William ‘Billy’ Carter is believed to be one of the family leaders of the 14 Families that established St. John Colony. His parents and siblings are unknown. He probably was born a slave in Texas around 1845, according to the 1880 and the 1900 Census. The slave owner is unknown, and the location of the plantation is unknown.
According to the Texas Marriage Index, 1837 – 1973, William married Harriet Stewart on November 6, 1869. She was born a slave in Texas in 1852. Her parents were born in Tennessee, but no other information is available at this time. William and Harriet had ten children: Delila Carter, Lizzie Carter, Thomas J Carter, Mathiew (Matthew) L Carter, Jesse Carter, Eugene Carter, Lilla Carter, George Carter, Ally Carter, and Mary Carter.
William purchased farm and pasture land in St. John Colony in 1879 and 1880. In 1910, his land was mortgage-free, and he and Harriet were doing general farming. Like most freed slaves, they could not read or write.
William ‘Billy’ Carter was born in 1852, and he died May 19, 1924, in St. John Colony. He was buried in St. John Colony Cemetery. Harriet was buried in St. Colony Cemetery as well.
Janet ‘Telee’ Roland-Weiss – great great great-granddaughter