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Richard Perkins
Mary Ute
(Abt 1667-)
Elisha John Perkins Sr.
(1697-After 1741)


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Margaret "Margery" Amanda Sherrill

Elisha John Perkins Sr.

  • Born: 9 Jun 1697, Swan Creek, St. George Parish, MD
  • Marriage: Margaret "Margery" Amanda Sherrill 1 Dec 1718, St. George Parish, Baltimore Co., MD
  • Died: After 10 Sep 1741, Orange or Frederick County, Viginia

bullet  General Notes:

Two death dates have been found, September 10, 1741 and May 29, 1742.
1. Baltimore County Families, 1659-1759, by Robert W. Barnes, page 500


bullet  Research Notes:

Elisha Perkins (born June 09, 1697 at the head of Swan Creek, St. George Parish, Baltimore Co. MD; died bef May 1742). Elisha was cited by the court for failing to record his marriage and the birth of a child in St. George's Parish. In 1719, Elisha and Margery Sherrill (whom he apparently married 1 December 1718), obtained a deed to Lapidum, 50 acres in York County PA, but they seem to have traveled back and forth between here and Baltimore.
The 1720 March Court of Baltimore County indicted him for stealing a grey horse from the widow McNemarra of Annapolis; he was found guilty and sentenced to the pillory for one hour and to the whipping post for 25 lashes. Mary Belcher, his mother, petitioned the court in April 1721 to remit the corporal punishments, contending her son was so well assured of his innocence that he took little care to obtain proper counsel and that evidence was unjustly sworn against him. The punishment was remitted.
In 1729, Elisha gave Power of Attorney to Margery to collect monies owed him in Pennsylvania. She issued that power to her brother-in-law William Perkins and said she was living in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Certainly Elisha and Margery bought land there in St. Mark's Parish 6 April 1731, but they sold it 17 October 1737.
Elisha sold two slaves 6 August 1736 in Baltimore Co. MD.
In July, 1737, he bought land in Orange Co. VA from Cornelius Coherine and appears to have remained there until his death.
In April 1738 Elisha was brought to court for "barbarously using his wife Margery." In June, she sued for separate alimony, but inexplicably claimed she never married Elisha, and the suit was dropped.
In November, 1838, in Orange County, the grand jury ruled that Christopher Hoomes/Holmes "doth live in adultery with the wife of Elisha Perkins, in the Parish of St. Marks." Up until 1746, she was charged--and sometimes Christopher was--with various "crimes of the flesh."
Elisha's will was written in September of 1740 and probated in May, 1742. He left nothing to Margarey; a shilling to son Joshua; his pacing horse to a "loving friend" Mary Swearingen; 400 acres to son Gentlemen John Perkins; the manor place to son Elisha Perkins Jr.--and he named Christopher Hoomes as executor! Christopher refused to do it, so Elisha's daughter Elizabeth was appointed. Margery sued for dower rights.
In 1789, Christopher Holmes died, leaving as an heir William Sherrill, his reputed son by Margaret Sherrill, alias Margery Perkins.
Source: Jane Leavell
Title: Ancestors of Burl Louis Leavell
Author: Jane Leavell
Publication: Title: Ancestral File (TM)
Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Publication: June 1998 (c), data as of 5 JAN 1998
Family History Library
35 N West Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 8415 Title: GEDCOM Weston
Author: Micheal R. Weston
Micheal R. Weston, 4121 Mariposa Hts., B.C., V8Z6P5


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Will, 10 Sep 1741, Orange County, Colony of Viginia. In the name of God Amen, this 10th day of Sept in the year of our Lord seventeen hundred forty and one. I Elisha Perkins of Orange COunty, in the Colony of Virginia Weoman being very sick and week of body, but of perfect mind understanding and memory. Thanks be given to God, therefore calling the mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men wants to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testoment in ye manner and form following soul into the hands of all mighty God that is "Sic and my body tho the earth it to be buried in a Christian like and descent manner to the descretion exr. here after named, and ask for such goods and chattles wherewith it please God bless in this life bequethas follow" (after my debts and funeral charges is paid and discharged)

IMPREMES I leave and bequeth to my well beloved son John Perkins four hundred acres of entry land lieing and being in this county, called Swan sd......county containing 150 acres which plantation one George Williamson of Prince George's County and providence of Maryland blacksmith is obligated to make a firm title to.

