Category Archive: Perkins Family

Jun 07

52 Ancestors: #21 The House in Loudon Village

While growing up, my twin brother and I spent a lot of time at the home of our grandmother Perkins in Loudon Village. We never knew our grandfather Perkins—he died before we were born. I can attest to the fact that he was an active real estate dealer as I have many of his original deeds and because Nana Perkins told me that he would purchase a house, she’d turn it into a home, he’d sell the home, and the cycle would begin all over again. When I asked her why he’d not sold the present house that she’d lived in for years, she told me that when he put the “For Sale” sign in the front yard, she yanked the sign out of the ground. He got the message.

The acreage on which the house sat was above the roadbed by several feet. In addition to the house there was a large garage with attached shed and a separate hen house (rarely occupied). The shingled house stood on the island formed by the semi-circular dirt drive around the house.

The house had seven rooms (four down and three up) with an attached shed area that contained an additional three rooms of non-living space. The back door of the house opened into the first shed area where the laundry apparatus and icebox were located. My first memories are of the galvanized tubs and washboards that were used to do the family laundry. A big electric washtub with agitator and attached wringer comprised of two wooden rollers later replaced these laundry tools. Mr. Rogers and his team hauling huge blocks of ice stopped twice a week to refurbish the ice in the icebox. A truck with wooden bed later replaced the team of horses and the wagon. The other parts of the attached shed where used for storage.

The best food ever was cooked on the wood stove in the kitchen—when I close my eyes I can see and almost smell the aroma from those beautiful fruit pies. Other furnishings in the kitchen were a corner cupboard, a Hoosier cabinet, a large table with lots of chairs and a rocking chair. And, oh yes, there was a contraption that was connected to the stove that served as a water heater. Water from this would be used to wash the dishes in the long soap sink in the pantry located between the kitchen and the dinning room.

One of the two front rooms was used as a sitting room and the second as an office. The latter contained a big desk with rickety old typewriter. Nana Perkins served as the elected town clerk for the town of Loudon for many years and this room served as the Town Clerk’s Office. Nana was, also, a local correspondent for the Concord Monitor, and the weekly newspapers published in Pittsfield and Laconia. It seemed like that old typewriter was continually clattering. 1952_LindaThis was also the room where Nana Perkins taught me to sew. I remember sitting at her old Singer treadle machine when I was about ten years old making my very first outfit—a pair of shorts and halter-top constructed from a blue calico print.

The house in the village will always bring me wonderful memories and happy smiles.

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May 23

52 Ancestors: #17 Josephine Perkins

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Apr 22

52 Ancestors: #16 Stephen Perkins

While writing this post, I’ve noted several inconsistencies that need to be resolved. That being said, let me share with you the known events in the life of my third great grandfather, Stephen Perkins.

Stephen1 Perkins, son of Newman Perkins and Sarah Sawyer was born in Wells, York County, Maine, 12 February 1771.[1]

Stephen Perkins married Sally Davis of Lee, Strafford County, New Hampshire, 14 August 1800, in Epping, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.[2] Sally was born 7 April 1777,[3] and died 25 August 1841 at age 64.[4]

In the 1820 Census, Stephen was listed as a head of household in Chichester, Rockingham County.[5] The household, of seven, consisted of two males from 10 to 15, one male from 16 to 25, one male age 45 and upward, one female under 10, one female from 16 to 25, and one female from 26 to 44.

On 3 June 1825, Nancy Lane and her husband Jeremiah acknowledged a deed from her father, Stephen Perkins, of Chichester (now in Merrimack County)—for “a farm situated in Loudon in said county [Merrimack] of the value of five hundred Dollars bearing date the 25th December 1824, which farm with what he has otherwise given me, and what he may hereafter freely give me during his natural life, I have agreed to accept and receive … in full payment and satisfaction of the proportion I or my heirs may ever be entitled to have and receive out of and from the estate of the said Stephen Perkins…”. [6]

In the 1830 Census, Stephen was listed as a head of household of five in Chichester (one male age 10 thru 14, one male age 15 thru 19, one male age 50 thru 59, 1 female age 15 thru 19, and one female age 50 thru 59).[7]   This record is a derivative copy since the entries are arranged in rough alphabetical order by the first letter of the surname.

