PERKINS FAMILY BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES BY STATE
Perkins Research New York Biographical Sketches
GARDNER H. PERKINS, a respected resident of Cazenovia
village and inventor of the Perkins Patent. Perfect Truss Wire Fence," was
born in Cazenovia two and one half miles south of the village, February
23, 1841, a son of Stillman Perkins and Delana Squier, born
March 8, 1800, died July 6, 1878. The family were among the earliest
settlers of this region, coming from Massachusetts, and is of New England
pioneer stock. Stillman Perkins reared a family of nine children, eight of
whom lived to maturity. He was born July 7, 1796, and died in 1863,
honored and respected by all who had known him. Gardner H. Perkins was
educated at Cazenovia Seminary and has been principally engaged in
farming. He has been a prolific inventor and is the patentee of a hay
knife named the Diamond "; a combined fork hook; a pulverize and
reversible harrow; and the Perkins Patent Perfect Truss Wire Fence. The
last named patent is a valuable one and the wonder is that a fence of so
much merit and evident superiority has not already come into more general
use. Many property owners in this vicinity have erected sections of the
fence and as all are enthusiastic in their endorsement of its superior
points and stable qualities, it is believed that the time is not far
distant when Mr. Perkins's fence will have a wide sale. Its double truss
form makes it non sagging, economizes posts, enhances its beauty, and
makes gates in keeping with the fence. The invention has three merits:
first, it successfully repels all stock; second, it is rapidly made
without any special tools and therefore costs much less to build than
other fences; third, it can be easily taken down and put up in another
place and is readily repaired. Without doubt Mr. Perkins will eventually
be successful in securing a large market for his patent, as he has more
fence in his immediate vicinity than all other patent fences combined. He
has never held public office of any kind, being no aspirant in that
direction. He married September 23, 1868,
LUCRETIA S. NILES, daughter of Russell Niles of the town of
WILLIAM PERKINS, was born on the farm where he now resides, March 3, 1823, son of Elam and Annie (Merriam) Perkins. Elam Perkins commenced life as a pioneer and general farmer, and was a natural mechanic and carpenter. He was assessor of Trenton, Oneida Co., NY fifteen years and supervisor one term. His children were William Perkins, and Louise Perkins, wife of George Egert. The grandparents, George and Lucy Perkins, came from Connecticut and settled in Trenton, Oneida Co., NY about 1808. Their children were Jabez Perkins, Daniel Perkins, James Perkins, and Ellen Perkins. William Perkins married HELEN H. BROADWELL, daughter of William and Dorcas Broadwell, by whom he has two children: Annie Perkins, wife of Beeman Osgood; and Emerette Perkins, wife of R.W. Nuthull. Mr. Perkins is very active in town affairs, having been assessor of the town for the past thirty-six years in succession. He owns a farm of 300 acres, and is also owner of Perkins House, a summer resort where many prominent people spend their summers.
Source: Our Country and Its People, Part III: The Boston History Company, 1896.
Source: History of Oneida County, New York: With
Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of some of its prominent men and
SAMUEL W. PERKINS,
son of Elam and Lydia Perkins, was born at Hampton,
Washington County, New York, Jan. 22nd, 1809. In February, 1814, he came
with is parents to Warsaw, NY and lived with them until he was twenty-two.
In 1836 he drove stage from Warsaw to Moscow, and the same year he bought
fifty-five acres of partly improved land on log 53. He has since added to
it two hundred and eighty-five acres. When he made the first purchase he
did not have a cent, and borrowed money to pay for having the papers made
out He was held to office of assessor. He was married March 23rd, 1832, to
MARY DENSMORE, daughter of Ephraim and
Sarah Densmore, of Warsaw, NY, by whom he had six children, five of whom
are living. Mrs. Perkins died July 12th, 1879, aged sixty-eight. Mr.
Perkins is a member of the church of United Brethren. His father took up a
farm of eighty-three acres when he came to Warsaw, NY and lived on it
until he died. He was married in 1803 to Lydia Wheat,
by whom he had nine children, of whom eight lived to be men and woman. He
was born in Cheshire, Connecticut, December 4th, 1782 and died April 18th,
1863. His wife died December 18th, 1865, aged seventy-seven.
PERKINS, was born August 24th, 1811, at Enfield, Grafton county,
N. H. He married SOPHRONIA WELLS, of
Danville, Caledonia county, Vermont, November 4th, 1832, and came from there
to Arcade, NY in October, 1839. He is a carriage builder. He has served as
town superintendent of schools, justice of the peace, president of the
village and in many less important offices.
