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Perry Township, Gallia County, Ohio

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Perry Township is one of the fifteen townships of Gallia County, Ohio. No municipalities are located in Perry Township, although the unincorporated community of Patriot is located in the township's southeast.

Perry Township is divided into 36 sections. Many of these sections were purchased by the Welsh. In 1803, Andrew Friend came to this township and built a cabin on Big Raccoon Creek. Andrew married Elizabeth Peragen, and their daughter, Mary, (who married Anthony Boggs) was the first child born in the township. The first marriage was that of Hannah Friend (Miss Mary's elder sister) to Samuel Allison. In 1806, Nehemiah Wood erected a grist mill on Big Raccoon creek. Another early settler, Robert Armstrong, taught school for about 15 students in a small log cabin. (The first actual school was built in 1818).

Other very early settlers are Alexander Boggs, Abraham Beaver, John Smith (1812); Elijah Carter, Jacob Prose (1811); Jacob Roadamour, Stephen Gates, John Prose, (1811); Leonard Weis, Jonathan Danner, Michael Danner, James Porter, Paul Prose (father to Jacob and John), Joshua Ripley (1810); Daniel Prose, George Smith and John Campbell.

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