314. Gov. Caleb1 Carr;221 married Mercy Vaughan;221 born 9 Dec 1616 at London, Eng;221 married Sarah Clarke, daughter of Jeremiah Clarke and Frances Latham, between 1675 and 1678;221 died 17 Dec 1695 at Newport, RI, at age 79.221
He From Mrs. William Carr's (Caleb's Aunt) diary which is still preserved with the records of the family:
"It was a summer day in 1621, as I stood upon our ship's deck beside my husband with my infant son closely folded to my breast, while our noble captain, Roger Williams, stood by our side. I took a last view forever of my native isle, and forever bid it adieu, and all the scenes of my childhood home. My heart ached while bitter tears blinded my eyes. Never shall I forget the scenes of that day, as we took a last farewell of our friends with many promises that they would soon join us in America."
"Then the order was given by our captain to cast off our moorings, and our ship stood out in the Thames. After all sails were spread we took our course down the river. Each spot along its banks was dear to my soul, and while I was sad, the passengers, there being thirty-five, were singing and making merry that they were going to America. I could not join them for my heart was very sad."
"We had a pleasant sail down the Thames. Still I gazed upon my native isle with tearful eyes, and watched it when far out at sea, until the last receeding mountain vanished from my view. Our voyage was very pleasant for twenty days out to sea, and then we encountered a storm which lasted all the afternoon and following night. The weather was pleasant the rest of the way, and on the 6th day of November, 1621, the anchor was cast at dark some way out at sea for fear of unseen rocks."
"Next morning the boats were lowered and we landed, but what was my surprise! Lucinda, George Carr's wife, had died early in the spring before. My husband and George his brother and myself went to view her resting place. There with tearful eyes I viewed the last resting place of poor Lucinda Devenport, whom I had known in England. She had died in a foreign land of privation and cold, and was buried side by side with many others who had shared the same fate. My heart sank within me to think that I should never see Lucinda again. I had anticipated many happy hours with her, but my youthful hopes were forever blasted."
"We lived with brother George through the winter, living mostly on what game we caught. It was a cold, tedious winter with deep snow. Game was plenty such as deer and moose."
"On June 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. I carried my son George in my arms and on my back through a dense forest settled only with wild beasts and Indians, but we met with few of the former and none of the latter. After being forty-eight days on our journey, July 18, husband concluded to stop and build a log cabin and to settle for life. In four days, husband, the Indian and myself, 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 build 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 noble companion, and had traveled with him fortyeight days through the forest. To my companion I had given my early love and pledged my hand for life. He was ever kind to me. We both belonged to the society of Friends."
"Before leaving England, father gave me oe100 in gold coin, my brother gave me two doubloons in gold. This gold coin I sewed into the wadding of my petticoat. Mother gave me her gold diamond ring which cost oe16. She took her gold watch from her pocket and gave it to me. It cost oe25. She also gave me her gold locket and the gold chain that she wore with her watch, and bade me keep them to remember her by. The locket cost oe10, and I lost it in my journey through the wilderness in coming here, but it was found by an Indian hunter in 1625, and returned to me. I had many happy days 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 us in 1628, with his wife, son and daughter from England. They belonged to the society of Friends."
"In 1635, Robert and Caleb Carr, husband's brother Benjamin Carr's two sons, were sent over from London to live with their uncle William, my husband. We had fine times hunting with the Indians, they were very friendly to us. Our bedding 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 nameless wilderness."
"In 1636 Capt. Roger Williams, who had abandoned the sea, moved from Salem, 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 place Bristol. He also surveyed and laid out towns and gave them names."
"A meeting was held at our cabin and we offered up our humble thanks to God, that we had met on this side of the ocean in a free land, beyond the persecution of Great Britain. How my heart thanked God that our noble captain who brought us safely across the ocean, had come to live with us, and preach and teach us to love God and to keep his commandments."221 He emigrated on 9 May 1635; came to America with his brother Robert on the Elizabeth & Ann, which sailed from London 9 May 1635. He settled in Newport RI with his brother around 1640.221 He "came to America with his brother Robert, on the ship Elizabeth Ann, which sailed from London, May 9, 1635. He settled inNewport, 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 treasurer from May 21, 1661, to May 22, 1662. In 1687-8, he was justice of the General Quarterly Session and Inferior Court of Common Pleas. He was governor of the colony in 1695, which 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 Mercy 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 of 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.