is a venerable and influential citizen of Cuylerville, in the town of Leicester, Livingston County, N.Y. ; but he was born in Orange County, Vermont, in the town of Chelsea, on the first day of August, 1804. His grand father, Jacob Perkins, removed from Connecticut to Vermont in 1789, and settled on the West Hill in Chelsea. Jacob's son, Elisha Perkins, was born in Connecticut, where he grew up and married, and then removed to Vermont with his father, as a Chelsea pioneer, building a log house and clearing away the timber. There were no railways in those days, and the early settlers had to cart their marketable produce all the way to Boston. In Chelsea Elisha Perkins stayed until the War of 1812 was over, but in the fall of 1815 sold his land, and started for what was then considered the Far West, intending to locate in the neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. The family started with four horses and two wagons and all their household effects, and it required three weeks for the overland journey. When they reached Moscow, Livingston County, the Alleghany River was so low that boats were not running, so Mr. Perkins left his family, and went forward on an investigating tour. He found that the difficulties had not been exaggerated, and as traveling down the river was out of the question decided to settle in Livingston County. His means were limited; and he found employment at farming, but finally bought two hundred acres in Genesee, where he remained the rest of his days, his death occurring at the age of seventy-seven. His wife was ELIZABETH HILL, a Connecticut girl, who also died on the homestead, at the age of seventy-six. Both are interred in Temple Hill Cemetery. They reared nine children. Their son John was eleven years old when he came to Livingston County with his parents; and he can perfectly recall the incidents of the trip and the primitive mode of life, when Squawkey Hill was still the abode of Indians, and deer and bears were occasionally seen, though not numerous. Before the Erie Canal was constructed, the farmers had to cart their wheat to Albany, and bring back whatsoever goods might be needed by the family. John attended the first school, taught in the neighboring log cabin, where the furniture was of the most primitive description, the benches being slabs, with wooden pins for legs. Of course the boy worked on the land almost from his cradle; and it was hard work, when so little agricultural machinery had been invented. Grass had to be mown by hand with scythes. Grain had to be cut with the sickle, and was trampled out under foot instead of being threshed. The members of the family, especially the children, were clad in homespun ; and the wool had to be carded, spun, dressed, and woven by the women. In 1836 Mr. Perkins went to Michigan on an exploring expedition, accompanied by his brother. They walked to Buffalo, and thence went by boat as far as Detroit. Then they again took to their feet, and went to Kent County. There they purchased a thousand acres, but after a time returned to Livingston County, where John bought the farm of a hundred and eighty acres where he still lives, in the Genesee Valley, two miles from the village of Geneseo. In 1828, eight years before this Michigan expedition, John Perkins married ELIZA BEEBE, a native of this town, and a daughter of Hopestell Beebe, a pioneer here. She died in 1842; and Mr. Perkins married her sister, JANE BEEBE, who died January 4, 1888. By the first marriage there were five children — Miles Perkins, who was born in 1831; Frank Perkins, in 1836; Artilisa Perkins, in 1838; Washington Perkins and Warren Perkins, twins, in 1840. Of the second marriage there were three children— John Perkins, born in 1844; Alice Perkins, in 1852; and Francis Perkins, in 1854. Frank Perkins served his country throughout the Civil War as a member of the Second Michigan Cavalry. Warren Perkins also went to war, was captured by the rebels at Plymouth, N.C., April 20, 1864, and starved to death in Andersonville Prison, where he breathed his last on the 28th of August of the same year. Their father has living fifteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Though ninety years of age, and with hearing somewhat impaired, Mr. Perkins is a very bright gentleman, with sound mind and memory, and able to take care of his stock. He is one of the few living witnesses of the execution of the Thayers in Buffalo for arson and murder, in 1825. Such men as Mr. Perkins are the bone and sinew of American prosperity. Well was it said by Sir Philip Sidney, "True bravery is quiet, undemonstrative."
Source: Biographical Review - The Leading Citizens of Livingston and Wyoming Co., New York. - Biographical Review Publishing Company - Boston, MA - 1895 p.340/341
HOSEA B. PERKINS, who was at one time recognized as an orator of no mean ability, and more recently was called "the Silver Tongued Orator of Washington Heights", died yesterday morning in his homestead on King's Bridge Road. Those who were children in New York twenty-five or Thirty years ago remember him especially well as a Fourth of July orator, who would arouse their patriotism to the highest pitch. When some civic or military event in New York required an orator it was for many years quite the custom to call upon Hosea Perkins for the address. He was always a Democrat, but Mr. Perkins did not take politics very seriously and although upon several occasions offices of considerable importance were offered to him he declined them. He was a member of the Tammany Society and of the Democratic Fordham, Washington Heights, and Century Clubs. Of the latter organization he was President for many years. Although a busy man, Mr. Perkins was a great lover of books, and found time for private study. After his retirement from business he took up the study of several languages and also of the sciences. In 1871 Dartmouth similarly honored him. He was considered an authority on the poetry of Robert Burns, and he delivered a number of lectures on the Scotch bard. Mr. Perkins was born in Dover, N. H., Aug. 8th, 1819. He was the son of Robert P. Perkins and Relief Perkins, his family being one of the oldest and most respected in the State. What early education he got was in public schools of his native town, which he left at fourteen years of age. For three years he worked on his father's farm and as a clerk in a store, and then left for New York. He arrived here when he was seventeen years old, and was fond of telling in his later years that upon his arrival he knew only one person in the city - a poor old negro. He secured a position as clerk in the carpet house of Shaw & Carter. A few years later he went into business for himself on the Bowery with his brother, James P. Perkins. After thirty years in business he retired, having amassed a competency. Although declining political honors, Mr. Perkins served for ten years as a School Trustee and for twenty years represented the Twelfth Ward in the Board of Education. During the war Mr. Perkins was a member of the New England Relief Association and as such upon the return of the Second New Hampshire after the war delivered the address of welcome at the Battery. The affair was one which drew a crowd of 10,000 persons to that park. One of his other memorable speeches was made at the Hampshire Agricultural Society, at which the most prominent men of that time attended and made speeches. Mr. Perkins married on Nov. 9th, 1848, HARRIET L. HANMER, who died in 1888. They had eight children, five of whom survive. They are Mrs. H. M. Noe, Mrs. Thomas H. Disbrow, Mrs. George H. Payson, wife of the Rev. Dr. Payson of Newark, N.J., Mrs. William J. McCreery, and Robert R. Perkins. Mr. Perkins enjoyed pretty good health until 1900 when his daughter, Mrs. Ethan Allen, died. He seemed to grieve over that bereavement a great deal, and also about that time began to show physical ailments. For several months he had been very ill at his home.
