Samuel Henry Perkins was my husband’s 3x great grandfather. He was the son of John Perkins and Rhoda Walters Woosley of Halifax County, Virginia. Family lore has it that he was born on the Woosley plantation on 18 December 1821. Samuel married Martha Hamby, daughter of Amos Hamby and Lavina Palmer, on 25 April 1841 in Polk County, Missouri. Martha was born 4 September 1826, in Christian County, Kentucky.
Samuel and Martha had nine children:
1. James Madison, born 10 May 1842, Polk Co., MO
2. Amos Hamby, born 12 January 1844, Dade Co., MO
3. Mary Woosley, born 3 October 1846, Cedar Co., MO
4. John Wilke, born 10 December 1848, Cedar Co., MO
5. Emily, born 19 May 1854, Cedar Co., MO
6. Gustavus A., born 19 December 1856, Cedar Co., MO
7. Wilson Wayne Wooldridge, a daughter, born 7 November 1859, Cedar Co., MO
8. Louisa, born 11 January 1861, Cedar Co., MO
9. Joanna (Josie Ann), born 25 October 1864, Cedar Co., MO
All of their children lived to adulthood, although Louisa died at age twenty on 11 October 1881, unmarried, in Cedar County and Mary Woosley, who married Emsley Harrison Brasher (my husband’s ancestors) died on 4 March 1882 in Hopkins County, Texas.
Samuel died on 28 April 1905. Martha predeceased him, passing away on 16 Mary 1891. Both died in and are buried in Cedar County, Missouri.
This is a copy of a family photo of Samuel Henry and Martha Perkins with children and grandchildren, probably taken in the late 1870’s. Eugene Perkins, an avid Perkins researcher, who passed away in 2001 just short of his 94th birthday, shared this picture with me years ago, but he didn’t know who most of the people were except for Samuel and Martha in the center.
I found a public member tree on line that has a copy of this same photo and below it, someone has identified all of the people. The photo is dated about 1878. They are:
Emily, Wilson Wayne, Louisa and Josie Ann
James Madison, ida, Samuel, Emlou, Martha, Marion, Amos
Gus, Emily, Wilson, Louisa, Josie, James M. and Amos are the children of Samuel and Martha. Ida, Norman and Horace are James’s children. Emlou and Marion are children of Amos.
The only family missing were daughter Mary, who was living in Hopkins County, Texas and son John W., who was living in Dade County, MO with his young family. As James’s and Amos’s wives are not in the picture, this was meant to capture the immediate direct descendants of Samuel and Martha living in Cedar County. Another mystery solved thanks to technology.