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GARDNER H. PERKINS, a respected resident of Cazenovia village and inventor of the Perkins Patent. Perfect Truss Wire Fence," was born in Cazenovia two and one half miles south of the village, February 23, 1841, a son of Stillman Perkins and Delana Squier, born March 8, 1800, died July 6, 1878. The family were among the earliest settlers of this region, coming from Massachusetts, and is of New England pioneer stock. Stillman Perkins reared a family of nine children, eight of whom lived to maturity. He was born July 7, 1796, and died in 1863, honored and respected by all who had known him. Gardner H. Perkins was educated at Cazenovia Seminary and has been principally engaged in farming. He has been a prolific inventor and is the patentee of a hay knife named the Diamond "; a combined fork hook; a pulverize and reversible harrow; and the Perkins Patent Perfect Truss Wire Fence. The last named patent is a valuable one and the wonder is that a fence of so much merit and evident superiority has not already come into more general use. Many property owners in this vicinity have erected sections of the fence and as all are enthusiastic in their endorsement of its superior points and stable qualities, it is believed that the time is not far distant when Mr. Perkins's fence will have a wide sale. Its double truss form makes it non sagging, economizes posts, enhances its beauty, and makes gates in keeping with the fence. The invention has three merits: first, it successfully repels all stock; second, it is rapidly made without any special tools and therefore costs much less to build than other fences; third, it can be easily taken down and put up in another place and is readily repaired. Without doubt Mr. Perkins will eventually be successful in securing a large market for his patent, as he has more fence in his immediate vicinity than all other patent fences combined. He has never held public office of any kind, being no aspirant in that direction. He married September 23, 1868, LUCRETIA S. NILES, daughter of Russell Niles of the town of Lebanon.

Source: Our County and it's people A Descriptive and Biographical Record of Madison County, New York Edited by: John E. Smith The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890

WILLIAM PERKINS, was born on the farm where he now resides, March 3, 1823, son of Elam and Annie (Merriam) Perkins. Elam Perkins commenced life as a pioneer and general farmer, and was a natural mechanic and carpenter. He was assessor of Trenton, Oneida Co., NY fifteen years and supervisor one term. His children were William Perkins, and Louise Perkins, wife of George Egert. The grandparents, George and Lucy (Cooley) Perkins, came from Connecticut and settled in Trenton, Oneida Co., NY about 1808. Their children were Jabez Perkins, Daniel Perkins, James Perkins, and Elam Perkins. William Perkins married HELEN H. BROADWELL, daughter of William and Dorcas Broadwell, by whom he has two children: Annie Perkins, wife of Beeman Osgood; and Emerette Perkins, wife of R.W. Nuthull. Mr. Perkins is very active in town affairs, having been assessor of the town for the past thirty-six years in succession. He owns a farm of 300 acres, and is also owner of Perkins House, a summer resort where many prominent people spend their summers.

Source: Our Country and Its People,  Part III: The Boston History Company, 1896.


, grandfather of William Perkins, was born May 3rd, 1766, in Enfield, Connecticut. He married Lucy Cooley, by whom he had children as follows: George Perkins, born Sept. 20th, 1790; James Perkins, born May 31st, 1792; Jabez Perkins, born August 17th, 1793; Elam Perkins, born January 23rd, 1800; Daniel Perkins, born Feb. 8th, 1804. In February, 1808, he moved with is family from Connecticut, and settled on lot 74, buying of the Holland Land Company 112 acres, at $10 per acre. A log house was built near the spot now occupied by his grandson, William Perkins. He died Sept. 17th, 1842, aged seventy-seven years. His wife died March 4th, 1838, aged seventy-three years. His son, George Perkins died May 24th, 1806, in Connecticut. James Perkins died May 16th, 1815, at the homestead. Jabez Perkins was drowned in Fox River, Illinois, May 12th, 1842. Daniel Perkins died at the homestead, Sept. 17th, 1850. Elam Perkins, father of William Perkins, married, March 6th, 1822, Anna Merriman, daughter of Benjamin and Anna Merriman, of Herkimer county, New York. Mrs. Perkins was born December 26th, 1799, in Russia, Herkimer Co., N.Y. Their children were as follows: William Perkins, born March 3rd, 1823; Louisa M. Perkins, born October 19th, 1825, wife of George D. Egert, died Sept. 16th, 1860. The father died Nov. 28th, 1866; the mother, Sept. 26th, 1877. With the exception of 30 acres which Elam Perkins bought of his father, the homestead farm fell by will to Daniel Perkins. Upon the death of the latter it came into the possession of William Perkins. Including the original homestead farm, Mr. Perkins is now the owner of upward of 300 acres of land. Its eastern boundary is Canada, and comprises some of the most picturesque scenery of the celebrated Trenton Falls. In 1870, Mr. Perkins erected a fine three story brick edifice, which he has since kept upon for the reception of guests during the summer season. Mr. Perkins reckons among his patrons many of the most prominent families in the State. The house commands a fine view of the surrounding country, and owning to its near access to the falls, and to the unsurpassing scenery in its vicinity, it is a most desirable home for summer guests. It is distant from the Prospect Station, on the Utica and Black River Railroad, three quarters of a mile, and one mile south of Prospect village. Born in the old frame house, still standing, erected by his grandfather, Mr. Perkins, has always lived on the homestead farm. He was married Jan. 26th, 1848, to HELEN H. BROADWELL, daughter of William and Dorcus Broadwell, of Trenton Falls, who were among the earliest settlers of the town of Trenton, NY. They have children as follows: Anna L. Perkins, born December 1st, 1849, married Oct. 3rd, 1871, to Byron G. Barker, merchant in Trenton village; they have one child, Frank P. Barker. Emma De Ette Perkins, born Feb. 7th, 1856, living at home. Both Mr. and Mrs. Perkins are members of the Free Will Baptist Church of Prospect, NY. In politics Mr. Perkins was a Democrat up to the time of the organization of the Republican party, since which time he has been identified with that party. He has served as assessor of the town for nineteen years.

Source: History of Oneida County, New York: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers. (1878)

SAMUEL W. PERKINS, son of Elam and Lydia Perkins, was born at Hampton, Washington County, New York, Jan. 22nd, 1809. In February, 1814, he came with is parents to Warsaw, NY and lived with them until he was twenty-two. In 1836 he drove stage from Warsaw to Moscow, and the same year he bought fifty-five acres of partly improved land on lot 53. He has since added to it two hundred and eighty-five acres. When he made the first purchase he did not have a cent, and borrowed money to pay for having the papers made out He was held to office of assessor. He was married March 23rd, 1832, to MARY DENSMORE, daughter of Ephraim and Sarah Densmore, of Warsaw, NY, by whom he had six children, five of whom are living. Mrs. Perkins died July 12th, 1879, aged sixty-eight. Mr. Perkins is a member of the church of United Brethren. His father took up a farm of eighty-three acres when he came to Warsaw, NY and lived on it until he died. He was married in 1803 to LYDIA WHEAT, by whom he had nine children, of whom eight lived to be men and woman. He was born in Cheshire, Connecticut, December 4th, 1782 and died April 18th, 1863. His wife died December 18th, 1865, aged seventy-seven.

Source: History of Wyoming County, N.Y. with Illustrations, Biographical Sketches and Portraits of some Pioneers and Prominent residents. (1880)

JAMES PERKINS was born Aug. 24th, 1811, at Enfield, Grafton Co., N.H. He married SOPHRONIA WELLS of Danville, Caledonia Co., VT , Nov. 4th, 1832, and came from there to Arcade, Wyoming Co., NY in Oct., 1835, but did not become a permanent resident until Aug., 1839. He is a carriage builder. He has served as town superintendent of schools, justice of the peace, president of the village and in many less important offices.

