Robert Samuel Perry (Jr.) was the son of Robert Samuel Perry and Ezemily Booth. In 1870 (in St. Martinsville, LA) he married Marie Antionette "Bertha" Gary (1848 -1878). She was the daughter of Pierre Gary and Helene Briant. Her family lived in St. Martinsville, LA, so it's likely she was buried there. Robert and Bertha were the parents of three children: Bertha, Lelia (who married Eugene Martinez) and Joseph Robert.
Robert received the best education the schools of Louisiana afforded, and subsequently graduated from Kentucky Military Institute, at the age of 19 years. After completing his literary education, he entered the law school at the University of Louisville, where he took a course of lectures, and afterward entered a law office in Anderson, TX, where he pursued the study of law for about a year. He never practiced there, however, and returned shortly afterward to Vermilion Parish, where he remained until the Civil War broke out.
Robert enlisted as a private in Company C, of the Eighth Louisiana Regiment, and in August of that year was made first lieutenant. He served during the whole war in the Army of Northern Virginia. Nov. 7, 1863, he was captured at Rappahannock, and held prisoner at Johnson Island for nineteen months, where he was at the close of the war.
In 1866, he moved to St. Martin Parish and then to Iberia in 1871. In 1879 he was elected a member of the State Senate, and served until 1884. He introduced the first bill providing for the regulation of railroads in Louisiana. In 1888 he was elected by the Legislature Judge of the court of Appeals of the Third Circuit of Louisiana.
After his wife Bertha died, he remarried Camille Vedrines of New Iberia on Jan. 1, 1883. Camille died the following October. The Confederate Museum at Lee Circle in New Orleans has a daguerreotype portrait of Robert in uniform.
The Meridional (Abbeville, Vermilion Parish, LA), December 29, 1894:
Judge Robert S. Perry, Circuit Judge of this district who was stricken with paralysis on Wednesday at his residence in New Iberia, is somewhat better. Mr. Perry was born near Perry's Bridge in this parish, and is favorably known throughout the entire State, having occupied many positions of honor and trust.
The Opelousas Courier, March 10, 1900:
Hon. Robert S. Perry, of New Iberia, aged 65 years, died at his residence last Saturday evening. The deceased was one of the few prominent figures in southwest Louisiana who left his impress upon the State's history during the reconstruction days. He was a member of the State Senate and served a term upon the bench as circuit judge. He was a prominent lawyer, and at the time of his death was commander of Robt. S. Perry Camp, United Confederate Veterans, No. 670, which organization paid military honors to the deceased. He leaves a son and two daughters, who, together with the State, mourn the loss of a sterling man. --- Abbeville Meridional.
Judge Perry entered the Confederate army in 1861 as adjutant of the 8th La. Regt., and served with marked distinction throughout the war, in which the Louisiana brigade took a most active part in Virginia where they formed a part of Stonewall Jackson's "foot cavalry" under the immortal Lee, in the famous Valley campaign.
Gravesite Details He is buried in a single tomb about 50 feet away from the Burke family plot.
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