Thomas French Sr

Thomas FRENCH Sr. (1696 – 1746) was Alex’s 8th Great Grandfather, one of 512 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Thomas French was born 6 Sep 1696 in Rehoboth, Mass.  His parents were John FRENCH  Jr. and Hannah PALMER.  He married Mary BROWN on 5 Jan 1719/20 in Attleboro, Mass.   Thomas died 3 Jun 1746 in Attleboro, Mass.

Thomas French Sr. Headstone Maplewood Cemetery , Attleboro, Bristol County, Massachusetts

Mary Brown was born 28 Jun 1696 in Rehoboth, Mass.  Her parents were Joseph BROWN and Hannah FITCH.  Her second husband was Capt. Joseph Capron, as his third wife. They were married 12 Nov 1753.  Mary died in 21 Nov 1783 in Attleboro, Mass.

Joseph Capron was born 31 Aug 1691 in Attleboro Mass. His parents were Banfield Capron and Elizabeth Callendar. He first married 3 Jun 1714 in Attleboro, Mass to was Judith Peck, daughter of Hezekiah Peck and Deborah Cooper.  Judith died at Attleboro Mar 14, 1733/34. His second wife was Bethia Burt. She died May 18, 1754 at Attleboro. His third wife was Mary (Brown) French Capron, married Nov 12, 1753 or 1754. Joseph died 14 Oct 1776 in Attleboro, Mass.

Mary Brown French Capon Old Kirk Yard Attleboro, Bristol County, Massachusetts,

Children of Thomas and Mary:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Thomas FRENCH 16 Apr 1722 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass. Keziah PERRY
2 Jan 1745/46
10 Sep 1793 Attleboro
2. Christopher French 17 Sep 1724
Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.
Amy Carpenter
11 Oct 1753Attleboro
17 Jul 1755 – Stockbridge, Berkshire, Mass
3. Mary French 25 Dec 1726 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass. William Carpenter
9 Jun 1744 Attleboro
1 Jan 1815

Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island

4. Joseph French 5 May 1729
Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.
Sybil (Sebilla, Sybullah) Carpenter
4 Apr 1755 Attleboro
20 Oct 1794 Attleboro
5. Elizabeth French 28 Aug 1731
Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.
William George
16 Oct 1760
23 Apr 1783
6. Bridget French 28 Apr 1734
Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.
Noah Blanding
23 Nov 1758
21 May 1807 Attleboro
7. Sarah French 29 Jul 1736
Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.
Oliver Carpenter
15 Nov 1759 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass
1815 Brookfield, Worchester, Mass
8. Hannah French 27 Jul 1738
Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.
Caleb Carpenter
17 Apr 1757
Seekonk, Bristol, Mass
20 Oct 1820
Seekonk, Bristol, Mass.

Attleborough is about 10 miles north of Rehoboth, both are near Providence, Rhode Island.

Thomas French Memorial Commemorative Stone erected in the center of the Maplewood Cemetery Attleboro, Bristol County, Massachusetts


Thomas French’s name on the commemorative stone


1. Thomas FRENCH (See his page)

2. Christopher French

Christopher’s wife Amy (Amee) Carpenter was born 24 May 1726 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were Jedediah Carpenter (1697 – 1731) and Mercy Brown (1699 – 1751).  After Christopher died in 1755, she married 6 Dec 1759 in Rehoboth to Peter Carpenter (b. 22 Sep 1723 in Rehoboth – d. 14 Nov 1771 in Rehoboth) and had one child Amy Carpenter (b. 1760).

Peter had previously married 2 Jan 1745 in Rehoboth to Rachel Bullock (b. 11 May 1733 in Rehoboth – d. 24 Feb 1758 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island) and had five children born between 1746 and 1758. Amy died 25 Nov 1805 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

Child of Christopher and Amy

i.  Nathaniel French b, 24 Feb 1755 West Stockbridge, Berkshire, Mass; d. 18 Dec 1818 West Stockbridge; Burial Slauter Cemetery today called Rockdale Cemetery, located in West Stockbridge, Mass; m. 26 Mar 1777 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass to Bethiah French (b. 27 May 1757 in West Stockbridge, – d. 25 Jul 1832 in West Stockbridge) Nathaniel and Amy had four children born between 1781 and 1785.

Nathaniel was a Private in Captain Job Woodbridge’s Company, Colonel  Brown’s Regiment,  Massachusetts  Woodbridge’s Regiment of Militia Active 1775-1777

Woodbridge’s Regiment of Militia, also known as the “1st Hampshire County Militia Regiment” and “Woodbridge’s (25th) Regiment” and “The 25th Regiment of Foot”. On April 20, 1775, the day immediately following the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Woodbridge’s regiment was formed and marched to Cambridge, Massachusetts near Boston, and participated in the Siege of Boston and the Battle of Bunker Hill.

The regiment spent part of the summer and the fall of 1776 as part of the Fort Ticonderoga garrison. The next year the regiment was called up at South Hadley, Massachusetts on August 16, 1777 as reinforcements for the Continental Army.

3. Mary French

Mary’s husband William Carpenter was born 13 Mar 1725/26 in Attleboro, Mass.  His parents were Ebenezer Carpenter (1694 – 1729) and Mehitable Bishop (194 – 1729). William died 17 Oct 1812 in Cumberland, Providence Co., RI.

The following is a request William Carpenter made Apr 2, 1750:

” William Carpenter came before the Council and prayed that they would appoint and empower a committee to divide to one of his sisters, namely Priscilla now widow of Christopher Dexter of Providence. R. I., her share in her father’s estate, namely Ebenezer Carpenter of Attleboro, (deceased) said William being his eldest and only son of the said Ebenezer: and also said William having purchased of his two other sisters, namely, Elizabeth now wife of Timothy Walker, and Keziah, now wife of Samuel Carpenter, their two shares so that there remains only said Priscilla”s share to be set off. Whereupon the Council do vote that the prayer of the said William Carpenter be granted, the Council appointed .Samuel Piartlett Esq., Capt. Ichabod Peck, John Nicholson. Jonathan Ormsby and George Sherman to divide to said Priscilla the fifth part of the real estate of her said father.”

William of Attleboro, Mass., private, served in the Revolution in Capt. Samuel Robinson’s Company ; enlisted June 21, 1778, served 22 days in R. I. A.

William Carpenter, Corporal, served in Capt. David Batchelder’s Company, Col. Taylor’s Regiment. R. I. A. Served 15 days in July and August.

Mary French Carpenter Gravestone Cumberland Cemetery  Cumberland, Providence , Rhode Island,  Find A Grave Memorial# 24913566

Mary French Carpenter Gravestone Cumberland Cemetery
Cumberland, Providence , Rhode Island,
Find A Grave Memorial# 24913566

Children of Mary and William

i. Jemima Carpenter b 13 Oct 1745 Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island; d. 25 Mar 1775 Cumberland

ii. Mary Carpenter b 30 Jun 1747 Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island; m. 4 Feb 1772 to John Hoppin (b. 11 Mar 1744 – Attleboro, Bristol, Mass) His parents were John Hoppin and Elizabeth [__?__].

John was a farmer.

iii. Ebenezer Carpenter b. 13 Jan 1749; d. 24 Aug 1752, aged 2 years, and was buried in South Attleboro

iv. Asenath Carpenter b. 4 Jan 1750 Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island; d. 5 Jun 1827 Colerain, Franklin, Mass; Burial: Colrain West Branch Cemetery, Colrain, Franklin, Mass;  m. 26 Jan 1775 in Cumberland to Rev. George Robinson (b. 23 Nov 1754 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass. – d. 24 Sep 1847 in Lancaster, Worcester, Mass.) His parents were George Robinson (1726 – 1812) and Abigail Everett (1727 – 1762).  Asenath and George had five children born between 1779 and 1790.

George Robinson Revolutionary Service SAR Membership:25569

George Robinson Revolutionary Service SAR Membership: 25569

George was a Presbyterian minister. After Asenath died, he married second, on 12 Nov 1829 to Lucy Shepardson(widow of Joseph Shepardson?),

v. Elizabeth (Betty) Carpenter b, 15 Dec 1752 Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island; m. 26 Jan 1775 in Cumberland to Capt. David Dexter (b. 22 Apr 1752 in Cumberland) His parents were David Dexter (1723 – 1766) and Mary Tyler (1728 – 1790).  Elizabeth and David had nine children born between 1775 and 1795.

David Dexter was a captain in 1776 in Colonel Lippitt’s regiment, presumably Dexter’s title of Colonel was given as a result of his activities in the Revolutionary War, for there is no evidence of further military activity after his move to Claremont. Dexter was active in both local and regional politics, being a selectman of Claremont for thirteen years and Chairman of the Board of Selectmen for eight of them. He also served as a representative to the New Hampshire Legislature from 1814 to 1820, and as director of the Claremont Bank.


