John Perkins

I had previously thought John PERKINS (1583 – 1654) was the only triple ancestor in our family tree, but it turns out that the Henry Bennett that his daughter Lydia married was not the father of Henry BENNETT II.   Nonetheless, John was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather through his son John ; one of 4,096 in this generation of the Shaw line and Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather through his daughter Elizabeth; another of 4,096 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Perkins – Coat of Arms

John Perkins was born in Newent, Gloucestershire, England and was baptized on 23 Dec 1583 in Hillmorton, Warwick, England.  His parents were Henry PERKINS  and  Elizabeth SAWBRIDGE.    He married Judith GATER on 9 Oct 1608 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England.  He sailed with his wife and five children from Bristol on 5 Feb 1631 and arrived in Boston in May 1631  on the first trip of the Lyon after a “very tempestuous voyage.” where one seaman was lost. Roger Williams [religious dissenter and founder of Rhode Island, if you fell asleep during the Puritans unit in 2nd grade] was one of their fellow passengers.  The provisions with which the ship was loaded saved the colony from an approaching famine.  John died in 1654 in Ipwich, Essex, Mass. ( between 28 Mar 1654, when he wrote his will, and 26 Sep 1654, when his will was probated; he was 71)

John Perkins Signature

Judith Gater was born 19 Mar 1588, Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England.  Her parents were Michael GATER and Isabel BAYLIE. Judith died in 1684 in Ipswch, Essex, Mass.

Children of John and Judith:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Quarter master John PERKINS 14 Sep 1609
Hillmorton, Warwick, England
Eliazabeth EVELETH
c.  1635 Ipswich or Amesbury, Mass.
14 Dec 1686
Ipswich, Mass
2. Elizabeth PERKINS 25 Mar 1611
Hillmorton, Warwick, England
18 Sep 1640
Amesbury, Mass.
18 Sep 1670
Salisbury, Mass
3. Mary Perkins
(Wikipedia – Salem Witch Trials)
3 Sep 1615
Hillmorton, Warwick, England
Thomas Bradbery
c. 1636 Ipswich, Mass
Amesbury, Mass
4. Anne Perkins 5 Sep 1617
Hillmorton, Warwick, England
 [__?__] Bradley 1635 in Mass, Suffolk, Mass. 28 Mar 1654
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
5. Thomas Perkins 28 Apr 1622
Hillmorton, Warwick, England
Phebe Gould
c. 1643 Topsfield, Mass.
7 May 1686
Topsfield, Mass
6. Sgt. Jacob Perkins 12 July 1624
Hillmorton, Warwick, England
Elizabeth Whipple Lovell
Damaris Robinson
12 Feb 1685 in Salisbury,
29 Jan 1699/00
Ipswich, Mass
7. Lydia Perkins 3 Jun 1632
Boston Mass
Henry Bennett  I
c. 1672
Ipswich, Essex, MA

Perkins Passengers on the Lyon 1631

John Perkins, of Hilmorton, Warwick, bound for Boston
Mrs. Judith Perkins
John Perkins
Elizabeth Perkins
Mary Perkins
Thomas Perkins
Jacob Perkins

Voyage of the Lyon 1630 –  From The family of John Perkins of Ipswich, Mass: Complete in three parts By George Augustus Perkins

The Lyon 2

The Lyon 3

The Perkins family remained in Boston for over two years before joining the settlers who under the leadership of John Winthrop Jr. went up the coast in 1633 to found the town of Agawam, soon to be renamed Ipswich.  Having joined the Boston church, John was sworn freeman on 18 May 1631 and in 1632 served on a committee to fix the boundary between Roxbury and Dorchester.

John owned the large island at the mouth of Ipswich River, which was then, and nearly to the 1850’s, called Perkin’s Island.  His house stood near Manning’s Neck and close to the river. His will is dated March 28th, 1654, and he probably died not long after, as he then says he was “sick and weak in body.” It was proved Sept 1654, and his estate was valued at £250:05s

Today, Perkins Island is part of the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary operated by the Massachusetts Audubon Society.  Their offices and the park headquarters are on Perkins Row. The park offers more than 10 miles of interconnecting trails that invite you to explore the forests, meadows, and wetlands.  The Sanctuary isn’t at the Ipswich River mouth, but a few miles inland in Topsfield.

Ipswich River Watershed

Members canoe along eight miles of the Ipswich River that run through the sanctuary and camp on Perkins Island, located a half-mile up the river. Members can also rent a cabin that is conveniently located close to the sanctuary’s office and program facilities and sleeps four.

