John Carey was born 4 December 1610 in Bristol, Somerset, England, United Kingdom and died 31 October 1680 in Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States of unspecified causes. He married Elizabeth Godfrey (1620-1680) June 1644 in East Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States.


John Cary was born in 1610/1612 in Bristol, Somerset, England. He died on 31 Oct 1681 in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts. He was buried on 02 Nov 1681 in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts. John was School Teacher and Town Clerk in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. There is a stone monument there in his honor. Occupation: Town Clerk (1656 to 1681), Constable (1656) Educ: Intelligent, Well educated, Public-spirited One of the first ten Freemen in Bridgewater. Religion: Christian Puritan

John was the First American Ancestor of this branch of the Cary family Arrived in 1634/1637, settling in Duxbury, Mass. One of the first to emigrate to Bridgewater, where the first interior settlement was made, his house being a quarter of a mile east of the meetinghouse in W. Bridgewater, situated on a farm a mile wide and seven miles long.

He became one of the original proprietors of Bridgewater, and at the incorporation of the town, in 1656, was elected constable, the first and only office that year; the next year he was elected the first town clerk of the town and filled that office until his death, which occurred 10/31/168 He was a man of superior education and had great influence in the Colony and as an officer in the church. Tradition says he was the first Latin teacher in Plymouth Colony.

John Cary, 1610-1681, came to American with one hundred pounds after a dispute with his brothers on the settlement of their father's estate. He was born near Bristol, Somerset, England, educated in France, and came to America about 1634. He is said to have been the first Latin School teacher in the Plymouth Colony. He removed to Duxbury and in 1644 married Elizabeth Godfrey; they had six sons and six daughters. He was at Braintree, Mass in 1652. John was one of the proprietors of Bridgewater, Mass and one of the first settlers when the town was incorporated in 1656. He was the Bridgewater Town Clerk from 1657 until his death in 1681. John Cary was among the most respectable of the first settlers and his family one of the most influential in the town rootsweb

Marriage and Family

John married Elizabeth Godfrey daughter of Francis Godfrey and Elizabeth Hall in Jun 1644 in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Elizabeth was born on 29 Oct 1623 in Duxbury, Plymouth, Mass. She was christened in 1628 in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts. She died on 01 Nov 1680 in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts--freepages, family rootweb


Offspring of John Carey and Elizabeth Godfrey (1620-1680)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Carey (1645-1721)
Francis Cary (1647-1680) 19 January 1647 Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States 1 November 1680 Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States Lydia Brett (1655-1728)

Elizabeth Carey (1649-1713)
James Carey (1652-1706) 4 January 1652 Braintree, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 20 November 1706 North Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Mary Standish (1660-1736)

Mary Carey (1654-1719)
Jonathan Carey (1656-1718)
David Carey (1658-1718)
Hannah Carey (1661-1718)
Joseph Carey (1663-1722)
Rebecca Carey (1665-1697)
Sarah Carey (1667-1741) 2 August 1667 Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts 16 June 1741 Stafford, Tolland County, Connecticut Josiah Standish (1660-1753)

Mehitable Carey (1670-c1724) 24 December 1670 Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts 1724 Massachusetts Elisha Adams (1666-1698)
Miles Standish (c1660-1728)



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