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Val Chisholm Perry

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Val Perry's great, great-grandfather, The Pioneer, came to Nova Scotia from Scotland ca.1832 with his wife and three young children. Val’s great-grandfather, William Chisholm, was the youngest of the three. Some years later, Val's grandfather Kenneth Chisholm, as a young man, left his parent’s farm outside Antigonish and moved to the Boston area in search of work and settled in Somerville, where he and his wife raised a family of nine children. Val's father, John Valentine Chisholm, Sr., and his siblings, in turn, married and raised their families in this general area. There are now three more generations of the family residing all over the United States who are proud of their Scottish heritage.

Born and raised in the Greater Boston area, Val now resides in Keene, New Hampshire with her husband Jack and two children. Val has had the pleasure of traveling to many parts of the United States and Scotland to meet other Chisholms at reunions, highland games and gatherings. She attended her first Chisholm gathering in Antigonish, Nova Scotia in 1978, the first of many gatherings that she would attend. Her parents and siblings joined her in hosting a Clan Chisholm tent at local highland games many years ago. The tent was a gathering place for immediate family, aunts and uncles, cousins and distant kin over the years. Although the location may vary and the faces may change, it is a tradition that continues.

Val became a member of Clan Chisholm Society in the 1970’s. She was appointed editor of the US Branch newsletter in 1984, and was later elected Secretary/Treasurer. Val served as US Branch Chairman from 1994 through July 2006, while also serving the international Society as Vice President from May 2002 through July 2006, when she was elected President of the Clan Chisholm Society.