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Rev. William Perkins

Male 1607 - 1682  (74 years)


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  • Name William Perkins  [1, 2
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 25 Aug 1607  All Hallows, Bread Street, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 May 1682  Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 7, 8
    Person ID I34876  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of JMF
    Last Modified 9 May 2021 

    Father William Perkins,   b. Bef 1 Jan 1579,   d. Bef 25 Jun 1657  (Age < 78 years) 
    Mother Katherine,   d. 18 Sep 1618, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 22 May 1603  Abbots Salford in Salford Priors, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Family ID F17067  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Wooton,   b. Abt 1607 
    Married 30 Aug 1636  Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 7, 8
    Children 
    +1. Sarah Perkins,   b. 2 Mar 1657, Topsfield, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1745  (Age 88 years)
    Last Modified 9 May 2021 
    Family ID F20501  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Arrived in 1632 on the William & Francis; first at Roxbury, then Weymouth 1643, Gloucester 1651, Topsfield 1655. He was a soldier, schoolmaster, and minister.

      From English Origin of Six Early Colonists by the Name of Perkins (citation details below):

      William Perkins, at the age of eighteen, entered Emmanuel College of Cambridge as pensioner; later, he transferred to Christ's College from which he graduated A.B. at the Lent term, in 1627-8. He came to New England on the William and Francis, with Capt. Thomas, Master. It sailed from London 9 March and arrived 5 June 1632 with about sixty passengers. In 1633, he along with John Winthrop, Jr., and eleven others began the settlement of Agawam. "April 1th, 1633. It is ordered, that noe pson wtsoeuer shall goe to plant or inhabit att Aggawam, without leave from the Court, except those that are already gone, vz: Mr. John Winthrop, Jun'r, Mr. Clerke, Robte Coles, Thomas Howlett, John Biggs, John Gage, Thomas Hardy, Willm Perkins, Mr. Thornedicke, Willm Srieant. 5 August 1634, it is ordered that Aggawam shal be called Ipswich."

      He took the oath of freeman at Boston 3 September 1634, and shortly after that, he removed to Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA, where he had a grant of land in 1641. In 1643 he removed to Weymouth, Suffolk Co., MA and represented that town in the General Court in 1644. He was also a commissioner to settle small debts, leader of a military a company, and a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. in 1638. Between 1640 and 1674, William made several trips back to England. From 1650 to 1655 he was preaching to the inhabitants of Gloucester, Essex Co., MA. He became a minister of Topsfield after 1655 until his death 21 May 1682.

  • Sources 
    1. [S5657] The History of the Dudley Family by Dean Dudley. Wakefield, Massachusetts: Dean Dudley, 1892.

    2. [S5658] Henry Allen Hazen, "The Hazen Family." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 33:229, 1879.

    3. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    4. [S5659] "Some Notices of the Family of Perkins in America." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 10:211, 1856., date and city only.

    5. [S5660] Mrs. Frank Elmer Perkins, "Perkins: Genealogical Research in England." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 76:223, 1922., date only.

    6. [S5661] English Origin of Six Early Colonists by the Name of Perkins by Paula Perkins Mortensen. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1998., date and city only.

    7. [S5660] Mrs. Frank Elmer Perkins, "Perkins: Genealogical Research in England." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 76:223, 1922.

    8. [S5661] English Origin of Six Early Colonists by the Name of Perkins by Paula Perkins Mortensen. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1998.