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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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ERTY: size of entire estate unknown. Testamen-
tary bond was for £8,000.0.0 sterling. Pemberton
devised £200.0.0 currency to his sister. Probably
still owned house and storehouse in Oxford, Tal-
bot County. LAND: 3,934 acres in Queen Anne's
and Talbot counties; probably 200 acres near
Dover, Delaware, and an unspecified amount of
land elsewhere in Maryland and Pennylvania.

PERKINS, ISAAC (1743-1791). BORN: on Au-
gust 5, 1743, in Shrewsbury Parish, Kent County;
only son. NATIVE: at least third generation. RE-
SIDED: near Morgan Creek, six miles from Ches-
tertown, District 4, Kent County. FAMILY BACK-
GROUND. FATHER: Ebenezer Perkins (1717-1750/
51), a miller; son of Daniel Perkins (?-ca. 1748)
and wife Susannah. MOTHER: Sarah, daughter of
Francis Barney (?-1747) of Kent County, a car-
penter. SISTERS: Araminta (1741-?), who mar-
ried Joseph McHard; Mary (by 1747-?). MAR-
RIED by November 16, 1765, Ann (1740-?),
daughter of Hugh Wallis (1711-1766) and wife
Hannah Brooks; granddaughter of Samuel Wallis
(?-1724). Her brothers were John (1743/44-?);
Samuel (1746-1807); William (1751/52-1814); and
Hugh (1757-by 1817). Her sisters were Hannah
(1741/42-?); Araminta (1749-?); and Ruth (1754-
?). CHILDREN. SONS: Ebenezer (1767-?), who
married Sarah Jenkins; William (ca. 1780-?).
DAUGHTERS: Araminta (1765-by 1798), who
married Josiah Johnson (?-1804); Ann (?-ca.
1797), who married by 1791 George Jackson (1758-
1798); Sarah, who married by 1798 James Groome;
and Mary (ca. 1781-?), who married John Black.


AFFILIATION: Anglican; pewholder, Chester Par-
ish, Kent County, 1768, subscriber to Chester
Parish, 1789, and to Shrewsbury Parish, Kent
County, 1791. OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE: planter
by 1769 to death; merchant by 1772 to death; mill
owner. Perkins inherited the grist mills and saw
mills operated by his father and grandfather. He
added a fulling mill before 1780, and a malt and
brewhouse by 1781. During the Revolution, the
Perkins Mills produced flour for the American
SERVICE: Lower House, Kent County, 1777, 1786-
1787 (Claims 2). OTHER STATE OFFICE: Consti-
tution Ratification Convention, Kent County,
1788. LOCAL OFFICE: purchasing agent, Kent
County, appointed March 1779. MILITARY SERV-
ICE: captain, Kent County Militia, by May 1776;
captain, Fourth Maryland Battalion of the Flying
Camp, July-December 1776; lieutenant colonel,

Thirteenth Battalion, Kent County Militia, com-
missioned on June 4, 1778, resigned on Septem-
ber 28, 1786, to run for public office. WEALTH


27, 1780, Perkins's grist mill, saw mill, and fulling
mill were destroyed by fire. Also destroyed were
50 to 90 barrels of flour and 130 to 140 barrels of
ship's stuff in the mills. Both Perkins and his mill
superintendent suspected arson. In a letter re-
questing that the state government offer a reward
for the capture of the culprits, Perkins stated his
conviction that his property was burned because
of "the considerable consequence my mill has
been in Manufacturing such large Quantities of
Grain for the Army and french fleet" and because
of his service as procurement officer for Kent
County. When Perkins made his will in April 1781,
he mentioned the grist mills, fulling mill, saw mill,
malt and brewhouses "now erecting by me." As-
sessed value £624.8.0, including 9 slaves, 24 oz.
plate, a brick brewhouse, mill, store house, full-
ing mill, saw mill, and grist mill, 1783. LAND AT
FIRST ELECTION, at least 700 acres in Kent County
(450 acres from his grandfather Francis Barney
and his cousin Barney Course, at least 100 acres
from his father, and 113 acres by purchase). SIG-
TION AND DEATH: purchased 111 acres of confis-
cated British property in Kent County in 1782,
and patented it in his own name in 1786; pur-
chased 32 acres in Kent County and took a 99-
year lease on two 1-acre lots near Chestertown
in 1784; purchased 15 acres in Kent County and
1 lot adjoining Chestertown in 1786; confirmed
his title to 150 acres in Kent County, possibly
acquired through marriage, 1788; purchased 154
acres in Kent County, 1790 and 1791. Prior to his
death Perkins purchased 800 acres lying in both
Queen Anne's County and Kent County, Dela-
ware. WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED, in October 1791

£4,123.12.4 current money (including 19 slaves,
37 oz. plate, 14 books, and goods in a store valued
at £1,454.1.10); FB, £2,423.2.5 as recorded. LAND:
probably ca. 2,000 acres in Kent and Queen Anne's
counties and Kent County, Delaware, plus 1 lot
adjoining Chestertown and 2 lots near Chester-
town held on long-term leases.

probably, ca. 1711. RESIDED: probably in Mat-
tapony Hundred, Prince George's County. MAR-
RIED ca. 1713 Sarah (?-1733), daughter of Wil-
liam Barton (1667/68-1705) and wife Sarah



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