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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

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