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Misc. Ohio Newspapers

~Perkins Research~


The Ohio Repository -  Canton, Ohio  - February 1st, 1833
On the 21st  Jan., ANSON PERKINS of Vienna, Trumbulle, O., was killed by the fall of a tree.


The Portage Sentinel - Ravenna, OH - January 27th, 1859

               Death of Mr. Jacob Perkins

Our community will be painfully startled to learn that Mr. JACOB PERKINS, died at Havanna on Wednesday morning, the 12th of January. A letter has been received by Joseph Perkins of this city from Junius Dana of Warren - who went out with the late Mrs. Perkins - merely announcing the death of his brother, and saying that the remains will leave for New York or Charleston about the 25th inst. The body had been embalmed, and Mr. Dana, and Doct. Harmon, of Warren - who also accompanied Mr. Perkins - will accompany the remains home. Mr. Perkins died of consumption, a disease which had been making its insidious progress for some years, but rapidly so since the death of Mrs. Perkins, a year and a half since. Mrs. Perkins was a daughter of Doct. Tod, physician to the Marine Hospital, and she also fell victim to consumption. One child is left.
  Mr. Jacob Perkins graduated with honor at Yale College. He was a man of mark, and through strength of talent, moral firmness, and urbanity of manner, wielded an influence seldom possessed by a man of his years. His age was bout thirty-eight. Mr. Perkins, in addition to his remarkable business capacity, was a man of very high mental culture, and had an exquisite literary taste which was constantly improving and enriching his mind. The deceased sought not political preferment, but was sent from Trumbull county to the convention for forming a State Constitution, and although in the political minority in that body, no man had more personal influence in that convention than he. Mr. Perkins was the President of the Cleveland & Mahoning Railroad Company. His exertions build that road, and his business talents carried it safely through a season of depression in railroad schemes that blighted many projected schemes and brought ruin upon many others. Like the C & M road - partially completed.
   We received notice of Mr. Perkins' death too late an hour to do his memory justice, but have ventured the above remarks, knowing well how far short they fall of justice to him, as a slight token of the estimation and esteem in which the late Jacob Perkins was held in Northern Ohio. Mr. Perkins was a native of Warren, Trumbull County, and has left a large estate.

Western Reserve Chronicle  - Warren, OH- November 16th, 1870

JEHIEL PERKINS  one of the oldest citizens of this county, Mr. Jehiel Perkins, died at his residence in Vienna, on Saturday last, 12 inst., at the age of 89 years.  He came to this county sometime previous to 1810, and carried the mail from Warren to Pittsburgh, during 1810, which, owing to almost the wilderness condition of the intervening country, was a tedious and trying task. Mr. Perkins served his country in the war of 1812.  He has left a widow in the 82d year of her age.

The Cincinnati Daily Star - Cincinnati, OH - November 29th, 1879

JOHN PERKINS, pioneer , died at Athens, Ohio.


The Greenville Democrat - Greenville, Darke Co., OH - October 10th, 1883

WESLEY PERKINS. The subject of this brief memoir, was of Connecticut origin, his father Wesley Perkins (Sr.), at an early date, removing from that State to Vermont, where he died in 1819. Mr. W. Perkins, was born in the town of Orwell, Rutland Co., VT, May 16th, 1805, preceding a sister just one hour. At the age of six months, he became half-orphaned by the death of his mother, and wholly orphaned at the age of fourteen. Soon after the authorities of his native town bound him as an apprentice to a gentleman by the name of Goodrich, who was a deacon in a Congregational church, and by occupation a farmer, a tanner, and also a tavern keeper. Here Mr. Perkins remained, loyal and faithful to his legal master, till he attained the lawful age of twenty-one. At the expiration of his apprenticeship, he left his native state, and came to Ohio in 1826, and remained till the next year, at which time he returned to Vermont. In 1828, he came back to Ohio, and took a wife, Miss ORPHA SNOW, a resident of Windham, Portage County, Ohio, where he dwelt until 1831, at which time he came to Amherst, and purchased a piece of land, moving his family thither the following year, 1832. From that time till 1879, a period of nearly half a century, he resided in Amherst, and became intimately acquainted with the growth of Amherst, and also with the names and history of many of its inhabitants, and able to give an intelligle report concerning the time at which many of them died, and where in the old cemetery, they were buried, though no stone marked their resting place. Mr. Perkins was a genial companion pre-eminently social, and obliging neighbor, a fast friend a kind father, and a conscientious Christian. He held for a number of years a membership in the Congregational church. In regard to the needy, he was generous, almost to a fault, dividing with them his last dollar, and last loaf, though he sometimes was unable to see where his own supplies would come from. His confidence in the Merciful Father was so great as to make him cheerful in the times of pressing necessities, and his long experience teaching him to "trust in the Lord and do good", was promise that never failed. Eighteen years ago the wife of Mr. Perkins died, after fifteen or more years of confinement to her bed by an incurable disease. In 1879 he went to Cleveland and found a home with his son Henry Perkins, for about three years. During the last two years he resided with his youngest son, Roswell Perkins, in Columbus, but frequently came to Amherst, in the mean time, stopping with his son sons, Ozni Perkins and James W. Perkins, a month or so at a time. For a long time he was afflicted with severe attacks of nephritis, and kindred complaints, causing a vast deal of suffering, and demanding a large amount of care and attention from his family friends. But these diseases eventually undermined his constitution and ended in death, Saturday, October 27th, 1883, at the age of seventy-eight years, five months, and fourteen days. His remains were brought to North Amherst and interred beside the dust of the wife of his youth, in the Amherst cemetery. An appropriate sermon was preached by Rev. Atwater of Cleveland, from Psalm xc:10. A large congregation of his former acquaintances were in attendance, to show appreciation of the deceased.

The Elyria Republican - Elyria,  Lorain Co., OH -November 8th, 1883

MATILDA PERKINS, died Oct.1st, buried Oct. 2nd, aged 71 years and 3 months. George Perkins & Matilda Perkins were brother and sister and were buried in the same grave.

The Elyria Republican - Elyria,  Lorain Co., OH - January 17th, 1884

Mr. JAMES PERKINS, died this morning, at the age of forty-eight years and eleven months, after many months of intense suffering. A more extended notice will be given of him next week.



  The Marion Daily Star - Marion, Ohio - August 25th, 1880

The Rev. HENRY PERKINS, DD, an aged Presbyterian minister, died recently at Allentown, PA. He was born in Vermont in 1796, graduated from Ohio university and Princeton theological seminary, and was pastor at Allentown forty-three years, retiring from active service in 1863.

Urbana Daily Citizen - Urbana, OH - March 10th, 1883

Mrs. D. M Vance returned last evening from Hudson, Michigan, where she was summoned two weeks ago on account of the alarming illness of Mrs. Pheobe Perkins, a former resident of this city. Mrs. Perkins died during last week.

Akron City Times - Akron, OH - July 17th, 1887

Col. SIMON PERKINS, the generous benefactor of Summit County, died at his grand stone mansion last Thursday evening at ten o'clock. The Col. has been ailing for several months, but no one, not even his immediate attendants, thought the end would come so soon. His death ended the career of a most noble character, a man whose entire life was devoted to the happiness of others. He was common and plain in all things and shunned that which was showy. He has been a very extensive land owner and during his life has conducted as fine a farm as can be found in this county. There are probably few men in this vicinity better known than Col. Perkins and every acquaintance was a friend. He was eighty-two years old and most of his life has been spent in this locality. He has been blessed with eleven children, seven of whom are living to mourn his death. Mrs. Perkins died twenty years ago. He has left one splendid monument to his name, Grace Park, which, at the time of the gift, by request, was named after one of his daughters.


