Name: William "Immigrant" Carpenter
Birth: 23 MAY 1605 in maybe Wiltshire, England
Death: BET 21 APR 1658 AND 7 FEB 1658/59 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass
Burial: 1658 Newman Cemetery, Rumford Rhode Island( Rehoboth MA)
Other Founder of Carpenter's of Rehoboth Mass; farmer by treade' fine writer; man of affairs; well read
Immigration: 1636 settled in Providence, Rhode Island, with Roger Williams and is known as the progenitor of the Providence branch of Carpenters
Emmigrated in 1638 on ship "Bevis" with father- William. Freeman Weymouth, Ma 5/13/1640; Freeman Rehoboth Ma 6/1645 Early settler of Rehoboth; Captain in the Militia Carpenter family is of ancient English origin. First known ancestor is John Carpenter born 1303 who was a member of Parliament in 1323 Other parents: William Carpenter b 1576 m Abigail; William Carpenter b 1540; John Carpenter d 1540; James Carpenter d 1533 Wives somewhat sketchy Abigail Searles; Abigail Briant; Abigail Bennett
!NOTE: A farmer by trade. A Freeman of Weymouth 13 May 1640 and of Rehoboth 28 Mar 1645. Much information in the following books.
MARRIAGE CORRECTION BELOW!!! MARRIAGE RECORD FOUND IN ENGLAND!!Number 16 in the Carpenter Memorial by Amos B. Carpenter (1898).AFN V6TJ-CO & LSD9-5L on this William has major errors. Sources below usedfor corrections. Captain of the Colony.
!FOUNDER: Captain William Carpenter is concidered the founder of the Rehoboth MA Branch of the Carpenters.
!BIRTH: Probably in Wiltshire. He spent time in Wherwell (Whirlwell orHorwell). Born 23 or 25 (in some records) May 1605. CHR: 1611 in Somerset per one record. This is about 150 miles away, however
and may have belonged to another.
!DEATH: 7 Feb 1658/59 in Rehoboth per some records. However this was the datehis will was proven. See WILL note below.7 Feb 1659 was the date that William's will was PROVEN. In many records his
death date is listed as 7 Feb 1658/1659. His will was WRITTEN 21 Apr 1658.Part of the confusion is the old calendar used and adjusted to the moderncalendar. The time period between Jan and Apr is the confusion. Under the oldcalendar, what we call March 25, April 1 in some places, was the start of the
new year under the old calandar. It is confusing to those who are unawareof the calendar changes done in 1752.
!BURIAL: His grave is in the Newman Cemetery in Rumford, RI which used to bepart of Rehoboth, MA. His maker is an ordinary field stone with the initials"W.C." carved with "1658" chisled below it. John L. Carpenter of Walpole, NHhas an excellent picture which he has digitized for e-Mail use.
!Some records given Abigail Sales (Searles) as wife and others AbigailBennett, Ralph his step-brother is also listed as a spouse to Abigail Bennett.It is likely that this Williiam was married at least twice. Abigail Bennettdied in 1687 in Rehoboth. If this is true the first three kids are AS andothers to AB. In at least one record, Abigail Briant (Bryant) is listed asspouse.If she was a spouse, she would have been number one or one of the Abiailsabove under a married name? FOUND!!!
!MARRIAGE: Marriage record in the Bishops' Transcripts at Shalbourne(administered by Wiltshire then but actually in Berkshire today) indicates heand Abigail "Briante" were married there on 28 April 1625.
Per American Genealogist, whole number 280, Vol. 70, No. 4 October 1995.!CHILDREN: Many researchers try to put a Ephraim (b. 25 April 1651) in thisfamily but this is in error. See the grandchild of this William, through hisson named William, for the Ephraim(s) born 25 April 16XX.Many researchers say that Abraham (b. 9 Feb 1643) is in this family in erroralso. Yet no other individual comes close to birth or baptisim date. In thechildren sequence he fits and most likely died young.
!Per "GENEALOGICAL & FAMILY HISTORY OF WESTERN NEW YORK," LEWIS 1912, Page1253 Much detail given: Will dated 21 Apr 1659, Proved 7 Feb 1659, and yesthey appear backwards. Will done in 1658? He married in England, Abigail ?who died 22 Feb, 1687. *On page 1318: His birth is listed as 25 May 1605.Records show he was a fine writer, a man of affairs, possessed of much ability.
!OTHER INFORMATION INCLUDES BUT NOT LIMITED TO: DEPUTY TO THE GENERAL COURT FROM WEYMOUTH IN 1641-43 AND FROM REHOBOTH IN IN 1645, CONSTABLE IN 1641. HE WAS A CLOSE FRIEND TO GOVERNOR WILLIAM BRADFORD, WHO MARRIED HIS COUSIN ALICE CARPENTER. HE BOUGHT THE AREA NOW CALLED REHOBOTH (8 MILES SQUARE) FROM THE INDIANS. PROPRIETORS' CLERK FROM 1643-1649. CONTRIBUTED TOWARD THE EXPENSES OF KING PHILLIPS WAR. IN 1647, A SELECTMAN FROM REHOBOTH. HE WAS A CAPTAIN OF MILITA. Clairfication: "HE BOUGHT" - William was a member of the General Court of Plymouth and used his influence to make a purchase of this land. TheCourt conceded to all that he asked as appears from an extract from the
Proprietor's Record (See Vol. I., page 1). The Court appointed Mr. John Brownand Mr. Edward Winslow to purchase the aforesaid tract of land of Asamacum, thechief sachem and owner thereof ... See page 38 in the Carpenter Memorial.
