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ELIJAH PERKINS, Lincoln twp., farmer, Sec. 14; P.O. Winterset; born in Sullivan county, New Hampshire, May 30, 1810; he emigrated to Ohio when a young man, and was engaged in teaching school for several years; he came to this State in 1848, and to this county in 1849, and settled on the land where he now resides, and made the greater part of the improvements; he owns 207 acres of land, on which he has a valuable sugar maple grove, affording all the sugar and syrup they wish for home use; he married Miss JULIA A. ANSLEY in February, 1850; she was born in Pennsylvania, and died in December, 1867; he afterward married MARY A. LUKECART in 1869; she was born in Illinois; has one son by first marriage: Wesley J. C. Perkins; lost one daughter: Clara J. Perkins, aged twelve years.

Source: The History of Madison County, Iowa, 1879

ERASTUS GIDDEN PERKINS, Jackson twp., farmer, Sec. 35; P.O. Maple Grove; born in Orange county, Vermont, in 1822; moved to Sylivan (*Sullivan) county New Hampshire, with his parents and brothers; was educated at Newberry Seminary, Vermont; is a graduate of South New Market; remained in New Hampshire until he removed to New York City and engaged in the grocery business; remaining there four years, thence to Washington City as clerk in census office; in 1851, he entered 240 acres of land in Lincoln township, Madison county, Iowa, which he partly improved and then returned to New Hampshire, where he remained six years; he, with his family, emigrated westward, settling in said township for some ten years, then changed his location for one in Jackson township, where he now resides; in the year 1864 he was deputized treasurer and recorder; he was county supervisor from Lincoln township one term, and has capably filled each township office; in 1865 he was elected Captain of Lincoln Home Guards; owns 200 acres of land; he was married in Charleston, New Hampshire, to ROSETTA A. MIRRILL; by this union they have five living children: Edgar Perkins, Helen Perkins, Nettie Perkins, Clara Perkins and Alive (*Alice ?) Perkins; Charles Perkins died in 1874.

Source: The History of Madison County, Iowa, 1879

AUSTIN W. PERKINS is a veteran of the Civl war and a retired farmer of Middlefield township, Buchanan Co., IA. He has almost reached the eightieth milestone of life's journey and certainly deserves the rest which has come to him after a life of activity and usefulness crowned with substantial success and the high respect of his fellowmen. He was born in Woodstock, Maine, August 8th, 1835, his parents being Luther and Sallie (Dural) Perkins. The father was a native of England, but was only six months old when brought to the United States, the family home being established in Maine. He attended one of the old-time backwoods schools of Maine and when a young man began preaching for the Baptist church, devoting his life to that calling, but death claimed him when he was still in early manhood. The mother of our subject was probably born in Maine and was of French extraction. Austin W. Perkins started out in life on his own account after his father's death when he was a young man of twenty years. Previous to this time, however, he had worked as a farm hand for Stillman Berry, who afterward became his father-in-law. He was employed for a time in a sawmill at Bangor, Maine, and later worked in a store with his brother at Chelsea, Massachusetts. In 1856 he came to Buchanan Co., Iowa, and located upon a tract of land which he and his wife had inherited from her father. This place has since been his home and year after year he tilled the soil and cultivated his fields, but in 1898 retired from farming and has since left the operation of his land to others.

Mr. Perkins also took a most helpful interest in public work. He aided in organizing schools and churches and in furthering many projects intended for the benefit and upbuilding of the community. He is today the only survivor among the voters at the first township election of Middlefield township, this being in the fall of 1857. The spirit of patriotism has ever been strong within him and following the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted in 1862, becoming a member of Company H, Twenty-seventy Iowa Infantry, with which he served for three years, participating in the eleven important engagements under Colonel J. S. Gilbert and Captain J. Miller. The regiment was attached to the second Brigade, Third Division of the Sixteenth Corps of the Army of the Tennessee. He took part in the battles of Pleasant Hill, Yellow Bayou, Tupelo, Nashville, Fort Blakely and others. He was never wounded but his health became impaired. He rendered valuable and valiant service to his country and returned home with a most creditable military record. On January 27th, 1857, Mr. Perkins was united in marriage to Miss OLIVE BERRY, who was born in Paris, Maine, March 23rd, 1838, a daughter of Stillman and Persis (Cushman) Berry and a representative of one of the prominent early families of the Pine Tree state. Her father farmed in Maine for a number of yearns and then made the journey across the country to Quasqueton, which was then the only town in that vicinity, arriving in 1855, when all of the conditions of pioneer life were here to be met. He worked to some extent at the carpenter's trade in the early days and erected some of the first buildings of the township. He was a true pioneer, active, helpful, energetic and willing at all times to assist a neighbor or friend or to promote public progress. He held membership in the Baptist church, guided his life by its teachings and served as one of its deacons. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins became the parents of five children, all born here. The eldest, Julia A. Perkins, is the wife of A. S. Leach, a former Protestant Methodist preacher, who is now engaged in business at Coggon, Iowa. They have four children. Luther Stillman Perkins, the second member of the family, was born May 5th, 1859, and now occupies the old home farm in Middlefield township, IA, which he is carefully and systematically conducting. He married Miss Cora A. King, a daughter of Ezra B. King, one of the active and prominent pioneer settlers of Byron township, IA. Mr. and Mrs. Luther S. Perkins had two children, Addie O. Perkins and Bertha E. Perkins. The former is the wife of Marshall Ball, who is engaged in the automobile business in Jesup, Iowa, and they have one child, Harold Ball. The younger daughter, Bertha E. Perkins, became the wife of Albert P. De Greif, a prominent farmer of Middlefield township, IA, but she died September 19th, 1910, leaving two children, Cora May De Greif and Arthur L. De Greif. (Third Child) Cynthia A. Perkins is now the widow of Charles M. Hunt, who was a prominent citizen and political leader in Pocahontas, Iowa, and they had four children, Gilbert Hunt, Melville, Hunt, Hazel Hunt and Wilbur Hunt. Gilbert A. Perkins, the fourth member of the family, is with the Warfield-Pratt-Howell Grocery Company of Cedar Rapids, IA. He is married and has a daughter, Evangel Perkins, aged eighteen years. Addie O. Perkins, the youngest member of the family, died in 1879. Mr. Perkins how has fourteen grandchildren and one deceased and also fourteen great-grandchildren and one deceased. His wife died on the 9th of March, 1898, mourned by all who knew her. Mr. Perkins was one of the organizers of the Baptist church at Winthrop, IA, served as a deacon in the same during its existence and was superintendent of the Sunday school for seven years. He has always been a progressive citizen, helpful in his attitude toward public affairs, and filled the office of the constable of his township for one years and as school director for one term. He is a very prominent and influential member of the Grand Army of the Republic and for six years has been chaplain of the post at Winthrop, IA. He has attended both the state and national encampments for seventeen consecutive years. His life has been exemplary in many respects and he has never taken a drink of liquor or used tobacco in any form. He has traveled to considerable extent, making four trips to the Pacific coast, a like number to the Atlantic coast and has also visited Canada and Mexico. His son, L.S. Perkins, with whom he now resides, has likewise been prominent in Middlefield township, IA. He, too, was a deacon in the Baptist church and now attends the Methodist Episcopal church of Winthrop, IA. His life is an exemplification of Christian teaching and his religious faith finds manifestation in his honorable business dealing and in his straightforward conduct in every relation of life.

Source: History of Buchanan County, Iowa, and its people (1914)

EDWIN PERKINS, born in England, our mother country, the nation whose civilization and customs, as well as its language, have given form to our American customs, and assimilated into a homogenous whole the various elements of our citizenship derived from immigration from non-English countries, at an early age coming to the daughter country, of which he has since been a most loyal citizen, Edwin Perkins has taken a prominent part in the activities of the community of Eldora, IA. He was born in Streetlane, County Derby, England, on Oct. 2nd, 1837. In 1849 his father, John Perkins, *(Probably John & Sarah (Platts) Perkins - See: John Perkins below) came with his family to Freeport, ILL. John Perkins as an engineer, followed his occupation at Freeport, IL, and died there. Two of his older sons, William Perkins and Elias Perkins, were bricklayers in England and worked at their trade in Freeport, IL. William Perkins had come to the United States in 1844. Edwin Perkins learned the brick-laying and brick-making trade from his brothers, and for seventeen years he ran a brickyard in Freeport, IL. In 1883 he came to Hardin Co., IA, and bought a farm of one hundred and sixty acres, west of the Industrial School, which he made his home for nine years. He made some improvements and, in company with his sons, did general farming, but continued to lay brick, and soon took up brick manufacturing, which he followed for six or seven years. In company with Bert Goodwin, he built the Harding County Bank building and several other business blocks in Eldora, IA, where he has lived for some years in an up-to-date, modern house, every brick in which was laid with his own hands. He is now retired from active labor. In politics, Mr. Perkins is independent, believing in voting for the man rather than the party. He has never cared for public life. In his belief there is but one rule for the conduct of the affairs of life, and that is the Golden Rule, which he has endeavored to follow in all his actions, and has thus made himself much loved by those who know him. As a recreation, Mr. Perkins formerly enjoyed a day with his gun very much, but in later life has not spent much time in this way. Mr. Perkins was married in Freeport, IL, on May 3rd, 1860, to ELLEN ROUND, who was born in Nottingham, England, and was brought to Illinois as a child by her parents. She died on March 8th, 1899, after thirty-nine years of married life, leaving a mourning husband and children. Eight of her children are now living, there are dead. Albert Perkins died at the age of thirty-nine, Frank Perkins at thirty-five, both being farmers, and Bert Perkins died when twenty-one. The living are: Jennie Perkins, the housekeeper; Nellie Perkins, a clerk in the Farmers store for several years; Harry Perkins, farming at Superior, IA; Edeline Perkins now Mrs. F. D. Felton, of Eldora township, IA; Mabel Perkins, now Mrs. G. W. Cobb, of St. Louis; Ben H. Perkins, a farmer of Eldora township, IA; Maud Perkins, who married B. W. Rhodes, of Oakland, IA; and Florence Perkins, the wife of R. W. Saster, of Union township, IA. All these children are living and active and useful lives, and filling their stations efficiently.

Source: Past And Present Of Hardin County, Iowa - By : HON. WILLIAM J. MOIR - (1911)- B.F. Bowen & CO. - Indianapolis, IN

Also...See: Edwin Perkins - IL
Also...See: John Perkins - IL

JOHN PERKINS is an Englishman by birth, being born in Ripley, Derbyshire, October 21, 1827. His parents being John and Sarah (Platts) Perkins. At the age of fifteen years he commenced work at the shoemakers trade, at which he was to serve as an apprentice until he reached his majority; but, after serving three years, his employer died, and Mr. Perkins therefore commenced to do for himself. In 1849, the family came to the United States, and soon located in Stephenson county, Ill. Here Mr. Perkins continued his trade until 1855, he then emigrated to Iowa, and lived a short time in Blackhawk county, but in the same year he came to Hardin county, and settled at Eldora, where he pursued his trade until 1862. He then settled on his present farm, and has since been a tiller of the soil. Mr. Perkins has been quite successful in life. He now owns over 530 acres of land, and his improvements are among the best. He is honest and industrious, and highly respected as a citizen. He took out his naturalization papers soon after coming to the United States, and cast his first ballot in 1856. His politics are Republican, and his religious connections are with the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Perkins as been twice married. In 1847 to Miss HARRIET PARKINS She died in 1854, leaving two children: Sarah E. Perkins, now Mrs. Joseph Ansel, and Ferdinand Perkins. In 1856, June 14th, he married Mrs. SARAH PLATTS nee Parks, and by this union have had eight children, seven of whom are now living: Minnie Perkins, John W. Perkins, Addie E. Perkins, now Mrs. A. Hayden, Edwin Perkins, Oscar E. Perkins, Granville Perkins and Eleanora Perkins, and by her former marriage she has two children: James T. Platts and Henry A. Platts.

Source: History of Hardin County, Iowa - Springfield, Ill: Union Publishing Company, 1883.

See: Edwin Perkins - IL & Edwin Perkins - IA
See: Elias Perkins - IL


Andrew J. Hayden received a good common school education and he lived at home until he was twenty-three years of age, when he located in section 26, Jackson township, and he has spent his life in his home community. On May 23, 1880, he married Addie J. Perkins, who was born in Eldora, Iowa, where the Winchester hotel now stands. She was born June 1, 1865; and is the daughter of John and Sarah (*PARKS) (Platt) Perkins, both being natives of Ripley, Derbyshire, England. He came to America when twenty-one years old and located at Freeport, Illinois. His wife was the widow of Henry Platt, of England. He died in Wisconsin. Her maiden name was Sarah Parks, and she was the daugher of William and Sarah (Redfern) Parks, of England. They came to America in 1850 and located near Janesville, Wisconsin, where he farmed, then came to Eldora, Iowa, in 1856, where they spent the rest of their lives. John Perkins married first, in England, Harriet Platts, whose death occurred in Freeport, Illinois, of Cholera, during the epidemic in 1850. Three children were born to this union, one of whom is now living, Sarah Ellen Perkins. His second wife had two sons by her first marriage, Henry A. Platt and James Thomas Platt. Eight children were born to John Perkins and his second wife, namely: Herminia M. Perkins married A. L. Perkins, of Eldora, Iowa; John W. Perkins is farming in Jackson township; Addie J. Perkins, wife of the subject; Fred E. Perkins, deceased; Oscar E. Perkins is farming in Independence, Iowa; Granville Perkins is a carpenter at Eldora, Iowa; Elenora Perkins married Robert Alberry Perkins, of Eldora, Iowa; Susan Perkins died in early life.

JOHN PERKINS came to Eldora, Iowa, in 1856, where he worked at his trade of shoemaking for several years, having settled a mile and half north of that place. The last three years of his life he lived with the subject and wife, his death occurring on January 29, 1910, his wife having passed to her rest on January 10, 1897. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He was a Democrat. After their marriage Andrew J. Hayden and wife bought their present place in section 27, Jackson township, consisting of one hundred and twenty acres; they also own eighty acres in section 26. This land has been well improved and well kept. They built their present commodious and attractive home in 1905, the substantial barn having been built in 1898. My Hayden also owns one hundred and sixty acres of valuable land in Lamb county, Texas. Six children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Hayden, namely: Odessa married, in 1905, George Latch, of Ackley, Iowa, and they are the parents of one child, Harold V.; Inez M. married Lewis Latch, of Jackson township, and they have two children, Bennie M. and Harry; Clara A. married Ernest Frisbie, of Eldora township, this county, and they have one child, Kenneth M.; Lee Grant is living at home; Clifford F. and Lester M. are also at home. Mr. Hayden is a breeder of thoroughbred horses, Hamiltonian stock, and he is well known as a horseman, being the owner of a number of fine specimens, including "Kereri," 32109, bay stallion, foaled in 1899, record of 2:15, trotting on a half mile track; "Van Dresser," 49676, dark bay stallion, of Lexington, Kentucky, foaled 1907. "Lou Warren," sorrel mare; "Lady Kreso," bay mare; "Beaver Valley Girl," brown mare; "St. Athens," by mare; "Countess Lovelace," bay mare; "Fluta R.," chestnut mare. He has in all, at this writing, forty head of fine horses, and he has been a breeder of fine horses for the past twenty years. He also keeps from thirty to thirty-five head of Durham cattle, and many Jersey Red hogs. Politically, Mr. Hayden is a Republican, and he has been school director and treasurer of his district for many years. He is a member of the Methodist church at Berlin and a liberal supporter of the same. He has long been influential in his community and he has the good will and respect of all who know him, owing to his honest dealings in all the relations of life and his genial personality.

Source: Past and Present of Hardin County, Iowa - by William J. Moir. Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen, 1911

FERDINAND PERKINS, oldest son of John and Harriet (Parkins) Perkins, was born in Freeport, Ill., May 6, 1850. He came with his parents to Iowa in 1855, and in 1856 to Eldora. Here he was educated, and helped till the soil until he reached his majority. His father then gave him a farm of 80 acres in section 36, Jackson township, and this he cultivated. On December 25, 1879, he married Miss C. J. KENNEDY, born in Ellis township, May 31, 1857. He then followed farming one year in Ellis township, after which, in march, 1881, he moved on his farm, where he now resides and owns 160 acres of land. They are the parents of two children -- Sarah E. Perkins and John Rezin Perkins.

Source: History of Hardin County, Iowa - Springfield, Ill: Union Publishing Company, 1883.

CHARLES PERKINS, Rev. b. Feb. 22nd, 1815, father of Charles G. Perkins, was a resident of Pocahontas county, IA most of the time from 1870 to 1887, and lived in Fonda, IA from 1874-1876. He received his early education in the public schools of Maine and at the age of nineteen became a member of the Calvinistic Baptist church. About the year 1852 at Androscoggin, he was ordained a minister of the Baptist denomination and served pastorates at North Paris, Bridgeton and Hartford in Maine, and Randolph in New Hampshire. In 1865 he was appointed a missionary by the Cedar Valley Baptist Association of Iowa and was located at Winthrop, IA four years. In 1869 he relinquished his commission and located on a farm in that vicinity. The next year he came with his son, Charles G. Perkins, to Pocahontas county, IA and preached as he had opportunity. He delivered the first sermon in Butler township, Calhoun Co., IA, in a temporary schoolhouse on section 3, in 1872, and held the first public services in English in Colfax township that same year, in the Stewart-Brownell schoolhouse on section 34. His wife, AMAZINA CUSHMAN b.1817, was of Puritan descent, came to this county in March, 1872, and died in December following. Two years later he married Mrs. ELIZABETH BICKNELL, of Pomeroy. About the year 1887 he returned to Paris, Maine, and died there July 6th, 1892.


