In Late September, the society held its annual meeting and historical conference, at Carter Hall. This national historic property is located in Millwood, Clarke County, on the Shenandoah River. The plantation was built by Col. Nathaniel Burwell, in 1790. It encompassed about 5000 acres. Burwell was the great grandson of Robert 'King' Carter. His grandmother was Elizabeth Carter of Corotoman. Originally, the land was part of the Northern Neck Proprietary of Thomas Lord Fairfax.
Our theme for the meeting was "Tidewater Virginians Move to Hunt Country." As tobacco plantations of the Tidewater became less productive, many third and fourth generation ancestors began to migrate to the Piedmont and Shenandoah Valley. Rich soil produced an abundance of various grains, which were milled and shipped over a wide area of the colonies, the West Indies, and even Europe.
Several prominent historians spoke to us about local history and cultural development. We also conducted discussion groups on "Life & Times of Women in Colonial Virginia, and "Origins of the Carter Family in England." Other activities included a Genealogy Exchange, tours of local historic sites, and a ceremony honoring Secretary of State & Gov. Edmond J. Randolph (a Carter family relative by marriage) who died at Carter Hall in 1823. Participants in the conference enjoyed the unique historic setting (now owned by Project Hope), and the time spent together with family, old friends, and new members.
The Carter Society has recently implemented a Y-DNA Project to establish, maintain, and defend the Y-DNA of our Colonial Virginia Carter patriots: Thomas Carter of Lancaster County, John Carter of Lancaster County, William Carter of Surry County, Thomas Carter of Isle of Wight County and Giles Carter of Henrico County.
Acting on the premise that Y-DNA is passed unchanged from father to son for as many as 500 generations, our Y-DNA Project will establish the most likely Y-DNA of our Carter patriots by using the Y-DNA of their direct male descendants. Within the Carter Society membership, these direct male decendants fall into two categories: (1) direct male descendants with the Carter surname, and (2) grandfathers, fathers, brothers, and male cousins with the Carter surname that are related to our members with surnames other than Carter.