Generation 2

John Carter Jr. (Grandfather) was born in 1851 on a plantation near Danville, Kentucky.  As he had vowed, after the war he married Nellie Gill who was a Cherokee Indian. Nellie bore him nine children: Alice, Sallie, Carrie, Carl (Bud), Robert (Bob), Dolly, Sam and Maggie.  Little Charley had died during infancy. According to Bud's deduction, 1877 was the year of their arrival in Emporia. 

Soon after arriving in Emporia, John Jr. established a home for his family at 10 Neosho St., a six room, one story frame house, painted green.  It is said that his wife Nellie was the first colored in Emporia to own a cook stove.  Grandfather (John Jr.) encouraged the boys to become self-reliant, and industrious.  The children were not forced to attend school.  Alice and Carl (Bud) quit in the third grade, and later regretted it. 

Grandfather was employed by the Emporia City Health and Service Department; his duties included picking up or disposing of maimed and dead animals.  He performed these duties with dignity.  At one time an old horse too old to work, and expected to die, was restored to health by Grandpa.  The old horse, called "Frank" by the grandchildren became their favorite playmate.  They enjoyed riding, even double on his bare back.


Generation 3

Carl Carter (Bud) and Monnie Summerville had seven children.  Jim, Elsie, Alice, Carlos, Marie, Myrtle and John. (See their biographies in the Carter Legends section of our web site.)

In 1913 Bud and Monnie purchased a home of their own in Emporia, KS. and had it moved north on State Street to Fifteenth Ave.  Grandpa Carter followed suit and moved his home next to theirs.

Monnie dearly cared for her father-in-law, John Jr., and appreciated what he was and what he stood for.  Their children also respected him.  He held a place of honor in their home.