William Caverly is documented in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, around 1696. His son, Moses (my 8th great grandfather) is cited as one of the original settlers of Barrington, New Hampshire. In 1722, he drew lot number 164, containing 150 acres of land. In 1746, he, along with his sons, became a part of the forty-two settlers of Barrington near the old French Mill.
Moses' grandson, Lieutenant John Caverly, built what is known as the Caverly House in 1770. This grand home is still standing on Provence Road in Strafford. On the original acerage of John's property sits the Caverly Cemetery. This home, where my grandmother was born, is no longer in the Caverly family.
Lieutenant John Caverly is an American Revolutionary War Patriot. He is a documented ancestor in the Daughters of the American Revolution and through whom I have joined the DAR.
John's son, Robert Boodey Caverly, was educated at Harvard College and became a prominent author and attorney. He published several works detailing local history, including Annals of the Boodeys in New England and Genealogy of the Caverly Family.
The Caverlys were prominent members of the Barrington, Strafford and New Durham communities. Many were landowners, farmers, and reverends. The Free Will Baptist Church, founded in New Hampshire by the Caverly relatives, the Boodeys, hosted many Caverly family members in its house of worship.
In 1836, a New England painter named Joseph Davis permanently perserved the image of many Strafford and Barrington residents. His painting The Caverly Brothers was painted in Strafford, and depicts Everett and John Caverly. This painting is now a part of the American Folklore Exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.