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Burwell Perry (abt. 1731 - abt. 1801)

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Burwell Perry
Born about in Nansemond, Colonial Virginiamap
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Son of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died about in Franklin Co., North Carolinamap
Perry-1401 created 24 Jul 2011 | Last modified | Last edit: 12 Sep 2017
14:06: Alice Ann Fesmire edited the Death Date, Birth Place and Death Place for Burwell Perry. (Edited locations ) [Thank Alice Ann for this]
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Was the father of the Seven Perry brothers Phillip Perry or Nathaniel Perry?


BURRELL PERRY, SR. will sn. 5 Nov. 1800, pr. June court 1801, Book B page 118 Franklin county, N.C. names in his will: Elizabeth Perry wife John Perry son and ex. Edith Perry daughter Mary Perry daughter Jeremiah Perry son and ex Burrell Perry, Jr. son Elizabeth Jones daughter mentions land in Wake county N.C. adjacent to William Jeffreys Witnessed by: William Lancaster, William Forniss, John Perry. Mr. Andrea wrote "There are more than 50 estates for Perrys in Franklin county N.C. up to the year 1900--I checked all up to 1875 but did not abstract any except the earlier ones. I found no ISAAC PERRY.

From Will book B, pp. 119-120 From Will book B, Franklin County, NC: Burrell Perry, of Franklin county NC, being weak in body but through Mercy of sound mind, etc.,……..I do commit my soul unto God who gave it me …. Burial in a decent manner … I give, deliver and bequeath in the following manner Item: I give the use of my plantation where I now live with all my lands lying on the west side of Tarr River to my beloved wife, Elizabeth, during her natural life & after her death my will and desire is that my son, Joshua Perry, and my two daughters,Edith & Mary, should use, possess & enjoy in common the above lands & plantation during the time my daughters aforesaid remain unmarried provided nevertheless that my daughters aforesaid shall not be allowed the privilege of working my hands on the land afsd except those of their own property provided my daughters afsd should be married at the time of my wife’s death or in case they should not …. to her upon the land afsd then & in (if) either of them (dies?), I give & bequeath the afsd land & plantation to my son, Joshua Perry, & his heirs Item: I give & bequeath unto my beloved wife, Elizabeth, four negroes, to wit, Hannah, Pete, Barb & Briatin to her & her heirs forever Item: I give to my daughter, Edith Perry, during her natural life, the labour of my four negroes with their increase from the date hereof (Viz.) Luck, Dick, Adam & Isom, & at her death I give & bequeath the afsd negroes with their increase (if any ) to the heirs begotten of her body for ever but for want of such heirs my will and desire is that the afsd negroes with their increase should be equally divided between my five children to wit, Jeremiah, John, Burrell, Joshua & Mary Perry. I also give to my afsd daughter, Edith, one gray Optamus mare bridle & saddle, one feather bed & furniture and two cows and calves Item: I give & bequeath unto my son, Burrell Perry, all my lands which I purchased of William Jeffreys lying in the county of Wake & on both sides of Nuse river to him & his heirs forever also four negroes ( Viz.) Sam, Step (looks like),Harry & Julia also my gray Optamus horse bridle & saddle one …. Mare & colt, one yoke of oxen, three cows & calves & three ..three young cattle also one negro boy named Dred to him & his heirs forever Item: My will & desire is that the crop which I have now at Nuse & the crop made where I now live be used in common for fattening the hogs both here and there & the surplus to be used for the support of the stock at each plantation respectively (.) the hogs when fattened I desire may be sold & the purchase money divided between my two sons, Burrell & Joshua, in such manner as that my son Joshua may have two thirds and my son, Burrell, one. Item: I give and bequeath to my son, Joshua Perry, all my lands on the west side of Tarr River in the County of Franklin also the following negroes ( to wit ) Cesar , Tart, old Lewis, Jenny, young Lewis, Jake, Bede, Tarr , & Lale also one two year old sorrell colt, one bridle & saddle, one sorrell mare called Paul , one yoke of oxen, three cows & calves & three other young cattle one ox cart & feather bed & furniture to him & his heirs forever Item: I give & bequeath unto my daughter, Mary Perry, during her natural life the labour of my four negroes Viz., Violet, Sarah, Adam & Hard and at her death I give & bequeath the afsd negroes to the heirs begotten of her body for ever but ) my will & desire is that the negroes should be equally divided between my five children, Jeremiah, John, Burrell, Joshua & Edith Perry. I also give unto my daughter afsd called Mark one saddle & bridle, one feather bed & furniture & two cows & calves Item: my will and desire is that all my lands in the state of Georgia be sold at the discretion of my executors hereafter named & the purchase money to be equally divided between my four sons (Viz.)Jeremiah, John, Burrell & Joshua Perry Item: the remainder of my estate both real and personal that I have not already disposed of I give to my beloved wife, Elizabeth, to dispose of at her discretion. Lastly, I appoint my sons, Jeremiah, John, Burrell & Joshua Perry, my whole and sole executors of this my last will & testament utterly revoking & disanuling all other wills heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal this fifth day of November Anos Domini one thousand eight hundred and one It is my earnest desire that an inventory of my estate should be taken. Signed, sealed & acknowledged in the presence of Willm. Lancaster Burrill Perry ( seal) Williamson Harris, John Perry

