Biography of Orange Carter of Darien, NY

Orange Carter, born December 23, 1774, in Connecticut, married Betsey Rumsey. of Vermont and settled on a farm in St. Albans. In 1806 he came to Darian (then Batavia), being the first settler in the north part of the town, near the Baptist Church. Harriet, his daughter, was ths first child born in 1806. Mr. Carter had previously spent several years assisting the surveyors on the Purchase. He received the deed of his farm in 1805, and in February, 1806, came with his family, occupying, until June, when his own cabin was completed, the log school-house at Stafford. His nearest neighbor in Alexander was three and one-half miles and the grist-mill six miles distant. Being robust, hearty. and courageous, pioneer life suited him. The next year his brother David came, and after that the settlement was increased by the arrival of Williams, Ackley, Clark, McCollister, Doane, Lathrop, and other families. Mr. Carter was a volunteer in the War of 1812. In 1838 he sold his farm, and in 1840 went to Wisconsin with his sons Ackley, Orange, and William, living with the latter until his death in 1855, aged 81 years. Mrs. Carter was born in 1777, and died in 1847. They were the parents of 10 children, all of whom married. Daniel Carter, a son living in Corfu, is the only one remaining in the county. He was born in St. Albans, Vt., October 4, 1802, and married, first, Maria Matteson, by whom he had two children, both deceased. He married, second, Mrs. Martha Williams. Mr. Carter was always interested in the welfare of his town. He held the office of supervisor, and others. A gentleman of the old school, he is a man of sterling integrity and respected by all his acquaintances. He has always been a farmer, a great reader, well up on all the current topics, and a Democrat since 1840. He has resided in Corfu for 25 years, and has been street commissioner all the time but three years. In the exercise of his office he has given great satisfaction, giving the citizens an excellent roadway by using gravel from an acre of ground to the depth of eight feet. At the advanced age of 87 years he cultivates his own garden. He has been trustee of the Presbyterian Church for many years, and is a liberal contributor to its needs.

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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