Here’s Your Sign #17 ~ Lancaster County, Virginia

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 had the first church built this site. It was completed in 1670 and after his death in 170, his son Robert “King” Carter, colonial Virginia’s most powerful planter, proposed to build a brick church here at his own expense. Finished in 1735,Christ Church is the best preserved and most finely crafted of colonial Virginia’s Anglican parish churches. The elaborately carved tombs of Robert Carter and his two wives stand in the churchyard.
John Carter is my 10 times Great Grandfather (1613-1669). He came to colonial Virginia in 1635, from Edmonton, England. He married 3 times before marrying my 10 times Great Grandmother, Sarah Ludlow (1625-1668) in 1662. Their only child, Robert Carter (1663-1732). It is written about the man they called “King” the following:
“Carter was a friend and benefactor of William and Mary College, serving it as rector, trustee and member of the board of visitors. Building at his own expense Christ Church, Lancaster Co, still standing he reserved, in addition to a large pew for his immediate family, one-fourth of the building for the use of his tenants and servants. The tombstones of the “King” and his wives in the churchyard were described in 1838 by Bishop Meade as probably the largest, richest, and heaviest in the United States. His first wife was Judith (Armistead) Carter (died 1699), his second, Elizabeth (Landon) Carter (died 1710), of the family of Landon, Herefordshire, England. The children of these unions married into the first families of the colony, and, as a result of a fortunate blending of superior strains, Carter had an unusual number of distinguished descendants–two presidents of the United States, {Harrison} six governors of VA, Gen. Robert E. Lee, and many others.”

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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