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Katherine (White) Carver (abt. 1574 - 1621)

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Katherine (Catherine) [uncertain] Carver formerly White aka Leggatt, Leggett
Born about in Sturton-Le-Steeple, Nottinghamshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 1599 (to 1616) [location unknown]
Wife of — married 22 May 1615 in Leiden, Hollandmap
[children unknown]
Died in Plymouth Colonymap
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Katherine White was the daughter of Alexander White of Sturton-le-Steeple, Nottinghamshire, England, born before 1580. Soon after her fathers death (will proved May 6, 1596) Catherine was married to George Leggat, member of a yeoman family long settled at Sturton and soon they had a daughter named Marie. Before many years had passed Catherine lost her husband and in course of time she married John Carver[1]

In 1599 she is mentioned in her mother's will as being married to a Mr. Leggett and their daughter Marie of age less than ten.[2] Katherine's husband died and she remarried, perhaps around 1616, to John Carver. They buried a child in November 1617 in Leiden.[3]

Her husband John organized the Mayflower voyage. Both Katherine and John Carver came on the Mayflower to Plymouth in 1620. They survived the harsh winter of 1620-21. The following spring John died while working in the fields. Katherine died within five or six weeks of John.[4]
Since the Carvers had no surviving children, John Howland, their indentured servant, is thought to have inherited their estate. It has been said that he immediately 'bought his freedon' but no record has survived.[5]
She was a widow of George Leggatt and eldest daughter of eight children of Alexander White and his wife Eleanor of Sturton-le-Steeple,
Katherine Carver witnessed the betrothal of Robert Cushman and Mary Singleton. Robert Cushman was a deacon of the Leiden church and would play an important part, as chief agent for the church, in preparing the Mayflower for her voyage.
On November 11, 1617, at St. Pancras in Leiden, Katherine Carver buried a child, probably an infant.
The following is quoted from William Bradford's Mayflower passenger list, written some 30 years after the landing. [6]
mr. John Carver. Kathrine his wife. Desire Minter; & 2. man-servants, John Howland Roger Wilder. William Latham, a boy, & a maid servant. & a child yt was put to him called, Jasper More. [6]
These bening aboute a hundred sowls came over in this first ship: and began this worke ... I have thought it not unworthy my paines, to take a view of the decreasings, & Increasings of these persons, and such change as hath pased over them, & theirs, in this thirty years.[7]
mr. Carver and his wife, dyed the first year, he in ye spring, she in ye somer; also his man Roger, and ye litle boy Jasper, dyed before either of them, of ye commone Infection. Desire Minter, returned to her friend & proved not very well, and dyed in England. His servant boy Latham after more then .20. years stay in the country went into England; and from thence to the Bajamy Ilands in ye west Indees; and ther with some others was stavred for want of food. His maid servant maried, & dyed a year or tow after here in this place. His servant John Howland maried the doughter of John Tillie, Elizabeth, and they are both now living; and have .10. children now all living and their eldest doughter has .4. children and ther .2. doughter, one, all living and other of their children mariagable, so 15. are come of them.[8]
Of these 100 persons which came first over, in this first ship together; the greater halfe dyed in the general mortality; and most of them in .2. or .3. monthes time. And for those wich survifed though some were ancient & past procreation; & others left ye place and cuntrie. yet of those few remaining are sprunge up above. 160 persons; in this .30. years. And are now living in this present year. 1650. besids many of their children which are dead and done not within this account.[9]
And of the old stock, (of one, & other) ther are yet living this present year. 1650. nere .30. persons. Let the Lord have ye praise; who is the High preserver of men. [9]

Research Note

See Undiscovered Mayflower lineages "Marie Leggat" American Ancestors Magazine. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010.)


  1. Source: Quote from book : John Robinson, Pastor of the Pilgrim Fathers: A Study of His Life and Times by Walter H. Burgess pg 22
  2. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995). pp320-322
  3. Mayflower Katherine (White) (Leggett) Carver.
  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation. Boston: Little Brown, 1856. (death p.100)
  5. Wikipedia Article on John Carver, citing Nathaniel Philbrick, Mayflower: A story of Courage, Community and War (New York: Viking, 2006), p. 102
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Mayflower Descendant: Vol. 1, Page 9
  7. The Mayflower Descendant: Vol. 1, Page 11
  8. The Mayflower Descendant: Vol. 1, Page 12
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Mayflower Descendant: Vol. 1, Page 16


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On 21 Jun 2019 at 15:02 GMT Anne B wrote:

I think the closest we get to an actual death date is Summer 1621

On 19 Sep 2017 at 13:47 GMT John Kingman wrote:

White-34095 and White-11597 appear to represent the same person because: They are.

On 17 May 2017 at 16:30 GMT Andrea (Stawski) Pack wrote:

White-34096 and White-11597 appear to represent the same person because: Clear Duplicate

On 5 May 2017 at 20:24 GMT Cynthia (Edgemon) Rushing wrote:

Should this profile recognize her married last name Carver as she was married to John Carver?

Update: Thank you for the correction on her profile.

On 6 Apr 2017 at 14:06 GMT Tanya Kasim wrote:

Isaac Carver was Gov. John Carver's brother.

On 24 Feb 2016 at 19:59 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:

White-25591 and White-11601 appear to represent the same person because:

Hi these are the same , so they can be merged, see info Bio , same husband mentioned in White-11601 Bio as well. Thanks :)

On 24 Feb 2016 at 19:58 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:

White-25591 and White-11601 appear to represent the same person because:

Hi these are the same , so they can be merged, see info Bio , same husband mentioned in White-11601 Bio as well. Thanks :)

On 24 Nov 2015 at 23:17 GMT Anne B wrote:

Would you kindly change the Last name at birth to White. Thank you.

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