I am seeking information on the connection between Mrs. F. Stowe of Livingston County, N.Y. and Louis (some sources spell it Lewis) Carpenter, born December 14, 1829 in New York State.
Carpenter was a probate judge in Douglas County, Kansas when he wrote Mrs. Stowe a letter on April 11, 1861, concerning the estate of her husband.Other material in the letter suggests that Judge Carpenter may have had more than a professional relationship with her, being either a friend or relative of hers.
I am the Law Librarian at the Douglas County Law Library, now being formed in Lawrence, Kansas. I am researching Louis Carpenter because there is a proposal to have a memorial to him in the Law Library. We need to have as much information as possible about him to determine if such a memorial would be appropriate. Also, if we do establish a memorial, we would like to let any relatives he might have know about it.
I have found no information about him prior to 1860 except for his birth date, recorded on his headstone (an image of which is located on the Find a Grave web site at: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=10534)http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=10534), and that he was from New York. He is recorded in the Kansas Territorial Census of 1860 as living in Lawrence but when he actually came to Kansas is unknown. He was married in Lawrence to Mary E. Barber of Emporia, Kansas, on October 10, 1862 but had no children.He was murdered in Lawrence during a raid by a band of Confederate guerrillas led by William Clarke Quantrill on August 21, 1863.He was an attorney, had been probate judge, had run unsuccessfully for Attorney General of Kansas and at the time of his death, was Recorder for the Kansas Supreme Court.
Other than the letter to Mrs. Stowe, I have no clue as to where in New York he may have come from or any possible family connections he may have had.
Does anyone have information on Mrs. F. Stowe or Louis Carpenter, or any connection between the two?If you do, would you consider sharing it with me? Thank you.