Robert was born in Pennsylvania, of Scottish Irish descent. [He was the son of Samuel Perry Jr. and Mary McGrew.] As a boy, he and his family moved to Kentucky. At age 19, he ran away from home and went (in 1806) to Louisiana leaving his family behind in Campbell County, Kentucky.
By 1827 Robert Perry owned stores on each side of the Vermilion River near Abbeville, the settlement was called Perry's Bridge after Robert Perry. Here he also maintained a tanyard. Cattle hides were sold here in sufficient numbers to have warranted on apprentice in 1821.
Among other holdings, Perry owned a cotton plantation, corn plantation, a sugar plantation and by 1830, two keel boats and one schooner. In 1818 Perry purchased a tanyard on Grand Prairie near Opelousas. He also owned a tavern and mercantile store at Bayou Chicot.
In 1820 Robert Perry married Ezemily Booth of Georgia. She was the daughter of Robert Booth and Mary J. (Polly) Moss. To this union were born the following children: Mary Ann Perry, Mary Alzenith Perry, Adeline Perry, August C. Perry, John Franklin Perry, Robert Perry, Amanda Perry, Oliver H. Perry and Laura Perry.
In 1840 Perry built a home on the Vermillion River (with the help of slave labor) which remains today across the river from the town of Perry, LA. The family cemetery is located at Perry and is known as the Perry-O'Bryan Historical Cemetery and, this is where many members of the Perry family are buried.
Robert Perry was appointed the first sheriff of Vermilion Parish by Governor Alex Mouton in 1844.
(Article from "Attakapas Gazette," Vol. XXV, No. 3, Fall 1990, written by Zilda Whitfield)
More information about Robert Perry can be found on the Vermilion Parish Historical Society website (http://www.vermilionhistorical.com/features/presentations.htm) in a slideshow titled "Robert Perry of Perry's Bridge," written by Gary E. Theall. A picture of Robert Perry's tombstone can be viewed on slide 83.
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