Rev. CHARLES PERKINS, a Baptist minister, in 1870 came to the home of his son, Charles G. Perkins, soon after his settlement on section 32, Colfax, IA, then a part of Cedar township, and that fall in a temporary schoolhouse on section 3, held the first public services in Butler township, IA. His first wife, AMAZINA CUSHMAN, a lady of Puritan descent, died Dec. 22nd, 1872, and was buried at Pomeroy, IA. Two years later he married Mrs. ELIZABETH BICKWELL and they lived in Fonda, IA, 1874 to 1876. During all these years he endeavored to maintain appointments in the schoolhouses in the vicinity of Fonda, IA, and during the summer of 1878, while living again at the home of his son, held services on alternate Sabbath afternoons in the Fonda, IA Schoolhouse. The next year he returned to Paris, Maine, where he died July 6th, 1892, in his 78th year.

Source: The pioneer history of Pocahontas County, Iowa, from the time of its earliest settlement to the present time (1904)

CHARLES GUSTAVUS PERKINS, b. March 17th, 1841, one of the early pioneers of Colfax township, IA, is a native of Woodstock, Oxford Co., Maine, the son of Rev. Charles and Amazina (Cushman) Perkins. On Aug. 28th, 1861 at the beginning of the Civil war, he enlisted and on Sept. 2nd following he was mustered in at Canton as a member of Co. F. 9th Main infantry. On Dec. 31st, 1863, in South Carolina, he re-enlisted as a corporal in the same company and regiment for three years. He was honorably discharged at Raleigh, N.C., Aug. 3rd, 1865, after nearly four years of faithful service in the army of his country. His regiment formed a part of the tenth army corps and served in the department of the Gulf under General Sherman, on the James River under General Butler and in the Army of the Potomac under General Grant. It traversed every state along the Atlantic coast from Maine to Texas and participated in a larger number of engagements than any other. He participated in those at Moore's Island, Siege of Ft. Wagner, Port Wallhall, Arrowfield Church, Drewry's Bluff, Bermuda Hundred, Ware Bottom Church, Cold Harbor, Chapin's Farm, Darby House Road and Wilmington. In June, 1864, at Cold Harbor, Va, he was wounded and taken to the hospital at Alexandria, thence to Germantown and later to Camp Keys at Augusta, Maine, where he remained until Aug. 22, 1864, when he returned to his regiment. In 1865, at the close of the war, he came with his parents to Winthrop, Buchanan Co., Iowa, where on March 28th, 1870, he married SARAH J. PIERCE. Two months later they came to Pocahontas County, Iowa and located on a homestead of 80 acres on the S 1/2 SE 1/4, Section 32, Colfax township, IA, which they still own and occupy. The farm has been increased to 260 acres and all the improvements upon it are in excellent condition. His buildings being in the course of the terrible tornado of 1893, were completely destroyed, and only the twisted trunks or broken stumps remain of the many rows of beautiful shade trees planted around them. He has become widely and favorably known by reason of his intelligence, uprightness of character and long residence in the same place. He has taken a prominent part in the affairs of the Fonda, IA G.A.R. Post and served as its commander three successive years, 1898-1900. In the history of Colfax township, he has left more footprints than any other. He was secretary of the school board in 1872-1873, and president of it in 1875. He was assessor in 1875-1876, and a justice thirteen years, 1874-1886. He was a trustee in 1873 and 94-97, and has been clerk since 1900. He was a member of the board of county supervisors in 1884. His family consists of one daughter, Grace A. Perkins, and she is still at home.

Source: The pioneer history of Pocahontas County, Iowa, from the time of its earliest settlement to the present time (1904)

Hon. ELI C. PERKINS, of Delhi, has served acceptably for two terms in the lower house of the state assembly and since 1912 has been state senator. His knowledge of the basis of law and government has enabled him to determine which measures are best adapted to the permanent well being of the people as a whole, and he has been instrumental in securing the passage of such bills and the defeat of unwise measures. He also practices law and has been connected with much important litigation. Mr. Perkins was born at Bethel, Maine, August 30, 1850, a son of Rev. Charles and Amazing (Cushman) Perkins, both of English extraction. They came west and located at Buchanan, Iowa, but later removed to Pomeroy, Calhoun county, where both passed away. They were the parents of six children, two of whom died in infancy, those who grew to maturity being: Charles G. Perkins, who died in 1914; A. Gustava Perkins, the deceased wife of Alpheus Fuller; Eli C. Perkins, of this review; and Luther Perkins, a resident of Bethel, Maine. Eli C. Perkins received a common-school education in the public schools of Maine and Iowa and subsequently attended Lenox College at Hopkinton, Iowa, from which he was graduated in 1875. He then attended the State University of Iowa, taking a law course, and receiving his degree from that institution in 1879. In the same year he came to Delhi and began the practice of his profession. He was well fitted for his work and industrious in the preparation of his cases, and his clientage grew steadily as his ability became more widely known. His incisive mind enables him to go immediately to the heart of the matter without wasting time on nonessentials, and he displays sound judgment in determining upon the facts and arguments most pertinent to the case in hand. He is skillful in cross examination and effective in his presentation of his case before the court, and as the result of his able work his percentage of cases won is unusually high. From 1887 until 1893 he was county attorney, and in 1908 he was elected state representative, his record in the house winning him reelection in 1910. In 1912 he was elected senator and his work in the senate has been distinguished by the same ability and conscientiousness that marked his record in the house of representatives. On the 13th of September, 1882, Mr. Perkins was married to Miss KATE M. GALPIN, a daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (White) Galpin, natives of Weymouth, England. To Mr. and Mrs. Perkins two daughters have been born; Gwendolyn L. Perkins, who was a teacher in the high school at Spencer, Iowa, married Arthur Bentz and became the mother of one daughter, Ethel Bentz. Hazel E. Perkins is a teacher in the high school at Onawa. Mrs. Perkins and the daughters are members of the Methodist church and are interested in all phases of its work. Mr. Perkins is a republican in his politics and is one of the leaders of the party in this part in this part of Iowa. He has won prominence in his profession and has taken an active part in the public affairs of county and state, and in all that he has done he has placed the public welfare and the principles of justice and right above personal gain. All who knew him respect and honor him for his sterling manhood and this esteem of his fellowmen he values even more than the material success that has come to him.

Source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago.

MARTIN PERKINS, farmer, Section 4, P.O. Rickardsville, IA, born Oct. 7th, 1836, in Columbiana Co., Ohio, in 1869, he removed to Dubuque Co., IA; he owns 130 acres of land, he enlisted in 1864, in Co. D, 24th Ohio V.I.; served to the close of the war. Married Miss HARRIET BURGE in 1856, she was born Jefferson Co., Ohio; her father, James Burge, is a native of Bristol, England, he was born March 26th, 1806; when a boy he came with his parents to Philadelphia, and was apprenticed to the cabinet trade, in 1831 he came to Jefferson Co., Ohio, he followed his trade till 1852, when he removed to Union Co., Ohio, in 1867 he came to Dubuque Co., IA; he owns forty acres of land. He married Miss Rachel House in 1831; she was born in Berks Co., Pennsylvania, March 8th, 1813; they have ten children - five sons and five daughters.

Source: The history of Dubuque County, Iowa, containing ... .(1880)

Mrs. WINNIE ANN PERKINS, farmer, Sec. 23, P.O. Green Island; born in Kentucky in 1817, came to Jackson Co., IA in 1851; her husband was among the earliest settlers of the county; he was a native of North Carolina, born in 1809, after coming to Iowa, he lived for a time in Dubuque Co., also in Galena, IL and in an early day was a miner there; he was in the Black Hawk war, and took part in some of the battles that occurred during that fierce and bloody struggle; he lived for the most of the time after settling in Jackson Co., upon his farm in Washington Township, Jackson Co., IA; he and Mrs. Perkins were married in Lincoln Co., MO, in 1834; had nine children, six of whom are living, named as follows: Jesse Perkins, Franklin Perkins, James W. Perkins, George W. Perkins, Mary R. Perkins, Virginia A. Perkins and Sarah Helen Perkins; of the three that are dead, one was an infant and died in Missouri; one a child of 3 years named William Francis Perkins, died also in Missouri, at St. Louis, and the other was a son who was a soldier in the late war of the rebellion; his name was Henry E. Perkins, a member of the 5th, I.V.C.; enlisted in July, 1863, and was killed in a skirmish engagement at Wartrace, Tenn, in the fall of 1863; they own seventy-eight acres, about sixty which is under cultivation.

Source: The history of Jackson County, Iowa, containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, &c., biographical sketches of citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion ... history of the Northwest, history of Iowa .miscellaneous matters, & c .. (1879)

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Benjamin Franklin Osburn, The Osburn family has borne no unimportant part in the development of Jackson County, numerous representatives of them having come to this section during its pioneer days, at a time when such men as they were most needed. The subject of this notice owns and operates a farm of 115 acres on section 10 of Van Buren Township. Upon this he was born Oct. 27, 1851, and grew to manhood, receiving his education in the district school, and becoming familiar with the various departments of agriculture. Our subject is the son of Samuel and Betsey (Barker) Osburn, who were natives of New York. The father is deceased, but the mother resides with her son B.F. Their family consisted of nine children, and Franklin, our subject, was the only one born in this State. He spent his early years after the manner of the most farmers' sons, and when twenty-six years of age was married, March 28, 1877, to Miss Ellen (Sarah Helen?) Perkins. This lady was born in Jackson County, Iowa, April 9, 1856, and is the daughter of Charles A. and Winnie Ann (Stallard) Perkins, who were among the pioneer settlers of that county, and are now residents of Washington Township, this county. Mr. and Mrs. Osburn began their wedded life together in Van Buren Township, and are the parents of one child only, a son, Orson Osburn, who was born March 21, 1881. Mr. Osburn gives his support to the Republican party. Other members of the Osburn family are fairly represented elsewhere in this volume, and it will be noted that they have made their mark in both its social and business circles. They have mostly followed agriculture, and are without exception well-to-do and reputable citizens.

Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Jackson County, Iowa", published in 1889, by the Chapman Brothers, of Chicago, Illinois

E. N. PERKINS has devoted his attention to general agricultural pursuits in Adair county for the past third of a century and is the owner of a well improved farm embracing two hundred and forty acres of land on section 21, Richland township. His birth occurred in Washington county, Iowa, on the 6th of January, 1856, his parents being Joseph and Mary E. (Griffith) Perkins, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Ohio. Their marriage was celebrated in Iowa, Mary E. Griffith having come to this state in 1840 and Joseph Perkins a little later. The latter passed away here, but his six children all survive. E. N. Perkins enjoyed the advantages of a high-school education in his youth and remained under the parental roof until he had attained his majority. He then followed farming on his own account for two years and on the expiration of that period made his way to Kansas, where he spent three years. At the end of that time he came to Adair county, Iowa, and bought an eighty acre tract of raw prairie land in Richland township, which he improved and to which he added by later purchase until his farm now embraces two hundred and forty acres on section 21. He has won a gratifying measure of success in its operation and makes a specialty of stock-raising, that branch of his business proving very profitable. In 1889 Mr. Perkins was united in marriage to Miss ALICE O. EPPERSON, a native of Illinois and a daughter of Henry and Carrie (Carnes) Epperson, who were also born in that state. The father is deceased but the mother is yet living. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins have become the parents of five children, as follows: Fairy Perkins, who is the wife of Albert Rectenbaugh; Dora Perkins, who gave her hand in marriage to Walter Herrick; Maud Perkins, the wife of Carl Dory; and Carl Perkins and Cressie Perkins, both at home. Mr. Perkins gives his political allegiance to the democracy and has served as trustee for four years, making a most creditable record in that connection. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church, to which his wife also belongs. He has ever shown great interest in all that pertains to the general welfare, and has been known as a public-spirited man who has always found time to cooperate in movements for the public good. In all the relations of life he has been honorable and straightforward, and his example is well worthy of emulation.

Source: History of Adair County Iowa and its People, Volume II. Chicago, The Pioneer Publishing Company. 1915

THOMAS M. PERKINS, for over thirty years Thomas M. Perkins has been influentially connected with business interests of Seymour, IA and is now the proprietor of a profitable feed store. He has shown himself upright and reliable in all of his business dealings and in consequence has achieved a degree of success which places him among the representative men of his community. He was born in Newark, Ohio, Aug. 8th, 1836, and is a son of William and Hannah (Mitchell) Perkins, natives of Kentucky, and on the maternal side, Mr. Perkins grandparents were William and Elizabeth Mitchell, the former of whom was born in Pennsylvania and the latter in Ireland. The father of our subject moved from Kentucky to Ohio at an early date and in the latter state his death occurred. His wife also died in Ohio. Thomas M. Perkins acquired a common school education and remained in his native state until 1855. In that year he came to Iowa, locating in Promise City, Wayne Co., IA where he engaged in farming until 1870, when he opened a grocery store and since that time has given his attention entirely to business lines. He conducted his first enterprise in Promise City, IA until 1882 and then came to Seymour, IA where he opened a similar establishment, managing it successfully for a number of years. In 1909 he disposed of his grocery business and opened the feed store which he still owns. He is an able, resourceful and progressive business man and consequently his patronage has increased rapidly and has reached gratifying proportions at the present time. In 1857, Mr. Perkins was united in marriage to Miss ALICE ACKLEY, of Ohio, a daughter of George and Sarah Ackley, who came to Iowa in 1856. Her father was a farmer and was successful in this line of occupation both in Ohio and in Iowa. By this marriage Mr. Perkins had three children; Frank A. Perkins, born Aug. 7th, 1858, was engaged in the grocery business and died in 1881, leaving one child, Willa Doris Perkins. Rose A. Perkins, the second of the family, is now the wife of Walter Knowlton, a resident of Hot Springs, South Dakota, and they have one child, Myra Knowlton. William B. Perkins, born Sept. 25th, 1869, is engaged in the grocery business in Seymour, IA. After the death of his first wife Mr. Perkins married Miss MARTHA KINNEY, of Seymour, IA, who has also passed away. In 1909 he was again married, his third union being with Mrs. ELLA RONINGER, of Appanoose Co., IA. Mr. Perkins gives his political allegiance to the Democratic party and fraternally is affiliated with the Masonic order, holding membership in the lodge and chapter. He has faithfully attended the Methodist church for over fifty years and his entire life has been characterized by devotion to manly and honorable principles. In all of his business dealings he is straightforward and reliable and enjoys to the fullest extent the confidence and good-will of all who know him.

Source: Past and Present of Lucas and Wayne Counties, Iowa, 1913


THOMAS M. PERKINS, senior member of the firm of Perkins & Son, has been engaged in his present grocery business since March, 1877. He was born in Licking Co., Ohio in 1836, a son of William and Henrietta Perkins. He is numbered among the pioneers of Wayne Co., IA, having come here in 1855 when but nineteen years of age. He made his home with John Dowel till his marriage, both having come to this county together. Mr. Dowel settling in South Fork Township, Wayne Co., IA. Mr. Perkins was married in the fall of 1857 to Miss ALICE A. ACKLEY. They have two children living; Rose Perkins and William B. Perkins. Their eldest son, Frank Perkins, died March 7th, 1882, at the age of twenty-three years. He was a promising young man, and his death was a deep affliction to his parents. After coming to Wayne Co., IA, Mr. Perkins followed farming in South Fork Township, IA, in 1877, his mother having previously died in Ohio. There were five children in the family of William Perkins, of whom our subject is the only one living in Iowa.

