Carter, A. P.
McKinney Weekly Democrat, January 7, 1904,
A. P. Carter, great-grandfather; Geo. W. Carter, grandfather; Presley Carter, father; Geo. H. Carter, son.
A. P. Carter, the veteran deputy county clerk of Collin county, was born at Dandridge, Jefferson county, Tenn., February 15, 1833. At the age of 23 he emigrated to Texas, settling about ten miles west of Greenville, in Hunt county, in 1856. Next year he moved to Bonham, where he was soon appointed to the position of deputy under the administration of Samuel J. Galbraith, county clerk of Fannin county. In 1858 he was appointed district clerk of the same county to fill out the unexpired term of B. F. Faller. At each ensuing election until 1866, he was re-elected, and was among those deposed from office by Gov. E. J. Davie. Although business was practically suspended in all courts during the war, Mr. Carter remained in office, performing the duties of both district clerk, and deputy county clerk at the same time. [He served in the Con-]
federate army as commissary of Alexander’s regiment. In 1866 he moved to Sherman, and kept books for four years for J. C. D. Blackburn & Co. Then he accepted a deputyship under Solomon Bostwick, county and district clerk of Grayson county. At the close of the latter’s term of office, Mr. Carter moved to Southwest Fannin and engaged in farming until his sons were grown, coming to McKinney in 1886 to accept a deputyship in the office of County Clerk Joe Waddill. This position he has continuously held under each successive county clerk since–a period embracing two terms each of Joe Waddill, M. W. Kern, John A. Walden, Pat Moulden, and he may be still be found at the same deck as deed register under the present incumbent, W. M. Shirley. Mr. Carter’s long and efficient service in the county and [district courts.]