Carver, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Genealogy

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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 Plympton. [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:

Original records
  • Carver Town Clerk's Office
    108 Main Street
    Carver MA 02330
    Phone 508-866-3400
  • Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, 1748-1903, FHL film 912068.
  • 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 Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988 at Ancestry ($); Index
  • Official state copy of vital records started in 1841. See the guide to the state for more information here.
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).

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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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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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  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


  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