An American Family History

Mary Estey Perkins

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."

Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.

Estate inventories give us a glance into the home life of Colonial Americans.

Mary Estey Perkins was born in 1690/91. She was baptized on February 15, 1691/92 in Topsfield. Her parents were Isaac Estey, Jr. and Abigail Kimball.

She married John Perkins on September 10, 1713. John was born on August 12, 1685 in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts. His parents were Elisha Perkins and Catherine Towne.

John was a house carpenter.

Their children included;
Elisha Perkins, Jr. (1714, married Lucy Tarbox),
Isaac Perkins (1717, married Elizabeth Perkins daughter of Robert Perkins and Elizabeth Towne),
John Perkins (1719/20),
Thomas Perkins (1723/24, married Martha Pierce) and
Moses Perkins (1732, married Anna Cummings, daughter of David Cummings).

When Mary's aunt, Hannah Estey Abbot became a widow in January, 1723/24. She lived with John and Mary.

When her sister, Abigail Estey Cummings, died on January 10, 1729/30, she became her niece, Abigail Cummings Sibley’s guardian.

John died on June 22, 1750.

In 1775, Moses Perkins was in Captain Joseph Gould's company.

Mary died at 90 years old on November 18. 1781 in Topsfield.
Children of Isaac Estey
and Abigail Kimball
  • Mary Estey Perkins
  • Abigail Estey Cummings
  • Sarah Estey Cummings
  • Isaac Estey
  • Aaron Estey
  • Jacob Estey
  • Hannah Estey Cummings
  • Richard Estey
  • Rebecca Estey Tucker Puffer
  • Moses Estey
  • Three daughters of William Towne and Joanna Blessing were wrongly accused of practicing witchcraft in Salem. Rebecca Towne Nurse, Mary Towne Estey, and Sarah Towne Bridges Cloyes were persecuted in 1692. The children of people in the line below are all descendants of Mary Estey.

    William Towne,
    Mary Towne Estey,
    Isaac Estey,
    Aaron Estey
    Mary Estey Dwinnell
    Israel Dwinnell,
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Sr.,
    Isaac Davis Dwinnell, Jr.
    Victoria Zellena Dwinnell
    Robert Wilson Miller, Sr
    Robert Wilson Miller, Jr.
    Old Style Calendar
    Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

    The settlement of New Meadows was incorporated as the Town of Topsfield in 1650. The church "gathered" on November 4, 1663. The third Meeting House was built in 1703 with Rev. Joseph Capen as pastor.

    Early European settlers in the American colonies were mostly farmers and craftsmen. They had to work hard to provide daily neccesities for themselves.



    from Essex Institute Historical Collections

    John [Perkins] (Elisha, Thomas, John,) was born in Topsfield, Mass., August 12, 1685. He married Mary Easty, Sept. 10, 1713. She was the daughter of Isaac and Abigail (Kimball) Easty. He died June 22, 1750.

    John Perkins, house carpenter, and Joseph Perkirut, husbandman, of Topsfield, sell one-third part of the estate of their father, Elisha Perkins, late deceased, to their brother Jacob.

    Joseph Perkins had died when the deed was acknowledged, March 26, 1751.

    Children of John and Mary (Easty) Perkins were:
    73 Elisha, b. Dec 21, 1714; m. Lucy Tarbox.
    74 Isaac, b. Sept. 17, 1717; m. Elizabeth Perkins.
    75 John, b. Feb. 19,1719-20.
    76 Thomas, b. Jan. 26, 1723-4.
    77 Moses, b. Dec. 17, 1732.


    from The Family of John Perkins of Ipswich, Mass: Complete in Three Parts by George Augustus Perkins

    Thomas [Perkins] (John, Elisha, Thomas, John) was born in Topsfield, Mass., Jan. 26, 1723-4; baptized March 8, 1723-4. He married the widow Martha [Pierce] Williams of Ipswich; published Nov. 24, 1751.

    He "died in ye war" 1757. He died intestate and his widow was appointed to administer on his estate; in her account rendered to the court, she mentions the bringing up of two young children, and calls herself Martha Bradstreet, late Perkins. She had married Elijah Bradstreet March 9, 1758. He died January 14, 1760. She married her fourth husband, Anthony Potter of Ipswich, Oct. 20, 1762. The time of her death is not ascertained.
    Thomas Perkins was a farmer and very probably a weaver, as a weaver’s tools, etc., were among his effects at his death. He is mentioned in a private journal as being at "Cap Britten” in the army.

    The children of Thomas and Martha ([Pierce] Williams) Perkins were:
    Elisha, b. Feb. 6, 1753; m. Mercy Kimball.
    Sarah, b. August 18, 1755.

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