Tombstone Tuesday – July 3, 2017 – Reverend Burton Carpenter


Burton Carpenter was born on March 5, 1785 in Norwich, Windsor County, Vermont. He was the son of Simeon and Anna (Burton) Carpenter. Simeon and Anna Carpenter had eleven children; Anna (1770), Thena (1773), Jesse (1775), Dan (1776), Luther (1778), Galana (1780), Vina (1781), Burton (1785), Elam (1787), Betsey (1789), Almon (1792).

Burton married Sarah Root in December 3, 1807 in Sharon, Vermont. They had seven children; Burton Bradford (1811) , Hannah Elizabeth (1813), Cynthia C. (1815), Charles B. (1815), Laura Adelia (1817/ 1818),Chester B (1821), William (1827). In Vermont Vital records, each of these children are listed as born in Addison, Vermont even though the family did not seem to lived there continually according to Federal Census records.

Burton was a Baptist Minister. He was ordained in 1816. In the 1820 US Federal Census, Burton and his family are living in Cobleskill, Schorharie County, New York. Ten years later in the 1830 Census, the family is in Salem, Washington County, New York.  By the 1840 Census, they live in DeKalb, Dekalb County, Illinois. A Biography listed on taken from “A History of Baptists in Illinois”, seems to confirm much of this information.

” Burton Carpenter, born in Norwich, Vermont on March 5, 1785. He was ordained as a Baptist Minister in 1816, and first served in Socharie County, N.Y. He came to Illinois in 1838. Suffered from “impaired health.” Became pastor of the Baptist Church in Decatur Illinois from April 1847 to April 1848. Died in Ogle County 3 July 1849 of “Asiatic cholera” in his 65th year.”

Burton is buried in Grand Detour Cemetery, Grand Detour, Ogle County, Illinois.


Rest in Peace, Burton!

Love, Jan

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