Henry Perkins-Choctaw

Henry Perkins was born in December, 1841 in Blue County. He was the oldest son of Judge David Perkins who was of the Hyah-pah-tuk-kalo clan and his mother’s maiden name was Lucas. 

Henry’s many accomplishments included being a member of the Light Horse,  County Judge for Blue county in 1852 and 1886 and Representative at the Council in 1874. In 1867 appointed Judge of Election also, was Deputy Sheriff for seven years and County Clerk for three terms. Henry attended neighborhood school but did not speak English until he started dealing with renters and farm hands. 

He married Mary Fry, a Choctaw, no children from this union. After Mary died, he married Emily Hampton and they had two children, Alice and Edia. When Emily died, he married thirdly, a Miss Ramsey and had no issue from that union.

In 1862, he joined Sim Folsom’s regiment and served as Sergent of Company J during the latter part of the war and in 1865 started farming and stock-raising.

He was an honest and good-natured man who was well thought of in the county.

David Perkins, Henry’s father was a Christian and a member of the old school Presbyterians and was an elder in his church when he died in 1886.

[src.} Leaders and Leading Men of the Indian Territory with Interesting Biographical Sketches, Choctaws and Chickasaws, Vol. 1; by H. F. O’Beirne

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