CALEB PERRY, one of the earlier residents of Scott County, departed this life March 5, 1884, after having reached his more than three score and ten years. He was born near Winchester, Frederick Co., Va., in 1812, learned the trade of a carpenter, and after his marriage removed to Exeter, Scott County, where he operated as a contractor and builder. He there purchased a residence and other property, and was quite prominent in local affairs, officiating as Constable and Collector for many years, also as School Director and Village Trustee. He was a Democrat in politics, and a member of the Christian Church.
Our subject was married Nov. 6, 1848, to Mrs. Jane McCormick, daughter of John Hill, a native of North Carolina, and widow of Richard McCormick, a native of Tennessee, a farmer by occupation, and who died in Merritt Precinct in 1844. John Hill was born in North Carolina in 1791, and removed to Hickman, Tenn., in 1812, where he was one of the earliest settlers. He came to Illinois in 1828, locating near Lynnville, where he entered land, improved a farm, and lived there until 1842. He then removed to North English, Iowa, where he bought a large farm and resided until his death in 1864. He was a member of the Christian Church. The maiden name of his wife was Martha Carlin, a native of North Carolina, and a relative of Gov. Carlin, of Illinois. The Carlin family is of Scotch descent. Mrs. Hill died in Macoupin County, Ill. There were seven children in the family, namely: Mary Arizona, Emily and Lizzie, deceased; Jane, Mrs. Perry; Frank, deceased; Adaline and John, the latter deceased.
Mrs. Perry was born in North Carolina, Oct. 14, 1818, and was a mere child when the family removed to Tennessee. They came to Illinois in 1828, locating near Sycamore, and Miss Jane remained at home until the death of her mother. She was married in Merritt Precinct, in 1839, to Mr. McCormick. Of this union there were born two children: John F., now deceased, and Richard F. John, during the late war, enlisted in the 14th Illinois Infantry, and met death on the battlefield of Shiloh, April 6, 1862. Richard was in the 129th Illinois Infantry, serving a few months toward the close of the war. He is now a merchant of Ottumwa, Iowa. Mrs. Perry is a prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. She draws a pension from the Government and is living quite retired, in comfortable circumstances.