Captain Luke Carter

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Captain Luke Carter, son of Barnabas Carter, was born at Elizabethtown, Essex Co., New Jersey, in 1706.1 He died at Madison, Morris Co., New Jersey, 3 October 1759, in his 53rd year,1,2 and was buried at Hillside Cemetery, Madison, Morris Co., New Jersey.2

Luke married Martha (…), whose parents are not known (or are untraced), about 1735.1,2

Luke Carter probably went with his father in their move to Morris Co. sometime between 1730 and 1735. He was there when he married Martha, whose family name is not known. A deed of 15 Mar 1751 mentions lands of "Benjamin and Luke Carter," indicating that both were neighbors.

Luke took a prominent part in building the South Hanover church. At that time the church members were few, and nearly all of them in very limited circumstances, being able to do little toward the maintenance of the church. For nearly two years they worshipped in private houses or in barns, and in pleasant weather in the open air. In 1749 they began to build a church, but were not able to finish it, and became so utterly disheartened that the work for a time wholly ceased. Then Luke Carter in a stirring speech, declared that if the congregation would not complete the work he would do it himself. A rally was held, the building was enclosed, furnished with a plain pulpit, and very rudely seated with boards and slabs.

The New Jersey Historical Society at Newark owns the 16 Oct 1742 commission of "Luke Carter, Gentleman," as Lieutenant of a company of infantry for the town of Hanover.

The Madison Presbyterian Church records note that he was a Trustee and yeoman on deeds of 1748, 49, & 59.

He left a will dated 20 Sep 1759, noting that he was "very sick and weak in body." It mentions his wife Martha, daughters "Bete," Martha, Phebe; sons Luke, George, Thomas.3,2


Martha (…) b. abt. 1708, d. 1770
  • Elizabeth "bete" Carter1 b. say 1730, d. 16 Apr 1777
  • Luke Carter+1 b. 1736, d. 11 Sep 1770
  • Martha Carter1 b. say 1740
  • Phebe Carter1 b. 1744
  • George Carter1 b. 1747, d. 3 Sep 1821
  • Thomas Carter1 b. 1750, d. 22 Jan 1829
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  1. [S14] C. H. Cory, Lineal Ancestors of Captain James Cory and of His Descendants: Genealogical Historical and Biographical, Vol I Pt 2 ([New Jersey]: s.p., 1937), 332-356, further cited as Cory, Ancestors of Captain James Cory.
  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. [S14] Cory, Ancestors of Captain James Cory, 354-356.