The Perkins Name Study
This One Name Study will collect accurate, sourced information and resources for the Perkins Family in North America.
Parents of Abraham Perkins?
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- Abraham Perkin’s ( -1683) Hampton, New Hampshire Y-DNA Descendants of Abraham Perkins
- Isaac Perkins (1611-1685) Hampton, New Hampshire Y-DNA Descendants of Isaac Perkins
- John Perkins (1583-1654) Ipswich, Massachusetts Y-DNA Descendants of John Perkins
- Sec. Frances Coralie (Perkins) Wilson (1880-1965) US Secretary of Labor
- Cmdre. George Hamilton Perkins (1836-1899) Commodore US Navy
- PFC Michael J Perkins (1899–1918) Medal of Honor - WWI
- Brig Gen Simon Perkins (1771-1844) Co-founder of Akron, Ohio; Brigadier General - War of 1812
- Cpl William Thomas Perkins Jr (1947-1967) NY Medal of Honor - Vietnam
- Other famous Perkins family members are shown in Wikipedia.
Perkins Military History
Early American Perkins Families
- Abraham Perkins (-1683), Mary (Wythe) Perkins (1618-1706); Hampton, New Hampshire (possibly from Hillmorton, England)
- Edward Perkins (1607-1684), Elizabeth (Butcher) Perkins (1622-); New Haven, Connecticut (from Hillmorton, England)
- Isaac Perkins (1571-1639), Alice Perkins 2nd (1580-1639); Ipswich, Massachusetts (from Hillmorton, England)
- Isaac Perkins (1611-1685), Susanna (Unknown) Perkins (1613-1699); Hampton, New Hampshire (from Hillmorton, England)
- John Perkins (1583-1654), Judith (Gater) Perkins (1589-1654); Ipswich, Massachusetts (from Hillmorton, England)
- Mary (Perkins) Bradbury (1615-1700), Captain Thomas Bradbury (1610-1695), Salisbury, Massachusetts (from Hillmorton, England)
- Robert Chauncey William Perkins (1645-1668), Mardi Jo Drew (1650-1663), Charles County, Maryland (possibly from Hillmorton, England)
- Deacon Thomas Perkins (1622-1686), Elizabeth (Whipple) Perkins (1629-1685); Topsfield, Massachusetts (from Hillmorton, England)
- Rev. William Perkins (1607-1682), Elizabeth (Wooton) Perkins (1610-1690); Topsfield, Massachusetts (from London, England)
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- Mortensen, Paula Perkins. ‘‘English Origin of Six Early Colonists by the Name of Perkins.’‘ Baltimore MD: Gateway Press, 1998. Access online at LDS.org.
- Perkins, David Walter. ‘‘Notes on the Perkins Families in England: Chiefly Extracts from Probate Registries, with Several Pedigrees Appended.’‘ Salem MA: 1894. Access online at Archive.org.
- Perkins, David Walter. ‘‘Perkins Families in the United States in 1790.’‘ Utica NY: D.W. Perkins, 1911. Access online at Archive.org.
- Perkins, D.W., comp. ‘‘The Perkins Family in ye Olden Times - The Contents a Series of Letters of the Late Mansfield Parkyns, Esq.’‘ Utica NY: D.W. Perkins, 1916. Access online at Archive.org.
- Perkins, George Augustus, ‘‘The Family of John Perkins of Ipswich, Massachusetts.’‘ (Salem, MA: G.A. Perkins, 1889), accessed at Archive.org.
- Perkins, Merrill. ‘‘A Perkins Family History.’‘ 2003.
- Perkins, Thomas Allen, comp., ‘‘Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine and His Descendants, 1583-1936.’‘ Haverhill, MA: Record Publishing Company, 1947. Access online at Archive.org.
- ‘‘Perkins Register Report’‘, compiled by Kristin Hall, 2004.
- ’‘The Ancient History of the Distinguished Surname Perkins - An Essay in Two Parts.’‘ by James Fulton Perkins
- ’‘Early New England Families, 1641-1700.’‘ (Original Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013. By Alicia Crane Williams, Lead Genealogist.) Access online at AmericanAncestors.org with NEHGS membership. Profile of John Perkins, 4 pages.
