Select Perry/Parry Miscellany
- Perry and Parry - UK Distribution
- Perry and Parry - Worldwide Distribution
- Perry As A Drink
- The Parrys of Golden Valley in Herefordshire
- Reader Feedback - Perrys in Gloucestershire
- Thomas Perry & Co of Bilston
- William Perry of Jamestown
- Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan
- Perrys and Parrys to Australia
Perry and Parry - UK Distribution
The table below shows the distribution of Perrys and Parrys
in England and Wales in the 1891 census.
Parry is clearly a Welsh-origin name which extended into NW England (Cheshire and Lancashire). The Perry clusters were in counties such as Staffordshire and Warwickshire and in SW England.
Perry and Parry - Worldwide Distribution
The next table shows the current distribution of Perrys and Parrys in English-speaking countries.
Either the Parrys did not travel; or, more likely, many
Parrys became Perrys after they had arrived in America.
Perry As A Drink
Perry is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented pear juice. It is similar to cidar in that it is made using a siimilar process and often has a similar alcoholic content (which can be as high as 8.5% alcohol). It takes only three years for a perry pear planted in the right conditions to bear fruit; but up to thirty years before it is at full maturity.
The earliest perry may have come from France. But
perry-making in England has traditionally been a speciality of three
English counties (Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, and Worcestershire)
and of Welsh border counties. Perry pears were said to only
thrive "in sight of May Hill." But perry pears are now grown in
other areas such as Somerset and East Anglia. The most common
used variety is the Blakeney Red.
The Parrys of Golden Valley in Herefordshire
In the church of Turnastone in Herefordshire,
there is a
sculptured slab showing the figures of Thomas Parry ("Thome Apparri")
and Agnes ("Agnet"), his wife. This was erected during the
lifetime of Agnes in memory of Thomas who had died in 1522.
Underneath the altar is a tablet, now badly damaged, which
commemorated Richard ap Harry who died in 1626. He was the great
grandson of Thomas. The James and George Parrys who gave the
family details to the Herald in 1634 would have been Richard's cousins.
Reader Feedback - Perrys in
You should add the Hunter alias Perry family of Wotton under Edge and Winterbourne in Gloucestershire. By the late 1600’s they had dropped the Hunter part and were using only Perry as their surname. Originally from the north of England, these were a wealthy family of clothiers and overseas merchants. They were made armigerous in 1623. There is some evidence that a branch of this Perry family settled in early Virginia, migrating to the Carolinas by 1800.
Thomas Perry & Co of
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In his 1893 A History
of Bilston, George T. Lawley gave the following description of
the Thomas Perry & Co. works in his town.
"Vast foundries - where every conceivable article of
machinery and skill is made - exist in this town. The manufactured
goods produced by Thomas Perry & Co. of Highfields have for
excellence of material and workmanship competed with and rivalled the
manufactures of the whole world. The enormous plants for the
manufacture of steel armor plates for war ships and batteries have been
made here. Huge engines, masterpieces of strength, size, and mechanical
superiority, are also numbered among its production. The testing
of the castings enables the workmen to detect any unsoundness or faults
and insures to the purchaser a genuine article.
Orders are executed for countries in every quarter of the
globe. The "fire and thief proof sales" made by them have justly
attained a wide celebrity. Several monster sales have been made
to foreign governments which are wonders of skill, strength, and
Thomas Perry & Co continued as a family firm until
1942 when it was merged with two other companies to form the British
Rollmakers Corp (BRC).
William Perry of Jamestown
William Perry immigrated to Virginia in 1611 and was therefore
described as an ancient planter. He survived the Indian uprising
in 1622 and in early 1624 he and four others went to England to ask the
Virginia Company for relief from taxes because of the losses they had
sustained at that time. Perry took an Indian boy with him to
England and asked for funds that could be used for rearing of the child
the Christian faith.
Perry married the widowed Isabell Pace in 1623 and eventually took
up residence at her plantation, Paces Paines. William and Isabell
produced a son, Henry Perry. In February 1624 Mrs. Perry and her
son were living on Jamestown Island in the New Town. Sometime
prior to 1629 William Perry was placed in command of the settlers
living in the vicinity of Paces Paines and Smith’s Mount (formerly
known as Burrows Hill) and served as that area’s burgess.
Captain William Perry made his will on August 5, 1637 and died the following day. He was interred in the graveyard of Westover Church in Charles City.
Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan
Perry brought a letter from the President of the United States,
Millard Fillmore, to the Emperor of Japan. He waited with his
armed ships and refused to see any of the lesser dignitaries sent by
the Japanese, insisting on dealing only with the highest emissaries of
The Japanese government realized that their country was in no position to defend itself against a foreign power and Japan could not retain its isolation policy without risking war. On March 31, 1854, after weeks of long and tiresome talks, Perry received what he had so dearly worked for - a treaty with Japan.
After the signing of the treaty convention of Kanagawa, the Japanese invited the Americans to a feast. The Americans admired the courtesy and politeness of their hosts and thought very highly of the rich Japanese culture. Commodore Perry broke down the barriers that had separated Japan from the rest of the world.
Today the Japanese celebrate his expedition with annual black ship festivals. Perry lived in Newport, Rhode Island, which also celebrates a Black Ship festival in July. In Perry's honor, Newport has become Shimoda's sister city.
Perrys and Parrys to Australia
The table below summarizes the Perrys and Parrys who came to Australia in the 19th century as convicts or as free settlers.
The current percentage of Parrys to Perrys in Australia is slightly higher than the numbers shown above.