Robert C "Bob" Carter and
Mary Arvilla "Mollie" Bays
Robert C "Bob" Carter b 20 Mar 1866 Fulkerson, Scott Co VA d 4 Oct 1941;
buried Mount Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery, Maces Spring, Scott Co VA; s/o
Lilborun Hensley or James Knox Bays and Nancy Carter
(Nancy Carter d/o Delaney Carter and Rebecca Smith). Robert C Carter m. 12 Mar 1890
Maces Spring, Scott Co VA to Mary Arvilla "Mollie" Bays b 29 Sept 1872
Maces Spring, Scott Co VA d 17 Nov 1944 Maces Spring, Scott Co VA; buried Mount
Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery, Maces Spring, Scott Co VA; d/o
Nathaniel Martin Bays
and Louvisa Nickels. Children of Robert C "Bob" Carter and Mary Arvilla "Mollie" Bays.
Alva Pleasant "A P" Carter b 15 Dec 1891 Maces Springs VA d 7 Nov 1960
Holston Valley Community Hospital, Kingsport, Sullivan Co TN; occupation,
singer, songwriter, musician, member of the "Original Carter Family"; m. 18 Jun 1915
(divorced 1938) to Sarah Elizabeth
Dougherty b 21 Jul 1898 d 8 Jan 1979; occupation, singer, musician,
songwriter, member of the "Original Carter Family"; d/o
Dougherty and Nancy Elizabeth Kilgore. Sarah Elizabeth Dougherty m. 1939 to
(2) Coy Washintgon Bayes b
9 Jan 1905 Washington VA d 20 Dec 1985 Murphys, Calaveras Co CA; s/o
Charles Malvin Bays and
Mary Elizabeth Head Smith. Coy Washington Bayes m. 12 Aug 1979 San Joaquin, CA
to Gladys M Nickerson
b 21 Apr 1912 San Francisco CA d 31 Oct 2006 Murphys, Calaveras CA.
James Merlin "Jim" Carter
b 12 Jul 1893 Maces Spring, Scott Co VA d 3 Sept 1968 Hiltons, Scott Co VA;
buried Mount Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery, Maces Spring, Scott Co VA; m. 12
Apr 1916 to Myrtle
Evangeline Laughlin b 20 Jan 1895 Hiltons, Scott Co VA d 29 Sept 1963
Hiltons, Scott Co VA; buried Mount Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery, Maces Spring,
Scott Co VA.
Ezra J "Eck" Carter b 21 Oct 1898 Scott Co VA d 22 Jan 1975 Davidson Co TN
occupation, minister; m. 13 Mar 1926 to
Maybelle "Mother Maybelle"
Addington b 10 May 1909 Nickelsville, VA d 23 Oct 1978; buried Hendersonville
Memorial Gardens, Hendersonville, TN; occupation, singer, musician, songwriter,
member of the "Original Carter Family"; d/o
Hugh Jackson Addington
and Margaret Elizabeth Kilgore.
Virgie Gertrude Carter b 21 Oct 1898
(twin to Ezra) d 9 Nov 1973 Pasco, FL; m. 25 Apr 19161 to
Roy Martin Hobbs Sr b 18
Aug 1898 VA d 10 Jul 1982 Pasco FL.
5. Etta Carter b 22 Mar 1901 Maces Spring, Scott
Co VA d 18 Jun 1914 Maces Spring, Scott Co VA; buried Mt Vernon Cemetery.
6. Grant H Carter
b 3 Sept 1904 Maces Spring, Scott Co VA d 3 Apr 1964 Kingsport, Sullivan Co TN;
buried Holston View Cemetery, Kingsport, Sullivan Co TN; m. 19 Sept 1936 to
Theda Clark b 1920; d/o
Charley M Clark and Laura Unknown. Theda Clark m. 26 Mar 1973 Holston Valley
Methodist Church, (by Rev Bob Copeland) to
Robert L Bowling.
Leonard Carter b 3 Jun 1906 Hiltons, Scott Co
VA d 1 Apr 1985 Hiltons, Scott Co VA; occupation, farmer; m. 23 Apr 1927 to
Ora Lee Harper b 7 Apr 1906
Scott Co VA d 25 Aug 1996; d/o William E Harper and Ellie M Myers.
8. Sylvia Ella Carter (aka Susie?); b 19 Jun 1908
Maces Spring, Scott Co VA d 8 Jan 1991 Cadiz, Trigg Co KY; m. 1944 to James
Howell "Hal" Edwards b 2 Sept 1904 VA d 15 Sept 1988 Trigg Co KY. Children of
James Howell "Hal" Edwards and Sylvia Ella Carter;
I. Robert "Bob" Edwards
(twin); m. Female Stallons or Ziegler
II. James "Jim" Edwards
(twin); m. Female Stallons or Ziegler
June Carter Cash, wife of Johnny Cash and daughter of
Ezra Carter and Mother
Maybelle Addington Carter, wrote the following about her Grandfather, Robert
"Bob" Carter and Grandmother, Mary Arvilla Mollie Bayes Carter.
To Bob and Mollie Carter were born eight
children. The eldest of these, Alvin Pleasant, "Uncle Doc" as he was known to
us. He was a tall dominant man, he walked a lot, he sang when he took the
notion, he ran sawmills, he collected songs, he gave you candy, he drove a car
that always had flat tires, he was a Aunt Sara;s [sic] husband, he was kind, he
laughed to himself a lot, walked the railroad track (defying everything my
mother said) carried patchin' in his pockets and he wrote songs. Today behing
Mount Vernon Church, there is a simple rose marble stone, in the center a gold
record reads "A.P. Carter...Keep On The Sunny Side."
The Carter children, Jim, Grant, Ermine, Ezra J., my father, twin Virgie, Etta
and Aunt Sylvia were indeed some of the kindest gentlest people who have ever
lived in or near Maces Springs, Virginia. There were all born in a log cabin in
what is known as Little Valley. This valley is now the home of my Uncle Ermine
and Aunt Ora. There's always country ham there, pork tenderloin, sorghum
molasses, and all the good things that raised the Carter Family.
*Doesn't belong here in
this family: James Lloyd Carter b 27 May 1883 Green Co TN d
12 Jul 1924 Milford, Iroquois Co IL buried Sugar Creek Cemetery, Stockland,
Iroquois Co IL; m. 20 Feb 1900 to
Dola Morrison b 9 Jan 1883 Greenville, Green Co
TN d 8 Aug 1937 Chicago, Cook Co IL; buried Sugar Creek Cemetery, Stockland,
Iroquois IL; d/o George Morrison and Kate Morrison. (Note:
person is in the wrong family, but I'll leave him here until I figure out what
to do with him).
(Source 2: Terry Mendenhall: