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779. Otisca "Lanny O." Carpenter

Not adopted.

Newspaper Clipping on Microfilm at the Historical Society in Canandaigua, Ontario NY. marriage date 16 Oct 1878

She is mentioned in half-sister's (Nancy Carpenter Davis') obituary in 1904 as living in Allen's Hill, NY

Newspaper Article in Bristol Ontario NY Town Hall Scrapbook 66, Page 43. "A very enjoyable event occured at the residence of Mr. & Mrs. C. W. Simmons, Tuesday afternoon, the occasion being the birthday of Mrs. Simmon's mother, Mrs. E. Carpenter (Eleanor).  A number of friends were present, among whom were Mr. E. Carpenter age 73, Mrs. Sardis Simmons, age 71, Mrs. (Sally) Kaufman age 83, and Mrs. W. (Rowena?)Pierce age 63. The old ladies especially enjoyed the occasion immensely, and we can vouch for their entertainment as we all know Mrs. Simmons pleasant and cordial manner of entertaining her friends."  Article about 1885.

Charles W. Simmons

History of Ontario County, New York : with illustrations and family sketches of some of the prominent men and families
Source Information History of Ontario County, New York : with illustrations and family sketches of some of the prominent men and families [database on-line]. Provo, UT: Operations Inc, 2005.
Original data: Aldrich, Lewis Cass.. History of Ontario County, New York : with illustrations and family sketches of some of the prominent men and families. Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason, 1893.,1884,650,1938
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History of Ontario County, New York by Aldrich, Syracuse, NY 1893  Part II - Family Sketches, p. 172.  SIMMONS, Charles W., Richmond, was born on the old homestead of his father, Sarids, May 21, 1847.  He was educated at the Canandaigua Adacemy under prof. Clark, and subsequently engaged in farming.  In 1879 he married Otisca L., daughter of Benjamin Carpenter of East Bloomfield, but born in South Bristol December 30, 1852.  Of their four children, Arthur C. was born August 12, 1889; Nellie B. was born September 29, 1887; Jane Ola was born July 23, 1889; and Carl Richmond was born Febraury 21, 1891.  In March 1881, Mr. Simmons bought of M. P.Worthy the store at Allen's Hill in which he has since engaged in general merchandise.  He has been postmaster of Allen's Hill 12 years, and in politics is a Republican.

Obit. 8 Mar 1911, "always lived in the town of Richmond, his farm on the town line between Richmond and Bristol, until he moved to Canandaigua about 4 years ago. He was the youngest of 3 sons of Mr. & Mrs. Sardious Simmons, prominent residents of the town. . .Conducted a store for 25 years. . .survived by his wife, two sons, Arthur and Carl Simmons of Rochester, and two daughters, Mrs. George Bridgman, of Rochester, and Mrs. Rex Fisher of South Bloomfield.  Buried Baptist Hill Cem."

Birth year was also given as 1847 by Edith Thomas of Clarkson, NY.  and date as May 20th not 21st.  Death was shown as Mar 12, and we had 3 Dec.  Obviously numbers were used, and not alphabetical names for months.

781. William Riley Carpenter

May have been born in South Bristol, Ontario NY as his father was there.

1840 U. S.Census, Middlesex, Ontario, (now Yates ) NY.  Nathaniel had a male between 5 yrs and 10. (1830-1835). (His name was William Riley Carpenter, although not given on this census).

1860 U. S.Census. (The following about Boone  is incorrect as family records [1993] gave CALHOUN CO, IL, but Calhoun County needs to be researched before this entry is deleted.   Bonus, Boone  IL, taken 28 June.  Film # 0007651.  Household 1823/1250.  William Carpenter 29(?), b. NY, Polly (?) 24(?) (extremely hard to read and the lst and 2nd filming were both used), wife;  Willie 2 b. IL; Charlie 3/12 b. IL.   (William Riley Carpenter was supposed to have only one son, Willis, by this time, and Henry C. (Charles) was not supposed to have been born until 1861.   However, even though it was difficult to read, the Willie, age 2 and Charlie 3/12 was readable.  Bonus is close to Belvedere, IL, which was given as his place of birth on Willis Carpenter's death certificate.  Death certificate for Willis said his father was William R. Carpenter.)   If Calhoun county is correct, this  is probably why the above names did not match, but the Boone  record was a really close concidence, and had a Belvedere, IL in that county next to Bonus!

There must have been some relative in Illinois for both William Riley Carpenter and his brother Albert to have gone there.  Both brothers, William & Albert, had childen born in IL between 1860 and about 1865 (as stated on the 1870 Prairieville, Barry MI. census), at which time they apparently returned to Prairieville, Barry County, MI where their parents, Nathaniel and Almira, were living.

1870 U.S.Census, Prairieville, Barry , MI, film 0552160, viewed at Family History Center, Salt Lake City, Utah,  taken 25 July.  #117-120, Carpenter, William, 39, b. NY; Mary, 35, b. NY (should be Polly, but Mary and Polly are nicknames for each other.  This is not his second wife who was named Mary); Willis, 12, b. IL; Henry, 10, b. IL; Eveline, 8, b. IL; Anne, 6, b. MI; Byron, 4, b. MI; Edgar, 1, b. MI.   This is Nathan's ( Nathaniel Carpenter's) son!  We have a certified copy of his death certificate and it gave his father as Nathaneal (spelled this way) Carpenter and mother Myra Lewis (Almira on census and tombstone). We found this information by a personal visit to the Allegan County Court house in 1993.  We should look for Wm. Riley Carpenter as head of household in Cohocton, Stebeun County, NY in 1850, or in Ontario or Yates or Niagara Co, NY now that we know he is Nathaniel's son.   He obviously was married before the 1850 Census when the census names the family members.

1880 U.S.Census, Martin Twp., Allegan County, MI. Vol. 1, Ed. 13, Sheet 16, Line 1. William Carpenter, age 50, b. NY; father b. CT and mother b. VT; (William  Riley Carpenter's father, Nathaniel, was born in NY); Mary, wife, age 29,  b. MI; (notice age difference from the 1870 census, as his second wife is much younger), her parents b. OH;  Byron, son, 13, b. MI, parents b. NY; Eddy, son 10, b. MI, parents b. NY  Ada, daughter 5, b. MI, father b. NY, mother b. MI; Ella, daughter, 2,  b. MI, father b. NY, mother b. MI.  (Byron and Eddy are Polly's children and Ada and Ella are Mary's children.  Willis, William's oldest son, is a laborer in the home of Edward Wall, household 121/122 in the same village.  Edward Wall is the father of Mary Jane Wall who married William's brother, Benjamin Franklin Carpenter.)

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE.  Plainwell Enterprise, Plainwell, MI, July 10, 1889.  Samuel E. Andrews complained of William R. Carpenter last week for adultery with Mrs. Andrews, and the examination is set for next Friday before Justice Roberts.  The parties all belong in the northeaster part of Martin Twp..  (This needs further research as William R. Carpenter and Mary Jane Andrews were married in 1874 and had their first child in 1876, and three more after that.  Maybe someone didn't know they were married on 17 Nov 1874.  See 1910 Census as it said they had been married 35 years.)

1900 U.S.Census, Wayland, Allegan, MI. Vol 2, Ed. 32, Sheet__, Line 44. William Carpenter  b. Aug 1830, 69, b. NY; Mary, wife,  b. June 1856 (1853 on death certificate, and 1858 on family records sent in 1993), age 43, b. MI; Roy, son, 10 b. MI.

3 Aug 1902, Plainwell Enterprise p.1, col.3.  Carpenter Family reunion (impossible to read most on film)  President:  William R. Carpenter;  Vice President:  Mrs. P. King;  Secretary:  Mrs. T. Maurice; Treasurer:  Mrs. John Norton.  (See Byron Carpenter and Willis Carpenter's files for 1899, 1900 and 1901 reunions.)
12 Aug 1903, p.1 col.3.  The annual reunion of the Carpenter family of Allegan was held Saturday at the home of Ralph Koostra on the Kahler farm.  (Very short article.  No names were mentioned).

1910 U. S.Census, Vol 2, Ed. 34.   Household 157, William Carpenter, age 79, b. NY, Father  b. VT (not corrrect, Nathaniel was definitely b. NY, but family record states he was in Vermont for a period of time.), mother: b. Conn.
(She was b. VT) ; Mary 52, b. NY, father: b. Ohio, mother: b.  MI, 4 children, and 4 living. They had been married 35 yrs.

1920 U. S.Census, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo , MI, Film 1820775,  taken 8 Jan.  Household 115/119,  William R. Carpenter,  b. NY age 89, is in the home of Franklin F. Scherer, 317 N. Prairie Ave., Kalamazoo, MI.  Vol. 45,
Ed. 159, Sheet 5, Line 87.  Scherer, Franklin F., age 32, b. MI; Bertha M., 36, b. MI (Wm. Riley Carpenter's daughter);  Carpenter, William R., father-in-law, 89, b. NY; Mary J., mother-in-law, 63, b. MI.

OBITUARY.  The Plainwell Enterprise, Plainwell, MI (article found in 1997) May 27, 1920. William R. Carpenter.  William Riley Carpenter, a veteran of the Civil war, died Tuesday afternoon, May 11, at the home of his son, Riley Carpenter, near Martin, where he had gone on a visit. Mr. Carpenter was born in Lockport, N.Y., July 31, 1830. He married in 1857 Miss Polly Cronkite, who died in 1871. To them six children were born, of whom five survive, Willis of Doster, Byron of Martin, Henry of Plainwell and Ed. of Wayland, and Mrs. Edward Noble of Wayland. In 1874 he married Miss Mary Andrews, who survives him. To them were born three daughters and one son, Mrs. D. A. Woodard, Mrs. T. L. Fenker, Mrs. F. F. Scherer and Roy W. Carpenter, all of Kalamazoo. He leaves also 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mr. Carpenter's early life was spent in New York and Illinois. From Illinois he moved to Prairieville, Mich., where he enlisted in the 11th Michigan Cavalry. After the war he moved to Shelbyville, and in 1911 came to Kalamazoo where he spent his declining years with his children. The funeral was held from the Methodist church at Shelbyville, 2 o'clock last Thursday afternoon. (We have no record of a son, Riley.  Is that Edward's middle name?)

DEATH.  Allegan County Death Records, Allegan, MI,  Book 4, page 169, Wm. Riley Carpenter b. NY, md., d.18 May 1920, 89y9m18d, d. Watson Twp., Parents:  Nathaneal Carpenter b. NY & Myra Lewis, b. VT.  (This was Nathaniel Carpenter and Almira.  We did not have the name of Lewis until this time.  Descendants have since confirmed that her name was Lewis, father being Levi Lewis).

MI State Library, Lansing, MI: Allegan Cemeteries: East Martin Cem., Martin, Allegan, MI. "Carpenter, William R. 1830-1920 GAR, Polly, wife of Wm. R & MJ died 1 Jan 1873, age 13 yrs & 20 da.; Mary J. 1858-1945
(cr. d. Kalamazoo) 1 Nov 1945."  Obviously something got left out between Polly, wife of Wm R . . .and the next, "& MJ", because one knows a wife that had several children did not die at age 13.  Apparently, when it was being typed, someone lost their place and started with the child before they finished Polly's record (or I did when copying?).  Polly died 5 Sept 1871, and the first recorded Carpenter death in Allegan Co, was a George, 8 Dec. 1871, so Polly's death was apparently not recorded. Polly's death is not recorded in Barry or Kalamazoo  either.  The child's tombstone by Wm. & Polly's stones, is unreadable in 1993.

Visited East Martin Cem., Martin, Allegan, MI. A child's stone is unreadable.  Both Polly and Mary are buried by William, and many family members are  in this Cem..  He was 89y9m18d at time of death.

Pauline "Polly" Cronkhite

Pauline had six children and died young, age 36.

1349. Eveline C. Carpenter

1860 U. S. Census, (The following may be incorrect as family descendants sent data in 1993 said they lived in Belvedere, CALHOUN , IL  This needs further checking before the following is deleted. ) Bonus (a town next to Belvedere), Boone , IL. Film 0007651, Census taken 28 June 1860. Very difficult to read, very light, it looked like: Household 1823/1250 William Carpenter 29(?), b. NY, Polly (or Mary or Bellie), 24(?), wife, Willie, age 2, b. IL, and Charlie, 3/12, b. IL.  This was extremely hard to read, but Willie and Charlie are readable. Henry C. may be Henry Charles. Eveline is not on this census.

1870 U. S. Census, Prairieville, Barry, MI. Film #0552160, ensus taken 25 July,  117/120 Carpenter, William, age 39, b. NY; Mary, age 35, b. NY (Mary was a nickname for Polly--this is not the second wife that was named Mary); Willis, 12, b. IL; Henry, 10, b. IL; Eveline, 8, b. IL; Anne, 6, b. MI; Byron, 4, b. MI; Edgar, 1, b. MI.

The above is the only census Eveline is on that we can find.  In the East Martin Cem. their is a child's stone on William and Polly's lot. The stone looks like Addie C. dau of FH & MJ, but one could not be sure! (Maybe it is Evie C.) In the Cem. Records in Lansing State Michigan, it was copied earlier as "Dau of WR & MJ, 13 yrs. 20 da.,(This maybe should have said 1 yr 3 mo 20 da, see below) died 1 Jan 1873."  This would make this child's birthday abt. Dec. 11, 1859 if tombstone is correct. Eveline would be 11 in 1873, not 13, as she was 8 on the 1870 census.  William and his second wife, Mary, ("dau of WM & MJ" in MI. State Library Records)  could not have had a child born to Mary Jane, wife of William Riley, in 1859 or 1860 because Mary Jane, his second wife, wasn't born until 1853  herself (some records say 1856 and 1858).  Polly, William Riley Carpenter's first wife, was called Mary on the 1870 census, (Polly and Mary names often used interchangeably) but Polly had a child b. 17 May 1859, Willis, which information we have from his death record (unless that data given by others was incorrect).

1Another possibility, and probably the correct one is this could be William Riley's brother's child, a twin, Ada C. b. 12 Sept 1871, d. 2 Jan 1873, 1yr3mo20da.  If so this would be the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Carpenter and Mary Jane Wall  The convincing evidence that this might be the case is the date of death.  Notice the child shown as dau of WM and MJ (in MI State Records) died 1 Jan 1873, and the twin's death was 2 Jan 1873. And the tombstone has FH and MJ. not WM and MJ. The mother of the twin was also a MJ, Mary Jane. The FH probably stands for Franklin, we don't know what the H stands for. The middle initial on the tombstone was "C." and the twin's, Ada's, middle initial was "C". However, so is Eveline's, Eveline C. Perhaps if the descendants of Benjamin Franklin Carpenter could tell us where the twin was buried, it would solve this problem of which child is buried in this grave.

The stone was probably difficult to read when copied for the Michigan State Library records. Recent family records (1993) said the family was in CALHOUN CO, IL not Boone County, IL in the 1860's, so this county should be searched.

