Wednesday, May 13, 2020

30 Mothers in 30 Days: Betsy

Elizabeth "Betsy' Broadway Carpenter was my 5th Great Grandmother. Her claim to fame was her longetivity. She lived to be 101, her lifespan covering nearly the entirety of the 19th century.

The Stanly County Newspaper lauded her for being 105 in 1902.

The newspaper credited her with living to be 108, and maybe the birthday we have for her is incorrect. Either way, she was long upon this Earth during an era when her life expectancy was much shorter.

Betsy was born along the Rocky River in Anson County to one of the Rocky River plantation families. Her parents were William Broadaway and his wife, Martha, maiden name unknown.

When she was 18 years old, as was common in those days, she married her Broadaway cousin, Thomas Carpenter, son of James Ludwell Carpenter and Obedience Broadaway Carpenter. "Beadie's parents were Nicholas and Grace Broadaway. I am not sure exactly how Nicholas and William we're related, but the Anson County Rocky River Broadways we're one family. One day soon, I hope to focus on them thouroughly.

Betsy and Thomas were the parents of 11 children: Obedience,  Martha, James Allen, William, Mary Ann, Nancy, Elizabeth, Caroline, Davis, John and Layfayette. Some people even attribute a Jesse and an Obediah to them. Those two I have not documented. Whether 11 or 13, by the time of her demise, Betsy Broadaway Carpenter had hundreds of descendants, as most of her children also had large families.

She and Thomas raised their children along the Rocky River in Anson. After she was widowed, Betsy would relocate to Stanly County, where she resided with her daughter, Martha Carpenter Hooks, my line.
Name:Elizabeth Carputer
[Elizabeth Carpenter] 
Age in 1870:54
Birth Year:abt 1816
Birthplace:North Carolina
Dwelling Number:121
Home in 1870:Tyson, Stanly, North Carolina
Post Office:Albemarle
Cannot Read:Y
Cannot Write:Y
Personal Estate Value:175
Inferred Children:Lafayette Carputer
Household Members:
Martha Hooke39
Daniel Hooke 
Elizabeth Hooke19
Mary Hooke17
Sarah Hooke16
Eliza Hooke14
Nancy Hooke12
Ellen Hooke10
John Hooke9
William Hinson 
Mary Hinson25
Nancy Hinson8
John Carpenter18
Elizabeth Carputer54
Lafayette Carputer15

She would outlive Martha, who passed away in 1891 and after that would return to Anson County, and reside with her youngest son, Lafayette Carpenter.

Name:Elizabeth Carpenter
Birth Date:May 1800
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1900:Ansonville, Anson, North Carolina
Sheet Number:5
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation:74
Family Number:74
Relation to Head of House:Mother
Marital status:Widowed
Marriage Year:1820
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother: Number of Living Children:9
Mother: How Many Children:11
Can Read:No
Can Write:No
Can Speak English:Yes
Household Members:
Lafayette Carpenter41
Bettie Carpenter45
Stephen Carpenter19
Jesse Carpenter17
Jonah Carpenter14
Elizabeth Carpenter100

Betsy died in June of 1905. She is buried in the Edwards Family Cemetery near Burnsville. Again,  her longetivity was noted by columnist "Whale" of the Wharf Community in Anson, Mr. Ingram. He was incorrect that she was raised in Stanly County, she was not. Her husband Thomas, was, but not Betsy.

108 years of age

Rest in Peace Grandma Betsy. I hope to follow in your longetivity.

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