John Perkins Sr

John Perkins Sr (abt. 1583 - 1654)

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Sgt John Perkins Sr
Born about in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in John the Baptist Church, Hillmorton, Warwickshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Baymap
Profile last modified | Created 21 Sep 2010
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Categories: Puritan Great Migration | Hillmorton, Warwickshire | Saint John The Baptist Church, Hillmorton, Warwickshire | Bristol | Lyon, sailed 1 Dec 1630 | Nantucket, Massachusetts | Boston, Massachusetts | Ipswich, Massachusetts.

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John Perkins Sr migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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There is a collection of the Perkins family wills that were registered in England. This has an appendix with pedigrees, including that of the parentage of John's father, Henry Perkins.

John Perkins Sr was christened on December 23, 1583 at St. John the Baptist Church in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England.[1] He married Judith Gater on October 9, 1608 in the same church.[2] John and Judith had the following children:

  • John, bpt. Hillmorton 14 Sept 1609[3]
  • Elizabeth, bpt. 31 March 1611[4]
  • Mary, bpt. Hillmorton 3 Oct 1615[5]
  • Ann, bpt. Hillmorton 5 Sept 1617 (A cross beside this entry shows that she died.)[6]
  • Thomas, bpt. Hillmorton 28 April 1622[7]
  • Jacob, bpt. Hillmorton 12 Sept 1624[8]
  • Lydia, b. Boston 3 June 1633

These two additional children are not shown in the Hillmorton Parish baptismal records or the burial records, and not shown as children of John and Judith by Robert Charles Anderson in The Great Migration Begins, page 1432, so they have been detached as children of John Perkins and Judith Gater. Please DO NOT reconnect them:

The following is an excerpt from The Family of John Perkins of Ipswich by George A. Perkins, M.D. which has been edited for readability.

Hillmorton is a few miles from Cotesbach, Leicestershire where the Rev. Henry Dillingham lived who had two sons who came to New England and near Claybrooke where Rev. John Higginson preached before leaving to become Salem’s first minister. John and his family were certainly exposed to Puritan teachings which probably led to his emigration to Massachusetts.
"He sailed from Bristol, England on December 1, 1630 in the ship Lyon. He brought with him his wife and five children. The passage was stormy and lasted 67 days. They arrived at Nantuckket on February 5, 1631 and on the 6th anchored in Boston. Provisions were scarce in the Bay Colony that winter, and the arrival of the Lion, with its store of provisions was met with great joy. A day of Thanksgiving was proclaimed for the 22nd.
"The Perkins family lived in Boston for the first two years, and their daughter Lydia was born there in 1632. He was admitted freeman on May 18, 1631. In 1633 he moved to Ipswich to the colony newly founded by John Winthrop. His house was located near the river, at the entrance to Jeffries neck on what is now East street, where he had considerable land granted him. He was a Deputy of the General Court and was on the Grand Jury in 1648 and 1652."
The Lyon, William Pierce, Master, sailed from Bristol December 1, 1630, and arrived February 5, with 'about twenty passengers and two hundred tons of goods'. John Perkins of Hillmorton, Warwickshire is listed as a passenger along with: Mrs. Judith Perkins, John Perkins, Elizabeth Perkins, Mary Perkins, Thomas Perkins and Jacob Perkins. This was the same boat that had the Rev Roger Williams on it.
Perkins, John, Boston, adm. chh. with wife Judith in 1631. Frm. May 18, 1631. One of the com. to settle bounds between Roxbury and Dorchester in 1632. Removed to Ipswich; propr. 1634; deputy, 1636; town officer. Freed from training in 1651. Ch. John, Lydia baptized at Boston 03 Apr 1632 (m. Henry Bennett), Thomas (paid in 1643 by the town of Ipswich for service against the Indians), Elizabeth (m. William Sargent), Mary (m. Thomas Bradbury). Will dated 28 Jan 1654 and probated 26 Jul 1654. Wife Judith; eldest son John and his two sons John and Abraham; son Thomas and his son John; son Jacob; daughters Elizabeth Sargent, Mary Bradbury, Lydia Bennett and their children plus grandchild. Thomas Bradbury.
John moved to Ipswich, MA on May 18, 1631. Owned "Perkin's Island" in Ipswich River. Became member of Mass. General Court in 1631.

