Beaverton Historical Society
Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
William J. Carter

   CARTER --- At the Gladwin Exchange, May 29, 1886, William J. Carter, aged 56 years. Buried Tuesday afternoon; funeral services next Sunday morning at 11 a.m., at the court-house. Rev. A. Robinson officiating.
   Mr. Carter was born in the state of New York. At the tender age of three years he was left an orphan. Relatives who resided in Canada then took charge of him, and there he spent his childhood and youth. He removed from Canada to this state, and about seven years ago came to this county. Since January last he has been very feeble, and although given the best of care, he continued to decline, and for the past two weeks has been very close to death's door. The final crisis was reached last Sunday evening, when his spirit winged its way from this world into the great future of eternity. He leaves a wife and daughter, residents of Sanilac county, and a son, who lives in Shiawassee county.
   By trade he was a carpenter and joiner. A large share of his time was spent in hunting and trapping, and many a night he spent under the spreading branches of the forests giants by the side of his camp fire, with nothing but the rustling of leaves to disturb the deep silence of nature. He was a member of two secret societies, the Orangemen and Odd-fellows.
   In 1864, when the great fratricidal strife was at its height, he shouldered his musket and marched southward to help maintain the honor of our union. He was promoted from a private to a corporal, but at the end of three months he received an honorable discharge, and returned from the field of battle with injuries which finally caused his death, and added one more name to the long list of martyrs who gave their lives to keep the finger of disgrace from off their county's flag. His grandfather fought for liberty in the revolutionary war, and his father was a soldier in the Mexican war.
   Underneath his rough exterior there beat a heart as true as steel, and those who knew the friendship of "Uncle Billy" will tenderly cherish memory.
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Ridge Cem. Gladwin Co.
Co K 10th MI Inf
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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January 2005
Tom Ladner
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