There is no death recorded in Allegan county for a Carpenter in 1873, but there is one for a male as early as 1871. Neither Ada or Evie (Eveline) was on the Kalamazoo, or Barry Co death records either. These are the three counties that would be the most likely to have her records. Perhaps this death was not recorded.

We have found the marriage for Eveline's brother Willis, sister Anna B., brother Byron T., brother Edward, and brother Henry C, but we have not found hers.

Mary Jane Andrews

1860 U. S. Census, Martin, Allegan , Michigan, p. 101-337.  826/777 Andrews, Asel, 45, b. Ohio, farmer, $600 real estate, $100 personal estate; Ann, 30, b. OH; Maria, 7, b. OH, attends school; Mary, 2, b. MI; Alexander H. 1 1/12, b. MI; next page, same household: Soloman Andrews, 29, OH, farmer.

1864 Michigan State Census, Martin, Allegan , Agricultural; Asel, head of household; Males under 5 y: 1 (Alexander); males 10-21y: 3 (Samuel, ?,?); 1 45-75y (Asel); females under 5: 1 (Ema); females 5-10y: 1 (Mary); females 10-18y: l (Maria); females 18-40y: (Ann and Melissa).

1860 Michigan State Census, Martin, Allegan , Michigan, schedule 4, agriculture, p. 31: Asel and his farm are listed. (The above was sent by David Rumery in Feb. 2000, of Gobles, MI.)

1870 U. S. Census, Martin, Allegan., Michigan.  Andrews, Asel, head, 54, b. OH, $1,600 real estate, $150 personal estate, registered to vote; Ann, 42, b. OH; Maria, 17, OH, at school; Mary, 13, b. MI, at school; Emma, 8, b. MI, at school; Charles L., 3, b. MI.

In 1910 U .S. Census, Mary Jane stated she had had 4 children and 4 still living.  That would be Ada, Ella, Bertha May and Roy Carpenter.  See husband's records for the 1880, 1900, 1910 & 1920 Census. Mary was also the step-mother of 6 children of William's first wife, Polly.

1920 U. S.Census, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI, Film 1820775, Salt Lake History Library, SLC, UT.  Census taken 8 Jan.,  Vol. 45, Ed. 159, Sheet 5, Line 87.    115/119, Scherer, Franklin F., age 32, b. MI; Bertha M., 36, b. MI (Wm. Riley Carpenter's daughter), Carpenter, William R. father-in-law, 89, b. NY; Mary J., mother-in-law, 63, b. MI.

DEATH.  Kalamazoo County Clerk, Kalamazoo, MI.  Mary Jane Carpenter of 510 Pearl St., Kalamazoo d. 1 Nov 1945, age 87y4m21d.,  b.  10 June 1858, widowed, in community 33 year, husband:  William R. Carpenter, father
Asil Andrews, b. unknown;  mother:  Ann Dihe, birthplace unknown.  Informant:  Mrs. Ada Woodward of Kalamazoo.  Buried:  East Martin Cem., Martin, MI .3 Nov. 1945.

Tombstone in East Martin Cem., Martin, Allegan, MI, has 1853-1945. Death record in Michigan State Library had b. 1 June 1858.

OBITUARY.  Kalamazoo Gazette, Friday 2 November 1945, 1.8.7.  Martin    Services will be held at 2:30 Saturday in Marshall's Memorial chapel for Mrs. Mary Jane Carpenter, 87, widow of William Carpenter, with burial in East Martin.  Mrs. Carpenter died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Ada Woodward, 510 Pearl St. Kalamazoo.  She was born June 10, 1858 in Martin, a daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Asil Andrews, and later resided in Bradley.  She leaves a son, three daughters, three step-sons, six grandchildren, ten  great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild."

1355. Bertha May Carpenter

Bertha Mae was not on the 1900 census with her parents.   We did not know about Bertha until her father was found in her home on the 1920 census.  Her death certificate gave the name of her parents.  There were no children on the 1920 census.  If she were married about 1911 (Franklin was still in his parents' home in 1910 with no wife) one would expect small children if they had any.  Her death certificate said she had lived in Kalamazoo since about 1905.  We are assuming there were no children. She could be researched further to find where she was in 1900 and 1910.

1920 U. S. Census, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI, Film 1820775, Vol. 45, Ed. 159, Sheet 5, Line 87.  Scherer, Franklin F. (317 N. Prairie Ave.) age 32, b. MI, father b. Bararia, Germany, mother b.  Germany; Bertha M., 36, b. MI, father  b. NY, mother  b. MI; William R.,  F.L. father-in-law (to head of the house) age 89, b. NY  father: b. VT (His father, Nathaniel, was definitely b. NY), mother: b. Conn (She was b. NY); Mary J., mother-in-law, 63, b. MI, father: b. VT   (Wm. Riley Carpenter, who was in their home, died later that year in Watson, Allegan, MI., possibly in his son, Riley's, home.  We have no record of a son Riley, so that must be a middle name for one of the son's we have, or a nick-name.))

Bertha was Mrs. F. F. Scherer of Kalamazoo in May 1920 in her father's obituary, and also in May 1923 in half-brother's (Willis') obituary.

DEATH.  Kalamazoo County Clerk, Kalamazoo, MI. ( We have a copy of Bertha May's death certificate) Died 6 Jan 1947 in City of Kalamazoo, Bertha M. Scherer, b. 15 Feb 1885 in Martin, MI, age 61y10m21d, residing at 401 N. Prairie Ave., 42 years in this community, married, father:  William R. Carpenter, b. NY, mother:  Mary Andrews, b. Martin, MI.  Informant Roy W. Carpenter, of 25 Henrietta St. Comstock, Kalamazoo , MI.  Burial:  Riverside Cem., 8 Jan 1947, Kalamazoo, MI.  (She died 1 month and 10 days before her husband.  Perhaps this is why her brother was the informant instead of her husband.

OBITUARY.  Kalamazoo Gazette, Monday, 6 Jan 1947. p. 7.2.   Mrs. F. F. Scherer Dies at Residence.    Mrs. Betha May Scherer, 61 a resident of Kalamazoo for 42 years, died this morning at her home, 401 North Prairie avenue, after a short illness.    Mrs. Scherer, the wife of Franklin F. Scherer, was born Feb. 15, 1885, at Martin, the daughter of William R. and Mary E. Carpenter  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the DAR, and the Women's Relief Corps.   In addition to her husband she leaves three brothers and two sisters, Roy W. Carpenter, Comstock, Byron Carpenter, Shelbyville, Edward Carpenter, Wayland, Mrs. J. W. Scott, West Lake, and Mrs. Ada Woodward, Kalamazoo.

Franklin F. Scherer

1910 U. S. Census, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI. Vol 43, Ed. 150,    # 134.  Scherer, Jacob, 58, b. Germany, md. 32 yrs, second marriage, laboror in a Pill Factory; Mary, 58, b. MI, 2nd marriage also.  No. of children not given, this marriage 32 yrs, Edwin W., son, 27, b. MI, Wood Engraver; Franklin F., son,  22, b. MI, Corsett maker, factory.

DEATH.  Kalamazoo County Clerk, Kalamazoo, MI.   b. 22 Nov 1887 in Kalamazoo, MI, electrician,  died 16 Feb 1947, in Village of Richland, Twp. Richland, (MI) 5334 Gull Rd. Lived in the community all his life, age 59y9m24d at time of death,  wife was Bertha May (Carpenter) Scherer. Franklin was a widower.  Informant:  Edwin Scherer, RFD #, Richland, MI.

782. Achsah Almina Carpenter

1840 U.S. Census, Middlesex, Ontario (now Yates ) NY, Nathaniel had a two daughters  between 5 - 10 (1830-1835).  One was Poll) . Descendants sent her name in as Achsah b. 15 Feb 1832, who md. Daniel W. but did not give his last name.

From: Deanna Brown>
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2015 8:47 PM
To: John R Carpenter>
Subject: Re: Carpenter
Thank you so much. That was a lot of effort for you. I just thought that she might want to have the missing piece of the puzzle she had worked so hard to find? It has taken me years to figure it out, 15 years excactly.
I am from Otsego, Allegan Co., Michigan, 10 miles from Praireville. My GG Grandfather was Lewis Riley Cramer, son of Daniel W. Cramer and Achsah Almina Carpenter. Lewis obviously from her mothers maiden name and Riley from her brother William Riley Carpenter, whom Lewis lived with for a short time.
I don't know if you are interested in this information, I would be happy to share. I now live in Las Vegas so records are not as easily acquired.
Thank you for all you hard work and dedication. Hope to share information with Mrs. Hellewell, too.
Deanna DePauw-Brown

783. Polly M. Carpenter

1840 U. S. Census, Middlesex, Ontario (now Yates ) NY. Nathaniel had two females between 5-10 (1830-1835).  We know one of the two girls in this age range was Polly.

1850 U. S.Census, Cohocton, Steuben, NY. Polly is 16 yrs. old and in the home of her parents, Nathaniel and Almira Carpenter.

Family records (sent in 1993) stated that Polly married a William on 30 July 1855.  We have not found this entry yet, and the marriage record below stated she was Polly M. Carpenter when she married Rufus C. Honeywell on 29 Dec 1859.   M. might be for the first married name, this could be checked, but it would be unusual to use the Carpenter name after the M.  Further research is needed here.

MARRIAGE.    Barry County Clerk,, Hastings, MI. Liber A-2, page 226,   Rufus C. Honeywell age 25 of Prairieville married Polly M. Carpenter, age 25 of Prarrieville, on 29 Dec 1859 in the presence of N. W. Carpenter and David Honeywell. Loomis Benson, Minister.

1860 U. S.Census, Prairieville, Barry, MI.    161/141.    Honeywell, Rufus C. (Chester), 26, b. NY; Polly, 26, female, b. NY.    Next door is Chester R. Honeywell's father. (This is the way Rufus C. Honeywell's name is on other documents, except his marriage license, and it is Rufus C. also). 160/140 Honeywell, David, 53,  b. NY; Lorana, 47, b. VT; Hiland (Hylond),  23, b. NY; Frances, 17, female, b. NY; Elizabeth, 13, b. NY; Frank, 9, B. MI.  Also in this home are Barna M. Morris, 16, b. NY, and Lois Gibbs, 76, b. NY, female.   Living on the other side of Chester is his brother:  Newell Honeywell, 28, b. NY; Juliett, 23, b. NY; Candis, 3, b. MI;   Eva Landenca, 3/12, b. NY.

1870 U. S. Census, Prairieville, Barry, MI. Film # 552160, viewed at FHL, SLC, Utah,  172/176,  Honeywell, Chester, 35, male, b. NY; Polly, 35, female, b. NY; Almira, 9, female,  b. MI; Elemer, 1, male, b. MI; Carpenter, Almira, 59, b. VT.  ( Polly's mother).  This is Polly, not Paulina's family. ( Nathan and Almira had a daughter Polly born 1834, and a daughter Paulina b.1840, and it is very easy to confuse these girls.) Polly and Chester are living next door to Fernando Carpenter, her brother, and his family.

1875, Polly dies at age 41 and is buried in the Cressey Cem., Prairieville, Barry, MI.  See Husband's documentation for the following years.

Cressey Cem., Prairieville, Barry, MI.  Film 0927468  FHL, SLC, Utah.   Chester Honeywell is buried in Lot 60, and so is Polly M. "wife of C. R. Honeywell," age 41 at death on 1 June 1875,  and Elmer R. Honeywell, their son, 3 years, 6 months.  Newel Honeywell is in the same Cem. by himself.  Newell is a brother to Chester.  Newel was living next door to Chester in 1860.

Chester Rufus Honeywell

The following, through 1870, are similar to wife's but contain more about his side of the family.

Marriages, Barry  Clerk's Office, Hastings, MI. Liber A-2 page 226, Rufus C. Honeywell, age 25 of Prairieville, md. Polly M. Carpenter age 25 of Prairieville were md. the 25 day of Dec. 1859, in the presence of Joseph Farr, N. W. Carpenter and David Honeywell.  Loomis Benson, Minister.

1860 U.S.Census, Prairieville, Barry, MI Household 161/141.  Rufus C. (Chester) Honeywell 26, male, b. NY; Polly,  26, female, b. NY;  Chester's, brother, Newell, is next door:  Household 161/142 Newell Honeywell, 28, male,  b. NY; Juliett, 23, female, b. NY;  Candis, 3, female, b. MI; Eva Ladesca, 3/12, female b. MI. Also next door (on the other side) is Rufus C's (most documents he is Chester R.) father,  160/140, David Honeywell, 53, b. NY; Lorana, 47, of VT; Hiland (Hylond), 23, b. NY; Frances, 17, female, b. NY; Elizabeth, 13, female, b. MI; Frank, 9, male, b. MI.

1860 U.S.Census, Orangeville, Barry, Mi. John Honeywell 57, (b. Abt 1803); Emeline 54; David 29.   Burnett, Julia  age 11. (Probably an Uncle to Chester)

1870 U.S.Census, Prairieville, Barry, MI, Film 552160, Household 172/176.  Honeywell, Chester 35 male, b. NY; Polly 35, b. NY; Almira 9 female, b. MI; Elemer 1 male, b. MI; Carpenter, Almira 59 female, b. VT (Polly's mother).

1880 U.S.Census, Prairieville, Barry, MI, Film # 1254571, viewed in  FHL, SLC, Utah, Vol 2, Ed. 47, Sheet 15, Line 10.    139/144.  Honeywell, Chester, male, 45, b. NY, both parents b. NY; Cyntha A., 46, wife, (second wife), b. PA, father b. Mass, mother ME; Almira, 19, b. MI , (Almira is the daughter of Chester and Polly Carpenter Honeywell,) Polly's mother, Almira, is no longer in the home.  Since the mother, Almyra, did not die until 1888 she is probably with son Fernando.  We couldn't find Fernando on the 1880 Soundex to validate this assumption.  Hilond H., 10, son, b. MI. This Hilond is also Polly and Chester's son as Polly didn't die until 1875.  There is also in this home a Slates, Edna age 19 (servant) b. MI, father b. PA, mother NY; and Guy Slates 8/12 b. MI, son of Mrs. Slates, parents both b. MI. (Chester's brother Hylond is in a different county, but is given here for other researchers.)

1880 U.S. Census, Ypsilanti Twp., Washtenaw, MI Vol 28, Ed. 244, Sheet 15, Line 27.  Honeywell, H. (Hylond), age 43, b. NY; Phebe, 34,  b. MI; David N.,  son, 9, b. MI, (David Newell later married. Ethel); Charlotte, daughter, 8; Charles W., son, 6; Hyland B., son, 2; Phebe Bertha, daughter, 2; and 2 servants.  (In 1884 Hylond has moved back to Barry )

1884 Michigan State Census. Prairieville, Barry, MI. Honeywell, Chester, 48, male, b. NY, parents both b. NY; Hylond, 16, (unclear, probably 14), son b. MI; David, 76, male, husband, b. NY, parents b. NY; Abagail, wife (2nd wife), 52, b. NY; parents b. NY; Gilbert, Harriett, 43, female servant; Royce(?), Mary, 19, single, b. MI, parents b. Ireland. (Polly is no longer alive, and his father and step-mother are living with him.) Chester's brother, Hylond, is on this census too.  See below.

