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    The county was formed on December 18, 1840, and named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, naval hero in the War of 1812. The act specified that a temporary seat of justice was to be at the house of John L. Houston in Perryville. The first courthouse, a log cabin built in 1841, burned in 1850 during a feud between the Lively and McCool families, and all records were lost. Another log building was used until a better courthouse could be built, but materials for a new building were gathered and left to rot when the men of the county left to fight in the Civil War. In 1871, J. L.W. Matthews donated land for a new courthouse. That courthouse burned in 1874, and all records stored there were destroyed. Another courthouse was built, and it was burned in December 1881 by arsonists during what has been labeled "The Perry County War." Earlier that year, the editor/founder of The Perryville News was assassinated and his office across the street from the courthouse set on fire. Finally, in 1888, a courthouse was constructed of locally fired brick and, with several additions and modifications, is still in use.
    Aaron Price, the first recorded white settler in the area, is purported to have settled on the Fourche La Fave River eight to nine miles downstream from present-day Perryville in 1808. In 1879, German Catholic families settled in east Perry County, naming their community New Dixie. Several Lithuanian families immigrated to the United States from 1904 to 1910 because of the Russo-Japanese War and settled near Bigelow between 1912 and 1914. A group of Italian immigrants arrived in 1915 in the east end of the county, bringing their wine-making skills to a region of Perry County that resembled Italy. Around 1912, African American families settled in the Toad Suck community, also known as Redemption.


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Arkansas Dept of Health
Division of Vital Records, Slot 44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
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  • Marriage and divorce coupons are so called because they are removed from the bottom of marriage and divorce certificates, the original of which is retained in the offices of the county clerk of courts; these coupons contain limited information.

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Circuit and County Clerk
310 West Main St.
Perryville, AR 72126
Phone (501)889-5126
Fax (501)889-5759
Perry County Historical & Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 156
Perryville, AR 72126

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