Miles Cary, Jr. held several positions in the government of colonial Virginia, including the rectorship of the College of William and Mary. Cary's grandson, Wilson Miles Cary, was among the patriots that met at Williamsburg's Raleigh Tavern to sign the "Association of 1774"-one of the first acts of the First Continental Congress. Miles Cary and his wife, Mary Milner Cary, are buried in the family graveyard, which is now part of the grounds of McIntosh Elementary School. The remains of the plantation were discovered during the construction of this school, and the excavation became an instructional project for high school students.
Here lyeth ye body of Mary the wife
of Miles Cary & Daughter of Thomas
Milner and Mary his wife late of
Nansemond County deceased. She was
Born the 6th of August 1667 and Died
the 27 of October 1700 in the 34th
Year of her Age. Issueless.
Also the Body of Col. Miles Cary
Husband of the said Mary who
died February 17th, 1708 & left 2 sons
Wilson & Miles, & 2 Daughters,
Mary & Ann by Mary ye daughter
of Col. Wm. Wilson of Hampton.