In 1790, Timothy Atkins deeded two parcels of land to David Dexter, then referred to as a blacksmith from Worcester, Massachusetts, and to Stephen Dexter, then a blacksmith from Newport, New Hampshire. The smaller of the two parcels was sold with dams and mills already existing (apparently for milling lumber). Around 1800 Stephen and David Dexter built a dam across the Sugar River at the base of the hill on which their houses stood and constructed “grist, saw, and oil mills and a scythe shop.” The Dexters are credited with the establishment of manufacturing in in-town Claremont, whose later nineteenth century development was completely dominated by industrial mills, the buildings of which continue to dominate the town. The site of the Dexters’ mills continued to be used for manufacturing after their deaths and eventually came under the ownership of the Monadnock Mills, the largest of the mills in Claremont.

David Dexter House — North Street, Claremont, NH

The David Dexter House is a rectangular two-and-a-half-story house. It has a symmetrical facade of two windows on either side of a central entry, surmounted by five windows across the second story of the facade. Both east and west ends of the main house have four windows arranged symmetrically on the first and second story with three windows contained under the slope of the roof at the attic story. The rear wall of the main house has somewhat irregular window placement. The roof of the house is covered with asphalt tiles and has two dormers on the south (front) facade, and one on the rear. The foundation of the structure is concrete below ground level, surmounted by brick which has been faced with rectangular granite blocks.

David Dexter House

David Dexter House

The center entrance of the front elevation has an elaborate doorway consisting of a very wide raised six-panel door framed by sunken panel pilasters with moulded capitals supporting an entablature. The entablature is made up of (in vertical progression) two plain bands, a moulding, a rope moulding, a pattern band of interlacing arcs surmounted by another rope moulding, a frieze of triglyphs, one rope moulding, dentils, and a moulded cap. A one-pane light occupies the space above the door. On the east elevation of the main block, centered on the first floor, is a narrower entrance, similar to the front entrance, but less elaborate, decorated with rope mouldings, dentils, moulded door surround and moulded cap. One other entrance exists on the back of the house.

Main entrance door looking south. Note wide size with transom light and hand-wrought heart-shaped hinges

Main entrance door looking south. Note wide size with transom light and hand-wrought heart-shaped hinges

Most of the windows of the house appear to be original sash, double hung, with twelve panes over twelve panes.

The interior contains many raised six-panel doors and raised panel Indian shutters on the first floor, in addition to a variety of late Georgian/Federal mantel pieces. Of major importance is the southwest first floor,parlor which is an elaborately decorated Federal interior. Its focal point is an ornamented mantel with a center panel containing an urn flanked by swags and smaller covered urns in the end panels. The vertical sides of the mantel are decorated by foliate chains which are surmounted by a pineapple; the surrounds of the fireplace opening are faced with marble. The sliding interior shutters of this room, the panels beneath the windows, the doors, baseboard, wainscot, and door and window surrounds all have reeded decorative trim; all panels are decorated with reeding. The cornice of the room is made of wood with modillions, a band of reeding, and a frieze of incised lines, resembling a triglyph motif. The room and its ornamentation survive intact.

Parlour front west side of first floor, looking north. Note Federal mantelpiece and denticulated cornice

Parlour front west side of first floor, looking north. Note Federal mantelpiece and denticulated cornice

Original ornamentation of the exterior included window caps of the same design as the front entry cap in addition to a cornice entablature that extended around the entire main house and consisted of the same decoration used in the aforementioned caps.

Rear View of House before it was moved

Rear View of House and addition before it was moved

The structures’s original rear ell was removed to facilitate moving. Asphalt siding, introduced in the first half of the 20th century, has been removed to expose the original narrow clapboards Two chimneys of the main block have been reduced in size below the roof line. Some alterations have been made to the second story to provide for bath rooms; however, the house survives remarkable intact with details such as original hinges and shutter pulls preserved.

The David Dexter House was the focus of an intense and bitter local controversy over the Urban Renewal project which levelled its neighborhood and which also led to the deactivation of the New Hampshire State Historic Preservation Office and the dismissal of its first Director. The building was moved in early 1975 as a last resort when efforts by local citizen groups, the City Council, City Manager and City Solicitor to retain it in its original location were unsuccessful.

When destruction was imminent (the building had already been vandalized), a City Council member purchased it and moved it a few hundred feet to a vacant hilltop site, just over the property line from the Urban Renewal project area. The effect of the move on the integrity of the building was to preserve the remaining original fabric, except for the immense masonry chimney stack and the ell, which could not be moved. However, the building was documented by the Claremont Historical Society and the City of Claremont (which commissioned an adaptive reuse study by a prominent historical architect). The loss of the ell did not significantly affect the main block; although interesting and potentially usable, the ell was clearly a subordinate service accessory to the architecturally distinguished dwelling.

The building is now being rehabilitated by its owner for multi-family residential use, with the advice and assistance of the Claremont Historical Society and the City of Claremont. If the property is entered in the National Register, the owner anticipates applying for Tax Reform Act rehab incentives.


