Early Mercer Co. Ky Ancestors

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  • ID: I2893
  • Sex: M
  • _FSFTID: 2MGY-8C5
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    When a young man, went to Norwich, CT and became one of the original Pr oprietors of Windham; Feb. 9, 1694, he bought 1,000 acres of land for t en pounds nine shillings. He took position with the first men of the t own in civil and ecclesiastical affairs, and was chosen repeatedly to s erve in the most important offices, civil, military, and religious; was o ne of the original members of the First Congregational Church in Windha m, and at its organization, Dec. 10, 1700, was chosen Deacon, and held t he office till his death. So highly was he esteemed that he was buried b y his townsmen under arms, which was a very unusual occurrence.

    History of Windham County, Connecticut, Volume I, 1600-1760, and Volume I I, 1760-1880

    In the spring, a highway was ordered through Peter Crane's division, ex tending from the Ponde-place to the Willimantic River, near the Falls. T he meadows in this vicinity furnished the Windham settlers with a great p art of their hay, and to facilitate its conveyance this highway was ord ered "four rods wide from the hill to the river, seven rods wide down t o the meadow, and four rods wide between meadow and fence." Twelve acre s below the Falls abutting west and north on the river, were allowed to M r. Crane as sufficient satisfaction for this highway. The home-lots lai d out at Willimantic were not as yet taken up by the proprietors, and i n April, 1694, they received permission from the town to exchange them f or allotments "at or about the Crotch of the river"-that remarkable cur ve in the Nachauge near its junction with the Willimantic, also known a s the Horse-shoe. Seven lots were now laid out in this vicinity. Joshua R ipley, Samuel Hide, Joseph Huntington, Peter Crane and Thomas Bingham w ere chosen to choose two lots at the Crotch of the River, one for the m inister and one for the ministry. The remaining home-lots were sold to s ettlers, who soon took possession. "Goodman William More," of Norwich, p urchased a lot laid out to William Backus; Benjamin Millard, of Bear Hi ll, Norwich, bought his land of Thomas Leffingwell-a thousand-acre allo tment, at the Horse-shoe, a part of which is still held by his descenda nts. Benjamin Howard and ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Joseph Cary~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~, o f Norwich, and John Broughton, of Northampton, soon settled in this vic inity. This new settlement was also called "The Centre," from its posit ion between the older ones, and seemed destined for a time to become th e most important. The seventh lot was chosen for the minister and the s ixth for the ministry, and great efforts were made to have the meeting- house built upon it.
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    History of Windham County, Connecticut, Volume I, 1600-1760, and Volume I I, 1760-1880
    Growth. Improvements. Second Meeting-House.

    The Indian war, which broke out afresh in 1704, enforced more attention t o military organization and defences. Windham, with other frontier town s, was "not to be deserted;" its inhabitants having lands and freeholds w ere forbidden to remove on pain of forfeiting their estates, and any ma le person of sixteen years old and upward, who should presume to leave t he place, would be fined ten pounds. Knapsacks, hatchets and snow-shoes w ere provided by the selectmen, to be ready for emergencies, and ten pou nds in silver were expended for a stock of ammunition. As Windham now p ossessed sufficient population to form a full train-band, its company w as re-organized-John Fitch appointed captain; Jonathan Crane, lieutenan t; and ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Joseph Cary~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~, ensign. A watch was m aintained along the frontiers and houses fortified according to law, bu t no alarm or serious inconvenience experienced by the inhabitants.
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    History of Windham County, Connecticut, Volume I, 1600-1760, and Volume I I, 1760-1880
    Growth. Improvements. Second Meeting-House.

    The southwest part of the town adjoining the Willimantic River was as y et neglected and unoccupied. The "broad, full-watered" stream only furn ished shad and salmon; its useful meadows, coarse native grass and hay. I n February, 1706, the Windham proprietors granted to ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Jo seph Cary~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~, John Backus, Jos. Dingley and John Waldo "th e privilege of the stream at Willimantic Falls to build a mill or mills a t one particular place, as they shall choose, north side of the river, s o long as they or their heirs shall keep and maintain a good and suffic ient mill-not obstructing said proprietors from granting the like privi leges to others at other places on the river; also, liberty of ditching a nd damming; also, the improvement of forty acres of land near Willimant ic Falls-timber free, so long as ye land is left unfenced; land to be l aid out by selectmen-not to obstruct highways nor damnify lots in ye Cr otch; if the mills fail, the above to have ye refusal of ye land."

    He m. first, Hanna , second, Mercy, the widow of Jonathan Rudd.
    Source - Plymouth Pilgrim, p. 66
  • Birth: 18 APR 1663 in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts 1
  • Death: 10 JAN 1722 in Windham, Windham, Connecticut 2

    Father: JOHN CARY b: 1610 in Somerset, England
    Mother: ELIZABETH GODFREY b: 29 OCT 1620 in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts

    Marriage 1 MARY BUSHNELL b: MAR 1656 OR MAR 1657 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
    • Married: BEF 1689 3
    1. Has Children Joseph Cary b: 3 MAY 1689 in Windham, Windham, Connecticut
    2. Has Children Jabez Cary b: 12 JUL 1691 in Windham, Windham, Connecticut
    3. Has Children Hannah Cary b: 7 MAR 1692 OR 7 MAR 1693 in Windham, Windham, Connecticut
    4. Has Children John Cary b: 25 JAN 1694 OR 25 JAN 1695 in Windham, Windham, Connecticut
    5. Has Children SETH CARY b: 23 JUL 1697 in Windham, Windham, Connecticut
    6. Has No Children Elizabeth Cary b: 14 APR 1700 in Windham, Windham, Connecticut

    Marriage 2 Hannah b: 1663
    • Married: AFT 1700

    1. Title: John Cary, The Plymouth Pilgrim by Seth C. Cary, p. 22
      Text: John Cary, The Plymouth Pilgrim by Seth C. Cary, p. 22
    2. Title: Chris Robinson (carob@evansville.net)
      Text: information received from Chris Robinson (carob@evansville.net); 216 So uth Hart St.; Princeton, In 47670-2126: 14 jul 1996
    3. Title: Roselyne Jones
      Text: Roselyne Jones
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