Biography of William Perry
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Perry, William, was born in Prattsburg, July, 1842. Solomon Perry, his father, was a natiye of Delaware, and came to Prattsburg in 1825 where he took up will land and cleared him a farm. He married Eva Huff, by whom he had ten children: Mrs. Mary A. Johnson of Prattsburg, Mrs. Wigdon of Prattsburg, deceased, Mrs. Catherine Pickett, deceased, Eli, of California, Mrs. Juliette Johnson, deceased, Solomon, deceased, Mrs. Louisa Washington, of Bath, William P., John of Butte, Mont., and Mrs. Emily Clark, deceased. He died in 1863, aged sixty six years, and his wife in 1887. William Perry remained with his father until he was twenty one years of age, when he started for himself as a farmer, which vocation he has followed ever since, and in 1886 he purchased his present farm of eighty six acres where he has since resided. He was the first of thirteen colored men to offer his services to the Union army from the town of Prattshurg, N. Y., and as this State did not acknowledge a colored man at that time, he was obliged to go to Rhode Island to enlist, where in 1863 he enlisted in Co. K, 14th R. I. Heavy Artillery, and served two years, being sent to the Gulf department below New Orleans, where their fighting was chiefly with guerrillas, and of the thirteen colored soldiers from this town he is the only surviving member. He is a member of the Gregory G. A. R. Post, No. 649 of Prattsburg. His life as a soldier was a highly honored one, and during his service he was promoted from the first office to that of assistant sergeant, often filling the office of first sergeant, the highest office obtainable by colored Men at that time, and which office he was offered but declined to accept. In 1865 he married Catherine Johnson, a native of Allegany county and a daughter of John and Samantha (Huff) Johnson, by whom he had four children: Mrs. Maud Wigdon of Prattsburg, Charles, deceased, Leonard, and Mrs Emily Walker of Naples. Leonard resides at home and assists his father on the farm.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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