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Carr Family Information

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Contents: Some Carr info I have | Old History | Picture of Jamestown Homestead

See The Carr Book

About Christine Carr Minor. Her mother was Harriet WICKHAM (data), and here is Harriet’s girlhood home and a postcard (front | back) regarding the death of her brother Benjamin WICKHAM.

Letters from Europe 1931-32 from James Gordon Carr, brother of Christine.

Some Carr info I have:

Most of my pre-Carr Book sources are just photocopies of info; I cannot at all vouch for this info; I just found them in a file folder handed down to me. I've had several questions about them and so decided to make them available.

 Carr Geneology (sic), a family tree from Sir Lord Andrew Kerr to the children of Caleb, who came with his brother to America.

 Carr Genealogy, a direct listing from Sir Lord Andrew Kerr through Sir Robert Carr (who came to America with his brother Caleb) and on down to my grandmother.

 Carr history, page 1 and page 2. I believe the last paragraph on page 1 is incorrect. I believe William is Thomas' brother. I don't think this is just a typo - many genealogies show the relationship as described in this paper. But it is inconsistent with my other data, and just doesn't make sense.

 Carr letter, page 1, page 2, page 3. Letter to my grandmother's cousin. Contains interesting information. carries The Scotch Bonnets. It is not an easy read, but it definitely gives you a feel for the time our ancestors lived in.

I noticed another document I have, which I hadn't really read yet. It seems to be part of an info packet from the Ferniehurst Information Centre. This packet is titled "Ferniehurst Castle, Scotlands Frontier Stronghold" dated 1991 (admission 50p!) It has a picture of the castle (but you can find that on the web) and also a picture of an old family tree, not at all legible on my copy, probably not on original either.

Also gives a history of the Fern. Kerrs. Says Sir Thomas Kerr of Fern, father of Sir Andrew ("Dand") kerr of Fern (1470-1545) and Thomas. Dand father of Sir John Kerr and Robert of Ancram. Sir John father of Sir Thomas Kerr of Fern, father of Andrew (1st Lord Jedburgh). There are lots of source numbers but no endnotes in my copy.

This came to me recently, so maybe that person has more of the booklet. And maybe someday I'll post the booklet.

Following is the beginning of a 2-page untitled typed document of unknown origin.

The family name of Carr dates back to the days of the Norman Conquest of England. The Charter of the Battle Abbey bears the name of one William Karrie, who fought at the Battle of Hastings, as a noble in the train of William the Conquerer. His descendents settled in the north of England and in the succeeding years spread throughout the Border Lands of Scotland.

In England, the Norman French name of Karrie was changed to Carre, Car, or Carr. In Scotland most of the families took the names Kar, Ker, and Kerr. There were even a few Kerss. A William Kerss was game keeper at Ferniehirst Castle prior to 1860. Today most of the families go by Kerr or Carr.

The Kerrs who became notable in the Border Lands of Scotland were the descendants of two brothers, Ralph and Robert Ker of Ker Hall in Lancashire, England. They were living in Roxburgshire in 1340. Ralph and Robert obtained their lands from King David II of Scotland. Robert was given the lands of Oultoburn. Ralph founded the Family of Ferniehirst. When King James IV was killed at the Battle of Flodden by the English in 1513, his widow Margaret Tudor married Sir Archibald Douglas, the Earl of Angus. She had been an English agent all her life in Scotland and soon converted the Earl of Angus to her beliefs. This brought national political changes to the Border Country. However, her son King James V grew up to hate the name of Douglas and despise his mother Margaret. The Ferniehirst Kerrs allied themselves to King James V while the Cessford Kerrs became followers of the Douglas. When the Earl of Angus was exiled, the Cessford Kerrs had to flee to England. It was only when King James V died that Douglas and Cessfords returned to Scotland and with the aid of English arms deprived Sir John Kerr of Ferniehirst of his castle. This he regained, however, in 1549 with the aid of the French. Rivalry still continued between the two families.

The Coat of Arms of the Ferniehirst Kerrs has "Three Mullets or Guiles on a Chevron, a Crest of a Stags Head, Erased PP another Coupled." Ferniehirst Castle is in Roxburghshire, Scotland near Jedbourgh across the Cheviot Hills from Northumberland, England.

From The Carr Book