While I knew it was a long shot, I had hoped that as I researched down through the generations, I would eventually find Ganus and Perry families living near each other or some evidence of a close relationship. In my family we have three generations of family members using the name Perry as a first or middle name and the story is that years ago there was family of significance with that name.
Therefore I was excited when I discovered that my second great grandmother’s sister had a child who married into a Perry family. However, it does not appear that the descendants of my second great grandmother, Olivia (Rainwater) Ganus and her sister Frances (Rainwater) Bailey, ever lived close to each other even though Olivia and Frances chose to live close to one another during much of their married lives in both Alabama and Georgia. One of Frances’ daughters married a Perry and they eventually migrated to Oklahoma, as did Olivia’s children, however the Ganus family was generally in the Oklmulgee County area of Oklahoma and the Perry family ended up in the Comanche County area, a distance of nearly 200 miles.
|Map: Federal Census Bureau Map|
On the maternal side of my family, my Grandma Hostetter provided a glimpse into the relationship between her family and her mother’s sister’s family in her journal. She documented a trip her family took from their home in Colorado to an aunt’s home in Utah. Although the two families never lived in close proximity to each other, her journal entries helped establish the fact the two families remained in contact. Unfortunately, to my knowledge, no journal or any letters exchanged between family members exist for either the Ganus or Perry family and there seems to be nothing to suggest that the descendants of the two families were aware of each other, at least certainly nothing that warranted the naming of children after the other. If anyone has evidence to the contrary, I would love to hear from you.
|Mary Ann Ayers Perry, along with her children
Courtesy of descendant, David
A descendant of Mollie’s shared the above picture with me. He regretted that the photo is in such poor condition, but it is exactly as he received it. It is always icing on the cake to have a picture. I am thrilled that the photo exists and that he generously shared the photo with me and allowed me to in turn share it with you. Thank you David!
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4 thoughts on “Searching for Perry”
Well boo. Believing in coincidence is not as satisfying as finding a definite link, but sometimes that is just how it goes.
Michelle, I wonder if that Perry surname will show up in previous generations. I had an example like that in a line I'm working on right now. Some of these surnames–especially a mother's maiden name–may have been passed down for several generations, making it a challenge to pinpoint its origin.
Names can pop up in unexpected places for sure. I have several men's middle names in the early 1800's that are so obviously surnames and I still haven't found the source. Southern folk did sometimes name their kids after their "fictive kin" too and maybe that is the case here.
Yea I agree. As genealogist we seem to focus a lot on the whys of it all. In this case I was told first hand that he was named after a particular family but the individual couldn't remember who, so I've had my nose to the ground on this, but apparently this was the wrong trail.