Desire Culver

Brief Life History of Desire

When Desire Culver was born on 2 January 1746, in West Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island, British Colonial America, her father, William Culver, was 27 and her mother, Desire Weaver, was 30.

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Family Time Line

William Culver
1720–1759
Desire Weaver
1717–
Desire Culver
1746–
Mary Culver
1746–
Captain David Culver
1750–1811
Joel Culver
1752–
Sarah Culver
1757–

Sources (2)

  • Mary Culver in the Rhode Island, Births, 1636-1930
  • Desire Culver and Mary Culver her mom

World Events (2)

1763 · First Synagogue in America

The first Jewish Synagogue in America was built in Newport, Rhode Island in 1763. It still stands today, making it the oldest synagogue in the United States.

1772 · The Gaspee Affair

On June 9, 1772, colonists that are angry with the trade restrictions that Britain put them under, board the HMS Gaspee and set it ablaze. This was the first act of violence against the British on the North American continent.

Name Meaning

English (Kent): from Middle English culver, colver ‘dove’ (Old English culfre, Late Latin columbula, a diminutive of columba), which Reaney suggests was used as a term of endearment. It may therefore have been applied as nickname for a lovelorn youth or perhaps for someone who used the expression indiscriminately. Otherwise, it may have been a metonymic occupational name for a keeper of doves or a nickname for someone bearing some fancied resemblance to a dove, such as mildness of temper.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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