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

Updated November 2020.

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 County, Illinois. His father was 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 in Illinois. 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 in Illinois. 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 Jones Perkins – Thomas was born in 1850 in Iowa. He married Sophia Jane Burkhead on December 31, 1874 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 7 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 County, Iowa. She died on March 29, 1877. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. There is a child named Bertha C. Gray, with a similar headstone, buried in the same cemetery. The stone isn’t readable now, but Warren County Genealogical Society transribed the stone saying Bertha was born and died in 1870. On Bertha’s Find A Grave memorial is is suggested that perhaps it actually read 1876. In 1870, both parents would have been 15 and the birth of the child was 5 years before their marriage. 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 4 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)

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.