The Extended Perkins Family - Helweg, Sharpenberg,West....Updated July 17, 2006
My brother Jerry has always been intrigued in family history but smarter than I; he only concentrated on one part of the family -the Perkins. My sister Karen and I have worked together on parts of the West side of the family... Lucky for us, most of the West and Helweg history has been recorded by other family members. I am still working on loading this information so please bare with me.
Most of my families on both sides of the family were Lutherans. The Perkins as well as some person's who married into the family was persecuted for not following the religion that leaders of their country said that they should. Relatives from Hanover Germany immigrated to the US around the time the kingdom ended, Prussia annexed it, and the Lutheran Religion was not tolerated. The opposition to Prussia and the persecution may be why they left the beautiful country and came to America.
During my investigation I discovered the reason behind the "lost property" after our great-grandfather Joshua Perkins's death that had been puzzling Jerry. If seems that family #1 did not like our great-grandmother Rebecca, receiving everything in the will. So Joshua's first children took her to court and they were able to convince the judge that dear-old dad was insane to take a young wife and even more insane to leave her everything. Judge Applegate agreed but...
The case went all the way to the Supreme Court where a great judge (Deemer) overturned the original ruling! Therefore Rebecca gained back her property rights. This is all I have found out thus far...
An interesting fact Concerning Della (Sharpenburg) Perkins mother, Elizabeth (Webber) Sharpenberg's siblings...
It appears that her sister Wilhelminia (known as Mimmie) married Henry David Bieberich on 09 Apr 1891. Her brother's Henry and Louis Weber married Henry David's sisters Charlotte and Mary Bieberich, daughters of Daniel Bieberich and Elizabeth Marie Werling on 23 Apr 1891. Sister Tina then married Mimmie's husband’s cousin, Henry Werling, son of Nicholas Werling, on 10 Nov 1892. Nicholas was Elizabeth Marie's brother. It's all relative...
My Grandpa, Charles Joshua "Red" Perkins had a golf course in his backyard. I know quite a few guys who would be extremely jealous! I'll never forget when my cousin David knocked my brother Jerry in the head with a golf ball. I was so close to Jerry, it easily could have been me who got struck. I have never seen my grandfather so mad. "You could have killed him"... "You are suppose to yell 'fore'" etc...etc..
Charles was a barber who owned his own shop "Red's Barber Shop". After working out of a small shop in town, he moved his business to his home. He built his shop on the front of the house. I can still remember his friends hanging out, maybe even getting a hair cut (just kidding). I think that most of my grandfather's client became his friend's and/or vice versa.
My grandfather, Raymond Jesse West was accused and convicted of murdering a Laredo newspaper reporter named Harry Williams in 1929. His entire family stood by his innocence. He spent four long years in the San Antonio prison until the Governor of Texas, Ross Sterling Shaw, gave him a complete pardon.
Gerald Perkins, Sr. has a rare blood type. He has been commended more than once for his blood donations... last I heard he is the #1 donator in Texas. He was interviewed on the radio, and had an article about him on the South Texas Blood Bank homepage. One women who was also praised for a life saving transplant, exclaimed that she had had only saved one life, you’ve saved millions!
I hope you enjoy my family website. Happy Hunting!
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- The Perkins-West and everyone in between (8194 KB)
While some of the attached members of my family have been confirmed, many have not. The information has come from various sources including GED files on Roots Web and One World Tree (Ancesty.com/linking in Family Tree maker). I've been so busy researching other parts of my family, that most of the West-Helweg lineage is yet to be entered.
- Uncle Bill, Sharon, Karen, and Jerry (347 KB)
Left to right: Sharon, Great Uncle Bill (husband of Pearl "Poohla" West), Jerry (on lap), and Karen
- Gerald, Susan, and Children Family Trips (72 KB)
Pictures from various family trips taken by Gerald Perkins and family in the 70's
- Rebecca Perkins Supreme Court Case (197 KB)
Newspaper article concerning my great-grandmother's superme court desicion concerning her husband (my great-grandfather) Joshua's will
- Jerry Jr with band Slaughter (352 KB)
Jerry hangs out with the popular band Slaughter in Vegas (sometime in the 1990's)
- Red's Barber Shop (10 KB)
Charles Perkins' shop on the front of his and Della's home.
- Charles and Della Perkins (368 KB)
Charles and Della Perkins in front of the White House
- Descendents of Della and Charles (387 KB)
Some of the Perkins family at the Holiday Inn for Duane's wedding
- Raymond and Morgan Perkins (471 KB)
2nd cousin's Raymond and Morgan at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry playing around. Morgans brother, Garrett is no the side.
- Mary and Susan West with Susan's Children (296 KB)
Left to right Mary (West) Thake, Sharon Perkins (on lap), Karen Perkins, Susan (West) Perkins, and Jerry Perkins (on mom's lap)
- Raymond as the Blood Drop (282 KB)
Raymond helps out his grandfather, Gerald Perkins, by playing the Blood Drop during the Church Blood Drive.
- A Perkins Family Photo (340 KB)
Perkins family members at Vicki and Allen Shipp's homestead, once the home of Della and Charles Perkins.