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John Carman 1606 – 1653 : I196

databaseflagCaptain John Carman. 


The Puritan Father Ancestor of Plymouth Colony. In 1631 he arrived on the  ship Lyon and settled first at Lynn, where in 1632 he married Florence (daughter of Rev. Robert Fordham). They had a son, called John and in 1634 a daughter (Abigail).

Carman relocated to Wethersfield in the Connecticut colony; in 1641 he moved again, and became one of the original patentees of Stamford.  With his father-in-law he was sent to negotiate purchase of 20,000 acres of land on Long Island from the Rockaway and Merrick tribes of Indians.

In 1644 Carman and six other Englishmen were awarded portions of the patent.


John Carman and the Turkish Pirates.


Barbarossa, (Khair ad-Din)

Barbarossa, (Khair ad-Din) 

Wikipedia: Hayreddin Barbarossa, or Barbarossa Hayreddin Pasha (Turkish: Barbaros Hayreddin (Hayrettin) Paşa or Hızır Hayreddin (Hayrettin) Paşa; also Hızır Reis before being promoted to the rank of Pasha and becoming the Kapudan Pasha), born Khizr or Khidr (Turkish: Hızır; c. 1478 – 4 July 1546), was an Ottoman admiral of the fleet who was born in the island of Lesbos and died in Constantinople (Istanbul), the Ottoman capital. Barbarossa’s naval victories secured Ottoman dominance over the Mediterranean during the mid 16th century, from the Battle of Preveza in 1538 until the Battle of Lepanto in 1571.

John Winthrop recorded this story about Captain John Carmen on July 5, 1643:

“Here arrived one Mr. Carman, master of the ship called [unreadable] of 180 tons. He went from New Haven in (December) last, laden with clapboards for the Canaries, being earnestly commended to the Lord’s protection by the church there.

At the island of Palma, he was set upon by a Turkish pirate of 300 tons and 26 pieces of ordnance and 200 men. He fought with her three hours, having but 20 men and but 7 pieces of ordinance that he could use, and his muskets were unservicable with rust. The Turk lay across his hawse, so as he was forced to shoot through his own hoodings, and by these shot killed many Turks. Then the Turk lay by his side and boarded him with near 100 men, and cut all his ropes, etc., but his shot having killed the captain of the Turkish ship and broken his tiller, the Turk took in his own ensign and fell off from him, but in such haste as he left about 50 of his men aboard him, then the master and some of his men came up and fought with those 50 hand to hand, and slew so many of them as the rest leaped overboard. The master had many wounds on his head and body, and divers of his men were wounded, yet but one slain; so with much difficulty he got to the island (being in view thereof), where he was very courteously entertained and supplied with whatsoever he wanted.


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