Descendants of Peter Perry



First Generation



Peter Perry family 
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1. Peter Perry , son of Perry and Mrs Perry, was born on 11 Oct 1822 in , Ontario, NY, died on 24 Oct 1914 in Benton Harbor, Berrien, MI and was buried in Crystal Springs, Benton Harbor, Berrien, MI.

General Notes: notes of Lelia Faith Canniff; Obituary, 'The News-Palladium' , Benton Harbor, Berrien, MI, 26 Oct 1914; 1880 census, Lake Twp., Berrien, MI 9-91

Employed as cooper in 1880

From his Obituary: 'Services for aged man held today. Brief funeral services were held this afternoon at the Martinie & Michelson's chapel on Pipestone street for the late Peter Perry, aged 92 years and fourteen days. Rev. C. E. Bronson of the Presbyterian church officiated. Interment was at Crystal Springs cemetery. Mr. Perry was born in Ontario county, New York, Oct 11, 1822. He passed away Oct. 24, 1914. He was married to Rhoda Shelters February 28, 1844. They moved to Michigan about 1846, where he has since made his home. He leaves one son and two daughters, Alvin B. Perry, Benton Harbor; Mrs. Lemira Caniff, Traverse City; Mrs. Lelia Muller of Chicago. There are also three grandchildren, two near Traverse City, and Miss Serepta Perry, formerly of Benton Harbor, now of Chicago. From the notes of Lelia Faith Canniff: From Rochester, New York. Moved after married to S.E. Michigan, later to Niles, Berrien, Michigan. Cooper by trade. Easy going. After children grown lived on 40 acre farm two miles south of Bridgman, Berrien, Michigan. When health failed lived with daughter Lemira and two sons.

Peter married Rhoda Ann Shulters, daughter of Shulters and Mrs Shulter, on 28 Feb 1844 in Of Rochester, Monroe, NY. Rhoda was born on 20 Jan 1825-1826 in From Rochester, Monroe, NY, died on 29 Dec 1904 in Clam Lake, Antrim, MI and was buried in Crystal Springs, Benton Harbor, Berrien, MI.

General Notes: notes of Lelia Faith Canniff (Shulters); Obituary of Peter Perry, 'The News-Palladium', Benton Harbor, Berrien, MI, 26 Oct 1914 (Shelters); Tombstone; book 'Portrait and Biographical Record of Northern Michigan', 1895, p224. Biography on Chauncey Canniff; 1880 census, Lake Twp., Berrien, MI 9-91

From notes of Lelia Faith Canniff: She did tailoring to help out. Stern

obituary is not in the Kalkaska, MI newspaper.

Noted events in her life were:

Occupation: 1892, Lake Twp., Berrien, Michigan. Business: f, Post office: Bridgman, section: 29, acress: 29, value: $450, Mrs. Rhoda A. Perry


Children from this marriage were:

+ 2 M    i. Alvin B. Perry was born on 11 Mar 1845 in , , NY and died after 1892 in Benton Harbor, Berrien, MI.
+ 3 F    ii. Lemira Wilmuth Perry was born on 16 Oct 1846 in Commerce, Oakland, MI, died on 7 Apr 1919 and was buried in Traverse City, Grand Traverse, MI.

Frederick A. Perry 
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   4 M    iii. Frederick A. Perry was born on 5 May 1848-1849 in , , MI and died after 1892 in Benton Harbor, Berrien, MI.

General Notes: notes of Lelia Faith Canniff; 1880 census, Lake Twp., Berrien, MI 9-91

from notes of Lelia Faith Canniff: Cooper

Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: 1892, Benton Harbor twp., Berrien, MI. Cooper, Residence: n s Territorial 3 e of 4th; Fred A. Perry

Frederick married Minnie Brady. The marriage ended in divorce.

General Notes: notes of Lelia Faith Canniff

Frederick next married Nellie Frances in Jun 1874.

General Notes: notes of Lelia Faith Canniff


Emma Williams 
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Frederick next married Emeline E. (Emma) Williams. Emeline was born in Jul 1858 in , , MI and died after 1900 in Of Benton Harbor, Berrien, MI.

General Notes: notes of Lelia Faith Canniff; 1900 census, City of Benton Harbor, Berrien, MI 21-176

   5 F    iv. Lelia Arabella Perry was born on 17 Jan 1854 in , , MI, died in Traverse City, Grand Traverse, MI and was buried in Traverse City, Grand Traverse, MI.

General Notes: notes of Lelia Faith Canniff

From the notes of Lelia Faith Canniff: Had other marriages than to Ed Smith and Joseph Muller. She lived different places, mostly Chicago.

