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  • ID: I1404
  • Name: John Carr 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 06 OCT 1738 in Newport, RI (Newport Co) 3 4 5
  • Military Service: Captain, Revolutionary War 6
  • Will: 23 AUG 1748 Mentioned in will of cousin Elizabeth Greene 1
  • ALIA: Old '76
  • Title: Capt
  • Reference Number: 1404
  • Death: 22 MAR 1814 in Newport, RI (Newport Co) 7
  • Name: Old '76 Carr 8
  • Birth: 06 OCT 1738
  • Death: 25 MAR 1814 6
  • Military Service: Served in battles in Rhode Island, and at battle of Trenton under Gen Washington 9
  • Military Service: Capt, Revolutionary War, Col Lippitt's regiment, ordered to cross ferry with company and march to New York 1776 10
  • Military Service: Capt, Revolutionary War, Col Lippitt's regiment, on company payroll SEP 1776 11
  • Will: 08 MAY 1802 Will dated 2 12
  • Will: 02 MAY 1814 Will proved 12
  • Note:
    Subj: [CARR-L] William P. CARR of Newport, RI
    Date: 02/25/2000 11:11:03 AM Eastern Standard Time
    From: (Beth Hurd)

    from "Representative Men and Old Families of RI", 1908
    pp. 1560 - 1562.

    "William P. CARR. Among the oldest and most prominent families of Newport,
    R.I., is that of Carr, whose representatives in every generation have
    occupied distinguished positions in business, professional and public life.
    William P. Carr, of Newport, is a direct descendant of Caleb Carr, one of
    the earliest settlers of the city.

    (I) Caleb Carr, born in 1624, came to America in 1635 with his elder
    brother, Robert, in the ship "Elizabeth and Ann", from London, England, and
    settled in Newport, R.I. He married (first) Mercy, born in 1631, who died
    in 1675, and (second) Sarah, widow of John Pinner, and daughter of Jeremiah
    and Frances (Latham) Clarke. Mr. Carr was commissioner in 1654, 1658, 1659,
    1660, 1661 and 1662; was made a freeman in 1655; was deputy, with the
    exception from 1664 to 1690, and assistant the greater part of the time
    between 1679 and 1691. He was governor in 1695, the year in which he died.
    Governor Carr bought at different times beginning with 1658, large interest
    in Conanicut and Dutch Islands. The Carrs as a family became conspicuous in
    the development of Jamestown, and their fortunes have been more or less
    identified with that town and Newport from their settlement to the present
    time. The children of Governor Carr were: Nicholas, Mercy, Caleb, Samuel,
    Mercy (2), John, Edward (all born to the first marriage), Frances, Sarah,
    James and Elizabeth.

    (II) John Carr, son of Gov. Caleb, born in 1664, married Wait, born Nov. 5,
    1668, daughter of Peter and Ann (Coggeshall) Easton, and granddaughter of
    Gov. Nicholas Easton. John Carr living in Newport, R.I. He was deputy in
    1705. He died in 1714, and his wife passed away in 1725. Their children
    were: Samuel, Caleb, Ann, John, Frances and Patience.

    (III) Samuel Carr, son of John, born in 1694, married in 1719 Mary Greene,
    born April 6, 1697, at Cowesett, R.I. Mr. Carr was a gunsmith and a
    resident of Newport. His will, which was made in 1739, was proved August
    1st of that year. He was buried on Goat Island, and the inscription on his
    tombstone proclaims that he died in the forty-sixth year of his age, and
    that his daughter, Waite, died on that same day, aged theirteen years, both
    being said to have died of smallpox. The children of Samuel and Mary Carr
    were: Caleb, born in 1720; Samuel, born in 1722; Waite, born in 1726;
    Ebenezer, born Oct. 2, 1735, and John, born Oct. 6, 1738.

    (IV) John Carr, son of Samuel, was born Oct. 6, 1738, in Newport, R.I., and
    married July 19, 1761, Mary Arnold, born in 1736. Mr. Carr was an active
    patriot and an officer in the Revolution, taking part in the battles of
    Rhode Island, and Trenton under Washington. He died March 25, 1814, Mrs.
    Carr passing away Nov. 2, 1789. Their children were: John, born April 12,
    1762; Mary, June 13, 1763; Sarah, May 29, 1765; Samuel, Sept. 24, 1766;
    Caleb A., 1768; Abigail, Sept. 4, 1771; Comfort, July 15, 1773. Other
    children have been assigned to them, among whom were Richard, Ebenezer and
    George Washington.

