MS Am 2322
Carter family. Carter family papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: MS Am 2322
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Carter family.
Title: Carter family papers,
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes (.75 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence and family papers concerning the Carter family, an African-American
family who were slaves on the Warner plantation in Virginia, survived the Civil War,
and went on to live in the Richmond, Virginia area after the war.
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Carter Family Papers (MS Am 2322). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
The Carter family was an African-American slave family from Virginia that survived the Civil War and went on to build a life in and around Richmond. Polly Carter (d.1872) originally lived on "Master Warner 's" plantation in Gloucester County, Virginia, with her husband and two children, Albert and Alexander. Another son, Hamilton Carter, resided in nearby Richmond and was either a bondsman or a free man. During the Civil
War, Hamilton was employed as dining room servant to Henry C. Beuce, the proprietor of Irving Mills. In October of 1866, Hamilton was hired by Dr. George Ross, a prominent Richmond physician. Family correspondence and public records indicate
that Polly Carter also had a fourth son, Robert Henry Carter.
In 1871 Hamilton married an African-American woman, Martha Glenn, who was originally also from Richmond. They had 6 children: Cassie, Alize, Pierce, Hamilton, Jr., Mattie, and one child who died in 1881. The family lived for many years in a home they owned
on the corner of 9th and Abigail Streets in the Madison Ward section of Richmond.
See internal file for additional information regarding the family.
Organized into the following series:
- I. Correspondence
- II. Other family papers
- ___A. Memorabilia
- ___B. Financial records
Includes autograph correspondence (and typescript transcripts) of the Carter family,
but the majority of letters are to Hamilton Carter. Letters mostly concern news of
family and friends and events of the day. Also includes: Hamilton Carter's household
bills and receipts and tax receipts, as well as invitations, a tintype portrait, notes
on funeral plans, menu, and other miscellany.
- Series: II. Other family papers
- A. Memorabilia
- (24). Carter, Cassie. Notes concerning a funeral : AMs, 1923 Jan. 2. 1 folders
Name of deceased not specified. Two notes, both labeled: My Requests. One note mentions
wanting a "very plain case (casket)" from undertaker W.A. (Catty) Price and the other note lists the names of pallbearers.
- (25). Carter, Hamilton and Martha Glenn [Carter] . Wedding invitation for Hamilton Carter and Martha Glenn, 1871 Jan. 26. 1 folders
- (26). First Baptist Church (Richmond, Va.). Invitation : print, 1869 June 3. 1 folders
Includes time: "2 o'clock" and names: T. H. Dangerfield and Mary A. Patterson.
- (28). Recommendations for Hamilton Carter : AMssS, 1866-1869. 1 folders
Includes the following recommendations:
- Henry C. Beuce,Irving Mills , 1866.
- George Ross, M.D.,Richmond , 1867. Mentions Carter has been living with him for the past twelve months. Recommends
him as a house and dining room servant.
- George Ross, M.D.,Richmond, 1869. Mentions Carter has been his dining room servant for the past two and a half
- (29). Richmond Public Schools (Va.).Certificate of merit awarded to Mattie Carter a pupil in the Navy Hill School, No.
22, for correct deportment and diligent attention to studies for four successive weeks
-- Session 1882-1883 : DS (by B. McDaniel, teacher), 1882 Nov. 24. 1 folders
Mattie Carter was one of Hamilton Carter's daughters.
- (30). Secret Sons of Love (Richmond, Va.). Financial account card (dues) for Hamilton Carter : DS (by Hamilton Carter), 1877-1878. 1 folders
- (31). Warm Springs Resort (Bath County, Va.). Dinner menu : print with Ms annotations, 1871. 1 folders
Proprietor: Jon L. Eubanks.
- B. Financial records
- (32). Benjamin Cottrell. Receipt to Hamilton Carter for coal : D with Ms annotations, 1879 Sept. 11. 1 folders
- (33). Dandridge, Wilson. Receipt to Charles F. Pemberton for blacksmith work : AMsS, 1872 Jan. 1. 1 folders
- (34). Henry Cooke (Richmond, Va.). Receipt to Hamilton Carter : DS with Ms annotations, 1881 Aug. 29. 1 folders
Receipt for coffin, case, two hacks, and grave for the burial of his child.
- (35). Pemberton, Charles F. Receipt to Isa W. Alley : AMsS, 1872 Jan. 1 folders
"For value received."
- (36). Priddy & Taylor (Richmond, Va.). Receipt for grocieries for Mr. Hamilton Carter : D with MS annotations, 1884 Dec. 13. 1 folders
- (37). Richmond (Va.). Receipt to Hamilton Carter : AMsS, 1876 Jan. 18. 1 folders
Fee for examining title? to lot on Abigail Street.
- (38). Richmond (Va.). Chancery Court. Receipt to Hamilton Carter : DS (by Benjamin H. Berry), 1877 Feb. 19. 1 folders
Fee for recording deed from F. Tupper to H. Carter.
- (39). Richmond (Va.). Office of the Assessor of Real Estate. Receipts to Hamilton Carter and Martha Glenn Carter for personal property and real estate taxes : DsS with Ms annotations, 1888-1898.
5 tax receipts.
- (40). Ross, George, Dr. Statements of account to Hamilton Carter : Ds with Ms annotations, 1877-1878. 1 folders
2 bills for doctor services.
- (41). Shields & Cary? Receipt to C.H. Pendleton : AMs, 1872 Nov. 1 folders
For a plow?
- (42). St. Luke Herald. Receipt to Cassie Carter for obituary : DS with Ms annotations, 1923 Feb. 1. 1 folders
- (43). Virginia. Receipt for state taxes in the City of Richmond to Hamilton Carter : Ds with Ms annotations, 1878 and 1888. 1 folders
- (44). Virginia Home Insurance Company. Notices concerning expiration of Hamilton Carter's home insurance policies : Ds with MS annotations, 1878-1881. 1 folders
Includes 2 notices, 1878 and 1881 both for the dwelling on the corner of 9th and Abigail
Streets, Richmond, Va.
- (45). William Daffron, Furniture Dealer (Richmond, Va.). Receipt to Martha Carter for furniture : DS with Ms annotations, 1886 Sept. 11. 1 folders
- (46). Winfree & Brothers (Richmond, Va.). Receipt to Hamilton Carter : AMsS, 1872 Feb. 1. 1 folders
Receipt for coffin and arrangements for the burial of his mother.