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RICHARD CARVER (abt 1577-1638/41) of Filby, Ormsby and Watertown
Richard Carver was born about 1577. He died between 18 Dec 1638, when he wrote his will, and 9 (7) 1641, when it was deposed. [Ref] He married first Margaret Skurrie on 24 Nov 1614 in Filby. [Ref cites the Filby parish records] Margaret was buried on 24 Nov 1618 in Filby, shortly after the baptism of her twin daughters. [Ref cites the Filby parish records] Margaret's parents are unknown, but she may have been related to Henry Skurrie of Yarmouth, who was on the same passenger list as the Carver family and who settled in Salem. [Ref] Richard married second Elizabeth Unknown, who was buried on 1 Dec 1622 in Filby. [Ref cites the Filby parish records] He married third Grace Wallker on 7 Jul 1623 in Filby. [Ref cites the Filby parish records] Grace was born about 1597. She died on 20 Jul 1671 in Watertown. [Ref] Grace married Michael Barstow, as his third wife, by 1645. [Ref] Michael, the son of Matthew Barstow, was baptised on 17 Nov 1600 in Shelf, Halifax, Yorkshire and died on 23 Jun 1674. [Ref] He married first Grace Halstead and second Mercy Unknown. [Ref]
Filby is adjacent to the Ormsby parishes of St. Michael and St. Margaret. [Ref]
Richard paid rent on a cottage in Ormsby in 1610. [Ref]
Richard was examined on 11 Apr 1637, before going to New England. He is described as a 60-year-old husbandman from Skratby. He was to be accompanied by his 40-year-old wife Grace; his 18-year-old twin daughters Elizabeth and Susanna; three servants: Isaac Hart, age 22, Thomas Flege, age 21, and Marable Underwood, age 20. [Ref]
Richard settled in Watertown and acquired the proprietory rights of John Page. In Jun 1638 he was granted a 14-acre house lot in Watertown that had belonged to John Page. [Ref cites the Middlesex Court records]
In his 18 Dec 1638 will, Richard refers to himself as a yeoman of Watertown. [Ref] He left each of his two daughters, Elizabeth and Susanna Carver, 30 pounds. He left the residue to his wife Grace "to keep my daughter Susanna until she be disposed of".
In his 1674 will, Michael Barstow left bequests to Elizabeth Randall, the wife of William Randall of Scituate, and Susan Perry, the wife of William Perry of Marshfield. [Ref][Ref]
Children of Richard Carver and Margaret Skurrie. The baptisms, all in Filby, are provided by Anderson [Ref], who cites the Filby parish records.
ELIZABETH CARVER (bp. 1618)
Parents: Richard Carver and Margaret Skurrie
Elizabeth Carver (twin) was baptised on 15 Oct 1618 in Filby. [Ref cites the Filby parish records] She married William Randall of Scituate. [Ref]
Anderson, Robert Charles, "The Wives of Michael Barstow and Richard Carver of Watertown, Massachusetts and the Identity of the Wives of William Randall of Scituate and William Perry of Marshfield," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 146, 1992, 230-234.
Bartlett, J. Gardner, "Extracts from a Rental of the Manor of Ormesby, Co. Norfolk, England, 1610," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 69, 1915, 342.
Editors, "Founders of New England," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 14, 1860, 297 - 346.
Editors, "Michael Barstow's Will, " New England Historical and Genealogical Register 8, 1854, 169-170.
Trask, William, "Abstracts from the Earliest Wills on Record in the County of Suffolk, Mass.," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, various issues.