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iISTORY OF TEXAS. 617
John, of Williamson county; and Amelia,
wife of Jacob Glenn, of Travis county. Mrs.
Carpenter was married again, November 15,
1866, her second husband being John B.
Jeffery, and they had three children: Annie,
who married Milton Davis, died in 1892;
Bettie, wife of Columbus Hammock, of
Williamson county; and Margaret, wife of
William Inman, also of Williamson county.
Mrs. Jeffery died November 28, 1885, after a
long and useful life, leaving her family and
many friends to mourn her loss.
A. W. Carpenter, the subject of this sketch,
was born in Caldwell county, Texas, September
3, 1854, and thus his youth occurred at a
time when the country was in a most unsettled
condition, owing to the ravages of war. Being
deprived of thle loving and providing care
of a father and being the oldest of the children,
he was early obliged to assist his another
in the support of the family, and thus had no
opportunity to secure an education, other
than what he secured by self-application from
books and papers, which he read by the light
of a brush fire. With the exception of three
months in school, this is the way in which he
secured his literary knowledge. By experience,
observation and reflection, he became
well informed, securing a practical knowledge
of affairs which with the high teachings of
industry, honesty and morality learned from
his parents, have contributed to his present
When sixteen years of age, Mr. Carpenter
began for himself the life of a farmer, which
he followed consecutively until he was twentyfour.
He was then, for twenty-seven' months,
employed as clerk in the store of Mr. Speegle,
of Williamson county, after which he accepted
a position as clerk in the Grange store at
Round Rock, where lie was employed for five
years. During this time, by practicing strict
economy and by close attention to business,
he accumulated a small alnmount of money,
which lie invested, in January, 188t3, in the
mercantile busine-s, in Hutto, in partnership
with Messrs. S. M. Woolsey and J. W. Shipnman.
The last named gentleman has now retired
from the firm and the business is conducted
under the name of Woolsey & Carpenter.
They are extensively engaged in general
merchandising and rank among the most
prosperous firms in tihe State. In connection
with their mercantile pursuits, these gentleien
also conduct the only bank of Ilutto,
which thlv established in 1892. Their store
house ald bank are among the Ibest building,
in the place, being large, two-story, brick
structures, provided with all modern improvements
and conveniences. They also
own considerable real estate, including four
brick store-houses, and are among the leading
men of the community.
November 2, 1881, Mr. Carpenter was
married to Miss Mattie C. Edwards, daughter
of H. D. and Eliza (Smneltsen) Edwards, well
known pioneers of Texas, where her father is
a farmer. She was one of seven children:
Lou, wife of J. T. Noble; Lizzie, married to
Green Noble; Samuel, a resident of Williamson
county; Nathan, who died in the Con-:
federate service; Rebecca; Amnanda, wife of
H. C. May; and Mattie C., wife of the subject
of this sketch. Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter
have five children: Vida, Grace, Walker,
Gertrude and Alma.
Politically, Mr. Carpenter is a Democrat.
He is an active member of the Methodis
Episcopal Church, of which his father and
grandfather before him were prominent adherents.
Hle is essentially a self-made man,
having started in life with nothing but a
strong arm and willing heart, but has, by
energy, perseverance, economy and right deal
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