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a life long printer and editor, whose efficient service

has been very valuable to the author,

this book is respectfully dedicated.



The coluniii of figures on the left hand side of the page de-
notes the niunber of each individual from one up to the high-
est number, so each person has a distinct and individual num-
ber, and l)^■ this plan anyone can trace his l)ranch of the fami-
ly forward or backward at j^leasure. The number attached to
a child in one generation, is placed in parenthesis after his
name in the next generation, and so on down to the latest gen-
eration. To trace J)ackward, reverse the order, and find the
numl)er in the left hand cohnnn which agrees with the num-
ber after the same name in the next higher generation. When
there is a cross X sign bet\veen the number column and the
nundier of children in a given famil\', it denotes that the per-
son has descendants, and is carried on to the next generation.
Names having no sign attached, signify that they either died
young, lived and died unmarried, or there is no means to trace
them ain' farther. Thus, 150x1, John Carr, woidd be [olin
Carr, (loO) in the next generation.

The index in the back part of the l)ook gives the male and
female names of all the Carrs who have married and liad fam-
ilies, and those Avliere an^' considerable mention is made of
them; also the names of all those who have married into the
Carr familv.



It is the desire of most people to know something of their
ancestors, especially- so, wlien the3' come from a long line of
worthy men and women who have preceded them in the cen-
turies which have passed. Prompted by this feeling, the au-
thor has spent years of patient toil to procure the matter of
this book, and although he has not been able to give it in as
thorough and complete a manner as desired, yet he trusts his
efforts ^vill be dul}^ appreciated. Perhaps no one can form an
adequate idea of the vast amount of labor necessary to com-
plete such a ^vork, unless they hav^e had a good deal of expe-
rience in such an undertaking.

To gather all these facts from a great variety of sources, has
cost much money and consumed a long period of time. Thou-
sands of letters have been written to all parts of the country
where any one by the name of Carr could be found; the re-
cords of New England towns have been carefuU}- coj)ied; and
ever}' old bible and ancient family document, has been laid
under contri1)ution to aid in ct)mpleting the chain of so many
generations of the family in this country.

The work might have been vastly more complete in detail,
if hundreds ^vho have been addressed on the subject, had
manifested interest enough to rej)ly to letters soliciting in-
formation. Others have ver}- ])roniptly responded with all the
knowledge of famiU' records within their reach, and mani-
fested a great desire to aid all they could. The one rendering
the greatest help in this direction was Walter Carr, of New
York; and Hon. George C. Cjirr, of Jamestown, R. L, is deserv-
ing of much praise for his efficient assistance.

In matter of names, the plan has been to closely follow the
spelling as received as far as possible, when common usage
has not been very much trenched u[,on, supposing every one
has the right to spell his or her own name in their owai way.
In matter of dates, the old and new style of ealier records are


given just as found, and quaint expressions preserved to show
the manner of conveying ideas by the early fathers. There
are some instances \vhere different dates have been sent in l)}^
persons representing the same l)ranch of the family, but in
such cases, those most generally agreeing have been followed.

Some copies of old wills have lieen given, and considerable
biographical matter of persons who have risen to places of
distinction introduced, together with incidents and family ep-
isodes to relieve the prolixity of a ct)ntinii()us recital of record

Hoping my efforts to save the records of ovir n()l)le famil}'
from being lost to posterity will meet \vilh your kind ai)pr(^v-
al, I am very sincerely your

Devoted relative,




The history of the English s])eakitig faniih^of the Carrs and
Kerrs is as old as the Norman eonquest. One of llie follo"w-
ers of William 1st, taken from a charter in Battle Ahbey, bears
the name of Karre. The early posterity of this Norman soldier,
undoubtedly settled in the north of Kngland, and succeeding
generations spread on both sides of the border land of Eng-
land and Scotland, and afterward into the north of Ireland.

The orthography of the original name w^as modified by the
English and Irish branches of the family, from the Norman-
French Karre or Carre to the present name of Carr, wdiich has
been retained with but few exceptions ever since. Tlie Scotch
l)ranc]i of the family had various waj^s of spelling the family
name, but most generally either Karr, Kerr or Ker.

In the first centuries of the Norman rule in England, our
family name took on various forms in writing, no (loul)t, large-
I3" due ti) the caprice of different meml^ers of the family, or the
free and easy manner of writers in those days, who had very
little regard for uniformity in such matters. From old docu-
ments we find that there were no less than ten different ways
to express the name in writing, thus: Carre, Carr, Care, Car,
Karre, Karr, Kar, Kerre, Kerr and Ker. Notw^ithstanding this
nuirked difference in orthography^ there was a general uni-
formity in the pronounciation of the name; the vowels a and e
taking the quality of u in such words as far, mar, etc.

