Vol. 2; No. 1 Barbara Inman Beall, Editor Winter 1996


Welcome Back
Trip to Dandridge
The Daniel Boone Question
John of Gaunt: Ancestor to the Inmans
Carpenter Capers: Loren Inman and Lucy Carpenter
Waiste Wayfarers: A Word of Warning


Welcome back to a new year of Inman Innings. I hope that we make a number of discoveries this year.

We left Colorado in a blinding rain storm the end of May on our trip East. Fortunately, the sun came out the second day of our trip when we visited Moss Springs Cemetery, etc. in Jasper County, Missouri (an adventure I recounted in the current issue of Spence Spectrum. But the rain started once again and followed us all the way across Tennessee, until we reached Dandridge. Then we had rain once more through Virginia, Maryland, and finally, Pennsylvania.

I spent four weeks in June "hermited" inside our small apartment, my nose buried in tons of books. Then the fourth week in June, I PASSED my doctoral comprehensives. What a relief! I am now considered ABD (all but dissertation, or all but dead--whichever is more appropriate). My next project: writing a dissertation--but at least I no longer have to study and I can finally read the books I've been dying to read.

Needless to say, I accomplished very little in the way of genealogical research this summer. What discoveries I did make were beneficial, however. I spent some time in the library the fifth week of June, just prior to our departure for home. Due to the intense heat and the fact that our daughter was expecting her second child at any moment, we avoided any side trips. We did stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for a few days, but the heat and humidity were so high, we didn't even visit the cemetery there. I will have to make that effort next summer, when we aren't so rushed for time.

The newsletter has graduated into a journal. It will be issued four times yearly, starting with the winter issue. In addition, each issue will contain its own separate index. I welcome articles. The blank pages are reserved for pictures, so if any of you would like to send in copies, please do so. I will be glad to use them.

I also hope to start an Inman Web Page on Internet. Please let me know whether you are interested. My e-mail is

Hope you enjoy the new Inman Innings and again, I apologize for the delay in publishing it.


As you may recall, I mentioned our trip to Dandridge last year in a previous issue. We arrived in town late in the day when the courthouse was closed and after the pavements had been rolled away for the night. I searched the courthouse square in vain, looking for a Revolutionary War monument, but could find nothing. And so we left town that evening, committed to returning this year.

We did. And the rain stopped long enough for us to find what we were seeking.

We arrived in town in the early morning, just as the streets were filled with cars and people. At least we could find someone to ask questions. And our first candidate: a deputy sheriff who happened to be crossing the street.

"Excuse me," I asked. "Do you know where the Revolutionary War Cemetery is located?"

"Right behind these buildings," he responded.

I couldn't believe it. We were within one block of finding it last summer and didn't see it. But we found it this year, and the monument bearing Abednego Inman's name is certainly prominent. Apparently there are two Revolutionary War cemeteries in the area, but we were only interested in this one in particular.

I took a picture of the front and rear sides of the monument. The Hopewell Presbyterian Church originally stood on this site, but now only the cemetery is left. And the gravestones are so old, they are barely readable. However, after walking the grounds, I located the Inman plot. I could read Shadrach Inman's marker -- Abednego's son. There were several other markers I could read, and I took pictures of all of these. I believe that Abednego and his wife Mary Ritchie's markers are the large stones directly beside Shadrach.

While I walked the cemetery grounds, my husband began a conversation with the lady next door. I barely noticed the large white house next door to the cemetery. And the owners were sitting on their large front porch.

"Your wife is an Inman?" they asked. "Well, this was Abednego Inman's house. He had it built in 1820 and lived here the rest of his days."

That's when I took notice of the house. It became a restaurant in later years, and then these people purchased it for their private residence. The slave quarters still stand in back. Of course, I took pictures of the house and am hoping that they turned out. If they did, I will run them in future issues of the newsletter.

Shadrach Inman's house also stands on the square. (Abednego's son). I took pictures of that house, too.

After touring the cemetery, we went into the courthouse, which also contains Dandridge's history museum. An original copy of the Declaration of Independence is on display there together with a huge painting of Davy Crockett--one of the notables from the area. It was easy getting lost in that place, and also quite easy to forget that people were there conducting business of one nature or another. The sheriff marched in someone wearing orange and chains and hauled him into a courtroom. We asked a woman a question, but she seemed to be at the point of tears. Another woman standing beside her (her attorney, I later surmised), told us to check with the drug store across the street. Apparently someone had written a book about the area and copies were on sale in the drug store. That was our next point of interest.

