Isaac Perkins and Susanna —

Isaac Perkins was baptized 26 January 1611/2 in Hillmorton, Warwick, England to Isaac and Alice Perkins.

Isaac married Susanna —.[1] They are first found in New England, settling at Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts in 1637 and then at Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire in 1638, where Isaac became a freeman 18 May 1642.

He became a keeper of a herd of cattle in 1648 and bought a farm from Timothy Dalton, Jr. in June of 1652. Isaac was the constable in 1650 and served in juries numerous times. He was listed as an owner of a share in the cow common in 1663 and a member of Mr. Cotton’s congregation in full communion in 1671. He made a deed to his son Ebenezer “for support of self and wife Susanna.”

Isaac died in November 1685. Susanna moved with her son Ebenezer to Brandywine Hundred, New Castle, Delaware. Her estate was administered there by her son-in-law John Hussey in 1699.

Isaac and Susanna's children are:

  1. Lydia Perkins, married Eliakim Wardell 17th 8 mo (17 Oct) 1659 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, both were Quakers, in May of 1663, she was whipped for having gone “naked into the meeting house at Newbury”, settled in New Jersey. 
  2. Isaac Perkins, baptized 8 Dec 1639, died (drowned) 10 Sep 1661. 
  3. Jacob Perkins, baptized 24 May 1640, married Mary Phillbrook 30 Dec 1669, temporarily settled at Holmeshole, Martha’s Vineyard, Dukes, Massachusetts, then at the Delaware River. 
  4. Rebecca Perkins, a Quaker, married John Hussey 2 Sep 1659, moved to Newcastle, Newcastle, Delaware. 
  5. Daniel Perkins, died young 1 Aug 1662. 
  6. Caleb Perkins, married Bethia Philbrick 24 Apr 1677. 
  7. Benjamin Perkins, born 17 Feb 1649/50, died 23 Nov 1670. 
  8. Susanna Perkins, born 21 Aug 1652, married 1) Isaac Buswell (drill master of Hampton) 12 or 19 May 1673 and 2) William Fuller, Jr. 22 or 29 Jun 1680. 
  9. Hannah Perkins, born 24 Feb 1655/6, married James Philbrick (mariner) 1 Dec 1674, died 23 May 1739. 
  10. Mary Perkins, born 23 Jul 1658, married Lt. Isaac Chase (Quaker, blacksmith) 20 Feb 1672/3 probably in Nantucket, Massachusetts, died without issue before 1675. 
  11. Ebenezer Perkins, born 9 Dec 1659, married Mercy —, settled in Brandywine Hundred, New Castle, Delaware, will made 20 Jul 1703, proved 16 Sep 1703. 
  12. Joseph Perkins, born 9 Apr 1661, married Martha —, settled in Brandywine Hundred, New Castle, Delaware, will made 4 Jan 1706/7, proved 19 Aug 1707.


  1. Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. IV—Marriages (H-Z), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1927.
  2. Perkins in Hillmorton Parish Records (England), extracted by Jim Perkins.
  3. Sanborn, George and Sanborn, Melinde Lutz, Vital Records of Hampton, New Hampshire to the end of the year 1900, Boston:  New England Genealogical and Historical Society, 1992, p. 74.
  4. Dow, Joseph, History of the Town of Hampton, New Hampshire, Salem, MA: The Salem Press, 1893.
  5. Savage, James, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1990 (originally published Boston, 1860-1862).
  6. Holmes, Frank R., Directory of Heads of New England Families, 1620-1700, New York, 1923, p. 96.
  7. Database of the Eliza Starbuck Barney Genealogical Record, Nantucket Historical Association (created from records collected by Eliza Starbuck Barney (1802-1889)).
  8. Lydia Wardwell, Quakeress, at
  9. Noyes, Sybil, Libby, Charles Thornton, and Davis, Walter Goodwin, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, Portland, Maine:  The Southward Press, 1928.

