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1. WILLIAM PERKINS1,2,3,4,5 died after 1736 in New Kent County, Virginia.4

William Perkins and his family can be found in the book Descendants of Nicholas Perkins of Virginia by William Hall, but any relationship of William to Nicholas has not been found. There are similar names passed down in both families and many times descendants of both lines live near each other. There is a Perkins DNA Project and early indications are that Nicholas Perkins, b. about 1647 in Charles City Co, d. 1712 Henrico Co, VA, & William Perkins of New Kent were of the same family. Their Haplogroup is R2. How they may connect or in what generation is not known, but it is evident there was a reasonably close relationship.

Daughter Anne was baptised in St Peter Parish in 1699.

VIRGINIA COLONIAL RECORDS, 1600s-1700s, Genealogy.com online subscription.
Militia Lists, Public Record Office, London.
New Kent Co. 4 Jul 1702. Under James Neaves, Lt. is William Perkins.

Located in the 1704 quit rent rolls of New Kent Co VA with 305 acres.

The source of the early Perkins records is "The Vestry Book and Register of St. Peter's Parish, New Kent and James City Counties, VA 1684-1786, edited by C. G. Chamberlayne, 1937.
The first mention of William Perkins in the minutes of the Vestry meeting is on 30 Sep 1723; he was to be paid the value of 650 #'s of tobacco per year for keeping Elizabeth Johnson.
Also from the St. Peter's Parish Records:
Tom a negro belonging to Wm. Perkins died Xbr 28, 1718.
Sarah a negro belonging to Wm Perkins died Jany 4, 1718.

William was married to an Elizabeth, but her surname is unknown. It appears as Wells in some online data.
From Perkins researcher Karleene at <karly@pioneer.net>: A William Perkins in England, early 1600s, married an Elizabeth who "might have been a Wells", which is where the person trying to make leaps of faith must have gotten this. Another Wm. Jordan Perkins married an Elizabeth Wells in Feb 1846.

[In the Parish Records from St. Peter's, there is a single entry for a Wells family: Delilah Wells departed this Life Augt ye 4th, 1715.]

William's son William is referred to in the Vestry records as William Perkins Junr up until 1736, after which time there is no longer a designation. Presumably the elder Perkins was deceased by that date.

WILLIAM PERKINS and ELIZABETH [PERKINS} were married before 1699.6 ELIZABETH [PERKINS} was born (date unknown).

WILLIAM PERKINS and ELIZABETH [PERKINS} had the following children:

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Anne PERKINS was born on 12 March 1699 in New Kent County, Virginia.6,7

Baptism date rather than birth date. Died young.

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Anne PERKINS was born on 4 May 1701 in New Kent County, Virginia.6,7

Baptism Date not birth date. Died young.

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WILLIAM PERKINS.

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Anne PERKINS was born on 26 January 1709 in New Kent County, Virginia.6,7

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Judith PERKINS was born on 15 December 1711 in New Kent County, Virginia.6,8 She was christened on 27 January 1712.8

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Sarah PERKINS was born on 29 June 1717 in New Kent County, Virginia.6

There is some doubt Sarah is a member of this Perkins family.