An American Family History

Peter Carr

Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.

Peter Carr was born about 1625 in England.

He had two children with his first wife:
Grace Carr (1648, married George McMillion) and
Arthur Carr (died 1688).

In 1659, Willam Heard signed over 160 acres in Charles County, Maryland to Peter Carr which he signed over to Henry Peere and William Crafford a few days later. They signed it over to Walter Story, Sr. and John Louden.

In 1659 he, and others, petitioned the court for payment "for trouble & paynes wee tooke in taking Mr Hutts Vessell." He was paid 20 pounds of tobacco a day for four days work.

He married Anne about 1662. Anne was the widow of both Henry Lilly and John Guy.

Henry and Anne's daughter was Elizabeth (Eliza) Lilly (1660-1676).

In June, 1674 at the Charles County Court

Peter Carr psents a Servant named Mary Grosser adjudged to be betweene Eighteene & twenty yeares old

Peter Carr psents a Servt named John

John Morris his Servant presented by Peter Carr is adjudged to be Sixteene yeares of age

Peter inherited Eliza's Estate. He sold the land in 1677 to John Gray.

He died in April, 1683 in Charles County, Maryland.

Old Style Calendar
Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.
To be presented to the court meant to be charged or indited.

King Charles I ruled England from March 27, 1625 to 1649.
The first European settlements in Maryland were made in 1634 when English settlers created a permanent colony.



Charles County Circuit Court, Liber A;
4 Sep 1660, Page 94
229. Peter Carr enters his mark of hogs and cattle

Cattle were vital to a household and an important legacy.
Unweaned cattle are calves.
Female cattle are heifers and cows (had a calf).
Male cattle are steers (castrated) and bulls.
are trained draft animals and are often castrated adult male cattle.


Charles County Circuit Court, Liber B, 16 Dec 1662, Page 26
John Ashbrooke demands warrant against Peeter Care in action of case


Lilly, Eliza:, Charles County,
15th Nov., 1676; 30th Dec., 1676.
Father-in-law [step-father] Peter Carr, ex. and sole legatee of estate, real and personal.
Test: Anthony Bridges, Jos. Bullet.
5. 155.

Testis (Test) is latin for witness. Testes is the plural.


Charles County Circuit Court Liber H, Page 126
20 Aug 1677;

Indenture from Peter Car [Carr], planter, to John Gray, carpenter;
for 9,000# tobacco; a parcel of land formerly belonging to Henry Lilly;
containing 250 acres;
being the northwest part of land formerly granted James Lee now occupied by John Ward of Nangemy;
bounded by William Stone;
laid out for 500 acres;
signed Peter Car;
wit Henry Bonner, John Harvey

Planter is an archaic term for a settler. Plantation was a method of colonization where settlers were "planted" abroad. A plantation is also the kind of large farm that was the economical basis of many American Colonies and owners of these farms were also called planters.

Personal property can be called personalty (personality), goods, chattels, articles, or movable property. It includes both animate or inanimate property.

Carr, Peter,
Charles County,
21st Sept., 1680;
19th Apr., 1683.
To Robert, Charles, Joseph, Eliza: and Sarah Douglass, sons and daus. of Col. John Douglass, late of Charles County, personalty; part of same being a debt due testator by Sarah Douglass, now wife of Ralph Smith, and mother of sd legatees.

To Peter, son of George Mackmillion, at 16 yrs.;
Jane, wife of John Smith;
James, son of James Tyer, and child. of George Newman, personality.
Ex. Jas. Tyer.
Test: Wm. Philmore, Jno. Gilby, Edm. Dinnis.
4. 12.

Testis (Test) is latin for witness. Testes is the plural.
In contracts and pleadings usually people and things mentioned before are designated by the term said (sd ) for clarity. Aforesaid (afd, afsd, aforesd ) means it was already mentioned.

In 1688, during the Glorious Revolution, the Protestant king and queen,William and Mary, took the English throne from Catholic King James II. The bloodless revolution profoundly impacted the American colonies.


Peter Carr 8.50 I Charles County £280.16.6
May 16 1683

Servants mentioned: George Scroggin, Thomas Browne (boy) , Richard Gash (boy), James Hollyman (boy).
Appraisers: Robert Henley, Thomas Clipsham,

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