Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday's Obituary - Mary Elizabeth Franklin Cary (1827-1901)

Mary Elizabeth Franklin Cary is one of my 2nd great-grandaunts, the sister of Joseph Franklin, my 2nd great-grandfather. She married George W. Cary, and Joseph married George's younger sister, Rhoda.
"Obituary," Richwood Gazette, 2 Jan 1902, col. 5;
 digital images, GenealogyBank
( : accessed 3 Jul 2010) 

“Mary Elizabeth Cary was born February 23, 1827, in Leesburg township, Union county, Ohio, about one-half mile northeast of Pharisburg on the farm now know as the Drum farm. "Mother" Cary was the daughter of Arad and Nancy Franklin and was one of 11 children. She was united in marriage to George W. Cary Oct. 7, 1847, who died Oct. 19, 1888. To this union was born 7 children; 3 only came to the years of accountability and are living, 21 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Mrs. Cary became a member of the Universalist church at Pharisburg more than 50 years ago. During all these years she has lived an earnest, devoted and exemplary Christian life. She died Dec. 16, 1901, aged 74 years, 9 months and 23 days. The funderal services were held at Claibourne M. P. church on the 18th at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Welchimer assisted, by Rev. J. F. Wilkins.”

© 2012 Denise Spurlock


  1. That's full of good information, don't you think? But so sad that only 3 of 7 children lived to adulthood.

  2. Hi, Wendy, There is lots of good info in this obituary, but what I'm finding in this particular paper is that they don't name the children, nor do they name siblings. My current quest is to find something that proves Rhoda Cary's relationship to her parents or to a sibling. No luck so far!

    It is indeed said the number of children who didn't live to adulthood. I'm sure there are many we never know about because they were born and died between census years and there is no other record of them.

  3. Neat! Do you know where she is buried?

    1. She is buried at Maskill Cemetery in Taylor Township, Union County, Ohio. Are you a Franklin or Cary descendant?