========================================================= SOURCE: A standard history of Fulton County, Ohio, an authentic narrative of the past, with an extended survey of modern developments in the progress of town and county – Frank H. Reighard =========================================================
JACOB F. PERKINS. The Perkins family of which Jacob F. Perkins of Swan Creek is a representative is English, the parents and four children coming to the United States in 1853 and locating in Wayne County, Ohio. In Feb., 1870, Jacob F. Perkins was born in Wayne Co., OH. He is a son of William and Elizabeth (Burr) Perkins.
William Perkins removed from Wayne county, Ohio in 1870, locating in Swan Creek township. He bought eighty acres in the brush, and some of it heavily timbered, and he cleared twenty four acres, residing there until the time of his death in 1894, and the wife lived there until 1905, when her death occurred. While thirteen children were born to them, only five reached manhod and womanhood. Anna Perkins is the wife of Levi Swartz, of Hastings, Nebraska; Mary Perkins is the widow of Jacob Hodgebone, of Toledo, OH; Julia Perkins is the wife of Charles Wilford, of Toledo, OH; Joseph Perkins lives in Swanton, OH; and Jacob F. Perkins lives on the farm in Swan Creek. In March, 1899, he married OCIE E. PETERSON, of Swan Creek. She is a daughter of John and Sarah (Williams) Peterson. Her father came from Long Island, while her mother had always lived in Swan Creek. one daughter, Grace Perkins, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Perkins.
Mr. Perkins has served as school director for many years. He has served two terms as township trustee, and he was instrumental in building eight miles of hard road in that time. He is a democrat in politics, and is a member of Brailey Grange and a stockholder in the Brailey Grange Hall Company.
While he has put many industrious years on the farm that was his boyhood environment, Jacob F. Perkins has evidently acknowledged the call of public spirit and has freely enlisted his services in every community project for the general welfare. He is one of the thinking men found in agricultural circles today who are doing so much to increase the attractiveness of farm life and also improve the general economic conditions of those who till the soil. ====================================================
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