Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sunday's Obituary - Ephraim Cary (1790-1878)

Very little biographical information about my 3rd great-grandfather Ephraim Cary is provided in this obituary. He served in the War of 1812, married Matilda Gandy in 1818 in Madison County, and was the father of 9 children, including Rhoda (Cary) Franklin, my 2nd great-grandmother. His earliest recorded land purchase was in 1829; the deed is transcribed here. He is believed to be buried in Maskill Cemetery in Union County, Ohio, but attempts to find a gravestone have been unsuccessful.

I am indebted to Virginia (Ginny) Smith, a researcher from Union County, Ohio, who provided this copy of his obituary.

Marysville Tribune, Marysville, Ohio, 25 December 1878.


Another Pioneer Gone. -- Died, in Leesburg township, on the 7th of December, 1878, Ephraim Cary, aged 88 years and eight months.

The deceased was born in Washington county, Pa., and emigrated to Ohio in 1796, and settled near Marietta, and in 1801 moved to Madison county, near Plain City, and in 1826 moved to Union county. On the 16th day of December, 1826, he moved on the farm where he died, being fifty-two years. The deceased was a Presbyterian in faith and died in the hope of a better [life?]."

© 2012 Denise Spurlock


  1. It's commendable that the newspaper recognized him as a pioneer.

    1. Wendy, I am glad that the paper recognized him as a pioneer. I was just hoping for a list of his children (trying to prove a connection for DAR). It seems that most of the obituaries in this particular newspaper provide little family information, but almost always list religious preference!