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Peter Perry

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Ernestown, ON, Canada
Death: August 24, 1856 (62)
Saratoga Springs, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Perry, Sr. and Jemima Gary Washburn
Husband of Mary Ham
Father of Mary Perry; Cinderella Perry; Jane Perry; Hannah Perry; Sarah A. Perry and 5 others
Brother of Robert Perry, Jr.; Amy (Williams) Perry; Patience Pomeroy; Daniel Perry; Hannah Aylesworth (Perry) and 6 others
Half brother of Ebeneezer Perry

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About Peter Perry

Individual: A member of Provincial Parliament (1824-36) and Speaker of Dominion House. Port Perry is named for him, and Whitby was once called "Perry’s Corners".

A leader of the Radicals in Cobourg during the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837. Perry's Origins The child of United Empire Loyalists, Perry was born in Canada, just west of Bath Ontario (near Napanee, Addington Co.). The family had to struggle to establish themselves after losing everything in the aftermath of the American Revolution. Like the Perry family, some 40,000 Loyalists fled the States to settle in Canada.

Perry in Politics Because his father was a Loyalist Peter was given land when he reached the age of majority in 1819, he married in 1814 and would have 9 children with his wife Mary Ham. At this time, Loyalist settlers were not permitted by law to run for political office and it was this injustice that inspired Perry to make changes in the government.Perry joined the Reform Party and fought for responsible government.

Member of the Assembly Perry won the 1824 election and with Marshall Spring Bidwell became co-representative of the combined counties of Lennox and Addington. After several battles over unfair British legislation, Perry was re-elected in 1828, 1830 and 1834. Though Perry was a very influential member of the Reform Party, he failed to break into the party's elite due to his lack of education and his penchant for coarse language. Perry's Legacy in the Legislature

Perry spent 12 years in the legislature and looking through the law books it becomes clear that he was instrumental in making many changes to the way Upper Canada was governed. Perry fought against imprisonment for debt, for the use of secret ballot in elections, for the increased power of local township governments, against the monopoly of the Bank of Canada and for the right of all recognized clergy to perform marriages. In records he is listed as "initiating, leading or strongly supporting" many issues. However, Perry's accomplishments are overshadowed by the characters of William Baldwin and William Lyon Mackenzie.

The road to Port Perry When the Lord Durham report of 1839 recommended responsible government and a political union between Upper and Lower Canada, Perry had settled on his property in Whitby and ventured into the world of commerce. With the success of his merchant business in Whitby, Perry started looking for ways to expand his enterprises. Timber was in great demand and Perry envisioned a shorter route from Lake Scugog to Whitby. He soon purchased 100 acres on the southwest end of the lake.

Town Planning Coming to Scugog, Perry recognized the need for planning and road development. He purchased a store in 1844, and one year later drew up his first plan for the town streets. Plan in hand, it wasn't hard for Perry to attract investors to this progressive settlement. By 1846, Perry had convinced the group of Paxton, Sexton and Way to build a steam powered saw mill in town, more mills followed as did a hotel in 1848. The town's burgeoning mill industry attracted steam boat builders and industry boomed. Perry didn't stop there and had soon secured government funds for road improvements, and soon linked the growing Scugog Village with Whitby and Manchester.

Perry and the Railroad Seeking to reorganize the governing of the area, Perry proposed a railroad between Lake Scugog and Whitby. This dream would be fulfilled after Perry's death, when in 1871 a railway linked Whitby and Port Perry.

Perry's Legacy After succumbing to a kidney disorder on August 24, 1851, Perry continued to influence life in this area. In 1851, the village of Scugog was renamed Port Perry,the railway was established and responsible government came to Ontario. On a more personal level, Perry's son John Ham Perry followed in Dad's footsteps and had a successful career in municipal politics.

Hello Richard: I was browsing Rootsweb, World Connect Project for Peter Perry's and noticed your posting. The following is information I have gather and thought you might be interested in:

About the Loyalist Book - I think it was Russ Waller's where he included James Perry b. 1825 m. Mercy as a son of Peter Perry & Mary Ham... apparently in error. I wish it were that easy. I have collected a pile of info on the Hon. Peter Perry b. 1792 d. 1856 son of Rev. Robert Perry UEL & Jemima Washburn. Experts on Peter & Mary Ham Perry say they only had two sons Robert Ebenezer and John Ham Perry. A copy of his probated Will seems to support that opinion.

Waller's source was "Lough: 51-75 Marr Notices Ont: CMR Front" He also includes a daughter of theirs named Sarah who married an Edward Vallier.

