Welcome! I really enjoy exchanging information with people and hope this blog will help with that. I am not an expert and I consider most of my research as a work in progress. Some of the surnames I'm researching:

Many old Cape families including Kelley, Eldredge/idge, Howes, Baker, Mayo, Bangs, Snow, Chase, Ryder/Rider, Freeman, Cole, Sears, Wixon, Nickerson.
Many old Plymouth County families including Washburn, Bumpus, Lucas, Cobb, Benson.
Johnson (England to MA)
Corey (Correia?) (Azores to MA)
Booth, Jones, Taylor, Heatherington (N. Ireland to Quebec)
O'Connor (Ireland to MA)
My Mayflower Ancestors (only first two have been submitted/approved by the Mayflower Society):
Francis Cooke, William Brewster, George Soule, Isaac Allerton, John Billington, Richard Warren, Peter Browne, Francis Eaton, Samuel Fuller, James Chilton, John Tilley, Stephen Hopkins, John Howland.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Luke Perkins ca 1640-1710 and Hannah Long 1637-1715

Luke Perkins was born ca 1640, probably in Hampton, New Hampshire, the son of Abraham and Mary (maiden name unknown) Perkins.

An indenture dated 4th mo. 3d day 1654, states that Luke Perkins, aged about 'fortene' with the consent of his parents puts himself apprentice to Samuel Carter, shoemaker, both of Charlestown.

Luke married Hannah Long on 9 March 1662/63, likely in Charlestown, Mass. She was born 3 March 1636/7 at Charlestown, the daughter of Robert Long by his second wife, Elizabeth, whose maiden name is not known. Hannah had married first Henry Cookery.

Hannah was admitted to the First Church at Charlestown on 29 March 1668.
Copy of an oil painting of the First Church, Charlestown


John who died young
Luke who died young
Luke who married Martha Conant
Elizabeth who married Nicholas Lobdell
Hannah who married Richard Way

I descend from Luke. I wrote about that couple here..

Luke served in Capt. Thomas Prentice's Company, listed on a treasurer's report dated 24 April 1676, under the command of Lt. Edward Oakes. He was paid 19 shillings, 8 pence.

The Middlesex Troop arrived at Swansey (Swansea), at Miles' garrison, and was fired upon by Indians. Mr. Church was also with them. Several were wounded, so they withdrew. Next day they were fortified by Capt. Mosely's volunteers, and they charged across a bridge and drove the Indians from the "Neck." On June 30 they rode to Rehoboth. The next day the troop was divided, with one division serving under Lt Edward Oakes. It seems both troops rode back by the same route. Prentice's men came upon Indians burning a house, but could not get at them, because of a delay caused by having to tear down fences that were in the way, giving the Indians time to retreat to a swamp. Lt Oakes' forces discovered them and chased them over a plain, killing two of Philip's top men, also losing one of their own men, John Druse. Capt. Prentice's men spent the next few days searching the swamps, but then went with the army to Narraganset. After they returned to Swansey and learned that Philip was hiding in Pocasset Swamp, the majority of Massachusetts troops were sent to Boston. Capt. Prentice and his troop were ordered to scout towards Mendon, where the Indians had lately made an assault upon the people, killing several. The troopers met Capt. Johnson's company at Mendon. On 3 Dec 1675, Capt. Prentice was appointed to command a troop of horse in the Narraganset campaign, seeing much action, including battle at Bull's garrison and scouting raids.

It appears Lt Oakes was at Lancaster after its destruction Feb 10, 1675/76, and after that was scouting between Marlborough and Medfield, at was quartered at the latter with his troop during the attack 21 Feb. He also submitted a small bill for billeting his troop at Billerica, no date.
Depiction of a Native American attack during King Philip's War

Luke Perkins died at Charlestown on 20 March 1709/10. His son, Luke Perkins of Ipswich, was appointed administrator of the estate on 12 March 1712/13. Inventory: House 62 pounds, personal property 17 pounds. In the account of administration, widow Hannah was named, also son Luke, grandchild Elisabeth daughter of Jeremiah Wright, and Sarah daughter of William Emery.

Hannah died at Charlestown 16 November 1715.

Luke Perkins of Plympton, as administrator of the estates of his father and mother, sold the old homestead in Charlestown the year his mother died.

I have read that Luke and Hannah may be buried at Copp’s Hill Burial Ground in Boston, without surviving headstones.
Copps Hill Burial Ground
Photograph of Copp's Hill source: cityofboston.gov

Sources Not Listed Above:
Joseph W. Porter, An Account of Part of the Family of Abraham Perkins of Hampton NH, who lived in Plymouth County, Mass., NEHGR, Vol. 50, 1896

Asa W. Brown, Perkins Family of Hampton, NH, NEHGR, 1858, Volume 12

George Madison Bodge, Soldiers in King Philip's War, A Critical Accounting of That War with a Concise History of the Indian Wars of New England from 1620-1677, 1896

Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins, 1995

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