We find ourselves at one of our favorite places -- Christ Church in Bayne Center with the director, Camille Bennett welcoming us and Robert J. Teagle presenting "Religion in Colonial Virginia". A Commemoration of Robert "King" Carter was held at graveside. Sites visited were: Bondfield, Clifton, St. Mary's White Chapel Espiscopal Church and Corotoman. The Major Edward Dale Historical Highway Marker dedication, sponsored by The Carter Society, was held October 1, 2011 with Charles R. Carter as the dedication ceremony chairman. After Charlie completed two yeears of court records research, he worked with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and the Virginia Department of Transportation to get approval from both departments to obtain a historical marker for his ancestor. The marker placement is located at the Southern end of State Road 610 at Yankee Point Marina near the last home site of Major Edward Dale.

The 2011 Reunion Program can be downloaded as a large pdf file (32 MB) here.

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Historic Christ Church and Lancaster County, Virginia


Thursday, September 29 - Holiday Inn Express, Kilmarnock, Virginia

  • 1:00 pm  - Check in: Holiday Inn Express
  • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Registration
  • 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Genealogy Exchange
  • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Informal light dinner and continuation of Genealogy Exchange, Hotel Breakfast Area
  • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - TCS Board Meeting

Friday, September 30 - Historic Christ Church, Lancaster County, Virginia

  • 7:30 am - Breakfast at Holiday Inn Express
  • 9:00 am - Welcome by Camille Beanett, Executive Director, Foundation for Historic Christ Church at the Bayne Conference Center at Historic Christ Church
  • 9:30 am - Presentation by Robert J. Teagle, Education Director and Curator, Foundation for Historic Christ Church, Religion in Colonial Virginia - Specifically at Christ Church
  • 11:15 am - Video: Introduction to Chrich Church, narrated by Roger Mudd
  • 11:30 am - Lunch in the Bayne Conference Center at Historic Christ Church
  • 1:00 pm Commemoration of Robert "King" Carter at graveside
  • 1:15 pm - 4:30 pm - Group will break into 3 groups for tours of Historic Christ Church, The Christ Church Gallery and the Lloyd & Ashlin Smith Research Room

Note: Robert Teagle will lead a tour of the Christ Church attic for the curious and agile. A virtual tour of the attic is viewable in the Visitor Center.

  • 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Dinner at Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club outside Kilmarnock, Virginia. Presentation by Robert J. Teagle, Robert Carter - The Builder of Christ Church. (Yacht Club requests no Denim). Cash bar available.

Saturday, October 1 - Lancaster and Northumberland Counties, Virginia

  • 7:30 am - Breakfast at Holiday Inn Express
  • 8:45 am - Bus tour leaves Holiday Inn Express

Bondfield, century farmhouse built in 1854, now home of Wallace and Ann Carter
Clifton, formerly belonging to Landon Carter, now home of Mr. & Mrs. Bud Hudnall
St Mary's Whitechapel Episcopal Church, a short stop for benefit of those not able to attend the Sunday service and tour
Yankee Point Marina, site of the Edward Dale homesite

  • 12:00 pm - Lunch at Windows on the Water at Yankee Point Marina
  • 1:00 pm - Dedication Ceremony of the new Virginia Department of Transportation historical marker honorning Edward Dale

Verville, former homesite of Captain Thomas Carter and his wife, Katherine Dale, now home of Mr. & Mrs. Ammon Dunton
Corotoman, Site of the plantation home of Robert "King" Carter

  • 4:30 pm - Bus returns to Holiday Inn Express
  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Carter Society General Meeting, Holiday Inn Express Breakfast Room
  • 6:30 pm - White Stone Event Center, Appetizers
  • 7:15 pm - Dinner, Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of The Carter Society, cash bar available

Sunday, October 2

  • 7:30 am - Breakfast at Holiday Inn Express
  • 11:00 am Hotel checkout deadline
  • 11:15 am - Services at historic St Mary's Whitechapel Episcopal Church, followed by a guided tour of the Church. Please arrive at the church by 11;00 am so we can sit together.
  • 1:00 pm Lunch at Historic Lancaster Tavern
  • 2:00 pm - Tour of Mary Ball Washington Museum, the Old Clerk's Office, Old Jail, and Old Courthouse with a presentation on The Historic Lancaster Courthouse Area. There will be an opportunity to view the Carter/Dale portraits at the courthouse. The museum gift shop will be open.
  • 6:00 pm - Dinner at Kilmarnock Inn


