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John PERKINS

Male 1583 - 1654  (70 years)


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  • Name John PERKINS 
    Born 23 Dec 1583  Newent, Gloucester, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Hillmorton, Warwick, England
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Sep 1654  Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From NEHGS: The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England:
      “JOHN PERKINS
      ORIGIN: Hillmorton, Warwickshire
      MIGRATION: 1631 on first trip of the Lyon
      FIRST RESIDENCE: Boston
      REMOVES: Ipswich 1633
      CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: "John Perkins and Judith his wife" were admitted to Boston church as members #107 and #108 (this would be in early 1631)
      FREEMAN: 18 May 1631
      EDUCATION: He made his mark to his will.
      OFFICES: Deputy to General Court for Ipswich, 25 May 1636. Committee to set the bounds of Roxbury and Dorchester, 7 November 1632. Essex grand jury, 28 [December] 1641, 26 September 1648, 28 September 1652
      On 26 March 1650 "John Perkins Sr., being above sixty years old, is freed from ordinary training"
      ESTATE: He had Ipswich land grants: forty acres in 1634, three acres of upland; ten acres of meadow; an island at More's Point; ten acres where "he hath built a house"; six acres of meadow; six acres of upland in 1635, and forty acres at Chebacco in 1636, and six acres of plowland in 1639.
      On 10 December 1644 "John Perkins of Ipswich in America" and Thomas Perkins exchanged land in Ipswich.
      In his will, dated 28 March 1654 and proved 26 September 1654, "John Perkines the Elder of Ipswich being at this time sick and weak in body" bequeathed to "my eldest son John Perkines a foal ... also ... to my son John's two sons John and Abraham to each of them one of my yearling heifers"; to "my son Thomas Perkines one cow and one heifer also ... to his son John Perkines one ewe"; to "my daughter Elizabeth Sarjeant one cow and a heifer to be to her and her children after her decease"; to "my daughter Mary Bradbery one cow and one heifer or a young steer ... to her & to her children"; to "my daughter Lidia Bennitt one cow and one heifer or steer ... to her children"; to "my grandchild Thomas Bradbery one ewe"; to "my son Jacob Perkines my dwelling house together with all the outhousing and all my lands ... according to a former covenant, after the decease of my wife"; residue "to my dear wife Judeth Perkines" sole executrix, "as also to dispose of some of the increase to children of my son Thomas and of my three daughters" at her discretion.
      The inventory of John Perkins was undated but totalled £250 5s., including real estate valued at £132: "the dwelling house and barn with out housing," £40 60s. [sic]; "land about the house about eight acres," £12; "more land unbroke up about fourteen acres," £21; "a parcel of marsh about six acres," £12; "a parcel of upland and marsh being much broken about twenty acres," £20; "twelve acres of improved land," £24.
      BIRTH: Baptized Hillmorton, Warwickshire, 23 December 1583, son of Henry and Elizabeth (Sawbridge) Perkins.
      DEATH: Ipswich "1654 aged sixty four years" between 28 March 1654 (date of will) and 26 September 1654 (probate of will).
      MARRIAGE: Hillmorton 8 October 1608 Judith Gater, baptized Hillmorton 19 March 1588/9, daughter of Michael Gater.
      CHILDREN (i-vi baptized Hillmorton, Warwickshire
      i JOHN, bp. 14 September 1609; m. by about 1636 Elizabeth _____ (eldest child b. about 1636 , Elizabeth, wife to Quartermaster John Perkins, d. Ipswich 27 September 1684).

      ii ELIZABETH, bp. 25 March 1611; m. by about 1636 WILLIAM SARGENT .
      iii MARY, bp. 3 September 1615; m. by 1637 Thomas Bradbury (eldest child b. Salisbury 1 April 1637).

      iv ANNE, bp. 5 September 1617; no further record.

      v THOMAS, bp. 28 April 1622; m. by about 1644 Phebe Gould, daughter of Zacheus Gould (eldest child b. by 1644; in his will of 11 December 1685 Thomas Perkins bequeathed to his son Zacheus "the farm he lives upon which I had of my father Gould'"

      vi JACOB, bp. 12 July 1624; m. (1) by 1649 Elizabeth _____ (eldest child b. 1 April 1649; m. (2) after 12 February 1685 Damaris (_____) Robinson, widow of Nathaniel Robinson.

      vii LYDIA, bp. Boston 3 June 1632 [corrected from 1631]; m. by about 1651 Henry Bennett of Ipswich.

      ASSOCIATIONS: Walter Goodwin Davis discusses the possibility that Isaac Perkins of Ipswich was a close relative.
      COMMENTS: 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".
      In the 1 April 1633 list of men authorized by the court to begin the settlement of Ipswich, the eighth name is "William Perkins", 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.
      BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: In 1959 Walter Goodwin Davis published the English origin of John Perkins and his wife, and pushed the Perkins ancestry back to 1475.”

