John Perkins

John Perkins

Male 1583 - 1654  (70 years)    Has 18 ancestors and more than 100 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name John Perkins  [1
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 23 Dec 1583  Newent, Gloucester, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 23 Dec 1583  Hillmorton, Warwick, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Sep 1654  Ipswich, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 26 Sep 1654  Ipswich, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I142323  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 16 Aug 2009 

    Father Henry Perkins,   b. Abt 1555, Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Elizabeth Sawbridge,   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Nov 1579  Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F67169  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Judith Gater,   c. 19 Mar 1588, Hillmorton, Warwick, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1684, Ipswich, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 95 years) 
    Married 9 Oct 1608  Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. John Perkins, Jr.,   b. 14 Sep 1609, Hillmorton, Warws, England, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1686, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, New England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     2. Elizabeth Perkins,   b. 31 Mar 1611, Bath, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1670, Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, New England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     3. Isaac Perkins,   b. 26 Jan 1611, Hillmorton, Gloucestershire, Warwicks, Engl Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1685, Hampton, Rockingham Co., NH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     4. Abraham Perkins,   b. 1612-1613, Hillmorton, Warwick, Eng. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1683, Hampton, Rockingham Co., NH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    +5. Mary Perkins,   c. 3 Sep 1615, Hillmorton, Warwick, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1700, Ipswich, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years)
     6. Ann Perkins,   b. 5 Sep 1617, Hillmorton, Warws, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 28 Mar 1654, Hillmorton, Warwick, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
     7. Thomas Sargent,   b. Apr 1619, Hillmorton, Warwickshire, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +8. Thomas Perkins,   b. 28 Apr 1622, Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1686, Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    +9. Sgt. Jacob Perkins,   c. 12 Sep 1624, Hillmorton, Warwick, Eng., England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1700, Ipswich, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years)
     10. Reddington Perkins,   b. Abt 1624, Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Lydia Perkins,   b. 3 Jun 1632, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1707, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, New England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2002 
    Family ID F56228  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • THE FAMILY OF JOHN PERKINS OF IPSWICH.

      BY GEORGE A. PERKINS, M. D.

      "John Perkins, senior," as he is called on the records, was probably born, if the traditions of the family are correct, in Newent, Gloucestershire, England, in the year 1590. He was among the earliest emigrants from the mother country, sailing from Bristol, England, Dec. 1, 1630, in the ship Lyon, William Pierce, master, bound for Boston in America, taking with him his entire family, consisting then of his wife and five children. His fellow passengers were, the afterward famous divine, Rev. Roger Williams, and others; twenty in all. After a stormy passage of sixty-seven days they arrived at Nantasket, Feb. 5, 1631, and on the 6th came to an anchor before Boston. The following extract from "Prince's Annals of New England" (Vol. I, p. 341) gives a graphic account of the condition of the colony at the time of their arrival and also of their stormy voyage.

      "As the winter (1629-30) came on provisions are very scarce (in the Massachusetts Bay) and the people necessitated to feed on clams and muscles, and ground nuts and acorns; and these got with much difficulty in the winter season. Upon which people grew much tired and discouraged; especially when they hear that the governor himself has his last batch of bread in the oven. And many are the fears of the people that Mr. Pierce, who was sent to Ireland for provisions, is either cast away or taken by the pirates. Upon this a day of fasting and prayer to God for relief is appointed (to be on the sixth of February). But God, who delights to appear in the greatest straits, works marvellously at this time; for on February 5, the very day before the appointed fast, in came the ship Lion, Mr. William Pierce master, now arriving at Nantasket, laden with provisions. Upon which joyful occasion the day is changed, and ordered to be kept (on the 22d) as a day of thanksgiving."1

      February 8. The governor goes aboard the Lion riding at Long Island; (next day) the ship comes to an anchor before Boston (to the great joy of the people) where she rides very well, notwithstanding the great drifts of ice. And the provisions are by the governor, distributed to the people proportionable to their necessities."

