Monday, October 6, 2014

Military Monday (October 6, 2014) -- Col. Thomas Carpenter of Rehoboth, Massachusetts



Thomas Carpenter III is my 5th great grandfather.  He was born October 24, 1733 in Rehoboth, Massachusetts the son of Thomas Carpenter and Mary Barstow. He was the great great grandson of William Carpenter who was born in England in 1605 and immigrated to Massachusetts in 1638. 

Thomas Carpenter III died in Rehoboth on April 26, 1807.  He was married to Elizabeth Moulton (1736 - 1804) and they had twelve children together, including my 4th great grandfather, James Carpenter (1767 - 1812).

Thomas and Elizabeth built their home in Rehoboth at what is now 77 Bay State Road. The home was completed in 1755. In 1983, the home was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The home is pictured immediately below.

The Thomas Carpenter House, 77 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, Massachusetts
  

Thomas Carpenter III was a colonel in the Massachusetts Militia during the Revolutionary War. He commanded the First Bristol Regiment (known as "Carpenter's Regiment") from 1776 - 1780. He had been elected in 1774 to serve as a delegate to represent Rehoboth at the Massachusetts Provincial Congress and in 1775 he was elected Deputy to the General Court of Massachusetts.

Col. Thomas Carpenter served under Major General Lincoln and marched to New York in 1776. In July 1778 Thomas was part of the Rhode Island expedition and he served for one month and nineteen days.  On August 18, 1778 he was ordered to Rhode Island and on the 29th of that month his regiment was involved in action where several of his men (residents of Rehoboth) were killed.  Thomas Carpenter himself was "distinguished for his activity and bravery" at that time. Later, Carpenter's Regiment served under Brigadier General Godfrey and in July and August 1780 he served at Tiverton. 

Col. Thomas Carpenter is the ancestor upon whom my membership in the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) is based.

My descent from Col. Thomas Carpenter is as follows:

          Thomas Carpenter (1733 - 1807)                    m.    Elizabeth Moulton (1736 - 1804)
          James Carpenter (1767 - 1812)                       m.    Lucy Bliss (1769 - 1817)
          Joseph Carpenter (1789 - 1880)                      m.    Nancy Mason Bullock (1793 - 1880)
          Samuel Carpenter (1828 - 1904)                     m.    Ruth Ann Miller (1828 - 1893)
          Samuel Eber Carpenter (1853 - 1929)            m.    Sarah Etta Freeman (1858 - 1945)
          Everett Shearman Carpenter (1891 - 1962)    m.    Ruth Eaton Cooke (1897 - 1979)
          Shirley Carpenter (1927 -     )                         m.    Arnold G. Tew, Jr. (1922 -     )
          John D. Tew

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Photograph of headstone in Rehoboth Historic Cemetery 8 taken February 8, 2012 by Kenneth Zirkel "kickstand" of Find-A-Grave.  Used by permission granted by Mr. Zirkel at his membership profile (#47213883).  Thank you Mr. Zirkel!

Photograph of The Thomas Carpenter House is from the Historic American Buildings Survey and is the property of the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, MA-394-1. The work is in the public domain as a work prepared by an officer or employee of the United States Government as part of official duties. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Thomas_Carpenter_House.jpg

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Copyright 2014, John D. Tew
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1 comment:

  1. Very nice post and I like how you were able to obtain a photo of the tombstone (thanks to Mr. Kirkel) and the Thomas Carpenter House from the LOC. I've never been to Rehoboth, but it's a place I'd like to visit because I have an early ancestor from there.

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