Source: Obituary - 1902: July 30th - The New York Times - New York, NY
JAMES PERKINS was born Aug. 24th, 1811, at Enfield, Grafton Co., N.H. He married SOPHRONIA WELLS of Danville, Caledonia Co., VT , Nov. 4th, 1832, and came from there to Arcade, Wyoming Co., NY in Oct., 1835, but did not become a permanent resident until Aug., 1839. He is a carriage builder. He has served as town superintendent of schools, justice of the peace, president of the village and in many less important offices.
Source: History of Wyoming Co., NY - By: F. W. Beers - 1880
ORVILLE T. PERKINS was born in Willing, Allegany Co., NY July 21, 1845, lived upon a farm until in October, 1861 he enlisted in Co E, 93d Regt N. Y. Vols., being but just past 16 years of age and weighing but 113 pounds. He was first placed in the drum corps but soon was sent back to the ranks. He was promoted to corporal in 1863, re-enlisted in the field in December, 1863, promoted to sergeant in May, 1864, transferred to Co. A, July 3, 1864, promoted to 1st sergeant and placed in command of Co. A. in September, 1864 was promoted to sgt. major and April 1865, promoted to 2d lieut. He commanded a company five, months, was in the army nearly four years, was in 39 battles (including the final "roundup" of Lee at Appomattox), was mustered out July 13th, 1865, and eight days later celebrated his 20th birthday with relatives in Willing. He has always held his residence in Willing, although he was four years in the pinery of Wisconsin. and about one year at Duke Centre, Pa. He has been postmaster at Hallsport eight years, assessor six years, justice of the peace nine years, commander of Wesley Rolfe Post, G. A. R. for 11 years, accountant and treasurer of the Hallsport cheese factory 16 years, and supervisor of the town for the last three years. He married, Oct. 27, 1866, CLARRIE F. LIVERMORE of Independence. Children: Archie D. Perkins, Lytie G. Perkins and Essie S. C. Perkins.
Source: History of Willing, New York - A Centennial Memorial History of Allegany County, New York - John S. Minard, Esq. Historian, Mrs. Georgia Drew Andrews, Editor. W. A. Fergusson & Co., Alfred, N. Y. 1896
GILMAN HILL PERKINS, was born in
Geneseo, Livingston, Co., NY March 4th, 1827, son of Elijah Harvey &
Julia Sophia (Hill) Perkins. He died Nov. 16th, 1898. His mother
dying when he was four years of age, he was sent to his grandmother in
Bethlehem, Ct, in the spring of 1832. On his return to Geneseo he went to
the district school and from there to the Temple Hill Academy. Mr. Perkins
came to Rochester March 19th, 1844 and entered immediately into the employ
of E.F. Smith & Company, where he remained until the spring of 1847,
leaving on account of ill health. In 1848 he re-entered the service of
Smith & Perkins, wholesale grocers, as clerk, and was taken in as partner
January, 1st, 1852. A thorough business man. Mr. Perkins did not confine
his abilities or energies to the grocery business alone. In addition to
being President of the Smith & Perkins Company firm, he became identified
with a number of Rochester's important institutions. Since 1858 he had
been an officer and director of the Union Bank; a trustee since 1879 of
the Rochester Savings Bank; a trustee of the Rochester Trust and Safe
Deposit Company since 1888; since its organization a trustee of the
Security Trust Co., a director of the Genesee Valley Railroad Company, and
a director of the Rochester Gas and Electric Co.; a member of the Hemlock
Water Works Commission, which built the city's first pure water supply
system. He was also a trustee of the Reynolds Library; a member and one of
the founders of the Genesee Valley Club, and at one time its president;
treasurer of the Deaf Mute Institute since it's organization; trustee of
the Industrial School and of the Board of Trustees of the City Hospital.
In religion Mr. Perkins was an Episcopalian. He was vestryman and warden
in St. Luke's Church for forty years. He was married to Miss
CAROLINE ERICKSON, a daughter of Aaron
Erickson, July 17th, 1856. Mr. Perkins was a staunch Democrat and though
averse to public office he was in 1892 a Presidential Elector in the
Cleveland-Harrison campaign. Mr. Perkins was an ideal merchant. His
probity was a tower of strength to himself and to all who dealt with him.
Commercial honor, so large an element of what is best in commercial
community, bore him its perfect fruit. All who knew him felt he was above
and beyond temptation. What was right and honest was the very law of his
being. His judgment was sound and conservative. He had no taste for
speculation, and was too conscientious to use his credit to any hazard of
meeting his responsibilities. He did his duty to the public as a wise and
faithful director in various institutions that are important to the
welfare of the community. In private life Mr. Perkins character was of
singular charm. He was warm-hearted and affectionate, most faithful in his
friendships, delighting in liberal hospitality, and un-answering in his
efforts to make everybody about him happy, a pleasant task, which his
cheerfulness and humor made easy to him. Mr. Perkins had been in poor
health since March 1898, and for a number of months was under a
physician's care, but in the early hours of November 16th, he was taken
with a sudden attack of heart failure, and he gradually sank until 5
o'clock, when death came.
HAROLD W. PERKINS, M.D., a resident
and medical practitioner at Smithtown Branch, was born in the city of
Baltimore August 28, 1859, and is a son of Aaron and Mary E.
(Wentworth) Perkins. The latter was a cousin of "Long John"
Wentworth. The father of our subject was born at Bridgewater, Mass., and
early in life, or at the age of twenty-two, entered the Baptist ministry.
