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William Thomas Carter

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Ledbury, Herefordshire England
Death: June 22, 1896 (75)
St George, UT, United States
Place of Burial: Saint George, Washington County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Carter and Sarah Carter
Husband of Ellen Carter; Harriet Temperance Carter and Sophronia Ellen Lenora Hart Carter
Father of William John Benbow Carter; Samuel Utley Carter; Isabella Pixton; Willard Utley Carter; Jacob Utley Carter and 4 others
Brother of Elizabeth Thomas (Carter); James Parker Carter; Thomas Carter; Sarah Parker Carter; Mary Ann Carter and 1 other

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About William Thomas 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..."

SOURCE: http://www.ldschurchnews.com/articles/58061/Biographies-of-the-original-1847-pioneer-company.html

The book William Carter: First Plowman In Utah: 1821-896: His Ancestors & Descendants by Shanna S. Jones is available online for free in PDF form (large file) at


and includes stories, photos and lots of genealogy

  • Census: 1880 - Saint George, Washington, Utah, United States
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William Thomas Carter's Timeline

February 12, 1821
Ledbury, Herefordshire England
March 11, 1821
Ledbury, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom
June 29, 1852
Age 31
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, United States
September 22, 1854
Age 33
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
March 10, 1857
Age 36
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
August 19, 1859
Age 38
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
June 26, 1865
Age 44
St George, Washington, UT, United States