Bio: Perry, James (History - 1819)

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----Source: 1891 Biographical History of Clark and Jackson Counties, Page 139 and 140:

JAMES PERRY, Postmaster of Pine Hill, is one of the oldest settlers of Jackson, County, having resided here since 1841. He was born in Goshen, Columbiana County, Ohio, June 13, 1819. His parents, Basil and Rachel (Hazen) Perry, were natives of Maryland and New Jersey respectively. There were married in Columbiana County, Ohio, where they spent the greater part of their lives. They had born to them six children: John, Margaret, Rebecca, James, Hannah and Thomas.

James was the fourth born he was reared in Columbiana County, Ohio, and passed his youth after the fashion of most farmers' sons. He acquired his education in the common schools, and while he had not the opportunity which the State gives the children at the present day, he fitted himself for the ordinary duties of business life. In the year 1840 he left his childhood home and went to seek a home in the West he remained in the State of Illinois for a few months, and then came to Jackson County, Wisconsin, where he has resided almost continuously ever since. After coming to the county he turned his attention to the lumber business, and worked in the pineries along the Black River for a number of years. Later on he built a saw-mill, which he operated until 1848 this mill was located near Neillsville, Clark County, and commanded a generous patronage from the surrounding country also built and operated saw-mills in Jackson County.

In 1871 Mr. Perry abandoned the lumber business, and turned his attention to farming he purchased eighty acres of land on section 21, town 20 north, of range No. 4 west, in Manchester Township, and has placed sixty acres under good cultivation. He is a man of excellent business qualifications, and is fully abreast of the times on all public questions. In politics he is in sympathy with the Farmers' Alliance party. He has held many of the township offices, and in February, 1884, he was commissioned Postmaster of Pine Hill, and faithfully discharges the duties of the office.

Mr. Perry was united in marriage in 1847, to Miss Lydia Edmunds, of Henderson County, Illinois. This union resulted in the birth of three children: George M., Sarah L. and James D. The mother died in 1855, and Mr. Perry was married a second time, uniting with Mrs. Eliza J. Ireland, March 22, 1859. Mrs. Perry was born in Canada, August 31, 1825, and is a daughter of William and Lydia A. (Seaton) Jay, natives of England and Canada respectively. Mr. and Mrs. Perry have had three children: Charles M., Ida M. and William H.



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