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Perry,  Rev. David Brainerd

Perry, Rev. David Brainerd

Male 1839 - 1912  (73 years)

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  • Name Perry, Rev. David Brainerd 
    Born 7 Mar 1839  Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Birth Record - David Brainerd Perry and siblings
    Birth Record - David Brainerd Perry and siblings
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1850  Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 1860  Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Education 1867  New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Graduated from Yale Divinity School with an Ecclesiastical Degree (S.T.B.) (Bachelor of Sacred Theology)
    Residence 9 Aug 1867  Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Occupation Between 1870 and 1872  New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation 1872  Aurora, Hamilton, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation Between 1872 and 1873  Crete, Saline, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence 1880  Crete, Saline, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Occupation 1881  Crete, Saline, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence 1885  Crete, Saline, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Education 1898  [6
    Recieved Doctorate of Divinity from Yale 
    Residence 1900  Crete, Saline, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Residence 1910  Crete, Saline, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Died 22 May 1912  Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 12
    Cause: Chronic bronchitis and bronchial asthma 
    Vital Record (Death) - David Brainerd Perry
    Vital Record (Death) - David Brainerd Perry
    Buried 24 May 1912  Riverside Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Headstone - Perry, David Brainerd and Helen Doane
    Headstone - Perry, David Brainerd and Helen Doane
    Person ID I199  Discovering the Perry/Doane Family Tree
    Last Modified 19 May 2017 

    Father Perry, Dcn. Samuel,   b. 26 Nov 1796, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1878, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Harrington, Mary,   b. 20 Mar 1804, Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1869, Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Family ID F30  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Spouse Doane, Helen,   b. 7 Sep 1853, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1935, San Diego, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 3 Jul 1876  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 13
    Children 
     1. Perry, Thomas Doane,   b. 27 May 1877, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1958, Moorestown, Burlington, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     2. Perry, Brainerd Clark,   b. 13 Aug 1879, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1880, Crete, Saline, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     3. Perry, Charles Boswell,   b. 25 Jan 1884, Crete, Saline, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1928, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     4. Perry, Helen Clark,   b. 17 Feb 1888, Crete, Saline, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1980, Summit, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     5. Perry, Henry Eldridge,   b. 8 Oct 1889, Crete, Saline, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1950, New York City, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    Last Modified 19 May 2017 
    Family ID F67  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Birth Record - David Brainerd Perry and siblings
    Birth Record - David Brainerd Perry and siblings
    Portrait - David Brainerd Perry (mature age)
    Portrait - David Brainerd Perry (mature age)
    Portrait - David Brainard Perry
    Portrait - David Brainard Perry
    Portrait - David Brainerd Perry (early 1870s)
    Portrait - David Brainerd Perry (early 1870s)
    Portrait - David Brainerd Perry (1880)
    Portrait - David Brainerd Perry (1880)

    Histories
    Biography of David Brainerd Perry (1839-1912)
    Biography of David Brainerd Perry (1839-1912)

  • Sources 
    1. [S41] Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620-1988, Birth - Worcester, 1839.
      Birth date: 7 Mar 1839

    2. [S82] Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915.

    3. [S110] Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1950.

    4. [S21] 1850 United States Federal Census, Worceste, Massachusetts; Roll: M432_342; Page: 220; Image: 241.

    5. [S25] 1860 United States Federal Census, Worcester, Massachusetts; Roll: M653_532; Page: 464; Image: 209.