Source: Biographical and historical record of Wayne and Appanoose counties, Iowa containing; a condensed history of the state of Iowa; portraits and biographies of the governors of the territory and state; engravings of prominent citizens in Wayne and Appanoose counties, with personal histories of many of the leading families, and a concise history of Wayne and Appanoose counties; Published 1886

RUBEN PERKINS, one of the well-to-do farmers of Fairfield Township, IA, living on section 14, has been a resident of the county since 1851, covering a period of forty years. As he was then but seven years of age he has practically spent his entire life in this community. However Iowa is the State of his nativity, his birth having occurred in Jackson Co., IA, Sept. 28th, 1840. His father, Calvin Perkins, was born in Belmont Co., Ohio, where he remained until he had attained his majority, when he emigrated westward to Illinois going thence to Jackson Co., IA where he entered land near Maquoketa. A short time afterwards he went to Missouri, spending seven years in Monroe Co., and in June, 1851, became a resident of this county. He entered most of the land comprising section 14, Fairfield Township, and afterwards increased his possessions until he was owner of eleven hundred acres. Each year he saw more of this tract under cultivation for Mr. Perkins was an industrious and energetic man and by his own efforts and the assistance of his sons much of the wild prairie was transformed into fertile fields. The little log cabin which he built is still standing, one of the few landmarks that remain to show the progress which has been made in the past forty years. He died May 28th, 1884, and in his death the county lost one of its best citizens, a man noted for his progressive and enterprising spirit and the commendable interest which he took in everything pertaining to the welfare of the community. He was married in Jackson Co., IA, to EDITH SCOTT, a native of Indiana, whose parents were early settlers of Jackson Co., IA. She died Feb., 8th, 1883, one year before the death of Mr. Perkins. Their eldest child, a boy, died in youth; Thankful Perkins, the second, is the wife of Killen Voshell, a resident farmer of Fairfield, Township, IA; Ruben Perkins is the next younger; John Perkins is a farmer of Washington, IA; Sarah Perkins is deceased; Noah Perkins lives in this county; Warren Perkins lives in Washington, IA; Phrania Perkins is the wife of N. Barnes of Brush Creek, IA; Jane Perkins is a resident of West Union, IA; Philip Perkins is located in Washington, IA and Leander Perkins is engaged in agricultural pursuits in Fairfield Township, IA. We now take up the personal history of our subject who in his youth received but limited school privileges yet he has made himself a well informed man by reading and study in the leisure hours. He was reared to farm life and also learned surveying. At the age of twenty-two he began working for himself and in July, 1869, was joined in wedlock with SARAH HENSELEY, a representative of one of the oldest families in the county. Her brother Dan Henseley was the first white child born in Fayette Co., IA, and a sketch of the family is given elsewhere in this work. Mrs. Perkins was born in Fayette Co., IA, and died on the 5th of Sept., 1884, leaving eight children; Caroline Perkins, born July 20th, 1866, is the wife of Mr. Waltenbaugh living near Wadena, IA; Emma Perkins, born May 21st, 1868, is now deceased; Andrew Perkins, born Jan. 23rd, 1870; Warren Perkins, Jan. 9th, 1872; Clinton Perkins, July 1st, 1874; Elizabeth Perkins, Nov. 9th, 1876; Minnie Perkins, July 16th, 1878; and Cordelia Perkins. When Mr. Perkins began farming for himself he operated forty acres of land which his father had deeded him when he was nine years of age. His farm now comprises three hundred and sixty acres and his residence is a fine brick dwelling conveniently arranged and tastefully furnished. In connection with the growing of those products which are adapted to our soil and climate, he raises Poland China Hogs and Durham cattle, and in this branch of business has been quite successful, so much so that he is now numbered among the substantial citizens of the community. He proudly cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln in 1864, and was a Republican until the rise of the Greenback party. Later he voted with the Democracy, but is now convinced that the Republican party is based upon true principles of government and gives it his hearty endorsement and support on election days. The hardships and privations of pioneer life were not unknown to Mr. Perkins; he overcame as far as possible all disadvantages of his youth and earlier years, and steadily worked his way upward, gaining the commendation of friends and acquaintances.

Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Fayette Co. Iowa - 1891

See: Lee Perkins - IA

LEE (LEANDER) PERKINS, has been numbered among the vigorous and representative business men of the village of Volga, IA, since the autumn of 1915, and has here developed a prosperous enterprise in the conducting of a blacksmith and general repair shop in the handling of a full line of the standard grades of farm implements. He gives special attention to the repairing of automobiles and is known and valued as one of the energetic and progressive members of the local business community. Mr. Perkins was born in Fayette Co., IA, this state, on the 3rd of June, 1859, and is a son of Calvin and Adelia (Scott) Perkins, the former of whom was born in Ohio and latter in Indiana, in which latter state their marriage was solemnized. In 1846, within a few years after their marriage, Calvin Perkins and his wife came to Iowa and courageously took upon themselves the responsibilities of pioneers. The father obtained a tract of government land in Fayette Co., IA, erected thereon a log cabin of the true pioneer type, and then gave his energies to the reclaiming and developing of a productive farm. He became one of the substantial exponents of agricultural industry in Fayette Co., IA and he and his devoted wife were sterling pioneer citizens of that county at the time of their death. They became the parents of fourteen children, of whom eight are now living. Reared and educated in his native county, Lee Perkins there contributed in his boyhood and youth a very effective service in connection with the work and management of the home farm, and when he was twenty years of age his father there gave him a farm and he initiated independent operations as an enterprising agriculturist and stock-raiser. He remained on his well improved farm until 1904, when he removed to the village of Arlington, Fayette Co., IA, where for the ensuing six years he owned and operated a saw mill. He then returned to his farm, to the management of which he continued to give his attention until Sept, 1915, when he established his present business enterprise at Volga, IA, through he still retains possession of his farm and gives to the same a general supervision. Mr. Perkins is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Brotherhood of American Yeomen, and the Homesteaders. He has had no desire for the honors or emoluments of public office, but accords a stalwart support to the cause of the Democratic party. In 1879 was recorded the marriage of Mr. Perkins to Miss IDA C. SMITH, who was born in the state of Michigan and who is a daughter of Hiram and Adelia (Reed) Smith, both now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins have three children, of whom the eldest, Arthur E. Perkins, remains at the parental home and is associated with his father's business; **Marvin C. Perkins is now a resident of the city of Chicago, IL; and Minerva Perkins is at home.

Source: History of Clayton County, Iowa: From the Earliest Historical ..., Volume 2

See: Ruben Perkins - IA
**Marvin Calvin Perkins b. ca,1883 died on Sept. 8th, 1924 at Port Angeles, Clallam Co., WA - WA Death Records

Rev. GEORGE GOODWIN PERKINS, the third pastor of the church, was born in Pitsfield, New Hampshire, from which place his parents removed when he was a child, to Exeter, New Hampshire. Here for more than a half of century his parents resided. This was his home until he became of age and went into Massachusetts for study and work. He was educated in the schools and in an academy of his native state. Later he pursued literary and scientific studies in Middleboro, MA. He also studied theology in MA. His first ministerial work was of a home missionary character in the counties of Worcester and Franklin, MA. He was ordained at East Douglas, MA, March 27th, 1857, by the Wesleyan Methodist Conference. In 1860, he united with the Massachusetts Plymouth Association of Congregational Ministers. The following is the record of his time and place of ministry:

Pastor at Lakeville, MA (1861-1863): Pastor at East Tauton, MA (1863-1866): Pastor at Kiddler, MO (1866-1871): Pastor at Hamilton, MO (1871-1875): Pastor at Ames, IA (1875-1880): Pastor at Avoca, IA (1880-1883): Pastor at Spencer, IA (1883-1890): Pastor at Rock Rapids, IA (1890-1893): Pastor at Blair, NE (1893-1897): Pastor at Rodney, IA (1897-1899): Pastor at Rogers, AR (1899-1902).

At the beginning of Mr. Perkins pastorate in Spencer, IA the parsonage was enlarged to about double its original size. The house of worship was too small, especially for Sunday school. At this time the planning, toiling and sacrificing for the new building began. No definite action was taken except to secure lots upon which the church now stands. Before the close of Mr. Perkins work the debt upon the parsonage was removed, and improvements were made of the parsonage property. During the latter part of his ministry Mr. Perkins preached occasionally at the Harmony schoolhouse. Since leaving Rogers, Arkansas, his last charge, Mr. Perkins has lived at Moline, Illinois, having completed nearly half a century in active work of the ministry. Such as he can look back upon an active, useful life, spent in faithful, loving service. In March, 1856, Mr. Perkins married EMILY A. CLEVELAND at Princeton, MA. There have been eight children, six of whom are living: Mrs. William Kimball, Lincoln, NE; Mrs. W. H. Kennedy, Chicago, IL; Mrs. C.H. Ainsworth, Moline, IL; Mr. S. A. Perkins, Tacoma, Washington; Emily M. Perkins, Moline, IL; Mrs. C.C. St. Clair, Marshalltown, IA.

Source: History of Clay County, Iowa, from its earliest settlement to 1909 (1909)

EDWARD PERKINS, farmer and stock-raiser, section thirty-four, post office, Lucas, Lucas Co., IA. Born April 20th, 1841, in Litchfield Co., Connecticut. When nine years of age was thrown upon his own resources, grew up on a farm and educated himself. At sixteen years of age went to Illinois, where he enlisted, Sept., 1861, in Company B, 37th Illinois volunteers. Was in the battles of Pea Ridge, siege of Vicksburg, Red River, and many skirmishes. Was slightly wounded at Pea Ridge. Was afterward transferred to 2nd Illinois battery, where there remained until discharged, in 1864. Came to Iowa in 1865, locating at his present place of residence. Married, in 1866, to Miss MALINDA MARKER, a native of Ohio. Have had four children; two of whom are living: William Perkins and Catherine Perkins. Married a second time to Mrs. NANCY THOMAS, who was born in Knox Co., Ill., and had formerly been married to William R. Thomas, by whom she had two children, John H. Thomas and Addie Jane Thomas. Mr. Perkins has frequently served as a town official. He began life in poverty, but by his indomitable energy, has acquired a handsome estate. He owns 290 acres of good land, well improved, with excellent fences, buildings, orchards, etc. His farm is admirably adapted to stock-raising, to which it is largely devoted.

Source: History of Lucas County, Iowa: Containing a History of the County, Its Cities, Towns, Etc...1881

BENJAMIN F. PERKINS, farmer, Section 23; Post Office Cedar Bluff; born in Ohio in August, 1827; came to this county in October, 1854; owns 100 acres of land in this county and over 300 acres of improved land in Benton County; has held the office of School Director. He married Miss MARTHA W. BALDWIN in 1856; she was born in Indiana in 1824, and came with her parents to this county in 1837; has two children- EMILY E. Perkins and CYNTHIA C. Perkins.

Source: History of Cedar County, Iowa, 1878

WILLIAM R. PERKINS was born in Bureau Co., Illinois, on the 29th of Jan., 1850, being the son of Elijah and Rachel *(Wherry) Perkins. He was married in Illinois in Aug., 1869, to Miss *MARGARET* "MAGGIE" THOMPSON, a native of that state. In the fall of their marriage, William Perkins moved to Wright Co., Minnesota, in company with his parents. Both families rented farms and lived there about two years, when they came to Cass Co., IA, and purchased one hundred acres of land on section 12. William Perkins occupies this farm, and is now one of the prosperous and successful farmers of the township. He is raising a fine stock of cattle, and is known as a fine stock breeder. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins have five children living: Mary Perkins, Alice Perkins, John Perkins, Ellis Perkins and Minnie Perkins. William Perkins' father (Elijah Perkins) now resides in the township, on two hundred acres of cultivated land on section 12. There were five children in that family named: *Margaret* "Maggie" Perkins wife of H.O. Samson, of this township; David Perkins *(See Below) a resident of Lewis, IA; Emma Perkins wife of Albert Allen; and Frank Perkins. *William R. Perkins of this sketch.

Source: History of Cass County, Iowa; together with sketches of its towns, villages, and townships; educational, civil, military, and political history; portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of old settlers and representative citizens. History of Iowa, embracing accounts of the pre-historic races, and a brief review of its civil, political, and military history (1884)

*Added by transcriber

*ADDITIONAL INFORMATION*: 1860 Senachwine, Putnam Co., IL Census -


*Children:       1. Margaret "Maggie" Perkins b.1845 IL m. H.O. Samson
                       2. Jesse Perkins b.1847 IL
                       3. William Perkins b.1850 Bureau Co., IL m. Margaret (Thompson) (*See Above)  
*Removed to Wright Co., MN; Cass Co., IA;  Maple Creek, Furnas Co., NE
   3a. Mary Perkins b.
                                          3b. Alice Perkins b.
                                          3c. John H. Perkins b.1875 IA

3d. Ellis E. Perkins b.1877 IA
                                          3e. Minnie G. Perkins b.1879 IA
                                          3f.  Florence E. Perkins b.1885 IA
                                          3g. William D. F. Perkins b.1887 IA
                                          3h. Frederick E. Perkins b.1892 IA
                                          3i.  Merlin Theo Perkins b.1894 NE                            

                       4. David Perkins b.1852 Ind./IL *(See below)  
*Removed to Nebraska
                       5. John Perkins b.1855 IL
                       6. James Perkins b.1855 IL  *Twin* >> *
Not on 1870 census
                       7. Emma Ann Perkins b.1857 IL m. Albert Allen
1870 Census
Corinna, Wright Co., MN
   8. Frank Perkins b.1870 IA m. Lucy E. Clopton

1880 Census
Cass, Cass Co., IA

1885 Census
Cass, Cass Co., IA

1900 Census
Maple Creek,
Furnas Co., NE

*Source: Maiden name of Rachel (Wherry) Perkins - Iowa Marriage Records, 1880-1937 - Marriage of Frank Perkins - 12.20.1892 - Jefferson, IA to Lucy E. Clopton




1. Vesta L. Perkins b.1884 Lewis, Cass Co., IA
2. Edwin Elijah Perkins b.1889 Lewis, Cass Co., IA D.1961 Rochester, MN m. Kathryn M. Shoemaker     <<*He was the inventor of KOOL-AID Drink Mix*
3. Frank H. Perkins b.1891 Lewis, Cass Co., IA
4. Fay Grace Perkins b.1895 NE
5. Ivan Gaylord Perkins b.1897 NE m. Christine B. Herhahn           
*Removed to Winnetka, Cook Co., IL
6. Beatrice E. Perkins b.1901 NE
7. Wilma P. Perkins b.1903 NE
8. Alberta E. Perkins b.1909 NE
9. [Unknown Male] Perkins
10.[Unknown Female] Perkins

Source: David Perkins family - Descendants of Christopher "Stoffel" Haymaker - A working file of Mary Lou Cook - http://collectornuts.com
Source: IL\ IA \ NE Census Records

LEONARD W. PERKINS, who carries on general farming on section 11, Gay township, Taylor Co., IA, is one of Iowa's native sons and a representative of one of the old pioneer families of the state. He was born in Wayne Co., IA, Oct. 23rd, 1859, his parents being Alexander and Martha Sarah (Moore) Perkins. The father was a native of Indiana, where he was reared, but in early manhood came to Iowa, casting in his lot among the early settlers of Wayne Co., IA who were engaged in reclaiming the wild region for the purposes of civilization. Much of the prairie was still in possession of the government and Mr. Perkins entered a claim and opened up a farm which is still in his possession. His wife was also a native of Indiana and spent her girlhood days in that state. They are now both well advanced in years, Mr. Perkins being about seventy-four years of age, while his wife is but a little younger. At the time of the Civil War, Mr. Perkins put aside all business and personal considerations that he might aid the Union in the struggle to maintain the supremacy of the civil government. He joined Company D, of the Twenty-Third Iowa volunteer Infantry and, continuing at the front until the close of the hostilities, was then honorably discharged, having made a creditable military record through the loyal aid which he rendered. The public school system of Wayne Co., IA afforded Leonard W. Perkins the educational privileges which he enjoyed in his boyhood and youth. Through the periods of summer vacations he worked in the fields, assisting his father in carrying on the task of cultivating the cereals best adapted to soil and climate. Practical experience, therefore, well qualified him to take charge of a home of his own when, in 1881, he came to Taylor Co., IA and purchased one hundred and sixty acres of raw land. With characteristic energy he began breaking the sod and after he had made a start toward developing his farm he returned to Wayne Co., IA and completed his arrangements for having a home of his own by his marriage there on the 17th of Sept. , 1881, to Miss NANCY SHEETS. She was born in Wayne Co., IA and spent her girlhood days within its borders. Following their marriage the young couple began their domestic life on the farm which is now their home. Mr. Perkins building there a small dwelling to which he has since added. He also built a barn and carried on the work of improving his farm along various lines. A fine grove on the place was set out by him, together with the orchard, and is now yielding good fruit in season. That the soil is rich and productive is seen in the crops which he annually harvests as the result of the care and labor which he bestows upon the fields. Stock raising, too, is a profitable source of his income, and he makes a specialty of raising and fattening hogs, shipping quite a large number to the market each fall. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins have become the parents of two sons and four daughters; Samuel Perkins, who is married and flows farming in Gay township, Taylor Co., IA; Harry Perkins, at home; Ellen Perkins, the wife of J.N. Phillips, a farmer of Gay township, Taylor Co., IA; Mary Perkins, Lenore Perkins and Edna Perkins, all still under the parental roof. The family is widely known in Gay township and the members of the household occupy an enviable position in the social circles in which they move. Fraternally Mr. Perkins is connected with the Odd Fellows Lodge at Maloy, IA , having jointed the order there. He is also a member of the Modern Woodman Camp at Clearfield, IA. He exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party where state and national issues are involved, but otherwise casts an independent ballot. Political office has never had any attraction for him, yet he has served as road supervisor and as a member of the school board for two years. He does not neglect his duties of citizenship but prefers that his public service shall not call him to office. He desires, however, that the best interests of the community shall at all times be furthered, and to this end he lends his aid and cooperation to every movement for the general good. His life has been quietly passed, and yet there are in his record elements that are well worthy of emulation, for he has sought his success along the legitimate lines of labor, and his efforts have all the times conformed to a high standard of business ethics.

Source: History of Taylor County, Iowa : from the earliest - Crosson, Frank E.

