John Carpenter was born in 1303 and was a member of parliament in 1323.
(II) Richard, son of John Carpenter, was born in 1335 and married Christina _____. Both are buried in St. Martin's, Outwich, Bishopsgate street, London. He was a chandler and probably also a gunsmith.
(III) John (2) son of John (1) Carpenter, was brother of John Carpenter Jr., the famous town clerk of London, whose bequest to the city of certain funds was the foundation of the City of London school. It was a common practice to have two sons in the same family of the same name, even when both were living. The younger son was called Junior, sometimes Jenkin. John Sr., was one of the executors of John Jr.'s will, and was mentioned in his will, as well as another brother, Robert, who was given "one of those two silver gilt cups with a lid which Thomas Knolls gave m."
(IV) John (3) son of John (2) Carpenter, had a son William.
(V) William, son of John (3) Carpenter, was born in 1440, died 1620; called "of Homme."
(VI) James, son of William Carpenter, had a son John.
(VII) John (4) son of James Carpenter, had a son William.
(VIII) William (2), son of John (4) Carpenter, was born in England.
1. James, heir to father's estate.
2. Alexander, born 1560, went to Leyden.
3. William, born in 1576; came to America in 1638 and returned to England on the return voyage of same vessel.
4. Richard, mentioned below.
(IX) Richard (2), son of William (2) Carpenter, was of Amesbury, England, and was buried there Sept. 21, 1625. He had a son William.
(X) William (3), son of Richard (2) Carpenter, was the immigrant ancestor. He was the first person of the name to make permanent settlement in America. He sailed from Dartmouth, England, Friday, May 1, 1635, going first to Hingham and then to Providence, Rhode Island, where he arrived April 20, 1636. He was one of the original proprietors of Providence and a founder of the First Baptist Church in America, in 1638-39. He soon removed to Pawtucket, later known as Cranston. He served many years in the general court as deputy and was a very prominent man. He suffered in the Indian outbreak, and Jan. 27, 1676, lost two hundred sheep, fifty head of cattle and fifteen horses. His house was set on fire and attacked by about three hundred Indians, but the flames were extinguished. Two of his household were killed. He died Sept. 7, 1785.
He married, in England, Elizabeth, born at Cheselbourne, Dorsetshire, Nov. 23, 1611, daughter of William and Christiana (Peak) Arnold.
Joseph, born in England.
Lydia, born in Providence about 1638.
Born in Pawtucket:
Ephraim, Timothy, William, Priscilla, Silas, Benjamin, mentioned below.
(XI) Benjamin, son of William (3) Carpenter, was born at Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 1650-53, died March 3, 1710-11. He was a prominent citizen; member of the town council, 1693-99, and his name is frequently on the town records. He held various positions of trust and left a large estate.
He married Mary, born Oct. 1661, daughter of Rev. Pardon Tillinghast.
William, Joseph, Benjamin and Mary.
(XII) William (4), son of Benjamin Carpenter, was born in Pawtucket, R.I. in 1688.
He married, March 6, 1725-26, Amy, daughter of Zacheus and Sarah Mathewson, of Providence. Amy was mentioned in her father's will as Mrs. Carpenter in 1747.
1. Jonathan, born Feb. 15, 1744, mentioned below.
2. Barbara, married, oct. 1768, Benjamin Brown.
3. Caleb, drowned in Boston harbor.
(XIII) Captain Jonathan, son of William (4) Carpenter, was born at Providence, Feb. 15, 1744, died in 1828. He was a ship carpenter and master mariner. He lent money to the government during the revolution. In 1790 he removed from Providence to Johnstown, New York, and followed farming the remainder of his life. All but the three youngest children were born at Providence.
He married, July 6, 1773, Margaret, daughter of John Allen.
1. Amy, born May 9, 1774.
2. William, April 7, 1776.
3. Thomas, Nov. 15, 1777.
4. Phebe, Sept. 10, 1779.
5. James, July 18, 1781.
6. John, March 6, 1783.
7. Caleb, April 12, 1785.
8. Jonathan, July 14, 1787, mentioned below.
9. Sally, June 20, 1792.
10. Rebecca, April 29, 1795.
11. Stephen, Nov. 26, 1796.
(XIV) Jonathan (2), son of Captain Jonathan (1) Carpenter, was born at Providence, Rhode Island, July 14, 1787. He remvoed to Johnstown, New York, with his father and lived at Amsterdam and at Fowler, N.Y. in 1849.
