Biography of George W. Carpenter
Madison County, NY Biographies





Carpenter, George W., p. o. Chittenango Station, postmaster and merchant at Chittenango Station, was born at Orwell, Oswego county, N.Y., November 27, 1844, a son of Hannah and Reuben S. Carpenter. His paternal ancestors were from Connecticut, and his parents were among the earliest settlers in Hamilton county. They came to this county in 1846, where Reuben died June 26, 1898, his wife still living at the old homestead. Mr. Carpenter's education was acquired chiefly at the common schools in this vicinity and in 1877 he opened a general store at Port Byron, N.Y., remaining there until 1887, when he engaged in business at this place. He has been successful in business and enjoys the esteem of all who know him. Various minor official positions bad come to him prior to his appointment as postmaster at Chittenango Station in May, 1888. August 27, 1865, he married Mary E. Shaver of Sodus, N.Y. Their children are as follows: Kitties, born October 18, 1867; Frank B., born April 8, 1873; Elmer R., born April 16, 1878, and Charles S., born October 7, 1871, and who died March 11, 1872. Mr. Carpenter's father, Reuben S. Carpenter, was born in the town of Hope, Montgomery county, N. Y., August 6, 1821. At the age of nineteen he purchased his time from his father and started in business for himself. He was a stonecutter by trade and went to work for the State on the Black River Canal, where he worked about a year. He then removed to Orwell, Oswego county, where he remained about two years. While at Orwell he was married to Hannah C. Pennock (a sister of the late Ebenezer Pennock). From Orwell he removed to Three River Point, where he resided about a year, removing from that place to Oak Hill. Here Mr. Carpenter was employed by Captain Cady one of the pioneers of this town. When the Erie Canal was enlarged Mr. Carpenter removed to Bolivar, where he had charge of the work of obtaining stone for the bridge and culvert at that place. From Bolivar he removed to his late residence north of Chittenango Station, where he resided up to the time of his death. The "Squire," as Mr. Carpenter was known hereabouts, was in early life a Democrat, but became a Republican at the formation of that party and has since been an active member. Some years ago he was elected justice of the peace, which was the only office he ever held. The immediate vicinity of the "Station" at the time he came here was practically an unbroken forest, and Mr. Carpenter's reminiscences of the early days of his residence here were very interesting. In 1863 Mr. Carpenter went to the State of Ohio, remaining there until 1864, when he was employed by the United States Government as foreman (with the rank of captain) in the government shipyards at Chattanooga, Tenn., where he remained until the close of the war, after which time he followed the business of carpenter and builder. Mr. Carpenter was the father of eight children, five of whom, George W., Mrs. Mathew Chapley, Mrs. George Bender, Mrs. George Olmstead, and William E. Carpenter, together with his wife and a brother, George H. Carpenter of Sheboygan, Wis., survive him.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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