"Do you have---?"

And yes, they did--not on display on the shelf, but copies behind the counter. I bought a copy of the book and spent the rest of the day reading it as we headed north into Virginia: Bent Twigs in Jefferson County by Jean Patterson Bible.

According to Bible:
Those arriving in 1783 included Thomas Jarnagin (sometimes spelled "Jarnigan"), James Hill, Wesley White, James Randolph, Joseph Copeland, Robert Gentry, and James Hubbard. Captain Jarnagin settled four miles above the mouth of the Nolachucky on the north side, and it was recorded that 1784 "Thomas Jarnagin hath leave to build a mill on Long Creek." James Hill and family put down roots a mile lower down, Wesley White immediately opposite Taylor's Bend, Robert Gentry four miles above Dandridge, and Joseph Copeland south of the river seven miles above Dandridge.
They were soon followed by others, including Ninian Chamberlain, Thomas Snoddy and Matthew Wallace in the vicinity of Long Creek. In 1785, Col. George Doherty settled several miles west od Dandridge near today's Shady Grove. In about 17(8)9, Michael Branner, ancestor of John Casper and John Roper Branner, settled in the Dandridge area with his family, as did Shadrach and Abednego Inman with large land grants.(1)

By 1792 numerous settlers had moved into the area, not only locally but all over East Tennessee. Gov. William Blount took the important step of designating several new counties, including Jefferson, to be taken off the large earlier ones. One of the first records in the county court clerk's office in the court house in the Minute Books, Pleas and Quarter Sessions, July 1792 to 1800, reads as follows:
....Page 2 continues as follows:
"___________ Inman (the blank indicates where the page has been torn but probably refers to Abednego to Shadrach Inman) surrendered Reuben Roach in discharge of himself as bail, now was thereupon ordered into Custody of the Sheriff."(2)

The following Grand inquest appeared in Court, were qualified and received their charge to wit: John Gilliland, foreman, Benjamin Harrison, Joseph Rainey, Edward Wright, William Doherty, John Calffey, John Hornback, Benj. Davis, Senr., James Alexander, James Hill, John Bradshaw, Benjamin McFarland, Sam. L. McSpadden, Tidance Lane, Thomas Jarnagin.(3)

"The second half of the first meeting included the first trial by jury. The case concerned Reuben Roach, who was accused of the theft of 'three yards of linen, and the same amount of 'royal ribbon' from George Baxter.' Roach pleaded 'not guilty' to the charge of petit larceny. He was tried and found guilty by a jury composed of Shadrach Inman, Thomas Snoddy, Henry Knave, Michael Bacon, Alexander Ward, John Day, Jess Hoskins, Alexander Kelso, William Balch, Andrew Bryan, Isham Harris and John Denton. Roach's attorney, John Rhea, Esq., filed for an arrest of judgment but was overruled. The court ordered that 'the said Reuben Roach receive ten lashes on his bare back and that the Sheriff put this sentence in execution immediately."(4)

Punishments were harsh in that period of time. Consider the following:
At the August term in 1796, "Samuel Duncan, John Bullard and William Carver were severally fined $2.50 for fighting in the verge of the court." In the same year one of the first criminal cases that went to the superior court from the county was "State vs. Jesse Jeffrey for horse stealing." He was convicted and the sentence imposed was "that he should stand in the pillory for one hour, receive thirty-nine lashes upon his bare back, well laid on, have his ears nailed to the pillory and cut off, and that he should be branded upon one cheek with the Letter H, and on the other with the Letter T in a plain and visible manner."
The next year Robert Parker was tried for stealing 500 Spanish-milled dollars from Thomas Humes. He was convicted and sentenced to be hung.
What was probably the first murder case was tried on February 22, 1808, when a man was tried for the murder of a woman by strangling her with a skein of thread. He was adjudged guilty, and the sentence imposed was that he be "taken back into the jail from whence he came, there to remain until next Friday and then between 12:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. of the said to be hung by the neck until he be Dead, Dead, Dead."
The jury returned a bill and he was tried and convicted in eleven days after the commission of the crime.(5)

