E-mail Exchange with William Hugh (Bill ) Perry

E-mail Exchange with William Hugh (Bill) Perry

On May 2, 2007, at 3:02 PM, Bill Perry wrote:

I was notified by Family Tree DNA that we have at least a 12 marker match.

We have traced our Perry family back to County Armagh in Ireland. Our immigrant ancestor is George Perry who came to New York about 1830. He was in Orange County in 1840 and in Sullivan County in 1850. We have traced his descendants in New York, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. Does this fit with any of your Perry family?

Bill Perry

(William H. Perry)

On May 2, 2007, at 9:27 PM, Mike Perry wrote:

Unfortunately no. I've traced my paternal Perry line back to Hugh Perry (1765-1840) who was living in Fairfield District, South Carolina in 1830. His descendants, along my line, lived in Georgia and Alabama. However, family tradition has it that the Perrys were Scots-Irish Protestants from Northern Ireland. It's quite likely that my GGGGrandfather Hugh was a cousin of your George Perry from  Armagh. I don't think we can connect them any better until someone else comes along with a tree that can link us back to their common ancestor in Northern Ireland or Scotland or, I presume, before that to England.

-Mike Perry

On Jun 1, 2007, at 10:34 AM, Bill Perry wrote:

This is interesting. My name is Wiliiam Hugh and I was named for two of my g-grandfather's brothers. My line is: Joseph (1888-1982), Joseph (1850-1915), Joseph (1824-1915), George (1802-1886). William and Hugh were brothers of Joseph (1824 ) and sons of George (1802) who had 7 sons and 1 daughter. George was born in Castleblaney, County Armagh. This place is now in Monaghan so either the county line has been changed or George was born NEAR Castleblaney but on the Armagh side of the county line. Joseph (1824) was married in a Presbyterian Church in Creggan Parish. In this record the name is spelled 'Peery' and we have found it as both 'Perry' and 'Peery' in other Irish records.

When George Perry and his wife Agnes came from Ireland to New York they apparently left their eldest son, Joseph (1824), in Ireland probably with grandparents. He came to New York in the early 1850's after his marriage. Joseph (1850) claimed to have been born in New York but we can find no record and the 1860 census says he was born in Ireland. We believe he was born in Ireland. His older sister was born in Ireland and younger sisters were born in New York.

We probably come from the same family of Perrys back in Ireland.

Good luck with your research.


On Jun 1, 2007, at 10:21 PM, Mike Perry wrote:


Thanks for the information. It does seem that my Perry line has a lot of the same first names in it starting with my grandfather (Paul George) and going back to Hugh Perry. I have wondered if my Perry's were Irish or Scots-Irish since many Perry's had a lineage that went from Normandy - England - Scotland - Northern Ireland - America. Do you know if your Perry's were Scots-Irish (Scottish Protestants that moved to Northern Ireland from Scotland in the 1600's) or native Catholic Irish? Also, Are you a member of any of the DNA Projects such as the Perry Surname project or Ireland Heritage project?

-Mike Perry

On Jun 3, 2007, at 10:31 PM, Bill Perry wrote:

Our tradition says that the Perrys were Huguenots (French Protestants) who were driven out of Europe and went to the British Isles to England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Our line were Presbyterians in Ireland and in the USA. They were intermarried with Robinsons and Donaldsons who were Scots living in County Armagh.

I have not joined any DNA projects but recently sent my Family tree DNA results to Ysearch.

On November 2, 2007, I was informed by Family Tree DNA that I had a 37 marker match with only one marker in 37 not matching - it was William Hugh Perry.

On Nov 5, 2007, at 8:12 PM, Mike Perry wrote:

Hi Bill,

I hope you are doing well. I see that we now match all but one of the first 37 Y markers. That definitely indicates a common male Perry ancestor, probably not much farther back than your GG-Grandfather George (1802) and my GGGG-Grandfather Hugh (1765). I would like to add your line of Perry's to my family tree in case we find the link later on. I would appreciate it if you could send a GEDCOM file or any document with enough detail to add to the tree. I have posted my family tree online and my ancestor Hugh Perry is located at:

-Mike Perry

I have since learned that WIlliam Hugh Perry and myself are an exact match in all but one out of 111 Y-DNA markers. Statistically, Family Tree DNA indicates that it is 95% likely that our common ancestor is within 8 generations and 99% likely that it is within 12 generations. It's very possible that our common ancestor was Hugh Perry, Sr.'s grandfather.

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