GEORGE H. CARPENTER is an extensive dealer in harness and saddles. His grandfather, Sylvester G. Carpenter, was from New York, and was there married. Bishop Carpenter, the father of the subject of this sketch, was also a native of the same state, and was married to Miss Weddle, of New York, her parents being natives of England. George H. Carpenter was born in Warren County, New York, February 24, 1824. He was reared on a farm and was educated in the common schools of Warren County.
In 1846, he immigrated to Carroll County, Illinois, where he was engaged in farming till the fall of 1876, except during the years 1860-61, which time was spent in the mining country of California.
In the fall of 1876, he came to Mound City, Mo., where he was occupied in the furniture business till January, 1881, when he began at his present calling, in which he is meeting with great success. He is the representative business man in his line of trade in this city.
Mr. C. has been twice married: First, May 1, 1846, to Miss Minerva Balcom, a daughter of Uriah and Patience Balcom, who were both natives of Vermont.* Mrs. Carpenter was born in Warren County, New York, in the year 1822, and died January 1, 1868. They had four children, two of whom are now living, Augusta and Jenevia. He took for his second wife Miss Alice A. Morey, a daughter of George and Charlotte Morey, both natives of New York. Mrs. Carpenter was born in Warren County, New York, July 12, 1848. They have had two children, only one of whom is now living, George W. Mr. and Mrs. C. are members of the Presbyterian Church.
Source: "History of Holt and Atchison Counties, 1882" transcribed by Karyn