|Death: ||Jul. 4, 1916|
HOPKINSVILLE KENTUCKIAN, HOPKINSVILLE, KENTUCKY, THURSDAY, JULY 6, 1916
One by one, as falls the leaves from the tree when autumn comes, the members of the colony of Shakers at South Union are leaving off mortality, to be again reunited in the spiritual world where there is no separation.
It is with a feeling of sincere sorrow that we record the passing away of John Perryman, the oldest in point of service if not of years, of all the members of the Society of Shakers founded in the early part of the nineteenth century, following what was known as "The Great Awakening" in Kentucky and throughout the Middle West.
The colony of men and women selected one of the richest spots in Southern Kentucky, and acquired it by purchase when land was the least valuable of all the resources of this section. Community of ownership, a paternal form of government, certain rules of worship, and celibacy formed the chief tenets of the new organization.
For the first fifty years the colony flourished. Men and women, tired of the life the world gave, withdrew to this homelike asylum, not altogether for worship, but to be a part of the busy beehive of industry. The men worked in the fields and in the factories. The women attended the household duties, the spindles and the looms. Here was made the finest silks from the cocoon cultivated on the trees of the colony. From Shakertown went the finest of woolen and cotton goods. The Shaker garden seeds had a nation-wide reputation.
Seventy years ago to this colony came the mother of John Perryman bearing an infant in her arms. What her life story was probably no one knows. Her husband had died, and she felt unequal to the task of buffeting with the world. The colony gave her a kindly welcome, and she soon became one of the happiest and most useful of the colony. She lived to a ripe old age, and never went back to "the world."
Young John never knew any other home. Other members of the colony probably chafing under the restraint and desiring to know more of what was going on in the world around them, left the colony. Most of them wandered back after their little fling.
John Perryman never had any desire to go away from the life. Although by no means an ascetic, he always wanted to go back to his own roof tree when shadows of nightfall came.
Probably his longest journey was when he went with the delegation of Southern Kentucky farmers to Louisville and the Blue Grass a few weeks ago. He was himself a progressive farmer, and was always on the lookout for new ideas for the increase of crops and for the rehabilitation of the soil.
In the direction of the affairs of the colony, Mr. Perryman was always a leading factor, although the general management was in the hands of Elder Logan Johns.
He was 73 years old and died of apoplexy Tuesday night. It is said that he had the largest collection of old and rare books and relics in Southern Kentucky. He recently made a trip to Eastern Kentucky with the Western Kentucky Farmers. - Bowling Green Messenger.
(Kentuckiana Digital Library)
South Union Cemetery
Created by: Joyce Tinsley
Record added: Mar 06, 2012
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