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I have been doing family research for 14 years and have been successful in tracing my family's ancestors back several hundred years in some cases and only a few generations in others. I have documented direct descent lines, and those providing me with their data I have asked for copies of their documentation, or at least the location of their resources. Family histories on this site have been documented to the best of my ability. In some cases I have relied on "Preponderance of Evidence" when it came to some conclusions and I will be happy to provide the evidence for my research or inform you of its location.. Information has been received from family members group sheets, court, birth, death, tax and census records, and professional researchers that I have had assist me through the years. My research has been on my family ancestors and also my husbands. His family has proven to be much more colorful than mine and in some ways that's what makes researching ones family so much fun. It's like being a current day Sherlock Holmes. The mysteries are abound in genealogy and the adventures into the unknown plentiful. If you connect to any of my lines and would like to share research material please contact me. I would also like to know of any errors my data may indicate. Remember this is a "Work in Progress". We recently visited Ireland so take a look at our Trip Report.
The Perrin Family
A Richard Perrin family and a Thomas Perrin family lived on adjacent plantations on the James River in the years 1670 to 1710. This area, later "Wilton" of William Randolph III, is now on the edge of Richmond. Each of the Perrin families had one son survive infancy, but the sons died young and without issue.The families do have many descendants through the daughters.
One Richard Perrin, was transported to Henrico County in 1637 by Thomas Osborne, Jr.He could have been the father of Richard and Thomas Perrin, but I also find another Richard Perrin transported by Thomas Weston also in 1637.In 1672 Richard Perrin patented 740 acres on the north side of the James in the vicinity of Cornelius Creek, part of which was called "Worlds End".In 1688 Thomas Perrin patented 140 acres on the north side of the James adjacent to Richard Perrin on Cornelius Creek.
No will exists for Thomas Perrin but the Court of Henrico in October 1689 recorded: "An Perrin showeth...what debts she hath payd of her husband decd: estate...Acct presented by Anne the admx Tho: Perrin decd."Anne Perrin was the daughter of Robert Porter whose will was proved in Henrico County 1, October 1651, reference to which is made in later records.
My husbands line is extended down through Richard Perrin.Richard Perrin was born in England, probably between 1610-1620 and died in Henrico County, Virginia, between 16, March 1694/5 which are the date of his will and the date of its probate in court.Because his name is first mentioned in records in 1637 as a headright, he was, at the time of his death, at least 58, but probably in his seventies.There are many records extant concerning the Richard Perrin family. The 1678 will of Henry Isham names "Richard Perrin, his wife”.In 1686 the will of Katherine Royall Isham named (among others) daughter Katherine Perrin, grandson Richard Perrin, granddaughters Katherine Farrar, Mary, Sarah and Anne Perrin.
In 1691 Richard Perrin deeded 265 acres to Thomas Farrar and Katherine his wife, "my daughter," and to grandson Perrin Farrar. In 1695 the will of Richard Perrin, deceased was proved. Richard Perrin's inventory was not recorded until 1704 possibly at the death of Katherine, his wife, who held certain lifetime interests.
Children of Richard and Katherine (Royall) Perrin:
1. Sarah Perrin, mentioned in father's will, married William Cocke 2, November 1695 (Records of St. John's Church, Henrico Parish).
2. Mary Perrin, married 1688/89, Robert2 Napier. (See Napier Family for continuation of my husbands line)
3. Katherine Perrin, married before 1686, Thomas Farrar.
4. Richard2 Perrin, died between 1686 and 1695.
5. Anne Perrin, married 19, April 1695 Thomas East
Re: Perrin Va 1600-1747
Posted by: Ralph J Turner Date: December 12, 1998 at 12:42:20
In Reply to: Perrin Va 1600-1747 by Ken Warrenof 1558
I have Katherine Perrin b 1667, Henrico Co., VA, d abt 1748, Shadwell, Goochland Co., VA, m 2 Oct 1686, Henrico Co: Thomas Farrar, b 1662/1665, Farrar's Is., Henrico Co., d 1741/42, Goochland Co., VA. Her father was Richard Perrin b 1638, New Kent Co., VA, m Katherine Royall, who d 10 Oct 1686, Henrico Co.. Royalls are easier to follow back.
Now, for Richard, I have a father : Patrick Perrin, no details. Claim is from H. E. O'Kelley's Four Families through Georgia of 1985. Don't know if it reliable. Where did you get Thomas?