THOMAS¹ CARTER, probably born in England, about 1585, died in Woburn, about 1652. He married probably in England, about 1606, MARY_____ , who died in Woburn, 6 Mar. 1664-65. In her death record, it is noted that she was "mother of all the Carters in Town."
There are three Thomas Carters connected with the very early history of Woburn, and, as might be expected, they have been confused by various compilers, viz: this Thomas Carter, his son Thomas² Carter, and the Rev. Thomas Carter. Thomas Carter Jr., was born about 1607; the Rev. Thomas Carter was baptised 3 July 1608, Hinderclay, Suffolk, came to New England in 1637, was first a miniister of Dedham and Watertown and settled in Woburn in 1642, ten years before the death of Thomas Carter Sr. The minister died in 1684, and Thomas Jr., passed away in 1694. Thomas Carter Sr., was a blacksmith. He was admitted to the Church in Charlestown, 9 Jan. 1636, and his wife, Mary, became a member of the same church, 4 Nov. 1643. He was made a Freeman, 7 Mar. 1636-37,* and in 1688, owned nine lots of land. In 1647, he deeded one-half of one hundred and thirty-five acres to his son-in-law, William Green, in Wobunn and the other half to his son, John Carter. He deeded more land to his son, John, in 1649-50. First called Charlestown Village, in 1642 the town of Wobunn was formed. Evidently some of the Carters lived in Charlestown and some in Wobunn.
Thomas Carter left a long and careful will:
"The last will and Testament of Thomas Cartar of Charlestown made the fifth day of the third month A thousand six hundred and fifty tw I Thomas Cartar weak in body but whole in my understanding and memory do make here my last will and testament in meaner and forme following imprimis I comitt. . . my soule unto God ... I comitt my Body to be decently buried And for my outward estate I due dispose of it to be disposed of as followeth. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary Carter my now dwelling house with the garden ground the Barne, and the five acres of Land which lies in the feild behind and above my house, with all my househould stuffe: alsoe two Cowes and three Cows Commons and a quarter alsoe halfe the Evry of all my ground and she to have all this as long as she lives: she each
*At that time, in order to be a Freeman, a man had to have a certain amount of property, be a member of the Church, and 21 or over.
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year fyndung and allowing halfe the ear corn for all the ground. I give aM bequeath unto my eldest son Thomas Carter after my wives decease my now dwelling hous garden and barne with the five Akers I bought of my son Samuell, and the three cows comons and a quarter And a ‘Cow hay Lott lying w%ut the Noll (by Ralph Mousalls Land) wch was given me in the divident, Also the Dwelling hous that Thomas Cartar my son now dwells in: Only out of this house I will and bequeath to my son Samuel1 Cartar to bee payd him by my son Thomas Cartar ten pounds Also I give and bequeath unto my two sons Samuell and Joseph the twoo Akers of ground that lies on mistick Syde.. . to be equally divided amongst them, and to be theirs wthin a month after my decease. I also give unto my son Samuell Cartar after my wives decease one of my hay Lotts without the Neck, wch I bought of goodman Potter. I also give and bequeath after my wives decease unto my son Joseph Cartar three Akers of Land lying at moltons poynt bought of Mikell Bastoe Also a hay Lott bought of mr Lyn without the necke, alsoe one cows Coman. I bequeath and give after my wives decease unto my son John Cartar A Cow and three heifers. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Brinsmead, and to my daughter Hanna Gre--[Greenl four akers of land lying nere in Bunkers within the Neck and my will is that to this foure Akers there shall be added as much out of my houshould goods as shall make them up to be worth twenty pounds but this to be theirs after my wives decease. I alsoe give and bequeath after my wives decease, unto my beloved grandchildren Caleb Cartar, Joseph Cartar, John Green, and John Brinsmead, A hous and the Ground belonging to it wch is about an Aker, wch Land and the ould hous I bought of goodman Robinson, and a new lions to be sett upon the garden platt where the odd house stands which I give amongst the four children aforenamed to be theirs forever.
witnesees the marke of William Dad Thomas Cartar.
John Green John Fuller.
Alsoe for the scotchman my will is that he shal be sould to mr Russell upon resonable agreement and upon his good demeanor I do give him three quarters of a year of his time he is to serve. And I ordain my eldest son to be my executor of this my Last will and Testament A true record
Attest W.E. Rogers Register." (Middlesex Probate, 28: 20.)
[The original will is still extant but it is partly illegible, so the copy was also used.]
His inventory was made 25 June 1652, when he is still called Thomas Carter of Charlestown. In it appears the "servant Mathew the Scotchman, "* sword, muskett, bandoliers, a green rug, etc. No date of proving the will is given. (Middlesex Probate, 404.2.)
After Thomas Carter's death there was some difficulty over the lands he left. Apparently his youngest son, John, built himself a new house and it fell partly on the land Thomas had given his daugh
* Scotch prisoners were sold in the colonies as servants.
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ter Hannah ‘and the "children" ___probably the grandchildren. The case came into court and from the following testimony is found proof 22 of various statements given by others without references.
20 Mar. 1647, Thomas Carter sent of Charlestown Assigns to his son in law William Green "Halfe of his land in Woburn," the writing was committed to Edward Johnson until John Green should come of age. 15 June 1658, testimony of Thomas Brown aged about 30 years that "when I was husband to the widow of William Green, John Carter set a house on the childrens land," and on the same date, Anna Gardner deposed, aged about 32, that the wife of Thomas Brown the night before she departed this life "todd me that the greatest part of her brother Carter's new house stood on her land," William Johnson, aged about 29, also deposed. Ensign John Carter was summoned to Court, June 1658, to give testimony shout his land. (Wyman's Notes on Middlesex Co. Ct. Files.)