Friday, June 30, 2017

William Furlsbury Carter's Original Mission Journal Digitized

Most of us have heard about and read transcriptions of William Furlsbury Carter's missionary journal. Thanks to newly released information about early Mormon missionaries here is a small portion of his journal for when he got to Illinois and visited with the Tripps, Dooleys and his brother, Phillip Libby Carter. For a older, sick guy his handwriting is very good.

The whole journal can be viewed by going to this link:

Then click on "William F Carter Journal..." - it is all there thanks to his granddaughter, Margery Ann Kinder Wing who brought it in to the Church History Department in 1966 and allowed them to Xerox it and then took the journal back. Who has this journal now? That is a BIG question.

Monday, June 19, 2017

CARTER REUNION - DAY 2 - June 17, 2017

Day two of the reunion dawned beautiful again with the temperature that never quite hit 80.

We started out at the Carterville Park - named for John H Carter who farmed to the south of the park on the Provo Bench.  This is a beautiful park and a most fitting place to meet.  At 10 AM we held our business meeting.  Val Dunn gave our financial report.  We then brought the group up to date on the Carterville Cemetery situation back in Iowa.  The group elected to not do anything at this time with regards to attempting to purchase this property.  We will discuss this further in future communications with the group.  We did discuss the possibility of placing a headstone or memorial in the Fletcher Cemetery in Tioga, IL for John Carter.  Robert Givens said he would talk to the cemetery people and find out if this is a feasible project.  The Charter for The John and Hannah Knight Libby Carter Family Organization was amended as proposed with two minor additions.  Next we elected the officers of the organization. The slate of previous officers, since they were willing to continue, were elected to serve for the next two years (with the two new positions added.)  The list is as follows:

Robert Givens - President
Cody Carter - Vice President
Val Dunn - Treasurer
Dr. Andree Swanson - Secretary
Charles Carter - Webmaster
Glenda Wright - Genealogist
Scott Allen - Publicist
Todd Robbins - Social Media Specialist

Our last item of business was to discuss where we want to meet in 2019.  Two years ago the group that met in Omaha chose San Diego to be our next reunion site so we could recognize Richard Carter, who died on the Mormon Battalion march.  There was a real division in this group between that site and Nauvoo.  We chose to table this decision for a short while and will get back to the group as a whole to find out who would be willing to attend our next reunion at either site.

We then adjourned to the Provo City Cemetery for the highlight of our reunion - the recreation of the 1941 dedication of Hannah Knight Libby Carter's headstone.  A little history is needed here for those who might not know the whole story.

Hannah died on October 20, 1867 in Provo probably at the home of Dominicus Carter, her son, since she appears to have lived with him.  She was shortly buried on a cold winter day in an old pioneer cemetery not far from Carterville Park.  This cemetery, Grandview Cemetery, was located at the point that three pioneer land grants met.  It was started about 1860 when one of the land owners needed to bury a child.  From that others asked to bury they family there too - including our Hannah.  About 1879 these farmers were unhappy that this little cemetery had grown to over 60 burials and decided to allow no new burials and requested that the families of those who were buried there remove their departed loved ones at the family's expense.  Hannah was then moved to the Provo City Cemetery.

About 1940 or so a former Carter family organization decided the headstone on Hannah's grave needed to be replaced and this was done in 1941 with a ceremony that we created last Saturday.  We were helped by finding a letter describing the event and obtaining a copy of a movie film of the actual event.

Hannah's stone with the children's roses
So on Saturday, June 17th, 2017 (150 years after her death and 74 years after the present headstone was dedicated) we again met as a family at her grave.   (I need help here and will edit this post as i am given the names I don't have.)  Robert Givens giving an abbreviated version of the life of Hannah.  Gary Carter, the grand son of  John F Carter who sang two songs at the original dedication, sang one of the songs - An Angel from on High   Children in the group were given roses to place on the headstone just a the children had 74 years ago.  ???? the oldest descendant in attendance also was given a rose to place on the stone.  ??? closed our simple ceremony with a touching prayer.   

Some of the group at Hannah's grave

We also recognized Charles Carter who was instrumental in forming this organization and has worked tirelessly on its behalf for over a decade.  He gave a short talk about the granite bench that the organization placed here a number of years ago.  It recognizes all the pioneer children of our family buried here and across the plains and nation who lie in unmarked graves.  It is shaped as a bench so family members may come here and sit and reflect on our family's history and the sacrifice of those who came before.

Grandview Cemetery Marker
Yummy Luncheon
After this ceremony the family adjourned back to Carterville Park for a luncheon provided by the organization.  We had chicken, potato salad, regular salad, rolls, and cookies with ice cold water to drink.  Many hung around for a couple of more hours to visit with their new and old friends.  Near the end of our afternoon meal those that wanted to took a short trip over to the Grandview Cemetery site to see where Hannah was originally interred. 

Again we want to thank Layne Carter and any others that took the time to prepare and put on this excellent reunion. Recognition needs to go to Michael Lambert for his outstanding photographs which were used to illustrate this blog entry.