Lelia married Ed Smith.

General Notes: notes of Lelia Faith Canniff

Lelia next married Joseph Muller.

General Notes: notes of Lelia Faith Canniff


Second Generation (Children)


2. Alvin B. Perry (Peter1) was born on 11 Mar 1845 in , , NY and died after 1892 in Benton Harbor, Berrien, MI.

General Notes: notes of Lelia Faith Canniff; daughter Sarrepta A. living with grandparents in 1880 census, Lake Twp, Berrien, MI 90-91, gives birth location of father as NY

Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: 1892, Berrien Twp, Berrien, Michigan. cooper; Post Office: Eau Clair, section 4?, acres 4?, value $600, Alvin Perry


Alvira Sarepta 
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Alvin married Alvira Sarepta on 6 Oct 1871. Alvira was born in , , OH and died before 1880.

General Notes: notes of Lelia Faith Canniff (her name nay be Sarepta ALVIRA, picture has name of Aunt Alivra); not listed in 1880 census, Lake Twp, Berrien, MI, 9-91, BUT daughter Sarrepta A. gives mother's birth location as OH

From picture: "died after daughter born"


Children from this marriage were:

   6 F    i. Sarepta A. Perry was born on 6 Oct 1871 in , , MI and died after 1880.

General Notes: notes of Lelia Faith Canniff; 1880 census, Lake Twp, Berrien, MI, 9-91 (Sarrepta A.)

From the notes of Lelia Faith Canniff: Her mother died soon after her birth then lived with her grandparents. Teacher in rural, Benton Harbor, then Chicago.

Alvin next married Nettie Smith.

General Notes: notes of Lelia Faith Canniff

From the notes of Lelia Faith Canniff: The locations of 'Eau Claire, Benton Harbor' are given, they appear to refer to the marriage location.


Lemira Wilmuth Perry 
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3. Lemira Wilmuth Perry (Peter1) was born on 16 Oct 1846 in Commerce, Oakland, MI, died on 7 Apr 1919 and was buried in Traverse City, Grand Traverse, MI.

General Notes: Marriage record (age 22 at time of marriage); notes of Lelia Faith Canniff

According to Lelia Faith Canniff: She took prominent place in church and community. Lemira joined Baptist Church in her teens and after marriage joined the Congregational Church to which her husband belonged. Lemira taught in church, active as Ladies Aid; belonged to Grange, Odd Fellowes, and Rebeccas.

NOTES: marriage record of daughter Lelia Faith Canniff shows the maiden name of Lemira W. Perry to be Lionides.


Chauncey Canniff family 
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Lemira married Chauncey Bird Canniff, son of Stephen Canniff and Maria Bovee, on 18 Feb 1869 in Niles, Berrien, MI. Chauncey was born on 7 Apr 1846 in Litchfield, Hillsdale, MI, died on 12 Oct 1921 and was buried in Traverse City, Grand Traverse, MI.

General Notes: Marriage record, MI 1-82-105, age 22 at time of marriage, Chauncy B. Canniff); LDS IGI 8015404-12-1260706; 1850 U.S. Census, Litchfield, Hillsdale, MI 135-137 (Chauncey Caniff, age 4, born MI); notes of Lelia Faith Canniff (gives birth as 7 Apr 1846 and 7 Mar 1846); book 'Potrait and Biographical Record of Northern Michigan, 1895, p224.

