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Re: FPOC Perkins Randolph, IN
In Response To: Re: FPOC Perkins Randolph, IN ()

I was just wondering if you've ever come across anyone researching the Perkins family from Randolph, IN. Since I emailed you offline about that marriage that occured in Darke County. I've learned quite a bit about the area. Apparently, the Greenville Settlement spanned between Ohio and Indiana. I've been trying to research the Perkins back into Tennessee (Claiborne County) but I'm not having much luck in finding any documentation on the family beyond the census. The Perkins appeared to have some sort of relationship with the Chavis's that lived in Claiborne County, TN. A number of the marriages in Claiborne county appeared to have been mixed-race which really surprised me. I'm a novice at researching before 1850.


Would you be so kind as to share the particular marriage you are talking about? I see only one FPC PERKINS marriage in Darke County, Ohio (through 1911).

The Greenville Settlement was a sprawling semi-autonomous agricultural settlement on the Ohio Indiana border covering several townships in Darke County, Ohio and one (1) township in Randolph County, Ohio. However, there are two (2) other settlements in Randolph County, Indiana namely the Cabin Creek Settlement and the Snow Hill Settlement. The PERKINS family from Randolph County, Indiana are from the Cabin Creek Settlement. Evidently, according to HOWE's History of Ohio, there was a FPC settlement in Hamilton County, Ohio. I don't know if this is the settlement he is talking about but there is a group a FPC in Hamilton County in the Whitewater Township, Crosby Township, Miami Township area. Some surnames are WADE, PATTERSON, MALSTON, WEST, COSTON, and of course PERKINS. I have not been able to establish a connection of these PERKINS to the PERKINS in the Cabin Creek Settlement beyond the general inter-connectivity Art mentioned. The are also FPC PERKINS found in Cincinnati proper but I don't know if they are connected to the PERKINS in the previously mentioned townships. Both groups of PERKINS at various times list a birthplace of Tennessee. Ohio, one census or death certificate; Tennessee the next or Ohio personally but Tennessee by their children etc.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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