Tuesday, March 22, 2011
William CARPENTER's final resting spot is marked by this rock. Yes, it is a rock but it is called a fieldstone. New England graveyards are filled with markers like these that just look like rocks. Most are not carved.
I think this is an interesting one because of it's shape and because it is actually carved. It reads WC 1658.
The reverse and the sides show no markings. I photographed the back of it just so I could remember if I did or not.
I am grateful to Charlie Carpenter of North Kingstown, RI to show me where this fieldstone is located and to let me take his picture with the stone. That was you can see how small it really is.
William, the son of William, was born about 1605 in England. He died in Rehoboth (see yesterday's post) 7 Feb 1658. [William CARPENTER William. Sr., Feb. 7, 1658 Rehoboth, Massachusetts, United States Death Vital Records of Rehoboth]
Gene Zubrinsky was kind enough to help me with my Carpenter line and to give me a list of my ancestors based on Amos Carpenter's Genealogy and warned me about the imperfect nature of that genealogy book. It was one of the best emails I have ever received from a professional. He even included a copy of an article he wrote in TAG. His article and email demonstrates the excellence in collaboration between genealogists.
I spent quite a lot of time at NEHGS online finding as many vital records as I can for these ancient Carpenters. They weren't there when Gene wrote to me so I was excited to locate them this weekend. I was also rewarded with finding an online version of the Carpenter genealogy.
There's nothing like a gravestone to inspire me to work on this line again!