|The PERKINS Family of Hillmorton,
Warkwickshire, England, Ipswich, Essex, MA
and Norwich, New London, CT
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THOMAS PERKYNS 1 (d. 1528) of Hillmorton m. Alice Unknown (d. 1538)
HENRY PERKINS 1 (d. by 1546) of Hillmorton
THOMAS PERKINS 2 (d. 1592) of Hillmorton m. Alice Unknown
HENRY PERKINS 2 (d. 1609) of Hillmorton m. Elizabeth Sawbridge
THOMAS PERKYNS 1 of Hillmorton
Thomas Perkyns of Hillmorton died between 3 Apr 1528, when he signed his will, and 21 Apr 1528, when it was proved. [Ref] He married Alice Unknown. [Ref] Alice Perkyns of Hillmorton died between 31 Jul 1538, when she signed her will, and 15 Oct 1538, when it was proved. [Ref]
Thomas left his wife Alice his lands and tenements in Fylds, Hillmorton and Lylborne (in co. Northampton), so long as she remained unmarried. If she remarried, the lands and tenements were to go to his son Henry, or if Henry died, to his daughters Jone and Jelyan. In her will, Alice mentioned her son Henry Perkins and her daughters Jeyn Sleyter and Juliana Cumpton. Both Thomas and Alice asked to be buried in the church of St. John the Baptist. [Ref]
Photo of Hillmorton, right, from Wikipedia. (The canal was built in the 1770s.)
Photo of St. John the Baptist church. Another photo.
The British History Online website has information about Hillmorton and its church.
Children of Thomas Perkyns and Alice Unknown:
HENRY PERKINS 1 (d. by 1546) of Hillmorton
Parents: Thomas Perkyns 1 and Alice Unknown
Henry Perkins made a will, but it is missing. It was proved on 16 Jun 1546 by Simon Clare, Thomas Cumpton, and Rachard Balye, executors. An abstract, dated prior to 1894 states that Henry's son Thomas is mentioned in the will, but a more recent abstract does not have this. [Ref]
Children of Henry Perkins:
THOMAS PERKINS 2 (d. 1592) of Hillmorton
Parents: Henry Perkins 1
Thomas Perkins was buried on 23 Mar 1591/2 in Hillmorton. [Ref] He married Alice Unknown. She may be Alice Kebble, as Thomas left a legacy for his "brother Kebble's wife" in his will. [Ref] Alice is probably the Alice Perkyns who was buried on 20 Aug 1613 in Hillmorton. [Ref]
Thomas's will is dated 15 Sep 1588; it was proved on 11 May 1592. He mentions his eldest son Henry and sons John, Edward, Luke, Isaac and William. [Ref]
Children of Thomas Perkins and Alice Unknown:
HENRY PERKINS 2 (d. 1609) of Hillmorton
Parents: Thomas Perkins 2 and Alice Unknown
Henry Perkins was buried on 11 Mar 1608/9 in Hillmorton. [Ref] He married Elizabeth Sawbridge on 29 Nov 1579 in Hillmorton. [Ref]
The Sawbridge family came from the hamlet of Sawbridge in the parish of Wolfhamcote, Warwick, about six miles from Hillmorton. The available wills, however, do not reveal who Elizabeth's parents were. [Ref]
Administration on Henry's estate was granted to his son Thomas on 5 Apr 1609. A bond was given for the tuition of Margaret, Edward, Anne (Agnes), Sarah, Francis, William, Lucy (Luke), Elizabeth, James (Jacob) and "the other children". John was of age and married so he is not mentioned. Inventory was taken on 22 Mar 1608 by Rowland Wilcox, gentleman, and Thomas Perkins, John Sawbridge, Thomas Compton and William Burnam, yeoman. Henry's estate amounted to about £336. [Ref]
Children of Henry Perkins and Elizabeth Sawbridge:
JOHN PERKINS (bp. 1583 - 1654) of Hillmorton and Ipswich
|Parents: Henry Perkins and Elizabeth Sawbridge [Ref]|
John Perkins was baptised on 23 Dec 1583 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire. [Ref] He died in 1654, age 64 [!], in Ipswich. [Ref] He married Judith Gater on 8 Oct 1608 in Hillmorton. [Ref]
John and his family embarked for New England on the Lyon on 1 Dec 1630. [Ref] They arrived in Boston on 5 Feb 1631. [Ref] John and Judith Perkins were admitted to the Boston church as members 107 and 108 in early 1631. [Ref] John Perkins is on the 18 May 1631 list of freemen. [Ref] On 3 Apr 1632 the 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". [Ref][This may refer to his son John.] He was on a committee to set the bounds of Roxbury and Dorchester on 7 Nov 1632. [Ref]
John Perkins moved to Ipswich in 1633. [Ref] He was granted 40 acres in 1634. [Ref] He was a Representitive to the General Court in 1636. [Ref] He owned a large island at the mouth of the Ipswich River. [Ref] John Perkins, Sr. was a commoner of Ipswich on "the last day of the last month, 1641". [Ref]
John Perkins was on the grand jury at the 28 [probably Dec] 1641, 26 (7) 1648 and 28 (7) 1652 courts in Ipswich. [Ref]
John Perkins, Sr., was excused from ordinary training at the 26 (1) 1650 court as he was sixty or over. [Ref]
