Cary Family History Submitted by Cary L. Hedrick May, 2007 William Cary was born in August 1842 and died in 1916. William and Mary Barackman (from the Streator, Illinois area) were married in March of 1869. William walked with a limp after being kicked by a horse. In 1913 the Cary's purchased the farm on the west side of Towanda and for 44 years, it was the family farm. Starting with only 40 acres, the farm grew to several hundred acres. To the union of William and Mary eight children were born with one dying as a child. William gave each of the seven children 250 acres. All of the children, with the exception of two, farmed in the Towanda area. The two who did not farm were Guy L. Cary of Towanda and Elmer Cary, who moved to Omaha, Nebraska. Their other children were: Aileen Cary was married to Charles Kraft, the grandfather of Charles Kraft. Charles married Vivian Brigham, mother of Towanda's present Fire Chief Royce Kraft. Spencer Cary was married to Annabelle. Annabelle Cary was a news reporter for the Towanda area and had written numerous articles for the Pantagraph. Harry Cary was married to Vesta Jones and was the father of Ruth Cary who recently passed away. Ruth Cary owned much farm land around Towanda. Miles Cary remained single and raised mules. Ray Cary married Mabel Jones. Guy L. Cary married my grandmother Lolabelle Gatliff and had three daughters: Vivial Cary-Lasier, Marjorie Cary-Hedrick, my mother, and Beverly Cary-Herman. <Photo to be inserted> Pictured left to right in the photograph, taken about 1940, are the seven children of William and Mary Elmer Cary, Guy Cary, Spencer Cary, Aileen Cary Kraft, Harry Cary, Miles Cary and Ray Cary.
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