Does anyone have any info on Mary Gertrude Perry?

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I am trying to trace my grandmother's family on my father's side. He has absolutely no memory of them before his own mom other than his grandparents' names (Carl Cecil and Gertrude).
Through my grandmother's obituary, I was able to learn that her mom's full maiden name was Mary Gertrude Perry.
As I was entering names and info for my family, it brought up Mary Perry, born in 1911, which would be roughly around when my great grandmother would have been born (estimated by my grandmother's date of birth, June 22, 1936).

Does anyone possibly have any information on Mary Gertrude Perry?
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in Genealogy Help by Jennifer Crunkleton G2G Rookie (280 points)
edited by Jennifer Crunkleton

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This might be your grandmother?

"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 7 October 2016), Gertrude M Cecil in household of Carl J Cecil, Ward 4, Galesburg, Galesburg Township, Knox, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 48-20, sheet 20B, family 511, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.:

Carl J Cecil     Head     M     35     Kentucky
Gertrude M Cecil     Wife     F     27     Illinois
Margaret M Cecil     Dau     F     3     Illinois
Leon J Cecil     Son      M     2     Illinois
Stella Cecil     Dau     F     0     Illinois

The following records seem to be related by names and locations:

"Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940," database, FamilySearch ( : 18 May 2016), May Gertrude Perry in entry for Joseph Leon Cecil, 19 Apr 1938; citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, reference/certificate 17955, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm .

Name     Joseph Leon Cecil
Birth     19 Apr 1938     Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Registration      18 May 1938 Cook, Illinois
Male    White
Father     John Carl Cecil Birthplace:     Kentucky Age     33
Mother     May Gertrude Perry
Age     25  Birthplace:  St Augustine Illinois
Certificate Number     17955

"United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 14 December 2015), Gertrude M Perry in household of James H Perry, Saint Augustine, Knox, Illinois, United States; citing sheet 2A, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,820,380.

James H Perry     Head     M     49     Illinois
Stella C Perry     Wife     F     39     Illinois
Bessie C Perry     Dau     F     16     Illinois
Gertrude M Perry Dau     F     8     Illinois
Frances R Perry     Dau     F     5     Illinois

The link below, shows records of James H Perry and Estella/Stella Catherine Strickland, marriage, their parents names etc.  Needs further confirmation:

by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (735k points)
edited by Chris Hoyt
Thank you so much!!! That is them!!

We are starting from bare minimum on them because my dad has no memory prior to 1987 (head-on collision with a drunk driver).
He has no clue where his family is from, who they are, or even if anyone's still alive from his side. I'm trying to reconnect the dots for him.
And my own children want to know where we come from, as well.
The last link I added shows:

Jame H Perry, son of James M Perry and Florence Smith.

Estella Catherine Strickland, daughter of Solomon Strickland and Winifred Tanery.
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Mary Gertrude Perry born Leek area 1903, married Walter Brown 1923.
by anonymous G2G6 Pilot (256k points)
If you are indicating that her maiden name is Leek, then it's not the same woman.
My great grandmother's maiden name was Mary Gertrude Perry. Her married name was Cecil (husband: Carl Cecil).
That, and their daughter's name (Mary Margaret Cecil) is all I have on their family.
I'm trying to find out more about them and their ancestors.
No, that's why I said "Leek area"  i.e. place.

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