J. M. Carter
1896

         SQUIRE J. M. CARTER
WELL KNOWN CITIZEN DIES AT HIS HOME IN HILL CITY

After an Illness of Several Weeks, He passes
Peacefully Away--Member of the County Court and
Chairman of the County Finance Committee.  

    Squire J. M. Carter, of Hill City, one of Hamilton county's best and most highly esteemed citizens, died at his home about 11:30 last night, of typhoid fever. Death came but unexpectedly, as he has for the past two days and nights lingered between life and death. He passed away peacefully and quietly, surrounded by his family and a number of friends. 
    J. M. Carter was born Oct 22, 1854 in Scott county, West Virginia, a member of a well known and prominent family. He received a good education in Virginia and removed to this city in his early manhood and has resided here permanently since. He taught school in various places in Hamilton county and Nov. 15, 1877
was married to Miss Martha A. Simmerman. As a result of this union five children were born, four girls and one son. they are Misses Maggie, Ida, Flora, Minnie and J. B. the son, who is only 1 year old. these children and his wife survive. He was a loveable and devoted husband and father and his death was a terrible shock to the bereaved family. Who have the entire sympathy of the community in which they reside.
    Squire Carter has been quite a conspicuously good citizen of this county. He was elected a member of the county court from the Third district in 1894 and has since been one of the most active workers in that body. He will be greatly missed by the surviving members. For the past year he has held the responsible position of chairman of the finance committee and has filled the position with honor to himself as well as the entire county. He was always a charitable man and was a friend to the worthy needy. To ask assistance of Squire Carter was to receive it.
    For the past few months he has not been in good health, and was confined to his room for a few weeks previous to Nov. 3, but that day was able to visit the city. On the following day he suffered a relapse and has since been a very sick man. Two days ago his life was despaired of and the physicians in attendance stated it was a question of only a short time until his death. He grew worse gradually until yesterday at noon, when he lost consciousness and recognized no one, and as stated above, just before midnight he passed quietly away.
                     

                                                THE FUNERAL
THE FUNERAL WILL OCCUR FROM THE FAMILY RESIDENCE IN HILL CITY TOMORROW MORNING AT 10 O'CLOCK, AND HIS MANY FRIENDS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. THE SERVICES WILL BE CONDUCTED BY REV. W. L. PATTON, PASTOR OF THE HILL CITY METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, SOUTH OF WHICH MR. CARTER WAS A MEMBER. THE INTERMENT WILL BE AT WHITE OAK CEMETERY.
The Daily Times, November 12, 1896

Additional Information by Submitter: James and I are cousins by his marriage to Martha. Ivelyn Kay Skelton Blanton.



Submitted by Ivelyn Kay Skelton Blanton
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