thomas Carter

The birthplace and the parentage of the Rev. Thomas Carter, first minister of Woburn, Mass., cannot be stated with certainty, but there is no reasonable doubt that he was a native of Suffolk County, England, and there is ground for the belief that he was the son of James Carter, yeoman, of Hinderclay, Suffolk County, who will , dated August, 1625, proved Oct. 1, 1625, is on file at Bury St. Edmunds. . . .

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Rev. Thomas Carter and wife Mary had these 8 children:

1 Samuel Carter, Rev. August 08, 1640-1693

2 Judith Carter March 15, 1642-

married Samuel Convers 2m. Giles Fifield

3 Theophilus Carter June 12, 1645-February 15, 1649

4 Mary Carter July 24, 1648-October 17, 1688

married John Wyman 2m. Nathaniel Batchelder, Jr

5 Abigail Carter January 10, 1649/50-

married John Smith

6 Deborah Carter September 15/17, 1651-December 14, 1667

7 Timothy Carter June 12, 1653-July 08, 1727

married Anna Hannah Fiske

8 Thomas Carter June 08, 1655-October 03, 1754

married Margery (Margaret) Whitmore

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Carter, a genealogy of the descendants of Samuel and Thomas, sons of Rev ... By Clarabel Angusta Lincoln Carter, Sarah Ann Fay Carter

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Rev. Thomas Carter

Male, #140, (3 July 1608 - 5 September 1684)

Rev. Thomas Carter|b. 3 Jul 1608\nd. 5 Sep 1684|p140.htm|James Carter|b. a 1578|p21086.htm|Sarah unknown|b. 581|p21087.htm|||||||||||||

    Rev. Thomas Carter was christened on 3 July 1608 in Hinderclay, Suffolk, England.1 He was the son of James Carter and Sarah unknown.1 He enrolled as a sizer at St. John's College, Cambridge University. A sizer is one who receives an allowance towards expenses by serving as a servant to other students.2 Rev. Thomas Carter graduated in January 1629/30 from in St. John's College, Cambridge University, with a Batchelor of Arts.2 He graduated in 1633 from in Cambridge University with a Master of Arts.2 He became a freeman on 9 March 1636/37 in Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.2 In 1638 in Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Thomas married Mary Parkhurst, daughter of George Parkhurst and Phebe Leete.3,1,2 Rev. Thomas Carter was ordained on 22 November 1642 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.2 He died on Tuesday, 5 September 1684 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, at age 76 years, 2 months and 2 days. His death was recorded as 5 (7) 1684.2

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Genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of the ..., Volume 1 edited by William Richard Cutter, William Frederick Adams

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New England historical and genealogical register, Volume 17 By New England Historic Genealogical Society

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----------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- Born: in England circa 1608 (as recorded in a deposition made by him on 17 December 1662).

Died: in Woburn, MA, 5 September 1684, "ae. 74" according to Pope in The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, p. 90, or by another record, 1 December 1684.

Parents: Unknown, but he had a brother named James.

Thomas Carter was educated at St. John's College, Cambridge, England, from which he obtained his degree in 1629. After his arrival in America, he settled first in Dedham, MA, where he was a proprietor 25 April 1637. He next moved to Watertown, MA, and was made "freeman" 21 May 1638. At some point in time, he bought land in Cambridge, MA, which he sold 18 August 1643.

He became the first minister of the church in Woburn, MA, being ordained there 22 November 1642, and was a much honored pastor, "doing much to shape the character of the growing town." He deeded lands to his children before his death and bequeathed his library to his eldest son, Samuel, with the rest of his estate to be divided among his three sons and his daughter, Mary, after the death of his wife. The sons Samuel, Timothy, and Thomas and their mother signed an agreement to abide by the will. Thomas' children were mentioned in the will of James Carter of Hinderclay, Suffolk, England, 8 September 1655, as "The children of my brother Thomas Carter who is now in New England."

Thomas and his wife Mary (-----) Carter had eight children, all except the first two born probably in Woburn, MA:

Samuel, b. probably in Watertown, MA, 8 Aug. 1640.

Judith, b. probably in watertown, MA, 15 March 1642; d. in 1676; m. (1) 14 Oct. 1660, Samuel Convers; m. (2) 2 May 1672, Giles Fifield.

Theophilus, b. 12 June 1645; died young.

Mary, b. 24 July 1648; m. (1) John Wyman; m. (2) Nathaniel Batchelder.

Abigail, b. 10 Aug. 1649; m. 7 May 1674, John Smith.

Deborah, b. 17 Sept. 1651; d. age 16.

Timothy, b. 12 June 1653.

