Family of David Hawkins Carpenter

Name: David Hawkins CARPENTER ----------------------------------------

Birth: 10 Jul 1851 Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Occupation: Teacher/Farmer

Education: Cornell College at Mt. Vernon

Religion: Methodist

Death: 12 Feb 1935 Place: Alta, Buena Vista, Iowa

Burial: Woodlawn, Buena Vista, Iowa

Father: James Hamilton CARPENTER (1815-1894)

Mother: Ann SCROGGY (1815-1907)

Other Spouses: ...

Marriage: 23 Oct 1872 Place: Tipton, Cedar, Iowa ----------------------------------------

Spouse: Anna LEE ----------------------------------------

Birth: 10 Oct 1849 Place: , Cedar County, Iowa

Religion: Methodist

Death: 22 Oct 1927 Place: Buena Vista, Iowa

Burial: Woodlawn, Buena Vista, Iowa

Father: Wm LEE


Children: ----------------------------------------

1 F: Anna Louisa CARPENTER

Birth: Jun 1874 Place: Orange Twp., Black Hawk, Iowa

Death: 1962 Place: , Buena Vista, Iowa

Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Buena Vista Co., Iowa

Spouse: Augustus Potter SPRAGUE

Marriage: 23 Oct 1902 Place: home of D. H. Carpenter, Buena Vista, Iowa ----------------------------------------

2 M: David "Morton" CARPENTER

Birth:  abt. 1877 Place: Orange Twp., Black Hawk Co., Iowa


Spouse: Adena Marie SWANSON

Marriage: ----------------------------------------


Birth: 3 Sep 1881 Place: Probably Buena Vista Co., Iowa

Death: 5 Sep 1900 Place: Alta, Buena Vista, Iowa

Burial: Woodlawn Cem., Buena Vista, Iowa ----------------------------------------

4 M: Frank Israel CARPENTER

Birth: Jul 1884 Place: Probably Buena Vista Co., Iowa

Death: 1959 Place: , Buena Vista, Iowa

Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Buena Vista Co., Iowa

Spouse: Margaret May WILFONG

Marriage: 18 Mar 1909 Place: Alta, Buena Vista, Iowa ----------------------------------------

5 F: Mary Marguerite CARPENTER

Birth: Sep 1897 Place: Probably Buena Vista Co., Iowa

Death: 13 Apr 1989 Place: .................................

Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Buena Vista Co., Iowa


Notes for David Hawkins CARPENTER

Abstract from "Past and Present of Buena Vista County", 1909

D. H. Carpenter

..... was born July 10, 1851 in Pittsburgh, PA to James H. (born PA) and Anne Scroggy Carpenter (born NJ).

James H. moved from Pennsylvania at a young age with his parents, to Salem OH, where he was reared and later married Miss Scroggy.  They moved back to Pittsburgh, then to Dubuque Co., IA in 1854, then to Blackhawk Co., IA in 1865.

James died in Blackhawk Co. in 1895 at age 78, the mother died there in 1907 at age 91. David H. attended Cornell College at Mt. Vernon, IA, taught two years, and married Miss Anna Lee of Cedar Co., IA, a daughter of William Lee. In 1883 they came to Buena Vista County. They are the parents of six children, one dying in infancy and James at age 19; (Anna) Louisa, wife of A. P. Sprague of Alta, with their two children David and Eugenia; David M. (Morton) married Edena Swanson of Chicago, and they are raising their child Naomi in Elk Twp.; Frank I. (Israel) assists in the operation of the family farm; and Mary Marguerite resides at home.

From "History of BV Co." 1983

Misc. Notes

(June 1, 1880) 1880 Orange Twp., (Image 10/18)Black Hawk Co., Iowa shows:

(H/H 79/84) D. H. Carpenter, WM, age 28, Farmer, Pa/Can't read/NJ

Anna, 30, Keeping House, Iowa/Vir/Ohio

Anna, age 5 daughter, Iowa

David M, age 3, son, Iowa

Alta First Methodist Episcopalian Church, Buena Vista county, Iowa Membership.

Carpenter, D. H, joined May 20, 1883 by letter.

Carpenter, Anna "

Carpenter, Anna L. April 18, 1886 by probation; removed by letter Nov. 1902

Carpenter, David Morton Sept. 14, 1890 by probation

Carpenter, James S. Sept. 24, 1893 from children's class; deceased Sept. 5, 1900

Carpenter, Frank Israel joined and baptized July 11, 1897

Carpenter, Mrs. Frank baptized Sept 15, 1911 (Margaret, daughter of Martin Wilfong)

Carpenter, Harold Franklin baptized Sept. 15, 1911 (son of Frank & Margaret)


Augustus Potter Sprague, age 30 of Chicago (born Iowa) and Anna Louise Carpenter age 28, (born Iowa) married Oct. 23, 1902 at the home of D. H. Carpenter.

Notes for David Hawkins & Anna (Family)

1885 Iowa State Census, Nokomis Twp.

Carpenter, David H. age 33 married; farmer; born PA

--------------, Anna age 35 married; keeping house; born Cedar Co., IA

--------------, Anna T. age 10 single; born Blackhawk Co. IA

--------------, David M. age 8 single, born Blackhawk Co., IA

--------------, James S. age 8 single, born Blackhawk Co., IA

--------------, Frank I. age 0 single, born Buena Vista Co., IA

Misc. Notes

1895 Buena Vista, Iowa Census, Nokomis Twp:

Carpenter, David H. age 43 Farmer religion: ME church

Anna age 45 born Cedar Co., Iowa

Anna L, age 19 born Blackhawk Co., IA

David M, age 17 born Blackhawk Co., IA

James S. age 17 born Blackhawk Co, IA

Notes for Anna Louisa (Child 1)

A charter member of the Buena Vista county DAR formed in 1918.

