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Exploring the Perkins Hill Cemetery

Updated on April 25, 2015
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I'm carrying on my mother's research into our family history. I've self-published some family memoirs & learned a lot about different eras.

An Old Family Cemetery in New Hampshire

Driving down a curvy country road in New Hampshire, we passed a small cemetery. It looked quite old and piqued my curiosity.

We stopped and explored the isolated graveyard. It was on Perkins Hill Road and not far from the village of East Wakefield. Not surprisingly, the gravestones featured the names Perkins and Hill throughout the family plot. I don't know the official name for this small cemetery.

I'll take you on a guided tour of the vintage burial place.

(photo of Moses Perkins grave by Virginia Allain)

What You'll Find at the Perkins Hill Cemetery

Enter through the stone archway. This is more elaborate than many of the family plots that I see in New England. The stone walls around the cemetery are not the stacked stone walls of field stone that I usually see. These are cut stone which looks more formal.

The stones are mostly substantial ones though not ornately carved. There are some very simple ones with just initials on them. I'm guessing those are infants.

Some Fun Reading about New England Cemeteries

Haunted Cemeteries of New England: Stones, Stories, and Superstitions
Haunted Cemeteries of New England: Stones, Stories, and Superstitions

I never detected any ghostly activity when I visited the Perkins Hill Cemetery. This book is just here for those who enjoy reading history and superstitions relating to graveyards in New England.

 

Overview of the Perkins Hills Cemetery - Photos by Virginia Allain

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Learn More about Old Cemeteries in New Hampshire

The first book features notable ones in the state. I'm guessing that this small family plot didn't make it into the book. None of the people buried here were famous writers or governors that I recognized anyway.

The second book tells of haunted cemeteries. As far as I could tell, there were no strange vibes coming from this burial place. It was a sunny day when I walked around photographing the stones. The site was peaceful in feeling with no restless spirits hanging about.

The third book looks promising for a good read even if it doesn't pertain to this exact graveyard.

Gravestones for the Hill Family - Photos by Virginia Allain

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James and Charlotte HillEbenezer Hill (a Revolutionary War veteran who lived to be 95 years old)Sarah A. (daughter of James and Charlotte Hill)Elizabeth (wife of J.W. Hill)Asa W. HillMatilda HillViella F. HillViola C. Hill (details from ancestry.com: middle name Cora, daughter of Asa and Matilda Hill)Almon D. and Hattie M. Hill (a tree on ancestry.com lists Hattie's maiden name: Hattie Mabel RobinsonRachel A. Hill (wife of Josiah)Josiah J. HillLucy M. HillJames W. HillSarah A. HillElmira HillCharlotte M. Hill
James and Charlotte Hill
James and Charlotte Hill
Ebenezer Hill (a Revolutionary War veteran who lived to be 95 years old)
Ebenezer Hill (a Revolutionary War veteran who lived to be 95 years old)
Sarah A. (daughter of James and Charlotte Hill)
Sarah A. (daughter of James and Charlotte Hill)
Elizabeth (wife of J.W. Hill)
Elizabeth (wife of J.W. Hill)
Asa W. Hill
Asa W. Hill
Matilda Hill
Matilda Hill
Viella F. Hill
Viella F. Hill
Viola C. Hill (details from ancestry.com: middle name Cora, daughter of Asa and Matilda Hill)
Viola C. Hill (details from ancestry.com: middle name Cora, daughter of Asa and Matilda Hill)
Almon D. and Hattie M. Hill (a tree on ancestry.com lists Hattie's maiden name: Hattie Mabel Robinson
Almon D. and Hattie M. Hill (a tree on ancestry.com lists Hattie's maiden name: Hattie Mabel Robinson
Rachel A. Hill (wife of Josiah)
Rachel A. Hill (wife of Josiah)
Josiah J. Hill
Josiah J. Hill
Lucy M. Hill
Lucy M. Hill
James W. Hill
James W. Hill
Sarah A. Hill
Sarah A. Hill
Elmira Hill
Elmira Hill
Charlotte M. Hill
Charlotte M. Hill

Some of the Names and Dates - from this cemetery

  • James Hill (6 Aug 1883) and wife Charlotte (14 July 1882)

    Their daughter Sarah A. (4 August 1886) and daughter Elmira A (9 April 1845)

  • Rachel A. (28 Nov. 1868 wife of Josiah J. Hill (born 4 May 1828, died 31 May 1899)
  • Lucy M. Hill (born 24 Jan. 1837, died 18 Dec 1919)
  • James W. Hill (born 6 Mar 1820, died 7 June 1910)
  • Asa W. Hill (born 16 July 1834, died 4 June 1898)
  • Matilda F. Hill (born 30 Apr 1842, died 27 Feb 1922)
  • Viella F. Hill (died 20 Feb 1908)
  • Almon D. Hill 1871-1952 and wife Hattie M. 1975-1972

Are You Hunting for Perkins or Hill Ancestors?

I'm hoping this page provides some useful genealogy information for ancestors of the people buried in this family plot. Perhaps you are seeking one of these long lost relatives.

