Memoirs of Georgia, Vol. II, Atlanta, Ga., pages 926-927
Published by The Southern Historical Association in 1895
J.O. Perry, retired merchant, Troup Factory, Troup Co., Ga., son of Thomas A. and Amelia (Earp) Perry, was born in Troup county in 1848. His paternal grandfather was John Perry, South Carolina, a soldier in the war of 1812. His parents were natives of South Carolina, who early in life came to Georgia and settled in Troup county. His father served in the state militia during the last unpleasantness, and was a justice of the peace many years. His maternal grandparents were natives of South Carolina – the grandfather named Lew Earp. The migrated to Georgia and settled in Floyd county in 1845. From there they went to Harris county, Ga., where they lived a year and then moved to Troup county. Mr. Perry was reared in Troup county, received a fair common school education, and served some time in the state troops. He began life with $125, by opening a general merchandise store at Troup Factory in 1871, which he continued until 1891, when he retired, having more than realized his most sanguine expectations as to success and prosperousness. While engaged in merchandising he conducted a quite large farming interest, which he still carries on; in which also he was prosperous. He owns nearly 800 acres of good land, which is well improved; and having demonstrated his business ability by his great success as a merchant, he is now engaged in the laudable work of proving himself to be a good farmer, which it is thought he is doing with his usual success – and he is enjoying among his wide circle of friends and acquaintances the confidence and esteem which follows success. Mr. Perry was married in 1877 to Miss Anna E. Estes – born in Troup county – daughter of John A. and Margaret F. (Hall) Estes. Her father was born in Virginia and came to Georgia a few years before his marriage. Margaret F. Hall was born and reared in Troup county. Thirteen children – of whom ten are living – were the fruit of this union: Anna O., Chara B., John A., Lula M., Ira and Iris (twins), Lillie, Henry, Grady, Rosa V., and Julia G. Mrs. Perry, an exemplary member of the Methodist church, died Oct. 15, 1894. Mr. Perry is a master Mason, and a prominent member of the Methodist church.