John Willshire Dry

29 April 1857–18 July 1917 (Age 60)
Perry, Illinois, United States

The Life of John Willshire

When John Willshire Dry was born on 29 April 1857, in Perry, Illinois, United States, his father, Edmund Dry, was 33 and his mother, Nancy Eleanor Harris, was 28. He married Louvina Boothroyd on 20 September 1883, in Perry, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Pinckneyville, Perry, Illinois, United States in 1880 and Du Quoin Election Precinct, Perry, Illinois, United States in 1900. He died on 18 July 1917, in Du Quoin, Perry, Illinois, United States, at the age of 60, and was buried in Dry Cemetery, Pinckneyville, Perry, Illinois, United States.

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John Willshire Dry
Louvina Boothroyd
Marriage: 20 September 1883
Paul Maurice Dry
James Lester Dry

Spouse and Children


    Louvina Boothroyd


20 September 1883
Perry, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)

1858 · A House Divided

Age 1

Abraham Lincoln's goal was to be different than the previous Senators of Illinois and voice his opinion in how he saw the State and the United States start to drift apart in the different ideology on what was right and what was wrong. Even though it would become an unsuccessful campaign strategy to win the senate seat, to this day it is one of the most famous speeches of US politics.

Age 6

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 18

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

English: variant of Dray .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John W Dry in household of Edmond Dry, "United States Census, 1870"
  • J W Dny, "United States Census, 1900"
  • John W Dry in household of Hiram Harris, "United States Census, 1860"

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