A different Carrier story

My 2x great grandmother was Ann Elizabeth (Carrier) Harding.  Her granddaughter, Anna Eliza (Harding) Baird was my grandmother.  This is the story related to me about our Carrier line.

Three Carrier brothers – no first names, no dates – were forced to flee France because they were caught in a plot to kill the French king.  No name for the king was given.  One of them married a young German girl whose last name was Hettrick (prounced with hard “d” sound) and that was the only part that was true, though the Hettrik’s had been in this country for several generations.  I didn’t learn about the Carriers until I came across Helynn Carrier’s book and also got in touch with some cousins, also descendants of 2x great grandmother. 

Have other Carrier descendants heard  of this story also?  I don’t know why grandma was told this version, I learned true story after my grandmother had passed away.

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I have been researching my family history for about two years now and it has been a fascinating journey–but now I have more questions than answers and would love it if any of you have more information to share.  I am descended from Martha’s daughter Hannah Carrier Wood.  Since Hannah was so little when her mother died and lived with another family for so long as far as I know the story was not passed along through the generations and so little seems to be known about Hannah.  Does anyone have more insight into her life?  Not getting to come to the reunion felt like Hannah was left out again.  As I was working on this ancestry search I included my husband’s family too.  Low and behold his grandfather’s sister Lily Clyne married a Delbert E. Carrier in 1879. As much as I can find out is that Delbert’s father was named Heram and he was born in Ohio. I do not have Heram’s father’s name but do think that he was possibly born in Pennsylvania.  so my next question is–Does anybody know if this Carrier family was related in some way to my Carrier family?  So–if anybody out there can help me it would be appreciated.  Also, if we turn out to be cousins–I would love to hear from you!!

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I just heard about the reunion from another decendant here in Colchester Ct. Apparently no spots left. Hopefully another event will be held for those of us not able to attend…..Any thoughts?  Maybe here in Connecticut??

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Hello All

I’m descended from Thomas (the rock thrower) Carrier Jr.

Anne Dudley Bradstreet, the poet in Kathleen’s book, was my 8th great grandmother. Her son Dudley Bradstreet (my 8th great uncle) was a Justice of the Peace in Salem and was one of those who grilled Thomas and Sarah during those dark times. Because of his disbelief in the procedures was later accused himself and fled. So I had relatives on each side of the bench.

Hannah Carrier is my 6th great aunt. Her husband Joseph Wood and I are 1st cousins 8 times removed.

Not being satisfied to be descended from one accused witch, I had to keep looking until I found another one in my family tree. I finally found on in the person of Rebecca/Steele/Elsen/Mudge/Greensmith who was hanged for being a witch on Jan 8 1662 in Wethersfield, CT. She was married to my 8th great grandfather Jarvis Mudge. I wonder if she killed him?

Enough rambling for now, see you all in Salem.

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I first heard of Martha when I was a teenager. My Grandmother was married to George L. Carrier & had a copy of the Kneeland Genealogies that she handed down to all the Grandkids. I kinda forgot about it until I turned 50 & found the ancestry.com website & decided to find out where I came from. Since then I’ve created a tree with 300+ members I have traced bloodlines back to about the 1200s. Can’t wait to put some faces with the Carrier names I’ve been in contact with over the last 8 – 10 years!

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My Carrier Story

My sixth grade year in Middle School I met a girl who’s middle name is Carrier. I thought that was pretty interesting because Carrier is my last name. She already knew that she was related to Martha Carrier, and we spent hours sifting through web pages on Martha’s descendants looking for a connection that would make us related. We didn’t find anything. But my aunt is really interested in ancestors and family trees so I asked her. Turns out we should have started by asking her because she knew that she was related to the Carriers because one of Martha Carrier’s sons was our great great etc. grandfather. From there, our English teacher showed the two of us Kathleen Kent’s book, and we contacted her. It’s been great learning more about the plight of those convicted of “witchcraft” so long ago. I hope this website can bring the Carrier family together to commemorate Martha Carrier and her wrongful downfall.

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Martha and Thomas Carrier history

Neal Carrier has one of the most thorough Web sites on the history of the Carriers, along with vast genealogical work on his “line.”

Check it out by clicking here.

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A big thank you to Jim

What a wonderful idea to start a site for the Carrier descendents to stay connected, to offer their insights, opinions and photographs.  As the reunion approaches I hope everyone will want to contribute to the posts.  Looking forward to seeing you all in November.  Kathleen Kent

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Martha’s family launches Web site

Welcome to a Web site for the descendants of Martha Carrier, hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Anyone may register and post a note, article, photos — even video. You may also comment on any post. How-to instructions are under “About Us.”

A reunion of Martha’s descendants will be held in Salem, November 5-6, 2010. More details of the program will be upcoming, along with new pages of information, history and resources.

Jim Carrier (10th generation) is the administrator. If you have any questions, email him under “contact.”

Now, please,  start the conversation. Begin by registering, on the right hand side of this page. Only your email and a username is required. The email will not be exposed.

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