Frank Carter

The source of the information about Adolphus Adams, an online history of Upper Stratton Baptist Church, also mentions and pictures another ancestor, Frank Carter. Probably the youngest of 13 children born to Albert Edward 'Abner' Carter (my great great grandfather), he is the brother of my great grandfather, Albert John Carter. It seems that his real name was Arthur Frank Carter but he was known as Frank (even though he had a sister called Frances). We cannot prove that the man featured is our Frank Carter, but the evidence seems overwhelming and the picture has an unmistakable family likeness...

Arthur Frank Carter married Rose Alsop and lived at 21 Green Road (at least from 1926 to 1938) - close to The Limes (later a children's home) and literally a stone's throw from the Baptist Church.

In both the 1891 and 1901 censuses he's named Frank. In 1891, when he was four years old, the family were living next-door to Adolphus Adams and his family in Kingsdown Road. In 1901 they were, according to the census, next-door-but-one.

This means that he grew up with the then unrelated Frederick Adams - who is mentioned in the article about Adolphus Adams - which might explain how they both got involved with the same church. Frederick was five years older. Frank's brother (Albert John) married Frederick's sister (Kate Adams) - our great grandfather/mother.

He was born in 1886, so in 1952, when the picture above as taken, he would have been aged about 66. In the 1931 Swindon Directory, Frank is also listed as 'Secretary, Royal Oak Friendly Society'. Friendly societies were forerunners of today's insurance companies, but based on a co-operative principle, so many evolved into social clubs and charities.

Frank and Rose had five children - Arthur, Rose, Stanley, Gwen and Naomi.

He also appears in the 1915 Hawkes-Hale wedding photograph (see below), even though he was only a neighbour at the time and all the other identified people in the picture (all but one) were related to each other (sometimes double-related). He is in the back row, wearing a white tie - directly behind the bride.

Frank's connections with the family even before he was actually related are typical of the close-knit and sometimes inter-connected nature of our ancestors and their families in Upper Stratton in the 19th and early 20th centuries.