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Deacon Thomas Perkins, Deacon

Also Known As: "Deacon Thomas Immigrant Perkins", "Thomas Perkins"
Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England, UK
Death: May 7, 1686 (64-70)
Topsfield, Essex, MA, USA (Date )
Place of Burial: Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Sergeant John Perkins, Sr. and Judith Perkins
Husband of Phebe Perkins
Father of Robert Perkins; John Perkins; Phoebe Towne; Zaccheus Perkins; Martha Lamson and 5 others
Brother of Ann Doane; John M Perkins, II; Elizabeth Sargent (Perkins); Mary Bradbury, Salem Witch Trials; Sgt. Jacob Perkins and 1 other

Occupation: Topsfield Church Deacon and Farmer, Reverend
Managed by: Tobias Rachor (C)
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About Thomas Perkins, Reverend / Deacon

John11 Perkins, Sr. (Henry10, Thomas9, Henry8, Thomas7, William6, Thomas5, William4, John3, Henry2, Pierre1 de Morlaix) was born Bef. 23 December 1583 in Hillmorton, co. Warwick, England, and died 26 September 1654 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA. He married Judith Gater 09 October 1608 in Hillmorton, co. Warwick, England. She was born Bef. 19 March 1587/88 in Hillmorton, co. Warwick, England, and died Aft. 1654 in Ipswich, Essex Co., MA.

      Child of John Perkins and Judith Gater is:

+ i. Deacon Thomas12 Perkins, Sr., born Bef. 28 April 1622 in Hillmorton, co. Warwick, England; died 07 May 1686 in Topsfield, Essex Co., MA.

         Deacon Thomas12 Perkins, Sr. (John11, Henry10, Thomas9, Henry8, Thomas7, William6, Thomas5, William4, John3, Henry2, Pierre1 de Morlaix) was born Bef. 28 April 1622 in Hillmorton, co. Warwick, England, and died 07 May 1686 in Topsfield, Essex Co., MA.  He married Phoebe Gould Abt. 1640 in Topsfield, Essex Co., MA. She was born Bef. 27 September 1620 in Hemel Hempstead, co. Herts, England, and died Aft. 1691 in Topsfield, Essex Co., MA.


General Notes: Wife - Phebe Perkins

Father: Thomas PERKINS b: 1616 in England c: 28 Apr 1622 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England

Mother: Phebe GOULD b: 1620 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England c: 27 Sep 1620 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England


further lines available:

Emigration: 1 DEC 1630 Bristol, England in the ship Lyon

Immigration: 6 FEB 1630/31 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts

The Family of John Perkins of Ipswich, by George A Perkins, M.D. lists the following on Part 1, pages 7 through 14:

The children of John Perkins and his wife Judith were:

3. Thomas, b. 1616; d. May 7, 1686.

3 Thomas (John1) was born in England in 1616, came to Boston with his father and others of the family in 1631, being at that time a lad of only fifteen years. He[5] remained there with the family until 1633, when they all removed to Ipswich. Here he was made freeman (the exact date of which is not recorded). At Ipswich he owned Sagamore Hill, a tract of land 170 feet high, surrounded by salt marsh, and having Fox Creek on the east. This hill was probably granted to him by the town. He exchanged this property with is brother John for a house and lot in town. He spent but a few years in Ipswich, removing to the neighboring town of Topsfield. He married there, about 1640, Phebe Gould who was a daughter of Zaccheus Gould of Topsfield. She was born in England in 1620, and was baptized at Hemel Hempsted, Sept. 20, 1620. On their marriage, her father gave them 150 acres of land.

Thomas Perkins was chosen Deacon of the Topsfield Church, succeeding Decken Howlett; second Deacon Isaac Cummings. No record of time has yet been found of this choice of church, but it was probably 1677. He was always known upon the records as "Dea. Thomas Perkins."

He was chosen as one of the Selectmen of Topsfield at a town meeting held March 7, 1675-6. Upon the books of the town we find the doings of the Selectmen, which we give as showing the constant supervision the families of our father were under.

"At a meeting of the Salactmen the 18 of september 1677 in Relation to the law concorning tithing men : we have maed choic of Mr Willyem Perkins sener and Daken Thomas Perkins and Sargent Edman Town and Willyen Niguells as tithing men for Topsffeld Daken Perkins is to in spact thos folowing ffamelis Sargt John Radington, John Willd, John franch, Samuel Howlet, Micall Donell, John Comins, Willyem Howlet, Mr. John Brodstret. - Town Records."