ITEM I give and bequeath to my son Elisha Perkins my home manner plantation

ITEM I give and bequeath to my loving friend Mary Swearingin daughter of Van Swearingin, one packing stone coult to be by her freely popossed (Sic and enjoyned, and residue and remander of goods and chaddles after my debts be and is paid discharged to be equally divided betwixt my six children, (vixt te, Jno, Elisha, Eliza, Phillis, Margaret)

ITEMS I give and bequeath to my son Joshua Perkins the sum of one shilling to be levied and raised out of my estate and also do constiute and appoint Christopher Holms of Orange Co. and the Colony of Virginia gent my sole and whole exr of that (Sic last will and testiment end testimont where of I have unto set my hand and seal in this seal of this day and year above written

Elisha Perkins----(Seal)

Sign Sealed and produced by Elisha Perkins on his last will and testoment in presents of John Bebber, and John Williams and Charles Hyatt at a county held for Orange County 27th day of May 1742 the last will and testoment of Elisha Perkins dec'd presented into court and proved by the oath of Peter Van Bebber one of the evidence there to Christopher Homes the exer. name being called and refused to take upon him the burden of the execturship and the widow relic of the sd refused to stand by and abide by the will devised to her insisted and claimed her 1/3 at law Elizabeth Perkins the daughter of Sd and prayed that Admon with the will and annexed might be granted to her certificate therefore obtaining letters of administration of the estates of the Sd Elisha Perkins descedent with the will annexed is granted to the Sd Elisha Perkins she having taking the adm. oath and entered into bond according to the law with Richard Morgan and Wm Roberts her securities the said will is admitted to record.

Test Johnathn Gibson CL Cor

KNOWN all men by these presents that we Elisha Perkins, Richard Morgan & Wm. Roberts of Prange County are held and firmly bond to Robert Estham Morgan (Sic. Goerge Tayleo and James Warm Gent. Justice of Orange County their heirs and sucessors in ye penal sum of 100 pounds curt money to the which will and truely be made we bind ourselves and each of us, our, and each of our heirs exec and adm jointly and severly firmly but these present seals with out these seals dated XXVII day of May MDCCXLII (27 May 1742)

The condition of this obligation that if the abond Eliza. Perkins ADMx which the will anexxed of Eilza Perkins desced do make and cause to make a true and perfect invintory of all and singular and goods and chattles, rights and credits of the desd which have & shall come to the hands possesions or knowledge of ye sd Eliza. or into the handsd or possesion of any other person or persons for her and the same for her and made the exibited and cause to be exhibited in the court of Orange as she shall be hear into and the same goods chattles and the credits and other goods and chattles and credits of the desc at the time of his death which anytime after shall come to the hands possesions or knowledge of the sd Eliza. or into the hands and possesion of any other person or persons for her do well and truely administrator according to the law and further do make and just and truew account of her acting and doings therin when there to required by the said court and also do well and truely pay and deliver all the lagacys containing and specify in the Sd testoment as far as the Sd goods chattles and credits will therunto extend according to the value therof and the law shall change her then this obligation to be void and non of effect or or else to remain in full force or virtiue Eliza. Perkins

Eliza Perkins (her mark)
In the presence of Richard D. Morgan
John Willis and William Roberts
Johjn Gibson Clclor this document are to be found in the Virginia State Library Orange County Will ect., #1 1735-1743,pp.207-210

pre family tree maker WFT 2 5375: information from this family tree buried 5/29/1742 and Will produced 9/1742

Robert Fletcher and Malory Smith Fletchers Family Tree
indicates Elisha was borned in St. Georges, Spectutia Parish, Hartford, Ma.


Elisha married Margaret "Margery" Amanda Sherrill, daughter of William "The Conestoga Trader" Sherrill and Margaret Rudisil, on 1 Dec 1718 in St. George Parish, Baltimore Co., MD. (Margaret "Margery" Amanda Sherrill was born about 1701 in St. george Parish, Frederick, Virginia and died in Orange County, Viginia.)


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names Mary as SERVILL

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