Oliver Hazard Perry had no known descendant by the name of Timothy Perry. In fact, Timothy Perry is not a name common in this branch of Perry's. However, it was common for Perry's that had no or distant family connections to name children after this famous Perry; or for them to make famiily connections where none existed. This could be the origin of the family legend. Futhermore the stories might be continued if the erroneous information was published in the obituaries.