(1583-1654) - Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England; boston, Suffolk co., MA; Ipswich, Essex co., MA

(Second Generation - Perkins Family)


BIRTH & BAPTISM John was born in 1583 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England[2,3] and baptized there on 23 December 1583.
DEATH John died in Ipswich, Essex co., MA between 28 March 1654, when he wrote his will, and 26 September 1654, when his will was probated; he was 71[1,3].
RESEARCH TIDBIT In 1959, Walter Goodwin Davis published The Ancestry of Dudley Wildes, 1759-1820, of Topsfield, Massachusettsu> (pp. 81-90) the Perkins English origins to 1475[4].
MIGRATION John Perkins migrated to New England in 1631 on the first trip of the Lyon[2].
CITIZENSHIP John made Freeman in Boston, Suffolk co., MA on 18 May 1631[2,6].
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP "John Perkins and Judith his wife" were admitted to the Boston church as members #107 and #108 in early 1631[2,16].
RESIDENCE He first settled in Boston, Suffolk co., MA. John soon moved his family to moved to Ipswich, Essex co., MA in 1633[2], where they were amongst the founders of the town. Robert Anderson notes: "...In the 1 April 1633 list of men authorized by the court to begin the settlement of Ipswich, the eighth name is 'William Perkins'[8], which must be an error for this John Perkins, inasmuch as William Perkins was at Roxbury at this time and would not move to Essex County for nearly two decades more[4]..." In 1634, he received a land grant there of 40 acres. The next year, he received 3 acres of upland; ten acres of meadow; an island at More's Point; 10 acres where "he hath built a house"; 6 acres of meadow; 6 acres of upland in another Ipswich land grant. He received a grant of 40 acres at Chebacco [now Ipswich] in 1636 and, finally, was granted 6 acres of plowland in Ipswich in 1639[2,10]. On 10 December 1644, "John Perkins of Ipswich in America" and Thomas Perkins exchanged land in Ipswich[2,11].
TOWN SERVICE John fulfilled his duties to the fledgling town of Ipswich. He was appointed Deputy to the General Court for Ipswich on 25 May 1636[12] and was appointed as a member of the committee to set the bounds of Roxbury and Dorchester on 7 November 1632[2,13]. In addition, he served on the Essex Grand Jury on 28 [December] 1641, 26 September 1648 and 28 September 1652[2,14]. John apparently served in the local militia until 26 March 1650, when "John Perkins Sr., being above sixty years old, is freed from ordinary training[2,15]."
LEGAL MENTION On 3 April 1632 a Court of Assistants ordered "that no person whatsoever shall shoot at fowl upon Pullen Poynte or Noddle's Ileland, but that the said places shall be reserved for John Perkins to take fowl with nets"[1,7]. I find this curious, since Noddle's Island at that time had been granted to Samuel Maverick.

"John Perkines", John Tuttell, John Crosse, Thomas Howlett and Robert Mottley took inventory on the estate of Sarah Dillingham of Ipswich, Essex co., MA in 1636. It was a well-documented and contested case with many Brahmin ancestors involved...[9]