His first location was in Massachusetts, thence he came to New York, the
first church being in Poughkeepsie. He was instrumental in the building of
the Berean Church at New York City and was connected with the Baptist
Theological University that is located at Hamilton, N.Y. During the war he
was sent by the Baptist Association as a home missionary and was located
at Atchison, Kansas, where he remained for four years. During his
residence there the sister of our subject was born.
HARRY C. PERKINS, Esq.,
one of the most promising and prominent younger members of the Broome County
bar, was born in the city of Binghamton, May 28th, 1867, son of Henry
C. and Mary E. (Lloyd) Perkins. His father, who is an old resident
of Binghamton, was born in Worcester, Mass., May 7th, 1843. Paul Perkins,
the paternal grandfather of Harry C. Perkins, was quite a prominent contractor and
builder in Binghamton, where he also held several of the local offices,
being at one time the Trustee of the village.
Henry C. Perkins came with his father to Binghamton about the year 1858, and
here finished his education. He was for several years Assistant Principal of
the Binghamton Academy, and on giving up that position he was associated
with his father as a contractor and builder. Many fine buildings were
constructed by them; and they continued in this business until about 1892,
when Mr. Henry C. Perkins engaged in the grocery business with William H.
Mosher. Mrs. (Mary) Perkins was born in Binghamton, daughter of John A.
Lloyd, and old resident of the city, a dealer
in general merchandise, who built a block on Washington Street near Court,
and carried on business there for a number of years. To Mr. and Mrs. Perkins
were born four children; namely, Josie E. Perkins, Harry C.
Perkins, Will L. Perkins, and Frank C. Perkins. The family
are all members of the Tabernacle Methodist Episcopal Church. The subject of
the present sketch received his preparatory education mainly in Binghamton
High School, following afterward the full Yale course under private tutors.
He has for two years been President of the Alumni Association of the
Binghamton High School, being one of the foremost among its graduates. He
held a position on the editorial force of the Binghamton Republican for one
year, after which he read law with Messrs, Millard & Stewart, prominent
lawyers of Binghamton. He was admitted by examination to the bar at the
general term of court held at Utica in February, 1889. He at once opened an
office in his native city in the Perry Block, corner of Court and Chenango
Streets, practicing alone until he formed a partnership January 1 with
Robert S. Parsons, under the firm name of Perkins & Parsons. Mr. Perkins is
an active Republican, doing excellent work for his party; and, while not
seeking office for himself, he has helped by his convincing eloquence in
getting many of them for others. He has made speeches all through Broome
County and the southern portion of New York State for several years, and is
considered a shining light, and influential man in his party. He is a member
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, holding the position of Conference
Steward of Binghamton district, being also Steward and trustee of the
Tabernacle Methodist Church of the city. He has traveled much through this
part of the country, giving lectures to the different branches of the
Epworth League, of which he has for a long time been President. He is also
an active member in the Young Men's Christian Association. Among the
prominent cases conducted by Mr. Perkins in his practice before the courts
may be mentioned his defense of Mrs. Foote, accused of the murder of her
husband. Public sentiment had been so aroused against this woman, and her
conviction seemed so assured, that it was almost a hopeless case to take.
She was friendless and forlorn, apparently a mental wreck, when this
chivalrous young man with his partner came to her aid, and, in spite of
every obstacle, secured for her an acquittal. He found the testimony so
conflicting, so evidently the result of prejudice, that he soon brushed away
the web of circumstantial evidence, and proved her incapable of the crime.
Mr. Perkins is particularly well fitted for trial cases of this kind, and
his friends predict for him a very brilliant future. Mr. Perkins and his
partner do excellent office work, being always quick to see every
opportunity to make profitable investments for their clients and ready to
work for their advantage.
JOHN W. PERKINS, Amsterdam, NY. He was born in Poughkeepsie, NY on Aug. 9th, 1839. He came with his parents to Amsterdam, NY on the Erie Canal. He was educated in public schools and learned the moulder's trade. In 1865 he founded the firm of the Perkins Foundry Company with Edward L. Schmidt. He married 1st. ELIZABETH S. PARANTAU of this city in 1862. Their children: Edward J. Perkins, J. Clara Perkins, Clarence Perkins, William Perkins, Elizabeth Perkins. His 1st wife died in 1870. In 1873 he married 2nd. DORA M. BOOTH. John W. Perkins was the son of William Perkins who was born in 1802 in Lubenham, Leicestershire, England and married JANE WRIGHT in 1835 and came to the United States. Children of William & Jane (Wright) Perkins were: Ann Perkins, Emma E. Perkins, Thomas Perkins, John W. Perkins, Joseph Perkins, Joshua Perkins, Hattie M. Perkins.
GEORGE ROBERTS PERKINS - George Roberts, educator, was born in Otsego county, N.Y., May 3, 1812; son of Joseph and Alice (Roberts) Perkins, and grandson of George Roberts Perkins. He acquired his education through his own exertions, and became proficient in mathematics and civil engineering. He was employed on the slack water survey of the Susquehanna river in 1830, and taught mathematics in Clinton, N.Y., 1831-38. He was principal of the academy at Utica. N.Y., 1838-44; professor of mathematics in the New York State Normal school, 1844-48, and principal of the normal school, 1848-52. He superintended the erection of the Dudley observatory at Albany, N.Y., 1852, and was deputy state engineer, 1858-62. He received the honorary degree of A.M. in 1838 and that of LL.D. in 1852 from Hamilton college, and was a regent of the University of the State of New York, 1862-76. He is the author of: Higher Arithmetic (1841); Treatise on Algebra (1841) Elements of Algebra (1844); Elements of Geometry (1847); Trigonometry and Surveying (1851); Plane and Solid Geometry (1854); a textbook on astronomy, and many scientific articles. He died in New Hartford, N.Y., Aug. 22, 1876.
