Source:Zubrinsky, Eugene. Carpenter Sketches

Source Carpenter Sketches
Links to Sketches And Articles Representing the Most Current and Reliable Scholarship Concerning Early Generations of the Carpenter Families of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island and Their Ancestors
Author Zubrinsky, Eugene Cole
Place England
Rhode Island
Year range 1575 - 1750
Surname Bennett, Briant, Carpenter, Palmer, Redway, Sales, Smith, Sutton, Titus
Subject Biography
Publication information
Type Article
Publisher Carpenters' Encyclopedia of Carpenters
Date issued 2008
Number of Volumes 12 sketches
References / Cites & primary sources in each sketch cited.
Zubrinsky, Eugene Cole. Carpenter Sketches: Links to Sketches And Articles Representing the Most Current and Reliable Scholarship Concerning Early Generations of the Carpenter Families of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island and Their Ancestors. (Carpenters' Encyclopedia of Carpenters, 2008).
Carpenters' Encyclopedia of Carpenters website

These 12 "Carpenter Sketches" and the supporting articles are part of the Carpenters' Encyclopedia of Carpenters.

Each biography type sketch contains primary sources and notes. These sketches are updated periodically by the author.

Gene Zubrinsky spent over 30 months delving into primary sources to help correct and update the two William Carpenter immigrant families that came from England in the mid 1630s to Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He updates the article as needed.

UPDATE: In March of 2023 - Gene Zubrinsky found evidence of William1 Shalbourne being alive about Jan 1640/1641 in Weymouth. This should now put an end to undocumented stories of him returning to England or dying enroute to America in 1638. For details please see the updates to the Carpenter Sketches for him (William1) and his son William2 of Rehoboth. See:

The Carpenters' Encyclopedia of Carpenters, often referred to as "Carpenter Encyclopedia" or "CE", was first published in 2001 in a two CD set (CE CD 2001). The most recent update is the 2009 data DVD version (CE 2009 DVD). What is in the CE 2009 DVD? click here.



While 'Source Notes' are sketch specific, the same abbreviations are consistent in all sketches. If a 'WeRelate' article gives an abbreviation, an expansion of that abbreviation is given below. If an abbreviation is not here, please refer to the original sketch notes and add it to this listing.


AmParReg - Amesbury, Wiltshire, Parish Register [Family History Library (FHL), Salt Lake City, film #1,279,337, item 25]

Angell Anc - Dean Crawford Smith, The Ancestry of Emily Jane Angell, 1844–1910 (Boston, 1992)

Arnold Mem - Elisha Stephen Arnold, The Arnold Memorial: William Arnold of Providence and Pawtuxet, 1587–1675 . . . (Rutland, Vt., 1935)

Arnold Rec - Ethan L. Arnold, An Arnold Family Record: 323 Years in America (Elkhart, Ind., 1958); digital images online at

Austin - John Osborne Austin, The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island, rev. ed. (Baltimore, 1969)


Baptist Hist - David Benedict, A General History of the Baptist Denomination in America and Other Parts of the World, 2 vols. (Boston, 1813)

Blackstone - William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England, 1st ed., 4 vols. (Oxford, 1765–1769); transcr. of Book 1, Ch. 17 (pp. 448–54), online at lawweb/avalon/blackstone/bk1ch17.htm BQ The Baptist Quarterly, 11 vols. (Philadelphia, 1867–1877); digital images of vol. 10 (1876) online at


Carpenter [1898] - Amos B. Carpenter, A Genealogical History of the Rehoboth Branch of the Carpenter Family in America [informal title: Carpenter Memorial] (Amherst, Mass., 1898)

Carpenter [1901] - Daniel Hoogland Carpenter, History and Genealogy of the Carpenter Family in America, from the Settlement at Providence, R.I., 1637–1901 (Jamaica, N.Y., 1901)

Carpenter Cousins - Carpenter Cousins Y-DNA Project website, maintained by John F. Chandler; discussion of Groups 2 and 3 is at (13 March 2008 update)

Chronicle - Samuel Gardner Drake, The Old Indian Chronicle; Being a Collection of Exceeding Rare Tracts Written and Published in the Time of King Philip's War, by Persons Residing in the Country; to Which Are Now Added Marginal Notes and Chronicles of the Indians from the Discovery of America to the Present Time. By S. G. Drake (Boston, 1836); digital images online at

Coldham - Peter Wilson Coldham, The Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607–1660 (Baltimore, 1987)

Colonial Families - Herbert F. Seversmith, Colonial Families of Long Island, New York and Connecticut, 5 vols. (Washington, D.C., 1939–1958)

Crookston E-mails, dated in Aug. and Sept. 2007, to Gene Zubrinsky from Andrew Crookston (andrewcrookston@, Archivist, Wiltshire and Swindon Archives, Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham (formerly Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office, Trowbridge), England


DHRI - Howard M. Chapin, Documentary History of Rhode Island, 2 vols. (Providence, 1916–1919)


Early Rehoboth - Richard LeBaron Bowen, Early Rehoboth: Documented Historical Studies of Families and Events in This Plymouth Colony Township, 4 vols. (Rehoboth, Mass., 1945–1950)

Early RI - William B. Weeden, Early Rhode Island: A Social History of the People (N.Y., 1910); digital images online at


FMM-VR - Flushing, Long Island, Monthly Meeting [of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)], Vital Records 1640–1796 [FHL film #17,376, item 1]; all Flushing Monthly Meeting records are catalogued at Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College and in Hazard Index ( as New York Monthly Meeting (Pre [i.e., pre-Separation])


GM - Robert Charles Anderson, George Freeman Sanborn Jr., and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634–1635, Volume II C–F (Boston, 2001); Anderson (only), Volume III G–H (Boston, 2003), Volume VI R–S (Boston, 2009)

GMN - Great Migration Newsletter, online at www.great (subscription website; printed issues available)


Hotten - John C. Hotten, ed., The Original Lists of Persons of Quality . . . (London, 1874)


Indian Deed - Pawtuxet Indians’ memorandum/deed to local yeomen (transcribed by William2 Carpenter of Rehoboth), Rhode Island Historical Society Manuscripts Collection, MSS 9003, vol. 5, p. 5, Rhode Island Historical Society; digital image online at Irrepressible - Democrat Samuel Hugh Brockunier, The Irrepressible Democrat Roger Williams (New York, 1940)


John Wood - Bertha W. Clark, John Wood of Rhode Island and His Early Descendants on the Mainland, prepared and edited by Dorothy Wood Ewers (Crete, Ill., 1966); digital images online at


MacDonough–Hackstaff - Rodney MacDonough, The MacDonough–Hackstaff Ancestry (Boston, 1901)

MBCR - Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, 1628–1886, ed. Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, 5 vols. in 6 (Boston, 1853–1854)

MD - The Mayflower Descendant, vol. 1 through present (1899–1937, 1985–)


NEHGR - The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, vol. 1 (1847) through present

NYChR - Baptisms from 1639 to 1730 in the Reformed Dutch Church, New York, Collections of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, vol. 2 (New York, 1901); improved version online at


OBTR - Oyster Bay Town Records, 8 vols., ed. John Cox (New York, 1916–1940); vol. 1 (digital images online at http:// includes Musketa Cove Proprietors’ Book

Old Hampshire Maps - “Old Hampshire Mapped,” online at (select “John Speed’s map of Hampshire . . . , 1611” or “John Blaeu’s map of Hampshire, 1645” → Index sheet to part of the map → SU44; also either map → Gazetteer, in Hundreds → Horwell Hundred)


PawWeb - Pawtuxet-related websites: “Pawtuxet Village History” (with map), online at; “Pawcatuck, Pawtucket, Pawtuxet: Three Places in Rhode Island?” at; “Pawtuxet-Pawtucket,” at

PCC - Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, The National Archives, PROB 10/639/11:19–20 (John Bryan will [digital image])

PCC 93 - Kidd Prerogative Court of Canterbury, England, Registered Wills, vol. 93 Kidd [FHL film #92,005]

PCLR - Plymouth Colony Deeds, vol. 1 [Family History Library (FHL), Salt Lake City, film #567,788]

PCPR - Plymouth Colony Probate Records [Wills and Inventories, 1633–1686], vols. 1–4 [FHL film #567,794]

PCR - Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, ed. Nathaniel B. Shurtleff and David Pulsifer, 12 vols. in 10 (Boston, 1855–1861)

PrBMD - Alphabetical Index of the Births, Marriages and Deaths Recorded in Providence, Rhode Island (database, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2003; online at; originally published as City of Providence, Alphabetical Index of the Births, Marriages and Deaths Recorded in Providence, Rhode Island, 25 vols. (1879–1945)

PrLR - Providence, Rhode Island, Deeds, vols. 1–2 [FHL film #901,254]

PRO/TNA - Public Record Office, The National Archives, London, England; images of James passenger list (ref. CO 1/8, pp. 183–85) available for purchase online at → Shop online → Order copies of documents

