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William Carpenter

Also Known As: "William "Trevillan" Carpenter", "William "of Pawtucket" Carpenter"
Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Amesbury, Wiltshire, England
Death: September 7, 1685 (80)
Providence (Pawtuxet section now in Cranston, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations)
Place of Burial: Cranston, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard "of Amesbury" Carpenter and Alice Carpenter
Husband of Elizabeth Arnold, of Pawtucket and Anna Carpenter
Father of (No Name); Lydia Smith; Joseph Carpenter, of Musketa Cove; Priscilla Vincent; Timothy Carpenter and 6 others
Brother of Dorothy Rose; Frideswide Vincent and Frittisweed Vincent
Half brother of Susanna Carpenter; Alexander Carpenter; John Carpenter; Mary CARPENTER; Richard Carpenter, Jr. and 7 others

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Bee it knowne unto all people by these, that I William Carpenter of pautuxett within the Towneshipp of providence in the Colloney of Roade Jsland & providence plantations in New England: upon good Consideration, have freely given granted, made over and confirmed; And by these presents doe ffreely give, grant, make ouer & confirme unto my sonne Ephraim Carpenter that house hee now dwelleth in standing upon my farme at Rockey hill as also two thirds of the field which is now inclosed lieing neere the sayd howse; As also two thirds both for quantety and quallety of all the land which | doeth | belong unto [p.170] mee within the fence which now is an inclosure at & about the place Comonly called by the name of Rockey hill: saveing only the swampe which lieth at the south End of the sayd Rockey hill, of which swampe: the one halfe shall belong unto my sayd sonne: As also I doe freely give unto my aforsd sonn all that swampe lieing betwene the howse he now dwelleth in and pauchasett Riuer; I doe also give unto my sayd sonn Ephraim Carpenter all my Right of meadow and low land lieing upon both sides of pauchasett Riuer; As also I doe give unto my sayd sonn Ephraim halfe that neck of Land or meadow which lieth on the north side of pautuxett Riuer; & westward of pauchasett River; where the sayd pauchasett River falleth into pautuxett River. Also I doe give unto my sayd sonn one Right of Comoning within the libertye of the Towne of providence both on the East & west side of the seaven mile line, The which Right of Comoning formerly belonged unto mr John Greene Senr: formerly Jnhabetant of the Towne of providence, and was by me purchased of mr John Greene his sonn, The which howse, with all the aformentioned Lands, meadows, & Comoning in manner as is afore Exprest; I say I have, & by this Jnstrument doe ffreely give grant make ouer and passe away, both from myselfe; & all others unto my aforsayd sonn Ephraim Carpenter; with all the apurtanances; Both for him selfe, his heirs, Exsecutors, Administrators & Assignes to Have & to Hold as his or Either of theire true, proper & lawfull Right & Jnheretance for ever: at all times quiet peacebly to Enjoy use & possess the same & euery: part & percell therof, without the hindrance Lett or Trouble of or by me the sayd William Carpenter, or of any other person Either for By Through or under me, And | that | my sayd sonn Ephraim Carpenter; [p.171] doth at this present day of the signeing and sealling hereof stand truly & lawfully seized & possessed with the aforsd howse & Lands of a good, sure, Lawfull, Absolute & undefezable Estate of Jnheretance in fee simple with out any Conditions, Limmetations, use, or any other thing to pass alter or change the same, as his owne proper to possess, vse, Bargaine, sell, Giue, Mortgagge Rent out or any wayes to desposse of the same, according as hee himselfe shall see cause; Jn Wittnese wherof I doe hereunto sett my hand and seale; This Eight day of December in this present yeare, one Thousand Sixe hundred and Seaventy

Memorandum before these presents were signed & sealled these words, both for quantety & quallety were interlined betwene the sixt and seauenth line: so also were these wordes, Lieing betwene, which are interlined betwene the tenth & the eleavunth lines

Memorandum, two thirds of the land within fence as aforsayd, I giue unto my sonn Ephraim, saueing | only | twenty acres (which I mentioned not before to Except) which I reserue to my selfe, Jt lieing on the west side of of Specticle pond & adjoynining to the sayd pond, & betwene the widdow mans meadow southward and so to ye fence

