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and Ker. The names of four of the family appear on the Ragman's Roll, a list of the
Scotch baronets who swore fealty to Edward I. at Berwick in 1291 and a few years later.
They were: Andrew del Ker, of Stirlingshire; Henry Ker, of Edinburghshire; Nicholas
Kerre, of Peebleshire, and William Ker, of Ayrshire. The Kerrs appear among the East
Border clans in 1547; in the Middle Marches in 1587; in Berwick in 1590; in Roxburgh
and Lauderdale in 1597. The family has been represented from time immemorial in
Berwickshire, Roxburghshire, Edinburghshire, Wigtonshire, Ayrshire, all tracing authentic
pedigrees from the beginning of the fourteenth century A. D. The Kerrs and Carrs pos-
sess, or at different times have held, the Dukedom of Roxburgh; the Marquisates of
Beumont, Cessford, Lothian, and Roxburgh; the Viscountcy of Boxmouth; the Lordships
of Caverton, Ker, and New Battle. Many have been members of the Scotch Parliament.
The surname signifies "stout," according to Hanna.

The pioneers to America from Scotland, England, and Ireland during the colonizing
period of our history were numerous. The first of the name to come to the shore of New
England was George Carr, who with his wife Lucinda. was a passenger on the "Mayflower."
At a later date came Caleb Carr, founder of the most notable branch of the family in
America, a figure of note in the early affairs of the Rhode Island Colony, of which he
was president in 1695.



I. CALEB CARR, immigrant ancestor and progenitor, was born in London, Eng-
land, December 9, 1616, the son of Benjamin and Martha (Hardington) Carr; he embarked
in the ship "Elizabeth and Ann," at London, in 1635, coming to America with his older
brother, Robert Carr, in whose family he remained until he reached his majority. At an
early age he became active in public affairs in Newport, and in 1654-58-59-60-61-62 held
the office of commissioner. In 1655 he was admitted a freeman of the Colony. In 1661-
62 he served the Colony as general treasurer. On January 30, 1 671, he was allowed £4 for
services done by him. On April 11, 1676, he was appointed one of the commissioners "to
take care and order the several watches and wards on this island, and appoint the places."
This year he bought the services of an Indian captive (taken by Providence men). In 1679-
80-81-82-83-84-85-86^0-^1 he was assistant for Newport. In 1687-88 he was chosen
justice of the General Quarter Session and Inferior Court of Common Pleas. In May,
1695, he was elected governor to succeed Governor John Easton, who had been in office for
the five preceding years. Up to this period, for most of the time, public service had been
rendered gratuitously by civil officers. It was now enacted that the governor should have
ten pounds a year, the deputy governor six pounds, and the assistants four pounds each.
Governor Carr did not live long enough to reap much reward for the discharge of his duties
as chief magistrate. He died in Newport, December 17, 1695, tne fourth governor who died
while in office. He was buried in a small family burying ground on the north side of Mill

street, between Thomas and Spring streets, Newport. Caleb Carr married (first) Mercy ;

(second) Sarah Pinner, daughter of Jeremiah and Frances (Latham) Clarke, and widow
of John Pinner; she was born in 1651, and died about 1706.



II. EDWARD CARR, son of Governor Caleb and Mercy Carr, was born in Rhode
Island, in June, 1667. In 1698 he was made a freeman, and thenceforward until his death
took a prominent part in official life. In 1669 he was deputy to the General Assembly
from Jamestown. He filled the office again in 1702-03-05-06-07-09 serving at the same
time as clerk of the Assembly. From 1701 to 1707 he served as member of a committee
appointed to audit the accounts of the colony. Edward Carr was a resident of James-
town, and was a large landowner there. On October 6, 1686, he married Hannah Stanton,
who was born November 7, 1670, and died in 171 2. She was the daughter of John and
Mary (Harndel) Stanton, and granddaughter of Robert Stanton, founder of the family
in Rhode Island.

III. SARAH CARR, daughter of Edward and Hannah (Stanton) Carr, was born in
Jamestown, Rhode Island, December 28, 1708. On October 12, 1732, she married Re-
solved (2) Waterman, son of Captain John and Anne (Olney) Waterman. (See Water-
man IV.)






Greene Arms — Azure, three bucks trippant or.
Crest — Out of a crown a buck's head or.
Motto — Nee timeo nee sperno.



'HE famous Rhode Island family known as the Warwick Greenes is
a branch of the ancient English family of Greene of Greene's
Norton, Northamptonshire, which flourished in that country from
1 3 19 until the time of King Henry VIII. Sir Henry Greene,
Knight, lord chief justice of England, was the head of this family
in his time. His younger son, Sir Henry Greene, was beheaded
in 1399 for his attachment to the cause of Richard II. Queen
Catherine Parr, consort of King Henry VIII., was a member of
this family, the daughter of Matilda Greene, who was the daughter and co-heiress of Sir
Thomas Greene, of Greene's Norton. By the marriage of Matilda and her sister Anne,
respectively, to Sir Thomas Parr and Baron Vaux, the Northampton estate passed into
other families.

A branch of this family, from which the American Greenes are descended, owned and
occupied the estate of Bowridge Hill, in Gillingham parish, Dorsetshire, in the reign of
Henry VIII. The ancient stone manor house is still standing. Surgeon John Greene,
founder of the Greene family of Rhode Island, was a younger brother of the owner of Bow-
ridge Hill, at the time of his emigration to America. The pedigree of the English Greenes,
from the progenitor to the father of the American founder, extends over thirteen genera-
tions, and covers a period of four centuries.




I. LORD ALEXANDER de GREENE de BOKETON, a knight at the king's court,
was the great-grandson of one of the Norman nobles who invaded England with William
the Conqueror in 1066. In 1202 he received the estate of Boughton in Northampton, as
a gift from King John. He is the earliest known ancestor of the Greene families of War-
wick and Quidnesset in Rhode Island. Lord Alexander assumed the surname after his
chief estate, de Greene de Boketon, and for centuries it was used in legal documents in the
full form, signifying literally Lord of the Deer Enclosure. The name shows that Lord
Alexander came to an estate named long before, and noted for its extensive parks and deer
preserves. Boketon — a compound of buck — and ton, meaning enclosure — became Bucks,
and Buckston, and later Boughton, its present name. The full name was eventually short-
ened to de Greene, and following the reign of Henry VI., 1422-71, with its attendant French
Wars, the family dropped the patrician "de" as savoring too highly of the French.


II. SIR WALTER de GREENE de BOKETON, son of Sir Alexander de Greene de
Boketon, succeeded his father to the title and estates, and was probably a crusading knight
in the seventh crusade, which ended in 1240, as he was listed in the old rolls of the twen-
tieth year of Henry III. (1236) and the forty-fifth era of the same king (1261).

III. SIR JOHN de GREENE de BOKETON, son of Sir Walter de Greene de Boketon,
accompanied King Edward III. to the Holy Land as a crusading knight and perished there,
leaving an infant son.

IV. SIR NOINAS de GREENE de BOKETON, only child of Sir John de Greene
de Boketon, received the title of his ancestors in his infancy. He accompanied Edward I.
against the Scots in 1296, and is mentioned in the records of 13 19 as then alive. He mar-
ried Alice, daughter and co-heir of Sir Thomas Bottishane, of Brauston.

V. SIR NOINAS (2) de GREENE de BOKETON, son of Sir Noinas (1) de Greene
de Boketon, inherited his father's title and became the fifth Lord de Greene de Boketon.
He was born in 1292. About 1332 he was made high sheriff of Northampton; "The office
in those days was esteemed equal to the care of princes, a place of great trust and repu-
tation." He married Lucie, daughter of Eudo de la Zouche and Millicent, one of the sis-
ters and heirs of George de Canteloupe, Lord of Abergavenny. Lady Lucie de la Zouche was
of the blood royal.

