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{{Massachusetts-stub}}''[[United States|United States]] > [[Massachusetts|Massachustts]] > [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]] > [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts Populated Places|Populated Places]] > Carver''  
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Carver'''  
  
== [http://www.carverma.org/ Town Hall]  ==
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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Carver. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries.  
  
108 Main Street<br>Carver, MA 02330<br>(508) 866-3400<br>
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=== Brief History  ===
  
== Quick History  ==
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The first settlers arrived in this area in 1637 when it was still part of [[Plymouth, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] in [[Plymouth Colony|Plymouth Colony]] and laid in [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]] when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, that town was part of the [[Dominion of New England|Dominion of New England]] from 1686 to 1689. This town was still in [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]], though was in limbo, until the "Colony" was merged with [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]] in 1691 that became the [[Massachusetts|Commonwealth of Massachusetts]]. This region was split off in 1707 and called [[Plympton, Massachusetts|Plympton]]. Carver was created as a separate town in 1790 and remained in [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]].
  
Named for John Carver, first Governor of Plymouth Colony.
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== Historical Data  ==
  
==== Establishment and former town name(s) <ref name="MaTowns">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/49562661 ''Historical data relating to counties, cities, and towns in Massachusetts''] (Boston, Massachusetts : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997), [FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997].</ref> ====
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The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series<ref>William Francis Galvin, ''Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts'' (Boston, new ed., 1997), 29. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37416784 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|677425|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997}}</ref> with additions from various sources.
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<center>'''Associated names''' </center>
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Carver was once called Mohootset.
  
'''9 June 1790:''' Incorporated as a town, from part of Plympton, by State 1790, c2.  
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Village or section names include Annasnappet, Bate's Pond, East Carver, Ellis Furnace, John's Pond, North Carver, Popes Point, Quitticus, Shoestring District, South Carver, and Wenham.
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<center>'''Border changes''' </center>
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{| border="1" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1"
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|-
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! width="100" scope="col" | Dates
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! width="500" scope="col" | Events
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| 9 June 1790
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| Second or South Parish of [[Plympton, Massachusetts|Plympton]] set off as new town of Carver. [St. 1790, c. 2]
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| 8 Feb. 1793
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| Border between Carver and Plympton established.
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| 20 Jan. 1827
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| Part annexed to Wareham.
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| 24 Mar. 1849
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| Border between Carver and Middleborough established.
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| 16 May 1901
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| Border between Carver and Wareham established.
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| 7 Mar. 1921
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| Border between Carver and Middleborough established.
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== Town Histories  ==
  
'''8 February 1793:''' Bounds between Carver and Plympton established.
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Works written on the town include:  
  
'''20 January 1827:'''
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*Henry S. Griffith, ''History of the town of Carver, Massachusetts: Historical Review, 1637-1910'' (New Bedford, Mass., 1913).<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/historyoftownofc00grif Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=EaaY0Ru8drYC Google Books], and on [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=17435 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/3575530 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|231198|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/C1 H2g and film 1597830 Item 7}} (with digital link).<br>
  
'''24 March 1849:'''
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::The biographical sketches include the families [not in alphabetical order and there can be several sketches of one surname]: Barrows, Bowers, Cobb, Cole, Cornish, Ellis, Griffith, Maxim, McFarlin, Murdock, Pratt, Savery, Shaw, and Shurtleff.<br>
  
'''16 May 1901:''' Bounds between Carver and Wareham established.  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carver,_Massachusetts Carver Wikipedia page].<br>
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== Vital Records  ==
  