Estate of John Perkins, Sr. of Ipswich

"28th of first mo called March 1654 I John Perkines the Elder of Ipswich being at this tyme sick and weake in body yet through the mercy and goodnes of the Lord retaining my vnderstanding and memory: do thus Dispose of and bequeath my Temporale estate as ffolloweth first I Doe giue and bequeath vnto my Eldest sonn John Perkines a foale of my young mare being new with foale if it please the Lord shee foale it well also I give and bequeath to my sonn Johns two sonnes John and Abraham to each of them one of my yearleing heyfers: also I give and bequeath to my sonn Thomas Perkines one cow and one heyfer also I giue & bequeath to his sonn John Perkines one ewe to be delivered for his vse at the next shearing tyne [time] also I doe give and bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Sarieant one cow and an heyfer to be to her and her children after her Decease as it may please ye Lord they may increase the proffits or increase to be equelly Devided amongst the satde children also I Doe five to my Daughter mary Bradbery one cow and one heyfer or a young steere to remaine to her & to her children in theyr increase or proffits as it shall please the Lord to bless them and to be equaly Devided to the children: also I Doe give and bequeath to my Daughter Lidia Bennitt one cow and one heyfer or steere to be equaly Devided to her children in theyr increaseproffits after her Decease: I Doe also give vnto my Grandchilde Thomas Bradbery one ewe to be sett apart for his vse at ye next shearing tyne: also I Doe give and bequeath vnto my sonn Jacob Perkines my Dwelling howse together with all the outhowseing, and all my landes of one kinde and other together with all improvements therevpon to be his in full posession & according to a former covenant, after the decease of my wyfe and nott before and so to remaine to him and to his heires forever: all the rest of my estate of one kinde and other I Doe wholy leave to my Deare wife Judeth Perkines apointing and ordaining my sayde wyfe the sole Executrix of this my Last will and Testament Desireing my sayde wife to Dispose of the cattell aboue mentioned according to her discresion as they hsall prosper steeres or heyfers as also to Dispose of somoe of the increase or some of the increase of the sheep to || the || children of my sonn Thomas and of my three Daughters at the Discresion of my sayde wife and this I Doe ordaine as my Last will and Testament subscribed with mine owne hand this twnty eighth Day of he first month 1654:

his mark
John Y Perkines

Witness: william Barthlolmew, Thomas Harris.
Proved in Ipswich court 26:7:1653 by the witnesses.

Inventory taken by William Bartholomew and John Annable:

the dwelling howse and barne wth out howseing, £40 60s.;
Land about the hoswe about eight acres, £12;
more Land unbroade up about fourteen acres, £21;
a pcell of marsh about six acres at 40s. p acres, £12;
a pcell of vpland and marsh being much broken about xx acres at 20s. p acre, £20;
12 acres of improved Land at 50s. p acres, £24;
one mare with a mare foale, £25;
six milch cowes, £30;
four yearling heyfers & a steere, £11 10s.;
six ewes at 35s. p, £10 10s.;
5 yewe Lambes, £5;
one yearling weather and two weather Lambs, £2;
one young calfe, 15s.;
one cow at the pasture, a sow & 3 piggs, all £8;
one feather bed with besteed & furniture, £4;
one coverlid with other small thinges being Linen most, £2 10s.;
Left in mony at his decease £10;
a cart, plowes, a harow with severall goodes of Lumber as caske, tubbes, cheares, axes, hoes, etc., £5;
severall ketles, pottes & dishes in the kitchen, £2;
his wearing aparell, £5;
total, £250 5s.

[Essex Co. Probate Files, Docket 21,337][5]

MARRIAGE On 9 October 1608 when John was 25, he married Judith GATER, daughter of Michael GATER, in Hillmorton, Warwick, England[1,3,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41,42,43,44].

CHILDREN 3. i. Quartermaster John PERKINS John was born in 1609 in Hillmorton, Warwick, England and baptized there on 14 September 1609[1].

Before 1636 when John was 27, he married Elizabeth [surname not known], in Ipswich, Essex co., MA[1,45]. This date is estimated on the fact that their eldest child was born circa 1636. Elizabeth died on 27 September 1684 in Ipswich, Essex co., MA as "Elizabeth, wife to Quartermaster John Perkins"[1].

4. ii. Elizabeth PERKINS Please see her own page.
5. iii. Mary PERKINS Mary was born in 1615 in Hillmorton, Warwick, England and baptized there on 3 September 1615[1]. Before 1637 when Mary was 22, she married Thomas BRADBURY, in Ipswich, Essex co., MA[1]. This date is estimated from the fact that their eldest child was born on 1 April 1637.
6. iv. Anne PERKINS Anne was born in 1617 in Hillmorton, Warwick, England and baptized there on 5 September 1617[1].
7. v. Thomas PERKINS Thomas was born in 1622 in Hillmorton, Warwick, England and baptized there on 28 April 1622[1]. Before 1644 when Thomas was 22, he married Phebe GOULD, daughter of Zacheus GOULD[1]. This date is estimated from the fact that their first child was born circa 1644.
8. vi. Jacob PERKINS Jacob was born in 1624 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England and baptized there on 12 July 1624[1]. Before 1649 when Jacob was 25, he first married Elizabeth [surname not known][1]. This date is based upon the fact that their eldest child was born 1 April 1649. After 12 February 1685 when Jacob was 61, he second married Damaris [surname not known][1].
9. vii. Lydia PERKINS Lydia was born in 1632 in Boston, Suffolk co., MA and baptized there on 3 June 1632[1,59]. Circa 1651 when Lydia was 19, she married Henry BENNETT[1].

