Ebenezer Perkins

Ebenezer PERKINS Sr. (1681 –  1754) was Alex’s 8th Grandfather; one of 512 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Ebenezer Perkins was born 3 Feb 1681 in Ipswich, Massachusetts.  His parents were Samuel PERKINS and Hannah WEST.   He married Hannah SAFFORD 14 Aug 1710 in Preston, CT.  After Hannah died, he married Margaret Stewart 12 Sep 1734 in Scituate,  Rhode Island.  His brother John’s bequest refers to Hannah as his first wife. Ebenezer died 1754 in Coventry, Rhode Island.

Ebenezer Perkins and Margaret Stewart alias Ashcroft were married 12 Sep 1734 in Scituate Rhode Island.  William Steward of Groton bought land of Margaret Ashcroft, widow of Jedidiah Ashcroft  and mortgaged it to Charles Smith that day.

Alternatively, Ebenezer  may have first married Margaret Stewart before 1706 and had one child Ebenezer Perkins born 1706

Possible child of Ebenezer and Margaret Stewart

Name Born Married Departed
1. Ebenezer Perkins 1706

Hannah Safford was born 24 Sep 1691 in Preston, New London, CT. Her parents were John SAFFORD and Hannah NEWMAN.  Hannah died  24 Nov 1728 in Voluntown, CT

Children of Ebenezer and Hannah:

Name Born Married Departed
2. Newman Perkins 8 Mar 1711
Ipswich, Mass
Mehitable Godfrey
29 Oct 1732
East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island
Lydia Collins?
1 Mar 1787 – Sterling, CT
1 May 1794
Exeter, Washington, Rhode Island
3. Samuel Perkins 18 May 1712
Preston City, CT
Hannah Leek?
17 Feb 1742/43
New Haven
Rhode Island
4. Oliver PERKINS Sr. 29 APR 1713
Preston City, CT
Hannah GATES
10 Jan 1733/34 in the  2nd Church in Preston (now Griswold, CT)
26 JAN 1782
Hoosick, Rensselaer, NY
5. Charity Perkins 4 Jul 1714
Preston, CT
Thomas Rathbone
31 Dec 1732
Exeter, RI
Exeter, RI
6. Ellenher (Valentine) Perkins 26 Jul 1718 or
26 Sep 1718
Preston CT
Temperance Maunck 1789 in New Paltz, Ulster Co, NY
7. Lemuel Perkins 2 Apr 1720
Voluntown, CT
After Uncle John’s 1753 Bequest
8. Ebenezer Perkins 1 Jul 1721
Voluntown, CT
Abigail Pratt
22 March 1740
Coventry, RI
Sandgate, Bennington, Vermont,
9. John Perkins? c. 1725
Voluntown, CT
Befiore Uncle John’s 1753 Bequest
10. Francis Perkins After Uncle John’s 1753 Bequest
11. Margaret Perkins Jul 1729 Coventry, Kent, Rhode Island Levi Adams
26 Dec 1751 Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut,
 26 Jun 1829 Hartford, Washington, New York

Ebenezer moved from Ipswich, MA to Preston, CT where he bought 123 acres of land from John Hill, 27 Oct 1714.  He sold this land again to John Pray in 1715 or 1716 when he removed to Voluntown, CT. where he took possession of land at that was given to his father, Samuel, in consideration for service in the Narragansett War. (See Great Swamp Fight – Aftermath for details)  In 1735 he sold this land to John Wildes for £26. 8s. 6d.  After the sale of this land, he moved to Coventry, Rhode Island and died there before 1754.

Ebenezer moved to Preston, New London, CT in 1714

In 1686, Thomas Parke, Thomas Tracy, and several others petitioned for and were granted by the Connecticut General Court authority to establish a plantation seven miles square to the East of Norwich and North of New London and Stonington. Owaneco, son of the Mohegan sachem Uncas, gave a confirmatory deed for the land in 1687. In October of that same year, the town was formally incorporated as Preston.

The Ecclesiastical Society of Preston was first organized in 1698, with the first meetinghouse located in present-day Preston City. At the request of residents in the northern part of Preston (now the Town of Griswold), the North Society was established in 1716.

Ebenezer moved to Voluntown, New London, CT in 1716

Most of the land which makes up the present town of Voluntown was granted to the Volunteers of the Narragansett War in 1700, thus the name “Voluntown.”

In 1705 the town was surveyed and boundaries were established. The plot was drawn up into lots, with each eligible volunteer receiving a lot. The land was rough terrain, although fertile soil, and was in a remote location.

