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Rev. James CARMAN

Male 1677 - 1756  (~ 79 years)

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  • Name James CARMAN 
    Title Rev. 
    Born May 1677  NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 Oct 1756  Cape May County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried First Baptist Church Cemetery, Hightstown, Mercer County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) Mather, Otis M., Six Generations of Larues and Allied Families, Hodgenville, KY: 1921, pp. 23-25:


      Because of intermarriages, the Carman family was closely allied with the LaRues.

      From a book entitled "One Hundred and Fifty Years a Baptist Church," as copied by Mrs. Emily C. Ellis, the following facts in regard to the history of the old church at Cranbury, New Jersey, appear. First pastor, James Carman, who was born at Cape May in 1677, and died October 21, 1756. He was married first to Margaret Duwys, by whom he had seven children, namely, Phebe, James, Ruth, Margaret, Elizabeth, Caleb, and John. His second marriage was to Sarah Frazier, by whom he had three children, Rachel, Ephraim, and Samuel. These children married into the following families: Woods, Bills, LaRue, Prince, Simmons, and others.

      There were seventeen constituent members of this church, all of whom were dismissed from the Middletown (N. J.) church. Among these were James Carman and Margaret Carman. James Carman was 67 years of age at the time the church was organized (May 1, 1745.) He was born at Cape May, bred a Churchman, moved to Philadelphia as a child, went with his family to Staten Island, where in his fifteenth year he was baptized by Rev. Elias Keech. He first went among the Quakers. Not content with them, he joined the New Light Presbyterians. Two of his children were baptized by them. Repenting of that faith, he joined the Middletown (N. J.) church, and in time was licensed to preach among that branch of the Middletown church which resided at Cranbury and which is now the church at Hightstown, New Jersey. His funeral sermon was preached by Abel Morgan. He was buried near the pulpit in which for eleven years he had preached. His body now rests in the old burial ground at Cranbury, about four miles distant.

      Phebe, one of the daughters of James Carman, became the wife of Isaac LaRue, Sr. With little doubt it may be said that Joseph Carman, the first husband of Mary LaRue (V.), and the Kentucky pioneer preacher, Joshua Carman, of whom mention is made in the chapter on Early Churches and Pastors of the Upper Nolynn Valley, were also descended from the Rev. James Carman. They were probably his grandsons.

      The first American ancestor of the Rev. James Carman, of Cranberry, New Jersey, is believed to have been John Carman, who arrived on the New England coast within eleven years after the landing of the Mayflower, and later located on Long Island. While the writer is unable to trace the line of descent fully, the following facts are of interest, and the similarity of Christian names among the New England Carmans and those of New Jersey and Kentucky strongly suggest a connection.

      From Bunker's "Long Island Genealogies," beginning on page 164, the following record of the Carman family is obtained: John Carman, of Roxbury, came to Lynn, Massachusetts, in1631; settled at Sandwich; his wife was Florence _____; their children:

      1. John Carman, Jr. (II.) - born 1633, married Hannah.

      2. Abagail Carman - born 1635; married Benjamin Coe.

      3. Caleb Carman - born _____; died _____.

      4. Joshua Carman - born _____, was a minor in 1661.

      5. Caleb Carman (presumably the second child of John Carman, Sr., who had this name) - born 1645. Was the first white child born in Hempstead, Long Island, and was blind.

      In 1641, John Carman was at Stamford, Connecticut. "Hempstead (L. I.) was bought of the Natives in 1643 by Rev. Robert Fordham and Mr. John Carman. They obtained a patent from Governor Kieft in 1644." John Carman, Sr., died about 1658.

      John Carman, Jr., (II.) died in 1684. Children of John Carman, Jr. (II.) and his wife, Hannah _____:

      1. John Carman (III.) - born _____; married Hannah, daughter of Capt. John Seaman; was one of the executors of his father's will.

      2. Caleb Carman (III.) - born _____. No further record shown, except that he was one of the executors of will of his father.

      3. Benjamin Carman - born _____; married Deliverance _____. He died in 1694, and his widow married Jonathan Lewis, of Smithtown.