He married Lucy, daughter of Captain Johnson, who was a soldier in the revolution. They had a son, James B., mentioned below.
(XV) Dr. James B. Carpenter, son of Jonathan (2) Carpenter, was born in 1819 in Amsterdam, New York, but removed to St. Lawrence county when he was two years old. He was educated in the Wesleyan Seminary at Gouverneur, N.Y., and at the Medical School at Castleton, Vermont. He began to practice his profession in Jefferson county, N.Y. He was assistant surgeon of the Thirty-fifth Regiment, New York, in the civil war, and was with General Daniel Sickle's bridgade in the battle of Gettysburg. He was appointed collector of customs at the port of Cape Vincent, N.Y. He practiced medicine at Gouverneur for many years. He died in 1895.
He married Roxaline, daughter of Nathan Monroe Flower, and sister of Governor Roswell P. Flower. Their daughter, Nina Francis, married Andrew Irving. (See Irving III).
There were three distinct families bearing the name of Carpenter who made settlement in America - the Providence family, the Rehoboth family and the Philadelphia family. The Carpenters of Lewis county, N.Y., formerly from Jefferson county, where they first settled, descend from the Rehoboth family, who sent a branch down into Rhode Island, where they were of Warwick and Kingstown; North and South. The Carpenter name is one of great antiquity, and is found in all lands, wherever they have a word in their language meaning carpenter, a wood worker.
The Providence family sent a strong branch to Oyster Bay, Long Island, that later were numerous in Westchester and Dutchess counties, N.Y. The Jefferson county migration from Rhode Island to northern New York is believed to have been direct, there being no evidence found to the contrary. The family have attained prominence in the United States and furnished many soldiers for the revolutionary army.
(I) William, born in 1576, was the son of William Carpenter of England. He was a carpenter by trade, and lived in London. He rented certain tenements and gardens in Houndsditch in 1625, to him devised for forty-one years with a covenant to build within five years, the tenements and gardens having been conveyed to the city's use for the support of the Carpenter Free School by John Carpenter, clerk of the city of London. He was a progenitor of the Rehoboth family, and came to America in 1638, in the ship "Bevis," with his son William, his wife and their children. All the family were Dissenters, and obliged to leave England for a more quite place. William returned to England in the "Bevis," and did not remain in America.
(II) William (2), son of William (1) Carpenter, was born in England, in 1605, died in Rehoboth, Mass., Feb. 7, 1659. He came to America in 1638 with his wife Abigail and four children under ten years of age. He located at Weymouth, Mass., where he was admitted a freeman, May 13, 1840, was representative to the general court from Weymouth, 1641 and 1643, and from Rehoboth in 1645. He was admitted an inhabitant of the latter town 1645. He was town clerk, and transacted the town's legal business. He was a close friend of Governor Bradford and an influential man and substantial land owner. About 1642 he was appointed captain by the genearl court.
He married Abigail ____, in England. She survived him until Feb. 22, 1687.
Children, first three born in England, next three in Weymouth, and the youngest in Rehoboth, Mass.:
1. John, born about 1628; he went to Connecticut, where he worked at his trade of carpenter.
2. William, married Miriam Searles; he was a man of superior ability and distinction.
3. Joseph, married Margaret Sutton; he was one of the founders of the Baptist church of Mass.; he removed to Swansea, Mass.
4. Hannah, born April 3, 1640.
5. Abiah, born about 1641.
6. Abigail, born 1643; married John Titus, 1659.
7. Samuel, married Sarah Readaway.
(III) Abiah, son of William (2) and Abigail Carpenter, was born in Rehoboth, Mass. about 1641, died at Kingstown, Rhode Island, 1703. Oct. 18, 1652, his father had purchased land at Warwick, R.I. (of Benedict Arnold), and upon the tract Abiah subsequently settled. He was of Warwick, April 1, 1669, when he gave a receipt for cattle. June 24, 1670, he bought a house and lot; in 1676 he testified at the trial of some Indians; in 1678 he was fined twenty shillings for evading jury duty; in 1682 he was elected a deputy to the general court; in 1687 he was a grand juror.
