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Elizabeth (Lovell) Perkins (1629-1685)

The origins of Elizabeth were unknown and disputed. Although it has been proposed that she was born about 1630 in Suffolk, England[1] or about 1625-1627 in Bocking, Essex, England[2], and/or baptized on 1 Nov 1627 at St. Mary's, Bocking, Essex, England, there is no evidence to show that those persons bear any relationship to the Elizabeth who married Jacob Perkins.

Robert Charles Anderson, in the "Great Migration Begins" give no maiden name for the wife of Jacob Perkins.[3] The names Lovell and Whipple have been proposed over the years as Elizabeth's maiden name.


Was She a Lovell?

In Perkins of Ipswich,[4] G.A. Perkins give Elizabeth no last name and states that her father's name is not known. In a footnote, he suggests (unsourced) that she might be the daughter of Matthew Whipple, however, in Part 3, he states that "further research shows it to be a mistake, and we are still left in uncertainty. Thomas Lovell, who was one of the first settlers of Ipswich and one of the leading men in the little colony, mentions in his will a 'daughter Elizabeth Perkins.' When Serg. Jacob Perkins gave to his two sons, Jacob and Matthew, deeds of gift of land at the time of their marriage, we find on each deed the name of Thomas Lovell as a witness; his name often occurs in connection with this family, which certainly looks as though there might be some near relationship between the two families, but this needs confirmation."

Thomas Lovell of Ipswich, MA, in his will proved 2 Jan 1709/10, names wife Elizabeth and daughter Elizabeth Perkins.[5] This Will was signed in 1697/8, therefore the Elizabeth Perkins named in Thomas Lovell's will could not be the one that married Jacob Perkins and died in 1685.

Ben M. Angel notes: "Not altogether clear about what's going on here. The above mini-bio and the Find A Grave page for "Elizabeth Lowell Whipple Perkins" both show her as being daughter of Thomas Lovell, but for some reason, she is now daughter of Matthew and Anne Whipple. Oddly enough, she is given a maiden name of Whipple on the Find A Grave page, much the same as here. Is this supposed to be indicating an adoption? If so, that probably needs to be in this About Me page." (The FindAGrave memorial (number 68832677) used as a reference has been removed from FindAGrave.

Salem Land Records, vol. 10 states that "Thomas Lovell Sr of Ipswich about 74 yrs of age swears he lived in Dublin in Ireland in 1639 in same house with Mr. William Bacon and Rebecca his wife who owned Humphrey Potter as her only brother, the only son of her father Thomas Potter, sometimes Mayor of Coventry, Warwickshire, England. Mrs Rebecca Bacon came to N. E. with Thomas Lovell and the three lived in Salem. ... this testimony was given 25 Dec 1694" [6] Charles Pope writes that "Thomas, Sen., came from Dublin, Ireland, where he lived in the house with William and Rebecca Bacon in 1639. Settled in Salem about 1641, Rem. to Ipswich propr. 1647." [7] Thus, Thomas Lovell was born about 1620, was too young to be Elizabeth's father, and was living in Dublin, Ireland when she was born. It appears that he did not arrive in Ipswich until about 1647. It is time to delete Lovell from her name.

Was She a Whipple?

Name: Elizabeth (Whipple) /Lovell/[8]

Most authorities agree that Elizabeth Whipple did not marry Jacob Perkins.

Elizabeth Whipple possibly married to Anthony Potter. He (Anthony Potter) is mentioned in John Whipple's will (copy filed 19-6). She is not mentioned in John Whipple's will (copy filed 19-6). LDS Ancestral File, Family Group Record of #604 (copy filed 19-6). shows the following:

Children were: John (s. of Anthony?) POTTER , Edmund POTTER, Kimball POTTER, Eliz. POTTER, Lydia POTTER, Thomas POTTER, Anthony POTTER. [This is incorrect, as the Elizabeth who married Anthony Potter died without issue in 1648. See below.Watt-266 14:45, 5 November 2015 (EST)]

It is proposed that Elizabeth Whipple married 1641 Anthony Potter at Ipswich[9] and remarried in 1648 to Jacob Perkins.[10] This cannot be true, as Potter's wife died in 1647 and he lived until 1690.

Austin shows that the Elizabeth Whipple who married Anthony Potter was Eliza, the 4th child of John Whipple (b. 1605) and Sarah. He does not show any other marriage for her.[11]

Henry Burdette Whipple lists her as Elizabeth:[12] "Elizabeth, born November 1, 1627; married Anthony Potter about 1647; died December 15, 1648, without issue." Blaine Whipple states that "Many records incorrectly identify Elizabeth Whipple as the mother of Anthony's children. In fact, all his children were born to Elizabeth Stone. Among the incorrect records are those found in the New England Historic Genealogical Register, volumes 86:140-41 and 109:307."

