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Elmer Wise and Rebecca Perry Wise- Rebecca is a decendant of Edmund and Sara Perry- a photo of her parents is at


Edmund Perry, born in Devon, England, 27 January 1588; married in Devon, 1614, Sarah Betts, born in London, Middlesex, England, 1592; died in Sandwich before 7 June 1659. Edmund reportedly emigrated to Plymouth Colony (Sandwich) in 1637. See, however, the discussion above in connection with his son Ezra and the administration of Sarah Perry's estate. The surname and birthplace of Sarah, represented here, are from, AWT file g1191o.

Children of Edmund PERRY and Sarah BETTS:


Arthur Perry, tailor, born 1615; died in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, 9 October 1652; married in 1636, Elizabeth Crowell, daughter of John and Elishua (Yelverton) Crowell, born about 1625; died in Boston, 22 February 1698. Arthur was town drummer; one of the original members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company (1638); freeman (13 May 1640). By wife Elizabeth he had Elishua (1637), Seth (1639), John (1642), Elizabeth (1647), Sarah (1647), and Deborah (1649). See Savage, 3:399.

John Perry, born in Devon, England, 1616; died 21 September 1642 (Stafford, CServe message, 21 April 1997). Note, however, that there was a John Perry rated as able to bear arms in Taunton in 1643 (NEHGR 4:259) and a John Perry who died in Watertown in 1674, age 61 (NEHGR 38:73).

William Perry, born 1620; died about 1693; married Susanna Carver, daughter of Richard and Grace Carver. Appears to have been a resident of Scituate from 1637 and of Marshfield from 1657. A recurrent error has this William and/or Thomas Perry married to Sarah Stedman, daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Stedman. However, as shown by Robert S. Wakefield in "The Family of Isaac Stedman of Scituate and Muddy River, Massachusetts," TAG (July 1994), pp. 155-159, this Sarah actually married Samuel Perry, son of John and Anne (Newman) Perry. Susanna Carver emigrated with her parents from Norfolk County, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1637.

Elizabeth Perry, born about 1622; married John Hanchett.

Margaret Perry, born in Devon, 1623; died in Sandwich, 5 November 1688; married Edmond Freeman, 18 July 1651. Edmond Freeman was Deputy to the General Court for Sandwich (1666-1673) and Assistant to the Governor, 1666-1686 and 1689-1691. See TAG 40:2.

Anthony Perry, born in Devon, 1625; died in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, 1 March 1683; married Elizabeth Perry in 1646. Grand Juryman, May 1654; on a committee to buy Joseph Peck's house to make it fit for the ministry, 2 November 1663; constable for Rehoboth, 1665 (Peirce's Colonial Lists. Civil, Military and Professional Lists of Plymouth and Rhode Island Colonies); received one share of the land granted to Rehoboth by Plymouth Colony Court on 10 April 1666 (Bowen, Early Rehoboth, VI, 40-41); on a committee to finish the meeting house (1678) and then to sell it (1680); Deputy to the Court, 1673; Surveyor of Highways for Rehoboth, 1679 (Pierce's Colonial List); Townsman, 8 May 1680. Representative to the General Court in Boston; made a donation of £14 2d to "Phillips War."

Ezra Perry, married Elizabeth Burgess.

Edward Perry, born in Devon, 1630; died in Sandwich, 16 February 1695; married Mary Freeman (1631-1695). Progenitor of Naval heroes - Captain Oliver Hazard Perry, Commodore Matthew Perry, and others.

Hannah Perry, born 1632; died in Sandwich, 9 June 1673; married Henry Dillingham, 24 June 1652. Hannah and her husband are supposed to have become Quakers.

Deborah Perry, born in Devon, 28 November 1634; died in Sandwich, 14 October 1665; married Robert Harper, 9 May 1654, in Sandwich.


