November 1 1952
Mrs. Jessielynn Carpenter Bishop
311 E.Tyler Street
Dear Mrs. Bishop:
The tradition in my family is that we descend from five or seven bro-thers who came to America before the Revolutionary War arid settled in Virginia. I descend from one of them, Thomas Carpenter I, who bought land in Amherst County, Virginia, in 1765. His farm is now in Nelson County, Virginia, which was cut off from Amherst County in 1807. He had some six sons and two daughters that I know of. Five of his sons served in the Rev-olutionary War, and I descend from his son, Thomas Carpenter II, who died at home in July, 1781, while on furlough from the Army.
I visited Amherst County, Virginia, in 1928 and copied all the records I could find on Carpenters and I found that on March 1 1779, one Benjamin Carpenter and James Littrel of Amherst County bought 140 acres of land from Samuel Woods and Mary his wife, "Land on which they now live." I do not know when this Benjamin moved to Amherst County. A grandson of his wrote me November 24, 1915, Richard Eden Carpenter of Lahore, Orange County, Virginia - that his grandfather, Benjamin came from England and stopped in King and Queen County, Virginia and then moved to Amherst. Now this Benjamin and my great, great grandfather, Thomas Carpenter I, signed the Petition of Dissenters of Albermarle, Amherst and Buckinghani Counties October 22, 1776. So Benjamin was there in 1776. You descend from this Ben-jamin Carpenter, and I have always thought that he and my Thomas Carpert~ ter I were brothers, though I have no proof of this.
Now this Benjamin Carpenter had sons Eaton and Austin had seven sons of whom Richard Eden Carpenter mentioned above was the youngest. (No! Austin only had two sons, William Enoch and Richard Eden - J.A.C.) And Richard Eden Carpenter mentioned in writing to me "an eldest brother Enoch from whom you descend. He had another brother, Benjamin. (It has been proven that this is in error. We do not descend from this Enoch, but from his own Uncle Enoch Carpenter! This Austin was our Enoch's youngest brother. Austin's two sons, William Enoch and Richard Eden, fought in the Civil War for the South. Rupert Deane aarpenter presently of Monroe, Virginia, and husband of Elsie Drumxnond Carpenter "Aunt Elsie" is a direct descendant of this Richard Eden Carpenter, a grandson J. A. C.)