Source: History of Wyoming Co., NY - By: F. W. Beers - 1880

JOHN PERKINS is a venerable and influential citizen of Cuylerville, in the town of Leicester, Livingston County, N.Y. ; but he was born in Orange County, Vermont, in the town of Chelsea, on the first day of August, 1804. His grand father, Jacob Perkins, removed from Connecticut to Vermont in 1789, and settled on the West Hill in Chelsea. Jacob's son, Elisha Perkins, was born in Connecticut, where he grew up and married, and then removed to Vermont with his father, as a Chelsea pioneer, building a log house and clearing away the timber. There were no railways in those days, and the early settlers had to cart their marketable produce all the way to Boston. In Chelsea Elisha Perkins stayed until the War of 1812 was over, but in the fall of 1815 sold his land, and started for what was then considered the Far West, intending to locate in the neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. The family started with four horses and two wagons and all their household effects, and it required three weeks for the overland journey. When they reached Moscow, Livingston County, the Alleghany River was so low that boats were not running, so Mr. Perkins left his family, and went forward on an investigating tour. He found that the difficulties had not been exaggerated, and as traveling down the river was out of the question decided to settle in Livingston County. His means were limited; and he found employment at farming, but finally bought two hundred acres in Genesee, where he remained the rest of his days, his death occurring at the age of seventy-seven. His wife was ELIZABETH HILL, a Connecticut girl, who also died on the homestead, at the age of seventy-six. Both are interred in Temple Hill Cemetery. They reared nine children. Their son John was eleven years old when he came to Livingston County with his parents; and he can perfectly recall the incidents of the trip and the primitive mode of life, when Squawkey Hill was still the abode of Indians, and deer and bears were occasionally seen, though not numerous. Before the Erie Canal was constructed, the farmers had to cart their wheat to Albany, and bring back whatsoever goods might be needed by the family. John attended the first school, taught in the neighboring log cabin, where the furniture was of the most primitive description, the benches being slabs, with wooden pins for legs. Of course the boy worked on the land almost from his cradle; and it was hard work, when so little agricultural machinery had been invented. Grass had to be mown by hand with scythes. Grain had to be cut with the sickle, and was trampled out under foot instead of being threshed. The members of the family, especially the children, were clad in homespun ; and the wool had to be carded, spun, dressed, and woven by the women. In 1836 Mr. Perkins went to Michigan on an exploring expedition, accompanied by his brother. They walked to Buffalo, and thence went by boat as far as Detroit. Then they again took to their feet, and went to Kent County. There they purchased a thousand acres, but after a time returned to Livingston County, where John bought the farm of a hundred and eighty acres where he still lives, in the Genesee Valley, two miles from the village of Geneseo. In 1828, eight years before this Michigan expedition, John Perkins married ELIZA BEEBE, a native of this town, and a daughter of Hopestell Beebe, a pioneer here. She died in 1842; and Mr. Perkins married her sister, JANE BEEBE, who died January 4, 1888. By the first marriage there were five children — Miles Perkins, who was born in 1831; Frank Perkins, in 1836; Artilisa Perkins, in 1838; Washington Perkins and Warren Perkins, twins, in 1840. Of the second marriage there were three children— John Perkins, born in 1844; Alice Perkins, in 1852; and Francis Perkins, in 1854. Frank Perkins served his country throughout the Civil War as a member of the Second Michigan Cavalry. Warren Perkins also went to war, was captured by the rebels at Plymouth, N.C., April 20, 1864, and starved to death in Andersonville Prison, where he breathed his last on the 28th of August of the same year. Their father has living fifteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Though ninety years of age, and with hearing somewhat impaired, Mr. Perkins is a very bright gentleman, with sound mind and memory, and able to take care of his stock. He is one of the few living witnesses of the execution of the Thayers in Buffalo for arson and murder, in 1825. Such men as Mr. Perkins are the bone and sinew of American prosperity. Well was it said by Sir Philip Sidney, "True bravery is quiet, undemonstrative."

Source: Biographical Review - The Leading Citizens of Livingston and Wyoming Co., New York. - Biographical Review Publishing Company - Boston, MA - 1895 p.340/341

HOSEA B. PERKINS,  who was at one time recognized as an orator of no mean ability, and more recently was called "the Silver Tongued Orator of Washington Heights", died yesterday morning in his homestead on King's Bridge Road. Those who were children in New York twenty-five or Thirty years ago remember him especially well as a Fourth of July orator, who would arouse their patriotism to the highest pitch. When some civic or military event in New York required an orator it was for many years quite the custom to call upon Hosea Perkins for the address. He was always a Democrat, but Mr. Perkins did not take politics very seriously and although upon several occasions offices of considerable importance were offered to him he declined them. He was a member of the Tammany Society and of the Democratic Fordham, Washington Heights, and Century Clubs. Of the latter organization he was President for many years. Although a busy man, Mr. Perkins was a great lover of books, and found time for private study. After his retirement from business he took up the study of several languages and also of the sciences. In 1871 Dartmouth similarly honored him. He was considered an authority on the poetry of Robert Burns, and he delivered a number of lectures on the Scotch bard. Mr. Perkins was born in Dover, N. H., Aug. 8th, 1819. He was the son of Robert P. Perkins and Relief Perkins, his family being one of the oldest and most respected in the State. What early education he got was in public schools of his native town, which he left at fourteen years of age. For three years he worked on his father's farm and as a clerk in a store, and then left for New York. He arrived here when he was seventeen years old, and was fond of telling in his later years that upon his arrival he knew only one person in the city - a poor old negro. He secured a position as clerk in the carpet house of Shaw & Carter. A few years later he went into business for himself on the Bowery with his brother, James P. Perkins. After thirty years in business he retired, having amassed a competency. Although declining political honors, Mr. Perkins served for ten years as a School Trustee and for twenty years represented the Twelfth Ward in the Board of Education. During the war Mr. Perkins was a member of the New England Relief Association and as such upon the return of the Second New Hampshire after the war delivered the address of welcome at the Battery. The affair was one which drew a crowd of 10,000 persons to that park. One of his other memorable speeches was made at the Hampshire Agricultural Society, at which the most prominent men of that time attended and made speeches. Mr. Perkins married on Nov. 9th, 1848, HARRIET L. HANMER, who died in 1888. They had eight children, five of whom survive. They are Mrs. H. M. Noe, Mrs. Thomas H. Disbrow, Mrs. George H. Payson, wife of the Rev. Dr. Payson of Newark, N.J., Mrs. William J. McCreery, and Robert R. Perkins. Mr. Perkins enjoyed pretty good health until 1900 when his daughter, Mrs. Ethan Allen, died. He seemed to grieve over that bereavement a great deal, and also about that time began to show physical ailments. For several months he had been very ill at his home.

