Rev. Samuel Winans Carey

Rev. Samuel Winans Carey was one of several ministers in my family. It is likely that he married my grandparents, Sam Carey and Kate Plank in 1906, and baptised several of their children, including my father. Two letters which his mother, Mary Hannah (Winans) Carey, wrote to him in 1875 during the time he served as pastor at Springboro may be seen elsewhere in this Family Album. His entry in the Early Minister List of Miami County Ohio, compiled by Joe Bosserman, reads as follows:

Carey, Rev. Samuel W.
10 Jul 1872 [date licensed in Miami county]
Methodist Episcopal
1st Montg.Co OH 14 Jan 1868. At West Milton

Samuel's obituary appeared in the Piqua Daily Call for 5 Jan 1917:


Rev. Samuel Carey of Dayton to be Buried Monday in Forest Hill Cemetery in This City

The body of the Rev. Samuel Carey, a retired minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church who died at his home in Dayton yesterday, will be brought to Piqua for burial next Monday morning. The service will be held at 12:30 in the chapel at Forest Hill cemetery and will be conducted by the Dr. James R. Colley and Rev. Clarence Grauser, pastor of the two Methodist congregations in this city.

The deceased minister was an uncle of Edward McConnell1 and Mrs. Newton Mears2 of this city and the Rev. George Carey of Troy. He has a brother, David Carey, living in Urbana. His aged widow also survives him.

Rev. Samuel Carey was 86 years of age. He entered the ministry of the Methodist church in 1865 serving his first congregation at Seven Mile. He retired from the active work of the Christian ministry in 1884 after having served congregations at Camden and Winchester, Lewisburg, New Paris, Concord, Red Lion and Springboro, Fairfield, King's Creek, twice, Mutual, Union and East Liberty.

Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery.

The following obituaries, from Methodist Episcopal Church publications, of Rev. Samuel W. Carey and each of his wives were received from the Ohio Wesleyan University library, where the archives of the United Methodist Church and its predecessor denominations in Ohio are maintained. The length of his first wife's obituary reminds us that the rôle of the wife of an "itinerant" pastor was often even more difficult than that of the minister himself. Samuel and both of his wives are buried in the same plot at Forest Hill Cemetery.


Samuel W. Carey was born near Troy, Oho, March 17, 1831, and died in Dayton, Ohio, January 5, 1917, aged eighty-five years, nine months, and nineteen days.

He was united in marriage April 20, 1854, to Miss Almira Mariah Bane,3 who shared with him the joys and sorrows, toils and rewards of life for about twenty years, and was then called to her heavenly home.

Brother Carey professed a sound conversion in early manhood and later a call to the ministry, to which he responded and united with the Cincinnati Annual Conference, and was appointed to his first charge in 1865 at Seven Mile, Ohio.

His successive years in the ministry were spent as follows: 1866, Camden and Winchester; 1867-68, Lewisburg; 1869, New Paris; 1870-72, Concord; 1873-75, Red Lion and Springboro; 1876, Fairfield; 1877, Kings Creek 1878, Mutual; 1879-80, Union; 1881-82, East Liberty; 1883, Kings Creek; 1884, Retired. According to the records, he spent nineteen years in the active work of the ministry.4

December 6, 1876, he was married a second time, Miss Rebecca C. Austin3 sharing thenceforward the remaining years of his active ministry, and all these later years in the retired relation.

Brother Carey was always of a quiet, modest, unassuming disposition, ever the courteous, appreciative Christian gentleman.

He was seemingly never physically strong and rugged, hence his comparatively early retirement from the active ministry. And he learned so to conserve his strength as to live many years beyond the average lifetime of his ministerial brethren who entered the Conference about the same time he did.

He spent the later years of his life in his home in Dayton, Ohio, maintaining his Quarterly Conference relationship with the Broadway Methodist Episcopal Church, and with whose membership he continued to meet for worship so long as he was physically able.

He leaves, besides his widow, one brother,5 who lives in Urbana, Ohio, and other more distant relatives. He was a godly man. Peace to his memory!