Ipswich River and Salt Marsh

Early 1631 – “John Perkins and Judith his wife” were admitted to the Boston church as members #107 and #108.

18 May 1631 – John made Freeman in Boston, Suffolk co., MA

He first settled in Boston, Suffolk co., MA. John soon moved his family to moved to Ipswich, Essex, Mass. in 1633, where they were amongst the founders of the town. Robert Anderson notes: “…In the 1 April 1633 list of men authorized by the court to begin the settlement of Ipswich, the eighth name is ‘William Perkins’, which must be an error for this John Perkins, inasmuch as William Perkins was at Roxbury at this time and would not move to Essex County for nearly two decades more…”

His property is recorded in Ipswich’s records.

“Given and granted [in 1634] unto John Perkins the elder 40 acres of land, more or less, bounded on the east by Mr. Robert Coles his land, on the south by a small creek, on the west unto yet town side.  1635.  1635 Granted Jno. Perkins Sr. 3 acres of upland and 10 of meadow lying toward the head of Chebacco creek, also a little island called More’s point about 50 acres on the south side of ye town river.  In 1636 Also 10 acres on part whereof he hath built an house, having Wm Perkins on S.W. – Also  in 1639 6 acres of meadow and 6 upland joining to the former 10 acres, all 3 lying at east end of town having Wm White’s land on N.E. and a highway to Jeffries neck on N.W.  1636.  John Perkins Sr. was granted 40 acs of meadow and upland at Chebacco, which he sold to Tomas Howlet 1636.  1639.  Granted to John Perkins 6 acres planting ground on South side river.”. On 10 December 1644, “John Perkins of Ipswich in America” and Thomas Perkins exchanged land in Ipswich.

John Perkin’s Cane

The word, lot, for a piece of land was derived from the Puritan practice of assigning land by lot to insure fairness.  Meadow, in England, meant grassland annually cut for hay, the colonists called this mowing ground and called fertile land for crops, meadows.  His home on the corner of East Street was on the way to Jeffrey’s Neck.  Today it is located today at 80 East Street, Ipswich and is only partially intact.  The floor and cellar are all that remains after the fire of 1668 when Jacob Perkins, his son  owned the home.  However, John Perkins’s silver-headed walking cane is displayed in the Whipple House in Ipswich.  Among his other possessions, John owned a Geneva (or Breeches) Bible, printed in London in 1599.

John Perkin’s Cane Detail

John fulfilled his duties to the fledgling town of Ipswich. He was appointed Deputy to the General Court for Ipswich on 25 May 1636.  In addition, he served on the Essex Grand Jury on 28 Dec 1641, 26 Sep 1648 and 28 Sep 1652. John apparently served in the local militia until 26 Mar 1650, when “John Perkins Sr., being above sixty years old, is freed from ordinary training.”

On 3 April 1632 a Court of Assistants ordered “that no person whatsoever shall shoot at fowl upon Pullen Poynte or Noddle’s Ileland, but that the said places shall be reserved for John Perkins to take fowl with nets”.    This is curious since Noddle’s Island at that time had been granted to Samuel Maverick.  Noddle’s Island is in East Boston.

“John Perkines”, John Tuttell, John Crosse, Thomas Howlett and Robert Mottley took inventory on the estate of Sarah Dillingham of Ipswich, Essex co., MA in 1636. It was a well-documented and contested case with many Brahmin ancestors involved…

Will of John Perkins, senior, of Ipswich.

