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Compiled by 

M. V. B. PERLEY-375. 

"This is the genealogy of them," " that the generations 
to come might know them."— Ezra 8:1; Ps., 78:6. 

Published by the Compiler. 





' My thoughts are with the dead; with them 

I live in long-pass'd years; 
Their virtues love, their faults condemn. 

Partake their hopes and fears, 
And from their lessons seek and find 
Instruction with an humble mind." 

— Soulhev. 

Two Conies Received 

SEP 5 1906 

Copynei i i Entry 

CLASS /6? XXc, No. 




By M. V. B. PERLEY, 


I think with those alive; with them 
I scan the retrospect of years; 

All right approve, all wrong condemn, 

And sympi^thize with hopes and fears,— 

And in th'e'iesjons seek and find 

Instructipn.'wJth an humble mind. 

— " Noilkcv." 


Genealogy is a science. To write it is the most exacting service 
to which a man may devote his pen, and the errors abounding in all 
the material he must use multiply his sorrows. To read the records 
correctly may require a relative search or a canvass of the circum- 
stances and probabilities. In view of those conditions a painstaking 
care has characterized all the labor upon this book. 

The work is attractive, awakening and encouraging as a biography. 
It may excel the average biography — the life of some gifted man that 
is read for entertainment and admiration without a hope, on the part of 
the reader, of ever attaining to such eminence. The hundred sketches 
or more in the book will fit the sphere and ability of our young people 
and inspire a practical ambition. They will teach how to be self-re- 
liant, to make the most of meager means, to garner a competency, to 
serve the public faithfully, to cultivate and grow a worthy character 
and make and enjoy a happy home. 

In the work of collecting material for this volume we have been 
assisted by Sidney Perley, Esq. -380, who read the early records of the 
county — town, parish, etc., — who conducted much of the early cor- 
respondence, and who has been advisorily helpful in the compilation. 
Most of the persons named below have read their local records and 
made a canvass of the local families : Miss F. Ellen Moody Dole-53, 
H. LeBaron Smith-59, Ezra Hyde-113, Carlos T. Clark-r27, Walter 
A. Davisl37, David H. Chandler-148, Mrs. J. Maria Greenwood-153, 
John Perley-222, Isaac Perley-226, Charles Perley-243, Geo. H. Bull- 
251, Miss Lizzie H. Perley-252, Geo. P. Perley-258, Miss Sarah R. 
Perley-262, Miss Hannah P. Perley-266, Mrs. Almira P. Knight-384, 
Mrs. C. H. Dyke-394, Henry F. Perley-422, Miss Abigail W. Perley- 
428, Isaac N. Perley-441, Mrs. Ira S. Anderson-451. 

We desire here to thank our several assistants for their patient 
labors and lively sympathy, the Publishing Committee for the influ- 
ence of their circular, and the hundreds of mothers and fathers for 
their words of cheer and the data of their families. We remember 
with cordial, thankful regard our cousins of the British Isles for their 
neighborly attention and courtesy in answering our numerous mis- 

In the Plan of the book, each division is called a Family, and the 
heading of each family gives the number and name of that family; 
thus, "Family 20: Perley"; "Family 21: Morse." 

Following the heading is a line of " Lineal Descent," by which the 
number of the generation is easily determined. 

In composition, the maiden name is preceded by a hyphen ; thus, 
Mrs. Martha-Perley Conant. 


Cross references to families are made with hyphens and full-meas- 
ure figures ; thus, -24, which signify Family 24. 

Children are treated in paragraphs, and grandchildren are sepa- 
rated by semicolons, (;). 

Cross references to paragraphs in the same family are made with 
" superior " figures alone ; thus, *. 

Cross references to paragraphs in other families are made with 
" superior " figures and family numbers -.thus, -24*, which signify the 
4th paragraph of Family 24. 


THE PORTRAITS of the volume are made from photographs, 
tintypes, oil-paintings and crayons, some of which were deeply yellowed 
with age, and wanted that " sharpness" so essential to artistic effect. 
The reproductions, nevertheless, are excellent, and many of them 
have been pronounced, by those interested in them, better than the 
photographs loaned. 

We are gratified to present herein an excellent likeness of Maj. 
Apperley. The striking facial resemblance of the two families, 
Apperley and Perley, is thought by some to argue an identity of 
names. Herein the reader is afforded an opportunity to study and 
judge for himself. 

ALLAN'S WILL. A part of our immigrant-ancestor Allan's 
will is here shown. It is in the handwriting of Robert Lord, Esq., 
one of the witnesses. It is a photographed copy. The length of 
these lines is about half the length of those of the will. 


PERLEY A PR/ENOMEN. We could easily fill a score of 
pages with the names we have met of persons whose praenomen was 
Perley ; thus : Rev. Perley B. Davis, Hyde Park ; Perley C. Jones, 
Amherst College ; W. Perley Hall, Esq., assistant attorney general 
of Massachusetts; Perley Death, Fitzwilliam, N. H. ; Gen. Perley 
Davis.^Montpelier, Vt. 


THE CHART. The old " Chart of Lineal Descent " has passed 
through several editions. The grain of history it contained and the 
plan of it have not been changed an iota. It is thought that Thomas 
Perley-33 made the first edition complete with three generations, and 
that Thomas Perley-GO made the second edition complete with five 
generations. The latter the writer's mother copied, perhaps while 
boarding in the family of Amos Perley-7Gl It was that five-genera- 
tion chart that inspired the writer to extend it, and then, step by step, 
to expand it to this volume. 

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THE OLD CEMETERY. The plot of ground for "The Old 
Cemetery" in Linebrook Parish was given to " The Farms " by John 
Parley. See page 28. Perleys and their alliances occupy a large part 
of it. See " X " on the map on page vii. Our ancestor Allan was 
probably buried at town within a few rods of his first Ipswich home. 

"The Linebrook Cemetery" is located in Rowley, a few rods 
north of the first site of the Linebrook meeting-house. Rev. George 
Lesslie leased the ground to the Parish for that purpose for nine 
hundred and ninety-nine years. 


Perley's Homestead" on page vii was made by Moses Dorman, Esq.- 
287, when Mr. Perley-94, preferring Topsfield Parish to Lmebrook 
Parish, was set off to the former, and occupied pew No. 100. 

The purpose of the plan here is to locate our mimigrant-ancestor 
Allan's home, from 1652 till his death in 1675. A on the plan locates 
the elm before the present house; B, the easternmost angle of ^the 
wall ; D, the site of Allan's house. The course A D is about S.:U)°E.; 
B C, S.15°E., 15 rods and 15 feet; C D S.62 1-4° W., 18 rods. 

We have seen Mr. Perley-369 in regard to the site, and this 
spring a tree will be set out at D, more definitely to mark the spot. 

Referring to the picture on page 538, the site of Allan's house 
may be found by going from the tree A through the gap at B, on 
over the hill, and a few feet over the wall beyond the hill. 

The X on the plan locates the old cemetery m Linebrook. See 
pages 28 and vii. 

THE CHARMED CIRCLE. During a period of one hundred 
years and more from 1635, not a Perley removed from the charmed 
circle of about five miles radius, in the middle of Essex County, 
Mass. After that, they began to separate — some went west and 
located in northern middle Massachusetts on land granted to soldiers 
for their services in the Indian Wars ; two families went into Ver- 
mont ; a few into New Hampshire ; Enoch Perley-61 and his company 
into Maine ; and a large and well organized colony of Perleys and 



Others went to the St. John river in Nova Scotia, now New 


Jacob P£rlbVs 


MAUGERVILLE FOUNDED. That territory had been in 
the eye of Essex County people from the building of Fort Frederick 
in 1758. The fort was at one time garrisoned by Essex County 
troops. In 1759 Capt. Moses Hazen was the commandant. [See 
Families 18 and 45.] The first to explore the lands with reference to 
a settlement was James Simonds, born in 1785 to Nathan of Haver- 
hill. He and his brother Richard (who died 20 Jan., 1765,) settled, 
after about two years' investigation, near Fort Frederick. [See 
Family 76.] 

In 1761 Israel Perley (twenty-one years old) and twelve men 
explored the territory along the river St. John from the confluence of 
the Oromocto, and reported to the governor at Boston, by whom they 
had been commissioned. 

That same year a considerable number of the officers and soldiers, 
mostly of Essex County, that had served in the Indian Wars, agreed 
to constitute a colony for a settlement upon the St. John, and sent 
one of their number, Capt. Francis Peabody, to Halifax, for an order 


of the survey and layout of a township, one mile square on the St. 
John. The order was obtained and early in 1762 — probably going 
in a vessel that sailed from Newburyport, 16 May — a party under 
Israel Perley as surveyor who employed James and Richard Simonds 
as chairmen, laid out the township afterwards called Maugerville. 
This embryo colony held a business meeting, Wednesday, 6 Oct., 
1762, at the inn of Daniel Ingalls in Andover. 

In 1763 the Maugerville township was permanently settled; the 
colony and their belongings were transported in four vessels; but 
they soon learned that Nova Scotia could not give a valid title to the 
lands, because the home government had set apart those lands for 
her disbanded forces. Accordingly a petition was sent to the provin- 
cial agent Joshua Mauger (pronounced ma-jer) then in London, who 
had lived in Nova Scotia and who took a lively interest in their 
prayer. After months of wearying anxiety, Mr. Mauger's advocacy 
prevailed, and the settlers were confirmed in their possessions. Out 
of respect and gratitude for his gratuitous services they named their 
town Maugerville. 

In 1767, by census, the colony consisted of seventy-seven men, 
forty-six women, seventy-two boys, sixty-six girls, a total of 261, of 
whom seventeen were new settlers and fourteen were babies. 

Not the least among those settlers were the Perleys and their 
alliances. The surnames of three-fourths of the grantees are in this 

The worship of God was instituted immediately upon the settle- 
ment of the town. Private houses served as churches until they 
were able to build a church and settle a pastor. 

This sketch answers the query — if the Perleys went into New 
Brunswick, to escape the direful effects of the Revolutionary War. 
They were there from ten to fifteen years before the strife began. 

In 1775 the Maugerville people very naturally sympathized with 
their parents and brothers and sisters in County Essex. The menac- 
ing attitude of the Indians helped their sympathy. At a public 
meeting resolutions were passed of the same tenor as those passed at 
their old homes. The names on the committee to draft resolutions 
were Barker, Perley, Nevers, Palmer, Pickard, Coy, Hartt, Kenny, 
Kemble, Ouinton. Within a year of pledging their lives and fortunes 
with their Massachusetts brethren, they were obliged to take the oath 
of allegiance to George III, for defence of Nova Scotia. "Sic vol- 
vere Parcas! " 

THE PERLEY FAMILY REUNION. This remarkably grati- 
fying occasion of 20 June, 1877, originated with the late George 
Augustus Perley of P'redericton, N. B. By circular dated in Dec, 
1876, he suggested a convention of the family in 1877, and the sug- 
gestion was endorsed by the following names : — Charles Perley, Ed- 
ward M. Perley, Joseph L. Perley, John K. Perley, Henry C. Perley, 
Hamilton ¥. Perley, George A. Perley, Charles H. Perley, Moses P. 
Perley, all of New York City ; Samuel Perley, James P. Perley, Frank 
L. Perley, all of Washington, D. C. ; S. Todd Perley, Erie, Pa.; 
Francis M. Perley, P^anklinville, N. Y.; and Daniel J. Perley of 
Oldtown, Me. 

Thus encouraged, a meeting of persons interested was held at the 



house of Luther D. Perley, Georgetown, Mass., 19 May, 1877. 
Little's Grove and 20 June next were selected as the place and date 
of the convention. Hon. Charles Perley of West Boxford, Sherman 
Nelson, Esq., L. D. Perley, Dea. Haskell Perley, Maj. Solomon Nel- 
son, all of Georgetown; Capt. Fred. Perley of Danvers, J. P. Cleave- 
land, Sidney Perley, Esq., and George Perley, Esq., of East Boxford, 
were made the committee of arrangements. Charles Perley was 
chosen president of the day, Solomon Nelson, marshal, and Sherman 
Nelson, secretary. Accordingly Mr. Perley of Fredericton announced, 
1 (Sic) May, 1877, a grand reunion of the family and its alliances. 

The day of the convention was beautiful ; not a cloud obscured 
the horizon ; a refreshing breeze laden with the odors of the new-mown 
hay and of roses pervaded space, and everything was auspicious. The 
gathering numbered several hundred. They first stood for their pic- 
tures — a large one, and a stereoscopic one which is here shown. 
They were then led to Little's Grove, by the Groveland Cornet Band. 


The following officers of the day were chosen :— Joseph L. Per- 
ley of New York, president ; Dr. Daniel Perley of Lynn, George A. 
Perley of New Brunswick, Charles Perley of New York City, Haskell 
Perley of Georgetown, James Perley of Virginia, Wm. G. Perley of 
Ottawa, Frederick Perley of Danvers, Col. Henry C. Perley of New 
York City, Dr. Thomas F. Perley of Naples, Me., Charles Perley of 
West Boxford, vice-presidents. 

Secretary Nelson then read the following resolutions which were 
unanimously adopted: — 

"Whereas Almighty God, the Maker and Ruler of the universe, 


has in his wise providence permitted us to assemble here this day in 
family reunion, to express our deep felt gratitude to the Giver of all 
Good for preserving, sustaining, and increasing us as a distinct family 
upon this contment of North America, to the extent of many hun- 
dreds of families scattered over at least 20 states of the Union besides 
four Provinces of the dominion of Canada ; 

" And whereas we the descendants of Allan Perley, now assembled 
m a happy family reunion, desire to express our deepest heartfelt 
gratitude to Almighty God for his preserving care over and kind 
dealing towards us as a family, and increasing our numbers to such a 
vast extent, and the bestowal of so many gifts of his bounty upon us, 
we feel led to exclaim like Jacob of old, ' With his staff our Father 
passed over the water, and now we have become numerous bands.' 
And whereas our fathers early acknowledged their dependence upon 
the Supreme Ruler of the universe, we their descendants do, therefore, 

" Resolve, first, that in the spirit and faith of our fathers we most 
humbly and sincerely acknowledge the guiding hand of the God of 
providence in directing their steps to this favored land. 

"2nd. Resolved that we acknowledge the same Supreme Power in 
the inspiration given our fathers by which they were enabled to help 
lay the foundations and rear the superstructure of this free Republic, 
and by which they have been the patrons of good government in all' 
countries wherever they have found a home. 

"3rd. Resolved that it is with the greatest satisfaction that we this 
day contemplate the history of the Perley family in this country, as 
seen in their efforts to cultivate the soil — to establish and maintain 
peaceful homes; in the cultivation of the domestic virtues; in their 
success in business as well as the honorable positions, worthily gained 
and honorably sustained in the learned professions— in Divinity, in 
Medicine and in the Law our family name bears favorable comparison 
with the good and great names of the nation. 

"4th. Resolved that it is with peculiar pleasure that we find the 
names of our ancestors among the lovers of liberty and the defenders 
of the rights of man, and identified with the various reforms that 
have blessed the age in which they lived. 

"5th. Resolved that the names of the daughters of the Pcrleys 
stand out no less conspicuous than those of their sons, and that the 
memory of their heroic deeds in the early times, and of their womanly 
virtues shall endure so long as charity has a name, or virtue a votary. 

"tith. Resolved that as the descendants of a worthy ancestry, we 
here and now pledge ourselves and our posterity to the unswerving 
faith of our fathers in the one God, the Creator and upholder of all 
things, and to the practice of those virtues and achievements that 
have made the Perley name an honor and a blessing throughout the 

Then rang the grove with grand "Old Hundred," in a hundred 
voices, and Rev. Wm. F. Perley of Province Ontario, Can., read 
Romans XII (from an old Bible published in 1760, and long preserved 
in the Perley family) and offered prayer. 



Daniel Perley, M.D., of Lynn, was the first speaker, followed by 
Maj. Ben: Perley Poore of Newbury, George A. Perley of Fredericton, 
Rev. Dr. Miner of Boston, Mr. Howard Perley of Lynn, Hon. Wm. 
G. Perley of Ottawa, Can. 

At this point a committee of five was appointed "to superintend 
and control the work of preparing a full genealogy of both men and 
women of the Perley family" : Haskell Perley, Luther D. Perley, 
Sherman Nelson, Isaac S. C. Perley, all of Georgetown, and Charles 
Perley of West Boxford. 

After a recitation by Miss Grace I. C. Perley-237', a graduate of 
Boston School of Oratory, with very pleasing presence, beautiful ex- 
pression and marked effect, the great family sat at dinner — about 
four hundred plates. 

After dinner speaking was resumed. Dr. Daniel J. Perley of 
Oldtown, Me., eighty-one years old, read without glasses and in a 
clear voice a brief manuscript history of Wales, Eng., the nativity of 
our immigrant-ancestor. Rev. Joseph P. Atkinson of Laconia, N. 
H., followed. 

At the close of the day, Mr. Atkinson offered prayer. Dr. Miner 
pronounced the benediction, and the band played "God save the 
Queen," in honor of her loyal subjects, and then "Hail Columbia" in 
honor of Yankee sovereignty. 

The oldest Perley on tlie ground was Joseph Burpee Perley of 

The second Perley Family Reunion, the Salem Gazette of 2 July, 
1878, said, came off on Thursday, at Lowe's Grove, Boxford. Dea. 
Haskell Perley was president of the day. Geo. A. Perley, Esq., of 
Fredericton, N. B., and Rev. L. C. Field of Haverhill, Mass., were 
the chief speakers. 

The third Perley Family Reunion was Wednesday, 8 Sept., 1880. 
They came from Newburyport, Haverhill, Bradford, Groveland, Box- 
ford, Boston, and from California and New Brunswick. They were 
led by the Haverhill Cornet Band to Little's Grove, Georgetown, 
where the festivities were held and they had dinner. Sidney Perley, 
Esq., read the necrology of the precedmg three years. The 
speakers were not reported. "The air was not very favorable to out- 
door enjoyment, especially in groves, and the gathering soon became 
aware of it." 

At that meeting a Perley Family Association was instituted with 
the following officers : Dea. Haskell Perley president, Sherman Nel- 
son vice president, T. A. Perley, L. D. Perley, I. S. C. Perley, Henry 
Perley and David E. Perley secretaries. 

THE VESSELS OF 1630. The following is a list of the vessels 
that came over to America in 1630. Those of Governor Winthrop's 
fleet are designated by stars. 





Mary -John 

Arabella * 

Jewel * 

Ambrose * 

Talbot * 

May-Flower * 

Whale * 

Hopewell * 

Wm. and Francis * 

Tryal * 

Charles * 

Success * 




Another sent out by 


Feb. Bristol May Salem 

March 20 Plymouth June 19 Nantasket 
April 8 Yarmouth. 
" at the 

Isle of 


Aug. 6 
a private merchant. 

12 Salem 
" 18 " 

July 2 

" 1 Charlestown 
((I (( 

" 8 ( Salem ) 
" 8 

" 5 Chalerstown 
" 5 Salem 
" o:( Salem) 
Aug. 20_Charlestown 

Oct. 29^Plymouth 

The May-Flower mentioned in this list brought over the Puritans, 
Mr. Higginson and his company, to Salem in 1()29, and the Pilgrims 
to Plymouth in 1(520. [Do you know if our Allan came over in the 

COATS OF ARMS. Ancient arms were only an emblazoned 
escutcheon or shield, and very plain. The crest and scroll, and the 
motto are a much later invention, and may change with the varying 
sentiments of the inheritors. There are at least three sources of 
arms — letters patent, college of heraldry, and assumption. Of the 
latter two, one is just as good as the other, and neither can be legally 
displayed without paying yearly a government tax of two guineas. 
Patent arms are in their nature the same as honorary parchments and 
medals with us — for bravery or extraordinary service. 

These explanations seem proper here : Per pale, or party per pale, 
signifies an equal division of the field or shield perpendicularly; 
chevron means rafters and signifies an angular division of the field; 
bend divides the field diagonally from the dexter point; fess divides 
the field horizontally; dots signify or, or gold; plain white, argent or 
silver; perpendicular lines, gules or red; horizontal lines, azure, or 
blue; horizontal and perpendicular lines crossing, sable, or black; 
crined, maned ; attired, horned; saltier, St. Andrew's Cross, the letter 
X; stalked, having small branch and leaves. 

THE ONLY ENGLISH TRACE. All we know of our immi- 
grant-ancestor in England is gleaned from "the old chart" on page 
V, and from "Hotten's Emigrants." 

Hotten reads: "2" Aprilis, 1635, these underwritten names [of 
Lawrence, Giddins, Peabody, Perley, Baker, et al.'\ are to be trans- 
ported to New England imbarqued in the Planter, Nic": Trarice M'. 
bound thither. The pties have Cirtificates from the minister of St. 
St. Albans in Hertfordshire & attstacon from the justices of the 
peace according to the Lord's Order." 

The Lord's Order required of all emigrants certificates from the 



ministers and justices, " Where they last dwelt.'' Those orders, it is 
said, were watched by the Star Chamber court. 

The Old Chart is a tradition: Allan's name upon it is spelled 
Allen, and the names of those that died young are wanting — notably 
the name of Allan's son Nathaniel, whose estate was settled in pro- 
bate and the Nathaniel who married Gov. Bradstreet's granddaugh- 
ter. It was complete in 1785; for F. A. Perley-117'^ of Woodbridge, 
Cal., wrote 3 Nov., 1878, "I have an old record of the Family by my 
grandfather in 1785, when he visited his relatives in the United 
States. It is in my grandfather's own handwriting. It gives an 
account of all living at that time as well as of the landing of the first 
of the name in America." It is thought Thomas Perley-38 began it 
and his son Thomas continued it. 

The historic element of the chart, then, was a tradition probably 
more than half a century old, when it was written. It is, neverthe- 
less, considered good history. The names upon it are remarkably 
correct, and the date "July 12, 1630," is right, if our Allan was a 
member of Gov. Winthrop's fleet of eleven vessels, that brought over 
the new — the Provincial Charter and the officers of the new — the 
Provincial government. Johnson's " Wonder-working Providence 
says "the 12th of July or thereabouts." 

These dates graciously harmonize with the Colonial records which 
mention "Parly meddowe" and "Parly brooke," on the Charlestown 
headline, names, 

That have come down through the vista 
Of the past 'tween things forgotten, 

and now designate the territory, though their origin is unknown in 
that vicinity at present. The harmony consists in Allan's occupying 
the territory between 1630 and 1634. 

Thus our immigrant-ancestor Allan was a native of Wales, came 
to this country in 1630, returned (as the chart suggests) in 1634, 
and "dwelt" in Hertfordshire in the early part of 1635. 

principality (Wales) and a county (Hertford); but prior to a search, 
we note the important matter of pronunciation and its phonetic spell- 
ing. While Allan and his children were writing their name Perley — 

they must have themselves pronounced it Pearley, since registrars of 


records and clerks spelled it from the sound — Pearlay, Pearley, 
Pearle, Fayerley, Pierley, Pairley, Parley, Parly, Perllys, Porley. 
From the prevalence of that spelling, Pearley, many of the family 
began before 1750 to spell the name that way, a pronunciation and 
spelling that obtained till about 1800. 

But this pronunciation of /Vr, which rhymes with pear, care, dare, 
is peculiarly Scotch. That people pronounce the name of their city 
Perth, as if it were spelled Pcarth ; and a young Scotchman of our 
acquaintance, born near Perth, used to pronounce our name Pearley. 
This argues for us a Scotch descent. 

We may, however, note the peculiar pronunciation of the English 
people. Hertford (from which, as pronounced, we have Hartford, Ct.) 
they pronounce Harford: Pershore, Parshire; Perlethrope, Paleihrop. 
So we get the name Clark from Clerk. Herein we find the leading 
spellings of our name in the records — Scotch, Pearley; English, 
Parley. Let us not be surprised if "Wales in England" shonld 
prove to be Walls or Wells, since the chart is a tradition and the 
spelling of Wales on it is from the sound. 

PERLPl Taking up now the search, we find the field broad and 
the task irksome. The register of "St. St. Albans" where Allan took 
his minister's certificate, has the marriage of Agnes Perle, 29 Aug., 
1598, some fourteen or fifteen years before our Allan was born. If 
Allan was a native of Wales and his relatives were there, why did he 
go in 16o4, into the vicinity of St. Albans. Who will wager a groat 
that Agnes Perle was not our Allan's aunt .-* Avyse Perle 20 Jan., 
1576, was married in London. There was the name Perle in county 
Kent; and in 17 Edward HI (1344) a Thomas Perle, in England. 

The arms of Perle, are "Sa., two broad arrows in Saltier ar., 
feathered or, points doicmvard; in chief a plate. 

Rev. Dr. Barber, F. S. A., the author, says that Perle for pearl is 
Danish ; perl or pirle, German ; pejiee, Dutch ; perlau, Flemish. He 
also says that Perlo is a land-owner in Domesday Book. 

PARLEY. Edward Parley was married 21 Feb., 16(38-9; the 
marriage of Joane Parley, daughter and heir of John Parle is recorded. 
There were places called Parley in Counties Rutland and Dorset. By 
the Bingham register,County Nottingham, Richard Parley was married 
in 1687, Daniel Parley in 1749, Daniel Parley in 1778, Ann Parley in 
1785. In 9 Edward 1, (1281) Agnes Parleys married Sir John de 
Clinton of Castleditch, Eastnor Parish, Ledbury, Herefordshire, 
Knight, whose grandson John de Clinton, 12 June, 1386, [epus con- 
cessit licentiam facere celebrari missas et alia divina oratorio suo 
infra manerium suum de Castleditch] was licensed to have preaching 
in his manor of Castleditch. Wanting a male heir the estate passed 
to Mary de Clinton, who in 1563 married Edward Higgins, who 
quartered her arms — Parleis — on his. In the same parish — Eastnor 
— 28 Sept., 1617, Ann, the daughter of Thomas and Elinor Pareley 
was baptised. 

Here we have, all in the parish of Eastnor, the marriage of Par- 
leys, 1281; the quartering of her arms 1563; the baptism of Pareley 
1617, fifty-four years later. That these persons belonged to the same 
family appears beyond a reasonable doubt. 


The arms of Parleys and Parleis are ''Per pale or and az. for 
Parleis and Parted per pale indented or and az. for Parleys or Parlys. 


Agnes is presumed an heiress from the quartering of her arms;' 
her family name with such status must have had a "local habitation 
and a name" before 1200 ; the absence of charge on her arms denotes 
a high antiquity; the final ^ of the names may be the remains of son 
or sen, originally used to show the name a patronymic, but dropped 
in later years, because no longer needed, as Williamson became Wil- 
liams, and Robinson, Robins. 

Eastnor is about fifty miles from the province line of Wales; the 
section is celebrated for the excellence of its farm products — fruits, 
cider and perry; and there and through middle Wales a dialect of 
the Scotch language was spoken — just the place in which to look 
for our Allan, an accomplished "husbandman." 

The Celtic tongue, parent of the Scotch, gives pari, a pearl, and 
ey, an island or shore. Parl-ey would be a man who dwelt on pearl 
island or shore — a pearl-fisher. Pearls have been fished there for 
centuries. The river Conway, North Wales, is believed to have fur- 
nished one that now enriches the crown of King Edward VII, having 
been presented, by Sir Richard Wynn, to the Queen of Charles II. 

During the tenth and eleventh centuries the Norman French was 
forced by law upon the Celts and pari become perle, which word is 
now obsolete. So we have found Perley in Wales and a county next 
to Hertford ; but we are "so near and yet so far." 

PURLEY. A dozen generations of Purley in County Leicester 
may be traced from Hugh and as many from John. Robert Purley, 
L^n, owned land in Utterly; Leonard was married in 10.80; P'rancis, 
1658, held mortgage on the manor of Ingoldmells; a will, 1687, men- 
tions "my nephew Thomas Purley, Sen''.; a will in County Lincoln 
Wm. Purle; Wm. Purle of Boreham married 1569. 

Purley Hall is in Sulham parish, four miles north of Reading, 
Berks. Purley Hall, near Croyden, Surry, was the seat of Wm. 
Home Tooke, who wrote "Diversions of Purley," a treatise on etymolo- 
gy. Purley in County Essex is a parish, in which is Howe Green, 
forty-four miles from London. Purley manor there the king granted 
in 1243. and spelled the name Purlee, a Dutch termination, if not 
origin. In 1435, John de Purley owned a good part of the manor. 

Jn the Episcopal Service Book is a tune called Purleigh. There 
was the name Porley sometime in County Essex. The name is also 






spelled Purlai, Purle, Purly, Purleigh, Purleyn, and Purlegh. There 
are several entries in Domesday Book under 

Morants who wrote circum 1550, thought the 
name might be derived from the Saxon words : 
per, a pear, and /ej', a pasture, but inclined to the 
F"rench Purlieu, the ancient border of a forest. 
The arms are ^' Chequy ar. aud sa.'' 

PEARLE. There were Pearls in Normandy, 
John and Trustin Perill or Perol, in 1198 . P^gedius 
PURLEY ARMS. and Richard Pcrlcs, 1272. The Pearl arms, "Gu. 
chev. or, faces and stars ar." are seventh on the Kyneston shield. The 
arms of the Herefordshire Pearls, are " Gu. on a chev. betw. three leop- 
ards' faces or, as many mullets sa. Crest : ( Eng. ) m hand a thistle pp> ." 
The Pearl arms of Hertfordshire (where St. Albans is) are " Sa. on 
a chev. betw. three leopards heads or. as many 
null lets." 

Mary Pearl e married in London, 1651 ; Mrs. 
Martha Pearle, spinster, abt. 16, daughter of 
Thomas married, in London, 1637. 

Pearl is a varient of purl, a kind of 16th cen- 
tury lace. That derivation of the name would 
make the early Pearles lace-makers. Another 
author says Pearl may be a nickname or a 
patronymic, and in medieval P^nglish perle was 
a precious gem. 

This name is frequently found in the records 
of P2ssex County, Mass., alongside of Perley, 
and they are often taken interchangeably, the 
spelling being quite generally phonetic: Pearle 
Pearley, Parley, Parle. Perleys and Pearls have lived in Ipswich and 
Boxford since 1665, but we have not found even the least relationship. 

APPERLEY. Early in our investigation we met in a historical- 
genealogical magazine the name, "Ap-Perley" and immediately 
adopted it in our search. We have never met it in that form since. 
Authors on names always spell it with a small/: Apperley. 

Of fifty-two inquiries, in Wales, asking each person, if he knew or 
had known or had ever heard of the names Perley or Apperley, how- 
ever spelled, forty-five were answered. The registrar of twenty-four 
parishes in Flintshire replied in the negative, and added gratuitously: 
"The names Perley and Apperley are certainly not Welsh." All the 
answers were in the negative, and several of the officers had been on 
the force from twenty to thirty-five years, and one could recollect for 
sixty years. 

The correspondence that followed the above information furnished 
extracts from letters of Moses H. Perley-257 and Miss Elizabeth 
Apperley, the lady (page 414) who made the pen-and-ink sketch of 
her family arms and presented it to Mr. Perley. 

Miss Apperley wrote, 1879: " I have been under the impression, 
that our family came from Wales, but the prefix Ap to the name and 
the knowledge that our arms are to be seen in old churches in Den- 



bighshire seem the only reason on which to base the supposition. 

"In a book pubHshed in 1600, a supposition I have long enter- 
tained is corroborated, that the pine-apple bears allusion to the pine- 
tree. This gives greater signification to our motto. Our arms are 
quartered on the Throgmorton arms as belonging to the name Pine. 

" The strong likeness which exists between the Apperleys and 
the Perleys proves us unmistakably to have come from the same 

"In accordance with the Puritan usage of the age in which the 
F'lintshire Apperleys emigrated, the prefix Ap was dropped and there 
were difficulties in the way of its being resumed. 

"Mr. Perley [Moses H.-257] would have liked to make ancestral 
researches in Flintshire during his stay here, but his time was not at 
his own disposal."— He was there on government business. 

Mr. Perley wrote Miss Apperley in April, 1847: "* * * At Lord 
Rancliffe's I learned that the Flintshire Apperleys from whom I 
claim descent went out of Shropshire [England] into Flintshire 
[Wales] about three hundred years ago." 

Now noting carefully the above extracts, we are persuaded that 
they are not the fruit of research. She writes Apperley and Perley 
the same on the "supposition" that ap is Welsh, and that her arms 
are in Denbigh churches. The former the Flintshire registrar con- 
fronts. Dr. Barber's book reads Apperley a local English name, and 
Mr. Bardsley supports him, and Lord Rancliffe corroborates him. 
Regarding the latter, Mr. Wynne, an Apperley alliance, "knew of no 
Apperley arms in Denbigh churches." The arms there, if any, may 
have belonged to Pine: " Gu. a chev. erni. betw. three pine-apples or" 
A. D. 129(5; or the arms of Sir Wm. Pepperrell: '' Ar a chev. gu. 
betw. three pine-apples vert. ' ' 

The pine-apple of 1296 and of Heraldry is not the West Indian 
pine-apple. That, not known even to Columbus two centuries later, 
was not known in England till after our ancestor left there. The pine- 
apple of the above arms is very probably the fruit of the Scotch pine 
(pinus sylvestris, ) a large tree of the Scotch Highlands, the only in- 
digenous pine in the British Isles. It is used for lumber and cabinet 
making, and has a European fame for its deals. How significant the 
motto: "Ye shall know them by their fruits." — Math., 7 : 16,20. 

The arms, then, bear the pine cone as we moderns call it, as 
Miss Apperley supposed, and as Mrs. Apperley, our correspondent, 
aflfirms in this marginal sketch made by her. 
It is described: — "Appuley, or Appurley: Ar. 
a chev. betw. three pine apples gu." The arms 
of John de Apperleghe, 1 Edw. III. (1327,) are 
given: ^^ Ar. a chev. gu. betw. three pine-apples 
vert, stalked or." 

We cannot adopt the idea that our ancestor 
dropped any part of his name for catise, and that 
there were obstacles in the way of his resuming 
it. He was, in 1630, a man just entering upon ^^^^^^^^ arms 
his majority ; he was tor those times educated ; 
and he had the trade of a husbandman. His learning and character 
placed him among the elite of his time — the makers of society and 


the state. He came to this country with Gov. Winthrop and the 
Governor's Council, and located within their precinct. He was under 
the eye of the administrators of the law all the while, and there was 
no Puritan element that he need fear. He never changed his name 
for cause. See farther on. 

This is a very ancient family. Dr. Barber says, that Appeuile was 
an under tenant at the time of the Survey. The name resembles the 
Latin name Appuleius, whose French form is Apulee. Compare 
those with Appuley above. John de Apperleghe lived in 1327. 

The family of our correspondent has been traced to William of 
Foy, county Hereford. He married in 1G22, and dying in 1649, left 
sons John and Anthony, et al. Anthony's son Thomas Apperley, 
Esq., of Plas-gronow, Wales, was a justice of the peace and deputy- 
lieutenant, and had, by his wife Anne Wynne, Charles James Apper- 
ley, Esq., born in Plas-gronow, 1777, and died in London 19 May, 
1843. That "country gentleman" was educated at Rugby and in 
youth held a cornetcy in the Light Horse. He was well known by 
his nom-de-plume "Nimrod," as a sporting writer of great ability, 
considerable knowledge of the horse and fox-hound, and great fluency, 
spirit and graphic power of pen. By his wife Elizabeth Wynne, he 
had Wm. Wynne Apperley, Esq., of Morben, who was father of Maj. 
Newton Wynne Apperley, whose portrait adorns the opposite page. 

This learned gentleman is "a veteran among private secretaries 
and of a handsome and distinguished presence. He was born 29 
July, 184(5, in Australia, where his father was Remont Agent to the 
Hon. East India Company. When he was seven years old, the family 
returned to Wales. He was educated at Dr. Huntingford's school. 
Hammersmith, and at Rev. F. P'aithfull's military school near Epsom. 
He was gazetted 13 Aug., 18t>8, a cornet in the Montgomery Yeo- 
manry Cavalry, and after twenty years retired with the rank of major. 
He went to the North Country, upon the death of his father, in 1870, 
and engaged with the Marquis of Londonderry, becoming his private 
secretary in 1879. He is a magistrate and visiting justice for his 
county, and last year his Majesty the King honored him with a mem- 
bership in the Victorian Order. It is almost needless to add that he 
is an excellent man of business." 

He married, in 1880, Miss Mary Hutchinson, only daughter of A. 
W. Hutchinson of Hollingside. She is a lady of culture and refine- 
ment, and a writer of repute. Major and Mrs. Apperley have taken 
an earnest interest in our letters, have written patient replies to our 
manifold queries, and furnished much real assistance, — all in a mani- 
festly neighborly spirit to aid us, and they merit our esteem. 

Perley may have been Apperley. ( 1 ) Both are found in Ledbury 
and its surrounding country — a territorial unity at least. (2) Our 
Allan may have been an Apperley at twenty-one, when embarking 
for himself and thinking his name Welsh and the syllable^/ {soii of) 
a prefix, he would simplify it and bear only the essential, realizing, 
that if he were a Perley, he must be the son of a Perley. We 
cannot see how otherwise he would change his name. (3) Lower 
reads, that "many of the well-to-do families of Wales dropped the 
Ap during the 14th and 15th centuries." The Apperleys were 
among the well-to-do people, and our Allan may have been an Apper- 




ley, in that way, one or two generations removed. (-1) You will 
probably observe a facial contour that is strikingly common to both 
families, as Miss Apperley suggests. (5) It is a significant fact, 
that more than two hundred letters in Scotland, the Orkneys, the 
Hebrides, Wales, and England have failed to find the name Allan and 
the form Pcrley, except in the name Apperley. (6) And though 
Mr. Perley writes above of the relation as a "claim," and Miss Ap- 
perley as a "supposition," they may have had at hand some very sug- 
gestive records, which followed up would have revealed an identity. 
We've reached the usual goal, the absence of fact. 

PERLEY. After all we may be able to go alone. The Saxon 
per is pear and ley is pasture or field ; and per-ley is pear-field or 
orchard. The writer takes kindly to that origin, remembering the 
numerous pear trees on the ancestral farm of Allan-1 and how often, 
in his boyhood, he regaled his palate with the delicious fruit. 

But writers on names class Perley with Percy, Perkins, Persons, 
Pearson and Pierson (which latter spelling betrays its origin,) and 
derive the name from the Norman-French pierre, rock (or Peter, 
Math., 16:18) and lay, field, thus: Pierrelay. Here now are the 
phonetic spelling of the name and the arms: — 1 Perely, or Pirly — 

" Per pale, ar. and or, a lion passant sa." 2 Pyrley, or Vyr\y—'* Per 
pale, ar. a7id or, a lion rarnpant sa." 3 Pyreley — ''Per pale, ar. and 
gu., a lio7i passant connterchangey 4 Pearley — ''Per pale, ar. and 
gii., a lion passant or.'' 

Thomas Clarke whose farm adjoined the farm of Allan-1 in 
Woburn, had a son born about 1645, and called him Perley Clarke, 
but spelled the name Pierley Clarke. 

[It was remarked that a Perley was a Pope. Well, no wonder ! 
he is equal to any emergency, or exaltation. The family name of 
Pope Anacletus III (1130-1138,) one of the double election, was 


Pierreloni, Peter of Peter of Lyon. That man, the only Jew that 
ever became a Pope, had been a monk at Chmy and a cardinal and 
papal legate in P'rance. His father's name was Peter of Lyon, a city 
fifty miles south of Cluny ; and since ley in English and lyon in 
French (like ley in the name Leyden) signify much the same kind of 
ground, Pierreloni becomes Norman-French for Perley. But, alas! 
our name came out of Normandy with William the Conqueror, in 
1066, just sixty-four years before Pierreloni became Pope — such an 
elusive thing is honor.] 

Our name, then, is Norman-PVench, and Monsieur Pierrelay was a 
feoffee of Normandy, the duchy of the Duke, William the Conqueror, 
where William de Percy was a powerful tenant-in-chief, who assisted 
the Duke in the Conquest, and appears in Domesday Book as tenant 
in capitc in many counties. The herald Glover derives the family 
from Manifred de Percy, a Danish chief who settled in Normandy, 
then Neustria, before the cession of that province to Rollo, who died 
A. D. 917 ; and corroborative perhaps are the arms of Pursey {''Per 
pah\ ar. aiidgu., a Hon rampant coiintcrchange'\-) 
and also the quartering of the ancient arms( "Or, 
a lion rampant az.'') of the Duke of Brabant, on 
the elaborate arms of William de Percy. In 
harmony with the above a writer on names 
"hazards the guess," that the lions on the Pyre- 
ley, Perely, Pyrley, Pearley arms are Percy 
lions; and he might have guessed further that 
they are the Brabant lion. 
.. ....^...v- .„„o Now following P'erguson who goes to the 

i'UKSKV ARMS. -i ii i iitt-i 

root of the matter, we are led to the old High 
German Bar (man) [which it is difficult sometimes to separate from 
the Saxon Bar (bear, sacred to the god Thor)] "the diminutives of 
which are, in l^Vench, l^arrell, Berly, Parly, Perrelle, and in English 
Berrill, Burley, Pearl, Perley." 

Thus ends the reading of the several lessons. We will not at- 
tempt to determine the preponderance of a probability. It is too fine 
and fruitless a task. In all our correspondence we have not found 
the names Allen, Allan, or Perley, except the last word of the last 

THE PUBLISHING COMMITTEE. We hoped to present 
the portraits of all the Publishing Committee. We are four-fifths 
gratified and one-fifth sorry. Their circular of commendation, which 
has done efficient work widespread in the Republic and the Do- 
minion, is here appended; it tells its own history and exhibits a cor- 
dial, helpful interest in the work: — "At a convention of the Perley 
P^amily held in Georgetown, June 20, 1877, Haskell Perley, Luther 
D. Perley, I. S. C. Perley, Sherman Nelson of Georgetown and 
Charles Perley of Boxford, were appointed a committee to consider 
the matter of preparing a family history. Since then Messrs. 
Haskell Perley and Luther D. Perley have passed away and nothing 
has been done in relation to the matter. 

"It is felt that a history should be published. Mr. M. V. B. Perley 








has recently called our attention to a great amount of valuable 
material suitable for such a history. 

" We are pleased with his effort, and hope that those interested will 
render him all possible assistance ; that he may be able to publish a 
history that will be of value to every member of the family. 


ARMS PROPOSED. To those who have written us about some 
standard, ensign, ( Num. 2 :'i, )or style of arms by which to individualize 
our family ( a purpose we fully indorse, ) we may say, that, while we are 
ready to subscribe with the majority, the Apperley Arms of 1827 are 
suggestive of Ar. a chcv. gu.^ betw. three pine-applcs or, stalked vert, 
"with ^^ i6jo" for difference. The motto: "By their fruits, etc.," is 
excellent for those arms and a good standard to measure by. The 
crest here is supposed to be a pine-apple, but it may be selected, or 
devised according to taste. 

Those arms are attractive in their sentiment, bespeaking through 
the majestic pine, a solidity of character, a helpful life, an enduring 

We may add that the above description completed and emblazoned 
would make very pretty arms. Put the crest the walking gold lion of 
Pearley on a silver and red wreath ; the shield silver with red rafters, 
gold apples (cones) and green leaves; and the motto as above. To 
the casual observer those arms would resemble the very ancient arms 
of Appleton, Apperley, Pine, Pepperill and others, differing chiefly 
in the arrangement of the metals and colors. In this, however, we 
defer, for our arms, to the possible discovery of the origin of the 
name Perley. 

On the following blank pages may be written the data of a 



ALLAN PERLEY, the emigrant ancestor ut the Perley Family 
in America, was born in Wales, England, in the first quarter of the 
year 1608, and died in Ipswich, Massachusetts, 28 Dec, U)75. He 
married, in the year 16;-] 5, Susanna Bokesen, or Bokenson, who died 
in Ipswich, 11 Feb., 1692, after a widowhood of sixteen years. 

Mr. Perley came to this country, at the age of twenty-two years, 
in the fleet with Governor Winthrop, and located in " Charlestowne 
Village," on land which is now included in the city of Woburn and 
called "Button-end," near a tract of meadow, marked in the cut A A 
A, whichhas been known for two and a half 
centuries as "Parly meddowe," through which 
meanders a brook spanned by a plank bridge, 
marked B, six and a half feet wide, and known 
as "Parly brook." The name is found in pro- 
bate records, and in the colonial records, 2:75, 
as it is spelled above; and it is pronounced by 
the citizens of Woburn today as it is here spelled. 
Why he relinquished his settlement is a mat- 
ter of conjecture. The rigors of his first winter were extreme; the 
sufferings of the settlers were intense. "The weather," reads 
Lendrum's History of the American Revolution, "held tolerable un- 
til the 24th December, but the cold then came on with violence. Such 
a Christmas eve they had never seen before. From that tmie to 
the 10th -of February their chief care was to keep themselves 
warm, and as comfortable in other respects as their scant provisions 
vvc uld permit. They were so short of provisions that many were 
obliged to live upon clams, mussels, and other shell-fish, with 
ground-nuts and acorns, instead of bread. One that came to the 


Governor'shouse to complain of his sufferings, was prevented, be- 
ing informed that even there the last batch was in the oven. The 
poorer sort were much exposed, lying in tents and miserable hovels, 
and many died of scurvy and other distempers." Such an experi- 
ence would dishearten the most resolute; in fact, "some of the Board 
of Assistants," according to Bancroft's History of the United 
States, "men who had been trusted as the inseparable companions 
of the common misery or common success, disheartened by the 
scenes of woe, sailed for England." Many others also went home 
for the same cause. 

The statement in Lambert's History of the New Haven Colony, 
that in 1684 "the colonies at Watertown, Dorchester and Newtown 
[Cambridge] had become so crowded by the accessions of new 
planters, that many left," affords another suggestion. He may have 
sold his grant and improvements, all his local rights and interests, 
feeling assured of finding another location as good or better. The 
great attraction to Boston and vicinity was the learned, wealthy, 
and noble Governor Winthrop, but our ancestor seems to have 
found more attraction in the younger Winthrop at Ipswich. How- 
ever it may have been with our ancestor — whatever his reason or 
motive for leaving, he remained long enough to stamp his name 
indelibly upon the territory and to record the unquestioned fact of 
his possession. According to the manuscript chart of the family, 
"From thence he moved to Ipswich in 1(584." By the town records, 
he was in Ipswich in Hi^f). 

But before identifying himself with Ipswich history, he visited 
England; for he was there "2" Aprilis, lt)85," according to a record 
in the Augmentation oflfice, London, and set sail that month for 
New England. He located in Ipswich, on High street, a short dis-. 
tance from Governor Bradstreet and the Waldo family. The place 
was and is the second houselot northwest of the High-street cem- 
etery, and it is remarkable that it has the same shape and area now 
that it had then — two and a half centuries ago. Alexander Knight's 
homestead was on the northwest, George Smith's on the south- 
east, "a drift way" on the northeast, and High street on the south- 
west. At present the new part of the cemetery is on the northeast. 
It was a picturesque spot. Located on the western slope of 
Town hill and agreeably elevated from the street, it commanded a 
fine view of the v'erdant slopes of Turkey and Timber hills and the 
ridge-range of houses along Scott's lane, the present Washington 
street. The deep frontage of his lot afforded ample opportunity 
to arrange a spacious avenue from the street to his dwelling, with 
flowering plants and shrubbery on either side, after the fashion of 
the average gentleman of the old country. Whatever he did in the 
matter, his selection of grounds of such possible improvements, at- 
test his good taste and judgment, educated, no doubt, by the ex- 
periences of his early life. There he brought his young wife and be- 
gan the business of life anew; there most of his children were born; 
thence have radiated the family name and influence. 

He resided there about seventeen years, selling, 8 Sept., Ib52, 
for £,'11^ his "dwelling house and homestead" to Walter Roper, car- 
penter, of Topsfield. Mr. Roper. 15 July, IHHO, devised his "house. 


rtSch m^f^^r^^X Snto Ui pans, '"th,.„u.b the 



chimney from top to bottom," and 3 Feb., 1737, sold the north- 
western half to John Browne, 4th, of Ipswich, and 16 June, 1741, 
the southeastern half to Nathaniel Lord, Jr., of Ipswich, hatter. Mr. 
Browne, 18 Jan., 1776, devised his part to his widow, who, as Lydia 
Thornton, 23 June, 1796, sold the premises to the same Nathaniel 
Lord, Jr., as above, who then owned the whole original estate. Mr. 
Lord, 8 Aug., 1796, devised it to his sons Abraham and Isaac. 
Abraham died intestate and childless, and in the division of his es- 
tate, 9 Oct., 1811, his interest in this property was settled upon his 
brother Isaac, who then owned the whole. Isaac, 17 May, 1825, de- 
vised it to his son Levi, who, 4 June, 1869, left it to his son George 
Edward Lord-llO'*', who now owns it and resides there. 

/Alexander Knight's //omest£/^d. 


\ Allan Parley's Homestead, 

N ^f £ ^iiJ+ — J775 JToTZ 

QsoRce Smith's H omestzad. 

On the opposite page is shown the estate as it was in November, 
1903. The proud little white rooster, back near the big elm, shows 
the elevation at that point above the street. There was an old well, 
now filled, about half way of the fence between the western corner 
of the house and the street; and it was probably Allan, "our father 
which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, 
and his cattle." The house stands about a rod from the street; the 
northwestern part is probably a century or more old; the south- 
eastern was built in 1847, when the whole structure was moved for- 
ward probably its width, in order to be on a line with the house next 
to it. The elms, front and rear, are fine American specimens, old 
and symmetrical, and afford a gracious shade from summer heat. 

Mr. Perley was a large land-holder, and besides possessions in 
Essex, Rowley and Boxford, he had in Ipswich, in 1635, land at 
Heartbreak hill; in 1640, 1 :3 mo., a road from Rowley to Salem 
was laid out "over the falls at Mile river and by marked trees over 
Mr. Appleton's meadowe, called Parlye mead owe"; he was a com- 
moner in 1641; he owned a houselot on Mill street in 1642, the 
street being now called Washington, and the lot being traversed by 
Mt. Pleasant street ; he had a planting lot on Town hill in 1645; 
"att a meeting of the seven men the 3th (5) 1651" there was "grant- 
ed to Alen Perlye (in exchange for Thirty acres more or less at 
Chebacco lyeing on the west syde of his meddowe) the sume of 
forty-five acres of upland* lyeing beyond Mr. Winthropes farme 
Joyneing up to some of the ppriatyes thereabouts"; he was granted 

•This land was then sometimes called, or was contiguous to, the "Norton Keserve," 
land set apart for Rev. John Norton's brother, who declined to occupy it. The territory was 
early known— before 1693— as "The Ipswich Farms", or "The Farms", a designation that ob 
tained till the incorporation of Linebrook Parish. -State Archives, 11.3: 45-6 and 55. 


10 acres by the town in 1660; he owned one and a half shares in 
Plum Island in 1664, and, at some time, five acres of upland and 
marsh called Reedy marsh. In 1670, he had liberty of the town to 
cut timber for a "barne." 

He was admitted to the privileges of freemen, 18 May, 1642; was 
a grand juror 25 Sept., 1660, and at various times was witness to 
legal documents, and served on important committees; he was upon 
the coroner's jury in the case of his neighbor, Alexander Knight's 
child Nathaniel, who, while alone, was so burned that he died in a 
few hours. He was excused from training in U)56 and again in 
1664. A court record reads: 1()()9, Sept. 28, Tobiah Colman vs. 
Allen Perley, for taking up and detaining his horse. Verdict for pi. 
50s, no costs — a case probably wherein the law regarding field- 
drivers was not rigidly followed. In November, 1()()2, there was 
Allen Perley vs. Henry Batchelder, "for not giving him lawful as- 
surance* of land" located near a pond, and Batchelder lost. 

Mr. Perley was a man of considerable importance, and was held 
in good esteem. The location of his home, as referred to above, and 
his clear-penned signature to his will, though he was then nearly 
seventy years of age, witness a gentle birth, experience and charac- 
ter. The presence of pewter upon his table was a mark of more than 
ordinary social rank, and the probate inventory of his estate shows 
his business connections to have been with the honored and best 
citizens. Coming to America with the Puritans in 1680, he must 
have been a cordial sympathizer with them in their persecutions and 
their faith, although it was not till late in life that he was received 
into full church-fellowship. He and his wife joined the church 12 
Aug., 1674. 

Mrs. Perley's history is quite unknown to us. Marriageable 
maidens of gentle social rank were titled Mrs., and Mrs. Susanna 
Bokesen was doubtless one of that class. We have diligently 
sought the name Bokesen, in books and by correspondence with 
Old and New England, without satisfactory results. We have, how- 
ever, met the name Boksen, which is, no doubt, the same as hers. 
The name is of Danish origin, and .she was probably descended from 
those Danes who early in English history crossed the North Sea, 
and settled along the east coast of England. 

Doubtless Mr. Perley had a home prepared on the grant of 1651 
beyond Mr. Wmthrop's farm, when he sold his town estate to Mr. 
Roper. The site of the later residence is still pointed out in Ips- 
wich, south of the residence of Charles M. Perley-369. There they 
lived and labored and loved for a quarter of a century; there they 
saw their children grow up about them respected and useful citi- 
zens; there they were honored; there they practised sobriety and 
earned their wealth ; and when the sun of their life glowed in the 
western horizon, 

"Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch 
About blm, and lies down to pleasant dreaius," 

* We understand this land was conveyed wthout deed, certain persons being called in to 
witness the description, price, bargain sale and delivery. By these persons Mr. Perley 
proved the contract. Doubtless many sales of land were earlv thus made. Perhaps in this 
manner he conveyed his Woburn property; for we searched the records in vain for some 
reference to its transfer. 


they rested in the hope of a blessed immortality. The place of 
their interment is probably near their first home. 


In the name of God, Amen ! I, Allen Perley, of Ipswich, in the 
County of Essex, in New England, being by the good blessing of 
God in good health and enjoying my understanding and memory, 
yet sensible of my mortal and changeable condition here, and de- 
sirous to set my house in order, do therefore make my last will and 
testament : 

First. I commit my soul into the hands of Jesus Christ, my 
blessed Savior and Redeemer; my body to be decently buried in 
what place the Lord shall allot for me to depart this life, in assured 
hope of a joyful resurrection at the last day. 

And for my outward estate that God has graciously given me I 
thus dispose: My three elder sons, viz: John Perlye, Thomas Perley 
and Samuel Perlye, taking their liberty at the age of twenty-one to 
leave me at, yet I have given unto them three parts of the land be- 
yond Bachelours brook (each of them a part which they are pos- 
sessed of and do enjoy) excepting the great meadow, which I do re- 
serve. And all that part of land which was Nathaniel's, my son who 
is departed this life, which I do give and bequeath unto my two 
daughters Sarah and Martha Perley. 

And my house and the use of my land and the great meadow I 
give and bequeath unto my son Timothy, when he shall attain to 
the age of twenty-tliree years, provided still my beloved wife Su- 
sanna shall have one room to her own use during her natural life. 

Item. I give unto my beloved wife all my cattle and movable 
goods and one-third part of the land bequeathed to my son Timothy 
during her natural life for her comfortable maintenance. 

And after her decease my will is, the house and land be unto my 
son Timothy, and the cattle and movable goods be equally divided 
among all my children then living. 

And my will and mind is, that if my said wife shall marry, that 
then the land and room in the house be unto my son Timothy and 
he to pay unto his mother seaven pounds a year during her life. 

And I do make my beloved wife sole executrix of this my last 

My will further is, that my son Timothy at the age of 23 years 
shall have the use of part of the stock to the value of thirty pounds 
during the life of my wife and then to be returned to be divided as 
is above expressed. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 23 
of June Anno Domini, 1670. 

Signed and sealed and Published ^, 

as his last will in presence of us: ^fi^^<>^4n 'YjitMiy [L.S.J 

Robert Lord. T ^ 

Mary Lord. 


The 16th day of November, 1671, I, Allen Perley, as an explana- 
tion of that clause in my will within mentioned, concerning my wife, 


having given unto her my cattle and movables during her natural 
life, besides the thirds of land a room in the house and in case of her 
marriage to leave the room in the house and land and to have seven 
pounds a year paid her by my son Timothy but nothing spoken 
about the cattle and movable goods, — my will is that she return also 
the cattle and movables to be divided among my children, as is ex- 
pressed in said will. 

Witness my hand the day and year above written. 

Signed and Sealed and Pub- 
lished in presence of us: ALLAN PERLEY. [L.S.] 
Robert Lord. 
Mary Lord. 

Februar)- the od, 1(375. 

Before our Honored Majesurates, Mr. Samuel Symond, Dep. 
Gov. and Major-Gen. Denison, the Gierke being present, this will 
and addition was proved to be the last will and testament of Allen 
Perley, by the oaths of Robert Lord, Senior, and Mary Lord. 

As Attest, Robert Lord, Clerk. 

The signature above was photographed from his will, which is in 
the Essex County Court Files, Vol. '24 : 121, and the Registry of 
Deeds, Vol. 4; and in the latter Registry and the Probate, is 


of the estate of Allan Perley, deceased, the 28th of December last 
past taken and appraised by us whose names are underwritten, the 
19th of January, 1675. 

In primis. The house, barn and orchard with the homestead, 
great meadow and meadow about home with some little upland be- 
longing to the meadow, . . . . " 
The half part of that land as was Nathaniel Parley's 
The meadow that was Nathaniel's 

2 Oxen, . _ _ _ . 

3 Cows, - - - ' - 

2 Cows, ..... 
1 Heifer, . . . . . 
1 Calf, ..... 

1 Horse, Mare and Colt, 
20 Sheep, ..... 

9 Swine, ...... 

His wearing clothes, .... 

3 Beds with what do belong to them, 

2 pairs Sheets, .... 
1 Table-cloth, Napkins, .... 

4 Pillow-cases, .... 

6 Trays, ...... 

Pewter, . _ . . . 

20 pounds Butter, .... 

Cheese, ..... 

20 pounds Cotton Wool, 

20 " Sheep's Wool, 

12 " Woolen Yam, 

Linen Yarn, ..... 































3 Guns, - - - - . . 

5 bushels Wheat, - - . . . 

4 " Rye, - . . . . 

18 " Indian Corn, - - . . 

Beef, ------- 

2 Iron pots and a mortar, - . . . 

Brass, .--... 

Pans, dishes and spoons and some small things, 
Pail, Half-bushel, Half-peck, 
A churn, a barrel, a meat-tub and some old tubs and a 

barrel, ..... 

•2 Trammels, P'rying-pan, Pot-hooks and a gridiron, 

P'ire-pan and Tongs, .... 

o axes and a hoe, .... 

An old Cart, Tumbrel, Wheels, Plow, Yoke and irons, 

belonging to them, .... 

An Auger, a Chisel, 2 pair Fork-tines, 

A Rope, ...... 

A pair of Bellows, - - - - 

Chairs and Cushion, ..... 

A Table, Cotton wheel and form, 

A smoothing Iron, ..... 

Sieves, ...... 

A Bible and a Psalm book, - - 

Sacks, ...... 

Hay and Flax, ..... 

A Chest, .---.. 

Cards, .....-- 

5 Bushels of Barley, 

A Boar, ...... 

Total [according to the record] 

John Kimball, 
Nehemiah Abbott. 





























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320 2 6 


Mr. Winthrop, 
To the Constable, 
" Dea. Goodhue, 
" Capt. Currier, 
Mr. Cobbett, 
Thos. Perley, 
Job French, 
Dea. Knowlton, 
James Howe, senior, 





4 6 
3 6 

15 2 

Nathaniel "^ 

1 Perley children: — John-2, Samuel-3, Thomas-4, 
Sarah-5, Timothy-6, Martha-7. 

2 NathanieP was born in Ipswich, 1643; he died in Ipswich, 29 
April, 1668, at the age of twenty-four years. He was frugal and 


industrious, as is evidenced by the inventory of his estate : he was a 
man of much promise. 


of the estate of Nathaniel Perley, deceased the 29th of April, 1668, 
as it was prized by Isaac Foster and Nehemiah Abbott, the 26 of 
May next following : 

A frame almost fitted for raising, 

2 Cows, ------ 

A Bull and a steer, - - - . 

2 Steers, ------ 

Corn, ------ 

A Saddle, ------ 

A Pike and Interest in a Gun, 

Tools, - - - - - - - 

Chest and Clothes, - - - . 

Upland and Meadow, 60 acres. 

Six acres and half an acre of Meadow, 

Two acres and half an acre of Meadow more, 

Boards and Logs, ----- 

Plow and Tackling, . - . . 

In debts due the above named Deceased, - 























17 6 

183 2 6 


There is due from the estate: 
The Deceased being in debt forty-two shilling, [sic] 
To the Physician for his coming to him, at about 
For Funeral Expenses, - - . . 

There is due to Francis VVainwright, as appears upon his 
book, ----- 





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5 10 5i 



JOHN PERLP:Y was born in Ipswich in 1636, and died in 
Boxford 15 Dec, 1729, at the age of ninety-three years. He mar- 
ried about 1661 Mary Howlett, who was born in 1642, to Thomas 
Howlett of Ipswich, and died p 

21 Oct., 1718, at the age of J (J ^/ ..^ AJ%L^J^^ 

seventy-six years. " /^^/^.'^ /^^^'^'^^ 

This is a signature on a pe- /^ / / / <:^^ 

tition to the General Court' ^ — "'^^ L-/ 

1696, State Archives 70: 285, of the officers of the Essex Middle 
Regiment and Salisbury Company. He, then, was an officer of the 
regiment. They wanted paid watchers for marauding Indians 
along the Merrimack river, while the farmers did their harvesting. 


Those men, in pairs, were to cover certain portions of the river, and 
immediately upon discovering a predatory band were to give an 
alarm to every near-by village and farm. Thus the harvesters would 
have comparative security. 

Little is known of Mr. Perley till he settled in Boxford, in 1683. 
He was of Topsfield in 1057, the year he became of age, and in 
1658; of Ipswich in 1668 and 1669, and was living in Rowley "be- 
yond Bachelours brook," according to his father's will, in 1670, 
and was said to have been of Newbury in 1677. "John Pearly, Box- 
ford," was made freeman "22 March, 1689-90," and "John Pearly, 
Boxford, October, 1690," which is probably the completion of the 
preceding record. That he married as above stated, is determined 
from the birth of his first child. It is supposed that he built the 
house that stood over the cellar now visible in the pasture belong- 
ing to Benj. S. Barnes, Esq., and near the "great meadow," and in 
which his great-grandson Nathaniel is said to have been born. Pre- 
vious to 1683, he owned a considerable part of "the great meadows." 
He sold two acres of them, 19 P^eb., 1684, to Daniel Wood, of Box- 
ford, for ^"3 5s. in silver, "called ye great meadow in sd. Rowley 
bounds, which lyes upon the southwest side of James Dickinson's 
meadow, it being twenty rods long and sixteen rods broad, the 
southwest end joyning on or bounded by the upland." The deed is 
signed by John and Mary Perley. He sold, 26 Sept., 1684, to John 
Hovey, St., of Topsfield, four acres of meadow, lying in the 
"great meadows," and bounded as follows: "Ye North End cutting 
upon a brook & on ye P^ast side Samuel Pearlyes Line and cutting 
Southward upon ye upland, both ends of an equal breadth, to the ex- 
tent and quantity of four acres with a straight line on the west side." 
He sold to Daniel Wood of Boxford, 7 Jan., 1683, for a yoke of oxen, 
"a parcel of upland, lying in Boxford bounded on the Northwest 
by Daniel Woods, on the Northwest corner by young black oak 
tree, wh'h is the corner bounds between John Perley, Daniel Wood 
& Thomas Hazen; thence on a straight line Southeast to a stake 
and stones ; thence Southwest to the Andover road, so bounded by 
the Andover road to the said Daniel Woods land, above mentioned, 
being ten acres more or less." In 1687, he was taxed for two heads 
or polls, and the items in the assessors' inventory of his property 
were: 1 house, 12 a. land, 2 pr. oxen, 2 horses, 5 cows, 2 young 
cattle, 7 sheep, 5 swine. 

Mr. Perley was a carpenter and housewright by trade. The First 
Church meeting-house in Boxford was built largely under his su- 
pervision, he being on most of the committees relating to it; and he 
exercised his skill and labor in its construction. He was on a com- 
mittee to consult about building the first corn-mill in Bradford, 
which was located on Johnson's creek. He was chosen on a com- 
mittee to lay out "necessary" roads, in Boxford, in 1686, the year 
following the town's incorporation. He was chosen, 19 Aug., 1687, 
and also the year following, a "commissioner" to aid the selectmen 
in assessing the taxes. Himself, his brother Thomas and Thomas 
Andrew were a committee to consult with the town of Rowley, 
sornetime during the winter of 1689-90, about the bounds between 
the two towns ; and he and others were a committee to perambulate 


the line, the next April. He was a representative to the General 
Court, for the quarterly sessions, beginning 12 Feb., 1()90, and :> 
Feb., 1691. He was selectman in 1(391, l()9o and 1700, and at other 
times filled other offices of important trust. He was one of the 
committee who received the deed of the town from the Indians in 
1701-2. He was chosen ensign in the militia in UiS9. 

He is the first of our name born on American soil, — which has 
been spoken of as an honor, an indigenous honor over all the family 
for all time. His birth, however, was an honor, if, as the poet sang : 

Our birth is nothing but our cleath begun: 

for his death sealed a life, honorable and honored. He and his wife 
were members of the Topsfield church, and his family attended that 
service, till their dismission, 4 Oct., 1702, to form a church and 
society in their own town. His name is seldom mentioned in the 
town records after his seventieth year. It is not found in the tax- 
list after 1721. He was then near eighty-five years of age; his 
wife had died three years before. He divided real estate to his 
grandson John Perley, of Boxford, and his son Jeremiah Perley, who 
had buildings, etc., on Christmas — a Christmas gift — 1728; and 
since no settlement of his estate is found recorded, it is probable 
that he divided all his property among his children, and gave him- 
self into their care, freed from anxiety and toil. The next year he 
slept with his kindred. You may read, in the Harmony Cemetery, 
in East Boxford, the following inscriptions: 





1729 & IN the PERLEY WHO DIED 

94 YEaR OF HIS AGE. ' OctoBER Ye 21 1718 


Mr. Perley's "commission," above referred to, and trade show 
him to have been a man of good natural and educational ability; his 
numerous offices show him a man of sound judgment and large ex- 
perience; his manifest interest in church and religious affairs shows 
a man of correct habits; his towns people entrusted him with their 
most important concerns, and bestowed upon him their most distin- 
guished honors; he was a stable pillar in support of good govern- 
ment and good society; and no record* whose only argument is a 
name that is variously spelled, can convince a candid mind that Mr. 
Perley ever betrayed a trust or tarnished the lustre of our fair fame. 

1 Perley children: Sarah-, Samuel', John', Thomas-S, 

* There are court records reading that "John Pearle" for suspiciously taking up Thos. 
Poore's mare was put under a bond of £40, "for his good l)ehavior," 20 March, 1061. In 1662 he 
had another case with Poore, about a colt, involving falsehood and theft. In 1663, upon 
petition, the court finding of corporal punishment was changed to a fine of £S, which doubt- 
less was mostly costs, since the case was in court by several adjournments. 

The contentions may have grown out of pasturing cattle and horses in common and recog- 
nizing them at the endof the season by a private mark, which oftentimes became obliterated; 
and that .John may have been our John, attempting to hold what he considered his own. But 
how unlike our John, the school master, commissioner of taxes, town-father and foremost 
citizen. "John Pearle" may have been a waif, of whom there were then hundreds that had 
escaped their deserts across the water, taking here anybody's name but their own. The court 
records have a John Perley who was 28 years old In 1666. 


NathanieP, Mary'', Martha', Alice'' Isaac-9, Jeremiah-10. 

2 Sarah' was born in 1664, and died in Boxford, uniViarried, 28 
March, 1743, aged 78 years. Samuel' was born about 1664, and 
died 24 Oct., 1746, in Rowley. That his life compassed eighty-two 
years, is all we know of him. This record suggests that these 
children may have been twins. 

3 John' was born about 1665. He was probably living in 1729, 
having "uncle Nathaniel dead." We know nothing of his history. 
His father in 1689 was called "John Perley, senior." Mary' and 
Martha' born in Boxford, 16 — -, and died, the former 6 March, 169-, 
the latter 27 Jan., 170-, may have been his daughters, if he had a 
wife Mary to whom to refer the record: "daughter of John and 

There was a John Perley, of Newbury, 1677, April 2, and 1680, 
Dec. 23; and 1678, Sept. 19, a committee was chosen "to view John 
Perley pposition [to teach school] and bring report to the Towne." 
There was a John Perley in Rowley Village (Boxford) 1683, Jan. 7; 
in Rowley, 1684, Feb. 19, Mch. 31, Sept. 26; in Boxford, 1685, Sept. 
4; 1690, May 7; 1691, Mch. 25; 1698, Feb. 4; and 3 Nov., 1686, "Mr. 
John Perley" agreed with the town of Beverly, "for a schoole-master 
from thence unto one whole year," at a salary of twenty pounds "in 
pay," or ten pounds in money for the year. He taught ten months, 
and was, upon his request, granted release, "provided said Pearly 
doo abate proportionally his stipend or wages." From this record 
and the "commission" and character of his father, it seems to us 
that John, senior, was a school master in his younger years and that 
the son followed the profession through life. 

4 Nathaniel' died probably in the winter of 1727-8. Perley 
Derby says "in Boxford, Feb., 1738;" but the deed of Samson and 
"Allis" How'^ argues for the earlier date. His wife Lydia became 
a member of the Boxford P'irst Church in 1705. He was taxed in 
Boxford in 1727, was selectman in 1705, fence-viewer in 1704, wit- 
ness to the Indian deed of Topsfield in 1701, was one of the com- 
mittee to perambulate the boundary between Boxford and Rowley in 
1717, and lived in Boxford near "ye great meadowe." 

We find the following receipt with papers filed in settlement of 
Governor Bradstreet's estate. Col. Dudley Bradstreet, his son, was 
the executor, but died before concluding the trust. It is clear that 
Nathaniel Perley married the Governor's granddaughter, but we 
can find no answers for other questions involved : 

"Andover, Nov. 25, 1706. 
" Received of Capt. Benjamin Stevens, of Andover, administra- 
tor of the estate of Colo. Dudley Bradstreet, Esq., deed, six pounds 
money, in full of a legacy given to my wife Anne Perly, alias Brad- 
street, by her grandfather Simon Bradstreet, Esq., as appears by 
his last will. Nathaniel Perley." 

5 Alice' married in Boxford, 8 June, 1710, Samson Howe, son of 
Abraham and Sarah-Peabody Howe-20, of Linebrook Parish, Ips- 
wich, where he was born 13 Nov., 1682. He lived, almost from his 
birth, with his grandfather, Lt. Francis Peabody, of Topsfield, who 
devised to him land lying in Topsfield. Mr. Howe, in 1718, received 


upon the death of his father a share of the paternal estate. In July, 
1728, he and his wife "AUis," at Killingly, Ct., deeded to Thom- 
as Perley all their right and interest in property that had been his 
brother Nathaniel's, of Boxford, deceased, and described in a deed 
from "our honored father John Perley." Mrs. Howe joined the 
First church in Boxford in 1706, and died 19 July, 174(), in her iHith 
year. See Families-9 and 10. Mr. How was known as captain and 
held a commission from the crown of England. He died in Killing-= 
ly, Ct'., H Sept., 1786, and was the first man buried under arms in 
that town. 

[Rev. Perley Howe graduated at Harvard, 1781; settled as the 
first minister of Dudley, Mass., 1785; was dismissed 1748; afterwards 
preached at Killingly, Ct.; died 10 March, 1758, in his 48d year. 
He married daughter of Capt. Joseph Cady, and had issue: Samson, 
Isaac, Cady, Perley and Joseph, who graduated at Yale, 1765; re- 
ceived A. M. there and Harvard; was tutor at Yale; died 1775. 
Williamstown, Mass., was settled by young men from Connecticut 
and in the list of names (1749-1770) is Lieut. Sampson How. 
These three Samsons may be father and grandson. The Boston 
Globe, Dec. 9, 1890, said "Enoch Howe, of Williamstown, Vt., was 
born there 19 May, 1792, and has, therefore, seen his 9Sth birthday. 
His father Howe came from Williamstown, Mass., and was a sur- 
veyor of the township of Williamstown, Yt., and bought large tracts 
of land there of Gov. Tichenor." It had a good picture of him, too.] 



SAMUP:L PERLP:Y was born in Ipswich about 1640, and 
married, 15 July, 1(564, Ruth Trumble, who was born 28 April, 1645, 
to John and Ellen Trumble of Rowley. John, it is said, freeman 
1640, emigrated from Cumberland or Lancashire, Eng. A son of 
his removed to Suffield, Conn., and began there the illustrious line of 
Trumbulls in that state. The New England Trumbulls have reason 
to believe themselves the Turnbulls of Scotland. The King's was 
life in danger from a mad bull, when an obscure youth took the bull 
by his horns and saved the King's life. The King thereupon be- 
stowed upon the youth an estate and an armor— 8 bulls heads, with a 
motto:" Fortuna favet audaci."i 

This is his signature to a 
deposition, in 1664, Count)- 
court files, 10: 41. 

Mr. Perley settled in Essex, it is thought, and located about a 
mile and a half from the village on the Hamilton road, near a pond 
which was afterwards called "Parley pond," but now "Parley 
meadow." As early as 1693, perhaps some years previous, he lo- 
cated in the extreme western part of Ipswich and built the house 
wherein his grandson. Rev. Samuel Perley, was born, on the knoll 


just east of Howe's brook. He was a farmer and cultivated good 
soil. He was admitted to the privileges of freemen without oath 19 
May, 1669, and took oath of allegiance, at Ipswich, 168H. He was a 
member in the Topsfield church in full communion in 16<S4. In 
1700 the seat number three in the Ipswich church was assigned to 
him. In 1707 he attended church in Topsfield, whose records show 
that " Samuel Perley, Sen'r, had liberty to make a fire in our watch- 
house on Sabath Dayes at noontime so long as the town see 

1 Perley children: Sarah-ll, Samuel-12, John-IH, Hannah'-, 
Ruth-14, Hephzibah-15. 

*2 The date of Hannah's' birth is H June, 1671. She was the 
Hannah Perley mentioned in the aflfidavits of Samuel and Ruth Per- 
ley in the case of the Province vs. Elizabeth Howe-4 for witchcraft. 
She was subject to fits. The affliction began in 16S2. She died be- 
fore 1692 — probably about 16S5. 



THOMAS PERLP:Y was born in Ipswich in 1641, and died in 
Boxford 24 Sept., 1709, aged sixty-eight years. He married 8 July, 
1667, Lydia Peabody, who was born in 1644* and died 30 April, 1715. 
She was a daughter of Lt. Francis and Mary-Foster Peabody, of 
Topsfield. Mary was a daughter of Reginald Foster, or Forster, 
whose family is honorably mentioned in "Lay of the Last Min.strel," 
and in "Marmion." Her father came over from St. St. (great St.) 
Albans, in P2ngland, in the same vessel and at the same time, 2' Ap- 
rilis, 1685, that Allan Perley did. Lydia was a member of the church 
at Rowley, and by a letter of dismission was admitted to the Boxford 
church 21 Feb., 1702-3. By her father's ,0 

will she received five pounds besides'^'^4^Q-^,y^t\C 'f^v/^.u 
what she had already had. ^ 

This is his signature in 1704. 

Mr. Perley .settled in Rowley. In 1676, Dec. 12, Richard Dole 
of Newbury, for £lh sold him 175 acres, "one half of that parcel of 
land which he bought of Mr. Anthony Crosbie, lying in Rowley." 
The Sth of January, 1(577, he and his wife confirmed to her brother 
William Peabody, then of Topsfield, later of Boxford, for ^32, land 
lying on the south side of the Andover road in Boxford. Before his 
removal to Boxford with his brother John, in 1684, he deeded, 31 
March of that year, for ^20, eighteen acres of upland lying in 
Boxford, which they bought of Zaccheus Gould. In 1687, he was 
assessed on the following property, besides three "heads" or polls: 
1 house, 25 a. land, 4 oxen, 2 horses, 10 cows, 7 young cattle, 22 
sheep, 8 swine. This year he paid the largest tax of any in the 

« So .1. Proctor I'erley's chart, by Perley DerV>y. EHq., genealogist, of Salem, but Peabody 
(renealogy reads " lf>,')4."" 



town except his brother-in-law, John Peabody, who paid four pence 

His residence was on the site of the residence of the late Isaac 
Hale, marked of late years by the umbrageous elm pictured in fam- 
ily-70, and earlier by its proximity to the apple tree and stone bound 
which then marked the bound between Ipswich, Topsfield and Box- 
ford, but now, by a change in the line, the salient angle of Topsfield. 

He was one of the most prominent and influential citizens of the 
town, and in an enlarged sense was one of "the fathers of the town." 
He was made freeman '23 May, l(>77. He and John Peabody were 
chosen, 3 June, 1689, representative to the General Court, "teell 
government shall be seated,* only they bee to sarve but one at a 
time." They were again chosen 11 March, 16S9-90, but Peabody 
"sarved" both times. They served together at the quarterly session 
beginning s June, 1()92. He was chosen a representative 31 Oct., 
1693, and 8 May, 1700, he and John Peabody were chosen, only one 
to serve at a time. He was again chosen for 1702. He was a select- 
man, 1690, 1694, 1699, 1701, 1704, 1709; a constable 1688; a grand 
juror 1695; trial juror 1692,1698, 1707; moderator of town meetings 
1693, 1701,1704, 1706, 1707 and 1709; he was made quarter master 
of the Boxford militia company about 1688, and lieutenant in 1691. 
He served in the committees on settling the boundar)- between 
Topsfield and Boxford, on erecting the 
first church, on organizing the first re- 
ligious society, on assigning pews and 
building galleries. In January, 1701, 
he was one of the committee to re- 
ceive the deedt of the town of Box- 
ford from the Indians, Samuel and 
Joseph English and John Umpee, ,i 
grandsons of the old Sagamore Mas- "- 
connomet. Ihcy all assembled at his 
house to make the transfer and seal it. 
His name is found on numerous com- 
mittees, all of peculiar importance. 
He was extensively interested in pro- 
moting iron-smeltmg, which was be- 
gun in the town in 16()9. He sold to Mr. John Ruck of Salem, one- 
sixteenth of the works, 7: 10, 1671, for ;^()0 sterling. He was one 
of those who comjjoscd the jury that condemned P^lizabeth Howe-6 
of Linebrook Parish, et al., of witchcraft, and who afterwards 
signed a recantation. He was deacon in the Church till his 
death. His will is dated 9 May, 1704, and, without the usual 
verbiage, says : " I bequeath my soul to God and my body to a decent 
interment in the earth." He devised to his son Thomas all his land 
not already disposed of by deed to his son Jacob, and to his beloved 
wife Lydia all the personal estate during her life-time, and after her 

* This has reference to the downfall of the tyrannical Andros and the resuin|itioii of tin- 
former regime. 

t It ni.iy gratify the curiosity of some to learn the consideration of the deed, so character- 
istic of the dusky denizens of Xew England : "£« 4s and on pound in vittels and drink to 
Samuel and Joseph English and two shillings and sixpence to ,Tohn I'mpee and Kum and 
vittels Enouf."— Perlers History of Boxford. p 135. 



death in equal portions to his two sons Jacob and Thomas, requiring 
his "son Thomas to furnish his mother a horse to ride upon and a 
suitable person to ride before her as often as she wishes to go 
abroad" — which manner of riding is illustrated on the opposite page. 
He mentions in his will his daughter Mary Hazen and granddaugh- 
ter Alice Cummings. 

1 Perley children: Thomas-16, Jacob-17, Lydia'-, Mary'^, Heph- 
zibah^ Sarah-18. 

2 Lydia^ was born 21 April, 1672, and died in Boxford 31 Aug., 
168-. Mary^ married a Hazen. Hephzibah^ was born 20 Feb., 16 — , 
in Boxford, where she died 2 March, 1695 or 8. 



SARAH PERLEY was born in Topsfield in 1648-9, and died 
before 15 Feb., 1694-5; she married 15 Jan., 1670-1, (Newbury town 
records read, 6 Dec, 1670), William Watson of Ipswich, who died 
27 June, 1710. 

They lived in Ipswich till 1686, when they removed to Boxford. 
He was a selectman in 1687, a surveyor of highways 1691, and a 
constable in 1698, when he was so infirm he could not collect the 
taxes, a duty which in those days devolved upon that ofificer. His 
health failed gradually till his death. An inventory of his property 
in 1687 exhibited : 1 house, 12 acres land, 2 pr. oxen, 1 horse, 5 
cows, 10 sheep, 7 swine, 6 young cattle. His tax for that year, 
seventh in the list beginning with the largest, was 8s 9d, and in- 
cluded two heads, which could hardly be, unless he had a servant. 
The Boxford records furnish the births of two children. 

[Mr. Watson married 15 Feb., 1694-5, for his second wife, his 
son-in-law's mother, Mrs. Mary-Hutchinson Hale, daughter of Rich- 
tj>. ard and Alice-Bosworth ^ g^c , of North Muskham, Notts Co., Eng- 
land, where .she was baptised 28 Dec, 1630, and widow of Thomas 
Hale, son of Thomas Hale, a glover, the immigrant ancestor of the 
Hales. She and her son Joseph settled in Boxford in 1692, having 
removed from Newbury after the death of her husband. She died 
8 Dec, 1715. The long-continued friendship existing between 
these families is more fully shown below.] 

1 Watson children : Mary^ and Sarah, who was born 2 Nov., 

2 Mary^ was born about 1671, in Ipswich, and died 1 Feb., 1707- 
8. She married 15 Dec, 1693, Joseph Hale-18, who afterwards be- 
came her step-brother, and who was born in Newbury, 20 Feb., 
1670-1 and died 13 Feb., 1761, wanting only seven days of complet- 
ing his ninetieth year. 

Mary's marriage is a novelty: Mr. Watson, 26 April, 1692, cove- 
nanted with Mary to give her half his property, if she would marry 
Joseph Hale; Joseph's mother covenanted with him to give him half 
her property if he would marry Mary Watson. Probably both cove- 


nants were made — certainly Mr. Watson's was — about the time 
Mrs. Hale and her son removed to Boxford; perhaps just prior, and 
their removal was designed to bring the children more into one 
another's society, in the hope of hastening their marital accord. 
However it was, after a courtship of more than a year their mar- 
riage was consummated. Mr. Hale had a second wife, the widow 
Joanna Dodge of Ip.swich, published 19 Sept., 1708. 

The land where the third district school house now (1897) 
stands was early in his possession, and he probably settled near 
there. He owned considerable land and was prominent in civil life, 
serving as selectman, representative to the General Court, etc. He 
was successively ensign, lieutenant and captain in the militia, and 
in the early town records is called " Clerk of the band." Watson- 
Hale issue: Joseph', Jacob, Mary, Ambrose^ Moses\ Sarah, Abner^ 
Dodge-Hale issue: Hephzibah, Lydia-38, Margaret, Thomas', John", 
Hannah, Benjamin, Mary. 

8 Joseph'- was four times married, had six children, was deacon 
in the First Church, Boxford, and probably built and lived in the 
old " Hale house" partially shown on the left in family-70. He 
held several town offices. Dr. Joseph Hale of Miller's Corners, 
N. Y., is a descendant of this family. 

4 Ambrose'- was twice married and had eight children. Hon. 
Eugene Hale and Clarence Hale, graduates of Bowdoin, the former 
a United States senator, and Frederic Hale, a graduate of Water- 
ville, are descendants of this family. 

5 Moses'- was born Christmas, 1701, was a graduate of Harvard, 
ordained and installed, 20 Oct., 17B1, over the church that had just 
been gathered at Chester, N. H., and dismissed on account of in- 
sanity, 4 June, 1735. His wife was Abigail Wainwright; he died 
in 1760. 

6 Abner- was twice married, and had ten children. Hon. Arte- 
mas Hale of Bridgewater, Mass., who was a member of Congress, 
and died almost 99 years old, 3 Aug., 1882, and William Hale, E.sq., 
a leading lawyer in Detroit, Mich., and later in San Francisco, Cal., 
descended from this family. 

7 Thomas'- was born 8 Jan., 1714-15, and married — published- 21 
Dec, 1740 — Mary Kimball of Bradford, and lived in Boxford. 
Hale issue: William^, Thomas, born 1743-4; Mary, born 1745-6. 

8 John'- was born 12 July, 1717, and married 11 April, 1738, 
Priscilla Peabody. He built the "Low" mansion, late the residence 
of General Solomon Low, located near the depot in Boxford, 
and in 1874 destroyed by fire. Hale issue: Lydia, born 1741; 
Hannah-63; John, born 1745; Henry, born 1747; Mehitable, born 
1755; Eliphalet, born 1763. Mrs. Hale .survived her husband, and 
married 16 June, 1774, Thomas Hammond of Swanzy, N. H. 

9 William' was born 9 Nov., 1741, and married — published 30 
Oct., 1770 — Anna Porter of Topsfield, who after his death, in 1785, 
married Wm. Perley-77. Mr. Hale was a physician in his native 
town; he built the "Sayward house" and lived there. Hale issue: 
Elizabeth, born 1772; Dorothy-180. 



TIMOTHY PERLEY was born in Ipswich about 165o and 
died 25 Jan., 1718 (Savage says 1719), aged sixty-five years. He 

married about 1680 Deborah — •, who died probably in the 

first half of 1785. Property was taxed to her in 1784; it was taxed 
to another in 1785; and her administration of her husband's estate 
was succeeded in 1736. Her last sickness continued about six 
months. Her funeral expense was ^14 15s 6d. 

We have been unable to find Timothy Perley's signature, and 
we append this signature of ^ 

his widow as she 'signed the C\ (0 D <^C ^ C^'1^ 

bond preliminary to settling CJ^G\^ ^ Ci t!^ / 

her husband's estate in 1728. / 

It shows clearly how they spelled the first syllable of their surname . 

Mr. Perley inherited his father's homestead and made it his 
home. He owned land, "very mean meadow and swamp," in Box- 
ford, which continued in the family name for several generations. 
His farm had an extensive area and has come down to us as one of 
the best, showing that the early husbandman as well as those who 
have. followed must have been assiduous and earnest in their calling. 
It has been known for its excellent fruits, particularly for several 
varieties of apples. There were numerous aged pear trees on this 
farm, a few of which, in the writer's day, bore delicious fruits. 

Town offices are seldom bestowed upon persons who live re- 
mote from the center, however worthy and efficient they may be. 
Thus our subject, being removed six miles from official trust, we 
find exercising only such duty as the law may impose upon every 
discreet and judicious townsman. He was surveyor of highways 
and doubtless attended to other civil duties. He took the oath of 
allegiance in 1678. He had some experience in the merciless witch- 
craft delusion. He and his wife were witnesses in the case of their 
neighbor, James How's wife, Elizabeth-4, who was accused of witch- 
ery. He and his wife were admitted to the Topsfield church 24 
June, 1705, and she was baptised the same day. They were mem- 
bers of the society from their marriage and contributed to defray its 

In 1709, ten years before his death, he confirmed to his son 
Stephen, for love and affection and to encourage him in his life 
work, half of his buildings and land, which was vaiued at ^886. 
After that, in 1718, he purchased of the town of Ipswich land valued 
at ;^22. 

In the inventory of his estate, made for probate by Abraham 
Howe, Jacob Peabody and Caleb Foster, are mentioned one ox, two 
cows, two young cattle and one swine. The estate was appraised at 
^354. His widow was his administratrix till her death. Thomas 


Parley was appointed to succeed her 26 July, 1736. His minister's 
rate was, in the year 1689, 4 shillings, when his brother Samuel's 
was 5 shillings 4 pence, a rating that showed, at that time, the rel- 
ative value of their estates. 

1 Perley children : Patience'-, Stephen-19, Allen-, Josephs 

2 We have no knowledge of these except the dates of their 
births— Patience\ 28 March, 1682; Allen\ 1 March, 1687-8. 

3 Joseph^ was born 3 June, 1695, and died 15 Nov., 1758, aged 
sixty-three years. He probably built, and lived in, the eastern part 
of the dwelling house now owned by Charles M. Perley-369, the re- 
maining portion being of more recent construction. Towards the 
close of his life his intellect became clouded, and in 1738, several 
years after his father's death, he was declared, in a legal sense, non 
compos mentis, and his cousin Jeremiah Perley-10 was appointed 
his guardian. 



MARTHA PERLEY was born in Ip.swich "about 20" April, 
1657, and married 31 May, 1678, Benjamin Coker of Newbury, who 
was born there 30 June, 1650, to Robert and Catherine, and died 24 
March, 1705. His will was proved the 20th of the following April. 
The place of his nativity became his home. His father was a 
yeoman, born 1606, went to Newbury with the first settlers, and died 
in 1680. His mother died two years previous. 

1 Coker children: Benjamin', Hannah-19, Mose.s", Sarah-, Mary"^, 
Mercy", John'"^, Judith'-. • 

2 Benjamin^ was born 14 Sept., 1680; Moses', 4 Aug., 1685-6; 
Sarahs 13 April, 1688; Mary\ 18 Sept., 1691; Mercy', 22 Oct., 1693; 
John\ 9 June, 1697, and died before 1705; Judith', 1 June, 1701. 




THOMAS PERLEY was born in 1669 and died 24 Oct., 1740, 
aged seventy-one years. His first marriage was in Topsfield, 14 
Jan., 1695-6 with Mrs. Abigail-Towne Peabody, who was born there 6 
Aug., 1664, a daughter to Edmund Towne, died in Boxford 14 Feb., 
1712, and became 24 Nov., 1689, the widow of Jacob Peabody, who 
was born 28 July, 1664, a son to Lt. Francis and Mary-Foster Pea- 
body4, married 12 Jan., 1686, and had issue: Keziah and Mercy, 
twins, born in 1687, and Jacob, born in 1689. His second marriage 
was in 1713, with Mrs. Hannah-Goodhue Cogswell, who was daugh- 
ter of Dea, (Capt.) William Goodhue, son of William, of Chebacco, 



who was an Andros resistant,* and who died in 1712. She had sis- 
ters, Margaret Giddings and Bethiah Marshall, and brothers, Na- 
thaniel, Joseph, John and Rev. Francis, who graduated at Harvard 
College in 1699, settled in Jamaica, R. I., 1705, and died in 1707. 
She was widow of Lt. John Cogswell of Essex, who was born 12 
May, 16(J5, a son to WiUiam and Susanna, died in 1710, and had 
issue, 1694 to 1710: William, Susanna, Francis, John, Hannah, Eliza- 
beth, Margaret-20, Nathaniel, Bethiah and Joseph. She became a 
member of the First Church, Boxford, in 1729, died Christmas day, 
1742, aged seventy years, and was buried in Harmony Cemetery, 
East Boxford, by the side of her late hus- ^ 
band. Thomas and Abigail were mem- f^T^ /yl / 

bers of the Topsfield church. Mr. Perley VA*-^'''^ ^J d'r^SV 
wrote like this 1 Aug., 1728. C/ 

Mr. Perley resided in Topsfield, where he owned some real 
estate, till 1710, when he removed to Boxford, and undoubtedly 
lived with his father, who was then about 80 years of age, making 
the parental home his own till his death. He was a prominent and 
efficient man. In Topsfield he was a surveyor of highways in 1700, 
a fence viewer in 1703, a selectman in 1703 and 1705, besides hold- 
ing other offices at other times. In Boxford he was moderator of 
town meetings in 1717, 1720, 1722, 1734 and 
1735, a surveyor of highways in 1719 and 1735, 
a selectman in 1717, 1723 and 1730, a constable 
in 1731, a surveyor of hemp and flax in 1736 and 
1737 and a representative to General Court in 
1727. He drew and carried on Nathaniel Cogs- 
well's right in the settlement of Pennacook 
(now Concord, N. H.) 1725-7. Himself, his 
cousin Thomas Perley, and Joseph Hale, were 
the trustees of the "^50,000 loan" of the town in 1732. In the 
militia he was a sergeant at the age of thirty and a lieutenant 
in 1712. He was a farmer and owned considerable property. 
His exhibit on an old valuation list, the date of which has been torn 
off, is as follows: 1 house, 2 acres orcharding, 13 1-2 acres mowing, 
21 acres pasturing, 7 1-2 acres tillage. The probate inventoried his 
estate at ;^725. His son Amos was his executor, and was given all 
his father's buildings and land in Boxford. Dr. Wood, a skillful 
practitioner of Boxford, attended him in his last sickness. His 
inscription reads: 


the BOdy oF 



DIED OCtOb^ 24*1^ 

1740 And In the 

72nd, YEAR OF 


* Seven Ipswich men — a colonial councilor and six selectmen — were fined and inprisoned 
for resisting the tax of the tyrannical Andros, in 1687.— Perley's Ipswich History in J. W. 
Lewis & Co.'s History of Essex County, Mass., (1888), page 628 of vol.1. The Ipswich town 
seal, pictured above, is In commemoration of this fact. 


1 Parley children : The first wife's— five — were born in Topsfield, 
the second wife's, in Boxford: John-, Amos-20, Lois^ Asa'-, Abi- 
gail-21, Mary-22, Sarah-28, Jeremiah^ 

2 John^ was born 13 Feb., 1696-7 ; died in Topsfield 23 June, 1700. 
Asa^ was born 9 May, 1704, and died in Topsfield 17 April, 1706. 

3 Lois^ was born 23 April, 1702, and married 24 Aug., 1727, 
Thomas Pike of Newbury, who had a second wife Abigail who sur- 
vived him. In his will, which was made 7 Oct., 1761, and proved 
March, 1762, he is styled "gentleman." His sons, Perley and 
Thomas, were his executors. He bequeathed his "carpenter's 
tools" to his son Moses. Pike issue : Abigail, Sarah, Lois, Hannah, 
Moses, Perley, Thomas. Of these children, Abigail married a 
Chase; Sarah, a Downes. The rest were living in 1761, and the 
third and fourth were not married. 

4 Jeremiah^ was born 30 June, 1719, and died in Boxford 28 
Nov., 1737, aged eighteen years. His tombstone in Harmony Cem- 
etery has the following inscription : 


the BODY of 


Son oP" LUtP^nEnt 



y« 28, 1737, in 

v« 19 YEaR oF HIS AGE 



ISAAC PERLEY was married about 1704, settled in Boxford 
and died 22 Nov., 1711. His wife's name was Frances; she was 
baptised in the Plrst Church 3 March, 1705-6; she died 17 June, 
1710, fifteen days after child-birth. They became members of that 
church in 1706. He was a fence viewer in 1705; a surveyor of high- 
ways in 1709; a tithing man in 1710. They bid adieu to a promis- 
ing future and journeyed to the spirit land in the summer of life, 
leaving three little ones to the tutelage of friends. 

He made his will 20 Nov., 1711. In it he says, "first of all I 
give and recommend my soul into the hands of god that gave it, and 
my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian 
burial Nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall 
receive the same again by the mighty power of god." * * * * ' 
"I give to my brother Jeremiah Perley my son John to Do for 
him as his own. I give to my sister Sarah Perley my dafters 
Elizabeth And Allis to Do for them as her own." He nominated 
his brother Jeremiah his "sole executor of all and singular my 
lands, messuages and tenements and estate whatsoever to call in 


all debts and to pay all debts whatsoever and secure the Remain- 
der for my children. So I recommend the Care of all to him 
trusting in the Lord." 

The will was never proved, the witnesses, Samson and Alice 
How-2^ being in Killingly, Ct. His brother Jeremiah-10 was, 31 
Dec, 1712, appointed administrator of his estate, which was inven- 
toried at jC'207 '2s, which included credits to the amount of j£92 

1 Perley children: Elizabeth-24; John, born 10 Sept., 1707; 
and Alice-25. 



JEREMIAH PERLEY was born in 1677 and died in June, 
1758. He married three times, but died without issue. His first 
marriage was 16 April, 1702, with Ruth P^oster, who was daughter 
of Abraham and Lydia-Burbank P'oster of Ipswich, and who died 
23 Aug., 1709. His second marriage took place 20 Dec, 1710, 
with Alice Hazen, who was daughter of Thomas and Mary-How- 
lett Hazen of Boxford, born 10 June, 1686, and died there 17 
Oct., 17-40, aged fifty-four years. The following is the inscription 
upon her tombstone in Harmony Cemetery, East Boxford, where 
probably her husband was buried: 







17*^ 1740 IN 
y« 55*^ yEAR 

He married, third, in Newbury, 10 Nov., 1741, by Rev. Wm. 
Johnson, Mrs. Sarah Hale, who was born in 1693, a daughter of 
Henry Poor. Her first husband was John Spofford, born in George- 
town, 12 June, 1678, to John and Sarah-Wheeler Spofford, and died 
4 Oct., 1735. Her second husband was Ezekiel Hale, married 31 
Oct., 1736, born in Newbury 13 May, 1689, to Thomas and Sarah- 
Northend Hale, and died 15 April, 1740. Mr. Hale's first wife was 
Ruth P3mery, and among her descendants are the names Rev. 
Christopher Sargent Hale, Brown University, 1820, and Hon. 
Ezekiel James M. Hale— Dartmouth College, 1835— late of Haver- 

Mr. Perley covenanted with the church at Topsfield, at the age 
of twenty years, 2 June, 1697, at the time of Rev. Mr. Capen's set- 
tlement. He became a resident of Boxford, and owned a part of the 


plain, called in the time of the Rebellion "Camp Stanton," besides 
land in other parts of the town. In 1714 he had an orchard near 
the residence of the late Wm. E. Killam, probably "Clough's Cor- 
ner." We do not know where his house was located. By an old 
valuation list, much worn, its date being torn off, he was taxed for 2 
heads or polls, 1 house, 2 acres orcharding, 17 acres mowing, 50 
acres pasturing and 11 acres tillage. He was a constable in 1719, a 
moderator of town meetings in 1738 and 1739, a fence viewer in 
1706, a field driver in 1703 and 1716, a surveyor of highways in 1705, 
1710, 1711, 1736 and 1740, a tithing man in 1737, a trial juror in 
1708 and 1723, a selectman in 1714, 1722 and 1733, and a treasurer 
in 1733 and 1735. The town "voted to Jeremiah Perley 17s 6d for 
getting the body of laws 21 Jan., 1711-2." He excelled in the mil- 
itary, was a brave and efficient officer. He began with corporal in 
1716, attained to sergeant in 1720, was commissioned lieutenant in 
1729, and accepted the captaincy in the spring of 1733-4. 

In the winter of 1724-5, he and his cousin Jacob-17 joined in the 
famous expeditions of Capt. John Lovewell against the Indians. 
At this period the Indians were a source of great annoyance, anxie- 
ty, and at times of fearful mortality to the frontier settlers along the 
Merrimack river in Massachusetts, and the people were very much 
dissatisfied with the manner of prosecuting the Indian War. Ac- 
cordingly, the heroic Capt. Lovewell and his brave associates memo- 
rialized the Legislature, presenting "that if said Company may be 
allowed five shilHngs per day in case they kil anney Indians and 
possess their scalps, they will employ in Indian Hunting one whole 
year, and if they do not within that time kill any, they are content 
to be allowed nothing for their time and trouble." The Legislature 
immediately granted their petition, only changing the compensation 
to a bounty of ;!^100 for every scalp taken during the time. Three 
expeditions were made. In the dead of winter, upon snow-shoes 
over deep drifts and frozen bogs, they penetrated the dense forests 
around and in Conway and Fryburg, and did brave and bloody 
work for their lives and their homes. The story is in history. 
Among the various conflicts with the Indians of New England, 
none created a greater or more lasting sensation than Capt. Love- 
well's, none took so strong a hold upon the feelings of the people, 
none became a more gratifying theme to the soldier, a more thrill- 
ing tale for the fireside, and none was more valorous nor more 
thoroughly embalmed in song. The Legislature in 1733 paid these 
volunteers, at their own request, in wild land in Massachusetts and 
New Hampshire. The former is now Petersham, the latter Pem- 

Capt. Perley "being sick" made his will 8 Oct., 1756; it was 
proved 26 June, 1758; the witnesses were Martha Butman, Moses 
Stickney and Thomas Perley; the executors were Daniel Black 
and Paul Pritchard. He made the following bequest: "I give to 
Sarah Black the wife of Daniel Black all my household goods that 
I had in my house at the decease of my second wife Alice ( excepting 
a square table and two boxes) that are not already disposed of." 
He made bequests, among various others, to Hannah-Perley Pritch- 
ard-44, wife of Paul, and to Abigail-Perley Spofford45, wife of 


William, and gave to the Boxford First Church £ 13 6s 8d. 

His family Bible, printed in London in 1716 by John Baskett, 
and bequeathed with the household goods to Mr. Black, had these 
records: "My sister Alice How died 19 July, 1746, in her 66th year. 
My wife Sarah died 9 June, 1746, in her 56th year. Capt. Jeremiah 
Perley died 16 June, 1758, betw. 8 and 4 o'clock in the afternoon. 
But a few hours before the same he walked abroad and sat and 
talked with some people at 

This is his signature to a re- 
ceipt 29 Nov., 1732. 

/U/r^^^yiic^ 'O^Xi^tj 



SARAH PERLEY was born 7 June, 1665, and died 15 Jan., 
16934. She married in Topsfield 1 Feb., 1681, Joseph Andrew, 
who was born in Boxford 18 Sept., 1657, to Robert and Grace An- 
drew, and died about 1732. 

They resided in Boxford till near 1705, when he moved perma- 
nently to Salem. He was a man well adapted to exercise the vari- 
ous civil trusts of a town, and his record is well worthy of the ances- 
tor, as he was, of the eminent and beloved governor of Massachu- 
setts, John Albion Andrew. While he lived in Boxford he was a 
member of the church society in Topsfield. He was a selectman in 
1689, 1697, 1700 and 1704; a constable in 1692; a surveyor of high- 
ways in 1687; an assessor in 1694; and fence viewer in 1695. He 
was freeman in 1732. 

[Mr. Anbrew married 13 March, 1796, for his second wife, Mary 
Dickinson of Rowley, who was born there 14 Nov., 1675, a daugh- 
ter to James and Rebecca Dickinson, and died 25 Feb., 1 — , proba- 
bly 1700, and had issue born in Boxford: Lydia, 3 Sept. ,1697; Mary, 
19 April, 1699. He married, third, widow Abigail Walker, daughter 
of John Trafton, and had issue: Nathaniel and Jonathan, the former 
being the great-grandfather of John A. Andrew, the twenty-first 
governor of Massachusetts.] 

1 Andrew children: Sarah^ Joseph^, J ohn^ and Hephzibah^ 

2 Sarah^ was born 20 Aug., 1683; ancl 20 Nov., 1701, became the 
second wife of Joseph Swett of Hampton, N. H., who was son of 
Capt. Benjamin Swett, the warrior of Blackrock, and Esther, daugh- 
ter of Peter Weare of the same place, and who died in 1721. They 
lived "in that part of ancient Hampton, which is now (1852) Hamp- 
ton Falls, on the road from Newburyport to Portsmouth." He was 
an influential man in his town: a selectman in 1693, 1698, 1712, 
1713 and 1717, when he is called captain. He was representative to 
the Provincial Assembly in 1693, 1698 and 1708, and probably at 
other times. Swett issue: Lydia, born 22 March, 1703-4; Hannah, 
born 3 May, 1708; and Benjamin^ 

[Mr. Swett's first wife was Hannah. The Hampton town rec- 


ords furnish the following births : Hannah, 18 Sept., 1682; Marga- 
ret, 21 July, 1690; Abigail, 29 May, 1698.] 

3 Joseph^ was born 18 March, 1686. He was taxed in Boxford in 
1718, and that assessment is the last of his found upon the books. 
The First Church records furnish the following baptisms : Anna, 7 
Nov., 1714; Ruth, Oct., 1715; Joseph, Oct., 1717. 

4 John^ was born 18 Sept., 16S8, and married 9 July. 1713, his 
cousin. Patience Andrew, who was born in Boxford 29 March 1689- 
90, daughter of Thomas and Rebecca Andrew. He lived in Box- 
ford, a respected and worthy citizen. Issue: Hannah, born 28 
April, 1715, and published 20 June, .1786, to Moses Foster of Arun- 
del; Thomas'; Mary, born 25 March, 1720, and married 17 June, 
1744, to Elisha Cummings of Topsfield; Nathaniel born 24 April, 
1722; Mary born 26 April, 1725; Abigail born 29 Nov., 1727. 

5 Hephzibah' was born 1 July, 1691, and 31 Jan., 1712, married 
Abraham How of Ipswich, who was born 27 June, 1686, and died 
13 April, 1758. They had seven children, of whom Ruth, born in 
1722, married Samuel Perley-80. See Registry of deeds, 29 : 47. 

6 Benjamin- was born 2 May, 1710, and married 20 July, 1732, 
widow Elizabeth Jenniss and daughter of Bonus Norton of Ipswich 
and Hampton. Swett issue : Elizabeth, who married Dea. David 
Batchelder of Hampton Falls; Moses, who married a Rogers, lived 
in Hampton, and died about 1764; Sarah, who married, 1st, Dr. 
Levi Dearborn of North Hampton, and 2d, Hon. Phillips White of 
South Hampton, and who was noted for her personal beauty, to 
which were added good sense and practical piety; Nathan, born 17 
Nov., 1712; Moses, born 12 Dec, 171«. 

7 Thomas^ was born 4 Sept., 1717, and married 24 June, 1739, 
Margaret Bradstreet of Topsfield. They lived in Boxford, and had 
issue: David, born 1740; Jonathan, born 174-; Elizabeth, born 
1746; Mary, born 1749. 



SAMUEL PERLEY was born in Essex, 28 May, 1667, and 
died in Rowley, 29 Jan., 1724-5. He married 28 March, 1694, Abi- 
gail Cummings, daughter of Deacon Isaac and Mary-Andrew Cum- 
mings of Topsfield, who in his will, dated 27 April, 1712, and proved 
19 June, 1721, bequeathed her ^^60 as her portion. She died 22 
Jan., 1725-6. Her father was Robert Andrew-11. 

He settled in Rowley, before his marriage, on land given to him 
by his father and confirmed by deed 24 June, 1714, and now belong- 
ing to the farm of his descendant David Eri Perley-221, which has 
continued in the Perley name during the lapse of years. He lived 
so remote from the center of the town, that he held no town offices 
except those that fall to discreet men, such as field driver and sur- 
veyor of highways. He was chosen field driver S March, 1708-9. 
His whereabouts on "20 March" probably 1708, were questi,oned in 


court, when John "merifield," who was his apprentice, Abigail "pear- 
ly" and Elizabeth "perkins" testified that he was about home all 
day, and a part of the day plowing. He was married by Rev. Joseph 
Capen, of the Topsfield church, which his family attended and in 
which his children were baptised, though born in Rowley. 

1 Perley children: Abigail", Susannah-26, Abigail", Uavid-27, 

2 The first AbigaiP was born 8 Aug., 1695, and died young. 
The second AbigaiP was born 6 July, 1700, and married 18 or 21 
Nov., 1719, Aaron Jewett of Ipswich, where he was born to Jeremiah 
and Elizabeth, 18 June, 1699, and where he lived, and died 19 June, 
1732. His wife survived him and married, secondly, 1() Feb., 1734-5, 
John Todd of Rowley, where the family probably immediately re- 
moved. Jewett children : James, baptised 30 April, 1721; Moses, 
baptised 7 April, 1722, married Abigail Bradstreet 13 May, 1741; 
Rebecca, baptised 1 March, 1723. 



JOHN PERLEY was born in Essex, 28 Sept., 1669, and died 
in Ipswich, 2 May, 1725. He married in Rowley, 13 July, 1698, 
Jane Dresser. He resided with his parents in West Ipswich, and 
14 Jan., 1714, his father deeded to him "the house I now live in," 
the barn and half of all his lands. Francis Young, bricklayer, his 
wife Rebecca, John Chapman, son of said Rebecca, and his wife Eliz- 
abeth, all of Ipswich, 14 Nov., 1702, conveyed to him for ^S:, three 
acres of marsh lying in Ipswich. — Deeds Registry, 15 : 223. He 
and his family attended church at Topsfield, where he was admitted 
to full communion 27 June, 1703, and where his children were bap- 
tised. He gave the plot of ground for the old -cemetery in Line- 
brook, and was the first buried there. Only two days before his 
death he made his will, which was > ^ 
proved 30 May, the signature to which /f/"^^^!^ ly^rtT' /0^/ioQ 
is here reproduced. His widow and f\^ i- f ' f''^'^'T ' ^^^ 
son Jonathan were executors. His real u ^ 

estate was valued at p^l350 and his personal at about ^250. His 
pewter, an early mark of gentility, was valued at 77 shillings. His 
tombstones are well preserved, and are reproduced on the next page. 

1 Perley children: Hannah^ John'-^, Martha^ Jane-, Jonathan-29, 
Israel'-, Samuel-30, Ruth'-. 

2 John^ was baptised 15 March, 1701-2, and probably died be- 
fore 1725, since he is not mentioned in his father's will. Jane\ born 
1 March, 1706-7, became demented, and on complaint of her rela- 
tives, the Judge of Probate ordered the selectmen of Ipswich to 
take charge of her, 20 June, 1755. John Smith of Ipswich was ap- 
pointed her guardian 23 Feb., 1756; her estate was valued at ^^50 
18s. 1 l-4d. IsraeP was baptised 4 Feb., 1711, and probably died 
before 1725, since he is not mentioned in his father's will. Ruth' 



was baptised 20 Nov., 1715. Upon her father's death her mother 
was appointed her guardian 28 July, 1725. She died in Ipswich, a 
"singlewoman" 8 Sept., 1730. 

3 Hannah' was born 1 Sept., 1699. She married 28 Dec, 1719, 
Ebenezer Kimball of Bradford, where he was born 8 July, 1697. 

the BODY Of Mr 

WHO DtED MAV y 2. 




He died in 1751 ; she, 26 Nov., 1731. Kimball issue: Jonathan, 
born in Boxford, 11 May., 1721, married - May, 1745, Sarah Barker, 
no children reported; Hannah, born 14 April, 1728, married 18 
Nov., 1740, Samuel Hunt, and had issue, Samuel, Samuel, Hannah, 
Jonathan, Perley, Ebenezer, David, Martha; Ebenezer, born 24 
Nov., 1724, married Tamar Hunt, and had issue: Martha, Tamar, 
Lydia, Timothy; Martha, born 14 Oct., 1726, no children reported. 

4 Martha^ was born 24 Aug., 1704, and married Nathaniel 
Boardman, Jr., of Topsfield, 1 April, 1786. Her husband was son of 
Nathaniel and Abigail-Rolfe Boardman, who was born 9 April, 1711. 
He died in Topsfield 26 Aug., 1786, and she married, second, while 
of Ipswich, John Chapman, Jr., 1 March, 1788-9. 



RUTH PERLEY was born in Essex 4 June, 1675, and died in 
Boxford 10 May, 1788. She was married in Topsfield, by Rev. Jo- 
seph Capen, 8 Jan., 1698-4, to Moses Tyler of Boxford, who was 
born there 16 Feb., 1667, and died 11 Oct., 1782, son of Moses and 
Prudence-Blake Tyler. They resided in Boxford, where he was a 
fence viewer in 1695, a surveyor of highways in 1696, and a select- 
man in 1712 and 1728. They rest in the West Boxford Cemetery. 

1 Tyler children : A daughter", Lydia'^, Mary'-, Mehitable'^ 

2 The daughter^ was born 1696; Lydia^ was baptised in the First 
Church, 17 Jan., 1702-8, and married 24 Aug., 1724, Jonathan Por- 
ter of Wenham; Mary^ was baptised 80 Oct., 1709, and 1 Oct., 
1728, married Caleb Cogswell of Ipswich, who was the eldest child 
of Adam and Abigail Cogswell. He had four brothers and three 
sisters, and was the only one of them to survive the death of their 
father in 1748. Mention is made in Essex Institute Collection, 6: 
188, of a Caleb Cogswell who was at the siege of Louisburg, 15 and 
16 July, 1745. The Cogswell Genealogy (E. O. Jameson) names 
three children : Adam, born 20 April, 1733; Jeremiah; and Benja- 
min, bprn 4 Jan., 1748(.?). 

3 MehitableS 10 Aug., 1712, was baptised in, and 1 Nov., 1741, 
became a member of, the first Church, Boxford, where she lived, 
and died 30 Dec, 1742, at the age of thirty-one years. She mar- 
ried—published 18 Aug., 1728 — Isaac Dodge of Wenham, who 
joined the Boxford church, 7 Nov., 1747, by letter from the church 
at Wenham. Their negro servant, Sarah, became their sister in 
Christ, in the church with them, 8 May, 1 747. Dodge issue : Mehit- 
able, born 10 June, 1732; Nancy, born 18 Dec, 1736; Moses Tyler, 
born 29 June, 1739; Ruth, born 8 May, 1742. 

[Mr. Dodge married, 12 April, 1744, for his second wife, Abigail, 
cousin to his first wife, and daughter of John and Anna-Messenger 
Tyler of Boxford, where she was born 2 Aug., 1715, and was admit- 
ted to Second Church 6 Sept., 1741. Issue: Nabby, born 20 


March, 1744-5; Isaac, born 15 April, 1746; Prudence, born 19 Feb., 
1747-8. They had removed 15 Oct., 1749, to Sutton, Mass., when 
and where they transferred their church fellowship.] 



HEPHZIBAH PERLEY was born in Essex, 28 Sept., 1679, 
and died in West Boxford, where .she had lived, and was buried 4 
Feb., 1715, ten days after the birth of her child. She married 81 
May, 1709, Jabez Dorman, who was born in Topsfield, to Dea. 
Thomas and Judith-Wood Dorman, 9 Nov., 1678. Dorman child : 
Jabez, born 25 Jan., 1715-6, and died 25 March, 1716. 

[Mr. Dorman, by his wife, "Abial" (Abigail.''), married 16 Aug., 
1716, had issue: Jabez, born 9 July, 1717. In the spring of 171s 
they removed from town.] 



THOMAS PERLEY was born in Boxford, where now 
stands the residence of Isaac Hale4, 27 Sept., 1668 — Rowley rec- 
ords read 1670 — and died there lo Nov., 1745, at the age of seventy- 
seven years. He married, first, Sarah O.sgood of Andover, who 
was born 4 Nov., 1675, and died in Boxford 2:^ Sept., 1724. She 
was daughter of Capt. John and Mary-Clement Osgood. Her 
mother, when living in Salem, was accused of witchcraft, and plead- 
ing guilty saved her life; .she joined the Boxford church with her 
husband 21 Feb., 1702-:^); and was mother of all his children. He 
married, second, in Boxford, 15 May, 1727, Mrs. Elizabeth-Porter 
Putman of Dan vers, who died in Oct., 1746. She was widow of Jo- 
seph Putnam'^ and mother of Gen. Israel Putnam"*. Her will, made 
4 April, 1746, is a good specimen of the orthodoxy of that period: 
" The last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Perley of Boxford ; and 
this is to be taken only 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 Desiring forgiveness for the 
same, I give and commit my Soul unto Almighty God my Saviour 
and Redeemer; In whome and By the merritts of Jesus Christ; I 
trust and believe assuredly to be Saved ; and to have Full Remission 
and forgiveness of my Sins : and at the General Day of Resurrec- 
tion, my Body, shall Rise Again with Joy Thro the merritts of 
Christ's death and passion, Possess and Inheritt the Kingdom of 
Heaven Prepared. for. his Elect and Chosen and my Body I Committ 


to the Dust," etc. Her will was proved 27 Oct., 174H. The execu- 
tor was her son-in-law, Capt. John Leach. 

Mr. Perley inherited his father's homestead and made it his 
home. He was a farmer, cultivated broad fields of productive soil 
and owned a wide range of pasturing for his large stock of cattle ; 
yet he found time for public civic services, numerous and onerous. 
For twelve' years he was town clerk, from 1712 to 1723 inclusive. 
His chirography is legible and neat, and exhibits the development of 
the present style of writing out of 
the style of the previous century. ^..^-'T^y^ 
He was surveyor of highways '\^/^ j/lcW^^ 
1723; was chosen juror 17 Sept., f^lH' 

1732; moderator of the town meetings in 1725, 1727 and 1729; "a 
selectman in Hi97, 1699, 1701, 1704, 1707, 1709, 1714, 1720 and 1727; 
and a representative (Wm. Foster colleague) in 1703, 1709, 1718 
and 1719. In 1/12 he was chosen school master of the town, a 
calling of eminence in those days, which probably commended him 
to his numerous elections. The schools were then kept about a 
month in each of some half-dozen places. He was member of the 
Boxford church from 21 Feb., 1702-3. 

The Selectmen's records of Boxford have the following quaint 
agreement: "An agrement made this twanty forth day of march 
1720-21 betwen y*" subscribers y*" selectmen of boxford on y" one 
part and thomas perley of said towne on y*" other part witneseth 
that y*" said perley doth oblige himsalf to keepe Schoole in said 
towne for y*" yeere insewing and the Selactmen are obliged to pay 
said pearley fiftene pounds for his years sarvice but if y^ sd perlay 
be not Imployed y^ whole yeare in that sarvice than he is to keep 
an acount of what time he expands in said sarvice and what damige 
he sustains thare by and sd selectmen are obliged to satesfy him in 
Reasone not exseding fiften pounds and if no schoolers apere or 
come to be taught thane he said perley will Reaquire no pay — 

"Thomas pearley on y*" on part 

Joseph byxbe "| Selactmen 

Thomas cumings y on y** other 
Nathan pabody j part" 

He was also a military man and a fine officer. He was ensign 
for several years, and was commissioned lieutenant 17 Jan., 1717, by 
"William Tailor, Esq., Lt. Gov. and commander-in-chief in and over 
His Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, 
in America." This document is well preserved by the children of 
one of his granddaughters, Mrs. William N. Cleaveland of East Box- 
ford. He was promoted to the captaincy, probably upon the death 
of Capt. John Peabody, who commanded the company and died in 
1720. The company belonged to Col. John Appleton's regiment. 
His will is dated 21 Sept., 1745, and was witnessed by his cousin 
Jeremiah Perley, John Wood and John Hovey. He is called yeo- 
man; he gives his son Allen "if he come home again," his undivided 
half of 500 acres of land in Western (Weston) and Brookfield, 
which he bought in common with Capt. Stephen Peabody, and his 


homestead to his son Asa, who moved the old house and built anew 
on the site. His will was proved at Ipswich 25 Nov., 1745. His 
sons Thomas and Asa were his executors. His real estate was 
valued at ;!^500, and his personal at ;j^l50. 

1 Perley children: Lydia'^, Mary-31, Hephzibah-82, Moses", 
Sarahs Thomas-33, Mehitable", Rebecca-B4, Allen'-, Asa-35, Mar- 

2 Lydia' was born 21 June, lH9<i, is not mentioned in her father's 
will and probably died young. Moses' was born 11 Dec, 1701, and 
died 9 Nov., 17—, (1702 ?). Mehitable' was born 26 June, 1708, and 
died 14 Oct., 1723, aged fifteen years. Allen' was born 14 April, 
1714, and the quotation above from his father's will is all we know 
of him. He probably ran away from home. Margaret' was born 23 
Nov., 1719. 

3 Joseph Putman-IH married in 1690, and died in 1724 or 5. He 
lived in Salem Village, now Danvers, and the house now occupied 
by Susan Putnam-34, a lineal descendant of both of these families, 
.stands on its original site, on the Turnpike, near the State Asylum 
for the Insane. His issue: Elizabeth; Rachel; Anna; William, 
who had issue, Elizabeth and Sarah; Eunice-B3 ; Huldah-39; 
David-34; Mehitable, who married Dr. Richard Dexter of Topsfield; 
Sarah, who married a Brown; and Israeli These intermarriages 
show the great mutual esteem and affection of the two families. 

4 Gen. Israel Putnam^ was born 7 Jan., 171S, and died 17 May., 
1790. He lost his father when about seven years old, and at 
the age of nine years removed with the family to Boxford. There 
he came under the legal guardianship of his father Perley, was in- 
structed in the old school-master's family school, and shared in the 
common paternal family care and blessing. At the age of twenty, 
he married a Miss Pope of his native village, and removed to Pom- 
fret, Ct. He was bred a farmer. At the age of thirty-six, he en- 
listed, in the French and Indian war, under Sir William Johnson, 
who was to act against Crown Point. When about forty-four, he 
served in the West Indies. 

"The conquest of Havana and other important points in Cuba, 
by the English in 1762, was a striking feat of arms, which, strange 
as it may sound, owed its success to a timely reinforcement of 2,300 
men under Gen. Lyman and Lt. Col. Israel Putnam, from the colo- 
nies of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey." But we need not 
comment upon his brilliant career, his daring exploits, or his de- 
voted patriotism. His character is well depicted by the inscription 
upon his tomb: " He dared to lead where any dared to follow." 

5 Sarah' was born 2 Oct., 1703, and married (published 14 May, 
1725,) Dean Robinson who was son of Dean, and died 12 May, 1779, 
aged seventy-seven 3'^ears. They lived in Andover, the part now 
North Andover. Robinson children baptised in Second Church, Box- 
ford; Mehitable, born 29 Aug., 1726; married Jonathan Kimball of 
Boxford, by John Gushing, 25 July, 1745. Jonathan was born to 
Ebenezer and Hannah, in Boxford 11 May, 1721, and died there 12 
Aug., 1746. They had only one child, Hephzibah, who was born 22 
June, 1746, in Boxford, and married 27 June, 1771, by Rev. Hezekiah 
Smith of Haverhill, a Baptist clergyman who was widely known in 



his time. — Sarah, born 19 March, 1728-9; married Oliver Peabody, 
9 Nov., 175'i, in Andover. — Anna, born 28 Aug., 1734; died in And- 
over 26 Nov., 1736. — A daughter born 14 Jan., 1736-7. — Lydia, 
born 30 Dec, 1739. — Mary, born 11 Sept., 1743; married Joseph 
Frye, Jr., 12 Feb., 1765, in Andover. — Susannah, born 18 Feb., 
1745-6; married 7 Jan., 1772, Nehemiah Porter of Boxford, where he 
was born to Samuel and Sarali, 5 Dec, 1749. ^ ^ 

These are the signatures of Sarah and ^^^^oz ^L^rt^i /cjtj*'^ 
her husband to the paper which quit- 
claimed all their rights to the property of xa ^ 
their aunt, Mary-Osgood Aslebee of ^n rflM ^ 
Salem, 2 April, 1745. O^^^^ ^^WiTlJffTl 



jACOB PP2RLEY was born in Rowley about 167U, and died in 
Bradford in April, 1751, at the age of eighty years. He married, 
first, 6 Dec, 1696, Lydia Peabody, who was born 9 March, 1673, and 
died about 1707 or 8. She was daughter of Capt. John, one of the 
most prominent of the early settlers in the town, and Hannah-An- 
drew Peabody, both of Boxford. She and her husband were admit- 
ted, 25 April, 1703, to the church that had been organized there the 
year before. He married, second, 9 May, 1709, Lydia Peabody, 
cousin to his first wife and daughter of Joseph and Bethiah-Bridges 
Peabody of Boxford, where she was born 4 Veh., 1683, died 30 April, 
1 732, and was interred in Harmony Cemetery, where upon a slate 
slab is this inscription : 




y« WIFE OF m^ 



y« 30*^^ 1732 

& in y'' 59*^^ 


His third wife, (pubhshed 24 June, 1733), was Mrs. Mehitable 
Brown, widow of Ebenezer Brown of Rowley, who was published 
with her, 24 March, 1721-2, she being then the widow of John 
Hovey, who married her 25 May, 1702, when she was Mehitable 
Safford. He died 17 Aug., 1720. She died in Bradford, intes- 
tate, and "her son," Samuel Hovey of Rowley, was her administra- 
tor, appointed 23 March, 1754. In Rowley she had a wood lot and 
other land, and her estate was valued at ^111 2s. 8d. 

Mr. Perley removed to Boxford with his father's family, wherein 
he remained till 1696, or perchance a while longer. He owned the 


estate on the north side of Baldpate pond in Boxford, in after years 
owned and occupied by Mr. Augustus M. Perley-204. He built a 
dwelhng a few rods north of the present barn, and Hved there. 
The house was taken down about 1817, and the present residence 
was built. A peculiarity of the old house was the construction of 
its chimney upon the outside, with an oven opening outward, from 
which on baking-days, or rather the nights following, it is said, 
the contents were sometimes purloined, so that occasionally the 
family must attend the church without the usual inspiration of a 
baked-bean and suet-pudding breakfast. 

He lived there till 178(), when he removed to Bradford, where he 
built a house. Meanwhile he retained an interest in his old resi- 
dence in Boxford. He also owned an extensive tract of land west of 
Baldpate pond, and an interest in the Hazzeltine meadows in the 
northern part of the town. A road was laid, 25 Nov., 1702, from his 
house by Thomas Hazen's house, etc. In 1710 he sold five acres 
of land to the town for the minister's use. The town 14 March, 
1710, passed the following vote: "The Town have voted and given 
liberty to Ensien Thomas hazen, Jacob perley and david wood to 
seat up a Saw mill upon the parsioneg fearm, whear they shall see 
meet and to have a Convenient yard Rouem with a way to the mill 
and to have all the towens wright and Interest in s'' Conven- 
ient sies for thorty years after this tiem without ennv lawful moles- 
tation from the towen the s'' hazzen Pearly and david wood alowing 
for the damieg that may bee don by Reason of s'^ Saw mill as 
Rasionel men shal Tudg." After a few years the mill came into the 
possession of Dr. Wood, one of the proprietors. It was located on 
the "old Dresser road," in the East Parish, on the site of the mill 
whose ruins are still observable near the residence of the late John 
O. Batchelder's family. 

He had a long and varied experience in town affairs; was select- 
man in 170S, 1712, 1729 and 1782; a constable in 1705; a surveyor 
of high ways in 170(5; a juror in 1708 and 1711 ; a moderator of 
town meetings in 1729 and 1781 ; served on various committees and 
was town treasurer from 1718 to 1720. and in 1781 and 1782. He 
commenced his official military career as sergeant in 1705, was pro- 
moted to cornet in 1717, and to lieutenant in 1724, wherein he 
served till his feeble health forbade further duty. With his cousin 
Jeremiah-10 — which see — he served his people faithfully, efficiently 
and bravely in the famous expeditions of Capt. Lovewell against 
the Indians. 

He joined the church when his first wife died, as above. His 
will is dated IS Feb., 1750-1, and says he was in health. The pro- 
bate of his will was taken 29 April, 1751, which argues a short sick- 
ness, if indeed he had any. In it he is called housewright, and he 
bequeathed to his wife Mehitable "all the household goods shee 
Brought and whatever else shee brought with her Into my estate at 
our marriage"; also the use of half his house in Bradford, or "if she 
chouse Instead of it, she shall have all my Interest in the house I 
formerly Dwelt in at Boxford." He also devised land in Boxford to 
his sons. Daniel Black, Paul Pritchard and Solomon Wood wit- 
nessed his will and were all present when it was proved. The pro- 


^aco'f {par 

bate value of his estate was ^654 7s. 3d. The inventory valued 
"Half ye old house & half ye barn in Boxford jQi^ 13s. 4d."; "the 
house and six acres of land in Bradford ^133 ()s. Sd.," and "about 
six acres of pasture land in Brad- 
ford ;^20." His son Francis was 
his executor. This was the style 
of Mr. Perley's autograph in .1716. 

1 Perley children, all born in Boxford : Lydia-3t), Jacob-37, Na- 
than-38, Francis-39, Moses-40, Isaac^ Hannah^ 

2 Since we have no knowledge of Isaac' beyond the date of his 
birth, 14 Feb., 1711-2, and have no birth-date of Moses' it has been 
suggested that "Isaac" should be dropped. It is more probable the 
error consists in omission than in commission, and there is plenty of 
time between Francis' in 1706 and Hannah' in 1716 for our record 
to stand as above. The engraved tombstone is good evidence, and 
places Moses' birth in or near 1709 ; but Mr. Perley's second marriage 
was 9 May, 1709, and a birth in his family that year is highly improb- 
able. But if his first wife's death, of which we can find no record, 
was puerperal, and came in the last quarter of 1708, the stone is 
vindicated. Isaac probably died young, and Moses' birth was not 
recorded because his mother's death was not. 

3 Hannah' was born 2S Oct., 1716. She joined the First Church 
in Boxford 6 Oct., 1736; and married 6 Dec, 1736, Stephen Kimball 
of Bradford, where they were married and probably settled. 



SARAH PERLEY was born in 1683 or 4, and died without 
issue in Bradford, now Groveland, 17 June, 1769, at eighty-five 
years, and was buried in Harmony Cemetery, East Boxford, where 
her tombstone is well preserved. She connected with the church 
in Topsfield, 20 June, 1697. She married, first, Edward Hazen, who 
"was born in Rowley, to Edward and Jane-Pickard Hazen, 17 July, 
1688, resided in Bradford, and died in Newbury 19 April, 1723. 
She married, second, 30 Dec, 1723, Samuel Hale, who was born 
in Newbury 6 June, 1674, and died 13 Dec, 1745. He was son of 
Thomas and Mary-Hutchinson Hale, and brother to cousin Mary 
Watson's-5.' husband ; settled in Bradford, now Groveland, in 1699, 
where it is still known as "Hale's Corner." He possessed a hand- 
some estate, was a leading man in his town, and a farmer of superi- 
or order, especially distinguished as a fruit-grower. [Mr. Hale's 
first marriage was in Rowley, 3 Nov., 1698, with Martha Palmer, 
daughter of Samuel and Mary-Pearson Palmer of Rowley, born 24 
April, 1677, died in Bradford 14 June, 1723, and was mother of all 
his children: Samuel, b. 23 Oct., 1699; m., first, Hannah Hovey; 
second, Sarah Hazeltine; d. 24 May, 1770. Jonathan, b. 9 Jan., 
1701-2; m. Susannah Tuttle. Mary, b. 27 May, 1705; m. Geo. 
Carleton. Martha, b. 15 June, 1709; m. Moses Jewett. Jane, b. 1 


Aug., 1711; m. Philip Tenney. David, b. 30 Sept., 1714; m. Sarah 
Bond; d. 1776. Among the descendants of Samuel Hale are Jona- 
than Harriman Hale, a bishop in the Mormon church; Hon. Moses 
Hale of Rochester, N. H. ; Dr. John Hale of Hollis, N. H.; and 
Abigail, daughter of his son Jonathan, and wife of Col. William 
Prescott, of glorious memory, at Bunker Hill.] 



STP2PHP!N PERLEY was born on the immigrant-ancestral 
estate in Ipswich, 1.5 June, 16S4, and died there 4 Sept., 172.5. He 
married 11 March, 1715, (published 19 Feb., 1715), his cousin 
Hannah Coker-7, who was born 10 March, 1682-8, and was living in 
1727, but probably died the year following. Mr. Perley's home had 
been the home of his father and grandfather, our first American an- 
cestor. He was a husbandman, and was diligent in the retired pur- 
suit of his lordly occupation. So far removed from the public busi- 
ness of the town, he seldom, if ever, participated in its official duties. 
Besides his ample homestead, he occupied land in Boxford, that had 
been his father's. 

We were not able to find 
in the 

signature of 

ing a legal document, 2() 
Dec, 1716, shows clearly how they spelled their name — Perlcy. 

His family with most of the neighboring families attended 
Sabbath service at Topsfield. He and his wife were members of 
the Topsfield church, having subscribed to the covenant 24 Aug., 
1723. He died intestate, but no probate inventory of his estate was 
made till 27 Vth., 172S-9. His mother aid his cousin, Thomas 
Perley, were appointed administrators 5 Nov., 172H. 


the records the signature /I / / ,7/ /? i 

Stephen Perley, but the ul^,y}y%^AiA W^^QA^ *] 
nature of his wife witness- ' f^*- f l 1/ i/ilA [j ^^^ j 

of all and Singular the goods and Estate of Stephen Pearley late of 

Ips\vich in the County of Essex deceased as it is apprized by us the 

Subscribers on the 27 Day of February Anno Domini 172S-9 

Imprimis To Bills of Credit . . - - 

To W^omans Apparel ----- 

To Handkerchiefs Neck Cloaths & Aprons & Caps 

To other wearing Linen & Stocks & Shoes 

To three Blankets for a Child _ - - - 

To one feather Bed & under Bed & Bolster 

To another feather Bed and Quilt 

To another feather Bed & under Bed & 4 Pillows - 

To 2 old Bedsteads 4 Bed Cords & Cloothes Line 

To three Coverlids & Blankets & Cradle Pillow 

To 1 1 Pair of Sheets & 6 Pillow biers 























To Table Linen - - - . . 

To 37 lb. of wool & 6 Pound of woolen Yarn 
To 22 lb. of Pull Tow & 25 Pound of Tow Yarn - 
To 12 Pound of Coverlid Yarn & 2 Pound 1-4 worsted 
Yarn - - - - . 

To 14 Pounds of Flaxteer & Plax in the Stock 
To two Suits of Curtains - - . . 

To several Bags of P'eathers - - . . 

To 2 Moofs ----._ 

To one Case of drawers & one Chest & Trunk - 

To 2 Tables & 14 Black Chairs & 4 old Chairs 

To one warming Pan & Kittle & Skillet & Skimmer - 

To 2 Iron Pot Hooks & frying Pan & Slice & Tongs 

To 9 Pewter Platters & 6 Pewter Plates & other Pewter 

To three Yards Lustring - . . . 

To Swine ------ 

To one ox & four Cows - - - . 

To 2 Oxen, 2 Steers, 8 Heifers - - - - 

To 5 Young Cattle & four Calves 

To one Mare & Colt . . - . . 

To Twenty Sheep ----- 

To Hay in the Barn - - - . . 

To one Spade 2 old Hoes 2 Shod Shovels 

To 3 Yoaks & Irons & Small Timber Chain 

To Horse Tackling to draw with - . . 

To three Iron Forks Span Shackle & Pin 

To Part of an Iron Bar & 2 axis & a hatchet 

To an Iron to draw Nails, one Beetle Ring, 2 Wedges - 

To one old Plow & Irons & old Tumbril 

To a Cart & Irons & Wheels belonging to it & Cart Rope 

To one Iron dung fork & old Saddle Irons 

To Carpenters Tools Si one flesh P'ork 

To Handirons, Trammel, Tongs and Slice 

To Earthen Ware, 4 Trays, 3 old Meal Tubs 

To one linen Wheel and one Woolen Wheel 

To one Gun & Lock & Stock of an old Musquet - 

To sheep Shears 4 old Scythes & Tackling & Gimbolet 

To one Pillion & Pillion Cloth - . - . 

To upper Leather for Shoes - - - - 

To 7 meal Sacks 2 Wallets & Corn Sieves - - 

To 2 Bottles & Piggen one Pail & Iron Bails & Tubs 
To 13 Barrels of Cyder & Barrels 
To Indian Corn ------ 

To Barley 17 Bushels & Oats 8 Bushels 

To 5 Bushels Rye . - - . . 

To Books ------ 

To two Thirds of the dwelling House 
To the greatest Part of the Barn 

To one half of the whostead & half the Orchard on the 
south Side of the Way & the Orchard on the 
north side of the way . . - - 

To one half of an old Common Right in Bush-hill Eight 



























































































To 9 acres of Marsh in Ipswich Hundreds - 70 00 

Debts due to the Estate - - - - - 2 01 

874 14 9 
Debts due from the estate - - - - 26 06 1 

Thomas Pearley f Caleb Foster ^ g^^j-n the 

^ , , ^ , < Abraham How y 

Deborah Pearley |^ j^cob Peabody J Judge Probate 

Ipswich, March 5*^ 1728-9 

Then the abovesaid Thomas Pearley and Deborah Pearley 
admin'^ made oath to the truth of this inventory. 

Before John Appleton, J. Prob*® 

1 Perley children : Deborah-41; Allen-42; Sarah-48, Jeremiah 
Perley was appointed guardian of Allen and Sarah, 26 July, 1786, 
when they were over fourteen years of age. 




AMOS PERLEY was born in Topsfield, 3 May, 1699. He died 
probably near the close of March, 1748. He married 1 March, 
1721-2, Margaret Cogswell-8. She lived a widow eleven years after 
Mr. Perley's death, and U Oct., 1759, married Lt. Mark How of 
Ipswich. He was son of Abraham and Sarah-Peabody How, and 
was born 28 March, 1695, in Ipswich. [Mr. How's first wife was 
Hephzibah Perkins of Topsfield, with whom he was published, in 
Ipswich, 6 Oct., 1722. Hephzibah died 80 Jan., 1759, having been 
the mother of twelve children, of whom eight died of throat-distem- 
per between the 5th and 28th of November, 1786, and of whom, 
Nathaniel, born 16 Sept., 1789, married Hannah Emerson, daughter 
of Rev. John Emerson* of Topsfield, and was the father of Aaron 
Howe, who married Eliza Perley-198. Deacon Mark Howe died 17 
Feb., 1770.] 

Mr. Perley removed to Boxford with his father's family, when 
about ten years of age. At marriage, he chose his home where his 
father's and grandfather's had been, on a knoll at the right of the 
lane leading to "ye Great Meadowe." He was a prominent citizen 
of the town and the parish. He was a selectman 1746, a constable 
1738, a juror in 1737, an overseer of the poor 1746, a surveyor of 

» Mr. Emerson was grandson of Joseph of Mendon, and brother of Joseph of Maiden. He 
married Elizabeth Pratt of Maiden, his brother officiating. He had 16 children, but only one, 
Thomas-40, remained in Topsfield. His death closed a forty-five years' pastorate, 11 July, 1774, 
when he was about 68 years old. His widow died 1 April, 1790, when about 82. 



highways 1737 and 1745. For 1752 and for several years following, 
he was clerk of the First Parish. He joined the First Church 1 
Jan., 1727; he bought pew No. 11, 17 Sept., 1745; his "servant 
Jane" was baptised 7 April, 1745. 

He was sick when he made his will ^ . 

14 Jan., 1747-8, and lived thereafter but p> jTyY) /s^ TioJt-^ i>jt 
a short time. His will, proved" at Ips- KiyUl^Tl ^&^ '^^f 
wich 11 April, 1748, by Jeremiah, Da- '^ 

vid and Thomas Perley, conveyed to his 

wife Margaret all his household furniture, and required his son Amos 
to find her a horse to ride upon ; devised to Amos five acres of land, 
bought of Benjamin Rogers, and all the rest of his real estate to 
his three sons Amos, Nathaniel, and Enoch, who died, however, be- 
fore the division, the account of which covers seven pages of the 
probate records. His widow was appointed guardian of the minor 

In the inventory of his estate, silver spoons — a prelude of mod- 
ern social distinction — are mentioned, and two negroes : " Old nigro 
^80; young negro ^15," which explains "servant Jane" above. 
His buildings and land were valued at ;z^'2900, and the probate ac- 
count mentions 2 coffins, 2 graves and sundry small things for the 
funerals of Enoch and Sarah £,\ 7s. 8d." 

-' 1 Perley children: Stephen-, Amos-, Abigail-, Hannah44, 
Abigail-45, Nathaniel4(j, Enoch'-, Eunice-47, Sarah'-. 

2 Stephen' was baptised, in the First Church, Boxford, the third 
Sabbath — 21st — of May, 1727 ; was assessed a poll-tax there in 1741; 
is not mentioned in his father's will. Amos' was born 18 May, 1727, 
and died before 19 Nov., 1750. Abigail' was baptised 7 Dec, 1729, 
and died young. Enoch^ was born 26 May, 1787, and Sarah', 21 
Oct., 1741, and both died in 1748. 



ABIGAIL PERLEY was born 26 April, 1708, and 12 Dec, 
1728, became the fourth wife of Samuel Morse of West Newbury, 
who was born 7 Dec, 1688, to Deacon Benjamin and Ruth-Sawyer 
Morse. By trade he was a weaver. He was a member of West 
Newbury First Church — originally the First Church of Newbury. 
[By his first wife, Elizabeth March, whom he married 23 Feb., 1712- 
3 and who died 20 April, 1723, he had: Elizabeth, born 2 April, 

1714; , bapt. 1 March, 1715-6; Samuel, born 5 Nov., 1717, 

who married Mary , settled, practiced medicine, and died, in 

Mendon; John, born 14 Dec, 1719, who married Mary Woodbury, 
resided in Newbury; Marcy, born 9 March, 1721; Sarah, born 23 
Jan., 1722-3. His second wife was Hannah Ordway, whom he mar- 
ried in 1724. By his third wife, Bethiah Dalton, whom he married 


at Andover 24 Sept., 1725, and who died 13 June, 1726, he had 
Mary, who was born 14 May, 1726.] 

1 Morse children: AbigaiP, Jeremiah-, Hannah", Ann-. 

2 Abigail' was born 10 March, 1738-4; Sarah', 20 Nov., 1738; 
Jeremiah^, 8 Oct., 1741, and marrying a Sarah, had a daughter Sa- 
rah baptised in 1770; Ann', 13 May, 1747. 



MARY PERLEY was born 7 June, 1714. The church rec- 
ords read: "May, 1714." She joined the church Dec, 1737, married 
31 Jan., 1737-8, Joseph Batchelder, who was born in Wenham, 17 
Sept., 1713, to David and Susanna of Wenham, settled in Grafton, 
Mass., about 1740, and died 21 June, 1773, aged fifty-nine years. 
He married Sarah Tilton, his second wife, in East Sudbury, 8 
Sept., 1780; he died, respected and beloved, in 1797. The Massa- 
chusetts Spy says: "His death is sincerely lamented." 

1 Batchelder children : Mary-, Perley ', Susannah-, Sarah-, Jo- 
seph-, Jeremiah", Susannah". 

2 Mary' was born 10 Aug., 1743; Susannah', 7 Jan., 1747, and 
died 1 Feb., 1747; Sarah', 1 Aug., 1748; Joseph', 8 Jan., 1749, and 
died 21 Oct., 1751; Jeremiah', 31 Aug., 1751; and Susannah', 15' 
Dec, 1753. 

3 Perley^ was born 7 Sept., 1745, and died 7 Feb., 1812. His 
wife's name was Mary, who died 19 Aug., 1828. They lived in 
Grafton, and had these children: Joseph, born 9 Oct., 1772, and 
died 17 July, 1776; Moses and Aaron, born 1 April, 1774, the former 
died 13 April, 1774; Susannah, born 24 Jan., 1775, and died 22 July, 
1776; Molly, born and died 26 April, 1777; Perley^; Sally, born 
Aug., 1780; and John'. 

4 Perley'' was born 10 March, 1778, and his wife Lois had 
Mary A., born 1805; Julia S., 1807; Charles H., 1809; Harriet B., 
1810, died 1838; Joseph P., 1812; Martha A., 1814, died 1840; 
Samuel S., 1816; William A., 1819; Benjamin W., 1824. 

5 John^ was born 13 Sept., 1783, married Sally , lived in 

Grafton, died in Millbury 9 Oct., 1843, "and had issue: Sarah S., 
born 1809; Hannah R., 1811, died 1835; John A., 1814, died 1815; 
John A., 1816, died 1821; Joseph M., 1820, died 1822; Mary E., 
1820, died 1822. 



SARAH PERLEY was born 12 May, 1716, and married 2 
Dec, 1736, Jonathan Putnam of Danvers, who was born there 13 
July, 1715, to Jonathan and Elizabeth Putnam. 

1 Putnam children: Jeremiah", Sarah'^, Jonathan'-, Hannah'^, Eliz- 
abeth", Lydia-, Nathan^, Levi'-, PerleyS Aaron-. 

2 Jeremiah^ born 31 Oct., 1737; Sarah^ 2 March, 1738-9; 



Jonathan\ 80 Dec, 1740; Hannah^ 10 Dec, 1742; Elizabeth^ 11 
Jan., 1745; Lydia', 15 July, 1747; Levi\ 1 Aug., 1751; Aaron', « 
Sept., 1756. 

3 Nathan' was born 8 Sept., 1749, and died 10 April, 1828, aged 
seventy-three years. He married and had issue: Perley'\ 

4 Perley' was born 17 March, 1754, and is said to have been 
the first killed in the battle of Lexington 19 April, 1775. Xhus the 
Perley Family poured its first libation to Liberty. His name is on 
the Peabody, Mass., monument.* 


5 Perley'^ was born 16 Sept., 1778. He married and resided in 
Salem, where he was for many years street commissioner. He 
was called Colonel Putnam. He enjoyed many civic honors, and 
was in many ways a valuable citizen. He lived to a great age. Is- 
sue: Perley Z. M. P., and Mary Ann, who was born 1805 and died 



ELIZABETH PERLEY was born in Essex 10 Oct., 1705, and 
died 4 March, 1742, near the birth of her eighth child. She married 
in 1780 Comfort Starr, who was born 9 Aug., I(i96, to Deacon Com- 
fort and Mary-Stone Starr, founders of the Dedham branch of that 
family, and died in Kilhngly, Ct., 13 Feb., 1775. He was living in 
Dedham in 1720. In 1723 he bought 1000 acres of land in the 
North Parish of Killingly, afterwards selling a part, but reserving 
what still later became his homestead, a little west of Brandy hill, 

* This monument of hewn sienite is '11 feet high and T feet square at its base. It was com- 
pleted in 1837, at an expense somewhat exeeeding $1(I00. The inscriptions are— Obverse: 
"Battle of Lexington, April 19, 1775. Samuel Cook, aged 33 years; Benj. Daland, 25; George 
Southwick, 25; .lotham Webb, 22; Henry Jacobs, 22; Ebenr. Goldthwait, 22; Perley Putnam, 
21; Citizens of Dauvers, fell on that day. 

" 'Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.' " 

Reverse : "Erected by Citizens of Danvers, on the 60th Anniversary, 1835." 


now in the town of Thompson. Quotations from the church records 
say that "Comfort Starr and others worked on the new meeting- 
house; that Jan. 28, 1730, was kept a day of fasting and prayer to 
humble ourselves before God for our past trespasses and to implore 
the devine on us and all our concerns — more especially on the 
solemn transactions that are before us" — the formation of a church. 
Mr. Starr was a signer to the covenant. He was a prominent man 
in town and church. In sealed instruments he is styled "husband- 
man." A fine, curious desk, which belonged to him, and perhaps to 
his grandfather, and many of his deeds are still extant. Mrs. Sarah 
Knapp of Killingly became his second wife 8 Nov., 1768. 

1 Starr children: Comfort"-, Isaac, Elizabeth, Isaac, Frances, 
Joseph, Sally, Ebenezer". See Starr History. 

2 Comfort^ was born in Thompson, Ct., 10 Aug., 1731, and died 
in Guilford, Vt., 30 Nov., 1812, at the great age of eighty-one years. 
He married in or about 1754 Judith Cooper of Thompson, who was 
admitted to the church there 26 June, 1768, and had her children 
baptised there, except the youngest. She died 15 Sept., 1815. His 
farm in Thompson he sold, intending to remove and purchase 
another elsewhere, but his Continental money received in payment 
for his farm so depreciated on his hands that it was almost worth- 
less. Nothing daunted, however, he planned and executed an ad- 
venture into Vermont, where in 1773 he commanded a company that 
marched into Westminster, to disperse an English court there in 
session. April 17, 1777, he bought, for ;^330, a tract of land in 
Guilford, Windham County, and settled there in 1780, thus becom- 
ing the founder of the V^ermont branch of the Starr family. He 
was a captain in the militia. Parley Starr, "the veteran banker" of 
Brattleboro, is a descendant of that branch. Comfort's children : 
Parley, Sarah, Abigail, Comfort, Judith, Mary, Timothy, Martha^ 

3 Ebenezer' was born 24, baptised 28, Feb., 1741-2, in Thomp- 
son, Ct. He was a Quaker, a farmer, a tavern keeper, near the 
State line, on the main road from Thompson to Douglass, Mass.; he 
weighed 325 lbs., and was accidentally struck in the abdomen by a 
neighbor, 13 Oct., 1804, death resulting almost instantly. He 
married, first, 21 Dec, 1767, Sarah Porter of Killingly, and, second, 
18 F^eb., 1773, Mary Stevens, who was daughter of RolDert and 
Mary, and died 8 Oct., 1823, aged seventy-two years, five months, 
twenty days. Ebenezer had ten children, one of whom became a 
widow with two daughters. The widow was interviewed by a wid- 
ower with two sons, and ultimately the three men married the three 

4 Martha" was born 28 May, baptised 11 Aug., 1776, and died 9 
Oct., 1839. She married 3 Dec, 1795, Asahel Ballou, who was born 
to Benjamin, of Richmond, N. H., 18 Jan., 1771, and died 20 March, 
1851, a farmer, at West Halifax, Vt. She was the mother of nine 
children — twins twice, of which one died young — three farmers, two 
lawyers, and three Universalist ministers, one of whom was Rev. 
Hosea Ballou, D. D., the celebrated clergyman, "the founder of Uni- 
versalism in this country," and the first president of Tufts College. 
He was born 18 Oct., 1796, and died in Medford, 27 May, 1861. 



ALICE PERLEY was born 2 June, 1710, and died about 1749. 
Her uncle Jeremiah Perley was appointed her guardian 29 Dec, 
1729-80. She married, hrst, 14 July, 1781, Thomas Foster, who was 
born in Boxford to Samuel and Mary-Macoon Foster, 22 — Foster 
Genealogy, 28 — May, 170S, and died probably in 1788, since she 
married, second, 11 Oct., 1784, Benjamin Rogers, who was baptised 
24 Oct., 1714, and died 28 March, 1761. His parents were Rev. 
John and Susannah-Marston Rogers, who was the second minister 
of Boxford, and lineal descendant of the Smithfield martyr. The 
parsonage, built in 1702 for the first minister. Rev. Thomas 
Symmes, and occupied from 1708, by Benjamin's father, became 
Benjamin's home. It stood on the site of the present Holyoke barn. 

1 Foster and Rogers children: John'-, Perley-, Sarah", SamueP, 
Eunice'-, Lucy-, John-, Benjamin'-, Alice-. 

2 John^ was baptised in July, 1732, and a soldier in the Revolu- 
tion; Perley' was born 11 Aug., 1785; Sarah^ was born 29 Nov., 
1786; SamueP was born 11 July, 1788; Eunice' was born 26 Sept., 
1739; Lucy' was baptised 1 March, 1741; John' was baptised 11 
April, 1742; Benjamin' was baptised 5 Aug., 1744; Alice' was bap- 
tised 22 Nov., 1747. — The First Church records, Boxford: Lucy 
Rogers, an adult, baptised 19 Oct., 1766. 

[Mr. Rogers married again 26 March, 1751, Lois Perve, and had 
issue: Asa, baptised 28 July, 1754, and Lydia baptised 2 Oct., 1757. 
His widow Lois married 11 Dec, 1761, Ephraim Houghton.] 



SUSANNAH PERLEY was born 19 Nov., 1697, and died 12 
July, 1778. She married 15 Nov., 1715, Samuel Stickney, who was 
born to John and Hannah-Brocklebank Stickney of Rowley, 26 
March, 1790, and died 8 Nov., 1760. He settled in Rowley, was a 
weaver by trade and probably was employed in the Pearson fulling 
mill and clothier's works, in Byfield Parish. 

1 Stickney children : Samuel'-, Sarah"-^, Lydia^ Moses'', William'', 
Elizabeth'-, Daniel'^ Elizabeth'-, and twins'", David and Jonathan. — 
See Stickney Genealogy. 

2 Samuel' was born 25 July, 1716; died in 1776; was a farmer, 
served in the F"rench War from 1748 to 1759, in Canada and at 
Lake George; never married. Sarah' was born 81 March, 1719; 
married James Dickinson, 5 March, 1740. Lydia' was born 27 May, 
1721; married Thomas Smith 3 April, 1750. Elizabeth^ was born 



He mar- 

22 March and died 28 April, 1729. Elizabeth' was born 4 April, 
1733; married John Stickney 9 March, 1751. The twins' were 
born 25 Sept., 1736. 

3 Moses' was born 8 Sept., 1723, and died 5 Nov., 1797. He 
married — published.? — 25 June, 1757, Sarah Graves, who died 3 Oct., 
1823, aged ninety-three years. His home was in Rowley; occupa- 
tion, cordwainer; and was town treasurer in 1773. Issue: Josiah 
and Hannah. 

4 William' was born 27 Aug., 172(3, and died in 1808. 
ried 13 Feb., 1743, Mary Sawyer, daughter 
of Benjamin, of Newbury. He lived in Row- 
ley, Byfield Parish, and was known as Cap- 
tain. He was father of nine children, one of 
whom, Lucy, born 25 March, 1750, married 
6 Feb., 177t), Moses Tenney of Rowley, 
whose son Moses, born 1777, was, by wife 
Hannah Whitaker, father of Hon. Moses 
Tenney of Georgetown, who was born 18 
June, 1808, married Mary Ann Northend of 
Newbury, (5 April, 1830, became State sen- 
ator, and for many years the State treasurer 
of Massachusetts, and died at the great age 
of ninety-four years, six months and twenty 
days, 7 Jan., 1903. 

5 Daniel' was born 5 April, 1730. He 
married 11 March, 1755, Sarah Gould, who 
died 18 March, 1813, aged seventy-six years, 
ary pensioner. They lived in Byfield, and in Hopkinton, N. H., 
from 1767 till they removed to Enfield, where they died. Issue: 
Eight children, of whom is William Wier Stickney of Exeter, a 
graduate of Dartmouth College, a lawyer in Concord and Exeter, a 
General Court Representative four years, a United States District 
Attorney four years, and Rockingham County Judge of Probate from 
June, 1857. 


He was a Revolution- 



DAVID PERLEY was born in Rowley 25 Oct., 1702, was bap- 
tised at Topsfield 11 July, 1714, and died 1 Sept., 1787, aged eighty- 
four years. He married, first, 18 June, 1729, Elizabeth Jewett, who 
was born to John and Elizabeth-Raynor Jewett of Rowley, in 1708, 
and died 4 May, 1768.* He married, second, 22 Sept., 1768, 
Lummus of Ipswich, who survived him and died childless in 
1803. She lived as provided for by the will of her husband, 
will, which is signed with "her mark", is dated 14 May, 1801, 
bequeathed property to Lydia, wife of Isaac Burpee, and to 
wife of Jonathan P'oster, whom she ordained sole executor. 






* Perley Derby says he married Elizabeth, daughter of Maximilian and Sarah Jewett, born 
3 March,1701-2. 



instrument, witnessed by Francis Pingrey, Aaron Howe and Jacob 
Perley, was proved 7 June, I8O0, and is recorded in Essex Registry, 

Mr. Perley lived where his father had, a few rods west of the 
present residence of David Eri Perley-221, and cultivated the paren- 
tal estate. He was some seven miles from the official center of the 
town, and so was not burdened with official trust, yet he was a man 
.honest, discreet, and able for all its requirements. He was tithing 
man, 1787 and 1750; surveyor of highways, 1757; was sergeant in 
Capt. Thurston's company before 1749, and bore the title long after- 
wards. He was one of the original signers to the covenant at the 
formation of the Linebrook church, 15 Nov., 1749. He was chosen 
a Ruling Elder in the church, 175G, but declined to 'serve, believing 
the office to exist only in the pastor. 

His will was dated 12 June, 1779, and provided for his widow year- 
ly, so long as she shall remain single, the east end of his house, eight 
cords of good wood, sawed and split for the fire, two barrels of cider, 
and as many apples as she wants to use, "if the orchard shall pro- 
duce so much," one gallon of rum, six quarts of molasses, six lbs. of 
sugar, six lbs. of tallow, one gallon of lamp oil, six lbs. of good 
sheep's wool and six lbs. of good flax. Besides other devises his 
grandson Samuel Perley had land bought of Nathaniel Brocklebank, 
eight acres lying west of his barn, and about six and a half acres 
elsewhere. His son John had the homestead, and was the executor. 
— Probate registry, 591 : 115. The will was proved 1 Oct., 1787; 
his estate was appraised by Jeremiah Searl, F"rancis Pingry and 
Daniel Dresser, 1(> Oct., 17S7, at ^542 18s. The inventory men- 
tions two oxen, four cows, four young cattle, two spring calves, 
one horse, fourteen sheep, two young steers, one swine, and a pew 
in the Linebrook church. 

1 Perley children: P21izabeth'-, Elizabeth'-, John'-, John-4S, Abi- 
gail-49, Sarah'-, Mary-50, Ruth-51. 

2 P:iizabeth', born 25 May, 1780, died 11 Jan., 1781-2. The 
second P^lizabeth', born 18 Oct., 1782, died 24 Jan., 1736-7, probably 
of a disease of the throat which prevailed among children at that 
time with awful fatality-20, and of which probably John^, born 25 
Nov., 1785, died 29 Jan., 1786-7. SarahS born 27 May, 1742, died 
in Rowley, 2S Jan., 1749-50. [Mr. Derby says there was another 
Elizabeth born 6 July, 1781, and died H Jan., 1782-3, aged 18 mos.] 



PATIENCE PERLEY was born 20 March, 1704-5, and died 20 
May, 1777, having lived seventy-two years, and nearly twenty-five 
of them a widow. She married 17 April, 1735, Jeremiah Harriman, 
who was born to Jonathan and Margaret-Wood Harriman of Row- 
ley, 22 Sept., 1709, and died 80 Jan., 1753, though the Rowley rec- 
ords say his age was forty at death. Rowley was his home. His 


will is dated 3 Aug., 1749, was proved 29 March, 1758, witnessed by 
Thomas Wood, Stephen Bennett and Samuel Harriman, named his 
wife executrix and is signed by "his mark": +. His property val- 
uation was ;^8l 6s. lOd. 

1 Harriman children: Lucy-, Jonathan-', Jeremiah'^ William'-, a 

'1 Lucy' was born in 17:)() and died 2.5 Feb., 1755, aged eighteen 
and one-half years. Jonathan' was baptised 27 Nov., 1787. Wil- 
liam' was baptised 9 Jan., 1742-8. A son was born 21, and died 29, 
Sept., 1745. 

8 Jeremiah' was born 25, and baptised 27, July, 174U. He 
married, first, 1 Aug., 17^9, ;\nna Poor, who was born to Daniel 
and Edna Poor, 7 Feb., 174()-7, and died about 17SS, the mother of 
six children, born in Rowley. His second wife, published 5 P"eb., 
1792, was Miss Sarah Dole of Rowley. His home was in Rowley, 
till about 1790, when he removed to Boxford, where, a coincidence 
very uncommon, he and his wife died on the same day, 25 F"eb., 
1824. Lssue: Lucy, born 25 May, 1770, and died in Boxford, un- 
married, 14 June, 1881. Polly, born Is Jan., 1778. Betty, born 
1776, died in Rowley 9 July, 177s. Jeremiah^ Daniel'. Anne 
Poor, born 9 l^'eb., 17S7. Betse)% born in Boxford 2 Feb., 1798, 

4 Jeremiah' was born 81 March, 17S0, married — published 25 
May, lSl(j — Betsey Johnson of Andover, and had issue: David 
Poor, born in Boxford, 1S17. 

5 Daniel' was born 29 Jan., 17S8. He married Jane Dole of Me- 
thuen, 17 Oct., 171H. They lived in Boxford on the farm lately 
occupied by his son, and died there of dropsy, 14 June, 1S68, aged 
eighty years. He was a farmer, and at the same time for several 
years an undertaker. Issue: Daniel Francis, born 1S22. 



JONATHAN PERLEY was born 29 Jan., 1710-11. and died 
9 March, 1755. His first wife, published 2 Dec, 1782, was Mercy 
Robbins, daughter of George and Margaret-Wood Robbins of Ips- 
wich, baptised 81 Nov., 1718. She dying, he married, second, — pub- 
lished 11 May, 1749 — Mary Dwinnell, who was born 28 F'eb., 1724-5, 
in Topsfield, to Joseph and Prudence Dwinnell, who were later of 
Ipswich. He dying, she married, 7 Dec, 175(5, John Grant, born to 
Benjamin and Anne-Perkins Grant of Ipswich, where John was 
baptised 28 Feb., 1723-4. The Grant house stood on land of Na- 
thaniel Day, Jr., on the south side of a swamp that separated his 
home from Perley's, and about equi-distant from the present Tops- 
field road skirting the east end of Baker's, Pritchard's, Great, or as 
now, Hood's Pond. Day sold the premises, 28 Jan., 1779, "except- 
ing a small dwelling house standing thereon occupied by John 
Grant, which he is to have liberty to remove." Later it stood on 
what has since been known as "Grant's Hill," on the west side of 



the same road nearer the pond and a few rods from Perley's, and its 
site is now occupied by a yellow oak tree about three feet in circum- 
ference. The three cellars are clearly visible. 

A child of John Grant died 10 Feb., 1758. Mrs. Grant's sad 
death occurred on "Sunday, 18 May, 1758." John Perley-92 gave 
the writer the following tradition of the fatality, which occurred 
about ten years before he was born. Mrs. Grant was poverty-stricken 
and pressed with hunger: she went a-fishing on the Lord's day for 
food. She used an old row-boat that was kept for fishing, one end 
of which was packed with sods to keep the water out, and by some 
ill management of the boat, she was drowned. The people, how- 
ever, regarded it as a judgment of God upon her for her desecra- 
tion of the day. May 13, 1758, however, was Saturday: Be it 
remembered, moreover, that Sunday, at that period, began at sun- 
set Saturday. 

Mr. Perley's church society was in Topsfield. He died intestate, 
and administration was granted his widow Mary, 5 May, 1755. The 
amount of the inventory was £&2 lis. lOd.; his dwelling house was 
valued at ;^15. James Dwinnell was appointed guardian of his 
children, both by his second wife, 20 May, 1758. 

1 Perley children : Elizabeth", Mary'-. 

2 Elizabeth' was baptised 14 June, 1752, and Mary' was born 17 
Sept., 1754, and — published 8 Dec, 1774 — married John Dunham of 



SAMUEL PERLEY was born in Linebrook Parish, Ipswich, 
1 1 March, 1712-8, died there, in the prime of life, 10 April, 1753. 
He was a lad of twelve years when his father died, and 28 July, 1725, 
his mother was appointed his guardian. He married — published 10 
Jan., 1740-1 — Ruth How, who was born to Abraham and Hephzibah- 
Andrew How-11', of his native parish, 19 April, 1722. He was ad- 
mitted to the Linebrook church 28 June, 1754. His dwelling, built 
by his grandfather, stood on the knoll, where the cellar is still visi- 
ble, just east of Howe brook, in Linebrook. ( See next page. 

Mr. Perley, "being very sick," 
made his will three days before 
\is death. It was proved 14 May, 
1 758; his "dearly beloved wife'" 
was named executrix; and it was witnessed by Jonathan Perley 
Grace Dunnels, and Mark How. He bequeathed to each of his 
daughters, Ruth and Martha, ;^40. 

The inventory made by John Abbott, Jonathan Perley and 
Thomas Perley, values his buildings and land lying in Ipswich — 240 
acres — at ^770, and enumerates among other things "too numerous 
to mention," seventeen sheep, eleven lambs, one mare, two yoke of 

— — ^ ^ ^ _.^ _ , 


oxen, two cows and calves, five cows, two heifers, three yearhngs, 
four hogs, three pigs, and one colt, and amounts to ^^1378. 

1 Perley children: Samuel-5'2, John-oH, Nathaniel-54, Ruth-55, 
Abraham'-, Martha''. 

2 Abraham' was born 24 Dec, 1749. He was a physician in New 
Gloucester, Me., where 20 Aug., 1775, he made his will and devised 
to Samuel Perley, Jr., of Seabrook, all his property, some of which 
was land in New Gloucester which he bought of Deacon Daniel Mer- 


rill. Rev. Samuel Perley was executor, and Jacob (ireen and Samuel 
Perley were witnesses to the will, which was proved 29 May, 177(5. 
He died of consumption, j^robably at his brother's, in Seabrook. 

8 Martha' was born 80 Jan., M^rl, married Samuel Porter of 
Ipswich, when she was living in Rowley, 27 Nov., 1770, and had 
Sallie, born 1771 ; Betsey, born in Chester, N. H., and died 10 July, 
1749; Samuel, who died young; Nehemiah, born in Bradford, 18 
Sept., 1775, and died 27 Aug., 1858; Polly, born in Chester, 1784, 
and died 8 April, 18(i7; Hannah, born about 1787, and died 18f)7; 
John, born in Chester, 12 Feb., 1784, and died 1872. 



MARY PERLEY was born IH May, l(i97, and died 2(i March, 
1738." She married — published l(i Nov., 1717 — John Baker of Ip.s- 
wich, who was born « Jan., lt)90. The Boston News-Letter of 8 
Aug., 1784, thus records his death : "Ipswich, Aug. 1, — This day 
died John leaker, Esq., in the 44th year of his age: He was one of 
His Maj^ Justices of the Peace for the County of Essex: His de- 
scent was Honorable, a son of Capt. Thomas Baker of Topsfield, by 
a daughter of the late hon. Samuel Symonds, Esq., Dept. Gov. of 
Mass. He left a widow with four small children and a considerable 
estate for their support." His estate was valued at ^3900. The 


following inscription is well preserved in Ipswich High street cem- 
etery : 






26, 1788 AGED 





oF lOHN BAKER Esq^" 

WHO DIED Aug. y« 

1 1734 AGED 44 


1 Baker children: John'-, Mary'', Samuel-, Anna', Thomas-, 

2 John' was baptised 5 Feb., 1720; Samuel', 4 Sept., 1720; 
Anna', 10 Nov., 172S, and died 17 May, 1729, aged S months; 
Thomas', 5 July, 1780, and died \X Jan., 1780-1 ; Thomas', 10 Dec, 

8 Mary' was baptised 6 Dec., 1724, married — published 25 Nov., 
1748 — John Boardman, 3d, son of John and Abigail, baptised, (5 
May, 1722, and had Mary^ 

4 Mary'^ was baptised 17 Feb., 1744, married 28 March or 11 June, 
1705, Col. Robert Dodge, born in Beverl}-, 20 Sept., 1748, and died 
in Hamilton 15 June, 1828. Mrs. Dodge died 18 or 21 Feb., 1824. 
They had Perley, who died of lock-jaw, at the age of fourteen years 
29 May, 1799, and Allen, who married Mary Burroughs, daughter of 
Thomas, and had Mary Perley'. 

5 Mary Perley* was born in Georgetown, D. C, 18 (Newbury- 
port record reads 4 ) Sept., 1799, married 29 Nov., 1819, Benjamin 
Poore, who was born 28 Sept., 1797, to Dr. Daniel Noyes and Lydia- 
Noyes Poore of West Newbury. His home was the "Indian Hill 
Farm." He was lost at sea 28 July, 1858. She died at "Indian 
Hill," 20 or 28 Aug., 1801, aged sixty-two. Issue: Benjamin Per- 
ley*', Mary Louise, Pollen Judith, W^alter Scott, who was born 1 1 
Aug., 1835, and died in San Francisco, Cal., 25 Dec, 1870. 

[Indian hill is reputed to be the scene of the last Indian raid on 
the white people in Massachusetts, a stone house, still standing 
when the writer last visited the place, having been the haven of 
refuge of the people during the attack.] 

Ben: Perley', as he always wrote it, was born 2 Nov., 1820, 
and married 12 June, 1849, his cousin, Virginia Dodge, born 10 Jan., 
1820, to Francis and Mary-Thompson Dodge. Their country home 
was the "Indian-Hill P^arm," devised to him by his grandparents 
and grandaunts. She died in Washington, D. C., 10 March, 1894. 
He was a journalist and a litterateur; he died in Washington, 29 
May, 1887; both are buried in West Newbury. Issue: Emily, and 



Alice, who married Frederic E. Mosely, Secretary of the Inter- 
State Commerce Commission, Washington. 

The Ben: Perley Poore house at West Newbury, pictured below, 
is presented through the courtesy of the Boston Globe. 



HEPHZIBAH PER LEY was born 14 Aug., 1()91». She mar- 
ried S Nov., I7'i8, Thomas Redington, who was born 1 April, 1(194, 
to Thomas and May-Kimball Redington of Boxford. He lived in 
the paternal mansion, which is now Hotel Redington. She was ad- 
mitted to the First Church .'} May, 1725; he, 7 Jan., 17'27-S. He was 
chosen deacon 12 Dec, 1784, and exercised the office till i7.'>9, when 
Rev. Eliezer Holyoke succeeded to the pastorate, vacated in an un- 
pleasant manner by Rev. John Rogers. We do not know the date 
of the death of either. (777' f/f -x -7f— 

Here are the signatures of Heph- ^-'^ -^^.X^ t-vx.^/6^ 

zibah and her husband Thomas when %^{^t^aA {^'^ i^f^^2,y^ 
they quit-claimed their interest in the / ^/^ 

property of their aunt, Mary-Osgood Aslebee of Salem, 2 April, 1745. 

1 Redington children: Mary', Sarah'*, Thomas'-, Abraham'''', Benja- 
min'-, Isaac'-', Elijah'-, Thomas'-, Hephzibah'-, 

2 Thomas^ was born 27 May, 1727, and died young. Benjamin' 
was born 29 Aug., 1780; Isaac', 8 June, 1782; Thomas', 8 May, 
1736; Hephzibah^ 8 Nov., 1787. Elijah^ was baptised 8 Nov., 1787. 

8 Mary' was born 16 Aug., 1724. She married 24 June, 1746, 
Benjamin Goodridge of Boxford. She joined the First Church, 6 
March, 1774; he, 8 April following. Goodridge issue: Benjamin, 
born 9 July, 1746, lived in East Boxford and had by wife Hannah, 
Elizabeth and Alpheus,who were baptised 8 Dec, 177(5; Allen, born 
13 Jan., 1748-9; Levi, born 15 Feb., 1750, married 28 Nov., 1773, 
Mary Hale, born 22 May, 1754, to Joseph and Sarah-Jackson Hale 
of Boxford, had son Levi, baptised in First Church, 25 Dec, 1774, 
and lived in Boxford till about 1792, then in Westminster, Vt. ; 
Asahel, born 19 June, 1758; Hephzibah, born 4 July, 1755, married 
21 Oct., 1779, Timothy Perkins, Jr., of Middleton. Hannah, bap-, 
tised 31 March, 1765. 

4 Sarah^ was born 18 Oct., 1725. She married Capt. Jonathan 
Wood, son of Dr. David and Mary Wood of Boxford, baptised in the 
P'irst Church 11 Dec, 1748. He joined the same church 8 June, 
1766; his wife 6 Sept., 1767. Wood issue: David, born 18 Nov., 
1748 — Jonathan — Eliphalet, baptised 9 June, 1754 — Sarah, born 27 
Aug., 1757 — P2noch-4()^ — Abner, born 12 Dec, 1761 — Mary, born 29 
Sept., 1764, married 9 Dec, 1787, Parker Spofford — Lucy, born 80 
May, 17(>6. 

5 Abraham^ was born 10 P^eb., 1728, and died in 1805. He mar- 
ried, 9 Aug., 1757, Sarah Kimball, born to Aaron and Sarah-Wood 
Kimball of Boxford, 8 Dec, 1736. She joined the First Church 13 
Dec, 1761; he, 24 Jan., 1762. Redington children were the first 
settlers of Vassalboro and Waterville, Me., to which latter place 
they removed in 1771. Redington issue, born in Boxford: Thomas, 


born oO Oct., 175!^, died in Waterville, 1840 — Sarah, born 9 March, 
1760 — Asa, born 22 Dec, 1761 — Aaron, born 6 April, 1765, died in 
the Revolution — Samuel' — Cloe, born 11 I\Iay, 1767 — Hephzibah, 
born 19 Dec, 1769. 

6 Jonathan^ was born 14 Sept., 1751, and died 8 Jan., 1797, aged 
forty-five years. He married, first, published 7 Nov., 1778, Sarah 
Spofford of Rowley; second, published 13 Dec, 1786, Abigail Hale 
of Brookfield. They covenanted with the First Church o July, 
1791, where he became deacon. His widow's second husband was 
Deacon Parker Spofford of Boxford. Issue: William Hale, born 
1789 — Abigail, born 1790 — Sarah Redington, born 1792 — David and 
Jonathan (twins) born 1794 — Enoch, born 1797. 

7 Samuel'' was born (> April, 1765. He was for many years an 
efificient member of the Massachusetts and Maine Legislatures. He 
died in Hampden, Me. His son was Adjutant-General of the State 
and mayor of Augusta. His nephew, Judge Asa Redington, was 
law reporter for the State. 


LlNliAL 1>1:S(1:NT-ALLAX-1, T1I()MAS-4, TilO.MAS-lt;. 

THOMAS PP:RLEY was born in East Boxford, at the late 
residence of Isaac Hale4, 22 Feb., 1704-5, and died 28 Sept., 1795, 
at the age of ninety years. He married, in Boxford, 20 Sept., 1781, 
Eunice Putnam-16'*, his step-sister, daughter of Joseph and Eliza- 
beth-Porter Putnam of Danvers, and sister to Gen. Israel Put- 
nam-1 6'', of Revolutionary fame. She was born 18 April, 1710, and 
died 2 I'^eb., 1787, at the age of sevent3^-six years. Both rest in the 
Harmony Cemetery in ICast Boxford. 

At the age of sixteen, Mr. Perley and his cousin l^'rancis i'crley 
joined with a number of young men in petitioning the town for the 
right to build and occupy a pew in the church. This petition was 
granted at once. Most of these, we know not but all, matured in 
steady manhood and were men of integrity and lovers of virtue. 
Thus as Milton wrote: 

"The .childhood shows tlie man 
As morning shows the day." 

In 1745, by virtue of his father's will, he inherited that extensive 
tract of arable, wood and pasture land in l{!ast Boxford now known 
as the Cleaveland farm. ()n this land he built his dwelling house. 
This, in 1818, was removed a few rods to the northwest, to allow 
upon its site the present Cleaveland mansion, and is now standing, 
in green old age, small and antiquated in style but of considerable 
historic interest. In this house may now be seen the buffet of 
ye olden time, which the modern sideboard has superseded, and in 
which used to be arranged in tasteful order the immaculate -pewter 
or the china table-ware, while the circular projection of one shelf 
displayed a wine-set, serviceable when the parson called or other 
important guest. Here Gen. Putnam-16^ used to visit his sister; 



here is the best room where the General sat to chat and the cham- 
ber where he sought repose. Mr. Perley's youngest son Aaron in- 
herited the estate, and it has since been in the family. 

Ostentation found no home in Mr. Perley's character; the glitter 
of military parade was no temptation to him, nor the honor of 
military station. He was a man of acknowledged integrity and 
solid virtue, so we find him retained in active public life and 
engaged in official trust, requiring men of wide experience, known 
discretion, real ability, sound judgment and clear-cut decision, 
even after man's allotted time of three score years and ten. 
His whole life was a life of public service ; he knew the duties of 
every town ollficer by heart, and served on almost numberless com- 
mittees. He was chosen March 
16, 1764, one of a committee of 
five to divide the town into dis- 
tricts for schools; the next year 
he was one of a larger committee ^i_ 
for the same purpose. He was ^^^^r 
one of the ablest patriots of the 
town prior to and during the Rev- •^c^ , 
olution. At a town meeting, 21 ^(v!^^ 
Jan., 1773, called "to take under 
consideration the many unconsti- 
tutional innovations and infringe- 
ments made and making on our 
rights and privileges which we 
think calls aloud on us publicly 
to assert our violated rights," etc., 
Mr. Perley was chosen one of a 
committee of five for the purpose. 
In November, 1776, the town 
chose him one of a committee of 
seven for paying the soldiers, etc. 
The same year he was one of Box- 
ford's "committee of safety and 
correspondence" to act in con- 
junction with similar committees 
throughout the province. At the 
town meeting where were passed 
and recorded resolutions as patri- 
otic- and incisive as in any section 
of the country, Mr. Perley presided ; and at the age of seventy-six, ripe 
with the fruit of experience, he was chosen the delegate of the town 
to the convention of delegates from the cities and towns through- 
out the province to consider the adoption of the Constitution of the 
United States of America. This was the last office to which he 
was called, and the crowning service of his public life. 

We must not forget, however, to record his lesser services : 
was moderator of town meetings in 1755, 1759 to 1761, 1763, 
1766, 1768, 1770, 1772 and 1773; was fence viewer in 1738; 
reeve in 1739; constable in 1744; tithing man in 1763; warden m 
1765; surveyor of highways in 1742, 1743, 1746 and 1756; select- 





man and assessor in 1747,^1754, 1757, 1760, 1761 and 17(56; town 
clerk from 1752 to 1757, inclusive; and town treasurer from 1742 to 
1751, inclusive; and, with all this burden of public trust, he found 
time for his extensive agricultural duties. 

His family worshiped with the First Church, to which he and his 
wife were admitted members 80 July, 17oS, a blessed union of quite 
half a century. • 

Mr. Perley quit-claimed his rights to ^/^crmef^ 
the property of his aunt, Mary-Osgood 
Aslebee of Salem, 2 April, 1745, his signature being here reproduced. 

He made his will 24 Aug., 17<'<9; it names his son Aaron as 
executor, is witnessed by William Dennis, Daniel Noyes and John 
O. Noyes, and was proved ;5 Nov., 1795. It devises to his son 
Aaron the homestead, provides for his daughter Rebecca, be- 
queathes to his son Oliver eighty Spanish milled dollars; to the 
children of his daughter Huldah a quarter part of the household fur- 
niture, and other things to be equally divided ; and to Aaron — Al- 
len .'' — son of his son Oliver, a sum of money, if he shall live with his 
Uncle Aaron Perley during his minority. 

1 Perley children : Huldah-5G, Rebecca-, Israel-57, Mary-5S, Oli- 
ver-59, Thomas-«)0, Knoch-tU, Aaron-02. 

2 Rebecca' was born 12 Jan., l7:)o-4, and lived in her father's 
family till his death. He bequeathed her the use of the west lower 
room and the garret over it, the privilege to bake and wash in the 
back room, to use the fourth part of the cellar, to keep a pig, to use 
the well and yard, so long as .she should remain unmarried. He 
gave her two cows and six sheep, she and his executor to choose 
them alternately, hers to be the first choice, and also a quarter part 
of the household furniture and provisions. Thus she lived with her 
brother Aaron, attained the age of seventy-nine years, dying un- 
married 22 Aug., IS1:5. Her will was proved 7 December following. 



RP:BECCA PP:RLP:Y was born 29 Oct., 1710, and died in 
1790. She married U Feb., 1728-9, Hon. Symond Epes, Esq., in 
Ipswich, officiating, David Putnam-K)-", her step-brother, who died 
in 1769. They succeeded to his father's estate in Dan vers. 

The 2«» of April, 1745, Rebecca and ^_^.^ 

her husband David quit-claimed all (^Z^tos^^ \Pi c^^'^^ 
their rights to the property of their 

aunt, Mary-Osgood Aslebee of Salem, X^fait fi^CfriM. 
their signatures being as here shown. -A/* '^ *- 

1 Putnam children: William', Lucy^ Allen', Mehitable'', Joseph'", 
Israel", Eunice**, David", Jessed 

2 Allen' was born in 1782 and died in 1789; David' was born in 
1746 and died in 176(J. 

8 William' was born in 1729. He married, in 1752, PHizabeth 


Putnam of Sterling, his home, where he died in 1807. Issue: Re- 
becca, born 22 April, 1753 — Andrew, born 2 April, 1755 — William, 
born 15 March, 1757 — Elizabeth, born 25 March, 1764. 

4 Lucy^ was born in 1731; She married Maj. Ezra Putnam of 
Middleton. They removed to Marietta, O., in 1790. She was liv- 
ing in 1809. Issue, seven: David, Nehemiah, Ezra and John, both 
killed by Indians in 1791 or 2, in Ohio; and these of Middleton, 
Mrs. Small, Mrs. F'uller, and Mrs. Hatchelder. 

5 Mehitable^ married Edward Sparhawk, a graduate of Harvard 
College, in the class of 1753. They lived in Lynnfield — no issue. 

6 Joseph^ was born in 1739, and died in 1818. His first wife, 
married 1770, was Ruth Plint of Middleton; his second wife, wid- 
ow of Deacon Daniel Putnam of Dan vers. Issue: David, who died 
young — Ruth, who married Daniel Nourse and lived in Danvers — 
David, who died young — Parmelia, who married an Upton and 
removed to Bradford, N. H. — Jesse, who married Elizabeth Merriam 
of Middleton, now living (March, 1880, )in her ninety-fifth year. 

7 IsraeP was born in 1742, and died in 1825. He married in 
1771, Sarah Epes, who died in 1784; he married in 1785, Emma- 
Goodale Prime, who was widow of Ezra Prime and died in 1831. 
He lived where his father had lived. Issue: Allen, born 1772, died 
1793-Daniel, born 1774, died 1854, had child, Susan, now living ( 1880) 
where Gen. Putnam was born — Israel, born 1770, died 1795 — Sally, 
born 1779, died 1811— Betsey, born 1782, died 18U2. 

8 Eunice^ was born 29 March, 1751, and died 20 Nov., 1840, at 
the great age of ninety-five years, seven months and twenty-seven 
days. She married in Middleton, in Sept., 1771, Nathaniel Rich- 
ardson, born to Joshua and Eunice-Jennison Richardson, 20 March, 
1742, and was killed by an accident while moving a building, 25 
Jan., 1796, aged fifty-three years. He lived in Salem and was a 
merchant and a tanner. Issue: Nathaniel, Joshua, Jesse, Eunice, 
Israel, William Putnam^", and Betsey. 

9 Jesse^ was born in 1754 and died in 1839. He married in 
1770 Susanna Thatcher of Boston, who died in 1839. They lived in 
Boston and their only child, Catharine, was born in 1777, and died 
in Peterboro, N. H., in 1802. 

10 William Putnam^ was born 5 May, 1785, and died 5 Dec, 
1826. He married 6 Aug., 1807, Deborah Lang, born to Edward 
and Rachel- Ward Lang, and died 4 March, 1845. He was a sea 
captain and afterwards a merchant. Issue: Ellen Octavia, Sarah 
Lang, Augustus Ilsley, William Putnam (M. D.), Edward Symmes 
Lang, Eliza Anne, Charles PVederic, Caroline Sovina, and Nathan- 
iel Putnam. 



ASA PERLEY was born in East Boxford upon the farm of the 
late Isaac Hale-4, 10 Oct., 1716, and died 10 April, 1806. He mar- 
ried, first, 1 Jan., 1737-8, Susannah Low, born to Samuel, in Essex, 


1 Jan., 1719, and died in Boxford, 15 Jan., 1762. He married, sec- 
ond, 12 Aug., 17H2, Apphia Porter, widow of John, of Danvers, 
born 15 July, UKi, and died 2S Dec, 17SU. He married, third, wid- 
ow Ruth-Heard Kimball of Boxford, ,S Dec., — published 10 Nov. — 
17S1. She was born 10 March, 1722, and died 24 April, 1806, sur- 
viving her husband but fourteen days. Her will is dated 15 April, 
1S06, was proved 6 May following, and witnessed by John Hood, 
Sarah Wood, and Thomas Perley. She made bequests to Mehitable, 
wife of Joseph Carleton ; to Ruth, wife of Daniel Davis; to Hannah 
Porter, widow, daughter of "my brother James Heard"; to Eu- 
nice-69', daughter of Henry Perley; to Parmelia-6S', daughter of 
Daniel Perley; to Henry Perley-69 and wife Mehitable; to Henry's 
son Samuel-142; to Maj. Asa's son Samuel; and she gave to Mary, 
widow of Timothy Kimball, her gold neck-lace, silver spoons, etc. 
Her son-in-law was named executor. Mr. Perley by devise pos- 
sessed his father's homestead and half of his real estate, which was 
extensive. His home had been his father's; he erected the present 
dwelling house, and his sons brought from the woods and set out in 
front of it., about 1761, a small elm which they could carry easily 
and which has become the second, perhaps the first, in size in the 
county, has given celebrity to the estate, and afforded a green and 
grateful shade to the laborer and traveler from summer's heat. 

He was little in public life till his oldest sons were able to carry 
on the farm. His civil service began with surveyor of highways in 
his own district, and he performed the duty in 1747, 1761 and 1766. 
He was field driver in 1751 ; constable in 1754; hogreeve in 1757. 
As a man of commanding address, he was moderator of town meet- 
ings in 17()5, 1766, 176S, 1771, 177;}, 1774, 1777, 1786 and 1788; was 
.selectman in 1758, 1764, 1767, 1769, 1771, 1774, 1777, 1778 and 1782 
— ten full years; and served on many committees of importance: a 
committee in 1770, to draft a paper for the signatures of his towns- 
men pledging themselves neither to purchase nor use tea or 
goods; in 1776 a committee of safety and also a committee on the 
payment of soldiers; in 1779 a committee to fix the prices of mer- 
chandise, produce, labor, etc.; in 1782 again a committee of corre- 
spondence and safety. In 1771, 1772, 1780 and 17''*>1, he represented 
the town in the General Court. In 1775, a year that "tried men's 
souls" he was a member of the Provincial Congress, and the assem- 
bly, June 1, 1775, "ordered that Dea. Fisher, Mr. Spaulding, Mr. 
Stickney, Mr. Partridge and Major Perley be a committee to consid- 
er the proposal of the reverend clergy, now in convention, to serve 
in rotation as chaplains in the army." 

His grandson Dr. Daniel-145 has the original of the following, 
which in this connection, though without mscription, explains itself: 

"Sir, Having received certain Intelligence of the Sailing of a 
Number of Troops to re-inforce The Army under General Gage, 
having "murdred sundry inhabitants", this with the industrious 
Preparations making in Boston for a speedy March into the Coun- 
try impresses us with the absolute Necessity of convening the 
Provincial Congress at Concord as soon as may be agreeable to a 
\^ote of Congress at their last Session. — You are therefore re- 


quested immediately to repair to Concord, as the closest Delibera- 
tion & the collected Wisdom of the People, at this alarming- Crisis 
are indispensably necessary for the Salvation of the Country. 
Concord April '20, 1775 Rich'^ Devens order 

The above is printed, except from the words " to " and the dates 
and signature at the bottom. 

He was prominent in the military; was commissioned a lieuten- 
ant of the company in his parish in 1757, was promoted to the cap- 
taincy in 1768, and was made major of his regiment near the close 
of 1774. He manifested a hearty co-operation in the struggle for in- 
dependence, in which seven of his sons served. 

His family worshiped in the First Church, where his wife Susan- 
nah became a member in November, 1740, and he 23 March, 1760, 
and where his children were baptised, save the last Allen, whose bap- 
tism is recorded in Second Church records. He resided some three 
miles from church, and the illustration in family 4 shows the eques- 
trian mode of making "a Sabbath-day's journey" in those primitive 

When Samuel Porter, a loyalist, left Salem for England in 1775, 
he left his papers with Mr. Blaney of Salem, among which was a 
bond for ;^20 19s., signed by Asa Perley. Major Perley paid ^10 
on the bond, 19 May, 1785. 

Dr. John Merriam of Topsfield attended him in his last sickness. 
His will is dated 28 April, 1792, was witnessed by Aaron Perley, 
Joseph Hale, Jr., and Thomas Perley, Jr., and proved 6 May, 1806. 
His son Samuel was sole executor, but he dying, Thomas Perley, 
Esq., was appointed administrator of both the estates. His second 
wife's daughters, Elizabeth and Anna, had what property she 
brought with her at marriage. 

Mr. Perley was another of those who quit-claimed all their rights 
to the property of their aunt, Mary-Osgood /o ^ ^ 

Aslebfee of Salem, his signature being as yr^"^ (Jl-^y\.*-€^ 
here shown. ' ^ 

1 Perley children: Dudley-(>8, Asa-64, Eliphalet", Susannah-65, 
Allen-, Eliphalet-6(J, Allen-67, Daniel-68, Henry-69, Samuel-70, 

2 Dr. Daniel Perley-145 said that eight of tlie children grew to 
manhood, and that seven served in the Revolutionary War. — Eli- 
phalet^ was born 27 Aug., 1742, and AUen^ 11 May, 1746; both died 
in infancy. 



LYDIA PERLEY was born 5 Oct., 1697. She married in 
Boxford 17 Jan., 1720, Peter Ayers, born 1 Oct., 1696, to Lt. 
Samuel and Elizabeth-Tuttle Ayers of Haverhill, where Peter was 
for many years a deacon. He married, second, in Haverhill 22 Jan., 


1750-1, Elizabeth Carleton. Mrs. (?) L. A. B. Hunter of Norfolk, 
Va., is (1903) a descendant of this Lydia. 

1 Ayers children : Jacob", Peter'-, Richard'^ Perley^ John'', Jo- 
seph-, Lydia'-. 

2 Jacob^ was born 20 Oct., 1721; Peter', 9 Oct., 1724; Joseph', 
9 Sept., 17:50; Lydia', 26 Dec, 1737. 

8 Richard' was born 28 Jan., 1726-7. He married 1-1 June, 1753, 
Martha Mitchell of Haverhill, who died 26 Sept., 1767. Their chil- 
dren, born in Haverhill: Abiah, 9 Jan., 1754, died 15 June, 1762; Pe- 
ter, 5 April, 1756; James, 5 Feb., 1760; Richard, 28 April, 1762; 
Abiah, 2 Feb., 1764; James, 1 Feb., 1766; Jonathan, 20 Sept., 1767. 

4 Perley' was born 80 Sept., 1732, and died April, 1781. He 
married, first, in Hav^erhill, 13 Nov., 17 — , Sarah Mitchell. He mar- 
ried, second, Lois Stevens of Haverhill, 26 Dec, 1776. Haverhill 
was his home ; tanning, his trade. The probate inventory of his 
estate aggregated ;^1000. He owned land in Haverhill, Methuen 
and Salem, N. PL His will is dated 27 March, 1781, was proved 7*"^ 
of the following month and specifies: — "Things brought by his first 
wife, things made in the house since she came ; things brought by 
his second wife, things made in the house since she came." His 
widow married Isaac Howe, who soon after commenced the manu- 
facture of hats at Ayers Village, near Scotland hill. Their nine 
children with the year-dates of their births are as follows : Joseph, 
1758, who inherited the homestead; Phineas, 1761; John, 1765; 
Hannah, 1768; Hezekiah, 1770; Perley; William; Lydia; Sarah. 

5 John' was born 27 P'eb., 1732, and died 8 Jan., 1786-7, during 
the prevalence of a terrible "pestilential distemper" of which, Rev. 
John Brown, minister then in the place, wrote, "over 200 children 
under ten years of age died, in Haverhill alone, between Jan. 1, 
173(), and Dec. 31, 1787." 



JACOB PERLEY was born in Boxford 19 Sept., 1700, and 
died in Nov., 1750. He married 28 May, 1729, Rev, John Rogers 
ofBciating, Sarah Mofse, born - March, 1708, to Benjamin and Su- 
sannah Morse of Newbury. Her mother died the 8'' day of that 
month, but Sarah's death is unknown to us. She was living in 

The house in which he lived he built about 1780, some half-mile 
east of Stevens' pond. East Boxford. It was known during its last 
days as the "Joe Killam house." It remained in the family till 
1768, when his son Benjamin bought out the other heirs and after- 
wards resided there. 

Jacob Perley, Jr., and his wife Sarah, of Boxford, sold to John 
Symonds of Boxford land in the new township, called Camp lot — 69 
acres, 25 Jan., 1788-4. — Registry, 8: 368. He also sold to John Ben- 
nett of Lancaster, for ;^30, half of his interest in the township 
granted to Jeremiah Perley and others, 4 May, 1738. — Registry, 10: 
427. [His cousin-uncle, Jeremiah Perley-10 of Boxford, gentleman, 


disposed of his interest in township No. 11, for volunteers under 
Capt. John Lovewell and Capt. John White, 10 June, 1736, for ^90 
in bills of credit, to Thomas Frink of Rutland, county Worcester. 
—Registry, 7 : 898.] 

Mr. Perley died intestate ; his widow Sarah was appointed ad- 
ministratrix, o Dec, 1750, and later guardian of John, Sarah, Jacob 
and Benjamin, four of their children. His inventory mentions 
money and notes, carpenter's tools, five swine, ten sheep, fowls, a 
horse, yoke of oxen, three cows, four heifers, buildings, and land in 
Boxford, Rowley and Newbury, and aggregated ^574. One item is 
"Due the widow for mourning ^4 13s. 4d." 

1 Perley children, born in Boxford: Isaac-7'2, Jacob-73, Benja- 
min-74, Sarah'-, John-75. 

2 Sarah^ was born 17 March, 1737-8, and married in Boxford, 28 
Nov., 17.58, Jacob Wyman of Bradford. 



NATHAN PERLEY was born in Boxford, 17 Nov., 1703, and 
died late in the fall of 1738. He married 20 or 30 March, 1732-3, 
Lydia Hale, born 23 March, 1711, to Joseph and widow Joanna- 
Dodge Hale of Boxford. She became the second wife — published (5 
'April, 1740 — of Deacon Jonathan Tenney of Boxford. Deacon 
Tenney was born in Bradford, 8 Dec, 1703, to Elder Samuel and 
Sarah-Boynton Tenney. Joseph's first wife was Mary Watson-5-, 
daughter of Sarah Perley. Deacon Tenney' s second wife, Lydia, 
had seven children, and died 6 June, 1803. 

Mr. Perley was probably an itinerant tailor, according to the cus- 
tom of his day; for Dr. David Wood has the following item of credit 
in his account with Nathan's father: "January: 1730-31, to a spell of 
Nathan to cut wescuts 12''." . He was taxed in Boxford from 1729 
to 1738 inclusive. 

He was attended in his last sickness by Dr. Wood; he died in- 
testate; the inventory of his estate, dated 7 March, 1738-9, mentions 
60 acres of land, buildings, 2 steers, 4 cows, 3 heifers, 3 yearling 
heifers, 1 colt, 8 swine, etc. His widow administered upon the es- 
tate, which was valued at ^^1040. Two items of his debts were 
"To Edward Kitchen for funeral ;^26 3s. 6d.", and to "Bringing up 
a young child three and one-half years ;^35." 

1 Perley children : John", Lydia'-, Nathan-76. 

2 John^ was born 17 Nov., 17:5.4, and died 24 Sept., 1736; Lydia^ 
was born 20 Aug. and died I Oct., 1736. These deaths were prob- 
ably the fatality of John-36^ 



FRANCIS PERLEY was born 28 Jan., 1705-6; he died 5 
March, 1765. He was married to Huldah Putnam-16'*, by Rev. 
John Rogers of Boxford, 8 Nov., 1734. She wa§ born 29 Nov., 


171(3. She was married, secondly, 2 June, 1774, by Rev. Elizur Hol- 
yoke of Boxford, to Timothy Fletcher, Jr., of Westford, where 
her daughter Huldah had married and settled. 

Mr. Perley, in his sixteenth year, his cousin Thomas-8o, and 
several other young men, were privileged to build a pew in the meet- 
ing house for their own use. Men! at the age of sixteen! He after- 
wards owned land near his birthplace and built a dwelling upon it, 
the site of which is now occupied by Mr. David DeWitt C. Mighill's 
residence, built in 1817. Before 1728 he built a tanner)^, the first in 
town ; he did an extensive business, for that time, employing several 
hands. In 1768, three years after his death, it was the only tannery 
there. He was also a large land holder, and cultivated an extensive 

He was prominent in civic offices; and beginning with hogreeve 
in 1738, he held them all, with honor to himself and satisfaction to 
others. He was hogreeve in 1788, 1739, 1742, 1743, 1746, 1751, 
1754 and 1757; a surveyor of highways in 1744, 1749, 1753, 1758 
and 17(53; a constable in 1747; a fence viewer in 1751; a warden in 
1764; a selectman in 1759 and 1760; and was town treasurer for 
eight years from 1753 to 1761 inclusive, except 1760. He took con- 
siderable interest in the militia, although he never held any other 
office than captain, to which he was chosen in 1754. 

He was a man of ability, integrity and judgment and was held in 
good esteem. He and his wife were admitted to church fellowship 
10 Oct., 1736. 

Mr. Perley, being "weak and infirm of body," 20 Oct., 1760, 
made his will; it was proved 18 March, 1765; his son William was 
executor, and Jonathan Wood, Nathan Wood and Solomon Wood 
were witnesses ; he bequeaths to his son William the time of his ap- 
prentice, Jonathan Peabody. The inventory of his estate (Probate 
Registry, 43: 43,) covers six foolscap pages; it amounts to ^2141; 
values his land and buildings at ^1609; mentions 1 black horse, 2 
horses, 1 fat ox, 2 oxen, 2 pairs of steers, 9 cows — four with calves, 
10 young cattle, 14 sheep, 7 lambs, 1 sow and pigs, 7 oxen, and 5 
swine "more", 3 hives of bees, cider-mill and press, 20 cords of 
bark, a stone to grind bark, 905 lbs. of sole leather at Ip. per lb., 
upper leather and tanning other men's leather, tanning twenty 
hides not in vats ^5, more leather in the vats ^25, etc., appraised 
2 April, 1765. He rests in East Boxford cemetery: 




5 1765 IN 

THE 60"^ YEAR 


1 Perley children: William-77, Mehitable-46, Huldah-78, Fran- 
cis-79, Amos-SO, Jacob-81. 



MOSES PERLEY-17- was baptised in Bradford church, 12 
June, 1709. He married 7 P'eb., 17o9-40 Hannah Frye, daughter of 
Nathan and Sarah-Bridges Fryc of Andover. She was first cousin 
to Col. Peter Frye, and to Maj.-Gen. Joseph Frye, and second 
cousin to Love, Lady AdmiraU Sir John Knight, of the British 
Navy, who died at her villa, near London, Eng., in 1889. Hannah 
was only seventeen years of age at the date of her marriage ; she 
was seventy years of age when she died, 1 Nov., 1798, a survivor of 
her husband by only nine days. 

Mr. Perley inherited the homestead and made it his home — the 
southern slope of old Baldpate, the deep soil around the lake 
and a commanding view of its placid waters. He gave his whole at- 
tention to farming and seems to have cared little for military or 
town affairs. He was hogreeve in 1752, 175(5, 1774 and 1776; and 
was on a committee to arrange the school districts of the town in 
1765. In 1778 he built and fenced the road from the town line, by 
his house, to the brook at the northeast. April, 1741, he united 
with the First Church. 

His will is dated 15 Nov., 178S; was witnessed by Aaron Wood, 
William Perley and Daniel Gould, neighbors; proved 5 Nov., 1793; 
its executors were his sons Nathan and Eliphalet, to whom he de- 
vised all his real estate, and who shortly after his death erected two 
dwellings and razed the old , one. His inventory, amounting to 
X 1-^74 19s., was made 8 Jan., 1794, by Thomas Perley, Jr., Jona- 
than Wood, and David Mighill, and mentions; 1 chaise, 2 three- 
year-old steers, 2 oxen, S cows, 2 two-year-old steers, 16 sheep and 
lambs, 8 swine, "Bible and other books 24s.", 1 "time-piece", 2 look- 
ing-glasses, 22 barrels cider, "loom, several wheels, etc." He and 
his wife sleep in Harmony Cemetery, where one stone is broken 
down and the other has the following inscription: 

Memento mori 

In Memory of 


who departed this life 

Oct^' ye 28'i AD 1793 

yEtat. 84 

1 Perley children: Lydia-48, Moses'-, Hannah-82, Stephen-83, 
Jeremiah'^ Nathan-84, Peter'-, Sarah'-, Sarah-85, Betsey-^, Moody-86, 
Phebe-87, P:iiphalet\ 

2 Moses' was born 24 Jan., 1742-8. His name appears on the 
Thomas Perley chart of three generations, but without children. 
His niece, Mrs. Abigail Perkins of Georgetown, said: "Moses died 
unmarried in the Revolution." — Peter' was born 5 June, 1754, and 


died a young man. — Sarah' was born 7 July, 1756, and died in infan- 
cy. — Betsey' was born 6 March, 1758, and died unmarried 16 Jan., 

3 Jeremiah' was born 14 Dec, 1749. He married 14 July, 1778, 
Eunice Foster, daughter of Stephen, of Andover. He assisted in 
raising a barn for Thomas Emerson, son of John-20 of Topsfield, :{ 
June, 1784, and a part of the frame giving way he fell to the 
ground, and his head striking a stone he received a fracture of the 
skull, of which he died in a few hours.* His widow was appointed 
his administratrix 5 July, 1784. His remains repose in Harmony 
Cemetery, Boxford : 

In Memory of 

M^' Jeremiah 

Pearley Who 

Died June the 

4th "1784 in 

the 85th Year 

of his Age 

[Mrs. Perley married, secondly, Rev. Daniel Gould, son of 
Daniel and Lucy-Tarbox Gould, 25 Dec, 1788. He was born in 
Topsfield 8 Dec, 175o, and married, first, 24 Dec, 1782, Mary, who 
was born o July, 1751, to George Booth of Hillsboro, and died 1 
Oct., 1785. His only child: Molly, born 28 Sept., 1785, and died 
4 Dec, 1785. He resided in Wolfboro, N. H., and Bethel and Rum- 
ford, Me. He died about 1842.] 

4 Eliphalet', born in Boxford 17 Nov., 1705, died in Georgetown 
17 March, 1846. He built, in 1817, the residence in later years 
owned and occupied by Augustus M. Perley-204, and lived there. 
He was noted for his love of labor — good, healthy, manual labor. 
Many a night in the moon's soft radiance, during the busy haying 
season, his sweeping scythe, through the dewy grass, rang sweet ac- 
cents upon his ears and beguiled the time till the "wee sma" hours 
of morning. He was surveyor of highways in 1808, 1809 and 1821 ; 
field driver and one of the school board, 1814. He never married. 
The Georgetown records read that he died of consumption. Con- 
sumption at eighty! Yes, of time ! He rests in Harmony Cemetery 
in Boxford. 



DEBORAH PERLEY was born in Ipswich, 18 Feb., 1715-6. 
She married — published 16 Nov., 1750 — Nathan Lambert, who was 
born, 11 Feb., 1715-6, the seventh child of Thomas (born S April, 
1678) and Sarah-Pickard (born 20 Jan., 1682-3) Lambert, married in 
Watertown, 19 Dec, 1699. The line of descent is Francis, Thomas, 
Thomas, Nathan. Deborah died 25 Jan., 1754. Nathan married, 

* Salem (iazette: The barn was «0 by 30 feet. A plate was framed with studs and braces 
and when nearly in place slipped and fell to the ground. There were about thirty men on 
that part of the frame; several were seriously injured, but no other fatally. 


second, Mercy Gage, daughter of William and Mercy-Barker Gage, 
8 July, 1756, and had issue. He died in March, 1795. Mercy, born 
14 Feb., 17'22, died 28 Nov., 1799, aged seventy-six years. Their 
home was Rowley. 

1 Lambert child : Nathan-. 

2 Nathan' was born 4 Jan., 1758. He married — published 5 
Nov., 1774 — Abigail Prime of Rowley, where she died 4 Jan., 1814, 
aged sixty-two years. Rowley was their home. Issue: John'^ 

:> John'- was born 29 March, 1779. He married 20 Dec, 1S04, 
Sarah Hradstreet of Ipswich. They lived in Rowley. Issue: Abi- 
gail Prime, born 1805; Maria, born 1806; John-174-; Harriet and 
Emily, (twins), born 1812; Hannah Bradstreet, born 1815; George 



ALLEN PERLEY was born on the immigrant-ancestral es- 
tate, "Ipswich P'arms," Friday, 9 May, 1718. In his fortieth year, 
10 Nov., 1757, he married Martha P"'owler-52, who was then 19 years 
old, having been born Wednesday, 1 Nov., 1738, to John and 
Mercy-How Prowler, of the same place. 

Miss Prowler was descended from early and honorable families 
and persons distinguished in many departments of active life. Her 
earliest American ancestor of the name, Philip Prowler, born in 
England in 1590, emigrated to Ipswich, in New England, in the 
"Mary and John" in 1634. Richard Jacob, her father's mother's 
lineal ancestor, came to Ipswich in the same vessel with Mr. Prow- 
ler. Mr. Jacob's wife was Martha Appleton, a daughter of Samuel 
Appleton, who was born in Suffolk County, England, in Waldring- 
field, in 1586. He came to Ipswich, in New England, in 1635. Mr. 
Appleton was descended through seven generations from John 
Appleton of Great Waldringfield, who died in 1436. Miss Apple- 
ton was also descended from the Everards of Suffolkshire, England. 
Miss Fowler was also descended, through her father, from Sir Wil- 
liam Herrick of Leicester, England, who was born in 1557, and 
who resided in his native place, and also in London and Beaumont 
Park. He removed to London in 1574, to reside with his brother 
Nicholas, then an eminent banker in Cheapside, and attached him- 
self to the court. He was a man of great abilities and address; re- 
markably handsome ; and was high in the confidence of Queen P^liz- 
abeth, as well as of King James. In 1605, he received the honor of 
knighthood. He was descended from Sir William Eyrick, a resi- 
dent of Stratton, Leicestershire, England, who was commissioned to 
attend the Prince of Wales on his expedition into Gascony in 1355. 
This Sir William was a great-grandson of Henry P'yrick, of whom 
Dean Swift says, that "there is a tradition, well founded, that this 
Henry was descended from Erick, the P'orester, a great command- 
er who raised an army to oppose the invasion of William the Con- 
querer, by whom he was vanquished; but afterwards employed to 


command that Prince's forces, and in his old age retired to his 
home in Leicestershire, where his family hath resided ever since." 
Miss Fowler was also descended from Joan May, sister of Sir Hum- 
phrey May, Chancellor of the Dnchy of Lancaster, children of 
Richard May, Esq., of London; and also from John Bond, Esq., of 
Ward End, Warwickshire, England, as well as of Hugh Laskin, an 
early emigrant to Salem, from England. She was also descended 
from Richard Kimball, who emigrated from England to Ipswich in 
the "Elizabeth" in l(3o4, and from Ursula Scott, his wife. 

Through her mother, Miss How, she was lineally descended 
from Robert How of Broad Oak, Hatfield, Essexshire, England, 
whose son James emigrated to Ipswich, in New P2ngland, in l(i3o. 
She was also descended from John Dane of Berkhampstead and 
Bishop's Stortford, County Herts, England; from John Paybod}^, 
born in 15S6 or 15S7, who is said to have descended from Queen 
Boadicea; and from Reginald Foster, who was descended from an 
ancient family in the west of P^ngland, connected with those in the 
north of P^ngland, who were distinguished for their exploits against 
the Scots, mentioned in the "Lay of the Last Minstrel," and in 

Mr. Perley lived upon the parental estate, till about the time of 
his marriage, when he became owner of the house, hitherto his 
brother-in-law, Samuel Perley's. The house was built by the first 
Samuel-8, was located on a site near the residence of the late Silas 
l'erley-19o, was, in 176", removed across the brook there, and sold, 
in 17S4, to Capt. Abraham How, who occupied it, till he was suc- 
ceeded by his son Abel Howe, who reared there a large and inter- 
esting family of children, and with the land adjoining was sold, 24 
Feb., 1870, for $250, to M. V. B. Perley-875, who razed it and 
opened the land to other land contiguous. 

He returned to his early home, upon the sale to Capt. How, 
and became a farmer of means and importance. He, as did his' 
father and grandfather, attended church at Topsfield and thus was 
much more identified with the Topsfield than with the Ipswich his- 
tory, being from the former center two miles, and six from the 
latter. As it was then, has been and will be, distance from civic 
ofifices precludes civic honors and trusts. 

He was a member of Capt. Abraham How's company, that 
marched toward the scene of conflict, on that truly historic day at 
Concord and Lexington, proceeding twelve miles and drawing pay 
for a day's service. 

Probably Mr. Perley was never a member of a church, but after 
the Parish church was organized ( 1746) he owned a pew; his wife be- 
came a member 17 P^eb., 1765, and all their children were baptised. 
He was made guardian of his sister Hov- 
ey's children-43, 22 March, 1765, and his ^^ ^ ^ ^ ^^ 

autograph, here shown, was attached to y^w- v^ ,__^ 

his bond as guardian. CL^''^ '^^ 

He made his will o April, 1S04; witnesses: James Smith, Tim- 
othy Morse, Jr., and Timothy Morse, and executors: Lt. John Fow- 
ler and his son Jacob Perley. It was proved 5 Nov., 1804. The 
probate value of his estate was $4375, personal $390, real $3985. 


His widow had the improvement of the east end of the house, 
the west half of the barn, half of the homestead and half of the salt 
marsh, during her life; and also half of his live stock, and all his pro- 
visions in the house or growing in the field, all his furniture and 
money he had at his decease. 

His son Allen had an adjoining farm that was bought of Joseph 

His grandsons, Allen's sons, had half the live stock. 

His son John had all his lands in Boxford, about twenty acres in 
Ipswich, on which John afterwards lived; his sons John and Jacob 
had all his salt marsh, lying in Ipswich, after their mother's use; 
his son Stephen had $1 paid by Jacob; his daughter Deborah 
had $150 paid by John; his daughter Hannah had $150 paid 
by John; his daughter Sarah, had, after her mother's death, the in- 
come of a third of his real estate, called the Home lot, except cut- 
ting or selling wood more than enough for one fire, till she married, 
when Jacob was to give her S200 in lieu of it. She had, also, while 
unmarried, the use of the lower rooms in the east end of his house 
and the chamber over the back room, and a third of the barn. 

His sons, John and Jacob, had his pew, and his wife and daugh- 
ter Sarah had privileges to sit in it; his sons had his clothing; his 
son Jacob had the remainder, personal and real, which included the 
farm on which he lived — Allan-1's later home. 

In Memory of 


who died 

Oct 14, 180-1; 

Aged 86. 

My children all, come view my grave: 

Prepare to follow me. 
And if your peace be ma<le wth dot] 

Then happy you shall be. 

In Memory of 


Relict of 

Mr 'Allen Perley, 

Obt. Sep*^ 3, 1S19; 

y^t. 81. 

When (iod is nigh, my faith is strong 

In .Jesus I have put my trust ; 
15e glad, my heart: rejoice, iny tongue: 

My dying Hesh shall rest in hope. 

1 Perley children : Martha-88, Deborah-89, Allen-9<», Hannah-!t1, 
John-92, Stephen-9o, Sarah'-, Jacob-94. 

2 Sarah' was born F"riday, 11 Dec, 1772. She never married. 
She lived with her widowed mother till the latter's death; then con- 
tinued to occupy the same tenement, till late in life .she transferred 
all her property interests to Deacon William Foster Conant-202, and 
went to live in his family, where she died. A Salem paper has the 

At Ipswich, Nov. 19,1858, Miss Sarah Perley, S5 yrs. U mos. s 
days. She was the survivor of a family of eight children, whose 


united ages amounted to 63(3 years, the average of which is about 
80 years. The first and last three died on Friday and were buried 
on the Sabbath. All of them spent their lives in connection with 
agricultural pursuits. There were four sons and four daughters, 
and all, excepting one son, spent their days in Essex County, Mass. 
Her tomb in Linebrook Cemetery records : 



Nov. 19, 1858, 

JEt. 8(5 yrs. 

lYepare to meet thy God 



SARAH PERLEY was born 7 Jan., 1719-20, and married 23 
Dec, 1740, Aaron Hovey, who was born to Ivory and Anne, 14 
Sept., 1718, in Toi)sfield, where his home was and where he died 4 
May, 1759. His gravestone inscription reads: 



MAY THE 4"' 

AD 1759 & 




1 Hovey children : Stephen, Moses, Sarah, Dorcas, Huldah, 
Thomas, Ivory. Their uncle, Allen Perley-42, became their guard- 
ian, 22 March, 17(J5. See "Hovey Family" in Essex County His- 
torical and Genealogical Register, page 134. 




HANNAH PERLEY was born 8 Jan., 1730-1, and died in 1810, 
aged about eighty years. She married 1 Feb., 1748-9, Paul Pritchard, 
who was born in 1721 and died in 1787, aged sixty-six years. He was 
a housewright by trade, and built about 1 749, and occupied, the 
present dwelling of the late B. S. Barnes, P2sq., Boxford, where all 
his children were born but the youngest. He was a member of the 



First Church from 7 May, 17(59, till 14 Sept., 1777, when he was 
dismissed and recommended to the church in New Ipswich, N. 
H., whither he and his family removed *29 July, 1778. He sold his 
property in Boxford, one hundred and thirteen acres of land and 
buildings thereon, to Amos Perley-20 for X0(i8, who in 17)-!7, having 
removed to Winthrop, Me., sold it to Thomas Putnam of Newbury. 

In New Ipswich, he lived on the Jeffts farm near Mason Village. 
He was a very influential citizen ; he was a prominent member of 
the committee of safety and correspondence, at the breaking out of 
the Revolution; he was on committees to instruct delegates and 
representatives, to average claims for military service, to examine the 
Bill of Rights, etc.; he contributed liberally of his means to prose- 


cute the war and had two sons in active service; he was represent- 
ative to the General Court in 1779, and during the last three years 
of his life he was a selectman. 

Mrs. Pritchard was admitted to the P^irst Church 29 Nov., 17()1. 
and with her husband recommended to the church in New Ipswich, 
14 Sept., 1777. She was a woman of uncommon energy of body 
and mind, and could accomplish the ordinary labors of three per- 
sons. She made mid-wifery a study and acquired a considerable 
practice in her native town. Besides, she acquired considerable 
fame in the treatment of scrofula, salt rheum and liver complaints. At 
New Ipswich, she had an extensive practice in that and adjoining- 
towns. She was always ready to answer calls, and allowed no 
weather to deter or detain her, and when the roads were blocked 
with snow and the weather so tedious that others would quail at the 
undertaking, she, though corpulent, would bind her snow-shoes to 
her feet and breast the storm or the cold over hill and dale. She 
practiced till very far advanced in life, to the no small annoyance of 
the accredited physicians. Her great-granddaughter. Miss Hannah 
Mead of Littleton, Mass., writes :—" Mrs. Pritchard offered my 
mother all her recipes if she would take them ; but being behind the 
scenes in their preparation, she declined what might have been of 
great value." A mirror once belonging to Mrs. Pritchard is now 
the property of her great -great-granddaughter, a young child of 


Thomas Sherwin, Esq., Boston. Her sons were .somewhat remark- 
able, as large, athletic men, of sound constitution, and capable of 
great physical labor. 

1 Pritchard children : Sarah'-, Amos'', Jeremiah^ Perley", Wil- 
liam'', Sarah'-, Hannah", John', Benjamin'*, Stephen". 

2 Sarah^ was born in 1750 and died in 1755; Berley^ was born IJl 
June, 1757, and died at the age of eighteen; Sarah' was born 17 
April, 1762, and married Nehemiah Stratton. 

3 Amos' was born 25 Aug., 1752, and married Anna Andrews, 
daughter of Joshua and Hannah-Wood Andrews of Boxford, where 
she was born 13 March, 1746-7. They lived in New Ipswich on a 
farm originally the northern portion of the parental estate. He wa.s 
a carpenter and housewright. He died 23 Nov., 1782, aged thirty- 
one. His wife survived him sixteen years, dying in I79<s, aged fifty 
one. Issue: Anna'"; Perley, born 177S, graduated at Dartmouth Col 
lege, 1 799, studied medicine, married a Mrs. Stone of Billerica, prac 
ticed in Baltimore, Md., and supposed to have been lost on a voyage tc 
the West Indies; Hannah"; Sally, born 1781, married N. G. Dureii 
Gould; Amos, born 17<S3, married Jane Dustin, lived in West 
Brookfield, where he died about IS45. 

4 Jeremiah' was born 24 Sept., 1754. He enlisted in Capt. 
Towne's company, and was at the battle of Bunker Hill. He was 
afterwards a lieutenant in the regular army, was in the battle of Hub 
bardston, all those leading to the surrender of Burgoyne, and also the 
battle of White Plains, where he received a wound, on account ot 
which he received an officer's pension during life. 

He married Elizabeth Smith of Hollis and resided there a few 
years; then he returned to New Ipswich, where he built a tanner} 
and conducted the business for many years. He was a man of fine 
appearance, dignified and refined in manners, brave and resolute, 
and of great energy and enterprise. He had a common school edu- 
cation and served his town, for many years, as clerk, selectman, rep- 
resentative, etc., up to 1S02. He was the first commander of a 
troop of cavalr}' of that vicinity. 

He died in 1S13 ; his widow survived him many years, residing 
the while with her son George. Issue: Jeremiah, born 1787, prom- 
inent citizen, lived in New Ipswich, Concord, N. H., Boston, and 
about 1850 in New Ipswich again, married Nancy Barr and had 
Sarah T^lizabeth (died 1S42), George, Mary Ann, Jeremiah (Ameri- 
can consul many years at Porto Rico), Henry, Charles C, William 
W., Martha Jane, Emily; Moses, born 1789, trader in Concord, Mass., 
and many years sheriff; George, a merchant in Boston, and died of 
consumption about 1835. 

5 William' was born 19 Sept., 1759, married Deidamia Cum- 
ming.s, daughter of Eleazer. He served in the Continental Army as 
a three-years man. He was in the militia, a captain of troop. He 
was instantly killed by being thrown from his chaise, 1835. He 
was highly respected. His widow survived till 1840, when, at the 
age of sixty-nine she was found dead in her room and her room on 
fire. Apparently her clothing had taken fire when she was disrob- 
ing to retire. Issue: William, born 1792, married Eliza Buttrick; 
Asa, born 1793, married Caroline Barr; Barnard, born 1795, died 


1846; Deidamia, born 1797, married William Johnson, and died 
1849; Charles C, born 1799 and died 1800; Charles, born 1802, died 
I84(i; Francis Perley, born 1808 and died 1807; Caroline, born 1805 
and died 1806; Adeline, born 1807; Sarah, born 1809. 

() Hannah' was born 8 March, 17<)4, and married 28 Nov., 1780, 
David Shervvin, son of Jonathan and Mary-Crombie .Sherwin of 
the first settlers of Rindge, N. H. David was born in Boxford l:') 
March, 1701. He lived first in Rindge, where his parents then lived; 
in 1790 he removed to Jaffrey; about 1797 to Westmoreland; in 
1802 to New Ipswich; and afterwards to Temple, where his wife 
died 1 Oct., 1800, aged forty-two. Issue : Sally, born 20 Nov., 1787, 
in Rindge, married Abraham Mead, and died in Littleton; Rebecca, 
born 10 Nov., 1789, in Rindge; Mary, born 2.5 Aug., 1791, in Jaffrey; 
Hannah, born 21 May, 1795, in Jaffrey; Thomas'-; Betsey, born 10 
April, ISOI, in Westmoreland; Anna, born 5 Nov., 1808, in New 
Ipswich, lived with her brother Thomas, and died unmarried in 
1870. One of her nieces writes: "She was a most lovely woman, 
and the affection with which she was regarded by her nephews and 
nieces a parent might covet." 

7 John' was born 25 March, 1700, married Louise Wilkins, 
daughter of Josiah; was a man of large stature and great strength. 
He died in 1848; his widow, 1850. Issue: Frances P(erley), born 
1807 and died 1850. 

8 Benjamin' was baptised in Boxford First Church, 1 Oct., 1709, 
and 1791 married Patty Sherwin of Townsend. He was a carpen- 
ter; he removed to Bedford, N. H. He built cotton mills in New 
Ipswich and Boscawen, N. H. Issue: Alanson (drowned at Mason 
Village), Bernice, Cyrene, Dexter. 

9 Stephen' was born in New Ipswich, 1772, married Polly Start, 
daughter of William, and died in 1802. His widow married a Plowe 
and removed to Camden, Me. Issue: William Start, who lived in 
Bangor, and Mary. 

10 Anna'^ was born in 1770, and married Silas Cragin of New 
Ipswich. He lived Successively in New Ipswich, Billerica, Har- 
vard and New Ipswich, where he spent the last twenty years of his 
life. He was of Scotch ancestry and by trade a saddler. He died in 
1849, aged seventy-four years; she, in 1888, aged sixty-two. Issue: 
Lorenzo S., who had a son, a graduate of Harvard College, 1849, 
and a lawyer in Boston; Anna^^ Sophronia, P^lvira, Elizabeth, who 
died in 1850, and Rebecca. 

11 Hannah'^ was born in 1770, married Reuben Holden and had 
Ira Samuel, Amos Prichard, Edward Hosmer, Eliza Ann, Reuben 

12 Thomas" was born 20 March, 1799, in Westmoreland, N. H., 
was forty years a teacher of the English High School in Boston, 
and left three sons who reside in Boston : Henry, in the custom 
house, unmarried; Thomas, city collector, who married Isabel 
Edwards of Keene, N. H., daughter of Judge Thomas Edwards, 
and has four children; Edward, a coal merchant, unmarried. 

13 Anna^'^ was born in 1808, died in 1848, and married Stedman 
Houghton, born in 1799. whose daughter Susan M., born 1838, mar- 
ried, 18 Sept., 1800, Addison Howard Foster, born in Wilton, N. H., 


in ISBS, graduated at Dartmouth College, lS(3o, and is a leading 
physician in Chicago. See Essex County Historical and Genea- 
logical Register, 1894, page s:}. 



ABIGAIL PERLEY was born 2S Dec, 1782, and 1 Nov., 1750, 
married William Spofford, born about 1728 to Capt. John and 
Dorcas-Hopkinson Spofford on the original Spofford homestead, on 
"Spofford's Hill," Georgetown. His family lived in Georgetown, 
and attended the P'irst Church, Boxford, where his wife recognized 
the covenant 27 May, 1759. He was a soldier in the French and 
Indian War, served under Capt. Humphrey Hobbs of Souhegan in 
the defence of the eastern frontiers from 'Al May to 15 Sept., 1754, 
and fought in the campaign of 1759, when he died or was killed. 

Mrs. Spofford, widowed at the age of twenty-seven years, mar- 
ried It) Nov., 17B1, Jacob Hazen son of Israel and Hannah-Chaplin 
Hazen of Rowley, and removing to Boxford, located permanently in 
the East Parish in the "Hazen lot," a pasture near "Ye Great 
Meddowe," now (1880) owned by Mr. Henry K. Kennett, where 
the cellar, houseless for almost a century, is still recognizable. The 
family probably removed to Bridgton, Me. 

1 Spofford children: Abigail'-, Israel-, Sarah-, Olive'^; Hazen 
children: Jacobs Hannah^\ William-, Hephzibah'-, Enoch'^, Phebe'', 

2 The first three were baptised in the First Church, Boxford, 27 
May, 1759. Abigail's' first husband was Rufus Wheeler, her 
second belonged in Maine. A daughter of hers married a Chase 
and lived on Letter B, Me. These were born in Boxford : William', 
2() May, 176G; Hephzibah\ 2 April, 17(58, married and died soon 

after; P^noch', 9 March, 1770, who married Patty , and had a 

son Enoch Perley, born 1797, et al. 

8 Olive' was baptised in the P'irst Church, Boxford, 10 June, 
1759, and married, first, a Jewett of Bridgton, Me. She married, 
second, Jacob Stevens of Sweden, Me., and had issue: Perley, born 8 
May, 1782, and died 11 March, 1785, in Bridgton; Aaron and Asa, 
born 16 Jan., 1784; Phebe, born 17 Jan., 1786, and died unmarried; 
Abigail, born 8 April, 1788, married Calvin Powers, and lived in 
Sweden; Jacob, born 13 May, 1790; Perley, born 18 May, 1792; 
Olive, born 28 Aug., 1794, married Abram Maxwell, and lived in 
Carthage, Me.; Farnum, and Israel Perley. 

4 Jacob' was born in Boxford 22 Oct., 1762, married 4 Dec, 
1798, Hannah Wood, born to Nathan and Elizabeth-Wood Wood in 
Boxford, 2 Feb., 1766. She died 22 May, 1840; he 18 Aug., 1848. 
Their home was Bridgton, where he had removed prior to his mar- 
riage. Issue: Nathan W., a prominent lawyer in Andover, Mass., 
hale and hearty at the age of eighty, born 9 July, 1800, married 21 
Oct., 1880, Mary Pingree of Salem, who was born in Georgetown 
12 March, 1801, and died in Andover 28 March, 1880; Adeline, 



born 3 Nov., 1802, married William Potter, and died 18 March, 1840; 
Polenie, born 19 Dec., 1804, and died in infancy; Betsey W., born 
24 Aug., 1800, married Nathaniel Potter, and died 11 Oct., 1884; 
Jacob, born 80 April, 1810. 

5 Hannah^ was born in Bo.xford 8 July, 1764. She married 15 
Nov., 1791, Thomas Dresser, born on the "Old Dresser place," in 
the East Parish, Boxford, to John and Jane-Harriman Dresser, 7 
Aug., 17(j2. He was a blacksmith and his shop stood near the 
present residence of Samuel Clark. They removed to Andover, 
Me., about 1800. She was a witch. Many were the stories of her 
uncanny doings. Her weird acts on one occasion, while a servant 
girl in her teens in a family on Spofford's Hill, Georgetown, have 
been poetized by Mr Henry Henderson, who with poetic license de- 
picts her fate, but those who knew well her story knew nothing of 
her after her removal to Maine. 

•\bout a century since — accounts are vague— 
In seventeen eighty-one or eiglity-two 
(It matters little since the tale is truo) 
A wild commotion was created here 
By the first symptom of the witchcraft plagiic. 
One Hannah Hazen, whom leiwrt speaks well. 
Was weaving as the shades of evening fell, 
When strange, mysterious noises caught tlio 
And fear seieed all, and rumor filled the air. 
In flocked the neighbors all agape to see 
The fair sweet worker of iniquity, 
}>ut stood aghast with supersUtlous stare 
As thump, tliump, thump came from (he 

walls ahout, 
.\s if some prisoned fiend would beat his dark 
way out. 

Wheel, chairs and tal)les shrunk from toucli 
and look; 
Even the old meal chest edged and edged 

Though weighted with the gossips of the day; 
Like chattering teeth the latches rattled 
And where she trod the house ashiveriug shook. 
The clergy were called in to exorcise 
So foul a spirit in so fair a guise; 
But uo rebuke availed, severe or mild, 
And consternation sat on every face! 
Wlien from abroad the goodman now returned. 
With wrath indignant from his house he 
All who had seen or sought its deep disgrace. 
Not doubting they believed, but yet too wise 
To give full credence to their doubtful ears 
and eyes. 

This prompt, decisive, energetic act of one 
Who thought delusion better silent die 
Than lead to the surviving Infamy 
That gives old Salem her imenvied fame 
For deeds of violence In wild frenzy done. 
Was through the love, not blind fanatic zeal, 
He felt for truth, and felt that all should 
And saved the old town the ever-duriug 

Of having punished for no fault or crime 
One he would shield, but whom the righteous 

Who wagged their tongues and kneiv no( w(ia( 

to do. 
Would in the darkness of that troubled time 
Have dragged to martyrdom, had he joined 

the cry 
Of the unrea.soning crowd who Trutli would 


When driven out like Ilagar in her grief, 
The chairs resumed their places prim and 

The tables ceased to tilt — all seemed as if 
No masquerading e'er had set them out 
To revel in their master's absence brief. 
So quiet reigned once more, and all went well. 
Till to the flames the house a victim fell. 
As 'twere the scene of this unseemly rout 
Should from the mind of all l)e swept away. 
But mothers whispered to their babes the 

Tradition caught it up,— till like a sail 
Lost in tlie purple deeps of dying day 
This little glimmer from the long-ago 
Flashes uix)n the verge ere all is sunk below. 

Ho«' fearful o'er the broken wall I stepped 
Where the poor crazy wanderer was found, 
Dead! her head between the bowlders bound; 
"A witch," some said, "who died a witch's 
And few her ijreseuce missed or memory weia. 
So far aloof we stand and cry, "unclean!" 
As If the only plague-spots were those seen, 
That children shrink and whisper under 
A name that might have shone as bright and 
As any that our reverent homage claims 
Among the brilliant galaxy of names 
That fix our eyes as God's peculiar cai-e. 
But for the crushing of some grievous weight 
That loft the troublous world so dark and 

6 Phebe^ was born in Boxford 8 Dec, 1772, married 25 Feb., 
1794, Israel Kimball, and had issue: Israel, born 20 Jan., 1792. 


lived in Bethel, Me., and died 12 Oct., 1865; Hannah, born 11 May, 
1790, married Aaron Littlefield, and lived in Kridgton ; Hephzibah, 
born {') Jan., 1798, married h^benezer Eames, lived m Bethel, and 
died 29 March, 1879; Jacob Hazen, born 8 April, 18U0, lives in 
Waukesha, Wis.; Phebe, born 21 Feb., 1804, married, first, Ezra T. 
Russell, second, Winslow Heywood, and li\ed in Bethel; Richard, 
born 20 Jan., 180(), lived in Bridgton, and died in Feb., 1878; Jed- 
ediah Tapley, born 1:") Aug., 1809, and lived in Bethel; Ira Crocker, 
born 29 Jan., 181(), lived in Bethel, and died 3 Feb., l8()(). 



NATHANIEL PERLEY was born in Boxford 1:5 Feb., 1784-5, 
and died, Wednesday, 18 July, 1810. His first wife was Mehitable 
Perley-89', who was born 20 Nov., 1737; married, in Boxford, 30 
or 81 Oct., 1753, and became the mother of all his children. His 
second wife was Lydia Ayers of Haverhill, married lO Sept., 1770. 
They all rest in Harmony Cemetery. A slate tablet thus records 
Mehitable's memory: 

In Memory of Mr*" 
Mehitabel the wife 

of M'' Nathaniel 

Perley who Died 
February the 19th 

1770 in the 39^'^ 

year of her Age. 

About the time of his marriage he built his house in Boxford, 
where Mrs. A. N. Harrington's now is. The house was burnt in 
the spring of 1882. His home farm contained more than a hundred 
acres. In 1775 he bought of a Jewett family a farm adjoining his, 
and soon after he owned the farm now the property of Joseph H. 
Janes. He gave to his son Nathaniel the buildings and land, in 
Hanover, N. H., "which were set off" to satisfy an execution against 
Jabez Bingham. 

He was a cooper by trade, and familiarly known as "Cooper Nat." 
His commodious shop stood at the corner of the Andover and Row- 
ley roads, near his dwelling. After him it became a tenement 

Land speculation was then attractive as now if not so extensive. 
Mr. Perley bought, 11 April, 1709, of John Berry, yeoman, and Eliza- 
beth Berry, widow, both of Ipswich, for ;!^5S 13s. 4d., several lots of 
land in Winchendon, that were drawn originally for the rights of 
Nathaniel Lord, Jonathan Jewett, Nathaniel Caldwell, Thomas 
Lufkin and Joseph Goodhue. — Registry, 01 : 344. He sold to Jona- 
than Smith, Paxton, yeoman, land in Winchendon, 24 Oct., 1771, for 
^20. — Registry, 07: 418; to Samuel Denny of Leicester, gentleman, 

History and genealogy 73 

two lots in Winchendon, 17 Jan., 1772, for ^44. — Registry, 67: 180; 
and to Jonathan Stimpson of Winchendon, two lots in same town, 17 
Jan., 177o, for ^20; and to Joseph Stimpson of Winchendon, "home 
lot" so called, for ^'21, 17 Jan., 1778, 8 lots. — Registry, 77: 214. 

The inventory of his estate, made by Thomas Perley, Parker 
Spofford-32^ and Solomon Low, valued the home farm, fifty-eight 
acres, at $2242 ; a tract of meadow, pasture and woodland at the 
"old place," about eighty acres, at $1440; "a bible, 7r)c.," and his en- 
tire estate at $5885.99. 

He was very active at the time of the Revolution. He served 
on the town's committee of safety, in procuring soldiers and in ob- 
taining money to pay them. He was experienced in all the town 
offices. In 17t)9 he was a selectman and overseer, and in 1800 a 
member of the school board, and a tax collector in 1806. He was 
three years a constable, a field driver one, warden one, a tithing man 
two, a hogreeve six, a surveyor of highways ten, a fence viewer four, 
a moderator of town meetings one, a surveyor of lumber six. 

In old age he dressed in the fashion of his youth and he wore a 
small red cap. One day, to tease his little grandson then only 
three years old, he offered to put him into his pocket. The wrin- 
kled face, the bent form and the ancient garb so impressed the 
pliant mind of the boy, that the circumstance was vividly in his 
memory at the age of seventy-five years. 

He and his wife Mehitable joined the First Church, Boxford, 14 
March, 1762, when two children were baptised and where the others 
were afterwards. 

1 Perley children: Amos-95, Jesse-96, Nathaniel-97, Francis'-, 
Mehitable^ 01ive^ Lois-98, IsraeP, Artemas Ward-99. 

2 Francis^ was born 15 April, 1765. John Chapman, Jr., and 
himself went a-fishing on Hood's Pond, 28 May, 1798, when Francis 
in casting anchor, about twenty rods from the western shore, cap- 
sized the boat, to which John clung for rescue, but Francis, trusting 
to his skill in swimming, was drowned. Major Asa, in his seventy- 
sixth year, heard the outcries and went to the shore. He swam to 
the boat, but the anchor held too strongly. He swam to the shore, 
and with others who had arrived converted a barn-door into a raft 
and John was rescued. Francis was in the water two hours. The 
Salem Gazette reads : "He was a man of strict integrity, had the 
universal esteem of his acquaintances, whose united testimony of his 
worth will sufficiently embalm his memory." He was not married. 

The improvised raft was doubtless obtained at the home ( see map 
on next page) "within a hundred feet of the western end of the pond, 
and known since 1712 as the Hood estate, which is now the resi- 
dence of S. D. Hood, Esq. 

8 Mehitable' was born 9 April, 1767, and died 28 Oct., 1887. 
She was married 27 June, 1798, to Capt. Ancill Stickney, who was 
born 8 June, 1762, to Jedediah and Peggy-Tyler Stickney of Boxford, 
and died 27 March, 1835. Their home was in East Boxford and 
the house was recently standing on its original site in the woods in 
front of Capt. Samuel Kimball's. Capt. Stickney was a prominent 
townsman ; he held the office of treasurer for many years. His 
widow bequeathed, by her will, dated 19 Sept., 1885, and proved in 


Nov., 1.S37, her personal estate that remained, to aid in building a 
meeting" house. The First Church edifice was erected soon after. 

4 Olive^ was born 1(5 April, 1769. She married 16 April, 1794, 
Enoch Wood, who was born 21 Oct., 1759, in Boxford, to Jonathan 
and Sarah-Redington Wood-82'*. They removed to Hallowell, Me., 
and settled there. Israel^ was born 4 Dec, 1778, and died unmar- 



EUNICE PERLEY was born in Boxford 24 May, 1739, and 
died in Georgetown 19 June, 1822. She married Daniel Nourse, 9 
Aug., 1759. Their home was Boxford till 1790, when they removed 
to "The Village," Ipswich. They were admitted to the First 
Church, Boxford, 4 Oct., 1772. He was ensign in the militia for 
many years. 

1 Nourse children: Betty", Eunice^ twins'-, son'-, Lucy-, DanieP, 
Sally'^ Hannah^, Huldah^ John"^, Fanny\ 

2 Betty' was born 21 March, 1760, and "lived to the age of 21." 
Twins^ born 1764, and son\ 1766, died young. John\ born 20 
April, 1776, died about the time of his majority from an accident 
with a scythe. Lucy' was born 24 Feb., 1768, and married Josiah 
Fletcher of Chelmsford, 7 March, 1792. 

o Eunice' was born 21 Dec, 1762, married 13 Nov., 1792, Jona- 
than Pearson, Jr., and removed to Newburyport. Sally' was born 1 
April, 1772, and 2 Oct., 1792, became the second wife of Stephen 
Pearson of "The Village," who died 8 Aug., 1831, aged seventy 
years. By his first wife Ruthy Jewett, married 29 Sept., 1787, he 
had Betsey Little, born 3 May, 1788, and Sally, who died 7 Sept., 
1830. Issue: Ruthy Jewett, born 7 Dec, 1793; Stephen, 28 June, 
1796; Amasa, 20 Sept., 1798; John Nourse, 12 Jan., 1801; Sophia, 
28 Jan., 1803; Mark, 24 July, 1807. 

4 Daniel' was born 1 July, 1770, and died 21 Sept., 1840. He 
married 17 Aug., 1801, Hannah Jewett of Rowley, and occupied the 
parental home. He was a major in the militia. Issue: Harriet^ 
Hervey", Daniel Perley^ Luther^ Fanny'", Warren", Julia Ann, who 
was born 11 Feb., 1806, and died unmarried 15 Nov., 1855. 

5 Hannah' and Huldah' were twins, born 21 March, 1 774. The 
former married 31 May, 1795, Aaron Jewett, Jr., of Ipswich; the 
latter 8 Feb., 1801, Jeremiah Jewett of Ipswich. Fanny' was born 
22 Nov., 1778, and 25 Feb., 3 806, married David Payson of Rowley. 

6 Harriet^ was born 22 Dec, 1801, and died 22 June, 1832. She 
married 7 March, 1822, John Potter of Ipswich. They resided at 
"The City" in Topsfield. Their well is said to be on the boundary 
line between the two towns, and he often asked thirsty travelers, if 
they would have Ipswich or Topsfield water. John and his son 
Albert E. were drowned in Ipswich Hundreds, 30 Aug., 1850, aged 


respectively fifty-two and eight years. John Hervey Potter of Tops- 
field, housewright, who has been selectman, overseer, assessor, 
member of the school board, and representative to the State Legisla- 
ture, was Harriet's son. 

[Mr. Potter's second wife was Mehitable Wilds. Nathaniel Pot- 
ter, a teamster, born Oct., 1S85, in Topsfield, and died 4 Aug., 
1882, in Plaistow, N. H., married Mary, daughter of Mr. Mack, a 
blacksmith, probably in Kingston, N. H., was her son, whose chil- 
dren are Albert Edward, born 15 April, 1864, married and lives at 
Wenham Depot; Harriet Hale, born 20 April, 18(57, married and 
lives at Georgetown; Nathaniel, born 17 Oct., 18fcl8, lives at George- 
town, unmarried; Addie, born 28 Oct., 1872, married and lives in Tops- 
field; Charles Hurst, born 81 July, 1875, was for four years in the 
State militia, in which he reached the position of sergeant, and 
served one year in Cuba in the Spanish War as a corporal, married 
15 July, 1908, Miss P'lorence Elmina Bryant of Ipswich, daughter of 
Dennis and Susan-Armstrong Bryant of Peabody, is a carpenter 
and lives in Ipswich; Alice, who was born 17 Jan., 1870, in Ipswich, 
married 27 March, 1888, at Rowley, John Harrison Tenney, a 
farmer, music composer and publisher, and a deacon in the Line- 
brook church, born 22 Nov., 1840, to John, a farmer, and Sally 
Lummus-Chapman Tenney, and has these children born in Rowley: 
Miriam, 22 April, 1890; PIsther Louise, 11 May, 1894; Harrison 
Edmund, 25 June, 1901. 

Mehitable's daughter, Mary Jane, died 14 Oct., 1851, aged four 
years and five months. They buried, also, two infant daughters.] 

7 Hervey* was born 20 July, 1804, and spent his life upon the 
parental homestead. He never married. He exclaimed near the 
end of his life, "I never have called a physician for myself." He 
died, Saturday morning, 12 Aug., 1899. "His physical activity con- 
tinued for four score years, his mental faculties until a recent peri- 
od. He developed and maintained a very considerable strength of 
character, was straightforward, owed no man anything, and was 
content with his farm. He was long a member of the Baptist 
church in Rowley, which he remembered while living with a por- 
tion of his frugal estate. In his extreme age he was faithfully cared 
for by his nephew, John W. Nourse"." 

"Within certain lines, his activities were constant, his faculties 
and judgment good. He was wanting in that general and pervasive 
sympathy that draws a man into public life. His reading was most- 
ly of one book — the Bible ; he took little interest in politics or in 
the thousand and one alien things that occupy our minds for a 
brief space, only to give place the next day to a new set of events. 
His memory has kept in a narrow channel a surprising number of 
circumstances, — especially of dates relating to matters within the 
circle of his attention, and seemed sometimes like a revelation of 
new possibilities in human nature. Such politics as he had he took 
'straight,' refusing once to vote for his own nephew, who was es- 
pecially dear to him, because he would 'not vote for a Democrat.' 

" Mr. Nourse was a man whom his acquaintances were always glad 
to meet. All his long life has been spent in the quiet of the little vil- 
lage, the peace and strength of whose overshadowing hills seem to 


have entered into his own personaHty. 'The old guard dies; it never 
surrenders.' He has dropped the perishable things of life at the end 
of his earthly pilgrimage, and kept its substance in a renewed spirit, 
and in a good name that is better than riches." 

-S Daniel P.' was born 14 Nov., 1807, and died 31 July, 1884. He 
married, 8 Feb., 1882, Sarah South wick, daughter of William of 
Dan vers, or (as now) Peabody. She was born 28 March, 1818, and 
died 21 Dec, 1890. Their home was Ipswich, and his trade was 
housewright. Issue: Daniel t^lliott, born 2(5 Nov., 1834, died 20 
Jan., 1904, married 4 Sept., 18,52, Margaret Berry of Salem, lived in 
Lynn, and has had children, John Elliott, born 81 July and died 9 
Aug., 1853; Eva, born 18, and died 28, March, 1856; 'and Arthur 
Brooks, born 11 March, lS57, and married Annie Peoples, 1 Jan., 
1885, having children, Elliott Perley, born 4 Oct., 1855, and died 21 
Sept., 188(), and Plossie Ra)% born 17 Jan., 1889; vSusan Elizabeth, 
born 17 July, 1888, and died 22 Dec, 1840; John Hervey, born 12 
Dec, 1841, had wife Annie Andrews, and died 27 Dec, 1872, leav- 
ing no issue; George Warren, born 26 Aug., and died 11 Sept., 
1844; Sarah Sophia, born 2 Oct., 1S45, now and many years chief 
clerk in the dry goods store of Walter E. Lord-llO'-'^; Susan Sanger, 
born 14 Dec, 1S47, and died 28 Sept., 1848; Francis Perley, born 9 
June, 1S50, died 16 Oct., 1876, married 24 July, 1871, Lottie Delano 
of Swampscott, and had Perley and Hervey, who both died young, and 
Mabelle, born 6 Sept., 1875, a graduate of the Ipswich High School, 
at the age of sixteen ; Albert Brooks, born 6 Dec, and died 26 
Aug., 1852. 

9 Luther"' was born 5 Nov., 1 809, and died, in Ipswich, 26 Nov., 
1897. He married 8 Dec, 1885, Elizabeth Todd of Rowley, who 
was born 1 April, 1810, to Benjamin and Abigail, and died 28 
March, 1880. He was a farmer, and we believe a "49-er" in Cali- 
fornia. Issue: Caroline Elizabeth, born 11 May, 1889, and married 
21 May, 18S0, David Pickard, Jr., who was born 2 Oct., 1840, to 
David and Maria-Knapp Pickard, and died 5 March, 1892, leaving 
issue: Hallett Dole, born 12 Nov., 1880; and Luther Calvin (and a 
male twin that did not survive the hour ) born 81 May, 1848, mar- 
ried Mary Ann Newmarch, June, 18t)S, resides in Newburyport, 
having children born: Fred Gardner, 14 Dec, 1868; Ethlyn, 22 
March, 1874; Cora, 24 Feb., 1878; PT'ank, 30 March, 1881; Barker 
Burnham, 2 Jan., 1888; Chester, 12 Aug., 1887. He is a meat cut- 
ter by trade, but has been variously employed. 

10 P'anny* was born 1 March, I8l8, and died 8 Oct., 1886. She 
married 11 May, 1S81, Daniel Boynton of Rowley, who was born to 
Eben and Jane-Todd Boynton, 80 May, 1805. He was a farmer and 
general merchant in farm products, and lived in "The Village," 
where he died 8 April, 1891, at the age of eighty-five years, ten 
months, four days. Issue: Daniel Perley, born 12 July, 1882, and 
died 4 Aug... 1 850 ; Charles, born 2 Aug., 1884; Warren'-; Harriet 
F"rances, born 14 July, 1838, and married 25 Feb., 1867, Daniel 
Merrill, Jr., of Rowley; Hannah Nourse, born 26 Nov., 1840, mar- 
ried 18 March, 1868, Daniel Smith Appleton, born to Benjamin 
Dexter and Harriet-Bishop Appleton, 27 May, 1840, and had issue: 
Harriet Elizabeth", born 15 March, 1864; Fannie Etta, born 30 


Sept., 1865; Benjamin Dexter, born 30 Sept., 1870,— these in Row- 
ley; Charles Warren, born 20 Aug., 1878; Augusta Newell, born 12 
Aug., 1880; Hepsie, born 16 April, and died in Dec, 1884, — these in 

11 Warren"* was born 23 Jan., 1816, and died 27 April, 1896. 
He married 3 Dec, 1843, Mary Ann Scott, born, Saturday, 21 Nov., 
1818, to Nathaniel-88-. She died of pneumonia, Monday, 9 April, 
1900. The local journal in a notice of her said: "In disposition 
amiable, in character irreproachable, in life quiet, Christ-like and 
consistent, it may truthfully be said of her, 'Blessed are the pure 
in heart.' She was a woman of most attractive personal appearance, 
which was made still more beautiful by the graces of mind and 
heart with which she was endowed. In her girlhood days she 
united with the Methodist church, for which she always retained a 
deep love." Issue: John Warren, born 12 July, 1846, graduated at 
Wesleyan University, Middletown, Ct., 1878, and settled, as civil 
engineer and farmer, upon the ancestral estate in "The Village." 
He was efficient in establishing the water system of the town, and 
has been many years a valuable member of the school board. He 
married 11 Feb., 18S5, Mary Foster Wade, who was born 12 Feb., 
1846, to F"rancis H. and Eliza A. -Grant Wade of Ipswich, and died 
2 Nov., 1895. Miss Wade was a school teacher many years, schol- 
arly in her tastes, "a very attractive spirit," and esteemed for her 
sterling worth. She taught nineteen years in Montreal, Canada, 
mostly in "Saybrook Hall," opposite the Windsor Hotel. The 
building was subsequently purchased by the Young Women's 
Christian Association, and remodeled for their use. Many of the 
former pupils were interested in the project, and at their suggestion 
one of the halls was called "The Mary Wade Hall" and furnished 
with memorials of her. Her only child was a son, born and died 29 
Oct., 1885. He married, second. Miss Harriet Elizabeth Appleton"' 
31 Aug., 1901. They have two children, Mary Appleton, born 1 
July, 1902, and Frances, born 26 Feb., 1904. 

12 Warren^" was born 17 July, 1836. He married 12 June, 
1859, Elizabeth Baker Lord of Ipswich, and had Boynton issue: 
Lizzie M., born 1 Oct., I860, and died aged 4 months; W. Howard, 
born 9 Sept., 1862, and died 19 Dec, 1^76; Martha L., died 14 
Aug., 1866, aged one year. Mr. Boynton in 1898 represented his 
native district in the Lesrislature. 



JOHN PERLEY was born in Rowley, 7 or 1 April, 1737. 
He married 21 Sept., 1767, Lydia Perley-40' of Boxford, who was 
mother of all his children. She was born 13 May, 1741, and died of 
scarlet fever and throat distemper 10 Aug., 1804. His second wife, 
published 25 Oct., 1805, was widow Phebe Cheny of Rowley. She 
died, about five years after the marriage, of lethargy, or apoplexy, 
5 June, 1811. His third and last wife was Hannah40\ a sister of 

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his first wife, and widow of Daniel Clark-82 of Georgetown, whom 
he married 22 Nov., 1814, in Rowley. Mr. Perley died in Rowley, 
Saturday, 30 Nov., 1822, at the age of eighty-five years. He and 
his first wife Lydia owned the covenant of the Linebrook church, and 
had their daughter Lydia baptised there, 18 Dec, 1768. There the 
rest of their children were baptised. 

Mr. Perley was a member of the Linebrook Company of militia 
and Minute Men, and, under command of Capt. Abraham How, 
marched to the battle of Lexington, on the ever memorable morn- 
ing of the 19th of April, 1775. He marched eighty miles and was 
from home two days. 

Mr. Perley lived centrally from the present villages of Boxford, 
Georgetown and Rowley, and was too remote to participate much in 
town affairs. Like his lineal ancestry, he cared little for public 
office. He gave his efforts to the cultivation of his extensive farm, 
and by a happy life and frugality accumulated a property valued, in 
1781, at ;^822. His home was his parental home and made his by 
his father's will. There all his children were born. 


To the memory of 


Died Nov. 30, 1822, 

Mt. 85. 

A tender husband, a father dear, 
A much lamented friend lies here: 
When Christ returns to call him forth, 
The rising day will show his worth. 


To the memory of 

LYDIA Wife of 


Died Aug. 10, 1804 

yEt. 62. 

Behold and see, as you pass by, 
As you are now so once was I; 
As I am now so you must be, 
Prepare for death, and follow me. 

1 Perley children: Lydia'-, Samuel-100, Lucy-lOl, David-102, 
Moses-103, John-104. 

2 Lydia' was born 29 Sept., 1768. She married 22 Nov., 1791, 
Thomas Dickinson of Rowley. She died 12 Aug., 1803. A child 
Perley lived in Hill, N. H. 



ABIGAIL PERLEY was born 13 May, 1739, in Rowley, where 
she died 13 Dec, 1813. She married 30 March, 1762, Richard Ten- 
ney, born to William and Mehitable-Pearson Tenney of Rowley, 20 


Oct., 1736, and died 28 Jan., 1802. He served on a committee "to 
hire one lieutenant and nine privates, on as reasonable terms as 
they can & to giv^e advance pay if best." . 

1 Tenney children: Sarah'-, Elizabeth-, David'', Richard'', Wil- 
liam'-, Perley-, Amos Jewettl 

2 Sarah^ was born 10 Jan., 1768, and died 24 Oct., 1888; Eliza- 
beths 20 June, 1764, and died 25 Oct., 1848; William^ 12 Jan., 
1771, and was an M. D. in Loudon, N. H.; Perley', 14 June, 1773, 
married 8 Jan., 1802, Maria Ingalls, was merchant in Newburyport, 
and had Susanna, Sarah Perley and A. Maria. 

8 David' was born 28 Eeb., 1776, and died 9 April, 1826. His 
first wife was Abigail Spofford, born 24 Jan., 1760, in Georgetown, 
to Col. Daniel and Judith-P"ollansbee Spofford. His second wife 
was Judith, married 7 March, 1798, lived in Rowley, and died 11 
July, 1831, and had born Sarah, 5 April, ll>^~ \ David Barnard''; 
Moody, 8 (and died 2S) March, 1794; David, 8 Oct., J 795; Nabby, 
15 Jan., 1797; Parmelia, 18 March, 1798; Richard, 1 March, 1802,- 
who by his second wife, Hannah Casy (sister of his first wife, So- 
phronia) married, 8 Oct., 1827, had ten children, of whom Sarah P^liz- 
abeth, the' eldest, born 6 Jan., 1829, married, 25 Oct., 1847, Luther 
Dame of Newburyport, a real estate agent, born in Kittery, Me., .8 
March, 1826,, four, of whose children died young, leaving Percy Litch- 
field, bank teller, born 18 Dec, 18,59, Wm. Pinkney, born 20 Jan., 
1864, and Jessie Green, teacher of violin, born 1 P^eb., 1870; Daniel 
Spofford, 25 Sept., 1805. 

4 Richard' was born 9 Sept., 176S, and 6 Dec, 1790, married 
Ruth Ingalls, and had three children: Daniel Ingalls, born 2 May, 
1800, who, upon the deat;h of his brother William, became sole man- 
ager of the jewelry store of that day in New York City, who was of 
the "Astor House P^amily," of which Daniel Webster was a mem- 
ber, who made frequent gifts to his native town — one "a fine bronze 
statue of W'ashington," and 'who died 28 Nov., 1881; William, born 

22 Feb., 1806; and PHizabeth, who married a Hanford and died in 
1872, leaving a bequest of $5000 to the Society for Aiding Aged 1^'e- 
males in Newburyport. 

5- Amos Jewett" was born 27 May, 1777, and died 1 Aug., 1840. 
His first wife was Lucy Spofford, who was born 29 April, 1780, and 
died 2 May, 1883. His second wife Apphia, was sister to Dr. Jere- 
miah Spofford of Groveland, who died 12 Feb., 1879, aged sixty- 
two years. He was extensively engaged in shoe manufacture in 
Georgetown, in which his son and grandson, George J. and Milton G., 
are his successors. He was an exemplary citizen. A beautiful fam- 
ily monument marks his tomb. Issue: Charles Spofford"; George 
Jewett"; Milton, born 7 P^eb., 1807, and died 1 Jan., 1814; Richard"; 
Lucy Harriet, born 1 May, 1812; Harriet Braman, born 7 Nov., 
1821, and died 22 Jan., 1888. 

6 David Barnard'^ was born 14 July, 1791 ; his wife's name was 
Hannah; their home was Salem. Issue: Orlando Barnard'"; live- 
line Matilda, born 1819; Putnam P^arnham, born 1821 ; Rosman Lit- 
tle, born 1828; David Barnard, born 1^26, city clerk, Haverhill. 

7 Charles Spofford'^ was born 25 Oct., 1802. He married, first, 

23 Oct., 1828, Elizabeth Nelson^ who was born to Stephen M. and 


Apphia-Lambert Nelson, 11 May, 1<S0U, and died 10 Jan., 1848. He 
married his second wife, Sarah C., in 1848. They Hved in George- 
town. He was for some years a railroad superintendent. Issue, three 
by first wife: WilHam Milton, born 1883, died 1850; Elizabeth N., 
born 1841 ; Apphia N., born 1848, and Amos Jewett, born 1850. 

8 George Jewett" was born 28 Aug., 1805. He married 21 Dec, 
1836, Susan Nelson, born to Lt. Jonathan and Hannah-March Nel- 
son, 20 March, IS 14. His home is in Georgetown, where he and his 
son Milton G. are extensively engaged in the manufacture of shoes, 
employing over a hundred workmen in their factory and a large 

number outside. Issue: Milton Grenville, born 18:}7; , born 

and died 1888; Lucy Spofford, born 1839. 

il Richard' was born 23 Feb., 18 10. He married 20 Dec, 1887, 
Mary S. Nelson, (sister to Elizabeth') born in Georgetown, 25 
April, 1818. Issue: Mary S., born in 1846. The Boston Journal of 
Dec. 11, 1884, said: "Richard Tenney, aged seventy-four years, died 
at his home in Georgetown, Mass., Tuesday night, after a long and 
painful illness. Mr. Tenney has always lived in Georgetown, was 
very prominent in religious matters and for many years was libra- 
rian of Peabody Public Library. Mr. Tenney leaves a widow and 
one daughter, Mrs. A. S. Stiger of Brooklyn, N. Y. Two brothers, 
Charles S. and George J. Tenney, and one sister, Mrs. Lucy H. 
Dole, also survive him." 

10 Orlando" was born in 1816. He was a trial justice in George- 
town for many years. He was a just judge, a man of wide experi- 
ence in business and remembered for his sterling citizen qualifica- 



MARY PF:RLEY was born 2 March, 1745-6, and died 2 Jan., 
lS2L She married 28 July, 1766, Joseph Chapman, baptised for 
Daniel and Mercy-Jewett Chapman of Ipswich, 6 March, 1742, and 
died 24 March, 1826, aged eighty-six years. He was a farmer and 
shoemaker of Rowley. 

1 Chapman children: Ruth'-, Elizabeth", Marv". Sarah'*, Mary^, 

2 Ruth' was born 20 April, 1767, and died in Rowley unmarried 
31 July, 1709; Elizabeth', in 1768, and died in Rowley unmarried, 
Dec, J 822; Mary', 2 Aug., 1772, and died 19 Sept., 1779; Nabby', 
13 July, 1788, and died 13 April, 1808. 

8 Sarah' was born 21 March, 1774, and died 22 May, 1804. She 
married, 21 March, 1800, Capt. Daniel Conant, born to William and 
Mary-Perkins Conant of Ipswich, 11 Jan., 1775, and died 11 May, 
1850. His second wife, married 26 March, 1811, was widow Lucy- 
Perley Hazen-101, his first wife's cousin, and he became, by that 
step, the step-father of four children. His home was in Ipswich. 
Issue: Joseph Chapman'; Sally*^. 

4 Mary' was born 18 May, 1777, and died, probably of internal 
cancer, 1 Nov., 1858. She married Isaiah Smith, born l8 Feb., 


1775, to James and Jemima-Foster Smith, of the "tavern" that stood 
opposite "the great barn" of David T. Perley-371, and died of con- 
sumption of the blood, 24 April, 184(3. His home was in Ipswich, 
till 1801, when he removed to North Bridgton, Me., where he was 
a farmer. Issue: Ruth, born 16 Aug., 1799, and died in Bridgton, 
unmarried, 1 Sept., 1880; Joseph Chapman, born 20 Aug., 1801, and 
died in Bridgton, 2 Nov., 1824; Anson, born and died in Aug., 1803; 
Ansel, born 3 Sept., 1804, married in March, 1830, Sally Peabody, 
born 17 Aug., 1805, to William and Sally-Stevens Peabody of 
Bridgton, their home till 12 May, 1845, when they removed to Port- 
land, Wis., where he became a farmer, and died of bilious fever, 27 
Aug., 1845, without issue, and his widow married a Brown; Perley 
Dennison"; Abigail, born 23 March, 1810, and died in Bridgton, un- 
married, 31 Jan., 1867; Apphia, born 7 Aug., 1812, married 22 Dec, 
1836, Caleb Swan, a farmer, born 1 Aug., 1803, to Joseph F. and 
Jane-Osgood Swan of Fryeburg, Me., and died of paralysis of the 
brain, 10 Nov., 1867, without issue, having lived in Fryeburg till the 
spring of 1848, when they removed to Waterford, Me.; Hcnry^ 
Sarah, born 23 July, l^Ki, and died unmarried, in Bridgton, 10 July, 
1868; Elkanah,'born 22 March, I81S, and died 17 July, IS 19. 

5 Joseph C." was born 19 May, 1802, and "suicided" 24 March, 
1834. His wife was Abigail Lamson and they had Sarah, who died 
in 1834, Lucy, who died in 1848, and Joseph Chapman. 

6 Sally'' was born 7 May, 1804, and died 5 Jan., 1872. She mar- 
ried 25 Dec, 1827, Abraham Lummus of Ipswich, born 30 July, 
1801. Their home was Ipswich and their children: Elizabeth, born 
in 1828, and died in 1864; Abraham, born in 1829; William, born in 
1S33; Sarah, born in 1835, and died in 1854; Charles, born in 1838, 
and died in 1S42; Margaret, born in 1840; and Mary Abbie, born 
in 1849. 

7 Perley Dennison^ was born 1 May, 1806, and married, in Dan- 
ville, Me., 26 Dec, 1833, Louise Burgess, born 5 April, 1812, to 
Joshua and Elizabeth-Sutton Burgess of Romulus, N. Y. She died 
in Auburn, Me., 29 June, 1870, of injuries received in a carriage 
accident. He was a farmer and land surveyor in North Bridgton, 
where he died of typhoid fever, 1(5 Nov., 1846. Issue: Isaiah Per- 
ley, born 13 Feb., 1S3(), graduated at Bowdoin College, 1S5S, Ban- 
gor Theological Seminary, 1861, occupied Congregational pulpits in 
Berlin, Mass., Raymond and Dover, N. H., and Chatham, Mass.; 
Henry Sutton Burgess, born 12 July, 1838, graduated at Bowdoin 
College, 1861, a physician, Bowdoinham, Me.; Andrew Robinson 
Giddings, born 2 May, 1841, graduated at Bowdoin College, 1863, 
a physician at North Whitefield, Me. ; Joshua Vincent, born 9 
Sept., 1845, graduated at Bowdoin College, 1867, a physician, Mel- 

8 Henry* was born 2 June, is 14, was a farmer in North Bridg- 
ton, Me., where he died of rheumatism and consumption of the 
blood, 4 F'eb., 1880. He married 18 April, 1848, Alvina Gibbs, born 
to Jene and Nancy-Dodge Gibbs of Bridgton, 12 July, 1823. Issue: 
George Edwin, born in 1849, and died in 1873; Ansil Irving, born 
in 1852, and died in 1854; Lewis Swan, born in 1855, and died in 
1858; Annie Mary, born in 1858; Emma Jane, born in 1861. 



RUTH PERLEY was born 2 Sept., 1747, and 8 Sept., 17H7, 
ti married Philemon F"oster, born to Jonathan and Jemima-Cummings 
F^oster, in Ip.swich, 1 1 June, 1737. He was a farmer, and many 
: years a deacon in the Linebrook church. Their tombstone reads: 

■' In memory of 


i who died 

; May 10, 1818; 

" aged 82. 

and RUTH his wife 
ji who died 

j April 10. 1834; 

I aged 87. 

j Ifeatler, be ye also ready. 

I 1 Foster children : Dudley-, Sarah", Philemon-, Ruth'-, Dorcas", 
] Philemon^ Ruth\ P:iizabeth". 

2 Dudley' was born 13 March, 17t>8, and died 20 July, 1775; Sa- 
I rah' was born 30 July, 1770, but is not remembered by the older 
( generation now living, and probably died young; Philemon' was 
' born 24 July, 1773, and died 14 July, 1776; Ruth' was born 26 July, 
* 1775, and died young. Dudley's death and Ruth's birth occurred 
I on the same day(.'') Should not the record "Dorcas Foster died 30 
j Aug., 1791", read "Dudley" Foster, etc..-' 

I 3 Dorcas' was born 27 June, 1776, and 2 July, 1800, married 
Daniel Ellsworth of Rowley, a farmer and shoemaker in Linebrook 
Parish, and son of Eunice-Tenney and Jonathan Ellsworth, a tan- 
ner. He died 22 Dec, 1849, aged eighty-three years; she 19 Jan., 
1866, aged eighty-nine years, seven months. P211sworth issue: 
Hiram"; Jeremiah*; Elbridge-'; Daniel'"; Dorcas, who was born 13 
Dec, 1817, and died of consumption, 16 Aug., 1836. 

4 Philemon' was born 5 Feb., 1779, and died 26 Nov., 1845. His 
wife, published 19 Jan., 1800, was Nabby Hobbs, a native of Tops- 
field, who died of cancer, 22 Sept., 1857, aged seventy-eight years. 
He was a farmer in Linebrook Parish, Ipswich. Foster issue: Abi- 
gail (or Nabby)"; Philemon Cummings'-; Sarah^''; David'''; Lucy 
Hobbs'*; Lydia Burpee'"; Gorham Parsons'"; Almira Parsons, born s 
Jan., 1S21, and now living in Ipswich; and Cyrus'l 

5 Ruth' was born 30 Aug., 1781. Her husband, published 13 
Nov., 1801, was William Conant, Jr., Esq., who was familiarly called 
"Squire Bill'"'. They settled in Linebrook Parish, where he was a 
farmer, justice of the peace, drawer of legal papers, many years 
selectman, assessor and overseer, a substantial, practical citizen, a 


pillar in society and town. His wife was a woman of practical 
piety. She was at one time the only member of the local church. 
Between 1816 and 1824, she wrote many religious letters to her 
neighbors and others, and in 1831 published a sixty-page pamphlet 
of them. She was a good letter-writer; her diction was attractive, 
and her sentiments, though partaking of the old orthodoxy, were 
tenderly importunate. Her father, son and son-in-law were dea- 
cons. Thus their tomb : 


Nov. 19, 1858 
/Et 86 yrs. 4 m's. 


his wife died 

April la, 1859, 

/Et 77 yrs. 6 m's. 

"Blessed are the deail wlui die in the Lrird." 

Conant issue: William F'oster-^O'i ; Gilbert'"; Daniel^'; Elizabeth, 
born 14 May, 1809, and died 19 Feb., 1810; Cyrus, baptised 14 
April, 1811, and died 5 July, I8l9, aged eight years, four months; 
Elizabeth, baptised 15 Feb., 1815, and died 10 Feb., 1817, aged two 
years, twenty days ; Harriet Atwood-'; Eleanor Emerson'"^*; Abigail 
Tenney, born 7 June, 1825, and died 8 Jan., 1844. 

6 F!lizabeth' was born 26 March, 1784 or 5, and died, read the 
town records, 2 Oct., 1844, aged fifty-nine years, six months, six 
days. Her husband, published 9 April, 1808, was William Conant, 
o'^ born in 178;'), to Moses, a farmer, and Mary-Wildes Conant of 
Ipswich, and died 4 July, 185L He was familiar)}' called "Little 
Bill", to distinguish him from "Squire Bill"''. He was a farmer and 
cultivated parental acres, in Ipswich — Linebrook. Conant issue: 
Calvin, born 21 Feb., 1809, and died 28 July, 184:}, aged thirty-four 
years; Ruth'''; Elizabeth"-"; Lois, who died 22 Oct., l8:-}4, aged fif- 
teen years; Eunice Cummings'". 

7 Hiram'' was born 22 Oct., 1801, and died in Ipswich, 17 Oct., 
1859. He married in Hamilton, Mass., 19 Oct., 1884, Lois Bean, 
born in Waterboro, Me., 19 Dec, 1805, to Micajah and Eunice-Pike 
Bean. Her father was born at Brentwood, N. H., 10 May, 1776, 
and became a farmer; her mother, at Waterboro, 15 May, 1779, and 
died at Tuftonboro, N. H., 5 Aug., 1863. Mrs. Ellsworth died in 
Linebrook, without children, 31 Dec, 1886; Mr. Ellsworth was a 
farmer — an excellent man, neighbor and citizen. 

8 Jeremiah'' was born 16 May, 1803, and died 28 Oct., 1886. He 
was a shoemaker and a farmer. He married 14 Oct., 1828, in Ips- 
wich (published 13 Sept.,) Olive P'oster Chapman, born 12 Dec, 
l'^06, to Joseph and Mary-Lummus Chapman of Linebrook, and died 
in Rowley 17 Sept., 1861. His second wife, married 1 Jan., 1863, 
was his first wife's sister, Mrs. Abigail-Chapman Weed, born 16 
Nov., 1808, and died 3 Jan., 1894, in Georgetown, without issue. 


Mr. Ellsworth was a tall, muscular man, of strictest probity, an 
exemplary citizen. 

9 Elbridge* was born 20 Sept., \^0b. He married 16 Oct., 
(publi-shed 22 Sept.,) 1S32, Mary C. Brown, and had one child Mrs. 
Joshua Appleton, who died 14 June, 1902, aged sixty-eight years, ten 
months, in Hamilton. Says Deacon Tenney-47": "He was admitted 
to the Linebrook church, 1S8], a man of unusual intellectual powers 
of great force of character, of great energy and determination, ac- 
tive and aggressive, eloquent in exhortation, fervent in prayer, a life 
fully consecrated, and became a leader. In a few years he removed 
to Hamilton, where he died in l-'^73. He was a man of large ph)- 
sique, and with his immense unshaven beard would have been a mag- 
nificent model for a painting of one of the old Jewish patriarchs." 

10 Daniel'^ was born 13 Jan., IHO'^. He was a farmer in Line- 
brook for many years. He often served the parish in official sta- 
tion; himself. Deacon Potter" and Mr. Perley-375 were a committee 
to agree with Rev. Alvah M. Richardson as pastor of the church. 
He was a plea.sant man to meet in conversation, a kind neighbor, a 
substantial citizen and a Christian gentleman. He sold his farm 
and removed to Boston, where he was in the shoe business and 
where he died 11 March, 1S83. He married. Rev. Moses Welch 
officiating, 11 May, 1S43, in Linebrook, Elizabeth Cynthia Andrews, 
born in Linebrook 23 July, 1824, to Eunice-Kneeland and Joseph 
Andrews, a farmer. She died 15 Oct., 1883, in Boston. Each of the 
family was a member of the local church, and one of its stable pil- 
lars. Mrs. Ellsworth was a teacher before marriage. Their only 
child, Edna Elizabeth, was born 18 Nov., 1844, in Linebrook. She 
married, in same place, 17 Nov., 1869, Orrin Gayton Mooar, who 
was born 3 Oct., 1846, to Mary Ann-Conant (sister to Elias C.'"') 
and John Mooar, a shoemaker. He was educated at Dummer 
Academy, and was a successful merchant in shoes and general foot- 
wear in Boston, and was prominent in church and business circles. 
He died 21 Oct., 1889. Mooar issue: Roy Ellsworth, born 22 Dec, 
1870, graduated at Boston University, College of Liberal Arts, 1895, 
and taught in high schools and academies; Mary Gertrude, born 14 
May, 1873. 

11 Abigail (or Nabby) was born 6 Nov., 1802, and died in Box- 
ford 13 July, 1881. She married 2 Sept., 1828, Albert Brown, who 
was born in West Newbury, 6 July, 1803, to John, a comb-maker, 
and Sarah-Noyes Brown, died in Lynn, 23 Jan., 1892, and was 
buried in Boxford. Mr. Brown was a shoemaker, and lived most of 
his life in Linebrook. Mr. Brown's father John was some time 
Turnpike toll-gatherer in Linebrook. Brown issue : Lavinia Fos- 
ter, born 8 Jan., 1829, and married Andrews; Eliza Cleaveland, 
born 19 Oct., 1831, and married Jayncs; Ruth Emily-194; Sophia 
Dodge, born 22 Jan., 1835, and married, first, 8 May, 1856, John E. 
Ellsworth, son of Simon and Hannah, and second, a Nichols; Luther 
Chaplin, born 28 Jan., 1837, and died in Lynn, unmarried, a patriot 
veteran soldier; Hannah Almira, born 11 Jan., 1843, and married a 

12 Philemon Cummings" was born 23 March, 1805. His first 
wife was P^liza Jane Felton of Salem, published 13 Oct., 1832. She 


died the mother of two children, 14 Oct., 1837, in Ipswich. His 
second wife was Hannah Fickard, born to David and Hannah-Spil- 
ler Pickard of Rowley, Dec, 182U, married H Oct., 1839, and is 
now living with her son David in Rowley. He was a farmer and 
shoemaker, and many years a Turnpike toll-gatherer. He died in 
Georgetown 1 Sept., l8Hj. Foster issue: Eliza Mary'-"; Walter 
Cummings'-'; Richard RusselP^ Hannah Angelia'-'^; Benjamin Frank- 
lin'' ; David Philemon, a shoemaker, born lil Nov., 18;');;, living un- 
married in Rowley. 

lo Sarah^ was born "24 F'eb., 1807, and 15 Dec, 18*27, married 
Daniel I'roctor Pingree, born 7 March, 1807, in l^ridgewater, N. H., 
and died in Linebrook, 13 Nov., 1S8S. She died 27 Aug., 1888. 
They were born the same year; they died the same year. He was 
a shoemaker. Pingree issue: Melinda'"; Mary Abigail-oOf); David 
Philemon, born 27 June, 1883, in Rowley, and died 1 May, 1^38; Da- 
vid MighilP'; Lydia Pllizabeth*'. 

14 David' was born 23 Aug., 1809, and died 4 Sept., 1892, in 
Ipswich. He married 31 July, 1831, Angelina Webster Pingree, (a 
sister to D. Proctor) who was born 21 Feb., 1810, and died 12 Jan., 
1877, in Ipswich. His second wife, married ;') Sept., issi, when .she 
was thirty-nine years old and he seventy-one, was Nancy M. Allen of 
South Sudbury, Mass., widow of Tibbetts of Ipswich. She lived 
last in Beverly. Mr. Foster was a farmer and trader. He was 
early an officer in the militia, under Gen. Solomon Low, for whom 
he named a son. Foster issue: Elizabeth Bixby'"; Angelina Abbie, 
born 5 May, 1834, and now living in Ipswich unmarried; Solomon 
Low'-'; Olive Jane*'; David Calvin, born 28 March, 1846, and died 12 
Sept., 1848; Eleanor Augusta, born <> May, 1850, and living unmar- 
ried in Ipswich; Cynthia Phillips^'. 

15 Lucy H.' was born 4 Dec, 1^11. She married 18 Oct., 1832, 
Joseph Conant-' (brother to Alvin T.) born (5 Nov., 1811, and died 
20 Oct., 1885. She died 12 Nov., 18S6. He was a farmer and shoe- 
maker in Linebrook, without issue. The local new.spaper says of 
him: "He was a quiet man, a good, obliging, social and esteemed 
neighbor. In his manhood's prime he was identified with parish 
affairs, serving it in various capacities. He was one of the proprie- 
tors of the church edifice, and assisted very materially in its erec- 
tion. His active life earned him a comfortable property, and his so- 
briety and kindness a good name." 

Ui Lydia B.' was born 25 June, 1815, and died in Danvers, 20 
April, 1891. She married 5 July, 1888, Trowbridge Curtis Taylor, 
born in Holliston, Mass., 1(3 Oct., 1812. "Before the war of the 
Rebellion," reads the Salem Observer, "he worked at his trade of 
shoemaking. He enlisted 1 Oct., 18G1, and went to the front in 
Co., A, 28"* Infantry, as a musician. He ser\'ed his time or till dis- 
charged, from which time he has not been a well man. He was a 
merited pensioner. Many of his early years were spent in Line- 
brook, and while the old-fashioned church orchestra consisted of 
viols, flute and clarionet, Mr. Taylor was for many years conspicu- 
ous in it. He served the little church long and well, and to show 
their appreciation of his excellent service the society presented him 
with a fine-toned flute costing about ^40. He was an excellent 


player, and could hustle a dance or draw a psalm with the best of 
them. He was a good man, neighbor and friend. He died in Ips- 
wich, at the home of his grandson Arthur W. Conant, 15 Aug., 
i lS9;-3, and was buried at the side of his wife in Danvers." Taylor 

issue: Sarah Maria'** and Everett, born in Sept., 1850. 
J 17 Gorham P.-* was born 15 March, 1818, and died 5 Nov., 1851. 
. He married, 21 Nov., 1848, his cousin, Mary Foster, born 25 Dec, 
1827, to Simon and Mary-Perkins Foster of Linebrook. Simon mar- 
ried Mary Perkins, 10 Oct., 1814, and Eunice Perkins, l(j Oct., 
1827. Gorham was a farmer and shoemaker. His widow became 
the second wife of Asa Lord, Jr., of Ipswich, and after Mr. Lord's 
death, she married Edward Plouff, Senior, of the same town. She 
was thrice widowed, and is now ( 1903 ) living in Ipswich. Mr. 
[• Plouff bought "the old Heard distillery", and converting it into a 
tannery, did a good business till near the close of the War of the 
Rebellion, when he retired. Foster issue: Mary Jane, born 14 Oct., 
I 1845, and died 28 (town records, 2) Nov., 1847; Lewis Philemon, 
; born 17 June, 1848, and died 1(5 March, 1806; Gorham, born 28 
March, 1851, and died 25 March, 1880, by the caving in of earth 
, upon him, in Leadville, Col. 

! 18 Cyrus' was born 27 July, 1828, and died 8 March, 1898, in 

Ipswich. He married 9 Aug., 1858, Martha Mary Potter, who was 

I born 8 April, 1880, to Asa and Susan Hadley-Johnson Potter of 

I "The Village", Ipswich. He was a farmer. He served two years 

i as a patriot soldier, and was discharged for disability. Foster issue, 

1 born in Ipswich except the first : Cyrus Edwin, born in George- 

I town, 12 Oct., 1854, a watch-case manufacturer in Bo.ston, married 8 

Sept., 1880, Isabelle Love Mclntire, and have no children; Martha 

Jane, born 11 July, 1858, and fore-lady in Pray's carpet store, in 

Boston, unmarried; Susan P^liza, born 25 Dec, 1861, married :> 

Dec, 1890, P>ed. Everett Worthington, a jeweler in Beverly, Mass., 

having no issue; Almira Parsons, born 2 May, 1865, married 20 

May, 1895, Forest Almyr Dow, shoemaker, Beverly, born 14 July, 

1857, to Mary-Dow and Lewis Dow, a farmer of Pittsfield, N. H., 

having issue: Martha Pearl, born 18 Nov., 1895, and Ruth Lillian, 

born 27 Dec, 1897; Lillian Cornelia, born 29 April, 1869, married 

26 Oct., 1897, Julian Augustus Fogg, manufacturing jeweler and 

engraver, Boston, now retired to his farm in Hampstead, N. H., 

born 18 Nov., 1889, to Leah Partington and P'rederick Livesly Peter 

Fogg of Stockport, Cheshire, Eng. 

19 Gilbert' was born 1 Aug., 1804, and died 21 March, 1885, in 
Ipswich. He was a school teacher, surveyor, farmer, timber mer- 
chant. He wrote for newspapers upon topics of agriculture and 
birds, and published a work on the birds of this section. He married 
26 Oct., 1881, Lavinia Foster (sister to Irene'-") born 18 Jan., 1807, 
to Thomas and Hitty, and died 7 March, 1870, of dropsy. Conant 
issue: Gilbert Roger, born 19 Aug., 1882, and died 19 Oct., 1859, 
married 4 April, 1859, Mary Abigail Pingree-865, born 8 July, 1881, 
leaving posthumous child, Gilbert Roger, born 6 Jan., 1860, a black- 
smith and skillful horse-.shoer and residing married in Gloucester; 
Caroline Lavinia, born 9 Nov., 1884, residing, unmarried, in Boston. 

20 DanieP was born 11 March, 1806, and died of lung fever, 18 



Aug., 1<S82. He was a farmer in Linebrook and lived on the paren- 
tal estate. He married, first, -i'i April, 1880, Irene Foster (sister to 
Lavinia'^), who died 28 Feb., 183S, aged twenty-nine years. He 
married, second, I Jan., 1889, Miss Hannah Conant, born sister 
to Alvin Tyler", S April, 1810, and died '20 May, I88i). Conant 
issue: Lucy l-^lizabeth'^ born 8 July, 188.'), and 17 Dec, 1851, mar- 
ried Amos J. Millett of (Georgetown; Delia A., who married Lewis 
A. Chapman of Topsheld, 14 Jan., IS — . 

21 Harriet A.'' was born 18 March, ISIS, and died 22 Oct., 18SG, 
in Topsfield. She married 4 April, ls:jS or 9, Rev. Francis Welch, 
pastor of the Linebrook church. 

22 Eleanor E.' was born 9 April, 1821, and died in Boxford 19 
Oct., 1879. .She married 20 P'eb., 1S4-5, Dea. Jacob Symonds Potter, 
who was born to Nathaniel and Phebe of Linebrook Parish, where 



MRS. J. S. porrER. 

he was many years a farmer, and a deacon, till he removed to Box- 
ford, and was elected a deacon in the Memorial Church of George- 
town, in which oflfice he died 26 Jan., 1888, in South Georgetown, 
aged sixty-five years, without issue. 

28 Ruth*' was born 10 Dec, 1814 or 15, in Ipswich, and was 
living with her daughter Celia, in Rowley, where she died, 16 Sept., 
1902. She married 2 Dec, 1840, Emerson Howe, who was born 23 
Nov., 1S18, to Mark, a farmer, and Lucy-F"oster How, and died in 
Linebrook, 1 Sept., 1885. The local newspaper thus spoke of Mr. 
Howe's death: 

"He died on the ancestral farm, originally a part of the 'Norton 
Reserves,' which, 11 Jan., 1650, was granted to James How42, 


who lived in three centuries, dying at the age of one hundred and 
four years. The old homestead had garnered many precious mem- 
ories and hallowed associations, and afforded a pleasing family ret- 
rospect of 'IH'4 years; he 

Nor chanj^ed uor wished to t'hange his place. 

"Mr. Howe was one of our best citizens, quiet, intelligent, care- 
ful, unpretending, positive. He sought no office, but his parish- 
ioners in recognition of his worth kept him thirty-six years their 
parish clerk, he serving his thirty-seventh year when he died. His 
church urged him to accept a deaconry, but he declined. For years 
he was a member of the church choir, and nearly all his life of the 
Sunday school, serving many years as assistant superintendent. He 
was an excellent neighbor, social, generous, obliging, exemplary. 
In the affairs of the church and society he was true to principle and 
a righteous man. 

" 'Mark the perfect man and behold the upright, for the end of 
that man is peace.' 

Their only child is Celia Augusta, born "27 Aug., 1843, who mar- 
ried 5 Nov., 1862, George Prescott, born 21 Aug., 1887, to George 
Kittridge, lumber and wood merchant, and Dolly-Chaplin Prescott 
of Rowley. Mrs. I^rescott was educated at the Topsfield Academy. 
Mr. Prescott continued the wood and lumber trade of his father, is a 
public spirited citizen and exercising official station. They have 
had only one child Vernon, who, born 20 June, 1888, died in infancy. 

24 Elizabeth'' was born 8 March, 1811, baptised 19 Nov., 1820, 
and died 12 Nov., 1887, aged seventy-six years, eight months, four 
days, in Ipswich. She married (published 10 Sept., 1831) Luther 
Chaplin, who was born in Rowley, 31 Jan., 1804, to Jeremiah, a 
farmer and shoemaker, and PZunice-Stickney Chaplin, and died in 
Georgetown, 19 Dec, 1882. He was a farmer in easy circum- 
stances, enjoying life and a large circle of friends. Their children 
were Caroline Elizabeth^", and Louise C, who was born 18 P^eb., 

25 Eunice C' was born in Ipswich, 10 May, 1825, and died in 
Millwood, Rowley, 15 Feb., 1895. She married in Ipswich, (pub- 
lished 23 Oct., 1827,) Daniel Kimball Jackson, born in Rowley, 1 
March, 1818, to Caleb, a farmer, and Elizabeth-Spofford Jackson, 
and died without issue 20 Sept., 1895. He was a farmer in Rowley. 
Mrs. Jackson was many years afflicted with blindness. 

20 Eliza M.i- was born 12 Feb., 1888, and 12 March, 1850, mar- 
ried Stephen Augustus Perley, who was born in 1830, and lived 
many years with Deacon Potter", in Linebrook. She married, sec- 
ond, (published 11 Jan., 1868) Benjamin Fuller, who was born in 
Middleton, in the fall of 1837, to Benjamin and Esther, and died in 
Georgetown, where his widow resides. Perley issue : Eliza Augus- 
ta, born 2 Oct., 1851, married 20 Jan., 1869, William A. Lamb, .son 
of Augustus and Augusta, a shoemaker, born in Worcester in 1847 
or 8; Annie, born 8 Oct., 1855, adopted in 1857, by John W. and 
Sarah J. Beal, and married 8 Sept., 1878, George Augustus Frame, 
son of Samuel and Hannah-Welder P'rame, a shoemaker, born in 
Middleton, in 1850, now residing in Topsfield; May Goodwin, born 


in Topsfield 16 Sept., iSttO, and died in Dan vers, 8 Aug., 1S()2. F'ul- 
ler issue: Amos, born 20 March, 1874, in Middleton. 

•27 Walter C' was born 28 July, 1880, and lO Feb., 1804, mar- 
ried Mrs. Margaret-Kneeland Hobson, widow of Henry of Rowley, 
born 10 or 13 May, 1828, to Levi and Margaret Kneeland. She 
died in Rowley 20 Aug., 1884, leaving child Henry Warren Hob- 
son, born 4 March, I845. Walter died of heart disease in New- 
bury 29 Jan., 1893, without issue. 

28 Richard R.'- was born 11 Nov., 1842. He married 1 Aug., 
1878, in Somerville, Mass., by Rev. H. H. Barber, Harriet Elma 
Towle, who was born in Bangor, Me., 4 March, 1840, to Elizabeth 
Reynolds-Barker and James Madison Towle, a farmer and trader. 
They have no children. 

Mr. Foster was a patriot soldier. He acquired his book knowl- 
edge in the Linebrook and Millwood schools. He worked at farm- 
ing and shoemaking till May, 1801, when he enlisted in the Rowley 
company of 1st Battalion Rilies, M. V. M., which later became Co. 
C, 19 Regt. Mass. Vol. Infantry. He went into camp 20 June at the 
Goodhue place at Lynnfield ; the regiment was organized in the 
camp. He was mustered in 20 July, and left the State 28 August, 
going direct to Washington, D. C, and camped at Meridian Hill, 
Georgetown. He finished the summer near Edwards Ferry. 
The regiment was engaged at Balls Bluff 21 Oct., 18<)1, "the first 
time we heard the music of rebel bullets," he says. 

In the spring of 18(52, his regiment went to Harper's Ferry, 
affording him a visit to the scene of John Brown's exploits; then to 
Berryville, affording a view of the field where Brown was hanged ; 
then to Harper's Ferry again; then to Washingtoii, D. C; then to 
Fortress Monroe and Hampton, Va., which place Magruder had 
burned. From 5 April to 4 May, 18()2, was the siege of Yorktown, 
where he helped throw up earth works and build roads, and though 
many times under fire, no casualties came to Co. C. He was 
present at West Point 8 May, Fair Oaks 31 May and 1 June. 

On 25 June, he took part in their first encounter of importance 
with the enemy. He was in the retreat from Fair Oaks to Harri- 
son's Landing, the engagements at Peach Orchard, or Allen's 
Farm, Savage's Station, White Oak Swamp, or Glen Dale, Malvern 
Hill, Bull Run 2d 30 Aug., Antietam 17 Sept., P'redericksburg 
11 and 13 Dec. and 3 May, 1803, Gettysburg 2 and 3 July, Mine 
Run campaign 20 Nov. to 2 Dec, The Wilderness 5-7 May, 1804, 
Spottsylvania, 8-12 May, the 12th being at the bloody angle, or sali- 
ent. He was captured 15 May, 1804; was confined in Andersonville, 
Ga., Plorence, S. C, Milan and Savannah, Ga. He was paroled in 
March, 1805, at Goldsboro, N. C, and was sent around from 
Wilmington to Annapolis, Md.; had 30 days furlough, and 17 May, 
1805, was returned to the regiment. He took part in the grand 
review in Washington, D. C, was discharged 30 June, 1805, at 
Munson's Hill, Va., and arrived in Rowley 3 July, 1805. He was 
appointed corporal 24 Nov., 1862; sergeant in April, 1804, and was 
sergeant of mounted pioneers at headquarters of the Second Army 
Corps when he was discharged. 

Since his return he has done citizen service in Rowley, George- 


town, Haverhill, Boston, Framingham, Declham, Waltham, Mass., 
and Amsterdam, N. Y. He has been shoemaker, painter, paper- 
hanger, driver of milk wagon ; driver, conductor, starter and foreman 
• of a horse railway ; station agent three years, news dealer two years, 
' real estate agent three years, provision business two years. He was 
appointed justice of the peace 4 May, 18H0 and 1898, by Govs. Rob- 
inson and Russell. He has been adjutant of the Soldiers' Home in 
Mas.sachusetts since 17 Feb., 1890. 

29 Hannah A.^'- was born in Linebrook 20 Oct., 1845, and 20 Oct., 
1863, married in Georgetown, Daniel Woodbridge Dresser, born 23 
July, 1844, in Newbtn-yport to John and Alice Dustin-Cook Dresser. 
He is a shoemaker in Rowley. Dresser issue : Annie Russell"", 
Mary Elma^'- and Lorinda Dustin^'\ 

30 Benjamin F.'- was born 12 Feb., 1849. He is a shoemaker in 
Rowley. He married 24 Dec, 1876, in Linebrook, Etta Jemima 
Dexter, born in New Brunswick 29 May, 1857, to Susannah-Spearing 
and James Andrew Dexter, a farmer. Foster issue: Frank Forrest, 
born 18 March, 1878; Annie Russell, born 14 March, 1882; Fannie 
Florence, born 27 July, 1891. 

31 Melinda''* was born 11 June, 1829, and 28 Dec, 1849, married 
Alvin Tyler Conant, born 1 Dec, 1827, to Joseph Lott and Ruth- 
Gilford Conant of Ipswich, and died 26 Oct., 1863, a patriot soldier, 
at Folly Island, S. C., having been mustered in 3 Sept., 1862. They 
had no children except an adopted child, Jennie, daughter of William 
H. Morse of Lynn, that died 6 June, 1876. Melinda is living in Ips- 
wich. Her husband's father was familiarly known as "Joe Lott," to 
distinguish him from Joseph Conant, father of Elias C.^^ who was 
called "Master Joe," and who was a fine singer and for a long time a 
singing-school master. 

32 David M.^* was born 16 July, 1839. He was for three years a 
Union soldier. He married, Monday, 9 or 16 March, 1885, Mrs. 
Margaret Ann Jackson, formerly the wife of Luther Holland Jack- 
son. She was born to John Calvin and Margaret Ann-Rogers Smith 
in West Newbury, 1 Jan., 1851. Her father was a fllorist in New- 
buryport. Her children born to Jackson are Roland Emery, 18 
Dec, 1871; Joseph Luther, 25 Nov., 1873; Arthur Averill, 10 June, 
1877; Hattie Florence, 3 April, 1878. Pingree issue : Allen Proctor, 
born 10 Nov., 1887; Lydia Ann, 23 Feb., 1890. 

33 Lydia E.'-' was born 6 July, 1844, and 6 May, 1866, married 
Joseph Warren Cheever, Rev. Robert Southgate of Ipswich officiat- 
ing. Mr. Cheever was a clerk in Hovey's dry goods house, Boston. 
He died a young man ; his widow made her home in Ipswich. They 
had three children : Ralph Pingree, Fred Foster, William Partlow. 

34 Elizabeth B." was born 15 Sept., 1832, and died 6 June, 1876. 
She married 31 Jan., 1854, James Harvey Wiley, who was born 17 
Oct., 1827, to Jonathan and Phebe of William.stown, Vt., and died in 
Ipswich, a farmer, 14 Nov., 1892. Issue: Elmer Harvey^^ and Olive 
Jeanette, born 27 Aug., 1867, and is living in Ipswich unmarried. 

35 Solomon L." was born 27 Sept., 1836. He married, first, 13 
Nov., 1867, Frances E. Doyle, who died 6 Sept., 1876, aged 29 years. 
He married, second, 7 Sept., 1875, Mary Abbie Langley, born 21 
Nov., 1845, in Concord, N. H., to Rufus Williams and Almira-Leav- 



itt Langley. Mr. Foster was a patriot soldier in the Rebellion, and 
is now a gate man for the Boston & Maine railroad in Ipswich. Is- 
sue: Ida May, who died in Aug., IXlH, three weeks old, and Ger- 
trude Mabel, born 7 Sept., 1881. 

86 Olive ].'' was born 11 April, 1889, and 28 April, 1859, married 
George William Knowlton, a stone cutter, of Salem, Mass., born 15 
July, 1839, to Mary-Doyle and George Knowlton, a blacksmith, of 
Rockport. Knowlton issue: Addie Manette, born 9 Nov., 1859; 
George Frederic, 6 Nov., 1805; Newell Scott, 1(5 Sept., 1868; True 
Blethen, 80 Aug., 1871; Fmma Olive and John Fdwin, 20 March, 
and died Emma 16 and John 18 Aug., 1877; Margaret Olive, 2 May, 

87 Cynthia P.^^ was born 18 March, 1854, and 80 June, 1874, 
married Dennison Pickard Moore, born 11 May, 1840, to Dennison 
and Susan-Moore Moore of Beverly, lie is a mariner. Moore issue : 
Charles Dennison, born 6 June, 1875; Angie Foster, 18 Nov., 1876; 
Harry Hemming, 15 Sept., 1880; Bessie P:ila, 10 Oct., 1882, died 15 
May, 1892; Frank Phillips, 8 July, 1885; Herbert George, 8 Dec, 
1887; Galen Blethen, 18 Jan., 1890. 

38 Sarah M.""' was born 23 Dec, 1888. She married 2 July, 1854, 
Elias Cornelius Conant, born 19 March, 1884, to Joseph and Anna- 
Foster Con ant of Linebrook. Mr. and Mrs. Conant are exception- 
ally fine singers, and had they practiced with that reference would 
have excelled in music as a profession. He was several years super- 
intendent of the Topsfield town farm, and also of the town farm of 
Milton, Mass. He owns a fine estate in Hampton, N. H., his home. 
Conant issue, all born in Ipswich: Arthur Webster, 29 Dec, 1854; 
Warren Elias, 16 Nov., 185(); Florence Augusta, 20 Dec, 1858, and 
married William P. Kimball; Anna Foster, 10 July, 1S(>2, and mar- 
ried Frank A. Boyce, baggage master at Londonderry, N. H., son of 
Sarah J.-Melvin and Nelson Boyce 27 Aug., 1881; Alfred Sumner, 
1 Dec, 1867; Cleaveland Augustus, 26 June, 1870; Nellie Miriam, 
1 July, 1874. 

39 Lucy E.-" was born 8 July, is:)5, and 17 Dec, 1><52, by Rev. 
David Tenney Kimball of Ipswich, was married to Amos J. Millett, 
born 1 June, 1832, to Joshua of Rowley. His early life was spent in 
Rowley; he was a shoemaker and farmer. When he settled in 
Georgetown a third of a century ago he learned the mason's trade 
and has pursued it since. He joined the Congregational church in 
Rowley at the age of sixteen, and was transferred to Georgetown, 
where he has been a deacon ten years or more and a long time on 
the standing" committee. Mrs. Millett is a member of the same 
church and has the while been active in its work. They celebrated 
the half-century of their marriage. Their children : Charles E., 
P^lizabeth Irene, who married a P'airbanks, and Ida, who died aged 
sixteen. Portraits of Deacon Millett and his wife are shown on the 
next page. 

40 Caroline E.-^ was born 2 March, 1832, in Rowley, and died 
there 9 Oct., 1875 (Rev. B. H. Weston says 12 Nov., 1887). She 
married in New York City 6 Aug., 1850, Benjamin Scott Dodge, 
born 9 Jan., 1828, to Martha-Scott and Solomon, a miller of Rowley. 
Mr. Dodge was at one time engaged in a proprietary medicine trade, 



but ultimately disposed of his interest and returned to his farm. He 
has his second wife. Dodge issue: Ella F., born 2 Sept., 1855; 
Georgiana''; Rosabelle, 7 Oct., 1.S5S; Frederick F., 17 Jan., ISHO; 
Mandana Scott, May, l^Hi; Benjamin A., 2:5 Ian., lS«jH; Lizzie Belle, 
19 Oct., lHtJ9. 

41 Annie R."' was born 2»J Feb., 1S64, and died 27 Sept., 1884, 
two months after her marriage with Albert Sheridan Barker, 29 July, 
1884. He was born 8 Oct., 1864, in Newburyport, to George, a har- 
ness maker, and Sarah Elizabeth-Titcomb Barker, now of Ipswich. 
Mr. Barker is a butcher on a wagon in Groveland, where he has a 

42 Mary E."-* was born 29 Nov., 1860, in Rowley. She married 
Greenleaf B. Merrill, and has Greenleaf B., born 2 June, 1891. 
They resided, 1>^98, in Peabody, Mass. 

43 Lorinda D.'-'' was born 26 Sept., 1870, and 12 Aug., 1896, mar- 
ried, in Rowley, Stephen Augustus Pedrick, M. D., born 12 Nov., 

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1867, in Beverly, to Clarissa Susan-Ober and Richard P'rederic 
Pedrick, a shoe manufacturer. The doctor is in practice in Rowley. 
Pedrick issue: Woodbury, born 10 Jan., 1897, in Appleton, Me. 

44 Palmer H.^^ was born i;> March, 1><66, and married 25 March, 
1887, Nettie Loring Pierce, born 15 May, 1870, to Mary PZlizabeth- 
Schencks and George Washington Pierce of Ipswich. He was for 
many years foreman for Mrs. William G. Brown of Ipswich. Wiley 
issue: Bessie Merton, born 25 July, 1888; Annie Vera, born in July, 
1898, and lived three months. 

45 Georgiana* was born 30 Dec, 1856, in Rowley, where she mar- 
ried 11 March, 1875, Bartlett Hardy Weston, who was born in 


Georgetown 24 Dec, 1840, to Caroline Matilda-Hardy and Flint 
Weston, a farmer. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College, was 
several years principal of the historic Atkinson Academy, and is a 
clergyman in Dunstable, Mass. Weston issue : Marion Dodge, born 
10 March, 1884, and Ruth Vernon, born 25 April, 1892. 



SAMUEL PERLEY was born 11 Aug., 1742, in Linebrook 
Parish, Ipswich. When he was twelve years old, 11 July, 1757, his 
father died. Abraham How of that parish was appointed his guar- 
dian. His boyhood was probably spent in his native parish. He 
was instructed in the family school of Rev. George Lesslie, pastor of 
the parish church. He entered Harvard College at the age of seven- 
teen years, and graduated there in 17H;i, under President Holyoke. 
He declined, it is said, a professorship there, and studied divinity 
with his old instructor, Rev. 

George Lesslie. These au- /^ Cyy ^>n 

tographs were written by ^^(Z^TTlU^^y ^(^^^^^ 
him forty years apart, the i y 

first in 1704, the second in ^^—-"'^^y 

1804. His biography may be ^ ^ y'Oy'^ 

found in "American Biogra- 'Z*.^^*'*'*-^'^ ty ^^rt^^ 

phy." The site of his birth- ^ 

place is pictured in family 80. 

His first pulpit was at Seabrook, now by a change of the town 
line Hampton Falls, N. H. He gathered the church and established 
the Presbyterian faith. He was there ordained and installed, 31 
Jan., 1765, when he was twenty-two years old. His old instructor, 
Rev. Mr. Lesslie, on the occasion preached the sermon, which was 
published. He was there ten years, during which the church was 
built as .shown herewith. He lived in the birthplace of Gov. Me- 
sheck Weare, called the "Boyd house," but now (1893) the "Stan- 
ley house." 

He was next settled over the church in Groton, then known as 
Cockermouth, Strafford County, N. H., which had been organized 
12 March, 1777. He was installed there 8 Oct., 1778, but continued 
only a few months. He was ne.xt installed, 20 Oct., 1780, in Moul- 
tonboro, over the church that had been formed in 1779, a parish 
which he occupied but little more than three years. His next and 
last pastorate was over the Congregational church in Gray, Me., 
where he continued to reside till his death. He was installed 8 
Sept., 1784, as their first minister. He retired from the ministry 
about 1791. As a preacher he has been very highly estimated. 

He led a company of volunteers to the battle of Bunker Hill, 
where he arrived quite too late to participate in the action. His fur- 
ther service was not needed and he returned home with his command. 

Mr. Perley was a man of good natural abilities, and he was pos- 
sessed of extensive learning for the times. His library was large 



and embraced many valuable works, not only upon the subject of 
i theology, but of law and general knowledge, standard works of that 
period. He was tenacious of his opinions, and, we believe, had just 
' enough egotism to give prominency to his talents. In his dress he 
was very plain ; he said he never wore rufifles but once, and that was 
when he received his diploma at college. Few men wrote more in 
that section up to the time that Simon Greenleaf, afterward professor 
in Harvard College, settled in Gray. In 1809, as well as before and 
after, he had considerable correspondence with John Adams, Presi- 

@ii saiitwi umu m mmmm^ si. i^. 

dent of the United States, upon current questions concerning the 
government and its condition and probable action in the trouble 
which had commenced with Great Britain. In letters Mr. 
Perley betrays a familiar acquaintance with ancient and modern his- 
tory, a versatility of talent to be commended, and a patriotism worthy 
of being placed in the same rank as that of his renowned correspon- 
dent. In one of his letters to Mr. Adams, dated at Gray April 5, 
1H09, after discountenancing the impressions that the "nefarious 
Governor Hutchinson," as he termed him, had occasioned, he closed 
his epistle as follows : 

"But, Honored Sir, the GOD of the armies of Israel was our 
shield, buckler, and salvation. He, with a touch of his fingers, at 


Saratoga, and at Yorktovvn, in Virginia, laughed our enemies to 
scorn; the Almighty held them in derision, — Has not the God of 
Israel given us the best constitution (state and national) that he 
ever gave to any nation, or people, that ever inhabited this terraque- 
ous globe? Has he not prospered us be3'ond all other people? I 
think that the questions imperiously demand an affirmative answer. 
How is it then, that all of a sudden, our political horizon is complete- j 
ly covered with sable clouds, which seem to be impregnated with 
the wrath of Jehovah, and threatening us with the roaring of cannon 
and civil war throughout our political jurisdiction." 

"Sir, I am aba.shed; my soul sinks within me!! It seems to me, 
that our great political parties exert themselves as if it was not in j 
their power to bring destruction upon us so swift and sudden as ' 
they could wish. It seems to me, that I can see the exertions that 
took place in Athens, Macedon, and Sparta; that I can see the in- 
trigues that were in Rome, in the days of Nero and Caligula. Wc 
well know, in our United States, what it was that overthrew all the 
republics in the old world. Shall we not shun these Syllas, these 

"But Honored Sir, if I am mistaken as to the nature and tend- 
ency of our State and national constitutions; if I am mistaken as 
to Mr. Jefferson's administration, your correction of these errors, 
will be grateful to millions in the U. States of America. 

"I cannot believe, that you wish for the erection of a monarchy, 
in these United States, together with its concomitants; neither do 
I believe that you for a Grecian democracy." 

In his answer to this letter, thirteen days later, Mr. Adams says: 

"I agree with you that our prosperity has been as great as that 
of any peoi)le that ever existed, and that our Massachusetts and 
National Constitutions are better than any that I have ever known 
or read, as long as they are administered by the People and their 
Representatives according to their spirit and true principles. How 
long this will be depends upon the people themselves. If the 
People and their Representatives sacrifice the characters and de- 
stroy the influence of the best, most enlightened, and most disinter- 
ested men by calumnies, and promote those who have neither 
hands nor hearts fit for their stations, and are actuated only by mo- 
tives of avarice and ambition, it will not be very long before our 
prosperity will be exchanged for calamity and our free institutions 
converted into tyrannies." 

Mr. Perley was the delegate from Gray to the convention held in 
Boston to ratify the Federal Constitution in 17H8. In this con- 
vention Mr. Perley was one of the majority that consented to its 
adoption. While the convention was in session, some one had the 
audacity to defame the character of Washington which tended to 
arouse the patriotic feeling of Mr. Perley, who, rising, made a spirited 
reply. He said he had an acquaintance with Roman and Grecian 
history, and he believed there was never since the creation of the 


world a greater general than Washington, except Joshua, who was 
inspired by the Lord of Hosts over the armies of Israel." 

For some time Mr. Perley was the only physician in Gray, and 
for many years he did an extensive law and probate business, writ- 
ing deeds, wills, agreements, and doing the work of a justice of the 
peace. His first justice's commission is dated 14 Feb., he received 
it 3 April, he qualified before Hon. Robert Southgate and Samuel 
Freeman, Esqs., 11 April, 1804. His second commission was 
dated IS March, 1811, and his third 18 March, 1818. Thus he per- 
formed the office of lawyer, physician and clergyman with ability, 
and his name is yet revered and honored in the place of his use- 

Mr. Perley resided in the house which he built in Gray upon 
the " Parsonage," which was inherited by his twin sons Abraham 
and Isaac, and is now in possession of Isaac's sons Thomas H. and 
Washington, who with their brothers Isaac and Cephas W. possess 
about 550 acres, mostly contiguous. The original farm contained 
about 125 acres, which was somewhat encumbered, till, by the enter- 
prise of Joseph H. Perley of Portland,, the mortgage was lifted. 

Mr. Perley married, 21 May, 17tJ5, about four months after his 
first settlement, Miss Hephzibah Fowler, daughter of John and 
Mercy-Howe Fowler, of his native parish, and took her immediately 
to adorn his pastoral home. She was baptised 22 May, 1743, and 
was sister to Martha who married Allen Perley-42. She died in 
Gray, Friday, 28 Aug., 1818, at the age of seventy-five years. 
Her husband survived her till Sunday, 28 Nov., 1830, the eighty- 
ninth year of his age. Near his residence was an old oak tree 
in whose shade he used to pass much of his time during the 
summer season, and he requested that his remains might repose 
beneath its shade. His request was observed, but a brook that 
flowed fast by washed away the earth, and it was thought proper 
to remove the remains to the village cemetery, — which was done 
a few years since. A newspaper correspondent in Gray wrote con- 
cerning this incident : " I often sit under the same 
oak tree under which he used to sit and write. He 
requested to be buried there. It always reminds 
me of the 'old talking oak,' so beautifully spoken 
of by Tennyson. It stands upon a bank, at the 
foot of which runs a little brook whose liquid music 
you hear all the year. The little stream began to 
undermine the grand old oak, many of its roots 
were bare, and it was evident that in time the tree 
must fall. So the remains were taken to the vil- 
lage cemetery." A granite monument seven feet 
four inches in height marks his resting-place. The 
inscription upon the front tablet is as follows : 

Rev. Samuel Perley, 
Born Aug. 11, 1742, 
Died Nov. 28, 1830. 

The inclosure is ample for the interment of about thirty persons. 
The headstones are of Italian marble, and bear only the Christian 


names of the persons reposing beneath. The dates of their deaths 
and their epitaphs are upon the monument. The monument was 
erected in 1878, by the brothers Cephas W., Washington and 
Thomas H., grandsons of Rev. Samuel, at a cost of from $1000 to 

One of his grandsons writes: "I was much indebted to my 
grandfather for my early instruction. He gave the impetus; he 
first taught me to articulate the sounds of ideas, and he it was who 
guided my infant steps in my first attempts to walk. His precepts 
and example will cling around my heart while memory endures." 

1 Perley children: Samuel-105, Nathaniel-106, Phoebe", Sa- 
rah-107, Abraham-108, Isaac-109, Hannah'-^, Susannah-. 

2 Phoebe' was born in Seabrook, 28 Sept., 1771. She married 
Abel Merrill of Gray, Me., and located in New Portland. He was 
a captain in the Light Infantry. They had one child Samuel. 
Hannah' was born 18 June, 1780, not of sound mind, died 9 March, 
1840. Susannah' was born 11 Aug., 1782, married Thomas Han- 
cock of Otisfield, Me., and had Samuel, a farmer on the old home- 
stead ; Thomas, one of the most wealthy and influential citizens of 
Gray; Joseph. 



JOHN PERLEY was born in Linebrook Parish, Ipswich, 22 
Nov., 1743. He removed to Rowley shortly after 3 Jan., 1769, and 
there made his home. He was called captain. He might have been 
a sea captain, as a brother and son were. He married Lucy Hol- 
land, daughter of Joseph and Mary, in Linebrook, 2 May, 1765. 
She was born in Ipswich, where she was baptised 7 Jan., 1738. She 
died in Linebrook, 21 Feb., 1766. He married, second, Hannah 
Mighill of Rowley, 21 Sept., 1769. He was drowned, 28 Nov., 1811, 
at the age of sixty-eight years. His widow survived him only about 
ten months, dying 8 Sept., 1812, at the age of fifty-nine years. His 
first child was born in Linebrook, the other children in Rowley. 

Hannah's descent was honorable. Her father, born 1715, was 
Nathaniel Mighill, Esq., and her mother was Elizabeth Appleton, 
daughter of Col. Samuel Appleton, who was a representative man 
and armiger, whose tomb in an Ipswich cemetery "presents a 
strange instance of false heraldry." Her grandfather, born 1684, 
was Capt. Nathaniel Mighill, active against the Indians, and her 
grandmother was Priscilla Pearson, a descendant of John who built 
the first fulling mill and clothier's works in America. Her great- 
grandfather, born 1651, was Stephen Mighill (son of Thomas the 
immigrant and his wife Ellen), who married Sarah Phillips, whose 
needle-work is spoken of below, daughter of Rev. Samuel Phillips, 
second minister of Rowley, and Sarah Appleton, daughter of Sam- 
uel of Ipswich and descendant of John who died in Great Waldring- 
field, England, in 1436. 

It is said that Mr. Perley's residence was located at the southern 


corner of the Common, on the right going south, and that the house 
now located there is the same. It has a curb roof, and in Mr. 
Perley's day had an immense chimney in the center, which, it is said, 
his son Nathaniel removed when he thoroughly repaired the old 
mansion, running through it from front to rear door a wide and 
attractive hall, after the English pattern, erecting the two chimneys 
and covering its frame entirely new. The following from the pen 
of Miss F. Ellen Moody Dole^ in relation to this house will be found 
very interesting: — 

"A few years ago, before new buildings had crowded into the 
fields by Rowley Common, there could not be found a more charm- 
ing country scene. From beneath the heavy branches of a giant elm 
at the parting of the ways, was seen our old homestead set among 


trees and shrubbery at the farther end of the Common, against the 
beautiful background of Prospect Hill. At a comfortable angle, to 
take in all the sunshine of a winter's day, and with a pleasant slope 
of grass before its broad front door, the house was built about 1730, 
by Nathaniel Mighill. His father, Capt. Nathaniel Mighill, gave 
each of his sons a farm in his own life-time, and the story runs that 
trees were selected in the woods for the frame of this house, there 
being no joint from the ground at the back to the ridge-pole. When 
the house was finished — it was several years in building — Nathan- 
iel was married to Elizabeth, the young widow of Mr. David Payson, 
and daughter of Mr. Samuel Appleton, 3d, and Elizabeth Whitting- 
ham of Ipswich. To visit her must have come a goodly company of 
relatives, and the second marriage of her mother with Rev. Edward 
Payson, the third of the Rowley ministers, brought this household 
into intimate relations with the large family of Paysons. 

"Of the stirring days of the Revolution the old house could tell 
many a tale, for Nathaniel Mighill was chosen to represent the town 

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in the Provincial Congress, immediately after the opposition to Gen. 
Gage, and he continued prominent in public life. 

"Hannah, the only child who survived Nathaniel and Elizabeth 
Mighill, married Capt. John Perley of Linebrook, and inherited the 
farm where were born their many children. Many of the fine elms 
along the roadside and on the Common are said to have been set out 
by this John Perley; and his son John was also a tree lover, and 
raised here the Southern Lady apple and other fruits rare in Rowley. 
By the wall on the northern boundary of the field, a row of trees he 
planted still stands; but the gnarled old cherry trees that dropped 
flowers and fruit upon the rumbling stage-coaches, like them are 
gone. The field opposite belonged to this estate, and there, well 
back from the road, stood the ample barn — a fine play-house, we 
may imagine, for the Perley children. 

"Not all of them found homes near by. Priscilla went to Boston 
on her marriage, and at her home died her young sister, Mehitable, 
from a cold caught at a ball. Her grave is in King's Chapel yard. 
John remained in the old home and cultivated his ancestral acres, 
while his sons traveled far. With him lived his sister Hannah, 
whose wheel and loom were busy in the eastern upper chamber, 
from which could be seen Plum I. stand and the ocean. Wonderful 
was the store of linen of many patterns that she wove, and some of 
it is treasured still in the family. To her mother's early home 
came for her golden wedding, the daughter of Elizabeth Perley 
ElwelP, Mrs. Jamin. She had had the unusual experience of visiting 
the princely home of her husband's kindred in the Isle of PVance, 
with her little daughter Hannah, who died before marriage. A long 
poem was written of the child's departure from her village home by 
a local celebrity, the talented Mr. PVederick Knight — 

"But go- we olaiiii not all thy worth ; 

A gem of native growth,' 
Whose stem was of exotic birth, 

It must remember both." 

"The graves ot the Jamin family are marked by a cross of red 
sandstone in Rowley graveyard. 

"It was the daughter of John Perley, Mrs. Lucy Ann Kilham, 
who made the old house so attractive in our time. Many will re- 
member the lady at the open door, the wide hall through the house 
with a curious East Indian chair by the stairs, and graceful statues 
gleaming white against the rich red of the walls. All the wood- 
work was finished like old wood, and the front rooms opening from 
the crimson hall were restful in soft tints, and niost interesting with 
wainscot and cornice and shutters, low mantels and cheerful fire- 
places. The kitchen and other room at the back had large closets, 
and very high mantels with paneled cupboards above. In the par- 
lor were many books in arched alcoves, fine pictures, quaint foreign 
cabinets, richly colored glass, and most effective of all, over the dark 
polished door used to hang one of the curtains embroidered by Sa- 
rah Phillips, daughter of Rev. Samuel Phillips, the second minister 
of the town, and grandmother of the builder of the house. More 
than two hundred years ago the Puritan maiden set the many pa- 
tient stitches in the flowers and vines and the peacock, still gorgeous, 


upon that length of homespun. A spindle-backed chair is another 
treasure, marked "not to be taken from the house," and a large 
china punch-bowl, an heirloom of the Perleys. And hidden away 
in the long low room under the roof, a child once found what were 
to her very curiously wrought pieces of metal with names on them — 
the coffin plates of some of her ancestors. 

"To one wandering alone through the deserted rooms, or pluck- 
ing cinnamon roses from bushes long ago planted, or sitting there 
in the shadow of the lilacs, looking off upon the hills, the brooding 
silence is alive with memories, and the mystic bond of kinship 
strengthens with those who have lived and died here. Truly this is 
one of the 

"Old homesteads sacred to all that can 
Gladden or sadden the heart of man." 

John Perley, blacksmith, when of Ipswich, 5 Jan., 1769, pur- 
chased of Abel, Betty and Hannah (widow) Cresey of Rowley a 
third of an acre of land "with a dwelling house and barn thereon" 
for £'67 6s. 8d. The premises were bounded southeasterly by the 
county road, northerly by land of Hon. John Hobson, northeasterly 
by land of Nathaniel Barker, southwesterly by land of Samuel Bai- 
ley, in Rowley. — Reg., 128:86. 

John "Parley," blacksmith, sold (mortgaged.^) for ^'22 a mes- 
suage and third part of an acre of land to John Fowler and Ezekiel 
Potter, "yeomans," of Ipswich, 18 June, 1770. — Reg., 128:37. He 
signed his name "Parley." 

John Perley, Jr., of Rowley, blacksmith, and his wife Hannah, 
bought of P^benezer Boynton and wife Jane of Rowley, 16 Sept., 
1807, for $245, land in the P'irst Parish, with dwelling house, bound- 
ed westerly 55^ feet by land of Daniel Poster, northerly by said 
Foster's land, easterly by land of Amos Daniels 76 feet, and south- 
erly by the county road. 

John Perley, who was "Jr." 11 Dec, 1797, was called "gentle- 
man" 28 Jan., 1808. 

Though Mr. Perley died in 1811, the settlement of his estate was 
not begun till 5 May, 1813 (after the death of his widow), when his 
son John of Rowley, yeoman, filed a bond, No. 21,486, with John 
Manning, Esq., and Joseph Lakeman Ross, blacksmith, both of Ips- 
wich, as sureties. Nothing further appears of record. 

The estate of which the house pictured here is an interesting 
part was owned by Nathaniel Mighill, Esq., at the time of his death, 
26 March, 1788, aged 73, and by inheritance became the property of 
his daughter, Mrs. Hannah Perley, who was his only surviving heir. 
She occupied it many years with her husband, and disposed of it by 
the following will : 

"In the name of GOD, Amen! 

"I, Hannah Perley, the lawful wife of John Perley, Jr., of Rowley 
in the County of Essex and State of Massachusetts, being feeble in 
body, but of sound and perfect mind and memory (blessed be GOD 
therefor) do make, ordain and establish this my last will and testa- 
ment. And first I do commit my body to the grave, to be decently 
buried by my executors, and my soul into the hands of a merciful 
Redeemer, trusting through His grace that this feeble body will be 


raised from the dust of death, be fashioned like to His most glorious 
body, and being again united to his kindred spirit, will both be active 
in His praise and worship through a long eternity. 

"As to my worldly interest which it has pleased GOD to give me 
which was left me by my late honored father, Nathaniel Mighill, 
Esq., my will is that it be disposed of after my decease and the de- 
cease of my beloved husband, provided he survive me, in the follow- 
ing manner, that is to say: — 

"I bequeath my daughter Hannah Perley five hundred dollars, 
in money, also my muff and tippet. 

"I give and bequeath to my daughter Elwell and to my daugh- 
ter Rust all my wearing apparel, to be equally divided between them. 

"I also give and bequeath to my four daughters, Hannah Per- 
ley, Hetty Perley, Anstes Perley and Susan Perley, the bedroom 
and east chamber, one-half of the west garret, also liberty in the 
kitchen for household work and the north cellar, all being in my 
present dwelling house. I give also to my four daughters, Hannah, 
Hetty, Anstes and Susan, one-quarter of an acre of land, joining on 
the east end of Plbenezer Perley's house lot ; also liberty for water 
at the well and spout ; also liberty to take any fruit for their own 
eating; also one cow found and kept for them summer and winter; 
also two cords of wood yearly; and all these last enumerated articles 
to be found for them so long as they shall live single and improve 
the same personally. I also give them all my household furniture. 

"I give and bequeath to my three daughters, Hetty, Anstes and 
Susan one hundred dollars each in money. 

"I also give and bequeath to my daughter Dole ten dollars. 

"I give and bequeath to my daughter Perley, the wife of Eben- 
ezer P. Perley, fifty dollars. 

"I give and bequeath to my daughter Kilham fifty dollars. 

"And lastly I give and bequeath all the rest, residue and re- 
mainder of my estate, both real and personal, to my two sons, Na- 
thaniel Mighill Perley and John Perley, equally to be divided be- 
tween them, they paying my just debts and funeral charges. 

"And my will further is that the above said legacies, or sums of 
money, be paid to the respective legatees in one year after my 
decease or the decease of my husband above-named, provided he 
survive me, by my executors hereinafter named. 

"And I do hereby constitute and appoint my two sons Nathaniel 
Mighill Perley and John Perley as executors of this my last will and 
testament; hereby revoking all former wills by me made. 

"In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the 
twenty-fifth day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand 
eight hundred and eleven. 

[Signed] Hannah Perley. 

"Wit. Joshua Jewett, John Lambert, James Perley." 

Proved 7 April, 1813.— Vol. 383:496. 

The inventory of her estate was made by Moses Bradstreet, 
Thomas Mighill and Joshua Jewett, 6 July, 1813, (Vol. 387:29) and 
was as follows: 



The dwelling house with about 6 acres of land adjoining - $1200 
About 4i acres of land on the easterly side of the way with the 

barn 400 

About 5 acres of land, Trumbel's . . . . . 300 

About 25 acres in West Ox-pasture ... - - 625 
About 5 acres, Bachelor Meadow . . . . . 100 

About 9 acres Ox-pasture Marsh 225 



Plrst Account : 

The inventory, all real estate 
Estate debtor: 

Paid M. Richards 

Paid Timothy Harris, Jr. 

Paid David Saunders 

Paid Nathaniel Harris 

Paid David Saunders 

Paid James Smith 

Paid Humphrey Hobson, on mort. 

Paid M. Bradstreet 

Paid James Smith 

Paid M. Dole, Jr. . - . 

Paid A. Woodbury 

Paid Nathan Hobson 

Paid M. Richards 

Paid Ebenezer Boynton 

Paid Nathan Hobson 

Paid Executor . . . . 

Paid for Inventory 







[Signed] John Perley, Jr. 
Dated 5 April, 1815.— Vol. 387:30. 

Second Account. Presented 9 June, 1815. (Vol. 387 :316) : 

Paid H. Hobson (wrongly charged) $714 

Paid M. Bradstreet, ditto 105 

Estate Debtor: 

Charge in former account, . . - - 

Paid N. M. Perley ----- 

Paid Francis Perley 

Paid Francis Perley 

Paid legacy Hannah Perley . - - - 
Paid legacy Anstis Perley - - - - 
Paid legacy Susan Perley - . - - 

Paid legacy Sally Perley . . - - 
Paid for stating this account . - - - 

; 187.27 




Third Account. Presented 26 Dec, 1815. (Vol. 388:260) : 

Amount of credit in 2nd account $819 

Real estate sold by order of Court to Daniel Todd, Jr., 
the only highest bidder: 

25 acres West Ox-pasture $700 

15 acres marsh and upland 265 

Dwelling house, barn and land on both sides of the 

road 3000 


Total $4784 

Estate Debtor: 

Amount of debts in 2d account- - - - $4761.42 
Paid Joseph Woodman, Judith Jewett's executor 100.00 
Paid for stating account 2.00 

Total - - $4863.42 

In 1817, May 6, Daniel Todd, Jr., and Hannah his wife, sold to 
Hannah Perley, Anstis Perley and Susan Perley, all of Rowley, sin- 
glewomen, for $2000, a certain piece of land, about six acres, near the 
Common in said Rowley, with the buildings thereon, bounded east- 
erly by the highway leading to Ipswich ; also another parcel of land 
near the Common with the buildings thereon, about four and a quar- 
ter acres, bounded westerly by the highway leading to Ipswich. — 
Reg. 215:98. 

By this deed the title to this property returned to the Perley 
family, with whose descendants it has since remained, the present 
owner making it her summer home. 

It seems from Mrs. Perley 's will — "all being in my present 
dwelling house" — and the memory of those now living, that the fam- 
ily lived in the Mighill-Perley house, probably from the death of her 
father, "Squire" Mighill, but from the above deeds the family's 
early home in Rowley may have been located elsewhere — some spot 
not now determined but may be later, in the families of his sons, 
Nathaniel Mighill and John. 

This house is one of the most attractive and interesting relics 
of "ye auld lang sine" to be found in the town. 

It is said that in this house Capt. Nathaniel Mighill Perley se- 
creted, for twenty-four hours, a British officer who for some cause 
was a fugitive from British authority. During some part of that 
time the British diligently searched the house in vain. Tradition 
does not name his crime or speak of his ultimate fate. 

1 Perley children: Child^, Elizabeth'^, Hannah-, child", Judith- 
110, Priscilla-, Nathaniel Mighill-lU, Sarah-174, Mary'*, Ruth^ 
Mehitable'% John-112, Anstess'^, Susans 

2 The first child^ was stillborn, 21 Feb., 1766. Elizabeth^ was 
born 8 Feb., 1770, and married, 22 Feb., 1791, Samuel ElwelP in 
Rowley. Hannah^ was born 30 Aug., 1772, never married, and re- 
sided with her brother John, till her death, 3 April, 1853. A name- 
less child^ died in Oct., 1775. Priscilla^ was born 6 July, 1779, and 
by her tomb record died at the age of one year, three months, four- 



teen days. A second Priscilla married Jonathan Kilham of Boston, 
They had a son who was engaged to Lucy A. Perley-112 when he 
died. She married, however, another son, William Kilham. Eliza- 
beth, daughter of Jonathan, married Michael Simpson'' and had a 
son Harry, graduate of Harvard College, who died in Florence, 
Italy; another, P'rank, who did business in Boston, and a daughter 
who married Prof. Seelye of Cincinnati. Jonathan's daughter Julia 
married a son of President Nathan Lord of Dartmouth College, and 
another had a daughter who married a Mears. Mrs. Lord's chil- 
dren: Mrs. Julia Cowles and Mrs. Hosford. Ruth' died at Moses 
Dole's' in Rowley 28 July, 1803. Mehitable' was born 29 March, 1788, 
and died of consumption at Jonathan Kilham's in Boston, 6 or 16 Oct., 
1816. Anstess' was born 8 or 18 March, 1792, published with Na- 
thaniel Lambert of Rowley, 2 Nov., 1822, and died in Boston, of 
white swelling, 12 or 20 June, 1831, aged thirty-nine years. The 
name is also spelled Anstress, Anstes, etc. 

3 Mary' was born 13 Aug., 1783, a twin of Sarah. She died 26 
April, 1853. She married 6 May, 1806, Moses Dole, born to Moses 
and Lydia-Hobson Dole of Rowley, 11 Dec, 1769. His home on 
Summer street became the home of his son John, where all his chil- 
dren were born: Lewis Henry^, Mary^ Mary*', Charles*', John^, Me- 
hitable^ John Perley^ Anstess^ Anstess Perley^ 

4 Susan' was born in Sept., 1796, and 17 Nov., 1822, became the 
j second wife of Ezekiel Todd, son of Daniel and Hannah-Bradstreet 
I Todd of Rowley. [Ezekiel's first wife was Apphia, by whom he had 
( Ednah Gage, born 11 Jan., 1815, and Daniel Gage, born 13 Jan., 
) 1817.] They lived in Rowley. She died in 1850, aged fifty-six. 
' Their issue were Apphia, born 17 Dec, 1823, and married Joseph 
j Hale of Rowley; Ezekiel Rogers, born 13 May, 1827, and married 
\\ an Adams, and left children. 

' 5 Lewis H.' was born 13 March, 1807. He died of small pox 24 
Ij Feb., 1855. He was a shoe manufacturer in his native town, where 

he was very successful in business and familiarly known for his 

benevolence and public spirit. He married Lydia Ann Ellen 
; Moody and had children : Grace, who died young ; Frances Ellen 
, Moody, born 23 Nov., 1849, who resides, unmarried, in Salem with 
I her mother, and Lewis Henry, who, born 2 June, 1852, died 26 
I Feb., 1863. 

J Mary' was born 7 May, 1809, and died from a burn 12 Jan., 1811. 
] Charles' was born 7 May, 1813, married Mehitable P. Jewett, lived in 

Rowley, and had issue : Mary Ann, who married W. C. Donovan", and 
j Charles Leveritt', who married Lydia Ann Foster, daughter of Sam- 
\ uel Perkins Foster, a war veteran of Ipswich. John' was born 23 
I April, 1815, and died young. Mehitable' was born 18 Feb., 1819, 
j never married, resided on her birthplace. John Perley' was born 24 
I May, 1821, resided with Mehitable on the old homestead. Anstess' 
, was born 29 Sept., 1823. Anstess Perley' was born 27 March, 
j 1826, and lived, unmarried, with Mehitable and John P. on Summer 
' street. 
I 6 Mary' was born 28 Jan., 1811, and became the second wife of 

Mark Jewett of Rowley. [Mark's first wife was Elizabeth Gould of 
■ Ipswich, and his third was Betsey Smith, daughter of "Master" 


Smith, a very successful school master and a cousin of Landlord 
Smith of the "Old Rowley Hostelry." 1 lis fourth was a Miss Brown 
of Hamilton, a sister of Mrs. Francis Dane of Boston.] 

That he was discovered tloatiui;- in Rowley river in 1879, when 
eighty years old. is all that is known of his death. Mary left two 
chikhen : Mary Elizabeth, who married Warren Putney, and had 
Bessie Warren, who died young. Lewis Henry and Edith; and Wil- 
lard Holbrook, who died a young man. 

7 Michael Simpson- gave the annex to the Newburyport Public 
Library, and other public gifts. William Clement Donovan' was of 
Chester, N. H., and a Union soldier. He is dead and his widow 
lives in Lynn. Charles L." is an extensive broker in live stock, of 
which he is an unusually good judge. 

8 Samuel Elwell's- daughter married John F. Jamin of the Isle 
of France. George B. Blodgette, Esq., of Rowley, writes: "I knew 
him well, and he was a gentleman." See Miss Dole's letter above. 

Mr. Jamin's tomb record is as follows: "John P>ancis Jamin, 
born in the Isle of France, 1791, died in Rowley, Mass., 1870, aged 
79 yrs. ; Hannah Mighill, wife of J. F. Jamin, died 18(>9, aged 76 
yrs. ; John P'rancis Codeau, only son of ]. ¥. & H. M. Jamin. died 
1844, aged 18 yrs.; Hannah Elwell, only daughter of J. F. & H. M. 
Jamin, died 1840. aged *21 years. 



NATHANIEL PERLEY was born in Linebrook Parish, Ips- 
wich, 11 Oct., 1745. He married Sarah Dutch of Ipswich Village, 
sister to Rev. Ebenezer Dutch, many years pastor of the East Par- 
ish, Bradford, now (jroveland, published "Jo Sept., 1769. She was 
born in 1749. Her second husband was Lt. Samuel Bacon of Brad- 
ford, by whom she had several issue. She died 8 May, 1819, aged 
sixty-nme years. Her epitaph in Groveland cemetery reads: 

What though our joys are torn away 

And buried in tlie silent tomb, 
Jesus can wake the sleeping olav 

And clothe it with innnortal "bloom. 

Sleep on, Dear Mother, thy cares are o'er: 
We soon shall meet to part no more. 

His early home was in Ipswich. We find no corroboration of a 
claim that he lived in Rowley aiid Newburyport. At one time his 
wife and family were living in Groveland, probably with her brother. 

He was a member of Capt. Daniel Rogers' company of minute 
men that marched from Ipswich to Lexington on the 19'** April, 
1775. His company hung upon the rear of the Red-coats as they 
worried their sad way to Boston, and was stationed in that vicinity 
four days. He marched sixty miles and received ten shillings, 
eight pence. After that service he entered with enthusiasm into 
privateering, and did excellent service for a long time. "Cleared 


from Salem, Schooner Sally, Parley Master, for Nova Scotia," 1774, 
probably refers to him. 

In the spring of 1779, despite his vigilance and alertness, he was 
^captured by the hated Britisher. He could not brook the haughty 
insolence of his captor, and he answered back with spirit. The 
British officer shot him dead upon the spot. Thus tragically ended 
'the heroic life of a sterling patriot, at the age of thirty-two years. 
He left a widow and several small children. The administration of 
his estate was granted his widow 6 July, 1779; the inventory was 
\£'21H 17s; her accounts were allowed in 1779, 1788, and 1793. The 
children's guardian was their mother's second husband, appointed 5 
Dec, 1791. 

1 Perley children: NathanieP, William', Ebenezer-113, Samuel- 
114, Sarah^ (John^'). 

2 NathanieP and William^ were probably twins, since they were 
baptised 27 Feb., 1771. 

3 Sarah' was baptised 6 Dec, 1778, in Ipswich. She discharged 
her guardian 22 April, 1800, when she was of Durham, N. H. She 
married, first, Joseph Pollard of Andover, "who failed in business, 
and not relishing the idea of imprisonment for debt, left for parts 
unknown" to us. She married, second, Samuel Wells, a ship black- 
smith of Amesbury. Their children were : Charlotte Bacon, born 
8 Sept., 180JS, and married Jonathan Gove of Seabrook, N. H.; Sal- 
jly, born 9 March, 1810, and married Eleazer Wadleigh of Salis- 
bury; Rebecca, born 23 Dec, 1811, and married William Wise of 
Boston; Nathaniel, born 31 March, 1814, and married Sophia 
Taverner; Mary Eustis''; Lydia ¥/'; Ruth Ann Currier''. 

4 Mary E.'^ was born 15 Sept., 1816, in Amesbury, where she 
died. She married Jeremiah Merrill, a blacksmith, born in Salis- 
bury, 10 Dec, 1814, to Sarah-Felch of Seabrook, N. H., and John 
B. Merrill, a blacksmith of Salisbury, where he died. Merrill chil- 
dren: John, born 4 Jan., 1840, died before 1895; Charles Perley; 
Mary, born 9 Dec, 1843, and married John True of Salisbury; Ag- 
nes E., born 25 March, 1845, and married Dudley E. Gale of Salis- 
bury; Lydia J., born 29 Oct., 1847, and married a Purinton; Frank 
W., born 16 Oct., 1851, and resides in Boston; George W., born 30 
Jan., 1853, and died young; Addie F., born 5 May, 1856, married 
William Swett, and lives in Chicago, 111. 

5 Lydia F.'^ was born 13 July, 1819, in Amesbury, and died 24 
May, 1891. She married George W. Morrill, born 15 May, 1815, in 
Amesbury, to Hannah-Colby and Moses Morrill, a shipwright, and 
died in Boston, 10 Dec, 1886. He was a manufacturer of cars in 
Cleveland, O., and served one or more terms as a Massachusetts 
State Senator. Morrill issue: Horace Adams, born 16 May, 1844, 
and died 28 May, 1857; Frank P^orrest, born 6 Jan., 1847, and a 
banker in Boston, with residence in Newburyport ; Georgetta, that 
died young; Jettie M., born 13 July, 1855, married Charles W. Was- 
son of Cleveland, O., and died in Amesbury, 14 June, 1887, leaving 
two daughters. 

6 Ruth A. C.^ was born 6 Nov., 1824, in Amesbury, where she 
died. She married in Amesbury, 27 Nov., 1855, Orlando S. B, 
Swett, mill overseer, born 1 1 Sept., 1817, to Mary-Swett and her 


cousin Eliphalet Swett, a hatter, of Amesbury. They had Everett, 
who died young. 

7 John\ All we know of this man and his descendants is what 
his grandson and namesake wrote: "All I can find out about my- 
self is that my grandfather's name was John, and that he emigrated 
from New Hampshire to Vincennes in the year 1816, and died 
there the same summer. He had a brother Nathaniel, a lawyer, 
who was a bachelor. My grandfather left four sons, George, Moses, 
John and Samuel. John died in Mississippi; Samuel and my father 
died in Vincennes; I do not know what became of Moses." The i 
record of his own family he gave as follows: John Perley of Atlanta, 
Ga., son of George, married 1 Jan., 1852, R. M. Reade of Liberty, 
Mo., who was born 20 Sept., 1828, and "never had a child." 

This man no doubt belongs to our family, but we cannot place 
him with satisfaction. If his wife was born in 1828, his grandfather 
was born near 1775. He would fit in family 46, but the records and 
traditions do not furnish the man, and Nathaniel was not a bach- 
elor. Squire George A. Perley's chart places him in family 113, 
which gives hardly time enough for three generations, the last mar- 
riageable in 1828. However, this is all we know about him. 



RUTH PERLEY was born 29 Oct., 1747. She was married, 
by her brother. Rev. Samuel Perley of Seabrook, 19 Dec, 1768, to 
Jonathan Ames, baptised in the Second Church, 11 Sept., 1748, for 
Jonathan and Elizabeth-Blunt Ames of Boxford. His birthplace 
was near Capt. Enoch Wood's residence, on the road between the 
two parishes, and the old cellar still marks the spot. There he and 
his young wife made their home, under the parental roof; but only 
a few months elapsed, when, 5 June, 1769, she suddenly died, and 
was quickly buried. Foul play was suspected, and a month later, 10 
July, the body was exhumed and an inquest held. The verdict ran, 
that "she came to her death by poison," and that it was "uncertain" 
who administered it, Jonathan's mother being the person accused of 
committing the deed. It was thought that the great wealth of the 
family saved the wretched woman's life. Such was the tragic end 
of beautiful, young and hopeful Ruth. 

The Essex Antiquarian says this was one of the most interest- 
ing criminal cases tried in Essex County, and thus relates it : 

Spring had hardly come when Mrs. Ames, senior, began to 
speak of Ruth as her son's housekeeper. Eventually, the latter 
part of May, 1769, a child was born to the newly wedded couple. 

On the morning of the fifth of June, one of the neighbors, Mrs. 
Kimball, called to see the young mother. She was met at the door 
by Mrs. Ames, senior, who, in reply to the request of Mrs. Kimball 
to see Ruth, objected, intimating that she was very ill, and had 
vomited and purged so much that it was disagreeable to enter the 
chamber. Notwithstanding, Mrs. Kimball entered the house and 


went into the sick chamber. She found that the room was clean 
and agreeable, and there appeared no signs of vomiting or purging. 
But Ruth was in deathly agony, with froth or phlegm exuding from 
her mouth. She was taken sick in that manner at about seven 
'. o'clock in the morning and died between eleven and twelve o'clock 
before noon. Mrs. Ames said she knew that Ruth would die, as it 
was the same disorder that a certain Mrs. Chandler died with some 
years before, and that it "was as mortal as the plague"; and that 
there would be another death soon, having reference to the baby. 
On laying out the body, livid spots, indicating poison, appeared on 
one of the arms of the deceased. 

The writer was informed many years ago by an aged lady, who 
. was born and had always lived her almost century of years within a 
few rods of the Ames homestead, and personally knew many of the 
people who took a prominent part in the events that followed, that 
the funeral occurred soon after Ruth's death, that none of the 
neighbors were invited to it and that a clergyman from a neighbor- 
ing town performed the burial service instead of Rev. John Gush- 
ing, pastor of the church, who was their nearest neighbor. The 
burial occurred in the old village cemetery, which is shown as it 
now appears in the middle section of the accompanying illustration. 
Mrs. Kimball was supicious that Ruth had been poisoned to 
j death. She repeatedly told of what she had experienced at the Ames 
'house and in the sick room. The peculiar attitude which Mrs. 
; Ames assumed towards the deceased seemed to confirm the sus- 
, picion of poisoning, and that Mrs. Ames was at least cognizant of 
; the crime. The matter of an accusation was not at first conceived, 
J but about a month afterward the feeling against Mrs. Ames became 
,i so strong that a complaint signed by twenty-nine men, and consent- 
^ ed to by the relatives of the deceased, was preferred to Henry In- 
, galls, Moses Dole and Abraham Choate, three coroners, for an in- 
quisition upon the body, which had lain in the ground all that length 
i,| of time. 

j The coroners thereupon summoned a jury of twenty-five (whose 
, names are affixed to their report hereinafter given, Joseph Osgood 
j being foreman), thirteen of whom were physicians; and four other 
^1 physicians were engaged to perform the autopsy. 

The inquest was opened on Monday, July 10th, "when there as- 
i sembled a promiscuous multitude of people." The court was held 
;i in the meetinghouse, which stood on the easterly side of the "San- 
I dy road" in the pasture in the rear of the old cemetery, a road 
' which can still be traced running from the meeting house up the 
I present wooded declivity to the cemetery, and from thence as it now 
I exists to the parsonage on the ancient Andover road. The site of 
j the meeting house, as it now appears, is shown in the accompanying 
\ illustration, at the bottom. 

j Rarely, if ever, has such a mass of people been seen in the 
] parish, the meeting house being, as the current newspaper* said, 
j "much thronged." 

The court was opened with prayer. The coroners then gave 

* Essex Gazette, July 11-18. 1769. 


the jury "their solemn charge." During these exercises, the same 
newspaper account says, "there appeared not the least irregularity 
or disorder, but a solemn, silent sadness seemed to be fixed on the 
face of the gayest youth." 

After the charge, the coroners, the jury and the spectators pro- 
ceeded "with decency and good order," over the winding roadway 
up the hill to the old burying ground, where for five weeks had lain 
the body of the murdered girl. 

The exhumation of the body was begun; and as it progressed 
the human mass surged around the grave so eagerly to see the 
whole operation that they were only kept from causing harm by be- 
ing told that all should have an opportunity of seeing the remains. 

The body was taken to the meeting house, the procession taking 
up its route down the hill, at the middle of that midsummer day. 

An autopsy was made by the physicians; the jury heard their 
report and other testimony, and two days later the coroners and the 
jury made report of their inquisition as follows: — 

"Essex Ss. 

"An Inquisition. Indented & taken at Boxford within the 
s'^ County of Essex, the Twelfth Day of July, in the Ninth year of 
our Sovereign Lord George, the third, by y*' Grace of God, of Great 
Britain, France and Ireland, King, defender of y*" Faith, &c., before 
Henry Ingalls, Moses Dole, & Abraham Choate, Gentlemen, Coro- 
ners for our S'^ Lord the King, within the County of Essex afores*^ 
upon the View of the Body of Ruth Eams Wife of Jon'\ Ames Jur. 
then and there being Dead by the Oaths of Joseph Osgood, || Fore- 
man, Nehemiah Abbot, Amos Putnam, Enoch Sawyer Jun., Micajah 
Sawyer, James Brickett, W'"- Hale, Silas Miriam, Thomas Kit- 
redge, Wallace Rust, Ephraim Davis, Simons Baker, Benjn. Muzzy, 
Ephraim Wales, Peter Osgood, Dan\ Spafford, Asa Perly, Benjn. 
Berry, Nathan Wood, John Hale, Ephraim P\dler, Moody Bridges, 
Nathaniel Pearly, Oliver Peabody, Rich*^. Peabody, Good and Law- 
ful Men of the County of Essex afores'', who being Charged and 
Sworn to enquire for our Lord the King, when, by what means, 
and how, the s'^ Ruth Fames came to her Death, upon their Oaths 
do say, the s*^ Ruth Fames on the fifth Day of June last in the morn- 
ing Died of P^elony ( that is to say by Poison ) given to her by a Per- 
son or Persons to us unknown which murder is against the Peace of 
our s<i Lord the King, his Crown and Dignity. In Witness whereof 
We the s*^ Coroners, as well as the s'^ Jurors to this Inquisition, have 
interchangeably put our Hands and Seals the Day and year above- 

"Joseph Osgood, Nehemiah Abbot, Amos Putnam, Enoch Saw- 
yer Jun""., Micajah Sawyer, James Brickett, William Hale, Silas Mer- 
riam, Tho^ Kittredge, Wallis Rust, Symonds Baker, Benj«. Muzzy, 
Ephraim Davis, Eph™. Wales, Peter Osgood, Daniel Spaffard, Asa 
Perley, Benj«. Berry, Nathan Wood, John Hale, Moody Bridges, 
Ephraim Fuller, Nath^ Perley, Oliver Peabody, Richeard Peabody." 

When it was found that no sufficient evidence could be adduced 
to connect either the husband of the murdered girl, or his mother, 
with the murder, then was demanded an exhibition of that almost 
forgotten "ordeal of touch," which has rarely been known in Eng- 

Bar aud Post iu the Ames Cellar. 

The Ancient Cemetery. 

Site of the Meeting House. 


land in modern centuries, and, as the writer believes, never in New 
England, except in this instance. 

The body being laid upon a table with a sheet over it, Jonathan 
and his mother were invited to prove their innocence by this grue- 
some test. The ancient practice was similar. The body was laid 
at length, covered only with a sheet of the purest white, in the dim 
and weird church, and the suspected party was invited to touch the 
neck of the deceased with the index finger of the left hand, the su- 
perstition being that when the guilty hand touched the remains blood 
would issue, the whiteness of the sheet making it plainly visible, 
"pleading trumpet-tongued against the deep damnation of her tak- 
ing off." 

These scenes were always awful, being rendered more so by the 
environment and the nervous tension of every one of the multitude 
that gazed with strained eyes and breathless upon the accused as he 
dared to either advance toward or retreat from the remains, either 
direction tending to confirm his guilt in the minds of the spectators 
until he finally passed the ordeal, which but few persons ever did. 

In this instance, from fear, probably, not that they believed in 
the superstition, but were afraid that by some chance blood might 
flow, both refused. 

The "examination gave great occasion to conclude that they 
were concerned in the poisoning," and on Tuesday, July 18, they 
were arrested and taken to Salem, where they were confined in the 
ancient jail where the persons accused of witchcraft were imprisoned 
many years before. 

When the grand jury sat, Mrs. Ames was duly indicted as the 
principal, and Jonathan as accessory in the crime. Mrs. Ames' in- 
dictment was as follows : — 

"The Jurors for the said Lord the King upon their Oath pre- 
sented that Elizabeth Eams the wife of Jonathan Eams of Boxford 
in the said county of Essex yeoman, on the fourth day of June last 
past, at Boxford aforesaid, in the county aforesaid, not having the 
fear of God in her heart, but feloniously, wickedly and of her malice 
aforethought intending and contriving with Poison to kill and mur- 
der one Ruth Eams, then and there being in the peace of God, and 
of the said Lord the King, did then & there with force and arms 
feloniously willfully and of her malice aforethought, mix and mingle 
a great quantity of white arsenic, being a deadly poison, in a certain 
quantity of Spermaceti she the said Elizabeth Earns, then and there 
well knowing the said white arsenic to be a deadly poison ; And 
that she the said Elizabeth Eams, there afterwards, to wit, on the 
.-ame day, the poison aforesaid so mixed and mingled as aforesaid; 
with force and arms feloniously willfully and of her malice afore- 
thought, did offer and give to her the said Ruth Eams, to take, eat 
and Swallow down; and that the s'' Ruth Eams, not knowing the 
poison aforesaid, to have been mixed and mingled as aforesaid, in 
the Spermaceti aforesaid, there afterward on the same day, by the 
procurement and persuasion of the said Elizabeth Eams, did take, 
eat and swallow down the said Poison, so mixed and mingled as 
aforesaid ; and thereupon the said Ruth Eams by the said poison, so 
as aforesaid taken eaten & Swallowed down, then and there became 


sick and distempered in her body; and the said Ruth Earns of the 
poison aforesaid, and of the sickness and Distemper thereby occa- 
sioned, did languish, and languishing did live from the said fourth 
day of June last, untill the fifth day of the same June, at Boxford 
aforesaid in the county aforesaid ; on which same fifth day of June, 
at Boxford aforesaid in the county aforesaid, the said Ruth Earns 
died of the poison aforesaid and of the Sickness and distemper 
thereby occasioned as aforesaid; and so the Jurors aforesaid upon 
their ||said|| Oath do say that the said Elizabeth Eams, in manner 
and form and by the means aforesaid, feloniously, willfully and of 
her malice aforethought, did poison kill and murder the said Ruth 
Eams against the peace of the s*^ Lord the King his crown and 

"Jon : Sewell, Atty. pro. Dom^. Reg^. 

"This is a true bill 

"David Britton, Foreman." 

While lodged in jail, Mrs. Ames was heard to mutter in her 
sleep, "Don't tell on me, Jonathan; if you do, I shall be hanged." 

The superior court, in which the case would be tried, being about 
to sit in Salem, Jonathan's sister Elizabeth was arrested as an ac- 
cessory to the murder, by Amos MuUiken, deputy sheriff, on No- 
vember 9th, and lodged in the jail at Salem on the same day. 

The court convened on the morning of Tuesday, the 14th, in the 
old court house that then stood in the middle of Washington street, 
opposite the Tabernacle church. The judges upon the bench were 
Benjamin Lynde, John Gushing, Peter Oliver and P^dmund Trow- 
bridge, and during the session they boarded with William Goodhue. 

The jury impaneled to try the case consisted of Jonathan Orne 
of Salem, foreman, and John Gardner of Salem, William Bowden 
of Marblehead, Daniel Jacobs of Danvers, Thorndike Proctor, Jr., of 
Salem, William Becket of Salem, Richard Manning of Salem, Ste- 
phen Phillips of Marblehead, Thomas Grant of Marblehead, Theoph- 
ilus Breed of Lynn, Mascol Williams of Salem, and Samuel Holton 
of Danvers. 

The counsel for the king was Jonathan Sewell of Boston. 

The counsel of the accused was John Adams, afterwards Presi- 
dent of the United States. He was, at this time, thirty-four years 
of age. In the trial of this case, we can imagine the dignity and 
deliberation of his procedure, and the beaming of his intelligent face, 
which attracted so much attention when a few years later he became 
the man second in America to none but Washino-ton. 

The witnesses were summoned to present themselves at eight 
o'clock in the morning, and there was a host of them. There were 
Dr. Nathaniel Perkins and Dr. James Lloyd, both of Boston, Dr. 
Isaac Rand of Charlestown, David George and Josiah George, both 
of Newburyport,* Rev. Samuel Pearley of Seabrook,t JohnP^wler of 
Ipswich, yeoman, Enoch Kimball, yeoman, John Chadwick, gentle- 
man, and his wife Susannah, Prudence Tyler, singlewoman, Mehita- 

» These young men were under age, and were summoned in behalf of the prisoner, 
t Brother of the murdered woman. 


ble Tyler, wife of Gideon Tyler, Benjamin Porter, Jr., yeoman, John 
Tyler and Jonathan Tyler (sons of Gideon Tyler), William Eiles, 
yeoman, Oliver Foster, yeoman, Jonathan Foster, gentleman, George 
Farnam, laborer, all of Boxford, Miriam Dole of Rowley, Joseph 
Manning, John Calfe, Ephraim Chadwick, Dr. Thomas Kittredge, 
Dr. Francis Hodgskins, Dr. John Manning, Jr., Abraham How, yeo- 
man, all of Ipswich, Elizabeth, wife of Richard Kimball, Dr. Moses 
Barker, Soloman Cole, yeoman, Daniel Long, yeoman, all of Andor 
ver, Sarah Estey of Middleton, spinster, Nathan Browne, gentleman, 
and Jonathan Cook, fisherman, both of Salem, Aaron Wood, esq., 
and Amos Kimball, yeoman, both of Boxford, Dr. William Hale of 
Boxford, Dr. Macajah Sawyer and Dr. Enoch Sawyer, Jr., both of 
Newburyport, Dr. Nehemiah Abbot of Andover, Lucy, wife of 
Abraham How, Ezekiel Potter, yeoman, and Martha Pearley, spin- 
ster, both of Ipswich, Dr. Ward Noyce of Andover, Moses Dole, 
yeoman, Daniel Spafford, gentleman, and Robert Cregg, yeoman, 
all of Rowley, Moses George of Newburyport, shipwright, Mary, 
wife of Isaac Blunt of Andover, Sarah Porter, widow, and Dea. 
Thomas Chadwick, both of Boxford, John Barker of Andover, Dr. 
Henry Dow Banks of Haverhill, and Richard Dole and his wife 
Miriam of Boxford. 

Mrs. Ames "was thereupon brought and set to the bar and ar- 
raigned and upon her arraignment pleaded not guilty and for trial 
put herself upon God and the country," — so runs the official record. 
The jury were then sworn to try the issue. 

The trial began at nine o'clock; and the substance of the 
evidence, according to the report of the case in the then current 
Essex Gazette, was as follows: — 

"That on a violent Suspicion that the said Ruth Fames, who died 
the Beginning of last May, was poisoned, her Body, five Weeks after 
the Burial, was taken up ; and a Number of Physicians, summoned 
on the Jury of Inquest, on opening the same, and finding a Sub- 
stance, which they believed to be Arsenick or Ratsbane, adhering 
to the Coats of the Stomach, were unanimously of Opinion, that she 
lost her Life by Poison: That to corroborate this Opinion, it ap- 
peared that one Mrs. Kimball went to see the Deceased the Morn- 
ing before her Death, and on signifying her Desire of going up 
Chamber, the Prisoner (who was Mother in Law to the said 
Deceased, and resided in the same House with her) made an Objec- 
tion to it, intimating that her Daughter was very ill, and had 
vomited and purged so much as to render it very disagreeable to 
enter the Chamber; notwithstanding which, Mrs. Kimball went 
up, found (the Reverse of what had been told her by the Prisoner) 
the Chamber clean and agreeable, and no Signs of vomiting or 
purging, but found the Deceased almost or quite in the Agonies of 
Death, with Froth or Phlegm issuing out of her Mouth, and 
expired soon after, viz., between 11 and 12 o'Clock in the Forenoon, 
having been ill from about seven in the Morning: That before her 
Death, the Prisoner said, she would certainly die, for her Disorder 
was the same that one Mrs. Chandler died of some Years before, and 
was as mortal as the Plague; and that there would be another Death 
in the Family soon (meaning an Infant which the Deceased, its 



mother, had lately suckled): That on laying out the Body, livid 
Spots, an Indication of Poison, appeared on one of her Arms : That 
the Prisoner, when she was assured the Body would be dug up, 
expressed much Concern, and said she should not live a Month : That 
since her Imprisonment she has said she believed her Daughter 
was poisoned, and that her Son Jonathan ( Husband to the De- 
ceased) did it; and asked whether she could not turn King's 

The court thought proper to admit the evidence of Jonathan, who 
had turned King's evidence against his mother. 

"By his Testimony, it appeared that five or six Days before his 
Wife died, his Mother told him that she would deprive him of his 
Housekeeper (as she called his Wife) if she did it by a Portion of 
Ratsbane; and the Night before her Death, he saw his Mother give 
his Wife a Piece of Bread and Butter, with Ratsbane on it, as near 
as he could tell ; and said that since he has heard the Doctors tell 
what Ratsbane is, he is certain that it was that; and that he 
cautioned his Wife against taking it." 

The trial continued through the short November day, and the 
dusk of evening found the court in session. Candles were lighted, 
and dimly dispelled the darkness of the ancient court room. Gloom 
must have settled on the prisoners, who knew not what the result of 
the trial might be, and the jury, too. could not have escaped from 
the feeling of awe that their duty that night must give or take a 
human life. 

The trial wore on. The midnight hour approached and passed 
before the lawyers began their arguments to the jury. 

John Adams spoke first. With all the solemnity of the hour and 
the occasion, he urged the jury to give release to the prisoner. As 
the substance of his argument, he said that by the evidence it did 
not appear that Mrs. Ames had been guilty of any ill behavior tow- 
ard the deceased during their residence together in the same house; 
that it was the opinion of physicians that it was very improbable, if 
not impossible, that arsenic should lie so long in the body, as it was 
said it did in that of the deceased, that is, from some time in the 
evening till seven o'clock in the morning, before it operated; that 
the body, when taken up, was not putrefied in such a manner as it 
must have been had the deceased been poisoned ; and that the evi- 
dence of the prisoner's son, Jonathan Ames, was not to be relied on, 
as he had sworn before the coroner, at the time the body was taken 
up, that he had no knowledge of anyone's poisoning his wife; and 
now, in order to get clear himself, was so base as to give testimony 
which not only rendered him guilty of perjury, but had a direct ten- 
dency to take away the life of his own mother. 

In reply Jonathan Sewall said, in substance, that the deceased 
on the same day that she ate the bread and butter dined on a fish 
called shad, and in the evening following ate a hearty supper of the 
same kind of fish ; which, together with the quantity of butter on 
the bread, with which it is said the arsenic was mixed, and some 
spermaceti which she took soon after, might very probably tend to 
delay the operation of the arsenic ; or, that which the prisoner gave 
the deceased, on the bread and butter, might have been salt, and 


that Jonathan was made to believe that it was ratsbane, as an artifice 
to render a discovery more difficult and perplexing, and that she in 
fact administered the arsenic the next morning; that as to the 
body's not being putrefied as much as might be expected, it was the 
opinion of physicians that so large a quantity of arsenic might be 
received into the stomach as to cause violent convulsions and con- 
tractions of the large and small orifices, which might bring on death 
before the poison had mixed with the blood, and therefore a speedy 
putrefaction, as in cases wherein the body swells, might not take 
place; that the prisoner's son, Jonathan Ames, was a legal witness; 
and that it could not be supposed that he would come into court, 
and, in a most solemn manner, swear to that which was false, when 
he must be convinced that his evidence would probably be the 
means of taking away the life of her who bore him. 

Three of the judges, in summing up the evidence, were clear and 
explicit in declaring their opinion that the circumstances proved 
amounted to a "violent presumption" that the prisoner was guilty. 
The other judge was not so clear in his opinion and said that a doubt 
might arise concerning the prisoner's guilt from the judgment of the 
physicians in her favor. 

The case was then committed to the jury, and the court ad- 
journed, at two o'clock in the morning, until nine o'clock. 

At nine o'clock the court came in, the prisoner was placed at the 
bar, and the jury rendered their verdict which cleared the prisoner 
from the bands of the law at least. The record continues, "It is 
therefore considered by the court that the said Elizabeth Eames go 
without day." The record of the court closes as follows: 

"Upon the motion of John Adams Esq'", attorney to Jonathan 
Eams Jun'" and Elizabeth Eams Jun"" who stand committed to his 
majesty's Goal in this county, viz The said Jonathan for the murder, 
and the said Elizabeth as being accessory to the murder of one Ruth 
Eams, be discharged the King's attorney not objecting — 

"Salem november 15th: 1769. Judgment was entered according 
to the Verdicts and Complaints, &c, and the court is adjourned 
without day." 

The next spring Jonathan Ames, Sr., sold the farm, and the fam- 
ily removed to some place unknown to the people of the parish, be- 
ing virtually exiled from all their old associations and homeland. 



HULDAH PERLEY was born in Boxford 13 Feb., 1731-2, and 
died in Beverly Sept., 1774. She became, 22 April, 1761, the second 
wife of Joshua Cleaves of Beverly, baptised 2 Feb., 1723-4, for Ben- 
jamin and Rebecca-Conant Cleaves. [Joshua had, by his first wife, 
Elizabeth Putnam of Haverhill, married in 1746, five children.] 

1 Cleaves children : Huldah^ Joshua'-, Benjamin'^, Eunice", Gin- 
ger*, Benjamin", Martha", William'^ . 

2 Joshua' was born 13 Aug., 1763. Benjamin' was born 13 April 
and died 20 Aug., 1765. Eunice' was born 27 Feb., 1767. Martha^ 


was born 11 June, 1775. William^ was born 27 Sept., 1778, and 
married Eunice Baker of Ipswich 1 Dec, 1808. 

3 Huldali^ was born 28 Jan., 1762. She married Rev. Nathan 
Church of South Hadley, who was the first minister of Bridgton, 
Me. Church issue: Harriet, born in Beverly 18 Sept., 1789, and 
died 8 Aug.. 1823; Marenda, born in Bridgton, Me., 7 July, 1791, 
married Valentine Little, and had a daughter; Nathan''; Amanda, 
born in Bridgton 31 July, 1795, died 6 May, 1822; Eliza, born 2 May, 
1798, died 15 Feb., 1823; and Mary. 

4 Ginger^ was born in Beverly 28 Dec, 1769, and died 23 March, 
1836. She married 27 Sept., 1795, Nathaniel Burnham, born in Bol- 
ton, Mass., 29 Oct., 1769, to Simeon and Molly Burnham, who located 
in Bridgton, Me., in Oct., 1775, which place Nathaniel adopted as 
his home. Burnham children: Nathaniel'; John*; Joshua Cleaves®; 
Thomas^"; Alvin, born 8 July, 1807, died 21 March, 1829. 

5 Benjamin^ was baptised m Beverly 5 Sept., 1773. He died 17 
Feb., 1837. He married 27 April, 1799, Susannah Woodbury and 
settled in Bridgton. They had: Thomas"; WiUiam W., born in 
1801; Benjamin'-; Mary B., born U Nov., 1808, married 28 Oct., 
1830, Enoch Deering, and had Enoch M., and William A.; Nathan, 
who by wife Nancy A. McLellan had Angela M.-258, Emily D. and 
Martha W. ; George L., born 14 Oct., 1806, married Mary Strout and 
had Susan and Anna M. ; Larkin W., born 1 June, 1822. 

6 Nathan'^ born in Bridgton 16 March, 1793, by his first wife 
Mary (Deborah.?) Fowler, married 14 Oct., 1823, had born in Bridg- 
ton, Marshall N., in 1825, who died 1 Dec, 1832; Mary F. (Mar- 
garet.?), Jan., 1828. Mrs. Church died 17 Feb., 1828. Nathan mar- 
ried, second, Miriam Chute, and had Amanda E., born 15 Sept., 1830; 
Melinda G., born 9 Jan., 1833; Louisa W., born in 1835; and John 
and Nathan, who are not recorded in the Ingalls journal. 

7 Nathaniel' was born 20 June, 1796, and died in 1844. He 
married in Bridgton 6 Dec, 1818, Charlotte Smith, born in Bridg- 
ton 18 Oct., 1797, to Jonathan and Lucy Smith, and had born in 
Bridgton Nathan Cleaves, 1 Oct., 1818; Mary W., 28 July, 1820; 
Angelina P., 18 Aug., 1827; Elizabeth D., 4 Dec, 1830, died 8 May, 
1836. •" 

8 John^ born 9 April, 1798, by wife Martha M. Gage, married in 
1822, Kad^lDorn in Bridgton John Lyman, 15 Oct., 1823, died 17 
Sept., 1825; Angehne C, 8 April, 1826; Harriet G., 28 Nov., 1829; 
Martha W., 30 March, 1832. 

9 Joshua Cleaves^ born 10 July, 18 02, married Deborah Hans- 
comb, and had born in Bridgton Frances P., 10 July, 1826; Leonard 
M., 21 May, 1828; Abigail F., 30 May, 1830; and Alonzo. 

10 Thomas^ born 8 March, 1804, died 21 Dec, 1831, married 
Joanna Prentiss and had born in Bridgton, Fanny Prentiss, 25 Oct., 
1829; and Thomas Alvin, 4 March, 1831. 

11 Thomas', born 13 June, 1799, married 27 Dec, 1827, Sophia 
Bradstreet, and had Robert A., born 16 July, 1832; Nathan, born 9 
Jan., 1835; Thomas P., born 7 Jan., 1838; Henry B., born 6 Feb., 
1840; and Mary S. J ' > 

12 Benjamin^ born 28 Jan., 1805, married 22 Dec, 1830, Jerusha 
L. Lewis, and had Ellen F., born 13 Jan., 1832; Edward P., born 5 



Oct., 1833; Benjamin L., born 25 June, 1835; Celia, born 29 Aug., 
1840; Susan W.. born 7 March, 1842; and Royal L. 



ISRAEL PERLEY was born in Boxford 2 July, or June, 1738. 
The house is still standing. It is a few rods from the residence of 
the late James P. Cleaveland, which occupies its original site. In 
1761,. when Israel was twenty-three years old, "the Massachusetts 
government," wrote Moses H. Perley, Esq. -257, "sent an exploring 
expedition to the St. John river in New Brunswick. The party con- 
sisted of twelve men and Mr. Perley was the leader. They proceeded 
to Machias by water; then shouldering their knapsacks, they jour- 
neyed through the woods and reached the head waters of the Oro- 
mocto river, which they descended to the St. John. P'rom the mouth 
of the river they proceeded three days in a canoe. It was difficult 
to land anywhere, the river banks were so thickly grown with small 
wood. They were obliged to creep up the bank upon their hands 
and knees. Reaching the plain above they pitched their tent for the 


night. Making a survey the next morning, they concluded to settle 
there. Upon their return home a colony of Essex County people was 
formed to establish a settlement upon the St. John. Among them 
were Israel, his brother Oliver and his cousin Asa Perley. In 1786 
he had a grant of 1000 acres on the Gaspereaux river, and in 1792, 
three hundred acres in the northwest corner of Maugerville, lot No. 
90, St. John river. His wife was Elizabeth Mooers. They resided 
in Maugerville, N. B., where he died. His will, made 8 June, 1799, 



was proved 20 Feb., 1813. His brother Oliver was executor. He 
was known as 'Israel, the surveyor.' 

"The old homestead where Israel located as one of the first set- 
tlers of New Brunswick, and where the first or second British child 
was born in the province, is now owned by John O. Court, Esq., M. 
P. P. New buildings have been erected, but there remains an old 
elm. The walking stick used by the old gentleman is said to have 
been planted and to have matured into a magnificent willow, which 
succumbed a few years prior to 1879. It is a beautiful place, on the 
bank of the St. John, with a good deal of shrubbery." 

1 Perley children : Israel-11,5, Thomas-116, Solomon"-, Phoebe^ Eliz- 
abeth", Mary-120, Sarah", Frances-, Charlotte'-, Henrietta'-, Charles'-, 
Solomon-117, William'-, William-118. 

2 Solomon^ and William' died young. Charles' died in 1791, aged 
twenty. Of Elizabeth', Sarah', Frances\ Charlotte', Henrietta', we 
have no further knowledge. 

3 Phoebe^ married a Nevers and had a daughter Mary, that mar- 
ried John McGibbon and had a son Charles, born 25 Oct., 1825, who 
married Anna Julia Woodforde Miles-250^ 



MARY PERLEY was born 4 June, 1741, and died 15 July 
1824. She married 28 June, 1764, Lt. John Peabody, born 9 Aug., 
1732, to John and Sarah Peabody of Boxford and brother of Rev. 
Stephen Peabody, a chaplain in the Revolution and the first minis- 
ter of Atkinson, N. H. At the age of twenty his parents removed 
to Andover, now North Andover. He settled in North Andover, 
where all his children but the youngest one were born. He was a 
lieutenant in the Provincial army at the siege and capture of Louis- 
burg in 1758, and at the taking of Ticonderoga from the French in 
1759. He was captain of a militia company that marched from 
Andover to the battle of Bunker Hill. They belonged to the church 
in West Boxford, having joined 2 Aug., 1778. In the winter of 
1783-4 they removed to the newly settled town of Bridgton, Me., 
and upon their desire to take up their church connection in order to 
assist in establishing a church at Bridgton the West Boxford church 
made this record, "voted to dismiss and recommend them as per- 
sons whose conduct while with us was agreeable to their profession." 
He died in Bridgton 12 June, 1820, aged eighty-seven years. 

1 Peabody children : Huldah-B8, John-\ Thomas*, WilHam^ Bet- 
sey"'^, Enoch-, Aaron-, Augustus'', Polly'-, Aaron'-. 

2 Betsey', Enoch', Aaron' and Polly' were born respectively 27 
Oct., 1772, 8 Jan., 1775, 13 Feb., 1777, and 12 Nov., 1781, and died 
in Sept., 1785. The second Aaron was born 24 June, 1786, and lived 
in Tallahassee, Fla. 

3 John' was born 2 Nov., 1706, and died 20 May, 1838. He mar- 
ried, in 1794, Aseneth Stevens, and settled in Bridgton, where 
she died 19 April, 1840. Peabody issue: Enoch, born 1 Feb., 


1795, died a master mariner at New Orleans, La., in Aug., 1820; 
Mary, born 10 Nov., 1796, and died 1 Aug., l802; Rebecca, born 10 
April, 1798, and married Nathaniel Martin, 17 May, 1820; Hiildah, 
born 7 Feb., 1800, and died 13 Aug., 1819; Tabitha, born 4 Jan. 
and died 20 Sept., 1802; John, born 7 Oct., 1804, and died 29 Aug., 
1818; Edward, born 18 June, 1806, a physician in Buxton, Me., 
married Lucy Ann Foster, 20 Dec, 1836, and had seven children, 
Charles C. Pinkney, born 13 April, 1808, married 12 June, 1840; 
Cordelia E. Whitney, resided in Calais, Me., in 1868, and had Flora, 
Charles, Charles, Elizabeth, Cordelia, Edna and Mary Edna; Israel 
Perley, born 24 April, 1810, married Rebecca Foster, resided in 
Bridgton in 1868, and had ten children; Aaron, born 13 March, 1812, 
married Mary Whiting, in Dec. 1842, a farmer in Irvington, Kos- 
suth County, Iowa, and has had four children; Mary Amanda, born 

I Jan., 1814, and died 16 Nov., 1832. 

4 Thomas^ was born 31 Oct., 1768. He went to Bridgton with his 
father when he was fifteen years old, married Mary Reed and settled 
there. In March, 1799, he removed to Gilead, Me., then known as 
Peabody's Patent, where he lived a farmer's life and died 9 July, 
1816, and his widow died 12 July, 1843. Children: Mary, born 26 
April, 1800, married Eliphalet Adams, 22 Dec, 1828, resided in 
Gilead; Thomas, born 14 Sept., 1801, married Deborah Adams, 28 
April, 1835, resided in Bethel, Me., and had six children; John Tar- 
bell, born 2 May, 1803, married Mary Ingalls Burbank, 9 Jan., 1834, 
resided in Gorham, N. H., and had three children ; Parmenio, born 

II April, 1805, married Mary Ann Burbank, 14 Dec, 1837, resided 
in Gilead, and had nine children; Asa, born 2 Sept., 1806, married 
Rebecca Howard Wight, 7 Dec, 1833, and resided in Gilead; Caleb 
Strong, born 9 Oct., 1808, married first, Apphia Adams who died 
3 Nov., 1851, and, second, Mrs. Mary Ann Wight, 5 Oct., 1852, and 
resided in Gorham, N. H.; Julia Ann, born 17 April, 1811, married 
Daniel O. Wight, 24 July, 1832, and resided in Boston. 

5 William^ was born 12 Aug., 1770. His home was in Bridgton, 
where he died 16 Dec, 1843. He married in 1797 Sally Stevens, 
who was born 2 Dec, 1773, and died 27 June, 1829. Children: 
Stephen, born 24 Dec, 1791, died 3 Feb., 1802; George, born 28 
March, 1797, died 12 Feb., 1825; Betsey, born 6 Sept., 1801, died 
21 Dec, 1821; Mary, born 3 Sept., 1803, married George Fitch, 16 
Dec, 1823, a farmer in Bridgton; Sally, born 17 Aug., 1805, married, 
first, Ancell Smith, 11 March, 1829, second, a Mr. Brown, a farmer 
in Wisconsin; Nancy, born 17 April, 1807, died 1 June, 1828; Wil- 
liam S., born 8 Oct., 1809, died 29 Dec, 1824; Stephen W., born 6 
July, 1811, died in June, 1831; Caroline E., born 10 Jan., 1814, died 
16 Sept., 1834; Harriet A., born 1 June, 1816, married Loammi 
Lakin, lived in Michigan, and died in 1840. 

6 Augustus^ was born 17 May, 1779. He married Miranda God- 
dard, daughter of Dr. Thatcher Goddard of Boston, 28 Oct., 1815; 
graduated at Dartmouth College, 1803, was counselor-at-law in 
Boston, and died 2 Oct., 1850, in Roxbury, where his widow resides 
(1868). Children: Augustus Goddard, born 4 Feb., 1818, married 
21 May, 1856, Elizabeth T. Holway of Machias, Me., where he was 
a physician, and had three children; Owen Glendower, born 23 April, 


1822, a lawyer in Boston, died unmarried 27 Dec, 1862; Edward 
Thatcher, born 6 June, 1825, married in Guaymas, Mexico, where he 
died 20 Nov., 1858; Lucien Maria, born 6 Feb., 1828; Francis, born 
22 Jan., 1838, married Rozella A. Roberts of Cheneyville, La., 18 
Oct., 1858, and had two children. 



OLIVER PERLEY was born 30 July, 1743, in the house referred 
to in families 33 and 57. He, with his brother and cousin, was a 
part of the colony that settled on the St. John river in New Bruns- 
wick in 1764. He conveyed, 19 Oct., 1785, five hundred acres of 
land, a share in the Maugerville township, Sun bury County, which 
had been granted to him in 1765, to Daniel Bliss for ^400, and 
afterwards deeded other property to said Bliss. Some time before 
his death, which occurred in 1825, he removed to Sheffield, where 
he left a valuable property. His will is dated 25 Sept., 1813, and 
was proved in 1825. His wife's name was Sarah. His children were 
all born in that part of Nova Scotia which became New Brunswick 
in 1784-5. 

1 Perley children: Daniel-119, Moses-120, Thomas-121, Eunice 
Putnam-117, Allen-, and three daughters of whom we have no knowl- 

2 Allen' was born 1 March, 1781. His grandfather Thomas Per- 
ley bequeathed him (calling his name Aaron) a sum of money, if he 
shall live with his uncle Aaron Perley in Boxford during his minority. 
Allen was eight years old when the will was drawn and fourteen 
when his grandfather died. We have no further knowledge of him. 
He is not mentioned in his father's will 25 Sept., 1813. 



THOMAS PERLEY was born 19 June, 1746, and died of old 
age 20 April, 1831, having had no children. He married in Dec, 
1809, at the age of sixty-six years. Miss Sarah Wood, who was in her 
forty-fifth year, having been born 10 April, 1765, to Thomas and 
Margaret-Perkins Wood of Boxford, whose home was on the site of 
the present third district schoolhouse. She died 10 Dec, 1854, prob- 
ably of old age, though she had been troubled for many years with 

Mr. Perley was a tailor by trade and plied his craft from house 
to house as was the custom of the times. His father deeded to him, 
"Thomas Perley, taylor," for "love and affiction," 80 acres, lot No. 
71, in second division, in Winchendon, the original right of Abra- 
ham Tilton [of Ipswich], 5 June, 1780.— Reg., 98:353. This was, 
no doubt, to launch him upon a farming voyage with propitious 


breeze; but the tailor preferred to "cut wescuts" and make "wear- 
ing apparel" for Boxford yeomen and so sold the patrimony, 4 Oct., 
1784, for "300 Spanish milled dollars," to William Whitney of Win- 
chendon. — Reg., 128:146. 

He early acquired possession of a large farm in East Boxford, 
known early to the writer as the .^ 

Widow Squire's farm, and more ^'^fp u/3 J^ 

recently as the William E. Killam yj/? Om O^ & e/Yl^^^ 
estate. The present dwelling, a large / 

two-story double _ mansion, he built hif^amf 'JhTre'Vown''"' '•'°'' ''^"''' 
in 1810 at a considerable expense. 

Dr. Daniel-145 had the original of the following bill. Maj. Asa 
was probably Asa-3.5, whose family of ten sons doubtless required 
repeated services of a tailor : 

Maj. Asa Perley to Tho*^. Perley Jr. Dr. 

Jan''. 1772 to nine days works at 2:0 pr Day ;^0:1S:0 
April, 1772 to two days works 4 

rec'^ the above account in full 

Tho^ Perley Jun'' 

He was one of the ablest and most respected citizens of the town, 
and his good educational and natural abilities were repeatedly rec- 
ognized in the repeated bestowal of various offices. He was com- 
missioned a justice of the peace in 1791, and regularly commissioned 
thereafter till his death. In 1779 he was one of the committee of 
seven to regulate the prices of merchandise, labor, etc. In 1780 he 
and four others were a committee of the town to examine the form 
of the State constitution and report. In 1798 he was chosen one of 
the three trustees of the Hon. Aaron Wood fund for the support of 
a grammar school in the town. They held the trust for thirty years, 
resigning in 182:->, when the town tendered them a vote of grateful 
thanks for their faithful and skillful management of the trust. He 
was a member of Massachusetts Society of Agriculture in 1796. In 
April, 1812, at the beginning of our second war with Great Britain, 
he and four others were a committee of the town to consider our 
relation with that power and to prepare proper resolves for his towns- 
men's adoption. He was town clerk for nine successive years from 
1780; selectman and assessor in 178,5, 1786, and successively from 
1796, comprising thirteen years in all; moderator of town meetings 
from 1792 to 1801 inclusive, from 1803 to 1810 inclusive, and in 1812, 
1815, 1816, 1818 and 1819; surveyor of highways in 1801, 1809, 1813 
and 1816; member of the school committee, where he ever delighted 
to labor, in 1795, 1796, 1797, 1799, 1803 and 1806; represented the 
town in the General Court from 1792 to 1810 inclusive, and received, 
at various times, votes for the office of senator, lieutenant governor 
and governor. 

The Salem (Mass.) Gazette printed the following: "The pro- 
prietors of 'Bridgeton,' at a meeting the seventh day of January, 
1790, granted a tax of ten shillings on each lot in said township; the 
payment thereof is requested on or before the twentieth day of July 
next ensuing. Thomas Perley, Propr's Receiver. 

Boxford, Feb. 27, 1790." 



A History of Cumberland County thus explains the above notice : 
In 1761, the Legislature passed an act granting to Benj. Milliken, 
Moody Bridges and Thomas Perley, agents for the legal representa- 
tives of Capt. John Tyler and fifty-six others, soldiers and officers in 
the Canada expedition of 1690, a township of land east of Saco river. 
They laid out a tract adjoining Pickwocket, now Fryeburg, 9 miles 
long by Q^ wide, lying on both sides of Long pond and containing 
37,440 acres, and called at first Pondicherry, but soon after Bridg- 
ton, from Moody Bridges, one of the leaders above named. 

In Dec, 1799, Mr. Perley was appointed surveyor of the revenue 
for the sixth assessment district, third division of the Commonwealth, 
for a direct tax. He said he had been assessor, and that "it is easy 
to perceive that the established compensations for the surveyors are 
very incompetent to the services required. Notwithstanding, it may 
be at certain times incumbent on every lover of order and good gov- 
ernment to make peculiar exertions to support the same. Under 
these considerations I conclude to accept the appointment. . . 
If in the future the discharge of the duties are found to demand too 
great a sacrifice of private interest, you will have the goodness to 
accept my resignation." This letter is dated Boston, Jan. 22, 1800. 
He nominated sureties Geo. Todd, Esq., of Rowley, and Nathaniel 
Thurston, Esq., of Bradford. Afterwards he withdrew that nomi- 
nation, and named, instead, Nathaniel Perley and Aaron Perley, both 
of Boxford, yeomen. He sent his bond duly signed, 18 April. Jon- 
athan Jackson was State supervisor and Maj. Hovey collector for the 
district. He says of the sureties at first proposed, Ebenezer Pea- 
body, Moses Carlton, Enos Runnels, — "They are, each of them, in- 
dustrious, respectable farmers, and I suppose the three are really 
worth more than double the sum to be raised in the district." 

He and his family worshiped with the First Church, where he was 
a member from 18 Oct., 1795, and they were active supporters of 

the society. When the parish 

fund was founded in 1824, he 
headed the subscription with $1050. 
His widow materially assisted the 
society when the present church 
edifice was erected in 1838, one of 
her gifts being the elegant sofa 
that adorns the pulpit. 

In 1821 Squire Perley built a 
family tomb. In it now repose 
himself, his wife, his sister Rebec- 
ca, his niece Huldah, daughter of 
his brother Aaron-62\ and his 
wife's mother. The granite block 
above the tomb entrance is cov- 
ered by a marble tablet bearing 
the accompanying inscriptions. 

Mr. Perley was considered 
wealthy, since $80,000 to $40,000 
made a man so at that period. His 

The Family Tomb of 

Thomas Perley, Esq., 

Erected 1821. 

Thomas Perley, Esq., 
Born July 19, 1746, died Apr. 20, 1831, 

aged 85 years. 
Having performed the journey of life 
with integrity, we trust he is now reap- 
ing the reward of the faithful. 

Sarah W. Perley 

Widow of Thomas Perley 

died Dec. 10, 1854. aged 90 years. 

Miss Rebecca Perley 

Born Jan. 12, 1734, died Augt 22, 1813, 

aged 79 years. 

Mrs. Margaret Wood 

Born April 29, 1728; died Feb. 10, 1830; 

aged 101 years & 10 months. 

A tablet on the front reads : 

Huldah Perley, 

Died June 3, 1843, 

aged 38. 




extensive and productive farm exhibited an assiduous and intelligent 
cultivation. He owned land in Maugerville, N. B., which he sold to B. 
and Wm. Brown, half to each, for ;^250, by his attorney, his brother 



ENOCH PERLEY was born 19 May, 1749, in the house referred 
to in family 57. He was a member of Capt. Jacob Gould's company 
of Minute Men that marched to the defence of Lexington 19 April, 
1775. He chased the British into Boston and was out six days, 
and the muster roll reads that he marched sixty-five miles. The next 
year he removed to the 
wilds of Maine, and 
began a settlement on 
land laid out in 17 60 and 
owned by an Essex 
County company. His 
clearing became in due 
time the town of Bridg- 
ton. His original house 
is still standing, and is 
of course the oldest 
house in the town. It 
is used as a tool repair 
shop, and was owned by 
his grandson, Hon. John 
P. Perley, who owned 
and occupied the farm. 
Augustus Perley of 
Bridgton, a grandson of 
Enoch, has furnished 
some particulars of the 
old house: It was about eighteen feet square, with about seven 
foot posts, and had quite a sharp roof. The covering was good 
pine boards feather-edged, without clapboards. What little of 
chamber there was, was lighted through a hole between the 
studs, which was closed by a piece of board fitted in and held in 
place by a cleat. The chamber was entered through a trap-door, 
which was reached by a turn-up ladder. A trap-door led into the 
cellar. The chimney and fireplace were at one corner and built of 
stone ; the latter broad enough to take a four-foot log, and the man- 
tel so high that a man might stand erect beneath it. The bed was 
in one corner and the cupboard in another. The house had three 
windows and one door. Soon after his marriage in 1778, he built 
a new and commodious house, which, with the proprietor's records, 
was destroyed by fire "2 Oct., 1880. 

