Hiram W. Peery (III)

Name: Hiram Wilson Peery (III)
Born: 10 October 1849 / Daviess County, Missouri
Died: 9 January 1912 / Salem, Oregon
Parents: Hiram Wilson Peery (II) & Maria Louisa Compton
Spouse: Mary Jane Kimsey
Married: 04 October 1870 / Linn County, Oregon
Arrived in Ore.: 1863
Cause of Death: Apoplexy (stroke)
  • Minnie Ellen Peery Jackson (1872-1973)
  • Edward Charles Peery (1875-1949)
  • Edith G. Peery Hoffman (1879-1925)
  • Wilson Kimsey Peery (1890-1970)

“Hiram W. Peery is one of the solid, substantial farmers of Yamhill county and is descended from one of the old established families of that country. He and his wife are esteemed citizens of worth.”

– Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley, 1903, p.816

Hiram Wilson Peery was born on the 10th of October, 1849, in Daviess County, Missouri. He was one of eleven Peery children. Hiram’s father, mother Maria, sister Martha, brother Thomas Jefferson, and daughter Edith Hoffman, are all buried at the Odell Pioneer Cemetery.

Hiram and his family crossed the plains in 1863, and originally settled on a farm in Linn County, Oregon. They were among the later waves of pioneers who travelled to Oregon via the Oregon Trail, as the first transcontinental railroad was completed just five years after their journey, in 1869. Their six month journey to Oregon was relatively quiet due to much of the way being already settled by that point.

“The family equipment consisted of the time-honored ox-teams and prairie schooners, and after a six-months’ trip the home-seekers arrived in safety at Jordan, in Linn county, where the parents took up a farm, upon which Hiram remained until eighteen years of age. He then went to the mines of Idaho and had fair success as a miner, returning to Oregon at the age of twenty one. In Yamhill county he located a claim near Dayton, but afterward sold it and took up another near McMinnville, where, at the age of fifty-five, he is still living.”

Portrait and Biological Record of the Willamette Valley, p.1176

Hiram and his family moved from Linn County to Dayton in 1871.  He married recently-widowed Mary Jane Kimsey. Mary was the daughter of Alvis Kimsey, a prominent early Webfoot-area settler and also possibly buried in the Odell Pioneer Cemetery. Hiram and Mary had four children: Minnie, Edward, Edith and Wilson. The Peery family lived in the Webfoot area next to Sylvester and Elizabeth Fudge Coovert Robertson.  At some point after 1880, the family relocated to McMinnville.

Near the end of his life, Hiram experienced extreme “business worries”. He ultimately was committed to the Oregon State Insane Asylum in 1905. His mental state at the time of his death was described as “Chronic Mania”. Sadly, Hiram died at the insane asylum on the 9th of January, 1912, of apoplexy (stroke). He was a committed to the asylum for just over 6 years, and died at the age of 62.

Hiram died in 1912, and Mary Jane died in 1921. Mary Jane is buried at the Masonic Cemetery in Albany, Oregon.

Statesman Journal, 14 Apr 1905

Funeral Notice:

The Capital Journal, 11 Jan 1912, p.6

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