Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Perrin Kent

Male 1794 - 1882  (87 years)


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  • Name Perrin Kent 
    Born 11 Jul 1794  Hopewell Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 Jan 1882  Kent twp, Warren County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I000187  Tree1
    Last Modified 19 Feb 2019 

    Father William Kent,   b. 3 Oct 1763, Old Town, Allegheny County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1849, Rose County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Mother Sarah Perrin,   b. 24 Mar 1770, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Aug 1839, Ross County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 24 Feb 1789  Washington County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F00041  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rebecca Dill,   b. 22 Dec 1792, Harrisburg, Pa. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jun 1863, Kent twp, Warren County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 17 Apr 1818  Ross County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Charlotte Dill Kent,   b. 12 Jul 1819, Paxton twp, Ross County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1877, Warren County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     2. William Kent,   b. 15 May 1821, Paxton twp, Ross County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1884, Williamsport, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     3. John Wallace Kent,   b. 24 Jun 1823, Paxton twp, Ross County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1905, Danville, Il Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Last Modified 19 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F00151  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Perrin Kent, son of William and Sara (Perrin) Kent, was born in Hopewell Township, Washington county, Pennsylvania, in 1794. When he was about three years of age, he moved with his parents to Ross County, Ohio. On April 17, 1818, Perrin Kent married to Miss Rebecca Dill, daughter of Thomas and Rebecca (Hamilton) Dill, who was born December 22, 1792, near Harrisburg, Pa., and died June 9, 1863, in Warren County, Indiana.
      Perrin Kent was a soldier in the War of 1812, was in Captain McElwen's Company of Ohio Militia. He was granted a pension in 1871, by his name being on the Roll of the Indianapolis, Indiana Agency, as evidenced by Certificate No. 1498 of the Department of the Interior.
      From 1828 to 1852, Perrin Kent, was surveyor of Warren County. In addition, he did a great deal of surveying for the government.
      When about eighty years of age, he wrote the following account of his early life in Warren County, Indiana, and his work for the government: I was born in Washington County, Penn., July 11, 1794. My father moved to Ross County, Ohio, 17 miles west of Chillicothe, Ohio, on Paint creek in 1797. In 1826 I with my wife and four children came to what to now Warren County on the farm where I now reside and have lived ever since. I bought this land two years before, going to the land office at Palestine, Ill., where all the land in Range 10 was for sale, until I closed up the (transaction) under a contract with the government in 1834. (This date is evidently erroneous. The land patent, signed by John Quincy Adams, is dated April 15, 1825 A.S.K.) Thos. Cunningham, now dead, Enoch Strawn,Lewis Evans, Samuel Watkins, Thos., Wright and his widowed mother, Thos. and Benj. Chinwith, and Switzer were living just out on the edge of the Grand Prairie. came in the year 1827. A few families were settled north of me on Pine Creek and two or three others at Independence: two and others at Little Pine. On Big Pine two Fosters, Enoch Farmer near the mouth, a family by the name of Boggs, who built the firs saw mill in Warren County shortly after I came to the county. Wm. Harrison who laid out Williamsport was at this place in 1826 and Squire Herrington. I surveyed the towns of Williamsport and Independence. In 1834 I took a contract from Gen. Williams, Surveyor General at St. Louis to close up the Surveys in Range 10, on both sides of the state line from ? couple words missing, of the boundary line of the Harrison Purchase, a little south and west of Terre Haute, up the Township 20 line, and from this point I closed up the surveys on the Illinois side of the state line to the Kankakee River, while Ex Gov. Hillis of Indiana closed up the surveys to Beaver Lake. As he had a contract to do the surveying from Beaver Lake to the Kankakee. I closed up the surveys on both sides of the line. I ran out a portion of the interior of the sections Range 10. I also ran out one entire township east of Beaver Lake in Range 9 and one entire township north east of Beaver Lake in Range 9 to a Mr. Goodenough of Madison, Indiana. This being in his contract. This was in the winter of 1835. In 1837, I took a contract of the Surveyor General to survey two or three counties in the southeast part of Iowa. I was at this work about seven months, and ran out two or three counties into township and much subdividing of the same into sections. Perrin Kent had a genial disposition and delighted to gather around him his descendants for "family diners". On one occasion there were more than sixty relatives and friends present, including children, grandchildren and a few great grandchildren. He was always vigorous and interested in everything pertaining to the progress of the country and of his community. Perrin and Recebba are buried at Gopher Hill Cemetery, Warren County, Indiana.