One of the faithful families in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint is that of Gideon and Johanna Carter. All four of their sons joined the Church of Christ, later The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in the early 1830s and served missions. They and other converts in the area of Amherst, Ohio, soon formed a branch of some 60 members.
One of the Carter sons, Simeon, had a home in the area of Amherst that became an important historical site. The four missionaries to the Lamanites (see Doctrine and Covenants 32), now accompanied by Frederick G. Williams, stayed in the Carter home when they passed through in 1831. Parley P. Pratt was arrested there on a “frivolous charge” by officer Elias Peabody. Parley escaped the next day and rejoined the others.Comment on this story
Simeon followed the body of the church through the Nauvoo period. He then served a mission in England. He made the journey back to the United States and continued on to the Salt Lake Valley. He eventually moved to Brigham City, Utah, where he died in 1869.
His brother Jared died in DeKalb, Illinois, where he was buried. Brother John S. Carter died in Clay County, Missouri, circa 1834. Brother Gideon Hayden Carter joined the church in 1831. He lived in Kirtland, Ohio, and moved with many members of the church to Missouri. Gideon was killed at the Battle of Crooked River, Ray County, Missouri, in October 1838.