John signed the petition of remonstrance against the departure of John Winthrop Jr. from Ipswich on 21 June 1637:

Petition of the Inhabitants of Ipswich
To our much honored Gouvr and Counsellors att Boston

Our humble duties and respects premised:
understanding there is an Intention to call Mr. Winthrop Junr. From us and to commit the Custody of the Castle to him, we could not out of the entire affection we beare to him and his welfare but become earnest petitioners to your worthships that you would not deprive our Church and Towne of one whose presence is so gratefull and usefull to us. It was for his sake that many of us came to this place and without him we should not have come, his abode with us hath made our abode here much more comfortable then otherwise it would have bene: Mr. Dudleys leaving us hath made us much more desolate and weake then we were, and if we should lose another magistrate it would be too great a grief to us and breach upon us: and not a magistrate only but our Lieutenant Colonell so beloved of our Souldiours and military men that this remote Corner would be left so destitute and desolate…Thus hoping you will please to consider and tender our Condition… June 21, 1637… John Perkins…"[9]

John Perkins, Sr., was excused from ordinary training at the 26 Mar. 1650 court as he was “above 60 years of age”.[10]

John Perkins St died on 28 Sept 1654 at the age of 71 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts.

"28th of first mo called March 1654 I John Perkines the Elder of Ipswich being at this tyme sick and weake in body yet through the mercy and goodnes of the Lord retaining my vnderstanding and memory: do thus Dispose of and bequeath my Temporale estate as ffolloweth

first I Doe give and bequeath vnto my Eldest sonn John Perkines a foale of my young mare being new with foale if it please the Lord shee foale it well also I give and bequeath to my sonn Johns two sonnes John and Abraham to each of them one of my yearleing heyfers: also I give and bequeath to my sonn Thomas Perkines one cow and one heyfer also I give & bequeath to his sonn John Perkines one ewe to be delivered for his use at the next shearing tyne [time]

also I doe give and bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Sarjeant one cow and an heyfer to be to her and her children after her Decease as it may please ye Lord they may increase the proffits or increase to be equelly Devided amongst the saide children

also I Doe five to my Daughter mary Bradbery one cow and one heyfer or a young steere to remaine to her & to her children in theyr increase or proffits as it shall please the Lord to bless them and to be equaly Devided to the children:

also I Doe give and bequeath to my Daughter Lidia Bennitt one cow and one heyfer or steere to be equaly Devided to her children in theyr increaseproffits after her Decease:

I Doe also give vnto my Grandchilde Thomas Bradbery one ewe to be sett apart for his use at ye next shearing tyne:

also I Doe give and bequeath vnto my sonn Jacob Perkines my Dwelling howse together with all the outhowseing, and all my landes of one kinde and other together with all improvements thereupon to be his in full posession & according to a former covenant, after the decease of my wyfe and nott before and so to remaine to him and to his heires forever:

all the rest of my estate of one kinde and other I Doe wholy leave to my Deare wife Judeth Perkines apointing and ordaining my sayde wyfe the sole Executrix of this my Last will and Testament Desireing my sayde wife to Dispose of the cattell above mentioned according to her discresion as they shall prosper steeres or heyfers as also to Dispose of somoe of the increase or some of the increase of the sheep to || the || children of my sonn Thomas and of my three Daughters at the Discresion of my sayde wife and this I Doe ordaine as my Last will and Testament subscribed with mine owne hand this twnty eighth Day of he first month 1654…
John Y Perkines
in presence of
william Barthlolmew
Thomas Harris
Pved in court held at Ipswich the 26 (7) 1654