Just as various in writing the family name has been the col-
ors of their arms and mottos. Although the original arms have
always remained the same form olden times to the present —
three mullets or etoiles on a chevron — the amplest play has
been given to taste, fancy or ignorance of heroic patching with
regard to colors. Also the crest, originally a hart's head, has
in like manner been subjected to various changes. This dis-
tinguished family in its various l)ranches jiossessed a great
numl)er of arms, many of them the author of this l)ook has
copied, but it would cost too much to produce them in this



The dificulty of tracing the earl}' families of Carrs in Eng-
land centuries back in a definite and concise manner, is ex-
ceedingly perplexing and attended with many failures and
disappointments. The records of the earliest Carrs who settled
in this country, date back three centuries, to four brothers who
\^ere born in London. Their names were Benjamin, William,
George and James Carr. The name of the father of these four
sons, the author has been unable to find. The descendants of
these brothers, are given in the following pages of the Carr
Family Records in as complete a manner as could be obtained.



First Generation.

T. Benjamin Carr was born in London, Eng., Aug. 18, ir)92.
]Ie married Martha Hardington, in London, Sept. 2, 1613.
They both died in London. Their children were,

2x1. Robert Carr, b. October 4, 1614.

3x2. Caleb Carr, 1). Decenil)er 9. 161().

4x3. Kichard Carr, b. January 5, 1621.

5x4. Andrew Carr, 1). December 5, 1622.

I. W'lLLiAiM Carr was born in London, Eng., June 17, 1597.
He married Susan Kothchild, in London, Ma}^ 16, 1619. She
was born in Devonshire, Eng., April 30, 1598. They came to
America in the fall of 1621, in the ship Fortune, Capt. Roger
Williams, with thirty-five passengers on board. They landed
at Plj^mouth, Nov. 7, 1621. The}^ stayed the following winter
in Plymouth, and on June 1, 1622, they started in a south-west-
erly direction through the trackless wilderness with an Indian
for a guide, and after a journey on foot of forty-eight da^^s,
the\' located a home, July 18, 1622, where the town of Bristol,
R. I., was afterward built. The town was laid out and named
in 1636, 1)3" Roger Williams. William Carr died in I^ristol,
June 4, 1672, and his wife Susan died in the same place. May
3, l()7l. The}' onl}' had
6x1 George Carr, b. March 12, 1620.

There is an old bible which has come down to the present
generation in the line of William Carr, which is a rare old
treasure. It was printed in London in 1585. On the first
blank page of this ancient book, is written in a woman's hand
the following valuable record:

"My maiden name was Susan Rothchild. I was born in
Devonshire, Eng., in the 3'ear of our Lord, A. D. 1598, April 30.
I married William Carr, of London, May 16, 1619, He was born


in 1597, June 17. Husband sa^'s he had a brother George Carr,
wlio went to America in 1620. My husband has a brother Ben-
jamin Carr, he was born Aug. 18, 1592. I am acquainted with
him and his family. He has four sons, Kol)ert Carr, born Oct.

4, 1614; Calel> Carr, l)<)rn Dec. 9, 1616; Kichard Carr, born Jan.

5, 1621; Andrew Carr, 1)orn Dec. 5, 1622. My son George Carr
w^as born March 12, 1620. My husband had a brother James
Carr. He ran away to sea when a boy and we never heard
from him."

The following extract of historical interest, is taken from
Mrs. William Carr's diary ^vhich is still j^reserved \vith the
records of the family:

"It was a summer day in 1621, as I stood upon our ship's
deck beside m^' husband with nn- infant son closely folded lo
m}' breast, while our noble captain, Roger Williams, stood by
our side. I took a last vie\v forever of my native isle, and for-
ever bid it adieu, and all the scenes of niy childhood home.
My heart ached while bitter tears blinded my eyes. Never
shall I forget the scenes of that da5% as we took a last fare\vell
of our friends with many promises lliat they waiuld soon join
us in America."

"Then the order was given \)y our captain to cast off our
moorings, and our ship stood out in the Thames. After all
sails were spread we took our course doAvn the river. Each
spot along its banks was dear to my soul, and while I was
sad, the ])assengers, there l)eing thirt3"-five, were singing and
making merry that they were going to America. T coidd not
join them for 1113' heart ^vas very sad."

