From the Otsego Herald
for Saturday, Nov. 28, 1812
Compiled, with comments
by HUGH C. MacDOUGALL
Weather: Utica 1812 Almanack: A spell of cloudy weather, then clear.
Died, in Burlington on the First inst. [Nov.] MR. JOHN PERKINS, in the 63rd year of his age; being at a conference meeting, at No. 10 Schoolhouse, the circumstances of his death are as follows:
He came to the meeting well, and was called on to make the first prayer, which he attended with much engageness [sic] of mind, and seeming impressed with a sense of the worth of precious and immortal soul, just at the close of prayer seemed to fail somewhat in his speech, when he sit down and immediately expired.
He was an examplary [sic] man, and a good member of society, whose loss we mourn, tho’ believing that to him it is a great gain; we add further that he has been a professor of a religious and steady traveller in the church for rising of thirty years.
COMMENT: John Perkins (1749-1812) came from Rhode Island, and his ancestor had come to America in 1630 along with Roger Williams. During the Revolution served as Ensign in the First Rhode Island Regiment in 1783. He moved to Pownal, Vt. in 1785, and came with his family to Burlington in 1794. His wife was Elizabeth (Harrington) Perkins (1749-1825), also from Rhode Island, and they had eleven children. He is buried in Burlington Flats. He was a Baptist.
Joseph Wilkinson, has just received from New-York, and offers for sale, a complete assortment of FALL and WINTER GOODS, CONSISTING OF Dry-Goods, Crockery, Hollow-Ware, Glass-Ware, and Groceries. Among the latter are ST. CROIX RUM, and CONIAC BRANDY, warranted of the most approved flavor.
The above goods having been purchased, with cash and on contract, in New-York; he is enabled to afford them at the Albany prices, with the additional expense of transportation.