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About Henry Cary
HENRY CARY I was born ABT 1650 in Warwick County, Virginia, and died BEF 1 SEP 1720 in Warwick County, Virginia. He was the son of 2. MILES CARY and 3. ANN TAYLOR.
He married JUDITH LOCKEY BEF 24 MAY 1671 in Warwick County, Virginia, daughter of EDWARD LOCKEY , JR.. She was born ABT 1655 in York County, Virginia. Â Â
The immigrant's second son, Captain Henry Cary, the builder, inherited and lived upon the plantation in the interior of Warwick known as The Forest. His enterprising son of the same name was one of the pioneers to take up wilderness lands in the upper valley of James River, and, removing his own residence to the head of navigation near the Falls, where the city of Richmond was soon to grow, there built Ampthill House.
Ampthill House, built by Henry Cary in 1732, still stands on the brim of the river valley about seven miles below Manchester, on the Richmond-Petersburg turnpike. It looks over a characteristic James River bottom which yields bountiful crops of corn, now cultivated by a single tractor instead of a troop of negroes. Some distance downstream, but within sight of the house, is the skeleton of the mill which was erected during the nineteenth century on the foundation of that of the eighteenth. Across the river, on the Henrico shore, is the Randolph place, Wilton. While lacking repair, the house is a notable example of Henry Cary's Flemish bond brickwork, substantial timbering and oak paneling. Except Elmwood, it is the only Virginia house extant which was inhabited by the immigrant Miles Cary's family in the eighteenth century.
Named for his Hobson grandfather, he was devisee under his father's will of the Warwick plantation called The Forest, being the western half of Zachary Cripps patent, adjoining Richneck. J. P. and Captain for Warwick. He was a contracting builder and constructed, among other public buildings, the court-house of York County, 1694 (York records), the fort on York River, 1697 (Va. Mag., xxiv, 401), the first capitol at Williamsburg, 1701-1703, William and Mary College (reconstruction after the fire of 1705), and the Governor's palace, 1705-1710, in which he lived during construction. (See Hening, iii, 226, 485, iv, 95; Cal. Va. State Papers, i, 125, 146.) His petition last cited is interesting evidence that bricks were burnt in Virginia as early as 1709, not imported as the tradition is in respect to so many eighteenth century houses. It is not known where he was buried.
- page x of The Virginia Carys: An Essay in Genealogy By Fairfax Harrison