Ezra Perry, son of Edmund and Sarah (Betts) Perry, born in Devon, England, 1627; died in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, 16 October 1689, the day he made his will; married in Sandwich, 12 February 1652, Elizabeth Burgess, daughter of Thomas and Dorothy (Phippen) Burgess, born in Truro, Cornwall, England, about 1629; died in Sandwich, 26 September 1717. The following information is derived mostly from Brownson's article in NEHGR: 115:86-90.

The first recorded notice of Ezra Perry in America is found in the Sandwich town records, where at a meeting in August [or September] 1644 we learn that "divers persons engaged freely to pay in goods and merchantable corn" toward the repair of their Meeting House. Ezra Perry pledged nine shillings toward the project -- a very generous contribution considering his age (about seventeen, if the information we have on the year of his birth is correct). Ezra's next appearance in the records is notice of his marriage: "Ezra Perry and Elizabeth Burge were married the 12 day of Februarie, Anno. Dom. 1651" (1652 N.S.). On 4 April 1657, "Lieftenant" Perry received four shillings pay for service in the militia, yet his name is absent from the 1658 list of Sandwich land owners. On 7 June 1659, Plymouth Colony Court (Records, Vol. 3., p. 163), authorized Ezra to serve as executor of the estate of Sarah Perry, "there being no other (although she hath many friends in the Country) that claimeth any interest to the estate, having put in securities into the Court to be accountable for the estate in case it shall be required by any that hath better title thereto..." Ezra presented the inventory of the estate the following day.

A deed from the Sachem Quachatasett to John Alden, 27 July 1661 mentioned a tract of land "on that side of Manomet River next unto Sandwich: the bounds of which is from the lands of Ezra Perry..." But Ezra Perry was then still resident on his father-in-law's tract, which the latter, Thomas Burgess, obtained "from Plymouth Court in consideration for his public service in 1652." On 10 July 1663, Burgess conveyed half his Manomet holding to Ezra, one quarter to Joseph Burgess (his son), and the remaining quarter to Lt. Josiah Standish of Sandwich.

On 29 May 1665, Ezra agreed to assist in building a new meeting house for Sandwich. On 25 June 1666, the Court granted him a small quantity of land in the Neck (about 30 acres) "where Mr. Edmond Freeman, Jr. hath his land," and on 3 July 1667 it granted him an additional 20 acres "being in the purchase of Mr. Edmond Freeman and not suitable for anyone besides, being there is no meadow on it." On 5 June 1671, Ezra and one Edward Perry were appointed to represent Sandwich on a committee "to view the damage done to the Indians by the horses and hogges of the English." On 3 June 1674 and again on 5 June 1677, Ezra served on the Grand Inquest. His name is absent from the 1675 list of Sandwich men "who have just right to the privileges of the town," but appears together with that of his son, Ezra, Jr., among the names "added to a list of townsmen" in 1677. Ezra was appointed constable for Sandwich on 3 June 1679.

By will dated 4 April 1684, Thomas Burgess gave "to my son Ezra Perry ... two lots I bought of Edmond Freeman Jr." and directed that if his son, Joseph, prefered not to accept certain land under the conditions he prescribed, this land would also go to Ezra. The will named "Sons Ezra Perry and Joseph Burges" co-executors.

Ezra made his own will five years and six months later, and died the same day:


In the name of God Amen ye 16 Day of October 1689. I Ezra Perry Sr., Of Monument and Town of Sandwich, being sick of body but of good and perfit memory thanks to Allmighty God and calling to Remembrance ye uncertaine estate of this Transitory Life and that all flesh must yield unto death when it shall please God to Call, do make, constitue, ordaine, and declare this my Last Will and Testatment in manner and forme following, revoking and annulling by these presents all and every testament, testaments, will and wills heretofore by me made and declared either by word or writing. And this is to be taken for my Last Will and testament and none other.

And first being penitent and sorry from the bottom of my heart for my sins past, most humbly desire forgiveness for ye same. I give and comit my Soule unto Allmighty God my Saviour and Redeemer in whom and by ye merrits of Jesue Christ I trust and believe assuredly to be saved and to have full remission and forgiveness of all my sins, and that my Soule with my body at the generall day of Resurrection shall rise again with Joy and throue ye merritts of Christ's Death and Passion, possess and inherit ye kingdom of Heaven, prepared for His Elect Chosen.