28th of yee first mo called March, 1654. I John Perkins the elder of Ipswich being at this tyme sick and weake in body yet through the mercy and goodness of the Lord retaining my understanding and memory: doe thus dispose of and bequeath my temporall estate as Followeth.
First. I do give and bequeath unto my eldest sonn John Perkins a foale of my young mare being now with foale if it please the Lord she foale it well also I give and bequeath to my sonn John’s two sonnes John and Abraham to each of them one of my yearling heyfers: also I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Perkins one cow and one heyfer also I give and bequeath to his son John Perkins one ewe & to be delivered for his use at the next shearing time also I doe give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Sargent one cow and an heyfer to be to her and her children after her decease as it may please ye Lord they may increase, the proffits or increase to be equally devided amongst the sayde children: also I do give to my daughter Mary Bradbury one cow and one heyfer or a young steere to remain to her and to her children in theyr increase or proffits as it shall please the Lord to bless them and to be equaly devided to ye children: also I doe give and bequeath to my daughter Lidia Bennitt one cow and one heyfer or steere to be equaly devided to her children in theyr increase or proffits after her decease; I doe also give unto my grandchilde Thomas Bradbury one ewe to be sett apart for his use at ye next shearing tyme: also I do give and bequeathe unto my sonn Jacob Perkins my dwelling house together with all the out-howseing and all my landes of one kinde and other together with all improvements thereupon to be his in full possession according to a former covenant after the decease of my wyfe and nott before and so to remaine to him and to his heires forever; all the rest of my estate of one kinde and other I do wholy leave my deare wife Judith Perkins apointing and ordaining my sade wyfe the sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament Desiring my sayde wife to dispose of the cattell above mentioned according to her discresion as they shall prove steeres or heyfers, also to dispose of some of the increase of the sheep to ye children of my sonn Thomas and of my three daughters at the Discresion of my sayde wife and this I doe ordaine as my Last will and Testament subscribed with my own hand this twenty eight day of ye first month 1654.

Signed in presence of John Perkins.
William Bartholmew
Thomas Harris
Proved in court held at Ipswich 27 (7) 1654 by the oath of William Bartholmew and  Thomas  Harris per me  Robert Lord,  cleric

John Perkin;s inventory taken by William Bartholomew and John Annable

the dwelling howse and barne wth out howseing, £40 60s.;
Land about the hoswe about eight acres, £12;
more Land unbroade up about fourteen acres, £21;
a pcell of marsh about six acres at 40s. p acres, £12;
a pcell of vpland and marsh being much broken about xx acres at 20s. p acre, £20;
12 acres of improved Land at 50s. p acres, £24;
one mare with a mare foale, £25;
six milch cowes, £30;
four yearling heyfers & a steere, £11 10s.;
six ewes at 35s. p, £10 10s.;
5 yewe Lambes, £5;
one yearling weather and two weather Lambs, £2;
one young calfe, 15s.;
one cow at the pasture, a sow & 3 piggs, all £8;
one feather bed with besteed & furniture, £4;
one coverlid with other small thinges being Linen most, £2 10s.;
Left in mony at his decease £10;
a cart, plowes, a harow with severall goodes of Lumber as caske, tubbes, cheares, axes, hoes, etc., £5;
severall ketles, pottes & dishes in the kitchen, £2;
his wearing aparell, £5;
total, £250 5s.


1. Quarter master John PERKINS (See his page)

3. Elizabeth PERKINS (See William SARGENT‘s page)

4. Mary Perkins

Mary’s husband Thomas Bradbery was born 28 Feb 1610 in Wicken Bonant, Essex, England. His parents were Wymond Bradbury and Elizabeth Whitgift. Thomas died 16 Mar 1695 in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts

 Mary Perkins Bradbury (baptized 3 Sep 1615 – 20 Dec  1700) was tried, convicted and sentenced to hang as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692.

Mary Perkins Bradbury – Over a hundred of her neighbors and townspeople testified on her behalf, but to no avail and she was found guilty of practicing magic and sentenced to be executed

In 1636 Mary married Thomas Bradbury of Salisbury, Massachusetts, considered one of its most distinguished citizens.

When she was in her late 70s Mary was accused of witchcraft at the Salem witch trials. Her accusers made some fascinating claims, such as, she would turn into a blue boar and chase around the yard and, she sold a ship’s captain 2 tubs of butter, but one of the tubs was bewitched.  In the notorious witch trials of 1692, Mary Bradbury was indicted for (among other charges):

Certaine Detestable arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries Wickedly Mallitiously and felloniously hath used practiced and Exercised At and in the Township of Andivor in the County of Essex aforesaid in upon & against one Timothy Swann of Andivor In the County aforesaid Husbandman — by which said Wicked Acts the said Timothy Swann upon the 26th day of July Aforesaid and divers other days & times both before and after was and is Tortured Afflicted Consumed Pined Wasted and Tormented…

Witnesses testified that she assumed animal forms; her most unusual metamorphosis was said to have been that of a blue boar.

Another allegation was that she cast spells upon ships.

Here is her testimony, transcribed from the original court records.

“The answer of Mary Bradbury to the charge of witchcraft or familiarity with the Devil.

