Hiram W. Peery (II)

Name: Hiram Wilson Peery
Born: 20 May 1822 / Tazewell County, Virginia
Died: 28 March 1894 / Dayton, Oregon
Parents: Hiram Wilson Peery (I) & Ruth Lasley Peery
Spouse: Maria Louise Compton Peery
Married: 5 June 1844 / Daviess County, Missouri
Arrived in Ore.: 1863
Cause of Death: Complications from La grippe (Influenza)
  • James Harvey Peery (1843–1901)
  • Amanda Peery (1846–1907)
  • Eliza Peery Logan (1848–1898)
  • Hiram Peery (III) (1849–1912)
  • Milton S Peery (1852–1928)
  • Julia Ann Perry Miller (1853–1895)
  • Rebecca Peery (1855–bef. 1880)
  • Martha Peery (1857–1876)
  • Archibald Montgomery Peery (1861–1919)
  • Thomas Jefferson Peery (1865–1878)
  • America Effie Perry Gaines (1866–1919)

Hiram Wilson Peery was born on May 20, 1822, in Tazewell County, Virginia. Hiram’s father was a private in the Virginia Militia during the War of 1812, and his grandfather served in the Revolutionary War. The Peery family relocated to Missouri in about 1842, and shortly after Hiram married Maria Louise Compton.

In 1863, Hiram, Maria, and their nine children emigrated to Oregon via the Oregon Trail. Their trip was relatively easy as a result of much of the land already being settled at that point. The first intercontinental railroad was completed just five years after their journey.

Hiram and Maria had a total of eleven children. Several of their children were prominent figures in early Oregon. Their son, Archibald, owned the popular Peery Drug Co. in McMinnville. His large home located at located at 605 E. 1st Street, McMinnville, still survives. Sons Hiram and Milton S. Peery married sisters Mary and Rachel Kimsey, daughters of prominent Webfoot farmer Alvis Kimsey. Milton took over the farm of his father-in-law, and raised about 160 acres of general crops, in addition to Shorthorn cattle, Cotswold sheep, and Poland-China Hogs. He also served on the school board and as road supervisor.

The Yamhill County reporter, 09 March 1894, p.3

Hiram died on the 28th of March, 1894, at the age of 71. His wife died only a few months later. They, along with several of their children and extended family, are buried in the Odell Pioneer Cemetery. The stone marking Hiram’s grave is believed to be a footstone. It is unclear if Hiram had a headstone at one point, or if this was the only stone that ever marked his grave.

“Wilson Peery… was born in Kentucky in 1827*, and at a very early date removed with his parents to Missouri, when that state was as yet an undeveloped prairie. As he was one of a large family of children it was necessary for him to assist in the maintenance of the family, which he cheerily did, remaining at home until his marriage, which united him with Miss Maria Compton, who was also a native of Missouri. For several years they kept house and farmed in the vicinity of Pattonsburg, Daviess county, in which town they sold their general commodities, receiving in exchange sugar and other staples. In 1863, Mr. Peery disposed of his Missouri land and prepared to come to Oregon with ox and horse teams, and during the long trip, covering six months, had a comparatively fortunate time. The extent of their unpleasant experiences was the appropriation of some of their stock by the Indians, but otherwise they were unmolested, thanks to the more settled condition of the country. For a year the family located in Clackamas county, and in 1864, removed to Linn county, remaining there for seven years. In 1871, Mr. Peery retired from farming and took up his residence in Dayton, where his death occurred when he was seventy-one years of age. His wife died when sixty-eight years old. Both were members of the Baptist Church, in which they were active workers.”

– Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley 1903, p.648

*incorrect birthplace & date


Hiram Wilson Peery was born in Tasewell County, Virginia, March 20, 1822. He moved to Kentucky when quite young and in 1841 married Miss Maria L. Compton who still survives. He moved from Kentucky to Missouri in 1844 and remained in that state until spring of 1863, when he left for the state of Oregon, where he arrived near Oregon City, where he remained about a year, when he moved to Linn County where he made his home until 1871 when he came to this county. He died March 28, 1894.

– Dayton Herald, 20 April 1894

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Reference: Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley: Containing Original Sketches of many well known Citizens of the Past and Present. (1903). Chicago: Chapman Publishing Company. | 1850, 1860, 1870, & 1880 United States Federal Census | Ellsberry, Elizabeth Prather, comp. Daviess County, Missouri Marriage Records, 1836-55. Chillicothe, MO, USA: Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry, c1965. | Missouri Marriage Records. Jefferson City, MO, USA: Missouri State Archives. Microfilm. | The Peery genealogy. Ancestry.com. North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016.| findagrave.com