Franklin County June session 1801. I certify that the forgoing will was proved in open court by the oath of William Lancaster … M.O.R. Test: Thos. Brickell C.C. ( It is interesting that he does not name daughter, Rachel, in his will. She is named in her mother’s will.)

Burwell died in 1801 at the age of 66 in Louisburg, Franklin Co., NC.3,40,42 Ray Mack has death as 1803.

He had his estate probated in June 1801 in Franklin Co., NC. pr. June court 1801, Book B page 118

Burwell PERRY and Elizabeth MASSEY were married in 1752 in Pasquotank Co, NC.3,40 Elizabeth MASSEY37,38,39,43, daughter of Francis MASSEY and Mary Ann NEWBY, was born on 3 November 1736 in Pasquotank Co, NC. She died in 1828 at the age of 92 in Louisburg, Franklin Co., NC.3 She signed a will on 3 February 1828 in Franklin Co., NC. From Will Book B, Franklin County, NC: Elizabeth Perry’s will written February 3, 1828; filed March Court 1828: Elizabeth Perry, of Franklin co, NC, of sound mind and memory….. I give and recommend my soul Unto Almighty god…. I give: unto my son, Joshua Perry, two Negros, a woman, Barbary, and a man, Dempsey; unto my daughter, Rachel Jones, one feather bed and furniture; unto my son, Joshua, all the balance of my property of every description executors: my son, Joshua Perry, and my friend, Herbert H. Harris Witnesses: Green Ross, Jurat, and Guston Perry, jurat

Bute County, North Carolina Minutes of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1767-1779 9 August 1775

A Deed of Gift from John Massey to Burrell Perry & Elizabeth his wife was proved by the oath of James Perry a witness thereto and on Motion the same is ordered to be recorded.

Burwell PERRY and Elizabeth MASSEY had the following children:

+72. i. Capt. Joshua PERRY.
+73. ii. Capt. John "Thicket" PERRY.
+74. iii. Col. Jeremiah PERRY.
+75. iv. Burwell PERRY.
+76. v. Edith PERRY.
+77. vi. Mary PERRY.
+78. vii. Elizabeth PERRY.
+79. viii. Rachel PERRY.[1]


  • WikiTree profile Perry-1401 created through the import of most.recent.ged on Jul 23, 2011 by Norman Perry. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Norman and others.

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  1. [1] Decendents of the 7 Perry Brothers of NC

The Seven Perry brothers were: Jeremiah, John, Francis, Joshua, Nathaniel, William, and Burwell. Six of these brothers appeared on the muster rolls of Colonel William Eaton's Regiment, Captain Osbourne Jeffrey's Company on October 8, 1754. Burwell's name does not appear on the muster roll, and it is presumed that he was too young for military service.

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