Reuben S. Carpenter
(October 1, 1821 - June 1898)
Madison County Times
July 1, 1898
Reuben S. Carpenter
He d. at his home 3/4 of a mile north of Chittenango Stn. at about 1 PM on
Sunday last. Mr C. was born in the town of Hope, Montgomery Co. NY, Oct 1,
1821. At the age of 19 he purchased his time from his father and started in
business for himself. He was a stone cutter by trade and went to work for the
state on the Black River Canal, where he worked about a year. Then he removed
to Orwell, Oswego county where he remained about 2 years. While at Orwell he
was married to Miss Hannah Pennock.(a sister of the late Ebenezer Pennock).
From Orwell he removed to Three River Point where he resided about a year,
removing from that place to Oak Hill. Here Mr. Carpenter was employed by
Capt. Cady, one of the old pioneers of this town. When the Erie Canal was
enlarged Mr. Carpenter removed to Bolivar where he had charge of the work of
obtaining stone for the bridge and culvert at that place. From Bolivar he
removed to his late residence north of Chittenango Station and lived there
until the time of his death.
The "Squire" as Mr. C. was known hereabouts was in early life a Democrat, but
became a Republican at the formation of that party and has since been an
active member. Some years ago he was elected Justice of Peace which was the
only office he ever held.
About 2 years ago he was troubled with a complication of lung and kidney
trouble which with the infirmities of age, proved too much for his naturally
The Squire will be missed much about the Station where he was a familiar
figure. The immediate vicinity of the "Station" at the time he came here was
practically an unbroken forest and Mr. C's reminiscences of the early days of
his residence were very interesting. In 1863 Mr. C. went to the state of
Ohio, remaining in that state until 1864, when he was employed by the U.S.
Gov't as foreman (with the rank of Cap't) in the Gov't ship yards at
Chattanooga, Tenn., where he remained until the close of the war, since which
time he has followed the business of carpenter and builder.
Mr. C. was the father of 8, 5 of whom, George W. Carpenter, Mrs. Mathew
Chapley, Mrs. George Bender, Mrs. Myron Olmstead and William E. Carpenter
together with his wife and a brother Geo. H. Carpenter of Sheboyagan Wisc
survive him. The funeral which took place Tues at the Free Methodist Church
was largely attended. Rev E.D. Carpenter of Rome officiating. Interment was
made at the Fyler Settlement.
[NB: Actually there were 6 surviving children. The sixth was Harriet
Francelia Carpenter Draper who resided at Oconto Nebraska at the time.]
Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2000 10:25 AM
Madison Co. Families