An American Family History

The Perkins Family

Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."

William Perkins was born in 1607 in England.

He was made a freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 3 Sept. 1634.

In 1636 he married Elizabeth Wootton in Roxbury

William Perkins (1639, died young),
William Perkins (640/41, married Elizabeth Clarke),
Elizabeth Perkins (1643, married John Ramsdell),
Tobijah Perkins (1646, married Sarah Denison),
Katharine Perkins (1648, married John Baker, Jr.)
Mary Perkins (1651, Oliver Purchase)
John Perkins (1655, married Anna Hutchinson)
Sarah Perkins (1656/7, married John Bradstreet, Sr.)
Timothy Perkins (1658, married Edna Hazen), and
Rebecca Perkins (1662, Thomas Fiske, Jr.)

In 1643 they moved to Weymouth.

In 1652, they moved to Gloucester

In 1655 they moved to Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts.




Tobijah Perkins was born on October 20, 1646 in Weymouth. He was the son of William Perkins and Elizabeth Wooton.

He married Sarah Denison.

Priscilla Perkins (1689)
Mary Perkins (1690),
Tobijah Perkins, Jr. (1692),
Joseph Perkins (1695),
Daniel Perkins (1697)

In 1695 Michael Dwinnell sold Tobijah

that Ten Acre Lott, being ye thirtieth Lott in number of ye Divided common, on ye south side of Ipswich River, which I bought of Lieut Peabody, together with Five Shares, in the parcel of land, which is yet undevided and Lyeth, between Joseph Porters, and Wenham Meadow to have,

He died on 30 Oct 1723 in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony and is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery there.


Timothy Perkins was born abou5 1658.

He married Edna Hazen on o August 2, 1686. She was the daughter of Edward Hazen.

Jonathan Perkins.
Timothy Perkins (1687, married Hannah Buxton),
Nathaniel Perkins (1689)
John Perkins(1692)
Richard Perkins (1694)
Jacob Perkins (1696)
William Perkins (1698)
Hepzibah Perkins (1702)