A certain gentleman tailor by the name of Charles Samuel Carter has interested me for a number of years. I happened across Mr. Carter while researching my several times great-uncles, Alton and Robert Harrison, who worked with him.
Charles S. Carter was born about 1876 in Grahamville, South Carolina. His parents were Jack and Nancy Carter.
Precious little is currently available online about how Mr. Carter’s life and how became such a successful tailor and businessman. However, the fact is that somehow Charles S. Carter did just that.
What I know, I share here.
As early as 1899, Charles S. Carter’s tailoring business was listed in the Norfolk City Directory.
In 1902, he married Carrie Wingfield and they had two daughters, Florence and Charlotte, before divorcing.
In 1922, Charles S. Carter secondly married Grace Law and they had son, Charles S. Carter, Jr., in 1923.
Charles S. Carter passed away in late September 1933 in Norfolk, Virginia and he was buried in Calvary Cemetery.
Here is how Mr. Carter presents in the historical record:
On May 13, 1933 a sad news item appeared in the Norfolk Journal and Guide concerning Charles S. Carter. Because the article contains potentially triggering information, I will not share it here. One can access the article by searching the aforementioned publication date wherever you read the Journal and Guide archives, if interested.
After much suffering, Charles S. Carter passed away of natural causes months later, in September 1933.
Charles S. Carter’s daughter, Charlotte (1906-1989), married Albert Gourdine (1905-1972). Their eldest son was Meredith Charles Gourdine (1929-1998), an important engineer, physicist, athlete and inventor.
What an impressive life and important legacy! Looking forward to learning even more about businessman and tailor extraordinaire Charles S. Carter. May his memory be a blessing.
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