The Summit County Beacon - Akron, OH - August 3rd, 1887

Col. SIMON PERKINS, is dead. No death on the Western Reserve, perhaps none in Ohio, could, among the people past middle age, have awakened more regret or genuine sorrow with a greater number of such, than this. His long residence with the landed interests of the people, his occasional official relations, his general intelligence and solid judgment, his sympathy with the varied interests of common people, his sincerity, frankness and modest simplicity of manner and above all his undoubted integrity throughout a long life and in the severest trials that can test the honor of a man in business affairs, constituted him a character to command esteem. Col. Perkins was born at Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio, Feb. 6th, 1805. He was of Puritan stock, a descendant of John Perkins who came to America with Roger Williams in 1881. His grandfather was a captain in the revolutionary army and his father, Gen. Simon Perkins, is well remembered as commanding the frontier forces of Northern Ohio in the war of 1812. The mother of Col. Perkins was a descendant of William Douglass, one of a colony from Boston that founded New London. Col. Perkins was educated at the common schools of his native hamlet, and lived there till 1834, when he moved to the place of his late residence. His training in business was under his father, who was extensively concerned in the survey and sale of lands. In 1832 he was married to Miss GRACE I. TOD, daughter of Judge Tod and sister of the late Gov. David Tod. There was born to this marriage eleven children, of whom seven survive. Mrs. Perkins died 20 years ago.
   Col. Perkins purchased some 5, 000 or 6,000 acres of wild land upon which his late residence stands, devoted his energies mainly to its improvement, to the raising and improving of farm stock and to the various pursuits of agriculture, employments which he always loved. Never did personal form or presence more faithfully mirror the inward character than his. Everything was proper, dignified and firm; but with an artlessness as little suggestive of study or training as the woods that overshadowed his boyhood. All the improvements, the buildings and fixtures of his residence, whether useful or ornamental were for endurance. He could put up with ostehtation and show in others, but it was tolerated by his imperturbable calmness. Brought up and living in abundant wealth his habits of life and appearance were those of the plain, sensible people about him whose hands supply the means of their expenses, in short, his example was a daily rebuke to personal glitter and parade. Yet he was not without taste and sentiment. He delighted in the cultivation of flowers and shrubbery and made himself acquainted with much that is useful and curious in our indigenous trees and lesser plants. His magnificent gift of Grace Park to Akron and his years of devotion to the improvement of Glendale cemetery with other like bestowments are proofs of generosity and of genuine sentiment, and they would possibly be more striking and memorable if they stood out isolated from the habits of a life characteristic of them. His public spirit not only in the legislature but in private life told upon everything around him. The churches, the schools the highways, nothing that needed bettering escaped his unselfish regard. Even that disaster which engulfed all his wealth in the downfall of a railroad enterprise, told of nothing with a stronger emphasis, than of the wholehearted generosity with which he laid all the accumulations of his inheritance and his industry upon the altar of the public good. The death of Col. Perkins is an epoch in those memories of a people which are and must ever be unwritten. For, who can spread upon the page of history the declinations of character, the innumerable shades of life, of thought and action which makes up its habitudes and body forth its composite being? Historians can tell of wars, of revolutions, of treaties, of constitutions, of legislations, of tumults, of crimes, of charitable foundations, educational and sanitary. They can summarize all these and miscall them leading events. But he who looks through the unwritten memories of times long gone by sees that the movements historically noted as leading are but consequences of a leading current which was too noiseless and inconspicuous for historic record. Nowhere has this been more profoundly true than with the people of Ohio. And it is this thought which distinctly from all the heartfelt ties of long and intimate friendships, from all the most appreciable qualities of heart and judgment, bring an added sadness over us when we look upon the lifeless corpse of Col. Simon Perkins. Inheriting the close inquisitiveness, the quick observation, and above all the solidity of the Puritan, and these qualities sharpened in their assiduous application to all the varied business which most concerned the settlement and growth of Ohio, to who has he left the unwritten but garnered recollections of whatever made up life and its doings and livings through all its changes and variations, from the log house to the palatial mansion, from the Indian trail and the corduroy to the railway, from the sickle to the self-binder, from the scythe to the mowing machine, from the flail to the threshing machine, from the foot-wheel, the great wheel and their distaff and tow-cards to thousands of spindles that go you know not how, from the letter marked 25 that jogged the horseback to the letter stamped 2, shot off by rail and to the telegraph and telephone that have no forerunners nor antetypes, from the log schoolhouse, a voluntary neighborhood offering, unfostered by State policy, but teeming with its innocents bright-eyed and barefoot, to a common school system, the pride and praise of Ohio, in word from Ohio, a wilderness, to Ohio as she is ? When a memory so "rich with the spoils of time", is truck dumb amid our questionings with a pitiful fragment of the web of human history, aye, of the web of a single life, does all we can know of it seen to be.

Wellington Enterprise - Wellington, Lorain Co., OH - May 20th, 1891

Mrs. KATE PERKINS, died on the 13th, of pneumonia. Her son Darwin Perkins, of Kansas City came in time to be present at the funeral.

Wellington Enterprise - Wellington, OH - December 7th, 1892

ABEL DEWEY PERKINS, died at his residence, on Thursday December 1st, of apoplexy. Abel Dewey Perkins, aged sixty-eight years and one week. Mr. Perkins was born in Becket, Berkshire county, Mass, Nov. 24th, 1824. He came to Ohio at the age of nine and spent his life, until his removal to Wellington, upon a farm at the center of Huntington, where he was very popular, both in public and private life. He was for several terms township trustee, and for some time assessor, and he was also postmaster for several years, the duties of the office being discharged by his deputy, Henry B. West.
  It was the custom to hold two services Sunday, with an hour's intermission. During that hour the spacious sitting room in the Perkins house was always the scene of happy gathering of relatives and friends. Scores of people are still living who have many times enjoyed the cheer of his fireside, and who can testify to his genial hospitality.
  After moving to Wellington Mr. Perkins filled the offices of township trustee and county commissioner for several years. In these positions he served the public with the utmost fidelity and rare judgment. As long as the Lorain county court house and the Wellington town hall stand they will be fitting memorials of the good taste, the public spirit and the business capacity of Mr. Perkins and his associates. His later years were spent quietly at his home on South Main street, his only daughter, Mrs. O. P. Chapman, and family residing with him. He was married September 25th, 1845, to Miss MARY S. NOONEY, with whom he lived in the utmost love and harmony for nearly fifty years, and who still survives him. No kinder husband, father or grandfather ever lived then our deceased friend, Mr. Perkins. Because of his quiet and unebtrusive manners, it may not have been known, except to his intimate friends, that he lived a life of devotion to his family, counting nothing as trouble that added to their happiness. Mr. Perkins was a careful, through and successful business man, eminently conservative and worthy of trust, and of so even a temper that it is said by one who knew him best that he never heard him utter a word in anger. Although a man of unchangeable and decided opinions, he made no enemies. He leaves only friends behind. Rev. W. E. Barton conducted the funeral services, Sunday, December 4th, at the family residence.

The Cincinnati Enquirer - Cincinnati, OH - December 31st, 1894

REST - After a Long Journey. John H. Perkins Goes to his last home - Death of One of Covington's Prominent Pioneers - A Rugged Kentuckian Passes Away

A long, useful and happy life came to a peaceful and perfect end last night, when JOHN HILTON PERKINS closed his eyes to open them no more. Beloved to all who knew him, respected and honored in a wide circle of acquaintances, the end came to him in his peaceful old age, as it comes to those who have traversed life's brief journey in the straight paths of uprightness and honesty. As much through the eminent sons and daughters who survive him as by his own admirable life, has the name of Mr. Perkins been one of note amid the list of Covington pioneers. Full of years and honor, he goes to the reward of the just and good. Mr. Perkins died at a few minutes after 7 o'clock last night, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. X. W. Culbertson, No. 21 West Twelfth street, in Covington.
                   Nearing Life's close