Mr. Perley was moderator of the first town meeting of Bridgton, 
where he afterwards held many other town offices. He was a jus- 
tice of the peace and quorum in 1816, and must have been for some 




time before, for on 2 May, 1796, there was acknowledged before him 
a deed conveying "a dwelling house situated on Prison lane in 
Salem, Mass., which house now stands on land of John Teague of 
Salem, blacksmith, near the house of Widow Williams, one end of 
said house fronts on the easterly side of Prison lane." He was in 
many respects a remarkable man — of great activity of mind and body, 
untiring perseverance and keen sagacity. He was small in stature, 
with a sharp voice and a quick emphatic manner of speaking, peculiar 
to himself. He foresaw, at an early day, the prospective value of 
pine timber in that region, and purchased large tracts for a compar- 
atively trifling consideration, and while others were stripping their 
lands of timber, wasting and burning it, he carefully preserved his 
until, before his death, it became to him a large fortune. At the 
time of his decease he was by far the wealthiest man in all that 
region. He left the principal part of his property to his two sons, 
who were extensively known in this County and in other parts of the 
State, as Maj. Perley and Gen. Perley. In their hands, and up to 
the time of their decease, the property was not only preserved but 
increased, and, what is a little remarkable, the same may be said of 
it in the hands of the third generation. Enoch Perley was always 
known in Bridgton and the surrounding towns by the title of "Squire 
Perley," and even now, he is spoken of and distinguished from his 
sons who succeeded him, as "the old Squire." . We have heard many 
anecdotes illustrating the keen sagacity and sharp wit of this little 
old gentleman, in short breeches and large shoe-buckles — always 
busy, exercising his various occupations of farmer, carpenter, stone- 
mason, smith, turner, tanner and currier, hunter and fisherman and, 
it would seem from the lines we copy, occasionally indulging in po- 
etic flights! 

The following lines were written by Mr. Perley in 1776, in Bridg- 
ton, on the bark of a birch tree, and were published in the Portland 
Advertiser in 1856. So far as poetic construction is concerned, they 
are very defective. But there is something in them — in the time and 
manner in which they were written, as well as the thoughts expressed, 
which interests us. There is enough in them, if clothed in the ele- 
gant diction of a Longfellow, to make an elegant poem. 

All ye who love the joys of peace, 

Ye who would dwell where tumults cease, 

Come, seat yourselves at my right hand; 

For here I've found the happy land; 

Where canuon and the sound of war. 

Are only heard as news from far. 

No British troops disturb my rest, 

No savage of the wilderness; 

Beneath my little homely cell 

In perfect quietness I dwell; 

Surrounded by as rich a soil 

As any found in Britain's isle. 

A spacious, and a .goodly land, 

When once subdued liy human hand. 

As labor was my father's lot. 

Labor I learnt and ne'er forgot; 

He eat his bread with sweating brow. 

And I expect to eat so too. 

Here, oft, when I the forest roam, 

I think of Eden's sacred grove, 

While numerous blessings me surround. 

Fancy portrays that ha[)py ground. 

Lo, here, these forests wild produce. 

Already fitted for my use. 

Paper, whose siheets are fine and large, 

Without a farthing's cost or charge. 

How far exceixls all human skill 

This perfect work of nature's will! 

And, lo, when art is forced aside. 

All bounteous nature will provide! 

And here her ample stores uufold; 

Her treasures, formed in times of old. 

Earth, air, and water « ill appear 

With food and medicine fraught its share. 

Tlie ponds and brooks. I daily find. 

Fish afford of differing kind — 

The chub, the eel, the horned pout. 

The pickerel, perch, and spotted trout; 

These, with a numerous silver train, 

Sptu-t up and down the liiiuid plain. 

The tortoise, too, both flesh and Jish. 

To epicures a dainty dish. 

Our native beasts, that range tlie wood, 

Serve both for clothes and find us food. 



The gallant moose, so famed for speed. 

On these majestic mouctains feed. 

The threatening armor from his head 

Excites in man an awful dread. 

But the fierce hound, endowed with skill, 

To know and act his master's will, 

Shall quickly make the monster know 

That man is lord of all below. 

The nimlile deer, like lambkins, play 

Where wolves and bears pursue their prey. 

The beaver, too, whose silken coat 

Is worn and prized by lords of note. 

The cony, and loug-liaired raccoon — 

The partridge, duck, and gabbling loon. 

Besides, in nature's garden grows 

A healing balm for many woes; 

Wihich cures the direst of disease, 
And gives the suffering patient ease, 
Of deepest and most deadly wound, 
Of broken limbs, and joints made sound; 
Agues, and fevers, cramp and gout. 
With colics, quineys, and no doubt 
Hysterics, with disordered brain. 
And rheumatism's acutest pain. 
The serpent's oil I've also found 
A cure for many a chronic wound. 
The fir defies the surgeon's skill — 
While the kind birch supplies my quill; 
These blessings, and a number more. 
Which might be added to the score. 
Were made to serve the use of man. 
When first the world and time began. 

Mrs. Rensselaer Cram of Portland, Me., a descendant of Mr. Par- 
ley, has kindly furnished us another of his poems, as follows : — 

Lines composed by a Traveler while pass- 
ing through the Notch of the White Moun- 
tains, and committed to paper at the next 
Tavern : — 

Here let the weary trav'ler pause, 
And contemplate his Maker's laws. 
Whose boundless power and matchless skill. 
Are marked on ev'ry rising hill. 
Lo, mountains upon mountains rise. 
Whose forms terrific threat the skies; 
Their tow'ring summits rals'd so high. 
As oft to impede the clouds that fly. 
No shrubs on their cold regions giow. 
Where summer's sun scarce melts the snow. 
As beacons, fixed by Heav'n they stand. 
A guide to seamen far from land. 
Through rifted vales the torrents roll, 
Like rattling thunder round the pole. 
Huge rocks in wild disoidrr tlirowu, 
While thousands more seem tumbling down 

To form dark caves, where beasts may den. 
Secure from all pursuit of men. 
Here, through the mighty ragged mass. 
Nature liad made a narrow pass. 
And man, whose searches know no bound, 
Sought till tliis only path was found. 
Where lofty crag, on either side. 
Have form'd a never-failing guide. 
Here, beasts of burthen spend their toil. 
Laden with fruits of northern soil. 
Here, Europe's wealth and India's goods, 
Find passage to Canadia's woods; 
Marking the great Creator's care. 
Who gives to each his iib'ial share; 
Who formed the world of various climes; 
Ordain'd the seasons, and the times; 
Made ev'ry part, from north to south, 
Luxuriant of its native growth — 
And rendering all complete together, 
Make one dependent on the otlier. 

After residing in his forest home about two years, Mr. Perley 
married Miss Anna Flint, daughter of Samuel and Lydia-Andrews 
Flint, of Middleton, Mass., 17 March, 1778. She was born 20 July, 
1753, and died in Bridgton 15 April, 1823, seventy years old. He 
died 23 Dec, 1829, eighty years old. 

Enoch Perley of Bridgton, Me., hearing of the dissension in his 
native church at Boxford, Mass., and its threatened dissolution, 
expressing his good will toward his native town, offered one hun- 
dred dollars to establish a fund "to secure the permanent enjoyment 
of the preaching of the gospel" there. A subscription was started 
and thirty-nine subscribers gave $3400.00, eight of whom were Per- 
leys who contributed $1805: — 

$500 Charles Perley 

20 Enoch Perley 

20 Henry Perley 

100 Thomas Perley 

5 10 




Aaron Perley 
Amos Perley 
Artemas W. Perley 
Asa Perley, Jr., 

One-fifth of the subscribers contributed half the amount. 

1 Perley children: John-122, Thomas-123, Rebecca', Nancy^ 

2 Rebecca^ was born 19 July, 1786, married E. P'essenden and 
had children, (of whom one married Horatio M. Page, M. D., of 


Chelsea, and was living in 1842); Huldah^ was born 10 Oct., 1796, 
and died, unmarried, 9 Dec., 1818. 

3 Nancy^was born 28 July, 1791 (Ingalls' journal 23 July, 1793), 
married 26 Dec, 1820, Ruel Barrows, and had Thomas P. and Mary, 
who married J. G. Shepley and had Annie V., Bessie and George. 



AARON PERLEY was born 18 Sept., 1755, in the house de- 
scribed in family 57. In 1818 he removed the old house a few rods 
away and built the present Cleaveland mansion on the site. He 
was a very extensive farmer for his time. He kept a large stock of 
cattle, and his teams were continually in the market with the prod- 
ucts of his farm. A cider mill he erected in 1776, which became 
another exit for the fruit of his extensive orchards. 

He was a Minute Man of Capt. Jacob Gould's company, that 
marched to the defence of Lexington in 1775. He was always a 
patriotic and public - spirited citizen. He held numerous town 
offices. He was selectman and assessor in 1788, and on the school 
board 1808, 1813, 1818, 1822. Mr. Perley, however, gave more at- 
tention to his own business than to the affairs of others, and amassed 
great wealth for his time. He was always interested in the cause 
of the church. At his death, he gave five hundred dollars toward 
founding the East Parish Church Fund, and his widow, when the 
new church edifice was erected in 1838, presented the society with 
the Bibles and hymn books. 

His wife, married 27 June, 1786, was Mehitable Wood, his 
brother Thomas' wife's sister, and daughter of Thomas and 
Margaret -I^erkins Wood of Boxford, where she was born — where 
the third district schoolhouse now stands — 26 Nov., 1761. She 
died 15 March, 1853, at the age of ninety-one years. [Her mother 
died at the age of one hundred and one years and ten months, the 
oldest person that ever lived in Boxford.] He died 10 Dec, 1831, 
or 10 Jan., 1832, aged ninety-six years. They rest in Harmony 

1 Perley children: Mary', John-124, Israel-r25, Enoch'^, Asa*, 
Enoch'^, Thomas''', Rebecca*^, Harriet-126, Huklah'. 

2 Maryi was born 10 Oct., 1786, and married 29 Dec, 1807, 
Artemas Peabody, son of Asa and Susannah-Perley-65 Peabody 
of West Boxford. She died 5 May, 1813, aged twenty-six years. 
Her only child was born in Boxford : Amanda, born 23 Dec, 1808, 
whom her grandfather Aaron Perley adopted, changing her name 
to Mary Perley Peabody. She married Joseph G. Dummer, 28 
Sept., 1836. 

3 Enoch^ was born in 1792, and died 20 Feb., 1795. Enoch^ 
was born 4 Feb., 1795. In 1812, when he was seventeen years old, 
he entered Phillips Exeter Academy. He died 24 May, 1814. 

4 Asa^ was born 27 June, 1793. He lived with the family on his 
old birthplace, a faithful, Christian gentleman, esteemed by all, till 


his removal to the insane asykim at Charlestown, where he died, 
unmarried, 12 Sept., 1845. 

5 Thomas^ was born 29 Feb., 1797. He never married. He 
was a farmer, cultivated the parental farm, and sustained the repu- 
tation and integrity his father had enjoyed. He was a militia captain 
and wore the title through life. He died 18 Jan., 1856. 

6 Rebecca' was born 21 April, 1799. "Aunt Rebecca," as she was 
familiarly called, was never married. Her birthplace was always 
her home, where she died 18 Sept., 1881. She was a fine lady, 
possessed a bright intellect and good memory, and she shed a glowing 
radiance of peace all along her pathway. We -380 recall with 
pleasure the many happy hours of our childhood spent in listening 
to her recital of tales of the olden times. She was the Lord's and 
is now with him in glory. 

7 Huldah' was born 22 May, 1805. She resided with her parents 
till her death, .3 June, 1843, aged thirty-eight years. Her remains 
are entombed with her uncle Thomas-60, in Harmony Cemetery. 



DUDLEY PERLEY was born in Boxford 23 Nov., 1738. His 
father, 10 Jan., 1764, for natural affection, gave him, laborer, of Ips- 
wich-Canada, lot No. 26, 100 acres, originally Thomas Lord's. — Reg- 
istry, 49:331. John Hale of Boxford, gentleman, for love, gave his 
daughter Hannah, wife of Dudley Perley, 80 acres adjoining Perley's, 
in March, 1768.— Registry, 133:411. 

Dudley and Hannah his wife, 29 April, 1780, sold to Ebenezer 
Richardson, blacksmith, 20 acres, for ;^600. — Registry, 82 :455. They 
sold, 7 June, 1798, for $233, to John Flint of Winchendon, 45 acres. 
— Registry, 133:592. He sold his son Henry of Winchendon, for 
$100, "half the homestead farm in Winchendon, which he could not 
sell while his father lived," 19 Oct., 1807.— Registry, 169:166. In 
1768, July 26, he and his wife removed to Winchendon, Mass., when 
that town was almost an unbroken wilderness, and began to make a 
farm. We note from the town records that a committee, 17 March, 
1774, reported "the most convenient place for a schoolhouse for the 
east part of the town is in the great road by Mr. Dudley Perley's." 
In 1796, May 5, a proposed new road from James Raymond's to 
Dudley Perley's was negatived. A road was early laid out from 
"Mr. Dudley Perley's by Moses Hale's, through the village to Mr. 
Benjamin Kidder's, 4 miles 117 rods." At a town meeting, just 
prior to the Revolution, obeying the precept of a public letter from 
Boston, urging an earnest consideration of "the distressing and dan- 
gerous circumstances of our public affairs," Mr. Perley was made 
one of a committee of five, "to prepare a draft to lay before the town 
of such measures as may be thought proper for the town to come 
into, in order to defend their rights and liberties." The same com- 
mittee was made a committee of correspondence. He was a mem- 


ber of the Winchendon company of Minute Men. He attained to 
lieutenant in the militia, and ever after wore the title. He was a 
selectman in 1772. 

Mr. Perley (pub. 3 Aug.) married, 3 Dec, 1767, Hannah Hale-5^, 
daughter of John and Priscilla-Peabody Hale of Boxford. She was 
born in Boxford 26 Oct., 1743, and died in Winchendon 9 Aug., 1806, 
aged sixty-three. Her husband survived till 16 Dec, 1810, when he 
was seventy-two. 

A paper beginning "We the heirs of the estate" is signed 
"Henry Perley, Ezra Hyde, Jr., Joseph Whitney, Jeremiah Spauld- 
ing." His oldest son, 9 Jan., 1811, had received his share of the 
estate, given a quit-claim, and settled in Maine; the second son lived 
in the state of New York. The rest of the children attended their 
father's funeral. — Registry, 46020. 

1 Perley children, all born in Winchendon : John-127, Dudley-, 
Asa-128, Disperse-, Betsey-129, Hannah-130, Mehitable^ Ephraim'-, 
Thomas , Henryl 

2 Dudley^ was born 26 Aug., 1770; he had no children; he lived 
in Pompey, N. Y., when, 15 Aug., 1812, he sold to Asa Perley of 
Winchendon, for $150, lot No. 26, 33 acres, the part set off by a 
committee of probate to Dudley Perley, late of Winchendon. — Reg- 
istry, 237:4-29; Disperse' was born 3 Aug., 1774, and died 26 Sept., 
1775; Ephraim' was born 7 July, 1781, and died 3 Aug., 1786; 
Thomas' was born 7 June, 1783, and died 22 Jan., 1803. 

Mrs. Hannah Whitney writes: "Grandmother told me that she 
prayed one night when grandfather was in the army that the enemy 
might be dispersed. Before morning a daughter was born, and that 
same night the enemy fled, and the daughter was named Disperse." 

3 Henry' was born 2 July, 1785, and died 9 June, 1833, leaving 
no children. He is remembered as the poet of the family, having 
left several pieces of meritorious verse. His wife was Martha Han- 
ford, married 12 Jan., 1814. [She married, second, Philip Short of 
Lynn 27 Oct., 18:34.] 

I, Henry Perley, yeoman, for $1400 convey my interest in land, 
house and other buildings, (the premises my honored father, Dud- 
ley Perley, conveyed to me 19 Oct., 1807,) to Joseph Whitney, 2 Sept., 
1811, all of Winchendon.— Registry, 239:170. 

David F. Burgiss and wife Lois G., for $435, sold, 10 Dec, 1816, to 
Henry Perley — both of Ashburnham, 135 acres land. — Reg., 246:12. 

His name appears in the Lynn directory for 1832. He made his 
will 19 May, 1833, and named his wife executrix. In it he is called 
cordwainer. Her notification of appointment is dated 3'^ Tuesday 
(20) Aug., 1833. He gave his brothers John and Dudley, his sis- 
ters Hannah Whitney and Mehitable Spaulding, and his nephew 
Ezra Hyde, 3'\ one dollar each, and the use and improvement of the 
rest to his wife and if anything remained after her decease, it was to 
be equally divided among the children of his brother Asa dec*^, pro- 
vided, however, that she could sell the entire estate, if, at her dis- 
cretion, it was needed for her "comfortable maintenance." 

Worcester Co., 307:447.— Martha Perley, Lynn, widow, $450, sold 
Samuel J. Goodwin, Lynn, housewright, in W. part of Ashburnham, 


135 acres, 5 April, 1834. Witnesses: Erasmus Munford and E. C. 
Richardson. Caleb Wilder, Jr., Surveyor. 

Essex Co., 275:242. — Martha Perley, Lynn, widow, for $700, sold, 
5 April, 1834, to Samuel J. Goodwin, Lynn, housewright, land, 28.83 
poles, in Lynn, at Gravesend, so called, bounded east on North street, 
3 rods; southwesterly on Rocks pasture, so called, 3 rods; northerly 
on William Ashton, 9.70 rods; southerly on James Breed, Jr., 8.83 
rods, with dwelling house and other buildings. "North street" is 
now Chestnut, and "Gravesend" is now Glenmere. 

4 Mehitable^ was born 17 Aug., 1779. She married in Aug., 
.1799, Jeremiah Spaulding of Peterboro, N. H., who was a blacksmith. 
They removed to Aurora, N. Y. 



ASA PERLEY was born in Boxford 13 Dec, 1740. He emi- 
grated to New Brunswick about 1764, with his cousins Israel and 
Oliver Perley. They settled on the St. John river, and founded the 
town of Maugerville, Sunbury County. They were the pioneer 
settlers of that section. 

Thomas Perley of Boxford under date of 1 July, 1816, writes his 
cousin Henry Perley of the same place, Asa's brother, and thus an- 
nounces Asa's death: "I have this day received aletterfrom my brother 
Enoch wherein he writes that our cousm Mehitable Perley with 
them has just received letters from her friends at St. John, dated in 
March last, and informing of the death of your brother Asa Perley." 
Mr. Perley's will is dated 21 May, 1808, and was proved in Nov., 
1815, which was within a month of his death. He mentions in his 
will three sons, Amos, Asa and Dudley, and two daughters. He 
left real estate to xA.mos. His wife was Hannah Pickard of St. John. 

1 Perley children: Amo.s-131, Dudley-132, Asa-133, Nathaniel, 
and two daughters. 



SUSANNAH PERLEY was born 13 July, 1744, but when and 
where she died is unknown to us. She married, 5 Sept., 1765, Asa 

Peabody of Londonderry, N. H., son 

of John and Mary-Chadwick Peabody : i„ n„>uiory of ■ 

of Boxford, where Asa was born 1 ' *J':- ^^'i K^^^°il~ ' 

July, 1/4L Ihey lived at first in : ^t. 67. 

Londonderry, settled in Boxford, and ; Lived respected & died lamented. 
the site of his residence is now occu- ; ''^'''^ '""'^'"'^ * «'^" °' *'''' ^'^°""'- ; 
pied by the residence of Mr. Solomon 

Washington Howe in the East Parish. He was town treasurer for 
several years; he was much respected for his integrity and sym- 
metry of character. Just previous to his death he presented the 


town the original cemetery lot near the First Church ; he was the 
first to be interred there. 

1 Peabody children : Allen"'^, Ezra'-, Oliver'^ Susannah'^ Lois'^, Asa^, 
Enoch^, Artemas-62-, Polly.- 

2 Allen^ was born 2 June, 1770, and settled in Meredith, N. H. 
Ezra^ was born 7 Aug., 1772, and died 27 Aug., 1811. Ohver^ was 
born 19 Dec, 1774, and published 16 July, 1798, with Nancy Pratt 
of Reading. Susannah^ was born 30 or 20 Jan., 1777, and Perley 
Derby (page 15*) says she married Enoch Foster of Lynn. Lois^ 
was born 2 or 12 April, 1779, married 29 July, 1799, John Town, born 
27 Aug., 1771, to John and Anna Town of Boxford. Asa^ was born 
13 April, 1781. Enoch^ was born 20 or 24 Aug., 1783. Polly^ was 
born 14 March, 1788. 



ELIPHALET PERLEY was born 22 Nov., 1747. He lived, 
first, in Dan vers, removed to Boxford about 1777 and to Rindge, 
N. H., about 1779, and located probably near Perley pond in that 
town. In 1775 he was a corporal from Danvers in Capt. Israel Hutch- 
inson's company of militia, which marched to the battle of Lexing- 
ton, and serving two days received pay for fifty miles travel. While 
the Continental Army was stationed at Dorchester, 18 April, 1776, 
Ens. Eliphalet Perley was a member of the Board of Survey, which 
consisted of a president and four members. He kept a diary while 
in the army, and it is said his son Asa had it. Miss Alice H. Byrd 
-134 says Eliphalet was a farmer and later the first mate of a mer- 
chantman. J. P. Lowe-134'^ says he was a major under Gen. Wash- 
ington and much in the general's company. He was surveyor of 
highways in 1787. 

His brother Henry wrote in Aug., 1822, to his (Eliphalet's) 
widow: "Tell your children that their father and my brother was a 
brother soldier with me in 1776, and that he was never known to 
desert his post. It is a great comfort that Congress has remembered 
the remnant of the poor men who helped gain our freedom. I 
desire that you would tell your children and that they would tell 
their children's children that they may defend the liberties which 
we have gained for them, and which were bought with the blood of 
my fellow soldiers." 

Mr. Perley married in Boxford 24 March, 1774, Anna Porter, 
daughter of John and Apphia Porter, innholder of Danvers. She 
was a daughter of his step-mother. About 1782 he removed to 
Fitchburg, Mass., where he died 15 April, 1822, at the age of 
seventy-four years. His widow in a letter to his brother Henry, of 
Boxford, dated 22 July, 1822, thus speaks of his sickness and death: 
"Your brother Eliphalet is dead. . . . He had been failing 
for some time, but was able to keep about and do some work, until 
the 1st of January, when he was taken with a dropsical affection. 
He continued very feeble through the winter, but was able to walk 
about the house. On the morning of 15th of April he got up, ate 


breakfast, and talked with one of the neighbors an hour, and ap- 
peared to be as well as usual, but was suddenly taken speechless and 
senseless, and appeared to be in a lit. For two years past he had 
been considerably affected with numb palsy, and it was thought to 
be that and a fit of apoplexy, which terminated his life at half past 
nine in the evening. . . . We are very lonely; my family now 
consists of myself and two daughters Betsey and Clarissa. Putnam 
and Susan with their families have removed 240 miles from us into 
the State of New York. Asa was with us through the winter and 
spring, but is now living in Lancaster, fifteen miles from Fitchburg. 
Brother Allen was here at the funeral of his brother. ... I 
wish you to write to brother Daniel soon." 

Mrs. Perley died the next year, 1823, July 10. The particulars of 
her death were given by her daughter Clarissa to her brother Henry, 
of Boxford, 29 Aug., 1823, as follows : "Mother died July 10. She 
had long been sick. About a week previous to her death a violent 
cough set in, which finally terminated her life. . . . Uncle 
Perley of Gardner called on us a few days since. He is well for a 
man of his age. He said he thought he should go to Boxford this 
fall. . . . There is no one left in our solitary dwelling but my 
sister Betsey and myself. My brother Allen lives in town. Brother 
Andrew died last fall — his family live about a mile from us. We 
have lately had letters from my brother and sister at Vienna, N. Y. 
Putnam often wishes to know if we have heard from Boxford." 

His son Asa "the only son in this State" was his administrator. 
His bond is dated 12 Nov., 1822. In the settlement his wife Anna 
is mentioned, and that he was a pensioner. — Registry, 46022. 

Asa Perley of Boxford, gentleman, for natural affection, gave his 
son Eliphalet, cooper, then of Boxford, 80 acres, drawn on the 
original right of Thomas Lord, 4 June, 1776. — Registry, 77: 104. 

When of Rindge, gentleman, 1 March, 1779, he sold for ;!^250, 
land in Winchendon — 80 acres — to Thaddeus Bowman of Winchen- 
don, yeoman.— ^Registry, 82 :244. 

Eliphalet Perley of Rindge, 2 Jan, 1783, sold Isaac Gibson, Jr., of 
Fitchburg, 31 acres of land in Fitchburg, courses and distances 
fully stated, for $150.— Registry, 87: 223. 

Anna, wife of P31iphalet of Fitchburg, bought 26 Dec, 1783, for 
;^30, of Aaron Jewett of Harvard, gentleman, administrator of the 
estate of John Park, late of Fitchburg.— Registry, 94: 347. 

Eliphalet gave Samuel Perley and Solomon Perley security on 
note dated 4 June, 1789, and 8 Oct., 1797, relinquished 15 acres, the 
southerly part of Eliphalet's farm, amount $87.09. — Registry, 135 : 236. 

Eliphalet and Anna sold Joseph Fox, Esq., land and building.s — 
31 acres— all of Fitchburg, 11 March, 1799, for $274.60. Registry, 

Eliphalet, gentleman, and wife Anna, 28 Jan., 1808, sold 31 acres 
land and buildings in Fitchburg to Israel Wetherbee, Jr., of Ashley, 
for $625.— Registry, 67 : 520. 

1 Perley children: Putnam"'^, Eliphalet^ Apphia\ Nancy^ Susan- 
nah-134, Betsey^ Clarissa^ Asa^ Andrew^ Allen^ 

2 Putnam^ was born in Danvers 18 April, 1775. The town of 
I'itchburg boarded him eighteen weeks in the winter of 1806-7. He 


was returned to Boxford, his nativity, where he was boarded with 
Ensign Daniel Gould and Capt. Joseph Symonds in 1807. He re- 
turned to Fitchburg soon after, and married Mary Fisher. About 
1823, they removed to Vienna, N. Y., where he "lived on a small 
farm, but having poor health was not able to do much." He died 
about 1830. He was a cooper by trade. They had no children. 

3 Eliphalet^ was born 9 March, 1778, in Boxford. Nancy' was 
born 13 April, 1783, in Fitchburg, published with Nathan Andrews, 
a farmer, 15 Dec, 1810, had Daniel, Nathan, Porter, Leander, Ly- 
sander and Nancy, and died in Fitchburg, 19 Feb., 1842. Betsey' 
was born in Fitchburg, 7 May, 1788, and died there, unmarried, 21 
Sept., 1849. By will she gave all her property to her brother Asa 
and nominated him executor, 18 May, 1849. The will was filed 22 
Sept., the same year. — Registry, 46018. Clarissa' was born in 
Fitchburg, 28 Oct., 1790, and died there of consumption, 10 Feb., 
1846. For Andrew^ and Allen' see extracts from letters above. 

4 Apphia^ was born in Rindge, N.H., I July, 1780, and died, unmar- 
ried, in Fitchburg 15 Nov., 1816. Her father, in a letter to her uncle 
Henry-t)9 of Boxford, dated 26 Nov., 1816, thus speaks of her: 
"Daughter Apphia died the 15th, about 6 o'clock in the morning, 
after a confinement of about a month with a consumptive cough and 
a fever attending it, which she bore with a submissive patience. 
She had her reason to the last, and appeared to be fully resigned to 
death. She left us with consolation under a hope she has made a 
happy change. . . . Love and respects to sister Phebe and her 
children." Apphia Perley sold to Betsey'' and Clarissa'', all spin- 
sters, for $25, !^ Nov., 1816, land in the northern part of Fitchburg 
reserving to my father and mother Eliphalet and Anna the use of it 
while they live. — Registry, 211: 68; and Israel Witherbee, Jr., car- 
penter, for $42, sold to Apphia and Susanna Perley-134 single 
women, 1 Feb., 1809, 3 acres, in Fitchburg. — Registry, 178: 259. 

5 Asa' was born in Fitchburg, 30 Sept., 1793. His wife, married 
27 Nov., 1823, was Eliza Jane Oakman, since by the P'itchburg 
records (4: 344) she married as Eliza and (9: 21) died as Jane. 
She died of lung fever, 12 April, 1870, aged seventy-four years. He 
was a farmer, and by trade a cabinetmaker. 

He bought 12 P^eb., 1820, for $252.50, land and buildings in Fitch- 
burg, three-fourths of a mile east of the meeting house, near a black- 
smith's shop, of Amos Durant and Joanna his wife. — Registry, 220 : 
538. He bought of John Thurston, gentleman, and Elizabeth his 
wife, for $175, half the land and buildings near blacksmith's shop 
and three-quarters of a mile east of the meeting house. Registry, 
220: 559. Pie bought 12 June, 1821, for $70, land sold for taxes, 
the John Manning lot. — Registry, 259: 202. Asa and Eliza his 
wife bought, on mortgage, 7 Feb., 1825, of James L. Hayes and his 
wife Nancy of Fitchburg, cabinetmaker, land and buildings near 
blacksmith's shop for $400, and for $275, land and buildings on the 
Lunenburg road, 1 Dec, 1827. He bought 15 May, 1829, for $16, 
land on the Ashley road, of Israel and Hephzibah Wetherbee. — 
Registry, 284: 251, and 26 Sept., 1831, for $100, sold land on the 
Ashley road to Isaiah Putnam, all of Fitchburg. — Registry, 284: 252. 


His will, drawn 12 April, 1865, mentions beloved wife Jane, who 
had $bOi); son Alvin in California, $bQ, and daughter Eliza Jane 
Whitcomb of West Acton, ^100.— Registry, 46016. 

He died 80 Nov., 1865. Their children were Alvin, born 1*2 
Dec, 1824, and Eliza Jane, born 15 Feb., 1828. 



ALLEN PERLEY was born in Boxford 9 June, 1750. He so- 
journed in Ward, now Auburn, and removed to Gardner. The 
attraction to that section about that time was the movement in real 
estate. Massachusetts had paid her soldiers of the French and 
Indian Wars in wild land in the northern middle part of the State, 
and farms and sections could be bought in many instances very 
cheap. Asa Perley, gentleman, and Thomas Perley, yeoman, both 
of Boxford, sold 19 April, 1769, for ;^66, 150 acres of land to Peter 
Damon of Weston. — Registry, 64: 154. They sold 18 Feb., 1767, 
for ;j{^188 6s. 8d., 175 acres in Weston to Joseph Parker of the same 
place. This was a part of the land laid out to Capt. Thomas Perley 
and Capt. .Stephen Peabody-16. The witnesses were Dudley Per- 
ley and Enoch Perley. — Registry, 66: 528. All these persons were 
Allen's neighbors in Boxford. He may have been an agent there 
for the sale of these lands. 

He was of Winchendon 11 Sept., 1779, when he was published 
with "Mrs." Judith Case, "both of Winchendon." He was pub- 
lished 24 Nov., 1798, with Miss Lydia Porter, and married her 29 
Jan., 1794, when both were of Gardner. She was born in Westford, 
and died in Gardner, the widow of Allen, 3 March, 1846, aged 89 
years, 4 months, 19 days. 

He was in Gardner a selectman 1800-1, and member of the school 
board in 1808. His father, Asa of Boxford, gentleman, gave "his 
son Allen, cordwainer, of Boxford." 80 acres of land No. 176, in 
Winchendon, drawn on the original right of Thomas Lord, 4 June, 
1776, witnesses Samuel Perley and Solomon Perley. — Registry, 77 : 

He died, in Gardner probably, in Dec, 1829. Lydia Perley was 
administratrix of estate of Allen Perley of Gardner, 20 Jan., 1880. 
The inventory of Allen of Gardner's estate was filed 28 Feb., 1808 — 
real estate $30 and personal $149.85. It seems by registry, 341 : 1 
and 844: 277, that Allen sold his estate, for $1000, to his son Asa in 
consideration of the support of himself and his wife Lydia during 
their natural lives, 80 July, 1828, half of lot of 80 acres, formerly in 
Winchendon, but in Gardner at that time. This transaction occa- 
sioned the small probate inventory in 1830. 

1 Perley children: Susannah*, Allen-185, Sarah", David-136, 
Anna-137, Asa-138. 

2 Sarah^ was born 14 Dec, 1784, married 29 Dec, 1816, Jonathan 
Wood, Jr., of Gardner, as his second wife, and had born in Gardner, 


Sally C, 27 June, 1818, and Nelson P., 26 Jan., 1821, who married 
Mary Nichols. 

3 Susannah^ was born 9 April, 1780. She married Ezekiel Marsh 
of Millbury, Mass., where he was born 7 Dec., 1775, and died of 
dysentery 30 Aug., 1818. She died of consumption, 8 March, 1838. 
Their home was Millbury; he was a carpenter and a farmer. Marsh 
children: George^ Susan'*, Daniel*, Elijah'*, Ezekiel Preston"*, Susan'*, 

4 George'^ was born 12 Feb., 1805, and was a filer by trade, re- 
sided in Millbury, where he died 30 July, 1833; Susan'' was born 29 
July, 1806, and died in Millbury 14 Jan., 1810; DanieP was born 18 
June, 1808, was a stone mason, married Emma Jackson, 30 Jan., 
1859, and resided in Auburn; Elijah'' was born 11 May, 181 0, was a cabi- 
netmaker, married Eliza Prouty, resided in Millbury and died in 
Worcester, 15 Aug., 1869; Ezekiel Preston*' was born 28 June, 1812, 
and 10 April, 1839, married Hannah R. White, and was a blacksmith, 
residing in Auburn; Susan" was born 27 Sept., 1815, and 1 Aug., 
1838, married Joseph Stowell, and resided in Millbury, where he 
died 24 Jan., 1841; Ebenezer' was born 18 June, 1817, was a black- 
smith, and resided in Millbury, where he died 15 April, 1837. 



DANIEL PERLEY was born in Boxford 24 Sept., 1752. He 
removed to Bridgton, Me., with his cousin Enoch, before 1781, 
where he settled for life. He married 6 Dec, 1781, Rebecca Por- 
ter, the daughter of a sea captain who was lost at sea. She died 20 
Feb., 1810. His second wife, whom he married 14 Feb., 1815, was 
Huldah-Peabody-58, who was born 6 Jan., 1765. Huldah's first hus- 
band was Nathaniel Chamberlaine of Portland, Me., married in Jan., 
1787. She died 22 Aug., 1854. Daniel died in Bridgton, 6 March, 

1 Perley children, born in Bridgton, Me. : Frederick'-, Clarissa^ 
Parmelia'-, Sophia"*, Lucy'-, Daniel-139, Porter-140, Martha"-, Rebecca'^ 

2 Frederick* was born 5 Aug., 1784, and died 18 Sept., 1785; 
Parmelia* born 17 June, 1788, married Nat Webb and lived in Bos- 
ton, where dying, she left two sons and three daughters; Lucy^ 
born 24 April, 1792, died unmarried in Bridgton, Me., in 1874; 
Martha*, born 24 Oct., 1800, was a coat maker in Boston many 
years, where she died unmarried, 11 Feb., 1841, and was buried 
there; Rebecca*, born 23 March, 1805, married William Ally of 
Lynn, and died before 1874, leaving children. 

3 Clarissa*, born 18 Aug., 1786, married 19 Apr., 1814, William 
Green of Sweden, Me., and had five sons and three daughters. Her 
children are all dead save John, who has two sons, and is living (1880) 
in River Falls, Wis. 

4 Sophia"*, born 10 June, 1790, married Isaiah Ingalls, born 5 
June, 1787, to Isaiah and Phoebe-Herrick Ingalls. She died before 


1874. Mr. Ingalls was elected captain 10 July, 1816, by his company 
of Light Infantry attached to the 2*^ Regiment, I''' Brigade and 12"^ 
Division of the Mass. Militia. He was commissioned 20 July, 1816, 
by Gov. John Brooks, Alden Bradford, Sec'y; and qualified before 
John Perley, major of the regiment. The original document is in 
possession of his son George Henry Ingalls of Boston. Capt. 
Ingalls was a descendant of Edmond Ingalls, who was born in Lin- 
colnshire, England, and came to America with his family and 
located in Lynn in 1629. Ingalls children : Louisa A. '^I Frederick 
P.®; Sophia, born in Harrison 16 Aug., 1816, married Dr. Whitney 
of Charlestown, and died in Harvard, Mass., 8 Nov., 1859; Julia 
A., born in Harrison 6 Apr., 1818, and died 20 June, 1820; James 
H., born in Portland 8 Sept., 1822, and died 3 Apr., 1823; James 
Porter, born 14 Aug., 1824, in Portland, married Eunice Weston, 
and died 4 June, 1895; George Henry, born 17 Aug., 1832, in Bridg- 
ton, married Martha E. Shaw, daughter of Joseph and Eliza-Dennis 
Shaw, 25 Jan., 1869. 

5 Louisa A.^was born 3 July, I8l0 ; married Dr. Barnard Usher 11 
June, 1833, and died 1 Jan., 1850. Usher children : Marshall, born 
in Bridgton 3 Dec, 1834, and John D., born 11 Sept., 1838. 

6 Frederick P."* was born 27 Jan., 1812, and married Frances Ann 
Berry in Portland 18 Dec, 1834. She died 15 Feb., 1894, aged 
eighty-eight. Ingalls children : Mary Elizabeth, born 4 June, 
(Ingalls journal, 25 Oct.,) 1835; Ann Louisa, born 20 April, 1838; 
Frederick Charles, born 4 June, 1843; Frances Ellen, born 10 Aug., 
1845, and died 3 June, 1892; Joseph Henry, born 10 Dec, (Ingalls 
journal 6 April,) 1848. 



HENRY PERLEY was born in Boxford, 17 Feb., 1755. During 
his minority he was living in Stoughton, Mass. He left a manuscript 
of his Revolutionary experience, from which we gather the follow- 
ing: On the morning of 19 April, 1775, he marched to the battle of 
Lexington, in Capt. Asahel Smith's company, of Stoughton, at- 
tached to Col. Lemuel Robinson's regiment. He served nine days 
and received ;^12 10s. 4d. He then enlisted in the service, in Capt. 
William Bent's company. Col, John Greaton's regiment, where he 
remained till his term of service expired, 31 Dec. The next day he 
enlisted again m Capt. Bent's company for one year, and was sta- 
tioned at Fort No. 2, in Cambridge. About the 18th of March they 
were ordered to New York, via Connecticut. They shipped at Nor- 
wich, sailed to Long Island, and marched to New York. There they 
encamped about three weeks, when they were ordered to Canada 
via Albany. The division was commanded by Gen. Thompson, who 
died at Chambly of small-pox. The troops were ordered over a 
great part of Lower Canada. Most of the army being sick with 
small-pox, they were obliged to retreat before the enemy, leaving 
their sick and languishing upon the ground. They retreated to 



Ticonderoga, and when the regiment was ordered to Mt. Indepen- 
dence, Mr. Perley, who was sick with intermittent fever, was dis- 
charged, 1 Nov., 1776, by order of Gen. Gates, commander. He 
then came home to Boxford, where he remained some time, and was 
a member of Capt. Jacob Gould's company. In 1778, July 31, he 
was ordered to Rhode Island, where he served six months in Gen. 
Sullivan's expedition in the company of Capt. Simeon Brown of 
Salem, Col. Wade's regiment, Marquis de Lafayette's division. 
They were afterwards disbanded. In the year 1779, he belonged to 
the company of Jeremiah Putnam of Dauvers, Col. Tyler's regiment, 
and was stationed at Providence till the enemy left Newport. This 
regiment occupied Newport till the expiration of their term of ser- 
vice 5 Jan., 1780. For his service, he was granted a pension. 

The year following his martial service he married. His first wife, 
married 27 Oct., 1781, was Eunice Hood, born 1 Oct., 1757, to John 
and Mary-Kimball Hood of Topsfield, in the house now owned and 
occupied by S. D. Hood, Esq., and built in 1716. They resided in 
(North.'') Andover, till about 1786, when he went to Boxford. 

The house here pictured was built about 1754 by Joseph Mat- 
thews. Mr. Perley bought the estate about 1786 and "settled down 
to a life of repose." He died there, and his son Henry occupied the 


place till he also died there. Then Maj. Moses R. Rust rented it, 
occupying it twenty years. From that time it fell into "innocuous 
desuetude," except an occasional dweller, till it became quite unten- 
antable. It was demolished in 1883. 

Mr. Perley's wife died in childbirth, in Boxford, Monday, 11 Oct., 
1790, when only thirty-three years old. His second wife was Me- 
hitable Peabody, daughter of Daniel and Anna-Stickney Peabody, 
married 30 Oct., 1799, and born 12 Nov., 1763. 

In his sixty-eighth year, Aug., 1822, in answering a letter received 
from the widow of his brother Eliphalet, concerning Eliphalet's 
death, he says, "I can mourn with you as one that mourneth. . . . 


I have been carried through troubles, and have been supported when 
I was almost overwhelmed with sorrow. ... I am an old man 
and cannot expect to tarry long on the stage of human affairs. . . . 
God's tender mercies are over all the work of his hands ; and I hope 
that He who hath made us will have mercy upon us." 

Mr. Perley was five feet and four inches in height; his com- 
plexion was dark with black hair and black eyes; and his physique 
was compact and muscular, and capable of extreme endurance. 

The only town office of importance that was held by him was 
surveyor of highways in 1800 and 1810. He died G Feb., 1838, 
wanting only eleven days of completing his eighty-third year. His 
remains repose in the cemetery near the First Church edifice. His 
widow, mother of the youngest child only, died "The death of the 
righteous," 28 Oct., 18-14, aged eighty years. 

1 Perley children: Eunice'-, Henry-141, Susanna'-, Samuel-142, 

2 Eunice^ was born 14 April, 1782, in Andover. She married 
Daniel Dresser of Bangor, Me., in Aug., 1809, and died 18 July, 
1862. Susannah^ was born IG March, 1788, in Boxford, where she 
died 23 Nov., 1791. The Hood Genealogy reads "born 17 Feb., 1789." 



SAMUEL PERLEY was born in Boxford 15 Sept., 1757 or 8. 
He served in the army of the Revolution a few months near its close, 
and then settled upon the parental farm. A good view of the 
ancient mansion and the massive, wide-spreading elm that graces 
the frontage, is shown on the next page. This is one of the largest, 
most symmetrical, and beautiful elms in the County. The illustration 
properly belongs to family 35, which see. 

Thomas Perley-4 chose the site for his residence as early as 1(384. 
The property passed to his son Thomas-16; then to Asa-35, who 
razed the old house and built the present one. The subject of this 
family was the next owner. Later owners were Israel and Isaac 
Hale, then Isaac Hale, and now Frank Barnes, though the house is 
still known as "the Hale house." 

Mr. Perley was a frugal, diligent, and prosperous husbandman. 
He was a selectman in 1797, and district surveyor of highways in 
1786 and 1800. He died of a wound 18 June, 1807, aged forty-nine 
years. His wife, Phebe, daughter of Capt. Daniel Dresser of Row- 
ley, born there 29 April, 1762, and published 24 March, 1798, suc- 
ceeded him in the husbandry. She died 25 Feb., 1850, of "old age," 
aged eighty-eight years, at the residence of her son Daniel, in Lynn. 
Though the means of education were small in those days, she was a 
well informed woman, of more than ordinary natural gifts. She 
managed the farm and her three boys (so her son, the doctor, says) 
with much discretion. She labored hard to live and educate her 
children, and in her age rejoiced to see the boys stand highest in 



their professions. Her remains rest at the side of her husband's 
in Harmony Cemetery, Boxford, and her epitaph reads: "All the 
days of my appointed time will I wait." 

TIIK HALF. nuisK. 

1 Perley children: Ira-144, Asa'-. Daniel-145. 

2 Asa^ was born 2 Dec., 1802 (or 1801, the doctor said), and died 
22 Oct., 1827, unmarried, or as the doctor says, "in Sept., 1826." 
The doctor says, "He was a promising farmer, of unblemished char- 
acter, and held for several years the most important offices in town." 



SOLOMON PERLEY was born in Boxford 25 Feb., 1760. He 
married, 26 Nov., 1789, Lucy Kimball, baptised 6 Sept., 1767, for 
Jacob and Priscilla-Smith Kimball of Topsfield. She was sister to 
Jacob, the celebrated musician. She died of consumption 29 Sept., 
1790, a bride of only ten months. 

In 1792, Solomon Bixby-Perley was born. In July, 1807, when 
he was of Caseway-Ridge, York or Sunbury County, N. B., he gave 
his cousin Thomas Perley of Boxford, a power of attorney, to recover 
the real estate his father deeded him, etc. 

1 Perley children : Solomon-146, Nathaniel-147. 



ISAAC PERLEY was born in Boxford 5 Sept., 1730. It is 
said that he was called "Deacon," and that at some time he resided 
in the Emerson house lately located near the residence of Francis 
Harden, and also that he was very homely. He probably removed 
from town about a century and a quarter ago, but we know not 
where, though tradition suggests New Boston, N. H. He was 
admitted to the First Church 8 June, 1760, where his two younger 
children were baptised. 

Mr. Perley married 4 Dec, 1755, Hannah Lakeman, daughter of 
Solomon and Hannah of Ipswich, where she was baptised 4 April, 

1 Perley children : Sarah^, Lucy^, Isaac'', John^ 

2 Sarah^ was born 4 May, 1757. Tradition says she was very 
handsome, and when the small-pox prevailed in the vicinity, she, 
fearing its evil effects upon her beauty if she should take it, entered 
the pest-house, the Nelson house near by, for the varioloid. She died 
there. She married 4 May, 1780, Nathaniel Hale, born 4 Sept., 1754, 
to Abner and Kezia-Baker Hale of Boxford. He died 29 Nov., 1831 ; 
she, 12 Aug., 1837. Their children were born: Perley, 27 Oct., 
1780; Hannah, 28 Dec, 1782; Sally, 5 June, 1785; Lucy, 28 April, 
1788, in Bridgton, Me.; Irene, 3 March, 1791; Nathaniel, 30 April, 
1793; Olive, 11 Jan., 1796, and died 14 Dec, 1831; Harriet, 16 Oct., 
1799, and died in June, 1803. 

3 Lucy^ was born 22 July, 1760, and married 30 May, 1784, Samuel 
Sawyer of Hopkinton, N. H. Isaac^ was baptised in the First 
Church, Boxford, 23 June, 1765. John^ was born 5 Oct., or Nov., 



JACOB PERLEY was born in Boxford 8 June, 1732. He led a 
farmer's life in his native town for many years, giving almost exclu- 
sive attention to the cultivation of the soil. The first nine years of 
his married life, from the age of about thirty-two, he lived in Box- 
ford. In 1773, the family removed to Chester or Candia, N. H., the 
settlement of which had just begun. There seven years later he 
buried the wife of his youth. He y y' r\ ^ 

removed to the wilds of Maine about (^^;z~<.^t>^ ^^-<^-'^^^^ 
1794, and since Moses and Aaron '^ t-^ ^ 

seem not to have been of the family, Mr. Periey-s signature 28 Feb., ires. 
they were probably "put out," upon the death of their mother. 

Sarah Perley, spinster; Jacob Perley and Joshua Perley, hus- 
bandmen, 29 May, 1792; Apphia Perley, spinster, 16 Sept., 1793; 
Moses Perley, husbandman, 24 Nov., 1797, all of Candia, N. H., con- 
veyed to Jacob Andrews of Boxford, land belonging to the estate of 


their grandfather Joshua Andrews, late of Boxford, dec'd. Jacob 
Perley, husbandman, of Tingstown, Me., conveyed his son Aaron's 
share in the same, 1 Dec, 1797. 

Our esteemed venerable friend, Dr. James Lewis Blake of 
Bridgton, Me., informs us that about 1794, Jacob Perley with his 
second son Joshua and two daughters, Apphia and Irene, lived with 
their father in a log house, in what was then called Ting town or 
Ting's town, a name derived from the fact that a man by that name 
owned the township or a large part of it, and was the first settler. 
The name of it now is Wilton. About 1798, Mr. Perley removed 
thence to Montville, Me., where he died 81 March, 1804, aged 
seventy-one years. 

Mr. Perley held only such town offices as reputable persons were 
obliged to take or be fined. In Boxford he was surveyor of high- 
ways in 1709, and in 1767 and 1770 was hogreeve. It is said that 
he was a large, stout, resolute man, was employed as swine-butcher 
by the farmers for miles around, wherein he used to boast that he 
could "stick a hog without staining the knife," and that he was 
an honest, industrious and highly useful citizen. 

The History of Chester, N. H., records Jacob Perley on the list 
of those who pledged life and fortune in the common cause against 
the British in the Revolution. 

His wife, married 19 April, 1764, was Sarah Andrews, born 8 
Sept., 1741, to Joshua and Hannah-Wood Andrews of Boxford. She 
died in Chester, N. H., 29 March, 1780, aged thirty-eight years. 

1 Perley children : Sarah-, Jacob-, Joshua-148, Apphia-149, Irene 
-150, Moses-151, Aaron-152. 

2 Sarah^ was born 9 June, 1765, in Boxford. Her husband's name 
was Jefferds, married in New Hampshire, where probably she lived. 
She died in Oct., 1797, aged thirty-two. Jacob^ was born 16 Oct., 
1767, in Boxford. He married Sarah Sargent, in New Hampshire, 
where he soon after died, it is said, without issue. 



BENJAMIN PERLEY was born in Boxford 10 Feb., 1735. 
He married, 2 Jan., 1759, Hannah Clark, born in Topsfield 9 May, 
1735, to Jacob and Mary-Howlett Clark of Boxford. They joined 
the First Church, Boxford, 10 Jan., 1762. She died probably in 1771 
or 2, since he married 12 Oct., 1773, Miss Apphia Andrews of Dan- 
vers. His wives had six children each, all born in Boxford but the 
last one. In 1816, when he was eighty-one years old, his house took 
fire, and he, endeavor- . •-n. 

ing unsuccessfully to J^ ' ^^ C? ) y^ 

extinguish it, perished /fy^^ i^^^yyui^^ j^ C^p.-^O^-y' 
in the flames. His ^ (j / 

widow survived him TIus is Mr. rfilcy's signature to a bond. 

till 20 June (Townrecords: 15 July), 1825, when she was eighty-one. 

Benj. Perley of Boxford, gentleman, and Apphia, his wife, 10 

May, 1777, for ;£o60, conveyed to Samuel Hewes of Boston the 


Savage place with buildings thereon. (A blacksmith's shop stood 
in the corner near the burying ground.) 

In 1781 or 2, he removed from Boxford to Topsfield; in 1789 he 
returned to Boxford; in 1791 he removed to Dunbarton, N. H. 

In the Revolution he was a patriot and a soldier. He was a 
Minute Man at the battle of Lexington, as lieutenant in Capt. Wil- 
liam Perley's company. He was ever after called lieutenant. In 
March, 1777, he was one of a committee to hire soldiers, and again 
in 1780. 

He was prominent in civil affairs. In Boxford he was a select- 
man and overseer in 1774, 1778, 1779, 1781; a constable in 1770; a 
moderator of town meetings in 177G; a surveyor of highways in 
1790; a warden in 1776; a hogreeve in 1765 and 1791; a tithing 
man in 177*2, 1774, 1780; a sealer of leather in 1767, 1769, 1770, 
1772, 1773, 1779, 1780. In 1779 he was one of seven to regulate 
the prices current. In 1781 he was one of two chosen by the town 
to instruct the representative at General Court. 

The public records evidence his ability and character and the high 
regard in which he was held by his fellow citizens. 

1 Perley children : Mary-153, Dorothy'^ Rebecca-154, Benjamin- 
155, Hannalr, Paul-156, Apphia-157, Anna-158, John-l59, Sarah-l60, 
Betty\ JaCob-161. 

2 Hannah^ was born 20 Oct., 1767, married Ebenezer Smith, 
who was born 9 Jan., 176:3, and had Ebenezer, born 10 Dec, 1793, 
in Chelsea, Vt., died 29 Sept., 1873, married 9 Jan., 1820, Sarah 
Hood; Hannah, born in Chelsea, 1794, married Dexter Chamber- 
lain; Rebecca''; Dolly, who married Stephen Fogg; and Perley, who 
married Laura Thompson. 

3 Dorothy^ was born 26 Sept., 1761, and published with Moses 
Adams, of New London, N. H., 6 P'eb., 1790. Bettie^ was born 16 
May, 1781, and married Asa Kimball of Bradford 17 Jan., 1838. 

4 Rebecca'^ was born in Chelsea, Vt., 6 Aug., 1797, died 27 Oct., 
1882, in Derry, N. H., married 23 Sept., 1821, in Chelsea, Harvey 
Hood, a farmer, who was born to Gillin-Lane and P3nos Hood, a 
farmer in Chelsea, 1 June, 1798, died 18 Sept., 1878, in Derry, hav- 
ing had, in Chelsea, Vt., Harvey Perley''; Gilbert V.., born 21 Nov., 
1824, married 13 May, 1852, Frances K. Herrick, and without chil- 
dren lives in Lawrence, Mass.; Eliza P., born 2 Aug., 1827, and 
resides in Reading, Mass.; Lucinda R., born 28 May, 1830, married 
20 Aug., 1857, Rev. Azro A. Smith of Reading, and have no chil- 
dren; Mary A., born 28 Aug., 1833, and died in Boston, 27 June, 
1886; Henry C, born 19 Nov., 1835, and died in Derry, N. H., 22 
P'eb., 1866; Edward P., born 3 March, 1838, and died in Derry, 6 
Nov., 1860; P:ilen M., born 10 July, 1840, died in Derry, 20 April, 

5 Harvey Perley^ was born 6 June, 1823, was a milk contractor, 
died in Derry, N. H., 17 June, 1900, married 5 May, 1850, in Charles- 
town, Mass., Miss Caroline Laura Corwin, who was born in Chelsea 
1 March, 1829, to Clarissa-Thompson and John Corwin, resides in 
Derry, having had two children born in Charlestown and four in 
Derry, thus: Laura Caroline, born 16 Sept., 1851, married John 
Walter Johnston in Nov., 1892, reside in Manchester, N. H., without 


children; Clara Rebecca, born 22 Oct., 1854, married 4 June, 1902, 
Greenleaf Kelley Bartlett, and resides in Lawrence, without chil- 
dren; Nellie Frances*'; Charles Harvey"'; Edward John^; Gilbert 

6 Nellie Frances^ was born 23 Oct., 1856, and married 1 Feb., 
1882, Marcell Nelson Smith, having issue: Nelson Harvey, born in 
Feb., 1890; Miriam, born in Oct., 1891, and Lawrence, born and 
died in Sept., 1895. 

7 Charles Harvey^ was born 26 Feb., 1860, in Derry, is a milk 
contractor, resides at 2 Benton road, Somerville, Mass., married 2 
June, 1886, in Derry, Katherine Wyman Eastman, who was born in 
Derry 23 June, 1862, to Benj. F. Eastman, lumber agent, and Sabra 
Wyman Jones, and has had children: Marion Allen, born 20 Aug., 
1888, in Derry; Caroline Wyman, born in Derry 21 March, 1892, 
and died in Somerville, 13 Dec, 1897; and, born in Somerville, Har- 
vey Perley, 12 April, 1897; Sabra Louise, 17 Sept., 1901; Helen 
Katherine, 11 Sept., 1902. 

8 Edward John^ was born 26 Oct., 1864; married Harriet Geddes 
in June, 1894, in Winchendon, Mass., and lives in Somerville, Mass. 
Issue: Marjory, born in April, 1896, and died in Jan., 1897; Zaida, 
born 19 April, 1899. 

9 Gilbert Henry*^ was born 6 May, 1866, and married Helen Marr 
Davis 8 Sept., 1892. They reside in Derry, N. H. Issue: Emily 
Caroline, born 29 Nov., 1897; Gilbert Henry, born 19 Aug., 1899. 



JOHN PERLEY was born in Boxford 7 Dec, 1746. He was 
of Haverhill previous to his marriage. He was a tailor and doubtless 
practiced the art from house to house, as was the custom of the 
time. He owned a small farm and had at the time of his death a 
horse and two cows. 

He was a member of Capt. Daniel Hill's company of militia in 
Col. Johnson's regiment ; was at the battle of Lexington and in the 
famous retreat to Cambridge, serving four days. By the muster 
roll, he marched seventy miles. In June, 1778, the selectmen of 
Haverhill gave him an order on the town treasurer for ;^3 15s. 

His wife was Hannah Green of Haverhill, who survived him. 
He died of small-pox 2 Dec, 1778, at the age of thirty-one. His 
widow became administratrix of his estate 2 Jan., 1779. The ap- 
praisers were Samuel Souther, David Marsh and Ebenezer Gage, 
Jr. The inventory, presented 4 July, 1780, amounted to ^1094 
15s. 8d. Two items were "a brown Coat crimson Jacket & everlast- 
ing Breeches p^lO," and "a Velvet Jacket & Leather Breeches £b." 
Benj. Perley of Boxford, his brother, was appointed the guardian 
of his children 4 Jan., 1779. 

1 Perley children : John-162, Sarah-, Nathaniel-163, Hannah'^. 

2 Sarah^ was born 7 April, 1771, and married David Loring of 
Concord, N. H. Hannah' was born 5 Aug., 1777 or 8, and married 
Moses Payson of Haverhill, Mass. 



NATHAN PERLEY was born in 1737 in Boxford. He settled 
in Methuen, Mass. The last house in that town on the main road 
to Haverhill is occupied by Edmund Perley, a grandson of Nathan. 
Three half-centuries ago the house was owned by one Symonds, 

Tliis iiicture is made from a pen-aud-ink drawing nf tlic XaUuin IVrloy house in Me- 
tlmen and has been pronounced by a daughter, who well remembered the place, as "correct 
in every particular." 

among whose children, "to the manor born," was a daughter Sarah. 
Nathan went a-courting Sarah, and Nathan and Sarah expected to 
wed. For some unexplained reason the wedding was deferred, 
Nathan married Mehitable Mitchell, who died 24 Nov., 1773, the 
mother of seven children. Sarah married William Rea of Dan- 
vers, who died leaving one son, who was called by his father's name, 
William. Nathan remembered his first love and paid a visit to 
Sarah. The flame was warm and reciprocating. Rev. Christopher 
Sargent, the first minister of that town, aged and much loved, made 
them one, 13 Oct., 1774. 

The first year of his second marriage he lived in Methuen. He 
had been a soldier in the French and Indian War, and he foresaw 
the approaching conflict of arms, and in consequence advocated the 

^/^-^;ife*^ /^£^t^^ 


Study and practice of military tactics. He was then a member of 
the first militia company of Methuen, and with the rest of the com- 
pany signed a paper 6 Oct., 1774, "covenanting and engaging to 
form themselves into a body, in order to learn the manual exercises." 
He was at the battle of Concord and Lexington, as sergeant, in 
Capt. James Jones's company, and was out four days. 

Shortly after the Lexington campaign, he removed to Danvers, 
where he lived several 
years and the rest of 
his children were born. 

About 1790, he re- / ^/^ ^ 

turned to Methuen, ^^ 

and located upon the This is Mr. Perley's signature, as appiaiser, 

old Symonds estate, to an inventory 7 May. ITSI. 

the nativity and patrimony of his wife. He razed the old house and 
erected the present dwelhng. He died there about 1816; his widow, 
about 1839. 

1 Perley children: Martha'', Lydia^ John-164, James-165, Mar- 
tha", Nathan-, Joseph", Mehitable'\ Lydia-166, Sarah^ Edmund-167, 
Amos", Asa-168, DanieP. 

2 Martha^ was born 10 Feb., 17(50, and died 8 April, 1762. 
Lydia^ was born 15 Feb. and died 27 Mar., 1762. Martha^ was born 
22 June, 1767. Nathan^ was born 27 Feb., 1769. Of Mehitable', 
who married Sewell Bennett, and of DanieP we have no further 
knowledge. Joseph' was born 29 Jan., 1771. Sarah' married James 
Keen of Boston 1 Sept., 1819, by Rev. Charles O. Kimball of 

3 Amos' was a school teacher. In an advertisement of his school 
to begin in Salem 10 April, 1810, he "tenders his grateful acknowl- 
edgments for past favors," and will limit the numbers of his 
scholars to thirty. He "will open a department for females." The 
branches to be taught were reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, 
English grammar, drawing, painting, embroidery and various kinds 
of needlework. The tuition was four to five dollars. It is under- 
stood that he and his wife sometime taught in the Bradford Acad- 
emy. Both were pupils there and may have been pupil-assistants, 
though there may be no record of it. In 1816, they were living in 
Bradford, and had seven pupil-boarders. He was a man of piety, 
and showed his faith by his works. He organized, in 1818, the first 
Sunday School in Dracut. He was a deacon in the Central Con- 
gregational Church there from 19 Dec, 1827. 

He married Hannah Carleton of Bradford :U Mch., 1810. Relin- 
quishing teaching, they retired to a farm in Dracut. There, while 
gathering apples, in 1837, a sudden pain .seized his arm. The pain 
increased ; it became severe in the extreme. The cause was never 
explained; his death ensued a week later. His widow died of old 
age about 1850. They had no children, though both were very fond 
of them. The writer's mother knew the family well, while she was 
a student in the Bradford Academy, and years after spoke of their 
home life as a pleasing memory. 

He made his will 2 Nov., 1837. It was proved 9 Jan., 1838. He 
is styled yeoman. He bequeathed his brothers Edmund and Asa, 


his sisters Mehitable Bennett, wife of Sewell; Lydia Metcalf, widow, 
and Sarah Keen, wife of James, and his mother, Sarah Perley, one 
dollar each ; his niece, Mehitable Smart five hundred dollars. He 
desired that Niece Mehitable might continue to live with his widow 
as usual and share her interest and affection. His wife Hannah C. 
had the rest of the estate and was nominated executrix. 



WILLIAM PERLEY was born in East Boxford 11 Feb., 1735- 
6, on the site of the present residence of Mr. D. DeWitt C.Mighill . 
When a young man, he bought the land which now constitutes the 
Boxford poorfarm and he built there the house which is now the 
Boxford almshouse. That was his only home; it descended to 
his son Abraham. 

Mr. Perley retained all the spirit and patriotism of his own fam- 
ily and inherited much of that romantic daring so characteristic of 
his uncle Israel, the renowned Gen. Putnam. In January, 1775, 
he was elected captain of a Boxford company of Minute Men. It 
was his iirst military office. The company consisted of fifty-two 
men, and drilled weekly. On that beautiful, yet tragic, morning, 
19 April, 1775, they and two other Boxford companies marched to 
the conflict. The British had already begun their retreat, when the 
Boxford men arrived, but the latter heartily joined in pursuit 
and helped play mischief with the red-coats. They were at- 
tached to Col. James Frye's regiment, and encamped with the 
twenty thousand around Boston. May 28, the town gave him an 
order of ^16 to find blankets for the company. Next we find him 
following Col. Prescott across Charlestown Neck, on the momentous 
night of the 16th June, and engaged in fortifymg Bunker Hill, in 
throwing up those breastworks that so startled the British the next 
morning and gave the lie to their complaisant midnight assurance, 
"All's well." Capt. Perley and his company were in the battle that 
ensued; they fought with ammunition, swords, clubbed-muskets and 
missiles against bigotry, superciliousness and tyranny, in defense of 
home and its loved ones, with all their heart and soul and strength. 
Eight of them fell dead upon the field. 

I. N. Tarbox's "Life of Gen. Israel Putnam" relates, that, "Pres- 
cott's, Frye's and Bridges' regiments sustained the heaviest slaugh- 
ter, because they were directly in the path where the British broke 
through. . . . These regiments who stayed to the last deserved 
to be crowned as heroes." 

PVothingham's "Siege of Boston, "second edition, says that the 
three regiments were in the redoubt, but among the officers does 
not name Capt. Wm. Perley. His name is found, however, on the 
original papers at Washington, D. C. Several Hessians taken pris- 
oners during the war lived with him at his Boxford home. 

In March, 1776, Capt. Perley was chosen on the committee of 
safety for the town. In 1777 he was on a committee of three to 


procure money to pay soldiers. In March, 1780, he was one of a 
committee of five to hire soldiers. 

In 1779, 16 Aug., he was one of a commission chosen by the town 
to regulate the current prices of merchandise, labor, etc. He held 
numerous town offices, in which he was selectman and overseer, 
1772, 1773, and 1779, school committeeman 1802 and 1806; town 
treasurer 1781 to 1788 inclusive, eight years. 

Capt. Perley married, first, Sarah Clark, daughter of Jacob of 
Topsfield, 26 March, 1761. She was the mother of all his children. 
She died* 28 Nov., 1791, at the age of fifty-five. He married, second, 
Anna Porter, daughter of Elijah and Dorothy of Topsfield, and 
widow of Dr. William Hale of Boxford, 22 Jan., 1793. She was born 
about 1745 and was published to Dr. Hale, 18 Oct., 1770. Dr. Hale 
built the Sayward house in East Boxford village, and there prac- 
tised the healing art. He was born in Boxford 9 Nov., 1741, to 
Thomas and Mary-Kimball Hale. They joined the Boxford church 
29 Dec, 1771. He died about 1785, leaving two daughters: Eliza- 
beth, born 19 March, 1772, and Dorothy-l80. 

Mrs. Perley died 15 Sept., 1800, aged fifty-five. Mr. Perley, 
"being advanced in years and laboring under bodily infirmities," 
made his will 18 March, 1812. He died 29 March, 1812. His will 
was proved 17 April following, and his son Abraham was the ex- 
ecutor. His probate inventory is ^7197.01. 

1 Perley children, all born in Boxford: Humphrey Clark-169, 
William-170, Huldah'-, Phineas-171, Deborah-, Abraham-, twrns'^ 
Fanny'^ Oliver-172, Deborah^ Abraham-178. 

2 Huldah' was born 17 Oct., 1764, and published 3 Jan., 1806, to 
Isaiah Bradley, son of Nehemiah, and farmer in Haverhill. Debo- 
rah' was born 5 May, 1768, and Abraham' 17 Nov., 1769, and both 
died young. The twins were born 19 July, 1771, (and both died 15 
Sept., 1800.^) P'anny' was born 9 July, 1772, and Deborah' 5 July, 
1776, but were not mentioned in their father's will in 1812, and 
probably had died. 



HULDAH PERLEY was born 21 March, 1741-2, and died 5 
Aug., 1812. She was married 27 Nov., 1764, by Rev. Elizur Hol- 
yoke of Boxford, to Lt. Col. John Robinson of Westford, who was 
born in Topsfield 4 July, 1785, to Jacob and Mary-Gould Robinson, 
who afterwards removed to Westford and became one of the early 
families of that town. John was a lieutenant colonel in Prescott's 
regiment and was one of the officers, if not the officer, that repelled 
the attack of the British at Concord on that historic morning 
of 19 April, 1775. Mrs. Jonathan Prescott, who is still (1882) 
living in Westford, is a granddaughter of "Col. Robinson; and al- 

* An entry in an account book of Joshua Jackson reads as follo-ws : — " I with my wife went 
to the funeral of Cajit. Wm. Perley's wife Friday 25 Dec, 1791." 


though bearing the burden of ninety years, she distinctly remembers 
him, being twenty years old at the time of his death. She says he 
was a tall man, of commanding presence, well proportioned, and fear- 
less. She thinks that when the alarm came, on the night of the 
eighteenth of April, he stood not on the order of his going, but 
mounted his horse and hurried to Concord, leaving orders to his 
hired man to follow with provisions. She thinks also, that he was 
invited to take the command, and says that the tradition in her 
family always has been that he did assume it, and ordered the troops 
to fire." This Revolutionary soldier and patriot reposes in the West 
Cemetery of Westford, and the following is his memorial : 

"Here reposes the body of Col. John Robinson, who expired June 
18th, 1S05, aged 70 years. In 1775, he distinguished himself by 
commanding the corps of soldiers who first opposed the menacing 
attempts of the British troops at Concord Bridge. 

" Here rest thy ashes; on thy silent grave. 
May dews distil, and laurels gently wave. 
Let heralds far proclaim thy soul was fired 
Dy love of freedom, and by Heaven inspired : 
First in the glorious oauseOur rights to attain, 
Last in our hearts shall thy brave deeds remain.'" 

Rev. Edwin R. Hodgman of that town further writes: "For 
seventy years the dust of Col. Robinson has lain in our soil, with no 
monument above it, save the simple stone that family affection has 
reared. Not on the marble, or on any printed page, is there any- 
thing to tell how truly the people of this town appreciate the courage 
and patriotism of the man who stood side by side with those im- 
mortal men, whose praise even the mute granite has been taught to 
speak at Acton and at Concord. Not at the Bridge alone did our 
brave Spartan show his unflinching valor. In that fiercer conflict 
on Bunker Hill, two months afterwards, he stood in the front, 'in 
shape and gesture proudly eminent,' exposed to instant death, yet 
doing his duty; now leaping upon the parapet, a target for the ad- 
vancing foe, and now reconnoitering, with the ill-fated McClary, 
the position of the enemy, to find the best way of repelling his per- 
sistent attacks; .showing himself everywhere the efficient officer and 
the strong-hearted man." 

The colonel lived on the farm now owned by Stephen E. Hutch- 
ings, and was one of Westford's selectmen from 1771 to 1774. 

1 Robinson children: Huldah", Mehitable", Betsey'^ Sally', Re- 
becca', Mehitable'-, Betty-l7o, John'\ 

2 Huldah' was born 28 Sept., 1765, married 25 Aug., 17.V4, Benj. 
Robins, and had a daughter that married Jonathan Prescott. Me- 
hitable' was born 9 Aug., 1767; Bet.sey', 8 May, 1770; Sally', 3 May, 
1772, and the three died in 1775. Rebecca' was born 7 July. 1774, 
and married Joshua Abbott Jewett 15 May, 1800. Mehitable' mar- 
ried 27 Aug., 1797, Benj. Fletcher of Westford. 

8 John' was born 17 Feb., 17^1, and 1 Jan., 1<S09, married Han- 
nah Woods of Westford, where they afterwards lived. Issue: John, 
born 10 May, 1810; Francis Perley, born 25 Feb., 1812; Walter, 
born 7 Feb., 1814, died 28 Jan., 1858, buried in Westford; Harriet 
and Huldah, twins, born 19 April, 1818. 



FRANCIS PERLEY was born 11 Jan., 1744-5 (1745-G?), in 
Boxford, where he lived till 1800, when he removed to Rowley, where 
he died, in a fit, 17 July, 1810, aged sixty-five. His first wife, mar- 
ried 28 Nov., 1771, was Ruth Putnam of Danvers. She died in 
Boxford 6 April, 1784, at the age of thirty-two. Hannah Payson, 2d, 
of Rowley, became his second wife, 31 Oct., 1786. She was born 
28 July, 1760, and died 22 Jan. (21 July.?), 1814. 

He became a member of the F'irst Church, Boxford, 22 Nov., 
1772; his wife 21 Feb., 1773. In this church most of their children 
were baptised. 

He was something of a military man in his day. He was lieuten- 
ant in 1784, and captain in 1786. This latter title he wore till his 

He held numerous town offices, and exercised them with integ- 
rity and ability. He was on the school board 1797, was surveyor of 
highways 1779 and 17S6, a constable 1796, moderator of town meet- 
ings in 1785, 1787, 1791, 1795, selectman and assessor 1782-1786, 
1788, 1792-1795. In 1780 he was one of a committee to hire soldiers. 
In 1799 he was chosen one of the trustees of the "Aaron Wood 
School Fund" of Boxford. In 1809, Jan. 28, he was on the com- 
mittee of safety for Rowley. He was a licensed auctioneer. He 
was, in 1785, a joint executor of the will of David Stickney, son of 

At his death he owned, in Boxford, a farm of sixty-eight acres, 
valued at $2720, which the year following his death was occupied 

Thf followiug is from the Salom Gazette:- by his SOU JamCS. Hc alsO 

owned half a farm in Winthrop, 

BY ORDER OF COURT, ,yr 1 1 t^ Sil AAA U" 

Will be sold at Public Auction, ou the prem- IVie., VaiUeCl at ^lUUU. rll S 

ises on Tuesda.v the^ 10th day of March widoW WaS appointed admiuis- 
next, at one o clock, F. JI. . ^ . ^ ^ 

A FARM in Boxford, belonging to the tratnx of hlS CStatC 6 Aug., 1 81 0, 
estate of Capt. Francis Pekley, late of i a■^^c>rr^'^rtr^ nf Ki'c -irrmncrpct 

Rowley, deceased. Said farm consists of ^"0 gUarOiaU 01 niS yOUUgCSt 

about 70 acres of wood, tillage, and pasture rViilHrfTi 9 Tan 1^11 Mic (^c 

Land, with the buil(liu^-s th.Teon. For fur- ^-Uliuicu z, Jctll., lOii. iii^ Cb- 

ther information inquire ,.f .TAMES PERLEY, tatC WaS appraiscd bv ThomaS 

of Rowley, or DANIKL KODWELL, on the ,, , t-, i i "^i t-i 

premises, where the conditions of sale will be rcrley, Paul J CWCtt and 1 homaS 

"■"'^ '""""• HANNAH PERLEY, admx. PaySOU, 31 Oct., 181(1. lu the 

Rowley, Feb. 7, 1812. Boxford church he had H pews, 

valued at $100. His debts were about $3000. 

1 Perley children, six by his first wife : James'-, Fanny', P>ancis*, 
Nancy*, F'rancis^ Ebenezer Putnam-174, James-175, Hannah-176, 
Putnam, "^ Ruth Putnam'', Deborah*^, Edward Payson*^, William Henry"\ 

2 James^ was born 1 Nov., 1772, and died 18 of same month. 
The church records read that he was "baptised 18 Nov., 1772, 
privately, by Mr. Holyoke, it being apprehended drawing nigh its 
end, and it died in about an hour after." 

3 Fanny^ was born 1 Feb., 1774. She married Dr. Dennison 
Bowers of Boscawen, N. H., 19 May, 1791. He was born in Bille- 


rica, Mass., and after practicing medicine in Boscawen from 1805 to 
1815, he removed to Salisbury. He had three sons and two 
daughters, one Fannie, who hved and died in Salem, Mass. He left 
grandchildren by the name of Gale. We have this record : Anna 
Maria Bowers married Capt. Edward Gale of Salem, who died at 
sea, and had Andrew Bowers, Charles Tucker and Edward F. 

4 Francis' was born 13 March, 17TG, and died 4 March, 1780. 
Nancy^ was born 19 May, 1778, and died in Boscawen 21 Nov., 1805, 
only twenty-seven years old. 

5 Francis' was born 19 July, 1780. In 1815 he was a victualer 
in Ipswich. In that year, 27 May, ^^p7~~^ • y<^>~\ 
he conveyed to Eliphalet Perley of -^ — - - '^ 
Boxford, yeoman, for ^340, twelve 
acres of salt marsh, on Hog Island, 
Rowley. It is said by the family 

that "he died .qt sea"- hut the fnl- ''wsed thp petition of Ebenezer p. Pel-ley to 
LiidL lie uicu ctL sect , uuL LUC lui ^^j, ^^^ guardian, real estate of his ward. 6 

lowmg from a Salem paper, dated i*'eb., isie. 

6 March, 1815, reads: "Francis Perley, merchant, formerly of 

this town, died at Deer Island, Me., aged thirty-two." 

6 Ruth Y.\ born 12 June, 1791, died young. Ruth Y.\ born 25 
Dec, 1793, married 27 Jan., 1818, Joseph T. Haskins of Gloucester, 
and died, without issue, in 1840 or 1849. Deborah' was baptised 21 
Feb., 1790, in Boxford. Edward P.\ baptised in Boxford 8 April, 
1798, "died abroad." William H.' was baptised in Rowley, 3 Nov., 
1801, "aged two years." 



AMOS PERLEY was born on the D. DeWitt C. Mighill place 
in Boxford 28 Jan., 1748-9. He married, first, Rebecca Hovey, 6 
June, 1775. She was born 15 Dec, 1754, to Dea. Joseph and Re- 
becca-Stickney Hovey of Boxford; she died 10 April, 177(J, of puer- 
peral sickness, at the age of twenty-one. His second wife was Sarah 
Smith, married 4 P'eb., 1779. She was born at Newbury 1(5 March, 
1757, and died at Vassalboro 29 Sept., 1842. 

Mr. Perley removed from Boxford about 1790, and became one 
of the first settlers of Winthrop, Me. He was a currier by trade, 
and probably worked in his father's tannery till he went to Winthrop. 
He belonged to the First Church of Boxford, wherein he was ad- 
mitted 24 March, 1776. He was one of the incorporators of the 
First Congregational Society, Winthrop, 1800. 

He died 6 Dec, 1830, aged eighty-one years. His widow after 
1883, having survived him a few years. Another record reads that 
her age was eighty-six years. Their children were all born in Boxford. 

1 Perley children: Rebecca'^, Amos-177, Israel-178, FVederic-179, 
Sarah'-, Fanny', Olive'l 

2 Sarah\ Fanny' and Olive' were born 3 April, 1786; 15 June, 
1789; 28 April, 1793, and died unmarried 25 Nov., 1858; 26 Sept., 
1851; 19 Sept., 1850. These three maiden sisters lived together in 
the same house, and "the course of true love ran smooth" for many 


years. At length, however, a carpenter divided the house into one 
and two thirds; Sarah occupied the former, and Fanny and Olive 
the latter. When Olive, who is called "seamstress," died, she gave 
all her property to Fanny, and Fanny buried her before the front 
door of the house. Fanny, by will, ordered that the body of her 
sister be exhumed and buried in the grave with herself, that fine 
headstones be erected, that the grave be protected by an iron fence, 
and that the balance of her estate be given to a friend. Sarah re- 
moved to and died in Augusta, and, by will, protected her grave by 
a heavy iron fence, and gave the residue of her property to Colby 
University. Their home was Winthrop. 

8 Rebecca^ was born in Boxford 21 March, 1776, and married in 
Winthrop, Me., (J Jan., 1799, Isaiah Wood, who was born in Middle- 
boro, Mass., o July, 1778, to Moses and Lydia- Waterman Wood. 
They died in North Anson — he about 1<S82, she in April, 1S68.. 
Isaiah was a farmer in his young manhood and school teacher, exer- 
cising the ofifice of the latter very successfully. About 1805, in 
order to avoid mistaken identity (there being another Isaiah Wood), 
he had his name changed to Moses and his son Isaiah Winthrop's to 
Chessman Hovey, by act of the Legislature. This act was only a 
few years before his death and he was always remembered in the 
family as Isaiah. Right after marriage, he went to and settled in 
Anson, Me., when it was practically a forest, and won by hard work 
and skill a large productive farm and reared a large family of intelli- 
gent, useful, respected men and women: Harlow Putnam''; Amos 
Perley, born 19 Dec, ISOI, and died '24 June, 1S02; Sally Perley, 
born 11 Sept., 1S08, and died 4 July, ls22; Louisa Perley'; Ouincy 
Pickering''; and Chessman Hovey'. 

4 Harlow P.'* was born 2 Dec, 1799, and married Sarah Jewett of 
Solon. He was in the hardware trade in Hallowell, where they had 
these children: Harlow Stewart, born 18 Jan., 1826, and died un- 
married; Walter Jewett, born 21 Jan., 1828, (who, in Rockland, mar- 
ried, first, Flvira Hanscom and had Luella that married P2. E.Gillette, 
of Jamaica Plain, Mass., who had two daughters, and second, Julia ^ 
•'_±^_ without issue); William Pe-^rley, born 18 June, 1830, (whomar-,^ 
ried ElonaV — — ^ and had May, now married with one child, Vi^ and ,> 

''Villa unmarried, and Harlow, married with four children); Amos ^ 
Pe^rley, born 25 Nov., 1882, (who married, first, Abbie Davenport and 
had Abbie, and married, second. Celeste and had George and Wal- 
ter, three who are married) ; Sarah Louisa, born 24 April, 1835, (who 
married Eben Mayo and has Walter Eben, married with two chil- 
dren, and George Kaler, married with one son, all at Rockland ) ; 
James Llewellyn, born 29 Dec, 1837; Charles Francis, born 21 June, 

1842, (who married Celeste and had Adela Hills, who married 

Prof. H. De F. Smith of Amherst and has one child ) ; George Henry, 
born 18 May, 1844, who married Georgia Willey and has Llewellyn, 

5 Louisa P.'^ was born 15 June, 1808. She married Asher Ward, 
a farmer, who was born in Norridgewock, Me., to Timothy Ward, 
also a farmer, and died in Madison, Me. She died 1 April, 1887, in 
Madison, having had only one child, Georgianna, born 15 Jan., 1848, 
who married George A. Taylor, and about five years after marriage 



died 5 Sept., lcS72, without issue. George married again, and lived 
with his first wife's parents as their son as long as they lived. He 
died several years ago. 

6 Quincy P.'^ was born 27 Dec, 1811. He was a farmer in North 
Anson, where he died. He married, first, Lavinia Jewett of Solon, 
who died in North Anson, the mother of only one child, Ruth Black- 
stone, who died at the age of twenty-five years. His second wife was 
Ellen vR. Campbell, by whom he had three children : Ellen Lavinia, 
who died several years ago; Emma, who married Wm. Dow, who lives 
in Hartland with two children. Belle and Leo; and Quincy Campbell, 
not married. His second wife married again and died in 1903. 

7 Chessman H.^ was born 30 Sept., 1815, in North Anson, Me., 
and died there 17 Dec, 1886, a farmer. He married in Hallowell 
in 1849 Sarah Marble, who was born 20 Nov., 18*25, in Vassalboro, 
to Marcia-Lewis and Coker Marble, a farmer. She died in North 
Anson 21 May, 1882. Their only child, born 17 Oct., 1853, in North 
Anson, is Marcia Louisa Wood, secretary in the ofifice of S. R. 
Bailey & Co., carriage manufacturers, Amesbury, Mass. 



JACOB PP:RLEY was born l(i March, 1750-1, on the D. DeWitt 
C. Mighill place in Boxford. In 1777, two years after his marriage, 
he removed to Reading, Mass., and in 1779, to Byfield Parish, New- 
bury, where he built and occupied. ( In the same house, years after, a 
Mr. Caldwell was murdered by his wife. ) He was a member of the Box- 
ford P'irst Church while living in Byfield, having joined 28 April, l77t). 

In Jan., 1810, he bought of Benjamin Poor and his wife Ruth a 
house and about ten acres of land on Warren street, about a third of 
a mile southwest of the Byfield church, and in 1818, sold to Poor a 
place at the head of Warren street, next to the estate of Thomas 
Gage, Esq., which estate is now the Georgetown poorfarm. Jacob 
Perley was a selectman of Newbury 1814. 

He married 14 June, 1775, Dolly Wood, who was born 14 Oct., 
1752, to Nathan and P21izabeth-Wood Wood of Boxford. Their mar- 
ried life continued half a century, less about fiv^e months, when she 
died 30 Jan., 1825, at the age of seventy-two years. He survived till 
5 Jan., 1832, when he was eighty-one 3^ears old. Their "narrow 
house" is in the Congregational church yard. South Byfield, Rowley. 

1 Perley children: Jacob-180, Jonathan-181, Lucy-, Deborah-l82, 
Jeremiah-l83, Nathan-184, Samuel", Francis-185, Putnam-186. 

2 Lucy' was born in Newbury, 19 Aug., 1780, and died unmar- 
ried, in Groveland, in 1857, or Oct., 18(50. Samuel" was born 27 
Dec, 1788, and was drowned in Plum Island river 17 Sept., 1817. 
He was interred at the side of his parents, and his epitaph reads : 

" Where is Tomorrow ? In another world. 
For numbers this is certain; the reverse 
Is sure to none." 



HANNAH PERLEY was born 14 April, 1745, and died 19 
Sept., 1842, aged ninety-seven. She married 12 Nov., 1771, Lt. 
Daniel Clark, born 4 Feb., 1778-4, to Daniel and Martha-Redington 
Clark of Topsfield. He was a tavern-keeper in his native town, on 
the present site of John Bailey's grocery building, which his ances- 
tors had occupied for nearly a cen- 
tury. In 1784 he removed to 
Georgetown, where he died 19 Dec, 

J , ^ ^ „ 1799, in the house now occupied by 

q '1 T ^^Tfl T. G. Elliot, in which his widow re- 
^ J- -i - ^J i sided till her marriage, 22 Nov., 
1814, with her brother-in-law, John 
Perley-48. Lt. Clark's Georgetown 
home stood in the angle of Main 
''^H^^JpSSi and Library streets. He bought it 
from John Brockbank 17 Mar., 1808, 

THK GLAUK HOUSE AT GRi )K(;ET0WN. for $500. 

1 Clark children: Elijah-, DanieP, Daniel^ Elijah'', Moody"^ Moses'-, 

2 Elijah' was born 28 Aug., 1772, in Topsfield, and died there 
13 March, 177(5. Daniel' was born in Topsfield, 22 May, 1774, where 
he died 29 Feb., 177G. Moody' died unmarried. Moses' was a 
physician in Lawrence. 

3 Daniel' was born 11 Nov., 1777, in Topsfield; married, first, 28 
April, 1801, Olive Nelson, born in 1776, to Capt. Amos and Olive- 
Dole Nelson of Georgetown, and died in Rowley, childless. He 
married, second (published with, 14 May, 1807), Hannah, daughter 
of John Curtis of Rowley, and had Olive N. 

4 Elijah' was born 29 Jan., 1779, in Topsfield, and died 28 March, 
1857. He married Sarah Parker, daughter of Samuel. She died 
very suddenly on the evening of 16 Jan., 1857, aged seventy-four 
years and nine months. 

In ISOO he went to Groveland, where he was a shoe manufacturer 
and trader. During his trading journeys into Canada, although nat- 
urally strong, through fatigue and exposure, he contracted chronic 
rheumatism, which unfitted him for active service in later life. 
Issue: Daniel, died young; Elijah"; Alexander H., died young; Jer- 
emiah, born 184 7, resided in San Francisco, Cal., practised law after 
1850, visited his parents in 1854, and returned home with a wife — 
Lottie F., daughter of Dr. Kane of Plattsburg, N. Y. 

5 Jeremiah^ was born 8 March, 1786. He married Lucy Hardy, 
and, secondly, Judith Chute, born in 1802 to David of Georgetown. 
Issue: Maria, Daniel, P^mily, Jeremiah, (which four died young); 


Laura, born in iJ^oo and lived with her Aunt Nelson; George W., 
born in 1841. 

t) Elijah^ married Elizabeth A., born in 1814 to Thomas Morse. 
He was a shoemaker and stabler. Issue: Daniel, born in 1834, went 
to California ni 1858 and practised law with his uncle Jeremiah 
Clark; Louisa, born 1886; Sarah P., died young; Hannah M., born 
1S40; Elizabeth A., died young; William M., died young; Norman, 
born 1847; Mary A., born 1850; William, born 1855. 



STEPHEN PERLEY was born 8 Dec.,1747,in Boxford,on asite 
north of Baldpate pond, near Elbridge Perkins' barn. About 1784, 
the time of his marriage, he built the house lately located on Hovey's 
plain, between Pye brook and the railroad, a short distance from the 
latter. He owned and cultivated an extensive farm, which de, 
scended to his nephew and namesake, Stephen Perley, son of Moody- 
who occupied it till a few months before it was destroyed by fire in 
the summer of 1867. His children all died young and he had none 
to care for him in age, except various tenants that occupied a portion 
of his house, a convenient acquisition, since he was so far removed 
from neighbors. He was highly esteemed as a friend and neighbor, 
and is still spoken of as a good, kind-hearted gentleman. 

In 1784, June '29, he married Elizabeth Gould, born 4 Dec, 1752, 
to Joseph and Elizabeth-P2merson Gould. She died 4 April, 1840, 
aged eighty-seven years. He died 16 Feb., 1839, at the great age 
of ninety-one. Her will was proved 8 April, r840. 

1 Perley children : Betsey", P'annie^ Sarahs 

2 Betsey^ was born in 1785 and died unmarried 17 Nov., 1819. 
Fannie^ was born in 1787 and died 13 (tombstone), 30 Sept., 1800. 
Sarah^ was born in 1790, and died 20 June, 1795. All were buried 
in Topsfield. 



NATHAN PERLEY was born 9 March, 1752, north of Bald- 
pate pond in Boxford. In 1783 he built a dwelling house, near his 
birthplace, just over the town line in Rowley, now Georgetown. 
F'our years later he married, and that house became his residence. 
He was centrally located upon an extensive and productive farm, 
upon the southern slope of Baldpate hill, alike noted for its height 
(being the highest but one in the County) and fertility. In 1825 
Thomas Nelson purchased the estate; afterwards Luther P. Tidd 
was the owner; it now (1880) belongs to and is occupied by Henry 
E. Perley-141. His daughter Hannah writes that the current report 
that her father's barn was moved from "the Stetson place" is false, 


and further that her father had a piece put on in 1815 or 16, two 
men from Newburyport doing the work. 

Mr. Perley married, IB Sept., 1787, Ruth Gould, who was born 
'I'l Jan., 1755, to Jacob and EUzabeth-Towne Gould of Topsfield. 
He died 9 Oct., 1820, aged sixty-eight years. She died of palsy 18 
July, 1822, aged sixty-seven years. They repose in Harmony Cem- 
etery, Boxford. His epitaph is: 


Keueath tliis iiru, till God sbal! bid bim rise, 
A ijusband dear and inucb beloved lies; 
In vain our tears, death comes at Heaven's 
Deprived tbe world of a good and u-eful man. 

Friends and physicians could not save 
My mortal body from the grave; 
Nor can the grave confine me here 
When Christ commands me to appear. 

1 Perley children: Sarah-160, Moses", Ruth-187, Jeremiah'\ 

2 Moses' was born 28 Jan., 1798, and died 25 Feb., 1838, in Dun- 
barton, N. H. His will is dated 21 Feb., 1888, and was proved "the 
4th Tuesday," 27th of Feb., same year. He bequeathed $1000 to 
Moses Perley, 2d, son of Warren, $100 to his brother Jeremiah of Box- 
ford, $50 to his sister Sarah Perley, widow, of New Rowley, $5 to 
Ruth Nelson, wife of Deacon Asa, $200 to Sister Hannah Perley of 
Bradford, $25 to Henry Bachelor, son of George of Bradford, and 
the remainder to Moses Perley, 2d, son of Warren. Humphrey. 
C. Perley of Dunbarton was executor. 

8 Jeremiah' was born 11 Dec. 179(5, and was never married. 
He lived in Boxford in 1880 with Misses Lucy A. and Sarah P. Per- 
ley-142 at the age of eighty-three. His mind had been wrecked for 
several years. A few moments' conversation, however, would 
hardly betray his real mental condition. He died 9 Feb., 1882. 

4 Hannah' was born 7 July, 1798. In 1880 she lived in South 
Groveland, unmarried. She was as fine an old lady as is often met. 
Her natural faculties and physical strength were well preserved, 
and her memory of her childhood's years was vivid and entertaining. 



SARAH PERLEY was born 27 July, 1757, and died 28 Oct., 
1887, aged eighty years. She married in Boxford 14 May, 1782, 
Roger Balch, who was born 26 May, 1755, to John and Rebecca 
Balch of Topsfield, where he died 6 Jan., 1842, aged eighty-six years. 

1 Balch children : Perley^ Moody-. 

2 Moody' was born 3 Feb., 1794. He left on the morning of 10 
Nov., 1852, and was found dead in a pasture on River hill, Topsfield, 
the 16th. He never married. 

3 Perley' was born 5 Aug., 1788, and died 2 May, 1858, of 
stomachic cancer. He married (published 20 Nov., 1808,) Sarah 
Perkins, daughter of Asa. He belonged to Topsfield, where in 1818 
and 1819 he was a selectman. He in the South Cemetery, 


and his epitaph reads: "He was an honest man." His widow died 
"28 March, 18G5. Issue: Perley\ Eunice^ Mehitable**, Humphrey", 
Jeremiah^ Benjamin Johnson''. 

4 Perley' was born '17 April, 1809, and died 9 Feb., 1881, in 
Lowell, where he was a school teacher. He married in 18:^6 Susan 
H. Glazier, who was born in 1817 and died 28 July, 1879. Issue: 
Mary Abby, born 10 March, 1844. 

5 Eunice'^ was born 21 Sept., 1811, and died childless 81 Dec, 
1878. In 1883 she married Amos Perkins, born Jan., 1811, to Amos 
and Betsey-Brown Perkins of Topsfield, their home. 

t) Mehitable" was born lb May, 1814, and died 24 July, 1891. 
She married 25 Nov., 1834, William G. Lake, who was born 12 May, 
1808, to Eleazer and Ruth-Prime Lake of Topsfield, and died 10 Jan., 
1853. Issue: Merietta B., born 13 Dec, 1835, died 15 Nov., 1845; 
Susan J.' ; Perley B.^'; William G.''^. 

7 Humphrey' was born 18 May, 1818, and died 1 June, 1897. He 
married in 1842 Hannah P., born March, 1823, to Porter and Mehit- 
able-Bradstreet Bradstreet of Topsfield. He was an efficient school 
teacher, a popular summer landlord, a trustee of the public library 
and prominent citizen. Issue: Humphrey Porter, born 28 May, 
1844; died 23 May, 1847; Edward Perley^^ Gilbert BrownelL''; 
Anna Bradstreet'". 

8 Jeremiah'^ was born 17 May, 1823, and died 27 July, 1904. He 
married 24 Oct., 1849, Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Jeremiah and 
Mary-Symonds Shepherd of Salem. He was an accomplished 
musician, and was leader of the Haverhill Brass and Quadrille Band, 
a very popular organization. His sons are also fine musicians. His 
home was in Waltnam. Issue: Harriet Webb, born June, 1850, 
died 5 July, 1858; Mary Augusta"; Jeremiah Perkins, born 12 April, 
1855, died 24 May, 1856; Clarence Linwood, born 21 May, 1857, de- 
ceased; Jeremiah Shepherd, born 6 Nov., 1859, married Lizzie 
Kench ; Edward Forrest, born 7 April, 18G2. 

9 Benjamin Johnson" was born 9 Sept., .1826. He married, first, 
2 May, 1858, Eliza, who was born in 1831 to Oliver and Betsey- 
Gould Kill&m of Boxford, and died in Topsfield 22 Jan., 1868, having 
had one child, Florence Eliza, who was born 3 Sept., 1859, and mar- 
ried Emery C. Kinney. She was for many years teacher of music 
in Mt. Holyoke Female Seminary, and later, with her husband, did 
extensive missionary work, reviving churches -and building up Sun- 
day schools, in V^ermont. He married, second, 26 Sept., 1871, 
Caroline Pingree of Topsfield, who was born 25 May, 1833, to Jewett 
and Mary-Perkins Pingree, and has had one child, Franklin, who was 
born 15 Jan., 1876, and is an attorney in Boston. 

10 Susan J." was born 24 June, 1838, and married E. Perkins 
Averill, a shoemaker of Topsfield. Issue: Elmer P.^^; Carrie, born 
11 Dec, 1872; Lulu J., born 3 April, 1876. 

11 Perley B.,*' was born 9 March, 1848, and 18 Nov., 1870, mar- 
ried Carrie Pitman. Issue: Lenora Bruce, born May, 1872; Edward 
Hewlett, born Jan., 1874; Charles Woodward, born Jan., 1876; Ava 
Maude, born May, 1879; Carrie Pearle, born Feb., 1880. 

12 William G.^ was born 27 Feb., 1851 ; married Margaret 
Walker. Issue: William G., born Sept., 1886, died Nov., 1902; 


Clarence W., born 4 March, 1888; Lillian, born July, 1890, died 
May, 1903; Benjamin Balch, born 1 March, 1894. 

13 Elmer P.^' was born '20 April, 18(55; married Annie P. Ingalls. 
Issue: Plorence Osgood and Charles. 

14 Edward Perley' was born 13 Jan., 1850. He married, first, 
Mary H. Orne; second, Laura H. Lake. He has a delightful home 
in Bradford, and is associated with his brother Gilbert^" in an exten- 
sive book publishing business in Boston. 

15 Gilbert BrownelL was born 9 Feb., 1856; married Sarah 
Lizzie Perkins of Topsfield, born to Elbridge and Susie-Adams 
Perkins. Mr. Balch has a spacious and costly summer home in 
Topsfield. He is of the firm of Balch Bros., the largest subscrip- 
tion book publishers in New England. 

16 Anna Bradstreet" was born 18 P'eb., I860; married Charles 
P>ed Jordan of Byfield 28 Nov., 1883. Mr. Jordan is in the employ 
of Balch Bros. Issue: Alice Balch, born 4 Nov., 1884; Helen 
Pearle, born 18 July, 1886; Gilbert Balch, born 26 Dec, 1890; Per- 
ley Balch, born 27 Sept., 1892; Harold, born 1 April, 1896. 

17 Mary Augusta^ was born 16 June, 1853, and died 31 March, 
1888. She married Theron D. Perkins of Topsfield, an accomplished 
cornet soloist and bandmaster. Issue: Sallie Mabel, born 19 June, 
1876; Mollie Winfield, born 15 July, 1880. 



MOODY PERLEY was born north of Baldpate pond in Box- 
ford 16 March, 1760. His first home was the Killam house, burned 
a few years since, on the left of the road from Boxford village to 
Georgetown, and near the Francis Marden place. In 1801 or 2, he 
removed to the Flint Tyler place, now ( 1880) the Adams place, on 
the old Andover road, about half a mile from his former residence. 
About 1827, he removed to the "old Andrews house," in the south- 
ern part of the town, and occupied by Albert Tyler. 

He was a surveyor of highways 1797, 1806, 1814; hogreeve 1815; 
member of the school board 1807. He was esteemed for his 
numerous good qualities. He left a considerable estate. 

He married, 10 Dec, 1793, Abigail Gould, who was born 25 Dec, 
1769, — a Christmas gift, — to John and P31izabeth-Bradstreet Gould 
of Topsfield. He died 23 Sept., 1833. She, a widow, occupied the 
old farm, with her sons Moody and Leander and her daughters, 
Abigail and Fanny, more than seventeen years, dying 23 Jan., 1851, 
aged eighty-one. A double stone marks their resting-place in 
Harmony Cemetery, Boxford. 

1 Perley children: Betsey Gould-188, Moody-, Hiram'^ Abigail, 
Fanny", Moody'\ Stephen", Leander'*. 

2 Moody^ was born 15 April, 1798, and died in five years 7 Nov., 

3 Hiram^ was born 18 July, 1800. He married 4 April, 1844, 
Ruth Ann Smith, who was born in Boxford 4 Nov., 1806, to Joseph 



and Kezia-Gould Smith. Hiram Perley was a member of a fire com- 
pany, 1826, at New Mills, Dan vers. They owned and cultivated a 
farm in Francestown, N. H., going there before 1852, and there they 
died, without issue, she 18 Feb., 1863; he 23 Feb., 1865. A double 
stone marks their burial place in Harmony Cemetery, Boxford. 

4 AbigaiP was born 19 March, 1803. In 1864 she went to live 
with her brother Moody in Boxford. She never married. 

5 Fanny ^ was born 4 April, 1806. She spent the greater part 
of her life as housekeeper for her brother Stephen, going to live with 
their sister Betsey in Georgetown when he went to live with their 
brother Moody. 

6 Moody^ was born 26 March, 1809. He cultivated his father's 
farm till about 1864, when he purchased a farm of Phineas Foster, 
in Boxford. His sister Abigail lived with him as housekeeper. 

7 Stephen' was born 8 Feb., 1811. He was named for his uncle 
who gave him his farm. Upon that farm 
Stephen and his sister Fanny as housekeeper 
lived, till the old house was untenantable and 
his health was broken. He lived with his 
brother Moody but a few months, dying 23 
March, 1867, at the age of fifty-six. He 
never married. His tomb record in Harmony 
Cemetery, Boxford, is here shown. 

8 Leander^ was born 14 Nov., 1815. He lived on the parental 
estate, and assisted in "carrying on the farm." Ne never married. 
He died 11 Oct., 1864, and sleeps in Harmony Cemetery. 

The Heirs of 
.Stephen Perley. Jr., 

to the memory of 

tlicir brut her who died 

March 23, IStJT 

Aged 54. 

There is rest in Heaven 



PHCEBE PERLEY was born 14 Jan., 1763, and died 29 March, 
1833. She married (published 30 Oct., 1784,) Solomon Wood, who 
was born on the Albert Perley place in East Boxford, 7 Jan., 1763, 
to Solomon and Mehitable-Peabody Wood. Their home had been 
his father's. He died 6 Oct., 1829. A double stone, in Harmony 
Cemetery, Boxford, shows where they rest, and is thus inscribed : 

" May we meet in Heaven." 

1 Wood children: Hannah-141, Oliver', Phebe'', Mehitable Pea- 
body^ Sally', Betsey'. 

2 Oliver' was born 6 April, 1788, lived in Groveland with his sister 
Sally', died unmarried 20 Sept., 1863, and was buried at the side of 
his parents. Mehitable P.' was born 16 Feb., 1794. Sally' was born 
27 Nov., 1798, and married Geo. H. A. Bachellor-297. 

3 Phebe' was born 2 Aug., 1791. She married 29 Dec, 1814, 
Samuel Hood, born 8 Nov., 1787, son of Richard and Lydia-Tarbox 
Hood of Wenham, who died in Georgetown 8 June, 1848. She died 
24 April, 1884, aged ninety-two years, nine months. The local 
journal thus speaks of her demise : 

"Death of a Nonagenarian. Mrs. Phoebe Hood, widow of the 
late Samuel Hood, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. 


Leonard Jewett, last Thursday. After her marriage she removed 
to Georgetown where she has resided ever since. She has buried 
two grown sons. One son, Samuel, and two daughters, Mrs. Jewett 
and Mrs. George M. Spofford, survive her. She was one of the best 
as well as one of the oldest persons in town. She was a beautiful, 
benignant looking old lady five years ago, and retaining all her 
faculties save hearing. We recall but two persons who approach 
her in seniority of birth, viz: the venerable Capt. William George, 
who was born in March, 1790, and Mrs. Jewett, grandmother of E. P. 
Wildes, who was born the same year and not far from the same 
month with Mrs. Hood. Their lives cover nearly the whole history 
of the American republic." 

Hood issue: William Henry, born in W^enham 26 Oct., 1815, died 

18 April, 1824; Samuel"; Mary Ehzabeth, born in Wenham, 12 Jan., 
1820, died 25 July, 1893, married 29 April, 1851, Dea. Leonard 
Jewett of Georgetown, who died 9 March, 1899; Solomon Perley, 
born in Wenham, 31 March, 1822, died unmarried 10 Nov., 1850; 
William Henry, born in Boxford 25 June, 1825, died 15 Sept., 184(5; 
Sarah Peabody". 

4 Betsey^ was born 28 July, 1801, and died, his widow, 11 March, 
1877. She married 8 March, 1827, Samuel Dale, farmer, of 
Andover. Their home was Boxford at the Samuel Twisden place. 
He was drowned 10 Sept., 1836, aged thirty-six years. His epitaph 
is seen near the graves of her parents, — thus: 

Kntvviiied liy all the tender ties of life. 
To a (ieai- oliild. and a beloved wife; 
I strovi' in vain, my precious life to save. 
But sinik in death, beneath the briny wave. 

Farewell! farewell! a sad, a long farewell! 
Willi iny dear friends on earth, no longer ran 1 dwell. 
l'^ri(>iiils and (•om[un)i<in- all, a sad. a last adieu, 
I'reiiare to frllow uie, I cannot lume to you. 

Their child: Herbert Augustus, born 11 Aug., 1831, is a shoe- 
maker and lives in Georgetown. He married Sarah M. Boynton, 
daughter of Edmond Boynton of Georgetown. They had a son born 

19 P'eb., 1854; Georgianna, born 26 April, 1856; Lizzie, who married 
John F. Wells; Oliver Augustus, born 10 P'eb., 1864. 

5 SamueP was born in Wenham, 16 Dec, 1817. He was pub- 
lished with, 16 May, 1846, and married Elizabeth Nichols of West 
Amesbury, now Merrimac, who died 10 July, 1857. They lived in 
Georgetown. He died there 17 Jan., 1896. 

6 Sarah Peabody' was born in Boxford, 2 April, 1S28, and 7 Nov., 
1852, married George Milton Spofford of Georgetown, who was born 
8 June, 1824, to Sewell and Elizabeth Nelson Spofford of George- 
town. They live in Georgetown. They had : Mary Elizabeth, born 
3 Sept., 1854, died 12 Dec, 1876; George Henry, born 15 Feb., 
1858, died 8 Sept., 1858; Harriet Hood-3S0; PLllen Wood, born 16 
Dec, 1863, a teacher, graduated from Salem Normal School and 
residing, unmarried, in Georgetown; Charles Milton, born 28 Sept., 
1871, who, a professor in Institute of Technology, Boston, married 
5 Feb., 1896, Florence M. Swalm of Middletown, N. Y., and resides 
in Newtonville, Mass., having a child, Christine Swalm, born in 
Georgetown, 16 Nov., 1896. 



MARTHA PERLEY was born Monday, 30 July, 1759, and died 
9 June, 1833. She married (published 29 Dec., 1780,) Benjamin 
Scott, born 5 Dec, 1753, to Samuel and Bridget-Boynton Scott of 
Rowley. He was a farmer, a very active and capable man, a ster- 
ling citizen. " Scott's hill," in the Linebrook district, Ipswich, was so 
called because his home was there. The hill is now sometimes 
called Garrette's hill, because the Scott farm is now owned by Wm. 


Widiw of 


Died June 8, 1833, 

Aged 74. 

Dearest motlier. tbou liast left u 
Here tbv lo>s we deeply feel, 

But 'tis God that liath bereft us. 
He ean all our sorrows heal. 


Memory of 


who died 

Marrh 12, ISO'.); 

JEt. 55 

A husband kimi. a ii.'ireiit dear. 
A sineere friend lies buried here. 

1 Scott children : Martha'', Nathaniel', DolIy-1 02, Martha'', Sally', 
Benjamin'', Hannah'', Perley". 

2 Nathaniel' was born Tuesday, 12 July, 1785, and 20 Feb., 1812, 
married Sarah Kimball. He died 1(5 Nov., 1862. His wife was 
born Monday, 7 April, 1788, and died 22 Feb., 18(i9. He was a 
man of great capability and an exemplary farmer. He took charge 
of the " Treadwell farm," East street, Ipswich, 23 March, 1819. He 
was several years superintendent of the Ipswich town farm. They 
had a son born Sunday, 20 Dec, 1812, and buried the next day; 
Sarah, born Tuesday, 18 April, 1815, married 1 Sept., 1831, George 
Hodgdon of Ipswich; Mary Ann-47"; Elizabeth, born 26 Feb., 1820, 
in Ipswich, where she died 17 Aug., 1896, married 16 Dec, 1841, 
Nathaniel Bradstreet, Jr., a farmer, born in 1816 to Elizabeth- 
Nourse and Nathaniel Bradstreet, a farmer in Ipswich, where he 
died 4 June, 1879, and where their children were born: George 
Scott, 1842, who married and lives in Beverly; Nathaniel Perley,1844, 
who married and lives in Salem; Charles William, 1846, who mar- 
ried and lives in Rowley; Lorenzo Thair, 1849, who married and 
lives in Rowley; John Francis, 2 Jan., 1853, who married and lives 
in Rowley; Daniel Wise, 26 March, 1856, who married and lives in 
Rowley; Albert Edward, 17 July, 1861, who married and lives in 
South Dakota; and Elizabeth Jane, 1851, Mary Ann and Angle 
Emma, three that are dead. 

3 Martha' died in infancy, 1 Aug., 1783. Martha' was born Sat- 
urday, 1 May, 1790, and died 1 Nov., 1873, aged eighty-three years. 
She became, 7 Nov.., 1809, the second wife of Capt. Solomon Dodge, 
born 1775 or 1776 to Phineas Dodge of Rowley and died 20 June, 
1860, aged eighty-four years. Mr. Dodge's residence has been since 



known as the "Dodge house," and is located in the western part of 
Millwood, or "Rooty Plain." He was a captain in the militia; he 
was extensively engaged in the lumber trade; he was exemplary in 
all his business concerns. His father built a grist mill in 1780, 
about half a mile above the present mills, and in 1823 it was removed 
by Capt. Dodge, who erected a new mill near his saw mill in the 
rear of his residence, the site of the first saw mill in town. [By his 
first wife he had a son, born in liSO'2; Solomon, born in 1804, who 11 
July, 1810, was killed with a scythe in the hands of his eight-year-old 
brother; Sylvanus, who lived in Danvers and was father of Gen. 
Granville Dodge of the Regular Army, prominent in the Indian 
wars.] Dodge (-Scott) children: Martha Perley, born 20 Nov., 1810, 
married Wm. Boynton of Georgetown, died 17 Feb., 1851; Solomon, 
born 2 July, 1813, married Hannah M. Todd of Rowley, where he 
lived, and died 14 Aug., 1861; Eliza Mary**; Palmira Newell, born 10 
July, 1820, married Harrison Nelson, lived in Rowley without issue; 
Benjamin Scott''. 

4 Sally^ was born Monday, 30 April, 1792, and died 17 Aug., 
1878, in Topsfiekl. She married 24 April, 1815, Capt. Wm. Cum- 
mings, born 17 Jan., 1788, to Elijah and Painice-Conant Cummings 
of Topsfiekl, and died there 10 Oct., 18G8. Issue: Alfred'"; William 
Perley, who had two wives, Mary C. Dodge of Hamilton, and Almira, 
who in 1880 became the second wife of Dea. Samuel Todd of 

5 Benjamin^ was born Wednesday, 17 Aug., 1790, married 30 
Dec, 1824, Elizabeth Phillips, died 4 Jan., 1877. Their home was 
Ipswich, their children: Sylvester, born 19 Sept., 1825; Benjamin. 

6 Hannah' was born Tuesday, 1 May, 1798, and died 21 Nov., 
1850. She was married 30 Oct., 1824, by Rev. David Tenney Kim- 
ball of Ipswich to Maj. Paul Dole, a farmer of Georgetown, who 
died 23 Feb., 1800. Their only child was Hannah, born 7 Aug., 
1843, with home in Georgetown. 

7 Perley' was born Wednesday, 6 Jan., 1804, and died 17 Jan., 
1872. He married 7 Nov., 1839, Almira Stone, born to William and 
Polly-Hovey vStone of Ipswich, and died 13 April, 1895, aged eighty- 
five years, ten months. 

8 Eliza M.-' was born 7 Oct., 1817, and died in Rowley 20 Sept., 
1863. She married 25 P'eb., 1839, George March Nelson, born 2 
Aug., 1816, to Thomas and Susannah-March Nelson of Georgetown, 
and died in California. Their children : Elizabeth Perley, born 10 
May, 1839, was educated in the Topsfiekl Academy, and married 4 
Jan., 1865, Jonn A. Durgin of West Newbury, who was educated also 
in the Topsfield Academy, and who, dying without children, left to 
his widow a half interest in the Sinclair hotel property in Bethlehem, 
N. H.; Mary, born in 1845; Benjamin Scott, born 4 June, 1846, mar- 
ried 6 Jan., 1872, Fannie S., or Frances, Currier of Haverhill, where 
they lived, having one child, Maud Elizabeth, born 3 April, 1879, 
and where he was foreman of J. Durgin's shoe factory. 

In 1882, the Georgetown Advocate printed the following: "The 
Sinclair House of Bethlehem, N.H., kept by our old friend and neigh- 
bor, Mr. John A. Durgin of West Newbury, is having its full share 
of patrunage this season, and continues to be one of the best of the 



many first-class hotels at the White Mountains. Its 'menu' is 
printed on one of Lowell's elegant portrait folio cards, and embraces 
almost every delicacy that can be procured at Young's or the Parker 
House. Hops are given two or three evenings in the week, and are 
managed by the guests." 

9 Benjamin Scott^ was born 9 Jan., 18*28. He married, first, 
Caroline L. Chaplin, daughter of Luther and Elizabeth-Conant 
Chaplin of Linebrook. He married, second, a widow Harris; lives 
near his grandfather's residence. He was at one time proprietor of 
Atwood's Jaundice Cure, which had an extensive sale. Their chil- 
dren were Georgie A., born in 1856; Lizzie Bell, born 19 Oct., 1869, 
and married Prof. Bartlett H. Weston of the Atkinson Academy, 
N. H., and others that died quite young. Bartlett Hardy Weston is 
a graduate of Dartmouth College, was many years a classical teacher, 
and now is a clergyman in Dunstable. 

10 Alfred' married 18 April, 1847, Salome M. Welsh, daughter 
of Samuel of Sanford, Me. He is a farmer in Topsfield, Mass. 
Issue: George; William; Martha Stevens, born 1852; Abbie Jane, 
born 1854; Laura Anna, born 1856; Sarah Burgiss, born 1859; 
Hannah Eva, born 1863; Charles Arthur, born 1870. 



DEBORAH PERLEY was born Monday, 11 Dec, 1760, and 
died 6 April, 1840. She married (published 4 Jan., 1782,) Timothy 
Dorman, who was born 24 Oct., 1757, to Timothy and Eunice- 
Burnham Dorman of Boxford. He was a farmer. He built his 
residence, now occupied by John C. Ames. 

He responded to the "Lexington Alarm," served eight enlist- 
ments in the Revolutionary army, and one on board of a Salem 
privateer, "The Black Prince," which carried eighteen six-pound guns 
and a crew of one hundred and twenty to one hundred and sixty 
men, and which was burned in the Penobscot 14 Aug., 1779, to 
prevent capture. He was under Gen. Washington in 1776, and at 
the battle of Saratoga and surrender of Burgoyne in 1777. He drew 
a pension after his seventy-fifth year. During his last years he was 
deaf and blind. His native integrity passed into the common re- 
mark: "As honest as Tim. Dorman." He died 23 Dec, 1835. 

1 Dorman children: Deborah'^, Timothy, born. 4 Jan., 1784, 
Perley^ Nathaniel"*. 

2 Deborah^ was born in Boxford 18 May, 1782, and died in Line- 
brook 25* Feb., 1805. She married 24 April, 1804, John Fowler, Jr., 

*Mr. Nathaniel Scott's diary record reads : 

" Mr. John Fowler died Sept. 9, ls03, aged 91 years. He had 7 children, 58 grandchildren, 
and 80 great-grandchildren. 

John Fowler jnn wife died Feb. ;^0, 1805, aged '22 and ten. 

Perkins Fowler died March 0, 1804, aged 20 years. 

Gilbert Fowler died April 16, 1804. 

Benj. Scott died March 12, 1809, aged 55 yrs. 3 mos. 7 days. 

John Fowler jun died Aug., 1809, aged 31 yrs. 7 mos. 

Samuel Scott died April 26, 1812, aged 86." 

This is an item from Benj. Scott's diary record: 

" Mr. John Fowler and family moved to Bridgton April 23, 1810." [Is this John Fowler the 
John Fowler, 3d, of the Fowler Genealogy, Page 166?] 


born in Ipswich 30 Jan., 1779, to John and Sarah-Perkins-Abbott 
Fowler, and died there, says Benj. Scott's diary, 18 Aug., 1809. 
After the death of his wife he was of Newburyport, but died in Sa- 
vannah, Ga. His father, John Fowler, administered the estate of 
John Fowler, late of Newburyport, cordwainer, deceased, intestate, 
giving bond 2 Oct., 1809, with Isaac Potter and Timothy Dorman 
sureties. The inventory is dated 6 Dec, 1809, and exhibits an acre 
of land in Ipswich, $35 ; 200 acres in Bridgton, Me., at the head of 
Crotchet pond, $800; other lands there, $1470; lots in Harrison, 
Me., $725 — the total real was $2755, total personal, including a share 
in the Boxford library, $274.95. 

Their only child Deborah became the ward of her grandfather, 
when she was about five years old, 6 Nov., 1809, and all the articles 
of the personal estate were delivered to him for "Deby" Fowler 
"only child and heir of the deceased" 15 Oct., 1816. Deborah mar- 
ried, 10 June or 27 Oct., 1824, Aaron Beeman, born in Bridgton, 14 
July, 1797, to Aaron and Phebe-Kimball Beeman, where they set- 
tled and had these children: Charles A., born 1 May, 1825; Edward 
P., born 5 Aug., 1828; Horatio L., born 2 Nov., 1830; and Louisa 
R., born 16 March, 1832. 

3 Perley' was born 7 May, 1785, and died of consumption 20 
July, 1858. He married 7 P"eb., 1809, Mehitable Symonds, born 11 
Nov., 1790, to Joseph and Susannah-Hale Symonds of Boxford, and 
died 26 Nov., 1855. He was six feet tall, a man of wonderful activ- 
ity, and a natural arithmetician. It is related that he would add 
double columns of figures with accuracy and more rapidly than 
others could single columns. He worked for John Perley-104 as 
clerk, and was the marvel of the customers the country round, by 
the rapidity with which he would figure the totals of bills of many 
items. As clerk he excelled; he was gentlemanly, honest, accurate 
and active. Issue: William H.°; Mary Symonds, born 28 Oct., 
1814, married Wm. Tyler, Jr.; John Perley, born 25 April, 1818, 
married 1 Jan., 1844, Ann M. Emery of Georgetown, where they 
lived and he died 9 May, 1848 ; Samuel S., born 23 Dec, 1829, and 
died 20 March, 1833; Sarah Mehitable, born 30 Dec, 1831. 

4 NathanieP was born 25 Jan., 1790, and died 22 Sept., 1868, aged 
seventy-eight years. He married, first, 17 Dec, 1825, Parmelia 
Gould, born 19 Oct., 1802, to Nathaniel and Betsey-Andrews Gould 
of Topslield, and died suddenly 28 Jan., 1830. He married, second, 
Mary E. Pervia, 11 Feb., 1836. He succeeded to his father's farm. 
Issue: Horatio Gates, born 24 July, 1827, died 5 Feb., 1830; Re- 
becca Eveline, born 21 May, 1829, married John Batchelder Lake 
and lived in Topsfield; Elizabeth Georgianna, born 5 Dec, 1836, 
married Daniel Wilkin s, who was a teacher of mathematics in Tops- 
field Academy. 

5 Wm.H.^wasbornin Boxford 4 July, 1811, and died in Georgetown 
23 Oct., 1863. He married, in Boxford, 19 April, 1832, Sarah 
Barnes, born in the "Old Warren House," built in 16 — , in Waltham, 
13 Aug., 1810, to Sally-Spofford (born in Boxford, 31 Dec, 1786, 
and died there 22 Oct., 1850 ) and Phineas Barnes, a farmer, (born in 
Waltham 29 July, 1780, and died in Boxford 4 May, 1856). Sarah 
died in Georgetown 3 March, 1892. Wm. H. was engaged in early 


life in variety store keeping. Later he carried on a painting busi- 
ness. Their children were Charles Henry, born 24 April, 1833, and 
died in Georgetown 15 May, 1837, and William Barnes". 

6 William B.^ was born in Boxford 20 April, 1835. He was many 
years a druggist in Georgetown. The last seventeen years he was 
a manufacturing perfumer in Boston. In the Civil War he was in 
the Banks expedition to New Orleans, and detached, by special 
order of the general, for, hospital service. Later he was with the 
Mass. 59th regiment, and detached for hospital service. He was 
night and day, for eleven weeks, under constant fire of shot and 
shell before Petersburg. 

He married in Newbury-Byfield, 27 Oct., 1866, Mary Helen 
Spiller, who was born in Georgetown-Byfield, 25 July, 1850, to Mary 
Elizabeth-Wildes (died in Oldtown, Me., 5 Feb., 1892,) and Timothy 
Whitney Spiller, practicing physician in Oldtown and Bangor, 
where he died 15 March, 1894. Dr. Spiller enlisted in the 11th 
Mass. Infantry, was in the first battle of Bull Run, was wounded at 
Williamsburg and discharged. Later he joined the Veteran Reserve 
Corps and served till the close of the war. William B. is a member 
of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Freemasons and the Colo- 
nial Wars. Their home is in Everett; their children: Charles 
Henry, born 17 Nov., 1867; William Edgar, born 25 June, 1869; 
Edith May, born 26 May, 1871, and died; Maurice Arthur, born 4 
Aug., 1873, and died; Archie Maurice,'born 19 Feb., 1875, and died; 
Philip Eugene, born 20 Jan., 1876, and died; Gertrude Adele, born 
25 May, 1878 ; Gerald Whitney, born 16 Feb., 1880; Frederick Paul, 
born 8 Jan., 1882, and died; these all in Georgetown; Florence 
Maud, born 27 Nov., 1883, in Deering, Me.; George Spiller, born in 
Oldtown, 7 March, 1885, and died; Edward Lester, born 5 April, 
1887; Carrie Helen, born 27 May, 1889, and died; these two in 

Two of these sons have had office of first lieutenant in the Sons 
of Veterans; a third has been in the U. S. Navy several years, was 
in the fighting off Santiago de Cuba, and in the action where 
Admiral Schley destroyed the Spanish fleet. Philip Eugene died at 
the age of fourteen years and eight months. He was known far and 
wide as the "boy astrologer." He was certainly far beyond his 
years in the occult science. He was a wonder to the professors at 
Harvard College. Among his correspondents were Dr. Franz Hart- 
mann of Vienna and Prof. Camille Flammarion, the distinguished 
French astronomer. 



ALLEN PERLEY was born on the site of the cellar, page 48, 
Friday, 13 May, 1763. His home was the farm just north of and 
around the old cemetery, about a mile east of his birthplace. The 
farm was originally a Fisk place. In recent years it has been owned 
successively by Clapp, Day and Woodward. It is now (1904) occu- 



pied by Adam G. Lauer. Mr. Parley was a diligent farmer, and for 
those times a successful one. In Nov., 1788, he married Esther 
Burpee of Rowley. The records of their deaths are in the Linebrook 
Cemetery : 



June 24, 1843, 

M. 82. 

Kind father, thou hast left us, 
And thy lo-:s we deeply feel; 

But 'tis God that hath bereft us. 
He can all our sorrow heal. 

How loved, how valued once avails thee not, 
To whom related or by whom forgot; 
A heap of dust alone remains of thee. 
'Tis all thou art, and all the proud shall l)e 

widow of 



Fe6. 4, 1853, 

M. 89 y'fl. 10 m's. 

My children all, come view my grave. 

Prepare to follow me. 
And if your peace is made with God, 

How happy you will be. 

Erected by her daughter. 

1 Perley children : Allen-189, Joseph Burpee-190, Abrahara-191, 
Daniel Jewett-192, Eliza-193. 



HANNAH PERLEY was born 27 Nov., 1765. She was pub- 
lished 23 Aug., 1785, to David Plummer, and married him 8 Dec, 
the same year. He was born 23 Oct., 1757, to John and Abigail- 
Dole Plummer, the only son of five children and a farmer. He 
occupied his grandfather's homestead in Newbury, where he died 30 
April, 1847; and she, 3 May, 1849. 

1 Plummer children : AbigaiP, David'', Stephen^ 

2 AbigaiP was born 27 Sept., 1786, and married Dudley Ladd. 
David^ was born 11 Jan., 1789, and 25 June, 1818, married Lydia 
Hoyt. He was a doctor in Amesbury. He died 29 Jan., 1852; she 
29 Oct., 1863, aged sixty-nine. Their son, Wm. P., married 31 Aug., 
1847, Jane H. Randall of Newbury, and has married since. 

3 Stephen^ was born 9 July, 1793, and 21 Jan., 1824, married 
Lydia Pillsbury of Barrington, N. H. He was a militia captain, an 
extensive farmer, and resided on the old place in Newbury, near the 
Parker river bridge. He died 4 Jan., 1850; she 27 Aug., 1876. 
They had seven children, one of whom was Sophronia Osgood, a 
twin-371; another was Salina G., married 29 April, 1851, Daniel 
Harris Hale, son of Francis P. and Sarah, lived in Rowley, who had 
issue; Elizabeth E., born 21 Nov., 1833, married Edward Dole, milk- 
man and farmer of Ipswich, who had Ada Jane, born 5 June, 1854, 
and married a Brown, Ella Louisa, born 17 July, 1856, and died 
young, Hallet, who lives in Ipswich, and a daughter that died young. 



JOHN PERLEY was born Saturday, 6 Feb., 1768, in the same 
house the other children were, (see page 48), but after it was re- 
moved across the brook to a point opposite the residence of Abel 
Spofford Howe. Upon his marriage he purchased a house located 


in Rowley, a little distance north of the first site of the Linebrock 
meeting house or Rev. George Lesslie's estate, and removed it over 
frozen meadows to its present location, just east of his birthplace. 
He doubled the size of it by building to the west end. His son 
Silas added as much more to the east end, upon his marriage, 
and entered upon the cultivation of the farm, occupying the part of 
the house he built and two rooms which were relinquished by 
his father. The middle portion of this house, which is pictured 
on the following page, is among the few oldest houses in the town. 

The farm proper contained about seventy-five acres, but Mr. 
Perley's possessions were much greater, and, too, were much greater 
than appears by the probate inventory of his estate, he having set- 
tled estates upon some of his children before his death. 

In his old age he occasionally spoke of "going after old Shays," 
referring to his enlistment in January, 1787, for thirty days, for the 
suppression of Shays' Rebellion. He had proceeded beyond Boston^ 


when news was received that the Shays' Rebelhon had collapsed, as 
later collapsed the " Deacon's one-horse chaise." 

A notice of his death in the Salem Gazette said: "Mr. Perley lis- 
tened to the booming cannon on Bunker Hill in 1775 with trembling 
anxiety for the vanquishing of the British ; and was afterwards active 
to overcome that rebellious people led on by Shays. He devoted 
his after life to agriculture, and was ever opposed to every form of 

Mr. Perley's first wife was Mehitable Dwinnells, born in Tops- 
field 3 April, 1775 to Jacob and Joanna-Rhoads-Clark Dwinnells of 


Rowley, and married 2 Jan., 1799. This lady was mother of all his 
children. She had a good mind, was agreeably social and a provi- 
dent housewife. One Saturday evening, she disappeared, and the 
family were unable to find her till the next morning, when by dili- 
gent search she was discovered in the brook, to which she had gone 
to fetch a pail of water. Whether she was drowned by accident or 
heart failure is not known. The latter cause prevailed among her 

His second wife was Susannah Pearson, married 6 July, 1841. 
She was born in 1795, in Byfield Parish it is thought, to David 
and Lydia-Welch Pearson, ^terwards of Canaan, N. H. After 
the death of her husband she went to live with her brother Dea, 
Moses Pearson, in Coventry, Vt., where she died 27 July, 1865. 
She was a good, kind, charitable, sterling Christian, whose life, as 
the writer knew it, is one of his most cherished memories. 

[Jacob Dwinnells was of Topsfield, but removed to Rooty Plain, 
the western part of Rowley, now named Millwood, and about 1780 
built the house still there in the Dwinnells family name. He 
married 12 Dec, 1769, Mrs. Clark— Miss Rhoads — and had Israel, 
who married Mary Story ; Anna, who married John Dresser; and 
Mehitable who married John Perley, as above. 

