John Carman I and his wife Florence emigrated from England and reached Roxbury, Mass. on November 4th, 1631. His wife is believed by some to have been the daughter of Rev. Robert Fordham who afterwards founded the town of Hempstead L.I. in company with Carman in 1644. From Roxbury they went to Lynn, Mass., where they remained until 1637. During that year they journeyed to Sandwich, Mass., and from thence to Wallingford and Stamford, Conn. It was from the latter place that Rev. Fordham and his band of pioneers left to form the town of Hempstead. Today members of the family are numerous on Long Island, particularly in Nassau County. He was a prominent man in the town and died in 1653. His wife died in 1656.