This is the core Carter family as of 1880, the year the Circle C Adventures is set. Click the links to read more about their character or past events, any updates, their spouses, and their children.
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Justin Carter is Andi's oldest (and favorite) brother. He carries the responsibility of the firstborn very seriously . . . especially since their father was killed in a roundup accident several years ago. Justin is a lawyer and enjoys politics, but he can flush out a stray cow or brand a calf when he has to. He has dark hair and blue eyes, and is patient and understanding with Andi.
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Katherine Carter Swanson and Andi look alike, but when she first met her older sister, she wish they didn't resemble each other. Andi didn't know anything about her 25-year-old sister until the fall of 1880, when Kate showed up on the ranch with her 3 kids in tow. (Family Secret) She'd been gone 10 years, and Andi had a hard time accepting this prodigal sister. It took a few scary adventures, but now Kate and Andi are real sisters. Katherine and her children live in San Francisco with Aunt Rebecca.
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James Carter is Andi's father. This picture was painted shortly before his death in 1874, when Andi was almost 6. He was thrown from his horse during spring round-up. Andi's father always let her ride in front of him in his saddle when he went out on the range. His horse was a big buckskin named Caesar. Andi remembers how tickly his beard was when he kissed her goodnight. She wishes she remembered more.
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Aunt Rebecca Carter is James Carter's older sister. She never married, and when her parents passed away back East, she packed up and moved to San Francisco to be closer to her younger brother's family (unfortunately). Aunt Rebecca considers it her Christian duty to let the Carter family know what is proper behavior before God and society. She's a blustery, bossy old lady, who is constantly trying to turn Andi, especially, into a proper young lady. She lives in a fancy house in a rich part of San Francisco.
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Hannah Swanson is a spoiled little 3-year-old, with golden curls and blue eyes. She likes to wreck Andi's room, steal her locket, and in general cause all kinds of toddler problems for Andi. She is never without her doll, Tessie, and she likes to suck her thumb. She is a cuddly little girl when all is said and done, and Andi learns to love her a lot.
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