Huguenot origin for Kent Cree line

I have been aware for some time of Cree families in and around Canterbury, Kent, England, in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century. Shelagh Mason and her mother, assiduous transcribers of records in the Canterbury had found a 1753 marriage of a Peter Cree and an 1868 marriage of a Mary Ann Cree. Shelagh also sent me an entry from the 1861 Census showing James and Jane Cree living in Canturbury with their three young daughters.

By 1881 only two members of this family named Cree remained in the area. They lived at Waldershare as servants of the Earl of Guildford. Edwin Cree was an 18-year-old "hall boy" and Walter Cree, aged 15, was a groom. Both were born at Canterbury. I had also deduced from Trevor Cree's index to Cree Births, Marriages and Deaths, that a Henry Cree had moved from Canterbury to Suffolk. In 1881 he was shown as a boarder in Beccles, Suffolk, aged 21 and born Canterbury, Kent. He was a journeyman carpenter.

I had tried many times but without success to find a link between this isolated group of Crees and any of our main Cree lines of England, Scotland and Ireland.

Now, out of the blue comes an email from Monica Baker with a full genealogy of this Kentish line of Crees. It turns out that their surname Cree derives, by at least two spelling changes, from the French Carré. The oldest progenitor it seems was Pierre Jacob Carré or Carey. The line descends through his son Jacob Corree to Samuel Coree or Carey (1776-1831). Samuel and his wife Sarah Pelham had fourteen children who were called variously Carey, Coree (and even Corée) and Cree.

Two of the sons of Samuel and Sarah became Cree by the time they married and their children were all called Cree, including Edwin, Walter and Henry James who are the three Crees I had known about, and who from Monica Baker's genealogy turn out to be brothers.

I am now adding this Kentish Cree line to the Cree Genealogy Database and then it will be included, with its own chart in the Detailed Genealogies part of this web site.