||Thomas Perkins migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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Deacon Thomas Perkins was baptized on 28 Apr 1622 at Saint John The Baptist Church in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England. 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.
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.
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.
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. His will was dated 11 DEC 1685 at Topsfield and proved 10 Sep 1686. 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;
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