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CARPENTER, Chauncey b:1813


Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 4/13/2018 at 16:50:14

Chauncey Carpenter is a Mitchell county pioneer of 1856. He is a son of Joel and Sophronia Carpenter, and was born Dec. 19, 1813, in Franklin Co., Vt. His parents went to Chautauqua Co., N. Y., in 1821, where he was brought up near Dunkirk. He went to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1842, and thence to Covington, Ky., where he was engaged in the lumber trade.

In 1855 he went to Freeport, Ill., and in November, 1850, to Iowa. He pre­empted the northeast quarter of section 34, in Jenkins township. He has since resided on this property, which is one of the most valuable farms in the vicinity.

In the fall of 1861 Mr. Carpenter was appointed postmaster of Doran, by President Lincoln, and still occupies the post; has doubtless held the position a greater number of years than any other postmaster in the county. He was presiding officer of the organic meeting held in Jenkins township, May 3, 1858, to choose a school board, and was elected its president, which position he held many years.

He was married in Chautauqua Co., N. Y., April 17, 1843, to Catharine, daughter of Richard and Mary Stoneman. The family of Mrs. Carpenter were among the pioneers of Chenango Co., N. Y., and represent a name widely and honorably known. Gen. Stoneman, a well-known officer in the civil war, is her nephew, and she bears the same relation to Gov. Stoneman, of California.

Following is the record of Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter's children—Willie C. lives in Marion Dak.; Mary C. is Mrs. G. W. Goodell, of Grand Meadows, Minn.; Charles II. resides at Minneapolis; Fred J. is a citizen of St. Paul; G. Frank lives in Living­ston, Dak., on the N.P. R. R.; J. Belle, youngest daughter, resides at home; Richard J. died in infancy. Mr. Carpenter is a republican, and is an influential citizen.

SOURCE: "History of Mitchell and Worth Counties, Iowa," 1883, page 332.

Transcribed by Gordon Felland, 10/24/2017


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