Stephen Perkins, husbandman, sold his farm (excepting that which he had previously given to his son Moses Perkins) to Stephen Perkins Junior (in all likely-hood his son) for consideration of $3000.[8] Within the deed the property is described as The Farm on which I now live in said Chichester containing two hundred acres more or less, bounded on the northwest by John Maxfield- north by Stephen Robie and Josiah Prescott northeast by Jabez James and others – on the east by Stephen Robie and on the south by John Berry and Wells Ely – southwest by Jeremiah Lane and by said Maxfield on the west being all my Homestead Farm in said Chichester except a piece of interval north east of the river heretofore given to my son Moses (together with the buildings on said farm.” The conveyance was made on the 30th of January 1803 and not recorded until 30 January 1833. If the date of the instrument (30 January 1803) is correct, then Stephen Junior could not have been the son of Stephen, husbandman, since Stephen Junior was not born until 1806 and Moses would have been about two years old. I suspect that an error occurred when the clerk of court recorded the deed. It is more reasonable that the indenture took place on 30 January 1833. A greater study of the Merrimack County (and her mother county, Rockingham) deeds is necessary.

On 9 October 1835, Stephen Perkins, husbandman, sold “all my right and title to one fourth part of a certain Saw Mill standing on Gilmanton Brook so called in said Chichester it being the same that I purchased of Jonathan Gove, Henry Robey and Jabez James” to Stephen Perkins 2nd, farmer. The deed was witnessed by D.K. Foster and Joshua Lane and recorded on the 9th of October 1835.[9] This is the first and only reference that I’ve located referencing a Stephen Perkins the 2nd. Could this man be the same man who is called Stephen Perkins Junior?

Albe Cady and Leonard Kimball witnessed a lease transaction between Stephen Perkins, Junior, and Stephen Perkins, Senior, (both of Chichester) on 4 April 1838. Stephen leased to his father, in consideration of eleven hundred and sixty eight dollars, the farm in said Chichester on which he now lives containing two hundred acres more or less being the same farm which was conveyed by said Stephen Senior to said Stephen Junior by deed dated January 30, 1833. Stephen Perkins Senior had the right to “occupy, enjoy and in such way and manner as he may deem proper to manage the premises without committing unnecessary waste thereon, and to receive the profits thereof during the period of his life.“

In the 1840 Census, Stephen was listed as a head of household of four, two of whom were active in agriculture in Chichester.[10] The home consisted of one male 20 thru 29, one male 60 thru 69, one female 15 thru 19, and one female 60 thru 69.

Stephen was enumerated in the dwelling of his son, Stephen, on 23 October 1850. Stephen was listed as a head of household with a woman named Eliza and at the time he reportedly had real estate valued at $3,500.[11]

It is likely that Stephen Perkins died sometime between 22 July 1857 when he signed his will and fourth Tuesday of September 1857 (22 September 1857) when his will was submitted for probate in the Merrimack County Probate Court[12]. Consequently the death date, 27 December 1857, provided by Jones in his Vital Statistics of Chichester, New Hampshire, 1742-1927 incorrect. [13]

According to family tradition, Stephen and his wife, Sally, were buried in Chichester, but as yet, I have no supporting evidence for their burial.

Known children of Stephen Perkins and Sally Davis:

i.       Moses Davis2 Perkins was born 19 November 1801.[14]

ii.       Nancy D. Perkins was born 13 April 1804.[15]

iii.       Stephen Perkins II was born 20 April 1806.[16]

iv.       Susan Perkins was born in Chichester, Merrimack County, New Hampshire 20 April 1806,[17] or 16 January 1808.[18] [Is it possible that Stephen’s first daughter, Susan died as an infant and he named a subsequent daughter Susan in her memory?]

v.       Sally F. Perkins was born 25 April 1814.[19]

vi.       James K. Perkins was born 15 July 1816.[20]

Future Research

  • Who was the woman called Eliza, age 61, in the 1850 household of Stephen Perkins? [21] Did Stephen remarry after the death of his wife, Sally, who died 25 August 1841?[22]
  • Make a through study of the property records of Rockingham and Merrimack Counties, particularly those relating any Stephen Perkins. It will be important to study each transaction when Stephen obtains and disposes of parcels of land.
  • Try to determine where Stephen and his wife Sally were buried.
  • Study all extant probate records to make a better determination of when Stephen passed away. Stephen Perkins died in Merrimack County and his Probate Case file is file # 4687.[23]
  • Study the town records of Chichester to determine if Stephen and Sally had two daughters named Susan (the first may have died in infancy).