[Miss Rhoads was born in Bradford. Her first husband was Hum- 
phrey or Elijah Clark of Topsfield, his later home. The family ob- 



tained their water supply from the pump on the main street near 
the entrance to the Academy grounds. By Clark she had two 
children: Humphrey, who mar- 
ried in Boston and had Mary, 
Louisa, Adeline, Caroline, Elijah, 
Humphrey, John Nathaniel ; and 
Mary, who married Daniel Balch, 
brother to Mrs. John Peabody, 
the mother of Dea. Joel Peabody, 
and lived in Topsfield and Dan- 
vers. After the death of her 
second husband, Dwinnells, she 
went to live with her daughter, 
Mary Balch. In her age her 
mind became enfeebled, and she 
became an anxious burden to 
her daughter, who placed her 
in the almshouse at Bradford. 
Her granddaughter Louisa 
Clark penciled the profile of 
her here shown. She died a 
short time after entering the 
almshouse, between 1830 and 
1835, aged ninety-seven years.] 

In the Linebrook Cemetery 
are the accompanying records. uiinAD.scLAKK dwinnells. 

1 Perley children : Maria-194, Silas-195, John-19(), Humphrey-197. 

To the memory of 

wife of 


Died Nov. 26, 1836 

JEt. 61. 



Aug. 20, 1858, 

2Et. 90 yrs. 6 mo« 

& 14 days. 



STEPHEN PERLEY was born on the site opposite the resi- 
dence of Abel Spofford Howe in Linebrook Parish, Ipswich, Sunday, 
7 Oct., 1770. When about seventeen years of age, he went to 
Meredith Bridge, now Laconia, N. H., as clerk for Horton & Boyn- 
ton. He soon after engaged in business for himself. His father- 
in-law built a gristmill and a sawmill on the Gilford side — then 
Gilmanton or New Salem — upon the mill grant. The sawmill was 
located on the northerly side of Mill bridge and descended to Dud- 


ley Ladd. The gristmill was on the southerly side of the bridge, 
about three rods below, and it descended to Jonathan Ladd. The 
mill grant descended to Mehitable Ladd, Mr. Perley's wife, which 
extended from Sanbornton Bay to the river near where the house of 
Hon. E. A. Hibbard now stands, and through which Mr. Perley cut 
the canal that leads to the car shops, built by the Randet Car Co. 

Mr. Perley was an extensive general merchant; his store occu- 
pied the corner of Main and Mill streets, where he was in trade more 
than fifty years. Besides this, he built mills, oil and clothing, where 
Messrs. Russell now (1880) are located, on the north side of Mill 
street; a whitesmith shop with trip hammer for scythes, axes, etc.; 
a grain distillery, and potash works where the Belknap brick mill 
now stands, and a three-story dwelling where Knight & Atkinson 
are in trade, which Mr. Perley sold to the company, and invested the 
same in stock. It was the first cotton factory so called, built there. 
Later it was purchased by the late Daniel Avery and chartered the 
Cotton and Woolen Manufacturing Company. On the canal, he 
built oil, carriage, threshing and other mills and sold the whole to 
the Winnipiseogee Lake Company, who are leasing the same to 
other parties. He was largely engaged in moving real estate — he 
purchased and sold lands, opened and graded streets and laid out 
building lots. Some of the streets are Mill street, Cross street to 
Canal street. Water street half-way to Bay street, and Main street 
to Oak street crossing. 

Mr. Perley sold the clothing mill to Samuel H. and Nathan Bean, 
who continued the business while they lived, after which time it was 
sold to James P. Morrison. He sold the oil mill to John and Simeon 
Chase, who made and repaired machinery. The nail mill he sold to 
Cheany & Co., who manufactured wheel-head, bobbins and spools. 
These embrace all on the north side of Mill bridge. The south side 
was sold to Daniel Tucker, who continued the white and black- 
smithing. The location was where Lewis Busiel's mill is. Cooper- 
ing was also carried on by Mr. Perley. Perley block is a large brick 
structure in Laconia. 

Stephen Perley, Esq., was one of the fathers of Meredith Bridge ; 
he was the oldest individual in the place at the time of his death ; he 
was strictly honest in all his dealings; he commanded the respect 
of old and young; he was _^ 

"genteel" in his manners, -'-^^^--:^^~^ /T^ /^ 

genial in his disposition, ,;;-/X^''-//^''*^*-*'-*-« {/-C^c-O*-^ 
and dignified in his de- v*^ 

portment; he was a resi- ^ 

dent of his adopted town ^^ 

for more than sixty years. ^Xj^^^y^y^t^^ ^i-y^-wZi.,^ 
It was truly said at his ^^^^^''^' ^^y^^ 

funeral, attended by Rev. f^ "^ 

Young: "The history of 

tVii'c liff^ was: tVi«^ Viiijl-nrv nf These autographs are from tamlly letters 

this lite was tne niStOry Ot ^^.^^^^ ^ Dec, I829, and W July, 1843. 

our village. He was 

called upon to fill some of the most important offices in the gift of 
his townsmen. He represented the town in the State Legislature, 
was postmaster for upwards of thirty years, and was one of the 




electors of Martin Van Buren for President of the United States in 
• 1840. 

Mr. Perley's first wife was Abigail Ladd, and his second was her 
sister Mehitable, daughters of Col. Samuel and Abigail-Flanders 
Ladd of Meredith. Abigail, born 4 Oct., 1778, was the mother of 
one child, and died 4 Oct., 1798, aged just twenty. Mehitable was 
born inGilmanton,5 April, 1783, and died 25 Oct., 1834, aged fifty-one. 
He died of lithic disease 13 April, 1855, at the age of eighty-four 
years. His epitaph is "Rest is sweet." 

1 Perley children: Sally-, Stephen Jefferson*, John Langdon- 
198, Louisa^ Louisa^ Abigail^ Martha Maria-199. 

2 Sally^ was born 19 Nov., 1796. She married Dr. John Durkey. 
They lived on Staten Island. They resided in Laconia, where he 
practiced medicine, for many years during the latter part of his life. 
She died 6 Nov., 1853, aged fifty-six years, leaving several children. 

3 Stephen Jefferson^ was born 21 Nov., 1802, and died unmar- 
ried, 30 July, 1832, aged twenty-nine. Louisa^ was born 21 July, 
1807, and died 17 Sept., 1808. 

4 Louisa^ was born 17 Sept., 1809, and married Nathan Fogg of 
Laconia — no issue. Abigail' was born 30 Aug., 1811, and married 
John H. Brewster of Laconia — no issue. 





JACOB PERLEY was born on the site opposite A. S. Howe's 
residence, Linebrook Parish, Ipswich, Friday, 12 Aug., 1775. His 
father's home was his by inheritance. He was a very extensive 
land owner, controlling, at one time, by deed or mortgage, all on the 



southeast side of the road from Galloup's brook in Topsfield to the 
old cemetery in Linebrook. Upon a division of it at his death, the 
homestead fell to the youngest son, Augustus M. This is the farm 
of the emigrant referred to on page 4 as the grant of 3 July, 1651. 

He was considerably interested in the militia and was elected to 
the captaincy. He was active and efficient in whatever he under- 
took; his own business 
always took first rank in 
his attention. He was 
ever ready to give a rea- 
son for his hope whether in 
civil life or religious. In 
1814 he headed a petition 
for setting off certain fam- 
ilies of Linebrook Parish 
to the parish of Topsfield. 
The petition failed, but he 
went and his pew there 
was No. 100. 

His wife was Mary Pot- 
ter, daughter of Ezekiel — 
twice married — and Eliza- 
beth-Perkins, or Hannah, 
Potter of Ipswich, born 
Sunday, 15 Oct., 1775, and 
married 17 Oct., 1797. She 
was the kind of woman 
that made home attractive, 
prosperous and happy. 
Mr. Perley's sickness was 
peculiar; it was located in 
his stomach; he had several attacks; the doctors were puzzled ; they 
suggested that the trouble proceeded from his teeth and some of 
them were extracted; a post mortem examination revealed "a sore in 
his stomach." 

They repose in the Linebrook C metery, where you may read : 


In Memory of 


who died 

May 21, 1829 

aged 54 years. 

Ohildrenof dust, whoreadwith pensive eye, 
This lettered stone, where mortal relics lie; 
Think as you sigh, because they live no more. 
Soon you shall drop, and be what you deplore. 


wife of 

Capt. Jacob Perley, 


Dec. 13, 1854, 

Mt. 79. 

She was a mother kind and bright. 
In whom fond children took delight; 
Her soul to unknown worlds is fled. 
Her aged form lies with the dead. 

1 Perley children : Elizabeth-195, Mary-191, Jacob-200, Stephen- 
201, Martha-202, William Perkins-203, Augustus Monroe-204. 




AMOS PERLEY was born 30 July,1759,in East Boxford, where 
now is the residence of Thos. Perley Killam, and died there 3 Aug., 
1829, at the age of seventy years. He married, first, Hannah Proctor of 
Danv^ers, in 1788 (?), and she was mother of all his children. She 
died 14 Aug., 1809, at the age of forty-one years. He married, 
second, Mrs. Abigail-Kimball Ranlett, widow of Phineas, (published 
22 Jan.) 24 April, 1823, in West Boxford. She was born 29 Feb., 
1776. [She married Mr. Ranlett 29 May, 1801, by whom she had 
two children born in Boxford: Mary P., born 17 March, 1802, and 
Huldah K., born 11 June, 1804, who lives in Topsfield unmarried. 
Mr. Ranlett died 5 Oct., 1812, aged thirty-six years. After the 
death of her husband Perley, she married, third, Capt. John Kim- 
ball of Boxford, with whom she was published 16 April, 1832. Mr. 
Kimball died in 1850, and she removed to Topsfield, where she died 
18 March, 1862, aged sixty-nine.] Mr. Perley and his first wife 
repose in Harmony Cemetery, East Boxford. 


In the Amos Perley house pictured here were born Rev. Hum- 
phrey Clark Perley-169, and Sidney Perley, Esq.-380. The estate 
was owned by Capt. Francis Perley-39, who devised to his son Jacob- 
81. Jacob made a large addition to the house and sold the whole for 
;£220 to this Amos, as it is here shown. 

About the year 1856, Humphrey Perley-197 purchased the estate 
and occupied it. After a few years he demolished the old house 
and built anew upon the site. The property is now owned by his 
daughter Emma and her husband, who reside there. 

Mr. Perley was somewhat employed in town affairs, for which his 
good judgment and integrity eminently qualified him. He was a 
selectman, 1799, 1800, 1807, 1816, 1817; a constable, 1803, 1804; a 
school committeeman, 1804; a surveyor of highways, 1796, 1808, 


1817, 1822. He was a good farmer, and amassed a competency. He 
was an active citizen, and valuable in the civil and social life of his 
town. His will is dated 30 June, 1829, and was proved I Sept., 1829. 
The witnesses were John Perley, Haskell Perley, Thomas Perley. 

1 Perley children : Mehitable', Hannah-205, Charles-206, Green- 
leaf^ Ruth«, Nathaniel-207, Frederic-208, Olive Wood^ Amos 

2 Mehitable^ was born 7 Nov., 1789, and died unmarried in Tops- 
field 23 Nov., 1821. Greenleaf^ was born 21 Jan., 1796. The Salem 
Gazette of 28 May, 1824, reads: "In Calcutta, Jan. 30th, of con- 
sumption, Mr. Greenleaf Perley, son of Mr. Amos Perley of Boxford, 
aged 2(5; second officer of the ship George of this port — a worthy 
and promising young man." 

3 Ruth^ was born 16 April, 1798, and died 20 Jan., 1826. She 
married 22 April, 1824, Thomas Frye Odell, who was a merchant in 
Salem, where he was born 9 Oct., 1792, to James and Sarah-Very 
Odell, and died 7 July, 1860. They had only one child, Benjamin 
Greenleaf Odell, who was born 6 Jan., 1825. He married Sarah 
Ellen Dennis, who died 29 April, 1855, aged twenty -five years and 
one month, the mother of only one child, born 24 Dec, 1851, and 
died 18 May, 1852. Mr. Odell was a grocer at the corner of North 
and Bridge streets, and died, of consumption, 23 Jan., 1852, aged 
twenty-seven years and seventeen days. 

4 Olivia VV.^ was born 4 Nov., 1804, married in Lynn, Mass., 13 
Oct., 1830, John Batchelder, Jr., of Lynn, a school teacher, afterward 
postmaster, born 9 July, 1805, in Topsfield, Mass., to Joseph, farmer, 
and Sarah-Perkins Batchelder. She died in Lynn, 3 Dec, 1884; and 
he, 4 Aug., 1885. Issue: Maria Olivia, teacher for some years, born 
25 June, 1833, married in Lynn, 17 Feb., 1876, Rollin Eugene Har- 
mon, Judge of Probate Court, born in North Adams, Mass., to 
Nathan W., lawyer and judge, and Cornelia-Briggs Harmon. 



JESSE PERLEY was born 23 June, 1761. He owned the farm 
on the road from the Boxford railroad station to Topsfield, lately the 
property of Joseph H. Janes. 

He cared little for office, though abundantly qualified to exercise 
it. A barrier to an easy official service was the long distance of his 
home from the town center. He was a surveyor of highways 1796, 
1808, 1813, 1816, 1819, and was a member of the school board of 
1805. His farm grew well under his skill and diligence. He built 
a house, the one now on the estate, in 1790. 

His wife was Widow Elizabeth Moulton, married 10 June, 1788. 
She died 9 March, 1840, at the age of eighty-eight years. He died 
18 April, 1846, at the age of eighty-four years. Their remains were 
entombed in Harmony Cemetery, Boxford. 

1 Perley children : Francis-210, Jesse-211, AncilP, Irene-212. 

2 AncilP was born 3 July, 1798, and died unmarried, 28 Dec, 
1831. He was buried in Harmony Cemetery. 



NATHANIEL PERLEY was born 22 March, 1768. We have 
no knowledge of him till he graduated at Dartmouth College in 179L 
He received his Master's degree in course. In his class were 
Humphrey C. Perley-169, Ebenezer Adams, Heman Ball, Dudley 
Chase, John Coffin, Seth Williston, Eliphalet Gillet, et al. He 
studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1794. The next year he 
settled in Hallowell, Me., a thriving settlement on the Kennebec 
river, to which many families of Essex County migrated, for the 
building of homes, about that time. He and Amos Stoddard were 
the only lawyers there till 1798, when Samuel S.Wilde located there 
from Waldoboro, when Stoddard left. 

Mr. Perley was naturally a business man, active, and eminently 
social. He gathered to himself many friends and easily established 
himself in a lucrative practice. The country was too young for 
cases that required eloquent pleading at the bar. Whatever may 
have been his power to unfold the law, to set forth a case and to 
sway a jury cannot be known. His natural shrewdness and good 
judgment equipped him for the service of his constituency, as attor- 
ney and counselor. It is said he was lavish of his knowledge and 
legal advice; nevertheless he amassed wealth. He gave much of 
his attention to local improvements in the care of his property, thus 
augmenting his own and the public's together. His property busi- 
ness at last absorbed all his time and attention, to the entire loss 
of his practice in law. By and by, business reverses met him, in 
advancing age, and despondency brooded over his mind. The af- 
fection of his faithful wife and children sustained him to the last. 
In 1806 he was blasting stone in building a conduit for water from 
a pond to a stream upon which he erected a grist mill, in Winthrop, 
about a mile west of Hallowell, when a large piece of the ledge 
struck him upon the breast and seriously affected him at the time. 
This hurt was considered a remote cause of his death. For several 
years considerable business was carried on at the mill; but the Cot- 
ton Manufacturing Company purchased Mr. Perley's establishment 
and closed the canal. 

While Mr. Perley confined his attention to the practice of his 
profession, his home was attractive to the legal and judicial profes- 
sion in general. Chief Justice Parsons, also a native of Essex 
County, held to him the relation of esteem and regard, and often 
enjoyed Mr. Perley's hospitality. Members of the profession fre- 
quently enjoyed Mr. Perley's home, his fund of anecdotes and wit, 
while court was sitting at Augusta, two miles away. He repre- 
sented Hallowell in the General Court in 1804 and again 1816. The 
Salem, Mass., Gazette, 9 May, 1803, reported: "More increase of Fed- 
eration. Hallowell, heretofore uniformly represented by a Democrat, 


has this year made choice of N. Perley, Esq., (Federalist) by a major- 
ity over Col. Fillebrown, the old member, 111 to 66." 

Charles Dummer, Esq., in speaking of our subject, says: "Had 
he remained faithful to the noble objects of true professional life, 
had he diligently strengthened his mind by study as a lawyer, he 
would have gathered the fruits of honorable labor and attainments, 
— all would finally have been well. Possessing great quickness of 
perception, his free social habits were both an attraction and 

He was apt at repartee, and frequently was surprised by the 
effect of his replies. Once in particular he was engaged in an action 
of replevin before Judge Weston, in the Court of Common Pleas. 
The case was warmly contested. An important witness of the 
other side had been examined for two or three hours, when the 
court adjourned for dinner. After dinner, Mr. Perley called the 
same witness to the stand, when the judge remarked : " This witness 
has been examined at great length already; what further do you ex- 
pect to obtain from him.-'" Mr. Perley immediately replied : "The 
truth, your honor; I've obtained everything else." He was public 
spirited and patriotic ; he was social, witty, learned ; he was a faith- 
ful and firm friend ; his home was cheerful, happy and cultured. 

His wife, married 7 Feb., 1796, was Mary Dummer, daughter of 
Richard and Judith Dummer of Byfield Parish, Newbury. He died 
25 July, 1824. She died 7 Jan., 18B8, aged sixty-eight years. 

1 Perley children: George Dummer'^, Mary*, Richard-213, 
Louisa'^ Henry Augustus", Nathaniel Henry'", Caroline Augusta'l 

2 Louisa' was born 1 Nov., 1801, and married John Dumont of 
Hallowell; Henry A.' was born 16 April, 1804, and died 1 July, 1806; 
Nathaniel H.' was born 5 Sept., 1806, and died 22 Jan., ("March" 
— gravestone,) 1811; Caroline A. ^ was born 19 July, 1811, and died 
unmarried 9 Feb., 1850. She was for many years a school teacher 
in Hallowell. 

3 George Dummer' was born 18 June, 1797, and died 28 April, 
1826. He married Jane Louisa Jackson, daughter of Dr. G. K. 
Jackson, a musician of Boston, in 1821, and had a daughter, Louisa 
Jane, born 4 June, 1822. He was a graduate of Bowdoin College, 
class of 1818; and studied law with his father. He was an attorney- 
at-law and lived in Hallowell. His widow removed to Boston. His 
epitaph reads: 

Go, tender partner, to thy native sky, 
Go bear thy consort's love, and dwell on high 
Thy generous heart relieved the poor's distress, 
And (iod a soul like thine will ever bless. 

4 Mary' was born 2 Sept., 1799, and died 28 March, 1848. She 
married 21 Dec, 1820, William F. Lane, a native of Stratham, N.H., 
who was for many years a bookseller and stationer in Hallowell, Me. 
Lane issue native of Hallowell: Henry Perley, born 23 Oct., 1821; 
Mary Louisa, born 1 Jan., 1824, married C. H. Bonney of Wayne, 
Me., or Manchester, N. H., and died in 1851, leaving children, Clara 
and Fred; George Frederic, born 21 Feb., 1826; Richard William^ 

5 Richard William* was born in Hallowell 11 Sept., 1828, and 
died in San Francisco, Cal., 20 June, 1890. He married 2 June, 


1874, in Honolulu, S. I., Louise Isabelle Friel. who was born 20 
July, 1857, to George Friel, a merchant there. He was in the Navy 
during the Mexican and Civil Wars. At the close of the Civil War 
he went to Honolulu, where he was Mexican consul, and was con- 
sul for Spain to the time of his death. His only child, Richard 
Wilder, was born in Honolulu, 6 Aug., 1875, and is a clerk in a 
hardware store in San Francisco. 



LOIS PERLEY was born 9 Sept., 1771. She married 17 May, 
1798, Benjamin Adams, 3d, who was born 14 June, 1773, to Benjamin 
and Sally S. Adams, in the Shute house, near the Boston & Maine 
station in South Georgetown. He erected and resided in the 
"Temperance house" near his birthplace. She died 22 Jan., 1842. 
Her epitaph in Marlboro Cemetery, Georgetown, reads : 

She died to grief, sbe died to care. 

And but a momont felt llie rod; 
Then rising in the voiceless air, 

Spread her light wings and soared to God. 

After ten years, he died 2 Jan., 1852, and was buried at his wife's 
side. His epitaph is: 

Blessed are the peacemakers. 

1 Adams children: Abraham^ Louisa'', Mehitable Perley*', Benja- 
min Perley^ Charles Henry^ Samuel^ George Washington-211*, 
Sarah Spofford*, [William, born 26 Jan., 1816, Perley Derby says 
belongs to this family.] 

2 Abraham^ was born 25 April, 1800, and died 8 Aug., 1849. 
His widow, says the Georgetown Advocate, who "died at Cam- 
bridgeport on Tuesday of last week, was a native of Boxford. Her 
name was Ruth Ann Lofty, and she was a sister to the first wife of 
David Haskell and an aunt of Mrs. Holt, the Librarian of our 
Library. Her husband died in 1849. For twenty years or more she 
has lived with her only daughter, Mrs. Clarence Davis, at Cambridge- 
port. Her funeral took place in that city Saturday, and the remains 
were brought to Georgetown for interment." ' 

3 Charles H.\ a native of this town, and a prominent citizen of 
Danvers for over twenty-five years, died at his residence in that 
town last Saturday, 18 Sept., 1880. He was born 17 May, 1809, in 
the old Adams homestead, now owned by Shute on Nelson avenue, 
and with his eldest brother Abraham, built the house now occupied 
by Mr. Lowell G. Wilson. He married Miss Eliza Moore, a niece 
of the late Thomas Perkins of Topsfiield. Four children were born 
unto them, two boys and two girls, all first saw light in this town. 
One only survives her father, Mrs. Augustus M. Spofford, now resid- 
ing at Danvers. Mr. Adams held the ofifice of constable in his 
native town, and has been elected to the same in Danvers nearly 
every year for twenty years. He has held a deputy sheriff's war- 


rant for twelve successive years, and was always a faithful and con- 
scientious officer. He has held various positions in the municipal 
affairs of Danvers, among which is that of selectman. The writer 
has been associated with him as officer of the peace and regarded 
him as a brave and resolute man, yet all his business was performed 
with courtesy and consideration of the feelings of his prisoners. 
The death of his son about a year ago was a severe blow which 
added to a not very strong constitution and general ill-health nearly 
prostrated him and from which he never recovered, but gradually 
failed until the end. — From the Georgetown Advocate. 

4 SamueP was born 17 June, 1811, married Betsey Gould of 
Topsfield, resided there and was clerk for his brother Benjamin P. 

5 Louisa' was born 27 Sept., 1801, and married 26 Nov., 1823, 
John Kimball of Georgetown. Kimball issue: John A., born 4 Dec, 
1824; died 23 Dec, 1824; Louisa M., born 28 Nov., 1825, died 2 
Aug., 1869; Caroline A., born 10 Jan., 1828, married 10 June, 1849, 
Eben Hobson, in Georgetown, where she was a milliner; George A., 
born 8 Jan., 1830, married 7 March, 1860, Anna F. Todd; Abbe B., 
born 24 Feb., 1832, married 7 Oct., 1849, D. W. Palmer; Sarah A., 
born 27 Nov., 1834, died 12 Feb., 1840; Charles A., born 4 April, 
1837; Sarah A., born 12 Dec, 1840, married 7 Jan., 1869, Robert 
Coker of Georgetown; Benjamin A., born 22 March, 1844, died 4 
Oct., 1869. 

6 Mehitable Perley' was born 5 Aug., 1804, and died 12 March, 
1830. Her husband was John A. Lovering of Georgetown, by whom 
she had John A., born in July, 1829, and died 1 Oct., 1829. His 
second wife was Eliza Jewett, by whom he had John A., shoe man- 
ufacturer in Georgetown; Sarah M., born 1835, died 19 May, 1871; 
Benjamin A., born in 1839, died of scarlet fever 28 Dec, 1846; 
Helen PVances. He was a shoe manufacturer and owned many 
tenement houses. 

7 Benjamin Perley^ was born 5 Sept., 1806. His first wife, mar- 
ried 9 July, 1833, was Mary Ann Cummings, daughter of Cyrus and 
Susanna. She died 13 May, 1840, aged twenty-seven years. His 
second wife was Abba L. Stimpson of Salem, published 15 May, 
1841. He was a general merchant in Topsfield, was affable, 
courteous, and a man of honor and sterling integrity. He died 10 
July, 1875. Their children: Catherine Cummings, born 3 July, 
1835, died unmarried 1 Nov., 1868; Mary Ann, born 9 Nov., 1842, 
married a Mr. Whittemore and lives in California; Benjamin 
Perley, born 9 March, 1845, succeecied to his father's business, was 
much respected and honored by his townspeople and died unmarried 
9 Dec, 1883. 

8 Sarah Spofford^ was born 11 Feb., 1821. She married 22 Oct., 
1846, Charles S. Piper of East Boston. Children: John Adams, 
born 4 April and died 4 Oct., 1848; Anna Durant, born 4 Oct., 1853, 
and married 1 July, 1873, Charles Alfred West of Boston, by whom 
she has had Pxlith, born in 1875, and Anne, born in 1877; Sarah A., 
born 11 Sept., 1862, and died 9 Aug., 1863. 



ARTEMAS WARD PERLEY was born on the present T. P. 
Killam place, East Boxford, 29 Jan., 1776. He was a farmer and 
lived on the parental estate till about 1838, when he removed to the 
ancient Zaccheus Gould mansion in Topsfield, where he spent the 
remnant of his life except a short time in Hampstead, N. H., where 
he owned a farm. 

He was a man of means and held in good repute. He was sur- 
veyor of highways 1810, 1815, 1820, 1826; on the school board 1811, 
1820, and surveyor of highways in Topsfield 1837. 

Mr. Perley's Boxford residence was the style that begun about 
1670, having the long back roof, two stories high, two large rooms 
in front and a large kitchen and two bedrooms in the rear, on the 
first floor. It was destroyed by fire in April, 1832, together with 
the barn, which was very large, and other out buildings. 

Mr. Perley then removed to the residence of his brother Amos, 
who was lately deceased, and whose farm was nearly contiguous. 
He remained there a few months only and removed to Topsfield. The 
parental estate was his till about 1838, when he sold it to Joseph 
Hale, who erected a house on the site of the old cooper shop of Mr. 
Perley's father. Mr. Hale crowned the site of the old house that 
was burned with a new and spacious one in 1841, and occupied it 
till 1862. It is now owned by Mr. Thos. Perley Killam. 

The house seems to have been predestined to a baptism of fire. 
Once it caught from the improper disposal of ashes and live coals by 
the hired girl. Again it was discovered to be on fire by Mr. Perley's 
son, Haskell, who was returning about 11 o'clock at night from 
Topsfield, where he was engaged for the season at farming. When 
some distance from the house, he saw the light and hastening for- 
ward found the front room was on fire. Instead of disturbing the 
family, who were asleep, he soon extinguished the flames. The big 
back-log of the great fireplace had rolled out of its place and kindled 
a wicked fire. Haskell retired and in the morning told his parents 
the tale of their deliverance. 

Mr. Perley married, first. Miss Eleanor Putnam of Danvers, 20 
March, 1803. She was the mother of nine of his children. She 
died 1 June, 1821, at the age of thirty-seven years, when her young- 
est child was but a week old, having been born 29 May, 1784. He 
married, second, Mrs. Elizabeth Boardman, widow of Daniel, of 
Topsfield, and daughter of Zaccheus and Anna-Brown Gould, 20 
May, 1823. She was born 17 March, 1785. She was the mother of 
two of Mr. Perley's children. She died 10 Sept., 1827, leaving an 
infant three months old. His third wife was Huldah, a sister of his 
second, married by Rev. J. F. McEwen, 28 Feb., 1833. She was 
born 6 Nov., 1787, and died 27 Nov., 1874, at her home with Wm. 


Hubbard, in Hamilton, at the age of eighty-seven years. After the 
death of her husband 6 Jan., 1862, she Uved with her relatives. 

1 Perley children, all born in Boxford: Julia A.-214, Haskell-215, 
Artemas Ward-216, Putnam-217, Nancy Putnam^ Samuel Holton'^, 
Harriet Augusta-218, Emeline-219, Edwin F.-220, Huldah Gould^ 
Charles Greenleafl 

2 Samuel Holton^ was born 1 July, 1815, and died in Topsfield of 
consumption, 10 March, 1850; Huldah Gould^ was born 20 March, 
1825, and died 17 Dec, 1844, unmarried ; Charles Greenleaf^ was 
born 14 June, 1827, was cared for by his aunt Huldah after his 
mother died, and was taken to his father's home when his aunt be- 
came his step-mother. He died 7 Nov., 1832, aged five years. 

3 Nancy Putnam^ was born 10 June, 1812, married Henry F. 
Burchstead, a shoe merchant of Lynn, where he died 6 April, 1858. 
They were published 14 June, 1833, and he was of Worcester when 
married. They had two children : Mary Ann^, and Henry Frederick, 
born 21, Sept., 1846, in Columbus, Ohio, and died 9 Aug., 1891. 

4 Mary Ann" was born in Worcester, Mass., 20 Oct., 1836, and 
married Herbert Johnson of Lynn, and had Harry Herbert, born 24 
Oct., 1858, died 9 Aug.,1821 ; Nellie Perley, born 25 Oct., 1863, mar- 
ried 2 Oct., 1888, in Lynn, Frederick William Hughes, secretary 
Buckeye Buggy Co., Columbus, Ohio, born in Chester, Eng., 18 
April, 1862, to William H. and Rebecca-Davies Hughes, and has 
children: Mary Johnson and Rebecca; George Frederick, unmarried. 



SAMUEL PERLEY was born in Rowley (the part now Mill- 
wood) 6 Aug., 1770. He bought the farm in Boxford that was once 
the property of his great uncle, Capt. Francis Perley-39, and resided 
there, leaving the estate to his children. It is now occupied by 
David DeW. C. Mighill. 

Mr. Perley was a man of good natural and practical ability. He 
was called into town affairs in other relations beside these. He 
was surveyor of highways 1813 and 1820; constable 1817, 1821 and 
1823; tax collector 1817; member of the school board 1817 and 1824. 
In the militia he was ensign in 1817 and as late as 1821. 

Mr. Perley married Lydia (Nabby.^) Perkins of Topsfield, 12 Jan., 
1812. She was born 5 July, 1772, to Stephen and Hannah-Potter 
Perkins. He died 27 May, 1848, aged seventy-seven years. His 
widow died 1 Dec. next. They repose in Harmony Cemetery, East 

1 Perley children : A child', Lydia'-, SamueP, Stephen Perkins'*. 

2 Lydia^ was born 8 Jan., 1813. She never married; she made 
her home with her parents and after their deaths "kept house" for 
her brothers. She died 11 Nov., 1857, aged forty-four years. The 
first child' died an infant 25 March, 1812. 

3 SamueP was born 7 Feb., 1815. He always lived at home and 
assisted in carrying on the farm. He died of jaundice 18 March, 
1869, aged fifty-four years, unmarried. 



4 Stephen Perkins^ was born 15 Aug., 1818. He lived with his 
parents while they survived, then assisted his brother in cultivating 
the farm. He was a wheelwright by trade, and worked some at the 
business. After his brother's death, he disposed of the farm in 1875, 
and went to live with his cousin John, in Rowley. Later he was as- 
sistant to a physician in Hampton, N. H., and died in 188-. 



LUCY PERLEY was born 26 March, 1773. Her first marriage, 
17 Jan., 1799, was with Josiah Hazen-45^ of Boxford, born 23 Oct., 
1774. They lived in Georgetown. He died three days before his 
thirty-first birthday. She married, second, 26 March, 1811, Capt. 
Daniel Conant, son of William and Mary Conant of Ipswich. Capt. 
Daniel was born 11 Jan., 1775. [By a former wife, Sarah Chapman 
of Ipswich, married 21 March, 1800, he had: Joseph Chapman, who 
was born 19 May, 1802, married Abigail Lamson, died 24 March, 
1834, and had issue: Sarah who died 25 May, 1834, Lucy who died 
10 Nov., 1848, and Joseph Chapman; Sally, who was born 7 May, 
1804, and married 25 Dec, 1827, Abraham Lummus of Ipswich.] 
Capt. Conant died 11 May 1856, aged seventy-five years. His re- 
mains repose in Harmony Cemetery, Georgetown, and his epitaph 
reads: — 

Why weep we then for him who having pass'd 
The bounds of man's appointed years at last, 
Life's blessings all enjoyed, life's labors done, 
Serenely to his final rest has gone. 

His widow survived him ten years, and at the great age of eighty- 
seven entered upon the fruition of her hope, Thursday, 22 Nov., 
1860. She was interred in Harmony Cemetery and her epitaph is 

Blessed are the dead, which die la the Lord. 

1 Hazen children: Josiah", Moody Perley^ Greenleaf''. Conant 
children: Lucy P.^ John Perley^ Mary^ Almira-350. 

2 Josiah^ was born 15 Nov., 1799; he married Hannah Brown of 
Bridgton, Me., where he lived. Sarah J. was the only issue we know 
of, born 9 July, 1834. 

3 Moody P.^ was born 9 May, 1802; he married Laura Tapley of 
Dan vers, 12 June, 1828; he died of consumption 21 April, 1830, at 
the age of twenty-seven years; she died 5 Aug., 1847. They lived 
in Ipswich; we know of only one issue, Ann Maria, who married 
Nathaniel Batchellor. 

4 Greenleaf^ was born 3 June, 1804; he married, first, Susan P. 
Towne, daughter of Jacob and Hannah, of Boxford, 22 Oct., 1828. 
She died 18 Sept., 1847, aged forty-three years. Her tomb in 
Harmony Cemetery, Georgetown, reads : — 

Forgive, blest shade! the tributary tear 

That mourns thy exit from a world like this; 
Forgive the wish that would have kept thee here, 

And stayed thy progress to the realms of bliss. 

Mr. Hazen married, second. Widow Elizabeth-Creasey Boynton 
of Rowley, 5 April, 1848. They lived in Rowley, where she died 


22 Oct., 1877, aged eighty years and two months. She rests in 
Harmony Cemetery also, where may be read her epitaph : — 

As she lived, so she died, a Christian. 

Their issue: George Edwin, John Greenleaf, Jacob Francis, 
Josiah Arnold, Joseph Warren, Nathan T., and Marshman Williams, 
who was born in Beverly, Mass., 28 July, 1840, and is a graduate of 
Dartmouth College in the class of 1866. His own exertions during 
his vacations paid his college expenses, and he may be justly called a 
self-made man. After graduation, he was employed in teaching, 
also for a time as newspaper editor. He was for a time at the head 
of the Boston branch of D. Appleton & Co.'s New York publishing 
house. He was prominently interested in introducing the decimal 
system of weights and measures into this country, and his success 
was highly gratifying to him. He was associate compiler of several of 
Appleton & Co.'s school books, prominent among which is a series 
of five readers. He introduced the "indestructible reader" for 
youngest scholars. He is now located in New York City, a lawyer. 

5 Lucy P.' was born 3 Jan., 1812. She married 3 Feb., 1829, 
Leander Jewett of Waterford, Me. She died 7 Nov., 1829. 

6 John Perley'was born 13 July,1813,and 13 April,1843, married 
Louisa A. Nelson, daughter of Thomas and Susanna-March Nelson 
of Georgetown, where she was born 20 Nov., 1819. Their home 
was in Georgetown, where she died 15 Aug., 1893. In 1903, "he 
observed his ninetieth birthday at his home on Central street. South 
Georgetown. Quite a large number of the neighbors called during 
the day for a pleasant chat with their venerable friend. Mr. Conant 
was named for John Perley, the donor of the Perley Free School of 
that town. The old gentleman is in fairly good health, but his eye- 
sight is failing him, but he retains the rest of his faculties to a 
marked degree." He is still living, 15 Sept., 1904. Their children 
were Abbie Louisa, born 2 Oct., 1845, and died 3 Aug., 1848, and 
John W., born 4 Sept., 1849, who became somewhat noted as a 
musician and cornetist. 

7 Mary^ was born 16 Oct., 1816, or 10 Aug., 1817. She married 
19 Dec, 1844, Charles Mason, son of George and Abigail of George- 
town, by Rev. Isaac Braman. They chose their home in George- 
town, where he was born in 1815. Issue: Charles Henry, born 24 
March and died 11 Sept., 1850; and Frederick W., born 10 Sept., 1851. 



DAVID PERLEY was born in Rowley 10 May, 1776. He 
settled upon the parental estate, where his son David Eri now lives. 

He enlisted in the service in the 1812 war, and received therefor 
of his town, April, 1815, $10.63. He was, 27 May, 1830, a petitioner 
for the incoporation of the Second Parish in Rowley, now George- 
town. His nephew John-222 writes that he lived a few months with 
his Uncle David, when the latter was about sixty-five years old. He 
says: " I still see him with his staff in hand wending his way on some 


mission of labor or business, singing his favorite air, 'I'll take my 
staff and travel on.' He was fond of singing and withal was an in- 
veterate joker. He was stout built, of medium height, had flowing 
curly hair, was straight as an arrow, and his countenance was open, 
genial, pleasant. He lived in a quiet, secluded nook of rural beauty; 
the scenery was surpassingly lovely, which accounts, in some meas- 
ure, for his happy, genial disposition. The face of the territory is 
undulate with forest hills and pasture knolls, with arable plains and 
green, mossy meadows, with meandering brooklet. How delightful 
the forests, in still, dreamy October days, decked in their many-hued 
regalia! How sparkled the orchard after a gentle winter rain and 
the frost-embrace of night had secured on twig and limb its store of 
crystal waters, scintillating as gems of rarest worth and beauty, in 
the radiance of a morning sun ! What gratifying sweetness, as spring 
brought back the babbling of the brook, the chirp of the squirrel, the 
chatter of the woodchuck, the lowing of the cattle, and filled the 
broad expanse of sky with birds and melody. How picturesque and 
sweet the home of Uncle David. 

"I occasionally spent much time at Uncle David's in my boy- 
hood. He gave me my first lesson in astronomy. We had been 
husking corn in the barn. When we returned to the house, the 
whole heavens appeared one vast sea of sparkling crystals. The 
northern constellations shone with unusual brilliancy. Attracted 
probably by the splendor, he pointed to the Dipper and told how by 
it to find the Polar star — a lesson that often recurred to me when 
pursuing that study in school ! 

"He related to me, how my father ' crossed the Rubicon.' It oc- 
curred in the work of marshing, as it was called, when probably my 
grandfather was in his prime, and 'the boys,' father, and Uncles David 
and Samuel, were sprightly and helpful. On this occasion, a deep 
and narrow creek ran between them and the marsh lot. They were 
threading their way up the side of it, in search of a fording place, 
when to my father a circumvention was suggested. He threw his 
luggage to the opposite bank, all but one hay pole. That pole he 
planted in the middle of the creek, expecting by a masterly muscular 
effort to spring up upon the perpendicular pole and be carried to 
the opposite side. The muscular effort was a success, but when 
the pole assumed a perpendicular, it sank and stuck in the mud, 
with my father clinging to the top of it. It was an object lesson 
with a practical turn, always to be remembered." 

He married, 17 Dec, (published 24 May) 1809, Dolly Scott of 
Ipswich, who was born Tuesday, 5 June, 1787, to Martha-Perley-88 

: : DOLLY 


: : Wife of 



Aug. 14, 1851 : 


JEt. 75. : : 

: : Feb. 7. 1871, 

The eye of him that hath seen me : : Mt. 83 yrs. 8 mos. 

Shall see me no more. : : 

: The memory of the just is blessed. 


and Benjamin Scott. He died of consumption, says the record. 
His widow died of pneumonia at her home with her son. Both re- 
pose in the Linebrook cemetery. They left one child, David Eri-221. 



MOSES PERLEY was born in the part of Rowley now called 
Millwood 5 June, 1879. He settled in Rowley. His first wife was 
Sarah Morse, daughter of David and Betsey-Tom Morse of Danbury, 
N. H., married 4 April, 1822, in Rowley. She was probably born, 
in 1800, in Danbury, N. H., the town of her parents. She was 
mother of all his children, and died of consumption, 12 Sept., 1833. 
Her burial was in Boxford. His second wife was Mrs. Nancy Scott 
of Newburyport, daughter of Carpenter and Susan Greenough, 
married 23 April, 1835. Mr. Perley died in Newbury 24 May, 1857; 
his widow, 31 Dec, 1857, aged sixty-eight. 

His son writes: "My father remained at home till his majority, 
when he hired out as a farm laborer with a neighbor. After a few 
years, his brothers having homes of their own, and his father being 
alone, he returned and assisted in carrying on the farm. At the age 
of forty he married, but remained with his father till the latter's 
death, when the farm was divided among the heirs. My father then 
bought the farm where I now live and what we are pleased to call 
the 'old homestead.' It is situated in the northeastern part of 
Rowley near the Newbury line. My mother had lived here but a 
few years when she died. Three years after her death, my father 
married again, and thus the remainder of his life was greatly embit- 
tered for nearly twenty-five years. The last eight years of his life 
were spent in Newbury. My father was a very snug, shrewd, calcu- 
lating man, as are the Perleys generally with but few exceptions. By 
his frugality and trading in cattle he succeeded in accumulating con- 
siderable property, which was considerably diminished at the time of 
his death by his second wife's prodigality. He was a man of temperate 
habits, as were also his brothers, and are the Perleys in general. I 
think I never heard him utter a profane word. He always showed 
his respect for religion, and was charitable toward those who differed 
with him in religious behef. It is said he walked from some point 
in Maine to Rowley, in one day, a distance of eighty miles." 

1 Perley children: Sarah Jane'^ Maria^ John-222. 

2 Sarah J.^ was born 28 June, 1822. She married 27 Nov., 1844, 
George Nathan Lambert-4P, son of John and Sarah-Bradstreet of 
Rowley, where he was born 4 Jan., 1821. She died in Rowley 1 
March, 1865, after which he resided in Rowley with his brother-in- 
law, John Perley. He died 30 Jan., 1900. Lambert issue: Hannah, 
who died 17 Sept., 1869, aged twenty-four years and twenty-four 
days; Georgianna^ Maria, who died 8 Feb., 1871, aged nineteen 
years and six months; Sarah P., who died 8 P'eb., 1868, aged twelve 
years and ten months; John, who died 9 June, 1864, aged six years 
and six months. 

3 Maria' was born in May, 1824. She married 9 Sept., 1847, 


Samuel W. Craig, son of Tappan W. and Harriet P. Craig of Rum- 
ney, N. H. She died 26 May, 1851. He married, second, Hannah 
A. Plummer, daughter of David and Lydia (*see -91^) of Newbury- 
port, pubUshed 20 July, 1853. She died 18 April, 1886. 

4 Georgianna'^ was born 12 June, 1849, married Henry E. Keyes, 
and had George Lambert, who was born 26 Jan., 1869; Sarah Maria, 
who was born 19 March, 1871, married 27 Feb., 1896, in Rowley, 
Gorham P. Jewett, who was born 2 Aug., 1871, in Georgetown, to 
Gorham P. and Sarah-Poor Jewett, and had Lawrence R., born 26 
Feb., 1898, Greta Lambert, born 29 Aug., 1901, E. Bailey, born 30 
June and died 16 Dec, 1903. 



JOHN PERLEY was born 3 Sept., 1782. "A family is the 
collective body of persons who live in one house and under one head 
or manager," says Webster, and it is very proper to assign to Mr. 
Perley a "Family," although he never married. 

His nephew John-222 says of him : " My Uncle John, my namesake, 
being the youngest of the family and of delicate constitution, was 
regarded by my grandfather with a more favorable eye than the rest 
of the boys, therefore at the age of eighteen years he gave him a 
piece of property of about $2000 in value. Naturally shrewd and 
calculating, he, no doubt, turned the gift to good account. His del- 
icate health precluded farm labor, and he learned the trade of shoe- 
making. He set up a small shop in Linebrook Parish where he sold 
groceries, etc., at intervals, while shoemaking. He continued thus 
but a few years. He next located in Danvers, where he set up quite 
a large grocery. There he remained a number of years and accum- 
ulated quite a fortune. He remained in Danvers, I think, till 1835 
or 7, when from failing health he removed to New York, but I have 
never learned that he engaged in any business there besides speculat- 
ing. He spent there the remainder of his life, making occasional 
visits to his relatives in Georgetown, and on account of his delicate 
health spending many summer months at Saratoga. He was a heavy 
holder of real estate in Georgetown and vicinity. I have never 
heard anything remarkable of him besides his excellent business 
ability. He always seemed to me very reserved and taciturn, a 
walking statue, composed of mortgages, bank-notes, checks and deeds." 

Becoming of age, he became a member of the family of his Uncle 
Philemon Foster-51, in Linebrook Parish, Ipswich. The house stood 
on the Newburyport turnpike, where it had been removed about the 
time the building of that highway was begun. There our subject 
worked at his trade, cordwaining or shoemaking, and run a grocery 
for the accommodation of the road builders. His work and business 
were successful, and laid the foundation of his business career. 
When that section of the turnpike was completed and trade in con- 
sequence fell off, he removed to Danvers where he opened a store at 

* This reference i8 made on the supposition that there is a relationship, but which is not 
known as a fact. 


"the Plains" which has probably continued in the Perley name to 
the present day. Charles N. Perley-387 is the present owner. 

In 1835, "Johnny" Perley, the storekeeper at the little village 
which was springing up at Porter's Plains, petitioned for a fire en- 
gine, to be located near Berry's Tavern. It was provided later. He 
spent the last years of his life in New York state, where he died. He 
was a sagacious, honest and judicious business man, and had he 
lived in these days would probably have been a millionaire. 

He exercised the same discretion and good judgment in the 
disposal of his large estate, and 
divided most of it to charitable, 
religious and educational purposes. 
David Pingree of Salem, Moses 
Dorman of Boxford and John Killam 
and Geo. W. Chaplin of Georgetown ^'^^ g^ he signed a receipt at ws stotL. 
were the executors and trustees of '" Danvers m isia. 

his will. After providing for family connections, it continues : — 

"All the rest and residue of my estate real, personal or mixed, 
of which I shall die seized or possessed, or to which I shall be en- 
titled at my decease, I give, bequeath and devise unto my aforesaid 
trustees, David Pingree, Moses Dorman, John Killam and George 
W. Chaplin, their survivors and successors, in fee simple, in trust, 
and upon the special trusts following; that is to say: — 

"1. That my said Trustees shall sell at public auction, at such 
times and places as they shall deem expedient, all the real estate, 
except my burial place in Harmony Cemetery, which is to be re- 
tained and kept in repair from the trust fund, and reduce the same 
and my personal estate to money hereby authorized and empowering 
said trustees to sell and convey any and all of said estate to the pur- 
chaser or purchasers by good and sufficient deeds and instrument, 
no purchaser from them to be bound to see to the application of the 
purchase money, and after payment of their just and proper ex- 
penses and charges, invest the proceeds thereof, and all unappropri- 
ated income that shall from time to time accrue therefrom, in the 
bonds, scrip, or other securities of some of the states and cities fol- 
lowing viz: the states of Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts 
and Maine, and the cities of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, New York 
and Albany in New York, Boston in Massachusetts, and Portland in 
Maine; or if from any cause this should become impracticable and 
unadvisable, then in such securities as shall in the judgment of said 
trustees be equally safe and productive, that the same may be safely 
kept and accumulated to accomplish the object of these trusts." 

[The second item refers to private bequests.] 

"3rd. That my said trustees shall set apart thirty-five hundred 
dollars from said trust funds, as a perpetual fund, the income of 
which they shall on the first Monday in every January of every year 
after my decease, distribute among the poor of good habits of said 
Georgetown in such manner as my said trustees shall think judicious. 

"4th. That my said trustees shall set apart seven thousand 
dollars of said trust funds as a perpetual fund, the income of which 
they shall pay to the Orthodox Congregational society in said George- 
town, where I now worship, for the support of preaching, and a sab- 


bath school in said society annually, while said society has a settled 
minister, the same to be paid to George W. Chaplin and Sylvanus 
Merrill for the purposes above specified during the lives of them and 
the survivor of them, and after their decease to such persons as said 
society may appoint, and in case said Orthodox Congregational 
society shall for any period cease to have a settled minister, or be 
dissolved then I direct my said trustees to appropriate the income 
of said fund for such period as said society shall have no minister, 
or in case of dissolution the whole income to the uses and purposes 
of the Free School, hereinafter provided for. 

"5th. That my said trustees shall set apart another sum of seven 
thousand dollars of said trust funds as a perpetual fund, the income 
of which they shall pay to the Orthodox Congregational society in 
Linebrook parish, in the towns of Ipswich and Rowley, for the sup- 
port of preaching and a sabbath school in said society annually, while 
said society has a settled minister, the same to be paid to William F. 
Conant and such other person as said society shall appoint for the pur- 
poses above specified, during the lives of them and the survivor of them, 
and after their decease to such persons as said Society may appoint, 
and in case said society shall for any period cease to have a settled 
minister, or be dissolved, then I direct my said trustees to pay the 
income of said fund for such period as said society shall have no 
settled minister, or in case of dissolution, the whole income to the 
uses and purposes of the Free School hereinafter provided for. 

"6th. That my said trustees shall invest all said trust funds and 
income not hereinbefore appropriated, in the securities aforesaid, 
and cause the same to accumulate until the same shall in their judg- 
ment constitute a fund adequate to the purchase of a site, erection 
of buildings, and the endowment and maintenance in said George- 
town of a Free School to be called the Perley Free School, for the 
instruction of children and youth in such branches of science and 
learning as they shall deem most useful, and the purchase of a 
Library and scientific apparatus for said school, and when said fund 
shall be by them deemed adequate for said purposes, that they shall 
obtain an Act of incorporation, with such provisions for securing 
succession and otherwise as they shall determine, from the legislature 
of Massachusetts, by the name of the Trustees of the Perley Free 
School, and shall convey to said corporation all said Fund and En- 
dowment, together with my said burial place, upon such conditions, 
statutes and trusts as they shall in furtherance of the objects of this 
trust prescribe for the erection, foundation, maintenance, adminis- 
tration and government of said Perley Free School, and the privileges 
and funds thereof, providing especially that in the enjoyment of the 
privileges of said school the preference shall in all cases be given to 
pupils belonging to said Georgetown, and those of them who may be 
in indigent circumstances, and further providing that the said school 
shall not be put in operation until the income accruing from said 
fund shall have accumulated to a sum sufficient to pay for the site, 
and erect all the buildings required for the same, that the principal 
sum may be preserved entire forever. 

"7th. That my said trustees shall after the establishment of said 
corporation, further convey unto said corporation the three several 


funds hereinbefore provided for, viz: the fund for the Orthodox 
Congregational Society in Georgetown, the fund for the Ortho- 
dox Congregational Society in Linebrook parish, and the fund for 
the poor of said Georgetown, upon the same trusts as I have herein 
devised, the same to them, and devolve all said duties and trusts on 
said corporation forever, prescribing in such conveyance such 
conditions and rules as shall secure the fulfilment of said trusts." 

Mr. Perley's will is dated 22 Aug., 1857, about three years before 
his death, and was witnessed by Amos B. Merrill, Henry B. Graves 
and Andrew Harnden. Two years later a codicil was added affect- 
ing slightly the private bequests. He died Friday, 11 May, 1860, 
and his remains are interred in the Harmony Cemetery, Georgetown. 
This cemetery was instituted by him. It is a circular plot of ground, 
and has leading from the street a driveway which is bordered on each 
side by a row of beautiful evergreen trees, and which enters into 
the grounds and extends round the entire outer border. In the 
center is a mound from which radiate paths that connect with the 
outer driveway. The mound is about two feet in height and three 
rods in diameter, and in its center stands Mr. Perley's monument. 
This memorial is constructed of the finest marble in beautiful sym- 
metry and taste, enhancing much the general beauty of the sur- 
roundings. It has the following inscriptions on the four faces : — 


DIED MAY 11, 1860. 

AGED 78. 

He Devoted and Secured 
nearly all the accumulated wealth of a life of 

Frugality and Sobriety 
to the good of those who should come after him. 

He made a liberal Donation for the use of 

The Orthodox Congregational Society of Georgetown, 

and also for 

The Orthodox Congregational Society in Linebrook Parish. 

He established a permanent fund for the relief of 

The Poor of Good Habits; 

And provided for the liberal endowment of a Free School 

in this, his native Town. 



The fond hope of this public benefactor is now a realization. 
"The Perley Free School" building was dedicated, Saturday after- 
noon, 15 Sept., 1900, "in the presence of a large assemblage. The 
interior of the building was tastefully decorated with ferns, palms 
and flowers, and after the exercises, was thrown open to the public, 
who were given an opportunity to go through the building. 

"The exterior walls of the building are constructed of selected 
water struck brick. All of the trimmings are of Indiana limestone 
and terra cotta. The three entrances on the front and either 
end, are handsomely treated with terra cotta pilasters, carrying 
heavy carved entablatures. The name, 'Perley Free School,' is cut 
in classic letters in granite over the main front entrance. 


"Opening from this corridor, on either side, are the principal's 
and teachers' rooms, which are connected with the recitation 
rooms in either front corner of the building. On the back corners 
are two class rooms, lighted by seven large windows, and between 
the class rooms are two large coat rooms, supplied with set bowls. 

"On the second floor are the chemical and physical laboratories, 
two supply and apparatus rooms, and in the front a drawing room 
and the library and trustees' room. The central position of this 
floor is occupied by an assembly hall, with stage and dressing rooms. 

"On the third floor are the tank and storage rooms, which are 
lighted and ventilated by three large dormer windows in the front. 

"The entire building is heated by steam and lighted by gas. 
Electric bells are in every room. The system of ventilation is of 
the best and applies to every room in the building. 

"The dedication exercises were held in a large tent on the campus 
in the rear of the building. The first regiment band of Boston ren- 
dered a concert from 2 to 2.30 P. M., after which the dedicatory 
prayer was offered by Rev. De Witt S. Clark of Salem. This was 
followed by a short address by the president of the trustees, Ubert 



A. Killam of Haverhill, who dwelt on the exemplary life of the 
donor of the school, John Perley. 

"The next speaker was Joseph H. Towne of Salem, treasurer of 
the board of trustees, who gave a brief history of the trust. 

"The principal address of the afternoon was delivered by Prof. 
George H. Palmer of Harvard University. 

"In the evening the building was thrown open and the band gave 
a concert on the grounds in front of the building. The building was 
completely equipped and furnished, and the school was opened on 
the following Monday." 


This man's body has long since returned to its mother earth, but 
he still lives. As long as wealth has value, and learning is sought, 
and charity is kind, his name will be mentioned with praise, and his 
life will be fresh and fruitful as the dew, and as redolent as the lily 
upon the bosom of crystal waters. 

The farm whereon Mr. Perley was born was established as a 
home by Samuel Perley, the grandson of the immigrant Allan. 
Samuel probably built the farm house during the period of 1690-1694, 
and had it ready furnished for the business of housekeeping when 
he married Miss Cummings, at the latter date. The farm is now 
owned by David Eri Perley and has been in the Perley name for 
about 200 years. Upon it were born Sergt. David Perley in 1702; 
his son John, in 1737; David, the father of David Eri, in 1776; 
Moses the father of Sarah, in 1779; and John the subject of this 
family, in 1782. 

Twenty years and more ago there were two old houses on this 
original farm, standing about a mile apart, one of which was the 
birthplace of this John. The picture shown on the preceding page 


and titled "the Early Home of John Perley" was sketched only a 
few days before the building was razed in 1884. It has been called 
John Perley's birthplace upon the authority of Humphrey Perley- 
197, born in 1808, who was, in his boyhood and youth, familiar with 
the family living there. He later lived there himself, and said that 
John often visited him and spoke of the place as his birthplace. 
Apropos this claim. Miss Eva Perley, upon the authority of her 
father David Eri-221, born in 1816 on the premises, says concerning 
her great uncle John, the philanthropist: "He was not born in the 
house near the Georgetown line. He was born on this place in the 
old house which stood where the present one does. His father moved 
from this place when John was sixteen years old or thereabouts. 
No Perley was ever born in that house, unless Moses Perley's 
daughter Sarah was." We may, then, regard the old house shown 
in the picture to be, at least the home of the philanthropist's youth. 



SAMUEL PERLEY was born in Hampton Falls, N. H., 17 
Nov., 1766. He was a farmer. About 1795 he removed to Grey, 
Me., and in 1807 established a home in Harrison. He first occupied 
"the Giles house," a short distance south of Summit mineral spring, 
on the old road from Harrison Village to Caswell's Corner. In 1808, 
he built a residence opposite, near the present homes of his son and 
grandson, David L. and William S. Perley. "Early Settlers of 
Harrison" says he was sometime of "Groton, Mass." which probably 
should read Groton, N. H., where his father at one time preached. 
Samuel Perley, Jr., of Grey, Me., husbandman, 16 March, 1789, 
mortgaged a farm in Cockermouth [Groton], N. H., which he had 
that day bought of the grantee. — Deeds Reg., 12 : 362. His father. 
Rev. Samuel Perley, bought sixty acres in the same town 10 Dec, 
1779,— Deeds Reg., 5 : 415,— and 15 April, 1780, sold fifty acres in the 
same town, lot No. 6, third range, second division, which "was drawn 
to the ministerial right." — Deeds Reg., 7 : 99. 

He married in Ludlow, Vt., Abigail Lewis of that place, 13 Nov., 
1793. She was born in Pepperell, Mass., 2 Oct., 1773. He died of 
diarrhoea 10 Sept., 1828, aged sixty-one. She died 5 June, 1848, at 
the home of her sons David L. and Luther L., of nervous prostration 
and old age. 

1 Perley children: Abigail,^ Abigail-223, SamueP, Susannah^ 
Persis', Rhoda-224, David Lewis-225, Isaac-226, Luther Lewis-227, 

2 AbigaiPwas born 14 Nov., 1794, in Groton, N. H., where she 
died 14 Dec, 1794. SamueP was born in Grey, 16 Dec, 1798, and 
died in Harrison, of diarrhoea, 22 Sept., 1823. Susannah^ was born 
14 Jan., 1801, in Grey, where she died of scarlet fever, 25 June, 1805. 
Persis^ was born 15 March, 1803, in Grey and died there, of scarlet 
fever, 15 June, 1805. 



NATHANIEL PERLEY was born at Hampton Falls, N. H., 
1 March, 1769. He lived awhile when a small boy in New Ipswich, 
N. H., then lived in Grey, Me., tilljl794, when he established his 
home in Livermore. In 1798 and 1799, he was assessor, and a se- 
lectman in 1801. He was a farmer and trader, and a justice of the 

Mr. Perley married 19 July, 1795, Lucinda Strickland, daughter 
of Rev. John and Patty-Stone Strickland and sister to his own sister 
Sarah's husband. She was born 7 Feb., 1777, and died March,1842. 
He died 8 Jan., 1851. 

1 Perley children : Lucinda^ Nathaniel-229, Sylvester Strickland", 
Ulmer-230, Maria"\ Sarah Strickland-231. 

2 Lucinda' was born 17 Jan., 1799, and died 23 March, 1819. 
Sylvester S.' was born 20 Aug., 1805, and died 5 April, 1866, unmar- 
ried, in Livermore. 

3 Maria' was born 11 Feb., 1810, and about 1850 became the 
second wife of Samuel P'ernald of Buckfield, Me., where he was a 
farmer, born 30 June, 1789. His first wife was Amy Wescott, born 
1793, and died about 1850. He died in Livermore. Maria died at 
Joseph Hussey's, 20 Oct., 1887, having had no children. 



SARAH PERLEY was born 14 June, 1774, in Seabrook, N. H. 
She married in Grey, 13 June, 1793, Hastings Strickland, born in 
Nottingham, N. H ., 1 8 Aug., 1 768, to Rev. John and Patty-Stone Strick- 
land of Turner, Me. He removed to Livermore, where he had a 
large farm with extensive orchards. He died of dropsy 11 March, 
1829. His widow died 29 Aug., 1842. 

Agnes Strickland's " Queens of England," the thirty-third page of 
the first volume, reads: "Tradition says a Strickland was the first 
man to set foot on English soil from the ships of William the Con- 
queror, and that the name and arms are derived from that circum- 
stance." Logges Peerage says: "The parent stock of this family 
was settled previous to the Norman Conquest at Strickland or Strik- 
land (as anciently written). County Westmoreland, where it continued 
for several generations. The founder of this branch, Roger Strick- 
land of Marsh (supposed to be a younger branch of the house of 
Sizergh) married Mary Appleton, and was father of William 
Strickland, or Strykeland, who is said to have accompanied in his 




youth Sebastian Cabot in some of his voyages of discovery to 
the New World, and after his return to have purchased Boynton 
and other estates still owned by his de- 
scendants. He obtained a grant of arms, as 
at present borne, in 1550." 

1 Strickland children: John^, Isaac*, Sam- 
uel Perley'', Hastings^ Lee^ 

2 John^ was born 10 Sept., 1794, in Turner, 
Me., and died in Livermore 20 Jan., 1867. 
He married 8 April, 1821, Miss Julia A. Sawin 
of Lansingburg, N. Y., who was born 25 Nov., 
1802. He was an independent farmer, was a cap- 
tain in the 1812 war, was a selectman fourteen 
years in succession and held other important 
town offices. He stood five feet and eleven 
inches tall, and straight as an arrow, and smart 
and lithe as a wrestler. He was a Universalist, 
a constant church attendant, and liberal in so- 
ciety support. He always did unto others as 
he would be done by. He died in Liver- 
more 20 Jan., 1867, aged seventy-two. His 
widow was living in 1880. Issue, all born 
in Livermore and all living in 1880, except 
Elizabeth: Lysander^; Jane C, born 24 Jan., 1823, married Alonzo 
Washburn, 10 April, 1850 ; Sarah P., born 8 Oct., 1826, married 
Ganem Washburn, 19 Nov., 1850; Lyman S.^; Ann Maria, born 9 
July, 1832, married George F. Chase, 14 Feb., 1860; Josephine, born 
29 Feb., 1834, married Cyrus H. Pierce, 21 Feb., 1865; Elizabeth, 
born 14 May, 1839, died in Livermore, 26 Feb., 1879; George Byron, 
born 16 Oct., 1842, has been superintendent of schools and selectman. 

3 Isaac' was born 17 Dec, 1796. He married 30 Sept., 1821, 
Miss Patty Monroe of Livermore. He began the business of drover 
in 1817; was a deputy sheriff in his native county, Oxford, 1818-21 
inclusive; was several years captain and then major of cavalry; was 
State legislator 1835-36-46, and senator 1848-9; was postmaster about 
twenty years; was many years selectman. He was wealthy and one 
of the most active and influential men in his section. He had a fine 
physique and commanding appearance. He was a Democrat and 
Universalist, and contributed liberally to both causes. He died in 
Livermore 4 March, 1886. His wife died there in 1872. Issue: 
Frances Elliot, born 14 April, 1823; Ruth Ann, born 1828; Mary 
Thorndyke, born 1833; Mortimer Clifford, born 1838 and died 1872. 

4 Samuel P.^ was born 25 June, 1801. His first marriage was 20 
March, 1823, to Frances E. Gushing of Turner, Me., who was born 
26 Feb., 1803, and died in Bangor 15 F'eb., 1845, aged forty-one 
years. His second marriage was 12 April, 1846, to Miss Ruth W. 
Bacon of Buxton, York County, Me. She was iDorn 3 June, 1810, 
and died 30 Nov., 1878, aged sixty-eight years. He was a merchant 
in New Portland from 1820 to 1833, when he removed to Bangor, 
where he partnershiped with Maj. Amasa Crafts. After one year 
he engaged with his brother Hastings as lumber merchant. Their 
mills were extensive, they handled large forests, and manufactured 


millions of feet of lumber. In 1850, they dissolved, each pursuing the 
same business and taking his son as partner. He was colonel and 
major general in the State militia, was State legislator 1827-57-58-62; 
was State councilor 1832; one of Gen. Grant's electors-at -large. 
He was a Democrat till the formation of the Republican party, 
which he joined. He was wealthy. He was a Unitarian, and be- 
lieved that "after death, God is the father of us all." His children 
were all by his first wife. Issue: John Turner, born 13 March, 1827, 
in New Portland, married Miss Mary Varney of Bangor, and died in 
Bangor of consumption, 11 Nov., 1868, aged forty-one years; Sam- 
uel Franklin, born 1 Sept., 1829, died of consumption in Bangor, 9 
March, 1854, aged twenty-four years; Charles Gushing, born 6 
March, 1834, in New Portland, married Miss Sarah Torrey in Ban- 
gor; Clara Augusta, born 28 Dec, 1836, in Bangor, married A. P. 
Thorpe of New York, 1867; Frances Elizabeth, born 10 Dec, 1839, 
in Bangor, married in New York, Charles Lord of Bangor, June, 

5 Hastings' was born 16 May, 1803. He married 3 Nov., 1828, 
Clarinda Brettun of Livermore, who was born 24 April, 1807. His 
father gave him a portion of his minority. He was eight years 
deputy sheriff. When about twenty-five years old he was captain 
of cavalry and was soon promoted to major. At about thirty-three 
years of age, he established a livery business in Bangor and was soon 
after deputy sheriff of that county, for the years 1836-7-8, and in 
1839 was sheriff. He was partner of his brother Samuel, which see 
above. His two sons, Wra. H. and Philo A., are now in the lumber 
business. In 1846, he was State legislator, was member of a Presi- 
dential nominating convention at Baltimore, was nominee for Con- 
gress two campaigns; was State councilor 1856. He was charitable 
and liberal, and had hosts of friends. He was a Universalist, then a 
Unitarian. He was always a Democrat. Issue: William Hastings^ 
and Philo Augustus^'\ 

6 Lee' was born 14 July, 1806, in Livermore. He married, first, 
18 July, 1880, Mary Hanson in New Portland, where she was born 
to Nathan, a landlord of a hotel. She died in Livermore 4 April, 
1864, mother of all his children. His second wife was Mrs. Susan B. 
Emery, his first wife's sister, married in Dec, 1864. He began life as 
a merchant, at the age of twenty-four years was deputy sheriff, was 
State senator two terms, was a staunch Democrat, raised a company 
of volunteers for service in the Civil War, was colonel of the 8th 
Maine Regiment, was postmaster, was selectman several years, was 
county commissioner eight years, was Master Mason of Oriental 
Star Lodge, No. 21, of Livermore. He was a Universalist, and an 
exemplary man in his home, in society and wherever he served. He 
died in Livermore, 28 Sept., 1873, at the age of sixty-seven years. 
Children: Isaac", Charles Lee^"^, Augustus Henry-230''. 

7 Lysander-, was born 12 Oct., 1821; married Susan S. Berthum, 
12 Oct., 1848; went to Bangor in 1842; began lumber trade in 1844, 
in which he still continues; was member of the city government 
1869-72 inclusive; director of the Maine Central Railroad Corpora- 
tion 1871-74 inclusive, State legislator 1878 and 9. 

8 Lyman S.^ born 22 July, 1830; married Jeannie McClosky, 26 


June, 1866; graduated from Bowdoin College; entered the regular 
army as first lieutenant in 1862 and resigned in 1864; studied 
law with Judge Peters and practised in Houlton ; was register of 
probate, county treasurer, State senator, a selectman of Houlton. 

9 William Hastings^ was born 4 Feb., 1830. He married 26 
Dec, 1855, Miss Clara Leighton, in Bangor, who was born in Ports- 
mouth, N. H., 26 Feb., 1831; was State legislator in 1876, business 
partner of his father and brother. Issue: Frederic Hastings, born 
1856, and Lillian March, born 1861. 

10 Philo Augustus"" was born 23 Nov., 1831. He married 15 
Sept., 1853, Miss Mary Elizabeth Larrabee of Bangor, who was born 
there 16 July, 1832. He was State legislator in 1872; was bank 
director and held other offices of trusts Issue : Nellie Augusta, 
born 1861, married a Hill and resides in Hyde Park, Mass.; Samuel 
Larrabee of Bangor, Me., born 1865. 

11 Isaac'' was born in Turner, Me., 31 Jan., 1831. He married 
in Bangor, Me., 30 July, 1857, Frances Angelia Wing, born in 
Levant, Me., 20 March, 1835, to Aaron Allen, merchant, and Eliza- 
Chase Wing. They reside in Bangor, Me., where Dr. Strickland is 
a dentist. 

12 Charles L.'^ was born in Livermore, 11 Aug., 1836.' His home, 
the last thirty years, has been in Charlottetown, P. E. I., where he 
is a dentist. He married there 11 Oct., 1866, Miss Jessie Russell 
Watson, who was born there to William Russell, a druggist, and 
Sarah-Crosskill Watson, and died 15 Jan., 1895. He served in the 
United States army during the Civil War as second lieutenant and 
first lieutenant and captain in the 20th and 4th Maine regiments. 
Children: WilHam Lee'^ and Lottie Grant, born 20 Feb., 1872, in 
Charlottetown, who is a trained nurse in Newport, R. I. 

13 William L.'- was born in Bangor, Me., 12 June, 1868. He 
married, in Boston, Mass., 11 Oct., 1901, Miss Charlotte L. Gage, 
who was born in ArHngton, Mass., 17 Aug., 1869, to Charlotte L.- 
Reed and Charles O. Gage, dealer in ice. He is an attorney-at-law 
in Boston. He was educated in Charlottetown and New York, 
studied law under Judge Hodgson of the former place, and was 
admitted to the Canadian bar in 1892 and to the bar in Massachu- 
setts in 1896. He served the city of Boston in the Common Council 
as a Republican, 1900-1901. 



ABRAHAM PERLEY was born in Seabrook, N. H., 26 May, 
1777, a twin with Isaac-109. He and Isaac inherited the parental 
home and made it his. He was a "smart man" on the farm and ex- 
celled as a reaper, in many friendly contests. 

Mr. Perley's first wife was Rebecca Humphrey, daughter of 
James and Mary-Twitchell Humphrey of Grey, who was born there 
21 April, 1780. She died 21 Aug., 1816, the mother of six children, 


the last only a week old. His second wife, married in 1818, was 
Mrs. Lois Haskell, widow of Ebenezer, and daughter of William and 
Tabitha-Goldsmith Burnham of New Gloucester, Me. She was 
born in Essex, Mass., 15 June, 1781. She died 11 Oct., 1862. She 
had three Haskell children: Ebenezer, who went early to Philadel- 
phia, and became extensively engaged in carriage manufacture; 
William, who was a graduate of Bowdoin College, a Congregational 
minister and died about 1850; Louisa, who married Daniel Berry of 
Grey. Her husband Haskell died at Fort Preble, Me. 

1 Perley children: Mary S.'\ George-232, Paulina^ John Humph- 
rey-233, Nathaniel-234, Rebecca-235, Jonas Humphrey-236. 

2 Mary S.^ was born 30 March, 1802, and 21 April, 1825, by 
Clement H. Humphrey, Esq., married William Dolley, who was 
born 14 Feb., 1800, to WiUiam and Hannah-Hayden Dolley. She 
died in childbirth — a daughter — about 1837. His second wife was 
Martha Foster. He died 5 April, 1858. 

3 Paulina^ was born in Grey, Me., 12 June, 1806. She married 
Nathaniel Rounds, farmer, born in Buxton, Me., 13 May, 1803, to 
Joseph, farmer, and Nancy-Small Rounds. She died in Danville, 
Me., 2 July, 1837; and he, 24 March, 1884. Rounds issue: Samuel 
Perley^; William Haskell'; Charles Bean''. 

4 Samuel P.' was born in Grey, Me., 24 Jan., 1830. He married 
in Lewiston, Me., 24 Sept., 1855, Sarah Maria Hilbourn, born in 
Oxford, Me., 25 April, 1832, to Hiram, a blacksmith, and Esther 
Richmond-Bryant Hilbourn. Mr. Rounds was a teacher and farmer. 
He died 3 Aug., 1871, in Auburn, Me., where his widow now resides. 
Their children: Ella Frances, born in Danville, 7 Aug., 1856, a 
teacher, unmarried, in Auburn, Me.; Mary Etta, born in Danville, 
81 May, 1860, died 27 June, 1864; Henrietta Perley, born in Dan- 
ville, 8 Feb., 1866, died in Auburn, 14 June, 1874; Ina Gertrude". 

5 Wm. H.-' was born in Danville, Me., 19 July, 1832. He mar- 
ried there 20 June, 1860, Rebecca Fitz, born in Danville, 3 Nov., 
1838, to Moses, a farmer and a drover, and Mary W.-Emerson P^itz. 
He was a merchant ; he served two terms as State representative 
and one term as State senator. He died 27 Nov., 1880, in Minot, 
Me., where his widow resides. Rounds children: William, born in 
Poland, Me., 20 May, 1861, who married 23 May, 1893, and is a mer- 
chant in Minot, Me.; Ralph P., a merchant, born in Poland, Me., 8 
Jan., 1863, married 22 Nov., 1887, and died in Auburn, Me., 6 May, 
1897; John M., an electrician in Strong, Me., born in Minot 28 Nov., 
1868, married 23 April, 1892. 

6 Charles B.*^ was born in Danville, Me., 8 Dec, 1834. He mar- 
ried in Calais, Me., 4 Jan., 1865, Harriet Norwood Chase, born in 
Milltown, Me., 4 Jan., 1839, to George Monroe, a lawyer, and Har- 
riet Green-Norwood Chase, and died there 17 Nov., 1903. He was 
county attorney, a judge for fifteen years, and superintendent of the 
schools of Calais. Their children, born in Calais: Mina DeHart, 8 
Oct., 1865, a graduate of Wellesley College and the wife of W. A. 
Murchie of Calais; Pauline, 6 Sept., 1867, a student at Mt. Holyoke; 
Dora Madeline, 27 Aug., 1872, a graduate of Wellesley College, and 
teacher of English in Rochester, N. Y.; George Munroe, 29 April, 


1876, a graduate of Dartmouth College and a miner in Colorado; 
Helen Norwood, 6 June, 1880, a graduate of Wellesley College. 

7 Ina G."* was born in Auburn, Me., 28 Feb., 1870. She was a 
school teacher until her marriage 11 July, 1896, to Almon Roscoe 
Thurston of Auburn. They had one child: Arthur Rounds, born in 
Kingfield, Me., 25 July, 1897, and died in Auburn, 30 Sept., 1898. 



ISAAC PERLEY was born a twin with Abraham-108, in Sea- 
brook, 26 May, 1777. They inherited the parental homestead and 
lived there. He married 29 Oct., 1801, Eunice Hancock, daughter 
of Lt. Joseph, of Otisfield, where she was born 2 or 16 Jan., 1782. 
Her father was an ofificer in the Revolutionary War, a descendant of 
Gen. Hancock of Revolutionary fame, and a relative of John Han- 
cock, president of the first Congress. He died 9 June, 1848; his 
widow, 31 March, 1860. 

1 Perley children: Joseph Hancock-237, Eunice'^ Susan'\ Sarah^ 
Thomas Hancock-, Melinda\ Isaac-238, Lucinda^ George Washing- 
ton^ Cephas W.-239. 

2 Eunice' was born 9 Aug., 1804, and died at her parental home, 
unmarried, of consumption 29 Sept., 1870. Sarah' was born 30 
March, 1808, died unmarried, 17 Jan., 1892, was housekeeper for her 
brothers Thomas and Washington. Thomas H.' was born 21 April, 
1810, never married, was part owner of the parental house with 
Washington', who was born 25 Oct., 1823, and died, unmarried, in 
East Grey, 11 Feb., 1887. 

3 Susan' was born 15 March, 1806, and 18 May, 1833, by Elder 
Perkins, married Arthur Higgins, son of Elezar and Susanna, of 
Grey. He was born in Portland 8 Feb., 1808. He was a farmer in 
good circumstances. She died 9 Jan., 1870, of consumption. Their 
issue: Martha Porter, born 9 April, 1835, who married 20 Nov., 1856, 
Lothrop Blake, son of Rev. Elias and Elizabeth-Trion Blake of 
Grey, and had Lizzie Higgins, born 29 March, 1859; Cora Susan, 
born 23 April, 1864; Arthur L., born 15 June, 1872, died 28 Aug., 
1877; Orrin Smith, born 19 Jan., 1837, who married his cousin Hen- 
rietta Perley-232^ Susan Dyer, born 9 Nov., 1839, who married her 
cousin Cyrus Jordan Perley-232''. 

4 Melinda' was born 12 Oct., 1812, and 21 Nov., 1833, married, 
by Elder Perkins, John F. Sawyer, son of Reuben, of Grey or New 
Gloucester, where he was born 12 Oct., 1807. He was a farmer. 
Five children: Albert N., born 6 Sept., 1834, married Clarissa O. 
Small of Grey, 15 Oct., 1863, who was many years a school teacher, 
was a State representative, and died in Grey, 21 Jan., 1879, leaving 
a son and a daughter; Lucinda P., born 13 July, 1837, married 30 
June, 1861, Frank Lawrence of Portland, and died 29 Oct., 1878, 
leaving a daughter; Jennette B., born 23 Jan., 1843; Williard, born 
17 Aug., 1848, who married Mary Louisa Perley-233^ ; Cephas F., 


born 4 Sept., 1852, who married Florence M. Lowe of North 
Yarmouth, Me., 3 Aug., 1876. 

5 Lucinda^ was born 1 June, 1819, married Rufus Berry 27 Oct., 
1842, in Grey, where he was a carriage manufacturer, a painter, and 
a deputy sheriff. 



JUDITH PERLEY was born 13 July, 1777, and 24 Dec, 1801, 
became the second wife of Nathaniel Rust, a seafaring man, bap- 
tised 21 July, 1777, for Nathaniel, Jr., and Sarah-Robbins Rust 
(married 22 June, 1776,) of Ipswich, where Judith died of senile 
debility, a widow, Monday, 20 Mar., 1871, in her ninety-fourth year. 
The town records read : ninety-seven years, eight months, fifteen days. 

Judith is said to have been the first woman to carry an umbrella 
in the town of Rowley, It was a red one and she walked to Byfield 
to church. It is also said that her wedding bed she ever after occu- 
pied, not leaving it for a night even, till the Thursday before the 
Monday of her death. She was an excellent motherly woman and 
her family refer to her with affection. 

[Nathaniel's first wife was Miss Kate Henderson, married 8 
Nov., 1797, and baptised 2 May, 1779, for Thomas of Ipswich, and 
died 25 Oct., 1798, leaving a son John, born 20 Oct., 1798.] 

1 Rust children: Dennison'', Catherine^ Sally'^, Charles'^ Na- 
thaniel Perley', Hannah-Ill-. 

2 Sally' was born 10 April, 1807, and died 7 April, 1809. 
Charles^ was born 9 Sept., 1809, was a steamer captain between 
New York and St. John, N. B., married Bethiah-Hobson Newhall, 
had only one child that died young, and died himself in Aug., 1882, 
in the United States Marine Hospital, Bedloes Island. 

3 Dennison^ was born 19 Nov., 1803. He was a sea captain. He 
married 24 May, 1827, Harriet Farley Smith, born 25 Sept., 1808, to 
Jeremiah and Lucy-Pulsipher Smith of Ipswich. He died 19 Dec, 
1846; and she, 20 Dec, 1875. Rust issue: Dennison", Harriet 
Ann', Charles Perley^ Nathaniel Perley", Lucy Mary' ', Sally Perley", 
Caroline Elizabeth'-, George Henry, who died 28 May, 1842; Lu- 
cretia Smith, born 27 Aug., 1843, who is a nurse, and resides unmar- 
ried, with her sister, Caroline P21izabeth ; Sarah Frances'^ 

4 Catherine^ was born 14 or 16 April, 1805. She married, in 
Ipswich, 21 Jan., 1824, James Alfred Clark, a weaver and stocking 
maker, who was born in Nottingham, England, in June, 1800. His 
mother's maiden name was Green. He came for the purpose of 
setting up machinery for the lace factory, which then was in the 
house now the palatial home of Joseph Ross on High street. He 
died 7 May, 1862, a patriot soldier in the Rebellion War, at Hatteras 
Inlet, (Rust Genealogy: 12 March, 1864, at Fort Clark,) having en- 
listed in Co. I, 23d Infantry, 28 Sept., 1861. She died 28 April, 
1873, (Rust Genealogy: March, 1863,) in Ipswich. Clark children: 




Elizabeth Green"; Nathaniel Perley, who died young; Mary Ann, 
who married William Barnes of Troy, N. Y.; John Francis Jamin^°; 
Charles Henry, who died young; Lucy Ann Perley'"; Nathaniel 
Langmire, who married Abbie Crane, lived in Beverly and had two 
children: Arthur W., who married Harriet Merrill and has child 
Doris Elizabeth and lives in Hamilton, and Nellie Glazier; Sarah 
Ellen, who married Ira Albert Dunnels of Hamilton and had son 
Albert who lives in Hamilton; Sybell Barnes^^ 

5 NathanieP was born 10 Aug., 1811, and 23 June, 1827, married 
Sarah Jane Whittier, who was born to Moses and Rhoda, of Rowley, 
and died in Salem 26 May, 1868, aged sixty-two years, ten months, 
fourteen days. He was early a seafaring man, then a truckman 
and contractor. He died 8 Oct., 1856. Rust issue: Ruel, who died 
in Salem, 10 Aug., 1830, aged twenty-one months; Francis Augus- 
tus Peabody'**; Benjamin Tucker, born in Salem, 29 Oct., 1832, mar- 
ried 18 July, 1852, in Ipswich, Betsey Gray Penniman, born in 
Moultonboro, N. H., 6 Nov., 1832, (died in Worcester, Mass., 15 
May, 1897,) to John and Sarah-Leavitt Penniman, and had Charles 
Perley, born in Salem 1 July, 1853, and Walter Sumner, born in 
Manchester, N. H., 29 March, 1859; Ann Louisa, who married 2 
Feb., 1869, Seth Henry Littlefield, a commercial traveler, of Dor- 
chester, son of Daniel of Grantham, N. H., and had one child, still- 
born 9 July, 1870. She is engaged in missionary work in Boston. 

6 Dennison" was born 27 Aug., 1827, and has been many years 
of the firm Rust & Grant, wholesalers of fish, in Ipswich. He mar- 
ried 28 Nov., 1858, Harriet Brown who was born 1 Jan., 1840, to 
Thomas and Elizabeth-Dwyar Brown. Rust children : Valencourt 
Eugene'*, Charles Henry, who died, eleven years old, and Elvira 

7 Harriet A," was born 4 Sept., 1829, and married 19 Feb., 1855, 
Wm. F. Downes, a commercial man, born 1 Aug., 1826, in Andover, 
to Benj. R. and Fanny A., of Bradford. [His brother, Benj. Robert 
Downes of Bradford, was a popular teacher of piano music in Essex 
County.] They lived and had two children in each place: Kanka- 
kee, 111., Ipswich and Boston, Mass. Downes issue: Henry R., 
born 13 March, 1857, married in Sept., 1882, Alice Hackley, and had 
in Boston, Carlton W., born 28 Feb., 1883, and later lived in Med- 
ford; Carrie L., born 18 May, 1860, married Charles Merritt and 
had Lester M., born in Dorchester, 18 Feb., 1884; Addie C, born 
29 Jan., 1864, and married Frank Copperthwait; Charles C, born 
25 Dec, 1865, and married Lizzie Stone; Lin wood W., born 10 Feb., 
1870, and died 10 Jan., 1881; Annie F., born 9 Sept., 1873. 

8 Charles P.'^ was born 15 July, 1831, and 28 Aug., 1857, married 
Harriet Luretta Tarlton, born about 1839, in Shapleigh, Me., to 
"Sophia Tinney of Shapley, Me., and Timothy Durgin of Northfield, 
Me." She died in Ipswich, of cancer, 25 Nov., 1892, aged fifty-three 
years. Rust issue: Fred Clifton, born 23 Jan., 1858, and Ethel 
Lena, born 29 Sept., 1859. Both reside with their father in Ipswich. 

9 Nathaniel P.'* was born 1 March, 1833. His business is gar- 
dening and farming. He married 24 Nov., 1868, in Hamilton, 
Catherine Aurelia McGrath, who was born to Elizabeth-Burrell and 
David McGrath. Rust issue: Maud Clayton^'; Helen Farley-^; 


Christie Verne, born 25 Dec, 1878, and died 18 July, 1879; Ernest 
Carter, born 14 April, 1880, and is employed by Jackson's express 
company in Newburyport. 

10 Lucy M.^'was born 10 qr 11 Jan., 1836, and 26 Jan., 1858, 
married Edward Woodbury Russell, born 6 Feb., 1835, to Andrew, 
a cabinet maker, and Dorothy-Jewett Russell of Ipswich. He was 
three years a patriot soldier and ranked sergeant when discharged, 
20 Oct., 1865. He is a carpenter by trade, but since the war has 
been dyer in the Ipswich mills. Russell issue: Mabel Clifton'-'^; Ed- 
mund Asbury, an engineer at the Ipswich water works, born 26 
Nov., 1861; Frank Allen, born 25 Dec, 1871, graduated at the 
Manning High School, 1888, married, in Ipswich, 6 July, 1897, Mar- 
tha Ellen Hooper, born in St. George, N. B., 14 May, 1877, to James, 
a carpenter, and Elizabeth-Leavitt Hooper. He is a wholesale sales- 
man in dry goods. They have Mabel Vivian, born 30 Nov., 1900. 

11 Sally P.^ wa& born 10 or 11 July, 1838, and 26 June, 1861, 
married Carlton Copp, born in Berwick, Me., 23 Dec, 1839, to Uriah, 
a farmer, and Martha-Goodwin Copp. He was many years foreman 
in his brother-in-law, John A. Johnson's shoe factory, Ipswich; is 
now retired. Copp issue: Effie Estelle, born 4 Dec, 1863, married 
8 Sept., 1886, Frank H. Preston, a harness maker, of Winchester, 
had child Royal Atherton, born 30 July, 1887, died 19 July, 1889; 
Charles Wesley, born 9 Aug., 1865, in Ipswich, in lumber trade in 
Flushing, N. Y., married 25 Dec, 1886, in Ipswich, Mary Mee, born 
in Manchester, England, 19 April, 1866, (to Ann-Knowles and Rob- 
ert Mee, a baker,) whose children, born in Flushing, except the first 
in Brooklyn, are Alice Blakeman 8 April, 1891, Mary Estelle 1 May, 
1893, Carlton 6 May, 1896, Emily 8 Feb., 1899, Alfred Hutchinson 
20 Oct., 1900, Charles Wesley Jr., 28 Oct., 1902; Harriet Maria, 
born 5 Feb., 1867, in Ipswich, a stenographer in New York; 
Harry Carlton, born 31 March, 1875, married 14 July, 1897, in 
Ipswich, Marguerite Elizabeth Brewitt, who was born 15 May, 1872, 
to Margaret Elizabeth-Duffield and Wm. Brewitt, a carpenter of 
Halifax, N. S., but later of Dover, N. H. They have one child, 
Effie Estelle, born 16 Feb., 1900, and are living in Flushing, N. Y. 

12 Carohne E.' was born 10 Jan., 1840, and 22 March, 1863, mar- 
ried, in Ipswich, Robert Loude Gove, who was born 9 Sept., 1835, 
to Rhoda-Loude and Robert Gove of Edgecomb, Me., a retired sea 
captain. Gove issue: Nellie Estelle-^ Mildred Orne^^ Frank 
Alyn-*^, and Harriet Farley, born 10 Nov., 1876, who is noted as a 
fine singer. She married 14 June, 1904, Walter James Shaw, born 
to Harriet-Banner and Henry Shaw of England. Mr. Shaw is head 
clerk in J. W. Goodhue's hardware store, Ipswich. 

13 Sarah Frances'^ was born 22 Aug., 1846, and 25 May, 1870, 
married, in Ipswich, James Austin Lord, who was born in Brooklyn, 
N. Y., 17 July, 1845, to Mary-Yurk^ and John Henry Lord, a 
machinist. He is a shoemaker, and was two years a patriot soldier. 
Lord issue: Leon Raymond, clerk for Harry K. Dodge, born 19 
May, 1872, married, 27 Feb., 1897, in Portsmouth, N. H., Maud 
Steeves, who was born 26 Jan., 1878, to Jane-Bazley and Elias 
Steeves, a stone mason, of Hillsboro, N. B., and has Edna Steeves, 


born 3 Aug., 1899; Farley Clayton, born 12 March, 1880, married 
Adah Newman and has Elliott Russell. 

14 Elizabeth G.^ was born 28 April, 1824, in Ipswich, and 6 Oct., 
1844, married, in Ipswich, Jonathan Ball Brown, who was born in 
Chester, N. H., 16 Oct., 1822, to Sarah-Ball and Jeremiah Brown, a 
farmer. He was by trade a tanner and currier. He died in Iowa 
Hill, Cal., 4 March, 1897. She resided in Ipswich, and was many 
years a dressmaker in the venerable Norton-Corbett house. She 
was apprenticed to a Salem modiste at the age of fourteen. Her 
later years she lived with her daughter Mrs. Howe. She died 29 
Dec, 1903. The local journal said: she was "one of the oldest and 
kindest of the kindly ladies that composed the Woman's Relief Corps of 
this town. . . . She was an exceedingly bright and intelligent old 
lady, cheery in her disposition, with kindness and Christian charity 
her motives of living." " For fifty years she has been a loyal member 
and earnest worker in the Methodist church, retaining with her early 
zeal for its work much of her own youthful spirit and energy. She 
never was absent from church unless actually ill and until late years 
her seat in the Sunday school room seldom was vacant." Brown 
issue: Jeremiah William, born 24 Jan., 1845, a year and a half a 
patriot soldier, enlisting 22 Feb., 1864, a private in the 4th Mass. 
battery, H. A., and died at Crowville, La., Sedgwick hospital, 27 Oct., 
1865; Mary SybilF; and Sarah Elizabeth-^ 

15 John Francis J amin^ was born 23 July, 1831, and married in 
Ipswich, 5 Dec, 1851, Martha Ann Fowler, who was born 8 April, 
1835, to Joseph and Mary-Bailey Fowler. He was a Union soldier 
in the Civil War. In a notice of his decease the Salem Gazette 
said: "Mr. Clark died 28 April, 1899, of old-fashioned consumption. 
The day was the anniversary of his mother's death, which occurred 
twenty-six years before. For years Mr. Clark has been feeble, but 
only within the last four months has he given up his work. His five 
children died of consumption before the age of thirty-five. Two 
sons' wives and two grandchildren also were victims of this disease, 
until now, of all the happy household, only the wife and one grand- 
daughter. Miss Ethel Clarke are left. In his early life Mr. Clarke 
worked in Salem as engineer for J. Gibney. When the Civil War 
came he left Salem and enlisted in Company I of the 23d Regiment, 
M. V. M., and went into camp at Lynnfield under the late Capt. 
John Hobbs. His enlistment was for three years, but before his 
term expired he was discharged for physical disability. On his 
return, or as soon after as his strength was recuperated, he went 
back to his old work, serving as engineer at the Countyhouse for 
several years. Later he occupied the same position at the Ipswich 
woolen mill, where he remained until illness came upon him. His 
last work was gate-tender for the Boston & Maine railroad. He 
always has been an honored member of Gen. James Appleton Post 
G. A. R. One of the kindest-hearted of men, he was ready to do 
others a service whenever there was need. He was a good citizen 
and a pleasant neighbor. Although his sorrows seemed at times 
more than he could endure, he has borne them bravely and man- 
fully. He leaves a widow and one granddaughter, who, since the 
death of her parents, has been a member of his household. Of his 


early family four sisters and a brother survive him." Clark chil- 
dren: Franklin Pierce-''; William Barnes, born 27 Jan., 1855, died 11 
May, 1894; Ida Jane, born 18 Feb., 1857, and died in Feb., 1868; 
Charles Harrison^"; Rebecca Fowler, born 18 Nov., 1872, died 25 
Aug., 1892. 

16 Lucy Ann Perley* was born 16 Dec, 1834, and married 5 
Nov., 1854, in Ipswich, George Edward Lord,^who was born to Levi, 
a farmer, and Elizabeth-Kimball Lord, 20 Feb., 1832. She died 
6 April, 1904. Mr. Lord is a wheelwright by trade, but till late has 
lived leisurely at his home, pictured on page 5. He now lives in 
Maiden with his son Charles Barnes. Lord issue, all born in 
Ipswich: Edwin Reed, born 3 July, 1855, and married in Cambridge, 
N. Y., 31 Jan., 1883, Frances A. Fuller, born in Cambridge, N. Y., 
9 Sept., 1850, to Freeman Allen and Philindia-Carter Fuller, resid- 
ing in Maiden, Mass.; Annie Laurie, born 23 Dec, 1858, and married 
in Mount Vernon, N. Y., Benj. F. Downing, 16 Aug., 1886; Charles 
Barnes"^; P"red Lincoln, born 5 May, 1865, married in Oct., 1888, 
Florence Matterson and lives in Everett ; George Warren"^. 

17 Sybell B.^ was born 10 P'eb., 1846, and married 2 Oct., 1864, 
in Ipswich, Aaron Cogswell Perkins, who was born in Essex, 19 
Aug., 1840, to Hannah Day-Cogswell and William Perkins, a ship 
builder. Mr. Perkins is also a ship builder in Gloucester, Perkins 
issue: Llewellyn Hull, born 21 Dec, 1865, and died 17 March, 1866; 
Almenia Sybell, born 10 March, 1867, in Essex, married 4 April, 
1887, Willard Knowles Hobbs, a restaurant managerfor the Pennsyl- 
vania railroad at Philadelphia, born 13 Nov., 1862, in Boston, to Ruby- 
Knowles and Abraham Hobbs, a farmer, and had children : Willard 
Knowles, born and died in Salem, in April, 1888, Ruby Data, born 
27 Dec, 1890, and Leland Stanford, born 24 Feb., 1892, both in 
Gloucester; Wm. Alfred, born 19 April, and died 25 July, 1868; 
Katherine Perley, born in Essex, 19 June, 1870, married in Glouces- 
ter, 9 June, 1,894, James Roberts Somes,^ born 23 June, 1869, (to 
Eliza Jane Grotto and John James Somes, city clerk of Gloucester,) 
and had a son, John James, born 9 Aug., 1902; Bertha Ellen, born 
19 May, 1873, married in Gloucester, 30 Nov., 1898, Walter Warren 
Paige, a real estate broker, born in Brookline, Mass., 4 Oct., 1870, 
to Carry W.-Paige and Albert S. Paige, police inspector; Hannah 
Mabel, born 4 Oct., 1876, married in Gloucester, 19 June, 1901, 
Ernest Rockwell Friend, a clerk in the post ofifice, born in Glouces- 
ter, 23 Feb., 1877, to Grace T.-Powers and George Friend, a book- 
keeper, and had Ernestine, born the day following her father's 
death; Aaron P>ancis, a clerk, unmarried, born 27 Aug., 1878. "^ 

18 Francis A. P.^ was born 10 March, 1830, in Salem, and married 
there 25 Nov., 1852, Elizabeth P'owler, born 4 Feb., 1833, in Lynn, 
to Abigail-Lewis and Samuel Fowler, and died 2 Feb., 1893, in 
Salem. Mr. Rust has been engaged as teamster for the past forty- 
five years in Salem. Rust issue: Wm. Augustus, shoemaker, born 
in Salem, 7 Nov., 1854, died 30 May, 1899, married 3 Oct., 1882, 
Lucy Searles Fairfield, who was born in Salem, 12 Dec, 1858, to 
Jane S.-Hill and Samuel G. Fairfield, and had child Rena Fisk, born 
in Lynn, 13 Dec, 1883; Jennie Frances, born 20 May, 1859, in 
Salem, married in Beverly, 23 Feb., 1893, Joseph Allen Davis, 


musician, who was born in Salem 16 July, 1856, to Annah-Fairfield 
and Warren Putnam Davis, and resides in Salem. 

19 Vallancourt E." was born 31 July, 1859, and married 29 May, 
1881, Annie Maria Tolman, who was born in Rochester, N. H., 9 
Sept., 1859, to Hannah-Daily and Edmund Tolman, a machinist. 
Vallancourt is foreman in the office of the "Ipswich Chronicle." 
Rust issue: Charles Linwood, born 12 Feb., 1882; Vallancourt 
Eugene, born 16 Aug., 1883; Harriet Newhall, born 12 May, 1888. 

20 Elvira J.'^ was born 20 Sept., 1863, and 29 Jan., 1887, in Ports- 
mouth, N. H., married John PVank Grant, who was born 29 Sept., 
1863, in Ipswich, to Julia Besse-Deshon and James O. Grant. They 
have a daughter. Both men are shoe furnishers in Lynn. 

21 Maud C' was born 26 Oct., 1870, and married 9 June, 1896, 
Seth Hathaway Clothey, born. in Peabody 15 May, 1870, to Adeline- 
Brown and Thomas Clothey, a glue manufacturer of the same place, 
where Seth is a morocco dresser. 

22 Helen F.^ was born 5 March, 1873, in Ipswich, and 25 June, 
1891, married PYederic P^ranklin Byron, who was born to Selina- 
Rennie and George Washington Byron, an engineer. Mr. Byron is 
dealer in periodicals, fruits, and a manufacturing confectioner in 

23 Mabel Clifton^" was born 25 Aug., 1859, and 16 Oct., 1895, 
became the second wife of Walter Ezra Lord, who was born 22 Jan., 
1856, to Lydia A.-Lakeman and Ezra W. Lord of Ipswich. His first 
wife, married 13 Sept., 1882, was Kate L., daughter of Eliza-Caldwell 
and Wm. Lummus Lord, a farmer, of Ipswich. She died 1 Sept., 
1889, aged thirty-four years, five months. Mrs. L. A.-Lakeman Lord 
died 3 March, 1902. Mr. Lord is a leading merchant in dry goods, 
has repeatedly filled the most important town offices and has rep- 
resented his district in the Legislature. 

24 Nellie E.''^ was born 5 Jan., 1864, and married 3 Nov., 1883, 
in Ipswich, Charles Henry Baxter-^a house painter, who was born 
9 Sept., 1864, to Emma-Lambert and Edward Hallam Baxter, a 
machinist, in Nottingham, England. Baxter issue: Edward Lee, 
born 16 Jan., 1885; William and Joseph, twins, born 13 Dec, 1889. 
Both died in infancy. 

25 Mildred O.i- was born 12 April, 3,865, and 13 Sept., 1881, in 
Salem, married P>ancis Jarvis Cartledge, a machinist, born in Ports- 
mouth, 9 May, 1860, to Ellen-Jarvis and William Henry Cartledge, 
a hosiery manufacturer, both born in England. Cartledge issue: 
Leslie Jarvis, born 1 June, 1886. 

26 Frank A.^- was born 15 Feb., 1868, and 24 March, 1888, mar- 
ried Mary Ella Crowley, who was born in Addison Point, Me., 1 
March, 1866, to (sea-) Capt. Obed Thomas Crowley and Octavia 
Frances Pullen. He is an electrician, but at present a wood and 
coal salesman. Gove issue born: Evelyn Frances, 29 April, 1889; 
Frank Stanley, 25 Aug., 1890; Mildred Eugenia, 16 June, 1892; 
Dorothea Elizabeth, 12 Oct., 1896; Eleanor Farley, 3 Mar., 1901. 

27 Mary S.'' was born 3 June, 1847, in Marblehead. She mar- 
ried Edward Jason Atkinson, who was born in Lynn, 21 March, 1841, 
to Ruth Chadwell-Mudge and Joseph Alley Atkinson, who was suc- 
cessively engaged in the shoe business and as nursery man. Their 


children were born as follows: Grace, 8 Jan., 1872; Alice Maria, 20 
Sept., 1874; Mary Elizabeth, 2 June, 1876. 

28 Sarah Elizabeth" was born in Ipswich, 30 Jan., 1849a She 
married 17 March, 1867, in Ipswich, Theodore Cummings Howe, 
who was born 4 May, 1846, in Braintree, to Daniel and Hannah 
Lincoln-Cook Howe. Hannah was of the eighth generation in 
direct descent from Miles Standish of Pilgrim fame. Daniel was 
woolen yarn manufacturer and colorer, and later — 1865-76 — superin- 
tendent of the Ipswich woolen mills. Theodore enlisted at Brain- 
tree as a private 7 Dec, 1863, in the 3d Mass. Cavalry, and was 
discharged at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, as a quartermaster ser- 
geant 28 Sept., 1865. He was made a first lieutenant, 5 Oct., 1865. 
He participated in these engagements in the Shenandoah Valley — 
Front Royal, Luray Road, ^A^oodstock and Edinburg. He is now a 
clerk in the United States Navy. Their children: William Alwyn, 
born in Ipswich, 15 Aug., 1867, a foreman in a shoe manufactory, 
married 21 May, 1886, in Ipswich, Fannie Stuart Ehrlacher, who 
was born 1 Oct., 1866, in Roxbury, to Martin (receiving clerk, de- 
partment U. S. Navy) and Katherine Lord-Philbrook, and have 
Bertram Chesley, born 9 Aug., 1886; Theodore Frederick, born in 
Ipswich, 29 Aug., 1876, who is paymaster's clerk in the U. S. Navy 
on the Des Moines. 

29 Franklin Pierce'^ was born 8 July, 1852. He married 10 Nov., 

1880, Lenora Grant, born 2 July, 1861, to Frank and Honora 

Grant. He was by trade a wheelwright. He died 18 Feb., 1884, 
having had Ethel Lena, born 18 Dec, 1881, who is clerk in Dexter's 
photographic studio, Ipswich; Frank Pierce, born 3 June, 1884, died 
24 or 25 Oct., 1886. 

30 Charles H.^"^ was born 19 July, 1859; he married in Aug., 1885, 
Elizabeth Butterworth, born in Nottingham, ling., to Henry and 
Mary-Scathern Butterworth of Sherwood Forest, Eng. They lived 
in Lynn, where their only child was born. She died 4 March, 1887; 
and he 5 April, 1897. Their child was Roxy F"owler, born 18 
March, 1886, and died at her grandfather Clark's, in Ipswich, 7 May, 

31 Charles Barnes^'' born 10 Jan., 1863, married in Boston 7 Oct., 
1891, Florence Holmes, born in South Boston 24 July, 1869, to Wm. 
S. and Julia-Coleman Holmes. He is a produce dealer in F"aneuil 
Hall Market, Boston, and resides in Maiden, Mass. Issue: Florence 
Lucy, born 6 July, 1892; Charles Barnes, Jr., born 31 Aug., and died 
14 Sept., 1893; Harry Holmes, born 28 Dec, 1895; Edwin Lincoln, 
born 31 Jan., 1899. 

32 George Warren^'' born in Ipswich 22 March, 1872, married 1 
Jan., 1900, in Lynn, Mass., Mrs. Annie Jane Symonds, born 18 July, 
1871, in Danvers, to Mary Elizabeth-Swaney and Robert Burns 
Standley, a shoemaker. Mr. Lord is a graduate of the Manning 
High School, Ipswich, class of '89. He worked for the "Ipswich 
Chronicle" till the summer of 1890, when he engaged as salesman 
for H. A. Hartley & Co., carpets, etc., Boston, and remained with them 
for nearly six years. In the spring of 1896 he was employed by D. 
B. H. Power, Lynn, and had charge of the carpet department for 
about eight years. In June, 1904, he became proprietor of the 


Geo. W.Lord Mfg. Co., manufacturing novelties in muslin and net 
goods, Jamaica Plain, Mass. He is a member of John T. Heard 
Lodge of Freemasons, Ipswich, and of Mystic Lodge, No. 10, 
Ancient Order of United Workmen, Lynn. 



NATHANIEL MIGHILL PERLEY was born 5 July, 1781, 
in Rowley. The residuary part of his mother's estate fell to him 
and his brother John. He spent most of his life "on the ocean 
wave." He was a ship carpenter by trade, but in the application for 
administration of his estate he is called merchant. He was some- 
time engaged in shipbuilding in Norfolk, Va. 

A Law Report furnishes the following interesting particulars. 
We have no further knowledge of the case, as such, than this recital : 
" Benjamin Hooper vs. Nath'el M. Perley. Hooper's apprentice, with 
Hooper's consent, shipped as seaman, 14 Jan., 1812, for a voyage to 
Europe and return, on the Volant, Perley master. They sailed from 
Boston on the 28th of March of that year. The vessel arrived at 
Bayonne, France, with her cargo, in safety. On the 16th of April, 
the outward cargo was completely discharged, and on the same day 
Capt. Perley commenced loading with brandy for a return cargo. 
On the 18th of May they had laden on board four hundred pipes of 
brandy. The ship was detained from this time till the middle of 
September, waiting for a license from the Emperor to depart with 
the cargo. The license being obtained, the ship was ready to sail 
on the last day of September, but was detained by adverse winds 
and tides until the fifth of November, when she sailed from Bayonne 
bound for Boston. In attempting to go to sea the vessel struck the 
bar, which obliged the captain to take out part of the cargo, and to 
return to Bayonne for repairs. They were again detained by the 
repairs and unfavorable winds and tides until the 12th of February, 
1813, when they again set sail for Boston. On the 26th of March 
followingthe ship was captured by a British war vessel, and sent to 
Halifax, where she was afterwards condemned, with her whole cargo, 
which were wholly lost to the owners." 

He was an intrepid privateersman and delighted to play mis- 
chief with the Red-coats. His brother-in-law, Nathaniel Rust, then 
lived in a house that stood in Ipswich near Diamond Stage, an 
ancient wharf of the Ipswich harbor. Many weird stories are told 
by the Rust family-110, how the two Nathaniels stored temporarily 
midnight reprisals in the Rust cellar to be removed as stealthily. 

At one time the search ofificer came down upon the Rust man- 
sion when there still remained in the cellar some little evidence of 
their prowess. "Capt. Nat." nothing daunted, entertained the 
officer with wine and repartee till the innocent tell-tales were beyond 
his official ken. 

"At another time, while at Bayonne, his ship was commissioned 
as a letter of marque under the authority of the United States, and 



was armed and equipped as such; having taken on board a number 
of guns, and increased her complement of men from twenty-five (the 
number with which she left the United States) to seventy. After 
leaving Bayonne, on her passage home, she recaptured an American 
vessel from the British, manned her and sent her to France." 

It is said, by a Washington, D. C, correspondent, that "Niles' 
History of Old Wars," a book we cannot find by that title in New 
York, Boston and Cambridge libraries, relates a number of daring 
exploits of "Capt. Nat." and that the British government, at one 
time, offered ;^1000 for his capture, dead or alive. 

The location of the premises, page 101, bought 5 Jan., 1769, is 
not yet determined; the estate bought 16 Sept., 1807, was on Sum- 
mer street, not far from that corner of "The Common." 

Benjamin Todd, Rowley, tailor, for ^50 sold Nathaniel Mighill 
Perley and John Perley, both of Rowley, minors, sons of John 
Perley, Jr., of Rowley, "If acres and 24 rods " of land bounded 
northerly by land of John Perley, Jr., easterly by land of the 
heirs of Thomas Lambert, Esq., 20 rods 9 links, southerly by said 
Lambert's heirs, 11 rods 7 links, westerly by land of Joseph Pickard 
25 rods 6 links, 11 May, 1802. 

Mr. Perley and his brother John, 25 Nov., 1814, sold their 

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mother's estate, including the homestead, to Daniel Todd, Jr., yeo- 
man, of Rowley, for $2400. One part of the homestead was bounded 
east by the highway, south by land of Benjamin Smith, west by land 
of Mark Creesy and Joseph Pickard and north by Joseph Pickard, 
and was estimated at sixteen acres, the other part of the homestead 
was bounded westerly by the highway, northerly by Ebenezer Per- 
ley and Nathan Lambert, east by the heirs of Thomas Lambert, and 


south by Joseph Pickard ; also eight acres, bounded northerly by 
highway, westerly by the burying ground, etc. Nathaniel M. and 
John Perley signed the deed. — Reg. 205 : 25. The next year, 27 
June, 1815, their right to the property was complete, for the undi- 
vided half belonging to Nathaniel Mighill Perley, merchant, was 
taken to satisfy a judgment of court against him in favor of James 
Locke of Newburyport. The amount secured was ;^1037.34. 

The barn and its half acre of land were not included, because of 
some provision of the will conveying it. 

By the map it is clear who owned the "Perley" house opposite 
the Mighill-Perley house T page 99) at that time. Mr. Charles P. 
Mighill of Rowley, who "can remember back about sixty-eight 
years," says, 1904, "the two-story house you speak of was occupied by 
John Lambert from my earliest remembrance, until his decease, 
when by will it passed to his brother George and is now owned by 
George's heirs. I learned from my parents that it was John's wife's 
father's place, who was Mr. Ebenezer Perley. 

"It strikes me now that previous to John Lambert's living there, 
Mr. Nathaniel Lambert, who married Anstice Perley-53^ John Per- 
ley's sister, lived there, and kept a store in a two-story building near 
there, which building was moved to Clark's hill and made into a 
dwelling house and is now occupied as such." 

John Perley, by the request of his brother's widow, who was then 
in Lowell, Mass. ( Prob., No. 21507) and his brother's son, Nathaniel 
M., Jr., who was twenty years of age, was appointed administrator 
of the estate, 17 May, 1886. His bond was $12,000. The inventory 
"of the estate of Nathaniel M. Perley, last an inhabitant of Rowley, 
merchant, who has lately, viz.: within twenty years, died intestate," is 
stated thus: "Real estate, none; Personal estate, F'rench claim, 
nominal value, g8-t55, $5000." 

The following is ship news from the Salem Gazette. It is diffi- 
cult sometimes to tell which Capt. Perley is meant : — 

The wreck of the ship Favorite, N. M. Perley master, was re- 
ported 1 P^eb., 1805. [For an account of it and a beautiful picture 
of the vessel, see family 118.] 

Oct. 11, brig. Comet, Flemming, sailed from Bourbon for New 
York, Capts. Perley (late of the Favorite) and Depeseter passen- 
gers, the latter having lost his vessel on the coast of Madagascar, 
was reported 30 Dec, 1806. 

"Ship Betsey, Nash, from Lisbon, 25th ult., 5 leagues W. of 
George's was boarded from the British sloop-of-war Curlew, from 
Halifax, having the valuable and long-looked-for ship Volant, Perley, 
from France for Boston in company. She had been chased 48 
hours, when two 74's hove in sight and she was obliged to surrender." 
Reported 2 April, 1813. 

Sloop Yarico, Perley, cleared from Salem for Boston, 27 April, 1815. 

Ship James, Perley, arrived in Boston three days from Halifax 
30 , 1827. 

Miss Dole ( whose mother's maiden name corrected was LydiaAnn 
Emery Moody-53^) here favors us with a quotation from " The Bodleys 
on Wheels" by Scudder. It is said Mr. Scudder was friendly in the 


Killam family and may have derived his story from that source. He 
has, however, merged John and his son, Nathaniel Mighill in one 
man ; whereas, it was the son who built the vessel, not on Rowley 
Common as it is sometimes printed, but on the lawn in front of his 
residence, the house pictured on page 99 from a very accurate sketch 
of it by Miss Dole. The vessel was called "The Country's Won- 
der," and "was the largest vessel," says Gage's History of Rowley, 
" known to have been built so far from water." In the quotation 
read Perley for Burly : — 

"Captain Burly was a great man about here. He was a mighty 
smart man. Why, that fellow had command of a merchant vessel 
before he was twenty-one, and that meant something in those days. 
It meant that he was a merchant as well as a captain. He carried 
his cargo to the East Indies and sold it, and bought a cargo and 
brought it home. It took a good deal to make a captain in those 
days. Well, he had about the most iron-bound will of any man that 
was ever born, I guess. He had thirteen children. I knew 'em ; 
stiff, unyielding men and women that knew their minds and could 
stand up to anybody. I never saw their like, but they bent like 
reeds before Captain Burly. Captain Burly wanted a ship, and he 
said he wasn't going down to the river to build it. He'd build it by 
his own door, on Rowley Common. People laughed at him, and said 
they guessed Captain Burly was one too few this time, but the more 
they said the more he stuck to it. And he built it, sir: he did. I 
was a little shaver, but I remember it. The people shook their 
heads, and some said he was Noah building an ark; and others said 
he was Robinson Crusoe that built his boat and couldn't launch it ; 
but the old man knew better. When he was all ready, he went and 
hired all the oxen in the country round. Yes, sir, he had a hundred 
yoke of oxen here, and he hitched 'em to the vessel, and by the jump- 
ing gingerbread he hauled it down to the water. Pretty much all 
the country was there to see it. P'act." 

The following is from the Salem Gazette, 10 May, 1814, copied 
from the Sentinel; — "Boston, May 7. Naval Architectural Enter- 
prise. We learn that Capt. Nathaniel M. Perley, late commander of 
the ship Volant, which was captured on her passage from Bayonne 
to Boston and carried into Halifax, has constructed and nearly com- 
pleted, within eight weeks, a schooner of about 110 tons, which for 
beauty, strength and utility, is not excelled in the world. She was 
built near Rowley Green, one mile and an half from the water. No 
object of this nature and magnitude has ever created more specula- 
tion of opinion, than the building of this vessel ; and it was generally 
conceived that she could never be transported to her destined 
element : But to the surprise of many, and the joy of all, on Mon- 
day last, (May 2), she was started from her building place at about 
10 o'clock, A. M. and before 5 P. M. was landed at the water's edge. 
The whole apparatus for the operation was prepared under Capt. P.'s 
immediate direction. She was borne by a set of trucks, of four 
wheels each, about two feet in height, and 16 inches broad. — These 
were drawn by one hundred yoke of oxen, in four strings — two of 
which were hitched to the forward trucks, and two attached to a 
cable prepared for the purpose. The subject is rendered more in- 


teresting by the fact, that neither man, beast nor property received 
any essential injury. The weight is estimated at from 100 to 120 
tons. Improvements may probably be made on this invention, 
which will prove highly useful to the mechanic, merchant, and the 
man of enterprise." 

His wife was Mary Elizabeth de Bade, married about 1814. She 
was born within sight of the Tuileries in Paris, France. She was a 
lady of social refinement and worth — a "most charming woman." 
(She had three brothers, unmarried, in the French army.) When 
she came to Rowley, she had very little ability to speak English, and 
her natural sensitiveness or diffidence on account of the inability, 
confined her almost exclusively to her immediate family. Her later 
years were spent in the family of her husband's brother John, where 
she died, of dysentery, 27 Sept. 1855 or 4, at the age of sixty-five. 
Soon after Capt. Perley returned to Rowley with his wife, he left on 
a long voyage, from which he never returned. It is said he was 
wrecked on the South Carolina coast, on his return from France, 
was in the water a long time before rescued, contracted a fever, and 
died in Savannah, Ga., 17 March, 1817. 

Mr. Perley was a man of versatile talents. He could manage a 
farm, build a ship, sail the seas, trade as a merchant, lead in any 
heroic defense, or enjoy the rural beauties of his country home. He 
was a remarkably active man ; with brain or brawn he labored in- 
cessantly in what was nearest and fittest to be done. He had a fine 
appreciation of the eternal fitness of things; the pee of his balance- 
scale was justice; he could brook no domineering, no over-reaching; 
and he was, like his uncle Nathaniel, brave to a fault. He was a 
firm friend, an obliging neighbor, a positive and progressive citizen, 
and loved in his family. 

1 They had two children : Nathaniel Mighill-240, and Hannah D'^ 

2 Hannah D.^ early became a member of her aunt Judith's 
family-110, perhaps by legal adoption, when her father took his 
homesick wife back to her kindred under the probability of never 
returning. Hannah married Stephen S. Kendrick of Ipswich. 
Their daughter, Ann Elizabeth, married 5 May, 1854, George Ropes 
Felt, of Salem. She was born in Ipswich 25 June, 1833; he in 
Utica, N. Y., 21 Dec, 1831, a son of Ephraim and Elizabeth-Ropes 
Felt, who removed to Utica in 1828. Mr. George R. Felt was a 
book-keeper in the Naumkeag National Bank of Salem, where he 
died. The Felt children are Sarah Elizabeth, born 28 Feb., 1855, 
married 9 Jan., 1879, Samuel Otis Loud, born in Newburyport 24 
July, 1856, to Abel Coffin and Olive Caroline-Robinson Loud of 
Merrimac, Mass., where he is a carriage manufacturer, having no 
children; Mary Kendrick, born 22 Feb., 1858, married 15 April, 
1885, in Salem, Arthur Burrage French, who was born in Boston 80 
April, 1849, to Abram and Sophia Jane-Cobb French, and who is an 
importer of chinaware in Pittsburg, Penn., having one child, G. 
Brewer, born 17 March, 1887; George Ropes, born 25 Sept., 1860, 
married Jane Arnold; Ann Perley, born 17 Jan., 1864, married 14 
July, 1886, Charles George Williams, who was born in Salem, 6 
April, 1863, to Charles Albert and Abbie-Kenney Williams of 


Peabody, Mass., and is in the milk traffic in Danversport, Mass., 
having one child, Marion Deland, born 11 April, 1887, in Altoona, 
Penn.; Alice Buffum, born 15 April, 1869; and Ephraim, born 19 
April, 1873, who died in Salem 11 Nov., 1876. 



JOHN PERLEY was born in Rowley 21 March, 1791, and inher- 
ited with his brother Nathaniel M. the residue of the parental estate. 
He married 4 Dec, 1817, Ann D. Haskell of Newburyport. Her death 
came by her own hand 22 Sept., 1842. He died of cancer of the 
throat 24 P>b., 1861. Mr: Perley 

was one of those all-round men so c^^tT^i^^ /f^-^'^^CS-jy^ 

needful in every community, but ^/^ ^ S^ 

seldom found. He could assist a '^ /x 

neighbor to anything in the line of 

r • t- r iU „ „„ So he indorsed the petition of Ebenezer P. 

a farmer or a justice of the peace. i.erley, as guardian, to sell real estate of 

He was a man of fine presence, "^^ '^^''^- ^ ^^^■' ^^^^■ 
agreeably social, and held in high esteem. 

1 Perley children: Lucy Ann', John Legarde^ Amos PettingilP. 

2 John Legarde' was born 16 Feb., 1824. He died in Callao, 
Peru, 20 March, 1856. after an illness of twelve days, and was buried 
in the Protestant cemetery in Bella Vista, about one mile from Cal- 
lao. His business was ship brokerage and shipping guano from the 
Chincha Islands. He never married. His father, says Geo. B. 
Blodgette, Esq., received his estate, which netted about $4000. 

3 Amos PettingilP was born 26 April, 1835. When some more 
than twenty years of age (Squire Blodgette says in 1860), he went 
to Valparaiso, Chile, South America. There he became a shepherd 
and owned an extensive ranch upon the Andes Mountains. In a 
stubborn defense of his flocks, by himself and assistants against 
marauding Indians, he was mortally wounded. He was taken to a 
hospital in Valparaiso, where he died. He was buried in the Protes- 
tant cemetery in that city. That was about the year 1890. He was 
never married. 

4 Lucy Ann' was born 22 May, 1818, and 15 Jan., 1845, married 
her cousin, William Kilham, born to Jonathan and Priscilla-Perley-53^ 
Kilham, of Boston, in 1805. They resided many years in South 
America, then returned to Boston. She died of apoplexy 26 Dec, 
1897, and was interred in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. 
Issue: Amita, born 3 July, 1852, in South America, died unmarried, 
of consumption, in Saxonville, Mass., 4 Oct., 1872, and was buried 
in Mount Auburn Cemetery. 



EBENEZER PERLEY was born in Ipswich, where he was 
baptised 25 July, 1773. His father died in 1778, and his stepfather, 
Lt. Samuel Bacon of Bradford, was appointed his guardian 5 Dec, 
1791. When of Salisbury, 19 July, 1798, he discharged his guardian, 
and acknowledged the receipt of $200 as per his guardian's ac- 
count. He married and resided in Salisbury. He bought 12 Nov., 
1798, for $570, one-quarter acre of land "with the house" upon it, 
on Webster's Point, of Jacob Currier of Salisbury, calker, " extend- 
ing three rods on both sides of the highway," bounded by the river 
/; channel southerly, by Daniel East- 

^f / h, / j man and Meltiah Merrill westerly, by 

ncu>q/yUA/h fj^^lcy/ Joseph Wells northerly, by John 
y-/ Stevens easterly, the highway (.?) 

Her signature to a petition to Pro- "holding the width of three rods 
bate Court, 29 Dec. 1817. from ouc cnd to the Other." He 

owned a farm in that town, located back of S. Smith's farm, north of 
the Rocky-Hill Church, marked E. Dow on D. G. Beer & Co.'s 
County Atlas, 1872. Hannah, his wife, 30 Dec, 1817, represented 
to Probate Court that her husband, Ebenezer Perley of Salisbury, 
was absent at sea and was not expected soon to return, that the 
property in Salisbury of which the children were joint owners in 
their own right, half an old house, thirty acres of woodland, 
and twelve of pasturage, and that the children, Sally, nineteen ; 
Nathaniel, sixteen; John Hodge, fourteen; Louisa, twelve; James, 
ten; P2benezer George, eight; and Benjamin Dutch, six, needed 
"immediate and constant care and attention" and asked a guardian 
of the children to take care of their real estate. John Balch of 
Newbury, merchant, was appointed. A house on Ring's Island is 
mentioned. These children were of Baltimore, Md., in 1818 and 
1820: Nathaniel, John H., Louisa, James, Eben G. and Benj. D. 

In 1804, Sept. 10, Mr. Perley was on a committee to establish an 
academy for the two towns, Amesbury and Salisbury. The academy 
was instituted at Bartlett's Corner. He became a sea captain and 
sailed on foreign voyages. He probably began his sea life out of 
Newburyport. "Arrived at Newburyport forty-nine days from 
Hamburg, 26 Aug., 1799, schooner Regulator, Perley, master." 
Perley was in Hamburg the July before. The Salem Gazette 13 
Jan., 1804, reported : "The Favorite, Perley, master, arrived at Nor- 
folk, from Newburyport." See page 205. 

Between 31 March and 29 September, 1818, he removed his family 
to Baltimore, Md. About 1820 he sailed and was never heard of after- 
wards. James405 says his grandfather was "lost at sea in 1825." 

"Lowle" in the Georgetown Advocate printed the following paper, 
which in this connection is very interesting: — 

"The first notice of Ebenezer Perley in this town by his employ- 


ment of our mechanics is the nearest that I can fix his advent in 
SaHsbury, and perhaps a list of the vessels built by his order, while 
a resident here, may be of interest to the editors of the Advocate, if 
not to some reader. Let me here add that he bought quite a large 
farm in Salisbury and occupied it while in business here. The 
old farm is still known as the Perley farm, although long ago deserted 
by its distinguished proprietor. His first vessel was the schooner 
Hope, of 29 tons, built at Newbury in 1786 in company with S. 
Clark of Salisbury. In 1799 he had built in Amesbury the schooner 
Regulator, of 94 tons. See page 209. In 1800 the ship Jason, of 
151 tons, built at Salisbury and owned by Perley and Daniel Web- 
ster of Salisbury. In 1801 the ship Hannah, of 181 tons, built at 
Salisbury. In 1802 the ship Favorite, 134 tons, built at (Pleasant 
Valley) Amesbury, by David Clough. One of the builder's descend- 
ants, Mr. J. S. Clough of Chelsea, Mass., has a fine oil painting of 
this old ship Favorite under full sail, and gaily decked with colors, 
represented as taking her departure from some foreign port. This 
is truly a valuable relic of the old builders, not merely as the work 
of the foreign artist, but by the careful drawing of all minor parts of 
hull, spars and rigging, and presents to us clearly the peculiar 
style in every particular of the ship of one hundred years ago. [The 
picture of the ship here shown is from a photograph of the painting, 
by the kindly favor of Mr. Clough.] In 1803 the ship Aurora, of 235 
tons, built at Salisbury. This ship I think was built by the Stevens 
Brothers, as also were other vessels of his fleet, in their old ship-yard 
in front of their dwelling house, a part of which is at present occu- 
pied by the writer, (who has the honor of being of that family of 
shipwrights), but only as a builder of dories and skiffs, on such hal- 
lowed ground ! ! where those old shipwrights produced from the 
rough white oak of our forests, many a noble ship, — 'O tempore, O 
mores' how hath the mighty fallen, from the staunch old ship to the 
frail skiff, — 'Pity 'tis, 'tis true.' Well, we will use the skiff occasion- 
ally to paddle with pleasure alongside of that old drifter of our 
fathers, the old wooden ship, whose noble place, with all those 
ancient associations of its construction, is fast being taken up by the 
riveted plate-iron, pot-like monster of the present, with no charm in 
history for the New P3ngland shipwright. 

" The last ship Perley was concerned in here was named the 
Rising Sun, of 284 tons, built at Salisbury in 1804 and owned by 
Perley and J. Nelson. How long Perley remained in Salisbury I 
cannot say, but certainly while here, this record of a few years 
proves him to have been an active and enterprising man, whose mem- 
ory we should ever respect. I learned that he sold out here after 
a few years and removed with his family to Baltimore, Md., and that 
comprises all that I can give of the interesting history of Ebenezer 
Perley, the bright meteor that once flashed across our pathway and 
so soon disappeared." 

"Boston, Jan. 31. Loss of ship Favorite. The ship Favorite, 
Nathaniel M. Perley, master, sailed from thence to Lisbon: — after 
standing off, with a light breeze, from 11 A. M. until 8 P. M., the 
wind began to haul to N. E. and coming on to snow, the weather 
very thick, Capt. P. thought best to heave about and stand in, and 


endeavor to make a harbor — he ran in about a mile above the light 
and came to, with both anchors ahead and rode until about 5 o'clock 
on Monday morning, it then blowing very hard from E. N. E. The 
ship parted both her cables, and in ten minutes struck on Rocky 
Point and is bilged ; it is expected a large part of the cargo will be 

Mr. Perley married Hannah Currier. She died in Baltimore. 
Their children were all born in Salisbury. 

1 Perley children : Sally^ Nathaniel'^ John Hodge", Louisa^ 
James-2-11, Ebenezer George", Benjamin Dutch". 

2 NathanieP, born about 1800, became a lawyer in Tennessee. 
John H.^ was born about 1802. In 1811, Louisa', Eben G.^ and 
Benj. D.^ were put under guardianship, being minors. 

