Judge David E. Perryman
1813 - 1872
Washington County, Missouri
|Submitted by: Robert C. Haefner:
From: Reminiscences of the Bench and Bar of Missouri:
David E. Perryman was for many years a practicing lawyer in Washington County, Missouri. Of his early life but little is known, further than that he was born in east Tennessee, & received but a very limited education, though it is said he taught a country school in Tennessee several years.
About the year 1832 he removed to Missouri, & settled on a small farm near Potosi; was elected one of the judges of the County Court of Washington County, & this, no doubt, suggested to him the idea of turning his attention to the law. It does not appear that he ever pursued a regular course of legal study, but probably read as many of the elementary works as fell in his way. He commenced the practice in 1840. About this time he began to take an active part in politics; was a strong Whig, & a great admirer of Henry Clay. It was either in 1840 or 1844 that he was placed on the Whig ticket as a candidate for elector, & canvassed a portion of south-east Missouri.
In 1846 he was elected to the Legislature, & served two terms. It was a legislature that he obtained whatever reputation he possesed; for as a lawyer he was little known, & never obtained much practice outside of his own county.
He was a man of good, hard common-sense, & in the Legislature took a part in every important discussion. He seldom occupied more than 10 or 15 minutes in a speech, & had the happy faculty of knowing precisely at what time to stop. He had a great fund of dry humor; told an anecdote with good effect, & made it a point to give utterance in every speech to some witticism, which set the house in a good humor. By this means he always secured the attention of the members, who expected some something to amuse them, & were never disappointed. In telling an anecdote he never committed the folly of laughing himself - in fact, you could not discover on his face the slightest approach to a smile. Mr. Perryman died near Potosi, in 1873, upwards of sixty years of age.
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Goodspeed's History of Washington County, Missouri - pg. 501: ........In the same year, 1860, William Spencer was indicted for the murder of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Presnell. He was tried in December of that year & acquitted on account of insufficient evidence to sustain the charge. He was defended by Judge David E. Perryman.
|David E. Perryman - Judge of Washington County Court - 1842 - 1845 - From: Goodspeed's History of Washington County, Missouri - Pg. 496|
|Goodspeed's History of Washington County - Washington County Bar - Pg. 499: Washington County has produced a number of very prominent men, whose reputations have not been confinde to its limits. Among the number, in addition to those elsewhere named, may be mentioned................also David E. Perryman, a noted criminal lawyer.|
Judge David Elliott Perryman
Born: 1813 - Georgia - Died: 12 March 1872 - Washington County, Missouri, USA
Married: Maria Frances Blackwell - born: 1817, Ky. - daughter of Eliz. Whaley & Jeremiah Blackwell
Perryman - 1839 - 1850
Willis L. - 1845 - Washington Co., Mo. - married: Eliz. O. Hodge
Philip Thompson - 4 December 1848 - Washington Co., Mo. Married: Emma Beron - Died: 9 May 1920 - Claridy's Batallion Cavalery, CSA 1864 or 1865 at 16 years old.
Ellen - Born: 1850 - Died: 1860
David Elliott - May 1853 - Married: Ada C. Edgar
Jasper Twigs - 28 February 1856, Washington Co., Mo. - Married: 1) Mary Culton 2) Ollie Thomas - Died: ca. 1909
John B. - 1859 - Died: 1860 Caledonia, Wash. Co., Mo.
Cole County Missouri Obituaries - 1871 - 1899 - Collection of obituaries from the Jefferson City Daily Tribune between 1871 and 1899 - This newspaper was published in the county seat of Jefferson City, and as with many rural newspapers, includes the names of people who lived in surrounding counties.......
|U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907
From Mac Elliott:
Descendant Register, Generation No. 2
Descendant Register, Generation No. 3
*****In MY FAMILY RECORDS NOTES: (Mac's) *****
Marriage record: David E. Perryman m-Mariah F. Blackwell 18 Jan 1838
1840 David in Washington Co MO, p 199 Belview
1850 David in Washington Co MO p 093 Union TWP,
1860 Washington Co MO p 390,family 387, Old Mines
1870 Washington Co MO, p 11, Caledonia, Union Twp (from Evelyn Woodward)
1880 St Francois Co MO p 22, family
176 (from Evelyn
Descendant: Evelyn Perryman Woodward