He died Dec. 17, 1695, and was buried in the family burying ground on Mill street, beside his first wife. The inscription on his tombstone reads: "Here lieth interred the body of Caleb Carr, governor of this colony, who departed this life ye 17th day of December, 1695, in ye 73rd (79) year of his age."221 He left a will between 8 Mar 1694 and 1694; The following is a copy of Gov. Caleb Carr's last will and testament:
"In the name of God, Amen. The eighth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and ninety-three or four, 1693-4, I, Caleb Carr, of Newport, on Rhode Island, in their Majesty's colony of Rhode Island, King's Province and Providence Plantation, in New England, in America, being ............ years of age, and being now of perfect mind and memory, (thanks be given unto God,) therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, in manner and form following: That is to say, first and principally, I give my soul into the hands of God who gave it me, and for my body, I commend it to ye earth, to be buried in christian and decent manner; and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it bath pleased God to bless me in this life. I give, demise, bequeath and dispose in manner and form following:"
"Imprimis.--That all just debts which I do owe unto any person or persons be paid in convenient time after my decease by my executors hereinafter named."
"Item.--Unto my dear wife, Sarah Carr, I give and bequeath forty pounds in money, to be paid her within a year's time after my decease, and three gold rings that now she hath, one of which my will is that she shall give to my daughter Sarah Carr, and another daughter Elizabeth Carr, and the other to whom she pleaseth. Also, I give and bequeath to my said wife Sarah Carr, a silver possnet and the cover belonging to it and two silver spoons, and one milch cow, forty sheep, a horse or mare, whether of which she shall make choice of, of mine, also my great looking-glass and the new great bible. Further, I do give unto my said wife Sarah Carr, the fifth part of the beds and bedding, pewter and brass, and the fifth part of all other household stuff that I do not now dispose of by this my will, nor shall not dispose of before the time of my decease. Further, I give and bequeath unto my said wife Sarah Carr, my Negro woman Hannah. Further, my will is that my said wife Sarah Carr, shall have after my decease, the house wherein my son John Carr now liveth, on the back side of my dwelling house, to live in during the time of her widowhood, together with privilege in the yard convenient to lay her wood, and in use of the well for her own use for herself and family, and the use of the lower garden to the eastward of the yard, as it is now fenced in with rail and wharfage, free for her own occupation without charge to her."
"Item.--I give and bequeath unto my son Nicholas Carr, and to his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, forever, my farm, being and lying on the island of Conanicut, containing by estimation seven score acres, which I formerly leased unto him for about twenty years, as by said lease may appear, with dwelling house he now dwelleth in thereon, and all other out houses, buildings and fences thereon as privileges thereunto or belonging, as also that right in the share of Dutch island which belongeth to the said farm. Further, I give and bequeath to my said son, Nicholas Carr, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, forever, forty acres of land lying on the west side of the highway, over against my brother Robert Carr, his land on the said Conanicut island, as also ten acres of land on the said island which I purchased of John Peckham, jr., and also twelve acres of land at the head of the forty acres aforesaid, which twelve acres I purchased or bought of Benedict Arnold. Further, I give and bequeath to my son Nicholas Carr, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, forever, one-fourth of my share of land at Gould island, as also twenty-five feet in length of land from the west end of my ware house now standing upon my wharf here in Newport; the said land to be twenty foot in breadth, that if he see cause he may build upon it, or otherwise improve it. Further, I give and bequeath unto my said son Nicholas Carr, his heirs and assigns, my great bible, my seal ring and my little cabinet. Further, my will is that my said son Nicholas Carr, his heirs or assigns shall pay or cause to be paid unto my now wife Sarah Carr, yearly during the time of her widowhood, twenty shillings a year in wood or provisions, equivalent to money, and that my said son Nicholas Carr shall have privilege of my wharf here in Newport, for his own occasions."
