Foreward and Acknowledgements

I have written this family history to document the ancestry of Berta and Babs, my mother and aunt. I began to work on this project in the spring of 2007, and while it was substantiallly finished by 2014, I continue to add updates 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. Partially as a result, the conclusions I have reached about my ancestors are not as well documented as I would like. I expect there will be folks who either disagree with my conclusions, or just throw up their hands in dismay at them. But I want to think that I have presented enough information for all to decide whether they are justified.

Whenever possible I have included the complete texts of pertinent documents, with original spellings. This is particularly true for family stories. I believe that using original information makes it much easier to envision the circumstances surrounding the people I discuss. Sometimes the texts show the ambiguity of the information I have to use to piece this story together.

While someone talented might take this family's story and generate the Great American novel, I don't believe I have those skills, I agree with Mark Twain that the truth is often stranger than fiction . I believe my skills may lie in the presentation of the truth in an engaging way (Please see the blog). One caveat; some have pointed out that by just "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.



I must first thank Aunt Anna (Lea Perrin's younger sister) for providing my father Tom Day in 1973 her knowledge of the Perrins. My father then quietly accumulated more information regarding various Perrin families, which he passed on to me after his death in 2006. While incomplete, the work he did before the era of internet genealogy was impressive. Aunt Babs explained many of the photographs that I have inherited, and Margaret McClure, my mother's cousin, has graciously explained and allowed me to use her heirloom pictures. I am particularly 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.


When starting out I obtained census data and a few other records from More recently I have accessed the Church of the Latter Day Saints site 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 historic correspondence which have provided facts of interest. (now known as Fold3) aided in searching the Pennsylvania Archives, and has some interesting documents from both the Revolution and the Civil War. Pennsylvania patents and surveys have been accessed through the Pennsylvania Historical Commission web site. Valuable Maryland data has come from the Maryland State Archives, the related MDLandRec site for deeds, and MDPlat site for original land surveys. For Pittsburgh the online resources of Historic Pittsburgh have provided a large searchable database including 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 occasionally provided valuable, even 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. For the other maps displayed here that are not in the public domain I have sought permission and show copyright as necessary.


The one organization that possesed the most comprehensive collection of materials for every aspect of my research was the Wisconsin State Historical Society. Until 2015 I lived only five miles from this institution, the world's second largest collection of North American history.

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):


When starting out I corresponded with several people who provided inspiration and insight. 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 with Sharon Ashcraft (a Perrin sixth cousin). Her thoroughness in researching John Perrin, Jr. gave me a standard that 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. My brother John has been willing to go on a few wild goose chases in Maryland in the name of research. My daughter Heather has helped greatly in the design of both web and print versions of this project. 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.


There are always unexplored avenues and unknown references in any genealogy. I hope that whoever does read this document understands that. Doubtlessly there will be in the future an individual who, knowing some key piece of information, will try to reach me to make a correction, only to discover that I have died. 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 I have employed a few conventions that may confound the reader.

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