It seems that Midge has found a connection with Randy on a New England Carpenter line. Let me be really upfront and say that I have not really worked on my Carpenter line. I did a little "quick Internet research" (and we know how reliability varies on that) to see if my Mercy Carpenter, wife of Edmund Rathbone/Rathbun, was descended from the William Carpenter that Midge and Randy can now claim kinship. I will admit that I found a couple of different stories on who Mercy's grandfather was, but most seem to just omit a generation and ultimately end up in the same place. I know that there is still work to do on this line, and I'll do it when I really have time. I'm just trying to see if I might be kin to Midge and Randy. If I am able to prove the following, I guess I can claim them both as cousins:
Mercy Carpenter (b. 13 Mar 1739 Coventry, CT ; d. 7 May 1827 Washington Co., OH ; w/o Edmund Rathbone)
d/o Jeremiah Carpenter (b. ca. 1715/16 ; d. 5 Mar 1792 ; bur. Carpenter Hill Orchard Cemetery, Bennington, VT) - I did find a nice photo of the tombstone online!
s/o Christopher Carpenter (the person who adds this generation states that Christopher's will mentions Jeremiah and says to check Rhode Island Register, vol. 2, no. 2, p. 127 which I've not had a chance to do)
s/o Oliver Carpenter (b. abt. 1668, Pawtucket, R.I.)
s/o Abiah Carpenter (b. 9 Apr 1643, Weymouth, Mass.) - It looks like the Carpenter Encyclopedia mentioned by Randy does show Abiah as the son of William and Oliver as Abiah's son.
s/o William Carpenter (b. abt. 1605, England)