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Perkins Family
51 High Street South
In 1901 The Perkins family was living at 51 High Street South. Nathaniel was head of the house. He said he was born at Yelvertoft, c1847 and worked as a road maker. His wife Mary said that she was born in Rushden c1854.

In 1871 Mary was with her married sister, Eliza at Burton Latimer.

Nathaniel and Mary (nee Bird) were married in 1875, probably at Yelvetoft. A daughter, Clara was born the following year. In 1877 Rachel was born, then Naomi (later called Louisa) was born in 1883, Kate in 1885 and Sydney in 1895, all in the Wellingborough District.

The family were living in 1881 at Orlingbury, when Mary said she was born at West Wood, and by 1891 they had moved to Rushden.

They lived in one of the cottages next to the Co-op Store No 1.

In 1911 the family are still in Rushden, but Nathaniel was in Wellingborough Workhouse.

The caption is Mrs Perkins outside
51 High Street South - under the window there appears to be a large wooden barrel with wooden lid.

see also: West Wood - Park Leys tollgate
The person mentioned as the keeper from 1855-1875 was my 2x gt grandfather Mr George Edward Bird. He can be found on the 1851 census living at Side Gate and then in 1861 & 1871 at Westwood Gate. George must have moved into one of the Dearlove's Cottages after the Tollgate was taken down because that is where he is living in 1881. He had 10 children in all and his grandson, Jesse Bird, was well known locally as the Pearly King along with his wife Margaret (Peggy) as his Queen.

Received via email - November 2008 from Lynn Morris (nee Bird)

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