GENERATION Great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great (G10) Grandfather
SOURCES 1. Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633., (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), [GreatMig.], III:1432.

2. Ibid. III:1431.

3. Torrey, Charles, New England Marriages Prior to 1700., (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society). [Torrey].

4. [GreatMig.], III:1433.

5. The Probate Records of Essex County, [EssexProb or EPR], I:191-192.

6. Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, 1628-1686; 5 volumes in 6, Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, ed. (Boston: 1853-1854), [MCBR], 1:366.

7. Ibid. 1:94.

8. Ibid. 1:103.

9. [EssexProb or EPR], 1:4.

10. Davis, Walter Goodwin, The Ancestry of Dudley Wildes, (Portland, Me.: Anthoensen Press, 1959), [Wildes Anc.], 88.

11. Ipswich Land Records, manuscript, Essex County Courthouse, Salem, MA, [ILR], 4:268.

12. [MCBR], 1:174.

13. Ibid. 1:102.

14. [MCBR], 1:37,145,260.

15. Ibid.

16. The Records of the First Church in Boston, 1630-1868, ed. Richard D. Pierce, Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Volumes 39, 40 and 41 (Boston: 1961), [BChR], 14.

17. Essex Institute Historical Collections, vol. 1+, (Salem, Mass., 1859+), [EIHC], 11:121; 19:223.

18. Fuess, Elizabeth Goodhue, Cushing and Allied Families, (Andover, Mass., 1931), typescript, [Cushing (Ms)], 186,187,359.

19. Pillsbury, D.B. & F.H. Getche, The Pillsbury Family: Being a History of William and Dorothy Pillsbury (or Pilsbery) of Newbury in New England, and Their Descendants to the Eleventh Generation, (Everett, Mass.: Massachusetts Publ. Co., 1890), [Pillsbury], 119; F.D.

20. Johnson, Alvin Page, Franklin D. Roosevelt's Colonial Ancestors; Their Part in Making American History, (Boston: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co., ca. 1933), [RooseveltAnc], 96+.

21. Ferris, Mary Walton, Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines, a Memorial Volume, 2 vols., (Milwaukee: privately printed, 1931-43), [Dawes-Gates], 1:484.

22. Sumner, Edith (Bartlett), Ancestry of Edward Wales Blake and Clarissa Matilda Glidden with Ninety Allied Families, (Los Angeles, 1948), [Blake-Glidden], 215.

23. Emery, William Morrell, The Families of Perkins, Fairfield and Kinq, (S.F.: Murdock, 1907), [Perkins (#6)], 34-5.

24. Snow, Nora Emma, The Snow-Estes Ancestry, 2 vols., (Hillburn, N.Y.: privately printed, 1939), [Snow-Estes], 2:181.

25. Jacobus, Donald Lines, The Granberry Family and Allied Families, (Hartford, Conn.: E. F. Waterman, 1945), [Granberry], 292.

26. New England Historic and Genealogical Register. Vols. 1+, (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Register, 1845+), [NEHGR], 10:213.

27. Crapo, Henry Howland, Certain Comeoverers, 2 vols., (New Bedford, Mass.: E. Anthony & Sons, 1912), [Crapo], 543,928.

28. Frost, Josephine C., Ancestors of Charles Dana Bigelow and His Wife, Eunice Ann Howe, (New York:(Frederick H. Hitchcock, 1926), [Bigelow-Howe], 102.

29. Paul, Edward Joy, The Ancestry of Katharine Choate Paul, Now Mrs. William J. Young Jr., (Milwaukee: Burdich & Allen, 1914), [Paul Anc.], 71.

30. Hoyt, Daniel Webster, The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Mass., with Some Related Families of Newbury, Haverhill, Ipswich, and Hampton, and of York County, Maine, 3 vols., (Providence: [Snow & Farnham], 1897-1917), [Salisbury Fam], 281-2.

