About William Carter
"...Carter, William – (7th Ten) Born Feb. 12, 1821, in Ledbury, England, to Thomas and Sarah Parker Carter. He learned glass blowing and blacksmithing as a youth. Working at a blacksmith shop, he heard the singing and preaching of Mormon missionaries, and was baptized on Dec. 27, 1840. He traveled to Nauvoo, Ill., in 1841 and assisted in the building of the Nauvoo Temple. He married Elizabeth Benbow on Dec. 5, 1843. He is credited by Wilford Woodruff with being the first to plow the land near City Creek and the first to turn water from the stream to flood the land. He served in the bishopric of the Fourteenth Ward for a time, and in 1858 sold his horse to answer a call to serve a mission in Quebec, Canada. He used the proceeds from the horse sale to buy a handcart with which he traveled the continent eastward. He served in Quebec only briefly, being recalled because of the crisis precipitated by Johnston's army. He later settled in the St. George, Utah, area and reared a large family. He died there June 22, 1896, at age 74..."
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