Built on land purchased by David Dexter in 1790, the David Dexter House has a tradition of having been constructed over a period of years, resulting in its late Georgian and Federal detailing. Its elaborate southwest parlor and reeded, panelled stair trim seem to represent the last period of construction or alteration from the house’s early history and are excellent examples of high style Federal interior design.

Stairs Dexter House

Stairs Dexter House

The stair banister and its “echo” in an applied half banister on the wall side of the stair appear to be local eccentricities of design and are noteworthy features. The Dexter House with both its interior and exterior Federal details appears to be one of the last remaining and highest quality Federal frame houses in Claremont

Stairs Dexter House Detail

Stairs Dexter House Detail

Community Planning:

The David Dexter House and the brick mill building at the foot of Dexter Hill which was a part of the Monadnock Mills and is one of the oldest mill buildings extant in Claremont, are unique in their preservation of both the scale of early manufacturing enterprises as well as the relationship of the owner’s private life to his business. Later usage of the David Dexter House as a mill workers’ boarding house (under the name of the “Fitchburg”) parallels the expansion of the scale of manufacturing in Claremont and the removal of the owner from immediate contact with the mills.

The effect of the move on the property’s historic integrity has been minimal, although some damage to historic fabric–particularly the foundations and chimney base–was inevitable. Efforts have been made to mitigate unavoidable damage, including the reuse of original granite foundation blocks at the new site.

The new site is not known to possess historical significance which would be adversely affected by the placement of the David Dexter House.

vi. William Carpenter b. 7 Dec 1754 Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island; d. 29 Dec 1755 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass

vii. Priscilla Carpenter b. 4 Oct 1756 Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island; d. 1764 Cumberland

viii. Amey Carpenter b. 13 Aug 1760 Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island; d. 31 May 1790; m. Aug 1781 to Comfort Fuller (b. 1760 in Cumberland)

Comfort was a physician

ix. Hannah Carpenter b. 6 Jun 1762 Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island; d. 28 Aug 1785 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; m. 22 Mar 1781 in Attleboro to Noah Tiffany (b. 7 Jul 1752 in Attleboro – d. 19 Jul 1818 in Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania) Noah’s parents were John Tiffany (1710 – 1788) and Deliverance Parmenter (1717 – 1798).  Hannah and Noah had three children born between 1782 and 1785.

After Hannah died, Noah married Mary Olney (1759-1837)

Old Brooklyn Cemetery
“Here lies Dec’n’ Noah Tiffany, Died July 19th 1818 Ae 66 yrs.”

“When you, my friends, are passing by
And this informs you where I lie
Remember you ere long must have,
Like me, a mansion in the grave.”

Noah Tiffany 1

Noah Tiffany  -- History of Brooklyn, Susquehana, Pennsylvania - 1889

Noah Tiffany — History of Brooklyn, Susquehana, Pennsylvania – Its Homes and Its People By Edward A. Weston… – 1889

x. Samuel Carpenter b. 18 Nov 1763 Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island; d. Iowa; m. Mary McDonald (b. 1763 in Cumberland) Samuel and Mary had six children born between 1787 and 1803.

xi. Ebenezer Carpenter b. 25 Jan 1765 Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island; d. 28 May 1811 Providence, Providence, Rhode Island; m. 28 Apr 1785 in Cumberland to Lydia Angell (b. 30 Dec 1763 in Cumberland – d. 19 Sep 1851; Burial Cumberland Cemetery) Her parents were Abraham Angell (1733 – 1804) and Mary Hawkins (741 – ).   Ebenezer and Lydia had eight children born between 1789 and 1800.

4. Joseph French

Joseph’s wife Sybil Carpenter was born 20 Oct 1733 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were first cousins Obadiah Carpenter (1707 – 1764) and Bethiah Carpenter (1706 – 1788). Sybil died 3 Jun 1809 in Poultney, Rutland, Vermont.

Joseph served as a Private in Capt. Moses Wilmarth’s 9th company, Col. John Daggett’s 4th Bristol Regiment which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775 served 9 days.  Also on the alarm caused by the Battle of Bunker Hill (company order of the Town Treasurer of Attleboro July 5, 1775.