Source: Obituary - 1902: July 30th - The New York Times - New York, NY

ORVILLE T. PERKINS was born in Willing, Allegany Co., NY July 21, 1845, lived upon a farm until in October, 1861 he enlisted in Co E, 93d Regt N. Y. Vols., being but just past 16 years of age and weighing but 113 pounds. He was first placed in the drum corps but soon was sent back to the ranks. He was promoted to corporal in 1863, re-enlisted in the field in December, 1863, promoted to sergeant in May, 1864, transferred to Co. A, July 3, 1864, promoted to 1st sergeant and placed in command of Co. A. in September, 1864 was promoted to sgt. major and April 1865, promoted to 2d lieut. He commanded a company five, months, was in the army nearly four years, was in 39 battles (including the final "roundup" of Lee at Appomattox), was mustered out July 13th, 1865, and eight days later celebrated his 20th birthday with relatives in Willing. He has always held his residence in Willing, although he was four years in the pinery of Wisconsin. and about one year at Duke Centre, Pa. He has been postmaster at Hallsport eight years, assessor six years, justice of the peace nine years, commander of Wesley Rolfe Post, G. A. R. for 11 years, accountant and treasurer of the Hallsport cheese factory 16 years, and supervisor of the town for the last three years. He married, Oct. 27, 1866, CLARRIE F. LIVERMORE of Independence. Children: Archie D. Perkins, Lytie G. Perkins and Essie S. C. Perkins.

Source: History of Willing, New York - A Centennial Memorial History of Allegany County, New York - John S. Minard, Esq. Historian, Mrs. Georgia Drew Andrews, Editor. W. A. Fergusson & Co., Alfred, N. Y. 1896

GILMAN HILL PERKINS, was born in Geneseo, Livingston, Co., NY March 4th, 1827, son of Elijah Harvey & Julia Sophia (Hill) Perkins. He died Nov. 16th, 1898. His mother dying when he was four years of age, he was sent to his grandmother in Bethlehem, Ct, in the spring of 1832. On his return to Geneseo he went to the district school and from there to the Temple Hill Academy. Mr. Perkins came to Rochester March 19th, 1844 and entered immediately into the employ of E.F. Smith & Company, where he remained until the spring of 1847, leaving on account of ill health. In 1848 he re-entered the service of Smith & Perkins, wholesale grocers, as clerk, and was taken in as partner January, 1st, 1852. A thorough business man. Mr. Perkins did not confine his abilities or energies to the grocery business alone. In addition to being President of the Smith & Perkins Company firm, he became identified with a number of Rochester's important institutions. Since 1858 he had been an officer and director of the Union Bank; a trustee since 1879 of the Rochester Savings Bank; a trustee of the Rochester Trust and Safe Deposit Company since 1888; since its organization a trustee of the Security Trust Co., a director of the Genesee Valley Railroad Company, and a director of the Rochester Gas and Electric Co.; a member of the Hemlock Water Works Commission, which built the city's first pure water supply system. He was also a trustee of the Reynolds Library; a member and one of the founders of the Genesee Valley Club, and at one time its president; treasurer of the Deaf Mute Institute since it's organization; trustee of the Industrial School and of the Board of Trustees of the City Hospital. In religion Mr. Perkins was an Episcopalian. He was vestryman and warden in St. Luke's Church for forty years. He was married to Miss CAROLINE ERICKSON, a daughter of Aaron Erickson, July 17th, 1856. Mr. Perkins was a staunch Democrat and though averse to public office he was in 1892 a Presidential Elector in the Cleveland-Harrison campaign. Mr. Perkins was an ideal merchant. His probity was a tower of strength to himself and to all who dealt with him. Commercial honor, so large an element of what is best in commercial community, bore him its perfect fruit. All who knew him felt he was above and beyond temptation. What was right and honest was the very law of his being. His judgment was sound and conservative. He had no taste for speculation, and was too conscientious to use his credit to any hazard of meeting his responsibilities. He did his duty to the public as a wise and faithful director in various institutions that are important to the welfare of the community. In private life Mr. Perkins character was of singular charm. He was warm-hearted and affectionate, most faithful in his friendships, delighting in liberal hospitality, and un-answering in his efforts to make everybody about him happy, a pleasant task, which his cheerfulness and humor made easy to him. Mr. Perkins had been in poor health since March 1898, and for a number of months was under a physician's care, but in the early hours of November 16th, he was taken with a sudden attack of heart failure, and he gradually sank until 5 o'clock, when death came.

Source: Obituary - The Descendants of Edward Perkins of New Haven, CT by: Caroline Erickson Perkins, 1914

HAROLD W. PERKINS, M.D., a resident and medical practitioner at Smithtown Branch, was born in the city of Baltimore August 28, 1859, and is a son of Aaron and Mary E. (Wentworth) Perkins. The latter was a cousin of "Long John" Wentworth. The father of our subject was born at Bridgewater, Mass., and early in life, or at the age of twenty-two, entered the Baptist ministry. His first location was in Massachusetts, thence he came to New York, the first church being in Poughkeepsie. He was instrumental in the building of the Berean Church at New York City and was connected with the Baptist Theological University that is located at Hamilton, N.Y. During the war he was sent by the Baptist Association as a home missionary and was located at Atchison, Kansas, where he remained for four years. During his residence there the sister of our subject was born.
After returning from the West Dr. Perkins father located at Sing Sing, where his wife established a private school for young ladies, which she conducted for six years in a highly creditable manner. Rev. Mr. Perkins died at Red Bank, N.J., while temporarily away from home, October 1, 1881, at the age of ninety years. He was one of seven sons, all of whom lived to be over eighty years of age. Our subject's boyhood was spent in the different places where his father was located in his ministerial life. He was early sent to the public schools and later entered Mt. Pleasant Military Academy at Sing Sing, where he was fitted for college, but upon the death of his father gave up his studies, which he had pursued most creditably for two years at Bowdon College. He then began teaching in order to add to the family exchequer, and devoted, four years to that work in New Jersey. In 1885 our subject took up his studies at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. After receiving his degree Dr. Perkins began active practice, first at Kittery Point, where he remained a year, and then joined his mother at Red Bank, where they made their home together for a year. At the end of that time he accepted a position under the Government at the Nez Pelum Reservation, which is located at Spokane Falls. After remaining there two years he returned to Red Bank and was united in marriage with MARGARET A. COVERT, a daughter of Joseph Covert, a native of New Jersey, their marriage being solemnized in 1890 at New York City. Dr. Perkins had only obtained a leave of absence from the reservation, but his wife's relatives and friends were strenuously opposed to the young couples location in the West, he did not return to his position but embarked in the drug business at Red Bank. Our subject was obliged to give up his drug business, as the confinement in-doors affected his health, and in consequence he took a position with a New York drug company and traveled throughout the State of Pennsylvania for one and a half years. He located in Smithtown Branch in May of 1894 and has since that time acquired a large proportion of the practice of the locality. He gives special attention to and is very successful in pulmonary diseases. In politics Dr. Perkins is a Republican and is an ardent worker in local and national affairs. Both our subject and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. During his residence in Red Bank he was identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and filled all the chairs. One child has been born to this young couple, a daughter named Carrie C. Perkins.

