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Abigail Cox

William Perkins 6,7

  • Born: 1742, , , Massachusetts 6
  • Marriage: Abigail Cox on 1 Dec 1763 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA 145
  • Died: 27 Oct 1802, Massachusetts at age 60 6
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!Marriage: Source: _History of the Town of Wilton, Hillsborough County,
New Hampshire_, by Abiel Abbot Livermore and Sewell Putnam, Lowell,
Mass., Marden & Rowell, Printers, 1888, p. 534.

William Perkins (1742 - October 27, 1802) was the son of William and Elizabeth (Palfrey) Perkins of Boston. He married Abigail Cox in Boston on December 20, 1763, and they had several children.
The military career of Perkins began in May 1775 when he was appointed lieutenant in Gridley's Regiment of Massachusetts Artillery. He was appointed captain in Knox's Regiment of Continental Artillery on December 10, 1775; captain in the Third Continental Artillery on January 1, 1777; and promoted to major on September 12, 1778, and lieutenant colonel by brevet on April 20, 1787. During his military career, Perkins served in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. A notable episode in his career was the service of his artillery unit in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, during the spring of 1778. From 1779 to 1781 he oversaw military stores at Providence, Rhode Island.
After the war, Perkins served as the commander of the fort on Castle Island in Boston Harbor from 1785 to 1798. During his time at Castle Island, Perkins corresponded with John Hancock and Samuel Adams. In 1798 Perkins was appointed inspector and measurer of Boston. He died on October 27, 1802.
Collection Description
The William Perkins Papers are contained in two boxes, one narrow and one oversize. The papers date from 1775 to 1878, and the bulk date from 1775 to 1801. The papers are divided into three series.
The Revolutionary War papers of William Perkins make up the first series. The 139 documents in this series detail the career of Perkins as a captain in Colonel John Crane's Battalion of Artillery in 1777 and 1778. Perkins served in that role in New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island (most notably in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, in the late spring and early summer of 1778). The series also documents Perkins service as a major from 1779 to 1781 when he oversaw military stores at Providence, Rhode Island. Finally, the series includes correspondence from 1783 to 1794 through which Perkins attempted to receive additional compensation for his military service.
Business documents from the postwar career of Perkins spanning the years 1785 to 1801 are contained in the second series. The 31 documents in this series cover the period he served as commander of the fort on Castle Island in Boston Harbor and as inspector and measurer of Boston. Correspondence with Mass. Gov. John Hancock is included in this series
Family papers created between 1782 and 1878 by Perkins and his descendants are included in the third series. The 30 documents in the series include a Perkins family tree covering seven generations, documents describing the lives of the children of William Perkins, and nineteenth-century correspondence between Perkins descendants.




He was a Major during Revolutionary War.


