Thanks for the reply. The interesting about the link to a hero of the Alamo is especially interesting.
Do you have any information about the original sources of the dates for Perley, Dolly, Chloe and John? Without source information (vital records indexes, family bibles, correspondence or journals of people who knew the family, etc.) I have to assume that the birth information for these four people in family histories is, at best, highly suspect. This total lack of real, original source information has me convinced that Perley was not the son of Peter and Mehitabel and that he was just randomly assigned to them by some long-ago historian.