Pawlet (VT) One Hundred Years
J. Munsell, Albany
PERKINS, JACOB, from Canterbury, Conn., 1779; was the first settler on the west road, on premises now owned by George Barker.
He married Mary Fitch and raised a large family, all of whom, with most of their descendants, have left town.
He died in 1801, aged 56, and was the first person interred in the West Pawlet cemetery; his widow in 1835, aged 89.
PERKINS, RUFUS, son of Jacob, m. Olive Wilcox, who died in 1819, aged 35, leaving four children, Lydia, Mary, Walter and Electa.
These children all died of consumption; Lydia in 1821, aged 21; Mary in 1826, aged 23; Walter in 1827, aged 19, and Electa, who married James Cox, of Wells, in 1845, aged 29.
Mr. Perkins was a devoted member of the Baptist church, to which he bequeathed two hundred dollars; he also gave three hundred dollars to the Hamilton Theological Seminary, "the interest to be applied for the education of some colored brother."
He died in 1857, aged 80; his wife, Salinda Smith, in 1857, aged 67.
PERKINS, WILLIAM F., from Canterbury, Conn., 1779; settled near West Pawlet.
He was an expert mechanic and performed most of the nice work on the old Congregational church.
He raised a family of ten children, all of whom are supposed to be living, most of them at Otto, N.Y., where he and his wife died some twenty years since.