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 Richard H Carr

Richard H Carr

Birth
Crayford, London Borough of Bexley, Greater London, England
Death 20 Nov 1888 (aged 70)
Victoria, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
Burial Victoria, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
Plot H 86 W 16
Memorial ID 80619828 · View Source
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~~*~~Richard was born in England to Thomas & Elizabeth Carr.He was Baptised on the 23 day of August 1818 at the age of 5 weeks.


~~*~~He married Emily Saunders. They had their first two children in California before relocating back to England where they had two children who died at 4 & 2 days. They finally settled at Victoria, British Columbia, Canada where they had child number 5 who lived for less than 5 months, then they were blessed with 4 more children the last their only surviving son being born in 1875

////Emily Carr, Richard's next to last daughter became a famous Painter and in her later years a very accomplished Author///

~~~~Richard is buried at Ross Bay Cemetery.

"(My father did not come straight from England to Victoria when, a lad of nineteen, he started out to see something of the world. He went to many countries, looking, thinking, choosing. At last he heard of the California gold rush and went there.

He decided that California was a very fine country, but after the rush was over he went back to England, married an English girl and brought his bride out to California in a sailing ship, all around Cape Horn. Intending to settle in California, he went in to business but after awhile it irked Father to live under any flag other than his own. In a few years having decided to go back "home" to live, he chartered a vessel and took to England the first shipment of California wheat. But, staunch Englishman though my Father was, the New Land had said something to him and he chafed at the limitations of the Old which, while he was away from it, had appeared perfect.

His spirit grew restless and, selling all his effects, he brought his wife and two small daughters out to the New World. Round the Horn they came again, and up, up, up the West Coast of America till they came to the most English-tasting bit of all Canada--Victoria on the south end of Vancouver Island, which was then a Crown Colony.

Father stood still, torn by his loyalty to the Old Land and his delight in the New. He saw that nearly all the people in Victoria were English and smiled at how they tried to be more English than the English themselves, just to prove to themselves and the world how loyal they were being to the Old Land.

Father set his family down in British Columbia. He and Mother had accepted Canada long before I, the youngest but one of their nine children, was born. By that time their homesickness was healed. Instead of being English they had broadened out into being British, just as Fort Camosun had swelled herself from being a little Hudson's Bay Fort, inside a stockade with bastions at the corners, into being the little town of Victoria, and the capital of British Columbia.

The Book Of Small by Emily Carr
Image#: B.C. Archives A-09184

About Mr.Carr.)


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  • Created by: Jeannie
  • Added: 18 Nov 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 80619828
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard H Carr (16 Jul 1818–20 Nov 1888), Find A Grave Memorial no. 80619828, citing Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, Capital Regional District, British Columbia, Canada ; Maintained by Jeannie (contributor 47356620) .