Biography of William Perry
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Perry, Williams, was a native of Pelham, Mass., and on arriving at manhood he removed to Canada., where for several years he was in the lumber business. He then removed to Malone and for a time kept hotel at French's Mills. In 1814 he came to Orleans county and settled near Sandy Creek, where he engaged in farming A few years later he moved to the town of Clarendon, and finally came to Holley and settled. He married Miriam Barnard ot Milton, Vt., and to them these children were born: Joseph N., of Alexander, Genesee county; Nathaniel W.; Horace B.; Mary, who married Warner Comstock and settled in Michigan, her daughter being the wife of Senator Chaffer, whose daughter became the wife of U. S. Grant, jr.; Harry and Asa, both of whom settled in Illinois. William Perry died in 1853. Nathaniel and Horace Perry settled in Murray, and were prominent and influential men in town. They engaged in the hotel business succeeding Reuben D. Jones, in the building which occupied the site of the present Downs House. They conducted this establishment for many years. Nathaniel W. Perry was the first justice of the peace of the town and held that office for many years. He was a Democrat and was active in politics. He married Rachael L. Ferguson of Murray, and they were the parents of the following children: Mary J., who married David N. Hatch of Murray; Horace W., who settled in Iowa and died there; Edward N., who lives in Iowa; Sophia, who married Charles Moulton and settled in Dakota, and Henry D., who died in Iowa in 1892. Nathaniel W. Perry removed to Illinois in 1845, and died there in 1874. His wife survives him and is ninety one years of age. Horace B. Perry was born in 1803. From 1842 to 1845 he resided at Albion and then returned to Holley and kept a hotel until 1858. Horace B. Perry was twice married. His first wife was Almira Bogue, and they were the parents of five children, three of whom died in infancy, and one son, Virgil, and a daughter, Marion, grew to manhood and womanhood; the first died in 1892, and the latter in 1858. In 1844 Mr. Perry married Mrs. Sarah A. Stewart, and they had these children: Edwin and Harriet living, and Frances Emma and Sarah who died )oung. Edwin married Miss Dell Wickiser and resides in Ohio; Harriet E. married Wilben L. Ferry of Holley. Horace B. Perry was one of the most popular and highly esteemed men of this day and took a deep interest in the growth and welfare of the village. He died May 18, 1861.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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