I am looking to identify the Carter family that seems to have both direct and indirect connections with the Mays/Mayes/Mayess, Vaughan, and Wilkes families in Amelia, Nottoway, Dinwiddie, Brunswick, and Mecklenburg counties in Virginia.
1. On a document found in Amelia County from 1801, a John Carter (born 1775) is hired to “affix a bridge at Mayess.”I have thought that this may mean the property of Gardner Mays and Phoebe Vaughan, but I am not 100% about this.
2. On the will of John Mays, dated November 27, 1800 in Mecklenburg, he mentions his daughter, Mary Carter. I have come across some internet posts that claim she is the wife of Charles T. Carter, born in 1762 in Dinwiddie County, the son of John Carter and Amy Tomlinson (however, I have seen counter claims for Charles T. Carter). Amy Tomlinson’s sister married a Richard Carter. Richard and John Carter are thought to be the sons of Joseph Carter of Prince George County, Virginia.
There is strong circumstantial evidence that John Carter of Amelia (born 1775), mentioned above, is related to James Vaughan of Amelia (the brother of Phoebe Vaughan, mentioned above, died 1803) and his wife Lucy Jeter (but I will not confuse the facts by going into how, right now). There are clear connections between the Mays, Gunn, and Vaughan families:
1. In the will of James Gunn, dated April 3, 1807 in Nottoway, he mentions “Mayes’s old place” as the land on which his deceased son Elisha used to live. I do not know if this is supposed to be the same land as mentioned above in the 1801 document in Amelia. Nottoway was spun out of Amelia in 1788, so it would seem like it should not be. James’ daughter, Edith, married Willis Vaughan, the brother of Phoebe Vaughan (wife of Gardner Mays) and James Vaughan, mentioned above in Amelia.
Phoebe Carter, who married Presley Jeter (brother of Lucy Jeter, mentioned above) is shown in the Jeter Mosaic as born in 1751 and as the granddaughter of Minor Wilkes and Phoebe Stone. This second part is not possible, given Phoebe’s birth year, which seems more plausible, given her marriage to Presley Jeter in 1783 in Amelia. Phoebe Stone was born in 1745 and married Minor Wilkes c.1759. There does seem to be a clear connection between the Wilkes and Vaughan families, through their association with the Gunn family. As a result, this may be how it was construed that Phoebe Carter was associated with the Wilkes family.
1. Two of Edith Gunn Vaughan’s sisters married members of the Wilkes family: Elizabeth Gunn married Burwell Bassett Wilkes and Sally Gunn married Thomas Burwell Wilkes. Both Thomas and Burwell Wilkes were the sons of Joseph Wilkes (the brother of Minor Wilkes, who married Phoebe Stone), whose will was dated 1784 in Brunswick County, VA. Edith Gunn’s brother-in-law, James Vaughan of Amelia (husband of Lucy Jeter, mentioned above), named one of his sons Wilkes Vaughan in honor of the Wilkes family, to which he was connected through the Gunn family.
2. The will of Joseph Wilkes, mentioned directly above, dated 1784 in Brunswick, Virginia, is witnessed by a Lucey Vaughain and Caron Vaughain. Lucey is Lucy Jeter Vaughan, the wife of James Vaughan of Amelia (above). Caron is Karen Vaughan; Karen marries David Blalock in Brunswick in 1786. Karen’s sister, Rebecca, marries William Wesson in 1792 in Brunswick. Karen and Rebecca are shown to be the daughters of a James Vaughan. However, the James Vaughan of Amelia, died 1803, does not mention daughters Karen or Rebecca, so there is a bit of a mystery as to whom this James Vaughan is, given that the wife of James Vaughan of Amelia is the other witness on the will of Joseph Wilkes (and that James Vaughan has a son named Wilkes).
Any help is appreciated. Thank you.