The Carr Family of Hexham

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    Matthew Carr

    Hello All,

    My name is Matthew Carr and I am descended from several Carrs hailing from Hexham and the surrounding villages. Sadly my family’s link to Hexham is rather old as my 6th Great-Grandfather George Carr 1723-1773 was the last to be born in the town. However, my family has often visited the town and pay homage to the gravestone of my ancestor Matthew Carr (1688-1757) and his wife Dorothy in the Abbey grounds which has sadly disappeared. However, I am looking to try and create a comprehensive History for my family and have several queries that I’d help in answering. I understand records aren’t easy to get to at the moment so I am more than happy to wait. Here is all the Hexham information I have:

    John Carr of Eardley/ Ardley d. abt. 1702
    John Carr of Slaley m. Robinson

    Slaley’s children
    Matthew Carr b. 1688 m. Dorothy Hislop d. 1757
    John Carr of Hexham had 2 daughters
    Thomas Carr of Drury Lane had one son
    Richard Carr – Customs Officer in Tower Street
    Elizabeth m. Loadman

    Matthew Carr’s children
    George b. 1723 Hexham m. Sarah Bird d. 1773
    John – Officer in the Army
    Matthew d. Hull
    Dorothy m. Charles Bell of Hexham

    Obviously I understand that this is not a lot to go on but if any of this rings a bell please let me know. I would come up to Northumberland to see the archives myself but sadly I live in the South-East making it hard to find the time to travel to Northumberland. Thank you for reading this and hope you’re all keeping well in these times.

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    Ian Hancock

    The Carrs of Slaley owned the large farm called Slaley Woodfoot from the 1600s to the 1800s.
    There are deeds and other papers for the farm at Northumberland Archives (NRO 1888/32, NRO 393) and a plan of the farm from 1838 (ZCL/D/83). The NRO also have the valuation of the farm when it was sold in 1845 (ZHE 38a p5). The Carrs owned at least one house in the village, as well as the farm. There is a 17th century enclosure award for the village common fields and an 18th century enclosure award for the common, which both show the extensive property of the family, both at NRO. At the NRO it is also worth looking in the list of Enrolled Deeds in the Quarter Sessions records, where I think several Carr land transactions are recorded.
    There are wills for the Carrs of Slaley at the National Archives and in the Durham Probate Registry, all available on-line, and a 1838 Chancery Court Case about Woodfoot involving the will of John Carr, which is available on-line in “Cases in Chancery”, on Google Books. There is a pedigree of the extended Carr family in the Northumberland County History (also available on-line).
    I have an interest in the Carrs simply because Woodfoot had a share of some ancient woodland which is my particular interest.

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