Source: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume IIV
HERBERT PERKINS, wholesale and retail dealer in meats, fish and fruits, at Red Creek, was born at Hannibal, NY, December 3rd, 1851. After the completion of his education at Falley Seminary, he was for eight years engaged in farming, and in 1879 came to Red Creek, Wayne Co., NY and established a livery business, which he still conducts, adding the market and grocery in 1889. In 1870 he married ALIDA HOMPE of Hannibal, Wayne Co., NY, and they have two children; Nellie Perkins and Edward Perkins. Mr. Perkins is at present town clerk, having been elected in 1891.
ELISHA H. PERKINS,
Stony, Creek, Warren Co., NY, p. o. Creek Center, is and has been for many
years engaged in cabinet-making and undertaking in the village of Creek
Center, NY, his being the only shop of the kind in town. His business has
rapidly increased during the past few years. He was married in 1858 to
MELINDA UHDE, and they have six children,
five now living. Mr. Perkins father was David C. Perkins, one
of the first settlers of the town. He is now seventy-seven years of age, and
has lived here ever since he was a mere boy. His aged mother is still alive,
aged ninety years.
FRANKLIN P. PERKINS. The manager of the extensive business of the Hotchkiss Beef Company at Port Chester, NY, Mr. Franklin P. Perkins, is a capable business man and a representative citizen who is entitled to mention as such in this volume. He was born March 28th, 1855, at Litchfield, Connecticut, where he grew up and obtained his education in the public schools. At the age of nine years he left home to live with an aunt on a farm, and there he learned the heavy duties pertaining to agricultural life, and continued therein until nineteen years of age, when he was employed in a butcher shop in Litchfield and Naugatuck, Connecticut, and he continued thus engaged for twelve years. Two years of this time he also ran a shop for himself. Next, for a time he was employed in a wholesale beef house for Mr. Hotchkiss in Younkers, and finally came to Port Chester, where for a year he conducted business on his own account, and then, in 1894, he sold his shop to take his present position, where his responsibilities are heavy, as the house is a large one and doing an extensive business, handling about two car-loads of meat each week and furnishing the neighboring towns with choice meats. In his political views, Mr. Perkins is a Democrat, but he prefers to devote his energies to private business rather than take any part in the personalities of politics. In matrimony he was united in marriage with Miss ELSIE H. SCOTT, of Goshen, Connecticut, and they have two daughters.
Source: Biographical history of Westchester County, New York ... v.2.
EDWARD E. PERKINS, attorney, and chairman of the Dutchess County Democratic Committee, was born in the town of Poughkeepsie February 4, 1863. He acquired his early education in the schools of his native town, and at the age of ﬁfteen entered the Pelham Institute, Poughkeepsie. After ﬁnishing his preliminary studies he read law in the office of O. D. M. Baker, and was admitted to the Bar in 1886; he began the practice of his profession in Poughkeepsie. In 1887 Mr. Perkins was one of the organizers of the Poughkeepsie & Eastern Railroad Co., and was elected its ﬁrst president and treasurer. In 1890 he went to Texas and engaged in reorganizing and building an extension of the Fort Worth & Rio Grande Railroad from Comanche to Brownwood. He then became associated with Mr. T. L. Massalis of Dallas, Texas, in the completion and extension of the Dallas & Oak Cliff Railroad, and later in the building of the West Dallas Railroad, of which Mr. Perkins became president. While residing in Dallas he was elected president of the American Savings Bank and Trust Company, and was selected by the Travellers’ Insurance Company of Hartford, Conn., for their ﬁnancial and loan representative of the State of Texas. In 1893 he organized the American National Bank, of which he held the office of vice-president. The same year he returned to his native town and resumed the practice of his profession. In 1909 Mr. Perkins was chosen president of the First National Bank of Poughkeepsie. He is also president of the Enterprise Publishing Co. June 23, 1891 he was united in marriage with MARY D. BEARD of Poughkeepsie, and three children have been born to them: Olive E. Perkins, Jeannie Marie Perkins and Argenta Perkins.
The history of Dutchess County, New York by: Frank Hasbrouck -
D. F. PERKINS, Parishville, was born
in Lyme, N. H., May 13, 1821. His parents were Leonard and Matilda
(Cook) Perkins of Lyme, who had eleven children. Leonard Perkins
was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools. He settled on a
farm in Parishville, N. Y. where he became one of the prosperous
farmers of that town. He died in September, 1843. D. F. Perkins was three
years of age when he came to Parishville, N. Y. with his parents, and he
started in life by working on a farm for $11 a month. He has made his own
property, and in 1878 owned 300 acres of land, at which time Mr. Perkins
took his son, Edson M. Perkins, into partnership with him, and they
now own nearly 800 acres of land in one piece. They follow general farming
and dairying, and for many years have been extensive dealers in stock.
They usually winter about eighty or ninety cows and keep about forty much
cows. Mr. Perkins married in Parishville, N.Y.
A. MOTT, a native of Keene, Essex county,
born August 13, 1827, and they had four children, of whom one son is
living. Their daughter, Fannie Perkins, died aged four years.
