French Canadians Living in Ferrisburgh, VT in 1850: #10 David Perry

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David Perry (whose surname is Paré in Québec) is listed in the 1850 US Census for Ferrisburgh. He is referred to as David Perry on Page 302 (stamped-left page), Line 36, Household 126, with the following persons listed, respectively, on lines 37 to 40:

  • Melia Perry
  • Roselia Perry
  • Louisa Perry
  • Mary Perry

Melia is David’s wife, Émilie Legros dit St-Pierre, and the others are their children, Roselia (born in Canada), and Louisa and Mary born in Vermont. As per Louisa’s age, we can presume the family emigrated between 1844 and 1848 to Ferrisburgh. According to the 1900 US Census, the couple had 14 children.

David’s brother, Jean-Baptiste, was also living in Ferrisburgh in 1850 (household no. 244).

David died in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, on December 16, 1890. His funeral notice indicates the following:

The funeral of David Perry was attended at his late residence on Mechanic street at 8.30 a m, to-day. Rev Frank Rector conducted the service which consisted of Scripture reading, prayer and remarks. A delegation from Mt Roulstone and Apollo Lodges, I O O F, attended, and the bearers were chosen from their number. The burial will be at Shelburne Falls, where the ceremonies will be in charge of the lodge of which the deceased was a member.—Fitchburg Sentinel, December 19, 1890.

Name Transcribed from the 1850 US Census:Perry, David
Last Name:Perry
First & Middle Name:David
Original Surname in Québec:Paré
Earliest Known Paternal Ancestor:Mathieu Paré & Marie Joannet, from St-Laurent-Rochefort (Loire), France
Status:Born in Québec; came with spouse and children
Parents' Name:Joseph Paré & Isabelle Hubert
Parents' Marriage Date & Place:26 Aug 1816, L'Acadie (Ste-Marguerite), St-Jean, Québec, Canada
Spouse:Émilie Legros dit St-Pierre
Marriage Date & Place:31 Oct 1842, St-Césaire, Rouville, Québec, Canada
Other Spouses:N/A
Vital Information:
Birth Date & Place:5 May 1824, St-Cyprien-de-Léry, Napierville, Québec, Canada
Baptismal Date & Place:5 May 1824, St-Cyprien-de-Léry, Napierville, Québec, Canada
Death Date & Place:16 Dec 1890, Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts
Burial Date & Place:aft 16 Dec 1890, Arms Cemetery, Shelburne, Franklin County, Massachusetts
Naturalization Date & Place:No
Land Owner in Ferrisburgh:Unknown
Life Before Ferrisburgh:First children's baptismal records in Québec indicate that they lived in Stukely, Québec, Canada
Life After Ferrisburgh:The family moved quite a bit. Bolton, VT, Shelburne, MA, back to VT in Brattleboro and MA thereafter.
Notes:Information was taken from the 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880 US Census, Find-a-Grave Website, Massachusetts Vital Records, Collection Drouin (Quebec parish records), Fichier Origine, Vermont Church Repertoires and the Fitchburg Sentinel newspaper.

Last Updated: December 30, 2016

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