Jeremiah, according to an article on Joseph Carpenter by T. L. Carpenter
and Paul T. Mowrey called "Joseph Carpenter of New York Colony and
Botetourt County, Virginia dated on January 29, 1990. It identifies
Joseph as a son of Solomon Carpenter because of a court case on May 5,
1791 in Botetourt County, VA (LC:II:69). The article continues "The
father of Jeremiah Carpenter has been a source of great confusion for the
past few decades.
He has been identified as follows: JDS and OFMA give William as the
Father of Jeremiah; KKW gives William as father of John; ASW gives
William as father of Dr. Carpenter; VMHB:10:187 gives William as Father
of Dr. Joseph; JD:4:832 gives "Sethis and Octava (Ochletree) Carpenter"
who came from Cumberland Cny MD to Botetourt Cny in 1771 as parents of
Jeremiah ("Sethison" could be Solomon); ABC gives Joshua as father of
Jeremiah, Amos, Benjamin; most recent researchers have claimed a William a
son of Joseph and father of Jeremiah.
However the original source (LC:II:69) proves that Solomon Sr. was the
father of a Jeremiah and in their search they have only found one Jeremiah
of the proper age in the records of that area.
Also, the name William Carpenter as son of Joseph Carpenter Sr. and father
of a Jeremiah Carpenter does not appear in any of the original source
records that I have search of Augusta or Botetourt County during the
relevant time period. Some researchers have said that William J.
"Squirrley Bill" Carpenter stated that Jeremiah's father was William, and
have used that as evidence for a son William of Joseph, but that statement
seems to have arisin from the unsubstantiated claims of one writer and to
have been repeated by many without being questioned: The original
interview does not contain this statement.
The original unabridged, unembellished transcript of John D. Sutton's
actual face-to-face interview with William J. Carpenter in 1917, published
in LVM:463-466, states: "His (William J. Carpenter's) great grandfather
came from England and settled in the Big Bend of Jackson's River, given
name of ancestor and date of coming to America not now known with
certainty. His grandfather, Jeremiah Carpenter, was born at the Big Bend
of Jackson's River".
This interview was embellished in later publications and then repeated to
"prove" that Jeremiah was a son of William, without substantiation. The
original, contemporary list of casualties of the Indian raid on 12-14 Sept
1756, prepared c1758 (VMHB:II:397-402), lists "Joseph Carpenter, Jackson's
River" who was taken prisoner and escapted, "five children called
Carpenter, Jackson's River" who were taken prisoners, and "Nicholas
Carpenter, Jackson's River" who was kil (see also MEHC:66). The history
of Alleghany County, VA published in the Virginia Historical Magazine, Vol
10, p.187, does state that the Indians killed "William Carpenter" and
captured his son "Joseph", but Oren F. Morton's History of Highland County
Virgnia (OFMH:81), from whom this account was taken, states that it was
Nicholas Carpenter who was killed. In A Centennial History of Alleghany
County, Morton has bouth a William and a Nicholas killed by the Indians,
and a Nathan as husband of Kate -- he was very confused. It seems to me
that someone misread the record long ago and the error has been compounded
by repetition over the years. Nothing would make me (T.L. Carpenter Paul
T. Mowrey) than to have someone prove that I am wrong, and that there was
a William Carpenter who was a son of Joseph Carpenter, but so ar nobody
has produced clear proof. If anyone has any evidence to add to this, or
any proof of Jeremiah's parentage, I would greatly appreciate learning of
After being captured by the Indians with the other four Carpenter children
and serving in Lord Dunmore's War in Capt John Lewis' company of Botetourt
Volunteers with John, Solomon, and Thomas Carpenter (FBK; LDB) with
service at the Battle of Point Pleasant on 10 Oct 1774.
He resided on Jackson's River in Botetourt County in 1770 and 1771 with
Joseph Carpenter, Thomas Carpenter Sr., Thomas Carpenter Jr., Solomon
Carpenter, Solomon Carpenter Jr., and Nathaniel Carpenter (VG:10:121) and
1772 (RDS) was in Greenbriar Cou buying land in Botetourt County in 1779
(LC:II:69), served on a Botetourt County jury in 1780 and 1783 (LPS:330),
owned land in Harrison County Virginia in 1780, and was enumerated in
Captain Baird's company in the 27th District of Botetourt County in 1782
(RDS) and in Captain Boller's company in Botetourt County in 1783 (FBK).
