Daniel Perry

Daniel Perry was born in 1845 or 1846, and he was a farmer around the Rose Hill area, right on the border between Carter County and Lewis County. He was the son of William Eulett and Ellender Perry, but they did not get married until Daniel was 8 years old, so he was given his mother's surname of Perry.

This is the only known photo of Daniel, apparently taken when he joined the Union Army during the Civil War. He was a private in Company E of the 40th Regiment Kentucky Infantry. Interestingly, his age at time of enlistment is given as 18 on his military service record in the National Archives. His age at muster out fifteen months later is still given as eighteen. He may have lied about his age to enlist, or the latter entry may be an error. At any rate, the war took a toll on his health, and by the early 1890's, he was on a disability pension of $6.00/month due to rheumatism and disease of the throat.

He died in 1893, and is buried in the Henderson cemetery. He was married to Lydia Margaret Rose, daughter of John Henry Rose and Mahala Gulley. The Perry family came from Ireland, and illustrious cousins in the family tree include the author of "Gilliver's Travels", Jonathan Swift, and the writer of "The Star-Spangled Banner", Francis Scott Key


Submitted by: Mark Jordan

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