Some Early Settlers of Upper Sumner County, Tennessee
The Hobdy, Cotton, Durham, Gillespie, Perdue, Absher, Mattox, Cochran and Mayes Families

Compiled by
Lee Alton Absher, M.D.

Knoxville, Tennessee
© Copyright 1966
Reprinted with permission

The Perdue Family

According to the manuscript, "Descendants of Dr. William Perdue" by Robert Hartley Perdue, the name Perdue is Norman in Origin. The tradition is that the early Perdues were Huguenots and that they left France for England and Ireland before coming to America.

It is not known who was the first Perdue to come to America. Dr. William Perdue came to Pennsylvania from County Antrim, Ireland in April, 1737.

The following is an exact quotation from the records of Herman E. Perdue, attorney of Salisbury, Maryland.

"An elaborate manuscript compiled and emblazoned in the College of Arms containing "Sundrie Ancient Remembrance of Arms, Genealogies and other notes of Gentility belonging to the Worshipful name and familes of Perduex." In the first reign of the Normans there flourished two noble families of the surname Perduex; and that they were of like noble lineage or offspring of "The Dutchy of Normandy."

Pierre and Anne had issue: Rene and Henri. Pierre Perduex, a native of Angers of Anjou, was many years advocate to Parliament of Paris, Master of request to the Duke of Anjou, and chief magistrate of the Criminal Court of Angers. He married Anne des Jardins and died in 1631. Aged sixty eight (68), leaving a numerous family.

Rene: - His oldest son, Rene, changed his religion from Huguenot to Catholic and rose to preferement, being appointed Provincial rector of Rheims, Dixon and Dale.

Henri Perdeux: - Henri, born 1625, third son of Pierre, and progenitor of the Perdue family in America, married Marie Loisson, herself a descendant of a noble French family. He was born in the year 1625. With a desire to worship according to the faith of the Huguenots, he left France leaving considerable property, with a chateau in the country, and a mansion in what is now called Rue 3t, Honore in Paris.

Henri and Marie children: Dean, Pierre and Rene, born Sept 6, 1656.

He arrived in Bristol, England, in 1655 and became associated with the Indies Company. At Bristol, his first child, Dean, was born Sept. 1656.

In 1657 Henri was appointed resident factor of the Indies Company, for Martinique and on Oct. 20. 1657, he sailed from Bristol, England on the brig, Thistle, Capt. William Stackpool, master. See Bristol and America Vol. 3.

He arrived at Fort de France, Martinque, Dec. 1, 1657. His second son Rene, was born at Fort de France June 12, 1658. At Fort de France was also born a daughter, Marie, Nov 7, 1660.

In 1661 at the age of 36 years Henri Perdeux had accumulated much wealth and set sail from Fort de France, Martinique, for America. He landed in Elizabeth City, Virginia in December of the same year, in company of his wife, Marie, three children, Dean, Rene, and Marie. Also their servants.

Having learned of a small settlement of Huguenots from the vineyard section of Laudebec, France, whom had been assured by the Calverts of a right to worship according to their rights. He settled in the "Bogonorton Hundred" section of what is now eastern Worcester Co. on the Sinepuxent Bay.

Henry and Marie had issue:

Dean, born in Bristol, England Sept. 6, 1656
Rene, born in Fort de France, Martinique June 12, 1658
Marie, born in Fort de France, Martinique Nov. 7, 1660
Perhaps other children were born in America.

French genealogist ascribe to this family a most illustrious descent. Their pedigree taken from ancient manuscripts and traditional accounts, prove the antiquity of their families and the nobility of their birth and station.


Crest - a rose between a pair of wings proper.
Shield - Argent a bend, guiles, over cross patriarchial, sable
Helmet - noble
Motto - Vise-a-la-fin
Institute of Genealogical Research.....Registration no. 17 - K 258
Under the French Nobility
The Landed Gentry and Historical person. Institute of General Research, Washington, D. C.

Mons. Villeau, Genealogist, Portland, Mo. Registration 17-K-258
Genealogia de Francaise Vol. 2 Washington, DC
Bristol and America Vol. 3 Under French Nobility
Records of Indies Co. Vol. 6
Burkes Hist of Landed Gentry and Historical Persons Vol. 1

The Latin name is Perdeum, meaning God's Help. This became in Norman French, Per deu or Perdeux, which passed into the varients: Perdue, Pardue, Purdew, Purde and Purdue. Bardsley in his book on surnames says that "the name Bigod probably arose from the oath 'by God". Pardew is still an existent surname with similar origin."

William Perdue is the first of the family of which we have a record. He lived about 1550 to 1620 in Winchester, England.

William Pardoe was a merchant in the city of Worcester, England. He purchased 1250 acres of land in the Province of Pennsylvania from William Penn on October 11, 1681. He did not move to America.

The Perdues were prominent bell founders in England and Ireland. Bells in many English and Irish cathedrals were cast by them. William Perdue was buried in Limerick Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland with this tombstone epitaph,

"Here a bell founder, honest and true, till resurrection lie Perdue."

The first Purdues came to Sumner County, Tennessee from Franklin County, Virginia, in 1814 and 1815, after services in the War of 1812. There were five brothers: Daniel, Matthew, Luke, Eli and Asa. They came with their families from Franklin County, Virginia, through Kentucky and down into Tennessee. According to information handed down from other generations, most of them walked or came in ox wagons. They settled on the meanderings of Drakes Creek in present 13th district of Sumner County, Tennessee.

Hale, Lee and Squire Perdue came from Virginia and settled in upper Sumner County, Tennessee, in the early part of the eighteenth century. It is not known what relation they were to the above named Perdue brothers.

The above named brothers were sons of Meshack and Nellie Dillion Perdue, of Franklin County, Virginia. Meshack Perdue was born in 1756 and died in Franklin County, Virginia in 1838. He left a Will naming their eleven sons and one daughter. Their children were: Daniel, Eli, Asa, Matthew, Jesse, Mark, Isaiah, Obediah, Zachariah, John, Elizabeth and Luke.


I, Meshack Perdue, of the county of Franklin and state of Virginia being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make and constitue this my last will and testament, revoking all wills heretofore made by me.

1st. I direct that all my just debts be paid and that all debts due to me be collected as spedially as consistenant with justice and humanity.

2nd. I give to my son, Daniel Perdue, a negro man by the name of Jordan, a negro woman by the name of Harrietta and her child by the name of Squire, a negro man by the name of Thomas, all of which he has received unto his possession, to him and his heirs forever.

3rd. I give to my son, Eli Perdue, a negro boy by the name of William, a negro man by the name of Robert, a negro man by the name of Henry, all of which he has received into his possession, to him and his heirs forever.

4th I give to my son, Asa Perdue, a negro boy by the name of Dick and another negro boy by the name of Lewis and six hundred dollars in cash, all of which he has received in his possession, to him and his heirs forever.

5th. I give my son, Matthew Perdue, a negro girl by the name of Lucy, another negro girl by the name of Fanny and six hundred dollars in cash, all of which he has received in his possession, to him and his heirs forever.

