“They chose John Carver, a
gentleman of singular piety, rare humility … and well approved amongst them as their Governor for that first year.”
– from Mayflower, by Nathaniel Philbrick
Every family has its lore, and from the time I knew my maiden name was Carver, I also knew about the most famous person in my ancestral past. We were descendents of John Carver, who not only came to America on the Mayflower in 1620, but also was the first governor of the Pilgrim settlement in Plymouth, Mass.