Samuel Utley Carter was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, September 22, 1854. He was the first child of William Carter and Harriet Utley. When Samuel was eight years old his parents were called by Brigham Young to go to St. George to help in the colonization of Southern Utah. William had three wives and at this time he took his third wife, Sophronia Turnbow, with him and left his two wives, Ellen Benbow and Harriet Utley in Salt Lake City until he could return for them.
That summer of 1861 he built him a house in St. George, one of the first three built there. Hethen returned to Salt Lake City and sold his farm and home for five yoke of oxen and three newwagons. He took the rest of the family, together with a crop of grain and corn that his first wife,Ellen had harvested, and started for their new home in St. George. Three weeks later they arrivedin St. George on December 30, 1862.
They made their home in a tent until the next fall, then they moved into a three room adobe house they had built during the summer.
William Carter was in charge of digging the foundation for the St. George Temple and his sons assisted in this project. From Samuel's journal we read: "We got down five feet and along the north and west sides was a mud-hole. We drove a pole down 16 feet but could not find the bottom so word was sent to Brigham Young and he showed them how to build the foundation."Rock from the Black Ridge was hauled in and hammered into the marshy ground with a 900 pound hammer made from an old cannon. He helped haul poles from Pine Valley Mountain for the scaffold, also hauled lumber from Mt. Trumble and helped saw it. He helped on the Temple until it was finished.
Samuel attended school several winters, three months at a time. One winter he only went three days, as he had to do his part to help support the family. Before the railroad was built to Modena, Samuel did lots of freighting between Salt Lake City and Southern Utah. In 1885 he hauled a 4,000 pound load of dried fruit to Salt Lake City.
On November 25, 1882 he married Mary Ann Rankin in the St. George Temple. Nine children were born to this union. Their first son was born in St. George. Very little is given about his early years of married life, but in the general history of White River Valley in Nevada, we find Samuel Carter taking a very active part in the colonizing of this area. He and Joe Oxborrow cut the lucern patch before the lots in the Lund Townsite were laid out. Samuel Carter was also the first Superintendant of the Sunday School in Lund. From Lund records in L.D.S. Church Office Building in Salt Lake City, LaRue Carter found the following: "A Sunday School was organized July 11, 1898 with Samuel Carter (who had just arrived in the settlement) as Superintendant." His two brothers,.Lafayette and James stayed in White River Valley but Samuel probably left here about 1900 or 1901 and moved to Deseret, Utah then to Holden, Utah where a daughter was born to them.
After a year or two they moved back to St. George where two sons and a second daughter were born. His wife, Mary Ann, died in St. George January 15, 1904 and Samuel died 30 years later at St. George December 28, 1934.
Catherine Zina Carter Squire (daughter) and Helen Carter Gardner (niece)
Thelma Squire White (Granddaughter)