 

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[1] Thomas Allen Perkins, comp., Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine and His Descendants, 1583-1936 (Haverhill, Mass.: Record Publishing Company, 1947), 16. Hereafter cited as Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine.

[2] Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine, 41.

[3] Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine, 41.

[4] Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine, 41.

[5] Stephen Perkins entry, 1820 U.S. Federal Census, Population Schedule, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, Chichester, page 136, line 3; National Archives micropublication M33, reel 60.

[6] Receipt of land from Stephen Perkins to Nancy and Jeremiah Lane, Deed Book 4: 527-8, County Clerk’s Office, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.

[7] Stephen Perkins entry, 1830 U.S. Federal Census, Population Schedule, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Chichester, page 180, line 12; National Archives micropublication M19, reel 76.

[8] Stephen Perkins to Stephen Perkins Junior, Sale of Land, Deed Book 53: 402. County Clerk’s Office, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.

[9] Stephen Perkins to Stephen Perkins 2d, Sale of Saw Mill Rights, 67: 295. County Clerk’s Office, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. Hereafter cited as S. Perkins to S. Perkins, Jr., Merrimack Deed Bk. 67.

[10] Stephen Perkins entry, 1840 U.S. Federal Census, Population Schedule, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Chichester, page 45, line 22; National Archives micropublication M704, reel 240.

[11] 1850 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Chichester, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 20B, dwelling 8, family 12, lines 16–17; National Archives microfilm M432, reel 436.

[12] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Probate Records Volume 34: 153; Family History Library microfilm #0,016,181.

[13] William Haslet Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester, New Hampshire, 1742-1927 (Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc., 2000), 31, hereinafter cited as Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester. This is a derivative record of at least one generation.

[14] Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine, 90; and Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester, 31.

[15] Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine, 41; and Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester, 31.

[16] Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine, 91; and Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester, 31.

[17] Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine, 90.

[18] Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester, 31.

[19] Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine, 90-91; and Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester, 31.

[20] Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine, 90-91; and Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester, 31.

[21] 1850 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Chichester, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 20B, dwelling 8, family 11, lines ; National Archives microfilm M432, reel 436.

[22] Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine, 41.

[23] Index to Merrimack County Probate Records, County Clerk’s Office, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Family History Library microfilm 1,561,608.

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Apr 14

52 Ancestors: #15 Stephen Perkins of Chichester

Stephen Perkins and his wife, Betsey Lane, were my second great grandparents.

Stephen Perkins was born on 20 April 1806 in Chichester, Rockingham County,[1] New Hampshire.[2]He died on 20 September 1897 at the age of 91 in Chichester, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[3]

Stephen Perkins II and Betsey Lane were married on 25 November 1832.[4] Betsey Lane, daughter of Jeremiah Lane and Eunice Tilton, was born on 23 July 1805 in Chichester, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.[5] She died on 22 September 1890 at the age of 85 in Chichester.[6]

Stephen and Betsey were buried in Chichester.[7]

Stephen Perkins and Betsey Lane had the following children, all born in Chichester:

  1. Hannah H. Perkins was born on 19 May 1835 and died on 25 November.[8]
  2. Stephen Prentiss Perkins, born 6 March 1837;[9] married Lavina Jane Case, 22 November 1866; and died 16 May 1903, Chichester.[10]
  3. Sarah Eunice Perkins, born 6 March 1840;[11] married Rinaldo Bracket Foster, 15 July 1860, Chichester; and died 20 October 1899, in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
  4. Jeremiah Lane Perkins, born 26 March 1842;[12] married Jennie Maria Osgood, 29 March 1874, in Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire; and died 21 November 1899, in Loudon.[13]
  5. John Butters Perkins, born 25 January 1844;[14] married Emma Adeline Jenkins; and died 7 May 1918, in Loudon[15]. [See blog post http://www.musingsbylinda.com/MyFamily/?p=707]
  6. Charles B. Perkins was born on 13 August 1846;[16] and died on 12 February 1874 at the age of 27 in Chichester[17].
  7. Ann M. Perkins, born 3 November 1849; married Charles Eddy Payne, 18 September 1876; and died 4 January 1929, in Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[18]

Stephen, son of Stephen, is typically called Stephen Jr. and resided near his father in Chichester.

Census Records

Stephen and his family were enumerated in Chichester, Merrimack County, New Hampshire from 1830 through 1880.

1830.  Stephen (listed as 20 to 30), living alone, resided next door to his father, Stephen Perkins.[19] This population schedule did not offer reference to occupation.

