=========================================================== Source: A portrait and biographical record of Delaware and Randolph counties, Ind. : containing biographical sketches of many prominent and representative citizens, together with biographies and portraits of all of the presidents of the United States, and biographies of the governors of Indiana. A.W. Bowen & Co. (1894) ==========================================================
J. WALLACE PERKINS is a native of Delaware county, Indiana, born in the city of Muncie on the 8th day of October, 1846, the son of William H. and Susan (Russey) Perkins. The father was a native of Kentucky and located in Muncie when it was but a mere village and started the first tailoring establishment in the place. He followed his trade in Muncie continuosly until February, 1855, when he moved to Vandalia, Cass Co., Michigan, thence two years later to the city of Niles, Berrien Co., Michigan, where he resided until his death in 1875. William H. Perkins displayed commendable energy in his chosen calling and his death was the result of over exertion and exhaustion brought on by the sickness of his wife, who for a number of weeks had required his constant attention. He was the first man to introduce the sewing machine into Indiana, and the one he operated in Muncie cost him the sum of $250. He died at the age of sixty-three; his widow still survives, having reached the good old age of seventy-five years, and at this time resides with her youngest daughter in the town of Carthage, Indiana. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins reared a family of three sons and three daughters, namely; Harvey W., Mary A, John S., J. Wallace, Martha J and Minnie E. Perkins. Of the above sons, Harvey W. and John S. served in the late war as members of Michigan regiments. ==========================================================
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