William Carey
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William Carey (abt. 1491 - 1528)

Sir William "of Aldenham" Carey aka Cary
Born about in Chilton Manor, Wiltshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 4 Feb 1520 in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Bristol, Somerset, Englandmap
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William Cary was born in ChiltonFolist, Wiltshire, England about 1491 to Thomas Cary and Margaret (Spencer) Cary. William held the title of "Gentleman of the Privy" to King Henry VIII. William had six children with his wife Mary Boelyn. Mary Boelyn was a mistress of Henry VIII before he married her sister Anne Boelyn. Due to this, there is speculation that Henry VIII fathered William's 'legitimate' issue. Weir is one of the better sources to review the debate. William died on June 22, 1528 of Sweating sickness.



  • B: 1503 ChiltonFolist, Wiltshire, England
  • Parents: Thomas Boleyn [Earl of Wiltshire] and Elizabeth Howard [Countess of Wiltshire]
  • M: 04 FEB 1519/20 in 31 Jan 1520/1 >> Entered by Edward Nelson. Most likely arranged by Henry VIII >> Weir, Alison
  • Marriage Date: 04 FEB 1519/20[1]


  • Mary CAREY b: ABT 1517 in Of ChiltonFolist, , Wiltshire, England
  • Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon b: 04 Mar 1526 d:23 Jul 1596
  • John CAREY b: ABT 1525 in Of Hengrave, , Suffolk, England
  • George CAREY b: ABT 1526 in Of Hengrave, , Suffolk, England
  • Catherine CAREY b: c. 1524 d.15 Jan 1568 m. Sir Francis Knollys, KG. Lettice Knollys m. Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester
  • Robert CAREY b: 1528 in Of Bristol, , Somersetshire, England


Date: 22 JUN 1528[2]


  1. Source: #S27 Page: 346
  2. Source: #S27 Page: 346
  • Michael Riordan. Carey, William (c. 1496–1528)". Printed by the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Published 23 September 2004. oxforddnb.com. Accessed 16 Jan 2021.
  • "Royal Ancestry" 2013 by Douglas Richardson Vol. II. p. 57'
  • Source: S27 Hoskins, Anthony Mary Boleyn's Carey children - offspring of King Henry VIII? in Genealogists' Magazine (London), volume 25, number 9, pages 345-352 (March 1997)
  • S4423. Dandridge.ftw of Aldenham
  • Wikipedia: William Carey (courtier)
  • SPOUSE-CHILDREN(7): Ancestral File;; LDS Church, CD-ROM ver 4.19, England; Poulsbo CA FHC, searched 16 Jun 1999. "Mary Boleyn (Bullyn) [AFN:9FXF-VC], b 1504 Of Chilton Folist, Wiltshire, England, d/o Thomas Boleyn [Earl of Wiltshire] [AFN:9FXF-T6] and Elizabeth Howard [Countess of Wiltshire] [AFN:9FXF-88] spouse (1): ***WILLIAM CAREY (CARY) [AFN:9FXX-OX], b Of 1492 Of Chilton Folist, Wiltshire, England; spouse (2) William Stafford [AFN:9FXW-9C]"
  • Birth: ABT 1491 in Of ChiltonFolist, Wiltshire, England Reference Number: 9FXX-OX


  • Thank you to Robert Graham for creating WikiTree profile Carey-1108 through the import of Graham & Alfoldy_2013-07-19_01.ged on Jul 19, 2013.

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Also my grandad and a couple uncles are still running with the Valentine name and I have Francis for a middle name. Looks like that's from back in the day
posted by Liam Carey
I demand 10% 🤣 I am also open to giving my DNA. $50 says we came from Henry Tudor and Mary Boelyn, not Henry Carey.
posted by Liam Carey
I see that someone has created a new profile for one of the Boleyn Sisters. One was married to one of my Cary ancestors. Rather interesting, but I feel that someone or some entity, perhaps even the current Royal Genealogical Society or Royal family needs to follow up with some descendants and their DNA to try and determine IF this individual is a Cary/Carey or Tudor. I'm open to offering my DNA for future determination. This individual as well as William Cary/Carey is one of my Ancestors.
posted by Mark Cary
Hi Mark; you are correct in stating that, in the absence of a birth certificate showing Carey, this profile surname should be Cary. Unfortunately this is a PPP (project protected profile), so although I am a manager, I cannot change the LNAB. This needs to be done via the "Project", but the "project" has not left any contact details on the profile and has not assumed management of the profile, other than to make the surname unchangeable. So it's a conundrum.
posted by Anton Bergh
Just an observation from a descendant. I ned more time and resources to assist in FINALY clearing up the "Immigrant" Cary that I descend from here in the Colonies/US. As well, just to note, I am approved for profiles up to pre-1500, but haven't had the time to create and meet the requirements. But, I do know that we supposedly are going by LNAB, here on WIkitree. I want someone to "riddle me this"! Why is his name tagged as Carey, but only AKA as Cary. His parents and siblings are all Cary's!!! ALSO, the bottom source lists his birth ABT 1491, yet the profile is about 1500? Not that I desire to do any major changes, but I would like to some day combine and clear up al the many duplicates and small discrepancies among my ancestors. Maybe we need PBS and some more DNA tests!! Just a thought.
posted by Mark Cary
Carey-1108 and Carey-3 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, same exact death date. Carey-1108 is totally unconnected. Please merge. Thanks.
posted by Vic Watt
Carey-2951 and Carey-3 appear to represent the same person because: Same birth, same wife, same daughter, same death. Please merge.
posted by Vic Watt
Carey-1676 and Carey-3 do not represent the same person because: not the same person birth and death dates do not even come close
posted by Norman Dodge
Carey-1676 and Carey-3 appear to represent the same person because: Hello, I believe this merger should proceed for the reasons originally given below. Carey-1676 is intended to be the father of Carey-2 (previously Carey-1675). The dates for Carey-1675 were about fifty years out of date, as they are here for Carey-1676. Therefore I have restored the merge originally proposed by Andrea Powell.
Carey-1676 and Carey-3 do not represent the same person because: Sure doesn't seem like the same person.
posted by Scott Quimby
Carey-1676 and Carey-3 appear to represent the same person because: duplicate father of Catherine Kollys

(updated) There are several generations of duplicates, beginning with William. In the (higher numbered) series all of the dates are estimated. If you look at Margaret Cave ... Her dates are "about 1470 - about 1500" in the date fields; then in the body of the biography her father's dates are "about 1503-April 2, 1568". I suspect the estimated dates are just way off. In fact the biography for both Cave-547 and Cave-300 were both cut and pasted from the same source.

posted by Andrea Powell

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