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Sargeant Jacob Perkins, Sgt.

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England, (Present UK)
Death: January 27, 1699 (74)
Ipswich, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)
Place of Burial: Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Sergeant John Perkins, Sr. and Judith Perkins
Husband of Damaris Robinson Perkins and Elizabeth Lovell Perkins
Father of Elizabeth Boreman; Sgt. John Perkins; Mary Ann Wells; Jacob Perkins, Jr.; Capt. Matthew Perkins and 3 others
Brother of Ann Doane; John M Perkins, II; Elizabeth Sargent (Perkins); Mary Bradbury, Salem Witch Trials; Thomas Perkins, Reverend / Deacon and 1 other

Occupation: Sergent, Quartermaster, Sergeant, Farmer
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About Sgt. Jacob Perkins

Jacob Perkins was the youngest son of John, sen. He was born in England in 1624 and was consequently but seven years old when he landed in Boston with his parents in 1631. Two years after, when only nine years old, he removed with others of the family to "Agawam" or Ipswich, MA, which was to be his future home, and very probably assisted his father in building his house in this strange land. The earliest mention of him is found in his father's will made about the time of his death, 1654.

Emigration: 1 DEC 1630 Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, UK

Immigration: 5 FEB 1631 Boston, Suffolk, MA - he traveled with his parents

The military title of "Sargeant" was first prefixed to the name of Jacob Perkins in 1664, when he was chosen Sergeant of the military band of Ipswich, and he always bore it afterward.

He lost his house to an accidental fire, started by a servant 7 AUG 1668 Ipswich, Essex,

   After the death of his father and mother Jacob Perkins, Sr. came in possession of the homestead, stated in his father's will as "dwelling-house, all the outhousing and landes of one kinde and another, together with all improvements thereupon."
   This house was located in the extreme eastern part of the town of Ipswich, very near the river side and also near to Manning and Jeffries' necks, where much of his farming land was situated.
   This house he occupied until the seventh of August, 1668, when it was destroyed by fire through the carelessness of a servant girl. She was imprisoned and afterward brought up before the magistrate to answer for her deed. As it will be of interest to know the manner of the destruction of this house, we give the account of her examination at some length, as it is found upon the court files of 1668, from which it is copied.
   "The examination of Mehitable Brabrook aged about 16 years taken on the 15 day of August 1668.
   This examinate saith that on Thursday last was seaven-night her master Jacob Perkins and his wife being gon to Towne she was left at home alone, about 2 or 3 a clock in the afternoon she was taking tobacco in a pipe and went out of the house with her pipe and gott upon the owen on the outside and backside of the house to looke if there were any hogs in the corne and she layd her right hand upon the thatch of the house to stay herself and with her left hand knocked out her pipe over her right arme upon the thatch of the eaves of the house not thinking there had been any fire in the pipe and imediately went down into the corne field to drive out the hogs she saw in it, and as she was going toward the railes of the field toward Abraham Perkins house she looked back and saw a smoke upon her Mrs house in the place where she had knocked out her pipe by which she was much frighted and went into the sd Abraham Perkins house to intreat her to helpe me about a kettle of cloathes and goodwife Perkins sent her to the barne to call her mayd to come and look to the child whilst she went to help this examinate and when I came with the mayd the sd goodwife Perkins and this examinate went toward Mr. Jacob Perkins. in the way we saw the smoake from the house and then ran and coming to the house found the fire in the place above the owen where I had knocked out my pipe. I ran for a paile of water but before I could get out of the well the thatch flamed and for want of ladders and helpers being ready the house was burned down. being demanded why upon her first seeing the smoake she did not aquaint goodwife Perkins, she said she was loath to fright her, and asked why when first she saw it she did not go back to quench it. she answered she was so frighted she durst not. she further said as she was coming with goodwife Perkins towards the house she said to sd goodwife Perkins why do the woods look so blew beyond our house, and so there was a great smoake behind the house
   Mehitable mark X Brabrook.
   This confession was taken made and signed the day and year above written before me Daniel Denison.
   This examinate further addeth that about an hour before the fire kindled on the house the chimney was on fire a little above the wing at which she was frighted, but she quenched it with Lye she had upon the fire in a kittle of cloathes.
   This addition was made the day above written before me-- Daniel Denison."
   "Goodwife Perkins" (Hannah, the wife of Abraham Perkins) gives substantially the same facts. After some search she found the fire and attempted to quench it, but it gained upon them so rapidly that they ceased their efforts.
   Several other witnesses were called, but only one could offer any testimony that the fire was set designedly. (This paper is in a very bad condition and some of the words are nearly illegible.)
   "The deposition of John Williston aged 20 years or thereabouts saith that one morning a little a fore Jacob Perkins house was burnt Mehitable Brabrook, as I was Going into the meddow to make hay and Mehitable Brabrook toald me her dame was angry with her but she ( ) she had ( ) her now for she had put a Great toade into her kittle of milk, which she toald me the next morning after she had put the toade in the milk. it was about the latter end of last July, and further saith not.
   Sworn in Court held at Ipswich the 29 of Sept. 1668.
   attest Robert Lord cleric."
   Such is the account which comes to us of the destruction of the house of John Perkins, sen.
   After the destruction of this old mansion, Jacob Perkins, his son, built another house not far from the site of the first; this house was standing in 1885, but in a very dilapidated condition and not tenantable and was then taken down. The western half had been blown down some years before.
   The house built by Jacob Perkins was of two stories, with two large-sized rooms and a bed-room upon each floor and a "lean-to" upon the back, as was the fashion of the time. In the middle of the house was an immense chimney, the bricks of which were laid in clay mortar as high as the roof. The portion above the roof, which was exposed to the weather, was laid in lime mortar; all the lime of those days was prepared by burning clam shells--some portion of these imperfectly burnt shells could be seen in the mortar. The frame of the house was of oak, the floor timbers were fourteen inches square. Just in front of the door and quite near it was a well of water; this has been known for many years as "Jacob's Well;" it is still to be seen, though choked with rubbish and soon all vestige of the old mansion will have disappeared.