A. B. PERKINS, of section 12, Keg Creek Township, came to this county in the spring of 1872, where he has since resided. He was born in Warren Co., IL, Feb. 6th, 1845, the son of D. R. Perkins, a native of Kentucky and the grandson of D.R. Perkins, Sr., a native of Virginia and of Welsh descent. Our subject's mother was MARIA LIENRANCE, a native of Virginia and of French ancestry. The father with his parents came to Warren Co., IL, where he was married, being one of the first pioneers of that part of Ill. They reared a family of eleven children. The mother died in the summer of 1878, and the father in March, 1888; he was a farmer all his life. In politics he was a Democrat, and both he and his wife were members of the Christian Church. A.B. Perkins, the eldest child, was reared on a farm, and in 1859 his parents came to Warren Co., IA, and in 1870 removed to Kansas, where they lived until their death. He lived in Warren County until 1871, when he removed to Sarpy Co., Nebraska, and remained two years and then came to Pottawattamie Co., IA. He first bought sixty-one acres of wild land, on which he lived one year, and then purchased eighty acres where his home now is, and later forty acres north of it. He now owns 120 acres of well-improved land in a body. His residence, which was built in 1887, cost, $2,300. Park Place is a beautiful home, and Mr. Perkins and family are surrounded with may of the comforts of life. He was married in Warren Co., IA, Feb. 3rd, 1870, to MALINDA W. WHITED, who was born, reared and educated in the same county. She was a daughter of Lazarus and Maria (Surber) Whited, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of Indiana. The parents were among the first settlers of Warren County, where they lived until their death. The mother died in 1870 and the father in 1889. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins have eight children, viz: Mary Blair Perkins, who was a successful teacher; Beriah B. Perkins, Daniel R. Perkins, Bert Perkins, Rolla W. Perkins, Minnie L. Perkins, Nellie Perkins, Maria Perkins, Solomon Perkins and Pursey Perkins. Mr. Perkins was formerly a Democrat, but is now independent. He is a member of the Farmer's Alliance, and has served as Township Trustee and also as Assessor. The family are members of the Christian Church.

Source: Biographical history of Pottawattamie County, Iowa; containing portraits of all the presidents of the United States, (Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1891

W. E. PERKINS (William E.). The subject of this sketch is one of the leading and representative business men of Mt. Vernon, Linn Co., IA, and belongs to one of the old and honored pioneer families of this country, being a son of William Perkins, who for almost sixty years has been prominently identified with the growth and upbuilding of this section of the state. The father was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, and in 1842 came to Linn Co., IA. He and Robert Stinson built the first house erected in Mt. Vernon, it being a log structure, and here he lived in true pioneer style. Wild game of all kinds was plentiful and furnished the early settlers with many a meal when otherwise they would have had little to eat. The Indians were also far more numerous than the white settlers, and Mr. Perkins was more than once annoyed by having them drive away the oxen, with which he broke his land and cultivated it. He and two companions - Mr. Holms and Dr. Ristine, built a raft, which they loaded with eight hundred bushels of corn and a lot of wheat, and floated the same down the river to St. Louis, MO, where the grain was marketed. They then walked back to Mt. Vernon, IA. This was but one of the many disadvantages which the early settlers encountered in making for themselves homes in a wild and unimproved region before the days of railroads. Mr. Perkins is still living, at the age of seventy-seven years, a hale and hearty old man, and makes his home six miles north of Mt. Vernon, IA, in Linn township. For twenty-eight years he has served as justice of the peace in a most creditable and satisfactory manner; has been highway commissioner a number of years; and school director ever since a school was established in his neighborhood. It was in this country that WILLIAM PERKINS, father of our subject, married Miss MARGARET M. BASSETT, a native of Ripley Co., IN, who died Feb. 16th, 1858, and was laid to rest in Mt. Zion Church cemetery in Linn Grove. By that union there were born twin boys, W. E. Perkins, our subject, and Eddie Perkins, who died in infancy. For his second wife the father wedded Miss MARY KEPLER, a native of Maryland and a daughter of Peter Y. and Betsy (Rice) Kepler, who were also born in that state. By his second marriage Mr. Perkins has eleven children, namely: Frank Perkins, who is married and resides in Montana; Hamilton Perkins, who married Eva McShane and is engaged in farming near Mt. Vernon, IA; Effie Perkins, wife of Peter Butler, a farmer of Viola, Linn Co., IA; Etta Perkins, wife of William Higgins, who lives near Central City, Linn Co., IA; Emery Perkins and Belle Perkins, both at home with their parents; and Flora Perkins, wife of Arthur L. Engle, of Brown township, Linn Co., IA.

W.E. Perkins, of this review, was born on the old homestead north of Mt. Vernon, IA, Jan. 30th, 1858, and was graduated from the public schools of Mt. Vernon. In 1876 he entered Cornell College, where he pursued his studies for a year and a half, and then began his business career as a clerk in the store of E. T. Golf. Later he was with the firm of Swafford Brothers, and for five years engaged in clerking in the drug store of Dr. Dorans. In 1893 he embarked in the grocery business on his own account, and conducted his store in what is known as the Bookstaler building, on the south side of Main Street, until Aug., 1900, when he sold out. Mr. Perkins has been twice married, his first wife being Miss LUCRETIA BAKER, also a native of Linn Co., IA, who died Aug. 10th, 1881, leaving two children, namely: Minnie May Perkins, born Nov. 2nd, 1878, is a graduate of the public schools of this country, and now resides with her uncle, Albert Iglehart, near Mt. Vernon; and Grace A. Perkins, born Dec. 3rd, 1880, was married Sept. 3rd, 1900 to George Johnson, who was born March 26th, 1875, and is a professor in the public schools of Mt. Vernon. On the 28th of Dec., 1887, Mr. Perkins was united in marriage with Miss ANNA KAFER, who was born in Linn Co., IA, May 6th, 1868, and is a daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Fink) Kafer, the latter a native of Maryland. Her father was born near Heidleberg, Germany, Nov. 1st, 1834, and was reared on a farm, being educated in the district schools of his native land. In the spring of 1853 he took passage at Havre, France, on the sailing vessel William Tell, and after a voyage of thirty-eight days, landed in New York. He commenced life in the new world with only a dollar and a half in his pocket, but he possessed plenty of energy and pluck, and soon found work on the railroad in Lancaster Co., PA, where he remained three months. He then walked from place to place in search of employment and finally found work in a blacksmith shop, where he remained until the 1st of May, 1854. He next worked in the pineries of northern Pennsylvania, and on leaving there in the fall of 1855, he and others started overland for California. Mr. Kafer, however, stopped at Lisbon, IA where he worked at digging potato's, quarrying stone and chopping wood for fifty cents per day, and the following spring turned his attention to the carpenter's trade. After about a year spent in this county, he erected a sawmill near Mt. Vernon, which town was then know as Pin Hook, while Lisbon was called Dutchtown. Mr. Kafer has worked at Cedar Rapids and various other places throughout the county, and, meeting with good success during his residence here, he has accumulated a handsome property, and now owns a fine farm of two hundred and forty acres in Linn township. He has served as road supervisor and school director, and is widely and favorably known throughout the county. His wife died April 17th, 1891, and was buried in Mt. Vernon cemetery. They were the parents of nine children, of whom six are still living, namely: Elizabeth Kafer, wife of Alfred Safely, who lives near Tipton, Cedar Co., IA; Philip H. Kafer, who married Ida Deck, and is engaged in farming near Springville, Brown township, Linn Co., IA; Rebecca Kafer, wife of Henry Clark, a farmer living near Mt. Vernon, in Franklin Township, Linn Co., IA; Rose Kafer, wife of Charles Letts, of Linn township, Linn Co., IA; Grant Kafer, who married Sarah Deck, a sister of his brother Philip's wife, and is engaged in farming in Linn township, Linn Co., IA; and Ann Kafer, wife of W. E. Perkins, of this sketch. Mr. Perkins has always been identified with the Democratic party.

Source: Biographical records of Linn County, Iowa ... (Chicago, The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1901

JOHN T. PERKINS, a prominent and esteemed resident of the Gate City, IA, is carrying on the business of an undertaker at No. 25 Third Street, Keokuk. Mr. Perkins is a native of Kentucky, and was born Oct. 13th, 1842, his parents being William B. and Sarah A. (McClahan) Perkins, both natives of Bracken Co., KY. The paternal grandfather of our subject, Henry V. Perkins, was a native of Connecticut, an extensive farmer, and raised large quantities of tobacco in his native State. He afterward went to Louisville, KY, where he engaged in the manufacture of medicines, and died in about 1850. The maternal grandfather of our subject was Elijah McClahan, a native of Virginia, who was also engaged in the cultivation of the tobacco plant. He and his wife became the parents of a large family, who afterward constituted some of the worthiest and most wealthy residents of the State of Kentucky. He departed from the scene of his earthly labors in 1835, and his memory was held in respectful remembrance by all with whom he had been associated. The father of our subject, William B. Perkins, was reared on his father's farm, where he remained until he attained his majority. He then went to Brookville, the county seat of Bracken County, KY, and was there engaged in the coopering business until after his marriage, when he moved to Lewis County, and in addition to his former occupation, became connected with an undertaking establishment. He is still living, but now carrying on his business alone. He and his wife are members in good standing of the Christian Church, and politically Mr. Perkins casts his vote with the Democratic party. Their household consists of eleven children, six of whom are deceased. The living are: John T. Perkins; Elizabeth Perkins, who married Thomas Furman, of Mason County, KY; William J. Perkins, who is with his brother, our subject, in Keokuk; Eliza Perkins, who lives in Kentucky, and Vincent H. Perkins, connected with Government store at Paris, KY. John T. Perkins was the second child of the family, and remained with his parents until he was twenty years of age, attending school in the winter season and working on the farm in summer. In 1863 he set his face westward, crossed the Mississippi, and located in Keokuk, IA. He made his home with his uncle, V. T. Perkins, and engaged with him in the undertaking business, which he pursued for six years following. He then withdrew from his uncle's establishment, and associated himself in partnership with J. W. Johnson, the firm becoming J. W. Johnson & Co. They located on Third street and continued in partnership for nine years, or until 1876, when Mr. Johnson was accidentally killed. Mr. Perkins then purchased the business from the heirs and has since operated alone, and is doing the largest business of his kind in the city. John T. Perkins and Miss HENRIETTA BROWN were united in marriage June 1, 1871, at Keokuk, IA. Mrs. Perkins is a native of Louisville, KY, and the daughter of Jeremiah Brown, of Kentucky. They have become the parents of two daughters; Lillie M. Perkins and Grace L. Perkins. The family occupies a beautiful residence at No. 628 Franklin Street, which was erected in 1885. Politically Mr. Perkins affiliates with the Democratic party, and socially belongs to the A.F. & A.M. and I.O.O.F. He is a stock holder of the Keokuk City Opera House, and President of the company. In connection with his brother William J. Perkins, he became proprietor of his present business property in 1876. He is a straight forward business man and held in the highest esteem by his fellow townsmen.

Source: Portrait and biographical album of Lee County, Iowa, (Chicago, Chapman brothers, 1887)

JEREMIAH PERKINS, attorney at law, firm of Perkins & Barr; Judge Perkins was born near Goldsboro, Wayne Co., North Carolina Jan. 7th, 1816, and was raised there until 14 years of age, when he came with his mother to Wayne Co., Indiana, where he learned the carpenter and cabinet maker's trade; after remaining there for three years, he removed to Laporte Co, IN in 1833, where he worked at his trade; having a taste for study he devoted his leisure moments during the busy season, and his entire winter to mental pursuits and reading law, and was admitted to the bar in Laporte about the year 1845; he came to Iowa by wagon and arrived at Newton, Jasper Co., IA, Oct. 28th, 1854, an was admitted to the bar under the celebrated Judge McFarland; the following year he came to Dallas Co., IA and located in Adel in June, 1855, and engaged in the practice of his profession; he built the house where he now lives, with his own hands; the first term of the district court was held in July following his coming here; his honor Judge McFarland presiding; he appointed Judge Perkins prosecuting attorney; in Aug, 1856, he was elected prosecuting attorney on a republican ticket in a democratic county; in 1861 he was appointed county Judge to fill vacancy and was subsequently elected for four successive terms and filled that position for nine years; during the same period he was elected recorder of Dallas county and also held that office of county auditor for three years; few men in Dallas county have held more offices and none have discharged their duties better and to the more complete satisfaction of the people; he married Miss ELIZA KENNEDY a native of Richmond, Indiana, Feb. 4th, 1841; she died April 6th, 1876, leaving six children.

Source: The history of Dallas County, Iowa : containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, & ......

JOSEPH F. PERKINS is one of the substantial farmers and stock-raisers of Van Buren Co., IA, his home being in Bonaparte, IA. In presenting this sketch to the readers of the Album, we record not only the life of an honorable pioneer but also that of a self-made man whose example of industry, enterprise and zeal can hardly be excelled. He overcame the difficulties caused by limited education, surmounted the barriers of poverty and working his way upward, step by step, at length reached a position of affluence. Mr. Perkins was born in Pocahontas Co., VA, July 21st, 1816, and belonged to a family numbering four sons and four daughters, the parents being Francis and Mary Perkins, who were also natives of the Old Dominion. Elizabeth Perkins, his eldest sister died in California; Joseph Perkins, is the second in order of birth; Robert Perkins, makes his home in California; William Perkins died in Van Buren Co., IA; Dorethea Perkins became the wife of B. F. Myer, and died in Oregon; Eveline Perkins, widow of Charles Flowers, is living in California; George W. Perkins, makes his home in New Castle, Cal.; Rebecca Perkins, is the wife of George W. Cavitt who is living near Sacramento City; and Mary Frances Perkins died in Virginia in youth. In 1813 Mr. Perkins came with his family to Van Buren Co., IA, but his death occurred three years later. In politics he was a Jackson Democrat and served as Clerk of the court in his native State. During the War of 1812 he entered the service but while on his way to the front, hostilities were brought to a close. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Perkins went to California where she spent her last days. The subject of this sketch, Joseph F. Perkins, was reared, until seventeen years of age, in his native State and as his family were in limited circumstances his educational advantages were not of the best. Experience and observation, however, have been to him excellent teachers and he has stored away a fund of useful information, practical in character, which he would probably not have acquired had he been enabled to attend school more regularly. In 1832, at the time of the Black Hawk War, he went to Cincinnati, Ohio, but cholera was prevalent in the city at that time and he continued on to Lima, Ind. On his twentieth birthday, the 13th of June, 1836, he arrived in Van Buren County, IA, which then formed a part of the Territory of Wisconsin. At that time the entire State was but little inhabited and its bright future could have never been dreamed of, much less realized. In fact, it was thought to be almost beyond the borders of civilization. Such men as Mr. Perkins, who were among the early comers and bore the hardships and privations of pioneer life, laid the foundation for its present prosperity and to them we owe unbounded gratitude. The land was un-surveyed and in Van Buren County, IA there were only a few houses situated along the river. Mr. Perkins made a claim in Farmington Township, near Bonaparte, and when the land came into market went to Burlington, WI in 1839 and secured the title, paying $1.25 per acre for sixty-three acres, which he made by working for William Meek at seventy-five cents per day. To this he has since added by subsequent purchase until now a highly cultivated farm of four hundred acres pays a golden tribute to the care and labor which he bestows upon it. The entire amount is under fence and there are seen all modern improvements. Mr. Perkins has been twice married. The year succeeding his arrival in this county he was joined in wedlock with Miss ELIZA MAXWELL and unto them were born two children who lived to adult age, namely; Mary F. Perkins, wife of John B. Edwards, a resident of Bonaparte, IA; and Joseph W. Perkins, who makes his home in Ketchum, Idaho. The death of the mother occurred in 1844 and for a second wife Mr. Perkins chose Miss ELIZA MYERS. Their union was blessed with seven children, four of whom are living; Sarah Perkins, who married Andrew Petrie of Van Buren Co., IA; Robert Perkins who died at the age of twenty-four years; William Perkins, of Van Buren Co., IA; James Perkins, who is engaged in farming; Jane Perkins, deceased, wife of Thomas B. Johnson; Ellen Perkins, who married Noah Moler; and Allen Perkins, who is also living in Van Buren Co., IA. Mrs. Perkins was called to her last rest in 1885 and her death was the occasion of deep regret on the part of many friends. In connection with the cultivation of his land, Mr. Perkins devotes considerable attention to stock-raising, making a specialty of horses. He has some very fine animals on his farm of the Norman Clyde and Morgan breeds. In political sentiment, Mr. Perkins is a Democrat, and a stanch supporter of party principles. Through seventy-five years of age he is fresh in appearance, active in movement and bright in intellect.