6th. I give to my son Jesse Perdue, a negro woman by the name of Dilly and her three children by the names of Jane, Julia and James, and another girl by the name of Milly, all of which he has received in his possession, to him and his heirs forever.

7th. I give to my son, Mark Perdue, a negro girl by the name of Ann, a negro man the name of Frank, also a track of land on which my grist and saw mill with all the appurtenances belonging at it stand; supposed to contain one hundred and fifty acres and bounded as follows, to-wit: Beginning at a corner Black Oak above the mill pond in Peter D. Holland's line and with said line to Ward's line and with Ward's line to a corner Black Oak at the lower end of the race paths and with the same to the head, thence along a new marked line to Obediah Perdue's line near a branch and with his line to pointers in Peter D. Holland's line and with Holland's line to the head of the mill pond to pointers thence across the creek to the beginning. Also give to my said son two stills, all of which he has received to his possession, to him and his heirs forever.

8th. I give to my son, Isaah Perdue, a negro woman by the name of Priss, and her four children by the name of Jane, John, Susan, Terry. Also one negro man by the name of Daniel, also my bed, bedstead and furniture. Also my yellow mare lately purchased for me by my son Mark, of which he has in his possession, to him and his heirs forever.

9th. I give to my son, Obediah Perdue, a negro woman by the name of Hannah, a negro woman by the name of Amy, also my track of land known by the name of Benyour Tracts which he has received in his possession. I also give my said son Obediah, after the death of my wife, the negro girl Judith that is left to wait and tend on my said wife during her life time and all that tract of land whereon he the said Obediah now lives, the same having been deeded to him, which will fully appear by reference to a deed recorded in the County Court of Franklin, to him and his heirs forever. Also my Jones colt.

10th. For reasons best known to myself, I give to my son, Zachariah Perdue, one dollar and no more in addition to what I have heretofore given him, to be paid to him after my death by my executors.

11th. For reasons best known to myself, I give to my son, John Perdue, one dollar and no more in addition to what I have heretofore given him, to be paid to him after my death by my executors.

12th. For reasons best known to myself, I give to my daughter, Elizabeth Ward, one dollar and no more in addition to what I have heretofore given her, to be paid to her after my death by my executors.

13th. I have reserved for my own use and benefit during my natural life, my negro man Robert, a black smith by trade, and all monies in my possession or that which may be due me by bonds or otherwise.

14th. I give to my son, Mark Perdue, after my death, my negro man, Robert that I have kept to wait on me during my life, to him and his heirs forever.

15th. I give to my sons Daniel Perdue, Asa Perdue, Eli Perdue, Matthew Perdue, Jesse Perdue, Mark Perdue, Isaah Perdue, Obediah Perdue and the heirs of Luke Perdue, each one-ninth part of all monies that I may have in my possession at my death. Also all monies that may be due me by bonds or otherwise. It is understoood and is my will that Luke Perdue's children collectively, is to receive only one-ninth part in the 15th clause of the foregoing will.

16th. Whereas, there is suits now pending between myself and John Perdue, one suit in the court of Appeals and other suit in the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery for Franklin County, should it so turn out that said suits should not be determined in my life time, and in that case, it is my will and desire that my executors retain out of any money that may come into their hands belonging to my estate as will be sufficient to satisfy and pay off all damages that I may sustain in the decision of said suits after said suits is ended, what sum of money that has been retained by my executors for the purpose above mentioned shall be paid out as directed in the 15th clause of this my last will, one-ninth part to each, including the heirs of Luke Perdue.

17th. I appoint my son, Mark Perdue and Isaah Perdue, executors of this my last will and testament, requesting that the County Court of Franklin will not require them to give security, as I have confidence they will do justice to all person concerned.

In testimoney whereof, I Meshack Perdue, have hereto set my hand and seal this 27th day of December, 1837.

Meshack (his X mark) Perdue
In the presence of:
Stephen Preston
J. S. Burwell
Joshua Starkey

At a court held for Franklin County the 5th day of February, 1838, the last will and testament, of Meshack Perdue was produced in Court by the Executors herein named and offered for probate and thereupon the motion of John Perdue, by his attorney, the probate was continued until March Court and at a court held for the said County the 5th day of March, 1838, this said will was produced in Court, and after hearing on oath the evidence of Stephen Preston, John S. Burwell and Joshua Starkey, the subscribing witnesses hereto, and the testimony of other witnesses in opposition to the probate, was ordered to be recorded, and on the motion of Mark Perdue and Isaah Perdue, the executors herein named, who took the oath prescribed by law, and gave bond conditioned according to the law (the testator desiring that no security should be required) certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate of the said will in due form. Teste: Caleb Tate, C. F. C.


Eli Perdue, born in 1775, in Virginia married Slly Chitwood, April 3, 1815. They had the following children: Mark, Randolph, Adaline, Iven, Lewis, Wylie, Elvina, Illa, Reason and Giles.

The 1850 census of Sumner County, Tennessee shows the family of Lewis Perdue as follows: Lewis Perdue, born 1818, and his wife Martha (maiden name unknown), born 1824. They had the following children: Francis, born 1840; Monroe, born 1843; Judah, born 1844; Sarah, born 1846; and Pamelia, born 1848.

The 1850 and 1860 censuses of Sumner County, Tennessee show the family of Reason Perdue as follows: Reason Perdue, born 1816, and his wife, Nancy Perdue, born 1817. They were married November 2, 1837 and had the following children: Matthew, born 1838; Eli, born 1840; William, born 1842; Aden (?), born 1845; Webb, born 1846; Milly, born 1849; Nancy, born 1850; Eliza born 1855.

The 1880 census of Sumner County, Tennessee shows the family of Giles Perdue as follows: Giles Perdue, age 55, and his wife Mary (maiden name, Mary P. Brackin), age 34 (second wife?). They had the following children: Mary Jane, age 28; John H., age 25; Mandy E., age 21; Elvis, age 19; Martha A., age 17; Sarah J., age 7; Lafina, age 5; James H. B., age 3; and William M., age 8 months.

The 1880 census of Sumner County, Tennessee shows Wylie G. Perdue, age 56, and his wife Julia (maiden name, Julia A. Watwood), age 53. They were married March 4, 1850.


Asa Perdue was born in 1786, in Virginia. He married Elizabeth Webb in Franklin County, Virginia, June 10, 1813. They had the following children: Theoppalus (Theophilas), born 1828; Rebecca, born 1836; Polly, Milly Stephen, born 1814; Bailey, born 1833; Nancy, born 1835; Joseph, born 1837; and Asa, born 1841.

Theoppalus Perdue was born 1828. He married Emily Butt. One of their children, John F., married Laura Elizabeth Cook. They had three children: Bates, Harvey and Herschel.

Bates Perdue married Nina Lewis, July 13, 1907. They had four children: Madeline (who died at birth), Clarice, Willard and Wilford. Wilford married Gladys Meador, June 13, 1936. They had two children: David and Donna. Willard married Maybelle Denning, July 14, 1941. They had three children Bonnie Ann (died at birth), Lila and Gary.

Polly Perdue married a Mr. Prescott.

Rebecca Perdue married a Mr. Hunter.

