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William Carpenter
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Birth: 1610
Wiltshire, England
Death: Sep. 7, 1685
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA


No record of his birth or baptism has been found, but it is likely he was born at Amesbury, Co.Wiltshire, England around 1610.

His father was more likely to be the Richard Carpenter buried at Amesbury on Sep 21,1625 than another Richard Carpenter of Nettlecombe, Co.Somerset, who died at Loxhore, Co.Devonshire in August 1627 and who married Susanna Trevellian.

His mother may have been Alice (Knight) Carpenter, who had married a Richard Carpenter at Newton Toney, Co.Wiltshire on Aug 7,1603, though this has not been proven.

William Carpenter arrived in New England c.1635, and was at Providence,RI by 1637. This William Carpenter should not be confused with contemporary William Carpenter of Rehoboth,MA, nor are they related in any known way. Please refer to NEHGR 164:36ff for the most recent information on this family.

He married Elizabeth Arnold in Providence,RI about 1637. There is no evidence that he married her in England, as suggested in early genealogies, nor is there evidence that the Carpenters and Arnold families were in contact there. (NOTE: An inscription in Mineral Spring Cemetery in Pawtucket,RI gives Elizabeth Arnold Carpenter's
date of death as 7 September 1685. It appears on the
Benedict and Stephen Arnold monument a cenotaph, erected many generations later.)

He and his wife were almost certainly buried on their homestead, in present day Cranston,RI.

Children: Joseph Carpenter, Lydia Carpenter Smith, Ephraim Carpenter, Priscilla Carpenter Vincent, William Carpenter, Timothy Carpenter, Silas Carpenter, and Benjamin Carpenter.

Family links: 
  Elizabeth Arnold Carpenter (1611 - ____)
  Joseph Carpenter (1638 - 1683)*
  Lydia Carpenter Smith (1638 - 1711)*
  Ephraim Carpenter (1640 - 1703)*
  Priscilla Carpenter Vincent (1648 - 1691)*
  Silas Carpenter (1650 - 1695)*
  Benjamin Carpenter (1652 - 1710)*
*Calculated relationship
Maintained by: Kevin Avery
Originally Created by: Lori Bright
Record added: Sep 13, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41892759

RIP 8th great, grandfather.
- Jan Fillingim
 Added: Jul. 10, 2014

- Karen Frederickson
 Added: May. 23, 2014
Remembering the husband of my 9th great-grandaunt. Rest in Peace
- Michael Ratliff Lutz
 Added: May. 10, 2014
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