  Signed, sealed & Delivered   William 
  in the presents of vs   Carpenter 

John Sayles Enroled Aprill the Twenty: 1671

Henrie **** ffowler by and with the Towne Consent **** mee

his marke John Whipple junr Clerk of the

John Shelden Towne of prouidence

[p.172] [79] The inrolment of a Deed Signed and Sealed by: Willam Carpent as ffolloweth,

Bee it knowne vnto all peole by these presents, that I William Carpenter of: pautuxett within the Towneshipp of providence; in the Colloney of Roade Jsland and providence plantations, in new England, vpon good Consideration Have ffreely Granted given made over & Confirmed, & by these presents doe ffreely Give, Grant make over and Confirme unto my Daughter prescilla vinsent one Third part of the ffield which is inclossed within my farme, which is at & about the place Comonly called Rockey hill the sayd ffield also lieing about the howse which my sonn Ephraim Carpenter now dwelleth in my sayd Daughters husband, William Vinsent also haueing Built a howse upon the sayd ffield; I doe also give unto my sayd Daughter one third part both for quantety, & quallety of all the Land which is within the fence which at this time is an inclossure about certaine of my Lands about the place Comonly called Rockey Hill (aforenamed) A third part of the sayd Lands, I say; saueing only the swampe which lieth betwene the dwelling howse of my sonn Ephraim Carpenter & pauchassett River, The which swampe shall no part of it belong unto my sayd Daughter. I doe also Give unto my sayd Daughter the one halfe of the | swampe | lieing at the south End of Rockey Hill that is to say tenn acres of the best of the sayd swampe; I doe also give unto my sayd Daughter prescilla halfe of that neck of Land; or Meadow that lieth on the north side of pautuxett River, and West a little from pauchassett River. I doe also give unto my sayd Daughter one purchase Right on the west side of the seaven mile line sett by the Towne of [p.173] providence; the which purChase Right I bought of Amos Westcott; the which purchasse Right formerly belonged to his ffather Stukley Westcott, formerly inhabetant of the Towne of providence; A third part of the sayd land I say within the feence aforsayd I Give unto my | sayd | Daughter saveing only the swampe afornamed lieing betwene the dwelling Howse of my sonn Ephraim, & pauchassett River, and also twenty acres of Land which before I named not the Exception of the which I Reserve to my selfe; Jt lieing on the west side of Specticle pond, adjoyneing to the sayd pond, and betweene the widdow Mans meadow south ward & so to the ffence. All which aforementioned Lands (only what I have Excepted) with the appurtenances there unto belonging, in maner according as is Exprest, with the sayd Right of Comoning in manner as is afore mentioned I say I have; and by this Jnstrumente doe ffreely Giue, make over, & passe away with all my Right, Jntrest & Title therein both from my selfe & from all other persons unto my sayd Daughter prescilla Vinsent, both for her selfe, & whome so ever shee shall make her heirs, Exsecutors, Administrators, or Assignes to Have and to Hold as her, or Ether of theire true proper, & Lawfull Right & Jnhiretance for Euer; quiet & pecably to injoy vse & possesse the same, & Every part there of, without at any tyme the hindrance, Lett Trouble, or molestation of, or by me the sayd William Carpenter or of any other person Either for by Through, or under mee, And that my sayd Daughter prescilla vinsent doth at this present day of the signeing & sealling here of stand truly and Lawfully seized & possessed with the same of a good, sure, Lawfull, Absolute & undefeazable Estate of inhiritance in fee simple without any Condition, limetation, vse or any other thing to passe alter, or [p.174] change the same; as the sole dessposser, & most Rightfull inhireter there of; Jn Wittnese whereof I doe hereunto sett my hand and seale This Eight day of December in this present yeare, one Thousand Sixe hundred and Seauenty

Signed, Sealed & delivered

  in the presents of vs   William Carpenter 

John Sayles

Henery **** ffowler Enroled Aprill the Twenty and one,

his marke 167i Enroled by and with the Townes

John Shelden Consent, ****r mee John Whipple junr

Clerke of ye Towne of providence: 

___________________________________________________________________________________ Written by Benedict Arnold, oldest son of William Arnold. Benedict was 19 years old.

