Big changes have come to — all content is now read-only, and member subscriptions and the Shop have been discontinued.
Learn more

Home Page |Surname List |Index of Individuals |InterneTree |Sources

View Tree for Burwell PerryBurwell Perry (b. 1730, d. 1803)

Burwell Perry was born 1730 in Nansemond, VA, and died 1803 in Cascine Plantation, Louisburg, Franklin Co., NC. He married Elizabeth (Bety) Mace on 1751 in North Carolina, daughter of Francis Mace and Ann Newby.

 Includes NotesNotes for Burwell Perry:

Burwell Perry was born in VA c. 1735, and died in Louisburg, NC c. 1803. He married Elizabeth Mace, who died in 1828. The Perry homestead, where they lived, is situated 5 miles from Louisburg, NC. This place was patented by Jeremiah Perry, Burwell's brother, who willed it to his son Jeremiah. Jeremiah sold the place to his uncle, Burwell, and the homestead has been in the possession of his descendants ever since. Children of Burwell and Elizabeth, born in Louisburg:
Jeremiah, m. Temperance Boddie
Joshua, m. Elizabeth Kearney
Rachel, m. Natan Jones
John, m. Elizabeth Bodie
From "geneaologies of Several Families of the Franklin Co. Area," (1070) by Ree Herring Hendrick, p. 107:::
The Perrys of Franklin Co., NC. are of English descent. The tradition is that the family came from Nansemond, VA, and that there were 7 brothers who settled in Granville Co. c. 1746. They left VA, as they were displeased with their father's second mariage. However, the Perrys followed the old English custom of inheritance of the eldest son, and it is tradition an elder son remained in VA. These sons:

The Perrys were Royalists, and with few exceptions, did not fight on the American side during the Revolution. However, they were military, serving prior and enlisting immediately after the Revolution. Six of the brothers' names maya be found in the muster roll of Col. Wm. Eaton's regiment under Capt. Osbourne Jeffrey's command, Oct. 8. 1754. These were:
Jeremiah, John, Willima, Francis, Joshua, and Nathanial Perry.
These troops of 1754 raised to repel the Indiana and French invasion, were the first troops raised by any colony for service outside of its own borders.

Jeremiah Perry is known to have had a son, Jeremiah, as he sold one of the grants inherited from his father to his uncle Burwell (m. Eliz. Mace), which is still in possession of the family.

Burwell Perry, youngest of the Perry brothers, was about 15 years of age when they came to Granville Co., that part of which is now Franklin Co. He received grant sto 1,577 acres of land. One tract was to 360 acres, and was granted by Lord Granvill October 28, 1752. It is described as "lying on both sides of the Tar River" (Sec. of State, grant 72, File 790, Book 4, p. 27). Another trace was for 565 acres dated July 28, 1761 (Grant 90, File 804, Book 14, p. 31), and it lay " on both sides of Cedar Creek" and adjoined John Perry's line. Another of 652 acres dated July 28, 1761 "lay on the north side of Tar River."


The old Perry home was built on a tract of land which Burwell Perry purchased from Jeremiah Perry, the oldest son of the senior Jeremiah Perry. He gave it to Jeremiah Jr., and he sold it to his Uncle Burwell Perry. This land has never been out of the Perry hands, of which they are very proud.

Burwell Perry's will is recorded at Louisburg, NC and is dated 1803. In this he bequeaths "to beloved wife, Elizabeth, plantation whereon I now live, on east side of Tar River,...after her death, to son, Joshua," his heir. His (and Elizabeth Mace Perry's) other sons named were
Burwell; daughters Edith, Mary, and Elizabeth.

These Perrys were fond of fine horses, racing and sports of all kinds. The old racetrack a few years ago could still be seen dimly outlined. A number of English customs were still in use, such as placing the sideboard in the hallway where hospitality was freely dispensed. Friends and relatives were constantly coming and going. It was not uncommon for them to entertain as many as 40 at one time. Cousin, some coming from Georgia, Tennesse, and South Carolina sometimes remained for months.

Chloe Perry Conyers, wife of William Francis Herring, whose mother was "Betsey Perry," recalls one of those happy trips which was taken about 1840 by her parents, herself and brother "Billy." They lived in Covington, GA, and the trip was made in the family coach, a huge affair, which had steps that unfolded. The coachman's seat was outside the enclosed coach, which rested upon high springs. At the end of each day's journey they lodged at the nerest house, but always cooked their meals by camp-fire. She recalled being ferried over the rivers on rude floats.

Burwell Perry married Elizabeth Mace (Massey). Her will was made in 1828 and was recorded at Louisburg, in which she speaks of her son Joshua, and daughter Rachel Jones. Burwell and Elizabeth had 8 children:
Col. Jeremiah Perry
Capt. Joshua Perry
Rachel, married Nathan Jones
Mary Perry
Burwell Perry.

Capt. John Perry
Edith Perry.

In a NC Supreme Court Case, Vol. 16, p. 140, are Elizabeth Jourdan vs. Simon Green Opinion: (271)
HENDERSON, J. the "heirs of Sally Jourdan" mean next of kin apparent, be declaring he had given her a Negro named Bob. ..It's a lengthy involved opinion, but declared that children born before and after a testor's death are equally entitled to bequeaths. In this case, it involved Negro children, possibly illegitimate children. NC Supreme Court Vol. 36, p. 17, Sidney S. Perry vs. James D. Newsome, Adm. of Burwell Perry who died in 1839. He had illegitimate children named
Sidney S. Gay
Samuel C. Gay
Mary G. Gay
Fabius H. Gay
all of Wake Co., NC. They had taken their mother's last name. In 1828, the NC General Asembly passed an act legitimizing their names to Perry.

Elizabeth Perry evidently married a Jones after Burwell's death (1803). No date

John Perry, son of Burwell and Elizabeth Mace Perry, married Elizabeth Ann Boddie. She was born April 10, 1776, d. March 1838.

Complete notes are in the PERRY folder.

More About Burwell Perry and Elizabeth (Bety) Mace:
Marriage: 1751, North Carolina.

Children of Burwell Perry and Elizabeth (Bety) Mace are:
  1. Burwell Perry, Jr., b. Jan 1764, Franklin Co., NC, d. 1839, Wake Co., NC.
  2. John Perry, b. 1750, Franklin Co., NC, d. date unknown.
  3. Joshua Perry, b. 1756, Franklin Co., NC, d. date unknown.
  4. Edith Perry, b. 1766, Franklin Co., NC, d. date unknown.
  5. Mary Perry, b. 1768, Franklin Co., NC, d. date unknown.
  6. Elizabeth Perry, b. 1770, Franklin Co., NC, d. date unknown.
  7. Rachel Perry, b. 28 May 1776, Franklin Co., NC, d. date unknown.
Created with Family Tree Maker

Home | Help | About Us | | | Site Index | Terms of Service | PRIVACY
© 2009