We are researching the William Perry that is perhaps the father of Richard Ankrum Perry Sr. The gravesite for Richard Ankrum Perry Sr is apparently in Morgan County Indiana nr Martinsville - I have the coordinates which were found by a Find A Grave researcher who found it in the Morgan County Library registry of cemeteries. When I google-mapped it - it looks like an old abandoned farm road near a pond. Chances are it is a private cemetery - if there is such a thing these days.
Two research theories are still out there on Richard's father: 1. William Perry and 2 Obediah Perry. We think maybe Obediah might also be a son of William, though, but that's why we're going there next month - to pull some paper trails on Richard's family.
Very interesting story on Richard the trapper. I'd like to see some sketches that connect him to Indiana - that would be very interesting. Here's what I have from a Morgan County sketch of Richard Ankrum Perry (or his father?):
"...In 1823...(that)same spring that Hensley, Mitchell and Davenport came in, John Stephens, from Tennessee, and Nathaniel Elkins, from Kentucky, can, and some time during the last of the year Peter Titus came from Ohio, and settled on what has since been known as the Bridges farm. In the fall of that year, it is believed that Charles and Mitchell Ross settled on the west line of the township, and about the same time Richard Perry must have moved into the northeast corner." History of Johnson County, Indiana - p 189 and 190.
I also see federal land grants in Morgan county in 1828 to Wm and 1835 to Richard - so speculation is they arrived in that time frame - first in Johnson County then moved onward to Morgan County.
We're chasing some paper trail in early August on the land, wills, and bibles etc.
Harold Perry son in law