Charlie CARPENTER, born March 6, 1876 in Jefferson County and
died August 30, 1970, was the great grandson of Noah CARPENTER who,
in 1770, came from Scotland with two brothers. He settled in Tennessee,
married and raised a family. One of his sons, Lewis, had a son Hezekiah
SEVERE, born June 6, 1812 in Tennessee. Hezekiah married at age 18
and come to Illinois in 1834 with his wife and two children and settled
near Shawneetown, Illinois. Later he moved to Field township in Jefferson
They had six children: Thomas; Benjamin; Jane, who married
Will HARMON; William, who was killed in the Civil War in 1864; Nancy,
who married Riley CARPENTER; Caledonia who married Jim SNIDER.
His first wife died and he married Elizabeth BRYANT and they had
two children, Laura and Granville. Elizabeth died in 1865.
In 1868, Hezekiah married Mary Melvina WHITLOCK REDBURN who had two children,
Wilson and Luella, by her previous marriage to Casey REDBURN who
was killed in the Civil War in 1864. Mary Melvina, born in Jefferson County
Illinois July 25, 1839, the daughter of John and Francis (RICHARDSON)
WHITLOCK, died on September 14, 1896. Mary's mother was the daughter
of Clayborn RICHARDSON, an official of the Harrington and Richardson
Manufacturing Co. of New York, a tool and gun maufacturing company. Her
father, who was quite wealthy, disinherited her when she married John
WHITLOCK, a company employee, and discharged her husband. They came
to Jefferson County and settled near Pleasant Grove Church where they had
three daughters: Mary Melvina; Matilda, who married Will BOLEN;
Eunice, who married John LINDER. Francis was educated in music and
art and taught her daughter vocal music. As there were no musical
instruments, Mary taught music using a tuning fork. Hekeziah raised grains
and fruit which he shipped to market and cane from which he made sorghum.
He also raised hogs, cow, chickens, turkeys, geese and sheep. From the
wool Mary carded, spun and wove cloth for her family's clothing.
They had five children: Newton H. married Effie HOWARD; Lilly Belle
first married Luther HAWKINS and later W. W. LOWE; Charlie
married Sarah Jane MCMEEN; Myrtle died at age three; Hattie died
at one. Altogether Hezekiah had thirteen children by three wives.
Charlie CARPENTER married Sarah Jane MCMEEN in 1896. She
was born February 28, 1877 and died in 1959. They had eight children:
Hattie May, 1897, married Edgar SPIESE who died 1964; Ruby Belle,
1900, married Guy OVERBEY who died 1970; Raymond EVERETT,
1903, married Helen LOWERY and died 1971- she died in 1973; Charles
married Lucille Richards ATKINSON 1974; Mary Emaline, 1909, married
Walter CLARK; Herbert, 1911, married Geraldine GARRISON; Clifford
(Kip), 1919, married Jean GIBSON. Charlie worked most of his
life for C &EI railroad and was a licensed Southern Baptist lay-minister.
Six children are living and all in Mt. Vernon.
There is a mistake in the above.
Hezekiah Severe CARPENTER'S second wife was my 3rd great aunt, Anna Lee Bryan,
daughter of Nathaniel G. and Mary Ann (MCGUIRE) BRYAN, of Bedford Co., TN.
Hezekiah and Ann were married on March 4, 1851, in Jefferson County, IL. Also,
my 3rd great grandparents, Thomas W. and Melea Ann (CARPENTER) BRYAN were living
with Hezekiah while he was a widower on the 1850 census. I think this must
somehow show that there is a connection between Hezekiah CARPENTER'S
family and the family of Melea Ann SHOOK CARPENTER, from Bedford Co., TN.,
with my GGG grandmother, Melea Ann CARPENTER BRYAN, being the link
between the two CARPENTER families.
Source: Facts and Folks A History of Jefferson County, Illinois Jefferson
County Historical Society
Submitted by Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera Oct 28, 1997