“I do plead not guilty. – I am wholly innocent of such wickedness through the goodness of God that hath kept me hitherto. I am the servant of Jesus Christ and have given myself up to him as my only Lord and Saviour, and to the diligent attendance upon him in al holy ordinances, in utter contempt and defiance of the Devil & all his works as horrid and detestable; and have endeavored accordingly to frame my life & conversation according to the rules of his holy word, and in faith and practice resolve, by the help and assistance of God, to continue to my life’s end. For the truth of what I say as to matter of practice, I humbly refer myself to my brethren and neighbors that know me, and to the searcher of all hearts for the truth & uprightness of my heart therein, human frailties & unavoidable infirmaties expected, of which I bitterly complain every day.Mary Bradbury.”

Over a hundred of her neighbors and townspeople testified on her behalf, but to no avail and she was found guilty of practicing magic and sentenced to be executed.

Through the ongoing efforts of her friends, her execution was delayed. After the witch frenzy had passed, she was released. By some accounts she was allowed to escape. Others claim she bribed her jailer.

Another account claims that her husband bribed the jailer and took her away to Maine in a horse and cart. They returned to Massachusetts after the witch hysteria had died down.

Mary Bradbury died of natural causes in her own bed in 1700.

In 1711, the governor and council of Massachusetts authorized payment of £578.12s to the claimants representing twenty-three persons condemned at Salem, and the heirs of Mary Bradbury received £20. A petition to reverse the attainder of twenty-two of the thirty-one citizens convicted and condemned as a result of the trials was passed by the Massachusetts General Court in 1711, and in 1957 The Commonwealth of Massachusetts reversed the stigma placed on all those not covered by earlier orders.

5. Anne Perkins

Anne returned to England and died 28 Mar 1654 Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England.

6. Deacon Thomas Perkins

Thomas’ wife Phebe Gould was born 27 Sep 1620 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England. Her parents were Zaccheus Gould and Phebe Deacon.  Her grandparents were Richard GOULD and Mary COLDER.  Phebe died 7 May 1686 in Topsfield, Essex, Mass.

At Ipswich, Thomas owned Sagamore Hill, a tract of land 170 feet high surrounded by salt marsh and having Fox Creek on the east.  The hill was probably granted to him by the town.  He exchanged this property with his brother John for a lot and a house in town.

Thomas Perkins Bio

Thomas Perkins Bio 2

Thomas Perkins Bio 3

Thomas Perkins Bio 4

Thomas was made a Freeman in 1664 and was a grand juror in 1666 and 1667 and a selectman in  1668, 1676 and 1682.  He became a deacon in 1677 and was a tythingman that year and in 1678 he hauled Thomas Baker into court for laughing in church!

He served on several committees to deal with the men of Rowley Village (Boxford) as to their privileges and responsiblities in the Topsfield church wich they attended before organizing a church of their own.  In 1680 he was a member of a committee seeking to secur Mr. Danforth as minister, but apparently they were unsuccessful for in 1681 Perkins and the others were ordered to “discourse” with Mr,. Capen who came to an agreement with them and was a much loved and respected Topsfield person for many years.

Thomas and Phebe Perkins were among the guests at a Sunday dinne at the house of an earlier parson, Mr. Gilbert, in 1670.  Mr. Gilbert was a sick man, as good old Joanna Towne charitably realized,  But others believed him to have drunk too much wine.  The matter was aired in court and Phebe Perkins testified as follows: there was a cup with wine in it which was offered to Mr. Gilbert. He refused to take it at first, but afterward put the cup to his mouth.” but she did not know wheter he drank or not.  Three more had the cup beside himself and after he had dined he drank what was left in the cup.  Immediately after dinner he sang a psalm and in reading it she thought his voice was lower than it used to be.  As evidence of drunkenness this would seem to be negligible.

Phebe Perkin’s sister-in-law Sarah Gould, wife of Capt. John Gould, went farther, however.  She testified that she and Phebe went into another room after dinner, where Phebe said “I wonder my Husban would ask him to drinke for I think hee had noe need of it.  The first time hee toke the Cope I saw him drinke a good draft.”  In spite of his wife’s testimony that Mr. Gilbert was a sick man, the court admonished him.

Sarah Gould continued to gossip and Mr. Gilbert eventually sued her for slander.  In court he asked the judges to “compare her [Sarah’s] Oath with the Oath of Goodie Perkins taken at the same tym, and if they do not clash with one another, I am much mistaken. ”

Deacon Thomas’ son Zacheus must have been the cause of much sorrow.  To his credit he was a soldier under Captain Joseph Gardner of Salem in King Philip’s War and was at the Great Swamp Fight when the fortified village of the Narragansetts was destroyed in 1676.