Asa Perdue built the first flour mill in that country, on his farm near Drakes Creek in Sumner County, Tennessee.


Matthew Perdue was born in 1780, in Virginia. He married Nancy Webb, January 3, 1820, in Sumner County, Tennessee. They had the following children: Thomas, born 1827; Mary Ann, born 1830; Susan, born 1833; Nancy, born 1835; Martha, born 1838; and Matthew A. Green, born February 7, 1841.

Susan Francis Perdue married William Dorris, November 20, 1851, in Sumner County, Tennessee. They had a son, Reverend Charles E. W. Dorris of Nashville, Tennessee, who died October 1964.

Matthew A. Green Perdue was born February 7, 1841 and died July 16, 1906, in Sumner County, Tennessee. He married Mary E. Link, who was born February 7, 1842, in Sumner County, Tennessee. They had one son, George Thomas, who was born in 1874 and died in 1923. he married Sarah Eugene Huffines, born may 24, 1874. Their children are Paul Thomas, Born July 2, 1905, William Alvin, Jesse Dewey, and Minus Smith, born November 18, 1907.


Luke Perdue was born in Virginia. He married Susannah Bowsman, October 7, 1816, in Franklin County, Virginia. He died in 1831 or 1832 in Sumner County, Tennessee.

Luke Perdue and his wife are both buried in unmarked graves, in the Luke Perdue Family Cemetery, which is located in front of Mount Moriah Church, near Oak Grove, Sumner County, Tennessee.

WILL OF LUKE PERDUE Sumner County, Tennessee. Will Book 2, page 144

In the name of God Amen.
Know all men by these presents that I, Luke Perdue of the County of Sumner and State of Tennesse being weak in body but sound and disposing mind and memory have thought proper to publish this my last will and Testament and by these presence do make and publish this my last will and Testament in manner and form following (to-wit).

Item: First, I wish all my just debts paid as soon as they can conveniently be.

Item Second: I give and bequeath all my estate real and personal to my beloved wife Susanna during her natural life or widowhood to have, hold possess and enjoy the same to raise and school her children.

Item Third: At the death or marriage of my said wife Susanna, I give and bequeath two thirds of my said estate to my Legitimate children to be equally divided among them, and the remaining third to my said wife Susanna if she should become married, but should she remain single until her death my will is that the whole of my estate be equally divided among my Legitimate children.

Made and published by the above mentioned Luke Perdue to be his last will and Testament, on the Fifth day of September in the year of our Lord 1831.
In presence of:
Eli Perdue
Henry House
Anthony Dinning
Who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

State of Tennessee
Sumner County Court Feby Term 1832
The noncupative will of Luke Perdue was produced in Court and duly proved agreeable to Law by the oaths of Eli Perdue, Henry House and Anthony Dinning witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and thereupon Eli Perdue is appointed Administrator of the estate of said decedent with the said will annexed and with Henry House and Joseph McGlothlin his securities entered into and acknowledged their bond to the Governor in the sum of one thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs and took the oath prescribed by Law. A Copy Test a. H. Douglass, Clerk of said Court.

We are indebted to Mrs. Shirley McCann of Raytown, Missouri, for the following information:

Luke Perdue and Susannah Bowsman (1788-1880) were both buried in the Perdue cemetery in Sumner Co., Tenn. Luke gave the ground for the church and cemetery which joins his home place. The deed was dated 1826.

Their children: Elizabeth, John (Jack), Katie, George, Eli, Daniel, Mary A., and Mark.

Elizabeth (b. 18 May 1818 Tenn, d. Feb 1904) was buried in the Adams Cem. Jackson Co., Mo. She was married the 14th of Jan 1835 to Major Henderson Alley ( b. 27 Jan 1817 Tenn, d. 14 Jan 1884 - buried in Alley Cem. at Grain Valley, Mo). Issue - Henry Calvin Alley b. 25 April 1836, Francis Marion Alley b. 8 Apr 1838, John Wesley Alley b. 6 Dec 1839, Susan Catherine Jane Alley b. 6 Oct 1841, Mary Elizabeth Alley b. 12 August 1843, Margaret Ann Alley b. 12 March 1846, Louisa Lucretia Alley b. 20 Jan 1848, George Washington Alley b. 20 Oct 1849, Rebecca Evaline Alley b. 26 Jun 1857, Samantha Angeline Alley b. 13 March 1859, Major Henderson Alley, Jr. b. 4 April 1860, and William Tyree Alley b. 18 Sept 1862.

John (Jack) married Louisa Sarver - no dates - had nine children. Lougenia, Queen, Lemuel, Daniel, Raymond, Luke, Dollie, Babe, and Abraham.

Katie married a man by name of Meadow, and was to have moved to Missouri, but have not been able to get any information on her.

George (b. 3 March 1824 Tenn. d. June 1908 Tenn buried in Perdue Cem.) married Tobitha Prescott 26 March 1845. Their children - John, George, Benjamin, Julia b. May 1851 - d. Nov 1886, Elizabeth b. April 1855 d. Jan 1942, Thomas b. 8 Sept 1861 d. July 1946.

Eli (b. 15 Oct 1829 Tenn d. 5 May 1910 Tenn) married Matilda Loyd (b. 18 Sept 1826 d. 25 August 1907) both are buried in Luke Perdue Cemetery. Their children - Perry, John William, James b. 20 March 1853 - d. 2 July 1930 and Tennessee (Tennie) b. 24 Dec 1855 - d. 21 July 1913.

Mary A. (b. 7 Feb 1832 - d. 31 Jan 1898) married Johnathan L. Brown (b. 7 April 1827 - d. 18 March 1903) their children - Johnathan C. Brown b. 6 Dec 1853, Granville M. Brown b. 14 Nov 1855, Leighten F. Brown b. 14 Dec 1857, George I. Brown b. 22 August 1859 d. 24 july 1944 (married to Queen V. Perdue dau of Daniel Green Perdue and Matilda Mattox Perdue - d. 12 March 1937), Julia A. Brown b. 5 June 1861, Mary J. Brown b. 30 Sept 1863, Bailey A. Brown b. 30 March 1865, Lydia E. Brown b. 18 Oct 1866, James O. Brown b. 13 Sept 1868, and Louiza E. Brown b. May 1870.

Mark (b. 12 June 1823 Tenn. d. 19 April 1900 Mo buried Tarsney, Mo.) married Dorcas Paul (b. 24 Oct 1822 Tenn d. 23 March 1880 buried Tarsney, Mo.). Their children; Luke b. 1 Jan 1842 d. Sept 1856, Perry W. b. 13 Jan 1844 d. ?, Susannah b. 12 April 1843 Tenn d. 25 Dec 1907 Mo., William C. b 7 Sept 1846 Tenn d. 4 Sept 1914 Mo., Francis b. 22 Dec 1847 d.?, Eliza b. 10 March 1849 d. ?, Daniel b. 13 Nov 1850 Texas d. 27 Sept 1910 Mo., Levi J. b. 13 March 1852 Texas d. ?, Orpha E. 22 Sept 1854 Texas d. 21 Jan 1931 Mo., Louisa C. Perdue b. 22 Dec 1855 Mo., d. 6 March 1935 Mo., Martha Matilda b. 5 or 6 Nov 1857 Mo., d. 20 Feb 1932 Mo., Mark Perdue, Jr. b. 8 June 1859 Mo. d. 27 Oct 1905 La., Thomas Benton Perdue b. 12 May 1861 Mo d. 21 Nov 1935 Mo., Dorcas Victoria b. 6 May 1863 Mo., d. 16 June 1944 Mo.

