Perkins/de Morlais

Name origin: From Peir or Peter and the patronymic or diminutive termination ins--little Peter or the son of Peter. Pierre de Morlaix sometimes written Peter Morley alias Perkins was high steward of the estates of Sir Hugo Despencer 1380-81. The family was seated at Upton, County Berks, Eng.

Pierre de Morlais

b.ca.1350 Normandy, France; parents ukn
m.Agnes Taylor
b.ca.1352

CHILDREN included:

  1. Henry Perkins
  2. William Perkins b.abt.1397

Pierre was the High Steward for Hugh Le Despenser, one of the most powerful lords during the reign of King Edward II. The Dispenser fell from favour of Queen Isabella and the Younger Hugh was executed, although he was a nephew of King Edward. Pierre's name was changed to Peter Morley, hence his descendants became Peter's Kin.

Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis by Davis, Vol. III page 165: It has been stated in print that "there is no reason to doubt" that the Perkins family descended from Pierre de Morlaix who flourished in the reign of Richard II and had a son called Henry Pierrekins, and a grandson John Perkins. As a matter of fact there is every reason to doubt it and surely nothing is offered that even remotely approaches proof... [Davis starts the Perkins line with Thomas Perkins d.will proved April 21, 1528.-haw]

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Henry Perkins (or Peterskin/Pierrekin)

b.ca.1377 England; s/o Pierre de Morlaix
m.Margaret _____
b.ca.1379

CHILD:

  1. John Perkins

Henry Perkins was High Steward of the estate of Hanley Castle, the fortification which guarded the forest of Malvern on the River Severn, England. the castle was surrounded by two moats, one of which remains today, as the vestige left of the castle.

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John Perkins

b.ca.1397 Hillmorton, West England; s/o Henry and Margaret Perkins
d.ca.1430
m.Margaret ______
b.ca.1401 Hillmorton

CHILDREN included:

  1. William Perkins

FROM: State of Maine page 508: John Perkins....followed his father as steward of the Despencers, and in numerous transfers of land he was required to make, he wrote his name indifferently, John Perkins, Perkyns Armiger, and Parkyns.

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William Perkins

b.ca.1430 Hillmorton, England
d.ca.1495
m.ca. 1455 Joanna Read
b.ca.1434

CHILDREN included:

  1. Thomas Perkins

William's title was Lord of Ufton.

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Thomas Perkins

b.ca.1452; s/o William Perkins and Joanna Read
m.ca.1482 Ellen Tompkins
b.ca.1461
d.ca.1538

CHILDREN included:

  1. James Perkins

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James Perkins

b.ca.1482-4; s/o Thomas Perkins and Ellen Tompkins
d.ca.1547
m.ca.1529; Alice ______
b.ca.1489

CHILDREN included:

  1. Thomas Perkins

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Thomas Perkins

b.1484 Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England; s/o James and Alice Perkins
d.1549 Hillmorton
m.abt..1529 Alys (Alice) _____
b.abt.1489 Hillmorton, Warwichshire, England
d.will proved Oct. 15, 1538

CHILDREN included:

  1. William Perkins b.1508
  2. Thomas Perkins b.1510 d.March 23, 1591
  3. Henry Perkins b.1510 d.May 11, 1592
  4. Edward Perkins b.1542
  5. Luke Perkins b.1546/7
  6. Isache Perkins b.1548
  7. Jone/Jeyn Perkins m.bef.1538 ______ Sleyter
  8. Jelyan/Juliana Perkins m.(Thomas?) Cumpton

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Henry Perkins

b.ca.1500/1510; s/o Thomas Perkins and Alice ______
d.ca.1547 England
m.1555 Alice Kebble (Kibbie)
b.ca.1535 Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
d.Aug. 20, 1613 Hillmorton

CHILDREN included:

  1. Thomas Perkins
  2. William Perkins
  3. Joan Perkins
  4. Henry Perkins b.1536.37 d.Apr. 5, 1608

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Thomas Perkins

b.1525 Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England; s/o Henry Perkins
d.bur.March 25, 1592 Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England; will proved May 11, 1592
m.Alice Kebble
b.1534
d.Aug. 20, 1613 England

