From Portrait and Biographical Album of Stephenson County, Illinois, 1887.
David T. Perry, a citizen of Stephenson County since 1837, was born in Whitestown, Oneida Co., N.Y., on the 25th of December, 1809. He is the son of Freegift H. and Chloe (Bennett) Perry. He was quite young when his parents moved to Jefferson County, N.Y., and settled in the town of Lyme, where he grew to manhood, and remained until 1836. He passed about one year in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, when he started for Illinois July 10, 1837, with three yoke of oxen and a wagon, and made the entire journey overland to Stephenson County, where he arrived in August. He bought a claim in what is now West Point Township. On his claim were two log houses partly finished. He finished one of the cabins, and in 1839 commenced to improve the land, and has been a resident of the township ever since.
Mr. Perry has been twice married, first to Polly Howard, who was born in Jefferson County, N.Y. She died in West Point Township on Sept. 5, 1877. The second marriage was in 1879, with Mary J. Sallee, a native of Missouri. She is the daughter of Benjamin and Susan (Cooley) Sallee, and the widow of Jasper Bennett. By the first marriage there were born four children, named David Howard, Belle, Douglas, and Emery. By the second marriage there were two children, named Martha C. and Fred.