The Bible continues:
The next meeting of the court was on the second Monday in may, 1793, this time in Dandridge. Tradition says it was held in the Old Bill Blue House, a log cabin torn down in 1955, located just up the street from the present court house.
The following grand inquest appeared in Court, were qualified and received their charge, viz: Abednego Inman, foreman, James Hill, Robert Gentry, George Edges, George Evans, Joseph Prigmore, Caleb Witt, David Murphy, Joseph Witt, Hugh Kelso, Abraham Slover, Richard Rankin, Samuel Lyle, John M. Roberts, Ezekial Henry, Samuel McClanahan, Adam Willson, David McClanahan, & Thomas Vance.
At this time, several cases were tried, and a variety of other matters were brought up, approved, authorized and recorded. More wills and inventories were prorated and approved. Fees were set for officials. The court allowed the sheriff the sum of fifteen pounds for his exofficio expenses for 1792, the attorney ten pounds, and the clerk ten pounds. New constables were appointed, to be paid five shillings for each day of attending court.
Several powers of attorney were granted. John Sevier "produced a license to practice law, was qualified and admitted accordingly," as did Samuel Mitchell.
Fines were collected from a number of people for the use of "profane language." Cases of immorality were brought up and disposed of. Fathers of illegitimate children were sternly and peremptorily dealt with. One man was fine three dollars and twelve and a half cents and ordered to pay the mother, who was to keep the child, seven pounds and ten shillings "proclamation money."(6)

In another reference to the Inman family, Bible states:
In May, 1796, John Sevier, the first Governor of the State of Tennessee, commissioned the following as justices for Jefferson County: George Doherty, James Roddye, Josiah Jackson, Thomas Snoddy, Garrett Fitzgerald, Parmenas Taylor, John Blackburn, A. Henderson, Abednego Inman, John McNabb, Abraham McCay, Adam Peck, and William Cox.(7)

Other names of interest in the book (of possible connections to the Inman families include George Graham and wife, Elizabeth, Henry Graham, "Graham Hill", and Joseph Hardin. "Graham Hill" is identified as "Gravely Hill" in the text and "Graham Hill" in the index. Samuel Inman married a Graham and Henriette Hardin married Ezekiel or John Inman.

I found Bent Twigs in Jefferson County to be a wonderful little book full of information about the early history of Jefferson County. There are many names I have probably overlooked. I would recommend it to anyone researching the area.

As an item for your calendars: 1996 marks Tennessee's bicentennial year. They are planning numerous celebrations.


Bible, Jean Patterson. Bent Twigs in Jefferson County. Rogersville, TN: East Tennessee Printing Co., Inc. (1991).


After reading numerous articles various subscribers have sent me this past year, I have noticed one question to which I hope to have discovered an answer. That question pertains to whether or not Daniel Boone ever did any exploring in the State of Tennessee. While he did explore the states of Missouri and Kentucky, Tennessee appears uncertain. Therefore, some people have wondered whether Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were really with Daniel Boone when Meshach was killed in the Cumberland plateau.

I believe I have an answer. After passing my comprehensives, I spent a day in the campus library and ran across the following in the History of North Carolina, Vol. I:

In 1748, Thomas Walker of Virginia led a band of hunters far into the interior of what is now Middle Tennessee, giving names to the Cumberland Mountains and the Cumberland River. In 1756...the English built Fort Loudoun on the Tennessee River. Most famous of all the hardy pioneers who explored this region was Daniel Boone who as early as 1760 was hunting along the Watauga River. The following year at the head of a party of hunters, Boone penetrated the wilderness to the head waters of the Holston as far as the site of the present Abington, VA. From this time forward he was constantly hunting in the Tennessee and Kentucky country. Boone and his fellow hunters brought back to the settlements in Virginia and North Carolina glowing reports of the richness and beauty of the land beyond the mountains and thus paved the way for the pioneers of more settled habits whose purpose was to carve out of the wilderness homes for themselves and their children.(8)

