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Judith (Gater) Perkins (bef. 1589 - aft. 1654)

Judith Perkins formerly Gater aka Gates
Born before in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 9 Oct 1608 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 18 Feb 2011
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Judith (Gater) Perkins migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Baptism and Parents

Judith's last name at birth is spelled both Gater and Gator in different sources. Gater is used here because it is the variant used by R.C. Anderson in "The Great Migration Begins".[1]

Judith Gater, baptized 19 Mar 1588/9 at Hillmorton, Warwickshire, was the daughter of Michael Gater[1][2] and Isabel Baylie.[3]

Marriage and Children

Judith married John Perkins Sr. on 9 Oct 1608 at Saint John the Baptist Church, Hillmorton, Warwickshire,[2][4][5] and they had the following children, all but the last one baptized at Hillmorton:[1][3]

  • John, bpt. Hillmorton 14 Sept 1609,[6] m.Elizabeth ___;
  • Elizabeth, bpt. [25 or] 31 March 1611,[7] m.William Sargent;
  • Mary, bpt. Hillmorton 3 [Sep] Oct 1615,[8] m. Thomas Bradbury;
  • Ann, bpt. Hillmorton 5 Sept 1617;[9] no further record;
  • Thomas, bpt. Hillmorton 28 April 1622,[10] m. Phebe Gould;
  • Jacob, bpt. Hillmorton 12 Sept 1624,[11] m1. Elizabeth ____, m2. Damaris (---) Robinson;
  • Lydia, bap. at First Church, Boston MA on 3 day of 4th mo. 1631/32 (3 Jun 1632).[12]

Immigration and Residence

Mrs. Judith Perkins of Hillmorton, Warwickshire is listed as a passenger of the "Lyon", along with: Mr. John Perkins, John Perkins Jr., Elizabeth Perkins, Mary Perkins, Thomas Perkins and Jacob Perkins. The "Lyon", William Pierce, Master, departed from Bristol, England December 1, 1630 with 'about twenty passengers and two hundred tons of goods.' This was the same ship that brought the Rev. Roger and Mrs. Mary Williams to America, along with the John Throckmorton and Edmond Once families and William Parke.[13] The passage was stormy and lasted 67 days. They arrived at Nantasket on February 5, 1631 and on the 6th anchored in Boston.[14] Provisions were scarce in the Bay Colony that winter, and the arrival of the Lyon, with its store of provisions was met with great joy. A day of Thanksgiving was proclaimed for the 22nd.[15]

"John Perkins and Judith, his wife" were admitted to the Boston church in early 1631 as members #107 and #108. The Perkins family lived in Boston the first two years in America, and their daughter Lydia was baptized there on 3 Jun 1632.[1] In 1633, the family removed to Ipswich, the colony newly founded by John Winthrop.[16]


Judith Perkins' date and place of death is unknown. She survived her husband, John Perkins, who died between 28 Mar 1654 (date of will) and 26 Sep 1654 (probate of will).[1] Ipswich vital records has his death as: "Perkins, John, _____, 1654, a. 64 y. P. R. 8."[17]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633. Boston: NEHGS, 1996-2011. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010). Pages 1431-1433.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ferris, Mary Walton, ‘’Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines: A Memorial Volume Containing the American Ancestry of Rufus R. Dawes’’. Accessed online at HathiTrust. Vol. 1, pp.484-486.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Davis, Walter Goodwin, The Ancestry of Dudley Wildes, 1759-1820, of Topsfield, Massachusetts. Accessed online at Hathitrust. Pages 79-90.
  4. Hillmorton Parish Register - Weddings, 1596-1617.
  5. "U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700.", Operations, Inc., 2012, Provo, UT, USA: Mar. 9 Oct 1608.
  6. Hillmorton Parish Register - Baptisms, 1608-1611, 15th line, 1609.
  7. Hillmorton Parish Register - Baptisms, 1608-1611, 1st entry, 1611.
  8. Hillmorton Parish Register - Baptisms, 1611-1616, 15th line, 1615.
  9. Hillmorton Parish Register - Baptisms, 1616-1624, 14th line, 1617.
  10. Hillmorton Parish Register - Baptisms, 1616-1624, 4th line, 1622.
  11. Hillmorton Parish Register - Baptisms, 1616-1624, 3rd line, 1624.
  12. "Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988.", Operations, Inc., 2011, Provo, UT, USA. Boston VR transcripts.
  13. Banks, Charles Edward, "The Planters of the Commonwealth: A Study of the Emigrants and Emigration in Colonial Times, 1620-1640." Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., Copyright 1930, 2006. Page 92-93: Passengers on the Lyon.
  14. Perkins, George Augustus, ‘’The Family of John Perkins of Ipswich, Massachusetts’’. (Salem, MA: G.A. Perkins, 1889), accessed at Pages 1-7.
  15. "Prince's Annals of New England." Vol. 1, page 341.
  16. Savage, James. ‘’A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generations of Those who Came before May, 1962, on the Basis of Farmer's Register’’. Boston MA: Little Brown & Co., 1860. Accessed at Vol.3 p.396.
  17. Early Vital Records of Ipswich, Massachusetts, from 1600 to 1850. Online database of MA Vital Records Project. Deaths p.645.

See Also:

  • Little, George Thomas, "Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine." Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1909. Source S2017.
  • Perkins, Thomas Allen, comp. "Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine and His Descendants, 1583-1936." Haverhill, MA: Record Publishing Co., 1947. Source S85, rep. 03.
  • "Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s." Gale Research: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc, 2010. Source S-1992163608, Repository R-1992163608. Arr. 1631 in Boston.
  • "U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900." The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. Repository R1350374592
  • Ancestry Family Trees.
  • Ancestral File. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, June 1998. Source S26, Repository R11.
  • One World Tree. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., n.d.; World Family Tree Vol. 1, Ed. 1. Source S255. DOD 1654.
  • Heritage Consulting. "Millennium File." Heritage Consulting. [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc., 2003: Bap. 19 Mar 1588, DOD 1654.
  • Edmund West, comp. "Family Data Collection - Deaths". database on-line. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc., 2001. Died 1633 in Ipswich MA.


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Gates-1555 and Gater-32 appear to represent the same person because: appear to be identical Gates 1555 has been edited for this merge.
posted by Daniel Postellon
Gator-11 and Gater-32 appear to represent the same person because: I am not sure which spelling is correct, but they are otherwise the same.
posted by Henry Chadwick
Gater-135 and Gater-32 appear to represent the same person because: Please merge these two records. They represent the same person.
posted by Robert Branham
Thanks for the info, Rodney.

I'm working on linking the Perkins profiles directly to the Warwickshire Parish Registers. I hope that will help solve some of the problems. And Robin Craig and I are trying to fix the connections to the wrong children,as well as the internal connections, once we get the merges finished.

posted by Vic Watt
"English Origin of Six Early Colonists by the Name of Perkins" by Paula Perkins Mortensen, is a "Primary" source for early Perkins.

John Perkins and Judith Gater never had a son named Isaac. The details for the kids in Judith Gaters first Bio-Marriage secton with Source #S85 look correct for them but they are not the same as the ones linked to this profile! If *> Isaac Perkins <* were to be removed as their child it would not be a problem with Mortensen and it should be done unless someone has a source besides undocumented trees.

posted by Rodney Wood