Wednesday, April 7, 2010

George Perkins and wife Harriet Aylward Perkins, Perry, Maine

Photograph of George E. Parkins and his wife Harriet "Hattie" (Aylward) Perkins.  George was born in Perry, Maine, in April 1855; Hattie was born in Pembroke, Maine, in February 1867.  After their marriage, they lived in Perry, Maine.

George was the son of James Perkins and his second wife Mehitable (haven't found her parents yet).  Hattie was the daughter of Lowell C. Aylward and his wife Harriet (haven't found her parents yet).

Incidentally, the handwriting on reverse looks to me to be that of Virginia Pottle (daughter of noted storyteller Rob Golding).

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  1. Did you try PEI? lots of Aylwards came to Main and Massachusetts from PEI.

  2. Hattie's father Lowell Aylward, from your information at, looks like the son in the family in this 1860 Census:

    1860 Census, Maine, Washington Co., Pembroke
    Roll 455 Page 629

    Aylward, James, 47, NS, fisherman, $200
    --------, Mary, 50, ME
    ------, Martha, 23, ME, servant girl
    -------, James, 21, ME, Seaman
    ------, Lowell, 18, ME, Sailer P.I.W.
    ---, Edward M., 16, ME, Farmer
    ----, Alvin K., 12, ME
    -----, Mary E., 10, ME
    -, Branford F., 7, ME

    The head of this household, James Aylward, is likely the son of James and Mary (Polly) Aylward, of Five Islands, Colchester Co, Nova Scotia. Mary's ancestors, John and Jemima (___) Nichols Polly, were planters who went to NS from Malden, Massachusetts, in 1769.

    For James Aylward, before he left for Pembroke, Maine, I have this:

    he was studying mensuration and navigation in school in 1829. (Was his listed age, 23, correct?) Either he or his father was appointed a Baptist deacon about 1837 [Story of Five Islands, 1969].

    James is not on the list of those doing road work in the East River District in 1858, although all four of his brothers are listed [Story of Five Islands, 1969], nor is he on the 1861 head of household census of Five Islands. According to, he married a Mary Huckins. There is a James and Mary who match, living in Pembroke, Washington Co., Maine, from at least 1860.

    Here are James' later censuses. No one ever got Mary Polly's birthplace correct, but the mistakes they made seem like more evidence that her family was from somewhere else besides Nova Scotia. And it looks like James married the housekeeper when his wife Mary died.

    1870 MAINE, Washington County, Pembroke
    Series 593, Roll 563, page 470

    parents foreign born?
    Father? Mother?
    Aylward, James 52 N S foreign US ship carpenter
    Aylward, Marsha 32 Maine foreign US keeping house
    Aylward, Edward M 25 Maine foreign US mariner
    Aylward, Alvin K 22 Maine farm laborer
    Aylward, Mary E 19 Maine
    Aylward, Branford S 16 Maine

    1880 United States Census, Pembroke, Washington, Maine
    Series T9, Roll 0489, Page 173D

    Name/ Relation/ Marital Status/ Gender/ Race/ Age/ Birthplace/ Occupation/ Father's Birthplace/ Mother's Birthplace

    ALWARD, James, Self W[idw] Male W 63 Ship Carpenter NS IRE PA
    ALWARD, Mary E., Dau S[ing] Female W 28 Keeping House ME NS ME
    ALWARD, Brantford, Son S[ing] Male W 26 Sailor ME NS ME
    ALWARD, Fred E., GSon S[ing] Male W 9 ME ME NS