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Deborah Perry

Female Abt 1632 - 1665  (~ 33 years)


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  • Name Deborah Perry  [1
    Born Abt 1632  [2
    Gender Female 
    Died 10 Dec 1665  Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Alternate death 14 Dec 1665  Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I5007  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 18 Mar 2016 

    Father (Unknown Perry father) 
    Family ID F2977  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Robert Harper,   b. Abt 1630, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft Aug 1704  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Married 9 May 1654  Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Children 
     1. Mary Harper,   b. 25 Dec 1655, Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1740  (Age > 86 years)
    Last Modified 18 Mar 2016 
    Family ID F2975  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From The Friend, volume 69, no. 33, 7 Mar 1896, p. 258:

      Earliest Friends in America.

      While engaged upon a family genealogy I have come upon some items relating to very early Friends in this country. I send these to The Friend hoping not only that they will interest its readers, but also that some among them may be able to add to our store of information, and thus help to determine who were the earliest Friends in America.

      Mary Fisher and Anne Austin landed in Boston in Fifth Month (now Seventh), 1656 and were supposed to have been the first Friends to visit this country. After five weeks of imprisonment they were banished to Barbadoes, without having had any liberty or been allowed to converse with any one except their persecutors. Two days after they sailed for Barbadoes, still prisoners, eight more English Friends landed at Boston, and these also were cast into prison, where they remained for eleven weeks, when they were sent back to London. These are the first Friends of whom history tells us; but that there were Friends in fact if not in name, in the town of Sandwich, Mass., before that time there appears no doubt.

      In the year 1653 Edward Perry of Sandwich, was married to Mary, daughter of Edmond Freeman, by Friends ceremony. The exact date we do not know, as the leaf upon which it was afterwards recorded in the record book of Sandwich Monthly Meeting, by the clerk (Edward Perry himself), is gone from the book. But this marriage is indexed as the first in those records. The record of the marriage of the sister of Edward Perry to Robert Harper is still to be found in this old book. It reads as follows:

      "Robert Harper and Deborah Perry took one another in marriage in ye third moneth of ye yeare one thousand six hundred and fiftye and foure: 1654".

      The wording of this record would indicate that they took each other after the custom of Friends, and that they were not married by either minister or magistrate.

  • Sources 
    1. [S399] The Settlers of the Beekman Patent by Frank J. Doherty. Ongoing multivolume series begun in 1990.

    2. [S515] MacLean W. McLean, "Robert Harper of Sandwich, Mass., and his Son Stephen of Falmouth." The American Genealogist 48:215, October 1972.

    3. [S1139] Ancestral Lines, Third Edition: 206 Families in England, Wales, the Netherlands, Germany, New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania by Carl Boyer III. Santa Clarita, California: 1998.

    4. [S1139] Ancestral Lines, Third Edition: 206 Families in England, Wales, the Netherlands, Germany, New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania by Carl Boyer III. Santa Clarita, California: 1998., date only.