The Perkins family is one of long and honorable standing in America, being one of the oldest in New England, where it is first found of record in Hampton – then in Massachusetts, now in New Hampshire. This family has numbered among its members men who have been prominent in the learned professions as well as in the business and financial circles of this country. This article is to particularly treat of that branch of the family through which descended the late John Perkins, of Bridgewater, of which town his ancestors were early settlers, and where he was actively identified with the iron manufacturing industry for a number of years. The ancestral line of this branch of the family is here given in chronological order from the first American settler, Abraham Perkins. Through his grandmother, Huldah Ames Hayward, who became the wife of Asa Perkins, Mr. Perkins is also descended from another of the oldest and best known families of Massachusetts. The progenitor of this family, Thomas Hayward, came from England to New England, becoming one of the early settlers of Duxbury before 1638. In the early part of the eighteenth century many of the Haywards changed their name to Howard, the two names in all probability having been the same originally, as both have the same Norse origin. Among the distinguished descendants of this Hayward or Howard family may be mentioned William Howard Taft, president of the United States. The branch of the family through which Mr. Perkins descends is herewith given, in chronological order.Read More
Location: Beverly Massachusetts
KIMBALL. Richard Kimball, of the parish of Rattlesden, County of Suffolk, England, with his family, came to New England in the ship “Elizabeth” in 1634, arriving at Boston, and thence went to Watertown, Mass. He soon became a prominent and active man in the new settlement, was proclaimed a freeman in 1635, and was proprietor in 1636-37. Soon thereafter he removed to Ipswich, where he passed the remainder of his life. His services as a wheelwright were very much appreciated. Mr. Kimball married Ursula, daughter of Henry Scott, of Rattlesden, and (second) Oct. 25, 1661, Mrs. Margaret Dow, of Hampton, N. H. He died June 22, 1675. His widow died March 1, 1676. His children, all by the first marriage, and all born in England except the youngest child, were: Abigail, Henry, Elizabeth, Richard, Mary, Martha, John, Thomas and Sarah. Richard Kimball (2), son of Richard, was born in Rattlesden, England, about 1623. He came to New England with his parents. He removed from Ipswich to Wenham, near Ladd’s Hill, in the western part of the town, and became a large land owner. He was a subscriber to the minister’s rate in 1657; Dec. 4, 1660, he was on the committee to see about building the new meetinghouse, and in 1663 was on the committee to join with the select-men to put out the new contract. With the exception...Read More
Samuel Smith, it is said, came from Beverly, Mass., to the town, and entered into trade of a gen-eral character in the village, keeping groceries. West India and other goods. He married Julia Ann Holt, Sept. 1st, 1833, daughter of Jeremiah Thorndike and Elizabeth (Osgood) Holt, born April 2, 1812, and died July 22, 1858. Samuel Smith died Dec. 16, 1845. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Smith were as follows: Albert, Frances, Amy and Benjamin.Read More
Farther down the road towards the tide mills stands the house built by John Cheever about 1835. Mr. Cheever came from Beverly to Blue Hill village and settled, where he kept a store and began to build a fishing fleet, the first being the schooner “Marion”, built at the village. The father of the writer sold him the land for his house, store, wharf, fish flakes and garden, where he carried on business and continued to reside until his death in 1851, aged fifty-one years. His wife was Betsey Gardner, of Beverly, by whom he had seven children, as...Read More
James Candage was the son of James and Elizabeth Candage, who settled upon the Neck in 1766 from Beverly, Mass., born May 9, 1753; married Hannah, daughter of John Roundy, April 13, 1775; she was born at Beverly, August 4, 1753; died March 12, 1851, aged 97 years, 7 months, 8 days; he died Jan. 12, 1819, aged 65 years and 8 months. Their children were: Elizabeth, Samuel, Gideon, Sarah, James, Azor and John.Read More
The Coggin lot was the one taken up by Thomas Coggin, who came to it from Beverly, Mass., with his family in 1765. Here he built his humble abode and resided the first years of his life in town – just how many the record does not show. He was born Feb. 14, 1734; married Lydia Obear, Feb., 1755. He died Feb. 11, 1821, aged eighty-nine years; she died Oct. 22, 1800. The children were: Hezekiah, Molly, Lydia, Josiah, Samuel and Elizabeth.Read More
