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[Illustration: G.H. Perkins]
A MASSACHUSETTS MAGAZINE.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year
1884, by John N.
McClintock and Company, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at
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Captain George Hamilton Perkins, U.S.N.
By captain George E. Belknap, U.S.N.
In passing up the Concord and Claremont Railroad from Concord, the observant traveler has doubtless noticed the substantial and comfortable-looking homestead with large and trim front yard, shaded by thickly planted and generous topped maples, on the right-hand side of the road after crossing the bridge that spans
“Contoocook’s bright and brimming river,”
at the pleasant-looking village of Contoocookville in the northern part of Hopkinton.
There, under that inviting roof, the subject of this sketch, George Hamilton Perkins, the eldest son in a family of eight children, was born, October 20, 1836.
His father, the Honorable Hamilton Eliot Perkins, inherited all the land in that part of the town, and, in early life, in addition to professional work as a counsellor-at-law and member of the Merrimack County bar, built the mills at Contoocookville, and was, in fact, the founder of the thriving settlement at that point.
His paternal grandfather, Roger Eliot Perkins, came to Hopkinton from the vicinity of Salem, Massachusetts, when a young man, and by his energy, enterprise, and public spirit, soon impressed his individuality upon the community, and became one of the leading citizens of the town.
His mother was Miss Clara Bartlett George, daughter of the late John George, Esquire, of Concord, whose ancestors were among the early settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts. He is said to have been a man of active temperament, prompt in business, stout in heart, bluff of speech, honest in purpose, and never failing in any way those who had dealings with him.