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CARPENTER (1610 - 1685) FIRST GENERATION
New Information on Thomas Carpenter -
William Carpenter of Amesbury Wilshire
England migrated to the New World, with his wife Elizabeth Arnold and
Eldest son Joseph (born approx. 1635). They departed Dartmouth England
on Friday, May 1, 1635 arriving in Hingham Massachusetts June 24, 1635.
They stayed there until moving to Providence Rhode Island as it is
now, Arriving April 20,1636. This is where there eldest daughter Lydia
born about 1638. The family moved again to Pawtucket Rhode Island.
the other children were born Ephraim 1640, Timothy 1643, William 1645,
1648, Silas 1650 and Benjamin 1653. William was one of the original 12
& neighbors" who with Roger Williams established "Providence
for the sum of 30 shillings each.
Information provided by Annabel
William was a
founding member of the First Baptist Church in America. Along with
Holyman, William Arnold (his father in law), William Harris, Stukley
John Green, Richard Waterman, Thomas James, Francis Weston, Thomas
and their leader Rodger Williams.
had been a scribe and preacher in England. He performed one of
daughter's wedding ceremony's and was recognized as a "Lay Minister" of
First Baptist Church.
was the "Engineer" of the colony so to speak, laying out boundary lines
roads, bridges and lots. Also he was elected to the General Court
March 10, 1658 and re-elected 1665 through 1672. Also he was chosen
to the General Assembly and was Deputy in 1679.
Philip's War was threatening to annihilate the colony the General
on April 4,1676 passed the following resolution. " It was voted,
in these troublesome times and straits in the colony this assembly
to have the advice and concurrence of the most judicious inhabitant, do
at there next sitting the company and counsel of William
Carpenter." The War was disastrous to the colony; 1675 through
1677 were years of terror. On June 28, 1675, the Indians burned
200 houses at Providence 50 at Warwick and 50 at Pawtuxet. On January
27,1676 they made off with 200 sheep, 50 head
of cattle and 15
horses from William. He killed
of the Indians in the raid. Soon afterwards approximately 300 Indians
William's house was built as a "Block House" for defense, all his
took refuge with the family. The Indians set fire to the roof, but the
extinguished the flames and fought on! At last they retreated, but
two of the occupants were killed. One of them was his son William.
these serious losses we find William at the close of the war busily
in repairing the damages done to his estate. If we compare the
made by him to the town council on August 12,1674, with the provisions
for his children in his will, we find that in a great measure he had
his prosperity and was able to leave "houses" as well as lands to his
Probably the last public service he performed bears the date April 25,
when as last survivor of the Thirteen Proprietor's, He gave deeds to
heirs of his fellow Proprietor's for lands which had been held in joint
by the Proprietor's.
an aged man. He had made his will February 10, 1680, but by reason of
death of his eldest son, Joseph in 1683, a codicil was added on March
1684 and on October 1, 1685. William Carpenter died September 7, 1685.
in his will was a provision for the care of his wife Elisabeth,
interesting note her eldest brother Benedict was Governor of the colony
1663 to his death in 1678. In Cranston Rhode Island there is a family
monument with the
by Earl Carpenter youngest son of Nathanial in memory of those of his
buried here, and of his eldest brother Daniel born July 4, 1773, died
25,1775, His Grandfather Benjamin a descendent of William one of the
settlers of Rhode Island, Died December 16 1766, age 73 years, and his
Prudence Died July 29 1801, age 87 years.
located near the original home site. In 1982, I, Thomas Clifford
visited the monument. I am 12 generations forward from
As of this writing in September 1999, I hope to again visit and
the monument. I have discovered that this site is recognized as an
cemetery and is protected. Also it was formerly believed that Elizabeth
was buried here. It is now known that she was laid to rest at Mineral
Cemetery Pawtucket Rhode Island a short distance away.
Carpenter b. 1726 m. 1. Anne Stocker and 2. Lucretia Quintard in 1781.
Thomas died in 1831, he named 7-8 grandchildren in his will, including
with the Carpenter surname, His son by his 1st wife, Anne Stocker
Edith Bunce and Mary "Betsey" Houseman. After completing much research
contacting other descendants of Thomas Carpenter and Lucretia Quintard,
has been discovered that "our" Thomas Carpenter was born in England, he
a sergeant in the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards ( Grendadiers) and
in New York with the rest of the British troops in July 1777 (on Staten
or Long Island). He fought in all the major campaigns as a
soldier. In June, 1780, he was commissioned as an Ensign in Gen.
3rd battalion. The purpose was to both advance promising NCO's (
rarely could become officers in the regular British army) while
needed military leadership to the loyalist troops- in this case, Gen.
The confusion arose b/c there were two Thomas Carpenters married in St.
Church. The first one married Anne Stocker ( whose family were members
the church) in 1748 well before the Revolution. And the British Thomas
married Lucretia Quintard in 1781 also at St. George's, however, at
time, the church was loyal to the king and the Church of England and
British soldiers stationed on Long Island married local girls in the
during that period. Although this was not common, to transfer (or
British soldiers to loyalist troops, it did occur and thus caused the
down the generations. So Sgt. and then Ensign Thomas Carpenter was not
American or a loyalist.
So, it looks like it is necessary to remove Lucretia Quintard, her
father, Isaac, and her daughter, Elisabeth from the Carpenter genealogy
to save future
descendants from being as confused as I was when I began this project.
fact that he was never a member of this particular family has now been
documented and now I have to find his parents in England! Your Thomas
not die in 1831 in Lansingburg, NY. I don't know when he died but he
the son of Joseph Carpenter born in 15 Feb 1725/26. John Carpenter's
may have more information on that if you need it.
New information on the
descendants of Timothy Carpenter born 10 apr 1698 married to Phoebe
Coles was provided by Gail Moore.
Information provided by Jeanette
Carpenter Family Heroine Escaped Indians Who Killed her
Husband and Son - Christianna Carpenter was born ca.1737 at Jamaica,
Queens Co., Long Island, New York, a daughter of Benjamin Carpenter and
his wife, Mary. She married, about 1753, John Finch, who was born
1735/36 at Waywanda (latter called Goshen) Orange Co., New York. Detailed
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