Source: Portrait and biographical album of Jefferson and Van Buren counties, Iowa (1890)- Lake City pub. Co., Chicago, IL

GEORGE DOUGLAS PERKINS. To the energetic natures and strong mentality of such men as Hon. George Douglas Perkins, editor of the Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, IA), is due the success and ever increasing prosperity of the Republican party in Iowa, and in the hands of this class of citizens there is ever assurance that the best interests and welfare of the party will be attended to, resulting in a successful culmination of the highest ambitions and expectations entertained by its adherents. Given to the prosecution of active measures in political affairs and possessing the earnest purpose of placing their party beyond the pale of possible diminution of power, the Republican leaders in Iowa are ever advancing, carrying everything before them in their irresistible onward march. Certainly one of the most potent elements in the success of the Republican movement in Iowa is George D. Perkins, who throughout his life has been a loyal citizen, imbued with patriotism and fearless in defense of his honest convictions. In the Civil war he followed the Union banners on the southern battlefields and he has since, just as fearlessly and just as loyally, advocated in the halls of congress and through the press the principles which he believes will advance the welfare of the nation. Such is the man whose life history forms the theme of this article. Mr. Perkins was born in Holley, Orleans Co., New York, February 29th, 1840, a son of John D. and Lucy (Forsyth) Perkins, the former a native of Connecticut and the latter of New York, while both were descendants of old New England families. The father was an attorney who came to the west on account of failing health when his son George was but six years old. The family spent one year in Indiana, two years in Milwaukee, WI and then removed to Baraboo, Wisconsin, which was the family residence when the father died in 1850. Since that time George D. Perkins has been dependent upon his own exertions, and from humble financial circumstances he has risen to affluence through the opportunity which is the pride of our American life. In the meantime he had attended the public schools and had also extended his education under private instruction. When sixteen years of age he began learning the printer's trade in the office of the Baraboo Republic, of Baraboo, Wisconsin. In 1860 he and his brother Henry Perkins removed to Cedar Falls, Iowa, and established a paper which they called the Gazette. Mr. Perkins continuing an active factor in its publication until August, 1863, when he enlisted as a private soldier in Company B., Thirty-first Iowa Infantry. At Helena, Arkansas, he was taken violently ill and from the hospital was transferred to Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, MO, where on the 12th of January, 1864, he was discharged and sent home - it was thought to die. It was found that he was suffering from abscess on the liver and it was long ere he recovered. In 1866 the brothers sold the Gazette and removed to Chicago, ILL where Mr. Perkins served for three years as agent for the Northwestern Association Press. In April, 1869, he came to Sioux City, IA and purchased the Journal of Mahlon Gore, and removing to this city took possession of the office on the 1st of May of that year, and has since been editor of the paper. In 1870, being joined by his brother Henry Perkins, they established the Daily Journal, now one of the leading daily papers of the northwest. The firm of Perkins Brothers, with the exception of two years, beginning in the summer of 1876, when George D. Perkins conducted the business alone, had a continuous existence up to the time of the death of Henry Perkins, in November, 1884. At that time a stock company was formed under the name of Perkins Brothers Company, and George D. Perkins has since been president and manager. Throughout the whole of his journalistic career he has been connected with but two papers. He is thoroughly conversant with the "art preservative" and moreover he keeps abreast with the best thinking men of the age, and treats with fairness and ability the questions which are under public discussion. Mr. Perkins has been particularly influential in public affairs, especially in those relating to the political conditions of city, state and nation, and in 1873 was chosen to represent his district in the state senate, in which he served for one term. In 1890 he was elected by nearly one thousand plurality over the Democratic, Independent and Prohibition candidates to represent the eleventh Iowa district in congress and serve four terms. During Governor Gear's administration he was commissioner of immigration, his term of office expiring by limitation of the statute at the end of two years. From President Arthur he received appointment to the position of United States marshal for the northern district of Iowa and was removed by President Cleveland under a charge of "offensive partisanship". He was a delegate to the Republican national convention at Cincinnati in 1876, at Chicago in 1880, and again in Chicago in 1888. He has been an active member of the party since the Fremont campaign of 1856, and cast his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln in 1864. In 1869, Mr. Perkins married Miss LOUISE E. JULIA, a native of New York city, and they have five living children: Florence Perkins, Samuel Perkins, Clara Perkins, William Perkins and Thomas Perkins. Mr. Perkins, as a citizen of Sioux City, IA, has extended his efforts to various fields in which, as an acknowledged leader, he has championed the highest interests of the municipality and the people at large. He and his family are identified with the Congregational church, and he is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He is spoken of as one of the leading men of Iowa. In his writings and in speech he is logical, candid and sincere, and his utterances show deep thought and wide research. He has come to be held in high honor as one of the most forceful factors in journalistic and political circles in his state.

Source: Past and present of Sioux City and Woodbury County, Iowa (1904)


GEORGE DOUGLAS PERKINS, editor of the Sioux City "Journal", was born in Holley, Orleans Co., N.Y., Feb. 29th, 1840. He is a son of John D. and Lucy F. (Forsyth) Perkins, natives respectively, of Connecticut and New York, and descendants of old New England families. The father was an attorney by profession, an came west on account of failing health when George Perkins was six years old. After spending a year in Indiana and two years in Milwaukee, WI, he located at Baraboo, WI, where he died in 1850. From this time on, George Perkins began to exert himself for his own support, in the meantime attending the public schools and receiving some private instruction. When sixteen years old he started to learn the printing business, his first work at that trade being on the Baraboo "Republic". In 1860 George Perkins and his brother, Henry Perkins, removed to Cedar Falls, IA, this state, where they established the "Gazette". In Aug., 1863, George Perkins enlisted as a private soldier, and became a member of Company B, Thirty-first Iowa infantry. At Helena, Ark., he was taken violently sick, and from the hospital there he was transferred to Jefferson Barracks, MO, where, on Jan. 12th, 1864, he was discharged. The doctors said he was only going home to die. An abscess on the liver turned out to be his complaint, and he was long in recovering his health. In 1866 the brothers sold out the "Gazette" at Cedar Falls, IA, and removed to Chicago, IL, where George D. Perkins served for nearly three years as agent of the Northwestern Associated Press. In April 1869, he bought the "Journal" of Mahlon Gore, IA and removed to Sioux City, IA, taking possession of the office on May 1st of that year, and he has been continuously its editor since. In 1870, George D. Perkins having been joined by his brother Henry Perkins, established the "Daily Journal". The firm of Perkins Bros., with the exception of two years from the summer of 1876, when George D. Perkins conducted the business alone, was continued up to the time of death of H. A. Perkins, in Nov., 1884. The business was then transferred to a stock company, under the name of Perkins Bros. Co., with George D. Perkins as president and manager. He was elected to the state senate in 1873, and served one term. In 1890, he was elected by nearly 1,000 plurality over the democratic, independent and prohibition candidates, to represent the Eleventh Iowa district in congress. During Gov. Gear's administration he was made commissioner of immigration, which office expired by limitation of statute at the end of two years. He was appointed United States marshal for the Northern district of Iowa by President Arthur, and he was removed from that place by President Cleveland under a charge of "Offensive partisanship". Mr. Perkins was a delegate at large from his state to the national republican convention in Cincinnati in 1876, to the national convention at Chicago in 1888. He has been an active worker in the republican party since the Fremont campaign in 1856, and cast his first vote for president for Mr. Lincoln in 1864. He began business for himself when he was twenty years of age, and has been thus employed since that time. He was six years with the Cedar Falls "Gazette" and is now in his twenty-second year with the Sioux City "Journal". Mr. Perkins is a member of the G. A. R., and sustains the congregational church, with which member of his family are united. In 1869 he married LOUISE E. JULIAN\JULIA, a native of New York City, they have five living children, namely: Florence Perkins; Samuel Perkins; Clara Perkins; William Perkins and Thomas Perkins.

Source: History of the counties of Woodbury and Plymouth, Iowa, including an extended sketch of Sioux City, their early settlement and progress to the present time; (Chicago, Ill., A. Warner & co., 1890-91)

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GEORGE D. PERKINS, was born in Holly, Orleans county, N.Y., February 29th, 1840. He learned the printer's trade at Baraboo, Wisconsin. In 1860 he associated himself with his brother and stated the Gazette, at Cedar Falls, Iowa. On the 12th day of August, 1862, he enlisted as a private soldier in the Thirty-first Iowa infantry. He was mustered out of the service at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., on the 12th day of January, 1863. In 1869 he left Chicago, Ill, where he had been connected with the service of the Northern Associated Press, and settled in Sioux City, IA, where he has since lived, and during that time has been editor of the Sioux City Journal, the best newspaper property of Iowa. He as a member of the Iowa senate in 1874-76; was immigration commissioner under Governor Gear, was United States marshal for the Northern District of Iowa, under President Arthur; was elected to the Fifty-second Congress as a republican, and re-elected to the Fifty-third, Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses. Mr. Perkins is one of the strong and great men of the state and nation, and it is a matter of regret that he requests so brief a sketch.

Source: Biographies and Portraits of the Progressive Men of Iowa: Leaders ..., Volume 1

GEORGE W. PERKINS, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. Farragut; born October 23, 1832, in Derry, Rockingham county, New Hampshire, and remained with his parents until he became of age. He then went to Massachusetts and taught school in Peabody for two years. He emigrated from there to Illinois, locating in Keewonee, Henry county, where he entered the dry-goods and grocery house of Lytle & Terry. He remained with this firm for two years, when he embarked in business for himself, forming a partnership with C. J. T. and C. F. Lytle, under the name of Lytle, Perkins & Co., which partnership continued for about two years, when Mr. Perkins withdrew and again went to clerking, this time for James L. Platt, and remained with him for seven years, at the expiration of which time he engaged in farming and raising hedge plants. In this business he formed a partnership with G. N. Palmer under the firm name of Palmer & Perkins, the firm existing four years. On the 1st of May, 1871, Mr. Perkins emigrated to Fremont county, Iowa, locating where he now resides. He now owns one section of land, which is finely improved. He is also a large stock-feeder, and raises a great amount of corn for that purpose. Was married July 13, 1857, to Miss ELLEN E. LYTLE, a native of Wethersfield, Henry county, Illinois. He is the father of four children: Fred Perkins, Charles F. Perkins, George W. Perkins, and Mary E. Perkins. Mr. Perkins has been a member of the board of supervisors one term.

Source: History of Fremont County, Iowa - Des Moines: Iowa Hist. Co., 1881

MILTON PERKINS was born in Bath county, Kentucky, September 10, 1831. He is a son of Thomas and Milly (Powel) Perkins, the former a native of Virginia. Left an orphan at the age of nine years, Milton found a home with his brother-in-law, Joseph Scott, and was reared on a farm, receiving only a limited education. At the age of twenty he went to Park county, Indiana, where he lived three years; thence to Monroe county, Iowa, settling near Albia. At the latter place he bought eighty acres of wild land and improved it. He dates his arrival in Adams county in 1874, and since that time he has been a resident of Carl township. He owns eighty acres of good land in section 2, and here he is comfortably situated and engaged in general farming and stock-raising. Mr. Perkins was married, in Park county, Indiana, in 1854, to Miss MARY ANN KOONTZ, a native of that place and a daughter of Phillip and Rebecca Koontz, her father a German by birth. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins have four children: Henry Walter Perkins, who is married and lives in Union county, Iowa; Sarah Jane Perkins, wife of William Rudicil, of Colorado; Ida Ann Perkins, wife of Edward Garrett, of Carl township, this county; and William Grant Perkins, who owns an eighty-acre farm adjoining his father's on the north. In politics Mr. Perkins is independent, voting for the man rather than the party. He is plain and unassuming in his manner and speech, and observes the strictest integrity in all his dealings. He and his wife and their three oldest children are members of the Evangelical Association of Mount Zion Church.

Source: B
iographical History of Montgomery and Adams Counties, Iowa. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1892.

WILLIAM H. PERKINS, of Scranton , Greene County , was born in Adams , Berkshire County , Massachusetts , the date of his birth being October 30, 1838 , a son of William and Eliza (Hathaway) Perkins. The father of our subject was a native of Massachusetts , and died when he was a child. The mother subsequently married again, and by her second marriage had several children. She died in Massachusetts in 1882. William H. Perkins was the only child of her first marriage. He grew to manhood in his native State, being reared to the avocation of a farmer. In April, 1861, soon after the firing on Fort Sumter Mr. Perkins enlisted in Company B, Tenth Massachusetts, the Second Rhode Island, and the Thirty-sixth New York regiments. In the winter of 1861 the brigade was engaged in building forts Massachusetts and Slocum, which constituted a part of the defenses of Washington . In 1862 it took part in McClelland's Peninsular campaign, participating in all of the principal battles of that campaign. Soon after the evacuation of Harrison 's landing, Mr. Perkins was taken sick, when he was sent to a hospital at Philadelphia . When he had partially recovered he was sent to the camp of distribution at Alexandria , but getting worse, he was discharged January 10, 1863 , when he returned to Massachusetts . His health having sufficiently recovered he re-enlisted in the First New York Light Artillery, Battery A, which was first stationed at Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, then at Harrisburg, and finally at Chambersburg, where our subject remained till the close of the war, when he returned home without wounds but with health permanently impaired. After the war he was married to Miss ALICE E. BURT, a native of Berkshire County , Massachusetts . Mr. Perkins left Massachusetts with his family in 1872, when he settled in Rochelle, Ogle County , Illinois , coming thence to Scranton March 5, 1879 , where he has since made his home. Politically Mr. Perkins is a Republican, casting his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln in 1860.

Source: Biographical and Historical Record of Greene and Carroll Counties, Iowa - Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago 1887.

WILLIAM H. PERKINS, dealer in groceries, boots and shoes at Angus, was born in Wales, February 17, 1852, son of John Perkins, also a native of Wales. He left his native country in September, 1869, coming to LaSalle, Illinois, and the following spring, to Emporia, Kansas, living there and in Osage City and Leavenworth until 1874. He spent one winter, in the meantime, in Bloomington, Illinois. In 1874 he went to Covington, Indiana, and the following year, visited his native country, returning in the spring of 1876, and in 1880 made a second visit to Wales, and visited California the same year, returning in the fall of 1880. While in Indiana, he kept a grocery store at Coal Creek, near Covington. He came to Angus in 1882, and engaged in his present business the following April. He keeps a full line of groceries, provisions, boots, shoes and notions. He was married in September, 1881, to JANE MORGAN, daughter of Thomas Morgan, deceased. Their children are Janett Perkins, John Perkins and Edith Perkins. Mr. Perkins is a member of the Odd Fellows order, is town treasurer, in 1886, and re-elected for town treasurer for 1887 -- and has served as a member of the town council.

Source: Biographical and Historical Record of Greene and Carroll Counties, Iowa - Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago 1887

JOHN PERKINS, farmer, Sec. 26, P.O. Lynnville; born in Guilford, Co., N.C., in 1828; located in this county in 1865. Married CATHERINE EDWARDS in 1835; she was born in the same county and state in 1828; their children are Eliza Perkins, Hannah Perkins and Mahaley Perkins. They are members of the Friends' Society; he is a Republican. Owns 140 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre.

Source: The history of Jasper County, Iowa

WILLIAM A. PERKINS is a native of Barron Co., KY, having been born on the 1st of February, 1812, and is the son of Jesse and Mary (Allen) Perkins. He was married there to Miss VIRGINIA PERKINS, a daughter of Charles Perkins. Mr. Perkins died in Marshall County, Illinois, leaving on child, Virginia. He was again married in Illinois, in 1855, to Miss LUCINDA HESTER, a daughter of John Hester. They have six children - Thomas Perkins, Elizabeth Perkins, Josephine Perkins, Emma Perkins, Ellen Perkins and Allen Perkins. In 1877 William Perkins came to his present location, on section 4, where he now owns four hundred acres of good land, and raises Poland-China hogs and shorthorn cattle. He has held a number of offices while in Illinois.

Source: History of Guthrie and Adair counties, Iowa : together with sketches of their towns, villages and townships, educational, civil, military and political history; portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of old settlers and representative.


DES MOINES, IA., Aug. 24 - Relatives of Mrs. Nora Perkins, under arrest in Minneapolis, MN, charged with the murder of Lola Hawkins, claim that the husbands of the two woman died here four years ago under circumstances most mysterious. Mrs. Perkins husband, LINCOLN PERKINS, a printer from Adel, IA, died after fourteen days' illness, and it is said that he told his friends before his death that he feared he had been poisoned. Mrs. Perkins secured $1500 life insurance. Mrs. Hawkins husband William Scott, died about the same time under circumstances which were considered suspicious by Scott's relatives, although they made no investigation at the time. Mrs. Hawkins secured $3000 life insurance. The two woman cut a wide swath before they left here for Minneapolis, MN three years ago.

Source: The San Francisco call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) August 25, 1895

ELIJAH PERKINS, Lincoln twp., farmer, Sec. 14; P.O. Winterset; born in Sullivan County, New Hampshire, May 30, 1810; he emigrated to Ohio when a young man, and was engaged in teaching school for several years; he came to this State (Iowa) in 1848, and to this county in 1849, and settled on the land where he now resides, and made the greater part of the improvements; he owns 207 acres of land, on which he has a valuable sugar maple grove, affording all the sugar and syrup they wish for home use; he married Miss JULIA A. ANSLEY in February, 1850; she was born in Pennsylvania, and died in December, 1867; he afterward married MARY A. LUKECART in 1869; she was born in Illinois; has one son by first marriage: Wesley J. C. Perkins; lost one daughter: Clara J. Perkins, aged twelve years.

Source: The History of Madison County Iowa - 1879

ERASTUS GIDDEN PERKINS, Jackson twp., farmer, Sec. 35; P.O. Maple Grove; born in Orange county, Vermont, in 1822; moved to Sylivan county New Hampshire, with his parents and brothers; was educated at Newberry Seminary, Vermont; is a graduate of South New Market; remained in New Hampshire until he removed to New York City and engaged in the grocery business; remaining there four years, thence to Washington City as clerk in census office; in 1851, he entered 240 acres of land in Lincoln township, Madison county, Iowa, which he partly improved and then returned to New Hampshire, where he remained six years; he, with his family, emigrated westward, settling in said township for some ten years, then changed his location for one in Jackson township, where he now resides; in the year 1864 he was deputized treasurer and recorder; he was county supervisor from Lincoln township one term, and has capably filled each township office; in 1865 he was elected Captain of Lincoln Home Guards; owns 200 acres of land; he was married in Charleston, New Hampshire, to ROSETTA MIRRIL/MERRILL ?; by this union they have five living children: Edgar Perkins, Helen Perkins, Nettie Perkins, Clara Perkins and Alice Perkins; Charles Perkins died in 1874.

