Excellent question, we were wondering the same thing.
We are researching the Charles Carter of Pulaski County KY, born to Capt. George and Mary Jackson Carter originally from Stafford County VA.Thing is, the whole of this family is proven in Wythe County VA by 1782.According to the Mourning Carter Bible, Charles and Elizabeth were married 1786 in Goochland County VA.
This is somewhere between ludicrous and impossible. (The bible has many, many, many other proven errors).Charles did NOT double back to Goochland for a marriage AND the marriage of Charles HAS to be in Montgomery/Wythe around 1785 - not even 1786!From lots of data in Wythe, Charles was born 1762 and not the 1760 guestimate from the bible.The birth of daughter Sarah Elizabeth is kinda' proven in 1785!
The 1782 Montgomery County VA Personal Property Tax List Bean - (illegible), James Jr., Carter - George ............ 2 Tithes, 5 Blacks, 11 Horses .......… William still at home at age 23 Evans - Jesse, John, Theophius, Thomas, William (not seen together)
Since there is yet no sign of William or Charles, and since we know William was the oldest, this implies Charles was born after 1762, and not as early as 1760.
Montgomery County Tax List B [After the Revolution, the beginnings of real census / tax lists]
24 May 1789 – George Carter – 2 males 16-21; 6 slaves; 7 horses and one stud horse [Raccon Branch] covering rate 5 bushels of corn [the two teenaged boys would be Robert and Francis] 28 July 1789 – Charles Carter – 0 males 16-21; 0 slaves; 4 horses [at Reed Creed] 2 March 1790 – William Carter – 0 males 16-21; 1 slave; 4 horses - Wm. Sr. at age 31 [at Reed Creek] [Wm. Jr. is 10 and John is 5]