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John Carver, of the Mayflower[1]

Male 1565 - 1621  (55 years)


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  • Name John Carver  [2
    Suffix of the Mayflower 
    Born 9 Sep 1565  Doncaster, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 5 Apr 1621  New Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I4938  Main
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2006 

    Father James Carver,   b. 1527, Doncaster, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Katherine,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married prob. England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F1941  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Marie de Lannoy,   b. L'Ecluse, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Prob. Leiden Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2006 
    Family ID F2654  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Catherine White,   d. 16 May 1621, New Plymouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1596  Leiden, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Child Carver,   d. 1617, Leiden, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2006 
    Family ID F1942  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Sep 1565 - Doncaster, Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1596 - Leiden, Holland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Apr 1621 - New Plymouth, MA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • From: http://members.aol.com/calebj/carver.html

      John Carver was elected the first governor of the Plymouth Colony, and re-confirmed on 2 April 1621. He witnessed the will of William Mullins on 21 February 1620/1, and certified it on April 2, 1621, shortly before the Mayflower left Plymouth to return to England. Carver died a few days later, apparently of a stroke, while working on a hot day out in the fields. He came on the Mayflower with his wife Katherine, 15-year old Desire Minter, three men servants (Roger Wilder, John Howland , and William Latham ), "adopted" child Jasper More , and Dorothy, a maidservant  who married Francis Eaton .

      John Carver's first wife Marie de Lannoy is possibly the aunt to Philip de Lannoy (i.e. Delano) who came on the ship Fortune in 1621. The couple is recorded on 8 February 1609 in Leyden records as "Jan Carwer" and "Marie de Lannoy", and she is listed as coming from L'Escluse, near Lille, France where she was a member of the Walloon church (as was Francis Cooke's wife Hester Mahieu). They had a child buried in Leyden on 10 July 1609. Possibly she died in childbirth, or shortly thereafter, as no future children or records of her exist. Presumably the child buried in 1617 was from Carver's second marriage to Katherine.

      John Carver's wife Katherine, who was the sister of pastor John Robinson's wife Bridget, died about five or six weeks after her husband. Katherine was the daughter of Alexander and Eleanor White of Sturton le Steeple, Nottingham, England.
      The Great Migration Begins 1:320-321, and the introduction to Mayflower Families: Francis Cooke states that the only evidence that John and Katherine (White) Leggett married was that John Robinson called John Carver "my brother" in a letter; and that since "brother" was a common term for a pastor to call a deacon, this was not enough evidence to show they were brother-in-laws. This is not a correct interpretation. Robinson's letter continues on to say "Now what shall I say or write unto you and your goodwife my loving sister?" This is clearly not a simple Christian address, and since John Robinson's wife Bridget did have a sister named Katherine (Mayflower Descendant 43:183-186), and John Carver's wife was named Katherine, there is no doubt Katherine Carver and Bridget Robinson were sisters--daughters of Alexander White of Sturton-le-Steeple, Nottinghamshire.
      By Katherine's her first husband, Mr. Leggatt (possibly the George who witnessed the will of Alexander White's widow Eleanor) she had one child, Maria, who was under ten years old in 1599 when she is mentioned in Eleanor's will.

      The claim that Robert Carver of Marshfield, Massachusetts was either a brother or a nephew of Governor John Carver does have some antiquity (the nephew claim being published as early as 1760, the brother claim as early as 1767). These claims remain unverified by genealogists, and there is no published documentation to show that Robert and John were indeed related. Research in English records to investigate the possibility of a relationship is certainly warrented, however.

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    2. [S1112] Bev Anderson, (http://www.brainerd.net/~bevgand/), http://www.brainerd.net/~bevgand/ps02_074.htm (Reliability: 0).

    3. [S1112] Bev Anderson, (http://www.brainerd.net/~bevgand/), http://www.brainerd.net/~bevgand/ps02_073.htm (Reliability: 0).

    4. [S1112] Bev Anderson, (http://www.brainerd.net/~bevgand/), http://www.brainerd.net/~bevgand/ps02_075.htm (Reliability: 0).