CHILDREN:

  1. Henry Perkins b.Nov. 29, 1556 Hillmorton d.April 5, 1605
  2. John Perkins b.ca.1557 d.1602 m.ca.1590 Elizabeth Shaw
  3. William Perkins b.ca.1559 d.Apr. 1, 1590 m.ca.1586 Elizabeth _______
  4. Thomas Perkins b.ca.1561 d.bur.Dec. 7, 1629 m.Oct. 16, 1586 Mary Bate
  5. Edward Perkins b.ca.1563 d.Aug. 18, 1619 m.July 22, 1605 Sara Smith/Smyth
  6. Francis Perkins b.Sept. 20, 1565 d.bef.1588
  7. Luke Perkins bapt.Sept. 20, 1568 d.bur.June 4, 1638 m.Margaret _____
  8. Isaac Perkins bapt.Dec. 20, 1571 d.Dec. 1, 1629 m.(1)abt.1596 Alice ______ m.(2)ukn

NOTE: Occupation--Husbandman. Four U.S. Presidents descend from this family: Millard Fillmore, Calvin Coolidge, Jr., Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Richard Milhous Nixon.

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Henry Perkins

b.Nov. 29, 1556 Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England; s/o Thomas Perkins and Alice (Kebble?)
d.bur.March 11, 1608/9 Hillmorton
m.Nov. 29, 1579 at Hillmorton Elizabeth Sawbridge
b.1564 Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England; d/o William and Elizabeth Sawbridge
d.bef.1618 Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England

CHILDREN included:

  1. Alice Perkins bapt.March 17, 1580 Hillmorton d.bef.1608 Hillmorton
  2. Thomas Perkins b.July 24, 1582 Hillmorton d.1658 Hillmorton
  3. John Perkins b.Dec. 23, 1583 d.Sept. 23, 1654 Ipswich, MA
  4. Francis Perkins b.Mary 1, 1585 Hillmorton d.Dec. 3, 1585
  5. Frances Perkins b.1586 d.1586 Hillmorton
  6. Margaret Perkins bapt. Nov. 9, 1588
  7. Edward Perkins bapt.Dec. 12, 1588 Hillmorton d.aft.1608/09
  8. Agnes (Anne) Perkins bapt.Oct. 16, 1592 Hillmorton, Warwick, England; possibly m.June 29. 1618 Edmund Collyson
  9. Sarah Perkins b.Aug. 25, 1594 Hillmorton, possibly m.April 4, 1624 Humphrey Edmunds
  10. Frances Perkins bapt.Jan. 13, 1598/99
  11. William Perkins bapt.Jan. 13, 1598 Hillmorton d.aft.1608/09 Hillmorton
  12. Luke Perkins bapt.Nov. 27, 1600 Hillmorton d.aft.1608/09
  13. Elizabeth Perkins bapt.Nov. 28, 1602 d.bur.Dec. 25, 1602
  14. Elizabeth Perkins bapt.Oct.4, 1604
  15. Jacob Perkins bapt.July 26, 1607

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John Perkins

b.ca.1583 Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England; s/o Henry Perkins and Elizabeth Sawbridge
bapt.Dec. 23, 1583
d.Sept. 23, 1654 Ipswich, MA
m.Oct. 9, 1608 England, Judith Gator
bapt.March 19, 1588/9 Hillmorton, England; d/o Michael Gator and Elizabeth Bailey
d.1684 Ipswich, MA

CHILDREN:

