SOURCE: Commemorative historical and biographical record of Wood County, Ohio : its past and present : early settlement and development ... biographies and portraits of early settlers and representative citizens, etc. (Chicago : J.H. Beers & Co., 1897) Volume 2
JOSEPH PERKINS, who is engaged in farming in Perrysburg township, Wood Co., Ohio, was born in 1844, and was bound out for service, until twenty-one years of age, to Cornelius Lamb, of North Carolina. When a youth of eighteen he ran away, and entered the Union army, as a servant to the officers, being thus engaged from July, 1862, until February, 1865. In the latter month he entered the regular service, in which he continued until Feb., 1866, valiantly defending the Union.
On May 25th, 1868, Mr. Perkins was united in marriage with Miss Mary Dent, a daughter of John and Sarah Jane (Grubbs) Dent, natives of Mt. Sterling, Montgomery Co., KY. She was the eldest of thirteen children, and was born August 22nd, 1850, in Good Hope, Fayette Co., Ohio. Her parents at the time were engaged in aiding the "Underground railway" at that place, and were in this service until their daughter was seven years of age. Their "station" was located on the farm of John Parrott, one mile west of Good Hope, Ohio. In 1857 they went to London, Ohio, whence they went to Canada, and after a short time removed to Detroit, Michigan. In 1858 they took up their abode in Lucas County, Ohio, where the father died May 10th, 1891. He met his death by violence at the hands of some one who had sold him liquor until he was drunk, and then threw him out of a second-story window, the fall breaking his neck.
After his marriage, Mr. Perkins came to Wood County, Ohio, and purchased forty acres of land, whereon he has since made his home. He is a respected and well-to-do citizen, enterprising and industrious, and his success has come as the reward of his own labors. His family numbered twelve children, seven of whom are living, namely; Joseph Milton Perkins, born May 16th, 1874; George Melvin Perkins, born March 3rd, 1880; Florence Evalena May Perkins, born June 28th, 1882; Hettie Alemida Perkins, born July 13th, 1884; Frank Ellsworth K. Perkins, born January 18th, 1887; Harry Walter A. Wood (Perkins?), born July 9th, 1891; and Frederick Arthur Perkins, born June 29th, 1893.
The father of Joseph Perkins was born in Virginia, where he was a slave for fifty years, and went under the name of Joseph Williams, being in the service of a Mr. Williams. In 1879 he came to Ohio, to the home of his son, Joseph Perkins, in Wood County, Ohio, and died January 1st, 1894, in Sylvania, Lucas Co., Ohio.
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