Edward Perkins (1822-1897) & Sarah Huffman (1819-1891)

This is a photo taken in 1884 of Todd’s 3x great grandparents, Edward Perkins & Sarah Huffman, and many of their children and grandchildren.

PERKINS Edward HUFFMAN Sarah family 1884 black and white

What you see above is a photo I took of a *photocopy* of the photo. The photocopy was marked in pencil identifying some of the people. I took a photo, then erased the lines and took the photo above.

Here’s what I know:
Starting at the ground level on the left, there’s Edward & Sarah Huffman Perkins. Standing behind them is Adam Huffman Perkins. (He was married and had 6 children ages 11-4). Standing on the porch between the first two pillars is Mary Elizabeth Perkins Lockridge. (She was married and had 5 children ages 21-3. The man standing on the balcony at the far left is marked as Joseph, and may be her husband Joseph Lockridge.) The man seated holding a child is Benjamin Franklin Perkins. (He was not yet married, and had no children.) Next, the couple standing in front of the middle pillars is Elzira Perkins Gray and her husband Thomas S. Gray. (They had 3 children ages 6-1.) The man in front of the pillar isn’t marked, but I wonder if it’s their son Thomas J. Perkins, their only living child not indicated to be in the photo. He was married and had 4 children ages 11-2). Next to him, mostly hidden, standing to the right of the pillar is Rebecca Perkins Wiedmer. (She was not yet married and had no children). Next to her is Martin VanBuren Perkins. (He was widowed and had 2 children ages 9 & 3). Edward & Sarah had lost two children prior to this photo: Daniel R. died in the Civil War, and Elvira had died in 1877.

Edward Perkins was born April 3, 1822 in Franklin, Illinois. His father is Daniel Reece Perkins and you can see his Find A Grave memorial here. His mother was Rachel Herring. Read about them here.

Sarah Huffman was born on January 4, 1819 in West Virginia. Her parents are unknown.

On the 1830 US Census, Edward was in Tazewell, Illinois with his parents and siblings, and on the 1840 US Census he was in Warren County, Illinois, with his parents and siblings. Later that year, Edward and Sarah married on August 27, 1840 in Warren County, Illinois.

On the 1850 US Census, Edward was 28 and Sarah was 30. They had moved to Iowa, which was confusing at first because they went from Warren County, Illinois to Warren County, Iowa. They were farming. They had 4 children: Mary, age 9; Daniel, age 7; Martin, age 5; and Adam, age 2.

On the 1860 US Census, Edward was 38 and Sarah was 41, and they were still farming in Warren County, Iowa. There were 9 children in the home: Mary, 18; Daniel, 17; Martin, 14; Adam, 12; Thomas, 10; Rebecca, 8; Elvira, 5; Elzira, 5; Benjamin, 2.

On the 1870 US Census, Edward was 48 and Sarah was 51 and they continued to farm in Warren County, Iowa. Six children were at home: Adam, 22; Thomas, 20; Rebecca, 18; Elvira, 15; Elzira, 15; Benjamin, 11. Son Daniel had died in the Civil War. Mary and Martin were married.

On the 1880 US Census, Edward was 58 and Sarah was 60. Three children remained at home: Rebecca, age 28; Benjamin, age 21; and an adopted son Frankie, age 6. I can’t find further information on Frankie. Their daughter Elvira had died.

The photo above was taken in 1884.

Sarah died on March 17, 1891 in Warren County, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Edward died on February 19, 1897 in Warren County, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Edward Perkins & Sarah Huffman:

Mary Elizabeth Perkins – Mary was born on August 16, 1841. She married Joseph Hall Lockridge on June 23, 1861 in Warren County, Iowa. (Her brother Adam would eventually marry Joseph’s sister Mary Jane.) Mary and Joseph farmed and had 5 children. Mary died on February 12, 1906. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Daniel R. Perkins – Daniel was born in 1843. He enlisted in Iowa to serve in the Civil War on August 19, 1862, when he was 19 years old. He died in that war.

Martin VanBuren Perkins – Martin is Todd’s great great grandfather. Read about him here.

Adam Huffman Perkins – Adam was born on March 23, 1848. He married Mary Jane Lockridge on June 9, 1872 in Warren County, Iowa. (His sister Mary married Mary Jane’s brother Joseph.) Adam and Mary Jane had 8 children, and were farmers. He died April 26, 1922 in Warren County, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Thomas J. Perkins – Thomas was born in 1850. He married Sophia Jane Burkhead on December 31, 1874 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 9 children. He died on February 8, 1891 in Warren County. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Rebecca Jane Perkins – Rebecca was born on August 6, 1852 in Prole, Iowa. She married Absalom D. Weidner on April 1, 1883 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 4 children. She died on December 9, 1938 in Sedan, Kansas. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Elvira & Elzira Perkins – They were born on October 27, 1855. Elvira married Thomas Smith Gray on July 3, 1875 in Warren, Iowa. She died on March 29, 1877. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. (There’s a child named Bertha C. Gray, who was born and died in 1870, said to be the daughter of Elvira and Thomas. However, both parents would have been 15 and the birth of the child was 5 years before their marriage, so I doubt this information. Also, to further confuse things, there is another Elvira Perkins, who was born the same year and married in Warren County, Iowa. Her father was Isaac O. Perkins and her mother was Margaret Dyer. I don’t know if they are related. Edward has a brother named Isaac but this isn’t him. This Elvira married Isaiah Albert Leirle in 1871 and died in 1930.) Elzira married her sister’s widow on November 12, 1877. They had 3 children. Elzira died prior to August 1889 when Thomas married Mary Etta Davis. However, I can’t find her death or burial information. She doesn’t seem to be buried in Linn Grove cemetery where most of her family, including her parents, sister, and husband, are buried. Thomas died on September 30, 1893. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Benjamin Franklin Perkins – Benjamin was born on March 8, 1858 in Warren County, Iowa. He married Mary Anna Allcock on August 18, 1886 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 3 children. He died in 1927. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Frankie – On the 1880 US Census, an adopted 6 year old son Frankie is listed. He was born in Iowa and his parents were born in Iowa. I have no further record of him.

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

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

PERKINS Edward HUFFMAN Sarah family 1884 black and whiteMartin 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.

(Photo: Edward Perkins and Sarah Huffman and many of their children and grandchildren. See more information at the link above.)

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.

Oatis Nelty Perkins (1877-1954) & Laura May Ruby (1884-1936)

updated February 2019

Oatis & Laura are Todd’s great grandparents, the parents of his grandmother Inez Faye Perkins.

Oatis Nelty Perkins was born on January 29, 1877 in Prole, Warren County, Iowa. His parents were Martin VanBuren Perkins and Mary Alice Lamb. He was the 3rd of their 4 children, and had 2 younger half-siblings. Read more about their family here.

Laura May Ruby was born on December 15, 1884 in Knowlton, Iowa County, Iowa. Her parents were James Addison Ruby and Melissa Jane Short. She was the youngest of their 4 children. Read more about their family here.

On the 1880 US Census, Oatis was enumerated twice, so his family must have moved. They were recorded on July 1 and again on July 7th. Oatis was 3 years old, his father Martin was 34, and his mother Mary Alice was 24. Also in the home was Martin’s cousin Edward Perkins, age 17. They were farming in Jefferson, Warren County, Iowa.

In 1881, Oatis’ mother Mary died when he was just 4 years old. His father remarried and two half-siblings were born. In 1889, Laura’s father James died when she was just 5 years old. Her mother remarried and had 5 more children, but 2 of the children died in 1899.

On the 1900 US Census, Oatis was in Jones, Union County, Iowa. He was 23, single, and boarding with Jasper Yount’s family. Jasper was a carpenter, and Oatis was a farmer.

Meanwhile, Laura was 15 and lived in Jefferson, Ringgold County, Iowa with her mother and stepfather. Her mother Melissa was 47 and her stepfather William Collins, a farmer, was 48. Laura had three half-sisters living in the home: Etta, 7; Goldie, 6; Daisy, 5.

Oatis and Laura were married on November 26, 1903 in Knowlton, Iowa. They had daughter Alice in 1904, daughter Mettie in 1906, son Ray in 1907, and son Cecil in 1909.

On the 1910 US Census, Oatis and Laura lived in Jefferson, Iowa, and were farming. They’d been married 6 years and had 4 children. Oatis was 33 and Laura was 25. Their children: Alice, age 5; Mettie, age 3; Ray, age 2; and Cecil, age 10 months.

In 1911, Oatis’ half-sister Bertha died. They had daughter Bernice in 1911 and daughter Maisel in 1913. In 1915, Laura’s sister Sarah died. They had son Martin in 1915. In 1916, Laura’s mother Melissa died. They had daughter Vildren in 1917.

On September 12, 1918, Oatis filled out a World War I Draft Registration Card. He was indicated to be of medium height, with a slight build, light eyes, and light hair. He was physically disqualified. His occupation was junk dealer.

They had daughter Carmel in 1919.

On the 1920 US Census, Oatis was 42 and Laura was 35. They were farming in Jefferson, Iowa. Children in the home: Alice, age 15; Mettie, age 13; Ray, age 12; Cecil, age 10; Bernice, age 8; Laura, age 6; Martin, age 4; Vildren, age 2; Carmel Leta, age 8 months.

They had daughter Inez in 1921, son Addie in 1923, and daughter Goldie in 1925. Oatis’ father Martin died in 1924. Their daughter Bernice died in 1926.

On the 1930 US Census, Oatis was 42 and Laura was 45. They were still farming in Jefferson, Iowa. Children in the home: Cecil, age 20; Maisel, age 16; Martin, age 14; Vildren, age 12; Carmel, age 11; Inez, age 9; Addie, age 7; Goldie, age 4.

In 1930, Laura’s brother Harrison died. In 1933, Oatis’ brother Isaac died.

Laura died on January 11, 1936 in Knowlton, Iowa County, Iowa. She was 51 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Otis in Perkins 009

Taken January 1, 1953, the day country music star Hank Williams died. Oatis Nelty Perkins is surrounded by grandchildren.

On the 1940 US Census, Oatis was 63 and widowed. Children at home were Martin, age 24 and working as farmer; Inez, age 19, working as a housekeeper in another home; and Goldie, age 14.

In 1948, Oatis’ half-brother Govia died.

Oatis died on February 23, 1954 in Knowlton, Iowa County, Iowa. He was 77 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Oatis Nelty Perkins & Laura May Ruby:

Viola Alice Perkins – Alice was born on September 3, 1904 in Iowa. She married Noah Owen on July 18, 1925 in Des Moines, Iowa. They had 3 children. Noah died in 1936. Alice married Edgar Benton Snyder, who had served in World War I. He had been married twice but had no children. They had 2 children. Edgar died on August 8. 1972. Alice died November 17, 1979. She was 75 years old.

Mettie Maurine Perkins – Mettie was born on April 29, 1906 in Iowa. She married Ferrel Dewaine Chew on November 21, 1925 in Creston Iowa. They had 2 children, one who died as an infant. Ferrel died July 24, 1963. Mettie died on August 11, 1993 in Wilmington, Illinois. She was 87 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ray Reubin Perkins – Ray was born on July 4, 1907 in Ringgold County, Iowa. He married Fern May Blanchard on July 5, 1928 in Des Moines, Iowa. They had 2 children and farmed in Ringgold County. He died November 17, 1968 in Union County, Iowa. He was 61 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Cecil Clay Perkins – Clay was born on June 15, 1909 in Ringgold County, Iowa. He married Alvina Willows on March 4, 1933 in Worth, Missouri. On the 1940 US Census, they lived in Diagonal, Iowa and Clay worked as a laborer for the Works Progress Administration. They had 2 children. He died December 14, 1994 in Perry, Iowa. He was 85 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Bernice Nelta Perkins – Bernice was born on December 7, 1911 in Ringgold County, Iowa. She died when she was 14, on April 24, 1926. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Maisel Laura Perkins – Maisel was born on May 11, 1913 in Ringgold County, Iowa. She married Willis Raymond Russel on April 16, 1932 in Creston, Iowa, and they had 8 children. They farmed in Union County, Iowa. She died on June 14, 1956 in Des Moines, Iowa. She was 43 years old.

Martin Melvin Perkins – Martin was born on August 23, 1915 in Ringgold County, Iowa. He married Bonnie J. York, who had been married and had 4 children. They had 1 child together. He died on March 6, 1986 in Dallas Center, Iowa. He was 70 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Vildren Vernice Perkins – Vildren was born on June 9, 1917 in Ringgold County, Iowa. She married Glenn Woods on December 26, 1935 in Worth, Missouri. They had 4 children. She died on May 11, 2001 in Perry, Iowa. She was 83 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Carmel Leta Perkins – Carmel was born on April 9, 1919 in Ringgold County, Iowa. She married Marvin Leroy Akers on January 24, 1938 in Nodaway County, Missouri. They had 4 children. She died on June 14, 1956 in Des Moines, Iowa. She was 82 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Inez Faye Perkins – Inez was born January 31, 1921 in Knowlton, Ringgold County, Iowa. She married Howard William Reece on June 5, 1941 in Ringgold County, Iowa. They had 5 children. She died September 12, 2005 in Creston, Union County, Iowa. She was 84 years old. Read more about her here. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Addie Dean Perkins – Addie was born on March 21, 1923 in Ringgold County, Iowa. He married Mae Irene Henton and they had 2 children. He died on August 28, 1999 in Grimes, Iowa. He was 76 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Goldie Mae Perkins – Goldie was born on July 11, 1925 in Ringgold County, Iowa. She married Walter Blaine Herbel and they had 4 children. She died on December 3, 1989 in Iowa City, Iowa. She was 64 years old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.