Born: 23 December 1825 in White County, TN
Died: 11 April 1898 in Putnam County, TN
Buried: Cookeville City Cemetery, Putnam County, TN
Parents: Levi and Lucy (Rhea) Perkins

1st Married: Elizabeth Jane Mills on 18 August 1842 in White County, TN
Born: 25 February 1828 in White County, TN
Died: 1866 in Putnam County, TN
Parents: William and Mary "Polly" (Campbell) Mills


  1. Mary Ann "Polly" Perkins
  2. Dicy Perkins
  3. Cynthia Perkins
  4. Margaret Perkins
  5. Denthy Elizabeth Perkins

2nd Married: Melvina Jane Gabbert on 20 June 1866 in Putnam County, TN
Born: 2 July 1829 in Overton County, TN
Died: 1 August 1911 in Putnam County, TN
Buried: Cookeville City Cemetery, Putnam County, TN
Parents: Benjamin and Diana (Coffee) Gabbert


  1. William Jordan Perkins
  2. Levi Dillard Perkins
  3. Ova Michelle Perkins


  • Brother-in-Law: Joel Coffee Gabbert - 8th Tennessee Mounted Infantry - USA
  • Son-in-Law: Flemuel McBroom - 17th Tennessee Infantry - CSA
  • Niece's Husband: Spartan Maccah Campbell - 1st Tennessee Mounted Infantry - USA


1 stTennessee Mounted Infantry
Company A


  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Age: 38
  • Enlisted 7 Jan 1864
  • Mustered In 21 Jan 1864
  • 21 Jan - 29 Feb 1864: Present
  • Enrollment - 30 Apr 1864: Present
  • May - Aug 1864: Present
  • Mustered Out: 30 Jan 1865
  • Born in White County
  • Enlistment Papers Included


  • Invalid Pension Application Filed on 25 June 1880; InvalidL 384343; Certificate: 523335
  • Widow's Pension Application Filed on 8 March 1901; Widow's: 736809; Certificate: 547713
  • Download a copy of his pension


  • 1850 Census: White County, TN, Page 88
  • 1860 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 3
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 179B
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 80C
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 27B


The Cookeville Press
14 April 1898
Vol. XI, No. 26, Page 1

  • Death of W. J. Perkins -- It is with much regret we learn of the death of W. J. Perkins, which occurred at his home, one mile from Cookeville, last Monday night at 11 o'clock. Mr. Perkins suffered from Bright's disease for three weeks preceding his death, but he bore it with manly fortitude and christian resignation. He was conscious of his perilous condition and freely expressed himself as being ready for the final ordeal. At one time he said: "Oh, it is a beautiful time for me to die. I have no fears for the future. I am ready to meet God in peace, and dread the sting of death." Mr. Perkins was one of the first men to move into Cookeville after it was located in 1854, and has resided here ever since. He was the second Sheriff of the county and discharged the duties of the office with perfect satisfaction to all. He was a big souled, high minded man, and stood high in the estimation of all who knew him. He was a faithful husband, a considerate father and a staunch, devoted member of the Christian Church for the last twenty-five ears. He was devoted to his family, and they all loved and worshiped him, and are bowed down in sorrow at their irreparable loss. He was nearly 73 years old at the time of his death, having lived a long and useful life, scattering blessing and charity along his pathway. The Press joins in the general sorrow which is felt by all who knew him. His remains were interred at the family burying grounds last Tuesday afternoon at three o'clock.

The Cookeville Press
26 May 1898
Vol. XI, No. 32, Page 1

  • Gone but not Forgotten. The angel of death has again entered our home, and taken our beloved father, W. J. Perkins, away from pain and suffering to peace and joy unspeakable. He was born Dec. 23, 1825, and after nearly seventy-three years of usefulness was taken through the gateway to joy April 11, 1898. He was the father of nine children. . . O. M. D.

Putnam County Herald
10 August 1911
Vol. IX, No. 32, Page 5

  • Mrs. Jane Perkins died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. P. Gillem, in this city, on Aug. 1, 1911, aged about 80 years. Mrs. Perkins had been in feeble health for many rears (sic).