Sylvanus Carpenter

Information on this page is from History of Rensselaer Co., New York by Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester, published in 1880.

SYLVANUS CARPENTER is a grandson of Joseph Carpenter, who settled very early in the eastern part of the town. His father's name was Solomon. Of nine children, Sylvanus was the fifth. He was born on Nov. 27, 1810, on the Solomon Carpenter place, near his present residence; passed his early life on his father's farm, and attended the district school of his locality. He completed his education at the academy at Schenectady, taught by E. E. Huntington. At the death of his father on Nov. 23, 1834, he came into possession of the old farm, and has ever since remained there.

Mr. Carpenter is one of the most influential citizens of the town, though he lives a modest and retired life on his farm. He has twice been supervisor of the town. He has been twice married, - first to Charlotte Pierce, of Hancock, Mass., Oct. 20, 1836, and who died Dec. 31, 1867; second to Alvira C., daughter of Genett Bennett, and a granddaughter of Jesse Bennett, an early settler of the town. This lady is still living. Henry P. Carpenter, a son of the first wife, died in early youth. Fanny L. and Charlotte P. are young daughters, living at home.

Residence of Sylvanus Carpenter, Stephentown, N. Y.

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