DANIEL PERRINE. A family which comes of a good and noble ancestry in the genuine sense of the word noble, may well have cause for celebration. To be descended from lords and dukes it is not necessary to come of noble blood, but to be the descendants of generations of pure lives and strict integrity is to have a heritage which stands one well in the struggles of life. Such an inheritance has Mr. Perrine, who is a successful and practical farmer, residing on sections 13 and 14, Hilyard Township. One hundred and eighteen acres of his farm are in this township and most of it is under cultivation. His homestead of ninety acres is especially fine, being highly improved and having upon it handsome and commodious buildings.
Since he came to this place, about 1856, Mr. Perrine has resided continuously upon the same estate. The year previous to his coming here he spent in Brushy Mound Township and passed three years in Jersey County. He was reared in Pickaway County, Ohio, and came thence to Jersey County early in the ‘50s. He had his nativity in Monmouth County, N.J., July 4, 1822. His father, William Perrine, and his grandfather, Matthew, were both born in that county. The grandfather had reached an extreme age at the time of his death, as had also the grandmother who survived her husband. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War during the last year of that struggle.
William Perrine, the father of our subject, is one of a family of seven children, who have all passed to the spirit land except the youngest daughter. He grew up a farmer in New Jersey and there married Miss Rachel Lippincott, a native of Monmouth County. They came from New Jersey to Ohio after their marriage and the birth of four children, and lived in the Buckeye State for some years. The mother was of New Jersey parentage and New England stock. After the birth of all his children and the death of his wife, William Perrine came West and spent his last years with our subject in Illinois. He passed away at the age of sixty-seven years. Both he and his amiable wife were persons of true godliness and loveliness of character and were worthy of the universal affection with which they are regarded. They are members of the United Brethren Church.
Daniel Perrine was the second in age of a family of seven, three of whom still remain in this life. After being reared upon the farm in Hocking and Pickaway Counties, Ohio, and having attained manhood, he was married in Hocking County to Miss Emily Doyle. This lady was a native of Ohio and was there reared in Perry County and came to Illinois with her husband. She died at her home in this township, September 7, 1884, having at that time reached the age of fifty-five years. She was a most worthy wife and mother and a consistent and beloved member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, with which she had been connected from the time she was sixteen years old. She lost two of her twelve children before her own death, but the others lived and most of them have established families of their own. They are bringing up their children to revere the memory of the grandmother.
The two children who died are Alice, who was taken away when a little one of three years, and Elizabeth, who was called at the age of twenty. Those children who are still here are John, who took to wife Elizabeth Jones, and who owns and occupies a farm in this township; William, who married Alice Mitchell and lives in Morrisonville, Christian County, this State; Ann, the widow of William Colter, who lives on a farm in this township; Jane, Mrs. Charles Hucklebridge, who lives on a farm near Wellington, Sumner County, Kas.; Clara, Mrs. Edward Huddleston, who lives on a farm in Spanish Needle, this county; Emma, who is at home with her father; Dora, the wife of Charles Trabue, of Alton; Daniel Edward, Effie and Katie, who are at home.
Mr. Perrine was a second time married in this county at Carlinville to Mrs. Mary Barrett nee Raynolds. She was born in Tennessee and in her infancy came with her parents to Greene County, Ill., where she was reared. She married Elijah Barrett, who enlisted to fight in the War of the Rebellion and did not live to return home. He left to her a family of eight children, but she has no children by her present marriage. The Methodist Church is the religious home of this valuable couple whose lives of Christian charity and helpfulness to others, endear them to all their neighbors. Mr. Perrine advocates the principles of the Republican party and casts his vote for its men and measures.
A lithographic portrait of Mr. Perrine accompanies this biographical review.