Richard Henderson made the acquaintance of Daniel Boone whose good judgment, intelligence and character so impressed him that in 1763 he sent Boone to explore the region between the Cumberland and Kentucky Rivers. During the next decade Boone prosecuted his explorations with great vigor, perseverance and daring, but the story of his romantic career is too well known to need repetition here. In 1774, as a result of his work, Henderson organized at Hillsboro a land company, first called the Louisa Company, later the Transylvania Co., to promote the settlement of this region.(9)

In 1778 Virginia granted them 200,000 acres in that part of Transylvania which lay within her limits and in 1783 North Carolina made a similar grant within her western territory. That part of Transylvania which fell within the limits of Virginia afterwards became the State of Kentucky; the rest together with Watauga became Tennessee.(10)

The History of North Carolina gives two accounts of an Indian attack upon Boone's expeditions. One, in 1767, occurred while Boone was in the Cumberland area with a party of hunters. The party was tired and hungry. Boone left them sleeping while he and one or two others went on ahead. Boone was captured by the Indians and eventually managed to escape from them. When he returned to the campsite, he found all of the men missing and presumed that they had either been killed or taken captive. In 1771, Boone was again attacked by Indians while leading a party of settlers into the Cumberland region. Between the two accounts, the earlier story approximates the Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego legend, and the date approximates the time of Meshach's death. I had planned to copy these accounts and place them here verbatim. However, that was our last day in Pennsylvania, and I ran out of time.

I also ran across an interesting source: a fairly recent book entitled Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer by John Mack Faragher. Faragher notes a letter written by Daniel Boone April 1, 1775, addressed to Richard Henderson:

After my compliments to you, I shall acquaint you of our misfortune. On March the 25 a party of Indians fired on my company about half an hour before day, and killed Mr. Twetty and his negro, and wounded Mr. Walker very deeply but I hoope he will recover. On March the 28 as we were hunting for provisions, we found Samuel Tate's son, who gave us an account that the Indians fired on their camp on the 27 day. My brother and I went down and found two men killed and scalped, Thomas McDowell and Jeremiah McPfeeters. I have sent a man down to all the lower companies in order to gather them all to the mouth of Otter Creek.(11)

Since Shadrach Inman's wife was a McPheeters and her mother was a McDowell, I believe that there is definitely a connection.


Connor, R.D.W. History of North Carolina, Vol. I: The Colonial and Revolutionary Periods 1584-1783. Chicago/New York: The Lewis Publishing Co. (1919).

Faragher, John Mack. Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer. New York: Henry Holt & Co. (1992).


According to a number of sources I've been reading this past year, the Inmans all descended from John of Gaunt, one of the sons of Edward III. I found this interesting since Anya Seton's novel Katherine intrigued me so much when I was a teenager. Unfortunately, I could not remember much about our illustrious ancestor. As a result, I've been reading a great deal about the House of Lancaster. According to Sydney Armitage-Smith:

In the history of the House of Lancaster--the Earls of Lancaster had good service to record, but no constitutional fibre in the stock. All were men of great energy. They were pious, with the conventional piety of ther age. They were men of strong purpose, and great ambitition. They were also gallant soldiers, had the strongest passion of race. To describe them would be to say that they had a love of Arms combined with a thirst for adventure.(12)

The House of Lancaster descends from Henry III (1216-1272) and Eleanor, daughter of Raymond VI, Count of Provence and their sons: Edward I (1272-1307) and Eleanor, daughter of Ferdinand III of Castile, and Edmund, Earl of Lancaster, Derby & Leicester, Senechal of England, b. 1245; d. 1296. John of Gaunt descends from Edward I and married into the Lancastrian line.

Edward I and Eleanor of Castile were parents of Edward II (1307-1327), who married Isabella, daughter of Phillip IV of France. Edward II and Isabella were the parents of Edward III (1327-77), who married Phillippa of Hainault, and these were the parents of John of Gaunt (b. 1340; d. 1399). On May 19, 1359, John of Gaunt married Blanche of Lancaster, b. 1341; d. 1369. Blanche was the daughter of Henry, Duke of Lancaster, who was the son of Henry, Earl of Lancaster and Maude. Henry, the Earl, was the son of Edmund. Blanche of Lancaster was John of Gaunt's first wife. His second marriage was to Costanza of Spain (a line that would eventually become the Spanish House of Habsburg); and his third marriage was to Katherine Swynford, his long time mistress (and the heroine of the novel I enjoyed so well). The John/Katherine line (after the children were legitimatized) became known as the Beauforts and eventually, the Tudors.(13)