1884 Michigan State Census, Orangeville, Barry, MI. Film 915281, viewed in the FHL, SLC, Utah.   47/51 Honeywell, Hylond, 48, b. NY, father: b. NY, mother: b. VT; Phebe, 38, wife, b. MI, fathera: b. Penn, mother: b. Eng; David, 13, son, b. MI; Charlotte, 12, daughter, b. MI; Charles W., 10, son, b. MI; Bertie H. (Hylond), 6, son, b. MI; Phebe Bertha, 6, (twins) b. MI; & 2 non-relatives. Tayler, Benj. C., 18 servant, b. NY, parents b. NY; Miller, Charlotte, 33, female, boarder, b. MI, father: b. Penn.  mother: b. England.

1894, Michigan State Census, - Chester was not found  on this census.

1894 Michigan State Census, Prairieville, Barry, MI.   Honeywell, H H (Hylond), 69, (should have been 59, see census 1884), b. NY, parents b. NY; Phebe, 48;  David, 23, son;  Lottie, 22, daughter, (Charlotte in 1884), Charlie, 20, son. (Where are the twins? Bertie & Bertha?   Bertha is on a later census in 1910 with her brother David in Prairieville, Barry, MI)

Prairieville Cem., Hylon N. Honeywell,  b. 22 Aug 1836-8 Dec 1898, Phebe A., wife of H. H., b. 26 Apr 1846 - d. 24 Dec 1914).

1900 U. S. Census, Prairieville, Barry , MI,  Soundex H-540, Vol 5, Ed. 47, Sheet 3, Line 4.   Honeywell, Chester R. b. Nov 1835, age 65, b. NY, Elizabeth, wife (3rd wife), b. July 1846 age 59 b. NY.

1910 U. S.Census, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo , MI. Vol 43, Ed. 152,   /453.  Honeywell, Chester R., 76, b. NY, parents b. NY; Elizabeth, 69 b. NY father: b. NY, mother: b. VT, md. 2 times, this one 25 years (no. of children not given).

1910  U. S.Census, Prairieville, Barry, MI.  (Chester's brother's [Hylond's] son, David, listed again to benefit others researching this line.)  Film 1374649,viewed at the FHL, SLC, Utah.  236/238, Honeywell, David N., 39, md. once 7 yrs. b. MI, father: b. NY; mother: b. MI; Ethel C., 26, md once 7 yrs, 3 children 3 living, b. MI., parents: b. Germ.; Harold H., son, 5, b. MI; Leland M, son, 3, b. MI; Evalyn M., daughter, 11/12 b. MI. Honeywell, Phebe A., mother, 64 md. 5 children, 5 living. b. MI. parents NY; Honeywell, Bertha, sister, 32, single (one of the twins). A Bert in 1910 is age 32, "living alone," in Washtenaw  Vol. 89, Ed. 120, Household 23.  Washtenaw  was where they lived when Bert & Berta were only 2. In Barry Co. 1910, there is a Bertha H. Carpenter, age 32, Vol 5. Ed. 49, Household 238, enumerated with David N. Stonewall. (Our Bertha is supposed to be in nephew David's home, unless she was visiting there and was enumerated in both places.)

1920 U. S. Census, we could not find Chester on this census.

Cressey Cem., Prairieville, Barry, MI.  Film 0927468   Chester Honeywell is buried in Lot 60.  So is Polly M. "wife of CR Honeywell" age 41 at death in 1875, and Elmer R. Honeywell, their son, died 3 yrs. & 6 months.  Newel Honeywell is in the same Cem., by himself. Newel is Chester's brother.  Recorded in Cressy Cem. book at the Michigan State Library, in Lansing, MI there is a Newell Honeywell, GAR, d. 16 Sept 1865, 33y 8m 1d.  This is the same Newell as on the Barry County film.

Also we found Chester's brother, Hylond A. or H. Honeywell, b. 22 Aug 1836,  d. 8 Dec 1889 (article mentioned below said 1898),  buried in Cressey Cem., Prairieville, Barry, MI.  Hylond married a Phebe A., b. 26 Apr 1836 (1846 in article),  d. 24 Dec 1914.   Hylond and Phebe had a son David Newell who md. Ethel (See 1910 Census, Prairieville, Barry, MI ).  See article in book on Barry County about The Harold Honeywell Family of Prairieville, Call # (In SLC Family History Library, SLC, Utah) is: Barry  Mich. Book pub. 1985, 977.416 H2 The article tells more about Chester's brother's (Hylond's) family.

1358. Almira Honeywell

1870 U. S. Census, Prairieville, Barry, MI, Almira was 9 yrs. old, and in the home of her parents, Chester and Polly (Carpenter) Honeywell.

1880 U. S. Census, Prairieville, Barry, MI, Almira is 19 and with her father Chester, and step-mother Cynthia.

1359. Elmer R. Honeywell

Cem. Records, Cressey Cem., Prairieville, Barry, MI. Son of CR & PM on tombstone  He was 3y 6m.

1360. Hylond H. Honeywell

1870 U. S. Census, Prairieville, Barry, MI. Film 552160, Viewed in Family History Library, SLC, Utah   172/176.  This child is listed as Elemer Honeywell, age l. (Elmer b. 1864 had died in 1868, so this is probably Hylond, son, b. 1869.)

1880 U. S. Census, Prairieville, Barry, MI, Film 1254571,    # 139/144.   This child is listed as Hylond H., age 10.  Since he had a brother Elmer that died at age 3, they might have written the wrong name on the 1870 census.  Hylond has an uncle, his father's brother, also named Hylond Honeywell.

We did not find this Hylond on the 1900 or 1920 Soundex for MI.  We need to search again.

784. Marquis Fernando Carpenter

1850 U. S.Census, Cohocton, Steuben, NY, Marquis (spelled this way) is 14 yrs. old,and in the home of his parents.

1860 U. S. Census, Prairieville, Barry, MI, Fernando is 25, and in his parent's home, Nathaniel Carpenter and Almyra Lewis. (His mother was Elmira on this census, and Fernando was Marquis in the previous census).

MARRIAGE.  Barry County Clerk, Hastings, Michigan.   Liber A-2 page 271.  Fernando Carpenter married  Helen Cook  4 Aug 1861 in Prairieville Twp..  Witnesses: Hellen (spelled this way) Brainard & Paulina A. Carpenter, his sister. George Brainard was Justice of the Peace.

1870 U. S.Census, Prairieville, Barry MI,  taken 28 Jul.   Film # 552160 viewed at FHL, SLC, Utah.  173/177, Carpenter,  Fernando,  33, b. N Y;  Helen, 24, b. MI; Grace, 4,  b. MI;  Hattie M., 2, b. MI;  Henry, 4/12, b. MI; (Benjamin F.Carpenter, 22, male, b. NY.   Benjamin Franklin "Frank" is a brother to Fernando.  His mother was born in NY on other census.)  Next door to Fernando is sister Polly and her family, now Mrs. Chester R. Honeywell. See her notes.

We cannot find Fernando on the 1880 U.S. Census Soundex or the 1884, or 1894 MI State Census for Barry County, MI .  Allegan, does not seem to have an 1884, 1894 Census.  It may be that it is unreadable, or no one knows where it is.  The Michigan  State Library, Lansing, MI or the Salt Lake City Family History Library does not have it.  The Allegan Public Library, Allegan, MI was checked, but no one could find it. The only Fernando Carpenter on the 1880 Soundex was in Oceola, MI, age 36, wife, Amanda, 31.  They had Jane 11, Grace 8, Hattie 5, Ida 2.  It is a concidence they have two children with the same names, but our Grace should be 14 and our Hattie should be 12.  We did learn Fernando's brother "Frank" was in this county in 1887.  More research should be done there.  The following newspapers show he was in Allegan County in 1888 until his death in 1897.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE.  The Plainwell Enterprise, Plainwell, MI, Wed., 8 May 1888.  J. T. Curtis has rented his planning mill to Fernando Carpenter and George Chapman for a term of years.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE.  The Plainwell Enterprise, Plainwell, MI,  13 June 1888.   Negotiations are pending for the transfer of Fernando Carpenter's share of the lease of the Curtis planning mill to George Elser.  George Chapman will be his partner.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE.  The Plainwell Enterprise, 31 July 1889.  Fernando Carpenter has sold his house and lot on the East side to Frank Storms (the cripple) for $800.  Mr. Carpenter intends to move away.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE.  The Plainwell Enterprise, 13 Nov. 1889.  Fernando Carpenter has bought W. A. Lasher's house and lot on Allegan St. for $600.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE.  The Plainwell Enterprise,  13 Nov 1895, Fernando Carpenter moves to the Nichols house on First Avenue.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE. The Plainwell Enterprise,  12 May 1897, Fernando Carpenter has moved into Elmer East's house on Allegan street.

Fernando Carpenter attended a reunion of Calvin Carpenter Family in Athens, Calhoun, MI, in 1895, listing himself as age 59, and said he was from Plainwell, MI.  He signed in as a relative, even though there was a place for visitors only. (This was our connecting link that his father, Nathan on the Census, was Nathaniel!)  His son, Fred, was also with him, age 20.  That reunion was obviously a special reunion, because cousins came together from as far away as NY.

Allegan  Marriage records had the marriage of his sons Henry, to Cora Putman, Frank to Nellie Barney, his daughter Hattie to John S. Norton.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE; The Plainwell Enterprise: 30 Jun 1897,   Died by The Roadside    The Lifeless Body of Fernando Carpenter Found near Allegan Street Saturday Morning. Fernando Carpenter, a well known resident of the village, left his home at four o'clock Saturday morning, to all seeming a well man, and a few hours later was taken back to his family a pulseless corpse. Always an early riser, he had taken his horse out to bait on the grass along the sides of Allegan street, near the fair ground and not far from his home.  One or two persons who passed along the road within the next hour or two saw him thus engaged, one of them being Rev. J.. W. Arney of Otsego.  About 7 o'clock C. F. Gilkey, coming down the cross street from the south, found him, a few rods from Allegan street lying on his back as though asleep and his horse quietly feeding a few feet away.  Life was then extinct.  There were no marks upon his body to indicate violence either from the horse or from evil disposed human beings.  His attitude indicated that death had come suddenly and without pain and the verdict of the physicians was that is was caused by failure of the heart's action. It was declared unnecessary to hold an inquest. Mr. Carpenter was born Nov. 10, 1835 in the town of Bristol, Ontario , NY.  He came to Michigan in 1851 and engaged in work at the carpenter's trade, which he has since followed.  August 4, 1861 he was united in marriage with Miss Helen Cook of Prairieville, who survives him.  He settled in Plainwell in September, 1880, where he has passed most of the years since.  He left six children:  Mrs. Grace Grable of Kenoma, MO., Mrs. John Norton and Henry, Fred, Charles and Frank Carpenter of this place.   The funeral services occurred at two o'clock yesterday afternoon at the Baptist Church, Rev. J. Fletcher, officiating.  The interment was made in Hillside Cem..

Just a few articles above this article, another short article, "Mrs. Wm. Grable of Kenoma, Missouri arrived here last Sunday night, having been summoned by the death of her father, Fernando Carpenter." (This article was in both papers.

1897  Allegan Gazette, July 3, "Fernando Carpenter was found dead at the fairgrounds last Saturday morning.  It is thought that his death was caused by heart disease.  He leaves a wife, four sons, who live in Plainwell, and two daughters, Mrs. John Morton (should be Norton according to Wedding license) of Plainwell, and Mrs. Grace Grable of Missouri."

Death. Record is in  Allegan County Courthouse, Michigan, Vol. 2 page 248.

Cem. Records of the Hillside Cem. from the Gun Plain Twp. Office in Plainwell,  Allegan, MI.   Fernando, his wife and mother, and some of his children are buried in Hillside Cem.. Fernando was 61 yrs. old at the time of his death.  Records were in the township office and a visit was made to the Cem. in 1992.  Dates are dates of burial:   Carpenter, Almira  14 Apr 1888; Fernando, 26 June 1899; Helen, 18 May 1930; Joseph Henry, 3 Jan 1949; (death recorded in Allegan  had 31 Dec 1948-Mother Helen Cook b. Bath, NY); Frank A. 26 Aug 1954; Nellie, 17 Dec 1962; Hugh, 17 Mar 1986.

A visit to the Cem. was made in 1992.  Their lot is S-7 near the main gate and not far from the road.  Tombstones: Fernando Carpenter, Nov 10, 1835 - June 26, 1897.  Next to him is Helen Carpenter, his wife, 1846-1930. Then one stone with two names:  Carpenter, Nellie 1883-1962, and Frank A. 1882-1954. Behind Fernando's is his mother, "Almira, wife of N. W. Carpenter b. 5 Sept 1810, d. 14 Apr 1888."  Next to her is an empty lot and next to that is Joseph Henry, according to Twp. records, but there is no stone.  Next one over, behind Nellie and Frank A's is:  Hugh D. Carpenter, Pvt. U.S. Army, WWII 1910-1986.  This is Frank and Nellie's son. Nathaniel does not appear to be buried here with his wife according to records. This would explain the empty space next to Almira. The earliest death records recorded in Allegan  were 1867.  Nathaniel was supposed to have died in 1864, according to family tradition, so he may be buried there.

1900 U. S.Census Plainwell, Allegan, MI. Helen said she had 7 children with 6 still living.  There was probably a child born before Grace (b. 1866)  as they were married in 1861 (we have marriage record), or there may have been a child between Joseph Henry 1870 & Frederick 1875. We are choosing to put it as the first child in this record.

Helen Cook

See marriage record in Fernando's, (her husband's, documentation

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE. Plainwell Enterprise, Plainwell, Allegan, MI. 18 Apr 1900, p.1, col.3.  Among the recent real estaate transactions in this vicinity are those of . . .Myron M. Pierson to Helen Carpenter, land in the village of Plainwell, $150.  (Marquis Fernando, her husband died 26 Jun 1897).

1900 U. S.Census, Plainwell, Gun Plain Twp., Allegan, MI. Vol. 2, Ed. 11, Sheet 12, Line 93.  Helen, female, b. NY,  July 1846, age 53, 7 children and 6 still living, parents b. NY, o ccupation: nurse; Charles or some name that started with a "C" but couldn't be read easily, son, b. Sept 1879, age 20, b. MI, parents both b. NY; Frank, b. Apr 1882, age 18, b. MI, parents both  b. NY. There may have been a child born before Grace in 1866, as Helen and kFernando were married in 1861 according to their marriage.  Or there may have been a child between Joseph Henry in 1870 and Frederick in 1875.  We are choosing to put this child as the first one in this record.

