Elihu CARPNETER memorial located at Newman Cemetery, East Providence, Povidence, RI (11 miles from Rehoboth, Massachusetts)
Born: 18 Dec 1752 Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts
Married: 12 Jun 1783 Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts to Martha HUTCHINS (1758-1816) daughter of David HUTCHINS (1720-1794) and Jerusha PIERCE (1730-1798).
Died: 5 Jul 1827 Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts.
Elihu was the son of Eleazer CARPENTER (1704-1781) and Elizabeth WARFIELD (1717-1798).
History: Elihu CARPENTER did not attend school till he was 16 - was very tall - humiliating to have to attend class with small children. But soon mastered all and became a teacher - his success as a teacher very remarkable. It was a credit to a student of the state to say he had obtained his early schooling under Elihu Carpenter.
He also taught singing school, and as the old lady, Mrs. Perry, said in the 92d year of her age, "that he taught singing school for nothing and found candles." He used to sing when about the house and his work. Some one asked his mother one day what made him sing so much, when she replied: "To plague the devil." He sang pious hymns. He was also a deacon of the church.
In the funeral sermon of the Rev. Jacob Ide of Medway, Mass., in referring to his own conversion I find the following paragraph:
"A great change came over my mind - a delight in the services of God. To prepare myself to be useful in the world, became now an object of my most ardent desire. - was greatly encouraged in my purpose by the district school master, Dea. Elihu Carpenter to whom I confess myself under greater obligations than to any other man. The good layman held religious meetings, giving scripture expositions and exhortations. I so admired him as to make him my model of future usefulness. But Dea. Carpenter fired me with higher ambition and molded me to nobler issues. He urged upon me a preparation for the ministry. His words to me were fuel to the fire already kindling in my heart."
Military: Note: He enlisted and served as corporal in the Lexington scare, in Nathaniel Carpenter's (No. 607) Company; served eight days; he enlisted again as Corporal in Nathaniel Carpenter's Company, Col. Cary's Regiment, at New York and White Plains, five months; dismissed Dec 1, 1776; he enlisted again and served as Quartermaster-sergeant in Col. Hathaway's Regiment; April 21, 1777, and served 24 days in Rhode Island; he enlisted again as Sergeant in Capt. Nathaniel Carpenter's Company, in Col. Whitney's Regiment in the Rhode Island Alarm; May 13, 1777, served one month and twenty-five days and marched from Rehoboth to Point Judith.
Elihu and Martha CARPENTER were the parents of eleven children:
1- Oliver CARPENTER (1784-1814)
2- Ira CARPENTER (1786-1831) m. 1816 Elizabeth ABELL
3- Bela CARPENTER (1788-) m. Vesta SMITH
4- Betsy CARPENTER (1788-1862) m. 1809 Amariah RAWSON (1787-1854)
5- Ona CARPENTER (1792-1875) m. 1818 Sally READ
6- Lorring or Loring CARPENTER (1794-) m. 1820 Nancy WOLCOTT
7- Eleazer CARPENTER (1796-1814)
8- Alva CARPENTER (1798-1824)
9- Osmond CARPENTER (1800-1867) m. Clarissa LAKE
10- Jason CARPENTER (1802-Aft 1881) m. 1828 Mercy MERRITT
11- Galen CARPENTER (1804-) m. 1939 Louisa HOWLAND
Elihu's great grandfather William CARPENTER (1631-1703) of Rehoboth was born in England and at 7 years of age came to New England on the Bevis in 1638 with his father William CARPENTER (1605-1697) and grandfather William CARPENTER (1576-Aft 1638).
Ancestry Chain: JR, LW, Camilla SMITH, George Ensign SMITH, Harriett Camilla ENSIGN, Mary DUNN, Adaline RAWSON, Betsy CARPENTER, Elihu CARPENTER.