Daily Archive: April 22, 2014

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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