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Jacob Perley

Jacob Perley

Male 1670 - 1751  (81 years)

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  • Name Jacob Perley  [1
    Born 1670  Rowley, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography
    • From M. V. B. Perley:
      JACOB PERLEY was born in Rowley about 1670, and died in Bradford in April, 1751, at the age of eighty years. He married, first, 6 Dec, 1696, Lydia Peabody, who was born 9 March, 1673, and died about 1707 or 8. She was daughter of Capt. John, one of the most prominent of the early settlers in the town, and Hannah-Andrew Peabody, both of Boxford. She and her husband were admitted, 25 April, 1703, to the church that had been organized there the year before. He married, second, 9 May, 1709, Lydia Peabody, cousin to his first wife and daughter of Joseph and Bethiah-Bridges Peabody of Boxford, where she was born 4 Feb., 1683, died 30 April, 1732, and was interred in Harmony Cemetery, where upon a slate slab is this inscription :
      [CENTER:]HERE LYES BURIED
      ye BODY OF
      LEDYA PEARLEY
      ye WIFE OF mr
      IAcOB PEARLEY
      WHO DIED APREL
      ye 30th 1732
      & in ye 59th
      YEAR OF HER AGE[:CENTER]
      His third wife, (published 24 June, 1733), was Mrs. Mehitable Brown, widow of Ebenezer Brown of Rowley, who was published with her, 24 March, 1721-2, she being then the widow of John Hovey, who married her 25 May, 1702, when she was Mehitable Safford. He died 17 Aug., 1720. She died in Bradford, intestate, and "her son," Samuel Hovey of Rowley, was her administrator, appointed 23 March, 1754. In Rowley she had a wood lot and other land, and her estate was valued at £111 2s. 8d.
      Mr. Perley removed to Boxford with his father's family, wherein he remained till 1696, or perchance a while longer. He owned the estate on the north side of Baldpate pond in Boxford, in after years owned and occupied by Mr. Augustus M. Perley. He built a dwelling a few rods north of the present barn, and lived there. The house was taken down about 1817, and the present residence was built. A peculiarity of the old house was the construction of its chimney upon the outside, with an oven opening outward, from which on baking-days, or rather the nights following, it is said, the contents were sometimes purloined, so that occasionally the family must attend the church without the usual inspiration of a baked-bean and suet-pudding breakfast.
      He lived there till 1786, when he removed to Bradford, where he built a house. Meanwhile he retained an interest in his old residence in Boxford. He also owned an extensive tract of land west of Baldpate pond, and an interest in the Hazzeltine meadows in the northern part of the town. A road was laid, '25 Nov., 1702, from his house by Thomas Hazen;s house, etc. In 1710 he sold five acres of land to the town for the minister's use. The town 14 March, 1710, passed the following vote: "The Town have voted and given liberty to Ensien Thomas hazen, Jacob perley and david wood to seat up a Saw mill upon the parsioneg fearm, whear they shall see meet and to have a Convenient yard Rouem with a way to the mill and to have all the towens wright and Interest in sd Convenient sies for thorty years after this tiem without enny lawful molestation from the towen the sd hazzen Pearly and david wood alowing for the damieg that may bee don by Reason of sd Saw mill as Rasionel men shal Judg." After a few years the mill came into the possession of Dr. Wood, one of the proprietors. It was located on the "old Dresser road,” in the East Parish, on the site of the mill whose ruins are still observable near the residence of the late John Q. Batchelder’s family.
      He had a long and varied experience in town affairs; was selectman in 1705, 1712, 1729 and 1732; a constable in 1705; a surveyor of highways in 1706; a juror in 1703 and 1711; a moderator of town meetings in 1729 and 1731; served on various committees and was town treasurer from 1718 to 1720, and in 1781 and 1782. He commenced his official military career as sergeant in 1705, was promoted to cornet in 1717, and to lieutenant in 1724, wherein he served till his feeble health forbade further duty. With his cousin jeremiah—which see—he served his people faithfully, efficiently and bravely in the famous expeditions of Capt. Lovewell against the Indians.
      He joined the church when his first wife died, as above. His will is dated 18 Feb., 1750-1, and says he was in health. The probate of his will was taken 29 April, 1751, which argues a short sickness, if indeed he had any. In it he is called housewright, and he bequeathed to his wife Mehitable "all the household goods shee Brought and whatever else shee brought with her Into my estate at our marriage"; also the use of half his house in Bradford, or "if she chouse Instead of it, she shall have all my Interest in the house I formerly Dwelt in at Boxford." He also devised land in Boxford to his sons. Daniel Black, Paul Pritchard and Solomon Wood witnessed his will and were all present when it was proved. The probate value of his estate was £654 7s. 3d. The inventory valued "Half ye old house & half ye bam in Boxford £6 18s. 4d."; "the house and six acres of land in Bradford £133 6s. 8d.," and "about six acres of pasture land in Bradford £20." His son Francis was his executor.
    Died Apr 1751  Bradford, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I877  Our Family
    Last Modified 4 Oct 2016 

    Father Thomas Perley,   b. 1641, Ipswich, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1709, Boxford, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Lydia Peabody,   b. Abt 1640, Hampton or Ipswich, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1715  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Married 8 Jul 1667 
    Family ID F304  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Lydia Peabody,   b. 9 Mar 1673,   d. 1708  (Age 34 years) 
    Married 6 Dec 1696 
    Children 
     1. Lydia Perley,   b. 1697, Boxford, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1750, West Parish Cemetery, Haverhill, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     2. Jacob Perley, Jr,   b. 18 Sep 1700, Boxford, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1750  (Age 50 years)
     3. Nathan Perley,   b. 17 Nov 1703, Boxford, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1738  (Age 34 years)
     4. Francis Perley,   b. 28 Jan 1706, Boxford, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1765  (Age 59 years)
     5. Moses Perley,   b. 1708, Boxford, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1793  (Age 85 years)
    Last Modified 18 Dec 2016 
    Family ID F314  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Lydia Peabody,   b. 4 Feb 1683, Boxford, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1732, Boxford, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Married 9 May 1709 
    Children 
     1. Isaac Perley,   b. 14 Feb 1712, Boxford, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Hannah Perley,   b. 28 Oct 1716, Boxford, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 18 Dec 2016 
    Family ID F312  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Mehitable 
    Married 1733 
    Last Modified 18 Dec 2016 
    Family ID F313  Group Sheet

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    Jacob Perley (1670-1751)
    Jacob Perley (1670-1751)

  • Sources 
    1. [S16] Perley, Perley Family (Reliability: 0).