- Born: 1663, Plymouth, Devonshire, England
- Marriage: (1): Mary Ute Abt 1688, Hartford, MD
- Marriage: (2): Margaret Sevier
- Died: By 16 April 1706, Swan Creek, Baltimore, Maryland at age 43
CalmityJane notes; It is in Spesutie Parish among the old records we have found our first known family group on our direct Perkins line. Richard and Mary Perkins and the names of their children are given and the dates of the births. The mother's last name is not mentioned. Through tracing descendants of these three sons, however, we have found that each of them names either a son or a grandson Uti or Utie. It remains yet to be proven, but it is not improbable that the mother's maiden name was Utie.
Reputedly born in Plymouth, Devonshire, England to Robert & ann Perkins and christened ca. 1665. Richard was a cooper. He and wife settled in 1683 on 100 acres of land on the head of Mosquito Creek in Baltimore Co., MD. Their annual rent was four shillings.
Richard I was a cooper (a craftsman who makes or repairs barrels or casks) from Plymouth, England. Early Maryland transportation records show that Richard I arrived in Maryland in 1676. Whether he was transported there from England or from another colony is unknown. He and Mary had settled in 1683 on 100 acres of land on the head of Mosquito Creek in Baltimore County, Maryland.
Richard may have had siblings. There was a William Perkins who married Martha Miles on 3 February 1703/4 in Baltimore Co., MD; a William Perkins named in the will of James Ines of Baltimore County 4 March 1703/04; and a William Perkins who was buried 8 January 1708. There is also Joseph Perkins and his wife Mary who had children Rachel (6 January 1725) Mary (20 December 1728), and Hannah (24 May 1731)
Our Richard surveyed 100 acres called "Parkinson" at the head of Musketo Creek in Spesutia Hundred in 1683; by 1700 that land was known as "Parkington"
Richard I owned pretty much all of the land the he owned jointly with William Lofton for most of his adult life. In fact, the two named their land "Brotherly Love," which has a;ways implied the possibility of some sort of a brother-in law connection. The two apparently took care of each other's children, and the children left together after their fathers died and moved down to Virginia and from there to North Carolina, where the Perkins, Loftins (Loftons), and Sherrills all inter married
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Sweat Families of the South by Erbon Wise
Free African Americans of Va., SC., Maryland, Delaware
Louisiana Settlers 1600's-1800's
Race and Class in Colonial Virginia
Very Slitly Mixed Virginia Easly DeMarc
North Carolina Archives
Richard Perkins is first found at the head of Mosquito Creek, in Baltimore (now Harford) County in 1683. He was a cooper by trade and later listed as a planter. Thomas Lightfoot a deputy surveyor, laid out for him, December 15, 1683, a tract of land containing 100 acres called "Perkinson" (also found as Parkington), lying upon the head of a creek called "Musket Creek." He moved after 1692 to the head of Swan Creek. In 1694 he took up a tract of land on Swan Creek called "Paradise", which he sold October 18, 1695, to Robert Mason. In 1700, he was in possession of about 300 acres on the Susquehanna River, at the place called Lapidum to which he added 180 acres, all of which descended down to his three sons, and was patented to them in 1732 under the name of "Eightrupp". He may be the Richard Parkins transported to Maryland circa 1674. Richard died by April 16, 1706 when administration bond was posted by his widow Mary Perkins with William Perkins (possibly Richard's brother) and John Mills. His estate was invoiced on May 28, 1706.
1. Baltimore County Families, 1659-1759, by Robert W. Barnes, page 500.
Noted events in his life were:
• 1699 Census: MD Baltimore County Spesutiz Hundred.
• 1700 Tax List: MD Baltimore County Spesutiz Hundred.
• 1701 Tax List: MD Baltimore County Spesutiz Hundred.
• 1703 Tax List: MD Baltimore County Spesutiz Hundred.
• 1704 Tax List: MD Baltimore County Spesutiz Hundred.
Richard married Mary Ute about 1688 in Hartford, MD. (Mary Ute was born about 1667 in Harford, Maryland and died in Swan Creek, Baltimore, Maryland.)
Richard next married Margaret Sevier.