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b. Abbeville District, SC. d. Scottsboro, GA s/o Maj.James Carter & Letitia Martin Carter
natives of Va, who afterwards lived Abbevlle Maj. Carter killed siege of Augusta 1780.
Farish Carter was a merchant in Sandersville and during the War of 1812 served as United States Army contractor for Georgia. With the resulting profits, he bought a plantation at Scottsboro, four miles south of Milledgeville, and another estate, Bonavista, on the Oconee River. As a plantation owner in 1845, he owned 33,293 acres and 426 slaves in Baldwin County alone .
Carter conducted extensive land speculations, shifting westward with the frontier. He also invested the income from agricultural and land ventures in a variety of enterprises. He owned interests in grist mills, marble quarries, and a woolen mill in north Georgia; toll bridges and ferries throughout Georgia; and steamboats on the Ocmulgee, Oconee and other Rivers.
Farish Carter married Eliza McDonald on 26 April 1811. Eliza McDonald and Farish Carter had five children: Mary Ann (d. 1844), Catherine (d.1851), James Farish (b. 1821), Samuel McDonald, and Benjamin Franklin (d. 1856).
(see http://www2.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/c/Carter,Farish.html for an excellent biography extracted from the Dictionary of Georgia Biography and other records).