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From 1635 to 1893. 



A descendant in the ninth generation from Dea. Thomas Parker. 







Ever feeling an interest to know more regarding my ances- 
tors and their connection with the progress of the times in 
which they lived, I undertook during the summer of 1888 to 
prepare a small pamphlet publication sfiowing the genealogy, 
if possible, of my own immediate relatives. This attempt 
only brought to view the necessity of a wider scope and a 
more complete work. Encouraged at this stage by the interest 
and entreaties of relatives to extend the work, and feeling the 
great need of preserving in printed form the historical and 
genealogical records, which might otherwise be lost forever 
in the course of time, I finally determined to procure the gene- 
alogy of the Lexington branch of the Parker family. 

The compiler realizes the fact that no genealogy is complete 
or perfect, and the present volume doubtless has its share of 
errors, although accuracy has been the watchword. It is not 
laid in the critics' path with any idea of rhetorical excellence 
or fine writing ; neither is such a work a pecuniary advantage, 
as its completion requires years of deep research, correspond- 
ence and expense, but it is given to the family with the com- 
pliments of the author for what use and service it may be to 
those of the living and future generations whom it does and 
will concern'. 

May it ever serve to help us cherish the memory of those 
devout, sturdy and industrious generations to whom we are 
indebted for our progress, our freedom, and our very existence. 

T. p. 

"Children's children are the crown of old men ; and the 

GLORY OF children ARE THEIR FATHERS." ProVerbs^ Xvii., 6. 

"If any one OF us could trace our ancestral stock back 

TWO hundred years we should FIND THE PROXIMATE CAUSE 

OF THE DISPOSITION BORN IN US." — Rev. Theodorc Parker. 


The Lexington Parker Homestead, - - faces title page 

Col. Amos Andrew Parker, - - - faces page 195 

The Princeton Parker Homestead, - - faces page 219 

Columbus Greene, . . _ - - faces page 241 

Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Parker, - - - faces page 243 

Rev. Theodore Parker, . - - - faces page 245 

Dea. John Parker, . _ - _ _ faces page 295 

Mrs. Mary C. (Brown) Parker, - - faces page 376 

Edward H. Parker, ----- faces page 377 

Charles W. Parker, ----- faces page 409 

Edgar Parker, ------ faces page 410 

Walter E. Parker, faces page 440 

Family Group: Arthur A., Clarence E., 

Edward H. and Theodore Parker, - faces page 441 



Even farther back than the commencement of English 
history we can trace the origin of the Parker name. It is as 
old as parcarius, park keeper or shepherd, and from which 
employment it was derived, thus extending back through the 
ages unbroken to the origin of the Roman language. It is a 
name not made from location or invented by lord or knight 
for himself and descendants, but is one of the names of occupa- 
tion, of active out-door life, that life which made useful, inde- 
pendent, hearty men, w^ho caused the name of Parker to 
multiply, making it one of the common names of to-day. 

The Danes, Saxons and Normans had their representatives 
of the name ; they were men of hardy and strong physique, 
were hunters and warriors as well as tillers of the soil, and 
romance made up a part of their pastime. A keeper of the 
king's hunting grounds must necessarily be active and enter- 
prising. He must be a good hunter and as well informed as 
the civilization allowed, — a typical man of the early ages. 
The name is well associated with the history of England, a 
general usefulness, good social standing and spiritual progress 
have been the characteristics of this ancient family name. 
From its great age the name is necessarily a common one in 
England, ranking eleventh in the kingdom in point of numbers. 

The word Parcus meant a picketed enclosure for domestic 
animals and also a preserve for game. Parcus and DeParco 
are mentioned in the Doomsday Book. They are found in 
Liber Feudorum and one Geoffrey Parker is noted in the 
reign of Edward I., who ruled from 901 to 925. He lived at 
Bexley on the eastern coast of England. From him there 
probably descended a numerous posterity. We afterward 
hear from Johannes le Parker, a Norman, who followed 
William the Conqueror (1066-1087), and was the keeper of 


the Royul Parks. ^ The Taxicio Ecclesiastica yields the name, 
and we find the following in mediaeval Latinity of 1205 : 
"Johannes le Parker tenet dimid,hidam terrae per servantium 
costodiendi Parcum Domini Regis et Riesam forinsicum et 
valet hoc annus dimidiam marcam." "John the Parker holds 
half a hide of land for the service (sergeantry) of keeping the _ 
King's park and pasture ground and receives this year half a 
mark." Fifty acres and 6s. 8d. per annum for folding the 
royal sheep and driving them to pasture. 

James le Parker turns up in Norwich in 1261, and one 
Samuel Parker is noted in the reigns of Henry III. and Edward 
I., which would place it at about 1275. It would be ditficult 
to ascertain from which of the foregoing Reginald le Parker 
was descended. He accompanied Edward I. to the Holy 
Land and received a royal grant of land for his efficient 
services. A ver^" ancient family record which was at Park 
Hall, Stafl^ordshire, but which was, many generations since, 
destroyed by fire, accredited Reginald le Parker as the 
common ancestor of the Norton Lees branch, and in turn 
of the Park Hall, the Earl of Macclesfield line. The reign 
of Edward I. embracing from 1272 to 1307, it follows that 
Reginald le Parker was necessarily ancestor of the Lan- 
cashire Parkers, whose descendants were the founders ot the 
Browsholme and Norton branches. The family was early 
located in Lancashire and it is in this part of the kingdom 
where we find their records connected from generation to 
generation, and the mystery so characteristic of the mediaeval 
ages here gives way for fact. \ Yilliam le Parker was seated 
in Extwistle, Lancashire, in the time of Richard II. The 
land which he purchased has a history also. Its first recorded 
owner was Adam de Preston, who conveyed in the reign of 
King John (at about 1200), and again in that of Henry III., 
the lands which he held in Extwistle to the monks of St. 
Mary of Kirkestall. In the reign of Richard II. John De 
Bardesay, Abbot of the Monaster}' of the Blessed Mary of 
Kirkestall, conveyed these lands by a deed dated 13 of that 
reign (1398) to William le Parker, a monk, who at the time 

' His name was spelled many ways in English records, varying from Parker 
to Parchour, Parkre, Parkerre. 


of Henry IV. (1399-1413) is styled " de Monk Hall in 

He had four sons. The eldest was Lawrence Parker. He 
heired the estate, and from him in direct descent is pre- 
served in Burke's Landed Gentry the male line almost com- 
plete from William le Parker to the living Parker families of 
Extwistle and Cuerden, which places are side by side. It 
comprises about twenty generations of father and son. The 
Lancashire branch has an interesting history, and they appear 
to have flourished from its earliest time. Emigration becoming 
necessary the sons helped settle the surrounding counties, and 
in turn added honor to the name. Browsholme is located just 
across the county line from Cuerden. The family here 
appear respectable and flourishing early in the sixteenth cen- 
tury. It is here we find at about 1470 Robert Parker, a name 
common among the descendants of William and who, in Eng- 
lish records, is styled Robert Parker, Esq., in the Forest of 
Holland, Yorkshire. His daughter Elizabeth heired the estate 
and by marriage became heir of Redmaine (also spelled Red- 
mayn, an ancient Yorkshire family), and had an only daugh- 
ter, Jennet, who was heir to both. Then Edmund Parker, 
younger son of Parker of Horrockford, married Jennet and 
thus continued the Parker name upon the Browsholme estate. 
He was a descendant of the Lancashire family', as is shown 
by this family connection and b}^ similarities in coats of 
arms. They had with two daughters a son and successor, 
viz. : — 

Robert Parker, Esq., of Browsholme, who m. Elizabeth, 
dau. of Edmund Chadderton of Nathurst, father of William 
Chadderton, Lord Bishop of Lincoln, and had issue. Robert 
Parker was still living in 1591. 

I. Edmund, drowned at Cambridge, unm. 

II. Thomas, his heir. 

III. Roger, D.D., Precentor and Dean of Lincoln, and d. 
29 Aug., 1629, aged 71. 

IV. William, of Blisland and Warligon, in Cornwall, I 
D.D., Archdeacon of Cornwall, living in 1620, and from him, 
was descended in the female line John Anstis, Garter King of 


The eldest surviving son, Thomas Parker of Browsholme, 
Bow bearer of the forest of Holland in the Duchy of Lan- 
caster, m. Bridget, dau. and co-heir of James Tempest of 
Raj^ne in Craven, and had by her, who d. in 1610, a numer- 
ous family of children, a son and successor. 

His heir and successor, Edward Parker, Esq., of Brows- 
holme, b. 3 Aug., 1602, m. 28 Jan., 1629, Mary Sunderland, 
dau. of Richard Sunderland of High Sunderland in York- 
shire. This Richard Sunderland for wife had Mary, sixth 
dau. of Sir Richard Saltonstall, Knight. Lord Mayor of Lon- 
don. This would make Mrs. Edward Parker, the niece of 
young Richard Saltonstall, prominent in the early settlement 
of America. The portrait of Edward Parker as Bow-bearer 
of Bolland forest is preserved. It is a fac-simile of a large 
rare folio etching. 

Norton Lees is an attractive portion of the parish of Norton, 
County Derby, which adjoins Lancashire and Yorkshire. 
The first of the name which we find there is Adam Parker, 
who in the year 1352, Sept. 17, was witness to a grant of land 
in Norton from Sir Thomas Chaworth, knt.. to John and 
Isabell Tynet. Thomas Parker appears in 1384, and in 1402 
John Parker, both acting in similar positions. Thomas Parker 
of Grenehill and John Parker of Norton purchased in the year 
1423 of Robert and Margaret Fletcher all of the land and 
tenements formerly occupied by Richard Peyne. Here their 
history becomes more defined and interesting. A direct 
descendant of the Little Norton and Park Hill Hnes is the 
Hon. E. T. Parker Vwroig of Aston Hall, Sutton Coldfield, 
Birmingham, Eng., who very kindly assisted in this English 
research, and who contributes the following : '' According to 
the pedigree which was at Park Hall, the Norton Lees estate 
was granted to a Roger de Gotham, who attended Edward HL 
at the siege of Calais and had an augmentation of arms for his 
services. The above Roger had a son Thomas, who had a 
son Adam. This iVdam had an only daughter, Elizabeth, 
who m. Thomas Parker of Bulwell, Co. of Nottingham." 
This is the first of the line that any family records mention. 

In a pedigree of Moore in M. S. Gg., 3, 34, in the Cam- 
bridge University Library, England, said to be written by the 


hand of James Gresham of Fulham, Co. Middlesex, is the 
following : " Memorand, that one Booth sometimes was Bishop 
of Yorke [23 H. 6-1445] beeing before his promotion to that 
See Arch Deacon there and lay at Rotheram in the same 
county had two sisters. The one of them, then hee being 
Archdeacon, married he unto one Mr. John Parker of Bulwell 
in com. Nottingham esq're which Parker had by hir diverse 
children and was of a Cli land b}^ the year or thereabouts . . . 
Memorand, that the aforesaid John Parker had a sister whose 
name was Elizabeth and was married to one Thomas More of 
Grenhill in com. Darby, grandfather to Christopher More, 
that is to say, son of John More son of the aforesaid Thomas 

Thus it appears probable that the above named Thomas 
Parker was son of Thomas Parker, once of Grenehill, but 
then of Little Norton. The father Thomas was in all proba- 
bility son of the Thomas of 1384, and he, possibly the son of 
Adam. And it is certain that the progenitor of the Parkers 
of Little Norton was descended from the Lancashire stock. 
This is shown by marked similarities in the coats of arms of 
the two families and by tradition. 

This places the marriage of Thomas Parker and Elizabeth 
at about the middle of the fifteenth century, providing he was 
brother to the above named John. From him is traced his 
son and heir, Thomas Parker of Whitley and Ecclesfield. 
He was a " scithesmith" and a "yeoman." His will, as copied 
from the Journal of the Derbyshire Archaeological and Natural 
History Society, 15 10, August 20. 


^tt the name of 6otl, %m(\\, the xx*'' day of August the yere of o, 
Lorde a thousande ccccc"' and x, I Thomas Parker, of Whitley, 
make and ordeyn my testament in maner and fo''me folowyng. First 
I bequeth my soule to Almyghty God o"" blessed Lady seint Mary and 
the copany of hevyn, my body to be buryed w'in my pish chirch of 
Ecclesfeld. Itm I bequeth to my mortuary my best beest. Itm I 
bequeth to the seid chirch of Ecclesfeld for my tythes necligently for- 
gotten vj^ viij**. Itm I will that of all my goodes my detts be paid, 
and all wrongs by me doon, and trewly proved, be resonably recom- 
pensed spially in discharge of my soule. Itm I bequeth to the 


making of the rode-lofte and stalles in the seid chirch, xl*" Itm to 
the reparyng of Seint Mychels chapell w'in the seid pish, iij*- iiij*^- 
Itm I bequeth to Elyn Parker, my doghter, xl mrc to her mariage, if 
it may be born. Itm I will that Thoms Shirclift', of Ecclesfeld, John 
VVilkynson, of the same, and John Grubbe, of Netherhertley, or 
their heires imediatly aff my decesse surrender in to th'ands of my 
lorde of Sherusbury according to his custome w'in the lordeship of 
Halomeshir, all and ev such meses, landes, tents, meadowes and 
pastures, w' their app''tenncs, as I have in Whitley, or in the felds of 
the same, purchased of William Whete, in Woodsetts, purchasid of 
William Houlle, holden of my seid lord as of his lordeship of 
Halomshir, by copy of court rolle, to the use of John Parker, my 
Sonne, and the heires of his body laufully begotten for ev. And for 
defaute of such issew of his body laufully begoten, the remaynder 
therof to Richard Parko"", his brod"", and to the heires of his body 
laufully begotten for ev. And for defaute of such issew^ of his body 
laufully begotten, the remander therof to the right heires of me the 
forseid Thomas Pker for ev. Itm I will that the same Thoms Shir- 
clift', John Wilkynson, and Robert Grubbe, their heirs or assigneis, 
imediatly aff my decesse surrende into th'ands of the prior and 
covent of Coventre charterhouse all such meses, lands, tents, wodds, 
medows, lesues and pastures, w' their app''tenncs, as I have in 
Nether Hertley, late p''chased of Thoms Barmley* holden of the seid 
pV and covent by copie of co''t rolle, as of their lordeship at Eccles- 
feld to the use of Richard Pker, my Sonne, and heires of his body 
laufully begotten for ev. And for defaute of such isshew of his body 
laufully begotten, the remand'' therof to John Parko'', his brod'", and 
heires of his body laufully begotten for ev. And for defaute of such 
isshew of his body laufully begotten, the remander therof to the next 
heires of me the seid Thoms for ev. Itm I will that the said Thoms 
Shircliff, John Wilkinson, and Robert Grubbe, or their heires, 
immediatly aff they be required, surrende into the hands of the p''o'' 
and Covent of the Charterhouse of Coventry, according to his 
custome, a mese, lands, medows, wodds, lesues and pastures, w' 
their app''tenncs, as they lye in Neder Hertley, unto the use and 
behove of Ric. Pko"^, my sonne, and to the heires of his body laufully 
begotten ; and for defaute of his body* laufully begotten, the remander 
theroffto John Parko'', his brod"", in like estate, the remander thereof 
to the right heires of me the forseid Thoms Parko"" for ev. Also I 

*Sic t'ti reg, forsati Barmby. 

t Probably the words " such issue of" omitted; but it stands so in the copy 
in the Register at York. 


will that immediatly after the seid surrend"" maid unto the seid 
Richarde Pko% that the seid Richard shall make to Agnes Pko% my 
doghter, a sufficient surrende of a yerely rent of xx'-, to be taken and 
paid out of all the landes, medows, wodds, lesues and pastures, w* 
their app''tenncs in Ned' hertley aforeseid, to have and holde to the 
same Agnes and hir assignes during hir liff at ij termes in the yere, 
that is to say, at the feest of Penticost and Saint Martyn, by evyn 
porcions, w' clause of distresse for noon payment of the same in the 
aforeseid mese, lands, wodds, medows, lesues and pastures. Itm I 
will that if, as God forbede, hit happen that the seid Agnes be 
decrepyd, or in such case that she may not stere herselff, or come to 
a grete necessite, then the seid Richard Parker, or his heires, shall 
pay yerely during the lif of the seid Agnes, ov and above the seid 
xx^-, vj'-, viij''-, that is to say, if the seid chaunce happen, xxvj^-, viij**- 
Itm I will that Richard Parker, my sonne, shall have the takke of 
my water-whels after my decesse. Also I will the seid Richard shall 
have a mese in Brokehouse, w'in the pish of Laghton, w' th' app''- 
tenncs. Itm I will that the seid Richard shall have an annuall rent 
of ix*- lyyng in Dennaby, in the holding of Wynter. Itm that the 
seid Richard shall have my right in ij closes, w' a medow called 
Horbury, w' a close called Longlands, and a croft callyd Ryfarecroft. 
Item that the seid Richard shall have at Neder Hertley a fournes, a 
fourmelede, a wort stoon, a kneding-trough, a mulding horde, a 
stepefatte, ij grete arkes, ij chayres, a mete horde, a folding borde, a 
chymney, ij bedds, an arke, a long chist, a saing borde, ij bedds in 
the new chambre, oon in the plo"", and an awmery in the new plo"^ at 
Whitley. Itm that the same Richard shall have ij stythes, ij bare 
bales, all od"' smythy gere, ij stoones troughed coultroughed (sic). 
Itm I will that John Parko', my sonne, have at Whitley ij stones 
troughed called coltroughes. Itm at the whele a stythy and a pair 
of bellows. Itm at Whitley, a chayr, a chymney, iij mete bords in 
the chechyn, a kneding trough, a moldyng bord, a fournes, a wort 
stoon, a lede in a fo'"me, all the bedds in the plo"^, ij yronbonde 
coffers, an arke, an awmery in the chambre, an arke and a bedde in 
the new chamber, iij close bedds in the malthouse, a stepefatt, a close 
bedde, and the iij close bedds to stand still for the svntes. Itm I will 
that out of the meses, w' th' app''tenncs in Dalton my seid feoftes 
shall suffer, aff my decesse, the profetts yerely to be taken in fo'"me 
folowyng. First xiiij" vj''- to find a preist at Ecclesfeld to sing yerely 
Ix messes, that is, ij tymes Seint Gregory trentall, w' svyce therto 
belonging. Itm of the seid mese yerely iiij''- to the vicar of the same 
chirche to pray for the soules of me, my ij wiffs, my fad' and mod', 


and all myn aunceto'"s and child'' soules, on the Sonday in the chirch. 
Itm for an obijt evy yere to be made for Thorns Pko% Elsabt, and 
Agnes, his wiffs, his fad"" and mod"" soules, out of the seid mesa v** 
yerely to be takyn and paid. Itm to the clerc for v mynnyngs yerely 
to be paid v**- of the said mese. Itm that the residew of the mese, 
that is ijs. iiij^', that my childer ther being shall have yerely j"*-, and 
the residew to poore folkes having most nede. Itm that seint 
Mychell warke if it may be shall have vj^- viij**- Itm in likecase to 
the p'o"" and covent of the charterhouse, vj'- viij**- Itm I ordeyn to 
be ovseers of this my last will M^ Herry Evinghm, esquier, to 
whome shalbe geven xx^- Thorns Evynghm, sonne of the seid 
Herry, to whome shalbe giffen x^- Sir Thorns Thorley. pson of 
Thorley, to whome xx'- Robert Pko"", my sonne, Robert Gilberthorp, 
Willm Crofte, to evy of the seid Robert and William for rewarde 
vj'- viij''-, and the costes of all my seid ovseers wher or whed'' so ev 
they be called to be borne at all tymes of my goodes. The residew 
of my goods before not bequethed, I will that mv wifl' shall have hir 
thirde parte therod'and the seconde pt to be disposed and spendyd at 
my buriall and after warde for the well of my soule. And the thirde 
pt therof I giff and bequethe to Richard Pker, my sonne. Itm T 
will that Robert Pker, my sonne, shall pay unto Agnes Pker, my 
witf, yerely during hir liff, xiij^- iiij*^- Itm I will that John Parker, 
my Sonne, shall pay unto the same Agnes, his mod"", evy yere during 
hir lift", xxvj^ viij*^-, in mony of hir thirde and dowery. Itm I will 
that Richard Pker, my sonne, shall pay unto the same Agnes, his 
mods every yere during hir lif xxvj* viij**' in mony for hir thirde and 
dowery, if the forseid my childer may their landes peasably enjoy 
w'out trouble or recovy. Also I ordeyn and make Agnes Parker, 
my wift', John Pkar and Richard Pker, my sonnes, myn executo'^s of 
this my psent testament. 

ifn U'itnCSl Whcrof herunto I have set my seale, thes being witnesses, 
sir Thoms clerc, vicar of Ecclesfeld. Thoms Robt Grubbe, and 
Shircliff', John Wilkinson, od"" moo, the day and yere abovesaid. 

Probatum fuit p vicariu de Shefteld, p comissionem [15 lo]. Reg. 
Test. 8 fol. 55A. ^ 

His son Robert had a son Thomas of Little Norton, "yeo- 
man." This Thomas had a son John Parker, also a "yeo- 
man," and who lived in Little Norton. A deed relating to 
this member of the family contains the name Ryddinge, 
which is certainly interesting considering the connection this 
location (Reading) has borne with the Parkers of Massachu- 
setts. This is its copy : 


" Deed between John Bullocke of Darley, in co. Derby, Esq., and 
John Parker of Little Norton, co. Derby, yeoman. Being tenants in 
common in several closes, &c., in the parish of Norton, called the 
Lea Maskers, Johnsett wood field, Ryddinge, Johnsett noil, the 
Mawe land, the Hie field, and Howl storthe land, a piece of wood 
ground called Johnsett wood, and other lands in Little Norton mea- 
dow, the yard in the holding of Wm. Mawer, Norcroft, Shipley 
Lowage, and Lowage gate. Hie Storthe, Lyarde land, the Lea, being 
parcel of the land of Wm. Rawly nson, they had agreed to make a 
division in severalty as therein named. Witnesses, Henry Tayler, 
James Bullock, Robert Boothe, Willm. Simpson, James Bayte, 
William Rawlynson." 

This John Parker had a son John, baptized 4 Sept., 1575, 
m. 1601, Dyonysia, dau. oi Thomas Bright of Bradway, and 
aunt of Sir John Bright. He m. second, 2 July, 1605, Jane, 
dau. of James Bate of Jordenthorpe, Co. York, and by her 
had John, his heir, 12 Aug., 1607; Thomas, baptized 31 
March, 1609; William, 23 July, 1614 ; Jane. Of the children 
of the above named famil}', John Parker, b. 1607, heired the 
estate of Norton Lees ; WilHam, b. 161 4, m. Bridget Carrier, 
granddau. of Thomas Parker, Esq., of Browsholme, Bow- 
bearer of the forest of Bowland. She was also niece of 
Edward Parker of Browsholme. 

It is thus evident that our Puritan ancestor, Thomas Parker, 
who came from London to the New World in the year 1635, 
could belong to the Norton Lees branch and, through Bridget 
Carrier, become well acquainted with the Browsholme branch, 
and through Edward Parker's marriage connection with the 
Saltonstalls. Sir Richard Saltonstall, Jr., had been to the 
New World several times, had lived for years in Water- 
town, and had successfully transported ship-loads of pilgrims 
to their haven of refuge. In 1635 he was again raising a 
company for transportation. 

William, the aforesaid, removed to Park Hall, Staffordshire, 
and was the ancestor of that illustrious line. He commanded 
a company of exparte regis and took part in many military 
actions, including Hopton Heath, Marston Moor. Naseby 
and Worcester, was taken prisoner and suffered much for his 
loyalty. He d. 12 May, 1703. By wife Bridget he had 


tvvo daughters and three sons, the latter being : I, George 
Parker. Esq., of Park Hall, who heired the estate and was 
high sheriff'. II. Thomas Parker, Esq., who studied law, 
removed to Leeke, was a diligent practitioner of his profession 
and whose son Thomas Parker by his own wonderful dili- 
gence and perseverance in study, and the use of a most 
retentive memory, became a most powerful lawyer and 
a man of invincible influence at the bar. He was known 
as the silver-tongued orator, instituted many reforms in Eng- 
lish laws and was created Earl of Macclesfield, an honor 
which is still held by the family. III. Robert, cup-bearer to 
Queen Catharine. 

Another illustrious line of the Parker family has been living 
for several centuries at North Molton, Co. Devon, near the 
southwest shore of England. Their histor}- is interesting and 
their emigrative growth has been rapid. Some of this branch 
removed to Castle Lough, Ireland, and became the founders 
of the Parkers of this portion of the island (Tipperary Co.). 
where many of the name reside. They are characterized by 
being strongly Protestant in faith. The Irishmen in America 
by name of Parker are mainly descended from this line. 
Another earlship was attained by the early founders of the 
Molton Parkers, the Earl of Morley being the title which 
descends from father to son in like manner with the Earl of 
Macclesfield. Sir William Parker, standard-bearer to King 
Richard III. (1483), was the first of the Morley and Mont- 
eagle Parkers. Molton Parker issues emigrated to : I. Petterell 
Green, Co. Cumberland. II. Warwick Hall. III. Plympton, 
IV. Whiteway, Co. Devon. V. Homington. Co. Warwick. 
VI. Melford Hall, Co. Suftblk. 

Extwistle and Cuerden Parker issues emigrated : I. to Brows- 
holme. Co. York : II. Norton, Co. Derby : III. Whiteley Hall, 
Co. Lincoln. The Browsholme lines spread out to : I. Hare- 
den, Co. York. Later those of Norton found their way to : I. 
Park Hall : II. Woodthrope, Co. York ; and from the Park Hall 
family descended the Earl of Macclesfield, lately represented 
by Thomas Augustus Wolstenholme Parker (b. 1811), Shir- 
burn Castle, Tetsworth, Carlton Club, S. W. ; 94 Eaton 
Square, S. W. His heir is George Augustus Parker. Vis- 


count. The Park Hall family is now represented by Thomas 
Hawe Parker, Esq., son and heir of the late Thomas Parker, 
grandson of Sir Thomas Parker, Chief Baron of the Ex- 
chequer, while the occupant of the ancient Cuerden estate, 
Lancashire, is Thomas Townley Townley Parker, Esq., of 
Cuerden Hall. 


The early coats of arms of the Parkers of Extwistle were : — 

Gu. a chevron between three leopards' heads, with arrow 
in mouth of each leopard. Crest, a buck trippant ppr. trans- 
pierced through the body with an arrow point downwards, 

That of the Browsholme line was very similar and the fol- 
lowing was used by Edward Parker, son of Thomas: Vert., 
a chevron between three stags' heads, caboshed or. Crest, on 
a chapeau a stag trippant ppr. Motto, "-JVonJluctu necfatti 
movetur -Parkers of Browsholme." (Unmoved by either 
wave or wind). 

This coat of arms was granted to the Parkers of Norton Lees 
and used by them: Gu., a chevron between three leopards' 
faces, or. Crest, a leopard head aftrontee erased, or, ducally 
gorged, gu. Supporters, two leopards regardant ppr. ; each 
gorged with a ducal coronet; gu. Motto, '•'•Sefre Ande''' 
(Dare to be just). The same coat of arms has descended 
through the Park Hall and Statfordshire lines, and is now used 
by Sir Thomas Parker, Earl of Macclesfield, England. 

The arms of Earl of Morley : A stag's head caboshed be- 
tween two flaunches ar. Crest, an arm erect vested az. slashed 
ar. cuft'of the last, the hand grasping the attire of a stag gu. 
also stag, greyhound, horse's head, etc. Motto : Fideli 
Certa Merccs. (The reward of the faithful is sure). 

Arms of Cambridgeshire Parkers — A buck trippant betw. 
three phoens ar. within a burdure rugr. of the second hurtee. 

Arms of Essex Co. Parkers — Or, three inescutcheons sa. 
charged with as many phoens ar. Crest — A lion's gamb. 
erased or. grasping an arrow gu. headed and feathered ar. 


Park Hall (Stafford, Derby) — Chev. betw. 3 leopard faces 
and leopard's head guard, erased at neck or, ducally gorged. 

Macclefield — Chev. betw. 3 leopard's heads, and leopard 
head guardant, erased at neck or, ducally gorged. 

Woodthorpe (York) — Ar. a chevron pean betw. three mul- 
lets sa. on a chief az. as many buck's heads caboshed ar. 
Crest, a talbot's head couped ar. ears and tongue gu. 




It has not yet been positively ascertained from which Hne 
of Parkers our ancestor descended. From tradition and clues 
we can base our own judgment. By records it is known that 
he was born in the year 1609.^ What success seemed to have 
crowned the genealogists' efforts when the family of John 
Parker of Little Norton was reached, showing a son Thomas, 
baptized March 31, 1609! But upon searching the father's 
papers dated 1632, and also his will, bearing date of 1637, ^^ 
mention of a son Thomas is made. That leaves us to suppose 
one of two things, ist, that he died young ; or, 2nd, that he 
went to live with his Browsholme relatives or early removed 
far from home. Tradition helps the case along from its state- 
ment that our ancestor was connected by marriage with the 
Saltonstall family. We know that the Browsholme Parkers 
were so connected. In this manner he could have easily 
become interested in the work which Sir Richard Saltonstall, 
Jr., was doing toward the colonization of New England. It 
is also traditioned that Thomas Parker was one of three 
brothers who came to America at an early day and settled 
finally in three different places, viz. : Reading, Chelmsford 
and Groton. In fact this tradition is so common among the 
Parker family in general as to make it worthy of much reflec- 
tion. One of the brothers, Abraham Parker, settled in 
Chelmsford, and in his family there descended an heirloom, 
the Parker Coat of Arms, which his descendant, Dr. Wm. 
Thornton Parker, describes in heraldry as follows: **Gu. 
a chevron between three leopards' faces or. Crest, a leopard's 
head affrontec erased, or, ducally gorged, gu." This seems 
to be the copy of the arms of the Parker family of Little 
Norton, and shows genealogical connection. The name in 

' He died in Reading, Aug. 12, 16S3, "aged about 74," so savs his grave- 



Norton and Little Norton was characterized with intelligence 
and industry. They were well known families and lived well 
for the times. Thus Little Norton is supplied with a majority 
of evidence toward claiming our ancestor. But the descend- 
ants of Abraham Parker of Chelmsford have the universal 
tradition that their ancestor came from Wiltshire County, 
England. In fact, Mr. Cutter in his history of Jaftrey, 
N. H. (where an illustrious family of Abraham's descendants 
settled), states that Abraham Parker was born in Marl- 
borough, County Wilts, England. This might easily be so. 

From Newbury, County Berks, there came to Newbury in 
New England, Joseph Parker,^ brother of one Nathan Parker, 
who soon followed. They remained in Newbury a few years, 
when they removed to Andover, Joseph being one of the 
founders of the Church there in 1645. From Wiltshire there 
came Rev. Thomas Parker, a man characterized by his gener- 
ous teachings of intellectual improvement and spiritual prog- 
ress. He was the only son of Rev. Robert Parker, who was 
called " Rev.'* in the English Nation at the age of 22. The 
son Thomas was born in 1595, and while in England pub- 
lished a treatise on repentance, also several on the prophecies. 
Rev. Thomas Parker came to Ipswich in 1634, then in 1635 
to the first settling of Newbury and taught school as well as 
preached. He died in Newbury unmarried, April 24, 1677. 
He was a finely educated man, a speaker of ability and was 
properly appreciated and well beloved It is said that he was 
born in Newbury, Eng., which is in Berkshire. He was a 
most prominent man of early Newbury, Mass., his good influ- 
ence was widely felt and it was in his honor the town was 
named Newbury, which verifies the tradition that he was born 
in Newbury, Eng., thus in memory of his native home. 
Parker river in Newbury was also named in memory of him. 

Doubtless Rev. Thomas, Joseph and Nathan were brothers, 
and descended from the family seat at Newbury, Eng. The 
Puritan minister had no issue, but the children of Joseph and 
Nathan bore the names of Joseph, Stephen, Thomas, Samuel, 
John; John, James, Robert and Peter. There is such a 

'Joseph Parker also owned an estate in Ramsey, eight miles from South- 
ampton, which by will he gave to his wife Mary. 


Striking similarity of names herein shown with the names of 
the five brothers who settled in Billerica, Chelmsford and 
Groton, and their children and of our ancestor, Dea. Thomas 
Parker and his children, that there seems to have been strong 
family connections. This method of naming in honor of rela- 
tionship was in olden time more universal than at present. 
Our ancestor, Thomas Parker, was of the same name as 
the preacher of Newbury, and the name of Thomas occurs 
in two lists of children. Joseph of Andover was himself of 
the same name as one of the five brothers, furthermore, our 
ancestor had in 1642 a son whom he named Joseph, but who 
died in 1644. His next child was a son whom he also named 
Joseph, but who also died young. Then again, the name 
Nathaniel occurs among his children, as well as sons Thomas 
and John, and grandsons Stephen and Samuel. A Samuel is 
also found to be one of the sons of James, one of the five 
brothers. One of the five was John, and this name occurs 
among the children of Joseph, James and Abraham, and this 
James had a son James. 

Abraham Parker might easily have been born in Marl- 
borough, Eng., which is situated near Newbury, and have 
been connected with the Newbury line. So far as the tradi- 
tion goes that Dea. Thomas was one of three brothers, he 
could be brother of Joseph and Nathan of Newbury and 
Andover, but the remainder of the tradition would not thus 
apply. If he was not a brother to the five he must have been 
related as near as cousin. The coat of arms just mentioned 
shows that the brother belonged to a junior branch of the 
Norton Lees family. There was a difference of 14 years 
between Rev. Thomas Parker of Newbury and our ancestor, 
Dea. Thomas Parker. Thus they could easily have been 
uncle and nephew. Further research toward this end in 
Newbury, Eng., may bring to light the proper records which 
will clear away all lingering doubts and present us with this 
much sought information of the past. 

Mr. John L. Parker of Lynn, genealogist of the descend- 
ants of Abraham Parker, thus writes upon this subject : 
"Abraham Parker was born in Marlborough, Wiltshire. 
The exact date of his birth cannot at present be given, but it is 


believed to be 1612. The Parker brothers were probably 
young fellows who saw a chance in the New World to better 
themselves, and embraced the opportunity to come over and 
join the settlers at the mouth of the Charles river, where they 
first settled and where they found employment in the first 
buildinuf of the town. The men who settled Charlestown 
were of a sturdy sort, possessing the true spirit of the pioneer, 
and endowed with courage, independence and perseverance.'' 

This work does not take up the descent of these Parker 
brothers ; it has not the room to follow complete all the fami- 
lies descended from Dea. Thomas Parker, but takes up in full 
only one branch of the Dea. Thomas Parker tree. Imagine, 
then, the necessary research to make his genealogy complete, 
and what a vast amount of genealogical matter would be the 
collection of that relating to all of the Parker brothers. But 
it is hoped the completion of this genealogy will make it 
a less troublesome task for the succeeding historian to take up 
other branches of the family, and that some day the records 
of each branch will be preserved in suitable book form. 

In the great work of reclaiming the grand, unbroken forest 
from its wild state ; in founding this greatest of nations, and in 
planting for the benefit of succeeding generations the many 
blessings of our good government, — the public schools, the 
freedom of speech, worship, and all things that are right, 
how much are we indebted to our ancestors ! Can anyone 
who brings these subjects into account say as many do, that 
this matter of genealogy is of no sense or importance? Is it 
not disgraceful, yes, even wicked, to so decide? Every 
patriotic son of America should feel proud that his ancestors 
took part in the American Revolution, Having once obtained 
full knowledge of this do we feel like parting with it? No, 
indeed, not for wealth I True, genealogy is an interesting 
study, and the deeper we go into it and contrast old times with 
the present the more it teaches us and the more interesting it 
becomes, Daniel Webster once said, "There is a moral and 
philosophical respect for our ancestors which elevates the 
character and improves the heart." It is just this spirit which 
prompts the genealogist and fills him with zeal to carefullj'- 
gather all important matter, and in the face of financial loss 


in his undertaking to finish his publication. It is that worthy 
love for our ancestors and an effort in the writer to preserve 
those records and make so accessible to the family that should 
cause all to share a proper interest in those of their family 
who have gone before. 

To illustrate the part in this great task which the Parker 
name has performed would make a most exhaustive work and 
many volumes. This work is confined mainly to the family 
in Lexino-ton and their issue. In that town the scene is inter- 
esting. Connected with the outbreak of the war for independ- 
ence will be always associated the name of Capt. John Parker, 
the commander of the first organized company of patriots who 
so nobly opposed by his guidance the advance of the British 
troops into our country. Near the Common there lived Jonas 
Parker, a martyr of that morning and who so faithfully kept 
his avowal that he would never run from an enemy. A 
grandson of the captain was the Rev. Theodore Parker, the 
world-renowned theologian and founder of the Parkerism 
faith, the most noted man which Lexington ever produced. 

The Parker families of early times were universally pros- 
perous and flourishing. In their characters we find a con- 
stant fire of devout Christian spirit, and they were in short 
very religious. They prayed often to the Father of us all and 
the Giver of all mercies. In their letters to each other they 
always desired the blessing of God. They all belonged to 
the Church and vigorously supported it. As early as 1720 
there were in Reading 18 adult persons by name of Parker 
who were in full communion with the Church. They took 
no part in crime or intemperance of any kind. No evil or 
disgraceful act recorded against the early Reading or Lexing- 
ton Parkers has been found. Up to 1834 forty-one by name 
of Parker had graduated from Harvard and thirty-eight from 
all other New England colleges. This strong New England 
teaching brought forth some of the most worthy men of our 
land ; supporters of principle, well educated and thoughtful, 
firm minded and conscientious, while they seldom allowed their 
public ambition to extend but little beyond their own home. 

A general view of the early genealogy of the five Parker 
brothers is taken up in the Appendix, together with other 


Parker trees of America. There has heretofore been no 
printed genealogy in full of any one branch of the Parker 
family ; the researches for this work have required the writer's 
spare time for five years, and everything available concerning 
the earliest generations has been obtained so far as known ; 
hence may this volume be of some interest to all of the Parker 

The following is a fac-simile extract from Horton's Copy of 
the London Records, from Chapter entitled : 

[Regi]ster of the names of 
all y^ Passinger w""^ Passed 
from y^ Port of London for 
on whole yeare Endinge at 
Xp^^' 1635. 

1635 — Passinger wch Sailed From ye Port of 
London — 1635. 

\n the Suzan & Ellin Edward Payne Mr for New Eng- 
land. Theis pties hervnder expresed have brought 
Certificate from the Minister & Justices of their Conformitie & 
that they are no Subsedy Men.* 



Husbandman John Procter 40 

Tho : Wells 


with family 

Peter Cooper 


Alice Street 28 

Wm. Lambert 


Husbandman Walter 

Samuel Podd 


Thornton 44 

Jeremy Belcher 


with family 

Marie CHftbrd 


John North 20 

Jane Coe 


* The term that thev were " no subsedy men" implied that they were not at 
that time connected with the English army. 



Francis Pynder 


Marie Riddlesden 


with family 

Jo : Pellain 


Richard Skofield 


Matthew Hitchcock 


Edward Weeden 


Elizabeth Nickols 


George Wilby 


Thomazin Carpenter 


Richard Hawkins 


Ann Fowle 


Tho : Parker 


Edmund Gorden 


Symon Burd 


Tho : Sidlie 


Jo : Mansfield 


Margeret Leach 


Clement Cole 


Marie Smith 


Jo : Jones 


Elizabeth Swayne 


Wm. Borrow 


Grace Bewlie 


Phillip Atwood 


Ann Wells 


Wm. Snowe 


Dyonis Tayler 


Edward Lumus 


Hanna Smith 


Husbandman Richard 

Jo : Backley 




Wm. Battrick 


with wife and child 


r ^0 Ixy^cA <^y^\/'^2^J^^ir^ The ships Suzan and Ellen, 
^ y I in which our ancestor sailed 

from London, March ii, 1635, were fitted out by Sir Richard 
Saltonstall, with whose family it is traditioned that he was con- 
nected by marriage. It is probable that one ship carried the 
major part of the passengers, while on the other was placed 
their wherewithal with which to begin life in the new land. 
From the articles still in preservation of those things which 
our ancestor brought over from England, it is evident that his 
outfit was large and of the best. Sir Richard Saltonstall, Jr., 
had already been assistant governor of Massachusetts. It 
was his son who accompanied the voyage and who afterward 
settled in Ipswich. 

At this time a passage across the Atlantic was a perilous 
and tiresome journey of several months' duration. Would 
that we knew all about the circumstances which caused 
Thomas Parker to bid farewell to relatives and friends, to 
brave the dangerous ocean voyage, and to enter upon the 
hardships of life in a wild unsettled country. But we find 
that our ancestor was a devout follower of Christ. He shared 
the Puritan's desire for a freedom of worship. Fettered as 
this was at home he was obliged to share the fate or fortune 
of his fellow Puritans in the new country and new govern- 
ment of New England. In spiritual matters he took a deep 
interest, being one of the founders of the twelfth Congrega- 
tional Church in Massachusetts. 

It seems that Thomas Parker was still an unmarried man 
when he embarked in the Suzan and Ellen, March 31, 1635, 
for no Amy Parker appears at a later or earlier date upon the 
emigration records, and no mention of his wife is made in 
the list of passengers, neither is there the name of an}- one 
whose first name was Amy. It was customary in those days 
of faithfulness and toil for the young men to emigrate, find a 



proper settlement, erect a house, which was made generally 
of logs, and start cultivation in the thin settlement. He would 
then either return home and there be married, or send for his 
bride and marry her soon after her arrival. But the majority 
of the early unions came from the daughters of our sturdy 
Puritan ancestors who were already settled in the colony, 
together with those young men who had proved themselves 
most worthy. The peculiar arrangement of dates 'almost 
prove this the case with our ancestor. From his union with 
wife Amy their first child was born some time in 1636. As he 
sailed from London in March, 1635, and arrived at Boston or 
Lynn in the latter part of the same year, it seems that it re- 
quired five or six months to make the voyage. His wife Amy 
must have been in America with him by the early part of 
1636, and probably had the first records of Lynn been saved 
from an ancient fire we would find it recorded that Thomas 
Parker was married at about Christmas, 1635. Be that as it 
may, it is certain that she made a true and happy companion 
for him through life, and proved a kind, christian mother with 
her large family of children. He probably arrived in time to 
escape the greatest storm then known on the Atlantic coast. 
It occurred in August of 1635, and many ships and lives were 

A very small portion of the old records of Lynn are pre- 
served. The part saved were jottings of public interest and 
called "They Lynn Annals." Therein we find the following : 

"1635. Came this year, Thomas Parker, a farmer, who 
embarked at London, March 11, 1635." 

In the Mass. Records we find the sumptuous prefix of M7'. 
to his name in the list of freemen ; that was decidedly more 
charily pronounced in 1637 than to-day. On May 17 of that 
year, with scarce two years passed in America, he was made 
a freeman in Lynn.* This was the lawful acceptance of his 
allegiance to the colony, the grant of full suffi-age and the right 
of holding public office. It was a very highly appreciated 
right and was very often withheld to the settler for four, five or 
SIX years. Following this in the first division of land made by 

♦ It is recorded in Vol. I., page 195, of the Colonial Records. 


the town in 1638, 40 acres, a high average for this division, 
was allotted to him. But L3"nn seems to have been only a re- 
cruiting-ground for our ancestor, as at this time he removed to 
an inland habitation, being the first or one of the very first set- 
tlers of what is now the town of Reading. It was first known 
as Lynn Village. This was the abode and hunting-grounds 
of the Indians, whose arrow-heads are still found along the 
Saugus. The land was purchased from the Indians at a very 
early date. Mr. Parker was soon active in the establishment 
of a church. It was built about 1644 and stood upon the 
Common. He was ever active in spiritual matters and taught 
his large family that fear of God which he himself possessed. 
He was made deacon, and it seems was later honored as chief 
deacon, as certain documents bear the title "Thomas Parker, 

In Sept., 1639, the inhabitants of Lynn petitioned the General Court for an 
inland plantation at the head of their bounds. The "plantation" was called 
Lynn Village urtil 1644, when it was incorporated as a town and named Read- 
ing. It is said, but has not been proven, that Dea. Thomas Parker was con- 
spicuous in naming the town, and if he chose the name it proves his con- 
nection with the Parker family of Little Norton, Eng. , who owned land by 
name of Ryddinge, as is spelt in the deed of 1591 of John Parker of Little 
Norton, and which name Dea. Parker would naturally hold in fond remem- 
brance. Moreover, in many of the town records the name continued to be 
spelt Reddhig- for half a century. 

The location of our ancestor's home in I..ynn has not been fully known, 
but Alonzo Lewis, the Lynn historian, is credited with placing the original 
homestead of Thomas Parker in the part which is now Saugus, where is now 
the house of Mr. Albert Parker. This is but a short distance to the north of 
the town hall and about 80 rods south of the very ancient iron-works which 
flourished at about 1630. This is a very pleasant spot. The view comprises 
that of the Saugus river and valley as far as Lynn itself. An allotment of 
40 acres in this part of Lynn would necessarily have been a part of the land 
upon which is now situated Saugus Centre. This theory may be doubted, 
however, on the ground that the family now residing upon the place have no 
records or traditions pointing to such a history, and the first records of Lynn 
have been lost. But Mr. Lewis further added that the place has never passed 
out of the Parker family but has been in the family for seven generations, 
which would now be eight and even nine generations. If this be the case it is 
one of extreme rarity. 

He was one of the signers of the Armitage petition, spoken of at length in 
the history of Lynn. 

During the 256 years which have passed since the arrival of Thomas Parker 
in America, the goods which he brought from England have been thoroughly 
distributed among the ever increasing number of descendants. Among the 
number, however, are two ornamented jars and a hard wooden mortar still in 


splendid preservation. One of the jars is in possession of Mrs. Rhody 
Sj'monds of Wakefield, and the mortar is in possession of Mr. Henry Boynton 
of Andover. It has long been stated that the jars or vases contained tea when 
brought from England. They were made of earthenware and were selected 
from the best quality the times afforded. The ornamentation is neat and 
pretty. Further interest in this line ought to reveal many valuable heirlooms 
now unknown to the writer. 

Deacon of Redding." He was selectman in 1661, and con- 
tinued irregularly for five years more. He with Deacons 
Thomas Kendall and William Cowdrey was appointed com- 
missioner for trying and defending "small causes." We find 
his signature in several places among the archives of the 
State attached to the petitions of the town to the General 
Court. In the four divisions of land made by the town, 
wherein all had a share, large tracts of land were added to 
his estate, by one of which he" received over 200 acres on the 
north side of Ipswich river, which land he mentioned in his 
will. He was a gentleman of property, but had some diffi- 
culty in establishing the bounds of his large tracts of land. 

The following agreement well represents the mode of divis- 
ion between the first settlers. Rev. Samuel Haugh, Read- 
ing's talented minister, and whose land bordered Dea. 
Parker's, died in 1662, which made the necessity of a definite 
division : 

Know all men by these Presents that whereas there hath 
bene a division betwene the overseers of the estate of the late desesed 
Mr Samuel Haugh of the one side and Thomas Parker of the other 
side about a side and hedd line, both partis above mentioned have 
therfoure chosen Lieut John Smith and Johnathan Poole to run and 
stake the line and end the diferans between them, and gave them 
power to choose a thurd man to them if they saw needed have 

therfoure chosen Thomas Kendall to be the thurd man. Who 

have therefore thus laid out a strait line for them both which we 
have run and marked according to our best understanding: — rand 
shown both parties together which line is to be the continuous and 
stated line between them. And as for the fense, the said Thomas 
Parker is to have one poale of the stone wall made by the afore^*^ 
desesed Mr. Samuel Haugh by the ould well and to have it next his 
own land and he is also to have that poale of stone wall that was also 
made by the abovesaid Mr. Haugh that now falls in his own grounds 
at the lower end of the lot, and in consideration whereof the said 


Thomas Parker is to mark out a half of such fense as he does reservee 

for Mistris Brock betwene her pasture and her forest(?) at the west 

end of the lot and the said Thomas Parker is to sett the fense into 

the line between the pastures at the lower end of the lot and to give 

to the said M'' Brock four shillings for what is run in this papur. 

This is our agreement in wittness whereof we have hereunto set 

our hands. 

John Smith, 

Airi — 2 — 1663. Thomas Kendall, 

Jonathan Poole. 

To ascertain the location of our ancestor's home has caused 
much painstaking research. As a matter of ancestral respect 
it is our duty to know as near as possible what part of the 
town of Reading constituted his farm, his homestead and the 
scenes with which he was most familiar. The historian of 
Reading, Mr. Lilley Eaton, himself, seems to have been in 
error in regard to the original homestead. Thomas Parker's 
farm bordered a part of the east side of the Common and also 
the north and east sides of the estate of Rev. Samuel Haugh. 
Mr. Haugh was the second minister of Reading and his house 
stood where now stands the Wakefield town hall. Our 
ancestor being among the very first settlers secured good land 
in the centre of the town, where it is now thickly settled. 
Thus it is safe to estimate that the oldest Parker homestead 
was inside of a radius of 30 rods north or east of the spot 
where is now the Wakefield town hall. The location is a 
pleasant one, and the choice made by our ancestor is credita- 
ble to his judgment. 

His intimate neighbors were men of sterling worth and all 
whom, like him, had lived first in Lynn. The most friendly 
and social relationship seems to have existed between them. 
These were the men with whom Dea. Parker's name is found 
almost invariably connected: Dea. Wm. Cowdrey, the most 
prominent citizen of the town ; John Poole, the father of 
Reading's manufacturing industries ; Nicholas Browne, a 
native of Inkborrow, Eng., whose land was near Dea. 
Parker's; Dea. Tho. Kendall and Dea. Zachary Fitch, whose 
son Benjamin Mr. Parker called his "well beloved and trusty 
friend." Each of these families intermarried with our ances- 
tor's children, except that of Mr. Fitch. Other neighbors 


were John Weston, "a man deeply interested in religious 
matters"; Rev. Samuel Haugh, the first minister of the town, 
a "very pious man," and Rev. John Brock, who succeeded 
Mr. Haugh, and who, it is recorded, "dwelt as near Heaven 
as any man on earth." 

His will, made Aug. 3, 1683, preceded his death only nine 
days. It seems that he was sick and called in his friend Wm. 
Cowdrey, for it was made hastily and is in Dea. Cowdrey's 
handwriting. Being too weak to write he made his mark to 
the will. The original document is on file in Middlesex 
Probate Records. His widow, Mrs. Amy Parker, died in 
Reading, Jan. 15, 1690. 


The Laste will & testament of Thomas Parker of Reddinge this 
third of August 16S3 ; although weake in Bodey yet of Set in Minde 
& Memorey 

1 I give My Soule to God that gave it and My Bodey to be buried 
by Christian frennds In hope of A Joyfull Resurextion at the last 

2 I give unto My Dear wife Amy My house & homstead with 
two Akers of Medow at the Mill two Akers in the Reedy Medow 
And two Akers in the great Medow And three Akers in the saw 
Mill Medow next to the Medow of Edward Taylors, And Also the 
Improuvment of All my Cattell & houshold goods with the Im- 
prouvment of All the Land And Medow during her natural life 

3 I give unto My son John Parker all the Land he lives upon Be 
it More or Less with five Akers of Medow In Bear Medow and two 
Akers of Medow by Jonas Batons Medow And two Akers in Reedy 
Medow, And also a quarter parte of My great Devidend,* And two 
Akers of the wet Swamp. 

4 I give unto My sonn Thomas Parker all the Land he now lives 
upon & five Akers of Medow in bear Medow : & the Slodge of 
Medow Leying near Bursham Medow 

5 I give unto My sonn Nathaniel Parker all the Land he now 
Lives upon and the Remainder of My Medow In Bear Medow And 

♦"Bear" and "Reedy" Meadows are familiar terms in Wakefield at the 
present time. They lie along the Saugus river between the old Parker farm 
and the Great Pond. The " Wet Swamp " was divided among the early settlers 
in 1666. His " Great Devidend " was his grant of 1658, about 200 acres on the 
north side of Ipswich river. 


the Round hole of Medow at Dustins Bridge, And tow akers of 
Medovv in the great Medow he paying three pound within one yeare 
after the Death of My wife Amy : unto his Brother Thomas Parker, 
And I also give unto sonn Nathaniel Parker one halfe of My great 
Devidend and Also My Ceador Swamp, and three Akers in the Saw 
Mill Medow 

6 Furthermore I give unto my sonn Thomas Parker two Akers 
of the wet swamp, And the Reste of the wet swamp I give unto 
my son Nathaniel Parker 

7 Furthermore this is to be understod that the three Akers In the 
Saw Mill Medow & the two Akers in the Reedy Medow & the two 
Akers in the great Medow John & Nathaniel are not to have untill 
the Death of their Mother 

8 I give unto my two Daughters Maxey & Martha fortey shillings 
a year to be payd them one yeare After the decease of ther mother 

9 I give unto My grand children Samuel and Sarah Parker three 
pound apease. Samuels at twenty one years old and Sarahs at her 
day of Marrige provided they live with thear grandmother. Sarah 
while she is eighteen year old : and Samuel while he is twenty one 
year old provided that the over* seer doo see that he hath som Trade. 

Furthermore the sayd Thomas Parker shall not sell Any of his 
Land or Medow without the advise of his Brethren. 

10 I give unto my grandchild Samuel Parker my gunn and my 
Reste, but is to be parte of the three pound that is to be payd him 

11 I give unto my Sonn John Parker A great Bible that Boniface 
Burton gave to Me in Case It Com Into my hands 

12 Lastly I make my Sonn Hannaniah Parker My full & sole 
Executor of this My laste will & testament ; further More I Doo 
Desier my well beloved and trusty freind Benjamin Fitch and my 
sonn John Parker to bee the over seers of this My laste will & testa- 

Witnes William Cowdrey The Marke of 

Thomas Clarke Thomas -|- Parker 

Decon William Cowdrey subscriber to this Instrument testifieth & 
saith that the testator Being in perfect mind & memory maid the 
within and above Ritten instrument as his Last will & tesament 
Taken upon oath 
Before us, 

Jn" Brown [Brown] J 

December i8 : 83 : Thomas Clark appearing in court made oath as 
a witness to the above sd will Jonathan Remington Clerk. 

William Hazy , >^ , r r> 1 r 

Com s for Redding-. 



An Inventory of the Estate of Thomas Parker Decon of Redding 
this first of October 16S3. 
First the house & homstead with tow Akors of Meddow 

at the Mill 
More for seventy five Akors of land and Medow 
More for housing & 39 Akors of land & Medow^ 
More for 94 Akors of upland & Medow 
More In Stock In Cattel & Swine 
More In Land five Akors 
More In husbandry Impliments 
More one fetherbed & Boulster & bedsted 
More one flock bed & bedding & bolster 
For one bed more wth bedding thereto 
For a Truckle bed & bedding 
For eight paier of sheets & an od sheet 
More for eight paier of pillow Beers 
More for tabal Linnan 
In puter in Brass and Iron 
More for Chests Boxes and Chairs 
More for Bibols and other Bokes 
More for Barrels, Tubs, & other lumber 
More for horse accoutrements 
For his waring aparell, stockings & shoes 
In Credit to the Estate 
And no Debts 

More in wolen & linnen & coton yarn & bages 
Arms & Amonisshon 

180 — 00 — 00 
96 — 00 — 00 
103 — 00 — 00 
102 — 00 — 00 
26 — 10 — 00 
I o — 00 — 00 
03 — 09 — 06 
07 — 00 — 00 
02 — 10 — 00 
03 — 10 — 00 
02 — 00 — 00 
07 — 10 — 00 
01 — 05 — 00 
03 — 00 — 00 
oS — 14 — 06 
02 — 07 — 00 
02 — 09 — 08 
01 — 19 — 00 
01 — 05 — 00 
1 3 — 00 — 00 
03 — 00 — 00 

02 — 17 — 00 
01 — 15 — 00 

586 — 01 — 00 

The total sum is 
This Inventory Aprized by us — 

William Cowdrey — Jn° Browne — Jeremiah S\vayne, 

For the first half-century the burial-place of Reading was 
on the east side of the Common which was, originally, of 
larger area than at present. Here our ancestor was interred, 
but in process of time the enclosure was allowed to go uncared 
for and many of the old stones were broken or covered up. 
Finally no trace of the old burial-ground remained, but in 
1834, in building a town house which stood until recently, the 
graves were broken into accidentally, and the stones thus 
recovered have been preserved. They were removed to the 
present cemetery where they stand in a row by the side of the 
Great Pond. That of Deacon Thomas Parker is a worthy 



memorial. It is of excellent stone, very thick and in perfect 
preservation, notwithstanding its age. Upon this the follow- 
ing inscriptions were well chiselled : — 

xm: ixi . WA 

hERE L/ETi WmiN 



EDy /<? OF/\UGUST 


had nine 

Children : — 
Thomas Parker, b. in Lynn, 1636 ; m. Deborah 

children ; d. July 17, 1699. See Appendix. 
Hananiah Parker (2), b. 1638; m. Sept. 30, 1663, Elizabeth 

Browne of Reading. 
John Parker, b. in Reading, 1640; m. Nov. 13, 1667, Hannah 

Kendall ; was Sergeant ; had 13 children. See Appendix. 
Joseph Parker, b. 1642 ; d. 1644. 
Joseph Parker, b. 1645 ; d. 1646. 
Mary Parker, b. Dec. 12, 1647; m. Samuel Dodge of Beverly, 

son of Richard ; she had n children and d. 1705. See Appendix. 
Martha Parker, b. March 14, 1649. 
Nathaniel Parker, b. May 16, 1651 ; m. Sept. 24, 1677, Bethia 

Polly ; removed to the West Parish, now Reading town, was 

Ensign ; had 13 children, and was ancestor of illustrious and very 

numerous descendants. See Appendix. 


Sarah Parker, b. Sept. 30, 1653 ; d. Oct. 26, 1656. 

Jonathan Parker, b. May 18, 1656; served in the Indian wars; 

d. June 10, 1680.* 
Sarah Parker, b. May 23, 1658. 

* The military spirit was very strong among our ancestors when fighting 
was the final cause of training. They always, from the time of landing, kept 
a musket for the frontier, against Pequod, King Philip, French and Ojibways; 
they never shrunk from pain nor fainted at the inevitable blood-lettings of 
discomposed times, and always made a solemn business of military drill, as 
old family almanacs and account books attest, in which the phrases of field 
manoeuvres and words of command alternate with the price of hay and lum 
bar and the settlement of a neighbor's bill. Jonathan had passed through 
perils of the field in King Philip's War; perhaps he was one of the 150 volun- 
teers under Turner, or one of Lathrop's picked company. This was in 1675-6, 
but he was spared to die at home. The following seems to have been written 
by his nephew John Parker, son of Hananiah, and who was in 16S0, at the age 
of 16. A discolored sheet, which has long been treasured and preserved, 
bearing the date of 16S0, is a most tender and God-fearing document : — 

"There was heard to say that he desiered that if it wear the will of God, 
that this cup might pass from him, but if not he did desier to submit, allso he 
desiered that God would soport his parents and make them wiling to submit, 
if he must dey, that God would be Pleased to make his pasedg easy into glory 
& if that he did dey he hoopt to go to a heavenly Father. Lord let my 
prayers com before Thee as ensence and lifting of his hands as erning sack- 
erifice he did entreate his father and mother to forgive him all his ofencis 
telling of them that he would entreate them to submit to the will of God in 
parting with them saying that he had cometted his case to God : and if it may 
make most for Gods glory and youer comfort I desier to live, if not I am 
wiling to dey: he was ott whither or which; was wiling to doo what might 
make most for God. 

" My afflictions wer great yet the love of God was greater : for he would live 
to sinne, that he did believe that God would provide for his parents so that 
they should never want : he begd of his mother to be wiling to part with him 
and his mother sayed that she would have something when he was gone; and 

[he] said that he hopt he was going to Jesus Christ Beeing asked if he 

were not afraid of death, he sayed noe, for Christ had taken awaj the sting of 
death — the sathon had thrust at him to make him fall but sayed he had no 
foothould and had not yet prevailed & he hopt that he never should for he was 
a coward. Then his mother sayd that it was a great merci that God did coop 
him in the sins of the wars and brought htm home to dey by his Parents. I 
had but a litol grace then but I had so much that I didn't fear Evil or Death — 
There was notice taken of him that he prayed for he had nothing els to doo : 
— he did desier to be remembered to his two Sisters and tell them that if they 
do see him no more they should not see him sinne — XhonX " 

In the lower corner is written in the same hand : — 

"Diference betwene kings of thrones then John Parker; his exampl to you 


Of the II children of Dea. Thomas Parker we pass on now 
to the second son* — 

Lt. Hananiah Parker, b. in Lynn(?),t 1638, son of 
Dea. Thomas and Amy. He m. Sept. 30, 1663, EHzabeth 
Browne, who seems to have had a twin brother Joseph, and 
born in Reading, Dec. 10, 1647, dau. of Nicholas and 
Elizabeth. I The father, Nicholas, was a native of Inkberrow, 
Worcestershire, England, the son of Edward Browne. He 
was a man of property. He lived in Lynn ten years, during 
which time he was her representative to the General Court 
from that town. Hananiah Parker settled on land which 
bordered his father's farm.§ The assessors' list of 1667 credits 
him with a house and farm. He was made a freeVnan Oct. 
15, 1679. He belonged to Reading's militar}- company, of 
which he was chosen ensign in 1680, and lieutenant in 1684. 
It is evident that his Puritan townsmen had confidence in his 

* See Appendix for the history of the remaining children of Dea. Thomas 

fit is uncertain whether he was born in Lynn, as the earliest records of 
both Lynn and Reading are lost. 

J Savage says she was a dau. of Jonathan Brown of Reading. His authority 
is most excellent, but other records makes it more probable that she was dau. 
of Nicholas. Savage describes this Jonathan Brown as " a man of substance." 

§ This it seems was situated about a half-mile east of Dea. Thomas Parker's, 
on the main road from Lynn to Lowell, now Lowell Street in Wakefield, and 
upon which place Hananiah's descendants, through his son Ebenezer, occu- 
pied and lived for five generations in the Parker name. The last one of these 
was Thomas Parker, a namesake of the original ancestor, and a deacon also. 
He is remembered by some of the old residents of Wakefield, formerly Read- 
ing. From Thomas it passed into the hands of his niece, Mrs. Obed Symonds, 
lately deceased. Since sold by her it has passed through many hands, and 
the large house was destroyed by fire in 1880, while owned by a Mrs. Rogers. 
Now only a cellar-hole and well remain, which is noticeable a short distance to 
the east of Samuel Parker's on the north side of the road. This place is cred- 
ited by Lille}' P^aton, historian of Reading, as the original homestead, that 
of Dea. Thomas Parker. This is incorrect, howe\'er, as is proved by close 
examination of the will of Lt. Hananiah Parker. Hananiah's three brothers 
settled as follows: Thomas, Jr., succeeded upon his father's homestead in the 
centre of the town; Sergt. John settled on Cowdrey's Hill; and Ensign 
Nathaniel removed to the West Parish, now the centre of modern Reading. 
This explains to us why Dea. Thomas Parker in his will, 1683, forbade his 
son Thomas to sell any of his land or meadow without the consent of his 



ability and character at an early date, for in 1679 he with two 
others were given charge of building a new Meeting-house. 
He was then chosen b}' the General Court one of the Com- 
mittee to "rectifie and settle the highway between Woburn 
and Reading." Consider the energy and industry of our 
ancestor when w^e say that in addition to the great work of 
changing the primeval forest to a fertile farm he performed 
the duties of selectman, town clerk and representative, each 
for a long period. The military affairs required much of his 
time, if not active service at certain periods. Trainings were 
frequent and an absence cost a heavy fine. Every Sunday 
found him at church, to which he and wife connected them- 
selves very soon after marriage. The Church records mention 
his name with respect. As a representative of Reading to the 
General Court at Boston he served seven ^^ears. He was a 
typical Puritan yeoman, the father of a rugged, honorable 
family of children. He gave thought to the education of the 
young. In 1707 Lt. Hananiah Parker and Capt. John 
Browne were appointed committee "to provide a Scool 
Master for the towne school." They reported that John Webb 
of Braintree "be chosen to teach reading, writing, casting 
accounts and the Latin and Greek tongues" for the three 
months next ensuing. His wife Elizabeth died Feb. 27, 

He married 2nd, Dec. 12, 1700, Mrs. Mary (Bursham) 
Bright, dau. of William Bursham and wadow of Dea. John 
Bright of Watertown. She survived him. He died March 
10, 1724, aged 86. She d. Jan. 4, 1736, aged 87. Thus she 
was II years younger than he. Hananiah Parker had no 
children from his second marriage. 


Ifn the Stamc of 6ort g^mcn the 20* of May 1703 I Hananiah 
Parker of Reading in the county of Middlesex in the province of the 
Massachusetts Bay in New England ^'eoman being aged and weak 
in body but of perfect mind and memory (thanks be unto God there- 
for) calling to mind my own mortality as knowing that it is appointed 
for all men once to dye do make and ordain this my Last Will and 
Testament that is to say principally and first of all I Give and recom- 



mend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body to the 
Earth from whence t'was taken to be decently buried in a Christian 
manner by my Executour heafter named hopeing that at the 
Resurrection of the Just I shall receive the Same again by the 
mighty power of God. And as touching Such Worldly Estate as it 
hath pleased God to endow me with — all I do bequeath and dispose 
of the same as here followeth 

I Will that all my Just Debts and funeral charges be duly dis- 
charged in convenient time after my decease by my Exec^^ hereafter 

I Give unto Mary my well beloved Wife the use of the west End 
of my house from the top to the bottom with the back Lean to and 
Cellar with the use of the Buttery and also a sufficient garden Spott 
to be kept well fenced and in good manner for her use as she shall 
see cause to improve it for planting of roots beans squashes and also 
the keeping of one Cow Summer and Winter during her life or so 
long as she shall remain my Widow, also an horse to Ride on when 
she shall have occasion, also the going of one or two swine summer 
and winter if she see cause and [also] a liberty keep fowls. And I 
do give to my said wife firewood sufficient to be brought ready cut 
for her use and laid conveniently near her door by my Executour 
also I do give to her so many apples as she shall need to lay in for 
Winter : also one Barrel of Cyder to be placed in her Cellar annually 
by my Executour so long as she shall live and remain my widow — 
My Will is that her garden and part of housing be kept in good 
Repair for her and all taxes lawfully set thereon and demanded to be 
paid by my s*^ Executour — Moreover I do give and bequeath unto 
my s*^ Wife all such Provisions as I shall leave at my decease as also 
such woolen and Linen Cloth that shall remain not made up into 
garments — also I give to her fifty shilling to be paid her annually for 
so long as she shall remain my Widow by my Executour herein- 
after named 

I do give and bequeath to my son John Parker and to his heirs 
and assigns forever that house and land that was his Grandfather 
Parker's which is that housing and Lands that he now occupieth 
and liveth upon ; as also that three acres of Meadow which I bought 
of Edw** Taylor and those Dividends which did of right belong to 
the land abovesaid. 

Moreover I give to my said son John that three acres of meadow 
which was his Grandfather Brown's Gift to his Mother; also I give 
unto him five pounds in passable money to be paid unto him by my 
Execu'' afternamed within two years after my Decease 



I give and bequeath unto my son Samuel Parker & to his heirs 
and assigns all that Tenement that he now dwelleth on the which I 
bought of Edward Taylor, all which I gave to my s*^ son Samuel 
Parker by a Deed of Gift formerly and do now confirm the same to 
him by this my Last Will and Testament which is the whole I intend 
him as his Part and Portion of my Estate 

I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Poole over & above 
what she hath already had, one brass pan, and my best feather bed 
with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging ; and also I will and 
bequeath to her that six acres of meadow called Reedy meadow or 
else thirty pounds in passable money to her by me Executour within 
three years after mine and my wife's decease — 

I Give and bequeath to each of my Grandchildren five shillings to 
be paid unto them out of my Estate by my Executour when they 
shall come to full age — 

I do give and bequeath unto my son Ebenezer Parker all my 
housing and Lands where I now dwell together with that thi'ee acres 
of meadow called the Wiggwam meadow together also with all the 
Rest of my Estate whatsoever or wheresoever it may be found that 
is not herein willed or otherwise before this legally conveyed : more- 
over I do herein Nominate and Appoint, Constitute and ordain my 
s*^ son Ebenezer Parker to be sole Executour of this my last will and 
Testament and to see it fulfilled in every part according to my true 
Intent therein : and if my said Executour fail or ixfuse to pay to my 
wife Mary according to this my Will, Then my Will is that my 
brother Nathaniel Parker shall have full power to make Sale of any 
part of my lands for payment of the Same — 

And I do hereby utterly revoke, make Null and void all and every 
other former W^ill or Wills by me heretofore made and do own 
allow, Ratifie and Confirm This to be my Will and my last Will and 
Testament — 

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the day 
and year first above written. 

^Ur\ cx/n a(^ ^Pa/^/i^i^h, 

Their children were : 
3. John Parker, b. Aug. 3, 1664; m. Deliverance Dodge of 

Samuel Parker, b. Oct. 24, 1666 ; m. Martha Brown of Cambridge. 

See Appendix. 
Elizabeth Parker, b. June, 1668; m. Nov. 17, 1685, Samuel 

Cowdrey, son of Nathaniel Cowdrey of Reading. See Appendix. 


Mary Parker, m. Samuel Poole of Boston. 

Sarah Parker, b. Feb. 20, 1672 ; d. Oct. 2, 1673. 

Hananiah Parker, b. Nov. 2, 1674; d. Jan. 3, 1677. 

Ebenezer Parker, b. Feb. 13, 1676; m. Rebecca Newhall of 

Reading. See Appendix. 
Hananiah Parker, b. April 30, and d. Aug. 7, 16S1. 

Of the above children only one is taken up in full in this 
genealogy, that is the eldest, John Parker, who removed to 
Lexington, and was the ancestor of all the Lexington Parkers. 
This volume was originally designed for the posterity of John 
Parker only, but much relating to other branches has been 
added as an Appendix. In the Appendix can be found a 
brief history of the other children of Lt. Hananiah Parker. 

3. John Parker (Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), son of Lt. Hana- 
niah and Elizabeth (Browne) Parker, was b. in Reading, Aug. 
3, 1664. His life covered the period of the earl}^ growth of the 
colonies, the hardships, wars and rugged life of the times. 
A preserved record, now at Lexington, is in his own hand- 
writing and reads: "John Parker and his wife Deliverance 
were Married the 2 : of October 1689." She was Deliverance 
Dodge of Beverly, dau. of John and Sarah, and b. 10 or 15 
March, 1661.* The}'- settled soon after marriage on a part of 
the original Dea. Thomas Parker place in the centre of the 
town, which farm adjoined that of Lt. Hananiah Parker. 
Three of John Parker's deeds made at this period are pre- 
served at Lexington. In 1699 he purchased of John Poole 
land on the north end of the Great Pond, "Lake Quana- 
powit." In 1705 he added 21 acres to his estate by a purchase 
of Mr. Francis Smith "for a valuable sum of money." This 
land lay upon the bounds of Lynn and Reading. He sold to 
his cousin "Nathaniel Parker of Redding Jr. Cooper," 11 

*The grandfather, Richard Dodge, must have been well known bv Dea. 
Thomas Parker. He was in Salem in 1638, removed to Beverly, where he 
was one of the founders of the Beverly Church. He had son John, b. in Eng- 
land, who by wife Edith had children Deliverance, i66i,John, 1662, Josiah, 
1665, Sarah, 1667, Ebenezer, 1670, Mary, 1672, and Andrew, 1676. This 
accounts for the introduction of the names Andrew, Josiah and others into the 
Parker family,— from the brotherly affection which the wife Deliverance 
Parker cherished. 


acres, "which land was laid out to Dea. Thomas Parker of 
Redding and now in possession of John Parker." We observe 
by the deed that it was "in the fourth year of the Reign of our 
Soveraign Lady Queen Anne." 

John Parker was constable of Reading.* The following is 
a copy of one of his preserved receipts. In these olden times 
the constable was a prominent factor, holding the same posi- 
tion of power as the deputy sheriff of to-day, except that his 
powers were confined to his own town. The people were 
very careful whom they chose for this honorable position, and 
the fact that John Parker was constable of Reading is a strong 
voucher for his integrity, force of character and popularity : 

"Charles Towne. y^ ii May, 1693. 
"Then Reed, of Mr. John Parker, Constable of Reading, the 
sums of Fifty Nine pounds Twelve shillings in full of s*^ Townes 
Last Assessments. I say Received 

by me Hump^ Parsons." 

It must have been a hard blow to the family to learn of the 
death of the son Hananiah, who, a promising lad of 18, was 
in the Annapolis expedition of 1710, and died of the prevailing 

* Before removing to Lexington he sold his homestead estate to his neighbor 
and friend, Jonathan Poole. The record is at Lexington in the form of a 
simple agreement, as follows : — 

"This draft of bargaine made this twentieth day of May Ano. Dom. 1712 
betwene John Parker of Reding in the County of Midd'^. in New England. 
Joyner on the one part and Jonathan Poole of y" same towne yeoman on the 
other part witnesseth that y" s'' John Parker hath sold and doth promas to 
make alination of to s'' Poole all his whomsted with building on it consisting 
of 23 acres more or less of upland and medo land bound west by y" land of 
Capt. Herbert decesed, northardly by Thomas Weston, southardly by s'' Capt. 
Herbert decesed and e s'' Jonathan Poole, estardly by Timothy Willard, s'' 
Poole and also 3 acres of medo joining to y-' south side of s'' Jonathan Pooles 
and called y" cranbery meddo. — And the s'' Jonathan Poole doth ablidg him- 
self to pay for s' Land two hundred and ninety five pounds in mony or bills 
of credit of this province." 

This record is very valuable in more than one way. It shows to us where 
John Parker lived in Reading, which proves the location of the first Parker 
homestead, that of Dea. Thomas Parker — see Hananiah Parker's will. Capt. 
Herbert lived on the spot where now stands the Wakefield Town Hall, where 
Rev. Samuel Haugh and Rev. John Brock preceded him. Jonathan Poole's 
house was where is now the Wakefield Rattan Factory. Thus we find the 
true location of our Reading ancestors, and from the above record we know 
into whose hands the homestead passed. 


sickness 171 1. But with the remaining three sons, Andrew, 
Josiah and John, Jr., the parents removed to Lexington (then 
called Cambridge Farms) in the spring of 17 12. He settled 
upon the same homestead still occupied by his descendants. 
The history of the town of Lexington makes mention of him 
by saying :— 

"John Parker was chosen fence viewer in 1714 and tythingman in 
1715 and '21. He must have been a man of dignity of character, for 
in seating the meeting-house, 1731, where they had reference to age, 
honor and property, they placed him in the second seat below with 
Ensign John Mason, Thomas Mead and other highly respectable 

The following is the copy of a precept used by John Parker 
and is still preserved among the old family papers at Lexing- 
ton : — 

" To the Constable of Redding which was in the yeare 1692. 
Whearas James Ribboe and Samuel Merrow do refuse or neglect to 
pay their proportion of the Rate Committed unto you which was 
made the 25 Novem : 1692 which was the first part of the thirty 
thousand pounds. Therefore, this is in the Majestys names to re- 
quire you to make Distrese upon the goods of James Ribboe for his 
refusing or neglecting to pay his proportion of the above s'' Rate 
which is twenty shillings, and of the goods of Samuell Merrow for 
his refusing or neglecting to pay his proportion of the above s*^ Rate, 
which is ten shillings, which goods are to be apprized as the law 
directs and to be Sould, and to return the overplus to the owner if 
there any be, and if goods cannot be found to pay the above s** sums, 
then you are to seize the body of James Ribboe, and the body of 
Samuell Merrow, and commit them to the County Goal there so to 
be kept without bail or mainprize until payment shall be made with 
all due charges 

Witnesseth our hands and seals in Redding 
this first of March, 1693/4 

John Browne j selectmen" 
John Bacheller ) 

The ancient deeds of purchase, still preserved at the Lexing- 
ton homestead, show that "John Parker, Sen% Joiner, of 
Redding, purchased in Cambridge Farms" one small mansion 
house and sixty acres of land, bounded southerly on Water- 
town line, elsewhere by Daniel White, John Stone and Thomas 


Cutler, and of Thomas Cutler he bought "a certain messuage 
or Tenement lying and being scituate in Cambridge, In the 
Farms, containing one mansion house, barn and about one 
hundred and ninety acres of land." These aggregated 250 
acres, and the total cost was four hundred and sixty pounds.* 

Mrs. Deliverance Parker died in Lexington March 10, 
1 7 18. The records concerning his second marriage have not 
been found, but we know her name was Sarah. All the 
children were by the first wife. 

John Parker was a joiner. He built a shop in which he 
made from wood necessary farm implements, furniture and 
useful things. This trade he taught his sons, and they in 
turn from generation to generation. The Parkers in Lexing- 
ton were all skilful woodworkers. 

John Parker made the following agreements with his sons in place of a will : 

" Know all men bj these presents, that we John Parker and Andrew Parker 
Do fully & freely Consent and agree that Josiah & John Parker Jr. or their 
heirs or assigns shall have full Right and Lawfull authority to Take, Emproove 
& Enjoy for Ever all y"' Moovable Estate Belonging to John Parker my Hon"'''' 
father of what kind or nature soever it may be and we likewise promise that 
we will not either directly or indirectly keep or Conseal a.ny thing or things 
that shall or may at any time appear to be y" s'' John Parkers movable Estate 
upon Penalty of Paying all Damages that may arise by our withholding any 
of y" Goods ofy* nature above s''. 

"Except all such movables as are needed for house keeping which at y« 
Decease of our Hon""^"' : Parents : John Parker & Sarah his wife are to be 
Equally Divided Betwen Andrew: Josiah & John Parker or their heirs. 

" as Witness our Hands and Seals this fourth Day of January 1739-40 
David Mead John Parker 

Jabez Kendall Andrew Parker." 

"Know all men by these Presents that I John Parker of Lexington In the 
County of Middlesex in his Majesties Province of y Massachusetts Bay in 
New England Joyner Have assigned, ordained & made & in my stead and 
place have put & Constituted my dutifuU Sons Josiah Parker of said Lexing- 
ton yeoman & John Parker of Framingham in the County & Province afores'* 
yeoman to be my true & Lawfull attorneys for me & in my name & to my use, 
to all, sue, fee, levey, require, recover, & receive of all & every person or 
persons whatsoever, all & every such debts, rents & sums of money as are 
now due unto me or which at any day or days, time or times hereafter shall 

* In 1728, however, John Parker sold a farm of one mansion house, one barn, 
two outhouses and 100 acres of land to Mr. Joseph Brooks of Weston. Amount 
paid, 600 pounds. It bordered the Watertown line and was in part the land 
formerly bought from the Cutlers. 


John Parker died Jan. 22, 1741, aged 78. The record of 
the death of Mrs. Sarah Parker has not been found. All the 
children were born in Reading, although their record of birth 
is found upon the town records of both Reading and Lexington. 

Their children were : 

Sarah Parker, b. July 5, and d. July 9, 1690. 

Hananiah Parker, b. Oct. 10, 1691 ; d. 171 1, on service of Qtieen 

Anne's War, while in the Annapolis, N. S., Expedition. See his 

letter, page 40. 

4. Andrew Parker, b. Feb. 14, 1693 ; m. Sarah Whitney of Lex- 

5. JosiAH Parker, b. April 11, 1694; nri. Anna Stone of Lexington. 
Mary Parker, b. Dec. 4, 1695 ; d. 1709, aged 14. 

John Parker, b. and d. 1696. 

Edie Parker, b. Aug. 19, 1697 ; d. 1709, aged 12. 

6. John Parker, b. Nov. 8, 1703 ; m. Experience Clayes of Fram- 

The following letter, well written, is among the family 
papers at Lexington. Hananiah was but eighteen when he 
wrote this letter. It shows his sturdy bringing up, and we 
can well imagine the parents anxiously awaiting the return of 

be due owing, belonging or appertaining unto me by any manner of ways or 
means whatsoever : Giving and Granting unto my said attorneys, by the 
tenner of these presents, my full & whole power, strength & authority in & 
about the premises & upon the receipt of any such debts rents & sums of 
money afore S' acquittances, or other discharges for me & in my name to 
make, seal & deliver, and all & every other act & acts, thing & things, dence 
& dences in the Law whatsoever, needful & necessary to be done, in or about 
the premises, for the recovery of any such debts, rents & sums of money 
goods or chattels, for me and in my name, to do execute & perform as fully, 
largely, and amply in every respect, to all Intents, Constructions & Purposes 
as I myself might or could do if I were pei'sonally present ratifying allowing 
and holding firm & stable all & whatsoever my said attorneys shall lawfully 
do, or cause to be done in or about the execution of the same by virtue of 
these presents thereby Revoking all former powers by me given to any person 
or persons whatsoever. In Wittness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand & 
seal the sixth day of August Anno Domini 1740 
"Signed Sealed & Delivered 

In Presence of A P ^ f a ,,n, 

James Clayes* /j h'Tl ^ (^ l\ ^^ 

John Jones " -^ 

*John Parker of Framingham had married Experience Clayes, niece of 
James Clayes of Framingham, whose signature appears on the deed. 


their strong and promising son, and with him to remove to 
Lexington. But their hopes were never realized, for he died 
of the prevailing sickness sometime in 171 1, having been kept 
in garrison after the capitulation. 

