Lt Philip Perry 1743-1775Leave a Comment
Biography of Lt. Philip Perry Aug-30-2013 by Michael T. Bates
Birth: ca 1743, Stoughton (Norfolk) MA [NEHGR 155:195 (July 1961); 156:34 (Jan. 1962)]
Death: 1 Aug. 1775, Shaftsbury (Bennington) VT [NEHGR 156:34 (Jan 1962); NY Gen.& Biog. Record XLIV:336 (1913)]
Burial: Grandview Cemetery, North Bennington (Bennington), VT [photo of tombstone at www.FindAGrave.com]
Marriage: Lydia House, 16 June 1769 [NEHGR 156:34 (Jan. 1962); NY Gen.& Biog. Record XLIV:335 (1913)]
Children: (1) Anna (1770-1826; m. Nathaniel Brown); (2) Mary (1773-1846; m. Joseph Wadsworth, Sr. 1787); (3) Lydia (1775- 1828; m. Roger Reed of Watertown, NY [NY Gen.& Biog. Record XLIV:336 (1913)]
Education: It may be inferred that he could read and write as evidenced by the fact that he served as a judge in 1773 in a land dispute. [The Vermont Historical Gazetteer: A Magazine, Vol. 1, pp. 126-7 (1867)]
Military: Before Lt. Philip Perry was killed in August 1775, he had obtained leave to return home and secure his crops. [“Personal Recollections 1813-1893 of Rev. Charles E. Brown,” p. 180 (1907)] Thus, it is not surprising that his name is not found in any service rolls. For example, he is not listed in Records of Service of Connecticut Men in the War of the Revolution (1889). In addition, he is not listed in the Vermont Rolls of the Soldiers of the Revolutionary War (1904) nor in Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors of the Revolutionary War (1896). Research has not discovered evidence of any connections whatsoever by Lt. Philip Perry to the New York Militia. Based on his residence in the Bennington, VT area from 1773 until his death on 1 August 1775, it seems most likely that he was a member of the Green Mountain Boys, which was a militia first established in the 1760’s in the territory now known as Vermont. The Green Mountain Boys was the predominant militia unit in the Bennington, VT area in the period 1773-1775, and a significant number of its members were previous residents of Connecticut.
Lt. Philip Perry was killed in Shaftsbury, probably near the Arlington line, while trying to arrest Hazard Wilcox, a Tory spy, on 1 Aug. 1 1775. [NY Gen.& Biog. Record XLIV:336 (1913)] Wilcox escaped capture as evidenced by his name being listed in a regiment of Tory Volunteers in 1779. He was mortally wounded at the Battle of Young’s House on 3 Feb 1780 at Mount Pleasant, NY. [Royal Gazette, Wednesday, 16 February 1780] In 1783 his estate was confiscated. [New York State – Confiscation of Loyalists, p. 22 (1970)]
Cincinnati: Died in Service prior to the formation of the Society of the Cincinnati; first represented by a current Hereditary Member who joined in 2012.
Occupation: Farmer. [“Personal recollections” p. 180 (1907)] Also, the Will of Josiah Perry, father of Lt. Philip Perry, bequeathed to son Winslow Perry “all that farm or land where he now lives which [Josiah] formerly gave to [his] son, Philip Perry.”
Discussion: Philip Perry moved with his father (Josiah Perry) and the rest of the family to Norwich, CT in 1752 (when Philip was nine years old) [NEHGR 115:195]. His father Josiah Perry lived for many years in Lebanon, CT and did not sell his last property there until 1775 [NY Genealogical & Biographical Record, XLV-336]. Thus, Lt. Philip Perry resided in CT from 1752 to about 1773, when he was appointed as a judge in the area now comprising Bennington, VT. After moving with his father from Connecticut to the area which is now near Bennington, VT (around 1773), Philip Perry was appointed by Seth Warner and Remember Baker as one of three judges for the trial of a Tory prisoner captured by Philip Perry [Vermont Historical Magazine, I:126; Hiland Hall, The History of Vermont (Albany NY 1868); Henry Hall, Ethan Allen: The Robin Hood of Vermont (NY 1895) p. 37]. Thus, he was associated strongly with Seth Warner (born in Roxbury, CT in 1743 and who led Warner’s Additional Cont. Reg. established 1775, comprised mainly of men from CT—see CMWR p. 257) and Remember Baker (a Qualified Propositus of the CT Society).