Person:Beriah Wilkins (1)

Beriah Palmer Wilkins
m. 25 JUN 1771
  1. Edward Wilkins1772 - 1846
  2. George Wilkins1774 - 1781
  3. William Monell Wilkins1776 - 1846
  4. James Wilkins, Jr.1779 - 1843
  5. Jemima Wilkins1780 - 1853
  6. Jonathan S Wilkins1783 -
  7. Martha Wilkins1788 - 1842
  8. Beriah Palmer Wilkins1792 - 1858
  9. George Wilkins1797 -
Facts and Events
Name Beriah Palmer Wilkins
Gender Male
Birth? 25 MAY 1792 Ballston, Saratoga, New York
Christening? 1 JUL 1792 Ballston Center Presbyterian Church, Saratoga, New York
Death? 28 OCT 1858 York Twp., Union, Ohio
Burial? East York Cemetery, York, Union, Ohio
Other? Notes

!CENSUS: 1820 - In Ballston, Saratoga, NY - Ancestry Image 7 of 9.

                                Zeriah Wilkins - 0-0-1-0-0!0-0-1-1-0!0-1-0-0.  (Living next to James Wilkins Sr.)
                    1830 - In Ballston, Saratoga, NY - Ancestry Image 25 of 28.
                                Berriah P Wilkins 1-1-1-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0!0-1-0-0-2-0-0-0-0-1-0. (On same page
                                as Jonathan S Wilkins.)
                    1850 - In York, Union, Ohio - Ancestry Image 17 of 20.  In the home were Bria B Wilkins 53
                                NY and Amanda 53 RI.  The next two families are Alfred F Wilkins and Charles E
                                Wilkins who I assume are children.

OCCUPATION: Listed as Farmer on the 1850 census. MARRIAGE: Full date found in DAR application of Sam Cahill going back to James Wilkins in possession of Robert Givens, Clovis, CA. BURIAL: At listing of East York Cemetery, York, Union, Ohio -Wilkins, Beriah P., d 28 Oct 1858, ae 66y 5m 3d (husband of Amanda Rhodes Wilkins) SOURCE: Post to Ancestry Message Boards by Mills Wilkins - FYI Quickly from memory: Elsie Monell "Consort of James Wilkins", left the village of Ballston Spa, New York, after the death of her husband, James, and traveled with her grown children to 160 acres outside of Richwood, Ohio where her family carved a farm out of the wilderness. She is buried there in Old York cemetary. and her stone reads "Consort of James Wilkins". If this is new information and you would like specific dates. etc., let me know and I will dig into my files for accuracy. One of her issue, Beriah Palmer Wilkins (Palmer founded Ballston, Spa which is SW of Saratoga, NY) became a congressman from Uhrichsville, Ohio, moved to Washington, DC built a mansion at 17th and Mass. Ave., and at one time owned the Washington Post newspaper where he commissioned John Philip Sousa to write the famous :"Washington Post March". So much from humble beginnings. Stephen Mills Wilkins, North Canton, Ohio RELIGION: In the Union Echoes (Union Co., OH) (FHL 977.1532 D25u) Vol. 18, p. 15 - In an article on The Presbyterian Church of York Twp. - The first meetings were held chiefly at the dwelling houses of Joseph Miller, Beriah Wilkins and James McCrea, but after a few years the services were transferred to the Miller school house and was conducted there until the first church edifice was erected in 1855. It was a frame building, 28 X 40, built on a lot of ground donated by Beriah Wilkins and was dedicated in February, 1855... BIO: In the History of Union Co., OH, by W. H Beers & Co, 1883, p. 556-7 at

    Charles E Wilkins, farmer, P. O. Richwood.  Beriah Wilkins, father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Saratoga County, N. Y., May 26, 1792.  He was a son of James Wilkins, a valiant soldier of the Revolutionary War, and Elsie Wilkins.  Having reached the years of manhood, he married, on December 24, 1814, in New York State, Miss Amanda Rhodes.  She was born October 19, 1797, and was a daughter of Capt. James Rhodes.  By this union there was an issue of three children - Charles E, Joseph R and Alfred F (deceased).  In 1836 he came to Union County, Ohio, and bought 210 acres of land in York Township, our subject's farm being part of the original purchase.  In 1837, with his family, he settled in his new home in what was then comparatively a forest.  He endured the usual hardships and privations connected with pioneer life, and remained where he settled until his decease in October, 1858.  He had served as Trustee of York Township, and was respected by all who knew him.  His wife departed this life in August, 1877.

Also in p. 525 - B. P. Wilkins and Abel Wait were early residents in the Miller' settlement. Mr. Wilkins immigrated here with his family from near Fawley, N. Y, He was a farmer, and died in the township October 27, 1858, aged sixtysix years.