Thomas, Jr., b. 8 June 1655.

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Notes for Thomas Carter, Rev.: Pioneers in Massachusetts, p.90 CARTER, cont. ored pastor, doing much to shape the character of the growing town. Wife Mary; Ch. Samuel b. 8 (6) 1640, Judith b. 15 (1) 1642, Theophilus b. 12 (4) 1645, d. 19 (12) 1649, Mary b. 13 (3) 1648, [Mdx. Files.] Thomas, Timothy. He deeded lands to his children before his death; referred to this in nunc. will, prob. Sept. 4, 1684. Beq. library to his eldest son Samuel; rest to be divided between his three sons and his dau. Mary after the death of his wife.

Was matriculated a sizar of St. John's College, Cambridge University, April 1, 1626.

January, 1629/30: Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. John's College, Cambridge, England

1633: Master of Arts Degree from St. John's College, Cambridge, England

In Williston's book: "I, Thomas Carter, of Suffolk, am admitted as a student of this College on the Spalding scholarship." (Founded by William Spalding, yeoman, of Tainswarth, in Suffolk, who gave 60 pounds, and stipulated that the scholar must be chosen from Bury St Edmunds Grammar School, which was founded by Edward VI in 1550.) Handwriting samples from St. John's records and from known work of Thomas Carter later in MA suggest the same hand wrote all.

1635: Emigrated on ship "The Safety", Thomas Carter 25. Source 1: "The Complete Book of Emigrants" Also found in Williston's "Carter" in Woburn library. Both sources dispute "The Planter" emigre as being Rev. Thomas Carter (there were several Thomas Carters in the MA area at this time.) However, Virkus has him emigrating on "Planter" to Dedham, MA in 1635 as does "Historical Record of Town of Meriden, CT - 1906, Vol II, p 430, and Burke's, p2605., all of which state that he sailed incognito, posing as a servant until he reached New England and could be declared as a freeman.

Was related to John Carter, 22, who emigrated on same ship. John went to VA and is believed to have been the founder of the Carter family of VA. Early descendants of Thomas used the same coat of arms as did the VA Carters. John was a strong supporter of the Church of England while Thomas was a Puritan. Source: Burke, Sir John Bernard, "American Families with British Ancestry", p 2605.

Torrey's: A Thomas Carter married a Mary Parkhurst before 1640 in Woburn/Charleston area listed as 1610-1684 in Torrey's. Also Torrey has Timothy Dalton marrying Ruth Parkhurst, so Ruth may have been sister to Mary, Also there is a Mary Dalton, born 1582, Ipswich, father George Dalton - mother Phebe - but no other information. There is still another Mary Parkhurst Dalton b 1588 with spouseless relationship and one daughter with surname Carter (Hannah Carter).

Williston's: "Mr. Carter is admitted a freeman of Dedham, MA, March 9, 1636/7 (April 25, 1637 O. S.), being "presented" by Philemon Dalton (Dedham Records).

September 27, 1642: Woburn, MA is incorporated: "Charlestowne Village is called Woburn."

November 22, 1642: Ordained first minister, Woburn MA Church

(See scrapbook: Albert Thompson's painting of Carter's ordination.) Ordination of Rev. Thomas Carter, Woburn, MA, November 22, O. S., 1642

Presented to the Woburn Public Library by the late Leonard Thompson, Esq., in 1895

The characters represented in the painting are as follows: Beginning at the left (standing); John Cotton, Minister First Church of Boston; Richard Mather ,Minister First Church of Dorchester; John Elliott, Apostle to the Indians, First Church of Roxbury; Captain Edward Johnson, one of the Founders of both Church and Town; Thomas Carter; One of the Lay Members of the Church; John Wilson, Minister, First Church of Charlestown; Visiting Minister. Seated on the bench with his hat beside him is Increase Nowell, Magistrate from Charlestown. The others are members of the Church.