      "The Lion2 (had) set sail from Bristol December first, brought about twenty passengers, and had a very stormy passage; yet through God's mercy all the people came safe except one3 of the sailors, who had not far from our shore, in a tempest having helped to take in the spritsail, as he was coming down fell into the sea, where after long swimming was drowned, to the great dolour of those in the ship, who beheld so lamentable a spectacle, without being able to help him; the sea was so high and the ship drove so fast before the wind, though her sails were taken down."

      For about two years after their arrival in America the Perkins family resided in Boston, where the youngest child, Lydia, was born, her baptism being recorded upon the parish books of the First Church there, June 3, 1632.


      1 This may have been the beginning of that now general custom of keeping Thanksgiving day, which is observed not only in New England but throughout the country.
      2 Sometimes written Lyon.
      3 The Captain's son, Way.

      record shows he was not idle, but engaged in the public business of the colony.

      The following extract is from the Records of the General Court, Nov. 7, 1632.

      "Capt Traske, Willm Cheeseboro, Mr Conant and John Perkins are appoincted by the Court to sett downe the bounds betwixt Rocksbury and Dorchestr. Ralfe Sprague is chosen vmpire." Records of Col. Mass. Bay, Vol. 1, p. 102.

      We also find the following concession made to him by the "General Court," April 3, 1632.

      "It was ordered that noe pson wtsoeuer shall shoote att fowle vpon Pullen Poynte or Noddles Ileland, but that the sd places shalbe reserved for John Perkins to take fowle wth netts." Rec. of Col. of Mass. Bay, Vol. 1, p. 103.

      On the 18th of May, 1631, he took the oath of freeman, admitting him to all the civil rights of the colony. He removed from Boston in 1633 to the colony then newly founded by John Winthrop and others at Ipswich. Here he was largely engaged in agriculture, and had several grants of land; the location of his house was near the river, at the entrance to Jeffries neck, on what is now East street, where he had considerable land granted him.

      We copy the following from the Ipswich book of Land Grants or "Commoner's" records."

      1634. "Given and granted unto John Perkins the elder 40 acres of land, more or less, bounded on the east by Mr. Robert Coles his land, on the south by a small creek, on the west unto ye town side."

      1635. Granted Jno. Perkins Sr. 3 acres of upland and 10 of meadow lying toward the head of Chebacco creek, also a little island4 called More's point about 50 acres on the south side of ye town river. Also 10 acres on part whereof he hath built an house, having Wm Perkins on S. W.--Also 6 acres of meadow and 6 upland joining to the former 10 acres, all 3 lying at east end of the town having Wm White's land on N. E. and a highway to Jeffries neck on N. W."

      1636. "John Perkins Sr. was granted 40 acres of meadow and upland at Chebacco, which he sold to Thomas Howlet 1637."

      1639. "Granted to John Perkins 6 acres planting ground on South side river." Vol. 1, p. 174.

      He was a Deputy to the General Court and was among those present at its session holden in Boston May 25, 1636.

      John Perkins was on the Grand Jury in 1648 and 1652, and his name is also found on trial juries.

      He was appraiser to the estate of Sarah Dillingham in 1645, and his autograph, as such, is here given.


      "John Perkins, sen., of Ipswich, being above 60 years of age, was freed from ordinary training by the Court in March, 1650."

      John Perkins, besides holding town offices and occupying other places of trust, appears to have been one of the leading men of Ipswich, and was highly esteemed by his fellow townsmen. He died in 1654 at the age of 64 years. His will (which is of importance as settling the names of his wife and children and some of his grandchildren) and inventory are now on file in the Probate Office in Salem; a copy of each is given below, as also of his
      4This Island contains by measurement 30 acres, and upon it is now seen the cellar of a house. The Island has been lately (1882) purchased by a namesake and descendant of John Perkins, Sen.,--Mr. John Perkins, shoe manufacturer of Ipswich.

