George and Rebecca Carey

George Carey was a nephew of my great-great-grandfather. We are making available in this Carey Family Album whatever information we can find on him, in hopes his descendants may visit this page and help us unravel some of the mysteries of our Carey ancestors.

Cousin Jerry Stout provided most of the information on this page. She has listed the sources for her research, which are included in this page's footnotes.

Birth. George Carey was born between 1826 and 1829 in Miami county, Ohio, to David Carey, and David's wife, Elizabeth "Betsy" Winans. We're guessing at his birth date because several contradictory ages are given for him in U. S. census data. George may or may not have had a middle name; he's listed as "George W. Carey" in only one of his four available census records.

Marriage. The Miami County Marriage Index lists a marriage in 1846 between Cary, George and Winans, Rebecca A.

Rebecca Ann Winans was born 7 Jan 1828 in Ohio and died 17 Aug 1872 in Amanda township, Allen county, Ohio, where she is buried in Amanda Baptist Church cemetery.1 We have no information on Rebecca's parents, but cousin Glen Winans suspects she's the daughter of the William Winans listed on page 73 of Winans Family Genealogy.

Residence. George and Rebecca moved around between at least three different western Ohio counties. After Rebecca's death, George moved on to a nearby county in Indiana, according to the following United States census records:

George Carey was listed in the first three censuses as a farmer, then in 1880 as "works in timber".

Children. Based on census, and other, information we believe George and Rebecca had the following children, all born in Ohio:

  1. Elizabeth Ellen Carey, born 1847/1848.
  2. Margaret J. Carey, born 1848/1850.
  3. Luther Carey, born 7 Feb 1852, died 30 Mar 1933 in Marion, Grant county, IN, and is buried in the IOOF cemetery in Marion.
  4. Sarah P. Carey, born about 1854.
  5. Phidelia "Delia" Carey, born 1856/1858.
  6. George Benjamin Franklin Carey, born 5 Nov 1862, died 15 Nov 1923 in Decatur, Adams county, IN, and is buried in Maplewood cemetery there.2
  7. Nancy A. Carey, born about 1864.
  8. Charles C. Carey, born 1866/1868.

The dual dates given above are due to the usual inconsistencies between one census and another.

Death. We have no information on the date or place of George's death. 1890 census records were destroyed and we were unable to locate him in the 1900 census. He isn't buried in the same cemetery as his wife.


Ellen Carey seemed to go by her middle name as an adult. She married railroad worker Samuel Chetwood and was enumerated with him and three of their children in the town of Decatur, in the 1880 census. Curiously, Ellen had already been counted as a 23-year-old single person six days earlier at her father's home in nearby Washington township. And her teenaged siblings, Franklin and Nancy, were also listed in both places.

1 The Amanda Baptist cemetery listing says "CAREY, Rebecca Ann, no date 17 Aug 1872 44y7m10d wife of G. W."
2 The Adams county death index says George was born in Decatur, Adams county, IN. The Maplewood Cemetery is now known as Decatur Cemetery and has a Find A Grave listing for "Frank Carey, Birth: Nov. 5, 1862, Death: Nov. 16, 1923."
This page was last updated 31 Dec 2011.