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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published by Biographical Review Publishing Company in 1896.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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FRANK W. CARY, junior member of the firm of Kimball & Cary, dealers in coal, at Northampton, came here at the suggestion of his partner, Mayor H. A. Kimball, to engage in his present business, he and Mr. Kimball having been reared on adjoining farms, pupils in the same school, and later entering respectively into the relations of pupil and teacher. The friendship thus formed in early youth has continued without break to the present time, and has resulted in the establishment of this prosperous firm. Mr. Cary is a native of Connecticut, born in the town of Windham in 1850, a son of Dwight and Susan (Bass) Gary.

Sanford Gary, the paternal grandfather of Frank W., was a lifelong resident of Windham, and owned a good farm. He was a Selectman of the town for many years, and also represented the district in the legislature. He died in the year 1856, leaving a substantial farm property. His wife, whose maiden name was Caroline Tracy, survived him about ten years, leaving at her death three sons and a daughter, all of whom are living except the daughter.

Dwight Cary, son of Sanford, had a thorough knowledge of agriculture, and owns one of the best-managed farms in Windham County. In 1843 he married Susan Bass, of Scotland, Conn., the daughter of the late John Bass; and they became the parents of a large family of children. Of these, four are deceased, namely: two daughters, twins, who had lived eighteen months; Sanford, who had lived five years; and Ann B., who married George E. Wood, and was forty-two years old at the time of her death, in 1890. Those living are as follows: Rosella, wife of Joseph Congdon, residing in Hampton, Conn.; Frank W., the subject of this sketch; Jane, wife of Arthur Clark, of Scotland, Conn.; George, a farmer on the old homestead; and Susan, wife of Charles Willis, of Scotland, Conn. The parents are hale and vigorous people for their years. The father has served as Selectman, and has represented his district in the legislature.

Frank W. Cary was reared to farm life, receiving a practical education, and might have taken a collegiate course had he then appreciated its importance. He, however, continued in the occupation to which he was reared until nearly thirty years old. He came to Northampton, May 10, 1881, to engage in the coal and wood trade, as before mentioned. The firm conducts a wholesale and retail business. Under the wise management of the partners it has become quite large and remunerative. Mr. Cary belongs to the Knights Templars, and is a valued member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a zealous supporter of the Republican party, but steadily refuses office.

Mr. Cary was united in wedlock February 10, 1875, to Effie Fuller, a native of Brooklyn, Conn., daughter of Edwin T. and Louisa (Snow) Fuller. Her mother died in 1853, aged forty-three years, having borne her husband five children, two of whom are deceased. Mr. Fuller subsequently married Sarah Parsons, who bore him two children. She has survived him, being now a resident of Plainfield, Conn., where his death occurred in May, 1894, at the venerable age of fourscore years. Mr. and Mrs. Cary have lost one infant daughter. They have three children living, namely: Irving L., nineteen years of age, a graduate of Child’s Business College, and now in the Northampton Savings Bank; Edwin T., fifteen years of age; and Freddie D., nine years old. Mr. and Mrs. Cary are much esteemed for their many admirable qualities. They have a pleasant home at 154 State Street, erected in 1886, where their many friends are hospitably welcomed. In their religious belief they are members of the Congregational church.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published in 1896. 

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