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Re: Peery MO late 1800s- mid 1900s
Posted by: A L Scanlon (ID *****0301) Date: June 08, 2005 at 14:56:51
In Reply to: Peery MO late 1800s- mid 1900s by Kristen Whaley of 633

My mother's family knew this family very well. Joe and her father were best friends and mother's father would not have been if Joe had been other than wonderful. All the children in each family had someone of the same age in the other. Mother's very best friend was Ora. Everyone loved Joe!!!! Suddenly Joe told Minnie that he had to do himself in, otherwise he was going to hurt someone. Minnie hid all the knives. Joe went into the barn and set off dynamite and so died. When took my mother back in '76, she found the Peery house and people there were horrified that my mother found the house. My mother was afraid that Ora would die due to no care when my mother was taken to CA. Ora did die of TB at age 12. Peery family came to CA. Folks were afraid that one son would be like Joe. He did not. Shelton was just like Joe. He married and then pulled a knife on the wife. She divorced him. My mother found that he had re-married and wife was pg. Family was afraid that she would tell things. She did not. When, as a child, my mother and I visited the Peery family members, I wanted to ask them about what they remembered about my grandfather. They are Not related to him. But they were afraid that I would ask questions about Joe, which I would not, as I was Not related to him. They were afraid that people would learn about Joe or that the gene would be carried downward. I thought that I saw that Shelton died in Astasadero. But today maybe Joe's and Shelton's problem could be cured with meds. So much is now known about illnesses that plagued families. Any of Shelton's descendents might find out Shelton's problem in his medical records to know what really was the problem. My mother never knew what happened to Shelton's own family. In my presence, Shelton was never discussed by the Peery's. She and the other Perry members did keep in touch. My mother said that life was difficult in Minnie's family. The first to get to the hen house found the egg. Things were not easy when Minnie remarried. When Minnie's mother came to live with them, as she had a tiny pension, the mother who was not pleasant herself, regretted having to live there. These are not my thoughts, but my beloved mother's comments. Because of my work with genetics, I know that genes can be carried hidden for 7 - 8 generations or even more. If we can learn about a problem currently, then maybe one can know what to do about the problem if it ever shows up again.

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