Robert Carter, the owner of Nomini Hall, was the scion of one of the wealthiest and most influential Tidewater families. His great-grandfather, John Carter, emigrated to Virginia from England in 1649 and acquired 13,500 acres. John Carter established his home Corotomon in the Northern Neck, situated the fertile region between the Rappahannock and Potomac rivers. Robert or "King" Carter, the son of the emigrant, actually eclipsed his father by expanding the family fortune, ultimately acquiring some 333,000 acres of land. Under the custom of primogeniture, Carter arranged that the bulk of his lands (including Corotoman) should go to his eldest son, John Carter II. Nevertheless, he also bequeathed substantial estates to his other sons, Robert, Landon, Charles, and George.
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