Portrait and Biographical Record of Suffolk County (Long Island) New York: Chapman Pub. Co., 1896: Benjamin P. Field

HARRY C. PERKINS, Esq., one of the most promising and prominent younger members of the Broome County bar, was born in the city of Binghamton, May 28th, 1867, son of Henry C. and Mary E. (Lloyd) Perkins. His father, who is an old resident of Binghamton, was born in Worcester, Mass., May 7th, 1843. Paul Perkins, the paternal grandfather of Harry C. Perkins, was quite a prominent contractor and builder in Binghamton, where he also held several of the local offices, being at one time the Trustee of the village. Henry C. Perkins came with his father to Binghamton about the year 1858, and here finished his education. He was for several years Assistant Principal of the Binghamton Academy, and on giving up that position he was associated with his father as a contractor and builder. Many fine buildings were constructed by them; and they continued in this business until about 1892, when Mr. Henry C. Perkins engaged in the grocery business with William H. Mosher. Mrs. (Mary) Perkins was born in Binghamton, daughter of John A. Lloyd, and old resident of the city, a dealer in general merchandise, who built a block on Washington Street near Court, and carried on business there for a number of years. To Mr. and Mrs. Perkins were born four children; namely, Josie E. Perkins, Harry C. Perkins, Will L. Perkins, and Frank C. Perkins. The family are all members of the Tabernacle Methodist Episcopal Church. The subject of the present sketch received his preparatory education mainly in Binghamton High School, following afterward the full Yale course under private tutors. He has for two years been President of the Alumni Association of the Binghamton High School, being one of the foremost among its graduates. He held a position on the editorial force of the Binghamton Republican for one year, after which he read law with Messrs, Millard & Stewart, prominent lawyers of Binghamton. He was admitted by examination to the bar at the general term of court held at Utica in February, 1889. He at once opened an office in his native city in the Perry Block, corner of Court and Chenango Streets, practicing alone until he formed a partnership January 1 with Robert S. Parsons, under the firm name of Perkins & Parsons. Mr. Perkins is an active Republican, doing excellent work for his party; and, while not seeking office for himself, he has helped by his convincing eloquence in getting many of them for others. He has made speeches all through Broome County and the southern portion of New York State for several years, and is considered a shining light, and influential man in his party. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, holding the position of Conference Steward of Binghamton district, being also Steward and trustee of the Tabernacle Methodist Church of the city. He has traveled much through this part of the country, giving lectures to the different branches of the Epworth League, of which he has for a long time been President. He is also an active member in the Young Men's Christian Association. Among the prominent cases conducted by Mr. Perkins in his practice before the courts may be mentioned his defense of Mrs. Foote, accused of the murder of her husband. Public sentiment had been so aroused against this woman, and her conviction seemed so assured, that it was almost a hopeless case to take. She was friendless and forlorn, apparently a mental wreck, when this chivalrous young man with his partner came to her aid, and, in spite of every obstacle, secured for her an acquittal. He found the testimony so conflicting, so evidently the result of prejudice, that he soon brushed away the web of circumstantial evidence, and proved her incapable of the crime. Mr. Perkins is particularly well fitted for trial cases of this kind, and his friends predict for him a very brilliant future. Mr. Perkins and his partner do excellent office work, being always quick to see every opportunity to make profitable investments for their clients and ready to work for their advantage.

Source: A History of Broome Co., NY; Biographical Review: Boston Biographical Review Pub. Co., 1894 p. 208-209

JOHN W. PERKINS, Amsterdam, NY. He was born in Poughkeepsie, NY on Aug. 9th, 1839. He came with his parents to Amsterdam, NY on the Erie Canal. He was educated in public schools and learned the moulder's trade. In 1865 he founded the firm of the Perkins Foundry Company with Edward L. Schmidt. He married 1st. ELIZABETH S. PARANTAU of this city in 1862. Their children: Edward J. Perkins, J. Clara Perkins, Clarence Perkins, William Perkins, Elizabeth Perkins. His 1st wife died in 1870. In 1873 he married 2nd. DORA M. BOOTH. John W. Perkins was the son of William Perkins who was born in 1802 in Lubenham, Leicestershire, England and married JANE WRIGHT in 1835 and came to the United States. Children of William & Jane (Wright) Perkins were: Ann Perkins, Emma E. Perkins, Thomas Perkins, John W. Perkins, Joseph Perkins, Joshua Perkins, Hattie M. Perkins.

Source: History of Montgomery County; embracing early discoveries, the advance of civilization, the labors and triumphs of Sir William Johnson, the inception and development of manufactures, with town and local records, also military achievements of Montgomery patriots (1892)

GEORGE ROBERTS PERKINS -  George Roberts, educator, was born in Otsego county, N.Y., May 3, 1812; son of Joseph and Alice (Roberts) Perkins, and grandson of George Roberts Perkins. He acquired his education through his own exertions, and became proficient in mathematics and civil engineering. He was employed on the slack water survey of the Susquehanna river in 1830, and taught mathematics in Clinton, N.Y., 1831-38. He was principal of the academy at Utica. N.Y., 1838-44; professor of mathematics in the New York State Normal school, 1844-48, and principal of the normal school, 1848-52. He superintended the erection of the Dudley observatory at Albany, N.Y., 1852, and was deputy state engineer, 1858-62. He received the honorary degree of A.M. in 1838 and that of LL.D. in 1852 from Hamilton college, and was a regent of the University of the State of New York, 1862-76. He is the author of: Higher Arithmetic (1841); Treatise on Algebra (1841) Elements of Algebra (1844); Elements of Geometry (1847); Trigonometry and Surveying (1851); Plane and Solid Geometry (1854); a textbook on astronomy, and many scientific articles. He died in New Hartford, N.Y., Aug. 22, 1876.

Source: The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume VIII (1904)

HERBERT PERKINS, wholesale and retail dealer in meats, fish and fruits, at Red Creek, was born at Hannibal, NY, December 3rd, 1851. After the completion of his education at Falley Seminary, he was for eight years engaged in farming, and in 1879 came to Red Creek, Wayne Co., NY and established a livery business, which he still conducts, adding the market and grocery in 1889. In 1870 he married ALIDA HOMPE of Hannibal, Wayne Co., NY, and they have two children; Nellie Perkins and Edward Perkins. Mr. Perkins is at present town clerk, having been elected in 1891.

Source: Landmarks of Wayne County, New York (1895)

ELISHA H. PERKINS, Stony, Creek, Warren Co., NY, p. o. Creek Center, is and has been for many years engaged in cabinet-making and undertaking in the village of Creek Center, NY, his being the only shop of the kind in town. His business has rapidly increased during the past few years. He was married in 1858 to MELINDA UHDE, and they have six children, five now living. Mr. Perkins father was David C. Perkins, one of the first settlers of the town. He is now seventy-seven years of age, and has lived here ever since he was a mere boy. His aged mother is still alive, aged ninety years.

Source: History of Warren County [N.Y.] with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers (1885)

FRANKLIN P. PERKINS. The manager of the extensive business of the Hotchkiss Beef Company at Port Chester, NY, Mr. Franklin P. Perkins, is a capable business man and a representative citizen who is entitled to mention as such in this volume. He was born March 28th, 1855, at Litchfield, Connecticut, where he grew up and obtained his education in the public schools. At the age of nine years he left home to live with an aunt on a farm, and there he learned the heavy duties pertaining to agricultural life, and continued therein until nineteen years of age, when he was employed in a butcher shop in Litchfield and Naugatuck, Connecticut, and he continued thus engaged for twelve years. Two years of this time he also ran a shop for himself. Next, for a time he was employed in a wholesale beef house for Mr. Hotchkiss in Younkers, and finally came to Port Chester, where for a year he conducted business on his own account, and then, in 1894, he sold his shop to take his present position, where his responsibilities are heavy, as the house is a large one and doing an extensive business, handling about two car-loads of meat each week and furnishing the neighboring towns with choice meats. In his political views, Mr. Perkins is a Democrat, but he prefers to devote his energies to private business rather than take any part in the personalities of politics. In matrimony he was united in marriage with Miss ELSIE H. SCOTT, of Goshen, Connecticut, and they have two daughters.

Source: Biographical history of Westchester County, New York ... v.2.

