M, b. June 1804, d. 6 December 1886
Timothy was born at probably, Middleton, Strafford, New Hampshire, in June 1804. The Identity of Timothy Hanson Perkins
His death record states that the was 82 years and 6 months old. It also states that he was born in NH.
While there is no direct evidence that Timothy was the son of Stephen Perkins, there is sufficient circumstantial evidence that leads me to believe that he is indeed Stephen's son. The 1871 Quebec Census indicates that Timothy Hanson was born in New Hampshire. His two brothers Joseph and Solomon were born in Middleton, so I think it is safe to assume that Timothy was as well.
THE SEARCH FOR THE ANCESTORS OF TIMOTHY HANSON PERKINS
Almost everyone who does genealogical research hits a brick wall at some point. No matter how hard ones searches there doesn't seem to be any record of some important person’s ancestry. Such is the case with my wife Leone’s great, great grandfather Timothy Hanson Perkins. Timothy married Hannah Marsh and their daughter Lydia Jane Perkins married John Gray. John and Lydia’s son Charles Henry married Maude Alice Perry and their daughter Thelma Leone Gray married Stuart Smith Nugent and they were Leone’s parents.
The brick wall is hit when we tried to find Timothy’s ancestors. Leone’s brother Noel and I have been looking for the elusive Perkins family for several years with nothing to show for our efforts. That’s where matters stood until early August of this year when I received and e-mail from Maggie Jones, a native of Littleton, NH, who now lives in South Carolina. She saw the wedding photo of John Gray and Lydia Perkins that I had included in my Ancestry.Com family tree on line. Maggie is a generation younger that Leone and is the great, great grand-daughter of Hanson S. Perkins, son of Timothy Hanson Perkins. We have been corresponding by e-mail since August 1 and have turned up some interesting facts.
Before I get into Maggie’s and my research, I would like to step back to a March 4, 2012 e-mail I received from Noel regarding his research on the Perkins family. He suggested a link to the Perkins families of Barrington, Strafford County, New Hampshire listing three sons of Lemuel Perkins, Sr, born 6 Dec 1718 at Somersworth, Strafford County, NH. Lemuel married Hannah Hutchins, and they had three sons as listed in the 1790 census of Barrington. They were Lemuel, Jr, born ca 1751; Timothy, b. ca 1754 and Joseph, b. ca 1757.
After hearing from Maggie Jones in August of 2015, I searched for any clues amongst the three sons of Lemuel Perkins, Sr., and found nothing that pointed to Timothy Hanson Perkins. The closest I came was to a Timothy Perkins, born 25 Feb 1772 at Jackson (then Adams), Carroll County, NH. He was probably a son of the Timothy Perkins of the 1790 Barrington Census.
Lemuel Perkins, Sr., of Barrington, was the son of Nathaniel Perkins, Jr., and Abigail (weare) Roberts, widow of William Roberts. Nathaniel, Jr. Was the son of Nathaniel and Hannah (Tibbetts) Perkins of Dover, Strafford County, NH. Nathaniel Perkins was the son of Thomas Perkins of Dover. I list these non-ancestors because, as you will see later, they are closely related to Leone’s Perkins line.
Since I couldn’t find any promising leads from the Lemuel Perkins/Barrington line, I turned to other clues. Maggie Jones pointed out that there was a Joseph Perkins listed as a resident of Barnston, Stanstead County, Quebec, Canada, in the 1871 Quebec Census. She suggested that Joseph, who was close to Timothy H. in age, might be a brother. She further noted that, according to his death record, Joseph was the son of one Stephen and Abigail [unknown] Perkins, and he was born in Middleton, Strafford County, NH. Following this lead, I found a Solomon Perkins who, was born ca 1805 in Middleton, the son of Stephen and Abigail (Palmer), Perkins. Solomon died 7 Feb 1882 in Epping, Rockingham, NH. Joseph and Solomon were clearly bothers, but there was still no proof that Timothy Hanson Perkins was related in any way to them.
Then, on 17 Sep 2015, I found a link between T. H. and Joseph. A marriage record for Joseph shows that he married Eliza James 2 Apr 1829 at Whitefield, Coos County, NH. He is also listed as a resident of Whitefield in the 1830 census. Timothy H. married Hannah Marsh ca 1831, probably at Barnston, Quebec, but their first child, Charles E. was born 22 Jun 1832 at Whitefield. Clearly, there had to be a close family connection between T.H. and Joseph for T.H. to come to Whitefield from Barnston after his marriage, and to be there when his son was born. Although T.H. doesn’t show up on the 1830 census of Whitefield, he clearly was living there in 1832. I think that there is sufficient circumstantial evidence to suggest that he and Joseph were brothers or, at the very least, close cousins.
