Foreward and Acknowledgements

I have written this family history to document the ancestry of Berta and Babs, my mother and aunt, respectively. Work began in spring, 2007, and while this project was substantiallly finished by 2014, it continues to the present.

As you may learn as you read this text, there have been some interesting turns of fortune for this Perrin family through the years. As a result, some of the conclusions I have reached about my ancestors are not as well documented as I would like. I expect there will be readers who either disagree with my conclusions, or just throw up their hands in dismay at them. But I think that I have presented enough information for the reader to decide whether my conclusions are justified.

I have whenever possible provided complete texts, with original spellings, from all documents of interest. This includes the use of published family stories when available. I believe that such information makes it much easier to envision the circumstances surrounding the people I discuss. It may sometimes show the ambiguity of the information I have to use to piece this history together.

Some folks have hoped that I could take this information and generate the Great American novel; while I don't believe I have those skills, I agree with Mark Twain that the truth is often stranger than fiction , and where my skills may lay is in the presentation of the truth in an interesting way (Please see the blog). In fact, having read too many family histories in both print and on the internet, I am hesitant to demonstrate my lack of creative skill in the way others have most unabashedly. Still, some have pointed out that by "presenting facts" the author is in fact writing a story . I hope that the reader can take the information I provide and create their own stories, put flesh on the bones, so to speak.



First, and most significantly, I must thank Aunt Anna (Lea Perrin's younger sister) who sat down with my father Tom Day in 1973 and wrote down what she knew of her family. Secondly I am indebted to my father for quietly accumulating and bequeathing what he learned regarding various Perrin families. For having done this before the age of the Internet, he did rather well (although he did misread Anna's handwriting!) at figuring out possibilities. My aunt Babs has explained many of the photographs that have come into my possession, and Margaret McClure, my mother's cousin, has graciously allowed me to use her heirloom pictures and illuminated the history of her portion of the family. Finally, I am grateful to Michael Perrin of Flintstone, Maryland, a descendant of Lenox Perrin whose family knowledge, photographs and original documents have provided substance to the early nineteenth century portion of this history.


In America, I obtained census data and a few other records from Since separting from Ancestry, the Church of the Latter Day Saints has been gracious in sharing its microfilmed records on Familysearch; I have extensively mined their data for early American tax, deed and probate records. Other related sites (e.g.,rootsweb and genforum) have extensive files of correspondence which have provided facts of interest. (now known as Fold3) has aided in searching the Pennsylvania Archives, and has some interesting documents from both the Revolution and the Civil War. For Maryland I cannot praise too excessively the Maryland State Archives, as well as the related MDLandRec site for deeds, and MDPlat site for original land surveys. For Pittsburgh the online resources of Historic Pittsburgh have similarly provided a large searchable database and the Pittsburgh Directories.

In Britain I am thankful for the materials put on line by The National Archives; while they have collected a fair sum of money from me for access, they saved me the expense of traveling there before knowing what I was looking for. Their partnership with TheGenealogist allowed me unlimited searches through the Quaker records. Finally Google and others have now digitized a large number of out-of-copyright books which sometimes have provided valuable if not spectacular information.

For maps, both the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library display historical wonders. Historic Pittsburgh has provided the maps shown here pertaining to the late nineteenth century. Some other specific maps not in the public domain are displayed here as well; permission has been sought whenever possible and copyright is shown as necessary.


If I were to list only one organization that has consistently provided the most comprehensive collection of materials for all aspects of my research, it would be the Wisconsin State Historical Society. I was blessed to have lived only five miles from the world's second largest collection of North American history when doing my initial research. I don't know of any other library which would, with the collection they possess, allow nearly complete access to their stacks.

Other libraries and organizations who have graciously allowed me to use their facilities (and repeatedly shown me how to use their microfilm viewers), or provided me with information, include (ordered by geography, west to east):

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At the start of this project I corresponded with several people who were of great inspiration and of significant help. Among them were David Leebrick (not a Perrin, but a Hummel fifth cousin) and Jerry B. Twigg. The most important tutorship I could have received early on was to work extensively with Sharon Ashcraft (a Perrin sixth cousin). Her thoroughness in researching John Perrin, Jr. set a standard I have tried to reach in my own work.

Within various branches of this family tree, there are individuals who have shared their information and/or wisdom. They include David Boles and Sharon Hofer (Lazear family), Martha Grenzeback (Upton Perrin's family in Hampshire County, West Virginia) Susan King (the Methodist movement in the nineteenth century), Thom Carlson (Stewart family in Maryland), Allan Quick ( Stewart family in California), Norman Hyatt (Hyatt and Lazear families), Jarrard Whittacre (Edward Perrin's son Joseph), Jane Barber (Dowlen and Ruddle families in Bristol), Tom Neel (Spurgeon families), Jeanne Casner (Wentz family), Anita Viviano (history of Noble Avenue, Crafton), Bronwyn Prytherch-Graham (early Southampton Township history) and George Anikis (property locations in Antietam and Marsh Hundreds). Many others have donated data for the database on the Web, and they are acknowledged there.

Special acknowledgement must go to Ruth Sprowls, for her wizardry in searching the internet. My sister-in-law Betty was kind enough to edit these pages, although my writing remains poor at best. My brother John was willing to go on a few wild goose chases in the name of research, even if he did impersonate me in Hancock, Maryland. My daughter Heather is responsible for the excellent layout in this print edition. Finally, I must thank my first wife Barbara for allowing me to travel all across creation looking up things while always providing love and support.