8 Sally' was born about 1798, and between 31 March and 29 
September, 1S18, married Orlando S. Morse, born about 1790 
(1795.') to Joseph and Tabitha-Sargent Morse of Amesbury. They 
resided in Baltimore. He was United States consul at Porto Rico, 
West Indies. Their children : Hannah, who married Gamaliel 
Gleason of Andover, Orland S., who was of Andover, 1849, and 
Sarah G., who probably resided there the same 



SAMUEL PERLEY was born in the East Parish of Bradford, 
19 July, 1775.. His father died 1778, when he was only three years 
old. His stepfather was appointed his guardian, 5 Dec, 1791, and 
when he was of Bradford, IB March, 1797, he discharged his guardian 
and receipted for $25, as per his guardian's account. He was ap- 
prenticed to Silas Hopkinson of Bradford, the part now Groveland, 
and of him learned the trade of house carpenter. 

He resided, first, in Newburyport, where he built a number of 
houses. He was of Londonderry, N. H., 24 April, 1812, engaged in 
farming. In 1814, he took "the western fever," prevalent at that 
time, and planned to go west. He took an overland route, with his 
own team, in the spring of 1815, saying goodbye to New England. 
His family consisted of himself, wife and four children, the youngest 
only two years of age. He was forty-five days en route. They 
crossed the Alleghany Mountains during the engagements of Water- 
loo, 15-18 June, 1815. They made a halt at Steubenville, Ohio, 
where his "fever" turned. In the spring of 1816, he retraced his 
steps to Harrisburg, Pa., where they resided about nine years. Then 
they located in New York City. 

Mr. Perley married 16 Jan., 1799, Lucy Balch, born 21 Feb., 1779, 
to Rev. Nathaniel and Joanna-Mitchell Balch of Bradford, now 
Groveland. She was a very handsome woman, and was known 
among her acquaintances as "the Lily of the Merrimac Valley." To 
her physical beauty was added the charm of Christian beauty 
and grace. Through all the vicissitudes of her life, she retained an 

"The Lily of the Merrimack Valley. 



unfaltering trust, and at its close rested in hopeful peace.- She died 
in New York City, 29 April, 1831; her husband 30 April, 1830. 
Charles says his mother died in 1 854, aged seventy-five years. This 
is doubtless correct. 

1 Perley children : Lucy Balch*, Elcy-, Samuel-242, Charles-243, 
Eustace Balch". 

2 Elcy' was born in Newburyportj 1 Aug., 1802. Eustace B.^ 
was born in 1813, in Londonderry, N. H., and died at the age of 
twenty-five, unmarried. 

3 Lucy B.^ was born 4 Jan., 1800, and in 1827 married Capt. 
Joseph Livermore of Eastport, Me. They resided in New York City. 
He was a sea captain, and died in 18.52, of yellow fever, at sea. His 
widow died in New York City, 5 Feb., 1855. Livermore children: 
Caroline, who married Hon. Richard L. Larrimore of Jamaica, L. L, 
a judge of the Superior Court of New York City, and had a large 
family; and John R., who resided in New Jersey. 



ISRAEL PERLEY was born in Maugerville, N. B., 10 Jan., 
1765. In 1786 he was granted forty and a half acres of land in Bur- 
ton, Sunbury County, lot 7, on the St. John river. He married, in 
Waterboro, N. B., 4 Oct., 1790, Hannah Tisdale, who was born 4 
Feb., 1771, to Ruth- Strange and Ephraim Tisdale, a sea captain. 
They resided in Maugerville, N. B., where all their children were 
born, and son Charles died. In 1801, she with her three remain- 
ing children went with her brother Ephraim's family to the "Long 
Point" country, "Upper Canada," as it was then called, and set- 
tled about four miles from our correspondent. Miss Maggie E. 
Palmer's home in Vittoria. In 1802, Hannah's brother Joseph 
removed there, and the greater part of Hannah's life and the chil- 
dren's till they grew up and married, were spent in Joseph's family, 
where Hannah died 31 Aug., 1844. In the same house her daughter 
Elizabeth M. and son Itphraim T. died. Miss Maggie E. Palmer 
has a dress that was made for her great -aunt, Mrs. Hannah-Tisdale 
Perley, when the latter was fourteen years old. Mr. Perley made 
his will 8 June, 1799, and appended a codicil 2 March, 1801. He 
died 8 May, 1830, in the Universalist faith, "much to the distress," 
wrote his sister Sarah, "of his family and relatives." 

[Mrs. Perley's father, Ephraim Tisdale, at the time of the Revo- 
lutionary War, was loyal to royalty, and sacrificing his property 
sailed from New York to New Brunswick. During the voyage, Mrs. 
Tisdale gave birth to a son whom she named Walker in honor of 
the captain of the frigate they sailed in.] 

[Hannah's brother Joseph Tisdale was born in Freetown, Mass., 
23 Feb., 1778. He was a pioneer farmer in "Upper Canada," prom- 
inent in the military, served in the War of 1812, against the Rebel- 
lion of 1837, and later in life was a magistrate. He died 18 March, 


1864, in Vittoria. His wife was Margaret Lawrence, married 7 
June, 1810, in New Brunswick, where she was born 25 Sept., 1786, 
to Capt. John and Mary-Rezeau Lawrence. She died in Vittoria, 
15 Sept., 1864, leaving children, Margaret J., Lott, and Hannah who 
married a Palmer and had Margaret E. (mentioned above), to whom 
this work is greatly indebted for much information.] 

1 Perley children: Elizabeth Mooers'-, Charles"', Ephraim Tis- 
dale'^ Charles Strange-244. 

2 Elizabeth M.^ was born 13 Aug., 1791, in New Brunswick, and 
died in Vittoria, Ont., unmarried, 8 May, 1851. Charles^ was born 
25 Nov., 1792, and died 2 Sept., 1795. Epliraim T.^ was born, in 
New Brunswick, 22 Aug., 1794, and died in Vittoria, where he was 
buried 29 April, 1871. He was a farmer and a major in the militia. 
He married in Jan., 1817, Philena Tisdale, who was born in Char- 
lotteville. County Norfolk, Ont., in 1795, to Submit-Newcombe and 
Ephraim Tisdale, and died without issue in Courtland, Ont., Mrs. 
Nugent-244'' said, in 1864. Her father was a farmer and a high 
constable for London District, and he fought in the War of 1812 at 
Oueenstown Heights and Lundy's Lane. 



THOMAS PERLEY was born in Maugerville, N. B., where he 
made his home, and died in June, 1815. His will is dated 14 May, 1815, 
and was proved in the July following. He left all his property to 
his wife, and mentions in the will only one son, P'rancis. He married, 
her grand-nephew Stephen Peabody says, Rhoda Peabody, who was 
born about 177(5, to Samuel and Molly-Hildrick Peabody of Mau- 
gerville. She died in 1846. The inventory of her estate amounted 
to £&2l 10s. 

1 Perley children : Francis Peabody', Charles-245, George Simeon- 
246, Thomas Edward-247, Maria'^, Fannie', Elizabeth^, Susan Ann"*, 
Charlotte', Lydia-, Caroline Elizabeth*'. 

2 Francis P.' was living 14 May, 1815; it is thought he married a 
widow; he left no children. Fannie' married Andrew Smith; Eliz- 
abeth' married William Taylor of Fredericton ; Lydia' married Jon- 
athan Taylor, brother to William, and their son Dr. Frank Perley 
Taylor is in Charlottetown, P. E. L All these parents are dead. 

3 Maria' was born in Maugerville, N. B., 20 Dec, 1798. She 
married in Maugerville, hrst, 2 Nov., 1819, John Allan, druggist, 
born in Aberdeen, Scotland, to Robert, captain in the navy, and 
Christina-F'orbes Allan. He died in St. John, N. B., in September, 
1825. Mrs. Allan married, second, in St. John, 2 May, 1837, John 
Burns, watchmaker, born in Aberdeen, Scotland, 2 Dec, 1785, to 
John and Margaret-Edwards Burns. He died in St. John, 23 March, 
1866. His widow died in Woodstock, Carleton County, N. B., 2 Oct., 
1892. Allan children: Mary, born in St. John, N. B., 29 July, 1821, 
died unmarried in Woodstock, N. B., 19 Dec, 1901; John Thomas, 


born in St. John, 4 June, 1825, died in Woodstock, 21 June, 1891; 
Robert, who died in infancy. Burns children: Margaret Edwards, 
who was born in St. John, N. B., 25 Feb., 1841, and resides in Wood- 
stock, Carleton County, N. B.; a son, who died in infancy. 

4 Susan Ann^ of Maugerville married George Peabody of the 
same place, who was born 16 Dec, 1802, to Oliver and Huldah-Tap- 
ley Peabody. They lived in Northampton. Carleton County, N. B., 
where he died in 1838. They had these children: Thomas Perley, 
who married Augusta Foster, and to whom, at 292 Bowery, New 
York City, a letter addressed in 1904, was "returned to writer" in- 
dorsed "Deceased"; and Charlotte who married a Burnett, and died 
some years ago, having had no children. 

5 Charlotte' was born in Maugerville and became the second wife 
of Thomas Treadwell Smith, whose first wife was a Miss Barker. 
He was a merchant. They died in Fredericton. His child by his 
first wife was Thomas Barker, his children by Charlotte were Wm. 
Francis^; twins, that died in six months; John Treadwell; Charles; 
Maria Elizabeth. 

6 Caroline E.^ was born in Maugerville, 5 March, 1813, and mar- 
ried there 17 Sept., 1833, Warren Collingwood Bull, farmer and lum- 
berman, who was born 4 Aug., 1807, in the parish of Woodstock, 
and died 28 April, 1881), in Grafton, N. B., where she also died 11 
Sept., 1901. Their children born in Northampton: George Allen^ 
Charles Perley', Jarvis Leavitt, 7 Oct., 1842, a lieutenant in the 
Canadian militia, who died 6 June, 1865; Caroline Elizabeth' '. 

7 William"' who died in Woodstock, 13 May, 1902, married Susanna 
Isabel Fisher of Woodstock in Nov., 1860, and had Henry Edward 
Leavitt, who was a college graduate and was drowned in July, 

1888, in Victoria, B. C; Francis Arthur, who died young, and Ella 
Anna, who resides in Woodstock, N. B. 

8 George A.'' was born in Northampton, 18 Aug., 1834, and mar- 
ried, in 1864, Sarah Ann Scott, who was born in the same place to 
Andrew, a farmer, and Lydia-Dickinson Scott, and died in Dec, 

1889. Mr. Bull is a farmer and lumberman in the parish of North- 
ampton, where their children were born: Warren Collingwood, 13 
Aug., 1865, who is married and living in Grafton; William Allen, 10 
Dec, 1866, who is married and living in Cabour (.?), Wis.; Alice 
Blanche, 23 Feb., 1868; Horace, 9 Oct., 1873; Milton, 21 March, 
1878; the last three are living at home. 

9 Charles P.« was born 28 Sept., 1837. He married 10 April, 
1867, Margaret Amelia Macquaine, born in the parish of Woodstock, 
4 Jan., 1846, to John, a farmer and lumberman, and Agnes Ritchie- 
Wood Macquaine. Mr. Bull is a farmer and lumberman of Wood- 
stock. Their children were born in Northampton, as follows: Ada 
Florence"; Marie Louise, 8 July, 1869; John Jarvis, 10 Nov., 1873, 
who is captain of Company No. 1 of 67th regiment of Canadian 
militia; Harvey Peter, 9 Oct., 1876, which three are living in Wood- 

10 Caroline E.** was born in Northampton, Carleton County, 
N. B., 24 May, 1848. She married there Joseph Thomas Alexander 
Griffith, a farmer, who was born in Woodstock, 17 Jan., 1844, to Ben- 
jamin Peck, a farmer, and Sarah Eliza-Lyon Griffith. She died 19 


March, 1876, in Woodstock, where Mr. Griffith now lives and where 
their children, Bessie Edith Eliza and Anna Caroline Louisa (twins) 
were born 18 Feb., 1875. 

11 Ada F.'' was born 23 Feb., 1868, and is a professional nurse. 
She studied in the Newport (R. I.) hospital, and is a graduate from 
that institution. She has been very helpful in furnishing material 
for her branch of the family. She is now residing in Woodstock 
and assisting in the local hospital. 



SOLOMON PERLEY was born 5 Feb., 1779, in Maugerville, 
Sunbury County, N. B., where he selected his home. It is said that 
at one time and another he was merchant, farmer, mill owner, coro- 
ner, ship builder, and lumber merchant. In 1799 he was granted 
209 acres of land in York County. Administration was granted on 
the estate of Solomon Perley of Maugerville, 26 March, 1832. The 
probate valuation of the estate was ^643. J. Clarkson of the Deeds- 
Registry says: "From 1785 down, the transfers to and from the 
Perleys are nearly innumerable. They were possessed of many 
very valuable properties, in 1783, on the River St. John and else- 

He married, in 1802, Eunice Putnam Perley-59' of Sheffield, 
N. B. She was born in Lincoln, 28 Oct., 1779, and died in Freder- 
icton, 24 Dec, 1849. He died 8 April, 1831. 

1 Perley children: George Asa'-', James Edwin-248, Enoch Allen^ 
Sophia', Eliza'^ George Augustus-249, Frederic Allen-, Augusta 
Sophia-246, Nancy Amanda-250, F'rances Elizabeth-251. 

2 Geo. A.' was born 7 June, 1803, and died 25 March, 1808. 
Enoch A.' was born 4 Dec, 1806, and died 28 April, 1807. Sophia' 
was born 6 May, 1808,.and died 16 March, 1809. Eliza' was born 
26 Sept., 1809, and died 31 May, 1810. Fred A.' was born 14 July, 
1813, and resided in Woodbridge, San Joaquin County, Cal., where 
he owned an extensive vineyard. He died in Stockton, Cal., 3 
March, 1881, unmarried. 



WILLIAM PERLEY was born in Maugerville, N. B., 1 Jan., 
1781. He settled in Maugerville, and in 1822 his property was con- 
sidered ample security for ^1500. He married 14 Aug., 1813, 
Elizabeth Duncan, who was born 22 Sept., 1786, in Westfield, 
Queen's County, to John and Charlotte-Hamilton Duncan, of 
Miramichi, Northumberland County, N. B. Mr. Perley died 2 Aug., 
1825, and Solomon Perley administered on his estate in 1828. The 


probate value was ;^814 10s. His widow, Mrs. Bailey, was living with 
her son, Hon. William E. Perley, when she was ninety-four years old. 

[Mrs. Perley's second marriage was 1 Sept., 1830, with John 
Bailey, who was born to Benjamin, in Blissville, 26 Nov., 1785, and 
by whom she had one child, Matilda Ann, born 15 March, 1831. 
Mr. Bailey died 16 March, 1868. His first wife, married 27 Nov., 
1807, was Mary DeWitt, who was born 22 Jan., 1782, and had by 
him: Abraham, born 7 Feb., 1808; Phoebe Eliza, born 4 March, 
1810; John Thomas, born 27 March, 1812; Charles James, born 26 
Sept., 1814; Gideon Daniel, born 5 Feb., 1817; Luke P2dward, born 
22 Aug., 1820; Benjamin Studley, born 27 June, 1823; Ephraim 
Manasseh, born 10 July, 1827.] 

1 Perley children : William Edward-252, Duncan Wellington-253, 



DANIEL PERLEY was born in Maugerville, N. B. He was a 
farmer and a tavern er. He married Elizabeth, understood to be his 
cousin Elizabeth Perley-57\ Mrs. Nevers-255'^ thinks she died 
"about 1842." He lived in Oueensbury, N. B., with hi§ youngest 
son Frederick, where he died 5 July, 1827. 

1 Perley children: Oliver'', John'-, William and George, twins^ 
Israel Edwin-255, Frederick Adolphus-256. 

2 Oliver^ died young without family ; William and George died 
unmarried, the former "some years ago"; John' never married. 



MOSES PERLEY was born in Maugerville, N. B., and married 
his cousin Mary Perley-57' of the same place. In 1883, a tree was 
planted in St. John, and dedicated to him by his descendants. 
Other Perleys were honored on that occasion through the generous 
kindness of Geo. A. Perley, Esq. -249. 

1 Perley children: Charles Allen'-, Moses Henry-257. 

2 Charles A.' was born 7 July, 1803, and died 15 Aug., 1808. 



THOMAS PERLEY, born in Maugerville, N. B., in 1778, made 
his home in Sheffield. His will is dated 22 Jan., 1838, and was 
proved the same year. His personal property was valued at ;!^1489. 
His first wife was a Miss Martha Gregory Harrison, married 2 Jan., 
1808. He married, second, as her second husband, Mary Gallishan 
Burpee, born in Sheffield, 12 Oct., 1801, to Joseph and Abigail- 
Gallishan Burpee. He died in PVench Lake in 1838; she in Sheffield 


in Feb., 1887. His children, nine in all, three by his first wife, were 
all daughters. 

1 Perley children : Jane Bean'-, Charity Eliza'-, Martha Harrison'^ 
Ruth C.-, Mary^ Margaret E.-, Caroline', Charlotte Hayvvard^ 
Harriet Atwood". 

2 Jane B.^ was born 4 Dec, 1808, and married John Christie; 
Charity E.' was born 8 June, 1811, and married Samuel Simmons; 
neither family had children. Ruth C.^ was born 24 Dec, 1824 ; 
Margaret E.^ was born 27 Nov., 1827; Harriet A.' was born 29 
April, 1833; neither of these three married. 

3 Martha H.' was born 11 Feb., 1813, and died 20 Dec, 1843. She 
married 31 May, 1832, Isaac Taylor, who was born 30 Nov., 1807, 
to Wm. and Hannah-Stickney Taylor of Sheffield, N. B. He mar- 
ried, second, Sarah Ann-Putnam McNeil, 26 Aug., 1846. Their 
children were born: Thomas Perley, 19 April, 1833, married Sarah 
Barker, 1858, and had Lillian Mary, born 10 April, 1863, and Charles 
Coburn, born 16 Aug., 1868; Martha Perley, 12 Sept., 183--, and 
died 14 Dec, 18 — ; William Egerton, 22 Dec, 1836, married Julia 
Barker, in June, 1866, and died in Feb., 1888, having had Sarah 
Louise, born 1 March, 1877, and Julia Mary, born 19 Aug., 1879; 
Albert Desbrisay, 22 Sept., 1842; Charlotte Gertrude, 26 Aug., 
1848, who was the second wife's child. 

4 Mary' was born 26 April, 182(), and married 9 June, 1848, Charles 
Burpee, who was born 18 June, 1817, to Jeremiah and Betsey-Stickney 
Burpee of Sheffield. She died without issue 16 Dec, 1850. Char- 
lotte H.', born 24 Dec, 1830, became his second wife, 20 March, 
1853, and by him had two children: Charles Sidney, born 5 June, 
1859, and Thomas Perley, born 18 June, 1861. She died 19 June, 1861. 
Mr. Burpee represented his county in the Dominion Parliament, 1869. 
Hon. Charles Burpee is living in Sheffield at the great age of eighty- 
eight years. His son Charles succeeds to the care of the place. 
Thomas, unmarried, resides in Gagetown. 

[This Burpee family went from Rowley, Mass. Hon. Charles 
Burpee says his parents were Jeremiah, born in Rowley in 1760, 
and Betsey-Stickney Burpee. The Rowley- Linebrook church 
records read, that Dea. Jonathan, Jeremiah and his wife, and Hannah 
Burpee were dismissed "to the new settlement on the St. John 
river, 6 May, 1764." By the same record, Jeremiah Burpee married 
Mary Saunders, 28 May, 1751, and had Jeremiah baptised 28 Sept., 
1760. Betsey Stickney may have been a daughter of Isaac of St. 
John, who had a daughter Mehitable, baptised 29 June, 1766. Jere- 
miah Burpee, Jr., was probably a cousin to Esther Burpee, page 164.] 

5 Caroline' was born in Sheffield, 6 Sept., 1829, and 24 May, 
1852, in Sheffield, married Charles Benjamin Barker, a farmer, who 
was born there (J June, 1827, to Benjamin and Mary-Coburn Barker 
of Sheffield. Both are living in Sheffield Academy.' Their children 
are Charles Woodville'^; Thomas Benjamin, born in April, 1855, 
died ni June, 1856; Harriet Atwood Perley, born 19 March, 1856, 
died 12 April, 18-2; Frederick Coburn' and Thomas Perley (who 
was drowned 21 Sept., 1870). twins, born 15 Sept., 1860, Clara 
Louise, born 21 June, 1864, and living in Sheffield Academy. 

6 Charles W.^ was born 9 March, 1853, in Sheffield, where he 


now resides a farmer. He married 9 Sept., 1878, in Harcourt, N.B., 
Miss Marilla Eliza Dunn, wlio was born in Chipman, N. B., 31 July, 
1854, to Andrew, a merchant, and Jane Paine-Ouint Dunn. They 
have had one child William Harrison, born 12 May, 1880. 

7 Frederick C." was born 15 Sept., 1800, in Sheffield. He mar- 
ried 28 Dec, 1898, in Gibson, N. B., Miss Laura Annie Fradsham, 
who was born in Fairville, St. John, 11 July, 1872, to Horatio, a 
machinist, and Margaret-Stephason Fradsham. Mr. Barker is a 
farmer in Sheflfield Academy. They have no children. 



JOHN PERLEY was born in Bridgton, Me., 5 Jan., 1779. He 
and his brother Thomas-128 inherited the patrimony, which he cul- 
tivated and where he amassed a large property. He was a justice 
of the peace and widely known as Squire Perley. He was a coroner. 
He was for many years a brigadier general in the Massachusetts 
militia, and after Maine became a State, of the Maine militia also. 
He was a man of prominence and influence in his State. He mar- 
ried, 25 Nov., 1805, Sarah Treadwell, who was born 20 Aug., 1782, 
to Thomas and Jane-Jewett Treadwell of Littleton, Mass. He died 
in Bridgton, of consumption, 18 May, 1841. His widow died 30 
Sept., 1860, of gastric fever. 

The Columbian Centinel, Nov. 20, 1819, reads — "A pear plucked 
from a tree belonging to Gen. Perley of Bridgton, Me., this sea- 
son, was found to weigh 24 ounces and a half. It has been exhibited 
at Portland." 

1 Perley children: Susan Hopkin.s^ Mary Malvina*, Anne Flint^, 
Augustus-258, John Putnam', Sarah Ann", Frederic'^ Harriet 
Church'-, Angelina Amelia*. 

2 Anne Flint^ was born 10 July, 1811, and died 27 Sept., 1816. 
Frederic' was born 29 Nov., 1819, and died 11 Dec, 1840. History 
of Bowdoin College, class of 1840, gives: "Frederick Perley was 
from South Bridgton. He was designed for the law, but died a few 
weeks after graduation, of typhus fever. His standing in college 
was in the first rank." Harriet Church' was born 19 March, 1822, 
and died 17 Sept., 1836. Angelina Amelia' was born 6 Jan., 1827, 
and died 23 Aug., 1828. 

3 Susan' was born in Bridgton 28 June, 1807, and married 13 
March, 1828, Dr. Moses Gould, born 5 Nov., 1799, in Bridgton, Me., 
to Ezra and Hepzipah-Stevens Gould. They resided in Bridgton, 
where she died 22 Oct., 1871, and he died 27 Jan., 1874. Child : 
Albert, born 18 Feb., 1830, married 26 July, 1854, Eliza A. Adams, 
and died without issue 1 Feb., 1874. 

4 Mary M.^ was born 5 Sept., 1809. Her first husband, married 
10 Sept., 1829, was Ashbel Cram, born 9 Dec, 1801, to Thomas and 
Sarah-Hasty Cram of Standish, Me. He was a merchant in Bridg- 
ton, where his children were born, and he died,. 8 Jan., 1840. Mary 
M.'s second husband, married 11 Sept., 1849, was her first husband's 
brother, Rensselaer Cram, also a merchant, of Portland, whose first 


wife was Mary M.'s cousin Huldah Perley-123^ He died of apoplexy 
28 Dec, 1872. His widow, of Portland, died since 1891. Mary M.'s 
children: Albion Perley, born 30 March, 1831, died 21 P'eb., 1842; 
Gardner, born 22 Aug., 1835, died 28 Aug., 1840; Ellen Mary, born 
27 Oct., 1850, is traveling in Europe, (1905). 

5 John Putnam^ was born 31 July, 1815, and married 24 June, 
1840, Clarissa Ingalls, born 27 May, 1817, in Bridgton, to Asa (son 
of Phineas) and Phebe-Berry Ingalls. Phebe was a daughter of 
Elias Berry. Mr. Perley owned his grandfather's farm, on which is 
the oldest house in the town. He had no children, but brought up 
four: Miranda V. Potter, Mary F. Farnham and Annette E. Farn- 
ham, and Martin McNulty. 

The local journal reads: "Col. John Putnam Perley died 9 Nov., 
1890, at his South Bridgton home. He had been colonel of the 
militia, a selectman, town treasurer and member of the Maine 
House, and of the Cumberland County Agricultural Society. He 
was also President of the Bridgton P'armers' and Mechanics' Club, a 
member of the Congregational church, active in reformatory and 
other good work, and was also trustee of Bridgton Academy. In 
politics he was originally a Whig, and then a Republican from the 
organization of the party until his death. He leaves a widow." 

Ridlon's Saco Valley Settlements reads : " Mr. Perley was one of the 
most wealthy farmers in Cumberland county, well and widely known 
for his noble generosity, sterling integrity, and Christian zeal. Mrs. 
Perley was a lady of many virtues and beloved by all who knew her." 

6 Sarah A.^ was born 21 Nov., 1817, and married 11 Sept., 1838, 
Marshall Cram, who was born 16 Jan., 1804, to Thomas and Sarah- 
Hasty Cram.** Marshall was a merchant. and resided in Brunswick. 
Cram children : Nelson Perley, born 24 June, 1839, died in Bruns- 
wick, 18 Sept., 1862; Frances Ellen, born 31 March, 1841, died 28 
March, 1848; Gardner". 

7 Gardner'' born 20 Jan., 1843, married, first, 9 Oct., 1871, in 
Damariscotta, Me., Martha A. Weeks, born in Jefferson, Me., 10 
June, 1840, to Elijah and Aseneth-Barstow Weeks. She died in 
Brunswick, Me., 30 Aug., 1874. He married, second, in Biddeford, 
1 Sept., 1880, Annie A. Sutherland, born in Calais, Me., 27 March, 
1850, to Charles and Margaret - (Jameron Sutherland. He is a 
watchmaker and jeweler, and resides in Brunswick, Me. Issue: 
Martha, born 29 Aug., and died 27 Sept., 1874; Marshall Perley, 
born 1 Jan., 1882; PVederick Sutherland, born 30 March, 1886. 



THOMAS PERLEY was born in Bridgton, Me., 21 July, 1783. 
He and his brother John-122, inherited their father's property, and 
made it a model farm. He was much interested in the militia and 
rose to the rank of major. 

He married, 28 Jan., 1808, Betsey P^arnsworth of Bridgton, who 
was born to Dr. Samuel and Betsey-Fitch Farnsworth, 21 July, 1789, 


and died 6 Aug., 1838. He married, second, Charlotte Hale of 
Waterford, in 1839. She was born in 1795. His children were by 
his first wife and born in Bridgton. 

1 Ferley children: Thomas Flint", Enoclr, Elizabeth F.'*, Thomas 
Flint*, Samuel Farnsworth-259, Huldah', Henry Enoch-260, Augusta 
Ann-, George Montgomery-, Frances Amelia-. 

2 Thomas Flint' was born 2 Dec, 1808, and died 22 Jan., 1814; 
Enochs 22 Dec. 1810, and died 7 Sept., 1811; Augusta A.\ 14 Feb., 
1826, and died 20 Sept., 1845; George M.\ 10 Aug., 1828, and died 
26 Aug., 1848; Frances A.' 21 Sept., 1831, married 26 March, 1852, 
Edward W. Anderson, a physician, born in Portland, and died in 
Naples 14 March, 1870. The doctor died in Portland in 1861. 

3 P21izabeth F.^ was born in Naples 4 Aug., 1812, married 16 
Feb.. 1856, Grinfill Blake of Harrison. She died in Princeton, N. J., 
26 Oct., 1902. 

4 Thomas Flint' was born 23 Feb., 1815. He married 13 Jan., 
1843, Sarah Fessenden Barrows, who was born in P'eb., 1815, to Wil- 
liam and Mary Palmer-Fessenden Barrows of Fryeburg, Me. He 
graduated at Bowdoin College in 1837, and studied medicine in Port- 
land. After his marriage he resided in Bridgton, till about 1857, 
when he went to Jacksonville, Florida. In 1860, incident upon the 
approaching Rebellion, they came North and he entered the army 
as a brigade surgeon under Grant. He was also a medical inspector 
general of the U. S. Army in Washington, D. C, about two years. 
Because of the failing health of his wife, he then went to Portland, 
where she died 26 P'eb., 1865. After her death he resided some 
time with his cousin, Mrs. Cram-r22*, in Bridgton and later with his 
brother Samuel F.-259 in Naples. He was some time before his 
death with his wife's nephew in Fryeburg. He died in Portland at 
the home of his cousin, Mrs. Cram, 21 March, 1889, having had no 

5 Huldah' was born 9 Nov., 1819, married 2 July, 1840, Rensselaer 
Cram-122*, a merchant of Portland, born in Standish, Me., 25 Nov., 
1813, to Thomas and Sarah-Hasty Cram. She died 16 June, 1845, 
of lung fever. Rensselaer married, second, Mary Malvina Perley- 
122\ They had Ellen Mary, born 10 April, 1841, died 22 July, 1842, 
in Bridgton ; Ashbel Henry". 

6 Ashbel H.* was born 28 Nov., 1843, in Bridgton, Me. He 
married 21 Jan., 1871, Harriet L. Woodbury, who was born in Port- 
land, Me., to Wm. W., insurance agent, and died in Baltimore, Md., 
in the autumn, 1873. Her mother's name was Keeler. They had 
no children. Mr. Cram has a fine physique and an attractive pres- 
ence, and has sat as an artist's model. He was a volunteer in the 
Civil War, and was in active cavalry service. He was a leutenant 
in infantry. Since the war he has been at one time and another 
manufacturer, broker and speculator in timberland and shipping 
stocks and bonds. He has always been a close student. He is a 
writer on natural history. He finds in study his pleasure and recre- 
ation, and exclaims, "what else is there in life that does not cost 
more than it comes to!" Study is his pleasure and profit. His 
place of business is New York City. 



JOHN PERLEY was born in Boxford 26 May, 1788. His boy- 
hood was spent dutifully at home. About thirty he went to New 
Brunswick, by water. He was agile and athletic. While on the 
voyage, to show his daring and muscle, he passed, hand over hand, from 
spar to spar, a considerable distance, fifty or more feet above the 
deck, with success ; but in an attempt to return, he failed and fell. 
He was crippled for life and barely escaped instant death. He was 
many years a retail dealer in boots and shoes in Salem, where now 
stands Perley Block, on I^^ssex street. He was a man of strict integ- 
rity, of high personal character and social standing. 

Mr. Perley had the refined taste of a florist, and cultivated large 
parterres of flowers at the rear of his store. The cultivation of them 
afforded him wholesome exercise, and drew largely the trade of 
ladies who are ever fond of flowers and are delighted with their red- 
olence and beauty. In the Salem Gazette appeared the advertise- 
ment dated 9 June, 18()2, wherein Mr. Perley gives notice of his 
determination "to discontinue his present business at 252 Essex 
street, and offers for cash at greatly reduced prices, his extensive 
stock of boots, shoes and rubbers, consisting principally of Ladies', 
Misses' and Children's wear. The above stock, as. to quality, is 
second to none in this city." 

Mr. Perley's first wife was Sarah Kimball, published 19 Oct., 
1817, and born 5 Jan., 1789, to Enoch and Huldah-Gould Kimball of 
Boxford. She died in Salem 7 Dec, 1826, the mother of two children. 
His second wife, married 23 Feb., 1832, was Mrs. Asenath-Gould 
Perley, widow of his brother Israel Perley-125. She died in Salem, 
19 Feb., 1855, of congestion of the lungs, aged sixty-two years; he 
died 19 Aug., 1874, aged eighty-six years, two months and twenty- 
four days. 

1 Perley children: Sarah-, Elizabeth Kimball", Ellen Augusta'-. 

2 Sarah^ was born in 1819. Elizabeth^ was born 17 July, 1821, 
in Boxford, and died 16 July, 1887, in Brooklyn, N. Y., unmarried. 
Ellen' was born in Salem 7 May, 1838, and 1 Oct., 1862, married, in 
Salem, Charles Frederic Robbins, who was born 21 Jan., 1836, in 
Buffalo, N. Y., to Nathaniel C. and Ann-Wilkins Robbins. Charles 
F. was a merchant. He died in Greatneck, N. Y., in June, 1899. 
They had only one child, Alice, who was born 21 Jan., 1870, in 
Brooklyn, N. Y., and married William Clark Roe. 



ISRAEL PERLEY was born in Boxford 27 March, 1790. He 
married Asenath Gould I June, 1815, who was born in 1792, to Dan- 
iel and Sarah-Bradstreet Gould of Boxford. He died at St. Andrews, 


N. B., 4 Aug., 1822. His widow married his brother John-124. 

The Eastport Sentinel, dated the 10th of Aug., 1822, has the 
following relating to his death: 

"In St. Andrews jail on Sunday last, Mr. Israel Perley, belonging 
to Salem, Mass., aged 32 years. Mr. P. had been imprisoned the 
last 15 months for debt. His brother, Mr. John Perley, took passage 
a short time since in a vessel from Salem for the purpose of going to 
St. Andrews and liberating his brother. On the passage he fell from 
the mast head, a distance of about 50 feet, and was so much injured 
(though no limbs were broken) that his life was despaired of for 
several days. He is still confined to his bed in this place, but we 
are happy to state that he is fast recovering. — An Inquest was held 
on the body of Mr. Perley, and the following is the verdict, which is 
taken from the St. Andrews Herald. His remains were interred 
on Tuesday last from the boarding house of Mr. Joseph Parker, in 
St. Andrews. 

" 'That the aforesaid Israel Pearley, on the fourth day of August, 
instant, being a prisoner in the gaol at St. Andrews in the County 
aforesaid, then and there died of the visitation of God ; and the 
jurors aforesaid, upon their oaths further say, that they believe his 
death has been hastened, in consequence of his confinement in the 
lower room of the gaol, where he was exposed for three months to a 
pestilential effluvia arising from the vault in said room, which occa- 
sioned insanity and disease, by which he came to his death.' " 

This fatal episode in Perley's life should not be considered a re- 
flection upon his character as a man. If the present national bank- 
rupt law is right and just, the law that confined this man and cut off 
every means of his ever paying the debt was cruel, unreasonable 
and wrong. 

1 Perley children: Augustus-261, Mary Jane, who was born in 
Salem, 4 July, 1818, has never married, and is living in Boxford with 
her niece Adelaidc-2t)l\ 



HARRIET PERLEY was born 14 May, 1803, and 25 May, 
1829, married William Neale Cleaveland, born 6 April, 1798, to Dr. 
Nehemiah and Experience-Lord Cleaveland of Topsfield, the resi- 
dence being now known as the "Church Home." He was educated 
at the Bradford and Atkinson academies. 

"For two or three winters he taught school very acceptably. 
Then he took charge of his father's farm. Called to take an active 
part in town and parish affairs, he early evinced an aptitude for busi- 
ness, combined with a praiseworthy independence of thought and 

"Very soon after his marriage, he removed to Killingly, Conn. 
There, with a young partner of some experience in the business, he 
reared a small mill for the spinning and weaving of cotton. This 


mill stood where, a few years later, the Danielsonville Manufacturing 
Company erected their large factory. After two years of hard work 
and of very successful operations, he sold out to his partner and 
returned to Essex County. 

"Mr. Gorham Parsons had, just before, come into possession of 
the small but once famous water power, at the head of tide-water 
in the Parker river, Newbury, and, in conjunction with the in- 
genious and celebrated Paul Moody of Lowell, had rebuilt dam and 
mill. The spot might well be dear to Mr. Moody, for there he was 
born, and there he had served his apprenticeship to the great Jacob 
Perkins, in the rude little shop which produced and sent forth the 
first nails ever made by mechanical power. Of Mr. Parsons' mill, 
Mr. Cleaveland took a seven years' lease, and with a silent partner, 
proceeded to stock it with machinery for the manufacture of cotton 
cloth. In this responsible position, involving the care and control 
of many individuals, and demanding a constant exercise of judgment 
and skill, he was a very efficient superintendent. But though he 
succeeded, so far as production was concerned, he was unable to 
make the business profitable. Under the disastrous influence of the 
'Compromise' (so called) American manufactures were then fast 
declining, and when that lease expired, that influence had culminated 
in universal stagnation, and wide-spread ruin. As nothing to en- 
courage its continuance was visible in prospect, the enterprise was 
given up. 

"In 1842, Mr. Cleaveland returned to his early home, which still 
remained in the family, and which continued to be his place of resi- 
dence for the next thirteen years. Here he was variously occupied. 
He planted orchards and some ornamental trees, and superintended 
those alterations and improvements which soon made the old house 
and its surroundings an object of rare attraction. After the con- 
struction of the Danvers & Georgetown railroad, he was made a 
director of the company, and held for several years the office of 
treasurer. He was a selectman of Topsfield in 1824 and 1845. 

"In 1856, he removed to Boxford, and settled on that large Per- 
ley farm which has come down in the family, unalienated, from the 
first settlers of the town. He undertook the administration and set- 
tlement of estates; and the welfare of the parish early enlisted his 
warm interest and active efforts. 

"He was not, indeed, in the usual sense of the phrase, a public 
man, — neither could his life be regarded as specially eventful. 
Those, however, who knew what he was, will hardly doubt that had 
he been less modest, or more ambitious, he could easily have played 
a part in legislation or in politics, nor can it be doubted that those 
energies of mind and will, which gave to him the leadership in a 
small community, would have made him conspicuously useful on a 
wider stage." 

Mr. Cleaveland died 10 Feb., 1872, at the age of seventy-three 
years; his widow, of pneumonia, 23 Jan., 1879, aged seventy-five. 
They repose in Harmony Cemetery, where an elegant monument 
has been erected to their memory. Mrs. Cleaveland was a woman 
of great worth, of strong intellect and constitution, a friend to human 


kind, and loved and respected by a wide circle of friends and 
acquaintances. Their children were all born in Killingly, Conn. 

1 Cleaveland children: William Perley'^, Lucy^ Mary Neale^ 
Harriet^ James Putnam^, Ellen Maria^ 

2 William P.^ was born 19 March, 1830, and 28 May, 1861, mar- 
ried Ada Byron Peabody, daughter of Benjamin and Rachel-Hunting 
Peabody of Boxford, where she was born 10 May, 1836. He was 
early engaged in railroading in Ohio, but later settled in Boxford as 
a butcher. He died 26 Oct., 1903. Issue, born in Boxford: Lucy, 
born 5 May, 1862, and died 8 Aug., 1877; Ada Louisa, born 19 Dec, 
1863, educated at Bradford Academy, died a teacher in the Hamp- 
ton Institute in Hampton, Va., 18 April, 1902: Bessie, born 7 Feb., 
1868, is a teacher of music and resides in Boxford; Rebecca Perley, 
born 21 Dec, 1869, and died of cholera infantum, 7 Sept., 1871; 
Alice Peabody, born 11 March, 1872, is a stenographer in Boston; 
and Mary Neale, born 27 April, 1875, is a teacher of music in the 
public schools and resides in Boxford. 

3 Lucy^ was born 4 June, 1833, and died in Topsfield, 19 June, 
1846; Mary N.^ and Harriet^ the former born in Aug., 1835, the 
latter in Jan., 1837, lived on the homestead with their brother James 
P.; Harriet died, unmarried, in Salem, 18 March, 1903; Ellen M.^ was 
born 14 Sept., 1843, and died in Topsfield, 19 June, 1846. 

4 James P.' was born 21 May, 1838, and 26 Nov., 1872, married 
Anna G. Palmer, daughter of Asher and Anne R.-Folsom Palmer of 
Boxford. He possessed his father's estate, and was a progressive 
and independent farmer. He died without issue 24 Dec, 1892. His 
widow married James Milton Loring and lives in St. Louis. 



JOHN PERLEY was born in Winchendon 8 (History of Win- 
chendon says 2) Oct., 1768. He married in 1796, and settled in 
Unity, Me., in 1800. He was a teacher of vocal music, and retained 
his voice to the last. He was somewhat noted as a teacher of the 
violin. In 1799, while of Winchendon, he was chosen on a committee 
with Dr. Israel Whiton, Dea. Samuel Prentice, Mr. Ezra Hyde and 
Capt. David Rice, to confer with Rev. Joseph Brown, on the ques- 
tion of his (Brown's) "usefulness as a teacher of piety, religion and 
morals, in that place." 

Mr. Perley was published 8 P'eb., 1795, and married 4 Jan., 1796, 
Mary Spaulding of Chelmsford, who was born there 5 July, 1769, 
to Benjamin and Mary Spaulding-Spaulding. He died in Unity of 
consumption 15 May, 1843; she died 21 Nov., 1861, aged ninety-two 
years. "She slept and never woke." 

1 Perley children : Benjamin Spaulding-262, Nancy-, Mehitable^ 
Mary*, Dudley^ John-263. 

2 Nancy^ was born in Winchendon, Mass., 17 Dec, 1799, and 
married Cudworth Bryant Clark, a farmer of Unity, Me., born in 
Damariscotta, Me., 27 Aug., 1794. His mother's maiden name was 


Bryant, His father's name was John Clark, ikl. familiarly called 
"Fiddler Clark," or "Ihiclc Johnnie," son of l^lisha Clark, who was 
sonofjosiah Clark, born in Kittory, Me., '20 Feb., 1704. ["Uncle 
Johnnie " was one of twenty own brothers and sisters, each of sepa- 
rate birth. The first was twenty years old, when the twentieth 
was born.] Nancy's husband died i) Nov., 1S57, in Unity; she was 
buried there 27 March, 1S();5. The Clark children were Harriet 
Newell'\ Dudley I'erley", Mary Perley", Benjamin Uussey'', John 
Perley", Rhoda Jane'", Jacob Washington", Charles lulwin'-, Daniel 
Hall, born 21 or 27 Dec, 1842, and died young, unmarried. 

8 Mehitable' was born 20 Feb., 1801, and died 4 Nov., 1802. 
Dudley' was born 25 March, 180(5. He was a student and teacher. 
A trigonometry used by him is in existence. He died about 182ti. 

4 'Mary' was born 15 Oct., 1808, in Unity. She married in 1828 
or 9, Robert Spencer, who died "a long time ago." Mrs. Spencer 
lived a widow in Bangor, spending her summers in the country. 
Her children were Mary Jane Bryant, born 24 July. 1880, married 
Freeman Wentworth, who died "several years ago," and died her- 
self in June or 8 Aug., 1904, leaving a son Wilson ; Nancy Clark, 
born 18 Nov., 1882, married Perry Barnes, and has been "dead some 
years"; Adolizer, born 18 Aug., and died 10 Dec, 1884; PLliza 
Bumps, born 8 Feb., 188(), and married Geo. Henry Baker; James 

Sampson, born 18 Oct., 1888, married, first. Temperance Jane , 

and, second, Ftta Snow; Pamela Spaulding, born 18 May, 1840, and 

married, first, (lould, and second, Benjamin Stevens; Clarissa 

Stevens, born 5 Feb., 1842, and married Orlando DeForrest 

5 Harriet Newell" was born in Freedom, Me., 21 Oct., 1822. 
She married in Rockland, Me., 8 Oct., 1854, and became the second 
wife of Wm. Yeaton Sawyer, a ship carpenter, who was born at 
North Haven Island, Me., 18 Aug., 1818, to Paul, a sea captain, and 
Diadama-Cooper Sawyer. Mrs. Sawyer died in North Dixmont, 
Me., 8 Aug., 1894; and he in Rockland, 22 March, 1908. Sawyer 
issue: Roscoe Oscar, born 21 Oct., 1848, married Sarah E. Duffey 
of Bangor; Truman Irons'"; Leslie Horace, born 24 June, 1858, unmar- 
ried in Fairbanks, Alaska; Foster Perley, born 16 Oct., 1860, mar- 
ried Agnes May Sharpe; Jennie May, born 25 April, 1862, died 12 
Nov., 1864; Hattie May'-*. 

6 Dudley Perley- was born in Unity, Me., 24 Oct., 1824. He was 
a farmer. He married Lucy Ellen Warren, a school teacher, who 
was born in Freedom, Me., 24 Aug., 1884, to Phineas, farmer, and 
Lucy-Tibbetts Warren. Mr. Clark died 5 Oct., 1879, in Unity 
where his widow now lives. Their children: Judson A., born 24 
April, 1853, married 12 Oct., 1878, died 9 Dec, 1897; Addie B., 
born 14 June, 1855, married 21 Oct., 1879; Lucius T., born 16 Aug., 
1857, married Oct., 1881, died 29 Oct., 1891 ; Etta P. or J., born 23 
Feb., 1858, married 15 Sept., 1887; Phineas W., born 7 Dec, 1860, 
married 4 Feb., 1885; Melvin D., born 28 Feb., 1868; Agnes E., 
born 16 Jan., 1865, married 9 Nov., 1887 ; Carro M., born 6 Sept.,1867 ; 
Alfred M.,born 14 Feb., 1869, married 24 Aug., 1893 ; Therese M., born 
5 July, 1871 ; Ethel F., born 10 Sept., 1878, married 31 Dec, 1897; a 
daughter, born and died 27 Dec, 1876. 



7 Mary F.^ was born 20 Aug., 1827. She married Benjamin 
Glidden and had issue: Melzena, Berbers F., and Percy. She died 
in Bradford, 111., 28 May, 1898. 

8 Benjamin H.^ was born 9 Dec, 1^29. He married 29 Jan., 
1803, in PVeedom, Me., FlavillaWarren who was born 28 Sept., 
1840, in Freedom, to Phineas, a farmer, and Lucy-Tibbitts Warren. 
Mr. Clark was by trade a carpenter. He died 12 Dec, 1900, in Pas- 
adena, Cal., where his widow now resides. Clark issue: F"lorence, 
born 2 April, 1805, married 28 June, 1883, Alfred G. Sweet, died 18 
March, 1886, in Bradford, 111.; Gertrude, born 11 April, 1807, died 
18 Sept., 1807; Clarence B., born 10 May, 1874, now of Pasadena. 

9 John Perley^was born 29 Aug., 1882, in Unity, Me.; he mar- 
ried 18 Nov., 1858, Angle Susannah Perkins, born in Newcastle, Me., 
18 March, 1835, to John, farmer, and Mary-Clarke Perkins. He was 
a merchant in Sierra Madre, Cal., where he died 13 Aug., 1884. 
She is living, Jan., 1905. They had issue: James P2ugene-208"; 
Ernest Perley''; Arthur Foster, born May, 1804, in Unity, Me., 
married Alia Aldrich; Charles Perkins, born 19 May, 1879, in 
Riverside, Me. These three reside in Riverside, Cal. 

10 Rhoda ].'- was born 8 P'eb., 1^84, and died in Cherokee, la. 
She married, first, Lucius Taylor, and, second, Carlos Taylor. 

11 Jacob W.'' was born in Unity, Me., 22 May, 1887. He mar- 
ried in Unity, 25 Dec, 1858, Martha Ann Mosher, born in 
Unity, 23 Aug., 1840, to Joseph, a farmer, and Nancy-Hatch Mosher. 
He enlisted in Co. K, 20th Maine infantry regiment, and was dis- 
charged near the close of the war for disability. He was a life-long 
Christian and excellent citizen. He died in Plymouth, Me., 23 April, 
1891. His widow resides in Detroit, Me. Their children, born in Plym- 
outh, Me., but the first: Carlos Taylor''^; Clarence Irving'"; Georgia 
Anna"; William Henry'''; La\inia Angle, born 18 Feb., 1><70, resides 
in Detroit; Eva Myra'"'. 

12 Charles E.- was born in Unity, Me., 15 May, 1^40. He mar- 
ried 24 Aug., 1802, Harriet Jane Taylor, born in Albion, Me., 12 
Sept., 1844, to Eathan and Artemesia-Tylor Taylor. Mr. Clark is a 
farmer of Unity, Me. Their children: Caro Frances, born in Unity, 
2 June, 1808, married and living in Waterville; Jennie May, born in 
Albion, Me., 8 May, 1><05, married Ernest Patten of West Hampden; 
Calvin Chauncy F"arnham, born in Albion, 4 July, 1807, married in 
Los Angeles, Cal.; Daniel Anderson, born in Albion 8 Nov., 1><09, 
married in Boston; Roscoe Perley^\ 

13 Truman I.' was born in Thomaston, Me., 81 Oct., 1x50. 
He married 5 April, 1884, in Dixmont, Me., Marcia Belle Eldridge, 
born in Etna, Me., 14 Feb., 1><08, to Thompson, a farmer, and Sarah 
Abigail-Eldridge Eldridge. Their home is North Dixmont, Me., 
where Mr. Sawyer is a carpenter. Their children, born in Dixmont : 
Homer Benson, 11 Aug., 18^4; Harriet Merle, 10 Jan., 1880; Wil- 
liam Leslie, 23 -Oct., 1887; Irving Trueman, 18 April, 1894; Casta 
Agnes, 25 March, 1890; Kneeland Arthur, 10 Feb., 1900. 

14 Hattie M.^ was born in Plymouth, Me., 8 Jan., 1865. She 
married, first, in Dixmont, Me., 19 Jan., 1880, James Elmer Garland, 
born in Newburg, Me., 28 Oct., 1803, to James Garland, a farmer. 
Mr. Garland died in North Dixmont, 8 April, 1891. She married. 


second, in Bangor, 30 Jan., 1895, Isaac Edson Archibald, master 
mariner, born in Guysboro, N. S., 22 Sept., 1861, to Isaac, farmer, 
and Mary-Horton Archibald. Their home is Rockland, Me. 

15 Ernest P.^ was born 13 Dec, 1859, in Alna, Me. He married 
in Los Angeles, Cal., 3 July 1888, Louise M. Harvey, physician, 
born in Athens, Me., 8 Nov., 1859. Mr. Clarke is an editor in 
Riverside, Cal. 

16 Carlos T." was born 19 May, 1861, in Knox, Me. When two 
years old he removed with his parents to Plymouth, Me., where he 
grew to manhood, the while assisting in the grist mill and on the 
farm. He fitted himself for the teachers' vocation and for some 
years practised it with notable success. Then he became station 
agent and telegrapher for railroads and is now located at Carver, 
Mass. Mr. Clark took an active interest in this work and furnished 
material for a large part of his branch. He married 15 Oct., 1890, 
Miss Hattie F. Martin, born in Detroit, Me., 12 Oct., 1862, to Ezra 
Martin, a farmer. She was a professional bookkeeper. She died 
in Nickerson, Kan., 9 Jan., 1894. She left one child, Lamont 
Martin, born in Waldoboro, Me., 24 June, 1892, and now living with 
his father. 

17 Clarence I.^'^ was born 25 Feb., 1864. He married 7 Sept., 

1886, Lizzie Mabel Farwell. She died in Lynn, Mass. Mr. Clark 
is a box-maker in Detroit, Me. They had one child, Florence G. 

18 Georgia A." was born 25 Jan., 1867. She married in Plym- 
outh, Me., 21 Dec, 1884, Nelson W. Norton. She died 16 Feb., 

1887, in Plymouth, leaving one child, Dora A. 

19 William H.^^ was born 16 Oct., 1871. He married in Plym- 
outh, 24 Dec, 1898, Lanora May Curtis of Stetson, Me. Mr. 
Clark is a farmer in Detroit. They have one child, Percy Glenwood, 
born in Plymouth, 23 Dec, 1900. 

20 Eva M.^' was born 21 Feb., 1881. She married in Plym- 
outh, 12 Nov., 1898, Fred John Grant of Winterport, where they 

21 Roscoe P.^-' was born in Albion, Me., 27 June, 1876. He mar- 
ried 1 May, 1899, Maude Lillian Crosby, born in Unity, 29 Dec, 1876, 
to Eli Vickery and Emma Randlet-Libbey Crosby. Mr. Clark is a 
miller in Albion. Their child is Ervena Emma, born 1 Oct., 1904, 
in Albion. 



ASA PERLEY was born in Winchendon, 9 July, 1772. In 
1793 he owned a potash works. The Town Records have the fol- 
lowing layout of an early road : a road from the Fitzwilliam road, a 
little north of the John Gill house almost due east to Asa Perley's, 
eighty rods. Mr. Perley was a selectman, 1809, 1810, and 1815. 
He was a farmer and a useful citizen and esteemed. 

Asa Perley sold to John Bishop, yeoman, of Medford, 20 Oct., 
1801, land 117^ acres in Winchendon No. 27.— Reg., 156 : 85. 


John Bishop sold the same property 20 Oct., 1801, to Asa Perley. 
—Reg., 156 :8t). 

Moses Hale, Jr., Esq., and Asa Perley. yeoman, for $10, 7 July, 
1812, sold to Abijah Pierce of Winchendon, gentleman, all of 
Winchendon, an undivided third part of John Manning lot No. 192, 
in Winchendon, sold to them at auction for taxes. — Reg., 194 : 97 and 
197 :589. 

Abijah Pierce, gentleman, Asa Perley, yeoman, Moses Hale, 
Esq., all of Winchendon, 16 Nov., 1815, for $175, sold to Nathan 
Raymond of Westminster, gentleman, land in Winchendon. — 
Reg., 213 :350. 

Moses Hale, Jr., Esq., and Mary his wife, for $60, 16 March, 
1818, sold to Asa Perley, both of Winchendon, that part of lot No. 
192, etc., bought of Hannaniah Whitney collector of taxes. — Reg., 
259 :201. 

Joshua Gill, housewright, for $500, 11 March, 1819, sold to Asa 
Perley, yeoman, both of Winchendon, land 80 acres on "north 
branch turnpike." — Reg., 216 : 151. 

Asa Perley, yeoman, for $70, 12 June, 1821, sold to Abijah Pierce, 
gentleman, both of Winchendon, land No. 112, sold for taxes by Mr. 
Pierce, collector of taxes, to Asa Perley and Moses Hale, Jr. It was 
once John Manning's. — Reg., 232 : 468. 

Abijah Pierce, gentleman, and wife Elizabeth, for $500, 21 Feb., 
1822, sold to Joseph Whitney and Asa Perley, yeomen, "the farm on 
which I now live," lot No. 31, south division, with buildings, 100 
acres, bounded by Dea. Moses Hale. — Reg., 227 :351. 

Joseph Whitney, Asa Perley, Mary Perley and Hannah Whitney 
sold for $500, 30 April, 1822, to Abijah Pierce, gentleman, all of 
Winchendon, farm half a mile east of meeting-house. — Reg. ,228 : 552. 

Asa Perley, for $25, 13 Aug., 1824, sold to Joseph Whitney, yeo- 
man of Winchendon, interest in buildings and land formerly Dud- 
ley Perley's, late of Winchendon, same now occupied by Joseph 
Whitney, two miles east of common. — Reg., 238 : 589. 

Asa Perley, for $275, 21 Jan., 1831, sold to Peter Eaton, yeoman, 
of Winchendon, 33 acres of land in the southeastern part of that 
town, with rights of way over Joseph Whitney's land, which is men- 
tioned in the boundary. — Reg., 181 :215. 

He married 12 May, 1803, Mary Hunt, who was baptised 16 
May, 1779, for Nehemiah of Westminster. He died 4 or 10 Oct. ,1831. 

John, Ira, Phebe, children of Asa of Winchendon, over fourteen, 
chose Eben. Butler, guardian, 2 Nov., 1831; Henry chose Dudley 
Perley, 21 Oct., 1834, and Nehemiah Woodbury 21 May, 1835.— 
No. 26027. His administrator, by order of Probate Court, could sell 
land, 3 Jan., 1832. — Reg., 327 :224. His son Asa was his administrator. 

1 Perley children: Hannah'^ Asa'\ Dudley*, Mary'-, Ira^ John"-, 
Phebe'^ Henry''. 

2 Hannah*, born 15 March, 1804, was, with Asa* and Dudley*, 
baptised 27 May, 1810. It may be she who was baptised and re- 
ceived a member of the church 1 Sept., 1822. She married 1 Jan., 
1834, Edward Goddard of Winchendon; she left three daughters. 
Mary* was born 7 July, 1810, and married Perez D. P'rench, of whom 
a son lived in Ashby. John^ born 26 Aug., 1812, died 6 Aug., 1833. 


Phebe^ was baptised 29 March, 1818, and married Nathan Howe, 
said to be related to Dudley Perley Howe of Fitzwilliam, N. H. 

3 Asa^ was born 9 Jan., 180(5. He was a farmer. His wife's 
name was Mary. He died of consumption 24 Jan., 1841. 

"Asa Perley, Jr., administrator of the estate of Asa Perley, late 
of Winchendon, by order of Probate Court, 3 Jan., 1832," for $187.23, 
29 June, 1835, sold to John and William Flint of Winchendon, yeo- 
men, land in Winchendon, 62 acres and 116 poles. — Reg., 327 : 224. 

John and William Flint, yeomen, for $180, 29 June, 1835, sold to 
Asa Perley, both of Winchendon, land in east part of the town. 
"Asa Perley dec*^" is mentioned.— Reg., 320 : 342. 

Asa Perley [Jr. and administrator], yeoman, and Mary my wife, 
for $500, 31 Dec, 1835, sold to Joshua Gill, carpenter, both of Win- 
chendon, land 80 acres and 6 acres meadow, in Winchendon, " north 
branch turnpike." — Reg., 266 : 97. 

Perez D. French, yeoman, and wife Mary, Ashburnham, for 
$400, 24 May, 1837, sold Asa Perley, Winchendon, laborer, land in 
west part of Ashburnham on the Winchendon road. Mentions "My 
mother P21izabeth French." — Reg., 327 : 155. 

4 Dudley^ was born 17 May, 1808. From probate number 
46021, it seems that Dudley died in March or April, 1835, having 
property valued at $454.39; that Ebenezer Butler filed his bond as 
administrator, 23 July, 1835; and these expressed their satisfaction 
with the administrator's account: Nehemiah Woodbury, guardian 
for Henry Perley, Edward Goddard, Ira Perley [probably in his 21*** 
year] Asa Perley, Perez D. PVench, Mary Perley [widow.?]. 
Ebenezer Butler, guardian. 

5 Ira' was baptised 16 July, 1815. Ira Perley, chair maker, 1 
Nov., 1836, for $213, sold to Horace Black, both of Ashburnham, 
land in Winchendon. — Reg., 320 : 667. 

Edward Goddard, and wife Hannah, Winchendon, yeoman, for 
$200, 8 Dec, 1837, deeded to Ira Perley, Ashburnham, chair maker, 
land in northeast part of Winchendon, "Widow Mary Perley's land 
on the north line of Dea. Hale farm," 39 acres, 98 rods. — Reg., 
348 :47. 

Perez D. F"rench, and wife Mary P., Ashburnham, yeoman, for 
$400, 23 Aug., 1838, sold to Ira Perley of Winchendon, yeoman, land 
in west part of Ashbiirnham, on Winchendon road, 28 acres with 
buildings.— Reg., 335 :417. 

Ira Perley, yeoman, for $300, 11 May, 1839, mortgaged to Joseph 
Whitney, yeoman, both of Winchendon, land, 32 acres and 136 rods 
with buildings, in the eastern part of Winchendon, a part of that 
owned by my father Asa, and then sold by deed dated 26 Oct., 1836, 
to my brother Asa. Mentions "Widow Perley." — Reg., 344 : 93. 

The inventory of the estate of Ira Perley, farmer, of Winchendon, 
shows $1325.19 of real and personal, of which $980 was real; but the 
account subsequently rendered shows a balance in the hands of the 
administrator for distribution of $585.10, and a dividend to creditors 
of 19 cents 9 mills on a dollar. The bond and order of notification 
are dated 2 Feb., 1841.— Reg., 460 : 26. 

6 Henry was in early life a school teacher, was a member of the 
school board, 1840 and 1850. He was one of a committee chosen 3 


April, 1854, to devise a town school system. He owned a farm in 
Kansas, but his home was in Prairie City, 111. He married, first, Mary 
Jane Stacy, born in Stoddard, N. H., to Samuel and Mary, and died 
7 Oct., 1849, aged twenty-five years, nine months, and two days. In 
1854, Oct. 25, he married Emeline Smith, a daughter of Christopher 
Smith of West Boylston, thirty-three years old at the time of this 
her first marriage. 



BETSEY PERLEY was born 22 Feb., 1776. She was married 
by Levi Pillsbury 17 Sept., 1806, to Ezra Hyde, Jr., of Winchendon, 
where he was born in Sept., 1774. She died 16 June, 1812, in the 
sixth year of her marriage. "Ezra Hyde 14 July, 1830," in Win- 
chendon, probably refers to the death of his father. 

Mr. Hyde was a farmer in Winchendon. He was greatly inter- 
ested in local education. He was a school teacher ten years, and 
served several years on the school board. Hyde's history of Win- 
chendon was his labor. It was a very accurate and creditable work, 
was well appreciated by the public, and the edition was soon ex- 
hausted. He died in Oct., 1849. 

[Mr. Hyde had a second wife, Polly Raymond, and children: 
Maria, James, Daniel, Alfred Warren, John and Susan.] 

1 Hyde children : Ezra'", Ezra'-, and daughter'". 

2 The first Ezra^ was born 7 Aug., 1807, and died young. The 
daughter^ was born in 1811. The second Ezra^ was born 17 Aug., 
1809. He was a manufacturer of woolen goods, till he was forty-five 
years old, when he annexed the manufacture of lumber. He pur- 
sued the double manufacture for twenty years or more. Winchendon 
was his home and he was one of the prominent men of the town. 
His first wife Adeline Everett, married 1 Jan., 1834, by whom he had 
a daughter born in March, 1835, that died soon after. His second 
wife, married 1 Jan., 1851, was Nancy Jane Young of Gardner, by 
whom he had Ezra Warren, born 26 Jan., 1852, and died 18 July, 
1853; Ezra Warren, born 18 June, 1854; Mary Jane, born 29 Aug., 
1857, and married 5 Sept., 1878, 'William A. Beaman of Winchen- 
don; Emma Etta, born 22 July, 1859; Eddy Lincoln, born 7 Aug., 
1861, and died 16 April, 1870. 



HANNAH PERLEY was born 8 Dec, 1777, the year of Bur- 
goyne's surrender. She married 12 Dec, 1799, Joseph Whitney, a 
farmer of Winchendon. He was born 20 May, 1775, to William and 
Mary-Mansfield Whitney, and died 21 Oct., 1852. She died 21 Dec, 


1 Whitney children : Joseph"*, Dudley^ Seba-, Thomas-, Hannah", 
Cynthia'^ William'^, Grover SchoUay", Betsey-. 

2 Seba^ was born 22 Feb., 1805. She married George Cum- 
mings, and died without issue, 24 Dec, 1834. Thomas^ was born 4 
March, 1807, and died childless 12 May, 1843. Cynthia' was born 
25 Jan., 1812, and died 6 March, 1838. William' was born 29 July, 
1814, married Mary Glines, and died at Jamaica Plain, "some time 
ago," leaving there a daughter and two sons. Betsey' was born 21 
May, 1821, married Almon Poland, and died 1 July, 1844, with no 

3 Joseph' was born 10 Oct., 1800, married 20 Oct., 1821, Abigail 
Flint, who died 17 Dec, 1837 ; married, second, Mrs. Charlotte 
Nutting 3 Jan., 1842. Their children were Joseph, born 11 Oct., 
1822; Sarah Stone, born 7 May, 1825, with home in Vinton, or La- 
porte City, Iowa; Milton G.''; McLane McClure, born 9 Aug., 
1830; Dudley, born 10 Aug., 1833, who lived at 758 Broadway, 
South Boston. 

4 Dudley' was born 12 July, 1802. His wife was Mary Shaw. 
He died 7 Sept., 1831. His daughter, Georgianna Selina, married 
Edward A. Fenlon of Boston, and their daughter married George 
Smith of Boston. 

5 Hannah' was born i) Aug., 1809. She married, first, Joseph 
B. Adams in 1829, a farmer in Winchendon, by whom she had two 
children. He died from the effects of an accident in 1836, and she 
married, second, Horace Whitcomb. Her children were Dudley 
Whitney^; Maxwell, who died "some years ago"; Angle B.; Stella 
S.; Fannie I. 

6 Grover S.' was born 10 July, 1816, married 30 March, 1851, 
Laura Ann Bowker Roby, born in East Cambridge, to P^benezer 
and Laura-Bowker Roby of Winchendon, where he died of consump- 
tion, 16 April, 1868, leaving Clara Sigourney, born 9 June, 1855, 
and Charles Melville, born 4 Dec, 1862. The Congregationalist, 
Boston, noticed Mr. Whitney's death : "Disease for years had made 
inroads upon his body, but it could not keep down the energy and 
ardor of his earnest soul. Behind his modest brow was a large 
brain, and when he felt a grand truth, its movements were to all 
hearts what the stroke of the engine is to the mill. A large circle 
will miss an earnest Christian, and a bold defender of the truth. 
His end was peace." 

7 Milton G.^ was born 30 Nov., 1827, and married 17 Sept., 1851, 
Harriet Osborn, who was born 6 March, 1832. They resided in Vin- 
ton, Benton County, Iowa. He was a farmer and grain dealer. Issue : 
Edgar D., born 17 May, 1858, dealer in coal, wood and farm machin- 
ery in Reinbeck, and Jay P., born 9 Jan., 1862, and after graduation 
pursued the study of medicine. 

8 Dudley W.' was born 30 Nov., 1831, in Winchendon. In 1856, 
Jan. 31, he married Hannah Huestis, whose mother's name was 
Hannah. His wife was born 17 Sept., 1838, in Yarmouth, N. S. 
They resided in Waukon, Iowa. 

On 26 Sept., 1878, Mr. Adams wrote: "My mother's name is 
Hannah, my grandmother's name was Hannah, my great-grand- 



mother's name was Hannah, my wife's name is Hannah, my wife's 
mother's name was Hannah, and my wife's grandmother's name was 
Hannah; 'Give my love to Hannah'"; and we are reminded, that 
in his own peculiar way he is the Samuel of them all. 

He says he was named for his uncle Dudley Whitney, who was 
named for their grandfather Lt. Dudley Perley. The estimation of 
the Perleys of Winchendon is shown in the town annals. Dudley 
Perley was a selectman in 1772, his son Asa in 1809, 1810, 1815, his 
grandson G. S. Whitney in 1849. Henry Perley, another grandson, 
was on the school board. 

A fatal accident deprived Mr. Adams of his paternal guardian 
when five years old, and his future was directed by the watchful 
care of "the best of mothers." He was educated in the town 
schools and meanwhile assisted on the farm, one of those rocky New 
England institutions, of which, he said, Winchendon seemed to have 
the lion's share. 

He was passionately fond of all kinds of sports — of fireside, field, 
and brook. He played fox and geese, twelve men morris, dominoes, 


checkers, and all the old-fashioned Puritan games. Some of his 
mates hid in barns and woods and played cards, and their hiding 
suggested that there was something wrong about it. Always con- 
fiding in his mother implicitly and making her his oracle, he one 
day asked her if card-playing was wicked. She replied, that it was 
not necessarily wicked, but bad men use cards more than any other 
of the indoor games for gambling, and that gambling was wrong. 
She was a wise and judicious mother, and planned to prevent entice- 
ment; and though an active and conscientious Christian woman, 
cards were soon added to the list of games. The boy-promise he 
made her at that time was neither forgotten nor violated. Not even 
a bet has been paid "the fickle goddess," but when visiting his 
mother, with her age at even three score and ten, the old game she 
taught him was part of their pastime. 

He was also fond of hunting and fishing. In this his mother in- 
dulged him, sometimes against the murmur of neighbors. He was 
Isaac Walton's disciple, and as president of the Waukon Shooting 
Club, could easily bring down his share of birds. 

It was his mother's design to give him a classical education, but 
his eyes failed him, and he hired out to E. Murdock as chore boy 
and job teamster at $8 per month for six months. He then at- 
tended school spring and fall, worked on the farm summers, and 
taught school winters, with eminent success, at $15 to $25 per 

In 1853, a little less than twenty-one, valise in hand, he turned 
his face westward. He went to Buffalo, by steamer to Chicago, then 
by rail to Freeport, the end of railroading at that time. Then he 
journeyed by stage, with a drunken driver, to Galena, a vigorous 
mining town; then on the "Father of Waters" two days and one 
night a steamer stemmed the noble current and landed him on its 
western shore. He was "beyond the Mississippi,'" the uncultivated, 
uncultured West before him, friends, relatives and civilization, "Oh 
so far, far behind." 

The county seat was eighteen miles to the southwest, and through 
a drizzling rain the embryo village was reached — a small court- 
house of aspen logs and the log cabin of the pioneer Shattuck. He 
was heartily welcomed and slept that night between two piles of 
corn in the loft. The next day he made the choice of a lifetime : 
that the beautiful, fertile spot should be his home. He bought of 
the government a small farm of virgin soil. He and a partner built 
the first store in Waukon, which, not suiting his taste, he soon sold 
to his partner. The following winter he was appointed Deputy 
County Recorder of Deeds and Commissioner to locate swamp lands 
donated by the government to Allawakee County. The year follow- 
ing he with a partner built a steam saw-mill which soon after burned. 
He sustained the financial loss with great difificulty. 

At the age of twenty-two he was elected president of the Alle- 
wakee County Agricultural Society, probably the youngest person 
that ever held such a position. 

He married 31 Jan., 1856, Hannah Huestis, a native of Nova 
Scotia, a lady seven years his junior, and the next day began house- 


keeping, where they long lived. Their house was of boards, twenty 
by twelve feet, and so open that on windy evenings they could have 
no light nor fire for warmth. Their furniture was four wood chairs, 
a table, a bedstead and a trunk. Such was pioneer life only forty- 
nine years ago. 

He w as always fond of horticultural pursuits, and a large part of 
his farm ing was growing of fruits and trees. The pecuniary result 
was good, but his work and pen afforded a greater measure of suc- 
cess in official status at home and abroad. At state fairs he frequently 
took first prizes for fruits and the same for wines three successive 
years. At thirty-six years of age he was elected secretary of the 
State Horticultural Society. He was re-elected five times and de- 
clined the seventh nomination. 

He was often in town office, especially of assessor, when the asses- 
sors of the several towns convened at the county seat constituted a 
board of equalization for the county. At the age of twenty-seven 
he was chairman of the latter board. He was deputy county sur- 
veyor for years, whose duties gave him a large acquaintance in the 

During the war the county finances were "terribly mismanaged," 
and county warrants, in which all county debts were paid, were worth 
less than fifty per centum, and by fraud the county seat had been 
removed to a distant part of the county. At that juncture he was 
elected to the county board of supervisors (a county legislature of a 
number from each town) and for three years was chairman of the 
board. During that time the "warrants" became worth one hun- 
dred per centum, and the county seat was restored. 

In 1865 he was a Republican candidate for State senator, but 
though he ran ahead of his ticket, the Democrats swept everything. 

In 1869 he joined the Patrons of Husbandry — a charter member 
of Waukon Grange, No. 3. He was made secretary and appointed 
general deputy of the National Grange. The State Grange was 
organized 12 Jan., 1871, and he was elected its first master. He 
took the office with twelve sub-granges and in three years left it with 
eight hundred. In January, 1873, he was elected master of the 
National Grange at Washington, D. C. Then in the United States 
there were about 1200 sub-granges and in his official term of three 
years the number became about 24,000, the highest degree of pros- 
perity ever attained. 

In 1875 his community built a railroad, to connect Waukon with 
the Mississippi. It was built in his superintendency and he was for 
many years a president, a superintendent and a director. 

He said, "I am not wealthy as the world goes, but my lands and 
orchards in Iowa, and other lands and orange groves in South 
Florida with other means, place me in a position to laugh at want 
and take life easy as may be in accordance with my taste." 

At the age of forty-seven, he was in robust health, five feet, ten 
and a quarter inches tall, weighing one hundred and seventy-six 
pounds and a blonde of the fairest type. He wore his heavy blonde 
beard full and long. He said, "I am rapidly growing bald, as has 
been the case with all the old Massachusetts stock of Adamses. 
Perhaps the Perleys never get bald or gray. I remember my grand- 


mother at seventy-seven with a head of abundant, long, beautiful, 
chestnut hair. My mother at sixty-nine has scarcely a gray hair, 
and I have no sign of a gray hair or whisker. My habits are strictly 
temperate; I never use liquor, beer, tobacco, coffee or tea, nor visit 
whisky saloons or churches." His pen was continually at work, 
but always on matter of present need, the paramount objects being 
horticulture and Patrons of Husbandry. That pen signed nearly 
23,000 charters of subordinate granges in the United States and 

"My residence," he says, "is elevated, overlooking the village of 
Waukon and surrounded by the finest grounds in the county. My 
residence in Orange County, Florida, is on a hill seventy feet high, 
overlooking a large territory and surrounded by a young and 
thrifty orange grove of about fifty acres, a small part of my 1200 
acres of Florida soil." 

An Iowa paper said of him : " It will be seen that Mr. Adams 
has led an active, stirring career. While nearly his whole life has 
been identified with the stern, practical and exacting duties of agri- 
culture, he has yet given a fair share of leisure time to the excite- 
ments of public life, thus qualifying him in a marked degree for the 
honorable and laborious duties now devolved upon him. He is, in a 
measure, a self-made man ; and yet his diversity of knowledge on 
current topics — as evidenced by his public addresses — is wide and 
varied ; and entitling him to be ranked as one of the marked men in 
the country. In social life Mr. Adams is popular and entertaining. 
He has an easy and winning address, and is bland and conciliatory 
in his intercourse with friends. In his business relations he exhibits 
strong common sense and a deep sense of justice. In all relations 
of private life Mr. Adams has always shown himself to be a solid 
and sensible man, and in public life a gentleman of deep convictions, 
and an active supporter of whatever he deemed to be just and true." 

Mr. Adams died in his Florida home at Tangerine, 13 Feb., 1897. 
His wife died 6 Aug., 1904. 



AMOS PERLEY was born in Maugerville, N. B., 24 May, 1777; 
he made it his home. In a letter inscribed to a "friend," probably 
in Boxford and dated 23 June, 1807, he says: "I and my little family 
are in perfect health . . . give my best respects to my worthy 
aunt ... I refer you to my uncle Solomon, who is the bearer 
of this, for a more explicit account of my situation." He was a rep- 
resentative for Sunbury County long before the confederation of the 
provinces; a member of Parliament, advocated a common school edu- 
cation for all. He was a good citizen ; a Congregationalist, and 
lived an exemplary life. 

He married, first, Hannah Nevers, who was born in Maugerville, 

12 March, 1785, to Samuel, merchant, and Nevers Nevers, 

and died in Maugerville 29 Dec, 1809. He married, second, 10 Oct., 



1815, Maria Carman, born in Lancaster, St. John County, N. B., 2 

Jan., 1788, to Samuel, farmer, and Horsfield Carman. He 

died in Maugerville in Aug., 1822; his will is dated 5 April, 1822, 
and was proved the September following. She died in Maugerville. 

1 Perley children born in Maugerville: Sarah Nevers'\ Hannah 
Isabella'", Louisa Ann'-, Susan Elizabeth'-, Thomas Horsfield-2G4, 
Maria Jane\ 

2 Hannah L^ was born 18 Dec, 1809, and died, unmarried, 
about the middle of Sept., 1845. Louisa A.^ was born 29 Jan., 1817, 
and died, unmarried, 15 Oct., 1894. Susan E.^ was born 3 Dec, 
1818, and "died young." 

3 Sarah N.^ was born 26 March, 1808. She married Charles 
Hazen, a farmer and justice of the peace of Oromocto, where he was 
born in May, 1793, to John Hazen, a farmer. She died in Oromocto 

22 March, 1835; and he, in March, 1871. Children born in Oro- 
mocto : Sarah Isabella'' ; Elizabeth Letitia^ 

4 Maria ]} was born 31 Dec, 1821. She married in Maugerville, 
16 Sept., 1847, George Allen Tread well, farmer, born in Oromocto, 
Sunbury County, N. B., 14 March, 1814, to Ephraim and Catherine- 
Preaster Treadwell. Mr. Treadwell received his education in the 
common schools. When a young man he engaged in lumbering 
during the winter seasons. In later years he was a successful 
farmer and acquired quite a large estate. He was a lieutenant'in a 
company of Sunbury militia. For many years he was an honored 
deacon of the Baptist church, to which his family adhered. His chil- 
dren received a fair common school education. He died 19 Sept., 
1889, in Maugerville, where his widow now resides (1905). Their 
children, born in Maugerville: George Archibald, born 13 Oct., 1848, 
took a special course in civil engineering in the New Brunswick 
University, but preferred farming, in which he is engaged in Mau- 
gerville; Arthur Marshman, 18 Dec, 1850, died 18 Feb., 1854; 
Laura Jane"; Alfred Allen, 31 Dec, 1854, is a farmer of Mauger- 
ville; Ella Maria, 7 May, 1859, died 21 Feb., 1875; Harry Havelock, 

23 Dec, 1861, died 6 March, 1875. 

5 Sarah I.*^ was born 19 Jan., 1829. She married in Oromocto 
4 Dec, 1851, James Stewart White, born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, 
30 July, 1827, to William, general dealer, and Mary-Morse White. 
Mr. White was at one time sheriff of Sunbury, then a member of 
the Provincial Parliament, and is now a farmer and secretary and 
treasurer of Sunbury County. Their home is Oromocto. Their 
children, born in Oromocto: Bessie Hazen, Sept. 22, 1852; Mary 
IsabeP; Charles Hazen^. 

6 Elizabeth L.^ was born 15 May, 1833 ("14 May, 1834"). She 
married in Oromocto, 19 May, 1852, and became the second wife of 
Alexander Gilmore, born in Belfast, Ireland, 29 June, 1826. Mr. 
Gilmore was a merchant for many years and died in New York City. 
His widow resides in Oromocto. Their children, born in Calais, 
Me.: Charles Hazen'"; Virginia M.". 

7 Laura J.*, dressmaker, was born 80 Aug., 1852. She married 
in Maugerville 7 Dec, 1881, Charles Henley Sterling, born in St. 
Mary's, York County, N. B., 14 Oct., 1860, to George Archibald, 
M. P. P. and farmer, and Caroline-Tilley Sterling. Mr. Sterling is 


a conductor, I. C. R. R. Their home is Gibson, formerly St. Mary's, 
York County, N. B., where their children were born. Children: 
Harry, born and died 25 Oct., 1882; George Roy, born 19 Dec, 1884, 
died June 8, 1885; Laura May, born 12 July, 1885, died 18 April, 
1886; Louis Kennedy, born 15 Jan., 1887. 

8 Mary L'^ was born 22 Jan., 1857. She married in Oromocto 
30 April, 1883, John E. Stocker, farmer and hotel keeper, born in 
England 24 May, 1852. Their home is Oromocto. Children : Kath- 
leen, born 23 April, 1886; Dorothy, born 31 July, 1889. 

9 Charles H.^ was born 22 Jan., 1866. He married in Lincoln, 
Sunbury County, 14 June, 1894, Frances Mitchell, born there 6 
Sept., 1865, to Henry B., farmer, and Isabel-True Mitchell. Mr. 
White is a telephone lineman. Their home is Oromocto. White 
child: Frances Isabel, born 10 Oct., 1898. 

10 Charles H.*^ was born 18 May, 1855. He married in Oro- 
mocto "about fifteen years ago" Annie Clowes, born in Oromocto 
15 June, 1854, to Gerardus, farmer, and Sarah-Carman Clowes. Mr. 
Gilmore is a farmer. Their home is Oromocto. No children. 

11 Virginia M." was born 19 June, 1857. She married in Oro- 
mocto, 17 May, 1887, James Peters Bliss, farmer, native of that 
place, born 10 May, 1855, to George Johnston, barrister at law, and 
Susan Mary-Dibblee Bliss. They have three children: Mary, born 
in February, 1890 ; Edith, born in December, 1892; Charles born in 
January, 1895. 



DUDLP:Y PERLEY was born in Maugerville, N. B., 20 March, 
1779. He settled in Miramichi County, about two miles below the 
present town of Chatham, in 1804. The territory was an almost un- 
broken forest peopled almost entirely with roving Indians. He was 
a blacksmith by trade, but followed, besides, farming, fishing and 
lumbering. He was a captain in the militia from 1826, and a magis- 
trate, both till death. He was a Presbyterian and an elder in the 
church for more than forty years. He was a man of commanding 
presence, well educated, and in prosperous circumstances, till the 
great fire of 1825 reduced him almost to the beginning of life anew. 

Our correspondent writes: "Dudley Perley Walls held this man, 
for whom he was named, and an honorable and Christian man, as a 

pattern through- ^ 

out his life-time; /^ 

and I have often j^ (»<:^^< 

heard him .say, 'If / ^ 

I were only half / 

as good a man as Autograph secured by Miss Abigail W. Pei-ley-428 for this book. 

grandfather, I would be somebody.'" 

He married, in Chatham, in 1808, Anne Gillis, who was born in 
Halifax, N. S., 11 April, 1788, to Alexander, a tailor, and Ellen- 
Bremner Gillis, and went to Miramichi, in 1792. Mr. Perley died in 
Chatham, 20 Jan., 1860; his widow, 8 Dec, 1869. 


1 Perley children : Nathaniel'-, Helenor^, Hannah^ Alexander^, 
Asa-265, Dudley-266, Margaret^ Amos-267, William Bryant-268, 
Phoebe'^ Helenl 

2 Nathaniel', was born 19 and died 29 July, 1807. Alexander^ 
was born 9 April, 1812, and died 28 Oct., 1831. Phoebe^ was born 
5 Dec, 1825, and died 13 Sept., 1830. Helen' was born 1 Nov., 
1828, and died 27 Oct., 1846. 

3 Helenor' was born 16 July, 1808, and married in November, 1827, 
John Porteus of Aberdeen, Scotland. Her tomb inscription reads: 

"Here lies the body of Helenor, eldest daughter of Dudley and 
Anne Perley & wife of John Porteus, who died 1*** August, 1828, 
aged 20 years. 

Ah, me ! bereft of one so good and dear, 

How can I well refrain the bitter tear; 

Yet let me not repine, but seek to know 

That heaven she often sought while here below." 

4 Hannah' was born in Chatham, 9 May, 1810, and married there 
in July, 1830, Charles Brown, a tanner, born 12 May, 1808, in St. 
John. She died 12 April, 1874, the mother of Phoebe Ann, born 11 
March, 1833, and Lucy Ruth, born 8 Feb., 1836, who married J. D. 
Lobban and had children, Elizabeth, Ellis, Hannah Brown, Edward 
Nelson, Margaret Garvie, Henrietta Amanda, and James Earle. 

5 Margaret' was born 3 Oct., 1818, in Chatham. She married 
in Chatham, 29 April, 1839, James Walls, born in Chatham 22 July, 
1816, to John A., cooper, and , ^^^ ^ 
Ellen-Brown Walls. Mr. Walls j^ ^ >^ 
was a pilot. He died 17 Oct., ^/^lZ^r^>6^ ^y^,£4^Ce^ 
1882, in Chatham, and his widow Y/^ ^ 

7 April, 1900. Their children, ^ ^ ^ 

born in Chatham, were John, 8 Autograph secured by miss Abigail W. Per- 

Jan., 1840, died 10 Dec, 1846; iey-428 for this book. 

Dudley Perley*^; Helen Grace'; James Alexander^; Ann Gillis> 
16 May, 1849, residing in Chatham; Robert John^; Hannah Brown'"; 
William"; Asa'l 

6 Dudley P.^ was born 17 June, 1842, in Chatham, where he died 
12 Dec, 1904. He married 8 Jan., 1868, in Chatham, Miss Ann 
Matheson Fenton, who was born there 7 Feb., 1847, to Alexander, a 
farmer, and Christina-McLeod Fenton. His widow is living in 
Chatham. Her parents were born in Scotland and died in Chatham 
— he in March, 1869, aged seventy-one years; she 1 April, 1892, aged 
seventy-eight years. Mr. Walls began as a pilot, but was a captain 
for twenty or more of his last years. The St. John Evening Times 
noticed his death as follows: — 

"Chatham, Dec. 12 : — (Special.) Everybody in the community 
feels they have lost a personal friend by the death of Captain Dudley 
Walls, which occurred of diabetes this morning. The deceased, who 
was about 63 years old, was a son of the late James Walls and leaves 
a wife, two daughters, a son and many other relatives, who have 
much sympathy in their bereavement. 

"A valued member and trustee of St. John's Presbyterian church, 
honorable in business, genial, tender-hearted and generous, he was 


respected and beloved; and seldom has a death in Northumberland 
County caused such general and genuine sorrow." 

One who knew him well in his home writes: "He did not know 
that the fell disease was upon him. He considered his health fairly- 
good, and being a man who hated to give up, he kept around till 
within two weeks of his death. He was a good son, a good brother, 
a good husband, a good father. He would not countenance any- 
thing mean or dishonorable; he was respected by all who knew him. 
I do not believe he had an enemy." 

The Walls children were born: James, 25 Oct., 1868, married, 
having three children; Christina Fenton, 24 Feb., 1870, at home; 
Margaret Perley, 10 March, 1872, a professional nurse, located in 
Maiden, Mass.; Alexander Fenton, 10 Oct., 1873, died in March, 
1874; Lela Katie, 4 Jan., 1876, died 19 Oct., 1882; Mabel Ethel, 30 
Sept., 1877, died in Feb., 1878. 

7 Helen G.'"' was born 20 June, 1844. She married in Chatham 
12 Nov., 1868, James Carruthers Loggie, a carpenter, born in Black- 
brook, 18 May, 1840, to Alexander, a farmer, and Mary-Carruthers 
Loggie. They live in Chatham, having had two children : Mary 
Carruthers, born 3 May, 1869, married Andrew Mills in Dec, 1902, 
living in Bay du. Vin, N. B., having one child; James Walls, born 
20 April, 1871, married Grace Ross, living in Tabusintac, N. B., 
having three or four children. 

8 James A.^ was born 23 July 1846, and died 2 May, 1880. He 
married 1 April, 1873, Mary Agnes Allen, born in 1844 to Johannah- 
Welch Allen. He was a carpenter in Calais, Me., where he died 2 
May, 1880. She died in Stillwater, Minn., 23 Nov., 1887. Walls 
children, born in Calais: Margaret Perley'^; William, 1876, and 
died in about two and a half years; James Frederick, 23 June, 1879, 
residing in St. Paul, Minn. 

9 Robert J.^ was born 20 May, 1850, in Chatham, where 17 Feb., 
1875, he married Isabella Wilson, who was born 4 Jan., 1853, in 
Chatham, (where they now reside) to John, a sailmaker, who died 
19 May, 1902, and Jane G. -Henderson Wilson, who died 25 Nov., 
1856. Mr. Walls was formerly a pilot, but is now a harbor master. 
Their children all born in Chatham, are John Wilson, 25 March, 1876; 
Margaret Helen, 20 Aug., 1878; Lillian Jane, 31 Oct., 1881; Edna 
Blanche, 14 May, 1883; Linda Clare, 16 Jan., 1885; William Glad- 
stone, 14 Sept., 1889; Hilda Isabella, 1 Jan., 1893; Elizabeth Chis- 
holm, 12 Dec, 1895. 

10 Hannah B.^ was born in Chatham, 15 Sept., 1852. She mar- 
ried there 8 April, 1896, Donald A. Ross, a farmer and a fisherman, 
who was born in Oak Point, Alnwick, N. B., 22 Sept., 1853, to Anion, 
a farmer, and Harriet-Brown Ross. Their home, without children, 
is Oak Point. 

11 William' was born 20 April, 1855. He is a pilot, with home 
in Chatham. He married, in Chelsea, Mass., 28 Aug., 1894, Mar- 
garet Phylinda Bishop, a milliner, who was born in Chatham, 22 
June, 1866, to Robert D., a contractor and builder, and Isabella- 
Walls Bishop. They have had these children, born in Chatham : 
Isabella Hannah, 7 Oct., 1895; William Stanley, 23 Sept., 1897; 


James Alexander, 20 Sept., 1898; Edgar Allan, 26 June, 1900; Sarah 
Ethel, 30 Sept., 1901 ; Robert Bishop, 17 July, 1903. 

12 Asa^ was born 23 June, 1859, in Chatham, where he now lives, 
a pilot. He married in Chatham, 8 Nov., 1888, Amy Electa McGuire, 
who was born in St. John, 4 March, 1865, to Robert, an engineer, 
and Cordelia-Tourtelotte McGuire. Their children, born in Chatham, 
are Robert Alvan, 15 May, 1891; James Elmer, 3 Oct., 1892; Mar- 
garet Louise, 5 April, 1895; Asa Wilbur, 2 March, 1897; Cordelia 
Tourtelotte, 5 March, and died 1 Sept., 1899; Albert Alexander, 28 
March, 1902. 

13 Margaret P.^ was born in Calais 8 April, 1875. She married 
in Stillwater, Minn., 18 Nov., 1891, William Cox Gannaway, a gro- 
cer's clerk, born 4 Sept., 1868, in Cloverport, Ky., to David, a drug- 
gist, and Cornelia- Peyton Gannaway, Their home is Gordon, Wis. 
Their children: David Francis, born 18 Nov., 1892; Clinton James, 
born 18 Nov., 1894; William Frederic, born 18 Nov., 1896; Homer 
Laurence, born 8 May, 1904. It is a remarkable fact, but "18 Nov." 
is correct in every case. 



ASA PERLEY was born in 1781, and resided in Maugerville. 
He had a host of friends. He was fond of hunting, and, in sporting 
parlance, was a remarkably good "shot"; "he could take the small- 
est bird on the wing." He was an active and efficient man at car- 
pentry or farming. He married in 1811 Elizabeth Langan. Admin- 
istration was granted upon his estate 15 June, 1832; its value was 

1 Perley children: Jane Elizabeth'-, Frances Louisa^ Dudley 
Putnam-269, Hannah*, Ann Maria'^. 

2 Jane E.^ was born in 1812 and died in March, 1861, aged forty- 
eight years. Hannah^ was born in 1821, and Ann M.^ in 1825. 

3 Frances L.^ was born 7 April, 1815. She married George Banks, 
17 May, 1842. He was a farmer and lumberman, and a worthy 
Baptist. Their children were: Mary, born 17 Feb., 1842, died in 
1846; James Sanford, born 4 Jan., 1844, farmer and lumberman, with 
home in Lincoln, N. B.; George Frederick, born 6 April, 1848, mar- 
ried 15 July, 1880, Henrietta Elizabeth Perley-264\ a scientific 
farmer and carpenter contractor in Maugerville, N. B.; Sarah Eliza- 
beth^ Emma Isabelle, born 16 March, 1850, died 2 Sept., 1875. 

4 Sarah Elizabeth^ was born in Maugerville 4 Jan., 1848. She 
was a school teacher. She married in Waterville, N. B., 12 Nov., 
1874, Byron Jackson Kimball, a farmer, who was born in Lower 
Waterville 5 June, 1855, to Jedediah, a farmer, and Eliza-Murphy 
Kimball. She died in Waterville 14 Sept., 1888. Mr. Kimball is 
at present in the West (1905). Kimball children, born in Water- 
ville: Lena Isabel'^; Pearl Edith*'; Dow, who died in 1881; Blair 
Chester, born 22 Jan., 1884, a lumberman, residing with his sister, 
Mrs. Mclnnis. 

5 Lena I.^ was born in Aug., 1875. She was a school teacher. 


She married in Williamstown 29 Aug., 1894, Charles Patrick GalH- 
van, born in Farmerston in 1854, to Patrick, a farmer, and Isabel- 
Caldwell GalHvan. Mr. Gallivan is a farmer in Deerville, N. B., 
where their children were born: Anita Pauline, o July, 1895; Eileen 
Marie, 27 Nov., 1897; Patrick Norman, 18 March, 1899; Carlton 
Henry, 29 April, 1901; Charles Wilfrid Augustus, in May, 1908. 

6 Pearl E.^* was born 15 Oct., 1877. She was a school teacher. 
She married in Williamstown 12 Jan., 1898, John Henry Mclnnis, 
who was born in St. Thomas, N. B., 80 Aug., 1865, to Andrew, a 
farmer, and Ann-McCafferty Mclnnis. Mr. Mclnnis is a farmer in 
St. Thomas, where their children were born: Annie Elizabeth, 11 
Nov., 1898; James Jerome, 29 June, 1900; Andrew George Blair, 9 
Dec, 1901; Pearl Isabel, 11 Sept., 1908. 



SUSANNAH PERLEY was born in Fitchburg 20 Oct., 1785, 
and married 3 Nov., 1809, Jonathan Low, Jr., a carpenter and 
farmer, and lived in Pltchburg till about 1821, when they removed 
to Vienna, N. Y., with Putnam-66-. Jonathan's parents were Jona- 
than, born in Ipswich 19 Aug., 1748, and Sarah-Perkins, his own 
cousin, who were married in 1770, settled in Lunenburg, where seven 
of their children were born, between 1778 and 1791, and went to 
Fitchburg probably in 1792 or 3. Jonathan's grandparents bore the 
same name exactly as his parents, Jonathan and SarahT^erkins Low, 
probably both born in Ipswich, and there married, where all their 
eleven children were born, and settled in Lunenburg or Lancaster 
about 17()0 or 08. Jonathan Low, Jr., carpenter, and his wife Susan- 
nah of Lancaster, for $25 sold to Betsey-00' and Clarissa-OO'', spinsters, 
25 March, 1817, a realty in Fitchburg, reserving a life tenancy to 
their father and mother, Eliphalet and Anna. 

1 Low children: Susan Elvira'\ Charles-, Julia Ann'', Harriet 
Newell', Jonathan Porter'-, Isaac Perkins"-, Elizabeth Adelaide^ David 
Perley^ Marian-, Mary Emma. 

2 Charles^ was born in Jan., 1812; Harriet' born 19 May, 1815; 
Jonathan' born 20 April, 1817; Isaac', born 20 June, 1819; Marian', 
born 10 March, 1820. 

3 Susan E.' was born 10 Oct., 1810, in Fitchburg, Mass., and 
died near Mound City, Kansas, 9 Jan., 1898. She married in Cin- 
cinnati, Ohio, 24 June, 1880, Augustus Wattles, who was born in 
Lebanon, Ct., 25 Aug., 1807, to Sarah-Thomas and Erastus Wattles. 
He was a farmer, and died 19 Dec, 1867, near Mound City, Kansas, 
having had children: Sarah Grimke, born 7 Dec, 1837, in Mercer 
County, 0.,who was a medical doctor and married 1 June, 1808, Lundy 
Hiatt, M. D., and resided in Mound City, Kansas; Theodore, born 
25 May, 1840, in Ohio, a farmer, who married Malvena Hammond, 
in Jan., 1883, and had Howard and Ruth ; P^mma, born 15 July, 1S42, 
in Mercer County, O., married 18 Oct., 1801, P^aton Morse, a farmer, 
who had Walter Lowe, John Otis, Theodore Wattles, Stuart Tellson, 
OrHn Raymond, and Eleanor Eaton; Mary Ann, born 10 Oct., 1845, 


in Ohio, a medical doctor, who married 4 July, 1882, Carroll Faunce, 
M. D., and had Theodore Wattles, Eugene and Hilda. 

4 Julia A.' was born 28 March, 1813, in Fitchburg, Mass., and 
died 19 March, 1892, in Geneva, Ohio. She married in Yorkville, 
N. Y., 13 Aug., 1835, Benjamin Brainard Weber, who was born in 
Frankfort, N. Y„ 10 Sept., 1811, to Jacob, and died in Ashford,N. Y., 
13 Sept., 1848, leaving children: Harriet Adelaide, born 19 March, 
1840, married E. H. Votan, (and had Mary Theresa who married 
Arthur W. Brett and had Robert Votan and Eldon Fitch ; Clyde 
Weber who married Cora Whitmore and had Claire); Theresa 
Rocelia, born 23 Feb., 1843, married Thomas Bosworth, (and had 
Jacob Clarence Weber who married Lulu Black and had Harold; 
Richard Olin Schanks who married Minnie Lutz and had Cecil; 
Herbert Eugene; Rocelia Maud); Benjamin LeMoyne, born 19 
March, 1845, married Mary Wells (and had Elizabeth Rocelia; Annie 
May, who married Will McLaughlin and had Harrison and Emer- 
son); Julia Lyravine, born 25 June, 1847. 

5 Elizabeth A.^ was born in Vienna, N. Y., 30 Aug., 1821, and 
married, in Oberlin, O., 10 May, 1847, John Huntington Byrd, who 
was born in Vergennes, Vt., 28 Dec, 1816, to Abigail Huntington 
and Thomas Byrd, J. P. and fine stock farmer. He died near Law- 
rence, Kansas, 29 July, 1897, having children born: Abby Elizabeth, 
16 March, 1848; Mary Emma, 15 Nov., 1849; Clara Margaret, 1 Oct., 
1851; Wm. Thomas, 19 Feb., 1854; Charles Henry, 11 July, 1856; 
Alice Huntington, 21 Dec, 1862. 

"John Huntington Byrd's grandfather was a Revolutionary 
soldier and a descendant of a sister of Rev. Jonathan Edwards, the 
Northampton logician and ' greatest American theological thinker of 
his day,' says Dr. Cordley. He was educated at Oljerlin College, 
studied theology, and went to a church in Union, Mich. In 1855, 
he settled on a claim in Kansas, near Leavenworth, and preached at 
several places in and around that town. He experienced all the 
ferocity of the lawless 'Kickapoo Rangers' in the territory's ad- 
mission to statehood, and was arrested by them on suspicion. He 
was a hero; he spoke calmly and fearlessly; he never obtruded, he 
never flinched. His house, sheltering fugitives, was searched in vain, 
and they escaped safely to Canada. After leaving the pulpit he was 
a devout worshiper. At the time of his death two of his children 
had died, Wm., Abbie and Alice were at home, and Mary was in 
charge of the astronomical observatory of Smith College, North- 
ampton, Mass." 

6 David P.^ was born 23 Aug., 1823, in Fitchburg, Mass., and 
was a lawyer. He died in April, 1883, at Fort Scott, Kansas. His 
marriage was in April, 1852, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Tilney Hiatt. 
Their three children were: Ida, born 22 Dec, 1852, in Cincinnati, 
married Charles Graen, had Percy Lowe and Hazel, and died at 
Fort Scott; Eldon, who had two children; and Maud. "David Per- 
ley Lowe was a member of the U. S. House of Representatives for 
two terms, from 1868. Grant appointed him chief justice of Utah, 
which office he resigned after a short time. Returning to Fort 
Scott he was elected judge of the district, which office he held till 
his death. He and Grant were warm friends." 



ALLEN PERLEY was born in Winchendon, Mass., 24 Aug., 
1782, and settled in Gardner, Mass. He was a member of the school 
board, 1817. 

Allen Perley, Jr., laborer, Gardner, for $(325, 5 Nov., 1808, sold to 
Ezra Sawyer of Sterling, gentleman, fifteen acres of land in Gardner, 
on old town line of Templeton and Winchendon, lot No. 170. — Reg., 
171 :403. 

Jesse Hill, for $32.85, sold, 21 Nov., 1808, to Allen Perley, yeo- 
man, of Gardner, 4 acres on brook above Allen Perley's sawmill. — 
Reg., 174 : 130. 

Timothy Kneeland and wife Mariah, for $200, sold 1 April, 1809, 
to Allen Perley, yeoman, both of Gardner, 12 acres and 40 rods with 
dwelling house and other buildings. — Reg., 174 : 131. 

Allen Perley, Jr., Gardner, for $40 sold to Thomas Greenwood of 
Winchendon, 5 acres, 100 rods, a part of the Ezra Sawyer land. 
" Said Perley's sawmill on the line of said Gardner," thence S. 39" W., 
54 rods on said town line — on mill pond — to mill dam — reserving 
right to use land as mill yard and gravel to repair the mill dam, 24 
May, 1816. Signed Allen Perley, Jr., and Anna Perley. — Reg., 
206 : 498. 

Allen Perley, Jr., yeoman, and Anne Perley for $300, 12 Nov., 
1825, sold to Joel Richardson of Templeton, yeoman, land in the 
northwest part of Gardner, on the road to Royalston, with sawmill. 
—Reg., 247 : 173. 

Smyrna W. Bancroft and Lucy his wife, for $150, sold 8 June, 
1829, to Allen Perley, Jr., yeoman, of Gardner, 14 acres of land in 
west part of the town. — Reg., 276 : 124. 

John Kneeland, Esq., Chesterfield P^ng., for $148.75, sold, 17 
Nov., 1831, to Allen Perley of Gardner, yeoman, a part of lot No. 172 
in Gardner.— Reg., 298 : 295. 

Cephas M. Phinney, Gardner, yeoman, for $500, mortgaged, 1 
Sept., 1837, to Allen Perley, Gardner, yeoman, land in Gardner, 
third of an acre with house on it, also a part of the Kneeland farm 
conveyed to Miriam Kneeland from John Phinney. — Reg., 327 : 188. 
He gave "peaceable possession," 20 July, 1841. 

He married 23 (published 24— record) Oct., 1808, Miss Anna 
Greenwood, both of Gardner. She was born 7 June, 1791, and died 
6, and he 25, March, 1844, he aged sixty-one years, seven months and 
one day, she fifty-two years, eight months and twenty nine days. 
His daughter Martha, who was the oldest heir-at-law to the estate, 
25 March, 1847, settled his estate which was valued — 

The homestead, 57 acres with buildings, $566.67 

Out lands, 8 acres, .... 32.00 

Personal estate, 456.64 

Doubtful notes, ..... 72.22 

Total, $1127.58 


1 Perley children : Martha'^ Sylvia^ Elizabeth^ 

2 Martha' was born 16 Jan., 1809, and died, single, 9 Feb., 1881, 
aged seventy-two years and twenty-three days. Her estate, all per- 
sonal, was valued for probate at ^2,218.54, 28 June, 1881.— No. 

Mrs. J. S. Sheibly, 22 March, 1886, represented that Elizabeth 
Phinney, late of Minier, Tazewell County, 111., was deceased, and 
was sole heir-at-law of Martha Perley, and that Mrs. J. S. Sheibly 
is sole heir of said Elizabeth Phinney, and is interested in the estate 
of said Martha, and asks that the administrator settle his account. 

3 Sylvia' was born 19 June, 1810, and died "21 June, 1856, of 
cancer, aged forty-six years and two days." She made her will 26 
June, 1854. She mentions in it her sister Elizabeth Phinney, and 
names her sister Martha as executrix. Martha's bond is dated 5 
Aug., 1856. Thomas Kinnicutt, judge. — No. 46032. 

4 Elizabeth' was born 30 Jan., 1814, and married Cephas M. 
Phinney. Children: Murcilous, born 1 July, 1838, married Lucy 
Andrews, and had Orianna, born 10 April, 1862, Lillie May, born 9 
July, 1865, Osceola Henry, born 27 Sept., 1866, Ola Sylvia, born 23 
March, 1871 ; Martha Elizabeth, born 23 Aug., 1840, married Lorren 
Andrews, and had Charles Perley, born 28 June, 1867, and Henry 
Allen, born 13 June, 1871 ; Sylvia Anna, born 13 Aug., 1842, married 
Henry Sturges, and had Walter Henry, born 8 April, 1860, P>anklin 
Phinney, born 11 Nov., 1861, Lewiza Sylvia, born 24 Feb., 1872; 
Mary Orilah, born 25 Dec, 1844, married Wm. Proctor, and had 
Wm. Prichard, born 25 Aug., 1869, Minnie Elizabeth, born 9 Feb., 
1871, Arthur Phinney, born in Sept., 1872, Fred. Everett, born in 
March, 1874; and Mariah Jane, born 23 Dec, 1846. 



DAVID PERLEY was born 10 April, 1786, and settled in Gard- 
ner, Mass. 

David Perley, nailer, and wife Miriam, for $50, sold 16 Nov.,1811, 
to Abraham G. Parker, housewright, both of Gardner, 50 poles of 
land on turnpike road 10 rods. — Reg., 181 : 365. 

The same day Abraham G. Parker and his wife Lydia reconveyed 
the property to David Perley. — Reg., 183 :81. 

Ephraim Williams, gentleman, and wife Betsey, for $90, sold, 26 
Dec, 1817, to David Perley, blacksmith, both of Gardner, 27 rods of 
land on turnpike. — Reg., 213 : 50. 

David Perley, blacksmith, for $100, mortgaged, 6 May, 1825, to 
Adam Partridge, yeoman, and David Read, cordwainer, all of Gard- 
ner, 27 rods of land "on turnpike road" in Gardner. Signed David 
Perley and Miriam Perley.— Reg., 243 : 413. 

Abraham G. Parker, Gardner, housewright, for $134, sold to 
Francis Hill, housewright and David Perley, yeoman, both of Gard- 


ner, two-thirds of a tract of land in Gardner, 4 Aug., 1808. — Reg., 
174 :635. 

Wm. Bickford, gentleman, sold to Francis Hill and Abraham S. Par- 
ker, housewrights, and David Perley, yeoman, all of Gardner, land in 
Gardner, 30 sq. rods, with blacksmith's shop on land. "Bridge at Noyes' 
corner." They to build bridge and road to turnpike. — Reg., 190 : 638. 

David Perley, blacksmith, and wife Miriam, for $300, sold, 1 July, 
1826, to Edward W. Kendall and Luke Sawin, yeomen, all of 
Gardner, land in Gardner, near turnpikegate with house and barn on 
it, where said Perley now lives and which he bought of Ephraim 
Williams.— Reg., 250 :463. 

David Perley's widow, Miriam, was his administratrix; her bond 
is dated 3 Sept., 1833. Miriam's administrator was Asa Perley and 
his bond is dated 1 Nov., 1864. "Her only next of kin were her 
daughters: Elmina Perley, Caroline Rice wife of Edwin, Gardner, 
and Hannah B. Nichols, wife of Fred'k D., West Brookfield, and 
Anna P. Howard wife of Joseph, Westminster; her sons: David of 
Shirley Village, Asa of Gardner, Henry P., N. Y. C., South Read- 
ing, and Asa; and the heirs of Thuseba Bigelow, Cynthia H. Perley 
and Susan Perley. — No. 46030. 

He married 18 Jan., 1809— published 28 Dec, 1808— Miss Miriam 
Partridge of Gardner, where they resided. She was born 13 July, 
1789, and died 15 Oct., 1864, aged seventy-six years, one month, 
twenty-five days. He died 20 July, 1833. 

1 Children: Elmina^ Anna'-, Thuseba'-, Hannah Bigelow'', David- 
270, Mary Ann'-, Hiram'- and Adam'-, Asa'', Henry Partridge-271, 

2 Anna^ was born 20 Aug., 1811, married Joseph Howard, died 3 
Feb., 1876. Thuseba^ was born 21 Nov., 1813, married 1 Oct., 1847, 
John S. Crosby, and Augustus Bigelow the fall of 1858, and died 29 
Feb., 1869. Mary A^, was born 12 April, 1821, died 17 Aug., 1838; 
Hiram and Adam, twins, born 11 and died 12 and 13 of April, 1823. 

3 Elmina^ was born 23 June, 1809, and died, unmarried, in Gard- 
ner, 22 April, 1878. Her real estate was one-eighth interest in home 
place $90 and her personal estate was valued at $456.85. Her 
brother Asa was executor, and her heirs-at-law and next of kin were 
her sisters: Hannah B. Nichols, wife of P"red D. of Ware, and Carrie 
Rice, wife of Edwin, whose children were Edwin D. and Carrie A.; 
her brothers: Asa of Gardner and Henry P. of Brooklyn, N.Y.; her 
nephews and nieces: six of Fitchburg — Walter H. Crosby, Mary 
Harris, wife of Frank, Fanny I. Perley, David E. Perley, Herbert 
Perley, Ada Perley; Charles H. Crosby of Athol, Maria Webb of 
Brockton, and Newell N. Crosby. 

4 Hannah B.^ was born 1 Nov., 1816, married 9 Jan., 1850, 
Frederick D. Nichols, of W^arren, resided in Gardner, and had chil- 
dren born: George F., 16 Aug., 1851; Frank P., 21 Sept., 1853; 
Charles F., 8 June, 1856; Ruth M., 12 Oct., 1858. 

5 Asa^ was born 27 Aug., 1825. He married, 12 Oct., 1854, 
Harriet Elizabeth Smith of Hubbardston, Mass. She was born 11 
Dec, 1823, and survived her husband. He died 10 June, 1888, aged 
sixty-two years, nine months, fourteen days. Their home was South 
Gardner. He made his will 8 Oct., 1 878. He gave all his property to 



his wife, Harriet E., and if anything remained at her decease, it was 
to be equally divided between Edwin D. Rice and Caroline A. Rice, 
children of Edwin Rice', and Frances I. Perley, daughter of David 

6 Caroline' was born 25 June, 1830, married 5 Sept., 1849, Edwin 
Rice, a chair manufacturer, son (twenty-three years old) of Daniel 
W. and Candice of South Gardner, and had Mary A., born 20 June, 
1850; Edwin D., 23 Sept., 1851, a chair manufacturer; and Carrie 
A., 30 July, 1854, a music teacher. 



ANNA PERLEY was born 19 Aug., 1795, in Gardner. She 
became the first wife of George Washington Davis, born 2 Jan., 
1791, to Silas and Rachel-Gay Davis of Templeton. She died in 
Gardner of consumption 10 Dec, 1821, only twenty-six years old. 
Mr. Davis' second wife, married 19 Dec, 1822, was Betsey Conant, 
born to Josiah and Annis-Derby Conant of Gardner 8 April, 1791. 
She died 21 Oct., 1837, aged forty-six years, and Mr. Davis married 
his third wife, Lilvia Rich, 25 June, 1840. She was born in Phillips- 
ton 29 March, 1798, and died 8 Jan., 1870. Mr, Davis' home was 
Gardner; he was a thrifty farmer; he served his town on the school 
board one year, the board of assessors two years, and the board of 
selectmen fourteen years. He died 22 July, 1857. 

[His children by his second wife were Lyman, born 23 Nov., 
1824, died of consumption in Gardner 5 Oct., 184t). Leander, born 
29 June, 1826, married, 7 Sept., 1863, Jane E. Shurtleff, born in Wil- 
braham 16 May, 1825, resided in Holyoke, where he was a restaura- 
teur, without children. Anna, born 25 Sept., 1827, married 10 
March, 1855, Dexter P. Starkey, born in Troy, N. H., 2 Feb., 1824, 
manufacturer of compressed yeast in Providence, haying Emma 
Isadore, born in Woonsocket 6 Sept., 1856, died in Hudson City, 
N. J., 21 Oct., 1867; Lilla Maria, born in Worcester 4 March, 1859; 
Mary Mahala, born in Brooklyn, N. Y., 29 June, 1862, died in Man- 
chester, N. H., 12 Aug., 1874; Anna Pierce, born in Hudson City, 
N. J., 27 Aug., 1867; Byron Gilbert, born in Jersey City, N. ]., 6 
Feb., 1870; George Washington, born in Jersey City 20 Dec, 1872, 
died there 30 June, 1873. Annis Maria, born 30 March, 1829, died 
6 Feb., 1860, in Gardner. Lucy Ann, born 5 June, 1830, died in 
Worcester, 29 Jan., 1858. Silas, born 1 Jan., 1832, died 19 April, 
1842, by sliding down a hay-mow upon a pitchfork in Gardner. 
Charles, born 13 July, 1834, married 24 F"eb., 1857, Lucy Beers, 
born in Shaftsbury, Vt., 2 Dec, 1833, foreman in the Allen Woolen 
Mill, Hanover, Ct., having Geo. Washington, born in Troy, N. Y., 
23 June, 1858; Charles Eugene, born in Worcester 30 April, 1860; 
Otis Hudson, born 23 May, 1863; Leander, born at Leicester 7 
May, 1867; Walter Crawford, born in Worcester 21 Nov-., 1870, and 


died 24 Oct., 1871; Alvin Silas, born 23 March, 1872; Mary Abby, 
born 1 July, 1874.] 

1 Perley-Davis children : Walter-, George'^ Alonzo^ Betsey^ 

2 Walter^ was born 18 Nov., 1813, and 5 April, 1843, married 
Mary Frances Conant, who was born in Acton, Mass., 20 July, 1822. 
They removed to New Ipswich, N. H., where he was a merchant 
and died without issue 9 Dec, 1845. 

3 George^ was born 17 Nov., 1814, in Gardner, and died 4 Oct., 
1862, in Frederick, Md., from wounds received in the battle of 
Antietam. His wife, married 28 June, 1849, in Lowell, Mass., was 
Mrs. Abbie-Gage Poor, who was born 29 Sept., 1814, in Newbury, 
Vt., to Moses and Mary-Abbott Gage. She died in Lawrence, Mass., 
12 Aug., 1900. Their only child was Franklin Benjamin, who was 
born 4 Aug., 1853, in South Lawrence, where he is a manufacturer; 
and who married 3 May, 1880, in Haverhill, Miss Mary Abbie 
Freethy, born in Brooklin, Me., 17 March, 1861, to Abbie Melissa- 
Herrick, and Augustus Fenno Freethy, a sea captain; and whose 
only child is Fonnie Ethel, born in Lawrence 15 Feb., 1882. 

4 Alonzo^ was born in Gardner, Mass., 15 Nov., 1817, and 21 
May, 1845, married Betsey Tameson Jackson, who was born in 
Gardner 22 Aug., 1822, and died in Fitchburg, Mass., 3 Jan., 1847, 
the mother of one child. His second wife, Mary Susan Buttrick, 
married 6 Dec, 1859, was born in Dracut, Mass., 2 March, 1839, to 
Francis, deputy sheriff, and Mary B.-Bird Buttrick. Mr. Davis died 
23 May, 1888, in Fitchburg, where his widow now resides. 

The early part of Mr. Davis' life was spent in Gardner, where he 
worked on a farm and attended the common school. He afterwards 
learned the chairmaker's trade. He went to Fitchburg, Mass., in 
1845 and with a Mr. Rice and a Mr. Pratt began the manufacture of 
cane-seat chairs. This business he followed until April, 1877, when 
he closed out his business and retired to private life. Immediately 
upon retiring from business he was elected to the City Council of 
Fitchburg, and was successively elected to the city government for 
eight years, serving the last three years as mayor of the city. 

Although having but a common school education in his youth, 
he managed by persistent and careful study and reading, to become 
exceedingly well informed upon all matters pertaining to public 
policy. Naturally of a modest and retiring nature he did not seek 
for the honors of office, but they came to him unsolicited. Of a 
genial, whole-souled nature, strictly honest in all dealings, public and 
private, his advice in civic affairs was often sought for by younger 
men ; and when he passed on to the better life, the people of Fitch- 
burg realized they had lost a good and valuable citizen. His only 
child is Walter Alonzol 

5 Betsey' was born 13 Oct., 1821, and 29 April, 1847, married, 
second, Joseph Hale Coolidge of Gardner, where he was born to 
Joseph and Achsa-Hale Coolidge 28 Feb., 1818, and died 25 March, 
1859. He was a chairmaker. She died in Gardner 22 April, 1883. 
Issue: Henry Alonzo"; George Herbert, born 21 June, l1^ 50, died 
10 June, 1852; and Lucy Annette, born 16 April, 1853. 

6 Walter A." was born in Fitchburg 13 July, 1846. "The first 
thirteen years of his life were spent in Hubbardston. He after- 




wards returned to Fitchburg and graduated from the high school, 
class of '65, and from Williams College, class of '69. 

" He was associated with his father in the chair business for eight 
years; afterwards he was employed by the Fitchburg Railroad as 
freight and ticket clerk until January, 1887, when he was elected 
city clerk of Fitchburg. He has served in that capacity for eighteen 
years and has just (Jan., 1905,) been unanimously re-elected for 
three years. 

"He has been prominent in the Masonic Fraternity, being past 
master of Aurora Lodge, past commander of Jerusalem Commandery, 
Fitchburg, past worthy patron of Lady Emma Chapter, O. E. S., 
Fitchburg, and also an Encampment Odd Fellow. He is a son of 
the American Revolution, from both the Davis and the Jackson 
ancestry. He is a member of the Universalist church." 

Mr. Davis is a professional accountant. Too much has not been 
said in praise of his method as clerk of Fitchburg. The records, 
old and new, are arranged on a plan at once comprehensive, simple, 
exact. One has said: "The manifold work of his office he has re- 
duced to an exact science, and he is well known in the state as a 
highly efficient public official." 

He married 28 April, 1874, Fannie Adelia Bogart, who was born 
in Fitchburg 3 Feb., 1849, to Cornelius, superintendent of a paper 
mill, and Sarah G.-Lovell Bogart. Mrs. Davis is prominent in social 
circles, and a leading member of the Woman's Club and other so- 
cieties. Mr. and Mrs. Davis celebrated, at their home, the twenty- 
fifth anniversary of their marriage in the presence of a large company 
of officials, relatives and friends. 

Their children, born in Fitchburg: Ethel Lovell, 1 March, 1875, 
a graduate of the local high school and State Normal school — four 
years in each — a student in Tufts College one year, and a teacher for 
live years in the public schools of Athol; Bessie Jackson, 17 Aug., 
1878, a clerk in the office of the city clerk of Fitchburg. 

7 Henry A.^ was born in Gardner 24 Oct., 1848, and 23 Jan., 
1877, married Effie Ann Smith, who was born in SterHng, Mass., 
20 Jan., 1858, to Luther, a carpenter, and Abbie Parmelia-Everett 
Smith. He is a chairmaker in Gardner, where his children were 
born : Ida May* and Ada Annette^ 

8 Ida M.^ was born 8 Sept., 1877. She married in Gardner, 30 
Oct., 1895, Fred Clesson Merritt, grocery clerk, born in Templeton 
2 Oct., 1874, to Charles Clesson and Elvah V.-Wilder. Their home 
is Gardner. Merritt children: Beulah May, born 10 May, 1896; 
Mildred Hazel, born 26 Aug., 1898; Mary Everett, born 15 Nov., 
1901; Henry Charles, born 8 Dec, 1903. 

9 Ada A.'' was born 15 Oct., 1879, and married in Gardner, 28 
June, 1898, Jacob George Britton, carpenter, born in Hinsdale, 
N. H., 12 Sept., 1877, to George and Alice-Bailey Britton. Their 
home is Gardner. Britton child: Doris Alice, born 15 March, 1904. 

FAMILY l:;s: PERL1<:Y. 


ASA PERLEY was born 4 Oct., 1797. He was a farmer 
in Gardner, Mass. He was 
of Templeton, Mass., when y ^^iG ^ 

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born 8 Sept., 1803, to Mar- ^^ 

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Kendall, whom he married 21 Oct., 1821. He was published in 
Templeton 14 Sept., she in Gardner 16 Sept., 1821. He was a 
farmer and pioneer chair manufacturer; and for many years was a 
deacon in the Baptist church. He died 8 Sept., 1867, and his wife 
4 April, 1875. 

Asa Perley and wife Mary, for $128.65, pledged 19 P^eb., 1839, to 
David Parker and William Learned, all of Gardner, 80 acres of land 
and buildings on it, one mile west of Gardner meeting house. — Reg., 
341 : 44. 

Asa Perley, mechanic, and wife Mary, for $110.53, pledged 20 
Feb., 1839, to Wm. Whitney and Noah P^airbanks, 80 acres of land 
in western part of Gardner with buildings on it ; also other land, 
f acre with turning shop. — Reg., 341 : 45. 

Benj. Clark, yeoman, and Martha his wife, for $6.19, sold 31 
Dec, 1834, to Asa Perley, laborer, all of Gardner, 121 rods of land, 
in west part of Gardner. — Reg., 254 : 70. 

Asa Perley and wife Mary borrowed $200 of Ezra Baker and 
George W. Davis, 24 July, 1828, when he owned turning shop, 
water privilege, turning lathe, circular saw, etc., constituting a 
pioneer chair factory. 

He left personal estate valued for probate at $1942.94 — $800 
real estate and $1142.94 personal. All his heirs at law were : his 
widow Mary, eight sons and daughters, Mary E. Nichols wife of 
John, and Ellen Maria. 

"The Perley family is one of the oldest in the town. According 
to Herrick's 'History of Gardner,' Allen Perley came from Auburn 
and settled on what is known as the John Stacy place. At one time 
the family homestead included a large portion of what is known as 
Little Canada, the Crystal lake cemetery and the land to the 
northward, as far as Crystal lake park. On this farm there are 
now standing sixty-four houses and one schoolhouse, and the 
valuation of the property has increased many times." 

The local newspaper of 4 Sept., 1885, had the following: — 
"The Perley family reunion and picnic last week was a rarely de- 
lightful occasion. Would we were a Perley. The happy affair was 
held at the bowling alley of J. M. Perley, the weather being too cold 
to admit of a grove picnic, and one of the principal features was the 


fish chowder prepared by George and Walter and partaken of by 
about forty Perleys and those connected by marriage. There must 
have been considerable 'pouting' as it took about three hundred 
of them for dinner, with other 'luxuries of the season.' Games, 
music and social conversation were highly enjoyed. This family 
which originally numbered eleven, nine boys and two girls, were the 
sons and daughters of Deacon Asa Perley of Gardner. One of the 
brothers died in the army, the remainder were all present on this 
occasion, meeting for the first time together since the death of their 
mother seven years ago, although they reside but a few miles apart, 
that is, in Templeton and Gardner. But it is our earnest wish that 
they may live to meet on many similar occasions." 

1 Perley children: Mary Klmira'-, Asa Proctor-272, Charles Ad- 
dison-273, William Porter^ George Allen-274, James Monroe-275, 
Francis Walter-27(3, Theophilus Parsons-277, Leander Alonzo\ Lewis 
Sylvester-278, Ellen Maria^ 

2 Mary E.^ was born in Gardner 5 May, 1822, and married there 
24 June, 1847, John Nichols, an inventor, born in Hubbardston, 
Mass., 27 Sept., 182G, to John, a farmer, and Mercy- Woodward 
Nichols. He died in Templeton, Mass., 14 Nov., 1892; and she 15 
Jan., 1900. Nichols children: Charles Addison, born in Gardner, 
Mass., 10 Jan., 1850, married in Gardner, Elva Sophia Upton, a na- 
tive of Gardner; he died 5 July, 1882, in Boston. Ada Annette, 
born in Gardner 29 Aug., 1853, married in Baldwinsville 8 March, 
1882, William Carleton a painter, born in Newton, Mass., 7 Jan., 
1847. He died in Baldwinsville 4 Sept., 1894. 

o William P.^ was born 2 April, 1829, and married 29 Nov., 
1860, Martha Jane Wright, born 21 June, 1839, to Simeon B. and 
Hannah K.-Richardson Wright of Templeton. He was a mechanic. 
He died 11 May, 1894, of paralysis. She died 6 Dec, 1872. Her 
next of kin at her death were: Almira J. Wright, sister-in-law; 
Achsah J. Whitney and Emma J. Clapp, "my dear friends"; Edith 
F. Wright, niece; Joel Richardson, uncle; George S. Wright, be- 
loved brother; Hannah K. Wright, beloved mother; Wm. Porter 
Perley, beloved husband. 

4 Leander A.^ was born 19 June, 1841, and died in the servdce of 
his country, at Mound City, 19 Aug., 1863. 

5 Ellen M.^ was born in Gardner, Mass., 10 Sept., 1846, married 
in Bellows Falls, Vt., 31 July, 1868, John Adin Stearns, born in 
Swanzey, N. H., 7 Feb., 1842, to John, a hat finisher, and Harriet 
Elizabeth-King Stearns. He was a patriot soldier in the Civil War, 
a sergeant in Co. D of the 36th Mass. Regiment, then first ser- 
geant, then first lieutenant. By reason of severe wounds received 
18 June, 1864, near Petersburg, Va., he was unable to report for 
duty, and was discharged for disability 29 Oct., 1864. He is now 
retired. Their home is Baldwinsville. Their children: Mary 
Evelyn, born in Fitchburg, Mass., 13 Nov., 1871, unmarried, at 
home; John Harry^ 

6 John H.^ was born 13 Feb., 1874, in Baldwinsville, Mass., 
married in Milford, Mass., 10 June, 1898, Edith Marion Jenks, born 
in Pawtucket, R. L, 21 Feb., 1877, to Alonzo Jenks, a commercial 


traveler. Their home is Milford, N. H., where Mr. Stearns is sta- 
tion agent. They have a daughter, Helen, born in Gardner, Mass., 
24 March, 1899. 



DANIEL PERLEY was born 14 April, 1794, in Bridgton, Me., 
and became a farmer in South Bridgton. His wife was Miss La- 
vinia Thompson, married 30 Jan., 1835, in Avon, where she was born. 
She died in River Falls, Wis., in Nov., 1886. She was a milliner by 
trade. He died, 13 May, 1857, in South Bridgton. "Mr. Perley's 
success previous to the panic of 1836 was somewhat remarkable. He 
was a typical lumberman and was closely identified with other en- 
terprises of great importance. The collapse of the land speculations 
that had affected the entire United States several years previous to 
1836 nearly dissipated his fortune, and he retired to his farm. The 
family name was at one time a household word in Maine." 

1 Perley children : Helena Thompson'-, Frances Mahala^ John 

2 Helena T.' was born 14 Jan., 1836, and died 28 April, 1858. 

3 P"rances Mahala^ was born in South Bridgton 29 Jan., 1838, 
where she married 20 May, 1860, Albert Greenleaf Berry, born 12 
Oct., 1837, to Albert Greenleaf and Eunice-Carpenter Berry of the 
same place. He is a millwright by trade, as was his father, in South 
Bridgton. She was educated in common and private schools, and 
was a successful teacher when she married. She was a brilliant 
scholar "and occupied for three years the office of superintendent 
of schools in her native town. This was twenty years after her 
marriage." She was an ardent church worker and home maker. 
She died 14 Sept., 1898. Berry issue: Clara Helena*, Frances 

4 Clara H." was born 23 June, 1861. She was educated in the 
common and high schools, attended a girls' boarding school in Bos- 
ton, and was special student at Wellesley College two years, 1890-92. 
In 1893 she removed to St. Croix Falls, Wis., and was private sec- 
retary for her uncle John W. Perley-279, and in 1900 removed to 
Beaver, on a farm, for out-of-door life and health. She is now a 
farmer and raiser of Red Short Horn and Durham cattle. 

