Rev. Philo Perry

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Philo Perry

Birthplace: Woodbury, Litchfield County, Province of Connecticut, British Crown Colony
Death: October 26, 1793 (40)
Newtown, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Newtown, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Dr. Joseph Perry and Ruth Perry
Husband of Sarah Preston
Father of Charles Benjamin Perry; Col. Dr. Henry Perry and Julia Panet Marshall
Brother of Dr. Bennett Perry; Ruth Ann Curtiss; Nathaniel Perry and Herman Perry
Half brother of Mary Taylor; Margaret Taylor; Tahan Taylor; Friend Taylor; Thaddeus Taylor and 7 others

Occupation: Doctor, Episcopal Clergyman
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About Rev. Philo Perry

Born December 22, 1752 he became a physician until ordained an Episcopal clergyman. The Rev. Philo Perry was the rector of Trinity Episcopal Church at Newtown, Connecticut for twelve years from 1782 when the Rev. Beach died. At an ordination held in St. John's church in Stamford on Sunday, June 3, 1787 Philo Perry was ordained Preist upon a title from Christs Church at Newtown and from the church at Newberry. Philo Perry served as rector until his death in 1793. A new rector was not assigned until 1799. The parents of Philo Perry are Doct, Joseph Perry,b.11 30 1726 in Derby, Ct d. 04 29 1793 and Ruth Perry (Preston) b 07 28 1730 in Woodbury, Ct and died 12 02 1768, she is the daughter of Hon. William Preston. She is already in the tree under her father,) . See William Cothren's History of Ancient Woodbury Preston and Perry genealogies. E-books are listed above. THE REVEREND PHILO PERRY, MA. Philo, a son of Dr Joseph and Ruth Preston Perry, was born in Woodbury, Connecticut on December 22, 1752. His father was a well known physician. His early education was received in the common schools and under the careful guidance of his father. In his twenty first year he entered Yale College and was graduated in 1777. He studied medicine and settled in Stratford where he built up an extensive practice. It is probable that he attended Christ Church, then lovingly served by the Rev. Jeremiah Leaming and through his influence entered upon a course of theology. With David Belden, Tilley Bronson, and Reuben Ives, he was recommended for ordination by the Convocation at Derby in September, 1786. The four candidates were made deacons on the feast of St. Matthew, September 21, 1786 in Christ Church, Derby by Bishop Seabury. On January 9, 1787 Mr. Perry became the Rector of Trinity Church, Newtown. This parish one of the very oldest in the Diocese had been organized in 1732 by the Rev. John Beach of blessed memory, whose long and brave witness for the truth as this Church hath received the same built up congregations in Newtown and Redding, which were the largest of our communion in the colony. The four years since the death of Mr. Beach on March 19, 1782 and the ravages of the Revolution had somewhat impaired its strength. Mr. Perry entered upon his work with great enthusiasm, by faithful industry patience and tact he repaired the waste places of the parish. Mr. Perry was ordained priest in St. John's Church, Stamford on Trinity Sunday, June 3, 1787, by Bishop Seabury upon a title from the Bishop's Register from Christ's Church, Newton and from the Church at Newberry. Within five years after Mr. Perry's settlement in Newtown, a new church seemed necessary. It replaced that built in 1746, which was forty six feet long and thirty five feet wide. The new church was considered very spacious and elegant and served the parish for nearly eighty years. The consecration was on Thursday, September 19, 1793 by Bishop Seabury, it being the fifth church consecrated by him in the Diocese. Mr. Perry continued for five years more to minister in holy things to the people of Newtown and Brookfield (formerly Newbury), but in the midst of his usefulness, he departed this life on October 26, 1798, in the forty sixth year of his age. While still young in his ministry, he had obtained the confidence and regard of his Bishop and brethren of the clergy. He was secretary of the Convocation, secretary of the Convention, a member and secretary of the Standing Committee, and a deputy to the General Convention. When the present Trinity Church, Newtown was consecrated on June 8, 1882, there were unveiled four mural tablets of marble and brass commemorating the founder and three other rectors of the parish. Upon that in memory of Mr. Perry there is this truthful inscription: He was the devoted and efficient Rector of this Parish and a Clergyman of eminence in the Councils of the Church.

Sketches of Church Life in Colonial Connecticut

Being the Story of the Transplanting of the Church of England into Forty Two Parishes of Connecticut, with the Assistance of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel

Written by Members of the Parishes in Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Society

Edited by Lucy Cushing Jarvis New Haven, Connecticut: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1902.

Trinity Parish, Newtown1732.

NEWTOWN Parish was founded in 1732, the Rev. John Beach being its first Rector. He had labored here for eight years as Congregational minister; until, compelled by his convictions to give up his position, he became a communicant of the Church at Stratford and was soon admitted to Holy Orders in England, 1732. He was appointed missionary at Newtown and Redding by the Venerable Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, and began his work alone in northwestern Connecticut in the face of bitter opposition and with a small flock of five families.

Having no church building, the services were held in his own house. In those days Churchmen came from New Milford and other remote places to worship at Newtown, sometimes coming on Saturday with their needful supplies, while their brethren gave them house room.

Down to the end of 1734 there were in Connecticut four missionaries and five houses of worship--one of these at Newtown. The first church building was 28 by 24 feet. It was raised on Saturday, the roof boards put on the same evening, and the next day the faithful few assembled for divine service, sitting on the timbers and kneeling on the ground. The second church building, finished in 1746, was double the capacity of the first. Mr. Beach divided his time between Redding and Newtown, reporting to the Venerable Society at one time an attendance of over three hundred at Redding and over six hundred at Newtown.

At the beginning of the Revolution the communicants numbered three hundred. These were trying times for Churchmen, yet the Church was winning its way in spite of much opposition, sufferings and dangers. Warnings were repeatedly given to cease praying for the King; but the Rector at Newtown, alone of all the clergy in the colony, continued his services without interruption through the entire Revolutionary period. It is related on one occasion that soldiers entered the church and threatened to shoot the Rev. John Beach if he read the prayer for the King and the royal family. Mr. Beach, however, went on as usual with no change, while the soldiers, struck with such quiet courage, stacked their muskets and remained through the service. Mr. Beach died in 1782 and his successor was the Rev. Philo Perry. During his rectorship the third church was erected. It was formally named "Trinity Church," and was consecrated by Bishop Seabury. This Church stood for seventy-seven years, until replaced by the present beautiful stone edifice. Mr. Perry was Rector for twelve years.

On August 5, 1799, the Rev. Daniel Burhans, D.D., was chosen Rector, remaining with the parish more than thirty years, when the infirmities of age obliged him to resign. Thus a period of one century was covered by these first three rectorships, marking three different periods in the history of the Church in this country. The first takes us down to the Revolution, through the times when Holy Orders could be obtained only by incurring the dangers of three thousand miles of ocean travel, when the baptized went unconfirmed for want of a bishop.

The influence of Trinity Church, Newtown, upon the Church in other places cannot be measured. While in recent years, it has lost many in numbers it looks back with pride upon its noble history, and less than fifty years ago a Rector of Christ Church, Hartford, declined a call to Newtown because it was a "larger and more arduous work than he was then engaged in!"

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Rev. Philo Perry's Timeline

December 22, 1752
Woodbury, Litchfield County, Province of Connecticut, British Crown Colony
September 25, 1782
Woodbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States
February 27, 1785
Newtown, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
December 21, 1788
Newtown, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
October 26, 1793
Age 40
Newtown, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Newtown, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States