Vital Records: Marriages

Nantucket Marriages

Page 153
Mary, daughter of Isaac and Susanna of Hampton, and Lt. Isaac Chase, son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Philbrick), —,[2] P. R. 38.[3]

Source:  Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. IV—Marriages (H-Z), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1927. 

p. 74:  “Eliekin Wardell & Lidia Perkins wear Joyned in mariage: 17: 8 mo: 1659”

Source:  Sanborn, George and Sanborn, Melinde Lutz, Vital Records of Hampton, New Hampshire to the end of the year 1900, Boston:  New England Genealogical and Historical Society, 1992, p. 74. 

Vital Records: Baptisms


26 Jan 1611/12  Isaac son of Isaac

Source:  Perkins in Hillmorton Parish Records (England), extracted by Jim Perkins. 

Dow's History of the Town of Hampton

Chapter 2—Part 4
Care of Cows and Calves

    An arrangement somewhat different from the one heretofore noticed was made in 1648, about the care of the cows and calves for the season. For convenience, the cows were to be pastured in two separate herds nearly equal, with two keepers to each herd. John Cass, for himself and Isaac Perkins, agreed with the selectmen, carefully to keep one of the herds, or one-half of the cows in the town, from the 18th of April till a fortnight after Michaelmas, or near the middle of October. The keepers were to go in the morning, to the fall-gate near Robert Tuck’s [at the angle of the roads on Rand’s hill], about half an hour after sunrise, to take charge of the cows, on all days except the Sabbath, and they were also to have the care of them every third Sabbath. For the performance of this service, the selectmen agreed that they should received 15 10s.
    In payment, they were to have one pound of butter for each cow in the herd, at 6d. per pound. One half of the remainder was to be paid in wheat, to be delivered the next September, at 4s. 6d. per bushel; and the rest in the following February, in Indian corn, at 3s. 6d. per bushel. In the case of a failure, on the part of any owners, to pay their proportion in due season, it was stipulated that they should pay the keepers 6d. per week, smart money, till be debt should be cancelled.

Chapter 3—Part 3

Owners of the Shares in the Cow Common, March 23, 1663.
Origl rights                              and how their titles were derived from the original owners.
…Isaac Perkins                      Samuel Fogg, 1 share bought of Henry Roby…

Chapter 5—Part 1

    …The commission for the new government was passed, September 18, 1679;--in an act, “which inhibits and restrains the jurisdiction exercised by the colony of Massachusetts over the towns of Portsmouth, Dover, Exeter and Hampton, and all other lands extending from three miles to the northward of the Merrimack River or any part thereof unto the province of Maine.” (Farmer’s Belknap, 88.) New Hampshire was created a Royal Province, to be governed by a president and council.
    …Having completed the organization, a proclamation was made, for all officers to keep their respective places till further ordered. Shortly after (February 4, 1680), a warrant was sent to the selectmen of each of the towns, requiring that a list of the names of their inhabitants and inventory of their estates be sent to the president and council at their sitting on the 16th of the same month.
    Being required by their commission, to call a General Assembly, and being empowered to determine who should have the privilege of choosing deputies, the president and council ordered: “that the persons hereafter named in the several towns shall meet together on the first day of March next, by 9 of the clock in the morning, and having first each of them taken the oath of allegiance (if they have not taken it already), which oath is to be administered by the member or members of the said Council there residing, choose from among themselves, by the major vote given in writing, not exceeding the number of three persons, which persons so chosen are to appear at Portsmouth on the 16th day of March following, by 9 o’clock, there to attend his Majesty’s service for the concerns of the said Province of New Hampshire, provided that we do not intend that what is now done be precedential for the future, and that it shall extend no farther than to the calling this first Assembly.” None were to be permitted to vote except those mentioned in the list appended to the order, on penalty of paying a fine of five pounds.
The list of names for Hampton follows:
…Abraham Perkins.
Isaac Perkins, Not app’d…

