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Thomas Perkins (1622 - 1686)

Deacon Thomas Perkins
Born in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married about 1640 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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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. 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.[4]

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.[4]

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.[4]

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.[4][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;[4]


  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. [5]
  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 Source: #S85 Record ID #: 235, Page: 2
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 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
  5. 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
  • Source S85 Title: Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine and His Descendants 1583-1936 Author: Thomas Allen Perkins, comp Publication: Haverhill, Mass: Record Publishing Company, 1947 Edited and Arranged for Publication by Harold Clarke Durrell Call Number: 929.273 P419p Repository: #REPO3
  • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Author: Yates Publishing Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.Original data - This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Repository: #R-2009482618


  • Thank you to Vic Watt, Richard Draper, Lydia Vierson, Robert Weaver, G. Knudsen, Toby Rockwell, Elizabeth S., Buck Howe, A. Rivers, Aaron Stump, Garin Savage, David Stephens, Karen Caton and others who may have been omitted. Thank you for all your contributions.

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