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Rev Richard M Cary
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Birth: Dec. 10, 1794
Williamsburg
Hampshire County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Oct. 16, 1868
Rock County
Wisconsin, USA

Husband of Susanna Rice

Rev. Richard M. Cary born 10 Dec 1794. The headstone reads "R. M. Cary Born: Dec 10, 1794 Entered the ministry in 1816 Departed Oct 16 1868"
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He was the son of Richard Cary, orphaned by his mother, but remaining with his father's family until seven years. In 1806, when still a young boy his family moved to Western New York, which was rugged and wild...no neighbor south or west, for 40 miles. He had limited opportunity for education, or religious training, but by untiring effort he began to study and received a common English education. No minister was near when needed for a funeral, so his father often said the words of comfort; this the father did for Richard's brother, Calvin, who was killed at Buffalo, NY in War of 1812. His brother's death affected Richard deeply. In 1814, a Freewill Baptist missionary, Rev. Jeremiah Folsom, visited this newly-settled country, and he embraced the earliest opportunity of hearing the stranger. He married Miss Susananah Rice, March 12, 1815, an amiable, worthy, young lady, who did much to assist him in his arduous work in the gospel ministry. In Sept. 1816, he was baptized with seven others and organized with them into a Freewill Baptist Church. He felt impressed with a duty to preach. On Oct. 3, 1816, Erie Co. NY, he delivered his first sermon. He was ordained in June 1820, to the ministry. He began to hold meetings and baptize a number of converts. In Nov. he organized a church, and pastored the church for a portion of the time for the next twenty years. In Aug. 1821, he assisted in the organization of the Holland Purchase Yearly Meeting, which included all twenty-seven churches. At this time, he became acquainted with David Marks, a lad of 15 years, who was out on his first preaching tour. They together, at Eden, had a large number they organized into a church. He continued in ministry until 1842 when he moved out West, to Johnstown, Wis. where he soon organized a church. He took a leading part in planting other churches and in organizing the Wisconsin Y.M. He also pastored two years in Cherry Valley, IL in the 1850's. Elder Cary was a man of unbiased judgment and earnest convictions, with more dignity than is usual, tall, slender, and of a very fine and graceful figure, with expressive blue eyes. He was prematurely gray from ill health. His preaching was Bibilical and impressive. He and his wife were companions for more than half a century. Their son, Roswell, educated at Hillsdale College, was a pre-eminent member of the Tennessee bar, but died suddenly in Feb. 1868. Of their seven children who survived at his death, Benjamin, who died earlier, had served as a member of the Wisconsin Legislature, and for six years as Treasurer of Rock County; and Ephraim, Abram, and Richard, are useful members of the Johnstown church. His own words, "...about five hundred have received baptism at my hands." He planted twelve churches and assisted in several others. He assisted in ordaining about twenty ministers and preached about six hundred funeral sermons. The denomination lost one of its early pillars, and the church one of its wisest counselors. (This story contributed by Find A Grave member 46555353 on August 5, 2011) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Susanna Rice Cary (1799 - 1875)*
 
 Children:
  Calvin Cary (1816 - 1858)*
  Ephraim Cary (1818 - 1889)*
  Benjamin Franklin Cary (1821 - 1885)*
  Abraham J Cary (1822 - 1893)*
  Richard Cary (1830 - 1906)*
  Lydia S Cary Osborn (1832 - 1903)*
  Roswell Cary (1839 - 1868)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
North Johnstown Cemetery
Milton
Rock County
Wisconsin, USA
 
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Record added: Feb 07, 2006
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- Debra Jean
 Added: Feb. 27, 2016

- Deborah Barber
 Added: May. 1, 2015
An early Freewill Baptist minister from NY, who went to Rock Co. Wisconsin in 1843, org. church at Johnstown and served under the Home Mission Board.Did a great service to the pioneers.Rest in peace.
- winnie yandell
 Added: Aug. 5, 2011
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