Parents: Eliakim Perry and Sarah Joy
Parents: John Bliss and Rebecca Whitaker NO INFORMATION
Born: 8 Aug 1741
Place: Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts
Marr: 12 Jan 1764
Place: Killingly, Windham, Connecticut
Died: 2 May 1826
Place: Ira, Rutland, Vermont
Born: 1 Apr 1740
Place: Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts
Died: 12 Sep 1835
Place: Cornish, Sullivan, New Hampshire
Children: of David and Anne
b: 20 Oct 1764
- Sylvanus Perry
b: 3 Jan 1767
- Silvanus Perry
b: 3 Jan 1767
- Anna Perry
b: 17 Jan 1770
- David Perry
b: 4 Aug 1772
- Lucy Perry
b: 19 Jan 1774
- Polly Perry
b: 24 Sep 1776
- Mary Perry
b: 29 Sep 1776
- Hannah Perry
b: 3 Nov 1779
- Nathaniel Greene Perry
b: 19 Feb 1782
Publisher: Richard Bingham, Binghams of Bingham County Pedigrees, site Revised 5 February 2005 Copyright 2001-2005 by Richard Bingham. Retrieved March 21, 2005 from
wonderful site has histories of several of the members of the Bingham family with some pictures.
Jones, D.G. The Captain David Perry Web Site. c1999. http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~dagjones/captdavidperry/index.html.
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This site has a story about Captain David Perry which is several chapters long. Written by himself compiled by D.G. Jones. With great references and many hours of research has been done.
Denise G. Jones sent me several histories and the electronic book of Captain David Perry. Which I have just finished putting on this web. Enjoy this wonderful information please contact Denise G. Jones on her site listed above, if you would like this information. I can not give you permission for information that is not mine.
Captain David Perry ..chapter 1 ..this page also has a list of all the histories Denise sent me.
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David Perry (Captain), son
of Eliakim and
Sarah (Joy) Perry, born in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, 8 August 1741;
died in Chelsea, Orange Vermont, [or Ira, Rutland, Vermont,] 2 May 1826; married
in Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, 12 January 1764, Anna Bliss, daughter
of John and Rebecca (Whitaker) Bliss, born in Rehoboth, 1 April 1740;
died in Chelsea [or Cornish, Sullivan, New Hampshire], 12 September 1835.
Following the death of his mother in 1748, David
and his sisters lived with their uncle, David Joy. At the age of fifteen, David
was apprenticed to Mr. David Walker, in Dighton, Massachusetts, to learn the
tanning and shoe-making trades. His military career began the following year:
"In August, I was sixteen years old; at which age the young lads of that day
were called into the training-bands. In the Spring of 1758, I was warned to
training, and there were recruiting officers on the parade-ground, to enlist men
for the next campaign. I enlisted into Capt. Job Winslow's company, of Col.
Prebble's regiment, to serve eight months. People said I would not 'pass
muster,' as I was small of my age; but there was no difficulty about that."
David served in the French and Indian Wars (Ticonderoga, 1758; Quebec City,
1759; Minas Basin, Nova Scotia, 1760; and St. John's, Newfoundland, 1762) and
the War of the Revolution (Boston and Providence, 1775). David's exploits in the
French and Indian Wars and the War of the Revolution are recounted in his
autobiography, Recollections of an Old Soldier: the Life of Captain David
Perry (1822), for which see the outstanding web page of my cousin, Denise
David had completed his indenture to Mr. Walker
before leaving for the Newfoundland campaign. On his return in 1762, he resided
again with his uncle in Rehoboth. In April 1763, he relocated to Killingly,
Connecticut, "and agreed to work for a man six months, at my trade." He married
Anna Bliss on 12 January 1764, "at which time I was not worth ten dollars,
besides my clothes." According to Ancestors of the Bingham
Family of Utah and other sources, David had previously married Hannah
Sherwinn (5 March 1671), by whom he had Hannah, born 21 Jan 1762, and Silas,
born 18 Apr 1763. We assume this to be erroneous, however, since David mentions
neither this marriage nor these children in his autobiography; moreover, Silas,
to have been born in April 1763, would had to have been conceived while David
was in Newfoundland, presumably without his wife.
In Killingly, said David: "I followed shoe-making,
made a comfortable living by it, and soon was able to buy a few acres of land,
upon which I erected tan-works -- had a pretty good run of custom, and the
inhabitants assisted all they could. Thus for a time matters went on
prosperously, and in three or four years I gained considerable property. But
there was another tanner in Killingly, named Watson, who used to have all the
custom before I set up business there, and had become pretty rich. Finding his
custom decrease as mine gained, he came and proposed to take me into partnership
with him, so that we could carry on the business on a large scale. I closed with
him, and in three years he managed to get all I had earned, and left me two
hundred dollars in debt."
In 1779, following his service in the War of the
Revolution, David removed from Connecticut to Plainfield, Sullivan, New
Hampshire, where he lived for the next eighteen years. In 1785, he took a
Captain's commission in the New Hampshire militia, serving eight years in that
capacity. He also served nine years as Selectman of Plainfield. He removed to
Chelsea, Vermont, in 1797.
