On May 9, 1635 the ship Elizabeth and Ann slipped her moorings and put out from London, England under the command of Roger Cooper, Master. Her destination was New England. On board were on hundred and two passengers bearing permission to emmigrate to the new world that lay on the western shore of their ocean.
Among these passengers two should command our attention. These are listed in the old records as Robert and Caleb Carr. The notation of "Taylor" is appended to the name of Robert designating his trade. A later writer, Dr. Turner of Newport, refers to them as from Scotland. As yet we do not know exactly from whence they came.
Sometime in the following June (early midsummer, one account says) the ship arrived in Boston harbor and our ancestors were in America.
For the next two years we have to guess as to the residence of the two passengers on the Elizabeth and Ann. For the remainder of their lives Robert and Caleb Carr were close associates of William Coddington who came from Boston, Lincolnshire, England as of of the original members of the Mass. Bay Company in 1629 and was a leading merchant in Boston, Mass. during this period. Robert and Caleb landed at Boston and two years later left Boston. Adding all these facts together are w not permitted to assume that our ancestors were for these first two years of the living on this side the Atlantic in the rapidly growing town of Boston.
Early in 1637 a group of Boston people led by William Coddington left Boston because of religious differences. They went to Providence and conferred with Roger Williams as to settling in those parts. With the active aid of Mr. Williams the group purchased from the Indians the large town of Quidnick and immediately proceeded to the business of founding the town of Pocassit (later called Portsmouth). It is thought that the Carrs left Boston with this group. Certainly they were early at the Pocassit settlement for on Feb. 21, 1638 Robert Carr was listed as an inhabitant. It is my thought that Caleb who was still but a child of fourteen accompanied Robert.
Many seem to have come to the new settlement at Pocassit that summer of 1638 and the following winter for in the spring of the next year William Coddington and a small group of the leading men removed to the south end of the island to lay out a new settlement leaving at Pocassit a goodly company to carry on.
Again the Carrs followed William Coddington and like him remained at the new settlement the rest of their days. the name which they gave this new home was remained unchanged all these years. It is still Newport.
Lying in the mouth of Narragansett Bay off shore from Newport is the sizable island of Conanicut (known now as Jamestown). In contrast with the forested shores of Aquidnick, Conanicut had some cleared land where the Indians had for generations summered and grown their corn and vegetables. This area of hay, pasturage and vegetable land appealed to the forest bound inhabitants of Newport. Thus in 1659 we find William Coddington, Benedict Arnold, William Brenton, Caleb Carr and Richard Smith leading a company of Newport citizens in arranging the transfer of Conanicut and the small adjoining islands of Gould and Dutch to themselves. Chief Quisaquam made the transfer on the part of the Indians.
Both Robert and Caleb were among the ninety-eight original purchasers of the island. It is thought that neither of the brothers resided on the island. This move was left to their children. But that is another story for which I refer you to Generation III.
The settlements of southern Rhode Island had a visitor during this period who should be noted because of the similarity of names and the confusion possible thereby. This visitor was Sir Robert Carr who came as a member of the Royal Commission attempting to hear and settle disputes of the Colonies with the mother country and with each other. Sir Robert was in Newport and its environs early in 1665. He must have found the country to his liking for a letter of his to the King is recorded in which he craves a grant of land in the Cowessett country. This grant was probably never made as Sir Robert died shortly after his landing in England upon his return to that country in 1667. His family had no connection with Rhode Island and if he was related to our Robert and Caleb it went unmentioned on both sides as far as I have been able to learn.
the British Isles
Oct. 4, 1614
Apr. 30 - Oct. 4 1681
The date of Robert's marriage or the name of his wife has not yet come to light.
The first mention that is found of this emmigrant ancestor of ours is shown in the illustration opposite [note: the illustration was not in fact opposite, but was for some reason moved to just after the title page]. The story behind this permission for Robert and Caleb to "pass beyond the seas" still lies beyond our ken. For now it must suffice us that they came. The ship bearing our ancestors arrived in Boston in early midsummer of 1635 and both of the Carrs are lost to view for about two years.
On Feb. 21, 1638 Robert Carr is mentioned as an inhabitant of the new settlement of Pocassit (now Portsmouth, R.I.). See the introduction to this generation. Two years later, on Mar. 16, 1641 he is listed as a freeman in the then forming settlement at Newport, R.I. This last spot, Newport, became the permanent home of Robert Carr. Here he engaged in trade and thrived as is attested by his will which disposed of considerable property. See Appendix No. 1.
Robert Carr embraced the religion of the Society of Friends probably about the time of the visit of George Fox to Rhode Island.
He was involved in the purchase of the island of Conanicut (Jamestown) from the Indians but it is quite certain that he always remained a resident of Newport.
Walter Clarke, a son-in-law of Roger Williams and the brother, Caleb, were made overseers of Robert's will. This will places his death date between Apr. 30 and Oct. 4 in the year 1681 as it was executed on the first date and proven on the second.
The following six children were born to Robert and his wife:
the British Isles
Dec. 9, 1624
Dec. 17, 1695
(1) Ann Easton
(2) Mercy Vaughan
(3)Sarah Clarke (Widow Pinner)
1631 - 1651
1630 - Sept. 12, 1675
Jeremiah and Frances (Latham) Clarke, 1651 - 1706.
Having thus listed the three wives of Caleb Carr, I must at once qualify it by saying that the records are very confusing on the subject of Caleb's wives. the above is the best guess that I can make after studying the many sources that mention his marriages. I feel very sure that the children of Caleb were all borne by his last tow wives as is indicated below.
The children of Caleb and Mercy were:
b. Oct. 22, 1654
b. April 6, 1656
b. Aug. 23, 1657
b. Dec. 15, 1659
b. Jan. 1, 1661
b. about 1664
b. about 1666
The children of Caleb and Sarah were:
b. about 1678
b. about 1680
b. about 1682
b. about 1684
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