VI. SIR HENRY de GREENE de BOKETON, son of Sir Noinas (2) de Greene de
Boketon, was the foremost lawyer of his day in England, and was lord chief justice of the
kingdom. He was speaker of the House of Lords in two parliaments (1363-64), and be-
came at last the King's nearest counsel. He died in 1370, and was buried at Boughton.
He left to his posterity one of the most considerable estates of the age. Sir Henry de Greene
de Boketon married Katherine, daughter of Sir John Drayton, and only sister of Sir Simon
Drayton, of Drayton.



VII. SIR HENRY (2) de GREENE de BOKETON, son of Sir Henry (1) de Greene
de Boketon, was made the heir of his father, despite the English law of primogeniture, by
a special license given by the King. He was a very rich man, and the owner of many es-
tates. He married Matilda, sole heiress of her father, Lord Thomas Mauduit, owner of
five lordships and other possessions. Sir Henry de Greene was a man of parts, and be-
came as prominent a statesman as his father had been. He was a member of the House
of Commons, and one of its leaders, and subsequently was knighted and became one of the
King's near counselors. As a favorite of the King, he received many more manors and
estates. Sir Henry was one of a commission appointed over King Richard II., whose eccen-
tricity amounted almost to insanity, and in this capacity counseled the King to confiscate
the estates of the banished Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Hereford and Lancaster. After
the overthrow of Richard, Sir Henry was taken prisoner by Bolingbroke and beheaded
in the market square in Bristol, September 2, 1399. Shakespeare devotes much of Acts I
and II of his "Richard II." to Sir Henry Greene.

VIII. THOMAS de GREENE de BOKETON, son of Sir Henry (2) de Greene de
Boketon, was the only son of his father whose descendants remain to bear the name of
Greene. From him came the Gillingham Greenes, and from them again the Warwick
and Quidnesset Greenes of America.

IX. The name of the son of Thomas de Greene de Boketon, who was the ninth of this
line, has not been preserved. He was born about 1420, and came to manhood in the mid-
dle of the "bloody century." This included the period of the Wars of the Roses, and but
little authentic history of many families during this period is to be found.

X. JOHN (2) GREENE, the next of the line, was born about 1450. According to
Dickens, John Greene carried the message from King Richard III. to Sir Robert Bracken-
bury, commissioning him to put to death the two princes then imprisoned in the Tower.
Sir Robert refused to execute the command. After the death of Richard, John Greene,
although innocent of guilt in the matter, lost no time in putting the seas between himself
and Henry VII., the rival and successor of Richard. He returned to England, where he
lived for a while, then fled again and died abroad. He is known in family records as "John
the fugitive."



XI. ROBERT GREENE, son of John (2) Greene, owned and resided on his estate
at Bowridge Hill, in the parish of Gillingham, County Dorset (a locality noticed in the
Ordnance Survey of England), when he was taxed on the Subsidy Rolls in the time of King
Henry VIII. (1543), in the 1st of Edward VI. (1547), and in the 1st of Queen Elizabeth
(1558). The name of his wife is not known.

XII. RICHARD GREENE, son of Robert Greene, was his father's chief heir, and
inherited the property of Bowridge Hill, as heir-at-law and residuary legatee of his brother,
Peter Greene. He was taxed on the Subsidy Rolls of the 29th of Queen Elizabeth (1587).
His will, dated May 10, 1606, was proved May 3, 1608. The name of his wife is not known.

XIII. RICHARD (2) GREENE, son of Richard (1) Greene, succeeded to the estate
of Bowridge Hill, 1608. He was appointed executor of his father's will. He married Mary,
daughter of John Hooker (alias Vowell), who was chamberlain of the city of Exeter, Eng-
land, September 12, 1534, and represented Exeter in Parliament; he was uncle of the cele-
brated divine, Richard Hooker, rector of Bascombe, County Wilts, England, and prebendary of
Salisbury. Mary (Hooker) Greene was the grandniece of Archbishop Grindal, of Canterbury.




