From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 557-558, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
William Perry. - The gentleman whose sketch it is our pleasure
to present to our readers, was born in Cooperstown township, at the
present home of his father, March, 1844. His father, James Perry, was
born on Powel's river, in Tennessee, in 1808, coming to Illinois in
William Perry was reared to farm life, and was well educated in
the common schools, teaching several terms after finishing his
His marriage occurred, in 1866, when he was only twenty-two to
Miss Mary E. Grover, daughter of W. P. Grover, and his wife, a Miss
Patterson, both natives of Ohio, but residents of Brown county.
Mr. and Mrs. Perry first rented the old home farm, and in 1876
bought eight acres for $3,200, which he sold two years later, buying
his present farm of eighty acres on section 32, paying the same price
By this marriage Mr. Perry had six children, one of whom died
when an infant. Mrs. Perry died in 1878, leaving three sons and one
daughter, namely: Oscar, twenty-four; Elmer, twenty-two; Scott,
eighteen, and Hattie, fourteen. He was again married in 1882, to Miss
Anna Whitehead, of this county, daughter of Dr. John and Mary (Gilford)
Whitehead. Mr. and Mrs. Perry have one living child, Orpha, aged six.
Mr. Perry was Town Collector, at twenty-two years, and served as
Assessor for two years, from the time he was twenty-three until he was
twenty-five. He next served as Township Treasurer for twelve years.
Until 1876 he was a Democrat, but since that time he has been an
advocate of reforms, being now a member of the Farmers' Alliance, or
Mr. Perry carries on general farming on his beautiful farm,
where he resides, surrounded by his children and his loving wife; and
if ever a man had cause to be proud of his past life, it is the subject
of this sketch, William Perry.
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