An Inventory of the Estate of John Perkines Senior Deceased

It the dwelling howse and barne wth out
It Land about the hoswe about eight acres.12-00-00
It more Land unbroade up about fourteen
It a pcell of marsh about six acres at 40s. p
It a pcell of vpland and marsh being much broken
about xx acres at 20s. p acre..........................20-00-00
It 12 acres of improved Land at 50s. p acre..24-00-00
It one mare with a mare foale at....................25-00-00
It six milch cowes at.........................................30-00-00
It four yearling heyfers & a steere at.............11-10-00
It six ewes at 35s. p..........................................10-10-00
It 5 yewe Lambes at.........................................05-00-00
It one yearling weather and two weather
It one young calfe.............................................00-15-00
It one cow at the pasture, a sow & 3 piggs, all.08-00-00
It one feather bed with besteed & furniture.04-00-00
It one coverlid with other small thinges being
Linen most........................................................02-10-00
It Left in mony at his decease.........................10-00-00
It a cart, plowes, a harow with severall goodes of
Lumber as caske, tubbes, cheares, axes, hoes,
etc. [ ]................................................................05-00-00
It severall ketles, pottes & dishes in the
It his wearing apparell.....................................05-00-00

Witnesses and Aprisers
William Bartholomew
John Annable
rcd in the court held at Ipswich the 26 of the (7) 1654" [11]

The Perkins homestead on 75 Arbor St. in Wenham was sold by the Perkins family to a developer and was unfortunately demolished in May 2011. It was one of the first homes in the town having been originally built in the 17th century and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. To see this sad event go to:

A beautifully designed Blog has been done about John on Miner Descent which includes his family crest, his signature, images from some of the books that are listed in the sources below, and stories about the lives of his children.


  1. #S-03
  2. #S-03 Hillmorton Parish register
  3. #S-03 Hillmorton Parish Register, 15th line, 1609
  4. #S-03 Hillmorton Parish Register, 1st entry, 1611
  5. #S-03 Hillmorton Parish Register 15th line, 1615
  6. #S-03 Hillmorton Parish Register 8th line, 1614
  7. #S-03 Hillmorton Parish Register 4th line, 1622
  8. #S-03 Hillmorton Parish Register 3rd line, 1622
  9. Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony- Thomas Franklin Waters- Vol. I, p. 50; also see The Winthrop Papers- Vol. III, pp. 432-3
  10. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts- Salem, 1911- Vol. I, p. 187
  11. Essex County Registry of Probate- Docket No. 21337

For YDNA Haplogroup and Related info See Perkins DNA Project Haplogroup I Grp 2

  • Source: S-03 Title: Hillmorton, Warwickshire Parish Register Warwickshire County Record Office; Warwick, England; Warwickshire Anglican Registers; Roll: Engl/2/1143; Document Reference: DR 256. Publication: Warwickshire, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • The Planters of the Commonwealth: A Study of the Emigrants and Emigration in Colonial times 1620-1640 by Charles Edward Banks, Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc, Copyright 1930, 2006.
  • The Pioneers of Massachusetts: A Descriptive list drawn from records of the colonies, towns, and churches and other contemporaneous documents by Pope, Charles Henry. Originally published 1900. Westminster, Maryland: Reprint by Heritage Books, 2007.
  • Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine and His Descendants 1583-1936 compiled by Thomas Allen Perkins, published by Haverhill, Mass: Record Publishing Company, 1947, Edited and Arranged for Publication by Harold Clarke Durrell
  • Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine By George Thomas Little Lewis, Published by the Historical Publishing Company, 1909
  • Kirk, Marshall K. "A Probable Royal Descent for Thomas Bradbury of Salisbury, Massachusetts." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register Jan. 2007:27-36
  • Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis- Walter Goodwin Davis, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1996
  • The Ancestry of Dudley Wildes- Walter Davis, Anthoensen Press, Portland, 1959- pp. 79- 90
  • The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633- Robert Charles Anderson, NEHGS, Boston, 1995- Article on John Perkins, pp. 1431-3- database at NEHGS
  • Some Notices of the Family Perkins in America- NEHGR- Vol. 10, pp. 211-6 (July 1856)
  • The Family of John Perkins of Ipswich, Massachusetts, Complete in Three Parts, Part I. QUARTERMASTER JOHN PERKINS, Part II. DEACON THOMAS PERKINS, Part III. SERGEANT JACOB PERKINS, George A. Perkins, MD, Member New England Historic Genealogical Society, Salem 1889, Reprinted by HIGGINSON BOOK COMPANY, 148 Washington Street, Post Office Box 778, Salem, Massachusetts 01970