On June 24, 1635, there arrived in Massachusetts Bay a group of neighbors, nearly all related, either by blood or mar- riage. They had sailed from Dartmouth in Devonshire May 1 of the same year, all but one of the party, William Car- penter, coming from Ilchester, in southern Somersetshire or within about five miles of that place. The leader of the party was William Arnold whose 48th birthday was the day of their arrival. His oldest son Benedict one of the party, a lad 19 years of age at that time, has given us the only account that we have of their embarkation, in his own family record, written probably soon after his removal to Newport in 1651. which begins as follows. No other account of the sailing of this vessel, its name, or passenger list, has been found either in Old England or New. Gov. Winthrop records that within six weeks from June 4 1635, there had arrived in the Bay 15 ships with store of passengers and cattle, but gives the names of only two, the James, Captain Graves, and the Rebecka, Capt. Hodges. Much complaint was being made at this time in England, and stringent laws and orders passed in order to prevent the sail- ing of passengers without registration. But while we have no official list of those coming with William Arnold's family, sufficient evidence has been found to show that the following persons may have come on the same vessel or if not on the same ship, certainly at about the same time and from the same locality ; that upon arriving in New England, they sep- arated for a while, each family in its own way seeking a good location for settlement and that while so engaged in the fall and winter of 1635, they met with Roger Williams and others, his friends then planning a new settlement, abandoned plans of there own partially made, joined forces with him, and so became among the first settlers and proprietors of Providence — they were William Arnold, aged 48. son of Nicholas and Alice (Gully) Arnold of Ilchester ; his wife, Christian Peak, aged 51, daughter of Thomas Peak of Muchelney, anciently Mochelney ; their children Elizabeth Arnold, aged 23. Bene- dict Arnold, aged 19. Joane Arnold 17. Stephen Arnold 12. Thomas H), and Frances Hopkins 21, children of William and Joane (Arnold) Hopkins. William Man, husband of Frances Hopkins, William Carpenter, son of Richard Carpenter of Amesbury, Wiltshire, husband of Elizabeth Arnold. Stukeley

Source: http://www.archive.org/stream/accountofenglish00arno/accountofenglish00arno_djvu.txt

William Carpenter (born about 1610 probably in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England - died September 7, 1685 at Providence (Pawtuxet section now in Cranston, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations) was a co-founder of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. He was listed by 1655 as a "freeman" of the colony

Life and career[edit] William Carpenter was the son of Richard Carpenter, who was born in England, probably in or near the Wiltshire town and parish of Amesbury or the adjacent parish of Newton Ton(e)y. His mother may have been Alice Knight, but this is not confirmed.

William married Elizabeth Arnold (23 Nov 1611 - after 7 Sep 1685), who was born in Ilchester, Somerset, England, the daughter of William Arnold (24 June 1587 - 1675/76) and sister of Benedict Arnold, the first governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.[1] William and Elizabeth had eight children together: Joseph, Lydia, Ephraim, Priscilla, Timothy, Silas, Benjamin, and William. William and his wife Elizabeth (née Arnold) were probably buried on their homestead in present day Cranston, Rhode Island.[2][3]

William Carpenter is the first person bearing the surname "Carpenter" to make permanent settlement in America.[4] He settled in Providence, Rhode Island, then called Providence Plantation and was instrumental in the development of the Colony holding many public offices.

Original 1600s town layout of Providence, RI with many of the street names on the East Side named after the original homestead strip owners. William Carpenter's lot is left of the letter "D" in Providence Neck. Providence Plantation[edit] See also: History of Providence While William Carpenter was not one of the first six male settlers of Providence Plantation with Roger Williams[5] in 1636, he arrived early the next spring with seven others.[6] His name is listed in the first deed executed in the Colony by Roger Williams.[7][7][8] In 1640, his name appears with the names of 38 others on an agreement to form a government in Providence.

For defense against Indian attacks, William Carpenter built a block house on his property, the first in the colony, soon after settling there. In an Indian attack during King Philip's War, many of the surviving Providence Plantation settlers gathered there for protection inside the block house. Because of William Carpenter's block house or fortified position, the settlers' brave stand compelled the Indians to retreat. William's son William Jr. was killed in the attack with many other settlers.[9] During King Philip's War, the counsel of the most judicious inhabitants of the colony was sought by the General Assembly, and Carpenter was one of 16 individuals named in this request.

