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Allen Perley (abt. 1608 - 1675)

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Allen Perley
Born about in St Alban's, Hertfordshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about in Boxford, Essex, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusettsmap
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Allen Perley migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Date: 1608
Place: Wales or St Albans, Hertfordshire, England

Removed Abt from Birth Date and marked as uncertain.


In 1636 Allen Perley married Susanna Bokeson in Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts, USA[1]


Perley, Allen, Ipswich, came in the Planter from London, 1635, aged 27, freem. 18 May 1642; and Coffin says, he was from Wales. He had, beside Nathaniel, wh. d. 29 Apr. 1668, aged 24, John; Thomas; both of wh. were older than him; Samuel; Sarah; Martha; and Timothy. He d. 28 Dec. 1675, leav. wid. Susanna, wh. d. 11 Feb. 1692; but whether she was mo. of all the ch. or part only, is not kn. His will of 23 June 1670, aft. ment. that his three eldest s. had left him on com. of age, yet that he had giv.them prieces of ld. beside Nathaniel's pt. provides for the wid. and the other three ch. and a codic. of 16 Nov. 1671 is add.

Of WILLIAM, Marlborough, whose ho. was a garrison in Oct. 1675, I kn. no more.[2]

Allan Perley came to this country at the age of twenty-two years, in the fleet with Governor Winthrop, and located in "Charlestowne Village," on land which was later included in the city of Woburn and called "Button-end" near a tract of meadow known as "Parly meddowe," through which meandered a brook spanned by a plak bridge, six and a half feet wide, and known as "Parly brook"
He moved to Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1634 and first appears on the town records in 1635. He located on High Street, a short distance from Governor Bradstreet and the Waldo family. The place was the second houselot northwest of the High Street cemetery. He sold his dwelling house and homestead to Walter Roper, carpenter, of Topsfield on 3 Sept., 1652. He was a large land-holder, having possessions in Essex, Rowley, Boxford, and Ipswich.
He was admitted freeman 18 May, 1642; was a grand juror 25 Sept., 1660. He was excused from training in 1656 and again in 1664. Although coming to America with the Puritans in 1630, he did not join the church until 12 August 1674.
His will dated 23 June, 1670 mentions sons, John, Thomas, Samuel, and Timothy, daughters Sarah and Marth, and deceased son Nathaniel, in addition to his wife, Susanna. Will proved 3 Feb., 1675. His estate was valued at over L320, and included some real estate.


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Immigration: Aboard the "Planter"
Date: 1635


  1. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988,The Holbrook Research Institute, Jay and Delene Holbrook, editors
  2. Genealogical Dictionary of New England Settlers Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, - Vol. I-IV by James Savage, Boston, 1860-1862. [database online] Inc. 1997: Orem, UT. Volume 3, page 398
  3. Perley-60 was created by Scott Hufford through the import of Me.ged on Nov 9, 2014. This comment and citation can be deleted after the biography has been edited and primary sources are included.


