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Dictionary of Miramichi Biography

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PERLEY, DUDLEY (1779-1860)

PERLEY, DUDLEY, farmer, blacksmith, road supervisor, and JP; b. Maugerville, 20 Mar 1779, s/o Asa Perley and Hannah Pickard; m. 1808, Anne Gillis, d/o Alexander Gillis and Ellen Bremner; d. Chatham, 20 Jan 1860.

Around 1804 Dudley Perley settled two miles east of Chatham, where he was a farmer and blacksmith. He undoubtedly assisted in the maintenance of local roads from an earlier date, but in 1831 he had a provincial appointment as a supervisor of 'great roads', under which he shared responsibility with Alexander Goodfellow for the upkeep of the road between Chatham and Richibucto. From then until 1837, at least, he was the supervisor of this road or of portions of the road between Richibucto and Dorchester.

Perley was one of three men ordained as elders of the Presbyterian church in Chatham in 1817. In the 1820s he was a parish school trustee. In 1822 he was made a lieutenant in the 1st Battalion of militia, and in 1826 he was promoted to captain. He was appointed a justice of the peace in 1824. In 1832 he was elected president of the short-lived Miramichi Sabbath School Society. He would not appear to have been especially active in politics, but it was he who nominated John T. Williston to contest the summer election of 1843. He and his wife, Anne Gillis, had eleven children.

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[b] Perley Genealogy [d] Gleaner 21 Jan 1860 / Facey-Crowther; Gleaner 24 May 1831, 14 Aug 1832, 2 Apr 1833, 27 May 1834, 11 Apr 1837, 21 Jul 1843, 11 Aug 1855; Spray (ENC); World 30 Aug 1916


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