March 18, 1703, at the time of his son Joseph's first marriage, he is mentioned as deceased.
He twice married, and had eight children, all born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.:
1. Oliver, died 1727, was of Warwick and North Kingstown, R.I.; married Sarah ____; ten children.
2. Joseph, of Kingstown adn East Greenwich; married (first) Mary Brown; (second) Hannah ____.
6. Abiah (see forward).
(IV) Abiah (2), born about 1675. But little is definitely known of this family. He was a citizen of Rhode Island. He married Prudence ____, and had issue.
(V) Daniel, son of Abiah (2) and Prudence Carpenter, was born in South Kingstown, R.I., Dec. 28, 1712. He married and had issue.
(VI) ____ _____, son of Daniel Carpenter, was of South Kingstown, Rhode Island, where he married and had issue.
(VII) William C., son of ____ ______Carpenter, was born in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1790, died in South Rutland, New York, 1851. In early life he followed the sea and became master of a vessel. During the war of 1812 Captain Carpenter took out letters of "marque and reprisal" and sailed the seas as a privateer, looking for British vessels for prizes. He was captured by an English man-of-war, his vessel lost, and he sent to England a prisoner, where he was kept in confinement until peace was declared between the United States and Great Britain. On his return to the U.S., he abandoned seafaring life, and moved to South Rutland, N.Y., where he engaged in farming until his death in 1851, at the age of sixty-one years. He married Hannah Carpenter.
(VIII) William Benjamin, son of Captain William C. and Hannah (Carpenter) Carpenter, was born in South Rutland, N.Y. in 1838. He married, March 9, 1865, Mary Anna Champlin, born Jan. 14, 1843, in South Kingstown, R.I., daughter of Joseph and Mary (Whitford) Champlin, granddaughter of Joseph and Mary (Sheldon) Champlin, great-granddaughter of Joseph and Nancy (Kenyon) Champlin, and great-granddaughter of Jeffrey Champlin, the "founder" of the family in America, coming to Rhode Island from England. (See Champlin).
1. Charles Everett, see forward.
2. Alice Dorcas, born August, 1871; married M. Franklin Robinson of Copenhagen, N.Y.
3. William Pitt, born April 23, 1877; married Lynnie Whitney, of Copenhagen, N.Y.
(IX) Charles Everett, eldest son of William Benjamin and Mary Ann (Champlin) Carpenter, was born in Copenhagen, N.Y., Oct. 10, 1868. He was educated in the public schools of the village, and after leaving school was his father's assistant in the meat market until he reached the age of eighteen years. He then entered the employ of H. B. Lampher as clerk in his general store at Copenhagen. At the age of twenty-two years he was admitted a partner in the business. This was in 1890, and he has since that date to the present (1910) so continued, a successful and prosperous merchant. He is intimately connected with almost every activity of his village; is a member of the Copenhagen Board of Trade, and deeply interested in the aims and work of The Development League of Northern New York, the preservation of our forests and development of inland waterways; was a promoter of the Carthage & Copenhagen railroad, and is a director of the company; has been treasurer of the school board fifteen yeras; trustee of the Village Corporation several years; treasurer of the water works company; trustee of First Congregational church eight years; superintendent of the Sunday school five years, and an active worker in all branches of Christian Endeavor; member of Orient Lodge, No. 238, Free and Accepted Masons, and in political preference a Republican.
He married, June 17, 1891, Carrie Bell Lampher, born in Parish, Oswego county, N.Y. Feb. 5, 1872, daughter of Henry and Jane (Hoag) Sherman, both dying while she was an infant. She is legally adopted daughter of Hiram B. and Elizabeth (Roberts) Lampher, of Copenhagen. Her grandparents were Caleb and Nancy Sherman. She is a member of the Congregational church and Copenhagen Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star.
Charles Hiram, born March 10, 1893.
Esther Muriel, June 17, 1897.
Both are students in the Copenhagen schools.