After the death of his first wife, Elizabeth, Jacob Perkins married Damaris Robinson of Boston, widow of Nathaniel Robinson, mariner, with whom he lived until his death, Jan. 27, 1699-1700.

After his death she returned to Boston, where she died in 1716. She left a will by which she gave her property to her children by her first husband.

In his old age he gave his property to his two sons, Jacob and Matthew, who engaged to support their stepmother "as long as she should live," according to an agreement he had made previous to his second marriage.

We find but little upon the record concerning him. He, like all his neighbors, who were farmers, lived a quiet and uneventful life; his name is sometimes found upon the "Deeds" in the transfer or purchase of land or as witness to a will or deed, and, in one instance, as foreman of a jury of inquest.


"The elder Jacob Perkins had died on 5 Feb 1699."

"Feb. 9, 1699-1700.

This is Atru inventory of the Estate of Jacob Perkins Senr of Ipswich Lat desed are as followeth.

It. by his warrin cloths 5.00.00

It. by 27 bushils & half & half apeack of indgin corn 2.15.03

by 1 bushil of pease 0.03.00

by 60 wait of porke at ten per pound 12.06

by 60 wait of befe at 2 per pound 10.00

by 23 bushils and half of barly at 2 per bushil 2.07.00

by 1 kow at 2.15.07

by 1 swine at s10 and (??/100) barils sider at 18 1.08.00

by Old caske at 6 6.00

15.16 09

The prisers are

William Baker.

Thos Newmarch.

The acompt of funeral charge 11.01.10

by the Docter and nus 01.01.06

by Conl Wainwright 04.08.10

by Nathaniel Treadwell in 14.00

Thomas Treadwell 10.00

Sylvanus Tripe s6 nicols pola s4.6 al at 10.06

henry spiller s4. William Stevens s3 d6 at al 7.06

William backer 1.10


Jacob Perkins | Adms

Mathew Perkins |

Essex fs. Before ye Honble Jonathan Corwin Esqr Judge of Probate

of Wills &c June 10, 1700.


