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Biography of Julian Lee Perkins

President of the Perkins Appliance Company, Incorporated, of Springfield, Massachusetts, one of the outstanding industries of a great industrial community, is a native of Vermont. He bears a name which appeared in English history back in the reign of Richard II. He was born in Bridgewater, Vermont, August 23, 1879, and attended the public and high schools at Woodstock, Vermont. His father, Charles A. Perkins, likewise born in Bridgewater, was a farmer. His mother, Eliza M. (Dinsmore) Perkins, was born in Lansing, Michigan. The name was derived from Peterkin, and had several spellings. Peter Morley, Esquire, alias Perkins, was an officer in the household or steward of the court of Sir Hugh Dispencer about 1300. Several of the name lived in the neighborhood of Newent, County Gloucester, England; and the immigrant, John, from whom all the Perkins families of New England appear to be descended is said to have come from that part of England, where he was born about 1590. He sailed from Bristol, December 1, 1630, in company with the Rev. Roger Williams aboard the ship “Lion” with his wife, Judith, and their five children, John, Thomas, Jacob, Elizabeth, and Mary. After sixty-seven days of stormy weather, they landed in Boston in February, 1631, and lived first in Boston, where John Perkins was made a freeman the same year, and was one of the committee of four appointed to settle the boundary between Roxbury and Dorchester, November 7, 1632. In 1633 he removed to Ipswich, Connecticut, where he possessed one of several grants of land, and built his house near the river at the entrance to Jeffs...

Biographical Sketch of Jonathan Barrows

Jonathan Barrows, from Bridgewater, Vt., came to this town about 1828, and died here in 1870, aged sixty-five years. He had a family of seven children, as follows : Henry, Nathan, Lysander, Harriet, Chauncey, Lucia, and Alvinzy. All but Harriet now reside in the...

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