I've recently talked to Jane Carter dtr of Max. I haven't transcribed the notes yet but I did look thru them this evening. Jane said all the children were not killed in the flu epidemic and gave me their history. She was told as a child that John was a river boat captain and had brothers Charlie and Jim Bob. My John William Carter was born in Tn and went directly to Arkansas where he is in the 1910 census. He was married to Emma ?Parker in Tn prior to Emma Weaver in Ar. In about 1965, when Max died, his brother, Joe S. took his grandfathers name of John William Carter. He had a dtr Eleanor and they lived in Gainsboro, Ill. There are several others in this line in Gainsboro, Ill. Jane also said there were related Carters in Lepanto and Bay Arkansas around Poinsett Co. These areas and yours are near to one another.
In the 1890 Census Substitute of Randolph Co, The following Carters are listed: C.H.,Mrs. E.J., Elizabeth,, Frank, Henry, J.C., J.H., J.M., Jack, James W., Leny, R.J., Robt, W.P., W.T.
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and I'll get your snail mail address and mail you the Carter records hard copy or may scan and email them. Debra McAfee Rickman