The Family Character: Ernest Wilson Perkins 1914-2004

The Family Character-Ernest Wilson Perkins 1914-2004

My 1st cousin once removed. The Tall Story Teller in the family. Ernest loved entertaining us with his stories of who we are related to and his supposed adventures.

 

Ernest and mother, Carrie Perkins 1975

Stearns-Butka Collection, image by June Stearns Butka March 1975 with Polaroid Camera, Privately held by June Stearns Butka {ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE}; Drive G: Surname, Perkins, Ernest and Carrie Perkins 1975,

52 Ancestors 2018 Ancestor #2

I’m starting in the third week of Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors 2018 prompts. Although this is ancestor #2 for 2018, I’m writing about Ernest in response to Week 1 prompt: Start.

I started following family history from stories told while playing games and cards at my Aunt Carrie’s during frequent visit to her home. Aunt Carrie was Ernest’s mother. By the time I reached high school I was ready to provide documentation to support those stories. The stories of my aunts and parents usually were found to be true. Ernest stories on the other hand were just that, Stories, Entertaining -yes! True, not so much.

I will not repeat the stories he told me. I don’t want miss information to get around.

If you think of the characters in your family, that storyteller, you will understand why I won’t repeat the stories. You will understand the entertainment they gave you as a child, while you smirk at them as an adult. That character is the one you probably didn’t have babysit your children.

Ernest Wilson Perkins was born on May Day in 1914. He always made sure we knew that and as such we should dance around the Maypole with him. Those childhood dances still make me smile.

The Facts as I know them. [I used indexes from Family Search [Free site] for documentation. I have original images of the records in my possession. The records are also included in a paid site Ancestry program, if you wish to see them.]

Ernest Wilson Perkins [Ernie], born 1 May 1914 in Sutton, New Hampshire, to John Wilson Perkins [Uncle Wilson] and Lulu Carrie Stearns [Aunt Carrie.] Where he spent most of his life.

He can be found on the 1920, 1930 and 1940 US Census for Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire in the household of his parent and his brother, Clinton. He enlisted in the Army, 29 June 1942 for World War II. He worked as a Branch Immaterial – Warrant officer. The fold3 document states he went to high school for four years. This surprised me. Sutton, New Hampshire did not have a high school. Ernest never mentioned he went to high school in any of his stories. Ernest W. Perkins Fold3 search listed his occupation as semi-skilled miller, grain, glour, feed, etc.. [I remember stories of him working at a mill. He was a junk dealer and potato farmer during the time I knew him.] I’m not sure what “glour” is, even after a Google search. My thought it is a typo and should be “flour.” that would fit into the feed and grain category. Family Search military record for World War II list him as grammar school education; civil occupation as housemen and yardmen. He was an enlisted man for the Army Branch Immaterial-Warrant Officers.

Military Service

“United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946,” database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KMNG-MWS : 5 December 2014), Ernest W Perkins, enlisted 29 Jun 1942, Manchester, New Hampshire, United States; citing “Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946,” database, The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (AAD) (http://aad.archives.gov : National Archives and Records Administration, 2002); NARA NAID 126323, National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

He once told me he was married to a “cousin” for a short time. The marriage is supported. He married on 25 September 1943, Alice Cleora Perkins, daughter of Harry E. Perkins and Ada L. Elliot. Ernest was 29 years of age and Alice was 17. I did not find the cousin connection to date. She married second time 26 November 1948, James Edward Carrier. No divorce record from Ernest found to date. Alice died 2 September 2010. [While writing this blog I received an AncstryDNA hint that turned out to be a distance cousin on Alice’s maternal line]

Ernest Perkins Marriage

“New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLD1-221 : 4 November 2017), : accessed 23 Jan 2018, Ernest Wilson Perkins and Alice Cleora Perkins, 25 Sep 1943; citing Sunapee, Sullivan, New Hampshire, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 2,293,670.

Perkins Family, North Street, Dwelling 96, Sutton, New Hampshire

“United States Census, 1920, https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/6061/4313305-01066/29731995?backurl=https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/86776289/person/48543204270/facts/citation/343557468445/edit/record: accessed 24 January 2018) Ernest W. Perkins in household of John W. Perkins, Sutton Town, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States; Enumeration district (ED) 1-104, sheet 5B, line 75, family 144, Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City).