      “John was born in 1583 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England and was baptized there on 23 December 1583. He died in Ipswich, Essex co., MA sometime between 28 March 1654, when he wrote his will, and 26 September 1654, when that will was probated; he was 71.

      I originally averred that John was not educated enough to write, as seen by the fact that he signed his will with a mark. However, Glodean Gates has correctly pointed out that "...in an earlier document, he signs his name clearly, so [one] woululd guess that he used a mark because at the time of the writing of the will in March 1654, he was "'sick and weake in body yet...retaining my understanding and memory.' The earlier document [mentioned] is dated June 21, 1637 and was the petition of remonstrance against the departure of John Winthrop, Jr. from Ipswich. John Perkins, Sr. signs his name along with other citizens. The petition and signature page is shown following p. 50 in Vol. 1, Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony by Thomas Franklin Waters. John Perkins, Sr. was quite prominent in Ipswich and one of what Waters describes as an 'extraordinary circle of cultured and conspicuous settlers.'..."? She is correct.

      John & Judith and their five surviving children, Anne having died ? John, aged 22; Elizabeth, aged 20; Mary, aged 16; Thomas, aged 15 and Jacob, aged 7 ? boarded the Lyon, William Pierce, master on 1 December 1630 for its first trip to the New World. They embarked in Bristol, England and arrived in Nantasket, Suffolk co., MA on 5 February 1631.

      The Perkins Family homestead still exists and is located in what is now Wenham, Essex co., MA. It's resident can trace her lineage straight back to John ' Judith. How cool is that?

      The Perkins clan settled first in Boston, Suffolk co., MA[3,9] where Lydia was born in 1632. John took the Freeman's Oath there on 18 May 1631[3,9,13]. John either lived in or had some rights concerning Pullen Point & Noddle's Island (both now under Logan International Airport), since 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"[8,14].

      In 1633, John Winthrop & others planned a settlement on what is now Cape Ann. John was well-regarded enough by this company to be included with the group of planters for this new settlement[3,9]. For years, there was some dispute about this because in the 1 April 1633 list of men authorized by the court to begin the settlement of Ipswich, the eighth name is "William Perkins"[15]. However, as Robert Charles Anderson points out in The Great Migration, this "...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[11]..."

      Ipswich land grant & inventory records tell us that John was the recipient of the following Ipswich land grants[9,17]:
      1634 - 40 acres of land
      1635 - 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
      1639 - 40 acres at Chebacco (a part of Ipswich) in 1636 and 6 acres of plowland

      On 10 December 1644, "John Perkins of Ipswich in America" and Thomas Perkins exchanged land in Ipswich[9,18].”

      Further evidence of John & Judith's good standing in the fledgling Puritan community is seen by the fact that "John Perkins and Judith his wife" were admitted to the Boston church as members #107 and #108 in early 1631[9,23].

      In addition, John was appointed to the committee to set the bounds of Roxbury and Dorchester on 7 November 1632[9,20].

      John also continued the tradition of community service expected from every Freeman. "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 16366. It was a well-documented and contested case with many Brahmin ancestors involved[16]. On 25 May 1636, he was appointed Deputy to the General Court for Ipswich[19]. He served on the Essex Grand Jury on 28 [December] 1641, 26 September 1648, and 28 September 1652[9,21].

      Finally, he earned the following mention in Essex co. records: On 26 March 1650, "John Perkins Sr., being above sixty years old, is freed from ordinary training[9,22]." This training was the monthly meeting and drill of the town militia. This usually consisted of a couple of desultory laps around the common and then the "milishy" retiring to the local pub for a pint.

      John wrote his will on 28 March 1654. It was probated on 26 September 1654.

      Estate of John Perdins, 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 ggive 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 sommoe 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]««s31»» [1]
    Person ID I6861  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 12 May 2019 

    Father Henry PERKINS,   b. 1555, Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1608, Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth SAWBRIDGE,   b. 1564, Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1607, Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 44 years) 
    Married 29 Nov 1579  Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2525  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Judith Elizabeth GATER,   b. 19 Mar 1588, Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 28 Sep 1654, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 66 years) 
    Married 9 Oct 1608  Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John PERKINS
     2. Elizabeth PERKINS
     3. Mary PERKINS,   b. 1615, Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1700  (Age 85 years)
     4. Anne PERKINS
     5. Thomas PERKINS
    +6. Jacob PERKINS,   b. 12 Sep 1624, Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1700, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     7. Lydia PERKINS
    Last Modified 12 May 2019 
    Family ID F2523  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Dec 1583 - Newent, Gloucester, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 Oct 1608 - Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Sep 1654 - Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S31] Perkins Family Line., Hall, Kristin C.