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(Isaac) Middlebrooks m Elizabeth Perkins b. 28 Nov 1756, Va. dau of ABRAHAM & CECILY (TURPIN) will ABRAM prov 1796 Caswell Co., N. C. names dau Eliz. Middlebrooks


CASWELL CO., N. C. WILL BOOKS 1777-1814 Kendall

p. 43 October Court 1793 Bk C p 50 ABRAHAM PERKINS SEN of Dist of Caswell will 14 June 1793. Son ABRAM, wife CESLEY, 5 children Philemon Perkins, Molley Grimes, Fanny Ware, Elizabeth Middlebrooks, Polley Perkins...

p. 53 Oct Court 1796 Bk C p. 182 sales estate of ABRAHAM PERKINS

Lists among others - Isaac Middlebrooks

p. 96 Bk E p. 146 Settlement Estate of ABRAHAM PERKINS

1805...Isaac Middlebrooks



ABRAM PERKINS was born about 1720 in Henrico Co., Va., and died 1793 in Caswell Co., N. C. He married CECILY TURPINE.

ABRAM PERKINS was named for his bachelor uncle, Abram Perkins, and became the latter's principal legatee in the will of 1742. The will also establishes the fact that ABRAM was the son of Philemon Perkins as it states, "I do allsoe appoint Philemon Purkins and his son, ABRAM PURKINS to be my whole and soul executors of this my last will and testament."

ABRAM PERKINS moved to Goochland County with his father. In 1755 and 1764 ABRAHAM PERKINS was appointed a processioner (pp. 52, 87 Vestry Book) of St. James Northam Parish. THE DOUGLAS REGISTER lists the births of four of his children (and establishes the name of his wife): Elizabeth Perkins, Nov 28, 1756; Martha Perkins, July 22, 1759; Lucy Perkins, June 24, 1764; and Jesse Perkins, Sept 13, 1768.

In 1761 he witnessed the deed from John Perkins to Joel Perkins.

In 1770 he succeeded his father as sexton of St. James Northam Parish

(pp. 107, 111 Vestry Book).

After their parents' deaths in 1769 and 1771, John Perkins and ABRAM PERKINS decided to move west. Accordingly on Nov. 18, 1771, ABRAHAM PERKINS of Goochland for L 205 deeded to Thomas Hatcher of Cumberland 200 acres on Beaverdam Creek in Goochland County which adjoined the land of Richard Cocke, Amos Ladd, David Walker, John Curd, Richard Curk, and Philemon Perkins, "...which said land by Philemon Perkins being Devised by his last will and Testament to the said ABRAHAM PERKINS Refference being had to the Said writing..." the deed was witnessed by Edward Redford and Daniel Mosby. "At a Court held for Goochland County November the 18th 1771 ABRAM PERKINS acknowledged his deed with the livery of seizin endorsed to be his acts and deeds wch were ordered to be recorded. Then CISCILA his wife (she being first privately examined) Relinquished her right of Dower in the Land by this deed conveyed wch was also admitted to Record" (p. 176 Goochland Deed Bk. 10). this deed is confusing in that it states the land was left to ABRAM PERKINS by the will of Philemon Perkins. Philemon Perkins did not leave any will. Probably the deed refers to the land left to ABRAM PERKINS by the will of his uncle Abram Perkins.

With his brother John Perkins, ABRAM PERKINS settled in Caswell Co., N. c., and on August 31, 1782 there is a recorded a deed (p. 606 Caswell Deed Bk. A) from ABRAM PERKINS of Caswell County to Robert Lyon of same county for 200 lbs. Virginia money of a tract of land "whereon the said Lyon now lives." lying in Caswell County on the south side of Moons Creek containing 250 acres more or less being a tract of land purchased by the sd PERKINS of John Payne by deed. Witnesses were Abraham Mills,

Presly Luttrell and Isaac Middlebrook.

