Classification scheme: 
Hist.Mss.2.103 (s.c.)

Title: Harold and Christina (Kuepfer) Carter family collection

Dates of creation: 2004, 2019

Physical description: 1 cm of textual records

Biographical sketch: Harold Carter (1898-1972) was born in London, England to William and Julie (Butcher) Carter. He had four older sisters. Harold was orphaned at a young age. Shortly thereafter, he and three sisters were sent to Canada as part of Dr. Thomas Barnardo's "home child" program of resettlement of destitute children. After a short residence in the Annie MacPherson Home in Stratford, he was chosen by Old Order Amish deacon Daniel S. Jantzi (1871-1952) of Topping, Ontario for farm labour. Daniel Jantzi was married to Fannie (Kuepfer) Jantzi (1870-1914).

Harold was baptized into the Old Order Amish at age 18. He married Christina Kuepfer (1893-1981) in 1919. The couple had five children. Harold served as vorsinger (song leader) at Amish services and as chairman of the Amish Mennonite Fire and Storm Aid Union. His son LeRoy was ordained a deacon and his son William became an Old Order Amish bishop. The family was later associated with Morningview Amish Mennonite Church.

Custodial history: Donated to the Archives by Fred Lichti in 2020

Scope and content: Contains an unpublished family history and genealogy compiled by John Carter in 2004, and an unpublished paper written by Fred Lichti in 2019.

Notes: See also: Lichti, Fred. "Harold Carter: From Paddington, England to Perth County, Canada." Ontario Mennonite History, vol. XXXVIII (2), October 2020.
Original archival description created 2020 by Laureen Harder-Gissing.


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