Born in Scio, Grecian Archipelago, October 22, 1816. During the Greek Revolution the Turks invaded that island in 1822, and after narrowly escaping the massacre that followed, George with his mother and two young sisters were carried captives to Smyrna. Through friends in that city he was ransomed and sent in an American brig to Baltimore; much kindness was shown him by members of the Greek Relief Committee, and the story of his misfortunes excited the sympathy of Captain Alden Partridge, head of the military academy then at Norwich, who offered to receive and provide for young Colvocoresses as...Read More
Jonathan Biles, born about 1646, lived in Beverly, being a house-carpenter by trade, but a yeoman as well. He was sworn a freeman 26: 9: 1678. He married, first, Elizabeth Patch Nov. 15, 1674, and she was his wife in 1696. He married, second, Margaret Cleaves May 3, 1716. He conveyed his house and some land to his son Nicholas Biles in 1719. He was living in 1727. Children, born in Beverly: Richard Biles, b. Nov. 8, 1675. Richard Biles, baptized in Beverly April 21, 1678. He was first a mariner, then weaver and husbandman, and lived in Gloucester until 1727, when he returned to Beverly. He married Mary Davis (published Jan. 22, 1695-6); and she was his wife in 1727. He died in 1771, his will dated April 2, 1762, being proved April 2, 1771. Children, born in Gloucester: Capt. Charles Biles, born in Gloucester Dec. 20, 1700. He was a mariner and yeoman; and lived in Gloucester. He married Hannah Eveleth Jan. 17, 1727; and died in 1782, his will dated Jan. 30, 1781, being proved April 1, 1782. She survived him, and died, his widow, in 1785, her will, dated Sept. 10, 1782, being proved June 7, 1785. He had a Negro servant named Robbin. Children, born in Gloucester: Hannah Biles, b. April 13 , 1728; m. Job Stanwood Sept. 14, 1749. Abigail Biles, b. Aug....Read More
In Memory of Mrs Mercy Thorndike, the confort of Capt. Israel Thorndike who departed this Life October 20th 1783 Æ 27. An amiable difpofition–a benevolent heart Undiffembled affections–and focial virtues adorned her life. She’s gone! the’s paft the gloomy thades of night Safe landed in the eternal realms of light. ALSO of Israel Thorndike son of Capt. Israel and Mrs Mercy Thorndike who departed this Life Novr 2d 1782 Æ. 2 Years. Here lies ye Body of Capt John Thorndick who Departed this Life March ye 24th 1760 In ye 86th Year of his Age. In Memory of Mrs John Thorndike who departed this Life July: l0th 1769: In the 69th year of his age. In Memory of Nancy Thorndike, daughr of Mr. Henry & Mrs. Eliza Thorndike who died Decr 4th 1790. aged 11 mons and 26 days. In Memory of Mr. Nichlos Thorndike who departed this Life Febr 17th 1788: In the 55th year of his age. Behold & fee as you pass by, As you are now fo once was I; As I am now you soon must be, Prepare for death & follow me. In Memory of Capt. Osmond Thorndike who departed this life May 28th 1796 Aged 35 years. Sweet foul we leave thee to thy refit Enjoy thy Fefus & thy God; Till we from bands of clay releaft Spring out & climb...Read More
(1) WILLIAM HASKELL,1 brother to Roger, was born in England in 1617, being 55 years of ago in 1672. He settled first in Beverly, and thence about 1643, he removed to Gloucester, whore he died. Aug. 1693. He was a mariner, and was also styled captain and lieutenant; was representative to the legislature, 1672, ‘79, ‘81 to ‘83, and 1685. He m. Nov. 6, 1643, Mary dau. of Walter Tibbets, of Gloucester; she d. Aug 16, 1693. Mr. Tibbets left a will, proved June 5, 1651, wherein be mentions his daughter Mary, wife of William Haskell, and their two sons Joseph and William. The descendants of William are to the present day quite numerous in Gloucester and Rockport. Nine children — 2. WILLIAM2 b. Aug. 26, 1644; d. June 5, 1708. Inventory of his estate, £666 06s. 3d, including a large amount of real estate. He owned an extensive grist and saw-mill, which fell, in the division of the estate, to his son William. This mill was probably situated in what is now the town of Rockport, and where the elder William settled. Mr. Haskell m. July 3,1667, Mary, dau. of William and Mary Brown. Eleven children — MARY3 d. April 29, 1668 ; m. Jacob Davis. WILLIAM3 b. Nov. 6, 1670. JOSEPh3 b. April 21, 1673 ; d. April 11, 1718. ABIGAIL3 b. March 2, 1675; m. Nathaniel...Read More
WILLIAM HASKELL was a native of Marblehead, and supposed to be a descendant of Mark Haskell, of Beverly; b. 1726, d. in Lynn, Nov. 9,1809, aged 83 years. He was a shipwright, and pursued that occupation the greater part of his life, when, till the infirmities of age prevented, he took up the business of boating. It is remarked, by Mr. John White, of Marblehead, one of the oldest living representatives of that family, that Mr. Haskell was always considered to be a cousin to his grandfather, John White, which, if true, would make him grandson to Mark Haskell who married Charity Pitman. He had often heard him spoken of by his father, as “old uncle Bill.” He removed to Lynn about 1803, when, Dec. 5, of that year, he and his wife Ann sold to Peter Colman, of Marblehead, laborer, their one-fifth part of a dwelling house and land under it, near the powder house in Marblehead, bounded S. on the way to the Ferry, NW. on the late Azor Orne, and N. on Jesse Blanchard, with their rights in the estate of their late father, Peter Colman. Witnessed by James Gardner and Samuel Alley, Jr. Mr. William Haskell married Ann, dau. of Peter and Ann Colman, of Marblehead. Five children 1. MICHAEL2 d. young. 2. REBECCA2 bapt. March 12, 1769; d. in infancy. 3. REBECCA2 bapt. Sept....Read More