5 Frances Eliza^ was born 23 Sept., 1863, in South Bridgton. 
She studied in high and normal schools and taught three years be- 
fore her marriage. She married 17 March, 1886, in Bridgton, Aldana 
Theodore Ingalls, civil engineer, born 22 Nov., 1861, to Mary J.- 
Patrick and Darwin Ingalls, a farmer of the same town, and a 
brother of Clarissa who married John P. Perley-122^ They have 
Marian Elizabeth, the only child of the third generation from Daniel 




FREDERIC PORTER PERLEY was born in Bridgton, Me., 
18 Oct., 1797. When about sixteen years old, he went to Brighton, 
Mass., and after about two years shipped for St. John, N. B., for 
Husons & Co., as second mate and carpenter. He made several 
voyages to the West Indies and the Spanish coast. He then as- 
sisted in building two merchant vessels, on the Salmon river, for the 
same firm. There he found his " first mate," Miss Elizabeth Earle, 
who was born in St. John 24 April, 1800, to Henry and Jerusha- 
Lummeraux PLarle from New Jersey. Her father took part in the 
Revolutionary War under Gen. Anthony Wayne and was severely 
wounded. They married at Grand Lake, N. B., 1 Aug., 182.5. In 
1829, Mr. Perley went to Houlton, Me.; in 1831, into Canada; in 
1839, into Ohio; in 1845, into Indiana, and in 1873 to Springhill, 
Iowa, where he settled down with his brother William, wiser for the 
experience and not on its account impaired in health. He was liv- 
ing in Michigan City, Indiana, in 1874. 

Mr. Perley took part in the War of 1812, for which he received a 
pension. He also took part in the Canadian Rebellion; but, says 
his son Asa, " I do not think John Bull appreciated his services, as 
he gets no pension for it." Asa further says: "Father has led a 
wandering and unsettled life, and has met with many adventures, 
both on sea and land. I think if his whole life were written out, it 
would rival the story of the Wandering Jew or Robinson Crusoe." 
He died 5 April, 1881, and reposes in a little cemetery near Spring- 
hill, Iowa. His widow died there 28 Aug., 1897. 

1 Perley children: William Earl-280, Asa Charles-281, George 
Augustus-282, Jerusha Ann*, David Poor-283. 

2 Jerusha A.^ was born 19 April, 1834, in Toronto, Canada, and 
married 1 Oct., 1854, in Laporte, Indiana, and became the second 
wife of Frederick Charles Knubbe, born in Province of Mecklen- 
burg-Schwerin, Germany, 6 Nov., 1832, to Charles Knubbe. His 
first wife was Annis Clement. He was a merchant tailor in Michi- 
gan City, Ind., and was considered among the wealthiest. They 
were members of the Ej)iscopal church. He died in Des Moines, 
Iowa, 2(i Oct., 1890. His widow resides in Indianapolis, Ind. 
Their children, born in Michigan City: William Albert, born 27 
Feb., 1858, died in Des Moines, Iowa, 5 Jan., 1892; Anna Frances, 
born 8 Dec, 1861, who graduated in 1878 from the Michigan City 
High School, and resides with her mother; Mary Belle'^. 

3 Mary B.^ was born 23 Dec, 1863. She married in Michigan 
City, 25 Nov., 1884, William Fortune, who was born in Booneville, 
Ind., 27 May, 1863, to William H., a jeweler, and Mary-St. Claire 
Fortune. She died 28 Sept., 1898, in Indianapolis, where he now re- 
sides (Feb., 1905). Mr. Fortune is a publisher. A sketch of his 


life may be found in the Encyclopedia of Biography of Indiana, 
Vol. II, Men of Progress of Indiana, and Memoirs of Indianapolis, 
Their children: Russell, born 12 Sept., 1885; Evelyn, born 30 Sept., 
1887 ; Madeline, born 12 Nov., 1889. 



HENRY PERLEY was born in Andover 14 Oct., 1784, and 
while an infant his parents removed to Boxford. He lived, after his 
marriage, in the "Henry Perley house," page 136, built by Joseph 
Matthews about 1750. He was a shoemaker. He was surveyor of 
highways 1814, 1820, 1825. He was a man of excellent character 
and esteemed as a citizen. 

He married, in Nov., 1808, Hannah Wood, daughter of Phebe- 
Perley-87^ and Solomon Wood of Boxford, who died 28 Jan., 1887, 
aged fifty-two. Mr. Perley died 13 Nov., 1841. 

1 Perley children: Albert-284, Charles-285, Harriet Augusta- 
286, Phebe-287, Henry Edwin'-, Catherine-288, Osmore-289, Hannah 

2 Henry E.^ was born 19 Feb., 1819. He married 8 May, 1859, 
Lydia Lovett Gould, born 17 Dec, 1827, to Henry Lawrence and 
Lydia-Howe Gould. He is a farmer and owns the Nathan Perley- 
84 place in South Georgetown. She died 11 May, 1882. 

8 Hannah E.' was born 9 Feb., 1828, is a nurse and resided a 
long time, unmarried, with her sister Mrs. Dean Andrews-286. She 
now (1905) lives with her brother Henry E.'-, in Georgetown. 



SAMUEL PERLEY was born in Boxford 9 Oct., 1790, in the 
house which had just been erected, and where he afterwards resided, 
and where, after his death, his daughters made their home. He was 
two days old when his mother died. He cultivated a large farm, 
besides taking an active part in the militia, wherein he became 
major. He was strong and robust, and retained i his vigor to the 
last. ! 

He married Nancy Peabody of Boxford 9 May, 1816. She was 
born in Boxford 31 Oct., 1790, to Deacon Moses and Hannah-Foster 
Peabody, and died 24 Aug., 1851. Maj. Perley died 1 June, 1874. 
They repose in the cemetery near the First Church edifice. 

1 Perley children, born in Boxford : George-290, Sarah-Peabody-, 
Lucy Ann'-. 

2 Sarah P.^ was born 13 Sept., 1819, and died, unmarried, 18 
March, 1894; Lucy^ was born 3 Jan., 1827, and died, unmarried, 28 
Nov., 1889. They inherited and conducted the parental farm. 
They did less cultivation than their father, but more dairy. They 



managed with a practical ability, and accumulated wealth. Sarah 
was a school teacher in her young womanhood, and a good one, too. 
The writer remembers her semi-occasional methods, with unfained 
repentance. She was energetic, well equipped for the work and 
successful. She bequeathed to the selectmen a fund of $2000, to 
be called "the Sarah P. Perley fund," whose income is to be used 
for the benefit of needy and worthy widows and single women of the 
East Parish, and to the First Religious Society $1000, whose income 
is to be used as the trustees may judge wise. Her estate was val- 
ued at $20,847.88. 



LEONARD PERLEY was born in Boxford 2 July, 1800. He 
was a farmer and resided in the present residence of Daniel W. 
Conant. He married Mary Wells, 7 April, 1880, born 5 May, 1810, 
to Nathaniel and Ruth-Town Wells. Mr. Perley died 16 Nov., 1857; 
his widow resided with her daughter, Mrs. Averill, in Topsfield, 
where she died 2 May, 1881. 

1 Perley children : Mary Wells'^, Susan Maria^ Julia Ann', Leon- 
ard Augustus-, Eunice B.\ Catherine Augusta'-. 

2 Leonard A.^ was born 14 Dec, 1888, and died 6 Sept., 1889. 
Catherine A.^ was born 8 July, and died 28 Sept., 1844. 

8 Mary W.^ was born in Boxford 15 Jan., 1881. She was a 
school teacher. She married 11 Dec, 1856, Albert Berry, farmer, 
born 18 Nov., 1880, in North Andover, Mass., to Jacob, a blacksmith, 
and Susannah-Winchester Berry. He died 26 May, 1893. Their 
children, born in North Andover: Anna Wells, born 13 Sept., 1858, 
died 22 Aug., 1871; Mary Annette, born 22 Sept., 1860; Charles 
Albert, born 24 Nov., 1862, married 21 Oct., 1896, a salesman in 
Boston; Samuel Dwight^ 

4 Susan M.^ was born 22 May, 1832, and 18 Nov., 1856, married 
Joseph Averill-888, born 18 Aug., 1824, to Joseph and Elizabeth 
Averill of North Andover. She died 21 June, 1871. Mr. Averill 
married 10 July, 1878, her sister, Eunice B.\ who was born 9 June, 
1840, and died 18 July, 1892. He was a farmer in North Andover, 
and died 24 Sept., 1887. Issue by first wife: George Leonard, 
farmer and milk dealer, born 6 April, 1859, married in Lynn 20 
Dec, 1888, P2lvira Lake Towne, born in Topsfield 22 Sept., 1856, to 
Sewall L. and Mary Ann-Severance Towne; Mary Lizzie, a dress- 
maker, born 31 March, 1862, married 9 April, 1895, Charles Walter 
Paul, born in Gloucester 3 May, 1871, to Henry and Rebecca- 
Counacher Paul, and has Elizabeth Averill, born 5 Feb., 1896; 
P'lorence Maria, born 24 Sept., 1865, residing in North Andover. 

5 Julia A.^ was born 27 Aug., 1883, and married 18 Aug., 1859, 
in North Andover, Samuel Augustus Cummings, born in Middleton, 
Mass., 4 Nov., 1829, to Samuel, a farmer, and Joanna- Andrews Cum- 
mings. He was the manufacturer of the celebrated Cummings shoe 
knife. The date of his death is not known. His widow resides in 
Boxford. They had Julia Augusta, born 26 Nov., I860. 



6 Samuel Dwight^ was born 23 Nov., 1867, married in Boxford, 
Mass., 6 June, 1894, Mary Elizabeth Nason, born 5 Jan., 1870, to 
James Henry, farmer, and Phoebe Elizabeth-Barker Nason. He 
is a farmer and resides in North Andover. Berry issue: Phoebe 
Anna, born 22 April, 1895; Katherine Annette, born 25 Nov., 1897; 
Gertrude Wells, born 10 Jan., 1899. 



IRA PERLEY was born 9 Nov., 1799, in the house pictured on 
page 138. It stood a few rods from the Boxford-Ipswich town line. 

A portrait of Mr. Perley is the frontispiece of this book. The 
family furnished the "copy", with the remark: " It is taken from a 
crayon portrait done in 

1850, when he was fifty z^^,,-..,,.^ /^// ' >—* /^ / / 
years old. We always /^"^""^ JT^ '^^^^'^■*^^^'-^ l0.UcXy 
thought it a fairly good ^ 

likeness." His autograph ^ yfp ^ 

herewith was subscribed /l-<<.^Vcyj^x.z^ 

to a letter to his daughter, ^ _ ^ 

dated 8 June, 1873, and is cr^^-^^^^-t--^ • ^<^2 P. 

His brother Daniel writes, "Ira was a bookworm from child- 
hood." Perley's History of Boxford reads: "When he was eight 
years of age, his father died, and the farm was left to the care of the 
widow and three sons, aged respectively eight, four and three years. 
By the widow's hard labor, with what little help the young children 
could render, the farm was carried on and a part of its income laid 
by. Ira, as well as the doctor, whose biography follows, early 
evinced a desire for knowledge At odd hours of the day, when not 
employed in labor, he would be found with book in hand ; and on the 
long winter evenings, by the light which the fire on the hearth af- 
forded, he pored over his Latin grammar, and other works which 
formed the elements of his after-study. At the age of sixteen he 
entered Bradford Academy, when Benjamin Greenleaf was precep- 
tor. At the age of eighteen, in 1818, he entered Dartmouth Col- 
lege, where he was graduated in 1822. He was a tutor there, 1823- 
25. He then read law with B. J. Gilbert, Esq., of Haverhill, Mass., 
and commenced the practice of the profession in Concord, N. H. 
He also jafterwards practised law with great honor at Hanover, 
N. H. He was a representative to the Legislature of New Hamp- 
shire from Concord and Hanover, respectively; treasurer of Dart- 
mouth College, 1830-35; vice president of the corporation, 1834 and 
1837; vice president of the New England Historic-Genealogical So- 
ciety for a number of years; judge of the Superior Court of New 
Hampshire, 1850-52; chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, 
1855-59, 1864-69. In 1836 he delivered the Phi Beta Kappa oration 
before the Alpha chapter; and in 1866 he delivered, before the 
Association of the Alumni at Dartmouth College, the eulogy on the 



death of the Hon. Riifiis Choate, and also of the Hon. Daniel Webster, 
Dartmouth's most distmguished sons. He took his master's degree 
in course, and was made LL. D. in 1852. Mr. Perley died in Con- 
cord, N. H., where he resided, of cancer of the throat, Feb. 26, 
1874, aged seventy-four years." 

The following resolutions are self-explanatory: — 
" Resolved, That the New England Historic-Genealogical Society 
have learned with feelings of profound sorrow of the death of the 
Hon. Ira Perley, LL. D., their vice president for the State of New 

"Resolved, That our deceased associate merited, in every rela- 
tion, our respect and admiration ; as a citizen of honorable life, en- 
lightened public spirit and useful influence; as a member of a liberal 
profession, in which his acumen and logical power, his scholarly 
training, varied acquirements, mastery of the several departments of 
jurisprudence, with his high standard of professional excellence and 
honor, lifted him to a commanding rank; and as a magistrate, im- 
bued with the very spirit of the law; who, by his dignity, indepen- 
dence and uprightness, his broad views and extended culture, 
realized the traditions of the proudest days of the bench. 

"Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the 
family of the deceased, with the assurance of the deep sympathy of 
this society with them in their bereavement." 

Chiefly from Chapman's Dartmouth Alumni, Perley's History 
of Boxf ord furnishes the following : 

"I entered the sophomore class in Dartmouth College at the 
commencement in the year 1819. I then first became acquainted 
with Ira Perley. He had been in college one year, and had estab- 
lished, beyond all controversy, his title to the first appointment in 
his class, which in number was second only to that of 1811. 
Not only so: I think he was considered, from that time until we fin- 
ished our course in 1822, the best general scholar in the college. 
He had not the brilliancy, the imagination, nor the fascinating 
power of Rufus Choate, who was graduated at the time I entered, 
nor had he, probably, the same extent of classical learning; but, 
after Choate left, no one remained that could compete with Perley 
in all the college studies. 

" Ira Perley was modest and unassuming. Conscious of his own 
abilities, he had no occasion to assume any fictitious importance. 
As he was beyond the reach of rivalry in college, he excited no one's 
envy. The same position he held among his classmates in college, 
he readily obtained at the bar and upon the bench ; I mean as a 
learned lawyer and an accomplished judge. 

" He was an active and an honest man. He passed a long life in 
the discharge of various important duties, — civil, professional, polit- 
ical and judicial. They were all performed with integrity and abil- 
ity, without a stain upon his character. Perley was not a marked 
man, either in his personal appearance, or in his manner of address. 
He was not a natural orator or poet; but, as a lawyer, to collect the 
law of the case, arrange and apply it, he was excelled by few. 

" He was not a politician, according to the common acceptation 
of the word. When the Rebellion broke out, Perley's voice gave no 


uncertain sound. He sympathized fully with the North, believing 
that the national life should be preserved; and, as he felt and 
believed, so he spoke. 

" In the profession which Judge Perley selected, a good memory 
is of the utmost importance. This faculty he possessed and culti- 
vated to an extent beyond most men. Did a principle of law require 
to be elucidated or established.? He would readily name the case, 
quote the book, and frequently the page, where the authority could 
be found. This faculty made him of great value to the other mem- 
bers of the court. He was, in fact, their legal dictionary. This 
power of recollection was not confined to law. He was an extensive 
reader of miscellaneous works of fiction, travels, and the various pro- 
ductions of modern literature; and he seemed not only to devour, 
but to digest thoroughly, whatever he had read. This faculty was cul- 
tivated to such an extent, that, in summing up his cases to the jury, 
he made little use of his notes of the evidence, and frequently aston- 
ished the bar and the jury at the minuteness, accuracy, and fulness 
of his recollection of the names and testimony of the witnesses. 

"Another trait in Judge Perley's character was independence. 
As he was self-reliant, he was not disposed to accept the results of 
the investigation of others without examination. 

"His literary labors were chiefly confined to law. He indeed 
delivered eulogies upon two of Dartmouth's most distinguished 
sons, Daniel Webster and Rufus Choate; but his reputation as a 
lawyer and jurist must rest finally upon his record in the Reports of 
the Judicial Courts of New Hampshire." 

Judge Perley married 11 June, 1840, Mary Sewall Nelson, who 
was born 25 Jan., 1819, to John and Lois-Leverett Nelson of Haver- 
hill, N. H. She was a lady of culture and refinement, and became 
the tender mother of loving children, and the light of her happy 
home. She died 27 Nov., 1870, of typhoid fever. 

[Her father was a noted lawyer, and her brother, "Judge Thomas 
Leverett Nelson of the U. S. District Court for the District of Massa- 
chusetts, has been one of the leaders of the Worcester County bar, 
where his deep learning and general character is still held in the high- 
est esteem. He was born in Haverhill, N. H., 4 March, 1827. 
He was a descendant of John Leverett, who was governor of 
Massachusetts in 1673. He fitted for college at Haverhill and Meri- 
den, N. H. He entered Dartmouth College in 1842, but two years 
later he gave up his college course on account of the death of his 
father. He soon renewed his studies at the Vermont University 
and was graduated in 1846. He worked as a civil engineer until 
1853, when he began the study of law at Haverhill. In 1855 he 
went to live in Worcester and entered the law ofifice of the late 
Judge Francis H. Dewey. From the ofifice of this learned ex- 
pounder of the law he was admitted to the bar of which he afterward 
became an ornament.] 

1 Children: Mary Nelson'^ Julia'-, Allan'-, Walter'-, Harry'-, Susan'-, 
Edith\ Margarets 

2 These births were in Concord, and these deaths, except Wal- 
ter's, in Chicago: JuHa', 10 Dec, 1842, died 1 July, 1870; Allan^ 26 
Sept., 1844, died 16 March, 1846; Walter', 8 Jan., 1847, died 21 


Aug., 1870; Harry\ 8 July, 1852, died 14 March, 1858; Susan\ 25 
July, 1849, died 80 Jan., 1853. 

n Mary N.^ was born in Concord, N. H., 18 March, 1841. She 
sojourned in Europe several summer vacations, with other members 
of the family. Her home was in Worcester, where she died 23 Jan., 

4 Edith^ was born in Concord, N. H., 9 April, 1855, and 10 Oct., 1878, 
married in Worcester, Mass., Lincoln Newton Kinnicutt, who was 
born in Worcester 14 March, 1849, to Erancis H. and Elizabeth 
Waldo-Parker Kinnicutt. They reside in Worcester where Mr. 
Kinnicutt is^ a banker. Their child : Roger, born in Worcester 
12 Eeb., 1880, is studying medicine. 

5 Margaret' was born in Concord, N. H., 23 May, 1859, and mar- 
ried 16 Sept., 1884, in All Saints Church, Rev. Alexander H, Vinton 
ofificiating, Samuel Bayard Woodward, M. D., who was born in 
Worcester, Mass., 24 Aug., 1853, to Samuel, a merchant, and Lucy 
Elizabeth Rocrers-Treadwell Woodman. Their home is Worcester. 



DANIEL PERLEY was born in the Isaac Hale house in East 
Roxford 24 March, 1804. The house is pictured on page 138. By 
the early death of his father, the family was thrown upon its own 
resources. The widow managed the farm and fitted her boys for 
college. Daniel entered Dartmouth in 1824 and was graduated in 
1828, the year when Dr. Nathan Lord became president of the insti- 
tution. He took his medical degree in 1831. 

He first practised his chosen profession five years in New Row- 
ley — now Georgetown. About 1834-6, he established himself in 
Lynn. During the Rebellion, he was surgeon of the Board of En- 
rollment of the Eifth District of Massachusetts. He was many 
years city physician, and served several years on the school board. 
The year following his graduation, he taught the Feoffees' school in 
Ipswich. While teaching at Andover, he compiled "A Grammar of 
the English Language," 16 mo., pp. 79, "Eirst Edition, Andover, 
Mass., 1834." Gould Brown, also of Lynn, in his "The Grammar of 
English Grammars," quotes the doctor approvingly on "the true 
doctrine of three cases"; but while admitting the doctor to be right 
about the use of "but," as a preposition, he would establish the fact 
by a different argument, he thinks. 

Dr. Perley had a paralytic shock in the fall of 1877, which left 
him in a helpless condition. He died 31 Jan., 1881, a man of emi- 
nent usefulness, of strictest integrity, of versatile ability, of excellent 
judgment, who excelled in his profession, was a progressive citizen, 
and a provident, wise and beloved husband and father, whose home, 
as he made it, is a cherished memory. 

The doctor married 15 June, 1837, Caroline Gage Stearns, who 
was born in Middlebury, Vt., 3 April, 1814, to Lewis, a mason, and 


Rebecca-Gage Stearns of Bradford, Boston, and Middlebury, Vt. 
She died 23 June, 1899. 

1 Perley children: Howard-291, Charles Stearns-292, Mary'-, 
Lottie McDonald^ 

2 Mary^ was born in Lynn 8 March, 1847, and there resides, un- 
married. Lottie M.^ was born 27 May, 1851, and died 28 March, 



SOLOMON PERLEY was born in Topsfield 15 Oct., 1792. 
He was a farmer, and lived in peace and plenty, though not rich. 
His house was in Topsfield, near the Boxford town line. His son 
inherited the place and lived there till his death. 

Mr. Perley was published with Clarissa Brown 7 Aug., 1814, and 
married her 23 Aug., 1815. She was daughter of Olive-Gage and 
Samuel Brown of Topsfield, and was born 23 Oct., 1797, in Boxford. 
Mr. Perley died of "old age" 9 Dec, 1866, aged seventy-four years 
and one month; his widow 11 April, 1881. 

1 Perley child: Parker Brown, who was born 2 Sept., 1817. 
"Parker Brown," as he was always called, cultivated the old farm. 
He never married. His mother was his housekeeper till her death. 
After her demise, he lived alone. He was a quiet, unambitious man, 
courted seclusion, and was esteemed a good neighbor and intelligent 

A local newspaper correspondent thus reports Mr. Perley's 
death: "Nov. 13., 1893. On Saturday forenoon last Mr. Daniel 
Bixby called at Mr. Parker Brown Perley's, and was horrified at finding 
Mr. Perley dead in his chair. Mr. Bixby notified Mr. Joseph Janes, 
the nearest neighbor, who harnessed his horse and came to the vil- 
lage to tell his friends. Coroner Root of Georgetown was called 
and pronounced the cause of death heart trouble. He lived alone 
about two miles from the village, in from the road, and kept two 
cows, a horse, dog, and a few hens. Mr. Perley's age was seventy- 
five years, two months and eight days. He had not been in good 
health for a year past, and his friends have felt some anxiety at his 
being alone. He was able to get to the hall to vote Tuesday, and 
seemed as well as for some time past. He was also seen in the vil- 
lage Thursday, Nov. 9. It is probable he died sometime Thursday 
night or Friday morning. He was a good citizen, of a retiring 
nature, and well liked by all who knew him." 



NATHANIEL PERLEY was born in York County, N. B. He 
was a farmer. He married Deborah Coburn, who was a cousin of 
Hannah-249, and born in 1812, in York County, N. B., to Jonathan, 


farmer, and Tyler Coburii. She died in Oct., 1857; and he 

in March, 1851, in York County, N. B. 

1 Perley children: Hannah", Mary Anne", Elizabeth'^ Jane^ 
Phoebe'', Solomon-293. 

2 Hannah' was born in 1831 and died, unmarried, in 1850. 
Mary A.' was born in 1833 and died, unmarried, in 1851'. 

3 Elizabeth^ was born in York County 4 Feb., 1835. She mar- 
ried there 1(3 Oct., 1854, John Wesley Johnston, a farmer, born in 
Shefifield, N. B., in Dec, 1823, to John, a farmer, and Margaret- 
Ikitain Johnston. He died in York County 23 Aug., 1872. She 
resides in Minneapolis, Minn. Their children, all but the first born 
in Keswick Ridge, York County: Frederick Perley, born in Fred- 
ericton, N. B., 15 Sept., 1855, a civil engineer, unmarried, of Kadiak 
Island, Alaska; Annie''; Margaret, 20 Feb., 1800, unmarried, a 
dressmaker in Minneapolis; Alice Mabel, 4 May, 18G2, a teacher, 
unmarried, in Minneapolis; George Arthur, 16 April, 1864, unmar- 
ried, a miner at Helena, Mont.; James Nathaniel, 27 June, 1866, un- 
married, a printer in Minneapolis; Jane, 18 March, 1868, unmarried, 
a dressmaker in Minneapolis; Phoebe Gertrude, 26 Dec, 1870, 
died 2 March, 1892, unmarried; Harriet Cecil, 8 April, 1873, unmar- 
ried, a teacher, in Minneapolis. 

4 Jane' was born in Keswick Ridge, N. B., in 1837, and married 
Andrew Campbell, a farmer, and had a son who died in infancy. 
She died in Keswick Ridge in June, 1863. Mr. Campbell is dead. 

5 Phoebe' was born in Keswick Ridge in 1839, and married in 
Fredericton, Burden Crouse, a farmer, and died in St. John in 1869, 
having had no children. Mr. Crouse is dead. 

6 Annie" was born 25 Dec, 1857. She was a school teacher. 
She married in Minneapolis, Minn., 11 Feb., 1885, John Wood Mc- 
Bean, a lumberman, born in Nashwaak, N. B., in December, 1851, 
to Patrick, lumberman, and Margaret-Casey McBean. He died in 
Helena, Mont., 1 May, 1902. She now resides in Minneapolis. 
Their child, Alan Johnston, was born 4 Aug., 1889, in Helena. 



JOSHUA PERLEY* was born in Boxford 2 Aug., 1770. His 
father removed to Chester, N. PL, when he was about a year old, 
and he removed with his father to Tingstown, now Wilton, Me., 
when about "one and twenty." His mother died when he was only 
ten years old, and he was "put out" to grow to manhood and learn 
chiefly to work. Nevertheless, he acquired sufificient knowledge to 
conduct the business of an honest farmer, and sufificient culture to 
make him always a gentleman. 

About the time his father left for Montville, he purchased wild 
land adjoining the estate of a Mr. Blake, in whose house the family 
had lived and with whom Joshua boarded after his father's removal. 

* The history of this interesting family was given us by D. H. Chandler, Esq., but for want 
of space it was abridged to the detriment of his elegant diction. 


About that time he won the affection of Miss Hannah Eaton, a 
neighbor. Dr. Blake-7o relates an incident of the courtship. Mrs, 
Eaton, the mother of Hannah, Hke a good mother as she was, with a 
watchful care of her daughter, went to the doctor's mother to in- 
quire as to the character of her boarder, Joshua Perley. When 
told that he- was a man of steady, industrious habits and good moral 
character, she replied : "He's a little bait of a creatchure." The doc- 
tor says it was the Irish brogue, which she came honestly by, that 
fixed the incident in his mind. They were married in 1797. She 
was of Farmington and twenty-fiv^e years of age. 

He was small of stature, but possessed a line physique and a 
stout heart. He had already felled the forest and made his portion 
of "the wilderness to blossom as the rose," an outward index of 
what had been accomplished in his inner being by the nestling at 
his own stone fireside in his own log-house, of his young life's better 
self. He soon built a framed barn, the first one, it is said, that was 
built in Wilton. So nice was it regarded that the district school 
was kept in it, and even religious meetings were held within its ca- 
pacious walls, — which showed that the disciples of Him who was 
born in a stable were not above their Master; although for Him it 
was the lowliest, while for them it was the proudest, building of 
their place and time. 

in 1801, Ohio, then the "Far West," seeming to offer great in- 
ducements for speedier gains, attracted his attention, and he was 
induced to sell all he had and with his wife and two boys, Jacob and 
John, wend his way with a covered wagon and two horses, not like 
Joshua of old through blood and carnage, but in peace and cjuiet to 
the "promised land." On the way the wagon was their home; in it 
or by its side they regaled themselves with food, and beneath its 
canvas refreshed themselves with sleep, and fondly dreamed of the 
"better land." But they were doomed to disappointment. While 
the sun rose higher above them, the sun of hope waned continually 
in their hearts ; they were homesick and therefore did not locate. 
In February, 1803, a daughter and sister was given, to be ex- 
changed, in two short days, for a wife and mother. Thus bereaved 
and disconsolate, he thought of his old home and arranged to return. 

With his family were the . families of his sister Apphia, Mrs. 
Eaton-149, and of a Mr. Jennings. Some Indians stole a number of 
their horses and they were obliged to make their return journey 
with one team and one horse for himself. He rode horseback from 
Ohio to Maine carrying the infant on his arm, more than a thousand 

On his return to Wilton, bereft, not only of the sharer of his 
fortune, but of the fortune itself, he purchased the farm adjoining 
his old" one. In March, 1805, he married a widow Libby. In 1811, 
he removed to Temple, Me., and followed farming till he sold hfs 
farm to Mr. Libby, his stepson, by whose name the farm is now 
known. His declining years he spent with his children. He died 
at the home of his daughter Martha. 

He was a man of great energy. It is said that one spring he had 
a "cut down" of ten acres which he felled with his own hands. The 
spring offered no favorable opportunity to "burn" till too late for 


spring planting. The first of June, however, it was accidentally 
"burned," and he immediately planted the whole area with corn, — 
for which he was bountifully rewarded in the fall — a monster field 
of corn for that country. 

He was also a man of fortitude and great presence of mind. 
When in Ohio, he was bitten or struck upon the calf of his leg, by a 
rattlesnake, and immediately squeezing the part between his thumb 
and forefinger hewed out the poison with his pocket knife. At 
another time, his thumb was horribly mangled between two stones 
while he was laying wall on his farm, and concluding, upon a glance, 
that the member could not be saved, he forestalled the surgeon and 
severed it with an axe. 

His religion was practical rather than theoretical ; his right living 
was parent of his right behaving ; it was more in the spirit than in the 
letter. Hence he gravitated naturally to that worthy society called 
Friends, which he joined after his second marriage, never having 
been identified with any religious movement before. He was op- 
posed to both legal and profane swearing, holding the latter to be 
an outgrowth of the former. 

In politics he was a Federalist. He opposed the War of 1812, 
on religious and political grounds. With such belief, he did not feel 
at liberty to engage in military parades and "trainings." He was, 
however, a law-abiding citizen and always sent the commanding 
officer, at each May training, his exemption certificate, stating 
that he was a Friend in good standing; and Mr. Libby relates that 
when himself arrived at the age of enrollment, Mr. Perley furnished 
him with arms and equipment, "as the law directs." 

Mr, Perley was a man of character and acknowledged ability. 
He was often a referee to adjust matters between neighbors. He 
was a pillar among the Friends, whose services he was particular 
to attend on "First Day" and "Fifth Day" of each week. He had 
self control, was moderately tempered, was not addicted to the 
use of stimulants, so prevalent in his day, was chaste in speech, and 
a sterling man. 

He married Hannah Eaton of Farmington, Me., 4 May, 1797. 
She was born 8 April, 1772, to Jacob and Elizabeth-Thorn Eaton, 
and died in Ohio 20 Feb., 1803. His second wife was Mrs. Ruth 
Libby of Wilton, married in March, 1805. She was born 26 Dec, 
1780, and died 28 Oct., 1848. He died 1 Jan., 1859. 

1 Perley children : Jacob-294, John-295, Martha-296, Hannahl 

2 Hannah^ was born 8 Jan., 1808, in Wilton, and 17 July, 1827, 
married Joseph Huse, bywhom she had four sons and six daughters. 
They resided in Bath, Me. 



APPHIA PERLEY was born 26 Aug., 1772, in Boxford. She 
married 21 Nov., 1792, Ebenezer Eaton, Esq., of Candia, part of old 
Chester, N. H., where he was born 13 Feb., 1768, to James and 


Abigail- Wood Eaton. In 1796 or 7 they removed to Wilton, Me., 
and were of the first settlers there. 

Squire Eaton was a justice of the peace, a man of ability and 
accomplishments, though he made no pretensions. A specimen of 
his verse has been handed us. It was written of his wife: 


Appbia, my dear, why hast thou fled Cease theu to weep, assuage thy tears. 

My arms, my house, my home, my bed, Trust iu the Lord, who sees aud hears, — 

Aud left me now to moan Thou need uo longer mourn. 

In anguish deep aud achiug heart, His presence heals the wounded heart. 

Bursting with grief aud inward smart, Uemoves those sighs, gives ease the smart, — 

These pangs I feel alone. He'll leave thee not alone, 

'Twas Heaven's high mandate called me hence Eternal love surrounds His throne; 

From earth's dull scenes of flesh and sense, He claims all nations as His own, — 

To quit this earthly sod; The price of Jesus' blood. 

With wings of love on wheels of fire He gives His grace our souls to win; 

To Heaven's high arch my soul retires Removes our guilt, saves us from sin. 

To meet my gracious God. And brings us home to God. 

To join that vast angelic throng. Sure theu, great God, to Thee I give 

And sing that loud triumphant song My heart, my soul, 'tis all I have,~ 

Of praise to God's dear Son, Father, they both are Thine. 

Who takes away our guilt and sin, Iteigu thmugh wide earth, govern the whole, 

Clothes us in garments while and clean.— Salvation give to every soul. 

The victory Is won. .■\(coni|)lish Thy design! 

Mr. Eaton was a member of the society of Friends, for about 
eighteen years before his death. His wife was strongly attached to 
the religious belief of her own society, but charitable in her views 
respecting others. She lived an example of piety, and gave good 
evidence of hope through the merits of a bleeding Savior. Her cir- 
cumstances were moderate; she possessed many virtues; her heart 
was sympathetic, she was humane in distress; obliging, as a neigh- 
bor; faithful, as a friend; kind and affectionate, as a parent and a 
companion. She died of dropsy of the chest, at Wilton 15 March, 
1828, aged fifty-five years, having given birth to thirteen children. 
He survived his wife ten years, and died of bleeding at the stomach 
and general debility 19 Oct., 1838, at seventy years. His first two 
children were born in Candia, the rest in Wilton. 

1 Eaton children : Sophia'^ Toppan'^, Jacob Perley^ Eben'^ Joshua 
Perley'', Apphia'-, DanieP, Ruhamah"^, a son", a daughter'", Sally^ 
Abigail'-, Eben". 

2 These all died young: Sophia\ born 17 May, 1794; Jacob Per- 
ley\ born 15 Jan., 1798; Eben^ born 14 May, 1800; Apphia\ born 
12 Oct., 1803 ; Ruhamah\ born 24 May, 1807 ; probably a son\ born 
24 Dec, 1808; probably a daughter', born 29 Dec, 1809; Sally\ 
born 22 Jan., 1811; AbigaiP, born 18 P^eb., 1813. 

3 Toppan^ was born 7 Dec, 1795. Though the school advan- 
tages of his youth were meagre, he acquired a good education. He 
taught twenty winters and ranked among the first of school teachers. 
He was a mechanic and farmer, was engaged in town business from 
the age of twenty-one, and was a justice of the peace. He was a 
military captain, and was drafted for a service of ninety days, at the 
age of eighteen, near the close of the War of 1812. He took a lively 
interest in the Civil War. He was a great reader and kept fully 
abreast of the times, on all the leading questions. His bearing was 
dignified, his social abilities were largely developed, and he believed 
in the final holiness and happiness of all mankind. 

His wife was Betsey Brown, daughter of Rev. Ebenezer and 
Hannah-Billings Brown of Wilton, born 23 May, 1800, married 6 


March, 1823, died 9 July, 1867. He died of- lung fever in Wilton 16 
Feb., 1869, aged seventy-three. Issue: Sophia Ann''; Betsey Bil- 
lings'*; Toppan James''; Harriet Brown'"; Joshua Byron"; Ebenezer 
Curtis, born 23 Nov., 1889, married Emily A. Pratt 16 Sept., 1878, 
resided in New York City and was clerk in the post-office ; Apphia 
Randalah, born 4 April, 1843, unmarried, and operator in Western 
Union Telegraph Office, New York City. 

4 Joshua Perley' was born 4 Feb., 1802. He was graduated at 
Bangor Theological Seminary, 1839, and entered the Orthodox Con- 
gregational ministry, preaching in Bangor and Dexter, Me., Granby, 
Vt., and Isle au Haut, Me., — in all about forty years. His personal 
bearing was ministerial, and his life was in keeping with his profes- 
sion. He married his first wife, Sybil Holt of Weld, Me., 15 Sept., 
1829, who died there 21 Nov., 1830. His second wife, 1 Sept., 1841, 
was Isabella Dutton of Bangor. He died in Bangor 9 Dec, 1875, 
aged seventy-three years. Issue : Samuel Edward, born 24 Feb., 
1843; Isabella Graham, born 6 April, 1845; and Mary Apphia, born 
10 Oct., 1847. 

5 DanieP was born 27 June, 1805. He married Edee Webster 
of Wilton, Me., a relative of the Hon. Daniel Webster. She gradu- 
ated at a Boston medical college, acquired a large practice, and was 
considered among the first female physicians of the city. She died 
about 1871. He died of consumption, about 1859. Issue: Apphia 
Perley, Abigail, Ruth Wood, Daniel Emerson, Ebenezer W., Top- 
pan Sargent, Edee A. R. 

6 Eben^ was born 27 Sept., 1814; married Cynthia Miles in 
Lowell, Mass., and had one daughter. 

7 Sophia Ann** was born 28 Jan., 1824, and Dec, 18 — (about 
1854) married John Burbank of Readfield, Me. He was a farmer in 
Wilton, Me., and died in the Rebellion, at New Orleans. He was 
buried in the soldiers' cemetery near the battle ground, by the 
levee, about four miles from the city. Issue: Byron Emery, born 
1855; Mary Ellen, born 1857; James Eugene, born 1858; Hattie 
Esther, born 1860. 

8 Betsey Billings'* was born 16 June, 1825; and married 5 Dec, 
1848, Asa Jennings of Wilton, Me., who was born 24 Nov., 1819. 
He was a farmer. Issue: B. Emmogene, born 1850, died 1878; A. 
Byron, born 1851; Mary F., born 1856; Albert Eaton, born 1862. 

9 Toppan James^ was born 26 May, 1827, and married about 1856, 
Mrs. Susan Butler (Buttes.?) and resided in Flagstaff, Me., where he 
was a farmer and a justice of the peace. 

10 Harriet Brown^ was born 27 July, 1829, and 23 Sept., 1865, 
married Captain William S. Hall, who was a sea captain and a 
carpenter and resided in New York City. Issue: Willie Curtis, 
born 1868; Louis Anderson, born 1871. 

11 Joshua Byron' was born 23 Jan., 1832, and 23 Jan., 1860, mar- 
ried Esther E. Hall. They resided in Nashua, N. H. He was a 
railroad employe, and died in Lowell 23 June, 1860, from injuries 
received from the cars. 



IRENE PERLEY was born 27 Nov., 1774. She once lived in 
a log house, yet she was gentle in her manners, refined in her tastes, 
and skillful in performing womanly duties. She married, 26 Oct., 
1796, Abel Sweet, born to Ebenezer and Naomi-Daggett Sweet, 
Attleboro, Mass., 20 Sept., 1772. They settled in Wilton, the part 
now Farmington. He and his father built the first frame house in 
the town, and made it their home.. Shortly after her marriage she 
joined the Baptist church, of which her husband had been some time 
a member. He died 8 June, 1817, aged forty-four; she, of consump- 
tion, 2 Jan., 1826, aged fifty-one. She was a model woman, and 
every way a "helpmate" — affable, neat and industrious. She was 
patient in her last sickness and suffering, which was great ; cheerful 
in the near prospect of dissolution, and left a memory worthy to be 
cherished by her children's children for many generations. Their 
children were all born in Farmington. 

1 Sweet children: Sarah Perley-, Desire Daggett^ Naomi Dag- 
gett\ Sophia Eaton''. 

2 Sarah Perley' was born T) June, 1798. She married 15 April, 
1822, Loyal Lovejoy, born in Anson, Me., to Thomas and Nancy- 
Burgess Lovejoy of Farmington. They removed to and remained 
about ten years in Industry, Me.; they set up their last home in 
Augusta. He was a stone mason, and owned and worked a granite 
quarry in Augusta. He died o Sept., 1861. His widow survived 
him. Issue, born in Industry: Irene Perley, born 5 March, 1825, 
died Jan., 1834, aged eight. Loyal Palmer, born 2 'Nov., 1827, and 
died, unmarried, in Augusta, 26 Jan., 1854, aged twenty-six. Sarah 
Sophia, born 7 July, 1S29, and died 17 Sept., 18;:i2, aged three years. 
Desire Sweet, born 1 April, 1881, married Samuel Worcester, a 
grocer's clerk, and lived, without issue, in Augusta. Dana Board- 
man" and Adoniram Judson". 

3 Desire Daggett' was born 5 Aug., 1801. She married, in 
Houlton, Me., in 1835, John Abbott, a homeopathic physician. In 
five years they removed to South China, Me., where both died in 
1872. They both belonged to the community of Friends, and she 
became a public speaker of considerable note. 

4 Naomi Daggett' was born 7 Aug., 1805, She married Joshua 
Allen of Farmington, where they lived about fifteen years, and then 
removed to Augusta, where she died in 1852. He was living in 
April, 1879. 

5 Sophia Eaton' was born 20 Oct., 1808. She married George 
Kaler in South China, Me., in 1853. April, 1879, they were living 
in Augusta. 

6 Dana Boardman'- was born 1 July, 1833, in Industry. He 
married, in Farmington, 1868, Fannie Lovejoy, daughter of Bartlett* 



Lovejoy, Esq., of Salem, Mc. Issue: Dana Winfield, born 1869; 
Edward Sweet, born 1871; Erank Perley, born 1878; Charles Her- 
man, born 1876, and another born 1880. 

7 Adoniram Jiidson^ was born 14 April, 1838. He married, in 
Liberty, 1868, Elvira L. Prescott, daughter of Ezekiel Prescott, Esq. 
Issue: Mabel Irene, born 1869; Sarah Alice, born 1871; Elvira 
Prescott, born 1878; Minnie Estelle, born 1876. 



MOSES PERLEY was born 8 March, 1777, in Chester, N. H. 
His wife died in Eaton, Canada, or Montville, Me., without issue. 
In 1808 they removed to Wilton, Me., thence probably to Canada. 
A few years later he returned to Wilton, and resided with his 
brother Joshua Perley. He died in Wilton, or Houlton, 12 Nov., 

He was at one time largely engaged in the lumber trade in Mont- 
ville with his brother Aaron. He became involved and left for 
Canada. In those days there was no insolvency court, nor com- 
promising with creditors. It was duress or payment; the jail loomed 
in the distance, and its portals would have "grated harsh thunder" 
on the sensitive nerves of their victim. 

Failure in business is not necessarily criminal ; the purpose of a 
man may be as high, his integrity as great, his pursuit as laborious, 
as those are that crown another man with success; nay, in the exer- 
tions that fail there may be more merit. 

Mr, Perley had lost the fruit of years of hard labor; his earnest of 
the future had vanished, his ambition was disappointed; discourag- 
ment possessed him ; and these heart burnings, entombed in his 
bosom, silent as the grave, shadowed his life with gloom. He rests 
with his fathers and family, on the lap of Mother Earth, really as 
noble a Roman as any of her children. 



AARON PERLEY was born in Chester, N. H., 11 March, 
1779. At fifteen years of age his father removed to Tingstown — now 
Wilton — Me. His first venture, lumbering, failed. Then he, with 
his brother Moses, went lumbering in Canada and was successful. 
In 1821 he had in cash and credits $2500, and went to Temple, Me., 
with his brother Joshua, and soon bought a farm in Dexter, paying 
cash with a mortgage, but failing to collect his credits in Canada, 
he lost all. 

He married, in 1832, Dorothy Rowell of Monmouth, Me., who 
died about 1864. He died in Hodgdon, Me., 18 June, 1848. 

1 Perley children : Aaron DonnoH', Charles Edwin'l 


2 Aaron^ was born about 1835 and died 1887. Charles^ was born 
about 1838, and was drafted from Hodgdon, Me., and mustered into 
service 12 Oct., 1864. He died at Petersburg, Va., of disease, 19 
April, 1865. 



MARY PERLEY, called "Molly," was born 2 Jan., 1760, and 
married, in Boxford 22 Nov., 1781, Asa Burpee of Ipswich, who was 
born in 1760. They lived first in Rowley, Mass., and removed to 
New London, N. H., about 1785 or 6. She died 27 July, 1833, he 15 
Oct., 1843, aged eighty-three years. 

"Mr. Burpee was a farmer, and owned a farm at the foot of 'Bur- 
pee Hill,' so called because there were several families of that name 
scattered along over the hill. The family were rather looked down 
upon at one time by some of the neighbors who possessed more of 
this world's goods; and on one occasion one of the children of the 
neighborhood came in as Mrs. Burpee was taking her bread out of 
the oven. She took a small loaf of brown bread, and broke it into 
small pieces, giving some to the children, and the little stranger with 
the rest; and as they went out of doors, he said, 'This is real good 
bread for such poor folks to have.' 

"They were remarkably a musical family, all of them being 
singers; and the choir of the Baptist church at New London has 
had members of this family for four generations among its members. 
The present leader, a grandson of Mrs. Burpee, has been [1880] at 
its head for nearly thirty-five years. 

"For many years the family lived in a log house, but as years 
went on, a new house was built, which remained, until this, too, was 
taken down, being too old to be comfortable. 

"The sons and daughters of Mrs. Burpee grew up to be strictly 
honest and upright men and women ; their word could be depended 
on. None of them ever became rich, but all were in comfortable 
circumstances and respected. Thomas, the oldest, having built and 
occupied another house near the site of the old one, took care of the 
aged parents in their last days. After his death the place passed 
into the hands of strangers. His children all removed with their 
widowed mother to Stoneham, Mass., only one, the brother, Benja- 
min Emery, remaining in New London." 

1 Burpee children (all but Rebecca lived and died in New 
London): Thomas-, Rebecca'^ Dolly^ Perley^ Deliverance'', Apphia', 
Azubeth^ Sally^ AbiaP. 

2 Thomas^ was born 13 Dec, 1782, in Rowley. He married, in 
1809, Miss Mary Emery Woodman of New London, who was born 13 
Nov., 1788. He was a farmer and shoemaker. He learned the 
latter trade in Dedham, Mass., and taught his brothers. He died 3 
Dec, 1848; his widow 23 April, 1868. Issue: Benjamin Emery^; 
Sally, born 6 Nov., and died 25 Nov., 1811; Mary Jane'*^; Apphia 



Everett"; Elizabeth Woodman, born 7 Sept., 1828, lived in Stone- 
ham, Mass., for some years, and died unmarried in New London 
17 Sept., 18<S5. 

3 Rebecca^ was born 28 June, 1784, in Rowley, and died 10 Dec, 
1868. She married 10 June, 1818, William Loverin of Exeter, N. H. 
He was born 26 Oct., 1786, and died 16 March, 1865. Their home 
was Springfield, N. H., where they had issue: Perley Burpee, born 
5 Feb., 1822; Sarah Buswell, born 24 April, 1819; Edwin E., born 

30 Jan , 1824, married 12 Jan., 1878, Mrs. Ella Heath of Springfield; 
Elizabeth Ann, born 22 Jan., 1826, and died young; Dolly Ann, born 

31 July, 1831, died 14 March, 1870, married 26 July, 1850, Oliver 
Nichols of Springfield, and had Harry, born 8 Sept., 1861, and Jus- 
tin, born 16 Dec, 1866. 

4 Dolly^ was born 28 June, 1787, in New London, and Azubeth*, 

27 Jan., 1797. They never married; were tailoresses and dress- 
makers, and .very skillful with the needle, and better than all, were 
held in great esteem. Dolly died 1 April, 1835, and Azubeth 15 
March, 1856. Sally^ was born 14 and died 21 Aug., 1799. 

5 Perley^ was born 4 June, 1790, in New London, and married 
31 Dec, 1816, Miss Judith Colby of that place, who was born 17 
Nov., 1796. [Her parents were Joseph Colby, born in Plaistow, 
N. H., 24 March, 1762, and Anne Heath of Hampstead, N. H., who 
were married 21 Dec, 1785. They moved to New London, 10 
March, 1786, and in 1800 moved to the house now occupied by the 
Colby family. He died 9 April, 1848. Their son, Anthony Colby, 
born 13 Nov., 1792, was governer in 1846.] 

Mr. Burpee was a farmer and shoemaker. He died 21 Aug., 
1865, and she 29 March, 1884, aged eighty-seven. Burpee issue, 
who all lived in New London: Anthony Colby, born 16 Dec, 1817; 
p:dwin Erastus, born 20 May, 1819, died 16 Aug., 1823; Abial, born 

28 Oct., 1821, died 4 March, 1822; Sarah Anna, born 16 Aug., 1823, 
and died 13 Dec, 1893; Judith Maria^"; Edwin Perley^l Anthony 
and Sarah remained unmarried in the old homestead, erected by 
their father in the year 1816, with their mother and brother Edwin. 

6 Deliverance^ (upon the town records, but always known as 
Delia) was born 11 May, 1792, in New London, and 4 Dec, 1816, 
married James Pillsbury, a farmer of New London, who was born 11 
May, 1792, and died 17 March, 1848. She died 15 July, 1878. 
Lssue: Asa Burpee'^ Martha Jane^^ Lorenzo, born in Oct., 1824, 
and died 22 Aug., 1825, and William James, born 2 Jan., 1829, and 
died 19 Feb., 1854. 

7 Apphia^ was born 13 May, 1795, in New London. She was 
married 15 Nov., 1815, by Rev. Job Seamans, to Jonathan Everett, 
a saddler of New London, who was born 21 June, 1789, and died 28 
July, 1856. She died 15 P^eb., 1869. Issue: Martha Ann, born 25 
Oct., 1816, and died very young; Horace Simpson Messenger, born 
10 Oct., 1817, and died very young; George Washington'*'; Herbert 
Foster, born 6 April, 1822, and died very young; Abial Burpee'"; 
Mary Ann'**; Walter Powers Flanders, born 4 Dec, 1829, and died 
very young; Jonathan Robert, born 21 Dec, 1832. 

8 AbiaP was born in New London 1 Oct., 1800. He married 
8 May, 1828, Mary Messenger Woodbury, born in New London 19 


Feb., 1806, to Daniel, a farmer, and Rapseima-Messenger Wood- 
bury. Mr. Burpee was a farmer. He died in New London 7 Sept., 
1842. His widow married Dea. Micaiah Morgan. She died in New 
London in Feb., 1880. Issue: Martha Adelaide, born 5 Nov., 1829, 
died in Oct., 1902, married 3 July, 1849, James Chase Greenwood, a 
merchant of New London, who was born 23 April, 1824, and died 12 
May, 1873, without children; Rapseima Louise^^; James Henry^". 

9 Benjamin E.- was born in New London 7 Oct., 1810. He was a 
farmer. In fencing in farms in those primitive days, "it is probable that 
he laid more wall than any other man in the State." He was strictly 
upright in every sense of the word. He married, in Cornish, N. H., 
19 March, 1839, Miss Almira Huldah Vinton of New London, who 
was born in Cornish 19 Feb., 1811. She died in New London 20 
Aug., 1888; he 29 March, 1890, Burpee issue: Adelaide Esther'-'; 
Helen Sylvia, born 18 Oct., 1840, and died 23 Feb., 1854. 

10 Mary J.- was born in New London 9 April, 1813, and 1 May, 
1838, married Abijah Sanborn, a farmer and mechanic of Sanborn- 
ton, N. H., who was born 4 Jan., 1809, to Joseph, a farmer, and 
Mary-Sanborn Sanborn. She died 7 April, 1877, at their home in 
Stoneham, Mass., and he 22 Feb., 1895. Sanborn issue: Herschel 
Almeron", Mary Apphia-'\ Eleanora-'. 

11 Apphia Everett- was born 19 Aug., 1817, in New London, 
and married there 12 Nov., 1840, William Griffin Fuller, tanner and 
currier, of Stoneham, Mass. He was born in West Newton,- Mass.,, 
2 May, 1810, to Josiah and Sarah-Greenough Fuller. He was a cur- 
rier in New London and retired from business in 1857, returning to 
Stoneham. [He married, first, Mary Richardson, and had Mary 
Frances, born 183(5, and died 185G; Cornelia Ellen, born and died 
1839.] Mr. Fuller died in Stoneham 13 Nov., 1893; she 5 March, 
1897. Fuller issue: William Almeron, born 2 June, 1842, and died 
19 Sept., 1843; Georgianna Eva, born 14 July, 1845; Williamine 
Cordelia, born 5 April, 1858; both reside, unmarried, in Stoneham. 

12 Judith M.° was born in New London, N. H., 28 March, 
1827. She married 11 June, 1850, Nahum Trayne Greenwood, a 
merchant, born in New ^^ 
London 24 Jan., 1827, to '^ / 

Samuel, a merchant, and y^/^d/ / //^ ^^tC'C^^'^^t^^^'^^'^^ 
Martha -Train Greenwood. y 

They lived a while in Na- y 

tick, Mass. Three years ^^ >*'"' «>'''*^'ri'"^'> a i''tt*-r "s assistant lora- 

r 11 • „ i.i_ • • pilcM' of tliis work, about 18S0. 

tollowmg their marriage 

they returned to New London. Their home now ( Feb., 1905) is Provi- 
dence, R. I. Issue: Gepevieve, born 30 July, 1855, and died 6 May, 
1876; Harry-^; Alice Trayne, born in New London 17 Oct., 1860, 
residing with her parents; Robert Byng-*'. 

13 Edwin P.^ was born 10 Jan., 1829, and married 15 Feb., 1859, 
Miss Rosaline Parasine Todd of New London, born 27 Dec, 1838. 
He was a farmer in New London, where he died 5 Feb., 1897. 
Burpee issue: Wilfred Ernest, born 7 Feb., 1860; Mary Elsie, born 
6 June, 1863; Susan Colgate, born 19 Nov., 1865; Eliza Colby, 
born 14 Dec, 1867; Hattie Todd, born 12 July, 1873. 

14 Asa B.'^ was born 28 April, 1819. He was a farmer. He 


married 17 Nov., 1846, Sarah A. Woodward, born in Sutton, N. H., 
9 June, 1877, to David and Ruth-Wells Woodward. They lived in 
New London, where she died 19 Aug., 1884. He died in Warner, 
N. H., 18 Dec, 1900. Pillsbury issue: Charles Edgar, born 25 
June, 1852, died, unmarried, in Manchester, N. H., 11 Nov., 1879; 
Martha Harriman'-'. 

15 Martha J.*^ was born in New London 26 March, 1822, and 5 
March, 1846, married Elhanan Harriman, a farmer of Warner, who 
was born 8 Jan., 1823, and died 24 June, 1851. She then married 
his brother Augustine, who was born 15 April, 1825. She died in 
Warner 6 July, 1904. 

16 George Washington'' was born 28 Nov., 1819. He was a law- 
yer, and married 30 Oct., 1849, Miss Ellen Frances Lane of Glouces- 
ter, Mass., who was born 16 Sept., 1827. He served as major in the 
9th N. H. Regiment, and died at Cincinnati, Ohio, 18 Aug., 1863. 
The widow was long time cashier for M. V. B. Perley, merchant, in 
Gloucester. Everett issue: Bertha Ada, born 4 April, 1850, and 
died 7 Oct., 1868; George Washington, born 22 Nov., 1853; Mary 
Lane, born 30 Sept., 1855; Ellex Frances, born 6 April, 1858, and 
married Morris Peabody, having home in Danvers. Jonathan Rob- 
ert, born 5 Nov., 1861. 

17 Abial Burpee^was born 24 April, 1824. He was a farmer in 
New London, and 24 Oct., 1848, married Miss Harriet Elizabeth 
Spaulding of Chelmsford, Mass., who was born 5 July, 1876. Everett 
issue: F"rank Lelnyn, born 28 May, 1853; Mary Eugenia, born 18 
Jan., 1862, in Chelmsford and died 26 Aug., 1874; Edward Lane, 
born 28 June, and died 11 Oct., 1865. 

18 Mary Ann'' was born 4 Oct., 1826, and married 8 Sept., 1846, 
Capt. George Edward Lane, a sea captain of Gloucester, Mass., who 
was born 19 Feb., 1822. She died at Yokohama, Japan, 17 Nov., 
1869. Lane issue: George Edward, born 8 Sept., 1847, in Glouces- 
ter, married 17 Nov., 1875, Miss Lillian Leota Saladee, born in 
Columbus, Ohio, 3 Nov., 1856, living in Marlin, Texas, having 
Ernest, born 31 July, 1876, and Edward, born 9 Sept., 1878. 

19 Rapseima L.** was born 20 Sept., 1836, in New London, where 
she married, 22 Oct., 1855, Horatio Marshall Fales, who was born in 
the same town 31 Dec, 1833, to Annie Chapin-Burpee and Horatio 
Fales, a carpenter. He is one of the independent farmers of his 
native town. They have had no children. Mrs. Fales has been a 
member of the First" Baptist church choir from the time she was 
fourteen years old. 

20 James H.^ was born in New London, N. H., 23 March, 1839. 
He married in Chester, Vt., 8 Sept., 1864, Stella P. Weston, born in 
Springfield, Vt., 30 Oct., 1844, to Samuel A., a farmer of Chester, 
and Permilla-Lee Weston. Mr. Burpee served in the Civil War in 
Co. K., 9th Regt. N. H. Volunteers. In 1865 he was assistant sec- 
retary of state of New Hampshire. From 1869 to 1880, he was a 
merchant and postmaster of Scytheville, New London. His wife 
died 4 Sept., 1898, in Medford, Mass., where he now resides. He is 
a merchant and manufacturer. Burpee issue, born in New London: 
Helen Lee'"**; Charles Woodbury'-^^; George Weston*'. 

21 Adelaide E.-' was born in New London, N. H., 23 July, 1842, 


and married there 18 March, 1871, George Lorenzo Melendy, a mer- 
chant of Milford, N. H., who was born in Brookline, N. H., 12 Feb., 

1845, to Lorenzo P., a farmer, and- Williams Melendy. She 

died 23 June, 1883. She was a school teacher before her marriage. 
Melendy issue: Jesse George, who was born in Milford 30 Sept., 1877, 
fitted for college at Colby Academy, New London, and graduated at 
Brown University, 1901, with the degree of Ph. B. He was a Sigma 
Chi and a Phi Delta Theta; received honors in football and track 
athletics, and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society. He 
taught a year in St. George's School, Newport, R. L, and since then 
has been chemist with the General Chemical Company of New York, 
entering in June, 1904, upon duties as assistant superintendent of 
their works in Camden, N. J. He married, in Trinity Church, Bos- 
ton, Mass., 20 April, 1904, Jessie May Cofrau, born in Boston 3 
Aug., 1873, to Smith Wadleigh, dealer in real estate, and Marcelene- 
VVanzer Cofrau. Their home is Camden. 

22 Herschel A.^° was born in Sanbornton, N. H., IG July, 1839. 
He married in Harrisburg, Penn., 2 March, 1863, Elizabeth Rebecca 
Anderson, born in Harrisburg 18 April, 1838. The home of his 
youth was Woburn, near the Stoneham line. He attended school 
in Woburn and was much beloved by teachers and schoolmates. 
After leaving school he worked at home on the farm or in a Stoneham 
shoe factory. He enlisted for the war in April, 1861, in a Stoneham 
company. He was killed in the battle of Gettysburg 1 July, 1863. 
Both towns, Woburn and Stoneham, claimed him and his name is on 
the soldiers' monument of each town. His widow, married, second, 
in 1868, Dr. Robert Long. Their home is Middletown, Dauphin 
Co., Penn. 

23 Mary A.'" was born in Sanbornton, N. H., 16 Nov., 1840. 
She married in North Reading, Mass., 2 Oct., 1860, William Henry 
Orne, a shoe cutter, born in North Reading 10 June, 1835, to Eben 
Orne, a blacksmith. He died in Woburn, Mass., 13 May, 1876, 
leaving child: Herschel Almeron, born 20 Aug., 1871, and died, un- 
married, 19 Aug., 1902. She married, second, in Woburn, 30 Nov., 

1880, and became the second wife of John Wesley Nichols, clock and 
goldsmith, born in Reading 2 Nov., 1837, to Samuel and Achsah- 
I^arden Nichols. She died in Woburn 15 Nov., 1893. He is of 
South Boston. [His first wife was Marion Susan Williams.] 
Nichols child : Mary P^lizabeth, born in Winchester, Mass., 9 Nov., 

1881, now residing, unmarried, in Cambridge, Mass. 

24 Eleanora^" was born in New Loiidon N. H., 13 Nov., 1843. 
She married, in Stoneham, Mass., 26 June, 1888, and became the 
second wife of Charles Hazeltine Cowdry, born in Plymouth, N.H., 
IS March, 1832, to Amos, a blacksmith, and Ruth-Centre Cowdry. 
Mr. Cowdry is a housewright and stair builder; their home is Elm- 
hurst, N. Y. 

25 Harry^'^ was born in New London 27 Nov., 1857. He married 
in Littleton, Mass., 21 Oct., 1886, Emma Frances Parker, born in 
Littleton 4 Jan., 1864, to James Augustus, a farmer, and Sarah 
Maria-Wright Parker. Mr. Greenwood is a bookkeeper. Their 
home is Worcester, Mass. Greenwood child: Wallace Wright, 
born in Concord, N, H., 13 Sept., 1892. 


26 Robert Byng^- was born in New London 21 July, 1862. He 
married in Newton Center, Mass., 28 June, 1900, Alice Mabel Ma- 
comber, born in Boston, Mass., 14 April, 1866, to William, a mer- 
chant, and Mary Stedman Tileston-Leeds Macomber. Mr. Greenwood 
is a cashier. Their home is Providence, R. I. 

27 Martha H." was born in New London 26 Sept., 1855. She 
was a teacher. She married in Warner, N. H.. 15 Feb., 1905, and 
became the second wife of Almeron B. Abbott, a machinist, born in 
Springfield, N. H., 13 Feb., 1845, to Stephen and Sarah-Kidder 
Abbott. Their home is Sunapee, N. H. Mr. Abbott's first wife 
was Alzina L. Felch. 

28 Helen L.-'^ was born 16 Oct., 1866. She married in Mont- 
pelier, Vt., 24 Jan., 1893, Henry Alanson Cobb, born in Fall River, 
Mass., 28 July, 1862, to Henry, dealer in granite and marble, and 
Augusta- Walker Cobb. Mr. Cobb is a salesman. Their home is 
Medford, Mass. Child: Harold Burpee, born in Burlington, Vt., 1 
Jan., 1894. 

29 Charles W.'-" was born 8 Dec, 1874. He married in Medford, 
Mass., 2 Nov., 1899, Mabel G. Mclntire, born in Medford 15 Sept., 
1875, to Dana L, a merchant of Boston, and Mary C.-Browne 
Mclntire, Mr. Burpee is a salesman. They reside in Medford. 
Child: Dana James, born 6 Oct., 1901, and died 28 April, 1902. 

30 George W."^ was born 19 Jan., 1879. He married in Boston, 
Mass., 8 July, 1901, Kathryn Fox, born in Jamaica Plain, Mass., to 
Peter Fox, a florist. Mr. Burpee is a salesman. Their home is 
Everett, Mass. 



REBECCA PERLEY was born 2 Sept., 1763, and when of 
Topsfield, 14 June, 1786, married Amos Gould, who was born in 
Boxford 12 Dec, 1761, to Amos and Huldah-Foster Gould. He 
served in the Revolutionary War and at West Point when Arnold's 
treason was discovered. He received a j^ension of $12 a year. 
He was a fine singer. He was a very devout Christian, and was a 
deacon of the church in Canaan, N. H. He was greatly beloved 
by his children and grandchildren. 

He located in Boxford, and in 1789 removed to Warner, N. H. 
Thence they removed to Canaan, in 1801. While visiting their son 
Aaron in Piermont, N. H., she died 17 Dec, 1836, aged seventy-two 
years. After her death he lived with their son, where he died 28 
Dec, 1853, aged ninety-two years. 

1 Gould children : Phebe'-, Dolly P.-, Amos'-, Susan% David'-, Re- 
becca", John'-, Huldah'^, Benjamin Perley'^, Clark C.'-^, Hannah'-, Aaron 
Pressey'^, Sophronia'^ 

2 Born in Boxford, Phebe\ 30 March, 1787, and Dolly F.\ 19 
June, 1788. Born in Warner, Amos\ 4 April, 1790; Susan\ 23 
April, 1792; David', 5 March, 1794; Rebecca\ 8 May, 1796; John\ 2 
May, 1798; Huldah\ 19 July, 1800. Born in Canaan, Benj. F.\ 24 


May, 1802; Clark C/, 12 March, 1S04; HannalV, 1(J March, 1806; 
and Sophronia\ 11 Dec, 1810. 

3 Aaron P.* was born in Canaan 29 March, 1808, and married 1 
Jan., 1838, Hannah Bennett Jackson, born in Augusta, Me., 9 May, 
1811, to Jeremiah, a farmer who was "practically interested in 
education and schools," and Annie-Niles Jackson. She died of 
heart disease in Piermont 9 May, 1881, leaving a cherished memory 
as a home maker and mother. 

He was a successful business man. He served faithfully in the 
chief offices of his town. He was a deacon of the Congregational 
church, and for many years was leader of its choir. His oldest 
daughter was the leading soprano and his second daughter was or- 
ganist; his wife sang alto for many years. He served in the 
93d Regiment N. H. State Militia and bore the title of colonel. 
At the time of his death he had retired from business, except his 
service as president of the Bradford bank, Vermont. He died in 
Piermont 25 June, 1882. Gould children, born in Piermont: Har- 
riet, 14 April, 1837, died 11 Aug., 1886, (married Edward Ford 
and had three children. Dr. Inez Ford Nason of Dover, N, H., 
Luella Bell Bickford of Bradford, Vt., and Edward Gould Ford of 
Piermont); Luella Bell, 18 April, 1839, married 7 May, 1863, 
Augustus F. Smith, who died of typhoid fever 22 Oct., 1864, leaving 
one child, Kate Luella, a music teacher and organist, who resides 
with her mother. She married, second, S. S. Marden and lives in 
Manchester, N. H. 



BENJAMIN PERLEY was born in Boxford 6 June, 1765. He 
went to Dunbarton, N. H., with his father in 1791, and settled in 
the southeast part of the town, a farmer. 

He married 7 July, 1791, Lois Gould, born 1 Nov., 1766, to 
Capt. Jacob and Elizabeth-Towne Gould of Boxford. She was a sis- 
ter of Ruth Perley-84. She died 14 May, 1824. 

His second wife (reads the Hammond Genealogy) "was Huldah 
Hammond, born in Dunbarton 1 July, 1785, and died 3 May, 1853. 
By her he had a daughter Salome who married Asa Kimball of An- 
dover, Mass., and had by Kimball, Amanda, Emeline, and Sarah." 
Mr. Perley died 6 Feb., 1838. 

1 Perley children : Benjamin and Lois^ Martha Gould-297, Ben- 
jamin-298, Hannah^ Humphrey C.^ Warren-299, Gilman-300, Eliza*, 
Anna^ Charles^ John-301, Elbridge-302. 

2 Benjamin and Lois^ were twins, born 18 Jan., 1792. He died 
young. She married 29 Dec, 1813, Jeremiah Hardy of Groveland, 
Mass. He died 28 May, 1847, a man of eminently moral and 
Christian character. 

'3 Hannah^ was born 12 Oct., 1796, married James Morrison, a 
farmer in Bedford, N. H., where he died 10 Oct., 1877, aged eighty- 
one. Humphrey C was born 31 March, 1798, and married Lydia 


Jones. He was a farmer in Dunbarton, selectman and State legisla- 
tor several years, and died 5 Sept., 185(i. See Family-cSi'^ 

4 Anna^ was born 26 Nov., 1804, married Josiah Gillis Hadley, 
a landlord in Portsmouth, N. H., where she died 9 June, 1875. 
Charles^ was still-born, 1806; Eliza* was born 22 Dec., 1802, and 
married Samuel Morrison, a farmer of Bedford, N. H., where she 
died 16 Sept., 1845 or 7, having had at least one child, Elbridge Gil- 
bert, born in Bedford, who, when a clerk, twenty-nine years old, 
married in Salem, Mass., 25 Aug., 1866, Annie Eliza McDermott, a 
native of Dover, N. H., twenty-three years old and daughter of 
Roger and Anna-Sullivan McDermott. 



PAUL PERLEY was born in Boxford 17 Dec, 1769. He re- 
moved to Dunbarton, N. H., with his father in 1797, and settled 
upon a farm in New London, N. H. He married, 1797, Sally Story 
of Dunbarton, born 21 March, 1776, and died 11 Feb., 1861. He 
died 27 March, 1839. 

1 Perley children : Sarah'% Elizabeth Story^, Benjamin-303, Dolly 
Ann\ Daniel Story-304, Jacob^ Mary Ann*'. 

2 Sarah* was born in Springfield, N. H., 24 Aug., 1798. She 
married there 8 March, 1820, David Story Perkins, a blacksmith, 
born in Dunbarton 11 May, 1797, to Israel, a farmer, and Mary- 
Burnham Perkins. His blacksmith shop in Washington is still 
standing. They were highly esteemed by the townspeople. Mrs. 
Perkins was nurse for the whole village and much loved by all. He 
died 7 May, 1852, in Washington, N. H., and she 31 May, 1878. 
Perkins children, born in Washington but the first : Sylvester Story, 
in Dunbarton 24 March, 1821, died in Goffstown, N. H., 22 June, 
1822; Mary Elizabeth^; Sylvester Story, 1 Feb., 1826, and died in 
Washington 28 Aug., 1827; Sylvia Jane**; Sarah Augusta''. 

3 Elizabeth S.', "Betsey" the name then, was born 25 March, 
1800. She married Benjamin Bunker, a farmer, born in Pembroke 
or New London 8 Jan., 1796, to Benjamin, a farmer, and Betsey- 
Daniels Bunker. Their home was New London. She died 13 June, 
1877, in Wilmot, N. H., where he also died. Bunker issue: Sarah 
Elizabeth*"; Alfred P., born 20 March, 1834, is buried in New Lon- 
don; Henry; Susan Maria, a dressmaker, born in New London, 
7 March, 1839, and died 10 March, 1888, in Wilmot; Perley**; Syl- 

4 Dolly A.* was born in West Springfield, N. H., 24 May, 1805. 
She was a tailoress by trade. She married in Boston, Mass., 13 
Feb., 1834, Thompson Baxter, born in Ouincy, Mass., 27 June, 1809, 
to Jonathan, Jr., and Polly Doble-Hayward Baxter. Mr. Baxter was 
engaged in the boot and shoe business. He died 22 Aug., 1876, in 
Ouincy; his widow 2 April, 1882. Baxter children, born in Ouincy: 
Paul Perley, 21 April, 1835, married, and lives in Ketchum, Idaho; 


Daniel Story, 7 Aug., 1836, died in Nov., 1903, leaving two children 
living; Rebecca Blanchard, 5 July, 1838, died 27 Sept., 1849; Caro- 
line Jerusha^''; Thompson, 25 Oct., 1842, died 27 April, 1866; Charles 
Newcomb, 18 Sept., 1844, died 30 Oct., 1882, leaving two children 
living; Mary Ann Hayward". 

5 Jacob^ was born 28 March, 1811, and died in 1814. 

6 Mary A.^ was born in Springfield, N. H., 2 March, 1815. and 
married there 15 Jan., 1835, Samuel Ouimby, a ship builder and 
farmer, who was born there 2 Sept., 1800, to Gen. John, a farmer, 
and Mary-Bean Ouimby. He died 7 Jan., 1872, in Springfield, and 
she 16 Aug., 1888. Ouimby issue: Amanda M.^*^; Daniel P., born 
10 Aug., 1839, died 23 Feb., 1891; Warren S., born 3 Dec, 1847. 
He lived in Warren, N. H. 

7 Mary E.^ was born 31 July, 1823. She was sometime employed 
as weaver in a woolen mill. She married in Washington, N. H., 
10 Jan., 1887, and became the second wife of Dexter Ball, a farmer, 
brother of Nehemiah^ who was born in Antrim, N. H., 31 Dec, 
1818. [His first wife was Hannah Brockway.] While on a visit to 
her sister in Marlboro, Mass., she died, 22 Jan., 1899; and he the 
following day. They were buried in one grave in Washington 27 
Jan., 1899. 

8 Sylvia J." was born 14 Dec, 1828. She was a weaver in a 
woolen mill. She married first, in Washington, 22 Sept., 1847, 
Nehemiah Ball, a farmer, born in Antrim, N. H., 1 Feb., 1823, to 
John and Rebecca-Proctor Ball. He was killed by accident 6 Nov., 
1853, in Washington. She married, second, in Washington 5 Aug., 
1858, Harris Robinson, born 17 June, 1816. She died 7 July, 1878. 
Ball child: Almira Eliott, born in Washington 9 July, 1848, died un- 
married, in Nashua, N. H., 4 Dec, 1866. 

9 Sarah A.^ was born 21 Sept., 1832. She was a school teacher. 
She married in Washington, N. H., 27 Jan., 1853, Albert Davis, a 
shoemaker, who was born in Washington 1 July, 1825, to Ephraim, 
a stone cutter, and Nancy-Davis Davis. Albert removed to Marl- 
boro, Mass., and was foreman of the dressing department of a shoe 
shop there. He died 5 Dec, 1887, in Marlboro, where his widow 
now resides (March, 1905). Davis children, born in Marlboro: 
Emily Augusta, 20 June, 1854, who is State Council Secretary of 
the Daughters of Liberty, and resides with her mother in Marlboro; 
Charles Albert, 14 Oct., 1856, died, unmarried, in Marlboro, 29 Jan., 
1875; Clarence Perkins, 20 May, 1859, and died, unmarried, 24 Dec, 
1887; Carrie Florence^''; Nancy Maria'"; Sarah Almira Crosby'**. 
P^mily A. says: "Jan. 27 in our family is remarkable — the dates of 
mother's and sister Carrie's marriage, birth of sister Sarah, death- 
stroke of brother Charles, and the burial of Aunt Lizzie and Uncle 
Dexter Ball." 

10 Sarah E.^ was born in New London 8 Feb., 1832, and married 
John Woodward, son of John Woodward, a farmer, born in Wash- 
ington, N. H., 17 Aug., 1823. He was a last block manufacturer. 
She died in Wilmot 24 Oct., 1880; and he 4 June, 1888. Woodward 
children, born in Wilmot: George Eliot, 9 Oct., 1847, died when 
17 months old; Clark Burton, 25 Feb., 1849, of Warren, N. H.; John 
Frank, 27 June, 1850, of West Andover, N. H.; Charles Henry, 30 


June, 1852, of West Andover ; Caleb, 20 July, 1855, died soon after 
birth; Fred Perlsy, 16 May, 1856, died 23 Aug., 1881; Arthur Ben- 
ton, 1 March 1858, of Franklin, N. H.; Sarah Bunker, 10 Feb., 
1860, married M. T. Pressey of East Thetford, N. H.; Hattie Pres- 
cott, 15 July, 1861, married A. L. Waldron and resides in Meriden, 
Iowa; Ellen Maria, 24 Feb., 1863, died 22 March, 1893; Sherman, 3 
Feb., 1865, died 28 May, 1885; Sumner, 11 Aug., 1866, married, liv- 
ing in West Andover, N. H.; Mary Elizabeth, 10 Oct., 1868, married 
a Show, and living in West Andover; Everline, 2 Nov., 1872, lived 
twenty-eight days. 

11 Perley^was born in New London 10 Oct., 1840, and married in 
East Boxford, Mass., 29 Jan., 1863, Alvira Sawyer, born in East 
Bradford, Mass., 21 Jan., 1839, to William, a shoemaker, and Joanna- 
Pickett Sawyer. He was a boot freer in Georgetown, Mass., where 
he died 19 Feb., 1878. His widow resides in Menomonie, Wis. 
(1905). Bunker child: Lura Susan, born 8 Sept., 1863, in George- 
town, where she died 3 Feb., 1886. 

12 Sylvester^ was born in Wilmot 4 June, 1844. He was a 
farmer. He married, first, Almeda Fisk, born to Benjamin and 
Rachel- Plint Plsk. He married, second, in Claremont, N. H., 1 
June, 1879, Sylvia Josephine Fisk, a milliner, his first wife's cousin, 
born in Sutton, N. H., 18 April, 1855, to Levi, a farmer, and Susan- 
Rogers Fisk. Mr. Bunker died in Wilmot 13 June, 1902, and his 
widow married a Morgan, who died in 1905. She resides in Dor- 
chester, Mass. Bunker child: Susie Genevia, born 5 Sept., 1886. 

13 Caroline J.^ was born 2 Nov., 1840. She was a school teacher. 
She married in Quincy 25 Oct., 1870, Joseph Henry Hobart, a book- 
keeper, born in Milton, Mass., 1 Nov., 1837. He died 4 P^eb., 1896, 
in South Braintree, Mass., where his widow now resides. Hobart 
issue: Mary Baxter^^; William Francis, born 18 Nov., 1873, and died 
20 June, 1880. 

14 Mary A. H.* was born in Ouincy, Mass., 26 July, 1847, and 
married there 25 Oct., 1871, George Crane, a carpenter, born in 
Quincy 18 Feb., 1847, to Benjamin L., a bootmaker, and Emmeline 
B. W.-Veazie Crane. Their home is Ouincy. Issue : Thompson 
Baxter, born 16 Nov., 1872, graduated from Thayer Academy, South 
Braintree, then attended the Institute of Technology. He belonged 
to the state militia and at the breaking out of the war with Spain, 
enlisted in the service, in which he remained a year, but saw no 

15 Amanda M.*^ was born in Springfield, N. H., 10 Jan., 1837, 
and married in Ouincy, Mass., 31 May, 1862, Charles McDaniel, born 
in Springfield 22 July, 1835, to James, a farmer, and Hitty L.-Phil- 
brick McDaniel. Mr. and Mrs. McDaniel were school teachers. 
He later engaged in farming. Their home is Enfield, N. H. Mc- 
Daniel issue: Carrie, born 16 Aug., 1863, died 18 March, 1879; 
Cora, born 27 Dec, 1864; Carl, born 10 Jan., 1870, died 20 April, 
1871; Catie, born 8 Dec, 1872, died 13 Feb., 1879; Arthur, born 21 
Jan., 1874, died 17 Feb., 1879. 

16 Carrie F.^ was born in Marlboro, Mass., 4 Sept., 1861, and 
married there 27 Jan., 1883, Wilfred Everett Gassett, born in 
Marlboro 15 June, 1861, to P'oster and Sarah Jane-Pratt Gassett. 


He was early a shoemaker and later was employed in a meat mar- 
ket. He died in Marlboro 5 Sept., 1894. His widow resides in 
Brockton, Mass., and is engaged in chiropody, hairwork, manicuring 
and facial massage. Gassett issue, born in Marlboro: Merton 
Albert, 2() Aug., 1891; Erlon Lovell, 2 May, 1893. 

17 Nancy M.^ was born 14 Aug., 18(55, and married Frank E. 
Jackson, and resides in Marlboro. 

18 Sarah A. C.'-* was born in Marlboro, Mass., '27 Jan., lS7o. She 
is a milliner. She married in Marlboro 15 Nov., 1904, John William 
Wood, a farmer, born in East Washington, N. H., *29 July, 1868, to 
John, a mason, and Julia A.-Crane Wood. They reside in Wash- 
ington, N. H. 

19 Mary B.^^ was born in Braintree, Mass., 25 March, 1872. She 
is an artist. She married in Braintree 28 June, 1899, Frederick 
Goff Pennock, a machinist, born in Rutland, Vt., 2 Aug., 18(57, to 
Artemus and Augusta-Goff Pennock. They reside in South Brain- 
tree. Pennock issue: Marion Hobart, born 10 May, 1900; Ralph 
Baxter, born 31 Jan., 1904. 



APPHIA PERLEY was born 10 Sept., 1774. Her husband 
was Joseph Low of Dunbarton, who was a native of Essex, Mass. 
Their children were born in Dunbarton. 

1 Low children: Joseph Perley-, Jonathan Gove^ Isaac S., Ben- 
jamin^ John'', Seth'', William Stinson^ 

2 Joseph Perley^ was born 31 Dec, 1800. He was a cooper. He 
married Eliza Dole of Georgetown, Mass., where he died of con- 
sumption 8 July, 1845, and was interred in Union Cemetery. Issue: 
Maria, Louisa, Apphia, Charles Perley-215^ Carrie. A daughter of 
Jos. P. Low died in Georgetown 4 Dec, 1838, aged eleven. XVilliam 
S.^ died aged two years. 

3 Jonathan Gove^ was born 31 Oct., 1803. His first wife was 
Mary Ann Norris; his second Elizabeth R. Perley P"arnum-173\ 
married by Rev. H. H. Baker in Georgetown. He was postmaster 
there about 1846. He died of consumption 27 June, 185(5. His 
widow, "Aunt Lizzie," died (5 Sept., 187(5, when sixty-five. Issue by 
first wife: William Stinson, who resided in Hayward, Almeda 
County, Cal.; Lewis N., born 4 Oct., 1846, in Georgetown. John^ 
married Mary Chaplin of Georgetown, published 30 Aug., 1833, and 

had Mary . These two brothers were landlords in Methuen, 

Mass., and the Transcript of that place thus refers to them: 

"I wish also to recall other good citizens of that time, men who 
are deserving of grateful remembrance for their public spirit and 
energy. Many can remember the smiling face of Mr. John Low, 
once the landlord of the hotel, and a better one never occupied the 
premises. The firm was John & Gove Low and I think it would be 
difficult to find a combination of four people more worthy than were 



the brothers Low and their wives, three of whom have passed the 
river. One remains, to whom all honor is due for a Christian and well 
ordered life ; may she long live to enjoy its fruits. Mr. Low was 
kind to the sick and charitable to the poor, ever ready with a horse 
and carriage to give such a little jaunt about the country, and it was 
a pleasure to sit beside him and be cheered by his sunny looks and 
mirth provoking talk. About Christmas time none of the boys were 
afraid to ask brother Low for a team to go to the woods and 
gather the lovely green wreaths that nature has so abundantly pro- 
vided, it would almost seem, to celebrate the birth of Christ." 

4 Benjamin' was born 30 Jan., LS07, and died of heart failure 29 
April, 1894, aged eighty-six years, three months. He married 17 
Jan., 1833, his cousin Amy Snowdon Sargent-160^ who was born 24 
Dec, 180G. He was a currier, and lived in Georgetown. Issue: 
Sarah Ann, born 24 March, 1834, school teacher; John, born 23 and 
died 27 Nov., 1835; Matilda, born 11 Aug., 1837, and died 2 March, 
1841; Charles M., born 17 Sept., 1839; Matilda C, born 2 March, 
1842; Benjamin P., born 26 June, 1843. 

5 Seth's^ first wife was Nira Davis of Warner, N. H., by whom 
he had issue: Marshall and Mary Dana. His second wife was 
Flora Eastman of Boxford, by whom he had issue: John, George, 
Charles, Clara, Helen. 



ANNA PERLEY was born 16 March, 1777. She married 16 
May, 1808, in Dunbarton, Rev. Abraham Burnham, D. D., who was 
born 18 Nov., 1775, to Dea. Samuel and Mary-Perkins Burnham of 
that place. Dr. Burnham studied divinity with Rev. Dr. Parish of 
Byfield Parish, Newbury, Mass.; he preached in Pembroke, N. H. 
She was consumptive ; three months after marriage she visited her 
parents at Dunbarton, and took a severe cold; she failed rapidly, 
and never left her parents' home alive, dying there 28 Dec, 1808, 
only thirty-one years of age. He died in Pembroke of paralysis, 21 
Sept., 1852, aged seventy-six years. Dr. Burnham married four 
times but had issue by the second wife only — Mary Anna and Eliz- 
abeth White. 

An excellent biography of him is contained in the discourse at 
his funeral, (23 Sept., 1852), by Rev. Prof. Daniel J. Noyes of 
Dartmouth College. He was one of the leading clergyman of New 
Hampshire for a generation. 



JOHN PERLEY was born 29 May, 1779. He went with his 
father to Dunbarton in 1791. He married and returned to Salem, 
Mass., where he was hotel proprietor at the corner of Essex and 


Beckford streets. He was lieutenant in the Salem artillery. He 
was chosen lieutenant in the militia in April, 1810. 

He was married by Rev. Samuel Meed, Danvers, G Dec., 1801, to 
Mehitable Proctor, born 19 Dec, 1775, to Sylvester and Mehitable- 
Porter Proctor of Danvers. Lieut. Perley died 16 Oct., 1815; his 
widow died in Peabody — then South Danvers — 31 Aug., 1852, where 
she was interred. The Salem Gazette of 6 Oct., 1815, announces his 
death and speaks of him as "late lieutenant in the U. S. Army." 

1 Perley children: Proctor Jefferson-305, John Andrews'", Mehit- 
able-806, Elbridge Gerry'-, Eliza Anna^, Elbridge Gerry^, Jacob-307. 

2 John A.^ was born 1 June, 1804, went to Florida in the naval 
service, and died there of fever 16 Feb., 1838. Elbridge G.^ was born 
9 Feb., and died 6 May, 1808. 

3 Eliza A.Hvas born in Salem, Mass., 17 Mar., 18u9, and was married 
in Peabody, Mass., by Rev. G. Cowles of Danvers, Mass., 25 May, 1830, 
to Jefferson Taylor, a carpenter, born in Stoddard, N. H., 30 Nov., 
1802, to Danforth Taylor. His mother's maiden name was P'letcher. 
He died 20 Sept., 1882, in Peabody, where his widow resides (April, 
1905). Taylor children : Sylvester Proctor"; Mary Proctor". 

4 Elbridge G.' was born 29 June, 1810, and 30 Oct., 1851, married 
Sarah E. Erskine, born 28 July, 1821, in Whitefield, Me. — No issue. 
He entered the navy in 1840 and served five years. He fought in 
the Rebellion as quarter gunner on the iron-clad monitor Canonicus, 
and as captain of the forecastle on the bark Gemsbok and the steam 
frigate Vanderbilt. On account of seasickness, 20 May, 1861, he 
received an honorable discharge, and afterwarHs a pension. His 
home was Salem, though he spent most of his time at sea. His 
nautical name was "John E. Perley." His widow died in Salem 2 
Feb., 1892. 

5 Sylvester P.^ was born in Peabody 27 April, 1834. He is a 
commercial traveler. He married in Jamaica Plain, Mass., 19 Nov. 
1859, Mary Bartlett Patterson, who was born in Amherst, N. H., 17 
July, 1836, to Jesse Clement, a mason, and Atarah-Burnham Patter- 
son. Taylor children, born in Jamaica Plain: Marion, 3 May, 1864, 
now of Peabody; Frank". 

6 Mary P.** was born in Peabody 25 Aug., 1838, and married in 
Cambridge, Mass., 8 June, 1863, P"rancis Aaron Low, a l3-anker for 
fifty years, but now in insurance business, who was born in Salem, 
Mass., 18 Nov., 1836, to Aaron Thomas and Ann Tucker-Briggs 
Low. Their home is Peabody. Low children : George P'rancis'^; 
Annie T., born 16 Dec, 1878. 

7 Frank'^ was born 17 May, 1867. He is doing an insurance busi- 
ness. He married in Salem 7 Sept., 1892, Fannie Greene Hart, 
who was born in Peabody 28 July, 1872, to John Austin and Ellen- 
Greene Hart. Their home is Peabody. Taylor children, born in 
Peabody: Leland Hart, 29 April, 1893; Helen Perley, 16 Dec, 1894; 
Roswell Clemont, 22 May, 1900; Marjory Dascom, 6 Feb., 1902. 

8 George F.'^ was born in Peabody, 17 Jan., 1869. He is a bank 
clerk. He married in Peabody 28 April, 1897, Grace Mabel Petty, 
born in Peabody 31 Aug., 1874, to John Loraine, an engineer, and 
Sarah Ellen-Barnes Petty. Their home is Peabody. Low children : 
Mabel Frances, born 3 Feb., 1898 ; Eleanor Louise, born 16 Nov.,1900. 



SARAH PERLEY was born, a twin with John-159, 29 May, 
1779. She married 22 Oct., 1799, Capt. Stephen Sargent, born 3 
March, 1776, to Peter Sargent of New London, where he died 19 
Feb., 1856, aged seventy-nine. She died 2 Oct., 1862, aged eighty- 

^three.^ije was a cabinet maker. 

>-/i.i'''i*'^rl£y children: Sally", Marcus Everett^ Dolly'-, Amy Snow- 
don-157^ Charles Seamans'*. 

2 Sallyi and Dolly^ were born 11 May, 1800, and 19 May, 1803, 
and died young. 

3 Marcus Everett' was born 30 May, 1801, and 27 Dec, 1829, 
married Ann Severance of Andover, N. H., where she was born 11 
May, 1806. He was a cabinet maker and resided in New London. 
He was a good musician; his favorite instrument was the bass viol. 
Issue: Proctor Perley^; Amy Ann*^; Story Low"; James Severance, 
born 8 Nov., 1839, and died in Kansas 2 July, 1877 ; and Anthony 
Burpee, born 29 Nov., 1846, and lived in Lynn. 

4 Charles Seamans' was born 19 March, 1817, and 30 Dec, 1842, 
married Judith Severance of Andover, N. H., where (.'') she was 
born 2 March, 1818. His trade was merchant tailor; his business 
later was merchant in dry goods in New London. They had no 

5 Proctor Perley^ was born 7 Oct., 1830, and married in Bradford, 
N. H., 11 Nov., 1858, Olivia Ann Mead of New London, who was 
born in Northfield, N. H., 15 Oct., 1830. He traveled in California 
and other States, and died in New Orleans 28 Feb., 1865, aged 
thirty-four. Issue : Mary Ann, born in 1859, and died in 1860. 

6 Amy Ann'* was born 12 April, 1833, and married 5 June, 1855, 
Franklin Prentice Nichols of Springfield, N. H., where he was born 
2 July, 1832. They lived in the West, till she came home and died, 
without issue, 13 Aug., 1857, aged twenty-four. 

7 Story Low^ was born 24 Feb., 1837. He married 28 Feb., 

1865, Mary M , of Virginia, who was born 12 P^eb., 1842. They 

resided in Amicus, Kansas. Issue: Anthony Colby, born 1866; 
Curtis H., born 1870; Eddie, born 1871; Robert M., born 1873; 
John Gibson, born 1875; Frank Nichols, born 1877. 

The reference "160" in Family 84' should read "161." 



JACOB PERLEY was born 17 Sept., 1783. He went to Dun- 
barton, N. H., with his father, but removed to Georgetown, Mass., 
as it appears, just before his death. He married 1 Feb., 1814, 


Sarah Perley-84\ who was born in Georgetown, then New Rowley, 
27 May, 1790. He died 14 Jan., 1821 ; his widow 11 Feb., 1864 or 5. 
Her epitaph reads "'Tis well with her "; his. 

Hear what the voice from Heavens Proclaims, 

For all the pious dead ; 
Sweet is the savior of their names 

And soft their sleeping heads. 

1 Perley children: Harriet Newell-849, Sophia Ann-308. 



JOHN PERLEY was born in Haverhill 4 March, 1772. He 
was an orphan at nine years, and his uncle, Benjamin Perley, was 
appointed his guardian. He was "put out" till fourteen, then went 
to learn the tanner's trade. Attaining his majority he spent several 
years in New York and Vermont, but settled permanently in 
Enfield, N. H., in 1798. 

His habits of industry and perseverance enabled him to accumu- 
late a handsome property. He was a man of integrity and exem- 
plary moral character. He served his town in many important 
offices of trust and honor. 

He married in 1799 or 1801, Susannah Goodhue of Enfield, born 
in 1781 to Joseph and Abigail-Choate Goodhue, on Hog Island, (now 
by act of the legislature Choate Island), Ipswich, now Essex, Mass. 
He died 6 July, and his widow 25 Dec, 18G8. 

1 Perley children: Abigail Goodhue-o09, Uri-310, Mary Davis'", 
John-', Hannah Hutchins'\ Joseph Goodhue-311, David Goodhue-312, 
Moses Payson-313, William Goodhue-314, Edwin Allen-315. 

2 Mary D.' was born 7 Sept., 1805. She married 9 Oct., 1831, 
Benjamin F. Sanborn, M. D., of Whitefield, N. H., who died leaving 
one child. She married, second, 23 Dec, 1837, Benjamin K. 
Swazy, M. D., of Canton, Me., and died about 1872, leaving two chil- 
dren by her second husband, John Perley and Benjamin of Canton, Me. 

.3 John^ was born 21 Aug., 1807, and died 15 May, 1833; Hannah 
H.i 14 March, 1810, and died 19 Aug., 1827. 



NATHANIEL PERLEY was born in Haverhill 31 March, 1775, 
and "weighed fourteen pounds." He was an orphan at three years, 
and his uncle, Benjamin Perley, became his guardian. He married 
in 1801, lived in Newbury till 1806, when he removed to Canaan, 
N. H., whence he removed in 1808 and settled, a farmer, in San born- 
ton, N. H. 

His wife was Dorothy Bartlett, born 12 Nov., 1777, to Joseph 
and Sarah-Morse Bartlett of Newbury, and married 24 Nov., 1801, 


(published 7 Nov., ISOO.) He died 1 Dec, 1859, aged eighty-four 
years; she '21 June, iStJo, aged eighty-five years and seven months. 

1 Perley children: Joseph'-, Lydia Bartlett^ Stephen Bartlett-316, 
Hannah^ John", Moses Payson^ Charles Bartlett-ol7, George-318. 

2 Joseph^ was born in Newbury 1 Sept., 1802, and married, first, 
5 June, 1828, Rhoda Eastman of Meredith, N. H., who was born 11 
May, 1802, to Thomas and Sally-Brown Eastman. She died in Han- 
nibal, N. Y., 28 March, 1864. He married, second, Sarah Woodman 
liastman, born 7 Oct., 18o5, to Abel Brown and Eliza-Woodman 
Eastman. He was a cabinet maker. He died in Gilmanton 14 
July, 1871, and was buried in Meredith. She died in Sanbornton 10 
June, 1873. They had no issue, but had an adopted daughter Julia, 
who married in Hannibal, N. Y., 19 March, 1866, and became the 
third wife of D. R. Van Patten, a farmer of Sterling, N. Y., their 

3 Lydia B.^ was born in Newbury 19 Feb., 1804, and married in 
Sanbornton 8 May, 1827, Ede Taylor, a farmer born in Sanborn- 
ton 19 Nov., 1803, to Thomas and Sarah E.-Jewett Taylor. She 
died in Sanbornton 16 June, 1866; and he in Tilton, N. H., 23 Aug., 
1872. Taylor children : Charles Chase''; Hannah Parley''. 

4 Hannah^ was born in Sanbornton 7 Nov., 1810, and married 27 
Feb., 1834, Josiah Dearborn Piper, a farmer, born in Sanbornton 
19 Aug., 1807, to Nathaniel, a farmer, and Hannah-Smith Piper. It 
is said: "She could spin more yarn when a girl than any one else in 
the county." Mr. Piper died in Sanbornton 24 Nov., 1865. Piper 
children, all born in Sanbornton: Stephen S., 17 Dec, 1835, married 
and living in Manchester, N. H.; John Perley 20 July, 1842, who 
died in Sanbornton 23 P'eb., 1873, married 6 Dec, 1864, Eveana S. 
Taylor, daughter of Eben E., and had children : Joseph Bartlett, 
born 21 Aug., 1866; Katie Taylor, born 4 Dec, 1867. 

5 John^ was born 21 July, 1812, and died, unmarried, in Gaines- 
ville, Ala., 7 Sept., 1843. Moses P.^ was born 14 Sept., 1815. He 
was a cabinet maker in New York City, where he died, unmarried, 
1 April, 1882. 

6 Charles C.^ was born in Sanbornton 28 Oct., 1828. He mar- 
ried, first, 19 Jan., 1851, Sarah C. Cawley. born 20 April, 1829, to Dea. 
Jonathan and Abigail-Marston Cawley. She died in Sanbornton 20 
Feb., 1866. He married, second, 2 Feb., 1879, Eliza Ann Philbrook, 
a dressmaker, born 10 June, 1844, to Alpheus C. and Eliza-Moore 
Philbrook. He died in Tilton, N. H., 30 Oct., 1880. Early in life 
he was a farmer and later a merchant. He was highly esteemed. 
His widow resides in East Tilton. Taylor children: Charles Mar- 
shalF"; Laura Ella, born 29 May, 1858, died 30 Oct., 1864. 

7 Hannah P.'^ was born 13 Sept., 1833. She married 7 Sept., 
1858, Samuel Taylor, a farmer, born 10 Nov., 1836, to Dearborn and 
Mahala-Colby Taylor of Sanbornton. Taylor issue : Mahala E., born 
15 Jan., 1860, (married in Sanbornton 23 March, 1881, John W. Til- 
ton); Kirk, born 24 July, 1867. 

8 Charles M.'' was born in Sanbornton 19 Feb., 1854. He mar- 
ried 26 Nov., 1874, Julia Ann Sargent, born in Warner, N. H., 1 
April, 1855, to Arthur J., a mechanic, and Julia Ann-Hadley Sar- 
gent. Their home is Tilton. Mr. Taylor is a surveyor. Their 


children, born in East Tilton: Ivan Marshall, born 13 Aug., 1876, 
a salesman in Boston; Eva Blanche, born 4 Oct., 1882, and married 
in Northfield, N. H., George M. Smith, born in Chester, N. H., 13 
March, 1882, to George Elvin, a shoemaker, and Carrie-Emmerick 
Smith. They reside in Tilton. Mr. Smith is engaged in an optical 



JOHN PERLEY was born in Methuen 5 Aug., 1763. He and 
his brother James were soldiers in their teens. He enlisted in 1780, 
when he was eighteen years old, of a light complexion and five feet 
and six inches tall. 

Early in 1791 he removed to Berlin, Vt.; he was three weeks on 
the journey, carrying his wife and four children and personal effects 
upon an ox -sled. In 1806 he ex- 
changed his farm of eighty acres in /) I ^ /^ a -v^jii^ 
Berlin for three hundred acres in ^ O h^ ( J ^ // 
Enosburg, and with his wife and thir- ^ ^ (/ 

tPPn rhildrpn nnrl all thpir wnrlrlUr ^^** autograpb written at the request 

Lcen Luiiuien ana an tneir wonaiy oc Mrs. aiu1wsou-45i, an assistant com- 
goods on an ox-sled drawn by one yoke i'"'''" "'^ ^'''^ '^"'■'^'' "^""^ ^**^^- 
of oxen and a horse, followed by another horse, a cow and some 
sheep, journeyed to their new home, sixty miles, in five days. He 
built a log house and planted a small clearing. In 1807 he built 
a framed house, lately (1880) occupied by his son Anson. The 
sketch of the house here given was made by Mary Perley Anderson- 
451, when fourteen years old. They raised flax and wool and spun 
thread and yarn and wove cloth. By an old account book, which 
exhibits the superior neatness and exact method of the man who 
kept it, he sold each year considerable quantities of apples, cider, 
corn, wheat, butter, cheese, wool, flax, pork, etc. His son Edward 
wrote, "His wealth came by industry and economy. People those 
days were not so extravagant as now, and did not spend their earn- 
ings beforehand." 

"The seven sons of John Perley," wrote Mrs. Ira S. Anderson- 
451, "with one exception, lived in or near Berkshire, Vt., and were 
farmers. They were dignified in personal appearance, above medium 
height, inclined to corpulency, were rather light complexioned 
though not very light, graced themselves with a natural suavity of 
manners known as 'Perley politeness,' which was not very manifest 
in the next generation, which might come under the head of 'young 
America.' They were fine singers, were brotherly in their relations 
to each other, possessed a good common school education, were not 
wealthy, but had enough for all their needs, and in religion were 

Mr. Perley married 29 Dec, 1782, Sarah Merrill of Haverhill, 
Mass., who was born 14 Aug., 1764, and died 19 June, 1827. He 
died "29 Feb., 1830." 

1 Perley children : Ruth% David-319, Sarah'^ Mehitable-, John-320, 



Nathan-321, Hezekiah-, Jesse-322, Jerry^ Anson-323, Loren^ Edward- 
324, William-325, Cynthia'-, Sophial 

2 Ruth^ was born 23 April, 1783, in Haverhill, and died 8 Jan., 


1864; Sarah\ in Haverhill, 8 Aug., 1787, and died 9 March, 1867; 
Mehitable\ in Haverhill, 1 May, 1790, and died 28 March, 1873; 
Hezekiah^ in Berlin, 13 Feb., 1796, died in 1880 ; Cynthia\ in Enos- 


Oct., 1806, and died 17 Oct., 1853. These five children 

never married and lived, at home with "the old folks." Hezekiah 
and Anson-323 owned the farm. 

3 Jerry^ was born a twin with Jesse^ 24 April, 1798, in Berlin and 
died the next month. Loren^ was born in May, 1800, and died in 
May, 1802. Sophia^ was born in Jan., 1809, and died in Feb., 1810. 



JAMES PERLEY was born in Methuen 15 July, 1765 (Bible 
record, 1764). While living in Plaverhill he married 17 Nov., 1788, 
Abigail Corliss, who was born 2 April, 1766, to John Swaddock and 
Elizabeth-Annice Corliss of Haverhill, and died 26 July, 1831. They 
settled in Berlin, Vt., in 1791. His second wife was Prudence 
Kneeland, who died 9 Oct., 1856, aged eighty. 

The following is quoted from the History of Washington 
County, Vt.: 

"Capt. James Perley, born in Methuen, Mass., in 1760, at the age 
of sixteen years enlisted as a soldier in the war of the Revolution 


under Gen. Knox and served three years. The next eight years of 
his hfe he spent upon the ocean as captain's mate, visiting different 
places in both hemispheres. He came here in 1791 and settled on a 
farm near the center of the town, which he occupied the remainder 
of his life. Capt. Perley and his son Samuel Perley were both at the 
battle of Plattsburg, N. Y., Sept. 11, 1814. He died in Berlin in 
1850, aged ninety years." The Vermont Historical Magazine says 
he was eighty-six in 1851; the Pension List of 1831 says seventy-one 
years, and of 1840 seventy-five years. Half of these authorities only 
is right : his age at death was eighty-five years. 

1 Perley children, born in Berlin, but the first two in Haverhill : 
Abigail'^, James'-^, Samuel-o26, Moses'-, Thomas'-, Betsey^ Patty'-, Cor- 
liss'-, Moses Goodrich-327, Elvira Maria"", James Varnum-o'28. 

2 James^ was born in Hav'erhill 15 Aug., 1791, died in Berlin, 
from the kick of a horse, 19 Sept., 1809; Moses\ born in Berlin 3 
May, 1795, died 12 Aug., 1803: Thomas\ born 25 and died 31 
Dec, 1797; Patty\ born 8 March, 1801, died 17 Oct., 1804; Corhss^ 
born 25 April, 1803, died 7 Nov., 1805. 

3 AbigaiP was born 24 March, 1788. She married Valentine 
Sargent, a farmer. They had a son James, who became a farmer, 
and two daughters, one of whom married a Parker of P^ast Coventry, 
Vt., where she (Abigail) died 10 July, 18(54, and he (Valentine) 15 
April, 1865. 

4 l^etsey' was born 29 Dec, 1798, married 1 March, 1821, Osmond 
Dewey (uncle of the admiral), son of Simeon, born 16 Oct., 1799, at 
Berlin, Vt. He was a farmer at Berlin and at Barre, from which 
latter place he went to the Legislature in 1843-4. He removed to 
Montpelier, where he died 5 Feb., 1863. Mrs. Dewey died 6 June, 
1831. [He married, second, 22 Jan., 1832, Mrs. Rebecca-Davis Far- 
well, daughter of Jacob and Katy-Taplin Davis, by whom he had : 
Betsey Ann, born 10 June, 1834; Marion Rebecca, born 3 June, 
1837; Orville, born 24 April, 1840.] Perley-Dewey issue born in 
Berlin: Francis Osmond"; Dennison'^; and Simeon, born 27 March, 
1829, married 19 Jan., 1861, Nancy Eaton, daughter of Daniel and 
Alice A.-Bemis Eaton. He was traveling salesman for his brother 
Francis of Boston. He died 18 P'eb., 1883, in Montpelier, where his 
wife was living in 1898. 

5 Elvira Maria^ was born in Berlin, Vt., 2 March, 1807, married in 
Berlin, Vt., 6 June, 1830, Augustus Childs, farmer and surveyor, 
(brother of Dr. Moses Perley's vvife-327), who was born in Caven- 
dish, Vt., 10 Aug., 1804. She died in VVaterville, Vt., 11 April, 
1885; and he 8 Jan., 1892. Childs issue: Charles, born in Bakersfield 
18 July, 1833; Salhe, born 1 June, 1838; Thomas, born 6 May, 1831, 
died, unmarried, 5 March, 1865; James Perley, born 3 June, 1840, 
died 9 May, 1857. The first two are living in Waterville. 

6 Francis Osmond^ was born 20 June, 1823. He was educated 
at the Montpelier Academy. He married 5 Aug., 1845, at Brighton, 
Mass., Elizabeth Ann Farnum, born 4 June, 1825, at Mt. Vernon, 
N, H., to John and Elizabeth-Robbins Farnum. She died 15 Jan., 
1889, in Reading, Mass., and he 16 P^eb., 1897. Their children, born 
at Brighton, Mass.: Edgar Osmond^; Francis Henry^; Charles Her- 
bert, born 26 July, 1853, died, unmarried, 15 June, 1892; Sarah 


Livermore, born 21 Aug., 1855, married 20 June, 1877, G. H. 
Barnes; Belle Perley, born 3 Dec, 1857, married 20 June, 1877, 
William O. Hewes. 

7 Dennison^ was born 1 June, 1825. He is a merchant in Mont- 
pelier. He married 23 July, 1848, Adelia Amy Chandler, born 17 
May, 1825, at Berlin to Ezra and Tabitha-Johnson Chandler. She 
died in Montpelier in Feb., 1891. Their children: Jennie Adelia, 
born 30 June, 18-49, at Reading, Mass., (married, first, 4 Nov., 1873, 
Charles F. Poland, who died 22 April, 1875, second, 2(i July, 
1886, Gen. Perley P. Pitkin, who died 30 July, 1890); Frank Denni- 
son, born 7 May, 1855, (married 15 Dec, 1875, Mary Hodgdon, 
daughter of Andrew Hodgdon, and had in Montpelier: Arthur 
Hodgdon, born 24 Feb., 1882; Philip Andrew, born 30 May, 1888; 
Howard Dennison, born 30 July, 1890); Arthur Benjamin, born 2 
Jan., 1858, died 22 Feb., 1875; Varnum Perley, born IG Oct., 18.59, 
at Bethel, Vt., died 26 Dec, 1884. 

8 Edgar Osmond" was born 9 May, 1846. He married 12 March, 

1866, Lizzie D. Kemp, born 14 Feb., 1844, at Boston to Robert and 
Elizabeth Jane-Alden Kemp. He was a merchant in Boston and 
resided in Reading. He died 10 May, 1890. His widow was living 
in Reading in 1905. Their children : Minnie Evelyn, born 14 Jan., 

1867, (married 14 Jan., 1891, Philip Emerson, born 7 May, 1865, to 
Silas Gasset and P'rutilla-Wakefield Emerson, and had Dorothy, 
born 30 July, 1893, at Waltham, and removed to Lynn, Mass.); 
Marion Kemp, born 2 Nov., 1875; Francis Osmond^**; Edgar 
Osmond, Jr." 

9 Francis Henry*^ was born 8 March, 1850. He is a merchant 
in Boston and resides in Reading. He married 25 Oct., 1871, 
Augusta T. Hawes, born 5 June, 1849, in Wellfleet, Mass., to Wil- 
liam and Temperance Hawes. Their children: Annie Augusta^'", 
Bessie Livermore^^; PVancis H." 

10 P'rancis Osmond** was born 13 July, 1877, and married Cath- 
erine Skeffington of Lowell. Children: Elizabeth and Geo. Franklin. 

11 Edgar Osmond, Jr.,^ was born 10 Aug., 1878, and married 14 
Oct., 1903, Bertha Ursula Brooks, daughter of Edward F. Brooks 
and Mary L. Penny of Reading, Mass. 

12 Annie Augusta" was born 30 Nov., 1873, and married LeRoy 
Todd of Owasso, Mich. 

13 Bessie Livermore" was born 14 May, 1875, and married 
Ernest Dalton Richmond, M. D., of Reading, Mass. Child: Ernest 
Dalton, Jr. 

14 Francis H." was born 11 Nov., 1880, and married in 1904 Mary 
T. Humphrey, milliner, of Wakefield, Mass. 



LYDIA PERLEY married Capt. Nathaniel Brown, a sea cap- 
tain of Salem, Mass., 29 March, 1809. He took his bride to his 
home, and being in feeble health he planned a voyage for recupera- 


tion and sailed not long after his marriage. As the weary months 
wore away, she waited patiently for his return. At last he came. 
From her dwelling which stood in full view of the harbor, she de- 
scried his ship at the distance. She placed the tea-kettle over the 
fire and made preparations for her husband's entertainment, tokens 
of dutiful love. While the kettle weirdly sang as the water boiled, 
she looked again toward the nearing vessel. Alas! What sorrow! 
what grief ! Her joy was turned to mourning; a flag at half-mast 
told only too truly, too sadly, her dear one's fate. He had died only 
some three days before, about the year 1810. 

Mrs. Brown afterward married Harvey Metcalf of Lempster, 
N. H., proprietor of a store and hotel. After Mr. Metcalf's death, 
she married Frank Foster of Bridgton, Me., a mill sawyer, exten- 
sively engaged in the lumber trade. 



EDMUND PERLEY was born in Danvers 9 Feb., 1778. He 
was of Haverhill in 1798, when he removed to Methuen, where he 
resided until he went to Lempster, N. H., later than 1806, and there 
settled as a farmer. He was a captain in the militia. 

His first wife was Abigail Bailey of Haverhill, married 31 May, 
1798. She dying, he married second, her sister, Sarah Bailey of 
Haverhill 27 Nov., 1806, when he was of Methuen. She was born 
'29 Jan., 1786; she died at Lempster 2 May, 1846. Mr. Perley died 
2 Aug., 1846. In religion these parents were Methodists, and 
brought up their children under that governing principle to be in- 
telligent and eminently useful citizens. 

r Perley children : Abigail-329, P^ranklin-, Emily^ Mehitable-880, 
ELdmund P^ranklin'-, Susannah Maria-381, Sarah Louisa^ Marietta- 
332, Asbury Fisk-333, Orpha Cornelia- — only one by first wife. 

2 Frankhn^ was born 3 March, 1808, and died 17 Feb., 1811; 
Edmund F.^ 23 June, 1813, and died 6 July, 1830; Orpha C.\ 26 
Jan., 1828, married Henry Willard Fales, died in Boston 13 Oct., 
1870, leaving a son Willard Henry. 

3 Emily^ was born 5 Sept., 1809. She married in Lempster 
14 March, 1833, Peter Tuttle Fox, who was born in Hancock, N. H., 
17 May, 1811, to Peter and Mette-Symonds Fox of Marlow, N. H. 
He was a farmer in Marlow. Fox children: Edmund Perley'; As- 
bury Tuttle, born 28 May, 1844, died 22 April, 1853; and Frank 
Elmer, born 9 Aug., 1848, died 8 Oct., 1858. 

4 Sarah L.^ was born 19 Jan., 1819, married in Lowell, Mass., 
Aug., 1847, Joseph Swasey, son of Mary and Joseph Swasey, sea 
captain. He was secretary of Commodore Wadsworth in U. S. 
Navy, and died in July, 1869, in South Boston. She was a teacher 
before her marriage. Their children: Helen Louisa, born July 28, 
1848, who graduated from Massachusetts Metaphysical College, Bos- 
ton, in 1901 with the title of C. S. B., and is a practitioner and teacher 
of Christian Science; Josephine Fannie Maria, born 14 Sept., 1849, 


died in Concord, N. H.; Florence, who died in Taunton, Mass.; Joseph 
Wadsworth, born "20 March, 1860, a clerk in the Pension Office, 
Washington, D, C. 

5 Edmund Perley^ (afterwards changed to Perley E.) was born 
17 Dec, 1833, married 11 Nov., 1860, Catherine Fiske of Marlow, 
born 6 Feb., 1840, to Eliza-Stone and Amos F. Fiske, merchant. 
Mr. Fox was a teacher by profession for several years, then engaged 
in mercantile business, from which he has retired. He served six 
years on the board of county commissioners, and was a member of 
the House in the Legislature of 1903. Their child: Charles Henry, 
born 8 Jan., 1865, in Marlow, died 1 Jan., 1866. 



ASA PERLEY was born 23 Sept., 1787. He settled on the 
parental homestead in Methuen. His sons Nathan and Edmund 
were living there in 1880. He married 17 June, 1817, Judith Corn- 
ing of Methuen, sometime of Londonderry, N. H., who was born 28 
March, 1796, to John and Sally Corning, and died 28 Sept., 1880. 
Mr. Perley died of consumption in Haverhill 18 Aug., 1854. 

1 Perley children : Sarah", Louisa-334, John*, Nathan'^ Edmund 
Franklin-335, James-336, Harvey Metcalfl 

2 John^ was born 23 Jan., 1822, and died of erysipelas 24 Oct., 
1845, unmarried. Harvey M.^ was born 18 Nov., 1830, was a clerk 
in Boston, 1855, became a farmer about half a mile from his birth- 
place, and died unmarried some years ago. Nathan' was born 23 
April, 1824, was clerk in the customhouse, Boston, 1861-7, with 
home ia Haverhill; he was married 11 June, 1859, by Rev. Henry 
M. Lord of Lowell, to Sarah M, Young, born in 1832 to Benjamin 
and Elizabeth Young of Fayette, Me. He lived some time with his 
brother Edmund. 

3 Sarah' was born 13 April, 1818, and 27 Sept., 1838, married 
Alfred Page of Salem, N. H., where he was a farmer and a grocer, 
and their children were born: Alson Leon, born 18 Nov., 1832, 
died of hemorrhage of the lungs in Salem 28 April, 1881; Hermon 
Francis, died in infancy; Alfred Milton, born 24 Sept., 1842, and 
died in Sept., 1876; Ellen Louisa, born in 1843 and died in Feb., 
1845; Emma Savory, born 11 March, 1850, married William Kelly, 
a shoe manufacturer of Salem, son of Col. John Kelly, and had no 
children; Etta Florence, born 15 April, 1856, and died 13 April, 1861. 



HUMPHREY CLARK PERLEY was born 24 Dec, 1761. 
His parental home belongs now to the town of Boxford and is the 
Boxford almshouse. He graduated at Dartmouth College in 1791, 
with Nathaniel-97, and received the master's degree in course. 



He studied divinity with Rev. Ebenezer Bradford of Rowley and 
Rev. Ebenezer Dutch of Bradford. He was approbated to preach 
by the Essex North Association 10 July, 1794. Rev. Samuel Spring 
was a scribe and signed his license for the Association. He became 
a member of the Haverhill association of ministers 7 June, 1796. 
The year before, 2 December, he was ordained, and the same day 
was installed over the First Church in Methuen, Mass. He served 
the Master twenty-two years, and was dismissed 24 May, 1815. His 
farewell sermon and two others were printed by request : 


Preached to the First Church and Con- 
gregational Society in Methuen 

On the Lord's Day, June 4, 1815, 

By Humphrey Claris Perley, A. M., 

Their Late Pastor. 

Published by Request. 

Haverhill, Mass. 

Printed by Burrill and Tileston. 




By the Rev. Hiuiiphrey C. Perley, A. M., 

Pastor of the First Church of Christ in 

Delivered first at Haverhill, West Parish, 
Jan. 6, 1811, 

And the Sabbath but one following. 
To His Own People, 

And Printed by Request. 

Haverhill, (Mass.) 

Printed and Sold by William B. Allen. 


Texts of the "Two Sermons" were (1) 2 Cor., ii, 17, and (2) James, i, 5. 

The farewell sermon was an octavo of sixteen pages, an extract 
from which follows: — 

"While I have ever considered myself very imperfect in all my 
labors, I can truly say I now feel a conscious rectitude of having 
studiously endeavored to do the will of my divine Lord and Master. 
I have had an unshaken faith in the truths I have preached to others, 
and now have a comforting expectation of receiving eternal life 
through the merits of the great Redeemer." 

An old memorandum-book of his reads: — "We moved our goods 
and family from Methuen on Wednesday, 22 Nov., 1815, lodged at 
Boxford that night and arrived in Salem the afternoon of the next day. 
We had a very fine and comfortable day, and met with nothing dis- 
couraging. We took half a 3-story house, belonging to the Salem 
Bank company in Liberty street, at $120 per year. There we lived 
till the morning of the 22d of Aug., 1816, when we were burned out, 
together with twelve other families that lived in the neighborhood of 
John Dabnies, upon Liberty and Water streets." 

An unusual stamping of the horse in the barn about twenty feet 
from the house, awoke him, and turning in bed to listen, he sighted 
flames issuing from his barn windows. He rushed out screaming 
fire, and liberated his horse, cows and hogs, and removed the chaises. 
Then returning to the house, he dressed and secured the children 
just as the flames began to crackle the glass windows. In the con- 
flagration were consumed eight dwellings, a bakery, a rigging loft, 
two stores and a joiner's shop. 

His family stayed with Dea. William Safford till the 27th, when 



they removed to Jacob Rust's house back of Salem Courthouse, on 
the bank of North River. They occupied Rev. Joseph Spaulding's 
house, Summer street, 2 Dec, 1816. He was re-installed 2 Dec, 
1818, and 25 Jan., 1819, removed to the North Parish, Beverly, and 
occupied the ancient residence of their first settled minister. Rev. 
John Chipman, who was ordained there 28 Dec, 1715. He occupied, 
6 April, 1819, Isaac Woodbury's house, where Rev. Moses Dow 
formerly lived. Thence he removed 28 May, 1821, to Salem, into 
Thomas March Woodbridge's house, in March street, running from 
Bridge west, and butting on North river. The price per annum 
was ^80, for house, garden, and barn room for horse, chaises, cow, 
and wood. 

At length Mr. Perley settled upon a farm on Spofford's Hill, in 
Georgetown, Mass , and adopted the triple service of teaching, farm- 
ing and preaching. His farm has been some time in the possession 
of Moody Spofford. 

While teaching in Parker River Village, Newbury, in the spring 
of 1829, he began to preach, at the solicitation of the people, in the 
schoolhouse. Soon a religious society was formed, and he continued 
to teach and preach till April, 1832. He was succeeded by neigh- 
boring clergymen and Andover Seminary students. There were 
numerous conversions and a church of twenty-seven members was 
organized ; but owing to the sparseness of the population it lived but 
seven years. 

Mr. Perley was an old-fashioned preacher, having fair ability and 
moderated earnestness, which, coupled with good judgment and hon- 
esty of purpose, made him more successful as an "all around man" 
than as a specialist. He never won laurels, but received the meed 
of "well done." A sketch of him is in "American Biography." 

He was married 30 Nov., 1797, by Rev. Isaac Braman, to Eliza- 
beth Mighill, born 24 Oct., 1776, to Lt. David and Huldah-Dole 
Mighill of Georgetown. She died in Georgetown 1 July, 1830, of 

The Salem Gazette of 6 July, 1830, records of Mrs. Perley: "As she 
lived much respected, so she died sincerely lamented by all her 
friends. In every relation of life she constantly exhibited a bright 
example of female worth and purity, and died full in the faith of the 
gospel." Mr. Perley died in 

Georgetown 9 May, 1838. Their :' 

children were born in Methuen. : Elizabeth mighill 

1 Perley children : Elizabeth : ^''^ i« ^^^^' ^^^^ 
MighilP, Humphrey Clark-337, i Died is Feb., noe 

David MighilP, Charles Cotes- ] Aged 22 years and O mouths 

worth Pinckney'^ Mary MighilP, '■. intended consort of 

William Putnam-338. : "'^^- H-.mpbrey C. Perley of Methuen. 

2 Elizabeth M.^ was born 11 

April, 1801, and died in Jan., she was daughter of 

^r,\.. • /-^ , -1 Jeremiah and Sarah-Lambert Mighill. 

1875, in Georgetown, unmarried. 

Charles C. P.^ was born 18 Feb., 1808, and was published 23 July, 
1855, with Margaret Dempsey of Salmon Falls, N. H. He never 
married. He was a farmer in Georgetown, where he died in Jan., 
1875. The local journal thus noticed his death: "He was a kind 


and much respected citizen, always having a witty saying or a kindly 
word for all he met. He is missed, but his memory will be kept 
green by the recollection of his many kindly virtues." 

3 David M.^ was born 11 Sept., 1804, and died on board a packet 
ship between Philadelphia and Boston 4 May, 1829. A local news- 
paper of 22 May thus notices his death : — 

"Leaves have their time to fall and flowers to wither at the north 
wind's breath, the stars to set — but ah! Thou hast all seasons for 
thine own, O Death ! 

"When the aged drop into the grave, however dear they seem 
to us we meet the stroke with a kind of preparation common to us 
at the consummation of an anticipated event. But when the youth- 
ful become victims to 'man's common foe' how different are our 
sensations! Gloom and melancholy steal unconsciously over us, and 
cloudlike, obscure the brightness of the sun and throw a pensive 
shade over the face of nature. Such is the effect produced on a 
large portion of the community by the death of Mr. Perley. 

"Possessed of an uncommonly amiable disposition, engaging man- 
ners, and a heart alive to every virtuous feeling, he could not fail of 
securing to himself a very large number of friends. But far stronger 
ties bound him to earth : — to the firm friend he added the kind and 
dutiful son and the affectionate brother. It is in the family circle 
his loss is irretrievable. The shaft flew only once — but once when 
aimed at one who was the object of the tenderest affection, of the 
parents' expectation, has sufficed to do its errand — and peace is 

"He graduated at Harvard College in 1827. Since that time he 
has distinguished himself as an able and successful instructor of 
youth in Philadelphia; in that character his loss is deeply felt. Dur- 
mg his sickness of eight months' duration, he exhibited a degree of 
patience almost unexampled. In his death we are strongly re- 
minded of the uncertainty of life — of the danger of leaning on what 
so often proves a 'spear on which peace bleeds and hope expires.' " 

4 Mary M.^ was born 12 Dec, 1809, and 10 Nov., 1833, married 
Leander Spofford, who was born 8 Jan., 1807, to William and Eunice- 
Lincoln Spofford of Georgetown. He died 7 Sept., 1853. Their 
children: Mary Mighill, born 23 Dec, 1833, and died, unmarried, 7 
March, 1900; Catherine S.-187^ 



WILLIAM PERLEY was born 8 April, 1763, in the house that 
is now the Boxford almshouse. He began life in Georgetown, near 
the Pingree farm, where he had a tannery. He ultimately removed 
to and settled in Haverhill. 

He was published in Boxford 1 Jan., 1789, with Sarah Spofford, 
born 11 Feb., 1768, to Col. Daniel and Judith-Follansbee Spofford 
of Georgetown. He died in Haverhill 10 Jan., 1833; she, 6 Feb., 1849. 

1 Perley children: William'-, Humphrey-, Sarah", Daniel Spof- 
ford-340, Amos Spofford-341, Mary Ann-342, Elvira^ Francis A'^ 


2 William^ was born in 1792, of whom Mrs. Ames^ says: "Uncle 
William, son of Capt. William, died in Norfolk, Va., 18 Oct., 1822, 
and was never married"; Humphrey^ born in 179G, died 2 June, 
1820; Sarahs born in 1798, died 19 Nov., 1820; Francis Addison\ 
born in April, 1811, baptised 28 June, 1812, died in 1834. 

3 Elvira' was born in Georgetown 29 April, 1809, and married in 
Haverhill 11 June, 1840, Moses Kimball Tyler, a shoe manufacturer, 
born in Haverhill 2 Feb., 1814, to Dudley and Betsey-Kimball 
Tyler. She died in Haverhill 14 July, 1867; and he, 24 April, 1902. 
Tyler child : Ellen\ 

4 Ellen'^ was born in Haverhill 20 April, 1842, and married there 
8 Aug., 1866, James S. Ames, an expert accountant, born in Haver- 
hill 19 Nov., 1842, to Charles, a teacher, and Jeannette-Sergeant 
Ames. He died in Cincinnati, Ohio, 18 Nov., 1866. His widow re- 
sides in Haverhill. Ames child: Alice Tyler, born in Haverhill 10 
July, 1867, died in Newton Center, Mass., 22 Aug., 1879. 



PHINEAS PERLEY was born in Boxford 16 May, 1766. He 
purchased of John Hale a farm, where he spent his life. Hotel 
"Placidia" stands near the venerable mansion. 

Mr. Perley was widely known in his "day and generation." In 
any matter of arbitration, he was the arbiter, or one of them. He 
held many town ofifices. He was surveyor of highways, 1804, 11, 
18,23; constable, 1807, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15; tax collector, 1807 to 
1810, and one of the school board 1802, 10, 14, 16. 

Michael Brown advertised to sell, on Saturday 1 May, 1817, "the 
right in equity of the mortgaged real estate, in Boxford — 
the farm about thirty acres with the buildings thereon, where 
Phineas Perley now lives." The right of redemption was the prop- 
erty of said Perley. 

He was more than six feet tall, symmetrical in form, lithe, vig- 
orous, handsome. After middle life his head was bald. 

He married 15 April, 1794, Sally Gould, who was born 5 Feb., 
1769, to Joseph and Elizabeth-Emerson Gould of Topsfield. Her 
grandson. Dr. Albert Lambert of Springfield, Mass., has pewter 
plate that was imported for her and marked "S[ally] G[ould.]" 

While rowing his gondola of thatch on Rowley river, probably in 
one of the numerous contests of those days, to see who should first 
reach the landing, he ruptured a blood vessel and died almost im- 
mediately, 22 (two other records say "21" and "28") Sept., 
1832. His widow died in Lynn 28 March, 1843. Nathaniel said his 
father died in 1829; his mother in 1838. They repose in Harmony 
Cemetery, near the home of their active life. His epitaph reads: 

Retire my friends: di-y up your tears; 
I must lie bere till Cbrist appears. 