John Perkins signed his will on 28 Mar 1654; it was proved in Sep 1654. [Ref] He left bequests to his wife Judith; his eldest son John; his sons Thomas and Jacob; his daughters Elizabeth Sargeant, Mary Bradbury and Lidia Bennett. [Ref]
Children of John Perkins and Judith Gater:
ELIZABETH PERKINS (bp. 1611)
Parents: John Perkins and Judith Gater
Elizabeth Perkins was baptised on 25 Mar 1611 in Hillmorton. [Ref] She married William Sergeant of Amesbury. [Ref][Ref]
SRGT. JACOB PERKINS (bp. 1624 - 1700) of Ipswich
|Parents: John Perkins and Judith Gater|
Sargt. Jacob Perkins was baptised on 12 Jul 1624 in Hillmorton. [Ref] He died on 29 Jan 1700. [Ref] He married first Elizabeth Unknown. Elizabeth is "said" to be the daughter of Matthew Whipple. [Ref] She died on 12 Feb 1685/6 in Ipswich. [Ref] He married second Damaris, the widow of Nathaniel Robinson, [Ref] mariner of Boston. [Ref] Damaris died in 1716. [Ref]
He father left him, after the death of his mother, his house near Mannings Neck, close to the river, in Ipswich. [Ref]
Jacob Perkins is on a 19 Dec 1648 list of taxpayers in Ipswich. [Ref] He was a commoner in Ipswich on 16 Dec 1648. [Ref] He was on the grand jury at the 25 Mar 1656 court in Ipswich. [Ref] He was chosen sergeant of the military company in Ipswich in 1664. [Ref]
Jacob and Elizabeth went to town one summer afternoon in 1668, leaving their 16-year-old maid Mehitable Brabrooke in charge of their house. The Essex County Court records [transcribed in Ref] say
About 2 or 3 aclocke in the afternoone she was taking tobacco in a pipe and went out of the house with her pipe and gott upon the oven on he outside & backside of the houe (to looke if there were any hogs in the corne) and she layed her right hand upon the thatch of the house (to stay herselfe) and with her left hand knocked out her pipe over right arme upon the thatch on the eaves of the house (not thinking there had been any fire in the pipe) and imediately went downe into the corne feild to drive out the hogs she saw in it, and as she was going toward the railes of the feild ... she looked back, and saw a smoke upon her Mistress' house in the place where she had knocked out her pipe at which shee was much frighted.
The wife of a neighbour testified that she came running over; looked into both fireplaces in the house and saw no fire, only a few brands nearly out under a great kettle hanging in the chimney. Mehitable was brought to court on suspicion of wilfully setting the house on fire. A young man, testifying against her at her trial, said that Mehitable had told him that her mistress was angry with her but that she had "fitted her now" by putting a great toad into her mistress' kettle of milk. The court ordered Mehitable to be severely whipped and ordered her to pay Jacob £40 in damages. [Ref]
Jacob rebuilt his house and the new one was struck by lightening on a Sunday in 1671. [Ref]
On 20 Mar 1693, having grown "old & decrepit" and unable to manage his farm, Jacob gave land to his sons Jacob and Matthew on the condition that they support him and his wife. [Ref]
Jacob Perkins and Elizabeth Unknown had the following children: Perkins says that the birthdates are in a family bible. [Ref]
LYDIA PERKINS (bp. 1632)
Parents: John Perkins and Judith Gater
Lydia Perkins was baptised on 3 Jun 1632 in Boston. [Ref] She married Henry Bennett of Ipswich by about 1651. [Ref]
Lydia Bennett deposed that she was about 36 on 27 Apr 1669. [Ref]
John M. Bradbury [Ref] argues that Lydia, the daughter of John Perkins, married Henry Bennet. He notes that John Perkins mentions his daughter Lydia Bennet and suggests that she has children. Additional evidence is provided by a 28 Apr 1669 courtcase.
DEA. JOSEPH PERKINS (1674-1726) of Norwich
Parents: Sargt. Jacob Perkins and Elizabeth Unknown
Dea. Joseph Perkins was born on 21 Jun 1674 in Ipswich. [Ref][Ref] He died on 4/6 June 1726 in Norwich. [Ref][Ref, 6 Seo] He married Martha Morgan on 22 May 1700 [Ref] in Norwich. [Ref]Joseph and his brothers Jabez and Matthew bought 1200 (or, perhaps 800) acres lying in the forks of the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers in Norwich from James Fitch. [Ref] This part of Norwich later became Newent Society in Lisbon and the locality became known as "Perkin's Crotch". [Ref] Matthew returned to Ipswich, but Joseph and Jabez stayed and "were for a long time influential men and leading church members in that portion of the town". [Ref]
Children of Joseph Perkins and Martha Morgan:
DEBORAH PERKINS (1715-1772)
Parents: Dea. Joseph Perkins and Martha Morgan
Deborah Perkins was born on 20 Jul 1715 [Ref] in Norwich. [Ref][Ref] She died on 5 Dec 1772. [Ref][Ref, p. 98] She married Benajah Cary on 11 Feb 1741/2 [Ref, p. 98] in Windham, Windham, CT. [Ref][Ref][Ref]
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