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Perry, Henry Williams

Perry, Henry Williams

Male 1869 - 1916  (46 years)

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  • Name Perry, Henry Williams 
    Born 3 Nov 1869  North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Druggist 
    Reference Number 3433 
    Died 26 Jan 1916  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried First Baptist Church of Yanceyville, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3391  Caswell County
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2022 

    Father Living 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Living 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F1798  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Graves, Sallie Willie,   b. 21 Feb 1880, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1960, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 5 Jul 1900  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Reference Number 24246 
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F1656  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Nov 1869 - North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Druggist - - Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Jul 1900 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Jan 1916 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - First Baptist Church of Yanceyville, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Sallie Willie Graves and Henry Williams Perry
    Sallie Willie Graves and Henry Williams Perry

    Headstones
    Henry Williams Perry Grave Marker (First Baptist Church of Yanceyville)
    Henry Williams Perry Grave Marker (First Baptist Church of Yanceyville)

  • Notes 
    • Henry Williams Perry (1869-1916)

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      Henry Williams Perry (1869-1916)

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      After the fire of around 1890 that destroyed many of the buildings on the north side of the Yanceyville Square, new buildings were constructed. And, before it became Crowell Auto Co. and then Caswell Motor Co., the new building on the site of the old Masonic Lodge was Henry W. Perry's (1869-1916) Yanceyville drug store. Perry owned the building (probably built before 1900) and operated a pharmacy from the ground floor. For a time he was the Yanceyville postmaster. Perry married Sallie Willie Graves (1880-1960), a daughter of wealthy Caswell planter Jeremiah Graves Jr. (1835-1901).
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      Henry Williams Perry was a licensed North Carolina pharmacist. The date the license was issued is not known, but his License Number is 00820, which is an early number. License Type: Pharmacist. Discipline: No. Source: North Carolina Board of Pharmacy.

      1907: 487 Perry, H. W Yanceyville
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      The Nathaniel C. Brandon (1863-1919) obituary states that he had operated a successful druggist business at Yanceyville for the "past ten years." As Brandon died in 1919, this would place the start of the Yanceyville business in 1909. Was Yanceyville large enough to support two druggists at the time? Henry Williams Perry (1869-1916) was a Yanceyville druggist. Were Brandon and Perry partners? Did Brandon work for Perry? Did Brandon take over the Perry druggist business when Perry died in 1916?

      Whether or not Brandon and Perry were in business together, or whether Brandon continued the Perry druggist business in Yanceyville, Brandon did not operate (or did not operate for long) from the building in which Perry had his druggist business. This was the building on the Square in Yanceyville that became Crowell Auto Co. and then Johnny Gunn's Caswell Motor Co. See photograph. After Perry died in 1916, his wife in 1917 sold the building to Crowell Auto Co. for $3,000. Of course, it is possible, but not documented, that Crowell did not immediately convert the building to a Ford/Fordson dealership, and might have leased it for a while to be continued as a drug store.

      Note that when Brandon died in 1919, Yanceyville was without a drug store. Robert Lee Mitchell (1865-1939), then President of the Bank of Yanceyville, "bought the Yanceyville drug store and kept it open for the use of the doctors until Pharmacist T. J. Ham took over." Ham came to Yanceyville in 1922.

      If Perry's widow sold the drug store building in 1917 to Crowell Auto Co., from where did Nathaniel Brandon operate his druggist business until his death in 1919? And, from where did Thomas Jones Ham continue the Brandon drug business in 1922? Ham did not build his new drug store until after his marriage in 1926.
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      Henry W. Perry was Yanceyville postmaster, appointed 15 April 1914. He was succeeded by Sallie W. G. Perry on 2 May 1916. While nothing definitive can be concluded from these data, it is possible that Sallie Willie Graves Perry became postmistress when her husband died. Accordingly, without more to go on a death date of 1916 is been ascribed to Henry W. Perry. The following death record is not inconsistent and will be used to assume a birth year:

      Death Record
      Name: Henry W Perry
      Death Date: 26 Jan 1916
      Death County: Caswell
      Death State: North Carolina
      Death Age: 47
      Birth Date: abt. 1869
      Race: W

      The following census record has not been confirmed:

      1880 US Census
      Name: Henry W. Perry
      Age: 11
      Estimated birth year: abt 1869
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Occupation: At School
      Relationship to head-of-household: Son
      Home in 1880: Six Pound, Warren, North Carolina
      Marital status: Single
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Father's name: Solomon W. Perry
      Father's birthplace: NC
      Mother's name: Sarah D. Perry
      Mother's birthplace: NC

      The 1900 US Census shows Henry W. Perry, 31 and single, as a boarder in the household of William Spencer in Yanceyville Township, Caswell County, North Carolina. His occupation is: Druggist. William Spencer was a physician.

      1900 US Census
      Name: Henry W Perry
      Home in 1900: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
      Age: 31
      Estimated birth year: abt 1869
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Race: White
      Relationship to head-of-house: Lodger
      Occupation: Druggist

      1910 US Census
      Name: Henry W Perry
      Age in 1910: 42
      Estimated birth year: abt 1868
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Home in 1910: Yanceyville Twp, Caswell, North Carolina
      Neighbors: View Results
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Occupation: Pharmacist, Drug Store

      It is, however, the 1910 US Census that provides the strongest support for Henry W. Perry being married to Sallie Willie Graves. The household of Henry W. Perry is shown living on Main Street in Yanceyville, North Carolina. Sallie W., age 30, is the only other member of the household. The had been married for ten years, with no children. Henry W. Perry listed his occupation as Pharmacist/Drug Store.
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      Crowell Auto Co./Caswell Auto Co. Building (Yanceyville, North Carolina)

      Historical Information

      Book 1:1; page 359: Clinton Lodge #107, Yanceyville, purchased lot #1 on public square, Sept. 26, 1856 from William P. Brown.

      Erected Lodge Hall in 1894.

      Book 53; page 208-209: Building sold in 1897 to J. Archie Long for $1600 at auction.

      Book 61; page 169: Deeded lot and building to H. W. Perry in 1906 for $1200.

      Book YY; page 407: Mrs. Perry deeded property to Crowell Auto Co. In 1917 for $3,000. Used by Crowell to sell Ford Automobile products; later became Caswell Motor Co.

      Book 95, page 535: Building and dealership purchased by John O. Gunn, 1936.

      Book EE, page 261: Plat.

      Book 154, page 579: J. O. Gunn deeded to Ann Gunn Everitt, who in turn deeded the building to Piedmont Community College.

      Other Information

      Size: about 12,750 sq. feet (on three levels)
      Tax value (1/1/96): $49,961

      Other Uses of Building

      1930's to spring 1970: Caswell Motor Co.; with upper floor used by various offices.
      1970-1972: used by Caswell County Sheriff's Dept.
      1976-1988: Super Dollar Store, with upper floor used by Caswell Parish & other offices.
      1990: Last used; upper office area by Caswell Co-op. Knitters.
      2015: Building demolished.