Assuming that T. H., Joseph and Solomon were indeed brothers, I started searching for father Stephen’s parents, and I hit another wall. No records could be found for Stephen’s birth other than an unsourced Ancestry.com family tree: Woodman 12-23-2014 compiled by P. A. Woodman (http://person.ancestry.com/tree/75811311/person/32334624590/facts) This tree claims that Stephen’s father was Solomon Perkins, Jr., born 1745 in Rochester, Strafford County, NH. Solomon, Jr.’s lineage is well documented back to Thomas Perkins who was a resident of Dover, Strafford County, NH, in 1665.
This tree also claims, with no substantiating evidence, that Solomon, Jr.’s youngest child was Solomon, born between 1800 - 1810. Looking closely at Solomon, Jr.’ birth date as well as that of his wife Abigail (unknown), it quickly becomes apparent that this alleged birth becomes highly unlikely. Solomon, Jr. was born 1702 (Woodman claims 1705, and Abigail was born 1707. If those dates are correct, Solomon’s parents would have been a minimum of 55 and 50, respectively, if he was born in 1800.
Let’s look at the facts as presented by New Hampshire Vital Records. A 7 Feb 1882 death record for Solomon Perkins, age 77, lists his father as Stephen Perkins and his mother as Abigail Palmer. His birthplace was listed as Middleton, Stafford County, NH. a age at death of 77 places his birth year at about 1805. No other Solomon appears within the necessary time frame. A marriage record dated 7 Oct 1824 lists a Solomon Perkins 3rd
marrying a Mary Perkins at Middleton, NH. Ordinarily, a 3rd
suffix attached to a name would indicate a son and grandson of a man named Solomon. Assuming that this practice was used by the person who recorded the marriage, one would have to assume that Solomon 3rd
was the son of Solomon, Jr. P A Woodman naturally made this assumption in her Ancestry.Com tree. However, as we have seen, the dates make the assumption incorrect.
I am guessing that the clerk, who recorded the marriage added the 3rd
suffix to keep the three Solomons in Dover separated in the records. In fact, the records of Strafford County, NH, are notoriously filled with gaps and inconsistencies, not to mention outright errors. A case in point is the practice of listing bride’s married surname in place of her maiden name. A death record dated 31 Jan 1888, for Dudley G. Perkins, son of Solomon and Mary, lists his mother’s maiden names as Mary Horne.
All this circumstantial evidence, e.g.. the fact that brothers Joseph Perkins and Solomon Perkins are sons of Stephen and Abigail (Palmer) Perkins and the use of the 3rd
suffix after Solomon, which indicates that he was the third Solomon after Solomon, Sr. and Solomon, Jr., seems to make a good case for a likely line of descent from the first Thomas Perkins of Dover, NH
Having a satisfactory hypothesis that Solomon, Jr. was Stephen’s father, I switched gears and began a search for Abigail Palmer, Stephen’s wife and probably, Timothy H. Perkins’ mother. Once again, the lack of records led me to another brick wall. Although there were plenty of male Palmers in the Strafford County, NH, area at the time of Abigail’s assumed birth or her marriage to Stephen, I could find no proof that any of them fathered an Abigail.
The Palmers in the area all seem to have been children of, or related to, One Major Barnabas Palmer, who came to Dover, NH, in the mid-1700s. He was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1825 and dies in 1816 in Milton, Strafford County, NH. The best candidates for Abigail’s father were Barnabas’s sons Samuel, born 18 Oct 1755 or William, born 19 Oct 1757. I cannot, however, find any mention or record of a daughter Abigail. There were also three Palmers living in New Durham, Strafford County, NH, in 1790. Each had a female of the right age to have been Abigail. Her son Solomon’s death record claims that she was born in New Durham.
A possible clue as to Abigail Palmer’s ancestry comes by way of Barnabas Palmer’s wife Elizabeth Robinson, who was born 16 August 1729 at Exeter, Rockingham County, NH. Her great grandmother was Ann Dudley, who married Edward Hilton say 1662 at Exeter. Ann was the granddaughter of Governor Thomas Dudley of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Ann Dudley had a son named Dudley Hilton, from whom Elizabeth Robinson was descended. Barnabas Palmer and Elizabeth also had a son whose given name was Dudley. I mention all this because the given name Dudley was rare in colonial New England and almost all were descended in some way from Governor Thomas Dudley.
While trying to prove that The Abigail Palmer who married Stephen Perkins I ran across the given name of Dudley in the Perkins family. Timothy Hanson’s supposed brother Solomon had named Dudley G. Perkins, which may suggest that he was descended from the Dudleys, either through his mother grandmother Abigail, or through his mother Mary Horne. I was unable to prove that either woman was the Dudley link, but it is a possibility.
