Col. Landon Carter
b.18 Aug 1710 Corotoman, Lancaster County, Virginia
d.22 Dec 1778
Facts and Events
Landon Carter was born 18 Aug 1710 to Robert "King" Carter and Elizabeth Landon Willis. He married Elizabeth Wormeley (1714-1740), daughter of John Wormeley, in 1732. They had four children. He married Maria Byrd (1727-1744), daughter of Councilor William Byrd II, in 1742. They had two children. He married Elizabeth Beale in 1746, daughter of Thomas Beale, in 1746. They had parents of two children. He died 22 December 1778. (familysearch.org)
From Furman University, Diary of Colonial America:
Born in 1710, Carter grew up in one of Virginia's leading families. His father, Robert "King" Carter, was among the wealthiest and most influential merchant planters in Colonial America. In 1719, at age 9, Landon went to England for seven years of formal schooling. In 1727 he returned to the Chesapeake to assist his aging, and now widowed, father. Five years later, upon the death of "King" Carter, Landon inherited several Tidewater plantations covering tens of thousands of acres and eventually worked by some 400 slaves.
Landon Carter lived at Sabine Hall, a magisterial estate perched on a ridge along the Rappahannock River in Richmond County, about 60 miles north of Williamsburg. He quickly emerged as one of the region's civic and social leaders. He served as justice of the peace, militia colonel and parish vestryman. In 1752, he began 18 years of service in Virginia's House of Burgesses.
Carter's three wives all died young, having borne eight children. In 1756, the triple widower convinced his eldest son, Robert Wormeley Carter, to bring his new bride, Winifred Beale, to live at Sabine Hall. Son and daughter- in-law helped Carter manage the social responsibilities of his high station, yet they also proved to be vexing companions. Carter came to despise his "devilish" daughter-in-law. "I see in her," he declared, "the cause of all the ill treatment my son has given me ever since his marriage.