Wedding Picture of Denval Perkins and Mary Ruth Ball, 3 June 1946

Dedicated to the memory of my parents, Denval Perkins (1921-1974) and Mary Ruth Ball Perkins (1923-1960).


Welcome to my genealogical links page. This page will contain links to the areas I am researching for my family history. It also contains links to the ancestry of my four grandparents, Henry Franklin Perkins, Eleanor "Nellie" Walker Inman, George Matt Ball, and Rosa Genetta Swain.

My first know immigrant ancestors were Thomas Farley and his wife, Jane, and their daughter Ann. They came to Jamestown in 1623 on the ship Ann. The most recent known immigrant was James Harvey May, alias Emmanuel Mills, a convicted thief, who was transported to America in 1771 on the HMS Justitia.

I support the Slave Name Roll Project to recover the names of enslaved persons from the records of our ancestors and relatives. I have a blog post where I have found 120 people, named and unnamed, enslaved by my ancestors and their children from the mid-1600s through the Civil War. It is here, Slave Name Roll Project

There is also a page with a consolidated list of my ancestral surnames.

In addition, there is a separate link to the ancestry of my 3rd Great Grandfather, Jabez Perkins (1760-1836) who migrated from New Haven, CT, to Ashe Co., NC, Grayson Co., VA, Whitley Co., KY, and Bureau Co., IL, before returning to Whitley Co., KY, where he died. The following page lists the Children and Grandchildren of Timothy Perkins and Miriam Sperry, the parents of Jabez Perkins. A page has been created for Elizabeth White Perkins, wife of William Perkins, and Grandmother of my Perkins cousins.

In order to find living Perkins cousins, I have prepared individual reports in PDF format, on the descendants of each of the sons of Edward Perkins and Elizabeth Butcher of New Haven Colony: John, Jonathan, and David. I am particularly interested in finding Perkins surnamed males who are descendants of Jonathan Perkins, or, David Perkins, so we can test them in the Parkins and Perkins Y DNA Study. All descendants of Edward Perkins who have been tested descend from John Perkins. Because the only documentary evidence we have for the ancestry of Edward Perkins says he is a half-brother of Reverend Captain William Perkins of Ipswich and Topsfield, I have prepared a report on the Descendants of Rev Capt. William Perkins. I am looking for Perkins surnamed descendants of Rev Capt William Perkins to test in the Y DNA project to see if they match the descendants of Edward Perkins. I expect to update the reports each month as I find new information.

I will be posting descendant reports for my other ancestral families to aid the various Y DNA and mtDNA studies being conducted by me and by other genetic genealogists.

My Grandparents Families:

Henry Franklin Perkins:

My Perkins family descends from Edward Perkins (~1610-1690) and Elizabeth Butcher of New Haven Colony. I descend from over 29 New Haven Colony families.

Eleanor "Nellie" Walker Inman:

My Walker family descends from Daniel Walker (d. 1703) and Alice _____ of Talbot Co., MD, and connects to Daniel Boone's eldest sister, Sarah Boone Wilcoxon.

George Matt Ball:

My Ball family descends from John Ball (d.1722) and Winifred Williams of Stafford/Fairfax Co.s VA. He owned the land that surrounded Mt. Vernon. His son, Moses Ball, worked for President George Washington as a surveyor and agent.

Rosa Genetta Swain:

My Swain family descends from John DeSwain (d.aft 1850) and Isabel/Nancy _____ (d. aft 1860) through their son Jesse Swain (~1820-1900) and Mary E. Ball (1828-1903) of Whitley Co., KY.

Four Generations of the Descendants of my GGGG Grandparents:

The following Four Generation Studies have been developed in the process of doing genetic genealogy to determine the Y chromosome DNA (Y DNA), inherited from males, and the mitochodrial DNA (mtDNA) inherited from females, and the haplotypes and haplogroups of my ancestors.