Sybil Carpenter French Headstone -“SIBBEL wife of Joseph French of Attleborough, died June 3d 1809, in the 76th year of her age.” – Hosford Crossing Cemetery Poultney, Rutland County Vermon

Children of Joseph and Sybil

i. Joseph French b. 29 Sep 1756 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 20 Sep 1775 Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass

ii. Thomas French b, 7 Jun 1758 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 30 Oct 1777 Attleboro

iii. Mary French b. 12 Nov 1760 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 5 Oct 1804 Attleboro; m. 3 Jun 1784 in Attleboro to Ebenezer Tyler (b. 8 Sep 1760 in Attleboro – d. 15 Oct 1827 in Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island)  His parents were John Tyler (1724 – 1794) and Anna Blackington (1722 – 1793).  Mary and Ebenezer had five children born between 1785 and 1799.

iv. Ezra French b. 7 May 1764 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 13 Mar 1806 Attleboro; m. 22 Aug 1786 in Attleboro to Jane Titus (b. 7 May 1763 in Attleboro – d. 10 Mar 1832 in Attleboro) Her parents were Robert Titus (1719 – 1784) and Elizabeth Foster (1734 – 1806).  Ezra and Jane had five children born between 1787 and 1800.

v. Obediah French b. 27 Jul 1766 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 18 Mar 1846 Poultney, Rutland, Vermont; m1. 14 Jun 1790 in Stockbridge, Berkshire, Mass to Sarah Warner (b. 1769 – d. 23 May 1813 in Poultney, Rutland, Vermont); Obediah and Sarah had six children born between 1792 and 1809.

m2. 1813 in Poultney, Rutland, Vermont to Lydia [__?__] (b. 1770 – d. 5 Apr 1825 in Poultney, Rutland, Vermont) 

Obidiah French Headstone Inscription: OBADIAH FRENCH died march 17, 1846, AE. 80 Yrs. — Burial: Hosford Crossing Cemetery Poultney, Rutland, Vermont

vi. Sibbel French b. 5 Oct 1768 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 22 Jan 1845 Attleboro; m. 3 Feb 1792 in Attleboro to Jerahmel Bowers Wheeler (b. 13 Aug 1768 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. – d.18 Mar 1835 in Montpelier, Washington, Vermont) Jerahmel’s brother Benjamin married Sibbel’s sister Huldah.  Their parents were Philip Wheeler (1733 -1774) and Mary Ingalls (1735 – 1819).  Sibbel and Jerahmel had nine children born between 1791 and 1807.

vii. Huldah French b. 16 Jun 1771 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 8 Feb 1856 East Montpelier, Washington, Vermont; m. 2 Jan 1792 in Attleboro to Benjamin Ingalls Wheeler (b. 19 Sep 1766 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. – d. 7 Mar 1845 in East Montpelier, Washington, Vermont) Benjamin’s brother Jerahmel married Huldah’s sister Sibbel.  Their parents were Philip Wheeler (1733 -1774) and Mary Ingalls (1735 – 1819).Huldah and Benjamin had nine children born between 1795 and 1814

viii. Cynthia French b. 7 Oct 1773 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 27 Dec 1797 Attleboro

 5. Elizabeth French

Elizabeth’s husband William George was born 1731 – Attleboro, Bristol, Mass. His parents were Joshua George and Rhoda Eastman.  William died in 1776 or  18 Aug 1836 – Bristol, Mass

Children of Elizabeth and William:

i. William George b. 25 Oct 1761 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 1836 in Attleboro; m. 1 Dec 1788 Attleboro to Nancy Mason (b. 1761 in Cumberland, Providence, RI – d. 1804 in Attleboro)  Her parents were Jonathan Mason (1734 – 1798) and Patience Mason (1737 – 1825) William and Nancy had at least two children Sophia (b. 1791) and Harriet (b. 1798)

ii. Josha George b. 16 Aug 1763 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 21 May 1768 in Attleboro

iii. Zilpah George b. 30 Jun 1765 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. ~1810; m. 19 May 1790 Attleboro to Avery Richards (b. 16 Apr 1762 in Bristol Co., Mass.  –  d. 17 May 1819 in Attleboro) His parents were Nathan Richards and Mehitable [__?__].

iv. Preston George b. 23 May 1767 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 5 Mar 1816 Attleboro; m. 12 May 1802 to Lydia May (b. 19 Nov 1771 in Attleboro – d. 1 Feb 1854 in Attleboro) Her parents were Elisha May (1739 -1811) and Ruth Metcalf (1743 – 1815) Preston and Lydia had at least two children: Preston (b.1809) and Mary Ann (b.1811)

v. Caleb George b. 13 Aug 1776 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; m. 29 1797 Attleboro to Chloe More (b. 13 Feb 1777 in Attleboro) Her parents were Comfort More (Moore) and Chloe Read.  Caleb and Chloe had at least one child: Fabius  (b. 1811)

 6. Bridget French

Bridget’s husband Noah Blanding was born 12 Sep 1721 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. His parents were Noah Blanding and Rebecca Wheaton.  Noah died 19 Jan 1785 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.

