- The Revolutionary War pension papers of William McCarter indicated that Moses
McCarter and his family were living in the county of York, State of
Pennsylvania at the birth of William in 1758. Then they migrated to
"Hawfields," North Carolina before the birth of James McCarter in 1765
according to Revolutionary War pension papers of James McCarter.
In "North Carolina Land Grants in South Carolina, Volume II: Anson and
Mecklenburg Counties 1749-1770" by Brent Holcomb, there are two entries for
Moses McCarter - lands in South Carolina:
(1) Moses McCarter entered 300 acres of land on Bullocks Creek and the long
watery Branch...maccadoes lines on 26 September 1766. It was granted by North
Carolina Governor William Tyron. Later it was sold to Zachariah Bell of Craven
County, South Carolina before December 1769.
(2) Moses McCarter entered 250 acres of land on Susey Boles Branch of Turkey
Creek including his improvement...Seth Johnson...John McKnit Alexanders on 8
December 1768. It was granted by the State of North Carolina on 4 May 1769.
Later it was sold to William Bolding of Tryon County on 22 December 1770. Then
on 27 May 1771, William Bolding of Tryon County sold the same tract of land
back to Moses McCarter.
From "Stub Entries to Indents" issued in Payment of Claims Against South
Carolina - Growing Out of the Revolution, edited by A. S. Salley, Jr.,
Secretary of the Historical Commission of South Carolina, it is found that
Moses McCarter filed a claim against the State of South Carolina for pay for
milita duty since the fall of Charleston and was paid "four Pounds, eight
Shillings & six Pence, three Farthings Sterling."
Sometime during the period of 1771 to 1787, Moses McCarter and his family
migrated to Ninety-six District, Abbeville County, South Carolina. Here he
lived until his death between the date of his will, 25 February 1787 and the
date of probatd, 9 January 1788.
The will of Moses McCarter is given below:
"In the Name of God Amen.
"The Twenty-fifth Day of February in the year of our Lord A.D. 1787, I Moses
McCarter of South Carolina and County of Abbeville, Farmer, being very Sick and
Weak of body, but of perfect mind and memory, Thanks be given unto God for the
same and Calling to mind - the mortality of my body and Knowing that it is
appointed for all men once to die, do make and Ordain this my last Will and
"That is to Say principally and First of all, I give and recommend my soul into
the Hands of God that gave all, and for my body I recommend it to the Earth to
be buried [Christian] and decent manner at the discretion of my Executors
nothing doubt but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the Same again by
the the mighty Power of God, and as Touching Such Worldly Estate where with it
hath pleased God to bless me in this life - I Give, Devise, and Dispose of the
Same in Manner and form following:
"That is to Say, in the first place, To send unto Catren my dearly Beloved Wife
during her natural life the Whole of my personal Estate and also the Use of the
Plantation whereon I now dwell, and at her death my will further is and I do
hereby give the said Plantation to be Equally Divided Between my Two sons,
Robert McCarter and Moses McCarter Jr. to them their heirs and assigns Forever.
My Will further is that my beloved Wife Catren Do pay out of my Estate before
the Term of one year from this Date or my Decease one Dollar to Each of my
Children, to wit: Anne York, Catren Evans, John McCarter, William McCarter,
Mary McCarter, Agnes Crawford, Margaret Bates, Jennett McCarter, James
McCarter. My will further is that after the death of my beloved Wife Catren
the whole of my Personal Estate be sold and the money thereby arising be
Equally Divided Except one horse and one cow to be reserved to each of my two
sons, Robert and Moses, between all my herein named Children and I do hereby
appoint and ordain John McCarter and Fleming Bates my Executors to this my las
Will giving them [the] said Executors full Power to act and do all and Singular
the day of Executors, and I do hereby Disallow, Revoke, and Disannull all and
Every other Former Testaments, Wills and Legacys, Requests and Executors by me
in any wise before this Time named, Willed and Bequeathed, Ratifying and
Confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament.
"In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this day and year
"Signed, Sealed, Published,) His
Pronounced, and Declared ) Moses X McCarter (Seal)
by the Said Moses McCarter ) Mark
as his last Will and Test- )
aments in the Presence of )
Margaret X Bates
The whole estate was appraised for inventory on 4th July 1800.
"Smoky Mountain Clans, Volume 2", 1983, Donald B. Reagan, p 56-57.