Guide to the Cary Family Papers, 1809-1894

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Collection Details

Collection Number:
Cary Family Papers
Cary family
Nantucket Historical Association
Material is in English.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the Cary Family Papers, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Folder 3 gift of Dukes County Historical Society, Edgartown, Mass., in 1961 (Acc. 1961.24).

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Subject Headings

  • Personal Name
    • Cary family.

Biographical Information

Edward Cary (1738-1812) married Lydia Hussey (1746-1814), daughter of Christopher Hussey and Mary Coffin. The couple had 10 children including James Cary (1777-1812) and Robert Cary (1781-1852).

James Cary married Elizabeth “Betsey” Swain (1778-1862), daughter of Uriah Swain and Elisabeth Pinkham. The couple had two children.

Robert Cary married Lydia Wood (1746-1814) in 1813. The couple divorced in 1814. Their divorce agreement mentions a child.

Scope and Content

The Cary Family papers include a story about Betsey Cary Swain, deeds, and a divorce agreement between Robert Cary and Lydia Wood.


  • Folder 1 Account of Betsey Cary’s trip to the Hudson Valley by Eliza W. Mitchell, 1894
  • Folder 2 Edward Cary papers, 1809-1894
  • Contains two deeds and an article by Eliza W. Mitchell.
  • Folder 3 Copy of Robert Cary divorce agreement with Lydia Wood, 1814

Processing Information

Processed by NHA staff. Finding aid by Abbie Minard and Amelia Holmes, July 2018 with additional description by Sarah Lerner in September 2018.

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