Joshua Samuel Burkhead (1813-1876) and Rachel Gray (1817-1893)

Joshua Samuel Burkhead and Rachel Gray are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents, on the Perkins side.

Joshua Samuel Burkhead was born February 17, 1813. He was the son of Thomas Burkhead and Rachel Gorsuch. See their Find A Grave memorials here and here.

Rachel Gray was born March 28, 1817. She was the daughter of John Gray and Sarah Vertis. See their Find A Grave memorials here and here.

Joshua and Rachel married on November 20, 1834 in Guernsey County, Ohio.

On the 1850 US Census, Joshua was 36 and Rachel was 33. They lived in Salem, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. They had 5 children: Sarah, age 14; Mary, age 12; John, age 7; Benjamin, age 4; Thomas, age 2.

On September 6, 1850 the Selected Federal Census Non-population Schedule recorded Joshua as having: 30 improved acres of land; 30 unimproved acres of land; $500 cash value of farm; $20 value of farm implements and machinery; 2 horses; 4 milk cows; 7 other cattle; 15 sheep; 10 swine; $207 value of live stock; 150 bushels of wheat; 300 bushels of indian corn.

The family moved to Iowa after their youngest child, Rosa, was born in 1862.

On the 1870 US Census, Joshua was 56 and Rachel was 52. They lived in Jefferson, Warren County, Iowa. They had 7 children at home: Wesley, age 26; Benjamin, age 23; Thomas, age 21; Frances, age 19; Jane, age 13; Lenora, age 11; Rosa, age 8. Also living in the home was Thomas Davis, age 23, a farm laborer.

On August 18, 1870 the Selected Federal Census Non-population Schedule recorded Joshua as having: 200 improved acres; 20 woodland acres; $7000 value of farm; $150 value of farm implements and machinery; 8 horses; 7 milk cows; 2 other cattle; 75 sheep; 15 swine; $1650 value of live stock; 350 bushels of spring wheat; 1200 bushels of Indian corn; 200 bushels of oats; 252 pounds of wool; 100 bushels Irish potatoes; 350 pounds of butter; 10 tons of hay; 25 gallons of molasses; $200 value of animals slaughtered or sold for slaughter; $1310 estimated value of all farm production including betterments and additions to stock.

Joshua died on February 28, 1876 in Indianola, Warren County, Iowa. His Find A Grave memorial is here. All of his children listed below, except for son William Harrison Burkhead, who was deceased, were listed in his will.

On the 1880 US Census, Rachel was widowed and 63. She lived in Jefferson, Warren County, Iowa with daughter Rosa, age 18.

On the 1885 Iowa State Census, Rachel was 66 and lived in Jefferson, Warren County, Iowa with married daughter Rosa, age 23 and her husband Thomas Keller and their child. In the slot for Rachel’s occupation, it says “works some.”

Rachel died on December 9, 1893 in Jefferson, Warren County, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Joshua Samuel Burkhead and Rachel Gray:

Sarah Laura Burkhead – Sarah was Todd’s 3X Great Grandmother. Read about her here.

Mary Burkhead – Mary was born April 22, 1838 in Guernsey County, Ohio. She married Leonard D. Hamilton January 1, 1861 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. They had 6 children. She died September 13, 1922 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

William Harrison Burkhead – William was born July 2, 1841 in Guernsey County, Ohio. He died August 22, 1842 in Guernsey County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

John Wesley Burkhead – John was born in 1843. He fought in the Civil War. He married Viola Wiley on March 5, 1871 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 6 children. He died April 23, 1930. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Benjamin Smith Burkhead – Benjamin was born November 22, 1845 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. He married Elizabeth Jane Weidner on November 30, 1871 in Page County, Iowa. They had at least 3 children. He died February 3, 1911. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Thomas C. Burkhead – Thomas was born August 24, 1848. He married Caroline M. Lotts in 1875. They had 7 children. He died June 14, 1908. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Frances Malena Burkhead – Frances was born March 7, 1851. She married Francis M. Hutchins on September 19, 1871 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 8 children and farmed in Nebraska. She died April 13, 1906. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Sophia Jane Burkhead – Sophia was born August 16, 1856 in Guernsey County, Ohio. She married Thomas J. Perkins on December 31, 1874 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 9 children. She died on May 12, 1937 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Rachel Lenora Burkhead – Rachel was born January 31, 1859 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. She married Samuel Higgins on August 13, 1874 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 8 children. She died sometime after the 1930 US Census when she lived in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa with son Joshua. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Rosa Belle Burkhead – Rosa was born November 4, 1861 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. She married Thomas Tipton Keller on November 14, 1883 in Warren County, Iowa. They had 6 children. She died July 8, 1957 in Prole, Warren County, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

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.