Civil War Pension Data

William V. and Hannah Perry


After the death of William Vorhees Perry, his widow, Hannah applied for his pension.

ACT OF JUNE 27, 1890 DECLARATION OF WIDOW' PENSION. State of Illinois, County of Cook
On this 8 day, June A.D. 1891, personally appeared before me a notary public within and for the county and State aforesaid, Maria K. Perry, aged 53 years, who, being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the widow of William V. Perry, who enlisted under that name on or about the 22d day of August, A.D., 1862, as a Lieut. in Co. 29th Reg., Wis. Vols. and served at least ninety days in the late War of the Rebellion, who was honorably discharged on or about the 10th day of Jan. 1863.
That she was married under the name of Maria K. McConnell to said soldier, on the 8 day of Feb. 1859, by Rev. H. M.Robertson at Burnett, Dodge Co. Wis., there being no barrier to said marriage: neither having been married before. That she has not remarried since the death of said soldier. That she is without other means of support than her daily labor. There are no children of the soldier now living and under sixteen years of age.
That she has not heretofore applies for pension, Soldier was pensioned by ctf. no. 29,307. That she makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under the provisions of the Act of June 17, 1890.
She hereby appoints LOUIS K. GILLSON & CO., OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, her true and lawful attorneys to prosecute her claim. That her post office address is 578 W. Ohio Street Chicago, county of Cook. State of Illinois. Maria K. Perry Claimant's Signature Attest: Mrs. Martha Fallis, Miss Selma Skoogman,

Declaration of Original Pension of A Widow-Child or Children sixteen years of age surviving. This Paper must be sworn to before the Probate Judge or Clerk of the Court State of Illinois, County of Cook.
On this 8 day of June A.D. One 1891 personally appeared before me, Notary Public the same being a court of record within and for the County and State aforesaid: Maria K. Perry aged 55 years, who being duly sworn according to law, makes the following declaration in order to obtain the pension. Provided by Acts of Congress granting pensions to widows: That she is the widow of William V. Perry, who enlisted under the name of William V. Perry, at on the 22d day of August A.D. 1862 in Co. "K" 29th Wis. Inf., in the war of 1861-5, and who died from disability incurred in the service, on the 11 of A.D. 1891, who bore at the time the disability was incurred which caused his death, the rank of lieutenant in service aforesaid; that she was married under the name of Maria K McConnell. To said, William V. Perry on the 8 day of Febry A.D. 1859, by Rev. H. P. Robertson at Burnett, Dodge co. Wis. There being no legal barrier to such marriage; that neither she nor her husband had not been previously married that she has to the present date remained his widow; that the soldier left no legitimate children who were under sixteen years of age at his death. That she has not abandoned the support of anyone of his children, but that they are still under her care or maintenance. That she has not in any manner been engaged in, or aided or abetted, the rebellion in the United States that; a prior application has been by the soldier who was pensioned by ctf. no. 294307 that she hereby authorizes and empowers LOUIS K. GILLSON & CO. Pension Attorney of Chicago Illinois with. power of substitution, to prosecute. her claim that her residence is 587 W. Ohio Street and that post office address is Chicago, Illinois.
(Attest) Mrs. Martha A. Fallis, Miss Selma Skoogman, Maria K. Perry, (Claimant's Signature)

Also personally appeared before me, Mrs. Martha A Fallis, residing at Chicago, Ill., and Miss Selma Skoogman residing at Chicago Ill., persons, whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by duly sworn, say they were present and saw Maria H Perry claimant sign her name (or make her mark) to the foregoing declaration, that they have every reason to believe from the appearance of said claimant and an acquaintance with her of 29 years and two years respective, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be: and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim. Signature of Witnesses Mrs. Martha A. Fallis, Miss Selma Skoogman
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 8 day of June A.D. 1891, and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration etc., were fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before searing, including the words erased, and the words added; and that I have no interest, direct or indirect in the prosecution of this claim. Frank G. Ward, Notary Public.


