|A young James Carter|
|James Carter just before his death in 1874|
I picked out 6 names that 1) didn't start with a letter in the Carter family already or anyone else of significance in the books and 2) sound old-fashioned and not too modern. I put up 2 pictures of Andi's father, James Carter. This is, of course, what his twin brother, [insert new name], looks like too. That's so you can "see" him. So, vote! Does he look like a Timothy, a Benjamin, a Robert, a Nathaniel, a Richard, or a Paul?
Here is a short bio on [insert new name], to see if that helps you decide on his name:
While James Carter was busy out West striking it rich in the California Gold Rush in 1849 and 1850 (and marrying Elizabeth and starting his ranch with the gold), his older sister, Rebecca (yes, THAT Aunt Rebecca) and their brother [insert new name] stayed back east in New York City, where their parents resided. James' twin brother busily went about making his own fortune in the city and became an important architect, who actually ends up being involved in the building of the Brooklyn Bridge in the 1880s.When Andi's father died in 1874, his brother and his family made the trip out West for James' funeral. Andi was too young to remember much of that visit, and the New York Carters haven't been west since (until book 3 of the Milestones series). Aunt Rebecca moved permanently to San Francisco to be near James' family, but [insert new name] stayed on the East coast.
[Insert new name] and his wife, Ellen, had four children, but only the youngest, Daniel (key player in The Last Ride), survived infancy. Which might be the reason why his mother and father dote on Daniel and overlook his many character flaws, excusing his behavior rather than curbing it.
By the way, here is my latest picture of Mitch.