From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 636-637


Urial Carpenter was born in Portage County, Ohio, March 16, 1831, a son of Samuel and Roxana Carpenter, natives of New York and Massachusetts, respectively.  In 1842 his parents came to Steuben County and settled on section 13, Scott Township.  His father died in December, 1861, aged sixty-two years, and his mother in May, 1877, aged seventy-seven years. Seven children accompanied their parents to Steuben County-- Orson died in Jackson Township; James N., of Angola; Mrs. Harriet Coe; Urial; Mrs. Sarah Tylet, of Angola.  Mrs. Eliza Tyler and Alexander are deceased.  Urial Carpenter was reared to the life of a farmer, remaining with his parents till twenty-five years of age.  He has always followed agricultural pursuits, and now owns 230 acres of land on section 13, where he has lived since 1867.  The greater part of his land is improved, and his residence and farm buildings are large and commodious and in good repair.  He is one of the substantial men of the township, a practical, energetic farmer, and a successful business man.  His farm shows the care of a thrifty and enterprising owner.  He was married March 7, 1853, to Christeann Sowle, a native of Montgomery County, N. Y., born Jan. 17, 1833, daughter of Durfee and Margaret Sowle, who settled in Scott Township in 1854, where they both died.  They have three children-- Elroy N., Wilber J., and Lora M.  In politics Mr. Carpenter is a Democrat.


Submitted by: Kim Davoli