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Judith Perkins (Gater)

Birthplace: Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
Death: Died in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Place of Burial: Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Michael Gater and Elizabeth Gater
Wife of Thomas Perkins and John Perkins, I
Mother of Ann Doane; John M Perkins, II; Elizabeth Sargent (Perkins); Mary Bradbury, Salem Witch Trials; Thomas Perkins, Reverend / Deacon and 7 others
Sister of Alice Gater; Ann Wright; Elizabeth Gater; Agnes Gator 1580-; Michael Gater and 7 others

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About Judith Perkins

Judith Gater, baptized Hillmorton 19 March 1588/9, daughter of Michael Gater. She married John Perkins in Hillmorton 8 October 1608.

They had 7 children (the 1st 6 of whom were baptized in Hillmorton, Warwickshire): John, Elizabeth SARGENT, Mary Bradbury, Anne, Thomas, Jacob, Lydia Bennett.

Note: 7 children mentioned. Judith Mae Field Stuntz, *Gater* surname& birth/death source. (jud)

10 children mentioned. Robbi Hoy, *GATER* surname source &multiple children source. (:2094549)

Nancy Daniels, *GATES* surname source.

Died same day as husband . . .

One of John and Judith's daughters, Mary Perkins, was accused as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692.

Judith GATES was christened on 19 Mar 1588 in Hillmorton, Warwick, England. (1099) She died in 1684 in Ipswich, Essex, MA. She was buried. She has reference number 9B53-KT. From Ancestral File (TM), data as of 2 January 1996.



Judith Gater was baptised on 19 Mar 1588/9 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire. [Ref] She married John Perkins on 8 Oct 1608 in Hillmorton. [Ref]

An Elizabeth Gater, who must have been Judith's relative, lived in Ipswich and was the subject of a 28 Apr 1669 court case. Elizabeth Gater deposed that while she was at [Judith's son-in-law] Henry Bennett's house, Elizabeth Lynkhorne came in and said that John Ring would put Elizabeth Gater in jail before Saturday night. She carried Elizabeth Lynkhorne out of the house and shut the door. Elizabeth Lynkhorne testified that she had gone to "her dame Bennet's [Judith's daughter Lydia Perkins's] house" and Elizabeth Gater threw her down on the stones, kicked her and knelt on her. After this, she went back inside and asked Goody Bennett and Benjamin Morgan to witness that Elizabeth Gater had beaten her although she had never struck Elizabeth Gater. Following the incident, Elizabeth Lynkhorne went to get a warrant and, while she was gone, John Ring showed up and said that Elizabeth Lynkhorne had been lying. Lydia Bennett, aged 36, also deposed and Benjamin Morgan testified that Elizabeth Gater had said that she would be the death of Elizabeth Lynkhorne. The court ordered Elizabeth Gater to go to jail for a week, but then changed the sentence to a fine, which was paid by Henry Bennett. [Ref]


Court Records

Dow, George Francis, Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Essex Institute, 1911.


Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. Vol. 1-3. Boston, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995, Entry for John Perkins.

Family Genealogies

Davis, Walter Goodwin, Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis, v. I-III, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996.


John Perkins -- Emigrated to America with his wife Judith (Gator) and their family, sailing from Bristol, England, on 1 December 1630 on the ship Lyon. They arrived at Nantasket, Massachusetts, on 5 February 1630/31, after surviving a stormy journey that resulted in the loss of one seaman. The supplies brought by the ship helped save the colony from famine. In 1633 he joined the group led by John Winthrop, the younger, and moved north along the coast, where they founded the new town at Agawam, which later became Ipswich, Massachusetts.

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Judith Perkins's Timeline

October 30, 1546
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
March 19, 1588
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
March 19, 1588
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
March 19, 1588
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
March 19, 1588
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
March 19, 1588
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
March 19, 1588
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
March 19, 1589
Age 1
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
March 19, 1589
Age 1
Hillmorton, Warwick, England
Age 7
Kent, England