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Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois; H. C. Bradsby, Editor; Chicago, World Publishing Co.; 1885
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin, Tampico Area Historical Society, www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com
JOHN W. PERRY, Malden. John PERRY, father of the gentleman whose name heads this sketch, was born in Belmont County, Ohio, June 17, 1809. He resided in his native place til about 1842 when he removed to Guernsey County, Ohio He was reared on a farm, but when he started in life for himself, he was first a school teacher, then a clerk, and in 1840 started in business in Centerville, and afterward in Claysville, Guernsey Co., Ohio. In 1869 he came to Malden and entered the mercantile business, the firm being known as Perry & Sons. He was married in Belmont County, Ohio, in 1836, to Martha YOUNG, a native of Morgan County, Ohio, born July 4, 1809. She died in this County, March 26, 1882. They were the parents of six children, three of whom are now living: viz.: John W., James A. and Anna M., all of whom reside in Malden. Mr. PERRY continued in business till his death, January 1, 1877, since which time his sons have carried on the business under the name of Perry Bros. They carry a very complete stock of goods of all kinds, varying from $$7,000 to $10,000. John W. PERRY was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, July 19, 1843. August 2, 1862, he enlisted in Company B, Ninety-seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, most of the time under Col. Barnes, afterward Secretary of State in Ohio. Mr. PERRY served nearly two years, and was wounded at Missionary Ridge. He was in the hospital eight months and then discharged for disabilty. He was married September 12, 1871, in Kingston, Ross County, Ohio, to Harriet A NEVIN, born in Barnesville, Belmont Co., Ohio, January 21, 1843, a daughter of John NEVIN (born November 1, 1790, died December 17, 1868), and Eliza (GREEN) NEVIN, (born August 10, 1815, died June 7, 1875). Mr. and Mrs. PERRY have three children, viz.: Martha E., born July 12, 1872; John N., born September 30, 1877; William W., March 31, 1881. Mr. PERRY is a member of Bureau Lodge, No. 112, A. F. & A. M. of Princeton; also Princeton Chapter 28, and Temple Commandery, No. 20. In politics he us identified with the Republican party James A. PERRY was born December 26, 1847. He enlisted in Company H, One Hundred and Seventy-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in the spring of 1864, and served for about five months being on guard duty. He was married in this County, October 18, 1876, to Julia RACKLEY, daughter of George RACKLEY, an early settler in this county. Mr. and Mrs. PERRY have one son, George N., born August 21m 1880. Mr. PERRY is a republican He has been Notary Public since 1883, and township Clerk since 1872 and Township School Treasurer for several years. He is a member of the same orders as his brother. Both have been engaged in mercantile business in Malden since coming to the county in 1869.