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The reason we cannot prove that Joel Perkerson is the father of Atlanta pioneer Dempsey Perkerson is because we have no estate records for Joel Perkerson. He died in Gwinnett Co., GA where all the estate records have been lost. I have always considered that Joel was Dempsey's father, because of the times they appeared together in GA records. However, perhaps we need to consider the possibility that Dempsey and his siblings were children of NC Revolutionary War soldier Beverley Perkerson whose unknown heirs were awarded a land grant for Beverley's Revolutionary War service. The heirs sold the land grant, but the State of North Carolina does not keep a record of who bought these bounty land grants and there is no cross-reference so researchers cannot know the names of Beverley's heirs or the person who bought the land from them. It is possible that Joel Perkerson raised Beverley's orphans and took them with him when he moved to Georgia. The last record we have of Joel is a deed of 13 August 1821, recorded in Walton Co., GA Book CD, page 88, showing Joel was of Gwinnett Co., selling land he drew in the Lottery. The thoughts of other researchers on this subject would be welcome. From Joyce Perkerson Poole, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. I am in the process of inputting all the records for Dempsey, Beverley, and Joel Perkerson into my World Connect Project database at rootsweb.ancestry.com, name of database is perkerson. I am also trying to gather evidence that these Perkersons may descend from Daniel Perkerson/Perkinson of Petersburg, VA, son of John and Elizabeth Jackson Perkerson/Perkinson. Daniel died after 1794 probably in Petersburg, VA. John died with a will in 1736 in Henrico Co., VA.