Katharine (White) Legatt Carver, "Mayflower" Passenger

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Katharine Carver (White), "Mayflower" Passenger

Also Known As: "Katherine Carver", "Katharine White", "Katherine Legett", "Catherine White"
Birthplace: Sturton-le-Steeple, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Massachusetts
Cause of death: Broken heart
Place of Burial: Coles Hill Burial Ground, Plymouth, Plymouth, MA, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Alexander White and Eleanor White (Smith)
Wife of George Leggett and Governor John Carver, "Mayflower" Passenger
Mother of Elizabeth or Catherine Leggett; Marie Leggatt and Infant Carver
Sister of Catherine A Carver; Charles White; Roger White; Bridget Robinson; Thomas Roger White and 3 others
Half sister of William White

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About Katharine (White) Legatt Carver, "Mayflower" Passenger


From the memorial at her graveyard, her name is shown (see photos) as Katharine, but in the listing shows as Katherine.


Catherine (White) Leggatt was the daughter of Alexander White. She married Pilgrim John Carver by 1609 and they came to Plymouth together on the MAYFLOWER in 1620. (In his account of the passengers on the Mayflower in 1620, Bradford records as the first family "Mr. John Carver, Katherine his wife,...") She died in Plymouth about five or six weeks after her husband, so in late May or early June 1621. (The identification of the wife of John Carver derives from the following evidence: Alexander White in his will of 15 March 1594 named daughters Catherine, Bridget, Jane and Francis (all apparently unmarried); Eleanor White, widow of Alexander White, in her will of 7 April 1599 named "my son Leggatt and his wife" and "their daughter Marie," along with daughters Bridget, Janie and Frances (still apparently unmarried); Bridget White married in 1604 Rev. John Robinson; and in a latter of 14 June 1620 [NS] John Robinson addressed John Carver as "My dear friend and brother, whom with yours I always remember in my best affection." Insofar as this identification rests on the letter from Robinson there may be some doubt, inasmuch as Robinson addresses others as brother, so this may reflect only a church relationship.) There are no recorded children fronm this marriage. (Dexter published burials of two children at St. Pancras in Leiden, Holland, as children of John Carver, but Dexter misread these burial records which pertain to other families.)

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Katharine (White) Legatt Carver, "Mayflower" Passenger's Timeline

September 12, 1556
North Thoresby, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
Sturton-le-Steeple, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Age 15
Sturton-le-Steeple, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Age 22
Nottinghamshire, England
May 16, 1621
Age 46
May 1621
Age 46
Coles Hill Burial Ground, Plymouth, Plymouth, MA, USA