Biography of Van Rensselaer Cary


Cary, Van Rensselaer, Boston.-His grandfather, Richard Cary, a Revolutionary soldier, was born in Mansfield, Conn., in 1759, came from Madison county, N. Y., in March, 1806, with an ox team, bringing a sick wife and a large family of children, to Boston Valley, and settled on the same land now owned by V. R. Cary. Luther H. Cary, father of V. R. Cary, was the third son of Richard Cary, and was born in Williamsburg, Mass., in February, 1800. In 1821 he married Lucy Doolittle, who bore him eight sons, six of whom reached maturity. Three joined the Union army, and died in service. He died in 1874, and his wife in 1870. Van Rensselaer Cary was born August 23, 1825, in Boston, N. Y., and was educated in the common schools and at Springville Academy. He held the office of town superintendent of schools, school commissioner, and president of the Erie County Agricultural Society for five years. and member of the official board thirteen years. He spent two years at seafaring, 1846-48. He married, in 1850, Jane A. Skinner of Boston, who bore him three sons: One died in childhood; Elgin B., who is married and has one son, Van Rensselaer, born in 1896; and Luther D., married and has three sons, David D., born in 1881, Frank A., born in 1883, and Robert L., born in 1894. Mr. Cary united with the Free Baptist church fifty-eighc years ago and was clerk of the Erie Quarterly Meeting of Free Baptists for twenty-three years; Mrs. Cary is also a devout member of the Free Baptist church.

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A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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