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Abigail Carpenter (Briant)

Also Known As: "Abigail Searles", "Abigail Bennett", "Some older sources give wife Abigail's maiden name as Bennett or Searles"
Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Shalbourne, Wiltshire, England
Death: Died in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachuetts
Place of Burial: East Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Briant and Alice Briant
Wife of William Carpenter, of Rehoboth
Mother of John "of Long Island" Carpenter; Abigail Palmer; Deac. William Carpenter; Joseph Carpenter; Samuel Carpenter and 4 others

Managed by: John Denny Dale, Jr.
Last Updated:

About Abigail Carpenter

Abigail Briant was baptized May 27,1604 at St.Michael's and All Angels Church, then in the Berkshire Co. section of Shalbourne, England. [1] Abigail was buried in the Newman Cemetery in Old Rehoboth (now East Providence,RI) on Feb 22, 1686/7. [3]

Parents: daughter of John Briant (b. abt 1580) and Alice ____ Briant. [3]


  1. William Carpenter at St.Michael's and All Angels Church, then in the Berkshire Co. section of Shalbourne, England on Apr 28,1625. The family resided in the Wiltshire Co. section of Shalbourne.

8 children of William and Abigail (Briant) Carpenter, i-v baptized at Shalbourne, vii-viii born at Weymouth:

  1. John Carpenter, bp. 8 Oct. 1626; m. Hannah [Smith?].
  2. Abigail Carpenter, bp. 31 May 1629; m. (1) John Titus, (2) Jonah Palmer Sr.
  3. William Carpenter, bp. 22 Nov. 1631; m. (1) Priscilla Bennett, (2) Miriam Sale.
  4. Joseph Carpenter, bp. 6 April 1634; m. Margaret Sutton.
  5. Samuel Carpenter, bp. 1 March 1636[/7], bur. Shalbourne 20 April 1637.
  6. Samuel Carpenter (again), b. ca. 1638; m. Sarah Redway.
  7. Hannah Carpenter, b. 3 2nd mo. [April] 1640; m. Joseph2 Carpenter (see below).
  8. Abiah Carpenter, b. 9 2nd mo. [April] 1643; m. Mary Redway.


  • Per Bishop's Transcripts from Shalbourne Parish, Wiltshire (now Berkshire) shows that William Carpenter was married there on 28 April 1625 to Abigail "Briante," who was was baptised at Shalbourne on 27 May 1604, the daughter of John and Alice Briant.
  • The William Carpenter family arrived in New England on the "Bevis" in 1638, settling first at Weymouth,MA and then, by 1645, Rehoboth,MA. (see image attached).
  • Upon the death of her husband William Carpenter she received his Bible and other books. Two hundred pounds of sugar, the room the testator lodges inn with the chamber over it; and "libertie to come to the fier to do her occations." She got a meadow near the house, a way to the swamp, a supply of corn and the cloth in the house "toward clothing herself and children". With her herd of swine that she hath to serve towards housekeeping. Abigail was named sole executric of the will, with Richard Bowin, John Allin and "my brother Carpenter" to help her. Each year date and the inventory was taken 21 Feb 1658 or 1659. [3]
  • Some records list her as Abigail Briant (Bryant), this is correct.

Old records are wrong

Some older sources give wife Abigail's maiden name as Bennett or Searles. The first represents unwarranted linkage to a Bennett family of Sway, Co.Hampshire, and the second reflects apparent confusion with the maiden name of William Carpenter Jr's second wife, Miriam Sale(s).



  1. Carpenter, John R. Carpenters' Encyclopedia of Carpenters: A Study of the Carpenters of the Philadelphia, Pa Branch & the British West Indies of the Carpenter Family in America : Including the Branches of the Wiltshire & Surrey, England Carpenters. La Mesa, Calif.: J.R. Carpenter, 2001.
  2. Rehoboth Vital Record Death 1652-1896 pg 808
  3. B.B. TOPP, Carpenter Chronicles #24, Nov 1995.
  4. Zubrinsky, Eugene Cole. "Abiah3 Carpenter of Warwick, Rhode Island, and His Family, With Additional Material Concerning William1 Carpenter of Providence, Rhode Island, and William2 Carpenter of Rehoboth, Massachusetts," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 159 (Jan. 2005):55-68; (Oct. 2005):362-64 (additions and corrections [hereafter a&c]); 161 (Oct. 2007):300 (a&c); 163 (Oct. 2009):297-98 http://members.cox.net/jrcrin001/Carpenter(TAG1995).pdf
  5. Zubrinsky, Eugene Cole. "Three John Carpenters: A Chain of Mistaken Identities," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 159 (Jan. 2005):43-54; (Oct. 2005):361-62 (a&c); 163 (Oct. 2009):297 (a&c) http://members.cox.net/jrcrin001/ThreeJohnCarpenters(NEHGR159%5bJan2005%5d).pdf
  6. Zubrinsky, Eugene Cole. "The Immigration and Marriage of William1 Carpenter of Amesbury, Wiltshire, and Providence, Rhode Island," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 164 (Jan. 2010):36-40; 164 (Oct. 2010):296-97 (a&c). This work establishes the English origin of William Carpenter of Rehoboth (c1605-1658[/9]); identifies his wife, Abigail Briant; and revises their children's birth order.http://www.americanancestors.org/uploadedFiles/American_Ancestors/Content/Publications/Journals/Register_PDFs/NEHGR_October_2010_Vol_164.pdf



1 M John Carpenter
          Born: 1628 - Wherewell, Hampshire, England
          Died: May 23, 1695 - Jamaica, Long Island, NY

2 M William Carpenter

          Born: 1631 - Of Wherewell, Hants, England
          Died: Jan 26, 1703 - Rehoboth, Bristol, MA

3 M Joseph Carpenter

          Born: 1633 - Wherewell, Hants, England
          Died: May 6, 1675 - Swansea, MA

4 F Hannah Bennett Carpenter

          Born: Apr 3, 1640 - Weymouth, MA
          Died: 1670 - Musketa Cove, Li, NY

5 M Abiah Carpenter

          Born: Apr 9, 1643 - Weymouth, Norfolk, MA
          Died: 1702

6 F Abigail Carpenter

          Born: Apr 9, 1643 - Weymouth, Norfolk, MA
          Died: Mar 5, 1710

7 M Samuel Carpenter

        Spouse: Sarah Reed

Birth: May 27, 1604 Shalbourne Wiltshire, England Death: Feb. 22, 1687 Rehoboth Bristol County Massachusetts, USA


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Abigail Carpenter's Timeline

February 13, 1593
Chesham, Bucks, England
February 13, 1593
Chesham, Bucks, England
February 13, 1593
May 27, 1604
Shalbourne, Wiltshire, England
May 27, 1604
Shalbourne, Berkshire, England
May 27, 1604
May 27, 1604
Shalbourne, Wiltshire/Berkshire, England
October 8, 1626
Age 22
Shalbourne, Berkshire, England