Biography of John H. Carpenter


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Carpenter, John H., was born in Madison county, N. Y., December 13, 1834, a son of Ezekiel W. and Maria (Davis) Carpenter. Ezekiel Carpenter was a native of Woodstock and was a contractor and builder; he was first a Whig and then a Republican and held minor town offices; he died in 1888. John H. was reared in Woodstock and educated in the district schools; he started when fourteen years of age to work in a sash and blind factory in Syracuse; in 1860 was working with Phelps & Chase in their organ factory. In 1861 he engaged in the manufacture of chairs at Belleville, and had a store at No. 69 South Salina Street, Syracuse, N. Y. He kept store for two years and in 1863 moved to Belleville, where he has since been engaged in the manufacture of furniture and is very successful; he has also been engaged iti the undertaking business and owns ten houses and lots. Mr. Carpenter is one of the well-to-do men of his village and has made his own propety. He married Marcia S., daughter of Zina Chapman, builder and contractor of Syracuse, and they had four children: Jennie, Adelbert (died in 1873), William and Zina. Jennie married Henry D. Ellis of Ellisburgh, and lives in Grand Rapids; William married Carrie Streeter, and he works with his father; and Zina married Chloe Wager, and he also is working with his father. Mrs. Carpenter died August 5, 1894. Mr. Carpenter is a Republican and has held all the offices in the village and for twenty years has been one of the trustees of the academy. He is a member of Rising Light Lodge No. 637, and for twenty-four years has been secretary of the lodge.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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