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More Hill Family Graves - Photos by Virginia Allain

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Joshua HillJemima W. Hill (wife of Joshua Hill)Thomas Hill (son of Thomas and Laura Hill)Laura A. Hill (wife of Thomas)Thomas W. Hill (husband of Laura)Sarah Hill (2nd wife of Thomas W. Hill)
Joshua Hill
Joshua Hill
Jemima W. Hill (wife of Joshua Hill)
Jemima W. Hill (wife of Joshua Hill)
Thomas Hill (son of Thomas and Laura Hill)
Thomas Hill (son of Thomas and Laura Hill)
Laura A. Hill (wife of Thomas)
Laura A. Hill (wife of Thomas)
Thomas W. Hill (husband of Laura)
Thomas W. Hill (husband of Laura)
Sarah Hill (2nd wife of Thomas W. Hill)
Sarah Hill (2nd wife of Thomas W. Hill)

Genealogy Information about the Hill Family Buried Here - Researched on Ancestry.com

  • Joshua Hill (born 1809, died July 27, 1880). His parents are Ebenezer Hill (1758 - 1853, age 95) and Sarah Bryant (1764-1856, age 92). Ebenezer's father was Deacon Timothy Hill born in New Haven, CT. Ebenezer's grandfather was Daniel Hill (1692-1744, born in New Haven, CT).
  • The 1870 census shows Joshua Hill (age 61) with wife Jemima Hill (age 64). He's a farmer and she's a housewife. With them are two children which surely are relatives. The children were born in Massachusetts.

    Lilla M Hill 8

    Joshua E Hill 3

  • The 1870 census shows 4 households (one each side of Joshua) that also have the Hill surname. Then there is the home of Moses Perkins.

More to Come

I'll be adding some genealogy information about the people buried in the Perkins Hill graveyard. Hopefully the names and dates shown here will gladden the heart of someone searching for their family history.

Perkins Family Gravestones - Photos by Virginia Allain

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Sally (wife of Moses Perkins)Emeline (wife of William H. Perkins)Infant son of William and Susannah PerkinsMoses Perkins (age 83)William H. PerkinsSusannah (wife of William H. Perkins)Newer stone for Henry M and Daisy H Perkins.Sarah B. Perkins (daughter of Moses and Sally Perkins)
Sally (wife of Moses Perkins)
Sally (wife of Moses Perkins)
Emeline (wife of William H. Perkins)
Emeline (wife of William H. Perkins)
Infant son of William and Susannah Perkins
Infant son of William and Susannah Perkins
Moses Perkins (age 83)
Moses Perkins (age 83)
William H. Perkins
William H. Perkins
Susannah (wife of William H. Perkins)
Susannah (wife of William H. Perkins)
Newer stone for Henry M and Daisy H Perkins.
Newer stone for Henry M and Daisy H Perkins.
Sarah B. Perkins (daughter of Moses and Sally Perkins)
Sarah B. Perkins (daughter of Moses and Sally Perkins)

Genealogy Information about the Perkins Family

  • A Moses Perkins and Rachel Rogers of Brookfield married June 14th, 1802 (NEW DURHAM, NEW HAMPSHIRE VITAL RECORDS online). This is not the Moses whose stone is shown above, possibly this is a son or other relative.

Find the Cemetery using Google Maps

Zoom in to see it. It is near the intersection of Province Lake Road and Perkins Hill Road.

Seeking More Information about the Perkins Family of New Hampshire

I looked for books with the genealogy of the Perkins family. There are several listed on Amazon, but I'm not sure yet if they fit the family names I'm seeing here.

One is for Massachusetts and that is not far away. Perhaps they are related to that family.

I'll have a look around on ancestry.com too. Maybe I can find some interesting tidbits about them there.

The family of John Perkins of Ipswich, Massachusetts
The family of John Perkins of Ipswich, Massachusetts

I looked at a sample showing the first part of this book. The table of contents shows the middle section is about Deacon Perkins, so this surely links to the Wakefield Perkins family.

 

Visit Other NH Graveyards - Via YouTube Videos

This video tells how to use the Find-a-Grave website. I have an account there, so I really need to put the information from these gravestones into that database.


Here's How to Use the Find-a-Grave Website

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    • gottaloveit2 profile image

      gottaloveit2 2 years ago

      Truly fascinating - I'm going there tomorrow.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      You are right. There are indeed a lot of individuals who have longevity within the family. I enjoy cemeteries. I always have.

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      If I see an older one, yes I'll have a good look through. Of course, in Australia, 'old' is a relative term

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      burntchestnut 3 years ago

      Yes, and I love to take photographs. Old cemeteries are a part of history.

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      fyrdragon350 3 years ago

      i usually do when i make time and can get permission. the headstones, no matter how old they are i find to be artistic, even the simple ones.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I love old cemeteries, I often wonder who they were or what their lives were like.

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      Karen Kolavalli 3 years ago from Lexington, Kentucky

      How interesting! Quite different from old cemeteries here in Kansas.

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