DAR marker on grave in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Notes for Augustus Potter & Anna Louisa (Family)

Buena Vista County Marriage Records: Augustus P. Sprague, age 30 and Anna Louise Carpenter, 28 on testimony of Lottie Sprague, married Oct. 13, 1902 at home of D. H. Carpenter, 2 mi. N. of Alta:

Pastor G. W. Barnes, M. E. church.

Notes for David "Morton" (Child 2)

Living in Crooks, S.D. in 1935 Obituary of father David H. Carpenter,

Notes for Frank Israel (Child 4)

Information from transcription of Carpenter burials in Woodlawn Cem., Buena Vista County, Iowa by Sheryl.

Notes for Frank Israel & Margaret May (Family)

Married by Geo. O. Kidder, Pastor M. E. Church. (Buena Vista County Marriage Records)

Notes for Mary Marguerite (Child 5)

A charter member of the Buena Vista County DAR formed in 1918. SSDI Mary Marguerite Carpenter Puffett 19 Sep 1893 - 13 Apr 1989, Last residence, Storm Lake


The following Obituary was in The Alta, Iowa, Advertiser, Thursday, Feb. 21, 1935.

D. H. Carpenter is Laid to Rest, (Picture of D. H. Carpenter)

On Thursday afternoon the many relatives and friends packed the First Methodist church of Alta to capacity to pay their final tribute of respect to D. H. Carpenter, who passed away on Tuesday afternoon of last week. Mr. Carpenter had been ailing for some time with a cancerous infection and passed away at the Alta hospital. The services were in charge of Rev. Geo. Osborn assisted by Rev. George Eggleston, a former Alta pastor and A.H. Elbert, also of Pierson. Burial was made in the family lot in Woodlawn Cemetery.

The pallbearers were George H. Larson, C. P. Larson, Will Poller, E. J. Edwards, John Stomberg and Marvin Brown.  Honorary pallbearers were C. P. Corneliussen, J. H. Allen, F. N. Sipe, Wm. Willcutt, Storm Lake, Wm. Zeilman and A. E. Hilderbrand.

David H. Carpenter, son of James Hamilton Carpenter and Ann Scroggy, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 10, 1851 and died at the Alta Hospital on the 12th day of February 1935, at the age of 83 years, 7 months, and 2 days. The father was a wood worker, but followed farming a part of his life. He was a native of the state of Ohio, and his forebears traced back to Revolutionary days. The mother was also of American stock. Most of the life of the father was spent in Ohio, where he followed farming. In 1854, when the subject of the sketch was but a child of three, the family moved to Iowa, settling on a farm near Colesburg, in Dubuque county and here the boy grew to young manhood.  Following the close of the Civil war in 1865 the Carpenter family moved to Blackhawk County, where a farm was acquired six miles south of Waterloo.  Mr. Carpenter was educated in the common schools of the neighborhood and also attended a seminary at Waterloo, but his college work was taken at Cornell College at Mt. Vernon.

After completing his schooling Mr. Carpenter taught school for a time, and, on the 23r day of October, 1872, he was married to Anna Lee at Tipton, Iowa.  Always attached to farming work, Mr. Carpenter and his young bride moved to a farm in Blackhawk county where they lived for ten year, and in 1883 they moved to Buena Vista county, having purchased a small tract of land two miles northwest of Alta.

This was the home farm to Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter so long as they lived. In 1909 they removed to Alta and lived in this home until their death.

Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter. One died in infancy.  One son, James, died at the age of 19 when he was attending college.  Four survive, being D. M. Carpenter of Crooks, South Dakota and Mrs. A. P. Sprague, Frank I. Carpenter and Miss Marguerite Carpenter of this community.  Also 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Mrs. Carpenter died October 22, 1927.

Mr. Carpenter was a life long member of the Methodist church, and during his long connection with the organization he filled every official position in church and Sunday School, and he was a faithful attendant on all services.  For over 25 years he was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Northwest Iowa Conference, being a member of that board until the day of his death.

He was interested and active in the promotion of every activity of his church and its prosperity in a spiritual and material way was his concern. He gave freely of this time and energy to every agency of the local church and the Northwest Iowa conference.

He became a member of the Odd Fellows lodge as a young man and he later joined the Rebekah lodge, and was interested in these bodies so long as his health and strength would permit.

Always a reader he followed the trend of the day in world affairs and studied the political movements. In politics he was a sturdy Republican and gave close allegiance to that party. He was elected to local offices, but never sought to reach out beyond the horizon of his county, although he had a brother who was mayor of Des Moines and custodian of the capitol at Des Moines.

Mr. Carpenter was never happier than when he was surrounded by his children and grandchildren and here he found his greatest satisfaction, next of his church.

Submitted By: Sandy Ainley, California,

The information and jegs on David Hawkins Carpenter are what caught my eye.  David's wife, Anna C. Lee is the daughter of William Harrison Lee who was a farmer, preacher and president of the Bible Society and is well documented in the Cedar County, Iowa History.

His wife was not unknown but part of my family history - Miss Ester Winter from Fairfield County, Ohio. She was born 19 July 1821 and died in Cedar County, Iowa on the 22 September 1911. She is buried in the Masonic Cemetery, Center, Cedar County, Iowa. Her brother Samuel Winter was the sheriff for Effingham County, Illinois. Her brother Isaac was a tailor in Charleston, Illinois. Well any way she was one of 7 children.

If you would be willing to add this to your web site, I would appreciate it. So often the records indicate - wife unknown - and I truly believe that all of our pioneering women need to be recognized when ever possible.


Maggie Jones