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 ancestry.com