I've hit a wall in my research, and need help.
Jane (Mills) Perkins was born 15 Mar 1815 in Ohio, according to her death record in Pana, Christian County, Illinois (9 Jul 1886; see below). According to the 1880 census in same location, her father was born in New Hampshire and her mother in Massachusetts. (She was living with daughter, Sarah Jane, and son-in-law Clinton Howard.)
According to the book Marriage Records of Scioto County, Ohio, 1803-1860, by Shoemaker & Rudity (1987), she and James Perkins filled out a marriage application in Scioto County, Ohio, on 6 July 1831. There was no return with the application (apparently the application only was found in an upper file drawer; it is not in the appropriate book as having been solemnized). She would have been 16 years old, but she wasn't pregnant, as her first child, son James Jr., wasn't born until 22 Aug 1832.
Husband James, parents and family had arrived in Ohio from NH, probably after 1820 (not on census). They were mentioned in the book History of Madison County, Ohio, vol.2, p. 774, available on archive.org. After his father (Elisha) died in 1823, he was listed as head of household in Canaan, Madison County in 1830. So it's puzzling that somehow he applied for a marriage license in Scioto County, four counties away. I wonder if he already knew Jane...
James and Jane were on the Darby, Madison Co. census in 1850 with their three kids (whom I have traced completely): James M[ills?], Hiram Mills, and Sarah J[ane]. James Jr. died in 1851.
James Sr. and Jane were on the 1860 census, again in Darby Twp, Madison Co. Then, her husband James died in April 1867. So, on the 1870 census she was living with son-in-law and daughter Clinton and Sarah Jane (Perkins) Howard in Goshen Twp., Champaign Co., Ohio. By the 1880 census, they had sold their Ohio farm and moved to Pana, Illinois, where she died on 9 July 1886. (Headstone says 7 July, but that could be a stone reader's error.)
On her will and death record the middle initial W was used. It seems pretty solid that her maiden name was Mills. Her daughter's death certificate in Pana, Illinois says mother's maiden name was Mills, and also her son Hiram definitely had the middle name Mills. (The other son had middle initial M. on 1850 census, so could have been Mills also.) Could the W have been her own mother's maiden name? Even daughters in those days were given surnames as middle names. Plus, I can't think of any regular women's first names starting with W that were in popular use in 1815 (e.g. Wanda, Wendy).
According to the 1880 census mentioned above, Jane's father was born in New Hampshire and her mother in Massachusetts, but Jane was born in Ohio. I'm wondering if her parents married in Ohio? James's parents were also from NH, so could the two fathers have known each other back East?
One very interesting thing concerns the ancestry of Clinton Howard, Jane's son-in-law. His father was Amos J. Howard, Jr., and he was born in New Hampshire to Amos J. Howard, Sr. and Miriam Getchell Mills (who had come west to Ohio). Miriam's parents were Reuben Mills and Mary Howard of Rockingham Co., NH. And Miriam had a sister named Jane Mills, born 1765 in NH, who married a man named Nathaniel Whitmore, born in Mass. Both died in Scioto Co., Ohio, so this means that there were Mills family in Scioto Co. Additionally, one of the daughters, Sarah K[Knapp after grandmother?] (Whitmore) Smith, died in Pana, Christian Co., Illinois, the same place that Jane W. (Mills) Perkins had moved with her daughter and son-in-law!!
There has to be some association there between/among these families (Perkins/Mills/Howard/Whitmore), who maybe all came to Ohio together? Or is the New Hampshire/Scioto Co., Ohio/Pana, Ill just a remarkable coincidence? What I was hoping to find, but didn't, was the opposite: a Whitmore woman who had married a Mills man, and who could have been Jane's parents. Does anybody know anything about the Scioto County, Ohio Mills and/or Whitmore families? (If you need more information about any of this, please ask.)
Thanks for your help.