Hannah Carpenter1

F, b. 3 April 1640, d. before 8 June 1673
FatherWilliam Carpenter b. 1605, d. 2 Feb 1659/60
MotherAbigail (?)
     Hannah was born the 3rd day of the second month 1640 in Weymouth, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. Hannah married Joseph Carpenter, son of William Carpenter and Elizabeth Arnold, on 21 April 1659. Joseph married a second cousin, Hannah. Her father died shortly before herwedding bequething to her a parcel of land located in Pawtuxet, Rhode Island and such books in his library as showed her to have been a woman of good education and ability. Joseph lived in Warwickwhere he owned a corn mill and lived on the south sideof the Pawtuxet River at the Wading Place near the falls. He resided there until 1667. At this time, Joseph became involved with the setting up of the new settlement of Hempstead on Long Island. However, there was a disagreement among Joseph his partners, an earlier group of settlers, and the Indians who owned the land in this area of Long Island. With the help of Captain John Underhill, and Matthais Harvey, governor settled the dispute in the favor of Joseph and his group. This discision was largely due to Joseph's intentions of erecting mills much as he had done at Pawtuxet.
In November of 1668, Joseph Carpenter, Nathaniel Cole, Abiah Carpenter,Thomas Townsend, and Robert Cole became equal shareholders in what they called the "Five Proprietors of Mucketa CovePlantations." They each received a home lotthat situated them on the highway which they designated at "The Place". The site of these homes were still Identifiable in the early 1900's and the ancient name was still on the street.

True to their word, the settlers built a saw mill immediately and hadfinished the house by the winter of 1668. This became the home of Joseph and became the birth place of his children born after this date. Joseph lived out the remainder of his life here and of course was quite prominent in the affairs of the settlement. It is probable that he is buried near the site of his home. Hannah departed this life before 8 June 1673 in Pawtuxet, Providence County, Rhode Island. On the 8th of June 1673, Hannah's brother, Abia received a deed from Joseph Carpenter conveying to him all his interests, etc., in the lands at Pawtuxet which came to him by the will of his wife's father, and in return Abia transferred all his rights at Musketa Cove to him. Then, on the 2nd of September 1674, Joseph Carpenter and his wife Anna are at Pawtuxet and sign deed of property to Stephen Arnold. It is by these events the death of Hannah is shown.


Joseph Carpenter b. 1635, d. b 9 Jul 1684


  1. [S38] Daniel Hoogland Carpenter, History & Genealogy of the Carpenter Family In America From the Settlement at Providence, R. I. 1637 - 1901
    , pp 31.