Maria Carey (also referred to as Mary Anna, Mariah Anna) (1835-1923) was profiled by the University of Virginia's John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History in 2017, as part of their "Black Virginians in Blue" digital project.
Carey was born around April 1835. Her maiden name was Henderson. She met her future husband Miles Carey, a future Union soldier, while enslaved. Maria was enslaved by an Owen R. Flynn who married a Mrs. Woods from Suffolk, who enslaved Miles. The Careys married around 1857. At some point before the war, the Carey family moved with their owners from Suffolk to Portsmouth.
Miles applied for a pension after his military service during the Civil War, but he was rejected by a doctor. In her pension testimony, Carey described her husband as “older” than her and as a “light ginger cake colored man.” Maria and Miles had two sons, James, born around 1867, and Daniel, born around 1869. Following her husband's death on May 30, 1896, in Portsmouth, Carey moved across the street to continue raising her children. She fought for and received a widow's pension of $20 a month commencing in 1916. She passed away June 5, 1923, in Suffolk.
- Web. Maria Carey, Website, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History: Black Virginians in Blue, April 9, 2021, retrieved July 29, 2021.
- Web. [ Miles Carey (2nd USCT CAV)], Website, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History: Black Virginians in Blue, April 10, 2021, retrieved July 28, 2021.