From: Ken & Laurie Huffman [[email protected]]
Sent: Friday, May 10, 2002 10:27 AM
To: Sherry
Subject: RE: Brown County (1870 Census Index)

Dear Sherry,


Your request for the William Perry family, in reference to a daughter, Hattie, turned into quite a search. She was not listed with her parents in 1870, so I looked at 1880 and found her as a 2 year old, which means she was born about 1878, not 1868. I also found that her mother was not listed in the 1880, so I did a search of the cemetery records, and the Perry family histories and found quite a bit of information about the family.


If Hattie is your G-grandmother, she would have had to have a baby by 1892, because she died, unmarried, at age 16 in 1893. Is this still a possibility?


There is no Jennette in the William Perry family, but there is a Jennette in the James & Constance Perry family. She is 17 in the 1870 census (b. 1853). I am uncertain what connection is between William C. and James Perry; they could be uncle and nephew, or brothers at opposite ends of their family. Anyway, in the cemetery book, Gilbrids Cemetery, Elkhorn township, she is listed as Jane Lee (or Jeanette) Perry, wife of Columbus Hurst. She was born 1 May 1853, and died 9 Dec 1891).


I will list the information I found, and let you decide if this is your family. I hope you will get back to me and tell me all the particulars. I would like to know the name of the child, your grandparent, who may have been her child. That child might appear in other family listings in the 1900 census.


Here we go:


1870 Fed Census, Brown County, IL

Cooperstown Township 228/228


William Perry, 26, farmer, b. IL

Mary E. Perry, 24, b. IL

Charles* Perry 2, b. IL (this later becomes Oscar C*.)

Elmore*, 1/12, b. IL (his name is spelled wrong in every census, this one was written Emaline*!)


1880 Fed Census, Brown County, IL

Cooperstown Township 220/220


William C. Perry, 36, widower, b. IL, father b. TN, mother b. IN

Oscar C. Perry, 12, b. IL, both parents b. IL

Elimer*, 9, b. IL, both parents b. IL (this is Elmore*)

Scott, 5, b. IL, both parents b. IL

Hattie, 2, b. IL, both parents b. IL


From History of Brown County and Cemeteries of Brown County, IL, I learned that William C. Perry was the son of James Perry & Eliza Hills. He married 1) Mary E. Grover (d/o Thomas J. Grover & Mary Ames) on 5 April 1866 in Brown County, IL. They had 5 children: Oscar (middle name Charles), Elmore, Scott, Hattie, and Olive. Mary E. (Grover) Perry d. 1879 at age 33. William C. Perry married 2) Ann or Anna Whitehead on 24 April 1882 in Morgan Co, IL. They had one child, Orpha (1885-1960).


Cemeteries of Brown County, IL

Cross Roads Cemetery, Cooperstown, p. 41:

Hattie Perry, d/o William C. Perry & Mary E. Grover (d. 1893 aged 16yr 1mo 19da) I used my PAF date calculator and her birth date came up as 8 Dec 1877.


That’s about it for a preliminary report. Normally I don’t do so much digging, but I got curious about this one. I will hang on to my notes until I hear back from you.


Laurie Huffman







-----Original Message-----
From: Sherry [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, May 09, 2002 10:01 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Brown County (1870 Census Index)



My name is Sherry, from Michigan. I would like a look-up of a William Perry, C228 of the Brown Co., Illinois  Federal Census. I am trying to find my GGrandmom Martha “Mattie” Perry b. 1868. Possible sister, Jenette “Junie.


Thank you,