Thomas and Nathaniel Perkins of Dover, and other Perkins ancestry [closed]

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I'm looking for information on the ancestry of Thomas Perkins and Nathaniel Perkins of Dover, New Hampshire from the early 1600s; especially how it might relate to the Perkins family from Hillmorton, England - I haven't found any evidence that can connect this Thomas Perkins to a specific family in England.  I found existing profiles for them, and added a few basic sources to Nathaniel, but other than that I don't have much solid to go on.

I have a DNA connection to several other people, and so far the only ancestry we've found in common is the Perkins family - but it's quite distant.  My line goes through John Perkins of Ipswich (Perkins-122), and another match is through Isaac Perkins of Ipswich (Perkins-50), John's uncle.  This makes the MRCA Thomas Perkins (Perkins-1338) b about 1535.  Now I have another match of the same DNA segment that is descended from the Thomas and Nathaniel line in Dover, so I'm trying to discover if they're any actual records to support the idea that the two Perkins families were related.

Finally, since this common ancestor is so far back, I'd be interested in finding any other matches with Perkins ancestry to help support the idea that this DNA segment really is from the Hillmorton Perkins family.  It's a long shot for any particular descendant to get a DNA segment from that far back, but they also have a lot of descendants listed on WikiTree; so if anyone has Perkins ancestry and they'd like to compare DNA, let me know, or just check my profile for my Gedmatch ID.
WikiTree profile: Nathaniel Perkins
closed with the note: No conclusive evidence between the two families found at this time.
in Genealogy Help by Stephen Haley G2G6 Mach 2 (24.1k points)
closed by Stephen Haley

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I was never really able to sort it out, but I think that just means that for now the answer may not be out there.  The Hillmorton Parish registers from the time period didn't provide anything solid; and even with Ancestry having a free UK records long weekend I wasn't able to get anywhere useful.

I think my next steps are to continue tracking the DNA evidence where possible, and get my hands on Mortensen's book English Origin of
Six Early Colonists by the Name of Perkins

Thanks, Stephen.

2 Answers

+2 votes

I have hit a brick wall with my Perkins ancestors but found this online book that seems to relate to yours.

The family of John Perkins of Ipswich, Mass. : complete in three parts

by Perkins, George Augustus, 1813-1895

You may have already seen this, but thought I would share.

Good Luck,




by Cheryl Caudill G2G6 Mach 1 (13.6k points)
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I previously posted the church registers from St. John the Baptist Church in Hillmorton at Hillmorton Registers.  Although they might be helpful, there is nothing prior to 1564 for marriages and burials, and nothing prior to 1602 for baptisms.

by Vic Watt G2G6 Pilot (329k points)
Thanks, this is a great resource I didn't think to look for here.  I'm combing through them - already I see a Thomas son of John Pyrkins bapt 28 Apr 1622.  If nothing else, I can link to Perkins-2 as a source for birth.
I find it fascinating that whoever had their hands on the actual records was looking at Perkins individuals as well - there's marks in the margins next to just about all of the Perkins births.

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