  1. Abraham Perkins b.Jan. 28, 1608 Hillmorton d.Aug. 31, 1683 Hampton, NH
  2. Judith Perkins bapt. June 12, 1608 Hillmorton, Warwich, England d.1633 Ipswich, MA
  3. John Perkins bapt.Sept.14, 1609 Hillmorton, Warwich, England d.Dec. 14, 1686 Ipswich, MA m.Elizabeth ______
  4. Isaac Perkins b.Jan. 26, 1611 Hillmorton d.Nov. 13, 1685 Hampton, NH
  5. Elizabeth Perkins bapt.Mar. 3 [25], 1611 d.bef.Sept. 18, 1670 Salisbury, MA m.William Sargent
  6. Mary Perkins bapt.Sept. 3, 1615 d.Dec. 20, 1700 Ipswich, MA m.1636 Thomas Bradbury (Capt.)[Mary was accused of witchcraft, but acquitted after 144 of her neighbors signed a petition praising her character.]
  7. Ann Perkins b.Sept. 5, 1617 d.bef.March 28, 1654 Hillmorton, Warwich, England
  8. Thomas Perkins b.Apr. 1619 Hillmorton
  9. Thomas Perkins bapt. Apr. 28, 1622 d.May 7, 1686 Topsfield, MA m.abt.1643 Phoebe Gould d/o Zacheus Gould b.1620 England d.MA
  10. Jacob Perkins bapt.Sept. 12,1624 d.Jan. 27 or 29, 1699/0 Ipswich, MA
  11. Reddington Perkins b.1626 Hillmorton, Warwich, England
  12. Lydia Perkins bapt.June 3, 1632 Boston d.bef.May 20, 1685 Ipswich, MA m.Henry Bennett of Ipswich. Henry m.(2)May 20, 1685 the widow Frances Burr

From Jacob Perkins of Wells, ME by Perkins, "Sailed from Bristol, England Dec. 1, 1630 in the ship "Lion" [Lyon]. William Pierce, master, bound for Boston,Mass., taking with him his entire family, consisting of his wife and 5 children. The boat arrived at Nantucket Feb. 5, 1631 and the next day anchored in Boston." From LDS Family History Center: "The Lion was one of the ten ships that brought the 700 members of the Massachusetts Bay Colony under John Winthrop, Jr. It is not commonly known that an advance party had preceded to prepare for the above coming party. the advance party had met with much misfortune that they were unprepared for above arrival so the colony was immediately short of supplies. The Lion carried only 26 passengers as it was loaded with 200 tons of food and other supplies that saved the colony from starvation. The passenger list included Roger Williams, famous pastor who opposed the Puritans and established Rhode Island.

He first settled in Boston, where on May 18, 1631 he took the oath of freeman which admitted him to all the rights of the colony.

In 1633 he removed to Ipswich, Mass, the colony newly founded by John Winthrop, where he had several grants of land."

John's will says..."also I do give and bequeath to my son Jacob Perkins, my dwelling house together with all the out housing and all my lands of one kind and other together with all improvements thereupon to be his in possession according to a former covenant after the decease of my wife and not before, and so to remain to him and to his heirs forever."

From Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families 1620-1700 by Holmes: JOHN b.Newent Gloucestershire, Eng. 1590, came with Roger Williams to Boston, Mass., 1631, removed Ipswich, Mass., 1633.

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Jacob Perkins (Sgt.)

b.s/o John Perkins and Judith Gator
bapt.Sept. 12, 1624 Hillmorton, England
d.Jan. 27, 1699 Ipswich, MA
m.(1)abt. 1648; Elizabeth Lovell
b.abt. 1630; d/o Thomas Lovell and Ann ______
d.Feb. 12, 1685 Ipswich, MA
m.(2?)1648 Ipswich, MA; Elizabeth Whipple
b.Nov. 1, 1627 Salem, MA; d/o Elder John Whipple and Susannah Stacy Clark
d.Feb. 12, 1686
m.(3)ca.1687; Damaris (______) Robinson, widow of Nathaniel Robinson
b.1636
d.1716 age 80

CHILDREN of Jacob and (Elizabeth?) (most born Ipswich, MA):

  1. Elizabeth Perkins b.Apr. 1, 1649 d.Dec. 4, 1718 Ipswich, MA m.Thomas Borman
  2. John Perkins b.July 3, 1652 d.March 15, 1717/8 Ipswich, MA m.(1) Mary Fisk m.(2)Elizabeth Prythatch m.(3)Mary (White) Hooper
  3. Judith Perkins b.July 11, 1655 Salisbury, MA d.ca.1743 Ipswich, MA m.Nathaniel Browne
  4. Mary May Perkins b.May 14, 1658 d.Jan. 26, 1727 Wells, ME m.John Annable
  5. Jacob b.Aug. 3, 1662 d.Nov. 12, 1705 Ipswich, MA m.(1)Dec. 27, 1684 Elizabeth Sparks m.(2)Sarah Treadwell
  6. Matthew b.June 23, 1665 d,Apr. 15, 1738 Ipswich, MA m.Esther Burnham
  7. Hannah b.Oct. 11, 1670
  8. Joseph b.June 21, 1674 Ipswich, MA d.Sept. 6, 1726 Ipswich, MA m.May 22, 1700 Martha Morgan
  9. Jabez b.May 15, 1677 d.Jan. 15, 1742 Norwich, CT m.(1)June 30, 1698 Hannah Lathrop m.(2)1722 Charity Leonard

NOTE: Some genealogists believe his second? wife was Elizabeth Whipple was d/o Matthew Whipple; not John Whipple. She died 1684/85 Ipswich, MA.

Old MA court files relate the story of Jacob Perkins' farmhouse which was burned in Ipswich in 1668..."Master Perkins and his wife had gone to town one summer afternoon leaving the house in charge of Mehitable Brabrooke, a sixteen-year-old serving maid. "About 2 or 3 o'clock in the afternoon she was taking tobacco in a pipe and went out of the house with her pipe and got upon the oven on the outside & backside of the house (to stay herself) and with left hand knocked out her pipe over her right arm upon the thatch on the eaves of the house (not thinking there had been any fire in the pipe) and immediately went down into the corn field to drive out the hogs she saw in it, and as she was going toward the railes of the field...she looked back, and saw a smoke upon her Mistress' house in the place where she had knocked out her pipe at which she was much frighted. The wife of a neighbor came running to the assistance of Mehitable and afterwards testified that when she reached the house she looked into both fireplaces and saw no appearance of fire, only a few brands nearly dead under a great kettle hanging in the chimney. She also looked up into the chamber through the floor boards that lay very open on the side where the smoke was...as for the careless Mehitable, she was brought before the Quarterly Court on suspicion of willfully setting the house on fire; a serious offense, which as late as 1821, was the cause of the execution in Salem of a sixteen-year-old boy. Among those who disposed at her trial was a young man who said that as he and she were going into the meadow to make hay she told him that her mistress was angry with her, but she had 'fitted her now' for she had put a great toad into her kettle of milk. As it turned out the Court ordered Mehitable to be severely whipped and to pay 40 lbs. damages to her master Jacob Perkins."

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Jacob Perkins

b.Aug. 3, 1662 or 1664 Ipswich,MA; s/o Jacob Perkins and Elizabeth Lovell/Whipple
d.Nov. 12 1704/5 Ipswich, MA
m.(1)Dec. 25, 1684 at Ipswich; Elizabeth Sparks
b. d/o John Sparks and Mary Sinnett
d.April 10, 1692 (or Dec. 10, 1692)
m.(2)Jan. 5, 1693; Sarah Treadwell
b.Jan. 10, 1673; d/o Thomas Treadwell and Sarah Titcomb
d.Aug. 5, 1738

CHILDREN of Jacob and Elizabeth:

  1. Jacob b.Feb. 15, 1685 d,March 14, 1770 Wells, ME m.(1)Lydia Stover m.(2)Anne Littlefield
  2. John b.Sept. 2, 1687
  3. Elizabeth b.Mar. 18, 1690/91 Chebacco, MA m.David Burnham

CHILDREN of Jacob and Sarah:

  1. Elisha b.1694 m.Abigail Newmarch
  2. Sarah b.Dec. 26, 1696
  3. Mary b.Nov. 26, 1698
  4. Hannah b.July 24, 1701
  5. Judith bapt.Nov. 4, 1705

Jacob was a tailor.

