Carver Migration from Marshfield MA to Knox County ME

Hello, I am researching information regarding why Caleb Carver b.1715 and his son Israel Carver b.1740 migrated to Vinalhaven. I have read some unfounded information that they where actually exiled from mass. after the revolution for being loyalist.

Any information regarding them would be much appreciated.


Thank you in advance.
Ben

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Comment by Chris Dunham on November 30, 2020 at 6:11pm

The usual reason for migration was cheap and plentiful land (made possible by the recent expulsion of the native peoples). The earliest deed I find in Lincoln County records for the Carvers of Vinalhaven shows Stephen Carver buying 400 acres on Great Fox Island in 1772 for 40 pounds. (By way of comparison, Caleb Carver had sold a parcel of fewer than 8 acres in Marshfield in 1759 for about 20 pounds.) Stephen appears to have sold nearly all this land to Israel Carver in 1777. The next two deeds in that book show Amos Carver buying land in 1773 and 1774. These Carvers were all residents of the island at the time of their purchases. A Brief Historical Sketch of the Town of Vinalhaven says that the Carvers had come to the islands "about 1766." No source for this date is given, but it is clear that the family was established there prior to the Revolution.

Comment by Benjamin C Sobotka Jr on December 2, 2020 at 1:42pm

Thank you for the information!

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