Name: John CARPENTER
Title: # 450
Change Date: 29 JUN 2001
Birth: 1730 in Hampshire, England
Death: 1806 in Cosh.Co.Ohio
Married Name:<_MARNM> Carpenter
Name Prefix:<NPFX> Mr.
Name Suffix:<NSFX> # 450
John Carpenter and his 2 brothers came to America about 1750 from Hampshire, England, and it is thought that John's brothers went east toBaltimore. John enlisted in 1755 at age of 19 years, 5'2 tall in military, 1755' In 1647 one of his ancestors received a TITLE in Ireland.
John Carpenterwas b.1732 in Hampshire Co.Eng. to William Carpenter, on 1760 on Morgans Run W. Va. he
wed Nancy Beaver b.1734 in Hampshire Co.Va., to John Beaver (see further) , she d.1806 in Cosh. Co. Ohio, and
John d.1806 also in Cosh.; Co. Ohio,both are buried in the Prairie Chapel Cemetery,. John was a contemporary of George Washington and was part of the retinue with Washington when he traveled to the French forts in West. Pa. in 1753, he was a Virginia rifleman and served in the French and Indian wars and had command of a Virginia border garrison. The story was that John was a member of a party on an expedition against the Indians in West. Va. and they came to a burning cabin which the Indians had just left, rushing into the cabin Nancy had blood all over her face, from a tomahawk wound, and her husband had been killed, anyhow they ended up married, John was amongst the first white man to settle West of the ohio River, his cabin was located at the mouth OD Short Creek, below the present site of Steubenville. It was afterwards strengthen and his cabin was afterwards known as Carpenters Fort.
John served 3 yrs. as a quartermaster sergant in the Va. State GarrisonReg. he was discharged in 1781, after which he built the fort, in 1801 they sold their land and moved to Cosh.Co.Ohio.
Nancy was also a midwife for severalbabies in the wilderness, she was said to be short and stout, as was John, whowas also short legged and heavy set, Washington once said as he could not run fast, the British or Indians would eventually get him, which they did but he escaped. John was a good hunter, explorer, during which one mission for salt forthe Fort he came up missing, and was believed killed by Indians. when some soldiers visited the Moravian town later and discovered his clothing there they felt certain that this had been his fate, and that the Moravian Inians were the guilty ones. Indians from west of the ohio River had been raiding settlements in western Pennsylvania, and had killed all the members of the William Wallace family. At Gnadenhutten the soldiers found the clothing belonging to his family. A short time after theis, the Moravian massacre occurred, when 90 men, women and children were murdered by soldiers under Col. David Williamson. A court of inquiry was called at Fort Pitt to determine why this, the most cruel tragedy in early history of Ohio had been enacted, the actors attempted to exculpate themselves from blame by exhibiting the clothing found in the village. This evidence of the Moravians' guilt , they claimed prompted them to make the attack. John Carpenter was summoned as a witness for the accused, he identified the clothing as his own but explained how the Moravians came to possess it.
Two weeks after Carpenter's capture the party of Indians reached Sandusky with him.Knowing his reputation as a fighter, they wished to adopt him as a member of their tribe, as did Indians try to adopt Boone and Kenton when they captured them. Believing it wise to appear pleased with their plan, Carpenter so conductedhimself as to gain their confidence. He was allowed the freedom of the town and was occasionally sent outside for the horses. On such an errand one day hefound that they had strayed farther away than usual, and he decided this to bean opportune time to attempt escape. He mounted one of the horses and rode towards home, reaching Fort Pitt after several days almost starved and exhausted. Another time he was at work in his garden, and was fired at by an Indian in the woods and severely wounded, the Indian attempt
Father: William CARPENTER b: 1700 in Hampshire Co.Eng.
Nancy BEAVER b: 1730 in West Virginia
in Morgans, W.Va.
- Edward CARPENTER b: 27 SEP 1761 in Pennsylvania
- Susannah CARPENTER b: 1765 in Harding, W.Va.
- George CARPENTER b: 1767 in Virginia
- Elizabeth CARPENTER b: 31 DEC 1772 in West Virginia
- Nancy Ann CARPENTER b: 1775 in Warrenton, W. Va.
- Sarah CARPENTER b: 1776 in West Virginia
- Mary Polly CARPENTER b: 28 SEP 1778 in West Virginia
- William CARPENTER b: 04 JAN 1783 in Jefferson Co. Ohio
- Thomas CARPENTER b: 15 MAY 1786 in Warrenton, W. Va.