Perkins, William, Boston.Commission dated Watertown, May 19, 1775, appointing said Perkins Captain Lieutenant, Col. Richard Gridley's (Artillery) regt., to rank as Captain; also, Captain Lieutenant, Capt. John Callender's co. commanded by said Perkins, Col. Gridley's (Artilley) regt.; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; engaged June 1, 1775; service, 2 mos. 5 days; also, company return [probably Oot., 1775]; also, Captain and Major, Col. John Crane's (Artillery) regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779; appointed Jan. 6, 1776; reported as serving 20 mos. 12 days as Captain, 15 mos. 18 days as Major; also, Captain, same regt.; return of officers for clothing, certified at Boston, Sept. 25, 1778; also, Major, same regt.; return for gratuity, dated Boston, Nov. 16, 1779; also, same regt.; pay abstract for service from Sept. 12, 1778, to April 30, 1779, at Rhode Island, approved at Providence, May 13, 1779; also, same regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1780, to Dec. 31, 1780; also, same regt.; list of officers who continued in service, as returned by Thomas Vose, Captain [p.173] and Adjutant, dated Boston, Jan. 19, 1781; also, certificate dated Boston, July 17, 1781, signed by Samuel Austin and others, certifying that said Perkins, Major, Col. Crane's (Artillery) regt., was entitled to wages for the last 3 mos. in 1780; John Popkin, Lieutenant Colonel of Artillery, certifies that said Perkins was in actual service; also, receipt given to Capt. Lieut. Knowles, for subsistence money for June, 1782; also, Captain Lieutenant, Capt. Thomas Cushing's co.; treasury pay rolls for service from Oct. 25, 1785, to Jan. 25, 1787, at the Castle. Perkins, William, Bridgewater.Sergeant, Capt. James Allen's co., Col. John Bailey's regt.; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; engaged May 1, 1775; service, 3 mos., 1 week, 1 day; also, Capt. Allen's co., Gen. John thomas's regt.; company return dated Roxbury, Oct. 6, 1775; also, Capt. Abram Washburn's co., Col. Edward Mitchell's regt.; service, 16 days; company marched to Bristol, R. I., Dec. 8, 1776. Perkins, William, Danvers.Private, Capt. Samuel Epes's co., Col. Pickering's regt., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 2 days; also, Capt. John Baker's co., Col. Moses Little's (17th) regt.; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; enlisted May 16, 1775; service, 2 mos. 21 days; also, company return [probably Oct., 1775]; enlisted May 2, 1775; age, 19 yrs.; also, order for bounty coat or its equivalent in money dated Dec. 11, 1775. Perkins, William, Ipswich.Private, Capt. Nathaniel Waide's co.; company return dated June 5, 1775; company marched to Cambridge; also, Capt. Wade's co., Col. Moses Little's (17th) regt.; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; enlisted May 15, 1775; service, 11 weeks; also, company return [probably Oct., 1775]; age, 22 yrs. Perkins, William, Topsfield.Private, Capt. Robert Dodge's co., Col. Samuel Johnson's regt., Gen. Warner's brigade; marched from home Aug. 15, 1777; discharged Dec. 14, 1777; service, 4 mos., in Northern department; mileage for 275 miles allowed from Peekskill home; company raised from 3d [Essex Co.] regt. Perkins, William, Topsfield.Descriptive list of men raised in Essex Co. for the term of 9 months from the time of their arrival at Fishkill, agreeable to resolve of April 20, 1778, returned as received of Jonathan Warner, Commissioner, by Capt. John Santford, of Col. Malcom's regt.; Capt. Herrick's co.; age, 22 yrs.; stature, 5 ft. 5 in.; complexion, dark; residence, Topsfield; engaged for town of Topsfield; also, list of men returned as mustered by Henry Rutgers, Jr., Deputy Muster Master, dated Fishkill, Aug. 1, 1778; arrived at Fishkill June 17, 1778. Perkins, William, Wells.Return of men mustered by Nathaniel Wells, Muster Master for York Co., dated Wells, Oct. 16, 1777; residence, Wells; said Perkins mustered to serve for 8 months from Oct. 1, 1777, to the credit of the town of Wells. Perkins, William.Private, Capt. Jesse Roe's co. of artificers attached to corps of artillery under Brig. Gen. Henry Kuox; muster rolls for Nov. and Dec., 1777; reported discharged Jan. 7, 1778. [Name crossed out on rolls.] Perkins, William.Fifer, Capt. Lieut. John Callender's co., Col. John Crane's (Artillery) regt.; muster roll for April, 1779, dated Providence; credited to town of Boston; enlisted Dec. 1, 1777; enlistment, 3 years. Perkins, William (also given William, Jr.).Return dated Boxford, of men mustered by John Cushing, Muster Master for Essex Co., to join the Continental [p.174] Army for the term of 9 months, agreeable to resolve of June 9, 1779; also, descriptive list of men raised to serve in the Continental Army for the term of 9 months, returned as received of Justin Ely, Commissioner, by Capt. James Tisdale, at Springfield, Aug. 23, 1779; Capt. Herrick's co., Col. Cogswell's regt.; age, 24 yrs.; stature, 5 ft. 3 in.; complexion, dark; engaged for town of Topsfield; also, company receipt for equipments, given to Capt. James Tisdale, dated Springfield, Aug. 22, 1779.
Perkins, William.Receipt dated Boston, May 13, 1782, for bounty paid said Perkins by John Race, Chairman of Class No. 1 [?] of the town of Topsfield, to serve in the Continental Army for the term of 3 years. Perkins, William.Private, Capt. Ebenezer Smith's (7th) co., 8th Mass. regt. commanded by Col. Michael Jackson; muster roll for April, 1783; balance of term of enlistment unexpired, 24 mos. 5 days. Perkins, William.Return signed by Tho. Chase, D. Q. M. G. [year not given], of wagoners, artificers, etc., serving in his department; said Perkins appears among wagon-masters stationed at Boston.

ancestry.com Revolutionary War Officers
Perkins, William (Mass). Lieutenant of Gridley's Regiment Massachusetts Artillery, May, 1775; Captain of Knox's Regiment Continental Artillery, 10th December, 1775; Captain 3d Continental Artillery, 1st January, 1777; Major, 12th September, 1778. Discharged, 1st November, 1779. (Died 27th October, 1802.)

He was a Lieutenant of Artillary at Bunker Hill. William was also a Major in the the Revolutionary War in the Mass. regiment of Artillary.