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Jacob Perkins

b.Feb. 15, 1685 Ipswich, MA; s/o Jacob Perkins and Elizabeth Sparks
d.March 19, 1770 Wells, ME
m.(1)Oct. 15, 1712 Lydia Stover
b.1702 Wells, ME; d/o John Stover and Abigail Alcott
m.(2)Oct. 12, 1717 Anne Littlefield
bapt. June 28, 1702 Wells, ME; d/o Josiah Littlefield and Lydia ______

CHILDREN of Jacob and Lydia:

  1. Jacob Perkins b.abt. 1710 Cape Neddick, ME d.bef.Nov. 2, 1742 Wells, ME m.Sarah Wiggins
  2. Elizabeth Perkins b.1710 York, ME m.Jeremiah Moutlton
  3. John Perkins b.abt. 1712 Cape Neddick, ME d.bef.March 8, 1792 York, ME m.abt.1735 Elizabeth Pearce [11 children]
  4. Joseph Perkins b.Feb. 8, 1716 Cape Neddick, d.bef.Feb. 4, 1747 m.Abigail Wardwell

CHILDREN of Jacob and Anne:

  1. Lydia b.Dec. 26, 1719 d.May 28, 1748 m.Nathaniel Clarke, Jr.
  2. Sparks b.Dec. 28, 1721
  3. Sarah b.abt. 1723
  4. Elisha b.abt. 1726
  5. Josiah b.abt. 1730
  6. Newman b.July 5, 1734
  7. Stephen b.in 1736
  8. David b.abt. 1739
  9. Anna b.1741 d.Aug. 26, 1825 m.(1)______ Perkins m.(2)Dea. Nathaniel Taylor

Jacob was a large man, and was called "Much Big" Perkins by Indians. Jacob, a cooper of Ipswich, Mass.; bought 60 acres of upland and marsh at Cape Neddick, Maine and other land in 1708 and moved there. In 1717 he sold this land and purchased a farm in Ogunquit, Maine where he spent most of the rest of his life. He was part-owner of mills at Phillipstown, York, and North Berwick. He was active in the civic life of Wells, ME serving as constable, surveyor of highways, and selectman. Re: Jacob Perkins of Wells Maine.

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Joseph Perkins

b.Feb. 8, 1716/7 Cape Neddick, York, ME; s/o Jacob Perkins and Lydia Stover
d.bef. Feb. 4, 1747
m.Int.Dec. 22, 1739 York, ME m.Dec. 27, 1739 York, ME Abigail Wardwell
b.June 27, 1715 Andover, MA; d/o Eliakim Wardwell and Ruth Bragdon
d.bef. Mar. 31, 1760
She m.Int.March 6, 1752 m.(2)June 16, 1752 in York, ME, Ebenezer Watson. [Married by Rev. Isaac Lyman] He d.bef.March 3, 1754.

CHILD of Abigail:

  1. John Wardwell b.Feb. 27, 1734/35 York, ME
CHILDREN of Joseph and Abigail included:
  1. Ruth b.Aug. 19, 1740 Cape Neddick, York, ME
  2. Deborah b.Oct. 13, 1742 Cape Neddick, York, ME m.Stephen Littlefield
  3. Mary b.Apr. 3, 1745 York, York, ME d.May 6, 1797 Penobscot, Hancock, ME m.Mar. 7, 1764; Charles Hutchins
  4. Joseph b.Oct. 19 or/Nov.11, 1746 Cape Neddick, York, ME d.Aug. 20, 1818 Castine, Hancock, ME m.April 29, 1770 York, York, ME Phoebe Weare; she was b.Dec. 5, 1748 York and d.Aug. 2, 1815

    CHILD of Abigail and Ebenezer Watson:

  • Ebenezer Watson b.Sept. 3, 1753, York, ME

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    Joseph Perkins

    b.Oct. 19, 1746 York, ME [Other date found:Nov. 11, 1746--Second date may be bapt.?] ; s/o Joseph Perkins and Abigail Wardwell
    d.Aug. 20, 1818 Castine, ME
    m.Apr. 29, 1770 York, ME Phoebe Weare
    b.Sept. 10, 1747; d/o Joseph Weare and Mary Webber
    d.Aug. 2, 1815

    CHILDREN included:

    1. Mary b.Dec. 27, 1770 d.Dec. 3, 1833 m.Simeon Parker

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