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James W. Carpenter

"JIM" CARPENTER was BORN near RALEIGH N.C. OCTOBER 1839. He came to MISSISSIPPI with his parents,. AVENT W. A. B. & MARTHA CARPENTER at the age of 13. JIM'S  brothers & sisters were BENNETT A. WHO MARRIED JEREMA  MCGREGOR, WILLIAM DICKSON who married VIRGINIA PORTOR,  MARY E. who married T. J. CARR, & MARTHA A. who married WILLIAM HODGES. There were most likely other brothers and sisters,. LON, JOHN C. AND HOYLE CARPENTER are found in PONTOTOC COUNTY MARRIAGE RECORDS, DEEDS, WILLS, ETC.  They are related or brothers.

When 21 Years of age, he was united with the MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH at PINEY GROVE, & made a faithful member until his death. During a period of 44 Years he only missed 1 monthly conference.

He served 4 years in the CONFEDERATE ARMY with only one 30 day furlough; he enlisted MARCH 1862 in COMPANY E, 1st MS CALVARY, under CAPTAIN GEORGE WHEELER, COL. R.A. PENSION AND GENERAL N.B. FOREST.  In one of the engagements, his horse was shot from under him, but during the fight the enemies horses were stampeded, and a fine horse ran by him, he caught it & rode it through the duration of the war. On MAY 4, 1865, his company commanded by COL. PENSION, surrendered at CITRONELLE, ALABAMA and was held prisoners until MAY 18, when they were paroled at COLUMBUS, MS.

Mr. CARPENTER was married 3 times, 1ST to HESTER SINCLAIR, 2ND to MARTHA ANDERSON, (No children that is known by Martha) 3RD to ARMINDA "MINTIE" HARDIN. All of who preceded him in death. His children were, MATTIE who married W. N. McGREGOR. MATTIE was by 1ST wife, it is believed, EMILY ORANGE who married WILLIAM H. McGREGOR,  TABITHA ANN (BITHIE) who married LOUIS V. McGREGOR, JOHN B. (Owner of CARPENTER & SON FORD PLACE in PONTOTOC) who married MATTIE LEE FRANKLIN, ZORA who married LOUIS McGREGOR,after the death of Bithie,   JENNIFER LEOLA (Jennie) who married JAMES ALFORD ARON.  ELBERT who married REBECCA BRIDWELL, and BESSIE who married MARVIN CHITTOM. The last 7 named children were by his last wife, MINTIE HARDIN. MINTIE'S parent's were JONATHAN and DORCAS TYLER HARDIN. Her grandparents were MARK and NANCY HARDIN.

Mr. CARPENTER and Wife MINTIE are buried in the GUINN CEMETERY on HWY. # 334 South of PONTOTOC.  He died at the home of his son ELBERT, with whom he was living, he breathed his last breath at 5 O'CLOCK A. M. on SEPTEMBER 15, 1927 at AGE 87. He had been in ill health for a long time, but was stricken with paralysis a few days before the end came as is stated in his obituary.

Mr. CARPENTER parents A. W. A. B. & MARTHA CARPENTER are buried in a private family burial site off # 334 HIGHWAY about 5 miles South of PONTOTOC on the BOY SCOUT/CAMP YOCONA ROAD.

Submitted by: Peggy Aaron Young

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