Several of my ancestors are said to be of native american ancestry. Testing their DNA can identify the ethnic origin of the person being studied. Since males pass their Y DNa on to their sons, it is necessary to identify their direct same surname males descendants to find people to test. Women pass their mtDNA on to both their male and female children, but only the daughters then pass that same mtDNA haplotype to their children. Again, in order to determine the mtDNA of a female ancestor, you need to be able to identify their direct male or female descendant to test.

The studies below identify all the descendants for 4 generations, both direct and indirect, from the persons named. As I find new descendants, I will update the studies.

  1. Jabez Perkins (1766-1836) CT-NC-VA-KY-IL-KY and Nancy Ann ----- (1766-aft 1836) VA-KY-IL-KY;
  2. Nimrod Shepard (1782-1874) NC-KY and Jemima Smith NC-KY (1788-1880);
  3. William Ballantine Creekmore NC-KY (1797-1890) and Susan Porch NC-KY (1795-1868);
  4. William Campbell TN-KY (1796-1851) and Elizabeth S. ----- PA-KY (1790-1859);
  5. Jesse Walker NC-KY (1763-1871) and Margaret Bishop PA-KY (1799-1874);
  6. Vincent Wiatt TN-KY (1794-1880) and Jemima R. Sullivan TN-KY (1797-1870);
  7. Francis Meredith Manning NC-KY (1800-1843) and Letitia Anderson NC-KY(1807-1880);
  8. Edmund DeBerry Moses NC-KY (1811-1847) and Martha Richardson NC-KY (1814-1869);
  9. William Ball VA-KY (1791-1877) and Charlotte May VA-KY (1795-1860+);
  10. Peter Phipps NC-VA-KY (1792-1874) and Nancy Davenport VA-KY (1793-1873);
  11. Abraham Strunk NC-KY (1795-1870) and Abigail Pennington NC-KY (1798-1850);
  12. John Davis VA-NC-KY (1790-1850) and Frances Creekmore VA-KY (1805-1860);
  13. John D. Swain or DeSwain VA/PA-KY (????-1840-1850) and Isabel VA-KY(????-1850+);
  14. William Ball VA-KY and Charlotte May VA-KY (see above);
  15. Elias Kidd VA-OH-KY (1785-1859) and Margaret Bagley VA-OH-KY (1790-1860);
  16. Zorababel Stephens SC-KY-TN (1790-1869) and Susan Hayes VA-TN (1781-1884).

I have also created a page for the Ancestry of Rev. Hawte Wyatt of Virginia, ancestor to many Americans in the southern states.

Other families I am Researching:

I am also researching the following names for friends and family:

European American:

  • Ansorge from Germany to New York, 1870+;
  • Clapsadel from PA to OH 1800+;
  • Goodman from Lithuania to Boston, 1880+;
  • Hawkins from MD to Monongalia Co., WV, 1700+;
  • Kessler from Germany to OH, 1850+;
  • Reams from Germany to VA, 1700+;
  • Rothschild from Germany to Georgia, 1860+;.
  • Waldman from Russia to Boston, 1880+.

Germans from Russia:

  • Fritzler from Norka, Saratov, Russia to Colorado, 1750+;
  • Rodenberger/Rothenberger from Saratov, Russia to Colorado, 1750+.

Genetic Genealogy: Y DNA, mtDNA, X DNA and Autosomal DNA

When this page was first written the only types of DNA testing used for genealogy were Y DNA and mtDNA. Since then, autosomal DNA, atDNA, testing has become the dominant type of genetic genealogy testing. It also provides results from the X chromosome which can be used for matching purposes.

Y DNA testing shows the ancestry of a male and his direct paternal line. mtDNA testing shows both males and females their direct maternal ancestry. Each test can provide a haplogroup which shows the ancestral lineage group someone descends from. My Y DNA haplogroup is R1a1a1h, and my mtDNA is H16. The haplogroups can be used to determine broad continental geographic locations for the origin of each.

Autosomal DNA testing can identify your relatives back to around 4th to 5th cousins. It is the basis for the large DNA match databases maintained by the main genetic genealogy companies. X dna is used in genetic genealogy but due to the complicated nature of its inheritance, it can be difficult to use. Part of that inheritance pattern is that male receive their one X chromosome from their mothers, and they do not pass it on. Females receive an X chromosome from each parent which gets mixed and undergoes selective inactivation. Females pass their X chromosome on to both male and female children.

