Biography of Robert B. Carpenter
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Carpenter, Robert Byron, Potsdam, was born on a farm in Potsdam, January 11, 1820. The grandfather of our subject, William, was a native of Massachusetts, born in Charlestown in 1752, where his whole life was spent. He served in the American army in the war of the Revolution, and was at the battle of Bunker Hill. Before enlisting he had emigrated to New Hampshire, and at the close of the war he returned to New Hampshire, married while in the service and settled in Swansea. His wife's maiden name was Lucina Sumner, and they had these children: Clement, Guy, William, Sarah, Ralph, George Samuel, Joseph, James and Ezra. Clement, the oldest son, and father of our subject, was born at Eeene. N. H., October 10, 1781, and came to this county with his father in the spring of 1807. Clement lived there but a short time when he sold and bought 150 acres where he made his home until 1827, and then bought 100 acres. He married in New Hampshire, Elizabeth Gilman, a native of that State, and they had ten children: Eliza, who married Anson Dickenson, died in 1845; Emily, married Henry B. Webb, died in 1859: Sarah, married Jacob Clark, died in 1890; Guy, died in 1849; Mary Ann, married Morris Pierce, died in 1858; David, died in December, 1891; Joel, died in January, 1891; Zelinda, married Henry Wyman, died in 1873; Martha, married Preston H. Carpenter died April 15, 1893; and Robert B. Clement died May 1, 1860. Mrs. Carpenter died March 20, 1863. The whole life of our subject has been spent on this farm, which he has increased to 350 acres. He was educated in the common schools and the old St. Lawrence Academy. He is a staunch Republican. His whole life has been devoted to farming. He still conducts the homestead farm at the age of seventy three years. He married in 1845, Arvilla, daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Bannister, and they have had eight children: Martha, wife of Henry E. Shaw, a railroad claim agent, Spokane Falls, Wash; Mary, married N. J. Abernathy, a farmer of Madrid; J. Guy, station agent, Marion, Ind.; Sarah, married Alexander McKnight died in 1889; James, died in 1890; William, a farmer of Seabeck, Wash.; David, a lawyer of Helena, Mont; and Clement, in the railroad office at Spokane Falls, Wash.

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