Sarah Colver: Birth: 1688.
Edward Colver: Birth: NOV 1689.
Hezekiah Colver: Birth: DEC 1692.
Sara Colver: Birth: AUG 1694.
Ann Colver: Birth: 06 JAN 1700/01.
Abigail Colver: Birth: 23 DEC 1704.
Note: 23rd day of Sept 1701, Edward Collver signed his name to an agreement of a town property line between Windham and Lebanon, CT.
In the Colonial Records of Connecticut he is known as Lieutenant Edward colver (sometimes spelled Culver), and local historians designate him as "Edward Colver of Norwich," and link him with Edward Colver the Puritan on the ground of the similarity of names. There is much stronger evidence, however. There were no other Colvers in the Colony but Edward and his sons. None of the sons had children bearing the name Edward, nor, if they had, would the grandchild be of age sufficient to take part in the Indian war known as "King PHilip's War," in which the Edward (here) earned his rank as Lieutenant, and in which his father and three brothers, Samuel, Joseph and Ephraim all served; the two latter, with Edward, Junior, drawing "Cedar Swamp" lots for their services (Soldiers in King Philip's War in 1675. pg 446). Also, in 1681, there was an actino brought to court by Major Fitzjohn Winthrop to recover some land held by Edward Colver, and claimed by Major Winthrop on the ground that it was part of the land granted to his father, Governor John Winthrop of Connecticut, by the town of Mystic, and released to him by a deed from Joshua, the second son fo Edward, Senior. This would seem to be a dispute between the children of the original proprietors as to bounds and sites of land, the date applying more suitably to Edward Junior, than to his father, at that time an old man of eighty-three or four. Edward Colver, Junior, took up his residence in Norwich, Connecticut, when quite a young man, and was successful in his business in that town, owning land there. In 1698 he formed one of the affairs of the new settlement. He was baptized and admitted to the First church of Lebanon in 1701, his wife being admitted in 1703; they were active members of the church, taking part in the religious organizatinos in connection with it. He was one of the fifty-one original proprietors of Lebanon. here the family resided till 1723, at which time they moved to Litchfield, which was then being opened for settlement. The following extracts from the Colonial Records of Connecticut show that Edward Colver served the community in various useful capacities, including the occupation of surveyor, and like his father, was an Indian scout. "Agreement as to dividing line between Windham and Lebanon, signed Sept 23, 1701, by Joshua Riplye, Jonathan Crane, John Backus, Edward Collver, Samuell Huntington, jeremiah Fitch,." May 1705, Assembly grants to men of Lebanon tracts of land;" among the number, "Edward Colver." "This Assembly do grant and allow until LIet. Edward Colver 24 shillings per week for his service in scouting this summer; and to the Englishmen that served under him a shilling per day, and the Sergeant to be paid in the same proportion with the Lieutenan "Council Meeting, Hartford, Oct 17, 1712: Ordered that the treasurer deliver to the Governor the sum of two hundred pounds toward paying the scouts under Lieutenant Crocker above Deerfield, and under Lieutenant Culver from Woodstock and Enfield." "Governor paid to Lt. Culver L16 4s 7d and remainder due to Lt. Culver L7 15s 8d gave order upon the Treasurer." Lieut. Edward Colver at the age of 21 years was appointed to command the Colonial troops to Norwich, Conn., and held this post for more than twenty years. Edward Colver died at Litchfield, Connecticut, 7 April 1732. His wife was Sarah Backus of Norwich, daughter of Lieutenant William and Elizabeth Pratt Backus of Windham, Conn. Sarah Backus was born in 1663. They were married at Norwich 15 January, 1682 and had a large family of children, eight of whom were born at Norwich and four at Lebanon. (Source "Colver-Culver Genealogy")
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