"Item.--I give and bequeath unto my son Caleb Carr, and to his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, forever, the land at Conanicut, which I bought of Jirah Bull, Thomas Waterman and Richard Dunn, with the house and housing now upon it which he now liveth in with the right in Dutch island belonging unto the said land, and also one quarter, or one fourth part of my land at Gould island, and the gold ring I do now wear, commonly called hand in hand and heart between, and my desk with draws for writings. Further, my will is, that my son Caleb Carr, shall pay unto my now wife, Sarah Carr, yearly during the time of her widowhood, twenty shillings a year in wood or provisions equivalent to money, delivered her here upon the wharf, I do also give and bequeath unto my said son Caleb Carr, his heirs, executors administrators and assigns, forever, all my right, title and interest in the forty-eight acres of land which I purchased of the said Arnold."
"Item.--I give and bequeath unto my son John Carr, and to his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, forever, my dwelling house I now live in above the highway here in Newport, with all the housings and land and gardens thereunto belonging, (all which land I bought of Mr. Benedict Arnold in his life-time,) all which I give unto my said son John Carr, as above mentioned, only reserving the out house wherein he now liveth and the garden next to the said house, for my wife Sarah Carr, to enjoy and improve during the time of her widowhood, and privilege to lay her wood in and to the well for water, and to the cellar of the great house to make a little room therein for her own use with privilege to go thereto. Also, I give and bequeath unto my son John Carr, his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, forever, my whole part of Rose island and the whole of my warehouse standing upon my wharf here in Newport; and all my woolen apparel, the grate, andirons, jack for the chimney, the great tongs and fire shovel, one iron spit and the great table in the hall or parlor of my dwelling house and the forms belonging to it."
"Item.--I give and bequeath unto my son Edward Carr, and to his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, forever, fifty acres and half acre of land at Conanicut, which I bought of Jeremiah Willets, and sixty-five acres of land on said Conanicut island which I bought of John Greene and Henry Bassett, as also ye right to Dutch island belonging to the said land all ye privileges belonging to those lands, and also one-fourth part of my half of Gould island, and my Indian boy named Tom, my pair of little 'stilliards,' my wearing linen, and whatsoever I have formerly given unto him, and the chest that stands in ye hall, which I had of Moses Pachoo, the Jew."
"Item.--I give and bequeath unto my son Francis Carr, and to his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, forever, one-half of my right to the house and land in Newport, that I bought of Mr. Anthony Haywood, and also my one-half share of land at Cowset, that I bought of Major John Greene, and also a twenty shilling piece of gold, a silver spoon, and one-fifth part of my household stock, beds, bedding and furniture that I may leave behind me at my decease."
"Item.--I give and bequeath unto my son James Carr, and to his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, forever, one-half of my right unto the house and land in Newport, which I bought of Mr. Anthony Haywood, and also my right in Misquammacuck lands, and a piece of gold and a silver spoon, and one-fifth part of my household stuff, beds, bedding and furniture that I may leave behind me at my decease."
"Item.--I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Paine, and to her husband Thomas Paine, or the longest liver of them, all the land which I purchased of the town of Newport, adjoining to the house of my said Thomas Paine hath let unto Mr. William Brindley, here in Newport, which said house was purchased of my son Caleb Carr; also I gave unto them or the longest liver of them, one-fourth part of my share of Gould island, and whatsoever I have formerly given her. Further, I give and bequeath to my daughter Mercy Paine, my silver beer bowl, to be kept by her in remembrance of me as long as she liveth, and at her decease to be disposed of to whom she pleaseth."
"Item.--I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Carr, and to her heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, forever, the house and land thereunto belonging, which I bought of Henry Palmer, here in Newport; and also a twenty shilling piece of gold, a silver spoon, one-fifth part of my household stuff, bed, bedding and furniture that I may leave behind at my decease, and within two years after my decease, five pounds in money to be paid her by my executors."
"Item.--I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Carr, and to her heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, forever, ye house and land which I bought of Ruth Pierce, in the which Thomas Paine now liveth here in Newport, and also my negro boy Joe, my silver caur, twenty sheep, one piece of gold, a silver spoon, and one-fifth part of my household stuff, beds, bedding and furniture that I may leave behind me at my decease, ten pounds in money to be paid by my executors."