1910 U. S. Census Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co, MI, Vol 42, Ed. 137,  Household 136. Frank Carpenter, 28, b. MI, father b. MI (should be NY), mother b. NY; Mary, age 26, she had had 1 child and 1 was still living; Hugh, 3/12, b. MI; Fred (brother, to Frank) (looked like Foul on Census), age 34 b. MI, lst marriage of 12 yrs;  Elva (Elva L. Johnson of Athens, MI), 33, lst marriage 12 yrs. (This census doesn't list number of children, but both Frank and his mother, Helen, did, perhaps Fred and Elva had none.)   Helen 63, widow, b. NY had 7 children and 6 are still living. (We believe the child who died, was born before Grace, or between Joseph Henry and Frederick).  All 6 are mentioned when the father died 3 years earlier,  Grace, Hattie and 4 sons, Joseph Henry, Frederick, Charles and Frank.

1910 U. S. Census,  Barry , MI,  Vol 25, Ed. 49,taken 25-26 Apr.    89/92, Lynes, Semour, 74, md. once for 42 yrs., b. NY, parents b. NY;  Caroline, wife, 2 children 1 living; Carpenter, Helen, sister-in-law, 63, 7 children 6 living, b. NY, parents b. NY.  Did Semour Lynes marry Helen's sister and is she visiting in their home?  We know the Helen reported in the 1910 Kalamazoo Census, is Fernando's wife, Helen, because the others in this household are her sons, and daughters-in-law.  We need to get the date of that Kalamazoo Census, as she might have been counted in two places.

1920 U. S. Census of Three Rivers, St. Joseph , MI,, Vol 7, Ed. 60, Sheet 3, Line 3, Helen Carpenter 73, b. NY in Barry  with John Thomas as a sister-in-law.  Did Helen Cook Carpenter have a sister who md. John Thomas? The 1920 Census below, she is in the home of her daughter.  She still could have been visiting her brother-in-law, and been counted twice or there are two Helen Carpenter of the same age.

1920 U. S. Census, St. Joseph County, City of Three Rivers, MI, ED 169, sheet 5A, 120/123 Norton, John, head, owns, mortgage, male, white, age 55, married, b. MI;  father b. OH, mother b. MI, paper maker, paper mill; Hattie, wife, f,w, age 52, b. MI, parents b. NY; Fred, son m,w., age 18, b. MI; Dale, son, m,w., age 13, b. MI; Donald, son, m,w, age 11, b. MI; all sons are single;  Carpenter, Helen, mother-in-law, f, w, age 73, widow, b. NY, parents b. NY

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE.  The Plainwell Enerprise  (article found in 1997) May 22, 1930. Funeral services were held Sunday in the Baptist church for Mrs. Helen Carpenter, 83, who died at Brower Hospital here Friday. (The masthead of the paper said April 22, 1930. But the paper filmed before this issue was dated May 15, 1930, and the one filmed after this issue was dated May 29, 1930. Possibly the April 22 date should have been May 22.) Another source said she was 83y10m15d.  She died of Valvular Heart Disease.

DEATH.  Record is in Allegan County Courthouse, Allegan, Michigan, Vol 5. page 465, 83y10m15d.

1362. Grace Carpenter

1870 U .S. Census, Prairieville, Barry, MI. Grace is 4 yrs. old and in the home of her parents

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE.  The Plainwell Enterprise (published  weekly) Wed., 19 Dec 1894, p.l, col. 2.  Miss Grace Carpenter and Will Grable are to be married at 8 'clock this morning at the home of the bride's parents.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE.  The Plainwell Enterprise, 26 Dec 1894, p. 1. col. 2.   Miss Grace Carpenter, who has been employed for a year or two past in Kankakee, IL. came home and was married last Wednesday morning at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fernando Carpenter, to William Grable, ticket agent of the Greenfield and Northern Railway at Aurora, Missouri.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. F. Z. Rossiter.  The happy couple departed immediately for the future home at Aurora, MO.

1897 at father's death she is reported as living in Kenoma, Missouri.

1900 U. S. Census, Fair Play City, Madison Twp., Polk , Missouri, Vol. 75, Ed. 130, Sheet 17, Line 56,  taken 21 June . Soundex G-614. Household 339/345 Grable, William L,. b. Ohio, parents both b. Ohio; age 35, b. Sept 1864; Grace, wife, age 34, b. Feb 1866; married 5 yrs., 0 children, 0 living, b. MI, parents both b. NY   He was a railroad agent.  This is two counties over from Kenoma, Barton, Missouri, but the only William and Grace in the state, so we believe they are our family. Her age, place of birth, and birthplace of parents would be correct also.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE.  Plainwell Enterprise, Plainwell, MI, 15 Aug 1900, p. 8. col. 1.  ". . .A letter was read from Mrs. Grace Carpenter Grable of Fair Play, MO."  The newspaper article was about the Carpenter Family Reunion in Allegan County.  See notes for Byron Carpenter for complete article.

1365. Frederick Carpenter

Fred attended a reunion of the Calvin Carpenter Family with his father Fernando in 1895 in Athens, Calhoun , MI.   Fred  was 20 yrs. old.   Calvin was Fernando's uncle, his father's Nathaniel's brother.   Calvin was Robert Carpenter's son and Nathaniel's brother.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE.  Plainwell Enterprise, Plainwell, Allegan, MI.  23 Aug 1897, col. 1 p. 2.  Fred Carpenter has taken a position at the Kalamazoo asylum for the insane, going to work yesterday.

MARRIAGE.  Calhoun County Clerk-Register, Marshall, MI.  1898 Marriages,  Fred Carpenter, age 23, of Kalamazoo, married Elva L. Johnson, age 22, of Athens.  Married at Marshall, Calhoun, MI. His father was F. Carpenter and mother Helen Cook.  Her parents were C. D. Johnson, mother unknown. (Calvin D. Johnson & Ellis C. Taylor from other sources.)  Witnesses: Mrs. Hattie Hoeltzel of Marshall, and Mrs. P.W. McReynolds of Marshall.  Married by P. W. McReynolds, M.G.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE.  The Plainwell Enterprise, 25 May 1898.  Word has been received here of the marriage of Fred Carpenter to Miss Elva Johnson on May 14, at Milan.

1900 U. S . Census, Plainwell, Gun Plain Twp. Allegan, MI. Vol. 2, Ed. 11, Sheet 5, Line 84.  Carpenter, Frederick, b. Jan 1875, 25, b. MI;. Elsa, wife, b. Oct 1875, 24 , b. MI; married 2 yrs. 0 children, 0 living.

1910 U. S. Census, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co, MI Vol 42, Ed. 137,   # 186.  Frank Carpenter, 28, b. MI. father b. MI (should be NY), mother b. NY; Mary, age 26, she had had 1 child and 1 was still living. Hugh, 3/12, b. MI.   Fred  (Frank's brother, age 34, b. MI, lst marriage of 12 yrs. and  Elva (Elva L. Johnson of Athens, MI), 33, lst mg. 12 yrs also. (It didn't give the number of children, for Fred and Elva, perhaps their were none.  The number of children were recorded for Frank's wife and their mother Helen.) Helen 63, widow, b. NY had 7 children and 6 were still living.

1920  Could not find Fred or Elva, his wife, in MI. on this Soundex.

DEATH.  Calhoun County, MI  Film 1,009,293, Index.  Vol. 6 p. 230. # 191, Died 4 Apr 1919 in Battle Creek,Calhoun , MI  b. MI. He was 4y2m26d (believe this should be 44y2m26d), not married, (we know he was married),  father:  Fernando Carpenter and mother:  Helen Cook, both of NY. He was a manager.  Fred  died of Meningitis.

OBITUARY.  Battle Creek Enquirer Evening News.  April 4, 1919. Fred Carpenter.  Fred Carpenter, district manager of the Hankow Tea company, passed away at the Nichols hospital at 4:15 a.m. today.  Recently Mr. Carpenter was reported to be improving from the illness which caused him to be taken to the hospital, but his condition took a sudden change for the worse.  An aggravated digestive trouble was the cause of the death. Mr. Carpenter is a resident of 40 S. Jay street.  He leaves a wife, Mrs. Elva Carpenter; a mother, Mrs. Helen Carpenter, both residing at the Jay street residence; three brothers, Henry and Charles of Kalamazoo, Frank of Waterville, Can., one sister, Mrs. John Norton of Three Rivers.  Funeral announcements will be made later.

Elva I. Johnson

DEATH.   Kalamazoo County Clerk, Kalamazoo, MI  Vol. 3, page 540; Elva I. Carpenter, born Athens, 4 Oct 1875, died 3 Jun 1967 in Kalamazoo.  Father:  Calvin Johnson, mother:  Ellis C. Taylor.Spouse: Fred Carpenter; buried Oak Hill Cem., Battle Creek, MI.  She was 91 years old at the time of her death.    Informant: Harold Norton.  He is the son of Hattie and John Norton, nephew of Elva's late husband.    We learned in 1998 that Hattie and John Norton had a son Harold. Route 1, Plainwell, MI.  .

785. Albert Dinia Carpenter

1850 U. S.Census, Cohocton, Steuben , NY, Albert is age 13 and in the home of his parents, Nathaniel and Almira.

Albert Denia  is not on 1860 census with his parents or head of a household in Prairieville, Barry , MI, where his parents were living.  Albert had children b. in Illinois in the early 1860's (thought to be Boone  where his brother, William Riley Carpenter was believed to be living with his family.)  Family records sent by descendants in 1993 state that Belvedere is in CALHOUN  CO, not Boone County, so he may have been traveling to that destination in 1860.  Albert's first child was born in MI about 1860, but his second child, Albert Clark, and third child, Claude D., were born in Illinois.   Still we have not been able to find him on a Michigan or Illinois census in 1860.

1870 U. S.Census, Prairieville, Barry, MI., taken 30 July.  132/135 Carpenter,  Albert, 39 (This should be 32, see 1880, 1900, & 1910 census below), b. NY; Mary E., 28, b. Ohio; Geo. W., 9, b. MI; Albert C., 8, b. IL; Claude, 7, b. IL; Elmer, 5, b. MI; Harriett, 3, b. MI. (Family in IL 1861-1863)
Name: Albert Carpenter
Age in 1870: 39
Birth Year: abt 1831
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1870: Prairieville, Barry, Michigan
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Prairieville
Value of Real Estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Albert Carpenter 39
Mary E Carpenter 28
George W Carpenter 9
Albert C Carpenter 8
Claude Carpenter 7
Elmer Carpenter 5
Harriet Carpenter 3
Source Citation
Year: 1870; Census Place: Prairieville, Barry, Michigan; Roll: M593_661; Page: 245A; Image: 573; Family History Library Film: 552160
Source Information 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
Original data:
1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

1880 U. S.Census, Ostego, Allegan, MI,  Vol. 1, Ed. 24, Sheet 17, Line 49.  Soundex C-615. Albert 42, b. NY;  Mary, 38, b. Ohio; George 20, son, b. MI; Clark (Albert Clark in 1870), 18, b. IL son; Claude, 17, b. IL, son; Elmer, 15, b. M, son; Hattie, 13, b. MI daughter; Avilla, 9, b. MI daughter.   (This child's name was Havillah and he was NOT a female.   He filed a delayed birth certificate to show he was a male on 4 Aug 1940, in Muskegan County, Michigan and gave his father's name as Albert Dinia.  This is how we got Albert's middle name.  See his record for details.)
Name: Albert Carpenter
Age: 42
Birth Year: abt 1838
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1880: Otsego, Allegan, Michigan
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Mary Carpenter
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Birthplace: New York
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Saw Mill
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Household Members:
Name Age
Albert Carpenter 42
Mary Carpenter 38
George Carpenter 20
Clark Carpenter 18
Claude Carpenter 17
Elmer Carpenter 15
Hattie Carpenter 13
Avilla Carpenter 9
Source Citation
Year: 1880; Census Place: Otsego, Allegan, Michigan; Roll: 569; Family History Film: 1254569; Page: 402A; Enumeration District: 024; Image: 0807
Source Information and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site.
Original data: Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

1900 U. S.Census, Otsego, Allegan, MI, Vol 2, Ed. 23, Sheet 20, Line 95. Albert D. Carpenter b. Oct 1835, b. NY, age 64; (he couldn't have been born in 1835 if Nathaniel had 2 males under 5 in 1840. [See 1840 census] Fernando, his brother, was b. 1 Nov 1835. [census was taken 18 Sept 1840 before he turned 5], so Albert would have to be born in 1836 or 1837.  Also on the 1850 census, Albert is only 13);  Mary, b. March 1844, age 56, b. Ohio.  (Family records sent in 1993 confirmed he was born in 1837.)
Name: Albert D Carpenter
[Albert Carpenter]
Age: 64
Birth Date: Oct 1835
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1900: Otsego, Allegan, Michigan
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Mary Carpenter
Marriage Year: 1858
Years Married: 42
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Birthplace: Massachusetts
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Albert D Carpenter 64
Mary Carpenter 56
Source Citation
Year: 1900; Census Place: Otsego, Allegan, Michigan; Roll: 698; Page: 20B; Enumeration District: 0023; FHL microfilm: 1240698
Source Information 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.
Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.

1910 U. S. Census, Otsego, Allegan , MI, Vol 2, Ed. 24   Original census was consulted.  614/ 697.  Albert D. Carpenter, age 72, md. once, 51 yrs. b. NY, parents both b. NY; Mary E., 67, md. once, 51 yrs, 7 children, 5 still living,  b. Ohio, parents both b. Ohio.
Name: Albert D Carpenter
Age in 1910: 72
Birth Year: abt 1838
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1910: Otsego, Allegan, Michigan
Street: River Street W
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Mary E Carpenter
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Birthplace: New York
Native Tongue: English
Occupation: Own Income
Home Owned or Rented: Own
Home Free or Mortgaged: Free
Farm or House: House
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Years Married: 51
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Albert D Carpenter 72
Mary E Carpenter 67
Source Citation
Year: 1910; Census Place: Otsego, Allegan, Michigan; Roll: T624_634; Page: 26A; Enumeration District: 0024; FHL microfilm: 1374647
Source Information 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.
Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA.

CIVIL WAR PENSION Records.  Affidavit filed 15 Mar 1915 with the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions, states Albert D. Carpenter was born 25 Oct 1838 in New York, that he enlisted at Prairieville, Barry , MI; his wife's name is Mary E. Myers Carpenter; they were married at Gull Prairie, Kalamazoo , MI by Elder Donbaney; that he was not previously married; that his children are:  Geo. M. Carpenter, b. 20 Jun 1860; Clark A. Carpenter, b. 9 Sep 1861; Claud Carpenter, b. 23 Mar 1863; Elmer E. Carpenter, b. 22 Jun 1865; and Hattie B. Carpenter, b. 4 July 1867.

