I am researching whether there might be a connection between the Joseph Perkins who was the first superintendent of the Harper's Ferry, VA Armory around 1802 - 1807, his successor James Stubblefield, and the Perkinses/Stubblefields in St. Clair County who intermarried from 1816 - 1817 and 1825. Seems like quite a coincidence ...
James Stubblefield was a plantation owner and gun maker from Stevensburg, VA when appointed the second superintendent of Harper's Ferry in 1807. His wife was Mary Beckham. He owned a part interest in a local distillery and owned with the Beckhams (his in-laws) a tavern in Harper's Ferry.
I do not know anything about Joseph Perkins, the first superintendent of Harper's Ferry. He was at Harper's Ferry in 1802 when Meriwether Lewis requisitioned arms for the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
In St. Clair County, Illinois, we have the following marriages:
Mary Stubblefield m. Ephraim Perkins, Aug. 9, 1817
(Ephraim Perkins from North Carolina)
Thomas Stubblefield m. Violet Perkins, Oct. 4, 1816
John Stubblefield m. Becky Perkins, March 3, 1825
Also around this time in St. Clair County, IL we have a Jesse Perkins marrying Mary Tedwell May 8, 1817 (Jesse Perkins from Livingston Co., KY) and Solomon Perkins marrying Mary (Polly) Ogle Dec. 9, 1819.
Solomon was a brother to my ancestor, Daniel Reese Perkins. I believe their father was Solomon Perkins of Livingston Co. KY but have not proven this yet.
Any of you Perkins researchers know of a connection between the Harper's Ferry, VA Perkinses/Stubblefields and the St. Clair County, Illinois Perkinses/Stubblefields? Seems like they MUST be connected somehow.