Carpenter Genealogy - Western NC

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Carpenter Genealogy - Western North Carolina

Welcome to my Carpenter web pages. (Note, although it says "Western North Carolina" above, I have done no research at all on the huge Carpenter family of Lincoln Co., NC and area. Those were pretty well documented in a book published many years ago called Carpenters A Plenty.)

My Great Great Grandmother was Sarah Elvira Carpenter (1867-1939) who was born and died in Graham Co., NC. She was a daughter of William Carpenter (1830-1885) and Margaret Ann Davis. William was a son of David Carpenter (c1806-1870s). David was a son of Jacob Carpenter (c1779-1856) and Margaret (---) of Three Mile Creek (present day Avery Co., NC). Jacob was a son of Mathias Carpenter (1752-1835) and Elizabeth Miller. Mathias was born a "Zimmerman," but Anglicized his name to "Carpenter" around the time of the Revolutionary War. His parents are unknown. He lived in Rowan, Surry and Ashe Co., NC.

I also descend from Mathias two other ways: His daughter Frances Carpenter (1771-1842) married William Davis and their granddaughter was Margaret Ann Davis mentioned above. Mathias's daughter Margaret Carpenter (1784-1865) married Jonathan Miller and their daughter Susanna married Jacob Davis (son of William and Frances above). They were the parents of Margaret Ann Davis mentioned above.


Carpenter DNA Project - Use DNA testing to break down your genealogical brick walls and find out which genetic branch of the family you are part of. Click link for details. I'm not involved in the Carpenter project, but I highly recommend it.  So far only one Mathias Carpenter descendant has tested. We need more from this line.

Carpenter is the 37th most common surname in America. (Source: Name Statistics)