And my body to be burried at ye ordinary place of burreing. And now for ye setling of my Temporal Estate and such goods and chattles and debts as it hath pleased God, far above my deserv to bestow upon me. I do order and bestow the same in manner and forme following: That is to say; All my outward moveables without doars and within doars to my truly and beloved wife as my true and undoubted and lawful executrix, to order and dispose of as she pleases and shall see cause to dispose of at her pleasure, execpting what I leave and bequethe to my well beloved son Samuel Perry, that is, two stiers of two and one heifer of four years and a mare coult; one bed and furniture belonging thereto and a gune and sword and bandaleers and one iron pot.

To my well beloved son Benjamin Perry, two cows, two steeres above three years old, one bed and its Furniture, one gune and sword. To my daughter Remember two cowes and a bed and its Furniture, one meare and all her increase. Also to my son Ezra, one shilling. To John Perry, my son, one shilling. To Deborah, my daughter wife to Seth Pope one shilling. To Sarah wife of Ephraim Swift, one shilling. As witness my hand and seal day year and month first above written.


Inventory of the estate showed goods valued at £78 8s, but no real estate. Evidently, Ezra disposed of his real estate before his death, probably by gift to each of his sons on their coming of age. He also evidently gave each child a "marriage portion" of furniture and livestock. The three children who were unmarried at the time of his death received their portion by bequest.

Ezra and his wife were buried in Sandwich, as related by "The Old Cemetary of Sandwich, Massachusetts" by Mrs. Jerome Holway, being a paper read before the Sandwich Historical Society, 20 Oct 1908: "The oldest stone is that of Thomas Clark, son of Thomas and Jane Clark, 1683, age seven weeks. Beside this is the grave of Thomas Burgess, 1685, and his wife Dorothy, 1687. He was one of the settlers in the party that came in June 1637, after the settlement of the town in 1637. Another one of these is Ezra Perry, buried nearby, who died in 1689, and his wife Elizabeth Burgess, 1717."

Of Ezra's appointment as executor of Sarah Perry's estate, Brownson says this: "Most printed accounts appear to base their claim that Ezra Perry and his 'brother, Edward Perry the Quaker, were sons of the widow Sarah Perry of Devonshire, England' on this statement. But the wording of the record makes it clear that neither Ezra nor any of the other Perrys in Sandwich were closely related by blood to the deceased widow Sarah. There is, however, an implication that Ezra Perry had some claim on the estate (perhaps for himself, possibly on behalf of others also), perhaps based on right to a dower residue of the estate of a step-mother. It could be argued that the Perry family group came to Sandwich with a widowed step-mother in order to live under the protection of some one of the pioneer Sandwich families to whom the widow's husband and/or these minor children may have been closely related. Such a suggestion is, however, sheer conjecture."

Children of Ezra PERRY and Elizabeth BURGESS:


Ezra Perry, born in Sandwich, 11 February 1653; died in Sandwich, 31 January 1730 (see diary of Rev. Benjamin Fessenden, NEHGR, 12:312); married Rebecca Freeman, only daughter of Edmund and Rebecca (Prence) Freeman. With his brothers John, Samuel, and Benjamin, Ezra Jr. was one the first settlers of the section of north Sandwich subsequently known as Bournedale. He owned large tracts in Plymouth County partially through the fortune of his wife, granddaughter of Governor Thomas Prence (Prince). By his will he left his wife Rebecca the use and improvement of all real and personal estate. Ebenezer received all upland meadow and swampy meadow in Rochester; Ezra, the eldest, got "all the land before my dwelling."

Deborah Perry, born in Sandwich, 28 November 1654; died in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, 19 February 1711; married Seth Pope (1648-1727), about 1675, and had nine children. Descendants include General Douglas MacArthur (through daughter Hannah) and Franklin Delano Roosevelt (through son Lemuel).

