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John Isaac Perkins, I

Also Known As: "Issache Perkyns"
Birthplace: Rugby, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Perkins, Sr. and Alice Perkins
Husband of Susanna Unknown
Father of Sara Perkins and Mary Perkins
Brother of Henry Perkins; John Perkins; Elizabeth Perkins; Thomas Perkins, Jr.; Francis Perkins and 10 others

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About John Isaac Perkins, I

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. The Madresfield Perkins arms are the same as used by the eighth generation of the Ufton Perkins, the same as used by the Hillmorton Perkins family, county Warwick, and their descendants in America. Arms: A shield or; a fesse dancette, ermine; between ten billets ermines, four above and six below the fesse; crest, a pineapple (cone) proper color, branched and leaved, vert.

(IX) Thomas (3), son of Henry (2) Perkins, resided at Hillmorton, where he was living in 1546. His will, dated September 16, 1588, was proved by his son Henry at Litchfield, May 11, 1592. He married Alice Kibble or Kebbell, who was living December 17, 1601. By this marriage there were fifteen children. The names of twelve of them have come down to us: Henry, John, Edward, Luke, William, Thomas, Isaache, Lewis, Elizabeth, Joan, and Lysle, and a daughter who married Edward Shawe.

(X) Isaache, seventh son of Thomas (3) and Alice (Kibble or Kebbell) Perkins, was living in 1603 and died December 1, 1629. He was appraiser of the estate of his brother Edward, August 18, 1619. The name of his wife is unknown. His children so far as known were: Isaache, three daughters, and Jacob, baptized March 23, 1605. John Perkins, of Ipswich, Massachusetts, and Abraham Perkins, of Hampton, New Hampshire, are supposed to be sons of Isaache Perkins.

(XI) Isaac (2), son of Isaache (1) Perkins, was probably born in January, 1611, as the record of his baptism, January 26, 1o11, appears in the register of the church of St. John the Baptist in Hillmorton, in the county of Warwick, England. Also is recorded there, in 1608, John Perkins and Judith Gater, married 9th of October. This is John Perkins, later of Ipswich, Massachusetts. Isaac Perkins died in Hampton, New Hampshire, November 13, 1685, aged seventy-four. This Isaac Perkins came to New England between 1630 and 1634. He was in Ipswich in 1637, as he received a grant of land there at that time. In 1638 the town of Hampton, New Hampshire, was settled, and among those who went there were Abraham and Isaac Perkins, believed to have been younger brothers of John Perkins, of Ipswich, and their families. According to tradition Abraham and Isaac were brothers. They appear to have made settlement about the same time and the house lots assigned to them by the town, each containing five acres, adjoined each other. Isaac's house was nearly on the site of the present Baptist parsonage, and there he lived more than ten years. In the list of shares of commons granted "23, 12 mo. 1645" unto tne proprietors of house lots were three shares each to Abraham and Isaac Perkins. In June, 1652, Rev. Timothy Dalton, reader of the church in Hampton, sold to Isaac Perkins, of Hampton, planter, for fifty pounds, his farm lying next to Salisbury line, in New Hampshire, with seventy acres of meadow and marsh, bounded by John Brown and John Wheelrite. Isaac Perkins probably removed there soon after the purchase. March 23, 1663, a committee presented a report of the owners of the shares in the cow common and how the title was derived. Among these "original rights" Isaac Perkins's • title is shown to be derived from Samuel Fogg, one share bought of Henry Roby. The old Norfolk records show conveyance by Isaac Perkins of small parcels of land and rights of way across his land. Among the names on a list of those permitted to vote at the first assembly of the Royal Province of New Hampshire, March 16, 1680, is that of Isaac Perkins. March 2, 1683, Isaac Perkins and eighteen others sign a petition to Edward Cranfield, Esq., his majesty's lieutenant governor of the province of New Hampshire, to be freed from head money, all being about and above seventy years of age, some above eighty, others near ninety, "being heartily willing our estates should pay their proportion to all public charges." In an address and petition from Hampton to the King against Cranfield signed by sixty-seven persons, there are the names of Isaac and six other male members of the Perkins family.

A note on the families in Hampton states that during the first summer Mr. Bachelor was in Hampton, the families of Abraham and* Isaac Perkins were among the number there. They were the first to have their children baptized by Mr. Bachelor at that place, and Abraham's son, born September 2, 1639, baptized December 15, 1639, is said to have been the first male white child born in Hampton. September 18, 1671, Abraham and Isaac Perkins and their wives, Susanna and Mary, were among the sixty-five persons in full communion in the church at Hampton. Isaac Perkins was a rich man; was a ship carpenter and settled in what is now called Seabrook.

