John Perkins
  b: 18/Aug/1651 - New Haven Col.
  d: 1727 - New Haven Co., CT- bur: Center Church on the Green Churchyard

Father: Edward Perkins
Mother: Elizabeth Butcher

Spouse-1: Mary ***** - b: 16/Mar/1652(1653)
  m: 16/May/1677

Child-1: John - b: 3/Jun/1678 - New Haven Co., CT
                        d: Oct/1749 - New Haven Co., CT
                       m: Sarah Warner - 15/May/1701 - New Haven Co., CT
                       m: Elizabeth Hayward - 3/Feb/1707(1708) - New Haven Co., CT
          2: Stephen
          3: Peter - b: 18/May/1682 - New Haven Co., CT
                         d: 14/Feb/1738(1739) - New Haven Co., CT
                         m: Hannah Ford - ~1705 - New Haven Co., CT
          4: James - b: 23/Aug/1684 - New Haven Co., CT
          5: Elisha - b: 6/Jul/1688 - New Haven Co., CT
                          d: ~1720 - Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA
                         m: Sarah Smith - 27/Feb/1712(1713) - Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA
          6: Mary - b: 9/Oct/1689 - New Haven Co., CT - d: ~1748
                        m: Abraham Tomlinson - ~1711 - New Haven Co., CT
          7: Nathan - b: 9/Sep/1694 - New Haven Co., CT
                            d: Oct/1749 - New Haven Co., CT
                           m: Abigail Hill - 13/May/1718 - New Haven Co., CT
          8: Aaron - bp: 29/Nov/1700 - New Haven Co., CT - d: ~1763
                           m: Silence Humiston - 2/Oct/1719
                           m: Mary Alling - 18/Dec/1723 - New Haven Co., CT

Spouse-2: Rebecca Thompson - b: 26/Jan/1650(1651) - New Haven Co., CT
  m: 1703 - New Haven Co., CT

Biographical Details:

John Perkins was the son of the original immigrant, Edward Perkins, and was born in the Colony of New Haven on August 18, 1651.  The maiden name of his wife, Mary, is unknown, but it is reported that they married May 16, 1677.  They had eight known children, all of whom survived to adulthood except for James, who apparently died as a small child.  John Perkins was a farmer and apparently bought and sold land quite frequently.1  He was admitted to membership in the First Congregational Church of New Haven on November 21, 1688.  Evidently, Mary Perkins died about 1701 or 1702 and in 1703 John remarried to Rebecca Thompson Thomas, widow of Daniel Thomas.  She was the daughter of John Thompson, an early settler of the colony and apparently also the sister (or half-sister) of John Thompson identified by Savage as "farmer".  As John and Rebecca were both about fifty years old when they married, they had no children of their own.  An inventory of the estate of John Perkins was made by Francis Griffin and Ebenezer Becher on August 29, 1727.  An additional inventory was made on the same date and the estate was valued at four hundred and thirty-eight pounds and three shillings, quite a considerable sum.  Accordingly, this suggests that John Perkins died in the late spring or summer of 1727.
Source Notes and Citations:
1. Caroline Erickson Perkins, The Descendants of Edward Perkins of New Haven, Conn., Rochester, NY, 1914: pgs. 4-5.  (Reprint available from the Higginson Book Co., 148 Wash. St., P. O. B. 778, Salem, MA, 01970)
     John Perkins "died before 1730; no will or settlement of his estate, which he probably had disposed of to his children during his life, is to be found upon record while there is apparent evidence of the latter fact.  He was a farmer.  December 26, 1681, he sold to John Smith of New Haven the 22 acres on the west side of the town he had received from his father February 26, 1679.  March 24, 1701, he conveys by deed of gift to son John 21 acres bounded on land of his brothers David and Jonathan.  September 18, 1705, he gave by deed to his son Peter one-third of my father, Edward Perkins, dec'd, estate, in 3rd division; also 2 acres arable land in Sperry's Plain.
     September 28, 1710, he bought of David Johnson, blacksmith, a small piece of land bounded in part on Stephen Perkins.  February 24, 1715-16, he buys of his neighbor Moses Sperry five feet of land.  October 23, 1718, he sells to son Nathan 4 acres in his third pitch.  December 8, 1718, he conveys to his cousin (nephew) Seth Perkins (son of his brother Jonathan), weaver, three-fourths of an acre bounded on the town street, Jona Perkins, channel of the creek and heirs of Jas. Chidsey, March 26, 1722, he conveys to son Peter by deed of gift two acres adjoining land of said Peter.  April 5, 1722, he also conveys to son Aaron  by deed of gift one acre within the field called Yorkshire quarter, it being part of the meadow lying between my brother Jonathan and my own land; also one-half of my 5th division joining Wallingford bounds."
     "In 1727, a conservator was appointed for John Perkins and his wife Rebecca."
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Additional Citations:

2. Vital Records of New Haven, 1649-1850, pub. by Connecticut Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, Hartford, CT, 1917-1924: Vol. 1, pg. 65. (cited by Steven Curtis Perkins, "Ancestry of Jabez Perkins",, 1989-2001.)

3. Records of the First Congregational Church, New Haven , CT: No. 387.  (cited ibid.)

4. New Haven Dist. #8137; New Haven Probate Packets, 1683-1880, Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT, (microfilm: roll #1024363 (904)). (cited ibid.)

5. James Savage, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England - Vols. 1-4, Little, Brown and Co., Boston, MA, 1860-1862: Vol. 4, pgs. 285-6.  (Reprint available from Genealogical Publishing Co., 1001 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD, 21202-3897)

6. Paula Perkins Mortensen, English Origin of Six Early Colonists by the Name Perkins, Gateway Press, Baltimore, MD, 1998.

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