-------------------- Rev. Thomas-1 Carter, b abt 1610 probably at Hertfordshire, near St. Albans England, having received his degrees at St. John's College in 1629 and 1633; resided in Dedham and Watertown MA, and was ordained minister of Woburn, Nov 22, 1642, and died there 5 Sep 1684, aged 84. His wife's name was Mary, and she was probably Mary Parkhurst, the daughter of George Parkhurst Sr. of Watertown and Boston MA and his first wife Phebe. If so she was baptized in Ipswich MA 28 August 1614. Rev. Carter's wife Mary died at Woburn MA28 March 1687. [See a possible ancestry of Rev. Carter] Children of Rev. Thomas & Mary (?) Carter: 1. +Samuel Carter, b. 8 Aug 1640 at Watertown MA 2. Judith Carter, m. 14 Oct 1660 Samuel Convers 3. Theophilus Carter, b. 12 June 1645 and d. 15 Feb 1649/50 4. Mary Carter, b. 24 July 1648; m1) 1671 John Wyman J.; m2) 31 Oct 1676 Nathaniel Bacheldor; she d. 1688 5. Abigail Carter, b. 10 Aug 1649; m. 7 May 1674 John Smith 6. Deborah Carter, b. 17 Sep 1651 and d. 14 Dec 1667 7. Timothy Carter, b. 12 June 1653 at Woburn MA; m 3 May 1680 Anna Fiske; resided Woburn and d. 8 July 1827 8. Thomas Carter, b. 8 June 1668 at Woburn MA; m. 1682 Margaret Whitmore and res. in Woburn MA

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  1. ID: I15690
  2. Name: REV THOMAS CARTER 1 2 3
  3. Sex: M
  4. Birth: 1610 in ST.ALBANS, HERTFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND 1 2 3
  5. Death: 5 SEP 1684 1 2 3
  6. Education: 1629 DEGREE IN BATCHELOR OF ARTS AT ST.JOHN'S COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE 1 2
  7. Education: 1633 MASTER OF ARTS 1 2
  8. Emigration: 1635 ABOARD "PLANTER"TO BOSTON 1 2 3
  9. Note:
   [1688587.ged]
   hE OWNED LAND NEAR THE MEETING HOUSE AT WATERTOWN,MASSACHUETTS. HE
   WASADMITTE D AN INHABITANT OF DEDHAM SOON AFTER ITS INCORPORATION IN
   SEPTEMBER 1636 AND IN DEDHAM CHURCH RECORDS IS MENTIONED AS ONE OF THE
   ELDERS OF WATERTOWN. HE B ECAME A FREEMAN OF THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY COLONY
   9 MARCH 1636/7,BEING PRESENTE D BY PHILAMON DALTON.WHEN FIRST INVITED TO
   PREACH AT WOBURN,NOVEMBER 3 1641,I T IS MENTIONED AS A REASON FOR HIS NOT
   HAVING BEEN APPLIED TO SOONER, THAT IT HAD BEEN DOUBTED WHETHER WATERTOWN
   WOULD BE WILLING TO PAR WITH HIM. HE PREA CHED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN
   WOBURN 4 DECEMBER 1641 AND WAS ORDAINED THERE 22 N OVEMBER 1641. THE
   CEREMONY IS DESCRIBED IN WINTHROP'S JOURNAL AND ALSO IN A N OTED PASSAGE
   IN THE WONDER-WORKING PROVIDENCE OF SION'S SAVIOUR IN NEW ENGLAN D BY
   CAPTAIN EDWARD JOHNSON, ONE OF THE CHIEF PARTICIAPNTS. WINTHROP FAINTLY
   DISAPPROVES OF THE CEREMONY SINCE THE ORDINATION WAS PERFORMED "BUT NOT
   SO WELL OR ORDERLY AS IT OUGHT"BY ONE OF THEIR OWN MEMBERS OF THE
   CONGREGATION. NO OUTSIDE ELDERS WERE CALLED IN,"SUPPOSING IT MIGHT BE AN
   OCCASION OF INTRO DUCING A DEPENDENCY OF CHURCHES." FOR OVER 40 YEARS THE
   REV.THOMAS WAS MINIST ER IN WOBURN,"A PLAIN BUT VERY FAITHFUL AND
   SUCCESSFUL MINISTER, A PASTOR OF DISTINGUISHED HUMILITY AND MEEKNESS, AND
   IN GENTLENESS TOWARDS HIS FLOCK, AS RATHER EXCEEDING THAN OTHERWISE." THE
   GRIM GIBE THAT "A PURITAN IS ONE WHO LO VES GOD WITH ALL HIS SOUL AND
   HATES HIS NEIGHBOUR WITH ALL HIS HEART" DID NOT SEEM TO BE TRUE IN HIS
   CASE.[2378576.ftw]
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Rev. Thomas Carter, of Woburn's Timeline

1608
July 3, 1608
Hinderclay, Suffolk, England
July 3, 1608
Hinderclay, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
July 3, 1608
Hinderaley,Suffolk,England
1640
August 8, 1640
Age 32
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1640
Age 31
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
1642
March 15, 1642
Age 33
Watertown, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)
1645
June 12, 1645
Age 36
Woburn, Middlesex, MA
1648
July 24, 1648
Age 40
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
1649
January 10, 1649
Age 40
Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts
1651
September 17, 1651
Age 43
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts