Clark and Jackson
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JAMES PERRY, Postmaster of Pine Hill, is one of the oldest settlers of Jackson County, having resided here
since 1841. He was born in Goshen, Columbiana County, Ohio, June 13, 1819. His parents, Basil and Rachel (Hazen)
Perry, were natives of Maryland and New Jersey respectively. They were married in Columbiana County, Ohio, where
they spent the greater part of their lives. They had born to them six children: John, Margaret, Rebecca, James,
Hannah and Thomas.
James was the fourth born; he was reared in Columbiana County, Ohio, and passed his youth after the fashion of
most farmers' sons. He acquired his education in the common schools, and while he had not the opportunity which
the State gives the children at the present day, he fitted himself for the crdinary duties of business life. In
the year 1840 he left his childhood home and went to seek a home in the West; he remained in the State of Illinois
for a few months, and then came to Jackson County, Wisconsin, where he has resided almost continuously ever since.
After coming to tha county he turned his attention to the lumber business, and worked in the pineries along the
Black River for a number of years. Later on he built a saw mill, which he operated until 1848; this mill was located
near Neillsville, Clark County, and commanded a generous patronage fron the surrounding country; also built and
operated saw mills in Jackson County.
In 1871 Mr. Perry abandoned the lumber business, and turned his attention to farming; he purchased eighty acres
of land on section 21, town 20 north, of range No. 4 west, in Manchester Township, and has placed sixty acres under
good cultivation. He is a man of excellent business qualifications, and is fully abreast of the times on all public
questions. In polities he is in sympathy with the Farmers' Alliance party. He has held many of the township offices,
and in February, 1884, he was commissioned Postmaster of Pine Hill, and faithfully discharges the duties of the
Mr. Perry was united in marriage, in 1847, to Miss Lydia Edacunds, of Henderson County, Illinois. This union resulted
in the birth of three children: George M., Sarah L. and James D. The mother died in 1855, and Mr. Perry was married
a second time, uniting with Mrs. Eliza J. Ireland, March 22, 1859. Mrs. Perry was born in Canada, August 31, 1825,
and is a dangbter of William and Lydia A. (Seaton) Jay, natives of England and Canada respectively. Mr. and Mrs.
Perry have had three children: Charles M., Ida M. and William H.
Biographical History of
Clark and Jackson Counties Wisconsin
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