WILLIAM PERKINS OM
He was born at Boston in 1742 [no record]; died there 27 October 1802. He married at Boston 20 December 1763 to Abigail Cox. [i] She was born ca. 1742; died at Boston before 14 March 1800. [ii]
The following sketch for his service in the Revolutionary War appears in Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War (12:172-3)
William Perkins, Boston. Commission dated Watertown, May 19, 1775, appointing said Perkins Captain Lieutenant, Col. Richard Gridley's (Artillery) Regt., to rank as Captain; also, Captain Lieutenant, Capt. John Callender's co. commanded by said Perkins, Col. Gridley's (Artillery) Regt.; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; engaged June 1, 1775; service, 2 mos. 5 days; also, company return (probably October 1775); also, Captain and Major, Col. John Crane's (Artillery) Regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779; appointed Jan. 6, 1776; reported as serving 20 mos. 12 days as Captain, 15 mos. 18 days as Major; also, Captain, same Regt.; return of officers for clothing, certified at Boston, Sept. 25, 1778; also, Major, same Regt.; return for gratuity, dated Boston, Nov. 16, 1779; also, same Regt.; pay abstract for service from Sept. 12, 1778, to April 30, 1779, at Rhode Island, approved at Providence, May 13, 1779; also, same Regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1780, to Dec. 31, 1780; also, same Regt.; list of officers who continued in service, as returned by Thomas Vose, Captain and Adjutant, dated Boston, Jan. 19, 1781; also, certificate dated Boston, July 17, 1781, signed by Samuel Austin and others, certifying that said Perkins, Major, Col. Crane's (Artillery) Regt., was entitled to wages for the last 3 mos. in 1780; John Popkin, Lieutenant Colonel of Artillery, certifies that said Perkins was in actual service; also, receipt given to Capt. Lieut. Knowles, for subsistence money for June, 1782; also, Captain Lieutenant, Capt. Thomas Cushing's co.; treasury pay rolls for service from Oct. 25, 1785, to Jan. 25, 1787, at the Castle.
Early in life a mechanic by trade, he was a member of famed Paddock's Artillery Company, just before the Revolution. William was appointed, with rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, to command the 'Castle' in Boston harbor, November 10, 1785; continued in command there until that fort was transferred to the Federal government in 1798; was termed 'gentleman' in probate papers settling his estate.
William was an Original Member of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati from 1783 until1802, and was a member of the Standing Committee of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati: 1789 through 1802. He was granted a Bounty Land Warrant 7 February 1794. [iii]
Children, born at Boston:
i. William, b. ca. 1765, lost at sea in 1792, unmarried.
ii. Samuel, b. 2 September 1770.
iii. Abigail "Nabby", b. 1772. She marr. at Boston 6 September 1792, to Benjamin Weld.
iv. Elizabeth "Betsy, d. in Brighton, MA, after July 1817, unmarried.
v. Ann "Nancy", b. in Providence, RI She marr. at Boston 9 December 1806 to Samuel Rogers.
vi. Henry, d. in South America after June 1803, unmarried.
vii. Charles James, b. 17 June 1784; d. in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 26 August 1817, unmarried.
viii. La Fayette, MD, b. 26 March 1786. He marr. at Temple, Maine 30 December 1817 to Dorcas Abbot.

[i] A Volume of Records Relating to the Early History of Boston, containing Boston Marriages from 1752 to 1809. (Boston, Mass., Municipal Printing Office, 1903), p. 324
[ii] The Columbian Centinel, 14 March 1800.
[iii] Virgil D. White, Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files, (Waynesboro, TN., National Historical Publishing Co., 1992) 3:2660 (BLW # 1639-400)
(Research):Author: Perkins, William, 1742-1802.
Title: William Perkins papers, 1775-1878; bulk:
1775-1801.
Description: 1 narrow box and 1 oversize box.
Notes: Military, business, and family papers, 1775-1878,
of William Perkins, captain in John Crane's Battalion of
Artillery and later commander of Castle Island in Boston
Harbor. Military papers include correspondence, orders and
commissions, muster rolls, payroll records, returns of
ordnance and stores, and equipment and clothing receipts.
Military correspondence includes a 1777 letter from Henry
Knox ordering Perkins to raise a company in Peekskill, N.Y.;
orders and commissions include acts by the Rhode Island
General Assembly regarding military stores in Providence that
Perkins oversaw from 1779-1781; muster rolls and returns
include records of John Crane's Battalion at Valley Forge in
1778. Business papers include correspondence and other
records from Perkins' tenure as commander of Castle Island
from 1785 to 1798, including letters from Gov. John Hancock
and a letter from Samuel Adams requesting the fort's guns be
fired during Hancock's funeral, as well as two documents from
Perkins' work as inspector and measurer of Boston from
1798-1802. Family papers include genealogical notes and
correspondence among descendants.
Homans, James A.P., Jul. 2002.
Finding aid available at:
<http://www.masshist.org/findingaids/doc.cfm?fa=fa0088>
Subjects: Perkins family -- Genealogy.
United States. Continental Army. Continental
Artillery Regiment, 3rd (John Crane's)
United States. Continental Army -- Officers.
United States. Continental Army -- Pay,
allowances, etc.
United States. Continental Army -- Supplies and
stores.
Ports of entry -- Massachusetts.
Boston (Mass.) -- Officials and employees.
Boston Harbor (Mass.) -- History.
Castle Island (Boston, Mass.)
Rhode Island -- History -- Revolution,
1775-1783.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
-- Equipment and supplies.
Valley Forge (Pa.) -- History -- Revolution,
1775-1783.
Other authors: Adams, Samuel, 1722-1803.
Hancock, John, 1737-1793.
Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Other authors: Rhode Island. General Assembly.
Control No.: ocm51225719
UID 357A8B2258EA4A44810B2ABFF82D1B3F2028


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William married Abigail Cox, daughter of Thomas Cox and Living, on 1 Dec 1763 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA.145 (Abigail Cox was born on 12 Jun 1743 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA 6 and died on 12 Mar 1801 6.)



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