As a correction to my above post, John Perry of Bertie County, NC (circa 1690 to 1760 in Bertie County, NC) was NOT married to an Elizabeth, but rather to a Sarah _____, and it is very possible that her name was Maulden (or Maudlin, depending on the writer). It is also very PROBABLE that this John Perry was NOT born in Upper Parish of Nansemond County, VA, but perhaps in Accomack County, Virginia or even in Maryland. This makes the tie between his son, John Perry of Bertie NC>Craven Co SC and Thomas Jackson of Bertie County even more of a clue to the above note that the Jacksons were of Cecil County, Maryland.
A Benjamin Perry was listed as living in the household of John Custis of Northampton County, Virginia during the census of 1664, 1665, and 1666. Although I am not positive where he went after this date, a Benjamin Perry shows up at approximately the same time in Nansemond County, Virginia, as does a Nicholas Perry. A Nick. Perry is also listed after 1670 in Accomack County, Virginia, and a Nicholas Perry is listed on the 1704 Quit Rent for Nansemond County, as is a John Perry (I believe this is the John Perry who married Elizabeth and died in 1758 in Halifax County, NC). A John Perry is also listed for Accomack County Virginia on this same Virginia 1704 Quit Rent Roll. I now believe that there were TWO JOHN PERRYS MOVING INTO BERTIE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME. Actually, I believe that John and Elizabeth Perry of Upper Parish of Nansemond County Virginia purchased land there in 1700, while it may have been some years thereafter that MY John Perry (circa 1690 to 1760 in Bertie Co) purchased his own land in present day Bertie. This would help explain why there is a John and Elizabeth Perry leaving a Will in Halifax County, NC in 1758 to sons John and William, while in nearby Bertie County a John Perry (husband of SARAH) died in 1760 IN TESTATE. I believe that the John (husband of Elizabeth) Perry of Halifax was a descendant of the Phillip Perry of ye Whitemarsh, Isle of Wight County, Virginia and was a brother to Phillip Perry of Perquimans County NC, while the John Perry (husband of Sarah) of Bertie was NOT a descendant of Phillip, but rather a descendant of Benjamin Perry of Northampton County, Virignia. There was also a Benjamin Perry listed as having made a Will in 1670 in Maryland, so this could be the same Benjamin Perry.
John Custis died during the 1690s, and his widow, Tabitha Scarburgh Custis, remarried to Colonel Edward Hill of Shirley Plantation in Charles City County, Virginia. Colonel Hill died soonafter, and Tabitha Hill moved back to the Eastern Shore. Tabitha Hill deeded land on the Eastern Shore to a John Perry, close to the area of Custis Neck around Accomac, Virginia. A Samuel Sandford -- wealthy man of Virginia and London England -- left a Will in London England, wherein he stated he was "late of Accomac in Virginia", and left land to a "John Perry, son of Thomas Perry late of Maryland". Perhaps Benjamin Perry went to Maryland (perhaps a Quaker?) and had a son named Thomas, whose son John Perry lived in Accomac County, Virginia by at least 1704, having sold most of his holdings by 1708 (at which time he made out his Will -- to his son John Perry (perhaps MY John Perry who died in 1760 in Bertie?))? Lots of "perhaps", but I believe there is much circumstantial evidence to warrant further investigation.
In the early 1600s (1607/08) the Puritans left England for Leyden, Holland, and a John Custis -- ancestor of the above noted John Custis -- was considered the "host" in Holland for arriving Puritans. In 1620 the Puritans left Holland for a charter from the London Company in America in Massachusetts. Richard Malbon, who was associated with Richard Perry, Jr. (whose father Richard Perry, Sr. was a Customs/Duty Officer in Glasgow, Scotland), was among the Puritans arriving with this group in Massachusetts. This same Richard Malbon was associated with Richard Hutchinson, who later was the Secretary of the Navy under Oliver Cromwell. Richard Perry, Jr., along with Malbon and others, left Massachusetts and helped settle New Haven, Connecticut. Rev. William Cotton and Rev. Nathaniel Eaton were both a part of that group that went to New Haven, Connecticut too. Rev. Wm Cotton left New Haven, Conn. around 1632 and went to Northampton County, Virginia. Later, Rev. Nathaniel Eaton also went to Northampton County, Virginia. Rev. Nathaniel Eaton was the ancestor of Mr. Theophilus Pugh, who was a merchant in the late 1690s in Nansemond County, Virginia. While Cotton and Eaton left Connecticut for Virginia, Richard Perry, Jr. left Connecticut and went to County Tipperary, Ireland, where he eventually died. According to the research work done by Professor Jacob M. Price in his "Perry of London: A Family and Firm on the Seaborne Frontier", Richard Perry, Jr. lived in the area of County Tipperary where Richard Hutchinson owned land. Separately, I have also found records for the area around the Patuxent River in Maryland in the 1680s where a Richard Perry of London (late of Maryland) had received a Land Grant. This is either Richard Perry, Jr. or Richard Perry (III). It is known that Micajah Perry (circa 1660 - 1720) of London was the son of a Richard Perry who was in Glasgow, Scotland around 1703 (in his application to the College of Heraldry in 1703 Micajah Perry stated that his father was "now in Glasgow", but that his heritage went back to the Perry family of Devonshire, England who had been previously granted a coat of arms), so it is believed that Micajah Perry's father was the Richard Perry III who owned land on the Patuxent River in Maryland. This same Richard Perry who owned land on the Patuxent River was later called Richard Perry of London "late of Maryland".
It is important to note that several of the individuals that my ancestor, John Perry (circa 1690 to 1760 in Bertie Co,NC) had listed on his deeds were also descended from people with Northampton County, Virginia connections. Thomas Whitmel is listed on some of those deeds, and he had ancestry in Northampton County Virginia. Theophilus Pugh of Nansemond County Virginia also had ancestry in Northampton County Virginia. Francis West was listed on at least one John Perry of Bertie County deed, and the same West family was prominent in Northampton County, Virginia. John "Bertie" Cotton of Bertie County, North Carolina seems to be associated with the same family as Rev. William Cotton of Northampton County Virginia, although I do not know whether these were ancestors or merely relatives. Colonel William Stone was the 3rd Governor of Maryland, and it is worth mentioning that adjacent to John Perry of Bertie County, North Carolina lived a Benjamin Stone, Sr. of Bertie, whose sons Solomon Stone and William Stone married to daughters of Abraham and Anne Perry of Bertie County in the mid 1700s (Abraham Perry was the son of John Perry (circa 1720 to circa 1790 in Craven County, SC), who was the son of John Perry (circa 1690 to 1760 in Bertie Co.)). A Benjamin Warren, Sr. was also living in Bertie County in the early 1700s, and his father Argoll Warren died in Northampton County, Virginia. The William Copeland family of Bertie County was also originally from Northampton County Virginia, as was the Savage family of Bertie County originally from Northampton County, Virginia. I believe that future researchers of Bertie County, North Carolina families will find ties with Northampton County Virginia and Accomack County, Virginia.
Although this documentation is corroborative evidence, it still does not definitely prove that John Perry of Bertie County, NC was originally from Accomack/Northampton County, Virginia. It is important to note, however, that there were others in Northampton County, Virginia with connections back to descendants of Richard Perry, Jr. of Glasgow Scotland>Charlestown Mass>New Haven Conn>County Tipperary Ireland. Micajah Perry of London (son of Richard Perry III and the grandfather of the Lord Mayor-of-London-Micajah-Perry in the 1730s) kept the son of John Custis II of Northampton County Virginia in his household in London, England to study school as well as the merchant/shipping trade. Was Benjamin Perry, (who was living in John Custis II's home in Northampton County Virginia) perhaps part of a "trade agreement" between Richard Perry and John Custis that also involved John Custis' son? Although I am not sure of Benjamin Perry's relationship with Richard Perry, Jr., I believe that the relationships between John Custis and Rev. Nathaniel Eaton and Rev. William Cotton and Richard Perry, Jr. will help reveal the familial connections with the Benjamin Perry of Northampton County Virginia of the mid 1660s. This also has ramifications with the Jackson family, since they were also present in Northampton County Virginia during these same time periods and since evidence has also been given about their presence in Cecil County, Maryland during the mid 1750s.
It is important to note that John and Sarah Perry of Bertie County, NC (John Perry ca 1690-1760 in Bertie) had sons named Benjamin Perry, Thomas Perry, Nicholas Perry, John Perry, and others. John Perry, Jr. (ca. 1720 Bertie Co NC to ca 1790 Craven Co, SC) had a daughter who married to a Mr. ___ Cole. It is worth noting that John Cole was the tavern/inn keeper of Accomac County, living in close proximity to John Perry of Accomack County, and during the years of 1664, 1665, and 1666 there was also a Cole living in the household of John Custis in Northampton County Virginia (at the same time as Benjamin Perry). Could it be that the Cole children and the Perry children were acquaintances from their time together on the plantation of John Custis, with their descendants finally marrying one another? Also living in the John Custis home at this same time was a Robinson, and it is believed that he was a descendant of the Rev. John Robinson who led the Puritans out of England into Leyden Holland in the early 1600s. The Robinson family was also a prominent Chowan/Bertie County family. In fact, it seems that the Abraham Perry mentioned above (ca. 1740 – 1788 Bertie County) fathered at least three children by a Mary Robinson of Bertie County.
I believe that researchers of the John and Sarah Perry family of Bertie County, NC need to become familiar with migration patterns from Northampton and Accomack Counties of Virginia's eastern shore during the late 1690s/early 1700s into the Albemarle Sound area of North Carolina (including but not limited to Perquimans, Chowan, and Bertie), as well as into Nansemond County, Virginia during this same period. Were they perhaps Puritans who later became Quakers, and as such avoided religious persecution from Virginia by going to Maryland? If so, then I would think that the Quaker records housed at the Guilford College in Guilford, North Carolina are worth investigating, too. I would also think there would be some Quaker records in Maryland that are worth finding and reviewing. I also believe the researchers of John and Sarah Perry of Bertie County, NC need to become familiar with the Perrys of Maryland during the early-to-late 1600s. I also believe that additional research needs to be done on the people/times of Richard Perry, Jr. in "Charlestown" (Mass or SC?) and in New Haven, Connecticut to see when/how his descendants arrived on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
I hope this message provides more clues/insight on possibilites for the ancestry of the Bertie County, North Carolina Perry family. I look forward to comments and insights.
Zane D. Perry, Virginia Beach, Virginia