The following are the primary commercial Genetic Genealogy DNA testing laboratories:

Another testing laboratory African Ancestry which specializes in the ancestry of African Americans.

There was a free African American DNA Roots Project at Boston University. It appears to have closed down.

The International Society of Genetic Genealogy is a great source for in-depth information on genetic genealogy tests. It maintains a number of web and Wiki pages on all aspects of genetic genealogy. It also sponsors The Journal of Genetic Genealogy. I am a founder and board member of the JoGG.

Some selected DNA studies relevant to my ancestry

More Information on DNA and Genealogy:

The following page at the University of Leicester contains links to primary scientific research on the Y chromosome: The Y Chromosome as a Marker for the History and Structure of Human Populations.

The following article is one of the more important discussions of Y DNA: Semino,, "The Genetic Legacy of Paleolithic Homo sapiens sapiens in Extant Europeans: A Y chromosome Perspective", Science 2000, v 290, p.1155 et. seq.

This is a glossary of genetic terms: Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms from the National Human Genome Research Institute.

History and Genealogy:

Books(see sidebar):

In Association with
  • Genealogy

  • Shumatoff, The Mountain of Names.
  • Eugene Stratton, Applied Genealogy.
  • Richard S. Lackey, Cite Your Sources.
  • Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence! Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian.
  • Elizabeth Shown Mills, Professional Genealogy.
  • Board of Certification of Genealogists, The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual.

    The Great Migration

  • Cressy, Coming Over.
  • David Hackett Fisher, Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America. 1989.

    New England

  • Mayflower
  • John Demos, A Little Commonwealth.
  • Radical Origins.


  • Pencak and Richter, Friends and Enemies in Penn's Woods.


  • The Chesapeake in the Seventeenth Century: Essays on Anglo-American Society. Chapel Hill: Univ. of NC Press, 1979.


  • Rutman and Rutman, A Place in Time: Middlesex County, Virginia 1650-1750.
  • John K. Nelson. A Blessed Company: Parishes, Parsons, and Parishioners in Anglican Virginia, 1690-1776. Chapel Hill: UNC Press. 2001.

    North Carolina

  • Crawford, Ashe County's Civil War.
  • Hamby, Memoirs of Grassy Creek.
  • Sprunt, Chronicles of the Cape Fear River.
  • Wood, This Remote Part of the World.

    South Carolina

  • Oatis, A Colonial Complex.

    Colonial Women

  • Marylynn Salmon, Women and the Law of Property.
  • Linda L. Sturtz, Within Her Power.
  • Kathleen M. Brown, Good Wives, Nasty Wenches and Anxiuos Patriarchs.

    Race Relations

  • Saunt, Black, White, and Indian.
  • Berlin, Many Thousands Gone.
  • Dunaway, Slavery in the American Mountain South.

    The British Isles

  • Barnard, A New Anatomy of Ireland: The Irish Protestants, 1649-1770. 2003.


  • "'Now-Wives and Sons-in-Law': Parental Death in a Seventeenth-Century Virginia County," by Darrett B. and Anita H. Rutman (the article deals with Middlesex and Lancaster counties, VA), in "The Chesapeake in the Seventeenth Century Essays on Anglo-American Society," Chapel Hill: Univ. of NC Press, 1979, pp. 169 & 177.

America:Map of Southern AppalachiaSouthern Appalachia

My places of interest are in the following states and countries (in reverse chronological order):

The Caribbean:

  • Bahamas, 1600s: Ball, Linton, Perkins, Moulthrop and Williams families.
  • Barbados, 1600's: Same.
  • Jamaica, 1600-1760: Same.

The British Isles and Europe:

Native American Genealogy Sites:

Genealogy Search Sites:

Map of New England to Virginia Map of American Colonies in 1763 Map of New Haven in 1641 Map of Philadelphia

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