Mark Perdue Sr. remarried to Maggie Leonard. They had four children. Maggie b. 18 Oct 1855 d. 25 Jan 1907 Mo., Fred (no dates), Paul b. 10 Augst 1892 Mo., d. 4 May 1897 Mo., and Mammie (no dates). I understand that Mark Perdue Sr. was half German and half French.

Mark Perdue Jr. who died in La. married Amanda Caroline Absher b. Sept 1865 d. 6 April 1900.


Daniel Perdue, of the original Sumner County Perdues, was a great-great-grandfather of the author. He was born in Virginia, January 1, 1787, the son of Meshack and Eleanor Dillon Perdue.

Daniel Perdue married February 24, 1804, in Franklin County, Virginia, Prudence Ward, daughter of Daniel War. Jesse Burns was the surety on the bond. Daniel and Perdue came to Sumner County, Tennessee, in 1814 or 1815.

Daniel Perdue first purchased "174 acres for $348.00 on east side of west fork of Drakes Creek of Barren River", 12 August 1815. Here he established the Daniel Perdue plantation, which eventually consisted of about 1500 acres. It was here that Daniel and Prudence built their large log house with chimneys of bricks that were made on their farm. It was just across the Fort Blount road from the house, on the "spring branch", that Daniel built his famous distillery of rocks and logs. He also built a "water wheel grist mill" between the distillery and the house. He is said to have owned as many as 70 negro slaves.

Daniel and Prudence Ward Perdue had the following children; Ward, Allen, Polly, Martha, Nelly, Prudence, Sue, and Daniel Green. Their mother Prudence Ward Perdue, who was born in 1788, died in 1828. She is buried in the Perdue family cemetery on this farm.

Daniel Perdue married Harriet Wyatt (born 1813) in Gallatin, Tennessee January 26, 1832. The had the following children: Wyatt, Susan, John Jack, Sarah Anne, Mary C. W. Fredrick M., Charlotte (Letty), Julia Ann, Joseph Benjamin and James Oliver.

Daniel Perdue died January 26, 1857, leaving a large estate. This estate was equally divided among his children and his wife Harriet, according to the terms of his Will. Each of his eighteen children were given a farm or the equivalent thereof, and stock, and tools, and household furniture. Harriet Perdue died July 9, 1889. Both Daniel and Harriet are buried in the old Perdue farm cemetery.

Sumner County, Tennessee. Will book 3, page 270

In the name of God Amen, Know all men by these presents that I Danl Perdue of the County of Sumner and State of Tenness being of sound and disposing mind & knowing the certainty of death do hereby make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (to wit) First, Will my soul to God who gave it, and my body to a decent Christian burial.

Second, I wish all my just debts and funeral Expenses paid.

Third, I leave my wife Harriet Perdue during her natural life or widowhood the home tract of land containing by estimation Two hundred Acres my Mills and distillery and all that thereunto belongs or appertenances, all the house hold and Kitchen furniture, Beds & furniture, All the stock and farming tools I give to her to dispose of at her pleasure. I also loan her two negroe girls named Martha and Sally during her natural life or widowhood.

4th. At the death or marriage of my wife Harriet, I wish the Negroe girls Martha & Sally with there increase divided among my children of which the said Harriet is the mother equally.

5th. At my death I give my son Wyatt (son of Harriet the following tract of land, Civil District No. 16) Beginning on a small white oak, Bryants corner running N 9 deg. E to a sycamore on a small branch thence down the branch with its meanderings to Bushes corner The. N. 45 degrees E. 31 poles to a gum Th. East with a lane 112 poles to a stake called Smarts corner, Th. S. 30 poles to a post Oak Th. E. 60 poles to a post Oak by a pond Wm McGlothlins corner, Th. South 20 poles to a black oak On the south side of the road, called the Fort Blount road, Th. West 86 poles to a stake with pointers Th. North 10 poles to a small gum with top cut off, Th West 96 poles to a post Oak with pointers Th North 46 poles to the begining containing by estimation 100 acres.

6th. I also give my son John J. Perdue the following tract of land lying in said 16th district, beginning on a hornbeam, corner to Wm Lynch on Drakes Creek, Th North with the compromise line 160 poles to a rock the compromise corner, Th. East 121 poles to a black oak on the head of a hollow to the Mill branch Th down the mill branch to the creek, Th. down the creek with its meanderings to the beginning, containing by estimation 100 acres.

7th. I also give to my daughter Susan Dun the following tract of land, Beginning on two small black oaks, widow Peadons corner S. 5 deg. W. 30 poles to a red Oak Th S 34 degrees E 42 poles to a scrub Oak Pedons corner, Th. S. 72 poles to Cooks line Th west with Cooks line 94 poles to a white Oak and sugartree Cooks corner, Th. North with said line 132 poles to an ash in a bluff of rock, Th. East 66 poles to the beginning, containing by estimation 100 Acres.

8th. I also give my son Frederick M. Perdue the following described tract of land in sd district. Beginning on a small white Oak on Wyatt Perdue's line Th. South 121 poles to a black Oak on the South side of a dry branch, Th. South 121 poles to a black Oak on East boundary line Th. N. with said line 121 poles to Bryants corner Thence East to the beginning containing by estimation 100 Acres.

9th. I give to Joseph Benjamin Perdue (my son) the following described tract of land in said 16th district, Beginning on Wm McGlothlins S. W. corner by a pond Th S. 115 poles to a black Oak on the South side of a dry drain Th E. 140 poles to a stake in Perdues East boundary line Th. N. with sd line 115 poles to a rock Called Smarts corner Th west 140 poles to the beginning containing by estimation 100 Acres.

10th. I give to my daughter Mary C. W. Perdue the following tract of land in said district, Begining on a Black Oak the South side of a dry drain Th South 190 poles to a chestnut Six poles East of Susan Duns, beginning corner, Th N 60 degrees East 20 poles to a stake in the field Th N 40 degrees East 60 poles to a hickory, Th N 14 degrees E 34 poles to a stake Th North 18 poles to Yandals corner Th E 66 poles to a stake in Widow Dennings field thence 80 poles to a stake in Perdues East boundary line, Th West 140 poles to the beginning, Containing by estimation 100 Acres.

11th. I give to my daughter Sarah Ann Elizabeth Perdue the following described land and premises in the said 16th district Beginning on a black oak on the south side of a dry drain called Fedds corner, Th with Isaac McGlothlins east boundary line Th S. W. to sd McGlothlins line to Perdues corner, Th E to the compromise corner, Th E with J. J. Perdues line passing said line 48 poles to a black oak with pointers Th North 127 poles to Wyatt Perdues South boundary line, Th W to Wyatt Perdues corner post Oak his S. W. corner, Th S 121 poles to the Beginning containing by estimation 100 acres, to them and their heirs forever.

