The Culver Family Estate

The Colver/Culver Family in America

1st Generation:
Edward Colver
2nd Generation: John Colver 3rd Generation:
John Colver
4th Generation:
Timothy Colver
5th Generation: Timothy Culver
(Revotionary War
Period)
6th Generation:
Amasa C. Culver
7th Generation: Leander Culver 8th Generation:
Charles Frederick Culver

2nd Generation: John Colver

John Colver was born 15 April 1640 in Dedham, Massachusetts, baptized 19 September 1641 in Dedham and died in 1725 in Groton, Connecticut. He married by 1665, Mercy Clark, daughter of James Clark of New Haven, CT. The name of his first wife is unknown. A Culver pedigree in the Registration of Pedigrees conducted by John Reynolds Totten and published in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (41:90­92) cited that John Colver married, previous to 1665, Mary Winthrop, daughter of John Winthrop. Captain Totten wrote regarding Mary, wife of John Colver, That she was a daughter of John Winthrop is established by the Bible records of the Colver family of Groton, descendants of John Colver, photographic copies of which are filed with the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Totten concedes, however, that her name was not mentioned in her father's will and that her marriage is not given in any published work on the family of John Winthrop.

John Colver moved with his parents to Roxbury, Mass. about 1645 and to New London, Connecticut, in 1653. John was appointed 7 May 1663 to drum on Sabbath days and on 23 February 1668/9 asked 3 pounds 17 in land to pay for a drum and drum's head (New London Land Town Records, 7:9, 10:71). Through deeds we see John Colver living also in New Haven, CT and for some time in Stonington, CT. John Colver's wife had left him by 1699 and returned to New Haven. The townspeople passed this order on 8 August 1701: Agreed that the wife of John Culuer of Stoningtowne with several of thare children come hither in 1699, warned according to law and bond was given till first of last March by Samuel Clark her brother for the preventing of charge, give further warning and proceed as ye laws of this Colony Directs to bring ye woman to her husband to her proper Resided which was forthwith done. John Colver had many deeds in Groton, CT and is listed as a saddler. He is also known to have lived for a short period in Lyme, CT.

John Colver was a Rogerene by faith. This religious sect was very unpopular in New London because they denounced as unscriptural all interference by the civil authorities in the worship of God. They were the first body in the state of Connecticut to denounce the doctrine of taxation without representation; held that the Sabbath was no more sacred than any other days, and had an aversion to paid ministers and established church buildings. The Rogerenes first appeared in New London in 1674 and did hold to essential church doctrine and belief in Christ and God, but not to a civil or religious rite in marriage. John Colver, his son, was also a Rogerene. Both father and son suffered oppression and imprisonment on account of their religious beliefs.

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