In 1735, Ebenezer moved to Coventry, Kent, Rhode Island

In 1677, following King Phillip’s War, development of the land in the western section proceeded, and a few hardy souls had gone into the wilderness to carve their homes out of the forest in true pioneer fashion. The numerous brooks and waterways were utilized to run grist-mills and saw-mills. By 1741 there was believed to be about one hundred families living in the wilderness area which is now the Town of Coventry. The seat of government was at the settlement on the shores of Narragansett Bay (Warwick) and people had to travel twenty miles or more to record their land deeds, as well as marriages, births, and deaths. This probably required two or three days travel time, so a seat of government within easier reach became a real necessity. A petition for a separation from the Town of Warwick was placed before the General Assembly in June, 1741. This petition was granted in August, 1741 and the boundary line was established where it is today.

Ebenezer’s brother John Perkins of Preston  was a mariner, died in Curaçao in 1753 and left a will, giving property “to the children of his brother Ebenezer by his first wife.”

On July 8, 1754, “Newman Perkins, of Exeter, R. I., Samuel Perkins and Oliver Perkins, husbandman, of Schuate in said R. I., Valentine Perkins, of Oblong, N. Y., husbandman, Ebenezer Perkins, of Coventry, R. I., husbandman, Lemuel and Francis Perkins, of Voluntown, Conn., mariners, children of Ebenezer Perkins, late of Coventry, in the colony of Rhode Island, husbandman, deceased, by his first wife,” grant to John Harris, of Boston, power to sell their land, etc., in Ipswich, which lately belonged to their (brother, by mistake of the scribe) uncle John Perkins, of Preston, in the colony of Connecticut, deceased.   Brother, Lemuel, of Voluntown, Conn., sold his interest in this property to Daniel Giddinge, of Ipswich, Gent., “about 9 acres, which is my whole shear.”


7 & 10. Lemuel and Francis Perkins were called mariners in their Uncle John’ will

1. Ebenezer Perkins

2. Newman Perkins

Newman’s first wife Mehitable Godfrey was born in 1714. Her parents were John Godfrey and Martha Joyce. Mehitable died in 1794.

Newman’s second wife Lydia Collins was born in 1770. Lydia died 23 Feb 1845 in Windham County, CT

3. Samuel Perkins

Samuel’s wife Hannah Leek was born 2 Mar 1723 at New Haven, CT. Her parents were John Leek and Hannah Rowe. However, the Samuel Perkins that married Hannah Leek could have been the son of Daniel Perkins and Martha Elcock.

4. Oliver PERKINS Sr.(See his page)

5. Charity Perkins

Charity’s husband Thomas Rathbone was born 2 Mar 1709 in New Shoreham, Newport, Rhode Island.  His parents were John Rathbone and Ann Dodge. Thomas died 12 Mar 1787 in Exeter, Washington, Rhode Island.

6. Ellenher (Valentine) Perkins

Valentine’s wife Temperance Maunck was born

7. Lemuel Perkins

Lemuel and Francis Perkins were called mariners in their Uncle John’ will

8. Ebenezer Perkins

Ebenezer’s wife Abigail Pratt was born in 1725 in Coventry, Rhode Island or 16 May 1722 in Voluntown, New London, CT. Her parents were Francis Pratt and Mary [__?__]. Abigail died in 1821 in Vermont.

Alternatively, his wife was Abigail Bates, b. 16 May 1722 in Voluntown, New London, Connecticut,

10. Francis Perkins

Lemuel and Francis Perkins were called mariners in their Uncle John’ will

11. Margaret Perkins

Margaret’s husband Levi Adams was born 18 Nov 1728 in Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut. His parents were David Adams and Dorcas Paine. Levi died 1816 in Hardwick, Otsego, New York.

He continued to live in Canterbury, CT until about 1782, with the exception of two years, 1753-5, during which time he resided in Dutchess County, N. Y. He and three of his sons, Levi, David, and John, were soldiers in the Revolutionary army, and he was in the battle of New London, as a volunteer, September 6, 1781, when that place was attacked by Arnold. He was a carpenter, and taught that trade to his eldest four sons. About the year 1782, he with the remainder of his family moved to Pawlet, Vermont, whither several of his children had preceded him. In 1811 he removed to Otsego County, N. Y., and resided in the town of Hartwick, where he died in 1816, aged 88. His wife, Margaret, died in Hartford, Washington County, N. Y., from the effect of an accident, June 26, 1829, aged 99 years and 11 months.  [Just barely missed the century mark!]



“BRANCHES & ROOTS of OLIVER PERKINS: A Genealogical Study of his Ancestry, his Descendants and their Allied Families.” By: Steven G. Perkins, Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD Ê(1999). DPR Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 99-71471



Essex Institute historical collections, Volume 13 By Essex Institute, Peabody & Essex Museum


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