William and Harriet Carter

Obituary of William Carter

William Carter was born in Wayne County, New York, December 16, 1829, and died at his home near North English, Iowa, February 12, 1904 at 10:00 o'clock a.m. aged 74 years, month and 26 days. At the age of 15 Mr. Carter's father died leaving a mother and five children of which William the deceased was the eldest. During the year in which his father's death occurred he moved with his family to Illinois. He lived here until 1853 during which year he was married to Mary E. Holden November 27, and migrated to Iowa in which state he has continued to live being one of the oldest settlers.

He was the father of seven children, one of whom died in infancy. Those living are Edgar L., Ida Ann, Charles Wm., Harvey P., John B., and David B. Carter. Mr. Carter united with the Church of Christ in 1877. He also joined the Masonic order some thirty years ago, in which order he is in good standing. He was known to be a good citizen and was highly respected. His wife and helpmate and sons and daughter are left to mourn the loss of a faithful husband and father. The funeral was conducted from Yankee Point Church by B.H. Coonradt and the Masonic Order Sunday afternoon. A large concourse of old friends and neighbors filled the church to pay their last respects to the deceased showing thereby the esteem to which he was held.

CARD OF THANKS: Mrs. Harriet Carter, sons and daughter desire to express hereby their gratitute to the many friends who assisted them during the sickness and death of their husband and father.                 

William Carter's Hinkletown Occupation

William Carter purchased an acreage of land adjoining the Hinkletown business district in February 1874. In the 1874 Iowa County Atlas - Hinkletown Business Directory, he is listed as "proprietor of brick kiln." Brickmaking was established in Hinkletown as early as 1852 by William J. Watkins. Watkins, Carter and Thomas F. Hudson were Hinkletown business owners who carried on the practice of brick-making at various times between 1852 and approixmately 1900. Bricks from the two primary Hinkletown kilns were used to construct homes, churches and business buildnings in Iowa and Keokuk Counties.

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