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Thomas Colver (Culver)

Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Death: September 27, 1786 (86)
Schooleys Mountain, Washington Township, Morris County, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Colver, Jr. and Sarah Colver
Husband of Lydia Colver
Father of Simon Colver; Amos Colver and Lydia Colver
Brother of Samuel Colver; Sarah Tuttle (Culver); Mercy Burrows; Esther Watrous; John Colver, III and 3 others
Half brother of Ruth Langford; Comfort Casey and John Langford

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About Thomas Colver

Thomas Collver; will probated 27 Sept 1786. In 1749 purchased 200 acres of land of Thomas Batson near Drakestown, Morris Co., N.J. He married Lydia Culver November 25, 1726, d/o Ephraim Culver

Thomas Collver; will probated 27 Sept 1786, names five children

  1. Amos Collver, will probated 4 June 1810, mentions seven children: Amos, Jr., Thomas, John, Jerusha (Mrs. Andrews), Esther (Mrs. Daball), Anna (Mrs. Woodworth), and Hannah (Mrs. Bellows).
  2. Simon Collver, b. 1745, d. 11 July 1828; went through the Revolutionary War.
     m. Jemima Tuttle
     will probated 13 Aug 1828, names seven children.
  3. Thomas Collver, Jr.
  4. Ephraim Collver, some think he was the Ephraim who was clerk of Knowlton Twp 1789-1794 he had a son, Thomas.
  5. Lydia Collver m. a Winkler

John Culver 1700-1733

Colver 1713-1783

Freelove Lamb 1699-1787 Clark 1717-1777

     John Culver 1725                                                      Joseph Colver 1730
     Rev Jabez Collver 1731                                          David Colver 1731
     James Culver 1732  


Thomas had a son, Simon, April 17, 1745, married Jemima Tuttle, born June 30, 1752. He died July 20, 1828. She died Nov. 2, 1843.

Their son, David J., born Jan. 16, 1787, married April 8, 1809, Margaret Myers, born May 14, 1792. Their children were: George W., born Feb. 4, 1810; Simon B.J., Jacob M., Amos, Edward, John M., Clarissa, Polly, V.H., Jemima , Nathan, Elizabeth S., Catherine and Andrew J.

David J. and wife removed from Schooley’s Mountain to Lafayette in 1844. He attended the Centennial celebration at Newton in 1876, wearing a cap of Liberty, and sang the ode “Liberty Tree” there. He is said to have organized the first Sunday school in northern New Jersey on Schooley’s Mountain in 1818. He was a member of the Baptist Church. He died Dec. 12, 1878, his wife in Jan. 1866.

His son, George W., married Sept. 21, 1833, Mary S., daughter of Thomas Kays, of Lafayette, born April 12, 1816. She died July 4, 1842. He married for a second wife Jan. 19, 1843, Dorcus P., sister to his first wife. The children by his first wife were: Hannah C., Margaret, Gabriel, Henry K., George H., by his second wife, a daughter Mary E., who married William H. Couse.

The name Collver’s Gap, as applied to the pass through the mountains west of Branchville, is undoubtedly adapted from the family of Collver, more particularly it is presumed from Rev. Jabez Collver before mentioned, who preached at Beemer Meeting House thirty years, leaving there for Canada on account of his tory preferences in 1793. He preached in Canada until his death in 1818.



In the Name of God Amen

     I Thomas Colver of the Township of Roxbury, County of Morris and state of New Jersey, living weak in body, But of sound Memory, blessed by god for all his xxxxxxxx this sixth day of March 1786, make this my last will and Testament in manner following. My will is that all my Just Debts be paid, and that my burial may be decent without pomp, at the descretion of my Executors. Imfirm is My Will is and I order, that my Estate where I now live be divided, after my Decease, into three Equal parts, my son Amos Colver to have one third part, my son Simon Colver, one third part and my Grandson Thomas Colver, son of Ephraim Colver deceased, one third part of said Estate. And my will is and I order that my son Thomas Colver shall prossess and enjoy forever, forty acres more or less where he now lives on and that my Daughter Lydia Winkler shall and may possess and enjoy forever fifteen acres where she formally lived on to be taken before the division is make between my two sons and grandson.

I give and bequeath unto my three sons Amos Colver, Thomas Colver and Simon Colver all my moveable estate both goods and Chattles, to be equally divided between them and my will is and I order that five pounds be paid to Ephraim Tuttle the third, out of my moveable Estate by my said three sons, Amos Colver, Thomas Colver and Simon Colver or their heirs or assigns after my Dicease.

And lastly I nominate, Constitute and assign to my sons Thomas Colver Jun. and Simon Colver my Sole Executors of this my last will and testament Revoaking and Disannulling all others. In witness whereof I this said Thomas Colver have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year abovewritten.

Andrew Flack Thomas Colver

Silas Drake

John Hagar

Spelling and grammar errors intact.

The will was probated the 27 of September 1786, but the inventory was done on August 5, 1786. The death was probably in early August 1786.


Children of Lydia Culver and Thomas Culver are:

+ 168 i. Amos8 Culver, born in Morris County, New Jersey; died November 17, 1810 in Washington, Morris County, New Jersey.

+ 169 ii. Simon Culver, born April 7, 1745; died July 11, 1828 in Drakestown, New Jersey.

+ 170 iii. Ephraim Culver, died Bef. 1786 in Knowltoon, Sussex Co., New Jersey.

 	171 	iv. 	  	Lydia Culver. She married Son Winkler.

+ 172 v. Daughter Culver, died Bef. 1786.

 	173 	vi. 	  	Thomas Culver, died in Morris Co., New Jersey.

Born about 1703-1704 per spacing of siblings birth years. Third son of John Colver 1670-1760.

No gravestone documented. Thomas and his wife's burial location is unknown, but the likely location is the Colver Family Burial Ground established by his father John Colver (d.1760). At that time of Thomas' death the Burial Ground was on land inherited by Thomas' brother Robert Colver; with Thomas owning the adjacent parcel later inherited by Thomas' eldest son Amos. Amos, son of Thomas, and Amos' wife (her name is unknown) are buried here according to instructions in Amos' will.

Find a Grave Contributor: E. Everette

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Thomas Colver's Timeline

Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Age 43
Drakestown, Morris, New Jersey, United States
April 7, 1745
Age 45
New Jersey, United States
September 27, 1786
Age 86
Washington Township, Morris County, New Jersey, United States