About Luke Perkins, Corp.
Died in defense of Fort Griswold, September 6, 1781
Research taken from NancyAnn Norman, "New England Ancestors" @@ ancestry.com:
Sources: The Stone Records of Groton; Harris/Allyn; Hale collection; Stonington District Probate Packets; Groton Land Records.
Apparently he was known as Luke Perkins Jr., with his grandfather being the elder Luke. He was the Cpl. Luke Perkins Jr. killed at Fort Griswold.
Hale: Luke Perkins, died 6 Sept. 1781, age 28. Buried in the Starr Cemetery. Killed at Fort Griswold.
Stone Records: "In Memory of Mr. Luke Perkins who was slain at Fort Griswold sept. 6th 1781 in ye, 29th year of his age..."
Harris/Allyn: Buried beside his father in the Starr Burying Ground. On page 134 Abigail Perkins, widow of Luke Perkins, was listed on probate records as the administratrix for the estate of Luke Perkins, estate valued at 302 pounds. Land records indicate Luke had two other children, Caleb and Sally. There was another Luke Perkins at Fort Griswold, but he was not related to this family, the family says. Hale mentions a Luke Perkins, age 32, who died that day. Harris/Allyn, page 134, lists a Margaret Perkins, widow of Luke.
Perkins, who was left with one child and no estate. That must be this man, since the other Luke came from a wealthy family. [There also is a Luke Perkins of Middleborough, Mass., who married Margaret Pierce. After his death, his wife said, in effect, he had no redeeming features.]
Probate Packet: Widow Abigail appointed administrix of estate 4 Dec. 1781.
Nathan Darrow was paid 4 pounds 30 April 1783 in a claim against the estate.
Starr Cemetery Records:
Perkins, Luke, died Sept. 6, 1781, age 28 at Fort Griswold.