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 Asahel Perry

Asahel Perry

Williamsburg, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 16 Feb 1869 (aged 84)
Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot Blk. 28 Lot 4 Pos. 2
Memorial ID 85138 · View Source
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Son of Abiel Perry and Mariam Walcott

Married Polly Chadwick, 6 Mar 1806, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois

Children - Isaac Perry, Lucy Ann Perry, Willard Perry, William Chadwick Perry, Orrin Perry, Hiram Perry, Stephen Chadwick Perry, Philander Jackson Perry, Lewis Perry, Polly Maria Perry

History - Came to Utah 1850, Captain Bennett company. Missionary in New York 1840; president of Springville branch 1850-51. Judge of election four years; member legislature three years.

Biography - Asahel Perry, son of Abiel Perry and Merrin Wolcott, was born at Williamsburg, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, February 26, 1784. He was married to Polly Chadwick, daughter of Isaac Chadwick and Dinah Brewer, March 26, 1806.

Polly Chadwick was born June 24,1789, at Tyringharm, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. After they were married, they first made a home in Madison, Madison County, New York, and here their first six children were born.

They moved to Middlebury and there Asahel Perry and his family first heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached. Later the father, mother, two sons and a daughter joined the church and were baptized.

The first missionaries to bring the gospel to the Perry family were Aaron Lyon and John F. Green. In late summer and fall of 1832 Brigham Young and his brother Joseph Young and other elders held meetings at the home of Asahel Perry, in Middlebury, Genessee County, New York.

Asahel Perry was baptized a member of the Church on the fourth of August 1833, and was then set apart to preside over the Branch of Genessee County.

In 1836 he sold his property in Genessee County and also land he owned in Erie and Chataqua counties and moved to Kirkland. Here he lived and assisted in the building of the Kirkland Temple.

In the spring of 1838, he moved to Missouri and settled in Davis County, but in the fall of that same year was expelled with the saints from that place, and they spent the winter of 1838/9 in Caldwell County.

In February 1839 the Saints were expelled from the state of Missouri under the order of Governor Boggs.

They lived near Quincy Illinois until the spring of 1840. When they moved to Commerce, Illinois which was later named Nauvoo. They lived there until the expulsion of the Saints from that place.

During this time Asahel Perry performed a short mission to the state of New York, to his old home town visiting his sons and daughter. He returned home 15 November 1840, having traveled a distance of 1449 miles. Although he preached the Gospel to his sons and daughter on his mission, and his son Stephen, also carried the Gospel message twice in later years, not one of them joined the church, except the three who joined the church at the same time their father and mother joined.

In the spring of 1846 he crossed the Mississippi River, having lost all the property he owned except one Indian pony, and an old one horse wagon, a small amount of household furniture and a few implements. He was compelled to remain in the Mississippi River bottoms the summer of 1846 on account of sever sickness. As he was near death at the time.

Late in the fall, with some assistance, he traveled west as far as the Des Moines, and about 20 miles from Nauvoo. where they stayed through the winter. While here the Saints were attacked by mobs many times.

In the fall of 1849 with the assistance of his sons Stephen and Philander he moved to Mount Pisgah, Iowa. In the fall of 1849 he was called to preside over the Branch of the church at Mount Pisgah, which position he held until the spring of 1850. He then started on the trail of the Saints to Utah.

In October 1850 he arrived at Hobble Creek, now known as Springville, Utah. On the twentieth of March he was set apart to preside over the Branch of the church at Springville. He was also a member of the High Council of the county. He was soon ordained Patriarch, being the first Patriarch of the Springville Branch. He was ordained at the General Conference in Salt Lake City.

He died as he had lived, firm in the faith of the gospel of the son of God, February 16 1869, at the age of 85 years. His wife died at Springville, December 30, 1878, age 89 years.

They had made many sacrifices. At one time they had owned much property, and were considered wealthy people at that time. But they gave their money to the church at the time of the building of the Kirkland Temple. They left six of their loved ones five sons and one daughter in New York and their mother never saw but one of them again. One son Willard, came to Utah on a visit, They received their endowments in the Nauvoo Temple December 17, 1845.

Asahel Perry was President of the first branch that came to Springville. He was also a member of the High Council, a member of the State Legislature (Where he served for 4 years as well as he was elected a Judge for 4 years),and a Patriarch. His son Philander acted as his scribe. Stephen Perry was councellor to his father. Aunt Merriam Smith remembers that Joseph and Emma Smith and their adopted daughter visited Grandpa Perry's home. They received their endowments in the Nauvoo Temple Dec 17, 1945

From the Perry Family History.

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, James Pace Company (1850); Age at Departure: 66

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