Published Directories/Genealogies that Include Perkins
- Anderson, Robert Charles, ‘‘The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633’‘. Boston: NEHGS, 1996-2011. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010). Vol. 3, pp. 1431-1433: Bio of John Perkins Sr.; pp.1433-1438: William Perkins of Topsfield
- Burke, Sir John Bernard. ‘‘Burke's American Families with British Ancestry.’‘ Baltimore MD: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1975. Access online at Ancestry.com.
- Cutter, William Richard. ‘‘New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial; A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation.’‘ Vol. 2. New York NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1914. Access online at Archive.org.
- Davis, Walter Goodwin. ‘‘Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis (1885-1966).’‘ Baltimore MD: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1996. Access online at Ancestry.com.
- Davis, Walter Goodwin. ‘‘The Ancestry of Dudley Wildes of Topsfield Massacusetts.’‘ Portland ME: The Anthoensen Press, 1959. Access online at LDS. org.
- Dow, Joseph. ‘‘History of the Town of Hampton, New Hampshire, from it's Settlement in 1638 to the Autumn of 1892.’‘ Vol. 1. Salem MA: Lucy Dow, 1893. Access online at GoogleBooks.
- Dow, Joseph. ‘‘History of the Town of Hampton, New Hampshire, from it's Settlement in 1638 to the Autumn of 1892.’‘ Vol. 2. Salem MA: Lucy Dow, 1893. Access online at GoogleBooks.
- Ferris, Mary Walton. ‘‘Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines. A memorial Volume. The American ancestry of Rufus R. Dawes.’‘ Vol. 1. Milwaukee WI: Cuneo Press, 1943. Access online at HathiTrust.com.
- Flagg, Charles Alcott. ‘‘An Alphabetical Index of Revolutionary Pensioners Living in Maine.’‘ Baltimore MD: Clearfield Company, 1920. Access online at GoogleBooks.
- J.H. Beers & Co. ‘‘Representative Men and Old Families of Southeastern Massachusetts: Containing Historical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families.’‘ Vol. 3. Chicago IL: J.H. Beers & Co., 1912 . Access online at: GoogleBooks.
- Lapham, William Berry & Maxim, Silas Packard. ‘‘History of Paris, Maine: From its Settlement to 1880, with a History of the Grants of 1736 & 1771, Together with Personal Sketches, a Copious Genealogical Register and an Appendix.’‘ Paris ME: authors, 1884. Access online at GoogleBooks.
- Lapham, William Berry. ‘‘History of Woodstock, Maine, with Family Sketches and an Appendix.’‘ Portland ME: Stephen Berry, 1882. Access online at GoogleBooks.
- Little, George Thomas. ‘‘Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine.’‘ Vol. 2. New York NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1909. Access online at Archive.org.
- Savage, James. ‘‘'A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generations of Those who Came before May, 1962, on the Basis of Farmer's Register.’‘ Boston MA: Little Brown & Co., 1860. Accessed online at Archive.org.
- Sharp, Mary ‘‘’The History of Ufton Court, of the Parish of Ufton, in the County of Berks, and of the Perkins Family: Compiled from Ancient Records’‘. (London: Elliott Stock, 1892), accessed at Archive.org
- Waters, Thomas Franklin, ‘‘Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1633-1700’‘ (Ipswich, Mass: Ipswich Historical Society, 1905) accessed at Archive.org
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On 30 Dec 2018 Clyde Perkins wrote:
I saw this cane; it was obviously very old and had been repaired about midway with tin and small nails. “An abusive sea captain,” it was said, “he had broken the cane over a sailor’s head.” In memory of this apparently pugnacious, but highly accomplished ancestor, the cane was to be passed down to the senior living descendant with the name, John. My grandfather, Ellsworth John, passed it to my brother, Thomas John, and it has disappeared.
Genealogical research revealed no “sea captain” and no “Captain John.” We have a captain of militia, but his name is Joseph. Where did it come from? I don’t know; it remains a mystery. It did, however, inspire some great sea stories while it was with us.
Then there was the time I interviewed an ancient relative who, wide-eyed, told me, “It’s better not to ask about that!” The amazing story, he eventually told, I will save for another time...
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On 23 Jan 2019 at 14:32 GMT Neil Peters wrote:
I am a direct descendant of the Harris side Do I qualify for your "scientific] ? interest Neil Peters England