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John Weston Perkins
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Birth: Jul. 18, 1820
Burlington County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Oct. 5, 1906
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA


John W. Perkins, the well-known photographer, died of paralysis Friday morning at his home, on Druid Hill avenue. He was stricken at 10 P.M. Thursday.

Mr. Perkins was born in New Jersey and was 76 years old. For 52 years he was a photographer in Westminster and Baltimore. About 10 years ago he retired.

He was a member of the Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias. A widow, who was Miss Harriet Campbell, of Philadelphia, and one son, Mr. William Perkins, editor of the Beverly (N.J.) Banner, survive him.

The body has been moved to the home of his niece, Mrs. William Larkin, 2138 [?] McCulloh street.The funeral will take place today at 8 P.M. Interment will be in Loudon Park Cemetery.

Baltimore SUN, 7 Oct 1906, pg. 7

NOTE: Perkins is believed to have come to Maryland from New Jersey in 1848, but if he had come to Maryland "52 years ago," that would make the year 1854.

His parents were Beverly, New Jersey farmers Isaac and Jane Van Sciver Perkins, both of very old families of Beverly, Burlington Co., New Jersey; they moved to Anne Arundel County by 1870, where another prominent Baltimore photographer born in Beverly, NJ lived nearby: Palmer Lenfield Perkins (1824-1900). It seems probable that P. L. Perkins was John's older brother or a close relation.

J.W. Perkins and his wife Ellen had only one child, Luther William Perkins. He appears to have married a second time, to Harriet Campbell, in 1865.

Ross Kelbaugh's website has an example of a Perkins daguerrotype. Perkins later became a prolific producer of cabinet cards and cartes de visite.

Findagrave volunteer Sister Sonya found a brief death notice for him in the Mount Holly, New Jersey Herald that adds Perkins was a "former resident of Edgewater Park." 
Family links: 
  Luther W Perkins (1854 - 1923)*
*Calculated relationship
Loudon Park Cemetery
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA
Plot: Rosehill section, Lot 790
Created by: waldonia
Record added: Apr 18, 2010
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John Weston Perkins
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- waldonia
 Added: May. 17, 2014

- Sister Sonya
 Added: May. 13, 2014

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