1757 - 1859 (101 years)
Name Carey Toney Born 3 Oct 1757 Albemarle, British America Gender Male Birth 3 Oct 1763 Albemarle, Virginia, British America  Military May 1781 Bedford County, Virginia  Name Cary Toney FamiySearch ID L6W5-7W7 Died 6 Sep 1859 Dixon Twp, Eaton, Preble, Ohio, United States Buried Goodwins Corner, Union, Indiana, United States Address:
Person ID I1995 Zalewski Family Last Modified 10 May 2015
Father William Toney, b. 1727, d. 30 Dec 1804, Dillon Mills, Franklin County, Virginia (Age 77 years) Relationship Stepchild Mother Margaret Sutherland, b. 1731, Kanawha, West Virginia, United States , d. Abt 1812, Dillon Mills, Franklin County, Virginia (Age 81 years) Relationship Stepchild Married Abt 1759 Bedford County, Virginia  Family ID F640 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Elizabeth Doren, b. 4 Jul 1765, Bedford, Virginia, British America , d. 13 Jul 1865, Preble, Ohio, United States (Age 100 years) Married 10 Aug 1782 Bedford County, Virginia Married 27 Aug 1789 Bedford City, Franklin County, Virginia  Married 27 Aug 1789 Bedford County, Virginia Married 27 Aug 1789 Montgomery, Virginia, United States Married 1 Sep 1789 Franklin, Virginia, United States  Children 1. William Toney, b. 2 May 1794, Franklin, Virginia, United States , d. 12 Jan 1871, Crawford, Wisconsin, United States (Age 76 years) 2. Poindexter Toney, b. 12 May 1790, Franklin, Virginia, United States , d. Yes, date unknown 3. John F Toney, b. Abt 1791, Franklin, Virginia, United States , d. Yes, date unknown 4. Jesse Toney, b. 24 Mar 1793, Kanawha, West Virginia, United States , d. Yes, date unknown 5. James Toney, b. 29 Oct 1798, Franklin, Virginia, United States , d. Yes, date unknown 6. Archibald Toney, b. 4 Mar 1800, Franklin, Virginia, United States , d. Yes, date unknown 7. Frances Toney, b. 17 Sep 1804, Franklin, Virginia, United States , d. Yes, date unknown 8. Jonathan Toney, b. 3 Feb 1807, Monroe, West Virginia, United States , d. Yes, date unknown 9. Harmon Toney, b. Abt 1808, Ohio, United States , d. Yes, date unknown 10. Squire Toney, b. 8 Sep 1814, Kanawha, West Virginia, United States , d. Yes, date unknown Last Modified 20 Jun 2016 Family ID F639 Group Sheet | Family Chart
- Served in Revolutionary War. All of the following came from http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=hagerj&id=I011158 Joel Hager
Cary was the twin brother of Poindexter Toney. Carey served in the Revolutionary War and later moved to Preble Co., Oh. He reportedly lived to be 101 years old. He is buried there near the Ohio/Indiana border.
From Preble County History, 1981, Toney Family
Carey Toney (Carey and Poindexter were twins), and wife Elizabeth Doran, were pioneers of Preble County farmland in Dixon Township. The couple had 9 sons and 1 daughter. Carey served with the Virginia Militia in Rev. War in 1781 and was an eyewitness to the surrender of Cornwallis. They are buried in the Lybrook Cem near the Ohio/Ind line. Harmon Toney of Virginia and wife Fannie Kingrey had 6 children. Harmon was a small boy when he came to Preble Co and was always a farmer in Dixon Township, farming 720 acres. He and his wife were members of the German Baptist Church. They are buried in the Lybrook Cemetery.
