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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.

 

© Linda Woodward Geiger. All Rights Reserved.



[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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