While I have decided to publish this genealogy now, there are still many unexplored avenues and many original references left unexamined. I hope that whoever does read this document understands that there is always more to learn or at least search for. Doubtlessly there will be in the future some individual who, knowing some key piece of information, will try to reach me to make a correction, and discover I am dead. For this I apologize. In the meantime, I do welcome additions and corrections.


Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted;

persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished;

persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.

Text Conventions

Throughout the book I have employed a few conventions that may confound the reader.

Surname spelling varied considerably in earlier times. Whenever I have referred to an original record I have preserved the given spelling of any surnames recorded within it.

Before the adoption of the Gregorian calendar by England in 1752, the year began at Easter. Therefore, from our perspective, dates from January through much of March were recorded using the date of the previous year. When such dates occur in the text, both years are shown; e.g., January 16, 1748/9.

Particularly in colonial times, land tract purchases were given names. When these are mentioned in the text, I have printed them with small capitals.

Whenever possible I have provided quotations, with original spellings, from all documents of interest. This includes the use of published family stories when available. I believe that such information makes it much easier to envision the circumstances surrounding the people I discuss. Here on the Web are full copies, be it as transcript or image of some obscure items; please do not distribute these as they often are copywrite protected by their respective sources. When quoting extended old passages I have often broken the uninterrupted text into paragraphs.

There are perhaps twelve hand drawn maps, whose accuracy is low but are based on USGS topographic maps from a century ago. I have provided links from the web page to multilayered pdf files. There it would be possible to turn on and off layers, allowing for example to see the correspondence of my rendering of land tracts to my original template.

Abbreviations Used in Notes

Footnotes are not entirely uniform. Some, which have been imported from the book format, utilize abbreviations which may be unclear. Below is a list of what one might run into.

Abbreviation Full Context
AA Co. Ann Arundel County, Maryland
Arch. Md. Archives of Maryland
Alleg. Co. Allegany County, Maryland
Allegh. Co. Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Bed. Co. Bedford County, Pennsylvania
GAS Bristol Gloucestershire Archaeological Society
BRS Bristol Record Society
Fair. Co. Fairfield Co., Ohio
Fred. Co. Frederick Co., Maryland
Frank. Co. Franklin Co., Ohio
LMA London Metropolitan Archives
MSA Maryland State Archives
NARA U. S. National Archives and Records Administration
Natl. Arch. National Archives (U. K.)
OHS Ohio Historical Society Archives
Pa. Arch. Pennsylvania Archives (Harrisburg PA: state printer, 1852 - )
PA Survey Pennsylvania State Archives Records of the Land Office copied surveys, 1681-1912. (RG 17.114)
PG Co. Prince Georges County, Maryland
RG6/328 Register of Births, Quarterly Meeting of London and Middlesex, 1708 to 1747
RG6/330 Register of Burials, Quarterly Meeting of London and Middlesex, 1723 to 1758
RG6/331 Register of Burials, Quarterly Meeting of London and Middlesex, 1699 to 1722, with five Birth records from 1707 to 1712
RG6/496 Register of Quaker Marriages, in and about London, Westminster and Southwark, 1705 to 1727
RG6/498 Register of Quaker Births in and about London, Westminster and Southwark, 1655 to 1767
RG6/499 Register of Quaker Burials at Burying Ground in Checker Alley in Whitecross Street in London, and in their Burying Ground in Southwark, 1661 to 1698
RG6/500 Register of Burials, Quarterly Meeting of London and Middlesex, 1723 to 1758
RG6/671 Register of Marriages, Monthly Meeting of Devonshire House, Middlesex, 1707 to 1775
RG6/666 Register of Burials, Monthly Meeting of Bristol and Somerset,1655 to 1780
RG6/674 Register of Marriages, Devonshire Quaker Meeting in the Monthly Meeting of Ratcliffe, Middlesex and Barking, Essex, 1657 to 1727
RG6/676 Register of Burials, Monthly Meeting of Ratcliffe, Middlesex and Barking, Essex, 1666 to 1714
RG6/1102 Register of Births, Monthly Meetings in Wheeler Street, Spitalfields, London, 1655 to 1747
RG6/1209 Register of Births. Monthly Meeting of Lancaster, Lancashire, 1734 to 1775, also Register of Marriages, 1740 to 1775, and Register of Burials,1740 to 1775
RG6/1417 Register of Marriages, Monthly Meeting of Bristol and Somerset, 1659 to 1755
RG6/1423 Register of Marriages, Monthly Meeting of Bristol and Somerset, 1659 to 1691
RG6/1440 Register of Births, Monthly Meeting of Bristol and Somerset, 1656 to 1777
RG6/1464 Register of Births, Monthly Meeting of Devonshire House, Parish of Bishopsgate, Middlesex ,1686 to 1723
RG6/1626 Register of Birth Notes, Quarterly Meeting of London and Middlesex, 1676 to 1707
RG6/1628 Register of Birth Notes, Quarterly Meeting of London and Middlesex, 1718 to 1725
RG6/1649 Register of Birth Notes, Monthly Meeting of Bristol and Somerset, 1673 to 1689
RG6/1650 Register of Birth Notes, Monthly Meeting of Bristol and Somerset, 1680 to 1700
RG6/1651 Register of Birth Notes, Monthly Meeting of Bristol and Somerset, 1690 to 1703
Skinner abstracts includes 1) V. L. Skinner, Jr. Abstracts of the testamentary proceedings of the Prerogative Court of Maryland (Baltimore, Md. : Clearfield Co., c2004), and 2) V. L. Skinner, Jr., Abstracts of the Inventories and Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland (Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1993)
Wash. Co.(MD) Washington County, Maryland
Wash. Co.(PA) Washington County, Pennsylvania