Sunday, March 17, 2013

Elizabeth Brady McKee Carter (1848-1889)

Elizabeth Brady McKee Carter (1948-1889)
Elizabeth Brady McKee Carter
Born: 24 June 1848 in Pennsylvania 
Father: John Moodey/Moody McKee (1811-1868) Mother: Sarah Linn (1820-1859)
Siblings: John L. McKee (1844-), Mary J. McKee (1850-)
Half-brother: George Brady McKee (1862-1920); his mother was Susan J. Crist (1834-). George was born in Saville, Perry County, PA.
Children: Richard Henry (1868-1870), Thomas Lynn Carter (1870-1913), Mary Jennie (1872-1947) William Russell (1874-1933), Ella (1876-1878), Lillian Ross (1878-1958), Effie Mae (1880-1948), Edward Vernon (1882-1882), Walter McClure (1883-1955), Elizabeth “Lizzie" Brady (1885-?) and Robert Lyman (1888-1944)
Spouse: Thomas Fitzpatrick Carter (1912) Married 1867
Died:  22 May 1889 in Amelia Court House

Finally! I now can see what Elizabeth McKee Carter, my great-great-grandmother looked like! I uncovered this photo when visiting Jack Vaughan, a distant cousin, in Amelia Court House, VA last week. It was marked E.M. Carter on the back, so we are certain that it is her. The photograph appears to have been taken around the time of the Civil War, about the time she married Thomas Fitzpatrick Carter in 1867 at age 18. 

Elizabeth was born in Pennsylvania, but I have not determined the exact place yet. Another distant cousin (in his 80s) thinks it is Kane, PA. Kane is a borough in McKean County in northwestern Pennsylvania, bordering New York state, about 94 miles southeast of Erie. But John M. McKee and his second wife Susan J. Crist raised Elizabeth’s half brother, George Brady McKee, in Saville township in  Perry County (in central Pennsylvania). George B. McKee grew up to be a Baptist minister, and performed the marriage of one of Elizabeth and Thomas’ sons, Thomas Lynn Carter, my great-grandfather, in 1899. 

Elizabeth’s father’s mother, Elizabeth Brady (1765-1849), is the source of her middle name. The Brady family is rather illustrious, and includes:

Nicholas Brady (1659-1726) Composer (with Tate) of “A new version of the psalms of David;” attended Westminster School; Christ Church, Oxford; and Trinity College. After ordination, he served for a while in County Cork before moving to London. There he was Vicar of St. Catherine Cree Church (1691-96). Chaplain to King William II and Queen Anne. Brady also wrote a tragedy entitled “The Rape, or the Innocent Impostors,” acted at the Theatre Royal in 1692.

From Wikipedia:
Nicholas Brady (28 October 1659 – 20 May 1726), Anglican divine and poet, was born in Bandon, County Cork, Ireland. He was the second son of Major Nicholas Brady and his wife Martha Gernon, daughter of the judge and author Luke Gernon: his great-grandfather was Hugh Brady, first Bishop of Meath. He received his education at Westminster School and at Christ Church, Oxford; he graduated from Trinity College, Dublin.[1]
Brady was a zealous promoter of the Glorious Revolution and suffered in consequence. When war broke out in Ireland in 1690, Brady, by his influence, thrice prevented the burning of the town of Bandon, after James II gave orders for its destruction. The same year he was employed by the people of Bandon to lay their grievances before the English parliament. He soon afterward settled in London, where he obtained various preferments. At the time of his death, he held the livings of Clapham and Richmond.[1]
Brady's best-known work, written with his collaborator Nahum Tate, is New Version of the Psalms of David, a metrical version of the Psalms. It was licensed in 1696, and largely ousted the old Sternhold and Hopkins Psalter. He translated Virgil's Aeneid and wrote several smaller poems and dramas, as well as sermons.[1]
He married Letitia Synge and had four sons and four daughters. Notable descendants include Maziere Brady, Lord Chancellor of Ireland.

Captain John Brady (1733-1779) Fought in Revolutionary War, including Battle of Boston with sons Samuel and James. Killed during a battle with Native Americans in 1779; fought His son James was also killed by Native Americans, in 1778. Samuel and Hugh (below) also played important military roles.
Captain Samuel Brady (1756-1795). Fought in Revolutionary War in Battles of Boston, New York, Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine Creek, Paoli Massacre in Chester County, PA, and Germantown, likely wintered with George Washington at Valley Forge, frontier scout and “Indian fighter”

General Hugh Brady (1768 - 1851) Northwest Indian War under General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, War of 1812, Black Hawk War.

Elizabeth is also distantly related to the social reformer Jane Addams on her Linn side. Jane’s sister, Mary Catherine Addams (1845-1894) was married to Rev. John Manning Linn (1842-1924). John Ross Linn (1807-1892), who was Rev. John Manning Linn’s father, was Sarah Linn’s brother.

Elizabeth and Thomas moved with his brother Robert to Amelia Court House, Virginia, about 1870. Thomas built this house, probably in the 1870s:

Thomas Carter (seated) with some of his children, about 1910
According to family members, Elizabeth died at age 40 in childbirth in 1889 with her 12th child. She is buried in the Amelia Court House Presbyterian Church graveyard, with Thomas, and Thomas’ second wife, Nannie Vaughan. 

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