Person:Charles Carter (11)

Col. Charles Carter, of Cleve Plantation, VA
m. 1701
  1. Anne Carterabt 1702 - 1745
  2. Robert Carter1704 - 1732
  3. Sarah Carter1705 -
  4. Betty Carter1706 -
  5. Col. Charles Carter, of Cleve Plantation, VA1707 - 1764
  6. Ludlow Carter1708 -
  7. Col. Landon Carter1710 - 1778
  8. Mary Carter1712 - 1736
  9. Lucy Carter1715 - 1763
  10. George CarterABT 1718 - BET 1741 AND 1742
  • HCol. Charles Carter, of Cleve Plantation, VA1707 - 1764
  • WMary Walker1708 - 1742
m. abt. 1728
  1. Elizabeth CarterBEF 1734 -
  2. Mary Walker Carter1736 - 1770
  3. Anna Carter1736 - 1766-1830
  4. Charles Carter1738 - 1796
  5. Judith Carter1739 - 1764
  • HCol. Charles Carter, of Cleve Plantation, VA1707 - 1764
  • WAnne Byrd1724/25 - 1757
m. 1742
  1. Lucy CarterBET 1742 AND 1757 -
  2. John Hill CarterBET 1742 AND 1757 -
  3. Anne Byrd CarterBET 1742 AND 1757 - 1804
  4. Jane Byrd CarterBET 1742 AND 1757 -
  5. Marie Carter1751 -
  6. Capt. Landon Carter1751 - 1800
  7. Sarah CarterBEF 1755 -
  8. Caroline Carter1756 - 1799
  • HCol. Charles Carter, of Cleve Plantation, VA1707 - 1764
  • WLucy Taliaferro1734 - 1764
m. 1762
  1. Ann Walker CarterBET 1762 AND 1764 -
Facts and Events
Name Col. Charles Carter, of Cleve Plantation, VA
Gender Male
Alt Birth? 1704 King George County, Virginia
Birth? 1707 Corotoman, Lancaster County, Virginia
Marriage abt. 1728 to Mary Walker
Marriage 1742 prob. Virginiato Anne Byrd
Marriage 1762 to Lucy Taliaferro
Death? 1764 Cleve, King George, Virginia, United States

Early Survey in Augusta County, VA Records

Col. Charles Carter had an early land survey, that is listed in the records of Augusta County, Virginia, as follows:

From Chalkley's:

  • (76) 10 ber ye 7, 1738, survey for Col. Charles Carter, beginning at a White Oak and Hiccory, corner to Col. Carter on ye Flat Grounds ye Mount Run. Ys was laid off for a for ye said Carter called ye Horsepen and contains 465 acres. (Note: this land was apparently in an outlying area of the Beverley Patent in old Augusta County, perhaps neighboring another County, and not in Beverley Manor or in the Borden Tract)

Early Land Acquisitions in Virginia

Acquisition of Land in King George County, VA:

  • E-142: Charles Carter Esq. of King George County obtained promise of Deed from his Father Col. Carter, Agt., who died before Deed issued. Plat 4 Feb. 1731/2. Surv. by Mr. John Warner. Grant to Carter for 1.997 acres in King George County adj. Mr. John Waugh, Mr. James Innis, Wilkinson's line, Catlet's line, Vicary's Patent now Col. Todd's, Clayburn's Run. 11 Mar. 1739. [Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, 1694-1742, Vol. 1, Gertrude E. Gray, pg. 128].

Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:

  • Pages 11-12. 2 Sept. 1742. John Chisum of Orange County to Chas. Carter, Esq., of King George County. For £10. 80 acres on the Beaverdam Run, part of a patin granted to Chizam 10 June 1737, the other part being included in an elder pattent purchased by Carter and confirmed to him by a judgment in the General Court. (signed) John Chisum. Wit: William White, Thomas Spoldin, Peter (P) Cox. 26 9ber [Nov.] 1742. Acknowledged by John Chissum. Rebecca wife of said Robt. [sic] relinquished here right of dower. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 7, Dorman, pg. 39].