Public offices[edit] William Carpenter was one of four appointed by Boston authorities “to keepe the peace in [Pawtuxet],” 1642[–1658?].

Commissioner (deputy?) for Providence to Rhode Island General Court Assembly 1657-1665, 1675, 1676, 1679. Appointed juror, General Court of Trials 1657/8 (but did not serve), 1661[/2], 1663, 1664; juror for Grand Inquest, 1658/9, 1663, 1665; then warden (magistrate) for General Court of Trials, 1660/1. Providence town meeting moderator June 1662, June 1665, September 1665, April 1666, September 1666, October 1670, December 1670, February 1670/1, April–September 1671. General assistant for Providence to Rhode Island General Assembly 1665-1672. Providence justice of the peace 1665/6, 1667, 1668 and officiated marriages from his office as an assistant for the Providence to the Rhode Island General Assembly from 1669-1671/72. Providence town councilman January 1670/1, June 1673. Section References:[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21]

Relationship with other New England Carpenter families[edit] William Carpenter of Providence, son of Richard Carpenter of Amesbury was a reportedly a first cousin of William Carpenter of Rehoboth, son of William Carpenter of Shalbourne, England. In addition he supposedly was closely related to Alexander Carpenter of Wrington, Somersetshire, and Leiden, Netherlands, of whom his four married daughters were in the Plymouth Colony in the early 1620s. This derives from Amos B. Carpenter’s[22] unsupported claim that Richard of William of Shalbourne, and Alexander Carpenter were brothers. No genealogical evidence has been found even hinting at a link between the Wrington Carpenters, on the one hand, and either of the other two afore-mentioned families, on the other; a connection is highly improbable. Traditional genealogical research methods provide good reasons to doubt also that Providence William and Rehoboth William were closely related.[23]

Results of recent genetic (Y-DNA) testing coordinated by the Carpenter Cousins Y-DNA Project support this conclusion: Based on a number of 67-marker tests, “we can state with 95% confidence that the most recent common ancestor of the two groups [descendants of the Providence and Rehoboth Carpenters, respectively] was more than 2 generations before the immigrants and less than about 20. Therefore, the DNA testing has very nearly ruled out the often-repeated claim that the Williams were first cousins. The most likely estimate is about 7 generations, but that is a very rough estimate, and the 95% confidence interval is a more reasonable description of what the DNA is telling us” (Carpenter Cousins).[24]

Genetic research[edit] The Carpenter Cousins Y-DNA Project[25] has conducted Genealogical DNA testing on twenty males with genealogical paper trails. Nine males who have incomplete genealogical data but match genetically were placed in subgroups of Group 2.[26] These twenty nine males are believed to be descendant of the immigrant William Carpenter (born about 1610) who settled in Providence, Rhode Island from England.

See also[edit] Portal icon Biography portal Portal icon Genealogy portal List of early settlers of Rhode Island Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations


______________________________________________________________________________________ Providence Plantations was the first permanent European American settlement in present-day Rhode Island. It was established at Providence in 1636 by English clergyman Roger Williams and a small band of followers who had left the oppressive atmosphere of the Massachusetts Bay Colony to seek freedom of worship. Narragansett sachems Canonicus and Miantonomi granted Williams a sizable tract of land for his new village.[1]

"Providence Plantations" refers to the mainland portion of the state which was originally all part of the town of Providence and "Rhode Island" referring to Aquidneck Island on which Newport is located. Today, the state is officially named "Rhode Island and Providence Plantations," although "and Providence Plantations" is little used.


One source proposes William's mother was Susanna Trevilian, but unsubstantiated. Arrived in Providence Plantation in 1636.

b. 1600, Warwick, England


d. 17 Sep 1685, probably Providence, RI, age: 85



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William Carpenter, of Providence's Timeline

May 23, 1605
Amesbury, Wiltshire, England
Age 19
Herefordshire, England
October 8, 1626
Age 21
Amesbury, England Amesbury, Wiltshire, England
January 1, 1637
Age 31
Pawtuxet, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
April 1640
Age 34
Providence Plantation
Age 34
Colony of Rhode Island
Age 36
Warwick, RI
Age 39
Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Age 44
Pautuxet, Providence Plantation