I. DR. JOHN GREENE, founder of the family in America, was born at Bowridge
Hill, Gillingham Parish, County Dorset, England, about 1590. He resided at Salisbury
for about sixteen years, following there his profession of surgeon. On April 6, 1635, ne
was registered for embarkation at Hampton, England, with his wife and six children (one
having probably died in England before this date) in the ship "James," William Cooper,
master, for New England. After a voyage of fifty-eight days he arrived in Boston, Massa-
chusetts, June 3, 1635. He first settled at Salem, Massachusetts, where he was associated
with Roger Williams, purchasing or building a house there, but soon after Mr. Williams'
flight from Salem (1636) he sold it and, joining Mr. Williams at Providence, received from
him one-thirteenth share of the land which he had bought of Canonicus and Miantonomi.
He received as his home lot No. 15 on the Main street in Providence. He was one of the
eleven men baptized by Roger Williams, and in 1639 was one of the twelve original mem-
bers of the First Baptist Church on this continent, organized in Providence. In 1642 he
bought land called Occupassuatuxet of Miantonomi. In January, 1643, he was one of
the purchasers of Warwick, and although involved in the trouble between Massachusetts
and the Warwick settlers concerning the ownership of the property, escaped arrest and
imprisonment. In 1644 he accompanied Samuel Gorton and Randall Holden to England
to obtain redress for their wrongs, embarking at New York. Two years later they returned,
successful in their mission, and landed at Boston. He was later a member of the com-
mittee which organized the Colony of Rhode Island, under the charter obtained from
Charles I., in 1647. Dr. John Greene was a prominent figure in the affairs of the town
and colony, and his public career was long and active. In 1654-55-56-57, he held the
office of commissioner. On August 8, 1647, he was appointed member of the first Town
Council of Warwick; on February 26, 1648, he was elected commissioner. On May 7,
1649, he was made magistrate in the Court of Trials at Warwick.

Surgeon John Greene was the first professional medical man in Providence Plantations.
He is alluded to in Goodwin's "Pilgrim Republic" (p. 407) as "one of the two local sur-
geons" at Providence in 1638, though we are told "the people of Providence relied solely
upon him for surgical aid long after his removal to Warwick in 1643."



Dr. John Greene married (first) at St. Thomas' Church, November 4. 1619, Joanne
Tatershall, or as was written on the church register, "Tatarsole." Nothing is definitely
known of her English connections; the name is frequently found in early records among
post-mortem examinations, parliamentary writs, and charters, and is variously spelled
Tatersall, Tateshall, Tatashall, Tatershal, and Tatershall. The first of the family of whom
record exists came to England in the train of William the Conqueror and obtained the lord-
ship of Tatershall in Lincolnshire, where he seated himself and from which he took his sur-
name. His descendants were seated in Berkshire and Norfolkshire and were held in high
repute. Joanne (Tatershall) Greene died soon after the removal of the family to Rhode
Island and is supposed to have been buried at Conimicut, Old Warwick. Dr. John Greene
married (second) "Alisce Daniels, a widow." She died in October, 1643, and he married

(third) in London, England, about 1644, Phillippa (always written Philip) , who

returned with him to America, and died in Warwick, March II, 1687, aged about eighty-
seven years. He died in January, 1659, and was buried at Conimicut.