Article from newspaper --- Preble Co., Oh 7-23-1858-- "Democrat"
Carey Toney, an old Revolutionary War hero, is now residing with his wife in Dixon Township, Preble Co., Oh. Mr. Toney is now 101 years old, his wife is 97. They were married in 1782, when he was 24 and she was 19 years of age. He joined the American Army in the Revolution, passed through several campaigns; was present and took an active part in the siege of Yorktown and was an eye-witness to the surrender of Cornwallis in 1781, saw Gen Washington and Lafayette a great number of times during the siege; recollects and describes the personal appearance of Lord Cornwallis, his staff & etc. He is now in the enjoyment of tolerably good health, and last fall walked 5 miles to visit with his daughter. They have lived happily and pleasantly together as husband and wife for 76 years --had 10 children, 9 sons and 1 daughter-- and now have living 60 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.
1807/-09 Sold Franklin Co., Va land, probable to return to Boone Co., Va (1810 census) Carey certainly went from John's house (Giles Co) on expeditions into the mountains digging ginseng during the summers (1784-1794). It is probable that he took his wife and small children with him, although they were likely born in Giles or Franklin Co. (Poindexter and William were born in April before they would have left for the Root Camps.
Carey sold his Franklin County land in 2 tracts 1807 and 1809, he probably returned to Boone Co in one of those years. Chloe Niccum says he came to Preble County Ohio in 1819. This would mean that Poindexter and Jesse had come out ahead of him. The Lybrooks had been on Franklin County, Virginia neighbors before they came to Union Co, In in 1806-07. Susannah Toney was there with her daughter Fanny Toney Lybrook in 1809. Carey and Poindexter probably traded land of Carey's on Toneys Branch, Boone County, Va/W.VA. and Poindexter's in Preble County.
Carey's land was less than 1 mile from the In. state line. The Lybrooks lived adjacent on the Ind side. In his later years, Carey lived with Harmon on the home place.
In 1820 he and his wife, united themselves with the Christian Church.
A man of over 6 foot tall and weighed well over 200 pounds--- straight and well proportioned with a physical constitution sufficiently powerful to resist and overcome almost everything, excepting the ravages of time. He has been sick but little during his long and eventful life, which may perhaps, account to some extent, for his great retention of memory. His sense of hearing, however, for the past few years has given away to some extent, which renders conversation with his somewhat difficult. He voted for the following persons for President of United States: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, James Madison, John Q. Adams, Andrew Jackson, Wm Harrison, Henry Clay, Zachary Taylor, Franklin Pierce, and B.C. Fremont.
from the book "History of Preble
In 1808 the Truaxes settled in the western part of the settlement. This was on the swampy land mentioned in the preceding paragraph on "physical features". By means of drainage this land was reclaimed and made to yield rich harvest. Among the first settlers in this region of swamp and bog were
the Lybrooks, who located on what is now the Toney estate owned by Carey Toney. This is now the richest part of the township. at heavy expense tiling has been laid and the water carried off in underground channels. Mr. Jehu Rhea, of this neighborhood, has as much as one thousand five hundred
rods of tiling on his farm.
About the time that the Congers settled in the township Thomas Woodward
Oct 3 1863 --birthdate comes from Rev. War Pension papers file Preble Co., Ohio county history --page 164 gives birth as about 1779 in Buckingham Co., Va.
From Co history of Preble Co. Ohio page 164
Carey Toney moved into Dixon and settled in section 6 in 1819. He was born in Buckingham Co., Va about the year 1779, and died in this township. His wife, Elizabeth (Doren), died at the advanced age of 97 or 98 years. They had a family of 10 children, 4 now living, namely: James, near Logansport Ind, Archibald, Johnathan and Harrison all in Dixon. Archibald was born in Franklin Co., Va., in 1801, and came to this township with his parents in 1819. He has been twice married. his first wife was Dorcas White, born in 1802 and died in 1850. In 1851, he was married to Catherine Whitesell, who was born in 1821. By his first marriage he had 5 children, who are all living, and by his second marriage 10 children, 8 of whom are living.
Harmon Toney emigrated from Virginia to Ohio in 1819, and located on the farm now owned by Anderson Toney. His wife was Fanny Kingley.
Carey Toney was born in section 8, Dixon Twp., in 1842, and in 1863 married Sarah Moss who was born in 1846 in Carroll Co., In 4 of their 6 children are living, Mr. Toney resides in Section 17 of Dixon Twp.
