Tombstone of the Month

William Scott Perry

     William Scott Perry, Revolutionary War Soldier, is buried in the old Findley Street Cemetery in Punxsutawney, Jefferson County, PA.  The triangular piece of stone seen in the accompanying photo is all that remains of his tombstone in 2000.  At the time that I researched and published "Tombstone Hoppin', Volume 2", there were several pieces of the stone lying lose on his grave, the name "Wm. Scott Perry" was plainly visible, but the date and age were missing.  He is known to have had at least two sons, John and James. The son, James Perry, is said to have been born on the eastern shore of Maryland, though the 1860 census lists his birthplace as Delaware.

      James served in the War of 1812, as a Private in the Maryland Militia.  He married Mary Law, of Huntingdon County, in 1817, and later moved to the Clayville section of Punxsutawney, bringing his father, William Scott Perry, with him to the new home.  The other son, John, became a resident of Philadelphia.  James and Mary Law Perry had at least nine children, Elizabeth, Ellen, John Law, William Scott, Robert Thomas, James Finney, Mary Ann, Sophia, and Nancy Jane.  (From research compiled and given to me by the late Twila Steele).

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