Thursday, July 17, 2014

Just call me Mary

Gravestone of Mary Carpenter, died 28 Jan 1734-5 in Rehoboth, MA
Newman Cemetery, photo by Midge Frazel, 2011
The "Rehoboth" Carpenter family found at (love the author's photo!)

Mary's name is listed with her husband Abishai Carpenter (#270) on page 80 as Wilkinson as shown below:
Jonathan, Samuel, William Carpenter)

It took me a while to find the Vital records of Rehoboth (at and much to my amusement, the index was compiled by James Arnold (of the Rhode Island vital records). Notice that the title doesn't say Massachusetts.

On page 401, I finally found the marriage with her maiden name of Wilkinson. (with husband as Abisha)

This goes to show that where two states overlap in history, you must spend twice as much time searching for the right record. 


Kathleen deWolfe said...

I have found the same with N. Stonington,CT and Hopkinton (Ashaway),RI. Of course,Hopkinton City,where the town hall is located, is a "stones throw" from much of northern North Stonington.

Kathleen Maca said...

Nice blog. I'll look forward to future posts!
Kathleen from