EDWARD E. PERKINS, attorney, and chairman of the Dutchess County Democratic Committee, was born in the town of Poughkeepsie February 4, 1863. He acquired his early education in the schools of his native town, and at the age of fifteen entered the Pelham Institute, Poughkeepsie. After finishing his preliminary studies he read law in the office of O. D. M. Baker, and was admitted to the Bar in 1886; he began the practice of his profession in Poughkeepsie. In 1887 Mr. Perkins was one of the organizers of the Poughkeepsie & Eastern Railroad Co., and was elected its first president and treasurer. In 1890 he went to Texas and engaged in reorganizing and building an extension of the Fort Worth & Rio Grande Railroad from Comanche to Brownwood. He then became associated with Mr. T. L. Massalis of Dallas, Texas, in the completion and extension of the Dallas & Oak Cliff Railroad, and later in the building of the West Dallas Railroad, of which Mr. Perkins became president. While residing in Dallas he was elected president of the American Savings Bank and Trust Company, and was selected by the Travellers’ Insurance Company of Hartford, Conn., for their financial and loan representative of the State of Texas. In 1893 he organized the American National Bank, of which he held the office of vice-president. The same year he returned to his native town and resumed the practice of his profession. In 1909 Mr. Perkins was chosen president of the First National Bank of Poughkeepsie. He is also president of the Enterprise Publishing Co. June 23, 1891 he was united in marriage with MARY D. BEARD of Poughkeepsie, and three children have been born to them: Olive E. Perkins, Jeannie Marie Perkins and Argenta Perkins.

Source: The history of Dutchess County, New York  by: Frank Hasbrouck - 1909

D. F. PERKINS, Parishville, was born in Lyme, N. H., May 13, 1821. His parents were Leonard and Matilda (Cook) Perkins of Lyme, who had eleven children. Leonard Perkins was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools. He settled on a farm in Parishville, N. Y.  where he became one of the prosperous farmers of that town. He died in September, 1843. D. F. Perkins was three years of age when he came to Parishville, N. Y. with his parents, and he started in life by working on a farm for $11 a month. He has made his own property, and in 1878 owned 300 acres of land, at which time Mr. Perkins took his son, Edson M. Perkins, into partnership with him, and they now own nearly 800 acres of land in one piece. They follow general farming and dairying, and for many years have been extensive dealers in stock. They usually winter about eighty or ninety cows and keep about forty much cows. Mr. Perkins married in Parishville, N.Y.  A. MOTT, a native of Keene, Essex county, born August 13, 1827, and they had four children, of whom one son is living. Their daughter, Fannie Perkins, died aged four years. Edson M. Perkins has been twice married. First, on January 24, 1868, he married EMOGENE S. of this town, by whom he had one child, Fannie Perkins, who died aged three years and ten mouths. Mrs. Perkins died June 25, 1877, and he married second, June 20, 1880, MARTHA A. LONG of this town, by whom he has one son, Francis L. Perkins. Our subject is a Republican in politics.

Source: Our County and it's people A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York Edited by: Gates Curtis - The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894


SAMUEL F. PERKINS, was born in Fairport, N. Y., October 25, 1833, a son of Asa and Martha (Esten) Perkins. His father lived to a ripe old age, dying in his ninety-fourth year. Samuel F. Perkins received a common school education, and early in life entered the employ of the New York Central Railroad; he is well known as a locomotive engineer, one of the oldest in Western New York; his service as an engineer covers a period of about forty years, which fact alone is substantial evidence of his ability, carefulness and fidelity; for more than a quarter of a century he has drawn the passenger train between Batavia and Canandaigua, and not only stands high in the estimation of his employers, but has attained a foremost place as a citizen of Batavia. In 1838 he was married to MARGARET FOLAND, daughter of Jeremiah Foland; they are the parents of four children-Edward Perkins, Mary E. Perkins, Cora A. Perkins and Grace M. Perkins. Mr. Perkins is a Methodist.

Source: Our County and it's people A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York Edited by: F. W. Beers, J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890

JAMES L. PERKINS, Buffalo. was born in Sherburne, Mass., March 23, 1858, a son of Curtis and Joan (Hill) Perkins. He received an excellent education in the public and high schools of his native town, and came to Buffalo in 1876, entering the service of Dr. Frank O. Vaughn as a clerk in a drug store. He remained in this capacity three years and then accepted a position as manager of the drug store of Trowbridge & Co., where he remained eight years. He then engaged in the drug business on his own account, locating at 1233 Michigan street. where he has since continued. He is a member of the Erie County Board of Pharmacy, the New York State Pharmaceutical Association, the Erie County Pharmaceutical Association (of which he was formerly president), the A. O. F. (of which he is past chief ranger), and the Knights of St. John and Malta. In June, 1888, he married IDA PAULINE WARNER, daughter of James Warner of Buffalo, and they have two children: Marguerite Perkins and James W. Perkins.

Source: Our County and its people - A descriptive work on Erie County, New York - Edited by: Truman C. White - The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898

SPICER L. PERKINS, Concord, p. o. Springville. - Zenas Perkins, father of Spicer L., was born in 1785; he married Salley Whaley (born in 1787) on February 14, 1806, at Granville, N. Y. In 1835 they moved to Concord, Erie county. N. Y., where she died November 21, 1862, and he on the 21st of May, 1863. Spicer L. Perkins was born in the town of Granville. Washington county, N. Y., June 25, 1831. He was educated in the common schools, and learned the harness and saddlery trade. In 1864 he engaged in hotel keeping in Buffalo, which he continued to 1890; in 1864 he purchased the Leland Hotel at Springville, Erie county, and remodeled and refurnished it, making it a model of its class. He married on May 8, 1855, JANE RUNYAN, daughter of Benjamin Runyan. They had one daughter, Alma Adell Perkins, born May 1, 1856, who died November 9, 1893.

Source: Our County and its people - A descriptive work on Erie County, New York - Edited by: Truman C. White - Volume 2 -  The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898

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SPENCER L. PERKINS, p.o. Webster's Corners, farmer, and formerly hotel keeper in Buffalo, NY born in Washington county, NY in 1831, settled in Boston, Erie Co., NY in 1835; wife JANE RUNYAN, born in Penn Yan, Yates county, NY Aug. 24th, 1830, married in 1855; one daughter. Parents Zenas and Sally (Whaley) Perkins, natives of Vermont, settled in Boston, Erie Co., NY in 1835; the former died in 1861; aged 86; the latter died in 1860, aged 77; children nine, four now living -- Almond Perkins, John W. Perkins, Spencer L. Perkins and Adaline Perkins.

Source: History of the city of Buffalo and Erie Co., NY -  Volume 1 - By: Henry P. Smith -  p. 741

GEORGE H. PERKINS, mayor, is among the substantial and highly esteemed citizens of Port Byron and Cayuga County, New York. He was born at Sodus, Wayne County, New York, May 11th, 1873, the son of George W. and Sarah (Tinklepaugh) Perkins. George W. Perkins was a native of Sodus, New York, born December 21st, 1823. His wife was born there also, January 18th, 1845. Their marriage took place January 26th, 1870. Mr. Perkins died March 1st, 1885, and his wife died February 14th, 1913. Both are buried at Sodus, New York. For a number of years Mr. Perkins conducted a ship chandlery in New York City and later owned a fleet of boats on the old Erie Canal. His boats plied between Buffalo and New York City with headquarters in Port Byron, NY and a number of his captains became notable characters in the history of that era in navigation. Mr. Perkins was a Republican, a member of the Episcopal Church, and belonged to the Masonic Lodge. The only child born to Mr. and Mrs. Perkins was George H. Perkins, the subject of this sketch.

George W. Perkins was the son of Horace and Harriet (Terry) Perkins. Horace Perkins was born at New Hartford, New York, October 14th, 1796, and his wife was a native of Enfield, Connecticut, born May 30th, 1799. He died January 3rd, 1867, and she died September 26th, 1854. They are buried at Port Byron. Horace Perkins was a veteran of the War of 1812 and served in the company of Captain Claudius V. Boughton, General B. Porter's Brigade, New York State Volunteer Cavalry. He served as postmaster of Port Byron, NY, and from March 3rd, 1853, until December 31st, 1856, was justice of the peace of the Town of Mentz, Cayuga County. He also was police justice from May 18th, 1859, to May 19th, 1863. Horace Perkins was the son of Dr. Richard Perkins, Jr., and Elizabeth (Nichols) Perkins.He was born at Bridgewater, Massachusetts, in 1766, and was a graduate of Harvard University. He became a prominent physician and practiced at Whitestown, New York. Richard Perkins, Jr., was the son of Dr. Richard, Sr. and Mary (Hancock) Perkins. Richard Perkins, Sr., was born in 1730, and was a native of Massachusetts. He also was a graduate of Harvard University and practice medicine at Framingham and Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Mary (Hancock) Perkins was a sister of Governor John Hancock. Dr. Richard Perkins, Sr., was the son of Rev. Daniel and Annie (Foster) Perkins. Rev. Daniel Perkins was born at Topsfield, Massachusetts, June 13th, 1697, and his wife was born November 8th, 1699. They are buried at West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He was a graduate of Harvard University, and was pastor of the Church of England. Rev. Daniel Perkins was the son of Capt. Tobijah and Sarah (Denison) Perkins. He was born at Weymouth, Massachusetts, October 20th, 1646, and his wife was a native of Topsfield, Massachusetts. He served as a member of the Legislature and was very active and prominent in military and political affairs. Capt. Tobijah Perkins was the son of Rev. William and Elizabeth (Wooton) Perkins. He was born in London, England, August 26th, 1607, and emigrated to America on March 9th, 1632, on the vessel "William and Francis". He settled at Boston, Massachusetts, and was a minister of the Church of England. He with eleven others laid out the village of Ipswich, Massachusetts. He was a surveyor and military band leader and was awarded a land grant for his activities.

George H. Perkins attended the Port Byron, NY High School as well as Albany Business College. He became a bookkeeper and stenographer and in 1899 became associated with the West Virginia Pulp & Paper Company, with offices in New York City. He became assistant sales manager but in 1925 resigned and removed to Port Byron, NY, where he has since lived retired. In 1928 Mr. Perkins was appointed mayor to fill the unexpired term of the late George Newkirk, and in March, 1929, he was elected to that office, being re-elected in 1931. In 1915 Mr. Perkins was united in marriage with Miss LETTIE M. CARPENTER, the daughter of Edwin and Ruth A. (Thomas) Carpenter, the former a native of Centerport and the latter of Owasco, New York. both are deceased. He was an owner of boats on the Erie Canal and was the son of Nathaniel Bowen and Mary (Horton) Carpenter, natives of Centerport, New York. Politically, Mr. Perkins is a Republican. His lodge affiliations are: Port Byron Lodge F. & A.M. No. 130, and Rock Spring Lodge No. 568 I.O.O.F. He is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

Source: History of central New York, embracing Cayuga, Seneca, Wayne, Ontario, Tompkins, Courtland, Schuyler, Yates, Chemung, Steuben, and Tigoa Counties ... v.2. by: Harry R. Melone.

W. W. PERKINS, Baldwinsville, was born in Rome, Oneida Co., March 29, 1828. His father, Zebulon W. Perkins, was a native of Rhode Island, son of Jenks Perkins, who married Betsey Wanton, daughter of the governor of Rhode Island. Zebulon W. came to Whitestown, Oneida Co., and married HARRIET AUSTIN. He died at the age of 86 years. W. W. Perkins was educated in the common schools, after which he entered the dental office of his brother, D. W. Perkins, at Rome. In 1852 he came to Baldwinsville and established his present business, in which he has continued for 42 years, employing the most approved methods of dental surgery. He married JULIA A. JENNINGS, daughter of Harvey Jennings, of Norwalk, Conn., and they have one daughter, Hattie J. Perkins. Their only son, Harvey J. Perkins, died at the age of 23 years. Mr. Perkins was the first Whig to be elected town clerk in 1854. He received the appointment of postmaster from President Grant, which position he held for 17 years. During the Civil war he took an active part in organizing Companies A of the 122d Regiment, and B, of the 149th. He has long been one of the prominent men of the town.

Source:  Onondaga's Centennial. Boston History Co., 1896, Vol. II, p. 352. - Dwight H. (Ed) Bruce

