Carpenter Genealogy


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 children were:

William (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, Nathaniel, 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. 
Martha, 1662. 
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.



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