  • PERKINS, Jacob
  • b. 1624 England
  • d. 29 JAN 1699/1700 Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: PERKINS, John
  • Mother: Judith,
  • Family:
  • Spouse:Damaris,
  • Children:
    • PERKINS, Matthew
    • PERKINS, Hannah b. 11 OCT 1670 Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
    • PERKINS, Joseph
    • PERKINS, Jabez
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 1648
  • Spouse: WHIPPLE, Elizabeth
  • b. ABT 1630 England
  • d. 12 FEB 1664/5 Ipswich, Essex, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: WHIPPLE, Matthew
  • Mother: HAWKINS, Ann
  • Children:
    • PERKINS, Elizabeth
    • PERKINS, Mary
    • PERKINS, John
    • PERKINS, Judith
    • PERKINS, Jacob
  • From:


He married Elizabeth (???) about 1635, and entered upon the duties of

life with a vigor which made him a desirable citizen of this new


We here give some account of a most important service which he rendered

the infant colony, as this is related by Rev. Thomas Cobbet in a paper

entitled "New England's Deliverances." He says:

"About 5 or 6 yeares after (an intended attack upon "Nahumkeick" by the

Indians), in the first planting of Ipswich (as a credible man informs me,

namely Quartermaster Perkins), the Tarratines or Easterly Indians had a

design to cut them off at the first, when they had but between 20 or 30

men, old and young belonging to the place (and that instant most of the

men had gone into bay about their occasions, not hearing thereof). It was

thus one Robin, a friendly Indian, came to this John Perkins, then a

young man then living in a little hut upon his father's island on this

side of Jeofrye's Neck, and told him that on such a Thursday morning,

early, there would come four Indians to draw him to goe down the Hill to

the water side, to truck with them, which if he did, he and all neare him

would be cut off: for their were 40 burchen canoues, would lie out of

sight, in the brow of the Hill, full of Armed Indians for that purpose:

of this he forthwith acquaints Mr. John Winthrop, who then lived there,

in a howse near the water, who advised him if such Indians came, to carry

it ruggedly toward them, and threaten to shoot them if they would not be

gone, and when their backs were turned to strike up the drum he had with

him beside his two muskets, and then discharge them; that those 6 or 8

young men, who were in the marshes hard by a mowing, haveing theyr guns

each of them ready charged, by them, might take the Alarme and the

Indians would perceive theyr plot was discovered and haste away to sea

againe: which was accordingly so acted and tooke like effect: for he told

me that presently after he discovered 40 such canowes sheare off from

under the Hill and make as fast as they could to sea. And no doubt many

godly hearts were lifted up to heaven for deliverance, both in that

deliverance at Salem and this at Ipswich."

He opened the first public house in Ipswich, and was chosen as

Quartermaster of the military organization of the settlement, a title

which he ever after retained. That he was one of the leading men of his

day is evident by the frequency with which his name is mentioned in

connection with the varied affairs of the colony. In deeds and other

public documents and papers he styles himself, "I, John Perkins

Quartermaster and ordinary keeper."

He acquired a large landed property, as numerous purchases and sales of

real estate appear upon record. He made no will at his decease, having

given to each of his sons a good farm or houselot "in some part of my

estates." He also made provision, sometime before his death, for the

maintenance and clothing of his wife, if she should outlive him, and also

of his youngest son, Thomas, who seems to have been an invalid and

incapable of supporting himself, thus administering upon his own estate.

The record of his death and that of his aged companion read upon the Town

Records thus:

"Elizabeth, wife to Quart. John Perkins died Sept. 27, 1684."

"Quart. John Perkins died Decr the 14, 1686."

The children of Quartr John Perkins and Elizabeth, his wife, were:

8 John, b. 1636; m. Lidi

His [John] son, Jacob Perkins, born in Hilmorton, Warwickshire, England in 1624, died in Ipswich January 27/29, 1700 at the age of 76. The earliest mention of Jacob in America was in his father's will in 1654. After the death of his father and mother, he came into possession of the homestead. This house was located in the extreme Eastern part of Ipswich, very near the riverside and also near to Manning and was occupied until August 7, 1668 when it was destroyed through carelessness of a servant girl. She was imprisoned for it. An account of the examination of her(Mehitable Brabrook) is recorded in FAMILY OF JOHN PERKINS BY George A. Perkins written in 1884. Jacob's new house was struck by lightning on a Sunday in 1671 while many people were gathered there to repeat the sermon. In 1647 or 1648, he married Elizabeth Lovell, their oldest child, Elizabeth was born April 1, 1649. Elizabeth Lovell died February 12, 1665. He then married Demnaris Robinson of Boston. He lived with her until his death, January 27, 1700. After his death, she returned to Boston and died in 1716. By her will, she left her property to her children by her first husband.

