Isaac Carpenter, John Carpenter, Francis Ellen (Fanny) Garver 


Isaac ?? Carpenter ( ? - ? )

    John Carpenter ( ? - 1836/1837) m. Francis Ellen (Fanny) Garver (4 Dec 1809 - 23 Feb 1899)

        Elizabeth Jane Carpenter (9 Sep 1830 - 3 Apr 1892) m. Issac Thompson (7 May 1825 - 7 Jul 1859)

        Catherine Carpenter (16 Sep 1832 - 11 Oct 1913) m. James Randall (19 May 1832 - 16 Feb 1899)

        Daniel Carpenter (6 May 1834 - 5 May 1912) m. Emily Cook Edmonson (1 Jan 1835 - 13 May 1908

        John (Jack) Carpenter (14 Feb 1836 - ) m. Ella Rogers 

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What We Know

Family records (mostly compiled by Shirley Klann) indicate John Carpenter
married Francis Ellen (Fanny) Garver from Mason County, KY. They reportedly
lived in Greene Township, Brown County, OH, and had four children born in
Highland County, OH. John died after their fourth child was born.  Fanny
remarried Ephraim N. Adams in 1838 and they moved west, eventually settling
in Kalona, Washington Co., IA.  Fanny and Ephraim had six children of their own.

Much is known about the descendants of John and Fanny after the move to Iowa.
Little is known about John, Fanny or their ancestors in Ohio or earlier. Ephraim
most likely adopted John's four children. L. Jeanne Wall (another researcher
this line) has documented that Ephraim was appointed guardian of those four
children as they were heirs of one Isaac Carpenter, thought to be John's father. 
Nothing else known for sure about Isaac.


Theory One

Paul Thomas Mowrey is co-author with Terry Lee Carpenter of Update of the
Genealogy of the New England Carpenter Family of English Origin: The Virginia/
West Virginia Branch: Some Descendants of Joseph Carpenter, Pioneer of the
Jackson River,
privately published in 1997. He suspects Isaac Carpenter is
one of the unaccounted sons of Solomon "The Outlaw" Carpenter of Braxton/
Webster Counties of what is now West Virginia. Mowrey believes that most
of Solomon's sons went west and south into Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Solomon was born circa 1745-1750 and might descend from William Carpenter who
immigrated from England in 1636 to Providence, RI., and in turn descends from
John Carpenter of Hereford, England, member of Parliament in 1323. Solomon's
father was also named Solomon; his grandfather was Joseph, great-grandfather
was Nathanial, gg-grandfather was Joseph, and ggg-grandfather was William.

Several Carpenter researchers have web sites listing part or all of Wm. Carpenter's
line. For a very good site by John L. Carpenter of Walpole, NH, click here. If you
follow the lineage far enough on that web site, you will find a note indicating the
connection between Solomon (the elder) and Joseph (the youngest) is not proven.

There are many tales about Solomon. One has him, in 1756 at age 10, among five
Carpenter children kidnapped by Indians in a raid on a Jackson River settlement
and freed by the military in 1764. Another story has him deserting from the
Revolutionary Army when the army reneged on promised that he would be General
George Washington's body guard at higher pay than most soldiers. Well-armed and
hiding out in the mountains with as many as fifty others, they were recruited
as a honorable fighting unit with full amnesty, after the government gave up
trying to arrest them.

Much research is needed to prove Mr. Mowrey's theory, but it certainly is
viable. Solomon's death would have come after the end of the Revolutionary War.
Mr. Mowrey documents Solomon's son Jesse, who was born circa 1785 and died
circa 1850 after fathering at least five children between circa 1815 and circa
1836. If the tale of Solomon's capture by Indians is true and Solomon was born
in 1746, he would have been nearly forty when Jesse was born. Carpenter family
tradition would have predicted more than one child for Solomon before the age
of forty. Hence, Jesse could have been a brother of Isaac, who could have
fathered John as late as circa 1810 in order for John's first child's birth
in 1830. Research needs to be conducted using original documents in West
Virginia and Ohio.

Theory Two

We know nothing about Fanny Garver's background prior to marrying John
Carpenter. This researcher has seen information that indicates that surname was
possibly Anglicized by some German immigrants from Gerber and related names.
Much research is needed to prove this about Fanny's family of origin. However,
there are three items that make this a plausible research avenue. First, there
are well-documented cases of many Zimmermans changing their names to Carpenter
as they immigrated from Germany. It would make sense that John and Fanny would
come together if they were both of fairly recent German origin. Second, this
researcher's father, Philip Beryle Carpenter, recalls his father, Nathan
Summers Carpenter, often mentioning that "Zimmerman is German for Carpenter."
That could have been a useless bit of trivia or a connection to his past.
Third, the choice by Fanny and her second husband, Ephraim Adams, to settle in
Kalona, IA, could be coincidence or could be deliberate in order to associate
with a community of people of common heritage.

Theory Three

John Carpenter and Fanny Garver could be assumed names for any number of
reasons. The difficulty of continuing this line of research compels this researcher
to continue to examine Theories One and Two.

Theory Four

Perhaps we have all overlooked some other connection.