My 3X great grandparents are Joseph Carpenter and his wife, Nancy Mason Bullock. Joseph was born in Rehoboth, Massachusetts on September 8, 1789 and he died in Attleboro, Massachusetts at age 91 in November 1880 just a few months after the death of his wife of more than 67 years. Joseph and Nancy were married in Rehoboth on February 21, 1813 and she died in Attleboro on May 4, 1880. Joseph was a veteran and pensioner of the War of 1812.
Joseph and Nancy had fourteen children – nine boys and five girls. My 2X great grandfather, Samuel Carpenter, was one of the twins Joseph and Nancy had in 1828. Sam’s sister, Jane Buffum Carpenter, died at just under two years old.
In late 1842, Joseph and Nancy were renting a home in Providence, Rhode Island from a woman named Emily Aplin and her siblings. On November 2, 1842, Miss Aplin wrote a letter of eviction to my ancestors that included the following lines:
When the question was asked me if you could have
the tenement, I asked at once if you were a Dorrite!
My brother thought not for you appeared respectable,
but I have learned a different story – now I have no
possible objection to an honest suffrage man, but I say
without hesitation that were the privilege granted me
of choosing a tenant who must be either a Sabbath
breaker or Licentious or a gambler or Intemperate or
an understanding Dorrite, though I despise them all,
still there would be a decided preference for one of
the former named. My whole soul shrinks from the
man, who to gratify his own selfishness would sacrifice
the welfare of a community. So having my feelings I
proceed without further ceremony to request you
to vacate the tenement as soon as possible, at all
events at the end of the quarter. Sooner would be
very agreeable if you can obtain a house, but I
repeat, certainly then. I am decided.
The letter from Miss Aplin, and the reply from Joseph and Nancy’s daughter, Nancy Mason Carpenter (age 24), were found in the Anna Garlin Spencer Papers (DG 034), Swarthmore College Peace Collection. [Anna Carpenter Garlin will the subject of a future post here on The Prism.]
|The Emily Aplin letter, November 2, 1842|
The reply letter from Nancy Mason Carpenter,November 4, 1842.
My lineage from Joseph Carpenter and Nancy Mason Bullock . . .
Generation 1: Joseph Carpenter m. Nancy Mason Bullock
Generation 2: Samuel Carpenter m. Ruth Ann Miller
Generation 3: Samuel Eber Carpenter m. Sarah Etta Freeman
Generation 4: Everett Shearman Carpenter m. Ruth Eaton Cooke
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