Here’s Your Sign #15 ~ Corotoman

For many years I have been collecting photos of and information about the various signs that have been placed in honor of some of my ancestors. These signs are a glimpse into some event and/or place where they lived. Some of the signs are small like a placard with a few poignant words, some are large, and they go into great detail, and then there are those that are somewhere in between. Each one gives added life to those ancestors.

John Carter obtained Patents for a large Grant here before 1654. But the place is better known as the home of his son, Robert “King” Carter. In April 1814, The British raiding in the Chesapeake region, pillaged the Plantation.

John Carter is my 10th Great Grandfather. He was born on June 7, 1613, in Edmonton, Middlesex, England. He came to the British Colonies aboard the ship “Safety” in 1635, arriving in Virginia. He married Sarah Ludlow in 1662, and they had one son. John served seven terms in the House of Burgess and also on the Governor’s Council. He patented 6,160 acres of land in Lancaster County Virginia and here he established Corotoman Plantation. He then served as Justice in the county and as Vestryman at the Christ Church Parish from 1661-1669. He was the principal builder and overseer of the first Christ Church which was completed six months after his death on January 10, 1669, at the age of 55.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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