Oliver Perham d 23 Dec 1853

Oliver Perham was born 4 July 1788 in Lyndeborough NH, the first son of Oliver and Anna (Pierce) Perham.  (The father was a Revolutionary war soldier, his pension records were the first I had seen, as another researching cousin made copies for me before the days of Internet sites such as HeritageQuest.)   Oliver is my 4th great grandfather, and his brother Joseph Perham is my 3rd great grandfather, which makes their parents, Oliver and Anna, both my 4th and 5th great grandparents.   This is why I have to use a computer – to keep these relationships sorted out.

In the 1810 census, the family was in Lyndeborough.  It appears that Oliver was still living with his parents.  Oliver married Patty Holt on 22 November, 1810, in Packersfield, NH. 

By 1820, Oliver had moved his family to Wilton.  The household included two persons over 25 (probably Oliver and Patty), a male and a female between 16 and 25, and 5 children under 16. Oliver served three years as a town selectman, 1829-1831.  In 1830, he was on the committee to purchase a farm on which to support the poor.

In 1830, the family was still in Wilton.  The census lists (without naming, of course) 8 persons under 20, and 2 ages 20-49. 

In 1840, the census taker recorded 1 person in each category – male 10-14, male 20-29, male 50-59, female 10-14, female 15-19, female 40-49.  Two were employed in agriculture, and two were in schools.

In 1850, Oliver lived in Wilton NH with Patty, daughter Sarah, and son Joel.  He resided on lot No. 20, first range. He was a farmer, and his real estate was valued at $2000. 1850 is the first year that listed all household members by name rather than just listing the head of the household.  The older children are presumably married and on their own.  There is an Oliver Perham Jr living a few houses away, age 31, so he is probably one of the unnamed children from the earlier census.

Oliver d 23 Dec 1853 in Lyndeborough NH, and is buried at Perham Corner cemetery. 

A story in the Nashua Telegraph from 1949 reports that property tax records dating to 1830 had been located at a residence and turned over to the town clerk.  The records mention the names of the selectmen, including Oliver Perham, and mentions that they still have descendants living in town.

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