Carey and family moved to Ohio in 1819. Birth year may be 1763. Eaton Ohio Democrate , 7/23/1858 newspaper article put birth date as 1757.
Reprinted in Palladium Item - June 2, 1941 Page 12 col. 3
Carey Toney Recounts Tales of War History at Age of 101
Editor's Note - This is the second of two articles concerning Carey Toney and his descendants.
In July 1858, the editor of the Eaton (Ohio) Democrat was visiting in the western part of Preble county and met Carey Toney, who then was almost 101 years of age. The editor, L.G. Gould, interviewed Mr. Toney and published an article in his paper on July 22, 1858.
The text of that interview follows.
While in the western part of our county on Friday last, we had the pleasure of conversation with an aged gentleman, whom we think we are quite sure in recording, as perhaps, the last surviving hero of the celebrated siege of Yorktown.
One by one have fallen the patriots and warriors of the early days of our republic, and mingled with their mother earth, whilst he alone of all that mighty host is left to tell us, as an eye witness, of the fearful struggles, sanguinary conflicts, patriotism and devotion, that characterized and produced our national existence.
Carey Toney, the subject of this notice, was born in Buckingham County, Va., on the third of October, 1757, and will therefore be on the third day of October, 1858 101 years of age. He joined the American army in the revolution; passed through several campaigns; was present and took an active part in the siege of Yorktown; was an eye witness to the surrender of Lord Cornwallis in 1781; saw General Washington and Lafayette a great number of times during the siege; recollects and describes the personal appearance of Lord Cornwallis, his staff, etc.
On the tenth day of August, 1782, he was married to Miss. Elizabeth Doren of Bedford county, Va. in which county she was born on the fourth of July, 1761. Mr. Toney continued to reside in the state of Virginia until the year 1819, at which time he emigrated to the Township of Dixon in this county (Preble), where he has lived ever since.
In the year 1820, himself and wife, united themselves to the Christian church, and have continued exemplary and pious members of the same to the present day. They have lived happily and pleasantly together as husband and wife for the period of 76 years - had 10 children, nine sons and one daughter - and now living 60 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Toney is now in her ninety-seventh year, walks glibly about the house and retains her memory remarkably well; and in her general deportment seems to be spright and happy, and to all appearances enjoys the green old age of her life with a good deal of gest and contentment.
Father of Country
Truly, this is a case wherein it may be said without fiction, "Here is a father and mother of our country".
Mr. Toney is a man something over 6 feet in height, and has weighed well over 200 pounds - straight and well proportioned with a physical constitution sufficiently powerful to resist and overcome almost everything, excepting the ravages of time. He has been sick but little during his long and eventful life, which may perhaps, account to some extent, for his great retention of memory.
His sense of hearing, however, for the past few years has been giving away to some extent, which renders conversation with him somewhat difficult. But on comparing his statements of revolutionary incidents with authentic history of the times, we are satisfied with his memory in the main is unimpaired and his statements correct.
He has voted at all the presidential elections from the beginning of the republic to the present day, a thing which we much doubt no other man in America can boast as having done. He informed us he had voted for the following persons for president of the United States to-wit: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, James Madison, John Q. Adams, Andrew Jackson, William H. Harrison, Henrey Clay, Zachary Taylor, Franklin Pierce, and J. C. Fremont.
He has had naturally a strong and sagacious mind with an inflexible will, added to great powers of execution, but like many others in the early days of this country, he was deprived of a proper and efficient literary education. We conversed with him considerably in relation to the times, etc. of his youth and his memory upon all these points seemed to be vivid and fresh.
Conversed With Washington
He stated he had seen and conversed with General George Washington at various times - described his dress, personal appearance, etc. - that he was a large man, rather rough featured, etc., but that he was the most kind and noble hearted man he ever knew. He spoke also of seeing at Yorktown and other places a number of other officers and men whose names are familiar in the history of our country.