31. Williams, C.B., Ancestry of Lawrence Williams, (Chicago: privately printed, 1915), [Williams (#16)], 143.

32. [Howland, Elza Newton Woolsey], Family Records; Being Some Account of the Ancestry of My Father and Mother, Charles William Woolsey and Jane Eliza Newton, ([New Haven, Conn.: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1900]), [Woolsey], 172.

33. Hotchkiss, Fanny, Winchester Notes, (New Haven, Conn.: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1912), [Winchester (1912)], 149.

34. The Essex Antiquarian, (13 vols.)(n.p., 1897-1909), [EssexAnt], 9:45.

35. Anderson, Mary Audentia, Ancestry and Posterity of Joseph Smith and Emma Hale, (Independence, Mo.: Herald Publishing House, 1929), [Smith-Hale], 101.

36. Converse, Charles Allen, Some of the Ancestors and Descendants of Samuel Converse, Jr., of Thompson Parish, Killingly, Conn.; Major James Convers, of Woburn, Mass.; Hon. Heman Allen, M.C., of Milton and Burlington, Vt.; Capt. Jonathan Bixby, Sr., of Killingly, Conn., (Salem: The Salem Press Co., 1905), [Converse (1905)], 831-2.

37. Parsons, Mary Alvina (Dodge), Ancestry of Nathan Dane Dodge and His Wife Sarah (Shepherd) Dodge with Notes, (Salem, Mass.: The Salem Press, 1896), [Dodge Anc. (1896)], 27.

38. [Wildes Anc.], 89.

39. Cary, Henry Grosvenor, Cary Family in America, (Boston: privately printed, 1907), [Cary Anc.], 155.

40. Hollinger, Lavisa (Ferrin), A Genealogical Record of the Anc. & Desc. of Joseph Ferrin & Elizabeth Preston, (Cherokee, Iowa, 1915), [Ferrin-Preston], 12.

41. Bradbury, John Merrill, Bradbury Memorial. Records of some of the Descendants of Thomas Bradbury, of Agamenticus (York) in 1634, of the Bradburys of England. Compiled chiefly from the Collections of the late John Merrill Bradbury, of Ipswich, Mass., (Portland, [Me.]: Brown, Thurston & Co., 1890), [Bradbury], 60.

42. Perkins, Edward, What I Know About My Ancestors, and Their Families. Also: Some Account of My Wife's Ancestors, and Their Families, by Edward Perkins, Weymouth, Ohio, 1888., [Copied from the original manuscript by the writer's grandson, Dr. Victor J. Andrew.], (Chicago, Ill., 1947), [Perkins (1947)], 1.

43. Parkyns, Mansfield, The Perkins Family, (Utica, N.Y., 1916), [Perkins (#5)], 78.

44. Perkins, George Augustus, The Family of John Perkins of Ipswich, Mass., (Salem: Salem Press, 1882), [Perkins (#1)], 7.

45. [EIHC], 19:255, 265-66.

46. [Dawes-Gates], 1:486.

47. O'Connell, Eve Weaver, Marston-Weaver: A Tribute to My Parents, ([Boston: Thomas Todd Co., 1951), [Marston-Weaver], 25.

48. [EIHC], 19:258; 53:244.

49. [Cushing (Ms)], 361.

50. Paine, Ruth Felton (Ward), Paine Genealogy and Allied Lines: ancestors of William Alfred Paine, (Rutland, Vt.: The Tuttle Pub. Co. Inc., 1936), [Paine Anc. (1936)], 37,40.

51. [Salisbury Fam], 310+.

52. Sargent, Edwin Everett, Sargent Record. William Sargent, of Ipswich, Newbury, Hampton, Salisbury and Amesbury, New England, U.S., with his Descendants and Their Intermarriages, and other Sargent Branches, (St. Johnsbury, Vt.: The Caledonian Co., 1899), [Sargent (#1)], 13,19.

53. [Paul Anc.], 72.

54. [Williams (#16)], 144.

55. The Register of the Lynn Historical Society, Lynn, Mass., (Lynn, Mass., 1897+), [Lynn Hist. Soc.], 1911:58.

56. [NEHGR], 10:184,213.

57. [Pillsbury], 661.

58. [GreatMig.], III:1632.

59. [BChR], 277 [year corrected from 1631].

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