CIVIL WAR PERSION Records.  Affidavit states Albert D. Carpenter enrolled 4 Jan 1916 in Company L, 4th Regiment, Michigan Calvary, commanded by Capt. B. O. Prichard, and was honorably discharged at Nashville, or Edgefield, TN on the 15th day of August, 1865.  That after his discharge in 1865, Albert D. Carpenter returned home to his family in Silver Creek, Allegan  MI.

1916 Michigan State Death records:  Albert D. Carpenter, died 23 June 1916 in Burton Twp., Genesee, MI. age 77y1m28d. b. NY, died of Cronic Cudareritus, father Nathaniel Carpenter

Name: Albert D Carpenter
Birth Date: abt 1839
Birth Place: N.Y.
Death Date: 23 Jun 1916
Death Place: Burton, Genesee, Michigan
Death Age: 77
Occupation: None
Race: White
Marital Status: Widowed
Gender: Male
Father Name: Nathan Carpenter
FHL Film Number: 1018930
Source Information Michigan, Deaths and Burials Index, 1867-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data:
"Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800–1995." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

Mary Elizabeth Myers

1880 U. S.Census, Prairieville, Barry, MI. Mary was 38 and with her husband Albert Carpenter.  See husband's record.

1910 U. S. Census  she said she had had 7 children with 5 living at that time.

When Havillah filed a delayed birth registration to prove he was a male when his birth had been recorded as a female, he said he was the 7th child out of 7, and his mother, Mary Elizabeth Myers was born in Cahugh Falls, Ohio.  His father was Albert Dinia Carpenter, b. Steuben Co. NY

Michigan State Records.  Mary E. Myers Carpenter's death is in Vol 4, page 53, died 8 May 1915, age 71y1m16d of diabetes at Flint, Genesee, MI.

1368. George M. Carpenter

1910 U. S. Census, Kalamazoo , MI. Vol. 44, Ed. 165, House # 174. Carpenter, George B., 53, b. MI; Mary J. 46, wife; Arthur, SS (Stepson ?), 18, Bessie, 7; (couldn't read the name of this next child), 4, son.  More research is needed.  This was the only one on the 1910 Michigan Soundex that might be our George, but we need to prove it first.

1369. Clark Albert Carpenter

MARRIAGE.  Allegan County Clerk, Allegan,  MI,  Vol. 6, p. 101, #1507, Albert C. Carpenter, age 30, of Otsego, Allegan , MI, b. IL  married  Mrs. Emma Jackson, Emma Yemens, (maiden name), age 28, of Otsego, Allegan, MI, b. Allegan, MI, married  21 Mar 1892 in Allegan, MI.   Parents of the groom:  A. D. Carpenter (Albert Dinia) & Mary Meyers.  Parents of the bride: James Yemans & Eliza Barker. Witnesses:  Theron N. Hudson of Allegan, MI and Orlyn J. Delano, of Allegan, MI.  Married by Fayette S. Day, Justice of the Peace.

1900  We couldn't find Albert Clark on a  1900 census.

1910 U. S. Census,  Kalamazoo County, MI,  Vol 41, Ed. 158, Household 265.  Carpenter, Albert C. hired man, 48, widow, b. MI, father b. NY, mother b. OH,  was in the home of George Dolph, age 43, b. MI, father b. Virginia, mother b. NY; wife, Una O, age 37, married 16 yrs, 2 children 1 alive; Horace Dolph, son, age 14, b. MI, parents b. MI.

DEATH.  Allegan County Clerk, Allegan, MI.  Book 10 of Death Records p. 576.   Albert Carpenter,  b. 9 Sept 1861 in IL;  burried  30 Apr 1946, age 84y7m17d, wife: Emma Yemens.  Died at  Kalamazoo State Hospital, length of stay 9m 12d;   parents:  Albert Carpenter b. NY & Mary b. USA.

Another death age was given as 85y4m12d

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE. Otsego Union, May 2, 1946.(article found in 1997) Elbert Clark Carpenter Dies at Age of 84.  (Should be Albert)  Elbert Clark Carpenter, 84, passed away in Kalamazoo last Saturday, April 27.  He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Carpenter, Kankakee, IL. where he was born on 9 Sept 1861.  He had lived most of his life in Otsego. He leaves two brothers, Claude Carpenter of this city and Kavilla (Havilla) Carpenter of Muskegon; also a niece, Mrs. Arvilla Standish of Willow Run. Funeral services were held at the Boyce Funeral home at 2:00 p.m. Monday with Rev. James Andrews of Kalamazoo officiating.  Burial was at Mt. Home cemetery.

Emma Yemens

Emma's name was reported to be Mrs. Emma Yemans Jackson.  Jackson probably was a first husband.

1371. Elmer E. Carpenter

1870 U. S. Census, Prairieville, Barry, MI.  Elmer is age 5, b. MI. and in the home of his parents, Albert Dinia Carpenter and Mary Elizabeth Myers.

1880 U. S. Census, Ostego, Allegan, MI. Elmer is 15  and in the home of his parents.

MARRIAGE.  Allegan County Clerk, Allegan,, MI  Vol 5, p. 108, #1615.  Elmer E. Carpenter, age 21, of Otsego, MI, b. Kalamazoo, MI, married Matie Maidins, age 28, of Kalamazoo, MI, b. Kalamazoo, MI.  Married, Oct 9, 1886, at Otsego, Allegan , MI. (date of license 17 Aug, 1886).  Witnesses:  Albert D. Carpenter of Otsego, MI and Mary E. Carpenter of Otsego, MI.  A. L. Ferguson, Pastor.  (This was Elmer's parents, Mary E. Myers was his mother's maiden name.)

We could not find Elmer or Matie in 1900, 1910, or 1920, Soundex of Michigan.  More research needed here.

786. Paulina Adalanda Carpenter

1850 U. S. Census, Cohocton, Steuben, NY.  Paulina was age 10 and in the home of her parents, Nathaniel Carpenter and Almira (Lewis).

1860 U. S.Census, Prairieville, Barry, MI.  Paulina was age 18 and in the home of her parents.

On August 4, 1861 her name was Paulina A. Carpenter  when she was a witness at her brother Fernando's wedding.

MARRIAGE.   Allegan County Clerk, Allegan, MI,  Vol. 2, Page 152,  James Brainard, 27, and Paulina A. Carpenter, age 21, married Aug 26, 1861.  Witnesses were Lucy L. Latham and Thankful Freeman.  D. R. Latham, Minister of the Gospel.

On November 9, 1864  she was Paulina A King  when she was a witness at her sister Adalaide's wedding.  (Checked for marriage index for Pauline Brainard for another marriage, but nothing was found.) We have not, as yet, found her wedding to Mr. King.  (Family records sent in 1993 confirm a marriage to a James 26 Aug 1961 [we know this James is James Brainard], and a marriage to a William 11 Sept 1862.  We are assuming this William is William King.) More research needed here.

In a short death notice of Almira Carpenter in the Plainwell Enterprise on Wednesday, April 18, 1888, it says she was the mother of Fernando Carpenter and Mrs. William H. King.

We have not been able to locate Paulina either as Brainard or King on the 1880, 1900, or 1910 Michigan census.  There was only one Paulina King on the 1880 Soundex for Michigan.   Her husband was Marcus in Almont Twp. Lapeer  but this Paulina was only 32 yrs. old.  Ours should be about 39 by this date.  They may have left MI or she may have died.  More research needed here also.

789. Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Carpenter

Benjamin Franklin went by Frank.

1850 U. S.Census, Cohocton, Steuben, NY, Berry S., female age 3.  This is believed to be Benjamin S., age 3 yrs., as that is the way the rest of Nathaniel's census are stated, not Barry, female, but Benjamin F. male. See further comments under father's documentation.

1860 U. S. Census, Prairieville, Barry, MI Benjamin F. is 12 yrs. old.

1870 U. S. Census, Prairieville, Barry, MI  Benjamin F., age 22, is in the home of Fernando Carpenter, Benjamin "Frank" Franklin's brother. See Fernando's record.)

MARRIAGE.  Allegan  Clerk, Allegan, MI.   Vol. 4 p. 67,   /997  Benjamin Franklin Carpenter of Martin, MI, age 24, b. Cohocton, (Steuben  although not given in the marriage record), NY married Mary Jane Wall, age 17, of Martin, MI,  b. Martin, Allegan, MI.  Married, 14 Apr 1871, in Martin, Allegan , MI.    Witnesses: Irvin S. Moulton of Martin, MI and John Wall, of Martin, MI  (Mary Jane's brother). Married by: A. O. Wheeler, M.G. (Benjamin Franklin's father, Nathaniel Carpenter, was on the Cohocton, NY census in 1850.)  Parents were not given, at the time of the marriage. (Some family records had marriage date as 26 Dec 1870, but we copied the above from the county records and now have a copy of the marriage certificate, and they agree with the 1871 date).

We thought we knew Mary Jane Wall's parents because John, witness at her wedding, was Mary Jane's brother and he married Florence Burnham. John was 26, of Allegan and Florence was 22 of Watson.  The record gave his parents as Robert Wall & Phoebe Rowe, thus this should be Mary Jane Wall's parents also. (Although logical, decendants found in 1993, stated Mary Jane Wall's parents were not Robert Wall and Phoebe Rowe, but were Edward Wall and Agnes. Florence Burnham's parents were Alonzo Burnham and Mary Beal.  Irvin L. Moulton, the other witness at Benjamin F. Carpenter's wedding, was of Martin age 24, and he md. Betsy Wall age 17 b. Eng., 17 Dec 1880. (This date needs to be rechecked because the Betsey mentioned below would have been older than this in 1980).  Thus both witnesses at Benjamin Franklin's wedding were to be his brothers-in-law.

Death records of Allegan  has the death of Frank and Mary Jane Wall Carpenter's son, John Zael, and this record gave the record of John's birth place as Osceola , MI in 1887.    We had not looked for a Frank in that county, and at that time we did not know he went by Frank (for Franklin). Benjamin Franklin was not on the Soundex for Allegan, Kalamazoo, or Barry  in 1880 or 1900.

We now know he went by "Frank"all the time, because we found his daughter Addie Carpenter, who married Clifton A. Ryder, naming her father as Frank.  (She could have belong to Fernando's family because she was a witness at one of Fernando's sons' wedding {Joseph Henry's}. Grace, Fernando's daughter, was a witness at Addie's wedding.  Grace, Addie and Joseph Henry lived in the same town and probably grew up together and were very close cousins.  Addie would fit in either family, but at her wedding, she gave her father's name as "Frank".  After seeing "Frank's" son's {Zael's} death certificate, and correspondence from his descendants,  we know he used the name of Frank.

1860 U. S. Census, Allegan, MI. Edward Wall 41 b. England; Agnes 31 b. England; Aaron 12 b. Eng; Millian (sic) 10 b. Eng.; Betsey 9, b. Eng.; John 7 b. NY; Jane (Mary Jane) 6  b. MI; James 4  b. MI; Milliam Cummings 9 b. NY; Agnes Wall 2  b. MI; Sarah 1  b. MI.; Edward 4 mo. b. MI.

1880 U. S. Census, Harwick Twp, Osceola , MI.    44/44, Carpenter, Frank, b. NY, father  b. NY, mother __; Mary J., wife,  26,  b. MI, parents b.  England; Addy A., 8, daughter, b. MI; James W., 6, son, b. MI;  Leland, 3, son, b. MI; Edward, 3/12, b. MI.

Family records received  in 1993 from a descendant of Benjamin "Frank" Carpenter, a great granddaughter, Lois Semen.  (Grandson, Edward Wall Carpenter Jr., son, Edward Wall Carpenter Sr.,). Benjamin "Frank" Carpenter, was the son of Nathaniel Carpenter and Almira Lewis. We contacted Lois Semen of Lansing, MI  and received ALL of Benjamin Franklin "Frank's" children.

Osceola  Census records will be searched  because his two sisters, Paulina and Adalaide may also have gone to that area. We have not located them.  Fernando may have also been there.

VOLUNTEER ENLISTMENT dated 4 January 1864 at Praairieville, Barry County, MI.  See photocopy included in this book.

DECLARATION OF RECRUIT:  4 Jan. 1(8)964, at Grand Rapids, Mich.   Benjamin F. Carpenter volunteered as a soldier in the Army of the United States for a period of 3 years.  He gave his age as 17 years and 7 months.   Almira Carpenter gave permission of Benjamin F. Carpenter, age 17, to volunteer as a soldier in the Army of the United States for a period of 3 years. They both signed the two documents.  He was mustered in that day.  He was described as having grey eyes, light hair, fair complexion and was 5 feet 5 inches tall. Town of Prairieville in Barry County for his exam.

Mustered out:  Book 977.414  History of Allegan & Barry  Benj. F. Carpenter, Mustered out Barry  Calvary,  L.  Ref:  Barry  Clerk's Office, Court House, Hastings, MI.  Liber B,  38.  Discharged at Edgefield, Tenn. Aug 15, 1865.

DOCUMENT:  Department of the Interior, Bureau of Pensions, Washington D. C. Oct 4, 1894. "Sir: Will you kindly answer, at your earliest convenience, the questions enumerated below?  The information is requested for future use, and it may be of great value to your family."  Signed by: (illegible), Commissioner:  Addressed to:  Benjamin F. Carpenter, Esq., Shelbyville, MIch.  "No. 1.  Are you a married man?  If so, please state your wife's full name, and her maiden name.  Answer:  Yes - Mary Jane Carpenter - Mary Jane Wall.  No. 2.  When, where, and by whom were you married?  Answer:  Jan. 1st 1870 (later Mary Jane gave their wedding date as 14 Apr 1871) by Rev. Amos Wheeler of Marin, Allegan, Mich."  No.  3.  What record of marriage exists?  Answer:  Recorded in County Clerk's office, in Allegan City, Michigan.  No. 4.  Were you previously married?  If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce.  Answer:  No.  No. 5.  Have you any children living?  Yes.  If so please state their names and dates of their birth.    Answer:  Addie A. Carpenter, b. 12 Sept 1871; James W. Carpenter, b. 22 Aug 1873;  Leland Carpenter,  b. 19 June 1876;  Edward Carpenter,  b. 22 Feb 1880; William Carpenter,  b. 14 Jul 1881; Agness A. Carpenter,  b. 15 Sept 1883;  John Z. Carpenter,  b. 19 Mar 1887;  Lulu E. Carpenter,  b. 20 July 1889;  Aaron Carpenter,  17 Apr 1891;  Glen C. Carpenter,  b. 9 July 1893 that is all, signed Benjamin F. Carpenter." (Addie had a twin Ada C. who had died). Information sent by Lois Semens, Lansing, MI. 1993. (See copy of document included in this book.)