And among other things related the circumstances, well known in the history of the Revolution, of Washington causing letters to be written just prior to the capture of Lord Cornwallis, pretending they were for General Greene, and allowing them, as if by accident, to fall into the hands of the commander of the British troops in New York, who thereupon became so much alarmed at their contents, that he immediately commenced fortifying the city, expecting an attack from General Washington, that Washington, taking advantage of Clinton's perplexity, put off south with his army with all possible speed dispatch, to assist in the capture of Cornwallis, that Clinton did not learn his mistake until Washington had been gone about eight days and until it was entirely too late to render Cornwallis any assistance.
The old gentleman seemed to enjoy the maneuver with infinite relish, and spoke of it as being thought at that time, by General Washington, a very brilliant stoke of military genius. He is now in the enjoyment of tolerable good health, and last fall walked five miles to visit his daughter.
Taking it all in all, we think this is the most remarkable couple now living in the state of Ohio, or in the United States of America. The long interesting life of Mr. Toney furnished a fitting theme from which a pen might draw an infinite number of interesting and soul-stirring conclusions.
But a mere publication of the facts in the case is all we feel able or competent to do, leaving to our readers the task of framing the conclusions, as to their own minds shall appear most proper and correct. Yet whilst sitting by his side, and attentively listening to his narrative of the circumstances and events of ancient days was resurrected and giving to us as our eye witness, a faithful narrative of times and circumstances which hereto we had existed only in history and song.
For one moment, in order to better view the subject, roll back for 100 years the enormous tide of civilization with all its concomitant adjuncts that has had and does now crown and embellish our country, and you see him a little boy, a native born subject of the king of Great Britain, living in one of his colonies in the wild woods of America, owing his protection, pease and security, civilly, to the British crown, no one had yet dreamed of the mighty government, varied laws, and the multiplied thousands of institutions that now assign to us so honorable a position in the ranks of nations - a few more years, and you find him at risk of his life, reputation and fortune, actively engaged in the great struggle of independence, which is forever to tear him away from his mother country, and give him freedom or to fetter her for all time to come in endless slavery.
His effort is successful, and after a long and bloody war his country is declared free - he beats his sword into a plough-share and retires from the dripping fields of Yorktown into the shades of quite and peaceful life with a new name, a new country, and civilly speaking, a new condition in life. He has seen take place with his own eye, the identical incidents that have exhausted the descriptive powers of a thousand writers.
He has seen America when she contained but 13 colonies and 3,000,000 human beings. He saw America when her civilization and improvements was confined entirely to our eastern seaboard and he now sees her with her giant arms of civilization, improvement, and refinement, extending from ocean to ocean, and her cities and villages crowning every hill in the world.
Saw Birth of Nation
He has seen America with his own eye in every stage of her existence; from her infancy to her majority and in the language of the immortal Webster, "he still lives." Who then but will say, that his life has been an eventful one and a fit subject for serious contemplation. But he is fast passing down the uncertain current of time, and he will be gathered to his fathers. May his latter days be as peaceful and happy as his former ones have been many and glorious - And
"When all his troubles on earth are o'er,
And death at last shall bid him,
Let the lashing waves of the ocean roar
A patriot's gone home."
Poindexter Toney (twin brother of Carey), son of William and Margaret Sutherland Toney, was born in 1763 in Buckingham County, VA, and died in 1835 in Kanawha County, (W)VA. He is buried at the Old Toney Cemetery at Toneys Branch on Big Coal River. His brothers and sisters were: John, William, Edmund, Carey (mentioned above), Harrison, James, Jesse, Averille (Eva), Rebecca, Susannah, and Hannah.
Poindexter was one of the first settlers in Boone County and made his living at farming, lumber, salt, coal mines, and ginseng. His first wife, Mary Rawson, and children are presumed to have been killed in an Indian raid at Toneys Branch while the Toney Clan were off at ginseng root camps in the mountains. There is little or no information on that family.