Source: The History of Madison County Iowa - 1879

Dr. LOUIS J. PERKINS. Among the prominent physicians and surgeons of Lewiston, Idaho, is Louis J. Perkins, M. D., who is especially prominent as a surgeon of a high order of ability. But it is not only as a member of the medical profession that Dr. Perkins is known and respected in Lewiston, for he takes an active part in both business and civic affairs, being the owner and manager of a fine ranch and serving as mayor of the city. He is a man of wide experiences, who has lived under conditions that have made him first a man and then a doctor, and his warm personal interest in his patients sometimes has as much to do with his success as his unquestioned ability. He is a man whom Lewiston feels proud to see in the position of chief executive. Louis J. Perkins was born in Van Buren county, Iowa, on the 12th of March, 1866. His parents were Austin J. and Rhoda (Wildman) Perkins, prominent residents of Van Buren county. Austin J. Perkins was born in Kentucky and his wife was a native of Indiana. He was engaged in farming all of his life, but like his son, he was always interested in public affairs and played an active part. He was a member of the school board and assessor of Van Buren county for years, and held a number of other public offices. Both he and his wife are now dead. Louis J. Perkins was the fourth of the seven children of his parents, and was educated in the schools of Keosauqua, Iowa, first completing the work of the grammar school and then being graduated from the high school. He attended the Dexter Normal School for the next two years and then taught school in Van Buren county for several years. He had by this time come to the conclusion that the medical profession was the one which he desired to enter, so having saved his money in expectation of just this use for it, he now entered the Keokuk Medical College, and began the study of medicine. He was graduated from this institution with the class of 1892. The young doctor first began the-practice of his profession in Mt. Zion, Iowa, but only remained there a short time, accepting an appointment as physician to the Umatilla Indian agency at Pendleton, Oregon. He was engaged in this work for four years, and was then sent to the Philippines, as an army surgeon, belonging to the One Hundred and Second Hospital Corps, of the Thirteenth Regular Infantry. He was placed on duty at the Santa Mesa Hospital in the northern part of the island of Luzon. He remained here until 1901 when he resigned to return to the United States. He here continued in the service of the government, as a member of the medical service of the pension department, at Washington, D. C. In 1903 he resigned this position and came to Lewiston, Idaho, to once more engage in regular practice. He soon had built up a flourishing practice and this has been growing constantly until he now ranks among the leading physicians and surgeons of the city. Dr. Perkins was elected member of the school board in 1907 and served four years. He was elected mayor of Lewiston in 1911. In politics he has always taken an active part, being a stanch upholder of the doctrines of the grand old party. He has been chairman of the Republican precinct for four years. He is now a member of the United States examining board of pensioners. In the fraternal world he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of the Masons, of the Woodmen of the World and of the Eagles. In the first mentioned order he is a past noble grand. Dr. Perkins is the owner of considerable valuable real estate, which consists mainly in his splendid ranch in Nez Perce county, and of his beautiful home in Lewiston. In 1888 Dr. Perkins was married to MAMIE NELSON, the daughter of J. W. Nelson and Eliza (Bonar) Nelson. J. W. Nelson came into Idaho in pioneer times and became a very successful rancher and stockman, as well as a leader in public affairs. Both Mr. and Mrs. Nelson are now deceased. Four children have been born to the Doctor and his wife; Bessie Perkins, who is a graduate of the University of Idaho, a member of the class of 1912; John N. Perkins, who is now a student at his sister's alma mater; Paul Perkins and Ralph Perkins.

Source: History of Idaho; a narrative account of its historical ... v. 3. French, Hiram Taylor

LESTER PERKINS, (Rev.), State Loan Agent for the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, is a native of Jefferson County, New York, his birth occurring on the 27th of Nov., 1828. His father, Dr. Solomon Perkins, was born in the Empire State, April 2nd, 1805, and in his youth prepared himself for the medical profession. On the 20th of Jan., 1825, he married Miss LOVINA CAMPBELL, who was born in New York, March 9th, 1808, five years later removed to Erie Co., PA, where he engaged in an extensive practice and in connection with the prosecution of his chosen profession improved a heavily timbered farm. He was a Whig in politics, both he and his wife were leading members of the Methodist Episcopal church. On the 18th of Nov., 1854, Mrs. Perkins departed this life and on March 25th, 1863, the Doctor was called to the home beyond. Of their eight children only three are now living - Leroy Perkins, a railroad contractor; Lester Perkins, of this sketch; and Elvira Perkins, wife of Hollis Hiscock.

Our subject was the second child of the family. He was early inured to hard labor, his boyhood days being spent upon a farm in a new and heavily wooded country where labor was arduous and duties pressed heavily upon the settlers. For a short time each winter, until about fifteen years of age, he attended such common schools as were in existence fifty years ago. He was a bright student, quick and ambitious to learn; his father, wishing to give him the best opportunities for an education, procured for his benefit a scholarship in Allegheny College. From a high sense of duty to his father he decided to forego the pleasures and benefits of a college course and assist him on the farm. When twelve years of age he was converted and from that time religion became an all absorbing theme to him. From an early age he was impressed with the idea that it was his duty to preach the gospel and all his thoughts and dreams had their trend in that direction. Conscious of his unworthiness he tried to banish the thought and avoid public confession.

Before he was twenty years of age, Mr. Perkins had chosen a wife - CLARINDA EATON, to whom he was married April 16th, 1848. She was born in Erie Co., PA, June 15th, 1828, and was the second of nine children, whose parents were Ebenezer and Eunice (Shattuck) Eaton, natives respectively of New Hampshire and Vermont. In an early day they emigrated to Pennsylvania, where they lived until their deaths. When married, Mr. Perkins had no resources save a good constitution and a willingness  to work. He therefore chopped wood at twenty-five cents per cord and threshed wheat with a flail for every tenth bushel. His father afterward deeded him fifty acres of land and he purchased a sixty acre tract, requiring ten years time on contract, but paid the whole in one half that time. The first money he borrowed was $15 which he obtained from a wealthy uncle who said he could let him have the money, but wanted him to return it at the time promised, which he promptly did. Afterward whenever in need of funds he had only to call upon his uncle, whose confidence he had won by the ready payment of the small loan.

In Jan., 1857, a meeting was in progress which our subject attended, and at the close of the service one evening a good old brother took him by the hand and said "Lester you ought to have been preaching for years". Returning home he said to his wife, "I must preach", and asked her if she could consent to become a Methodist preacher's wife. Endowed with high religious instincts although not a member of the church at that time, she heartily approved of his course. In the spring of 1856, he preached his first sermon in his home neighborhood and in fall of the same year sold his farm and gave his whole time to the ministry, his efforts being attended with wonderful success. In 1858, he was sent by Presiding Elder M. Himebaugh as a supply to Poynette, Wis., where under his preaching a hundred souls were converted during the first four months from his charge. He was recommended to conference which convened at Monroe, Wis., and on his way thither stopped to preach at one of his appointments. So great was the interest manifested that he wrote the presiding elder that he could not be there. He was, however, admitted to the Western Wisconsin Conference, and returned to Poynette, WI where he labored successfully for three years, being ordained at the close of the second year. He worked hard, preaching three sermons each Lord's Day. He was next sent to Juda, where there was a small society; though he had six appointments to fill, during his two year stay at that place he erected two churches and a parsonage. War at this time became the all absorbing issue of the day. In his preaching he had never touched upon that subject, but being pressed to express his views, he finally announced that on a certain day he would deliver a war sermon. All the country came to hear him. His sermon turned not on the Civil War, but the greater struggle against sin, the flesh and the devil.

In July, 1862, in a night vision, our subject saw the surrender of Lee's army at the very place where it finally occurred. Impressed by this that the time had come, however, for him to take an active part in the struggle in which his country was engaged, Mr. Perkins, alone in one week's time enlisted one hundred and seven men and was made Captain. On the organization of the regiment he was offered his choice between the offices of Major and Chaplain, but sickness prevented him from accepting, or going with the regiment, the Twenty-Second Wisconsin. The following year he took charge of another circuit but so thoroughly was his nervous system shattered, that he had to give up the beloved work of the ministry in 1864. Coming to Mt. Vernon, IA, he engaged to sell nursery stock as a business affording him out-door exercise and he proved to be as successful as a salesman as preacher. At Marion, Iowa, he met an agent for the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company who introduced him to put a few applications for policies in his pocket and while selling trees see what he could do in the insurance business. For twenty-five years he has now continued operations for that company. In 1868, he removed his family to Des Moines, IA and from that time until 1885, did quite an extensive real-estate business in connection with his duties as an insurance agent. He was made State Loan Agent for the Northwestern in 1885, and has since devoted his entire time to its interest.

To Mr. and Mrs. Perkins have been born seven children - Perry Perkins, who is Secretary of the Iowa Grand Lodge, Independent Order Good Templars; Charles O. Perkins, who is a partner with his father in the business of handling coal, building materials, etc.; Ella Perkins, wife of E. B. Fagen; Frank Perkins, a farmer; Kittie Perkins, Jennie Perkins and Bert Perkins. The parents and daughters are members of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of this city. Mr. Perkins has always been a liberal donor to the church and while a resident of Davenport, IA, gave one-fourth of his possessions for the building of a house of worship. Since coming to Des Moines he has accumulated an abundance of this world's goods and his contributions to all worthy enterprises have increased proportionately. In politics, Mr. Perkins has always been a staunch Republican and a strong temperance man. He has never sought office but consented to serve as Mayor of Greenwood Park, for the purpose of ridding it of saloons. This sketch, though brief, gives a outline of the life of one of the most prominent business men in the State and one of Des Moines' most esteemed citizens.

Source: Portrait and biographical album of Polk County, Iowa, Chicago, Lake City publishing co., 1890

O. F. PERKINS has been engaged in the hardware business in Kensett, IA since 1880. He is a native of New York, born Feb. 15th, 1840. His parents moved to a farm near Madison, WI, in 1852, where they remained four years. They came to Hartland township, Worth Co., IA, in June, 1856. He enlisted in company F, 4th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, serving two years and six months. He then Veteranized, was promoted to Corporal Dec. 1st, 1864, served till the close of the war, and was mustered out at St. Paul, MN. He was with the 15th Army Corps, and participated in the battles of Juka, second batte of Cornith, Miss., Champion Hill, Jackson, Miss, the siege of Vicksburg, Benton Cross Roads, of Savannah, and the surrender of Gen. Jackson, at Galesburg, N.C. Was with Sherman in his march to the sea. He then went to Washington, thence to Louisville, KY and from there to St. Paul, MN. He then came to Iowa, purchased 160 acres on section 25, upon which he lived six years. He then removed to Kensett, IA, and embarked in his present business, in which he is successful, his trade being steadily on the increase. He married MARTHA J. REMORE, Feb. 2nd, 1867. She is a native of New York, born Feb. 2nd, 1852. They have one child; Gracie Perkins, born March 23rd, 1878. He is a member of the G.A.R., Post Randall, Northwood, IA.

Source: History of Mitchell and Worth counties, Iowa; and biographies of representative citizens. History of Iowa, embracing accounts of the pre-historic races, and a brief review of its civil and military history. (1884)

*Same book states that Orra Perkins of Kensett, IA m. Martha J. Remore and a Perry J. Perkins of Kensett, IA married her sister, Harriet E. Remore.

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*William H. Perkins is also mentioned in this book, but no biographical sketch is given.

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ORRA F. PERKINS is a retired merchant of Northwood, IA and an honored veteran of the Civil War who well deserves mention in this volume among the representative and valued residents of Worth Co., IA. He was born in New York, Feb. 15th, 1840, and there spent the first twelve years of his life, after which he accompanied his father, who in 1852 removed with his family from the Empire State  to a farm near Madison, WI, where they lived for four years. They then came to Hartland township, Worth Co., IA, arriving in June, 1856. Since that time, or for a period of sixty-two years, Orra F. Perkins has made his home among the pioneers whose memory forms a connecting link between the primitive past and the progressive present. He acquired his education in the public schools of New York and of Wisconsin and in his early twenties he responded to the country's call for troops, enlisting as a member of Company F., Fourth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, with which he served for two years and six months. He then veteranized and was promoted to the rank of corporal on the 1st of December, 1864. He remained with the army until the close of the hostilities, when he was honorably discharged and mustered out at St. Paul, MN. His regiment was attached to the Fifteenth Army Corps, with which he fought in the battles of Iuka, both battles of Corinth, Champion's Hill, Jackson, the siege of Vicksburg, the battle of Altoona and the engagements at Benton Cross Roads, Savannah and others, participating, in all, in twelve battles. He was also present at the surrender of General Jackson at Galesburgh, N.C., and he went with Sherman on the celebrated march from Atlanta to the sea, which proved that the Confederacy was but an empty shell, the troops having all been drawn from the interior to protect the border. After the march to the sea the regiment proceeded to Washington, later to Louisville, KY, and thence to St. Paul, MN where Mr. Perkins was mustered out. As the country no longer needed his military aid, he returned to Iowa and purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land on section 25, Hartland township, upon which he took up his abode, continuing the cultivation of that farm for six years. On the expiration of that period he removed to Kensett, IA where he opened a hardware store, which he conducted with gratifying success for a considerable period. He later removed to Northwood, IA, where he engaged in the meat business up to the time of his retirement from active commercial pursuits. Mr. Perkins was united in marriage to Miss MARTHA J. REMORE, a daughter of Harrison H. and Nancy (Hull) Remore. Mrs. Perkins was born in Watertown, NY, her parents being natives of Jefferson County, that state. Her father was born July 12th, 1824, and was reared and educated in Jefferson Co., NY. In 1855 he removed westward to Columbia Co., Wisconsin, where he resided until 1857, when he became a resident of Olmsted Co., MN. He was in quite limited financial circumstances when he went to that state, and he and his wife were accordingly forced to endure many privations and hardships incident to settlement on the frontier. As the years passed, however, his hard work and close economy enabled him to make progress and he developed a farm which in time he sold at a good figure. He then removed to Worth Co., IA, in the spring of 1864 and took up his abode on what is know as the Enos Smith farm in Northwood, IA, now Grove township. Upon that place he resided until the summer of 1870, when he established his home in Northwood, IA and built a fine residence, which he occupied until his death, which occurred in 1893. For four years he had survived his wife, who died in 1889. Mr. Remore was the owner of two hundred acres of excellent land, which he bought under a high state of cultivation, and as the result of his intelligently directed efforts he became one of the substantial and prosperous farmers of Worth Co., IA. His fraternal relations were with the Masonic lodge of Northwood, IA and in his political faith he was a democrat. His father, who spent his entire life in Jefferson Co., NY, served as a soldier in the War of 1812.

To Mr. and Mrs. Perkins has been born a daughter, Grace Velma Perkins, who is the wife of A. L. Steece, of Minneapolis, MN, and has one child, Josephine L. Steece. Mr. Perkins has always voted with the republican party and he served as assessor of Hartland township, Worth Co., IA, but has not been an office seeker, preferring to concentrate his time and energies upon his business affairs, in which he has won a fair measure of prosperity. His life has ever been an honorable one, and in matters of citizenship, he has displayed the same spirit of fidelity that characterized him as a soldier.

Source: History of Mitchell and Worth Counties, Iowa - Vol. 2 - 1918, pages 284-285.

J. L. PERKINS (Josiah L.), farmer, section 28, Monroe Township, Ringgold Co., IA, was born in Madison Co., New York, July 25th, 1835. His parents were Stillman and Delana (Squire) Perkins, the former a native of Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, and the latter of Rutland Co., Vermont. They were married in Cazenovia, Madison Co., New York, about 1820, and reared a family of nine children - Cecelia Perkins; Esli S. Perkins; Elizabeth H. Perkins; Admiral A. Perkins; Irene D. Perkins; Julia A. Perkins; Josiah L. Perkins; Gertrude M. Perkins and Gardner H. Perkins. Mr. Perkins was educated at the Cazenova Seminary, where many of our eminent men were educated. At the age of eighteen he commenced teaching, and followed that profession several years. In 1856 he removed to Rock Island Co., Illinois. The first year he was engaged in teaching, and then clerked in a mercantile establishment at Port Byron nearly two years. March 11 the, 1858, he married LUCINDA WILLIAMS, a native of White Co., IL. In 1860 he engaged in the milling business at Big Rock, Clinton Co., IA, and in 1863, on account of failing health, caused by the dust of the mill, he sold out and returned to Rock Island County, IA. The latter part of the same year he engaged in the mercantile business with William H. Devore, at Cordova. Mr. Devore is now a prominent banker at Port Byron, IL. The confinement of the store told severely on his already impaired health and caused him again to change his business, and in 1866 he closed out the store and the following year engaged in railroad contracting, making a specialty of bridge building. In 1874 he removed to Moline, IL, and engaged in the manufacturing business. In 1878 he was elected sheriff of Rock Island Co., IA, and served two terms with credit to himself and satisfaction to his party. In 1881 he was appointed assistant general manager, under A. B. Stickney of Minneapolis, of the Canada Pacific Railroad, headquarters at Brandon. He had charge of 200 miles of road construction one year. In 1882 he settled at Ringgold Co., IA, upon his present farm, located three miles northwest of Kellerton, IA. It contains 250 acres of land in a good state of cultivation and well improved. He has a fine two-story residence situated on a natural building site, and furnished in a manner that shows the refinement of that family. He has a thrifty orchard of 100 trees, and native shade trees, and out-buildings for stock. He is a member of the Masonic order, Barrett Chapter and Everett Commandery, No. 18, Rock Island. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins are the parents of four children - William S. Perkins; Arthur L. Perkins; Mary D. Perkins and Herbert E. Perkins. Politically Mr. Perkins is a Republican, and is considered one of the strong men in his party. He is one of the leading citizens of Ringgold Co., IA. Post office, Kellerton.

