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Henry Perkins

Also Known As: "Thomas"
Birthplace: Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
Death: Died in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
Cause of death: Death date represents date that his will was proved.
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Perkins and Alys Perkins
Husband of Mary More; Ellen Perkins; Mary Perkins and Alice Perkins
Father of William Perkins; Isache Perkins; Henry Perkins; Thomas Perkins; William Perkins and 1 other
Brother of Juliana Compton and Joan Sleyter

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Henry Perkins

  • was of Hillmorton, Warwick, England and
  • was the son of Thomas and Alys Perkins.
  • His will was proved 16 June 1546.

Henry's children are:

  • 1. William Perkins, named in brother Thomas’ will.
  • 2. Thomas Perkins,
    • married Alice (Kebble?),
    • will dated 15 Sep 1588 and proved 11 May 1592,
    • possibly buried 23 March 1591 in Hillmorton, Warwick, England.
  • 3. Joan Perkins,
    • administration of her estate granted 17 Jun 1578.


  • 1. Davis, Walter Goodwin, The Ancestry of Dudley Wildes, 1759–1820, of Topsfield, Massachusetts, Portland, ME: Anthoensen Press, 1959, p. 81-2.
  • He was presumably born in Hillmorton about 1500 (there is no documentation for the date of birth, although a secondary source asserting the ancestry of US President Richard Milhous Nixon suggests 1484 as the actual date of birth while misnaming him "Thomas Henry Perkins, II", again without providing any citations).
  • He made a will which is missing, but on June 16, 1546, it was proved by Simon Clare, Thomas Cumpton and Richard Balye, the executors, he being named as Henry Perkyns late of the parish of Hilmorton, deceased.
    • It is stated in an abstract made in or before 1894 that "Thomas Perkyns, the son, is mentioned," but in a recent abstract this does not appear.
  • Administration on the estate of his daughter Joan Perkins, of Hillmorton, was granted to Thomas Perkins, her brother, on June 17, 1578.


  • Davis, Walter Goodwin, The Ancestry of Dudley Wildes, 1759–1820, of Topsfield, Massachusetts, Portland, ME: Anthoensen Press, 1959, p. 82.

From extensive Genealogy researched & compiled by: Paula Perkins Mortensen:


  • was born Abt. 1500 in Hillmorton, co. Warwick, England, and
  • died 1547 in Hillmorton, co. Warwick, England.
  • Children of HENRY PERKINS are:
    • 9. i. THOMAS 9 PERKINS, SR., b. Abt. 1525, Hillmorton, co. Warwick, England; d. 1592, Hillmorton, co. Warwick, England.
    • ii. WILLIAM PERKINS, b. Abt. 1527, Hillmorton, co. Warwick, England; d. Aft. 1588.
    • iii. JOAN PERKINS, b. Abt. 1529, Hillmorton, co. Warwick, England; d. 1578.


  • 15. Perkins Family in Ye Olden Times, by D. W. Perkins, page 78.
  • 16. The Ancestry of Dudley Wildes 1759-1820, by Walter Goodwin Davis, pages 81- 82.

Excerpted from: Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine (1909), by Henry Sweetser Burrage and Albert Roscoe Stubbs. Lewis Historical Pub. Co. Available online on Google Books or

The ancestors of the American PERKINS family of this sketch are traced with more or less certainty through many generations in England, where the early ancestor and several of those following him held positions of trust and honor. Identity of name does not necessarily imply sameness of origin, and many families of this name are not of this stock, though this family is traditionally connected with the Perkins family of Boston. The arms of John Perkins of Ufton, County Berks, England, third generation, were: A shield or, a fesse dancette, ermine, three billets ermines above and below the fesse dancette. The arms of William Parkyns of the next generation were: Or, a fesse dancette, between eight billets ermines. This last appears on a seal used on a deed from William Parkyns to Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester.

