Descendants of Richard Carpenter-669 & son William Carpenter-662
Carpenter Cousins Encyclopedia of Carpenters - 2023 Update

These are the known descendants of Richard Carpenter-669 and his son William Carpenter-662 (c1610-1685). There are about 26,600 names in this report.
This Carepenter line is represented by Group 2 of the Carpenter Cousins Y-DNA Project.

The Carpenter Cousins web project is an effort to update and correct Carpenter/Zimmerman and related surnames.

Group 2 are descendants of William Carpenter-662 born about 1610 in England who came to America in 1635. He settled in present day Providence, Rhode Island.

The number after the surname is a record information number (RIN) from the Carpenter Cousins Project master genealogical database. See: The Carpenter Cousins Project

Group 2 is genetically unique from other Carpenter/Zimmerman groups within the Carpenter Cousins Y-DNA Project.

Even Group 3 - the descendants of William Carpenter of Rehoboth, who came to America in 1638 with his family, can be distinquished from Group 2 - the Carpenter line from Providence, Rhode Island.

The difference between Group 2 and 3 genetically is three (3) discriminators and two of them are on the first 37 Y-DNA markers given at FamilyTree DNA (

Some descendants of this Carpenter line married into other Carpenter and Zimmerman lines. In addition, there have been some formal and informal adoptions in this descendant line. Sometimes a young widow with a son would remarry and the young lad would bond with his step-father then assume his surname. Before bigger and mmore formalized governments, this was not uncommon. On occasion some children were given up for adoption or farmed out to relatives..

We call these type of events Non-Paternity Events or NPEs. This means that sometimes a Carpenter descendant may occasionally have a different genetic profile from what is expected. Or conversely, a Carpenter descendant who was adopted has a different surname, but the genetic profile of this Carpenter line. Such individuals often wind up in either Group 98 or Group 99 of the Carpenter Cousins Y-DNA Project. Groups 98 & 99 are similar to a catch all group until someone matches other Carpenter Cousins Y-DNA tester and they are placed in an organized group. On occasion, there is enough Y-DNA testers on that NPE line to create a new group immediately. We have made a great effort to explain such differences - like NPE events - within the notes of the individual or individuals involved.

The Group 2 descendants are in two categories.

1) Those both genetically and genealogically connected. This includes those who are reasonably believed to be related but are not proved. Read the NOTES.

2) Those that match genetically but are NOT connected genealogically. See the marriage listed as "UNATTACHED LINEAGES" on the first page of the Descendant Report. This technique to provides those detached or unconnected descent lineages and to recognize them for their genetic connectiveness to Group 2.

PLEASE be aware that there is a separate genetic family referenced as Group 3. They are descendants of William Carpenter b. about 1605 in England who came to America in 1638 and who settled in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. They are NOT the same person nor are they close cousins.

Y-DNA testing allows the Carpenter Cousins Y-DNA Project to tell the genetic difference (three (3) Y-DNA genetic marker discriminators!) between these two groups. Unique genetic fingerprints or genetic profiles allow us to tell these two groups apart as many other Carpenter/Zimmmerman and related lines.

For the most up-to-date information on the two DIFFERENT Carpenter Families, who emigrated from England in 1635 and 1638 then who settled in Providence, RI & Rehoboth, MA respectively, ALSO KNOWN as Group 2 & 3, please see Carpenter Sketches by Gene Zubrinsky.

See much more at the Carpenter Cousins web page at: - The Carpenter Cousins Project is part of the Guild of One Name Studies.

This file does contain mistakes. This despite great efforts to correct such. Verification is always needed of any data.
Generally speaking, the better the documentation, the better the data is. Please read the notes.

NOTE: Names and relationships have been retained for those living, but other details have been removed for privacy.

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a working research file and contains emails, notes and comments by researchers on this line. Their contributions are cited in the notes.

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