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Thomas Perkins (bef. 1622 - 1686)

Deacon Thomas Perkins
Born before in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 1640 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died after age 64 in Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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Thomas Perkins immigrated to New England as a child during the Puritan Great Migration (1621-1640).

Deacon Thomas Perkins was baptized on 28 Apr 1622 at Saint John The Baptist Church in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England.[1][2][3]He was the son of John Perkins Sr. and Judith Gater.[4] Together with his family Thomas went to Bristol, Bristol County, England where they sailed for British America on 01 Dec 1630 aboard the Lyon, William Pierce-master. They arrived in Nantucket, Massachusetts on 5 Feb 1631 and went from there to Boston where the family stayed for about 2 years until they moved to Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts. He was made a freeman. He had a grant of land, which he sold to his brother, John Perkins, and others, and removed to New Meadows, Topsfield, Essex County. Massachusetts. He was a farmer.[5]

He married, about 1640, Phoebe Gould, born 1620, daughter of Zaccheus Gould. Her father gave them a farm of one hundred and fifty acres in the central part of Topsfield, where they resided until July 6, 1660. He bought a two hundred and twenty-seven acre farm of Richard Swain on the east road from Topsfield to Wenham, situated near the Ipswich line, adjoining the farm of Zaccheus Gould.[5]

At Ipswich, he owned Sagamore hill, a tract of land 170 feet high, surrounded by salt marsh and having Fox Creek on the east. He traded this property with his brother John for a house and lot in town. He spent only a few years there, moving to Topsfield.

Thomas Perkins was a prominent man in both church and town. He was elected Deacon of the Topsfield Church in 1677. He was chosen as one of the Selectmen of Topsfield in 1656/57, 1675/76 and 1681/82.[5]

Thomas was a farmer by occupation. His farm and homestead joined that his brother-in-law, Redington, not far from the Newburyport turnpike.

He died 7 May 1686 at Topsfield.[5][2][3] His will was dated 11 DEC 1685 at Topsfield and proved 10 Sep 1686.[2] His will named wife Phebe, sons Thomas, Elisha, and Timothy; grandchild Thomas, son of John; son Zaccheus, land which he had of his father Gould; daughters, son [in law] Joseph Towne, ; daughter Judith; Elisha's son Thomas;[5]


  1. John, born 1641; married, Nov. 28, 1666, Deborah Browning; died May 19, 1668.
  2. Phebe, born about 1644; married, 1665, Joseph Towne.
  3. Zaccheus, born about 1647; married Rebecca ____; died Dec. 1, 1732.
  4. Martha, born about 1649; married Dec. 17, 1669, John Lamson. [6]
  5. Mary, born about 1651; married Oct. 27, 1671, William Howlett; died 1728.
  6. Elisha, b. about 1656; married, first, Feb. 23, 1680, Katherine Towne; second, Elizabeth Knight; died Feb. 18, 1741.
  7. Judith, born Jan. 28, 1658; died unmarried.
  8. Thomas, born about 1659; mentioned below.
  9. Timothy, born June 6, 1661; married first, Hannah ____; second, Abigail ____; third, Ruth Dorman.


  1. Hillmorton Parish Register - Baptisms, 1616-1624, 4th line, 1622.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis : A reprinting in alphabetical order by surname of the sixteen multi-ancestor compedia, Introduction by Gary Boyd Roberts Author: Walter Goodwin Davis (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1996). Vol 3. p. 174
  3. 3.0 3.1 Perkins, Thomas Allen, 1862-1932. Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine And His Descendants, 1583-1936. Haverhill, Mass.: Record Pub. Co., 19471948. Record ID #: 235, Page: 2 HathiTrust.
  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). Page 1432. (with Subscription)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Perkins M. D., George Augustus; The Family of John Perkins of Ipswich; Salem, Mass: Printed for the author by the Salem Press Publishing and Printing Co.; 1889. Public Doman. page 174
  6. Lamson, William J., Descendants of William Lamson of Ipswich Mass (Tobias A. Wright, New York, New York, 1917) 458 pages
  • Genealogical And Personal Memoirs Relating To The Families Of Boston And Eastern Massachusetts. Prepared Under The Editorial Supervision Of William Richard Cutter, A. M. Volume III. New York Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1908 online at
  • Perkins, Thomas Allen, 1862-1932. Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine And His Descendants, 1583-1936. Haverhill, Mass.: Record Pub. Co., 19471948.
  • Paul R. Swan, Perkins Genealogy, published 2016. Wayback Machine Linkj


