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Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 5th ed., 1887, Jessamine Co.
DAVIS CARTER was born December 19, 1850, and is the seventh son of Lewis and Emily (Hunter) Carter. Lewis Carter was born in Virginia March 15, 1804, and came to Jessamine County, Ky., when a small boy with his parents. He was a farmer, and died June 30, 1880. Mrs. Emily Carter was born in Jessamine County in 1817, and died April 23, 1854. Davis Carter's paternal grandfather, Charles J. Carter, was born in Virginia, and died in Jessamine County, Ky., in his eighty-sixth year. Davis Carter was born six and one-half miles south of Nicholasville, Ky., and farmed up to 1872. He then went into the goods business two miles east of Sulphur Well, on Big Hickman Creek, kept a general store, and was in the business about a year. Soon after he quit business he went to Lexington and clerked in a grocery store for Jacob David. Tiring of clerking he returned to the farm. November 21, 1878, he was married to Lelah J. Fain, daughter of Mitchell and Mary (Bussing) Fain, the former born eight miles east of Nicholasville September 1, 1837; the later was born in Garrard County, Ky., March 5, 1838, and both are still living. Three children have blessed this union: Marvin W., Vane H. and Grover Cleveland. Mr. and Mrs. Carter are members of the Methodist Church. Mr. Carter is a Master Mason, and belongs to Ion Lodge, No. 301. He owns ninety-seven acres of land in Sulphur Well District, six and one-half miles south of Nicholasville, on Watt's Mill and Sugar Creek Turnpike.