I suppose my main interest in all of this is that I am trying to tie in with specific personages in these lines. Are we descended from Blanche of Lancaster or from Katherine Swynford? Are the Inmans from one child of John of Gaunt's, or from several. The laws of primogeniture secured the inheritance for the oldest son while the rest were forced into the trades. Did the other sons thus become innkeepers, or does the name suggest another meaning? I was interested to note that many of the schools during this period of time were called inns; i.e. Greys Inn. Were these inn-men innkeepers or perhaps students or teachers in the inns?

These are only a few of the questions I have been playing with. The Lancastrian land holdings were large and extended into Wales. Perhaps that is the reason why I am finding the Inman name all over England, including Wales.

The House of Lancaster was subsequently defeated by the House of York in the War of the Roses, a misnomer. While the white rose was the symbol of the House of York, the red rose symbol for the Lancasters was not used until some time later. (I knew there was some reason why I prefer red roses!)

The Plantagenet Encyclopedia gives this account:
John of Gaunt, the 2nd duke of Lancaster (1340-99) was the fourth son of Edward III of England and Philippa of Hainault. From 1361-2, he was the 5th earl of Lancaster and from 1362-99, he was the second duke of Lancaster. Also from 1390-9, he was the duke of Aquitaine. John was born in 1340 at Ghent, from which his name, John of Gaunt, derives. In 1359 he married his cousin Blanche, heiress to the honour of Lancaster; and in 1362, on her father's death, became duke of Lancaster and the greatest landholder in England.
John joined his brother the Black Prince on his Spanish campaign to reinstate Peter III, the Cruel, of Castile after his deposition by his brother Henry of Trastamara in 1365. After Blanche's death in 1369, John married Constance, daughter of Peter the Cruel (1371). The next year he promulgated his claim to the Castilian throne in his wife's right, her father having been murdered by Henry of Trastamara in 1369.
After campaigning against the French around La Rochelle and Bordeaux in the early 1370s, John returned to England in 1375, where he supported the court faction led by Alice Perrers, Edward IIIs mistress. Widespread opposition to Alice's influence over the king led to the Good Parliament of 1376, which ousted her and her followers, but John was able to reverse most of its decrees in 1377. In an effort to undermine his clerical opponents, he supported John Wycliffe's anti-clerical theology and defended Wycliffe during his trial in 1377. During the Peasants Revolt of 1381, the rebels sacked and burned the Savoy palace, his London home. In 1386, John left England to try to win the Castilian throne. He was unsuccessful, and relinquished his claims to his daughter by Constance of Castile, Catherine, who was married to the future Henry III of Castile in 1388.
On his return to England in 1389, Gaunt acted as a peacemaker between his nephew Richard II and the lords appellant, but his appointment as duke of Aquitaine in 1390 revived the barons' hostility. When Constance died in 1394, he married (1396) his longstanding mistress, Catherine Swinford; her children, the Beauforts, were ancestors of the Tudor monarchs. In his last years John's relations with the king were increasingly strained, and in 1398 Richard exiled John's son Henry Bolingbroke (later Henry IV). When John fell mortally ill in 1399, Richard is said to have left bills on his deathbed. John was buried in St. Paul's Cathedral.(14)


Armitage-Smith, Sydney. John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. London: Constable & Co. Ltd) (1904/reprinted 1964).

Hallam, Elizabeth, Ed. The Plantagenet Encyclopedia. New York: Grove Weidenfeld (1990).


[Editor's Note: This material was taken from Daniel Inman of Connecticut, Ontario, N.Y., and Sugar Grove, Ill. and His Descendants ca. 1776-ca. 1976 with Ancestral Notes to the Early Seventeenth Century by my cousin, Charles G. Inman. We are g-g grandchildren of Loren Inman and Lucy Carpenter]

Loren Inman (Daniel), was born in new York State, probably at Ontario, 1810-11. He was a farmer and a preacher and on 16 July 1835, he married Lucy Carpenter in Strafford, VT. Lucy was born in Connecticut in 1812 and was possibly the daughter of Harvey Carpenter.

