Nelson Perry of St. Clair County (Harsens Island), Michigan

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My grandfather was Harry Perry (b 1894) from Harsens Island, MI. His father was Henry H Perry (ab 1861) supposedly born in NY or MI, but still unclear. He died in Mt Clemens, MI in 1939. Henry's father, Nelson, was supposedly born in NY in either 1930 or 1939. He died in in St. Clair County, MI in 1911.

From there, it gets difficult. Nelson married a woman named Maggie that was not Henry's mother. I cannot find a birth document for either Henry or Nelson, but I have their death documents. Henry's death document states his mother's name as "Mary" and nothing more. Nelson's states his father as "Dave" and nothing more. Neither of them essentially exist on any census records prior to 1900. I looked in MI, NY, and even Ontario, Canada, but I can find nothing. I would love some help finding out more information on Henry and Nelson (father son) and where they really came from.

Thank you

Thomas M. Perry
WikiTree profile: Thomas Perry
asked in Genealogy Help by Thomas Perry G2G Rookie (190 points)
Do you know the full/maiden name of Henry's wife? Sometimes a marriage certificate provided more information.

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There seems to be a number of possible Perry profiles on WikiTree. Most lack sources. If you start trying to fill these out, something may appear. Siblings, aunts and uncles often yield clues. Could Perry-4392 be related?

In New York you might find something by searching fultonhistory.com for newspaper articles.
answered by Kay Sands G2G6 Pilot (153k points)
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Michigan Death Records 1897-1929

Nelson Perry born 1839 Died Sept 9 1911,Clay,St Clair,Michigan,shows

father as Dave Perry. If this is your Nelson you have his father wrong.

Please advise soon.
answered by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (753k points)
I've been researching this for quite a while. While it states "Dave" on his death certificate, this may or may not be correct. He may or may not have actually come from New York either. While some census records state this, I also have reason to believe that he may have also come from or through Canada prior to Michigan.

I've search every Dave and David Perry that I can find who could be a possible match starting with census records, but I never see the name of Nelson or Mary. Mary is the name given on some documentation that states it was Henry's mother's name and also Nelson's mother's name.

If Nelson (I also have reason to believe that this may not even be his birth name; maybe also went by Henry?) was born in 1830, this would lead me to believe that his father "Dave" was born around 1800 +/- 10 years or so. However, I still find nothing.

For Henry, I have been trying to find birth records, census records that show him as a child in a household with Nelson and mother "Mary", but also find no records.

This has been a very difficult brick wall for me to break through. My assumption is that they did come from New York's "burned over district" like most from that time, but records have been very difficult to find with regards to the emigration and exactly where they're from.

I have done a little bit of research with regards to the town of Perry, NY since there is a very slim possibility that extended family members may have something to do with the town's settlement. I thought that maybe I could use that as a way to work backwards so-to-speak, but I have not had any luck as of yet.
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This may help ,Nelson Perry born Nov 2 1839
answered by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (753k points)
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I have a very similar Perry brick wall. There may be some connection. My grandpa is Perry-7797, born in Gravel Hill, Tennessee. He knew very little about his father and less about his grandfather. I have pulled pieces together that I think are right, but as I have little DNA evidence it may not be.  Henry's father (possibly) -  George A. Perry-779 (1884-after 1909) - was reputed to be a bigamist with a family up north/ Michigan. He left his family/disappeared/died when Henry was about 7.  Henry's father is assumed to be Samuel L.Perry -7990 born in Coxsackie, Greene, NY. I do have a confirmed DNA connection to his father Ichabod Jeremiah Perry -7991.  My grandpa had no nieces or nephews, and no known aunts or uncles, so he is pretty much impossible to trace definitively.

answered by Susan Fitzmaurice G2G6 Mach 3 (38.3k points)

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