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date: 27 November 2020

Carver, Jonathanlocked

(13 April 1710–31 January 1780)
  • John Parker


Carver, Jonathan (13 April 1710–31 January 1780), explorer, was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts, the son of David Carver, a town government official, and Hannah Dyer, a member of a prominent Connecticut family. Little is known of Carver’s youth. The family moved to Canterbury, Connecticut, and it was there that Jonathan grew up. He apparently had some formal schooling, for he wrote quite well, and his writing indicates a broad range of interests from religion to natural history. Carver’s father died when Carver was eighteen years old, and Colonel John Dyer, his uncle, became his guardian. From that point in his life until his marriage to Abigail Robbins in Canterbury on 20 October 1746, nothing is known of him. About 1749 they moved to Montague in northwestern Massachusetts, and they probably lived for a time in nearby Deerfield. Seven children were born to them between 1747 and 1762. He appears to have earned his living as a shoemaker....

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