  • "Dawes-Gates ancestral lines : a memorial volume containing the American ancestry of Rufus R. Dawes" pp.484-491.

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    On 7 Nov 2017 at 21:34 GMT Bill Grunwald Sr wrote:

    Perkins-8726 and Perkins-122 appear to represent the same person because: I think these two are dups because the death dates match and I have found birth dates for John that are also abt. 1590 on

    On 26 Feb 2017 at 23:56 GMT Peter Roberts wrote:

    Hello Al,

    F316287 is not a valid GEDmatch ID.

    Using autosomal DNA to confirm an ancestral line back to someone born in the late 1500's is an extraordinary claim. Beyond third cousins you must rely on triangulated groups. Otherwise, How do you know for sure that the shared ancestor is not some unknown more recent ancestor ?

    Thank you and sincerely, Peter

    On 26 Feb 2017 at 22:10 GMT Al Scott wrote:

    My DNA Matches Ruddick-29 follow his tree back through Elizabeth Marshall to Doan back to John Doan and Ann Unknown Doane the saame Ann in Question Below

    Comparing Kit T183640 (*Al) and F316287 (Drenda N. Ruddick)

    Minimum threshold size to be included in total = 500 SNPs Mismatch-bunching Limit = 250 SNPs Minimum segment cM to be included in total = 1.0 cM

    Chr Start Location End Location Centimorgans (cM) SNPs 1 101,095,454 104,185,498 2.6 597 2 51,660,300 53,522,637 1.4 615 2 105,481,987 107,973,826 2.7 641 2 134,926,605 137,617,489 1.8 583 3 109,215,667 111,986,739 1.5 532 3 118,639,594 121,311,202 1.7 688 3 140,862,630 142,829,743 2.1 528 5 40,704,484 44,482,850 1.5 594 5 97,428,723 103,265,644 3.6 962 6 53,767,071 56,263,017 2.2 576 6 56,739,935 65,832,479 1.7 623 6 144,360,691 147,089,034 1.4 511 6 160,545,968 161,769,779 1.4 517 7 97,471,108 100,642,597 2.3 736 7 135,453,094 137,636,341 3.4 518 8 143,856,183 146,255,887 2.3 509 9 9,094,869 10,332,841 2.7 511 10 3,168,881 6,836,749 11.9 1,533 10 73,208,144 78,595,725 4.3 1,060 11 21,458,642 23,496,228 3.4 547 11 67,166,650 69,393,021 2.4 544 12 17,247,154 19,669,784 2.2 574 12 33,680,102 40,094,126 1.5 796 16 64,695,902 67,634,122 1.2 581 Largest segment = 11.9 cM Total of segments > 1 cM = 63.3 cM 24 matching segments

    667284 SNPs used for this comparison.

    On 26 Feb 2017 at 21:12 GMT Al Scott wrote:

    I also understand that when you match someone

    by DNA it could also be through more than one Common ancestor i am just trying to point out the Obvious that Ann Doane's Father was John Perkins and also the Ann Perkins above may be some ones Grand Child rather than John's Daughter who Married John Doan then John Bryant due to the Birth Date Difference

