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Perry Family of Kershaw and Lancaster Counties South Carolina


Perry 1690 - 1841
Benjamin and James Perry of Virginia
Rich Hill Plantation
John Madison Perry
Liberty Hill Day 1
Liberty Hill houses Day 1
Lancaster Day 2
Henry (Hal) Brown Perry and Amelia Ragsdale Perry
Henry (Hal B) Brown Perry,Jr
Jane Curry Perry Carlisle
Anna Mae Perry Wood
Margaret (Margie) Elizabeth Perry Boren
Bessie (Betty) Amelia Perry Kirk
William Ragsdale (Bill) Perry
Texas Perrys
The Ragsdale line
Florida Perrys
Bessie Perry Hines and Cornelia Perry Scott
Alexander Wilmot Matheson
A Play

Since our August 2004 gathering, I have accumulated a number of obituaries on some our Perry Kin from family members.  As the number increased, I decided to devote a page of this site to them.  As most of them came to me as copies, I have typed them in.  italics indicate when some of the text was illegible.  Text added for clarity is bracketed.  

special to the Charlotte Observor
LANCASTER, S.C. , Dec 30 [1929].- Attended by a large gathering of sorrowing friends, funeral services were held at Douglas Presbyterian church here at 2:30 Sunday afternoon for Hal B. Perry, one of the county's best loved men.  Mr Perry died Saturday at the Lancaster hospital after an illness of a month.
    Mr Perry was 60 years old, a son of the late Capt. John M Pery and Jane Curry Brown.  He was born at Liberty Hill, S.C. and was a descendant of distingushed families on both sides.  He was a farmer on a large scale in the Belltown section of Lancaster county.
    Surviving Mr. Perry are his wife who was Miss Amelia Ragsdale, and the following children: Hal B. Perry, Jr., of Chester; Mrs. Julian P. Carlisle, Mrs. Sidney B. Wood and Miss Margie Perry of Greensboro, N.C.; Miss Bettie Perry and William Ragsdale Perry, students at the Lancaster High School; two brothers, J. M. Perry, of Tampa, Florida and Ben S. Perry of Kerans, Texas, and one sister, Mrs. Harry Hines of Lancaster.

19 May 1910 - 15 June 2005
Mrs. Halley Blake Croft, age 95, of Corsicana, Texas, died Wednesday, June 15, 2005, at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana, Texas.  Arrangements are being handled by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana, Texas, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday, June 17, 2005.  Funeral service  will be at Oakwood Cemetery at 10:00 AM Saturday, June 18, 2005, Rev. Mike Alexander officiating.  Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Texas.

John M. Perry [Jr]   Tampa FL Tribune  26 April 1934
[summary of obituary] 
Funeral services for John M. Perry, 812 South Fremont Avenue, who died Monday
[24 April 1934] will be conducted at the J. D. Reed & Son funeral home this morning at 10 o'clock by the Rev. Henry Wiggings, of Fort Meyers Methodist Chruch, fomer pastor of Seffner Methodist Church.  Active pallbearers wil be W.S.Partrick, D.M. Partrick, J.W. Tomberlin, Carl Wheeler, Ernest Davis, and Leo Seldon; honorary pallbearers will be Dr Guerna, L.L. Lightsey, Lynn Partrick, Pat Ledfort, A. R. Williams and C.I Jetton.  Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery.

CPT JOHN MADISON PERRY,C.S.A [1902 Lancaster newspaper ]
Sudden death of Deputy Coroner Perry while holding an Inquest
(Illegible).....was shocked this Sunday by the bad news of the sudden death of our townsman, Capt. John M Perry.  He was holding an inquest over two colored children about six (?) miles South of town, who had been accidently poisoned by their mother, when he was stricken with apoplexy and died in about one hour.
He had impaneled the jury and taken the testimony of two witnesses and had sworn the third when his head fell forward and he would have fallen from his chair but was caught by some one standing  by his side.  Dr Poovey was present and did what he could for him but he never regained consiousness and ceased breathing īn about one hour. His wife was sent for at once  but life was extinct when she reached his side.
    John Madison Perry was born near Liberty Hill, March 18th, 1841. He was the son of the late Jack Perry, one of the wealthiest men of that section in ante-bellum days.  He was twice married. He first married, April 21, 1864, Miss Jane C. Brown of Liberty Hill and five children born of this marriage survive him, viz.Mrs. Ira S. Scott, H.B. Perry, and Miss Bessie Perry of this county, J. M. Perry Jr, of Fairfield, and B.S. Perry of Texas.   His scond marriage, Dec 12 1882 was to Miss Minnie M. Massey.  Until they moved to town about four years ago, Capt. Perry had engaged in school teaching.  For the past two years he had been deputy coroner.  He was a member of the Presbyterian church and a man whose integrity was never questioned - polished and refined, a gentleman (.....illigible)
He (was a member of the) Lancaster Greys but was transferred in 1862 to the calvalry Co H, 4th S.C. Calvary, Capt Foster's old company, and remained with it until the close of the hostilites.  His remains were interred at Camp Creek Methodist Church Monday afternoon after an internment service conducted by Rev. Chalmers Fraser, pastor of the Presbyterian church at this place [Lancaster]. The pall bearers were Capt J.C.Foster, J.M Warrick, J.M. Pardue, T.H. Davis, W.D. Lammond, J.W. Williams, survivors of the lost cause.

OBITUARY Jane Curry Brown
Obituary written by Rev. John G Richards, pastor of Liberty Hill Presbyterian Church
(published the Camden Chronicle?)

Last Rites Held Saturday for Mrs. Hal Perry  [Mar.21, 1957 Lancaster paper]
Mrs. Amelia Ragsdale Perry, age 81, widow of the late Hal B. Perry, died in Greensboro, N.C. after a brief illness.
   Mrs. Perry was born in the Rossville section of Chester County, daughter of Charles H. and Elizabeth Stevenson Ragsdale.  She lived in the Bell Town community of Lancaster County until the death of her husband in 1929 and since then lived in Greensboro.
    Survivors inlcude four daughters, Mrs. J. P. Carlisle, Mrs, S. B. Wood, Mrs. John Boren and Mrs B. H. Kirk, all of Greensboro; one son, W.R. Perry of Waynesboro, N.C [should be Virginia].  Another son, Hal B. Perry, Jr of Lancaster, died last year.
    Funeral services for Mrs. Perry were held at 10:30 a.m.Saturday in Greensboro with graveside serives at Douglas Presbyterian Chruch Cemetery in Lancaster County at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

OBITUARY (Lancaster) of Burr Harrison Perry, son of Amelia Ragsdale and Henry (Hal) Brown Perry.
  Dear little Harry, the sweet and innocent sixteen months old babe of Mr. and Mrs. H B Perry, died suddenly of  pneumonia Friday evening last, after a few days of suffering, but patient illness. He was a bright little sun-beam, lighting up our joy and pride with childish prattle and tiny baby steps.  His sweet little form is now resting beneath the shadowy pines of dear old Camp Creek cemetery.  Hwe we miss him! And our hearts go out to the bereaved parents in deepest and truest sympathy.
This lovely golden-haired flower,
   With the sweetest, dimpled face.
Wearied of blossoming here below,
   And sought a fairer place.
Though he is absent from us, -
   (Those dear little eyes of blue.)
There is an image left within our hearts
   That will ever remain as new.
Fond parents arms are empty-
   Their hearts are filled with grief.
But He who caused this sorrow -
   can quickly send relief.
May this be a comfort -
   For hearts so filled with pain -
That these our great afflictions,
  Are for our eternal gain.
                          - A FRIEND
March 5, 1900