One the 1851 Census for Loughborough there is a

Mary Vallier Widow ae c60 Edward Vallier Widowed ae 40 Joseph 14, Samantha? 12, Orilla 10, Aliz Vallier 4, Mary Ann 2 AS WELL AS Mary Parry ae 67 widow and Sarah a. Parry single ae 29, Daniel Vallier ae 17 AND NEXT LISTED IS JAMES PARRY ae 27, MERCY PARRY ae 27, Rhoda Ann ae 5 > Hiram ae 4.

There is a marriage registration as follows: Edward Vallier ae 47, res Loughboro" b. Montreal; parents John & Mary Sarah A. Perry ae 37, res Loughboro', b. Ernestown; Parents PETER & MARY married Dec 12, 1860 by J.A. Rogers, Minister in charge of Waterloo Circuit, Methodist Episcopal Church..

Peter & Mary Ham Perry's daughter Sarah E. Perry died Nov 29, 1846 as a notice states in the Dec 5,. 1846 issue of the Globe.[14 years before Sarah A. & Edward Vallier were married.]

On the Ag Census C11721 - 1851 for Loughborough Edward Vallier is at Con 6 Lot 5 &6, a Daniel Parry Con 6 L 4&5

(I think this Daniel was m. to Nancy Barrett sister to > Mercy).

I noted that James Perry was at Con 11, L E1/2 N6 Loughborough in 1861.

There was another Peter Parry b. abt 1780 [referred to as Peter of Portland] son of William Parry UEL m. 25 Jan > 1805 son of William Parry of Ernestown. According to a Land Petition Mary McDonnell daughter of Daniel/Donald was the wife of Peter Perry. I have only found record of two daughters of this couple Katherine b. 1806 and Ester b. 1810.

--Barb Byers Bradley, Saskatoon, Sask. Barbara Byers Bradley

I have the following children of Peter Perry and Mary Ham

1. Cinderella b 1814 d1900 who married Benjamin Fairfield Davy

This is my proof

His father willed him 100 acres of land in Camden Twp, adjacent to Ernestown Twp. He may have farmed a little but worked in the general store of his brother-in-law Saba Murphy at Ovid N.Y. After learning the principles of merchandising at Ovid he opened a store of his own in Bath,Ont. He took his younger brothers, George and William into the business with him. About 1837 he opened a store at Napanee,Ont leaving the Bath store in charge of his brother William. later Benjamin left the Napanee store in charge of his brother George and went to Whitby,Ont where he and Peter Perry went into a partnership in a store. He remained in Whitby for 2 years, then went to Belleville,Ont where he opened a wholesale and retail store. He packed pork for Gilmore lumber camp on the Madawaska river and also was a heavy grain buyer. He was the first mayor of Belleville. Norman Davy Davy Family Tree

2. Hannah Minerva Perry b 1818 d June 13, 1846 who married William Henry Davy

I have no proof other than William Henry Davy and Benjamin Fairfield Davy are brothers. Waller lists her as the daughter of Peter Perry and Mary McDaniel. McDonald McConnell but I think she belongs here.

In addition another brother Peter Davy whose daughter Jane Minerva married Robert Ebenezer Perry brother of Cinderalla and I assume Hannah Minerva.

3. Jane Perry b 1818 d? Is this the Sarah Jane who you have as disinherited.

4. Mary Perry b 1822 d?

5. Jemima Louisa Perry b Abt. 1824 d November 28, 1846 Notice in Christian Guardian

6 Robert Ebenezer Perry Abt. 1826 d aft 1881 He married Jane Minerva Davy and moved to Bracebridge

7. John Ham Perry March 12, 1829 d March 1896 he married Jane Hall

8. Sarah Eliza Perry March 12, 1829 dNovember 29, 1846 Notice in Christian Guardian

According to this, from you, there are 8 children.. 2 daughters deceased from Christian Guardian (died in 1846 all 3) 1 deceased married daughter, 3 daughter's alive and 2 sons..

OA MS638 Reel 62 In Hon Peter Perry's Will Probated September 9, 1851 there were legacies distributed to "his 3 daughters alive; "to the children of deceased daughter" "to his 2 sons Robert and John " "to his 18 grandchildren" "to his 7 name sakes"I

The deceased daughter with children would be Hannah Minerva. Cinderalla would be one of the living daughters as well as Mary and Jane

In the Biography of Peter in The Canadian Biography Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self Made Men. It says that Mary Ham had 2 sons and 6 daughters of which 4 daughters died before her. She was living with John in 1881 Census.

The 4 daughters who died before her would be #2 Hannah Minerva 1846, #5 Jemina Louisa 1846 and #8 Sarah Eliza 1846 and either # 3 Jane or #4 Mary who must have died post 1881.

That leaves Cinderella and Mary or Jane alive along with the two sons.


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Peter Perry's Timeline

November 14, 1793
Ernestown, ON, Canada
Age 22
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March 12, 1829
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