|Birth: ||Nov. 28, 1841|
County Kilkenny, Ireland
|Death: ||Feb. 26, 1901|
In the 1840s, an event of catastrophic proportions occurred. This event would change the future of the Carpenter Family of Philadelphia, as well as the entire American nation. Between 1845 and 1849, a deadly blight infected the Irish potato, the crop on which that country's population relied for food and income. Over the next decade, about one million Irish refugees fled to Great Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. On May 2, 1853 a twelve year old Irish born girl named Mary Pembroke arrived in Philadelphia with her family. In September 1860, William Henry Carpenter, the son of George and Rachael Carpenter married a 19-year old Mary Pembroke who was born in Kilkenny, Ireland. They were married by an Irish-born Presbyterian Minister named Robert Armstrong. Most likely Mary was Catholic because all of their children were baptized in the Catholic faith. However, prior to 1864, the Catholic Church very rarely performed marriages between a Catholic and non-Catholic. Although we can't be sure that William married the same Mary Pembroke who arrived in 1853, all the details seem to fit including a brother named James Pembroke who is listed as the godparent to there daughter Racheal born in January 1868.
The children of Mary Pembroke and William Carpenter included: Mary (William McCready); William (Ellen Brady); Rachel(James Gransfield); Maggie; Elizabeth; George Washington (Ethel Booz); Jennie (Walter Gibbs).
The family originally lived in the Fairmount area(Art Museum area now) of Philadelphia but by 1900, they were living on Keystone Street in the Tacony section of Philadelphia. Mary, William and several of their children are buried at Magnolia Cemetery.
Edward Pembroke (1802 - 1869)
Annie Pembroke (1814 - 1858)
William Henry Carpenter (1837 - 1918)*
Mary Carpenter McCready (1861 - 1906)*
William John Carpenter (1864 - 1933)*
Rachel Carpenter Dransfield (1868 - 1893)*
Anna Carpenter (1873 - 1876)*
Elizabeth Carpenter (1876 - 1877)*
George W Carpenter (1878 - 1933)*
Jennie Carpenter Gibbs (1880 - 1943)*
Mary Pembroke Carpenter (1841 - 1901)
Julia Pembroke (1848 - 1857)*
Margaret Pembroke Wallace Toland (1849 - 1922)*
Thomas Pembroke (1849 - 1850)*
James Pembroke (1849 - 1916)*
Edward Pembroke (1856 - 1857)*
Note: Although Mary's name is not on either stone, she is buried in the same plot.
Maintained by: Kramer
Originally Created by: GCarpenter
Record added: Nov 17, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22957740