Chapter 19—Part 2

    A farm, lying in the south part of the town, near Salisbury, was granted to Mr. Dalton’s son, Timothy Dalton, Jr., who died soon after, when the farm came into his father’s possession, and, on the 21st of January, 1652, was confirmed to him by a vote of the town. This act of the town, however, was based on the following condition: “that Mr. Dalton should free and discharge the town of Hampton from all debts and dues for his ministry till he had a set pay given him by the town.” To this Mr. Dalton agreed, and a release was executed accordingly, five days after the confirmation of the last grant. In June, of the same year, this farm was sold to Isaac Perkins.

Chapter 19—Part 4

…Mr. Cotton (the reverend of Hampton) has left a list of members in full communion on the 18th of September, 1671. The whole number at that time was 68, 30 males, and 38 females. The list is subjoined:
…Abraham Perkins…
…Isaac Perkins…
…Sarah Perkins
Mary Perkins…

Source:  Dow, Joseph, History of the Town of Hampton, New Hampshire, Salem, MA:  The Salem Press, 1893. 

Savage's Genealogical Dictionary

Volume 1

ISAAC, Salisbury, son of the preceding (Isaac Buswell also of Salisbury), married 12 or 19 May 1673, Susanna, daughter of the first Isaac Perkins, had Sarah, born 29 November 1676; and Mary, 23 December 1678; and he probably died soon after, for his widow married 22 June 1680, William Fuller, jr. of Hampton.

ISAAC, Hampton, son of Thomas of the same, married Mary Perkins of Hampton, removed to Edgartown, and had Thomas, born 9 November 1677; Rachel, 25 October 1679; Isaac, 21 January 1682; Abraham, 10 January 1684; James, 15 January 1686; Joseph, 26 February 1690; Jonathan, 28 December 1691; Hannah, 25 November 1693; Sarah, 15 October 1695; Priscilla, 12 November 1697; and Elizabeth 9 September 1703; and he d. 9 May 1727. Descendants of great numbers are widely diffused.

Volume 2

WILLIAM, Hampton, probably son of William of the same, freeman 1678, married 22 June 1680, Susanna, daughter of Isaac Perkins, and widow of Isaac Buzzell of Salisbury. Nine of this name had been graduates at Harvard in 1829, nine at Yale, three at Dartmouth and twenty-two at other New England colleges and at Union, of whom twelve were clergy.

Volume 3

ISAAC, Hampton, probably brother of the first Abraham, freeman 18 May 1642, by wife Susanna had perhaps Lydia; Isaac, baptized 8 December 1639; Jacob, 24 May 1640; Lydia; and Rebecca, both of whom may have been elder; Daniel, who died young; Caleb; Benjamin, born 17 February 1650; Susanna, 21 August 1652; Hannah, 24 February 1656; Mary, 23 July 1658; Ebenezer, 9 December 1659; and Joseph, 9 April 1661; and the time of his death is uncertain. Mary married Isaac Chase of Hampton.
JACOB, Hampton, son of the first Isaac, married 30 December 1669, Mary Phillbrook, had Isaac, born 18 December 1671; Jacob, 24 December 1674; Alice, perhaps; Mary, 10 August 1678; and Benjamin, 1 August 1693; but some hesitation attends this statement. Genealogical Register XII. 82, this concurrent exactly with X. 216. Probably different generations may reconcile.
EBENEZER, Hampton, son of Isaac of the same, by wife Mercy, had Daniel, born June 1685; Abigail, 11 August 1687; and Jonathan 10 May 1691.
JOSEPH, Hampton 1678, youngest son of Isaac of the same, by wife Martha had Joseph, born 28 July 1689; John, 4 June 1691; and Caleb, 8 July 1693.

JAMES, Hampton, son of the preceding (James Philbrick also of Hampton), married 1 December 1674, Hannah, daughter of Isaac Perkins, had Joseph, born 1693; and probably more children.

