CRARY



Christopher Crary: b. 24 Jun 1759 in Connecticut; d. 2 Jun 1846-48 in Kirtland, Lake County, OH
Parents: Oliver Crary and Hopestill York
Spouse: Mary Polly Witter: b. abt. 1760, Connecticut; d. abt. 1858, Kirtland, Lake County, OH
Children: Erastus W. Crary (1785), Mary W. Crary (1786), Abigail Polly Crary (1789), Lucy Crary Badger (1791), Oliver Crary (1793), Estelle A. "Stella" Crary Hendrey (1795), Oliver Augustus Crary (1798), Sarah Almima Crary (1800), Nancy Maria Crary Whelpley (1803), Christopher Gore Crary (1806), Ebenezer Witter Crary (1808), and William G. Crary (1809).
Additonal Notes: Christopher Crary is known to have lived in Preston CT, Partridgeville and Becket MA, and Kirtland OH. Served as a Pvt. in Capt. Williams' Co. under Lt. Col. Nathan Gallup, Ft. Griswold CT, 7/11/1779, Revolutionary War. Served on land and at sea as a privateer, and was captured twice by the British (once with brother, Joseph), and escaped both times. Was a cooper by trade. Christopher Crary was the first pioneer settler of Kirtland, Ohio, arriving there with his wife and nine children in 1811. His son, Erastus, was a married man at this time, and also brought his family.
Contact: Karyn Van Kainen


Erastus W. Crary: b. 15 May 1785 in Preston, New London County, CT; d. aft. 1860 in Kirtland, Lake County, OH.
Parents: Christopher Crary and Mary Polly Witter
Spouse: Rebecca C. Dunwell: b. 19 Jun 1788 in Stonington, New London County, CT; d. 13 Apr 1865 in Kirtland, Lake County, OH
Children: Rebecca Marie Crary (1808), Polly Mary Ann Crary Pitcher (1811), Almeda Martha Crary (1813), Erastus Crary (1816), Henry Dunwell Crary (1817), Stella Abigail Crary (1819, Maria R. Crary Daniels (1821), Nancy Elvira Crary (1823), Alfred Augustus Crary (1826), Addison J. Crary (1828), and Stephen Christopher Crary (1831).
Additonal Notes: Along with his parents and sibling, Erastus took his family to Kirtland, Ohio in 1811 and became the first settlers of the area. His daughter, Rebecca, died their first winter in Ohio and was the first white person buried in the area. The Crary family appears in the "Ohio County and Family Histories, 1780-1970."
Contact: Karyn Van Kainen


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