    (V) George Washington Carr, son of John, born July 12, 1777, married Nov. 1,
    1801, Margaret, born April 11, 1779, daughter of William and Mary (Rowling)
    Thurston, granddaughter of William and Dorothy (Carter) Thurston of Newport,
    great-granddaughter of Jonathan Thurston, great-great-granddaughter of
    Edward Thurston (2), and great-great-great-granddaughter of Edward Thurston,
    who is of record in the Colony of Rhode Island as early as 1647, in which
    year he was married to Elizabeth Mott. He served as commissioner and
    assistant and for many years as deputy from Newport. Margaret (Thurston)
    Carr died July 19, 1878, at the advanced age of ninety-three years, three
    months, eight days. Children as follows were born to her and her husband:
    Dolly Thurston, born July 27, 1802; Abby, Dec. 18, 1803; Margaret, Sept. 17,
    1805; George Washington, April 22, 1808; Mary Ann, March 26, 1810; Caleb
    Arnold, June 15, 1813; Thomas Thurston, May 4, 1815; Sarah Rowling, Aug. 5,
    1818; John, Feb. 22, 1821; Amelia, June 23, 1824.

    (VI) Thomas Thurston Carr, son of George Washington, was born May 4, 1815.
    In early life he was interested in the whaling industry, at which he was
    engaged for several years. He later engaged in the grocery business in
    Newport, and continued at that occupation for a number of years, by careful,
    capable and conservative business methods meeting with well-deserved
    success. In political faith Mr. Carr was a stanch supporter of the
    principles of the Republican party, and as such served his native city for
    several years as a member of the General Assembly of the State. He was a
    consistent member of the Central Baptist Church (now the Second Baptist),
    serving as deacon thereof from its formation to the time of his death. He
    was a director of the Aquidneck National Bank of Newport for many years. In
    the death of Mr. Carr, which ocurred Dec. 15, 1887, Newport lost one of its
    most honored citizens, the needy a true and kind friend and his family an
    affectionate and devoted father.

    On June 22, 1845, Mr. Carr was married to Clarissa Peckham, daughter of
    William and Sarah Peckham, and she passed away in Newport March 8, 1872,
    aged fifty-one years, three months, sixteen days. To Mr. and Mrs. Carr were
    born children as follows: Clarissa T., born May 7, 1847, is the wife of
    Edwin S. Burdick, of Newport; Josephine Augusta, born May 7, 1847, is the
    widow of George A. Hazard, of Newport; Thomas T., born Sept. 19, 1848,
    married Carrie Augarde, and died in Chicago; George W., born Nov. 29, 1850,
    who is a lawyer engaged in the practice of his profession in New York,
    married Julia Paul Mitchell; Phebe J., born Oct. 29, 1853, is the widow of
    Anthony S. Sherman, of Newport; Mary L., born June 14, 1856, is at home,
    unmarried; William P., is mentioned below; Annie Peckham, born Nov. 1, 1861,
    is at home, unmarried.

    (VII) William Peckham Carr, son of the late Thomas Thurston Carr, was born
    Oct. 12, 1857, in Newport, and received his early educational training in
    the public schools. Leaving school at the early age of seventeen years he
    became a clerk in his father's grocery, after leaving which he went to New
    York City and for a time was employed in the wholesale grocery house of
    Clark, Chapin & Hawley. He then went to Boston, Mass., and for a short
    period was associated with the firm of Peckham, Ralph & Co., grain brokers.
    Returning to Newport, Mr. Carr again entered the employ of his father, and
    continued with him unil 1885, when he purchased the grocery business in
    which he is interested at the present time.

    In politics Mr. Carr is a stanch Republican, and he has served his native
    city as a member of the city council for a period of six years, three years
    of which time he was president thereof. In 1906, at the first election held
    under the new charter granted the city of Newport, Mr. Carr was elected a
    member of the representative council from the First ward for the three-year
    term. Mr. Carr is a consistent member and liberal supporter of the Central
    Baptist (now the Second Baptist) Church, and on the death of his father, in
    1887, he was elected a deacon to succeed him. He has served in that
    capacity to the present time, and has also held the position of church
    treasurer for a number of years.

    Mr. Carr is unmarried, and makes his home with his sisters, Misses Mary L.
    and Annie Peckham Carr. Like his honored father, Mr. Carr possesses a
    quiet, unostentatious disposition, but his genial, kindly manner has
    attracted to him hosts of warm friends who enjoy his business success and
    political prominence. The Carr family are greatly esteemed in their native

    * * * * * * * * *

    >From the Rhode Island marriage index:

    CARR, Josephine A. Hazard, George A. 71-552-21 12/18/1871

    CARR, Clara T. Burdick, Edwin S. 68-500-21 09/22/1868
    CARR John Old French & Indian War Served on Privateer Defiance of Newport in 1756.
    CARR John Old French & Indian War Served in Capt. E. Whiting's Co. in 1757.
    from "Cemetery Inscriptions of Jamestown, R.I."
    In memory of John Carr who was lost at sea 1772 in the 23 year of his age.
    Wait Carr died 1772 in the 23 year of her age.
    In memory of Capt. John Carr who died March 25, 1814 aged 75 years. John
    Carr Junr (sic) was lost at sea Nov. 1785, aged 23 years Also of his son
    Caleb Arnold Carr who died in St. Marys April 15, 1793 aged 24 years.
    (Slate stone)