1840.  Stephen and his family were residing next door to his father, Stephen Perkins. Of the six people (1 male under 5, 1 male 5 to 10, 2 males 30 to 40, 1 female under 5, and 1 female 30 to 40) in his household, three were engaged in Agriculture.[20]

23 October 1850.[21] Stephen Perkins, Household (all born in New Hampshire):

Stephen Perkins, age 44, farmer, real estate valued at $200
Betsey Perkins, age 44
Stephen P. Perkins, age 13
Sarah E. Perkins, age 10
Jeremiah L. Perkins, age 8
John B. Perkins, age 6
Charles L. Perkins, age 4
Ann M. Perkins, age 3/4

9 June 1860.[22] Stephen Perkins Household (all born in New Hampshire):

Stephen Perkins, age 54, farmer, real estate valued at $1,600 and personal property valued at $15,000
Betsy, age 54
Stephen P., age 23, farmer
Sarah, age 20
Jeremiah, age 18, student
John B., age 16
Chas. F., age 14
Ann, age 10

26 June 1870.[23]  Stephen Perkins Household (all born in New Hampshire):

Stephen Perkins, age 64, farmer, real property valued at $6,000 and personal property valued at $12,000
Betsey, age 64, keeping house
Jeremiah, age 28, farm laborer
Charles F, age 23, farm laborer
Ann M., age 20,

24 June 1880.[24] Stephen Perkins Household (all born in New Hampshire)

Stephen Perkins, age 74, farmer
Betsy, age 74, wife, keeping house
Prentice [Stephen Prentiss] Perkins, age 42, son, farmer
Lavina, 36, daughter-in-law, age 36, keeping house
Alice M., grand daughter, age 10, at school
Stephen C. grandson, age 7, at school
William R Adams, age 75, servant, farm laborer

Property Records

The 1850, 1860, and 1870 federal census records Stephen with real property. A consequent incomplete search of deed records in Merrimack County provides some clues. However, it is necessary for the deed work (search and analysis) to continue.

To date the following documents have been located:

Probate Records

Stephen affixed his signature to his last will and testament on 29 Jun 1887 in Chichester, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[29] Stephen’s will described the following bequeaths:

  • “,,, unto my daughter Ann M. Paine, the sum of five dollars”
  • “… unto my daughter Sarah E. Foster, the sum of five dollars”
  • “… unto my son John B. Perkins of Loudon… the sum of one dollar”
  • “… unto my son Jeremiah L. Perkins the interest and income of fifteen shares of the National State Capital Bank of Concord New Hampshire for and during the time of his natural life from and immediately after the decease of said Jeremiah L. Perkins I give and bequeath unto my grandchildren Alice M. Perkins, Stephen C. Perkins and Ralph S. Perkins children of my son Stephen P. Perkins the aforesaid fifteen share of Bank stock to be divided equally among them.”
  • “… unto my aforesaid son Jeremiah L. Perkins all the demands and promissory notes which I hold against my son John B. Perkins and all debts due me from said John B. Perkins”
  • “… unto my son Stephen P. Perkins his heirs and assigns forever all the residue of my estate both real and personal estate wherever found or however situated”

Stephen appointed Thomas H. Thorndike, Esq. of Pittsfield to be his sole executor. David T. Brown, Stephen R. Watson, and F.H. Thorndike were witnesses to this will, dated 29 June 1887.

Stephen’s will was presented for probate 4 September 1897 in Merrimack County Court of Probate, Concord, New Hampshire.

Future Research

  • Continue deed research, seeking and analyzing, in Merrimack County, New Hampshire with Stephen Perkins as grantor and grantee.
  • Perform a complete search of probate records for Stephen Perkins in Merrimack County, New Hampshire.

 

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[1] Chichester became part of Merrimack County when that county was formed out of Rockingham and Hillsborough Counties in 1823 [John H. Long, Editor, New Hampshire, Vermont, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993), 47].

[2] William Haslet Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester, New Hampshire, 17421927 (Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2000), 31; hereinafter cited as Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester.

[3] Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester, 127.

[4] Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester, 65.

[5] Thomas Allen Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine, and His Descendants, 15831936 (Haverhill, Massachusetts: Record Publishing Company, 1947), 91; hereinafter cited as Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine.

[6] Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine, 91.

[7] Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester, 127.

[8] Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine, 91.

[9] Town Records of Chichester, New Hampshire, Volume V (Chichester, New Hampshire: The Town), 116; Family History Library microfilm 15,099; hereinafter cited as Town Records of Chichester.

