Prince Perkins -- Who He?

Prince Perkins (1750-1839) was a free African American who enlisted and served in the 4th Connecticut of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. In 1793 he, his wife Judith and their children moved from Connecticut to what is now Northeastern Pennsylvania. It's unknown whether he was ever a slave, but he would have been free according to the laws of Connecticut which abolished slavery in 1780.

Eventually, he purchased land outside of the current town of Kingsley, which was settled after his arrival. The farm was passed down through the family to the present day and became known as the Dennis Farm which is now part of the Dennis Farm Charitable Trust and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hop Bottom is a town a few miles distant from Kingsley.