Biography of Henry E. Perrine

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Perrine, Henry E., Buffalo, is a member of one of the oldest and most respectable families in Western New York. His father, Dr. Henry Perrine, settled in New York almost a century ago. Henry E. Perrine was born in the town of Sodus, Wayne county, N. Y., March 20, 1827, and was educated in the public schools of Palmyra, N. Y. In 1888 his parents removed to the South, settling on a small island off the south coast of Florida, known as Indian Key. It was at this place that his father was killed by the Indians; himself (a boy of thirteen), his mother and two sisters escaped massacre by concealing themselves in a pier extending into the ocean, the lower part of which they used for placing sea turtles, until such time as they had occasion to use them. They remained in this retreat for nine hours, when they escaped from under the burning building and taking a boat which the Indians had partly loaded with plunder, pushed off from the shore and succeeded in reaching a vessel in the offing. Mr. Perrine has in his possession a picture of the house and pier as they actually were, prior to the attack by the Indians, which is regarded by the family as an invaluable heirloom. In 1840 they returned to Palmyra, N. Y., and he began the study of law in the office of Strong & Pariner, completing his legal studies, however, in the office of Bennett & Gerniain of Buffalo, and was admitted to the bar in 1848. After his admission to the bar he went to California, where he remained for eight years. Returning to Buffalo in 1858 he became engaged with D. R. Morse in the ship chandlery business. Mr. Perrine has been for the last thirteen years secretary of the Buffalo City Cemetery. He has been twice married, first, to Cornelia S. Hall, of Byron, N. Y., March 2, 1855, and to his present wife, Mrs. Oscar Folsom, May 20, 1889, the mother of Mrs. President Cleveland.


Source:
Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898

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