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This person immigrated to New England between 1621-1640 as a Minor Child (under age 21 at time of immigration) of a Puritan Great Migration immigrant who is profiled in Robert Charles Anderson's Great Migration Directory (or is otherwise accepted by the Puritan Great Migration (PGM) Project).

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posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
A well-researched family pedigree for the Perkins family can be found here:

It is too bad that these pages will soon be taken offline.

posted by Cindy (Brown) Croxton
I've just archived the page on the Wayback Machine. If you have pages you reference, they can be archived.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
I have added a Wayback Machine link to the RootsWeb page noted above.
posted by S (Hill) Willson
28 Apr 1622 is his baptismal date, not his birth date. Says he was born in 1616, and arrived in 1631 as a lad of 15. This would make him 4 years older than his wife Phebe, rather than 2 years younger.
posted by Cindy (Brown) Croxton
Unless I am missing something, I don't see any citations for his birth in 1616. The book that page is from, The family of John Perkins of Ipswich, Mass. : complete in three parts, published 1889, by George Augustus Perkins, pages 7, 11-14, does not gve any sources for any of the birthdates for Thomas or his siblings.
posted by S (Hill) Willson
edited by S (Hill) Willson
Register doesn’t note that he wasn’t a baby which I’m sure they would.


posted by Ann Browning
Page 7 gives the birth date as 1616, but no source. Page 5 gives the will of his father, in which he names his first son John, and the remaining children. The custom is to go from oldest to youngest when naming children in the will, with all the sons usually listed first. John is first, and Thomas is second. This still does not confirm his date of birth. The links to passenger lists that I have found for the Lyon that departed 30 Dec 1630 either do not give ages, or the links no longer work.
posted by Cindy (Brown) Croxton
edited by Cindy (Brown) Croxton
My guess is that the 1616 date was an earlier estimate based on his being the second son that was done before the baptismal records were discovered. The ages and birth order of his siblings were probably also a guess, so that would explain the difference. Ages on ship lists and at death are also notoriously not great, but sometimes the only thing we have. Only baptisms, not births were of record at the time in England, so that's the date we use (they occurred shortly after birth). And as Ann notes, it was the practice to mention in the register if the child was older.

I looked at his father John's profile. There's a Great Migration Begins (Anderson, 1995) sketch on him. Anderson notes as his source: Davis, Walter Goodwin, ‘’The Ancestry of Dudley Wildes, 1759-1820, of Topsfield, Massachusetts’’ (1959). Accessed online at Hathitrust. Page 87. (Looks like the parish registers confirm the information printed therein.)

Walter Goodwin Davis was a FASG. And while his information should still be confirmed, as it is here, that is one indication that his work is probably a reliable secondary source. For more information on the reliable sources used by PGM project: Puritan Great Migration Project Reliable Sources

posted by M Cole
It's a mystery to me how I ended up managing his profile. My own data shows no connection to my family. I'm still looking... but in the meantime, I can't add much to the discussion.

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posted by Richard Draper
You can always remove yourself as a manager and/or from the trusted if you want - from the profile page, click on the privacy tab, and then click "remove yourself"
posted by Scott McClain
Sometimes, the machine knows more than we do. I'll wait and see if I can find a connection. If not - I suppose I'll leave it to someone related to this clan.
posted by Richard Draper

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