Blaine Whipple, in the History and Genealogy of "Elder" John Whipple of Ipswich, Massachusetts, shows that Elizabeth Whipple was the daughter of John Whipple and his wife Susanna. Elizabeth married Anthony Potter in 1647 and died a year later, childless.[13]

The following was acquired from ?:

Elizabeth Whipple
BIRTH: 1 Nov 1627, Bocking, Essex, England
DEATH: 15 Dec 1648, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts
Father: John Whipple (CHR 29 Aug 1596 - 30 Jun 1669)
Mother: Susanna Stacy or Clark (ABT 1600 - AFT 13 Jul 1661)
Family 1: Anthony Potter (1628 - 1690)
MARRIAGE: 1647, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts


Elizabeth married Jacob Perkins by 1649, as their first child was born on 1 April 1649, however no record of this marriage has been found. They had at least the following children:[4]

  • Elizabeth, b. April 1, 1649; m., Thomas Borman, Jan. 1, 1667.
  • John, b. July 3, 1652; m., 1st, Mary Fisk; 2nd, Elizabeth Prythatch; 3d, Mary Hooper; d. 1718, at "67" yrs.
  • Judith, b. July 1, 1655; m. Nath'l Browne, Dec. 16, 1673.
  • Mary, b. May 14, 1658; m., 1st, Tho. Wells, Jan. 10,(?) 1669; 2nd, John Anuable.
  • Jacob, b. Aug. 3, 1662; m., 1st, Elizabeth Sparks, Dec. 27, 1684; 2nd, Sarah Treadwell.
  • Matthew, b. June 23, 1665; m. Esther Burnham.
  • Hannah, b. Oct. 11, 1670.
  • Joseph, b. June 24, 1674 ; m. Martha Morgan, May 22, 1700.
  • Jabez, b. May 15, 1677; m., 1st, Hannah Lathrop, June 30, 1698; 2nd, Charity Leonard, 1722.

The wife of Sergeant Jacob Perkins died on 12 Feb 1685 at Ipswich.[14][15][16]

Other Links/Sources Not Explored

SOURCE: Mabel Young Sanborn, "The Ancestry of Brigham Young," The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine (1931), vol. 22, p. 17
RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project (copy filed 19-6).
Family record of #604 in the Whipple genweb on the internet (copy filed 19-6).
Notes! SOURCE: E-mail from Blaine Whipple, 30 May 2001. NAME: Edson Whipple Family Organization microfilm gives her name as Elizabeth.


  1. Source: #S214
  2. Source: #S85 Record ID Number: 235, Page: 2
  3. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995). Page 1432
  4. 4.0 4.1 George Augustus Perkins. The family of John Perkins of Ipswich, Massachusetts. Salem, Mass: The author, 1889. Open Library Pt. 1, Page 18ff; Pt. 3, Page 1ff.
  5. Will of Thomas Lovell. Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881.Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.) Case No. 17086
  6. New England Historical and Genealogical Record, Vol. XXXIX, page 28.
  7. Charles Henry Pope, The Pioneers of Massachusetts, (Boston 1900), 203.
  8. Source: #S214
  9. LDS Ancestral File, Family Group Record of #604 (copy filed 19-6)
  10. LDS Ancestral File, Family Group Record of #604 (copy filed 19-6)
  11. John Osborne Austin. One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families. Salem, Mass.: Salem Press, 1893; reprint ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1977. ExLibris Rosetta Page 262
  12. Henry Burdette Whipple. A partial list of the descendents of Matthew Whipple, the elder, of Bocking, Essex County, England. High Point, N. C.: 1965. Open Library Page 8
  13. Blaine Whipple. History and Genealogy of "Elder" John Whipple of Ipswich, Massachusetts. Victoria, B.C.: Whipple Development Corp./Trafford On Demand Publishing, Internet Archive Page G4
  14. Ipswich (Mass.). Vital Records of Ipswich, Massachusetts. Vol. 2 - Marriages and deaths. Salem, Mass.: The Essex Institute, 1910. GoogleBooks Page 647
  15. Source: #S214
  16. Source: #S85 Record ID Number: 235, Page: 2

See also:

  • Source S85 Title: Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine and His Descendants 1583-1936 Repository: #REPO3 Call Number: 929.273 P419p Author: Thomas Allen Perkins, comp Publication: Haverhill, Mass: Record Publishing Company, 1947 Edited and Arranged for Publication by Harold Clarke Durrell
  • Source S214Author: Brøderbund Software, Inc. Title: LDS Website - www.familysearch.com Publication: Release date: January 12, 1997; Repository REPO3 Name: Family History Library Address: 35 N. West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 URL: www.familysearch.org
  • Lovell-702 was created by Al Adams through the import of Jonathan Farren.ged on Jan 11, 2014. User ID: 52831CFF8DC5374799DE3451016B58DF5F7B. Prior to import, this record was last changed 01:00:00 27 May 1999.

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