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Uriah Perkins

  • Birth Jul 1812 Kentucky, USA
  • Death 12 Feb 1884 Wise County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 54067531

In 1969 a Dr. Ralph Perkins, of Abilene, Tx. , Taylor Co. wrote a letter to Marture Greenwood who was writing a book titled The Loving Irish, The Gillilands. In this letter Dr. Ralph Perkins stated that Uriah Perkins was born July 1812 in Ky., left an orphan and raised by a family where he served as an apprentice cabinet maker. He married a Viney? in Tn. The 1840 cesus of Winston Co., Ms. shows a Uriah Perkins, wife and two children. Other census place this Uriah Perkins and family in Ms. until 1845. The 1850 census of Smith Co., Tx. shows Uriah Perkins, wife Viney and children all born in Ms. Uriahs occupation is given as Cabinet Maker. The 1860 census places Uriah Perkins in Wise Co. where he has remarried to Mary A. Gilliland. Uriahs and Vineys last child, a daughter was born in 1859. By Uriahs second marriage in 1860 and the birth year of this child it is assumed that Viney died in 1859.
Jim Paschall now owns the property that belonged to Uriah Perkins in Wise Co. According to his family lore Mrs. Perkins is buried in an unmarked grave on this property. There is also a son of Uriahs and Vineys buried next to her. This son was killed by indians. Name and date is unknown. Uriah and Viney had four sons. Preston -Press-Perkins, who was killed by indians on Salt Creek, Wise Co., in 1866, Milton Perkins who is buried in the Cottondale Cemetery, Ezekiel Perkins who was in Palo Pinto Co., Tx. well after Uriah sold his property in Wise Co. and moved to Palo Pinto Co. This leaves Marion Perkins, which to date I have not been able to find any records on except for the 1860 census of Wise Co. where he is living with his father and step mother, the 1870 census of Wilson Co., Tx. where he is living with his brother Ezekiel -Zeke- and his family. Marions age is given as 18 and a marriage licenses found in Wilson Co. where Marion married Sarah Margaret Miller in 1872. The Perkins Family lore states that Sarah and her son Joah went to live with her sister and brother in law Thomas and Clarissa Culwell after Marion died. Although it probley will never be proven, I feel that given the above info. it is safe to assume that Marion Perkins was killed by indians sometime between 1872 when he married and 1880 when the census shows Sarah Perkins and her son Joah living in Wise Co. with the Thomas Culwells. That he was buried next to his mother in an unmarked grave on the property that Uriah owned at the time and that Jim Paschall now owns.
Mary Jane GILLILAND b: 24 Dec 1833 in McMinnville,Tn.


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  • Created by: Betty Harrigill, Hall
  • Added: 24 Jun 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 54067531
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Uriah Perkins (Jul 1812–12 Feb 1884), Find A Grave Memorial no. 54067531, ; Maintained by Betty Harrigill, Hall (contributor 47217882) Unknown.