According to several resources, including FindAGrave, FamilySearch, and at least one book, the parents of Samuel Hovey’s wife, Elizabeth Perkins, were Jacob Perkins (1690- ) and Elizabeth Kinsman (1690-1732). But Lucy W. Stickney’s “The Kinsman Family”, Alfred Mudge & Son, 1876, on page 63 says that the couple had two daughters named Elizabeth, and both died in infancy, which would mean they were not the parents of Elizabeth Perkins-4389.
Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 lists two births for the couple, one an Eliza[beth] in 1718, and one an Elizabeth in 1726, and only one death (in 1726). Is it possible that Lucy Stickney assumed the death of the first Eliza[beth] because of the later named Elizabeth, but that her assumption was incorrect? Then again, if Jacob & Elizabeth Perkins had a living daughter named Elizabeth, why would they give the same name to another daughter?
Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850, Vol 2, page 230, Ipswich Marriages, shows the marriage of Samuel Hovey and Elizabeth Perkins on October 10, 1737 and notes ‘Intention also recorded’. I viewed the handwritten record of both the marriage and the intention on “Ancestry Institution”. The parents of the bride and groom are not named in either one. The intention, dated September 25, 1737, clearly states “Samuel Hovey and Eliza[bet]h Perkins, both of Ipswich…”
The Charles R. Hale Collection of Connecticut Cemetery Inscriptions, also found on “Ancestry Institution” shows the death of the wife of Samuel Hovey as Elizabeth Hovey, died March 22, 1788 Scotland (Windham) Connecticut, age 75. That would indicate a birth year of 1713 for Elizabeth Perkins instead of 1718. There was an Elizabeth Perkins, born to Stephen Perkins and Mary Eveleth in Ipswich in 1713. But that Elizabeth Perkins married Elias Lowater in 1731, so she cannot be the wife of Samuel Hovey.
The Ipswich Births on page 286 of the Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 also show an Elizabeth Perkins born in 1720 to Robert Perkins and Elizabeth Douton. But she can’t be Samuel Hovey’s wife. This Elizabeth Perkins is already in WikiTree as Perkins-2163. Her profile shows that she married Benjamin Kinsman-1086 in 1740.
Does anyone have other suggestions for how to determine who were Elizabeth’s parents?