History of Green County 
Helen M Bingham
Burdick & Armitage Printers
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John B. PERRY, one of the pioneers of Green county was born at Elizabethtown Essex, New York
December 11 1812, his father, Nathan PERRY, was born in the town of New Ipswich New Hampshire
and was there married to Rebecca BROWN, of the same town. They soon after, moved to York State
and settled in Essex county, where he bought unimproved land, lived on that a few years, then
moved to Elizabethtown. He soon became prominent and was appointed under sheriff, and held that
office for many years. He served in the War of 1812, and participated in the battle of Plattsburgh.
He died in Elizabethtown in 1847.  The subject of our sketch grew to manhood in Elizabethtown,
securing his education in the public schools In 1838 he came west and located at Dundee Ill.,
where he engaged in teaching school. In December 1839, he came to Green county, and engaged in
mining lead ore at Exeter, In 1842 he was appointed Justice of the peace by Gov. DOTY. 
He remained in Exeter until 1844, when he returned to Dundee and there engaged in farming. 
In December 1846 he returned to Green county and engaged in teaching at Albany, January, 1847. 
In the fall of 1847 he went to Monroe and read law in the office of J. W. STEWART, until the 
fall of 1848, then again went to Exeter and was elected Justice of the peace there in 1849.  
In 1850 he was elected town clerk, and the same year was appointed United States marshal, 
to take the census of Green county. In 1851 he removed to Albany, and in 1852, was elected Justice
in that town and has held the office continuously since that time. He has also held other offices
of trust. He served as town clerk and deputy town clerk eighteen years. He has filled the office
of county commissioner, two years; has been notary public, twelve years, and school director, 
fifteen years. In 1881, was sergeant at arms of the assembly at Madison. He was joined in marriage,
in 1840, to Amy M. KELLOGG. She was born in Chautauqua Co., New York. They have seven children-
Rebecca B., Nathan A., Cora A., Amy M., Oliver H., Martha A., and Edwin R. In 1883 Mr PERRY acted 
as attorney for the village of Albany and secured the incorporation of the village. He was admitted
to the bar, in Monroe, in 1854.


P. J. Clawson, 
A. S. Douglas, 
Brooks Dunwiddie, 
Hiram Medbery, 
A. N. Randall, 
C. N. Carpenter,
Colin W. Wright, 
B. S. Kerr, 
S. W. Abbott, 
John B. Perry, 
Burr Sprague, 
O. S. Putnam, 
John Luchisinger, 
C. A. Tofflemire, and 
P. C. Lampert. 

1850 U.S. Census Exeter 1 Aug 1850. 

Name                  Age Sex Occ: Real Estate Value Where Born
John B.     Perry   37 M   Miner ----- N.Y.
Amy M.      "       24 F   ----- ----- N.Y.
Rebeca B.   "        4 F   ----- ----- Ill.
Nathan A.   "      6/12   ----- ----- Wisc.
(This census should be accurate for him as he is the one that took the census Robin)