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Perkins, Joseph L.


Age: 26, credited to Barre, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, PVT, Co. H, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61 [College: UVM]

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Birth: 02/09/1835, Brookfield, VT
Death: 03/19/1906

Burial: Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain, MA
Marker/Plot: No_Marker
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 2/11/1905, VT; widow Abbie J., 4/1/1906, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: UVM
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: See UVM's Digital Collections for the Civil War. This soldier was cremated at Forest Hills on 22 March 1906. However, it appears the ashes went unclaimed. On June 8, 1914, the ashes were respectfully scattered on the cemetery property in an area designated for that purpose. There was no burial, nor any memorial marker installed. This information obtained from the cemetery office.


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Cremated at Forest Hill Cemetery, Jamaica Plains, MA

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Joseph L. Perkins

St. Johnsbury Caledonian-Record

March 21, 1906


Dr. Joseph L. Perkins died at his home on Main street Monday forenoon, the immediate cause of his death being heart failure. The end came suddenly and the announcement of his death was quite a surprise to his friends who had known of his illness, but were not looking for its fatal termination.

Dr. Perkins was the son of Joseph and Lucretia K. (Hovey) Perkins and was born in Brookfield Feb. 9, 1835. He was educated at the public schools and at Newbury Seminary, and when the war broke out was in the medical department of the University of Vermont. He enlisted in the First Regiment Vermont volunteers and participated in the first battle of the civil war at Big Bethel, Va. Choosing dentistry as his profession he was graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery in Philadelphia. He married Nov. 6, 1862, Miss Abbie J. Peck of Barre, a sister of the late Rev. Dr. J. Oramel Peck, an eminent Methodist bishop. They came to St. Johnsbury in 1863 and for over 40 years Dr. Perkins has been a successful dentist, being located all the time in the second floor in the block at the corner of Eastern avenue and Main street. He has been president of the Vermont Dental Society and an active participant in its clinics and business meetings. He contributed occasionally to the dental journals and was several years president of the Dental Board of Examiners for the state of Vermont. He was a member of Chamberlin Post, No. 1, G.A.R., and joined the North Congregational church March 3, 1867.

Dr. Perkins had a most distinguished Masonic record, having held some of the highest offices in the order. He was the first Eminent Commander Palestine Commandery, No. 5 Knights Templar, holding this office for ten years. For three years he was Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of Vermont. He is Past Master of Caledonia Council, No. 13, Royal and Select Masons, and Past Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Council of this branch of Masonry. He was Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of Constantine, and Past Grand Sovereign of the Grand Imperial Council of Vermont, of the Knights of Rome and Constantine. He was also Sovereign Grand Inspector-General, 33d degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.

He leaves beside his devoted wife one son, Karl D., and one daughter, Miss Isabel M. Perkins. Both of the children live in New York, but came home before their father's death. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Charles Cook of Natick, Mass. The funeral will be held at the North church chapel this afternoon at 3 o'clock and all friends of the deceased are invited to attend. The services will be in charge of Rev. Dr. Edward D. Eaton and at the close the body will be guarded by a detail from Palestine Commandery and Chamberlin Post until the night train when it will be taken to Forest Hills for cremation.

Thus passes to his eternal reward another of our honored and veteran residents, having recently passed the scriptural limit of three score years and ten. He was wrapt up in his profession for nearly half a century and exemplified as few did what President Eliot has called the joyousness of work. Perfection was his standard and towards that goal he was always striving. He had a sympathetic nature, a genial temperament and a kind word for all. His greetings will be missed by all who knew him, and he will be remembered as a Christian gentleman, and a worthy citizen of our commonwealth.

Contributed by Tom Boudreau.


Died, at, St. Johnsbury, Vt.. March 19, 1906, of heart failure, Joseph L. Perkins, D.D.S., M.D., in his seventy-second year.

Dr. Perkins was the son of Joseph and Lucretia K. (Hovey) Perkins, and was born in Brookfield, February 9, 1835. He was educated at the public schools and Newbury Seminary, and when the Civil War broke out was a student in the medical department of the University of Vermont, from which institution he eventually received the degree in medicine. He enlisted in the First Regiment Vermont Volunteers, and was a participant in the first engagement of the war at Big Bethel, Va.

Choosing dentistry as his profession, he was graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery in 1862. He married on November 6, 1802, Miss Abbie J. Peck of Barre, a sister of the late Rev. Dr. J. Oramel Peck, an eminent Methodist bishop. Dr. Perkins came to St. Johnsbury in 1803. and for over forty years was a successful practitioner of dentistry in that locality.

Dr. Perkins was an enthusiastic and able worker in the ranks of his chosen profession. His professional attainments and general learning were upon more than one occasion suitably recognized and appreciated by his colleagues and co-workers, by intrusting to him the discharge of honorable offices in the several professional associations and secret orders of which he was a member and indefatigable supporter.

He had held membership in the Vermont State Dental Society, and was its presiding officer for several years. He was likewise during several annual terms a member and also president of the Vermont State Board of Dental Examiners.

Dr. Perkins was a contributor to the literature of his profession, his literary productions being on record in several of the dental periodicals of the country. A man of genial temperament and kind disposition, friendly instincts, and sympathetic nature,

the territory of his worldly activities was made brighter by his presence therein.

In passing to his eternal reward he has left in the hearts of friends and acquaintances a vacancy which time will but partially obliterate; but the stimulus of his example will continue to work out its influence in the lives of those who knew and loved him, tempering the sorrow of their loss and strengthening them in those qualities and virtues which make for good and helpful citizenship.

He is survived by his devoted wife, a son, Karl D., a daughter, Miss Isabel W. Perkins, and a sister, Mrs. Charles Cook.

The Dental Cosmos: A Monthly Record of Dental Science, (S.S. White Dental Manufacturing Co., Philadelphia, 1907), Volume XLIX: 216