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Descendants of Edward Culver

Generation No. 3

      12. John7 Culver (John6, Edward5, John4, Edward3, Edward2, Richard1) was born July 21, 1670 in New London, Connecticut, and died December 1760 in Schooley's Mountain, Morris Co., New Jersey. He married Sarah Long, daughter of Thomas Long and Sarah Wilcox.

Notes for John Culver:
John Colver II was born 1673 at Groton, Connecticut and married in about 1698 to Sarah Way, said to be granddaughter of Henry Way the Puritan. I can't actually verify that it was Sarah Way, as I have seen reference several times to a Sarah Long, daughter of Thomas Long and Sarah Wilcox. I tend to lean towards Sarah Long as being the true wife of John Colver. They lived in Groton CONNECTICUT, and he became a leader in the Rogerene faith. The Rogerenes were founded by John Rogers, son of James Rogers. James was an influential man in Connecticut in the area of New London. He occupied the home of John Winthrop Jr. who had moved due to his appointment to Governor. James was a baker and considered one of the richest men in the township. James (like Edward Culver) were involved in various legal disputes with the Winthrops over property boundary lines and water rights.

John Colver I, John Colver II and his wife Sarah, various Lamb family members and John Rogers were arrested on several occasions for disturbing the peace and various acts of religious acts of non-faith. They found themselves at odds with puritan laws and had been jailed and fined on several occasions. After the death of his father in 1727, they moved to Schooleys Mountain, New Jersey (by 1734), taking took a lot of family and cousins and friends. A large group of Lambs went as well. They apparently had a commune like place and were referred to as "Colverites" and their neighbors considered them to be odd. They stayed there for three years, then moved to Monmouth County, New Jersey for eleven years.

From the Newark N.J. Star Ledger of November 20 1955 in an article on Schooley's Mountain Springs:

It is said that the mineral spring that made Schooley's Mountain famous was discovered by a man named Joseph Culver in 1809 and it was he who sold a considerable tract of land to Joseph Heath.

It Makes me wonder who and what the Culverites were. I think I have heard of them but Mrs. Apgar doesn't explain what it is that may lie behind the name. "One Account" She wrote " dates the discovery of the springs by the Culverites in 1734. The Indians knew of the springs in the early days and tried to keep them secret from the white man.

Excerpt from Tercenary Days: History of Pleasant Grove A brief history of Pleasant Grove was written earlier this year by a young student from township school, Clara E. Haid. Her research and essay follows:

In 1732 the first religious body came to Schooley's Mountain from New London Connecticut. The group called the Rogerenes, had as their leader a John Coloer (Collver). The reason behind the Rogerenes move to a frontier so far removed from their original homes, was their desire to be free from religious persecution so that they could practice undisturbed their peculiar religious habits.

These people considered all days alike. They deemed it lawful to labor after worship on the Lord's day, and would sometimes even attend the service of the churches carrying their work along with them into the sanctuary. One description of their worship says:

To the meetings the women took their spinning wheels and stools. The men hats on, seated themselves upon the ground in rows opposite the women. Then came the solemn hush of the period of introspection, which often would be long and impressive. When some one was moved to speak the women would quickly uncross their hands and the men would unfold their arms, neither thereafter would be idle for a minute. The women applied themselves to knitting, sewing and spinning, the men went to basket making or some noiseless occupation until the speaking ended and the assemblage dispensed. Their house of worship was usually the "temple in the grove" a grassy slope in the shade of a cluster of venerable oaks leading down to the edge of a body of water.

In 1748 they returned to Schooley's Mountain, Morris County where John died, and was buried on Mrs. William Martin's place, Schooley's Mountain, New Jersey." He was a saddler ( a maker of saddles ) by trade.

The Children of John and Sarah:

Mercy Colver.

Sarah Colver

Esther Colver.

John Colver.

Thomas Colver.

Timothy Colver.

Samuel Colver.

Robert Colver born June 1713.

Nathan Colver.

John Culver, Jr., b. 1674, d. Dec 1760, buried on Mrs. William Martenis' place, Schooley's Mountain, N.J. (son of
John and Sara (Winthrop) Coolver)
m. Sara Franklin

Children of John and Sara (Franklin) Collver: [additional info follows on both children]

1.Thomas Collver; will probated 27 Sept 1786. In 1749 purchased 200 acres of land of Thomas
Batson near Drakestown, Morris Co., N.J.
2.Robert Collver, b. 1714, d. 7 May 1783
m. Anne _________
bought a farm of William Cook

John Culver and family removed to Monmouth Co., NJ and remained there ten or eleven years. They
returned to Morris Co., in 1748 or 1749.

In 1674 John Rogers started a new religious sect at New London, Conn. His followers were called
Rogerenes. Among his converts were members of the Collver family. Because of persecution, the
Collvers left their home and settled at Schooley's Mountain. Those of this faith in Morris County were
known as Collverites after their leader John Collver, Sr.

The date of the location of the Collverites at Chalybeate Springs on the mountain was about 1734. Two
of the original colonists were living as late as 1760 and 1766, namely Thomas Collver and Sarah Mann;
both were buried in a private burying ground near Pleasant Grove church.

More About John Culver:
Baptism: June 30, 1695, Stonington, Connecticut
Occupation: Pannell maker (sadler)
Religion: Rogerene
Children of John Culver and Sarah Long are:
  66 i.   Mercy8 Culver, born April 5, 1696 in Groton, Connecticut. She married Robert Burrows.
  More About Mercy Culver:
Baptism: April 5, 1696, Stonington, Connecticut
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Dresden, New York

  67 ii.   Sarah Culver, born August 23, 1696 in Groton, Connecticut.
  More About Sarah Culver:
Baptism: August 23, 1696, Stonington, Connecticut

  68 iii.   Esther Culver, born June 5, 1698 in Groton, Connecticut; died 1733 in Black River, Morris County, New Jersey. She married John Waterhouse February 28, 1719 in Groton, Connecticut.
  Notes for Esther Culver:
John and Esther had three children.

  More About Esther Culver:
Baptism: June 5, 1696

+ 69 iv.   John Culver, born July 21, 1700 in Groton, Connecticut; died 1733 in Blackriver, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
  70 v.   Thankful Culver, born August 2, 1702 in Groton, Connecticut.
  More About Thankful Culver:
Baptism: August 2, 1702, Stonington, Connecticut

+ 71 vi.   Thomas Culver, born 1703 in Groton, Connecticut; died 1786 in Schooley's Mountain, Morris County, New Jersey.
+ 72 vii.   Timothy Culver, born 1705 in Groton, Connecticut; died 1800 in Huntington, Massachusetts.
  73 viii.   Samuel Culver, born Abt. 1708.
+ 74 ix.   Robert Culver, born June 10, 1713 in Groton, Connecticut; died January 7, 1783 in Schooley's Mountain, Morris Co., New Jersey.
  75 x.   Nathan Culver, born Abt. 1710 in Stafford, Ocean County, New Jersey; died January 7, 1772 in Schooley's Mountain, Morris County, New Jersey. He married Phebe Stockaw June 15, 1749.
+ 76 xi.   David Culver, born Abt. 1712.

      14. Abigail7 Culver (John6, Edward5, John4, Edward3, Edward2, Richard1) was born November 13, 1675 in New Haven, CT. She married David Wheeler in Groton, Connecticut.

More About Abigail Culver:
Baptism: June 30, 1695, Stonington, Connecticut
Children of Abigail Culver and David Wheeler are:
  77 i.   Abigail8 Wheeler, born 1704.
  78 ii.   Hannah Wheeler, born May 1, 1707 in Groton, Connecticut.

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