WILLESS C. PERKINS & WILSON L. PERKINS. The grandfather of Willess C. Perkins and Wilson L. Perkins, on their mother's side, was Joseph Coley, who was born in London, England, in the year 1765, where his father was a Jeweler. In 1771 when Joseph Coley was about eight years of age, his father removed with his family, from London, and settled at Johnstown, in the State of New York, where he cleared a farm upon which he resided until his son Joseph Coley arrived at full age, and married a young lady by name of Mary Willess. Joseph Coley and wife removed to Saratoga county, NY where they occupied a farm some few years. They soon, however, removed to the town of De Ruyter, in Madison county, NY, where they purchased and occupied a farm including the spot since known as the "De Ruyter Springs", where the family resided a number of years and until 1806, when they removed to New Woodstock, in the town of Cazenovia, NY, where he purchased and cleared a farm upon which the family remained during his residence here. On the 15th of August, 1810, Joseph Coley  was ordained as a minister in the Baptist church, and afterwards became quite prominent as a preacher in that denomination. His wife, Mary, departed this life September 10th, 1845, at the age of 77 years. After the death of his wife, the Rev. Joseph Coley resided with his son, William Coley, at New Woodstock, NY, until his death which occurred Sept. 15th, 1856, at the age of ninety-one years. Of this marriage there were ten children, one, while an infant in the cradle, perished with the burning of their log house during their residence in the town of De Ruyter. The remaining nine, four sons and five daughters, viz: Willess Coley; Betsey Coley; Polly Coley; Nancy Coley; Laura Coley; Clarissa Coley; William Coley; J. Madison Coley; and Hubbard Coley, with his wife, composed his family at the time of his residence in New Woodstock, NY. Nancy Coley, the mother of Willess C. Perkins and Wilson L. Perkins, was born May 8th, 1795.
 Abiezer Perkins was born in Deerfield, in the State of Massachusetts, in the year 1754, and in 1781, at the age of twenty-three, he was married to Irene Loomis, and in the year 1801, he removed with his family to the town of Cazenovia, in Madison county, New York, and located on a farm which he had previously purchased about two and one-half miles south of Cazenovia Village, on the road leading from that place to De Ruyter, NY. It was thickly covered with heavy timber and a line of marked trees only indicated the highway leading past his new home. He cleared the land of its timber and reduced it to a tillable condition, and resided upon it until his death which occurred September 20th, 1825, at the age of seventy-one years: his wife, Irene, survived him about eleven years, and departed this life September 6th, 1836. They were both members of the Baptist Church in which Abiezer Perkins was at the time of his death and for many years previous thereto, a Deacon. Of this marriage there were five sons and two daughters, as follows: Hyram Perkins; Jeduthan Perkins; Eliab Perkins; Polly Perkins; Sally Perkins; Elemander Perkins and Stillman Perkins. ELEMANDER PERKINS, the fourth son was born September 13th, 1793, and on the 9th of May, 1813, at the age of twenty-one, he married NANCY COLEY, before mentioned, who was at the time of her marriage eighteen years of age. After their marriage they resided for some years in the family of Deacon Abiezer Perkins, where on the 5th of December, 1814, Willess C. Perkins was born , and on the 8th of October, 1816, Wilson L. Perkins was born. These two brothers were the only sons of this family, and their lots seemed cast together, and together they have since lived and labored. In the spring of 1822, Elemander Perkins, with his wife and two sons then composing his family, removed to the farm then recently purchased by his father-in-law, the Rev. Joseph Coley, about one-half mile further south on the De Ruyter road, which he carried on for a number of years, occupying the same house with his father-in-law. IN the autumn of 1814, Elemander Perkins purchased a farm of about seventy acres located on the hill about one and one half miles from Cazenovia Village, on the road leading from Mechanicville to Delphi, NY. To this place he removed his family in the spring of 1825. Here was born on the 16th of April, 1830, and only daughter, Mary Irene Perkins, who afterwards and on the 10th of December, 1847, at the age of seventeen, was married to Charles J. Halliday, and died the following year, Oct. 19th, 1848. Elemander Perkins continued to resided here with the remainder of his family until his death in the 62nd year of his age, on the 10th of April, 1854. His widow survived him many years in vigorous active life, but after a short illness died December 21st, 1876 aged 81 years. There remains of the family of Elemander Perkins only the two sons, Willess C. Perkins and Wilson L. Perkins, who have lived together and wrought with a common interest on the old homestead with the exception of a short interval, since their boyhood, and by their continual industry and close attention to their business, have from time to time, added to the original farm until at present they own and cultivate about five hundred acres which they hold in common. The elder of these brothers Willess C. Perkins was never married. Wilson L. Perkins at the age of twenty-four and on the 11th of March, 1840, was married to LUCRETIA RICE, daughter of Isaac and Anna Rice of Cazenovia, N.Y.. She was at the time of her marriage in the twenty-second year of her age. They resided in the family of Elemander Perkins before mentioned, where on the 6th of May, 1841, was born to them a son, Franklin R. Perkins, and on the 17th of the same month the young wife and mother departed this life. Two years later and on the 1st of May, 1843, Wilson L. Perkins was married to his second wife, SARAH M. SALISBURY, daughter of Mason and Rhoda Salisbury of Cortland, N.Y. She was twenty-two years of age at the time of her marriage. They removed to Lyons, Wayne County, New York, where they resided a short time, but subsequently and in 1846 returned to the town of Cazenovia, NY and took up their residence on the farm which the brothers Willess C. Perkins and Wilson L. Perkins had then recently purchased from the estate of David Billings situated about one and one-half miles south from the village of Cazenovia, NY, on the De Ruyter road and adjoining on the south the farm owned by their father, Elemander Perkins. Here on the 10th of Octoboer, 1847, was born to them a son, Judson O. Perkins, and a little more then two years later and on the 31st of Marcy, 1850, another son, Charles H. Perkins. But just beyond three years from that time the saddest event in history of that household came upon them. On the 1st of August, 1853, the husband was again left a widower, and his children without a mother and another faithful earnest life was closed to this world forever. Shortly after this event Wilson L. Perkins with his three sons again returned to his old house where with his brother and mother all lived together as one family, until the 28th of October, 1856, when Wilson L. Perkins was married to SOPHIA E. MAY, of Akron, Ohio, grand-daughter of Luke and Patience May, of Cazenovia, NY, in the twenty-first year of her age. The eldest son of this family, Franklin R. Perkins, after spending some time as a student at the Oneida Conference Seminary at Cazenovia, NY, where he graduated in 1860, commenced the study of law and was admitted to practice as an attorney and counselor in the year 1864. In the same year he was commissioned as captain of Company E. in the 11th Regiment of N. Y. S. V. Cav. and served with that Regiment in the war of the Rebellion until January, 1863, when he was honorably discharged and returned to the study of law, and in August, 1866, commenced practice in the city of Buffalo, NY, where he is still located, having served two successive terms from Jan. 1st, 1872 to January 1st, 1876, as city attorney at that place. On the 10th of May, 1876, he was married to S. LOUISE WRIGHT, daughter of William W. and Eleanor Wright, of Buffalo, NY. The second son of this family, Judson O. Perkins, after spending some time as a student at the Oneida Conference Seminary at Cazenovia, NY, entered Madison University at Hamilton, N.Y., where he graduated with the class of 1872, entered the Hamilton Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 1874, was ordained as a minister in the Baptist church, settled over a congregation of that denomination in Copenhagen, N.Y., where he is still pastor, and in 1879 opened a school at that place called the "Perkins Academy" which he is still conducting. He was married to ELLA M. NEWTON, daughter of Christopher and Mary Newton, of Cazenovia, N.Y., on the 4th of November, 1874. The third son of this family, Charles H. Perkins, after attending school for some time at Cazenovia, and after arriving at manhood, remained at home assisting in the business of the farm. He was married to ALICE C. KINGSLEY, daughter of A. Z. and Polly Kingsley, of Hamilton, NY, on the 16th of October, 1871. She was twenty-one years of age at the time of her marriage. They settled and commenced house keeping on the farm in the house located on the De Ruyter road. Here on the 15th of July, 1874, was born of this marriage a daughter, Alice C. Perkins and later in the season on the 25th of September, the young mother passed away leaving the new home lonely and desolate. Five years later and on the 1st of December, 1879, Charles H. Perkins married his second wife, CHARLOTTE A. TABER, only daughter of B. W. and Amanda Taber, of Cazenovia, NY and settled in his former home. The brothers, Willess C. Perkins and Wilson L. Perkins, still reside at their old homestead and carry on their farm.

Source: History of Chenango and Madison Counties, New York: With ..., Part 2

JOSEPH J. PERKINS, a wounded veteran Union officer of the late civil war and one of the substantial business men of Schuylerville, NY, is a son of Jacob and Reconcile (Blakemany) (Blakeman) Perkins, and was born at York, Michigan, April 3rd, 1845. His paternal grandfather, Erastus Perkins, was a native of West Polliet (Pawlet), Vermont, where his immediate ancestors had come. Erastus Perkins was a tailor by trade, and during the latter part of his life removed to Mooresville, Michigan, at which place he purchased a farm of five hundred acres of land. He was a republican and a Baptist. He built and donated the first Baptist church at West Polliet (Pawlet), Vermont. He married and had two children, one son and one daughter: Betsey (Perkins) Ellsworth, of York, MI and Jacob Perkins, father of the subject of this sketch. Jacob Perkins was a man of good education and served as principal of high schools for over ten years at Newton and Clyde, New York, after which he removed to York, Michigan, where he was engaged extensively for several years in farming, merchandising and lumbering, and in operating a stave factory and saw mill. Leaving York he was successively engaged in the hotel business at Ypsilanti, that State, and then for a short time served as general agent for J. T. Hadley's Encyclopedia. He was a republican in politics, and died at Jackson, Michigan, August, 1868, and eighty-five years of age. Mr. Perkins had been for many years a prominent and useful member of the Baptist Church, in which he was serving as a deacon at the time of his death. He was a liberal supporter of church and school missions, and the Baptist church edifice at York, Michigan, was present from him to the congregation. He was married to Reconcile Blackemany, who was a daughter of Dr. Blakemany. Mr. Perkins had twelve children, eleven sons and one daughter: George Perkins; Erastus Perkins, Martha (Perkins) Rice; Elisha Perkins and Elijah Perkins (twins); William Perkins; John Perkins; Albert Perkins; James Perkins; Henry Perkins; Joseph J. Perkins; and Adelbert Perkins. Of the sons, four served during the late war: Elisha Perkins in the 6th Michigan heavy artillery; William Perkins enlisted in the First Michigan sharpshooters, was wounded seven times, receiving one would one night on a picket post where three men had been killed previously, but which he held; Albert Perkins served in the 12th Michigan infantry; and Joseph J. Perkins in the 6th Michigan heavy artillery.