Poindexter married second Jane Lilly in 1797. They had twelve children, Frances, Mary, James, Carey, Robert, Margaret, Harvey, Jane, Poindexter, Adam, Jesse, and Nancy. This Poindexter Toney is my great-great grandfather.
His son, Robert, is my great grandfather. Robert Sr. was born in 1810 in Kanawha County, (W)VA and died in 1890 in Boone County, WV. Robert married Penadamania Alvina Foster in 1836. They had twelve children: Jane, Poindexter, Nancy, Thomas, Carey, Mary, Frances, Leftridge, James, Robert, Marcus, and Penadamania (Penny). His first wife died in 1854 and in 1860 he married Mary Helen Wilson Lavette. They had no children. They lived at the mouth of Toneys Branch at Bloomingrose. At one time their property was raided during the Civil War by Yankee sympathizers.
Their tenth child, Robert Toney Jr., my grandfather, was born in 1850 at Racine, (W)VA. He died in 1922. Robert married Margaret Susan Midkiff in 1875. They had thirteen children, Samuel, Robert Poindexter, William, Richard, Maude Ann, Izora, Jesse, James, and Hillard. Their other five sons (including a set of twins) died at birth. Robert Jr. raised his family on a farm between Maxine and Bloomingrose along Big Coal River in Boone County, WV. Their thirteenth child, Hillard, is my father. He married Nelda Neri in 1930. They have two daughters, Clara and Georgia. As of 1990 Hillard and Nelda live at Nellis, WV. Submitted by. Clara Toney Dinalko, 608 Carmelott Street, N. Huntingdon, PA 15642
Almeeta Toney Rinehart ---gggranddaughter of Carey and Elizabeth
Josiah received his education in the common school of his neighborhood. At age 20 he worked as a farm hand. After marriage he and Almeeta lived near Connersville, In, on a farm with his father-in-law. In the Spring of 1892, he settled on a farm of 160 acres, in Dixon Twp., Preble county, Ohio.
Almeeta received her common school education in the Railsback school near her home. She enjoyed piecing quilts, quilting and crocheting.
The farm was given to Almeeta by her father. Her great-great grandparents, Carey and Elizabeth Doran Toney, came to Preble county from Virginia in 1819. They had been living in Kanawah County, Va. now W.VA/ Carey served 6 months in the Rev. War at Yorktown, Va.
source: Elma Henning -- Ulrich Rinehart Family and Descendants 1704-1985 page 210Giles County Marriage Bonds
"Know all men by these presents that we Carey Toney and Thomas Slone are held and firmly bound unto Beverly Randolph, Esq. Governor of Cheafe Magestrate for the State of Virginia in the just and full sum of Fifty Pounds courant monay to which payment will and truly to be made we bind ourselves and each of ours and each of our heirs, excrs. administrators of assigns, jointly and sverally firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals and dayted this 27 day of august 1789.
The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a Certain Marriage shortly intended to be had and solemnized between the above bound Carey Toney and Bettsy Doron. Now is there no lawful cause to obstruct the said marriage thin the above obligation be void or else to remain full force power and virtue.
witness: Carey Toney (seal)
Thomas Slone (seal)
Please to let Cary Toney have license to be married to my daughter Betsey and oblidge.
your most ob'd
- Served in Revolutionary War. All of the following came from http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=hagerj&id=I011158 Joel Hager
- [S122] Virginia Marriage Records to 1850.
- [S82] Franklin County, Virginia Marriage Bonds, 1786-185, 225.
- [S220] 1820 US Census, Dixon, Preble Co., Ohio.
- [S191] 1850 US Census, Dixon Township, Preble Co., Ohio; p. 350B; h.1734 f.1741; Cary Toney; 16 March 2010.
- [S159] Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, Virginia - Pension Number: W. 14,029.
- [S49] Family Data Collection - Individual Records.
Birth year: 1741; Birth city: Bedford County; Birth state: VA.
- [S317] Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940, 26 October 2011; Source Film 31523; Ref p97; Cary Toney & Betsey Doran; 1 September 1789.
- [S122] Virginia Marriage Records to 1850.