" From Annapolis Royal March y^ S'** 1710. 

" Ever Honored father and mother after my Deuty Remembered 
to you and to my Grandfather and Grandmother : and my Love to 
all my brothers and all my friends — Hoping theas few lines of my 
Love Will find you in as Good health as I am at this present Writt- 
ing, Blessed be God for it. And this is to let you understand that I 
Recived youer Second Letter, and that is a verey sickly time with us 
and we have Lost above Three Scor men that belong to New Eng- 
land and thear is above fifty men sick. Barnabas Cook is sick ; 
Daniel Dove is sick ; William Hopkins is sick ; Benjamin Johnson 
is amost well of his wounds but he has had a verey bad sweling upon 
his thigh above his wounds but we hope he will doe well. 

S'' Charles* has lost 11 men out of his Redgement. Coronal 
Whiting has lost 16 or 17 and he has 24 men sick'. One man Dyed 
out of our company : he belonged to Wobone, his name was Robert 

Johnathan Eaton is verey sick. But we hope to see you in a little 
time, they that are living, but if we stay hear much Longer their will 
but few of us see New England, but S' Charles sales he will carrey 
us home as soon as y^ govenur corns : we hope to see you in a month 
or six weaks If we Live — for Sir Charles is a wearey of this place 
and amost Discouraged and wants to get hom as much as we do. 

Out of all New England men thair is but 40 men fit for Deuty, and 
thair is hardly men Enough to berrey y^ dead and look after y* sick 
for we berrey 2 or 3 men Everey Night : for we berrey them in 
Night becaus y* french Should not know how many men we loos and 
we berrey them out of y^ buring place down by y* water side below 
y* fort and spread y"^ ground leavel over them that they might not be 
seen. I have had a verey Easey time this winter for I have been 
freed from Deuty to Look after Benjamin Johnson and I have had 
my health as well as ever I had in my life for which I have caus to 
be thankfull. 

I would not have you be Discouraged nor Discontented nor think 
y^ time Long for I hope to see you Quick, for as soon as the Govenur 
coms hear S"" Chas'les sayes he will carrey us home. We hear that 
thair is men a coming from New York to Releave us. 

* Four regiments were raised in New England, two of which were com- 
manded by Sir Charles Hobby and Colonel Tailer of Massachusetts. 


But No mor at Present for I have No News to send you. 
So I Remain Youer Deutyfull Son 

Hananiah Parker. 

But I desier youer prayers for me that I may be kept from sin & 
sicknes beeing in a dangerous place for them both: for thair is 
nothing but wickedness carried on hear, cursing and swearing in 
everey mans mouth." 

4. Andrew 'P2iT\iQV ( yohn^^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of 
John and Deliverance (Dodge) Parker, was b. in Reading, 
Feb. 14, 1693 ; was at the age of 19 when he removed with his 
parents and brothers to Lexington in 17 12. He was favored 
with a sound and vigorous training in his youth. He was well 
bestowed physically for the mammoth task of the early pio- 
neer, and he entered into the work heartily. He married in 
Lexington at the age of 27, Aug. 2, 1720, Sarah, bap. April 
22, 1703, dau. of Isaiah and Sarah Whitney of Lexington.* 
She was third in order in a family of seven children. Nov. 4, 
1724, they made their peace with the Church, when three of 
their children were bap. They were admitted to the Church 
in 1728. 

He was a husbandman and woodworker, thus succeeding 
his father in the occupation which soon became well known 
as a characteristic talent of the Lexington Parkers. He was 
energetic and industrious. He was a man ot strong physique, 

*The grandfather, Eleazer Whitney, was settled at Cambridge Farms in 
1693, where he d. in 1697. The Whitneys, however, did not long remain in 

"Although the Whitney name has become common in almost every town 
in the country, most of this family are descended from John and Elinor 
Whitney of Watertown. The children of this ancestor, though eight in num- 
ber, were all sons, six of whom had families of their own. Five of the children 
were b. in England before he, John Whitney, aged 30, embarked from Lon- 
don, in April, 1635, for N. E. in the ships Elizabeth and Ann, Roger 
Cooper master. His early admission as a freeman, his early elections as a 
selectman by the town, and constable of Watertown by the court, show that 
he occupied a respectable social position." — ,lVaferfo-,.vn Genealogies. 

Our Eleazer Whitney, father of Isaiah, was doubtless the one given in 
Watertown Genealogies as son of Thomas Whitney of Watertown, and b. 
April 7, 1662, twin brother of Elnathan (as recorded on page 643). This 
Thomas was son of John and Elinor Whitney and was b. in England 1629, 
and m. in Watertown, Mary Kedall (or Kettle), dau. of John of Watertown. 
Therefore Sarah Whitney's ancestry ran thus : Sarah,'' Isaiah,* Eleazer,^ 
Thomas,^ John." 


as tradition claims that he was of very large size and power- 
fully built. He was a kind father and was attentive to the 
physical and spiritual needs of his large family. 

Andrew Parker was chosen fence viewer of the town at 
"the meeting of y'' freeholders and other inhabitants orderly 
convened on y"" 9th of March 1725," as the Lexington records 
attest. Soon after this he was honored with the rank of con- 
stable. He thus rendered his town the same public service 
which his father had served in Reading. It was a position of 
much higher dignity and social standing then than now. His 
wife Sarah died Dec. 18, 1774, ^g^d 70. She was the mother 
of 12 children. He survived her. 

Andrew Parker lived in the reigns of five English sover- 
eigns, was seven years of age when the year 1700 came, and 
yet lived to see the first armed expedition of British soldiers 
against the colonists put to rout at Concord and Lexington, 
June 17, 1775, and this accomplished partly by his own family. 
As he on occasion gathered his children, his ever increasing 
grandchildren and inquisitive great-grandchildren at the old 
homestead around that open fireplace filled with blazing logs, 
what a story he must have oft related concerning the hard 
struggle for existence, but final development of the colonies 
together with that of their own allied families ! He must have 
remembered events before 1700, knew all about Queen Anne's 
War against the French and Indians, 1702 to 17 13, and the 
capture of Port Royal, N. S., from the French, in which war 
his brother Hananiah served and died. It was in his time that 
the devout colonists were obliged to carry their guns to Church 
and into the fields when at work, and have them ever ready 
to fight off" the prowling savage. He could tell all about the 
Georges, the Louisburg expedition of 1744-48, and the last 
great French and Indian war of 1754 ^^ '63. At the time of 
his death, which occurred April 8, 1776, his great-grand- 
children numbered over a. score. He thus died at the age of 83. 

G^njrc^ jai7t^^ 

Their children were : 
7. Sarah Parker, b. Feb. 9, 1721 ; m. June 21, 1739, Jabez 
Kendall of Woburn. 



8. Jonas Parker, b. Feb. 6, 1722; m. 1745, Lucy Monroe of 

9. Amos Parker, b. July 27, 1723 ; m. 1745, Anna Curwen Stone 
of Lexington. 

Elizabeth Parker, bap. Aug. 22, 1725 ; d. young. 

10. Thomas Parker, bap. Dec. 24, 1727; m. March 8, 1750, 
Jane Parrot, then of Chelmsford. 

Abigail Parker, bap. July 27, 1729. 

11. Lucy Parker, bap. April 4, 1731 ; m. May 24, 1750, Joshua 
Mead of Lexington. 

Elizabeth Parker, bap. June 22, 1735. 

12. Andrew Parker, bap. April 16, 173S ; m. Nov. 29, 1759, 
Abigail Jennison of Weston. 

13. Keziah Parker, bap. June i, 1740; m. June i, 1759, Joseph 
Wyman of Lunenburg. 

Ebenezer Parker, bap. Feb. 28, 1742 ; probably d. 1743. 
Mary Parker, bap. Oct. 21, 1744. 

By a deed from father to son, dated 30th April, 1728, it is 
evident the Lexington estate was then located as the following 
plan shows : 

' JoHNPAfiKcirs Land 

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Josi«H PiRHEB's Law) 


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5. Lt. Josiah 'Pdct^^r (John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), b. 
in Reading, April 11, 1694, son of John and Deliverance 
(Dodge) Parker. He seems to have inherited the sturdy 
qualities and industry of his father, the assessor, constable, 



joiner and farmer of Reading. He was i8 when his parents 
and three brothers removed with him from his native town to 
Lexington in 1712. He worked with his brothers upon the 
new farm, also in his father's shop, where the latter taught 
his sons in making all kinds of wooden implements, wagons 
and furniture. He was of use to his father in many ways, 
notably in surveying and proving the bounds of his estate, 
and in the same manner to his neighbors and townsmen, 
who needed such service. When he had been but two years 
in Lexington he was one of the three chosen by "y^ free- 
holders" of the town to "estimate and fix the boundary line" 
between Lexington and her mother town, Cambridge. 

He of course belonged to the military company, in the days 
when soldiers were scarce and the Indians and French some- 
times too common for the comfort of the English settlers. 
Hananiah Parker, his brother, of much promise, had already 
perished in the Port Royal Expedition. Loving memories of 
him doubtless inspired the three remaining brothers to more 
active training and in anticipation of coming troubles. Josiah 
Parker soon became "dark" of the company. His duties 
were to call together the soldiers, keep the attendance and 
"fine" records and post notices of the coming drill day.* 

Among the preserved records we find such slips as the fol- 
lowing, which were required to be published in a public place 
a certain time before the occurrence of the event named 
therein : 

" Lexington Sep'™ : y^ 16"" : 1729 : Was Appointed & Observed as 
a training Day By Cap' : Joseph Bowman & y* Major Part of his 
Company : & Before s*^ Captain Dismised his Company he ordered 

*An authority writing upon this subject says : 

"The 'clarke' of each company knew everybody, and was an important 
functionary. He kept account and saw that soldiers were supplied with one 
pound powder, 20 bullets, one fathom of match, priming wire, worm and 
scourers, muskets, sword, bandeleer and rest, and that live coals Avere ready 
at all times; he watched after the pikeman's spear, that it was bright, that his 
headpiece and corslet were well cared for. Should a man come to his notice 
who was without a musket, he would take him to the surveyor-general, where 
arms could be procured with a ticket, which the surveyor would turn over to 
the town treasurer, who would pay for the purchases and charge them to the 
man, and make him work it out. Every man must be ready at the alarm and 
should any fail to respond it was his duty to so report and the excuse for the 
same, which, if not deemed important, the delinquent was heavily fined." 


& Appointed tuesday y* twenty first Day of Octo'"' : Next Insuing to 
Be Observed & attended as a training Day in s*^ town & also Pub- 
lished & Declared y* Same at y*^ head of his Company. 

" Attest JosiAH Parker Claik of y* Company above s**." 

He m. in Lexington, Dec. 8, 1718, Anna Stone, one of the 
four daughters of John and Rachel (Shepherd) Stone of Lex- 
ington. She was b. in Lexington, Nov. 27, 1694. Her 
father was a corporal ; was the son of Dea. Samuel and grand- 
son of Dea. Gregory Stone of Cambridge, who came from 
England in 1635 and was the ancestor of a large issue of his 
name in America.* 

With which to begin his married life his father, John Parker, 
Esq., gave him " towards his portion" 55 acres of land. The 
deed of gift also reads : "for diverse causes and considerations 
me hereunto moving, and more especially for the good affec- 
tion I bear my well beloved son Josiah Parker of Lexington." 

They were admitted to the church Aug. 13, 1719. His 
first service as assessor of the town of Lexington originated 
from the choice of " y*" freeholders in meeting assembled," 
March 6, 1726, they granting him besides the honor and work 
of his position a yearly salary of 2 pounds, 8 shillings, 4 
pence! Chas. Hudson, Esq., in his History of the Town of 
Lexington, says : 

" Lt. Parker was one of the most popular men in town for many 
years. He filled almost every town office. He filled the office of 
town clerk four years. He was an assessor 19 years from 1726 to 
175^, with occasional intermissions, and selectman seven years." 

He discharged the duties of these offices with ability. He 
was an excellent penman and good grammarian, and his 
accurately and neatly kept records are of great historical 
value. At his old homestead, descended five generations 
down, are still in perfect preservation some of Lt. Parker's 
interesting papers and in fact some town records besides. 
"Josiah Parker's Book, 1738," is worth perusing. Take for 

*Dea. Samuel Stone was the fourth child of Dea. Gregory. He m. June 7, 
1655, Sarah Stearns of Watertown, dau. of Isaac, an original proprietor of 
Watertovvn. They had eight children, the fourth of whom was John Stone as 
before named. — Wateriown Genealogies. 


instance this specimen, showing the terms used in manual by- 
all the fighting men of Lexington, somewhat out of date at 
present, but showing the process necessary to wield the flint- 
lock orun : 

"Joyne your right hand to your F.* Present your F. Rest your 
F. Cock your F. Present — Fire. Recover your F. Half cock 
your F. Handle your primer. Prime. Shut your pan. Cast 
about to charge. Handel your carthrige. Open your caithrige. 
Charge with carthrige. Draw your rammers. Shorten your ram- 
mers. Put them in the barrels. Ram down your carthridge. 
With-draw 3'our rammers. Shorten your rammers. Return your 
rammers. Cast ofl' your F. Your right hand under the Lock. 
Poise your F. Shoulder your F. Rest your F. Ground your F. 
Take up your F. Rest your F. Club your F. Rest your F. 
Secure your F. Shoulder your F." 

May y^ first, 1744. 
Then settled y" Dignity of OflScers in Colonel Phipps Ridgement. 
Captains. Lieutenants. 

Saml. Green. John Tainter. 

Benj. Reed. Saml. Hendly. 

Saml. Livermore. Josiah Parker. 

Capt. Hayes. John Beal. 

Capt. Codman. Thom, Symms. 

Capt. Fuller. Wm. Hide. 

Capt. Kendrick. Jos. Bryant. 

Capt. Brooks. Robert Mordock. 

Capt. Dana. Benj. Blany. 

Stephen Hall. 

This was the year previous to the Louisburg Expedition of 
1745. It is very probable that he and his company saw 
service in this war, and perhaps accompanied his son John, 
who went all through this expedition. And here is a note 
made by the painstaking captain, ambitious of perfecting his 
company drill : 

" Reare half files, double the depth of your right flank. Left half 
files of left flank face to the left about. Front half files of left flank 
face to the left. Reare half flies of right flank face to the right — 
march 10 paces — the whole face to the right — march 10 paces — face 
to the rig^ht." 

*ln the corner of the page is written : " N. B. — that F. stands for firelock.' 


Such matter as this lies mixed with charges made for 
mechanical labor and farm produce, for all the family knew 
how to wield a good many kinds of tools : 

" 1752. To a harrow and axeltreeing your cart — to mending your 
Cvder-mill — to a chees mill — to making 3 keelers and a churn — to 
making a coffin — to 6 pair of Bed Screws at JE7-10S a pair old tenor 
—to a beetel and how handle and sithe snath — to my oxen to Cam- 
bridge and 3 Cartouch Boxes. — to my oxen to plough in your Rie." 

Lit. Josiah Parker must have possessed a strong constitution, 
physically as well as mentally, which enabled him to victorious- 
ly combat as he did the many obstructions in the road of pro- 
gress of his day. In addition to his varied abilities, he was a 
successful farmer and the honored father of a large and noble 
family of children. He d. in Lexington, Oct. 9, 1756, aged 
62. His widow Anna, who survived him four years, made 
her will May i, 1760. She d. Sept. 8 of the same year. She 
bequeathed a part of her estate to each surviving child, men- 
tioning "My Beloved Sons Josiah, John, Thaddeus & Joseph 
Parker," and "My Beloved Daughters Anna Smith and 
Deliverance Monroe," and made her sons John and Joseph 
Parker executors. 

ycrftcUh JcmJl 

Their children were : 

14. Anna Parker, b. Sept. 9, 1719 ; m. Benjamin Smith of Lex- 

15. Deliverance Parker, b. May 28, 1721 ; m. Marrett Monroe 
of Lexington. 

Mary Parkeh, b. July 3, 1723; was living March 2, 1738, when 
she placed her signature on her uncle John Parker's bond. But as 
no family records exist which give any further mention of her il is 
practically certain that she died in early life. 

16. Josiah Parker, b. April 11, 1725 ; m. Mary Monroe, then of 

Lois Parker, b. Aug. 20, 1727; d. July, 1735. 

17. JoHNT Parker, b. July 13, 1729 ; m. Lydia Moore of Lexington. 

18. Thaddeus Parker, b. Sept. 2, 1731 ; m. Mary Reed of Lex- 

19. Joseph Parker, b. Nov. 28, 1733; m. Eunice Hobbs of 


6. John Parker CJohn^^ Hananiah,^ Tkofnas^), son and 
last child of John and Deliverance (Dodge) Parker, b. in Read- 
ing, Nov. 8, 1703, removed in 1712 with family to Lexington ; 
removed about 1730 to Shrewsbury; m. in Shrewsbury, Feb. 
18, 1731, Experience Clayes of Framingham, dau. of Peter and 
Mary (Preston) Clay es. Her parents came from Salem. She 
was b. in Framingham, Nov. 19, 1702. John and Experience 
Parker were admitted to the Church in Shrewsbury 1732. 

" The only surviving brother of Mrs. Parker, Peter Claves, d. in 

1736, and her father desired them to return to Framingham and take 

the home place (the Col. David Brewer place, now James Fenton's), 

and Jan. 6, 1737, gave them a deed of the same, conditioned that 

said John and Experience should support said Clayes and wife dur- 

insf their lives and give them christian burial. The estate corn- 
to o 

prised the home lot of 8| acres and buildings and 55 acres lying on 
both sides of the road from Caleb Bridges to the meeting-bouse. 
Peter Claves d. 1739, and John Parker sold part of the home lot and 
buildings to James and John Clayes and built where is now the 
house of the late Dr. Peter Parker." — Temple. 

The ancestral line of John Parker is clearly proved b}'^ two 
weather-stained sheets at the homestead in Lexington of Mr. 
John Parker, "'joiner of Lexington," in which he makes men- 
tion "My dutiful son John Parker of Framingham, yeoman." 
K treatise on religion, in book form, is now in preservation and 
contains on the inside cover sheet these words: "From John 
Parker of Lexington to John Parker of Framingham."* 

He and his wife Experience were admitted to the Church in 
Framingham 1738; he was selectman; was a member of the 
Framingham company of alarm soldiers, commanded by Capt. 
Henry Fames ; was an overseer of the workhouse and of the 
poor ; d. in Framingham, Feb. 23, 1783. His wife Experience 
d. Oct. 13, 1780. He was unfortunate with his family, as it 
seems onlv two out of seven children survived. His will is 
preserved among the Cambridge Probate records. In it he 
mentions son Peter Parker and dau. Submit Bent. 

^ ^ofi/n. joi/yxt 


* '■ Mrs. Fay of Framingham has a Bible which once belonged to John Parker 
of Lexington. It bears his name and the date 1709." — Barry s History of 


Their children were : 

John Parjcer, b. in Shrewsbury, Jan. 28, 1732. 
Experience Parker, b. in Shrewsbury, Oct. S, 1733. 
Hananiah Parker, bap. in Shrewsbury, Sept. 21, 1735. 
Abigail Parker, b. in Shrewsbury, Dec. i, 1736. 

20. Peter Parker, b. in Framingham, Oct. 3, 1738; m. Ruth 
Eaton of Framingham. 

21. Submit Parker, b. in Framingham, Dec. 3, 1742 ; m. Thomas 
Bent, Jr., of Framingham. 

Nathan Parker, bap. in Framingham, March 2, 1746. 

7. Sarah Parker (Andrew,^ yokn,^ Hananiah^^ 
Thomas^), dau. of Andrew and Sarah (Whitney) Parker, b. 
Feb. 9, 1721, m. June 21, 1739, Jabez Kendall of Woburn, 
b. Nov. 26, 1717, son of Jabez and Rebecca Kendall of that 
town, but who later removed to Framingham. 

The first ancestors of this family in America were Francis 
and Mary (Tidd) Kendall, to whom 19 births are recorded on 
the Woburn records. Their son Thomas had son Jabez, who 
with wife Rebecca were the parents of the above Jabez. 
Thomas, son of Thomas, removed to Lexington, and his 
family, living there at this time, doubtless introduced the 
Parker family to the Kendalls of Woburn. Thomas Kendall 
later removed to Framingham, whither John Parker, Jr., had 
settled. She was 17 years the elder of her brother Andrew 
Parker, who lived in Barre, and in whose pocket diary we 
find these words : " Sister Kendall Departed this life the 12 of 
March 1774." He does not tell us, however, where she had 
resided. She thus died at the age of 53. Few records have 
been found regarding this branch of the Kendall family. 

8. Jonas Parker f^^lw^r^^zy ,4 yohn,^ Hanamak^^ Thomas^ ), 
son of Andrew and Sarah (Whitney) Parker, b. Feb. 6, 1722, 
m. in the summer of 1743 Lucy Monroe of Lexington. At 
the Lexington homestead there is a large record book contain- 
ing a portion of the old town records in Lt. Josiah Parker's 
handwriting. It is therein entered: "Jonas Parker and Lucy 
Monroe, both of Lex. were published June 30, 1745." This 
is all that has been found concerning his marriage. Being 
one of this worthy Monroe family, it may be taken for granted 



that she was a lady of ability and independence, and that she 
probably assisted him at a later period in his remarkable de- 
votion to the American cause. They made their peace with 
the Church Sept. 15, 1745^ which must have shortly followed 
their marriage. They removed to Holden, where he pur- 
chased a farm and saw-mill, but returned to Lexington after a 
few years. It is very fitting to state and very creditable to the 
physical standing of the Parker family, that Jonas is credited 
b}' tradition as being the strongest wrestler in the town. He 
was a woodworker and farmer. 

Jonas Parker was a typical Lexington minute-man. He 
was tall, well built and possessed great strength. In the cele- 
brated painting, "The Battle of Lexington," which hangs in 
the Lexington town hall, he appears as the central figure. 
As he there stands in an erect position awaiting the British 
charge, the look of determination is well depicted on his 
handsome face. 

He lived in the centre, next house to that historic residence 
where lived Rev. Jonas Clark, the patriot minister, and which 
was the destination of the ride of Paul Revere. Mr. Parker, 
had evidently imbibed a double portion of the Doctor's lofty 
spirit. When war with England was imminent he was often 
heard to say that be the consequences what they might and 
let others do what they pleased, he would never run from the 
enemy. He was as good as his word, — better. On the 
morning of the 17th of June, 1775, having loaded his musket, 
he placed his hat containing powder, wadding and bullets 
between his feet in readiness for his second charge. As the 
first fire from the British was harmless the Americans did not 
reply. At the second volley he was wounded, and sunk upon 
his knees ; in this condition he discharged his gun. The 
company of patriots dispersing, his nephew, Ebenezer, who 
later removed to Princeton, approached Jonas that he might 
assist his uncle in retreating, but whom he saw was fulfilling 
his pledge. He insisted that he better retreat with him and 
thus save his life. But Jonas very forcibly replied that he 
would never run from the "redcoats." Thus badly wounded, 
but striving to reload his gun, he was the next moment trans- 
fixed by a bayonet upon the spot where he first stood and fell. 


Too much pluck had caused his death, but what an example 
he set for his fellow-citizens I 

"History, Roman history," said Edward Everett, "does 
not furnish an example of bravery that outshines that of Jonas 
Parker." It was his most sacred wish that America should 
be free and like brave Arnold of Wilkenried, history will 
never forget him. The names of the eight martyrs for Ameri- 
can Independence are cut deep in the granite monument which 
stands upon the green ; and still deeper in the admiration of 
the American people. He thus died at the age of 53. April 
20, 1835, t^^ remains of these eight soldiers were removed 
from their former resting-place in the grave-yard and deposited 
in a vault prepared for the purpose near the base of the monu- 

Their children were : 

Lucy Parker, b. in Holden, Oct. 9, 1745. She was both deaf and 
dumb. After the decase of her father, she chose Joshua Mead of 
Waltham guardian, but soon afterwards her uncle, Thomas Parker, 
Esq., of Princeton, took her into his family and providec her a 
home. She lived in Princeton until her death, which occurred 
Sept. 16, 1813, aged 68. She was buried at the head of the row 
in the family burying-ground. 

Jonas Parker, b. in Holden, March 29, 1747; d. young. 

Sarah Parker, b. in Holden, Aug. 29, 1748; bap. Sept. 4, 1748; 
m. Jan. 4, 1768, Ebenezei Morse of Newton ; residence unknown. 
They had one son, Ebenezer Morse, Jr., of Randolph, Vt. — Morse 

Nathan Parker, m., had dau. Abigail, and it seems he d. soon 
after, as in the settlement of Mr. Jonas Parker's estate we find 
these words: "Abigail, only dau. of Nathan, the eldest son," for 
whom Simon Blanchard became guardian. It is not known what 
became of her, but she probably removed to Billerica, and may 
have been the Abigail Parker who m. in Woburn, Sept. 23, 1795, 
Wm. Barnes of Woburn. 

22. Eunice Parker, m. June 9, 1772, Asa Morse of Newton. 

23. Jonas Parker, b. July 10, 1753; m. Aug. 15, 1776, Martha 
Hosley of Billerica. 

24. Philemon Parker, b. 1755; m. Su/.an Stone, and removed 
to Princeton and later to Vermont. 

Prudence Parker, bap. April 37, 1757; was living in 1778, but 
no more is known of her. 


Elizabeth Parker, b. 1758; bap. March iS, 1759; chose, 1778, 

Joseph Farmer of Billerica as her guardian. 
Polly Parker, b. Jan. 4, 1761 ; chose, 1778, Dr. Joseph Fisk of 

Lexington as her guardian. 

Owing to the premature death of Mr. Parker, the lamily, 
largely of girls as it was, were taken into different families, 
and probably some removed from tow^n, making it extremely 
difficult to follow them. May future research bring to light 
the history and descendants of these missing connections. 

9. Amos Parker (Andrew,^ 'John^^ Hananiah,^ Thomas')^ 
second son of Andrew and Sarah (Whitne}') Parker, b. in 
Lexington, July 24, 1723, was the first of the family to bear 
the name Amos, which has since been common among all the 
descendents of Andrew Parker. From the town records of 
marriage intentions kept by Josiah Parker, we find that 
"Amos Parker and Anna Stone were Posted December y*" 16, 
1744." This shortly preceded their marriage, for they made 
their peace with the church Jan. 27. 1745. A romance is 
connected with Anna, which is thus preserved for us by her 
grandson, Amos A. Parker, Esq., who is still living: 

"Before the Revolution an Englishman came to Boston and en- 
gaged in trade. He belonged to an aristocratic family in England 
and was successful in business. In time he married a widow with 
three children. Two children, a boy and a girl, were born unto 
them. When these two children, who were named Christopher and 
Anna,* wei'e eight or ten years of age, the Englishman, whose name 
was Curwen, fell heir to a large estate in England by the death of an 
elder brother. Thereupon he sold out in Boston, took the three 
children of his wife, and left the two children of his own and returned 
to England. Why he abandoned any of the children, or took those 
of his wife, does not appear. What became of the boy Christopher 
I know not, but the girl Anna has a history. 

"A man in Lexington by the name of Isaac Stone, a well-to-do 
farmer, took much of his produce to market at Boston, especially 
milk. In his rounds he saw this girl Anna, and as she was a bright, 
intelligent girl about 13 years old, and he having no cljikhen, infor- 
mally adopted her as his daughter. She then was called Anna 
Stone. She soon became a favorite in the family. In process of 

* Born Oct. 21, 1726. 



time my grandfather, Amos Parker, married her, and after three 
children were born unto them, came to Shrewsbury. This was about 
1750. She died in 1799. I remember seeing her once at my father's. 
She was then rather under size, but a brisk, bright, intelligent 
woinan. She talked with me much and I long remembered what 
she said. This visit was when she was a widow and not long before 
her death. I remember when my father went to her funeral at 
Shrewsbury and quite a number of things he brought home with him. 

"It is said that Curwen had no children in England, and why he 
left his own children and heirs and took those ot his wife who were 
not his heirs is a mystery. It would seem he did not wish to have 
any heirs in England ; and how a mother could consent to abandon 
any of her children when abundantly able to support them, for they 
were all hers, is a problem difficult to solve. Perhaps our familv 
are heirs to a large estate in England, but I shall not trouble myself 
about it. These facts I learn by tradition in our family, and also by 
a diary kept by my uncle Frederick, which has lately fallen into my 
hands, and which is now before me. In it I find these words : 

"■'Widow Kent, born in Boston, married an Englishman who 
died leaving her 3 children — after which by Mr. Curwen she had 
Christopher and Anna, then left these 3 children and went with the 
3 to England to heir a large estate — Curwen of high extraction.' 

"This extract is under the date of January, 1791." 

He was aged 12 and she 10 when adopted by them. She 
was a charming girl, naturally attractive, and modest and 
graceful in her manner. She and Amos became well ac- 
quainted at school, and as her home was not far from his 
he learned to appreciate her worth. She had a most charm- 
ing voice, and would sing to the great delight of the family 
and friends. But when urged to sing in the choir it was to 
no avail, as she felt it would make jealousy in the end, and 
she closely guarded against it when at Church. The Stones 
had no children of iheir own and so at first they opposed the 
marriage, as in this arrangement their rainbow of sunshine, 
that she was, would be gone trom them. But as Anna insisted 
they joined Mr. John Parker and gave them a grand wedding 
for the time. 

They removed from Lexington in 1745, in which year 
"Amos Parker of Lexington, joiner," bought of "William 
Nichols of Holden, tanner, a tract in Holden of 65 acres with 
the buildings thereon." Thus he and brother Jonas were to- 


gether again for a few years. It seems that they remained 
here until 1750, when he purchased an estate in Shrewsbury 
of Mr. Isaac Stone of Lexington. This deed dated 20 of 
Decem. 1750, granted Mr. Parker a farm of 100 acres, in 
part the same place later owned by Dr. Amos Parker. The 
amount paid was £206. To the deed are also attached the 
signatures of John Hancock* and Benjamin Muzz3\ Jr., both 
of Lexington. Again, by a deed dated " in the twenty-second 
year of our Reign of George y® Second,'' he purchased seven 
acres of Nahum Ward of Shrewsbury. They were admitted 
to the Church at Shrewsbury in 1753. His brother, Andrew 
Parker, Jr., although living at different times in Lexington, 
Weston and Barre, visited frequently, and we find his signa- 
ture attached to his brother's deeds, In addition to rearing his 
large family he accumulated a goodly estate, very creditable 
to his characteristic industry and prudence. At his decease 
his personal estate alone was appraised at £129. 

He was a man of mind, ver}^ energetic and of strong phy- 
sique. Very conscientious, with a strong firm mind of his 
own, and a moral, unimpeachable character, he well repre- 
sented the type of the Parker family of Lexington at and 
before his time. He gave his children a careful and sturdy 
bringing up and they followed in his paths. While at work 
he allowed no talk except such as pertained to the work itself, 
for he said "Work and play cannot go together, — one spoils 

Although there is not a Parker resident of Shrewstury at the present time, 
there were others of the family who settled in the town much earlier than 
Amos. His uncle, .John Parker, was settled in 1730; later removed to Fram- 
ingham. He was followed by a distant relative, Stephen Parker, a native of 
Reading, who in 1735 bought the Robins farm of 71 acres, which adjoined the 
land of John Parker. Stephen remained in Shrewsbury, and of his children, 
Nehemiah Parker graduated at Harvard University, and in 1770 accepted a 
call as pastor from the first settlers of Hubbardston. Stephen and Amos 
Parker were aware of their relationship and were also intimate friends. Amos 
in 1770 purchased of Edward Parsons of Berwick, Me., 295 acres of land in 
Hubbardston, and two years later he, with Mr. Nathan How of Shrewsbury, 
purchased Great Farm, No. i, in Hubbardston, which made him an exceed- 
ingly large landholder there. He thus provided farms for his sons. 

* He must have been Rev. John Hancock, the second minister of Lexington, 
a minister of high ability and influence, and the grandfather of Gov. John 
Hancock, of Revolutionary fame. 


the other. There is time enough for each." Thus, when 
not engaged, the boys joined all the more hearty in their 
sports, much to the satisfaction of Mr. Parker. 

Amos Parker was a home man, quiet and undemonstrative. 
She, however, was not only an angel in her family, industri- 
ous, careful and attentive, but was a blessing to her neighbors 
and the town. She was here and there, assisting, helping or 
comforting all who were needy or afflicted. She was rever- 
enced by every person in Shrewsbury, and when her funeral 
occurred in December, on a warm Indian Summer's day, the 
church held only a part of the great assemblage. A multitude 
escorted the body from the homestead to the church. 

Shortly before her death she travelled horseback from Shrews- 
bury to Fitzwilliam, 60 miles, when at the age of 72 ! She 
Stopped one night with her son Amos Parker in Hubbardston. 
Her grandson, of Fitzwilliam, who is now living, remembers 
her, and well recalls her visit. What a grand satisfaction it 
must have been to her to take into her lap the children of her 
many children and sing to them the sweet songs of her child- 
hood ! Her grandson also states that she had then the best 
voice he ever heard, and remembers some of the stories which 
she told him. 

The family homestead in Shrewsbuiy, situated in a very excellent locality 
for scenery and health, may partially account for his large family of strong 
and rugged children, whose descendants are so numerous. The selection of 
this locality throws credit upon the Shrewsbury ancestor, Mr. Amos Parker 
of Lexington. It was a large farm of fertile land, situated just north of the 
town centre. A view of 30 miles is distinctly seen and seven distinct towns 
meet the eye, Marlborough, Northborough, Southborough, Westborough, Hop 
kinton, Framingham and Shrewsbury. Amos Parker was also a 'joiner," a 
trade which he learned of his father in Lexington. A part of the front side of 
his original Shrewsbury home, built in 1750, is still well preserved. It includes 
the front door, the large antique latch and door cap, and is doing service as 
the front part of the continuous row of sheds which runs from house to barn. 
The house was rich in old-fashioned furniture, much of which still exists, 
scattered among his descendants. Around the open fireplace we can well 
imagine the times past at this homestead where halted many who, emigrating 
westward, sought the advice and knowledge of Mr. Parker. Here his brothers 
Thomas and Andrew often visited, before and after making their final settle- 
ments in Princeton and Barre. The farm is now smaller than formerly, 
houses having been erected on the east part. The appearance of the build- 
ings is as they were when the estate was owned by Mr. HoUis Parker. The 
place is now carried on by Mr. Samuel Allen. 


The following is taken from an interesting letter written by 
his youngest son, Rev. Frederick Parker, at Canterbury, N. 
H., 1798, regarding the famil}^ It also related to the death 
of his brother Isaac Parker. 

"At Portland, Bro. Isaac (with Br. Hollis, who accompanied 
him) walking with me feelingly observed the cause of gratitude for 
the prosperity of our family — he recounted to my fixed attention from 
what small beginnings the estate arose, the difficulties of dry years — 
a broken leg — and Sir I. Stone — but notwithstanding both our 
parents live with their 9 children — the brothers especially all pro- 
vided for well to live, men of a pretty good share of sense and sound 
constitutions and ' no very mean one he said among them all,' that a 
xvhole family should make out so v\^ell and be so creditable and pros- 
perous he thought rather singular. I know not why I write these 
things, unless because I intend to write not a short letter and 'tis 
much easiest to write upon those things which fancy is most busy in 
conjuring up to view. — Well do I remember the scene when I first 
knew sorrow, viz : at the death of our honored Father — to Isaac's 
lot it fell to be sitting by him, wiping from his brows the damp of 
death when he died — that night I slept or rather talked with him for 
late it was before we closed our eyes — He believed, he said, that our 
honoured Father was a man of real Religion^ and one reason he 
particularly mentioned his often having overheard him in secret 
prayer ; a hearty strong man in his day ; went forward in his work 
and said 'Come boys' or at other times 'Follow me.' In a work 
infinitely more important we must sooner or later all 'follow' him to 
that land of spirits from which there is no return." 

Out of ten children nine grew to maturity, the oldest and 
youngest being daughters, while all of the seven sons were in 
the Revolutionary War, more or less, except the youngest. 
He was the common ancestor of very numerous descendants, 
and these have won worthy laurels for themselves and their 
ancestors. He d. Dec. 23, 1790, at the age of 68 years. 
The widow x\nna d. Nov. 18, 1799, at the age of 73. 

Their children were : 

25. Anna Parker, b. in Holden, Oct. 6, 1746: m. Dea. Jonas 
Stone of Shrewsbury. 

26. Amos Parker, b. in Holden, Sept. 26, 174S ; m. Lucy Robin- 
son of Barre. 


27. Isaac Parker, b. July 15, 1750; m. Margery Maynard of 

28. HoLLis Parker, b. Oct. 2, 1752; m. Louisa Bragg of Royal- 

29. Elisha Parker, b. Dec. 31, 1754; m. Sally Baker of West- 

30. Ephraim Parker, b. Oct. 4, 1757; m. Abigail Baker of 

31. Nahum Parker, b. March 4, 1760; m. Mary Deeth of Gerry 
(now Phillipston). 

32. Frederick Parker, b. March 4, 1762; m. Susan Foster of 
Canterbury, N. H. 

Betsey Parker, b. March iS. 1764. When but a child of towards 
three years of age, she one day went into the field wherein her 
father, Amos, was mowing. She stepped towards him, and 
speaking, picked some wild flowers, saying " Pretty flowers," and 
then went into the house and died. This occurred Aug. 20, 1766. 
This was a sad blow to the family, who loved their daughter 
dearly, and it also touched a tender chord in Mr. Parker's nature. 
Ever afterward in mowing and coming to this spot, he Would stop, 
lean on his scythe, and with downcast countenance shed a tear, then 
turn around and leave that corner of the field to grow as it would. 
He held too sacred a feeling for those flowers to ever disturb them. 

Betsey Parker, b. March 23, 1769; m. Amos Whitney of Wor- 
cester. They were farmers and lived northwest of the village. 
They had no issue. 

10. Thomas Parker (Andrew,^ John,^ Hananiah,^ 
Thomas^), third son of Andrew and Sarah (Whitney) Parker, 
was baptized in Lexington, Dec. 24, 1727 ; m. in Lexington, 
by Rev. Ebenezer Bridge, March 8, 1750, Jane Parrot, then 
of Chelmsford, b. 1729. Toward the opening of the Revolu- 
tionary War many records are found regarding him. He took 
an active interest in his country's welfare, being, like all his 
name in Lexington, firml}^ patriotic to the American cause. 
He lived upon a part of his father's homestead in the south 
part of the town, neighbor to Capt. John Parker, his cousin. 
He was quartermaster of the Lexington military Co. 1774.* 

In the years 1776 and 1777 when the duties imposed upon 
the town officers were arduous and responsible, in conse- 

♦This is proven by the assessors' sheets of the highway tax rate of 1774, 
Capt. John Parker being then assessor. 


quence of the peculiar situation of atfairs, Mr. Parker was 
chosen each year selectman. What the town regarded as an 
important movement was the Lexington Declaration of Inde- 
pendence, which they drew up at this time. Thomas Parker 
was one of the 26 signers of this document, thus placing him- 
self in open defiance against English rule, and pledging his 
assistance and future prospects to the Colonies. These patriots 
fully realized their responsibility in this act, knowing the fate 
which would await them in case King George should ever be 
able to punish his Colonial children. It seems that he was not 
with Capt. Parker's company at the Lexington fight. Tradition 
says he was ill at this time and was confined to the house. 
The British wantonly ransacked houses on and near their line 
of march. Two "redcoats" broke open the entrance to Mr. 
Parker's house and demanded of Jane, his wife, to be shown 
through the rooms. He had but one son and he, Corp. Ebene- 
zer Parker, was doing service with his company. Thomas 
Parker was a tall and very large, broad shouldered man ; he 
had great vitality and strength, and although sick was not 
helpless. He was of a strong family. Jonas Parker, who 
had been murdered by the British the morning of that day, 
was the strongest wrestler in the town. Amos Parker, the 
eldest brother, who was settled in Shrewsbury, is said to have 
been a remarkably strong man in his da}^ Mr. Parker's 
family was equal to the emergency. Apparently complying 
with the soldier's demands, she presently brought them into 
her husband's room. It seems that the daughter had mean- 
while brought her father strong cord and he had quickly pre- 
pared himself. He seized them both and with ropes bound 
them tight. The tradition also says that he turned them over 
to the Colonial authorities. He was 48 years of age at this 

The Parkers of these early times were industrious and pru- 
dent. By his characteristic foresight he dealt successfully in 
real estate and accumulated a respectable property. He sold 
his land in Lexington to his cousins there, also bought timber 
land in Shrewsbury, and new land in Hubbardston, formerly 
owned by his brother Amos. In 1777 he made the purchase 


of the estate in Princeton,* whereupon he with his son settled 
and made it their home. The grantor was Elisha Hedge, 
then of Marlborough. 

" For and in consideration of the sum of Thirteen Hundred and 
Thirty pounds [over $6,000], well and truly paid by Thomas 
Parker of Lexington, gentleman, one certain tract or parsal of Land 
situate and being in Princeton containing Four Hundred Acres, 
together with the Road passing through the Same, it being the Black 
Grove farm, so called, and it being all the land which the sd Mr. 
Hedge ownes in Princeton." 

No buildings are mentioned in the deed. He located the 
home upon the beautiful spot so familiar to the family as the 
old homestead. Here Mr. Parker's descendants are still 
living. This place was then, as now, a charming locality. 
It is an elevated region overlooking water close at hand and 
the West Sterling valley toward the east, while at the west 
Mount Wachusett stands noble and distinct, and picturesque 
Princeton centre lies nearly in the same direction. He soon 
added a few more hundred acres to the estate, a part of which 
he later sold out to his friends, thus regulating who his neigh- 
bors should be. Other Lexington families setded in Princeton 
in this way. The beautiful rich valley here, miles in extent, 
is a rich farming district. It was originally a part of the 
"Black Grove" farm ; it now contains many valuable farms, 
and as many more dwellings. Thomas Parker's estate ex- 
tended from Sterling line to Rutland line, and also more than 
a mile to the north of the homestead. 

The small red house which was first erected upon the place, 
was after a number of years partially superseded by a large 

*It is said that previous to his selection of the Princeton estate he thought 
very favorably of buying a large tract at "Valley Village," now West Boyl- 
ston, including the valuable water-power there. A century's development 
has highly prospered this locality, and we may be apt to judge that his finan- 
cial prospects at least would have been better had he selected this site. But 
this was not al)-sutTicient in Mr. Parker's esteem. He was a farmer, not a 
manufacturer, and the water-power at Princeton could run a saw-mill. He 
must attend constantly to his spiritual needs, and the Church at Princeton 
was favorable. Again, the land in Boylston was less in area^and more in 
price, while the fact of its adjacent location to Worcester was* of no weight 
then, as railroads were not thought of and Worcester was no more populous 
than the average town. 


brick house adjoining the red one. This was used as a tavern 
by Thomas Parker and later b}^ his son Ebenezer, while the 
original house continued duty as kitchen only. He purchased 
land in Rindge, N. H., in 1790, which he rented from year to 

Thomas Parker was 50 years of age when he came to 
Princeton, Upon settling he purchased the meeting-house pew 
which was long used by his descendants. The deed, under 
date of 1788, shows that he, "Thomas Parker of Princeton, 
Gentleman," bought of John Bradley and wife of Holden, the 
one undivided half of a pew in the meeting-house in Prince- 
ton, situated in the southwest part of the body seat. He d. 
July 3, 1799- His widow Jane d. Aug. 17, 1814, aged 85. 
They were both interred in the pleasant family grave-yard at 
the homestead. His children were all b. in Lexington. 

^^ur?ia/ (/h^A^^ 

Their children were : 

33. Ebenezer Parker, b. Aug. 13, 1750; m. Dorcas Monroe of 

William Parker, bap. Dec. 29, 1751 ; d. young. 

They buried two infant children, probably b. between William 
and Mary. 

34. Mary Parker, bap. July 13, i76o; m. Jonas Smith of Wal- 

11. Lucy Parker (Andrew,^ John,^^ Hananiah,^ 
Thomas^), dau. of Andrew and Sarah (Whitney) Parker, bap- 
tized in Lexington, April 4, 1731 ; m. March 24, 1750, Joshua 
Mead, b. Nov. 9, 1715, son of David and Hannah (Smith) 
Mead of Lexington. This David was b. in Cambridge, 1678, 
son of David and Hannah (Warren) Mead, and m. in Water- 
town, Hannah Smith, in w^hich town he lived before coming to 
Lexington. They were admitted to the Church Dec. 8. 1751. 
Though Joshua Mead united with the Church in Lexington, 
and a part of his children were baptized there, he resided 
within the limits of Waltham. His uncle was Hopestill Mead, 


whose dau. Abigail, bap. Aug. 30, 1713 ; m. Oct. 23, 1729, 
Nathaniel Jennison of Weston, and whose dau. Abigail m. 
Andrew Parker of Lexington. Joshua Mead d. in Waltham, 
March 31, 1794- 

Their children were : 

1. Lucy Mead, bap. Jan. 19, 1752 ; d. Dec, 1752. 

2. Mary Mead, b. May i, '753; in. Dec. 3, 1772, Abraham 


3. Moses Mead, b. Dec. 2, 1754; m. May 22, 1777, Lizzy Viles, 

last of the 13 children of John and Suzanna (Beinis) Viles of 
Waltham. He was in the Revolutionary war. Children : 

I. Moses, b. March 7, 1778. 

II. David, b. Oct. 23, 1779. 

III. Suzanna. b. March 22, 1781. 

IV. Elizabeth, b. Feb. 20, 1783; d. Sept. 28. 1800. 
V. Jacob, b. Jan. 20, 1785 ; d. Jan. 9, 17S6. 

VI. Abner, b. March 19, 1787. 

VII. Nathan, b. March 29, 1789. 
viii. Sophia, b. Feb. 20, 1792. 

IX. Watson, b. March 14, 1794. 
X. Clarissa, b. Aug. 27, 1796; d. Oct. 3, 1800. 

4. Lydia Mead, b. May 17, 1756 ; m. June i, 1775, Joseph Adams 

of Newton. 

5. Elijah Mead, b. Sept. 30, 1758 ; m. Abigail . Children : 

I. Polly, b. Sept. 25, 1779. 

II. Betsey, b. July 30, 1781. 

III. Isaac, b. May 7, 1783. 

IV. Samuel, b. May 14, 1785. 
V. Lydia, b. June 20, 1787. 

And perhaps Nabby, bap. July i, 1787. 

6. Jacob Mead, b. Oct. 30, 1760; d. Sept. 14, 1816. By wife 

Polly had : 
I. Jacob, drowned Jan. 9, 1796. 
II. Jacob, b. Aug. 10, 1797; d. Sept., 1800. 

III. Child, d. April 5, 1799, aged 4 weeks. 

IV. Jacob, b. May 3, 1802. 

V. George Murdock, b. Aug. 22, 1804. 

\i. John, b. April 17, 1807. 

\'ii. Charles, b. April 4, 1810. 

VIII. Mary, b. Oct. 3, 181 2; d. 1813. 
IX. Jesse, b. Sept. 20, 1815. 


12. Dea. Andrew Parker, Jr. (Andrezv,^ John,^ Han- 
am'ah,^ Thomas^), 3'Oungest surviving son of Andrew and 
Sarah (Whitney) Parker, was b. in Lexington, April ii, 
1738; bap. April 16, 1738. His diary is in preservation at 
Worcester. In it he inscribed these words : 

••I, Andrew Parker, was born in the year 1738, in April, the 
eleventh day thereof — my wife born in April 22 day, 1737, one year 
older than I, lacking eleven days. 

" I moved from Lexington to Weston about y^ middle of April, 
1763. then Last Week in August I came to work at Rutland District 
& Prepared to move my family. I went down & brought up my 
family the last week in November. 

" I took possession of my house at Rutl'' District y'^ 8 day of 
December 1763. 

'• I Andrew Parker was given in marriage in y^ year 1759 on the 
29 day of November." 

His wife was Abigail Jennison of Weston, dau. of Nathaniel. 
She was twin sister of Sarah. Her mother was Abigail Mead. 
See Mead family, page 61. Her father, Nathaniel Jennison, 
was b. April 5, 1709, son of Samuel and Mary (Stearns) 
Jennison of Watertown, the fifth of their family of 11 children. 
He, Samuel, was son of Ensign Samuel, and the latter was 
son of Robert Jennison, one of the earliest proprietors of 
Watertown, and who was the common ancestor of the name. 
The intention of marriage of Andrew Parker, Jr., of Lex- 
ington, and Abigail Jennison of Weston, was entered upon 
the records of Weston April 8, 1759. They made their peace 
with the Church in Lexington, April 20, 1760, and were dis- 
missed to the Church of Rutland, May 10, 1765. "Rutland 
District," then a part of Rutland, was what is now the town of 
Barre, it being incorporated as a separate town in 1774. We 
find that her brother had previously removed to the district, 
as on Aug. 4, 1763, Nathaniel Jennison, then of Rutland 
District, sold to "Andrew Parker of Weston," 63 acres of 
land in said district, bounded at length upon the west "from 
an upper to y' lower fording of Moose Brook, and is a part of 
Great Farm No. XXVHL" He later, in 1777, purchased of 
Ichabod Robinson ^6\ acres of new land " lying at the North- 
west of the Meeting House Lot."' 


Favorable mention is made of Andrew Parker in Mr. Edwin 
Woods's Historical Discourse of Barre, in which he says : 

" There soon came to be associated with the town Dea. John 
Mason, Nathan Sparhawk, Asa Hapgood and Dea. Andrew Parker. 
The last named came from Lexington, and possessed many of the 
traits exhibited by his blood relation of Revolutionary fame, Capt. 
John Parker, and also the late distinguished reformer and preacher, 
Theodore Parker. Under the management of these men the district 
advanced rapidly in population and prosperity. Forests were felled, 
roads were opened, streams were spanned with bridges, saw-mills 
turned out lumber, houses went up, harvests ripened and on every 
hand were signs of thrift which made all hearts glad. In the im- 
portant convention at Cambridge, 1777, for the purpose of framing a 
constitution of government, Barre was xepresented by those clear 
sighted and trusted men, always foremost when any grave and public 
service was to be rendered, John Mason, Esq., Lieut. Andrew Parker 
and Lieut. Asa Hapgood." 

Subsequently Mr. Parker served upon an amendment com- 
mittee. He was one of the five chosen Committee of Corres- 
pondence for Barre during the year previous to the outbreak 
of the Revolution. A full account of his public service would 
be too tedious. But his able assistance was given at the time 
it was most needed ; it was when our ancestors, with cool 
heads and stout hearts, dared to be their own masters, and 
unitedly risked all in the common cause. Then they laid the 
foundations of government of this now greatest of nations, and 
"built better than they knew." He was selectman 1783, 1787, 
town clerk 1787. moderator of town meetings 15 times, on 
committee to remonstrate against loan by bills of credit, Dec. 
10, 1777 ; on committee to enlarge common and draw plan of 
new meeting-house. May 9, 1785 : on Shays rebellion griev- 
ance committee, Jan. 6, 1787 : on school district committee, 
Jan. 25, 1790. 

He was very intimate with his brothers, Thomas Parker 
who lived in Princeton and Amos Parker of Shrewsbury. He 
visited often and his name is found attached as witness to his 
brothers' most valuable papers. In his pocket diary, already 
referred to, is a reference to a transaction with his brother in 
Lexington, he probably little thinking that his odd statement 
would be preserved for centuries — 


"Oct. y* 25, 1768.. I bought two heifers of brother Jonas for 
which I was to give four pounds eight shillings, and broke my shins 
a coming home with them." 

Our ancestors for many generations have possessed a good 
knowledge of that important trade in their day, woodworking. 
A woodworker was called a joiner. All farm implements 
and most of the common machinery were then made of wood. 
Thus a very extensive and thorough knowledge was required 
to rank well in this art. In Barre Dea. Parker continued this 
vocation during his spare time. He made wagons and all 
farm implements, house furniture and was expert in making 
spinning wheels. Probably most of the spinning wheels used 
in Barre — that indispensable machine — were made by Dea. 
Parker. One of his make has been preserved b}^ the family. 
It was made at an early date, perhaps in Lexington, and he 
gave it to his dau. Abigail in her outfit for marriage. It 
remained at the Allen homestead after Mrs. Allen's decease, 
passing into the possession of the dau., Mrs. Elizabeth Carter. 
It is in perfect preservation, although it was used by mother 
and dau. for over 80 years, and its age necessarily exceeds 
100 years. It is fondly cherished as a souvenir of Dea. Andrew 
Parker, as it properly deserves to be. 

Dea. Andrew Parker was a devout man. It is said that 
before he removed from Lexington he was an officer in the 
Church there. When in Barre, for several years he and his 
family were obliged to go to Rutland, ten miles, in order to 
attend church. This he traversed, probably horseback, until 
sufficient families had settled in Rutland District to build 
a church. Dea. Parker helped build the first church in 
Barre. He was made its deacon. He was a conscientious 
man and entertained views of his own accordingly. In one 
instance he warned the minister, it is said, that he would not 
pay him anything for preaching doctrine in which he did not 
believe. In his diary he made notes of many of the first ser- 
mons preached in Rutland District (now Barre), and in its 
midst is a treatise on religion of great length. His homestead 
was in the northwestern part of the town. As his farm ex- 
tended south from Petersham line to the "lower fordway of 
Moose Brook," it seems that his house must have been situated 



on the road from Barre to Petersham, a short distance south 
of the junction of this brook and the Petersham road. 

One-sixth of the population of the town of Barre served in 
the Revolutionary war. In 1774 Dea. Andrew Parker was 
chosen lieutenant of the first company of militia. He must 
have seen some service, although no records are known to 
exist. He was one of the committee who, previous to the 
Revolution, officiated for the town in changing its name from 
Hutchinson to Barre. The name of Hutchinson, the Tory, 
was very disgusting to the patriots of this town of liberty. 

"The committee who had the petition in charge was made up 
from the best minds in town — men commanding respect for their 
attainments and force of character." — History of Worcester County. 

It seems that his wife Abigail d. soon after 1766, thus living 

but a few years in Barre. He m. (2) Mary . By 

Mary he had son Artemas Parker, born 20 years after the 
birth of his previous child. Andrew^ Parker died in May, 1791. 
The widow Mary m. again, this time to Aaron Chamberlain 
of Chelmsford, who was a gentleman of education and means. 
They lived in Chelmsford until 1816, when they removed to 
Swanton, Vt. Mr. Chamberlain was deceased before Nov. 4, 
1822. She may have spent the remainder of her days with 
her son Artemas. 

"This inventory, apprized at the present true value in Lawful 
money all the Estate whereof Dea" Andrew Parker late of Barre, 
Deceased, died seized and possessed of that has been shown to us by 
M'' Abel Loring Ad' of s'' Estate viz : " 

Among the items were the following : 

"The Farm with the Buildings thereon £270-00-0 

One Pew in the meeting-house 8-02-0 

One horse stable at the meeting-house 3-00-00 

One old horse X'2-8, one mare & Colt £12. 14-0S-00 

Four Cows and a Calf i!;«iS-oo 

One three year old heifer 3-1^-00 
Two heifers two year old — Two Yearling heifers and two 

Calfs S-02-00 

Nineteen Sheep and Lambs and three Swine 9-06-03 
Three suits of clothes, one gown, cap, shirts, stocks, 

stockins, mits. two pears boots 6-07-03 



One pear Shoe Buckels 2s. 6d, One peai- Knee Do. & 

Shock buckels 5/ 7-06-00 

One pear Spectacles 9-00 

Four beds, bedding, bedsteads, furniture, coverleds, 

blankets, etc. 15-09-01 

One Timepiece i£i-i6. One Desk and Bookcase 20/ and 

one Case of Draws 15/ 3-11-00 

Old chests and tables 1-02-00 

One Candle stand, three armed chairs, and twenty seven 

small Do. 3-02-10 

18 Puter Plaits 15/ old Puter Dishes 5/3 four Platers and 

eight Plaits 13/8 i-13-n 

Two Brass Kettles JCi-10 old Brass ware 3/ handirons 14/ 
fier Peals & tongs 7/ Crains & hooks 8/ tosting & 
Grediron 4/6 Case knives & forks 3/ Candlesticks 
2/ Snufers /6 Stilerds 1/ Two pear of bellowses 4/ 
Two Seves 1/6 two brushes and brooms 2/4 2-13-08 

Glass Bottles, tea Canester, warming pan, teapot, cups, 
saucers, brown Earthen ware, five silver tea spoons, 
plates and small vials 30-13-00 

One honed Razor and Box i/io Gun and Bagnut 12/ 
and Sword 1/6 Two woolen wheels 8/6 one Lamb 
and tackier £2 One flaxconib 24/ 3-12-06 

One Cradle and Scales 3/8 two Cheese tubs, one churn 

and six pails 12/10 16-06 

Thirteen Barrels of Cyder £3-18. twenty one barrels 36/ 

three meat tubs 4/6 and four meal chests 10/ 6-08-06 

A Lining wheel, 30*' of wool 40/ and six baskets 6/ 2-13-00 

One womans saddle 30/ one mans Do. 12/ Pillion 6/ 
Saddle bag 12/ Bridles and Sirsingle 12/ and three 
mealbags 4/ 3-16-00 

Three old Bibles with a number of other Books JC2-36/ 3-16-00 

Timber on hand £3-4-6. The one half of a Cyder mill 

£2-5-0. 5-09-06 

Meet in the tub £2-10-0 Grain on hand 12/4. Malt T/^)- 3-09-10 
seven wheels partly made 27/ four Sets of Irons for 
Linen wheels 8/ and three Sets of Screwcutters with 
the other Shop tools £11-12-0 13-07-00 

Carts & wheels 30/ two plows 2^/ ox yoke 5/ horse 3-00-00 
tackier 19/6 Sled 2/ Sickels 2/ Iron forks 5/ Raks 1-08-06 
3/10 Grass Cythes and tackier 10/2 Grindston 6/ 1-00-02 
and Crosscut Saw 4/6. 4-06" 


Other items accompany the inventory, among them being 
a score of notes receivable, making a sum total of £468-135.- 
id.-3far., a verv respectable estate for his time. It was 
appraised by Isaac Toby, Joel Bent and Timothy Hastings. 

From a family record is copied the following : 
"The Division of the Estate of Dea. Andrew Parker of Barre. 
I St — The widows thirds to Mrs. Mary Parker. The remainder to 
be divided into five parts — 

One Part to Capt. Smith. 
One Part to Mrs. Tobey. 
One Part to Capt. Nathan Allen. 
One Part to Sally Mayhevv. 
One Part to Artemas Parker." 

The first two children were born in Lexington, remainder 
in Barre. The following is copied from the deacon's diary 
verbatim : 

" My Daughter Rhoda. born on y" 19 day of June 1760, about eleven 

oclock forenoon. 
" My Daughter Abigail, born on the 29 day of January 1763, about 

r2 oclock davtime. 
" My Daughther Sally, born y" 17 day of March 1765, at one oclock 

"My Daughter Bettey, born the 13 day of January, 1766, about 4 

oclock afternoon.'" 

Artemas Parker, by his 2nd wife Mary, b. Aug. 5, 1786, thus 20 
years junior to his last sister. 

His five children all lived to maturity and married. 

35. Rhoda Parker, m. Capt. Joseph Smith of Barre. 

36. Abigail Parker, m. Nathan Allen of Barre. 

37. Sally Parker, m. Jonathan Mayhevv of Phillipston. 

38. Bettey Parker, m. Paul Tobey. 

39. Artemas Parker, m. Spaulding. 

13. Keziah Parker (Andrew,* yohn,^ Hanuniah,^ 
Thomas'), dau. of Andrew and Sarah (Whitney) Parker, bap. 
in Lexington. June i, 1740; m. June 21, 1759, Joseph ^Vyman 
of Lunenburg. Her intention of marriage is recorded upon the 


records of Lunenburg with date " May y® 4th Anno Domini 
1759," ^° Silas Wyman, brother of Joseph, but she m. in June, 
Joseph Wyman. She removed to Lunenburg, where her 
husband was an active man. He was a farmer, and she 
lived in Lunenburg until her death, which occurred Aug. 7, 
1776. He was b. in Woburn, Oct. 27, 1734, son of John and 
Rebecca, who with their family settled in Lunenburg. This 
John^ was son of Johns and Rebecca of Woburn, who was son 
of John^ and grandson of John", a Lieut, and tanner in Woburn, 
the originator of the line in America. Joseph Wyman m. 2nd 
Sarah Allen. 

Their children were : 

David Wyman, b. at Lunenburg, April 29, 1762. 
Joseph Wyman, b. at Lunenburg, April 3, 1764. 
Oi.ivER Wyman, b. at Lunenburg, March 26, 1766. 
Thomas Wyman, b. at Lunenburg, Sept. 27, 1768. 
Sarah Wyman, b. at Lunenburg, Feb. 37, 177^ • 
John Wyman, b. at Lunenburg, Oct. 14, 1760. 
Elizabeth Wyman, b. at Lunenburg, Nov. 10, i773- 

14. Anna Parker (^^^5^/2,+ yohn,^Hanamah,^ Thomas^), 
b. in Lexington, Sept. 9, 1719, dau. of Josiah and Anna (Stone) 
Parker, m. in Lexington, Nov. 6, 1737, Benjamin Smith, Jr., 
b. in Lexington, July 20, 1714, son of Benjamin and Martha 
(Comee) Smith.* Benjamin, Jr., was the road surveyor. 
She d. a widow in Waltham, June 10, 1768. Benjamin, Sr., 
was for a long time very popular with the townsmen, being 
often elected to public office. He was 12 years on the board 
of selectmen. He was the son of Thomas and this Thomas 
was the son of Thomas who was born in England and came 
to this country in 1635 with his father John. The original 
ancestry is found to be the same as that of Jonas Smith of 
Waltham, who m. 1775, Mary Parker of Lexington and settled 
in Princeton. 

*The Smith family was at the outset so common in all settlements as to 
make it a difficult task for the genealogist, but through continued research 
much has been effected in this line. The best authority, and to whom we are 
the most indebted for the work, is the compiler of the Watertotvn Genealo- 
sries. The writer is indebted to Hudson's History of Lexington for much re- 
garding the issues of the Smith and Monroe families which now follow. 


Their children were : 

1. Solomon Smith, b. Oct. 27, 1738; d. April 16, 1741. 

2. Benjamin Smith, b. March 7, 1741 ; m. Mary Lee. They 

were admitted to the Church in Lexington, June 24, 1768. 
They had the following children b. in Lexington : 
I. Anna Smith, b. April 2, 1770; m. Abijah Wyman of 

II. Benjamin Smith, b. Sept. i, 1774. He went to Town- 
send. There he m. a Turner. He was killed by tlie 
upsetting of a cart. 
III. David Smith, b. Sept. 29, 1776. He went to Ashby 
and m. a Foster. 

3. Anna Smith, b. March 31, 1743; m. William Monroe, b. in 

Lexington, Oct. 28, 1742, son of William and vSarah (Mason) 
Monroe. She was a lady of great worth, which was well 
reciprocated by her husband. Her choice was one of the 
most esteemed and prominent men of hardy Lexington — Col. 
William Monroe. Six children were born unto them, after 
which she d. Jan. 2, 1781, aged 38. William Monroe was 
orderly sergeant of Capt. Parker's Co. in 1775 ; it was under 
him that the guard was posted at Mr. Clarke's house on the 
evening of the i8th of April, 1775 ; and he paraded the men on 
the common the next morning in the ver\- face of British 
troops. The services which he performed in the opening of 
the Revolution were followed up by other services in the 
progress of the war. He was a lieutenant in the Northern 
army at the taking of Burgoyne in 1777. He was a prominent 
citizen and filled important town offices. He was selectman 
nine years and represented the town two years. He was a 
colonel in the militia and marched towards Springfield during 
Shays' rebellion, but the dispersement of the insurgents en- 
abled him to return home in a short time. Col. Monroe kept 
the public house long known as the Monroe Tavern. This 
is an important relic of the many historical preservations of 
Lexington. The house was built before 1700 and looks well 
to-day. Here the British regaled themselves, and committed 
many outrages on the 19th of April ; here they shot down in 
cold blood John Raymond, who was about leaving the house; 
here Gen. Washington dined in 1789, when he visited tlie first 
battle-field of the Revolution, and here the house is well pre- 
served to-day and still occupied by descendants of the Monroe 
family, who cordially show the old portion of the tavern to all 


interested in its history.* An excellent steel portrait of Col. 
William Monroe is given in Hudson's Histor}' of Lexington. 
He d. Oct. 30, 1837, aged 85. The Monroes of Lexington 
did all they coidd to help the struggling colonies and gained 
a well-earned renown. Col. William was brother to Capt. 
Edmund Monroe of Col. Bigelow's regiment, and he served 
all through the war until the battle of Monmouth, where he 
was killed. They were sons of William and Sarah (Mason) 
Monroe. The latter William was son of Ensign William 
Monroe, son of William Monroe from Scotland, the ancestor 
of all the Monroes of Lexington. Their children were: 

1. William Monroe, b. May 28, 1768; m. Susan B. 
Grinnell of New Bedford. He was killed at Rich- 
mond, Va., by the upsetting of a stage in 1814. 
II. Anna Monroe, b. May 9, 1771 ; m. Sept. 20, 1798, 
Rev. William Muzzy of Sullivan, N. H. She d. in 
Lexington, 1S50, aged 70. He was graduated at Har- 
vard College 1793, and was ordained at Sullivan, N. 
H., Feb. 7, 1798. He left in 1828 and returned to 
Lexington with his family, where he d. April 16, 1835. 
They had five children b. in Sullivan, two of whom d. 
in 1814 of the spotted fever. Their children were: 

1. William Muzzy, b. June 30, 1804; lived in Philadelphia. 

2. Emily Muzzy, b. Nov., 1800; d. unm. 

3. Abby Ann Muzzy, b. June 15, 1806; m. Dea. William Brig- 

ham and resided in Lexington. Their only child was 
Laura Muzzy Brigham, b. July 20, 1836. 

III. Sarah Monroe, b. Oct. 21, 1773; m. Jonathan 

Wheelock of Concord. She d. aged about 77. 

IV. LuciNDA Monroe, b. April 9, 1776; d. unm. June 2, 

1863, aged S^. 
V. Jonas Monroe, b. June 11, 1778; m. March 17, 1814, 
Abigail C. Smith, dau. of Joseph and Lucy (Stone) 
Smith, descendant of the ancient Smith line of Lexing- 
ton. Jonas Monroe was a lieutenant in the LTnited 

*At the old Monroe Tavern there wei-e exhibited on Nov. 5, 1889, the looth 
anniversary of Washington's visit to Lexington, many articles of historic 
interest. Among the articles shown was the wedding furniture of William 
and Anna Monroe, to wit : Round mahogany table, two arm chairs, looking 
glass, hat tree, britannia teapot, spinning-wheel, rush-bottomed chair, pewter 
candlestick, copper sauce pan, block used during Revolution for stamping 
fabrics, iron fire-dogs, warming-pan, "loggerheads" for making flip, lemon 
squeezer for making punch. 


States Dragoons in 1807, resigned his commission, and 
on the breaking out of the War of 181 2 was com- 
missioned as lieutenant of infantry and was engaged for 
a short time in the recruiting service. He kept the 
"Monroe Tavern," and was extensively and favorably 
known to the travelling public. He was drowned at 
Somerville, while bathing, July 2, i860, aged 82. His 
widow d. April 4, 1861 , aged 68. Their children were : 

1. William Henry Monroe, b. March 2, 1815. He is doing busi- 

ness in Philadelphia. 

2. Harriet Monroe, b. Nov. 25, i8i6. ' She is unm. 

3. Abby Smith Monroe, b. Aug. 28, 1819; d. Dec. 21, 1822. 

4. James S. Monroe, b. June 6, 1824; m. Alice B. Phmney. He 

resided in Lexington and had three sons. 

VI. Edmund Monroe, b. Oct. 29, 1780; m. (i) Harriett 

Downes, (2) Lydia Downes, (3) Sophia Sewall. He 

was a broker in Boston. He d. April 17, 1865. 

Martha Smith, b. April 19, 1745 ; m. May 27, 1771, Ebenezer 

Monroe, b. Nov. 15, 1744, son of Robert and Anna (Stone) 

Monroe. The father, Robert, was a soldier in the French 

War ; was the standard bearer at the taking of Louisburg in 

1758, and was also in the service in 1762. He was ensign in 

Capt. Parker's Co., and fell, one of the first victims of British 

oppression, April 19, 1775, right in his native town, after 

having served England so faithfully and well. Ebenezer 

Monroe was enrolled with Parker's patriots, and was in the 

battle of Lexington in 1775, and was also in the campaign of 

the Jerseys in 1776. He d. Aug. 22, 1826, aged S2 ; she d. 

Oct. 13, 1834, aged 86. Their children were : 

I. Patty Monroe, b. Feb. 19, 1772; m. Dec. 25, 1804, 

Isaac Pierce of W^altham. 
II. Ebenezer Monroe, b. Feb. 2, 1777; d. June 6, 1798, 
aged 21. 

III. Esther Monroe, b. Oct., 1783; m. Jan. 19, 1806, 

David Tuttle, b. in Winchendon, Dec. 2, 1782, son of 
Jedediah, a Revolutionary veteran. She d. in Lexing- 
ton, Oct. 14, 1809, aged 26, and left no issue. 

IV. John Monroe, b. April 28, 1785; m. Dec. 11, 1811, 

Charlotte Bacon of Woburn. He d. Feb. 17, 186^, 
aged 79. Their children were : 

1. John Harrison Monroe, b. June 3, 1S13, who lived :it F'ail 


2. Charles Henry Monroe, b. Aug. 10, 1814; d. at Buffalo. N. 

Y., July 17, 1850. 


3. Harriet Monroe, b. April 29, 1816; d. Feb. 2, 1835. 

4. Ebenezer Moni-oe, b. Dec. 3, 1817 ; m. Margaret M. Wilson ; 

d. Jan. 5, 1868, aged 50, and had children : Julia Maria and 

5. Jonas Monroe, b. Sept. 10, 1819; d. Aug. 15, 1843. 

6. Lavina Monroe, b. Oct. 16, 1821 ; m. April 4, 1839, Galen 

Allen; resided at Lexington; he was selectman; she d. 
April 22, 1865, and their children were: Harriett A., 
Annette A., John G., Lavinia M., Jonas M. 

7. Oliver Monroe, b. April 10, 1825 ; d. May 4, 1857. 

8. Charlotte Monroe, b. March 28, 1827; m. George MulHken; 

she d. Dec. 8, 1861 ; she had five children, viz. : Charlotte 
M., d. ; George F., d. ; Charles Henry; Clarence M. ; 
Harriett M., d. 

5. Esther Smith, b. April i, 1751. 

6. Esther Smith, b. Dec. 26, 1753 ; m. Simeon Snow of Holden, 

and d. Jan. 14, 1780. 

7. David Smith, b. Aug. 15, 1756. He was a member of Capt. 

Parker's Co. 

8. Thomas Smith, b. July 34, 1760; m. Oct. 3, 1782, Sarah Tay- 

lor of Charlestown, b. March I3, 1760; he d. Aug. 11, 1807. 
Their children were : 

I. Sarah Smith, b. Oct. 17, 1783; m. John Underwood, 
second cousins, as their great-great-grandfather was Lt. 
Josiah Parker. See Underwood, page ^6. Their 
children were : 

1. Mary Underwood, d. 1814. 

2. Napoleon Underwood. 

3. Abigail Underwood, m. Nov. 22, 1836, John Fillebrown of 

West Cambridge. 

4. Mary Underwood, bap. May 21, 1815. 

'5. Sarah Underwood, b. Sept. 4, 1817 ; d. 3'oung. 

6. Joseph Underwood, bap. Jan. 24, 1819. 

7. Sarah Underwood, bap. July 9, 1820; m. Feb. 9, 1843, John 

A. Tufts of Cambridge. 

8. Nathan Underwood, bap. Aug. 17, 1823. 

II. Abigail Smith, b. March 30, 1785 ; m. Sept. 27, 1809, 
David Tuttle. They probably removed from town. 

III. Thomas Smith, b. June 12, 1788; d. Aug. 12, 1809, 


IV. William Taylor Smith, b. Aug. 3. 1789 ; m. May 27, 

181 2, Cynthia Child of Gardner; no issue. They 
were both living 1868. 
V. Charles Smith, b. July 27, 1791 ; m. Hannah Ham- 


VI. Patty Smith, b. Aug. lo, 1793; m. Sept. 27, i8ro, 
David Tattle, her cousin Esther's widower, as his 
second wife ; she d. Dec. 15, 181 6, aged 32, and he m. 
again. Their children were : 

1. Esther Tuttle, b. Aug. 3, 1812; m. 1833, Caleb S. Tuttle, and 

settled in Alton, 111. 

2. Abigail Tuttle, b. Aug. 2, 1814; m. Dec. 29, 1S35, Jonathan 

S. Parker of Lexington. 

VII. Jonas Leonard Smith, b. June 11, 1795; d. March 

16, iSoi. 
VIII. Larkin Smith, b. Oct. 15, 1797: m. Lucy S. Smith, 

dau. of Jonas. 
IX. Ebenezer R. Smith, b. Dec. 3, 1799; m. Almira 

Reed ; she d. i860, aged -iS. Their children were : 

1. Sarah E. Smith, b. Oct. 27, 1829; m. April 23, 1851, Edijiund 

Reed of Burlington. 

2. Eustis R. Smith, b. March 6, 1832; d. Dec. 10, 1832. 

3. Almira J. Smith, b. Oct. i, 1833; d. Nov. 22, 1834. 

4. Almira J. Smith, b. Oct. 24, 1S35. 

5. Eustis Reed Smith, b. June 30, 1839. 
6 Octavia Smith, b. July 16, 1841. 

X. Jonas Leonard Smith, b. April 10, 1803 ; m. Sarah 
Cowley of Watertown. They had a child who d. 
young. He d. Dec. 10, 1845. 

15. Deliverance Parker (Josiah,^ John,^ Hananiah,- 
Thomas'), b. in Lexington, May 28, 1721, dau. of Lt. Josiah 
and Anna (Stone) Parker; m. in Lexington, April 7, 1737, 
Marrett Monroe, b. in Lexington, Dec. 6, 1713, son of Lt. 
John of Lexington and last in a family of ten children- This 
John was however the eldest of the ancestor William Monroe's 
family of 12 children. John Monroe and others had 900 acres 
of land granted to them in 1735 for services rendered in the 
Indian fight at Lamprey River, June 6, 1690. Marrett Monroe 
was selectman. They resided near the common, in the house 
now occupied by the family of John Hudson. He and wife 
Deliverance became parents of a large and sturdy family of 
the Monroe name. His will, dated Feb. 18, 1789, and proved 
May I, 1798, mentions wife Deliverance, sons Josiah, Nathan 
and Thaddeus, and daughters Rachel, Mary Underwood, 
Bethia, Deliverance Winship, Elizabeth Buckman and a child 
of dau. Ann Nurse, deceased. 


Their children were : 

1. Rachel Monroe, b. Nov. 29, 1737; d. unm. in Boston, where 

she lived. 

2. JosiAH Monroe, b. June 29, 1742; d. June 12, 1743. 

3. JosiAH Monroe, b. Feb. 12, 1745; m. Nov. 15, 1768, Suzan 

Fitch of Bedford. He was in the French War in 1762. He 
also served three months in the Jerseys in 1776. He then 
entered the Continental line and served two and a half years. 
After the close of the war he drew land in what was after- 
ward Ohio. He settled in Marietta in that State, where he 
was for a time postmaster. He had at least one child b. in 
Lexington, viz., Suzanna, bap. Nov. 10, 1771. They had 
another dau. and a son b. in Bedford before he moved to Ohio. 

4. Nathan Monroe, b. Aug. 9, 1747 ; m. Oct. 3, 1769, Elizabeth 

Harrington, b. Sept. 17, 1750, dau. of Henry and Sarah 
(Laughton) Harrington of Lexington. He was a member of 
Col. Parker's minute-men and took part in the battle of Lex- 
ington 1775. He succeeded to his father's homestead, residing 
on Monument Street, where Mr. John Hudson now resides. 
His house received several balls, which were taken out subse- 
quently when the house was repaired. She d. Dec. 24, 181 2. 
Their children were : 
I. Dolly Monroe, b. Nov. 18, 1769; m. Jan. 28, 1788, 
Elijah Pierce, b. Jan. i, 1765, son of Ephraim of Wal- 
tham. 'They lesided in Woburn, where he d. aged 54. 
II. Arethusa Monroe, b. March 10, 1773; m. June 20, 
1793, Capt. William Fox of Woburn. They resided 
on the West Side in Woburn, neighbors to her Parker 
relatives. They had nine children : 

1. William Fox, b. Jan. 22, 1794. 

2. Celenda Fox, b. Nov. 11, 1795. 

3. Samuel Fox, b. June 11, 1799. 

4. Elizabeth Fox, b. June 14, 1801. 

5. Warren Fox, b. Jan. 16, 1804; m. in Woburn, May 17, 1827, 

Eliza Richardson Parker. 

6. Dorcas Fox, b. May 11, 1806. 
7 Thomas Fox, b. May 14, 1808. 

8. Martha Fox, b. April 22, 1810. 

9. John Fox, b. July 29, 1812. 

III. Betsey Monroe, b. April 5, 1776; m. March 20, 1798, 
Munson Johnson, who came from Woburn to Lexing- 
ton in 1795. It is said he was son of Francis Johnson 
of Woburn. They had two children b. in Lexington, 
viz., Charlotte Johnson and Adelia Johnson. 


IV. John Monroe, b. June 15, 1778; m. Macy of 

Nantucket, where they settled. 

V. Nathan Monroe, b. Oct. 23, 1780; removed to Con- 
cord ; m. Susanna Loring, b. in Lexington, June 30, 
1784, dau. of Joseph Loring, a Revokitionary veteran 
who saw very hard service. They lived in Concord, 
where he d. Their children were : 

1. Elbridge Monroe, b. in Lexington, July 28, 1804. 

2. Nathan Monroe, b. in Concord, July 28, 1808. 

3. Jonas Clarke Monroe, b. in Lincoln, Sept. 22, 1812. 

4. James Monroe, b. in Concord, Feb. 27, 1817. 

VI. Jonathan Monroe, b. May 26, 1783 ; m. Feb. 13, 181 2, 
Rhoda Johnson, dau. of F'rederick and Rhoda (Reed) 
Johnson. She d. July 19, 1865, aged 72. He d. Dec. 
4, 1867, aged 85. Their children were : 

1. William Monroe, b. Dec. 17, 1812; m. Dec, 1846, Elvira 

Merriam of Concord, dau. of Joseph Merriam. They reside 
in Southbridge. 

2. Elizabeth Monroe, b. March 21, 1814; m. June 7, 1839, 

Francis Johnson of Woburn, now Winchester, b. April 18, 
1813, son of Maj. Francis and Mehetable (Parker) Johnson. 
They were fourth cousins, as it so happened that the great- 
great grandfather of each was Lt. Josiah Parker of Lexing- 
ton. (See page 43.) Their child was : 

I. Elizabeth Johnson, b. in Winchester, Sept. 19, 1841 ; 
resides at Lexington. 

3. Josiah Monroe, b. Oct. 21, 1818; m. Oct. 10, 1847, Adeline 

Dodge of Boston. They reside in Roxbury. 

4. Faustina Monroe, b. Feb. i, 1821 ; m. June 12, 1859, Frederick 


vu. Polly Monroe, b. March 11, 1785; m. June 13, 1811, 
Thomas Hunnewell of Charlestown. 

III. Dorcas Monroe, b. March 31, 1788 ; m. Nov. 29, 1810, 
Leonard Brown, b. Jan. 3, 1788, son of James of Lex- 
ington. They lived in Lexington. Their children 
were : 

1. Elizabeth Brown, b. June 15, 181 1 ; d. March 2, 1820. 

2. Mary Brown, b. May 9, 1814; d. March 3, 1820. 

3. Leonard Brown, b. March 19, 1818; d. Sept. 4, 1819. 

4. Leonard Brown, b. Feb. 24, 1821 ; m. Sarah Ann Goodnow 

of Stow, and resides in Lowell. 

