Welcome! I really enjoy exchanging information with people and love that this blog helps with that. I consider much of my research as a work in progress, so please let me know if you have conflicting information. 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 male 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, and John Howland.
Female Mayflower ancestors: Mary Norris Allerton, Eleanor Billington, Mary Brewster, Mrs. James Chilton, Sarah Eaton, and Joan Hurst Tilley.
Child Mayflower ancestors: Giles Hopkins, (possibly) Constance Hopkins, Mary Allerton, Francis Billington, Love Brewster, Mary Chilton, Samuel Eaton, and Elizabeth Tilley.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Ignatious Perkins (born 1720 Plympton, Mass) and Keziah Davis

Ignatious (or Ignatius) Perkins, my seventh great-grandfather, was born 15 July 1720 at Plympton, Plymouth Co., Mass., the son of Luke and Ruth (Cushman) Perkins. I wrote about Luke and Ruth here.

Ignatious married Keziah Davis on 10 November 1743 in Freetown, Bristol Co., Mass. 

Keziah was born in Freetown on 9 March 1724/25, the daughter of William and Keziah (Cudworth) Davis. 

Assonet River in Freetown (source: Wikipedia)

Freetown was settled by the English in April 1659 on the banks of the Assonet River. It remained part of Plymouth Colony until that colony merged with Mass Bay Colony in 1685.

Ignatious and Keziah had six children, recorded at Wrentham but first four likely born in Freetown:
David born 1 February 1743/44; m. Zilpha Hathaway
Ignatious born 18 May 1746
Luke born 25 January 1747/48; m. Margaret Pierce; served in the Revolutionary War and died from a wound to his foot.
John born 3 June 1750
Ruth born 5 August 1752
William born 12 October 1754

I descend from Ruth who married Jesse Pierce. I haven’t done much research on Ruth’s siblings and would love to hear from any of their descendants.

Ebenezer Peirce wrote that Ignatious is said to have been lacking much of being a saint, but I haven’t found exactly what he is referencing.
source: Wikipedia

Most of what I know about this family is in thanks to Paul Bumpus’s article in the September 2006 Mayflower Quarterly. He wrote that four of Ignatious’s children were born in Freetown. He moved to Wrentham by 1752 when daughter Ruth was born there. The family eventually returned to Freetown. 

In 1762, Ignatious was listed as a blacksmith living in Freetown. He came from a long line of blacksmiths, including his father, Luke Perkins.

From Plymouth Court Records (12: 332-334):
David Stockbridge Esq. (Hanover) attached Ignatius Perkins (Freetown                             
Blacksmith). Trespass on the Case, on 3-month note dated 21 October
1762 for 8 dollars (or 48s.) with interest. Pltf. said that on 18 March
1763 Chase endorsed the note to pltf. or his order, and pltf. notified
deft., who promised to pay but later refused to pay, to pltf.'s damage of
£10. Default by deft. Judgment for £2.12s.1d. and £2.1s.9d. costs. 

Locations and dates of Ignatious and Keziah’s deaths have not been discovered.  

Sources Not Listed Above:
Ebenezer W. Peirce, The Posterity of William Davis of Freetown, NEHGR, Vol 20, July 1866

Ebenezer W. Pierce, The Peirce Family, NEHGR, Vol 22, 1867

Paul Stanton Bumpus, Ruth Perkins, Daughter of Ignatious Perkins of Freetown, Mass…, Mayflower Quarterly, September 2006


  1. I'm very happy to have found your site! I have a note written by a Tho. Gilbert to Mr. Tho. Richmond Aug. 26 1759. "Sr. Plesd to pay to or discompt with Ignatios Perkens Seven Shilling as this order shall be your discharge from your frind." I suspect it is payment for some blacksmith work done by Ignatious for Tho. Gilbert.
    Ignatious and Keziah's oldest son, David, married Zilpha Hathaway who was also his first cousin. Zilpha's mother, Mary Davis Hathaway (Benjamin Hathawa), was Keziah's sister.
    Ginny Lehner

  2. Hi Ginny: Thanks for your comment. What a great, old note to have! Thank you, also, for David Perkins' marriage information. Chris


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