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John Perkins, Sr. and Judith Gater

[F15668]. John PERKINS, Sr. [PC W2-2].
(Christened on 23 December 1583)(Born in 1590), of Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England; son of Henry PERKINS [F31336] and Elizabeth SAWBRIDGE [F31337].

Hillmorton is an area of the town of Rugby, Warwickshire, it comprises most of the eastern half of the town. Before Rugby spread so far east, Hillmorton was a village. At one time a market was held in Hillmorton, and remnants of the old village green still remain. It was formed by amalgamation of two settlements: Hill and Morton. Morton was mentioned in the Domesday Book as land that belonged to Hugh de Grandmesnil. In the 20th century, the growth of Rugby subsumed Hillmorton, which was officially merged into the town in 1932, and the area is now effectively a suburb of the town.

He married Judith GATER on 9 October 1608 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England. They had seven sons and five daughters, named Abraham, John The family immigrated to America in 1631, sailing on the "Lyon" from Bristol. (S2).

The Lyon, which left England on 1 December 1, 1630, William Pierce, Master. They arrived on 5 February 1631. Their voyage was described as tempestuous. John is listed as coming from Hilmorton, Warwickshire, England with his wife, Judith, and five children.
Passenger listing:
John Perkins of Hilmorton, Warwick, going to Boston.
.....Mrs. Judith Perkins
.....John Perkins [b. 1614]
.....Elizabeth Perkins [1610]
.....Mary Perkins [b. 1615]
.....Thomas Perkins [b. 1616]
.....Jacob Perkins [b. 1624](Passengers and Ships -1631)

"John Perkins and Judith his wife" were admitted to Boston church as members #107 and #108 (this would be in early 1631) [ BChR 14].

He was admitted a Freeman on 18 May 1631.

He was on the committee to set the bounds of Roxbury and Dorchester, 7 November 1632.

They moved to Ipswich in 1633.

Deputy to General Court for Ipswich, 25 May 1636

Essex grand jury, 28 [December] 1641, 26 September 1648, 28 September 1652 [ EQC 1:37, 145, 260].

On 26 March 1650 "John Perkins Sr., being above sixty years old, is freed from ordinary training" [ EQC 1:187].

ESTATE: He had Ipswich land grants: forty acres in 1634, three acres of upland; ten acres of meadow; an island at More's Point; ten acres where "he hath built a house"; six acres of meadow; six acres of upland in 1635, and forty acres at Chebacco in 1636, and six acres of plowland in 1639 [ Dudley Wildes Anc 88].

On 10 December 1644 "John Perkins of Ipswich in America" and Thomas Perkins exchanged land in Ipswich [ ILR 3:1, 4:268].

In his will, dated 28 March 1654 and proved 26 September 1654, "John Perkines the Elder of Ipswich being at this time sick and weak in body" bequeathed to "my eldest son John Perkines a foal ... also ... to my son John's two sons John and Abraham to each of them one of my yearling heifers"; to "my son Thomas Perkines one cow and one heifer also ... to his son John Perkines one ewe"; to "my daughter Elizabeth Sarjeant one cow and a heifer to be to her and her children after her decease"; to "my daughter Mary Bradbery one cow and one heifer or a young steer ... to her & to her children"; to "my daughter Lidia Bennitt one cow and one heifer or steer ... to her children"; to "my grandchild Thomas Bradbery one ewe"; to "my son Jacob Perkines my dwelling house together with all the outhousing and all my lands ... according to a former covenant, after the decease of my wife"; residue "to my dear wife Judeth Perkines" sole executrix, "as also to dispose of some of the increase to children of my son Thomas and of my three daughters" at her discretion [ EPR 1:190-91].

The inventory of John Perkins was undated but totalled 250 5s., including real estate valued at 132: "the dwelling house and barn with out housing," 40 60s. [sic]; "land about the house about eight acres," 12; "more land unbroke up about fourteen acres," 21; "a parcel of marsh about six acres," 12; "a parcel of upland and marsh being much broken about twenty acres," 20; "twelve acres of improved land," 24 [ EPR 1:191].

DEATH: Ipswich "1654 aged sixty four years" between 28 March 1654 (date of will) and 26 September 1654 (probate of will).

[F15669]. Judith GATER. [PC W2-2].
Judith was christened on 19 March 1588; daughter of Michael GATER [F31338]. She married John PERKINS, Sr.

CHILDREN of John PERKINS, Sr. and Judith GATER:
  1. Elizabeth Perkins. Born in 1610. She was christened on 3 March 1611 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England. She died on 18 September 1670 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. She was burned on 12 February 1685 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.
  2. John Perkins Jr. Born (in 1614) (on 14 September 1609-S3) in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England. He was christened on 8 November 1608 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England. He died on 14 December 1686 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts; and was buried in Ipswich. (S3).
  3. Mary Perkins. Christened on 3 September 1615 at Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England. In 1636 she married Thomas Bradbury of Salisbury, Massachusetts, considered one of its most distinguished citizens, land agent for his great-uncle Ferdinando Gorges and son of Elizabeth Whitgift, whose uncle John Whitgift was Archbishop of Canterbury under Elizabeth and James I. She was tried, convicted and sentenced to hang as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, however, the sentence was never carried out. In the notorious witch trials of 1692, Mary Bradbury was indicted for (among other charges): Certaine Detestable arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries Wickedly Mallitiously and felloniously hath used practiced and Exercised At and in the Township of Andivor in the County of Essex aforesaid in upon & against one Timothy Swann of Andivor In the County aforesaid Husbandman -- by which said Wicked Acts the said Timothy Swann upon the 26th day of July Aforesaid and divers other days & times both before and after was and is Tortured Afflicted Consumed Pined Wasted and Tormented.... Witnesses testified that she assumed animal forms; her most unusual metamorphosis was said to have been that of a blue boar. Another allegation was that she cast spells upon ships. Over a hundred of her neighbors and townspeople testified on her behalf, but to no avail and she was found guilty of practicing magic and sentenced to be executed. Through the ongoing efforts of her friends, her execution was delayed. After the witch debacle had passed, she was released. By some accounts she was allowed to escape. Others claim she bribed her jailer. Another account claims that her husband bribed the jailer and took her away to Maine in a horse and cart. They returned to Massachusetts after the witch hysteria had died down. Mary Bradbury died of natural causes in her own bed on 20 December 1700 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts. In 1711, the governor and council of Massachusetts authorized payment of 578.12s to the claimants representing twenty-three persons condemned at Salem, and the heirs of Mary Bradbury received 20. A petition to reverse the attainder of twenty-two of the thirty-one citizens convicted and condemned as a result of the trials was passed by the Massachusetts General Court in 1711, and in 1957 The Commonwealth of Massachusetts reversed the stigma placed on all those not covered by earlier orders.
  4. (Deacon) Thomas Perkins. Christened on 28 April 1622 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England. He died on 7 May 1686 in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts; and was buried in Topsfield.
  5. [F7834]. (Sgt.) Jacob PERKINS. [PC W2-2]. Born in 1624 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England. Christened on 12 September 1624 in Hillmorton, Warwickshire, England. He married Elizabeth Lovell in 1648. He died on 29 January 1700 at Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts. (S3).
  6. Lydia Perkins. Christened on 3 June 1632 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. She died on 12 January 1707 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts; and was buried in Ipswich.