Mrs. Delila L. Carey, Princeton, was born April 2, 1818, in Onondaga County, N. Y. Her parents were John L. and Lucina (Rhodes) Carey. Mrs. Carey is a bright, cheerful lady with great force of character. She was borne up bravely amid trials and adversity which would have crushed any ordinary woman.
She was reared in the State of New York, where she resided till the spring of 1835, when she went to Morgan County, Ill., where she married Amos Miner, who shortly afterward died. He was the son of Amos Miner, Sr., who was quite a genius, and invented many useful things. Mrs. Carey has one son by Amos Miner. The son’s name is George A. Miner, who married Elizabeth Denis.
Mrs. Carey was married a second time in Morgan County, Ill., to Norman L. Ward. She came to this county with Mr. Ward, and here he died. Three children blessed this union, viz.: Mary E., wife of Henry Reasoner; Julia C., deceased, and Darwin E. Ward, who married Mary E. Morse.
After the death of her second husband our subject married Lemuel P. Carey, who was born June 26, 1801, in Enfield, Hampshire Co., Mass. He followed the tanner and currier’s trade in the East, and in the fall of 1835 came to this county, where he has been a successful farmer. The marriage, which occurred August 22, 1850, was blessed with one child—Lemuel Carey–who died aged ten years. Mr. Lemuel P. Carey died March 4, 1879. He was a man of sterling qualities, and is well remembered by our old settlers.
Mrs. Carey was formerly a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, but is now connected with the Presbyterian Church.
Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois, H. C. Bradsby, Editor. World Publishing Company Chicago 1885