From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

page 671


Harrison Carter was born in Deerfield Township, Portage Co., Ohio, Feb. 8, 1823, a son of James and Elizabeth (McClarity) Carter.  His parents were married in Maryland, and were among the early settlers of Deerfield Township, making the entire journey from Maryland to Ohio on horseback.  Forty-five miles of the way they carried a table.  They were the parents of thirteen children; six sons and six daughters lived till maturity.  They were members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and were active workers in the early days of the church in Ohio.  Harrison Carter remained on the farm with his parents till fifteen years of age and then began to learn the carpenter's trade, serving an apprenticeship of four years, receiving $4 a month and his board.  He was married in his native county to Rhoda Ann Case, a native of New York.  In 1847 he came to Steuben County and settled on the farm where he now lives, at that time a tract of wild land.  There were but three or four acres of land cleared between his claim and Angola.  Game was plenty, and as Mr. Carter was an expert hunter they never were in need of meat.  Jamestown was their nearest milling point.  Although in limited circumstances when he came to Steuben County, Mr. Carter has, by his energy and industry, gained a comfortable home.  He owns forty-eight acres of valuable land, upon which he has erected a pleasant and convenient residence and good farm buildings.  In the thirty-seven years that he has been a resident of the county he has witnessed many changes.  What was then a dense forest has been cleared, and thriving villages and productive farms are now in its stead.  Mr. Carter has followed his trade at intervals since coming to the county, working at it when not engaged on his farm.


Submitted by Kim Davoli