John Carpenter and his wife Lucena Thompson came to Olmsted In about 1829 with 7 of their 9 children from Vermont. Two of their children were born in Olmsted. Their children consisted of eight boys and one girl were as follows: William Sears (1813-1877), Barlow Green (1816-1868), Lydia (1819-1832), John Jr. (1821-1839), Jonathan T (1824-1904), Richard (1826-1892), Charles (1827-1883), George W. (1830-1896), Unnamed Infant(1833-1833). John Sr. and 8 of his children are buried in Butternut Ridge Cemetery. Barlow Green is buried in Wellington Ohio.
Barlow and William S married sisters from Wellington area with the last name of Horr. Barlow’s wife was Lucinda. Lucina was William’s first wife.
Richard and Jonathan were married to daughters of Rev Solomon and Claracy Dimock. Richard married Augusta and Jonathan married Mary Jane. Rev Dimock was a prominent circuit preacher in the Buffalo and Northern Ohio area. He and his wife retired to the Olmsted area and are buried in one of the Carpenter plots in Butternut Ridge.
Lydia died in 1832 at the age of 13. John Jr. died at the age of 18. There was an infant that was only alive for about 3 days. It must have been a rough birth as Lucena was about 41 years old at the time. Charles was married to Helen O Bennet in 1848. We can’t find any information on her parents there is a possibility from the 1850 census that Nathaniel and Elinor of Lagrange might be them.
George was the youngest brother. He married Mary Jane Thompson the daughter of Levi and Ann Thompson. She was born at Kelley’s Island another connection to the island and Olmsted. Her parents are also buried In Butternut Ridge Cemetery.
The Carpenter Home has been restored and preserved in the Frostville Museum on Cedar Point Road in the Cleveland Metro Parks. It is open on Saturdays and on special function days in the Summer. Contact the Olmsted Historical Society for more information. www.olmstedhistoricalsociety.org for information on the Cemetery www.OHSGenealogy.org