Going on the assumption that Timothy H. Perkins’ middle name of Hanson came from the surname of a close relative, I searched for a female Hanson who married a Palmer. Again, I struck out. There were several Hansons in the area, most of whom descended from Thomas who was born in 1586 in England and died in Dover, NH, in 1666.
According to an online list of Quaker marriages in Dover between 1702 and 1843, the Hansons were Quakers. Whether or not the immigrant Thomas was a Quaker is unknown, as is the year that the Quakers organized in Dover. Consequently, any record of early marriages, if any, has been lost.
I mention the Quakers because there seems to be a very tenuous connection between the Quakers and Timothy Perkins. First, if my assumptions about Timothy’s father being Solomon Perkins, Jr., then he is descended from Quakers. A rather cryptic note in the Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire
, page 542, states, ”Solomon, weaver, Dover 1740, Rochester 1754, 4 ch [children] rec. [recorded], in Rochester 1741-1753, and he bp. [baptized] in 1785, ag. [aged] 83, a former Quaker
One has to wonder why he left the Quakers to become baptized in another church. Quakers, by the way, do not then or now, practice water baptism or any rite or ceremony of baptism as do other Christian churches.
Another bit of information has to do with the results DNA tests that Maggie Perkins Jones’s father had done. His DNA test, which tracks the male y chromosome down through the ages, determined that he was a direct descendant of a male Spencer. A close relative was one Samuel Spencer born 1672 in England and died 1705 in Bucks County, PA. Samuel was a Quaker. So, it seems that somewhere, probably in England, there was a bastard male Perkins born of a union between an un-named Perkins female and a Spencer male. Said Spencers later becoming Quakers.
As an interesting historical sidelight to our genealogical question I looked into the Spencers of England. It turns out that the surname stems from the Norman de Spencer family who were medieval nobles. Such nobles were famous for sewing their wild oats far and wide, so it isn’t surprising to think that some young Perkins girl became impregnated by a Spencer nobles’ son.
To sum all this up: I have reached a logical stopping point, as of 6 October 2015, in my search of the ancestry of Timothy Hanson Perkins. It does seem that he was the son of Stephen Perkins born ca 1783 in Middleton, Strafford County, NH; and Abigail Palmer of unknown parentage and birthplace. Stephen was most likely the son of Solomon Perkins, Jr., born 1745 in Rochester Strafford County, NH, and Abigail unknown..3,4,5,6,2,7
He married Hannah A. (Ann?) Marsh
, daughter of Robert Morrison Marsh
and Sarah Hill
, at perhaps, Barnston, Stanstead, Quebec, Canada, circa 1831. The marriage date is a guess based on the birth date of the eldest child, Charles who was born Jun 1833..3,8,9
He was a witness at an unknown person and an unknown person 's wedding at Stanstead, Stanstead, Quebec, Canada, in 1843.10
Timothy Hanson Perkins lived on 26 December 1849 at Barnston, Stanstead, Quebec, Canada. Annexation in Stanstead County
[contributed by Leslie Nutbrown, December 2006]
In December 1849 and January 1850, there was a petition to have Stanstead County become part of the United States. There were over 1000 people who signed this petition. This could be an important resource if you are trying to find an ancestor as it would prove they lived in Stanstead County at that time. It is especially valuable because the 1851 census for Stanstead County is missing. This annexation list was printed in the Stanstead Journal and appear in the first Stanstead County Vital Statistics Book compiled from information published in the Stanstead Journal (researched by Elizabeth Brock & Jackie Tilton, November 1991) and available at the Stanstead Historical Society along with all the other volumes.
The petition reads as follows:
To John McConnell Esq. M.P.P. for the County of Stanstead.
Sir- The undersigned electors and inhabitants of the County of Stanstead, feeling that a great political change is necessary to the welfare and prosperity of this Province, and fully concurring in the principles set forth in the Montreal Manifesto, that a peaceful separation of the Colony from Great Britain, and a union with the United States, are the only means of relieving Canada from its present state of depression, respectfully request you to make public your sentiments and opinions upon this subject.
December 26, 1849, additional signatures January 3, 10, & 24, 1850.
Hanson Perkins was one of the signers.11
He lived in 1861 at Barnston, Stanstead, Quebec, Canada.4
He lived in 1871 at Barnston, Stanstead, Quebec, Canada.4
He lived in 1880 at Bath, Grafton, New Hampshire. He was living in the household of his son Charles.12
He lived in 1881 at Barnston, Stanstead, Quebec, Canada.13
He died on 6 December 1886 at Bath, Grafton, New Hampshire. At age 82 He was 82 years and 6 months old.7