My 7Greatgrandfather, John Perry of Bertie County, North Carolina (circa 1690 - 1760) may have been a descendant of the Perrys from the Northampton County/ Accomack County, Virginia area. I am interested in speaking with any other researchers of Accomack County, Virginia who had relatives who migrated to either Perquimans County, NC, or Chowan County, NC, or Bertie County, NC, or Nansemond County, Virginia during the 1660s to 1720s to see if they were extended families or friends or worshipped in the same church.
I found where a Benjamin Perry was listed as a servant (apprentice) in the household of Colonel John Custis in 1664, 1665, and 1666. Listed in this same household was a Robinson and a Cole, which are other family surnames of mine from the Bertie County, NC area. It is important to note many clues that make me think this Northampton County Perry family is tied to the Albemarle Sound region of North Carolina:
1. Argoll Warren lived near the Custis family during the late 1600s in Northampton County, Virginia, and his son Benjamin Warren migrated to Bertie County. Family records indicate that a distant Perry ancestor married into the Warren family prior to sailing to America.
2. John Custis' son, John Custis, was kept in the home of Mr. Micajah Perry of London, England to be trained in the business of shipping and the tobacco trade. Micajah Perry was the son of Richard Perry of Glasgow, Scotland, who was originally from Exeter, Devonshire, England (Richard's father, Richard Perry Sr., had been appointed as the Customs and Duty Officer in Glasgow through the influence of Richard Hutchinson, then Secretary of the Royal Navy under Oliver Cromwell). Richard Perry Jr. was known to have sailed to America to Charlestown, and later went to New Haven, Connecticut with Richard Warren and Richard Malbon and Rev. Theophilus Eaton. The Rev. William Cotton and the Rev. Nathaniel Eaton both left Connecticut and settled in Northampton County, Virginia. It is believed that this Richard Warren was related to the Argoll Warren of Northampton County, Virginia.
3. Tabitha Scarburgh Custis married to Colonel Edward Hill of Shirley Plantation, Charles City County, Virginia. After Hill's death, and prior to her own death, Tabitha willed land to a John Perry in latter-day Accomack, Virginia (close to Custis Neck). John Perry of Accomack willed land in 1708 to a son named John Perry (perhaps the John Perry of Bertie). John Perry of Bertie County is listed on several deeds with an Edward Hill of Bertie County, who is believed to be descended from the Colonel Edward Hill of Shirley Plantation.
4. Theophilus Pugh of Nansemond County, Virginia is listed on a deed with John Perry of Bertie County, North Carolina in the 17teens. This Theophilus Pugh is descended from the Rev. Nathaniel Eaton of Northampton County, Virginia.
5. Ensign Thomas Savage was granted land by the "Laughing King" in Northampton County, Virginia. Later, Savage descendants lived in Bertie County, North Carolina in close proximity to John Perry of Bertie County in the early to mid-1700s. Thomas Savage served with Captain John Smith, and Captain William Perry was one of the ships captains serving with John Smith. Captain William Perry was the co-executor of John Smith's Will in the early 1630s. Captain William Perry died in 1637, and is buried at Westover on the James River, with "the oldest headstone in Virginia" marking his grave. Early family documentation states that the Perry family of Bertie County was descended from "the Ware family", which is in fact the de la Warr family -- with the same coat of arms as the West family. The West family was intermarried with the Custis family of Northampton County, Virginia. A Francis West is listed as a witness on a John Perry of Bertie County, NC deed in the 1700s.
6. Colonial NC History states that John Perry married to Sarah Maulden. The Maulden family (Francis Maulden) was involved in the "headright trade" in Isle of Wight County, Virginia and Nansemond County, Virginia, and had relatives in Northampton County, Virginia as well as Perquimans County, North Carolina.
7. Documents in the 1670s indicate a Nicholas Perry residing in Northampton County, Virginia. The 1704 Quit Rent Rolls show a Nicholas Perry owning land in Nansemond County, Virginia, in close proximity to a James Griffith. James Griffith was known to have resided in Northampton or Accomack County, Virginia prior to moving to Nansemond County, Virginia. (Unfortunately, Nansemond Co. records are lost, having burned in a court house fire in the 1870s, so it is difficult to retrace Nansemond records back to Accomack County, Virginia).
8. John Perry of Bertie County, North Carolina (ca. 1690 - 1760) had sons named Benjamin, Nicholas, Thomas, John Jr. (my 6Greatgrandfather), James, and others -- names which may hint at the ancestry of this John.
9. John Perry of Bertie County, North Carolina had land on the Perquimans River in Perquimans County, NC, that he bought with a Mr. Richard Bond, indicating a tie into Perquimans County. A Jeremiah Perry left a Will in Perquimans County, NC in 1695 (perhaps a relative?).
I look forward to hearing from ANY Accomack County researchers with migration patterns out of Accomack County to the Perquimans/Chowan/Bertie Cos. area of North Carolina or to the Nansemond County, Virginia area. Thank you for reading this lenghty post.
Zane D. Perry, Virginia Beach, Virginia
~son of Ronald D. Perry, son of Andrew K. Perry, son of Ballard E. Perry, son of Elias Perry, son of Nathaniel Perry, son of Arnold R. Perry, son of Abraham Perry, son of John Perry of Bertie NC>Craven Co SC, son of John and Sarah Perry of Bertie County, North Carolina