Disposition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:

  • Pages 371-73. 15 Jan. 1740 [1741]. Charles Carter, Esqr., of King George County to William Johnson of Orange County. Lease for lives of Wm. Johnson, Wm. Johnson Junr. and Robert Johnson. 150 acres, part of Mount Pone lying upon Mountain Run... line of the old pattent... corner to lot no. 12... Yearly rent, 530 pounds of tobacco. Johnson agrees to pay quit rents, to build one dwelling house twenty feet long and sixteen feet wide with an inside chimney and one tobacco house thirty feet long and twenty feet wide after the manner of Virginia buildings, to plant an orchard of 100 apple trees and the like number of peach trees, to dispose of no timber otherwise than for the use of the tenement nor to work above two servants or slaves on the tenement. If Johnson for two years fail in the payment of rent, it shall be lawful for Charles Carter to reenter. (signed) Chs. Carter. Wit: Samuel Ball, Henry Machen. 26 March 1741. Acknowedged by Thomas Hord in behalf of Charles Carter, Esqr. [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 4, Dorman, pg. 59].

Information on Col. Charles Carter

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Charles Carter of Cleve Plantation, Virginia The First Family of American Wines Charles Carter, 5th child born of Colonel Robert “King” Carter and Elizabeth Landon-Wells was born in Lancaster County, Virginia, and resided in Lancaster and King George County, Virginia.

“King” Carter’s wealth came from service as land agent for the English Proprietor, Lord Fairfax. As such, he collected rents on the millions of acres owned by Fairfax in Virginia. Politically active and instrumental in the development of trade and commerce in the colonies, the Carter family at one time owned over 300,000 acres and built numerous estate homes in Virginia, many of which remain as historic landmarks today.

In 1754, Charles Carter built Cleve Plantation and its magnificence vied with seats of his brothers, John of Shirley, Robert of Nomini, Landon of Sabine Hall, and with the homes of his sisters, Anne of Berkeley and Judith of Rosewell.

Cleve posed an imposing exterior, inspired by English designs of the type published by architect James Gibbs, and aptly conveyed the Carter family’s sophisticated tastes. Cleve differed from other brick dwellings of Virginia in surpassing them all in richness of stone dressings. At Cleve stone was found in all of the architectural features: the water-table, window arches, sills and jambs, doorway and quoining of the corners.

Cleve was celebrated for its fine collection of Georgian portraits. Rows of Carters looked down on the many generations that passed through the great hall. Three times married, first to Mary Walker, then Anne Byrd, and Lucy Taliaferro, Charles Carter had a total of 3 sons and four daughters. In his will written in 1762, Charles Carter stipulated that his sons learn “languages, mathematicks, philosophy, dancing and fencing” and that they be put with a practicing attorney until they arrive at the age of 21 years and 9 months. Carter’s daughters, on the other hand, were to be “maintained with great frugality and taught to dance”.

A fire in 1800 destroyed the Cleve interior after only a half-century of use but left the brick and stonewalls standing. A second fire in 1917 caused the demolition of the rebuilt structure. Cleve’s plan is known from surviving foundations and from photographs of the exterior taken before the second fire.

In 1759, a committee of the Virginia assembly was formed and charged with the question of economic diversification, a question made urgent by the depression in the tobacco trade. As its chairman, Charles Carter entered into correspondence with Peter Wyche in London, chairman of the agriculture committee for the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufacture, and Commerce (now the Royal Society of Arts), which offered prizes for various desirable enterprises in the colonies, among them vine growing and winemaking. Carter’s correspondence reveals that the prospects and methods for the cultivation of the grape in Virginia were an important subject. Carter had already begun grape growing at Cleve, where he made wines from both native and European grapes (it is said), and it was natural that he should have chosen commercial winemaking as one of his proposals for economic reform in Virginia.

The London society took an encouraging view of Carter’s proposals and recommended various vines and practices, including the trial of distilling brandy from the native grapes. In 1762 Carter, who by then had 1,800 vines growing at Cleve, sent to the London society a dozen bottles of his wine, made from the American winter grape (“a grape so nauseous till frost that the fowls of the air will not touch it”: probably Vitis cordifolia is meant) and from a vineyard of “white Portugal summer grapes.” These samples were so pleasing a taste—“they were both approved as good wines,” the society’s secretary wrote—that the society awarded Carter a gold medal as the first person to make a “spirited attempt towards the accomplishment of their views, respecting wine in America.”

Visitors to Philip Carter Winery are invited to view an authentic replica of the 1762 gold medal presented to Mr. Carter by the Royal Society, read his correspondence with the Royal Society on display in the Cleve Hall tasting room, and enjoy our premium wines that are produced in honor of Charles Carter’s dream for Virginia begun roughly 250 years ago