'''7 March 1921:''' Bounds between Carver and Middleborough established.  
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The town's vital records are available in many locations: {{MAPlyCarMap}}
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<center>'''Original records''' </center>
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*[http://carverma.org/town_clerk/index.html '''Carver Town Clerk's Office''']<br>108 Main Street<br>Carver MA 02330<br>Phone 508-866-3400<br>
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*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, Carver vital records, 1748-1903, {{FHL|660767|item|disp=FHL film 912068}}.<br>These records are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMMBX-DPB%3An1218943794%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].<br>
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*Microfiche of the originals created by Archive Publishing covering town records that included vital records and a few other town records, 1733-1905, on 47 fiche. Part of [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2495 ''Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($); Index<br>
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*Official state copy of vital records starting in 1841:<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/ '''Massachusetts Archives''']<br>220 Morrissey Blvd.<br>Boston MA 02125<br>Phone 617-727-2816<br>Email [mailto:archives@sec.state.ma.us archives@sec.state.ma.us]<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/archrs/hrsidx.htm Hours and Directions]<br> See the [[Massachusetts Vital Records|online guide]] for more information.<br>
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<center>'''Published records''' </center>
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*''Vital Records of Carver, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1911).<br>This volume was microfilmed by the Family History Library, {{FHL|231207|item|disp=FHL film 874029 Item 3}} and in digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofca00carv Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=GXe2RVJXxcIC Google Books], and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10019 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1667899 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|231207|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/C1 V2v}}.
  
'''Archiac name:''' Mohootset
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::This includes, in part, church records from the Congregational Church (C.R.1) and Baptist Church (C.R.2). Deaths are included from Lakenham Cem. in North Carver (G.R.1), Center Cem. (G.R.2), Wenham Cem. in East Carver (G.R.3), and Union Cem. in South Carver (G.R.4).<br>
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<center>'''Online records''' </center>
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*Carver vital records, 1748-1903, are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMMBX-DPB%3An1218943794%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].<br>
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== City Directories  ==
  
'''Section/Villages within the town:''' Annasnappet, Bate's Pond, East Carver, Ellis Furnace, John's Pond, North Carver, Popes Point, Quitticus, Shoestring District, South Carver, Wenham
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Carver was published in 1902/3, 1906, 1910, 1914.
  
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carver,_Massachusetts Wikipedia]  
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The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) has one of the largest collections of city directories in the country. They are likely to own most of the years listed above. Their collection is in microfiche, microfilm, and books, but there is no online inventory of their holdings except for microfilm. See their guide [http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/bib_guid/telephonnoncurr.html online].
  
==== Boundary Changes <ref name="MaTowns">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/49562661 ''Historical data relating to counties, cities, and towns in Massachusetts''] (Boston, Massachusetts : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997), [FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997].</ref>  ====
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Other holdings:  
  
==== Neighboring Communities ====
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 Ancestry] ($) has 1902/3, 1906, 1910, 1914.
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*[http://www.bpl.org/ Boston Public Library] has 1914.
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*[https://familysearch.org/ Family History Library (Salt Lake City)] has 1906, 1910, 1914 on {{FHL|1129237|item|disp=FHL various film records}}.
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*[http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#223%7C fold3] ($) has none.
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*[http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/oversight-agencies/lib/ Massachusetts State Library] has 1902/3, 1906, 1910, 1914.
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*[http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1022119~S0 New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)] ($) has 1902/3, 1906, 1910, 1914.
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== Cemeteries ==
  
[[Kingston, Massachusetts|Kingston]] | [[Middleborough, Massachusetts|Middleborough]] | [[Plymouth, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] | [[Plympton, Massachusetts|Plympton]] | [[Wareham, Massachusetts|Wareham]]
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The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Carver. For location of cemeteries, see [http://plymouthcolony.net/carver/cemeteries.html PlymouthColony website]. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.<br>
  
== Resources  ==
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:#Center Cemetery, 1811. (A, C)
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:#Central Cemetery, n.d.
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:#Lakenham Cemetery, 1718, (A, C)
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:#Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 1920.
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:#Union Cemetery, 1777. (A, B, C)
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:#Wenham / East Carver Cemetery, 1770. (A, C)
  
==== Biography  ====
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Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br> (A). ''Vital Records of Carver, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1911) [see links above under Vital Records].<br> (B). New England Historic Genealogical Society, Manuscripts Dept., Boston, Mass.<br> (C). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/33438396 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|741281|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 V3}}.<br>
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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Note: John A. Shaw, "Cemeteries in the town of Carver, Plymouth County, MA" (Carver, Mass., 1998) is in an alphabetical version [http://digilib.sailsinc.org/Level4.asp?ID=CARCEMALPHA online].<br>
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== Churches ==
  
Sources: [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/49562661 ''A guide to Massachusetts cemeteries''] (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002), [FHL book 974.4 V37L 2002]
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The following is a list of churches established in town in order of organization date (if known) and condition of records in the 1889 survey if listed.  
  
