This chiefdom is an amalgamation of two chiefdoms Gallines and Peri completed in 1945. Gallines traces its origins to a hunter named Gideon, who migrated from Mali. He was a great hunter, and first settled at Gangba in Mano Sakrim chiefdom. He married, and gave birth to a son named Kadehen, who left the chiefdom and moved to settle at Dumagbay in Gallines. Kadehen gave birth to Siaka, who settled Gendema, and asserted control over the chiefdom in a series of violent wars in the mid 19th century. It is at this time that the term massaquoi, meaning king, was adopted by Siaka. The crown was later passed to his son, King Manna, who succeeded his father in 1843 and came to amass great person wealth, in no small part due to the sale of slaves to Pedro Blanco, a notorious slaver in the area (Abraham, pg. 60). Manna’s successor, however, called Jaya, was much weaker, and by the time the British arrived to sign treaties in 1885, there was much dissension in the region between the various sub chiefs, each vying to become massaquoi, which reflects the fragmented nature of the families today across towns.
Peri was a much smaller chiefdom, founded by two hunters named Kamageh and Torgbah. At the time of King Siaka, they had arrived in the chiefdom, and presented him with the gift of ivory in exchange for a piece of land at Maboima. Kamageh gave birth to Vandi Guya, and became the first rule of a semi-autonomous region in Peri. The chieftaincy has been held by regent chiefs since the death of Sylvester L.B. Massaquoi in 1990. The chief recieves surface rents from alluvial diamond miners and a rubber plantation.
Massaquoi Sembehun This house traces its liniage to the subchiefs of Mewa section who signed the Gallines treaty with the government in 1885.
Massaquoi Gendema This house traces the lineage of the subchiefs from Dakuna section who signed the treaty.
Jakayma This house, which has never held the throne in Gallines Peri, traces its lineage to another prominent family during the colonial period.