Source: Biographical and historical record of Ringgold and Decatur counties, Iowa. (Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1887)

GEORGE PERKINS, farmer and shoemaker, Section 35; Post Office Stanwood; born in Broome County, New York, in 1811; came to this county in 1859.  He married Mrs. MARGARET McGOWAN in 1866; she was born in Ireland, and was married to Alex. McGowan in 1854; he was born in Scotland and died in 1858.  She owns 120 acres land; has one son by first marriage--Thomas E. McGowan.  Mr. Perkins has two daughters by former marriage.  One son, W. Harvey Perkins, enlisted in the 89th New York Infantry in the late war, and after serving three years was killed in battle near Richmond the day before the expiration of his term of enlistment.

Source: History of Cedar County, Iowa, 1878

D. E. (Daniel Ezra) PERKINS was born in Courtland County, New York, on the 25th day of October, 1840. He there lived with an uncle (his mother having died in his infancy) until he was ten years of age, when he removed with his family to Waukesha County, Wisconsin. On the 2nd of November, 1861, he enlisted in Company H, Thirteenth Wisconsin Infantry, and served until honorable discharged, December 27, 1865. At the close of the war, he came to Iowa and located in Buchanan County, where he lived for four years. He then came to Douglas Township, Bremer County, IA locating on the farm where he now resides. His land lies on section 6 and consists of seventy-five acres. He was married in Douglas Township, on the 7th day of May, 1871, to Miss MARTHA MARSH, of Polk Township, but whose birth place is DeKalb County, Illinois, where she was born July 4th, 1850. Seven children were born to them - Lucia E. Perkins born March 10, 1872; Marcia L. Perkins born May 10, 1873; Carrie I. Perkins born August 9, 1874; Grace M. Perkins born May 31, 1876; Edna J. Perkins born June 3, 1878; Sholto M. Perkins born February 29, 1880; and Olive M. Perkins born December 13, 1881.

Source: 1883 History of Bremer County, IA - page 1024

SOLON B. PERKINS, retired farmer residing in Cascade, is a native of Erie Co., New York, his birth occurring Dec. 29th, 1839. His parents, Jesse and Elma (Annis) Perkins, were also born in New York State and for a time the father followed farming on the shores of Lake Champlain. Three children were born to him and wife in Erie Co., NY, named Solon Perkins; John Perkins (deceased) and Mary Perkins (deceased). In 1853 the family came West to Rockford, IL, partly by foot and partly by train, and from that place drove to Cascade Township, Dubuque Co. IA, and established a home on 200 acres of land, forty acres of which was improved. Here the mother died in 1857, aged forty-nine years, and Mr. Perkins subsequently married MARY ANN PATTERSON, a widow, and step mother of the wife of Solon B. Perkins. After his second marriage, Jesse Perkins disposed of his property in Cascade Township and removed to Delaware Co., IA, and there died, aged seventy-six years. Solon B. Perkins, the immediate subject of this review, was but thirteen years old when brought to Cascade Township by his parents, and for a time he attended the Spring Valley school. In 1861 he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Ann Patterson, born in 1838, a daughter of William and Catherine (Eggleston) Patterson. Her parents both natives of New York State, and during their residence there two children were born to them, Minerva Patterson (deceased) and James Patterson, living in Ill. The family then moved to Ohio, where they remained some eighteen or twenty years, and there to Mr. and Mrs. Patterson were born these children: Reuben Patterson (deceased); Mary Ann Patterson, married Solon B. Perkins; Sarah Patterson (deceased); and Charles Patterson (deceased). The mother died in Ohio, and Mr. Patterson took for a second wife a sister of his former mate, Mary Ann Eggleston. In 1851 the family came to Iowa, driving from Chicago to Delaware Co., IA, and here on a farm the father died in 1855 at the age of fifty-four years. To him and wife were born these children: John Patterson, residing in Greeley, Delaware Co., IA; and Emily Patterson, Walter Patterson and William Patterson, all of whom are deceased. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Mary Ann (Eggleston) Patterson married Jesse Perkins, the father of the subject of this sketch. Solon B. Perkins was reared to hard work on a farm, and  after his marriage rented a tract of land in Cascade Township and here followed general farming for a number of years. He then purchased ten acres of timber land which he cleared and on which he erected a home, and at different times added thereto until he became the owner of seventy acres. This he improved and resided on until his retirement to the village of Cascade in 1910. Mr. Perkins is a republican in politics, a Baptist in religion and has served a number of years as school director. He is also a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, belonging to the lodge at Cascade, IA. To him and wife two children were born, as follows: Ida Perkins, born in 1866 and died when eight years old, and Ralph Perkins, born in 1869, married Effie Hankins, has one child, Emerett Perkins, and resides on the old homestead.

Source: History of Dubuque County, Iowa; being a general survey of Dubuque County history, including a history of the city of Dubuque and special account of districts throughout the county, from the earliest settlement to the present time. (Chicago, Goodspeed historical association, [1911]), by Franklin T. Oldt

C. G. PERKINS, postmaster, and dealer  in general merchandise, was born in Rockingham Co.,  NH, in 1830; removed to Wisconsin in 1855, and engaged in farming. He enlisted in 1862 in Company G, 19th Wisconsin, and was discharged in 1865; then came to Onawa, IA and engaged in farming four years. He was then elected county recorder; resigned in 1872. He was a member of the 14th assembly in 1872-73; engaged in his present business in 1873. He was married in 1853 to R. S. STEARNS, and has three children - C. W. Perkins, Mary W. Perkins and Addie M. Perkins.

Source: History of western Iowa, its settlement and growth. A comprehensive compilation of progressive events concerning the counties, cities, towns, and villages--biographical sketches of the pioneers and business men, with an authentic history of the state of Iowa (1882)


CAPT. CHARLES G. PERKINS, a member of the mercantile firm of C. W. Perkins & Co., and Agent of the American Express Company, at Onawa, IA, is one of that village's most prominent and influential citizens. He was born at Windham, Rockingham Co., N.H.,
January 23rd, 1830, and is a son of James W. and Frances (Cochran) Perkins. His father, was a Congregational minister, was a native of New Hampshire, as was his mother. Of their family of five children, all boys, our subject was the second. Charles G. Perkins remained at home, receiving his education in his youth until reaching the age of fifteen years, when he shipped aboard a whaling vessel, on which he remained some three years, spending most of the time on the Pacific Ocean, visiting San Francisco in the winter of 1847. Returning to his home he engaged in the clothing trade at Mt. Vernon, N.H., which business he followed until 1855, when he came West and settling in Adams Co., Wisconsin, engaged in farming. While peacefully pursuing the daily avocations of a farmer's life, he heard the tocsin of war calling to arms, but not being certain that his duty lay in that directions, he hesitated until Feb. 5th, 1862, when a reiterated call overcame his scruples, and with that rare courage that sees a peril and dares it, he enlisted in Company G., Nineteenth Wisconsin Infantry, and on the organization of the company was elected Orderly or First Sergeant. This position he held until July 1, 1863, when he was commissioned Lieutenant of the company, an in Jan., 1864, was promoted to the First Lieutenant, which position he held at the time of his discharge May 5th, 1865. Most of his service was with his regiment in Virginia and North Carolina, they being a portion of the Eighteenth Army Corps, and he participated in the battles of Suffolk, Black Water, Drury's Bluff, Seven Pines, Newberne, Petersburg, and was one of the first to enter Richmond. After receiving his discharge he returned to his home in Wisconsin, and selling out in the fall of the same year came to Monona Co., IA, and engaged in farming. In 1870, he was elected County Recorder, and served in that capacity for some two years, and in 1872 was chosen to represent this district in the Fourteenth General Assembly. In Feb., 1873, he was appointed Postmaster of Onawa, IA and held that office until April 10th, 1887, during which time he, also, had the agency of the American Express Company, which he still holds. Besides these important positions, he has filled many of the minor local offices. He is a member of Hanscom Post No. 97, G.A.R., at Onawa, IA, of which he is the present Commander and is serving his third term in that capacity. Mr. Perkins was married October 7th, 1852, at Lowell, Mass, to Miss RUTH STEARNS, a native of Waltham, that State, who was born Aug. 2nd, 1826, and of this union there have been five children: Mary W. Perkins, who was born Sept. 20th, 1854; Charles W. Perkins, September 13th, 1856; John Perkins, August 17th, 1858; and who died in 1865; Ada M. Perkins, born June 2nd, 1862, and David S. Perkins, September 18th, 1861, who died also, in 1865. Joseph Perkins, the grandfather of our subject, was born in England in 1728, and was one of three brothers who came to this country and settled, one in Connecticut, one in New York and one in New Hampshire. During the revolution he served as a privateer, was taken prisoner and kept in close confinement until the close of the war, when he returned to this country and engaged in the mercantile trade. He died in 1822, at the advanced age of ninety-four years. His wife, HANNAH (WOODBURY) Perkins, was the mother of nineteen children and died at Mt. Vernon, N.H., in 1856, when some ninety-eight years of age. James W. Perkins, the father of our subject, was born in 1795, and died at New Chester, Adams Co., Wisconsin, March 29th, 1874, and his wife, who was born in 1796, died in October, 1875, at the same place.

Source: History of Monona County, Iowa; containing full-page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the Governors of Iowa, and of the Presidents of the United States (1890)

GEORGE B. PERKINS, president of the First National Back of Sac City, IA, is a native of Fond du Lac, WI, where he was born Aug. 11, 1874, the son of George and Emeline M. (Larrabee) Perkins. His father, Geroge Perkins, was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, May 8th, 1820, and died May 3rd, 1906. George Perkins Sr. , was the son of Francis Perkins, whose wife was REBECCA SHERMAN, both being natives of Pennsylvania. The father of Francis Perkins was Jacob Perkins. Francis Perkins and his wife Amy were likewise natives of the same state. It is thus seen that the family resided in the Pennsylvania from a very early day and the ancestors were numbered among the pioneers and builders of the great commonwealth whose people have been such important factors in the settlement and development of the Middle West and the Western states. Emeline Larrabee, mother of George P. Perkins, was born Feb. 9th, 1837, in the state of Connecticut, and was the daughter of Adman and Hannah Gallup (Lester) Larrabee, descendants of old New England families. The father of Adam Larrabee was Frederick Larrabee, who took for his helpmate, Abigail Allen, of Connecticut. Frederick Larrabee was the son of Timothy and Abigail (Wood) Larrabee. The beginning of the Larrabee and Wood families has been traced to the year 1730. The names, Larrabee, Lester, Allen and Wood figure prominently in the genealogical records of the state of Connecticut and the descendants are numerous throughout the length and breadth of the United States. George Perkins, Sr., like many New Englanders of the better class, was well educated and early fitted himself for the practice of the legal profession. Believing rightly that the West offered a more attractive field for the exercise of his talents in this respect, he removed, when yet a young man, to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and soon became one of the prominent and commanding figures of this growing community. The office of probate or county judged was conferred upon him by his fellow citizens and he served the people in this important capacity for a period of twelve years in succession. He was twice married. By his first marriage there were two children: Abbie Perkins, deceased, and Nellie (Perkins) Gerpheide, who resides in Michigan. By his second marriage, with Emeline Larrabee, there were born and reared four children: Lester Perkins, deceased; George B. Perkins, of whom we are writing; Frances G. Perkins, who resides with her mother in the old homestead at Fond du Lac, WI; Jehdeiah B. Perkins, of Fond du Lac, WI. George B. Perkins, with whom this narrative is directly concerned, received his early education in the public schools of his native city. He too, learning of the opportunities which presented themselves to young men of ability and determination in the newer and richer country to the westward, became imbued with the idea of moving onward across the great state of Iowa, as many of the people of his neighborhood had done before him. Accordingly, he set out for Sac City, IA to try his fortunes in the growing and beautiful town on the banks of the Coon river. He sought and immediately obtained employment on his arrival in July, 1896, in the Sac County State Bank. He remained with this concern in the capacity of bookkeeper, until Feb, 1901, when he resigned his position to take up his duties as clerk of the district court, to which important office he had been elected in the fall of 1900. He was again re-elected to fill the office in 1902 and served in all for a period of four years. He performed his duties in this public capacity in a manner to justify the confidence imposed in him by his fellow citizens. At the conclusion of his four year term as public official, he became connected with the First National Bank as president. Aside from his banking duties he has dealt extensively in the Sac County and Iowa lands, and still handles considerable farm lands. Mr. Perkins keeps closely in touch with the farming interests of his adopted county and has a wide and favorable acquaintance among the prosperous agricultural population of the neighboring territory. It is his diversion to serve as clerk of various farm sales which are continually taking place in the territory contiguous to Sac City, IA. He is active in civic affairs in the modest and unassuming way and is ever ready to lend a helping hand in matters which have an important bearing on the public welfare and the up-building of his home city. Mr. Perkins is a Republican in politics and was mayor of Sac City, IA in 1906. He was an alternate delegate to the Republican national convention in 1908 at Chicago. He is a member of the Presbyterian church and is a leading Mason. He holds a membership in the Sac City blue lodge of Masons and the Rose Croix Chapter and Commandery No. 38, Knights Templar, of Sac City, IA, of which he is the present commander. Mr. Perkins was united in marriage with LOLA MAY EARLY, in June 1899. His wife is the daughter of Judge D. Carr Early, one of the important figures in the pioneer and subsequent decades of the annals of Sac Co., IA. A considerable chapter is devoted elsewhere to the life and accomplishments of Judge Early in the pages of this volume. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Perkins; George Early Perkins, who was born March 8th, 1900; Miriam Larrabee Perkins, who was born March 8th, 1902; Eloise Loraine Perkins, born March 19th, 1914. Mrs. Perkins is one of Sac City, IA most talented and estimable woman and is active in church, social and club life. She is native born to Sac Co., IA and received her primary education in the Sac City high school, after which she studied for three years in Drake University, pursuing a musical and commercial course, and then, continuing her studies in Philadelphia, she graduated from the National School of Elocution. She graduated from Neff College of Philadelphia and received the degree of Bachelor of Arts. She made a tour of Europe with a company of young ladies and studied for two years in the Mmle. Tribou Finishing School for Young ladies in Paris and became a proficient linguist in the French language. Returning home from her studies abroad, she was prevailed upon to give private lessons in French to Sac City students and was offered a position as French instructor in her alma mater of Neff College and was offered the position of teacher of foreign languages, especially French, in Drake University. Home life appeals to her in its truest sense and she is active in the social doings of the community in which she has spent her life from childhood.

Source: History of Sac County, Iowa (1914)

THEODORE J. PERKINS, from an honored and sterling New England family is descended Theodore J. Perkins, well known and highly respected citizen of Jackson township, Hardin Co., IA, in fact, he himself was born near Mansfield, Vermont, March 6th, 1837. He is the son of Alfred and Mary (Miller) Perkins, the father a native of Canada and the mother of Vermont, to which state Alfred Perkins went when a boy with his parents. In 1846 he moved to Jefferson Co., New York, where he made his home until he was fourteen years old. In 1851 he came to Rock Co., Wisconsin, locating near Beloit, where he secured wild timer land, which he cleared and improved. His death occurred in 1870, at the advanced age of eighty-two years, and his wife died in 1904, when considerably order - eighty-nine. They were a fine old couple, members of the Presbyterian church, in which he was an active worker, and politically he was a Republican. They were the parents of seven children, namely, Mary Ann Perkins, Luther Perkins, Emily Perkins, Mary Perkins, all deceased; George Perkins lives in Rock Co., WI; the next died in infancy; Theodore J. Perkins of this review, was the fourth in order of birth. The subject attended the home schools and lived at home until he was twenty-one years of age. On Dec. 10th, 1863, he married ABIGAIL DIVAN, a native of Coshocton Co., Ohio, and the daughter of Frederick and Hannah (Cessna) Divan, the father a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Indiana. They grew up and married in Coshocton Co., OH. In 1842 they went to Green Co., Wisconsin, and in 1872 to Hardin Co., IA, locating in Jackson township. The father died in 1903 and the mother in February, 1887. They were members of the Lutheran church and were the parents of seven children; namely; Abigail Divan, wife of Mr. Perkins; Susanna Divan married George Perkins, of Rock Co., WI; Helen Divan and Mary Divan are deceased; Perry Divan lives on a farm in Ellis township, Hardin Co., IA; Minerva Divan married Durias Sanders and they live near Beloit, KS. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins are the parents of five children, named as follows: Myra Perkins, who was killed by lightning when twenty-four years old; Idell Perkins married W. E. Smith, of Union, IA; and they have two children, Wade Smith and Isabelle Smith; Minnie Perkins married William Searls, of Iowa Falls, IA, and they have two children, Hamption I. Searls and Nada Searls; Clarence Perkins, who married Lillie Bende, is farming in Jackson Township, Hardin Co., IA, and is the father of two children, Wayne Perkins and Mary M. Perkins; Jesse Perkins married Ella M. King, and he is employed by the Eldora Motor Car Company, Eldora, IA. These children were all educated in the home schools. After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Perkins lived in Rock Co., WI, until 1869 and came to Hardin Co., IA, locating in section 32, Jackson township, on wild prairie land, on which they built a small home and lived in it thirty-two years, meanwhile improving their place. The present substantial and comfortable home was built in 1897, and all the improvements were made on the place. Mr. Perkins has prospered by reason of hard work and good management, and at one time he was the owner of three hundred and twenty acres of land. Although he has carried on general farming and stock raising, dairying has been his main business. Mr. Perkins has held many of the township offices, always to the general satisfaction of the public. Politically, he is a Republican and a member of the Baptist church. He is one of the honored veterans of the Civil war, having enlisted in Company M, Second Illinois Light Artillery, at Beloit, WI, on March 6th, 1862. He was sent to Harper's Ferry, Virginia. He was thrown from a gun on which he was riding at Martinsburg, Virginia, and the ribs of one side were crushed in, as a result of which he was in the hospital four weeks. Later he was sent to Harper's Ferry, where he was captured by the Confederates, and was sent to Chicago, where he was in a hospital until Nov. 4th, 1862  when he was discharged for disability. The accident was a very serious one, his heart being thrown out of place, and he was not able to work for quite a long time after the war, and he has always suffered from the injury. He is deserving of a great deal of credit for what he has accomplished, being thus handicapped and having started with practically nothing. When he landed in Hardin Co., IA, he had six cows and four horses; there of the cows and one of the horses died, but he has never been discouraged at bad luck and is today well fixed, has a fine farm and comfortable home.