Edson M. Perkins has been twice married. First, on January 24, 1868,
he married EMOGENE S. of this town, by
whom he had one child, Fannie Perkins, who died aged three years
and ten mouths. Mrs. Perkins died June 25, 1877, and he married second,
June 20, 1880, MARTHA A. LONG of this
town, by whom he has one son, Francis L. Perkins. Our subject is a
Republican in politics.
SAMUEL F. PERKINS, was born in Fairport, N. Y., October 25, 1833, a son of Asa and Martha (Esten) Perkins. His father lived to a ripe old age, dying in his ninety-fourth year. Samuel F. Perkins received a common school education, and early in life entered the employ of the New York Central Railroad; he is well known as a locomotive engineer, one of the oldest in Western New York; his service as an engineer covers a period of about forty years, which fact alone is substantial evidence of his ability, carefulness and fidelity; for more than a quarter of a century he has drawn the passenger train between Batavia and Canandaigua, and not only stands high in the estimation of his employers, but has attained a foremost place as a citizen of Batavia. In 1838 he was married to MARGARET FOLAND, daughter of Jeremiah Foland; they are the parents of four children-Edward Perkins, Mary E. Perkins, Cora A. Perkins and Grace M. Perkins. Mr. Perkins is a Methodist.
Source: Our County and it's people A descriptive work on Genesee
County, New York Edited by: F. W. Beers, J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers,
Syracuse, N. Y. 1890
JAMES L. PERKINS, Buffalo. was born
in Sherburne, Mass., March 23, 1858, a son of Curtis and Joan (Hill)
Perkins. He received an excellent education in the public and high
schools of his native town, and came to Buffalo in 1876, entering the
service of Dr. Frank O. Vaughn as a clerk in a drug store. He remained in
this capacity three years and then accepted a position as manager of the
drug store of Trowbridge & Co., where he remained eight years. He then
engaged in the drug business on his own account, locating at 1233 Michigan
street. where he has since continued. He is a member of the Erie County
Board of Pharmacy, the New York State Pharmaceutical Association, the Erie
County Pharmaceutical Association (of which he was formerly president),
the A. O. F. (of which he is past chief ranger), and the Knights of St.
John and Malta. In June, 1888, he married IDA
PAULINE WARNER, daughter of James Warner of Buffalo, and they
have two children: Marguerite Perkins and James W. Perkins.
SPICER L. PERKINS, Concord, p. o.
Springville. - Zenas Perkins, father of Spicer L., was born
in 1785; he married Salley Whaley (born in 1787) on February
14, 1806, at Granville, N. Y. In 1835 they moved to Concord, Erie county.
N. Y., where she died November 21, 1862, and he on the 21st of May, 1863.
Spicer L. Perkins was born in the town of Granville. Washington county, N.
Y., June 25, 1831. He was educated in the common schools, and learned the
harness and saddlery trade. In 1864 he engaged in hotel keeping in
Buffalo, which he continued to 1890; in 1864 he purchased the Leland Hotel
at Springville, Erie county, and remodeled and refurnished it, making it a
model of its class. He married on May 8, 1855,
JANE RUNYAN, daughter of Benjamin Runyan. They had one
daughter, Alma Adell Perkins, born May 1, 1856, who died November
Also..... *See conflicting name*
SPENCER L. PERKINS, p.o. Webster's Corners, farmer, and formerly hotel keeper in Buffalo, NY born in Washington county, NY in 1831, settled in Boston, Erie Co., NY in 1835; wife JANE RUNYAN, born in Penn Yan, Yates county, NY Aug. 24th, 1830, married in 1855; one daughter. Parents Zenas and Sally (Whaley) Perkins, natives of Vermont, settled in Boston, Erie Co., NY in 1835; the former died in 1861; aged 86; the latter died in 1860, aged 77; children nine, four now living -- Almond Perkins, John W. Perkins, Spencer L. Perkins and Adaline Perkins.
Source: History of the city of Buffalo and Erie
Co., NY - Volume 1 - By: Henry P. Smith - p. 741
GEORGE H. PERKINS, mayor, is among the substantial and highly esteemed citizens of Port Byron and Cayuga County, New York. He was born at Sodus, Wayne County, New York, May 11th, 1873, the son of George W. and Sarah (Tinklepaugh) Perkins. George W. Perkins was a native of Sodus, New York, born December 21st, 1823. His wife was born there also, January 18th, 1845. Their marriage took place January 26th, 1870. Mr. Perkins died March 1st, 1885, and his wife died February 14th, 1913. Both are buried at Sodus, New York. For a number of years Mr. Perkins conducted a ship chandlery in New York City and later owned a fleet of boats on the old Erie Canal. His boats plied between Buffalo and New York City with headquarters in Port Byron, NY and a number of his captains became notable characters in the history of that era in navigation. Mr. Perkins was a Republican, a member of the Episcopal Church, and belonged to the Masonic Lodge. The only child born to Mr. and Mrs. Perkins was George H. Perkins, the subject of this sketch.
George W. Perkins
was the son of Horace and Harriet (Terry) Perkins.
Horace Perkins was born at New Hartford, New
York, October 14th, 1796, and his wife was a native of Enfield,
Connecticut, born May 30th, 1799. He died January 3rd, 1867, and she died
September 26th, 1854. They are buried at Port Byron. Horace Perkins was a
veteran of the War of 1812 and served in the company of Captain Claudius
V. Boughton, General B. Porter's Brigade, New York State Volunteer
Cavalry. He served as postmaster of Port Byron, NY, and from March 3rd,
1853, until December 31st, 1856, was justice of the peace of the Town of
Mentz, Cayuga County. He also was police justice from May 18th, 1859, to
May 19th, 1863. Horace Perkins was the son of Dr. Richard Perkins, Jr.,
and Elizabeth (Nichols) Perkins.He
was born at Bridgewater, Massachusetts, in 1766, and was a graduate of
Harvard University. He became a prominent physician and practiced at
Whitestown, New York. Richard Perkins, Jr.,
was the son of Dr. Richard, Sr. and Mary (Hancock) Perkins.