(1) MARK HASKELL1 brother to Roger and William, settled in Beverly, where he died 1668—9. His inventory was taken Jan. 27, of that year, by Thomas Lathrop and Richard Brackenbury, and presented in court, March 30, 1669. His clear estate was £370 8s. 3d. — £200 of which was awarded to his two sons, viz. “William, the eldest, to have a double portion. Mark, the youngest, the bal. of the £200. Hannah Hascall to have £110 8s 3d” In the inventory there is mentioned a “ Ketch at sea,” which would be appraised on its arrival home, and rendered into court. An additional appraisement was rendered by Thomas Woodbury, William Hardy, and Hugh Woodbury, of Beverly. Some of the items mentioned in the list of debts due from the estate are as follows: “John Budd, of Long Island. Mr. Brown, of Salem. To his daughter in Law. To William Haskell. To John Haskell. To Thomas Chubb.” From the foregoing it would appear, by the mention of his daughter-in-law, that he had another son who died before him, perhaps without issue. Unfortunately, their names, with that of his father-in-law, were not mentioned. Mark, Sen., was undoubtedly the younger of the three brothers. He appears to have been a mariner, and engaged in the fishing business. The first mention of his name is in the Salem Book of Grants, where, at...Read More
BOND, BALEY, m. Elizabeth Hopkins, 1740; and had Baley, b. Oct. 26, 1740. The families of this name came to Leicester from Beverly. BOND, BALEY, son of Benjamin, 2d; m. Elizabeth Charles of Brimfield, 1780; and had Charles, b. Feb. 18, 1781. John, b. April 18, 1783. Linus, b. Aug. 28, 1785. Mr. Bond, with his family, removed to Brimfield. BOND, BENJAMIN, 1st, son of Edward, m. Elizabeth, dau. of Nathaniel Harrod, 1765; and had Jacob, b. Dec. 2, 1766. Elizabeth, b. 1763; d. unmarried. Hannah; m. John Sargent, formerly of Hubbardston. David. George. Polly; m. John Boice. Benjamin, jun., b. 1776. Mr. Bond lived in the north-west part of the town, in a house that stood near where his son George afterwards lived and died. He d. 1812, aged sixty-seven: his wife d. the same year, aged seventy. BOND, BENJAMIN, 2d, lived on the Oxford Road, one mile south of the village, in a house next to the one recently occupied by Capt. Silas Gleason. His wife’s name was Mary. Their children were Benjamm. Richard, b. Dec. 11, 1747. Mary, b. Dec. 25, 1755; m. Daniel Tenny; d. 1806. Elizabeth, b. 1758; d. unmarried, 1813: known to all as ” Aunt Betty;” and in the notice of her death, in the “Massachusetts Spy,” it is said, ” She was justly endeared to each of her acquaintance for her...Read More
Copied from time original on file in Essex County Probate Office. “The 27: of May: 1667. I Roger Haskell being sick in body, but of perfect memorye, doe make this my last will & testament- I doe bequeathe & give to my wife two cowes, the one being at our son in lawes, William Dodges, and one at home named Coll- I likewise doe bequeathe & give to my three youngest sons Roger, Josiah & Samuel three other cowes, as young white face, velvett & Colly-likewise I give to my daughters Hannah & Sarah 2 heifers, a red one named Cherry, a yoake of oxen, called Brownie & broade — I likewise give to my son William, 2 oxin named black & Butler & the horse I had of Nhemiah Grouer- I likewise give to my son John a lynd ox.- I likewise to my sister Joane a heifer as soone as the calf is taken of.- I likewise give to my son Marke my Black horse,-and to Roger my Roaned horse,-and to my sons Josiah & Samue1 my two mares.- Likewise I give to my wife a yearling- and to my daughter Elizabeth the browne yearling-& a yearling to my 3 youngest sons.- likewise I leave my sheep to a my wife & children to pt them as they think fitt.- I likewise give to my 3 youngest...Read More
The Hood genealogy does not embrace all the families descended from Richard Hood, but only that succession in which the compiler of this work is found. She is indebted to a little book called “A Genealogy of Richard Hood, by Rev. George Hood and once owned by Richard Hood of Danversport for the record from Richard Hood to Josiah Moulton Hood, her grandfather. The details-names and dates, intervening-as well as the record of that succession in which the family of the above Richard Hood of Danversport is found can be seen in the little book referred to.Read More
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