In 1680 he was in serious trouble indeed.  According to his own confession, on an election day at Wenham he fell in with a Frenchman, one Nicholas Jennings (surely a much distorted version of a French name) whom he had known at Narragansett.  Jennings invited him to go to Salem to drink and they rode over in the evening and tied their horses to a tree in an orchard.  Jennings told Zacheus to remain there to look after the animals and went away, returning after two hours when they went to the shop of Mr. Thomas Maule.  The door was open and Jennings went in and brought out a bundle of goods which he gave to Zecheus , then going in again, he came out with a sak of goods which he laid on his horse.  “Soon they parted as they heard the watch coming.”  Zacheus reading to Topsfield and Jennings to Marblehead.

This was not Zacheus’ only offense.  He had stolen a silver cup from Mr. Joseph Whitting, a gold ring from Goodman Robinson of Topsfield, and goods and money from Mr. Batten.  Found guilty at his trial on May 4, 1680 he was sentenced to be branded on the forehead with the letter “B” and publically whipped which was carried out on May 6 “immediately after lecture.”  He was to pay Mr. Maule £250 and Mr. Batten £24 which presumably his father had to assume.

7. Sgt. Jacob Perkins

Jacob’s first wife Elizabeth Whipple Lovell 1629 in Bocking, Essex, England. Her parents were Matthew Whipple and Anne Hawkins. Elizabeth died 12 Feb 1685 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass.

Jacob’s second wife Damaris Robinson was born 1636 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass.  Her parents were Nathaniel Robinson and [__?__]. Damaris died in 1716 in Boston, Suffolk, Mass.

Jacob Perkins

Jacob was sworn Freeman in 1668.  He was a sergeant in the Ipswich train-band and a very frequent choice as juryman.

Jacob bought his father’s house built on the south side of Jabaque (Ipswich) river near the falls, half of his farm called the Island (half of Sagamore Hill).  Jacob not only worked as a farmer, but made income from buying and selling land. Sometime around 1648, Jacob married Elizabeth Lovell Whipple.  Elizabeth died on 12 Feb 1685.  Soon thereafter, he married the widow Damaris Robinson.  At the time of his marriage, he made a promise to support her during her life.  On 20 Mar 1693, Jacob gave all his property in his possession to his sons.

Extract from deed given to sons Matthew and Jacob.

“ I, Sargt. Jacob Perkins, sen. Having grown old & decrepid and not able to manage my farm, I give the other portions of my land to my two sons, Jacob and Mathew, provided they support me & my now wife, with whom I made an agreement when we were married,”

After his father’s and mother’s death, Jacob came into possession of the family homestead.  The family home was occupied until August 7, 1668 when it was destroyed through the carelessness of a servant girl, Mehetable Brooks.

Early in an August afternoon Mehitable Brabrook, the sixteen-year old servant of Elizabeth Perkins, her master and mistress having gone to town, was alone in the house and was smoking a pipe.  Going outside she climbed to the top of the oven which projected from the back of the house “to looke if there were any hogs in the corn,” and knocked out her pipe on the thatch of the eaves.   When she looked back, she saw smoke and gave the alarm to Abraham Perkins wife.”   This was the end of the house build by old John Perkins and left by him to his son Jacob.  The efforts of the neighbors to save it were futile and it burned to the ground.  Mehitable was convicted of extreme carelessness, “if not willfully burning the house,” was severely whipped and ordered to pay £40 to her master.

The foundation and cellar survived the fire and Jacob built another house on its foundation.   By October a new house was being built.  The new house was struck by lightning on a Sunday, 18 May 1671 while many people were gathered there to repeat the sermon.  Jacob and the house survived, however.

“while many people were gathered there to repeat the sermon, when he and many others were struck down, and had his waistcoat pierced with many small holes, like goose‑shot, and was beaten down as if he had been dead for the present.”

Children of Jacob and Elizabeth

i. Elizabeth Perkins
ii. Sgt. John Perkins
iii. Judith Perkins
iv. Mary Perkins
v. Jacob Perkins
vi. Matthew Perkins
vii. Hannah Perkins
viii. Joseph Perkins
ix. Jabez Perkins b. 15 May 1677, Ipswich, Mass.; d. 15 Jan 1742 Norwich, CT; m. Hannah Lathrop b. 6 JAN 1676/77 Norwich, CT; d. 14 APR 1721 Norwich, CT; Her parents were Samuel Lathrop and Hannah Adgate. Her grandparents were Samuel LATHROP and Elizabeth SCUDDER.

