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Carr: Myths and Truths and in Between

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Robert C. Anderson lists four Carr early immigrants to New England in the Great Migration Directory. All have Unknown origins

Caleb Carr, 1635 on the Elizabeth & Ann; Newport; GM 2:2:11-16
George Carr, 1634 to Ipswich and Salisbury: GM 2:2:17-22
Richard Carr, 1635 on Abigail; to Ipswich and Salisbury: GM 2:2:23-24
Robert Carr 1635 on Elizabeth & Ann; to Portsmouth and Newport. GM 2:2: 24-27

Printed material to be drawn from, listed by publ. date.:

  • Carr, Edson I. The Carr Family Records Embacing [sic] the record of the first families who settled in America and their descendants, with many branches who came to this country at a later date (Rockton, Ill., Herald printing house, 1894) link to book at Archive
  • The American Carr Families (Martin & Allardyce, Frankford, Philadelphia, Pa., 1912) link to book at Archive
  • Watson, W. L. The House of Carr : a historical sketch of the Carr family from 1450 to 1926. (1926) https://archive.org/details/HouseOfCarr
  • Carr, Arthur Adkins. The Carr Book sketches of the lives of many of the descendants of Robert and Caleb Carr, whose arrival on this continent in 1635 began the American story of our family. (Ticonderoga, NY.: A.A. Carr, 1947) link at Hathi
  • Carr, Charles W. Ancestors and Descendants of Amasa Carr. (1981)

Edson Carr, Carr Family Records begins with (p. 9)

  1. Benjamin b. London 18 Aug 1592; m. Martha Hadington, London 2 Sep 1613. died in London
    1. Robert Carr b. 4 Oct 1614
    2. Caleb Carr b. 9 Dec 1616; b c 1624 age 11 at sailing [Hotten]; d. 1695; m. (1) Mercy; (2) Sareth Pener; brother of Robert Carr of Newport
    3. Richard Carr b. 5 Jan 1621
    4. Andrew Carr b. 5 Dec 1622
  2. William b. London 17 Jun 1597; m. Susan Rothchild Lon 16 May 1619; to Plymouth 1621 "Fortune; walked to Bristol; died 4 Jun 1672
    1. George b. 12 Mar 1620
  3. George; Went to America in 1620 on the Mayflower
  4. James; ran away to sea.

Claims to be from family Bible printed London 1585 belonging to Susan, wife of George (1) "My maiden name was Susan Rothchild. I was born in Devonshire, Eng., in the year 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 says he had a brother George Carr, who went to America in 1620. My husband has a brother Benjamin Carr, he was born Aug. 18, 1592. I am acquainted with him and his family. He has four sons, Robert Carr, born Oct 4, 1614; Caleb Carr, born Dec. 9, 1916; Richard Carr, born Jan. 5, 1621; Andrew Carr, born Dec. 5, 1622. My son George Carr was 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."

Americn Carr Families (1912)

  • Caleb Carr 1624 immigrant
  • Robert Carr brother of Caleb immigrant

House of Carr (1926) p. 5Claims the early generations through peerage books

  • Andrew Kerr 9th Baron of Fennerhurst. b. 1450; baron 1480; knighted 1543; died 1543;
    • (doesn't state relationship to Andrew) Sir John Kerr's son Thomas became the 11th baron
    • (doesn't state relationship to Andrew) Sir William Carr 10th baron of Fennerhurst lived London had Benjamin 1592, William 1597, George 1599 and James 1601
  1. Benjamin (b. 1592); died London; wife predeceased husband; after his death, sons Robert and Caleb were sent to live with aunt Susan and Uncle William (b. 1597) in 1635. In 1636 Roger Williams settled with them and set up a free school [According to Aunt Susan's diary]
  2. William (b. 1597) 2nd son of Sir William; m. 1619 Susan Rothschild; 1621 sailed on the Fortune; walked to Bristol and settled there
  3. George (b1599) son of Sir William sailed on the Maryflower moved to Salisbury. Bought a copy of the coat of Arms, with him.

An online version says Benjamin died 1653 (transposition) link

The Carr Book (1947) is not online -

  • Unknown Carr b.? d?
    • Robert Carr b. 4 Oct 1614
    • Caleb Carr b. 9 Dec 1624

A&D Amasa Carr (1981) The first three generations are from the framed "Pedigree" of Governor Caleb Carr hanging from the wall of the living room in the old Carr Homestead in Jamestown, RI.

  • I. Sir Lord Andrew Kerr (Scotland) b. 1450; m. Janet d/o Sir Lord Patrick Hume; sons:
    • Sir Thomas Kerr b. 1494
    • +Sir John Kerr b. 17 Jun 1500 died 1562
    • Sir Robert Kerr b. 1503
  • II Sir John b. Scotland 17 Jun 1500; m. Katherine d/o Sir Andrew Kerr of Cesford. 10th Baron of Fenhurst. rescued Mary Queen of Scots. Sons:
    • Sir Thomas Kerr b 1529
    • Sir Andrew Kerr of Nether George b. 1536
    • +Sir William Kerr b. 16 May 1542 Scotts Peerage p. 62 states that this William died without issue
  • III Sir William Kerr b. Scotland 16 May 1542. m. Mary Ann Clifford Carr, sister of Lord Somerset. Sir Wm changed the name to Kelso, then to Carr
    • George Carr b. 1590 went to America
    • Benjamin Carr b. 18 Aug 1592 died in London.
      • Robert Carr b. 4 Oct 1614 d. 1681
      • Richard Carr b. 5 Jan 1621
      • Andrew W. Carr b. 5 Dec 1622
      • Caleb Carr. Noticing the discrepancy between alleged birth date and age at sailing, author makes change of birth to 9 Dec 1624; d. 17 Dec 1695
    • William Carr b. 1597 Went to Ameirca
    • James Carr b 1601 Lost at Sea.

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