5. Elizabeth Brown, b. March 8, 1823; m. Elias V. Blodgett. 

6. Mary Brown, b. July 30, 1825; m. George Patch of Littleton. 

7. Hiram Brown, b. July 20, 1827; m. Cynthia Farrar of Wal- 

tham ; resides in Arlington. 

8. Nathan Brown, h. Feb 8, 1830; m. March 7, 1852, Hannah 

E. Fiske. 


IX. Thaddeus Monroe, b. Sept. 14, 1790 : settled in Quincy, 

X. Harris Moxroe, b. May 29, 1793 ; d. in Dedham, 1829. 

5. Mary Monroe, b. March 3, 1749; m. March 21, 1771, Joseph 

Underwood, b. in Lexington, April 30, 1749, son of Joseph. 
He seems to have been a worthy member of the Underwood 
family. He was among that brave band who stood up with 
Capt. Parker, April 19, 1775; he also marched with the de- 
tachment to Cambridge, May 10, and also June 17, 1775. 
They were admitted to the Church, March 22, 1772. He d. 
Feb. 27, 1829, aged 80. She d. July 10, 1802. They had 
nine children ; many of them d. young, and among the re- 
mainder were : 

Joseph Underwood, bap. July 5, 1772; m. March 2, 

iSoo, Eusebia Harrington ; was selectman, and d. 

without issue, Sept. 6, 1845. 
Polly Underwood, bap. Dec. 7, 1777; m. March 26, 

1798, Jonas Smith, son of Joseph, and one of a family 

of 13. Their children were : 

1. Mary Monroe Smith, m. John C. Brackett of Woburn. 

2. Lucy Stone Smith, m. Larkin Smith. 

3. Sophronia Smith, m. Orin Knapp of Somerville. 

John Under"wood, bap. March 26, 1780; m. Sarah 
Smith, dau. of Thomas and Sarah (Taylor) Smith of 
Lexington, b. Oct. 17, 1783 ; they were admitted to 
the Church July 5, 181 2 ; he d. Aug. 8, 1855, aged 76 ; 
she d. Jan. 25, 1848, aged 64. Their dau. Mary d. 
voung. (See John LTnderwood, page 72.) 

6. Bethiah Monroe, b. Jan. 22, 1753 ; lived at Bellows Falls, 

Vt. ; d. unm. aged 93. 

7. Deliverance Monroe, b. July 22, 1755 ; m. John Winship, 

b. in Lexington, May 12, 1754, son of Samuel, and one of 11 
children ; he d. in West Cambridge, April, 1825, and his 
widow Deliverance Monroe Winship administered upon his 
estate. He was a soldier in Capt. Pai'ker's Co. i775 ' ^^ ^^^^ 
served in the first campaign of eight and 12 months in New 
York. They had seven children : 
I. John Winship, b. Dec. 28, 1779- 
II. Stephen Winship, b. July 15, 1782. 
HI. Charles Winship, b. June 30, 1784. 
IV. Sally Winship, b. July 23, 1786. 
V. Polly Winship, b, April 26, 1788. 


VI. Hexry Winship, b. June 28, 1790. 
VII. Nagus Winship, b, Aug. 4, 1793. 

8. Anna Monroe, b. June 23, 175S; m. Josiah Nurse of Frani- 

ingham.* I am, however, unable to follow them in the Fram- 
ingham records. 

9. Thaddeus Monroe, b. Oct. 26, 1760 ; traded in South Carolina, 

where he d. unm. 

10. John Monroe, b. and d. April 3, 1763. 

11. Elizabeth Monroe, b. Oct. 4, 1765; m. July i, 1787, Jacob 

Buckman of Woburn, where they finally settled. They were 
the parents of Hon. Bowen Buckman of Woburn. Their 
children were : 

I. Bowen Buckman, b. in Lexington. April 19, 1788; m. 
and lived in Woburn, a prominent and distinguished 
man, and had children Eliza, Maria, and Julia Ann. 
II. Dennis Buckman, b. in Lexington, May 13, 1794; m. 
and lived in Woburn. Children : Elizabeth, Joseph, 
Lora, Otis, Lavinia, and Ruth. 

III. Willis Buckman, twin of Dennis, b. in Lexington, May 

13, 1794 ; m. and lived in Woburn. Children : Bowen, 
Alvah, Austin, and Minot J. 

IV. Ira Buckman, b. in Woburn, Nov. 19, 1802 ; m. and 

lived in Woburn and whose children were: Harrison, 
Harriett. Zachariah Symmes, and William M. 
V. William Morton Buckman, b. in Woburn, July 13, 
1806; in. and lived in Woburn. Children: Catharine 
and Catharine B. M. Many of these families or their 
descendants still live in Woburn. 

16. Josiah Parker, Jr. (Josiah,^ John,^ Hananiah,^ 
Thomas^ )n b. in Lexington, April ii, 1725, son of Lt. Josiah 
and Anna (Stone) Parker, inherited from his ancestors a vigor- 
ous constitution, strong intellect and good morals, which he 
in turn transmitted to his children after settling for life in 

It seems, also, that he inherited his lather's military spirit, 
for in later years he became a lieutenant in Woburn. He was 
probably connected with the Lexington military com pans- 
while yet a lad, as was then the custom, and as his father was 
(1744) lieutenant in Col. Phipps' Mass. Reg. The plan on 

* froin History oj Lexington. 


page 43 shows where his father, one of the foremost men 
in Lexington, Hved and carried on his farm, and where his 
"well beloved son" lived until the age of 23, when he mar- 
ried in Weston, Oct. 27, 1748, Mary Monroe, then of Weston. 
She was b. in Lincolii, March 18, 1729, being one of a family 
of II children, and sister to Martha Monroe, who m. Isaac 
Stone of Lexington. Her father, Benjamin Monroe, whose 
wife was Mary Merriam, was youngest child of a family of 
14, the father bemg William Monroe, the Scotch emigrant 
ancestor of the name, who settled in Lexington near the 
Woburn line. Mary Monroe must have been a lady of much 
worth, coming from this flourishing and sturdy Monroe family. 

The year following his marriage he purchased, May 29, 
1749, of John Burt's heirs, then of Boston, an estate in Woburn 
of 200 acres of rich farming land for the sum of £2,000. It 
was in the west part of the town and but a few miles from his 
home in Lexington. It was in this part of Woburn where the 
Kendalls resided ; where Jabez Kendall lived until his mar- 
riage to Sarah Parker of Lexington. The farm was bordered 
by Samuel Kendall on the north and on the west by Samuel 
Wyman. Later, in i77i,Josiah Parker bought much more 
land, bounded, as the deed reads, north by the highway to 
Lexington, and east by the highwa}- to Charlestown. This 
was in the southwest part of the town and was adjacent to a 
part of his other land. It is said that his house, the home- 
stead site, stood between Cambridge and Lexington Streets. 

Mr. and Mrs. Parker were connected with the Church in 
Woburn. It may be that he saw service in the French and 
Indian wars, or perhaps accompanied his brother, Capt. John 
Parker of Lexington, in the memorable Louisburg expedition 
of 1745, or in the French and Indian war; but one thing is 
certain, that he was honored with the title of Lieut. 

Characteristic of his family he was " joiner" as well as a 
farmer. He had his "shop," which he mentions in his will, 
wherein he made wagons, furniture and all farm implements. 
In his will, which is preserved in Middlesex Probate Records, 
he mentions Mar}^ my dearly beloved wife, Mary, my well 
beloved dau., my eldest son Josiah Parker, my dau. Lydia, 
son Edmund, dau. Martha, and sons Nathan and Benjamin. 


He d. in Woburn, April i8, 1774, ^t the early age of 49. 
All of his family were b. in Woburn. 
Their children were : 

40. Mary Parker, b. Dec. 25, 1749 ; m. (probably) John Gilmore. 

41. JosiAH Parker, b. Nov. 25, 1751 ; m. Hannah Gardner of 

42. Lydia Parker, b. Dec. 10, 1753; m, Jesse Wright, then of 

43. Benjamin Parker, h. Jan. 30, 1756; m. Mehetable Tidd of 

Nathan Parker, b. April i, 1758; d. young. 
Anna Parker, b. Feb. 12, 1760; probably d. young. 

44. Edmund Parker, b. March 17, 1762; m. (i) Lydia Jolinson, 
(2) Mrs. Elizabeth Reed, both of Woburn. 

Martha Parker, b. July 29, 1764. 

Ruth Parker, b. Oct. 1, 1766. She probably d. young, as she 
was not mentioned in her father's will. 

45. Nathan Parker, b. Feb. 21, 1769; m. Polly Richardson of 

Betty Parker, b. July 23, 1771. 

In Woburn Death Records is recorded the death of a John Parker, 
May 30, 1790. His identity is not plain. Perhaps he belonged to 
the Reading families. 

17. Capt. John Parker (Josia/i,^ Joh^i,^ Hananiah^ 
Thomas'), son of Lieut. Josiah and Anna (Stone) Parker, 
was b. in Lexington, July 13. 1729. He passed his boyhood 
upon his father's farm amid the hardships and warfare of the 
early times. 

He was early connected with the military company of the 
town, and was trained by his father, Lieut. Josiah Parker. 
Unfortunately the period of his services in the French and 
Indian wars cannot be ascertained, as all the rolls of the Lex- 
ington men have not been preserved. Some of the Lexington 
men were attached to the famous corps known as "Rogers's 
Rangers," to which Capt. Edmund Monroe at one time be- 
longed, and quite likely John Parker as well. This company 
is thus described by the historian of Lexington : 

"This was the corps in which vStark served his military apprentice- 
ship; — a corps whose name was expressive of the life they led — 
ranging through the wilderness, seeking their wary savage foe by 


day or by night in silent glens or secret ambush: — a corps whose 
winter quarters were in tedious marchings amid drifted snows, 
frozen lakes and ice clad hills, — relying sometimes upon snow shoes 
and sometimes on skates for locomotion, and carrying their only 
arsenal and commissariat in their packs. In such a corps were some 
of the hardv sons of Lexington trained — they, knowing that their 
lives were in their own hands and that their escape from the toma- 
hawk and scalping knife, the tortures of the faggot or ignominious 
slavery, depended entirely upon their own severe trials, perpetual 
watchings and determined courage." 

John Parker was at the capture of Louisburg in 1758, and 
was at the taking of Quebec in 1759. ^^ ^^'^^ made a ser- 
geant in this war. The war of the Revolution which fol- 
lowed, and the great armies in the service of the late Rebellion 
have thrown the French and Indian War in a great measure 
into the shade. Few people at the present time realize the 
toils, the sufferings and the sacrifices made by the colony at 
that time to sustain the cause and strengthen the arm of the 
mother country, which was shortly after raised to crush the 
patriotic colonists. From 1755 to 1763 Massachusetts per- 
iormed an amount of military service almost unparalleled. 
Minot, the historian, says that in the year 1757 one-third of the 
effective men in the colony were in some way or other in the 
field. The patriotic devotion of the colony, and the zeal with 
which the brave soldiers served Great Britain should have 
excited her gratitude and induced her to respect their rights. 

John Parker m. in Lexington, May 25, 1755, Lydia Moore, 
b. in Lexington, Jan. 18, 1731, third dau. of Thomas and 
Mary Moore of Lexington, who lived, if tradition be correct, 
in a house, man}' years since in ruins, not far west of the 
present poor farm. They were admitted to the Church Oct. 
31, 1756. After the settlement of his father's estate the other 
sons in course of time removed from town and he bought out 
their shares. Mr. Parker was a successful farmer and col- 
lected a respectable estate. He was a skilful "-joiner" as well 
as a good mechanic. He became assessor, constable and col- 
lector of his town. Royal assessments known as "the stamp 
act," involving consequences of great importance, were levied 
often upon the colonial towns. The collector received the 
document and was obliged to collect its quota or go to jail. 


As John Parker was assessor this duty fell upon him, and at 
Lexington is preserved one of the papers, which best explains 
the condition of affairs at this time. The citizens could not 
anticipate their coming, which was irregular, or the amount 
which might be stated in them. 

John Parker was a stout, large framed man, of medium 
height, somewhat like his illustrious grandson, Theodore 
Parker, in personal appearance, but had a much longer face. 
He was fond of learning and reading, as from Parson Clark's 
diary we learn he was one of those who often borrowed his 
valued books, treasures at that time. 

The Church and town were one, consequently the minister 
was the most influential man in the town. The ardent patriot, 
Parson Jonas Clark, plainly exposed the doctrine for which 
Massachusetts rose in arms. He levied high treason in the 
house of God, and upon his fellow-citizens, and finally upon 
the whole country — his influence was inestimable. The 
Parkers for several generations used to love to go to Church, 
they were the best of hearers of the Word, and faithful doers 
too, but they had their own thoughts and resolved as well as 

Probably the name of Capt. John Parker would have no 
place in history had not the events and circumstances of the 
times brought the British to Lexington. But do not the 
results well show that no better man could have been chosen 
to represent the colonists in their first defence? He was equal 
to the emergency, and may we ever honor his name. 

The whole country was equally alive and it needed only a 
spark to kindle the fire of liberty, and any village might have 
been the scene of the first resistance. The Lexington company 
of minute-men, formed about 1774, comprised the principal 
men of the town. John Parker was at that time 45 years of 
age. He must have been a man of admitted character and 
one who commanded the confidence of the people. When in 
1774 and "75 the town made an effort to organize a company 
of minute-men, we have a record over his signature in this 
language, showing his military leadership, and seems the first 
note of preparation to the bloody drama so soon to be enacted : 


"Lexington, March 14, 1775. 

"Agreeable to the vote of the town I have received by the hands 

of the Selectmen the drums — there were two — provided by the town 

for the use of Military Company in this town until the further order 

of the town. 

John Parker." 

There were in town at that period Lieut. Edmund Monroe 
and Ens. Robert Monroe, both of whom had held commissions 
in the French War, besides 25 or 30 more who had seen 
service on the "tented field," and the fact that Parker was 
selected to command that company and that these officers and 
soldiers were willing to volunteer and serve under him, shows 
that he was a man of more than ordinary ability and one to be 
trusted in any emergency. 

Capl. Parker shouldered his gun on the evening of the i8th 
of April, left his home and seven young children, proceeded 
to the village and there awaited the arrival of messengers from 
Boston. He placed a guard composed of Sergt. Monroe and 
eight men around Rev. John Clark's house, where the hunted 
patriots, John Hancock and Samuel Adams, were that night 
stopping. Paul Revere arrived in Lexington at midnight. 
He immediateh' gave the alarm at the parson's house. At 
two in the morning Capt. Parker caused the alarm to be 
sounded from the belfrj' on Lexington green and by the beat- 
ing of drums. The minute-men hastened from their firesides, 
and all finally assembled upon the common. The night being 
cool the company was soon dismissed with orders to assemble 
again at the beat of the drum. The greater portion retired to 
Buckman's tavern near the place of parade. At half-past 
four Parker called the roll of his company, forming the line 
near the meeting-house. He then commanded — 

"Every man of you who is equipped follow me, and those of you 
who are not go into the meeting-house and furnish himself from the 
magazine and immediately join the company." 

Afterward came the order to load the guns. As the British 
approached and the little band of 60 stood before 600 dis- 
ciplined troops, a few of them naturally for a moment faltered, 
Capt. Parker sternly replied, "The first man who offers to 
run shall be shot down." When the British halted and 




Pitcairn cried out "Disperse, ye villians, ye rebels," etc., our 
Captain showed his cool and prudent judgment in evading the 
mighty disaster which aggression on the part of his troops 
would have been, by firmly ordering, "Don't fire unless fired 
upon, but if they want a war let it begin here." He was 
always gentlemanly. As he stood before the British host no 
profane sentence sullied his lips, sorely tempted though he 
may have been in the peril and excitement of that hour. 
What a contrast did the language of the American commander 
present to that of Maj. Pitcairn, when, with oaths, he dis- 
charged his pistol and ordered his men to fire. They over- 
shot and no one was injured, but at their second discharge 
nearly one-fourth of the little compan}^ were killed or wounded. 
The little band then returned the fire with some effect and 
the war was begun ! The British charged upon them, upon 
which perilous state of affairs Capt. Parker ordered his men, 
"Disperse and take care of yourselves." With a cheer the 
British resumed their march, having first bayoneted Jonas 
Parker, who was determined to face the British. He was 
Capt. Parker's cousin and the first man bayoneted in our 
American Revolution. (See page 50.) Far better would it 
have been for Major Pitcairn and his command to have re- 
flected from the brave resistance shown by Jonas Parker of 
the probable reception awaiting them. Far better for his men 
if he had then and there wheeled around and marched back 
to Boston. How heartily the example offered by Parker, 
together with the fate of the other victims, was told from mouth 
to mouth, and how the minute-men responded b}^ their pres- 
ence that day ! 

Capt. Parker had not only trained his company but had 
formed an "Alarm List," as was the custom, to which the 
boys and old men belonged. He trained all who could carry 
a musket, and during the day many of them got in chance 
shots at the enemy, and some of the boys carried water in 
wooden bowls to the men. Besides Capt. Parker and his 
cousin Jonas Parker, there was the latter's nephew. Corporal 
Ebenezer Parker, and the Captain's brother, Thaddeus Parker, 
who were in the fight that day. It is shown in another part 
how Ebenezer's father, Thomas Parker, defended his family 


and property from British insult, although he was still con- 
fined to his house. In the forenoon Capt. Parker gathered 
the remainder of his company and marched toward Concord 
to intercept the British at the best advantage. In Lincoln, as 
they saw the enemy returning, he led the men into an open 
field, and they fired once more upon the enemy. Troops 
from Woburn, Acton, Reading and other towns had arrived. 
From Woburn were Captain Parker's nephews, Edmund and 
Josiah Parker. From Reading came 17 who bore the name 
of Parker, who, under command of Capt. Brooks, kept up a 
hot fire upon the enemy's column during the remainder of the 

In the following May John Parker led a part of his company, 
45 men, to Cambridge, upon order of the Provincial Congress, 
and they served from the sixth to the tenth. Again on the 
day of the battle of Bunker Hill he was with 69 men at Cam- 
bridge ready for action. He was not in perfect health on the 
day of the battle of Lexington. At Bunker Hill he was too 
ill to be allowed to enter the turmoil of the battle, so he dis- 
contentedly commanded troops who guarded the "Neck" that 
day. He was never well afterwards and an epidemic dysen- 
tery in September found him an eas}^ prey. He died at an 
early age for his long-lived family, aged 46, Sept. 17, 1775. 
He who was so brave and true at the beginning of the struggle 
saw not the end nor the glory. 

His direct descendant, Elizabeth Parker of Lexington, 
writes of him : 

" I think one can say of John Parker, althoiiojh perhaps a man 
plain and simple like his name, he must have been a man ot" some 
mental and much executive ability, a man of strong will, bold, earn- 
est and daring — wise, prudent and determined. A man sure of his 
convictions and true to his convictions. Jonathan Harrington, the 
last survivor of the battle, said that ' He looked as though he could 
face anything,' and most bravely did he face the responsibilities and 
dangers of that trying time."* 

It has been eloquently said of him : 

" But Parker commanded more than that little company who 
stood on yonder green ; he led the embattled host that ])artook of his 

♦Extract from an article entitled Capt. John Parker, written for and pre- 
served by the Lexington Historical Society in its publications. 


and their spirit henceforth. When he rallied his men in the after- 
noon of that signal day he prefigured our noble army, which again 
and again, with thinned ranks and amid fallen comrades, returned to 
the dread fields of that long and bloody struggle."* 

At the Lexington homestead is preserved Capt. Parker's 
affidavit of the actions of the 19th of April, very valuable to 
history as his official account of the direct cause of the Revolu- 
tionary War. It is here copied in full. 

•' Lexington, April 23, 1775. 

"I, John Parker of lawful age, and commander of the militia in 
Lexington, do testify and declare that on the 19th inst. in the morn- 
ing about one of the Clock, being informed that there were a num- 
ber of Regular oliicers riding up & down the road, taking and insult- 
ing people, and also was informed that the Regular troops were on 
their march 'from Boston, in order to take the Province Store at 
Concord, immediately ordered our militia to meet on the common in 
Said Lexington, to consult what to do, and concluded not to be dis- 
covered nor to meddle or make with said Regular Troops, (if they 
should approach) unless they should insult or molest us ; and upon 
their sudden approach I immediately ordered our militia to disperse 
and not to fire ; immediately said Troops made their appearance and 
Rushed furiously to & fired upon and Killed Eight of our party with- 
out Receiving any provocation therefor from us. 

"Midd'" ss April y* 23'' 1775. 
" The Above named John Parker appeared and made Solemn 
Oath to the truth of the within deposition by him subscribed before 


John Cuming \ 

Jon" : Hastings > Justices of Peace." 

Duncan Ingraham j 

In the Massachusetts Senate Chamber there hangs two 
muskets, priceless relics, appropriate memorials to the State 
of Capt. Parker, the gift of his grandson. Rev. Theodore 
Parker. On one, Capt. Parker's own light fowling-piece, 
which he carried at Quebec and Lexington, is inscribed: 


*A. B. Muzzy, April 19, 1871, a descendant of Isaac Muzzy, who was killed 
in the battle of Lexinsrton. 

parker genealogy. 87 

"This Firearm was used by 

Capt. John Parker 

In the Battle of Lexington, 

April 19, 

And on the other, which he took from a grenadier in Cam- 
bridge on the 17th of June : 

"The First Fire Arm 

Captured in the 
War of Independence." 

These invaluable mementos were received by the State 
with appropriate ceremonies, and are conspicuously suspended 
for public view in the Senate Chamber of th^ State House. 
May they ever be prized with reverence, and "Tell to our 
sons how our fathers have died." 

In the year 1884 the town appropriated the sum of $1,500 
to mark spots of historic interest in Lexington, and among 
others the grave where his remains were supposed to rest 
received a substantial and fitting monument bearing this in- 
scription : 

" To THE Memory of Capt. John Parker, 

Commander of the Minute-men, April 19TH, i775' 

Born July 13TH, 1729, Died September 17T11, 1775. 

The Town erects this Memorial. 


Their children were : 

Lydia Parker, b. Nov. 8, 1756. 

46. Anna Parker, b. Jan. 11, 1759 ; m. March 16, 178 1, Ephraim 
Pierce of Waltham. 

47. John Parker, b. Dec. 7, 1761 ; m. Feb. 17, 1785. Hannah 
Stearns of Lexington. 

48. Isaac Parker, b. May ii, 1763 ; m. in Charleston, S. C. 

49. Ruth Parker, b. Dec. 7, 1765; m. Nov. 14, 1787, David 
Bent ; removed to Nova Scotia. 

50. Rebecca Parker, b. June 28. 176S: m. PettM" Clarke of 

51. Robert Parker, b. April 15, 1771 ; m. Oct. 22, 1794, 
Elizabeth Simonds of Lexington. 



18. Thaddeus Parker (yosmh,\ Jokn,^ Hanam'ak,^ 
Tkofuas^ ), son of Josiah and Anna (Stone) Parker, b. in 
Lexington, Sept. 2, 1731 : m. May 27, 1759, Mary Reed, 
b. July 17, 1751, dau. of William and Abigail (Stone) Reed. 
He sold in 1761 to his brother, John Parker of Lexington, 

The accompanying engraving shows the appearance of the homestead as it 
was at this time. It is the house which stood upon the place when the estate 
passed into the ownership of John Parker of Reading in 1712. It also shows 
the old belfry building which, previous to the nineteenth century, stood on 
the common, on the site of the present monument, and from which in 1775 
went forth those peals of alarm which called the patriots to arms on the morn- 
ing of the 19th of April. Although the old house has been replaced by 
another the belfry still stands at the Parker homestead. 

The Parker Homestead. 

In this ancient house several generations of large families were born. Here 
was also born the Rev. Theodore Parker, who in early life drew the picture 
which is here shown. He wrote in regard to it as follows: "It faced as 
near the south as the rude science of the owner or builder could make it, 
and so was a perpetual sun dial. It had but one chimney, that a huge one 
in the centre of the building. The large bricks, made half a mile oft", were 
laid in clay as far as the ridge pole, while the part of the chimney above the 
roof was pointed with mortar. Limestone was not found within many miles, 
and the want of it was a serious inconvenience in building. The house, like 
all the others in that neighborhood, was two stories high in front and only 
one in the rear. The rooms were few but large and airy, the windows not 
numerous, of various size, but all small; originally all the latches, except 


afterwards captain, a part of his share of his father's, Lieut. 
Josiah Parker, estate for £175. He lived in Lexington, 
probably at or near the centre of the town. He was like his 
brothers, and doubtless his ancestors, a strong, large boned, 
muscular man. His career in Lexington stands out brightly 
in two ways, first as a citizen, and second as a patriot. It 
is a lamentable fact that of his large family there is not a 
living descendant of this worthy man. 

Thaddeus Parker was one of the selectmen in the years 
preceding the Revolution, a period when the most important 
duties of the town were devolved upon that board, and when 
only mei} of true character and firm patriotism were chosen. 
His name appears as assessor of the town of Lexington during 

that of the ' fore-door,' were of wood with wooden thumb pieces, but these had 
nearly all passed away before my recollection. The house, as it stood in my 
day, had been built at different times, the eastern end being considerably 
younger than the western, and not furnished with the massive oak beams 
which everywhere stuck out in the older part. A New England farmer of 
* comfortable estate ' would hesitate a good deal before setting up his house- 
hold in such a cheerless shelter; but three generations of stout and longlived 
men were born and grew up there, and if the fourth be more puny and sink 
quicker to the grave, it is from no fault of the old house, but from the con- 
sumption which such spongy meadows in New England seldom fail to pro- 
duce in the course of time : even children, Avho have removed to healthier 
situations, carrv with them the fatal poison in their blood, and transmit it to 
their sons and daughters." 

A history of the old belfry is found in Mr. C. A. Staples's ''Sketch of the 
History of Lexington Common,'' published by the Lexington Historical Society, 
from which I copy the following: "At a town meeting held in June, 1761, 
Isaac Stone, as the record says : ' came into y^ meeting and gave y« town a 
bell to be for v^ towns use forever; which bell was there and weighed 463 lbs. 
— and y" moderator in y name of y meeting gave him thanks.' 

"Accordingly the town set to work building a belfry for the bell, and the 
building was finally settled upon the common. This was the famous bell 
which rung the alarm on the morning of the 19th of April, 1775, whose tongue 
is still preserved among the precious relics at the Gary Library, Lexington. 
But when the new meeting-house was built in 1794 the belfry was sold to 
John Parker, the father of Theodore Parker, and carried away to the Parker 
homestead, where it long did duty as a wheelwright shop and where it is 
still standing. Soon we trust, under the auspices of the Lexington Historical 
Society, it will come creeping back, to find its final resting-place near the 
spot of its birth. It should be placed on some height overlooking the village 
and restored to its original form, a bell procured of the exact size of Dea. 
Isaac Stone's gift, the old tongue put in it, and on every anniversary of the 
19th of April it should be rung to let people know how the summons sounded 
which called the minute-men to the common on that eventful morning." 


the years 1770, '71, '73 and '77. At a time of deep desponden- 
cy, the closing months of 1776, when the patriot army was a 
mere handful of ragged, disheartened men, he enlisted from 
Lexington for a campaign in the Jerseys, there to join Gen. 
Washington. This was during the retreat through New 
Jersey, the battle of Trenton, when Washington crossed the 
Delaware and turned the tables of his country's history, fol- 
lowed b}^ the battles of Princeton, Brandy wine and German- 
town, and it is probable that in all of these Mr. Parker assisted. 
He was in the service at least eight months. He d. in Lex- 
ington, Feb. 10, 1789. From the note-book of his nephew 
John Parker we read : 

"Lexington, February 12, 1789. 
" Was intered Mr. Thaddeus Parker, Esq. aged 58, who died of a 
motification in his bowels, it being the 6"* person that died in one 
house since the 4"" day of September in the year 1787, whereof Mr. 
Joseph Parker, brother of Thaddeus, was the first, who died of a 
consumption, Polly Parker followed after and Bettey and Thaddeus 
Parker, junr. and Sally Parker all of a consumption, and all children 
of Thaddeus Parker." 

Mary, widow of Mr. Parker, survived him many years. 
She d. in Lexington, Oct. 9, 181 1, aged 73. 

Their children were : 

Mary Parker, b. Sept. 26, 1760; d. June 3, 1787, aged nearly 27. 

Sarah Parker, b. Aug. 24, 1762 ; d. Feb. 2, 1789, aged 26. 

Betty Parker, b. Aug. 28, 1764; d. Aug. 27, 1788, aged 24. 

Thaddeus Parker, b. July 10, 1767; d. June 14, 1789, aged 
nearly 22. 

JosiAH Parker, b. Sept. 19, 1770. The estate of Thaddeus Parker 
was appraised in 1789 at £726. 12s. I5d. Josiah was then the 
sole heir to his father's property ; but he was not living, however, 
1842, when Jonathan S. Parker of Lexington attested that Josiah 
Parker was then deceased, that he had never married and thus had 
left no issue. Therefore the Thaddeus branch of the Parker family 
became extinct. 

19. Joseph Parker (Josiah,^ Jokn,^ Hana^tiak,^ 
Thomas'), son of Lieut. Josiah and Anna (Stone) Parker, was 
b. in Lexington, Nov. 28, 1733, the last child in the family 
of eight. He m. July 5, 1759, Eunice Hobbs of Weston, b. 


in Weston, April 22, 1741, the fourth in a family of eleven 
children, dau. of Ebenezer and Eunice (Garfield)* Hobbs. 
After the birth of their first child, in 1760, they settled in 
T^incoln, where the births of the remainder of their children 
are recorded. He must have owned property, however, 
in Lexington, as by a deed bearing date of April 13, 1763, 
to him from his cousin Thomas Parker, Esq., we read, 
"Joseph Parker of Lexington, Husbandman." He probably 
lived in Weston during the latter period of his life, for his 
family were finally connected with that town. He seems to 
have been a quiet farmer, and not particularly prominent in 
town affairs. Although the town records of Lincoln do not 
show his name on the muster-rolls of her Revolutionary sol- 
diers, yet almost every male citizen there was a participant 
and it is not at all probable that he staid away from danger 
and duty. 

She d. in Lincoln, Jan. 3, 1784. He d. in Lexington, as 
we are informed by his nephew, Sept. 4, 1787, at the house 
of his brother, Thaddeus Parker, Esq. 

Their children were : 

52. Susanna Parker, b. Dec. 31, 1760; probably m. 

Gregory, t 

53. Levi Parker, b. April 16, 1762; m. Mary Lyon of Hub- 

54. Lois Parker, b. Nov. 17, 1763 ; m. John Coburn of Weston. 
Aaron Parker, b. Dec. 5, 1765 ; killed by the Indians, 1791- + 

55. Joseph Parker, Jr., b. Oct. 4, 1767; m. Polly Fisk of Weston. 
Jonathan Parker, b. Oct. 17, 1769. Inheriting a military spirit, 

he was in the St. Clair expedition against the Indians. In this he 
perished as did his brother Aaron. 

* She, Eunice Garfield, was one of the twelve children of Lt. Thomas Gar- 
field, a sturdy and prosperous citizen of Watertown. Among the brothers 
and sisters of Eunice were Isaac, Samuel, Anna, and Elisha, thus showing the 
origin of these names in Levi Parker's children and grandchildren. 

t Uriah Grigory of Weston belonged to the minute-men of that town; but 
we know not the given name of Susanna Parker's husband. 

JAaron Parker shared the military spirit of his family. His brother Levi, 
nearly four years his senior, was just old enough to participate in the last part 
of the Revolution. The time soon came when Aaron was able to lend his 
hand for his country against the Indians, who, encouraged by British officers, 
barred all western emigration and who were, 1790, scalping inhabitants and 



Elisha Parker, b. Dec. 7, 1772; d. in 1773. 

56. Elisha Parker, b. Sept. 10, 1775 ; m. Jerusha 1 
Wentworth of Weston. ' 

57. Rebecca Parker, b. Sept. 10, 1775 ; m. Elisha 1 
Rand of Weston. J 


20. Peter Parker ('yio/^w, 4 'John,^ Hananiak,^ Thomas^ )^ 
son of John and Experience (Clayes) Parker, b. in Framing- 
ham, Oct. 3, 1738, succeeded upon his father's homestead; 
m. Dec, 8, 1761, Ruth Eaton, b. in Framingham, Feb. 16, 
1744, dau. of Noah and Hannah (Vinton) Eaton. He was 
also a cordwainer ; with wife was admitted to the Church in 
1763. He was a leading citizen of his town ; was one of the 
Committee of Correspondence in the stirring times of the Rev- 
olutionary war ; was one of the committee to provide for the 
families of the soldiers who enlisted into the Continental army, 
and which committee was continued with full powers from 
year to year : assisted in Church affairs ; selectman 1777, '79^ 
'80, '81, '82 ; town treasurer 1783. 'S6. During and following 
the war the prices on goods were very fluctuating, and the 
town chose a committee of ten men, Peter Parker being one, 
to state the prices of labor, country produce, manufactures, 
innholders' charges, etc. ; was on a committee of fifteen to 
examine the new Constitution, May, 1780: was constable and 
collector, and was a member of the Framingham company 
of alarm soldiers, under Capt. Emmes, in the French and 
Indian war, 1757. 

burning the towns along the frontier. With his brother Jonathan, Avho it 
seems also inherited a love for liberty, he joined the national troops in Penn- 
sylvania in the Indian troubles of 1790. Their success w^as varied. Finally, 
under Gen. St. Clair, they were among the force of 2,000 men who proceeded 
westward and at last arrived at the southeastern head-waters of the Wabash, 
at about where the division of Ohio and Indiana now is. They had encamped 
for their first night on this wooded plain, and were preparing breakfast, Nov. 
4, 1791, when the Indians rushed furiously upon them. A stout resistance 
did not prevent a bad defeat and retreat, the loss to the 2,000 being 800 killed 
and missing. This was known as St. Clair's defeat by the Indians, and in 
this Aaron and Jonathan Parker are said to have perished. This ended St. 
Clair's career, and in 1793, Gen. Anthony Wayne having assumed command, 
sent a strong detachment to the scene of the defeat who buried the bleaching 
bones of 600 men and built Fort Recovery. Aaron Parker was aged 26 and 
Jonathan aged 22 at the time of St. Clair's defeat. 


"An incident occurred in 1777 which made a lasting impression 
on the public mind. While Mr. Wheaton was supplying the pulpit 
he negotiated for the purchase of a horse, and arranged with Mr. 
John Clayes, who lived at Salem End, where is now the L. O. 
Emerson house, to examine and try the animal. June 3, a little 
before noon, some of the neighbors came together to witness the 
trial. Besides Mr. Clayes there were present Abraham Rice, Peter 
Parker, Simon Pratt and his son Ephraim. Mr. Parker mounted the 
horse and had ridden to a considerable distance away, when a small 
cloud suddenly came up from the northwest. On his return, the 
company, who had been in the house during his absence, came out 
towards the road. A few drops of rain were at this moment falling. 
As Mr. Parker rode up Mr. Clayes stepped outside the gate, leaving 
the others leaning against the fence within, and just as he took the 
horse by the bridle the lightning struck the party and prostrated them 
all on the ground. Mr. Clayes, Mr. Rice and the horse were 
instantly killed. Mr. Parker lay as if dead, but gradually recovered 
consciousness, though a long time elapsed before he fully regained 
his health. The boy who was standing a short distance from the 
rest recovered immediately. Mr. Pratt came to slowly and suffered 
from the .stroke for a long time. The horse was struck in the head 
and marks of the lightning were visible down both forelegs. The 
party all wore woolen clothes and were all singed in body and dress. 
There was but this single flash of lightning from the cloud and only 
a few drops of rain." — Tejnple. 

The wife, Ruth (Eaton) Parker, d. March 20, 1800. Peter 
Parker d. Nov. 5, 1803, aged 65. 

Their children were : 

58. John Parker, b. Nov. 16, 1763 ; m. Deborah Lamb of Fram- 

59. Nathan Parker, b. Oct. 33, 1764; m. Catherine Murdock 
of Newton. 

60. Abigail Parker, b. Dec. 15, 1766; m. Lovell Howe of 

61. Ruth Parker, b. Jan. S, 1769; m. Joseph Bigelow. Jr., of 

62. Experience Parker, b. Feb. 19, 1771 ; ni. Dea. Lutlier 
Haven of Framingham. 

63. Patty Parker, b. April 15, 1773; m. Eleazer Bullard of 

64. Sally Parker, b. May 35, 1775; m. William Eames of 



Peter Parker, b. March i6, 1777; d. Dec. 17, 1784. 

65. JosiAH Parker, b. April 26, 1779; m. Olive Stone of Fram- 

66. Artemas Parker, b. Dec. 20, 1781 ; m. Almy Clark of 

Anne Parker, b. April 25, 17S4; d. Jan. 8, 1785. 
Peter Parker, b. July 10. 1787 ; d. May 7, 1788. 

21. Submit Parker (Jo/in,^ Jokn,^ Hananmh,^ 
Thomas'), dau. of John and Experience (Clayes) Parker, b. 
in Framingham, Dec. 3, 1742 ; m. Thomas Bent, Jr., b. July 
4, 1738. He was the fourth generation in descent from the 
emigrant ancestor, John Bent, who came from Penton, Eng., 
in the ship Conscience, in 1638, and settled in Sudbury. He, 
Thomas, bought June 14, 1764, of Elias Whitney 60 acres 
(the Joel Coolidge place), which he sold 1786 to Jos. Bixby. 
He bought June 13, 1766, of James Glover, 31 acres, the old 
Dr. Timothy Merriam place, which he sold 1785. He built 
the old Dr. Merriam house ; was taxed 1787 ; probably d. that 

The children recorded in Framingham were : 

Alvan Bent. b. June 3, 1769 ; m. Olive Rice. 
Polly Bent, b. April 5, 1771. 
Betsey Bent, bap. July 18, i779- 

22. Eunice Parker (yonas,^ Andrezv,^ 'John,^ Hana- 
niah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Jonas and Lucy (Monroe) Parker, 
m. June 9, 1772, Asa Morse of Newton, b. Dec. 30, 1748 ; d. 
1815. Was a descendant of the fifth generation from Samuel 
Morse, who came to America 1635, and settled at Dedham 

They lived at Newton for many years. He m. as 2nd wife 
Parthena Wetherbee and resided at Sturbridge. The children 
may not all have been by Eunice Parker. 

Their children were : 

Parker L. Morse, who m. and had Emeline. She m. Jedediah 

Bottom of Southbridge. 
Lucy Morse. 
Polly Morse. 


WiLLARD Morse. 

IsA Morse, lived in Southbridge. He is now deceased and left no 

Moses Morse. 

23. Jonas Parker ( Jonas, ^Andrew, '^ 'John.T'Hananiah,^ 
Thomas^), son of Jonas and Lucy (Monroe) Parker, was b. 
in Lexington, July 10, 1753; m. Aug. 15, 1776, Martha 
Hasley of Billerica. He was a wheelwright, following the 
trade of his ancestors. He succeeded to his father's estate, 
and with Martha, his wife, was admitted to the Church Feb. 
28, 1779. Just well started in life, however, he d. July 14, 
1783, and his widow administered on his estate. 

Their children were : 

Patty Parker, bap. May 16, 1779.) rp . 
Betty Parker, bap. May 16, 1779.) 
John H. Parker, bap. Nov. 26, 1780. 
Jonas Parker, b. March 2, 1783. 

It is probable that these children removed from town with 
the mother soon after 1783, as no records are found of them 
after that date. May the descendants of these children, if anv 
there be, let it be known who they are and where they may 
be found. 

24. Philemon Parker (Jonas,^ Andrczv.^ JoJnu^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Jonas and Lucy (Monroe) 
Parker, was b. in Lexington in 1755. After the decease of 
his father he removed to Princeton, where his uncle Thomas 
Parker, Esq., and son Ebenezer Parker had already settled. 
He purchased of Thomas Parker in 1787 apart of the "Black 
Grove Farm" for £600. He lived at the spot where is now 
a cellar-hole, not far from the Keyes place in East Princeton. 
He purchased a grist-mill and mill privilege of Ebenezer 
Parker in 1800. He owned a kit of boot maker's tools and 
was familiar with the trade. He lived later for a time in 
Sturbridge, then in Richmond, N. H., and in Peru, Vt., after 
which he settled in Chester, Vt., where he lived a few \cars. 
His wife was probably Susan Stone, by whom all the children 
were born. She d. April 17, 1812, aged 52. He then went 


to live in Richmond, N. H., where he built the large two-story 
house for Elisha Perry.* He was a good carpenter. They 
lived together in the house until 1822, the former working at 
his trade, the latter cultivating the farm. He m. 2nd in 1814, 
Rhoda Bump Boyce of Richmond, N. H. She was the dau. 
of Jacob Bump.f one of the earliest settlers of Richmond. 
Her first husband was Jacob Boyce, who was killed by the 
kick of a horse.' He returned to Chester, Vt., and there he 
d. Feb. 7, 1829, aged 74 years. 

The children were : 

Sullivan Parker, b. probably 17S3 ; d. April 26, 1827. 
Jonas Parker, b. July i, 1785 ; d. Dec. 29, 1810. -\ 

67. Sally Parker, b. July i, 1785; ni. Samuel Burt Twins, 
of Newton. j 

68. Nancv Parker, b. Sept. 28, 17S6; m. Timothy Wyman of 
Chester, Vt.(?) 

Anna Parker, b. probably 1787; d. "Feb. 14, 1811, aged 19."! 
Nathan Parker, b. 17S8; d. "Dec. 19, 1810. aged 22." 
Susannah Parker, b. probably 1789; d. "Jan. 14, 181 1, aged 2r." 
LuciNDA Parker, b. probably 1793; m. John Jacobs; d. "Feb. 
12, 1815, aged 21." 

69. Luther Parker, b. April 7, 1796; m. Dolly Byam "\ 
ofTempleton. -Twins. 

70. Cal\in Parker, b. April 7, 1796: m. Seba Cutler. J 

71. John Parker, b. in Princeton, June 11, 1798. 

25. Anna Parker (Amos,^ Andrew,^ John,^ Hananiak,^ 
Thomas^), dau. of Amos and Anna C. (Stone) Parker, was 
b. in Holden, Oct. 6, 1746; m. Feb. 28, 1788, Dea. Jonas 
Stone of Shrewsbury as his second wife. He was an ardent 
friend of his country in her Revolutionar}^ struggle ; repre- 
sented the town in General Court, when held at Watertown, 

*Hon. Amos A. Parker of Fitzwilliam, N. H., writes: "I knew Elisha 
Perrv verv well, his farm adjoined Fitzwilliam line, and he did his store busi- 
ness here. I have been to his house, — a large two-story house of some sixteen 
rooms. He had a good large farm and was a good farmer and a man of 

+ Jacob Bump came to Richmond from Smithfield, R. I., Sept. 29, 1760. He 
d. Dec. 17, 1829, aged 92. He had ten children, of whom Rhoda was the sixth. 

+ The record of Anna, Nathan, Susannah, and Lucinda Parker is found in 
Philemon Parker's family Bible. 


Mav 19, 1775, and rendered long and important services in 
town and parish affairs. He d. March 22, 1809, aged 83 ; 
his widow then, Jan. 18, 1810, m. Dea. Ebenezer Reed, then 
of Shrewsbury, but afterwards of Worcester. She left no issue. 

26. Amos Parker (Amos,^ Andrew,^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ 
Thomas'), son of x\mos and Anna C. (Stone) Parker, was 
b. in Holden, Sept. 26, 1748; m. in Barre, by the Rev. 
Joseph Dana, Dec. 25, 1771, Lucy R. Robinson of Barre. Her 
father, Dennison Robinson, was an intimate friend of Andrew 
Parker, Jr., lived near him in Rutland District and sold him 
land there in 1777. It seems that his family was brought into 
notice of the Shrewsbury Parkers through Andrew Parker. 
Great farm. No. i, of Hubbardston, lay in the west corner of 
the town, and contained 481 acres of new timber land,* the 
Burnshirt river and the valuable water supply which now 
feeds the Williamsville Mills. Upon the marriage of his son, 
Amos Parker, Sr., made him a possessor of part of his Hub- 
bardston estate, and they removed there immediately follow- 
ing. The next 3^ear he bought 93 acres more of his father. 
The remainder of the land was sold partly to "Mr. Dennison 
Robinson of Rutland," who took 98 acres, and to his brother, 
"Thomas Parker, together with John Chandler, both of Lex- 
ington, Gentlemen." 

Dennison Robinson m. at Rochester, Mass., Oct. 12, 1752, 
Martha, dau. of Elijah Perry of Sandwich. They removed 
to Rutland District (Barre) in 1754, ^^^ their dau. Lucy R. 
was there b. March i, 1755. Her grandfather was James 
Robinson, whose wife was Patience, dau. of Samuel Ruggles 

*At an earlj day the Willard family purchased a tract 12 miles square of the 
Indians. Thev named the N. W., E., and N. E. divisions Rutland, the E. wing 
Princeton, and the W. wing Oakham. They first offered " Rutland" for com- 
mon settlement, and made two divisions, viz. : the N. W. district which was 
named Hubbardston, and the N. E. district Barre. The land was then divided 
into great and small farms. The name of the town which has bounded Great 
P'arm No. i, on the north has been changed five times. It was first " Narra- 
gansett No. 6," and which name we find mentioned in an early deed of the 
place; later it was called "Gerry," afterwards changed to Phillipston, then 
the Burnshirt river was made to divide Templeton, a part of original Phillips- 
ton, and present Phillipston the remainder. 



of Roxbury. James was son of Thomas, and this Thomas 
was son of Thomas Robinson. 

Amos Parker, Jr., was joined soon by his brother Isaac 
Parker, who lived on the same Great Farm with Amos for 
four years and then removed to Westborough. Their cousin 
Levi Parker was their neighbor as well. 

Amos Parker was thus a first settler and one of the builders 
of the town of Hubbardston. He was a very worthy citizen, 
esteemed and loved by all. He was, it is needless to say, a 
man of much and varied ability, and a successful farmer. 
He extended his possessions into "Gerry," besides owning 
"a mill spot in Templeton adjoining with mill and buildings 
thereon." He d. 1801, at the early age of 53 ; she d. 1845, 
aged 90. 

The dates of birth of the children of Amos and Lucy 
(Robinson) Parker have not all been ascertained, but their 
names and order of birth were as follows : 

72. LuciNDA Parker, m. Nathaniel Bangs. 

73. Joseph Parker, b. i772(?) ; m. Relief Earl. 

74. Sylvester Parker, b. May 31, 1774; ni. Alice Davis. 

75. Patty Parker, m. • Felton, and had a son Horatio. 

A child, b. and d. 

76. Dana R. Parker, b. Nov. 4, 17S1 ; m. Sarah Williams. 

77. Amory Parker, b. Dec. 8, 1783 ; m. Lydia Parker. 

78. Lucy Parker, m. Jan. 13, 181 3, Sihis Richardson. 
Amos Parker, b. ; d. in boyhood. 

27. Isaac Parker (Amos,^ Andrezv,"^ John,^ Hana- 
niah,- Thomas^), son of Amos and Anna C. (Stone) Parker, 
was b. in Shrewsbury, July 15, 1750; m. May 16, 1770, 
Marger}' Maynard of Westborough, b. Dec. 30, 1749. He 
was probably named in memory of Isaac Stone of Lexington, 
who in 1768 showed his good will by a deed of gift of five 
acres of land in Shrewsbury to Isaac Parker, with the follow- 
ing testimonial : 

"for and in consideration of the aftectson which I have towards 
Isaac Parker of Shr. in Co. of Wore. Minor, and second son of 
Amos Parker of s"^ Shr. and in Con. of being called Isaac and for 
divers other Good Causes & Cons me herunto moving." 


He served in the Revolutionary war. His services have 
not been ascertained, but it is known that he was honored 
with the title of Lieut, as is recorded upon the Westborough 
records. After marriage he removed to Hubbardston, where his 
brother Amos had already settled, and remained three years. 
In 1773 he bought a farm in the west part of Princeton ; was 
miller and farmer. Then in 1777 he bought 80 acres in West- 
borough of David Maynard, and there settled for life. He 
dealt with Joseph Baker, later of Bakersfield, Vt., and bought 
largely in Westborough. He was an energetic farmer ; had 
also saw-mills and dams. He lived one mile southwest of the 
village, adjoining the old Maynard homestead. 

His death occurred Jan. 16, 1798. This death was the first 
out of the seven sons. Judge Nahum Parker of Fitzwilliam, 
N. H., informed his brother, Rev. Frederick Parker of Canter- 
bury, N. H., of the sad event. The latter replied in a loving 
manner by letter dated Feb. 20, 1798, as follows : 

" Exactly as you anticipated I received & opened your letter, 
looked first to the name of the signer, finding that it came from my 

well beloved B"". N pleased myself with the expectation of news, 

&c., in the usual entertaining way, but soon I found it to contain 
news indeed — Am Sorry to hear of Betsey's illness. B^ HoUis, for 
former deaths and present sickness in his family has my sympathy — 
But how was I astonished beyond all measure to learn of the calami- 
tous tidings from Westborough — Alas poor Isaac ! who showed me 
his mill and presented me with a neat box filled with maple sugar 
the first year he lived at Princeton when I was but a child & first 
went so far from home. — Who visited me at Cambridge, and lent me 
money to help me out of college — came from Westboro to Casco Bay 
more than 150 miles to see me and was always good to me ; at whose 
house both you and I have often been treated with good cheer but 
what was more with right true brotherly love. 

" Even he has paid his debt to nature and well may all of us be 
sorrowful that now we shall ' see his face no more.' Many have 
been his kindnesses to me and the recollection of which is both 
pleasing and painful. It seems now as I never had thanked him 
enough and certain it is I never knew before how much I loved him." 

Widow Margery Maynard Parker d. April 20 or 30, 1801. 

Their children were : 


79. Joel Parker, b. in Hubbardston, Sept. i6, 1770; m. Hannah 
Bond, native of Marlborough. 

80. Gardiner Parker, b. in Hubbardston, March 4, 1772; m. 
Asenath Sherman. 

81. Otis Parker, b. in Princeton, April i, 1774; m. (i) Polly 
Ann Nourse of Westborough, (2) Kendall. 

82. Jabez Maynard Parker, b. in Princeton, Aug. 9, 1776; m. 
Nancy Patterson of Framingham. 

Lucy Parker, b. in Westborough, Aug. z^j, 1778 ; d. Oct. 5, 1795. 
Anna Parker, b. in Westborough, May 25, 17S1 ; d. Nov. 7, 1795. 

83. Sophia Parker, b. in Westborough, Dec. 30, 17S3; m. 
Stephen Green. 

84. David Parker, b. in Westborough, May i, 1785; m. Betsey 
Eager of Northborough. 

85. Lewis Parker, b. in Westborough, March i, 1787; m. 
Elizabeth Seaver of Sterling. 

28. Hollis Parker (Amos,^ A7idrew,\ yohn,^^ Hana- 
niah,- T/iomas'), son of Amos and Anna C. (Stone) Parker, 
was b. in Shrewsbury, Oct. 2, 1752. He served in the 
Revolutionary war. He m. 1775, Louisa Bragg of Royalston, 
who was b. in Northborough, June 27, 1754. They settled in 
Hubbardston, where in 1774 his father, of Shrewsbury, trans- 
ferred 95 acres of his ''Great Farm No. one" in Hubbardston 
to him. This was in the western corner of the town. He 
lived in the near neighborhood of his brother Amos Parker, 
Esq., of Hubbardston. He later, with his brother Isaac 
Parker, removed to the eastern corner of the town, where they 
lived as neighbors upon the same "Great Farm." It was here 
where their distant cousin, Levi Parker, native of Lincoln, 
lived, who was also a Revolutionary veteran. This "Great 
Farm" was afterward set oft' to Princeton, in which town 
Hollis Parker lived a few years. He returned to Shrewsbury 
in 1 791, when he succeeded to his father's homestead and 
bought oft' all his kindred's shares, and lived thereon until his 
death, the place passing in his declining years into the posses- 
sion of his son. Dr. Amos Parker, and by this name, "The 
Dr. Parker place," the old Shrewsbury Parker homestead is 
known to this day. He kept the appearance of the estate 
pretty much the same as in his father's time, as he himself 
told his nephew, A. A. Parker of Fitzwilliam, N. H.. who is 


Still living (1892). He loved his relatives: he appreciated 
their society and worth. He once travelled from Shrewsbury 
to Bakersfield, Vt., over 150 miles, to visit his brother and 
family. At another time we find him in Portland, Me., with 
his brothers Frederick and Isaac, at about the year 1780. He 
is remembered by his nephew as a man of strong physique, 
possessing much intellectual power and fond of learning. He 
was a man of noble nature, but was unfortunate in his marriage. 

Their children were : 

Mary Jennisox Parker, d. in infancy. 
A son, d. in infancy. 

86. Amos Parker, b. in Hubbardston, Oct, 17. 1777 ; m. Elizabeth 
Whitney of Bolton. 

87. Mary Jexnison Parker, b. in Hubbardston, July 31, 17S0; 
m. (i) Josiah Harrington, (3) Asahel Allen. 

Silas Parker, d. young. 
Frederick Parker, d. young. 

88. SiLANCE Parker, b. Oct. 17, 17S6 ; m. James Hall of Shrews- 

Silas Parker, b. Oct. 17, 1788; d. 1836, unm. 

Anna Parker, b. Dec. 23, 1790. Ir^y • 

Betsey Parker, b. Dec. 23, 1790. J 

HoLLis Parker, b. in Shrewsbury, March 23, 1793 ; m. Nov. 13, 

1817, Pamelia Ann Pease, dau. of Levi Pease, Jr. They removed 

from town. They may have had issue, but I have no record of 

Henry Parker, b. in Shrewsbury, May 10, 1795 ; m. iSi^, Sarah 

Fuller of Phillipston. She d. in Shrewsbury, May 4, 1S19, aged 

23. Of his issue or history little is known. 

29. Maj. Elisha Parker (Amos.s Andrczv,^ Jo/iu,^ 
Ifanantah,^ Thomas^), son of Amos and Anna C. (Stone) 
Parker, b. 1754; served in the Revolutionary war; m. Sally, 
dau. of Esq. Joseph Baker and wife Martha Death of West- 
borough. He was a man of energy and enterprise, and 
dealt largely in land. In Templeton, Westminster, Winchen- 
don, Sterling and Phillipston he bought and sold much origi- 
nal land. He first settled in Templeton, where, until about 
1788, he was quite active in the early settlement of the town. 
He then removed to Gerry, of which town he was an early 


and influential settler. This is now Phillipston. He lived in 
the house and upon the farm now occupied by J. Damon 
Parker of that town. From this place he again entered the 
U. S. service, enlisting as a private but returning as Major. 

The father-in-law, Esq. Baker, was one of the early pio- 
neers of Vermont. He removed through the settled part of 
the State, pushed on beyond new towns into the virgin for- 
ests to the northern part, where he founded and was the first 
settler of the thriving town of Bakersfield. It was one year 
before his wife and daughter saw the face of a woman, then 
Stephen Maynard, their son-in-law, and wife came. They 
were followed in 1800 by Maj. Elisha Parker and family, and 
later by his nephews. In this way Bakersfield was settled for 
the most part by Mr. Baker's descendants. Maj. Parker settled 
in the south part of the town. He was a worthy citizen and a 
kind father. 

He was a fine singer, as quite a number of the family were. 
And when he and his brother Nahum lived at Gerry, and they 
two were in the singers' seats, no matter who else sang or did 
not sing, the audience had very line singing. Nahum's voice 
was for the bass, and Elisha sang the air or leading part and 
had great compass of voice, which was bold, sonorous and 
powerful. He could sound the highest notes with perfect ease 
and no one could wish to hear a sweeter voice. Had he 
turned his attention to music he might have been one of the 
celebrities of the country. 

He d. Nov. 9, 1818. His widow, Mrs. Sally (Baker) 
Parker, survived him and went to live with her son, Jonas 
Parker, until her death, which occurred Jan. 7, 1838. 

Elisha Parker's commission is still preserved : 

" By His Excellency Increase Suainer, Esq., Governor and 
Commander in Chief of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
" Increase Sumner to Elisha Parker, Esquire. Greeting : 
" You being appointed Major of the fifth Regiment in the Second 
Brigade Seventh Division of the Militia of this Commonwealth, By 
Virtue of the Power vested in me I do by these Presents (reposing 
special Trust and Confidence in your Ability, Courage, and good 
Conduct) Commission you accordingly : — You are, therefore, care- 
fully and diligently to discharge the Duty of Major in Leading, 


Ordering, and Exercising said Regiment in Arms, both inferior Offi- 
cers and Soldiers ; and to keep them in good Order and Discipline : 
and they are hereby commanded to obey you as their Major. And 
you are yourself to observe and follow such orders and Instructions, 
as you shall from Time to Time receive from me, or your superior 

"Given under my Hand, and the Seal of the Said Commonwealth 
the fourth Day of September in the year of our Lord 1797, and in 
the Twenty Second Year of the Independence of the United States 
of America. 

''John Avery, Sec'y." 

His eldest dau., Sally E. Parker, thus wrote to her uncle 
Nahum Parker, Esq., of Fitzwilliam, N. H., under date of 
Nov. 14, 1818 : 

" My Dear Uncle Nahum : 

" Gladly would I save you the trouble of 
reading a letter of my composing, but it must not be so — I must 
write, tho it wrings my heart. Death has come boldly and resolutely 
into our windows and taken my Dear Father and laid him low, even 
in the grave. Yes, Dear Uncle, your Brother Elisha and my 
Father, lies shrowded in the tomb ! ! He died on Monday morn, 
about five oclock, aged almost sixty four. O Hard we find it to 
part with our Father — There was everything done for him that could 
be done ; my Mother waited on him by night and by day, and now 
she bears up her trouble with Christian fortitude. We have always 
been to my Father for advice, and now when we want his advice the 
most we can not have it. Uncle, if you lived here what a benefit 
you would be to us. We all join with Mother in sending love to 
you and Aunt, and all your children. Dear Uncle, may we all be 
prepared to meet Death, whenever it comes. Adieu. 

" Sally E. Parker." 

Their children were : 

Sally E. Parker, b. Jan. 10, 1780 ; d. unm. at her brother Elijah's 
home at Cambria, N. Y. She was a school-teacher, a very 
accomplished and remarkable lady. 

89. Betsey Parker, b. March 35, 17S2; m. Gardner Paige, 
native of Ilardwick. 

90. Lydia Parker, b. March 8, 17S4 ; m, Amory Parker (cousin), 
native of Hubbardston. 


91. Elisha Parker, b. Nov. 23, 1787 ; m. Eunice Dean") 

of Barnard, Vt. 1 . 

92. Elijah Parker, b. Nov. 23, 1787 ; m. Rhody Butler 1 
of Fairfield, Vt. j 

93. Patty Parker, b. May 3, 1790; m. Elijah Barnes. 
Francis D. Parker, b. May 13, 1792 ; d. Feb. 9, 1793. 
Francis Dana Parker, b. July 18, 1794. He removed from town 

but where he settled is not known. 
Augusta Parker, b. May 29, 1796; d. April 3, 1809. 

94. James Sullivan Parker, b. Aug. i, 1798. 

95. Jonas Parker, b. Sept. 15, 1800; m. Lima Freeman, native 
of Barnard, Vt. 

Frederick Parker, b. Aug. 10, 1802 ; d. Dec. 4, 1804. 
Frederick Parker, b. April 11, 1805 ; d. May 7, 1809. 

30. Ephraim Parker ( Amos, ^ Andrew,^ yohn,^ Hana 
niah,'^ Thomas^), the fifth son of Amos and Anna (Stone) 
Parker, was b. in Shrewsbury, Oct. 4, 1757 ; d. Dec. i, 1810, 
aged 53 years. 

[The following sketch was written by Hon. Amos A. 
Parker of Fitzwilliam, N. H., who still survives, aged 100 
years, to tell us the true story of the olden time :] 

Ephraim Parker was a Revolutionary soldier, but the time 
of service cannot be ascertained. There were seven brothers 
and all but the youngest went into the army. The latter, 
Frederick Parker, was too young to be a soldier, but he was 
also a firm patriot and wrote encouraging letters to his brothers 
while in actual service ; some of them are now before me. 

Ephraim Parker, after the Revolution, went to Royalston 
and resided there a few years, then removed to Fitzwilliam, 
N. H., in 1786, and settled on two lots of land in the west part 
of the town and bordering on Richmond town line. After he 
had cleared land and erected a comfortable house he m. 
Abigail Baker of Royalston. She was a cousin of Abel 
Baker, one of the earliest settlers of the town of Fitzwilliam, 
and her residence was near that of her cousin ; so they were 
neighbors during life. 

Ephraim Parker was a good and successful farmer. He 
owned some 200 acres of good land, which he so well culti- 
vated that in time it became one of the best farms in town. 


He had two large barns, sheds, corn-barns, etc., all in their 
season well filled of the products of the farm, such as hay, 
grain and vegetables. He had much to sell besides supplying 
his own family. He was a man of good judgment, honest and 
exact in all his dealings, and might have filled many of the 
offices of the town, but he would not take any, though often 
urged to do so. And the only office he was ever known to 
take was that of highway surveyor in his own district. On 
being asked the reason of his declining all office, he said he 
preferred \\\s farm, oih^rs, ^preferred o^cq, and so his course 
of life was gratifying to himself, and to his fellow-citizens also, 
and therefore was a wise course to take. 

He lived on a farm bordering on the Richmond town line 
on the west, and my father, Nahum Parker, lived on a lot 
bordering on the Rindge town line on the east, so they were 
as far apart as they could be and live in the same town. Six 
miles of the town was between them, but as the roads were at 
the time it was one mile further, but notwithstanding the seven 
miles the families frequently visited, generally on horseback. 

Both brothers were constant attendants at meeting on Sun- 
day, and at noon, in some secluded place, they met and had an 
hour's interesting conference. If anything happened so that 
my father did not attend meeting I had to take his place at the 
noon conference. But it was no irksome task, for he was a 
man of mind, solid good sense, a great reader and interesting 
in conversation. Although pleasant "in manner," he was 
always sedate. I never heard him laugh or crack a joke or 
make a pun. 

Strangely enough (although not a solitary case), as he 
became rich he felt poo?-^ and as he became richer and richer 
he felt poorer and poorer, until he really imagined he should 
come to want. He was on the alert, looked after his affairs 
with much zeal, urged economy at his table and in all things, 
indoors and out. My father tried every way to convince him 
that he was really far above want, that it was not possible he 
should end life in a poor-house, that he had an abundance of 
property, and no probability of any loss, but rt//, allm vain. 
No one could convince him of the true state of his affairs, 
though he "rose from the dead." 


This, finally increased as time wore on, so much so he could 
not sleep nights in any good, quiet, healthy sleep, and some 
nights none at all. At last, he became an excited monomaniac, 
and on the first day of December, 1810, after a sleepless night, 
he rose at daybreak, went to his corn-barn and with the reins 
of a harness strangled himself I Thus lived and thus died 
Ephraim Parker, — an honest man, good citizen, kind husband 
and true friend, and in the full vigor of health, wealth and at 
the early age of 53. 

My uncle, Hollis Parker, came from Shrewsbury to attend 
the funeral. I went with them, the Rev. Mr. Sabin officiated, 
and it was an impressive scene, better imagined than described. 
At the grave-yard, after the body was place in the grave, Mr. 
Sabin came forth and made a short address — more fervent and 
pathetic than I ever heard him before or since. He began 
"In the midst of life we are in death," and closed with "Let 
this event be another instance of the frail nature of man." 

He had but one child, a daughter, named Abigail, after her 

96. Abigail Parker, b. March 5, 1796; m. March 31, 1S12, 
Joshua Worcester of Jaffrey, N. H. 

The widow of Ephraim Parker m. for a second husband, 
March 24, 1814, Jonas Fay of Mason, N. H. She d. Feb. 13, 
1840, aged 82. 

31. Hon. Nahum Parker (Amos,^ Andrew,'^ John,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas"^), son of Amos and Anna Curwen 
(Stone) Parker. This sketch is a son's memory of his honored 
father. It was written in April, 1889, ^J Hon. Amos A. 
Parker in the 98th year of his age. 

Nahum Parker, the sixth son of Amos Parker of Shrews- 
bury, was b. at Shrewsbury, March 4, 1760. He was a 
Revolutionary soldier and went to the war at the early age of 
16 years ; was in the Continental army ; was at the surrender 
of Burgoyne at Saratoga in 1777. 

After the war he m. and settled in Gerry, now Phillipston, 
August II, 1783. He moved to Shrewsbury in 1784, and to 
Fitzwilliam, N. H,, in March, 1786. The History of Fitz- 
■williani truthfully says : 


Hon. Nahum Parker. 

"The fidelity and ability of Mr. Parker were at once recognized 
by the people of Fitzwilliam, and he was soon called to fill offices of 
trust. The proprietors of the township elected him their clerk and 
treasurer, and he held these offices till the closing up of the business 
of the proprietors in 1815. Though not admitted as a lawyer, he 
was well acquainted with the forms and merits of civil proceedings, 
and brought to all his public duties a well trained mind, a habit of 
exactness in all legal proceedings, and accounting for all the funds in 
his possession. To all these qualifications for public service he 
added an almost faultless penmanship, so, from the date of his elec- 
tion as clerk of the proprietors, their record books became easv of 

"In 1790 Mr. Parker was chosen one of the selectmen of Fitz- 
william, and held the office for four successive years. Beginning 
with 1792 he was chosen moderator of town meetings, and served 

Nahum Parker at the age of 15 years, with five of his brothers, was a soldier 
in the Continental army and was present and took part in the battles that 
resulted in the capture of Burgoyne's forces near Saratoga, N. Y., in 1777. 
After the surrender he was discharged and came home on foot, walking with 
his luggage from Saratoga, N. Y., to Shrewsbury. At Fitzwilliam the family 
still has in its possession, and will with pleasure show to those interested in 
such things, a relic which Nahum Parker brought oft" from the field of battle 
after the surrender of Burgoyne's army. It is a bottle of dark glass with a 
very short neck, holding about a quart. This was doubtless lost in the fight 
by some British soldier or Hessian trooper. 


in that capacity more than twenty years. In 1792 he was chosen to 
represent the town in the Legislature and served in that capacity 
annually until 1804 — a period of ten years. In 1S06 he was again 
chosen Representative and served the town in that capacity for 
twelve years. He was also Councillor, member of the State Senate, 
of which he was chosen President, and for some twenty years was a 
Judge of the Court of Common Pleas. In 1S06 he was chosen by 
the Legislatui"e a Senator in the United States Senate. He died 
November 12th, 1S39, aged So years. His disease was paralysis of 
the brain. 

•' He was a Revolutionary pensioner, and during the Revolution- 
aiy war he kept a diary and sent that to the Secretary of War with 
his oath, declaring he was the identical person who kept it, and 
asked what further testimony was needed to obtain a pension. The 
answer was ' none^' and immediately he received his pension certifi- 
cate. John C. Calhoun was then Secretary of War." 

Nahum Parker never had the benefit of a public school. 
He attended a private school a few weeks, and his mother did 
all she could to instruct him, but she was not an educated 
woman and had but little time to devote to any one of so large 
a family of children. But with little ivsirjicttoii he at last 
became well educated. He had learned to read well before 
he went to the Revolutionary war, and there began the prac- 
tice of writing by keeping a journal of events, and in after- 
life, when selectman of Fitzwilliam, he kept a journal of all 
his transactions. At length, he became a very perfect pen- 
man. On a page it looked elegant and faultless. He was a 
deep thinker and a great reader. After settling in Fitzwilliam 
he took the Columbian InJ^ornier, printed at Keene, and when 
that was merged in the JVew Hampshire Sentinel took that 
to the day of his death. He also took a newspaper printed at 
Worcester, as that would give him news of his friends settled 
in and around his native town of Shrewsbury. Books of in- 
struction he bought as fast as he was able, but no novels. He 
also accumulated quite a law library. In short, he became a 
well posted citizen and a good lawyer, so that in all the vari- 
ous ofiices he held he was well able to discharge all their 
duties with ability and credit. 

He was given much employment as a draftsman by his fel- 
low-townsmen in drawing up deeds, agreements and all con- 


tracts, however difficult to make. When he was chosen select- 
man in 1790, the town's affairs were in a confused state and it 
took him four years to bring order out of chaos. 

In 1795 he was chosen moderator of the annual town meet- 
ing, and he was such an efficient officer that he preformed 
that duty for more than twenty years, as has been stated. 
Although courteous, he had a sedate, positive manner and a 
strong, commanding voice, and when he called for order, 
order came. Few men could accurately dispatch business 
like him. Solemn, sedate and silent was his walk, yet he 
appeared to be in deep thought. He was seldom known to 
crack a joke or laugh at one, and yet his deportment was 
always such as to indicate a kind heart and true benevolence. 
His charities were many, yet private, for his motto was " Not 
to let his right hand know what his left hand was doing." 

One fine trait in Nahum Parker's life was, he was not an 
office seeker. His motto was that "Offices were for the 
public and not for the individual." In proof of this two letters 
are now extant, one from Gov. Langdon and the other from 
Gov. Plummer, both urging him to accept the office of Judge, 
when they severally sent him his commissions. What a con- 
trast now I Men are now running mad for office and will 
compass heaven and earth to obtain it, and those the least fit 
for office are ahead in the race. 

He was also a man of strict morals and pure in speech. 
No one ever heard him use profane, vulgar or obscene lan- 
guage. He was a keen observer of passing events and a deep 
thinker. On the road, nothing worth seeing escaped his 
notice, and when he had passed over a long distance he 
could give another man correct directions over the entire route. 

At work in the field, he did not permit storv-telling or talk, 
except in regard to the work in hand. At home, he was 
never talkative, but generally absorbed in deep thought or 
reading a book and oblivious to all surrounding movements. 
And yet, at times he would hold forth on some important sub- 
ject and sift it to the bottom. It was marvellous to hear him 
take hold of a subject with such an irresistible grasp, and so 
fully and clearly explain it. Sometimes, he would enter into 
particulars and give his children solid advice, teach them how 


to behave, how to act and how to learn. He would observe 
that a person might learn something all the days of his life 
did he note passing events. The besetting sin of the people 
was lack of attention. Few people were good listeners, 
interested in the subject before them, and could give no par- 
ticular account of what they had heard. Few people could 
tell much about a sermon, or discourse immediately after de- 
livery, and because they had not paid attention when it was 
delivered. In fine, he was a safe example to follow, in word, 
thought and deed. Sometimes hard to follow, but I am glad 
I did. 

When in the full vigor of life his business was great and 
extensive, for he not only superintended the cultivation of a 
large farm, keeping one of the best stocks of cattle, but in 
settling estates, acting as referee and in making deeds, con- 
tracts, etc., far and near. No townsman was equal to him in 
la3'ing handsome stone wall, and this he continued to do until 
all the cultivated part of his farm was walled in. 

In wakeful hours, he spent no idle time. He was never 
known to go to a party, take tea or dine in his own neighbor- 
hood or in the village. But he had his strong friendships and 
pleasant companions, among whom was Dr. Phillip Monroe 
of Surry, N. H., some 20 miles away. The Doctor was a 
man of mind, well educated, social, pleasant and good compa- 
ny. When they met, they became so much interested that 
they took no note of time, and midnight came before they 
were aware, and still they must have a few last words. 

Among the stated visitors was Judge Abel Parker of Jaffrey, 
N. H., eight miles distant. They were distant relatives. It 
was settled that each with his wife should visit the other, alter- 
nately, twice a year. The men had been acquainted with each 
other many years before their wives met, and when they did 
meet, a practical joke was played upon them. But this was 
planed and engineered by Judge Abel, Judge Nahum simply 
looked on and enjoyed it. It was in this wise, Judge Abel in 
coming over on their first visit to Fitzwilliam told his wife that 
the lady she was about to visit was very dea/ and she must 
halloo quite loud to make her hear. So when they arrived 
and passed into the house Judge Abel said in a loud voice, 


"Mrs. Parker, shall I make you acquainted with my wife?" 
His voice was so loud she thought his own wife was deaf. 
The reply was in a loud voice, "Pretty well, I thank you." 
The first speaker said, "You need not talk so loud for I am 
not deaf \i you are." "But I ain't deaf.'''' "Then neither of 
us are.'" They stared at each other a moment, and then 
looked around and saw their two husbands in a broad grin ; 
the joke was manifest, and all four had a jolly time over it. 
The acquaintance of the wives, so facetiously begun, ripened 
into a strong friendship and ended only with life. 

In regard to the religious belief of Judge Parker little need 
be said, for one thing is clear, he honestly practised religion, 
whatever might have been his belief: and it is well said that 
an honest man is the noblest work of God. No doubt he had 
clear and well defined views of the Christian religion and was 
not "tossed about by every wind of doctrine." He and his 
wife were members of the Congregational Church in Shrews- 
bury. They transferred their connection with that Church to 
the Church in Fitzvvilliam when they came here in 1786. 
The Covenant of the Church was adopted in 1771. To this 
they agreed and became regular members in full communion. 
The First Brigham Covenant answered the purpose for which 
it was made for more than half a century, until 1825, when 
new light was said to be discovered. The creeds of the 
several Congregational Churches in the County of Cheshire 
were not all alike, and some of them not up to the strict 
standard of Calvinism. Accordingly, the Monadnock Associa- 
tion of Ministers, in solemn conclave at Keene, adopted a new 
creed for all the Churches in the county, with instructions to 
discard the old and adopt the new. 

The New Lights had a large majority and were determined 
to exercise that power, but lacked a plausible pretence. After 
quite a number of Church meetings and various forms had 
been considered, at last one short undefined resolution was 
adopted. In substance this: Resolved, That A. B., etc., be 
and hereby are excommunicated from this Church /i?/- error 
in doctrine. Judge Parker and wife, with nine others, were 
included in the resolution. He was present at the time, and 
in a quiet, dignified, firm voice said, "I thank God that the 


new Church of Fitzwilliam don't hold the keys of Heaven or 
hell," and departed to return no more. From this time the 
town was divided and the contest sharp and severe. Judge 
Parker spoke of it with unending regret and it no doubt 
shortened his days. 

As it has been said, the Judge was not a talkative man. 
Some one of his neighbors would occasionally call upon him 
to have a social chat. He would receive them pleasantly and 
then quietly sit and hear all the gossip of the neighborhood in 
silence. The neighbor would do all the talking and he all 
the hearing. When asked why he did not say something 
himself, he would answer that his neighbor would not have 
comprehended anything more than mere gossip, and as he 
liked to talk and he had rather listen, both were gratified. 

The wife, Mary Deeth, was a dau. of John and Jerusha 
Deeth of Hopkinton. She is remembered as an efficient 
woman and a good housewife. She d. June 4, 1837, aged 77. 

Their children were : 

97. Hannah Parker, b. in Shrewsbury, Dec. 26, 1784; ra. Luna 
Foster of FitzwilHam, N. H. 

98. AusTix Parker, b. in Fitzwilliam, N. H.. Jan. 24, 1787 ; m. 
Susan Martin of Gardner. 

Maria Parker, b. in Fitzwilham, July 26, 1789; m. Dr. Samuel 
Lane, Jr., at her father's house in Fitzwilliam, June i, 1814, and 
settled in Swanzey, N. H. Their infant child was b. March 25 
and d. March 27, 1815 ; after great distress she herself d. April i, 
1S15, aged 2^ years. He survived her but a few months. He 
was a skilful physician and had a large practice. 

99. Amos Andrew Parker, b. in Fitzwilliam, Oct. 8, 1791 ; m. 
(i) Miranda W. Sanders of Medfield, (2) Mary McClary of 
Epsom, N. H., (3) Julia E. Smith of Glastonbury, Ct. 

100. Ephraim Parker, b. in Fitzwilliam, Aug. 18, 1793 ; m. 
Lucv Stone of Fitzwilliam. 

101. Nahum Parker, b. in Fitzwilliam, March 16, 1797; m. 
Bean of Nottingham, N. H. 

Selina Parker, b. in Fitzwilliam, July 5, 1799; m. John Damon 
of Fitzwilliam. 

102. Elmon Parker, b. in Fitzwilliam, Jan. 20, 1S02 ; m. 
Abigail M. Gray of Belfast, Me. 

Sidney Parker, b. in Fitzwilliam, July 3, 1804; d. April 26, 1815, 
aged ten years. 


32. Rev. Frederick Parker (Amos,^ Andrczv,^ Jokn.i 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^ ), the youngest son of Amos and Anna 
(Stone) Parker of Shrewsbury, was b. in Shrewsbury, May 

4, 1762 ; graduated at Harvard University in 1784, and 
licensed to preach in June, 1787 ; m. Nov. 25, 1793, Susanna 
Foster, dau. of Dea. Asa Foster and Hannah Simonds of 
Canterbury, N. H. She was a niece of the Hon. Abiel 
Foster, a member of Congress when the United States Gov- 
ernment was at Philadelphia. 

He was ordained in the pastoral office of the Congregational 
Church in Canterbury by a unanimous vote of the Church 
and town, Jan. 5, 1791, and suddenly died there April 21, 
1802, in the fortieth year of his age. 

In 1795 he came to visit my father at Fitzwilliam. I was 
but a small boy then, but I remember his personal appearance 
very well. He came on horseback and was dressed in the usual 
style of the ministers of that day, cocked up hat, small-clothes, 
knee buckles and fair top boots. He talked pleasantly to us 
boys, preached on Sunday for Rev. Priest Brigham, and left 
after a few days' visit. That was the only time I ever saw 
him, but he corresponded with my father till the day of his 
death in 1802. Many letters of his to my father, as well as a 
diary, are in my possession at the present time. 

I find by his diary that he began preaching in June, 1787, 
and for four years he preached at various places before he 
was ordained at Canterbury in 1791- He made a list of the 
various places he preached, and the number of times in each 
place, which is now before me. It appears that he preached 
at the following places, to wit : Falmouth, Casco Bay, now 
Portland, Black Point, Kennebunk, Biddeford, Me. ; Charles- 
ton, Hampton Falls, Plaistow, N. H. ; Westminster, Prince- 
town, Grafton, Andover, Haverhill, Amesbury, Newbury, 
Methuen, Hopkinton, Shrewsbury, Hardwick, Braintree, 
Greenage Lock, East Hampton, Chesterfield and Middlefield. 

On hearing that a vacancy had occurred in Canterbury, N. 
H., by the resignation of the Rev. Abial Foster, he went there 
to preach as a candidate. In due time, he had a call to settle, 
cordial and unanimous. He was thereupon ordained January 

5, 1 791, and as he died April 21, 1802, he was the pastor for 


a few months more than ii years. He was then not quite 40 
years old, but in the full vigor of life and usefulness. But at 
midnight, in his bed, without warning, he suddenly started for 
eternity, and left many relatives and friends in tears I 

As a preacher, he was fervent and interesting. No one 
could sleep within the sound of his voice when he was in the 
pulpit. It is said that his sermons were unequal ; sometimes 
dry and uninteresting ; yet at times he would truly "be in the 
spirit of the Lord's day,"' his face would glow with emotion, 
and he would burst forth with such a flow of eloquence that 
would seemingly wake the dead and leave the audience 
drenched in tears. 

I had in my possession perhaps 500 sermons of his writing, 
and spent much time in trying to read any one of them in 
vain. He wrote in cipher, hieroglyphics, marks, lines and 
dots. No one could read them but himself, and, therefore, I 
have put them all into the fire. But after preaching awhile he 
did not write his sermons as a rule, but only on some particu- 
lar occasion. Some of his most powerful sermons were 
delivered without notes. 

After he graduated he spent some of his time in teaching 
school and in that was very successful. In one of his letters 
to my father he says : 

"I am tolerably happy, have got the best school-house I ever saw. 
I have kept in it 5 weeks, supported good government and order, 
have not corrected one scholar — and have the satisfaction to see the 
scholars make daily progress in learning — and to have the approba- 
tion of the inhabitants beyond my expectations. The methods of 
discipline are various — some of them perhaps droll, but all tended to 
the reformation of the boys. I have never but once appeared to 
have been angry in school ; and tliis is one valuable method, among 
many others, to make a school love and obey. I have 60 to 70 
scholars, some girls." 

A model teacher and a model neighborhood, surely. 

He seems to have been very much attached, to his kindred, 
father, mother, brothers and sisters. Although it is apparent 
from his writings that he had a preference, it seems he sadly 
lamented the death of his father in 1790. He attended upon 
him in his last sickness, and noted what was done and said. 


I give an extract from his diary under date of December 20, 
1790, in the evening : 

" Father, we think you are dying. 

" What makes you think so? 

" Because you grow weaker and don't speak so plainly as you did. 

" Are you willing to die? 

" In some measure. 

" Do you hope to be happy hereafter? 

" He squeezed my hand. 

" Do you know me? 

" Yes, T know you all. 

" You have prayed for us and we thank you, and we all pray fur 

"I have prayed for you with all my ability and used my best 

Dec. 21. He said "Anna." His oldest daughter. 