II. JAMES GREENE, fourth son of Dr. John and Joanne (Tatershall) Greene, was
baptized June 21, 1626, at St. Thomas' Church, Salisbury, England, and accompanied his
parents to America in 1635. He was made a freeman of Warwick in 1647. He resided at
Potowomut, on the southerly side of Main street, and was town clerk in 1661. He was
a member of the General Assembly in 1664-65-66-67-68-69-70-72-73-74-75-85-86-90.
In 1670-71 he served as assistant and deputy under the second charter. He removed to
Portsmouth with other inhabitants of Warwick to escape the Indians in King Philip's War,
and resided for some years at "Hunting Swamp." In 1684 he purchased lands in War-
wick at Potowomut, where he settled, and where his descendant, the distinguished Gen-
eral Nathanael Greene, of the American Revolution, was born. James Greene married
(first) about 1658, Deliverance Potter, daughter of Robert and Isabelle Potter, whose farm
adjoined his own. She was born in 1637 and died in 1664. He married (second) on Au-
gust 3, 1665, Elizabeth, daughter of John and Susanna Anthony, of Portsmouth. James
Greene died April 27, 1698.

III. PETER GREENE, son of James and Elizabeth (Anthony) Greene, was born
at Warwick, Rhode Island, August 25, 1666. He was a life-long resident of Warwick, a
large landowner and a prosperous farmer there until his death in 1708. He married, Feb-
ruary 12, 1696, Elizabeth Slocum, who was born about 1678, and died June 5, 1728, daughter
of Ebenezer S4ocum, of Jamestown, and granddaughter of Giles Slocum, of Portsmouth,
founder of the family in America.

IV. THOMAS GREENE, son of Peter and Elizabeth (Slocum) Greene, was born in
Warwick, February 19, 1705. He was a resident of Warwick and East Greenwich. He
married Sarah Berry, daughter of Joseph and Marcy Berry.



V. STEPHEN GREENE, son of Thomas and Sarah (Berry) Greene, was born in
1733, in Warwick, Rhode Island. He married, October 24, 1754, Mary Rhodes, born Jan-
uary 29, 1732, died December 16, 1S27, daughter of Malachi and Deborah (Whitman)
Rhodes, of Pawtuxet, and a lineal descendant of Zachariah Rhodes, founder of the family
in America. Stephen Greene died October 1, 18 19. He was a prominent resident of Paw-

VI. RHODES GREENE, son of Stephen and Mary (Rhodes) Greene, was born at
Pawtuxet, Rhode Island, August 25, 1755, and died after a life-long residence there, on
January 9, 1821. He was a prosperous farmer and large landowner there. On February
7, 1780, he married Phebe Vaughan, who was born June 24, 1761, daughter of Christopher
(3) and Wait Vaughan, of East Greenwich, and a lineal descendant of John Vaughan, of
Newport, founder of the Rhode Island family of the name. (See Vaughan VI.)

VII. PHEBE GREENE, daughter of Rhodes and Phebe (Vaughan) Greene, was born
in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, January 2, 1781. She married, April 29, 1798, Cap-
tain Benoni (2) Lockwood. (See Lockwood VI.)




\ CHAN, a Welsh personal name of great antiquity, signifying
literally "small in stature," was the source of the surname
Vaughan. The first entry of the name in medieval English records
occurs in the Hundred Rolls, 1273 — William Vachan; at this date
the name was still in the transitional period. As early as the
seventeenth century it had assumed its present form Vaughan.
Vaughn is a comparatively modern Americanism.

John Vaughan, founder of the family in America, was a resident
of Massachusetts prior to 1634. He subsequently removed to Newport, Rhode Island,
where he resided until his death. His descendants have resided in Rhode Island for over
two hundred and seventy-five years.