8. Lydia Perkins (See Henry Bennett I‘s page)



From Dudley Wildes, 1959 by Walter Goodwin Davis – Includes Estate of John Perkins, Sr. of Ipswich and Inventory taken by William Bartholomew and John Annable

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  6. Shirley M. GREENE says:

    We are very distant cousins. I come in through Charity Perkins who married Thomas Rathbone in 1732 There are others in the lines also. Samuel Staples for one.
    Just fun doing genealogy. I am 85 years old and have been doing this for over 50 years. Have three g-granddaughters, so far, so the lines are continuing. So far have 7 Pilgrims ancestors along with Roger Williams.
    Have 5 lines back to Richard Knight and my children have five lines back to Surgeon John Greene. Staples on my maternal side. Enjoy !!

    • Joe Rigdon says:

      Hi Shirley,

      Is that Charity that was born 1756 • New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut and died on 11 AUG 1815 • Southport, Chemung, New York? sorry I don’t show her husband. But if that’s her then she was my 7th great aunt. I am descended from her brother Timothy Perkins. Timothy and his brother Joseph were tax collectors for the British and were tarred and feathered and run out of town (New Haven) on a rail in about 1772. They settled in North Carolina but Timothy was hung by Patriots there in 1781. His son Jabez moved to Whitley county, Ky and much of the family still resides there. My GM Perkins was born there.

      Oops! It looks like the dates for Charity don’t match. I have a LARGE family tree for the Perkins but I still don’t have all of them!

  7. markeminer says:

    Hi Cousin Shirley,

    Thanks for sharing. As you can see in the post, John Perkins is my triple ancestor through one son and two daughters so perhaps we’re related in multiple ways,



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  9. stephanie perkins says:

    I have a few questions if someone may please help me. I’m stephanie perkins and I’m trying to learn more about my family. as far as I’m seeing with everything I’m looking up. I believe that most or all the perkins here in america is related in some way. I’m just wanting to know if there my be more lines or is there just one line of the perkins family. i’m thinking one from up i’m researched. but I may be wrong. my e-mail is you can reach me there thank you so much

    • Joe Rigdon says:


      I’ve been researching the Perkins family for about 5 years and I will say that yes, as far as I can tell ALL of the Perkins in the US are related. And in England too as far as I know. I’ve tracked down about 13 or 14 Perkins immigrants (and their families) to colonial America and of those I’ve been able to show that 11 or 12 of them all go back to the one Perkins family in England.

      • Jim Stevens says:

        I am very interested in the connections you have found between the immigrant Perkins families. Can you contact me offline (
        Jim Stevens

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  25. Patti Knight says:

    i am researching the family of Samuel B. Perkins born in Salem MA, 1809. He married Rebecca Prescott (1814-1893), born Holderness, NH on 11 Oct 1835. Samuel died in Lynn, MA on12 Aug 1873. Parents listed on his marriage record are “Amos and Nancy”—no other information given. Any information on this family would be gratefully appreciated. Thanks, Patti Knight

    • Joe Rigdon says:


      I don’t have a record of that Samuel Perkins but I do have a record of an Amos Perkins born JAN 19, 1721 • New Haven County, Connecticut and died DEC 09, 1793 • Woodbridge, New Haven County, Connecticut. However that still leaves a gap so perhaps this Amos was his grand father. This Amos was:

      Amos Perkins 1721-1793
      2nd cousin 9x removed

      Daniel Perkins Lt of North East Co 1689-1760
      Father of Amos Perkins

      David Perkins 1656-1732
      Father of Daniel Perkins

      Edward Perkins Immigrant 1622-1687

      Edward Perkins is one of my 10th great grand fathers. His father was the London merchant and a member of the Massachusetts Bay Company, William Perkins and his wife Mary Purchas, the sister of Rev Samuel Purchas (look him up!)

      If this isn’t who you’re looking for and if you’re still looking, let me know. I also have an immigrant Perkins (Abraham 1608-1683) that settled in New Hampshire and I can go and see what I can find in his line. I haven’t done much research in it yet. FYI Abraham was one of the sons of issac Perkins, Sr that is discussed below.

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  28. Michael Tuck says:

    I noted that Elizabeth Perkins, dau of John Perkins, has a birth date of 25 Mar 1612 at Bath, Somerset, England, on the John Perkins page, but a birth of 31 Mar 1611 in Hillmorton. on the William Sargent page. Is one date a birth, and the other a christening?

