Benjamin and Deborah Carpenter

Owners from 1814 to 1860

Benjamin Carpenter was a retired ship captain from Salem in the China and East India trade and a friend of both Joseph Lee and Thomas Appleton. He had been a privateer in the Revolution. When his second wife died he married Deborah Lee Austin, the daughter of Thomas Lee.  Benjamin and Deborah were married only two months before Benjamin died, leaving the house to Deborah. She returned to her father’s house and let this house out.