Carpenter, Coles, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was born in Westchester county, N. Y., March 17, 1784. His parents were earnest Methodists, and he was carefully trained in religion. At seventeen he was converted, and began at once to exhort his young neighbors. In 1809 he was admitted on trial in the New York Conference; ordained deacon in 1811, and elder in 1813. He filled various important appointments in the New York Conference until 1832, when the Troy Conference was organized, and he remained in it. In 1833 he was appointed presiding elder of the Troy District, in which service he labored acceptably until his death, Feb. 17, 1834. In direct appeals to the heart and conscience he had few superiors. — Sprague, Annals, 7:466; Minutes of Conferences, 1834, p. 283.