Pvt. Noah Blanding, Capt. Alexander Foster’s co., Col. Thomas Carpenter’s regt.; pay roll for service from Jnly 27, 1778, to Aug. 12, 1778, 17 days, at Rhode Island;

Also, Capt. Caleb Richardson’s co., Col. John Hathaway’s regt.; enlisted March 25, 1779; service, 21 days, at Rhode Island; roll dated Attleborough;

Also, Capt. Foster’s co., Col. Carpenter’s regt.; enlisted July 27, 1780; discharged July 31, 1780; service, 7 days, on an alarm at Rhode Island; marched to Tiverton, R. I., on 6 days campaign; roll dated Attleborough;

Also, Capt. Moses Willmarth’s co., Col. Isaac Dean’s regt.; enlisted July 31, 1780; discharged Aug. 7, 1780; service, 10 days, on an alarm at Rhode Island.

Children of Bridget and Noah:

i. Bridget Blanding b. 30 Sep 1759 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d, 19 May 1837 Attleboro;

ii.  Lieut. Noah Blanding b.7 Nov 1761 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d. 5 May 1834 Attleboro; m. 28 Aug 1790 in Attleboro to Bethiah Thacher (b. 27 Mar 1764 in Attleboro – d. 20 Aug 1848 in Attleboro) Her parents were Peter Thacher (1715 – 1785) and Bethia Carpenter (1729 – 1793),  Noah and Bethiah had nine children born between 1792 and 1809.

iii. Mary Blanding b. 12 Oct 1763 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d. 6 Sep 1824; m.

iv. Joseph Blanding b. 7 Mar 1766 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d. ~1848; m. 26 Apr 1790 Attleboro to Huldah Marten (b. 19 Feb 1768 in Attleboro – d. 1824 in Attleboro)  Her parents were John Marten (1745 – ) and Margaret Richardson (1746 – 1803) Joseph and Huldah had at least one child Eluma Martin Blanding (b. 1800)

v. Thomas Blanding b. 1767 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d. 26 Aug 1782

vi. Enoch Blanding b. 1 Mar 1771 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass

vii. Huldah Blanding b. 19 Aug 1776 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d. 26 Apr 1825 Attleboro

7. Sarah French

Sarah’s husband Oliver Carpenter was born 8 Apr 1734 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA His parents were Edmund Carpenter (1704 – 1739) and Mehetabel Cooper (1705 -1737)  Oliver died 1809 – Brookfield, Worcester, Mass.

It appears that Oliver drifted into different townships. An Oliver enlisted at Union, Conn, in the Revolutionary service, in Company 5 of the 8th regiment; about this time he settled in Brookfield, Mass. (There is some doubt about the foregoing; it might have been another Oliver.)

Private Oliver Carpenter, Capt. Samuel Craggin’s co., Lieut Col. Nathan Tyler’s regt.; service from Dec. 8, 1776, to Jan. 21, 1777, 1 mo. 15 days, on an alarm at Rhode Island and Providence Plantation; travel allowed to Mendon;

Private Oliver Carpenter,  Attleborough, Capt. Jacob Ide’s co., Col. John Daggett’s regt.; marched to Rhode Island on the alarm of Dec. 8, 1776; service, 24 days;

Also, Capt. Samuel Robinson’s co., Col. Isaac Dean’s regt.; marched to Tiverton, R. I., July 31, 1780, on an alarm; discharged Aug. 4, 1780; service, 4 days.

Also, Corporal, Capt. David Batchellor’s co., Col. Tyler’s regt.; enlisted July 28, 1780; discharged Aug. 8, 1780; service, 15 days, travel included, on an alarm at Rhode Island; also, Capt. Craggin’s co.; service, 2 mos. 26 days, at Rhode Island [year not given].

Children of Sarah and Oliver:

i.  William Carpenter b. 29 Aug 1760 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; m. 19 Feb 1790 Huntington to Charry Hawley (b. 11 Jan 1766 in Stratford, Connecticut)  He moved to Connecticut

William marched from Attleboro to Rhode Island, April 21, 1777. under Capt. Stephen Richardson, for 25 days’ service. William C. private in Captain Richardson’s company, in the Rhode Island alarm, Sept. 25, 1777, served one month and six days: heserved the third time in Captain Wilmarth’s company. Colonel Daggett’s regiment. Jan. 1, 1778: served at Rhode Island, two months, 25 days ; the roll sworn at Taunton, Mass. We tind him serving as corporal in Capt. Caleb Richardson’s company. Colonel Hathaway ‘s regiment, in the Rhode Island alarm, March 25, 1779; served 21 days; the roll was dated at Attleboro. He served as private in Capt. Alexander Foster’s company. Col. Thomas Carpenter’s regiment, in the Rhode Island alarm. July  27. 1778 ; served 17 days.