    On 26 Feb 2017 at 21:02 GMT Al Scott wrote:

    Kay if you go to Perkins Profile Perkins-2041

    there are Gedmatch ID's There also Stuart Haden Gedmatch ID T443415 with default left at seven i match him Comparing Kit T183640 (*Al) and T443415 (*2SonHaden)

    Minimum threshold size to be included in total = 500 SNPs Mismatch-bunching Limit = 250 SNPs Minimum segment cM to be included in total = 7.0 cM

    Chr Start Location End Location Centimorgans (cM) SNPs 20 7,612,282 10,257,836 7.2 924 Largest segment = 7.2 cM Total of segments > 7 cM = 7.2 cM 1 matching segments Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 7.5

    671541 SNPs used for this comparison.

    Comparison took 0.03864 seconds. Ver: Dec 18 2016 12:04:03

    Most Recent Common Ancestor estimated 7.5 Generations

    the Others i Match with default 7 CM lowered 3 or 1

    On 26 Feb 2017 at 20:29 GMT Al Scott wrote:

    Kay i Understand what you are saying about Autosomal DNA Segments Below but that is not always the case one can refer to a CM Chart for Reference if SNP'S are over 700 on any Markers also if you look at the Ann Doan image 1 i have put there on Unknown-213276 that is one of my Perkins Matches from Family Tree DNA Longest Block is 8 for a Tottle of 35 matching segments, FTDNA uses more Quallity Control and id like to Add that Ann Doan later married John Bryant and my Gr Gr Grandmother was Sarah Ann Bryant who married My Gr Gr Grand Father John Kirkland Scott.

    and i just posted another screen shot from a Doan Family Website at with a Link. This Site owner is a 23andMe Tester who i Have Contacted to see if they are on Gedmatch

    On 23 Feb 2017 at 06:20 GMT Kay (Johnson) Wilson wrote:

    Please see the discussion on the profile of Ann Unknown-213276 explaining why she is not the daughter of this John Perkins-122. auDNA segments smaller than 7 cM are much more likely to be IBS (identical by state) than IBD (identical by descent) and cannot be used to prove relationships this far back.

    On 22 Feb 2017 at 01:06 GMT Al Scott wrote:

    Comparing Kit T183640 (*Al) and T915878 (Lorraine Osborne)

    Minimum threshold size to be included in total = 500 SNPs Mismatch-bunching Limit = 250 SNPs Minimum segment cM to be included in total = 1.0 cM

    Chr Start Location End Location Centimorgans (cM) SNPs 1 67,015,159 68,812,629 2.4 523 1 117,877,170 120,074,249 1.5 518 2 88,890,862 100,683,863 2.3 867 2 134,919,620 137,617,489 1.8 593 2 165,449,640 168,306,797 1.5 606 2 180,063,553 183,398,877 2.1 762 3 120,578,502 123,487,325 1.3 657 5 54,286,926 56,360,131 2.0 509 5 112,011,079 114,307,813 1.6 549 6 34,226,564 36,415,148 2.0 521 7 50,903,678 52,917,966 2.0 538 7 116,099,336 121,004,709 2.2 650 7 135,491,001 137,671,538 3.5 513 8 49,708,138 53,466,438 2.8 614 8 90,951,107 94,744,788 2.5 631 10 19,590,162 21,476,228 1.4 682 10 22,324,884 24,645,009 2.2 515 10 116,094,505 118,534,630 3.2 617 11 66,250,401 69,311,550 2.6 692 12 39,806,225 42,254,764 1.7 629 13 46,690,382 49,154,441 1.3 575 16 64,439,028 66,570,350 1.2 528 Largest segment = 3.5 cM Total of segments > 1 cM = 45.1 cM 22 matching segments

    672970 SNPs used for this comparison.

    Comparison took 0.12654 seconds. Ver: Dec 18 2016 12:04:03

    On 22 Feb 2017 at 01:02 GMT Al Scott wrote:

    Comparing Kit T183640 (*Al) and A124004 (*Gogranniego)

    Minimum threshold size to be included in total = 500 SNPs Mismatch-bunching Limit = 250 SNPs Minimum segment cM to be included in total = 1.0 cM

    Chr Start Location End Location Centimorgans (cM) SNPs 1 169,182,825 173,629,359 3.0 1,049 2 129,030,699 132,554,586 4.6 567 2 134,926,605 137,617,489 1.8 575 3 82,648,702 87,674,320 1.4 680 4 66,505,324 73,859,635 5.4 1,292 5 97,457,937 101,578,098 2.3 610 7 83,639,588 87,432,124 1.8 798 8 17,315,507 18,504,346 2.5 670 8 48,484,555 53,822,707 3.7 765 8 116,350,705 118,899,217 2.1 501 9 30,084,419 33,398,019 2.7 703 9 104,991,801 107,247,018 2.0 655 10 26,087,669 28,646,908 2.8 637 12 46,477,252 48,797,044 1.5 529 13 69,888,462 72,494,618 4.2 692 13 94,371,726 96,362,209 2.1 822 14 35,323,827 37,904,258 2.9 574 16 64,695,902 68,079,689 1.4 634 17 58,247,217 61,105,175 2.4 526 20 21,800,049 24,313,714 2.3 682 22 28,594,274 31,188,484 2.4 589 Largest segment = 5.4 cM Total of segments > 1 cM = 55.2 cM 21 matching segments

    653303 SNPs used for this comparison.

    Comparison took 0.02875 seconds. Ver: Dec 18 2016 12:04:03

    On 22 Feb 2017 at 01:01 GMT Al Scott wrote:

    Is Birth date above Baptism date he appears to be the same John Perkins located at this link i also believe his daughter Ann Perkins connected above is the Wrong Ann Perkins i Feel it should be Ann Doanne Profile Unknown-213276 this Ann Doane is one of my ancestors and i not only have a Perkins Family Finder Match at Family Tree DNA but My Gedmatch ID also matches DNA Testers on Perkins-5664 Further supporting these Relationships and connections between these Profiles see below Comparing Kit T183640 (*Al) and M201420 (Janet Foster)

    Minimum threshold size to be included in total = 500 SNPs Mismatch-bunching Limit = 250 SNPs Minimum segment cM to be included in total = 1.0 cM

    Chr Start Location End Location Centimorgans (cM) SNPs 1 185,680,258 188,603,821 2.1 509 2 117,021,371 119,599,801 1.5 558 2 188,200,108 191,663,097 1.9 603 3 87,873,423 99,266,865 1.6 875 4 40,122,767 42,421,470 4.3 548 4 70,553,301 73,123,953 2.1 544 6 25,695,815 29,941,012 1.1 2,352 6 109,617,665 112,712,816 2.8 655 7 96,879,266 99,365,913 2.5 528 8 8,730,796 10,327,724 1.7 599 9 31,861,335 34,557,200 2.4 594 11 56,758,687 59,602,405 1.0 592 12 20,686,459 21,625,519 1.6 576 12 98,507,003 101,812,664 3.5 834 13 50,995,960 56,483,557 1.4 1,011 14 35,519,175 38,446,110 2.9 638 14 70,820,873 73,236,854 2.9 621 15 55,558,679 57,294,971 4.4 646 16 64,965,532 67,899,282 1.1 525 17 59,031,585 61,970,369 2.8 608 17 64,413,125 66,605,087 3.7 563 19 40,739,214 43,818,574 1.9 600 20 46,346,142 48,423,018 2.6 602 22 28,151,479 30,884,860 2.2 566 Largest segment = 4.4 cM Total of segments > 1 cM = 56.0 cM 24 matching segments

    659818 SNPs used for this comparison.

    Comparison took 0.05473 seconds. Ver: Dec 18 2016 12:04:03

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