John Perry, born in Sandwich, 1 January 1657; died 31 October 1732 (see diary of Rev. Fessenden, who says he was 78 at the time, NEHGR, 12:312); married (1) Elizabeth Williamson (1661-1727) about 1683 and (2) Hannah Savary, widow of Aaron Savary. A yeoman and cooper, John's house stood on the north side of the road to Monument Neck until in burned in 1794.

Mary Perry, born in Sandwich, about 1658 (Awerkamp).

Sarah Perry, born in Sandwich, 6 July 1659; died in Sandwich, 20 October 1734; married about 1678, Ephraim Swift, son of William and Ruth Swift.

Samuel Perry, born in Sandwich, 15 March 1667; died in Sandwich, 18 August 1751; married Esther Taber (1670-1749) on 23 Oct 1689. Samuel was admitted townsman in Sandwich, 8 October 1691, at which time he was styled "Jr." to distinguish him from his older cousin, Samuel, son of Edward. He kept a tavern. His grandson, Seth, dismantled the building, but in 1929 the cellar was excavated and the relics that were recovered were preserved by the Bourne Historical Society. By will dated 2 August 1750, Samuel gave personal property to the children of his daughter Mercy, deceased, and to his daughters Mary, Elizabeth, and Deborah, all the rest and residue of the estate to be divided between his two sons, Nathan and Ebenezer, whom he made co-executors.

Benjamin Perry, married Dinah Swift.

Remembrance Perry, born, according to Brownson, "as recorded in the records of Sandwich," in 1676; died 3 November 1732; married Jonathan Tobey (1662-1741) in Sandwich, 1693. Given the age of her mother and the date of her marriage, it is likely that Remembrance was born before 1676, Brownson notwithstanding.


Benjamin Perry, son of Ezra and Elizabeth (Burgess) Perry, born in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts,15 January 1669; died in Stoughton, Norfolk, Massachusetts, 25 August 1740; married in Sandwich, 17 January 1694, Dinah Swift daughter of William and Ruth Swift, born in Sandwich, about 1670; died probably before 1733 (See Torrey).

Benjamin probably built his home in Sandwich about the time of his marriage. He and his sons Benjamin and Abner appear on a list of Sandwich householders in March 1730. Benjamin Sr. sold his property to Gideon Ellis about 1733: Abiel and Elnathan Ellis razed the house in 1767. By deed of 11 October 1733, Benjamin Perry of Stoughton bought from his son, Benjamin, a tract of 386 acres in Stoughton, in the 25th Division. There is no record of how the son, Benjamin, acquired this land, but William Swift's will, dated 17 June 1705, gives only "moveables" to his "daughter Dinah Perry." Swift was for many years a member of the General Court and it was usual for such representatives to acquire lands in undeveloped areas. One hypothesis, then, might be that after Dinah's death, undivided land belonging to the William Swift estate might properly fall to her eldest son. This possibility is consistent with the fact that Benjamin Perry sold the tract, 15 October 1735, to the three youngest sons -- Josiah, Nathaniel, and Eliakim Perry. No record has been found of a will or settlement of the estate of Benjamin Perry in probate indexes of Suffolk, Bristol, or Barnstable Counties. See Brownson, NEHGR 115:98. See also Journal of American Genealogy, Vol. 2, no. 1.

Children of Benjamin PERRY and Dinah SWIFT


Meribah Perry, born in Sandwich, 11 June 1695; died in Plympton, Plymouth, Massachusetts, 16 November 1774 (NEHGR 123:133); married Cornelius Gibbs, 9 November 1716.

Remembrance Perry, born in Sandwich, 13 March 1696; died after 1789; married Thomas Tupper (1717) and Jeremiah Willis (1742); removed to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, following her second marriage. Thomas Tupper (1693-1739) lived in Sandwich until about 1717, when he removed to Stoughton and settled not far from a farm owned by his brothers-in-law, Eliakim and Josiah Perry. There, for some years, he manufactured shingles and clapboards of wood from the nearby cedar swamps. See NEHGR 99:65.

Benjamin Perry, born in Sandwich, 19 March 1699; died 1742; married Deborah Johnson, 27 May 1723, in Bridgewater. He appears on a list of Sandwich householders in 1730, but apparently removed soon after to Stoughton. On 11 October 1733, for £100, he sold to his father lots 36 and 37 in the 25th Division, a tract of about 386 acres: his wife, Deborah, signed a quitclaim of her dower right by mark. Four days later, Benjamin Sr. sold this same tract to his other sons. By deed of 12 July 1735, Benjamin Jr. and his wife Deborah sold their right in a 100 acre tract (lot 35 in the same 25th Division) to Job Swift of Sandwich. See Brownson, NEHGR 115:193.

Seth Perry, born 19 March 1699; died young.

Susannah Perry, born in Sandwich, 27 December 1701; married Miles Washburn.

Abner Perry, born in Sandwich, 10 March 1703; married Joanna Gibbs, 12 May 1726 (NEHGR 12:311); apparently removed from Sandwich to Plymouth about 1731; subsequently lived in Scituate, Wrentham, Stoughton, Foxborough, and Dudly, Massachusetts; killed in action during the siege of Louisburg, Cape Breton Island, 26 March 1747. See Brownson, NEHGR 115:99, 194.

Josiah Perry, born in Sandwich, 18 October 1709; died in Shaftsbury, Bennington, Vermont, after 27 April 1784; married Mary Kingsley, 12 May 1726; moved with his father and brothers Benjamin, Nathaniel, and Eliakim from Sandwich to Stoughton. In 1740, he purchased from brothers Eliakim and Nathaniel their shares of the 386 acre lot the three brothers had purchased from their father five years before. He moved to Easton in 1747 and to Norwich, Connecticut, before 1752. Josiah had settled in Shaftsbury by 1775. See Brownson, NEHGR 115:99, 194.

Nathaniel Perry (Captain), born in Sandwich, 2 July 1713; married Mehitable Leonard (1705-1792). Nathaniel evidently lived in Easton on land given Mehitable by her father. In April 1740 for £269 he sold Johnson Tolman of Dorchester 140 acres of land in Stoughton (lot 39, 25th Division); on 29 August 1740, for £181, he bought from Eliakim Perry, administrator of the estate of Thomas Tupper, deceased, 141 acres in Stoughton. On the same date, he sold to his brother Josiah his third of the 386 acres the three brothers had purchased jointly from their father. On 9 September 1740 Nathaniel and Josiah Perry jointly mortgaged the Stoughton land; Nathaniel purchased this land from Josiah on 20 November 1740. On 17 November 1744, Nathaniel purchased land in Easton from Ezekial Titus and Patience, his wife. On 8 November 1748, he bought land in Easton from Samuel and Abigail Pollard of Taunton. On 1 January 1750, "Nathaniel Perry of Easton" sold land in Norton to Mehitable Smith of Norton; in the same year, he bought land in Easton from Samuel Pollard of Taunton and Henry Hix of Middleborough. On 31 October 1752, he sold land in Taunton to Hezekiah Smith of Easton. Nathaniel Perry of Easton received his commission as Captain of the militia under Colonel John Winslow on 6 November 1742. On 6 November 1754, he had a company of 46 enlisted men and the next month received a warrant for further enlistments. On 29 May 1755 he raised a company of 96 men (2d Battalion, Governor Shirley's Regiment) for "removing the French encroachments from His Majesty's Government of Nova Scotia." He died in Nova Scotia in 1757. A letter from Nathaniel to his wife, dated Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia, 25 June 1755, and other details regarding him may be found in Chaffin's History of the Town of Easton (1886). See also Brownson, NEHGR 115:99, 196.

Eliakim Perry, married Sarah Joy.


Eliakim Perry (Captain), son of Benjamin and Dinah (Swift) Perry, born in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, 8 May 1716; died in Middletown, Rutland, Vermont, 1784; married (1) in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, by Rev. John Greenwood, 18 December 1740, Sarah Joy, and (2) Hepzibah Ladd, 27 December 1749. Sarah, daughter of David and Ruth (Ford) Joy, was born in Rehoboth, 17 July 1720 and died Fall 1748, probably in Stoughton, Norfolk, Massachusetts. Brownson, NEHGR 115:195-7, says Eliakim died in Tinmouth, Rutland, Vermont, about 1792.

Eliakim had property in Stoughton, bounded southerly by "the Colony Line" and by Jeremiah Willis (who in 1742 married Eliakim's widowed sister, Remember [Remembrance] (Perry) Tupper). He served as administrator for the estate of Thomas Tupper, Jr. (his brother-in-law) and on 12 August 1740, as administrator, he sold some of the Tupper land to his brother Nathaniel. In 1746, he served under General Pepperell in the Cape Breton Campaign, with his brother Abner and brother-in-law David Joy.

David Perry reported the death of his mother, Sarah (Joy) Perry, in these terms: "Nothing of consequence took place until the fall after I was seven years old, when my mother died, leaving four small children, viz: one brother and two sisters. There was something very singular took place respecting her sickness. She went with my father, to visit his relations at Eastown [i.e., Easton, Bristol, Massachusetts]. They rode on horse-back. While they were there, on Lord's day, I was at play with my brother and two little sisters, and it appeared to me that I saw my mother ride by on the same horse she rode away on, and dressed in the same clothes. I mentioned the circumstance to my brother and sisters at the time; but she rode out of my sight immediately. At this time she was taken sick at Easton, in which condition they brought her home; and she died a few days afterwards. In consequence of this event, my father broke up housekeeping, and put out his children."

After Sarah's death, Eliakim moved to Norwich, where he married his second wife and sired a second family. Sometime before 1775, according to Bronson, he removed with his brother Josiah to the vicinity of Tinmouth, Rutland, Vermont. However, he enlisted for service in the War of the Revolution from the state of New York (See DAR Patriot Index). All seven of Eliakim's sons were also soldiers in the Revolution.

Children of Eliakim PERRY and Sarah JOY:


David Perry, married Anna Bliss.

Sylvanus Perry (Captain), born in Easton, Bristol, Massachusetts, 9 September 1743; died in Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, 5 October 1821; married (1), 4 April 1770, Rebecca Bliss, daughter of John and Rebecca (Whitaker) Bliss, born 20 December 1744 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts; died 5 July 1788. In October 1776, the Connecticut Assembly appointed Sylvanus Second Lieutenant in one of the eight battalions then being raised. In February 1777, the Assembly ordered that "Sylvanus Perry, who was second Lieftenant in [John] Chandler's regiment, to be first lieftenant instead of [Thomas] Abbe." He subsequently transfered to Wylly's Regiment. (See DAR Patriot Index). In 1787, a Sylvanus Perry subscribed for one share of land in the first purchase of Ohio territory; however, he subsequently surrendered his share (See NEHGR 65:221). Sylvanus married (2) Rebecca (Bailey) Greenwood.

Abigail Perry, born in Easton, 3 June 1745; married John Wilson in Rehoboth, 31 August 1764.

Elizabeth Perry, born in Easton, 3 May 1747; married Simeon Read, 7 Jan 1768; buried in Newman Cemetery, Rumford, Rhode Island.


Children of Eliakim Perry and Hebzibah Ladd:


Seth Perry, born probably in Norwich, New London, Connecticut, 8 June 1750.

Eliakim Perry, born probably in Norwich, 22 February 1752.

Ezekiel Perry, born probably in Norwich, 26 October 1753.

Azor Perry, born probably in Norwich, 12 December 1755.

Ozias Perry, born probably in Norwich, 20 June 1757.