Application for admission to Michigan's Soldier's Home.  Register No. 570l.  He was admitted to the Soldier's Home 7 Feb 1910,   #5701, Co L 4th Mich Cav. (5-5-23)

1900 U. S. Census, Butterfield Twp., Missaukee , WI, taken in June.  Carpenter, Frank, b. 1847, age 53, md. 29y, b. NY, farmer;  Jane, b. 1854, age 46, 12 children, 11 living, b. MI; Edward, b. 1879, age 21, b. MI, laborer;  William, b. 1882, age 17; Agness, b. 1883, age 16; Benjamin, b. 1885, age 15; Zael, b. 1887, age 13, Lulu, b. 1889, age 10; Aaron, b. 1891, age 9; Glenn, b. 1892, age 7.  All children b. MI.
See also:
Name: Frank Carpenter
Titles and Terms:
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1900
Event Place: Butterfield & Aetna townships, Missaukee, Michigan, United States
District: 110
Gender: Male
Age: 53
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Race (Original): W
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Number of Living Children:
Years Married: 29
Birth Date: May 1847
Birthplace: New York
Marriage Year (Estimated): 1871
Immigration Year:
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Birthplace: Vermont
Mother of how many children:
Sheet Number and Letter: 2A
Household ID: 29
Line Number: 47
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: T623
GS Film Number: 1240732
Digital Folder Number: 004120244
Image Number: 00354
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Frank Carpenter Head M 53 New York
Jane Carpenter Wife F 46 Michigan
Edward Carpenter Son M 21 Michigan
William Carpenter Son M 18 Michigan
Agness Carpenter Daughter F 17 Michigan
Benjamin Carpenter Son M 15 Michigan
Zael Carpenter Son M 13 Michigan
Lulu Carpenter Daughter F 11 Michigan
Aaron Carpenter Son M 9 Michigan
Glenn Carpenter Son M 8 Michigan
Citing this Record:
"United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 11 Aug 2014), Frank Carpenter, Butterfield & Aetna townships, Missaukee, Michigan, United States; citing sheet 2A, family 29, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240732.

Missaukee County Records, Mi.  B. F. Carpenter was elected Justice of the Peace for Butterfield Twp. to serve a term until July 4, 1904.

DEATH.   State of Michigan, County of Kent,  Book 7, page 338. Benjamin F. Carpenter died 10 March 1910, married, age 62y9m24d, mw,  place of death Grand Rapids Twp., Kent , MI. He was b. NY.    Parents: Nathaniel Carpenter, b. NY, mother Elmira Lewis (should be Almira). b. Vermont. Benjamin F. Carpenter  is buried in Plot 5, Row 5, Grave 23 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans' Cem..  Pictures and documents were obtained by Helen Kelley, of Kinsman, IL. Helen's sister, Irene Elizabeth,  is married to William Nuel Billett a descendant of Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Carpenter.

Pvt Benjamin F Carpenter
Birth:  May 16, 1847
Steuben County
New York, USA
Death:  Mar. 10, 1910
Enlisted Jan 14, 1864-Discharged Aug 15, 1865.Civil War
Married Mary Jane Wall-4-14-1871 in Martin, Michigan
Addy A & Ada C 9-12-1871 Allegan, Mi
James 8-21-1873-Allegan
Leland Frank 6-19-1876 Osceola, Mi
Edward Wall 2-22-1880 Tustin,Mi
William J 7-14-1881
Agnes A 9-15-1883
Benjamin N 5-8-1885
John Zale 3-19-1887 Osceola.Mi
Lula Elizabeth 7-20-1889 Allegan,Mi
Aaron Alonzo 4-17-1891
Glen C 7-9-1893
Parents-Nathaniel & Almira (Lewis) Carpenter
Grandparents-Robert & Phebe (McNair) Carpenter
Levi & Polly (Putnam) Lewis  
Family links:
 Mary Jane Wall Carpenter (1854 - 1911)*
 Addie Amelia Carpenter Ryder (1871 - 1928)*
 James Carpenter (1873 - 1945)*
 John Zael Carpenter (1887 - 1959)*
 Glen Clifton Carpenter (1893 - 1969)*
*Calculated relationship  
Grand Rapids Veterans Home Cemetery
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Plot 5, Row 5, Grave 24
Maintained by: Max
Originally Created by: DUVCW
Record added: Jun 09, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14554993  

DESCENDANT INFO???  YES!  Grandson! Son of John Zael Carpenter
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 12/28/1950 - 10/26/1953
DATE OF BIRTH: 07/25/1926
DATE OF DEATH: 08/07/2003
(815) 423-9958

Mary Jane "Jennie" Wall

DECLARATION FOR WIDOW'S PENSION.  Act of April 19, 1908.  State of Michigan, County of Missaukee.  On this 8th day of April, A. D., 1910, personally appeared before me, a Notary Public within and for the county and state aforesaid, Mary Jane Carpenter, age 55 years, a resident of Butterfield, county of Missaukee, State of Michigan, who, being duly sworn according to law, makes the following declaration in order to obtain pension under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved April 19, 1908.  That she is the widow of Benjamin F. Carpenter, who was enrolled under the name of Benjamin F. Carpenter, at Prairieville, Mich., on the 14th day of January, 1864, as a Private in Company L, 4th Michigan Cavalry, and honorably discharged August 15, 1865, having served ninety days or more during the late civil war;  That he was not in the military or naval service of the United States otherwise than as stated above;  That she was married under the name of Mary Jane Wall to the said soldier at Martin, Mich., on the 14th day of April 1871, by A. O. Wheeler, Minister of the Gospel; that there was no legal barrier to the marriage; and that she had not been previously married; that the soldier had not been previously married; and that neither she nor said soldier married otherwise than as stated above;  That the said soldier died March 10, 1910 at Michigan Soldiers' Home; that she was not divorced from him; and that she has not remarried since his death;  That the said soldier left the following- named children who are now living and under sixteen years of age, to-wit:  None Listed;  That she has not heretofore applied for pension;  That she hereby appoints herself her true and lawful attorney, to prosecute this claim.  That her post office address is Butterfield, County of Missaukee, State of Michigan.  Signed by Mary Jane Carpenter.  Witnesses:  Charles Lampman and Ella M. Myers.  Also personally appeared Charles Lampman, residing in Butterfield, Mich. and Ella M. Myers, residing in Butterfield, Mich., persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitiled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say they were present and saw Mary Jane Carpenter, the claimant, sign her name (or make her mark) to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to belive, from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with her of nine years and nine years, respectively, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be, and that they have no iinterest in the prosecution of this claim.  Signed aby Charles Lampman and Ella M. Myers.  Subscribed and sworn to before me this 8th day of April, A. D., 1910; and I hereby certify that the contend of the above declaration, etc., were fully made known and explained to the applicaant and witnesses before swearing, including the words (none listed), erased, and the words Mary, added: and that I have no interest, direct or indiect, in the prosecution of this claim.  Signed:  Goerge N. Myers, Notary Public.  My commission expires Mar. 4th, 1912.

APPLICATION FOR ACCURED PENSIONS  (WIDOWS).  State of Michigan, County of Kent, ss.  On this 30th day of April 1910 personally appeared Mary Jane Carpenter, who, being duly sworn, decleares that she is the lawful widow of Benjamin F. Carpenter, deceased; that he died on the 10th day of March 1910; that he had been granted a pension by certificate No. 576,036, which is herewith returned (or if not, state why not) think certificate was returned to the U.S. Pension Agent at Detroit, Mich.; that he had been paid the pension by the pension agent at Detroit, Mich. up to the fourth day of March, 1910; after which date he had not been employed or paid in the Army, Navy, or Marine service of the United States, except (none listed); that she was married to the said Benjamin F. Carpenter on the 14 th day of April 1871, at Martin in the state of Michigan; that her name before said marriage was Mary Jane Wall; that she had not been previously married; that her husband had not been previously married; that she hereby makes application for the pension which had accured on aforesaid certificate to the date of death; and that her residence is city of Grand Rapids, county of Kent, State of Michigan, and her post office address is Soldiers' Home, Kent County, Mich.  Signed:  Mary Jane Carpenter.  Also personally appeared Frank H. Youngs, residing at Grand Rapids, Mich., and Martha W. Youngs, residing at Grand Rapids, Mich. who being duly sworn, say they were present and saw Mary Jane Carpenter sign her name (make her mark) to the foregoing declaration; that they know her to be the lawful widow of Benjamin F. Carpenter who died on the 10th day of March, 1910, and that their means of knowledge that said parties were husband and wife, and that the husband died on said date, are as follows:  that I am a brother-in-law of the deceased soldier and I am a sister-in-law of the deceased soldier and was present at his bedside when he died.  Signed:  Frank H. Youngs and Martha W. Youngs.  Sworn to and subscribed before me this 30th day of April 1910, and I certify that the affiants are reputable persons; that they know the contents of their despositions, and that their statements are entitiled to full faith and credit.  I further certify that I have no interest, direct or indirect, in the above claim.  Signed:  William J. Emery, Notary Public,  Soldiers' Home, Kent , Mich.  My commission expires Aug. 17, 1911.

A letter, dated January 8, 1998, was sent to Helen Kelley in Kinsman, Il, by the Michigan Department of Military Affairs which states, "Benjamin F. Carpenter (#5701) is interred in Plot 5, Row 5, Grave 23 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans' Cem.."   Helen's sister, Irene Elizabeth,  is married to William Nuel Billett a descendant of Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Carpenter.

1860 U. S. Census, Allegan, MI. Edward Wall, 41, b. England; Agnes, 31, b. England; Aaron, 12, b. Eng; Millian (sic), 10, b. Eng.; Betsey, 9, b. Eng.; John, 7, b. NY; Jane (Mary Jane), 6,  b. MI; James, 4 , b. MI; Milliam Cummings, 9, b. NY; Agnes Wall, 2,  b. MI; Sarah, 1,  b. MI.; Edward, 4 mo.,  b. MI.

Mary Jane Wall Carpenter
Birth:  May 20, 1854
Allegan County
Michigan, USA
Death:  Sep. 19, 1911
Kalamazoo County
Michigan, USA  
Family links:
 Edward Wall (1817 - 1899)
 Agnes Peel Wall (1827 - 1896)
 Benjamin F Carpenter (1847 - 1910)
 Addie Amelia Carpenter Ryder (1871 - 1928)*
 James Carpenter (1873 - 1945)*
 John Zael Carpenter (1887 - 1959)*
 Glen Clifton Carpenter (1893 - 1969)*
 Aaron Wall (1848 - 1933)*
 William Wall (1850 - 1891)*
 Elizabeth Wall Moulton (1851 - 1925)*
 Mary Jane Wall Carpenter (1854 - 1911)
 Benjamin James Wall (1856 - 1934)*
 John Wall (1856 - 1923)**
 Kathryn B. Wall Thayer (1866 - 1961)*
 Florence Ethel Wall Herbert (1868 - 1943)*
*Calculated relationship
Moddersville West Cemetery
Missaukee County
Michigan, USA
Created by: Max
Record added: Mar 25, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 87354200

1377. Ada Creelie Carpenter

Ada C. is a twin to Addie A.

From: Christine Emerson>
Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ada’s middle name was Creelie.

1378. James Walter Carpenter

1910 U. S. Census, Butterfield Twp.,  Missaukee County,  MI,  taken 10 May,  Dist. 11, ED 132 Sheet 13, line? middle of page), 190/192 Cable, Charles, head, MW, 38, md once, 10 y; Mabel, wife, fw, age 27, 3 children, 3 alive; Sam, son, age 9, daughter, age 7; George, son, age 6, Carpenter, James, Hiredman, ms, 36, single, b. Michigan, father b. NY,  mother b. Michigan.  Farm laborer.  The age matches with James W.  The  family was in this area.

1920 U. S. Census, Missaukee County, Butterfield Twp., MI, taken 17 Jan. ED 103, p. 1A(?) 1/1 Carpenter, James W., head, owns, mortgage, male, white, age 46, married, b. MI, father b. NY, mother b. MI, farm laborer.

MARRIAGE.  Missaukee County Clerk, Lake City, MI, vol,. 2, p. 135,  #48.  Married 14 July 1914 at Lake City, James Carpenter, age 40, residing in Butterfield, b. Allegan , farmer, father:  Frank Carpenter, mother:  Jennie Wall; and Mary Arwine (formerly Myers), age 47, residing in Lake City, b. Kent , domestic, father: Peter Myers, mother:  Henrietta Emmons;  officiant:  Charles S. Jenkins, MG; witnesses:  Bessie Gary and Nellie Jenkins, both of Lake City.

DIVORCE:  Missaukee County Clerk, Lake City, Mi, Circuit Court Divorces, p. 26, #375, B822.  Complaint filed by James Carpenter against May Carpenter; married 14 July 1914 at Lake City; no children; cruelty; not contested; granted 27 Jan 1921.

DEATH.  Missaukee County Clerk, Lake City, MI.  Died 9 Mar 1945 at Cadillac (Wexford ), MI, James Carpenter, b. 19 Aug 1873 in Allegan , ms, age 71y6m22d, retired farmer, father: Benjamin F. Carpenter, b. unknown, Jane Wall, b. MI, buried at Modderville Cem., informant:  Mrs. Henry Leutzinger.

July 1999 - Visit to W. Moddersville Cem. on Finkle Road, Missaukee County.  Marker reads:  "James W. Carpenter 1873-1945."

James Carpenter
Birth:  Aug. 23, 1873
Death:  Mar. 9, 1945  
Family links:
 Benjamin F Carpenter (1847 - 1910)
 Mary Jane Wall Carpenter (1854 - 1911)
 Euphemia Barbara Myers Kirkland (1866 - 1929)*
 Addie Amelia Carpenter Ryder (1871 - 1928)*
 James Carpenter (1873 - 1945)
 John Zael Carpenter (1887 - 1959)*
 Glen Clifton Carpenter (1893 - 1969)*
*Calculated relationship  
Moddersville West Cemetery
Missaukee County
Michigan, USA

Created by: Terry Gosselin
Record added: May 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90422455

From: Christine Emerson>
Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

James’ middle name was  Walter.

His wife was Euphemia Barbara "May" Myers.  There’s information about her in her memorial# 100350033.

In "Michigan Divorce Records 1897-1952" (on Ancestry), the divorce suit was filed on 26 Jul 1920 by James on grounds of cruelty and it was pending on 1 Jan 1921.  I haven’t seen a record of the divorce being final, but she remarried (see her memorial).

Euphemia Barbara "May" Myers

Euphemia Barbara "May" Myers Kirkland
Birth:  Aug. 30, 1866
Kent County
Michigan, USA
Death:  Aug. 29, 1929
Roscommon County
Michigan, USA
She is the daughter of Peter Myers and Henrietta Emmons.
She married William Arwine in 1885 and they had two children: Bessie and Lyle.
She married second, James Carpenter, on 14 Jul 1914.
She married third, Frank Harry Kirkland, on 26 Oct 1921.
Note: F.A.G. volunteer Bob Philo said he searched the entire cemetery and could not find the grave. However, her obit notes she is buried here.
Family links:
 James Carpenter (1873 - 1945)
 Frank Kirkland (1867 - 1952)
Butterfield Cemetery
Missaukee County
Michigan, USA
Created by: Lisa
Record added: Nov 07, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 100350033

1381. William J. Carpenter

In June 1900, William, age 17, was in the home of his parents.