23. At ten oclock in the evening he died — breathing his last, and 
a mortal paleness came over his face. Aged 67 yrs. 4 m. 16 days. 

Dec. 24. Friday — Uncle Thomas expected here. 

25. Isaac here — Saturday. 

26. Sunday, at night came Amos, HoUis, Ephraim, Nahum. 

27. Isaac and Elisha ; and uncles Andrew and Thomas. 

" Attended funeral in sleighs reaching this side causeway to Mr. 
Goddard's — and committed the remains of our de})arted friend to the 
cold prison of the grave." More than a mile. 

Mrs. Susan (Foster) Parker survived her husband 44 years. 
About the first half of it was at the homestead at Canterbury, 
but owing to the early death of her youngest and very promis- 
ing son, Cyrus Parker, she removed to Lowell, and the other 
half was spent in keeping a boarding-house for the factory 
girls in that city. She, with her only dau. Harriet, managed 
it with great success. Everything was done in such a neat 
and tidy manner, and the girls were treated more like rela- 
tives and friends than boarders, that their house was eagerly 
sought for and always full. The daughter was well educated, 
of fine personal appearance, of great intelligence and ladylike 
in all her movements. She had great conversational powers, 
and no one could chat with her, even for a short time, without 
feeling interested, highly entertained, and pronounce her at 
once very good company. Although she lived almost half a 


century, and would have made a first-rate housekeeper and a 
model wife, she never married, and for two reasons, first, she 
did not like to part with her widowed mother, and second, the 
fear of not finding a suitable companion. Any one who 
visited them would at once see that an unusual afl:ection 
existed between mother and daughter, and that they were 
intimate companions as well as relatives. 

Aunt Susan Parker came to visit my father at Fitzwilliam 
on horseback in 1807. They were intellectual, enjoyed books 
and had many. Many an interesting chat we had, and in 
time I was able in some good measure to appreciate their real 

After the death of Harriet at Lowell, the mother went back 
to Canterbury and lived with her father's family until her 
death, Feb. 24, 1846, aged 70 years. 

The children were all b. in Canterbury, N. H. : 
Harriet Parker, b. Aug. 21, 1794; d. at Lowell, 1842, aged 48. 
HoLLis Parker, b. Aug. 15, 1796, and while a boy went to live 
with his aunt Elizabeth at Worcester, who was the wife of Amos 
Whitney. He stayed there until he was 21, when he in April, 
1818, bought a farm of 45 acres in the south part of Holden. His 
cousin, Amos A., who knew him well, says: "He was a very 
promising young man, of perfect habits and much intellectual 
power." He kept a diary from which is copied the following : 
It describes his attempt to find a school to teach in his journey 
west in 1817. It well illustrates the effect of modern inventions 
regarding travel. He required two days and two nights for his 
trip to Albany, and the use of many horses. Now, by the tourist's 
power alone, this journey is easily made in less time with the 
" noiseless steed." 

'' March 27, 1817, started from Worcester in the stage for Albany 
about 3 o'clock P. M. ; Ariv'd in Leicester at | past 5 and at 
Spencer at ^ past 6 & at Brookfield at ^ past 8. 

"March 28, started from Brookfield and Ariv'd at Northampton 
not till 4 o'clock P. M. ; started from N. H. about ^ past 11 in the 
stage. After we left Northampton about 10 miles we were forced 
to take sleigliing in consideration of their being so much snow on 
the mountain that it was impassable in any other way. We 
arrived at Pittsfield on the 29th at 4 o'clock ; started again at 6, 
changed sleigh for carriage at Lebanon, in which we arrived at 
Albany about 2 o'clock, stopping on the E. side of the River. 


" * * * I have had the chance of 6 schools but no more than 
ten dollars per month. Not until this afternoon did I ever realize 
the blessings of a good home. On this first of April how diflerent 
do things appear to what they usually have. I almost envy the 
birds their happiness, for they are pouring forth their notes of 
gratitude while I can scarce keep from despair. — The weather is 
most delightful but I would rather be following the plow than in 
such business that I am now. Knowing that I can do better than 
ten dollars per month at home, I presume that unless 'Bhos' has 
had better luck than myself, one week more will find us both in 

" B is to start tomorrow on foot and myself on Monday next to 
start in the stage until I overtake him, then he will take the stage 
and I shall walk the remainder of the way back to Albany, and 
then I think we shall not turn back until we get as far as Worcester." 

Honest boy ! We can easily sympathize with him in this his 
first experience with the outside world. 

In Holden he was a farmer eight years. For several years before 
his death he was partially blind, so he could not see near objects 
but could discern time three miles distant on the town clock. 
He d. at Holden, Jan. 2, 1827, aged 31 years, and unmarried. 
Susanna Foster Parker, b. Jan. 23, 1799; d. Dec. 6, 1799. 
perishing by her clothes taking fire. She lived but a few hours 
after the accident in great distress. A very promising child and 
the idol of her parents. Her death in that awful manner so sadly 
aflflicted them that they gave way to their grief and refused to be 
Cyrus Parker, b. Dec. 4, 1800; graduated at Dartmouth College 
in 1824; then went to Georgia as a teacher in a planter's family, 
and d. there Sept. 23, 1835, aged nearly 25 years. 
None of these children married and this branch of the 
Parker family became extinct. 

33. Dea. Ebenezer Parker (Thomas,^ Andrew,'^ 
John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Thomas and Jane 
(Parrott) Parker, b. in Lexincrton, Aug. 13, 1750, and bap. 
Aug. 19, 1750. He m. in Lexington, Dec. 3, 1772, Dorcas, 
b. in Lexington, Nov. 14, 1750, dau. of William and Tabitha 
(Hobbs-Jones) Monroe. Her mother's original name was 
Hobbs, dau. of Josiah Hobbs who settled in Weston. She m. 

(i) Jones, and (2) William Monroe, as above stated. 

Dorcas was the tenth of a family of 11 children. Mr. Monroe 


was a blacksmith, and son of Lieut. John Monroe of Lexing- 
ton, who with others had 900 acres of land granted to them in 
1735 for services in the Indian fight at Lamprey River, June 
6, 1690, besides tilling nearly every public office of the town. 
The Monroe family of Lexington, with whom the Parkers 
intermarried more frequently than with any other, have always 
been one of the foremost families of the town. They were 
always remarkable for bravery, coolness, strength of body and 
of mind, and were always active and prominent in military 
affairs. Their genealogy is easily traced to 1300, in connec- 
tion with the history of Scotland. 

Ebenezer Parker was an active member of Capt. John 
Parker's company of minute-men, having the duty of corporal. 
At the time of the fight he showed much coolness in remain- 
ing upon the field while the company were dispersing, in an 
attempt to dissuade his uncle Jonas Parker from his vow, that 
under no circumstances would he run from the British. The 
enemy were approaching and surrounding them, and as he 
was unable to change his uncle's determination he had to 
leave him to the enemy and flee for his own life. This must 
have been very disheartening for young Ebenezer, who would 
have been glad to have carried his uncle bodily from the field. 
In addition to participating in the affairs of the morning he 
joined in the march to Concord, the return and the lively work 
which ensued during the enemy's retreat. He was with his 
company when they marched to Cambridge, May 6, 1775, 
remaining there some time to prevent any further excursions 
of the British into the country. Again, at the time of the 
battle of Bunker Hill a detachment of 60 was made up, and 
with Capt. John Parker he proceeded to Cambridge, where 
they were ordered to guard the "Neck," at Charlestown, 
much against their wishes, as they preferred to be in the 
thickest of the fight. 

He removed from Lexington with his father to Princeton in 
1777. He and his wife were dismissed from the Church in Lex- 
ington to the Church in Princeton, Nov. 9, 1788. His father 
in the year 1795 transferred his estate to Ebenezer, as follows : 

" I Thomas Parker of Princeton in Co. of W. and Com. of Mass. 
Gentleman, for and in consideration of the love and affection which 



Dea. Ebenezer Parker. 


I bear to Ebenezer Parker, being my only son do give by these 
presents unto him the s*^ Ebenezer Parker a certain tract or Messuage 
of hind lying and being in Princeton afores*^ containing about 300 

He mentioned also the "Pond and Saw Mill Darn," also 
"the Grist Mill and Saw Mill and all the privileges of the 
stream." Two hundred acres had already been set off from 
the large "Black Grove Farm" : 100 to Philemon Parker, his 
cousin, and 100 to Mrs. Jonas Smith, Thomas Parker's only- 
daughter, and her family. But in 1794 Ebenezer bought out 
Mr. Smith, arid soon increased his estate to 600 acres, besides 
owning farms in Stamford, Vt., Rindge and Fitzwilliam, N. 
H., and in Barre, Mass. 

He was actively associated with Church and town affairs. 
He was a deacon of the Church, and was familiarly known as 
Deacon Parker. When he came to Princeton he with Jonas 
Smith were signers of the Princeton Declaration of Indepen- 
dence, probably drawn up about 1775. He was made assessor 
of the town in 1782, in which capacity he served almost contin- 
uously for 20 years. Beginning with 1786 he was selectman 
almost constantly until 1805. He was a true, generous friend 
and a very valuable citizen. All matters, whether political, 
theological or intellectual, pertaining to the benefit of his towns- 
men, received his active and influential support. During 
1796, '97 and 1800, he was elected representative from the 
district of Princeton, Rutland and Oakham. He was adminis- 
trator of estates and guardian. His tavern business was con- 
siderable, as he kept as many as ten ridable horses, which at 
that time the business demanded. He was an energetic and 
successful farmer, keeping his stock at 30 cattle and 40 sheep. 
He was gifted with a strong physique, was stout in stature, 
although less so, it is said, than his father Thomas Parker. 
He was a man of mind ; was noted for his firm decision, and 
his strong, though pleasant, expression of countenance. 

He believed in discipline and practised it with good govern- 
ment in his family. His words bespoke a sturdy, thoughtful 
character, and when he had anything to say everybody listened. 
Thus highly respected, his last years were, however, passed 
in feeble health. On this account he was unable to respond 


to the invitation of his native town on her sixtieth anniversary 
of the battle of Lexington. This was celebrated April 20, 
1835, with eleven surviving actors present. At the commence- 
ment of the exercises it was announced with regret that Dea. 
Parker was absent, and the cause was duly stated that it was 
"on account of the infirmities of age." For a few years previ- 
ous to the Deacon's decease his delight was to read the Bible 
constantly. He was able also to pick out any passage in it. 

Mrs. Dorcas Parker d. "suddenly" (as is stated in the 
town records), Nov. 28, 1798. She was a most worthy lady 
and her loss was very widely lamented. He m. (2) Mrs. Mary 
(Binney) Rice, widow of Solomon Rice, who d. in Princeton, 
Sept. 25, 1794. He thus became stepfather of two children, 
Betsey and John P. Rice. The latter became a well known 
merchant in Boston. The wife, Mary, d. March 22, 1816. 
He d. Oct. 19, 1839, ^^^s living to the ripe, old age of 89. 
They were both interred, as was Mrs. Dorcas Parker, in the 
family row at the homestead burying-gound. The first three 
children were b. and bap. in Lexington. All were by first 
wife, Dorcas, save the last born, A. Dwight Parker. 

Their children were : 

Abijah Parker, b. in Lexincyton, May 28, 1773 ; d. Aug. 21, 1775. 

103. QuiNCY Parker,* b. in Lexington, April 28, 1775; m. 
Patience Brooks of Princeton. 

104. l^ETSEY Parker, b. in Princeton, June 8, 1777 ; m. Benjamin 
Gould of Princeton. 

105. PoLLv Parker, b. in Princeton, May 4, 1779; m. (i) Riifus 
Dodds of Princeton, (2) Dr. Isaac Warren of Princeton. 

106. Lucv Parker, b. in Princeton, March 11, 1781 ; m. (i) 
Jonas Beaman of Princeton, (2) Edward Hanford of Camden, Me. 

107. Ebenezer Parker, Jr., b. in Princeton, June 4, 1784; m. 
Hannah B. Merriam, then of Princeton. 

108. BiTHA Parker, b. in Princeton, July 26, 17S6; m. Charles 
Folger of Camden, Me. 

AuRELius Dwight Parker, b. in Princeton, April 23, 1803. He 
was admitted to the bar in Boston, where he figured prominently 

♦Ebenezer Parker and John Quincy Adams were boys together in Lexing- 
ton, and were, it is said, intimately associated. At the birth of Mr. Parker's 
second child both he and Mr. Adams felt honored that .'^uiucy should be his 


as a lawyer for many years. He showed remarkable perception 
on points of law, his contemporaries learning to regard his opin- 
ion as one of the very best. He was perhaps more of a con- 
sultation lawyer than a declaimer. It was considered that he was 
one of the most learned lawyers in Boston. Ofttimes long prac- 
tised members of the bar referred difficult technical points of law 
to Mr. Parker for his decision. He died unmarried. 

34. Mary Parker (Tho7nas,^ Andrew,"^ 'John^^ Hana- 
niah^^ Thomas^), dau. of Thomas and Jane (Parrott) Parker, 
b. in Lexington, Dec. 25, 1758; bap. in Lexington, July 13, 
1760; m. in Waltham, Oct. 5, 1775, Jonas Smith, b. in 
Waltham, Dec. 21, 1748, son of Jonas and Thankful (Fiske) 
Smith. This date of birth is as the family have it, the Wal- 
tham record says Nov. 21, 1747. He had brothers Elijah and 
Zachariah, whose families resided in Waltham, but their 
descendants are now scattered. Some are living in Lexing- 
ton. Jonas Smith, the father, was b. June 7, 1719, the son of 
Zachariah, who was son of Jonathan. Jonathan was son of 
Thomas, who was born in England and came to this country 
1635, with his father John. In this way we see that the 
ancestors of the Smith-Parker family branch which follows, 
and of the Smith-Parker lamily found on pages 68-73, were 
in a good measure the same. 

At about 1777 Jonas and Mary Parker Smith removed to 
Princeton, took up 100 acres of her father's large estate of 600 
acres, and they became his nearest neighbors. They lived 
upon that spot where Mrs. Stacia Harrington now resides. 
Their farm was transferred to Dea. Ebenezer Parker in 1794. 

He was known as Lieutenant Smith. He d. May 9, 1814, 
"aged 66" thus he was born in the latter part of 1747. She 
d. Dec. 27, 1817, aged 59. 

Their children were : 

1. Sally Smith, b. Dec. 13, 1775 ; d. July 25, 1815. 

2. Abijah Parker Smith, b. March 6, 1777; d. Sept. 29, 1778. 

3. Abijah Parker Smith, b. Jan. 22 (or 12 as Princeton 

Records have it), 1779; m. 1802, Submit Howe, b. in 
Wilton, N. H., dau. of Israel and Submit (Keyes) Howe, 
later of Princeton. Mr, Smith was a shoemaker in Prince- 


ton, where all his family were born. He afterwards removed 
to Waltham. Their children were : 

I. Abijah Smith, m. and lived in Waltham. 

II. Jonas Smith, lived in Rutland, d. by drowning, and 

left no issue. 

III. Charles Smith, drowned in Rutland. Children : 

1. Henry Smith. 

2. Dana Smith. 

3. Lucy Smith. 

4. Thomas Smith. 

5. Israel Smith. 

IV. Elinor Smith, m. Batcheldcr, and lived in 


V. George Smith, a farmer of Warwick. 
VI. Phebe Smith, m. Garfield. 

vii. Sarah Smith, m. French, a lawyer of Waltham. 

VIII. William Smith. 

William Smith, b. May 37 (Princeton Records read 23), 

1781 ; m. Sept. 13, 1804, Lois Mirick, b. in Princeton, Oct. 

24, 1785, dau. of John and Lois (Hobbs) Mirick of Princeton. 

He lived in Boston ; kept a shoe store ; d. in Sterling, July 

18, 1855. Their children were: 

1. Harriett Smith, b. Jan. 30, 1S05 ; m. at Boston, 

Oct. 37, 1833, John G., b. in Sterling, March 32, 

1804, son of Timothy and Sally (Smith) Hosmer. 

He was a chairmaker, and lived in Waltham. She 

still (1893) resides in Waltham in the 88th year of 

her age. 

II. Lois Smith, b. Nov. 30, 1806; m. Wellington. 

She lived in Waltham and d. there several years since. 
She had four children. 

III. Moses Mirick Smith, b. May 27, 1809 ; d. in Bing- 

hamton, N. Y. He left three sons. 

IV. William Smith, b. Feb. 24, 181 1. Baptist minister 

in Chelsea. He d. soon after his ordination. 
V. Thomas Parker Smith, b. Oct. 13, 181 2. Dry goods 
merchant in Boston. Removed to West Medford, 
where he d., and left an issue. 

VI. Sally Smith, b. June 22, 1815 ; m. Horace A. Breed 

of Boston. They settled in West Medford, where 
they have both deceased. They left three children. 
vn. SopiiRONA Mirick Smith, b. May 39, 1817; d. in 
Sterling, unm. 


5. Jonas Smith, b. Aug. 3, 1783 ; d. Sept. 27, 1783. 

6. Jonas Smith, b. Nov. 32, 1784; d. May 22, 17S6. 

7. Cyrus Smith, b. Aug. 3 (Princeton Records read 5), 1787; 

m. June 17, 1812, Prudence Wilder of Sterling, b. in Prince- 
ton ; built the Estabrook House, kept the Wachusett House 
and was afterwards a farmer. He d. Oct. 3, 1861. She d. 
Dec. 12, 1871, aged 78. All their children were b. in 
Princeton : 
I. Foster Smith, b. Jan. 12, 1815 ; d. unm. 
II. Adalaide Bowman Smith, b. March 9, 1817; m. 
James F. Barnes, a native of London ; removed to 
Wheeling, W. Va., where she d. about 1847. Their 
children were : 

1. Adalaide Barnes, resides in Wheeling, W. Va. 

2. Thjrza Barnes, m. Herman Schockey, and resides in Wheel- 

ing, W. Va. 

III. Mary Ann Smith, b. Nov. 9, 1S18; m. Oct. 15, 

1840, Eli, son of Seth and Polly (Hastings) Banister 
of Boylston, was a farmer and miller. He d. 1S74. 
She resides at the homestead in Boylston. Their 
children were : 

1. Linden Banister, b. Nov. 21, 1841 ; m. Elizabeth Maynard of 

Northborough. No issue. 

2. Seth Banister, b. Oct. 23, 1845; m. Harriett Flagg of Boyl- 

ston. He is a farmer in Boylston and has three sons. 

IV. Catharine Smith, b. May i, 182 1 ; d. in Princeton, 

aged about 45, unm. 
V. Leonard Smith, b. June 23, 1822 ; m. Betsey, dau. 
of Nathan Farnsworth of Templeton. They lived in 
Templeton. Both are now deceased. He d. 1865. 
Their children were : 

1. Leonard Farnsworth, removed to New Hampshire. 

2. Lucy Farnsworth, d. Feb., 1866. 

3. Adalaide Farnsworth, school-teacher in Boston. 

4. Henry Marshall Farnsworth, resides at Templeton. 

VI. Jane Parker Smith, b. Sept. 6, 1824; m. James S. 

Pinkham of Worcester, as his second wife. He was 

well known as an extensive carpet merchant. vShe 

resides in Worcester. No issue. 
VII. Fi.aville Wilder Smith, b. June 23, 1826; m. 

Martha Pierce of Princeton. He d. without issue. 

She resides in Princeton, 
viii. Lydia Babcock Smith, b. March 9, 1832. Resides 

with her niece in Wheeling, W. Va., unm. 


8. Jonas Smith, b. Aug. 5, 1790; m. (i) Oct. 24, 1S14, Salome, 

b. in Princeton, April 8, 1796, dau. of Dr. Ephraim and 
Clarissa (Gale) Wilson of Princeton. They lived in Barre. 
He m. (2) Widow Mead, sister of his first wife, and had by 
both wives 12 children. The eldest child was Bradford 
Smith, who lived in Louisville, Ky. 

9. Amos Smith, b. Dec. 29, 1791 ; m. Aug. 23, 1818, Betsey 

Gregory. He lived in Penfield, N. Y. ; d. March 8, 1S65. 
Their children were : 

I. Amos Smith, served in the Civil War, and is deceased. 

II. Eliza Smith, d. in girlhood. 

III. Dana Smith, lived in Webster, N. Y. 

IV. Charles Smith, d. in Chicago. 

V. Jones Smith, lived in Toronto, Ont. 

10. Polly Smith, b. Jan. 2, 1794 > '"n. Benjamin Buss of Sterling. 

They settled in Rutland, removed to Eastford, Conn., where 
she d. May, 1850. Their children were: 

I. Adaline Buss. 
II. Frederick Buss, lives in Stockport, N. Y. 

11. Ebenezer Smith, b. Dec. 3, 1798; d. June 11, 1878; in. at 

Princeton, Dec. 15, 1822, Anna Wilder, sister of Prudence 
Wilder of Sterling, b. May 27, 1790, dau. of Elihu and 
Prudence Wilder of that town. She d. April 15, 1870. 
They resided on his parents' place in the easterly part of the 
town, where he was a farmer. He represented the town in 
the Legislature for one year, was selectman two years and 
overseer of the poor at different times. Their child was : 

I. Addison Smith, b. in Princeton, May 28, 1827 ; m. 
(i) in Worcester, Oct. 28, 1856, Jeannette Brimner, 
of Yarmouth, N. S., b. in July, 1832; she d. Aug. 
14, 1865 ; he m. (2) in Ghent, N. Y., Sept. 3, 1867, 
Martha, dau. of Jacob and Elizabeth New. He lived 
upon the old Smith place in Princeton for many years, 
where, in his early life, he and the Parker youths were 
boys together, and with whom he warmly associated. 
Later in life he i^emoved to Southborough, where he 
now resides, a highly respected citizen. Children : 

1. Anna Smith, b. in Princeton, July 25, 1872. She is a teacher 

in Haverhill. 

2. Irving Smith, b. in Southborough, March 27, 187S. 

3. Jeannette Smith, b. in Southborough, Jan. 24, 18S1. 


35. Rhoda Parker (Andrczv,i> A)idrew,^ yohn,^ Hana- 
niah,^ Thomas'), dau. of Dea. Andrew and Abigail (Jennison) 
Parker, b. in Lexington, June 19, 1760; m. 1785, Capt. 
Joseph Smith, a veteran soldier of the Revolution and a promi- 
nent citizen of Barre at the time. He was son of Joseph 
Smith of Sudbury, now Wayland, 16 miles west of Boston, 
and was one of a family of 13. Samuel, the oldest of this 
large family, was also a Revolutionary soldier, and owned a 
farm in Barre, where he d. in 1815. 

Rhoda Parker, his worthy wife, survived him. She d. in 
Barre, May i, 1814, aged 54. Her grandson wrote: "They 
were buried two miles north of Barre village, where they lie 
side by side." He was a man of much force of character and 
kind and indulgent to his family. 

After the Revolution Lt- Smith held various town offices 
and was treasurer in 1792. He was an innholder. His first 
location was easterly of where E. W. Hemenway now lives 
and on the opposite side of the highway. In 1801 he erected 
a tavern of which he had charge about 12 years. This house 
is now used for a dwelling-house and is opposite the school- 
house in old district No. 9. 

As Capt. Smith was a prominent citizen of Barre, and his descendants are 
so numerous, the following brief biography is fitting for our genealogy. 
Jonas Smith, who m. Rhoda Parker, was b. Nov. 12, 1739. He enlisted in 
the Revolutionary army in Colonel Prescott's regiment, some time previous 
to the Battle of Bunker Hill. Prescott was one of the commanding officers in 
that battle, but the company to which Mr. Smith belonged was that day 
stationed northwest of the hill, toward Cambridgeport, to prevent those on 
the hill from being flanked. He afterwards went with the army to Long 
Island and White Plains, and was one of the 1,200 who stormed Fort Stony 
Point. He was with the army when it passed that winter of hardships at 
Valley Forge, where he had the small-pox and suffered terrible privations for 
his country. He afterwards went south with Washington and was in most of 
the principal battles, and at Yorktown when Cornwallis surrendered. He 
was Captain of a light infantry company in Col. Rufus Putnam's regiment, 
and was one of the officers called together by Washington when he delivered 
his farewell address. His company disbanded in 1783 and he returned to his 
home in Barre. He was 43 years of age at this time. Two years later he 
married Rhoda Parker at the age of 25. He owned a farm of 173 acres, being 
what is known as the " Rocking Stone Farm." A mention of the famous 
stone, from which the place takes its name, is made in the Geological History 
of Mass. He was also a Quartermaster in the Revolution, and served as 
Adjutant under Gen. Lincoln in the Shays' Rebellion. He was one of the 
school committee of Barre. 


Their children were : 

RuFUs Smith, son of Capt. Joseph and Rhoda (Parker) Smith, 
b. in Barre, Nov. S, 17S7; m. (i) Nov. 31, iSii, Miriam 
Carruth of Barre, b. Sept. 6, 1788. He acquired a good edu- 
cation and was a school-teacher. They lived in Barre where 
George P. King now lives until about 1830, when he with his 
family removed to Cortland Co., N. Y. His wife d. Feb. 8, 
1831, and he m. (2) in Cortland, N. Y., 1831, Orpha Sweet 
of McGrawville, N. Y., dau. of Stephen Sweet, b. Dec. 25, 
1808. They lived first at McGrawville, N. Y., then Blodgett 
Mills. Mrs. Orpha (Sweet) Parker d. June 11, 1840, and 
he m. (3) Sept. 15, 1842, Mrs. Hannah (Lason) Gosper, b. 
Dec. 5, 1S08, dau. of James and Hannah (Pembroke) Lason, 
then of Dryden, Tompkins Co., N. Y. He d. in Freetown, 
N. Y., June 17, 1877, aged nearly 89. She resides at Free- 
town Corners, N. Y. In Barre Rufus Smith taught school at 
the same district 18 terms in succession. He was a public 
spirited man, highly respected, and an active help in the 
Wesleyan Methodist Church in later years. He was a mason 
by trade. He was president of the Washington ian Society of 
Cortland, N. Y., in its day. In politics he was a wliig and 
abolitionist. He was a delegate to ihe presidential campaign 
of Polk and Dallas. He was influential toward temperance 
and anti-slavery ; scarcely ever missed a town meeting or 
election, and went on foot four miles to the polls when over 
85 years of age. 

One of the many letters from him to cousin Josiah Smith of 
Barre is herewith preserved, showing the interest which he 
took in the political aflairs of his time : 

" Dear Cousin — These lines leave us enjoying as comforta- 
ble a share of health as can be expected in the down hill of 
life — I perceive by your letter that quite a number that I was 
well acquainted with have been called from time into eternity. 
A few more rolling suns and the same sad story will be told 
of us, the places that now know us will know us no more for- 
ever. * * * Tell your wife I have not forgotten her and my best 
wishes for her. I very often think of my scholars and think 
how much satisfaction I took while teaching the 'young idea 
how to shoot,' and where scholars took as much pains to learn 
and to obey the orders in school. You wrote of my keeping mv 
politics that my father taught me while I was in my youth ; tliat 
principle that he taught me was to do all the good I could for my 


Country. That I have endeavored to keep in view. My motto 
is freedom to all people if they behave themselves well. Last 
fall the Republican party started and I liked their platform, and 
we had quite a large number in this county before the stated 
convention met at Syracuse. I was elected a delegate on the 
republican side. The Whigs met the next day in convention. 
We did nothing the first day but organize and be prepared for 
the W^higs for we expected a union of the two parties. Perrin 
H. McGraw, my sister Sally's son, was a delegate of the 
whig party. The whig party met and organized ; sent a com- 
mittee over to us to inform us they were ready to proceed — 
we sent a committee to them in like manner. Before uniting 
each delegation chose a committee of i6 on resolutions and a 
committee of 32 to report names of candidates for state officers. 
They then met, resolutions were read, and all of the whig 
party but two agreed ; those two were silver greys. But it paid 
all costs to be there and hear the speeches that were delivered. 
One of the speakers was there from Kansas Territory. There 
were a great many that were formerly democrats that united 
with us and were put on the nominations, but we did not suc- 
ceed on the election. The know-nothings carried the state by 
nearly 10,000. I hope the old Bay State will fall into the 
republican ranks and carry that state at the next presidential 
election, for we do not want to see Kansas kicked and cufted 
any more. My respects to all my friends. 

"Yours, etc. 

" RuFus Smith. 

"Blodgett Mills, Post Oflice, April 14, 1S56." 

His children were : 

I. Joseph Aaron Smith, son of Rufus and Orpha (Sweet) 
Smith, b. in Lenox, Madison Co., N. Y., Oct. i, 
1833; m. in Sheridan, Chautauqua Co., N. Y., June 
4, 1857, Hannah E. Nortrup, son of Absalom and 
Betey Nortrup, b. in Cortland, N. Y., June 3, 1833. 
He enlisted in 1863 for three years in the 145th Reg. 
of Penn. Vols. He was in every battle except Gettys- 
burg up to Gen. Lee's surrender in 1865. He was 
struck in the back by an exploding shell at Fredricks- 
burg, and wounded at Ream's Station. He enlisted as 
a private, and although acting as sergeant many times 
he would never take promotion. He often said that 



he went out a private in the rear I'anks and was going 
back the same. Mr. Smith is a daii"yman of Chautau- 
qua Co., N. Y. Their children were: 

1. Orpha E. Smith, b. in Sheridan, N. Y., March 23, 1859; ^^ 

Julj 4, 1877, in Chautauqua, N. Y., Lyman Prindle. Their 
children were : 

1. Willie M. Prindle, b. Oct. 24, 1879. 

II. Myron J. Prindle, b. Aug. 2, 1881. 

III. Blanch H. Prindle, b. June 14, 1883. 

IV. Jesse R. Prindle, b. Feb. 20, 1887. 
V. Anna C. Prindle, b. July 17, 1889. 

All in the town of Greenfield, Erie Co., Pa. 

2. Rufus P. Smith, b. Feb. 10, 1S67, in Harbour Creek, Erie 

Co., Pa. 

II. Mary Amelia Smith, dau. of Rufus and Orpha (Sweet) 
Smith, b. in Lenox, Madison Co., N. Y., July 20, 
1835 ; m. at Freetown, N. Y., Solomon F., son of 
Wesley and Sarah (Lake) Robertson of Freetown. 
He was b. in Freetown 1827. They reside at Free- 
town Corners, where he is a cooper and mail carrier. 
The children were all born in Freetown, N. Y. : 

1. Rufus Randolph Robertson, b. 1854. 

2. Charles Edward Robertson, b. 1856; m. in 18S8. 

3. AUiston Robertson, b. 185S; m. in 1882. 

4. Ella E. Robertson, b. i860. 

5. Chauncy Herbert Robertson, b. 1865. 

III. Rufus Putnam Smith, son of Rufus and Orpha 

(Sweet) Smith, b. in Lenox, Madison Co., N. Y., 
Aug. 20, 1837. He enlisted in the 76th N. Y. Vol. 
Inf. in 1861. He was the Colonel's orderly, and d. of 
a fever while in the service of his country, in camp at 
Washington, D. C, in the spring of 1862. 

IV. Aaron Smith, son of Rufus and Orpha (Sweet) Smith, 

b. at Homer, N. Y., May 2, 1S40; d. Aug. 5, 1840. 
V. Sarah M. Smith, dau. of Rufus and Hannah (Lason) 
(Gosper) Smith, b. at McGrawville, N. Y., Sept. 19, 
1843 ; m. at Freetown, N. Y., Nov. 28, 1868, James 
D., son of Thomas and Betsey (Wright) Fish of Cin- 
cinnatus, N. Y. He is a farmer in Cortland, N. Y. 
They had a son and dau., twins, b. June i, 1872, and 
d. in infancy. 
VI. Ann Maria vSMiTii,dau. of Rufus and Hannali (Lason) 
(Gosper) Smith, b. at McGrawville, N. V., Jan. 9, 
1846; d. Dec, 1S53. 


2. Abigail Smith, dau. of Capt. Joseph and Rhoda (Parker) 

Smith, b. in Barre, Aug. 16, 1789; m. in Barre, Jan. 5, 1812, 

Joseph Peckham of Petersham, b. June 18, 1788, son of John 

Peckham. He was a carpenter, wagon maker and blacksmith. 

They lived for a few years in Petersham, then removed to 

Homer, N. Y., and finally to Cortlandville, N. Y. Naturally 

quiet and retired in her disposition, she was a true Christian 

mother, and held a strong influence for the good over her large 

family of children. She d. May 14, 1871. He d. Aug. 22, 

1S75. Their daughter, Mrs. Louisa R. Seeber, writes: 

"Were my parents still living their living descendants would 

be seven children, 29 grandchildren, 63 great-grandchildren, 

and one great-great-grandchild, making just 100 in all."* 

Their children w^re : 

I. Almon Peckham, b. in Petersham, Nov. i, 1812; m. 

at Allen, N. Y., Hannah Anstras, b. May 27, 1817, 

d. Feb. 23, 1875, dau. of Isaac and Hannah Peavy. 

He was a farmer in Allen and Friendship, N. Y., 

and is still living (1892). Their children were: 

1. Ira D. Peckham, b. in Allen, N. Y., Feb. 27, 1841 ; resides at 

Richfield Springs, N. Y. 

2. William Lester Peckham, b. in Allen, N. Y., Jan. 19, 1844; 

resides at Friendship, N. Y. 

II. Edwin Peckham, b. in Petersham, Sept. 28, 1S14; m. 
at Belfast, N. Y., June 21, 183S, Sarah, dau. of 
Susan and William Sellon. He was a farmer, and 
lived first in Belfast, then in New Hudson, later in 
Eagle, and last in Pike, N. Y. The children were b. 
in Belfast, N. Y. : 

1. Emeroy Peckham, b. April 5, 1S39; resides at Pike, N. Y. 

2. Alson N. Peckham, b. July 3, 1S43; resides at Pike, N. Y. 

3. Frank Peckham, b. April 3, 1846; resides at Freetown, N. Y. 

III. Abigail Peckham, b. in Petersham, May 18, 1816; m. 
in Allen, N. Y., Sept.. 1S40, George B. Hicks, b. 
Dec. 17, 1814, son of Phillipp and Mary (Thurbee) 
Hicks. They were farmers in New Hudson, N. Y., 
for more than 40 years, and now reside in the town of 
Eagle, Wyoming Co., N. Y. Their children were: 

1. Willard Hicks, b. Dec. 21, 1842. 

2. Louisa Hicks, b. Jan. 28, 1845; m. Roberts. 

3. Mariette Hicks, b. Feb. 22, 1847. 

4. Ellen Hicks, b. Oct. 22, 1S49. 

♦Written at Texas Valley, N. Y., March 28, 1890. 


5. Alonzo Hicks, b. March 13, 1851. 

6. Leonora Hicks, b. April 4, 1S53. 

7. Julia Hicks, b. June 10, 1859. 

IV. Sally Smith Peckham, b. in Cortlandville, N. Y., 
March 26, i8i8 ; d. at age of 4 yrs. 8 mos. 4 days, 
Nov. 30, 1822. 
V. Harriett Peckham, b. in Cortlandville, N. Y., Feb. 
3, 1820; m. John Bennett, b. 1818, son of Nicholas 
and Martha Bennett. He d. April 3, 1871. Their 
children were : 

I. Lydia Ann Bennett, b. June 6, 1848; m. Milo Tucker, and 

reside in Almond, N. Y. 
3. Louise Bennett, b. Sept. 19, 1849; '"• Daniel Coote, and 

reside in Angelica, N. Y. 

3. Adelbert Bennett, b. April i, 1851. 

4. Franklin Bennett, b. March ^6, 1853; d. Nov. 9, 1854. 

VI. Lauriston Peckham, b. in Cortlandville, N. Y., Feb. 
5, 1823. 

VII. Rhoda Louisa Peckham, b. in Cortlandville, N. Y., 
March 18, 1825 ; m, Nov. 2, 1851, Jacob, b. at Free- 
town, N. Y., son of Safrenas and Elizabeth (Shannon) 
Seeber. He d. April 6, 1889 ; was a farmer. She 
resides at Texas Valley, N, Y. All the children were 
b. in Freetown, N. Y. : 

1. Eluette Seeber, b. Jan. 30, 1853; m. Nov. 17, 1875, George 

Brooks. They have one son, Charles D. Brooks. 

2. Lucelia Seeber, b. Sept. 26, 1855. 

3. Dewitt C. Seeber, b. Sept. 10, 1857. 

4. Elbert M. Seeber, b. April 24, 1862. 

5. Sibbie A. Seeber, b. July 13, 1866. 

6. George Merton Seeber, b. Dec. 5, 1869. The above children 

are all deceased, except the youngest. 

VIII. Mariette Peckham, b. in Cortlandville, N. Y., June 
19, 1827; m. May 24, 1846, at Allen, Allegany Co., 
N. Y., Julius Spencer Graves, b. Nov. 21, 1822, at 
Blodgett's Mills, son of Asher and Achsah (Webster) 
Graves. He was a farmer of Freetown and Texas, 
Cortland Co., until 1866, when he removed to Clarence, 
Erie Co., N. Y., where he still resides. The following 
children were all b. in Freetown, N. Y. : 

1. Ju.«;tus PL Graves, b. June lo, 1847; resides at 

Chicago, 111. rj, 

" ' }• Twins. 

2. Justin R. Graves, b. June 10, 1847; resides at 

Evanston, 111. 

3. Abbie Evelyn Graves, b. Feb. i, 1850; d. April 29, 1887. 


4. Marj Elizabeth Graves, b. Aug. 25, 1855: resides at Evans- 

ton, 111. 

5. Stella Maria Graves, b. May 15, 1857 ; resides at East Clarence, 

N. Y. 

6. Ernest Webster Graves, b. Oct. 2, 1861 ; resides at East 

Clarence, N. Y. 

7. Melvin Wilbur Graves, b. Dec 31, 1863; d. Aug. 18, 1865. 

IX. Cephas B. Peckham, b. in Cortlandvillc, N. Y,, July 

7, 1829; m. in West Winfield, Herkimer Co., N. Y., 

Sarah E. Bentley, b. in West Winfield, Dec. 4, 183 1. 

He is a farmer of Angelica, N. Y. Their son was: 

I. Frank L. Peckham, b. in Caneadea, N. Y., Sept. 19, i860. 

Resides at Angelica, N. Y. 

X. Amelia L. Peckham, b. in Cortlandville, N. Y., Feb. 
15, 1833; m. in Allen, N. Y., Jan., 1854, Spencer 
Randall Franklin, son of John and Betsey (Miller) 
Franklin. He was a farmer and for a time constable 
in Allen, N. Y. Their children were : 

1. Inez Gertrude Franklin, b. in Allen, N. Y., June, 1S56. 

2. Carrie Estell Franklin, b. in Faribault, Minn., July, 185S. 

3. Jennie Abbie Franklin, b. in Faribault, Minn., Sept., 1862. 

3. Aaron Smith, son of Capt. Joseph and Rhoda (Parker) Smith, 
b. in Barre, Nov. 4, 1791 ; m. Dec. 6, 1814, Sarah Allen 
Mason; b. Feb. 11, 1794, the dau. of Thaddeus, Esq., and 
Hannah (Allen) Mason of Barre. She was granddau. of 
Dea. John Mason, who with Dea. Andrew Parker were 
young men together in Lexington, and who in Barre were 
always hand-in-hand in all important aflairs. Dea. Mason 
was the first representative to the General Court from Barre. 
A nephew of Sarah Allen Mason is still living — Thaddeus 
Mason Loring, Esq., of Cortland, N. Y. Their ancestors 
were doubtless the originators of most of the name in Mass. 

They removed from Barre to Homer, N. Y., in 181 6. He 
was Captain of a militia company there. They removed to 
Allen, N. Y., in 1838. He there held the office of ruling 
elder and deacon of the Church for 35 years, until his death, 
which occurred Feb. i, 1S62. "He no doubt (writes his 
son) inherited some of his Grandfather Parker's old time faith. 
An instance of his belief in direct answer to prayer is related 
by one of his old friends : ' One extremely dry season fires 
were raging all around us, and after he and others had done 
without avail all that human hands could do to stay their 
progress he dropped on his knees and j^i'^yed there in the 
midst of the fires for rain. And,' added the neighbor, ' it 


came almost immediately.'" He was a good influence in his 

town, and belonged to one of the first temperance societies 

organized in the country. Botli he and his wife were partially 

paralyzed shortly before tlieir deaths. She d. July 29, 1873. 

Their children were : 

I. Caroline Smith, b. in Barre, Oct. 6, 1815 ; m. March 

18, 1835, Abel Webster of Fabius, N. Y., b. Sept. 17, 

1809. They lived in Fabius and Allen, N. Y. She 

d. Dec. 12, 1S72; he d. April 13, 1877. Children: 

1. William S. Webster, b. in Fabius, N. Y., May 17, 1836. 

2. Melvin A. Webster, b. in Allen, N. Y., July 16, 1843; m. 

Jan. 5, 1876, Maggie Reusch, b. in Wurtemberg, German}', 
Aug. 4, 1849, '^^^- °f Frederick and Margaret Reusch. 
He is a farmer in Angelica, N. Y. 

3. Sarah E. Webster, b. in Fabius, N. Y., May 21, 1848; m. 

Jan. 25, 1874, Frank Walker, b. in Allen, N. Y., April 16, 
1852, son of Lysander and Martha Walker. They have 
three children. 

4. Byron A. Webster, b. in Allen, N. Y.,July 26, i86o; d. at 

Chicago, 111., Sept. 21, 1888. 
II. Andrew Parker Smith, b. in Homer, N. Y., Jan. 29, 
1818; m. in Angelica, N. Y., Dec. 18, 1844, Sarah 
Ann Chafiee. He settled in Allen, N. Y., where he 
was both a farmer and a mason, which trade he had 
already mastered. He became the supervisor of the 
town of Allen, N. Y., which position he held for two 
years. In 1866 he bought a farm in Gratiot Co., 
Mich., and moved there with his family. As a most 
fitting tribute to his marked integrity of character, it 
need but be said that during the two years which he 
passed at his new home he held for one term the 
highest office in the township, was also superintendent 
of the Sunday-school and filled satisfactorily some 
minor offices. He d. of quick consumption, Dec. 30, 
1868. Their children were : 
I. Anna Maria Smith, b. Sept. 28, 1845; m. in Hubbardston, 
Mich., March 9, 1870, Charles R. Proctor, b. in Mesopo- 
tamia, O., Oct. 28, 1843, son of Peter and Harriett Proctor. 
She has in preservation a book bearing the title "Andrew 
Parker, 1776." This was one of the several diaries and 
account books which Dea. Andrew Parker kept during his 
busy life. Her father often spoke of it with worthy pride, 
saying, "That belonged to my great-grandfather, and from 
him 1 was named." She also has an old wooiien canteen 
snd a powder-horn, which were carried by either Dea. 
Parker or Capt. Smith. She resides in Hubbardston, Mich. 


2. Martha V. Smith, b. April i6, 1848; d. Aug. 15, 1876. 

3. Mason A. Smith, b. Jan. 30, 1850. 

4. Mary E. Smith, b. Sept. 3, 1851 ; d. March 19, 1869. 

5. Milton A. Smith, b. Oct. 18, 1853 ; d. March 18, 1869. 

HI. William Mason Smith, b. in Homer, N. Y., April 14, 
1821. He went with his parents to Allen, N. Y., in 
1838, he himself walking the entire distance to drive the 
stock they took with them, and there helped to make a 
pleasant home of the new farm, which he and his father 
and brother owned together. The grounds around the 
house he planted full of forest trees, mainly evergreens, 
and in other ways made the place one delightful to 
remember. He m. in China (now Arcade), N. Y., 
May 8, 1S55, Orilla Welles. They removed to Clin- 
ton Co., Mich., in 1865, where he d. on his farm near 
Hubbardston, June 7, 1872. He was very retiring in 
disposition and never sought or held many public 
offices. To his careful pains we are indebted greatly 
for the fulness and accuracy of the records and history 
of his own family and near relatives. He properly 
appreciated his ancestors, and in his family papers is 
written : " Grandfather Smith and wife. Great grand- 
father Allen and wife, also Great Grandfather Parker 
and wife were buried two miles north of Barre 
Village." Their children were : 

1. Emma Caroline Smith, b. in Allen, N. Y., April 8, 1856; m. 

Oct. 15, 1S78, Myron C. Goolthrite, b. in New York, Nov. 
18, 1854. 

2. Anna Louisa Smith, b. in Allen, N. Y., June 23, 1859; ^i. 

July, 1888, George R. Knowles, b. in N. Y. State, Jan. 3, 

3. Sarah May Smith, b. in Allen, N. Y., May 3, 1861. 

4. William Welles Smith, b. in Lebanon, Mich., Jan. 19, 1868. 

5. Orilla Laverne Smith, b. in Lebanon, Mich., Jan. 15, 1870. 

IV. Ann Eliza Smith, b. in Cortland, N. Y., Dec. 9, 1872 ; 

m. in Allen, N. Y., April 13, 1845, O. H. Walker, 

b. April II, 182 1, son of Erastus and Betsey B. 

(Porter) Walker. She d. Sept. 3, 1S71, and left no 

issue. He I'esides at Angelica, N. Y. 

4. Sally Smith, dau. of Capt. Joseph and Rhoda (Parker) Smith, 

b. in Barre; removed to Homer, N. Y., 1816; m. in Cort- 

landville, N. Y., Jan. 13, 1820, Harry McGraw, son of 

Samuel and Elizabeth (Whitman) McGraw. vShe was a 

devout Christian woman and a kind mother. Mr. McGraw 


was a merchant of McGravvville. He was honored with several 
town offices, such as supervisor and assessor. He was also 
member of the Assembly, and the first postmaster of McGraw- 
ville, which office he held until his death, May 16, 1849. She 
d. May i, 1874. All the children were b. in McGrawville : 
I. LucRETiA McGraw, b. Jan. 11, 1821 ; m. Rev. E. B. 

Fancher. They reside in McGravvville, N. Y., and 

of their children these are living : 

1. Ezra B. Fancher. 

2. Edward P. Fancher. 

3. Sarah L. Fancher Kinney. 

4. Mary C. Fancher Jones. 

5. Henry R. Fancher. 

6. James R. Fancher. 

II. Perrix H. McGraw, b. Dec. 26, 1S23 ; m. at New 
Berlin, N. Y., April 26, 1848, Leonisia, b. June 9, 
1824, in Solon, N. Y., dau. of Garrett and Philena 
Pritchard. He has been actively connected with his 
town and is a highly respected citizen of McGrawville, 
N. Y. He has been a merchant, produce dealer and 
manufacturer of corsets. Their children were : 

1. Mary Louisa McGraw, b. Feb. 3, 1853; d. Dec. 16, 1S65. 

2. Albert Perrin McGraw, b. June 12, 1S56; m. Jan. 18, 1882, 

Emiline N. Childs. They have one son : 

I. Charles Albert McGraw, b. Dec. 28, i886. 

HI. Pamelia McGraw, b. Feb. 3, 1825 ; m. in McGraw- 
ville, N. Y., 1855, Henry M. Kingman, son of Oliver 
and Betsey Kingman. He is a merchant of McGraw- 
ville. They have one adopted dau., Carrie E. King- 

IV. Marinda McGraw, b. July 14, 1827 ; m. Sept. 5, i860, 
in McGrawville, N. Y., Henry C, b. in Guilford, 
N. Y., Sept. 11, 1827, son of Leontes and Zilpha 
(Farnham) Hendrick. He is a physician. He was 
a surgeon in the Rebellion, 1861-65. He is president 
of th& Board of U. S. Examining Surgeons, Cortlanil, 
N. Y. They reside in McGrawville, N. Y. They 
have one son : 
I. Henry Delos Hendrick, b. Oct. 11, 1861. 
V. Delos McGraw, b. Oct. 21, 1829. He is a merchant 
and produce tlealer and resides in McGravvville, N. Y. 

VI. Loui.sA Maria McGraw, b. Oct. 21, 1832; d. Feb. i, 


36. Abigail Parker ( Andrew, '^ Andrew,'^ yokn,^ Hana 
niah,^ Thomas'' ), dan. of Dea. Andrew and Abigail (Jennison) 
Parker, b. in Lexington, Jan. 29, 1762, came with her parents 
to Barre, 1763 : m. Feb. 21, 1788, Nathan, b. in Barre, Nov. 
I, 1763, son and eldest child of Jonathan and Hannah (Smith) 
Allen of Barre. They were among the very earliest settlers 
of "Rutland District,"' preceding Andrew Parker. He and 
brother Nehemiah Allen came from Lexington, and they may 
have caused Mr. Parker to locate with them. Jonathan Allen's 
wife was a native of Sudbury, where he m. her, took her to 
Lexington, and then proceeded to Barre with 40 apple trees and 
his young wife on the back of his horse I They made their 
way through the "District" by means of marked trees, and 
it is traditioned that until settlers became numerous they heard 
the howling of the wolves at night close to their very doors. 
Wrote Edwin Woods : "Jonathan Allen's memory shall live 
as long as there is an apple tree left in Barre." Mrs. Elizabeth 
Carter, Jonathan Allen's granddaughter, shortly before her 
death, remarked that she had often ate of the apples from 
these original trees. He lived at the north of the centre, on 
the same place with the same wife 60 years. He died aged 
92, wife at 87, and had six children, whose average age at 
death was just 80 years. His brother Nehemiah Allen had ten 
children, four sons and six daughters, who reached at death 
the ages of respectivel3^ 96, 96, 95^, 92J, 92, 84, 82, 80, 80, 
78, making an average of 87 ! 

Nathan and Abigail lived two miles northwest of the centre 
on the same place and in the same house lately occupied by 
their dau., Mrs. Carter. Moses and Josiah Allen lived in 
Barre and were brothers of Nathan Allen. Moses's son was 
the lafe distinguished Dr. Nathan Allen of Lowell. Nathan 
Allen, who m. Abigal Parker, was a farmer and was one of 
the most prominent men of Barre for a great many years. 
He was honored with all the offices in the gift of the town. 
He d. Aug. 16, 1831, aged 68 : she d. Oct. 14, 1838, aged 77. 

Their children were : 

1. A child, unnamed, b. and d. April 11, 1789. 

2. MARy Allen, b. in Barre, Feb. 17, 1790. She was unable to 

talk plain. She lived in Barre with her sister until her death. 
She d. unm. Jan. 26, 1865, aged 75 years. 


Abigail Allen, b. in Barre, Feb. 4, 1793; m. Jan. 3, 1833, 
Alexander D., b. Sept. 23, 17S5, son of Charles and Mary 
(Slocum) Dickinson, of Rhode Island. He was early in life 
a sea captain and later a farmer. Their children were : 

L Nathan Sumner Dickinson, b. in Barre, Aug. 31, 
1836 ; m. Judith Holmes Prouty of Spencer. She 
was dau. of Pliny Prouty and Malissa Holmes. He 
enlisted in Co. C, 25th Mass. Reg., aged 27; was 
wounded in the battle of Cold Harbor, Va., June 3, 
1864, and d. in the Harwood Hospital, Washington, 
D. C, Aug. 7, 1864. Buried in North Brookfield. 
Their children were : 

1. George Sumner Dickinson, b. in Spencer; resides at North 


2. Charles Levi Dickinson, b. in Spencer; resides at North 


II. Mary Abigail Dickinson, b. in Barre, Nov. 20, 1834; 
resides at Worcester. 

Elizabeth Allen, b. in Barre, Aug. 31, 1795; m. April 23, 
1834, at age of 34, Benjamin Goodnow Carter, b. in Peters- 
ham, Sept. 12, 1806, son of John and Ruth Carter of Peters- 
ham. He d. in Barre, Feb. 13, 1867, aged 60, and was 
buried in Petersham. They had no issue. She d. Sept. 19, 
1890, at the age of 95. Her life was a very exceptional one, 
more than a repetition of that which our ancestors led two 
centuries ago. The old Nathan Allen place, which her father 
settled on in 1788, was located two miles northwest of Barre, 
not far from the Dea. Parker place. The old road which 
divided the farm was once populous with houses, but is now 
remote and forsaken. It was here she preferred to live, and 
did live, for 95 years, in the house built by her father, which 
still stands unchanged in appearance. She also preserved the 
old furniture as it was in her childhood. 

She was never outside of her native town except on two 
occasions, once she went to Princeton and once to Gill. She 
travelled each time by private conveyance. Consequently it 
may be said that Mrs. Carter never saw a railroad train or a 
steamboat, and never even rode on a stage coach. When 
once questioned if she would not like to have seen something 
of the world, she replied, "No, some people like to ride on 
railroads, but home, sweet home is the place for me. Here 
my father and mother lived for 60 years of married life ; in 


this house I was born ; here I have lived for 95 years, and 
here I am to-day. There are but few now living who can say 
as much." 

Her own home furnished a world of happiness to her and 
she never longed for foreign things. Her life was a most 
heroic example of contentment and Christian feeling. She 
clung dearly to the memories of her childhood days ; spoke 
often of her honored and long-lived parents, and of her grand- 
father, Dea. Andrew Parker, "who made spinning wheels, 
and who wouldn't pay the minister for that kind of preaching 
in which he did not believe." 

Until a few years before her decease she retained her full mental 
ability, and some years since she materially assisted, by means 
of her good memory, Edwin Woods in his popular Memorial 
of Barre. For the cheerful lesson which she teaches, for her 
generosity to all and devotion to home duty, she will long be 
remembered in Barre. Doubtless her long life was much pro- 
longed by the watchful attention of her guardian and neigh- 
bor, Webster Washburn of Barre. The old home is a relic of 
antiquity in every way. She had no issue. 

5. Nathan Allen, b. in Barre, Jan. 10, 1797 ; d. April 29, 1797. 

6. Sumner Allen, b. in Barre, Jan. 31, 1798 ; d. April 27, 1822, 

aged 24, unm. He died of consumption caused by exposure 
while working in his sap orchard. Unlike his sister Mary, he 
lacked the free use of his limbs, but possessed good powers of 

7. Louisa Allen, b. in Barre, Dec. 4, 1801 ; m. Zebediah Allen, 

son of Samuel Allen. Samuel Allen was cousin to Nathan 
Allen. They lived on the Nathan Allen place after marriage. 
They had one son, but the parents both died and the child 
soon followed, having lived to the age of but a few weeks. 

37. Sally Parker (Andrew,'^ Andrew,'' John,^ Hana- 
niah,^ Thomas'), dau. of Dea. Andrew and Abigail (Jennison) 
Parker, b. in Barre, March 17, 1765 ; m. Jonathan Mayhew 
of Phillipston. They lived in Phillipston and had a family of 
children, but who have already become extinct. She m. (2) 

Robbins, who is remembered by the old residents of 

Phillipston as the one who played the big bass-viol in church. 
She d. in Phillipston. 

The children, among whom were Nabby and Lyman May- 
hew, never married. They settled in Phillipston for life and 


lived together for many years. He was a most constant attend- 
ant of the Church, a most strict adherer to his religion. 
Nabby and Lyman Mayhew are both buried in Phillipston. 

38. Bettey (or Betsey) Parker (Andrew,'^ Andrew,'^ 
yohn,i Hananiah^^ Thomas^), dau. of Dea. Andrew and 
Abigail (Jennison) Parker, b. in Barre, Jan. 13, 1766; m. 
Feb. 20, 1788, Paul Tobey, b. in Berkley, Sept. 6, 1761, 
son of Rev. Samuel and Bathsheba (Crocker) Tobey, and 
twin brother of Silas Tobey. He was one of a family of 12 
children.* They removed to Chester, Vt. They lived first 
in a cabin ; he cleared the land and built the house wherein 
they later lived. Mrs. Betsey (Parker) Tobey is remembered 
by her only surviving dau. as a smart, capable woman. She 
d. Dec. 30, 1808, and he m. (2) Feb. 4, 1813, Phebe Briggs. 
All the children, however, were by Betsey. He d. in Chester, 
Vt., Aug. 4, 183 1. His death was very sudden. Standing 
in his grain field with a handful of grain, he received a shock 
and lived only a few hours. 

* (The story of Parson Tobey's courtship has already been preserved in 
print in a paper called The Christian.) After Samuel Tobey was ordained 
pastor of the Church in Berkley, Mass., Nov. 23, 1737, being convinced of the 
truth of the scriptural doctrine, that it is not good for man to be alone, he 
very naturally looked about him to find a remedy for his isolation, and in this 
search he of course had the help and best wishes of his fair parishioners in 
general. Under the circumstances he became a frequent visitor at Mr. 
Crocker's, whose house was graced dy the presence of fine blooming daughters. 
Three of these daughters were usually in the room dressed in their best and 
ready to receive the young parson when he came, and to make his visits as 
agreeable to him as they were acceptable to them. The fourth daughter, 
Bathsheba, he seldom saw. Whether cumbered with much serving or shy of 
company, or what not, she managed to keep out of sight most of the time, 
though he would occasionally get a glimpse of her dress as she disappeared 
through the door on his arrival. 

His curiosity was awakened by her shyness, and he thought, as he expressed 
it, that he would " like to see more of this coy bird," he therefore sought an 
interview with her, the result of which was that the three sisters who sat in 
the parlor with him had the honor of having the parson for a brother-in-law; 
while the parish register, still extant, bears the following record in parson 
Tobey's own handwriting: "Sept. 6, 1739, I was married to Bathsheba 
Crocker." They lived long together and she became the mother of 12 children, 
among whom some rose to high honor; and her grandchildren, who are still 
living, are among the merchant princes of Boston, of all of which we may say, 
as the parson said of his marriage, "I do not know as this would have taken 
place had she not been so shy." 


Their children were : 

1. Silas Tobey, b. June 10, 17S9; d. May 29, 1795. 

2. Betsey Torey, b. Nov. 10, 1790; m. at age of 22, Otis Cook. 

They had ten children, seven living to maturity. They resided 
in Chester, Vt., and all the children were born there: 

I. James Spencer Cook, b. Dec. 3, 1S15 ; m. May 12, 
1844, Philena Martin of Springfield, Vt. They had 
four children. He d. Aug. 31, 1887. 

II. Harriett Cook, b. Feb. 24, 1818 ; m. Barnard Carlton 

of Ludlow, Vt. No issue. 

III. Salmon Cook, b. May 4, 1S20; m. Jan., 1847, Mary 

Bemis. They have one child, 

IV. Elizabeth Cook, b. Sept. 23, 1823; m. Feb., 1844, 

Fernando Baldwin of Andover, Vt. One child. 
V. Martha Cook, b. Oct. 4, 1825; m. July i, 1843, 
Leonard Redfield of Springfield, Vt. They have had 
seven children. 

VI. Thomas Cook, b. June 25, 1827 ; d. about 1850, unm. 

VII. Abigail Tobey Cook, b. April 22, 1829; d. Jan., 1837. 

3. Abigail Tobey, b. Oct. 31, 1792; m. in Chester, Vt., Jan. 10, 

181 1, Timothy, b. July 28, 1788, d. Dec. 15, 1865, son of 
Benoni and Sarah (Williams) Lockwood. He was a farmer, 
worked a shingle mill and resided at Springfield, Vt. She d. 
Aug. 26, 1828. Their children were : 

1. A SON, b. Nov. 24, i8ii ; d. Dec. 10, 181 1. 

II. A SON, b. Dec. 26, 1812 ; d. Jan. 3, 1813. 

III. Hiram L. Lockwood, b. March 3, 1814. 

IV. Nelson H. Lockwood, b. Aug. 25, 1816; d. Jan. 23, 

V. Alvin T. Lockw^ood, b. Oct. 23, 1818. 
VI. Timothy P. Lockwood, b. Jan. 11, 1821. 

VII. Achsah a. Lockwood, b. Aug. 30, 1823 ; m. at Spring- 

field, Vt., Jan. I, 1843, Sylvester, b. in Chester, Vt., 
Sept. 5, 1815, son of William and Rachel (Redfield) 
Ellison. He is a farmer at Springfield, Vt. They 
have two children : 

1. Achsah A. Ellison, b. Feb. 13, 1844. 

2. Azro D. Ellison, b. Jan. 29, 1853. 

VIII. Bathsheba B. Lockwood, b. Oct. 26, 1825. 
IX. A son, b. Aug. 8, and d. Aug. 12, 1S27. 

X. Silas Lockwood, b. July 28, 1828. 



4. Paul Tobey, b. Nov. 21, 1794; d. April 33, 1815. 

5. Bathsheha Crocker Tobey, b. March 30, 1797; d. May 7, 

1829, unm. 

6. Samuel Tobey, b. May 6, 1800; d. May 13, 1S84, unm. 

7. A daughter, b. March 2, and d. May 12, 1S02, 

8. Andrew Parker Tobey, b. Feb. 4, 1804; m. Jan. 28, 1840, 

Martha E. Boynton, b. in Weathcrsfield, Vt., July 17, 1820. 
He d. Jan. 17, 1877. Their children were: 

I. Mary E. Tobey, b. Jan. 2, 1842. 

II. Myron S. Tobey, b. Nov. 20, 1843 ; d. July 5, 1886. 
in. Emma E. Tobey, b. June 16, 1847; I'esides at Chester, 

IV. Paulina L. Tobey, b. July i, 1850; m. July 2, 1S73, 
Hiland Chandler of Chester, Vt., and who d. Dec. 8, 
1877. She resides at North Springfield, Vt. 

9. .Sarah Tobey, b. Sept. 9, 1S08 ; m. Jan. 2, 1837, Lincoln, b. 

in Springfield, Vt., Jan. 14, 1809, son of Peres Whitcomb of 
Cohasset, and wife Priscilla Litchfield of Scituate. He was 
a shoemaker and later a farmer. He resided in Springfield, 
Vt., where he d. Sept. 12, 1881, aged 72^ years. His widow 
(1890) still survives him in good health at 82 years of age. She 
was the last born and is the only surviving child of Paul and 
Betsey (Parker) Tobey. Their children were : 

I. Ellen E. Whitcomb, b. in Qiiechee, Vt., Sept. 9, 1S39 ; 

m. George R. Hall. She d. Oct. 10, 1865, aged 36, 

without issue. 
II. Julia M. Whitcomb, b. in Qiiechee, Vt., Sept. 30, 

1842 ; m. Henry F, Howe. She d. Oct. 13, 1S62, 

aged 20. Their children were : 

1. Luman L. Howe. 

2. Lula M. Howe. 

HI. Georgianna Whitcomb, b. in Springfield, Vt., June 
20, 1845; m. Jan. i, 1867, Charles E. Chandler. 
Their children were : 

Harry E. Chandler, b. July 12, 1869. 

Edward A. Chandler, b. Sept. 6, 1872; d. Oct., 1872. 

3. Nora G. Chandler, b. Dec. 12, 1875. 

4. Hcllen W. Chandler, b. Aug. 26, 1S77. 
Grace M. Chandler, b. June 25, 1880. 

IV. Andrew L. Whitcomb, b. Jan. S, 1853 ; d. Jul) ^o, 


39. Artemas Parker (Andrew,^ Andrew, "^ yohn,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Dea. Andrew Parker and 

Mary, his 2nd wife, b. in Barre, Aug. 5, 1786; m. 

Spaulding. It is known that he lived in New Hampshire for 
a time, and from there removed to Chelmsford, Mass. But it 
is said he removed to Vermont, and that the descendants from 
his large family are still living in that State. It is known that 
the old Barre contingent were intimate with Parkers in Ver- 
mont, their relatives. At one time, Aunt Carter, as she was 
familiarly called, sent two family relics to her Parker relatives. 
One was Dea. Parker's large Continental hat with red and 
black plumes, and the other was an old cane. It is hoped 
that further research may finally reveal the history of this 
branch of the Parker family. It is known that one son was 
named Rodolphus Parker. 

40. Mary Parker (yosiah,^ yosiak,"^ yohn,^ Hananmh,^ 
ThoDuis^), dau. of Josiah and Mary (Monroe) Parker, b. in 
Woburn, Dec. 25, 1749; ™- Sept. 29, 1774, John Gilmore. 
She was the first Parker of Lexington descent born in Woburn. 
They had two children born in Woburn, after which they 
removed from town. 

John Gilmore, b. Feb. 4, 1775. 
Marv Gilmore, b. May 27, 1779. 

41. Josiah Parker, Jr. (yosiah,^ yosiah,'^ yohn,^ Hana- 
niak,^ Thomas^), b. in Woburn, Nov. 25, 1751 ; m. July 21, 
1774, Hannah Gardner of Charlestown. He lived on or near 
his father's large estate on the west side of the town. He was 
very active in the stirring times of British oppression and did 
his best to secure the independence of the united colonies, 
as in many hard fought battles and several years of hard- 
ships and sufferings he risked both life and health in the 
cause. He belonged to the Woburn company of Minute- 
Men who marched to Lexington and Concord on the morn- 
ing of the first outbreak of the war, and who intercepted the 
enemy at various points. He was with Capt. Wyman at the 
battle of Bunker Hill. He was several years in the service, 
was under Lt. Jos. Johnson at Cambridge in 1777, and with 


Capt. Wyman endured the hardships and privations of 1778. 
He was a well beloved man and possessed a constitution of 
strength and health. His characteristics are plainly preserved 
by the epitaph upon his gravestone : 

" In Memory of 
Mr. JosiAH Parker, 
who d. Jan. 20, 1830, a. 78. 
" The man of charity extends 
To all his helping hands 

His Kindred, Neighbours, Foes and Friends, 
His pity may command." 

Mrs. Hannah (Gardner) Parker d. in Woburn at the age 
of 84, Jan. 14, 1838. The mother, Hannah,* was dau. of 
Henry, Jr., and Sarah (Noyes) Gardner of Charlestown, 
where she was b. Feb. 3, 1754. Henry, Jr., was grandson 
of Richard Gardner, the emigrant ancestor, who was in 
Charlestown at 1662. Her epitaph is also worth inserting: 

" Look here my friend as you pass by 
As you are now so once was I, 
As I am now so you must be 
Prepare for death and follow me." 

Their children were : 

109. JosiAH Parker, b. Nov. 6, 1774; m. Abigail Carter of 

110. Henry Parker, b. July 3, 1777 ; m. Abigail Hutchinson of 
West Cambridge. 

111. Hannah Parker, b. March 19, 1779; m. Abel Richardson 
of Woburn. 

112. Polly Parker, b. March 10, 1781 ; m, Caleb Richardson 
of Woburn. 

Betsey Parker, b. 1785 ; " d. of canker rash, Feb. 26, 1795, aged 

10 y." Woburn's Record of Deaths. 
Frederick Parker, b. 17S6; " d. of canker rash, Feb. 28, 1795, 

aged 9 y." Woburn's Record of Deaths. 

♦She was b. in Charlestown, Feb. 3, 1754, dau. of Henry and second wife 
Lucy (Fowle) Gardner, being tenth in her father's family of twelve children. 
Lucy Fowlc was dau. of Capt. John Fowie of Woburn, who was son of James. 
Henry Gardner was son of Henry and Elizabeth (Lane) Gardner, he (Henry) 
being son of Richard and Anna (Blanchard) Gardner of Woburn and Charles- 


113. Electa Pakkek, b. May 4, 1794; m. Samuel C. Buckman 
of Woburn. 

114. Betsey Parker, b. March i, 1796; m. Jonathan Baldwin. 

115. Frederick Parker, b. July 3, 1798; m. Ndbby Thompson 
of Woburn. 

42. Lydia Parker CJosiah^^ yosiah,^ yohn,iHana7iiah,^ 
Thomas'), b. in Woburn, Dec. 10, 1753 ; m. Aug. 24, 1772 
(supposed), Jesse Wright, then of Woburn. They lived in 
Woburn a few years, where two children are recorded. Jesse 
Wright was with Capt. Wyman at the battle of Bunker Hill. 

Lydia Wright, b. Jan. 6, 1774. 
Jesse Wright, b. May 30, 1779. 

43. Benj amin Parker ( Josiah ,s Josiah ,4 John ,3 Hana- 
niah,- Tho7nas'), b. in Woburn, Jan. 30, 1756; m. May 12, 
1779, Mehetable Tidd of Woburn, b. Dec. 13, 1759, ^^^- °^ 
Samuel and Phebe Tidd. He lived on the "West Side" in 
Woburn, near his father's homestead. The following list 
of children is transcribed from the original and excellently 
penned sheets of family records, now in possession of Mrs. 
Benjamin Wyer : 

116. Benjamin Parker, Jr., b. Aug. 26, 17S0; m. Sally Allen. 

117. Joseph Parker, b. June 8, 1782; m. Betsey Richardson of 

118. Samuel Parker, b. Dec. 23, 1784; m. Lydia Thurston 

119. Mehetable Parker, b. Oct. 23, 17S6; m. Maj. Francis 
Johnson of Woburn. 

Patty Parker, b. June 11, 1789; d. Nov. 14, 181 1, aged 22. 

120. Almira Parker, b Sept. 20, 1790; m. Nathan Johnson of 

121. Anna Parker, b. Sept. 9, 1791 ; m. Joshua Swan Robbins 
of West Cambridge. 

Lucy Parker, b. Feb. 18, 1794; never married. 

122. Lydia Parker, b, Aug. 15, 1796; m. Benjamin Wyer of 

123. Charlotte Parker, b. May 3, 1801 ; m. (i) Royal Cald- 
well ; (2) Nathaniel Buck. 

124. Fanny Parker, b. July 22, 1803; m. George Butters. 


■44. Kdmund Parker (yosiah,^ yosiah,'^ yohn,^ Hana- 
7itah,^ Thomas^), b. in Woburn, March 17, 1762 ; m. (i) April 
5, 1790, Lydia Johnson of Woburn; she d. Feb. 3, 1801, and 
he m. (2) July 7, 1805, Mrs. Elizabeth Reed of Woburn. She 
d. in Feb., 1825, aged 62. 

Like his Parker relatives he possessed a sound constitution 
and strong physique, which carried him through many hard- 
ships of service while fighting for his country. He served 
early with Capt. Green's R. I. regiment, and also a term in 
1780. He lived among his kindred on the "West Side," 
dying June 28, 1840, aged 78. 

"Like a shock of grain ripe and seared, 
Removed from friends long endeared." 

Their children were : 

Edmund Parker, Jr., m. March 21, 1816, Hannah Wyman of 

Woburn. They lived upon the "West Side" in the neighborhood 

of his relatives. They d. without issue. 
Thaddeus Parker, m. Feb. 6, 1821, Lydia Thompson of Woburn. 

He was b. on the "West Side" of Woburn ; was a very strong man, 

possessing a remarkable constitution and great physical energy. 

He d. without issue aged about 90 years. 
[Woburn Records show that an infant child of Edmund Parker d. 

Feb. 20, 1801.J 
125. David Johnson Parker, m. Rebecca Carter of Wilmington. 
Mary Parker, m. in Woburn, Dec. 23, 1819, Dana Fay; they 

lived in Winchester and had no children. 

45. Nathan Parker (yosiah,^ yosiah,^ yohn,^ Hana- 
jiia/i,^ Thomas'), b. in Woburn, Feb. 21, 1769: m. Nov. 10, 
1793, Polly Richardson, b. Oct. i, 1775, dau. of Reuben and 
Jerusha Richardson of Woburn. He was a dutiful son and 
became a highly respected citizen ; but in his prime of life he 
was fatally injured by the fall of the Clapp house, which is best 
described in the records of the town, which read: 

" From this accident, thirty or forty individuals, the strong men 
of our town, were wounded in an inconceivable number of ways." 



This worthy inscription is upon his grave-stone : 

In Memory of 

Mr. Nathan Parker, 

who d. July 19, 1807, ^t. 38. 

" By a wound which he received by a fall of 
a frame of an House, he has left a widow and 
five children to lament the loss of one of the 
best of Husbands and Fathers ; as a provider 
he was very remarkable for his attention to 
his Family, a very industrious & ingenious 
Tradesman, a real good neighbour, social and 
confident friend, very regular & Just in all his 
dealings & to conclude all his moral Virtues 
an Honest Man." 

" O Death, thou Victor of the human frame 
The soul's poor fabric trembles at thy name. 
How long shall man be urged to dread thy sway 
For those whom thou untimely take away?" 

His widow m. Aug. 31, 1820, Seth Crosby of Billerica, 
and removed there. 

136. Polly Parker, b. March 23, 1794 ; m. Joshua Reed, Jr., of 

Child, unnamed, d. 1796. 

Caroline Parker, b. 1805 ; d. in Woburn, May 31, 1826, aged 21. 

Clarissa Parker, d. unmarried. 

137. Maria Parker, m. Simon Adams of Lowell. 

128. Susanna Parker, m. Marshall Wyman of Woburn. 

46. Anna Parker (yohn,^ 'Josiah^'' yohn,^ Hananiah^^ 
Thomas^), dau. of Capt. John and Lydia (Moore) Parker, b. 
in Lexington, Jan. 11, 1859; "^- in Waltham, March 16, 1781, 
Ephraim Pierce, Jr., of Waltham. They lived in Waltham. 
There is in possession of her descendants a family tree 
wrought on canvas by the youngest daughter of the family, 
the crrowth of which is thereby represented. Within the two 
hearts at the base are inscribed the names of the father and 
mother, viz. : 

" Epraim Pierce, b. Sept. 29, 1747 — Anna Pierce, b. Jan. 11, 1749. 
Married March 18, 1780." 



From these united hearts springs the trunk of the tree, from 
whose branches are suspended five large apples, each con- 
taining a name and date, as follows : 

" Lydia, born July 29, 1780. 
Ephraim, born Oct. i, 1782. 
Nancy, born Nov. 22, 1784. 
John, born Aug. 13, 1787- 
Sibbyl, born Jan. 11, 1790." 

1. Lydia Pierce, b. July 29, 1780; d. unin. 

2. Ephraim Pierce, b. Oct. i, 1782 ; was drowned when a boy. 

3. Nancy Pierce, b. Nov. 22, 1784; m. Leonard Smith of 

Waltham, son of David. He was innkeeper in Waltham. 
Their children were : 

I. Ann Augusta Smith, d. 1829. 
II. Jane Isabella Smith, b. Nov. 16, iSio ; m. in Waltham, 

Dec. 25, 1834, Frederick Lawrence, b. Sept. 16, 1809 ; 

d. Feb. 13, 1876. He was a farmer in Waltham. 

Their children were : 

Ann Isabella Lawrence. 
Leonard Frederick Lawrence. 
Ellen Sophia Lawrence. 
Henderson Greene Lawrence. 
Nancy Jane Lawrence. 

III. Leonard Smith, b. Sept. 23, 1813; d. March 15, 1814. 

IV. Elvira Sophia Smith, b. April i, 1815 ; m. Horace 
Hammond, b. April 10, 1812 ; d. Jan. 2, 1880. She d. 
Feb. 10, 1872. He was owner and manager of Hoise 
Car Railroad Works, Waltham, and Captain of the 
Waltham Artillery Co. Their children were : 

1. Child, unnamed, b. and d. 

2, Edward Horace Hammond, b. in Waltham, April 19, 1842; 
m. at Grand Rapids, Mich., May 18, 1887, Ada H., b. at 
Grand Rapids, Oct. 3, 1865, dau. of John and Helen M. 
(Lewis) Crissman. He is a practitioner of Christian 
Science Mind Healing. Residence, Grand Rapids, Mich. 

V. Leonard Pierce Smith, b. Aug. 6, 1818; m. in Wal- 
tham, Jan. 12, 1855, Mary Jane Hale, b. March 26, 
1827, dau. of John and Nancy. He was hotel keeper 
at Waltham. He d. 1866. Their children were: 

1. Leonard Smith, b. Dec. 17, 1855; d. Jan. 10, 18SS. 

2. Jennie Mafia Smith, b. June 23, 1857. 



VI. Ei.LEN Rebekah Smith, b. Aug. 30, 1821 ; m. in 
Waltham, Dec. 4, 1845, Edward Lawrence Bond, b. 
in Wilmington, Sept. 10, 1S17, son of Joseph and Lucy 
(Davis) Bond. He was a merchant in Boston for 
many years, and was the original manufacturer of the 
celebrated Bond crackers. He d. in Waltham, Feb. 9, 
1891, aged 73 years. Their children were : 

1. Edward Smith Bond, b. Oct. 13, 1846; d. Aug. 31, 1847. 

2. Nancy Smith Bond, b. Jan. 24, 1848. 

3. Ellen Rebekah Bond, b. March 15, 1849; d- Dec. 18, 1849. 

VII. Lydia Smith, d. in nine weeks. 

John Pierce, b. in Waltham, Aug. 13, 1787 ; m. Sarah Tewks- 
bury. They resided in Chelsea. Their children were : 

I. Ephraim Pierce, b. June 16, 1813 ; d. June 2, 1833. 
II. Sarah Ann Pierce, b. Nov. 4, 1814; d. Oct. 17, 1834, 

III. John Payson Pierce, b. March 26, 1818; m. Dec. 5, 

1847, Augusta Putnam, dau. of David and Orpha Put- 
nam of East Boston (Revere). Their children were: 

1. John Theodore Parker Pierce, b. Oct. 17, 1848; d. Aug. 20, 


2. Heman Winthrop Pierce, b. Nov. 25, 1850. He is an artist. 

IV. Lydia Maria Pierce, b. Jan. 12, 1821 ; m. Jan. i, 

1 841, Joseph Fenno. He d. May 20, 1863. She d. 
in June, 1886. Their children were: 

Thomas Lillej Fenno, b. Oct. i, 1841 ; m. Addie E. Tucker. 
Edward Augustus Fenno, b. Aug. 26, 1842 ; m. Sarah J. 

Charles Francis Fenno, b. July 30, 1844; resides at Revere. 
Sarah Pierce Fenno, b. Feb. 22, 1847; m. Fred. E. Proctor. 
Walter Pierce Fenno, b. May 20, 1850; m. Emma E. Tucker. 
Fred Austin Fenno, b. Feb. 5, 1S53. 
Morton Fenno, b July 6, 1855; d. Jan. 12, i860. 
Herbert Fenno, b. Aug. 17, 1858. 
Parker Fenno, b. May 10, 1862. 

Almira Louisa Pierce, b. July 11, 1823 ; m. Oct. 29, 
1844, Robert Aldersay Vinal of Somerville, son of 
Robert and Lydia (Stone) Vinal. The father, Robert, 
was son of Nathaniel Vinal of Scituate, where he lived 
until he went into business in Boston. Lydia Stone 
was dau. of John Stone of Charlestown, now Somer- 
ville. The family resides in Somerville. Children : 

I. Almira Louisa Vinal, b. Feb. 6, 1846. « 

3. Robert Aldersay Vinal, b. Sept. 12, 1847. 


3. Marie Augusta Vinal, b. Nov. 8, 1849. 

4. Arthur Pierce Vinal, b. June 14, 1854. 

5. Alice Montague Vinal, b. Oct. 29, 1856. 

6. Charles Walter Vinal, b. Aug., 1861. 

VI. Elizabeth Payson Pierce, b. June 25, and d. June 28, 

VII. Henry Augustus Pierce, b. Nov. 29, 1828 ; d. Feb. 
21, 1863, in a military hospital at Washington, D. C. 
He was an original member of Co. H, First Reg. Mass. 
Vols., and he took part in every engagement of his 
company from Bull Run to Fredericksburg. 
VIII. Augusta Smith Pierce, b. Sept. 26, 1830; m. Oct. 
26, 1853, Quincy Adams Vinal (brother of Robert), 
son of Robert and Lydia (Stone) Vinal. They reside 
in Somerville. Their children v^^ere : 

1. Anna Parker Vinal, b. Aug. 12, 1854. 

2. Mary Lowell Vinal, b. June 16, 1856. 

3. Martha Adams Vinal, b. Jan. 6, 1858. 

4. Quincj Pierce Vinal, b. April 2, i860. 

5. Josephine Vinal, b. Oct. 30, 1861. 

6. Sarah Augusta Vinal, b. Jan. 12, 1863. 

7. Edward Lincoln Vinal, b. April 21, 1865. 

8. Leonora Vinal, b. Dec. 15, 1866. 

9. Isabelle Whitney Vinal, b. July 26, 1868. 

10. Bertha Runey Vinal, b. Jan. 9, 1870. 

11. Eva Neilson Vinal, b. Nov. 20, 1871. 

12. John Henry Vinal, b. April 28, 1873. 

13. Leslie Thorning Vinal, b. Oct. 29, 1878. 

IX. Ephraim Pierce, b. Feb. 20, 1834; enlisted Sept., 1861, 
in the Union army, was Capt. of Co. F, Third Reg., 
Minnesota Veteran Vols. He d. July i, 1865, at Du 
Vulls Bluff; Ark. 

SiBBYL Pierce, b. in Waltham, Jan. 11, 1790; m. Horatio 
Bird. She d. about 1826, aged 36 years. Children : 

I. Horatio Bird, b. about 1812; d. about 1S42, aged 30 
years. He left one dau., who went to Washington 45 
years ago. 
II. SiBBYL Bird, b. about 1814; d. 1836, aged 22. 

