Descendants of the William Carpenters of the Bevis (1638)
Carpenter Cousins Encyclopedia of Carpenters - 2023 Update

Descendants of William Carpenter-98 - Father of William Carpenter-584 (b. abt 1605).

Descendants of William Carpenter-98, his son William Carpenter-584, both who immigrated in 1638 on the Bevis from England to America. William Carpenter-584 settled in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusettsin 1640.

About 90.900 descendants are listed in this report.

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

These Carpenter lineages include those male descendants who have been Y-DNA tested and are part of Group 3 of the Carpenter Cousins Y-DNA Project.

Group 3 is genetically distinct from other Carpenter/Zimmerman groups within the Carpenter Cousins Y-DNA Project. Even Group 2 the descendants of William Carpenter of Providence, Rhode Island who came to America in 1635. 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. Then sometimes children were given up for adoption.

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. These two groups are similar to catch all groups until they match other Y-DNA testers and are placed in an organized groups. On occasion, there is enough Y-DNA testers on that line to create a new group already. We have made a great effort to explain such differences - like NPE events - within the notes of the individual or individuals involved.

For the most up-to-date information on the William Carpenters who settled in Rehoboth, MA (Group 3) & Providence, RI (aka Group 2), please see Carpenter Sketches by Gene Zubrinsky.

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

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Names have been retained for those living, but other details have been removed for privacy.

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John R Carpenter
La Mesa, CA USA
The Carpenter Cousins Project

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Data last Updated 04 Jan 2024.