      autograph which is appended to an agreement with his neighbors concerning the fencing of their land. An indorsement on the back of this paper read thus:

      "This Paper Dos signifi yt those prsons yt have land in ye nack are compeled to mack safisant fens acor Ding to yer proportions of land."(*)

      15 February, 1635.
      ------------------------------

      "Will of John Perkins, senior, of Ipswich.
      28th of yee first mo called March, 1654. I John Perkins the elder of Ipswich being at this tyme sick and weake in body yet through the mercy and goodness of the Lord retaining my understanding and memory: doe thus dispose of and bequeath my temporall estate as Followeth.
      First. I do give and bequeath unto my eldest sonn John Perkins a foale of my young mare being now with foale if it please the Lord she foale it well also I give and bequeath to my sonn John's two sonnes John and Abraham to each of them one of my yearling heyfers: also I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Perkins one cow and one heyfer also I give and bequeath to his son John Perkins one ewe & to be delivered for his use at the next shearing time also I doe give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Sargent 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 equally devided amongst the sayde children: also I do give to my daughter Mary Bradbury one cow and one heyfer or a young steere to remain to her and to her children in theyr increase or proffits as it shall please the Lord to bless them and to be equaly devided to ye 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 increase or proffits after her decease; I doe also give unto my grandchilde Thomas Bradbury one ewe to be sett apart for his use at ye next shearing tyme: also I do give and bequeathe unto my sonn Jacob Perkins my dwelling house together with all the out-howseing and all my landes of one kinde and other together with all improvements thereupon to be his in full possession 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
      (*) This signature resembles that of Quartermaster John Perkins, and may have
      been his, when younger.

      of one kinde and other I do wholy leave my deare wife Judith Perkins apointing and ordaining my sade wyfe the sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament Desiring my sayde wife to dispose of the cattell above mentioned according to her discresion as they shall prove steeres or heyfers, also to dispose of some of the increase of the sheep to ye 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 my own hand this twenty eight day of ye first month 1654.

      Signed in presence of John Perkins.
      William Bartholmew
      Thomas Harris
      Proved in court held at Ipswich 27 (7) 1654 by the oath of William
      Bartholmew and Thomas Harris per me Robert Lord, cleric.'



      "An Inventory of the Estate of John Perkins
      Senior deceased.

      It. the Dwelling house and barn with outhousing 40. 00. 00
      It. Land about the House about eight acres 12. 00. 00
      It. More land unbroake up about fourteen acres 21. 00. 00
      It. a parcel of Marsh about six at 40s per acre 12. 00. 00
      It. a parcel of upland and Marsh being much broken about 20 acres at 20s per acre 20. 00. 00
      It. 12 acres of improved land 50 per acre. 24. 00. 00
      It. one mare with a mare foal at 25. 00. 00
      It. six milch cows at 30. 00. 00
      It. four yearling Heyfers and a Steere at 11. 10. 00
      Item six ewes at 35.s 10. 10. 00
      It. 5 ewe lambs at 05. 00. 00
      It. one yearling weather and two weather lambs 02. 00. 00
      It. one young Calf 00. 15. 00
      It. one cow at the pasture a sow & 3 piggs all 08. 00. 00
      It. one feather bed with bed & furniture 04. 00. 00
      It. Coverlid with other small thinges linen most 02. 10. 00
      It. left in mony at his decease 10. 00. 00
      It. a Cart, plows, a harrow with several goods of lumber as casks tubbs cheares axes hoes etc. valuable 05. 00. 00
      It. Severall ketles pottes & Dishes in the Kitchin 02. 00. 00
      It. his wearing aparell 05. 00. 00

      250. 05. 00

      Witnesses & Appraisers
      William Bartholmew rcd in the Court held at Ipswich the
      John Anable 26 of the (7) 1054.
      Robert Lord cleric."

  • Sources 
    1. [S116] Ancestors of American Presidents, Gary Boyd Roberts, (1993).



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