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Guide to the Perkins Family Papers, 1783-1894

Collection number: MC 27

Size: 1 box (0.33 cu.ft.)

About Perkins Family

The Perkins Family resided in Unity, New Hampshire. The principal figure of the family papers is Amos Perkins. Born in 1790, Amos died in 1885 at the age of 95 and was a lifelong resident of Unity. He was a farmer by occupation but also worked as Secretary and President of Unity Mutual Fire Insurance Company. He also served as a justice of the peace, town selectman, and treasurer in Unity, N.H., and he was a Major in the New Hampshire state militia. He worked on the Executive Council of Governor John H. Steele and in 1832 acted as the treasurer of Sullivan county.

The Perkins Family Papers also include information pertaining to other members of the Perkins family, among whom are: Betsey Moody Perkins (1790-1853), Amos’s wife; Amos’s brother, Joseph (b. 1788), an engraver who worked in Philadelphia and New York; Joseph M. Perkins (1819-1886), Amos’s son; Maria Hathorn Perkins (1831-1899), Joseph M. Perkins’s wife; and Abigail Perkins (b.1826), Amos Perkins’ daughter.

About the Perkins Family Papers

The Perkins Family Papers consist of correspondence, speeches, broadsides, accounts, receipts, etchings, drawings, poems, insurance policies, deeds, petitions, indentures, and writs of or pertaining to members of the Perkins family. The collection further includes papers of the Moody family and a number of Unity town records.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Perkins Family Papers, 1783-1889, MC 27, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donated: Fiske Free Library of Claremont, New Hampshire, 1962 (Accession number: 107)

Collection Contents

Series I: Correspondence

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, June 29, 1814
Box 1, Folder 2 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, July 4, 1815
Box 1, Folder 3 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, Jan 5, 1817
Box 1, Folder 4 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, Aug 4, 1817
Box 1, Folder 5 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, Nov 12, 1817
Box 1, Folder 6 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, Jan 1, 1818
Box 1, Folder 7 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, July 5, 1818
Box 1, Folder 8 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, Sept 6, 1818
Box 1, Folder 9 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, Nov 6, 1818
Box 1, Folder 10 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, March 26, 1820
Box 1, Folder 11 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, March 21, 1819
Box 1, Folder 12 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, Oct 18, 1823
Box 1, Folder 13 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, Nov 27, 1824
Box 1, Folder 14 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, May 8 and May 12, 1825
Box 1, Folder 15 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, Jan 1, 1829
Box 1, Folder 16 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, July 19, 1830
Box 1, Folder 17 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, May 18, 1835
Box 1, Folder 18 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, Aug 19, 1835
Box 1, Folder 19 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, July 1836
Box 1, Folder 20 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, March 17, 1838
Box 1, Folder 21 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, July 22, 1838
Box 1, Folder 22 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, Feb 20, 1839
Box 1, Folder 23 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, Jan 24, 1840
Box 1, Folder 24 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, Oct 20, 1840
Box 1, Folder 25 Joseph Perkins to Amos Perkins, July 23, 1841
Box 1, Folder 26 Amos Perkins to Abby Perkins, his daughter, Jan. 15, 1854, March 6, 1854, and Jan. 10, 1879 (3 letters)

Box 1, Folder 27 Various to Amos Perkins, 1861-1889: from S. Warner, July 23, 1861; Mattie Perkins, Jan 12, 1868; Cadia Perkins, May 4, 1868; Jacob Perkins, March 26, 1871; George A. Perkins, July 17, 1880; L.S.H. Crosby, Nov 30, 1881 (6 letters)

Box 1, Folder 28 Cassandra Hathorn to Maria Hathorn Perkins, 1852-1887 (water damaged) (8 letters)

Box 1, Folder 29 Various to Abigail Perkins, 1854-1894, : Joseph and Amerlia Perkins, Jan 7, 1854; M.H. Perkins, Dec 20, 1894; E.H. Glidden, undated (very faint pencil) (3 letters)

Series II: Political Papers

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 30 Amos Perkins, Appointments, 1812-1885 (12 items)

Box 1, Folder 31 Amos Perkins, County Treasurer, 1832
Box 1, Folder 32 Amos Perkins, Selectman papers: Highways and Roads, 1827-1844
Box 1, Folder 33 Amos Perkins, Selectman papers: Petitions, Accounts and Records, 1843
Box 1, Folder 34 Amos Perkins, Selectman papers: Petitions, Accounts and Records, 1844-1845
Box 1, Folder 35 Amos Perkins, Speeches and Political Writings, 1864 and undated
Box 1, Folder 36 Joseph M. Perkins, Appointment, Justice of Peace, 1875
Box 1, Folder 37 Advertisement for the American (“Know-Nothing”) Party, 1843

Series III: Business Papers

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 38 Deeds, Moody Family, 1783-1815, 1841 (12 items)

Box 1, Folder 39 Perkins Family Deeds and Indentures, 1817-1885 (13 items)

Box 1, Folder 40 Perkins Family Accounts and Financial Records, 1834-1844
Box 1, Folder 41 Papers of Amos Perkins, Justice of the Peace, 1832-1866
Box 1, Folder 42 Deeds and Indentures signed by Amos Perkins, 1838-1848
Box 1, Folder 43 Amos Perkins’s Insurance Policies, 1868-1888
Box 1, Folder 44 Insurance Policies, 1833-1843
Box 1, Folder 45 Insurance Policies, 1844-1845
Box 1, Folder 46 Insurance Policies, 1846-1851, 1874
Box 1, Folder 47 E.E. Randall, correspondence to Joseph M. Perkins, 1880-1883
Box 1, Folder 48 Copies of two poems, “Young Lady” and “A Night Piece,” etched by Joseph Perkins, undated

Series IV: Miscellaneous

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 49 Chase Family Genealogical notes (Jacob Perkins, Amos’ father, married Mrs. Hannah Chase, April 23, 1788)
Box 1, Folder 50 Papers and Drawings, undated
Box 1, Folder 51 Poems by Aurelia Moody, undated
Box 1, Folder 52 Unity Town Papers: Receipts, Accounts, and Auditors Reports, 1836-1844, 1871
Box 1, Folder 53 Unity Town Records: Petitions and Writs, 1834-1848
Box 1, Folder 54 Unity Town Records: Miscellaneous, 1844-1849
Box 1, Folder 55 Pamphlets, Broadsides, and Published Materials, 1847-1889