The Moon Creek section of Caswell County was in the northwestern part of the county fairly close to Rockingham Co., N. C., and to Pittsylvania Co., Va. In the reconstructed 1790 Census the PERKINSES are listed as living in the Hillsborough District. ABRAHAM PERKINS paid taxes in Caswell County from 1777 to 1793--first on 280 acres on Moon's Creek and later on 674 acres. In 1794 CECILIA PERKINS paid taxes on 595 acres.

The North Carolina Revolutionary War records indicate that payments were due ABRAHAM PERKINS, private of the Hillsborough District. These lists are dated 1782 and 1783 (pp. 200, 220, 230 ROSTER OF SOLDIERS FROM NORTH CAROLINA IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION by North Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution, 1932) and these late dates would indicate that the payments were due to a different Abram Perkins than the one who died in service Mar. 5, 1778. (The one who died was Abram Perkins #3437) The evidence indicates, therefore, that ABRAM PERKINS, despite his advanced age--he was about 60 in 1780--served in the Revolutionary War. After the death of his nephew he was the only one so named who lived in the Hillsborough District.

Concerning this man, Mr. George Francis Browning, Jr., wrote Sept 1, 1953: "I don't remember now whether I ever told you that I finally got ABRAM PERKINS of Caswell accepted by the SAR or not. I had a lot of trouble. They wanted to accept the North Carolina record on his son Abram of Virginia. I objected. They said ABRAM, SR., was too old. I said Abram, Jr., never lived in North Carolina. I think the PERKINS FAMILY copy I sent with the last was what sewed it up, though I was so sure of my logic that I would have taken it to the Genealogist-General if the Registrar had not come around to my way of seeing. Anyway. ABRAM PERKINS of Caswell has been accepted by SAR for service as Pvt. In the North Carolina Continental Line. So any descendant can use it and the DAR will accept by cross checking."

On Feb. 20, 1790, ABRAHAM PERKINS, SENIOR, of Caswell County made a deed of gift for the natural love and affection he bore to Archibald Perkins his son. The deed was to a tract of land in Caswell County on both sides of Moon's Creek containing 100 acres. The deed was witnessed by Jesse Perkins (p. 99 Caswell Deed Bk. G).

On June 14, 1793 ABRAM PERKINS made his will and it was proved October 1793 in Caswell County. It reads as follows:

In the name of God amen. I ABRAM PERKINS SR. of District of Caswell and County of Caswell being sick but of perfect mind and memory, but calling to mind the mortality of my body and that it is appointed for all men once to die and knowing not how soon it may please God to call me out of this transitory life do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows: (to wit). Principally and first of all I give and bequeath my soul to God that gave it to me and my body to the Earth from whence it came to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the almighty power of God and as touching my worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life. I desire and dispose of in the following manner. (to wit).

Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Abram Perkins all my lands on Moons creek that I am now possess with the bounds and appurtenances thereto belonging after my beloved wife's decease.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife CISLEY PERKINS the use of my lands and Plantation during her widowhood.Item. I give unto my 5 children Phileman Perkins, Molley Grimes, Fanny Ware, Elizabeth Middlebrooks, and Patty Perkins my three Negroes, Sook, Molly, and Milly, and all the rest of my goods, chattels to be equally divided between them, I also appoint my son Philemon Perkins to be my whole and sole Executor.

In witness whereof I do set my hand and seal this 14th June 1793.

Signed and delivered in presence of ABRAM PERKINS (Seal)

John Humphreys

Philimon Perkins

Alexander Nunalli

Marten Perkins



1. Archibald Perkins (1744-1840) m. Elizabeth Gibbs

2. Philemon Perkins ( -ca 1795) m. Mary Whitehead

3. Mary Perkins, married ________Grimes

4. Abram Perkins ( -ca 1799) m. Elizabeth Williams

5. Fanny Perkins, married Oct. 2, 1781, Caswell Co., N. C., William Ware

6. Elizabeth Perkins (1756 - ) m. Isaac Middlebrooks

7. Martha (Patty) Perkins born July 22, 1759, Goochland Co., Va. She is mentioned in her father's will as Patty Perkins

8. Lucy Perkins, born June 24, 1765, Goochland Co., Va.

9. Jesse Perkins (1768- ) probably m. Susannah Ingram


ABRAHAM PERKINS 1771 Deed Goochland Co., Va

This Indenture made this Eighteenth day of November one thousand seven hundred and seventy one between ABRAHAM PERKINS of the county of Goochland of the one part & Thomas Hatcher of county of Cumberland of the other part witnesseth that the said ABRAHAM PERKINS for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred and five pounds current money to him paid or secured to be paid by the said Thomas Hatcher the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge and himself fully satisfied & paid. Hath granted, Bargained & sold aliened Enforced and confirm'd and by these presents do grant bargain & sell, alien, enforce & confirm unto the said Thomas Hatcher his heirs Exrs, Admrs & Assigne for ever One tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in the said County of Goochland containing by estimation two hundred acres be the same more or less lying on Beaverdam Creek and branch called cattail beginning at the mouth of sd cattail branch at pinker? Cornering on Richard Cocks and Amos Ladd thence up S. branch as it the land on to mouth of small branch at pointers on said Cocke thence up said branch to corner shrub oak on sd Cocke there to the said cattail branch to corner ded Red oak on Said Cocke thence up said branch called cattail on David Walkers line to the corner blackoak cornering on the sd David walker John Curd and Richd Curd thence on sd John Curd Straight line to said Beaverdam Creek at pointers on the sd John Curd & Jno Boaling thence Down the sd Beaverdam Creek as it Meanders to the beginning, which said land by Philemon Perkins being devised by his last will and Testament ot the said ABRAHAM PERKINS reference being had to the said writing, it will appear To have & to hold the said Tract or parcel of land and premises, with there and every of their appurtenances, thereto belonging or in any wise appertaining unto the said Tho Hatcher his heirs Exrs Admrs and assigns forever to the only proper use & behoof of him the said Thomas Hatcher his heirs Exrs Admrs & Assigns for ever and the said ABRAM PERKINS for himself his Heirs Exrs & Admrs do covenant grant and agree to and with the said Thomas Hatcher his heirs Exrs Admrs and assigns to warrant and Defend the said land and premises with the appurtenances, unto the said Thomas Hatcher his heirs Exrs & Admrs for ever against himself & his heirs and against all other persons whatsoever. In Witness whereof the said ABRAHAM PERKINS Hath Hereunto set my hand & seal the day & year above written.Seal the day & year above written

Signed sealed & Delivered ABRAHAM PERKINS Seal

in presence of

Edward Redford

Daniel Mosby

Memorandum that on the xviiith day of November one thousand Seven hundred & Seventy one Quiet & peaceable possession of seizin of the land within Mentioned & premises was given by the within named ABRAHAM PERKINS unto the said Thomas Hatcher according to the form & effect of the within written Deed.

                                    ABRAHAM PERKINS

At a court held for Goochland County November the 18th 1771. ABRAHAM PERKINS acknowledged this deed with the livery of seizin endorsed to be his & deeds which were ordered to be Recorded. then CISCILA his wife (she being first privately examined) Relinquished her right of Dower in the land by this deed conveyed which was also admitted to record

Teste/ Val Wood CCCourt



ABRAHAM PERKINS, he names as his "whole and sole Executor" his son Philimon Perrkins.

ABRAHAM (433) and CECILY (TURPINE) PERKINS had the following children:

4431. Abram Perkins

4432. Philemon Perkins

4433. Molly Perkins, married.....Grimes

4434. Fanny Perkins, married......Ware

4435. Elizabeth Perkins, born November 28, 1756 (Douglas Register), married.... Middlebrook.

4436. Martha (Patty) Perkins born July 22, 1759 (Douglas Register).

4437. Lucy Perkins, born June 24, 1766 (Douglas Register).

4438. Jesse Perkins, born September 13, 1768 (Douglas Register).


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