"Item.--I give and bequeath to my grandson Job Carr, the son of my son Samuel Carr, the house wherein John Davis now liveth at the sign of ye ship here in Newport, and ye long house above it, and all ye land I bought of Mr. Arnold, westward of the highway and northward of a highway which belongeth to the said housings, all of which I give and bequeath to my said grandson Job Carr, his heirs, executors, administrators or assigns, forever, only reserving a cart way to the warehouse and wharf, and my will is that what I have herein given to my grandson Job Carr, shall be kept in the hands of my executors until he comes of age, and then delivered unto him, and in ye mean time the income thereof to be paid by them toward the bringing him up."
"Item.--My will is that if any of my sons, Nicholas, Caleb, John and Edward Carr, or my grandson Job Carr, son of my son Samuel Carr, should die without heirs, then what I have given to either of them shall be equally divided amongst the rest that shall survive them; they my said sons, Nicholas, Caleb, John and Edward Carr, and Samuel the father of my grandson Job Carr, having all had one mother. And if any of my four children which I have had by my now wife Sarah Carr, should die without heirs, then what I have given to either of them shall be equally divided amongst the rest of these four, for they likewise had all one mother. Further, my will is, that if my wife Sarah Carr, the mother of these four last children, Francis, James, Sarah and Elizabeth, which I had by her, see cause to take all or any of them for ye bringing of them up, she shall have the estate which I have given to them committed to her management for ye bringing them up till they come of age, and then by her delivered unto them, the boys their part when they arrive to be twenty-one years of age, and the girls their part at eighteen years of age, or on day of marriage. But if she ought not thereof, then they shall be taken care of and brought up to learning at the discretion of my executors according to this my will. And futher, my will is, that if my wife Sarah Carr ought not of, nor be satisfied with what I shall have given her by this my will in lien of her dowery, and give discharge under her hand and seal that my estate shall not be troubled or disturbed by herself or any other person, by, from, or under, her, in the hands of these I have bequeathed it unto; but on ye contrary shall cause disturbance unto them in the possession thereof about her dowery, then my will is, that my executors shall take all my estate both real and personal into their hands, and whatsoever she shall recover, shall be abated out of what estate I gave unto my four children which I had by her, and in lieu thereof, only twenty pounds apiece shall be paid to each of them by my executors hereafter named, and for all other lands that are mine and not disposed of by me in this my will, I give and bequeath to my grand children, to be equally divided between them."
"And this my last will and testament, I make and ordain my well beloved sons, Nicholas Carr and Caleb Carr, my full and whole executors, and if one of them die, then my will is that the other of them yt shall survive shall be full and whole executor thereunto, and do hereby utterly disallow, revoke, annul and make void all and every other former testament, wills, legacies, bequests and executors, by me in anywise before this time willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament."
"In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal ye day and year above written.
CALEB CARR, [SEAL]"
"Signed, sealed and delivered by ye said Caleb Carr to be his last will and testament, in the presence of us,
ROBERT GARDNER, NICHOLAS EASTON, EPHRAIM TURNER."
"Upon the eighth day of March, one thousand six hundred and ninety-three or four, the above sd Mr. Caleb Carr, appeared before me and declared that he did set his hand and seal unto and declared the above sd instrument to be his last will and testament in the presence of those who then subscribed, as witnesses, their names thereunto. BENEDICT ARNOLD, Npl."
"Robert Gardner and Ephraim Turner, personally appeared before me in council this sixth day of January, one thousand six hundred and ninety-five or six, and upon their solemn engagement, did declare they saw the late householder, Governor Caleb Carr, deceased, sign and seal and own the above writing to be his last will and at the signing and sealing thereof, he was in his perfect sense and memory, we then signed as witnesses thereunto.
ALBERT WATSON CLARRE,
Clerk of ye Council."
"The above and within written will with the attestation and probation thereunto, is recorded in ye 206, 207 and 208 pages of the council book number two belonging to the town of Newport, on Rhode Island.
ALBERT WATSON CLARKE,
RICHARD WARD, Recorder. Clerk of ye Council."
There were no children of Gov. Caleb1 Carr and Mercy Vaughan.
Children of Gov. Caleb1 Carr and Sarah Clarke were:
Children of Sarah2 Carr and John Hammett were:
Children of John3 Hammett and Dorothy Rhodes were:
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