DeVan Family History and Genealogy - Crary Family


Peter Crary came from Scotland and was the first Crary in Connecticut, arriving in New London (now Groton) in 1663. He was there when the patent of New London was sanctioned by the Governor and Company in 1701. He resided on the Groton side of the Mystic River. He married Christobel Gallup, daughter of John Gallup of New London, in 1677 and had seven children: Christobel, Peter, John, William, Robert, Margaret, and Ann. Peter Crary was a member of the First Congregational Church in Stonington, Connecticut where his children were baptized. He was a landowner in Quinnebaug County and an organizer of the town of Plainfield, Connecticut in 1699. He later returned to Groton where he spent his remaining years. Peter died in 1708.

Christopher Crary was the son of Robert and grandson of Peter Crary, senior. He settled in Voluntown, Connecticut and later moved to Clarendon, Vermont with his wife, son Ezra, and possibly others.

Ezra Crary married and had children in Vermont: Nathan, Elias, Nathanial, Dolly, and another daughter.

Source: "Genealogy of the Puritans," "New England Historical and Genealogy Register," Vol. LX, "Vital Records of New London, Groton, Stonington, and Norwich, Connecticut," "Stonington Church Records."



The surname Crary, Crery, or McCrery is a corruption of the Scotch MacQuarrie. The race of MacQuarrie (clan Ghuairi) is of royal descent, traced to the second son of Gregor, son of Alpin, King of Scots, who fell in battle in 837. In 1314 the chief of the MacQuarrie Clan fought under Bruce at Bannockburn. The first of the name prominently recorded is John MacQuarrie of Ulva, who died in 1473, and later members were followers of the Lords of the Isles. When the Bishop of the Isles, Andrew Knox, went to Iona, in July, 1609, as commissioner for King James VI, among the chief men of the Isles who submitted themselves to him as the royal representative were MacQuarrie of Ulva, MacKinnon of that ilk, and ten others. The last of this line, Lachlan MacQuarrie, was compelled by debts to dispose of his property and become a soldier at the age of sixty-two.

Source: Jerry Crary in his volume "Ancestors and Descendants of Calvert Crary and his wife Eliza."