RNT Family History

 Old Perry Cemetery, Perry, McLennan, Texas, United States of America


PERRY, Texas, was a small community located two miles north of Moody, Texas in southwestern McLennan County. In 1852 and 1853, pioneers decided to build a village on land that straddled James Clement and Edward McClain preemption claims. Perry post office was established in 1855; McClain was postmaster. Perry had several stores, horse-powered gin, and a community building used as a school and church. Old Perry Cemetery was established in 1852.
The oldest recorded death in the cemetery was Isaac McClain, who died August 20, 1861. The oldest recorded date in the cemetery is Silas Witt, who was born May 28, 1790. Jane Leach, town school teacher was buried there in 1854.
A cyclone partially destroyed Perry in 1873. Some moved to a new location about two miles east of the cemetery. Perry was then bypassed by the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway in the early 1880s. The pioneers moved their homes and businesses to the new town of Moody leaving only the little cemetery as reminder of the town. The post office was moved from Perry to Moody in November 1881, the year Moody was established. On April 25, 1981 a Historical Marker was dedicated. August 2, 1984 the Old Perry Cemetery Association was formally organized. Summarized from the book “Perry in McLennan County 1852-1881” by Hazel Alexander Potter and Annette Sebastian Swenson.

by Joyce Woods Cox


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Stapp,  Hilieh E.
Stapp, Hilieh E.
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Stapp, Mary Lucy
Stapp, Mary Lucy
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