[10] Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine, 91.

[11] Town Records of Chichester, 116.

[12] Town Records of Chichester, 116.

[13] Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine, 180.

[14] Town Records of Chichester, 116.

[15] Deaths Registered in the Town of Loudon for the Year Ending December 31, 1906, Annual Report of the Town of Loudon, 1907 (Concord, New Hampshire: The Town of Loudon, 1907).

[16] Town Records of Chichester, 116.

[17] Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester, 127. In this derivate publication, he was called Charles F. Perkins.

[18] Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine, 91.

[19] 1830 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Chichester, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 180, line 13; National Archives microfilm M19, reel 76.

[20] 1840 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Chichester, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 48, line 23; National Archives microfilm M704, reel 240.

[21] 1850 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Chichester, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 40, dwelling 8, family 11; National Archives microfilm M432, reel 436.

[22] 1860 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Chichester, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 22, dwelling 188, family 188, lines 24–31; National Archives microfilm M653, reel 677.

[23] 1870 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Chichester, New Hampshire, page 88, dwelling 7, family 8, lines 27–31; National Archives microfilm M593, reel 845 viewed on Ancestry.com, 13 April 2014.

[24] 1880 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Chichester, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 83B,  Enumeration District 165, dwelling 106, family 118, lines 21-26; National Archives microfilm T9, reel 765.

[25] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 22: 512; Family History Library microfilm #16,121.

[26] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 67: 295; Family History Library microfilm #16,144.

[27] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 53: 519; Family History Library microfilm #16,137.

[28] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 53: 519; Family History Library microfilm #16,137.

[29] Will of Stephen Perkins, New Hampshire, Merrimack County, Probate Records, 1880–1900, Volume 88: 334–335; Family History Library microfilm #1,571,928.

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Apr 12

52 Ancestors: #14 John Butters Perkins

This 52 week, 52 Ancestors challenge is proving to be very interesting. As I analysis the research I’ve conducted, it is apparent that I should have put my blinders on—why in the world have I no record of possible estate or property records of John Butters Perkins? John would have been about seventeen years old at the beginning of the Civil War. Why have I not searched for possible Union service for him? All I have are the boring vital statistics and census records for John and his family.

John Butters Perkins, son of Stephen Perkins and Betsey Lane, was born on 25 January 1844 in Chichester, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[1] He died of a cerebral hemorrhage on 7 May 1918 at the age of 74 in Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[2]

John Butters Perkins married Emma Adeline Jenkins,[3] about 1868. Emma Adeline, daughter of William Jenkins and Joanne B. Foss, was born on 9 Nov 1847 in Barnstead, Belknap County, New Hampshire. She died on 6 Mar 1906 at the age of 58 in Loudon.[4]

Death of John B. Perkins

John B. and Emma A. were buried with their daughter Louise in Mount Hope Cemetery, Loudon Village, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[5]

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John and his family were enumerated on the federal decennial census records on 16 June 1870,[6] 3 June 1880,[7] and on 21 June 1900.[8] John was enumerated in the home of his son, Homer L. Perkins on 9 May 1910, in Loudon.[9]

John Butters Perkins and Emma Adeline Jenkins had the following children:

  1. Etta Belle Perkins, born 7 November 1869,[10] Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire; married George Wilmer Rowell, 29 August 1903, Boscawen, Merrimack County, New Hampshire;[11] died 10 Oct 1950 and buried with her husband in Moore Cemetery, in Loudon.[12]
  2. Charles Bauman Perkins, born 13 June 1873, Loudon; married Grace Clough, 27 February 1904, Pittsfield, Merrimack County.[13]
  3. Louise Betsy Perkins was born on 6 July 1875 in Loudon. [14] She died on 31 July 1885 at the age of 10 in Loudon and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery.[15]
  4. Homer Lathe Perkins, born 16 Jun 1879, Loudon; married Alice Margaret Brown, 8 April 1908, Chester, Rockingham County, New Hampshire; and died 22 August1939, Loudon. [See previous blog entry http://www.musingsbylinda.com/MyFamily/?p=701.]