    6. [S55] Lewis Publishing, A Biographical and Genealogical History of Southeast ern Nebraska, Vol.2, pp. 828-832.
      DAVID BRAINERD PERRY, D. D. David Brainerd Perry, president of Doan e College, Crete, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, March 7, 1839 . His ancestors on his father's side came from England to Massach usetts at a very early date, and the old homestead farm bordering on t he city of Worcester was for many generations a permanent and noted fa mily possession. John Perrv. the emigrant ancestor, with his son bear ing the same son of John Perry, Jr., with his son Nathan, moved from W atertown to Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1751. Father and son bough t a large farm one and a half miles south of the center of Worcester , on what is now known as Vernon street, which has been in the famil y ever since, although the greater part of it has recently been covere d with city residences. Nathan Perry's son Moses was the grandfat her of Dr. Perry, who is in the sixth generation from John Jerry, Sr. , the line being as follows: John Perry, Sr., John Perry, Jr., Josia h Perry, Nathan Perry, Moses Perry, Samuel Perry, David Brainerd Perry . Grandfather Moses Perry married Hannah Hall, and lived to be over ei ghty; his wife died at the age of ninety-three. The Perry ancestors we re weavers in England, and for the most part farmers in this country , and they were men and women to be proud of, whether their individua l characters or their usefulness to the social world are considered . Samuel Perry, the father of President Perry, was born November 26 , 1796, and died February 12, 1878. He inherited the sturdy characteri stics of the family, and was a thrifty farmer. Possessing the respec t and confindence of his neighbors to a rare degree, he was an importa nt member of the community in which he lived, and a generous supporte r of religious and educational enterprises near and far. The aid he re ndered to Doane College at an early and critical period in its histor y was invaluable. He married Mary Harrington, who in addition to the t he care of her own family of ten children, was an efficient and much l oved medical adviser f( t the neighborhood. She was born March 20, 180 4, and died February 18, 1869, being a daughter of Francis and Lydia ( Perry) Harrington. In his early boyhood Brainerd Perry preferred wor k on the farm to attendance at school. Perhaps few boys have been mor e fond of an outdoor active life. Few boys took more interest in the g reat anti-slavery agitation with which New England was at that time al l alive. As he was too young to go in person to Kansas to take part i n the struggle for freedom, he did the next best thing—he sent his sma ll earnings to buy Sharp's rifles. When at the age of seventeen h is life work had been chosen he gave himself with intense purpose to m aking amends for lost educational time. He fitted for college in the W orcester high school, an institution of high grade. He went to colleg e for the purpose of preparation for the Christian ministry. His hig h school teachers, who were recent graduates of Yale, did much to dete rmine his choice of a college. He entered Yale in 1859 and graduated i n 1863 with the degree of A. B., taking second rank in scholarship i n a class of one hundred and twenty-two. During his training at Yale t he freshmen and senior college societies were in high savor, but he ca refully avoided the sophomore society, and used that of the junior yea r simply as a stepping stone to the senior society. The war for the Un ion was being fought out while he was in college, and he would gladl y have thrown himself into the conflict, but he was held back by the a d' ice of friends. Immediately after graduation from Yale he too k one year of theological training at Princeton Seminary, New Jersey . For an interval during this year he was able to give himself to th e service of the Christian Commission in Virginia, where he saw the ca mp fires of the enemy. He spent the following year at Union Theologica l Seminary, New York city, and engaged in religious work in Iowa durin g the summer vacation. He had gone to Andover, Massachusetts, for a th ird year in the theological seminary at that place when he received a n invitation from President Woolsey to become a tutor in Yale, which l ed him to change his plans and to take his third seminary year in th e Yale Divinity School during the two years of his college tutorship . continued his study and travel for fourteen months. Upon his retur n he was engaged for nearly two years again as a tutor in Yale. At th e end cf his student life his health, which had always been exceptiona lly good in his college days, was so much impaired that he asked the C ongregational Home Missionary Society for a frontier parish, where h e could have outdoor life and breathe the high, dry air of the plains . Superintendent O. W. Merrill assigned him to Hamilton county, wher e he lived near Aurora from April to September, 1872. In a short tim e the north half of Clay county was added to his parish, and he was th en in charge of three little churches. Efforts that had been put fort h for some time to establish a Congregational college in the state cul minated in June of this same year, and Mr. Perry was at once urged t o take up educational work in the new institution soon to be known a s Doane College. During his first year of service at Doane, 1872-73, h e was sole instructor with the title of tutor, and was engaged in prep aring a few students to enter a freshman class. Then he became profess or of Latin and Greek, and afterwards successively senior professor, a cting president, and, in 1881, president. He received from Yale the de gree of A. M. in 1866, and of D. D. in 1898. His sympathies have alwa ys been with the Republican party, but he has taken no active part i n politics, and has neither held nor sought public office. He is a mem ber of the Crete Congregational Club, the oldest organization of its k ind in the state, and the Schoolmasters' Club, which was organize d in 1898. He was married, July 3, 1876, to Helen Doane, and five chil dren were born to them: Thomas Doane, born May 27, 1877; Brainerd Clar k, August 13, 1879 (died July 21, 1880); Charles Boswell, January 25 , 1884; Helen Clark, February 17, 1888; Henry Eldridge, October 8. 188 0. place of the frontier home missionary, President Perry has never f orgotten the missionary work that drew him to Nebraska, and he has los t no opportunity to identify himself with the religious life of the st ate. He has sought to come in close touch with every phase of school l ife whether public or private. It has seemed to him that there shoul d be no divorce between education and religion, but that each should h elp the other to what is highest and best. The college of which he ha s been the head for thirty years has taken a high rank, and it is hi s ambition that he may be a part of its vitalizing power in the genera tions to come. He still fills the office of president of Doane Colleg e acceptably to all who are concerned in its welfare.

    7. [S19] U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, Proof of Citizenship. ARC Identifier 566612 / MLR Number A1 508; NARA Series: M1372; Roll #: 151.

    8. [S26] 1880 United States Federal Census, Crete, Saline, Nebraska; Roll: T9_755; Film: 1254755; Page: 23.1000; Image: 0047.

    9. [S54] Nebraska, State Census Collection, 1860-1885.
      Birth date: abt 1839 Birth place: Massachusetts Residence date: 1 885 Residence place: Crete, Saline, Nebraska

    10. [S23] 1900 United States Federal Census, Crete, Saline, Nebraska. Roll: T623_938; Page: 8A.

    11. [S22] 1910 United States Federal Census, Crete, Saline, Nebraska; Roll: T624_854; Page: 2B; Image: 562.

    12. [S44] Michigan, Death Records, 1897-1920, Battle Creek, Michigan, 1912.
      Birth date: 1839 Birth place: Death date: 22 May 1912 Death pla ce: Battle Creek, Calhoun

    13. [S41] Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620-1988, Marriage - Boston, 1876.
      Marriage date: 3 Jul 1876