History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families Page: 343
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the State Legislature, and had been vicepresident
of the Corpus Christi, San Diego
& Rio Grande Railroad Company. The parties
that did the bloody work here related were
known to the Americans, being residents of
Reynosa, Mexico, and the three surviving
Rogers brothers and their friends did not
let any of the number escape. The death of
father and brother were fully avenged.
JUDGE J. S. PERRY, Mayor, capitalist
and a representative citizen of Rockdale,
Milain county, is a native of Kentucky,
of which State his people were early
settlers, moving there from Virginia during
the latter part of the last century. They
lived in the central part of the State, in what
is now Scott and Woodford counties, being
in the heart of the " Blue Grass Region "
In that locality his grandparents took up their
residence at an early day, and there spent
their subsequent lives. His father, Milton
Perry, was born in Scott county, and his
mother, whose maiden name was Isabella
Morrow, in Woodford county. They were
reared and married there, and moved to Mis.
souri in 1842, from which State after a residence
of about ten years, they came to Texas,
in 1853. They are still living, the father
being now in the eighty-fifth year of his age,
and the mother eighty-three. Of a naturally
vigorous constitution, they have led temperate,
industrious, well ordered lives, which has
contributed in a large measure to their great
age. Both have been members of the Missionary
Baptist Church for many years, and
have lived lives consistent with their profession
as church members. Six children have
been the issde of their marriage, one daughter
and live sons. The daughter and one son
are deceased, the remaining four sons being
citizens of Milam county. The daughter,
whose Christian name was Martha I)., was
twice married, first to Robert Johnson, and
after his death, in 1867, to A. B. Lovelace.
She died in 1891. James Samuel, the subject
of this sketch, is the next in age. Preston
Walker, the second son, was killed at
Franklin, Tennessee, in 1864, being Lieutenant
of Company F, Tenth Texas Infantry.
The three youngest are Alvin Peter, John
M. and Martin Edward.
James Samuel Perry, named for his grandfathers,
James Perry and Samuel Morrow,
was born in Scott county, Kentucky, Septenimber
5, 1835. Hie was in his seventh year
when his parents moved to Missouri. His
boyhood and youth were passed in Lafayette
county, where they settled, and his preliminary
education was received in the schools
of that county. Coming to Texas with his
parents, in 1853, lie resided on the farm in
Travis and Washington counties, engaged in
farming and stock-raising, and attending
school at Independence in the latter county
until the opening of the late war. IIe entered
the Confederate army in 1861, enlisting
in Company F, of which he was elected
Lieutenant, Tenth Texas Infantry, commanded
by Colonel Roger Q. Mills, with which he
was in active service during the greater part
of the war. At the fall of Arkansas Post,
in 1863, he was taken prisoner with his
brigade; was subsequently exchanged, and
was with Bragg, and then with Johnston and
Hood in their operations about Chattanooga,
and in all of the Georgia campaigns down to
Atlanta, before which, in the second day's
fight under Hood, Ilhe was wounded, losing
the thumb and two fingers of the left hand.
Disabled by this from further duty in the
field, he was placed in the detective service,
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/364/?rotate=270: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .