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"History of the Juniata Valley and Its People, Vol. II" 1913

Byron Carpenter

Gabriel Carpenter was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and came from an English family of that name, the immigrant of which crossed the Atlantic about 1664. He married Mary Pines, who was born in Perry county, Pennsylvania, December 25, 1809, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Miller) Pines. Gabriel Carpenter and his wife moved to Juniata county and lived in various places, his vocation, that of teamster, making change of residence necessary frequently. He died in Reward, Perry county, and his wife died August 4, 1892. Children: 1. Jacob, deceased. 2. John, deceased. 3. Gabriel, deceased. 4. Byron, (see below). 5. Giles, lives in Braddock, Pennsylvania, a blacksmith ; he married Catherine Louder. Their children: Floyd, Florence, Nellie, Harry and Earl. 6. Elizabeth, deceased. 7. Susan, deceased. 8. Mary, married (first) Charles Thompson and by him was the mother of four children: Nancy, Martha, Andrew C. and Annie. She married (second) Enoch Castine, and the children by this marriage are: Edward, Harry and John. 9. Matilda, deceased.

Byron Carpenter, son of Gabriel and Mary (Pines) Carpenter, was born February 23, 1843, Juniata county, Pennsylvania. He married, April 14, 1865, Maria D. McAllister, born in Huntingdon county, October 2. 1843, a daughter of Samuel and Rachel (Brannen) McAlliser. Samuel McAllister, father of Maria D. (McAllister) Carpenter and grandfather of Margaret (Carpenter) Murtiff, was born in 1806, in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. He married Rachel Brannen, born in Maryland, in 1802. He was the son of Gresham and Nancy (Bryan) McAllister. Children: 1. Jane. 2. Rebecca. 3. Eliza. 4. William. 5. Sarah Ann. 6. Margaret Ellen. 7. Maria D., married Byron Carpenter (see above). 8. Samuel. Samuel McAllister died in 1861, and his wife, Rachel (Brannen) died in 1892. Rachel (Brannen) McAllister, wife of Samuel McAllister, was a daughter of William and Mary (Gladden) Brannen. He was born in Franklin, and she in Scotland, and they were married in Franklin county, Pennsylvania. They both died in Franklin county.

Byron Carpenter was reared in McVeytown, and was educated in the public schools of Mifflin county, and moved to Lewistown when a young man. During the civil war, February, 1862, he enlisted in Company F, 107th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served until the cessation of hostilities. He was with his regiment in the three days' battle at Gettysburg, and saw active service during the years of his enlistment. At the close of the war he returned to Lewistown and worked in Furnace from 1866 to 1877. For thirty-six years he has been sexton of the Lewistown Methodist Episcopal church and cemetery. He is a staunch Republican, and with his wife, is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. They have one daughter, Margaret, born September 12, 1866, married Parks Murtiff.

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