CARTER REUNION - DAY 1 - June 16, 2017

Well it was time for the biannual John and Hannah Knight Libby Carter Reunion again.  This year we chose to meet in Provo.  For day one we were at the LDS Church Pavillion at 350 East 2950 North, in Provo.  It was a delightful setting and the weather was wonderful - the high was right around 80 degrees.

Part of the group at the pavilion
Our goal was to share and record lost stories of our ancestors - our attempt to fill out the family tree with people that recorded life stories.  Several people brought their stories for us to copy and I for one prepared PDF versions of this blogs life stories of John and Hannah.

Boards were provided that showed all of John and Hannah's children and each of their marriages with children.  Attendees were asked to record their line back to the child of John and Hannah on the chart. This helped us know who was represented.
Dr. Andree Brown Swanson recording her line

This is an example of out charts.
This allowed us to determine who descended from whom.  It was a great attention grabber and many people spent a pleasant time talking to their cousins (many whom they had never met.)

Many attendees  brought life stories and pictures to share.  This was just an enjoyable time getting to know one another.

We were excited to announce our announce our new effort - a YouTube Channel called The John and Hannah Knight Libby Family.   It can be found at

You can subscribe and be told when we add new videos. Currently we have two -

1) Carters of Maine Conversion Story - This tells the story of Hannah's conversion with some new twists.
2) Memorial for Hannah Knight Libby - This highlights the video of the 1941 dedication of the headstone that is on Hannah's grave - which ceremony we recreated today.

Thank you to Layne Carter and his son, Skyler for their efforts on doing these two short videos.

This final image is a chart Layne created to help show all the inner-connections between the Bean family and the Carters that surely led to Dominicus and later Hannah and several more of the kids being converted.  The missionaries what came to the door of Hannah's house on July 4, 1834 were not just missionaries but Daniel Bean was actually a relative on multiple levels.

Web of relationships leading to Hannah's conversion

Saturday, June 17, 2017


Our family organization is going to begin branching out in our efforts to educate the descendants of John and Hannah Knight Libby Carter in the history of our family.  In addition to our web page -, this blog and our family group on Facebook - we are proud to announce our own channel on YouTube.

Check us out at
You can subscribe and be told when we add new videos.  Currently we have two -
1)  Carters of Maine Conversion Story - This tells the story of Hannah's conversion with some new twists.
2)  Memorial for Hannah Knight Libby - This highlights the video of the 1941 dedication of the headstone that is on Hannah's grave - which ceremony we recreated today.

There will be many more to follow.

Sunday, June 11, 2017


When we meet on June 17th in our family organization business meeting the Board would like to propose the following changes to the John and Hannah Knight Libby Carter Family charter.

The changes pertain two to areas:
1)  Article II - We want to rename this Mission Statement where we more clearly state what we are about and to add a Vision Statement paragraph describing that the board will at least bi-annually develop a working plan of what we need to do (a vision statement) and publish this to the organization as a whole.
2)  To help facilitate this we want to formally add to the charter board member list two positions: Publicist and Media Specialist.  Their titles and duties along with a couple of edits to current positions are listed in the document.

The strikeouts in the document are those items to be removed - the red type face is the material proposed to be added.

Here is the document:


The name of this organization shall be the JOHN AND HANNAH KNIGHT LIBBY CARTER FAMILY. 
The purpose of this family organization is to promote awareness of and to strengthen the family bonds between the many descendants of John CARTER and Hannah Knight LIBBY. These members may be either direct descendants or related through marriage.

It is not our intention to exclude anyone who can trace their roots back to
our progenitor, Richard CATER I, born between 1598-1611 in Devon, England and died between 1677-1679 in the Colony of New Hampshire. In fact you are most welcome to join and highly encouraged to do so.

Members are encouraged to be involved in the following specific purposes of this organization.
a.  Continue to search out our ancestry back as far as it can be done by collaborating and sharing of our information.
b. To make available known accurate information about descendants of John and Hannah Knight Libby Carter.
c.  Foster a kinships between the descendants of John and Hannah Knight Libby Carter as we seek them out and provide a way for them to interact.
d. To educate family members and others of the history and family traditions within the genealogical lines of the membership.

The mission of the John and Hannah Knight Libby Carter Family is to provide a platform for all the descendants of John and Hannah Knight Libby Carter to be able to communicate with each other, develop stronger inter-generational ties, learn more about their family, and preserve their heritage for future generations.


To more fully accomplish the mission of this organization the officers shall, after being elected, create or rework the organization’s vision statement.  This organization’s vision statement shall include details of how the board intends to strengthen family bonds between the descendants of John & Hannah Knight Libby Carter, coordinate research efforts for the ancestry and descendants of John & Hannah Knight Libby Carter, and make available accurate information concerning John & Hannah Knight Libby Carter, their ancestors, and their descendants.