Note NI669
ORIGIN: St. Alban's, Hertfordshire [Hotten 45].
MIGRATION: 1635 on the Planter (on 2 April 1635, "husbandman Allin Perly," aged 27, with a certificate of conformity from St. Alban's, Hertfordshire, was enrolled at London as a passenger for New England on the Planter [Hotten 45])..
OCCUPATION:Husbandman [Hotten 45; ILR 2:44].
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Admission to Ipswich church prior to 18 May 1642 implied by freemanship.
FREEMAN: 18 May 1642 (as "Allen Pearley") [MBCR 2:291].
EDUCATION: Signed his deed and his will. His inventory included "a Bible [and] a psalm book" valued at 6s. [ILR 4:26].
OFFICEHOLDING: Ipswich grand jury, 25 September 1660, 27 September 1664 [EQC 2:225, 3:182].
September 1656, "Allen Perley was released from ordinary training, paying ten shillings yearly for the use of the company" [EQC 2:2]. On 27 September 1664, "Allen Perley, being formerly released from training, paying 10s. per annum to the use of the company, was abated to 6s." [EQC 3:191]. His inventory included "3 guns" valued at 50s. [ILR 4:26].
ESTATE: On 3 September 1652, "Allan Perley of Ipswich ., husbandman," sold to "Walter Roper of Topsfield ., carpenter, his dwelling house . in Ipswich aforesaid with all outhouses, yards, fences, gardens & all other the appurtenances ., also five acres of meadow and upland at the Reedy Marsh bridge" [ILR 2:44].
On 20 November 1662, "Thomas Perly, aged about twenty-one years, deposed that . Goodman Bachelder . sold all the land which he had lying by the pond for fifty pounds in wheat & cattle, upon the which Goodman Bachelder delivered the land to my father" [EQC 3:13]. On 25 November 1662, "Allen Perly" successfully sued "Henry Bachelor" for "non-performance of a bargain. For not giving him a legal assurance of land he bought of him and for which he paid him" [EQC 3:12-13].
In his will, dated 23 June 1670 and 16 November 1671 and proved 3 February 1675/6, "Allen Perley of Ipswich" observed that "my three elder sons, viz: John Perlye, Thomas Perly & Samuell Perly, taking their liberty at the age of one & twenty to leave me &c., yet I have given unto them three parts of the land beyond Bachelour's Brook (each of them a part which they are possessed of and do enjoy), excepting the Great Meadow which I do reserve"; "all that part of land which was my son Nathaniel['s], my son who is departed this life, . I do give and bequeath unto my two daughters Sarah and Martha Perlye"; "my house and the rest my land and the Great Meadow I give and bequeath unto my son Timothy, when he shall attain the age of twenty-three years, provided still, my beloved wife Susanna shall have one room to her own use during her natural life"; to "my beloved wife all my cattle and moveable goods and one part of the land bequeathed to my son Timothy, during her natural life for her comfortable maintenance, and after her decease my will is the house & land be unto my son Timothy, and the cattle & moveable goods be equally divided among all my children then living"; "if my said wife shall marry, that then the land and room in the house be unto my son Timothy and he to pay unto his mother seven pounds a year during her natural life"; "my beloved wife" to be sole executrix; "my son Timothy at the age of three & twenty years shall have the use of part of the stock to the value of 30 pounds during the life of my wife, and then to be returned to be divided as is above expressed"; on 16 November 1671, the testator added "an explanation of that clause in my will within mentioned concerning my wife having given unto her the cattle & moveables during her natural life besides the thirds of land & room in the house and in the case of her marriage to leave the room in the house & land and to have seven pounds a year paid her by my son Timothy, but nothing spoken about the cattle & moveable goods, my will is that she return also the cattle & moveables, to be divided among my children as is expressed in the said will" [ILR 4:25-26; EPR 3:43-45; EQC 3:255].
The inventory of "the estate of Allen Perley deceased the 28 of December 1675," taken 19 January 1675[/6], totalled ?320 2s. 6d. (against which were debts of ?15 2s.), of which ?237 was real estate: "the house, barn & orchard with the homestead, great meadow and meadow about home, with some little upland belonging to the meadow," ?201; "the half part of that land that was Nathaniell Perlye's," ?20; and "the meadow that was Nathaniell Perlye's," ?16 [ILR 4:26; EPR 3:45].
BIRTH: About 1608 (aged 27 on 2 April 1635 [Hotten 45]).
DEATH: Ipswich 28 December 1675.
MARRIAGE: By about 1636 Susanna _____. She died at Ipswich on 11 February 1691[/2?].
JOHN PERLEY, b. about 1636 (deposed on 28 September 1669 "aged about thirty-three years" [EQC 4:177]); m. by about 1665 Mary Howlett, daughter of THOMAS HOWLETT {1633, Boston} [GMB 2:1024-28].
THOMAS PERLEY, b. about 1641 (deposed on 20 November 1662 "aged about twenty-one years" [EQC 3:13]; deposed on 28 September 1669 "aged twenty-eight years" [EQC 4:177]; deposed on 20 July 1675 "aged about thirty-four years" [EQC 6:55]); m. Rowley 8 July 1668 Lydia (Peabody) Howlett, daughter of FRANCIS PEABODY {1635, Ipswich} and widow of Thomas Howlett [Granberry 258-59, 290-91; GMB 2:1027]. (The date of this marriage is published as 8 July 1667, but as Lydia's first husband died on 23 December 1667, the correct year of the marriage must be 1668 [EPR 2:124-25].)
NATHANIEL PERLEY, b. about 1643 (deposed on 20 November 1662 "aged about nineteen years" [EQC 3:13]); on 30 June 1668, "Allen Pearly was appointed administrator of Nathaniell Pearly and ordered to bring in an inventory" [EPR 2:131; EQC 4:35, 58]; apparently unmarried.
SAMUEL PERLEY, b. say 1649; m. Ipswich 15 July 1664 Ruth Trumbull.
SARAH PERLEY, b. say 1651; m. Ipswich 15 January 1670[/1?] William Watson.
TIMOTHY PERLEY, b. about 1655 (d. Ipswich 25 January 1718[/9?] "in his 65th year"); m. by 1682 Deborah _____ (eldest known child b. Ipswich 28 March 1682).
MARTHA PERLEY, b. say 1658; m. Newbury 31 May 1678 Benjamin Coker, son of ROBERT COKER {1634, Newbury} [GM 2:2:142-44].
COMMENTS: On 30 September 1656, "Daniell Clarke" sued "Allan Perley, for non-performance of work by his son"; the suit was withdrawn [EQC 2:1]. On 28 September 1669, "Tobiah Colman" successfully sued "Allen Perly, for taking up and detaining a horse from him" [EQC 4:176].

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On 15 Feb 2015 at 02:52 GMT Lucy (Selvaggio) Selvaggio-Diaz wrote:

Perley-60 and Perley-10 appear to represent the same person because: born same year; same death date; Allan Perley was Welsh, not necessarily living in Wales; same life events

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