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Nathaniel Carter Diary

Identifier: FMS-23

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a diary written by Nathanial Carter. Carter regularly reflects on his progress in religious life and reports on what happened in his meeting. He also is a typical farmer, giving close attention to the weather and the markets for crops. Finally, he chronicles his community, recording events in the lives of family and neighbors, especially births, deaths, and marriages. The Carter diary was a gift from the Rev. Floyd L. Cook of Indianapolis some time before 1975.


  • 1844-1849
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1970


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Biographical or Historical Information

Nathaniel Carter was a Quaker who lived in Morgan County, Indiana. His diary is an excellent account of rural and Quaker life in the Middle West in the 1840s. Nathaniel Carter was born in Orange County, North Carolina, May 17, 1777, the son of Nathaniel and Sarah (Edwards) Carter. Although his father's ancestors were Irish Quakers, the elder Nathaniel Carter lost his membership when he married the non-Quaker Sarah Edwards in 1769. The younger Nathaniel was married in 1804 to Ann Ramsey. In 1806 they moved to Ashe County, North Carolina, where they joined the Society of Friends. In 1814, they moved to Orange County, Indiana, where they lived until 1822, when they moved again, to Morgan County, Indiana, near the present site of Mooresville. There they were among the founders of White Lick Monthly Meeting of Friends. Nathaniel Carter served as an elder in White Lick Monthly Meeting. Family tradition indicates that he was also a Quaker minister, but he apparently was never formally recorded. He died near Mooresville, October 28, 1851.

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Method of Acquisition

Gift, from Rev. Floyd L. Cook of Indianapolis sometime before 1975.

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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository