Martin VanBuren Perkins (1845-1924) & Mary Alice Lamb (1856-1881)

Updated November 2020

Martin & Alice are Todd’s great great grandparents, the parents of his great grandfather Oatis Nelty Perkins.

Martin VanBuren Perkins was born on November 17, 1845 in Warren, Illinois. His parents are Edward Perkins and Sarah Huffman. He was the 3rd and their 10 children. Read more about Edward and Sarah here.

Mary Alice Lamb was born in 1856 or 1857 in Ohio. Her parents are Hiram Lamb and Sarah Burkhead. She was the 2nd of their 5 children. You can see Hiram’s Find A Grave memorial here and Sarah’s here.

Prior to marrying Mary Alice Lamb, Martin married Lavina M. Porter on October 3, 1869 in Warren, Iowa. They had a son, Cyrus, who was born in late 1870 and died on February 6, 1871. Lavina died on May 19, 1871. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Martin married Mary Alice Lamb on November 5, 1874 in Warren County, Iowa.

On the 1880 US Census, the family was enumerated twice in Jefferson, Iowa, first on July 1 and then on July 7. Martin was 34 and farming, and Alice was 24. Their son Oatis Nelty was 3. Living with them was 17-year-old Edward Perkins, Martin’s cousin.

Their son Elmer was born in 1881. I do not know if Mary Alice died, or if they divorced. I can’t find her after this. (Mary Alice’s parents, and Martin and his two other wives, are all buried in Linn Grove Cemetery in Prole, Iowa. There is no sign of Mary Alice being buried there. So I suspect there was a divorce, she remarried, and I’m just not finding the records.)

Martin married Nancy Elizabeth Kellar Coffee on January 31, 1886 in Warren, Iowa. She had been widowed and had two children.

On the 1900 US Census, Martin was 52 and Nancy was 51. He was teamster in Des Moines, Iowa. They had two children: Govia, age 13; and Bertha, age 10. Also in the home were Nancy’s children from her first marriage: Charles Coffee, age 24, a teamster; and Fred Coffee, age 17, a messenger.

On the 1910 US Census, Martin was 64 and Nancy was 61. Martin was a teamster for the City of Des Moines. Stepson Charles Coffee was 36 and working as a teamster for a brewery. Stepson Fred Coffee was 25 and working as an iron cutter for bridge works. Son Govia was 22 and worked as a carpenter. Daugther Bertha was 21. There was also a lodger, Peter Peters, age 68, a night watchman.

On the 1920 US Census, Martin was 74 and a weighman for city scales. He was boarding with the Hilliard family in Des Moines. Nancy was 67 and lived with sons Govia, age 27, a locomotive engineer; and Fred Coffey, age 32, a laborer at an incubation factory.

Elizabeth died on April 25, 1921 in Des Moines, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Martin died November 24, 1924 in Warren, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The child of Martin VanBuren Perkins & Lavinah M. Porter:

Cyrus Perkins – Cyris was born on November 10, 1870 in Iowa, and died on February 6, 1871. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Martin VanBuren Perkins & Mary Alice Lamb:

Oatis Nelty Perkins – This is Todd’s great grandfather. Read more about him here.

Isaac Elmer Perkins – Elmer was born on January 11, 1881 in Warren County, Iowa. He married Izetta Boggs on February 3, 1907 in Taylor, Iowa. They had 2 children and divorced. He married Nora Anderson Rose on March 26, 1921 in Mason City, Iowa. He died September 6, 1933 in Dixon, Illinois.

The children of Martin VanBuren Perkins & Nancy Elizabeth Kellar:

Govia Colmore Perkins – Govia was born on January 13, 1887 in Warren, Iowa. He married Lillian Schodt and they had 2 children. He died on April 20, 1948 in Des Moines, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Bertha D. Perkins – Bertha was born on February 19, 1889 in Warren, Iowa. She married Archie Harter on August 24, 1910 in Polk, Iowa. She died on April 10, 1911 in Warren, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.