"We had a ]deasant sail do\vn the Tliames. Still 1 gazed
upon m\' native isle with tearful eyes, and watched it when
far ovit at sea, until the last receeding mountain vanished
from m^' view. ( )ur voyage was very pleasant for twent\' <la\ s
out to sea, and then we encountered a storm which lasted all
the afternoon and following night. The \veather was pleas-
ant the rest of the wa\', and on the (ith day of Xovember, 1(521,
the anchor was cast at tiark some wa\' out at sea for fear of
unseen rocks."

"Xext morning the l)o;its were lowered and we landed, hut
what was n\y siu'prisel Lucinda. Cieorge Carr's wife, had died
early in the spring l)efore. My husband and (reorge his l)rother
and niNself w.Mit to view her resting place. There with t.'ar-


fill eves 1 viewed the last restiiiir ])laoe of poor Liicindn Dev-
eiiport, wlioai l had known in lOn^Mand. vSIu' h;id (hed in a
forei<;"n hnid of privation and cohl, and v/as buried side by
sitle with many others who had sliared the same fate. My
heart sank within nie to think that I shoidd never see Lneinda
ao;ain. ! had anticipate<l man3' hapj^y hours with her, hnt my
Nonihfnl hopes were forever blasted."

"We lived witli brother (jeorc;e through the winter, ■ living
mostly on what game we caught, it was a cold, tedious win-
ter with deep snow. (rame was |)lenty such as deer and

"Onjnne 1, 1622, husband started south-west for a warmer
climate, with a pocket compass and an Indian guide. Brother
George went a two days' journey with us, and then returned
home. 1 carried m^' son George in my arms and on my back
through a dense forest settled ouh^ with wild beasts and In-
(Haas, l)ut we met with few of the former and none of the latter.
.Vfter being forty-eight days on our journey, July 18, husband
c>)nclu led to stop and build a log cabin and to settle for life.
In four da\'S, husband, the Indian and mA'self, finished our log
cabin, covering it with poles and peeled bark. My journey"
through the forest and the hard labor I had done in helping
l:)uild our cabin, had its effect on me, I felt nearly worn out."

"I had left my rich parents and my only brother Robert in
England, and had faced the storms and perils of the ocean
with my noblexompanion, and had traveled with him fortj^-
eight days through the forest. To my companion T had given
m}'^ early love and pledged ni^^ hand for life. He was ever
kind to me. We both belonged to the society of Friends."

"Before leaving England, father gave me £100 in gold coin,
ni}' brother gave me two doubloons in gold. This gold coin I
sewed into the wadding of niA' petticoat. Mother gave me her
gold diamond ring which cost £H\ She took her gold watch
from her pocket and gave it to me. It cost £25. She also gave
me her gold locket and the gold chain that she wore with her
watch, and bade me keep them to rememl:)er her by. The lock-
et cost £ 10, and I lost it in my j()urne3' through the wilder-
ness in coming here, l)ut it found by an Indian hunter in
l()2r), and returned to me. 1 had man}' happy da^^s hunting
deer with husband, as there was plenty of them in the forest,
but I often thought of home and the dear ones there.


"Mr. William Codle joined tis in 1(328, with his wife, son and
daughter from England. They belonged to the society of

"In 1635, Robert and Calel) Carr, husband's brother Benja-
min Carr's tw^o sons, were sent over from London to live \vitli
their uncle William, my husband. We had fine tiines hunting
with the Indians, they w^ere very friendl}^ to us. Our l)edding
and clothing were nearly all skins and furs like the Indians,
but in all these years I was mindful to educate my son George,
although we were in a naineless w^ilderness."

"In 1636 Capt. Roger Williams, wdio had abandoned the sea,
moved from vSaleni, bringing with him a colony of Friends, and
settled with us, and set up a school free for all, young and
old. The same year he bounded the state and called it Rhode
Island, and named our j^lace Bristol. He also surveyed and
laid out towns and gave tliem names."

