Hon. Perry Warren

Information on this page is from History of Rensselaer Co., New York, by Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester, published in 1880.

HON. PERRY WARREN was born in Pittstown, Rensselaer Co., N. Y., June 16, 1798, the fifth child of Perry and Huldah (Wodell) Warren. His father and mother were natives of Tiverton, R. I. Three of their children - viz.: Job, Phebe, and Israel - were born there. His father was a carpenter by trade and followed it for a number of years. In company with his brother Henry, he built the Disciple church at Pittstown Corners. He purchased, some time in the latter part of the last century [the 18th century], the farm in Pittstown, about three-quarters of a mile north of the village of Boyntonville, now owned and occupied by Nelson J. Gardner, whose wife is a granddaughter. His eldest child, William, was born in a small frame house, the first erected on the place. He built in 1797 the house now occupied by Mr. Gardner, and here all the rest of his children - viz.: Perry, Sellick, Jinks, Thomas, and Julia - were born. The mother died June 28, 1843; the father, Dec. 17, 1844. Both are buried in the Warren cemetery, near Boyntonville. Mr. Warren was a staunch Whig. He cast his last vote for Henry Clay for president.

Job Warren married Rhoda Gibbs, by whom he had nine children. He was a farmer and settled in Pittstown. Mrs. Gardner was next to their youngest child.

Phebe Warren married Josiah Richmond, by whom she had seven children - five sons and two daughters - of whom Theodore C., Albert E., Perry Warren, Ann wife of Gideon Reynolds, and Ruth widow of John S. Baucus are living.

Sellick Warren married Mary YATES and settled in Mentor, Lake Co., Ohio. They had four children - two sons and two daughters.

Israel, Jinks, William, Thomas, and Julia did not marry. William died in New York City. Israel, Jinks, and Thomas lived and died at the homestead and are buried in the Warren cemetery.

Perry Warren received his education in the common schools of his neighborhood. He learned the wagon-making trade of his brother-in-law, Josiah Richmond, and followed the trade at Boyntonville until elected to the position of justice of the peace, which office he held continuously for sixteen years. He was a member of the convention chosen to revise the Constitution of New York, in 1846. In politics he was a Whig and a leader in his locality in the organization and support of the Republican party. Though not himself a member of any Church, he was a regular attendant upon Church service and contributed liberally of his means to their support.

Mr. Warren was a safe and judicious counselor, an impartial judge, and a steadfast friend, and will long be remembered in the community in which he spent his whole life for his uprightness of character and his genial, sociable disposition. He always lived at the homestead, and died there Nov. 20, 1873. Miss Julia Ann Warren, his sister, is the only child now living. She was born at the homestead, Aug. 4, 1806, and has always resided there Few persons in Pittstown are better, and none more favorably, known than is "Aunt Julia," as she is familiarly called by her large circle of friends.

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