From The Family of John Perkins of Ipswich, Massachusetts, page 18:

Jacob (John1) was born in England in 1624. He

married, first, Elizabeth ______; her father's name is not known. The time of their marriage was probably in

1648 ; she died Feb. 12, 1665, her age being fifty-six

years. He afterwards married for a second wife, Damaris

Robinson, widow of Nathaniel Robinson, mariner, of

Boston. She removed to Boston after the death of Jacob

Perkins, and died there, leaving property by will to several children by her first husband. The date of her death was in 1716, and her age at that time was eighty years. At the time of his marriage with the widow Robinson he made a promise to support her during her life ; later in life he gave all his property into the possession of his two sons, Jacob and Matthew, on condition that they support both himself and wife during their natural lives. This will appear evident from the following extract from the deed which he gave his sons Matthew and Jacob.

20 March, 1693.

I, Sargt. Jacob Perkins, sen.

"Having grown old & decrepid and not able to manage

my farm, I give the other portions of my land to my two sons, Jacob and Mathew, provided they support me

& my now wife, with whom I made an agreement when

we were married," etc., etc.

He mentions in his will the portions he had given each

of his sons on their marriage.

He was the youngest son, and by his father's will was to come into possession of his homestead and lands after his mother's death. His lands lay at the eastern part of the town, near the river. He was chosen sergeant of the military company of the town in 1664, and was ever after known as sergeant, or as he wrote it, "Sargent Jacob Perkins, sr.," which distinguishes him from two others of the same name.

He was a farmer, and his name is often seen upon the records in the purchase and sale of farming lands. He appears also to have taken his share of the duties of a citizen. We this facsimile of his autograph as it is found as foreman of a jury of inquest,

held upon the body of a girl who was found drowned.

His house was struck by lightning on a Sunday in 1671,

"while many people were gathered there to repeat the

sermon, wdien he and many others were struck down, and had his waistcoat pierced with many small holes, like goose-shot, and was beaten down as if he had been dead for the present."

Sergeant Jacob Perkins died in Ipswich, Jan. 27, 1699-1700, aged seventy-six years.

The names and ages of his children, the death of his

wife Elizabeth, and of himself, are taken from his family

bible, now in the possession of H. N. Perkins, Esq., of


The children of Sergeant Jacob Perkins, sen., and wife

Elizabeth were :

Elizabeth, b. Apr. 1, 1649; m. Thomas Borman, Jan. 1, 1667.

John, b. July 3, 1652; ra. Mary Fisk ; d. in 1718; set. 67.

Judith, b. July 11, 1655; m. Nath. Browne, Dec. 16, 1673.

Mary, b. May 14, 1658; m. Thomas Wells, Jan. 10, 1669.

Jacob, b. Aug. 8, 1662; m. 1st, Eliz. Sparks, Dec. 27, 1684; 2d, Sarah Treadwell.

Matthew, b. June 23, 1665; m. Esther Burnam.

Hannah, b. Oct. 11, 1670.

Joseph, b. June 21, 1674; m. Martha Morgan, May 22, 1700.

Jabez, b. May 15, 1677; m. 1st, Hannah Lathrop, June 30, 1698; 2d, Charity Leonard, in 1722.

Was his wife Elizabeth Whipple or Elizabeth Lovell?

The Lovell hypothesis depends on two things 1) Land Transfer 2) An “Elizabeth Perkins” is named in Thomas Lovell’s will. Only the second would be strong evidence. But think about that. Thomas Lovell of Ipswich, MA in his will proved 2 Jan 1709/10 names wife Elizabeth and daughter Elizabeth Perkins. The Elizabeth Perkins named in Thomas Lovell's will could *not* possibly be the one that married Jacob Perkins because that Elizabeth Perkins died in 1685. That was almost a quarter of a century before Thomas Lovell’s will was proved. In my mind that proves that Elizabeth who died in 1685 was not the daughter of Thomas Lovell. Could they have been related in some way? certainly. Notice also that she had a son Mathew who was possibly named after her father Matthew Whipple. She had no son Thomas.

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Sgt. Jacob Perkins's Timeline

July 12, 1624
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England, (Present UK)
July 12, 1624
July 12, 1624
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
July 12, 1624
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
September 12, 1624
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England, (Present UK)
September 12, 1624
Hillmorton, Warwick, Eng., England
September 12, 1624
Hillmorton, Warwick, Eng., England
September 12, 1624
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
September 12, 1624
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
September 12, 1624
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom