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Perkins Family History

Where Did Our Perkins Family Come From?

We’ve been studying early Perkins genealogy for generations. Thanks to heroic work by many family historians, we have a wealth of good information about our ancestors. Unfortunately, we also have a wealth of bad information, and with the Internet we can now find, copy, paste, and publish nonsense about our ancestry faster than our ancestors could have dreamed. This isn’t anyone’s fault. We gather information faster than we can organize it, it gets thrown on a pile, and the pile gets copied and recopied by people who don’t want to lose it. There are so many dubious, contradictory, and unsourced claims about Richard Perkins’s origins that I wanted to try gathering and organizing what we knew about him and how we knew it.

So, did I end up creating a proper repository of Richard Perkins I information as I had intended? Well, no, sorry. It didn’t work out the way I had planned. I was just like when I try to organize the garage, discover something interesting, and get distracted. As I got to work collecting and laying out what we knew about Richard Perkins, this project took an unexpected turn.

The first page or two are what I had planned to start with as I worked toward an organized presentation of what we had learned about Richard Perkins. But then questions occurred to me, and I kept writing as I went. I’ve tidied up the formatting and wording, but the information is presented in the order I found it. I could now rewrite the whole thing, but I'd rather leave this as is—a record for my own descendants of what ended up happening when I tried to organize what we knew about our earliest Perkins ancestor.


This research on the origin of the Perkinses was made possible by my wife, Michelle. All along she has said that this was something she wanted to give to the Perkins family. It is, of course, dedicated to her with love and gratitude.

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