T. C. M. PERRY, auditor of Johnson County, Ind., was born at Gallipolis, Ohio, June 29, 1847. His father was Thomas L. Perry, who was born in Wheeling, W. Va., in 1818, and his mother was Joannah Brunnemer, who was born in Covington, Va., in 1822. In 1846, the father moved to Gallipolis, Ohio, and two years later came to Indiana and located at Waverly, Morgan County, where he died in 1864. His wife died the same year, and within a week of the death of her husband. The paternal grandfather of our subject was an Englishman, and the paternal grandmother was a native of Ireland, while the maternal grandparents were both Germans, the grandfather being a native of Germany, and the grandmother of America. To Thomas L. and Joannah, the parents, six children were born, as follows: Sarah (now deceased), Mary E., now deceased, Jennie, Francis (now deceased), T. C. M., and Aldice. Upon the removal of the parents to Indiana, the subject of this sketch was but one year of age, and his boyhood days were spent in Waverly, in Morgan County. He was given an academic edu-cation, and later conceived the idea of fitting himself for the legal profession, and to that end read law for awhile, but was not admitted to the bar, having abandoned his studies. He removed to Johnson County in 1872, and engaged in merchandising at differ-ent points in that county, for a number of years, the last point at which he was so engaged being Providence. In 1882, he was elected trustee of Union Township, and held that office for four years, being at the same time engaged in the stock business. On March 18, 1886, he was nominated by the democratic county con-vention for the office of auditor of Johnson County, and the follow-ing November, he was elected to that office by a majority of 396 votes, and took charge of the same on November 5, 1887, at which time he removed to Franklin. He is a member of Union Village Lodge, No. 545, F. & A. M., and of Waverly Lodge, No. 818, I. 0. 0. F. He was united in marriage in 1881, to Mary A. Farris, who was born in Bargersville, Ind., and to this union two children have been born, both deceased. Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker
Banta, D.D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888.