Abel Carpenter, farmer and stock-raiser, was born in Falls Township, Hocking County, July 22, 1836, and is the son of Sampson and Catherine Carpenter, who were among the early pioneers of the County. Our subject was reared on the farm where he now resides and received his early education in the common schools. He was married Dec. 5, 1861 to Miss Phoebe Ridenour, daughter of William and Rachel Ridenour. They have seven children- Simeon, Eliza, Christina, William, Edward and Emma. Mr. Carpenter has a fine farm containing 166 acres of improved land on which he has erected a very pleasant residence of modern style. He has held several offices of trust in both township and county. He has been Township treasurer and Trustee for several years and is at present time County Commissioner, this being his second term.
History of Hocking Valley, Ohio Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1883