Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Eliza, daughter of Lewis and Sophronia King, was born on June 11, 1849, in Lancaster, Erie, New York. On June 23, 1867, she married Thomas Brunston Carter at Ozawkie, Jefferson, Kansas. The couple had three children born in Kansas: James O. Carter, born December 14, 1867; Grant Carter, born March 18, 1869; and Charles W. Carter, born July 31, 1871.

The family moved to Arizona Territory, arriving at Fort Verde just before Christmas of 1873 and settled for a while in the Walnut Creek area the following year. Three more children were born in the Arizona Territory: Birdie Mae Carter, born January 3, 1876, at Walnut Creek; Clara Adell “Della” Carter, born June 20, 1882, at Walnut Grove; and Annetta “Tood” Carter, born June 11, 1888, at Walnut Grove.

The Carters moved from Walnut Creek to Crown King, where Eliza ran a boarding house. The family then moved to Walnut Grove. Eliza was a busy ranch wife and mother and a member of the Episcopal Church.

She spent a part of a year in Kern County, California, with her daughter Annetta Glenn just prior to her death. She was living with her other daughter, Birdie Mae Carter, in Phoenix, Arizona, when she died on December 30, 1925. She was buried in the Walnut Grove Cemetery along with other members of the Carter and Pierce families.

For more information about the Carter family, see ECHOES OF THE PAST, Vol. 2.

Donor: great grandson, P.C. and Pat Potter

May 2006

Additional documentation and photographs may be available in the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives and Library.