Future Research

  • Search for deeds (grantee and grantor) in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, for John Butters Perkins.
  • Search for possible probate records for John B. Perkins in Merrimack County from 1910 and possibly forward for several years.
  • Search for possible service in the Union during the Civil War Period for John Butters Perkins.
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[1] Tombstone of John B. Perkins; Emma A, his wife, and Louise B. Perkins, Mount Hope Cemetery, located in Loudon Village, behind the Congregation Church, viewed and photographed by the author, 28 September 1991 (hereinafter cited as Tombstone of John B. Perkins, et al); and William Haslet Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester, New Hampshire, 1742–1927 (Bowie Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc., 2000), 31.

[2] “New Hampshire, Death Records, 1654-1947,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11623-1872-63?cc=1601211 : accessed 11 Apr 2014), 004243185 > image 1913 of 2917; citing Bureau Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; Tombstone of John B. Perkins, et al; and Deaths Registered in the Town of Loudon for the Year Ending December 31, 1906, Annual Report of the Town of Loudon, 1919 (Concord, New Hampshire: The Town of Loudon, 1920).

[3] Thomas Allen Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine, and His Descendants, 1583-1936 (Haverhill, Massachusetts: Record Publishing company, 1947), 181.

[4] Deaths Registered in the Town of Loudon for the Year Ending December 31, 1906, Annual Report of the Town of Loudon, 1907 (Concord, New Hampshire: The Town of Loudon, 1907).

[5] Tombstone of John B. Perkins, et al.

[6] 1870 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 384B, dwelling 195, family 177 lines 6–8; National Archives microfilm M593, reel 846.

[7] 1880 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 364D, Enumeration District 184, dwelling 40, family 42, lines 33–38; National Archives microfilm T9, reel 766.

[8] 1900 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 150, Enumeration District 169, sheet 7, dwelling 163, family 163, lines 17–21; National Archives microfilm T623, reel 949.

[9] 1910 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Enumeration District 220, sheet 9A, dwelling 164, family 166, lines 1–4; National Archives microfilm T624, reel 865.

[10] Tombstone of George W. Rowell and Etta B. Perkins, his wife, Moore Cemetery, located in Loudon Village, behind the Congregation Church adjacent to Mount Hope Cemetery, viewed and photographed by the author, 28 September 1991 (hereinafter cited as Tombstone of George and Etta B. Perkins Rowell).

[11] “New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL85-HFN : accessed 11 Apr 2014), Emma A. Jenkins in entry for Charles B. Perkins and Grace A. Clough, 27 Feb 1904; citing Pittsfield, , New Hampshire, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 2069876.

[12] Tombstone of George W. Rowell and Etta B. Perkins, his wife, Moore Cemetery, located in Loudon Village, behind the Congregation Church adjacent to Mount Hope Cemetery, viewed and photographed by the author, 28 September 1991 (hereinafter cited as Tombstone of George and Etta B. Perkins Rowell).

[13] “New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL85-HFN : accessed 11 Apr 2014), Emma A. Jenkins in entry for Charles B. Perkins and Grace A. Clough, 27 Feb 1904; citing Pittsfield, , New Hampshire, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 2069876.

[14] Tombstone of John B. Perkins, et al.

[15] Tombstone of John B. Perkins, et al.

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Apr 02

52 Ancestors: #13 Homer Lathe Perkins

HLPerkinsHomer Lathe Perkins was one of nearly thirty thousand men between the ages of thirty-seven to forty-five who answered the call of the Selective Service to register for the draft on the 12th of September 1918.[1] That, in it self, is not surprising. However, her resided in the village of Loudon and I would have expected him to travel into Concord (only 8 miles away from his home) to register. Why did he register in Franklin (some 22 miles away)?  That is a puzzle to which I need a solution.

Unfortunately I never met my Grandfather Perkins—he died before I was born. But I do know that he was a wheeler and dealer. I have in my possession a large number of original deeds relating to his buying and selling of land in and about Loudon. His wife, Nana Perkins, once told me that he’d buy a house, she’d work hard to make it a home and as soon as she did, he’d sell the place. I knew she lived in the house I remember in Loudon for several years before his death and when I asked her how she managed to stay there, she said, “When he put out the ‘for sale’ sign, I simply when out in the yard and yanked it up and he got the message.”