[http://plymouthcolony.net/carver/cemeteries.html The Carver Plymouth MAGenWeb Project] of The USGenWeb Project has a map showing location of the cemeteries in the Town of Carver.  
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:#Congregational Church, North Carver, 1733, records good.
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:#Baptist Church, 1791, records good.
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:#Advent Christian Church, 1820, records good.
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:#Reformed Methodist Church, South Carver, 1831-1867, records good [in private hands in 1889].
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:#Methodist Episcopal Church, South Carver, 1867, records good.
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:#[http://www.bostoncatholicdirectory.com/Parishes-And-People/Mini-Site.aspx?id=15478 Our Lady of Lourdes], 1920?
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:#Abundant Life Community Church, n.d.
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:#[http://www.thevinecarver.com/ Church of the Vine], South Carver, n.d.
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:#Cranberry Chapel Assembly of God, n.d.
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:#[http://www.emmausbiblechurch.com/ Emmaus Bible Church], South Carver, n.d.
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:#Faith Baptist Church, n.d.
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:#Living Word Church of Hope, n.d.
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:#United Parish of Carver [Baptist], n.d.
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== Newspapers  ==
  
;Center Cemetery
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:#''Carver Reporter'', 1988-present.
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== Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
  
Main Street
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The following is a list of research facilities in town:
  
#[http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq:3:::NO::P3_FID:1976594 USGS GNIS FID 1976594]
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[http://carverpl.org/ '''Carver Public Library''']<br>2 Meadowbrook Way<br>Carver MA 02330<br>Phone 508-866-3415
#[http://massachusetts.hometownlocator.com/maps/bigmap,n,center%20cemetery,fid,1976594.cfm Hometown Locator]
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#[http://www.magravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=2330 Massachusetts Gravestone Photo Project]
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;Central Cemetery (1811)
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Cranberry Road
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#[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2271955&CScnty=1184&CSsr=21& Findagrave.com]
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;Lakenham Cemetery (1718) (aka North Cemetery) <br>
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Forest Street, North Carver  
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#[http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq:3:::NO::P3_FID:602124 USGS GNIS FID 602124]
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#[http://massachusetts.hometownlocator.com/maps/bigmap,n,lakenham%20cemetery,fid,602124.cfm Hometown Locator]
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#[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=91151&CScnty=1184&CSsr=101& Findagrave.com]
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;Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (Catholic) Cemetery (1920)
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Center Street
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;Union Cemetery (1777)
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South Main Street, South Carver
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#[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2253753&CScnty=1184&CSsr=241& Findagrave.com]
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;Wenham Road Cemetery (1770) (aka East Carver Cemetery)<br>
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Wenham Road, East Carver
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#[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2292297&CScnty=1184&CSsr=261& Findagrave.com]
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==== Directories  ====
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==== History  ====
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==== Maps  ====
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#[http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq:3:::NO::P3_FID:613907 USGS GNIS FID 613907]
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#[http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Carver,+Massachusetts Google]
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#[http://massachusetts.hometownlocator.com/maps/bigmap,n,carver,fid,613907.cfm Hometown Locator]
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==== Societies, Libraries and Museums  ====
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==== Town Records  ====
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==== Vital Records  ====
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#Vital Records of Carver Massachusetts to the Year 1850 [http://books.google.com/books?id=GXe2RVJXxcIC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Vital+Records+of+Carver+Massachusetts&as_brr=1 Google Books]
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==== Websites  ====
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== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
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{{reflist}}
 
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United States Gotoarrow.png Massachusetts Gotoarrow.png Plymouth Gotoarrow.png Carver

This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Carver. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries.

