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


37738. William Sills Carpenter

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Name: William Sills Carpenter
Gender: Male
Death Age: 83
Birth Date: abt 1933
Birth Place: Crescent City, FL
Residence Place: St. Pete Beach
Death Date: 1 Jan 2016
Obituary Date: 31 Jan 2016
Obituary Place: St. Petersburg, Florida, United States of America
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Source Citation
Tampa Bay Times; Publication Date: 31 Jan 2016; Publication Place: St. Petersburg, Florida, United States of America; URL:,0.064374335,0.653684,0.39145648&xid=3355
Source Information Obituary Index, 1800s-current [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2019.
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Name: William Sills Carpenter
Death Age: 83
Birth Date: 7 Aug 1932
Residence Place: Saint Pete Beach, Florida
Death Date: 1 Jan 2016
Source Citation
Beach Memorial Chapel; Publication Place: Saint Pete Beach, Florida, USA; URL:
Source Information U.S., Cemetery and Funeral Home Collection, 1847-Current [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2011.
Original data: See source information provided with each entry.

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Ancestry Sources
Florida, State Census, 1867-1945
Montana, Marriage Records, 1943-1986 Obituary Index, 1800s-current
U.S., Obituary Collection, 1930-2017

Thomas Sanders Carpenter Jr 1901–1939
Hope Douglas St Amant  1901–1934

Spouse & Children

37739. John Campbell Carpenter

He was an economist with the USDA.
He served in the US Army during World War II.  US Army Veteran.

This line supplied by Neysa Garrett via letter in April 2009.

Maren Johanna Drustrup

Father: Niels Drustrup - He won the Medal of Honor as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy at Vera Cruz, Mexico. See his notes.
Mother: Johanne Christansen

She received a BA from PA State in 1940.

37741. Edmund Snow Carpenter

He is an anthropologist and served during World War II.  He served in the Marines.
His first marriage ended in divorce in the early 1950s.
This line supplied by Neysa Garrett via letter in April 2009.
Edmund "Ted" Snow Carpenter (born 1922, Rochester, NY, died 2011 Manhattan, NY) was an anthropologist best known for his work on tribal art and visual media.

Early life - Born in Rochester, Monroe County, New York of Fletcher Hawthrone Carpenter and Agnes "Barbara" Wight he was one of four children. He is a descendant of the immigrant William Carpenter (1605 England - 1658/1659 Rehoboth, Massachusetts) the founder of the Rehoboth Carpenter family who came to America in the mid-1630s.[1]

Edmund Carpenter began his anthropology studies under Dr. Frank G. Speck at the University of Pennsylvania in 1940. After completing his semester in early 1942, he volunteered to serve his country during World War II.

World War II - He joined the United States Marine Corps in early 1942, fighting in the Pacific Theater of Operations for the duration of the war.

Post war -Discharged as a captain in 1946, he returned to the University of Pennsylvania using his G.I. Bill, earning his doctorate four years later.

Carpenter began teaching anthropology at the University of Toronto in 1948, taking side jobs such as radio programming for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). In 1950, Carpenter started fieldwork among the Aivilik, returning to these Inuit in Nunavut in the famine winter of 1951-52, and again in 1955. When public television took off in Canada with the launching of CBC-TV in 1950, Carpenter began producing and hosting a series of shows.

Moving back and forth between Toronto’s broadcasting studios and Arctic hunting camps, Carpenter became intrigued by theoretical ideas then being developed by Harold Innis and Marshall McLuhan. Teaming up with McLuhan, he co-taught a course and together they hatched their core ideas about the agency of modern media in the process of culture change. In 1953, they received a Ford Foundation grant for an interdisciplinary media research project, which funded the Seminar on Culture and Communication (1953–1959) & their co-edited periodical "Explorations." Meanwhile, Carpenter continued his programs on CBC-TV, including a weekly show also titled “Explorations” (which started as a radio program). In his famous article "The New Languages" (1956) Carpenter offers a succinct analysis of modern media based on years of participant observation in different cultures, academic & popular print publishing, & radio and television broadcasting.

Visual media - In 1957, Carpenter was appointed founding chair of an experimental interdisciplinary program of Anthropology & Art at San Fernando Valley State College (California State University-Northridge), where students were trained in visual media, including filming. With award-winning filmmaker Robert Cannon, he made an innovative documentary about "surrealist" Kuskokwim Eskimo masks. Carpenter also co-authored Georgia Sea Island Singers (1964), a film documenting six traditional African-American songs & dances by Gullahs of St. Simon Island, based on fieldwork by Alan Lomax. And with Bess Lomax Hawes, he collaborated on Buck Dancer (1965), a short film featuring Ed Young, an African-American musician-dancer from Mississippi. In 1967, however, just when visual anthropology began to take institutional form as an academic enterprise, the program was closed.

