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Ransom CARPENTER
Ms. __?__
Please Note:  Ransom's wife is said to have had maiden name AVANT, but I have found no evidence to support this claim, which appears to have been made in support of our subject being the father of Avent W.A.B. CARPENTER (b. 1811/2, NC).  As can be seen below, our subject's census records indicate he had no children born before 1825, so I see no justification in making the connection.  Based on circumstantial evidence, it does seem much more likely that Avent is the son of Alexander CARPENTER.
Husband:  Ransom CARPENTER
Birth:  1780, NC
Death apparently:  1850-60, Cumberland Co., NC
Occupation:  farmer, laborer
Marriage:  ca. 1825
Wife:  Ms. __?__
Birth:  1800-1810
Death apparently:  1840-50, Cumberland Co., NC
Occupation:  homemaker
Children said to be:
1.  Samuel  M. CARPENTER, b. 22 Nov 1827
2.  Robert CARPENTER, b. 29 Apr 1828 or 1829?

The problem here is that Robert's birth is only five month after Samuel's.  My guess is that 1828 is wrong because Robert's 1860-80 census records show him born in 1829.  Unfortunately, I can't find find him in the 1850 census because, if I could find him living with Ransom, it would confirm he's Ransom's son.

Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, North Carolina

Sources (n.b., Harnett Co. was form in 1855 from Cumberland Co.):

1a.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  KY, NC, TN, VA, WV Marriages:  Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-229):  not found.

1b.  LDS.  Family Search (online at familysearch.org):  no primary marriage record found.

1c.  Birth, Marriage, and Death [Records] (online at Ancestry.com):  no primary records found.

2.  1810 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  There are no Ransom CARPENTERs indexed in the U.S. census, at all.  There are 43 CARPENTER households in NC, but only one in Cumberland County (Samuel).  There are two AVENT (no AVANT) households in NC, one in Halifax County and one in Nash County.

3.  1820 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  There are no Ransom CARPENTERs indexed in the U.S. census, at all.  There are 47 CARPENTER households in NC, but only two in Cumberland County (Samuel and Edward).  Ransom had no children born before 1825 (see 1830 census below), so despite his mature age in 1820 (viz., 30-39 yrs), he does not appear to have been married by 1820, which would explain his absence from the census.  There are eight AVENT (no AVANT) households in NC; all are in either Nash County or Chatham County. 

4.  1830 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #1-2 of 10 indexed "Rousons" and as being in "Buck Hover"; official enumeration date 1 Jun 1830; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1830 NC Cumberland Co. Buck Horn Dist. Roll M19_120 p. 57 Ln. 24 Ransom Carpenter 200 000 100 - 000 010 000 010 no slaves
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 4 or under 1825-1830 = Son A
= Samuel (b. 1827)
1 male 40-49 1780-1790 = Ransom (b. 1780)
1 female 20-29 1800-1810 = Wife
1 female 80-89 1740-1750 = Grandmother?

5a.  1840 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #37-38 of 88; official enumeration began 1 Jun 1840; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1840 NC Cumberland Co. Roll 357 pp. 267A-267B Ln. 10 Ransom Carpenter 002 000 010 - 000 001 001 no slaves _______
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 10-14 1825-1830 = Son A
= Samuel (b. 1827)
1 male 50-59 1780-1790 = Ransom (b. 1780)
1 female 30-39 1800-1810 = Wife
1 female 60-69 1770-1780 = Mother? Mother-in-Law?
1 person employed in agriculture

5b.  1840 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Aven [Avent W.A.B.] CARPENTER is married and living in Chatham Co., NC.

6a.  1850 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #30 of 96):  Northern Division, Cumberland Co., NC, Roll M432_627, p. 129A, 428/428, enumerated 21 Aug 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Ransom Carpenter 70 M   Lab.   NC

6b.  1850 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  There are two male CARPENTERs in Cumberland County who are of an age to be Ransom's son:  Samuel CARPENTER (æ 21, b. NC) and Samuel CARPENTER (æ 23, b. NC).  As both are named Samuel, so only one could be Ransom's son; I suspect the other could be Alexander CARPENTER's son.

7.  1860 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found.

8.  Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com): 

9.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com):  files there assert a wife with maiden name AVANT, presumably to support the alleged connection to Avent W.A.B. CARPENTER.  No evidence for the connection is given.

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