"A meeting was held at our cal)in and we offered up our
humble thanks to God, that we had met on this side of the o-
cean in a free land, beyond tlie persecution of Great Britain.
How my heart thanked God that our noble captain who brought
us safely across the ocean, had come to live witli us, and
preach and teach ns to love (iod and to keep liis connnand-

- I. George Cark was born in London, Eng., about 1.'599. He
married Lucinda Devenport and came to America in 1()20. on
the Mayflower, as a ship carpenter, bringing his young wife
with him. He located with the pilgrims at Plymouth, and his
wife was one of the unfortunate forty-one who died the follow-
ing winter and early spring. A few years later he settled in Ips-
wich, and from there removed with the first settler of Cloeches-
ter, (Salisbury) Mass. He was granted an island in tbe Merri-
mac river for a home and the jnirposes of a shipyard, and it
was called Carr's Island. 'I'be action of the town in relati(ni
to the grant of the island was as follo\vs: "At a general meet-
ing of the freemen of the town of Colechester, the 3rd da\' of
the 5th month, 1640, it was ordered yt (that) George Carr shall
have the ishuid where he now dwells, as well as the niarsli
and upland, it being the greatest island within Ihe tow ii lim-
its, in the Merrimack river, to him and to his heirs and as-
signs forever." Oct. 7, 1640, it was ordered b\ the (General


Court lluit "Colcchcstcr is liciiccroiih to \)c called vSalisbiir\'."
The islaiul was the lioine of llie Carry for a number of i^en-
eraiions, and the iH)Ssession of this island j^ave the family the
nion()j)ol\' of the ferryiui;- business across the river in ye olden
times. Tliis ferry at George Carr's death was considered to ])e
worth .€400. Two of the famil\' were drowned while attend-
i\\<^ the ferr\'. The large house on Carr's Island was destroyed
1)}- lire, MayS), 171)7. (reortreCarr died in Sali.sbury, April 4.
1082, and his second wife Klizabeth, tlied in the same place,
>la\' (), 1()91. Their children, all born in Salisbury, were,

7x1. Elizabeth Carr, b. April 21, 1042.

8x2. George Carr, b. April 15, 1(544.

i) ?>. KMchard Carr, b. March 16, 1640, d. April 25, 1649.
10x4, William Carr, b. March 15, 1648.
11X5. JameCarr, b, April 28, 1650.
12x6. Mary Carr, b. Feb. 29, 1652.
13x7. Sarah Carr, b. Dec. 17, 16.54.
14 8. John Carr, b. Nov. 14, 1656, d. Dec. 25, 1689.
15x9. Richard Carr, b. April 2, 1659.
16x10. Ann Carr, b. June 15, 1661.

I. Jamks Cakk was born in London, Eng., about 1601. He
ran awaj^ from home \vhen a boy and went to sea, and after-
\\'ard became a sea captain. He was drowned \vhile on a voy-
age from the West Indies to Boston. It is presumed that he
had no family.

Secoxd Genekatiox.

II. KoBERT Carr (2) born in London, Eng., Oct. 4, 1614, came
to America with his brother Caleb, on the ship Elizabeth Ann,
commanded by Capt. Roger Cooper, which sailed from Lon-
don, May 9, 1635. From an old shipping record in London, we
find the following: "Calebb Carr, aged 19; and Robert Carr,
aged 21, described as a 'tayler,' sailed for New England, on the
9th of May, 1635, in the Elizabeth Ann." These two brothers
who were both minors, were sent to America after the death
of their parents, to live with their uncle William, who had
previously settled in Bristol, R. I. A few 3'ears later the two
brothers settled in Newport, K*. I.

K'ol)ert Carr was admitted as an inhabitant in Portsmouth,
Feb. 21. 1»!39, and a freeman in Newport, March 16, 1641. He
was one of the original ])urchasers of the island of Conanicut


in Narragansett bay, of the Indians, which contained about
six thousand acres. He also acquired considerable propert}^
in Newport. His will was dated April 20, 1681, as he had de-
termined on a voyage to New York and New Jersey. He died
in 1681, and his will was proved, Oct. 4, 1681. The following
is a copy of his last will and testament:

"Being now in my perfect health and memor^^ and being
bound on a voyage to New^ York and New Jersey, and aged
sixty-seven, and not knowing how the Lord ma}^ deal with me
in ni}^ intended voyage, and knowing certainh^ that I must
once die, though uncertain when, yet being desirous to set mj^
house in order, do make and appoint this to be ni}' last will
and testament."

"Tnipriniis. — I commit my soul into the arms of Jesus
Christ my Redeemer, and my body to the dust, to be decenth^
buried, and so my worldU" estate I dispose of as follo^veth:"

"Fii'stljr, I give and bequeath to my loving w^ife, all m^^ house-
hold stuff and movables, excepting my sheep at Conanicut,
and £20 in money to be paid her yearly during her natural
life 1)3^ my sons hereinafter named."

