Notes for Ezekiel Perry: Ezekiel Perry fought in the Indian wars of Stewart County, GA. June 1831, Ezekiel served in the First Superior Court. He is listed as one of the pioneer settlers of the 19th District of Stewart County.
Ezekiel and Rebecca moved to Texas in 1837 from Stewart County, GA, first to Galveston, Dallas and Limestone County, then to Washington County. In 1842, the family left Texas headed for Mississippi, but upon reaching Union County, Arkansas, and the Ouachita River, they found their way obstructed by high water from the river. They settled near Champagnolle in Union County and lived there for about 12 years. They then moved to a point about 7 miles north of El Dorado, Arkansas and here Ezekiel continued his occupation as a farmer until 1857, when Rebecca died. Afterward, he made his home with his children, all being married and living in Union County except for Benjamin Joseph. About 10 years after Rebecca's death, Ezekiel married Docia Simpson Bennett, the widow of Pleasant Bennett and they made their home near Bearden, Arkansas. Some believe that he is buried at Thornton, Calhoun County, Arkansas.
From the PERRY FAMILY BIBLE, owned by Mr. Ben Perry, son of Reverand Benjamin Perry:
FAMILY RECORD: Page 1 Miscellaneous
* Ezekial Perry, a son of Doctrine and Mary Perry, was born in Edgefield District, SC on the 15th of Feb. 1804, A.D.
* Rebecca May, a daughter of Joseph and Susan May, was born in Talbert County, GA, Dec. 7, 1807, A.D.
* Susan S., a daughter of Ezekial and Rebecca Perry, was born in Talbert County, GA June 22, 1827 A.D.
* Mary J., a daughter of Rebecca and Ezekial Perry, was born in Talbert County, GA
Page 2 Births
Benjamin J. Perry, a son of Ezekial and Rebecca Perry, was born in Washington County, Texas, Feb. 5th, 1842, A.D.
Lucindie Caroline Perdue, a daughter of John and Mary Perdue, was born in Lowndes County, AL Apr 27, 1843, A.D.
Mary Rebecca, a daughter of BJ and LC Perry was born in Lowndes County, AL June 5th, 1865/
William Harrison Perry, a son of BJ and LC Perry was born in Union Co. Arkansas Feb. 28th, 1867.
************** Ref.: History of Stewart County Ga. by Helen Eliza Terrill. Stewart County was formed December 1830 from Randolph and the county seat was Lumpkin. p. 303 - June 1831 - Petit Jury to serve in first Superior Court: p. 315 - 19th District of Stewart Co. Pioneer settlers: Ezekial Perry p. 62 - Election held at William Fanner Sr., November 1813 for one Senator for Orange Parish (early South Carolina elections): 1. Zechael Perry Sr. 2. William Williams 3. Docton Perry 4. Arch Yarborough Sr.
FILE NO. 118, Case No. 164, HEIRS OF JAMES C. LAMBERT, DECEASED, E. PERRY GUARDIAN:
PETITION OF EZEKIEL PERRY.
STATE OF ARKANSAS: CIRCUIT COURT FALL TERM 1874 COUNTY OF CALHOUN:
TO HON. J.T. ELLIOT JUDGE OF THE 9TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS, PROBATE SIDE THEREOF: - Your petitioner would most respectfully represent unto your Honor that he is the Grandfather of the following named minors who are left without father and mother and whose father and mother were named James C. and Juan F. Lambert formerly Juan F. Perry (Union County Marriage Records give her name as Joann) who was the daughter of Rebecca May and sister of Benjamin May now deceased, and who left an estate in Webster County, Georgia, to be divided amongst his heirs at law, and Ezekiel P. Lambert, Joseph E., Susan R., Mary J., Martha U., Sara A.A., and William T. Lambert a restributees of said Mays Estate and the orphans of said J.C. and Juan F. Lambert, Dec'd. The premises considered, Your petitioner would most respectfully ask your honor to appoint your petitioner Guardian upon his giving the bond required by law, to receive and receipt for said minors interest in said estate as by statute in such cases made and provided and in duty bound will ever pray, etc.
Ezekiel Perry, Petitioner.
EZEKIEL PERRY'S GUARDIAN'S BOND: Recorded Probate Court Record B, Page 631
The following is on reverse side of Ezekiel's Guardian Petition: We EZEKIEL P. LAMBERT and JOSEPH E. LAMBERT are mentioned in the foregoing petition are minor children of James C. Lambert Juan F. Lambert and a be over the age of 14 years, do hereby appoint and choose our Grandfather, Ezekiel Perry, to be our guardian to receive and receipt for any moneys that may due us in the state of Georgia or elsewhere, May 29, 1874.
Witness: T. F. Madera Ezekiel P. Lambert His Joseph X Lambert Mark ******************
In Ezekiel's petition to the Judge of Probate Court, he sets out that the children are almost destitute and need food, clothing, etc. During the two years that he handled their estate, they certainly lived well, as evidenced by the bills he paid out of their estate. Apparently, he bought back their land as the tax receipts were found for it. After Ezekiel's death in the spring of 1876, Mrs. Martha Eugenia Perry Murphy took over as guardian, according to the settlement records which show that about $1800 was turned over to Mrs. Murphy.
Ezekiel is listed on the Texas Land Records as being granted 640 acres of land in Fayette Co., TX. The Conditional Certificate was issued December 26, 1839. Ezekiel later lived in Washington Co., TX. Ezekiel Perry had a mercantile store in Champagnolle, Arkansas. He was a carpenter by trade. Records indicate that Ezekiel went to Georgia for the distribution of his wife's share in the May estate.
The majority of this research was compiled and shared in the form of a newsletter by Mrs. Robert (Kathryn) Yarbrough on the MURPHY, DAVIS, PERRY & PERDUE lines. A copy of the three large loose leaf notebooks of Kathryn Yarbrough's work/newsletters can be found on the shelf at Barton Library, El Dorado, Union County, Arkansas. Most of her work was well documented because Mrs. Yarbrough was able to personally interview many old timers and or copy from their family bibles, not to mention the countless hours she spent in cemeteries checking tombstones.
***************** Docia Ann Perry's grave is marked, but no marker for Ezekiel. It is believed that he, too, is buried in the Salem Cemetery, possibly even alongside her (or, as mentioned in earlier notes, at Thornton, Calhoun County, Arkansas)
More About Ezekiel Perry: Burial: Unknown, Salem Cemetery, Bearden, Calhoun Co., AR. Event: Tax Roll BET 1853 AND 1854 1st Tax Assessment of Union County, Arkansas (E. Perry 1 horse Poll $30). Military service: Indian wars in GA and AL. Occupation 1: 1850, Cabinet Maker. Occupation 2: 1870, Farmer. Religion: 14 May 1858, Baptism, joined or transferred memership to Bethel Primitive Baptist Church. Residence: Georgia, Texas, Arkansas. Will: 1876, Calhoun County, Probate C, Page 28, Arkansas.
More About Ezekiel Perry and Rebecca May: Marriage: 03 Mar 1825, Talbot or Bibb Co, GA.
More About Ezekiel Perry and Theodocia "Docia" Ann Simpson: Marriage: Abt. 1868, Arkansas.