MRS. MARIA BAINS6 CAREY, wife of Rev. S. W. Carey, of the Cincinnati Conference, was born in Miami County, Ohio, July 18, 1826, and died of consumption, after years of patient suffering, at the parsonage in Springboro, Ohio, on Friday, October 22, 1875, aged forty-nine years.

Mrs. Carey was an amiable, cultured, Christian woman, well fitted to be the wife of a minister of the Gospel. For several years previous to her marriage, she was a popular and successful teacher in the public schools of Piqua. In early life she made a public profession of her faith in Christ, and united with the Baptist Church. On the 22d of April, 1854, she was married to her now bereaved husband, and a few years subsequently entered with him upon the trials and triumphs of an itinerant's life, in the Cincinnati Conference.

Although a devoted member of another communion at the time of her marriage, she entered at once, and with zeal and earnestness, into the work to which Providence had called her. She was a most efficient worker in the Sunday-school, while in the social prayer-meeting, and in seasons of special revival, she never failed to do her duty.

Her death, as might well be inferred from her life, was a peaceful and happy one. To her husband she said, repeatedly, "I have no fear. I have placed my all upon God's altar. I have not trusted Jesus in vain." On one occasion, shortly before her death, she said, "If it be the Lord's will to take me, it will be a sweet release. Jesus is my Savior and my friend, my all in all." At another time she quoted the words:

"Forever here my rest shall be,
Close to thy bleeding side;
'T is all my hope, and all my plea,
For me the Savior died."

When her husband said, "Jesus will say to you erelong, 'It is enough; come up higher,'" she warmly responded, "Oh, what a sweet summons that will be!" and finally, with her latest breath, she assured him that her prospect was bright.

Mrs. Carey was an affectionate, devoted, faithful wife, seeking in every possible way to make her home an attractive, happy refuge for her itinerant husband. She was an earnest, consistent Christian, not in word only, but in deed and in truth. Her entire life, in private and in public, was a testimony for Jesus.

She was an ardent lover and a diligent reader of God's Word. This interesting memorandum was found in her Bible, soon after her death:

"October 4, 1875. - This day finished reading the Bible through." It was, perhaps, the last reading she ever did. About two weeks after this date, she entered upon the "rest that remaineth for the people of God."


Rebecca Austin Carey was born in Montgomery Co., O., near Bellbrook, and died in Dayton, O., Feb. 6, 1918,7 after years of ill health. She was married Dec. 6, 1876, to Rev. Samuel W. Carey, and shared with him the vicissitudes of the itinerant minister at Fairfield,8 Kings Creek, Mutual, Union,8 and East Liberty. They retired from active service, and spent the last years of their lives in Dayton, members of Broadway Methodist Episcopal Church. For many years she was not able to attend services, but rejoiced in prayer and song, often singing alone the songs she had loved. After the death of Bro. Carey, she longed to go home, to be with him and her Saviour, whom she loved so much. After more than a year of longing and homesickness and suffering the Lord called her to Him.

They were devoted to the Lord's work, and gave generously to benevolences, especially the work of Foreign Missions. They even denied themselves to make a generous gift to this Board, and rejoiced in the privilege.

"Let her own works praise her in the gates."


1 Edward George McConnell (1850-1932) was a son of James and Sarah (Carey) McConnell. Sarah was Samuel's sister.
2 Ida (McConnell) Mears (1848-1920) was Edward's sister.
3 Both wives are also buried in Forest Hill cemetery.
4 In the history of Wayne township on page 530 of the History of Champaign County, published in 1881 by W. R. Beers & Co., an "S. W. Carey" is listed among the ministers who served Cable M. E. Church, in that township.
5 My great grandfather, David Clark Carey (1838-1921).
6 You may have noticed that the spellings of both the first and last names of Rev. Carey's first wife never appear the same in any two places. See the discussion of spelling elsewhere in these pages.
7 This could be an error. The Ohio Death Certificate index lists a Rebecca A. Carey who died in Montgomery county on 26 Feb 1918. The records of Forest Hill Cemetery list her burial date as 28 Feb 1918, and give her age at death as 82 years.
8 Samuel and Rebecca were enumerated in the 1880 U. S. census at Spring Valley, in Greene county, OH. There was a Methodist church in Spring Valley. Union (in Xenia) and Fairfield are also nearby.
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