Philippa Perry, born probably in Norwich, 24 April 1759.

Sarah Perry, born probably in Norwich, 12 September 1762.


David Perry (Captain), son of Eliakim and Sarah (Joy) Perry, born in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, 8 August 1741; died in Chelsea, Orange Vermont, [or Ira, Rutland, Vermont,] 2 May 1826; married in Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, 12 January 1764, Anna Bliss, daughter of John and Rebecca (Whitaker) Bliss, born in Rehoboth, 1 April 1740; died in Chelsea [or Cornish, Sullivan, New Hampshire], 12 September 1835.

Following the death of his mother in 1748, David and his sisters lived with their uncle, David Joy. At the age of fifteen, David was apprenticed to Mr. David Walker, in Dighton, Massachusetts, to learn the tanning and shoe-making trades. His military career began the following year: "In August, I was sixteen years old; at which age the young lads of that day were called into the training-bands. In the Spring of 1758, I was warned to training, and there were recruiting officers on the parade-ground, to enlist men for the next campaign. I enlisted into Capt. Job Winslow's company, of Col. Prebble's regiment, to serve eight months. People said I would not 'pass muster,' as I was small of my age; but there was no difficulty about that." David served in the French and Indian Wars (Ticonderoga, 1758; Quebec City, 1759; Minas Basin, Nova Scotia, 1760; and St. John's, Newfoundland, 1762) and the War of the Revolution (Boston and Providence, 1775). David's exploits in the French and Indian Wars and the War of the Revolution are recounted in his autobiography, Recollections of an Old Soldier: the Life of Captain David Perry (1822), for which see the outstanding web page of my cousin, Denise Jones.

David had completed his indenture to Mr. Walker before leaving for the Newfoundland campaign. On his return in 1762, he resided again with his uncle in Rehoboth. In April 1763, he relocated to Killingly, Connecticut, "and agreed to work for a man six months, at my trade." He married Anna Bliss on 12 January 1764, "at which time I was not worth ten dollars, besides my clothes." According to Ancestors of the Bingham Family of Utah and other sources, David had previously married Hannah Sherwinn (5 March 1671), by whom he had Hannah, born 21 Jan 1762, and Silas, born 18 Apr 1763. We assume this to be erroneous, however, since David mentions neither this marriage nor these children in his autobiography; moreover, Silas, to have been born in April 1763, would had to have been conceived while David was in Newfoundland, presumably without his wife.

In Killingly, said David: "I followed shoe-making, made a comfortable living by it, and soon was able to buy a few acres of land, upon which I erected tan-works -- had a pretty good run of custom, and the inhabitants assisted all they could. Thus for a time matters went on prosperously, and in three or four years I gained considerable property. But there was another tanner in Killingly, named Watson, who used to have all the custom before I set up business there, and had become pretty rich. Finding his custom decrease as mine gained, he came and proposed to take me into partnership with him, so that we could carry on the business on a large scale. I closed with him, and in three years he managed to get all I had earned, and left me two hundred dollars in debt."

In 1779, following his service in the War of the Revolution, David removed from Connecticut to Plainfield, Sullivan, New Hampshire, where he lived for the next eighteen years. In 1785, he took a Captain's commission in the New Hampshire militia, serving eight years in that capacity. He also served nine years as Selectman of Plainfield. He removed to Chelsea, Vermont, in 1797.

Children of David PERRY and Anna BLISS:

Sarah Perry, married Elisha Warner Bingham.

Silvanus Perry, born in Killingly, 3 January 1767; married Eunice Spalding.

Anna Perry, born in Killingly, 17 January 1770.

David Perry, born in Killingly, 4 August 1772; died 1827 in Russia, Herkimer, New York; married Lucy Chaffey.

Lucy Perry, born in Killingly, 19 January 1774; married Isaac Alder.

Mary (Polly) Perry, born in Killingly, 29 September 1776; married Daniel Starkweather.

Hannah Perry, born in Plainfield, 3 November 1779.

