From the "History of Steuben County, Indiana, 1885", pages 857-858.
William S. Cary was born May 16, 1818, and when a lad settled with his
parents, John and Margaret Cary, in Knox
County, Ohio, where
they died. He was married in that
county, Feb 21, 1843,
to Melissa Gordon, a native of New
born Jan. 28, 1825,
daughter of William and Mary Gordon. In
1844 they settled on section 19, Richland
Township, where Mr. Cary
died Feb 27, 1869. He was a man of irreproachable character, a
Christian by precept and practice. Both
he and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mrs. Cary is a lady well known and highly
respected. She still occupies the home
which has been hers for forty-one years, jointly with her son Ellsworth, who
was born Nov. 29, 1861,
and April 10, 1881,
married Relefia Dally, born Feb.
26, 1863, daughter of Vincent Dally. Her children were eight in number – Melvina,
wife of William H. Keyes; Emaline, died
aged seven years; Jane, died aged four years; Elizabeth, died aged twenty-one
months; William G., of Angola; John L., died aged twenty-one years; Ellsworth
and Freeman. Mrs. Cary’s father, William
Gordon, was born in Manchester,
England, Sept. 17, 1773. His father was a man of great wealth and
influence, a physician and silk manufacturer, giving employment to 700
operatives. When William was twelve
years of age he played some pranks on one of the operatives for which he was
severely punished by his father. This so
enraged him that he ran away from home, and embarked on a whaler, making a
voyage of three years. After many other
adventures he enlisted in the English army.
His father secretly used his influence and secured him a Colonel’s
commission. He served ten years, a part
of the time under Wellington,
and attained considerable distinction, but finally determined to leave England
forever. He visited and bade his mother
good-bye, but refused to speak to his father, and in 1802 embarked for New York City. He married there Sept. 25, 1809, and in 1814 became a resident
of Morrow County, Ohio.
He reared a family of eight children – James Nelson, Horatio E., Mrs. A.
E. Fox, Marvin B., William W., Mrs. Cary, Hannah D. and Sydney W. His wife died in Ohio in 1873, aged eighty-four years. His latter years were full of regret for his
treatment of his friends, and he planned a visit to England, but died in May, 1882,
before carrying out his designs, aged 109 years. He retained his mental and physical strength
till a few days before his death.
Submitted by: David