Saturday, August 24, 2013 Site Updates from the FGS breakfast

Ancestry Blog post on new features announced at the Ancestry Breakfast at the FGS conference in Fort Wayne: Exciting Ancestry Site Updates!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Battle of Gettysburg, First Day, 1 July 1863

One hundred and fifty years ago today was the start of the three-day long, Battle of Gettysburgh. Gettysburgh was the 12th bloodiest battle of the US Civil War.

Wikipedia has a good article on the first day and Michael J. Leclerc has a good overview article for the entire Battle of Gettysburg.

As far as I know none of my ancestors or their siblings fought at Gettysburg. Did any of yours do so?

Sunday, June 16, 2013

My Paternal Line Ancestry

Since it is Father's Day in the USA I thought I post my paternal line ancestry.
  1. a)
    Denval Perkins, 1921, Whitley Co., KY - 1976, Hamilton Co., OH, buried Xenia, Illinois. He served in the US Navy during WWII and the Korean War. He married 1st Mary Ruth Ball and 2nd Joyce Anderson Monk;

  2. b)
    Henry Franklin Perkins, 1882, Whitley Co., KY - 1963, McCreary Co., buried KY. He married Elanor "Nellie" Walker Inman;

  3. c)
    Jesse Perkins, 1840, Whitley Co., KY - 1894, Whitley Co. KY, buried Whitley Co., KY. He served in the KY 49th Mounted Infantry and the 7th Kentucky Cavalry during the US Civil War. He married Elizabeth Jane Creekmore;

  4. d) William Perkins 1801, probably Grayson Co., VA - 1864, Whitley Co., KY. He married 1st, Peggy McKee, and 2nd, Rebecca Shepard;
  5. e) Jabez Perkins, 1766?, New Haven?, CT - 1836. Will made 27 Dec 1835, probated Feb term 1836, Whitley Co., KY. He married Nancy Ann ????? (sometimes thought to be a Creekmore but no known contemporary proof). He may have married 2nd, Nancy White, 27 Dec 1835 (said to be a marriage certificate at KY State Archives, not seen by this researcher);
  6. f) Timothy Perkins, 1736, New Haven, CT - abt 1782, NC (possibly after the Battle of King's Mountain. He was a Loyalist serving in several South Carolina militia organizations with his brother Joseph (Murtie June Clark, Loyalists in the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War). He married Miriam Sperry;
  7. g) Joseph Perkins, 1701, New Haven, CT - abt 1776, CT or NC. He married Phebe Moulthrop;
  8. h) Stephen Perkins, 1680, New Haven CT - 1753, New Haven, CT. He married 1st, Elizabeth Ford, and 2nd, Anne Howe;
  9. i) John Perkins, 1651, New Haven, CT - abt 1726-27, CT. He married 1st, Mary ?????, and 2nd, Rebecca Thompson.
  10. j) Edward Perkins, abt 1623, London, England - died before 1690 (date of recordation of deeds to his three sons). He took the Oath of Fidelity 18 October 1648 in New Haven Colony. He may be the Edward Perkins, son of William Perkins, Merchant Tailor of Abbots Salford and Saint Dunstan in the West, London, and his 2nd wife, Mary Purchas. If true he was a half-brother to Rev/Capt. William Perkins of Topsfield. Edward married Elizabeth Butcher.
My Y DNA haplogroup is R1a1h [R-L176.1] at FTDNA. This has been confirmed by testing at 23andme and the Genographic Project. It is mainly found in Scotland, England and Norway. A 37 marker match has been found with a Perkins family in England from Berkshire. Edward Perkins had 3 known sons and descendants of two have been traced to the early 20th Century and then lost. The descendants of John Perkins are this line and, so far, everyone expected to match has matched. However, because we don't have descendants of the other brothers to test, we only consider this Y line proved back to Joseph Perkins, born 1701. Descendants of two of his sons have been tested and match at 37 markers and higher. See the Parkins and Perkins Y DNA study. We are looking for a descendant of Rev William Perkins of Topsfield to test to see if the Y DNA matches.
My Y DNA is a close match to the Y DNA of the Chiefs of Clan Donald, purportedly descendants of Somerled, King of Mann and Lord of the Isles, who was killed in 1164 during the Battle of Renfew. There were Scottish rebels surnamed McDonald sent to New England in the 1600s after their defeat at the hands of the English.
Thanks to Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings blog for the idea for this post. I will continue with my maternal line and with the paternal or maternal lines of other grandparents.

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Reverend Stephen R. Davenport Symposium: 375th anniversary of the English settlement of New Haven, 13 April 2013

Exploring the Early Years of New Haven

John Davenport’s ambition brought 500 settlers to the New Haven Colony in 1638. Early on, Puritan traditions took root in the Colony, shaping everyday life, education and religious toleration. To celebrate the 375th anniversary of the English settlement of New Haven in 1638, the New Haven Museum presents The Reverend Stephen R. Davenport Symposium on Saturday, April 13 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, with support from the Davenport family and the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University. Four distinguished scholars of early American history will reveal the social impact of women’s roles, the desire for education and the importance of religion in the Puritan culture of the New Haven Colony. Lunch on your own from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. During the lunch break, the Symposium will feature a self-guided walking tour of the New Haven Green or a special teacher workshop for educators interested in integrating primary resources and early New Haven history into their teaching. Admission is free, but registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Michelle Cheng at (203) 562-4183 x11 or

The Symposium will open with an introduction by Dr. John Demos, Samuel Knight Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University, leading into the following lectures:

  • · “Building a Perimeter Fence: Toleration in Early New Haven” by Dr. Francis J. Bremer, Professor Emeritus of History at Millersville University
  • · “The Strange History of the Tuttles, A New Haven Family” by Dr. Ava Chamberlain, Professor of History at Wright State University
  • · “Women and Domestic Life in John Davenport’s New Haven” by Dr. Rebecca Tannenbaum, Senior Lecturer in History at Yale University
  • · “Education and the Struggle for a College in Early New Haven” by Dr. Kenneth P. Minkema, Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University

Additional support for The Reverend Stephen R. Davenport Symposium by The Woman’s Seamen’s Friend Society of Connecticut, Inc. and NewAlliance Foundation.

The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue. The Museum is currently celebrating 150 years of collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven. Through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach, the Museum brings 375 years of New Haven history to life. For more information, contact Michelle Cheng, Director of Education, at (203) 562-4183 ext. 11 or