William Carpenter, of Attleboro, enlisted in the Continental army for nine months; age, 19; stature five feet, 10 inches: enlisted from Colonel Dean’s regiment; William Carpenter of Attleboro, private in the Continental army, in Colonel Sheldon’s Light dragoons, from September, 1779 to June 16, 1780, enlisted as corporal of the Dragoons, June 16, 1780, for the rest of the war.

ii. Anna Carpenter b. 8 Apr 1762 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d. 9 Apr 1815 Langdon, New Hampshire,m. 28 Oct 1784 in Rehoboth to Samuel Walker (b. 4 Feb 1762 in Rehoboth, – d, 19 Feb 1813 in Rockingham, Vermont) His parents were Lt. Aaron Walker (1728 – 1775) and Esther Carpenter (1735 – 1763).  Anna and Samuel had five children  three of whom were born between 1786 and 1793.

Samuel enlisted in the Continental army and served for several years.

iii. Sarah Carpenter b. 4 Aug 1765 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass’ d. 23 Dec 1845 Attleboro; m1.  int. pub. 24 Oct 1784 to Consider Atherton (b. 1763 – );

m2. 17 Dec 1795 in Attleboro to Amos Ide (b. 10 Apr 1756 in Attleboro – d. Apr 1816 in Attleboro) His parents were Amos Ide (1729 – 1810) and Huldah Tyler (1733 – 1780).  He first married 30 Sep 1784 in Attleboro to Sarah Metcalf (b. 10 Feb 1758 in Attleboro – d. 12 Nov 1792 in Attleboro) and had one daughter Abijah Metcalf Ide (b. 1785),  Sarah and Amos had six children born between 1795 and 1805.

iv. Nathan Carpenter b. 8 May 1767 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d, 3 Sep 1814; m. 26 Oct 1794 in Attleboro to Lucinda Ingraham (b. 8 Sep 1773 in Attleboro – d, 26 Feb 1831 in Attleboro) Her parents were Jeremiah Ingraham (1746 – ) and Chloe Pitcher (1753 – 1824),  Nathan and Lucinda had four children born between 1795 and 1802.

Nathan was a carpenter

v. Oliver Carpenter b. 30 Mar 1769 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d. Brookfield, Worcester, Mass; m. 2 Apr 1792 to Betsey Draper (b, 2 Apr 1792 -d, Brookfield)

vi. Calvin Carpenter b. 4 Nov 1771 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; m. Olive Phipps (b. 1772),

Calvin was a carpenter

vii. Luther Carpenter b. 26 Jan 1775 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass;  d. Jan 1844; m. Ester Jillson

Luther was a carpenter, too.

viii. Mary Carpenter b. 26 Jul 1777 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; m. 6 Jan 1803 to Abraham Bowen (b. ~1771)

8. Hannah French

Hannah’s husband Caleb Carpenter was born 30 Mar 1730 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass,.  His parents were Jedediah Carpenter (1697 – 1731) and Mercy Brown (1699 – 1751). Caleb died 10 Oct 1801 Seekonk, Bristol, Mass.

Caleb served probably as private in Capt. Nathaniel Carpenter’s Company for eight days, in the Lexington alarm.

The following is an extract from a letter, dated May 4, 1848, from Caleb Carpenter,  a grandson of the above named Caleb, of Almont, Mich.: he was a physician and surgeon:

” Dear Sir. — I have been some time in answering your letter of March 18, requesting the genealogy of our-family. The reason of the delay has been the time employed by me in hunting up the family. I have collected the branches of the family together as well as my observation admits and herewith transmit them to you. My grandfather’s name was Caleb; he married Hannah French. He lived and died in Rehoboth, Mass. A chairmaker.

(Signed) Caleb Carpenter.”

Caleb Carpenter Gravestone – Newman Cemetery East Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, Findagrave Memorial No.  21484555

Children of Hannah and Caleb

i. Jedediah Carpenter b. 13 Jan 1758 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 16 Dec 1781; Burial: Newman Cemetery , East Providence,  Providence County, Rhode Island

Jedediah Carpenter enlisted as private in Nathaniel Carpenter’s company, in Col. Thomas Carpenter’s regiment in the Rhode Island alarm, Dec. 8, 1776 and served sixteen days: marched

from Rehoboth to Bristol: he enlisted the second time as private in Capt. Hill’s company, Colonel Daggett’s regiment, Dec. 28, 1776 and served three months at Bristol : he enlisted the third

time in Captain Brown’s company, Col. Thomas Carpenter’s regiment in the Rhode Island alarm Aug. 1, 1780 and served eight days: he marched from Rehoboth to Tiverton.