During this period, Carpenter collaborated (albeit unacknowledged) on McLuhan's Understanding Media (1964). The friends rejoined in New York in 1967, sharing the Schweitzer Chair at Fordham University. Carpenter subsequently held the Carnegie Chair in anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (1968–69), & then took a research professorship at the University of Papua New Guinea. Joined by photographer Adelaide de Menil (who later became his wife), he journeyed to remote mountain areas where indigenous Papua had “no acquaintance” yet with writing, radios, or cameras. They took numerous Polaroid & 35mm photographs, made sound recordings, & shot some 400,000 feet of 16mm film in black and white, as well as color & infrared film.

During the next dozen years, Carpenter taught at various universities, including Adelphi University (circa 1970-1980), Harvard, New School University, & New York University (circa 1980-1981). In addition to numerous other publications, he also completed art historian Carl Schuster's massive cross-cultural study on traditional art motifs. In 2008, he guest-curated an important Eskimo traditional & prehistoric art exhibit Upside Down: Les Arctiques at the Musée du Quai Branly, the ethnographic art museum in Paris, France. This exhibit was re-installed as Upside Down: Arctic Realities at The Menil Collection, an art museum in Houston, Texas (2011), which, since 1999, also houses his permanent exhibit Witnesses to a Surrealist Vision.

Personal life - On June 14, 1946 he married a fellow student at the University of Pennsylvania, Florence Ofelia Camara, and eventually had two children with her, Stephen and Rhys.[1]

After his divorce, in the mid 1950's, he later in the mid 1960's married Virginia York Wilson, of Toronto, Canada, the daughter of the well known Canadian artist York Wilson. This marriage produced a third son, Ian Snow Carpenter. This marriage also ended in divorce.

In the mid 1960's he met Adelaide DeMenil, a professional photographer. This encounter, and later relationship, resulted in marriage, which lasted until his death in 2011. This relationship resulted in some of the most productive work by the two.[citation needed]

Selected publications - Intermediate Period
Influences in the Northeast. (PhD Thesis, U Penn, 1950)
Eskimo. (with Robert Flaherty, 1959)
Explorations in Communication, An Anthology. (co-edited with Marshall McLuhan, 1960)
They Became What They Beheld. (1970)
Oh, What a Blow That Phantom Gave Me! (1972)
Eskimo Realities (1973)
"The Tribal Terror of Self-Awareness." Pp. 451–461. In: Paul Hockings, ed., Principles of Visual Anthropology. (1975a)
"Collecting Northwest Coast Art." pp. 8–27. In: Bill Holm & William Reid. Form and Freedom: A Dialogue on Northwest Coast Indian Art. (1975b)
In the Middle, Qitinganituk: The Eskimo Today. (with Stephen G. Williams, 1983)
Social Symbolism in Ancient and Tribal Art. (with Carl Schuster; 3 Parts, 12 vols., 1986–1988)
Patterns That Connect:Social Symbolism in Ancient & Tribal Art. (1996)
"19th Century Aivilik/Iglulik Drawings." pp. 71–92. In Fifty Years of Arctic Research: Anthropological Studies. Eds. R. Gillberg and H.C. Gullov. Copenhagen: The National Museum of Denmark. (1997)
"Arctic Witnesses." pp. 303–310. In Fifty Years of Arctic Research: Anthropological Studies. Eds. R. Gillberg and H.C. Gullov. Copenhagen: The National Museum of Denmark. (1997)
"That Not-So-Silent Sea." pp. 236–261. In: Donald Theall. The Virtual Marshall McLuhan. (2001)
"European Motifs in Protohistoric Iroquois Art." pp. 255–262. In: W.H. Merrill and I. Goddard, eds., Anthropology, History, and American Indians: Essays in Honor of William Curtis Sturtevant. (2002)
Norse Penny. (2003a)
Comock: The True Story of an Eskimo Hunter. (with Robert Flaherty, 2003b)
Two Essays: Chief & Greed. (2005)
"Marshall." pp. 179–184. Explorations in Media Ecology, Vol.5, No.3 (2006)
Upside Down: Arctic Realities. Ed. Edmund Carpenter. Houston: Menil Foundation/Yale U Press. (2011)

37742. Dr. Collins Wight Carpenter

An Oral Surgeon. He served in the US Navy during World War II. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War but served then in Germany.  World War II Veteran.
This line supplied by Neysa Garrett via letter in April 2009.

37743. Ruth Walcott Gerry

According to his Aunt Peachy, her husband (name not given) was the manager of Cole Candy Factory.  They had 2 or 3 children.