Edward Martineau Perine

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Edward Martineau Perine (July 31, 1809 – June 5, 1905) was born at Southfield, Staten Island, New York a son of Edward and Addra Guyon Perine, and a descendant of Daniel Perrin, "The Huguenot". Moved to Cahaba, Alabama, and became a merchant and wealthy plantation owner. Was the owner of a mercantile, on the west side of Vine Street in downtown Cahaba who later, became one in the firm of Perine & Hunter. Anna M. Gayle Fry, writing in her book Memories of Old Cahaba, describes E. M. Perine as "a merchant prince of ante-bellum days, a Northern gentleman of the old school who was universally beloved by all who knew him."

The Perine Store.

He first married Mary Eliza Snow (1816–1838) of Providence, Rhode Island, September 13, 1836 in Milledgeville, Georgia. Died at Cahaba, Alabama, from complications of child birth. Child; Mary Eliza Perine. In describing her father, Mary Eliza Perine wrote in an autobiography; "My father! It is said I am especially fond of gentlemen. Why should I not be? My father was a gentleman; and, judging all men by him (my standard of a true, honorable, noble image of the Almighty's master-piece) how can I keep, if simply out of respect for my father, from loving his sex? My father! That one word contained my child-world. He was to me all-mother, father, sister, brother, and everything except grandmother; for I had a grandmother…"

Perine Mansion in Cahaba, Alabama.

His second marriage was to Frances E. Hunter (1825 - ????) of Sparta, Alabama, on August 6, 1846. Children; Sarah, Addra, Frances and Anna Perine.

Perine Mansion in the 1890s.

In the 1850s, E. M. Perine built a palatial twenty-six room brick mansion located at the foot of Vine Street. On the grounds of the estate were a conservatory, vineries, and an artesian well, with a flow now estimated at 1,250 gallons per minute. At the time it was the deepest known well in the world at nine hundred feet deep. It had a stream of water gushing and falling into a large cemented basin, from which it was channeled off through the grounds in cemented branches to the pastures beyond. Water from this well was also forced through pipes into the mansion, making it the first air conditioned home in Alabama.

Died at Pleasant Hill, Dallas County, Alabama.

Perine Mansion Ruins.