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  • Christobal Crary (1660 - 1708)
    HISTORY OF THE TOWN OF STONINGTON, County of New London, Connecticut, from its first settlement in 1649 to 1900, by Richard Anson Wheeler, New London, CT, 1900, p. 383 === GEDCOM Note === Category: Sto...
  • Elizabeth Satterlee (1717 - 1757)
    Source: The Groton Avery Clan, by Elroy McKendree Avery and Catherine Hitchcock (Tilden), Vol. I, p. 151
  • Judge John Crary (1686 - 1759)
    Judge John Crary of Stonington CTCW Note 7/12/11 - Had a wife named, Prudence (Hayward, Heaward), two are shown above. Each Prudence has a different mother, This set of profiles needs to be verified.An...
  • Mary Crary (1736 - 1812)
  • Peter Crary (1645 - 1708)
    "Peter Crary descended from Scottish royal blood. Came to this country (U.S.) about 1663 and was the pioneer Crary in America. He settled in what is now Groton, Conn., then New London, near the head of...

About the Crary surname

According to family tradition, the name CRARY was orginally Mc-QUARRIE, later changed to McCRARY, and finally to CRARY. The Clan McQuarrie claimed descent from Kenneth McAlpine, the founder of the Scottish monarchy. The Clan is believed to have lived on the Isle of Ulva and a part of Mull on the west coast of Scotland. At the time of Oliver Croswell in the mid-seventeenth century the family name was McCrary. It is believed that John Crary and his probable brother, Peter Crary, were supporters of Cromwell, and when Charles II was restored to the throne in 1660, they left their home in Northumberland County to emigrate to America. Perhaps they dropped the "Mc" from their name to avoid recognition as followers of Cromwell.

Source: Crary: Alsace Lorraine Daniels and H. Vern Crary, John Crary of Boston and Descendants 1660-1967: a Genealogical Study (Chicago, 1967).