IGI gives Chauncy B. Canniff to Lemira W. Perry

From the notes of Lelia Faith Canniff: "The first five years after marriage spent in southern Michigan, then moved to 160 acre farm in Cleon Township, Manistee County. In 1890 the family moved to the new village of Copemish, in same township 5.5 miles to take charge of the gristmill being built. Mr. Canniff owned a share and was the president and manager. They owned 83 acres on edge of village. In 1895 moved to Benzonia, Benzie County, until 1899. They moved back to the farm until 17 Mar 1904. Then to Helena Twp., Antrim Co. In 1908 moved to Bellaire. In 1909 Clam Lake again. On 18 Feb 1910 to Traverse City on Sixth Street until 1912 (1915?) south of city. Moved to 855 Webster Street until death of spouse. Chancy was the Supertent of Sunday Schools in Congregational church wherever they lived. Belonged to Grange, Odd Fellows and Forresters. Took prominent place in Community. The Canniff family moved to Benzonia, Benzie County on May 1st. 1895 where they owned 12 acres, rented some. Was Supt. of S.S. there and active in other public work, Supervisor there and later. He belonged to Grange O.O.O.F. and I.O.F. She belonged to Grange and Rebekahs, was Noble Grand at one time. In 1899 spring they moved back to their 160 acre farm in Cleon, Manistee county, lived there until 1904. To farm in Helena Township, Antrim County on Clam Lake. 1906 they moved to Bellaire, 1907 back to Perry's part of farm on Clam Lake. 1908 they moved to 6th. St., Traverse City later to farm south of City then 855 Webster St. 1915 until her death on April 7, 1919. He lived there a time them moved to 'Pnys' Helena Twp., Antrim County until death Oct 12, 1921. From book: 'Chauncey B. Canniff. Prominent among the industries of Manistee County are its milling enterprises, and the men who have worked in that line have contributed effectively to the advancement of their communities. The Copemish Roller-mill Company, of which Mr. Canniff is President, has established and successfully conducted a flourishing business, and has gained a reputation for progressive methods and reliable dealings. Mr. Canniff was born in Litchfield, Hillsdale County, Mich., April 7, 1846, and is the son of Stephen and Maria (Bovee) Canniff, both of whom were born in New York State. He is one of a family of three sons and three daughters, five of whom are still living. Susan M. is the wife of Joel M. Valentine; Helen married James Dicks; Chauncey B., of this sketch, was the next in order of birth; Charles B. is a resident of Oregon; and Julia L. is the wife of George Lovejoy. The father of our subject was a farmer by occupation, and in order to carry on that vocation more profitably he located in Michigan, making the trip here in 1840. For a short time he lived in Wheatland, Hillsdale County, and then returning to his home in the East, remained there until 1844, when we again find him a resident of Michigan. On his return hither he carried on farming near Litchfield, where he died in 1876, aged sixty-four years. His good wife survived him until 1887, when she, too, passed away, aged sixty-seven years. They were devoted members of the Congregational Church, in which the father served as Deacon and Trustee. Among his fellow-townsman he was very popular, which fact evidenced by his election to the State Legislature in 1866. For a period of two years he filled that responsible postion, representing his constituents in a manner highly satisfactory to them. For eleven years he was Supervisor of his township, and socially was highly regarded as a man of integrity. The maternal grandfatherof our subject was Jacob Bovee, who for a number of years made his home in Mohawk County, N.Y., but later in life was a resident of Genesee County, N.Y., where his death occurred at the age of seventy years. Chauncey B. Canniff was reared upon his father's farm in Hillsdale County, and when quite young attended the district schools of the locality. Later, however, he supplemented the knowledge there gained by a course in the village schools. For two years after attaining his majority he lived at home, and then starting out in life for himself, purchased a tract of eighty acres of land in Berrien County, near Three Oaks. A year later he sold this farm, and with money thus obtained bought forty acres in Cass County, where he made his home for about three years. February 18, 1874, Mr. Canniff came to Cleon Township, then a part of Wexford County, but now within the bounds of Manistee County, where he became the proprietor of a quarter-section of land, and this he placed under excellent tillage, and still has in his possession. His marriage, February 18, 1869, united him with Miss L. W. Perry, daughter of Peter and Rhoda (Shulters) Perry and to them were born three sons and two daughters. Those living are Faith L. and Perry F. Mr. and Mrs. Canniff are worthy members of the Congregational Church, and he is serving as Deacon and Trustee in the church at Copemish. He is greatly interesed in Sunday-school work, and for twenty-four years was Superintendent of that department of church work. Is was on the 26th of April, 1890, that Mr. Canniff came to Copemish. The previous winter he has aided in the erection of the flouring-mill, and is now the President of the company that operated the concern. Since coming to this place he has given his undivided attention to securing the success of the business. The mill has a capacity of fifty barrels of flour per day, and in connection with this the company has a feedmill and buckwheat stone. The officers, besided our subject, are R. Williams, Vice-President; and F.W. Clark, Secretary and Treasurer. At the present time Mr. Canniff is filling the position of President of the Village Board, and has been School Director ever since the organization of the of the district to which Copemish belongs. He was elected Supervisor of Cleon Township in 1877, filling the office eight years successively, and for three years was President and Treasurer of the Farmers' Mutual Insurance Company of Manistee, Benzie and Mason Counties. In politics he is a stanch supporter of Republican principles. He is a man of good business ability, well informed, and has the regard of the entire community."


Children from this marriage were:

   7 M    i. Canniff was born in Sep 1869-1880 in , , MI and died in Sep 1869-1880 in , , MI.

General Notes: notes of Lelia Faith Canniff (Died at birth or before)

   8 M    ii. Canniff was born in May 1869-1880 in , , MI and died in May 1869-1880 in , , MI.

General Notes: notes of Lelia Faith Canniff (Died at birth or before)

   9 F    iii. Canniff was born in Aug 1876 in , , MI and died in Aug 1876 in , , MI.

General Notes: notes of Lelia Faith Canniff (Died at birth or before)


Lelia Faith Canniff 
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   10 F    iv. Lelia Faith Canniff was born on 20 Jul 1881 in Cleon Twp., Manistee, MI, died on 16 May 1975 in Traverse City, Grand Traverse, MI and was buried in Helena Twp. Cem., Alden, Antrim, MI.