Perkins Family 1930, Lake Road, Dwelling 174, Sutton, New Hampshire

“United States Census, 1930, https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/86776289/person/48543204270/facts: accessed 24 January 2018) Ernest W. Perkins in household of Wilson J. Perkins, Sutton Town, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States; Enumeration district (ED) 1-104, sheet 5B, line 26, family 144, Fifteenth Census of the United States, Year: 1930; Census Place: Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire; Roll: 1305; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 53; Image: 131.0; FHL microfilm: 2341040

Perkins Family 1940, Rural Route, Sutton, New Hampshire

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VT94-YFF : accessed 24 January 2018), Ernest W Perkins in household of Wilson J Perkins, Sutton Town, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 7-67, sheet 7A, line 26, family 143, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2294.

Residences 1989-2001

“United States Public Records, 1970-2009,” database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KGQG-7D5 : 22 May 2014), Ernest W Perkins, Residence, Andover, New Hampshire, United States; a third party aggregate of publicly available information.

 

Ernest died in 2004, I noticed a fresh grave at his family plot at Millwood Cemetery, Sutton, New Hampshire, when I visited my parent’s grave. None of the family was contacted that he died. I found his death record. Ernest died at the Veterans Hospital in Vermont. After my Dad died in 1988, the family lost track of Ernest. My Dad’s sister, my Aunt Eleanor, was the last of the cousins. They didn’t visit much. I was able to let Aunt Eleanor know of Ernie’s death. The family still makes annual visits to Millwood Cemetery to honor our family, including Ernest, Aunt Carrie, Uncle Wilson and Cousin Clinton. At some point we would like to add the death years to their grave maker. I should check next time I’m there, to see if Ernie’s Army service plaque is there.

Perkins Family Burial Plot Sutton New Hampshire

Stearns-Butka Collection, Perkins Family Plot Grave marker, image by June Stearns Butka 5 June 2010, Privately held by June Stearns Butka 23 January 2018 {ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE}; Drive G: Grave Markers, Millwood Cemetery, Sutton, New Hampshire photographs, [Father John Wilson, wife Lula Carrie, sons Clinton Elijah and Ernest Wilson]. Stone erected 1966, information supplied by Lula Carrie Stearns Perkins.

Ernest W. Perkins 1914-2004

“United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JG8W-JYQ : 20 May 2014), : accessed 23 January 2018, Ernest W Perkins, 10 Mar 2004; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

John Wilson Perkins, Lula Carrie Stearns Perkins, Ernest Wilson Perkins, Eleanor Stearns Duncan, Mark Lyman Stearns Clinton Elijah Perkins, lower center Nelson William Stearns 1965

Stearns-Butka Collection, image by Shirley Pease Stearns 1965 with Polaroid Camera, Privately held by June Stearns Butka {ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE}; Drive G: Surname, Perkins, Perkins Stearns Famiies photograph. [John Wilson Perkins, Lula Carrie Stearns Perkins, Ernest Wilson Perkins, Eleanor Stearns Duncan, Mark Lyman Stearns Clinton Elijah Perkin, lower center Nelson William Stearns 1965].

The Perkins Stearns photograph includes my father, Nelson W. Stearns [aka Nell], his sister, Eleanor Stearns Duncan [aka Aunt Eleanor], his father’s brother Mark Lyman Stearns [aka Uncle Mark], his father’s sister, Lula Carrie Stearns Perkins [aka Aunt Carrie] and her family, John Wilson Perkins [aka Uncle Wilson], Clinton Elijah Perkins [aka Clint] and Ernest Wilson Perkins [aka Ernie.] Ernest and his family was one of the homes we visited on our Sunday Drives [I blog about our Sunday Drives before: Remembering AmericaCascades of InformationDecades of Entertainment and Save the Fat, Are you Crazy.

This is part of the #52Ancestors series from Amy Johnson Crow 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.

Amy Johnson Crow, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, 2017, https://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/ : accessed 21 January 2018,

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