CARY, ALBERT ROSS, a prosperous and well known farmer of Cotton Hill Township, Sangamon County, is a native of the county, born in Rochester Township, February 23, 1859. He is a son of Samuel H. and Annie (Fogle) Cary, the former born in Delaware, November 11, 1823, and the latter born in Ohio, in 1830. As a young man Samuel H. Cary removed from Delaware to Ohio, where he was married, and later he and his wife came to Sangamon County, where he died October 17, 1900, and was buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Rochester Township. His wife died April 4, 1882. They came down the Ohio River from Marietta to Cairo, thence up the Mississippi to Keokuk, where they remained a short time, then came to Quincy, Ill., and later by wagon to Springfield, and spent the remainder of their lives near that city. The parents of Mr. Cary were natives of Ireland and died in Delaware, and the parents of Annie Fogle removed from Pennsylvania to Ohio and died there. Samuel H. Cary was a farmer by occupation and was successful in his operations.
Albert R. Cary attended the county schools of Cotton Hill Township and afterwards engaged in farming, which occupation he has since followed. He has spent his entire life in his native county, living first in Rochester and later in Cotton Hill Township, and has spent but little time outside the county, having made a trip to Ohio and another to Kansas. He is a useful, reliable citizen and an intelligent, energetic farmer, having the respect and esteem of all who know him. Besides his farming interests he is a stockholder in the farmers' Elevator company, of Breckenridge. In politics he has always been a Democrat, has served as School Director and was elected Assessor two terms, but defeated for this office in 1910. He is the owner of 115 acres of land in Cotton Hill township and takes pride in its fine condition. He is fond of his home and belongs to no fraternal societies. Though his wife is a member of the Christian Church, he is affiliated with no religious organizations.
Mr. Cary was married in Cotton Hill Township, Mary 28, 1890, to Mamie E. Snodgrass, born in Sangamon County, June 27, 1869, daughter of William H. H. and Sarah C. (Hall) Snodgrass, farmers of Cotton Hill Township, and natives of Sangamon County and Ohio, respectively. Four children have blessed this union: Elton Ray, born in Sangamon County, April 12, 1891; Don Floyd, November 25, 1893; Ada Bell, June 11, 1899; and Clarence Ross, August 11, 1900.