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 William Carpenter

William Carpenter

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Death 30 Aug 1859 (aged 72)
Burial Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Plot Block 34, Carpenter Ground
Memorial ID 21370 · View Source
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William Carpenter was born July 30, 1787, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He immigrated to Licking county, Ohio, in his young manhood; and in the fall of 1819 united in marriage there with Margaret Pence. In the autumn of 1820 they moved to Sangamon county, Illinois, and settled about six miles out from Springfield on the Peoria road, where Mr. Carpenter opened up a small farm, surrounded by the haunts of the wild beasts and the wigwams of the Indians, who encamped several winters near their cabin on the bluffs of the Sangamon river, below where the city water-works are now located. Some years after Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter located in their wild western home, a ferry was established across the Sangamon, a mile from their cabin, and a short distance below where Carpenter's bridge is now situated. Mr. Carpenter eventually became the owner of the lands on both sides of the river, and also of the ferry, and conducted it till the bridge was built in 1844. When they first settled there the nearest post office was at Edwardsville, from whence Mr. Carpenter hauled corn to feed his team the first winter, after picking it on shares.

In March, 1828, Mr. Carpenter removed his family to Springfield, and occupied one of the few log cabins in the place, which stood on the site of the present Revere House. After a change or two of location he erected a frame house on the corner of Second and Jefferson streets. Here he opened a mercantile business where he continued in the mercantile business a number of years. In 1843, Mr. Carpenter, in company with Adolphus Wood, a brother-in-law, erected a flouring and saw-mill on the Sangamon river, at Carpenter's bridge, which was known as the Rock-dam Mills, from the material used in construction. This old mill still stands on section one, of Springfield township, and is operated a portion of the year. In the later years of his life Mr. Carpenter dealt extensively in real estate, investing the proceeds of the mill and business in lands, of which he owned a large quantity at his death, on August 30, 1859.

Mr. Carpenter served the people many years in an official capacity, was elected Justice of the Peace in Ohio in May, 1820; was appointed to the same office in Sangamon county, Illinois, in July, 1822, and filled by successive appointments and elections about seventeen years in all. He served as Representative in the Illinois Legislature in 1834 and 1835. Was appointed Postmaster of Springfield October 4, 1836, and resigned the office at the close of three years of service. He acted as Mayor of the city in 1846, during the absence of Mayor J. C. Conkling. He served in the Black Hawk war, and assisted in burying the dead after Stillman's defeat. May 15, 1830, he was made Quartermaster of the Twentieth Illinois Militia, and was Paymaster of the Fourth Illinois Mounted Volunteers on April 30, 1832.

Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter were the parents of eleven children, eight of whom survive. John, George, Sarah, Jane and Mary Ellen reside with their mother at the homestead, on the corner of Seventh and Carpenter streets. George, the youngest son, was born in March, 1835.
1881 HISTORY OF SANGAMON COUNTY, ILLINOIS, Inter-State Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1881

One of the oldest and most respectable of our citizens, Mr. Wm. Carpenter, died on Tuesday morning, after a severe and protracted illness, in his 78d year. Mr. Carpenter was among the first settlers of Sangamon, coming here as early as 1820, and has witnessed the growth of our state, county and city from their beginnings to their present giant proportions, and has borne no meager part in contributing to their growth. He has occupied various public positions, representing the county in the legislature, and filling, with credit, many county and city stations. He leaves a large family, and a host of friends to mourn his departure from us. Yesterday his remains were borne to the grave, followed by the order of the Masons of the city, of which he was a prominent member, and a large number of citizens. Honor to the old pioneers - peace to their ashes. IL State Register, Springfield, IL 9-1-1859.



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  • Added: 15 Apr 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21370
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Carpenter (30 Jul 1787–30 Aug 1859), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21370, citing Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .