David Perkins and Rose Grimes Families

I believe that when our ancestors want to be found, they will lead the way. That has happened so many times in my search for their stories. I could find very little on the parents of Patience Perkins over the years that I searched. I found Rose, Patience’s mother, in Newport from about 1900 until 1911, and then she disappeared. Patience’s father was also hiding. I knew he was from North Carolina, and that was it. A few years ago, I searched again for records on Rose, and found her death certificate! Woohoo! From the information on the certificate, I verified where she was born; found out her maiden name, her husband’s name, and the daughter that she lived with the last few years of her life. She was ready to be found! From that information, I was able to find both the Perkins and Grimes families in North Carolina, and began to learn their stories.

Slavery is part of the history of most African-Americans. However, actually finding those connections, and looking at the slave schedules and knowing that this is probably the family I am looking for is sobering and disturbing. The Perkins and Grimes families are from Pactolus in Pitt County, and Little Washington in Beaufort County, North Carolina. Continue reading “David Perkins and Rose Grimes Families”

Elias DeBoise and Rose Anderson

Elias DeBoise, Frank’s father, was born about 1852 in Columbia, South Carolina to Marcus and Delia DuBose. (DuBose is the most common spelling of this family from South Carolina. DNA matches our DeBoise family with the DuBose family.) Elias was probably born into slavery, as were his parents. According to oral history passed on by Elias’s granddaughter there were two brothers of the DeBoise family who came from Canada. They argued, fought, and separated, never reconciling. Elias is one of those brothers. Documentation has not been found yet to support this story, and might never be found, but it is very probable. Columbia, South Carolina was an active port of the Underground Railroad before the Civil War, and escaped slaves fled to the Northeast and Canada either over land or by water, departing from Charleston. The first record found for Elias is the 1874 Worcester City Directory, where he was living and working as a waiter.

Worcester was a northern city which welcomed freed African-Americans from the South after the Civil War, as well as those escaping slavery before the War. Worcester was very active in the anti-slavery movement, and many African-Americans had positive interactions with soldiers and teachers from Worcester during the Civil War. Continue reading “Elias DeBoise and Rose Anderson”

Frank DeBoise and Patience Perkins

Frank Henry DeBoise, the father of James, was born December 10, 1884 in Worcester, the son of Elias and Rose (Anderson) DeBoise. Frank was 13 when his father died from pneumonia, leaving him an orphan. His mother was already dead at the time of his father’s death. Frank was adopted by Joseph and Jane Collins. Joseph and Jane were from North Carolina, and had no other children. Joseph was a brick mason and Jane was a laundress. In 1900, they were 69 and 60 respectively.

Frank had two sisters who were still living at the time of their father’s death – Agnes and Bessie. Agnes was 21 years old when she married John Paxton in 1903, was a widow by 1912, and probably died before 1930. It appears that she did not have any children. Bessie was 16 years old when she married (1) Charles E. Reese in 1905, and 33 years old when she married (2) Isaiah Wilbur Smith in 1922. Bessie lived in New Haven, Connecticut. She did not have children of her own, but she and Isaiah (Uncle Billy) became guardians of her brother Frank’s two youngest children, Theodore and Barbara, upon Frank’s death. Continue reading “Frank DeBoise and Patience Perkins”