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Richard Carpenter DD (abt. 1575 - 1627)

Rev Richard Carpenter DD
Born about in Cornwall, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1 Sep 1606 in Nettlecomb, Somerset, Englandmap
Died at about age 52 in Shirwell, Devon, Englandmap
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Richard Carpenter was born about 1575 in Cornwall, England. The identity of his parents is currently not known. He may be the Richard Carpenter baptised at Phillack, Cornwall, on 16 February 1575/6, son of Thomas Carpenter[1] but other than that being possible both geographically and date wise, more evidence would be needed to say this for certain.

He matriculated at Exeter College, Oxford, on 28 May 1592, and took his degrees of B.A. on 19 Feb. 1595–6, B.D. 25 June 1611, and D.D. 10 Feb. 1616–17. [2] He was elected to a Cornish fellowship at his college on 30 June 1596, and retained it until 30 June 1606, during which time he devoted his attention, under the advice of Thomas Holland, the rector of Exeter College, to the study of theology. He became a noted preacher. [3]

In 1606 he was appointed by Sir Robert Chichester to the rectories of Sherwell and Loxhore, near Barnstaple, Devon.

While he was a tutor at Oxford, among his pupils was Christopher Trevelyan, a son of Sir John Trevelyan of Nettlecombe, Somerset. It may have been through this connection he met and married Susanna Trevelyan his pupil's youngest sister. Their marriage took place on 1 September 1606 at Nettlecombe, Somerset. [4] Their known children were:

  1. Susanna Carpenter
  2. John Carpenter
  3. Mary Carpenter
  4. Richard Carpenter
  5. Ann Carpenter
  6. Elizabeth Carpenter
  7. Edward Carpenter
  8. Sarah Carpenter
  9. Thomas Carpenter

Their first child Susanna was baptised in her mother's home parish of Nettlecombe; John and Mary the next two children were baptised at Shirwell, Devon where their father was the rector. Sarah was baptised at Loxhore, Devon; another of her father's parishes. The other baptisms have not yet been located.

Richard died on 18 December 1627,[5] and was buried in the chancel of Loxhore Church on 20 December 1627[6], where a monument was erected to his memory.[7] The Exeter College records add to this that he matriculated at the age of 15.[8]


  • Rector of Sherwill, 1605.[8]
  • Rector of Georgeham, 1606.[8]
  • Rector of Loxhore, 1611.[8]

1625 Will

Richard left a detailed will dated 9 August 1625 describing himself as Richard Carpenter, professor of Divinity and pastor of Sherwell in the county of Devon.[9] He made bequests to and mentioned:

  • my wife Susan Carpenter, daughter of John Trevelyan of Nettlecombe, Somerset, dec
  • my son John, a student at Exeter College, Oxford
  • my eldest daughter Susan
  • my daughter Mary
  • my second son Richard
  • my third daughter Ann
  • my fourth daughter Elizabeth
  • my third son Edward
  • my fifth daughter Sara
  • my fourth son and youngest child Thomas
  • my brother John Carpenter of Salisbury
  • my three sisters Jane, Ann and Agnes
  • Sir Robert Chichester

Research Notes

Early Carpenter books have Richard Carpenter to be the son of William & Abigail Carpenter. However this is wrong. [10]

It has also been suggested that he was the Richard Carpenter who from 1601 to 1626 held the vicarage of Collumpton. However, this person is said to have had a son Henry, who went on to become a canon of Sarum and a canon of Windsor. If this were the case, he would have been mentioned in Richard's 1625 will - which he wasn't.


  1. Baptism: "Cornwall Online Parish Clerks Database"
    Baptisms database, Phillack
    Cornwall OPC (accessed 13 April 2024)
    Richarde Carpenter baptism on 16 Feb 1575, son of Thomas, in Phillack, Cornwall, England.
  2. 'Cabell-Chafe', in Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714, (Oxford, 1891) pp. 228-254. [British History Online BHO] (accessed 11 April 2024)
  3. 'Exeter College', in A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 3, the University of Oxford, (London, 1954) pp. 107-118. British History Online BHO (accessed 12 April 2024)
  4. Marriage: "Somerset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1531-1812"
    Somerset Heritage Service; Taunton, Somerset, England; Somerset Parish Records, 1538-1914; Reference Number: D\p\net/2/1/2
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry au Record 60856 #4345436 (accessed 12 April 2024)
    Richard Carpender marriage to Susannah Trevelyn on 1 Sep 1606 in Nettlecombe, Somerset, England.
  5. 1592 School Records: "Britain, School And University Students"
    FindMyPast Image - FindMyPast Transcription (accessed 13 April 2024)
    First name(s): Richard; Last name: Carpenter; Birth year: 1575; Year: 1592; Boarded date: 28 May 1592; Institution: Exeter College Oxford; Town: Oxford; County: Oxfordshire; Country: England; Death date: 18 Dec 1627; Publication title: Register of the Rectors, Fellows, Scholars etc of Exeter College Oxford; Year range: 1318-1878; Publication year: 1879.
  6. Burial: "Devon Burials"
    Archive: South West Heritage Trust; Reference: 1328A/PR/1/7
    FindMyPast Image - FindMyPast Transcription (accessed 13 April 2024)
    Richard Carpenter burial (died in 1627) on 20 Dec 1627 in Loxhore, Devon, England.
  7. Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Carpenter, Richard (1575-1627)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Exeter College Life Summary: Register of Exeter College,? Clark i. 213 Nat. Biog; citing Travelyan Papers (Camden Soc.) iii.p. XXV. (battels at that time); Drake 246; Reg. 16 July 1602 'dimidia pars pecuniarum mutuo concessa est M. Carpenter quas expensurus esset in novis extruendis musaeis supra cameram suam, quae inferiori parti sacelli ex adverso oppononitur; eadem prorsus conditione et lege qua antea 13o die Martii pecuniae mutuo datae sunt maistris Baskerville et Chambers aedificaturis"; and cited by Bruce E. Carpenter, 12 Oct 1999,
  9. Will: "England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858"
    The National Archives; Kew, Surrey, England; Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Series PROB 11; Class: PROB 11; Piece: 153
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry au Record 5111 #814576 (accessed 13 April 2024)
    Will of Richardi Carpenter, granted probate on 16 Feb 1627. Died about 1627 in Devon.
  10. John R. Carpenter, La Mesa, CA, cited at

