Biography of Willaim Carpenter

Carpenter, William, was born in Erie county, N. Y., July 21, 1828, a son of Jeremiah and Hepsy (Johnson) Carpenter. His father was an early settler in Erie county, where he cleared for cultivation four different farms; in 1859 he removed to Fillmore county, Minn., where his death occurred in 1863. William Carpenter was accorded the usual schooling at the district school, in the mean time assisting his father at farm work, and removed with him to Minnesota, whence he returned in 1876 to Batavia, where he has since resided, devoting his attention to land interests in the West. He owns 1,200 acres of land in Spink county, S. D., which is under cultivation and occupied by tenants. On the 6th of January, 1848, Mr. Carpenter was married to Betsey Abel. who died in Minnesota in 1872, leaving one daughter, Frank. Mr. Carpenter married for his second wife Clementine A. Rich, who died in 1885, when he married, third, Helen E. Holyoke of Hudson, Mass. His daughter Frank was married to John Butler; she died and left a daughter, Bessie, who became the wife of James G. Orr, jr., of Buffalo; she and her three children are the only surviving descendants of Mr. Carpenter. Mr. Carpenter is a self-made man and has been fairly successful in life's battle. While in Minnesota he held the office of justice of the peace and county commissioner. He is a Republican.

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A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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