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Henry Perkins

Also Known As: "Thomas"
Birthplace: Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
Death: before June 16, 1546
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England (Death date represents date that his will was proved.)
Place of Burial: Rugby,, Rugby Borough, Warwickshire,, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Henry Perkins, II and Alys Perkins
Husband of Alice Perkins and Wife of Henry Perkins
Father of Thomas Perkins; William Perkins and Joan Perkins
Brother of Juliana Compton and Joan Sleyter

Occupation: Will proved 6-16-546
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About Henry Perkins


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 in 1390—Lord Thomas Despencer married a kinswoman of Richard II. He was the first to acquire property in Madresfield. He was living in 1400.
  • (IV) William Parkyns, Lord of Ufton, son of John Parkyns, was bailiff, 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, and was living in 1447.
  • (V) Thomas Parkyns, son of William and Margaret Parkyns, was 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. He was called Thomas of Ufton and Madresfield, and gave Madresfield Manor House to his second son, Thomas.
  • (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

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.”

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  • 1528 Thomas Perkyns, of Hillmorton. (Henry's father)
    • 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. (Henry's mother)
    • 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, Rye. Balye.
    • Thomas Perkyns, the son, is mentioned.
    • -- Lichfield Registry, Act Book No. 4, Page 44.

DNA Connections

  • It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Henry by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
    • Stiofan Perkins - Family Tree DNA yDNA 111 markers
Haplogroup R-L176.1
Ysearch DA9NC
Family Tree DNA kit 2684

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Henry Perkins

  • Birth: 1500 Warwickshire, England
  • Death: Jun., 1546Warwickshire, England
  • s/o Thomas Perkyns* / Alys Alice de Astley
  • born ca1500 Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
  • buried 16 June 1546 46yrs
  • Will Proved Litchfield 16 June 1547
  • married Elizabeth Unknown
  • They had no less than 5 children - Thomas, William, Lucy, Elizabeth, Joan
  • Perkyns aka Perkins  
  • Family links: 
    •  Parents:
    • Thomas Perkins (1475 - 1528)
    •  Alys Alice De Astley Perkins (____ - 1538) 
    •  Children:
      •  Thomas Perkins (1527 - 1591)* 
    •  Sibling:
      •  Elizabeth Perkins (____ - 1528)*
      • Henry Perkins (1500 - 1546) 
  • Burial: St John Baptist Churchyard Rugby, Rugby Borough, Warwickshire, England

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Henry Perkins's Timeline

Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
Age 25
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
Age 27
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
Age 29
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
June 16, 1546
Age 46
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
June 23, 1934
Age 46
June 23, 1934
Age 46
April 10, 1935
Age 46