Jedidiah Carpenter – Newman Cemetery East Providence, Providence ,Rhode Island Find A Grave Memorial# 21483479

ii. Caleb Carpenter Jr.  b. 4 Dec 1759 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 31 Mar 1833;  m. int published 27 Sep 1784 to Silence Smith (b. 1 Jul 1757 – 13 Sep 1845 Burial: Newman Cemetery ,) Her parents were George Smith and Mercy Metcalf.  She first married  Benjamin Bagley.   Caleb and Silence had five children born between 1786 and 1798.

Silence was one of the original members of the First Baptist church at East Providence Centre ; she was baptized in 1794.

Caleb Carpenter Jr., of Rehoboth, enlisted as private in James Hill’s company, in Colonel William’s regiment, Sept 27, 1777. He susequently served in Capt. Nathaniel Carpenter’s company in Col. Thomas Carpenter’s regiment.

Caleb was a seaman aboard the brig “Reprisal“, captured Feb 19, 1778, by a British vessel, and committed to Forton Prison, England, June 19, 1778.  This was the same time that Jonathan Carpenter was taken and Caleb’s name frequently occurs in Jonathan’s diary. Caleb was released from Prison in June, 1781, some months after Jonathan’s release, and after his return to Rehoboth he went to see his friend and fellow prisoner, Jonathan Carpenter, who was then residing in Vermont, Sept. 10, 1781.

According to wikipedia, the Reprisal brought munitions of war from Martinique June–September 1776 where it engaged in  the Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet.  On October 24, 1776, the Reprisal was ordered by Congress to proceed to Nantes, France, in Reprisal, taking to his post Benjamin Franklin, who had been appointed Commissioner to France.  On Feb 5,  Reprisal  captured the Lisbon packet, two days out of Falmouth, after a hard fight of 40 minutes.  . Five other prizes were captured on this cruise, which ended on February 14.   Cruise around Ireland, April–June 1777 .

On Sep 14, 1777, Reprisal left France, for the United States. About October 15, Reprisal was lost off the banks. of  Newfoundland and all 129 on board, except the cook, went down with her.  It looks like A genealogical history of the Rehoboth branch of the Carpenter family in America by Amos Bugbee Carpenter has the wrong ship name for Caleb’s naval service.

iii. Job Carpenter b. 5 Jul 1761 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. Aug 1787 South Carolina;

Job was a physician.

iv. Japhet Carpenter  b. 31 Mar 1763 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 12 Sep 1796

v. Cynthia Carpenter b. 19 Apr 1765 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; m1. 26 Feb 1793 in Seekonk, Bristol, Mass to John Smith (b. 1767 in Seekonk);

m2. 20 Dec 1801 to  Perez Read (b. 4 Aug 1748 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass – d. 3 May 1818; Burial Newman Cemetery, East Providence, Providence , Rhode Island,)  His parents were Noah Read (1717 – 1773) and   Anne Hunt (1722 – 1771) Perez first married 9 Jan 1777 to Mary (Molly) Paine (1758 – 1800)

vi. Patience Carpenter b. 9 Nov 1767 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 6 Jun 1804

vii. Rufus Carpenter b. 14 Feb 1770 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 28 Dec 1834 Washington, Macomb, Michigan;  m. Betsey Baldwin (b. 15 Jun 1773 in Vermont)  Rufus and Betsey had five children born between 1794 and 1807.

Rufus resided at West Fairlee, Vermont

viii. Hannah Carpenter  b. 27 Apr 1772 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 29 Oct 1800; Burial: Newman Cemetery, East Providence, Providence, Rhode Island;

Hannah Carpenter Gravestone Find A Grave Memorial# 21483320

Hannah Carpenter Gravestone Find A Grave Memorial# 21483320

ix. Chloe Carpenter b. 9 Nov 1774 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 27 Feb 1810; m. David Bell

x. Betsey Carpenter b.  22 Aug 1779 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 14 Aug 1852 Burial: Newman Cemetery, East Providence, Providence, Rhode Island;  m. Oct 1804 to William Hill ( – 1834)


A genealogical history of the Rehoboth branch of the Carpenter family in America, brought down from their English ancestor, John Carpenter, 1303, with many biographical notes of descendants and allied families (1898) by Carpenter, Amos B. (Amos Bugbee), b. 1818

David Dexter House, Claremont, Sullivan County, NH

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