  • (I) Pierre de Morlaix, alias Perkins, was living in 1380-81 and was high steward of the estates of Hugo Despencer, at that time one of the richest and most powerful nobles of England, having no less than fifty-nine lordships in various counties.
  • (II) Henry (1) Perkins, who was known as Henry Pierrekin, or Henry the son of Pierre, succeeded to the stewardship held by his father. He had a son John next mentioned.
  • (III) John Perkins, the son of Henry Perkins, followed his father as steward of the Despencers, and in numerous transfers of land he was required to make, he wrote his name indifferently, John Perkins, Perkyns Armiger, and Parkyns. He was living in 1397-1400, in the reign of Henry VI. John Perkins, armiger, held the position of high steward to Despencer, when the heiress of this famous Despencer family married the Earl of Warwick, known as the king maker from the part he took in the Wars of the Roses. John Perkins, as shown by the court roll of Madresfield, 1390, held one messuage and eighteen acres of land there. He was seneschal to Thomas Despencer Earl of Gloucester—Lord Thomas Despencer married a kinswoman of Richard II.
  • (IV) William Parkyns, Lord of Ufton, was baillous, or agent, to Humphrey Plantaganet, Duke of Gloucester, who was brother to Henry V, and uncle and guardian to the young Henry VI, during his minority. His wife was Margaret.
  • (V) Thomas Parkyns, living 1452-1479, is supposed to be the ancestor of the Madresfield and Nottinghamshire Perkins family, which claims William Parkyns of the fourth generation as its ancestor, though there are no authentic records now known to prove the claim. This Thomas Parkyns married Ellen, sister of John Tompkins, of Nappend, Herefordshire.
  • (VI) James Perkins, of Shropshire, son of Thomas Parkyns, of Madresfield and Ufton, married and had a son Thomas, see next paragraph.
  • (VII) Thomas (2) Perkins, of Hillmorton, county of Warwick, is supposed to be a son of James Perkins above. His wife was Alys (Alice). His will, dated April 3, 1528, proved at Litchfield, April 21, 1528, mentions Thomas Clark and "Alys, my wife," as executors. Alice Perkins, of Hillmorton, made a will dated July 31, and proved by Henry Perkins, her son, October 15, 1538. She directs that her body shall be buried in the church of St. John the Baptist, at Hillmorton. The children of Thomas and Alys were Henry, Jone or Jane, and Jelyan or Julianna.
  • (VIII) Henry (2),
    • eldest child of Thomas (2) and Alice Perkins,
    • left but little of his life on record.
    • His will was proved June 16, 1546.
    • The name of his wife is unknown.
    • His children were Thomas, William and Joan

see also


The Perkins Family in England. 1510-1654. Notes on the Perkins families in England : chiefly extracts from probate registries, with several pedigrees appended:


  • 1528 Thomas Perkyns, of Hillmorton.
    • In his will which is dated 3 April, 1528, and
    • proved 21 April, of that year,
    • lie [He?] directs that he shall be buried in the parish church of St. John Baptist, in Hillmorton;
    • refers to lands and tenements in Hill morton and Lilborne;
    • and mentions: Thomas Gierke and Alys “my wife. executors:
    • Henry “my son”, Jonc & Jelvan, “my daughters.
    • George Cabe & Richard Smyth, Supervisors;
    • Sir John Grendon, Vicar of Hillmorton;
    • Sir John Stooks, Sir Thomas Bolland, William Bayle, Ric. Home, John Cumptou, Roger Jones, Witnesses.
    • The will was proved at Lichfield, by Thomas Clarke, with “power reserved for Alys the relict.”
    • Lichfield Registry, Series 11.”
  • 1538 Alice Pekkys of Hillmorton, Widow.
    • In her will, dated 31 July, 1538,
    • she directs that she shall “be buried in the church (if St. John the Baptist of Hyllmorton,” and
    • mentions: Jeyn Sleyter, “my daughter,” Juliana Cumptou “my daughter,” Henry Perkyns “my son,” executor;
    • John Stokys, Clerke, Thomas Gierke, Richd. Smyth, supervisors;
    • John Bendon, Gierke, George Dobbe, Willm. Freinan, Thomas Dunkele, Rihd. Bassett, witnesses.
    • The inventory, dated 10 Oct 1538, was taken by John Brendon.
    • Clerke, Win, Butty e, Win. Freman, Thomas Dunkley, Edwd Twygare, appraisers.
    • Amount £ 36 2s. Id. Proved at Lichfield, 15 October, 1538, by Henry Perkins.
  • -Lichfield Registry, Act Book Xo. 2
  • 1546 Henry Perkyns of flic parish of Hillmorton.
    • His will is missing.
    • From the Act Book it appears the will was proved at Lichfield, 16 June, 1547, by (Name illegible), Thomas Cumpton, live. Balye.
    • Thomas Perkyns, the son, is mentioned.

Quoting from “The Curd and Allied Families,” by William B. Curd and Lucy Price Rayne Truog (1927)

“‘A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames,’ says: Parkin, Parkins, Parkinson, Parkisson, Perkin, Perkins, Perkinson, Parkyns, Bapt. ‘the son of Peter,’ from the pet Perkin or Parkyn. There are no Perkins or Parkins in the Hundred Rolls, while the French diminutives Perrin and Perrott are common. What May be called the Flemish forms appear in Yorkshire and the East counties about the beginning of the 14th century, with Perkins and Parkins.