At the time of his marriage, Loren's residence was Ontario, NY. according to family tradition, he left college to go west. In 1836 Loren arrived in Sugar Grove Tp., Kane Co., IL, where he settled. In 1858 he moved to Marble rock, Iowa, becoming one of Floyd County's early settlers. He settled one and one-half miles SW of the village itself on part of Sec. 18, and at the time of his death, also owned the E-1/2 of the NW-1/4 of Sec. 30. This latter parcel adjoined on the north land purchased by Joseph Inman in 1856. Loren was interested in medicine, and since no professional doctors were available, people in his vicinity consulted him for medical advice. He was the first president of the Union TWP. school board, filling that post in 1858-9 and 1860. Loren was elected county judge in 1864, although there is no record of his ever serving in that capacity. Known throughout Floyd County as "Elder Inman", Loren was the first pastor of the Marble Rock Free-Will Baptist Church, which was organized about 1858. He preached there about seven years. In the early 1860s he also preached occasionally in Benezette Twp., Butler Co., Iowa.

Loren died in Marble Rock, 12 sept. 1878. His wife, Lucy, died 23 Jan. 1890. In her will Lucy bequeathed the S-1/2 of the NE-1/4 of Sec. 18 to her grandson, Louis Joseph Inman.


  1. Harvey Carpenter, b. in Kane Co., IL 9 Aug. 1836; d. 12 Oct. 1883 and bur. at Marble Rock, IA; m. 18 May 1867, Sarah E. McCollom of Amesville, OH, b. 31 Dec. 1838, d. 25 Aug. 1924. Harvey had no children; however, his wife raised Harry Inman. Harvey was a farmer, owning a farm of 160 acres (SE 1/4, Sec. 18) about 1 1/2 miles from Marble Rock. He also taught several terms of school, was secretary of the school board for about fourteen years, was township assessor for a number of years, and held the office of county surveyor for five years. Harvey platted the West Side Cemetery in 1882. He owned a half interest int he aureola Grist Mill for about 3 1/2 years and took part in operating the mill. at the time of his death, Harvey also owned a six-acre lot int he NE 1/4, Sec. 7 of Union Twp.
  2. Joseph L., enlisted in Co. H, 1st Battalion, 13th Regt., U.S. Infantry Regulars, at Dubuque, IA, 13 June 1862; d. in army hospital at Memphis, TN, 6 Jan. 1863 at the age of 22.
  3. Alonzo, b. 24 June 1842. [Editor's note: my g-grandfather]
  4. Ephraim, b. 1 Sept. 1846
  5. Charlotte Marinda, b. 5 Aug. 1849.
  6. Dora Ellen, b. 25 Dec. 1852

Two other children of Loren and Lucy died in infancy.(15)

If Lucy Carpenter is the daughter of Harvey Carpenter, b. 31 Dec 1775, Woodstock, Windham, CT, and his wife, Esther Sabin, then she is descended from the Rehobeth branch of the Carpenter family.

The Rhode Island Inmans and the Rhode Island/Rehobeth, MA Carpenters are no strangers to one another. William Carpenter (of the Rhode Island family) is included on a list of first settlers of Rhode Island along with Edward Inman, founder of the Rhode Island Inmans.(16) I believe that this Edward Inman is the one who arrived in Surry County, VA in 1620 with his father John and who subsequently fled to Rhode Island because of religious persecution existing in Virginia. Both Inman and Carpenter families were religious dissenters. Also of interest is the fact that both Thomas Carpenter and William Carpenter appear on the list of subscribers to the Virginia Co., 23 May 1609(17) Both Carpenters and Inmans married into the Bennett lines of New England and Virginia (William Carpenter b. 1631/32 m. Priscilla Bennet, b. 1632(18); Elizabeth Bennett, b. 1660, Providence, RI, married Edward Inman II in 1680(19) And finally, John Carpenter, b. 1699, Woodstock, Windham, CT, married Ruth Inman, b. 1698(20)

Concerning the Virginia Bennetts, Wertenbaker writes:

