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James Cader Perry Family Album

Grace E. (Burgess) Perry

Aylwin J. & Prudence H. "Dencie" (Perry) Perkins
Photo & information submitted by Ron Rogers

Dixie Lee Perry aka Sister Mary Josephine Perry

Grover Cleveland Perry & his sister Mary (Perry) Robinson
(photo most likely taken in Philadelphia, Pa.)

Grace Ellen (Burgess) Perry
June 25, 1873 - July 18, 1925

     From all indications and records that can be found, Grace Ellen Burgess was the daughter of Major A. & Elizabeth Burgess.  Major and his 1st wife, Bethany, are found in the 1850 & 1860 Pasquotank census.  Major then shows up in Dare Co. in 1870 with a new wife, Elizabeth.  Nothing has been found on him after 1870.  "Gracy" E. Burgess married James Cader Perry in Currituck Co., NC (Atlantic Twp.) on April 19, 1888.  Her parents were listed as M.A. & Elizabeth Burgess.  James Cader, born May 1863, was the son of Israel Perry and his wife Sabrina "Sabra" Tillett.

1900 Currituck Co., NC Census (Atlantic Twp.)

Perry, James C. Head May 1863 37 Married: 13 yrs Fisherman
Perry, Gracie E. Wife June 1870 29 Married: 13 yrs
7 children/5 living
Perry, Sallie A. Dau Apr 1889 11    
Perry, Aurora S. Son Dec 1890 9    
Perry, Mary E. Dau Dec 1893 6    
Perry, Gracie E. Dau June 1897 2    
Perry, Prudence H. Dau Oct 1898 1    

It appears that Grace (Burgess) Perry remarried in 1909 because she's found in Poplar Branch, Currituck Co. in 1910 married to Thomas S. Simpson.  Some of the children listed as Simpson's should have been enumerated as Perry's.  It's hard to tell who the father of some of these children are because they are listed as Simpson in one place and Perry in another but these 2 marriage records should put that in order.

1910 Currituck Co., NC Census ( Poplar Branch Twp.)

Simpson, Thomas Head 49 Married: 11y farming
Simpson, Gracie Wife 38 Married: 11y housework
Simpson, Rowe? [probably the same as Aurora S. Perry in 1900] Son 20 single farming
Simpson, Mary E. Dau 16 single housework
Simpson, Thomas Son 13   farm work
Simpson, James Son 9   general work
Simpson, Alice Dau 7   housework
Simpson, Dixie Dau 5   no occupation
Simpson, Bania? [probably the same as Robanna Perry in 1920] Dau 3   no occupation

In 1920 Thomas & Grace are living in the city of Norfolk at 338 Liberty St.  Her 2 daughters, Grace & Dixie are living with them.

1920 Norfolk Co., VA Census (City of Norfolk)

Simpson, Thomas Head 59 Knitting Mill Box Maker
Simpson, Gracie Wife 47  
Perry, Grace Dau 22 Restaurant Waitress
Perry, Dixie Dau 14 Restaurant Waitress
Simpson, Nora Dau 8  

1920 Norfolk Co., VA Census (West Norfolk Village)
53 Madison St.

Perkins, Aylwin J. Head 23 Married Gas Boat Engineer born VA
Perkins, Dencie F. Wife 20 Married   born VA
Perkins, Eva M. Dau 3 5/12     born VA
Perkins, Addie V. Dau 1 4/12     born VA
Perry, Robana M. Sister 12     born NC

By 1930 Thomas is widowed and living with his son in South Norfolk, Va.  His married daughter, Robanna, is living next door.

1930 Norfolk Co., VA Census (South Norfolk Town)
2120 Bainbridge St.

Simpson, Thomas B. Head 34 [born NC] Married @ age 21 Laundry Salesman
Simpson, Lillian V. Wife 29 Married @ age 16 [born Va.]
Simpson, Thomas B. Jr. Son 9   [born Va.]
Simpson, Margaret E. Dau 7   [born Va.]
Simpson, Thomas S. Father 70 Widowed [born NC]

1930 Norfolk Co., VA Census (South Norfolk Town)
2200 Bainbridge St.

Lathrop, Ralph C. Head 28 [born NY] Married @ age 20 Auto Factory Laborer
Lathrop, Robanna Wife 23 [born NC] Married @ age 16  
Lathrop, Ralph E. Son 6 [born PA]    
Lathrop, Fred A. Son 3 9/12 [born Va.]    

Known children of James Cader & Grace E. (Burgess) Perry were:

1) Sally Ann Perry - b. April 1889 NC; d. ???  Married John D. Wicker (s/o James Wicker & Nancy Beals) in Manteo, NC on April 24, 1903 at the age of 14.  They had at least 6 children.
2) Aurora S. Perry (male) - b. Dec. 1890 NC; d. ???
3) Mary E. Perry - b. Dec. 1893 NC; d. 1977   Married a Robinson
4) Grace Ellen Perry - b. June 1897 NC; d. ???
5) Prudence Hathaway "Dencie" Perry - b. Oct. 21, 1898 in NC; d. Nov. 30, 1970;  married: Aylwin Johnson "A.J." Perkins circa 1916.  Aylwin was born June 4, 1894 in Buckingham Co., VA and signed his WWI Draft Card in Norfolk, VA in June 1917 at which time he stated he had a wife and child and his wife's sister was living with him.  The 1920 Norfolk Co., VA census shows Robanna M. Perry, age 12, living in their home.  In 1942 at the age of 47, Aylwin signed his WWII Draft Card stating that he lived in Gloucester, Va. and worked for Goucester-Yorktown Ferry System. He indicated he had a tattoo on his left upper arm.  Dencie and Aylwin had 3 children: Eva Minerva Perkins, Addie Virginia Perkins and Aylwin Johnson Perkins, Jr.
6) Grover Cleveland Perry - b. 1903  d. 1959
7) Dixie Lee Perry - b. 1905 in NC  d. Apr. 3, 1992
Dixie converted to Catholicism in her teens and became a nun, taking the name Sister Mary Josephine Perry. She entered the Visitation Monastery in Brooklyn, NY in Feb. 1921 at the age of sixteen. She took her vows in August 1923 and remained in the monastery for over 70 years.
8) Robanna "Ann" Mae Perry - b. Sept. 9, 1908 in NC  d. Jan. 21, 1988
She lived with Dencie & A.J. Perkins in West Norfolk Village, VA in 1920.  She is buried with her 2nd husband Navy Cmdr. Russell Edwin Jackson in the Hampton National Cemetery Hampton, Virginia.
9) Sherman Perry - no further information but could be the same as "Aurora S. Perry" listed above
10) Roy Perry - no further information but could be the same as Aurora S. Perry
11) James Perry - no further information

Photos and information kindly submitted by Lori Clark.  No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes. Images are for personal use only, not for redistribution.  However, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research.




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