Captain Luke Carter

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Captain Luke Carter, son of Luke Carter and Hannah Miller, was born at Madison, Morris Co., New Jersey, about 1771.1 He died at Madison, 10 March 1855,2,3 and was buried at Hillside Cemetery, Madison, Morris Co., New Jersey.2,4

Luke married Zilla Pierson, daughter of Abraham Pierson and Affia Crane, say 1796.2

Luke Carter's place of birth is based on his father's place of death, it being noted in the Madison Presbyterian Church records. The link to his father must be considered tentative, as he died in 11 Sep 1770, and Luke was born in early 1771, based on his given age of 84 when he died, 10 Mar 1855.

The Madison church records note that he was a contributor from 1793-6, was a Memorial Board "member" and was supervisor of the carpenters on the new church in 1824-5.

The first five children were all baptized at Madison, 23 Nov 1806. Luke was known as Captain on most, if not all, records refering to him. He was a Captain of a Company of Riflemen, Third Regiment, New Jersey Detailed Militia in the War of 1812, commissioned 1 Sep 1814 "for the war" and discharged 2 Dec 1814.

Luke was listed as a contributor to the church in 1793-96, listed on the Memorial Board, and supervisor of the carpenters in building the new church at Madison, 1824-5.

He was commissioned a Captain in the 3rd Regiment (Frelinghuysen's) Morris Co., New Jersey Militia in the War of 1812. It was noted on 15 May 1812, his "company paraded on Morris Green with 250 of the militia who were assembled for that purpose and were described as a well-disciplined, handsome body of men." He led his company of riflemen on active service, 1 Sep to 2 Dec 1814.

He apparently applied for, and received a Bounty-Land Warrant, but a filmed copy is not yet found on Fold3.2,5


Zilla Pierson b. 1774, d. 26 Dec 1817
  • (…) Carter2 d. 14 Feb 1815
  • Aletta Carter+2 b. 12 Feb 1797, d. 28 Apr 1842
  • Hannah Carter2 b. say 1799
  • Charles Carter2 b. say 1801
  • Luke Carter2 b. say 1803
  • George Christie Carter2 b. 1805, d. 24 Mar 1891
  • Harvey Clark Carter2 b. 29 Dec 1807
  • Sally Ann Carter2 b. 22 Apr 1810
This person was last edited on12 Feb 2020


  1. [S457], 1850 United States Census [on-line database and images] (, Chatham Township, Morris Co., New Jersey, population schedule, dwelling #418, family #416, George C Carter household, age 79, a farmer and born in New Jersey; original data: NARA micropublication M432, Seventh Census of the United States, 1009 rolls, roll #458.
  2. [S117] Viola E. Shaw and Barbara S. Parker, compilers, Madison, New Jersey Presbyterian Church Vital Records 1747-1900(Madison, New Jersey: The Presbyterian Church of Madison, N.J., 1982), 67, further cited as Shaw and Parker, Madison Presbyterian Church Records.
  3. [S1301] Trenton, New Jersey, Records of Births, Marriages, and Deaths of New Jersey, 1848-1900, Z:295, FHL microfilm 584575, further cited as New Jersey Vital Records.
  4. [S1546] NotYourTime, Find A Grave memorial #107660386, added 1 Apr 2013, online, accessed Jan 2020, further cited as Find A Grave.
  5. [S287] Edmund D. Halsey, History of Morris County, New Jersey: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Prominent Citizens and Pioneers(New York, New York: W.W. Munsell & Co., 1882), further cited as Halsey, History of Morris County.