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From: "Brent Baxter" <>
Subject: RE: GODFREY/CARY
Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 13:43:50 -0400
Well hello cousin!!
I too am a descendant of Francis Cary (Carey), the son of John Carey and
Elizabeth Godfrey -- my mother's maiden name is Carey. To trace my line a
few more generations forward you would find Francis' son Samuel, then
Samuel's son Eleazer, and then Eleazer's son Samuel. That at least brings
us into the mid 1700's in the Wyoming Valley PA area.
I have a copy of a family history done by a close relative of mine that
takes me from John and Elizabeth all the way forward to present day.
However, my details for the first four or five generations that I just
listed above are scarce. For example, in my document I do not have any of
the names of John and Elizabeth's other children.
I would be more than happy to compare notes with you sometime and see what
we have! In the meantime, can you give me some more details about the book
that you are quoting! Who is the author, publisher, publish date? I would
like to find this book, if possible.
Thanks, and hope to hear from you soon!
P.S. I Cc'ed this message to the PA-BRADFORD list since it may be that there
are a few other Carey descendants in this area. I know that Samuel (son of
Eleazer) moved to that general area from Dutchess Co. NY. He was there
during the Wyoming Massacre, and it could be that some other descendants are
researching this geographic region as well.
From: Registered User [mailto:]
Sent: Friday, October 02, 1998 10:12 AM
There is quite a bit of information about John Cary in "The Plymouth
Pilgrim". This is a quote beginning on page 19 of that book:
"Samuel F. Cary, in "Cary Memorials" says: 'The writer has had access to
a manuscript more than one hundred years old, and written by a grandson
of John, which says that John Cary, when a youth, was sent by his father
to France to perfect his education, and while absent his father died.
On returning to Somersetshire he differed with his brothers about the
settlement of his father's estate. He compromised by receiving one
hundred pounds as his portion and immediately sailed for America.
Tradition says that he was the first Latin School teacher in the
Plymouth Colony, and that he taught Elder Brewster the Hebrew."
Beginning on page 62 of "The Plymouth Pilgrim" it states that John Cary
came to America about 1634, joined the Plymouth Colony and made his home
at Duxbury, where he had a farm. In 1644 he m. Elizabeth, dau. of
Francis and Elizabeth Godrey (who was a carpenter and bridge builder,
and in August 1643, we find his name on the muster roll of the Duxbury
Company commanded by Capt. Myles Standish; he removed to Bridgewater
where he d. in 1669; it is thought that the name Godfrey comes from the
Duke of Boillon, the Crusader)". Elizabeth and John Cary "had six sons
and six daughters. They all lived to grow up and have families, and all
took to good courses so that it was the saying of some 'that there were
12 of 'em and never a Judas among them.'"
If you have other information about the Godfrey or Cary family, please
share. I'm descended from John and Elizabeth's second son, Francis.