James Franklin Perry

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James Franklin Perry

Birthplace: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: September 13, 1853 (62)
Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi, United States
Place of Burial: Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Emily Margaret Perry
Father of Stephen Samuel Perry; Emily Rosanna Perry; Eliza Margaret Perry; James Elijah Brown Perry; Henry Austin Perry and 1 other

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About James Franklin Perry

James Franklin Perry was an early settler and prominent citizen of Texas. James married Emily Austin Perry, operated Peach Point Plantation, and was involved in Texas land distribution.

James Franklin Perry was born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania on September 19, 1790. He married Emily Austin on September 23, 1824. He was her second husband, and the two had six children together:

Stephen Samuel Perry (born June 24, 1825 in Potosi, Missouri; died September 5, 1874 in Brazoria, Texas). Emily Rosanna Perry (born September 24, 1826 in Potosi, Missouri; died December 6, 1827 in Potosi, Missouri). Eliza Margaret Perry (born January 3, 1828 in Potosi, Missouri; died January 3, 1862 in Austin, Texas. James Elijah Brown Perry (born May 17, 1830 in Potosi, Missouri; died February 14, 1831 in Chocolate Bayou, Texas. Henry Austin Perry (born November 17, 1831 at Chocolate Bayou, Texas; died September 10, 1853 in Biloxi, Mississippi). Cecilia Perry (born December 10, 1835 at Peach Point Plantation; died June 8, 1836 at Peach Point Plantation By marrying Emily Austin, James became owner of Peach Point Plantation and was one of the first plantation owners to shift from cotton to sugar production. He also was involved in the earliest plans for a railroad in Texas. He was offered the position of Secretary of the Treasury of the Republic of Texas in 1839, but declined. James was also the executor of the will of Stephen F. Austin (Emily Austin's brother), a distinction that directly involved him in land distribution, maps, and early Texas colonial affairs. A court case related to titles of land was at one time filed and even appealed by Sam Houston against James Franklin Perry in his capacity as executor for Stephen F. Austin.

James Franklin Perry and his son Henry each died from yellow fever on September 13, 1853. There are obituary references to James in various newspapers.

Letters between James, his wife, and their son, Stephen, serve as significant records, frequently referenced as foundational in Texas history. They were archived in the 1930s and housed at the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin.

Perry's Landing, in Brazoria, Texas, is named for James Franklin Perry. There is an historical marker for James Franklin Perry at the Gulf Prairie Cemetery. He is referenced as "James F. Perry" in the Supreme Court decision Bryan v. Kennett.

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James Franklin Perry's Timeline

September 19, 1790
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States
June 24, 1825
Age 34
Potosi, Washington County, Missouri, United States
September 14, 1826
Age 35
Potosi, Washington County, Missouri, United States
January 3, 1828
Age 37
Potosi, Washington County, Missouri, United States
May 17, 1830
Age 39
Potosi, Washington County, Missouri, United States
November 17, 1831
Age 41
Brazoria County, Texas, United States
December 10, 1835
Age 45
Richmond, Fort Bend County, Texas, United States
September 13, 1853
Age 62
Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi, United States
Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi, United States