Lee County Biography

James Burton Carpenter


Business manager; born, Dixon, Lee Co., ILL., Sept. 10, 1842; son of Burton and Mary P. (Richards) Carpenter; educated, public and private schools of Griggsville, Pike Co., ILL.; married, Perry, Pike Co., Apr. 24, 1866, Delia Ayres; six children: Charles D. (deceased), Mary C. (Mrs. W. W. Howell), Maude (Mrs. I. P. Younglove), Nellie R. (Mrs. A. J. Austin), Clara L. (Mrs. J. M. Tompsett) and Fred Green. Was connected with the United States claim agency, February, 1866-April, 1867; teller and assistant cashier First National Bank, Knoxville, Tenn., until April, 1870; appointed manager for Singer Manufacturing Co., Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., 1870, so continuing until July, 1885; since manager wholesale department same company, at St. Louis. Enlisted August, 1862, in Co. B, 103d Regiment, Ohio Volunteers; commissioned first lieutenant, First Tennessee Artillery, Sept. 17, 1863; ordinance officer. Fourth Division Cavalry Corps, first part of 1864; then with Governor's Guard of Tennessee until resigned to enter business, February, 1865. Democrat. Member Loyal Legion, Royal Arcanum. Author: History of the Burton Carpenter Family, 1785 to 1907. Recreation: billiards. Office: Room 1018 Holland Bldg. Residence: 4403 Morgan St .

(Source: The Book of St. Louisans, Publ. 1912. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater

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