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This collection contains correspondence, receipts, surety bonds, sworn statements, accounts due, and legal documents relating to William K. Perkins and his 1854-1860 career as constable of Boon/Boone Township, Scott County (now Logan County), Arkansas.

Biographical/Historical Note

William K. Perkins was a farmer, businessman, and Illinois native who came to Arkansas in 1850 as an early settler of Scott County. The area where he lived until his death in 1863 is now part of Booneville in Logan County. In 1854, Perkins was elected constable of Boone Township and held this office until 1860.He was born in 1818 in St. Claire, Illinois, to Ephraim and Lucinda Perkins, who moved their family shortly afterwards to Benton County, Tennessee. Perkins remained in this area throughout his adulthood, marrying Parthenia Herrin on March 27, 1839, and fathering four children: James Madison (1840-1865),Elisha Crawford (1841-1863), Sarah Lucinda (1842-1923), and Martha Jane (born 1846). Parthenia died in 1846 and on November 30, 1847, Perkins married Martha Sykes. He and Martha then moved to Greene County, Mississippi, where they lived briefly and where their first son, Samuel Huston (1849-1936) was born. Of his four other children with Martha, only Thomas(1854-1886) and Theodocia (born 1857) lived past infancy. During the Civil War, Perkins briefly joined the Booneville Unit of Company A, Second Arkansas Mounted Rifles. He was shot and killed near his home in the fall of 1863.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Boon/Boone Township, Scott County (Ark.); Logan County (Ark.)





Resource Type



William K. Perkins papers, MS.000211


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

William K. Perkins papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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