Maria Carey

Maria (Mary Anna, Mariah Anna) Carey (maiden name: Henderson) was born around April 1835. She married Miles Carey in slavery sometime around 1857. In her pension testimony, Carey described her husband as “older” than her and as a “light ginger cake colored man.” Carey was a slave of  Owen R. Flynn who had married Miles Carey's owner, a Mrs. Woods from Suffolk, Virginia. Maria and Miles had two sons, James, born around 1867, and Daniel, born around 1869. At some point before the war, the Carey family moved with their owners from Suffolk to Portsmouth. Following her husband's death on May 30, 1896, in Portsmouth, Carey moved across the street to continue raising her children. She started receiving a widow's pension of $20 a month commencing in 1916. She passed away June 5, 1923, in Suffolk.

Name:Carey, Maria
Alternative names:
  • Carey, Mary Anna (alternative name)
  • Henderson, Maria (alternative name)
  • Cooper, Mariah Ann (alternative name)
  • Spouse
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Person 1Person 2NumberRelation Type
Carey, MilesCarey, Maria635631application-widow
Carey, MilesCarey, Maria440877certificate-widow
Birth date:1835-04
Birth date certainty:About
Birth place:Suffolk, VA
Death date:1923-06-05
Death place:Portsmouth, VA
Causes of death:
Person 1Relation TypePerson 2
Carey, Mariaparent ofCarey, James
Carey, Mariaparent ofCarey, Daniel
Carey, Mariawife ofCarey, Miles

Pension Records for Miles Carey, RG15, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.