Thursday, March 26, 2009

Site of David Perkins Sawmill

Perkins Adventure Post 3

For a solid week, I have been investigating the descendants of my Bridgewater, MA ancestor David Perkins. My husband and I went out to look for the approximate place where David built his sawmill in 1688. Yes, you read that correctly, 1688. David and his wife and several children moved from Beverly, MA where they were married and lived for some years before coming to Bridgewater.

David's sawmill must have been on this side of the railroad tracks (of course there were no tracks then) and up closer to the Taunton River.

I took several photos of Perkins "land" that is still owned by members of the large family.
Henry Perkins Co. 1848, Company Sign, Business Entrance on Broad St.

A family member is helping me identify gravesites and the homes that this family has lived in. This is called a "One-Name" study and I am learning a lot about how to research and document just one family. I call it Perkins Madness.


Patti Browning said...


One-name studies are where it's at! You get to know them all like family members and your sense of intuition about things gets keener because of your familiarity. I can't tell you how much I might've missed on my Brownings if I hadn't been One-Naming them.

Good luck!

Wendy Hawksley said...

Very interesting!

One of the wonderful things about coming home to visit my family and friends, is leaving my son with his grandparents and my husband, while I zoom all over Bridgewater, Middleboro, Plympton, and Carver doing my research! LOL

I'm certainly going to miss the freedom of that 7-hour car ride back home when I move this year.

Well, back to my research! ;-)