12th. Whereas I have no land to give to my two daughters Letty Perdue and Julia Ann Perdue in lieu thereof I hereby give Letty my negroe girl Zilpha and to my daughter Julia Ann I give my negroe girl Ann and there increase to them and their heirs forever.

13th. Whereas I have been twice married and raised two families of children in order that equal and impartial Justice may be done among them when I am no more, I hereby Exhibit an account of property already given to my first wifes children to wit:

To my son Ward Perdue now deceased two horses.................$200.00
at $100 each
2 cow & calves at $10
1 sow & pigs at $5.00...5.00
1 bed & furniture at $20 plow, hoe, ax & farming utensil $10...30.00
plates knives & forks $5
$5.00 given to his son...10.00
Makeing 265.00

14. To Allen Perdue $300 100 Acres of land $200...500.00
2 cows $20 1 sow & pigs $5
1 bed & furniture 20.00...45.00
Table utensil $5 plow hoe
ax & tools $10 1 stud 500.00...515.00
Makeing $1,060.00

15. To Polly Clendening 80 Acres of Land...400.00
2 cows & calves $20 2 sows...
& pigs $10.00...30.00
pork $18.00 1 pot & 1 oven $2.00...20.00
wool spun cotton & yard at sundry times...100.00
Makeing $560.00

16. To Martha Cheek 1 horse $100 1 wagon
& gear $100...200.00
80 Acres land $80
1 bed and Furniture $20...100.00
Cooking utensils 2.00...2.00
Makeing $302.00

17. To Nelly Bradley
1 Negroe Girl $500 1 Mare $50...550.00
1 cow & calf $10 1 Sow and
gs 5.00...15.00
1 Bed table ware note on Jo
King $37 Note Lambath $5.00... 67.00
Makeing $632.00

18. To Prudence Bracken 160 Acres of
land $640 cash $213.00...853.00
1 Mare $50 1 cow & calf 10.00...60.00
1 Bed & furniture $20
Table ware 5.00... 25.00
Makeing $793.00

19. To Su Perdue 110 Acres of land $550... 650.00
1 horse $100
2 cows & calves $20 2 sows
& pigs $10 Bed and furniture
Farming utensil table furniture $5
Cash $6 9 Gals Liquor 4.50...15.50
40 Bls corn $40.00
1 Mare 30.00...70.00
Makeing $795.00

20. To Danl G. Perdue 110 acres land $550
1 horse $100.00...650.00
2 cows & calves $20. 1 sow
& pig $5 Bed & furniture 20.00...45.00
use of negro man & distilling
one season...100.00
table ware $5 farming tools
$10 Season of 1 Mare $2.00 ...17.00
Makeing 812.00

21. At my death I wish what is not herein otherwise divided among my children so as to make them equal as near as my property will admit of provided it is to be understood that the heirs of Ward Perdue decd is to have but five dollars $5.00 of my Estate & it is furthermore hereby provided that my youngest son James Oliver Perdue is to have the home tract of land at the death or marriage of his Mother & my wife Harriet Perdue & in order to enable them to divide I will that all my negroes not otherwise herein disposed of be sold & then an equal division among all my children first and last family, having due regard to what has already advanced and other exception of Ward Perdue heirs. It is also to be clearly understood that the two negroe girls Sally & Martha loaned to my wife and to go to the children I have by the said Harriet Perdue, as an extra and not to be counted when the equal distribution is made as contemplated above, believing that I have made my last will & Testament sufficiently plain to be understood, I will appoint Oliver P. Butler my sole Executor to this my last will & Testament revoking all wills by me heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this my last will & Testament.

In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and affix my seal this 10th day of July 1856. Daniel Perdue (seal)
Witnessed by us in presence of the Testator
and at his request
M. Hodges
D. G. Hodges
A codicil to the foregoing will, I Danl Perdue, the above Testator being seized of a sum of money which is not disposed of in the foregoing declaration, do hereby will that five hundred dollars of the sum be equally divided between the children of my first wife that are now living and the remainder (less or more) equally divided among my children by my present wife this is designed to include cash notes as well as ready cash, In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this the 20th day of December 1856. Daniel (his X mark) Perdue (seal)
Witnessed by us in presence of the
E. D. Faunville
Eli Perdue

Harriet Perdue et al
Daniel G. Perdue et als
Contest Will
This day came again the parties by there Attorneys and the Jury empaneled in this case on a former day of the Term who upon there oaths do say that they find the issue, so far as relates to the proper writing bearing date the 10th day of July 1856 and witnessed by M. Hodges and D. G. Hodges in favor of the plaintiffs and that the same is the last will and testament of Danl Perdue, The Jurors aforesaid do further say that they find that issue so far as relates to the codicil bearing date the 20th Dec 1856 and witnessed by E. D. Founville and Eli Perdue in favor of the defendants and that the same is not the will of the said Danl Perdue. It is therefore considered by the Court that said paper writing bearing date the 10th July 1856 and witnessed by M. Hodges and D. G. Hodges be established as the last will and Testament of Danl Perdue, decd. and that the writing purporting to be a codicil bearing date 20th December 1856 and witnessed by E. D. Founville and Eli Perdue be set aside and for nothing held, It is further ordered by the court that the verdict and Judgment herein together with the regular will be certified to the County Court that proper proceeding be had thereon according to law, and the plaintiffs recover of the defendants there cost in this behalf incured not heretofore adjudged for which fees issue. A. B. The original will and codicil returned with this transcript.

State of Tennessee
Sumner County I D. P. Hart Clerk of the Circuit Court of the County of Sumner hereby certify that the foregoing is a full true and perfect transcript of the verdict of the Jury and order of the Court in the above cause, given under my hand at office in Gallatin State and County aforesaid this 3rd day May A.D. 1858 & of American Independence the 82d. D. P. Hart Clerk
Note: This will was copied twice, also on pages 246,247,248 & 249 The only difference I find is that amount give to Prudence Bracken is not totaled correctly in the copy I sent you.
On page 248, it reads:
18. To Prudence Bracken 160 acres of land
$640 cash $213...$853.00
one mare $100 one cow & calf $10 one
sow & pigs $5...115.00
one bed stead & furniture $20 Table ware $5...25.00
Makeing the sum $993.00

Pages 248, 249
Sumner County Court February Term 1857
The last will and Testament of Daniel Perdue was this day produced into open Court for probate and was duly proved by the oaths of Meredith Hodges and D. G. Hodges the subscribing witnesses thereto and the codicil thereto was proved by the oaths of Eli Perdue and E. D. Fonville subscribing witnesses said will and codicial is ordered to be recorded. Oliver P. Butler the Executor named in the last Will and Testament of Danl Perdue decd together with Jo C. Guild his security this day appeared in Open court and entered into and acknowledged their bond to the State of Tennessee in the penal sum of Twenty Thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs and was duly qualified. Test. John L. Bugg Clerk

War of 1812 Bounty Lands and Pension Application of Daniel Perdue (Harriet), Virginia Militia, in National Archives

Daniel Perdue, Harriet, Capt. Wm. Pepper's Company, Virginia Militia, Knoxville, Tenn., Agency, Wo 19579, Widow's Cerificate 18625, dated 12 Febr. 1879, at $8 p. m. from 9 March 1878 dated of Act.