    • markeminer says:


      I don’t see any documentary source on Elizabeth’s birth and baptism. Looking at a collection of genealogies, I don’t think 1612 is correct. In the old style dates, the year started March 25th so both guesses would be in the same year. Bath and Hillmorton are about 130 miles apart, pretty far to travel for those days. I found another genealogy which states Elizabeth was born 23 MAR 1611 in Newert, Gloucestshire, England, about half way between Bath and Hillmorton.

      Rgds, Mark

    • markeminer says:

      Your query made me question if Isaac Perkins was really John Perkin’s son given that he was born just three months earlier than Elizabeth.. Turns out, he was John’s nephew, not his son. See my new post

      • Joe Rigdon says:

        There were two Issac Perkins, father and son born 1571 and 1611 respectively. The father was the brother of John Perkins. They are my 10th and 9th great grand fathers and Issac Jr was the father of Rebecca Perkins, the wife of John Day Jr.

        I also show that Elizabeth was born 31 MARCH 1611 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England. However marriage record transcript & North American histories both say (incorrectly) that she was born 1618. You’ll find that many of the transcripts available on line have errors in them. ALWAYS look at the original record.

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    Hi, im a direct decedent of the perkins males at the moment the Youngest Living Full Perkins! im interested if you have any more information regarding this, please email at

  31. Joe Rigdon says:

    Ahh. Once again our ancestry’s cross! My paternal grandmother was a Perkins and is descended from the same family (John’s brother Issac is another of my 10th great grand fathers).

    Also Rebecca Perkins (Issac’s grand daughter) married John Hussey Sr, the son of Captain Christopher Hussey and Theodate Bachiler, and they are my 8th great grand parents on my mother’s side. Rebecca and John Hussy’s grand daughter Anna Rebecca Hussey married John Day Jr, a Quaker and the first judge in York Co, Pa and they are the ancestors of my maternal grand mother Day. The name Theodate still runs through the Day family and their descendants.

    John Perkins (above) is my 11th great uncle via Rebecca Perkin’s marriage and is also something like my 2nd cousin of another of my 1Oth great grand fathers, the immigrant Edward Perkins (1622-1687) who settled in New Haven.

    I am surprised that you don’t have more here about Mary Perkins, the wife of Thomas Bradbury. She was convicted of being a witch on 22 Sept 1692. Mary was the daughter of the above John Perkins and the first cousin on Rebecca Perkins and (I think) second cousin of Edward Perkins.

    Many of the Perkins and the Days and the Husseys were Quakers and it may interest you to note that the theologian Rev William Perkins (1558-1602) who wrote many of the original thesis of Protestantism is part of the same family. You can find debates about his thoughts that continued for centuries after his death.

    And on a more modern note; The signer and original author of the song ‘Blue Swede Shoes’, Carl Perkins is also part of the same extended Perkins family.

    The Complete Works of William Perkins:

    The Art of Prophesying.

    Commentary on Hebrews 11.
    {web via Nesher Christian Resources} {mobi via bringthebooks}

    Commentary on the Sermon on the Mount.
    {web via Nesher Christian Resources}

    A Discourse of Conscience. (199 pages)
    {pdf via Google Books} {mobi via bringthebooks}

    An Exposition on the Apostles’ Creed.
    {web via Nesher Christian Resources}

    The Foundation of Christian Religion Gathered into Six Principles. (55 pages)
    {pdf via Google Books} {mobi via bringthebooks} {web via Nesher Christian Resources}

    God’s Free Grace and Man’s Free Will.
    {mobi via bringthebooks}

    A Golden Chain.
    {mobi via bringthebooks}

    Knowing Christ Crucified.
    {mobi via bringthebooks}

    Of Man’s Imaginations.
    {mobi via bringthebooks}

    On Predestination.
    {mobi via bringthebooks}

    A Salve for a Sick Man.
    {mobi via bringthebooks}

    Treatise of the Vocations. (34 pages)
    {pdf epub mobi via Bill Gross} -new- -high quality-
    {pdf via Bobby Jenkins}

    A Discourse of the Damned Art of Witchcraft.
    {mobi via bringthebooks}

    The Works of William Perkins, Volume 1. (830 pages)
    {pdf via}
    This volume contains the following:

