The following data is extracted from Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - Charleston Township.
Alexander Perkins, dealer in groceries, Charleston; is an early settler of the city, having emigrated from Marion Co., Ind., in September, 1836; he was born near Newcastle, Henry Co., Ky., Feb. 22, 1814;when quite young he accompanied his parents to Marion Co., Ind.; he was raised to agricultural pursuits; he was married Oct. 8, 1835, to Miss Jane Griffith, of New Bethel, Marion Co., Ind., and, in 1836, removed to Charleston; they had five children, two of whom are living - Amanda, wife of Daniel Curd, and Margaret L., now Mrs. John James, both residing in Charleston; two sons, William G. and Daniel A., lost their lives during the late war. On arriving in Charleston, Mr. Perkins engaged in manufacturing brick, afterward followed the clothing business for a year, and then engaged in the grocery business, which he still continues; his wife died July 22, 1851, and on the 5th of February, 1852, he married Miss B. F. Curd, daughter of Daniel Curd, late of Charleston; they have five children - Kate, wife of W. W. Bishop, of Kansas, Edgar Co., Richard S., Daniel, Joseph and Minnie. Mr. Perkins has served as Street Commissioner, and for several terms on the Board of Aldermen, and was a portion of the time President of the Board.
Source: Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - Charleston Township