By the tradition of the family, corroborated by some circumstantial evidence, it is probable that he emigrated from the County of Sussex, in England, to the island of Barbados when a young man, and, being possessed of uncommon talents and enterprise, he there embarked in a lucrative commerce, in which he continued as long as he remained upon the island--viz., about ten or eleven years. In 1683 he was again fined, along with Henry Wheatly, 6673-lbs. Sugar for not appearing or sending their servants in arms. Many years a member of the Provincial Council and Treasurer of the province, 1682 LANDS Granted by PENN to Purchasers of Eng.,Ire.,Scotland,etc.: 39-Samuel Carpenter,

Charter 14. (Watson's Annual) SLATE-ROOF HOUSE, PENN'S RESIDENCE

This house, still standing at the southeast corner of Norris' Alley and Second Street, and now reduced to a lowly appearance, derives its chief interest from having been the residence of William Penn. The peculiarity of its original construction, and the character of several of its successive inmates, will enhance its interest to the modern reader. The facts concerning the premises, so far as may now be known, are generally these, to wit: The house was originally built, in the early origin of the city, for Samuel Carpenter --- certainly one of the earliest and greatest improvers of the primitive city. It was probably designed for his own residence, although he had other houses on the same square, nearer to the river. His portrait is owned by Isaac C. Jones.

In a letter to William Penn of 5th December 1703, he says, "Samuel Carpenter has sold the house thou lived in to William Trent" (the founder of Trenton in 1719) for £ 850.*
Samuel Carpenter built the "Slate Roof House", with construction ending in January 1700. William Penn moved into the house upon its completion, as Carpenter's tenant. Originally on Second Street in Philadelphia, the building was eventually demolished, in spite of a significant amount of interest in its preservation.
The "Coffee-house" of that day belonged to Samuel Carpenter, in the neighborhood of Front and Walnut Streets, near which he had also erected the first crane, and built the first bake-house, and first wharves for the accommodation of ships.A convert to the doctrines of the Quakers before leaving England, and seems to have been the only one of his family to take that course. There was a persecution of the Quakers in Horsham as early as 1655, but the records do not show the name of Carpenter as in the list of those prosecuted. His brothers Joshua and Abraham followed him to Philadelphia, whither he went in 1683; but they both belonged to the Church of England, and Joshua was prominent as one of the founders of Christ Church, Philadelphia.


Whereas, Samuel Carpenter of Philadelphia in the Province of Pennsylvania, and Hannah Hardiman of the same, did declare their intentions of marriage in several public meetings of the people of God called Quakers, and upon inquiry made of their clearness, the said Meetings finding them clear of all others, and that they had the consent of their relations and parties concerned, they were approved by the said meetings--These are therefore to certify all whom it shall or may concern, that for the full determining the intentions aforesaid this 12th day of the 10th month (called December) 1684 in an assembly of the people of God aforesaid at their usual meeting place in Philadelphia aforesaid, the said Samuel Carpenter did then and there in a solemn manner according to the example of the holy men recorded in the Scriptures of Truth and the good practice of the people of God in this age take the said Hannah Hardiman by the hand, and spake as follows, viz, "Friends in the fear of the Lord, and in the presence of this assembly, I take thee my friend Hannah Hardiman to be my wife, and do promise as the Lord shall enable me, to be a faithful constant and loving husband until death shall separate us;" and then the said Hannah Hardiman did also then and there, in like manner, take him the said Samuel Carpenter by the hand and declare as follows viz, "My friends in the presence of the Lord and of this Assembly and in the feeling of his power I take thee my friend Samuel Carpenter to be my husband and do promise to be to him a faithful loving and constant wife until death shall separate us," and for a further continuation thereof the parties above mentioned have hereunto as husband and wife subscribed their names; to which we who were present at the solemnizing of the said marriage and their subscription in manner and form aforesaid have hereunto set our hands as Witnesses to the same the day and year above written.