Daniel Perdue, Sumner County, Tenn., 28 Oct 1850, 63 years old, deposed he served as Pvt., Capt. Wm. Pepper's 4th Regt. Va. Militia, served he thinks from Franklin County, Va., from 16 Sept. to 12 March 1814, as will be shown by the muster rolls and certificate he presents; claimed bounty lands under the Act of 28 Sept 1850; appointed James Butler, Gallatin, Sumner County, Tenn., his attorney.
John N. Smart, J. P., attested
John L. Bugg certified 9 Nov 1850.
Asa Perdue, 28 Oct 1850 testified he was acquainted with claimant.

On reverse: Nov 18, 1850 No. 12400, Daniel Perdue, Va. Mil., Act of 28 Sept 1850, James Butler, Gallatin, Sumner County, Tenn.

Discharge Certificate: In Conformity with Brigade Orders, 12 March 1814, under G. O. Adj. Gen., Va., 23 Aug. 1813, Daniel Perdue, Pvt., Capt. William Pepper's Co., 4th Regt., in service of U. S. at Norfolk, from the County of Franklin, has served his tour and is discharged, 12 Mar 1814. signed: Wm Pepper, Capt. Washington Washington, Major, Com. 4th Militia.

The Third Auditor of the Treasury certified 1 May 1851, that Daniel Perdue served in Capt. Wm. Pepper's Co., Va. Mil., from 15 Oct 1813 (indef.) to 12 March 1814

Bounty land warrant 6092 for 80 acres was issued 9 May 1851 and sent to Jas. Butler, Gallatin, Sumner County, Tenn., Daniel Perdue.

Daniel Perdue, 13 Apr. 1855, before a justice of the peace, declared he was 65 years old, resident of Sumner County, Tenn., applied for additional bounty lands under the Act of 3 March 1855, had received 80 acres under previous Act of 1850.
Alfred G. Sarver, J. P. certified.

James L. McKoin and John Boyle, Sumner County, Tenn., declared they were acquainted with applicant.

Harriet Perdue, widow of Daniel Perdue, 10 April 1878, Sumner County, Tenn., before W. T. Lafferty, deputy clerk of Jesse Cage clerk and keeper of the records of said county and state, declared her husband served under Capt. Pepper and Capt. Eastridge, in War of 1812; she was Harriet Wyatt before her marriage; she married husband said county and state about 1830; husband died 26 Jan 1857; she applied for a widow's pension under the Act of 9 March 1878, appointed Thos. Barry, Gallatin, Tenn., her attorney; her post office address is Richland, Sumner County, Tenn.; her husband received two land warrants.
J. B. Hobdy and Joseph McGlothlin attested.

W. T. Lafferty, deputy clerk, certifiied and testified that he had found no marriage record, license of bond for above marriage.

A slip attached about 6 by 4 inches, out from Bible of Daniel Perdue, as Exhibit "A".

Daniel Perdue and Harriet Perdue his wife married February 26th 1822.

On reverse of slip:

Mary C. M. Perdue was born July 7th 1841
Fedrick W. (rest of this name cut by lengthwise cut)

Jesse Cage, deputy clerk, Sumner County, Tenn. certified.

J. B. Hobdy and Joseph McGlothlin, deposed they were acquainted with Harriet Perdue and husband Daniel Perdue for 40 years, knew that he had served from Virginia in 1812; enlisted near Rocky Mount; he died 26 Jan 1857, and marriage never questioned; she lived on her dower received from her husband Daniel Perdue.

D. G. Perdue (Green had been written as second name, then crossed out), 28 Jan. 1879, Sumner County, Tenn., declared his father Daniel Perdue died Jan. 1857 (might be 1859) and was first married to his mother Prudence Ward, on or about the year 1830/31, in Gallatin, Tenn., by Daniel McAuley, J. P. now dead; Harriet Perdue has never remarried; there was a controversy about his father's property and in the decree settling the right of heirs and distributees of the estate, Harriet was declared his widow and as such received part of the estate; affiant was part of suit; and heard his father say he was a soldier in the War of 1812; father drew a land warrant; Harriet Perdue now lives at "my father's old homestead."


Daniel Green Perdue, a son of Daniel and Prudence Ward Perdue, was born February 14, 1814, in Franklin County, Virginia. He married Matilda Jane Mattox (born August 21, 1821) February 23, 1842. Green Perdue was a prosperous farmer. His farm was not too distant from the Daniel Perdue homestead. Green and Matilda had the following children: John Daniel, Mary E., Marion Blair, Reason L., William, Sarah, Sine A., Queen V. A., and Green Oliver. Each of these children were given a farm when they married.


STATE OF TENNESSEE, Sumner County, ss. To any regular Minister of the Gospel, having the care of souls -- Or to any Justice of the Peach said County -- GREETINGS: By virtue of the full power and authority, in me vested, I do hereby authorize and empower you, or any of you to celebrate and perform the rights of matrimony between Daniel G. Perdue and Matilda J. Mattox and join them together as Husband and wife - he having given security according to law. Given under my hand, at office, this 23 day of Febr. A. D. 1842, and 66 year of American Independence. Wm. J. Munday, Clke.

KNOW ALL MEN, That we Daniel G. Perdue & Matthew Perdue of the county of Sumner and State of Tennessee, are held and firmly bound unto the Governor of the said State, for the time being, or his successor in office, in the penal sum of twelve hundred and fifty dollars, to be void on the condition that there be no lawful objection why Daniel G. Perdue and Matilda Mattox may not be joined together as husband and wife in the holy state of matrimony.
Witness our hands and seals this 23 day of February A. D. 1842.
Daniel G. Perdue (Seal)
Matthew (his X mark) Perdue (Seal)
Endorsed on back - Green Perdue to License and Bond
Celebrated the 23rd of February 1842 by Freeman Senter Minister of the Gospel.


John Daniel Perdue, the eldest son of Green and Matilda Perdue, was the author's maternal grandfather. He was born in Sumner County, Tennessee, December 10, 1842, and died January 24, 1921. He married Missouri Ann Mayes January 5, 1864. She was born January 8, 1844 and died May 11, 1917. They are both buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Portland, Tennessee.

John joined the Confederate Army and was captured and held a prisoner of war by the Union Army. Missouri Ann rode horseback to where John was held prisoner of war and secured his release.

To any regular Minister of the Gospel having the care of Souls or to any Justice of the Peace of said County, Greeting!

By virture of the power and authority in me vested I hereby authorize and empower you or any of you to celebrate and perform the rites of Matrimony between John D. Perdue and Missouri A. Mayes and Join them together as husband and wife he having given bond and security according to law witness my hand at office this 31st of December 1863. John L. Bugg Clerk
(Endorsed) M License
John D. Perdue
M. A. Mayes
Celebrated on the 5 of January 1864 by Rev W. W. Lynch.


