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Obadiah Perry

Birthdate: (47)
Birthplace: Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: September 28, 1691 (43-51)
Dunstable, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts (Obadiah Perry and Christian Temple "dyed by the hands of our Indian enemies in the morning.")
Immediate Family:

Son of William Perry and Anna Perry
Husband of Esther Perry
Father of Obadiah Perry, Jr.; Ebenezer Perry; Esther Harwood; Samuel Perry; John Perry and 1 other
Brother of Samuel Perry, of Watertown; Elizabeth Perry; Sarah Stratton; Mary Hadsall; Abia Perry and 1 other

Managed by: Richard Arthur Neary
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About Obadiah Perry

From "Early generations of the founders of old Dunstable: thirty families" by Ezra S. Stearns:

Obadiah Perry, son of William and Anna Perry of Watertown, married Aug. 21, 1667, Esther Hassel, born Cambridge, Dec. 6, 1648, daughter of Richard Hassell. See Hassell family.

They lived a few years in Watertown and was one of the first families of Dunstable. On account of the expusure during King Philip's War, he removed to Concord and soon after to Billerica.

It was recorded in Billerica: "Feb 10, 1675/76 (read 1676), Obadiah Perry, belonging to Dunstable towne, now resident at Concord, but being informed to remove from thence and not account it safe at ye present to remove to his owne at Dunstable, desiring at present to hire a house at Billerica, the selectmen, considering his condition, do grant him liberty to hire in this towne."

He returned to Dunstable before 1680, and was there killed by the Indians, Sept. 28, 1691. "Obadiah Perry and Christopher Temple dyed by the hand of our Indian enemies, September, the 28th day in the morning."

His widow, Esther, married second, Aug. 30, 1693, Martin Townsend of Watertown. He died 1698.

Record is found of six children of Obadiah and Esther (Hassell) Perry.

  • 1. Obadiah, born, Watertown, Oct. 11, 1669.
  • 2. Ebenezer, born, Watertown, Nov. 20, 1671.
  • 3. Esther, born, Watertown, Aug. 11, 1674, married at Concord, May 11, 1692, to William Harwood. (See Harwood family.)
  • 4. Samuel, born, Billerica, July 19, 1677, died Nov. 25, 1677.
  • 5. John, born, Dunstable, Jan 31, 1682.
  • 6. Elizabeth, born, Dunstable, Apr 7, 1683.

Birth: unknown Death: Sep. 28, 1691

Obadiah PARRY/PERRY SR was killed by Penacook Indians on the banks of the Nashua River North of Dunstable MA towards present day NashuaNH along with Christopher TEMPLE.

Earlier in the month(SEP1691), his Hassell in-laws were massacred in the same area(see#2730). The Penacooks & Abenaki had allied themselves with the French during King William's War(1689-169?) and had been raiding the towns along the New Hampshire/Massachusetts border.

It was said of Christopher TEMPLE who was killed with Obadiah PARRY: ""He was killed by Indians Sept. 28, 1691. There is a rock in the channel of the Nashua river, now [1900] covered by flowage of water, about thirty rods above the upper mill of the Nashua Manufacturing Company, called 'Temple's rock,' supposed to be near the place of his murder. Tradition says he, with others who were killed at the same time, were buried on this spot. He lived on the Hollis road, on the Nashua side of Mine Falls. On 3 Dec 1685 Christopher married Alice Hassell, daughter of Joseph Hassell & Prudence [Howell].242 Born ca 1665."

CHILDREN: -1 Obadiah 11OCT1669MA- m.1696MA Mary ? -2 Ebenezer 20NOV1671MA- -3 Esther 11AUG1674MA-1747MA m 11MAY1692MA William Harwood 1-4**John 31JAN1682MA-03FEB1746CT m.1707MA Sarah Robinson -5 Elizabeth 07APR1683MA-

John & Eliz. b. @ Dunstable in Middlesex Co. MA.

Family links:

 John Parry/Perry (1682 - 1746)*
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Burial: Non-Cemetery Burial

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Created by: H BRAUN Record added: Mar 22, 2008 Find A Grave Memorial# 25452178

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Obadiah Perry's Timeline

Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
October 11, 1669
Age 25
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
November 20, 1671
Age 27
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
August 11, 1674
Age 30
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
July 19, 1677
Age 33
Billerica, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
January 31, 1682
Age 38
Dunstable, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
April 7, 1683
Age 39
Dunstable, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
September 28, 1691
Age 47
Dunstable, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts