Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves
Thomas’s son, also Thomas, was born in 1722 and died in 1773. He was a lawyer and civil engineer and was employed for a time as a surveyor in Kentucky. His son Enoch was born in 1754 and lived in Bridgewater until 1800 when he moved to Minot, Maine, near Auburn. There he established a sawmill and also worked as a blacksmith. He married Susanna Perkins. Their son Thomas was born in Auburn in 1810 and died in 1881. He succeeded his father in the mill business and also worked as a farmer, civil engineer and surveyor. Thomas’s children, Enoch, born in 1845, Newell Marden, born in 1849, and Sarah, born in 1854, also have papers in this collection.Enoch, who appears to have compiled most of the family history found in the collection, was a soldier in the Maine 29th Infantry Regiment, Company B, mustering in at Auburn in 1865 and mustering out in 1866 at Charleston, South Carolina. He was in the cigar business in Auburn and Lewiston until 1887, when he established a cigar manufacturing factory in Boston. After moving to Malden, Massachusetts, he became the Maine agent for a cigar factory there. He also served on the staff of Governor Harris M. Plaisted of Maine.
Newell M. Perkins, born in 1849, was a musician and teacher of instrumentation. Sarah Perkins, born in 1854, was also a teacher of music and voice and taught at a college near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.Scope and Content Note
A folder of letters from 1846 to 1888 written to Nelson Bean and his son Byron Bean, both of New Sharon, Maine, is also included in the collection. The relationship of the Beans to the Perkins family is unknown.
Contents of Box
1 Genealogy of Perkins family compiled by Enoch Perkins, 1911-1913
2 Letters to Enoch Perkins re genealogy, 1911-1913
3 Letters to Perkins family members, 1772-1885
4-7 Legal and financial papers, 1700-1901
9 Miscellaneous documents
10 Newspaper clippings re family, 1861-1945
11 Plan of burial grounds near the Nathan Briggs farm on the left of road from Auburn city to east Auburn, undated12 Nathaniel Ames. An astronomical diary or an almanack for … 1754. Boston: printed by J. Draper; Robert M. Thomas. The farmer’s almanack … for the year of our lord 1838. Boston: published and sold by Charles J. Hendee, 1837
14-15 Miscellaneous artifacts: money changer’s scales, gavel, spectacles
16 Bean family letters, 1846-1888
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