Dedication of the Major Edward Dale Marker

Carter Society Members, Carter Descendants, and Friends of the Carter Society

You and your family are cordially invited to the Dedication Ceremony of the Major Edward Dale Historical Highway Marker. Our Honoree was a lifetime servant of Lancaster County and the colony of Virginia during the last half of the 1600s. He held numerous public offices including Clerk of Westmoreland County, Clerk, High Sheriff, Tax Collector, Justice of the Peace and Commissioner of the Fort of Lancaster County, and a Member of the Virginia House of Burgesses. At one time, he simultaneously held four public offices in Lancaster County, Virginia. Major Edward and Diane Skipworth Dale had three daughters, Mary, Katherine, and Elizabeth, whose descendants are in the Harrison, Carter, and Rogers Families. We are looking forward to having their descendants join us for this historical occasion.

The Major Edward Dale Historical Highway Marker, recently approved by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, was based on research manuscripts submitted by Charles Roland Carter and it will be placed near the center of what is believed to be the 350 acre plantation purchased and occupied by the Dales in 1664. Our Dedication Ceremony will take place in Lancaster County, Virginia, on the site chosen for the Dale Marker at one o'clock in the afternoon, Saturday, October 1, 2011, with a reception to follow.

It is our hope that you and your family will accept our invitation to honor one of our ancestors who unselfishly faced the challenge to maintain a stable government in our fledgling nation.

Charles R. Carter
Dedication Ceremony Chairman

Dedication Program


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Lancaster Court House Portraits of Thomas Carter II and Edward Dale

Edward Dale
Major Edward Dale
Thomas Carter II
Thomas Carter II

Dr. Joseph Lyon Miller, author of The Descendants of Capt. Thomas Carter of "Barford," Lancaster County, Virginia, wrote "Among the papers of the late Col. Thomas Carter, of near Williamsburg Ky., was found a faded photograph of an old portrait, and on the back was written, 'Portrait of Thomas Carter, 2nd, Lancaster, Virginia.'"

Charles Willard Hoskins Warner, author of Thomas Carter II of Corotoman, Lancaster County, Virginia: his ancestry and descendants, and sketches on certain families with whom Carter descendants have married: Garnett, Roy, Hoskins, and Byrd commissioned Sidney King to paint a portrait of Thomas Carter II hanging in the old Court House.

In the January 1909 William and Mary Quarterly, Dr. Miller wrote: "A three-quarter length portrait of Edward Dale handed down in the Carter family shows him as a portly brown-eyed gentleman dressed in black velvet coat, dark red waistcoat, cream colored satin breeches, and a powdered wig. The original portrait was taken to Chicago at the close of the Civil War by Col. Thomas Carter and was lost in the great fire in that city, but a copy is now owned by Dr. J. L. Miller, Thomas West, Virginia.

According to Louise Towles Dobyns' Withn the Court House of Lancaster, Dr. MIller donated the Edward Dale portrait which hangs in the old Court House.

Bob Brown obtained permission and had professional photographer Tony Stanley of White Stone take photographs of the two portraits. Bob owns the negatives and rights to these photographs.

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St. Marys

St. Mary's Whitechapel Episcopal Church

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Registered Attendees

See the Membership Directory for contact information.

Agee, Brooke Andresen, Donna & Rick Arth, Kathy Brown, Bob & Pat
Cantrell, Jim Carter, Barbara Carter, Betsy  Carter, Charlie & Teddie Sue 
Carter, Marie Carter, Paul Benjamin Carter, Rand & Patty Carter, Ron 
Carter, Wallace & Ann  Carter, Walter Ford & Bonnie Cole, Lucy   Douglass, Katherine Reese 
Edwards, Martha Furr, Carter & Caroline Gunn, Margaret  Hansen, Linda Carter
Johnson, Gene Kemplin, Ben Kirby, Martha Carter & J. Ray  Kozak, Andy 
Lee, Sondra & Ted Levine, Ken Lumsden, Bob & Val  Lurk, Christine & Paul 
McKenney, Bob  Peters, Melba Carter  Pouchot, Roberta W.  Rawlins, Charles (Bud) & Mary Lee 
Reese, Suzanne Robertson, J. Michael & Pam, Erin,David, and Katie Robinson, Emily  Rogers, Sylvia 
Sizemore, Beth Reese Stokes, Betty Vaughan, Janie Carter & David  Wade, Fay 
Walker, Irene Warden, Page Withers, Madeline   


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