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Colonel Archibold Cary

Male 1721 - 1787  (66 years)


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  • Name Archibold Cary 
    Title Colonel 
    Born 24 Jan 1721 
    Gender Male 
    Married 31 May, 1744 
    History Cary was a member of the House of Burgesses from 1756 to 1776.[7][8] In 1764, he served on the committee of Burgesses that wrote resolutions against the proposed Stamp Act, but the following year he voted against Patrick Henry's Virginia Resolves as being premature and too inflammatory.[1]

    As tensions with the mother country escalated, in 1773 Cary served as a member of Virginia's committee of correspondence.[1] When the House of Burgesses was dissolved at the outset of the American Revolution, he served as a delegate to the Virginia Conventions. At the Fifth Virginia Convention in May 1776, he served as the chairmen of the committee of the whole that adopted the celebrated resolution of independence, which instructed Virginia's delegates to the Second Continental Congress to propose a declaration of independence.[1] After Virginia became an independent state in 1776, Cary became the first speaker of the Senate of Virginia, and remained in that position until his death. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archibald_Cary
     
    History Cary was known among Baptists for arresting many Baptists for preaching without a license. There was one incident where a Baptist preacher continued to preach from his cell window. To solve the problem, Cary put a wall around the prison.

    His nickname was "Old Iron". He operated Chesterfield Forge, which fabricated iron, starting in 1750, and ending in 1781, when it was burned by Benedict Arnold.[9] He owned British thoroughbred horses and traded with England. 
    History During the American Revolutionary War, Cary was placed in charge of recruitment and supplies in central Virginia. He was asked by Thomas Jefferson, his colleague in the House of Burgesses and fellow graduate of the College of William & Mary, to loan the Virginia Colony the funds to underwrite the cost of the Virginia militia, on the promise by Jefferson he would be repaid later, though he never was repaid. He did fund the Virginia militia for the following reason: though he had always been loyal to the Crown (he had a Charter from the Crown for all his thousands of acres of property at Ampthill plantation), he had grown tired of British attempts to continue promoting the sale of slaves in America. Although he owned some 200 slaves, he had come to the conclusion that everything about the slave trade and the owning of slaves was only going to create major problems. 
    Occupation Farmer of 4,000 acres and Chesterfield Forge, later destroyed by Benedict Arnold 
    Residence Ampthill Plantation Find all individuals with events at this location 
    On the Willis River in Buckingham County 
    Died 26 Feb 1787 
    Person ID I105  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 11 May 2017 

    Family ID F66  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Randolph,   b. 21 Nov,1727,   d. 5 Nov, 1781 
    Married 31 May, 1744 
    Children 
     1. Anne Cary,   b. 1745,   d. 1789  (Age 44 years)
     2. Jane Cary,   b. 1751,   d. 1774  (Age 23 years)
     3. Henry Cary,   b. 1752,   d. 1758  (Age 6 years)
     4. Sarah Cary,   b. 1753,   d. 1773  (Age 20 years)
     5. Elizabetn Cary,   b. 1760,   d. 1775  (Age 15 years)
    +6. Mary Cary,   b. 4 Dec 1766,   d. 26 Jan 1797  (Age 30 years)
    Last Modified 11 May 2017 
    Family ID F65  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Colonel Archibald Cary
    Colonel Archibald Cary