Andi's Family

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. 


Andrea Rose Carter (Andi) is 12 years old (in the Circle C Adventures), with blue eyes and dark hair, which she most always wear in braids. She is the youngest in a busy ranching family in 1880s California. Along with her palomino mare, Taffy, she finds plenty of adventure. Overalls are her preferred clothes, but she can only wear them on the ranch. When she feels blue, she heads for her special spot up by the creek.
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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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Chad Carter is doing what he always dreamed of doing as he was growing up--running the Circle C ranch. He didn't expect to take over so soon, but with the help of Sid, the Circle C foreman, and Mitch, he manages just fine--as long as everybody pulls their own weight. Chad loves Andi, but he has no patience when she ignore his bossing about chores and such. Worse, Andi likes to argue with him, but it rarely turns out well. Chad and she are way too much alike.
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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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Mitchell Carter is 22 and the youngest of Andi's 3 brothers. He is also the most easy-going and not quite ready to take life too seriously. He's happy to let Chad run the ranch. He's the opposite of Justin and Chad in looks--blond and blue-eyed. Mitch can find the good in everybody and is loyal to a fault, which sometimes causes problems. He's always ready to take Andi's side, even when she's in the wrong. Mitch and Andi get along splendidly.
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Melinda Jane Carter, at 17, has discovered corsets, Godey's Lady's Book, beaux, and social events in town, much to my dismay. She's not much for racing or fishing any longer. But in spite of Melinda's growing up, Andi does look up to her. She's pretty, with golden hair. Melinda never trips and fall into the horse trough. Melinda always thinks things through. Melinda likes learning how to run a household. Can anyone be so perfect?
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Elizabeth Carter is Andi's mother. This picture was taken just after she married Father. Andi loves her dearly and wants to grow up to be just like her (no easy goal). Luckily, Mother is patient and understanding. Andi thinks her mother was a little like Andi when she was young and  understands when her youngest daughter wants to run and play rather than sit and sew. However, Mother does expect Andi to conduct myself with honesty, kindness, and self-control. 
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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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Levi Swanson has had a hard childhood. When Andi's 10-year-old nephew arrives on the ranch, he is a foul-mouthed, fighting brat, who has no use for girls of any kind. That suits Andi just fine, but she finds herself stuck with him. Mitch gives Levi Patches, a paint horse, and eventually Levi and Andi become friends. He lives with his mother and sisters in San Francisco.
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Elizabeth Swanson (Betsy) is Andi's 6-year-old tag-a-long. Whiny and stubborn, Betsy throws fits and gets into trouble. She adores Andi and follows her aunt around whenever she can. Betsy has brown hair and brown eyes and likes to ride Coco, the Carters' old, old pony. She now lives with her mother, brother, and little sister in 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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Daniel Carter is the son of my James Carter's identical twin brother, Benjamin. He is the youngest of 4 children, but the only one to have survived infancy. Daniel looks enough like Mitch to be his twin, but he is only 2 years old than Andi. Daniel lives in New York City, where he pretty much does whatever he pleases. When trouble finally catches up, his aunt and uncle send him out West to the Circle C ranch, where they hope he will learn the value of hard work. He doesn't, but instead puts Andi and her mare, Taffy, in serious jeopardy. (The Last Ride)