Membership shall be opened to the descendants of John and Hannah Knight Libby Carter their husbands and wives.  Membership shall be accepted in written or electronic form.  Individuals applying for membership shall provide their basic information such as full name and known ancestry, current address, and a way to contact them via phone, or email.  An associate membership (without voting rights) will be extended to others who descend from our ancestor Richard Cater I but don’t come through John and Hannah.  Both membership and associate membership shall have an account with

Officers shall consist of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Webmaster, Family Genealogist and , Secretary, Publicist and Social Media Specialist.  Officers shall be nominated and voted upon by the members of this organization at the close of the biennial meeting.  Their terms shall begin at the close of the annual meeting and end upon the election of the next annual meeting. 

The property, business, and affairs of this organization shall be managed by the Board.  The officers elected shall make up the Board of Trustees with the President being the Chairman of the Board.  The officers shall meet at least yearly either in person or via phone, instant messaging, or email.  The Board shall appoint such ad hoc or standing committees as may be deemed necessary for the conduct of business and other activities of the organization.

Membership to this organization shall be free.  Financing shall be governed by the Treasurer.  All money asked for from the membership shall be through donations.  It is suggested that a ten dollar donation be made upon the request for membership and a minimum ten dollar donation be made at each biennial meeting.

Amendments to these articles or to the By-Laws shall be submitted to the active membership and will require for acceptance a majority vote of those attending the official meeting open to all the membership.  Any matters of organization business submitted to the active membership will require for passage a majority of all votes cast at the official meeting. Members not in attendance shall be able to cast their votes either by mail, or email.  Review of the Charter and By-Laws shall be done by the Board of Trustees at least every ten years.  Changes shall be voted on by the membership.


In addition to the meeting open to the membership, special meetings of the Board of Trustees may be called.  Adequate notice shall be given prior to the time the meeting is called.  All matters shall be determined by a majority vote of those attending either regular or special meetings, or if determined by email, then by a majority of those responding.

Requests for donations shall be established by the Board of Trustees. Donation monies shall be used to finance this organizations website, reunions, and other projects approved by the membership.

The duties of the Officers of the organization shall be:

(1)  The President shall preside at all meetings, shall have the authority to call special meetings, shall appoint ad hoc and standing committees as may be needed or approved by the Board, and generally supervise the activities of the organization.

(2)  The Vice President shall assist and counsel the President.  The Vice President will serve in the absence of the President.  If for any reason the latter cannot serve or if the office of President is vacated, the Vice President shall assume the President’s responsibilities with the help of the past president.

(3)  The Treasurer shall handle all finances of the organization, keeping careful records of all transactions, issuing proper receipts for all contributions, and making certain that all expenditures are duly authorized and recorded.  They will report to the Board annually with an audit of the year’s transactions. 

(4)  The Webmaster will be responsible for maintaining and updating the organization website.  The Webmaster shall also prepare notices and other communications which go to the membership, and will see that the Board of Trustees and the officers are duly notified of all meetings.

 (5)  The Family Genealogist will be responsible for gathering genealogical data on all of the descendants of John and Hannah Knight Libby Carter and sharing such data with the members of the organization through the web site. 

(6) The Secretary will be responsible for recording and documenting activities conducted by the organization. The Secretary shall help prepare notices and other communications which go to the membership, and will see that the Board of Trustees and the officers are duly notified of all meetings. The Secretary shall also keep minutes of all meetings and will be responsible for seeing that a mailing list is maintained.

(7) The Publicist will be responsible for maintaining the organization’s web page which will be part of the web site; correspond electronically or otherwise with the membership on a regular basis; promote reunions and other activities of the Association.

(8) The Social Media Specialist will be responsible for developing a social media presence in various mediums (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, etc.) that will reach out especially to our younger members and engage them in the activities of the organization. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

John and Hannah's Life Stories

It has been my pleasure to compile on this blog the lives of John and Hannah Knight Libby Carter. These stories have been compiled into PDF documents and will be available to those that attend the family reunion next month.  Please bring your laptop or a flash drive so you can secure a copy.

So where shall we go from here?  What life stories would you - the reader - like to see?  Let me know and I can plan for the future.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Carter Family Reunion Coming UP

Specifics on our upcoming reunion:

June 16th Day of History Gathering at the LDS Church Pavillion at 350 East 2950 North, Provo UT? We will be doing an activity that involves sharing and recording of "lost" family histories and making a mural. Time will be from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

"Evening of Food (BYO), Games and Stories" on June 16th at the LDS Church Pavillion at 350 East 2950 North, Provo UT. Time will be from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

The Family Meeting on June 17th at Carterville Park in Orem at 10:00 am. The address is 2400 N Carterville Road, Provo.

The re-enactment of Hannah Knight Libby Carter's Memorial service. This was done exactly 50 years ago on Memorial Day. We will do this re-enactment at the Provo City Cemetery at her marker. Time will be from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon.

A family BBQ at Carterville Park in Orem from 1:00 pm to 3:00. The main dish will be provided by the family organization.

Please let us know if you can make it.  Hope to see you there!