> We see from Kingman, Ref. 2, p. 619, that the oldest child of Mark > Perkins and Dorothy Whipple was Dorothy Perkins who was born > Feb. 4, 1721.
The same birth date is given by Frederick Odell Conant in "A History and Genealogy of the Conant Family in England and America" (Portland, ME: Privately Printed, 1887) on p. 157, but I have never found a contemporary record to back it up. The intention of Mark and Dorothy was recorded 04-Jun-1721 [Ipswich VR 2:338, 452]. Their daughter Dorothy was baptized 25-Feb-1721/22 in the Third Church of Ipswich [ibid., 1:285].
> Assuming Dorothy Whipple was 18 years old when she married > Mark Perkins, she would have been born about 1702 and therefore > about 58 years old when she married Solomon Packard as his third > wife. She would have been about 80 years old when she died in > 1782.
The gravestone of Dorothy (Whipple) (Perkins) Packard, in the First Parish Cemetery in Brockton, says that she died in her 80th year [Brockton VR 348].
> These data indicate, if they are correct, that Mark Perkins and > Dorotlhy Whipple were married and had all but the last of their > children before moving to North Bridgewater. The implication is > that they moved from Ipswich in 1741.
As will be seen below, Mark and Dorothy were in Plympton by 1724/25.
> I have wondered what motivated them at that stage in their lives > to move from Ipswich in Essex Co. on the north shore above > Boston to Bridgewater south of Boston and inland. Were they > influenced by any of the other Perkins families who already lived > in Bridgewater or vicinity?
The other major Perkins line in the Bridgewaters descends from David Perkins, great uncle of Mark, who was in the southern part of Bridgewater as early as 1688, when he bought land from the sons of Solomon Leonard [NEHGR 50:36]. He was certainly living there by 1690 - his wife was dismissed from the church in Beverly to the one in Bridgewater 22d, 4m 1690 [ibid.], and David took inventory of the estate of Benjamin Washburn of Bridgewater 12-Dec-1690 [Plymouth Co. Probate 1:95; Docket #21924; file abstracted in MD 16:47-49].
> Mark Perkins, son of Luke Perkins (2) and baptized in Beverly, April > 30, 1699, could very well be the Mark Perkins, son of Luke, from > Ipswich who came to Bridgewater in 1741 with his wife and family > and who died Dec. 20, 1756 at age 58.
He was indeed, as we will see below.
> Luke Perkins (2) is reported in Ref. 4 to have resided in Marblehead, > Beverly, Wenham, Ipswich which are all in Essex Co. and to have > gone about 1714 to Plympton in Plymouth Co. His son Mark would > have been 16 years old at the time.
Luke was still in Ipswich 12-Mar-1712/13, when he was appointed administrator of his father's estate [NEHGR 50:35], and in Plympton by Nov-1714 , when he was deeded land there by William Churchill, Samuel Bradford and Isaac Cushman [ibid., p. 38], possibly to induce him to settle there as a blacksmith.
Mark presumably came to Plympton between the baptism of his daughter Dorothy in 1721/22, and about 1723 - Matthew, "SON TO MARK PERKINS & DORYTHY" died 10-Mar-1724 and was buried at Plympton [MD 10:220] (A photo of his gravestone can be seen online in the Farber Gravestone Collection). Mark Perkins of Plympton bought land there for a blacksmith's shop 11-Jan-1724/25, from David Bosworth, Sr., John Bryant, Jr. and James Bryant, all of Plympton [Plymouth Co. Deeds 19:20].
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