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Stephen Samuel Perry

Birthplace: Potosi, Washington County, Missouri, United States
Death: September 05, 1874 (49)
Brazoria County, Texas, United States
Place of Burial: Texas, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James Franklin Perry and Emily Margaret Perry
Husband of Sarah McLean Perry
Father of Henry Austin Perry, III; Hiram Brown Perry; Charles Brown Perry; Rosanna Estelle Perry; Emmett Lee Perry and 6 others
Brother of Emily Rosanna Perry; Eliza Margaret Perry; James Elijah Brown Perry; Henry Austin Perry and Cecilia Perry
Half brother of Stephen Austin Bryan; William Joel Bryan; Col. Moses Austin Bryan, CSA; Maj./Rep. Guy Morrison Bryan, CSA and Mary Elizabeth Bryan

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About Stephen Samuel Perry

Stephen Samuel Perry managed Peach Point Plantation, and is credited with amassing and preserving significant historical manuscripts related to Texas history.

Peach Point Plantation is an official historic landmark of Texas located in Jones Creek, but from the 1830s through the Civil War, Peach Point was an agricultural business located in Jones Creek. Peach Point was also the place Stephen F. Austin called home.

As proprietor of Peach Point Plantation, Stephen S. was responsible for agricultural planning, together with financial and legal decisions related to the business as well as the homestead. Stephen S. was advised by Mordello Munson. Stephen S. opted to focus on sugar cane growth in the 1850s.

In the process of decades of responsible management and communication, Stephen S. received and cataloged original source papers and manuscripts of early Texas history.

Named in part for Stephen Samuel Perry, whose grandson by exactly the same name donated them, one of the key sets of historical accounts of early Texas history is kept at the Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. These are called the James F. and Stephen S. Perry Papers, 1785-1942. Stephen Samuel Perry maintained extensive records of communications related to the management of not only the plantation, but also land deeds, growth, and the very settlement of Texas in the 1800s. In fact, the archives and manuscripts presented to the school were so extensive that they are officially measured as 13 feet, 9 inches in width. In fact, virtually all books related to Stephen F. Austin or settlement of Texas footnote or reference the James F. and Stephen S. Perry Papers.

As described by the library catalog, "Papers of Perry and his son Stephen Samuel Perry and their extended families cover significant events in Texas history from the early years of colonization up to the twentieth century. Collection relates to Stephen F. Austin's land holdings, James Franklin Perry's mercantile business and other family-related business enterprises, the establishment and operation of Peach Point Plantation, and the daily concerns of paternalistic slaveholders who found it difficult to make ends meet raising cotton, corn, and sugar; to educate their children where there were no public schools; and to handle chronic health problems. The papers accentuate the contrast between life in various sections of the United States since the Perrys traveled for business, health reasons, and pleasure; attended schools in Ohio, Connecticut, and Virginia; and corresponded with and visited relatives in the northeast as well as Ohio, Iowa, and Missouri."

The "James F." in the title refers to James Franklin Perry, second husband to Emily Austin Perry.

Professor of History, Light Townsend Cummins, of Austin College, the official Historian of the State of Texas at the time of this writing, points out that despite her important participation in and contributions to Texas history, there is no collection of letters archived under Emily's name; rather, the collection archived in the 1930s was titled for her husband and son, "the James F. and Stephen S. Perry Papers." Cummins, who has reviewed the papers housed at the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, notes that this collection includes "as much of Emily's letters, documents, and papers as those of her husband and son. Cumins points out that the archive was named in the 1930s, and were they named under archiving standards in 2009, they would very likely instead have been called, "The James and Emily Austin Perry Papers."

Stephen is the son of James F. Perry and Emily Austin Perry, and grandson to Moses Austin and Maria Brown Austin, and nephew of Stephen F. Austin. Stephen is the half-brother of Guy Morrison Bryan, William Joel Bryan and Moses Austin Bryan. Stephen attended school taught by Thomas J. Pilgrim.

Stephen married Sarah McLean Brown on April 5, 1853. Sarah was born in Delaware, Ohio and died at Peach Point Plantation. Sarah's parents were H.J.L. and R. P. Brown. Sarah is also buried at Gulf Prairie Cemetery. Stephen and Sarah had a child named James Franklin Perry on July 29, 1854. James Franklin Perry married Catherine H. Morris (February 20, 1855 - January 25, 1935). James and Catherine had three children including a distinct person named "Stephen Samuel Perry" who also managed Peach Point Plantation.

With the birth of each of his children, Stephen Samuel Perry planted an oak tree on the property. Peach Point was virtually destroyed in a variety of storms including hurricanes such as in 1909. Though the Hurricane of 1900 and the Grand Isle Hurricane of 1909 destroyed many structures at the Plantation, two of these oak trees (quercus virginiana) still survive in the present era.

Stephen Samuel Perry was born June 24, 1825 in Potosi, Missouri and died September 5, 1874 in Brazoria, Texas.

Stephen Samuel Perry is buried at Gulf Prairie Cemetery located in Jones Creek, Texas.

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Stephen Samuel Perry's Timeline

June 24, 1825
Potosi, Washington County, Missouri, United States
July 29, 1854
Age 29
Texas, United States
May 15, 1856
Age 30
Texas, United States
February 8, 1858
Age 32
Texas, United States
September 8, 1860
Age 35
Texas, United States
April 24, 1862
Age 36
Texas, United States
July 4, 1864
Age 39
Gay Hill, Washington County, Texas, United States
October 31, 1866
Age 41
Texas, United States
September 12, 1868
Age 43
Texas, United States