General Notes: birth certificate, State of Michigan, State Office Number 4-219, Record Number 74; marriage record (Lillie Faith); birth record Manistee County, MI 2-106-74; death record, Kalkaska County, MI 2-143-7C183; Tombstone

She recorded vital statistics on about 400 of her relatives which Richard Robert Moran has used heavily. She also record about 40 pages of family history.

Leader and Kalkaskian, Kalkaska, MI, 22 May 1975:
"Lelia Faith Grove, 93, of Alden, died Friday, May 16, 1975 at Grand Traverse Medical Care Facility, Traverse City, after a long illness. The daughter of Chancy and Lemira Canniff, she was born in Manistee County on July 20, 1881. On July 20, 1903 she married Orange Edwin Grove in Manistee County and after their marriage they moved to a farm in Clearwater Township, Kalkaska County where they raised their family of five daughters and two sons. Mrs. Grove was preceded in death by her husband on June 6, 1965; three infant daughters; two grandchildren and a brother. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Ben (Grace) Zimmerman, Mrs. Olive Kinnison and Mrs. Alice F. Anderson, all of Alden, Mrs. Bernard (Clarice) Strang of Traverse City, Mrs. Edward (Mildred) Zimmer of Bellaire; two sons, Isaac E. Grove and Ward Fred Grove, both of Alden; 33 grandchildren; 74 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Sunday, May 18, 1975 from the Rapid City Church of Christ with Larry Beaverson officiating. Burial was in Helena Township Cemetery, Alden."


Orange Grove & wife Faith 
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Lelia married Orange Edwin Grove, son of Gilbert H. Grove and Clarissa Magdalene Batz, on 20 Jul 1902 in Cleon, Manistee, MI. Orange was born on 3 Apr 1873 in , Of Fulton, IN, died on 6 Jun 1965 in Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI and was buried in Helena Twp. Cem., Alden, Antrim, MI.

General Notes: Marriage record, State of Michigan, State Office Number 3-197, Record Number 3079; Death record, Kalkaska County, MI 2-92-15; notes of wife Lelia Faith Canniff; Tombstone; unpublished history of Grove and Canniff family by Lelia Faith Canniff

Leader and Kalkaskian, Kalkaska, MI, 10 Jun 1965:
"Death Takes Orange Grove of Rapid City. Orange Edwin Grove, 92, of Clearwater Township, Kalkaska County, passed away at the Kalkaska Health Center on Jun 6, 1965. Mr. Grove was born April 3, 1873 in Fulton County, Indian, to Gilbert and Clara Grove, both of whom have preceded him in death. He was married to Lelia Faith Grove on July 20, 1902. He move to Rapid City in August of 1902 and lived 61 years on a 40 acre farm in Clearwater Township, Kalkaska County, and was School District Treasurer for many years, and also on Township Board for many years. Surviving with his wife, Lelia, are 5 daughters, Mrs. Grace Zimmerman, Route 2, Rapid City, Mrs. Olive Kinnison of Route 1, Alden, Mrs. Clarice Strang of Traverse City, Mrs. Mildred Zimmer of Route 1, Bellaire, and Mrs. Alice Anderson of Alden; 2 sons, Issac Ernest Grove of Monroe, and Fred Ward Grove of Route 1, Alden; 3 brothers, Frank of Alden, Earl of Williamsburg, Vernon of East Lansing; 1 sister, Mrs. Inez Bowman of Rapid City; 33 grandchildren; and 47 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held June 9, 1965, at 2 p.m. at the Schwartz Funeral Home with Mike Steere officiating, Burial was made in the Alden Cemetery."

He was a Farmer.

   11 M    v. Frank Perry Canniff was born on 12 Oct 1883 in , , MI and died on 1 Jun 1971.

General Notes: notes of Lelia Faith Canniff; Birth record of son Leon Earl Canniff

Frank married Jessie May Dewey, daughter of Edgar N. Dewey and Fannie, on 3 Jul 1905 in , Antrim, MI. Jessie was born on 30 Jun 1887 in Helena, Antrim, MI.

General Notes: birth record, Antrim County, MI 1-151-29; notes of Lelia Faith Canniff; birth record of son Leon Earl Canniff

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