1 Perley children : Phineas^ Sally-343, Mary-344, Phineas.345, 
William-346, Joseph Gould-347, Nathaniel-348. 

2 Phineas^was born 31 Dec, 1795, and died 23 May, or 17 July, 1796. 



OLIVER PERLEY was born in Boxford 24 Jan., 1774. In 
1805 he removed to Methuen, and the spring of 1807 settled in South 
Georgetown, on the Pingree road, as tiller of the soil. He married 
28 May, 1803, Miss Abigail Kinsman Wells of Methuen, born 25 
Dec., 1775. Her mother's maiden name was Eunice Bachelder. 
His death was sudden — he fell at his own door, and expired almost 
instantly, 20 Dec, 1834. His widow died 22 Oct., 1866, aged ninety- 
one years less two months. 

1 Perley children: Oliver Wells-349, Huldah Atty^ Sarah Abi- 
gaiP, Sarah Spofford^ Daniel W.'^, Luther Dana-350, Abraham 
Adams-351, Rodney Gove -352. 

2 Sarah Abigail^ was born 3 Aug., 1807, and was baptised 26 
May, 1822. She never married. She died at the home of her niece, 
Mrs. M. G. Spofford, 11 Jan., 1889. Daniel W.^ was born 4 Sept., 
1812, and was drowned 5 July, 1827. 

3 Huldah A.^ was born 1 Sept., 1805. She married in George- 
town, Mass., 1 Dec, 1831, Sewell Woodman, Jr., a stone mason, born 
in Newbury-Byfield 8 April, 1804, to Sewell, a stone mason, and 
Lydia-Thurlow Woodman, who were married 22 March, 1797. Mrs. 
Woodman in her younger days was a tailoress for her neighborhood. 
Mr. Woodman died in Byfield 31 Jan., 1888; and she 19 Feb. of the 
same year. Their children : SewellAugustus''; Daniel Perley"; Ed- 
ward, born 11 July, 1843, a bookkeeper in California. 

4 Sarah S.' was born 7 July, 1809, and married 28 Aug., 1835, 
William Jewett Gage, born in Rowley in 1810 to Thomas and Mary- 
Dole Gage. They lived a while in Georgetown, then Columbia, 111., 
then St. Louis, Mo., and in 1880 in Litchfield, 111. It is understood 
he was a mill sawyer and lumberman. Gage issue : Elvira Perley, 
born 26 Oct., 1836, in Georgetown, married Prof. M. L. Brock, re- 
siding in Jacksonville, 111.; Thomas P., born 15 July, 1840, in Colum- 
bia, 111., and died in Edwardsville, 111., 27 Jan., 1874; Cecilia, born in 
Columbia 13 Aug., 1842, married T. S. Wells 16 Feb., 1880, with 
home in Leadville, Col., where he owned a gold and silver mine, hav- 
ing now her home in Jacksonville, 111.; Elizabeth Gage''; Ophelia, 
born and died in St. Louis. 

5 Sewell A.' was born in Newbury-Byfield 29 Oct., 1832. He 
married in Oakland, Cal., 25 Dec, 1859, Ann Eliza Blood, born in 
Bucksport, Me., 13 Aug., 1837, to Alfred Putnam, farmer, and Mary 
Rice-Bowden Blood. Mr.. Woodman is a carpenter by trade. Mrs. 
Woodman died in Newbury-Byfield 19 Oct., 1891. Their children, 
born in Haywards, Cal.: Almira, born 10 March, 1862, died 5 May, 
1863; Adelaide^ 

6 Daniel P.^ was born in Byfield, Mass., 11 Sept., 1834. He mar- 
ried in Bunker Hill, 111., 22 Dec, 1869, Sarah Minerva Knowlton, 



born in Bunker Hill, 111., 2G Nov., 1842, to Samuel, farmer, and 
Elizabeth Fay- Wood ward Knowlton. Mr. Woodman was a lumber 
merchant of Litchfield, 111., where he died 11 Feb., 1898, and where 
his widow still resides. Woodman issue, born in Litchfield : Nellie 
Knowlton, born 4 Nov., 1872, died 16 Aug., 1873 ; Mary Perley, 
born 6 Dec, 1879, resides, unmarried, in Litchfield. 

7 Elizabeth G.* was born in Columbia, 111., 18 Dec, 1845. She 
married in Terre Haute, Ind., 8 Aug., 186(5, Henry Harrison Beach, 
a banker and manufacturer, born in New York 12 Aug., 1830, to 
Samuel and Aurilla-Comstock Beach. Their home is Litchfield, 
111. Child : Helen Estellel 

8 Adelaide'^ was born 2 Feb., 1865. She married in Newbury - 
Byfield 11 Nov., 1885, Benjamin Pearson, born in Newbury-Byfield 
2 Jan., 1857, to Benjamin, manufacturer, and Elizabeth-Jackman 
Pearson. Mr. Pearson is a snuff manufacturer of Byfield. Their 
children, born in Byfield : Dorothy, born 7 Oct., 1895, died 29 May, 
1896; Benjamin, the eighth in direct line, born 3 July, 1898. When 
this lad becomes of age he will own the old Pearson homestead 
where his ancestors, the seven Benjamins, owned and lived. 

9 Helen E.'' was born in Litchfield 11 June, 1861. She is a mu- 
sician. She married there 11 Feb., 1893, Capt. David Davis, secre- 
tary and manager of Electric Light and Gas Co., born in Litchfield 
12 Sept., 1868, to David, a banker and merchant, and Blanche-Keat- 
ins Davis. Their home is Litchfield. 



ABRAHAM PERLEY was born in Boxford 30 Nov., 1779. He 
remained upon and cultivated the parental farm after his father's 
death. Sometime he removed to North Andover. He was actuated 
by the military spirit of his time, and was captain of the East Box- 
ford " company of foot." He exercised numerous town offices with 
credit. He was a selectman, 1818, 1819, 1820. 

He married Betsey Robinson, published 7 Jan., 1808, born about 
1778 to Lt. Col. John and Huldah-Perley Robinson-78^ of Westford, 
Mass. He died in North Andover 4 Dec, 1836; she, 6 Feb., 1855. 

1 Perley children: A son'*, Elizabeth Robinson'^, Abraham Wil- 
liams", Louisa'\ Alexander Hamilton^ Leverett Saltonstall-353. 

2 A son^ was born 8 May, 1809, and died in infancy. Elizabeth 
R.^ was born in Boxford 24 Oct.^lSlO, was married, first, in the fall 
of 1843, to a Mr. Farnham by Rev. Mr. Coggin. Mr. Farnham 
died in West Boxford. She married, second, Jonathan Gove Lowe- 
157^ 17 March, 1850. She died in Georgetown 6 Sept., 1876. 
Abraham W.^ was born 8 Nov., 1814, and died young (?). Alexander 
H.^ was born 26 July, and died 7 Aug., 1844. 

3 Louisa^ was born 23 Nov., 1816, and married 21 Oct., 1841, 
David Colby Smith, born 22 April, 1815, to John of Kingston, N. H. 
Their home was Georgetown. She died 11 Aug., 1869. [Mr. Smith's 
second wife, married 16 Aug., 1870, was Mrs. Margaret A.-Johnson 
Bailey of Rowley, born 25 June, 1832. Bailey children: LaForres- 


ter, teamster of Georgetown, and Lizzie who married in 1880, Frank 
Folsom of Georgetown.] Perley-Smith children, born in Georgetown : 
Mary EHzabeth*; George Irving^; Frank David, born 19 July, 1848, 
unmarried, is of Georgetown in the shoe business; Frederic Perley, 
born 6 May, 1855, unmarried, a carpenter of Haverhill, Mass. 

4 Mary E.** was born 3 Aug., 1842, and married in Georgetown 
21 Jan., 18(39, Moses Frank Carter, born in same town 29 Nov., 1842, 
to Moses and Elmira-Platts Carter. They reside in Georgetown. 

5 George I.^ was born G Feb., 1846, and married in Lawrence, 
Mass., 10 June, 1869, Laura A. Stevens, born in North Andover, 
Mass., to Isaac Stevens. Their home is North Andover. Child: Fred 
Stevens, born m North Andover 6 May, 1870, graduate of Harvard 
Medical School and is practising physician of North Andover Depot. 



EBENEZER PUTNAM PERLEY was born in Boxford 12 
Oct., 1782. He was a sea captain and his home was in Rowley. He 
married 5 June, 1808, Sarah Perley-53^ of Rowley, born 13 Aug., 
1783. He died in Port au Prince 

8 Nov., 1819. His widow married /j// ^o. y'^y^ y^'y^^yp 

29 April, 1830, Nathaniel Brad- -O^^t^-^^ ^ C^c^^iL 
street of Ipswich, and died 30 s:::^>^ 

Sept., 1859. So he potlllouod the Probate Court 6 Feb., 

Ebenezer P. Perley mariner, ^^^^' 

James Perley yeoman, Ruth P. Perley singlewoman, all of Row- 
ley ; Francis Perley of Ipswich, Dennison Bowers, physician, and 
wife Fannie of Boscawen, N. H., sold six one-eighth parts of land in 
Boxford.— Probate, 205 : 2. 

Mr. Perley was made guardian of Deborah age eighteen and 
Edward Payson age sixteen, his half-sister and half-brother, 7 Feb., 
1814. He sold, per order of Probate Court, upon advice of Francis 
Perley of Ipswich, victualer, John Perley, Rowley, yeoman, and 
James Perley, his wards' property in First Parish, Rowley, bounded 
westerly by land of Moses Payson, southerly by the road, easterly 
by land of Nehemiah Johnson, northerly on a brook, 6 P'eb., 1816. 
This property was located opposite a point just a little east of the 
present Congregational meeting house. 

Daniel Todd, Jr., 17 June, 1819, sold for $1100, by quit-claim 
deed, to Ebenezer P. Perley, mariner, a dwelling house and land 
adjoining situated in Rowley, First Parish, on the southeasterly side 
of the Common so called [See map page 204], bounded northerly by 
the county road, northeasterly by land of John Lambert, and on all 
other parts by land of John Perley, Jr. — Reg., 220 : 125. 

The above premises he immediately (17 June, 1819) sold to Wil- 
liam Pulsifer of Dublin, N. H., for $1200.— Ibid. 

1 Perley children : Ruth Ann'-, Nathaniel MighilP. 

2 Ruth A.' was born 1 Dec, 1808, and married 27 Nov., 1832, 
John Lambert41* of Rowley, who was born 21 March, 1808. Their 

History and genealogy 29t 

home was their parental home, one of the most picturesque in the 
town. She died 31 Jan., 1890. They had no children. Nathaniel 
M.^ was born 6 Feb., 1812, and died of quinsy 2(5 April, 1819. 



JAMES PERLEY was born in Boxford 24 July, 1787. He was 
a volunteer in military service 3 Aug., 1807, when of Rowley. He 
was of Rowley 6 April, 1814, when he became executor of his 
mother Hannah's will, in which she 

mentions her daughters Hannah, '^^^i'^yy^^ <v^-^5?r^y 

Ruth and Deborah, giving them "my // ^ /7^ 

cow to be equally divided betwixt i ,, • , a ,v, „*■ , ,. 

,, „, T^ -' _^ As he indorsed the petition of his 

them. She gave "mV son Edward brother Ebenezer to sell, as guardian, 

Ti 1 1 T-> 1- 1 Tt 1 ^ real estate of his ward, 6 Feb., 1816. 

Perley and Deborah Perley a quarter 

of a pew to be equally divided betwixt them." — Probate, 385 : 110. 

He married Mary Barnaby of Liverpool, N. S. They resided in 
Boston. It is said he was lost at sea. 

1 Their children: James Edward"^, Ann Maria, born 1 Jan., 1829, 
and died in 1850. 

2 James E.^ was born 15 Oct., 1826, in Boston. He married 16 
Sept., 1856, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Emma Elmina Letson, who was 
born in Halifax 23 Sept., 1829, and died there 8 May, 1887, daughter of 

Philip and Farnham Letson. He was a merchant in Liverpool, 

where his children were born. He died in Halifax 26 Nov., 1862. 
Their children: Annie Emma'; Mary Helen, born 9 June, 1858, and 
died in Halifax 23 Aug., 1880; Lillian Sarah, born 3 Oct., 1859, and 
died in Halifax 11 Jan., 1901; James Edward, born 17 March, 1861, 
and died in Liverpool 26 Dec, 1861. 

3 Annie E.'^ was born 6 June, 1857. She married in Andover, 
Mass., 25 June, 1895, Wm. Herbert Terrill, who was born 30 July, 
1858, in Morrisville, Vt., to Mary Stevens-Cheney and Newton A. 
Terrill, a farmer. William is a teacher and resides in Wolfboro, 
N. H. They have only one child, Ralph Perley, born in Andover, 
Mass., 10 July, 1897. 



HANNAH PERLEY was born 31 May, 1789, and died 19 
March, 1835. She married in Rowley, Aaron Stevens, 31 Oct., 
1814, when both were of that place. He was born 11 July, 1788, 
and died 27 Dec, 1848, aged sixty years. They lived in Rowley 
awhile; one of their children was born there. They removed to 
Bridgton, Me. 

1 Stevens children : Margaret*, James Francis^ Ruth Putnam'^, 
Edward Payson^ 
2 Ruth Putnam^ was born 1 June, 1820, and 13 Jan., 1862, mar- 


ried James Kimball of Salem, Mass. He was born 14 Oct., 1808; 
was chair manufacturer for eighteen years; was representative to 
General Court, and for twenty years county commissioner and sev- 
eral years chairman of the board. She died 8 June, 1888. They 
had no issue. 

3 Margaret^ was born 29 Aug., 1815; she married a Preston 1(5 
Sept., 1840, and died 28 April, 1859. Issue: Margaret Stevens, 
born 6 Sept., 1841, married Feb., 18(30, Reuben Haskell of Marble- 
head, Mass., and resided in New York City; Francis Perley, born 
30 June, 184(5; a third that died in infancy. 

4 James Francis^ was born 20 Jan., 1818, and married 18 Feb., 
1850, Ellen Marsh, daughter of Levi of Boston. She rests in Mount 
Auburn. Edward Payson' was born 24 July, 1822, and died un- 



AMOS PERLEY was born in Boxford 8 Oct., 1779. When about 
eleven years old, he removed with his parents to Winthrop, and at 
length settled as a farmer in West Robinson neighborhood, or 
Livermore, Me. He married (published 10 Dec, 1803, when both 
were of Winthrop) Joanna Ranson, who was born 1 June, 1771, to 
Thaddeus and Martha-Drew Ranson of Kingston, Mass. He died 
in Canton, Me., 22 Oct., 1844; his widow 22 Jan., 1885, in Milo, 

1 Perley children: Zenas", Mary Ann'', Amos^ Martha Drew®, 
Sarah Smith'-. 

2 Sarah S.' was born 28 Nov., 1815, and died 14 April, 1816. 

3 Zenas^ was born 18 March, 1805. He married in Fairfield, 
Me., in Dec, 1830, Jennette Wilkins Gullifer, milliner and dress- 
maker, born in P'airfield to David Gullifer, a 
lumberman. She followed her trade for three 
years circum 1854, in New York City. She 
lost her entire stock of goods, millinery, etc., in 
the great fire in Augusta, Me., 17 Sept., 1865. 
Mr. Perley died at the home of David Gullifer 
about 1843. His widow died in Augusta, Me., 
where she was living as late as 21 Jan., 1877. 
Their child was Clara Augusta, who married in 
Boston, Mass., 30 March, 1858, when he was 
twenty-three and she was twenty-two years of 
age, William B. Hunt, merchant in boots and 
shoes in Augusta, Me., son of William, a tailor, 
and Hannah-Hodges Hunt, and had issue: Grace 
Mabel Perley", and Ann who died when about ten 

ZENAS PERLEY. ycars of age. 

4 Mary A.' was born 24 May, 1806, in Canton, 
and 15 Oct., 1836, became the second wife of Allan Monroe of Milo, 
who was born 30 Dec, 1806, to John and Polly-Keene Monroe of 
Livermore, where he was a merchant for many years. [By his first 




wife, Mary Furber, he had two children : Mary E. and Richard A. — 
His third wife was Mary Howard, by whom he had Charles Fred, 
and George Herbert.] His second wife died in Milo, of consump- 
tion, 24 April, 1857. He died 17 June, 1893. Perley-Monroe chil- 
dren: Sarah Smith Perley^ Ann Maria", John Warren^'^, Albert 
Perley, born 19 Jan., 1847, in Milo, and died in North Carohna, a 
prisoner of war, in 18G5. 

6 Amos' was born 15 Jan., 1808, and died 
a heroic, brave, and patriotic soldier in the 
cause of civil liberty and human rights, in the 
Canadian Rebellion, 6 Feb. 1839. The following 
letter was probated in due form as his will: — 

London Gaol, Condemned Cell, Feb. 5th, 1839. 

Friend Thomas — When you see this I shall 
be cold in death. My execution takes place to- 
morrow morning at 8 o'clock. Capt. Charles Per- 
ley has kindly complied with my request and 
come from Burford to attend my funeral and see 
me decently buried; for which trouble and ex- 
pense I wish you to forward him thirty dollars, 
and the remainder of my property in your hands 
I wish you to save for your youngest son. I have 
left a few lines to have published in the Cleveland 
Herald and Gazette, as I shall not be permitted 
to say anything on the scaffold. I have suffered 
much since I was taken prisoner, and now death comes like a friend 
to release me from the tyrant's power. 

I should have written to you, but the letters are examined and 
not forwarded except the contents please them. I will say to you 
that I disapprove entirely of the method pursued by the leaders 
of the present revolution in Canada, and the reports of the ref- 
ugees are base falsehoods, and it is the duty of every lover of 
freedom and humanity to treat them with the contempt they so 
justly merit. It is totally useless to think of making a stand in 
Canada with less than 5000 men well organized and drilled. Under 
the present organization there can be no dependence placed in the 
Canadians. They are false and unprincipled generally and more 
treacherous than the savage. 

I must now bid you farewell as my hours are few and prepare to 
meet my fate. May health and prosperity attend you through life, 
and may you not neglect to prepare for death, as I assure you as a 
dying man this is all important. I have greatly neglected it through 
life and it has caused me much pain, but I am perfectly resigned to 
my fate and have full faith in the blood of Christ to atone and 
cleanse from all sin. Give my love to all the friends of human Lib- 
erty and religious freedom and may the time soon come when its 
standard shall be planted on every hill on this continent and its in- 
habitants unitedly worship under its sacred banner and partake of 
its blessings. 

My hours are few and I will say farewell, a long farewell, and 
when we meet again, may it be where public liberty, fraternity and 
brotherly love exist and are the attributes of all that enjoy the place. 


I again enjoin you to prepare for your last change and bring up your 
children in the ways of religion and truth. A. P. 

God prosper the cause of Liberty, Fraternity and Brotherly 
To Thomas Paddock, Cleveland, Ohio, U. S. 

The above is a true copy of the will — B. Birdsall. 

Oct. 21, 1858. 

A true copy — Attest: Charles J. Prescott. 

The settlement of his estate has no mention of any widow or 
child and he was probably never married. 

Mr. Perley was one of that long line — that brilliant galaxy of heroic 
defenders of civil and religious freedom. The Canadian Insurrec- 
tion was the fruit of unjust taxation — the expenditure of public 
money without the direction of the people's assembly. Note a like 
injustice referred to on pages 21 and 41, and this same on page 253. 
The Canadian leaders were Messrs. Papineau and O'Connell, French 
and Irish and Catholic. The elements were religion, nationality — 
French, English, Scotch and Irish — politics, pro and contra, and 
general distrust. Men might easily be found who represented an- 
tagonistic elements and were in conflict with themselves. 

Newspapers bandied epithets, the parliament of France was 
aroused, the British parliament was moved to crimination and re- 
crimination, the action of a new Canadian assembly was called "a 
kind of proclamation of war. The Imperial parliament recom- 
mended expenditures of the public income without the concurrence 
of the assembly; and if the latter refused to submit, that the mem- 
bers should be coerced." Imperial soldiers, including a regiment 
from New Brunswick, paraded the streets to intimidate, but proved 
to menace. An insurrectional standard was raised on Navy Island, 
and "a declaration of independence was published." 

The Gazette of France said: — "What are the rights now con- 
tended for in Quebec and at Montreal .'' Of directing the outlays 
of public money by those who have furnished it (surely the right of 
all men) and representation in the legislature, in accordance with 
the principles of that nationality which emigrants took with them to 
America; even as /Eneas is fabled to have taken with him into Italy, 
the laws and customs of Ilion, as well as the penates of the exiles he 

Lord Brougham, in the upper house of parliament, said: — "We 
loudly censure the Canadians, but which is the country, who are the 
people, who gave them the example of insurrection .-' You exclaim 
against them for revolting; you, who have disposed of their money 
without their consent; you, who have violated those rights which 
you made a merit of having accorded to them. Then you enumerate 
their other advantages, how that they have no taxes to pay, that 
they receive considerable aid from this country, that they enjoy gra- 
tuitously precious trading privileges which it cost us dear to obtain, 
and then you wind up all with the scornful observation: 'The whole 
dispute between us and them resolves itself into the fact, that we 
have appropriated some ^20,000 without the permission of their 
assembly!' Why, it was for resisting the illegal exaction of a poor 


pound sterling, that Hampton gained an undying name as an English 
patriot ; a name for which the Plantagenets and the Guelphs would 
have given all the blood that flowed in their veins ! If it be a crime 
to resist oppression, to rise up against a usurping power, and defend 
public freedom when it is assailed, which are the greatest criminals? 
Was it not ourselves who set the example to our American breth- 
ren? Blame them not too harshly for following it." 

The principle of "no taxation without representation" is funda- 
mental; it is the corner stone of all good and stable government; 
and the man who cordially embraces it and is actuated by it, is a 
true worker with God in the cause of humanity. Virgil imbued his 
hero with the sentiment; contending for it John Hampton wrote his 
name first on the roll of honor ; the Ipswich ofificials suffered ; and 
Perley Putnam poured the warm blood of his young manhood. 

What now was the difference between Perley Putnam for ex- 
ample and Amos Perley? Both contended for the same principle 
and in the same way, both by their comrades were patriots and by 
their enemies rebels, and both fell by methods of their enemies. 
The difference seems to be in this: Putnam merited and received a 
monument to his memory; Perley merited it but never received it. 

Though Perley and fourscore of his compatriots were silenced, 
the insurrection was not cured. It was entombed in the hearts of 
the populace and was to have an early resurrection. About two 
years later, when the Upper and Lower provinces were united, the 
constitution provided, says historian Hodgins, that the Council 
might originate any bill but a money one, which it might not amend 
but might reject; and that the Assembly, the popular branch, might 
originate any bill and should have the exclusive control of the reve- 
nue and expenditure of the Province. Thus like wrestling Jacob, 
the restless spirit of the insurgents overwhelmingly prevailed. 

Many a laborer in the vineyard has gone to his rest, through 
seeming ignominy and dire straits. Herein is that saying true, "One 
soweth and another reapeth." Mr. Perley labored, and others en- 
tered into his labors and reaped the fruits. 

Amos Perley was cut off in young and vigorous manhood. He 
appears a man of promise: he had a common education, a good 
ability, a true citizenship, was a Stirling patriot, an active spirit, a 
Christian gentleman, a man of thrift, a faithful friend, and beloved 
in his neighborhood and his home. 

6 Martha D.^ was born 8 Dec, 1810, and married 18 Nov., 1830, 
George Bartlett Bradford, who was born 24 Aug., 1805, to EUis and 
Dorothy-Bartlett Bradford of Kingston. Mr. Bradford was the sev- 
enth generation from Gov. William Bradford of Pilgrim fame. He 
was a custom bootmaker by trade. His wife died in Kingston 13 
Nov., 1845, and he in 1889, aged eighty-four years. Bradford issue: 
Amos Perley born 20 Feb., 1832, and died 2 Nov., 1840; Martha 
Drew, born 14 April, 183(5, who was of Kingston, unmarried; and 
Amos Perley, born 6 Nov., 1845, who was a pressman by trade, un- 
married, in Kingston. 

7 Grace M. P.*^ was born in Augusta, Me., 24 Feb., 1870. She 
married in Augusta 30 Oct., 1897, Elden Whitten Hanks, born in 
Augusta 21 Sept., 1865, to William Pope, carpenter, and Ann-Whit- 


ten Hanks. Mr. Hanks is a manufacturer of suspenders and belts 
in Augusta. Their children: Ruel Clinton, born 2 Aug., 1898; Ar- 
morel, born 24 Sept., 1899; William Pope, born 27 Jan., 1901; Stew- 
art McKenney, born 4 June, 1902; Audrey, born 15 Dec, 1903. 

8 Sarah S. P.^ was born in Guilford, Me., 15 May, 1837. She 
married in Milo, Me., 21 Aug., 1858, Isaiah Lewis Ryder, born in 
Brownville, Me., (5 July, 1837, to Isaiah, a farmer, and Phoebe-Ken- 
nison Ryder. Mr. Ryder was a lumberman and farmer in Brown- 
ville, where he died 4 Nov., 1888, and where his widow has her 
home. Their issue were Anna Eliza, born in Brownville 11 Dec, 
1860, and died 15 April, 1878; Lewis Henry, born 21 July, 1862, 
married, with residence at Katahdin Iron Works, Me. 

9 Ann Maria* was born in Guilford, Me., 13 March, 1840. She 
married 16 Oct., 1860, Charles Nathaniel Mooers, born in Parish 
Blissfield, Northumberland County, N. B.,21 Dec, 1835, to Nathaniel, 
lumberman, and Rebecca-Mitchell Mooers. Their home is Milo 
Junction, Me. Mooers issue: Richard Allen, born 30 May, 1861, 
who is a surveyor in Milo and married 16 April, 1887, Minnie 
Gilbert Mooers; Lena Mayland^^; Mary Annie, born 27 June, 1865, 
and died 18 Jan., 1867; Mary Annie^^; Tessa Lillian, born 14 
Sept., 1872, who married, first, 9 Feb., 1891, Charles Proctor, 
and second, 21 Oct., 1902, James Barden Whyte; John Albert, born 
in Orneville, Me., 14 Nov., 1875, a baggage master, married in Milo 
Junction 15 May, 1904, Mary Matilda Barrett, born in Alberton, P. 
E. I., 8 Nov., 1886, to Dr. Angus McLean and Mary A. Barrett, 
residing in Milo Junction. 

10 John W.-* was born in Milo, Me., 16 March, 1843. He 
married there 5 May, 1867, Etta Leavitt Hobbs, a milliner, born 
1 Dec, 1845, to Samuel Hidden, farmer and merchant, and Caroline 
Frances-Barker Hobbs of the same place. He served three years in 
the Civil War; was mustered into Co. C, Eighth Maine Infantry, in 
Aug., 1863. He served a part of the time with sharpshooters. He 
was in ten regular engagements, and was at Hatches Run when the 
lines were broken and followed Lee until he surrendered at Ap- 
pomattox Court House. Mr. Monroe is a farmer of Milo, Me. 
Their children, born in Milo: Herbert Albert, 2 May, 1868, died 14 
April, 1892; Carrie Emma^l 

11 Lena Mayland' was born in Milo, Me., 7 April, 1863. She 
married in Orneville, Me., 11 Oct., 1880, Charles Henry Drink- 
water, American Express route agent, who was born in Bangor, 
Me., 23 Oct., 1856, to Jefferson and Myria-Frazier Drinkwater. 
Their home is Bangor, Me. Their child is Frances Myria, born in 
Orneville, Me., 22 Jan., 1881, who graduated from the grammar 
school 19 June, 1896, and from the Bangor high school 16 June, 
1900. She then began the study of music, with a fine voice, a 
correct ear, and an art naive. She is now singing in the Third 
Congregational Church m Bangor with entire acceptance. A local 
journal thus reported her at "the Maine festival" in June, 1904: 
"The ovation accorded Miss Drinkwater, who appeared for the first 
time in such ambitious company, was extremely gratifying. Brightly 
endowed by an indulgent nature with good looks, a graceful person- 
ality and other very necessary attributes, she has been endowed as 


well with the most important attribute of them all, — a beautifully- 
rich, mellow, true and clear contralto voice, exquisite of texture and 
appealing in sympathy." These things predicate her ultimate 

12 Mary Annie'-* was born in Milo, Me., 4 May, 1867. She mar- 
ried in Orneville, Me., 11 Aug., 18S8, Ernest Albion HamHn, born 
in Sebec Village, Me., 1-4 March, 1858, to Eben, laborer, and Susan- 
Ladd Hamlin. Mr. Hamlin is a roof slater. Their home is Brown- 
ville. Me. 

18 Carrie Emma^'* was born (i June, 1872. She married in Milo 
2 Nov., 1895, Willis Pliny Soule, an expert millman, scaler and sur- 
veyor of lumber, born in La Grange, Me., 30 Oct., 1874, to Augustus 
Carrol, surveyor and scaler of lumber, and Mary-Heal Soule. Their 
home is Milo. Soule child : Edna: Marion, born in Milo 6 Jan., 



ISRAEL PERLEY was* born m Boxford 18 June, 1781. He 
went with his parents to Winthrop, Me., and settled in Vassalboro, 
where he died 4 or 8 Dec, 1848. He married Hannah Chandler of 
the same town 3 Nov., 1817. She was born 21 Oct., 1793, to John 
and Hannah-Sweetser Chandler, and died 8 Feb., 1873. Mr. Perley 
was a Baptist. His estate on his probate inventory was valued at 

1 Perley children: Hannah Maria^ Israel Putnam^ John Chan- 
dler-354, George Henry^ 

2 Hannah M.^ was born 10 Aug., 1818, and 18 Nov., 1846, 
married Augustus Crowell of China, Me., who was born 15 Aug., 
1821. Their home was Waterville. He died in 1887; she in June, 
1898. Crowell issue: Helen Maria'''; P2mma Lavinia, born in Water- 
ville 27 Sept., 1854, who married 4 Nov., 1877, Charles O. Farnham, 
born in Readville, Me., 7 Sept., 1853, to Orrin, lived in Boston in 
1898. They had a child, Alice Louise. 

3 Israel P.^ was born in Winthrop 7 June, 1820. For three years 
prior to the Rebellion he was a wholesale grocer in Mobile, Ala. He 
continued the business in Boston, Mass., where later he was broker 
or banker. He wrote his given name Putnam only. He died, un- 
married, in Boston, 27 Dec, 1898. 

4 George H.^ was born 13 Dec, 1830. He married Carrie 
Whiting of Parsonsfield and settled in Winthrop. He died in 
Mobile, Ala., 25 Nov., 1858, where he was the proprietor of a hotel. 
She died in 1867. 

5 Helen M.-^ was born in East Vassalboro, Me., 11 Jan., 1852. 
She married 1 Sept., 1875, Fred Judson Bicknell, manager of 
Livingston Manufacturing Company, born in La Grange, Me., 
6 July, 1850, to Benjamin, a farmer, and Loantha-Coburn Bicknell. 
Their home is Rockland, Me., where their children were born: 


Edith Lena, 10 Sept., 1882, who is a graduate of Colby College in 
1902, and teaching in Thomaston, Me.; Helen Coburn, 12 May, 
1887; Putnam Perley, 16 Sept., 1891. 



FREDERIC PERLEY was born in Boxford 11 June, 1783, and 
died in Washington, D. C. 13 May, 1829. His wife was Sarah Ann, 
born 23 Nov., 1792. 

Mrs. Perley wrote from Washington, D. C, under date of 1 8 March, 
1847. "We moved from Virginia to Washington City, where we 
had everything that could be desired to make one happy, but 
lo! there was to be an end to this. There is a certain set of 
men here who get men's money into their hands and never in- 
tend to return it. So it was with Mr. Perley — he never suspected 
for a moment but what others were as honest as himself, until the 
fatal truth proved too true. He had taken his money from the bank 
and put it out on interest and never could get it again. In 
this distressing situation, his spirit failed him and finally he sank 
into a deep consumption and died 13 May, 1829, leaving four chil- 
dren — the oldest seven years and the youngest ten months and sick 
from his birth. Mary Malvenia and John P'rederick had died some 
years before. . . . He was a devoted father and a kind husband. 
. . . I found it was necessary to make every exertion in my 
power to provide for my children and myself. . . . Thank God ! 
I am enabled to praise Him for all that he has done for me. . . . 
My four children are Juliana, Sarah P'rances, George Smith and 
James Putnam." After inquiring after her late husband's parents, 
brothers and sisters, she says : " The children would be enraptured 
to see you and my greatest desire gratified." 

I excerpt from her letter dated at Schoolcraft, Mich., June 8, 
1854, the following: — "I received a letter from Sister Sarah Perley 
five or six months ago stating the death of her sisters. . . . My 
oldest son George Smith was absent at the time and had been for 
several months. He has since returned and again left the 10th of 
April. He is now in Callao, Peru. James Putnam, out of health, 
went 26th last July to Michigan, and the climate agreeing with him 
he returned 2.5th May and took us all to Michigan. We are on a 
farm 12 miles from Kalamazoo and 1^ from Schoolcraft. I should 
have been very happy to have called on my niece, in New York, 
Brother Amos son's widow. . . , My children are all still un- 
married, and all with me except George Smith, whom I expect home 
in the course of a year. . . . Any person in Kalamazoo could 
inform you where Mr. Henry Breese's residence is. There you will 
find me." Mrs. Perley died in Schoolcraft "sometime in 1869 or 70." 

1 Perley children : Mary Malvenia'-, Juliana'^, Sarah Frances', 
John PVederick'^, George Smith*, James Putnam^ 

2 Mary^ was born 5 April, 1819, and died 2 Nov., 1823; John' 
was born 30 June, 1824, and died 25 July, 1826. 



3 Juliana' was born 11 July, 1820, and Sarah\ 20 March, 1822, 
and are now (1905) living in Washington, D. C; George' was born 
28 May, 1826; James', 8 July, 1828, and died in Schoolcraft "about 
Dec, 1876." It is said that he left at least a son, J. P. Perley, 
who is said (1905) to be in the Treasury Building, Washington, D. 
C, but a letter addressed to him there has been returned. 

Since the above was in type, Mr. Albert Cornell of Schoolcraft, 
under date 3 July, 1905, has kindly favored us with the following : 
"George Smith never came here. I have heard J. P. say his father 
was a contractor and builder in Washington and that he and his 
brother worked with him. The old lady died about 1869, and shortly 
after that Frances went back to Washington and worked in the 
Treasury Department. Some two years later Juliana went to Wash- 
ington, and the last I ever heard she was living in some Woman's 
Home — a charitable institution. James P. was a contractor and 
builder till his death. He died in November, 1876, and was buried 
beside his mother in Schoolcraft. I know nothing of his being mar- 
ried. After his death letters from Frances were found mentioning 
a child, etc. I have a spirit-level that belonged to him. Any one 
wishing it can have it." 



JACOB PERLEY was born in Boxford 5 April, 1776. He 
removed to Hanover, N. H., before 1801, and engaged in farming. 
He married Dorothy Hale-5^ 22 Jan., 1801, in Boxford, Rev. Peter 
Eaton officiating. She was born 1 March, 1780, to Dr. William and 
Anna-Porter Hale of Boxford in the Say ward house, which was built 
about 1770 by her father, who was a "skillful, faithful and success- 
ful" physician there for many years. Administration was granted 
his widow 28 June, 1820. The estate was valued at ^2781.66 — real, 
$1750, and personal, $1031.66. He left a widow and five children. 
Mr. Perley died in Hanover 4 June, 1820; his widow, 29 Feb., 1871, 
aged ninety. 

1 Perley children: Anna Porter^, Lucy^, Jacob', Lucy Eliza*^, 
Emeline Hale^ Maria Dolly^ Jacob Samuel-355. 

2 Anna' was born 21 Sept., 1803, married before 11 July, 1825, 
Isaac Fellows of Hanover, and died 26 Oct., 1848; Lucy' was 
born 28 Oct., 1805, died 4 April, 1806; Jacob' was born 12 Oct., 
1808, and died 27 Jan., 1812; Lucy E.' was born 22 March, 1810, 
and married Benjamin Wood; Maria D.' was born 15 Aug., 1815, 
died 25 April, 1845. 

3 Emeline' was born 22 Oct., 1813, and in Dec, 1834, mar- 
ried Adna Tenney, who was born in Hanover 26 Feb., 1810, to 
Lucinda-Eaton and Capt. John Tenney. She died 16 Feb., 1837, 
and he married 21 Oct., 1838, Susan C. Weld, born 28 Aug., 1809. 
Mr. Tenney was the well-known portrait-painter; many specimens 
of his skill in the art can be seen at Dartmouth College. 



JONATHAN PERLEY was born in Reading U July, 1778. 
He removed, when quite young, with his parents, to Byfield Parish, 
Newbury, and studied in Dummer Academy. He chose Salem for 
his home, and there led a long, faithful serviceable life. He was an 
assessor of the town and city thirty-five years, and during the early 
part of the service, he was secretary of the board. 

He oftentimes penned impromptu sentiments on blank leaves of 
his record-book, with no pretension to literary merit, but as a spon- 
taneity of an active mind and Christian heart. This is one of them, 
from the book of 1840: "As a good conscience without a good name 

is better than a good name without 
a good conscience, so in making a 
tax we will do what we can to keep 
a conscience pure towards God and 
towards man." This sentiment 
was the guiding principle of all his 
dealings with men, as those who 
knew him best were ready to testify. 
He was a member of the Active 
Fire Club from its organization 
in 1806, and its clerk from 1823, 
till his death. For many years, 
he was a worthy member of the 
Tabernacle Church, and was the 
oldest deacon after the death of 
Deacon John Punchard. A few 
months before his death he at- 
tended the centennial celebration 
of Dummer Academy, as one of" 
the latest survivors of the famous 
Master Moody's pupils. The Tuesday before his death, he was able 
though feeble, to go to the polls and deposit his ballot for Gover- 
nor Andrew-11. The following tells about itself all we know of it: 
;^8.75 Salem January 3, 1849 

To Henry Whipple Esqr, one of the Treasurers of the 
Salem and Danvers Association for the Detection of 
Thieves &C Pay to Jon^ Perley — Eight dollars & Seventy 
five cents out of the funds of Said Society. 
Deacon Perley married 20 June, 1808, Sally Smith of Salem, who 
was born to Thomas and Hannah- Goodhue Smith 17 May, 1781. 
He died 7 Nov., 1863, of pneumonia; his widow, 31 March, 18(54. 
Dr. Worcester preached his funeral sermon. 

1 Perley children : Jonathan-35G, William Henry'-, William Henry- 
357, Caroline-, Lucy Ann'-, Elizal 



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2 William H.' was born 12 and died 2o Nov., 1811; Caro- 
line', 5 Aug., 1815, and died, unmarried, in East Hartford, 
Ct., 19 Oct., 1896; Lucy A.\ 

21 Oct., 1818, and died, un- '"-"* ^^^^ ^- i'ermsy 

married, 22 Aug., 1856. Her Wlnt^\^::^e^li\^"^. T%Zt 

crrnupt:t-nnf> rfnrl«;- "Arrp^rl '^« "!'.7>\ ^^? lutends canyinsj; ou the MILI.IN- 
gravesionc reaas. /\gea dO kky busim-ss, in all its branches. Has on 

years." This advertisement, ^'fl't ",S<"in'''w""J1n"* f ,Bo°°ets, and 

J 1 r^ 1 T-> • oriit'i- articJos in her line or business; and 

from the Salem Register, April, ''"Pe^- ^>y punctuality and attention, to re- 
_,,-,,, 1 •! •, 1 •, ceive a share of patronage. 

1842, exhibits her mercantile saiem. March 27. 3w 


On the grounds at the " Perley Gathering" 20 June, 1877 
Caroline' penciled this 


Two centuries and near a half 

Have dotted down their years 
Since the first Perley trod these shores 

With mingled hopes and fears. 

With hopes, no doubt, that future time 

Would bring success in life — 
That God would give him needful strength 

For any coming strife. 

With fears, that hope might prove a dream, 

And this wild Indian land 
Would tax his power of strength and wit 

Beyond his willing hand. 

But hope and her twin sister faith 

Subdued the cry of fear. 
And as an evidence of it 

His family 's gathered here. 

3 Eliza' was born 26 April, 1822, and 23 June, 1851, married 
Oilman Webster, who was born in Salem, N. H., 2 April, 1821, 
to Lt. James and Anna-Poor Webster, later of Salem, Mass. He 
was a shoe cutter in South Danvers, now Peabody. He died 
21 Jan., 1866; she, 29 Nov., 1873. Their children were Horace 
Oilman, born 8 Nov., 1852, and died in March, 1859; Carrie Perley*. 

4 Carrie^ was born 11 Dec, 1858, in Peabody. She was a type- 
•compositor and compositor-in-chief on the Poor Oenealogy. She 
married 25 April, 1882, in Salem, C. H. Blake, an engineer, who 
was born 31 Aug., 1855, in Salem, to Jethro and Almira Blake. 
Her death occurred in East Hartford, Ct., 25 April, 1905. Their 
children were Almira Elizabeth, born in Hartford, 4 Dec, 1884, and 
died 15 March, 1887, and Carrie Webster, born 25 March, 1887, who 
is livinsr in East Hartford. 



DEBORAH PERLEY was born 10 June, 1782, in Newbury, 
and 10 Oct., 1804, married Thomas Savory, who was born 4 Jan., 
1781, to William, of Bradford, and died 23 July, 1838. She died 30 
Jan., 1835. Their home was in Oroveland. 


1 Savory children: Moses^ Betsey Balch"^, Lucy Perley^ Thomas^ 
Mary Stevens'^, Ellen Maria^ Priscilla Parker'^ Thomas William^, 
Priscilla Parker'^, Moses Putnam'^, Hannah Holton^ Charles Putnam^ 

2 Moses^ was born 10 and died 22 Aug., 1805. Betsey B.^ was 
born 27 July, 1806, and died 29 June, 1859. Thomas^ was born 11 
and died 27 May, 1810. Mary S.' was born 13 May, 1811. Priscilla 
P.^ was born 13 Feb. and died 17 Sept., 1816. Thomas W.^ was 
born 11 Sept., 1817. Priscilla P.^ was born 20 March, 1820. Moses 
P.i was born 30 Aug., 1822, and died 2 Jan., 1825. 

3 Ellen M.^ was born 12 Nov., 1813. She married Thomas 
Greenough, a trader, born in 1814 to Bailey and Betsey-Parker 
Greenough. Hannah H.^ was born 19 March, 1825, and marrying 
Samuel Balch, removed to Byfield Parish. 

4 Charles Putnam^ was born 20 May, 1828, in Haverhill. He 
married Sarah H. Balch, who was born in 1830 to Jonathan and Sally- 
Hopkinson Balch. He was a shoemaker; his issue was William P., 
born 1853. 

5 Lucy ¥} was born 5 June, 1808, married 24 May, 1831, Col. 
Frederic Jones Coffin of Newburyport, and had Lucy Perley, born 
13 March, 1832, died in childhood, and Lucy Adelaide, who married 
Gen. Benj. F. Peach of Lynn. 



JEREMIAH PERLEY was born in "Newbury-Byfield," [By- 
field Parish is parts of two towns, Newbury and Rowley] 11 March, 
1784. He studied in Dummer Academy and graduated at Dart- 
mouth College, 1803, where in course he received the master's 
degree. In 1804 he went to Hallowell, Me., where he read law, and 
in 1807 was admitted to the bar. In 1816 he removed to Gray, 
Me., and succeeded to the practice of Rev. Samuel Perley-52. He 
later removed to Orono, where he died, 1834. 

Esquire Perley was the author of "The Maine Justice," 8vo. 
published at Hallowell, 1823, and he edited a 12mo. volume of 301 
pages — "The Debates, Resolutions and other proceedings of the 
Convention of Delegates, assembled at Portland, on the 11th and 
continued until the 29th day of October, 1819, for the purpose of 
forming a Constitution for the State of Maine. To which is added 
the Constitution. Taken in Convention, by Jeremiah Perley, coun- 
sellor-at-law. Portland: A. Shirley, Printer, 1820." 

Mr. Greenleaf of Portland, reporter of the Maine Court Deci- 
sions, paid Mr. Perley this merited compliment: — He had a clear 
head, was logical in his reasoning, and arrived at just conclusions, 
and but for his modesty, or want of self-confidence and enfeebled 
constitution, he would have made a distinguished advocate, an 
eminently successful pleader. 

He married 3 Sept., 1811, Maria Dummer, who was born 17 
Feb., 1787, in Providence, R. I., to Hon. Nathaniel and Mrs. Mary- 
Kilton Dummer of Hallowell, Me. They had eight or nine children, 


and she lived to bury them all — six in their infancy or youth. 
Presumably Mrs. Perley was the "Maria D. Perley," who was, by 
the Boston directory of 1852, "matron of the N. E. F. M. Reform 
Society, at 66 Warren street." She died 22 Jan., 1865. 

1 Perley children: Helen Maria^ Mary Dummer^ Nathaniel 
Dummer-, Theophilus Parsons'^ et als. 

2 Helen M.^ was born 29 June, 1812; Mary D.\ 16 Sept., 1814; 
Nathaniel D.\ 9 April, 1817; Theophilus F.\ 27 Dec, 1819, in Grey. 



NATHAN PERLEY was born in Newbury 17 Aug., 1786. 
He was a tanner and currier by trade, and he settled in Groveland 
in business. He married 28 April, 1813, Delia Hills, who was born 
22 Nov., 1789, to Benjamin and Anna of West Newbury. He died 
22, (Nathan, Jr., says 27) April, 1857; his widow died at the house 
of his son in Haverhill of old age 7 or 8 Nov., 1871. 

1 Perley children: Delia Ann'^, Moody Hills^ James'^ Samuel- 
358, Nathan-359, Susan Ayerl 

2 Delia A.^ was born 2 April, 1814, and died 19 Jan., 1824, Moody 
H.^ was born 24 Nov., 1816, and died 13 Sept., 1842. James^ was 
born twin with Samuel-358, 13 Dec, 1818. 

3 Susan A.^ was born 28 May, 1827, and was adopted by her 
aunt in Haverhill. 



FRANCIS PERLEY was born in Newbury 9 March, 1791. 
In March, 1814, he went to Winthrop, Me. He was a natural 
farmer, loved the work and the scenes of nature. He was modest 
to diffidence, was a great reader, possessed a wonderful memory, 
and was a walking cyclopaedia of general intelligence. 

Articles by Dr. Quimby in the Gospel Banner and by "Jo- 
annes," a lawyer and neighbor of Mr. Perley, have been digested 
below to suit our space. 

Mr. Perley was a firm and positive Universalist from young 
manhood, and few laymen had a better knowledge of Scripture, 
which he delighted to exemplify and recommend. He loved the 
church and the Sunday School, and was always in his place in both 
when able to be there. He often attended his denominational 
conventions and associations. He was one of the organizers of the 
Winthrop Universalist Society. Rev. George W. Quimby, once his 
pastor, says, " Mr. Perley was one of my dearest personal friends 
and faithful supporters." 

Mr. Perley was an exemplary citizen and a careful business man. 
The people often elected him a selectman, and we believe more than 


once their State representative. He was a kind husband, father, 
friend. As he loved his work, he exercised it till the day of his 

Of no distemper, of no blast he died, 
But fell like autumn fruit that mellowed long, 
Even wondered at because it fell no sooner. 
Pate seemed to wind him up for fourscore years, 
Yet fi-eshly ran he on eight winters more. 
Till, like a clock worn out with eating time, 
The wheels of weai-y life at last stood still. 

Mr. Perley married, first, 30 March, ISl.S, Mary L. Titcomb, 
who was born 15 Jan., 1794, to Caleb and Judith of Newburyport, 
and died of consumption 8 Jan., 1848. His second wife was Mrs. 
Sarah- Piper Adams, daughter of Benjamin and Sarah Piper of . 
Augusta, Me., whom he married 8 March, 1849. He 'died in Lowell 
28 Oct., 1877, aged eighty-six years. Their children were all born 
in Winthrop but the first, and are all by the first wife but the last. 
Dr. Quimby concludes his obituary of Mr. Perley with this sentiment : 

His youth was innocent; his riper age 

Marked with some act of goodness every day. 

And, watched by eyes that loved him, calm and sage. 

Faded his late declining years away. 

Cheerful he gave his being up, and went 

To share the holy rest that waits a life well spent. 

His widow died 27 March, 1899, aged eighty-seven years. 

1 Perley children: Harriett Jacob Putnam", Mary Titcomb'', 
Enoch-300, Judith Ann*, Francis-3G1, Samuel'^ Martha Foster-362, 
Betsey Wood'', Lucy\ George Henry'^ 

2 Harriet^ was born 12 Sept., 1813, in Newbury-Byfield Parish, 
and 6 Sept., 1838, married Samuel Northend, who was born 5 April, 
1811, to John and Nancy-Titcomb Northend of the same parish. Of 
Mr. Northend 's sisters, Mary Ann married Hon. Moses Tenney-2(j*; 
Sarah Adams, a Clark of Peabody; Maria, a Deacon Forbes of New- 
buryport. Of his brothers, Enoch, Charles and Samuel were widely 
and favorably known in business circles, and William Dummer was 
a leading lawyer in the Essex Bar. Mrs. Northend died in By field 
3 March, 1840, aged twenty-six years, leaving one child, George, 
who died a patriot soldier in the Civil War. [Mr. Northend mar- 
ried, second, 2G Nov. 1841, Mary H. Currier of Newburyport, who 
died in Byfield in 1869. Their children were: William Edmund, 
who was born 14 Feb., 1843, served three years or more in the Civil 
War, Company C, 19th Regiment, was at Gettysburg and in Libby 
Prison, has a pension, married 25 Dec, 1866, Mary Elizabeth 
Roberts, born 24 March, 1849, to Peter Wakefield and Sarah- 
Mussey Roberts, and resides in Beverly, Mass.; Harriet Perley-203 ; 
Ann Elizabeth, born 7 Sept., 1846, married 9 Oct., 1869, John B. 
Edwards of Haverhill, now of Georgetown, and had Fred N., born 
19 Jan., 1871; Thomas Edward, born 3 Jan., 1850, and died 11 May, 
1854; Susan Brown, born 19 Oct., 1851, and died 22 Feb., 1864; 
Edward Tenney, born 1 Feb., 1856; and Mary Ellen, born in By- 
field 23 May, 1859, and married 23 July, 1881, in Wenham, Mass., 
John Ellsworth Roberts, motorman, who was born in Danvers, 12 



April, 1857, brother to Mary Elizabeth above, and resides in Law- 
rence, where their three children were born : Annie Alfretta, 20 
Nov., 1881; John Ellsworth, 21 Sept., 1885; Elmer Perley, 24 April, 

3 Jacob P.\ born 6 Sept., 1815, went to California and died, 
unmarried, 10 Jan., 1883. Mary T.\ born 8 March, 1817, married 
19 June, 1844, James Jenness, and died 26 Jan., 1858. SamueP, 
twin with Francis, was born 17 Dec, 1822, and died same day, or 
4 Jan., 1823. Betsey W.', born 15 Nov., 1827, died 21 June, 1840. 
George H.\ born 1(3 Jan., 1850, married in Winthrop, 15 March, 
1882, Nancie Muzzy Woodward, teacher, born 15 March, 1849, in 
Bangor, Me., to Franklin Muzzy, a farmer, and Prudentia Farwell- 
Mills Woodward, and has no children. 

4 Judith A.^ born 20 Aug., 1820, married Gardner A. Brown, son 
of Joseph of Ipswich. She died 13 Jan., 1858, a wife of fifteen 



5 Lucy^ was born in Winthrop 2 July, 1830, married in Winthrop 
24 Nov., 1859, Franklin Mitchell, a manufacturer of sashes, blinds 
and doors, who was born in Richmond, Me., 25 June, 1834, to Sewell, 
a farmer, and Deborah-Dennett Mitchell, and resides in Gardiner, Me. 



PUTNAM PERLEY was born 1 March, 1794, in Newbury- 
Byfield, where he spent his life a farmer. He was, with Rev. Joseph 
Emerson, pastor of the Byfield Church, Dr. Cleveland and Solomon 
Stickney, a committee appointed 28 April, 1819, by the church to 


Open a Sabbath School and appoint its instructors. The school 
began 2.3 May. He was chosen a deacon in that church in June, 
1824. "Putnam Perley was baptised 27 July, 1817." Deacon Perley 
was a deputy to the General Court in 1835. 

His first wife, published 8, married 31 Dec, 1821, was Mary 
Thurston, born to Benjamin and Jane of Byfield in Aug., 1792. She 
died 24 Nov., 1829. Her epitaph reads: 

Her dying address to her friends was 

"(J, love tlie Savior, while In health, 

every one of you!" 

Reader, she spealiS to you. 

She was probably mother of his first child. His second wife, 
published 18 Feb., married 22 March, 1831, was widow Belinda 
Cheever of Saugus, born 15 June, 1798, to Abner and Mary-Farmer 
(Medford records read Martha-Newhall) Cheever. After her hus- 
band's death she removed to Medford, where she bought, about 
1856, "The Richardson House," and resided till her death, 14 Sept., 
1880, aged eighty-two years and three months. She was buried in 
Byfield. He died 30 June, 1835, and his epitaph is 

Be ye also ready. 

1 Perley children : John Putnam'^, Mary Thurston^ Sarah Ellen"^ 

2 John P.'s^ birth and death may have been at the time of his 
mother's death. Mary T.^ was born 5 Feb., 1832. Sarah E.' was 
born 5 Aug., 1838, and died 3 Aug., 1835. Her epitaph: 

Of such is the kingdom of Heaven. 

3 Putnam^ was posthumous 5 or 8 July, 1835. He was clerk and 
bookkeeper in Boston for seven or eight years with home in Med- 
ford. He died 14 Aug., 1875, in St. Paul, Minn. He was interred 
at the side of his father, and his epitaph reads: 

steadfast and faithful. 

I am the Resiirrection and the Life, 

saith the Lord. 



RUTH PERLEY was born 23 Feb., 1795. She married 3 July, 
1814, Maj. Asa Nelson, who was born 8 March, 1790, to David and 
Eunice-Searle Nelson of New Rowley, now Georgetown. He was a 
tanner and shoe manufacturer. He was a man trusted and 
respected. He resided in South Georgetown, where his widow died 
17 April, 1881. He died 11 Dec, 1855. 

The first years of Mrs. Nelson's marriage were spent upon the 
estate now known as the "Larkin Place," where her husband estab- 
lished and carried on his tannery; but the growth of the center of 
the town attracted them, and they moved their residence and busi- 
ness to the place on Elm street, where for sixty years as wife and 


widow the deceased has lived, and with one or two exceptions has 
never spent a night away from it. She was a woman possessed of a 
very even temperament, never excited or depressed, nor enthusiastic 
over new things, but tenacious of old friendships. She early became 
a member of the First Church, was constant in her attendance upon 
divine worship in the old and until within a year in the new church. 
After her infirmities had grown so numerous as to prevent her at- 
tending church, she displayed more interest, if possible, in its pros- 
perity, and made frequent inquiries concerning it. Not five minutes 
before she died, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, she inquired of her 
youngest son, who had just returned from church, about the new 
minister and the subject of the day's discourse. He answered her 
and she seemed pleased at the report. He left the room for a mo- 
ment and when he returned she had passed on from the church tem- 
poral to the church eternal, from the militant to the triumphant. 
Smiling with the knowledge of a united people in the sanctuary of 
her youth, she fell asleep to awake in more glorious Easter service 
before the great white throne. She has risen indeed. For two 
years Mrs. Nelson had been failing, not the result of disease, but the 
gradual decay of the forces of vitality; the machinery of life gradually 
ran down and finally stopped running. 

1 Nelson children : Harriet At wood', Caroline Matilda'^ Maria 
Harriet'^, Solomon'', Sherman''. 

2 Harriet A.^ was born 6 Sept., 1815, and died 20 Sept., 1820. 
Caroline M.^ was born 20 July, 1817, married 6 Dec, 1842, George 
Dole of Georgetown, and had Greenleaf N., born 3 April, 1843. M. 
Harriet' was born 4 Aug., 1822, and died 27 Oct., 1848. 

3 Solomon' was born 5 Oct., 1826. He married 6 Dec, 1848, 
Elizabeth Hobson of Rowley. They resided in Georgetown. He 
was a livery stabler ; he was also a deputy sheriff for many years. 
His wife died of cancer 12 Oct., 1880. The Georgetown Advocate 
thus speaks of his demise : 

"Solomon has occupied the position of selectman of the town, 
auditor and constable. His services as constable have covered 
many years, and he has been the man on whom all relied to quell 
disturbances. His army record is honorable and brave. He en- 
listed as private in Co. K. 50th Regiment of Mass. Volunteers, Sept. 
19th, 1862, was promoted to 1st sergeant, and served with credit in 
the army of the Gulf until his discharge Aug. 24, 1863. He partic- 
ipated in all the marches of his brigade, and was at the siege and 
surrender of Port Hudson. Of his army life, his comrades speak in 
the highest terms: brave without rashness, considerate of the health 
of his men, never requiring one to advance where he would not lead, 
and with them always, sharing their privations, dangers and tri- 
umphs. In consideration of his services, at the close of his term of 
enlistment the glorious old war Governor, John A. Andrew-11, ten- 
dered him a captain's commission. Of this he was justly proud. 
His honorary military titles deserved a much more exalted rank, as 
he could with propriety wear the eagles of a colonel, yet he preferred 
to rest upon his fairly earned laurels worn in battle, and conferred 
by the distinguished statesman. Said he to the writer once, ' when- 
ever you have occasion to use my military title, call me captain, as 


I regard the parchment with Gov. Andrew's signature of more value 
than all other honors.' He was an active member of the Grand 
Army of the Republic, one of its first commanders, and its last. He 
loved the Post and declared it should be maintained, and it was. He 
insisted that no soldier should rest beneath the sod of our burying 
grounds without a stone suitably inscribed to record his name and 
service. Every year thus far his plans have been accomplished. 

" His career as a civil officer is equally worthy of commendation. 
As sheriff he was courageous, careful, prompt and efficient. He had 
the confidence of the bench and bar, and caused his bondsmen no 

"He was a consistent and active member of Charles C. Dame 
Lodge, F. and A. M., its first marshal, and progressed in rank as 
far as he cared to, retiring from the chair of junior warden. His 
voice was frequently heard in its debates, and he always spoke with 
power, to the point, and in genial humor. His wit was of the finest, 
and appeared under all circumstances, and was not unlike that of 
President Lincoln. He always had some grotesque story or circum- 
stance which illustrated his point. He was a great reader and ad- 
mired the humor of Dickens, Thackeray and Tom Hood. He was 
authority on the former, and could locate a character or quotation 
upon an instant's reflection. He used to say, 'a book that was worth 
reading once was worth reading repeatedly.' He never wasted time 
with works of no merit, was thoroughly acquainted with standard 
literature, ancient and modern. He was a vigorous and pleasing 
writer. All will remember his series of papers or 'Journal' of a 
member of Co. K, published in these columns in 1874-5, how they 
sparkled with true, genuine humor, yet were vivid pictures of the 
campaign. His few papers on 'An Old School House,' possessed the 
same characteristics, and were gems in literature. 

"His life was pure, and conscience governed every action. He 
was honorable and accommodating in his business, a friend to good 
citizens everywhere, and a terror to evil doers. His loss is a general 
bereavement to the county. His wife, one of the best, died about 
two years ago, and an only son, Fred W. Nelson of Amesbury, is 
the only representative of his line." 

Their children: Lizzie M., born 19 and died 22 Dec, 1851 ; Fred 
Walter, born 9 May, 1853, and was at one time a grocer with Moses 
N. Boardman in Georgetown. 

4 Sherman^ was born 28 June, 1834, and married 19 Sept., 1866, 
Catherine S. Spofford-169\ who was born 13 May, 1836, to Leander 
and Mary Mighill-Perley Spofford of Georgetown. Mr. Nelson re- 
sides in Georgetown. He has been a selectman many years and 
several years chairman of the board. He is a practical farmer and 
conducts a large livery stable business. To him the Perley family is 
greatly indebted for their gatherings and especially for their success. 
He has been secretary of the family from the first, in 1877. He has 
been president of the local savings bank and a member of its invest- 
ing committee. They have no children. 



BETSEY GOULD PERLEY was born 27 March, 179(3. She 
married 5 Dec, 1822, Daniel Washington Perkins, who was born 18 
Dec, 1799, to Daniel of Topsfield. He was a nephew of the 
"wealthy" Thomas Perkins, and was of Danvers at the date of his 
marriage. In his youth he was his childless uncle's favorite, and 
was offered a college education, a desk in a great mercantile house, 
or a trade. He chose the latter, and learned the trade of black- 
smith of Moses Wildes of Topsfield. He at first, after marriage, oc- 
cupied "the Pingree Farm," Georgetown, but subsequently pur- 
chased a house on Haverhill street, and worked at his craft upon 
the ringing anvil opposite. He pursued his chosen occupation till 
the infirmities of age forbade him. 

He was somewhat dissipated in his younger years, and even once 
experienced delirium ; but the Washingtonian movement about the 
year 1840, caught him in its embrace. He threw away his cups and 
never after allowed a drop of intoxicants to pass his lips. He connected 
himself with the Baptist church, and was honored with the office of 
deacon. He led an exemplary Christian life, furnishing a bright 
example of the value of temperance labor and afterwards of temper- 
ance principles. He was a man of more than ordinary strength of 
character; his attachment to his convictions was "firm as the ever- 
lasting hills"; he was steadfast in his friendships. He was honora- 
ble in all his business transactions, charitable toward the destitute 
and erring, ardent in his likes and dislikes. He died 27 Jan., 1880, 
aged eighty years. His widow, Thursday 11 March following, re- 
ceived a shock of palsy. The next day her condition was somewhat 
improved, but she remained unconscious till the next Wednesday, 
when her death ensued, 17 March, 1880, when she was eighty-three 
years of age. Both rest in Harmony Cemetery, Georgetown. 

1 Perkins children: Abigail Balch'-, Augusta W.'^, Mary Eliza'\ 
Catherine Elizabeth^ Edwin Perley^ 

• 2 Abigail B.^ was born 18 April, 1824. She became the second 
wife — published 24 Jan., 1851 — of Alfred P. Bateman of Georgetown. 
[His first wife was Rosamond L. Tenney, married 27 Aug., 1843, 
and died 16 Sept., 1848, aged twenty-four.] He was a dry and fancy 
goods merchant. Issue: Rosa Amandal 

3 Augusta W.^ was born 8 Oct., 1826, and died, unmarried, 1.5 
June, 1855. Mary Eliza^ was born 12 July, 1829, and died, by chok- 
ing, 23 Aug., 1830. 

4 Catherine E.^ was born 16 June, 1832. She married 5 or 23 
Oct., 1848, William B. Richards, son of John and Jane Richards. 
She died in Georgetown of consumption 7 Sept., 1851, at the age of 
nineteen, without issue. Her epitaph is in Harmony Cemetery, 
Georgetown, thus: 

Tread lightly here! This littlfi earthly mound 
Wraps a loved form, to memory ever dear; 
Tread lightly here! This spot is hallowed ground. 
Devote to friendship's and affection's tear. 


[Mr. Richards married, second, 27 Feb., 1853, Julia Amanda Nelson, 
born 30 April, 1829, to Albert and Julia G. -Saunders Nelson of Boxford. 
They reside in Haverhill, where he is proprietor of a livery stable. 
Issue: Frederick; Benjamin; Oscar Williard, born 27 May, 1859, 
died 19 Jan., 1861; Harry Milton, born 20 May, 1861, died 3 Jan., 
1865; these last two repose also in Harmony Cemetery.] 

5 Edwin P.^ was born 19 June, 1836. He married 3 Dec, 1860, 
Elizabeth Gardner Harriman, who was born 11 Aug., 1836, to Sam- 
uel Harriman of Groveland. Their home is Georgetown, where he 
is deacon in the Memorial Church. Issue: Carrie Augusta, born 29 
Oct., 1864 and died of scarlet fever 20 Aug., 1871; Harry Edwin^ 

6 Rosa A."'^ was born in Georgetown, Mass., 1 March, 1858, and 
married in Haverhill, Mass., in Sept., 1877, Walter R. Pickering, a 
shoemaker, who was born in Newburyport, Mass., 10 Jan., 1857, to 
Paul R. and Prudence D.-Noyes Pickering. She died in George- 
town in December, 1880. [Mr. Pickering married, second, in Ha- 
verhill, Mass., 30 May, 1884, Grace Donnel of Auburn, Me.] Perley- 
Pickering issue: Florence B., born 27 Jan., 1878, died 13 Nov., 
1904; Charles S., born 23 Dec, 1880, residing in Georgetown. 

7 Harry E.^ was born 8 Dec, 1873, and was a graduate of the 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. He married in 
Providence, R. I., 23 P'eb., 1905, Lettie Louise Tilley, born in Provi- 
dence, R. I., 1 Dec, 1880, to William John, in United States postal 
service, and Adelaide-Holmes Tilley. Mr. Perkins is a lawyer of 



ALLEN PERLEY was born on the old Perley place just north 
of the Old Linebrook Cemetery, Ipswich, 5 Sept., 1789. He settled 
as a farmer in Rowley. He was chosen captain of the Old Rowley 
militia company, and commanded it several years. He was a man 
of integrity and was esteemed by his people. He married Martha 
Hale Cressey 12 or 15 May. 1816. She was born in Rowley, (in the 
old Cressey house that was destroyed by fire), 27 April, 1792, to Mark 
and Elizabeth-Edwards Cressey. She died of pneumonia 24 Feb., 
1871; he died of palsy and pneumonia 22 P'eb., 1876. 

1 Perley children: Mark Cressey-363, Martha Hale-364, Eme- 
line'^ Edna Jewett^ Elizabeth Mary^ Eliza-Mary^ Allen-365, Charles 
Henry^ William-366. 

2 Emeline^ was born 8 April, 1821, and married 9 July, 1856, 
Henry Bixby of Natick, born in Ho})kinton to Cromwell and Lydia 
Bixby. She died, probably in Stoneham, 12 Sept., 1859. 

3 Edna J.^ was born in Rowley 6 Sept., 1823, and 27 Dec, 1852, 
became the second wife of Thomas William Davis, born in Oswes- 
try, Shropshire (Salop), England, 22 April, 1818. He was counted 
among the finest musicians of Boston, followed the profession thirty- 
seven years and was well known and esteemed by the musical fra- 
ternity in Boston and New York. He died 11 April, 1877, in 
Everett, his widow in Somerville in October, 1901. Frank Mark, 


their son, was born 8 Jan., 1855, graduated from Boston University 
Law School with the degree of LL. B., and practised law in Boston. 
Mr. Davis (father and son.'') married twice. It appears that one of 
the three "died Aug. 2, 1902." 

4 Elizabeth M.^ was born 1 Jan., 1826, and died of quincy 11 
Aug., same year. 

5 Eliza M.^ was born in Rowley 28 Feb., 1828, and married there 
31 Dec, 1852, Edwin Bainbridge Lane, a flour merchant, who was 
born in Hampton, N. H., 3 Jan., 1826, to Ebenezer, a farmer, and 
Sarah-Emery Lane. Mr. Lane was postmaster at Hampton, 1852- 
56. During his life in Arlington, Mass, his present home, he has 
been closely associated with the Arlington Orthodox Congregational 
Church — a deacon for many years, superintendent of the Sunday 
School and leader of the choir. Mrs. Lane died in Arlington 23 
April, 1899. Lane issue: Walter Perley''; Frank Edwin'*, 

6 Charles H.^ was born 1 Sept., 1832, married in Charlestown, 

Hester C. . Their business was boarding and lodging. He went 

West and located at Boise City, to which place he invited his wife, 
but she declined to go. It is understood that Mr. Perley died after 
a few years' sojourn at Boise City. "Charles H. Perley," a veteran 
of the Civil War, late a dealer in fruits in Spokane, Wash., now an 
inmate of the Confederate Soldiers' Home, Higginsville, Mo., may 
be this man, for all we have learned from six letters, neither an- 
swered nor returned. The last we knew of Mrs. Perley's career was 
read in the Boston Post newspaper of 3 Sept., 1893. She was located 
near the East Somerville railway station, and died not many years 

7 Walter P.*^ was born in South Reading — now Wakefield — 29 
March, 1856. He married in Westerly, R. I., 9 Aug., 1877, Anna 
Lawrence, born in West Cambridge, — now Arlington, — Mass., 9 
May, 1857, to Henry Lafayette, dealer in provisions, and Lucy 
Maria-Ham Lawrence. Mr. Lane is a manager. Their home is 
Arlington, Mass. Issue: Edwin Lawrence, born in Arlington 24 
Nov., 1878, a Harvard graduate, class 1903, now with the Isaac 
Prouty Shoe Co., Spencer, Mass., and unmarried. 

8 Frank E.*^ was born in Arlington, Mass., 19 Jan., 1867. He 
received the degree A. B. from Harvard in 1889. He has taught 
mathematics at Milton Academy for thirteen years and now holds 
the position of bursar. He is treasurer of the Arlington Orthodox 
Congregational Church. He married in Arlington 10 July, 1900, 
Annie May Baston, of the same town, who was born 24 July, 1872, 
to James, a carpenter and builder, and Mary Hammond-Bacon 
Baston. Their home is Milton. Their child: Elizabeth Lane, born 
7 Dec, 1903. 



JOSEPH BURPEE PERLEY was born in Ipswich-Linebrook 
28 Sept., 1791. He built his home near the new cemetery, lately 
the property of Ezekiel P. Potter, and destroyed by fire 29 Dec, 


1886. Upon the sale to Potter, he occupied his parental farm. 
Later he purchased for his son Charles M. the ancestral estate of the 
Perley family, which, except a few years, has been in the Perley 
name since 3 July, 1651, when it was granted Allan-1. 

The local newspaper thus noticed his death: "He was in his 
usual health on the morning of his demise. He ate his breakfast as 
usual and removed himself from the table, when he began to talk in- 
coherently, and then seemed to be fainting. His son, Charles M., 
caught him as he was about to fall, when one frightful shriek sig- 
naled the end, which came a few minutes later quietly and peace- 
fully as 'balmy sleep.' 

Of no distemper, of no blast he died, 

But fell like autumn fruit that mellowed long, 

Even wondered at, because he dropt no sooner. 

Fate seemed to wind him up for fourscore years. 

Yet freshly ran he on ten winters more, 

Till like a clock worn out by eating time, 

The wheels of weary life at last stood still." 

He was a farmer, a man who never overworked and was never 
idle. He was diligent, careful, frugal, and many years before his 
death had laid up in store a competence. He was a good illustration 
of that steady, quiet, persevering purpose which is rare to see. So 
far removed from the town center, he was never vested with civic 
authority; he never sought it. He had a desire to owe no man 
aught ; and to pay the worth of what he had, that what he possessed 
might be his own. His generous disposition showed itself more es- 
pecially in his later years. He was kind, generous, and fatherly 
provident to his children. 

He married 11 Sept., 1837, Hannah Pearson Tappan, a lady of 
culture, born 22 Feb., 1809, to Capt. Sewell and Hannah Tappan of 
Newburyport. She was the widow of Joseph Johnson, son of James 
and Charlotte-204, of that city. She died of consumption 2.5 July, 
1870, at the age of sixty-one years, and was buried in Newburyport. 
He died 10 March, 1885, aged ninety-three years, five months and ten 
days. He was at the first Perley Reunion, the oldest Perley on the 

1 Perley children: Elizabeth Green-367, Hannah Sewell-368, 
Louis Richmond", Charles Melville-369, Laura Annette-370. 

2 Louis Richmond^ born 24 Oct., 1843, is unmarried and lives in 



ABRAHAM PERLEY was born 23 Oct., 1793. He lived at 
first on the "Lavalette place" on the hill north of the present 
Lavalette place in Ipswich-Linebrook. Here his son David was 
born. He settled in life upon the farm that was once Taverner John 
Smith's. The old tavern or garrison house with its brick-inlaid, 



bullet-proof walls was a noticeable feature of the premises for many 

years. It stood right opjoosite 

the north end of the mammoth 

barn of today. Mr. Perley's 

house stood just east of the 

tavern and his barn just 

north of his house. There he 

established an extensive trade 

in cattle. Often he had a 

hundred or more cows let out in various. parts of the country while 

he held a considerable herd at home for exchange. 

He married his cousin Mary Periey-94 1 June, 1820. She was 
born 26 Dec, 1800. Their tomb records are as follows: 

i subscribed a letter to bei- sister at 
Bradford Academy 23 Aug., 1816. 


To the Memory of 


wife of 

Mr. Abraham Pcrlcy 

Who died Nov. 16, 1824, 

^t. 24 

Early in life— few were her years, 
licr friends lament— were bathed in tears; 
r.nt all was right— God took her home; 
Rut left her body in this tomb. 
Here to remain in this cold groimd 
Till Christ shall give the solemn sound: 
Come forth ye dead! Come at my call! 
My grace redeemed you from the fall. 

Fair well, my partner and infant dear. 
If aught on earth would keep me hear 
T^ould be my love for you; 
But Jesus calls my soul away, 
Josus forbids my longer stay: 
My dearest friends, adieu. 



Nov. 25, 1861, 

Aged 68. 

1 Their only child: David Tullar-371. 



DANIEL JEWETT PERLEY was born 23 Jan., 1797. At 
the age of six years he went to live with his uncle Daniel Jewett of 
Rowley, for whom he was named. He attended school in Hopkin- 
ton, N. H., where he joined the Congregational church there. He 
fitted for college at Dummer Academy, Newbury-Byfield, and in 
1819 graduated at Harvard College. He studied medicine with 
Dr. Joseph Kittridge of Andover. He began practice in Sedgewick 



and Bluefield, Me. He taught school in Bangor, and finally settled 
in Orono, now Oldtown. 

His rides were long and tedious. The roads were narrow and 
poor, often drifted with snow or muddy from rain. His fees were 
small and often amounted to zero. He was assiduous, charitable, 
skillful. He amassed a good property, but it had wings. Neverthe- 
less, he left a handsome estate. His skill, experience and good 
judgment carried him long distances frequently for consultation. 


He spent his last years writing books of medicine and history which 
he intended to publish. He wrote nights into the "wee sma' hours," 
and then retired to plan the writing of the next day. 

His eye-sight and memory were good to the last. Owing to a 
heart trouble, he took excellent care of himself, but once he was 
careless : he went riding in a strong wind without adequate clothing. 
He was chilled. After a day's struggle he took his bed, and passed 
quietly away. 

Dr. Perley attended the Centennial in 1876, and the Perley con- 
vention in 1877 in Georgetown, and hoped to meet the Perleys in 
convention again in 1880. He died 3 July, 1879. 

His first wife, married 28 Jan., 1828, was Mary Brown Lovejoy, 



born 30 June, 1806, to Col. Stephen, a mill owner, and Hannah- 
Hastings Lovejoy of Gardiner, Me. She was a teacher in Oldtovvn, 
a lady of great amiability and purity of character. Her father, Col. 
Lovejoy, declined a general's commission; her mother was of Vassal- 
boro. Me. She died after three days' sickness of pneumonia, 29 
Sept., 1863. He married, second, 31 Jan., 1869, widow Elizabeth 
Scott of Houlton, Me., born in 1835. She was burned to death at 
her home in Great Works, Me., in 1878. She occupied an upper 
tenement in a house which she rented to three families. A defec- 
tive flue next her room caused the fire. She stopped too long to 
gather her valuables. When she opened her door the hall was 
aflame. She had a daughter who lived with her and a son who 
lived in Savannah, Ga. 

1 Perley children: Emma Jane Gardner-372, Van Rensselaer'-, 
Daniel Webster\ Aura Martha'-, Eliza Howe-373, Allen Putnam-374. 

SITE UK 1»U. L'KUl.Ki ■•> lUKilU'LAt K. 

This house stands on the site of Dr. Daniel J. Perley's birthplace, and is built almost 
entirely of the old house in which he was born. 

2 Van R.i was born 16 Feb., 1832, and died 18 Aug., 1839. Aura 
M.' was born S June, 1838, and died 10 Sept., 1855. 

3 Daniel W.' was born 4 July, 1835. His father wrote of him: 
''The outline of his face and his expression bore striking indications 
of mental genius. He had a large head, black hair, large, coal-black 
eyes, keenly penetrating as with significant design, aquiline nose, 
ruddy complexion, height six feet, naturally well built, square and 
erect, but was somewhat stunted in breadth and expansion of chest 
and shoulders by a corroding habit. He was unsurpassed in scholar- 
ship, in English composition and forensic display. At the age of 
thirteen he was reading 'Cicero on Oratory' and the Greek Testa- 
ment." He died 14 Aug., 18.54. 



ELIZA PERLEY was born 12 April, 1799. She married 28 
June, 1818, Aaron Howe, who was born 10 April, 1768, to Nathaniel 
and Hannah-Emerson-20 Howe, a neighbor. At marriage, he was 
fifty and she nineteen. They resided in the second "old Howe 


house" — a house that stood nearly opposite the first "old How 
house," that was built by and sheltered the immigrant ancestor of 
this branch of the Howe family. The latter was built about 1692 
and was taken down in 1840. It was in the same style as the 
former which is shown in the picture above. The picture and the 
well near Mrs. Eliza H. Perley's barn will fix the site very nearly. 
The house was built probably not far this side of the year 1700. It 
was razed and the barn removed there about 1858. It stood within 
a score of rods (see map in family-203) of the house of Mrs. Eliza- 



Nov. 11, 1S55, 

iEt. 87 y's. & 7 m's. 

"Be ye also ready." 

liLIZA P. 

wife of 



Apr. 27, 1882, 

^t. 83 yrs. 15 dys. 

Faithful In all the relations of life, 
seeking others' good rather than her own, 
she always made home happy. 

beth Howe-6, who was condemned as a witch and hanged 19 July, 
1692, though Rev. Samuel Phillips and Rev. Edward Payson and 
nine other persons testified in court to her exemplary Christian 
character. Rev. Benjamin Howe (1807-1883), a beloved pastor 



(1871-83), of the church of that parish, was born there. Rev. Na- 
thaniel Howe (1764-1837), the celebrated minister of Hopkinton, 
whose "Century Sermon" was noticed by the North American Re- 
view, passed through several editions, and was translated in foreign 
languages, was born there. 

Referring again to the picture, "the old oaken bucket" is how 
supplanted by a cucumber - wood pump. The timbers^? the 
barn that occupies the site of the old house are thos^^^^Q^^iLGorigind^' 
barn. . ., ■'—"< — TS — 

Mr. Howe's widow removed, a score of rods, to the residence of 
her daughter, Mrs. William P. Perley, and occupied a part of the 
house. They are buried in the Linebrook Cemetery. 

Their only child is Eliza-203. 



MARIA PERLEY was born 10 March, 1799, and married 28 
Nov., 1822, Samuel Dane Dodge, who was born on the site of the 
first house west of Scott's Hill, Linebrook Parish, to Andrew and 
p:iizabeth-Dane Dodge 3 (Bible record) or 23 March, 1799. They 
resided in Hamilton till 1830, when he bought, near his birthplace, 
the Metcalf farm of one hundred acres for $.575. After his death, it 
became the Lavalette farm. The last years of his life he was a 
member of the Linebrook church. He was a good neighbor and an 
extensive and thrifty farmer. 

Their tomb records read as follows: 


May 24, I860 

2Et. 61 y'rs. 2 mo's. 

Bless I ed are 
the dead | who die 
in the I Lord 


wife of 
Samuel D. Dodge 

Died Sept. 1, 1852, 
Aged 53 

Our Mother 

Prompt to perform the duties of her sphere 
Her hand industrious and her heart sincere 
By all who knew her and her virtues proved 
She died lamented as she lived beloved 

1 Dodge children : Lucinda"^, Eliza Ann^ Andrew^ Maria Perleyl 

2 Lucinda^ was born 8 Aug., 1823, in Hamilton, and 15 Oct., 
1840, married Edward Millett, a trader and butcher, of Rowley, who 
was born 27 March, 1821, to Joshua and Deborah-Howe Millett-51^1 
They lived on the Newburyport Turnpike in Rowley. Mrs. Millett 
was continually in poor health. She died of consumption 25 July, 
1861. His second wife, married 9 Dec, 1862, was Mrs. Allethea 
Huntington-Wells Meed, who was born 4 Sept., 1828, to Daniel and 


Betsey M. -Smith Wells, and was widow of Thomas J. Meed, a native 
of Candia, N. H., whom she married 23 Dec, 1849, and who died 29 
Aug., 1856, aged thirty. Mr. and Mrs. Millett died— she 15 Sept., 
1890, he 27 Dec., 1890. Millett issue: Lizzie Ellen, who died in in- 
fancy 14 Jan., 1841; Eliza Ann"; Sarah Maria, born 29 Oct., 1843, 
and died 17 April, 1856; George Dane, born 5 Nov., 1846, and died 
12 Oct., 1869; Edward Andrew^; Emily Augusta^; Samuel Dane, 
born 12 Jan., 1853, and died, a butcher, 12 Feb., 1874; Alphonzo, 
born in June, 1857, and died 16 Oct., 1858; Lizzie Ellen, born 23 
Dec, 1864, and died 1 Jan., 1874. 

3 Eliza A.^ was born 14 March, 1827, and died 21 April, 1829. 

4 Andrew^ was born 19 Sept., 1834. (His father's Bible reads 
1835, and another record reads 1833.) He married 3 June, 1852, 
Ruth Emily Brown-51'^ who was born 9 April, 1833. She died in 
Peabody, his present home, 24 Sept., 1903. He was by trade a 
butcher and meat cutter. In 1873 he was the landlord of the Custer 
House in Salem and later a landlord in Peabody. He was em- 
ployed in a managing capacity by Josiah B. Thomas, the mil- 
lioniare, of Peabody, in the butchering and provision business, more 
than thirty-nine years. Dodge issue: Maria Jane^; Luke, born 29 
Sept. and died 9 or 10 Dec, 1853; Cornelia, born 17 July, 1855, and 
died 17 Sept., 1856; Abbie Lavinia, born 8 or 12 Nov., 1859, and 
died 27 March, 1860; Loretta Story, born 25 or 28 P^eb., 1861, and 
died 17 or 25 April, 1863, choked with a date stone; Samuel Dane, 
born 17 Feb., 1876, who is living, unmarried, in Rowley, a railroad 
coachman for Boynton's stable. 

5 Maria P.^ was born 16 Nov., 1839, and 27 Sept., 1855, married 
P3dward Daniel Saunders, born 12 Oct., 1834, to Amos N. and Eliza- 
beth-Clark Saunders of Rowley. She died of fever in Rowley 23 
Nov., 1860, aged (sic) "twenty-one years, three months, ten days." 
[Saunders married, second, a Widow Tibbetts of Rowley, and by 
her had one child, a daughter Bertie.] Dodge-Saunders issue: Ella 
Maria, born 16 June and died 27 Dec, 1856; Edward, born 16 Oct., 
1857, removed to Maine; Harrington, born 16 Oct., 1859, and he 
"has one son living, but we do not know his address." These 
"16's" are correct as given. 

6 Eliza A.^ was born 14 Nov., 1841, and 27 Aug., 1862, married 
Moses S. Saunders, son of Amos N. and Elizabeth-Pickard Saun- 
ders, and died without issue 26 April, 1863, while her husband was 
in the war. He died 30 May, 1895. 

7 Edward A.'- was born in Ipswich 19 Oct., 1849, and married 30 
Sept., 1871, Elizabeth Blanchard Rundlett, born in Newburyport 21 
March, 1850, to Oliver and Mehitable-Plummer Rundlett of Rowley, 
a native of Newburyport. Mr. Millett is a contractor and builder in 
Rowley. Millett issue: Edward Oliver^"; Ralph Arnold"; Fred 
Bartlett, born 19 Aug., 1882, who is unmarried and in business in 
Kearney, Neb. 

8 Emily A.'^ was born 15 Sept., 1851. She married Horace M. 
Scott, a stone mason and contractor. She died 27 Jan., 1875, leav- 
ing a child, Mabel L., born in Lynn, and died in Dan vers 4 July, 
1877, aged four years and. (Dan vers) seven and (Rowley) four 
months. [Mr. Scott has his third wife. His wife Hannah M. Pear- 


son, born in Gloucester, bore him two children : Harold Madison, 
born 8 Aug , 1885, and Mary H., born 5 Sept., 1889.] 

9 Maria J. •* was born 11 Sept., 1852, and 19 July, 1873, married 
Lyman Blanchard Daniels, born 19 Sept., 1857, to Amos Klanchard 
and Lucy Mary-Kneeland Daniels of Rowley. He resides in Row- 
ley and is by trade a shoemaker. She married, second, George 
Albert Peabody, a shoemaker by trade, 21 March, 1883, when she 
was thirty, and he was thirty-two, having been born in Georgetown 
31 Dec, 1850, to Francis Dana and Almira-Kneeland Peabody. She 
resides in Rowley. Daniels issue: Minnie Dodge''^. Peabody issue: 
George Albert, born 24 June, and died 5 Aug., 188(3; George Albert, 
born 21 Aug., 1887, and died 22 Feb., 1888; a son stillborn 7 April, 

10 Edward O." was born 21 May, 1876. He was an advertising 
manager. He married Lillian M. Crowdis of Salem and had Lelia 
Marion, born 5 Dec, 1897. He drowned 6 Oct., 1904. 

11 Ralph A.'' was born 4 Feb., 1878, married and lives in Rowley. 

12 Minnie D.'* was born in Peabody 9 Dec, 1873. She married 
in New York City 14 P"eb., 1904, Christian Bambach, who was born 
there (i July, 1878, to John Henry and Laura Virginia-Hinton Bam- 
bach. Mrs. Bambach was a stenographer, her husband is an insur- 
ance broker and his father a court crier. 



SILAS PERLEY was born 24 Oct., 1800, in Ipswich-Line- 
brook, in the house now standing at the junction of the roads next 
west of the old cemetery, and pictured on page IGt). He was a 
strong-built muscular man. He was a peer of the best in the pas- 
times of his day, in wrestling and other athletic sports, and could 
swing the emblem of "ruthless time" through the heaviest grass 
with equal skill and ease, or lift weight. 

He was a man of versatile talent, of varied business ability and 
excellent judgment and could conduct with success any yeoman en- 
terprise. As a farmer, he dug profit from sterile soil and employed 
his winters in timbering, furnishing large quantities of material for 
the shipyards of Essex. He built some six or eight gondolas for 
boating salt hay or grass on Rowley river. He had three afloat at 
one time. These fiat-bottomed boats, of fifteen to twenty-five tons, 
were constructed on the triangle between the roads in front of his 
residence, and were drawn by eight to a dozen yoke of oxen to the 
Warehouse landing in Rowley-Ill. This may have given rise to the 
sobriquet of "Linebrook Long Wharf." 

In middle life he was butcher and boot and shoe manufacturer. 
The latter he pursued winters mostly, and as a means by which 
he might more easily collect in work the trust of the butcher 

He was a Democrat in warp and woof, and woe to the man who 
assailed the doctrine. His political faith was in Jefferson and Jack- 

g26 THE perley family 

son, and his array of facts was as "Thick as autumn leaves that strow 
the brooks in Vallombrosa." 

He was fond of the militia; he was a member of a company of 
cavalry in the Second Brigade and Second Division of the State 
troops. He was appointed sergeant at Essex 2 June, 1820, and re- 
appointed at Andover 30 Sept., 1824. He was also clerk of the 
company. He was elected cornet 26 Aug., 1828, and 15 Sept. the 
same year was commissioned by Gov. Levi Lincoln, This troop of 
horse was called " The Washington Huzzas." His ensign, epaulettes 
and spurs are a treasure of his son. The banner's obverse pictures 
an eagle clutching the national escutcheon in his talons, surmounted 
with the motto: "We aim to protect what our fathers obtained," 
and subscribed "The Washington Huzzas," The reverse pictures 
the State seal, surmounted with "I wave in triumph or fall in death," 
subscribed with the name. The company trained but a few times 
before the general disbandment of the militia 30 May, 1831, 

He went boating 28 Aug,, 18(51, as he had been hundreds of times 
before. In "towing up," he must cross a creek, and clad as he was 
with heavy overcoat and heavy marsh boots, he thought better, no 
doubt, to go above and cross in shallow water, than to attempt to 
swim ; so throwing the tow rope to one who had already swam the 
fast making tide, he sought to cross above. Strange enough he 
chose the only fatal spot within rods of that one. He walked into a 
gully, became entangled in eel-grass and perished. 

Mr. Perley married, Rev. Moses Welch of the local church offi- 
ciating, 11 April, 1832, his cousin Elizabeth Perley-94\ She was 
born 19 April, 1798, the anniversary of a patriotism that changed 
history, geography, economics, politics and social life. She studied 
in Bradford Academy, under the famous preceptor Benjamin Green- 
leaf. She excelled in penmanship and sketching. A few specimens 
of her art and taste in India-ink are treasured by her son. Studying 
in the academy at the same time were Humphrey C. Cogswell and 
John Dexter, Jr., of Ipswich, Ira, Sally and Mary Perley of Boxford, 
Wm. G. Lambert of Rowley, Mehitable Gould, Elizabeth Averill 
and Elizabeth P. Emerson of Topsfield. 

In memory of 


Son of Silas and 

Elizabeth Perley 

who died 

May 11, 1S40, 

Aged 7 years. 

Thy long and patient sorrows are all past. 
Thy suffering clay has found repose at last. 
The quiet stone that covers now thy tomb. 
Awhile may shroud thy slumbers with its gloom ; 
But faith's kind hand shall roll that stone away, 
And hie thy presence to immortal day. 

She taught the school in her home district, where she was taught 
in her girlhood, A mother of tender memory, she died at the home 



of her son in Gloucester 5 Jan., 1873. She was interred in the Line- 
brook cemetery by the side of her husband and son Andrew. Their 
tomb records are as follows : 





28, ISGl, 

^t. 60 

v'rs 10 mo's. 


: think 

ye ready, for 
not the Son 

in such an hour 
of Man Cometh. 




widow of Silas 


Jan. 5, 1ST3 

;Et. 74 yi-s. 8 mos. 16 dys. 

A worthy woman, devoted to her own, 
cliaritalile to all: her memory is dear. 

1 Perley children : Andrew Jackson"^, Martin Van Buren-375. 

2 Andrew^ was born 24 March, 1833. 



JOHN PERLEY was born in Ipswich-Linebrook 24 April, 1804. 
His brother Humphrey said that John moved twenty-seven times. 
He lived in Boxford, Topsfield and Ipswich. He once kept a small 
grocery in "the old garrison," or tavern of John Smith-191. He 
bought of Israel Conant, 5 April, 1837, a house standing far back of 
the present residence of James Kinnear and then leased it to his father 
John for $175 during his natural life. The house was later removed 
and became the fourth house west of Bull brook in Linebrook 
Parish. Selling, he finally built a house in Topsfield, about a mile 
from his birthplace. He there cultivated a small farm and worked 
with his boys at shoemaking. His family dropped off, one by one, 
till he was left alone, and continued so to live. 

Sunday evening, 4 Jan., 1880, some of his neighbors dropped 
in to chat with him awhile. That was the last time he was 
seen alive. Thursday following the neighbors bethought them they 
had not seen him for several days and effecting an entrance into his 
house found him dead in bed. The room was found as it was left 
Sunday night and it was believed he died that night. His cows and 
horse were almost famished in their stalls. He appeared as if the 
end came without a struggle. 

Mr. Perley was an industrious, genial, kind-hearted man. He 
lived easy and comfortable, and though not rich was not poor. He 
dreaded the experience of boarding ; he loved the independence of 
his home. He was a good neighbor and citizen, and esteemed. The 
Georgetown Advocate concludes an extended notice of him thus : 

"The sad death of Mr. Perley has cast a gloom upon the neigh- 
borhood. Mr. Perley was an honest, upright and esteemed citizen, 
possessing many virtues, and as a neighbor genial and willing to aid. 
He leaves a considerable property. Sudden deaths have been com- 
mon to his family. His mother and his wife being both found dead 



and his eldest son havdng fallen out of his chair in an appoplectic 

His wife, married 1 May, 1827, was Lydia Town, born 3 Aug., 
1822, to Ebenezer and Lydia-Averell Town of Topsfield. She was 
found dead in her bed 22 May, 1873. They and their sons repose 
in the North Cemetery, Topsfield. 

1 Perley children: Lydia Ann-376, John Sylvester*, Hosea 

2 J. Sylvester^ was born 21 March, 1830. He never married. 
He was by trade a shoemaker; he was a quick and good workman 
and laid up money, which the long time of his sickness consumed. 
He was a paralytic. He fell from his chair and died instantly 11 
Feb., 1874, at his home with Joseph N. Pope of Boxford. It was 
thought he experienced another shock. 

3 Hosea^ (named for Hosea Ballou, D.D.-24'',) was born 9 July, 
1834. He never married. He was a general trader. In the winter 
of 1874-5 he fractured his leg; inflammatory rheumatism succeeded 
and terminated his life, 4 Jan., 1875. 



HUMPHREY PERLEY was born 30 Jan., 1808, in Ipswich, 
Mass., in the house pictured on page 166. He married Eunice, 
daughter of Thomas and Lydia -Guilford Peabody of Topsfield, 


16 Sept., 1844. She was born in Topsfield 19 Nov., 1824. Mr. Per- 
ley was always a farmer. In 1843 he bought a lot of land lying in 
Ipswich and Topsfield, near Hood's pond, the line of the two towns 
running through the house which he built upon the lot in 1843 and 1844. 
In 1857 he removed to his late farm in Boxford, to the house pictured 
on page 171, and a year later took the old house down, and built a 
new house here shown. At this place, Mr. and Mrs. Perley spent 
the remainder of their lives. Mrs. Perley died 4 Sept., 1898, at the 
age of seventy-three; and Mr. Perley died 4 Nov., 1901, at the age of 
ninety-three years and nine months, being at the time of his death 





the oldest man in the town. Their house is now owned and occupied 
by their daughter, Mrs. Emily J. Chase. 

1 Perley children: Elbridge-377, Emily Jane-B78, Humphrey- 
379, Sidney-380. 



JOHN LANGDON PERLEY was born in Laconia, N. H., 10 
June, 1805. He was many years a physician in his native town. As 
years advanced, he turned his attention more and more to farming. 


He and his son Lewis were among the leading farmers of his County. 
The County Agricultural Society's fair grounds were near their res- 
idence. When visiting Dr. Perley one fall at the time of the Cattle Show 
and Fair, Mrs. Perley presented the writer with the apples pictured 
above, saying "they would have taken a premium if they'd had a name — 
will you name them.''" He replied that "Perley" was a good enough 
name for the best of fruit. 

Mr. Perley was appointed postmaster 21 May, 1829, vice Stephen 
Perley resigned. He died in Laconia 18 Sept., 1888. He married 
at Meredith Bridge 20 Feb., 1839, Dora Prescott Rundlett, born 13 
Dec, 1819, to Josiah, a farmer and stone mason, and Betsey-Potter 
Rundlett of Gilmanton, now Belmont. She died in Laconia in 
May, 1897. 

1 Perley children: John Langdon-, Dora Augusta^ and Mary 
Anne"*, Lewis Stephen'', Clara Elizabeth*', Marie Huntress". 

2 John^ was born 10 Dec, 1839. The first answer received in our 


voluminous correspondence in compiling this history was dated 20 
June, 1S67, and contained the following: "John Langdon enlisted in 
the United States Cavalry, 19 Aug., 18tU, was at Carlisle, Pa., about 
four months, then was Lieut, in the New England Cavalry, which 
was afterwards called First Rhode Island Cavalry, was located near 
Warrenton, Fa., sometime skirmishing, etc., and near Catlett's Sta- 
tion he was taken sick, and died 9 June, 1802, 
respected and beloved by all who knew him." (^j~/ /3 y 

A Boston newspaper says: "The veterans ^^'^^-^fCy^r-^uiC^ 
of the late war named their Post 'John L. Per- •'^ 

lev Post' in honor of this young man. The signature to the first let- 

_--' ..... - T • T) 1 i. *''!■ received in the <'otupl- 

Post has a jurisdiction oi Laconia, lielmont, latum of this genealogy, 2g 
and parts of Gilmanton, Gilford, and Sanborn- ■'"""• ^^°^- 
ton. Col. Thomas Cogswell department commander for 1890 and 
some time candidate for governor of the State (a graduate of Dart- 
mouth in 1803) is, and Col. Thomas. J. Whipple of Laconia, a vet- 
eran of the wars of 1812 and the Rebellion, was a member of the 
Post. The Post disburses about $150 yearly, and in 1890, decorated 
the graves of one hundred and forty-five soldiers." A Boston news- 
paper said: "Lt. Perley was a member of the 1st Battalion, New 
Hampshire Cavalry, Troop M, and enlisted in August, 1801. He 
was attacked with malarial fever at Camp Mudd, Warrington, Va., 
in May, 1802, and returned home shortly after, and died in June fol- 
lowing from the result of exposure." 

8 Dora A.^ was born twin with Mary A.^ 18 Sept., 1841. She 
married in Laconia, where they reside, 3 Oct., 1877, Jacob Sanborn, 
a farmer, who was born 13 Jan., 1843, to William Hunt, a farmer, 
and Sally-Dame Sanborn of Moultonboro, N, H. Sanborn child: 
Pearl Smith, born 19 Dec, 1879, is a graduate of Smith College, 
class of 1904. 

4 Mary A.' was born twin with Dora A.' 18 Sept., 1841, and mar- 
ried in Laconia 19 Sept., 1871, Josiah P^owle Sturtevant, a druggist, 
who was born in Center Harbor, N. H., 22 June, 1827, to Ward C., 
a farmer, and Lucetta-Dalton Sturtevant. Their home is Laconia. 
They have no children. 

5 Lewis S.' was born in Meredith, the part now Laconia, 22 
Aug., 1845. He is a civil engineer and one of the leading agricul- 
turists of the County and an officer in the County society. He is 
also largely engaged in manufacturing as a member of the Laconia 
Woolen Company. His home is the parental estate, ''beautiful for 
situation," having a fine view of Lake Winnipiseogee. He married 
in Laconia Dec, 1888, Clara Louise Knowlton, who was born in 
Meredith 25 June, 1809, to Rachel-Batchelder and John Knowlton, a 
farmer. Their children are Lew Knowlton, born 27 July, 1890; 
Marian Louise, born 10 Jan., 1893; John Russell, born 25 Nov., 
1900. These in the public schools took excellent rank in their re- 
spective grades. 

Clara E.^ was born 3 July, 1848, in Laconia. She married 29 
May, 1873, Albert Lane Norris, who was born in Epping, N. H., 4 
March, 1839. His father was Greenleaf Rufus Norris, a tanner, 
shoemaker and farmer; his mother was Lucinda Lane. Greenleaf 
died 15 April, 1840; and Lucinda, 20 Jan., 1899; and both at Epp- 


ing. Mr. Norris was educated at Phillips-Exeter Academy 1855-5G- 
57. He received his medical degree at Harvard College in 1865. He 
was a surgeon in the army 1864-65-66, is a member of the Loyal 
Legion, U. S. A. He studied in Europe in 1S69 and 1870 and prac- 
tised in hospitals in Berlin, Vienna, London and Edinburgh. Wiley 
University honored him with the degree of A. M. in 1890. He trav- 
eled abroad with his family in 1873 and 1890. He is a member of 
several medical and literary societies, and has been a physician of 
large practice for thirty-five years in Cambridge, Mass. Norris chil- 
dren, born in Cambridge, Mass. : Albert Perley, 29 Sept., 1 874, a grad- 
uate of Mass. Inst, of Technology in 1897, and of Harvard Medical 
College in 1903, physician residing in Cambridge; Clara Maud, 21 
Sept., 1877, received degree of A. B. at Smith College in 1901, A. M. 
at Boston University in 1902, teacher in Newburyport High School 
since 1903; Grace May, 11 June, 1881, received degree of A. B. at 
Smith College in 1904, residing with her parents. 

7 Marie H.^ was born in Lowell, Mass., 14 Feb., 1862, to John, 
machinist, and Marianna-Gordon Huntress. When a little child her 
mother died and she was taken and cared for by the family of Dr. 
Perley. They educated her. She graduated from the N. H. State 
Normal School in 1884. She was never adopted, 3'et her name was 
legally changed to Perley. She graduated from the manual training 
department of Teachers' College, Columbia University, New York, 
in 1903. She has taught twelve years in public schools in California, 
two years in a missionary school of Honolulu, H. T., and is now 
teaching manual training in the Central State Normal School, Mt. 
Pleasant, Mich. 



MARTHA MARIA PERLEY was born in Laconia, N. H., 19 
Nov., 1815. She married Rev. Joseph Plummer Atkinson 22 Oct., 
1835, while he was preaching in her native town. Mr. Atkinson was 
born in Gloucester, Mass., 17 Oct., 1810. He studied with Rev. 
Thomas Whittemore, a noted expounder of the universal doctrine. 
His first pulpit was at Hingham. He went to Laconia early in the 
summer of 1835 to preach and teach school. He had settlements at 
Marblehead, Orleans and Orange, Mass., and Westbrook, Me. He 
entered upon his work at Marblehead in April, 1842, and resigned 3 
Aug., 1845. He died 27 Dec, 1888; she 27 Feb., 1904. 

An extended notice of Mrs. Atkinson's life and death appeared 
in the Laconia Democrat, 4 March, 1904, from which we copy to 
suit our space: "Her life and character were so faultless, sweet and 
beautiful ! Everywhere and always she was a lady. In manner she 
was dignified and reserved, yet at the same time she was genial and 
affable, easy of approach, and had the rare gift of making every one 
with whom she came in contact feel at ease. Her courtesy and 
refinement of manner were the reflection of her rare and beautiful 
qualities of mind and soul. In mental acumen, by both education 


and nature, she was far above the average. She took a comprehen- 
sive view of all subjects with which she had to deal. By nature she 
was happily free from any spirit of malice; the happiness and well- 
being of every one was her earnest wish and fervent prayer. 

"In all the relations of life she was unselfish ; it was her purpose 
to live and act in the spirit of the 'Golden Rule.' Although she 
had well defined and settled opinions on all moral and religious 
questions, yet she never dogmatized and was ever ready to accord to 
others the same right to have and enjoy their beliefs and faiths that 
she claimed for herself, always providing they were honest and 

"Early in life she recognized God the Father as the object of 
true worship, love and obedience, and united with the Universalist 
church of Meredith Bridge, and was ever afterwards a devout fol- 
lower of that faith. 

"When deprived of her own church service, she was found wor- 
shiping at some of the other churches. She was an ardent believer 
in the churches and the good work they are trying to accomplish; 
she thought the churches constituted the most potent and uplifting 
influence in the world. 

"As a neighbor she was always ready to help in time of need, and 
was loved and respected by all who knew her. Her mental and 
spiritual faculties were clear and strong to the end." 

1 Atkinson children: Josephine Perley-, Joseph Plummer^ Or- 
ville Augustus''. 

2 Josephine P.' was born in Weare, N. H., 11 Sept., 1840, and 
27 Feb., 1861, in Orange, Mass., married John Murray Whittemore, 
who was born in Sept., 1835, in Cambridge, to Rev. Thomas Whitte- 
more. He died 7 Nov., 18(31, in the service of his country on board 
the United States Steam Sloop, Mohican, during the battle of "Hil- 
ton Head," Port Royal, S. C. She married, second, in Laconia 20 
Nov., 1863, Charles Hall Thwing, who was born in Ossipee, N. H., 
9 Aug., 1823. He was a merchant in Boston, where he died 9 Mar., 
1881. Her only child, Charles Harry, born 8 Oct., 1804, is a travel- 
ing salesman, and resides with his mother in Roxbury, Mass. Mrs. 
Thwing, as Josephine Perley was "the star" of "The Perley Com- 
edy Company," which had its birth Nov., 1878, and was for a 
number of years very popular in the Eastern States. 

3 Joseph P.' was born 1 March, 1844, in Marblehead. He 
served in 53d Massachusetts Regiment in the Civil War. He has 
been a grocer in Laconia for many years. His wife is Mary Lu- 
cretia Terrill, married in Nashua, N. H., 8 Dec, 1874, born in Lyme, 
N. H., 14 Sept., 1842, to Caleb, a farmer, and Samantha-Wilmarth 
Terrill. Their children are Martha Louise, born 23 Jan., 1877, who 
took the degree of A. B. at Tufts College in 1900, and is a teacher of 
Greek and Enghsh; Frederic Perley, born 15 Jan., 1878, who is un- 
married in Laconia, and a popular member of the city government ; 
Eleanor Locke, born 5 May, 1880, who graduated from the Lucy 
Wheelock Kindergarten Training School, Boston, 1901. 

4 Orville A.' was born in Westbrook, Me., 30 Jan., 1846. He 
is unmarried, and a merchant tailor in Boston of the firm Thwing & 
Co., Bromfield street. 



JACOB PERLEY was born on the ancestral estate of the Per- 
leys, where Charles M. Perley-369 now resides in Ipswich-Linebrook, 
18 March, 1803. He bought land in Rowley, built on it and became 
an independent farmer. He married 15 March, 1836, Mary Jewett 
Pickard, born 1 Oct., 1818, to David and Hannah-Spiller Pickard, 
He died of lung and pleurisy fever 19 Oct., 1859. After her hus- 
band's death, she and the boys carried on, the farm, with good judg- 
ment and profit. She died 10 April, 1891, of pneumonia. 

1 Perley children: Jacob", Mary Jewett 381, Orrin Weston-382, 

2 Jacob^ was born (i April, 1838, and lived at home, a farmer, 
unmarried. He died 7 April, 1891, of typhoid pneumonia. Eliza' 
was born 25 March, 1853. She has led a domestic life, unmarried, 
is said to be a good housekeeper and superior cook. She lived at 
one place in Salem many years. 



STEPHEN PERLEY was born in Ipswich-Linebrook 22 Oct., 
1807. He was a stone mason by trade, a master workman and con- 
tractor. He did a good business. His home was some years in 
Watertown and a number of years in Medford. Later he owned a 
residence on Mill street in Charlestown. He was many years em- 
ployed as master workman in the United States Navy Yard there. 

He married 14 Jan., 1840, Mrs. Margaret-Flemming Lucas of 
Watertown, who was born in Newtown-Limavady, Londonderry, Ire. 
She was a fine woman, an earnest Christian, and member of the 
Baptist church. She died in Charlestown 14 April, 1895. In her 
will sire mentions her "only heirs at law and next of kin," Margaret 
A. Jones, Martha E. Garno, both 
of Boston, and Sarah E. Oakley •• ^r^^^rr^.. ^^r..r..r 

f u 11 AT -VT- t:- ■ \ ■ STEPHEN PERLEY 

or Brooklyn, N. Y., hrancis A., a : 

son, and Charles L. Perry, a grand- ; ^^'^^ ^^ ^^^^" ^^'^ 

son. Mrs. Garno was devisee and : ^^^'^ ^^ ^'■'^" ^^ ™°^' 

Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Oaklyresid- '■ D.-ar wife grieve no more for me. 

-' r- 1 1 1 • • Dear children, grieve no more, 

Uary legatees. Stephen and his : BeUeve that I am happier far, 

•'(-1 • .1 11 : Than when with vou before. 

son Samuel repose in the old cem- : 
etery in Linebrook. 

1 Perley children: Samuel", Stephen^ Margaret Anna^ Mary 
P^lizabeth^ Francis Augustus", Martha Eliza^ Sarah Eleanor^, Har- 
riet Freeman^. 



2 SamueP and Stephen^ were twins, born 27 Sept., 1841. Har- 
iet F.^ was born 27 May, and died 8 June, 1854. 

3 Stephen^ was born as above, 

and married 9 Feb., 1873, Amelia 
Mason, born in New York City 
2(5 April, 1853, to John Howe and 
Ann Elizabeth-Woodruff Mason. 
Mr. Perley was engaged in the 
flour and grain trade. He died 
20 April, 1889, in Brooklyn. His 
widow became Mrs. Robinson. Perley children : Ella Louise, born 
11 April, 1875; Stephen Monroe, born 14 Nov., 1877; Clarence, born 
3 April, 1879, died 13 July, 1899; Mary Elizabeth, born 8 Nov., 
1885, graduated from the Girl's High School 15 June, 1904, prepared 
to enter the Teachers' Training School. 


Diod Sopt. 5, 1S63 

,^3. 21 yrs & 11 mos. 

And lo, a voice from Iieaveu saying. 
This is my lieloved sou, iu \vlioiu I 
am well jiloased. 


4 Margaret A.^ was born in Watertown 27 July, 1842, and 11 
Sept., 1861, married in Charlestown Charles Stanwood Jones, who 
was born in Brunswick, Me., 27 April, 1820, and died in Charlestown 
3 June, 1888. He was a locomotive engineer. Their only child is 
Eugene Samuel'-*, pictured above. 









5 Mary E.' was born 21 May, 1844, and 17 Aug., 1862, married 
John Lowell Perry, a funeral undertaker and embalmer in Charles- 
town. He was born 19 Feb., 1840 in Brighton. She died very sud- 
denly at the home of her sister in New York City, in 1889, leaving 
one child, who is mentioned in his grandmother's will : Charles 
Lowell, born 18 May, 1863, in Charlestown. 

6 Francis A.^ was born in Watertown 15 Feb., 1847. He is en- 
gaged in the coal business. His first wife was Frances Theresa 
Dunning, born in Brooklyn, N. Y., to Richard Dunning, and died in 
New York City 19 Jan., 1899, and was cremated. She traveled 
much — was finely educated and excelled as a linguist. She had no 
children. His second wife, married 10 May, 1904, was Selma M. 
Moraly, born 21 March, 1874, in New York City to Gustav and 
Lomie-Hows Moraly. They have no children, and they reside in 
that city. 

7 Martha E.^ was born in Watertown 10 March, 1850, and mar- 
ried in Charlestown 14 Jan., 1881, George Henry Garno of Boston, a 
railroad conductor, at that time twenty-seven years old. He was 
born in Quebec, P. Q., to Modest and Elizabeth, and died in Little- 
ton, Mass., 8 Feb., 1888. 

8 Sarah E.^ was born in Somerville 1 April, 1852.' She married 
in Charlestown 10 June, 1885, Solomon Oakley, born in Aug., 1844, 
to Whitson Oakley of Brooklyn, N. Y. They have no children. 

9 Eugene S.'* was born 8 Jan., 1865. He is photographer in the 
law department of the Boston & Maine Railroad Company. He 
married 16 May, 1904, Miss Fannie Isabella Crosby of Wakefield, 
where she was born, daughter of Abial, 12 July, 1871. 



MARTHA PERLEY was born Tuesday, 18 June, 1811, and 
21 Aug., 1832, became the second wife of Deacon Wm. Foster Con- 
ant, who was born in Linebrook Parish, Ipswich, 17 July, 1802, to Wil- 
liam, Esq., and Ruth-P'oster-51 Conant. He was 
elected to the deaconry of the Linebrook church 
in 1831, and continued in the ofifice till his death. 
A local journal thus spoke of Mrs. Conant: 
"She was an exemplary woman in her family 
and the society; she was loved and highly es- 
teemed for her excellent worth, and her Chris- 
tian virtues." The same paper spoke at length 
of her husband : "Deacon Conant inherited the 
sterling business ability of his father and the 
fervent active Christian qualities of his mother. 
He was never idle: the sun rose and found 
him at his work, and setting left him toiling. 
He took contracts for building roads, was first 
on the building committee of his church, for conant arm 
years was leader in all parish affairs, and his counsels and labors were 


always intelligent and efficient. His business was farming and lum- 
bering. He was of full medium height, was endowed with a com- 
pact physique and surprising muscular strength. 

" When a boy in his teens he was hired out for the season each 
year, as was the custom in those days ; but his mother — a true 
mother in Israel — never lost spiritual sight of her children, and his 
Sunday presence at home was fraught with blessing. He joined the 
church 7 March, 1830. He was elected to the deaconry, 30 Sept., 
1831. His walk was exemplary, and his natural activity eminently 
helpful. He never, while in health, was absent from the communion, 
and but twice from the preparatory lectures. He was a most ex- 
emplary and efficient deacon in the church for more than half a cen- 
tury; he was at intervals the superintendent of the Sunday School 
for about forty years; and 
labored with a true filial de- ^~. g 

votion, in season and out of l^jy^/ ' ^ S^'-^'^^-'^ ^ 

season, for the permanent // ' ^ * ^^v-w^ , 

good of the society and the subscription to a letter circum 18S0. 


"He was an intelligent worshiper; he appreciated a good ser- 
mon, and readily noted variation in doctrine. He loved the sanctu- 
ary, and especially the prayer room, to which even in decrepit age, 
lame and leaning upon his staff, he went in conscious duty, for its 
healthful influence. . . . We all mourn the departure of the 
spirit of piety, of Christian charity and liberality, and of an active, 
useful life." 

[Mr. Conant married, first, 30 April, 1828, Martha Potter, born 9 
Feb., 1802, to Deacon Isaac, a farmer, and Johanna-Jewett Potter. 
She died in Linebrook, Ipswich 5 Jan., 1830. Their child, William 
Potter, died 17 Jan., 1830, ten weeks old.] 

1 Perley-Conant children : Martha Mary-3(i5, Cyrus William-, 
Charles Augustus'^ Jacob Cogging Abbie Elizabeth". 

2 Cyrus^ was born 10 July, 1837. He married 22 F"eb., 1860, 
Sarah Carrol Lavalette, born 6 May, 1844, to Nathaniel of Linebrook. 
He was a brave and efficient soldier in the Rebellion War, and re- 
ceived a pension. He is said to have been the strongest man in the 
town, and has cut and piled four cords of four foot wood in a day, 
many, though not successive days. During the period of the Civil 
War, Mr. Conant's muscular activities were phenomenal. None ex- 
celled him in the recreations of the camp — running, leaping, jump- 
ing or lifting 

A mass enormous, such in modern days 

No two of earth's degenerate sons could raise. 

His great strength found ample scope in civil life upon the farm. 
He was genial, hospitable, kind, and a generous and worthy mem- 
ber of the Linebrook church. He died 26 May, 190.5. The local 
journal thus spoke of his death and burial: 

"The death of Mr. Conant came as a shock to everyone in town. 
He was always looked upon as one of the strongest and healthiest 
of men. His death was the result of a cold contracted a week ago. 
Mr. Conant and a friend went fishing and in some manner both 
were thrown into the water. Both men were soaked and both were 


taken sick. Mr. Conant's cold rapidly developed into pneumonia 
and although he has been quite ill, the end was not expected so sud- 
denly. He was a Grand Army veteran and saw some of the hardest 
fights in the Civil War. One of his greatest pleasures in civil life 
was to relate his experiences during the war. Mr. Conant will be 
sincerely missed by everyone who knew him." 

"Funeral services for Comrade Cyrus William Conant were held 
on Sunday afternoon from the little village church in Linebrook. It 
was an ideal scene ; the quiet hush of the country being broken only 
by bird song and the subdued voice of the minister as he spoke 
words of comfort and cheer. The church was filled almost to over- 
flowing, forty members of the local Post and sixteen of the Rowley 
council, Order United American Mechanics, being present in a body, 
with a large company of friends and neighbors. The service was 
conducted by the Rev. William Penn Alcott, who has been pastor 
at Linebrook a score and more of years. The choir sang the hymns, 
'Rock of Ages' and 'Asleep in Jesus.' The burial services of the 
Post and the Mechanics were read at the cemetery. A profusion of 
beautiful flowers covered the casket. Comrades fiale, Jellison and 
Foster of the veterans, with three members from the Mechanics, 
acted as pall bearers." The interment was at Linebrook 

Under the sod and the dew 
Waiting the Judgment day. 

Conant issue : Alton Lawrence*"' and William Herbert". 

3 Charles^ was born 7 Jan., 184L He was a smart, bright boy 
and excelled at school. By an accident while coasting, in his teens, 
he received an injury to his brain, and was not his former self 
after. He lived with his brother Cyrus many years, and died 13 
June, 1905. 

4 Coggin' was born 4 Feb., 1845, and 7 Feb., 1871, married 
Rosella Charles of P'ryeburg, Me., born 29 April, 1845. Mrs. Conant's 
grandmother was a niece of Ex-President Cleveland's grandmother 
Grover, nee Wiley. Mr. Grover had other grandsons whose given 
names were Grover. The President took the Grover name, but the 
Wiley physique. Mrs. Conant's parents were Osborne and Hannah- 
Ballard Charles of Fryeburg, Me. Mr. Charles was sixteen years a 
carpenter, thirteen years a miller and nineteen years a farmer. 

They live in Linebrook on the ancient Fowler farm, which has 
descended from his grandfather, William Conant. Mr. Conant is a 
farmer. For many years he was engaged in teaming and putting 
large quantities of wood on the market. His farming is not exten- 
sive, but is abreast of the times. He plants scientifically approved 
seeds and his fields are second to none in the section. He is a very 
industrious man, and most excellent and obliging neighbor, a sincere 
friend, a substantial citizen. Conant children: Lin wood Chester^ 
William Osborne^ Florence Abbie^"^. 

5 Abbie E.^ was born 30 March, 1848, and 24 Feb., 1886, married 
Rev. Otis O. Ordway, a Baptist clergyman. They have no children. 

6 Alton L.^ was born in Linebrook 6 Nov., 1868. He was a tele- 
graph operator at Vernon, Ct., where he was located a dozen or more 
years. He is now with Boston Elevated road and located at the Dudley 
St. station. He married 6 Oct., 1891, in Brooklyn, N. Y., Adeline 


Gary, who was born 26 Oct., 1872, to Claudia and Frank Gary, who 
is assistant superintendent of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Gom- 
pany in New York Gity. She is a milliner. Their only child is 
Edna Gheever, born in Willimantic, Gt., 11 Nov., 1893. 

7 William H.'-^ was born 11 June, 1881, and 4 Nov., 1902, married 
Miss Jennie Grace Proper of Millwood, Rowley, at the residence of 
Deacon John H. Tenney, where she had made her home for several 
years. She was born in Gloversville, N. Y., 4 June, 1884, to Arthur 
Eugene and Josephine-Raymond Proper. He is a farmer and 
occupies the parental home. Their children are Ruth Foster, 
born 30 May, 1903, and Arthur Herbert, born 17 Nov., 1904. 

8 Linwood G.* was born 18 July, 1873. He is a registered phar- 
macist and chief clerk for the Woodbury Gompany, druggists and 
apothecaries, P2ast Boston. He married in Boston 23 Aug., 1897, 
Mae Etta Worcester, who was born in Warwick, Mass., to John and 
Almira Worcester, 2 July, 1869. They have no children. 

9 Osborne'' was born 8 April, 1877. He is not married, lives 
with "the old folks at home." He is largely engaged in teaming 
and moving timber for the vessel-building of Essex. 

10 Florence" was born 24 April, 1879. She is a graduate of Man- 
ning High School, Ipswich, and of Bryant & Stratton's Gommercial 
Gollege, Boston, and is now, as she has been for several years, book- 
keeper, stenographer and typewriter to the Boston Dental Laboratory 
Co., Boston. She resides with her brother Linwood in East Boston. 



WILLIAM PERKINS PERLEY was born in Ipswich-Line- 
brook 7 Jan., 1814. After his marriage he built a residence upon a 
portion of his father-in-law's farm, and succeeded to the manage- 
ment of the farm. Their - 

home was "beautiful for sit- y^xXvy ' ^^ /-l^^^""'^ 

nation"; many remarked of Jl'^^oC^Ccyi i x^__ j . J C^^<^ 
its picturesqueness; minis- '^ 

. r i-i. • 1 1 1 A letter subsoription about 188-1. 

ters of the parish church 

made their home there; it was the abode of clerical refinement and 

taste, of prayer, and peace and happiness. 

Mr. Perley was many times a juryman, was many years con- 
stable, and held at different times various parish offices. Their 
home was known, far and wide, through minister and layman, as 
exemplary; but for some inscrutable cause, which ripened in 
divorce, they separated. The question of property was amicably 
adjusted; Mrs. Perley remained upon the farm, and he sought' an- 
other home. He lived for some time with his brother in Boxford, 
then with Deacon Jacob Symonds Potter, (page 88) an old pa- 
rishioner, then of Georgetown. In 1875 he bought a farm in Hamp- 
stead, N. H., which he greatly improved, and where he died sud- 
denly of fever. 

Mr. Perley married Miss Eliza Howe-193\ 28 Nov., 1839. She 
was born 15 May, 1819, in the house pictured on page 322. Her 




home has continued to be the home of the local clergy, except Mr. 
Howe and the present pastor, who have families of their own. She 
is managing her farm with the knowledge and skill of experienced 
judgment. She is a lady cherished in her community and society 
for her pleasing affability, her ladylike presence, and her kindly, 
charitable disposition. She is a member of the Linebrook Congre- 
gational Church, where her kindred for generations have worshiped. 

Mr. Perley's second wife, married 23 Nov., 1876, was Miss Har- 
riet Perley Northend-185, born 15 June, 1845. She is a lady of 
excellent character, a careful housekeeper and was a devoted wife. 
She is a member of the Methodist church. She resides in Bradford. 

A Haverhill paper published the following obituary of Mr. Per- 
ley: "William P. Perley of Hampstead, N. H., died December 27th, 
1885, aged 72 years less 11 days, and his funeral occurred at his late 
home in that town on the Wednesday following, at which time his 
remains were placed in the Hampstead receiving tomb. On Mon- 
day the 3d of May, 1886, his body was taken to (Linebrook Parish) 
Ipswich, Mass., his native town, in which all but the last few years 
of his life were spent. He chose the exact spot for his last resting 
place some six months previous to his death, believing the end of 
this life, for him, had well nigh come. His clear and calm expres- 
sions for the last few months of his life showed an unusually intelli- 
gent resignation with respect to that which we call death. Know- 
ing him as we did, intimately and well, we deplore his loss as that of 
a manly man. His life blossomed with justice, honesty and truth, 
and his careful yet superior judgment is remembered today by those 
to whom it was given, with the kindest interest. Few men were 


more justly popular — in his business matters and in his intercourse 
with people he was conservative and just — in his private life he was 
pure, noble and a true gentleman — to his friends he was kind, ten- 
der and attached. 

And, oh I bless'<! spirit v hoiisoevor thy fliKht 
Through rolling worlds, or fields of litiuid light, 
May cherubs welcome their expected guest. 
May saints with songs receive thee to their rest ; 
May peace, that claini'd while here tliy warmest love ; 
May blissful, endless peace, be thine above ! 

Another paper said: "He was a man of strictest probity and 
integrity, gentlemanly and affable, and exercised an intelligent judg- 
ment and discretion — a valuable citizen. His death has occasioned 
a permanent loss to church and neighborhood. After locating in 
Hampstead, his natural affability easily made many acquaintances 
which ripened into lasting friendships. A year or more ago he 
embraced Christ, and joined the Methodist denomination. He car- 
ried his religion into his family, his business and daily life, and 
though young in his profession, he was considered one of the most 
valuable pillars in the church." 

1 Child: Lyman Howe.'^ 

2 Lyman^ was born 20 July, 1862. He was adopted when an 
infant, and his parents have cared for him as their own. He was 
unfortunate in the loss, through sickness in his infancy, of his 
speech and hearing. He was educated at the Deaf and Dumb 
School at Northampton and proved an apt scholar. He reads much 
and works well and exercises an intelligent judgment. 



AUGUSTUS MONROE PERLEY was born 30 Dec, 1816, 
on the immigrant-ancestral farm in Linebrook. In the settlement 
of his father's estate the farm became his. He married 10 Nov., 
1846, Miss Almira Johnson of Newburyport, born 16 March, 1819, 
to James and Charlotte-190. She is an excellent woman; she was a 
good wife and mother; she made her home cheerful and happy. 
P'or helpful hospitality and kindness of heart, among a thousand, 
she is to be commended. She lives with her daughter in Haverhill. 
Serus in coelum redeas. 

Mr. Perley died in ^^^ ^ 

server recorded his 

death in these words: "After three days illness, Augustus Monroe 
Perley died at the age of seventy-four years, three months, twenty- 
two days, having been born Dec. 30, 1816. His nativity was the old 
Perley farm continuously from 1651, situated in Linebrook Parish, 
Ipswich. Mr. Perley was a practical farmer, and coming into pos- 
session of the parental estate made it one of the best around, giving 
it his earhest and ripest manhood. Selling that, he bought the 

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Cummings farm in Boxford, which he greatly improved, and sold at 
a handsome advance. He then bought in Hampstead, N. H., a farm 
which grew in worth from year to year, till in turn he sold that, and 
bought the Dr. Warren estate in West Newbury, his late home. 
Besides these extensive trades, he often exchanged horses, cattle, 
carriages and other concomitants of husbandry. He was a judicious 
trader, exercised an excellent judgment, and was a man of sterling 

"During his later years his general health was much impaired. 
Before removing to West Newbury his eyesight quite failed him from 
cataract. The obstruction was removed, while at his last home, but he 
never fully recovered sight. During the last few years of his life his 
health was completely broken. He died of congestion of the lungs. 

"Mr. Perley was a man of great reserve. He never fully valued 
or appreciated his worth or ability. He was a good man in a neigh- 
borhood, strictly temperate, always kindly disposed, and of a gener- 
ous, sympathetic nature. He hated a sham, a pretence, and nig- 
gardly dealings, but was generous to a fault toward the deserving. 

"His home was the abode of love, and he gave it patient watching 
and serving in sickness and in health. As a husband and a father 
he was exemplary, and 'the sojourner within the gate' bespoke his 
worth and attested his geniality and noble manhood." 

1 Perley children : Monroe Proctor'-, Winfield Augustus^, Lucy 

2 Monroe P.^ was born 24 Nov., 1847, and died in Lawrence of 
heart-failure Sunday, 29 March, 1903. He married 22 Oct., 1872, 
Miss Anna Elizabeth Rich, who was born .31 Aug., 1840, to Robert 
and Hannah-Evans Rich of Salisbury. Her mother was sister to 
Hon. Benjamin Evans. She resides in Newburyport. 

Mr. Perley was educated in the Ips- 
wich High School and the Danville, 
P. Q., Academy. He chose for his 
life-work the dry goods business. He 
was employed at the counter in Boston 

about three years and as manager for ^^ ^^ ^^^^^^^^^ ^ ^^^^^^ ,^ ^^^ 
his cousin m Gloucester about one 

year. He then bought in Newburyport a stock of goods of the ad- 
ministrator of Charles W. Peabody's estate, and began trade on his 
own account. He prospered. He occupied in that city three dif- 
ferent stores, each larger than the one next before, and several real- 
ties on Tremont street there are the exponents of his thrift. 

While in Newburyport he served two years as a member of the 
common council; he was at one time extensively interested in one 
of the local daily newspapers, and he several years p