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1930Chevrolet

In 1930 Homer and Alice purchased a new Chevrolet Sedan from Gossville Garage in Epsom, N.H.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homer Lathe Perkins, son of John Butter Perkins and Emma Adeline Jenkins, was born in Loudon (Merrimack County), New Hampshire, 16 June 1879.[2] He died 22 August 1939 in Loudon.[3]

Homer L. Perkins and Alice M. Brown were married 8 April 1908 in Chester (Rockingham County), New Hampshire, by Albert Hall, Minister of the Gospel.[4]

The couple had two daughters.[5]

i.      Helen Elizabeth Perkins, born 7 February 1909 in Loudon;[6] died 14 November 1976 in Keene (Cheshire County), New Hampshire;[7] and was buried in Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord (Merrimack County), New Hampshire. She and John William Galloway were married, 18 July 1936, in Loudon by William Hastings, Congregational minister.[8] Helen and John had one child.

ii.      Josephine Emma Perkins, born 30 December 1917 in Concord, New Hampshire;[9] died in York, Maine;[10] and was buried in Blossom Hill Cemetery, in Concord. She married Oscar H. Woodward, Jr., September 1940 in Chichester, New Hampshire.[11] Josephine and Oscar had four children.

perkins-woodwardHomer and Alice are buried in Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord, New Hampshire.

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[1] World War I Draft Registration Card of Homer Lathe Perkins, Homer Lathe Perkins, 12 September 1918, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Selective Service Records, Record Group 163, National Archives at Atlanta, Morrow, Georgia; hereinafter cited as WWI Draft Card of Homer Lathe Perkins.

[2] WWI Draft Card of Homer Lathe Perkins.

[3] Certificate of Death, Homer Lathe Perkins, New Hampshire Department of Vital Records, Hazen Road, Concord, New Hampshire.

[4] Certificate of Marriage of Homer L Perkins and Alice M. Brown in possession of the author.

[5] History of New Ipswich, 275–276.

[6] Birth Record of Helen E. Perkins, Annual Report of the Financial Affairs of the Town of Loudon for the Year Ending 15 February 1909 (Concord, N.H.: The Town, 1909), 37.

[7] Tombstone of Helen Perkins Galloway, Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord, New Hampshire, viewed and photographed by the author, 9 August 1993.

[8] New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947, Downloaded from FamilySearch.org, 5 August 2013.

[9] Birth Record of Josephine E. Perkins, Annual Report of the Financial Affairs of the Town of Loudon for the Year Ending 15 February 1917 (Concord, N.H.: The Town, 1917).

[10] Death Certificate of Josephine P. Woodward, #93 00989, State of Maine, Department of Human Resources, York, Maine.

[11] Marriage Record of Oscar Herman Woodward Jr. and Josephine Emma Perkins, New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Hazen Road, Concord, New Hampshire

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Apr 04

1940 Census – Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire

1940 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Enumeration District 7-57, Sheet 3-A; downloaded from Archives.gov 3 April 2012.

The unincorporated area called Loudon Village was enumerated on 9 April 2012 by Wm. Joyce Medlock. My parents were listed with their respective parents. Their homes where on opposite sides of Main Street directly across from one another.

Family of Alice M. Perkins (Alice furnished the information)
Lines  18–20, household no. 42; Alice owned her home worth $3,000; in 1935 the family lived in the same house;
Household members (all born in New Hampshire): 1) Alice M. Perkins, head, age 54, widow, completed 4 years of high school; 2) Josephine E. Perkins, daughter, age 22, completed two years of college, and employed as an office attendant in a hospital; and 3) Alice M. Deprey, lodger, age 28, completed two years of college, and employed as a school teacher.
Family of Oscar H. Woodward (Sara Woodward furnished the information)
Lines 21–24, household no. 43; Oscar owned his home worth $3,000; in 1935 the family lived in Concord, Merrimack County, NH
Household members:1) Oscar H. Woodward, head; age 60, completed four years of high school, born in NH, and employed as a trackman for a steam railroad;  2) Sara M Woodward, wife, age 58, completed two years of high school, born in Nova Scotia; 3) Oscar H Woodward Jr, son, age 25, completed four hears of high school, born in NH, in 1935 he was in the U.S. Army, and employed as a truck driver; and 4) Jean M. Collins, lodger, age 15, completed 8 years of school, and born in NH.

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Nov 20

Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgivings during my childhood were generally spent with relatives on my Mom’s side of the family. “Over the River and through the Woods” was commonly sung as we made our way from Walpole to Chichester.  We generally dined at the large farm house of Ben and Eleanor Shaw on Bear Hill in Chichester. Ellen (Rowell) Shaw was  the niece of Nana Perkins (Alice M Brown Perkins). I always thought that there was such a crowd of people around the large dinning room table: Ben & Eleanor and their two children Carl and Pat (much older than Peter and I), Aunt Bell (Eleanor’s mother and sister-in-law of Nana Perkins), Nana Perkins, Mom & Dad, Peter, Richard, and I and later our younger sister, Gale). On rare occasion, Aunt Helen (Mom’s sister) and her son Jerome would join us.

