Biography of Brazilla Carter of Darien, NY

Brazilla Carter, born in Connecticut, married there, and in 1812 came to the Holland Purchase and settled in the woods in the town of Darien, then included in Pembroke, on the place where his grandson, Riley Carter, now lives. He built his log cabin in the field, near a spring, about 80 rods north of the highway. He came from Connecticut with an oxsled and cart, loading the cart when he found sleighing, and vice versa when the ground was bare. He was six weeks on the road. Five of his children were born in Connecticut and two in Darien. He died on the farm where he first settled, at about the age of 86 years. His son William born in Connecticut in 1804, came with his parents to Darien. When 21 years of age he took charge of the farm, cleared it up, paid for his first 100 acres, and later added another 100 of cleared land. He was a stalwart man, six feet in. height, and weighed over 200 pounds; honest and industrious. Mr. Carter was a clear-headed man of good judgment, and accumulated a good fortune. He died in April, 1880, aged 76 years, highly respected by a multitude of friends. He married Harriet Hannan, who bore him six children. She died and he married Hannah Finch, of Wyoming County, who bore him one child. His son Riley, before mentioned, bought the original 100 acres at the death of his father, and is now an enterprising and successful farmer on the old homestead. He married Frances Crossman, and they have a son and a daughter. Mr. Carter is a decided Democrat and is doing his party good service. He is now assessor.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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