III. Lydia Bird, d. in infancy. 

IV. Oliver Hazard Perry Bird, b. about 1821 ; was a 

sea-captain, when and wliere he d. is unknown to his 
relatives. He left two daughters, who were in Chelsea 
at the time of their mother's death about 40 years ago. 


47. John Parker (John,^ Josiah,'^ John,^ Hananiah,'' 
ZJ^ow/as'j, son of Capt. John and Lydia (Moore) Parker, b. 
in Lexington, Feb. 14, 1761 ; m. in Waltham, Feb. 17, 1784, 
Hannah Stearns, the dau. of Benjamin and Hannah (Seger) 
Stearns. She was the seventh of a family of eleven children, 
and was b. in Lexington, 1766, Hannah Seger was the 
descendant of Thomas Seger, or Seager, who came to New- 
bury before 1637. 

" The descendants seem to have had a taste for frontier life. 
Nathaniel, of uncertain date, was one of the earliest settlers of Bethel, 
Maine ; the Indians carried him oft' into Canada, as they did many 
another man and woman, when they could surprise them in the fields, 
driving them thence through the desolate gaps in the White Moun- 
tains, to make a bloody trail where now the summer streams of fash- 
ion and invalidism so easily flow. Nathaniel had a very hard time 
of it, which he must needs write about afterwards. Another mem- 
ber of this family enlisted during the Revolutionary War ; was a 
sergeant in Capt. Bryant's company of artillery, and went through 
many an engagement. His captain lay mortally wounded after the 
battle of Brandywine, within the enemy's lines, whence he brought 
him away by night upon a litter, with two or three comrades help- 
ing, though he too had sustained a severe wound that day. Stories 
of the wilderness and of battle were told into greedy ears at the 
winter firesides of the Lexington families." * 

John Parker was 14 when his father drew the first sword 
and captured the first weapon taken in the Revolution. He 
was too young to fight, but he helped all he could by carrying 
fresh water in wooden bowls to the thirsty soldiers. 

John Parker was a stout able-bodied man, "uncommon 
strong," could endure cold and heat and abstinence from food 
and rest. He was a typical New England yeoman, a "quiet, 
thoughtful, silent, reading man, of strong sense, of great 
moral worth, reliable, honorable ; worked every day and all 
day ; kept good discipline in his family, governed easily ; 
taught his children to speak the truth ; always had a book in 
his hand in the evening." f 

In consideration that John Parker and Hannah Stearns 
were the parents of the late Rev. Theodore Parker, world- 

* Weiss' Biography of Rev. Theodore Parker. 

fThe testimony of his grandson, Rev. Columbus Greene, Esq. 


famous for the advanced views of religion which he preached 
in his time, it is interesting to observe their characteristics. 
The following description of his parents comes mostly from 
Theodore, himself, an affectionate, grateful and revering son, 
who loved to speak of his parents ; scarcely ever failed to 
record in his busy journal the anniversaries of their birth or 
death, and never made such record without dropping the 
tenderest words on their memories. 

He was a skilful farmer, and had, perhaps, the best peach 
orchard in Middlesex, and adopted nearly all the improve- 
ments in farming that had proved valuable. But he was 
more of a mechanic than a farmer. Like his father, grand- 
father and great-grandfather before him, he was a worker in 
wood, was expert in making and repairing, and pursued his 
occupation of millwright and pumpmaker in his shop, while 
the farm work he left mainly to his boys. The shop was 
situated just above the house, it being the famous belfry tower 
from which rang the peals that awoke the Colonies to action 
in their glorious Revolution. He put brains into his work, 
originated new methods, "made his head save his hands." 
Theodore also informs us: "He was a man of much thought 
and reading, with fine power of speech, but colloquial and 
orattonal." " He was fond of mathematics, understood algebra 
and geometry, plane and solid, and was 'great at figures.'" 
He was also fond of metaphysics, psychology and all depart- 
ments of intellectual and moral philosophy, and he had read 
all the English books upon philosophy. When he got into an 
argument, which was seldom, as controversy did not suit him, 
he was very effective. He was a great reader, rising before 
day in the winter to study, sleeping but about five hours : 
was nice and acute in metaphysical analysis ; fond of Natural 
History, and well acquainted with the plants of Massachusetts. 
He was jovial and funny, but well mannered ; no clownish- 
ness, profanity or indecency marred his humor. His towns- 
people had a saying, "John Parker has all the manners of the 

Strength of mind is a characteristic of the Parker family. 
In this John Parker was no exception, he "was an independ- 
ent thinker; in religion was a Unitarian, and in politics a 


Federalist, when there were but five in the whole town. He 
was eminently just and magnanimous, fearless in the express- 
ion of opinion, often arbitrator in quarrels, was guardian of 
widows, etc., and administered estates, for there was no 
lawyer in town." 

He took great pains with the intellectual and moral culture 
of his children. " Devoted to education," he was influential 
in bringing into the common schools a better class of teachers. 
He did not like poetry, but read the works of the leading 
authors. He disliked Paley and Edwards. "Paley left us 
no conscience," he used to say. He probabl}' disliked Edwards 
because he left us no will, as will was a strong feature in the 
Parkers. He watched the heavens also, and made himself 
acquainted with the movements of the stars. His diligent 
study of the Bible made him formidable in theological debate. 

Hannah Stearns was the daughter of a well-to-do farmer. 
Her son describes her as " a handsome woman, of slight form, 
flaxen hair, blue eyes and a singularly fresh and delicate com- 
plexion, more nervous than muscular." Her education was 
inferior to her husband's, her mind less positive and independ- 
ent. Her favorite reading was the Bible and Hymn Book, 
but her mind was stored with passages of beauty from English 
literature. "She was imaginative, delicate minded, poetic, 
yet a very practical woman ; far sighted and so nice in her 
perceptions and judgments that it used to startle me some- 
times in the body and does now as I think of it." "She took 
great pains with the religious training of her children, but 
cared little for doctrines ; no bigotry, no cant, no fear. Relig- 
ion was love and good works. She had what I call piety, the 
ideal part of religion, love of God as well as morality." 

Her rigid economy helped her to be generous to the poor. 
The father read aloud to his family in the evening. In this 
she took much delight, while she sewed and listened. This 
kept her supplied with food for thought. He read until the 
old, tall clock struck eight, then with a wave of his hand he 
dismissed the children to bed. When the children took their 
light and went to bed the day had still one grace in store for 
them, as they listened till their mother came up to see that 
they were well tucked in and to share the sweetness of their 


homely prayers. She was fond of romantic stories, of adven- 
ture among the Indians, some of which were printed in books, 
while others floated about in the form of legend. A fine 
memory enabled her to repeat these wild tales, and to carry 
about with her such literary stores as she had. 

The drinking habits of the period were pure and simple, 
and highly commended. However, one of the first recorded 
instances of its disuse at funerals was at the house of Mr. 
Parker on the occasion of his grandmother's death, 1760. 
From this slight sketch it will be seen that John Parker was 
a man ahead of his time in both thought and action, and far 
ahead of his neighbors and countrymen. He well represented 
the Parker family of his time ; intelligent, industrious, pro- 
gressive, honorable, firm minded and independent. 

She d. May 15, 1823, aged 59, and he d. Nov. 3, 1835, 
aged 74. From his note-book, entitled "John Parker's Book, 
1788," is copied the following precise account concerning Ms 
family : 

"Monday the nth day of April, 1785, Polly Parker was born 
about 3 o'clock past midday." She m. June 25, 1816, Samuel 
Greene, who was a kind and affectionate mother-in-law to her 
sister's children. He d. Dec. 5, 1818, and she d. in Lexington in 

" 1786. John Parker was born Thursday, 12th day of October at- 
8 o'clock in the morning." He m. Maria Green of W. Cambridge. 

"Tuesday, 2nd day of April, was born Lydia Parker, 25 minutes 
after seven o'clock in the evening;" she '• departed this life April 
25, between 4 and 5 o'clock in the morning in the year I'J^i, aged 
2 years and 21 days. She died of the Quinsy." 

129. "Tuesday, 15 day of March, 1791, Hannah Parker was 
born about 3 o'clock in the afternoon." She m. Samuel Green of 

130. "July I, 1793, was born Lydia Parker on Monday Morn- 
ing at five o'clock." She m. Isaac Herrick of Brighton. 

"December 10, 1795, was born Rebecca Parker between 2 and 3 

of the Clock in the morning on Thursday." She d. Feb. 15, 181 2, 

131.. "November 5, 1798. Isaac Parker was born on Monday 

between the hours of 4 and 5 of the Clock in the afternoon." He 

m. Martha M. Miller. 


"Ruth Parker, born on Wednesday, the 12 day of November, 

iSoo, in the morning between one & two of the clock." Died 

Dec. 27, 1812. 
133. "July 16, 1S03, Hiram Stearns Parker was born on 

Saturday between the hours of 2 and 3 o'clock past midday." He 

m. Nancy Leavitt of New Hampshire. 
"Emily Ann Parker born on Sunday, May the 11, 1806, between 

the hours of 4 & 5 in the afternoon." She m. Charles Miller of 

Somerville. and d. leaving no issue. 
133. " August the 24th. iSio. Was Born Theodore Parker 5 

minutes in the morning before three of the clock." He m. Lydia 

D. Cabot. 

48. Isaac Parker (yohn,^ JosiahJ yohji,^ Hanamak,^ 
Thotnas'), son of Capt. John and Lydia (Moore) Parker, b. 
in Lexington, May 11, 1763. He seems to have inherited his 
father's military spirit, and very early in life arrayed himself 
against the British foe. He was fond of military adventures. 
When old enough to run with a musket he served in the 
Revolutionar}' war: he was in the battles of Saratoga and 
Yorktown, was in garrison at West Point in 1782 and 83, 
from whence an affectionate letter written his brother John 
Parker is still among the family records at Lexington, as is 
also a pass bearing date of Nov. 9, 1783, permitting "Nemiah 
Fowler, John Farrer, Titus Baker and Isaac Parker to Cross 
the Ferry and pass out in the Country and Return this Eve- 
ning." He served many years in the Revolution, and seems 
to have continued steadily in the service from his first enlist- 
ment to the close of the war. After the war he removed to 
Groton, Mass., where he was a merchant, but failing in biisi- 
ness he went to South Carolina, and married a lady of means 
at Charleston. He was living there up to 1820, the father of 
one son. This son m. and had one dau., but he came to 
an untimely end by the accidental discharge of a gun in his 
hand while gunning. 

49. Ruth Parker (Jo/m,^ Josiah^'' Jokji,^ Hananiah^'^ 
Thomas'" )^ dau. of Capt. John and Lydia (Moore) Parker, b. 
Dec. 7, 1765 ; m. Nov. 14, 1787, David Bent. He was the 
second or third son of Micah Bent who emigrated to Nova 


Scotia, probably about the middle of the last century. They 
lived in Belisle, where, upon the old homestead, still reside 
several of their great-grandchildren, the children of Rufus, 
the third son. The descendants of both the Parkers and 
Bents are numerous in this and the adjoining counties, and 
they have in several instances intermingled by marriage. 
There were several other sons born unto the Micah Bent 
referred to above. Besides David there were William (whose 
son is Dr. W. H. Bent of Argyle, N. S.), and Stephen (whose 
grandson is J. G. H. Parker of Bridgetown, N. S., a lineal 
descendant of the ancient Parker line of Groton, Mass.). 
David Bent d. Aug. i6, 1831, aged 67 years. Ruth (Parker) 
Bent d. March 12, 1838, aged 73 years. 

The children of David and Ruth (Parker) Bent were : 

I. Asaph Bent, now dead, m. Widow Vailes and had three 
children : • 

1. David Bent, m. Suzan Stronach. They reside in 
Forest Glen, Annapolis Co., N. S. Children : 

1. George Bent. 

2. David Bent. 

3. Susan Bent, m. George Stronach and had three children. 

4. Ruth Bent, m. Hoyt Foster and had six children. 

II. Isaac Bent, now dead, m. Arminella Young. Children: 

1. Abigail Bent, m. James Lettinej and is now deceased. 

2. Louisa Bent. 

III. RuFUS Bent, now dead, m. Ann Starrit. Children : 

1. Sarah Ann Bent, now deceased, m. James Moore. 

2. George Bent, now deceased, m. Mary Ann Inglis, and their 

children were : Frank Bent, A. Cliftbrd Bent and five 
daughters. This family resides upon the old Bent horrie- 
stead in Belisle, Annapolis Co., N. S. 

3. David Bent, now deceased. 

4. Zenas Bent, now deceased. 

5. Elizabeth Bent, now deceased, m. Simeon Freeman and had 

three children. 

6. Mary Bent, who resides in Belisle, N. S. 

7. Edwin Bent, now deceased. 

8. Caroline Bent, now deceased, m. Eli Boehner, tind had two 


9. Elizabeth Bent, resides in Somerset, Kings Co., N. S. 

IV. Arathusa Bent, now deceased, m. Charles Barteaux. 


V. Abigail Bent, now deceased, m. Simon Starrit. Two 
children : 

1, Euphenia Starrit, now deceased. 

2. Amanda Starrit, m. Edmund Bent, is now deceased. 

VI. Rebecca Bent, now deceased, m. Joseph Starrit. 
Children : 

1. George Starrit, m. Emily Bentley, and has three children. 

2. Benjamin Starrit, m. Clara Fowler, and has two children. 

3. Stephen Starrit, now deceased. 

4. David Starrit, now deceased, left two children. 

5. John Starrit. 

6. Abigail Starrit, now deceased. 

7. Ruth Starrit, now deceased, m. Abel Wheelock. 

8. Miriam Starrit, d. unm. 

50. Rebecca Parker (John,^ Josiah,'^ John,^ Hana- 
ntah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Capt. John and Lydia (Moore) 
Parker, b. in Lexington, June 28, 1768; m. May 29, 1803, 
Peter Clark of Watertown, now Belmont, whose first wife, 
Sarah Grant of Watertown, having died Jan. i, 1800. He 
was the son of Thomas and Sarah (Bright) Clark of Water- 
town, whose ancestry is shown in '■'•The Genealogy of the 
Descendants of Hugh Clark of Watertown.^'' He was a 
farmer, lived in that part of the town which is now Belmont, 
and d. May 2, 1859, aged 90. Peter Clark was intelligent and 
fond of reading, but better than all, endowed with a sweetness 
and liberality and a real courtesy which mere culture can never 
bring. Rebecca (Parker) Clark was a very worthy woman. 
She d. in Belmont, Jan. 10, 185 1, aged over 82 years. 

Their children were : 

1. Peter Bright Clark, b. May 2, 1S04; d. in Monroe, La., 

Sept. 9, 1834, unm. 

2. Isaac Grant Clark, b. Jan. iS, 1806; d. in Belmont, Dec. 

8, 1861, unm. 

3. Harriett Rebecca Clark, b. Nov. 22, 1808 ; d. July 24, 

1841, unm. 

4. Sarah Grant Clark, b. March 10, 1810. She resides upon 

the old homestead in Belmont, unm. 

51. Robert Parker (fohn,^ Joslah,'^ John,^ Hana- 
niah,^ Thomas^), son of Capt. John and Lydia (Moore) 
Parker, was b. in Lexington, April 15, 1771 ; m. Oct. 22, 


1794, Elizabeth Simonds, who was b. in Lexington, July 4, 
1772, the dau. of Joshua and Martha (Bowers) Simonds of 
Lexington. The father, Joshua Simonds, was one of the 
minute-men who met the British on the 19th of April, 1775. 
It was he who went into the meeting-house for powder, and 
finding himself cut off from his company, cocked his gun and 
placed the muzzle on an open cask of powder, resolved to 
blow up the church in case the British should enter it. The 
dau. Elizabeth was then but three years old. Robert Parker 
was a farmer and lived not Jar from his brother John Parker, 
Esq. He was remembered by his nephew. Rev. Theodore 
Parker, as a "tall, grave man." He lived in the west part of 
the town on what is now the Neville place, on the Concord 
road. Although a man of very quiet and gentle demeanor 
his influence for good was widely felt. He d. Dec. 31, 1840, 
aged 70. She d. April 11, 1849, aged 77. They were interred 
in the graveyard at Lexington. Her gravestone epitaph shows 
the motherly sentiment so characteristic of her : 

"Father, I will that they also whom thou hast given me be with 
me where I am." 

Their children were : 

134. Mary Parker, b. Dec. 26, 1794; m. Isaac W. Lawrence 
of West Cambridge. 

JosiAH Parker, b. July 6, 179S; d. Dec. 25, 1840, unm. 
Thomas Parker, b. March 16 and d. April 30, 1800. 

135. Eliza Eleanor Parker, b. Sept. 20, 1804 ; m. Nathan 
Robbins of West Cambridge. 

136. Almira Parker, b. Aug. 30, 1806; m. Joshua Robbins of 
West Cambridge. 

Jonathan Simonds Parker, b. Aug. 8, 1808; d. Feb. 13, 1813. 

137. Jonathan Simonds Parker, b. July 30, 1812; m. Abigail 
Tattle of Lexington. 

138. William Bowers Parker, b. Jan. 13, 181 7; m. Elizabeth 

52. Susanna Parker (Josrfh,^ Josiah,^ Jo/in,^ Hana- 
niah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Joseph and Eunice (Hobbs) Parker, 
b. in Weston, Dec. 31, 1760. It is supposed that it was she 
who m. a Gregory, probably a Lincoln man, as it is known 


that one of the daughters of Joseph Parker m. one of that 
name. Where she Hved is at present unknown ; likewise her 
issue. Research among the Gregory family may soon reveal 
her posterity. 

53. Levi Parker CJosefh^^ yosiah,^ 'yohn,^ Hananiah,^ 
Thomas'), son of Joseph and Eunice (Hobbs) Parker, was b. 
April 16, 1762. He was soon after living in Roxbury, as his 
venerable son, Isaac Parker of Chicago, informs us. He 
writes : 

" My fiither, Levi Parker, was thirteen years old when the Battle 
of Bunker Hill was fought, which he witnessed. When he was 
seventeen he enlisted for the remainder of the war, and was a soldier 
over three years. He was given his discharge by Gen. Knox of 
Boston. After the war he went to Hubbardston to live and married 
my mother there. Her name was Mary Lyon. They lived there 
until they had six children, then they moved to Royalton, Vermont, 
where the other three were born." 

The date of his marriage was Oct. 26, 1786. She was the 
dau. of Bazael and Mary Lyon of Hubbardston. He with 
cousins Hollis and Isaac Parker, who later settled in Shrews- 
bury and Westborough, respectively, lived in the same great 
division in Hubbardston, in the southeast corner of the town, 
which part was later set off to Princeton. His cousin Amos 
Parker lived in the other extremity of the town. Levi Parker 
was a mason by trade. Upon his removal to Royalton, Vt., 
he bought 100 acres of timber land, cleared it up and made a 
farm. He d. in Royalton, March, 1813. The widow, Mary 
(Lyon) Parker, went to live with her son-in-law, Horace 
Garfield, in Potsdam, N. Y., and there passed the remainder 
of her days. She d. there aged 88. 

Children b. in Hubbardston : 

139. Samuel Parker, b. March 4, 1787 ; m. Laurania Aikins. 

140. Martha Parker, b. Nov. 19, 1788; m. Shubael Crandall 
of Connecticut. 

141. Aaron Parker, b. Feb. 20, 1791. 

Polly Parker, b. March 14, 1793; m. Horace Garfield. They 

had three sons ; one still resides in Potsdam, N. Y. 
John Parker, b. Aug. 7, 1795 ; d. April 7, 1825, unm. 
Elisha Parker, b. Oct. 25, 1798; m. Alvira Colburn. 


Children b. in Royalton, Vt. : 

142. Anna Parker, b. April 13, 1801 ; m. David Paige. 
Miriam Parker, b. May 5, 1804; m. Harvey Edgarton. No issue. 

143. Isaac Parker, b. Dec. i, 1806; m. Mary Linsted of Har- 
rington, Mass. 

54. Lois Parker (Josefh,^ Josiah,'^ John,^ Hananiah,^ 
Thomas^), dau. of Joseph and Eunice (Hobbs) Parker, b. in 
Lincoln, Nov. 17, 1763 ; int. of m. entered on Weston records 
to John Coburn of Weston, Sept. 14, 1782. He was a farmer 
and lived in Weston. He d. in June, 1796, and she m. 2nd, 

Holbrook. She lived in that part of Lincoln through 

which the British troops marched on the famous 19th of April, 
and often related the story of the excitement of the family, as 
she described how she and the other "women folks" retreated 
to the woods on this occasion. She was then but 12 years 
old, and it plainly shows in which part of Lincoln was Joseph 
Parker's home. 

All the children were b. in Weston : 

1. Sarah Coburn, b. March 11, 1785; m. Thomas Heard of 

East Sudbury, now Wayland, where he was b. May 34, 1776. 

He d. in Waltham, March 7, 1S32. She d. in Watertown, 

Sept. 4, 1809, leaving dau. : 
I. Jane E. Heard, b. in Watertown, April 11, 1806; m. 
at Waltham, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Aug. 24, 1834, 
Daniel Emerson of Walthau), son of Peter and Molly 
(Muzz}') Emerson. She d. Nov. 16, 1870. She was 
his second wife. He was b. in Sandown, N. H., Sept. 
16, 1788. He came to Waltham in 1814, and d. there 
in 1874, after a residence of 60 years. He held no 
public office except school committee. He was a 
blacksmith and wheelwright. Their children were : 

1. Thomas Heard Emerson, b. in Waltham, March 20, 1836; 

m. Elizabeth Lord, dau. of W. W. and Lucy E. (Centre) 
Wellington, b March 3, 1S43. They reside in Cambridge- 
port and have one dau. 

2. Warren Frank Emerson, b. July 29, 1839; m. June i, 1S70, 

Lillian, dau. of John C. and Elizabeth A. Thorp. They 
reside in Waltham and have two children. 
♦ 3. Sarah Jane Emerson, b. Sept. 12, 1841 ; resides in Waltham. 

2. Abijah Coburn, b. Jan. 21, 1787; m. 1812, Lydia, dau. of 

Josiah and Mary (Flagg) Hastings. She d. in 1S13. He m. 


3iul, March i6, 1814, Sophia Hastings, sister of his first wife. 
She d. March 3, 1S69. He was a boot and shoe manufacturer 
and farmer. He was selectman and representative to the 
General Court. He d. Feb. 4, 1861, aged 74. Children: 
I. Henry Coburn, b. Nov. 25, 1814; d. Oct. 14, 1815. 
II. Abijah Coburn, b. June 25, 1816. Resides on the 
homestead in Weston, unm. He has been a boot and 
shoe manufacturer and farmer. He was selectman, 
and assessor for several years. 

III. Charles Coburn, b. Nov. 24, 1817; m. (i) Jan. i, 

1843, Sarah P. Floyd. She d. Dec. 28, 1845, leaving 
dau. Sarah, and he m. (2) June i, 1848, Jane M. 
Dyer, dau. of James and Anna M. Dyer of Boston. 
She resides in Cambridge. He d. April 25, 1890. 
Their children were : 

1. Sarah E. Coburn, b. March 19, 1S44; d. Jan. 4, 1S61. 

2. Anna M. Coburn, b. May 15, 1849; d. June 5, 1849. 

3. Jeannie M. Coburn, b. Aug. 31, 1S50; d. Sept. 3, 1S50. 

4. Anna M. Coburn, b. May 24, 1852 ; d. Jan. 23, 1859. 

5. Jeannie M. Coburn, b. Feb. 24, 1856; is an assistant in the 

Harvard College Library. 

6. Charles H. Coburn, b. May 17, 1S65; d. Sept. 7, 1866. 

IV. John Coburn, b. Jan. 19, 1823 ; m. April 26, 1848, 

Emily Matilda Feirce, dau. of Benjamin and Almira 
(Harrington) Feirce of Weston. He resides in Weston. 
He has been librarian of the Weston Town Library for 
31 years. She d. March 24, 1890. Children: 

1. Elizabeth Sophia Coburn, b. Sept. 26, 1849; '^ ^" assistant in 

the Harvard College Library. 

2. Emily Frances Coburn, b. Sept. 21, 1S51. 

3. George Henry Coburn, b. Aug. 27 and d. Aug. 28, 1853. 

4. Agnes Peirce Coburn, b. Sept. 15, 1857 ; is an assistant in the 

Harvard College Library. 

5. Mary Emma Coburn, b. July 5, 1861 ; d. Oct. 12, 1888. 

V. Henry Coburn, b. Aug. 10, 1826; d. Nov. 18, 1847. 
VL George Coburn, b. July 20, 1829; d. Aug. 22, 1S47. 
VII. Charlotte Sophia Coburn, b. Nov. 5, 1S36. She 
was a school teacher several years. 

3. Mary Coburn, b. Oct., 1789; m. Nathan Russell of East Sud- 

bury, now Wayland. They left no issue. 

4. William Coburn, b. about 1791 ; m. Maria Travis of Weston ; 

d. in 1832. Two daughters and both m. * 

5. Isaac Coburn, b. about 1793 ; d. at age of 19. 

6. Lois Coburn, b. about 1793 ; m. Charles Weston of Weston. 


7. Eliza Holbrook, b. in Weston ; d. 1830, unm. 

8. Samuel Holbrook, b. in Weston ; d. in Reading. He was m. 

two tiines. His children were : 
1. Samuel Holbrook ; d. without issue. 
II. Lyman Holbrook ; d. without issue. 

III. Josephine Holbrook; ni. Nickols, and resides 

in Lynn. 

IV. Eliza Holbrook ; m. Aborn. She resides in 

V, George Holbrook ; resides in Provincetown. 

55. Joseph Parker, Jr. (Joseph,'^ Josiak,^ John,^ 
Hananiah-r Thomas^), son of Joseph and Eunice (Hobbs) 
Parker, b. in Lincoln, Oct. 4, 1767 ; int. of m. entered on 
records of Weston, Oct. 16, 1791 ; m. Nov. 17, 1791, Polly* 
Fisk, dau. of Samuel and Mary Fisk of Weston. She was b. 
in Weston, March 6, 1771. Her father, Samuel Fisk, served 
in the opening of hostilities against England, 1775. They 
settled in Weston on a small farm, one-half mile south of 
the meeting-house. Here they passed the remainder of their 
lives, with the exception of a few years spent in Lincoln. He 
was a blacksmith as well as a farmer. 

Their children were : 

144. Eunice Parker, b. in Weston, Aug. 13, 1792; m. Cyrus 
Pratt of Needham. 

Mary Parker, b. in Lincoln, Jan. 19, 1794 ; " m. in Weston, April 
4, 1S16, Richard Hammond, son of Moses Hammond of Charlton. 
She d. in Charlton, Nov. 18, 1816, aged 23." t 

William Parker, b. in Lincoln, March 5, 1795 ; d. in Weston, 
Sept. 22, 1798. 

145. Sophia Parker, b. in Weston, Oct. 6, 1796 ; m. Montgomery 
Haven of Shrewsbury. 

William Parker, b. in Weston, Nov, 2, 1798; d. Oct. 13, iSoi.J 

* As was then the custom this name was a substitute for Mary and she was 
known by both. 

t From Joseph Parker's family Bible. 

J An occurrence which " tries men's souls" was the sudden deaths of these 
two children. The son, William, a promising child of three years, died sud- 
denly, and was buried on the second day following. The parents returned 
home only to find the baliy, Joseph, Jr., dead also, having caught the same 
disease and having died as suddenly as his brother. 


Joseph Parker, Jr., b. in Weston, Aug. 17, 1800; d. Oct. 15, 1801. 

146. Isaac Parker, b. in Watertown, July 19, 1S02 ; m. Lucy 

147. Cythia Parker, b. in Weston. Jan. 15. 1810; m. in Wal- 
tham, Dec. 3, 1836, David M. Bathrick. 

Adaline Parker, b. in Weston, Marcli 7. 1814 ; d. in Weston, 
March 27. 1815. 

56. Elisha Parker ( Joseph, ^ Josiah,^ John,^ Hatia- 
niah,^ Thomas^), son of Joseph and Eunice (Hobbs) Parker, 
b. in Lincoln, Sept. 10, 1775, twin brother with Rebecca 
Parker. His int. of m. stands upon the records of the town 
of Weston bearing date of Feb. 23, 1800. He was m. during 
the same year to Miss Jerusha Wentworth of Weston. They 
lived for several years in Maine, then settled in Stoughton, 
Mass., where he was a blacksmith and a well known and 
esteemed citizen. 

Their children were ; 

148. Cloy Parker, b. March 7, 1800; m. Caleb Carr of Easton. 

149. Isaac Parker, b. April 23, 1802 ; m. Flavilla Crosbury. 

150. Elisha H. Parker, b. April 17, 1805 ; m. Charlotte Skinner. 

151. Rebecca R. Parker ; m. Martin Wales of Stoughton. 
Samuel Saw Parker, b. June 25, 1810. 

152. Hannah Parker, b. Jan. 13, 1813 ; m. John .Smith. 

153. Hiram Parker, b. March z'^^ 1816; m. Rhody Freeman of 

154. Jonathan Capin Parker ; m. Martha Briggs of Stoughton. 

155. David Manley Parker ; m. Mary Ann Andrews of VVal- 

57. Rebecca Parker (Joseph,^ Josiah,^ John,^ Hana- 
niah,^ Thomas'^), dau. of Joseph and Eunice (Hobbs) Parker, 
b. in Lincoln, Sept. 10, 1775; twin sister of Elisha Parker; 
m. in Weston, Dec. 13, 1796, Elisha Rand of Weston. He 
may have been the son of Benjamin Rand, who belonged to 
the company of minute-men from Weston, and served on 
several occasions in 1775. 

58. John Parker (Pcter,^ John,^ John,^ Hananiah,^ 
Thomas'), son of Peter and Ruth (Eaton) Parker, b. in 
Framingham, Nov. 16, 1762 ; m. 1781, Deborah Lamb, "who 


was baptized 1760, dau. of Samuel Lamb of Framingham, 
whose great-grandfather, Thomas Lamb, came in the fleet 
with Winthrop in 1630. Samuel Lamb lived in the west part, 
north of the Lamb Hill, where a cellar-hole remains."* 

John Parker lived in the southwest part of the town, north- 
east of Nathan Bridges, on the old way from the Bridges 
place, through the Goulding pasture, to George Nurse's. He 
was one of the first members of the Framingham Artillery Co., 
organized 1799. He removed, April i, 1800, to Royalston, 
where the last four children of his large family were born. 
They lived in Royalston until 1834, when in Oct. the parents 
removed to Southborough to live with their son John Parker, 
Jr. He d. at this place March 10, 1838, and his wife followed 
him only five days later, March 15, 1838. In appearance 
John Parker was a well built man of about 5 feet 10 inches ; 
his hair sandy, inclining to red. He was an intelligent look- 
ing man, ready and frank in speech. Although naturally 
quiet and thoughtful, he loved an argument and was a stirring 
talker with the gift of something like eloquence. He was a 
public spirited citizen, a most resolute Whig and a Free- 

Their children were : 

156. Naxcie Parker, b. Dec. 11, 1783; m. Nathan Goddard of 

Betsey Parker, b. March 17, 1785 ; d. July 16, 1796. 
John Parker, b. April 23, 1787; d. June 18, 1796. 
167. Mary Parker, b. June 2, 1789; m. Capt. John Forristall 

of Winchendon. 
Deborah Parker, b. April 12, 1792 ; m. Jan. 8, 1839, De^- Samuel 

Morse of Hopkinton. She d. April 26, 1865. She was an attract- 
ive and worthy lady. She left no issue. 
158. Peter Parker, b. July 16, 1794; m. (i) Sarah Sawyer of 

Eliza Parker, b. Aug. 23, 1796; d. Jan. 30, 1803. 
15^. John Parker, b. June 16. 179S; m. Mary Ann Fales of 

160. Ruth Parker, b. July 31, 1800; m. Capt. Nathan Leland 

of HoUiston. 

* Temple. 


161. Abigail Parker, b. March 15, 1802 ; m. Newell Ware of 

16S. JosiAH Parker, b. July 31, 1S04; m. Caroline Peck of 


163. Presson Parker, b. Oct. 24, 1807; m. Mary Newton of 

59. Nathan Parker ( Peter, '^ John,^ John.i Hananiah,'' 
Thomas^), son of Peter and Ruth (Eaton) Parker, b. in 
Framingham, Oct. 23, 1764; m. in Newton, March 17, 1791, 
Catharine Murdock of Newton, dau. of Aaron Murdock. 
Nathan Parker enlisted for the suppression of Shays' Rebellion ; 
belonged to Framingham Artillery Co., and with wife were 
admitted to the Church 1792. He d. Aug. 17, 1826; she d. 
Nov. I, 1836. 

Their children were : 

164. Harriett Parker, b. Oct. 10, 1793 ; m. Josiah Bigelow of 

Preston Parker, b. May 10, 1796; drowned Oct. 10, 1798. 

165. Maria Parker, b. April 16, 1799; m. Abijah Fay of 

Preston Parker, b. Nov. 2, 1802 ; d. Aug. 20, 1804. 

166. Peter Parker, b. June 18, 1804; m. Harriett Colby Web- 

Catherine Parker, b. Aug. 21, 1806; d. Oct. 30, 1842. 

60. Abigail Parker ( Peter, z John,^ John,^ Hananiah,-' 
Thomas^), b. in Framingham, Dec. 15, 1766; m. June 8, 
1803, Lovell Howe of Marlborough. They removed to South- 
boroucrh, where he was a farmer and bookbinder. They d. 
in Southborough. 

Their children were : 

1. Eliza Howe ; d. unm. 

2. Caroline Howe; d. unm. 

3. Peter Parker Howe; m. Julia Newton of Southborough. 

He was a very conscientious and active worker, a man of pro- 
nounced character, and always distinguished by his strong will 
and independent ideas. Whatever he undertook he did with 
all his might. He took a lively interest in the education of the 
young. He was a school-teacher in Southborough for the 


major part of his life. In his school-he was very strict, allow- 
ing no deviation from study, but was a good teacher. All 
persuasion seldom changed the belief of Parker Howe. But 
he was an intellectual, sensible, sober man, and was ever ready 
for an argument with his own thoughtful ideas. He will not 
be forgotten. Associated with Dea. John Parker, the town 
of Southborough will long remember his name and his work. 
He was the right man in the right place. He lectured against 
intemperance, then a great evil in the town, and slavery. With 
Dea. Parker he held revival meetings. He worked hard and 
lived to see their causes triumph and the town improve from 
its former standard to one of the foremost rank in the State. 
He was selectman and representative. His death occurred 
4. Abigail Howe ; m. Charles Fales, b. in Shrewsbury, June 2, 
1807, brother of Mary Ann Fales, whose name appears on the 
preceding page. They were children of Daniel and Sarah 
(Pratt) Fales of Shrewsbury. It is said that Daniel's father, 
Capt. Fales, was b. in Wales, was there educated as a physi- 
cian, and lived afterwards in Shrewsbury to almost the age of 
100 years. His wife was the dau. of Pastor Mann of Wren- 
tham. Their child was : 

I. Caroline Elizabeth Fales. 

61. Ruth Parker ( Peter, ^ John,^ Jokn,^ Hatianiah,^ 
Thomas^), b. in Framingham, Jan. 8, 1769 ; m. Nov. 8, 1785, 
Joseph Bigelow, Jr., of Holliston. They lived in Holliston. 

Their children v\^ere : 

1. JosiAH Bigelow, b. Oct. 26, 1790; was captain of the Hopkin- 

ton militia company; m. March 20, 1821, Harriett Parker, 
his cousin. (No. 164.) 

2. John Bigelow ; d. aged about 23. 

3. Joseph Bigelow; m. Wilson, dau. of Dr. John and 

Nancy Wilson of Hopkinton. They lived in Natick. They 
left no issue. 

4. Sally Bigelow; m. Gilbert Dench Wilson, brother of Joseph 

Bigelow's wife. They settled in Southborough. When a 
young man he began teaching school and taught for 16 years. 
He was a well read and educated man for his time. He was 
a farmer in Southborough. He was a strong believer in anti- 
slavery. Their children were : 
I. George Overing Wilson, b. May 24, 1820; d. 1864. 


II. Charles Bigelow VVilsox, b. April ii, 1823; m. 

■ Turner of Framingham ; entered the business 

of Boyd & Corey, shoe manufacturers of Marlborough. 
He became a silent partner and it is said he once saved 
the firm from a failure. He was a tavern-keeper and 
was the one who enlarged the American House in Bos- 
ton. He d. in 1885. 

III. Henry Gilbert Wilson, b. Nov. 7, 1830; m. and 

settled in Southborough, where he was a farmer. Re- 
moved to Northborough, where they now reside. 
Their son is the Rev. Lewis G. Wilson of Hopedale. 

IV. Wallace Wallace Wilson, b. Jan. 7, 1839; d. 1S40. 

5. Ruth Bigelow ; m. in Hopkinton, Jan. 20, 1818, Amherst 

Messenger, b. Oct., 1795, d. Feb., 1887, son of John and 
Margaret (Fisher) Messenger. He was a shoemaker. They 
lived first in Wrentham, then in Hopkinton, in the part which 
is now Ashland. Removed to Sherborn, Holliston, Peru, 
Vt., and Natick, Mass. He was justice of the peace for a 
number of years in Peru, Vt. She d. in Sherborn, March, 
1828. He d. in Natick. Their children were : 

I. Emily Waldo Messenger, b. April 19, 1820; m. Sept. 
29, 1842, Joseph Hey wood Simonds, b. in Peru, Vt., 
May 19, 1818. He was a farmer in Peru. She resided 
in Southborough. Their children were : 

1. Albert Joseph Simonds, b. in Peru, Vt., Sept. 2, 1S45 ; served 

in the late war three years : representative in 1S90. 

2. Ruth Eliza Simonds ; d. in Natick. 

3. Lewis Messenger Simonds ; d. in Natick. 

4. Dexter Bigelow Simonds; d. in Peru, Vt. 

6. Sarah Ann Messenger, b. Nov. 11, 1822; m. in Natick, 

Nov. 29, 1845, Dexter Washburn, b. in Natick, Oct. 30, 1820, 
son of Jedediah and Mita (Frost) Washburn. He is a shoe 
manufacturer. They reside in Florida. Their children were : 

I. Janette Washburn, b. June 6, 1850. 
II. Alice Washburn, b. Nov. 16, 1854; m. Nov., 1875, 
Silas Elijah Simonds, and has three children. 

III. Agnes Bigelow Washburn, b. March 2, 1858 ; m. 

Nov. 2, 1 881, Walter Irving Fletcher, and has had 
three children, one of whom is living. 

IV. Fannie Emily Washburn, b. March 6, 1866; m. June 

3, 1886, Alvah Flansburg, and has three children. 


7. John Bigelow Messenger, b. 1826; m. Louisa Washburn. 

Their children were : 
I. Charles VV. Messenger ; resides in Natick. 
u. Emma Messenger ; m. W. Tilton. 

8. Charles Bigelow ; m. Francis; deceased. 

9. George Bigelow; m. April 17, 1831, Amy Learned. He d. 

Feb. 28, 1S67. She d. Oct., 1887. Their children were: 
I. George Bigelow, b. 1832 ; d. 
II. Mary Bigelow, b. Nov. 24, 1836; d. 

III. Adeliza Bigelow, b. Oct. 10, 1839. 

IV. Harriett Bigelow, b. Feb. 17, [841. 
V. Susan Bigelow, b. Oct. 11, 1844. 

62. Experience Parker ( Peter, ^ John,^ John,^ Hana- 
niah,^ Thomas^), b. in Framingham, Feb. 19, 177 1 ; m. Feb. 
3, 1797, Dea. Luther Haven of Framingham, b. April 15, 
1770, son of Dea. Jesse Haven of Holliston. He came to 
Framingham, Dec. 21, 1791, to live with David Haven, Esq. 
He was one of the fifth generation in descent from Richard 
Haven, Esq., of Lynn, the emigrant ancestor. They lived in 
various places in Framingham, he bought the farm afterwards 
known as the Bigelow paper mill site, exchanged farms with 
Artemas Parker and Enoch Belknap. Removed to Rice's 
End, where they lived the remainder of their lives. He was 
deacon and representative. Mrs. Exprerience Haven d. Oct. 
16, 1817. He m. again, this time to widow Anna Drury 
Rutter. He d. July 11, 185 1. 

Their children were : 

1. Clarissa Haven, b. Feb. 25, 1798; m. Dec. 19, 1822, Corne- 

lius Morse, b. about 1797, son of Benjamin and Sarah (Claflin) 
Morse of Framingham. They settled in Framingham on the 
Hersey place, afterwards removed to Newton. He d. July 29, 
1872, aged 74. She d. in 1877. Their children were: 
I. Horatio Morse, b. April 7, 1S25. 
II. Henry Morse, b. Jan. 21, 1827; d. Oct. 28, 1855. 
III. Clara Morse. 

2. Ruth Eaton Haven, b. March 9, 1800; m. March 31, 1829, 

John C. Bixby, native of Hopkinton. They settled at Salem 
End on the Henry Brewer place ; removed to VVestborough 


and West Newton, where he was station agent of B. & A. 
R. R. He d. in Lowell, 1S82, aged 82. Children : 

I. John Bixby ; I'esides in West Newton. 

11. Henry L. Bixby ; resides in West Newton. 

3. Luther Haven, b. Aug. 14, 1806. Teacher in Leicester 

Academy; U. S. Collector; d. March 9. 1S66, in Chicago. 

4. George Haven ; Supt. of New York Central R. R. ; lived at 

Syracuse, N. Y., and Framingham ; represented the town of 
Framingham for one or two years in the Legislature ; d. in 
1883, at Framingham. 

63. Patty Parker ( Peter, ^ John,^ John,i Hananiah,^ 
Thomas^), b. in Framingham, April 15, 1773 ; m. Nov. i, 
1793, Eleazer BuUard of Holliston. 

Their children were : 

1. Charles Bullard ; was in business in Qiiincy Market. Boston. 

many years, and lived in Somerville. 

2. Ruth Bullard ; d. young. 

3. Jemima Bullard ; m. Cutler of Holliston. Had five or 

six children. 

4. JosiAH Bullard. 

5. Joseph Bullard. 

6. Eleazer Bullard. 

64. Sally Parker (PeterJ> 'John,'' yohn,^ Hananiah,^ 
Thomas"^), b. in Framingham, March 25, 1775 : m. April 21, 
1800, William Fames of Holliston. He was a farmer, but 
was an invalid for 37 years. They lived and died in Holliston. 
She d. April 4, 1875, and he d. April 5, 1875. 

Their children were : 

1. Harriett Eames, b. July 39, 1801 ; d. in Framingham, Oct. 

6, 1891 , unm. 

2. MiLLiTiAH Eames, b. May 5, 1803 ; d. in Ashland, unm.. Jan. 

12, 1882. 

3. Sally Eames, b. Sept. i, 1805 ; m. in Holliston, April i. 1826, 

Daniel Ryder, b. 1795, d. April 5. 1875. She d. April 4, 
1875. He was a farmer in Ashland. Their children were : 
I. Louisa Jane Ryder, b. Oct. 20, 1828 ; d. Jan. 20, 1833. 

II. Charles Ferdinand Ryder, b. Oct. 9, 1S30; d. Jan. 

20, 1833. 



III. Sarah Ryder, ].. li^^.*. t ^ r\ ,. o o 

' >• twins, b. Oct. 7, and d. Oct. 8. 1832. 

IV. Nancy Ryder, J 

V. Daniel Bainbridge Ryder, b. May 23, 1S34 ; m. Susan 
Gerrold of Boston ; reside in San Jose, Cal. Children : 

1. Bainbridge Lincoln Rjder. 

2. Frank Rjder. 

3. Louisa Jane Ryder. 

VI. George William Ryder, b. Sept. 24, 1836; m. Eliza 
Jane 'Hildreth of Lexington ; reside in San Jose, Cal. 
Children : 

1. Georgian na Ryder. 

2. Jennie Ryder. 

3. Lona Ryder; deceased. 

4. Willie Ryder. 

5. Irving Ryder. 

VII. Charles Henry Ryder, b. Aug. 7, 1839; d. May 23. 

viii. Sarah Jane Ryder, b. May 28, 1844; m. in Ashland, 

Dec. 10, 1867, Charles Eugene Loring, b. in Hopkin- 

ton, Aug. 8, 1842, son of John J. and Lucretia D. 

Loring. He is a farmer in Ashland. Children : 

1. Mary Lucretia Loring, b. June 8, 1872. 

2. Arthur Eugene Loring, b. Nov. 7, 1876. 

Mary Eames, b. Aug. 27, 1809 ; m. Reuben Dewing of Hollis- 
ton. They lived in Holliston and had children. She d. Feb. 
2, 1846. Children : 

I. Elijah Dewing; m. Louise Willet of Holliston; lived 
and d. in Natick. One child : 
I. Mary Louise Dewing. 
II. Mary Jane Dewing; m. Wm, Henry Howard; lived 
in Braintree ; d. Oct. 30, 1874. Children : 

1. Maria Willet Howard. 

2. Lizzie Willet Howard. 

Annie Eames, b. Dec. 11, 1814; m. Henry Bacon, b. Jan. 31, 

1814, son of Henry Bacon of Qiiincy. Their children were : 

I. William Henry Bacon, b. July 14, 1845 ; m. in 

Memphis, Tenn., Feb. 10, 1872, Mattie E. Wilkins of 

Bangor, Me. 

II. Mary Annie Bacon, b. March 18, 1848. Resides in 

South Framingham. 
III. Caroline Elizabeth Bacon, b. July 28, 185 1 ; m. 
George H. Patch, b. in Lexington, Dec. 8, 1844. 
Corp. Patch, as he was called, was a very prominent 


member of the G. A. R. He was a soldier and orator, 
irie was Corporal in Co. I, 19th Regiment. He de- 
livered the oration at Gettysburg, Oct. 7, 1885 ; was 
Commander of the Department of Mass., G. A. R., 
and d. in South Framingham, July 26, 1887. Their 
two children are both deceased : 

1. Willie Patch. 

2. Adaline Patch. 

65. Josiah Parker ( Peter, ^ John,^ John,^ Hananiah,^ 
Thomas^), b. in Framingham, x\pril 26, 1779; ''lived on the 
homestead with Nathan till 1828, when he built on the hill 
where Leander Barber now lives ; admitted to Church, 1838 ; 
d. Feb. 26, 1854."* He bore the title of Captain. He m. 
April 8, 1804, Olive Stone, dau. of Dr. Elijah and Elizabeth 
(Lyndes) Stone of Framingham. She was b. in Framing- 
ham, July 22, 1799, one of a family of ten; admitted to the 
Church, 1815 : d. in Framingham, July 4, 1826. 

Their children were : 

167. Charles Parker, b. March 6, 1805 ; m. Mary H. Walling- 
ford of Claremont, N. H. 

Olive Parker ; d. young. 

168. Eliza Ann Parker, b. July 17, 1810; m. Thomas Hast- 
ings, Jr. 

169. Emily Parker, b. Nov. 17, 1813 ; m. Daniel Parmenter. 

^Q. Artemas Parker ( Peter, '^ John,^ John,T> Haiia- 
niah,'' Thomas'), son and last surviving child of Peter and 
Ruth (Eaton) Parker, b. in Framingham, Dec. 20, 1781 ; m. 
Jan. 21, 1806, Almy Clark, "dau. of Rev. Edward and 
Elizabeth (Weaver-Look) Clark of Framingham. The father 
came to Framingham from R. I. ; was minister of the Baptist 
Church 1781 to 1790, and from 1801 to 1809. Almy Clark 
was b. June 21, 1780. Artemas Parker bought, July 5, 
1806, 71 acres, a part of the Brinley farm, of John Lovell ; 
built the Dea. E. M. Capen house; in 1819 exchanged with 
Dea. Luther Haven for the Bigelow place in Ashland."! He 
belono-ed to the Framingham artillery company from its 
organization in 1799; and served in Capt. John Temple's 

* Temple, 
f Same. 


company of artillery, in Col. William Edwards' regiment in 
the War of 1812. He d. in Framingham, Aug. 28, 1825. 
His wife d. Jan. 29, 1832, aged 52. 

Their children were : 

170. Edward C. Parker, b. Sept. 26, 1806; m. Mary Leland of 

171. George Parker, b. April 19, iSoS ; m. Mary Ann White. 

172. Curtis Parker, b. June 28, iSio; m. Eliza J. Horton of 

173. Lorenzo Parker, b. May 8, 1S13 ; m. Mary E, Herrick of 
Portland, Me. 

174. Eliza Jane Parker, b. June 6, 1S17 ; m. David Washburn 
of Natick. 

Henry E. Parker, b. in Hopkinton, May 7, 1820; d. young. 

67. Sally Parker (Philemon,^ Jonas,^ Andrew,'^ John^^ 
Hananiah^^ Thomas^ ), dau. of Philemon and Suzan (Stone) 
Parker, b. July i, 1785. The records of Princeton, Mass., 
testify that the intention of marriage between Scammel Burt 
of Newton and Sally Parker of Princeton was entered May 3, 
1807. He was b. in Westmoreland, N. H., May 3, 1782. 
They removed to Peru, Vt., where he was a farmer and where 
he d. Oct. 27, 1857, aged 75. She d. in Peru, Vt., Jan. 14, 
1877, aged 92. 

All the children were b. in Peru, Vt. : 

1. Joseph P. Burt, b. in Westmoreland, N. H,, Nov. 10, 1S07 ; 

d. unm. 

2. Adline Burt, b. in Peru, Vt., Nov. 10, 1808; d. Nov. 6, 

1848; m. in Peru, Vt., Jan. i, 1834, Capt. Cyrus Bailey, 
Jr., b. Sept. 23, 1804, son of Cyrus and Chloe (Burton) 
Bailey. He d. March 3, 1885. Children : 

I. Warren C. Bailey, b. in Andover, Vt., June 10, 183!; ; 

11. Augusta A. Bailey, b. in Andover, Vt., Aug. 14, 

1836 ; d. July II, 1841. 
III. Calista a. Bailey, b. Dec. 6, 1840 ; m. Orien Hutchins. 

3. Gratia M.Burt, b. Aug. 7, 1810; m. William Strong. Child: 

I. Sylvester Strong. 



RoDOLPHUS Burt, b. July 6, 1812; m. Elizabeth Hitchcock. 
He is deceased. She resides in East Saginaw, Mich. Their 
dau. was : 
I. Susan Hitchcock Burt ; m. Edward Hayes. They 

reside in Bridgeport, Mich. 
Joshua Burt, b. April 5, 1814; m. in Cambridgeport, Mass., 
Feb. 21, 1849, Rebecca Lakin, b. in Charlotte, Me., Dec. 8, 
1823. He was a farmer. They lived in Peru, Vt. He d. in 
Bridgeport, Mich., Feb. 21, 1867. His wife survives him. 
All the children were b. in Peru, Vt. : 
1. Chelcius Otis Burt, b. Dec. 30, 1850; d. March 21, 

II. Maria Clina Burt, b. Sept. 9, 1851 ; m. Joseph Jones, 

river captain. They reside in West Saginaw, Mich. 

Their children are : 

1. Alta Virginia Jones, b. June 13, 1875. 

2. Herbert Willard Jones, b. July 7, 1882. 

3. Pearl Nida Jones, b. July 20, 1887. 

III. Sarah Adaline Burt, b. Aug. 30, 1852 ; m. Peter H. 

Nichols. Child : 
I. Roy Leon Nichols, b. in East Saginaw, Mich., March 21, 1887. 

IV. Marcus Luther Burt, b. July 6, 1854 ' "^- lo'^^ Becker 

of Bridgeport, Mich. They have six children. They 
are farmers at Bridgeport. They were all b. in Bridge- 
port : 

1. Evaline Ellen Burt, b. Dec. 20, 1876. 

2. Marcus Luthur Burt, b. Sept. 22, 1878. 

3. Alice Mabel Burt, b. Feb. 28, 1881. 

4. Chelcius Otis Burt, b. March 12, 1883. 

5. Glynn Malcom Burt, b. Nov. 23, 1885. 

6. Ward B. Burt, b. Jan. 15, 1888. 

V. Charles Henry Burt, b. July 6, 1856; m. Lizzie 
Hacket. He d. in Jackson, Mich., March 6, 1883. 
Child : 
I. Clarence Burt, b. Jan., 1883 ; d. May 10, 1883, aged 4 months. 
VI. Anna Rebecca Burt ; m. Frank E. Richards, con- 
ductor on the Michigan Central R. R. They reside in 
Grainling, Mich. Children : 

1. Edwin Frank Burt, b. in Detroit, Mich., Dec. 13, 1876. 

2. Charles Henry Burt, b. in Detroit, Aug. 8, 1879. 

3. Harrie Madison Burt, b. in West Bay City, Mich., Sept. 7, 

VII. WiLLARD Elmer Burt, b. Sept. i, 1864. 
East Saginaw, Mich. 



VIII. Mary Ellen Burt ; d. April 9, 1871. 

6. Justin Burt, b. May 7, 1816; m. in Goshen, Vt., Feb. 6, 

184s, Ntincy White, dau. of Jesse and Nancy White. He d. 
May 14, 1891, aged 75. He was a farmer. He lived upon 
the old Burt homestead in Peru. All the children were b. in 
Andover, Vt. : 

I. Luther J. Burt, b. Aug. 18, 1847; ^- "^ Andover, 

Vt., Sept. 12, 1854. 
II. DoRiNDA V. Burt, b. Oct. 30, 1849. Resides in Peru, 

III. Elwin Burt, b. May 17, 1851 ; d. in Andover, Vt., 

June 8, 1852. 

IV. Susie E. Burt, b. Feb. 2, 1857 5 m. Newton Lakin. 

Resides in Peru, Vt. 
V. Elwin L. Burt, b. June 8, 1864 ; m. Nellie Wyman. 

7. Sarah Burt, b. March 20, 181 8. 

8. Mary Ann Burt, b. Sept. 18, 1819; d. March 23, 1827. 

9. Ezra B. Burt, b. Dec. 22, 1821 ; m. Feb. 6, 1855, Clarissa, 

b. in Salisbury, Vt., Oct. 27, 1827, dau. of Henry and 
Abigail Alexander. He is a farmer of Salisbury, Vt. He 
is also Overseer of the Poor. Children : 

I. Augustus E. Burt, b. Sept. 26, 1854. 

II. Ellen A. Burt, b. Dec. 2, 1856. 

III. Hatty Burt, b. Aug. 6, 1865. 

IV. Goshen M. Burt. 

10. Jonathan Burt, b. Nov. 22, 1823 ; d. Sept. 13, 1826. 

68. Nancy Parker (Philemon,^ Jonas, ^Andrew,'' John,^ 
Hanamah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Philemon and Susan (Stone?) 
Parker, b. Sept. 28, 1786; m. Timothy Wyman. 

Their children were : 

1. Emory Thomas Wyman, b. July 28, 1803 ; m. Martha Davis. 

2. Emeline Wyman, b. Sept. 30, 1807 ; m. Heman Wright. 

3. Jonas Wyman, b. Aug. 6, 181 2 ; d. in infancy. 

4. SuzAN Ann Wyman, b. Nov. 4, 1814; m. Ebenezer Cary of 


5. Carlton Wyman, b. March 29, 1S17. 

6. Joseph Parker Wyman, b. in Swanzey, N. H., Aug. 4, 1818 ; 

m. Eunice L. Keith, b. Oct. 8, 1817, dau. of Samuel of 
Springfield, Vt. She d. in Springfield, Vt., May 27, 1885, 


aged d*] years. He resides in North Springfield, Vt,, is a 
carpenter and farmer. Children : 
I. Frederick A. Wyman, b. July 22, 1847 ; d. May 29, 

II. Charles E. Wyman, b. Sept. 9, 1848. Resides in 
Cavendish, Vt. He is section master on C. V. R. R. 
He m. Margaret Morgan and has one son. 

III. Royal E. Wyman, b. June 19, 1851. Resides in Per- 

kinsville, Vt. He m. Annie Pike of Weathersfield, 
Vt., and has two sons and three daughters. 

IV. George K. Wyman, b. March 22, 1856; m. Eliza J. 

Rumrill of Springfield, Vt. He is a farmer and has* 

one dau. 
V. Lizzie C. Wyman, b. Aug. 22, 1857; d. Sept. 12, 1863. 
VI. James L. Wyman, b. Oct. 22, 1859; "^- Lottie I. 

Morgan of Springfield, Vt., and has one dau. 

7. Calvin Wyman, b. Oct. 22, 1820; m. Millie Reed 1 

of Chester, Vt. i t, . 

8. Luther Wyman, b. Oct. 22, 1820; m. Elizabeth 

Grant of Hardwick, Mass. J 

9. John Densmore Wyman, b. Aug. 20, 1822 ; m. Susan Foster 

of Rutland, Vt. 

69. Luther Parker (Philemon,^ Jonas, ^ Andrew,'^ 
yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Philemon and Susan 
(Stone) Parker, was b. (twin with Calvin), April 7, 1796;* 
m. Jan. i, 1822, Dolly Byam of Templeton, b. July 6, 1804, 
d. March 26, 1870. They settled in Chester, Vt., where he 
was a farmer. He d. in Chester, Oct. 3, 1840, aged 44 years. 

All the children were b. in Chester : 

George F. Parker, b. Dec. 31, 1822 ; d. Sept. 2, 1823. 

Martha A. Parker, b. Dec. 10, 1S24; m. May 28, 1845, Oscar 

W. Spalding, b. in Cavendish, Vt., Nov. 7, 1822. She d. March 

18, 1880, leaving no issue. 

175. Susan M. Parker, b. March 10, 1826 ; m. Horace Thomp- 
son in Chester. 

176. LucixDA A. Parker, b. June 3, 1827 ; m. Josiah Ayers of 
Windham, Vt. 

*The records of Princeton show the births of Luther and Calvin. How- 
ever, family tradition say that they were b. in Billerica, Mass. It may be 
that the Princeton record was only a transfer. 


Luther Parker, b. March i, 1829; d. June 30, 1833. 

George Parker, b. Nov. 7, 1830; m. Oct. 19, 1854, Augusta A. 

Morrison, b. in Chester, Vt., March 11, 1835. He is a farmer 

and resides in Chester. No issue. 

177. Sarah S. Parker, b. June 21, 1840; m. Alvin VV. Davis. 

70. Calvin Parker (Philemon,^ Jonas,^ Andrew,^ 
yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Philemon and Susan 
(Stone) Parker (twin to Luther;, was b. April 7, 1796. 
When ten years of age he went to live with his father's 
cousin, Dea. Ebenezer Parker of Princeton, where he re- 
mained as one of the family for many years. Then he 
removed to Chester, Vt., where his brothers had already 
settled. He was known for his honest, upright integrity and 
frugality, and his keenness of perception. He and Luther 
looked so near alike that many could not tell them apart. 
They were very good looking men. In Chester the brothers 
lived within two miles of each other, all being good livers, but 
not wealthy. They were all industrious farmers, but none 
of them professed Christianity. He m. at age of 31, May 8, 
1827, Seba, dau. of Silas and Olive (Holbrook) Cutler, b. 
June 19, 1806, d. July 12, 1879. ^^ ^- Sept. 4, 1881, aged 

Their children were : 

178. Marv Ann Parker, b. July 21, 1828 ; m. Silas F. Baldwin. 

179. Olive A. Parker, b. Nov. 5, 1829; m. Silas J. Smith. 
William A. Parker, b. June 16, 1832 ; d. Aug. 9, 1833. 

180. Fannie E. Parker, b. April 18, 1835 ; m. Calvin W. Bates. 

71. John Parker ( Philcnwn,'^' yonas^^ Andrew.,^ yo/iJi,i 
//auania/i,^ T/wmas'J, son of Philemon and Susan (Stone) 
Parker, was b. in Princeton, June 11, 1798: m. Ellen John- 
son, b. Feb. 14, 1802, d. Feb. 17, 1865, dau. of Asa and 
Ellen Hall Johnson. The \' settled in Chester, Vt. He was 
a farmer. He d. in Chester, Feb. 6, 1874. 

Their children were : 

181. James Parker, b. in Chester, Dec. 14, 1825 ; m. Sophia 

Susan Parker, b. in Chester, June 14, 1831 ; d. March 14, 1872. 


72. Lucinda Parker (Amos,^ Amos,^ Andrew,^ 'John^^ 
Hanatiiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Amos and Lucy (Robinson) 
Parker, was b. in Hubbardston ; m. July 23, 1793, Nathaniel 
Bangs of Barre. He was a neighbor of Artemas Parker of 
that town. They continued to live upon their farm in Barre 
until 1795, when they sold out to Amos Parker and removed 
to Putney, Vt. She d. Feb. 2, 1803, leaving these children: 

1. Amos Parker Bangs, b. Dec. 25, 1794; m. and removed to 

Cambridge, Vt. He had two children, who are now Mrs. 
Elvira Gilmore of Hyde Park, Vt., and Nathaniel Bangs of 
Hardwick, Vt. 

2. Azariah Bangs, b. Dec. 7, 1797 ; m. and settled in Bakersfield, 

Vt., and has five -children living: 

Mrs. Louisa Gaugd, of East Evans, N. Y. 

Mrs. Marietta Cableigh, of East Evans, N. Y. 

Mrs. Adaline Holbrook, of Elmore, Vt. 

Wm. Henry H. Bangs, of Elmore, Vt., who has three 

Mrs. Orilla M. Graves, of Springfield, Mass. 

3. Lysander Bangs, b. Jan. 15, and d. Jan. 22, 1S03. 

73. Joseph Parker (Amos,^ Amos,^ Andrew,'^ yokn,i 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Amos and Lucy (Robinson) 
Parker, was b. in Hubbardston (1772?) ; m. Feb. 21, 1791, 
Relief Earle of Paxton, b. Sept. 12, 1778, dau. of Lt. Oliver 
and Mary (Earle) Earle of Paxton. This Oliver Earle's line 
was William, 5 William, + Ralph ,3 William, ^ Ralph,' the emi- 
grant ancestor. He was the common ancestor of a very large 
number of descendants of this illustrious name. He was a 
Rhode Island settler; an intelligent and prominent man. 
Oliver Earle lived in Paxton in the house still standing just 
north of the old William Earle or Joseph Penniman place. 
Oliver was a private in the company of minute men, who 
under the command of Capt. Phineas Moore " marched on the 
alarm, the 19th of April, 1775, from Paxton to Cambridge." 
He was afterwards lieutenant. 

Joseph and Relief Parker removed about 1804 to Bakers- 
field, Vt. He accompanied his brother Amory and family, to 
whence their uncle Joseph Baker, Esq., awaited them. It is 
related on page 102 how Esquire Baker founded the town of 


Bakersfield, and how his settlement there was quickly fol- 
lowed by his son-in-law Elisha Parker and Elisha's brothers 
Joseph and Amory. 

The wife. Relief (Earle) Parker, d. in Bakersfield, June 2, 
1854. He was a farmer. He was a resident of Bakersfield 
until his death, which occurred Jan. i, 1861. 

Their children were : 

182. Amos Earle Parker, b. Feb. 26, 1802 ; m. Matilda Con- 
verse of Bakersfield. 

183. Mary Robinson Parker, b. Jan. 5, 1S04; ^^- Matthew 
Gray of Bakersfield. 

184. Joseph Sumner Parker, b. Oct. 27. 1S06 : m. Hall. 

Sophia Bigelow Parker, b. April 11. 1808; m. Dorastus Wright. 

They left no issue. 

185. Euridicia E. Parker, b. April 25, 181 1; m. Michael 
French of Barre, Vt. 

186. Frederick Appleton Parker, b. June 14, iSr3; m. 
Caroline Maxson of Squankum. N. J. 

187. Betsey Lorinda Parker, b. Dec. 10, 1S18; m. Oliver F. 
Stebbins of Bakersfield, Vt. 

74. Sylvester Parker (Amos,^ Amos,^ Andrew,* yo/in,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Amos and Lucy (Robinson) 
Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, May 31, 1774; removed to 
Vermont, and m. Feb. 6, 1800, Alice Davis, b. in Athens, Vt., 
June 7, 1778. They soon settled in Westminster, Vt., where 
they passed 20 years and where their children were born. 
Removing from Westminster the family settled in Lyndon, 
Vt., then in Derby, Vt., and finally in Westfield, Vt. She d. 
in Westfield, Aug. 28, 1838, aged 60 years, 2 months and 21 
days. He d. at Troy, Vt., Dec. 8, 1843, at the age of 69 
years, 6 months and 8 days. 

Their children were : 

188. Amos Parker, b. Dec. 29, 1800; m. Lorinda Fairbanks. 

189. Joel D. Parker, b. Oct. 9, 1802 ; m. Lucy Wyman of 
Barnstead, P. Q. 

HoLLis Parker, b. March 9, 1806; d. Dec. 10, 1827. 

190. Alice Parker, b. June 22, 1808; m. Henry Coburn. 

191. Amory Parker, b. April 15, iSii ; ni. Susan Gilman of 
Lyndon, Vt. 



192. Lucy Parker, b. May 24, 1813 ; m. John Alexander. 

193. Rhoena Parker, b. July 24, 1815 ; m. Silas Howe. 
Rhuhamah Parker, b. July 5, 1817 ; m. Alexander Coburn. They 

are both deceased and left no issue. 

194. Samuel W. Parker, b. Dec. 27, 1820; m. Harriett Field 
of Bakersfield, Vt. 

75. Patty Parker (Amos,^ Amos,^ Andreiu,^ yohn,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Amos and Lucy (Robinson) 
Parker, was b. in Hubbardston ; m. Felton and re- 
moved to Vermont. 

They had one son : 

I. Horatio Felton. 

76. Dana Robinson Parker (Amos,^ Amos,^ Andrew,'^ 
John^^ Hananiah^^ Thomas^), son of Amos and Lucy (Rob 
inson) Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, Nov. 4, 1781 : m. 
Nov. 19, 1806, Sarah, dau. of John and Sarah Davis Williams 
of Hubbardston. He succeeded to the homestead, where, in 
the west part of the town, he lived nearly the whole of his life. 
He was well educated, thoughtful and religiously inclined ; a 
diligent student of the Bible, often indulging in theological 
discussions with zest ; a loyal citizen and a democrat, though 
not a politician. He held no important public office, but was 
called upon to settle minor difficulties, and his opinion was 
highly regarded by all. He was a good singer and extremely 
fond of sacred music. His occupation was that of a farmer 
and he paid considerable attention to the propagation of fruit. 
The well known " Nonesuch" apple originated upon his farm. 
An apple tree was discovered by him — wild — in a swamp 
down in Newton. People liked the flavor. He secured grafts 
and started them on a tree in Conest's Valley, Hubbardston, 
and from this tree was the beginning of the cultivated apple. 
He thus introduced the popular "Hubbardston Nonesuch." 
This original tree looked well for over 50 years. He lived 
until nearly 82 years of age, a useful and respected citizen. 

Their children were : 

195. Lucinda B. Parker, b. March 9, 1807 ; m. Eli Grey. 

196. Sarah Davis Parker, b. June 7. 1808; m. Oliver Hale. 


John Williams Parker, b. March 5, 1810; m. Nancy F. Barr. 

197. Elvira Parker, b. Nov. 28, iSii ; m. Setli P. Heywood. 
Jonas Parker, b. Oct. 30, 1813 ; m. Susan Ann Decker of Staten 

Island, N. Y. 

198. Sophronia Parker, b. Nov. 25, 1S15 ; m. Henry Humphrey. 
Lucy Robinson Parker, b. Nov. 13, 1817; m. Asa S. Hodge of 

Athol. They settled in Hubbardston, where she has since deceased. 
He survives her. 
Dennison Robinson Parker, b. Aug. 15, 1819; m. Mary A. 
Vroome of Staten Island. N. Y. 

199. Mary Parker, b. July 11, 1821 ; m. George Raymond. 

200. Amos Parker, b. Feb. 12, 1823 ; m. Lucy Shepherd. 

201. Martha Maria Parker, b. July 9, 182^; m. Lysander 

Amory Parker, b. Aug. 2, 1828. Went to California in 1852 by 
way of Cape Horn, was on the ill-fated steamer Independence^ of 
whose 800 passengers 240 lost their lives. He staid several years 
but drifted home again. He lives at Hubbardston, unm. 

George Leroy Parker, b. June 12, 1830; d. Aug. i, 1831. 

202. Susan Elizabeth Parker, b. April 9, 1833 5 '^i- (0 David 
Heywood, (2) Lysander Batchelder. 

77. Amory Parker (Amos,^ A^nos,^ Andrew,^ John,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Amos and Lucy (Robinson) 
Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, Dec. 8, 1783; m. Lydia 
Parker, his cousin, who was b. March 8, 1784, dau. of Major 
Elisha Parker. They removed to Bakersfield, Vt., where 
some of his brothers, sisters and nephews were already settled. 
He d. April 5, 1823, at the age of 40. He was well esteemed, 
and his early death, coming in the midst of strength and use- 
fulness, was deeply lamented. She d. May 15, 1858, aged 74. 

Their children were : 

Lucy Robinson Parker, b. Oct. iS, 180S ; unm. Removed with 
her sisters to Lowell. 

203. Amos Andrew Parker, b. Oct. 28, 1814; m. (i) Cynthia 
Pratt of Reading, Vt. 

Lydia Maria Parker, b. Dec. 14, 1S17; removed to Lowell and 
d. Nov. 16, 1864, unm. 

204. Elisha Sylvester Parker, b. Nov. 11, 1819; m. (i) 

Sally A. Parker, b. June 19, 1823 ; removed to Lowell ; d. Sept. 
17, 1841, unm. 


78. Lucy Parker (Amos,^ Amos,^ Andrew,'< John,^ 
Hanaiiiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Amos and Lucy (Robinson) 
Parker, was b. in Hubbardston ; she m. Jan. 12, 1812, Silas 
Richardson, and lived in Sterling. She d. July 4, 1828, aged 
40. He d. Jan. 24, 1833, aged 51. 

Their children were : 

1. Silas Richardson, who m. 

2. Joshua Richardson, who m., removed to N. Y. and had chil- 


3. Reuben Richardson, who m. 

4. Mary Richardson, who was unm. 

5. Nahum Richardson, who lives single. 

6. Amaranca Richardson, who m. 

79. Joel Parker ( Isaac, ^ Amos,^ A?idrew,'^ yohn,^ 
Hananiah,^ T/wmas^ ), son of Isaac and Margery (Maynard) 
Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, Sept. 16, 1770; m. (i) 
Hannah Bond of Westborough, one of eleven children, b. May 
3, 1776 ; d. Aug. 10, 1816. He m. (2) Feb. 6, 1817, Susannah 
Fay, b. June 14, 1779; d. July 24, 1858. They lived in 
Westborough. He was a very worthy and widely respected 
citizen. He was a miller, a deacon of the Church, and a 
moderator of the town meetings. He d. in Westborough, 
Nov. 6, 1853, aged 83. 

Their children were : 
Anna Osborne Parker, b. Jan. i, 1797; d. Jan. 29, 1828. 

205. Betsey Curwen Parker, b. Jan. 20, 1799; m. Elmer 

206. Hannah Sophia Parker, b. April 5, 1801 ; m. Orestes 

207. AcHSAH Forbes Parker, b. Sept. 2, 1803 ; m. Solomon T. 

208. Elmina Augusta Parker, b. Nov. 16, 1806; m. Thomas 
H. Fayerweather. 

Joel Lloyd Parker, b. March 21, 1809; d. Nov. 26, 1S26. 

209. Harriet Newell Parker, b. Aug, 16, 1815 ; m. Mendal 
G. Fosgate. 

80. Gardiner Parker (Isaac,^ Amos,'= AndrezaJ John^^ 
Hananiah,- Thomas^), son of Isaac and Margery (Maynard) 
Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, March 14, 1772 ; m. Asenath 


Sherman. He lived at different times in Westborough, Grafton 
and Northborough. He earned a local reputation as an in- 
ventor and manufacturer of clocks. For Westborough and 
Shrewsbury he made the town clocks which are still in use. 
He ended his life Feb. i6, 1816. His widow Asenath sur- 
vived him. 

He left one son : 
210. Perley Parker ; m. Betsey Mellen of Westborough. 

81. Dea, Otis Parker (Isaac,^ Amos,^ Andrew,'^ 'John^^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas'^), son of Isaac and Margery (Maynard) 
Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, April i, 1774; m. about 
1795, Polly Ann, b. Dec. 27, 1771, dau. of Daniel and Sarah 
Nourse of Westborough. They removed in 1804 to Hub- 
bardston, where cousins were then living, and settled. She 
d. April 30, 1850, aged 78. He was a farmer; d. Feb. 27, 
1855, thus living to the ripe old age of 82. He lived long 
and well to enjoy the harvest of the good seed which he had 
sown. Piety and public spirit were his guides. 

Early in life Mr. Parker connected himself with the Church. 
In this he took an active interest, and was soon made deacon, 
by which title of respect he was ever afterward known. He 
was strong in his denunciation of intemperance. It was for 
such spirit of brotherly love which always flowed sponta- 
neously from him that his associates learned to love him. 
His loving disposition and public spirit were a great blessing 
to the community, for by them he produced peace and good 
will with all. He was eminently a peacemaker ; healed 
wounds between minister and parish, which not only testifies 
to his gift of ready speech, but his sound sense and judgment. 
His devout religious views were placed upon a sensible founda- 
tion. In the history of his town a description of much length 
is given of the influence which he held in the town on relig- 
ious matters. 

The following testimonial appeared at the time of his decease 
in a local paper of the town : 

"All of us have known Dea. Otis Parker and can think of him 
only with respect and aHection. 

'Great not like Caesar stained with blood, 
But only great in doing good.' 


"The friends of the temperance cause feel that they have lost a 
consistent advocate. For many years his whole influence has been 
on the side of temperance, and notwithstanding he had passed the 
prime of life and retired in a measure from its active duties, his pen 
has helped to fill our paper and his name has been given to aid and 
encourage the Ladies' Temperance Circle. Let us therefore cherish 
his memory and strive to imitate his example. May the mantle of 
his piety rest upon us, and may we like him endeavor to secure that 
' Pearl of great price,' possessing which we shall be enabled to cast 
a good influence on others, and be prepared for a better world when 
time with us shall be no more." 

Their children were : 

Isaac Parker, b. in Westborough, Sept. 3, 1797; d. in Hubbards- 
ton. May 8, 1829, unm. 

211. Daniel Parker, b. in Westborough, March 23, 1799; m. 
Polly White of Phillipston. 

Lucy Parker, b. in Westborough, July 15, 1801 ; d. in Hubbards- 
ton, Nov. 19, 1822, unm. 

212. Mary Nourse Parker, b. in Westborough, Aug. 11, 1803 ; 
m. Alvin Waite of Hubbardston. 

213. Otis Parker, b. in Hubbardston, Aug. 16, 1806 ; m. Eunice 

Samuel Austin Parker, b. in Hubbardston, Oct. 20, 1810; m. 

Nov. 8, 1832, Ruth Aim Williams of Hubbardston. He d. in 

Hartford, Conn., Aug. 5, 1852, leaving no issue. She afterward 
m. Willard Cook of Chicago, 111., and there d. 

82. Capt. Jabez M. Parker ( Isaac, ^ Amos, ^ Andrew,^ 
John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas'), son of Isaac and Margery 
(Maynard) Parker, was b. in Princeton, Aug. 9, 1776; m. 
in Framingham, April 15, 1798, Nancy Patterson, b. in 
Framingham, Feb. 18, 1771, dau. of David and Beulah 
(Clark) Patterson of that town. She was seventh in a family 
of fifteen children. The father, David, was a leading man in 
Framingham during the Revolutionary war. The family in 
1783 removed to Boylston, but returned in 1799. The Patter- 
son family of 15 made the good record of 14 who lived to be 
married, while the one died when an infant. David Patterson 
was great-grandson of the first of the Hne in America, James 
Patterson, who was one of the adherents of Charles II. James 
was in the Scotdsh army which was defeated in the battle of 


Worcester by Cromwell, and he was transported to New 
England to be disposed by a sale for a term of years to defray 
expenses; arrived in Boston, May, 1652. In 1658 he settled 
in Billerica, where he died 1701. 

Jabez Parker and wife removed to Phillipston, then called 
"Gerry," and where some of his posterity still reside. His 
location in Phillipston was probably caused by the fact that his 
uncle. Major Elisha Parker, was then residing there, in that 
part now known as "Golden Village." Jabez Parker bought 
land three miles distant in the north part of the town, on the 
ridge of land running west from Church Hill. It was a large 
farm, containing all kinds of land. The elevation commanded 
a view north and south. He was a member of the Church of 
Phillipston. In the military company he soon rose to rank. 
He was appointed Ensign in 181 1 by Hon. Elbridge Gerry, 
Governor of Mass. In 1813 followed his promotion to Lieu- 
tenant, and in 1816 to the Captaincy of a company of infantry, 
given by his Excellency Caleb Strong. 

Their children were : 

214. Nancy Patterson Parker, b. May 2, 1799; m. James 
Wakefield of Marlborough, N. H. 

215. Jabez M. Parker, b. Nov. 12, 1800; m. Azubah P. Powers 
of Phillipston. 

216. Enoch Adams Parker, b. Jan. 14, 1802 ; m. Rebecca Gibbs. 

217. Joel Dodge Parker, b. Aug. 17, 1S04; m. Hannah Wood, 
native of Warwick. 

218. Emily S. Parker, b. April 13, 1806; m. Isaiah White. 

219. Beulah H. C. Parker, b. April 16, 1808 ; m. Walter Clapp. 

220. TuLLEY Tollotson Parker, b. March 28, 1810 ; m. Arathusa 

221. James Maynard L. Parker, b. Sept. 3, 1812; m. Polly 
♦ Kidder. 

84. David Parker ( Isaac, '^ Amos,^ Andrciv,^ Johii,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Isaac and Margery (Maynard) 
Parker, was b. in Westborough, May i, 1785; m. Jan. 29, 
1808, Betsey Eager of Northborough, b. June 21, 1789, d. in 
Barre, Feb. 22, 1869. They removed about 1810 to J3arre, 
where he d. Aug. 10, 1832, aged 54 years. 


Their children were : 
Martha Elizabeth Parker, b. in Northborough, Feb. 28, 1S09; 

d. in Bane, Oct. 15, 1841. 
A son, unnamed, b. and d. Dec. 14, 1810. 
Francis Eager Parker, b. in Barre, June 1 1, and d. Oct. 8, 181 2, 

in Westborough. 
Andrew Parker, b. Sept. 21, 1813 ; d. April 4, 1881, in Cleve- 
land, O., unm. 
Mary Louisa Parker, b. in Northborough, Sept. 29, 1815 ; m. 

Dec. 29, 1846, John H. Knight of Worcester. Their cliildren d. 

young. She d. in Worcester, Jan. 15, 1853, ^"*^ '^^ ^^- March 

12, 1854. 
David Parker, Jr., b. in Barre, June 24, 1817; m. in Fitchburg, 

July 22, 1848, Martha A. Deputron. He d. Oct. 19, 1855 ! ^'^^ <^' 

March 15, 1855. Their only child was Edgar D. Parker, who d. 

Dec. 20, 1852, aged 14 months. 

222. Harriet Ann Parker, b. May 29, 1819 ; m. Nov. 16, 1841, 
John Walker of Holden. 

223. Persis Eager Parker, b. May 8, 1821 ; m. June 13, 1843, 
Samuel N. Howe of Holden. 

224. Lucy Parker, b. Sept. 2, 1823 ; m. April 3, 1849, Lysander 
Crawford of Oakham. 

Isaac Davis Parker, b. May 20, 1825 ; d. in Barre, April 27, 1841. 
Sarah Fairbanks Parker, b. July 31, 1827, in Barre; d. Jan. 6, 

1891, aged 63. 
Cecilia Augusta Parker, b. June 10, 1830; d. in Barre, Jan. 9, 


85. Major Lewis Parker (Isaac,^ Amos,^ Andrczv,"^ 

John^i HcDianiah,'^ Thomas^), the last child and son of Isaac 
and Margery (Maynard) Parker, was b. in Westborough, 
March i, 1787. His father d. when he was five, and his 
mother when nine. He first lived with his brother Gardiner 
Parker. After passing his boyhood upon his father's farm, 
he, still a youth, bound himself to learn the carpenter's trade. 
This was in Lancaster, and after serving his time he married 
at the age of 19. On the Sterling records we find: "Mr. 
Lewis Parker of Lancaster and Miss Elizabeth Seaver of Sterl- 
ing were m. in Sterling, Nov. 30, 1806." They settled in the 
centre of the town. He was a successful builder and overseer 
of work on houses. He was also acquainted with the hat 
trade, at which business he devoted himself a part of the time. 


