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JUEL E. PERKINS - Upon the return of Mr. H. S. Perkins, the well known music author and conductor of this city, we obtained the first detailed intelligence of the illness and sudden death of his brother Jule Perkins, the mere announcement of which made a few days since. The deceased, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Orson Perkins, was born in Stockbridge, Windsor Co., VT, March 19th, 1845. An an early age he exhibited very marked musical talent. At the age of 8 years he commenced the study of the piano with his oldest brother, Mr. W. O. Perkins, of Boston, a musician of repute, and several years later commenced the study of vocal music with the same brother. He pursued his musical studies with the best teachers in Boston, at intervals, up tot he fall of 1867, when, after repeated unsuccessful efforts to obtain funds with which to enable him to perfect himself in his chosen art, and prepare for the operatic state, his brother, H. S. Perkins, came to his great relief with the necessary means. Before sailing in Oct., 1867, he hesitated several days before deciding the question in his own mind whether to study for the ministry or the state. His first six months' study abroad was with Delle Sedie, in Paris. While there Alboni heard the young American basso sing during one of his lessons. After listening to him through one song, she grasped him cordially by the hand, exclaiming, "Bravo you have a most noble voice.". He pursued his voice studies in Milan, Italy, with Perrini, in Florence with Vanmicini, and other eminent teachers. His operatic debut was made in 1869, with the most flattering results. He filled engagements in Padna, Pisa, Genoa, Rome, Milan, and other Italian cities, and in Warsaw, Poland. In the summer of 1873, Mr. Mapleson, of her Majesty's Opera, Drury Lane, London, having learned of the famous young basso, went to Milan, and, after hearing him once at La Scala, immediately engaged him for six years, to commence in the following September. As soon as it was known that Mr. Mapleson had secured the young artist, an agent from Constantinople offered the shrewd impressario $20,000 for his bargain. The success of Mr. Perkins in London and the provinces, both in Italian opera and the concert room, has, probably, never been excelled. The English press acknowledged him to have been equal to Lablanche, Straudilzt, or Carl Forms in their best days. The deceased was married July 23rd, 1874, to MARIE ROZE, prima donna in the same company, in London. They came to this country on their wedding tour, and assisted Mr. H. S. Perkins in giving "Elijah" at the close of his Kansas Normal Academy of Music in Leavenworth last August. Rheumatic fever was the cause of his death. He was taken ill while in Manchester, and expired after a severe illness of eight days. Owing to the physical indisposition of his wife, who was with him, to come to this country, his body was interred in London, Tuesday, March 2. By the many noble qualities of heard and mind, this young American artist had won the biggest regard of the people of Europe as well as of his own country. His loss to the art and musical world will be widely felt and deplored.

Source: Obituary - 1875 - March 15th - Daily Inter Ocean, Chicago, IL

FRANCIS ROMEO PERKINS, born in Bakersfield, October 6, 1834, was descended from the prominent Perkins-Brigham family so well known in that town. About 1836 Mr. Perkins became a resident of Enosburgh, and in 1859 he purchased the large farm property on which he now lives, and which contains some 400 acres and supports from 75 to 100 cows. In connection with it he has a private creamery, and this with his regular farm work engages his entire attention, though he is interested in town affairs and has occasionally held town offices. In 1855 Mr. Perkins married ELVIRA R. ANDERSON, daughter of Stephen T. Anderson, by whom he has had four children, two of whom are living. Stephen Anderson, father of Mrs. Perkins, was born in Royalton in 1804, and was the son of William and Freelove Anderson, who settled in Enosburgh in 1818.

Source: History of Franklin and Grand Isle Counties Vermont - Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich D. Mason & Co., Publishers - Syracuse, N. Y. 1891

MANLIUS R. PERKINS, a native of Enosburgh, was born March 8, 1850. His father, James A. Perkins, was born in Bakersfield, VT, June 22, 1817, and married Emily Brigham, daughter of Jonas Brigham, of Bakersfield, about 1846. They had two children: Manlius R. Perkins and Emma Perkins. The latter, born December 22, 1861, married John Giddings, of Bakersfield, in 1888. Manlius R. Perkins married L. GEORGIE BRADFORD, daughter of M. Bradford, January 1, 1877. They have two children: Harry B. Perkins, born March 17, 1879, and Harlie M. Perkins, born April 28, 1883. Mr. Perkins was educated in the common schools, and is a Republican in politics. He is a farmer and millwright. The old circular saw mill was operated for about two years, when James Ayres put in an upright saw. Mr. Ayres was the first to run a saw mill in Bakersfield. Mr. Perkins repaired the old circular saw and put in machinery suitable for furnishing lumber ready for market. Since 1887 the mill has been kept running the whole year with the exception of a short time during midsummer. The mill now contains a planer, matcher, and a complete shingle mill, and does an extensive manufacturing business and a large amount of custom work, having a daily capacity of about 6,000 feet of lumber.

