Biography of Thomas P. W. Perkins
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Perkins, Thomas Peleg Whittridge, son of Josiah and Asenith (Clark) Perkins, was born in Middleborough, Mass., December 2, 1820. His father was also a native and lifelong resident of Middleborough, and died there in the eightieth year of his age, honored and respected. Mr. Perkins, like his father and grandfather, has followed the blacksmith's trade all his life. He began when fourteen years old in his father's shop in Middieborough, having previously been given the advantages of the common school. He came to Fairhaven in 1S69 and established a shop on the southeast corner of Main and Bridge streets; three years later he built a shop on the corner of Privilege and Bridge streets, which he has ever since occupied, a period of twenty eight years. Mr. Perkins has ever been a staunch adherent of Democracy, and has always been deeply interested in the welfare of the town and many years ago was earnestly identified with a project for the extension of Privilege street across the old pond by Bridge. This project failed, but the step has been taken, justifying his earlier course. Mr. Perkins married, first, Laura A.. daughter of John Bennett of North Rochester, and second, Betsey W., daughter of Zebulon Canedy of Lakeville, Mass., and of their children, two are now living: Oscar T., and Olive B., wife of Henry Sherman of New Bedford.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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