“In the Herold’s ‘Visitation’ for the Berkshire 1623, this family is said to have descended from a certain Peter or Petrus de Morely of Shropshire, a county on the border of Wales. Hence, the family is sometimes said to have been of Welsh origin.

“For three hundred years the Perkins ancestors were seneshals or wardens of de Spencers and Warwich Castle. The Ufton Book shows the Perkins line, eldest son to eldest son, etc., continued to the present time. Some of the family were distinguished in the history of England and were prominent in Stratford district, the home of Shakespeare and his wife, Mary Arden. ”

“Domesday Book, A. D. 1085,” lists a manor in Berkshire, England, called Offstone, belonging to William Fitz Anscuff, and Ufton Court was a beautiful old Manor house at the same place, the ancient home of the Perkins family.”

Generation 14. Peter De Morley was Servous to Hugh de Spencer and was living in 1380. He was married to Agnes Taylor.

Generation 13. Henry Parkyns was the son of Peter.

Generation 12. John Parkyns, son of Henry Parkyns, was Seneschal to Thomas de Spencer, Earl of Gloucester. in 1390, he was the first to acquire property in Madresfield. He was living in 1400.

Generation 11. William Parkyns (1), son of John Parkyns, was 1st “Lord of Ufton. ”(bailiff to Humphry Plantagent, Duke of Glouster) He married Margaret, and was living in 1447.

Generation 10. Thomas Parkyns (1), son of William and Margaret Parkyns, was living in 1452-1479. He was called “Thomas of Ufton and Madresfield,” and gave Madresfield Manor House to his second son, Thomas.

Generation 9. Thomas Parkyns (2), son of Thomas Parkyns (1), was married to Ellen Tompkinson. They had four sons, William of Madresfield, James of Shropshire, and Richard and Lawrence, twins.

Generation 8. William Parkyns (2), son of Thomas Parkyns (2), was married to Joan Reade, daughter of Reade near Coventry.

Generation 7. Richard Parkyns, Sr., son of William Parkyns (2) and Joan Reade, was married to Ann Twynborrowe, daughter of Walter Twynborrowe, of Woodmention, Herfordshire.

Generation 6. Richard Parkyns, Jr., the son of Richard Parkyns (1) and Ann Twynborrowe, was of Bunny Park. He married Elizabeth Beresford, daughter of Aden Beresford, of Fenney Bently of Derbyshire. There were eight children: Sir George Parkyns, Knight who died in 1626; Adrien; John; Aden; Francis; Annie; Eliza; and Margaret.

Generation 5. Aden Parkyns, the son of Richard Parkyns, Jr. and Elizabeth Beresford, was married to Mary ____. They came to Virginia in 1607, where he was registered as “Grocer. ” Whether he returned to England, or died in Virginia, is not known. They had four children: George; Richard (3); Annie; and Thomas.

Generation 4. Richard Parkyns (3), son of Aden and Mary Parkyns, owned land near Jamestown, or on the James River. Whom he married is not known.

Generation 3. Nicholas Perkins (1), the son of Richard Parkyns (3), was also married to a Mary, and there were 7 children. Records show that in 1641 Nicholas Perkins was transported to Hernia County, Virginia, by Brayant Smith, although it appears he was born in America, the grandson of the immigrant. On 30 August 1650, he was granted land in Bermuda Hundred, beginning in Cole’s Swamy, Henrico County, for the transportation of four persons into the colony, although only three are named: Mary Perkins, William Owen, and Richard Hues. The original document is almost illegible, and the names are given differently in several references. However, it is thought these persons were Mary Perkins, his wife, and his sons, William, Owen, Richard (4), and Thomas. He died about 1664, and his will mentions only his daughter, Lydia, and his two youngest children, Elizabeth and Nicholas (2). His widow married Richard Parker.

Generation 2. William Perkins, son of Nicholas and Mary Perkins, was born about 1633. His wife, was also named Mary. William and Mary, and their daughter, Mary, were passengers on the ship “Kent,” in 1667. Members of the Society of Friends, they joined the Burlington Monthly Meeting, in New Jersey.

Generation 1. Mary Perkins, daughter of William and Mary Perkins, was married 24 May 1683, at Burlington Monthly Meeting, to Henry Grubb

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Henry Perkins's Timeline

Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
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Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England, (Present UK)
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June 16, 1546
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Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
June 23, 1934
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June 23, 1934
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