Grandfather John Perdue, as I remember him, was a rather large, handsome man, about six feet tall, weighing approximately two hundred (200) pounds. He had an iron grey moustache and short beard, of the van dyke type. He was a strong man, athletically inclined. He was a farmer, but he participated in all kinds of neighborhood sports. He was very strong and adept at log rollings. He was a fox hunter and quail hunter of great repute. He had his own fox hounds and bird dogs. He used to boast of the fact that he had "bagged fifty quail in one days hunt."

I have heard Grandfather Perdue tell many interesting tales, particularly those relating to the War between the states. He said that he was captured by the Union troops, while they were in Upper Sumner County. They demanded that he reveal the whereabouts of the noted guerilla captain, Ellis Harper. When he refused, they put a rope around his neck and told him that he must talk or he would be hanged. He said Ellis Harper was hiding nearby and that he had assured him that he would shoot the hangman if he attempted to pull the rope. Fortunately, Grandfather was finally turned loose.

John and Missouri Ann Perdue had the following children: Queen Elizabeth, William Green, Evangia Lee, Ella Harriet and Carrie Ann.

Queen Elizabeth was born March 5, 1865 and died March 27, 1931. She married John E. Bradley, February 2, 1888. He was born May 6, 1859 and died January 9, 1929. They had one daughter, Hattie Mae, who was born June 14, 1894 and died April 1, 1962. She married Brown West, who was born August 7, 1890. Their children were Ella Moore, born December 23, 1916 and Paul Allen, born March 8, 1918. Ella Moore married Neil Owen and had no children. Paul Allen married Christine Lane May 6, 1943. They had two children: John Samuel, born April 15, 195, and Robert Allen, born August 1958.

William Green Perdue was born on February 27, 1866 and died June 3, 1903. He was buried in Sumner County, Tennessee. He married Eddie Conyers. Their children were Lillian, born in 1896 and died in May 1911; William B., Jr., born in 1899; and Adele, born in 1903 and died in June 1957.

Evangia Lee Perdue was born October 19, 1868 and died in 1944. She married John F. Anthony in 1886. This couple moved to Elk City, Oklahoma about 1903. Their children were Lena, born 1887; Rheta, born October 7, 1891 and died February 19, 1965; Jack, born February 11. 1893; Maggie Ella born July 31, 1896; Sam, born November 24, 1898 and died July 11, 1951; Goebel, born September 3, 1901; Henry Watterson, born February 9, 1904 and died 1959; and Gwendolyn, born June 6, 1908.

Ella Harriet Perdue was born February 24, 1869 and died July 2, 1938. She married Lytle A. Absher, July 9, 1888. Their children were Eulah Mauree and Lee Alton.

Eulah Mauree Absher was born March 1, 1897. She married April 22, 1917, Harold Thomas Hester, who was born April 19, 1897, the son of Alfred and Edna Chisholm Hester. Eulah and Harold Hester lived in Portland, Tennessee, where he died July 8, 1965. Their children were: Harold T. Hester, Jr. He married February 25, 1940, Willie Marie Goodwin, of Sparta, White County, Tennessee and they have three children: Cheryl Ann, Carmen Lee, and Harold Thomas, III; Wanda Lee Hester, born August 4, 1922. She married, December 8, 1944, Edward Brow Blaisdell, Jr., of Hartford, Connecticut, and they have five children: David, Stephen, Shawna, Lee and Tracy.

Lee Alton Absher was born January 26, 1905. He married in 1931, at Athens, Tennessee, Ella L. Cathey, who was born in Tellico Plains, Monroe County, Tennessee, in 1905. Della Cathey Absher died January 2, 1952 at Knoxville, Tennessee, and is buried in Tellico Plains Cemetery.

Carrie Ann Perdue was born June 3, 1871. She died about 1902. She married Richard L. Powell, September 14, 1890. They had one son, Allie, who was born about 1894. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

The John Perdues began housekeeping on their 200 acre farm near the Green Perdue farm. There they built their new frame house which is still standing. On the arch above the fireplace, in the living room, is carved this inscription;
"Christmas Day 1880 John and Mike"

This was carved on the stones of the fireplace by Mike Sullivan. He was an Irish stone mason, who lived with the families where he was working. He did all the stone masonary and carved all the tombstones in their community. It was said a part of Mike's salary must be "Plenty of Liquor".

The other children of Green and Matilda Perdue were as follows:


Mary Elizabeth Perdue was born in 1844, in Sumner County, Tennessee. She married Seaton E. Moye, February 11, 1890, and died in Sumner County, Tennessee but the date of her death is unknown.


Marion Blair Perdue (General) was born September 12, 1846 and died May 18, 1924. He married Zoeintha E. Durham in 1869, the daughter of Rodney B. and Polly Durham of Sumner County, Tennessee. She was born May 13, 1843, and died January 17, 1904.

Marion Perdue was a prosperous farmer, and lived near Bethpage, Tennessee. He and his wife are both buried in the Bethpage Cemtery.

Marion Perdue married second, in 1904, Mrs. Emma Cochran.

The children of Marion B. and Zoeintha Perdue was Cotton Warren, Daisy, Ada Marshall, Virgil, Herbert Rodney and Erma Queen.

(1) Cotton Warren Perdue was born October 23, 1872 and died in 1938. He married Elizabeth Turner in about 1897. Their children were Marion Turner, Elizabeth Warren, Virgil, and Evelyn, who was born in 1906. All of the above children died in infancy except Evelyn. She married a Carcey Kemp and she is still living in Gallatin, Tennessee.

(2) Daisy Perdue was born October 30, 1877, and died May 9, 1905. She married Joseph Tompkins about 1896 or 1897. Their daughter, Kathleen, was born in 1898. She married Ruel A. Caldwell in 1919. She lives in Gallatin, Tennessee.

(3) Ada Marshall Perdue was born October 24, 1875 and died in July, 1876.

(4) Virgil Perdue was born November 23, 1885 and died April 30, 1902.

(5) Herbert Rodney (Hub) Perdue was born June 7, 1882. He was a famous professional baseball pitcher, beginning in the old Southern League and finally becoming a star pitcher for the Boston Braves. About 1900 Herbert married Mabel Polk. They had two children, Katherine Ashley, who was born in 1901 and died in 1923, and Marion Polk, born in 1901 or 1902.

(6) Erma Queen Perdue was born May 19, 1880 and died August 15, 1954. She married Rufus Morgan Reese, January 4, 1899. Their children were Rufus Morgan, Jr. (Billy), born November 30, 1900; Homer Allen, born June 9, 1906; Herbert Russell (Hub) born July 27, 1908; Polly Ward, born November 26, 1910; and Richard Howard, born October 18, 1918.


Reason E. Perdue was born January 6, 1849 and died October 9, 1930. He married, October 4, 1870, Francis Sherron, daughter of Buck and Channie L. Sherron. She was born December 5, 1851, and died March 11, 1936. They lived in the Seng Town Community near Portland, Tennessee, and both are buried in the Sherron Cemetery.

