Importance of Tracing Collateral Relatives!

If you follow genealogy blogs and/or have attended conferences and taken classes, you know the importance of tracing collateral relatives, friends, associates and neighbors of your ancestors.

Today I discoved the obituary of Uncle William Perry.  The biography is chock full of personal details of my family….and seems to have been written by William himself.  Had I not started researching siblings of my ancestors, I would have missed this article. 


William was my g-grandmother Georgianna (Hughes) Hall’s uncle. William was twice married but fathered no children. He was a brother to Georgianna’s mother Kitte/Katherine/Kate (Perry) Hughes/Clough/Shipman. I have another article in my files from the personal section of the same paper in the early 1900’s stating that Georgianna Hall and her infant son Charles G. Hall (my grandfather) from Malden were in Rome visiting their uncle William Perry.

Georgianna’s maternal grandparents, as mentioned in the article, were George Perry and Ann (Jones) Perry – I am guessing that is how they came up with the name Georgianna – George + Ann.

The article:


Native of Rome Taken by;
Death at Age of 77
Ex-Businessman at One Time
Was Postoffice Clerk
William C. Perry, lifelong resident of Rome, died at his home 418 N.Washington St., at 10 o’clock this morning on the 77th anniversary of his birth. Sometime ago, Mr Perry prepared a sketch of his life and career, from which the following paragraphs are taken.

He was born on the old Lynch Farm In East Rome—then called Factory Village—on August 6, 1860, son of the late George and Ann Perry. His father died Jan. 28,1862 and his mother Nov. 3, 1896.

Family Came from Wales

His grandfather and grandmother the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jones, emigrated to this country from North Wales in 1837. They settled and resided on Floyd Hill, or Camroden. Mr. Perry had two sisters, Delia Spoor of Galeton Pa., and Kate Shipman of Lynn Mass., and one brother, George Perry of Galeton. They are all dead.

Mr. Perry received his education in the brick school house in East Rome and in the Utica Business College. He worked for ten years in grocery stores, starting with W. H. Evans at 301 E. Domlnick St. in 1880. He also worked for Daniel O’Connell, George R. Marriott, W W. Roberts and John Lackey.

Clerk at Postoffice

On June 27, 1889, he was appointed a clerk in the Rome post office by the late Supreme Court Judge William E. Scrlpteure, who was then postmaster, a position which he held under five postmasters. He resigned Nov. 17, 1919, after having served continually for 29 years. He was a charter member of Rome Branch, National Association of Postoffice Clerks. He took great interest in this organization and retained his membership in it.

After leaving the postoffice he formed a partnership with Nelson Bartholomew and established an insurance and real estate business This business was sold and they opened a grocery store at 414 W. Dominick St. This continued until July 1, 1921, when the firm dissolved. Mr. Perry taking over the business and continuing the store until October, 1933. Mr. Perry was twice married. On Sept. 10, 1884, he married Miss Lillian French, who died July 28, 1922. On July 9, 1923. he married Mrs. Bessie Blakealee.

Burned I. O. O. F. Mortgage

Mr. Perry was for 15 years a member of Rome Lodge, I. O. O. F. He passed through the chairs of the different branches and had the honor of burning the mortgage which was on the Odd Fellow’s Temple at that time. He was a member of Hatheway Lodge 869, F. & A. M„ American



True Ivorites, Rome Firemen’s Benevolent Association, the National Association of Postofftce Clerks and the First Presbyterian Church. In his younger days he was interested in sports, especially baseball, playing as catcher. He played one season with the Canastotl baseball team and the Oneida County Agricultural Society presented the winning team at the FairGrounds a pair of silver mounted baseball bats which the team gave to Mr. Perry. He also played with the Young Mens’ Sodality team of St. Peter’s Church and Father Ward, assistant to Father Murphy, presented him a gift at the time of his marriage. This gift Mr. Perry valued very highly. Mr. Perry’ prided himself on belonging to a team, the old Red Stockings, which never lost a game in three years. He enjoyed talking baseball, especially of old times and the sporting events of 60 years ago.

Mr. Perry is survived by his wife, several cousins and nieces in Rome and vicinity.

In another sketch prepared by Mr. Perry in March, 1922, he said his parents came to this country in 1846 or 47. They came in a sailing vessel and were three months on the ocean.

Father Ran Milk Route
George Perry lived on the Lynch farm and conducted a milk route from 1855 to 1862, the time of his death Mrs. Perry then left the farm and purchased the house at 507 E. Dominick St., and with her four children lived there until 1886, when she moved to Frankfort, where she died. She was twice married, her second husband being James Z, Evans, who died in Frankfort In 1902.

The old brick school in East Rome, where Mr. Perry received his first education, was afterward used as an engine house and was occupied by old Mohawk Hose Co. 4. of which company Mr. Perry was the last secretary.

His first place of employment was in the old Rail Mill, later the Copper Mill on Bouck St. He was a “pull boy” on the furnace whose heater was the late Robert Edwards, father of C. Robert Edwards of Rome. After working there for seven years he accepted a position as a night clerk in the Commercial Hotel, now the Catholic Association Building, conducted by the late D. B. Prince. This employment was followed by his entry Into the grocery business as clerk, first for Daniel O’Connell. whose store was in the American Block, 100 W. Dominick St., now occupied by the Whelan Drug Co., Inc.
Rome NY Daily Sentinel 1937 – 2828.pdf (pg 2)
Rome NY Daily Sentinel 1937 – 2837.pdf (pg 11)


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