CLARYs of Guernsey County, Ohio
The name Clary is of Irish origin, evolving from the Gaelic word "cleriach," meaning clerk or cleric. It is spelled variously as Cleary, Clery, and Clary.
Some of the information given here is derived from the "Clary Genealogy" written by Ralph S. and Star W. Rowland. Their book was awarded first prize in 1980 in the Maryland Historical Society's genealogical book contest. Other contributions were made by generous Clary family researchers.
Our first Clary ancestor in America was Thomas, estimated to have come to Virginia October 19, 1653 as an indentured servant of John Day. By 1660 he had his freedom and a wife named Judith. In September, 1660 he bought 300 acres of land in Surry County, Virginia. His occupation was listed as cooper, making and repairing barrels and casks.
John Clary the son of Thomas and Judith was probably born in Virginia about 1660. He moved to Maryland and was married about 1681. Little is known of John in Maryland.
John Clary Jr., presumed son of John Clary was born in1684 in Maryland and died after 1728. He married Eliazabeth Haly of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Elizabeth was the daughter of a wealthy land owner, Clement Haly, and she inherited much of his holdings.
Benjamin Clary, the son of John and Elizabeth, was born in 1772 in Maryland and died 1783 in Baltimore, Maryland. Around 1745 he married Eleanor Gerrard. He was a prosperous planter and owned a great deal of land in several counties and was among the early settlers of Frederick County, Maryland.
Eleanor, who had survived her husband, was left a prosperous plantation but did not approve of slavery. She was unable to prosper with her land and lost the plantation as a result of her views on slavery. Her son William Clary was born in 1752 in Baltimore County, Maryland and married Rachel Hall around 1778. There is strong evidence to suggest he served as a private in the 8th. Company, Maryland Line. After his father's death he inherited 150 acres of land. After his death his wife Rachel returned this land to the children of his deceased father, Benjamin Clary. Soon after Rachel, who was a great- grandmother at the time, and several of her children left Maryland and settled in the Belmont/Noble/Guernsey Counties area. In the 1840 census the Clary family was living in Millwood Township, Guernsey County, Ohio. Our ancestor, Washington Clary, (b. 1806 in Maryland) was one of her children.
Washington Clary married Mary Harvey (b. 1812 in New Hampshire) and his cousin Enoch married Mary's sister Asceneth Harvey. Washington and Mary's son Robert (b. 1846 in Ohio) married Rebecca Warehime (b. 1851 in Ohio).
Aby Clary, daughter of Robert and Rebecca was born June 13, 1883. She married Charles Arthur Leslie (b. March 23, 1878 in Coshocton, Ohio).
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