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Carpenter-150 and Carpenter-20 appear to represent the same person because: The dates and place names are wrong, but this is clearly a duplicate of the Richard Carpenter Susan Trevelyan marriage. Will also propose a merge for the wife.
Good morning Project Managers. The England Project has identified this profile of Richard Carpenter as needing major work and Project Protection to avoid further conflation with other Richard Carpenters. I will send a Trusted List request from the England Project account to make the EP comanager. Please accept this and the England Project will do the rest of the set-up. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this.

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posted by Jo Fitz-Henry
WARNING! - No relation!

This Richard Carpenter was not the Richard Carpenter[8] of Amesbury, Wiltshire, father of William Carpenter[9] of Providence, Rhode Island.

Nor should he be confused with Richard Carpenter (vicar of Poling). This Richard was at Kings College, Cambridge, in 1622, twice lived in Europe for a few years and was vicar of Poling from 1635 to about 1642. He married in middle age and finally settled not in Amesbury but Aylesbury, in Buckinghamshire, where he died about 1670.[10] SEE:

Find A Grave entry for Rev. Richard Carpenter See:

For information of the Rehoboth, MA and Providence, RI William Carpenters (yes 2 different Williams who can be told apart by Y-DNA testing) - READ: This is part of the Carpenter Cousins web page at:

posted by John R Carpenter
Carpenter-18120 and Carpenter-20 appear to represent the same person because: Carpenter-18120 appears to be an incomplete duplicate version of the original Carpenter-20. Spouse and child entry also need merged with their respective matches.
posted by Kinsey (Oleman) Grace
Did Post-merge edits and changes based on notes. RH, I don't understand some of the brackets you put in, but I left them.

Any references to Amesbury or Wiltshire should be under Disambiguation and refer to the other Carpenter groups. That portion including "Caution" still needs work. That's where possible future merges or non-merges need to be identified.

posted by Jack Day
I rewrote the Wikipedia article in Oct 2008. Please use that as a guide for clean up, adding spouse and children.

The children of Richard and Susanna Carpenter were:[6] 1) Susanna Carpenter, bp. Nettlecombe, 28 Oct 1607.[7] 2) John Carpenter, b. ca. 1608. 3) Mary Carpenter, b. say 1610. 4) Richard Carpenter, b. say 1612. 5) Ann Carpenter, b. say 1614. 6) Elizabeth Carpenter, b. say 1616. 7) Edward Carpenter, b. say 1618. 8) Sarah Carpenter, b. say 1620. 9) Thomas Carpenter, b. say 1622.

This Richard Carpenter was not the Richard Carpenter[8] of Amesbury, Wiltshire, father of William Carpenter[9] of Providence, Rhode Island.

posted by John R Carpenter
Carpenter-19 and Carpenter-7698 do not represent the same person because: 2 different people - This has been discussed before. Briefly, see: and compare (William b. abt 1605)
posted by John R Carpenter
This entry 7698 has so many problems it needs to be deleted. Do not merge junk.

Any merge will cause erroneous data to creep back in better genealogy.

posted by John R Carpenter
They are obviously the same person; the unsourced errors should be fixed. Same for Abigail -- the one with errors has no sources. Merges would allow corrections to both.
posted by Nan (Lambert) Starjak
Carpenter-5881 and Carpenter-20 are not ready to be merged because: unmatching info
There are several Richard Carpenters which are mixed up. Until the mess is resolved, recommend no merges.
posted by Jack Day
Carpenter-5881 and Carpenter-20 appear to represent the same person because: Hello, these appear to be duplicate profiles of the same individual and should be merged based on the vital statistic data. Thank you.
Oops, this profile is horribly scrambled. Richard Carpenter, the theologian and husband of Susanna Trivilian, is a completely different person from this Richard Carpenter. Maybe it was a bad merge, but now it's a mess :-(
posted by [Living Schmeeckle]
Carpenter-20 and Carpenter-149 appear to represent the same person because: same person
posted by [Living McQueen]

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