1785 – Born on the 1st of September in Amherst County, Va., U.S.
1790 – His father, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, took his family to Kentucky.
1801 – He was converted during the Great Western Revival.
1802 – He was commissioned to form a new circuit of preaching points in an unchurched wilderness around the mouth of the Cumberland River.
1806-1808 – He was ordained deacon.
1824 – Cartwright hated slavery; to be on free soil he moved to Sangamon county.1856 – Cartwright recounted his colourful life in his Autobiography, which became a leading source for material on the life of the western circuit rider.
1872 – Died on the 25th of September, near Pleasant Plains.