661672 June 15, 1891 Pension Office - Widow's Claim, Claimant Maria K. Perry, Soldier. Wm. V. Perry, Service, Co. C, 29th Wisconsin Inf. Address: 587 W. Ohio Street, Chicago, Illinois Attorneys; Louis K. Gillson & Co. Chicago, Ill, Date of Execution, June 1891

United States of America, State of Wisconsin, Department of State TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME: I, T.J. CUMMINGHAM, Secretary of State of the State of Wisconsin, do hereby certify that the foregoing copy of registration of marriage of Wm. V. Perry and Hannah M.K. McConnell has been compared by me with the original, of record in this Department, and that the same is a true copy thereof, and of the whole of such original. IN TESTIMONY THEREOF, I Have hereunto set my hand and affixed 6th day of August A.D. 1891. T.J. Cummingham, Secretary of State.

1. Full Name of Husband; William V. Perry,
2. Name of the father of husband, Saml
3. Name of the mother of husband before marriage= Mary
4. Occupation of husband
5. Residence of husband = Burnett, Dodge Co. Wis.,
6. Birthplace of husband = New York State
7. Full name of wife previous to marriage = Hannah M. K. McConnell,
8. Name of the father of wife = Alex McConnell
9. Name of the mother of wife before marriage = Jane McCune
10.Birthplace of wife
11.Time when the marriage was contracted = Feb 6 59
12.The place, town of township, county, marriage contracted = Burnett Dodge Co.Wis.
13.The color of the parties
14.By what ceremony contracted = Religious
15.Names of subscribing witnesses = P.M. Robertson
16.Name of person pronouncing marriage H. M. Robertson
17.Residence of person last named = Juneau
18.Date of certificate or affidavit of marriage = 8 Feb. 1659
19.Date of registration = 9 Feb. 1859
20.Add additional circumstances

United States of America, State of Wisconsin, Department of State - TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME: I, T.J. CUMMINGHAM, Secretary of State of the State of Wisconsin, do hereby certify that the foregoing copy of registration of marriage of Wm. V. Perry and Hannah M.K. McConnell has been compared by me with the original, of record in this Department, and that the same is a true copy thereof, and of the whole of such original. IN TESTIMONY THEREOF, I Have hereunto set my hand and affixed 6th day of August A.D. 1891. T.J. Cummingham, Secretary of State.

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: Health Department of the City of Chicago, Bureau of Vital Statistics.
County of Cook, State of Illinois, United States of America - This Certifies, that is appears on the Records of this office, Book 5 page 309, No. 4, That on the Eleventh day of May A.D. 1891, Wm.Vorhees Perry aged sixty years, native of New York, married yes, By occupation a Inventor, died at 587 Ohio Street, in the 13th Ward in this City; cause of death abscess of kidney duration of disease 28 years, was buried in Oakwoods Cemetery, by Moffett, undertaker, Medical attendant, C.M. Beebe, M.D.

In witness Whereof: I have caused my hand and seal of the Department of Health to be attached thereunto, this fifteenth day of July, 1891, Wm.M. Tomlinson, M.D.
Registrar of Vital Statistics, State of Illinois, County of Cook, City of Chicago,
I, John P. Ware, M.D. Commissioner of Health of the City of Chicago, do here by certify that the signature affixed to the foregoing Certificate of Death, is the signature of the Registrar of Deaths in this City of Chicago, and that he is the Keeper of the Records.
In Witness thereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal of the Department of Health, this fifteenth day of July 1891, John P. Ware, M..D..Commission of Health.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this ? day of June A.D. 1891, and I hereby certify that the contents of the above declaration etc., were fully made known and explained to the applicant and witnesses before searing, including the words erased, and the words added; and that I have no interest, direct of indirect, in the prosecution of this claim. Frank G. Ward, Notary Public

661672 June 15, 1891 Pension Office, Widow's Claim, Claimant Maria K. Perry
Soldier. Wm. V. Perry, Service, Co. C, 29th Wisconsin Inf.
Address: 587 W. Ohio Street, Chicago, Illinois Attorneys; Louis K. Gillson & Co. Chicago, Ill. Date of Execution, June 8, 1891

PENSIONER DROPPED, U.S. PENSION AGENCY,
Chicago, Illinois, May 27, 1901, certificate No.359201.
Class: Widow, Pensioner Maria K. Perry, and Soldier William V. Perry
Service; K. 29th 'Wid. INF.