After marrying Elizabeth Hamm / Mann, he entered land in Greenbriar County
VA in 1785, resided in Randolph County VA in 1792 when his brother
Benjamin was killed by indians in a raid on the Carpenter's settlements
(LVM:463-466), and resided in Nich County VA in 1820 and 1829 (MEHC:11).
Susan DeHart also lists children: Jeremiah married to Elizabeth Paine;
Sudna married to Abraham Brooks; John S. married to Mary Judith Miller
and then Sidney Cowger; and a Amos married to Ede or Edith Sands. I added
them in when I found the sheet I believe was from Paul Mowrey.
We received a copy via e-mail of the following petitions from RJ Neal on
6/28/96 and put it here hoping this is the right Jeremiah:
A Petition dated Dec. 10, 1830 refd. to roads
To the Honourable the General Assembly of Virginia, your petitioners
humbly theweth that February 11, 1822 there was an act passed declaring
Elk River in the County of Kanawha as far as the Fork Lick to be a public
highway, whereas it is impractica ever to be made such higher up the river
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CONT than the lands owned and known by the name of Jeremiah Carpenter!s old
than the lands owned and known by the name of Jeremiah Carpenter!s old
place in Nicholas County, the nature of the river above that is such rapid
current and tremendous falls that no canoe, or water craft, could possibly
pass up with any kind of load at any stage of water and would serve only
to float timbers down, and for twenty or thirty miles up said river above
Carpenters it is so bound in with clifts and mountains that there can be
no settlements made. Your petitioners therefore humbly beg that so much of
that act as declares said Elk River to be public highway higher up the
said river than to the Union Mills, now erecting at or near said Jeremiah
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CONT Carpenter!s old place be repealed and they will ever pray.
Carpenter!s old place be repealed and they will ever pray.
Asa SquiresGeorge McWaine Taylor SquiresJohn Carpenter Asa Squires,
JrAmos Carpenter H. CamdenPike Carpenter Adam BumgarnerSamuel
Skidmore Adam LoughSollomon Carpenter George HeckertPeter Coger John
S. CamdenBenjamin Coger John HeckertAb Hose Lorenzo D.
CamdenDaniel Heackert H. E. HeckertJeremiah Carpenter
A Petition from Sundry inhabitants of the County of Nicholas praying a
repeal of so much of an Act passed 1822 as relates to the bed of Elk
River, being declared a public highway from the Union Mills to Fork Lick.
Dec. 27, 1830 refd. to Roads To the honorable, the General Assembly of
The petitioners of Nicholas County humbly theweth that February 11, 1822
(page 41) there was an act passed declaring Elk River in Kanawha as far as
the Fork Lick to be any stage of water to go up with any kind of craft, or
load, higher than the Union Mills at or near Jeremiah Carpenters old place
and that the bed of said river from them Mills up are so situate with
large rocks & such very rapid falls that it will ever be impracticable
even to make it possible for canoes and them empty. Your petitioners
humbly pray that you may repeal so much of that law as relates to the bed
of said river from the Fork Lick down to the Union Mills at Jeremiah
Carpenters old place and in duty bound will ever pray.
Asa SquiresAndrew Perrine William MorrisonJoseph Perrine, Senr.
Jacob GibsonJohn Galsberry Sollomon CarpenterJohn Hoffman Benjamin
Coger, Senr.S. H. Camden Benjamin Coger, Junr.Thos. B. Friend Lewis
PerrineHenry Davis H. CamdenGeorge McWain Lorenzo D. CamdenPeter
Coger H. R. DavisJoseph Perrine, Junr. Daniel Coger
The Session of 1822 there was a petition sent on praying that the
navigation of Elk River might be extended from the mouth of Granneys Creek
up to the mouth of Holly that is about two miles below the Union mills and
at the request of some one individual it was extended up to the Fork Lick.
We do further certify that we are well acquainted with Elk River from the
Fork Lick down and further that we are well acquainted with boating and
canoeing on said river and it is impossible to go either up or down from
the Fork Lick to the Union Mills in safely at any stage of water even with
an empty canoe on account of the many dangerous rocks and rapid falls that
is in the bed of the river. Given under our hands: Lewis Perrine Sollomon
Carpenter Benjamon Coger Peter Coger
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SOUR ABBR: Gary Cale of Spencer, WV is the source.
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SOUR ABBR: Gary Cale of Spencer, WV is the source. CONT TITL: Gary Cale of
Spencer, WV is the source.