Richard Perkins, Sr., was born in 1730, and
was a native of Massachusetts. He also was a graduate of Harvard
University and practice medicine at Framingham and Bridgewater,
Massachusetts. Mary (Hancock) Perkins was a sister of Governor John
Hancock. Dr. Richard Perkins, Sr., was the
son of Rev. Daniel and Annie (Foster) Perkins.
Rev. Daniel Perkins was born at Topsfield,
Massachusetts, June 13th, 1697, and his wife was born November 8th, 1699.
They are buried at West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He was a graduate of
Harvard University, and was pastor of the Church of England.
Rev. Daniel Perkins was the son of
Capt. Tobijah and Sarah (Denison) Perkins. He was born at
Weymouth, Massachusetts, October 20th, 1646, and his wife was a native of
Topsfield, Massachusetts. He served as a member of the Legislature and was
very active and prominent in military and political affairs.
Capt. Tobijah Perkins was the son of
Rev. William and Elizabeth (Wooton) Perkins. He was born in
London, England, August 26th, 1607, and emigrated to America on March 9th,
1632, on the vessel "William and Francis". He settled at Boston,
Massachusetts, and was a minister of the Church of England. He with eleven
others laid out the village of Ipswich, Massachusetts. He was a surveyor
and military band leader and was awarded a land grant for his activities.
Source: History of central New York, embracing Cayuga, Seneca, Wayne, Ontario, Tompkins, Courtland, Schuyler, Yates, Chemung, Steuben, and Tigoa Counties ... v.2. by: Harry R. Melone.
Source: Onondaga's Centennial. Boston History Co., 1896, Vol. II, p. 352. - Dwight H. (Ed) Bruce
WILLESS C. PERKINS
& WILSON L. PERKINS. The grandfather of Willess C. Perkins and
Wilson L. Perkins, on their mother's side, was Joseph Coley, who was born
in London, England, in the year 1765, where his father was a Jeweler. In
1771 when Joseph Coley was about eight years of age, his father removed
with his family, from London, and settled at Johnstown, in the State of
New York, where he cleared a farm upon which he resided until his son
Joseph Coley arrived at full age, and married a young lady by name of Mary
Willess. Joseph Coley and wife removed to Saratoga county, NY where they
occupied a farm some few years. They soon, however, removed to the town of
De Ruyter, in Madison county, NY, where they purchased and occupied a farm
including the spot since known as the "De Ruyter Springs", where the
family resided a number of years and until 1806, when they removed to New
Woodstock, in the town of Cazenovia, NY, where he purchased and cleared a
farm upon which the family remained during his residence here. On the 15th
of August, 1810, Joseph Coley was ordained as a minister in the
Baptist church, and afterwards became quite prominent as a preacher in
that denomination. His wife, Mary, departed this life September 10th,
1845, at the age of 77 years. After the death of his wife, the Rev. Joseph
Coley resided with his son, William Coley, at New Woodstock, NY, until his
death which occurred Sept. 15th, 1856, at the age of ninety-one years. Of
this marriage there were ten children, one, while an infant in the cradle,
perished with the burning of their log house during their residence in the
town of De Ruyter. The remaining nine, four sons and five daughters, viz:
Willess Coley; Betsey Coley; Polly Coley; Nancy Coley; Laura Coley;
Clarissa Coley; William Coley; J. Madison Coley; and Hubbard Coley, with
his wife, composed his family at the time of his residence in New
Woodstock, NY. Nancy Coley, the mother of Willess C. Perkins and Wilson L.
Perkins, was born May 8th, 1795.
Source: History of Chenango and Madison Counties, New York: With ..., Part 2
JOSEPH J. PERKINS,
a wounded veteran Union officer of the late civil war and one of the
substantial business men of Schuylerville, NY, is a son of Jacob and
Reconcile (Blakemany) (Blakeman) Perkins, and was born at York,
Michigan, April 3rd, 1845. His paternal grandfather,
Erastus Perkins, was a native of West Polliet (Pawlet), Vermont,
where his immediate ancestors had come. Erastus Perkins was a tailor by
trade, and during the latter part of his life removed to Mooresville,
Michigan, at which place he purchased a farm of five hundred acres of
land. He was a republican and a Baptist. He built and donated the first
Baptist church at West Polliet (Pawlet), Vermont. He married and had two
children, one son and one daughter: Betsey (Perkins) Ellsworth, of
York, MI and Jacob Perkins, father of the
subject of this sketch. Jacob Perkins was a
man of good education and served as principal of high schools for over ten
years at Newton and Clyde, New York, after which he removed to York,
Michigan, where he was engaged extensively for several years in farming,
merchandising and lumbering, and in operating a stave factory and saw
mill. Leaving York he was successively engaged in the hotel business at
Ypsilanti, that State, and then for a short time served as general agent
for J. T. Hadley's Encyclopedia. He was a republican in politics, and died
at Jackson, Michigan, August, 1868, and eighty-five years of age. Mr.