      4. Samuel Carman - born _____. No further record, except mention in his father's will.

      5. Thomas Carman - born _____. No further record, except mention in his father's will.

      6. Joshua Carman (II.) - born _____. Was a minor in 1684.

      7. Joseph Carman - born _____. Was a minor in 1684.

      8. Abagail Carman - born _____. Was a minor in 1684.

      The will of John Carman, Jr. (II.), who died in 1684, recites that "Brother Joshua's property is to be taken care of for him" and he is to live with testator's sons, John and Caleb, if it is his wish. This would imply some infirmity in the testator's brother Joshua, possibly the blindness attributed to the other brother, Caleb (born 1645.) The probability that the record that Caleb (born 1645) was blind is erroneous, is further indicated by the appearance of a Caleb Carman in New Jersey, as set out below.

      Stillwell's Miscellany, page 399, shows "Indenture, April 11, 1694, between Caleb Carman and Elizabeth, his wife, and others, to sell land in County of Cape May," signed and sealed by Caleb Carman and Elizabeth Carman. And prior to this, in 1688, "Caleb Carman, of Cape May County, leased 1,200 acres of land in Burlington County" (N. J.)

      Again, as shown in Vol. XXI., N. J. Archives, 1st Series, page 460, appears entry: "West Jersey records, Liber B, Part 2: 1695 - April 22 - West Jersey Society to John and Caleb Carman, of Cape May, whalers, deed for 255 acres there." This Caleb was probably a son of the Caleb previously referred to, whose wife was Elizabeth.

      As has been indicated, the writer is unable, from available data, to trace the descent of James Carman, father of Phebe, who married Isaac LaRue, Sr., clearly back to John Carman who was at Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1631; but he has little doubt as to this being the correct line.

      It is significant that Phebe's father, the Rev. James Carman, was born at Cape May (N. J.), and that Caleb Carman, of Cape May County, in the year 1688, when James Carman was just eleven years of age, was leasing lands in Burlington County, near the place where we find the LaRues established a few years later. In the New Jersey marriage records, from the year 1740 to 1785, as shown in Vol. XXII., N. J. Archives, 1st Series, Carmans are shown with the Christian names Samuel, Benjamin, John, Abagail and Hannah. These are the same names borne by earlier members of the family in New England and on Long Island. The familiar old names Joshua and Caleb were carried into Kentucky. . . .

      The traditions and the faith, not only of the Quakers of Pennsylvania, but also those of the Puritans of Massachusetts, influenced the lives of Phebe Carman LaRue and her children.

      The writer is indebted to Miss Fannie LaRue, of Summit Point, W. Va., for transcripts of all records pertaining to the Carman family referred to in this chapter, except what is taken from the history of the old church at Cranbury, N. J.


      Rev James Carman
      Birth: May, 1677, New York, USA
      Death: Oct. 21, 1756, New Jersey, USA

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      Burial record found in the book "A History of Baptists in New Jersey" by Thomas S. Griffiths, publ. 1904:

      James Carman, whose prayers and hardships and long journeys and words of cheer and counsels of the wisdom have borne fruit in the prosperity which has blessed the world, must not be forgotten, as one chosen of God for the increase in which we rejoice. Having finished his work, the good man died and was buried near the old meeting house in Cranbury. In 1899, his remains were disinterred and buried near the house of God in Hightstown.

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      Burial: First Baptist Church Cemetery, Hightstown, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA

      Created by: Linda Applegate Brown
      Record added: Aug 19, 2009
      Find A Grave Memorial# 40885450
    Person ID I33303  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 29 May 2020 

    Family 1 Margaret DUWYS,   b. Abt 1680, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1738, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Married Abt 1708 
     1. Phebe CARMAN,   b. 4 Mar 1725, Cape May County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1804, Frederick [now Clarke] County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 May 2020 
    Family ID F14451  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sarah FRAZIER,   b. Abt 1726,   d. Abt 1797  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Married Abt 1746 
    Last Modified 29 May 2020 
    Family ID F14452  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart