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Jabez Perkins

Male 1766 - 1836  (69 years)


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  • Name Jabez Perkins 
    Born 6 Nov 1766  New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died Between Jan 1836 and Feb 1836  Whitley County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Alternate death Bef 13 Feb 1836  Jellico Creek, Whitley, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Jellico Creek Cemetery, Jellico Creek, Whitley, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Person ID I11842  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 9 May 2021 

    Father Timothy Perkins,   b. Bef 27 Jun 1736,   d. Aug 1782, Wilkes County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 46 years) 
    Mother Miriam Sperry,   b. 19 Feb 1743, Cheshire, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1783 and 1784, Old Fields, Ashe, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Married Abt 1764  New Haven County, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F5527  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family [Unknown first wife of Jabez Perkins],   d. Abt 1830 
    Children 
     1. Solomon Perkins,   b. 27 Aug 1786, Grayson County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1824, Whitley County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
    +2. Amy Perkins,   b. 7 Aug 1794, Grayson County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1862, Whitley County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    +3. Nancy Perkins,   b. 1803, Grayson County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1860, Wayne County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F7729  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The ultimate genealogical curiosity connecting Teresa's and Patrick's known ancestry isn't a common ancestor, but a common relative. Jabez Perkins was born in 1766 in New Haven, Connecticut and died in 1835 in Whitley County, Kentucky. His parents, Timothy Perkins (1736-1782) and Miriam Sperry (1743-~1783), had moved from Connecticut to North Carolina, probably between 1771 and 1773, as part of a general emigration of Tory sympathizers from Connecticut as the colony's politics came more and more under the control of supporters of separation from Great Britain. Through his mother, Jabez Perkins was a descendant of six of Teresa's direct ancestors, and fully three of his offspring married the children of direct ancestors of Patrick. Adding a genealogical cherry on top, one of his grandchildren was the second wife of one of Patrick's GX3 grandfathers.

      To go into more detail, Jabez Perkins was a great-great grandson of Teresa's ancestors Richard Sperry (1606-1648) and his wife Dennes (1631-1707); a GX3-grandson of Teresa's ancestors Samuel Hotchkiss (1623-1663) and his wife Elizabeth Cleverly (d. 1681); and a GX3-grandson of Teresa's ancestors James Clark (d. 1689) and his wife Sarah (d. 1661). Jabez Perkins's son Solomon Perkins (1786-1824) married Nancy Freeman (1798-1870), daughter of Patrick's 4XG-grandparents James Brigham Freeman (d. 1830) and Mary Polly Moore (d. 1835). His daughter Amy Perkins (1798-1862) married Harrison White (1788-1853), son of Patrick's 4XG-grandparents John White (1750-1829) and Mary Shelton (1760-1824). His daughter Nancy Perkins (1803-1860) married Dempsey White (1798-1860), Kentucky state legislator, also a son of the aforementioned 4XG-grandparents of Patrick John White and Mary Shelton. And, improbably, Nancy and Dempsey's daughter Nancy White (1838-1928) was the second wife of Patrick's GX3-grandfather William Henderson Parker (1824-1898). To put it another way, the second wife of Patrick's GX3 grandfather--his mother's father's father's mother's father--was Teresa's fifth cousin five times removed. We strongly suspect time travelers were involved.

      From Steven C. Perkins:

      Born in New Haven, CT, before the American Revolution, he was raised in a Loyalist household in the North Carolina back country. As a child he saw his father, Timothy, and paternal uncle, Joseph, join the Loyalist forces against the Americans. According to contemporary accounts, his father and uncle were "notorious Tories" who one time captured Col. Cleveland, an American commander and virtual warlord in the New River settlements. While being held for trial by the Loyalists, Cleveland was able to escape, supposedly with the help of one of the women of the household. The family were early Methodists.

      By 1784 a guardian was appointed for Jabez in Wilkes Co., NC. Normally, one would assume this to mean that his father was dead. However, there is some evidence that Timothy Perkins was alive and living in Grayson Co., VA. [See our entry for Jabez's father Timothy for David R. Evans's argument to the contrary. —PNH] Shortly after the guardian was appointed, Jabez appears to have married and moved to Grayson Co., VA, where several of his children were born. In 1789, he was appointed administrator to the estate of his maternal Uncle, William Sperry, in Wilkes Co., NC. It is not yet known if William Sperry was a Loyalist or if he supported the Americans in the Revolution.

      By 1813 he was in the Knox/Whitley Co. KY, area. Sometime after 1830, already 65 years old, he moved his family to the Bureau/Putnam Co. Illinois area. He and his sons purchased land in 1835 and 1836. By December of 1835 he had returned to Whitley Co., KY, where he made his will and died before February 13, 1836. Jabez's son William returned to Whitley Co. and remained there the rest of his life. The rest of Jabez's children remained in Illinois or moved further West.

      Some researchers have identified Jabez's wife as Nancy Ann Creekmore. I am not convinced that this is correct. I am also not convinced that his wife at the time he made his will is the mother of his children. [...] There is the possibility that there were two wives named Nancy. There is a renunciation of the will dated in Feb 1836 from Nancy Perkins in Whitley Co., KY, Will Book 1. There is a report of a marriage license for Jabez Perkins and Nancy White dated the same day the will was made. It is supposed to be in the KY Archives. This compiler has not seen it.

  • Sources 
    1. [S291] Descendants of Jabez Perkins and Nancy Ann Unkn, by Steven C. Perkins.

    2. [S292] Judia and Ralph Terry--Family and Neighbors of Coleman County, Texas.

    3. [S4170] Ancestry of Jabez Perkins, 1766-1836, of New Haven, CT., Ashe/Wilkes Co., NC, Grayson Co., VA, Bureau/Putnam Co., IL, and Knox/Whitley Co., KY. by Steven C. Perkins. 1989-2000.

    4. [S4176] Evans Family Web Page by David R. Evans. 2016.

    5. [S4170] Ancestry of Jabez Perkins, 1766-1836, of New Haven, CT., Ashe/Wilkes Co., NC, Grayson Co., VA, Bureau/Putnam Co., IL, and Knox/Whitley Co., KY. by Steven C. Perkins. 1989-2000., year and place only.