Isaac Perkins married, about 1634, Susanna, daughter of Humphrey Wise, of Ipswich, and Abraham Perkins married Mary Wise, her sister. Susanna Perkins survived her husband and died a widow in 1699 in Newcastle, Delaware, where she was living with her daughter, Rebecca (Perkins) Hussey. Isaac and Susanna had two children born in Ipswich, the others were born in Hampton. They were: Lydia, Isaac, Jacob, Rebecca, Daniel, Caleb, Benjamin, Susanna, Hannah, Mary, Ebenezer and Joseph.


Isaac Perkins was

  • baptized 20 December 1571 in Hillmorton, Warwick, England,
  • the son of Thomas Perkins and Alice (possibly Kebble).
  • Isaac married first Alice —.
    • This Alice was buried in June of 1602 in Hillmorton, Warwick, England.
  • Isaac married second Alice —.
  • Isaac became a yeoman in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts.
  • On 15 June 1639, his widow Alice sold the lot in Ipswich.

Isaac and the first Alice's children are:

  • 1. Sarah Perkins, baptized 3 Feb 1596 in Hillmorton, Warwick, England.
  • 2. Elizabeth Perkins, baptized 19 May 1600 in Hillmorton, Warwick, England.
  • 3. Thomas Perkins, baptized 27 May 1601 in Hillmorton, Warwick, England.

Isaac and the second Alice's children are:

  • 4. Abraham Perkins, baptized in 1603 in Hillmorton, Warwick, England, married Mary (Wyeth?), one of first settlers of Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, miller, clerk of the market, constable, and tavern keeper.
  • 5. Jacob Perkins, baptized 23 Mar 1605/6 in Hillmorton, Warwick, England, said to have settled in Holmes Hole, Martha’s Vineyard, Dukes, Massachusetts.
  • 6. Abigail Perkins, baptized 8 Nov 1607 in Hillmorton, Warwick, England.
  • 7. Isaac Perkins, baptized 26 Jan 1611/2 in Hillmorton, Warwick, England, married Susanna —, one of first settlers of Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, constable.
  • 8. Hannah Perkins, baptized 9 Oct 1614 in Hillmorton, Warwick, England.
  • 9. Lydia Perkins, baptized 1 Jan 1617/8 in Hillmorton, Warwick, England.
  • 10. Mary Perkins, baptized 16 Sep 1621 in Hillmorton, Warwick, England, may very likely have been the Mary who married Henry Green of Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire and died 26 Apr 1690.[1]


  • 1. Perkins in Hillmorton Parish Records (England), extracted by Jim Perkins.
  • 2. Davis, Walter Goodwin, The Ancestry of Dudley Wildes, 1759–1820, of Topsfield, Massachusetts, Portland, ME: Anthoensen Press, 1959, p. 89.
  • 3. Noyes, Sybil, Libby, Charles Thornton, and Davis, Walter Goodwin, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1976, p. 541.
  • 4. Savage, James, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Vol. 3, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1990 (originally published Boston, 1860-1862).
  • 5. Holmes, Frank R., Directory of Heads of New England Families, 1620-1700, New York, 1923, p. 354.

Find A Grave Memorial# 113255095;

  • Birth:  1571 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
  • Death: 1639 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Christening: 20 Dec 1571 Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
  • Married 2X and had children with each wife
  • 2nd wife is the mother of Lydia Perkins
    • b 1 Jan 1617/18 bapt' Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
    • d Bef. 1649 Hampton, Rockingham Co., NH


  • The Old North Burying Ground - established in 1634, the same year as the town of Ipswich and is the town's oldest cemetery.

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  • Family links: 
    •  Parents:
      • Thomas Perkins (1527 - 1591)
      •  Alice Kebble Perkins (____ - 1613)
    • Children:
      • Lydia Perkins Peabody (1617 - 1649)*
  • Burial: Highland Cemetery in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
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John Isaac Perkins, I's Timeline

December 23, 1583
Rugby, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 11
Hillmorton, England
November 17, 1598
Age 14
Hillmorton, England
December 1, 1629
Age 45
Essex, Massachusetts
September 23, 1654
Age 70
Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Hillmorton, England