"Decon Perkins" was chosen Selectman at the March meetings for 1656-57. He was chosen Tithingman Sept. 18, 1677, and again in November, 1678, "to inspect ani person ore persons that shall profane the sabath and to proseed against ani that shall be falte as the law directs."

Sept. 17, 1670, committee of Deacon Thomas Perkins and others, "these forementioned men are chosen a comiti in the behalfe of the towne to a gree with Mr Danfarth for his continuing here with us at Topsfeild in the work of the ministri and we do farther im power to the comiti to chuse som a mongest themselves or ani other as they shall see meet to goe and speak with Deputi Govarnor or ani others that may be found a bought mister Danforth settlement."

"At a lawful towne meeting the 22 March, 1680 or 81, the towne granted liberti to the villagers (Boxford) to bi a third part of the galeri to sit in so that to pay proporsonabel to the ministri as judged meet by Decon Perkins and others."

July 29, 1681. "Deckon Perkins and others are chosen a commitey to discorse with Mr Capen to stay and preach here with us at Topsfield with us a while."

March 7, 1681-2. "Deckon Perkins" chosen a Selectman.

Voted, Oct. 6, 1685. "The Towne manifested by a voate yt they will chose a commitey friendly to treat with Rowley Villagers (Boxford) to see what they will pay towards ye maintnance of or minister by ye yeare."

Voted, "Deackon Perkins (& others) is chosen a commitey to treat with Rowley villagers to see what they will give to wards ye maintnance of or minister by ye yeare and to make return of it to the Towne. Town Records."

Deacon Perkins was a farmer by occupation. We find very frequent mention of his name in the purchase and sale of land in Topsfield and the neighboring towns. His farm and homestead joined that of his brother-in-law, Redington, not far from the Newburyport turnpike. He left at his decease quite a large estate to his wife and sons. His will was signed Dec. 11, 1685, and was proved at Boston, Sept. 10, 1686. He died May 7, 1686. His widow outlived him, though the exact date of her death is not known. The facsimile, here given, was taken from his will.

Children of Dea. Thomas Perkins and wife Phebe were:

17. John, b. 1641; m. Deborah Browning, Nov. 28, 1666; d. May 19, 1668.

18. Phebe, b. ab't 1644; m. Joseph Towne, 1665; d. after 1680.

19. Zaccheus, b. ab't 1647; m. Rebecca ----- ab't 1704; d. Dec., 1782.

20. Martha, b. ab't 1649; m. John Lamson, Dec. 17, 1669; d. after 1728.

21. Mary, b. ab't 1651; m. Wm. Howlett, Oct. 27, 1671; d. 1728.

22. Elisha, b. ab't 1656; m. 1st, Catherine Towne, Feb. 23, 1680; m. 2nd, widow Elizabeth Knight Towne.

23. Judith, b. Jan. 28, 1658; unmarried; d. before 1719.

24. Thomas, b. ab't 1659; m. Sarah Wallis, June 1m 1683; d. 1719.

25. Timothy, b. June 6, 1661; m. 1st, Hannah ---; 2d, Abigail.

[5] We are under obligations to John H. Gould, Esq ., town clerk of Topsfield, for much interesting matter concerning Deacon Thomas Perkins, which he has kindly collected from the ancient records of that town, as well as for important information in connection with the numerous descendants of Deacon Perkins, which are to be found upon the town and church record books. This will appear in its proper place. Geneological and personal memoirs relating to the families of... Volume 3

Massachusetts, Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910

Name: Thomas Perkins Gender: Male Death Date: 07 May 1686 Death Place: Topisfeild, Essex, Massachusetts Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B06240-3 System Origin: Massachusetts-EASy Source Film Number: 877468 Reference Number: 38

Source Citation:

"Massachusetts, Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 July 2012), Thomas Perkins, 1686.

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Thomas Perkins, Reverend / Deacon's Timeline

April 28, 1616
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England, UK
April 28, 1622
Age 6
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
April 28, 1622
Age 6
Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
April 28, 1622
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Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England
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Salisbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony
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Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
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Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
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Topsfield, Essex County, MA, USA