Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
What's Going On
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
Mike Watson: More research on McFarland Canterberry
A revised piece on McFarland Canterberry
Comments about: McFarland Canterbury/berry was from Wayne County
By Mike Watson
McFarland Canterberry (or Canterbury) lived in Wayne County previous to coming to Adair. He was a blacksmith by trade and operated a shop in Columbia for some years, having moved here in the 1830s, bringing his wife and in-laws.
He married Mary "Polly" Carpenter, daughter of William Carpenter, on 18 March 1827 in Wayne County. Both are buried in the Columbia City Cemetery with only their exact ages on grave markers, no birth or death dates.
The birth and death dates of Canterberry and his wife are not easily determined. In the 1850 Adair County census his age was given as 44 (born about 1806) and Mary's age was given as 46 (born about 1804). However, in the 1860 Adair census his age was 48 (born about 1812) and Mary's was 50 (born about 1810). By 1870, McFarland had aged to 60 (born about 1810) and Mary was 65 (born 1805). The markers in Columbia City Cemetery state McFarland died at age 79 years, 11 months, 19 days; Mary died at age 77 years, 8 months, 13 days.
William Carpenter, a Revolutionary War veteran, died in Adair County. A brief history from his pension application: William Carpenter was born on Rockfish River in Amherst County, Virginia on 19 March 1761, as well as he could remember from his family's Bible. He lived there until age 45 when he moved his family to Knox County, Tennessee, where he remained 18 or 19 years. He then moved to Wayne County, Kentucky where he made declaration for pension in March 1832. William died in Adair County on 14 September 1835. According to Mary, his wife, in her pension application, they had been in Adair County only a very short time previous to his death. She died in Adair County in 1848.
There is a William Carpenter, thought to be the same as above, buried in the Francis Montgomery cemetery at Joppa. According to his marker, he was born 17 May 1746, died 24 October 1834. It is likely this marker was erected long after death, and dates may have been incorrectly remembered, but more research is needed to determine this. - Mike Watson
This story was posted on 2012-04-18 09:42:31
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
More articles from topic Mike Watson - History:
MIKE WATSON: A brief history of two Adair County jails
Mike Watson History: The (other) Bank of Columbia 50 cent note
Mike Watson, History: A Remarkable Family, X 2
Mike Watson: One scene fits all places - way to hawk postcards
Mike Watson: Oh, for Names, Places and Pronunciation!
Mike Watson first to pledge to Camp Boyle marker
Mike Watson places era of old Courthouse photo in mid-1930s
Mike Watson: Not a drop of rain election Day
Mike Watson writes of 3rd Adair 'Medal of Honor' winner
Mike Watson commends Lilburn Roy book on Dr. Pepper
View even more articles in topic Mike Watson - History
Bank of Columbia
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by Linda Waggener and Pen Waggener, PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.