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James Carver

Birthplace: Doncaster, Yorkshire (now South Yorkshire), England (United Kingdom)
Death: after circa 1568
Doncaster, Yorkshire (now South Yorkshire), England (United Kingdom)
Immediate Family:

Husband of Catherine Carver
Father of Isaac Carver and Governor John Carver, "Mayflower" Passenger

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About James Carver

James Carver (parents unknown) was born in 1527 in Doncaster, West Riding Yorkshire, England. He married Catherine ?.  James died after 1567  in Doncaster, England

Children of  James and Catherine:

  • 1. Isaac Carver (1562-1598) Married Catherine (unknown). Son Robert.
  • 2. John Carver (1565-1621) "Mayflower" Passenger. Married Katherine White, widow Leggett. No surviving children.
  • 3. William Carver (1567 - ?). No further information.



James Carver was a yeoman of Doncaster, Yorkshire. The parish where John Carver was baptized was only seven miles from Austerfield which is next to Bentley where the early English homes of the Brewster and Bradford families were located. It is possible that the father’s name was Robert, not James.

Charles Edward Banks in English Ancestry and Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers identified John Carver as the son of Robert Carver and gives his baptism at Duncaster, County York , on 9 Sep 1565. The NEHGR, Vol. 67, p. 382 (October 1913) has two baptismal records which bear out this statement: “1564 Sept. 9 John, s. of Robert Caruer” and “1567 March 27 Wilim s. of Robte Caruer.” These entries were copied from the parish register of Duncaster, County York and were found in a manuscript volume in the Library of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

There were then three Carvers born about the same period in Doncaster Parish: (The Carver Family of New England, Clifford Nickels Carver, 1935)

  •  – Isaac Carver of Boston, Lincolnshire, the father of Robert from whom most American Carvers descend. Died at Leyden, Holland.
  • – John Carve(u)r  Bpt. 9 Sept 1564/65, Doncaster, Yorkshire; D [died] 5 Apr 1621, Plymouth Colony; M [married] MRS. CATHERINE (WHITE) LEGGATT ca 1600 – (one child, born in Holland, was buried there)
  • –   Wilim Car(v)uer Bpt. 27 March 1567, Doncaster Parish Register.

In the Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine, compiled by Little, the statement is made that Isaac Carver, father of Robert and brother of John died at Leyden which leads one to believe he too had followed his brother there.”

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James Carver's Timeline

Doncaster, Yorkshire (now South Yorkshire), England (United Kingdom)
March 1563
Doncaster, Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom)
Age 41
Doncaster, Yorkshire (now South Yorkshire), England (United Kingdom)
September 9, 1576
probably, Nottinghamshire, England