Joseph J. Perkins received his education in the public schools of Mooresville, MI and the Ypsilanti State Normal school of Michigan, and then was engaged for four years as a clerk in a hotel. At the end of that time, in June, 1862, he enlisted in Co. F., 6th Michigan heavy artillery, and was elected corporal. He participated in the engagements at Port Hudson, Baton Rouge, Vicksburg, New Orleans, Jackson, Pensacola, Fort Gaines, Fort Morgan and Skippus Landing, where he was severely wounded in the neck by a pieces of a shell, but worked his gun until the close of the action. He was honorably discharged from the Federal service at New Orleans, on August 20th, 1865, and returned to Michigan, where he engaged in the business of teaching horsemanship. Meeting with remarkable success he soon commenced to travel, and thus for thirteen years was engaged in sixteen states, where he formed and instructed large classes in all of the important towns. In 1878 he established a large livery, sale and feed stable at Kalamazoo, Michigan, and two years later came to Schuylerville, this county, where he conducted a successful livery business until 1886, when he purchased his present well improved farm of one hundred and sixteen acres of land, which is two and one-half miles from the village. Mr. Perkins still gives instruction in horsemanship and deals to some extent in horses, although a considerable part of his time, since the spring of 1891, has been given to the management of his farm. For two years he was manager of the Washington County Agricultural society and Stock Breeder's association and in various other ways has given his time and attention to the farming and stock interests of eastern New York. Mr. Perkins is a republican in politics, and while no office seeker, yet has held several offices, being excise commissioner for several consecutive years. He is a member and past commander of Frank Morton Post No. 116, Grand Army of the Republic, in which organization he has always taken an active part. On March 20th, 1877, Mr. Perkins married MINNIE F. WILCOX, daughter of George and Mary (Beckwith) Wilcox, and a member of the old Wilcox family of New England. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins have one child, a son, George W. Perkins, who was born August 17th, 1881.

Source: Biography and History of Saratoga Co., New York with Historical Notes on Its various towns: By: Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester (1893)

J. A. PERKINS, was born in West Monroe, Oswego county, New York, April 22nd, 1842. He learned the trade of blacksmith in Hastings and lived there fifteen years. In 1861 he enlisted in Co. C. , 101st N. Y. Vol. and served three years. He was with the Army of the Potomac all through the Peninsula campaign and participated in the battles of Antietam, South Mountain and Fredericksburg. In 1866 he came to Minetto and has followed his trade ever since. Mr. Perkins takes a lively and intelligent interest in public affairs, and was supervisor of Oswego in 1888 and again in 1892. He is a notary public at the present. In 1864 he married SOPHIA WATERBURY. They have one daughter, Mrs. Ella Sweet. Mr. Perkins parents were Joseph and Rachael (Taylor) Perkins.

Source: Landmarks of Oswego County, New York / edited by ... . Churchill, John Charles, 1821-1905

R. A. PERKINS, who is a descendant on the paternal side from a family well known in Massachusetts, was born in Jefferson County, New York, March 6th, 1821, a son of Richard Perkins, who was born in the same county, and whose father's family were natives of the state of Massachusetts. Richard Perkins, father of R. A. Perkins, was a carpenter and builder by occupation, and was one of the prominent and influential men in Otsego county, New York. He lived an exemplary life, and won the respect of his fellow citizens. He was actively interested in the Presbyterian church of his native town, and served as Deacon for a number of years. He married Miss MARY WYMAN, daughter of Jonathan Wyman, of Massachusetts, and nine children were born to them, four of whom are still living, namely: R. Alonzo Perkins, George Perkins, Columbus Perkins and Frank Perkins. Mr. Perkins died in 1880, and his wife passed away in the same year.  R. ALONZO PERKINS, eldest son of Richard and Mary (Wyman) Perkins, acquired his education in the local schools of Detroit, MI and Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY: he then learned the trade of carpenter and millwright, remaining in this business until 1857, when he removed to Glen Cove, Long Island, and became connected with the Duryea Starch Works; he retained his position for thirty-eight years, retiring from active work in 1895. Fraternally he was a member of the orders of Masons and Odd Fellows. In 1847 Mr. Perkins married Miss CYNTHIA V. DURYEA, daughter of H. V. Duryea and sister of John and Huam Duryea, and three children were born to them: Ada D. Perkins, wife of J. W. Cummings, of Brooklyn, NY; Helen V. Perkins, wife of Arthur W. Cummings, of Brooklyn, NY; and H. W. Perkins, who is connected with the Duryea Starch Works at Glen Cove, Long Island.

Source: History of Long Island: From its Earliest Settlement. Volume 3 - by Peter Ross (1903)

DARWIN CLARE PERKINS, DR. one of the popular and successful physicians of Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York, is a son of Truman Horton and Carrie Ione (Andrews) Perkins, old and highly respected residents of the town of Alexander, Genesee County, N.Y. It was at that place that Dr. Perkins was born, July 28th, 1879, and his childhood was spent there. His father was a Methodist Episcopal Minister, and the lad was the recipient of an excellent education as well as enjoying splendid home influences which made for culture and enlightenment. As a lad he attended the grammar and high schools of Alexander, and was graduated from the latter institution in 1895. He then took a special course in the arts, and at the same time studied medicine, it having been his decision, made while he was little more that a lad, to adopt the latter as a profession in life. He studied for five years on these various subjects, working his way through the various institutions which he attended. Dr. Perkins then took the full medical course at Cornell College, from which institution he was graduated with the class of 1906, winning his degree as Doctor of Medicine at the same time. Still later he took special studies in maternity cases at the Metropolitan Hospital in New York City, and having completed these, came to Jamestown, where he began practice in the same year. Dr. Perkins has specialized in obstetrics, and now does a very large amount of work in this line. He enjoys a wide reputation for skill in his branch of the medical science, and is recognized as one of the leading obstetricians in this part of the state. In addition to his medical activities, Dr. Perkins participates largely in the general life of the community, and is a member of a number of prominent organizations here, including the New York State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He is also affiliated with the Order of Eagles, and is a well known figure in social circles. In politics Dr. Perkins is a staunch Republican, but has not taken an active part in local politics, as the demands made upon his time and energies by his profession have rendered that impossible. In spite of his enormous practice, Dr. Perkins consistently takes time for rest and recreation, believing that by a sufficient amount of relaxation he is enabled to do his best work. He is especially found of fishing and automobiling, but enjoys in a large degree out-door sports. Dr. Perkins was united in marriage at Pembroke, N.Y., Oct. 4th, 1900, with Margaret (Weimer) Zwetsch, of Pembroke, and they are the parents of two children, as follows: Dorothy Evelyn Perkins born June 27th, 1907, and Margaret Ione Perkins, born Oct. 22nd, 1911.

Source: History of Chautauqua County, New York, and Its People - Volume 2













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