P. C. Perkins


P. C. PERKINS. The clerk of the circuit court of Campbell county since 1906, P. C. Perkins has proven one of the most popular and efficient public officials this community has known, and his conscientious and faithful services form a record eminently worthy of emulation by those desirous of promoting their section's welfare. Mr. Perkins is a native son of Campbell county, and was born February 21, 1863, a son of John L. and Martha(Collins) Perkins.

Edward Perkins, the paternal grandfather of P. C. Perkins, was born in Whitley county, Kentucky, and as a lad accompanied his parents to Tennessee. He engaged in agricultural pursuits, in which he continued throughout his life, becoming fairly successful for his day. The maternal grandfather of Mr. Perkins was Peter Perkins, who, like his wife Margaret, was a native of Greene county, Tennessee. He was also a farmer by occupation and passed his life in his native state. John L Perkins was born in Campbell county, Tennessee, in 1840, and received an ordinary education As a young man he adopted the vocation of school teacher, which he followed successfully until he had accumulated enough means to purchase a property and devote himself to farming and stock-raising, in which occupations he prospered greatly, and at this time, although somewhat retired from. active life, is considered one of the substantial men of his county He is an excellent type of the self-made man, for he embarked upon his career without financial means or influential friends, and what he has accomplished has come as a direct result of his own efforts. He is a faithful member of the Baptist church. Mr. Perkins married Miss Martha Collins, who was born in Greene county, Tennessee, in. 1847, and she died in 1890, after a married life of twenty-eight years. She was a devout member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and was the mother of ten children, of whom nine grew to maturity: P. C., of this review; W. R., who is engaged in farming in Campbell county; Margaret, who married Rev. M. C. Loy, a farmer and Baptist minister of Whitley county, Kentucky; Sarah E., who became the wife of J. B. Beard, a successful farmer and stock-raiser of Campbell county; John T., who is engaged in farming in this county; James It, a farmer and Baptist minister of this county; Martha J., who became the wife of William Powell, of Whitley county, Kentucky, and now resides in Loudon county, Tennessee, where Mr. Powell is a very successful farmer; Etta, who married James M. Davis, sheriff of Campbell County ; and Blanche, who married Thomas Peace, a merchant of Kentucky.

In order to gain an education in his youth, it was necessary for P. C. Perkins to walk eight miles to the little primitive log cabin schoolhouse, and this was done only in the short winter terms, as during the summer months his services were needed on the home farm. He made the most of these limited opportunities, however, and soon qualified for a teacher. During the next several years, in addition to his farm work he taught five different schools in Campbell county, but eventually gave up the profession of educator to enter commercial life as a clerk in a mercantile establishment. He was industrious; enterprising and progressive, and was finally able to enter business on his own account at Jacksboro, gradually building it up and developing it into one of the leading stores of the place. In the meantime, he accumulated a handsome acreage in Campbell county, and this he still owns, as he does also a modern residence in Jacksboro, although he disposed of his store at the time of entering public life.

Mr. Perkins was married to Miss Mary Beard, daughter of Jesse Beard, a veteran minister of the Baptist church in Campbell, who has been preaching for many years and is now well advanced in age. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Perkins- L. 0., who is train dispatcher at Atlanta; and Jessie E., who resides at home with her parents. Mrs. Perkins died in 1892, and in 1894 Mr. Perkins was married (second) to Miss Martha J Simpson, daughter of John Simpson, of Kentucky, and three children have blessed this -anion Charles F., who is employed by a large concern in East St. Louis, Illinois; and John L. and William R., residing at home. While a very busy man, with large private interests and onerous public duties, Mr. Perkins has not neglected the spiritual side of man's nature, for at this time he is acting as a minister of the Baptist church, preaching at Garyville and Newcomb, both in Campbell county, where he is greatly esteemed and beloved by the members of his congregations. He is interested in fraternal matters, being a Mason and a member of the Knights of Pythias, in the latter of which he has passed through all the chairs. Always a Republican, in 1906 he became the candidate of his party for the office of circuit clerk, to which he was subsequently elected by a majority of six hundred votes, and when he again appeared as a candidate for that office, in 1910, he had made such an enviable reputation and had been so eminently satisfactory that he met with no opposition and was unanimously elected. His popularity in all walks of life is shown by his many warm friends who esteem him for his integrity, his probity and his many sterling traits of character.

Source: Tennessee and Tenneseans by by Will T Hale and Dixon L Merritt published in 1913.

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