The fare was nearly always the same: a huge turkey, giblet dressing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, and boiled onions. Once or twice lobster was added to the table, particularly for Nana Perkins. Dessert was always the traditional apple, pumpkin, and pecan pies. Eleanor made the best pies!

As young adults the tradition of place and people changed (not fare). There were not new family members consisting of the spouses the four Woodward siblings. We seemed to alternate years with the families of our spouses and it was more difficult, particularly after we started having children. It was not uncommon in those days for as many as twenty four family members around my table (tables that is). It was always a special time.

But then my second husband and I moved to Georgia and it was not easy getting back to New England for Thanksgiving with my family. So many Thanksgivings here in Georgia were spent with some of Charles friends and co-workers until his health began to decline. Even when we did dine with others, I just had to cook a Thanksgiving meal at home.

Recently I was invited to join other “orphans,” as we called ourselves – some of the staff of the National Archives  who had no family or none near enough to be able to share the day. I’m looking forward to another delightful Thanksgiving dinner with wonderful friends!  This year my brother Richard will be with us.

I’m thankful everyday for my many blessings, but always feel extra gratitude this time of year for my family and friends. I love Thanksgiving Day!

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Nov 04

Parents of Homer Lathe Perkins

Although we have no contemporary record to provide evidence that Emma A. Jenkins was the mother of Homer Lathe Perkins nor a marriage record for John Butters Perkins and Emma A. Jenkins, we have the following evidence of their marriage.

  • Tombstone of John Butters Perkins and Emma A., his wife[1]
  • 1880 U.S. Census indicates that Emily A. is the wife of John B Perkins.[2]
  • 1900 U.S. Census: indicates that Emma A. is the wife of John B. Perkins, that Emma had given birth to four children, three of whom were still living[3] [Louisa B. died 31 July 1885.[4] John B. and Emma A. Perkins had both been married for 32 years. There were three children in the household: Etta Belle, daughter, born November 1869; Charles B., son, born June 1872; and Homer L., son, born Jun 1876.
  • Marriage of Etta B. Perkins and George W. Rowell states that Etta Belle’s parents were John B. Perkins and Emma Jenkins.[5]
  • Birth of Charles B. Perkins, born 13 June 1872, filed 28 February 1928,[6] show parents as John B. Perkins and Emma A. Jenkins.
  • Birth of Louisa B. Perkins, born 6 July 1875, filed 28 February 1925,[7] show parents as John B. Perkins and Emma A. Jenkins

Although much of the evidence is not “close” to the time of the event, I do believe that we have a strong argument indicating that the parents of Homer Lathe Perkins, were John B. Perkins and Emma Jenkins.



[1] Triple headstone for John B. Perkins; Emma A., his wife; and Louise B. Perkins, Mount Hope Cemetery, Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire (behind the 1st Congregational Church in Loudon Village) photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, September 1991.

[2] 1880 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Enumeration District 184, sheet 4D, dwelling 40, family 42, line 34; National Archives micropublication T9, reel 766; viewed on Ancestry.com 3 November 2011.

[3] 1890 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 150, Enumeration District 169, sheet 7A, dwelling 163, family 163, line 18; National Archives micropublication T623, reel 949; viewed at the National Archives-Southeast Region, East Point, Georgia.

[4] Triple headstone for John B. Perkins; Emma A., his wife; and Louise B. Perkins, Mount Hope Cemetery, Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire (behind the 1st Congregational Church in Loudon Village) photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, September 1991.

[5] State of New Hampshire marriage record of Etta Belle Perkins & George Rowell; FamilySearch database “New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947, image 505; viewed 3 November 2011 [in FamilySearch.org, the indexed refers to George U. Powell and Ella P. Perkins].

[6] State of New Hampshire birth record of Charles B. Perkins; FamilySearch database “New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900, image 2602; viewed 4 November 2011. It should be noted that this is a derivate document filed some fifty-two years after his birth.

[7] State of New Hampshire birth record of Louisa B. Perkins; FamilySearch database “New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900, image 2602; viewed 4 November 2011.  It should be noted that this is a derivate document filed some fifty years after her birth.

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Nov 02

Wordless Wednesday: Daughter & Father, about 1930

Josephine and her Dad, Homer Lathe Perkins

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