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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
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Russell, Eva Perry
Abigail Wilcox Perry,   pp. 137-138 PDF (365.2 KB)


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-          ABIGAIL WILCOX PERRY
              Author-Eva Perry Russell
                       Appleton
              Appleton Chapter D. A. R.
    Abigail Wilcox Perry, Grandmother of Eva Perry
Russel, was born November 2, 1817, at Milford, Otsego
County, New York, where she lived until her marriage
January 3rd, 1838 to Seth Jones Perry, also of Milford,
New York.
    Soon after their marriage the young couple started,
with their few earthly possessions, for the western front-
ier, travelling by canal-boat and the great lakes until they
reached Milwaukee.
    Later they settled on a farm at East Troy, Wisconsin
where they lived a few years. Soon the desire for still
more acres possessed them and again they started with
their two young children, in the spring of 1848, to the
northward, travelling thither in a rude ox-drawn wagon,
to a spot in the wilderness, six miles west of where later
the city of Appleton was founded.
    Here they purchased a section of land, or six hundred
and forty acres at ten shillings per acre, which they
cleared and built a home where they lived the remainder
of their lives.
     Abigail Perry was a most devothd wife and a won-
derful mother. She was a woman of sterling Christian
character and given to genuine hospitality, often be-
friending the Indian as well as the white settler when
any were in need. She was active in establishing Sunday
schools among the early settlers and opened her home
for Christian services long before a place of worship had
been built in the community. She never let her own com-
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