For many weeks it has been plain to those about him that the end of the venerable man was near. The flight of 86 years over his head had brought him to the threshold of the great beyond. He did not suffer from any malady known to medicine; it was merely the breaking down of nature. All of yesterday several of his sons and daughters were at his bedside, but, as an apparent improvement in his condition was noted toward evening, they left for their homes, believing that the end might not come for weeks or even months. At about 7 o'clock, however, it became apparent that the aged patient was sinking rapidly, and at a little after 7 he closed his eyes and fell asleep forever as peacefully as though but for a night.
Mr. Perkins was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, August 26th, 1808, and there spent his boyhood. As a young man he came to Burlington, KY, and during his residence there, On October 1st, 1835, he was married to MARIA ROBINSON STANSLFER. In 1850 Mr. Perkins became a resident of Covington, and engaged in the saddlery business. During a long business career he attained the proudest honor that can come to an American citizen, the reputation for absolute honesty and uprightness.
                    A Happy old age

After he had acquired a competency in business he removed to a farm on Lexington pike, and lived there until all of his children were married. During the past 10 years he has lived with his daughter in Covington. Mrs. Perkins died November 20th, 1890, aged 74 years. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Perkins, eight of whom are now living. They are Henry A. Perkins, of the firm of Perkins, Campbell & Co., of Cincinnati, who lives in Avondale; George G. Perkins, Judge of the Circuit Court, Covington: Mrs. X. W. Culbertson, of Covington: John E. Perkins, of the firm Perkins & Ernst, of Covington: Charles L. Perkins, of Columbus, GA: William S. Perkins and Frank H. Perkins, also of the firm of Perkins, Campbell & Co., both residing in Covington, and Mrs. Wallace Riggs, of Louisville, KY.

Cincinnati Commercial  Gazette - Cincinnati, OH - December 9th, 1895

Mr. JOHN S. PERKINS, one of Cincinnati's oldest and most respected business men, died at 7 o'clock Saturday evening at the home of his son, W.T. Perkins, 95 Ashland avenue. Mr. Perkins was born in Xenia, Ohio, December 18th, 1810, and had he lived eleven days longer, would have been 85 years old. He engaged in the mercantile business in Xenia, where the opera house now stands, and in April 1845, went to Cincinnati to live. The family went by stage coach to Deerfield, now South Lebanon, and from there to the city on Little Miami Railroad. Mr. James Doherty, of the Mt. Auburn electric line, was the conductor of the train. On March 5th, 1884 (1834?) he married ELIZABETH BEALL, of Xenia, and both lived to celebrate their golden wedding. Mrs. Perkins died in January, 1890. Six children were born to them, but two of whom survive - Mr. W. T. Perkins and Capt. Charles G. Perkins, of Henderson, KY. Funeral services will be held at the Walnut Hills M. E. Church at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning.


The Vindicator - Obituaries 1871-1912 - January 7th, 1909

AMASA D. PERKINS, was born hear Atwater, Ohio, Nov. 4th, 1824; departed this life near Fortville, Hamilton Co., Indiana, Jan. 7th, 1909 aged 84 yrs, 1 mo., 23 days. He was united in marriage to (MARY) POLLY GARRIS who departed this life Jun. 15th, 1877. To this union were born four children all of whom are living and who with seven grand-children and many other relatives and friends remain to mourn their loss. May 13th, 1906 he united with the Old German Baptist church and lived faithful until death. The funeral occasion was improved by the brethren to an attentive congregation.

Hamilton Evening Journal - Hamilton, Ohio - June 14th, 1926

Paris, Kentucky - SANDERS PERKINS, 73 years old, died at his home on the Hume and Bedford Pike, following an illness of several weeks. He is survived by his widow, and four sons; Allie Perkins, Paris, KY; Harry Perkins, California; Lucien Perkins and Howard Perkins, Bourbon Co., KY, a sister, Mrs. Jennie Clary, Lewis Co., KY and a brother, Thomas Perkins, Hillsboro, KY.