Oliver Perham married Anna Pierce 8 May 1787

Oliver Perham was born 5 July 1762 in Chelmsford MA, son of Samuel Perham and Sarah Richardson. 

Just short of his 16th birthday, on 10 June 1778, Oliver enlisted in Lieutenant John Flint’s company of Colonel Thomas Poor’s regiment of the continental army.  He served for eight months in and around White Plains and West Point, NY.   He reenlisted and served another eight-month term where his commanding officer was General Lafayette.  He was described as age 17, 5’9” and light complexion.  It was tradition of the time that the men might serve at different times in different companies.  Sometimes a brother would come relieve the soldier in camp while the other one would return home for a short time to help with farm work.  Sometimes, even though the soldiers were very patriotic, they came and went based on their own estimate of the relative importance of their farming versus military duties.

After the war, Oliver married Mary Pierce, daughter of William Pierce and Elizabeth Pierce, on 30 March 1784.  Mary died in January of 1785.  I do not believe that they had children.  On 8 May 1787, Oliver married Mary’s younger sister Anna, in Chelmsford.  Oliver and Anna moved to Lyndeborough, NH to an area that became known as Perham Corner.  They raised a family of eight children.     

The “Farmer’s Cabinet”, published at Amherst NH in 1807, advertised two farms to be sold or leased: To be Sold, or Let – By the subscriber, a FARM, pleasantly situated in Wilton, containing eighty acres, mostly under improvement, by mowing, ploughwing, orcharding &c. – well watered, and chiefly fenced by god stone-wall; buildings all well finished.  Said farm is situated near Putnam’s clothing mill, on the road leading to Peterborough.  Also, another Farm, in said Wilton, situated near John Dale’s; containing sixty acres likewise under improvement – terms of payment will be made easy to the purchaser.  For particulars enquire of ABIEL WILSON, Esq, of said Wilton, or Mr. OLIVER PERHAM of Lyndeborough.  ABEL WYMAN, Burlington (Mass) Feb 9, 1807. 

The Farmer’s Cabinet, published 16 June 1816, advertised Oliver’s farm for sale.   At Public Auction on Thursday, the 27th day of June inst at 1 o’clock P. M. on the premises, another Farm, situate in said Wilton, near the farm of John Dale, known by the name of the Perham Farm, containing about 70 acres of owing, tillage, pasture, and woodland, with a most excellent orchard; said Farm is divided into commodius lots and fenced throughout principally by good stone walls;  it is well watered and situate on a good road in the north east part of said town, near a saw mill and grist mill.  There is a decent house and barn on the premises, said Farm with proper culture may be made exceedingly productive.  Also at the same time will be sold the whole stock and farming utensils, of said farm, consisting of one yoke of oxen, several cows, a very handsome flock of half blood merino sheep, with every species of farming utensils that can be found on any farm in the vicinity.  Persons wishing for information will please to call on Oliver Perham, living near the premises, or on Abial Wilson, Esq. of said Wilton, or on the subscriber at Burlington, Mass.  The conditions of Sale, which are liberal, will be made known at the time and place of sale.     

I don’t know if it is a different farm or the same property as was advertised in 1807. 

The New-Hampshire Patriot, published 15 February 1830 reported that Oliver attended the Convention of the Democratic Republican Party in Weare, representing Wilton.  The same year, he was selectman and overseer of the poor.  Those duties involved being on a committee to purchase a farm, stock, tools, and furniture, and to hire a man and his wife to manage the poor farm.  The town paupers were supported on this farm for thirty-eighb years. 

Oliver applied for, and received, an annual pension of $45.33, starting in 1831, for his service in the Revolutionary War. 

Oliver died 5 December 1846, in Lyndeborough.  Anna applied for her widow’s pension on 2 February 1847.  She could not write, and signed the application with an “X”.  She also received 160 “bounty land acres” in recognition of his service.

Oliver’s son Oliver was executor of his estate.  Old newspapers published the legal notices relating to the probate and will for Oliver.  On 18 March 1847, property was auctioned off, including a mare, hay, rye, corn, barley, cordwood, farming tools, and household furniture. 

The Farmer’s Cabinet published 2 March 1859 DEATHS:  In Lyndeborough, Jan. 28th Anna Perham, a Revolutionary Pensioner, and widow of the late Oliver Perham.  Later notices in the same newspaper tell us that Perley Dodge was appointed Executor of the last will and testament of Anna Perham. 

Oliver and Anna are buried at Perham Corner cemetery.  (Gravestones are posted at Find-A-Grave.)

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