    Father: Samuel Carr b: 1694 in Newport, RI (Rhode Island Co) [now Newport, RI (Newport Co)]
    Mother: Mary Greene b: 06 APR 1697 in Cowesett, Warwick, RI (County of Providence Plantations)

    Marriage 1 Mary Arnold b: 1736
    • Married: 19 JUL 1761 in Newport, RI (Newport Co) 13 14 15
    1. Has No Children John Carr b: 12 APR 1762 in Newport, RI (Newport Co)
    2. Has Children Mary Carr b: 13 JUN 1763 in Newport, RI (Newport Co)
    3. Has Children Sarah Carr b: 29 MAY 1765 in Newport, RI (Newport Co)
    4. Has Children Samuel I Carr b: 24 SEP 1766 in Newport, RI (Newport Co)
    5. Has No Children Caleb Arnold Carr b: 29 JUL 1768 in Newport, RI (Newport Co)
    6. Has No Children Richard Carr b: 21 JUN 1770 in Newport, RI (Newport Co)
    7. Has No Children Henry Carr b: 21 JUN 1770 in Newport, RI (Newport Co)
    8. Has No Children Abigail Carr b: 04 SEP 1771 in Newport, RI (Newport Co)
    9. Has No Children Comfort Carr b: 15 JUL 1773 in Newport, RI (Newport Co)
    10. Has No Children Ebenezer Carr b: 10 SEP 1775 in Newport, RI (Newport Co)
    11. Has Children George Washington Carr b: 12 JUL 1777 in Newport, RI (Newport Co)
    12. Has No Children Hannah Carr b: 29 APR 1780 in Newport, RI (Newport Co)
    13. Has No Children Waite Carr b: ABT 1782

    1. Author: Carol Joyce Hathaway, editor
      Title: West Greenwich (RI) Wills
      Source Medium: Book

      Covers wills recorded between Jul 1743 and 30 May 1846 in West Greenwich, RI.

      Page: Book I pp 42-3
    2. Title: Rhode Island Vital Records, New Series, Vol 10
      Page: 68
      Text: Under son-in-law Peleg Carr's listing and daughter Waite's.
    3. Title: Newport Historical Magazine, Vol 1-2 (1880-82), Newport Town Records
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: 167
      Text: of Samuel and Mary
    4. Author: James N Arnold
      Title: Vital Record of RI, (Newport Co) 1636 - 1850
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: 86
    5. Author: Arthur A Carr
      Title: The Carr Book
      Publication: Name: 1947, Tuttle;
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: 33, 53
    6. Author: Arthur A Carr
      Title: The Carr Book
      Publication: Name: 1947, Tuttle;
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: 53
    7. Author: Arnold
      Title: Vital Record of RI, Vol XXI - Newspapers (Rhode Island American - Deaths)
        Name: See CARR_RIDeaths2

      Source Medium: Book

      Page: 31
      Text: "Capt John Carr, at Newport, aged 77 years." and date.
    8. Author: Dr Turner
      Title: Turner's Manuscripts, Newport Historical Society
      Publication: Name: Time of the US Civil War (abt 1861-65);
        Name: Newport Historical Society, Newport, RI

      Source Medium: Manuscript

      Manuscripts referred to by Arthur Carr in "The Carr Book" on pp 2, 16, et al.

      Text: Referenced on pg 53 of The Carr Book, by Arthur Carr. "The mss of Dr H E Turner at Newport says that in his later years Capt John was known as 'Old '76'.
    9. Title: Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island
      Publication: Name: 1908;
      Source Medium: Book

      Referred to in The Carr Book, by Arthur Carr, pg 16; cited by Beth Hurd in an email.

      Page: 1560-62
    10. Title: Vital Record of RI, Vol XII, Cowell's Spirit of '76 - Index
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: 127
      Text: "Capt Carr, of Col Lippitt's regiment; ordered to cross ferry with company and march to New York, 1776; 313, mentioned"
    11. Title: Vital Record of RI, Vol XII, Cowell's Spirit of '76 - Index
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: 127
      Text: "John Carr, captain, Col Lippitt's regiment; on company pay roll Sept, 1776"
    12. Title: Rhode Island Genealogical Register
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: Vol 8, No 2, Oct 1985, pg 152
    13. Author: James N Arnold
      Title: Vital Record of RI, (Newport Co) 1636 - 1850
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: 15
      Text: dob and pob
    14. Author: Arthur A Carr
      Title: The Carr Book
      Publication: Name: 1947, Tuttle;
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: 53
      Text: dom only
    15. Title: Newport Historical Magazine, Vol 1-2 (1880-82), Newport Town Records
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: 209
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