Nathaniel Green Perry, born in Plainfield, 12 February 1782; married Roxanna Hutchinson


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Ozias Perry, born probably in Norwich, 20 June 1757.

4. ELIAKIM PERRY (BENJAMIN 3, EZRA 2, EDMUND 1) was born May 9, 1716 in Sanwich, Mass. He married SARAH JOY, daughter of DAVID JOY.

Children of ELIAKIM PERRY and SARAH JOY are:

i. DAVID PERRY, b. August 8, 1741.

ii. SYLVANUS PERRY, b. September 9, 1742.

iii. ABIGAIL PERRY, b. June 3, 1745.

iv. ELIZABETH PERRY, b. May 3, 1747.

v. SETH PERRY, b. June 8, 1750.

vi. ELIAKIM PERRY JR., b. February 22, 1751/52.

vii. EZEKIAL PERRY, b. October 26, 1753.

viii. AZOR PERRY, b. December 12, 1755.

ix. OZIAS PERRY, b. June 20, 1757, Sandwich, Mass; d. May 10, 1831, Cayuga Co., New York.

x. PHILLIP PERRY, b. April 24, 1759.

xi. SARAH PERRY, b. September 12, 1762.

Generation No. 5

5. OZIAS PERRY (ELIAKIM 4, BENJAMIN 3, EZRA 2, EDMUND 1) was born June 20, 1757 in Sandwich, Mass, and died May 10, 1831 in Cayuga Co., New York. He married ESTHER MARVIN, daughter of BENJAMIN MARVIN and MEHITABLE MARVIN. She was born September 8, 1764.

Children of OZIAS PERRY and ESTHER MARVIN are:





v. ABIGAIL PERRY, b. June 6, 1786.

vi. LUCINDA PERRY, b. August 10, 1787.

vii. MARVIN PERRY, b. January 12, 1789, Tinmouth Twp, Rutland Co., Vermont; d. July 8, 1863, Pinegrove Twp, Venago Co., Pennsylvania.

viii. EDNA PERRY, b. April 22, 1790.

ix. SARAH PARRY, by November 25, 1791.

x. ELIAKIM PERRY, b. November 5, 1792.

xi. ANNA PERRY, b. March 7, 1794.

xii. REUBEN PERRY, b. March 30, 1796.

xiii. ESTHER PERRY, b. 1798.

xiv. CLARA PERRY, b. May 16, 1798.

Generation No. 6

6. MARVIN PERRY (OZIAS 5, ELIAKIM 4, BENJAMIN 3, EZRA 2, EDMUND 1) was born January 12, 1789 in Tinmouth Twp, Rutland Co., Vermont, and died July 8, 1863 n Pinegrove Twp., Venago Co., Penn. He married MARY LAYTON 1817. She was born February 1, 1802 in somerset Twp., Washington Co., Penn., and died February 8, 1889 in Pinegrove Twp., Venago Co., Pennsylvania.

Children of MARVIN PERRY and MARY LAYTON are:

i. ISABEL PERRY, b. 1830, Venago Co., Pa.

ii. LUCINDA PERRY, b. 1832 Venago Co., Pa.; m. ?STOVER.

iii. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PERRY, b. July 17, 1834, Fertigs, Veneago Co., Pa; d. November 29, 1912, Muscatine, Iowa.

iv. THOMAS PERRY, b. February 24, 1838, Pinegrove Twp., Venago Co., Pa.; d. 1916.

v. OZIAS PERRY, b. 1818.

vi. WILLIAM PERRY, b. January 28, 1832, Scrubtrass Twp, Venago Co., Pa.

viii. GEORGE WHITTAKER PERRY,b. January 10, 1824, Venago Co., Pa.; d. September 4, 1885.


Thomas Perry- married Lavina Albina Culbertson. Their children included Rebecca Perry (above) who married Elmer Emery Wise, Parents of Emma Belle Wise, Mother of Marjorie Eileen LeSuer, Mother of Paul, Mark and Matthew Rentz.


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