He was stout in stature and a very good-looking man. He 
was sexton, but not a member of the Sterling Church. He 
favored the Universalist belief, which at his time was in its 
infancy. He was in the War of 181 2. Enlisting as a private 
all went well in the company until they sighted the British 
troops, upon which their captain fled. The company there- 
upon chose Lewis Parker for their captain and placed him at 
their head. He was soon promoted to major, the title by 
which he was afterwards widely known. It seems that he, 
like some of his ancestors, was fearless, and often said that he 
would face the enemy if he dropped before them. He was 
offered the rank of major-general, which responsible position 
and rank of honor he was ready to accept, but his wife urged 
him to decline. Their family was already large and she 
valued his presence at home as a good influence for the chil- 
dren. He spoke of the honor which might thus be conferred 
upon him and family, but she replied, "What is honor to 
bringing up properly this large family of children?" Other 
and doubtless proper precautions could have been taken, but 
as they were all attached to their home he graciously yielded. 
He was a very hospitable man, having a large circle of friends, 
and his house was constantly sheltering or he and family 
entertaining a part of them, Mrs. Elizabeth (Seaver) Parker 
was a remarkable lady, of conscientious belief and a member 
of the Church. Mr. Parker highly appreciated his brothers 
and sisters and loved to pay tributes to their memory. He 
reverenced his sister Mrs. Green, and never ceased lamenting 
over the untimely decease of his brother Gardiner. He d. in 
Sterling, July i, 1833, aged 46, and she d. in West Boylston, 
at her daughter's farm, Nov. 5, 1859, aged 76 years, 6 

Their children were : 

225. Caleb Alexander Parker, b. Dec. 34, 1806. 

226. Abigail Sawyer Parker, b. Oct. 15, 1S09; m. Jan. 24, 
1S30, Joshua Buxton of Lowell. 

Evelina Maynard Parker, b. Nov. 23, 181 1 ; d. June 8, 1833, at 

227. Elizabeth Margaret Parker, b. Sept. 24, 1813; m. 
April zi, 1836, Gilbert H. Howe of Sterling. 


228. Sarah Angeline Parker, b. Aug. 13, 1815 ; m. in Sterl- 
ing, Nov. 10, 1836, John Phelps of West Boylston. 

229. Lewis Livingstone Parker, b. Jan. 7, 181 7. When 
quite young, he joined his brother Caleb A. Parker at Jackson, 
Miss., where he met with an accident, from which he d. on the 
evening of the 23d of Oct., 1841, " from the effects of a fall which 
he received in the morning from the giving away of some scaffold- 
ing, Mr. Lewis L. Parker of Sterling, Mass., aged 34 yrs. 9 mos. 
The deceased has long been known to our community, and his death 
is deeply lamented by all who knew him. His amiability and 
urbanity of manners, his natural warmth of feeling and correctness 
of deportment in all his dealings with his fellow-men endeared 
him to a numerous circle of friends, who will long cherish his 
memory and mourn his untimely dissolution. When a friend is 
stricken down in a moment — in the full bloom of health and young 
— while the heart is yet beating high with brilliant anticipations of 
the future, relatives and friends have cause indeed to mourn." He 
was buried in Jackson, Miss. 

230. HoLLis Gardner Parker, b. Sept. 30, 1S18; m. Laura 
Goodrich of Hartford, Ct. 

Mary Anne Capen Parker, b. March 31, 1820; d. in Pittsfield, 

March 5, 1834, unm. 
Harrison Gray Otis Parker, b. Aug. 18, 1821 ; d. in Jackson, 

Miss., unm. 
Thomas Sawyer Parker, b. April 15, 1823. 
Lucy Parker, b. March 4, 1825. 

86. Dr. Amos Parker (HolUs,^ Amos,^ Andrew, '< 
yohn,^ Hanaiiiah,^ Thomas^), son of Hollis and Louisa 
(Bragg) Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, Oct. 17, 1777 ; m. 
Elizabeth Whitney, dau. of the minister at Bolton. He suc- 
ceeded to his father's homestead in Shrewsbury, living thereon 
during the lifetime of his parents, furnishing them a comforta- 
ble abode in their old age. He was known by the people of 
Shrewsbury as somewhat eccentric, for instance, it is said that 
he buried his small riches in bags around his house and farm 
for safe keeping and people are still in watch for "Dr. 
Parker's money bags." He finally removed to Bolton, 
where in the centre of the town his house still stands 
as he put it, and his old furniture, maps, books and pictures 
are as they were in his day. In Bolton he became a popular 


physician. Dr. Parker was a man of mind. He was well 
read and acquired a substantial education. He possessed 
a remarkably strong character, he was known as one who 
acted upon his own best views and feared not ; was a good 
speaker and was one of the tirst to join the temperance move- 
ment, in which he took an active part. Dr. Parker was post- 
master at Bolton for many years. At one time he was proba- 
bly the oldest postmaster in the commonwealth. 

Their children were : 

Elizabeth Lydia B. Parker, b. July 10, 1809; d. April r, 18S2, 

Louisa Jane Parker, b. Jan. 10, 1812; resides in Bolton, unm. 
She occupies the old Dr. Parker home located in the town centre. 
She preserves its ancient appearance, together with the ancient 
furniture, pictures and family treasures as they appeared in her 
childhood, when her father was living, making the homestead 
seem, as the visitor enters, as if he had stepped back into the iSth 

87. ■ Mary Jennison Parker (Hollis,^ Amos,^ Andrezu,'^ 
yo/ui,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Hollis and Louisa 
(Bragg) Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, July 31, 1780; m. 
(i) in Shrewsbury, Jan. i, 1803, Josiah Harrington, b. in 
Worcester, Jan. 6, 1780, who came to Shrewsbury from 
Worcester when a lad and grew up in the family of John 
Rice, Sr. They had Josiah Harrington, Jr., b. in Hubbards- 
ton, Sept. 15, 1803. Josiah Harrington, the father, d. in 
Hubbardston, Oct. 7, 1803. The son m. Sylvia Smith of 
Lancaster, N. H. ; had one son, Edward L. Harrington, b. 
in Lancaster, Oct. i, 1836, and she d. there in 1838. 
Edward L. served in the Union army during the Civil war. 
Both he and liis father are now deceased. 

Mrs. Mary (Parker) Harrington m. (2) in Shrewsbury, 
April 10, 1805, Asahel, b. Feb. 6, 1775, son of Silas and 
Priscilla (Plympton) Allen. He was a cooper and farmer in 
Shrewsbury, where they lived up to about 1826, when the 
family removed to Lancaster, N. H., and where she d. Feb. 
28, 1862. He d. in Berlin, Wis., Oct. 13, 1866, at the home 
of his son Waldo. 


All the children were b. in Shrewsbury : 

1. AsAHEL Plympton Allen, b. May 4, 1806 ; m. Rebecca Bacon 

Haven of Boston; resided in Lancaster, N. H., where he 
owned a farm ; he d. June 14, 1S84. They had ten children : 
]. Frederick M. Allen, b. in Boston, 1832 ; d. Sept. 5, 

n. Edward P. Allex, b. in Worcester, 1833 ; resides in 

in. Helen R. Allen, b. in Lancaster, N. H., 1835 ; m. 

Daniel Sweet of Manchester, N. H. 
IV. Sarah E. Allen, b. in Lancaster, N. H., 1837; m. 

Joseph Cutting. 
V. Mary A. Allen, b. in Lancaster, N. H., 1840; m. 

Monroe Green of Shelburne, N. H. 
VI. William H. Allen, b. 1842; d. in Washington, D. C, 

Feb. 8, 1863. 
VII. George L. Allen, b. 1844 ; resides in Wisconsin. 
VIII. Maria E. Allen, b. 1846; d. March iS, 1863. 
IX. Abbie a. Allen, b. 1850; m. Alonzo Earle. 
X. Alice L. Allen, b. 1853 ; m. D. W. Scribner of Port- 
land, Me. 

2. Lucy Hemenway Allen, b. Feb. 15, 1809; d. in Lancaster, 

N. H., April 18, 1842. 

3. Daniel Waldo Allen, b. May 17, i8ii ; he studied medicine, 

but early in life went west and spent most of his life upon a 
farm. By wife Marietta he had the following children : 
I. Henry Clay Allen, b. March 5, 1848. 
II. Celestia Elizabeth Allen, b. July 10. 1S50; m. Rev. 
D. W^. Day of Cleveland, O., and has had four children. 
III. Mary Maria Allen, b. Oct. 3, 185 1. 
He m. (2) Lellice Boyle, by whom Lucy C. Allen was b. 
Sept. 7, 1856. 

4. Elizabeth Waldo Allen, b. Aug. 17, 1813 ; d. in Cleveland, O. 

88. Silance Pa.rkev (Hollis,^ Amos, ^ Afidreiv,^ Jo/in,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Hollis and Louisa (Bragg) 
Parker, was b. Oct. 17, 1786; m. Oct. 11, 1811, James Hall 
of Shrewsbury. He was a builder, and experienced, it is 
said, a remarkable occurrence. About the year 1828 he fell 
from near the top of the spire upon the roof of a meeting-house 
he was building in Sutton, and so indented it, by breaking one 


of the rafters, as to obtain lodgment there until relieved. He 
was not sensibly injured, but soon went about his work. It is 
said, however, that he finally met his death in being struck by 
a falling beam. The family removed to Northborough about 
1850, and he met his death the year following. 
Their children were : 

1. Sarah Z. Hall, b. Oct. 3, 1813 ; was school-teacher at North- 


2. Louisa A. Hall, b. June 28, 1815. 

3. James M. Hall, b. July 22, 1817. 

4. Anna P. Hall, b. Nov. 13, 1819. 

5. Mary J. Hall, b. Dec. 8, 1821. 

6. William E. Hall, b. April 26, 1824. 

7. Silence M. Hall, b. April 16, 1832. 

89. Betsey Parker (EUsha,^ Afnos,^ Andrew,^ yohn,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Major Elisha and Sally (Baker) 
Parker, was b. March 25, 1782; m. April 25, 1810, Gardner 
Paige of Hardwick. They lived in Bakersfield, Vt. She d. 
Feb. 23, i860. He d. Nov. 7, 1861. 

Their children were : 

1. Gardner Addison Paige, b. in Bakersfield, Vt., April 23, i8ii ; 

m. May 27, 1S35, Lydia B. Shattuck (b. also April 23, 181 1) 
of St. Albans, Vt., dau. of Moses Shattuck of Townshend, Vt., 
and wife Hannah Bingham, a native of Rochester, N. Y. 
They removed, 1870, to Milford, Del., where he d. in Nov., 
1888. His widow survives him. Their children were : 
I. Seneca Paige, b. 1836 ; d. 
II. WoRTHiNGTON Paige, b. 1837 ; d. 

III. Reed Paige, b. 1839. 

IV. Hannah Paige, b. 1841 ; m. Oaks. 

V. Louisa Paige, b. 1842 ; m. Smoot. 

VI. Marion Paige, b. 1844; m. Green. 

VII. Gardner Paige, b. 1846. 
viii. Harris L. Paige, b. 1850. 

2. Timothy S. Paige, b. Feb. 18, 1814; d. Oct. 16, 1817. 

3. Betsey M. Paige, b. April 5, 1817; m. (i) Dec. 29, 1S42, 

Samuel Peckham of Broome, P. Q. ; he d. July 1844, and she 
m. (2) Feb. 15, 1S46, C. R. Parker of Lockport, N. Y. (No. 
234, page 191). She d. May 7, 1853. She had dau. Mary 
Jane Peckham, who d. Aug. 29, 1866, aged 20 years. 


4. Elisha Stillman Paige, b. March 18, 1819; m. Betsey Soule 

of Fairfield, Vt. They had dau. Maria, now Mrs. Hawaij^an. 

5. Mary Ann Lee Paige, b. Feb. 17, 1823; m. Sept. 26, 1849, 

Edmund C, son of Ephraim Knight, who was son of Amos, 
of Shrewsbury, Vt.. and Philander (Beaman) Knight, dau. 
of Sheldon Beaman of Milton, Vt. The family reside in 
Stanbridge, Canada. Their children were : 
I. Paige Knight, b. Dec. 31, 1S50. 

II. Catharine Knight, b. June 17, 1S55 ; m. Sept. 26, 
1S77, Ernest M. Lambkin, and has three daughters. 

III. David Brown Knight, b. Dec. 20, 1857; m. Dec. 17, 

1879, ^^^^ P- Rice, and has two daughters and two sons. 

IV. Stillman Paige Knight, b. May 3, i860; m. Jan. i, 

1880, Julia Baker, and has two sons. 

6. Sarah Jane Paige, b. May 27, 1824; m. Nov. 3, 1868. Henry 

Dean of Bakersfield, Vt. They reside in Bakersfield. 

91. Elisha Parker (Elisha,^ Amos,= Andrew,'- yohn,^ 
Haiianiah,^ Thomas^), son of Maj. Elisha and Sally (Baker) 
Parker, was b. Nov. 23, 1787: m. 1811, Eunice Dean of 
Barnard, Vt. Her parents were early settlers of Barnard from 
the town of Hardwick, Mass. He lived in Barnard four years ; 
the remainder of his life was passed in Bakersfield, Vt. He 
d. April 15. 1847. His widow Eunice d. Sept. 21, 1884. 
He was stout in stature, and was blessed with a very hearty, 
happy disposition. Horseback riding was his favorite mode 
of conveyance and healthful exercise. 

Their children were : 

231. Elisha H. Parker, b. May 10, 1S18; m. Alvira P. Ferrin. 

232. Minerva E. Parker, b. May 13, 1S27 ; m. Josiah Converse, 
a native of Brookfield, Mass. 

233. Robert D. Parker, b. May 6, 1834; m. Sarah Hawes of 
Auburn, Mass. 

92. Elijah Parker (Elisha,^ Amos,^ Andreiv,^ yo/m,3 
Hananiah,^ T/iomas^), son of Maj. Elisha and Sally (Baker) 
Parker, was b. Nov. 23, 1787 ; m. 1810, Rhody, younger 
dau. of Dea. Isaac Butler of Fairfield, Vt. She was seventh 
in descent from Dea. Richard Butler, whose name first appears 
on the records of Cambridge, Mass., in 1632 ; was a freeman 


there in 1634, and in 1636 was one of the company who went 
through the wilderness with Rev. Samuel Hooker and formed 
the settlement at Hartford, Ct. Elijah Parker removed with 
his family to New York State and settled in Cambria, where 
he d. Feb. 8, 1868. She survived him, her date of death 
being Nov. 6, 1873, at Lockport, N. Y. He was most highly 
respected by his fellow-citizens. 

"Elijah Parker was one of the pioneers of this country; an in- 
dustrious, careful, prudent man, and a law-abiding citizen. He 
accumulated a competency and lived long in the town of Cambria to 
enjoy it — a highly respected and honored member of the community." 

All the children were b. in Bakersfield, Vt., except the 
youngest : 

Cho Laura Parker, d. in infancy. 

234. Charles Rollin Parker, b. Jan. 5, 1S14; m. (i) Portia 
Adelia Harmon. 

235. Cho Augusta Parker, b. Aug. 10, 1S15 ; ni. Silas Hall, a 
native of Newburyport, Mass. 

236. Caroline Miranda Parker, b. March 16, iSiS ; m. Stephen 
Decatur Scovell. 

Martha Cornelia Parker, b. Sept. 7, 1823. 

Amanda Bowdish Parker, b. Oct. 10, 1S25 ; resides at Beach 
Ridge, N. Y. To her care and interest is indebted much of ful- 
ness of the genealogy of her family as shown in this volume. 

237. Isaac Butler Parker, b. Nov. 19, 1S29; m. Clarissa 
Gillet of Youngstown, N. Y. 

238. Frederic Deforest Parker, b. in Levviston, N. Y., Aug. 
10, 1830; m. Helen Nickols of Michigan. 

93. Patty Parker (Elisha.^ Amos,^ Andrew,^ John,T> 
Hananiah,^ Thomas'), dau. of Maj. Elisha and Sally (Baker) 
Parker, was b. in Bakerstield, Vt., May 3, 1790; m. Elijah 
Barnes as his second wife. 

Her only child was : 

I. Elizabeth Martha Barnes, b. April 6, 1S2S. After her 
father's death she became a missionary teacher for the Ameri- 
can Missionary Association to the Freedmeu in the St)uth, 
where she labored 17 years until her health failed her in 1882. 



Jan. 18, 18S3, she and Dea. H. M. Stevens of St. Albans, Vt., 
were m. Their m. life was short but very happy. She d. 
May 7, 1885. 

94. James Sullivan Parker (Eliska,^ Anios,^ Andrew,^ 
yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Maj. Elisha and Sally 
(Baker) Parker, was b. in Bakersfield, Vt., Aug. i, 1798. 
He m. and had at least one dau., who became Mrs. Sarah E. 
Evans and lived in Washington, D. C. 

95. Jonas Parker (Elisha,^ Amos,^ Andrczu,'^ yohn,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Maj. Elisha and Sally (Baker) 
Parker, was b. in Bakersfield, Vt., Sept. 15, 1800; m. Lima 
Freeman, b. in Barnard, Vt., Jan. 13, 1802, dau. of Joshua 
and Joan Freeman. They first settled in Bakersfield ; removed 
to Moretown, Vt. He was a successful builder and a good 
farmer. He was well beloved by his associates, and a favorite 
with his brethren. 

All the children were b. in Bakersfield, Vt. : 
S39. Rebecca Ann Parker, b. Sept. 39, 1825 ; m. Langdon 
Marshall of Brookfield, Vt. 

240. Joshua Freeman Parker, b. Sept. 23, 1827 ; m. Caroline 
D. Seabnry. 

241. John Cortland Parker, b. March 15, 1831 ; m. Oliva M. 
Wheeler of Wallingford, Vt. 

242. Lima Joan Parker, b. Aug. 11, 1836; m. April 26, 1S75, 
Henry Fullerton of Waitesfield, Vt., and resides in Montpelier, Vt. 

96. Abigail Parker ( Ephraim,'^ Amos ,^ Andrew ,^ yo/in,^ 
Hananiah,- Thomas^), dau. of Ephraim and Abigail (Baker) 
Parker, was b. in Fitzwilliam, N. H., March 5, 1796; m. 
March 31, 1812, Joshua Worcester of Jafirey, N. H. 

Their children were : 

1. Ephraim Parker Worcester, b. June 20, 1813 ; m. Nancy 

Gage, dau. of Jonathan Gage of JatlVey, N. H. They reside 
in Pittsfield. 

2. Emeline Parker Worcester, b. July 4, 1815 ; d. Oct. 23, 

1886, aged 71. She never married, but for many years was a 
successful teacher of schools in Boston until she became too 
infirm to teach and then returned to her native place and died 
at the residence of her sister Abigail. 


3. Abigail Worcester, b. March 30, 1817; m. William Gage, 

son of Jonathan Gage of JatiVey, N. H. He d. Sept. 12, 
1842, aged 30, and she now lives on the old homestead in Fitz- 
vvilliam and successfully carries on the farm by the aid of all 
needed help. 

4. Joshua Worcester, m. for a second wife Lydia Whipple of 

Richmond, N. H., by whom he had tive children, to wit: 
I. Milton Worcester. 
II. Hannah Worcester. 

III. George Albert Worcester. 

IV. A child who d. in infancy. 
V. Lydia Worcester. 

97. Hannah Parker (Nahwn,^ Amos,^ Andrezv,^ 
yokn,i Hanantah,^ Tkomas"^), dau. of Judge Nahum and 
Mary (Deeth) Parker, was b. in Shrewsbury, Dec. 26, 1784; 
came to Fitzwilliam, N. H., with her parents in 1786; m. 
Luna Foster, Jr., of Fitzwilliam, Feb. 29, 1810. They lived 
at Fitzwilliam until 181^, when they removed to Westmoreland, 
N. H., and there resided the remainder of their days. She d. 
Aug. 7, 1863, aged 79^ years. He d. April 13, 1865. 

Their children were : 
I. Benjamin Franklin Foster, b. in Fitzwilliam, N. H, in 181 2 ; 
m. Sept. 30, 1832, Electa Beebe of Brattleborough, Vt. She 
lately d. They lived many years in East Westmoreland, N. 
H., and he now resides in Keene, N. H. Children : 
I. Amos Parker Foster ; m. Sarah Gale. They reside 

in Austin, Texas, and have had two children. 
II. Eunice P. Foster ; m. George Abbot, and resides in 
Joliet, 111. 

III. Adin Foster ; m. Nancy M. Perry, and resides in Gardner. 

IV. Ellen D. Foster ; m. Alfred D. Perry, and resides in 

Keene, N. H. 

V. Addison D. Foster ; m. Malissa Perry. He went to tiie 

war of the Rebellion and d. in the service. 
VI. Allison D. Foster ; m. Kate Wood, and resides in 

Natchez, Miss. 
VII. Ella H. Foster ; m. Frederick Wilson, and resides in 

Keene, N. H. 
VIII. Anson F. Foster; m. Eldora H. Streeter, and resides in 
Keene, N. H. 


2. Nahum Parker Foster, b. in Fitzwilliam, Feb. lo, 1814; d. 

May 9, 187^, aged 61 ; m. Emily Wilber. He was educated 
as a physician and took his degree of M.D. at Harvard Uni- 
versity, and afterwards became a Baptist preacher, and prac- 
ticed both professions with marked success to near the time of 
his death. Soon after his marriage he settled (i) at Unity, 
N. H., (2) at Cornish Falls, N. H., (3) at Stoughton, Mass., 
(4) at Burlington, Vt., and (5) at Montpelier, Vt. Here he 
was two years chaplain of the Legislature. On leaving Mont- 
pelier he took a voyage to Europe and visited various places 
of note, among which were Palestine, the Dead Sea, the pyra- 
mids of Egypt, etc., and on his return settled in New London, 
Ct., where he died. He left an estate of $30,000, and one 
daughter, who survives him. His wife died at New London 
a few years before his own death. He was a skilful doctor 
and an impressive preacher and lecturer. He had a most won- 
derful prepossessing appearance. He died suddenly in the full 
vigor of life from the eftects of poison administered to him by 

3. Mary Foster, b. in Westmoreland, N. H., Sept. 4, 1817; m. 

Edward R. Winchester, and lived in Westmoreland until his 
decease. She is living and has one son. 

98. Austin Parker (Nahnm^^ Amos,^ Andrew,'^ yohn,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas'')^ son of Judge Nahum and Mary (Deeth) 
Parker, was b. in Fitzwilliam, N. H., Jan. 24, 1787; m. 
Susan Martin of Gardner and settled in Westmoreland, N. H., 
and d. there Aug. 7, 1863, aged 76. His wife survived him 
a few years. Austin Parker was a good mechanic (a charac- 
teristic of the family branch), and was a carpenter as well as 
a farmer. He was for a long time surveyor. He was select- 
man and justice of the peace. 

Their children were : 
Marion M. Parker ; now deceased. 
Demaris C. Parker ; now deceased. 
243. Frederick A. Parker, b. 1822 ; m. Clara M. Hyland of 

Westmoreland, N. H. 
Norman Parker ; he was killed on the railroad. 

99. Amos A. Parker (JVahum,^ Amos,^ Andrew,^ yohn,^ 
Hananiak.^ Thomas'), son of Judge Nahum and Mary (Deeth) 
Parker, was b. in Fitzwilliam, N. H., Oct. 8, 1791. He 


AGED liii, Oct. s, 1892. 


worked on his father's farm in the east part of the town until 
he was about i6 years of age, and not having a robust consti- 
tution turned his attention to classical studies and fitted for col- 
lege. He was about a year under the tuition of the pastor of 
Fitzwilliam, Rev. John Sabin, and then went to the Academy 
at Amherst, N. H., and finished at the New Ipswich Acade- 
my. He entered the sophomore class at the Universitv of 
Vermont, Feb. 3, 181 1, and graduated in 1813. On his 
return to his native town he became storekeeper, but soon 
went to Virginia, where he staid three years as teacher in 
planters' families. Returning to his native State he com- 
menced the study of law with James Wilson, senior, at 
Keene, and completed his course with Levi Champlain at 
Fitzwilliam, and was admitted to the bar of the Superior Court 
in 182 1. He commenced the practice of law at Epping, N. 
H., and then went to Concord, N. H., where he became editor 
of the Nezu Hampshire Statesman. While there he was ap 
pointed aid to Governor D. L. Morrill and enjoyed the title of 
Colonel. While he was serving in this capacity he had the 
pleasure of inviting Gen. Lafayette, then at Boston, to visit 
New Hampshire. 

He removed to Concord in 1826, and soon after to New 
Market. In 183 1 he located in Exeter and Kingston, and in 
1836 returned to Fitzwilliam, after an absence of 16 years. 

In April, 1879, he went to Glastonbury, Ct., and at that 
place and at Hartford he resided until 1888. He returned to 
his native town at the advanced age of 98 to spend the 
remainder of his days with his son. 

These are the outlines of a busy life, and the details would 
fill a volume. x\ brief account of his life follows, in which 
I have made direct use of the venerable Mr. Parker's man- 
uscript, written for this use at an age when we are accustomed 
to imagine a man as with one foot in the grave, and never with 
the ability to wield the pen with ease, and relate occurrences 
with accurate distinctness, yet these lines are the production 
of his vigorous intellect and active health at the great age of 
99. He says : 

" In the first place, it is needful to state I had the good fortune 
to have a father of a strong mind, firm convictions, steady in 


purpose, and a strict disciplinarian. Although restraint was 
sometimes disagreeable and even unreasonable, yet, surely, I 
ought to be thankful for all the restraints and teachings of 
earl}'- life, for to those I am indebted for the solid foundation 
of a long and busy life. 

"My father would say, 'Children are not born with knowl- 
edge, but only with the capacity to achieve it and the only 
way to learn is to think, exercise mind and note passing 
events. The great difference found in men is mainly owing 
to one man's thinking while others think not, and that there 
is no natural connection between ideas and words, and there- 
fore words must be learned in order to express our thoughts.' 
He would accordingly call me with spelling-book in hand to 
his side and teach me hovj to study. Following his careful 
instructions I soon found the benefit of it, for I was able to get 
my lessons perfect, so that in time I could readily spell all the 
words in the spelling-book. In the spelling down exercises I 
was always a standing scholar at the close. I gradually mem- 
orized all the words in the dictionary, which was of inestima- 
ble value to me in after life, as I had no need to look into a 
dictionary for spelling or definition." Mr. Parker also often 
relates the account of a little experience while still a small boy 
which much impressed him. At some entertainment a man 
exhibited his ability at memorizing, as each one in his audience 
named one object after another until 25 were named, he would 
then repeat them in the order named, forward or backward. 
Young Amos marvelled at this and so wrote the names down 
in order and found the man true to his word. He told the 
boy how he did it. to wit : by imagining each of the objects 
and placing them in a long row in order as the objects were 
named, and by practice, said he, you can so impress your 
mind as to remember them in order a long time. Young Amos 
found this to be practical, and he afterwards memorized in 
this manner. Up to this day he retains a tenacious memory, 
almost incredible for one of his extreme age. In his law 
practice this was very useful, as a conversation once heard he 
could repeat exactly, with no omissions or additions, and 
he still delights in repeating the conversations of his distin- 
guished friends of the olden time. His anecdotes seem with-. 


out number and are all interesting. After outgrowing Mr. 
Sabin's country school at Fitzwilliam he entered the New 
Ipswich Academy. He graduated from the Academy in 1809, 
83 years ago ! He then prepared for college and entered the 
sophomore class of the University of Vermont in Burlington, 
a year and a half ahead. 

" I was deemed an unusually ready writer and composer and 
would finish a long composition in a short time. Although I 
might have a greater flow of words than others my composi- 
tions cost me many hours of intense thought. Be it known to 
all young men that no one is born a scholar, but to be one 
costs much time and labor. 

"War with England was declai-ed on the i8th day of June, 
1812, and in a short time the town was full of soldiers. When 
I left at Commencement, in 1813, it was said there were seven 
thousand men. Captain Ezekiel Jewett of Rugby, afterwards 
Colonel, was then in command of a company. He was an 
early acquaintance of mine and often called at my room in 
college. He said he could assist me at an}'^ time when the 
army was not drilling or marching to visit the camp ground on 
the lake shore. All I had to do was to call on the officer of 
the day and call for Captain Jewett. He would come, take 
me over the lines and show all I wished to see in the camp. 
By his aid I witnessed many scenes new to me, some of which 
were painful. Not to go into all the particulars, I witnessed 
the pardon of two soldiers sentenced to be shot for desertion, 
two actually shot and one hanged. And that sufficed for a 
long life for I never have witnessed another execution. 

"The Yankees had fitted up two sloops of war and the British 
had done the same thing and came out to Burlington and com- 
menced firing at long shot, a challenge for a fight. The 
Yankees had pluck, hoisted all sail and bore down upon them. 
The British ships retreated, the wind was strong from the 
south and the Yankee ships gained upon them as they passed 
down the lake out of sight. Soon after we heard the boom- 
ing of cannon in one continued roar for a few minutes and then 
all was silent. A short battle and complete victory on one 
side or the other. It was some days before we heard of the 
result, and then the Yankee sailors returned chop-fallen and 


mad. They had been fooled and lost their ships. The 
British ships had come out merely as a decoy, not intending 
any battle on the water, but went down the lake where it was 
narrow and the vessels must pass near the shore. All of a 
sudden a masked battery on the land opened upon them ; that 
a surrender or cut to pieces was the only alternative. The 
British then had command of the lake and in a few days came 
out to Burlington with quite a fleet, the Yankee ships among 
them. No ships to meet them, but the Yankees had not been 
idle. Forty cannons had been placed on the lake shore, some 
of large size, to defend the city of Burlington. I was in the 
bell-deck of the college, some four hundred feet above the 
lake, and had a tine view of the whole scene. The British 
fleet came on slowly and with great caution. When about 
near enough to hit the city a flag of truce was hoisted on one 
of the ships, and a boat started for the shore. The American 
commander despatched a similar boat to meet it. They met, 
and in five minutes each boat returned to its own place. 
Immediatel}^ after the return of the boats the British gave a 
broadside, but the balls fell short, came nearer and fired again, 
the balls reached the shore. Then it was the Yankees gave 
them shot and shell from forty cannons on the shore. It is 
said that our guns were masked, except two or three, so that 
the British were not aware of their existence. Although the 
battle was more than a mile away I could see the balls in the 
air and when they struck the ships or water. The first volley 
cut sails of the ships and the ships also, and immediatelj'^ a 
retreat was ordered, but as they were sailing vessels with a 
light wind their movements were slow, and as the guns from 
the shore continued firing the ships were more or less damaged. 
Soon they were at a safe distance, moved up into Shelburne 
Bay, took two or three small vessels there, and sailed back to 
Canada. A bloodless battle it seemed and no great mischief 
done, and yet it was an attractive scene from the place where 
I stood. Indeed, I know of no more splendid scene than at 
the balcony of the college. On the west the city, lake, islands 
and mountains beyond ; on the east a long chain of the Green 
Mountains ; and on the south and north an extended view of 
mountains and plains. But what is war? With all its glitter- 


ing show and splendor it is but a savage affair, costing many 
lives and much property, and settles nothing. 

" On Sundays the troops were under arms and marched miles 
away for exercise. As viewed from the college seven thou- 
sand men in platoons occupied two miles in length on the 

" I never knew before what exhilarating music the drum and 
fife could make. The instruments seemed all in tune together 
and all together poured forth such a flood of music that would 
start a man into action if there was any life in him. 

" I shortly entered into partnership with Maj. Pearson, a suc- 
cessful merchant of my native town. But in the fall of 1815 I 
decided to change my place and occupation. I travelled by 
stage to Albany, on to New York in the boat and to Philadel- 
phia in the stage. From there to Baltimore in the stage and 
steamboat and without stopping passed on to Washington city 
in the stage. The war was over but we passed signs of the 
battle at Bladensburg, for the British soldiers had been so 
slightly buried that red coats, here and there, stuck out of the 
ground. At Washington city the capitol had been blown up 
and was in ruins. At Alexandria a man was employed to find 
a northern man to teach a planter's family living near Fred- 
ericksburg in Virginia. I passed on to Fredericksburg and 
soon found my place of destination, Holly Wood, on the 
northern neck, as the strip of land was called, between Chesa- 
peake Bay and the Rappahannock river. The planter had 
some 300 slaves and 1,500 acres of land. I had a neat log 
school-house, well painted and finished inside, and eight 

"In the beginning of the school I practiced the usual form 
of school-keeping in New England, but as I had only a few 
scholars and a year or more to teach, soon concluded to im- 
prove on the old plan as much as I could. New England 
schools were then, if not now, governed by strict authority, 
but I was determined to govern by kindness and succeeded 
even beyond my expectations. I soon gained the confidence 
and affection of all the scholars, for they found I was their 
true friend and anxious for their enjoyment of all rational 
pleasures. I aided them in getting and understanding their 


lessons, told them stories to illustrate and explain a sentiment ; 
taught them the use of words, how to write and improve the 
memory, and then the duty of leading a true honest life and 
never needlessly giving any one pain, even to animals. Some- 
times I joined them in walks over the plantation, looked on to 
see them play marbles and told them pleasant stories. In 
short, I had a model school, and the two years of my life 
were pleasant and as happy as they could be under the cir- 

" On the 4th of July, 1816, I delivered an oration at a barbe- 
cue in a grove at Falmouth, Va. The performance was highly 
spoken of at the time, and a splendid notice appeared in the 

"I had a desire to see more of the State of Virginia before I 
left and bought a horse to take a trip and visit some of the 
beautiful scenes so well described in Jefferson's ' Notes on 
Virginia.' I passed over the Blue Ridge at Ashby Gap and 
had a splendid view of the Shenandoah Valley : went to Har- 
per's Ferry, where the Potomac and Shenandoah meet and 
rush through the mountain, and where the United States 
Armory was in full operation. Satisfied with viewing this 
romantic spot I passed on through Charlestown, Winchester, 
Woodstock, New Market, to Port Republic and stopped at the 
hotel near the Wier and Madison caves. They are both in 
the same mountain and I visited them both. Wier's cave is 
much the larger and goes into the mountain half a mile. 
Madison's cave is well described by Mr. Jefferson, but Wier's 
was unknown in his day. Monticello, Mr. Jefierson's seat, is 
on a fine mountain, five miles distant from Charlottesville, 
and a branch of the Rappahannock river rushes by its base. 
Mr. Jefferson had a saw- and grist-mill on the stream, and I 
had a fine view of him there superintending his workmen. 
Montpelier, Mr. Madison's seat, is 20 miles north and his 
house stands a mile from the road." 

Returning to New Hampshire Mr. Parker began the prac- 
tice of law in Epping, N. H. Devoting a similar interest and 
thoroughness to this work, as was characteristic of him as a 
student and teacher, he achieved immediate success ; won 
every case of law while there and soon enjoyed a large prac- 


tice. At this time Isaac Hill published the New Hampshire 
Patriot, which had a large circulation and great influence. 
In an arbitrary manner the editor had so much offended some 
of the leading men of his own party that they started a sheet 
at Concord called the New Hampshire Statesman and wished 
to find an editor of sufficient power to successfully combat the 
Patriot. Mr. Parker was urged to accept this charge and he 
proved to be the proper man for the place. In regard to his 
life as editor he says : 

"I left Epping with regret, for I had been very successful 
in law business and had many good friends, and felt I was 
leaving a certainty for an uncertainty, and so it proved, finan- 
cially, but politically a success. At Concord I made a thorough 
investigation of the condition I had assumed and found I had 
a hard task before me. Isaac Hill was lord of all he surveyed, 
his paper had a large circulation and was full of advertise- 
ments. He did much more printing than his newspaper, was 
successful in business, had grown rich and asked no favors. 
And I, single handed, was expected to meet and successfully 
contend against such odds. 

"Before I had time fairly to begin he made an onslaught on 
the Statesman and attempted to crush me at a blow. But in 
the end he had reason to feel discretion was the better part of 
valor, for the Statesman carried the State three successive times 
against him on the Governor and on the election of President 
of the United States. But I do not claim to be the author of 
all the vigorous editorials that were published in the New 
Hampshire Statesman. Ezekiel Webster, the brother of 
Daniel, freely wielded his vigorous pen, and one article., 
which caused a great sensation, was written by Daniel Web- 
ster, himself. Even the great lawyer, Jeremiah Mason, then 
of Portsmouth, N. H., lent a helping hand. 

"'The war was carried into Africa,' and Mr. Hill at last 
treated me with due respect, showed me kind attentions and 
when I left Concord, bade me a friendly adieu.'' 

In 1824 and 1825 Col. Parker was aid-de-camp to Gov. 
Morrill, during which time he rendered conspicuous service. 
Soon after Gen. Lafayette arrived in Boston in 1824 Col. 
Parker received an order from the Governor to invite the 


General to visit the Granite State and to escort him from Bos- 
ton to Concord, N. H. Lafayette had won the affection 
of all patriotic citizens, and was held by our people in the 
highest esteem of any man of foreign birth. It is little won- 
der that Col. Parker became very interested in his famous 
guest. The General once told him, in the best of good na- 
ture, that he was the most inquisitive man he had found in 
America. When about to depart from Concord, Lafayette, 
placing his arm around Mr. Parker and pressing him to his 
side, gave him a cordial invitation to visit him at his home in 
France. The Colonel thus describes his experience in the 
performance of his official duty : 

"On the 2ist of June, 1825, five days after the celebration at Bunker Hill, 
during which Gen. Lafayette placed the mortar on which the corner-stone was 
laid, I was in Boston prepared to escort the General to Concord. Besides the 
General, there were his son, George Washington Lafayette, his private secre- 
tary, Emile Lavassiur, and a servant. 

" I had three carriages, a barouche drawn by four horses, a four-horse stage 
coach, and a two-horse covered carriage for baggage. When I was ready to 
call at the General's lodgings for him, an aid of the Governor of Massachu- 
setts informed me that the honor of the State required that he should escort 
the guest to the State line at Methuen ; so there was nothing for me to do 
but keep out of their way till that place was reached. 

"Just then a Revolutionary veteran from Vermont who had attended the 
Bunker Hill celebration, and had been left by the stage, begged me for a ride 
as far as Concord. I took him in, unsuspicious of the consequences of my 
act, till we reached Maiden. 

"There we were welcomed by a great crowd, the bells ringing and cannon 
firing, bands playing, and people shouting, 'Welcome Lafayette.' They took 
the soldier at my side for Lafayette. 

"I drove right into the crowd and said: 'This is not Gen. Lafayette; he 
will be here in an hour. This is an old Revolutionary veteran — give him 
three cheers, please.' 

"They did so with a will. The veteran saluted and we passed on. On the 
way I had to make more than ten speeches before we reached Methuen. 

"When the General arrived at Methuen he entered my barouche, the old 
soldier retiring to the stage coach. The General laughed heartily at my ex- 
perience in speech-making, and laughingly proposed that for the rest of the 
way we alternate in making speeches, in order that he might have a rest. 

"At all hotels, stores, villages and cross roads crowds had assembled to 
greet him. It was June and roses were abundant, and our carriage frequently 
became so encumbered with them that we were forced to unload them in 
solitary places. In every crowd men, women and children pressed enthusi- 
astically forward, babies being frequently presented for the General to kiss. 

" At one place a middle-aged woman put her arm about his neck and kissed 
him on the cheek, he returning the compliment. The air rang with applause 
and cheers, and all along the route the General would rise in the carriage, 


wave his hat and return thanks tor the attentions, but he made no formal 
address till he reached Concord." 

"For the evening reception the capitol and surrounding 
buildings were illuminated and a vast throng attended. At this 
levee I introduced my wife and tirst-born child, announcing 
his name to be George Washington. He shook hands with the 
wife, took the child in his arms, impressed a kiss on its 
cheek, looked at the mother and then at the child, and in a 
subdued voice said : ' I am reminded of the loved and the lost.' 
I knew he was thinking of his own beloved wife, his first born 
child and his noble friend, Washington — all dead!" 

Many years later Mr. Parker published his reminiscences 
of that eventful trip in his '"Recollections of General Lafay- 
ette," a work of great interest and of much historical value. 
His memory of the occasion and of the General is clear and 
distinct and his conversation concerning them is extremely 

In 1826 he removed to New Market, N. H., where he 
practiced law, taking a very active part in the social alfairs of 
the place, and charged no fee for enforcing justice for those not 
possessed of worldly goods. He was very determined in his 
work of reform and the town of New Market owes much to 
his attentive interest and able leadership. It soon became 
known that the new lawyer would vindicate rights, money or 
no money. Speaking of his experience there he says : 

" I then became aware how one man could chase a thousand 
tipplers and vagabonds, for they scattered and went elsewhere, 
as they found it was no place for them. It was manifest that 
the village had improved and that good order had taken the 
place of disorder and drunkenness." 

At this time very little was known of the country west of 
the Mississippi. Col. Parker decided to devote a part of his 
life in exploring some of this large territory, stories about 
which were mostly conjecture, and make his trip of service to 
the public on his return. Even concerning what is now Mich- 
igan, Illinois, Missouri, Louisiana and Texas very little was 
definitely known. He writes as follows : 

"1 took the stage to Albany and then the canal-boat to Buffalo. 
Visited Niagara Falls, Detroit, and went by stage 200 miles to 


St. Joseph on Lake Michigan and by boat to Chicago. There, 
in company with three young men, took a team and explored 
the upper portion of the State of lUinois as far as Rock 
river, then southerly to Peoria and then on steamboat to St. 
Louis. I rode in a steamboat to Natchez and from there on 
horseback into Texas beyond the Colorado river. I returned 
to the sea-coast at Velasco and sailed in a vessel to New 
Orleans. From there I came in a sailing vessel to Boston and 
home at Exeter ; having been absent about five months, and 
travelled by land and water eight thousand miles. 

" At this time emigration was rapidly increasing to the South 
and West. Many letters of inquiry were addressed to me and 
I at once wrote the book entitled 'Trip to the West and 
Texas.' The first 500 copies were so readily sold that a sec- 
ond edition was called for. Forty thousand copies were struck 
oft' and sold in a short time." 

The book was very eagerly read by all. The following 
extract from his active pen, shows his interesting style, and 
the able manner in which he treated matters of deep research 
and thought. The second edition was published by William 
White of Concord, N. H., and B. B. Muzzey of Boston, Mass., 
in 1836, more than half a century ago. 

"By diligent research," writes Col. Parker, "I have found 
one solitary copy, and in looking it over I find it so completely 
out of date that the southern and western portions of the United 
States have so completely changed that the book is useless 
now, as it can give no certain information of the present con- 
dition of the country. One thing, however, seems to be the 
same now as then, the great Mississippi valley, its rivers and 
tributaries, and, therefore, I copy an extract on that subject: 

"The Mississippi river, which imparts a name and character to the great 
valley of the West, claims something more than passing notice. It rises in 
about the 48th parallel of latitude in wild rice lakes and soon becomes a large 
river. Sometimes it moves silently along over a wide, muddy channel, at 
others it glides swiftly over a sandy, and its waters as transparent as air, and 
again it becomes compressed to a narrow channel between high limestone 
cliffs, and foams and runs as it lashes the projecting rocks and struggles 
through. The Falls of St. Anthony, following the course of the river, is 
three hundred miles from its source. It is about half a mile wide and falls 
eighteen feet. Above the mouth of the Missouri its numerous large tributa- 
ries are the Wisconsin and Illinois from the east, and the Des Moines from 



the west. A little below 39° dashes in the Missouri river from the west, is a 
longer stream and carries more water than the Mississippi. Undoubtedly 
this is the largest tributary stream in the world, and from the facts that it has 
a longer course and carries more water, and gives its peculiar character to the 
united stream, it is claimed it ought to have given its name to the united 
stream and great valley of the West. In opposition to this claim it may be 
stated that the valley of the Missouri appears to be secondary to the Missis- 
sippi, has not the general direction of that river, joins it at right angles, and 
the direction of the Mississippi is the same above and below the junction. 
From these considerations it seems the Mississippi rightfully gives its name 
to the united stream and to the gi-eat valley from its source to the sea. 

"The Missouri rises in the Rocky Mountains, nearly on the same parallel 
as the Mississippi itself It is formed of three branches, called Jefferson, 
Madison and Gallatin, and the head waters of some of these are not more 
than a mile from the Columbia river which empties into the Pacific Ocean. 
These streams unite at the base of the mountain and become a foaming tor- 
rent, and is full of islands. It then passes through what is called 'The Gates 
of the Rocky Mountains.' The river appears to have torn for itself a passage 
for six miles through the mountains, and perpendicular cliff's of rock rise 
twelve hundred feet above the stream ; the chasm is not more than three 
hundred feet wide, and the deep, foaming waters rush through with the speed 
of a race horse. For seventeen miles the stream becomes an almost continued 
cataract. The first fall is ninety-eight feet, the second nineteen, the third 
forty-seven, the fourth twenty-six. The river in a few miles assumes its dis- 
tinctive character, sweeps briskly along in regular curves through limestone 
bluffs, boundless prairies and dark forests to its junction with the Mississippi. 
It has a current of four miles an hour, but is navigable for steamboats twenty- 
five hundred miles. 

"The tributaries of the Mi.ssouri are many and large, the most important 
are the Yellow Stone, La Platte and the Ossage. The Yellow Stone rises in 
the same range of mountains as the main river, to which it has many points 
of resemblance. It enters the Missouri from the south eighteen hundred 
miles above its mouth and at the junction appears to be the largest river. It 
is sixteen hundred miles in length and boatable one thousand. Its shores are 
generally heavily timbered, its bottoms are wide and of the richest soil. 
Here the government has selected as a suitable place for a military post and 
an extensive park. 

"The La Platte also rises in the Rocky Mountains, enters from the south, 
and measured by its meanders is two thousand miles in length. It is a broad, 
shallow stream, a mile wide at its mouth and not navigable except at high 

"The Ossage also enters from the south and is a large stream, boatable six 
hundred miles, and its headwaters interlock with the river Arkansas. 

"The Gasconade enters from the south also, boatable for sixty miles and 
has on its banks extensive pine forests from which St. Louis is supplied with 

"The Missouri, measured from its highest source to the Gulf of Mexico, is 
longer than the Mississippi, and brings down more water, although it is not 
more than half as wide. It is at all times turbid or muddy, and gives to that 
river its own complexion. It dashes into the Mississippi fifteen miles above 
St. Louis, and gives its four-mile current to that stream to its mouth. 


" Nearly two hundred miles below St. Louis comes in from the east the 
beautiful Ohio. At its junction it is as wide as the parent stream and far 
exceeds it in beauty, for it has clear water and a smooth and peaceful cur- 
rent. It is formed bv the junction of the Alleghany and Monongahela at 
Pittsburgh. Beautiful streams come in on both sides in its course of eleven 
hundred miles to its mouth. And between these two points are a hundred 
islands, the most noted and beautiful is Blenerhassett Island of a hundred and 
eighty acres. 

"Below the Ohio the most important tributaries are the White river, 
Arkansas and Red river, all entering from the west. The White river rises 
in the Black Mountains and is twelve hundred miles in length. The Arkan- 
sas, next to the Missouri, is the next largest tributary from the west, and 
twent\'-five hundred miles in length. Its waters are at all times turbid and 
when the river is full are of a dark flame color. 

" Eighty miles below Natchez comes in from the west Red river, though 
not as wide as the Arkansas it has as long a course and probably carries as 
much water. 

"After receiving Red river the Mississippi carries its greatest volume of 
water. This, however, continues but for a short distance, for three or four 
miles below the mouth of Red river and on the same side is the first outlet 
of the Mississippi, and that carries off as much water as the Red river brings 
in. A small stream below this outlet on the east side comes into the Missis- 
sippi, called Bayou Sarah . The only eastern outlet is a small distance below 
Baton Rouge, called Ibberville, and passes its waters into Lake Maurepas. 
Two more outlets are on the west side called Bayou Plaquemine and Bayou 
La Stoube. The Mississippi then passes on between unbroken banks by the 
city of New Orleans and discharges the remainder of its waters through four 
mouths into the Gulf of Mexico, ninety miles below the city. 

"The Mississippi is navigable for steamboats to the Falls of St. Anthony, 
a distance of twenty-two hundred miles. Below the falls the river becomes a 
placid, clear stream, with clean sand bars and fertile bottoms. Just below the 
entrance of the river Des Moines there is a rapid of nine miles, which impedes 
navigation at low water. Then the river is a mile wide to the mouth of the 
Missouri. There it receives double the water but is half as wide and wholly 
changes its character. Before its junction it has a current of only two miles 
an hour but when the Missouri pours into it its four-mile current of muddy 
waters it adds its own speed to the parent stream and it becomes a furious 
mass of muddy waters with sliding banks and jagged shores. 

" When we descend from the Falls of St. Anthony and behold the Missis- 
sippi swallowing up the rivers in its passage to New Orleans, we then become 
aware of the great mass of water it carries. From the mouth of the Ohio to 
its mouth it is eighty feet deep. The spring floods are usually about fifteen 
feet, at the mouth of the Ohio fifty feet, and at New Orleans only twelve feet. 
In these floods the bottom lands are overflowed. The medium width of these 
bottom lands above the Missouri is six miles, there to the Ohio eight miles, 
and from this point to New Orleans it is from thirty to fifty miles. These 
swamps at flood time are covered with water, and were it not for that circum- 
stance and the outlets New Orleans would be many feet under water. The 
water at the city seldom rises above twelve feet and then has to be kept out 
of it by a levee or dike." 


Mr. Parker has been three times married. While at college 
in Burlington he became acquainted with the accomplished 
daughter of the president of the college. Courtship in the 
midst of so many brother students was, we are assured, a very 
difficult matter. Yet at length after many trials and interfer- 
ences they became engaged and were finally married in Med- 
field, Mass., Oct. 13, 1822. She was Miranda W., b. April 
16, 1796 ; d. March 13, 1828, dau. of Daniel and Anna (Clark) 
Sanders of Medfield, Mass. The}^ settled in Epping, N. H., 
as aforestated. Five years and five months they had lived 
together when the wife died. 

His second wife was Mary McClary, dau. of Gen. Michael 
McClary of Epsom, N. H., famous for his brave leadership in 
the Revolutionary war. She was an efficient woman and a 
good housewife. She d. April 3, 1876, aged 81 years. 

He m. third, April 9, 1879, J^^i^ E. Smith of Glastonbury, 
Ct., b. May 27, 1792. She was famous for translating the 
Bible from the original Hebrew manuscript, which she had 
printed, and also for resisting "taxation without representa- 
tion," as, like other women, she enjoyed no voice in public 
affairs. She had lived single previously and both were aged 
86 at the time of their marriage. At this age Col. Parker was 
comparatively a man of 60, and the event shows the remarka- 
ble energy and exceptional courage of both parties. Seven 
years of pleasant married life were passed at the Smith estate 
in Glastonbury, Ct., where she d. March 6, 1886. 

And now after a long eventful life he has returned to his 
native town to pass the remainder of his days. And Col. 
Parker's has been a life as full of activity as of years. He has 
held more offices and remained in office during a longer period 
than any other man in the State of New Hampshire. For 79 
years a member of the bar, he was, during all but 20 years of 
the time, a justice of the quorum, holding commissions from 14 
different governors, with all of whom he was intimately ac- 
quainted. He attended 13 sessions of the State legislature, 
was for eight years a trustee of the New Hampshire Asylum 
for Insane ; for ten years first selectman of Fitzwilliam ; mem- 
ber of the Legal Association of New York, and member of 
the New Hampshire Historical Society, besides holding many 
other positions of responsibility and trust. 


In 1845 we find him actively engaged in forwarding the 
projected railroad between Boston and Burlington by way of 
Rutland. After aiding in obtaining charters for the Fitchburg 
and Cheshire road he brought the matter before the people of 
Vermont, addressing large crowds in Bellows Falls, Brandon, 
Rutland, Vergennes and Burlington. The Rutland and 
Burlington railroad was built and is to-day the Rutland divis- 
ion of the Central Vermont system. 

When the Civil war broke out Mr. Parker was unable to 
enlist on account of his age but he furnished a substitute. 
Three of his sons went also, two returning in safety, while the 
third died in the service. 

Besides the book of travels and the historical work on Lafay- 
ette already mentioned he published a book of poems in his 
eightieth year and wrote many stories, magazine articles and 
newspaper contributions. 

As a public speaker Mr. Parker has also made his mark. 
In addition to Fast Day addresses, railroad, political and mis- 
cellaneous speeches Mr. Parker has delivered four Fourth of 
July orations, the first one being in l8i6 at Falmouth on the 
banks of the Rappahannock in Virginia, one in Rockingham 
County, Vermont, and two at Fitzwilliam. Each of these 
orations were highly commended. One of the finest gems of 
its kind is an address on "Education," delivered at Rindge on 
October 17, 1843, before the Cheshire County Primary School 
Association. It is the result of experience, is full of common 
sense, is clear cut and vigorous. His address to his fellow- 
citizens at Fitzwilliam, Fast Day, 1862, in support of the civil 
war, was a very masterly oration and created enthusiasm. 

At the time Esquire Parker quitted his profession he had 
practiced law the longest of any man in the State of New 
Hampshire. He is the oldest living graduate of any Ameri- 
can college. At the election of Nov. 8, 1892, he arose from 
his bed, rode to the polls and in the village of his native town, 
at the age of loi years, cast his ballot for President Harrison, 
the twentieth president for whom he has voted. It is the first 
known instance of such an event. But at such an extreme 
age we may well believe that the eye has grown dim and the 
feeble footstep very unsteady ; yet up to 99 years he walked 



out every pleasant day. Sudden sickness has not spared him, 
particularly in his declining years, but a remarkable will 
power and a great desire to live has ever been his support in 
these afflictions. The retention of one's faculties to this extreme 
age is indeed worthy our study, as constant inquiries from the 
wondering public, of which he is the recipient, attest. Never 
far behind, he is ever interested in the changes and progress 
of the times, particularly in the social improvement which 
invention and education has accomplished in the remarkable 
epoch in which he has lived. In his opposition to intemper- 
ance and slavery; his aid in the introduction of railways, and 
in any other reforms which he has advocated during his long 
public service it has been his fortune to ever be on the right 
and winning side. 

A patriarch of experience, observation and wisdom, his 
advice regarding longevity is quickly expressed : Never eaty 
work, -play or sleep to excess; keep a quiet mind, and let it 
always have perfect influence over the body ; let the mind be 
commander-in-chief. What activity and hope, what physical 
and mental vigor and manhood are depicted in this original 
note penned hastily at the age of loi ! 

'•'•Fitztoilliam, N. H., March 30, i8g2. 

"But I am now Five-Score On the Roll of Fame ! 

And most six months more After all, what is Fame? 

And cannot ignore 'Tis but a mere name. 

A plain simple fact Should the old man Amos, 

That I cannot act Become noxv famous, 

As in days of yore Would it help him to die.'' 

When I was //^ree-score, If so, tell me why. 

And deeply deplore • My solid intent 

That I can't do more. Is a life well spent. 

And still I shall aim And thus, I will end, 

To live and die game, This letter I send. 

Perhaps put my name To my distant Friend. 

"Amos A. Parker, 
" 100 years old October 8, 1891." 

Children of Amos A. Parker : 

244. George Washington Parker, b. in Concord, N. H., Aug. 
14, 1824; m. Julia A. Deeth. 


Daniel Clark Sanders Parker, b. in Medfield, Mass., Sept. 2, 
1826; drowned in Troy, N. H., June 15, 1S45. He was a very 
promising young man. 

345. Andrew Parker, b. in New Market, N. H., March 2, 1828 ; 
m. Laura A. Morse of Winchendon. 

246. Miranda Sanders Parker, b. June 10, 1S29 ; m. June, 
1855, Anson Smith of Fitzwilliam, N. H. 

247. Charles Henry Parker, b. Sept., 1833; m. Jane S. 
Ballou of Richmond, N. H. 

248. John McClary Parker, b. Sept. 17, 1S36; m. (i) Catha- 
rine H. Adams, (2) Abbie H. Kimball. 

Mary Elizabeth Parker, b. 1839 ; d. July 17, 1870. 

100. Capt. Ephraim Parker (JVahum,^ Amos,^ 
Andrezu,'^ yo/in,^ Hanam'ak,^ Thomas^), son of Judge Nahum 
and Mary (Deeth) Parker, was b. in Fitzwilliam, N. H., 
Aug. 18, 1793; m. Dec. 7, 1816, Lucy, b. June 3, 1795, 
dau. of Capt. David and Ruth (Mellen) Stone of Fitzwil- 
liam. He was a millwright by trade in early life, was an 
excellent mechanic and made many inventions, many of them 
were valuable and are still in existence, but like most inventors 
made no money out of them. He was educated at New Salem 
Academy in Mass., and about the time of his majority he in- 
vented the machine for making and setting card teeth, which 
was then mostly used for domestic use, and proved to be a 
very valuable thing. He built mills in what is now called 
New Boston (part of Winchendon), Mass. In a few years 
he moved to the village of Fitzwilliam, where he was deputy- 
sheriff for some years, also selectman, and there he worked 
at his trade of millwright and through that section of the 
country building many mills and becoming well known for 
his ability in this direction. He taught many apprentices 
the millwright trade. In 1836 or 1838 he bought a mill in 
Ashby, Mass., afterwards sold and moved to Ashburnham, 
Mass., still following the millwright business and speculating, 
buying and selling mill property in different places. From 
Ashburnham he moved to East Boston, bought a water-front 
and built a dry dock. From there he moved to Richmond, 
Va., after selling his dry dock, and bought the Woodruff 
patent right and started a large establishment for planing 


boards for building purposes. These were the first planing 
machines that were sent south. Later he moved his family to 
Rockford, 111., but after a few months returned to Massachu- 
setts and built large mills in Orange. He sold these and 
bought the cotton factory in Athol, and was very instrumental 
in getting the Vermont and Mass. R. R. through from Fitch- 
burg to Brattleboro, Vt., holding meetings all along the line 
and publicly speaking in favor of the railroad, representing 
the town of Athol in the General Court in Boston. He was 
often chosen as moderator at town meetings. He was a great 
Biblical scholar. He was not only a man of great energy 
and enterprise but an able debater on almost any subject, 
especially religion and politics. 

In Illinois his wife died in 1852 and was buried on the 
bluffs of the Mississippi river at Rock Island. He removed 
to Marlow, N. H., where his daughter, Mrs. Benjamin Cool- 
idge, resided. Here he made many inventions, among which 
was a machine for turning and boring bobbins at one auto- 
matic operation. These machines are now in very extensive 
use. On his daughter's death he came to visit his son, Alfred 
A. Parker, at Orange, and in one week he had the third 
paralytic shock from which he died, and was there buried. 
He died Oct. 24, 1880, aged 87 years and two months. He 
retained his faculties in a marked degree to the very last. 

Ephraim Parker was captain of a State Military Company 
at Fitzwilliam, N. H., and hence was known as Capt. Ephraim 
Parker through life. He was something of a lawyer, a prom- 
inent Anti-Slavery man and Washingtonian, and president of 
the society. He was called a man of marked ability, always 
living ahead of the times. 

Their children were : 

Julia Selina Parker, b. in Fitzwilliam, N. H. ; m. Benjamin 
Coolidge (merchant), Dec. 22, 1S42. She d. Oct. 7, 18S0, in 
Marlow, N. H., at age of 62, leaving no children. 

249. Alfred A. Parker, b. in New Boston (part of Winchen- 
don), Mass., in 1823; m. March 30, 1857, Frances A. Whipple 
of Orange. 

250. Edward Nelson Parker, b. in New Boston, in 1826 ; m. 
Miss Lackland of St. Louis, Mo. He d. i8S3[?], in Missouri. 

251. Charles Adams Parker, b. in Fitzwilliam, N. H., in 1833. 


252. Horace Milton Parker, b. in Fitzwilliam, N. H., in 1835. 

253. Eliza Ann Parker, b. in Fitzwilliam, N. H., in 1838; m. 
Lucas C. Topping. 

254. Janette Frances Parker, b. in Ashby, Mass., in 1840; 
m. Marshall Thayer of Springfield. 

101. Nahum Parker, Jr. (Nahum,^ Amos,^ Andrerv,^ 
yo/in,^ I/ana?i/a/i,^ T/io/nas^J, son of Judo-e Nahum and Mary 
(Deeth) Parker, was b. in Fitzwilliam, N. H., March 16, 

1797 ; m. Bean of Nottingham, N. H. He was a 

healthy child, but at the age of five years had a severe attack 
of the whooping cough which left him an invalid for life. He 
was a good musician and fine singer, and did much light work 
during life. He had a son and dau. He d. at Plaistow, N. 
H. The children lived in Manchester, N. H., and probably 
moved to Plaistow. 

Selina Parker (see page 112) ( Nahum ^^ Amos, ^ Andrew A 
yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^ ), dau. of Judge Nahum and Mary 
(Deeth) Parker, was b. in Fitzwilliam, N. H., July 5, 1799; 
m. John Damon of Fitzwilliam, son of John Damon of Gard- 
ner, Mass. She lived at the southeast part of Fitzwilliam 
some five years after the death of her husband, then bought 
a home in the village where she resided until her death, July 
2, 1888, aged 89. She left no issue. 

102. Blmon Parker (JVahum,^ Amos,^ Andretv,'^ yohn^^ 
Hanamah,^ Thomas^), son of Judge Nahum and Mary (Deeth) 
Parker, was b. in Fitzwilliam, N. H., Jan. 20, 1802; m. 
Abigail M. Gray of Belfast, Me. He lived upon his father's 
homestead in Fitzwilliam until of age, then became clerk in 
Boston. He removed to Bangor, Me., in 1834, ^^^ ^^ ^^~ 
dustrious and useful man ; made a machine to saw shingles 
and clapboards. He live! in York Springs for a while, then 
went overland to California. He became a dentist, established 
a business there and died. He had four children, two sons 
and two daughters. The children did reside in Philadelphia. 

103. Quincy Parker (Ebenezer,^ Thomas,'^ Andrew, '\ 
yokn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Dea. Ebenezer and 
Dorcas (Monroe) Parker, was b. in Lexington, April 28, 


1775 ; m. in Princeton, Patience, dau. of John Brooks, one of 
the sturdy pioneers of that town. He built a house adjoining 
the homestead to the east, by the side of the pond. This 
house was standing until recently. After living here a num- 
ber of years he finally exchanged places for his father's 
farm in Rindge, N. H., where he with his family removed. 
After a large family had been born to them he suffered the fate 
of being badly gored by a bull. This he survived, but it 
affected his constitution, causing occasional haemorrhage. A 
few years afterward while standing in the front doorway, with 
no particular excitement, he was taken with a haemorrhage, 
which was the immediate cause of his death, which occurred 
Sept. 27, 1828. 

Quincy Parker was a great worker. He was a strong, 
robust man and of great endurance. He possessed much 
inventive talent, but which by his early death he was pre- 
vented from developing. His widow removed to Providence, 
R. I., where she d. May 12, 1864, aged 85 years and 11 

Their children were : 

Thomas Parker, b. in Princeton, Sept. 28, 1801 ; d. June 3, 1802. 

255. Thomas Maxwell Parker, b. in Princeton, April 26, 1S03 ; 
m. Esther Luther of Swansea, Mass. 

256. Joseph Brooks Parker, b. in Princeton, July 31, 1S05 ; 
m. Mary Ann Morgan. 

257. William Eaton Parker, b. in Princeton, June 6, 180S ; in. 
probably in Columbus, O. 

Priscilla Elvira Parker, b. in Princeton, April 26, 1S09. 

258. Mary Parker, b. in Princeton, April 16, 181 1 ; m. William 
Sweet of Providence, R. I. 

QyiNCY Parker, Jr., b. in Princeton, Sept. 20, 1812; d. April 21, 

259. Ira Parker, b. in Princeton, April 16, 1814; m. Maria 
Haskell of Providence, R. I. 

260. Eliza Parker, b. in Princeton, Oct. 20, 1815 ; m. Jonas 
Hunt of Providence, R. I. 

261. Sally Parker, b. in Princeton, March i, 1817; m. George 
B. Thomas. 

262. Artimus Parker, b. in Princeton. Feb. 22, 1S19; m. Susan 
Pierce of W. Boylston. 


263. QuiNCY Parker, Jr., b. in Rindge, N. H., Jan. 12, 1821 ; 
m. Almira Kent of Eaton, N. Y. 

264. Eunice Parker, b. in Rindge, Aug. i, 1822; m. George 

104. Betsey Parker (Ehenezer,^ Thomas,^ Andrew^'' 
yokn,^ Hananiah^^ Thomas'^), dau. of Dea. Ebenezer and 
Dorcas (Monroe) Parker, was b. in Princeton, June 8, 1777 
(the first birth of the Parker family in the town) ; m. Benjamin 
Gould of Princeton, native of Bolton. The deacon gave them 
the farm situated west of the present homestead estate, which 
was a part of the original purchase. They resided upon the 
place until 1815, when they with their family removed to 
Boston, where their son was janitor of the Boston City Hall. 
Upon their decease each were interred in the family burying- 
ground at Princeton. 

Their children were : 

1. Dorcas M. Gould, b. Dec. 7, 1799; m. Henry R. Goodwin. 

2. Cyrus P. Gould, b. Nov. 11, 1802. 

3. Erastus R. Gould, b. Feb. 20, 1S07. 

4. Mary E. Gould, b. July 26, 1810. 

5. Ebenezer Parker Gould, b. Oct. 14, 1812; m. April 21, 

1835, Susan Goodwin, b. Jan. 15, 1S16, d. in Boston, Feb. 
22, 1890. He was for about 20 years assistant janitor of Boston 
City Hall. He also served time on the "old night watch" 
police of Boston. He d. in Boston, Dec. 3, 1870. Children: 

I. Susan W. Gould; m. Merriam. Resides in E. 

II. Annie L. Gould ; resides in Chelsea. 

III. George W. Gould; m. April 17, 1864, Lizzie I., b. in 
New Bedford, June 16, 1854, dau. of William, Jr. and 
Susan B. Hammond. He has been for many years 
locomotive fireman, and resides at Cambridgeport. They 
have had seven children and two grandchildren. He 
served in the army of the U. S. in the late war. 

105. Polly Parker (Ebenezer,^ Thomas,'^ Andrew,'^ 
Jokn,^ Hanamak,^ Thomas^), dau. of Dea. Ebenezer and 
Dorcas (Monroe) Parker, was b. in Princeton, May 4, 1779; 
m. (i) Rufus Dodd, b. in Princeton, Feb. 22, 1773, son of 
William and Anna (Child) Dodd. They removed to West- 


minster, where he was a storekeeper. The father, William 
Dodd, is said to have been born in Bedford, but the records of 
that town show no light. Rufus Dodd's death occurred in 
Westminster, and she m. (2) Dr. Isaac Warren of Princeton, 
a young and very promising physician. He died, however, 
at the early age of 27, Sept. 14, 1815. The sweet memories 
of Mrs. Dodd are still cherished by those who knew her well. 
She was not only a kind mother but a noble wife and a digni- 
fied lady. She was a conscientious and christian woman, 
always particular in her teachings to her children, that they 
in future years might not part from honor and righteousness. 
She and her second husband, Dr. Warren, were buried in the 
"homestead" graveyard. She d. Oct. 10, 1857. 

Her children were : 

I. Theodore Sedgwick Dodd, b. in Westminster, Oct. 28, 1S03 ; 
removed to Maine; m. in Bucksport, Me., Feb. 11, 1834, 
Caroline, b. April 8, 181 2, dau. of Samuel and Caroline 
(Elliott) Little. They settled in Bangor, where he became 
cashier of the Kenduskeag Bank, which position he held until 
shortly preceding his death. During all the 45 years which 
he served as cashier he performed the duties of his office in so 
faithful and accurate a manner that he was held in the highest 
esteem by the officers of the bank as well as by all others with 
whom his business led him. He was so exceedingly accurate 
that certain of those who worked with him said they never 
knew him to make a mistake. At the time of his resignation 
Mr. Dodd had been in office longer than any other cashier in 
the State. She d. Jan. 14, 1890. Children : 
I. Julia Maria Dodd, b. July 16, 1S35 ; d. April 16, 1838. 
II. Mary Elizabeth Dodd, b. Dec. 18, 1837. 

III. Horace Sedgwick Dodd, b. Dec. 13, 1839; "^- '" Ban- 

gor, Me., Oct. 25, 1864, Emily Lucretia, b. in Bangor, 
Feb. 18, 1840, dau. of Abner P. and Rebecca H. Guild. 
He is a cotton broker in Boston. Children : 

1. Margaret Elliot Dodd, b. in Cambridge, Dec. 8, 1S66. 

2. Walter Sedgwick Dodd, b. in Cambridge, Feb. 5, i86S. 

3. John Wellington Dodd, b. in Boston, March 29, 1876. 

4. Rebecca Dodd, b. in Boston, May 31, 1881. 

IV. Charles Bailey Dodd, b. May 26, 1848; d. Oct. zy, 

V. Harry Ware Dodd, b. Oct. 18, 1849. 


2. Sarah Maria Dodd, b. in Westminster ; m. Caleb Strong 

Myrick, b. in Princeton, Oct. 28, 1S02. son of Caleb and 
Lydia (Gregory) Myrick. He was a well-known and popular 
Princeton man. She was an excellent mother, a sincere and 
faithful woman. He d. Oct. 8, 1869. Children : 
I. Charles Theodore Myrick, b. in Princeton, Oct. 20, 
1833; m. Nov. 20, 1858, Sarah P. Smith, b. in Prince- 
ton, Feb. 5, 1832, dau. of Francis H. and Susan (Fay) 
Smith, They reside in Worcester. Child : 
I; Harry Strong Myrick, b. in Worcester, May 17, 1862. 
II. Caroline Dodd Myrick, b. 1S36; m. in Princeton, 
Edward C. Hartwell, son of Isaac and Susan Hartwell 
of Princeton. They have no issue. 

III. John D. Myrick, b. 1840; d, 1864. Enlisted at once 

upon the call for troops in the 25th Mass. Reg. for three 
months and later for three years. He was in many 
battles, was finally commissioned as an officer in the 
31st U. S. colored regiment. While in battle at Olustee, 
near Jacksonville, Fla., he was valiantly leading his 
men with all speed possible and was singled out as a 
target for a sharpshooter. He was hit three times. One 
ball struck his watch, completely destroying it, but which 
did him no harm, another lodged in his shoulder, while 
the third was more serious. He died of his wounds 
soon after at Hilton Head, S. C. His name is patrioti- 
cally inscribed on Worcester's beautiful soldiers' monu- 
ment. His sword and watch are still in preservation in 
the Myrick family. 

IV. Mary W. Myrick; d. Sept. 30, 1869, unm. 

3. Julia Dodd, b. in Westminster ; m. in Princeton, Horace Ever- 

ett. They removed to Charlestown and had five children : 

I. Mary Everett ; d. 1855. 

II. RuFUS Everett, who removed to Leavenworth, Kan. 
HI. Fannie Everett, who m. Edward Sawyer and settled in 

IV. Stanwood Everett, a doctor in Boston. 
V. Julia Everett, who m. and went to Nova Scotia. 

4. Rosaline Warren, b. in Princeton ; m. Foster. They 

reside in Fitchburg. 

5. Isaac Warren, Jr., b. in Princeton, Aug. 9, 1S15 ; m. He d. 

in Bernardston, April 7, 1879. 


106. Lucy Parker (Bdenezer,^ Thomas,^ Andrew,^ 
yohn,^ Hafianiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Dea. Ebenezer and 
Dorcas (Monroe) Parker, was b. in Princeton, March ii, 
1781 ; bap. in Lexington, July 22, 1781. Her intention of 
marriage, to Mr. Jonas Beaman, as entered upon the Prince- 
ton records, previous to publishing, bears date of Jan. 25, 
1801. He was then a resident of Princeton ; b. in Lancaster, 
Dec. 25, 1778, eldest son of Jonas and Rebecca (Whitcomb) 
Beaman. They removed to Camden, Me., where he pursued 
the trade of leather tanning. He d. Oct. 3, 1807, leaving two 
children. She m. (2) in 1809, Edward Hanford of Camden, 
Me., as his first wife. Locke in his History of Camden says : 

"Major Edward Hanford was born, it is believed, in Norwalk, 
Conn, (about 1775). He came to Camden about the year 1806, and 
being a hatter worked at his trade. He afterwards went into trade. 

"In time of the last war [of 1S12] he was made a Lieut, and after 
peace was proclaimed he was promoted to the rank of Major, by 
which title everybody knew him. He was selectman one year and 
town clerk four years, and occupied other town offices. 

"Affected with a disease of the heart it is supposed it induced the 
quietude of manner he evinced during the last score years of his life. 
However, he was, during all this time, in a store as proprietor, man- 
ager or clerk. He died in Belfast at the house of L. R. Palmer, 
Esq., his son-in-law. May 3, 1851, aged 76 years." 

Her children were : 

I. Edwin Beaman, b. in Princeton, Aug. 27, 1801 ; m. Sept. 28, 
1829, Sarah, dau. of Moses Patten of Bangor, Me. He early 
entered into business and connected himself with the towns of 
Freedom, Camden, Bucksport and Brooks, where in 1829 he 
removed his store to the Head of the Tide. Removing to Bel- 
fast he, in company with Daniel Merrill, occupied the present 
store of A. D. Chase. In 1842 he removed to the present 
store of Augustus Perry, the two forming the firm of Beaman 
& Perry, which existed for 12 years. From that time Mr, 
Beaman was in business alone to the day of his death, which 
occurred March 30, 1880, a period of 54 years, making him 
the oldest trader in Belfast. He was an original incorporator 
of the Belfast Bank. He was a consistent and worthy mem- 
ber of the Congregational Church of Belfast since 1835, and 
for a large portion of the time held the office of deacon. Mr. 


Beaman was held in high respect by his fellow-citizens and 
died greatly lamented by a large circle of friends acquired dur- 
ing his long and busy life. He left no children save an 
adopted daughter. His widow survives him. 

2. Jonas Beaman, Jr., b. May 17, 1805; m. (i) Dec. 31, 1833, 

Martha M. Cook ; she d. Jan. 3, 1859, and he m. (2) Sept. 
7, 1859, Mary Weld of Sturbridge, whose home was very near 
the Brimfield line, and was a member of the Church at Brim- 
field. He settled in Hadley where he owned and worked a 
small farm ; at about 1S65 he moved to Princeton, taking a 
farm and there he died. Children : 
I. Lucy Beaman, now the wife of a physician in Black 

Rock, N. Y., if living. 
II. Edwin (.?) Beaman. 

III. DwiGHT Beaman. 

IV. Jonas Beaman, Jr. 

3. Mary P. D. Hanford, b. in Camden, Me., April 3, 1810; m. 

Dec. 25, 1849, Lemuel R. Palmer as his second wife, he 
having previously m. her sister Susannah. Their son was : 
I. Joseph H. Palmer, b. Nov. 22, 1850. 

4. Susannah R. Hanford, b. June 17, 1812; m. Dec. 17, 1832, 

Lemuel R. Palmer. He was a ship carpenter, learning his 

trade in Camden. She d. Aug. 14, 1849, ^'^^ ^^ ^" May 3, 

1879. Children: 

I. Rev. Edwin Beaman Palmer, b. Sept. 25, 1833 ; m. 
Thurza M. Field, native of Brunswick, Me. He is con- 
nected with the Congregationalist House in Boston. 
II. Susan Maria Palmer, b. Sept. 7, 1835 ; m. James M, 
Craig, native of Windsor, N. S. They reside in Belfast. 

III, Mary Eliza Palmer, b. Sept. 11, 1837; m. George F. 

Smith, native of Searsport, Me. 

IV. DwiGHT Parker Palmer, b. Sept. 13, 1839; ^' Sept. 2, 

V. DwiGHT Parker Palmer, b. March 31, 1843 ; m. Mary 

E. Patterson of Belfast, Me. 
VI. Lucy A. E. Palmer, b. May 19, 1845. 

5. Lucy A. Hanford, b. May 19, 1814 ; m. Dec. 7, 1835, Nathan- 

iel T. Eaton, sea-captain. He followed the sea until the last 
few years of his life, when he became a farmer in Camden. 
She d. Dec. 24, 1852, and he m. (2) Miss Nancy Heal, dau. 
of Peter and Eunice Heal of Camden. He d. May 25, 1870. 
His widow resides in Camden. Children : 









1. Adella Frances Eaton, b. Oct. 31, 1836; d. May 17, 

II. Edward Hanford Eaton, b. May 27, 1840; m. 18S6, 

Susan Sparling of Boston. They reside in Worcester. 

III. Lucy Hanford Eaton, b. Dec. 27, 1844; d. Aug. 27, 


IV. Frank Chaplin Eaton, who resides in Worcester. 

107. Ebenezer Parker, Jr. (Ebenezer,^ Thomas,^ 
Andrew,'^ yohn,^ Hananiak,^ Thomas^), son of Dea. Ebenezer 
and Dorcas (Monroe) Parker, was b. in Princeton, June 4, 
1784 ; intention of marriage entered for publication on Jan. 4, 
1806: m. at age of 22, Feb. 27, 1806, Hannah B., b. in Con- 
cord, Mass., March 11, 1785, dau. of Capt. Amos and Deborah 
(Brooks) Merriam of Concord, who were m. in Lincoln, it 
being Deborah's native town, on Christmas Day, 1783. Han- 
nah Brooks Merriam was thus first in a family of ten children. 
The father, Capt. Amos Merriam, d. Sept. 16, 1804, aged 44, 
and his widow m. (2) Stephen Mirick, who d. May 20, 1827. 
Deborah (Merriam) Mirick, d. Nov. 10, 1844. Ebenezer 
Parker remained upon the homestead until 1818, when he 
took up the place now known as the Princeton Poor Farm. 
This was a part of the original estate and but a short distance 
northeasterly from his old home. He was both a farmer and 
clothier. In his shop, at the outlet of the pond, he did a good 
business in coloring and smoothing. His customers were 
numerous and many came long distances with a year's supply 
of home-spun cloth at one time. After the destruction of the 
old homestead brick house by fire during the winter of 1835 
he assumed charge of his father's estate. He then spent a 
few years in Ware; returning, he in company with his son, 
Frederick Parker, built upon the homestead site, the house 
now standing, it being the third built upon the site since 1777. 
What remained of the old farm after Deacon Parker's grants 
to his children and the many sales, was again improved with 
fresh vigor. 

Ebenezer Parker was a man of sound intellect and of a 
strong, unimpeachable character. He was a very firm minded 
man and a conscientious citizen. He was chosen selectman 
in 1829. His district for the years of 1741, '42 and '43 elected 


him representative to the State Legislature. In personal ap- 
pearance he was taller than his father, but inherited a strong 
and vigorous constitution. At the age of 75 his tall and manly 
figure stood firm and erect. He lived to the age of 85 years 
and 4 months, dying Oct. 25, 1869. He was an active mem- 
ber of the Church in Princeton. 

The wife Hannah will be long remembered by the family. 
She was a loving mother, a perfect housekeeper and was 
blessed with a very attractive disposition. Her temperament 
was very calm, she was less nervous than Mr. Parker, and 
looked upon the difficulties of life in a more philosophical way. 
She lived happily and long, dying Aug. 31, 1876, at the age 
of 91 years, 5 months and 20 days. 

Their children were : 

265. Louisa Parker, b. Dec. 13, 1806 ; m. Eli Walker of Holden. 

266. Charles Augustus Parker, b. Aug. 18, 1808 ; m. Sylvia 
A. Moore. 

267. Frederick Parker, b. June 19, 1810; m. Eunice C. Howe 
of Princeton. 

268. Ebenezer Warren Parker, b. Oct. 28, 1813 ; m. Chloe 
A. Parmenter of Oakham. 

269. Adaline Parker, b. Oct. 24, 1815 ; m. Stephen ^ 
H. Smith of West Boylston. 1 

270. Amos Parker, b. Oct. 24, 1815 ; m. Sarah Mer- f Twins, 
rill of Beverly. J 

271. George Parker, b. Feb. i, 1818 ; m. Emily R. •^ 

Coller of Northfield. [ Twins. 

Child, unnamed, b. and d. Feb. i, 1818. J 

272. Deborah Meriam Parker, b. Sept. 9, 1819; m. Israel 
Howe of Princeton. 

273. William Wheeler Parker, b. March 2, 1824; m. Emily 
Walker of Holden. 

274. Edward Hanford Parker, b. Dec. 28, 1825 ; m. Mary C. 
Brown of Boylston. 

Lucy Maria Parker, b. Sept. 10, 1828 ; d. March 7, 1829. 

108. Bitha Parker ( Ebenezer ^^ Thomas ^^ Andrew ^'^ 
yohn,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), dau. of Dea. Ebenezer and 
Dorcas (Monroe) Parker, was b. in Princeton, July 26, 1786; 
m. Oct. 26, 1809, Capt. Charles Folger of Camden, Me., b. 
in Waldoborough, Me., Jan., 1780. They lived at Camden 



Ebenezer Parker, Jr. 

Mrs. Hannah B. (Merriam) Parker. 


for several years, Capt. Folger pursuing his marine vocation. 
Coming to Princeton they settled first upon the homestead 
place, then upon the farm shortly before occupied by Benjamin 
and Betsey (Parker) Gould. This is now the Brennan place. 
They resided there until his death, which occurred in Oct., 
1857. She removed to Marlborough, and d. Nov., 187 1. 

Their children were : 

1. Charles Augustus Folger, b. in Camden, Me., Jan. 16, 

181 1 ; m. in Buffalo, N. Y., Feb. 16, i860, Louisa, b. in 

London, England, Nov. 13, 1839, dau. of James and 

(Potter) Baker of England. He was a merchant in Lockport, 
N. Y. He d. Nov. 28, 1873. Their children were b. in 
Lockport, N. Y. : 

I. Charles Edward Folger, b. Dec. iS, i860. 

II. Emma Louise Folger, b. Feb. 33, 1S63. 

III. Hattie Elizabeth Folger, b. Sept. 6, 1866. 

2. John Walter Folger, b. in Camden, Feb. 8, 1813. 

3. George Francis Folger, b. in Camden, July 15, 1815 ; m. 

Jan. 28, 1850, Eliza A., b. Sept. 14, 1825, dau. of Isaac and 
Susan (Davis) Hartwell of Princeton. They resided in 
Princeton, where he was a farmer. He d. March 14, 1881, 
and his widow survives. She resides in Worcester. 

4. Henry Edward Folger, b. in Princeton, May 23, 1820; m. 

(i) Louisa, dau. of Stillman and Susan (Beaman) Everett of 

5. Lucy Jane Folger, b. in Princeton, Aug. 23, 1825 ; m. May 

II, 1843, Phineas Ross, b. in Sterling, Sept. 20, 18 17, son 
of Amos and Hepsibeth (Bennett) Ross. He d. in Princeton. 
Oct. 18, 1867. She resides in Worcester. Children: 

I. Ellen Jane Ross, b. April 20, 1844; m. March 12, 
1868, Staysia, b. Aug. 25, 1843, son of Charles and 
Mary J. (Seaver) Harrington. They reside upon the 
old Jonas Smith place in Princeton. 
II. Theodore Austin Ross, b. Feb. 28, 1S49; d. Aug. 5, 

III. Charles Thurston Ross, b. May 12, 1854. Resides in 

Worcester ; organ maker. 

6. Catharine Long Folger, b. in Princeton, Oct. 10, 1828 ; m. 

Jan. 29, 185 1, Erastus, son of James and Ruthalia (Carter) 
Dart of Moncton, Vt. They resided many years in Marlbor- 



ough. Their dau., Alice Josephine Dart, d. at the age of six 
years. Mr. Dart d. in Marlborough, Oct. 28, 1872. She now 
resides with her sister in Worcester. 

109. Josiah Parker, Jr. (Josiak,^ Josiah,^ Josiah,^ 
yohn,^ Hananiah^^ Thomas^), son of Josiah, Jr., and Hannah 
(Gardner) Parker, was b. in Woburn, Nov. 6, 1774; m. 
Sept. 6, 1807, Abigail Carter, b. in Woburn, Sept. 15, 1781, 
dau. of Simon and Susanna Carter of Woburn, and by whom 
nine of his children were born. Removed to Wilton, N. H., 
where she d. Sept. 8, 1836, and he m. (2) in Woburn, Feb. 
15, 1883, Mrs. Betsey S. (Eames) Converse of Woburn, by 
whom his last two children were born. He d. in Wilton, N. 
H., Nov. 29, 1852. She d. in Woburn, Dec. 3, 1881, aged 
81 years, 3 months. 

His children were : 

275. Abigail Manning Parker, b. in Woburn, Jan. 6, 1808 ; m. 
James Burton. 

276. Susan Richardson Parker, b. in Woburn, May 26, 1809 ; 
m. Lyman Stone. 

277. Hannah Gardner Parker, b. in Woburn, Feb. 23, 181 1 ; 
m. Jonathan Snow, after the decease of her sister Lydia. 

278. Lydia Ann Parker, b. in Woburn, Aug. 5, 1813 ; m. 
Jonathan Snow. 

279. John Flagg Parker, b. in Woburn, Dec. 27, 1815 ; m. 
Martha J. Jones. 

280. Josiah Parker, b. in Wilton, N. H., April 10, 1S19 ; m. 
Nancy M. Wyman. 

281. Andrew Jackson Parker, b. in Wilton, N. H., May 26, 
1821 ; m. Abbie A. Tapley. 

Maria Louisa Parker, b. in Wilton, N. H., Oct. 24, 1823; m. 

Samuel R. Dolliver, who was b. in Marblehead. They reside in 

San Francisco, Cal. No issue. 
Abram Parker, b. in Wilton, N. H,, June 21, 1S26; d. Aug. 8, 


282. Albert Parker, b. in Wilton, N. H., April 12, 1839; '""• 
Eliza H. Sawyer. 

George Parker, b. March 2, d. March 24, 1841. 

110. Henry Parker (Josiah,^ Josiah,^ Josiah,^ John,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas'), son of Josiah, Jr., and Hannah (Gard- 
ner) Parker, was b. in Woburn, July 2, 1777 ; m. by the 


Rev. Mr. Fiske of W. Cambridge, May 28, 1807, Abigail 
Hutchinson, b. Sept. 10, 1782, dau. of John Hutchinson of 
Charlestown. She was the sixth in generation in descent 
from George Hutchinson, Esq., who was an inhabitant of 
Charlestown in 1630, the line being thus: Abigail,^ Johns 
(whose second wife was Mary Fox), Thomas* of Cambridge 
(whose wife was Mary Ireland, dau. of Abraham Ireland 
and wife Abigail Greenland, both of Charlestown), Samuel 3 
(whose wife was Sarah Fascitt), Nathaniel^ (who m. Sarah 
Baker), and George," the emigrant ancestor. She d. Aug. 17, 
1876, aged 94 years and 9 months. He was a highly esteemed 
citizen, representing the town in the Legislature in the year 
1839. He resided on the "West Side." He d. in Woburn, 
Feb. 7, 1862, aged 84 years, 7 months. 

Their children were : 

283. Oliver Hutchinson Parker, b. June 20, 1808 ; m. Patty 
Parker of Woburn (his cousin). 

284. Martha Parker, b. Aug. 17, iSii ; m. Charles Choate of 

285. Abigail Parker, b. March 26, 1814; m. William Winn of 

286. Louisa Parker, b. Dec. 14, 1816; m. John Weston of 

287. Maria Parker, b. July 5, 1819; m. George Winn of Bur- 

111. Hannah Parker (Josiah,^ Josiah,^ Josiah,^ 
John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas'), son of Josiah, Jr., and Hannah 
(Gardner) Parker, was b. in Woburn, March 19, 1779; m. 
April 28, 1808, Abel Richardson, b. Aug. i, 1777. His 
father, Abel Richardson, was a tanner and shoemaker in 
Winchester, and his mother was Ann Tufts. He was known 
as Abel the fourth. He passed his life in Woburn, where he 
d. Jan. 5, 1854, in his 74th year. She d. in Woburn, Dec. 
22, 1855, aged 76 years, 9 months. They had no children. 

112. Polly ^2ir\i&V (Jos/ah,^ Josiah, ^ Josiah,^ John,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas'), son of Josiah. Jr., and Hannah (Gard- 
ner) Parker, was b. in Woburn; m. in Woburn, June 11, 
1807, Caleb Richardson. 


Their children were ; 

1. Joshua Richardson, b. Feb. 25, 1808; unm. 

2. Mary Parker Richardson, b. May 20, 181 1 ; d. unm. 

3. Caleb Richardson, Jr., b. July 27, 1814 ; m. Jan., 1S45, Amy 

Patience Taylor. She d. April, 1847. Child : 
I. Granville Eustace Richardson, b. Nov. 21, 1845 ; m. 
Dec. 27, 1881, Susan M. Dean. Their son was: 
I. Frederick Wade Richardson, b. Nov. 27, 1882. 

4. Abigail Richardson, b. May 28, 1817 ; m. July 8, 1847, Josiah 

Stratton of Woburn, son of Josiah and Sarah Stratton, b. in 
Woburn. She was b., named and lived nearly all her life in 
the same house, which fronts the main street between Woburn 
and Winchester at a very enviable location. It was the old 
Caleb Richardson homestead. She lived in the old house 70 
years, her entire life, with the exception of one year at the 
time of her marriage. She d. July 16, 18S8, aged 71 years. 
At the opening of the War of the Rebellion Josiah Stratton 
enlisted from Woburn in Co. F of Hon. Henry Wilson's 22nd 
Mass. Reg. He was of a military spirit, had always belonged 
to the military companies of the town and proved himself to 
be a brave and true soldier. He was 44 years of age at his 
enlistment, which was much higher than the average, but he 
was a steady soldier upon the march and walked with a firm 
and manly carriage. He soon became Sergeant of the Co. 
The historian of the 22nd Reg., John L. Parker of Lynn, 
announces that he saw " Si Stratton, as he was familiarly 
called, June 22, 1862, upon the battle field of Gaines' Mills, 
Va., bravely fighting." This was the second of the famous 
Seven Days' Battles, and in this engagement, the Sergeant, 
who occupied a conspicuous and dangerous place, was the first 
to give the alarm to his Reg. that the "Rebs" were flanking 
them. His timely warning saved great loss to his company 
and perhaps his regiment. _ After this battle nothing more was 
ever heard of him. The State Records read : ^'-Josiah Strat- 
ton^ s seriHce terminated y?cne 22^ 1862; caused by death 
while in Battle at Gaines" Mills" Children : 
I. George Gardner Stratton, b. Jan. 16, 1849; '^- Dec. 

20, 1876, Florence Leila Carter of Winchester, who d. 

upon the birth of their son, Oct. 2, 1877. He resides 

in Winchester, where he maintains his mother's old 

Richardson homestead. Child : 
I. Roscoe Carter Stratton, b. Oct. 2, 1877; d. July 12, 1878. 
II. Josiah Francis Stratton, b. Dec. 16, 1851 ; unm. 


113. Electa Parker (Josiak,^ Josiak,^ Josiah,^ John,^ 
Hananiah^^ Thomas^), dau. of Josiah, Jr., and Hannah (Gard- 
ner) Parker, was b. in Woburn, May 4, 1794 ; m. Feb. 16, 
1813, Samuel Carter Buckman, the son of Samuel and Sarah 
(Cutter) Buckman of Woburn, and b. in Woburn, Nov. 10, 
1789. He was a farmer and they lived in that part of Woburn 
which is now Winchester. 

Their children were : 

1. Samuel Carter Buckman, Jr., b. July 29, 1813. He is a 

wheelwright in Arlington, where he resides unm. 

2. Electa Parker Buckman, b. May 16, i8[5; m. Nathaniel 

Hill of Arlington. They had one child who d. young. She 
d. May 4, 1852. 

3. James S. Buckman, b. Jan. 27, and d. April 11, 1819. 

4. Lydia Ann Buckman, b. June 4, 1828 ; d. Aug. 28, 1877, unm. 

1 14. Betsey 'PSiV\iG.V ( yosiah,^ 'Josiahy> Josiah,'^ "John^i 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Josiah, Jr., and Hannah (Gard- 
ner) Parker, was b. in Woburn, March i, 1796; m. in 
Woburn, Dec. 29, 1825, Jonathan Baldwin, b. April 7, 1798, 
son of Reuben and Sarah Baldwin. He was a shoemaker and 
d. Jan. II, 1881. 

Their children were : 

1. James Baldwin, b. Aug. 23, 1827; d. about Nov. i, 1851, at 

Havana, Cuba, on his passage to California to try his fortune 
in the mines. 

2. Marah Louise Baldwin, b. May 6, 1830; m. in Burlington, 

John Winn, b. July 3, 1828, son of Abel and Lydia Stearns 
(Lovering) Winn. He represented his town for one year in 
the State Legislature. She d. Oct. 11, 1852. He is a farmer in 
Burlington. Child : 

I. Marah Winn, b. June 13, 1852 ; m. in Woburn, Oct. 4, 
1886, Frank Murray Pushee, b. in Lyme, N. H., March 
12, 1844, ^'^'^ of Sylvester and vSarah (Emerton) Pushee. 
He is a farmer. They reside in Woburn. Child : 
I. Harold Baldwin Pushee, b. Jan. i6, 1890. 

115. Frederick Parker (Josiah,^ Josiah,^ Josiah,'^' 
yohn,i Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Josiah, Jr., and Hannah 
(Gardner) Parker, was b. in Woburn, July 20, 1798; m. 


April 13, 1826, Nabby Thompson, sister of Gen. Thompson 
of Woburn. She was b. Jan. 20, 1803, the dau. of Major 
Abijah and Lydia Thompson. Frederick Parker succeeded 
to his father's homestead in the west part of the town, where 
he lived until shortly before his death. He was a farmer, a 
hard working man ; was very orderly, he had a place for 
everything and everything must be in its place. He was 
once drawn juror and held at various times such town offices 
as school committee and street surveyor. He d. in Woburn, 
June 24, 1853, aged 54 years, 10 months. She d. March 31, 
1879, ^ged 76 years. 
Their children were : 

Lydia Thompson Parker, b. June 11, 1827; d. Dec. 14, 1847. 

288. Frederick Chandler Parker, b. Jan. 16, 1829; m. M. 
Affie Hanson. 

JosiAH Parker, b. Aug. 18, 1S30; d. Feb. 25, 1832. 

289. JosiAH Parker, b. Oct. 25, 1832; m. Sarah B. ^ 

Hanson. —, . 

V L wins. 

290. Hannah Maria Parker, b. Oct. 25, 1832 ; m. [ 

Walter Wellington. J 

291. Betsey Fidelia Parker, b. June 7, 1836; m. George 
Russell of Somerville. 

292. Martha Ann Parker, b. May 24, 1841 ; m. Joseph B. 

116. Benjamin Parker, Jr. (Benjamin,^ Jostah,^ 
yostak,^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Benjamin and 
Mehetable (Tidd) Parker, was b. in Woburn, Aug. 26, 1780. 
He m. 1801, Sally Allen, b. in Lincoln, Feb., 1780, the dau. 
of Phineas and Sally (Danforth) Allen. He removed after 
marriage to Fitchburg, where two of his children were born 
and removed afterwards to Harvard. Benjamin Parker was 
of medium height, had black hair and blue eyes and was 
called very handsome. But his life was short, as he died sud- 
denly of bilious fever in the summer of 1806. He was a tan- 
ner and currier. She d. in Harvard, April 26, 1866, aged 86 

Their children were : 
Sally Parker, b. Oct. 20, iSoi ; m. Sylvanus Jorden of Roxbury. 

He was a shoe manufacturer. She d. March, 183 1, aged 29 years. 

He m. again. 


293. Dorothy Flagg Parker, b. Jan. 2, 1804; m. Ephraim 
Barnard of Harvard. 

294. Mehetable Parker, b. March 17, 1806; m. Jan. 19, 1830, 
Thomas Cummings of HoUis, N. H. 

117. Dea. Joseph 'P9lV]^&v( Benjamin,^ Josiah,^ Josiah^'^ 
John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Benjamin and Mehetable 
(Tidd) Parker, was b. in Woburn, June 8, 1782 ; m. Dec. 
30, 1805, Betsey Richardson, b. Sept., 1788, the dau. of 
Josiah and Relief Richardson. For some time before his 
marriage he was connected with Tewksbury and was a resi- 
dent of that town in 1805. He lived upon the West Side, was 
a shoemaker, a business in which many of his Woburn rela- 
tives became associated. He was blessed with a strong phy- 
sique and was a highly respected citizen. He was very 
attentive to his family and a consistent christian. He was 
connected with the Church in Woburn, being a Universalist 
deacon. In the second burial-ground is his grave and grave- 
stone epitaph which reads : 

"In Memory of Dea. Joseph Parker, , 

who died Jan. 10, 1833, J£,\. 51. 

" Blest is the man whose tender care 
Relieves the poor in their distress, 
Whose pity wipes the widow's tear. 
Whose hand supports the fatherless. 
We hear thy groans with deep surprise 
And view thy wounds with weeping eyes. 
Each bleeding wound, each dying groan 
With anguish filled with pains unknown." 

His widow Betsey d. in Woburn "of cholera,"* Sept. 21, 
1855, aged 68 years and 10 months, thus she was b. in Sept., 

Their children were : 

Eliza Richardson Parker, b. Aug. 27, 1808; m. Warren Fox of 

Nathan Parker, b. Oct. 7, 1809; resides in Woburn, unm. 
Mary Leathe Parker, b. March 10, 181 1 ; m, in Woburn, May 

39, 1828, Samuel Butters of Woburn. They had a dau. Mary 

♦Town records. 


Isabell Butters, who d. of consumption, Dec. 20, i860, aged 22 
years, 7 months. The mother, Mary L. (Parker) Butters, d. Sept. 
I, 1867, aged 56 years, 5 months. 
Patty Parker, b. Oct. 12, 1812 ; m. March 4, 1834, Oliver H. 
Parker of Woburn. (See No. 283, page 224.) 

295. Joseph Addison Parker, b. July 7, 1815 ; m. (i) Rebecca 
J. Cutler of Woburn, (2) Emily Huse of Woburn. 

296. Ann Parker, b. Oct. 23, 1816 ; m. Elijah Marion of Burling- 

297. Benjamin Parker, b. Jan. 25, 1820; m. Mary Waite of 

Ruth Parker; d. 1874, unm. 

118. Samuel Parker (Benjamin,^ Josiah,^ Josiah,^ 
John,i Hananiah,^ Thomas'), son of Benjamin and Mehetable 
(Tidd) Parker, was b. in Woburn, Dec. 23, 1784 : m. in 
Fitchburg, 1804, Lydia Thurston Allen, b. in Fitchburg, 
Aug. 28, 1785, dau. of Phineas and Dorothy (Wooley) Allen 
of Lincoln. She was the oldest child of a third wife, and 
upon her birth was given to her aunt, Mrs. Thurston of Fitch- 
burg, in whose house she was born. She always lived with 
her aunt's people, who had no children of their own. When 
married to Samuel Parker the ceremony was conducted in the 
same room in which she was born. Here they lived for 16 
years and here in the same noted room were the seven chil- 
dren born. Finally removing (May 3, 1820) to Chenango 
Co., N. Y. They settled in the town of Otselic, where five 
more children were born to them. Samuel Parker was a joiner. 
In Fitchburg he was constable and collector. He belonged to 
the Fitchburg military company during the time of the War of 
181 2, but this company was not called out. He d. in Belvi- 
dere, Boone Co., 111., Aug. 29, 1846. She d. Aug. 26, 1865. 
Their children were : 

298. Samuel Thurston Parker, b. in Fitchburg, June 11, 1805 ; 
m. Mary Bates. 

Benjamin Allen Parker, b. in Fitchburg, Dec. 31, 1806. He 
removed west. He m. and had children : Thomas A. Parker, 
Hosea Parker, and others. 

299. LvDiA LucRETiA Parker, b. in Fitchburg, Oct. 4, 1808; 
m. William R. Orvis. 


John Thomas Parker, b. in Fitchburg, Oct. 27, 1810; removed 
with family to Otselic, N. Y. ; m. Eunice Lindsay, b. in Milford, 
N. Y., Sept. 3, 1813, dau. of David and Jemime (Crane) Lind- 
say. He resides in Belvidere, Boon Co., III. 

Martha Ann Parker, b. in Fitchburg, Dec. 33, 1812; d. Dec. 
25, 1812. 

300. Charlotte Elmira Parker, b. in Fitchburg, June 8, 1814 ; 
m. William Wilbur. 

Harriet Emeline Parker, b. in Fitchburg, June 18, 1816; m. 

Miles. Children : Francis E. Miles, George B. Miles, and 

perhaps others. 

301. Francis Edwin Parker, b. in Fitchburg, May 3, 1819; m. 
Amanda M. Lindsay. 

Joseph Henry Parker, b. in Otselic, N. V., July 19, 1821 ; d. 
July 3, 1825. 

302. Abigail Elizabeth Parker, b. in Otselic, June 11, 1823; 
m. Dr. G. E. Lawrence. 

303. Ann Maria Parker, b. in Otselic, Feb. 25, 1825; m. 
William Stover Wilcox of Smyrna, N. Y. 

Mary Adaline Parker, b. in Otselic, Oct. 5, 1827 ; d. at age of 16. 
Dorothy Caroline Parker, b. in Otselic, Aug. 3, 1832 ; m. 

Wegors, and had a dau., now Caroline (Wegors) Reed. The 

family reside in Herbert, Boon Co., 111. 

119. Mehetable Parker (Benjamin,^ Jostak,^ Josiak,^ 
yohn,^ Hanaiiiah,'^ T/i07nas'), son of Benjamin and Mehetable 
(Tidd) Parker, was b. in Woburn, Oct. 23, 1786; m. in 
Woburn, Nov. 8, 1810, Major Francis Johnson, the son of 
Francis and Abigail (Brooks) Johnson of Woburn. He be- 
longed to the mditary company of the town and had the title of 
Major, by which he was known. His brother was Nathan 
Johnson, who m. a sister of Mehetable Parker, and who also 
lived in Winchester, then Woburn. He was a blacksmith 
and d. of numb palsy, Nov. 16, 1846, aged 75 years. 

Their children were : 

I. Francis Johnson, b. April 18, 1S13 ; m. June 7, 1839, Elizabeth 
Monroe of Lexington. They were fourth cousins. From 
page 75 her ancient Monroe and Parker ancestry can be traced. 
They lived in Woburn, now Winchester. He was a black- 
smith. He d. in Winchester, June 16, 1876. She resides in 
Lexington. Child : 


1. Elizabeth Johnson, b. in Winchester, Sept. 19, 1841 ; 
resides in Lexington. 

2. Betsey Johnson, b. Aug. 15, 1815 ; m. in S. Woburn (now 

Winchester), May 19, 1S36, Samuel Martin Rice of Nahant, 
son of Jesse and Sally (Colman) Rice. They lived in Lynn 
and Winchester. He was a merchant and selectman. She d. 
in Winchester, April, 1856. He d. in Worcester, 1869, aged 
54. Children : 

I. Sarah Elizabeth Rice, b. in Lynn, March 7, 1837 ? "^• 
Henry C. Whitten of Winchester, and they have had six 

II. Ellen Louise Rice, b. in Woburn, Dec. 3, 1839; "^^ 
Albert Lane of Winchester. They have had four chil- 

III. Charles Cushing Rice, b. in Woburn, Oct. 6, 1842 ; 

m. He went to Chicago, 111., in 1866, and 1888 settled 
upon a ranch in Martinsdale, Mont., where he now 

IV. Frank Inman Rice, b. in Winchester, Sept. 6, 1851 ; d. 

in Chicago, 111., Feb., 1875. 

3. Mehetable Johnson, b. Oct. 23, 1824; m. Hon. Robert C. 

Cristy of Johnson, Vt., whose occupation is farming, but has 
been also selectman, assessor, representative. State Senator and 
county commissioner. They reside in Johnson, Vt., and have 
one son : 

I. Charles Clark Cristy. 

4. Warren Johnson, b. Aug. 27, 1827 ; m. (i) Hannah Caroline, 

b. in Winchester, Feb. 15, 1830, d. April 21, 1882, dau. of 
Marshall Wyman and wife Susanna Parker, the dau. of Nathan 
Parker of Woburn. He m. (2) Oct. 8, 1885, Agnes, b. in 
Winchester, Aug. 27, 1843, dau. of William and Judith M. 
(Barker) Wescott of Winchester. Mr. Johnson has been 
selectman seven years and assessor four years. He resides in 
Winchester. Child : 

1. Mary Agnes Johnson, b. Oct. 8, 1863 ; d. May 15, 1881. 

Patty Parker (see page 144) (Benjamin,^ Josiah^^ 
yos/'ah,^ yo/in^i Hananiah,^ Thomas^ ), dau. of Benjamin and 
Mehetable (Tidd) Parker, was b. in Woburn, June 11, 1789; 
d. Nov. 14, 181 1, aged 22. Gravestone epitaph : 


Sacred to the Memory of 

Miss Patty Parker Dautr. of 

Mr. Benjamin & Mrs. Mehetabel Parker 

Who died Nov. 14, 181 1, -^t 22. 

"Taught in the Schools of Christ with Humble Mind 
She breathed her last and left the world resigned. 
Tis His to call our relations away, 
Tis ours in sweet submission to obey." 

120. Almira Parker (Benjamin,^ Josiah,^ Josiah,^ 
yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas,^), dau. of Benjamin and Meheta- 
ble (Tidd) Parker, was b. in Woburn, Sept. 20, 1790; m. in 
Woburn, Nov. 2, 1819, Nathan Brooks Johnson, brother of 
Francis and son of Francis and Abigail (Brooks) Johnson of 
Woburn. He was a blacksmith and lived in Woburn, in the 
part which is now Winchester. He was deacon and select- 
man and d. June 28, 1871. She d. Jan. 12, 1879. 

The children were all b. in Woburn : 

1. Almira Johnson, b. July 26, 1821 ; m. in Woburn, Sept. 19, 

1844, Stephen Hall Cutter of Woburn, b. in S. Woburn, April 

4, 1821, son of Stephen and Adeline (Wyman) Cutter. He 
is a lumber dealer and resides in Winchester. She d. Oct. 

5, 1881. Child: 

I. Arthur Henry Cutter, b. Dec. 31, 1849; ^- ^^'* 7' 

2. Mary Johnson, b. Jan. 26, 1823 ; resides in W. Medford, unm. 

3. Harriett Newall Johnson, b. Oct. 4, 1829; d. Sept. 23, 

1858, unm. 

4. Edward Payson Johnson, b. Dec. 4, 1837 ; m. in Winthrop, 

June I, 1865, Eliza S. Long, b. in Plymouth, Vt., July 29, 
1840, dau. of Daniel and Eliza (Shewell) Long, both natives 
of Hartford Co., Maryland. He was a manufacturer of sad- 
dlery hardware. Resided in Montpelier, Vt. Child : 
I. Alfred Edward Cutter Johnson, b. in Montpelier, 

Sept. 29, 1882. 
The family were all together in a summer sojourn to the Vine- 
yard and reiurned in the fatal car from which few lives escaped 
in the memorable railroad accident at Quincy, Mass., Aug. 19, 
1890. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson were immediately killed and the 
son only lingered for a few hours, dying at the Quincy hospi- 


tal. The family were well known and very highly respected 
in Montpelier, and their untimely and terrible death in this 
manner was a shock to their many friends, which is better 
imagined than described. The family were the only living 
descendants of Almira Parker and Nathan B. Johnson of 
Woburn. Thus this branch of the Parker- Johnson families 
became extinct. F. J. Johnson of Montpelier, a relative who 
accompanied the family on their summer trip, was also killed. 
5. Martha Ann Johnson, b. Nov. 14, 1841 ; d. Jan. 6, 1878, unm. 

121. Anna Parker (Benjamin ,^ yosiah,^ Josiah ,4 "John,^ 
Hananiah,^ Z%o;««5'j, son of Benjamin and Mehetable (Tidd) 
Parker, was b. in Woburn, Sept. 9, 1791 ; m. in Woburn, 
March 14, 181 1, Joshua Swan Robbins of W. Cambridge, 
now Lexington. He was b. May 25, 1785, third child of a 
family of 15 children, the parents being Philemon and Sarah 
Swan Robbins of Lexington. He lived in Arlington ; was a 
beef and poultry raiser; d. in Lexington, Aug. 3, 1817, where 
he is buried. She d. in Woburn while upon a visit to her 
father, July 30, 1814, aged 23 years. 

Their children were : 

I. John Robbins, b. Aug. 3, i8ri. After the early decease of his 
parents he went to live in the family of Dea. Joseph Parker of 
Woburn, his uncle, and there grew up as one of the family, 
becoming strongly attached to them. He m. Susan Allen 
Simonds, b. in Hillsborough, N. H., April i, 1819, dau. of 
Daniel and Susan (White) Simonds. They reside in Woburn. 
Children : 

I. John William Robbins, b. Nov. 26, 1837; shoemaker 
and musician; m. Mary S., dau. of Haskell and Mary 
(Dean) Bancroft of Woburn. He has three children : 

1. Mary Alice Robbins; resides in Woburn. 

2. William Byron Robbins; resides in Woburn. 

3. Ida Robbins; resides in Woburn. 

II. Charlotte Ann Robbins, b. June 19, 1840; m. Joseph 
J. Knox of New Hampshire. He is a carpenter. They 
reside in Woburn and have children : 

1. Lottie Lillian Knox. 

2. Walter Knox. 

3. Ethel Knox. 

III. Frank Harvey Robbins, b. Jan. 10, 1849; m. Laura P. 
Weston, dau. of Asa Weston of S. Boston. He is 



Assistant Bond Clerk, U. S. Custom House, Boston. 
They have children : 

1. Cora May Robbins. 

2. Susie White Robbins. 

3. Bertha Phebe Robbins. 

4. Florence Robbins. 

IV. Fred Swan Robbins, b. Feb. 3, 1858 ; unm. ; is a musi- 
cian at the Boston Theatre. 
2, Anna Robbins, b. in 1813 ; d. at age of 5 years, and was buried 
from her uncle's, Joseph Parker's, of Woburn, Jan. 23, 1819. 

122. Lydia Parker ( Benjamin ^^ 'Josiahy> 'Josiah^'^ 
John,^ Hanantah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Benjamin and Meheta- 
ble (Tidd) Parker, was b. in Woburn, Aug. 15, 1796; m. 
Nov. 15, 1814, Benjamin Wyer, b. in Woburn, May 19, 1790, 
the son of Edward and Lucy (Eaton) Wyer, who were m. 
March 20, 1788. Edward Wyer was probably from Charles- 
town, where his ancestor, Edward Wyer, from whom all of 
the name in America are descended, settled after coming from 
Scotland. He was a tailor; m. in 1648 to Elizabeth Johnson, 
and d. in Charlestown in 1693. 

Benjamin Wyer was a bootmaker ; lived in Woburn but 
finally removed to Lexington where he d. Lydia (Parker) 
Wyer d. in Woburn, Sept. 9, 1840, aged 44 years. 

Their only child was : 

I. Benjamin Franklin Wyer, b. in Woburn, Dec. 28, 1816; m. 
Nov. 24, 1842, Sarah Brown Page. He was a bootmaker 
and storekeeper, and d. in Woburn, Jan. 19, 1884, aged 67 
years and 22 days. His wife was the sixth of a family often, 
was b. in Nashua, N. H., Feb. 2, 1822, the dau. of John and 
Lucy (Fitch) Page, natives of Bedford. Lucy Fitch was dau. 
of Dea. Moses Fitch of Bedford. Sarah B. Page Wyer resides 
in Woburn. Children : 
I. Lydia Annette Wyer, b. in Woburn, Jan. 5, 1846; d. 

Sept. 20, 1847. 
II. Sarah Allen Wyer, b. in Woburn, July 31, 1849; 
resides in Woburn. 
Benjamin Wyer (son of Edward) had a brother, George Wyer, of 

Woburn, whose sons, Charles Wyer and Edward Francis Wyer, 

with their families reside in Woburn. 


123. Charlotte Parker (Benjamin,^ Josiah,^ Josiah,^ 
yokn,^ Hanaiiiah,^ Thomas^), son of Benjamin and Mehetable 
(Tidd) Parker, was b. in Woburn, May 3, 1801 ; m. (i) 
Oct. 2, 1823, in Woburn. Royal Caldwell, then of Woburn. 
They lived in Burlington where he was a mechanic. She m. 
(2) March 25, 1845, Nathan Buck of Wilmington, now de- 
ceased and buried in Wilmington. She d. in Woburn, Dec. 
23, 187 1, and was buried in Woburn. 

Her child was : 

I. Calvin Caldwell, b. 1824; d. Dec. 31, 1841, at the age of 17 

124. Fanny Parker (Benjamin,^ yosiah,^ yosiah,^ 
yohn,i Hanantah,^ Thomas^), son of Benjamin and Mehetable 
(Tidd) Parker, was b. in Woburn, July 22, 1803 ; m. Dec. 
23, 1824, George Washington Butters, b. in Woburn, June 
28, 1799, son of Willard and Sarah (Caldwell) Butters of 
Woburn. He was a bootmaker and after the birth of his 
family removed to Methuen. 

All the children were b. in Woburn : 

1. Fannie Maria Butters, b. June 20, 1826; deceased. 

2. Martha Butters, b. May 11, 182S ; d. Aug. 12, 1873, unm. 

3. George Albert Butters, b. July 7, 1830. 

4. William Henry Butters, b. Feb. 10, 1834; m. in Deny, 

N. H., Jan. 21, 1866, Lucinda Perkins Nickols, dau. of Wood- 
burn and EHza K. Nickols, b. in Derry, July 3, 1834. They 
i-eside in Methuen. He is a farmer. Child : 

I. George Henry Butters, b. in Methuen, Nov. 7, 1870. 

5. Charles Butters, b. May 3, 1836; m. in Haverhill, Oct. i, 

1856, Catherine A. Webster, b. in Lynn, June 24, 1832, dau. 
of William and Matilda Webster. Children : 

I. Carrie Parker Butters, b. in Haverhill, April 28, 
1857 ; m. Wm. M. Webster of Bradford. Child : 

I. Carl Howard Webster, b. July i, 1884. 

II. Charles Sumner Butters, b. in Haverhill, Aug. 3, 
1861 ; m. Harriet Chase. Child : 

I. Frederick Butters, b. June 20, 1885. 

6. Lucy Parker Butters, b. April 30, 1838 ; d. April 30, 1841. 


125. David Johnson Parker (Edmund,^ Josiah,^ 
yosiah,^ John,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), son of Edmund and 
Lydia (Johnson) Parker, was b. in Woburn ; m. in Woburn, 
Jan. 5, 1815, Rebecca Carter of Wilmington. He d. in Wo- 
burn, Feb. 12, 1830. 

Their children were : 
David Parker, b. 1815 ; d. in Woburn, Feb. 17, 1819, aged 3^ 

Lydia Parker, b. March 11, 1818 ; d. in Woburn, July 3, 1871, 

aged 53 years, unm. 
James Parker, b. Sept. 17, 1819; m. Oct. 18, 1846, Mary Ann 

Laethe. He d. in 1872. She resides In San Francisco, Cal. 
Marv Parker, b. Sept. 7, 1823 ; m. Charles Swan of Woburn. 

b. [probably] April, 1824, and d. same month.* 

Elizabeth Parker, b. Jan. 12, 1825 ; m. 1844, Thomas Rice of 
Chailestown, son of Thomas and Sarah Rice, b. March 25, 1822. 
Their dau. was : 

I. Mary Elizabeth Rice, b. 1S48 ; lived to the age of 19 years, 

1 1 months, 7 days. She was a school-teacher ; besides was 

a handsome and very promising girl. In four days' sickness, 

however, she d. with the spinal meningitis upon the day set 

for her marriage I The mother's residence, if living, is 


David Bradley Parker, b. June 13, 1828 ; m. He is somewhere 

in the west, if living. 

126. Polly Parker (Nathan,^ Josiak,^ Josiah,^ John,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Nathan and Polly (Richard- 
son) Parker, was b. in Woburn, March 23, 1794; m. in 
Woburn, Aug. 4, 1812, Joshua Reed, Jr., b. in Woburn, July 
24, 1790, the son of Joshua and Ann Reed of Woburn. He 
was a shoe manufacturer. She d. Jan. 7, 1834, aged 40 years. 
He d. of consumption, July 9, 1844, aged 82 years. 

Their children were : 
I. Mary P. Reed, b. April 21, 1813 ; m. May 30, 1833, Samuel 
G. Neville. She d. Dec. 30, 1881. Children : 
I. Henrietta Neville, b. July 4, 1836 ; d. March 15, 1840. 
II. Lewis W. Neville, b. Aug. 7, 1838; m. March 16, 
1862, Harriett F. Stevens. 

♦This birth is inserted on account of an entry in the Woburn town records, 
which reads : " , a child of David Parker died April, 1824." 


HI. Marietta Neville, b. March ii, 1841 ; m. Oct. 20, 

1879, John Fickett. 
IV. Charles H. Neville, b. July 20, 1847; m. April 4, 

1871, Bessie M. Maddison. They have six children. 

V. Elizabeth Neville, b. May 13, 185 1 ; m. June 30, 

1875, Samuel Tripp Eldridge. They have four children. 

VI. Annie M. Neville, b. Dec. 11, 1857. 

2. Maria Reed, b. Feb. 9, 1814 ; d. Jan. 18, 1815. 

3. Joseph Reed, b. April 19, 1817; d. in the west. 

4. Maria Reed, b. April i, 1819; m. March 12, 1853, Luther E. 

Hinckley. He d. Nov. 18, 1869, aged 47 years. She sur- 
vives him. Their dau. was : 

I. Josephine Smith Hinckley, b. June 9, 1858. 

5. Sarah Ann Reed, b. June 10, 1821 ; m. in Woburn, Dec. 15, 

1844, Aaron Thompson, son of Aaron and Rhoda (Lamb) 
Thompson, b. in Feacham, Vt., Dec. 9, 1816. He was supt. 
of the Woburn Gas Light Co. from 1855 to 18S7. He d. June 
18, 1888. She resides in Woburn. Children : 

I. Caroline W. Thompson, b. April 20, 1846. 
II. Fannie Thompson, b. Oct. i, 1848. 

III. Katie Thompson, b. Jan. 10, 1852 ; m. Oct. 26, 1876, 
F. A. Winn. Their dau. was : 

I. Dora A. Winn, b. July i, 1878. 

6. Harriet Reed, b. Aug. 7, 1824; m. Nov. 20, 1842, Joseph 

B. Sawtelle of Woburn. He d. in Woburn, May 14, 1890, 
aged 70 years, 8 months. She resides in Woburn. Children : 

I. Harriet Alice Sawtelle, b. Dec. 20, 1843 ; d. April 
10, 1846. 

II. Harriet Alice Sawtelle, b. Jan. 31, 1846; m. Aug. 

4, 1864, Fred G. King. They have two children and 
two grandchildren. 

III. Emma L. Sawtelle, b. May 2, 1848; m. Dec. 23, 1872, 

William Davis. 

IV. Joseph E. Sawtelle, b. Feb. 23, 1851 ; m. May 8, 1876, 

Harriett Newell. 
V. Nellie E. Sawtelle, b. Jan. 18, 1854 ; d. Sept. 24, 1855. 

VI. Nellie M. Sawtelle, b. Feb. 21, 1857; '"• Nov. 14, 

1877, Charles Dexter Wade. They have had three 

VII. Frank A. Sawtelle, b. March 8, 1864 ; d. July 31, 1864. 


127. Maria Parker (Nathan,^ Josiah,^ Josiah^ John,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Nathan and Polly (Richard- 
son) Parker, was b. in Woburn, July 9, 1801 ; m. 1829, 
Simon Adams, b. in Carlisle, Nov. 4, 1796, son of Timothy 
and Joanna Keyes Adams. He was a trader. They lived in 
Lowell. He was one year a member of the Mass. House of 
Representatives. He d. in Lowell, Sept. 7, 1847. She d. in 
Concord, Jan. 19, 1861. 

The children were b. in Lowell : 

1. Clara Maria Adams, b. Aug. 3, 1S30; resides in Boston. 

2. Mary Julia Adams, b. July 9, 1S33 ; m. in Concord, Aug. 21, 

1856, Abel Gardner Heywood, b. in Concord, June 12, 1835, 
son of Abel B. and Eliza (Lawrence) Heywood. He was an 
innholder ; d. in Concord, Feb, 9, 1873. She d. in Worcester, 
Nov. 17, 1S85. Child: 

I. Annie Maria Heywood, b. in Concord, Oct. 3, 1861 ; 

m. in Boston, Dec. 28, 1S82, Charles Howard Webber, 
b. Sept. 20, 1857, son of Moses H. and Susan D. (Bur- 
gess) Webber. Their children were : 

1. Velina Briard Webber, b. in Boston, Sept. 24, 1883. 

2. Ruth Webber, b. in Winthrop, March ii, 1S90. 

3. Elizabeth Bartlett Adams, b. Aug. 12, 1836 ; m. in Charles- 

town, June 12, 1861, George, b. in Roxbury, Dec. 9, 1836, 
son of Elisha and Henrietta (Mayo) Tolman. They reside in 
Concord. Mr. Tolman is a journalist. He is also an experi- 
enced genealogist, having spent a share of his life in this re- 
search for the benefit of Concord families, of whose genealogy 
he is the best authority. Their children were : 

I. Adams Tolman, b. in Boston, April 15, 1862 ; m. in 
Roxbury, June 6, 18S8, Harriett L., dau. of Daniel L. 
Giles of Concord. Their son was : 

I. Edward Mayo Tohnan, b. in Concord, June 3, 1S90. 

II. Mary Mayo Tolman, b. in Concord, Oct. 8, 1863 ; d. 

in Northfield, Vt., July 31, 1866. 

III. William Nickols Tolman, b. in Dorchester, Nov. 2, 


IV. Charles Edward Tolman, b. in Concord, Sept. 12, 1871- 
V. James Henry Tolman. b. in Concord, Aug. 29, 1876. 


128. Susanna Parker (Nathan,^ Josiah,^ Josiah,^ 
yohn,^ Hananiah^- Thomas^), dau. of Nathan and Polly 
(Richardson) Parker, was b. in Woburn, July 28, 1799; "^' 
in Woburn, April 10, 1821, Marshall Wyman, b. in Woburn, 
July II, 1792, deacon, son of Daniel and Hannah Wyman. 
They lived in Woburn. He d. July 10, 1869. She d. Nov. 
3, 1876. 

Their children, all b. in So. Woburn, now Winchester, 
were : 

1. Henry Marshall Wyman, b. Oct. 3, 1S23 ; m. Emma Palmer 

of Boston. He is deceased and she is living in California. 

Children : 

I. Henry Parker Wyman; d. in Arlington, aged 22. 

II. Charles Crosby Wyman ; resides in California. 
IK. Fred Roswell Wyman; d. in Chicago, 111., aged 21. 
IV. Herbert Edward Wyman ; resides in Chicago, III. 

2. William Augustus Wyman, b. Sept. 25, 1825 ; m. Lucy Fair- 

banks of Boston. He is deceased and she resides in Brooklyn, 
N. Y., where her family live also. Children : 
I. Helen Eloise Wyman. 
II. Marshall Fairbanks Wyman. 
III. Maud Wyman. 

3. Nathan Parker Wyman, b. Feb. 14, 1828 ; d. of typhus fever, 

Sept. 29, 1845, aged 17 years. 

4. Hannah Caroline Wyman, b. Feb. 15, 1830; m. Warren 

Johnson of So. Woburn, b. Aug. 27, 1827, son of Major 
Francis and Mehetable (Parker) Johnson (No. 119. See 
page 229 for Warren Johnson.) She had one dau. : 
I. Mary Agnes Johnson, b. Oct. 8, 1863 ; d. May 15, 
1881. The mother d. in Winchester the year following, 
April 21, 1882. 

5. Abigail Fiske Wyman, b. Ma}' 4, 1833 ; she is deceased. 

6. Mary Eliza Wyman, b. Jan. 11, 1835 ; d. aged 24. 

7. Susan Ann Wyman, b. Feb. 14, 1838; d. Sept. i, 1S76. 

8. Clara Maria Wyman, b. April 19, 1840; resides in Arlington. 

John Parker (see page 153) (John,^ John,^ Josiah,^ 
yokn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^ ), son of John and Hannah 
(Stearns) Parker, was b. in Lexington, Oct. 12, 1786; m. 
at the residence of her brother, Leonard Greene, in W. Cam- 
bridge, Harriet Maria Greene, b. in Weston. 


Their children were : 

Emeline Augusta Parker; m. Gilman ; resides 112 Broad- 
way, Chelsea. She has filled responsible positions. A treasured 
family relic, Capt. John Parker's fannily Bible, is in her preserva- 
tion. It was printed in 1769 and contains records in Capt. John's 
strong and legible hand. Its cost was five pounds. 

Caroline Eliza Parker ; m. George W. Stearns. She resides in 

John Brooks Parker ; resides in Everett. 

129. Hannah Parker (John,^ Jolm,^ Josiah,^ John,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of John and Hannah (Stearns) 
Parker, was b. in Lexington, March 15, 1791 ; m. March 15, 
181 1, Samuel Greene,* then of Brighton, but a native of 
Weston. Samuel Greene went to Burlington, Vt., in 1815, 
where he was soon joined by his wife and two children. She 
d. there, however, Oct. i, 1815. Her oldest sister, Mary 
Parker, was previously sent for. She arrived in time to wit- 
ness the sad funeral, and assisted the family as she could. 
The year following, June 25, 1816, she and Samuel Greene 
were married. "A more kind and affectionate mother-in-law 
children never had." He d. Dec. 5, 1818, and she with the 
only surviving son returned to Lexington, where she d. at the 
homestead in 1831. 

Their children were : 
I. Columbus Greene, b. Feb. 13, 1812; m. 1839, Martha Dow 
Webber, who was b. in Rumney, N. H., May 6, 181 1, dau. 
of Benjamin, whose father, Benjamin Webber, was one of the 
three men who in 1756 bought land on the south side of 
Baker's river, and were the first settlers of what is now the 
town of Rumney, N. H. It has already been shown that 
when a child of three years he accompanied his mother to 
Vermont in her removal there in 1S15. Mr. Greene has 
several faint recollections of the journey. Upon the death of 
his parents his mother-in-law was anxious to place him under 
her father's, John Parker's, care, and they returned to Lexing- 
ton in 1819. Being the oldest of Mr. Parker's grandchildren 
he became associated during his youth with many of the brave 
patriots who composed his great-grandfather's, Capt. Parker's, 

* It is supposed that the families by the name in America of Greene who 
spell the name with the e final are descended from the same common ancestor. 

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Columbus Greene. 


military company, who fought so hard for the blessings of 
liberty which they finally attained, and to whose accounts of 
adventures he was very fond of listening. He was but two 
years younger than Theodore Parker, and with him and some 
of the other sons of John Parker he worked, played and studied. 
They were boys together upon the old Parker homestead, then 
as previously well filled with youthful activity and hope. In 
speaking of his grandfather, Mr. Greene says : " I will only add 
that he was all to me that my father could have been if he had 
lived, and often said he knew no diflerence between me and 
his own children, and he certainly never manifested any, and 
in his declining years expressed a desire that I should remain 
with him, but I was too young to take the responsibility and 
wisely declined. His influence over me was a great blessing, 
which I shall never forget." 

It was with sad heart he left his grandfather in 1832 at the 
age of 20 to reside in Lowell, and at his first opportunity 
signed a temperance pledge. In process of time the anti-slav- 
ery movement began, and opposition was so great for a time 
that it was only safe for the leaders to hold their meetings for 
consideration in private. However, while yet young, he iden- 
tified himself with the cause, and through all the years has 
been a true friend of the colored race. 

As might be expected this man had other conscientious be- 
liefs. At this time he was a decided Unitarian and active in 
advocating their views ; "but," to quote him exactly, "finally 
decided that I would say no more upon the subject of religion 
pro or con ; would lay aside all opinions for the time being 
and sincerely read the New Testament to learn what it taught 
as necessary to salvation, and that I would pray to God to 
help me to learn the truth, and this absorbed my attention for 
months, and the result was I became a christian and united 
with the First Baptist Church in Lowell. It was a new era 
in my life ; I became active in Church work ; finally consented 
to my pastor's request to hold meetings in different places 
which he considered profitable, and thus years passed." 

Columbus Greene was ordained pastor of the Baptist Church 
in Colchester, Vt., June 11, 1840. He enjoyed his work there 
and preached with success for about six years, when his health 
failing he engaged in the manufacture of furniture. In 1847 
he removed to Montgomery, Vt., and engaged in a mercantile 
business. In 1S49 he was instrumental in forming a division 


of the New England Protective Union. He was soon after- 
ward appointed postmaster at the centre of the town and held 
the office for a period of 25 years ; also filled some town 
offices, and during the Civil war drew the State pay for the 
soldiers. Upon the breaking out of the war in 1861 he did his 
best, publicly and privately, by orations, writing and personal 
influence, to stir up the fires of patriotism and defend the heri- 
tage our fathers gave us. He was a leader in his town, a man 
whose ability and righteous example was felt by all, and his 
name will live as long in Montgomery as the town itself. In 
1863 and '64 he represented the town in the legislature, and 
was also elected in 1S65, but did not serve. For more than 
20 years he had charge of the Division store without the least 
disagreement among the officers, and succeeded beyond all 
expectations. He removed to Cazenovia, N. Y., in 1875, but 
after a few years removed to Washington, D. C, where he 
passed the remaining years of his life with his son. He d. in 
Washington, D. C, Aug. 2, 1893. His remains rest in Rock 
Creek Cemetery near that city. The mother survives. 
I. Rev. Samuel H. Greene, D.D., his only son, wasb. Dec. 
25, 1S25 ; expecting to continue in business with his father 
was m. April 23, 1866, to Lucia A. Buzzell, but in Jan- 
uary, 1S68, commenced a course of study with the min- 
istry in view at Madison University, N. Y. Graduat- 
ing from the college and theological seminary he was 
ordained pastor of the Baptist Church in Cazenovia, N. 
Y., June 24, 1875. In 1879 he accepted a call from 
the Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D. C, and 
began his pastorate in December. He has now served 
this Church 13 years and has been prospered in his labors. 
During his pastorate moi^e than 1,350 persons have 
united with this Church. It is the largest white Protes- 
tant Church in Washington, save one. Rev. Mr. Greene 
has been honored with the degree of Doctor of Divinity 
by Norwich University, Rochester University and Col- 
gate University, and is a trustee of the Columbian Uni- 
versity. He has one son : 
I. Samuel Harrison Greene, Jr. 

2. Harrison Greene, b. Jan. 9, 1814; d. Feb. 23, 1818. 

3. Samuel Parker Greene, b. Sept. 16, 1815 ; d. Oct. 7, 1815. 

130. Lydia Parker (John,^ John,^ Josiah,^ John,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of John and Hannah (Stearns) 





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Parker, was b. in Lexington, July i, 1793 ; m. July 20, 1815, 
Isaac Herrick of Brighton. He was a butcher. He d. in 

T^heir children were : 

1. Lydia Herrick, b. in Cambridge, June 9, 1817; m. in Brigh- 

ton, Oct. 5, 1847, George Herrick (her cousin). Children: 
I. Ella P. Herrick, b. May 31. 1852; m. in Everett, 
Benjamin H. Howe, Jr., son of Benjamin H. and Han- 
nah H. (Cutter) Howe, b. in Brooklyn, N. Y., July 25. 
1853. The children, all b. in Maiden, were: 

1. Charles H. Howe, b. June 24, 1879 

2. George B. Howe, b. July 27, 1SS3. 

3. Herbert P. Howe, b. March 7, 1887. 

II. Georgianna Herrick, b. Dec. 25, 1855 ; d. Jan. 6, 1856. 

2. John Isaac Herrick, b. in Cambridge, Sept. 21, 1819; m. in 

Boston, Sept. 15, 1S44, Rebecca Marsh of Boston, b. in 
Boston, Jan. 24, 1821, dau. of Joseph and Tryphosa C. 
(Parker) Marsh. He is a mental physician ; resides in Mars- 
ton, Wis. Their children were : 
I. John Wilkins Herrick, b. in Detroit, Mich., Aug. 16, 

II. Sarah Parker Herrick. b. in Detroit. Mich., Feb. 19, 

1847; ^^- ^" New Lisbon, Wis., Sept. 16, 1S75, 

Whittemore. Their child was : 
I. Ethelwyn Whittemore, b. in Kansas Citj-, Mo., June 7, 1879. 

131. Isaac Parker (John,^ John:= Josia/i,^ Jokn^i 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of John and Hannah (Stearns) 
Parker, was b. in Lexington, Nov. 5, 1798 ; m. 1829, Martha 
M. Miller, b. in Hillsborough, N. H., June 29, 1801, dau. of 
James Miller (a native of Hillsborough ; farmer, mason and 
miller), and wife Ann Macolley, who had ten children in Hills- 
borough, nine daughters and one son. Isaac Parker first drove 
the stage from Waltham to Boston, which he continued until 
1832, when he returned to Lexington. He assisted his father 
in his declining years and settled on the old homestead. He 
was a farmer, knew also the trade of his ancestors, wood- 
working. He made many farm implements. He did a good 
business at pumpmaking. 

Isaac Parker was esteemed as a man of character and a 
gentleman. He was assessor of the town of Lexington during 


the years 1846, '47, '48 and '50. He was slight but tall in 

stature, and lived to a ripe old age. 

The mother (1892), in her ninety-second year, still resides 

at the old Parker homestead, a lady of remakable industry 

and ability for one of her age. Her health is perfect, and her 

presence is a great blessing to the many visitors which the 

historical spot attracts. Her visitors' register contains many 

hundred names. Their first two children were born in Wal- 

tham and the remainder in Lexington. 
Their children were : 

Isaac Moore Parker, b. Nov. 10, 1829; d. about 1873. 

304. Martha Ann Parker, b. June 16, 1831 ; m. William W. 
Dingee of York, Pa. 

Frances Maria Parker, b. Jan. 21, 1833 ; was a teacher. 

Charles M. Parker, b. Feb. 15, 1835 ; resides upon the home- 
stead, carrying on the farm together with his brother Theodore. 
He enlisted from Lexington in the 24th Regiment in Aug., 1862, 
for three years, which he served in the Civil war. It is he who 
stands in the foreground in the picture, "The Lexington Parker 

James Theodore Parker, b. Sept. 18, 1837 ; d. April 2, 1838. 

Emily R. Parker, b. April 7, 1839; d. Aug. 6, 185S. 

Theodore James Parker, b. April 21, 1841 ; resides upon the 
homestead in Lexington. 

George E. Parker, b. Jan. 2, 1843 ; d. Oct. 6, 1857. 

132. Hiram Stearns Parker (John,^ Jokn,^ Josiah,^ 
yohii^i Hanaiiiah.^ Thomas^), son of John and Hannah 
(Stearns) Parker, was b. in Lexington, Jan. 16, 1803 ; m. in 
Lexington, Jan. 1, 1828, Nancy Leavitt, b. in Amherst, N. 
H., April 7, 1803, dau. of Andrew and Elizabeth Leavitt of 
Amherst. They lived in Lowell, where he was a carpenter 
and builder. He d. in Lowell, Jan., 1852. She d. in Lowell. 

Their children were : 

305. Abigail Anna Parker; m. Charles William Rea of Here- 
ford, P. Q. 

Emma Frances Parker ; resides in Lowell. 

306. Charles Leavitt Parker ; m. Minnie Barker of Lowell. 

307. Susan Weatherbee Parker ; m. Col. George Edgar Went- 
worth of Lowell. 

Henry Theodore Parker. 


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133. Theodore Parker (John,'' Jokn,^ Josiah,^ John'!' 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^ ), son of John and Hannah (Stearns) 
Parker, was b. in Lexington, Aug. 24, t8io, the youngest in 
a family of 11 children. 

" Let us do our duty in our shop or our kitchen, the market, 
the street, the office, the school, the house, just as faithfully as 
if we stood in the first rank of some great battle, and we knew 
that victory for mankind depended on our bravery, strength and 
skill." — Theodore Parker. 

Theodore Parker, the distinguished American rationalistic 
preacher and social reformer, as a boy was richly endowed 
both intellectually and physically. At a very tender age he 
began to show a remarkable moral feeling and curiosity, 
which constantly grew as he increased in years. As has been 
shown, his father, John Parker, was an enterprising man of 
strong intellect as well as a prosperous farmer and mechanic ; 
was studious, thoughtful and progressive ; he was ahead of 
the age in which he lived. 

Theodore's mother, Hannah (Stearns) Parker, was as re- 
markable in her way as the father was in his. She was an 
entertaining, poetic, loving, and very practical woman. She 
took great interest in the moral culture of her children. Con- 
science was her guide, gratitude and trust were interpreters to 
her of the ways of Providence. 

Theodore began going to school when nearly six years old. 
He was distinguished as a scholar by his constant thirst for 
knowledge. In childhood he learned by heart and retained 
many pages of poetry, and knew at ten years of age the 
names of all the trees and plants familiar to Massachusetts. 
The plain district school-house was a mile distant by road, 
but was brought nearer by a short cut across the lield and 
over the brook. Through the efforts of his father to secure 
good instructors, William Hoar White began teaching in 
1820. He took home evening lessons which he always 
learned and wanted more. At the age of ten Mr. White led 

Note. In parts of this sketch I have been materially assisted bv both Rev. 
O. B. Frothingham's and John Weiss's authentic biographies of Rev. Theodore 
Parker, and by a masterly article from the pen of Rufus Leighton, Esq., 30 
Pemberton Sq., Boston, written expressly for this genealogy. He is one of 
those still living who knew the great reformer well. The Author, 


him past the prescribed line of study and started him in Latin 
and Greek. A desire for verse-making attacked him when 
eight years old. His first composition on "The Starry 
Heavens" disappointed his teacher by being too short. The 
district school was open during the winter months only. He 
was all the time a devoted and constant reader. He read 
miscellaneously and everything. The extent of his reading 
was astonishing. Whatever the schoolmaster could lend, 
whatever the social or town library afforded, he devoured. 
The father brought home nothing that the boy did not appro- 
priate. If the cautious parent put a volume away on a high 
shelf, judging it for some reason unfit for ^^outhful eyes, the 
eyes espied it, and the hands reached it the instant the work- 
shop absorbed the parental form. Before he was eight he had 
read the translations of Homer and Plutarch, Rollin's Ancient 
History and all the other volumes of history and poetry that 
circumstances afforded. His marvellously retentive memory, 
an inheritance from his mother, and which he later in life 
treasured and kept bright with diligent care, enabled him to 
remember all he had read and all the impressions which his 
active mind received. He was always studying in school and 
out. In the summer noons when others indulged in peaceful 
repose under the trees he refreshed his mind with books. 
The winter evenings and the summer mornings were long and 
the hours were faithfully used. At the academy he went 
through Colburn's Algebra in three weeks. The tuition for 
one term in this institute, Huntington's Lexington School, was 
four dollars. This was afforded by his self-denial in foregoing 
the accomplishment of dancing, which the boys and girls of 
his age were cultivating, in view of social festivities that were 
the ruling passion about that time. Between the culture of 
the two extremities, Theodore, on consideration, chose that of 
the head. In the humbler virtues of toil and economy his 
whole life was a school. He left no time for idleness, but he 
seemed to find time for everything. Whether in the field or 
in the workshop he studied Latin, Greek and mental philoso- 
phy. Nor were his studies confined to books. The stars 
interested him ; the trees, the shrubs, the flowers of the neigh- 
borhood, the plants in cultivated gardens he visited, the for- 


eign fruits he saw in the Boston market when sent there annu- 
ally with the peach crop, all attracted his attention. The for- 
mation of the hills, their direction and slope ; the minerals, 
rocks and stones that lay about, or those that were brought 
from a distance excited his curiosity. This constant thirst 
for knowledge of natural objects began in mere childhood. 
He strove to satisfy it every time an opportunity offered. He 
made it a rule to "explore a subject when curiosity is awake," 
and when unable to do so he noted the subject in his "Com- 
mon Place Book" for future research. 

He had his mother's aptitude for committing verses ; could 
repeat a song from hearing it once, the Sunday hymn while 
the minister read it. He could carry several hundred lines in 
his memory so as to recite them at a sitting. In mature 
years, when his mind was burdened with stores, he could 
appropriate as many as a hundred and fifty lines of blank 
verse after a single reading. The gift of expression came to 
him as readily as the gift of acquisition. He had the political 
events of the country on his tongue's end while yet a school- 
boy, and talked so intelligently about them that the political 
gossips of the town, assembled in Dudley's Tavern, often 
drew him out for the sake of hearing his opinion. At seven- 
teen militia duties began and in these he was as active, 
prompt and efficient as in all the rest. There was always a 
touch of war-like spirit in him. The military reputation of 
the ancestor who was at Lexington Common and chafed under 
inaction at Bunker Hill was dear to his heart. He rose to 
rank in the company, clerk he certainly was, perhaps lieuten- 

He began his career of teaching at the early age of seven- 
teen. The first winter, that of 1827, he took charge of the 
district school in Quincy ; the second in North Lexington ; 
the third in Concord ; and the fourth in Waltham. He worked 
upon the farm during the summer, performing all kinds of 
farm work, helping his broad-shouldered father in his shop 
(the old Lexington belfry) mending wheels, repairing wagons, 
making pumps, wooden screws and wooden rakes with no 
less joy than he studied. He worked as if toil was his whole 
occupation ; he studied as if study was his whole delight. 


The day before his twentieth birthday, in August, 1830, he 
went away, telling no one whither he was going. His father 
had given him leave of absence from morning till night. 
Theodore walked to Cambridge (eight miles), was examined, 
passed examination, walked home and told his father, who 
had already retired for the night, that he had entered Harvard 
College. If the venerable parent wondered in the morning 
where his son was going, he wondered more at night on 
learning where he had been. "But, Theodore, I can not 
afford it." "Father, it shall cost you nothing. I will stay 
at home and keep up with my class." And this he did for a 
year, working on the farm as usual, and going over to Cam- 
bridge for his examination only. 

Theodore opened a private school in Watertown in the 
spring of 1832. During the first 3^ear the scholars numbered 
35. Subsequently it increased to 54. The charge was not 
high, five dollars a quarter, but rather than turn a deserving 
boy or girl away because the modest fee could not be paid, he 
would take the applicant gratis, and bestow as much care on 
him or her as on all the rest. Religion was the first interest 
with him ; he was unhappy if he could not make his school- 
boys feel its power and charm. He made the trees, flowers, 
birds and animals his texts as he rambled with the boys in the 
woods. He encouraged a thirst for general knowledge among 
his pupils, while he entertained them with unlimited informa- 
tion. He had a way of making scholars answer their own 
questions and remove their own difficulties, such as only com- 
plete masters of their art possess. During this time he also 
pursued his botanical studies. He walked to Cambridge and 
to Charlestown every Saturday afternoon for instruction in 

In April, 1834, ^^ took up a theological course at the Cam- 
bridge Divinity School. Here there was a chance for him to 
exercise his intellectual powers as much as he desired. He 
studied 14 hours a day. He met his expenses partly by 
teaching five private pupils in addition to his studies. He not 
only followed the usual course of study at the college, but 
made acquaintance with a large number of languages, includ- 
ing Hebrew, Chaldee, Syriac, Arabic, Coptic, Ethiopic, as 



well as the classical and the modern principal European lan- 
guages, which last he learned to speak fluently. His power 
of getting at the secret of a language was wonderful. Hebrew 
he himself taught to a class of collegians. "The Swedish 
language is easy," he wrote, "and I expect to get much 
amusement and instruction from it. The Danish presents 
more difficulties than Swedish, and I shall not study it exten- 
sively, but soon make it give place to some other." The Rus- 
sian he mastered sufficient to become acquainted with the dia- 
lect used by the priests. The German furnished him rich 
material for thought in theology and mental philosophy. He 
applied serious work to the Anglo-Saxon alphabet and on the 
derivation of the Celtic and Gothic tongues. He studied the 
rudiments of the ancient, the Indian and the heathen religions. 
Constantly adding to his immense store of knowledge, Theo- 
dore was looked upon by his fellow-students as "a prodigious 
athlete in his studies." His journal, which he commenced in 
1835, and kept through life, throws a little light on the mar- 
vellous extent of his researches at this period. During the 
two months of November and December of that year the 
names of 65 volumes are given as having been read. Some 
were in German, others in Latin, Danish, Greek and includ- 
ing Dr. Channing's essay on slavery, which was an important 
seed, perhaps, of the tree which spread so widely in ten years. 
"At this time," writes his biographer, Rev. O. B. Frothing- 
ham, "Theodore's power of speech and of moral feeling was 
attracting attention. He was the best debater, though not the 
best writer, in the school ; always speaking vigorously and to 
the point with an independence of thought, an enthusiasm of 
manner and a freshness that gave promise of greater pulpit 
power than was at first displayed." 

After his year was up at the college Theodore prepared his 
mind for the great work which he from boyhood had craved 
to perform. He began preaching in Watertown to his old 
friends and neighbors with a success that surprised those who 
had heard only of his prodigious feats of learning. For several 
months he was a travelling minister, at first for a month in 
Barnstable, then in Northfield and Greenfield. Later he inter- 
ested congregations in Portland, Lowell and Billerica. In 


June, 1837, he accepted an offer of a pastorate in West Rox- 
bury. While at Watertown he became superintendent of the 
Sunday-School. Among the teachers of the school was Miss 
Lydia Cabot, the only daughter of John Cabot of Newton. 
She resided with an aunt in Boston, but was boarding in 
Watertown at this time. An attachment grew up between 
them and they were married three years later, April 20, 1837. 
They settled on Spring Street. He lived very happily, dili- 
gently preaching and pursuing his studies and researches. In 
the pleasant weather he was much out of doors, planting and 
trimming in his garden. He took long walks, visiting Boston 
and the neighboring towns on foot, doing his ten, fifteen and 
twenty miles a day without fatigue. In summer his pedestrian 
exploits would have tasked the vigor of any but a very strong 
man. He once journeyed from New York to Boston on foot, 
making about 30 miles a day. He walked easily through the 
White Mountains, ascending Mount Washington from the 
Notch and back the same day, and starting off the next morn- 
ing for Franconia. His healthy exercise, his mirthfulness, 
social temperament and the variety of his studies saved him 
from the oppression of overwork. He made weekly, even 
daily plans for his work, both physical and mental. 

Up to this time he was only known as the promising 
Unitarian Minister of West Roxbury, whose congregation 
were delighted with his interesting sermons. But from his 
early boyhood he appears to have settled instinctively in his 
mind some of the vexing points of theology, and decided 
against the worst dogmas of the Orthodox Church. His future 
studies and researches strengthened this conviction and opened 
to him a boundless field of labor, requiring the highest charac- 
ter, the most inflexible determination, the firmest courage and 
endless self-denial on the part of who so might engage in it. 
Millions of men were to be emancipated from a belief in the 
terrible doctrines set forth by Calvin and his successors, which 
made their lives miserable and their future a matter of doubt, 
and brought under the benign influence of a form of religion 
which recognized God not as a capricious, malignant and 
revengeful being, but as the Father and Mother of us all, 
infinite in love, justice and mercy, and perfect in all his attri- 


butes ; and which consisted not in observance of forms and 
belief in creeds, but in love to God and man. Others, also, 
who had discarded the Orthodox theology and had no settled 
belief in any form of religion, were to be shown that there 
was something better than the churches had hitherto offered 
for their spiritual help and guidance. 

Gradually he came to the conviction that he must enter this 
field and this was to be his life-work. In 1837, ^^^ long alter 
his settlement as minister of the Church at West Roxbury, he 
wrote two sermons on "The Historical, Scientific and Moral 
Contradictions of the Bible," and kept them in his desk for 
more than a year before he dared to preach them, and then 
did so with much doubt as to the result. 

At a convention called in Groton in 1840 by Come-outers 
and Second Adventists, he said in a speech, that we must 
come back to what Jesus demanded, not a belief, but a life, — 
a life of love to God and love to man, and set forth distinctly 
the difference between mere dogmas and rational religion. 

In 1841 he preached the famous South Boston sermon on 
the "Transient and Permanent in Christianity," which brought 
matters to a crisis between him and the Unitarian clergy. 
With few exceptions they turned upon him, refused him fel- 
lowship and declined to exchange pulpits with him. A torrent 
of opposition and abuse was poured out upon him from the 
press and the pulpit. But the opposition only served to make 
him more brave, to increase his zeal and determination. 
Although debarred from the aid or the encouraging helping 
hand from any of his brother ministers, he boldly took the 
reformer's stand against the religious shams and the social 
evils of the time ; moreover, he was bound to overthrow them. 

In the autumn of that year he delivered five lectures in 
Boston upon "Matters pertaining to Religion," in which he 
elaborated fully his ideas of God, of man, the relation between 
them, the Bible, the prevaiHng theology, and other matters 
collateral to these. He set forth freely, with great clearness 
and vigor, in his pulpit and the lecture room, the new views 
which had caused such an outcry, and gradually his hearers 
increased and his influence widened. 

Theodore Parker was a natural reformer. The best blood 


of New England ran in his veins. He inherited those lofty 
and sterling qualities which characterized his ancestors for 
many generations back, to which were added others peculiar 
to himself, not less lofty and admirable. By birth, by early 
training, by circumstances which compelled him to habits of 
industry and hard labor, by education and self-development in 
various forms, combined with his wonderful faculty for assimi- 
lating knowledge of all kinds, his keenness of conscience, his 
tenderness of heart and sympathy with the oppressed and suf- 
fering, his moral courage and unconquerable desire to enlist 
in their behalf and his marvellous abilit}' to bring to bear his 
vast learning and scholarship in fighting their battles, — he 
was eminently fitted to engage in those great works of reform 
in which he labored so zealously and incessantly, and in 
which he achieved such grand success. 

He was very open spoken at all times, and was too much 
self-sacrificed to his cause to fear the rebuke which popular 
opinion must give him. He was never backward to denounce 
forcibly any and all evils of Church and society ; on the con- 
trary he believed it effective and practiced it regardless of 
consequences. It was thus that he acquired his most stubborn 
enemies. One sentence from his first sermon in Melodian 
Hall shows us how he so easily achieved the commendation 
of the common people, but at the same time drew upon him- 
self the strong enmity of the clergy : 

" A Church truly Christian must lead the way in moral enter- 
prises, in every work which aims directly at the welfare of man. 
But look at the Churches of this city : do they lead the Christian 
movements of this city, — the temperance movement, the peace move- 
ment, the movement for the freedom of man, for education ; the 
movement to make society more just, more wise and good ; the grfeat 
religious movement of these times? Not at all." 

Theodore was too generous hearted to allow any one sect 
to bound his sympathies. His religion was one of deeds, not 

"My friends," said Theodore to an audience composed largely of 
ministers, " if you receive the notions about Christianity which 
chance to be current in your sect or Church solely because they are 
current, and if this is all your religion, alas for you ! The ground 


will shake under your feet if you attempt to walk uprightly and like 
men. You will be afraid of every new opinion, lest it shake down 
your Church ; you will fear, ' lest, if a fox, go up, he will break 
down your stone wall.' If on the other hand you take the true word 
of God, and live out this, nothing shall harm you. Men may mock ; 
but their mouthsful of wind will be blown back upon their own face. 
. . . And alas for that man who consents to think one thing in his 
closet and preach another in his pulpit ! Over his study and over 
his pulpit might be writ ' EMPTINESS ' ; on his canonical robes, 
on his forehead and right hand, 'DECEIT, DECEIT.'" 

In short, he appealed to what was noble in man. All 
nature came in for a share in his worship ; he showed how to 
practice direct prayerful communion at all times ; taught duty 
by a marvellous example as well as advice ; taught that man 
could make the inspiration of his own conscience his sure and 
constant guide. He loved to "apprehend religious truths 
directly from the Almighty without the mediation of sacra- 
ment, creed or Bible." He believed in the final redemption of 
the whole human race. His belief was that 

"So a man is a Christian, it makes little diflerence whether he is 
a Calvinist or Lutheran, Papist or Protestant. We all know that 
each sect contains in its instructions enough of pure vital Christian 
advice to insure our salvation, so far as this depends upon ourselves 
or our fellow mortals." 

His conscientious decisions were the result of his constant 
study, reflection, his strong mental philosophy and his great 
knowledge of men and things. He was a member of the 
Boston Association of Unitarian Ministers, who strongly criti- 
cized his religious views as not being confined to their sect. 
Theodore answered their attacks by an able letter of great 
length, therein declaring his principles, and nobly challenging 
any of their best speakers or writers to come forward and 
manfully discuss the great question on its merits. It was a 
Challenge that was never answered and quiet was for some 
time restored. But the brotherhood forbid all exchanges with 
Mr. Parker on penalty of expulsion from the society. The 
people at large were now becoming interested. 

His own words appropriately reveal the magnitude of his 
great undertaking, his indomitable will and courage. 



*'I feel it is a great work that I have undertaken. I know that so 
far as the ministers are concerned, I am alo?te^ — all alone. But I 
have no ambition to gratify, and so neither fear the disgrace nor 
covet the applause they can give me. Blessed be these iron times ! 
there is something for a man to do, and. still more, there is some- 
thing for man to think. 

. . . " If I had the presence of two men, I would be two minis- 
ters, one here, and the other in Boston. ... I pray God for the 
permanence of my ability ; I have greater deeds to do, greater deeds 
to dare. ... I knew always the risks that I run in saying what 
was hostile to the popular theology. But I care not what the 
result is to me, I ask only a chance to do my duty. 1 know men 
will eye me with suspicion and ministers with hatred; that is not 
my concern. . . . The thought that I am doing my duty is of rich 
reward to me ; I know of none so great. I see men stare at me in 
the street and point and say, ' That is Theodore Parker,' and look at 
me as if I were a murderer. Old friends, even parishioners, will 
not bow to me in the street. I knew all this would come. It has 
come from my religion ; and I would not forego that religion for all 
this world can give. . . . Some of my relations, two or three hun- 
dred years ago, lost their heads for their religion. I am called on to 
no such trial, and can well bear my lighter cross. ... I consider 
man's duty to be this, — to do the most good a?id the least evil possi- 
ble. As for the consequences of such action, I fear them not ; they 
lie not with me." 

But a great part of Theodore Parker's fame as a preacher 
is associated with the Boston Music Hall. The society re- 
moved from the Melodian to their new place of worship Nov. 
21, 1852. Here Theodore made his greatest power felt. In 
this spacious temple he could let in the world of mankind ; it 
was the world he wanted. The assemblies were on the whole 
the most remarkable and nearly the largest that ever gathered 
statedly within four walls in America. He at once attracted 
and held a considerable body of earnest and truth-seeking men 
and women ; and besides these, a large floating mass was 
drawn towards that centre, persons who were impelled by vari- 
ous motives, and who did not regard themselves as members 
of that Society, though many of them subsequently became 
so. For 14 years he occupied this position, preaching to the 
largest audience that gathered in any church in Boston, com- 
prising all sorts and conditions of men, from the most cultured 


to the least, — each finding something to satisfy him. His 
earnestness and sincerity, his vast range of information, em- 
bracing every department of human knowledge, his wealth of 
illustration, his aptness in discriminating between shams and 
realities, his felicity of language, and his wonderful faculty in 
adapting his speech to the comprehension of listeners of all 
grades, — made his sermons a delight to the minds and a 
refreshment to the souls of those who heard them. He 
preached the "absolute religion," and its adaptation to every 
department and phase of human life and conduct, exposed the 
falseness and hollowness of the popular theology, held up to 
view and denounced the sins of the nation and of society, — 
war, slavery, intemperance, the degradation of women, covet- 
ousness and minor vices, — portrayed with masterly hand many 
prominent men of the nation, as warnings or examples, set up 
a lofty ideal of manhood and womanhood, and sought to bring 
all up to that high standard of virtue and excellence. The 
richness of his intellect, the sensitiveness of his conscience, 
the tenderness of his heart, the yearning of his soul for the 
"first good, first perfect and first fair," his love of truth, his 
hatred of wrong and injustice, his moral courage, his intense 
humanity, and his fervid piety, were expressed in his sermons 
and prayers, which lifted his hearers to a higher plane and 
gave them new life and strength and hope. None such had 
been heard in Boston before nor have been since. 

His biographer, O. B. Frothingham, well known pastor of 
the Third Unitarian Church of New York, thus gives us a few- 
interesting facts : 

•'Mr. Parker's central position commanded a broad view. He 
moved but little as he spoke ; his hand only occasionally rose and 
fell on the manuscript before him as if to emphasize a passage to 
himself; but his person was motionless and his arm still. He was a 
scholar and a teacher, who addressed the individual understanding 
and the private conscience. He had no accessories of rite, symbol, 
ceremony, doctrinal or ecclesiastical mystery. His prayers weie 
expressions of devout feeling, personal and tender, but without 
humiliation, superstition or the least recognition of dogma at begin- 
ning or end. The sermons were seldom less than an hour in length, 
often more ; and were crammed with thought. To listen to him 
regularly was indeed a liberal education, not in theology or even in 


religion alone, but in politics, history, literature, science and art. 
His audiences were held in breathless attention by the spell of earnest 
thought alone, uttered in language so simple, that a plain man hear- 
ing him remarked on leaving the church, 'Is that Theodore Parker.-* 
You told me he was a remarkable man ; but I understood every word 
he said.' His rule was to have no sentence that was above the 
comprehension of the simplest intelligence. The style was never 
dry ; the sentences short and pithy ; the language was fragrant Avith 
the odor of the fields, and rich with the juices of the ground. 

"So fervent was his utterance, so natural and human his cry, that 
the flowers on the table before him colored his devout speech, and 
the voices of the animals blent easily with his own. One Sunday, 
a terrier dog, that had strayed into the hall, suddenly, in the midst 
of the prayer, lifted up a piercing bark. 'We thank thee, O Father 
of all, who hast made even the humblest dumb creature to praise 
thee after his own way I ' responded the supplicating lips. He was 
preaching a discourse, one winter's day, on • Obstacles.' Describing 
a man to whom obstacles are helps, he said, ' Before such a man all 
obstacles will ' — at this instant a mass of frozen snow that had col- 
lected on the roof came down with a noise like thunder, that shook 
the building and startled the audience with a momentary feeling of 
dismay — 'slide away like the ice from the slated roof,' said the 
preacher's reassuring voice." 

He loved to preach ; subjects crowded on him faster than 
he could deal with them. The Sundays were too few with 
him, rather than too many. 

"Is it not sometimes a burden to the preacher to go through the 
devotional exercises of the Sunday.'"' asked one of his friends. 
"Never to me," was the reply. "The natural aptitude of my mind 
has always been prayerful. A snatch of such feeling passes through 
me as I walk in the streets, or engage in any work. I sing prayers 
when I loiter in the woods, or travel the quiet road ; these founts 
of communion, which lie so deep, seem always bubbling to the sur- 
face ; and the utterance of a prayer is at any time as simple to me as 

A man of such commanding ability and genuine sympathy 
with mankind could not be spared from taking an active part in 
other movements for the amelioration and uplifting of the unfor- 
tunate and down-trodden. He was an earlv advocate of tem- 
perance and he entered into its encouragement with the same 
thoroughness and activity which characterized all his labors. 


In 1845 he joined the anti-slavery leaders in their work, and 
from that time forward was one of the most conspicuous and 
indefatigable laborers in that field. He did an immense ser- 
vice in arousing and educating the conscience of the people, 
in impelling them to recognize and oppose the evils of slavery, 
and in enunciating and diffusing the principles and shaping the 
policy which found practical expression in the national poli- 
tics, and which led ultimately to the overthrow of that gigantic 
wrong. He gave himself to this cause with all the ardor and 
thoroughness which characterized his efforts in the theological 
field, and lavished upon it all the wealth of his nature and 
acquirements. His writings upon this subject form a body of 
anti-slavery literature of great value for clearness and accuracy 
of statement, historical narrative and pertinent facts and statis- 
tics, — showing the rise and progress of slavery, and the devel- 
opment of the southern policy, and painting the evils of the 
institution in clear, bold colors ; setting forth also the great 
American idea which gives to the Constitution and the Union 
their value and glory, and rebuking with just indignation the 
men in high places who betrayed that idea and imperilled the 
safety and prosperity of the country. 

Politically, he vigorously opposed the Mexican war. He 
was bitterly opposed to the passage of the Fugitive Slave 
Law, which was accomplished in 1850. Every case of at- 
tempted rendition in Boston enlisted his personal activity. In 
June, 1854, when Anthony Burns, a fugitive, was captured 
and returned to his master, Mr. Parker delivered a stinging 
speech against the action and against the fugitive slave law to 
an anti-rendition meeting at Faneuil Hall. For this he was 
indicted on the charge of "resisting a U. S. officer in his 
attempt to execute process": was arrested and tried. But 
Theodore made use of these circumstances to good advantage. 
He prepared an elaborate defence, which he printed and cir- 
culated. The charge was quashed upon a technicality, hav- 
ing produced no disgrace to Mr. Parker's reputation, as his 
enemies had desired. On the contrary, it was quite to his 
satisfaction, for his masterly speech and also his defence, en- 
titled the "Trial of Theodore Parker for the Misdemeanor of 
a Speech delivered in Faneuil Hall against Kidnapping," was 


read by thousands throughout all the land who now began to 
take a lively interest in the anti-slavery movement. 

His exposition of the wickedness and injustice of the Fugi- 
tive Slave Law, and his denunciation of it, and appeals to the 
higher law, when eminent clergymen, statesmen and mer- 
chants combined to uphold it and secure its enforcement, form 
a striking episode in the history of that eventful period. His 
speech and action, when the kidnappers came to Boston in 
search of their fugitive slaves, proved his courage and led to 
his indictment and the writing of his "Defence," a remarka- 
ble book, which will be of great value to the future historian. 
It contains the best account to be found of judicial and legal 
tyranny from the reign of James I. to the time of his own 

At this time he began lecturing and preaching throughout 
the Northern States. His name was spoken of with esteem 
and with hate in every State ; throughout every town. His 
printed sermons were sold by the thousand and read by the 
ten thousand. 