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Brief History

The first settlers arrived in this area in 1637 when it was still part of Plymouth in Plymouth Colony and laid in Plymouth County when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, that town was part of the Dominion of New England from 1686 to 1689. This town was still in Plymouth County, though was in limbo, until the "Colony" was merged with Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1691 that became the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This region was split off in 1707 and called Plympton. Carver was created as a separate town in 1790 and remained in Plymouth County.

Historical Data

The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series[1] with additions from various sources.

Associated names

Carver was once called Mohootset.

Village or section names include Annasnappet, Bate's Pond, East Carver, Ellis Furnace, John's Pond, North Carver, Popes Point, Quitticus, Shoestring District, South Carver, and Wenham.

Border changes
Dates Events
9 June 1790 Second or South Parish of Plympton set off as new town of Carver. [St. 1790, c. 2]
8 Feb. 1793 Border between Carver and Plympton established.
20 Jan. 1827 Part annexed to Wareham.
24 Mar. 1849 Border between Carver and Middleborough established.
16 May 1901 Border between Carver and Wareham established.
7 Mar. 1921 Border between Carver and Middleborough established.
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Town Histories

Works written on the town include:

The biographical sketches include the families [not in alphabetical order and there can be several sketches of one surname]: Barrows, Bowers, Cobb, Cole, Cornish, Ellis, Griffith, Maxim, McFarlin, Murdock, Pratt, Savery, Shaw, and Shurtleff.
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Vital Records

The town's vital records are available in many locations:
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Town of Carver, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.


Original records
Published records
This includes, in part, church records from the Congregational Church (C.R.1) and Baptist Church (C.R.2). Deaths are included from Lakenham Cem. in North Carver (G.R.1), Center Cem. (G.R.2), Wenham Cem. in East Carver (G.R.3), and Union Cem. in South Carver (G.R.4).
Online records
  • Carver vital records, 1748-1903, are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on FamilySearch.
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City Directories

Carver was published in 1902/3, 1906, 1910, 1914.

The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) has one of the largest collections of city directories in the country. They are likely to own most of the years listed above. Their collection is in microfiche, microfilm, and books, but there is no online inventory of their holdings except for microfilm. See their guide online.

Other holdings:

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Cemeteries

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Carver. For location of cemeteries, see PlymouthColony website. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.

  1. Center Cemetery, 1811. (A, C)
  2. Central Cemetery, n.d.
  3. Lakenham Cemetery, 1718, (A, C)
  4. Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 1920.
  5. Union Cemetery, 1777. (A, B, C)
  6. Wenham / East Carver Cemetery, 1770. (A, C)

Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A). Vital Records of Carver, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, 1911) [see links above under Vital Records].
(B). New England Historic Genealogical Society, Manuscripts Dept., Boston, Mass.
(C). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 V3.

Note: John A. Shaw, "Cemeteries in the town of Carver, Plymouth County, MA" (Carver, Mass., 1998) is in an alphabetical version online.

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Churches

The following is a list of churches established in town in order of organization date (if known) and condition of records in the 1889 survey if listed.

  1. Congregational Church, North Carver, 1733, records good.
  2. Baptist Church, 1791, records good.
  3. Advent Christian Church, 1820, records good.
  4. Reformed Methodist Church, South Carver, 1831-1867, records good [in private hands in 1889].
  5. Methodist Episcopal Church, South Carver, 1867, records good.
  6. Our Lady of Lourdes, 1920?
  7. Abundant Life Community Church, n.d.
  8. Church of the Vine, South Carver, n.d.
  9. Cranberry Chapel Assembly of God, n.d.
  10. Emmaus Bible Church, South Carver, n.d.
  11. Faith Baptist Church, n.d.
  12. Living Word Church of Hope, n.d.
  13. United Parish of Carver [Baptist], n.d.
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Newspapers

  1. Carver Reporter, 1988-present.
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Libraries and Historical Societies

The following is a list of research facilities in town:

Carver Public Library
2 Meadowbrook Way
Carver MA 02330
Phone 508-866-3415

References

  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 29. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
Adjacent towns: Plymouth Co: Kingston | Middleborough | Plymouth | Plympton | Wareham