DEATH.  Missaukee County Clerk, Lake City, MI.  Wol. 1, p. 66.  Died 29 Oct 1900 at Butterfield Twp., William J. Carpenter, wm, 19y3m15d, dause:  typhoid fever, b. MI, farmer, father:  Benjamin F. Carpenter, mother: Jane Wall.

July 1999 - Visit to W. Moddersville Cem. on Finkle Road, Missaukee County.  There is a four-foot tall spire with Carpenter at the base.  On the right is a small marker with:  "William J., son of F. F. and M. J. Carpenter, b---- 14, 1881, d. Oct 29, 1900."  There is a lilac bush covering this marker.  On the left of the spire is another small marker for William's brother, Aaron A. Carpenter.

1386. Aaron Alonzo Carpenter

In June 1900 Aaron, age 9, was in the home of his parents.

July 1999 - Visit to W. Moddersville Cem. on Finkle Road, Missaukee County, Marker reads:  "Aaron A., son of B.F. and M.J. Carpenter, b. Apr 9, 1891, d. Feb. 29, 1908."  There is a four foot spire with Carpenter at the base.  On the left of the spire is a small marker for Aaron.  On the right of the spire is a small marker for William A. Carpenter.

DEATH.  Missaukee County Clerk, Lake City, MI, vol. l, p112, #1649.  Died 29 Feb 1908 at Butterfield, Aaron Carpenter, age 17y10m20d, b. MI, father:  Benjamin Carpenter, mother: Jennie Wall, both of Butterfield, cause:  heart failure.

791. Armida A. Carpenter

Sources of information:  Pedigree chart made by Lorna Carter of Athens, MI sent to Donna Hellewell of Aptos, CA, by Lina Snyder, daughter of Rial A. Carpenter. The chart had no dates or places.   Birth dates are approximated from the 1893-94-95 Carpenter/Pierce Family Reunion Book of Athens, MI.  In 1894 Armida's daughter, Emma, was age 35, and Emma's children Earl and Elmo, were age 8 and 2.  Gertie and Ernest Swartz, Armida's grandchildren, were 9 and 16 respectively, and Estella Wilson was 13. Biographical Review of Calhoun County, Michigan, published by Hobart & Mather, Chicago 1904, Willard Library, Battle Creek, MI, was also
used for information about Armida.

Armida lived in Athens, Calhoun, MI, coming from Middlesex, Ontario, NY sometime after 1853, until her death.

Armida's death date was also given as 8 Jan 1870. She is buried in N. Sherwood Cem. in Branch , MI.
The record read: "Armida, wife of J. L. Wilson, d. 26 Jan 1870, 37y10m18d."

Copied from the Carpenter Family Reunion Journal:  "Armida was married to John Wilson; they having four children, Mina Green, Ella Swartz, Emma Kirby and Lewis Wilson."

John Lewis Wilson

1870 U.S. Census, Kalamazoo, Wakeshma, MI, taken 16 Aug. 190/189 Wilson, John, age 45, MW, farmer, b. NY; Nina, age 19, FW, keeping house, b. NY; Ella, age 17, FW, b. NY; Lewis, age 16, MW, b. NY; Willard, age 13, MW, b. NY; Emma, age 11, FW, b. NY; Orrin, age 36, MW, day laborer. (We wonder the relationship of Orrin Wilson to the head of the household.  Perhaps he was a brother.  The mother of this family, Armida A. Carpenter Wilson died in January 1870.)

1880 U.S. Census, Kalamazoo, Wakeshma, MI, taken 4 and 8 Jun. 82/82 Swartz, John, WM, age 28, farmer, b. MI, father b. OH, mother b. MI; Elenor, age 27, wife, b. NY, parents b. NY; Viola A., age 4, daughter, b. MI; Earnest, age 2, son, b. MI; Wilson, John L., age 52, father-in-law, retired.

1880 U.S. Census, Calhoun, Athens Twp., MI taken 1 Jun.  12/12 Brownell, Benj. F., age 42, carpenter and joiner; b. NY, father b. RI, mother b. RI; Jenny, age 36, wife, b. NY, parents b. NY; Floyd O., age 3/12 b. Apr., son, b.
MI; Wilson, John L., age 54, boarder, farm laborer, b. NY, parents b. NY. (It is believed John L. Wilson was enumerated twice in 1880.)

DEATH.  Calhoun County Clerk-Register, Marshall, MI, Deaths, book 2, page 145, #46, 20 Jan 1891, Wilson, John L., male, white, widower, 65y, place of death Sherwood, cancer of stomach, b. NY, farmer, father Lewis Wilson, mother Abigal.

1391. William A. Wilson

1870 U.S. Census, Kalamazoo, Wakeshma, MI, taken 16 Aug. 190/189 Willard, age 13, is in the home of his father.

1880 U.S. Census, Calhoun, Athens, MI taken 1 Jun.  17/17 Wilson, William A., age 24, nephew, b. NY, parents b. NY, is in the home of Henry L. Carpenter, his mother's brother.

DEATH.  Emmet County Clerk, Petoskey, MI, 1904, p. 317, #82.  Died 15 May 1904 William A. Wilson, male, white, age 48y4m15d, place: Center, cause: Neplaitis, b. NY, occupation: laborer; father: John L. Wilson, mother: A-- Carpenter.

OBITUARY:  The Petoskey Record, Petoskey, MI, Wednesday, 18 May 1904, p. 5.  Local and Personal.  Wm. A. Wilson of Pellston, died Sunday, aged 48 years, 4 months, and 15 days.  The funeral took place yesterday, interment at Ely.  Item found in the Petoskey Library on microfilm October 1998.

The Athens Times.  June 10, 1904.  We have a report of the death of William Wilson, who formerly resided here, and was a brother of L. C. Wilson, of this place, but no more particulars than he died three weeks ago at Ealy, Michigan.

792. Calvin Loomis Carpenter Jr.

Sources:  Chart in possession of Lina Snyder (d. 5 Mar 1982 at 104).  She was very instrumental in helping us locate members of the Calvin L. Carpenter family.  Four personal visits were made to this special lady.  One record of death for Calvin Loomis Jr. was Prairieville, but family death record said, Odin.

1850 U.S. Census, Naples, Ontario, NY, taken 16 July.  Loomis (Calvin Loomis) is 17, male, and in the home of his parents, Calvin Loomis Carpenter Sr., age 41, and Helenor (should beEleanor), age 46, and his other brothers and sisters.  Next door is his grandmother, Phebe Carpenter (Phebe McNair Carpenter), age 70, female, born, RI.

Carpenter Reunion journal said, "Loomis (Calvin Loomis Jr.) married Lucy Thayer and they had one son, John.  They lived in Barry , (MI) the greater part of their married life."

MARRIAGES. Branch County Clerk, Coldwater, MI, Book C, p. 362, #1826.Calvin L. Carpenter and Lucinda Thayer, "of the town of Sherwood, County of Branch, State of MI, 26 years, and Lucinda Thayer of the town of Sherwood, County of Branch, State of MI, age 20 years, and were joined together in Holy Matrimony by me at my house this 16 day of April 1859 in the presence of L. B. Simmons of Sherwood, W. W. Carpenter of Sherwood."  Filed at Branch April 20, 1859. J. B. Haviland, Justice of the Peace.  B. C. Webb, Clerk. (The above was a very poor copy to read, thus it was not abbreviated but copied entirely.)  It is also listed in "Early Marriages of Branch County, Michigan."

1860 U.S. Census, Athens, Calhoun, MI, taken 31 July.  2070/1881, Carpenter, Calvin, 27, male, b. NY; Lucinda, 28,  female, b. NY.

Michigan Volunteers, 1861-1865, p 19, Willard Library, Battle Creek, MI. "Carpenter, Calvin L. Jr. Calhoun County. Enlisted in Company A, Eleventh Infantry, Aug 24, 1861, at Centreville, for 3 years, age 21.  Mustered Aug 24, 1861.  Transferred to Invalid Corps Dec. 1, 1863.  Discharged at expiration of term of service at Lexington, KY, Aug 25, 1864, from First Company, Second Battalion Veteran Reserve Crops.  Died July 19, 1894.  Buried at Prairieville, Mich." (He is buried in Plainwell, MI.)

1870 U.S. Census, Orangeville, Barry, MI.  83/83 Carpenter, Loomis, 38, male, farmer, owns real estate,  b. NY; Lucinda, 33, female, keeping house, b. Ohio; John C., 9, male, at home, b. MI; Jones, William L., 24 male, farm laborer, b. NY.  (He is a cousin. Loomis' father, Calvin L. Carpenter Sr. was a brother to William's mother, Phebe Carpenter Jones).

1880 U.S. Census, Orangeville, Barry, MI, taken 9 June. 102/102 Carpenter, Calvin L., WM, age 47, farmer, b. NY, parents b. NY; Lucinda, wf, wife, 43, b. OH, parents b. NY; John C., wm, 19, son, b. MI.  Chapman, James, wm, 29, boarder.  (In 1884 State Census, this James Chapman is 33, b. MI, parents b. MI, and Cora L., wife, 29, b. MI, parents by NY.)

1884 Michigan State Census, Orangeville, Barry, MI.  127/128 Carpenter, Calvin L., 51, male, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. RI; Lucinda, wife, age 46, b. OH, parents both b. NY; Carpenter, John, 23, husband, b. MI, father b. NY, mother b. OH; Addie, 25, wife, b. MI, father b. Canada, mother b. VT.

1894 Michigan State Census, Orangeville, Barry, MI.  202/222 Carpenter, C. L., 61, husband, b. NY, 41 years in MI, parents b. NY; Lucinda, 55, wife, b. NY, 35 years in MI, parents b. NY.  They said they had 1 child and 1 child is still living.

DEATH. Barry County Clerk, Hastings, MI.  B2, #152, Died 19 Jul 1894, in Oden (Emmet County), MI, Carpenter, Calvin Jr., b. MI,  61y6m0d, father: Calvin L. Carpenter; mother: Elnor.

Cem. Records: Hillside Cem., Gun Plain Twp. Hall, Plainwell, Allegan , MI.  Lot 96-B, C. L. Carpenter, age 61, d. 1894, lot owned by Lumice Carpenter.  Lucinda A. Carpenter, age 74, d. 1912; John C. Carpenter; Mary Addie (Bugbee) Carpenter Ponds, 78,residence Petoskey. Interred 8-4-1937.

The Carpenter Family Reunion Journal states:  "Died.  Calvin L. Carpenter Jr. died at the house of his son in Oden July 19th, 1894, aged 61 years, 4 months and 18 days.  Biography.  Calvin Loomis Carpenter, Jr. was born in Bristol, Ontario , NY., Mar. 1st 1833.  When 20 years of age he came with his parents to Michigan, and settled in Sherwood, Branch   In April the 16 day 1859 he was united in marriage to Lucinda Thayer.  Buying a piece of timbered land 3 miles west of the village of Athens, he erected a log house among the stumps, moved his family into it, commenced to make himself a home.  One child was born to them, a son.  In August 1861 when Lincoln called for 3 years volinteers he with a brother and several of his neighbors, enlisted to defend the flag he loved and honored.  Camped at White Pigeon untill sometime in Dec. the same year, when receiving orders to march to the front, ariving in Louisville, Ky. the first part of Jan. '62.  Remained there a few days, then moved over the mountains to Bardstown, being confined there in the hospital nearly all winter.  In April moved to Elizabethtown, then coming to Louisville, Ky. taking boat down the Ohio River and the Cumberland river to Nashville, Tennessee. Remained there until the latter part of Dec. when the army marched on Bragg at Stone river.  In that memorable battle of Dec. 31st '62 he received a gunshot wound to his shoulder disabling him untill the close of the war.  He was taken to Covington, Ky. doing duty in convalescent camp untill expiration of his term of service in '64. Soon after his return home he sold his farm in Athens and moved to Barry  where he resided untill his death.  He was a true and faithful soldier, ever at his post of duty.  He leaves a wife, oneson and many friends, both here and at his home to mourn his death.C. L. Carpenter was the eldest son of C. L. and E. D. Carpenter, of which there were 14, 10 of whom survive him, 7 brothers and 3 sisters."  (This was copied as written, including spelling errors.)

Visit 21 Aug 1992 to Hillside Cem., Plainwell, MI. Calvin Loomis Carpenter Jr. is buried with his wife, Lucinda, and their son, John Calvin, and his wife, Addie, on the side of the Cem. closest to the main road (M-89).  They are the first lots going back from the road, lot 96-B.

Lucinda "Lucy" Thayer

There is a sheet on Thayer genealogy, p. 341, #12 A 27 in the Archives Sheets at Salt Lake City Family History Center.

DEATH.  Barry County Clerk, Hastings, MI, 14 Mar 1912, Lucinda Carpenter, widow, 78y8m5d, died in Prairieville, MI.  Born in Ohio; father: John Thayer; mother:  Anna Wilcox.

Death record does not agree with birthdate record.  She was 78y8m5d at time of death.

The Athens Times, Friday, March 22, 1912.  Local News.  Mrs. Lucy Carpenter, wife of C. L. Carpenter, died at her home in Prairieville, Barry , March 14th, and was buried there Sunday.  Mrs. Carpenter was about 75 years old and formerly lived in this Twp., where she had many friends.

Cem. records and visit to the Hillside Cem., Plainwell, Allegan, MI, Lucinda is buried by her hubsand, Calvin Loomis Carpenter Jr., son, John Calvin Carpenter, and son's wife, Mary Adda Carpenter Ponds. They are in lot 96-B.

1393. John Calvin Carpenter

Delton Public Library, Delton, Barry , MI.  Marriage records from "old"Methodist Church in Delton copied onto 3x5 inch cards.  Carpenter, John Calvin, age 21, married Addie Bugbee, age 22, on March 30, 1882.  Born 1861 in Branch County, MI; residence: Orangeville, Barry County, MI; Pastor:  H. O. Lawrence; occupation: farmer; Witnesses: John A. Burner and Lucy E. Bugbee.

DEATH.  Emmet County Clerk, Petoskey, MI. 1919 deaths, #198.  Died 18 Sep 1919, John Carpenter, male, white, married, 58y11m4d, place: Littlefield, cause: cancer, b. MI, occupation: laborer, father: Calvin Carpenter,
b. NY; mother: Lucinda Thayer, b. OH.

