2. Thomas Perkins, Harvard 1779, of Bridgewater. He soon afterward settled in western Virginia, already known as Kentucky, and took up the practice of law but died suddenly in 1786. See Nahum Mitchell, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater
..., Boston, 1840, p. 266; AA to JA, 17 July 1782
, below; Mary (Smith) Cranch to AA, 22 May 1786
, and Elizabeth (Smith) Shaw to AA, 1–3 Nov. 1786
, both in Adams Papers
. In 1785 Perkins wrote Gen. Joseph Palmer from Lincoln co., Kentucky, on the salt springs and other natural curiosities of that region; his letter is printed in MHS, Procs.
, 1st ser., 12 (1871–1873): 38–39.