Volume 4

WARDALL, WARDHALL, WERDALL, WARDEL, WOODEL, or WARDELL, sometimes WARDWELL (and Farmer thinks the last form may be the most correct), ELIAKIM, Hampton, son of Thomas, married Lydia Perkins, was a favorer of Quakers, so far as to show his hospitality, for which he was abused, as is seen in the History of Sewel, London 4 to d. p. 330. Of his wife is told in the County Court record May 1663, the surprisingly extravagant behavior in going naked into the meeting house at Newbury, for which she was whipt, and this seems to have led Bishop, in his New England Judged, to more surprising vindication of her. See in Coffin’s History 66.

Source:  Savage, James, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Vol. 3, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1990 (originally published Boston, 1860-1862).

Holmes' Directory of Heads of New England Families

Abraham, born Eng.1611, settled at Hampton, NH, 1640
Edmund, married Boston 1678
Isaac, brother of Abraham, 11th generation from Pierre de Morlaix, bapt. Hillmorton, Warwickshire, Eng. 1611.  Came to New England, 1630-4; located at Ipswich, Mass, 1637; removed to Hampton, NH, 1638
John, born Newent, Gloucestershire, Eng., 1590, came with Roger Williams to Boston in 1631; removed to Ipswich, Mass 1633
John, resident of New Haven, Conn., 1688
Jonathan, inhabitant Norwalk, Conn., 1671-77
Luke, living at Charlestown, Mass., 1666
Thomas, born Eng about 1600; was at Dover, NH, 1665
William, minister, son of William, a merchant tailor of London; born England 1607; came to Boston, Mass., 1632, removed Weymouth, Mass., 1643; preached Gloucester, Mass., 1651-55; second minister at Topsfield, Mass..
William, took oath of allegiance at Dover, NH, 1662.

Source:  Holmes, Frank R., Directory of Heads of New England Families, 1620-1700, New York, 1923, p. 96. 

Court Record

Lydia Wardwell, Quakeress

May 5, 1663. Lydia Wardwell, of Hampton, wife of Eliakim Wardwell, went naked into the Newbury Meeting House “In consideration of their mizerable condition who were blinded by ignorance and superstition, tho it was exceedingly hard to her modes and shamefaced disposition.”

She was had to Ipswich for trial and condemned to be “tyed to the fence post of the Ipswich tavern and lashed with 20 or 30 stripes."


Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire

Perkins. The Hampton and Ipswich families seem related; the latter came from Hillmorton, county Warwick. Became 35th commonest name in New England.
    Caleb (9, Isaac Perkins), Hampton, went to defense of Marlboro in 1676, married 24 April 1677 Bethia Philbrick (8) and in 1678 had his portion from father. Grand juror 1695. Lists 396, 52, 399a. In 1724 he deeded homestead after death of both to only surviving child Benjamin. Children: Rhoda, born 24 June 1677, married Elias Philbrook (4). Benjamin, Hampton Falls, born 11 May 1680, married 1 March 1710 Lydia Macrease. List 339a. 6 children. Ann, born 19 March 1682, died soon, probably before 1724.
    Ebenezer (9, Isaac Perkins), Hampton, in 1681 said ‘my cousin Isaac Green.’ Lists 395, 52. He and wife Mercy sold out in 1693, his mother Susanna signing, and went to Delaware where he and brother Joseph bought in Brandywine hundred. Children recorded in Hampton:  Daniel, born June 1685; Abigail, born 11 August 1687; Jonathan, born 10 May 1691, all in father’s will, 20 July–16 September 1703, with four more, but no wife. See N. E. Reg. 47: 483.
    Isaac, brother of (1, Abraham Perkins), Hampton 1639, bought a farm next to Salisbury line, now Seabrook, [p.542] from Rev. Mr. Dalton in June 1652 and probably soon moved there. Constable 1650; jury service often. Lists 391a, 393ab, 394, 396, 398, 49. In January 1680 he deeded to son Ebenezer for support of self and wife Susanna, and died November 1685. Susanna, List 393a, was not a Wyeth (see Bursley 4, Peabody). With her consent son Ebenezer sold the homestead in 1693 and she went with him and other children to Delaware, where her estate was administered in 1699 by son-in-law Hussey, principal creditor. Children: Lydia, married 17 October 1659 Eliakim Wardwell. Isaac, baptized 8 December 1639, drowned 10 September 1661. Jacob, baptized 24 May 1640. Rebecca, married John Hussey (3). Daniel, died 1 August 1662. Caleb. Banjamin, born 12 February 1649-50, died 23 November 1670. Susanna, born August 1652, married 1st 12 May 1673 Isaac Buswell of Salisbury; married 2d William Fuller (6). Hannah, born 24 February 1655-6, married James Philbrick (2). Mary, born 23 July 1658, married Lt. Isaac Chase (2). Ebenezer, born 9 December 1659. Joseph, born 9 April 1661.
    Jacob (9, Isaac Perkins), married 30 December 1669 Mary Philbrook (8) and had a mar. portion from fa. Temporarily at Holmeshole, Martha’s Vineyard, in February 1674-5. Jury (New Hampshire) 1685. Lists 396, 52. Children at Hampton: Isaac, born 18 December 1671. Jacob, born 24 December 1674. Mary, born 18 August 1678. Benjamin, born 12 August 1683. In 1693 he bought 330 acres on the Delaware River below Burlington, and went there, deeding this in 1711 to the three sons above, reserving life interest.
    Joseph (9, Isaac Perkins), Hampton, had wife Martha. List 52. See also Jacob Basford. Children at Hampton: Joseph, born 28 July 1689. John, born 4 June 1691. Caleb, born 8 July 1693. These, and four more, but not wife, named in his will, 4 January 1706-7–19 August 1707, in Delaware where he bought with brother Ebenezer (4), in October 1693.