''Second, I give to my eldest child, Caleb Carr, all iny land
at Conanicut, alias Jamestown, he paying my Avife £ 10 a year
in money dviring her natural life, and pay John Hicks, his
children by my daughter Mary, £20."

"lliircl, 1 give my son Robert Carr, and to the heirs of his
body lawfuU}^ begotten, m}" dwelling house and wharf from
the corner post that leads into the well yard vipon a straight
line to the sea, (only the privilege of the highwa>^ bet\^^een the
house and the well yard to l)e common up to John Brown's
house, and the wharf to 1)e free for my sons and daughters for
any goods they shall bring on or off of said wharf,) and to have
all the land upon the straight line from that post adjoining to
the house and pasture, except what is given to my son-in-law,
James Brown, and the privilege of the well and a wa^' to it,
and pa}' to his mother £7 in mone}" yearly during her natural

"Fourth, I give to my son Ksek, all my land from the corner
post of the \vell yard next to the street side of land I sold Nich-
olas Davis, now in possession of Francis Brinley and Caleb
Carr, together with the privilege of the highway between the
house and the land and a highway down to mv wharf, and the


privilege of the wharf, ouIn- the well to heeommoii and free for
my niaiisioa dwelliuij; house, and a iiiii;hwa_>' <o il for him and
the lieirs of his hody lawfully he^otten, to enjo_\' the same and
to piu' to his mother yearly t'.S in money."

"h^iftli, I ii;ive and 1)e(iueath to my son-in-law James IJrowii-
and to his ehild he hath hy nn- daughter Klixaheth, all that
land he hath huilt upon and fenced in, with two rods in length
more or less, even \vith his land as it is fenced in the upi)er-
most piece hehind his liousenext to Mr. Brenton's, with the
privilege of the highwa}^ from the Broad street to his house
and land."

"Sr.vth, I give and hequeath to m}^ daughter Margaret, all
m\- sheep at Conanicut, alias Jamestown, and the horseflesh
ti) be sold and the value of them to be returned to her, except
une ja^arling colt come of a 3'oung mare which I gave my son

"1 di) nominate and appoint my beloved wife executrix and
my two sons, Caleb and Kobert Carr, executors to this my last
will and testament, and as overseers I desire my brother Caleb
Carr and Walter Clarke to be everseers to see 1113" will to all
intents and purposes be perforined. Robert Carr.

Signed, sealed and published, before us, April 20, 1681,

Henry Dyre, Johx Williams."

"John Williams mid Heary D^^re appeared before the coun-
cil, the 4th day of October, 1681, and upon their engagements
declared that they saw Kobert Carr. deceased, of Newport,
sign and own the above written \vill tt) be his last will, and
that he was in perfect health and memor3\

Taken before the court, Weston Clarke, Clerk."

The name of Robert Carr's wife is not known, nor when she
died. Their children \vere as follows:

17x1. Caleb Carr.

18x2. I':iizabeth Carr.

19x3. Mary Carr.

20x4. Robert Carr.

21Xo. Esek Carr.

22x6. Margaret Carr.

ir. Gov. Caleb Carr (3) born in Ivondon, Eng., Dec. 9, 1616,
came to America with his brother Robert, on the ship Eliza-
beth Ann, which sailed from London, May 9, 1635. He settled in


Newport, R. I., with his brother Robert about 1640, He held
many offices of public trust and honor during his lifetime, and
accumulated considerable property. He was general treasur-
er from May 21, 1661, to May 22, 1662. In 1687-8, he was justice
of the General Quarterly Session and Inferior Court of Com-
inon Pleas. He was governor of the colony in 1695, \vhich last
office he held till his death, which occurred on the 17th day of
December, of the same year. He was drowned. In religious
belief he was a Friend or Quaker.

He had seven children by his first wife Mercy, (probably
Merc}^ Vaughan) who died Sept. 21, 1675, and was buried in the
family burying ground. The inscription on her gravestone
reads as follows: "Here lieth interred ye body of Mercy Carr,
first wife t>f Caleb Carr, who departed this life ye 21st day of
September, in ye 45th year of her age, and in the year of our
Lord, 1675. His second wife was Sarah Clarke, (Widow Pinner)
daughter of Jeremiah Clarke, and sister of Gov. Walter Clarke,
and by whom he had four children. She was born in 1651 and
died in 1706.

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