Here is a very interesting website about music from the Adirondacks:
If you scroll down, you will see a photograph of a handwritten copy of "The House Carpenter".
You can also view it here:
And here is a (sideways) picture of some more of the ballad:
I'm not sure, but I think that the date on this is April 28, 1869! It is from Sarah A. Willard, in Moriah Center. NY. Unfortunately, as near as I can tell, there is no discussion on this website of this manuscript! It is not even labeled. From what I can read of the manuscript, this version looks like many of the others that we have found from New England. If anybody knows anything more about this manuscript, please share with us.