GEORGE ERETY AND
Mary E.V. Hill
Erety came to America from Ireland in the late 1700's. The first
record I've found mentioning him specifically is dated 9 Oct.
1802 and states:
George Erety: The Petition of George Erety a Native of Ireland
but now of the City of Philadelphia Respectfully sheweth That
your Petitioner was residing within the limits and under the jurisdiction
of the United States...five years within these United States and
one year at least in the State of Pennsylvania...That he wishes
to become a citizen of the United States, and never has borne
any hereditary title, or been of any of the orders of nobility
in the kingdom from whence he came... Walter Fortune a Citizen
of the United States being duly sworn...says that he is well acquainted
with George Erety...
exciting to see his own signature at the end of the document.
He wrote with quite a flourish. George Erety was a cooper by profession,
which means that he made wooden barrels. He learned the trade
as an apprentice - probably in Ireland. His son, George Erety,
Jr., wrote a letter to his daughter Mary Erety Shoemaker, dated
January 22, 1857, answering questions she had asked him about
his parents and family background. He told her that his father,
George Erety, died July 4, 1812 when George was 6 years old. His
mother died 17 Aug. 1831, and they had immigrated to this country
between 1785 and 1790. In 1790 he worked on Water Street as an
apprentice and in 1793 George almost died of yellow fever in Philadelphia.
Both George Erety Sr. and his wife Elizabeth Godkin Erety were
buried in the graveyard on 13th below Spruce Street, Philadelphia.
My mother, Mary Erety Elmer Vassel, tried to locate this graveyard
in Philadelphia but was very disappointed to learn that it is
now a parking lot. George Erety Sr. carried on the coopering business
for many years, and was one of the chief men in the business,
according to his son's letter. In his time he knew Henry Mandenfield
and Thomas Conner, coopers. George Jr. said his mother Elizabeth
Godkin was an excellent woman of a fair education and more than
an average share of mind. She was the mother of seven children,
of whom all but his sister [Catherine Erety Hogan, wife of Patrick
John Hogan of Brooklyn, New York] and himself have died. He went
on to say:
quite a child, I have looked over large bundles of papers of my
Father (there was a chest nearly full of them) amongst them his
certificate and Articles of Apprenticeship and distinctly recollect
that his Father gave L.30 Sterling for the privilege of my Father
learning the trade. You are, I suppose, aware of the fact that
many Trades in Europe are closed corporations having corporate
powers dating back several hundred years and being possessed of
much property. It is therefore necessary to buy a right into them
to enable a person to carry on the business. In course of time
these papers wore out or fell into the hands of those who placed
no value on them and they were no doubt destroyed. I would pay
well for them now if they could be placed in my possession.
Coopers Society, Inc. 1807 met at Daniel M. Karaher's Inn, 2nd
below Lombard, in Philadelphia. George Erety was a member and
president for a time. George Erety Jr.'s sister, Ann Erety, died
1 Aug 1834 and the funeral was held at the residence of her brother,
George Erety Jr., No. 313 North 5th Street in Philadelphia.
of George Erety, Jr.'s daughter Mary to Horace Brewster Shoemaker
was announced in The Public Ledger Newspaper of Philadelphia on
Nov. 26, 1853. They had been married on Nov. 24th of that year.
George Erety Jr. was an alderman in the City of Philadelphia,
which is similar to an attorney and he is mentioned in The Public
Ledger Newspaper on May 11, 1837, Oct. 21, 1842, Nov. 10, 1842,
Dec. 13, 1843 and Dec. 6, 1851. He wrote a very interesting letter
to his daughter Mary about the excitement in Philadelphia because
of preparations for the Civil War:
of troops, the constant roll of the drum, and all the women of
Philadelphia are making soldier's clothes - 30,000 suits are to
be made - to all of which I say God Speed. All that is worth living
for is now at stake and it is far better that thousands of men
shall lay down their lives than that this fratricidal rebellion
shall succeed and if it shall be necessary I will as willingly
give my life in the Cause of Liberty as I would sit down to my
table to break bread with my children, but be of good cheer. God
moves in mysterious ways his wonders to perform. He plants his
footsteps on the Sea and rides upon the storm.
who married Horace Brewster Shoemaker and resided in Bridgeton,
Cumberland County, New Jersey kept up a steady correspondence
with her father. Many insights to their daily lives come down
to our generation from these letters.
note about the Erety name. In the book Irish Names and Surnames
by Rev. Patrick Woulfe is found the following explanation:
Heraghty, O Heyrity, O Heraght, Hearaghty, Heraghty, Heraty (Harty),
Erraught, Erought, (Geraghty, Harrington, O'Conner); des. of [Galic
spelling] (holding or frequenting assemblies); the name of several
distinct families, formerly located in Galway, Westmeath and Donegal.
Now most frequent in Donegal and Mayo; often disguised under the
angl. forms of Harty, Geraghty, Harrington, and even O'Conner.
Nearly all the members of this family in the neighborhood of Abbeyfeale
have, for a peculiar local reason, now adopted the surname of
Erety, Jr. was born in Philadelphia on July 20, 1806 and died
in Philadelphia on August 10, 1867. Rev. Elisha Cushman, pastor
of New Market Street Baptist Church in Philadelphia, united George
Erety and Sarah M. Perry in matrimony
on March 4, 1826. William Erety, their son, was born in Philadelphia
in 1827, and Mary Elizabeth Erety, their daughter, was born on
July 11, 1833 and died in Bridgeton, Cumberland County, New Jersey
on March 4, 1895.
Erety Jr. and his wife Sarah M. Perry Erety are found in the 1850
Philadelphia, PA Census:
No. 532. Philadelphia, 4th Ward, North Liberties, Philadelphia
County, PA. George Erety, age 44, alderman, value of property
owned - 9,000, born PA; Sarah M. Erety, age 44, born New Jersey;
William Erety, age 23, bookbinder, born PA; Mary Erety, age 17,
born PA. (FP 30, pt. 18, 5073)
M. Perry was the daughter of Jeremiah Perry and Sarah Crandell.
The Crandell family came from Cape May County, New Jersey. Although
some family records indicate that the Perry family also came from
Cape May, to date I have only been able to locate the Perry family
in Cumberland Co., New Jersey and later in Alloways township in
Salem Co., New Jersey. According to the family Bible of the Perry
family, property of Jeremiah Perry, dated 1811 (see Charles E.
Sheppard, My History and Genealogy, vol. XV, FHL film 441363,
p.297-299), Jeremiah Perry and Sarah Crandell were married Feb.
Perry Jr. was born August 11, 1770 according to the family Bible,
and his father, also named Jeremiah Perry, was born in 1748. Jeremiah
Perry Sr.'s wife was also Sarah, which is somewhat confusing.
Jeremiah Perry Sr. died at the age of 24 years on April 23, 1772.
Jeremiah Perry Sr. and his wife Sarah only had two children, Jeremiah
Jr. and John Perry.