Children of David PERRY and Anna BLISS:
Silvanus Perry, born in Killingly, 3
January 1767; married Eunice Spalding.
Anna Perry, born in Killingly, 17 January
David Perry, born in Killingly, 4 August
1772; died 1827 in Russia, Herkimer, New York; married Lucy
Lucy Perry, born in Killingly, 19 January
1774; married Isaac Alder.
Mary (Polly) Perry, born in Killingly, 29
September 1776; married Daniel Starkweather.
Hannah Perry, born in Plainfield, 3
Nathaniel Green Perry, born in
Plainfield, 12 February 1782; married Roxanna
Source: Jonathan BINGHAM history, Writer of this history is Richard Bingham
his website address... http://www.familyhistorypages.com/Bingham.htm#EWB
This website has the entire book of Captain David Perry it is a great site.
Summary of Perry's Life and Recollections
by D.G. Jones, M. Mus. © 1998
David Perry was born in 1741 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, and was christened on the the 18th of October 1741, in the Second Congregational Church of Rehoboth at Palmer's River -- the same day his father was baptized and his mother renewed her covenant.*
When his mother died in 1748 from a sudden illness, Perry went to live with her brother -- Lt. David Joy of Rehoboth. "Uncle David" Joy treated him with great kindness, both then and in later life during his lengthy recovery from typhus. At the age of fourteen, young David Perry was apprenticed as a tanner and shoemaker to David Walker in nearby Dighton. From Dighton he enlisted into the New England Provincial Forces, serving for four campaigns in the French and Indian War (Seven Years War), which has sometimes been called the first "world war." Half of his memoir deals with his service in that war, which had been eclipsed by the American Revolution and all but forgotten by the time Perry was writing.
After the war he married and raised a family in Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, from whence he served twice during the Revolution. He served first at the Siege of Boston in 1775 as a second lieutenant in the 3rd Regiment of Foot, Co. 8, under Capt. Joseph Elliot, Gen. Israel Putnam commanding, and was discharged in September of that year, possibly due to illness. He served a second time at Providence, Rhode Island, during the winter of 1776-77 as a first lieutenant in the 4th Battalion of the the State Regiment of Connecticut under Capt. John Ely, Gen. Joseph Spencer commanding. Although one source reported that he was with Wasghington at New York, a careful reading of his Recollections and information in military records confirm he was not.* Neither was he at Valley Forge, as some internet sources have recently reported. While at home from the service, he was active in encourging other soldiers to enlist, even paying their bounty at times.
In 1779, Perry moved his family to Plainfield, Sullivan [then Cheshire County], New Hampshire, where he served as selectman for nine years and militia officer for eight, accepting a captain's commission in 1785, two years after the Revolutionary War's end. In 1790, he was one of many who helped create the state of Vermont, of which he became a resident in March, 1797 -- six years after its admittance into the Union. It was in Chelsea, Orange, Vermont that while approaching the venerable age of eighty he wrote his Recollections of An Old Soldier in 1819 as an inheritance to bequeath to his posterity.
Perry probably contacted the printer, young Simeon Ide during, the winter of 1821-1822, who printed it before May. In February, David Perry registered copyright to the title, either Windsor or Rutland (where federal courts were then held).
Between late 1821 and early 1823 Perry moved to Ira, Rutland, Vermont, where he lived his remaining years with the family of his youngest son Nathaniel Green Perry. On May 2, 1826, he died in Ira and was buried in the Riverside Cemetery there. His account chronicles:
1. Provincial involvement in King George's War (his father Capt.[?] Eliakim Perry and uncles Abner Perry and Lt. David Joy, participated in the taking• of the fortress at Louisbourg,• Cape Breton Island,• Nova Scotia or Acadia• under Gen. Pepperell•).
2. Abercrombie's unsuccessful assault on Ticonderoga• (1758) during the French & Indian War• (also known as the Seven Years'• War• and known at the time as the "French War" [1756-1763]).
3. The provincial rangers' activity at the Siege of• Quebec City (1759) during the French & Indian War.
4. The New England Planters' colonization of the Minas Basin area, Nova Scotia (1760) after the tragic British deportation of the French• Acadians.•
5. Ground preparation for Citadel Hill in Halifax, Nova Scotia; and the Battle of Signal Hill• in the recapture of St. John's, Newfoundland (1762) -- the last battle of the French & Indian War (Seven Years' War).
6. The Siege of Boston during the Revolutionary War (1775), and Connecticut militia service under Gen. Joseph Spencer at Providence, R.I. during the winter of 1776-77.
7. The American victory of Commodore Thomas Macdonough• on Lake Champlain• during the Battle of Plattsburgh, NY, in the War of 1812.•
The first-hand account of Hazen's Rangers at the Siege of Quebec is indeed rare. Details of the Provinicial Rangers' activity at the recapture of Signal (Flagstaff) Hill in Newfoundland are recorded nowhere else. His near•-death experience is likewise worthy of profound consideration, and is remarkable for its relative antiquity, particularly in pre-dating the Revolution. Refined in the turmoil surrounding the War of 1812, he concludes his memoir with a condemnation of disunity and an admonition enjoining the maintenance of our freedoms that has stunning implications for us today.