WILLIAM OF REHOBOTH'S 1659 WILL
The William Carpenter will reads, in part:"In the name of God, Amen, I, William Carpenter, Sr. of Rehoboth, being inperfect memory at present, blessed be God, do make my last Will andTestament.
--I give to my son, John Carpenter, one mare, being the old white mare, and mybest doublet and my handsomest coat, and new cloth to make him a pair ofbreeches.---I give unto his son beside twenty shillings to buy him a calf.---I give to him Mr. Ainsworth's upon the five books of Moses, Canticles
and Psalms, and Mr. Brightman on Revelations, and my concordance.--I five to my son William, the young grey mare of two yearling colts, andfive pounds in sugar or wampum, and my (passett) coate, and one suit ofapparel, and Mr. Mahew on the four Evangelists upon the 14 chapters of Saule(or Paul).
--I give him my Latin books, my greek grammar and Hebrew grammar and myGreek Lexicon, and I give him ten (or 5) pounds of cotton wool; and his son,John twenty shillings to be paid to him a year after my decease.--I give to my son, Jospeh two of the youngest steers of the four thatwere brought to work this year; and to his son, Joseph twenty shillings, and toJoseph I give one of Perkins' works and of Barrows upon private contentionscalled harts (cq) divisions.__I give to Jospeh a suit of better cloths to be given at his mother'sdiscretion, and I give him a green serge coat and ten pounds of cotton wool,and a match lock gun.--I give to my daughter, Hannah half of my Common at Pawtuxet, and one
third of my impropriate, only my meadow excepted, and my home lot, and thatland I had laid out to cousin that I had for the low lands cousin Carpenterthat I had by. (NOTE: dmt. No doubt refers to exchange of lands or landpurchased of Joseph Carpenter, son of William Carpenter of Providence, RhodeIsland.)--I give to my daughter Hannah one yearling heifer, also I give to Hannahher Bible, the practice of piety and the volume of prayer, and one ewe at theisland, and twenty pounds of cotton, and six pounds of wool.--I give to my son Abiah (Abijah) the rest of my lands at Pawtuxet, and
the meadow, after my decease; and his mother and Samuel to help him to build ahouse because Samuelhas a house built already. Only if my wife marry again, sheshall have nothing to do with that land.--I give to my daughter, Abigail, one young mare, a three-year old baymare, and if the mare should be dead at Spring, she shall have fifteen poundsin her stead, within one year after my decease.
--I give twenty shillings to John Titus, his for to be paid a year aftermy decease; but if John Titus coems to dwell and take the house and land, whichI sent him word he sall have if he come. then he shall have the land and notthe money.--I give to my son Samuel one-half my land which I now live upon (and twopens of the young sheep, two cows, one bull) and he now lives on, with hisfurniture and half of my working tools; and Abish, the other half; and Samuelto have on book of Psalms, a Dictionary, and a Gun and my best coat, and oneewe at the island.--I give to my wife the other half of the land I now live upon, for herlife time, and the use of my household stuff, carts and plows, if she marrynot. But if she marry, she shall have a third part in my land and Samuel, therest; and she shall have four oxen, one mare, which is called the black mare,four cows, one bed and its furniture, one pot, one good kettle and one little,and one skillet, and half of the pewter her lifetime, and then to give it up tothe chidlren; and if she does not marry, to have the rest of my land atPawtuxet, which remaineth, that which is left which is not given to mydaughter, Hannah, and that which is left Abiah to have after my wife's decease;if she marry, to have it the next year after.--I give to my wife those books of Perkins, called Christ's Sermon on theMount, the good Bible, Burroughs Jewell of Contntment, the oil of Gladness. I
give her two hundred of sugar.__My wife is to have the room I now lodge in, and the chamber over, and tohave liverty to come tothe fire and do her occasions, and she shall have themeadow that was made in John Titus lot because it is near, and she is to have away to the swamp through the lot. And if John Titus come, Samuel is to have twoacares out of hislot that is not broken up, and my wife is to have the rest;and Samuel to break it up for her. Also, I give to my wife (corn) towardshousekeeping and the cloth in the house toward the clothing herself, andchildren with her, and twine that she hath to serve towards housekeeping, andthree acres at the Island.--I give to Abiah a yearling mare colt, being the white mare's colt, andone yearling heifer, and Dr. Jarvi's Catechism, and Helens History of the
World, and one ewe...about my wife's occasion when she was at the Island.(Abiah was to care for her when at the Island.)--When the legacies are paid out, the remainder is to be disposed among
the children at the discretion of my wife and the overseers.Memorandum:---If my son Titus come and do possess the land, I said heshould have, as namely the house land and orchard, and corn. Joseph had theland in two divisions, the fresh meadow, salt one last laid out, and not thefresh I fenced in, and to pay the reates for, for that he do agree, and if hego from it, he shall not sell it to any but his brother Samuel or his mother.--This is my Will and Testament, to which I set my hand. William Carpenter
of Rehoboth, the day and year before written.--I make my wife the Executrix, and my Overseer to be Richard Bowen, andJohn Allen is to be helpful to my wife, and I appoint my brother Carpenter tohelp, and to have ten shillings for their pains.."The above Will of William Carpenter of Rehoboth, Mass. was attested onApril 21, 1659. The original copy at the Plymouth, Mass. courthouse can stillbe read, but with difficulty.
Abigail (not Searles) Briant b: ABT 1605 in Shalbourne, Wiltshire, England
28 APR 1625
- Joseph Carpenter b: ABT 6 APR 1634 in Shalbourne, Wiltshire/Berkshire, England
- John Carpenter
- William Carpenter
- Samuel Carpenter
- Hannah Carpenter
- Abigail Carpenter
- Abiah Carpenter