Perkins had been for many years a prominent and useful member of the
Baptist Church, in which he was serving as a deacon at the time of his
death. He was a liberal supporter of church and school missions, and the
Baptist church edifice at York, Michigan, was present from him to the
congregation. He was married to Reconcile Blackemany,
who was a daughter of Dr. Blakemany. Mr. Perkins had twelve children,
eleven sons and one daughter: George Perkins; Erastus Perkins,
Martha (Perkins) Rice; Elisha Perkins and Elijah Perkins
(twins); William Perkins; John Perkins; Albert Perkins;
James Perkins; Henry Perkins; Joseph J. Perkins; and
Adelbert Perkins. Of the sons, four served during the late war:
Elisha Perkins in the 6th Michigan heavy artillery; William Perkins
enlisted in the First Michigan sharpshooters, was wounded seven times,
receiving one would one night on a picket post where three men had been
killed previously, but which he held; Albert Perkins served in the 12th
Michigan infantry; and Joseph J. Perkins in the 6th Michigan heavy
Source: Biography and History of Saratoga Co., New York with Historical Notes on Its various towns: By: Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester (1893)
J. A. PERKINS,
was born in West Monroe, Oswego county, New York, April 22nd, 1842. He
learned the trade of blacksmith in Hastings and lived there fifteen years.
In 1861 he enlisted in Co. C. , 101st N. Y. Vol. and served three years.
He was with the Army of the Potomac all through the Peninsula campaign and
participated in the battles of Antietam, South Mountain and
Fredericksburg. In 1866 he came to Minetto and has followed his trade ever
since. Mr. Perkins takes a lively and intelligent interest in public
affairs, and was supervisor of Oswego in 1888 and again in 1892. He is a
notary public at the present. In 1864 he married
SOPHIA WATERBURY. They have one daughter, Mrs. Ella Sweet. Mr.
Perkins parents were Joseph and Rachael (Taylor) Perkins.
R. A. PERKINS,
who is a descendant on the paternal side from a family well known in
Massachusetts, was born in Jefferson County, New York, March 6th, 1821, a
son of Richard Perkins, who was born in the same county, and
whose father's family were natives of the state of Massachusetts.
Richard Perkins, father of R. A. Perkins, was
a carpenter and builder by occupation, and was one of the prominent and
influential men in Otsego county, New York. He lived an exemplary life,
and won the respect of his fellow citizens. He was actively interested in
the Presbyterian church of his native town, and served as Deacon for a
number of years. He married Miss MARY WYMAN,
daughter of Jonathan Wyman, of Massachusetts, and nine children were born
to them, four of whom are still living, namely: R. Alonzo Perkins,
George Perkins, Columbus Perkins and Frank Perkins. Mr.
Perkins died in 1880, and his wife passed away in the same year.
R. ALONZO PERKINS, eldest son of
Richard and Mary (Wyman) Perkins, acquired his education in the
local schools of Detroit, MI and Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY: he then
learned the trade of carpenter and millwright, remaining in this business
until 1857, when he removed to Glen Cove, Long Island, and became
connected with the Duryea Starch Works; he retained his position for
thirty-eight years, retiring from active work in 1895. Fraternally he was
a member of the orders of Masons and Odd Fellows. In 1847 Mr. Perkins
married Miss CYNTHIA V. DURYEA,
daughter of H. V. Duryea and sister of John and Huam Duryea, and three
children were born to them: Ada D. Perkins, wife of J. W. Cummings,
of Brooklyn, NY; Helen V. Perkins, wife of Arthur W. Cummings, of
Brooklyn, NY; and H. W. Perkins, who is connected with the Duryea
Starch Works at Glen Cove, Long Island.
DARWIN CLARE PERKINS, DR. one of the popular and successful physicians of Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York, is a son of Truman Horton and Carrie Ione (Andrews) Perkins, old and highly respected residents of the town of Alexander, Genesee County, N.Y. It was at that place that Dr. Perkins was born, July 28th, 1879, and his childhood was spent there. His father was a Methodist Episcopal Minister, and the lad was the recipient of an excellent education as well as enjoying splendid home influences which made for culture and enlightenment. As a lad he attended the grammar and high schools of Alexander, and was graduated from the latter institution in 1895. He then took a special course in the arts, and at the same time studied medicine, it having been his decision, made while he was little more that a lad, to adopt the latter as a profession in life. He studied for five years on these various subjects, working his way through the various institutions which he attended. Dr. Perkins then took the full medical course at Cornell College, from which institution he was graduated with the class of 1906, winning his degree as Doctor of Medicine at the same time. Still later he took special studies in maternity cases at the Metropolitan Hospital in New York City, and having completed these, came to Jamestown, where he began practice in the same year. Dr. Perkins has specialized in obstetrics, and now does a very large amount of work in this line. He enjoys a wide reputation for skill in his branch of the medical science, and is recognized as one of the leading obstetricians in this part of the state. In addition to his medical activities, Dr. Perkins participates largely in the general life of the community, and is a member of a number of prominent organizations here, including the New York State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He is also affiliated with the Order of Eagles, and is a well known figure in social circles. In politics Dr. Perkins is a staunch Republican, but has not taken an active part in local politics, as the demands made upon his time and energies by his profession have rendered that impossible. In spite of his enormous practice, Dr. Perkins consistently takes time for rest and recreation, believing that by a sufficient amount of relaxation he is enabled to do his best work. He is especially found of fishing and automobiling, but enjoys in a large degree out-door sports. Dr. Perkins was united in marriage at Pembroke, N.Y., Oct. 4th, 1900, with Margaret (Weimer) Zwetsch, of Pembroke, and they are the parents of two children, as follows: Dorothy Evelyn Perkins born June 27th, 1907, and Margaret Ione Perkins, born Oct. 22nd, 1911.
Source: History of Chautauqua County, New York, and Its People -