They had the following children: Nora Ann, Lillie Belle, William Brodie, Cora Jane, Minnie Lou, Mittie Green, Fannie Effie, Pearl Victoria, Meyron Gilbert, Izzie Arah and Eddie May.

(1) William Brodie was born May 23, 1875 and died December 29, 1955. He married Evalena Martin, December 17, 1900. She was born June 16, 1877, she died July 20, 1953. She was the daughter of John and Martha Mayes Martin. They had one daughter, Evelyn M., who was born May 18, 1916. She married Carey W. Brown, September 5, 1936.

(2) Lillie Belle was born in 1873. She married James Hunter.

(3) Nora Ann (date of birth and death unknown) married Robert E. Flemming, November 22, 1888. They had several children, some of whom are Roe, Oliver, Ernest, Oscar and Grover.

(4) Cora Jane was born November 23, 1878 and died July 30, 1901.

(5) Minnie Lou married George Young (no dates). They had two children, Lassie and Reed.

(6) Mittie Green married Newton Hunter. (no dates)

(7) Fannie Effie married Will Hunter. (no dates)

(8) Pearl Victoria married Leslie Butt. (no dates)

(9) Meyron Gilbert was born in 1890, and died in 1932. He married Myrtle Butt. They had two children, Harold and Evelyn.

(10) Izzie Arah married Gil Moye. (no dates)

(11) Eddie May was born April 24, 1896. She married Vernon Cook, December 21, 1913. He was born October 22, 1893 and was the son of Washington Cook. They live in the Seng Town Community near Portland, Tennessee. They have two children, Mabel, born August 13, 1915, and Mamie Ruth, born October 17, 1924.


William W. Perdue was born in 1851 and died in 1930. He married Cornelia Wyatt, April 5, 1871. She was born April 5, 1858 and died July 7, 1945. They lived and were buried in Franklin, Kentucky. They had four children: Brady, Ellis Reed, Mattie, and Roscoe, all born in Sumner County, Tennessee.

(1) Brady was born in 1877 and lived in Franklin, Simpson County, Kentucky.

(2) Ellis Reed was born April 25, 1880 and died December 11, 1960. He married August 24, 1921, Thelma Elliott, born November 15, 1897, and they lived in Gadsden, Alabama. They had three children: Ellis Reed, Jr., born June 11, 1922 and died March 24, 1938; Mattie Lorraine, born February 9, 1924. She married November 21, 1951, D. C. McCoy and they have two children: Richard Perdue, born June 3, 1953, and Ellis Clark, born September 27, 1955, both in Etowah County, Alabama; Mary Cornelia, born December 6, 1925.

(3) Mattie, who was born in 1883, married Matthew Bryan. She lives in Franklin, Kentucky.

(4) Roscoe was born in 1891 and died in 1920. He married Thelma Ladner. They had three children: Mattie Lorraine, Elsie Reed, and Billy.


Sarah L. (Sally) Perdue was born in 1853. She married Billy Brackin. They had two sons, John and Charlie.


Sina Ann Perdue was born in 1857. She married John E. Angel, November 5, 1888. They had one son, Oscar.


Queen Victoria A. Perdue was born in 1864 and died March 12, 1937. She married George Brown. He was born August 22, 1859 and died July 24, 1944. They had three children, Lennie, Gus and Eva.


Green Oliver Perdue was born in 1865. He married Mallie Gant, February 13, 1891. Having no children, they lived and died in Franklin, Kentucky (no dates)


Frederick M. Perdue, son of Daniel and Harriet, was born May 8, 1842, and died June 1, 1912. He lived all of his life in Sumner County, Tennessee. He married Margaret J. Butt, February 4, 1862. She was born July 31, 1842, and died February 24, 1912. They had seven children:

(1) Harriet Elizabeth (Lizzie) Perdue was born November 28, 1863, and died April 29, 1947. She married James A. Moye, December 23, 1880. They had one son, Spurgeon.

(2) Robert E. Perdue was born November 6, 1866, and died November 8, 1946. He married Vollie B. Hobdy, January 25, 1888. They had a daughter, Maymie, who died when two years old

(3) Fannie M. Perdue was born August 7, 1868, and died May 3, 1905. She married Henry S. (Bud) Hobdy, November 7, 1886. They had five children: Maggie, Belva, Inda, Bobbie and Read.

(4) Daniel R. Perdue was born May 4, 1870, and died January 31, 1952. He married Roberta L. Garrett, May 4, 1893. They had two children, Beauchamp and Paul. After his first wife's death Daniel R. married Mattie S. Wims. They had five children: Dixie, Ovie, Virgie and twin sons, Roy and Floy, who died at birth.

(5) Mittie Perdue was born August 16, 1872, and died September 21, 1945. She married George Ray. They had four sons: Grady, Von, Fred and Willie. All of them are dead.

(6) Albert Perdue was born April 19, 1881, and died June 5, 1954 (he was a twin; his mate died at birth). He married Mallie Goodman. They had two daughters, Bessie and Miggie.


James Oliver Perdue was the youngest son of Daniel and Harriet Perdue. He was born in 1849, and died in 1906. He married Anna Jackson Ball, November 15, 1877. She was born in 1862, and died in 1931. They are buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Portland, Tennessee.

James and Ann had the following children: Hattie Jane, James Edgar, Joseph Hershel, Pearlie Waldon, Bertha Beaulah, Rennie Emma and Frederick Marion.

(1) Hattie Jane was born November 24, 1879, and died March 6, 1927. She married Will Deasy, in December, 1899. She died March 6, 1927.

(2) James Edgar was born June 4, 1882, and died April 23, 1964. He married Lizzie Gant, December 26, 1931. He died April 23, 1964.

(3) Joseph Hershel was born January 26, 1884. He married Mary Dorris, November 24, 1906. They had two daughters, Ruth and Addie Pearl.

(4) Pearlie Waldon was born May 5, 1887, and died in 1935. She was married to Willie B. Lee in December, 1903.

(5) Bertha Beulah was born January 29, 1889, and died September 3, 1962. She married O. W. Meador, January, 1908.

(6) Rennie Emma Perdue was born June 4, 1893. She married Hershel Stinson, December 22, 1912.

(7) Frederick Marion was born June 17, 1897, and died July 23, 1927. He married Wilda Butts in 1917.

Hale, Lee and Squire Perdue were among the first Perdues who came to Sumner County, Tennessee. They were probably closely related to the Perdue brothers. We only have the following scant information about them.

Hale Perdue's family, in the 1850 census of Sumner County, Tennessee, list the following: Hale Perdue, age 44; Sally (maiden name unknown), age 38. Evidently their children were: Melvina, age 18; Mary, age 17; Celina, age 16; Martha Ann, age 14; Sarah, age 12; Nancy, age 10; Thomas, age 6.

The 1850 census of Sumner County, Tennessee lists Lee Perdue, born 1813, and his wife, Mary, born 1816. Evidently their children were: James, born 1834; William, born 1835; Sarah, born 1837; Edward, born 1839; Martha, born 1840; Mary, born 1841; Lee Albert, born 1847; and George, born 1849.

The 1880 census of Sumner County, Tennessee, list Squire Perdue, age 63, and John M., age 16. ( no other data available).

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