In 1642, Richard Bennett and others of strong Calvinistic leanings, sent letters to Boston requesting that Puritan ministers be sent to Virginia, to minister to their non-conformist congregations. The New Englanders responded readily, despatching to their southern friends three ministers of distinction--William Thompson, John Knowles and Thomas James.(21)

Wertenbaker goes on to note that "despite the laws against non-conformity these men anticipated little interference with their work and even brought letters of introduction from Governor Winthrop to Sir William Berkeley. Little did they know the temper of the new Virginia Governor. So far from welcoming this Puritan invasion Berkeley determined to meet it with measures of stern repression. A bill was put through the Assembly requiring all ministers within the colony to conform to the 'orders and constitutions of the church of England', both in public and private worship, and directing the Governor and council to expel all dissenters from the country. Disheartened at this unfriendly reception, James and Knowles soon returned to New England, leaving Thompson to carry on the work. This minister, in defiance of the law, lingered long in Virginia, preaching often and making many converts."(22)

The senior Edward Inman first appears on Rhode Island records in 1645.(23)

Hopefully, someone will have some answers concerning the Lucy/Harvey Carpenter question. If anyone knows anything specific about this relationship--and if you have documentation--please let me know.


Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England before May 1692. LDS Microfiche

Inman, Charles G. Daniel Inman of Connecticut, Ontario, NY., and Sugar Grove, ILL. and his

Descendants ca. 1776-ca. 1976 with Ancestral Notes to the Early Seventeenth Century.

Searles, Abigail. Descendants. LDS, 08 Apr 1993

Stith, William. History of the First Discovery and Settlement of Virginia. Williamsburg (1745).

Tepper, Michael. Passengers to America: A Consolidation of Ship Passenger Lists from the New

England Historical & Genealogical Register. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing (1977).

Wertenbaker, Thomas J. Virginia Under the Stuarts, 1607-1688. New York: Russell & Russell (1959)


My great grandfather, Alonzo Inman (son of Loren and Lucy Carpenter Inman) married Caroline Elizabeth Waiste in Floyd County, Iowa in 1870. Those of you who may have followed the earlier newsletter Waiste Wayfarers will recall that Caroline's ancestry dates back to Francis Wast/West, husband of Susanna Soule, daughter of George Soule, one of the signers of the Mayflower Compact.

According to an article in the most recent issue of the Ohio Genealogical Society Journal, the entire third volume of Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims who Landed at Plymouth, Mass. December 1620--George Soule Family HAS BEEN DISCREDITED due to an error committed in the third generation.

The error concerns Susanna Soule Wast's brother Nathaniel, b. ca. 1637. Early researchers assumed that three women living in the Plymouth Colony; namely, Mary, Susannah, and Sarah, were Nathaniel's daughters when in fact, they may have been collaterals.

As a result of this error, the Mayflower Society has dropped all descendants of these three women and the entire third volume of The Mayflower Families is currently being rewritten. People already admitted to the Society under these women's names may remain members, but their descendants may not. The moral of the story: never jump to conclusions without checking. Haste makes waste (no pun intended).

1. Bible, Jean Patterson. Bent Twigs in Jefferson County. Rogersville, TN: East Tennessee Printing Co., Inc. (1991), p. 2.

2. Ibid., p. 10.

3. Ibid.

4. Ibid., p. 11.

5. Ibid., pp. 10-11.

6. Ibid., p. 13.

7. Ibid., p. 19.

8. Connor, R. D. W. History of North Carolina, Vol. I: The Colonial and Revolutionary Periods 1584-1783. Chicago/New York: The Lewis Publishing Co. (1919), p. 289.

9. Ibid., p. 294.

10. Ibid., p. 296.

11. Faragher, John Mack, p. 115.

12. Armitage-Smith, Sydney. John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. London: Constable & Co. Ltd (1904/reprinted 1964), p. 20.

13. Ibid., pp. 21-23.

14. Hallam, Elizabeth, ed. The Plantagenet Encyclopedia. New York: Grove Weidenfield (1990). pp. 109-112.

15. Inman, pp. 21-22.

16. Tepper, p. 471.

17. Stith, pp. 8-13.

18. Descendants of Abigail Searles, LDS Records, 08 Apr 1993

19. Ibid.

20. Ibid.

21. Wertenbaker, p. 92

22. Ibid.

23. Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England before May 1692, p. 523.