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From: Barbara Beall <>
Subject: Re: Perry Family of Virginia
Date: Fri, 23 Aug 1996 20:44 -0600 (MDT)
I wonder whether your ancester is descended from the Phillip Perry Family
My information is as follows:
b. 1599, London England
d. 9 Oct 1669
Isle of Wight, VA
Their son was Phillip Perry. His son was Phillip Perry, who died 1751,
Perquimans, North Carolina. I descend from Jude Perry, wife of william
Spence who died in Pasquotank North Carolina in 1785. Jude was Phillips
According to the book "Perry-kinfolk: A History of the Families of John
Thomas Perry & Agatha Victoria Maddox Perry" (1989)
"Richard Perry of London was the founder of a great mercantile house,
Perry, Lane & Co. of London. His son Henry was the son-in-law of wealthy
George Menifee, and his son, Micajah Perry (Henry had no sons) afterward
became head of the London firm.
"Seven Perry Brothers left Virginia and settled in NC because they were
angry over their father's second marriage: Jeremiah, John, frances,
Joshua, Nathaniel & Burwell, who came in 1746 fromt he Isle of Wight or
Surry Co. VA to Granville, now Franklin Co. NC. They were unhappy with
the second marriage of Philip their father. Eldest son John remained in VA"
Perhaps this will give you some place to start looking. There is another
book called "A History of John Wesley Perry Jr. Family" by Charles Wesley
Perry, (1967) Provo, UT--J. Grant Stevenson. This book states:
Micajah Perry, the organizer and head of the firm of commission
merchants, died in London in 1720. His will was dated Sept 27, 1720. His
principlal legatees were his daughter-in-law, Sarah Perry, and her two
children Michajah Perry Jr. and Philip Perry. Both of these two young
men beacame members of the merchant business firm and Micajah Perry Jr.
became Lord Mayor of London in 1728. Peter Perry, brother of the first
Micajah Perry, was the firm's virginia representative. He made a
deposition in york County, VA in 1679 and stated that he was 28 years of
age. Peter Petty was Burgess for York County in 1688 and is said to have
left descendants in Charles City County and/or Dinwiddie County, VA.
John Perry (the brother who remained in VA) held 870acres on Nansemond..
John and James Perry owned land in Nansemond County on Middle Swamp in
1719. James Perry and wife Patience of Nansemond Co. conveyed land to
his brother John Perry, and Jacob Perry is witness to the deed."
As you can see, there were "a mess of Perrys" in VA and NC, and
apparently they were all connected.
Hope this helps.
Barbara Inman beall