John Carter (seated) was born in Runwell in 1836, the fourth of 10 boys. This photo dates from 1863.
In 1860 he married Anna Murray (standing on the right of the photo), from Laindon, probably in Wickford. The same year they had their first of eight children, Frank (standing at the front), whose son, Silva, started Carter & Ward, who are still a prominent business in Wickford.
John was listed on the 1861 census as a carpenter which is the same with many of the Carters in the 1800s and early 1900s.
John died 23 November 1909, aged 73. His funeral took place at St. Catherine’s Church and was attended by a large number of family and friends. He was buried with two of his daughters who’d both died young. Anna was also eventually buried with them.
John Carter is my Great Great Grandfather.