A GROUP OF SIX PAGES RELATING TO THE CARTER FAMILY
BY
JONATHAN B. OGLESBEE, (1804-1887)
THE “VIRGINIA RECORD BOOK ARTIST”
FREDERICK COUNTY, VIRGINIA
A decorated family record book for the family of Mary (Kerfoot) Carter b. 1772 and Arthur Carter by Jonathan B. Oglesbee, a Society of Friends school teacher whose identity was only recently established by Valley of Virginia decorative arts historian Dr. Gene Comstock who generously shared his findings. Biographical details of Oglesbee’s life were documented by Ann Steuart. Dr. Comstock’s identification was based on a decorative page in a private collection signed by Oglesbee which was made for the artist’s nephew. As with other examples of the artist’s work, the pages are elaborately illustrated with decorative borders, fancy script and block lettering, flowers, birds and other devices. Several pages decorated with borders surrounding small coffins. This book is related to more than twenty other surviving books and examples created by the same hand. According to Dr. Comstock, most if not all of the families whose books survive were associated with Friends’ schools in the Winchester area and lived in Frederick, Berkeley and Morgan Counties in Virginia. The artist moved from Virginia to Ohio in 1827 and, after marrying, on to Clayton County, Iowa where he was a County Recorder.
John Carter and Mary whose family is by these surviving pages were married in 1792 and lived on Opequon Creek near Winchester, Virginia. They had six children. John inherited land and five mills from his father and was a prominent community figure. The most elaborate drawing depicts the Temple of Solomon with associated Masonic symbols. Another includes a woman, beneath a tree, one of the rare and possibly unique instances of the artist representing a human figure. As is the case with most of Oglesbee’s work, the books have been broken up over the years for a variety of reasons. Groups and individual pages are highly prized by collectors as among the most appealing of the small number of surviving Virginia frakturs.
As Pairs:
Arthur and Mary Carter & Temple of Solomon
Lucinda and Mary Carter & Young Woman and Tree
John and Eliza Carter & Multiple Birds SOLD

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