I. JOHN VAUGHAN, immigrant ancestor and progenitor, was a native of England.
The date of his coming or the circumstances which attended it are not known. On May
20, 1638, his name appears on a list of the inhabitants admitted at Newport. In 1639 he was
granted a lot on condition that he would build on it within a year. He was to have forty-
two acres at the place called "The Hermitage." In 1655 he became a freeman. On May
22, 1662, he had seventy-nine and two-third acres laid out to him. In 1680 he was taxed
£2 2s. 8d. After 1687, when he deeded to his son Daniel of Newport his farm, mansion
house, fifty acres, orchard, etc., he disappears from the records. John Vaughan married

II. GEORGE VAUGHAN, son of John and Gillian Vaughan, was born in Newport,
Rhode Island, October 20, 1650, and died May 7, 1704. He lived in Newport during the
early portion of his life, but later removed to East Greenwich, where on October 31, 1677,
he was one of the forty-eight who received the grant of five thousand acres which com-
prised the town. He took an active and prominent part in the affairs of East Greenwich,
and in 1684-98-99-1704 represented the town in the Rhode Island General Assembly.
In 1687 he was a member of the cavalry company. In 1688 he served on the grand jury.
His will, dated April 11, 1699, and proved May 25, 1704, names his wife Margaret and
son George as executors. On July 26, 1680, he married Margaret Spink, daughter of Rob-
ert and Alice Spink, who died after 1704.



III. CHRISTOPHER VAUGHAN, son of George and Margaret (Spink) Vaughan,
was born in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, April 29, 1683, and was a lifelong resident of
the town. In 1707 he became a freeman. His will, dated October 11, 1751, was proved
August 29, 1752. On June 26, 1709, he married Deborah Nichols, who was born Feb-
ruary 17, 1688, daughter of Thomas and Mercy (Reynolds) Nichols. Christopher Vaughan
was a large landowner, prosperous and wealthy according to the standards of his time.
The inventory of his estate amounted to £2,648 7s. 9d. He died at East Greenwich, August
18, 1752.

IV. CHRISTOPHER (2) VAUGHAN, son of Christopher (1) and Deborah (Nichols)
Vaughan, was born in East Greenwich, July 6, 1710, and died there April 23, 1758. He
inherited his father's house and homestead farm for life. He was active and prominent
in East Greenwich affairs. He married (first) Hannah ; (second) Elizabeth .

V. CHRISTOPHER (3) VAUGHAN, son of Christopher (2) Vaughan, was born in
East Greenwich, Rhode Island, on April 22, 1735. He inherited the paternal estate, and

made his home in East Greenwich until his death. He married Wait , and they

were the parents of Phebe, mentioned below.

VI. PHEBE VAUGHAN, daughter of Christopher (3) and Wait Vaughan, was born
in East Greenwich, June 24, 176 1. She married, February 7, 1780, Rhodes Greene, of
Pawtuxet. (See Greene VI.)



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Deming Arms — Gules, between three bucks' heads couped at the neck argent, a crescent of
the last for difference.

Crest — A lion's head erased or.



•0 positive proof of the origin of the surname Deming has ever been
advanced. Different explanations of its source have been found,
of which the most logical is that it is a corruption of the surname
Damon, itself a corruption of D'Hammond, the name of "an
ancient and illustrious family which has flourished in Surrey and
Buckinghamshire, in England, and at Blois and Cherbourg in
France." Careful search of English registers and records failed
to reveal any mention of Deming, which shows that the surname
as now spelled in this country is a distinctively American rendition of an early English
surname. Deming, Demmon, Demon, Deman, Dement, Deminge, Demyng, and numerous
other variations appear in New England Colonial records. The Demings in America trace
from several progenitors, between whom no relationship has been discovered. John
Deming, founder of the family herein under consideration, is of record in Wethersfield,
Connecticut, in 1641. Other founders were Thomas Deman, of Hartford; Thomas
Demond, of Fairfield; and John Demmon, of Killingsworth, Connecticut. The family
has figured honorably in the history of several parts of New England, and the name is
an honored one in this section of the country.



I, JOHN DEMING, immigrant ancestor, was a native of England. The exact date
of his coming to America is not known. Some authorities advance the belief that he was
one of the pioneer settlers of Wethersfield, Connecticut, when the colony was founded in
1635. Proof exists, however, that he was there in 1641, when he recorded his homestead

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