    The Foundation of Christian Religion Gathered into Six Principles
    A Golden Chain
    An Exposition on the Apostles’ Creed
    An Exposition of the Lord’s Prayer
    Damnation or Salvation
    A Case of Conscience
    A Direction for the Government of the Tongue
    Two Treatises: How to Live, and That Well, in all Estates and Times (How to Live Well)
    Of the Nature and Practice of Repentance
    Of the Combat of the Flesh and Spirit
    A Salve for a Sick Man (How to Die Well)
    A Discourse of Conscience
    A Reformed Catholic
    A Declaration of the True Manner of Knowing Christ Crucified
    A Grain of Mustard-Seede (or, The Least Measure of Grace that is or can be Effectual to Salvation)
    The True Gaine
    A Warning Against the Idolatry of the Last Times
    A Treatise of God’s Free Grace and Man’s Free Will
    A Treatise of the Vocations

    The Works of William Perkins, Volume 2. (784 pages)
    {pdf via}
    This volume contains the following:

    The Whole Treatise of the Cases of Conscience
    Commentary on Galatians
    A Treatise of Christian Equity and Moderation
    A Treatise of Man’s Imaginations
    The Problem of the Forged Catholicism, or Universality of the Romish Religion
    A Christian and Plain Treatise of the Manner and Order of Predestination, and of the Largeness of God’s Grace
    The Art of Prophecying
    A Digest or Harmonie of the Bookes of the Old and New Testament

    The Works of William Perkins, Volume 3. (1068 pages)
    {pdf via}
    This volume contains:

    A Godly and Learned Exposition upon Christ’s Sermon in the Mount
    A Cloud of Faithful Witnesses (or, A Commentary Upon the Eleventh Chapter to the Hebrews)
    A Godly and Learned Exposition Upon the First Three Chapters of the Revelation
    The Combat Between Christ and the Devil Displayed (or, A Commentary Upon the Temptations of Christ)
    A Faithful and Plain Exposition Upon the Two First Verses of the Second Chapter of Zephaniah
    Of the Calling of the Ministry: Two Treatises Describing the Duties and Dignities of that Calling
    A Fruitful Dialogue Concerning the End of the World
    A Godly and Learned Exposition Upon the Whole Epistle of Jude
    A Discourse of the Damned Art of Witchcraft
    A Resolution to the Country-man Proving it Utterly Unlawful to Buy or Use Our Yearly Prognostications. A treatise on horoscopes.
    Economy, or Household-Government: A Short Survey of the Right Manner of Erecting and Ordering a Family, According to the Scriptures.

  32. William says:

    John Perkins Sr and that coat of arms is not the right one to my knowledge.
    I have a different coat of arms.
    My mom is a direct descendant her maiden name is Perkins and her side was the first generation to come over from England in 1629 arrived in 1630

  33. Joe says:

    My understanding is that a true Coat of Arms in Europe has to be reissued or at least authorized for each generation and that Coats of Arms are NOT hereditary. That’s why you see so many different Coats of Arms even within the same family. My ‘de Savoy’ family is well recorded in history and every member had a slightly different coat of arms. Among other things, Coats of Arms frequently reflects one’s ancestors so they would be different due to the different paternal and maternal families. Coats of Arms also frequently reflect the different honors (military, etc) of that individual.

    William, you don’t say who your Perkins immigrant ancestor was but it’s pretty much impossible to say that she was the “first generation” that came over. There were a number of early Perkins immigrants , 15 or so that I’ve found (not counting their families) and I’ve been able to back track about 12 or 13 of them back to the same extended Perkins family in England. Many of the immigrants were siblings, cousins and 2nd cousins and some slightly even more distantly related, to the other immigrants. William Perkins of London is one of my 12th great grandfathers and ALL of his children eventually immigrated to America but at different times and some of them eventually settled in different colonies. My GM Perkins born in Whitley County, Ky is a direct descendant from his son Edward Perkins who settled in New Haven. Issac Perkins Jr who settled in Hampton, NH and died there in 1685 is my 9th GGF on my other grandmother’s side. I would have to go back and figure it all out again but Edward and Issac were something like 2nd cousins 3 times removed!

  34. Joe says:

    OK I found it. If this site will let me link to it, here is a webpage with the various Coats of Arms for the different branches of the de Savoy family. BTW I forgot to mention that the de Savoys are the direct ancestors of Pierre de Morlaix, the progenitor of the Perkins family in England. . I think that the de Savoys are the oldest Royal line in the world. The last king of Italy was Huberto II de Savoy and he is something like my 21rst cousin. They are a fascinating family to study.

  35. Joe says:

    OK well it took out the hot link so I’ll put the link in col but you will have to cut and paste it.

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