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Perry Cemetery
Cooperstown
Brown County
Illinois  USA

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Northwest quarter of Section 30, Cooperstown Township.

[1973] This cemetery is well named Perry as the recorders found 64 Perry stones and numerous others related to them. The grass had been cut early in the season and fence was in good condition. When it was checked, the cemetery was in excellent condition.

The land on which this cemetery is located was taken from the government by Edmund Perry on Aug. 1,1836, but when the first burial was made there is not known.

In 1830, there were seven families of the Nathan and Rebecca Yarbrey [Yarborough] Perry families who came to Illinois from South Carolina by way of Kentucky with five sons and two sons-in-laws. Their children were Edmund, Melvina, William, Edward, Sarah, Irwin, Benjamin and John. All became residents of Illinois.

This 1830 migration seems to have centered about the eldest son, Edmund, who with two brothers and a brother-in-law had spied out the land in 1829. He was there at the time of the deep snow and returned in June 1830 to bring his parents and the family back with him. The trip from Kentucky is said to have taken one month.

Edmund had married Rachel Bridges of North Carolina. They had eleven children: Martha, Phoebe, Rebecca, Ichabod, James, Nathan, Sarah, Melvina, Louisa, Francis, and Luke.

Nathan, aged 82, and Rebecca and Edmund, aged 82, and Rachel, aged 76, are said to have been buried near the center of the cemetery around which was a wooden fence. The fence has long since disappeared, only the tradition remains. [The Brown County Board of the Schuyler Brown Historical And Genealogical Society. Cemeteries of Brown County, Illinois 1825-1972. 1975.]
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