(Other families associated with Isaac Perkins):
    Buswell, an uncommon Middle English surname.
Isaac, drill master at Hampton 1645, lived at Salisbury. Of his children, Isaac, married 2d Susannah Perkins (Isaac) (who married 2d William Fuller 6), and had Sarah, married William Foss (7). See Hoyt.
    Chase, an East of England name, became 27th in New England.
Lt. Isaac (6, Thomas Chase), put under guardianship of brother Thomas in 1667, blacksmith, Quaker, married 1st 20 February 1672-3 Mary Perkins, aged 15, who died sine prole (without issue); 2d 5 October 1675 at Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard, where he settled, Mary Tilton, who died 14 June 1746 aged 88. Will 12 February 1721-2, died 19 May 1727. 12 children. See Chase Genealogy 482.
    Fuller, occupational surname, finisher of cloth, in the East and Southeast of England.
William, see his brother (2, John Fuller). Appeared living in Hampton with his uncle (5, William Fuller), 1671-1684 earlier or later, but retired to Ipswich or beyond. In 1679 Susannah (Perkins) Buswell, widow of Isaac, junior, had removed his household goods, and 29 June 1680 married William Fuller, jr. Known children: Abigail, recorded in Ipswich 10 March 1690.
    Philbrick,Philbrook. Uncommon. Nothing known supports tradition this family came from Lincolnshire or in the Arbella.
Lt. James (1, James Philbrick), mariner, Hampton, married 1 December 1674 Hannah Perkins (9, Isaac Perkins). Had the homestead. Selectman 1702, 1712, 1719, 1723; surveyor and lot-layer. Lists 52, 396. See also Lewis (16). He died 4 November 1723, widow 23 May 1739. A deed 1722 names children and grandchildren: Hannah, born 30 April 1676, married Stephen Sanborn. James, weaver, Hampton 1702, New Castle 1703. His wife Sarah joined Hampton Church 1701; married 2d Benjamin Emerson 14 January 1707-8 in Haverhill, where her 4 children, born 1701-1706, married, though the only son Benjamin married his 1st wife in Salisbury. Daniel, born 19 February 1678-9, and Jonathan, born 9 December 1680, neither mentioned 1722, but one undoubtedly husband of ‘daughter-in-law’ Penelope then living with (2, Lt. James Philbrick) and father of her son Jonathan, who married Lydia Linscott (1) and had 6 children recorded York 1729-1742; List 279. Widow Penelope married 2d Elias Philbrick (4). Sarah, born 11 June 1682, married 1st John Sanborn, married 2d Lt. Thomas Rollins (6 jr.). Ebenezer, Rye, born 29 Oct. 1683, married Bethia Moulton (12). Will, 1755–1760, names 4 children. Apphia, born 8 April 1686, helpless 1722, died 23 Sept. 1759. Isaac, born 5 August 1688, married 27 October 1717 Mary Palmer (20); died 16 October 1757. Daughter Hannah mentioned 1722. Abigail, born 1692, married Thomas Haines (11); son Malachi living 1722. Deacon Joseph, born 3 February 1694, married 1st 5 December 1717 Anne Dearborn (John 3 jr.), who died 30 July 1718; married 2d 26 November 1719 Elizabeth Perkins (12), who died 26 March 1736; married 3d 18 November 1736 Sarah Nay. Will, 1760 (died 2 December 1761), names wife Sarah (died 9 December 1779), 4 children by 2d wife, 1 by 3d, out of 14 recorded. Nathan, blacksmith, Hampton, Rye, born 19 August 1677, married 31 October 1721 Dorcas Johnson (James 15 jr.) who died 22 February 1764. His will, 12 (died 23) April 1749, names her and 7 children. Mary, baptized 7 December 1701, not mentioned in 1722.
    Wardwell, found in various Lincolnshire parishes, including Alford.
Eliakim(2, Thomas Wardwell), Hampton, witness with John Wheelwright in 1654 and was willed much by Jeffrey Mingay in 1658. He married 17 October 1659 Lydia Perkins (9, Isaac Perkins), and the same year, with Nathaniel Weare (6), bought Hampton property from Thomas Kimball. As Quakers he and wife encountered trouble and made a new home in New Jersey after he was fined in 1662 for absence from meeting 26 days, both fined in 1663 for absence 20 days and she ordered whipped in May 1663 for going into Newbury meeting-house naked. Evidently he was at Hampton in October 1663, called sometime of Hampton 1669, at Shrewsbury, New Jersey, 1670. Monette’s ‘First Settlers of Piscataway and Woodbridge’, 5: 873; 6: 1232, names children: Joseph (born at Hampton 29 December 1660), William, Margaret (born at Hampton 23 May 1664), Elizabeth, Esther, Lydia, Mary, Meribah, Patience, Eliakim.

Source:  Noyes, Sybil, Libby, Charles Thornton, and Davis, Walter Goodwin, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, Portland, Maine:  The Southward Press, 1928. 


[1] It has been claimed that Susannah was the daughter of Humphrey Wyeth or Wise. In GDMNH, p. 541, it states, “That she (Mary, the wife of Abraham Perkins, the brother of Isaac) and Susanna wife of Isaac, were daughters of Humphrey Wyeth, as often claimed, though not true of Susanna, may have been true of Mary…” In this same book, under the entry for Humphrey Wyeth, on p. 773, it names a daughter Susanna, as follows:  “Susanna, not named with minor children, married John Bursley.”
[2] Note in Vital Records:  “Intention not recorded.”
[3] Note in Vital Records:  “P. R. 38—private record, from the William C. Folger genealogical records in possession of the Nantucket Historical Association (This compilation has been used because of the valuable clues it affords, but its statements should be received with caution, as it is not free from errors. It should also be understood that in many instances the events recorded did not take place in Nantucket, and in a few cases attention has been called to the question of residence.)”

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