This is in response to recent postings re children of Abraham McCarter.
We must be very careful to separate, and identify, fact from speculation lest we become totally lost!!
Charles (2/16/01 posting)-- Yes, Abraham & Elizabeth Carson McCarter of York Co, SC had a son named William (wife's name Isabella).Yes, he was in the American Revolution -- and received a pension.
Several years ago, a local York Co, SC man did some "trial" genealogies of old families in York Co, one of which was the McCarter family.The names Toni (2/14-15/01 postings) lists as siblings of Walter McCarter are the names Mr. Hart listed as being children of Abraham; HOWEVER, Walter was NOT included in that list.Rather, Walter was shown as being a BROTHER of Abraham, and as being born in 1744.This was a very noble effort by Mr. Hart, but one must be very cautious about accepting his work as fact ... it should be noted that he himself described his work as "trial genealogies," he was not related to the McCarter family, he did not provide any documentation; and I know of several errors that have been identified in his work.
The "suggestion" that Walter McCarter was born about 1754 and was likely a son of Abraham McCarter probably surfaced with my research a few years ago (long before I ever saw Mr. Hart's work) -- I have seen absolutely nothing which proves or disproves that speculation.I still believe it to be true but until it has been proven ...Some of the same documents which led me to believe that Walter was son of Abraham also state that Abraham was from Scotland ... unfortunately, these were not "official" documents.
Toni mentioned that 1850 York Co, SC census data on Andrew McCarter states he was born in Ireland in 1770.I don't remember exact date except that it was after 1800 -- but this Andrew McCarter applied for US citizenship ... those papers can also be found at the York Co, SC library.This would mean that Andrew was NOT the son of Abraham McCarter; there is documentation that Abraham was already in Pennsylvania by 1755.
I've been working with descendants of other "McArthur" (various spellings) families who were in the same vicinity of Pennsylvania during the same time period as Abraham -- the general belief seems to be that most of those families also migrated from Scotland.