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Robert Carr, Sr.

Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Newport, Aquidneck Island (Present Newport County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Immediate Family:

Son of Benjamin Carr and Martha Carr
Husband of Martha Hardington Carr; Phillippa Carr; Elizabeth Carr and Elizabeth Carr
Father of Ezek Carr; Robert Carr; Elizabeth Gardiner and Mary Earle
Brother of Caleb Carr, 16th Colonial Governor of Rhode Island; Robert Carr, of Newport; Richard Carr; Andrew Carr and Robert Carr

Occupation: Tailor
Managed by: Nancy Ann Frantz
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About Robert Carr, Sr.

Robert Carr, [Benjamin, William] was born 04 October 1614 in London, England. . He was the son of Benjamin Carr and Martha Hardington.

Robert Carr came to America with his brother Caleb on the ship Elizabeth and Ann May 9, 1635 which sailed from London with Roger Cooper as Captain and docked at Boston. Robert is marked on the ship list as age 21 with an occupation of tailor. His brother Caleb was eleven.

They were thought to have come to America, by at least one researcher, to live with their uncle William who was settled in Rhode Island. However it is more likely that Caleb was a charge of Robert and that they remained in Boston for a short time. In early 1637 a group left Boston for Rhode Island because of religious differences. There we find Robert listed as an inhabitant of Pocassit settlement in 1638. Pocassit would later be known as Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

Two years later, Robert became a freeman in the new settlement of Newport where he probably married. He had six children. Robert was a member of the Society of Friends, was involved in the purchase of Conanicut later called Jamestown, Rhode Island. He was one of the original purchasers of Narraganset Bay. Though it is thought that he maintained his residence in Newport.

Robert Carr wrote his will 20 April 1681, while preparing for a "voyage" between New Jersey and New York. His wife was still living and he provided her with household "stuff" and twenty pounds yearly. The will however does not cite her name and researchers have yet to determine who she is.

He gave his son Caleb land at Conanicut where he grazed his sheep and requested that son Caleb give another ten pounds to his mother annually. The sheep were given to daughter Margaret along with the money from the "horseflesh" once sold. He provided a sum for his grandchildren by daughter Mary who had married John Hicks. He left his house and the wharf leading to it and the lands adjoining it to son Robert who also was to pay his mother seven pounds yearly. His son-in-law James Brown and daughter Elizabeth had already been provided with land next to the dwelling property plus all that they had built upon and fenced. Robert’s son Esek received the property next to Robert’s.

Robert Carr died some time between the writing of his will in April and O4 October 1681 when John Williams and Henry Dyre appeared before council to declare that they had seen the deceased sign his will while he was still in perfect health and memory.

The history of the English-speaking family of the Carrs and Kerrs is as old as the Norman Conquest of England. One of the followers of William the Conqueror, taken from a roll in "Battle Abbey," bears the name of "Karre." The early posterity of this Norman soldier settled in the north of England, and succeeding generations spread on both sides of the borderland of England and Scotland and afterward into northern Ireland. The name has passed through many changes and variations and is found in the old documents spelled Carre, Carr, Car, Karre, Karr, Kar, Kerre, Kerr, Ker. There is almost as much variation in the colors and mottoes of the coats-of-arms of the various branches of the family. The ancient and original arms — three mullets or etoibles on a chevron; crest: a hart's head, has been generally adhered to, but a wide play given to coloring and motto. The earliest definite Carr records pertaining to the ancestry of the American family go back to four brothers — Benjamin, William, George and James Carr, who were born in London. The eldest son Benjamin is the American progenitor. William Carr married Susan Rothchild and came to America in 1621 on the ship "Fortune," Captain Roger Williams, and was a founder of the town of Bristol, Rhode Island. George Carr married Lucinda Davenport, and came to America in 1620, on the "Mayflower," as ship carpenter. He was granted an island in the Merrimac river that was in possession of the family a great many years. James Carr ran away from home, went to sea, afterward became a sea captain. He was drowned while on a voyage from the West Indies to Boston. It is not known that he had a family.

(I) Benjamin Carr was born in London, England, August 18, 1592. He married Martha Hardington in London, September 2, 1613. They both died in London. Children:

Robert, see forward.

Caleb, born December 9, 1616.

Richard, January 5, 1621.

Andrew, December 5, 1622.

(II) Robert, eldest son of Benjamin and Martha (Hardington) Carr, was born in London, England, October 14, 1614, came to America with his brother Caleb (afterward governor of the colony) on the ship "Elizabeth Ann," Captain Roger Cooper, sailing from London, May 9, 1635. These two brothers were both minors and were sent to America after the death of their parents, to live with their uncle, William Carr, who had previously settled in Bristol, Rhode Island. A few years later the two brothers settled in Newport. Robert Carr was admitted an inhabitant in Portsmouth, February 21, 1639, and a freeman in Newport, March 16, 1641. He was one of the original purchasers of Conanicut Island, in Narragansett Bay, containing six thousand acres. He owned considerable property in Newport. He died in 1681, and his will was probated October 4, 1681. The name of his wife is not known nor when she died. Children:

Came to America with brother Caleb on ship Elizabeth Ann sailing from London on 5-9-1635

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Robert Carr, Sr.'s Timeline

October 4, 1614
May 9, 1635
Age 20
London, England
June 1635
Age 20
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Age 20
Ship: Elizabeth & Ann
Age 20
Ship: Elizabeth & Ann
Age 36
Newport, Aquidneck Island, Colony of Rhode Island
Age 40
Little Compton, Newport, RI
January 1, 1661
Age 46
Portsmouth, Aquidneck Island, Colony of Rhode Island
October 12, 1672
Age 58
Newport, Aquidneck Island (Present Newport County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations