Carpenter Family of Massachusetts
William Carpenter (1), the ancestor, it is supposed of all the
Carpenter family in New England, was born in England, 1576, and left Harwell in
1638, and went on board the ship Bevis, at Southampton, and arrived the same
year (aged 62), and stopped at Weymouth. With him came his son William (2), aged
33, and Abigail, wife of the latter, aged 32, and four children, "of ten years
old, or less, " who are not named in the clearance of the vessel. From other
sources we learn that the names of these children were, William (2), Samuel (2),
Joseph (2) and John (2). He resided sometime at Weymouth. He died in the winter
of 1659-60. His descendants are very numerous.
William Carpenter (2), son of the
preceding, born in England, 1605, came with his wife Abigail born in Fngland
1606, and four children, as already stated. He removed with Rev. Samuel Newman
and a majority of his church, from Weymouth to Rehoboth (the part now known as
Seekonk), and with them began the settlement of that place in 1645. He was town
clerk of Rehoboth from 1645 to 1649. He was deputy to Plymouth General Court in
1656. After the death of his father, I suppose, he went back to Weymouth, where
he had first resided. He must have died previous to May 26, 1667, since, in a
division of meadow land then made in the North Purchase (now Attleboro' on
Cumberland), "Widow Carpenter" is mentioned. She died February 22, 1688. His
(3), b. 1631; m. 1, Priscilla Bonett, Oct. 5, 1651. She died Oct. 20, 1663. M.
2, Miriam Searle, Dec. 10., 1663. She died May 1, 1722, in Rehoboth, a. 76.
Samuel (3), b. -; m. Sarah Readway, May 25, 1660. He died Feb. 20, 1682. She,
for her 2d husband, married Gilbert Brooks, all of Rehoboth. Lieut. Children:
Samuel Carpenter (4), eldest son of Samuel (3), and Sarah,
b. in Rehoboth, Sept. 15, 16 1; m. Jan. 8, 1681, Patience Ide, who d. Oct.
28, 1732, a. 68. He d., in Rehoboth. His children were:
Samuel, b. in Rehoboth, Nov. 9, 1684; m. Hannah Johnson,
Feb. 4, 1714. Removed to Pomfret, Conn. His children were:
Nathaniel, b. Nov. 20, 1718; m. 1st Mary. His children were:
Amasa (7), Mary, Elijah,
Abishai, Eunice, Lucy, Hannah.
Leffingwell; she d. July 9, 1764; 2d, Mary Durkee;
Andrew, d. young,
Charles, b. 1702; d. 1744;
Joseph (3), b. -; m. Margaret Sabin, Nov. 25, 1655. He died
May 6, 1675. She died 1700, aged 65, at Swanzey, Mass. Their children were:
Joseph, b. Aug. 15, 1656.
Benjamin, Jan. 19, 1658.
Abigail, March 15, 1659.
Esther, March 6, 1661.
John, Hannah, Jan. 21, 1672.
Solomon, April 27, 1673; d. next year.
Margaret, May 4, 1675.
John (3), b. -; m. Hannah, -; was in the " Narragansett
Expedition, " 1675; resided at Jamaica, L. L; died May 23, 1695. His Children
by wife Hannah were:
Amos, b. Nov. 19, 1677.
Eliphalet, April 17, 1679,
and perhaps by his wife Dorothy-m. Feb. 9, 1680; had
Priscilla, Jan. 20, 1681.
Abiah (3), b. -; went to Warwick, R. I., to a tract of land
bought by his father.
Hannah (3), b. at Weymouth, April 3, 1640.
Abraham (3), b. at Weymouth, April 9, 1643. (In another record this is given
as Abia; daughter same date.) (Geneal. Reg., Oct., 1854.)
Ephraim (3), b. at Rehoboth, April 25, 1651; d. April 30, 1713, a. 62.