Hon. Commissioner of Pensions, Sir: I have the honor to report that the above named pensioner who was last paid at $15, to 4 July 1899, has been dropped because of death. Date Aug. 3, 1899, Very respectfully, J. Merrian, Pension Agent, Finance Division June 8 1901, Bureau of Pensions
Every name-dropped to be thus reported at once.

Hannah Perry survived her husband by eight years. She lived with one of her daughters, and was granted William's pension. In the pension records Hannah declared that she did not have any income expect the pension, no mentioned was made of the coupler company.
Apparently "Perry Safety Car Coupler Company had been sold or disbanded. Hannah died on 3rd Aug. 1899, at 2814 N. Hermitage Ave, Chicago, IL. She was 61 yrs old. The chief and determining cause of death was rheumatism, the duration was 3 yrs and 6 mos. A picture of Hannah shows a slender woman, hair pulled back into a bun. She is sitting a wheelchair which her husband, William had invented for her use. He had also built the kitchen counters and household furniture to her scale. She was buried 05 Aug. 1899, at Oakwoods, Grave #0-3-228, Longview Section.

Hannah was descended from the Scot-Irish, strong Presbyterians on the McConnells side. The McCune were intermarried with the Brady, Carnahans, and the Rotherams. The latter were known as the "Fighting Quakers." because they fought in the Revolutionary War. They were all men of the soil, and pillars of the community, many of them were Preachers and Deacons and Physicians. They tended the soil with a rifle in one hand to fight off the Indians, and the other hand was guiding the horses down the straight fertile rows. The wife worked beside the men in the fields and still managed to keep the home fire burning and watch the children against the dangers of the wild animals and sometimes the Indians who prowled around. Many of the women were crack shots with a rifle. They had to be strong when the menfolk were away from the home or on the hunting trips. Hannah's mother was one of these women who came as a young bride from Ohio to the wilds of Wisconsin. Her children were taught to read the Bible at home and the primer at the log school school on the Prairie. The girls were taught the house chores as well as the farm. Like her mother, Hannah would have been given a well rounded education in the matter of running a smooth home She would have to learn to cope when her husband, William was away from home on business. Hannah had her sewing machine business to keep her busy. She also her children to keep her busy. The Perry children were schooled at the Wayland Academy, Beaver Dam, WIS. There were choral presentations, birthdays, weddings, and anniversary parties to attend. There were barn raising parties, corn-huskings, sewing bees, and church socials and 4th of July and other holiday celebration to join. The sadder side of the life, a death of a family member or friend were bring the remaining persons together.


IN 1872, Hannah Maria Kirkwood (McConnell) Perry became an agent for the Wilson Sewing Machine Company. On 19 April 1872, the following appeared in the Beaver Dam Newspaper.
Mrs. Hannah Maria (McConnell) Perry, Mrs. W.V. Perry has recently obtained the agency for the Wilson Shuttle Under Feed Sewing Machine. It is a first class machine in every respect. Satisfaction guaranteed It sells from $15 to $25 less than any other first hand machine. And in order to accommodate people who value things in proportion to the price set thereon the agent will take, if strongly urged, $95 for a $70 machine, and guarantee it to do just as good work, in every respect as any $95 machine. Said machine is the Wilson Shuttle Drop Feed Machine, and not the Wheeler and Wilson.

11 June 1874 - The New Wilson Sewing Machine shops are now being removed from Cleveland Ohio, to Indianapolis, Ind. The last named city pays the Wilson Company the nice little sum of $200.00 for coming and living with them. The company employs over 600 workmen, making together with their families, a snug village of about 1800 inhabitants. The new shops will be the grandest in the world. At Cleveland the different workshops and warehouses were widely separated, but at Indianapolis they will all be built together on some 8 acres of land within the city. When the new shops are done they will employ over 1000 hands, with capital of over $100,000,000. The Wilson Sewing Machine is going on to a grand success with its old enemies becoming bankrupt. It is proving that there is progression in the 19th century. W.V.P.

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