Source: History of Franklin and Grand Isle Counties Vermont - Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich D. Mason & Co., Publishers - Syracuse, N. Y. 1891

JOHN A. PERKINS, is a native of Bakersfield, and was born December 1, 1839. His father, John Perkins, was born in Bakersfield and married Betsey Pierson, of the same town, and they had nine children. John A. Perkins received his education in the common schools and in the academies of Bakersfield. In 1859 he married MARIAH HULBURT, of Bakersfield. In 1864 or 1865 he opened a general mercantile store in Bakersfield, in which he is still engaged. He is a staunch Republican, and served as town treasurer from 1871 to 1890. He held the position of postmaster from 1873 until 1884. In 1886 and again in 1880 he represented the town in the legislature and was appointed postmaster under President Harrison, which position he still occupies. Mr. Perkins has been deacon in the Congregational church for many years.

Source: History of Franklin and Grand Isle Counties Vermont - Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich D. Mason & Co., Publishers - Syracuse, N. Y. 1891

(Rev.) JOHN W. PERKINS, died in Boston, Feb. 8th, 1858. He was born in Chelsea, Orange Co., VT, July 20th, 1814. He was converted to God under the labors of Rev. Josiah A. Scarrit, July 30, 1831, and soon connected himself with the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was licensed to exhort by the Rev. E. Smith, and to preach by the Quarterly Meeting Conference of Chelsea Circuit, VT. He was received into the traveling connection, June, 1842, and stationed at Brookfield, VT, where he continued two years. The next two years he was stationed in Berlin, VT, the next year in Barre, VT and the two following years at Plainfield, VT. In 1849 he was stationed at Salem, Mass, where he continued two years. In 1851 and 1852 he was stationed at Newburyport, Liberty Street; in 1853 at Medford, in 1854 and 1855 at Melrose; and in 1856 and 1857 at Church Street, Boston, MA. The disease of which he died was consumption. He had been unwell about a year but strong hopes were entertained for a season, both by himself and friends, that he would soon recover. But disease had taken a strong hold upon a constitution naturally firm, and though unceasing efforts were made to arrest its progress, yet all was unavailing. His work on earth was done. In the death of Brother Perkins, the New-England Conference has lost one of its most able, faithful, and successful laborers, and the Church on earth a bright and shining light. He was a good man. A few days before his death, he wrote as follows respecting his conversion to God... etc..

Source: Minutes of the Annual Conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church

JACOB PERKINS, from Canterbury, Conn., 1779; was the first settler on the west road, on premises now owned by George Barker.  He married MARY FITCH and raised a large family, all of whom, with most of their descendants, have left town.  He died in 1801, aged 56, and was the first person interred in the West Pawlet cemetery; his widow in 1835, aged 89.

Source: Pawlet - Vermont - One Hundred Years - By Hiel Hollister - (1867)

RUFUS PERKINS, son of Jacob, m. Olive Wilcox, who died in 1819, aged 35, leaving four children, Lydia Perkins, Mary Perkins, Walter Perkins and Electa Perkins.  These children all died of consumption; Lydia Perkins in 1821, aged 21; Mary Perkins in 1826, aged 23; Walter Perkins in 1827, aged 19, and Electa Perkins, who married James Cox, of Wells, in 1845, aged 29.  Mr. Perkins was a devoted member of the Baptist church, to which he bequeathed two hundred dollars; he also gave three hundred dollars to the Hamilton Theological Seminary, the interest to be applied for the education of some colored brother.  He died in 1857, aged 80; his wife, SALINDA SMITH, in 1857, aged 67.

Source: Pawlet - Vermont - One Hundred Years - By Hiel Hollister - (1867)

WILLIAM F. PERKINS, from Canterbury, Conn., 1779; settled near West Pawlet, VT.  He was an expert mechanic and performed most of the nice work on the old Congregational church.  He raised a family of ten children, all of whom are supposed to be living, most of them at Otto, N.Y., where he and his wife died some twenty years since.

Source: Pawlet - Vermont - One Hundred Years - By Hiel Hollister - (1867)

JOSEPH L. PERKINS, Dr. M.D.D.D.S., son of Joseph and Lucretia K. (Hovey) Perkins was born in Brookfield, Vermont, Feb. 9th, 1835. He graduated from the Medical Department of the University of Vermont. As a member of the First Regiment, Vermont Volunteers, commanded by Colonel J.W. Phelps, he participated in the first battle of the Civil War at Big Bethel, Virginia. Dr. Perkins graduated in Dentistry from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery. He married ABBIE J. PECK of Barre, Vermont, Nov. 6th, 1862, and a few months later came to St. Johnsbury, VT and commenced the practice of Dentistry which he has continued most successfully until the present time, a period of more than forty years. He is an Ex-President of the Vermont State Dental Society and held the same position on the Dental Examining Board of the State of Vermont. Dr. Perkins was Eminent Commander of Palestine Commandery, Knights Templar, for eight years, and for thee years was Right Eminent Grand commander of the Grand Commandery of Vermont. He is a Past Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Vermont. A Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of Constantine. He is also the Past Grand Sovereign of the Grand Imperial Council of Vermont, of the Knights of Rome and Constantine. He is a Sovereign Grand Inspector-General, 33d and last Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Rite.

Source: Successful Vermonters; a modern gazetteer of Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans counties, containing an historical review of the several towns and a series of biographical sketches .. (1904)





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