Source: Past And Present Of Hardin County, Iowa - By : Hon. William J. Moir - (1911)- B.F. Bowen & CO. - Indianapolis, IN

W.W. (William Wilson) PERKINS, one of the prominent and well-known citizens of Ida County, Iowa, resides on a farm of 160 acres near Holstein. A brief sketch of Mr. Perkins' life is as follows. W.W. Perkins was born in Belmont County, Ohio, January 6,1850, son of Pemphrey Perkins, a native of Ohio, and grandson of E. Perkins, who was born in Pennsylvania who settled in Belmont County, Ohio, when a boy.  Pemphrey Perkins married PERMELIA GROVES, also a native of Belmont County, Ohio and they had three children, namely: W.W. Perkins, Hannah Perkins, who lives in Ohio; and James Perkins on the old homestead. The father was a farmer, a Republican, and a  member of the Christian Church. The subject of our sketch was reared on his father's farm. Although quite young at the time of Morgan's raid in Ohio, he took part in the pursuit after that noted leader. At the age of seventeen we find him at work in Noble County, Ohio, at $9 per month.  From there he went to Henry County, Illinois, where his wages were increased to $20 a month.   He afterward resided near Clarence, Cedar County, Iowa, and in 1886 came from that place to his present locality. He bought and improved a farm and sold it at a good profit. Now he owns 160 acres of fine land in section 15, Logan Township, which he has improved and has under a high state of cultivation, devoting it to general farming, stock raising and feeding. Mr. Perkins married Miss AMANDA DODSON, a native of Warren County, Illinois, and a daughter of B.S. and Cynthia (Thresher) Dodson. Her mother is deceased and her father is now a   resident of Cedar County, Iowa.  Mr. and Mrs. Perkins have three children: Eva Pearl Perkins, Earnest Clifford Perkins and Erven Perkins. Mr. Perkins is an active worker in the ranks of the Republican Party. He takes a deep interest in educational affairs and has served as President of the School Board. In the prime of life, of a jovial nature, frank and cordial with all, he is one of the most popular men in Logan Township.

Source: Biographical History of Crawford, Ida and Sac Counties, Iowa

ROYAL A. PERKINS, president of the First National Bank of La Porte City, Iowa, a position he has held for the past 10 years, is one of the leading capitalists of Black Hawk County. He was born in Noble County, Ohio, September 11, 1840, and is a son of Edward and Cynthia (Picksley) Perkins. Edward Perkins was born September 3, 1789, near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, his parents being natives of New Jersey, who went as pioneers to Ohio in 1806 when Edward was 17 years of age. There he led a quiet, agricultural life, becoming one of the substantial farmers of Noble County. Probably his most important adventure was the killing, in young manhood, alone and unaided, of a bear, which overtook him, when obeying the summons of a draft into the army for service in the War of 1812. On account of sickness, he took no active part in the military events of that period. Two years prior to his decease, he joined his son in Benton County, Iowa, where he died June 26, 1868, aged 79 years. Early in life a strong Whig, he afterward affiliated with the Republican party. For many years, he was one of the pillars of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His wife was CYTHIA PICKSLEY, who was born May 10. 1800, in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, and died September 10, 1875 in Benton County, Iowa. Of the 11 children born to Mr. and Mrs. Perkins, nine reached maturity, but the only survivors are Columbus Perkins, a resident of Washington County, Ohio, and Royal A. Perkins, who was the youngest. Royal A. Perkins was reared to agricultural pursuits in Noble and Washington counties, Ohio, and after settling in Benton County, Iowa, in 1866, he continued to farm until he removed to La Porte City, in 1892; since that year he has been interested in financial enterprises. For a long period he was a leading agriculturist of Benton County, and the beautiful farm which he developed from the prairie has scarcely an equal in cultivation or productiveness, in that section of the State. In 1893, Mr. Perkins became president of the First National Bank of La Porte City, one of the leading financial institutions of Black Hawk County, which has a capital and surplus of $75,000. He directs the policy of the bank, with these able coadjutors: W.D. Wagoner, vice-president; F.E. Wettstein, 2nd vice-president; J.H. Lunemann, cashier; and G.E. Stebbins, assistant cashier. The board of directors is made up of solid, substantial, representative men, as follows: Royal A. Perkins; F.E. Wettstein; W.D. Wagoner; Robert Wagner; W.T. McQuilkin; A.F. Kline; H.B. Lizer; A.B. Elmer; C.E. Ashley and J.H. Lunemann. On February 25, 1875, Mr. Perkins was married to KATHERINE GINGRICH, who was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, June 1, 1840, and is a daughter of Daniel and Katherin (Hoffer) Gingrich, of that State. Mrs. Perkins is one of a family of eight children. Both she and her husband are active members of the Presbyterian Church. They have a beautiful home in La Porte City, which Mr. Perkins built some years since, and which is made attractive by many handsome articles gathered by Mr. Perkins in his frequent travels over the United States. Mr. Perkins has always been identified with the Republican party, and has held a number of township offices. He has long been a member of the Masonic fraternity, and is a Master Mason in Lodge No. 216, A.F. & A.M., and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Although he has had varied and important business interests for many years, this financier is at heart, an agriculturist, and still recalls with pleasure the years of labor spent on his Benton County farm.

Source: History of Black Hawk County and It's People -1915

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ROYAL A. PERKINS, farmer and stock raiser, Section 21, P.O. Morreville, Benton Co., IA, born in Ohio in 1840, removed to Benton Co., IA in 1866, has 250 acres of land, valued at $40 per acre. Married CATHARINE GINGRICH in 1875; she was born in Pennsylvania in 1840. Republican.    

Source: The history of Benton County, Iowa, containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, &c., a biographical directory of its citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, general and local statistics .. (1878)


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ROYAL AUSTIN PERKINS, president of the First National Bank of La Porte City, IA, is a native of Ohio, born in Noble county, September 11th, 1840. His father, Edward Perkins, served in the United States army in the latter part of the War of 1812. He was a native of New Jersey but removed to Ohio, settling in Noble county in 1800 and removing subsequently to Washington county in the same state. In 1818 he was married to Cynthia Pixley, daughter of Argalus Pixley, who was a soldier in the War of the Revolution and afterwards settled in Massachusetts where he engaged in school teaching. R. A. Perkins grew to manhood in the Buckeyt state and received his early education in the common county school, held in the invariable log school house of the period. Free schools were then unknown and the teacher's salary was paid by the parents of the pupils. In 1866, in his twenty-sixth year, Mr. Perkins came to Iowa with his father and settled on a far in Bruce township, Benton county. They were among the pioneers of that section of the state and the nearest railway was twenty-five miles distant. Mr. Perkins engaged in farming and stock raising in which he was very successful. In 1891 he removed to La Porte City, Black Hawk county, IA, and three years later, in 1894, he was elected president of the First National Bank of that city, a position which he still holds. He has also been a director in the La Porte City Electric Light and Water Company since its organization in 1893. Mr. Perkins is a lifelong republican, having cast his first vote for president for Abraham Lincoln in 1864. He is a member of Trowel Lodge No. 216 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of La Porte City, IA , and takes a deep and active interest in its work. He is a member of the Presbyterian church. In 1875 at Vinton, Iowa, he was united in marriage to CATHERINE GINGRICH, of Bruce township, IA. They have no children.

Souce: Biographies and portraits of the progressive men of Iowa, leaders in business, politics and the professions; together with an original and authentic history of the state, by ex-Lieutenant-Governor B. F. Gue

JOHN M. PERKINS, farmer, Section 7; P.O. Mooreville, Benton Co., IA, born in Ohio in 1834; removed to Benton Co., IA in 1855; has eighty acres of land, valued at $45. per acre. Married CORDELIA LANDAKAN in 1854; she was born in Ohio in 1834; they have three children living, and one dead - John L. Perkins born in 1855, died May 19th, 1877; Mary E. Perkins born in 1858; Alpha C. Perkins born in 1861; Anna Perkins born in 1865. Mr. Perkins is Republican in politics. Held the offices of Road supervisor and Constable.

Source: The history of Benton County, Iowa, containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, &c., a biographical directory of its citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, general and local statistics .. (1878)

CHARLES ELLIOTT PERKINS, president of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad, is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, born November 24th, 1840, *(Son of James Handasyd Perkins & Sarah Hart Elliott); and on both the paternal and maternal sides is descended from ancestors who were of old Puritan stock, and were prominently identified with the early history of the New England colonies. The first of the family to settled in America was Edmund Perkins, who emigrated from England in 1650, and was a member of the Salem colony of Massachusetts, and from him descended a line of ancestors of the Perkins family, who have ever been distinguished, not only in the New England states, but in the western country, in which many of them subsequently made their homes. Our subject takes his middle name from his mother's family, the Elliotts, who were no less distinguished in the early annals of New England. Their first ancestor also landed in Massachusetts, but the family afterward removed to Connecticut. Charles E. Perkins was educated in Cincinnati, Ohio, until 16 years of age, when he engaged as clerk in a store, where he learned practical bookkeeping and business methods. After some years service in that line he came to Burlington, Iowa, in August, 1859, and was given a clerkship in the office of Charles R. Lowell, the assistant treasurer of the Burlington & Missouri railroad, at the munificent salary of $30 a month. He was soon made paymaster under Mr. Lowell, and filled that position until late in the autumn of 1860, when Mr. Lowell, having accepted the position of manager of the Mr. Savage Iron works, at Cumberland, Md., left the Burlington & Missouri River railroad service, and Mr. Perkins, who was only 20 years of age, was promoted to the office of assistant treasurer. Until January, 1865, Mr. Perkins continued to serve as assistant treasurer, when Hans Thielsen (the superintendent of the road at the time) was called to Nebraska to serve as chief engineer in making a survey of the road to be built from Plattsmouth to Kearney Junction, and Mr. Perkins was made acting superintendent, to fill the vacancy. Some months later, it having been determined to extend the Burlington & Missouri River railroad to the Missouri river, and that Mr. Thielsen was to devote his attention to that part of the work, Mr. Perkins was promoted to be superintendent of the road, which at that time extended only from Burlington to Ottumwa, a distance of seventy-five miles. During the period of construction of the road though to the Missouri river he served both as superintendent and vice-president. In the meantime he had been active in promoting the organization of the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad company in Nebraska, of which he was one of the incorporators and a member of the first board of directors, being chosen to that position October 28, 1869. On the 26th day of July, 1871, he was elected a director of the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad company in Iowa; the Nebraska road was opened through to Kearney Junction in the summer of 1872, and November 4th of that year Mr. Perkins was chosen vice-president of that company. Upon the consolidation of the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad company of Iowa with the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy of Illinois, on January 1st, 1873, he was deprived of his official connection with the former company through the changed condition of affairs. On the 2nd of April, 1875, Mr. Perkins was chosen a member of the board of directors of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad, then owning and operating the original road in Illinois and the newly acquired extension in Iowa, and on the 2nd day of March, 1876, he was elected vice president of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy company, still retaining the vice presidency and general management of the road west of the Missouri River. On the 5th day of May he was elected president of the Burlington & Missouri River railroad in Iowa, and on the first day of January, 1880, the Burlington & Missouri River railroad in Nebraska became consolidated with the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad, throwing the whole under one corporate management, Mr. Perkins remaining as vice-president until September 29th, 1881, when he was chosen president. He has been re-elected at each succeeding election, and is now serving his eighteenth year in that capacity. Mr. Perkins is also officially connected with several other railroad corporations which are connected with the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad, and is director as president of the Hannibal & St. Joseph and the Kansas City, St. Joseph & Council Bluffs railroads, the two named being maintained as distinct and separate corporations. When Mr. Perkins first came to Burlington, nearly thirty years ago, in August, 1859, he was not quite 19 years of age, so that it may be said of him that he began his connection with the important corporation of which he is now the chief executive officer, or rather with a constituent part of it, while but a boy, and that he has earned and won, by superior executive ability, energy and fidelity to the trust reposed in him, an honorable promotion through all the grades of service, from that of a clerk in the treasurer's office to his present prominent and responsible position, as chief executive officer of one of the greatest railway systems of the country. In September, 1864, at Milton, Mass., near Boston, Charles E. Perkins was united in marriage with Miss EDITH FORBES, daughter of Com. R. B. Forbes, of Boston, Mass. Mrs. Perkins was born and educated in Boston. Their family comprises of six children; two sons and four daughters.*(Charles Elliott Perkins Jr., Robert Forbes Perkins; Alice Perkins, Mary Perkins, Edith Cunningham Perkins; Margaret Forbes Perkins). It may be an item of interest to make some mention of the places of abode and manner of Mr. Perkins way of living in his early days in Burlington. He first made his home with Mr. Lowell and Leo Carper, both of whom were connected with the railway company. They lived together in what was know as Patterson's Hollow, now Agency street, until the fall of 1860, when they removed to Shepard Leffler's farm, now West Burlington. Mr. Lowell had taken a lease of Mr. Leffler's farm and house, which he transferred to Mr. Perkins when he left Burlington for Mt. Savage. The following spring (1861) Mr. Perkins succeeded in getting Mr. Leffler to take the farm off his hands and thus escaped becoming a granger. He then returned to the city, and for a while boarded at the Barrett house and later with Mrs. Fletcher, on North Hill, in the house now owned and occupied by R.M. Raab. Remaining there until the fall of 1862, Mr. Perkins then rented a house on South Hill, of Mr. Nelson Dills, which he afterwards purchased, and in which he now resides. There were originally sixty acres in the place, but he has sold off several tracts until he now has but twenty acres, which, with the commodious residence, beautiful groves and lawns makes an elegant and pleasant suburban home. At the time of his marriage, in the autumn of 1864, he established his residence on the place now owned by Mrs. Erastus Chamberlain on North Hill, remaining there until the sprint of 1867, when he sold to Mr. Chamberlain, and purchased the Dills farm, to which he removed at once. While Mr. Perkins and his family spend some months of each year in Boston, Burlington is their home. Mr. Perkins is a republican in his political sentiments, but is not in any sense a politician. His important business relations, both private and official leave him  no time, even were he so disposed, to win prominence in the political arena. As a rule large corporations recognize superior ability and integrity of character in their employees, and reward true merit with promotion, and while the motive on the part of the corporation may be purely selfish, the success of the individual officer is none the less creditable. This is well illustrated in the career of Mr. Perkins in Burlington. Beginning before reaching his majority as a clerk at $30 per month, he has steadily risen through all the grades.

Source: Biographies and Portraits of the Progressive Men of Iowa: Leaders ..., Volume 1

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EDWARD CRANCH PERKINS, of Milton, Mass, a life member since 1804, was born at Cincinnati, Ohio, 25 February 1844, the son of James Handasyd and Sarah H. (Elliott) Perkins, and died at Milton, MA 7 December, 1914. He was a descendant of John Eliot, the Apostle to the Indians, and of George Wyllys, who was Governor of the Colony of Connecticut in 1642. His father, a member of a prominent Boston family, removed to Cincinnati in 1832, before his marriage, and there practised law and engaged in literary pursuits. He was prepared for college at Phillips Exeter Academy and entered Harvard College as a Sophomore in 1863. He was graduated with the Class of 1866, and later received the degree of A.M. in course from his alma mater. After leaving college he was associated for some time with the firm Ladd & Amory, cotton brokers, of Galveston, Texas, and passed his winters there and his summers in the study of law in the office of the late John M. Forbes, in Boston, MA. On his admission to the bar he entered the office of the late George S. Hale, and remained with him until his interest in certain mining enterprises took him to Colorado, where he also practiced law at Poncho Springs as a member of the firm of Perkins & Van Kleek. Returning to Boston, he was made counsel for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railway, of which his brother, Charles Elliott Perkins, was president. His practice in Boston was large and lucrative, being confined almost wholly to advice, the settlement of large estates, and matters relating to the large corporations for which he was counsel. He married, 10 June 1869, JANE SEDGWICK WATSON, of Milton, MA, who died at Milton, MA 23 February 1912. Three sons, *Thomas Nelson Perkins, A.B. (Harvard, 1891), LLB (ib, 1894); James Handasyd Perkins, A.B. (Harvard, 1898), and John Forbes Perkins, A.B. (Harvard, 1899), LL.B. (ib., 1903), survive him.

Source: New England Historical and Genealogical Register - 1921 - Volume LXXV

*Thomas Nelson Perkins was best man for Nicholas Longworth of Cincinnati, who married President Theodore Roosevelt's daughter, Alice. (The President A Guest At Longworth Dinner. New York Times, Feb. 16, 1906.)











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