Councillor Robert Carter

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Robert Churchill Carter, III, of Nomini

Also Known As: "Councillor Robert Carter", "Robert Carter de Nomini"
Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Corotoman, Lancaster, Virginia, Colonial America
Death: March 11, 1804 (76)
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Place of Burial: Hague, Westmoreland, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Carter, II and Priscilla Carter
Husband of Frances Ann Carter
Father of Benjamin Carter; Frances Jones; Robert Bladen Carter, IV; Priscilla Mitchell; Rebecca Carter and 12 others
Brother of Elizabeth Carter and Landon Carter
Half brother of William "Baptist Billy" Burke; George Burke and Polly Burke

Occupation: of Nomini Hall Plantation, Planter
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About Councillor Robert Carter

Robert "Councillor" Carter III was an American plantation owner, founding father, and onetime British government official. After the death of his wife, Frances Ann Tasker Carter, in 1787, Carter embraced the Swedenborgian faith and freed almost 500 slaves from his Nomini Hall plantation and large home in Westmoreland County, Virginia. By a "Deed of Gift" filed with the county courts in 1791, he began the process of manumitting slaves in his lifetime. His manumission is the largest known release of slaves in North American history prior to the American Civil War and the largest number ever manumitted by an individual in the US.


  • Carter almost always wrote Nomony Hall, although it is usually spelled Nomini or Nominy.
  • Of their thirteen daughters and four sons, eight daughters and all four sons reached adulthood.


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Councillor Robert Carter's Timeline

February 9, 1728
Lancaster, Virginia, Colonial America
November 9, 1756
Age 28
Westmoreland, Virginia, Colonial America
November 9, 1757
Age 29
Williamsburg, Virginia, Colonial America
March 18, 1759
Age 31
Westmoreland, Virginia, Colonial America
June 15, 1760
Age 32
Westmoreland, Virginia, Colonial America
January 17, 1762
Age 33
Williamsburg, Virginia, Colonial America
Age 33
Williamsburg, Virginia, Colonial America
October 25, 1765
Age 37
Westmoreland, Virginia, Colonial America
Age 38
Westmoreland, Virginia, Colonial America