OBITUARY.  The Petoskey Evening News, published daily, Friday, 19 Sep 1919, p. 1.  Death Claims John Carpenter.  Oden Man Dies After Long Illness.  At One Time He Conducted Hotel and Also Operated Boat Livery.  Burial at Prairieville (should be Plainwell; the newspaper is wrong), John Carpenter, Oden, died at his home at the village late Thursday night after being ill several months.  He was about fifty-nine years of age and had resided in Oden twenty-seven years.  Mr. Carpenter at one time operated the Oden Hotel and later had charge of the boat livery.  He was widely known among summer tourists as well as residents of Oden and Northern Michigan.  While funeral arrangements are not yet completed it is believed the service will be held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon from the home.  Rev. G. A. Weaver will have charge.  The body will be taken to Prairieville (should be Plainwell) for burial.  (Article found on microfilm at the Petoskey Public Library, Oct 1998.)

Cem. Records, Hillside Cem., Gun Plain Twp. Hall, Plainwell, Allegan , MI.  Lot 96-B.  C. L. Carpenter, age 61, d. 1894, lot owned by Lumice Carpenter.  Lucinda A. Carpenter, age 74, d. 1912; John C. Carpenter; Mary Addie Carpenter Ponds, 78, residence Petoskey. Interred 8/4/1937.  See parents' data.

Mary Adda "Addie" Bugbee

1880 U.S. Census, Barry , Orangeville Twp., MI.  245/245 Rush, Christian, WM, age 29, head, farmer; Lorinda, WF, age 29, wife; Ema, WF, age 3, daughter; BUGBEE, Adda, WF, age 21, boarder, b. MI, parents b. NY; Bugbee, Otis, WM, age 65, boarder.

The Athens Times, Thursday, November 18, 1920.  Mrs. Addie Carpenter of Oden is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Simmons and other relatives.

OBITUARY.  Northern Michigan Review (published weekly), Petoskey, MI, Thursday, 5 August 1937.  Pioneer Resident of Oden Passes Sunday.  Final rites were held for Mrs. Mary A. Pond, long-time resident of Oden, who passed away Sunday evening following a brief illness.  Mrs. Pond was born April 17, 1858.  She married John C. Carpenter, March 30, 1882.  Mr. Carpenter died in 1919.  In 1924, she was married to Levi Pond who died in 1927.  Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Lorinda Rush, of Elm Hall, Mich., and several nephews and nieces.  Rev. G. A. Weaver had charge of the services which were held at 10:30 o'clock Wednesday at the Peters Funeral Home.  Burial at Prairieville, Mich.

793. Henry Leighton Carpenter

Sources of information:  Pedigree chart from Mrs. Lina Snyder, Athens, MI.  Old family pictures were obtained from Opal Mitchell of E. Leroy, MI. Signatures in old reunionbook of 1894 and 1895 were viewed.

1860 U.S. Census, Athens, Calhoun, MI, taken 31 July. 2171/1885, Carpenter, Henry,  25, b. NY; Susan, 25, b. NY; Lillie H., female, 4, b. NY.

Michigan Volunteers, 1861-1865, page 29, Willard Library, Battle Creek, MI. Carpenter, Henry L., Athens, Enlisted in company A, Twelfth Infantry, March 28, 1865, at Athens, for 1 year, age 30.  Mustered March 28, 1865.  Mustered out at Camden, Ark., Feb 15, 1866.

1870 U.S. Census, Athens, Calhoun, MI, taken 20 June.  182/182 Carpenter, H. L., age 35, b. NY; Susan 35, b. NY; Lillie, 12, b. MI; Elmira [Zingara], 7, b. MI; Abner, 17 (brother), b. NY; Ausby, Mary E., Domestic, b. MI.

1880 U.S. Census, Athens, MI taken 1 Jun (Soundex, vol 4, ED40, Sheet 2, line 26).  17/17 Carpenter, Henry L., age 45, b. NY, parents b. NY, farmer; Susan, age 46, wife, keeping house, b. NY, parents b. NY; Lillie, age 22, daughter, teacher, b. MI, parents b. NY; Zingara, age 17, daughter, servant, b. MI, parents b. NY; Ward C., age 5, son, b. MI, parents b. NY; Wilson, William A., age 24, nephew, b. NY, parents b. NY. (William is Armida Carpenter Wilson's son.  Armida was Henry's sister.)

1900 U.S. Census, Athens Twp., Calhoun , MI taken 16 and 18 Jun (Soundex, Vol 11, ED 28, Sheet 12, Line 11). 305/306 Carpenter, Henry L., head, W M, b. Aug 1834, age 65, b. NY, occupation: farmer; Carpenter, Susan, wife, W F, b. Jan 1834, age 66, b. NY; Carpenter, Ward C., son, W M, b. Aug 1874, age 25, b. MI, md. 6 years; Carpenter, Margarite, daughter-in-law, W F, b. Oct. 1873, age 26, b. MI, 0 children.

Henry attended the Calvin L. Carpenter/Pierce Family Reunions from 1893 until his death in 1904.  They were the first couple to sign in for the first several years.  Henry Leighton was 70 years old at the time of his death.

Copied from the Carpenter Family Reunion Journal:  "Henry married Susan Palmer.  They had 3 children, Lillie Woodruff, Zingara Tiffany and Ward."

Portrait and Biographical Album of Calhoun County, Michigan, published in Chicago, by Chapman Brothers, 1891, p. 415, Willard Library, Battle Creek, MI. "Henry L. Carpenter. It is with pleasure that we present the lithographic portraits of Mr. Carpenter and his good wife to the readers of this volume, and with equal pleasure we trace his history through the principal events of his past life.  At present a resident of Athens Twp., he is enjoying the comforts of life, and that which is better than silver or gold--the esteem and confidence of his fellow men, who realize the worth of his character, the extent of his mental attainments and the good he has accomplished.  A prominent farmer and stock raiser, he is conducting his business with keen sagacity and good judgment and is numbered among the substantial citizens of the community."

The Athens Times, Friday, August 26, 1904. H. L. Carpenter had been out on the streets almost daily since he partially recovered from his last illness from Bright's disease, a few weeks ago, and now a second sudden attack took him this week, and he is unconscious.  It is not believed he can survive many hours.

DEATH.  Calhoun County Clerk-Register, Marshall, MI, death records, book 3, page 169, #500, 25 Aug 1904, Carpenter, Henry L., place: Athens Village, male, 70y0m18d white, married, chronic intestinal nephritis, b. NY, farmer, father Calvin Carpenter, mother Eleanor Pierce.

OBITUARY.  The Athens Times, Friday, September 2, 1904.  Henry L. Carpenter Passes Away. Henry L. Carpenter, whose illness a number of times has been mentioned in this paper, died Saturday at 5:30 a.m. and funeral service was from the Congregational Church at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, interment being made in the Burr Oak Street Cem..  He leaves a wife and three children, viz:  Mrs. Allie Tiffany, Mrs. F. G. Woodruff and C. W. Carpenter, all of whom reside here and were in attendance of the funeral.  He was aged 70 years Aug. 6.  He was a soldier in the War of the Rebellion, prominent in his community and was buried under auspices of the Masonic Fraternity.  It was expected an obituary would be handed in this week by the friends, but none having been received we give what we can before going to press.  Next week further particulars and fraternal resolutions will be given.

OBITUARY. The Athens Times, Friday, September 9, 1904.  Henry L. Carpenter was born in Bristol, Ontario , N.Y., Aug. 6, 1834.  He was one of a family of 14 children, 8 of whom are still living.  In 1853 he came to Michigan with his parents, settling in Branch County.  Aug. 31, 1856, he was united in marriage to Miss Susan Palmer.  This union was blessed with four children, one dying in infancy and three with their mother being spared to tenderly and faithfully minister to him in his long and tedious illness.  (We do not know where the child who died fits, but there were quite a few years between Zingara and Carl Ward, so we placed the infant there.) He was a patient sufferer, always looking on the bright side of life.  With him every cloud had its silver lining.  He was ever ready to help the needy in whatever way he could, as many can testify.  In 1865 he enlisted in the war of the rebellion, serving until the close of the war.  He is survived by his wife, three children, six grandchildren, six brothers, two sisters and a host of friends to mourn his loss.  He was a charter member of Frank Mason Post, No. 242, Department of Michigan G.A.R., and was a faithful member as long as his health would permit. He died at his home in Athens Village Saturday, Aug. 25, at 3:30 a.m., and the funeral service was from the Congregational Church Sunday at 2:30 p.m. under charge of the Masonic Fraternity.  Internment was made in the Burr Oak St. Cem..  CARD OF THANKS.  We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to the many friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us in any way in the late sickness and death of our husband and father.  Mrs. H. L. Carpenter; Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Woodruff; Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Tiffany; Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Carpenter.

Copied from the Carpenter Family Reunion Journal:  "Died.  Henry L. Carpenter was born in Bristol, Ontario ,N.Y., Aug. 6, 1834. . ."  The balance is the same as the obituary printed above.

RESOLUTION.  Headquarters Frank Mason Post, No. 242, Dep't. of Mich. G.A.R., Athens, Sept. 1, 1904.  WHEREAS, It has pleased the Great Commander to call from our "Post" to the eternal camping ground above our beloved comrade, Henry L. Carpenter; therefore, be it RESOLVED, That while we deeply feel the loss of another of our most respected comrades, we will bow in humble submission to the will of the "All Wise," knowing that "He doeth all things well," and be it further Resolved, That we, his comrades as a "post," extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved wife and family of our departed comrade; and be it further Resolved, That we, in respect for the memory of our fallen comrade, to drape our charge for the next sixty days.  By the "Post," B. F. Taylor, Elias Foote, Dan Wilcox, Committee.

Susan Jane Palmer

1910 U.S. Census, Athens Village, Calhoun , MI taken 15 April. /137 Carpenter, Susan, head, age 76, widow, 4 children, 3 living, all b. NY.

DEATH:  Calhoun County Clerk-Register, Marshall, MI. Vol. 6, p. 45, #8, Died Nov. 20, 1915, Carpenter, Susan, female, widow, in Athens Twp., 81y9m24d; b. NY; father, Ira Palmer; mother, Lydia Cooley.

OBITUARY.  The Athens Times, Thursday, November 25, 1915.  Death Claims Sisters Within A Week.  Mrs. Susan Carpenter and Mrs. Chas. Molter Pass to Reward. Mrs. Susan Carpenter, aged 81 years, 9 months and 24 days, passed away Saturday afternoon at the home of her son, C. W. Carpenter, west of town.  Mrs. Carpenter was one of the pioneers of Athens Twp., having come here in the early days to make her home in what was then little more than a wilderness, her first home being built of logs in a little clearing on the site of the present home where she passed away and where her family was born and reared.  She was a charter member of the Athens Grange and also belonged to Naomi Chapter No. 59, O.E.S.  Her death brings such sadness to her family and to the community to which her long useful life has been given.  The funeral was held at the Congregational Church Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Gadd officiating, the O.E.S. attending in a body. Interment in the family lot in Burr Oak Cem..  Obituary notice appears on last page.

OBITUARY.  The Athens Times, Thursday, November 25, 1915.  Mrs. Susan Carpenter.  Susan Palmer, daughter of Ira and Lydia Palmer, was born in Batavia, Genessee County, State of New York, Jan 26 1834, where her earlier childhood was spent.  She was the eldest of a family of eight children, two brothers, two sisters and three half-sisters, all except three, John Q. Palmer, Mrs. Belle Henry and Mrs. Alice Molter, having preceded her to the Great Beyond.  She came to Michigan with her parents who located in Sherwood, BranchCounty, where her girlhood days were spent.  She was married to Henry L. Carpenter, August 31, 1856 and departed this life November 20, 1915, aged 81 years, nine months and 25 days, leaving to mourn her loss one son, C. W. Carpenter, and two daughters, Mrs. Zingara Alvord and Mrs. F. G. Woodruff, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, besides a host of other relatives and friends.  She was a loyal member of Naomi Chapter, O.E.S., the Athens Grange and W.C.T.U.  She was a devoted mother and a faithful friend, always thinking of the comfort and happiness of others before her own.  A precious one from us has gone, A voice we loved is stilled.  A place is vacant in our home, Which never can be filled.  God in his wisdom has recalled The boon his love ha  given, And though the body slumbers here, The soul is safe in heaven.

1396. 3 Carpenter

From the Calvin L. Carpenter Family Reunion journal:  "This union was blessed with four children, one dying in infancy. . ."  We do not know the date of birth or death of this infant.

794. William Wallace Carpenter

Sources:  FAMILY RECORD of The Carpenter Family, pub. 1947 in IL. This record gave William Wallace with his parents.  The Carpenter family reunion book, Athens, MI said the Calvin Carpenter family, William's parents, came to to Athens, Michigan in1853, and only one of Calvin's children was listed as being born in Michigan and that was the last, #14.  William Wallace was child #4.  His grandson, Mr. Carrol Webster of Greshem, Oregon in 1982 said his father was born in Ashtabula, Ohio.  Carroll Webster is the son of Jessie Ford Carpenter, William Wallace Carpenter's daughter.  Since we have found Calvin and his family, including William Wallace, on the 1850 Ontario , NY census, we are placing his birth in NY, not Ohio.

From the Carpenter-Pierce Family Reunion Journal in possession of Irene Chichester, Athens, Mich. in 1981, "Wallace married Ellen Ford.  3 children were born to this union.  Mary, Jessie and John.  They lived in Minnesota a good many years, later moving to Oregon where they passed away." Journals gave birthplace as Bristol, Ontario, NY.  This is around the lake from Middlesex, Yates County (formerly Ontario ) NY.

1860 U.S. Census, Athens, Calhoun, MI, taken 31 July.   2073/1887.  Carpenter, Wallace, age 24, b. NY, a farmer, is in the home of Joseph Ketchen, 30; (no name given) female,  28; Fred, 8; Wilbur, 6.  All b. NY  This might be where William Wallace was working, or he might have been visiting.

The Athens Times, September 14, 1916.  Mrs. B. F. Brownell is in receipt of a letter from her sister-in-law in Portland, Oregon, with the sad news that her brother, Wallace Carpenter, aged 80 years, had passed away on Sunday, Aug. 27, with paralysis.  He was buried the 30th.

Mr. Carroll Webster, grandson of William Wallace, gave us many pictures of the William Wallace Carpenter family.  Most were taken in Lake, Minnesota, but a few in California and Oregon. Pictures are now (1996) in possession of Donna H. Hellewell, Aptos, CA.

Mary Ellen Ford

The Athens Times, Friday, April 26, 1912.  The Land of Roses.  Mrs. W. W. Carpenter of Portland, Ore., in renewing her subscription to The Times writes: "Your paper is like an old friend, hard to do without, and never was better than now.  It is hard to realize, when reading The Times concerning the past winter and springs, the accounts of extremely cold weather and so much snow and ice that within a few days' travel by rail everything is so different.  We've had a very mild winter, and now grass is high in the door yard, plenty of flowers are in bloom and roses not far distant, as next month will bring them by the score."

1398. Mary Eleanor Carpenter

Mary Eleanor was not married according to information received from a nephew, Carroll Webster, son of Mary's sister, Jessie.