PrPR - Providence, Rhode Island, Wills, vols. 3–4 [FHL film #915,007, item 1]

PrTR - The Early Records of the Town of Providence, 21 vols. (Providence, 1892–1915); digital images online at and

PrVR - Providence, Rhode Island, Vital Records

PubRIHS - Publications of the Rhode Island Historical Society: New Series, 8 vols. (1893–1901); digital images of vol. 4 (1896) online at


Rehoboth Hist - Leonard Bliss Jr., The History of Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts (Boston, 1836)

RI Cems - The Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Transcription Project Master Index, online at

RICR - Records of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in New England, 10 vols., ed. John Russell Bartlett (Providence, 1856–1865); digital images of vols. 1 and 3 online at

RICT1 - Rhode Island Court Records: Records of the Court of Trials of the Colony of Providence Plantations, 1647–1670, 2 vols. (Providence, 1920–1922); digital images online at

RICT2 - Rhode Island General Court of Trials, 1671–1704, transcr. Jane Fletcher Fisk (Boxford, Mass., 1998)

RI Hist - Samuel Greene Arnold, History of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, 2 vols. (New York, 1859–1860); digital images online at

RIHSC - Rhode Island Historical Society Collections, vols. 11–34 (1918–1941)

RILE - Rhode Island Land Evidences, Volume I, 1648–1696 (Providence, 1921); digital images online at

RI Roots - Rhode Island Roots, vol. 1 (1975) through present

RIVR - James N. Arnold, Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636–1850, 21 vols. (Providence, 1891–1912); digital images online at

RPropR - Rehoboth, Massachusetts, Proprietors’ Records, vols. 1–4 [FHL film #550,004], 4A–5 [FHL film #550,005]

RTM - Rehoboth, Massachusetts, Town Meetings (and Vital Records), 1644–1673 [FHL film #562,558 (uncatalogued), item 4]

RVR - Rehoboth, Massachusetts, Vital Records vol. 1 [FHL film #562,559 (restricted), item 3], vols. 2–3 [FHL #562,558 (uncatalogued), items 5–6]

RVR - [pub] James N. Arnold, Vital Record of Rehoboth, 1642–1896 (Providence, 1897)

RWCorr - The Correspondence of Roger Williams, ed. Glenn W. LaFantasie, 2 vols. (Providence, R.I., 1988)


Samuel Gorton - Adelos Gorton, The Life and Times of Samuel Gorton (Philadelphia, 1907)

Second Boat - The Second Boat, vols. 1–7 (Machias, Maine, 1980–1986)

Shalbourne ParR - Shalbourne Parish Records (Bishops’ Transcripts), bundle 1 and unsorted box, Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham, England

SLR - Suffolk Deeds, 14 vols. (Boston, 1880–1906); digital images of vol. 1 online at


TAG - The American Genealogist, vol. 9 (1932) through present

TG - The Genealogist, vol. 1 (1980) through present

Tillinghasts - Wayne G. Tillinghast, The Tillinghasts in America: The First Four Generations (Greenville, R.I., 2006)

Tower Gen - Charlemagne Tower, Tower Genealogy: An Account of the Descendants of John Tower, of Hingham, Mass. (Cambridge, Mass., 1891)


WarLE - Warwick, Rhode Island, Land Evidences, 1669–1711 [FHL film #22,500]

WarPR - Warwick, Rhode Island, Wills, 1703–1745 [FHL film #925,455]

WarTR - More Early Records of the Town of Warwick, Rhode Island, ed. Cherry Fletcher Bamburg and Jane Fletcher Fiske (Boston, 2001)

WarVR - Warwick, Rhode Island, Vital Records, 1649–1750 [FHL film #925,490, item 2]

Westcourt Recs - Survey of Shalbourne Westcourt (c1610–1639/40), Savernake Estate Collection, ref. 9/24/460, Wiltshire and Swindon Archives, Chippenham, England

Weymouth Hist - George Walter Chamberlain, History of Weymouth, Massachusetts, 4 vols. (Boston, 1923)

WJ - The Journal of John Winthrop, 1630–1649, ed. Richard S. Dunne, James Savage, and Laetitia Yeandle (Cambridge, Mass., 1996); digital images online at (limited preview includes cited pages)

WMM-MM - Westbury, Long Island, Monthly Meeting [of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)], Men’s Minutes [FHL film #18,033]

WP - Winthrop Papers, Volume 4, 1638–1644, ed. Allyn Bailey Forbes (Boston, 1944)


Gene Zubrinsky ( has contributed many articles, including four Carpenter pieces, to the leading genealogical journals and local-history magazines.