His efforts for the suppression of poverty, drunkenness, 
ignorance, prostitution and crime, and the removal of their 
causes, were vigorous and unceasing ; and the victims of these 
vices found in him a wise friend and helper. These matters 
are discussed with great efficiency and plainness in his books 
and are abundantly illustrated with facts and figures. His 
personal efforts, singly or in combination with others, for the 
benefit of these unfortunate classes, were without stint, and 
much of his time was consumed in that way. 

The movement in behalf of the rights of woman and her 
equality with man found in him a hearty and eloquent advocate, 
and he was one of the foremost in denouncing the injustice of 
those who deny these rights, in exposing the fallacies of their 
arguments, and appealing to the common sense and justice of 
mankind to accord to her her proper position and an equal 
opportunity with man for culture, development and the exer- 
cise of her natural talents in various directions. 

His biographical discourses were models of thoroughness 
and strength. While preparing his pulpit oration on John 
Quincy Adams he reviewed the statesman's whole career. 



read every speech, analyzed every argument, scrutinized 
every act, went behind every piece of public policy, and laid 
out the history so simply that the least instructed intelligence 
could understand it. Before writing the greatest discourse of 
them all, on Daniel Webster dead, he did more than this : he 
gleaned from all credible sources information in regard to Mr. 
Webster's private life and character ; probed the secrets of his 
ancestry ; read the principal works of distinguished authors, 
jurists and statesmen in England ; studied again the orations 
of Demosthenes and Cicero in order to settle precisely in his 
own mind the rank of the great American as lawyer, states- 
man, orator and man. That wonderful oration was written 
at a heat. The preparation for it covered weeks and even 
years, but a few hours of solitary meditation in the country, 
after the statesman's death, fused the mass of material so com- 
pletely that it ran like molten metal into the literary mould. 
The effect in the delivery was prodigious. The whole audi- 
ence leaned forward in rapt attention, listening with breathless 
intensity ; and when he spoke of his mourning for Webster, 
and cried in choking voice, " O Webster, Webster ! my king, 
my king! would I had died for thee!" every eye was wet 
with tears. 

He was the strongest man on any occasional platform on 
which he stood, — always presenting his views with a force of 
intellect, breadth of observation, homelike style of address and 
superabundance of information that quite overshadowed those 
whose lives had been spent in that special field of labor. His 
opinions were broader, more practical and nearer to common 
sense than the platform of the exclusive party with which he 
was working at the time. In every conflict between barba- 
rism and true civilization he always was found on the side of 
the latter. 

His preaching and other public speaking were not limited 
to Boston. As he became more known, he was in demand in 
the lecture-room and at gatherings of various kinds in New 
England and beyond. During the last ten years of his active 
life he lectured from eighty to a hundred times each year, his 
field comprising every Northern State east of the Mississippi, 
and once he spoke in a slave State, on slavery itself. Many 


invitations he was compelled to decline. The people heard 
him gladly and he made hosts of friends during these expedi- 
tions, comprising man)^ of the best people in the various towns 
and overcame much of the prejudice existing against him. 

He spoke on the subjects in which he was so deepl}^ inter- 
ested, mostly upon the various matters of reform to which he 
had given his life, directly and simply, and won his hearers 
to his side by his earnestness, candor and natural eloquence, 
and his happy faculty of presenting great themes — often dry 
and matter-of-fact in detail — in an attractive manner. As an 
illustration of this, one of his friends says: 

"I have always remembered a certain lecture of his on the Anglo- 
Saxons as the most wonderful instance that ever came within my 
knowledge of the adaptation of solid learning to the popular inellect. 
There was nearly two hours of almost unadorned fact, — for there 
was less than usual of relief and illustration, — yet the lyceum audi- 
ence listened as if an angel sang to them. So perfect was his sense 
of purpose and of power, so clear and lucid was his delivery, with 
such wonderful composure did he lay out, section by section, his 
historical chart, that he grasped his hearers as absolutely as he 
o-rasped his subject. Without grace or beauty or melody, his mere 
elocution was sufficient to produce effects which melody, grace and 
beauty might have sought for in vain." 

The same friend, one of the few eminent classical scholars 
of New England, says : 

"Theodore Parker was the only man with whom I could sit down 
and seriously discuss a disputed reading, and find him familiar with 
all that had been written upon it. I know for one, and there are 
many who will bear the same testimony, that I never went to Mr, 
Parker to talk over a subject which I had just made a specialty with- 
out finding that on that particular matter he happened to know, 
without special investigation, more than I did. This extended be- 
yond books, as for instance any point connected with the habits of 
animals and the phenomena of out-door nature. Such were his 
wonderful quickness and his infallible memory that glimpses of these 
thincrs did for him the work of years. It was in popularizing knowl- 
edo-e that his great and wonderful power lay." 

Although he was one of the giants of learning his style is 
remarkable for its absence from all taint of scholastic and 
metaphysical terms. Speaking of his mental qualifications, 


James Freeman Clarke, one of the few noble men and Unita- 
rians who believed in the freedom of thought, and stood by- 
Mr. Parker when the clergy of that faith denounced him, and 
remained his warm friend to the last, said of him : 

" Some men's minds are filled with a great multitude of ill-assorted 
knowledges, crowded confusedly together like a mob around a 
muster-ground. Others have a very small number of very well 
arranged and drilled opinions, like a militia regiment thoroughly 
organized as regards its officers, but very thin as regards its rank 
and file. The thoughts, opinions, convictions, varieties of knowl- 
edge in Theodore Parker's mind are like a well-appointed and 
thoroughly organized army, with full ranks, beautiful in its uniforms 
and its banners, inspired by the martial airs of its music, complete 
in all arms, — infantry, cavalry, engineers, artillery, — marching to the 
overthrow of a demoralized and discouraged enemy." 

His conversational power was marvellous. He could talk 
upon any subject, and astonished and fascinated every listener, 
pouring out a flood of various and delightful information, wit 
and wisdom, adapted to the needs and capacity of the hearer, 
and never failing to say the right thing in the right place. 
Thackeray said, when he came to America, that what he 
most desired was to hear Theodore Parker talk. In this 
phase of expression it has been said that he had no Anglo- 
Saxon rival except Macaulay, but he lacked the arrogance 
and impatience of opposition which characterized the great 

He had a very extensive correspondence with strangers and 
personal friends, among whom were eminent scholars and 
scientists in this country and Europe. The great leaders of 
the Republican party were his friends, and undoubtedly his 
influence was exerted through them on the momentous quest- 
ions of the day. William H. Seward said of him; "In his 
grasp of the political issues of the times and their moral bear- 
ings he surpasses us all." 

He was the most generous of men. His sympathies were 
world-wide and ever on the alert for the suffering and oppressed. 
Refugees from foreign lands, hunted slaves, poverty-stricken 
scholars, sorrowing women, all sorts of needy and unbefriended 
mortals came to him, and found in him a true friend and wise 


adviser. He helped them with money and lavished upon 
them what was of far more value. 

Spiritually he was of immense service to thousands of earn- 
est men and women who had fallen into indifference or unbe- 
lief in religious matters, a condition for which the false theolo- 
gy and low spiritual state of the Church were largely respon- 
sible. By the promulgation of his ideas he created a power- 
ful revival of fundamental religion throughout the country ; 
not by dealing with the mere superficial elements of human 
nature and character, as did the Calvinistic Churches in their 
so-called revivals. Their barbaric creeds, worldly policy and 
social inhumanities, and their interpretation of the Bible had 
repelled these people. His presentation of the natural relig- 
ion, based on reason and the noblest instincts of humanity, 
drew them to his side, and they found a peace and satisfaction 
therein which they had not known before. 

Mr. Parker's persistent and well-grounded attacks upon the 
popular theology, and exposition of its absurdities, together 
with the favor with which his teachings were received by a 
large class of people, were a constant source of annoyance 
and displeasure to the Churches which held to the old forms 
of belief, and many were the denunciations and warnings 
uttered from their pulpits against him and his heretical views. 
This feeling found remarkable expression during a season of 
revival in a prayer meeting held in Park Street Church, Bos- 
ton, on Saturday, March 6, 1858, in which the Lord was be- 
sought to "remove him out of the way and let his influence 
die with him," to "send confusion and distraction into his 
study this afternoon, and prevent his finishing his preparation 
for his labors to-morrow," to "confound him so that he shall 
not be able to speak," to "induce the people to leave him and 
to come and fill up this house instead of that," to "put a hook 
in his jaws so that he may not be able to speak." 

These supplications were admirably answered by Mr. Parker 
from his desk in the Music Hall, in two sermons preached on 
the 4th and nth of April, on "A False and True Revival of 
Religion," and "The Revival of Religion which we Need." 
They furnished a striking instance of absolute, unvarnished 


truth-telling, and are full of unsparing criticism, pure morali- 
ty and tender devoutness. 

His last sermon, entitled "What Religion may do for a 
Man," was preached in Boston, January 2, 1859. ^^ ^^^ 
morning of Sunday, January 9th, the illness from which he 
had been suffering for some years previous, the result of his 
multitudinous and incessant labors in so many fields of useful- 
ness and exposures incident thereto, culminated in a haemor- 
rhage of the lungs. Consumption had been prevalent in his 
mother's family for a long time. The absolute necessity of 
stopping his work and devoting himself to an effort to restore 
his broken health was thus forced upon him in such a manner 
that he could not disregard the warning. 

On the 3rd of February he left Boston never to return. He 
spent some weeks at Santa Cruz and other places in the West 
Indies, and then sailed for Europe, where he passed nearly a 
year, mainly in Switzerland and Italy, and died in Florence, 
May 10, i860, tranquilly and beautifully, full of the trust and 
faith in God which he had so nobly preached. By his request 
his only funeral services consisted of the reading of the Beati- 
tudes by his friend Mr. Cunningham. He lies in the Protest- 
ant Cemetery in Florence, a plain stone of gray marble over 
his grave, bearing his name and the dates of his birth and 
death. An American pine tree has also been planted there. 

Up to the time when he was taken with haemorrhage, the 
strong constitution inherited from the long line of hardy Massa- 
chusetts ancestors had preserved him through 40 years of 
constant application and toil ; it had carried him triumphantly 
through hundreds of extraordinary exertions. The crisis was 
naturally severe. Experienced physicians declared the chances 
of recovery as one in ten. "If that is all I'll conquer," he 
replied, "I have fought ninety-nine against one, — yes, nine 
hundred and ninety-nine against one, — and conquered." Had 
he possessed a restful nature he might have recovered, but 
travelling was his element for continual mental occupation. 
He must know the name of every tree, read every new book, 
take daily excursions into the country wherever he was. He 
was constantly studying the habits, occupations and religion 
of the inhabitants, classifying the products, the minerals and 


the value of properties, thus becoming acquainted with the 
whole history of every country he visited. While at Santa 
Cruz he wrote his volume "Experience as a Minister." In 
Switzerland his health improved for a time. He wrote to a 
friend : 

"I am still full of hope that the human mortal life will hold out 
long enough for me to hammer over again some of the many irons I 
have laid in the fire and got ready for the anvil. Indeed, I laid out 
my life to work publicly and hard till sixty, and then have a quiet 
afternoon till eighty for getting in my hay ; but if the hour strikes at 
forty-eight, let not you nor me complain," 

The last insertion in his journal states : 

"When I die I wish to be buried in the old burying place at Lex- 
ington, where my fathers since 1709 — four generations of them — 
have laid their venerable bones. I wish to be put near ihem. 

"My life has failed of much I meant to hit, and might have 
reached, nay, should, had there been ten or twenty years left for me. 
But it has not been a mean life nor a selfish one. Above all things 
else I have sought to teach the true idea of man, of God, of religion, 
with its truths, its duties, and its joys. I never fought for myself 
nor against a private foe, but have gone into the battle of the nine- 
teenth century and followed the flag of humanity. I would rather 
lay my bones with my father's in Lexington and think I may ; but 
will not complain if earth or sea shall cover them up elsewhere." 

But in Rome the winter was cold and damp. He wrote : 

" Rome is the dampest city I was ever in. I have lost three pounds 
a week since I left Switzerland and have gained nothing but a great 

He welcomed the fair city of Florence with joy, although 
he well knew it was to be his last earthly home. 

Thus passed away before he had reached his fiftieth birth- 
day this unique and much-gifted man. No man was ever 
more cordially hated by such as upheld the errors, hypocrisies 
and iniquities which he exposed ; none was ever more deeply 
and tenderly loved, by those who recognized his true great- 
ness and manliness, or felt the magnetism of his influence. 
Those of his personal friends who survive hold him ever as a 
sacred memory in their hearts, and count it as the choicest of 
blessings that they were privileged to come within the charmed 
circle of his presence. 


It is impossible to estimate at this time what he has accom- 
plished in the various lines in which he worked. In the pro- 
gress which has been made in the liberalizing of theology in 
all denominations his influence is so marked that it cannot be 
disputed. The Unitarians, who cast him out, have acknowl- 
edged their error, and now seek to retrieve their folly by 
honoring his memory. His portrait hangs in their hall, and 
his writings are printed and circulated by their association, 
with its imprint upon the title page. They have left behind 
the dogmas for attacking which they so eagerly denounced 
him. The various branches of the Orthodox Church, though 
not acknowledging the debt they owe to him, are moving in 
the same direction, and the modifications and humanizing of 
their creeds, which is continually in process, is unquestion- 
ably largely due to his efforts. Dean Stanley, when he came 
to America, said that Theodore Parker had contributed more 
to theological progress than any other religious thinker in this 
century. His anti-slavery work was a powerful factor in the 
abolition of slavery and in the triumph of the Union in the 
war of the Rebellion. The other reforms in behalf of which 
he labored owe much of their progress to his clear statement 
and able advocacy. 

He was, said Emerson : 

''A man who has put us all into his debt by his brave life and 
incessant labor in the cause of truth, freedom, good morals, religion 
and good sense, here and throughout the world ; and whose single 
and unaided performances in behalf of learning and humanity might 
well put colleges and churches to shame. . . . 

"New England put into him her choicest elements, made him as 
it were the incarnation of her characteristic genius. Her granite 
hills bequeathed to him their stern inflexibility ; her climate gave 
him hardihood and health ; her summer and winter left upon him 
their deposits of verdure and snow. 

"Such was the largeness of his reception of facts and his skill to 
employ them, that it looked as if he were some president of council 
to whom a score of telegraphs were ever bringing in reports ; and 
his information would have been excessive but for the noble use he 
made of it, ever in the interest of humanity. He had a strong under- 
standing, a logical method, a love for facts, a rapid eye for their 
historic relations, and a skill in stripping them of traditional lustres. 

"The vice charged against America is the want of sincerity in 


leading men. It does not lie at his door. He never kept back the 
truth for fear of making an enemy. It was his merit, like Luther, 
to speak tart truth when that was peremptory, when there were few 
to sav it. But his sympathy for goodness was not less energetic. 
His commanding merit as a reformer is this, — that he insisted beyond 
all men in pulpits that the essence of Christianity is its practical 
morals ; it is there for use, or it is nothing. . . . 

"There were of course multitudes to censure and defame this 
truth-speaker. But the brave know the brave. . . . 

" The sudden and singular eminence of Mr. Parker, the importance 
of his name and influence, are the verdict of his country to his 
virtues. We have few such men to lose. Amiable and blameless at 
home, feared abroad as the standard-bearer of liberty, taking all the 
duties he could grasp, he has gone down in early glory to his grave, 
to be a living and enlarging power, wherever learning, wit, honest 
valor and independence are honored." 

Wendell Phillips said of him : 

"No sect, no special study, no one idea bounded his sympathy, 
but he was generous in judgment where a common man would have 
found it hard to be so. He raised the level of sermons intellectually 
and morally. Other preachers were compelled to grow in manly 
thought and Christian morals in very self defence. No man ever 
needed to read any of his sentences twice to catch its meaning. 
None suspected that he thought other than he said or more than he 
confessed. He was far other than a bitter critic, though thank God 
for every drop of bitterness that came like a wholesome rebuke on 
the dead saltless sea of American life ! Thank God for every Christ- 
ian admonition that the Holy Spirit breathed through those manly 
lips. But if he deserved any single word, it was generous. Born 
on a New England farm in those days when small incomings made 
every dollar a matter of importance, he no sooner had command of 
wealth than he lived with open hands. Not even the darling ambi- 
tion of a great library ever tempted him to close his ear to need. 
Go to Venice or Vienna, to Frankfort or to Paris, and ask the refu- 
gees who have gone back — when here friendless exiles but for him — 
under whose roof they felt most at home." 

Moncure D. Conway of New York recently placed this 
tribute to his memory : 

" Dr. Gannett, the great, though always fair, antagonist of Theo- 
dore Parker, has written of him : ' He was a very learned man and 
a tender, true-hearted man, honest and thorough.' The whole 
source of Parker's heresies is in that sentence. Because Parker was 


a very learned man he could not accept statements which criticism 
and scholarship had to him proved erroneous ; because he was tender 
and true-hearted he rejected traditional conceptions which to him 
showed God heartless ; because he was honest he spoke out what he 
believed. Those who once resisted his teachings, now favor his 
writings. While Boston society disowned him, he was of all men 
the most Bostonian. If Boston did not love Parker, Parker loved 
Boston. As an example of the transiency alluded to, Parker's con- 
cept of deity may be adduced. Nothing can be more perfect than 
his ideal of a deity supremely wise, loving and at work in all the 
laws of the universe, present in all events, minute or vast. Darwin, 
even more sweet and gentle than Parker, walked by facts rather than 
by faith, and he proved that the evils we had, though superficial and 
transient, were inherent in the very organization of nature. I believe 
the verdict must be that Parker was indeed tender to individuals, yet 
writing beneath the musket which another Captain Parker used at 
Lexington he felt himself struggling in a revolution against great 
religious and political oppressions ; therefore his words were some- 
times as hard as bullets, though each tore his heart as it went forth ; 
but this is the inevitable inconsistency of all men who kneel to wor- 
ship infinite perfection everywhere, then rise up to fight imperfection 
everywhere. There will some day be centennials of spiritual inde- 
pendence and of the union of religious colonies, and in that day 
every scrap of testimony concerning Theodore Parker will be searched 
for as is now every scrap relating to Washington. His will be a far 
greater name then than now, for it will take a century to sum up the 
results of his work. Theodore Parker ! Thy work is achieved ; 
thy congregation may be dismissed. We are free." 

His relative and playmate in childhood, warm friend through 
life, Columbus Greene, Esq., says: 

"While at the Divinity School at Cambridge I seldom saw him. 
I had left the old homestead and we were more widely separated, 
but we corresponded every month and we were familiar with each 
other's welfare. I visited him once while there, and when I asked 
him if he was taxed hard by the lessons assigned him, he replied, 
' Oh no, it takes me about two hours.' He then showed me a list of 
the books he had read and what volumes he had written of the sub- 
jects treated and his opinions. The time was pleasantly spent at the 
Divinity School in some respects, while in others it was not. He 
entered the school in harmony with the Unitarian belief as generally 
held, but he gradually departed from it, and his sermons in the school 
were said to be dry and scholastic and called forth reproof from his 


professor. He diftered so much from the doctrines taught that on 
'Visitation Day' a certain D.D. said, that he had no denominational 
character ^ that he was an eclectic. Their frowns were more numer- 
ous than their smiles of approbation, but it did not move him from 
his fixed purpose to cling to what he believed to be right. 

"His history after he entered the ministry, with its joys and soi'- 
rows, is clearly described by Weiss and Frothingham, but I wish to 
say that from his early youth he was conscientious, tenaciously 
attached to what he believed to be right, and the best scholar and the 
greatest reader I ever knew. The amount of his reading was marvel- 
lous, his passing through books was like a locomotive on a down 
grade with full head of steam and brakes ofl^'. 

"His memory was remarkable; he retained what he read. In 
his library in Boston, worth $20,000, he could tell readily what 
each volume treated upon. A gentleman seeking for information 
upon a given subject, once called upon him to see if he had a book 
in his library that treated upon that subject, and as my memory 
serves me, he replied, ' No, but if you will go to the library at Har- 
vard University in the northeast corner on the second shelf from the 
floor, and the third book from the corner, I think you will find it.' 

"His organ of language was very fully developed. He once said 
to me ' Some people are troubled for words to express themselves, 
but as for me as much as five sets of words come up and I have to 
select from them.' He was naturally tender-hearted, diffident and 
retiring, but when he thought what was right was assailed he was 
brave as a Spartan. Circumstances would show him to be as tender 
as the kindest mother, or as argumentative as Webster in his reply 
to Hayne, or as terrible in denunciation as the cyclone that sweeps 
all before it. His father would have been pleased to have had him 
studied law, and for a time it was a question whether he should be a 
lawyer or a minister, but he soon decided that he could not consci- 
entiously be a lawyer and he chose to be a minister. His aim from 
early life was not only to be learned, but to be useful to mankind, to 
do and defend what he believed to be right, if in so doing he stood 
alone. Being intimately acquainted with him I have no doubt but 
what he would have given up his life rather than to have ceased to 
cry out against what he believed to be wrong. I think he was the 
most fearless man I ever knew when almost overwhelmed by oppo- 
sition. If any differ from me let them read his speeches and sermons 
when most public men were as quiet as those in the sepulchre ; his 
sermon after the death of Webster, his speech in Faneuil Hall after 
the arrest of Anthony Burns, and his sermon after he was carried 
back to slavery, 'The New Crime against Humanity.' I admired 


him for his vivid conscience, his great ability, his devotion to what 
he behaved was right and his fearlessness in defending it, however 
much he might suffer in so doing." 

Some of the published works of Rev. Theodore Parker are : 

Occasional Sermons and Speeches, 2 vols., izmo, 1852. 
Ten Sermons on Religion, 1853. 

Sermons on Theism, Atheism and Popular Theology, 1853. 
Additional Speeches, Addresses, etc., 2 vols., i2mo, 1855. 
Trial of Theodore Parker for the "Misdemeanor of a Speech 
delivered in Faneuil Hall against Kidnapping," 1855. 
Two Christmas Celebrations, 1859. 
Experience as a Minister, 1859. 

To these add the masterly pamphlet-sermons and addresses 
on "Immortal Life," on "The Perils of Adversity and Pros- 
perity," "What Religion will do for a Man," "Lesson for a 
Midsummer Day," "The Function and Place of Conscience," 
the "Sermon of Poverty," " Of War," " Of Merchants," "The 
Chief Sins of the People," "The Power of a False Idea," of 
"The Perishing Classes," "The Dangerous Classes," "Great 
Cities," "The Dangers and Duties of Woman," "Crime," 
"Intemperance," and we have a partial list of his best sermons. 
He left unpublished about i,ooo sermons and lectures, among 
which is a series of lectures on great Americans, some of which 
are to be published. Different admirers of his works have 
privately compiled "Sermons and Lectures by Theodore 
Parker," amounting in all to about 18 different publications. 
Besides his autobiography by O. B. Frothingham, a more 
extensive one by John Weiss, and a third by A. Revielle of 
Paris, entitled "Theodore Parker, sa vie et sa CEuvres," 1865, 
and in English, London, Dec, 1865, i2mo. He left the chief 
part of all his very valuable library, 11,900 books and 2,500 
pamphlets, to the Boston City Library. 

Theodore Parker was a very affable man. His acquaint- 
ances included people of all classes of society and all kinds of 
people. He was easily approached, as he was very pleasant 
and genial in his countenance and temperament. His friends 
were everywhere, he seemed to know everybody. But little 
above the average height he was very firmly built and carried 
a rugged appearance. His wife continued to reside in Boston, 
where she died several years since. They had no issue. 


134. Mary Parker (Robert,^ John^ Josiak,^ John,'^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^ )^d.?cci. of Robert and Elizabeth (Simonds) 
Parker, was b. in Lexington, Dec. 26, 1794; rn. April 11, 
1822, Isaac W. Lawrence, native of Lexington, b. Nov. 18, 
1796, son of Phinehas and Polly (Wellington) Lawrence of 
Lexington. He d. Nov. 18, 1843. She d. Nov. 30, 1881. 

Their children were : 

1. Albert S. Lawrence, b. in Lexington, Jan. i, 1823 ; d. Aug. 

I, 1856. 

2. Henry L. Lawrence, b. in Lexington, Aug. 17, 1824; m. 

March 30, 1852, Lucy M. Ham of Rochester, N. H., b. in 
Rochester, Nov. 14, 1830. He and his brother are merchants 
at Faneuil Hall Market, Boston. All the children were b. in 
Lexington : 

I. Helen M. Lawrence, b. Dec. 27, 1852. 

II. Mary A. Lawrence, b. Aug. 7, 1854. 

III. Anna Lawrence, b. May 9, 1857. 

IV. Alice S. Lawrence, b. Dec. 6, 185S. 
V. Henry D. Lawrence, b. Oct. 9, i860. 

VI. Gertrude A. Lawrence, b. Nov. 26, 1863. 
VII. MiNOT R. Lawrence, b. July 20, 1867. 
VIII. Grace Lawrence, b. Oct. 6, 186S ; d. Aug. 10, 1S69. 
IX. Effie Lawrence, b. May 24, 1871 ; d. July 21, 1872. 
X. Dana Lawrence, b. Dec. 5, 1875. 

3. John Parker Lawrence, b. in Lexington, Dec. 37, 1830; m. 

July 15, i860, Georgianna Williams of Boston, b. in Boston, 
April 3, 1823. Their children were : 
I. Albert P. Lawrence, b. in Boston. July 31, 1863. 
II. Mary H. Lawrence, b. in Boston, Oct. 15, 1864. 

III. George L. Lawrence, b. in Boston, July 20, 1868. 

IV. Charles H. Lawrence, b. in Cambridge, Oct. 16, 1869 ; 

d. Aug. II, 1870. 
V. Blanche L. Lawrence, b. in Cambridge, July 22, 1873. 

4. Theodore M. Lawrence, b. in Lexington, Jan. 5, 1837 ! '^• 

Oct. 7, i860, Sarah J. Luther of Boston, b. in Boston, Aug. 
10, 1838, and d. Aug. 10, 1863. He d. Jan. 18, 1888. 
Their children were : 

I. Henry A. Lawrence, b. in Boston, Nov. 9, i860; d. 
Oct. 3, 1S61. 

II. Grace Lawrence, b. in Boston, Nov. 19, 1862; d. Jan. 

4, 1863. 


135. Eliza Eleanor Parker (Robert,^ Jokn,^ Josiah,^ 
yohn,^ Hanamah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Robert and Elizabeth 
(Simonds) Parker, was b. in Lexington, Sept. 20, 1804 ; m. 
April 12, 1829, Nathan Robbins of W. Cambridge, son of 
Nathan and Rebecca (Prentiss) Robbins of W. Cambridge, 
now Arlington. He had stalls in Faneuil Hall Market, where 
he dealt in poultry and wild game. He was one of the 
founders of the Faneuil Hall Bank, and was its president up 
to the time of his death. 

Their children were : 

1. Edwin Robbins, b. in W. Cambridge, Jan. 9, 1832; m. 1852, 

Ellen S. Daniels, b. in W. Cambridge, Feb. 7, 1833, dau. of 
John P. and Elinor S. (Whittemore) Daniels. Children : 
I. Frank Robbins. 
II. Henry Parker Robbins. 

III. Nelly Robbins. 

IV. Nathan Robbins. 

2. Orrin Robbins, b. in W. Cambridge, Aug., 1835 ; d. in Phila- 

delphia in 1868. 

3. Alvin Robbins, b. in W. Cambridge, Sept., 1837; ^- Emma 

DebloisofW. Cambridge (now Arlington). Children: 
I. Amelia F. Robbins. 
II. Clinton A. Robbins. 
III. Clarence Robbins. 

136. Almira Parker (Robert,^ Jokn,^ Josmk,^ Jo/m,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Robert and Elizabeth (Si- 
monds) Parker, was b. in Lexington, Aug. 30, 1806; m. 
Oct. I, 1837, Joshua Robbins of W. Cambridge. 

Their children were : 
I. J. MiNOT Robbins, b. 1838; d. 1S69, unm. He served in the 

War of the Rebellion, and was in business in Philadelphia, Pa. 
3. A. Leonard Robbins, who d. unm. 
3. R. Oscar Robbins ; he m. and had at least two children, who 

are now living in Virginia. The parents are deceased. 

137. Jonathan Simonds Parker (Robert,^ John,^ 
yosiah,'^ yokn,^ Hanamah,^ Thomas'^), son of Robert and 
Elizabeth (Simonds) Parker, was b. in Lexington, July 30, 
1812; m. Dec. 29, 1835, Abigail Tuttle, b. in Lexington, 


Aug. 2, 1814, dau. of David and Abigail (Smith) Tuttle. 
The dau. Abigail was the great-great-grand-dau. of Lt. 
Josiah Parker, through Anna Parker, No. 14, Thomas Smith 
(page 72), and Abigail Smith Tuttle (page 72). Se.e Srrata. 
The father, David Tuttle, was b. in Winchendon, Dec. 2, 
1782, son of Jedediah, a Revolutionary veteran. 

Jonathan S. Parker was storekeeper. His place of business 
was the old location which G. W. Spaulding now occupies. 
He early associated himself with military affairs and became 
captain of the Lexington artillery. He filled the most im- 
portant town offices, was treasurer five years, from 1839 ^^ 
1844, assessor of that town from 1850 to 1857, and 1859, ^"^^ 
selectman three years. 

Jonathan S. Parker was even when young a man to whom 
many of the town offices were entrusted, and must have proved 
worthy as he was ever ready to aid any good cause. He was 
a gentleman in the finest sense of the word, honest and fear- 
less in his convictions. He was public spirited, genial, ready 
with a joke, fond of reading and in this way educated himself 
after his early leaving school. He was kind and helpful to 
any one in trouble, and although he died comparatively young 
his memory is still fresh in the minds of his many friends. 
Jonathan S. Parker was a man of mind, of true honor, of ex- 
cellent business abilities and was a highly respected citizen. 
He d. in Lexington, July 5, 1859, and his widow d. April 4, 

Their children were : 

John Henry Parker, b. Sept. 16, 1836; d. Sept. 12, 1S55. 

Elizabeth Simonds Parker, b. Sept. 30, 1838 ; resides in Lexing- 
ton, unm. She is a teacher in Boston, where she has taught in 
the grammar schools for 20 years. 

Esther Tuttle Parker, b. Feb. 21, 1842; resides in Lexington, 
Li n m . 

307. Abby M. Parker, b. April 23, 1847; m. Geo. H. Cutter of 

308. Georgiana Tuttle Parker, b. Oct. 12, 1S49; ^'^' Charles 
W. Converse of Woburn. 

Emma Frances Parker, b. April 8, 1853. Siie is a teacher in 


Ellen Henry Parker, b. June 28, 1858 ; teacher for some years 
in Lexington; m. Sept. 2, 1891, George B. Grant of Boston; re- 
sides in Dorchester. 

138. William Bowers Parker (Robert,^ John,^ 
yostah,^ John^^ Ilanamah,^ Thomas^), son of Robert and 
Elizabeth (Simonds) Parker, was b. in Lexington, Jan. 13, 
1817 ; m. in Lexington, Nov. 30, 1843, Elizabeth Garfield of 
Charlestown, whose parents were Emery Garfield of New 
Hampshire and Betsey Harrington of Lexington. They lived 
in Charlestown. 

Their children were : 

Mary Eliza Parker, b. Feb. 3, 1844; m. Sept. 20, 1864, Albert 

W. Lewis of Charlestown, son of Seth W., native of Claremont, 

N. H., and Sarah (Stone) Lewis, native of Weare, N. H. Their 

dau. was : 

I. Mary Adelaide Lewis, b. June 14, 1865 ; m. July 17, 1884, 

J. Eugene Hyland of Augusta, Me., and resides in Everett. 

Almira Robbins Parker, b. Oct. i, 1845; m. Thomas Faber of 

Everett, now residing in Weston. She d. Oct. 4, 1882. Their 

son was : 

I. George W. Faber, b. July 31, 1870. Resides in Everett. 
309. JosiAH Bowers Parker, b. Aug. 31, 1848; m. Cristina 

Savage of Everett. 
Lucius N. Parker, b. April 7, 1851 ; d. May, 1856. 
Edith Josephine Parker, b. Dec. 26, 1854; ^^'^- Edward Faber of 

Everett. She d. May 20, 1874, and her child has since died. 
Ellen E. Parker, b. Feb, 26, i860; d. Dec, 1867. 

139. Samuel Parker (Levi,^ Joseph, '= Josiah,'^ John,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Levi and Mary (Lyon) Parker, 
was b. in Hubbardston, March 4, 1787 ; m. in Potsdam, N. 
Y., Jan. 16, 1823, Lurania Akins, b. May 6, 1793, dau. of 
Nathaniel and Mary (Tupper) Akins. Samuel Parker was a 
farmer and lived in Potsdam. He was also overseer of the 
poor. He d. in Potsdam, N. Y., May 6, 1855. She d. Nov. 
24, 1879. In a local journal appeared the following compli- 
mentary obituary notice of Samuel Parker : 

"There are few men who better deserve a note of commendation 
when they pass away from us than those strong and enterprising citi- 


zens who encountered the difficulties incident to new settlements, and 
whose industry serves to lay the foundation for generations to come. 
In this point of view our respected neighbor and friend now gone 
well deserves the tribute of a brief notice. Mr. Samuel Parker came 
from Royalton, Vt., to Potsdam, N. Y., in 1811, where the remainder 
of his life was spent. He was therefore one of the very earliest 
settlers of this point of St. Lawrence Co., and the community has 
known but few men who were from character and habits better fitted 
to encounter the hardships of a new settlement than was he. Untir- 
ing industry, indomitable perseverance, and strict moral integrity 
may be said to have been his ruling characteristics. He took up 
and subdued one of the largest farms in town and left a very comfort- 
able estate to his family after him. He was highly respected and 
beloved by all who knew him, as a man of business he was honest 
and industrious, as a husband and father uniformly kind, as a neigh- 
bor always helpful and obliging. His funeral was attended by a 
very large concourse of mourning friends and neighbors, and by the 
Racket River Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, No. 213, of 
which the deceased had been a highly respected member from 1813 
to the day of his death. May the example of his great industry, his 
honest and useful life be followed by those who survive him." 

Their children were : 

310. Albert Parker, b. Oct. 19, 1S23 ; m. Turner. 

Anna Eliza Parker, b. May 29, 1S26; d. Aug. 8, 1829. 
Louis Parker, b. May 29, 1831 ; d. Aug. 7, 1861. 

140. Martha Parker (Levi,^ Joseph,^ Josiah,^ John,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas'^), dau. of Levi and Mary (Lyon) Parker, 
was b. in Hubbardston, Nov. 19, 1788; m. 1812, Shubael 
Crandall, b. in Preston, Conn., Dec. 28, 1785. He moved 
with his father's family to Royalton, Vt. They removed to 
Pierrepont, St. Lawrence Co., N. Y., in 181 7, where he pur- 
chased land in the then almost unbroken wilderness on which 
he resided until his death. He early became a member of 
the Presbyterian Church and was a sincere believer in the 
teachings of Jesus Christ until the close of his long life. He 
d. in Pierrepont, June 9, 1877, in the 92nd year of his age. 

They had four children, who are all dead : 

1. George Crandall; m. and had a dau. Ellen, now Ellen 


2. Elizabeth Parker Crandall. 


141. Aaron Parker (Levi,^ Josef h.^^ Josiah,'^ John.^ 
Hananiah,'^ Thomas"^), son of Levi and Mary (Lyon) Parker, 
was b. in Hubbardston, Feb. 20, 1791 ; removed with family 
to Royalton, Vt. ; m. in Howard, Steuben Co., N. Y. 

Their children were : 
Samuel Parker; m. and had son Aaron, who is supposed to be 

living somewhere in the west. 
Abijah Parker ( ?) . 
Martha Parker ( .?). 

142. Anna Parker (Levt,^ Joseph,^ Jostah,^ Jokn,^ 
Hanamah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Levi and Mary (Lyon) Parker, 
was b. in Royalton, Vt., April 13, 1801 ; m. June 15, 1823, 
David Paige, b. April 19, 1796, son of Pierce and Anna 
(Durfee) Paige. They lived in Royalton, Vt, ; removed to 
Downer's Grove, 111. He was a clothier and farmer. He d. 
June 26, 1864. She d. June 8, 1879. 

Their children were : 

1. Edwin Paige, b. and d. April 3, 1824. 

2. Gardner Paige, b. in Royalton, Vt., July 17, 1826; m. at 

Downer's Grove, 111., June 17, 1852, Annis Weed Gilbert, b. in 
Castile, Wyoming Co., N. Y., April 27, 1828, dau. of Medad 
Parsons and Hannah (Hill) Gilbert. He was a farmer and 
for a time storekeeper. In Downer's Grove, 111., he was police 
magistrate, assessor, collector of taxes and notary public. He 
d. in Downer's Grove, March 24, 1889. Children : 
I. Martha Virginia Paige, b. in Downer's Grove, 111., 
Sept. 16, 1854; '""• Miller. Children: 

1. Paige Miller, b. June 28, 1880. 

2. Clyde Orton Miller, b. March i, 1883. 

3. Gertrude Rose Miller, b. July 8, 1886. 

4. George Samuel Miller, b. Feb. 9, 1889. 

II. Rose A. Paige, b. in Wheaton, 111., Nov. 28, 1856; 
resides at Downer's Grove, 111. 

III. Hannah G. Paige, b. in Downer's Grove, 111., May 29, 

i860; d. Dec. 13, 1865. 

IV. Alzina J. Paige, b. in Downer's Grove, 111., Sept. 4, 

1865 ; d. Nov. 19, 1865. 
v. Gertrude M. Paige, b. in Downer's Grove, 111., May 2, 
i868; m. Aunable(?). 

3. Mary Alzina Paige, b. April 25, 1829 ; m. in Downer's Grove, 


111., Feb. 22, 1849, Washington Burdett Pratt, son of David 
and Electa (Alexander) Pratt. He was b. in Homer, N. Y., 
Sept. 24, 1827 ; d. in Durham, Butte Co., Cal., Dec. 25, 1879. 
He was a farmer and miller. She d. in Downer's Grove, 111., 
March 4, 1856. Children : 
I. Ellen Josephine Pratt, b. in Grundy Co., 111., March 

I, 1850; m. Charles Clibourn. They reside in Decatur, 

II. Eugene Franklin Pratt, b. in Downer's Grove, 111., 

June 23, 1851. He is m. and resides in Calistoga, Cal. 
III. Daughter, unnamed, b. and d. March, 1856. 

143. Isaac Parker (Levi,^ Joseph,^ Jostak,^ John,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Levi and Mary (Lyon) Parker, 
was b. in Royalton, Vt., Dec. i, 1806. He early removed to 
Ohio, where he lived 11 years. He m. in Cuyahoga Falls, 
Summit Co., O., Mary Linsted, then of Harrington, Mass. 
She was b. in Woodbridge, Suffolkshire, England, and came 
at four years of age with her parents from England and settled 
in Barrington, Mass. They removed to Chicago, TIL, where 
Isaac Parker still resides (1890) in the eighty-fourth year of 
his age. He was the youngest in the family of Levi Parker 
and is the only surviving child. 

Their child was : 
311. Lucy Ann Parker, b. Dec. 17, 1838 ; m. Shubael Crandall. 

144. Eunice Parker (Joseph,^ Joseph,^ Josiah,^ John,i 
Hananiah^^ Thomas^), dau. of Joseph, Jr. and Polly (Fisk) 
Parker, was b. in Weston, Aug. 13, 1792; m. in Weston, 
March 19, 1814, Cyrus Pratt, b in Needham, Feb. 26, 1790, 
the sixth of the nine children of Deacon Samuel and Hepzibah 
Pratt of Needham. She d. in Needham, Aug. 16, 1834, aged 
42. The family lived in Needham, where he was a farmer, 
but the town records fail to show the births of the children, 
who soon removed from town. He d. Sunday, March 26, 
1871, a. 81. 

Their children were : 

1. Samuel Pratt, who d. young. 

2. Samuel Pratt, b. 1818 ; d. Oct. 15, 1890. He was a nail 

manufacturer in Wareham. 


3. Joseph Pratt, b. 1822 ; d. from an accident in Duncannon, Pa. 

4. Isaac Parker Pratt, b. July 2, 1824 ; m, Feb. i, 1846, Sophia 

Bird, b. in Chambly, Lower Canada, Nov. 8, 1828, dau. of 
Esther Bird. She d. in Brockton, Oct. 25, 1890. He resides 
in Brockton. Children : 
I. RoswELL Henry Pratt, b. in Bellingham, March 27, 

1847 ; m. June 17, 1874, Ann J. Henry of Rockport, Me. 
II. Herbert Alton Pratt, b. in Bellingham, July 26, 

1859; d. Dec. 29, 1864. 
III. Frank Parker Pratt, b. in Bellingham, Dec. i, 1850 ; m. 

in Brockton, June 3, 1874, Mary Ada Cobb of Brockton. 

5. Eunice Pratt, b. 1826 ; m. Roswell Watkins. They lived in 

Boston. She survives and resides with her son-in-law in 

Wollaston. Children : 

I. Lucinda Watkins ; m. William Plummer and lived in 

II. Etta Watkins ; m. Fred Libby. They lived in Cam- 
bridge. They are both deceased. 
There were several children who d. young. 

6. Edwin Pratt, b. in Needham, Aug. 5, 1828 ; m. July 22, i860, 

Caroline Patience Williams, b. March 7, 1840, dau. of Nathan 
A. and Esther B. (Haradon) Williams. He is a mental physi- 
cian in Boston. Child : 

I. Grace L. Pratt, b. Sept. 25, 1870; m. Feb. 10, 1891, 
Henry Jenkins of Maiden. 

7. William Henry Pratt, b. 1831 ; d. Oct. 27, 1845, aged 14. 

145. Sophia Parker (Joseph,^ Joseph, ^ Josiak,^ John,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Joseph, Jr. and Polly (Fisk) 
Parker, was b. in Weston, Oct. 6, 1796; m. at Shrewsbury, 
Dec. 4, 1817, Montgomery Haven, son of Samuel Haven, Jr., 
of Shrewsbury. She m. (2) in Waltham, Oct., 1832, Asa 
Luce, Jr., b. in Livermore Falls, Me., 1802, son of Asa and 
Hephzebeth (Weston) Luce. Asa Luce, senior, was proba- 
bly a native of New Bedford, where his uncles were whalers, 
and his wife was a native of Weymouth. Asa Luce, Jr., with 
wife Sophia Parker settled in Livermore Falls, Me. 

Their children, all b. in Livermore Falls, were : 

I. Fannie Valentine Luce, b. Sept. 9, 1834 ; m. John Kennison 
of Jay, Me. They lived in Maine. She is deceased. He 
resides in Jay, Me. Children : 


I. Laura Kennison ; m. and resides in Livermore Falls, Me. 
II. Eliza Kennison ; m. and resides in Livermore Falls, Me. 

2. Charles Demetrias Luce, b. Dec. 23, 1835 ; m. Dec. 24, 

1867, Joa Oakes Bruce, b. in Waltham, Aug. 10, 1844, dau. 
of Hiram and Hannah L. Bruce of Waltham. They reside in 
Waltham. He enlisted in Waltham in Co. H, i6th Mass., 
June 29, 1861, and was discharged Nov. 24, 1862. He was 
in Hooker's Division, Hentzleman's Corps, and was in the 
battles of Big Bethel, Fair Oaks, White Oak Swamp, Glen- 
dale, Malvern Hill, Second Bull Run and Chancellorsville. 

3. Henry Bernard Luce, b. June 10, 1837; m. Flavilla Emory, 

dau. of Rev. Emory of Auburn, Me. He d. Oct. 11, 

1872, and she resides in Auburn, Me. He enlisted with his 
brother Charles D. Luce, and after his time expired he re- 
enlisted and served all through the war to its close. He was 
in all the battles in which his brother took part and in all which 
the Army of the Potomac were in afterwards. He was fifer for 
Hentzleman's Corps, and after re-enlisting was messenger of 
Gen. Sickles' stafi'. Child : 
I. Lillian Emory Luce, b. June 18, 1871. 

4. Laura Haven Luce, b. April 15, 1839; m. Myron Breuuer, 

son of Dr. Breuuer of Wilbraham. They have an adopted son 
Luther Breuuer. 

5. Sullivan Cooper Luce, b. Oct., 1841 ; enlisted in 1861 from 

Lewiston, Me., in Battery C. He was in all the battles of the 
Army of the Potomac up to the time when he was killed in 
the second day's fighting of the Battle of Gettysburg. 

146. Isaac Parker (Joseph,^ Joseph,^ Josiah,'^ John,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Joseph* and Mary (Fisk) Parker, 
was b. in Watertown, July 19, 1802 ; m. in Waltham, April 
16, 1826, Lucy Dunsmore, b. in Lunenburg, March- 13, 1807, 
dau. of Isaac and Lucy (Butterfield) Dunsmore of Lunenburg. 
Her father soon d. and when aged three she went to live with 
her grandfather, Enoch Cook of Westford, a Revolutionary 

*The children of Joseph Parker, pages 161 and 162, as there found, are 
copied from Mrs. Joseph Parker's family Bible, which is in the possession of 
Isaac Parker's widow. Heading the list of children are three statements, to 
wit : 

"Joseph Parker was born at Lexington, Oct. 4, 1767. 

" Mary Fisk, wife of Joseph Parker, was b. at Weston, March 6, 1771. 

" Mrs. Joseph Parker's Bible." 



Isaac Parker of Waltham. 


veteran. She came to Waltham when 13 and has lived in 
sight ot' the bleachery at E. Waltham ever since. Isaac 
Parker came to Waltham when 19, in the year 182 1. He 
was foreman of the packing and pressing at the bleachery, but 
he finally chose out-door work as more congenial and became 
a farmer. After his marriage he built the house in which 
his widow survives him. It stands at the corner of Willow 
and River Streets. He was a quiet, industrious man, fond of 
reading, and one of the earliest supporters of the town library. 
He gave a part of his farm to the town for the extension of 
River Street. He also owned the land situated between Gore 
Street and the Charles River, a part of which he gave to the 
Fitchburg R. R. Co. for the railroad there. He was a mem- 
ber of the Watertown Literary Organization which joined the 
Rumford Institute in Waltham. He was a very prominent and 
active member of that institute and for years took a very lively 
interest in its work. 

Isaac Parker was a firm and unflinching believer in Masonry. 
In 1828 he took his Masonic degrees and was soon elected 
master. He was master of the Monitor Lodge 11 years, from 
Jan., 1847, to Nov., 1858, which is about three times as long 
as the administration of any other master of the lodge, and 
he was distinguished as the first master of Monitor Lodge who 
was ever presented with a past master's jewel. The lodge 
which bears his name was so named in honor to him — The 
Isaac Parker Lodge of Waltham. He was a man of the most 
unwavering integrity ; his word was as good as his bond. He 
was wholly unostentatious, and he was a man of deep sense, 
sound learning and good judgment. He d. in Waltham, Oct. 
I, 1875. His widow survives. 

All the children were b. in Waltham : 

312. Mary Hammond Parker, b. March 4, 1827 ; m. Shubael 

313. Isaac Parker, Jr., b. March 4, 1829; m. Lydia Greenleaf 

George Parker, b. March 23, 1831 ; d. Nov. 20, 1832. 

314. George Endicott Parker, b. Feb. 4, 1834. 
Bernard Parker, b. Feb. 12, and d. May 5, 1S36. 

Charles Bernard Parker, b. July 17, 1838; d. Dec. 31, 1839. 


315. Lowell Parker, b. April 24, 1840. 
Joseph Parker, b. Feb. 3, and d. March 9, 1842. 

Lucy Caroline Parker, b. Oct. 3, 1843 ; d. July 27, 1845. 

316. Lucy Caroline Parker, b. June 9, 1846; m. Sept. 11, 
1871, Warner W. Carpenter. 

147. Cynthia* Parker ( Josef h,^ Josef h,^ Josiah,^ 
John,T> 'nanafiiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Joseph, Jr. and Polly 
(Fisk) Parker, was b. in Weston, Jan. 15, 1810; m. in Wal- 
tham, Dec. 3, 1836, David M. Batherrick, son of Timothy 
Batherrick of Westborough. They lived first in Waltham but 
soon removed to Weston. She d. in Weston, July 5, 1850. 

Their children were : 

1. Adaline Batherrick, b. 1837; d. in Weston, July 16, 1850, 

2. Elizabeth Batherrick ; d. in Boston, aged about 20, unm. 

148 Chloe Parker (Elisha,^ Joseph.^ Josiah,^ John,^ 
Hananiah^ Thomas^), dau. of Elisha and Jerusha (Went- 
worth) Parker, was b. in Weston, March 7, 1801 ; m. m 
Weston, April 20, 1823, Caleb Carr, b. July, i797, son of 
Calebs Carr of Easton, son of Eseck4. She d. in No. Easton, 
Dec 10, 1882. She was an energetic and capable woman, 
and possessed rugged health until impaired by age. He was 
employed for 50 years by the Ames Shovel Co., N. Easton, 
Mass., and he d. March 28, 1887. 

Their children were : 
I ToHN H. Carr, b. April 9, 1824; m. (i) Mary Stoddard of 
Stoughton; she d. 1849, and he m. (2) Emily E. Willis of 
Easton, who d. July 17, 1889, and he m. (3) Sept. 21, 1889, 
Harriet N. Dow of Harwich. He is assistant foreman m the 
Ames Shovel Co., and resides in N. Easton. Children : 
I. Lewis Carr, b. Nov. 28, 185 1 ; d. July 28, 1852. 
II. Charles Carr, b. Oct. 10, 1S53 ; d. March 4, 1854. 

III. Helen Carr, b. Feb. 11, 1855 ; m. June 26, 1878, John 

C Wilder of Brockton, where they reside, 

IV. Frank Carr, b. Feb. 12, 1861 ; m. Nellie Whiting of 

*The name is spelled ^hout the letter n in the mother's, Mrs. Joseph 
Parker's, Bible. 


Whitman. They and their dau. Helen May Carr reside 
in Easton. 
V. Caleb Carr, b. Nov. i, 1866; d. Jan. 26, 1869. 

2. Eliza Carr, b. Nov. 6, 1825 ; m. Dec. 7, 1848, Hiram Williams 

of Easton, son of Larned Williams. They lived in N, Easton, 

where she d. Jan. 10, 1S81. He survives. Children: 

I. Henry C. Williams, b. Oct. 26, 1S49 ; m. Feb. 27, 1877, 

Mary H. Dunbar. 
II. Edith Williams, b. Dec. 30, 1854; "^- Nov. 9, 1880, 

Dr. George E. Woodbury of Brockton. 

3. Martin Wales Carr, b. March 9, 1829 ; m. Dec. 22, 1858, 

Lucy E. Brackett of Quincy, b. July 3, 1838. He is a jewelry 
manufacturer in Boston, and resides in Somerville. Children : 
I. Lewis Brackett Carr, b. in N. Attleborough, May 

31, i860. 
II. Eugene Parker Carr, b. in Springfield, Jan. 31, 1864. 

III. Frederick Martin Carr, b. July 10, 1870. 

IV. Emily Howard Carr, b. Oct. 19, 1876 ; d. March 6, 1877. 
V. Helen Damon Carr, b. Jan. 27, 1880. 

VI. Howard Wentworth Carr, b. Jan. 30, 1881. 

4. Lewis Carr, b. Nov. 7, 1830; d. Jan. 13, 1851. 

5. Jerusha Ann Carr, b, Dec. 25, 1833; "^- April 13, 1851, 

George H. Hartwell of W. Bridgewater, and reside in Cam- 
bridge. Children : 
I. Amy Hartwell. ii. Fannie Hartwell. 

6. Sarah F. Carr, b. March 25, 1836; m. (i) Oct. 5, 1854, 

Hannibal Wells of Easton, who d. Nov. 30, 1854, ^^*^ ^^^^ '^* 
(2) March 15, 1863, Albert T. Reed, son of Rotheus A. and 
Ruhamah F. (Howard) Reed of Easton. They reside in 
Whitman. Children : 

I. Lillian Reed, m. iv. Charles Reed, who d. 

II. Fannie Reed. v. A son, unnamed. 

III. Alice Reed. vi. Jennie Reed. 

7. Henry Carr, b. Feb. 11, 1838; m. Nov. i, 1863, Mary 

Elizabeth White, dau. of Sanford and Mary E. White of 
Easton. He is assistant foreman in the Ames Shovel Works, 
N. Easton, where he resides. Children : 
I. Lewis Henry Carr, b. Sept. 22, 1867. 
IT. Edward Martin Carr, b. Jan. 25, 1874. 

8. Lydia Carr, b. Dec. 7, 1840; m. (i) George Humphrey, (2) 

William Monroe. They reside in Lynn. Their dau. was: 
I. Bertie Monroe ; m. and resides in Brockton. 


149. Isaac Parker (EHsha,^ Joseph,^ Josiah,'^ John,-i 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Elisha and Jerusha (Went- 
worth) Parker, was b. in Weston, April 23, 1803 ; removed 
with his parents to Lincolnville, Me. ; removed with them to 
Stoughton, Mass., about 1815 ; m. Nov. 9, 1825, by the Rev. 
Mr. Hawes of S. Boston, Flavila R. Crosby, b. in Carlisle, 
May 6, 1810, dau. of Rhoda Crosby. He removed (i) to 
Walpole, (2) to Needham, (3) to Newton, (4) to Cambridge- 
port, (5) to Stoughton, (6) to Canton, (7) in 1847 to Salem, 
where he d. Dec. 3, 187 1. She survives him and lives in 
Salem. He was naturally a machinist. He learned the black- 
smith trade. In Cambridgeport and Stoughton he and his 
brother Samuel made blind-hinges. In Salem he conducted 
a shop devoted to the manufacture of curriers' knives, and in 
which business he was succeeded by his son. 

Their son was : 
317. James Parker, b. in Stoughton, March 22, 1827 ; m. Martha 
A. Haskell of Deer Isle, Me. 

150. Elisha Hobbs Parker (Elisha,^ Josepk.^ Josiah,^ 
John^T> Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), son of Elisha and Jerusha 
(Wentworth) Parker, was b. in Weston, April 17, 1805 ; re- 
moved with his family to Lincolnville, Me. ; removed with 
them to Stoughton, Mass. ; in Stoughton was a manufacturer 
of blind-hinges and one of the Stoughton Grenadiers.* While 
still a young man he removed to Connecticut and m. July i, 
1830, at E. Windsor, Ct., Charlotte Skinner of S. Windsor, 
Ct., dau. of Benjamin and Mary (Foster) Skinner, b. May 17, 
1807. He settled in S. Windsor, Ct., where he was a boot 
manufacturer. He d. in S. Windsor, Aug. 25, 1845, aged 
40. She d. March 25, 1883. 

The children were all b. in E. Windsor, now S. Windsor: 

Mary B. Parker, b. Sept. 13, 1831 ; m. May, 1849 5 ^- -^i^&"» 1S58. 
Louisa Catharine Parker, b. July 21, 1833; m. Jan. 21, 1851, 

♦The Stoughton Grenadiers have long taken a prominent part in the mili- 
tary social life of the town of Stoughton. Elisha H. Parker was one of the 
charter members, as was also Isaac Parker. The vacancy made by Elisha was 
filled by his brother Hiram Parker, who still belongs, and that caused by the 
removal of Isaac Parker was filled by his brother Jonathan C. Parker, while 
Charles Elbridge Parker succeeds to his father's membership. 


William G. Tefft, b. in Windham, Ct., Oct. i, 1819. He is a 
farmer in S. Windsor, Ct. 

318. Benjamin Skinner Parker, b. Feb. 12, 1835 ; m. Julia 
Wolcott of Windsor, Ct. 

319. Frances Janet Parker, b. Dec. 8, 1836; m. Samuel S. 

Ellen Rebecca Parker, b. Nov. 20, 1840; m. in S. Windsor, 
Ct., Jan. 7, 1873, Edwin B. Ripley, b. in Blandford, Mass., son 
of John and Elizabeth Ripley. He is a farmer in S. Windsor, Ct. 

320. Emma Sarah Parker, b. Jan. 4, 1843 ; m. Albert K. Fuller 
of Stafford, Ct. 

Charlotte Maria Parker, b. Feb. i, 1845; m. July 14, 1892, 
Henry Brown of Feeding Hills. 

151. Rebecca* Parker (EHska,^ Josej)k,z Josiah,^ 
John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Elisha and Jerusha 
(Wentworth) Parker, was b. in Lincolnville, Me., Sept. 18, 
1807 ; m. Martin Wales, b. in Stoughton, Feb. 22, 1802, son 
of Joshua and Betsey Wales of Stoughton. She was an at- 
tractive lady, a very industrious and able woman. She was 
very ingenious. She excelled in fancy work, and her cone 
and shell work were also her pride. Martin Wales was a 
well-to-do and influential man ; was president of the Brockton 
Bank, then N. Bridgewater, and his likeness adorned their 
bank-notes. He d. March 6, 1874. She d. Oct. 10, 1886. 

Their children were : 

1. Mary Rebecca Wales, b. June 5, 1829; m. Sept. 6, 1849, 

Caleb H. Packard of Campello. They have one adopted dau. 

2. Martin Wales, Jr., b. Nov. 30, 1831 ; d. March 5, 1832. 

3. Martin Wales, Jr., b. March 19, 1833; m. Jan. 2, 1853, 

Olive E. Wales of N. Bridgewater. He d. Dec. 17, 1864. 
She resides in Boston. Children : 

I. Edward Lewis Wales ; m. and resides in N. Easton. 
II. Charles Lowry Wales; m. Caroline Wentworth of 

Stoughton. He is a railway conductor and resides in 


4. George Wales, b. Sept. 25, 1835; m. (i) Oct. 16, 1856, 

Emily F. Richards of S. Weymouth; she d. Dec. 17, 1864; 

♦Rebecca Parker is recorded in the list of her parents' children with the 
middle initial R. But from the family papers it appears that she did not use 
a middle name. 


m. (2) April 5, 1869, Mary A. Richards of S. Weymouth 
(niece of his first wife) . He is a shoe merchant and resides in 
Stoughton. Children : 

I. George Albert Wales, b. March 18, 1858. 
II. Emma Frances Wales, b. May 11, 1870. 

5. Seth Wales, b. Aug. 4, 1837; m. Oct. 2, 1864, Eudora 

Williamson of Stoughton, where they reside. Children : 
I, Seth Elva Wales, iv. Burton Wales. 
II, Arthur Wales. v. Edwin Forrest Wales. 

III. A dau., d. in infancy, vi. Catharine Rebecca Wales. 

6. Lucy Maria Wales, b. July 3, 1839; ^^- Fisher Ames Cope- 

land. Children : 

I. Harry Addison Copeland ; hotel keeper. Sea Isle City, 

II. Merton Fisher Copeland, who m. Caroline Packard of 


7. Adelaide Frances Wales, b. Nov. 5, 1845 ; m. Jan. i, 1868, 

William Neale of Readfield, Me. He is a railway conductor 
and resides in Stoughton. She d. Dec. 31, 1882. Child: 
I. Minnie Neale ; d. at age of eight years. 

Samuel Austin Whitney Parker (see page 162), 
(Elisha,^ yosej)h,^ yosiah^^ yohn,^ Hanantah,^ Thomas^), son 
of Elisha and Jerusha (Wentworth) Parker, was b. in Lincoln- 
ville, Me., July 25, 1810 ; removed about 1815 with his parents 
to Stoughton, Mass., where he m. Priscilla Tisdale Drake, 
b. in Stoughton, April 17, 1814, dau. of John and Hannah 
(Morse) Drake of Stoughton. He was a natural machinist, 
sharing the characteristic inventive genius of his family. He 
invented among other things the dinking machine for boot 
manufacturing and the turning machine. He invented, it is 
said, the first machine used on a boot. He lived in Stoughton. 
His widow survives him. 

Samuel Parker was a large, fine looking man of six feet 
two inches in height, and stood very erect. From his several 
initials he was sometimes distinguished by the nickname of 
"Saw" Parker. 

Their children were : 
Priscilla Drake Parker, b. Feb. 19, 1836; m. in Stoughton, 

1856, William H. White, Jr., b. in Stoughton, 1835, son of Will- 


iam H. and Annie (Erskins) White of Stoughton. They reside 
in Stoughton. Children : 

I. William Whitney White, b. in Stoughton, May 27, 1857. 
II. Annie Priscilla White, b. in Stoughton, May 5, 1862. 

Samuel Austin Whitney Parker, Jr., b, Dec. 18, 1834; m. 
Hattie Wade of Brockton Heights. They reside in Stoughton. 
He with George Wales carried on the boot and shoe business in 
Stoughton in the Martin Wales building. He also kept the Hotel 
Parker for a while. Samuel Parker was a prosperous and very 
active citizen. He kept a market in Boston, when he suffered the 
misfortune of paralysis, and entrusted, to his financial loss, his 
large business to his help. Their son was : 
I. Austin Parker, b. April, 1859; d. when a young man. 

EsTELLE Inez Parker, b. May 4, 1845 ; m. 1866, Dr. W. E. C. 
Swan of Stoughton, native of S. Easton. She d. March 26, 1891, 
aged 45 years, 10 months, 22 days. Their son was : 
I. Charles Louis Swan, b. Dec. 19, 1867 ; resides in Stoughton. 

152. Hannah Parker (Eliska,^ Joseph,^ Josiah,^ 
yohn,^ Hananiah^^ Thomas^), dau. of Elisha and Jerusha 
(Wentvvorth) Parker, was b. in Lincolnville, Me., Jan. 13, 
1813 ; m. in Stoughton, John Smith of Stoughton, a native of 
Portugal, b. 181 r, and came when very young to this country 
with his brother Joseph C. Smith, who later settled in Cam- 
bridge. John Smith was first a ship rigger in Boston, after- 
ward a shoemaker in Stoughton. He d. in Raynham, 1847. 
She remained a widow 14 years, when she m. (2) Eleazer 
Pratt of Weymouth. She d. in We3'mouth about 1867. 

The children of John and Hannah (Parker) Smith were : 

I. James Elisha Smith, b. in Stoughton, June 2, 1S33 ; m. (i) 
Sophia Thomes, (2) Abbie Pope, (3) Sarah Kellogg, and 
resides in Athol. 
The children of James and Sophia (Thomes) Smith were: 
I. John Smith, b. 1S65. 
II. James Smith, b. 1867. 

III. Maria Smith. 

The children of James and Sarah (Kellogg) Smith were: 

IV. Ida Eva Smith, b. 1877. 

V. Alice Louisa Smith, b. Feb. i, 1879. 


VI. Edna Mabel Smith, \ry. ■ 
VII. Flossie Smith, 3 

2. Betsey Maria Antoinette Smith, b. in Randolph, Oct. 27, 

1837 ; m. Frederic Russell and resides in N. Easton. Child : 
I. Eveline D. Russell ; m. H, E. French and resides in 

3. Joseph Creoister Smith, b. in Stoughton ; m. Bridget Maguire, 

and has had : 

I. Cora Smith. ii. Flora Smith. 

4. Sarah Jane Smith, b. in Stoughton ; m. Janies Luther. They 

have a large family of children and reside in Taunton, where 
he is foreman of a locomotive factory. 

5. Melissa Smith; m. John Dame. They lived in Hanover and 

are both deceased. Children : 
I. Alvin Dame ; resides in Hanover, 
II. Emma Dame ; resides in Hanover. 
The child of Eleazer and Hannah (Parker) (Smith) Pratt 
was : 

6. Eleazer Pratt, Jr. He is living in Weymouth. 

153. Hiram Parker (Elisha,^ Joseph,^ Josiah,'> John.i 
Hanamah,^ Thomas^), son of Elisha and Jerusha (Went- 
worth) Parker, was b. in Stoughton, March 28, 1816 ; m. 
Sept. 25, 1836, Rhody Freeman of Orleans, b. March 11, 
1818, dau. of Jonathan and Eunice (Snow)[?] Freeman of 
Orleans. She d. of consumption, Nov. 21, 1848, and he m. 
(2) April 25, 1850, Sarah Irene Morse, b. in Roxbury, April 
23, 1830, dau. of Amos and Abigail Barnet (Davenport) 
Morse. He learned the trade of shoemaking. He has been 
undertaker in Stoughton and sexton of the Universalist Church 
in all over 30 years. He is the mail-carrier of Stoughton. 

The children of Hiram and Rhody (Freeman) Parker were : 
Hiram Emmons Parker, b Nov. 4, 1837 ; d. July 13, 1859. 
Mary Augusta Parker, b. Dec. 4, 1840; d. Jan. 13, 1841. 
Albert Parker, b. June i, 1844. He enlisted in the Civil War 

for two years; was taken prisoner and d. in 1865 in Andersonville 

stockade prison just before the close of the war. 

The children of Hiram and Sarah I. (Morse) Parker were : 
Cariella Parker, b. and d. Dec. i, 185 1. 
Gertrude Parker, b. June 9, and d. July 24, 1856. 


Charlotte Morse Parker, b. Aug. 28, 1858 ; d. April 3, i860. 
Waldo Parker, b. May 12, and d. June 19, 1862. 
Everett Parker, stillborn, May 30, 1S66. 

154. Jonathan Capin Parker (Elisha,^ Jose^h,^ 
yosiak,'^ 'John,^^ Hananiah,- Thomas^), son of Elisha and 
Jerusha (Wentworth) Parker, was b. in Stoughton, April 23, 
1820 (twin brother with David M.) ; m. in Lowell, Oct. 18, 
1840, Martha Ann Briggs, b. in Stoughton, Jan. 23, 1822, 
dau. of Shepherd and Sally (Morris) Briggs of Stoughton. 
The father, Shepherd Briggs, was a manufacturer in Stoughton 
and Lowell. 

Jonathan C. Parker was a natural mechanic with wood or 
iron. Besides that of a woodworker and machinist he knew 
also the shoemaker's trade. He lived in Stoughton all his 
days. He and his brother Samuel made the first steam engine 
that Samuel ever used. He conducted a machine shop in the 
manufacture of edge tools. He supplied all the shoemakers 
of Stoughton with knives, which were distinguished for their 
quality. He had the inventive genius of his people : was an 
intelligent looking, large and robust man of over 200 weight. 
He d. July 8, 1886. His widow survives. 

Their children were : 

321. Charles Elbridge Parker, b. May 21, 1844; m. Harriet 
A. Minzy of Brockton Heights. 

322. Elisha Melville Parker, b. April iS, 1848; m. Caroline 
Frances Coots of Stoughton. 

155. David Manley Parker (Elisha,^ Joseph,^ 
'Josiah^^ John,^ Hananiah^^ Tkojuas^), son of Elisha and 
Jerusha (Wentworth) Parker, was b. in Stoughton, April 23, 
1820 (twin brother with Jonathan C.) ; m. Mary Ann Andrews 
of Walpole. He was a shoemaker and d. in Stoughton, Feb. 
5, 1890, aged 69 years, 9 months, 13 days. 

Their dau. was : 
Mary Lavinia Parker, who m. Hiram Smith of Stoughton. She 
d. aged about 22 and left no issue. 

156. Nancie Parker (John.^ Peter, ^ Jokn,^ John,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of John and Deborah (Lamb) 
Parker, was b. in Framingham, Dec. 11, 1782 ; m. in Royal- 


ston, 1802, Nathan Goddard, b. June 26, 1780. They lived 
first in Athol. Their home was near the Royalston line, but 
one-half mile from the Parker homestead in Royalston. Re- 
moved in 1806 to Bethlehem, N. H., where he resided the 
greater part of his time ever after. He was a farmer. He d. 
in Littleton, N. H., April 26, 1857, at the home of his dau., 
Mrs. Sally Strain. He was thus aged 76 years, 10 months. 
She d. in Littleton, N. H., Nov., 1865, aged 83. 
Their children were : 

1. Anna Goddard, b. in Athol, Oct. 6, 1803 ; m. Luke Aldrich 

of Littleton, N. H. She d. Feb., 1870. They had one dau. : 
I. Maria Aldrich ; m. George Bacon. 

2. Eliza Goddard, b. in Athol, Aug. 15, 1805 ; d. Feb. 5, 1S86, 


3. John Goddard, b. in Bethlehem, N. H., July 15, 1S07 ; m. 

April 15, 1835, Betsey Banfill of Dalton, N. H., and removed 
to Bethlehem, N. H. He d. July 28, 1S87. Children : 
I. Elizabeth Goddard. 

II. Leonora S. Goddard ; m. Baker of Bethlehem, N. 

H., and resides in Littleton, N. H. 

III. Emeline Goddard. 

IV. Daniel Goddard. 

v. Alburn Goddard ; d. in the war of the Rebellion. 
VI. Henry Goddard. 

4. Mary Goddard, b. Jan. 31, 1810; m. Amasa Annis of Little- 

ton, N. H., where they resided. She d. June, 1856, without 
issue. He is also deceased. 

5. Rhoda Goddard, b. Oct. 3, 1S12: m. in Bethlehem, N. H., 

Sept. 15, 1839, John Gordon of Littleton, N. H., b. in New 
Hampton, N. H., May 18, 1810, son of Jeremiah and Sally 
Gordon. He is a farmer. She now resides in Waterford Vt. 
Their seven children were all b. in Littleton, N. H. : 

I. Amasa N. Gordon, b. May 31, 1S43. 
II. Mary A. Gordon, b. Oct. 4, 1846; m. Freeman Morse, 

and resides in Waterford, Vt. 
III. Sally P. Gordon, b. Nov. 5, 184S ; m. Jackson M. 
Perry, and have children, viz. : 

1. Georgianna Perry, b. Sept. 7, 1S65. 

2. William Perry, b. Feb. 22, 1S68. 

3. Frank G. Perry, b. Feb. 23, 1869. 

4. Jennie E. Perry, b. Dec. 3, 1871, 




5. Mary E. Perry, b. Oct. 24, 1873. 

6. Charles M. Perry, b. Nov. 6, 1874. 

7. Hattie E. Perry, b. Nov. 8, 1875. 

8. Carrie M. Perry, b. Feb. 28, 1877. 

9. Allie B. Perry, b. May 11, 1878. 
ID. Willie B. Perry, b. July 12, 1879. 

11. Harry G. Perry, b. Aug. 22, 1881. 

12. Elsie L. Perry, b. Nov. 18, 1882. 

13. Katie G. Perry, b. Dec. 2, 1884. 

14. Ida M. Perry, b. April 18, 1887. 

IV. George Gordon, b. Sept. 25, 1850. 

V. Charles C. Gordon, b. June 28, 1852. 

VI. Israel Gordon, b. April 8, 1854. 

VII. Ellen I. Gordon, b. Jan. i, 1857. 

Peter Goddard, b. April 17, 1814; m. Emeline BanfiU of 
Dalton, N. H. He d. March, 1889. They had one son : 
I. H. P. Goddard, who resides in Franconia, N. H. No 
Abigail Goddard, b. Feb. 20, 1S16; d. Aug., 1824. 
Sally Goddard, b. Nov. 5, 1818 ; m. Aug. 29, 1S38, Daniel 
Strain. He is deceased. She d. Dec. i, 1888. They had 
seven sons and five daughters all but one son of whom lived 
to maturity. They are now widely scattered about the country. 
Their names were : 

I. Ellen Strain ; m. Brown and live in Vermont ; no 

II. Cornelius Hartwell Strain ; resides in Littleton, N. 
H., and has sons : 
I. Allie Strain. 2. Arthur Strain. 

III. John Parker Strain ; d. unm. 

IV. Jane Strain ; m. Weston Lyons of Bath, Me. Their 

son is : 
I . Harry Weston Lyons. 
V. Catharine Eliza Strain ; m. Court Spooner of Bethle- 
hem. They live in Lisbon, N. H., and have children. 

VI. Daniel J. Strain; m. Dora L. Adams, dau. of Jacob 

A. and Adelia B. Adams of Wilbraham. He is an artist 
in Boston ; no living issue. 

VII. Sarah C. Strain ; m. James Long. 

VIII. Charles Strain; resides in Littleton, N. H., and has a 

IX. Lyman Edward Strain ; lived a few months. 
X. Frank W. Strain ; unm. 



XI. Harry Strain ; resides in Littleton, N. H., and has a 

XII. Eva C. Strain. 
9. EvALiNE GoDDARD, b. Feb. 20, 1822; m. March i, 184=^, 
Albert Oilman of Bethlehem, N. H. She d. March 21, 1890. 
Their children were : 

I. George Gilman ; m. Phillips, and resides in Bethle- 
hem, N. H. 
II. Frank Gilman. 
HI. Mary Gilman. 

157. Mary Parker (John,^ Peter, ^ John,^ yohn,^ 
J-fanantah,^ Tho?nas^), dau. of John and Deborah (Lamb) 
Parker, was b. in Framingham, June 2, 1789; m. in Royal- 
ston, Oct., 1815, Capt. John Forristall of Winchendon, b. 
Feb. 23, 1787. He was a farmer in Winchendon, a captain 
of the militia and selectman for a number of years. He d. 
Oct. 16, 1862. She d. July 30, 1872. 

The children were b. in Winchendon : 

1. Joseph Parker Forristall, b. Oct. 24, 1816; m. in Win- 

chendon, Aug. 30, 1842, Mary A. Flint, b. in Winchendon, 
Nov. I, 181S. He is a farmer and lumberman and resides in 
Alstead, N. H. Their children were : 
I. George Parker Forristall, b. Oct. 9, 185 1 ; d. June 

I, 1858. 
II. Frank M. Forristall, b. April 22, 1857 '■> "''• Juiie 19, 

1878, and has three children : 

1. Leslie Parker Forristall, b. May 4, 1879. 

2. Florence M. Forristall, b. July 26, 1881. 

3. Ralph W. Forristall, b. Oct. 6, 1888. 

2. John M. Forristai.l, b. July 12, 1821 ; m. May 18, 1848, 

Mary J. Wright, b. in Vernon, Vt., April 9, 1823, dau. of 
Osmond and Sylvia Wright. He is foreman of construction 
on the Fitchburg Railroad, and resides in Ashburnham, Mass. 
Their children were : 

I. Fred Wright Forristall, b. Aug. 7, 1850; m. June 

3, 1874, Hattie A. Converse. 
II. George Burrows Forristall, b. Feb. 4, 1S61 ; d. 

June 18, 1873. 
in. Abbie Jane Forbistall, b. Sept. 17, 1862 ; m. John L. 
Clarke. They reside in Ashburnham. Child : 
1. Ernest M. Clarke, b. Oct. 28, 1883. 


3. Charles E. Forristall, b. Dec. 17, 1823 ; m. June 27, 1850, 

Ann Augusta Whitney of Royalston. They lived in Winchen- 
don. He d. Feb. 7, 1872. She d. Nov. to, 18S7. Children: 
I. Clarence W. Forristall, b. 1854; d. 1S55. 
II. Charles Walter Forristall, b. March 12, i860; re- 
sides in Royalston, unm. 

4. RoswELL M. Forristall, b. Feb. 18, 1829; m. in Winchen- 

don, Jan. i, 1856, Mary Ann Lake, b. in Rindge, N. H., 
Jan. 5, 1833, dau. of John and Mary Ann Lake. She d. Feb. 
I, 1890. He is a carpenter and resides in Winchendon ; no 

Deborah Parker (see page 163), (John,^ Peter, ^ John,^ 
yohn,^ Hananiahy^ Thomas^), dau. of John and Deborah 
(Lamb) Parker, was b. in Framingham, April 12, 1792 ; was 
a most worthy lady of high ability. She during her early life 
took good care of her parents during their decline in life and 
devoted attentive service to her mother, an invalid from paraly- 
sis. She was seemingly well rewarded by the comfort which 
she bestowed, and always happiest when generously assisting 
or doing for others. Nearl}'- a year after her mother's death 
she m. Jan. 8, 1839, Dea. Samuel Morse of Hopkinton. 
There were five sons and two daughters in his family, and, 
notwithstanding the necessary duties thus involved, the suc- 
cess of happiness, love and prosperity which crowned this 
marriage itself well attests her most excellent character and 
ability. She was a most conscientious and loving woman; 
was ver}' popular with all her associates, who were ever pleased 
to speak a loving word in her memory. She d. April 26, 1865, 
aged 73. She left no issue. 

158. Peter Parker (John,^ Peter, ^ John,^ John,^ 
Uananiak,^ Thomas^), son of John and Deborah (Lamb) 
Parker, was b. in Framingham, July 16, 1794; went when 
aged six with his father to Royalston, where he passed his 
early life and m. (i) 1824, Sarah Sawyer of Boylston. He 
succeeded to his father's homestead, farm and shingle-mill. 
He was a typical old-time shingle-maker. They were made 
in view of strength and durability, and were often carted long 
distances. On one occasion he transported a load from his 
farm to Hopkinton where he shingled the "coffee house" and 


these shingles remained upon the roof perfectly sound /or 30 
years. About 1836 he removed to Southborough, where he 
was a farmer, and soon after removed to Hopkinton. Mrs. 
Sarah (Sawyer) Parker d. 1830. He m. (2) in Hopkinton, 
Nov. 25, 1830, Emily Chamberlain of Hopkinton, dau. of 
Ebenezer Chamberlain. She d. about 1852. 

Peter Parker was a stoutly built, good looking man of 
medium height, with black hair and sandy beard. He was a 
good mechanic by nature, and was more fond of work and 
business than learning. He loved to excel in his work. When 
engaged in the field it was his pride to let no one mow or hoe 
faster than he did. In politics he was a Whig and took a 
lively interest in the "Tippecanoe" campaign of 1840. He d. 
in Hopkinton, Oct. 30, 1862. 

The children of Peter and Sarah (Sawyer) Parker were : 

Owen Boardman Parker, b. in Royalston, Jan. 5, 1826. He 
began to work at shoemaking at the age of ii, and has ever since 
followed this occupation. He resides in Worcester. 

Sarah Moore Parker, b. in Royalston, March, 1828 ; resides in 
Hopkinton, unm. 

The children of Peter and Emily (Chamberlain) Parker . 
were : 

323. Hiram Chamberlain Parker, b. in Hopkinton ; m. Laurania 
Newton of Woodville. 

324. Milton Bridges Parker, b. in Hopkinton, Feb. 17, 1834; 
m. Harriet Jane Ward of Hopkinton. 

Amelia Parker, b. in Hopkinton ; d. in Ashland at about the age 

of 12. 
James Parker, b. in Hopkinton ; killed when a child by a falling 


159. Dea. John Parker (John,^ Peter, ^ John,'' John,^ 
Hanam'ah,^ Thomas^), son of John and Deborah (Lamb) 
Parker, was b. in Framingham, June 16, 1798; m. Sept. 3, 
1823, Mary Ann Fales, b. in Shrewsbury, Dec. 21, 1800, 
dau. of Daniel and Sarah (Pratt) Fales of Shrewsbury, and 
granddau. of Capt. Fales, native of Wales. Daniel Fales lived 
to the age of 99, and in Shrewsbury the old Fales homestead 
is still standing. 



John Parker settled first in Holliston ; second removed to 
Southborough, where he lived 20 years, and was a farmer ; 
third removed to Holyoke, where he was instrumental in 
establishing the Second Baptist Church, of which he was 
senior deacon ; fourth removed to Westfield ; fifth to Hollis- 
ton ; sixth to Berlin, and he now resides in Maiden at the 
advanced age of 94. It is well to chronicle with his name the 
characteristics and the rich harvests of this long and active 
life. He was always distinguished as a good talker and a 
man of very decided opinions. But his good nature was 
always overflowing. He took the lead on political and social 
questions. He will be remembered as not only a kind friend 
to all but an active missionary worker and a true christian man. 
He not only opposed the evils of his town, but he was deter- 
mined to "weed out" what he could. With his cousin Peter 
Parker Howe he worked hard and well to improve the social 
standing of the town, and they were very successful. When 
he settled in Southborough it was an intemperate, noisy place. 
He approached men who were in the low depths of degrada- 
tion, and as a friend and brother encouraged them to do better. 
His manner and argument were so effective that he seldom 
failed to produce an effect. He was an attractive speaker. 
He held meetings and led the singing, denounced intemper- 
ance and lectured on the blessings of the gospel. He was the 
means of establishing the Church in Southborough, of which 
he was made deacon. He made many speeches against slav- 
ery and intemperance. During his first stay in Holliston his 
example of teetotalism was the first known discard of liquor in 
that section. In politics he was a Whig, in religion a Baptist. 
When the Republican party was founded he helped form the 
first Republican party meeting ever held in Worcester. He 
was selectman. In 1840 his opposition to the Advent move- 
ment in his town at that time was strongly felt. • After settHng 
in Metcalf Village, Holliston, he was both farmer and shoe- 
maker. During his stay he was a leading factor in the 
establishment of the Baptist Church there. His wife d. July 
16, 1888. In his old age his retentive memory and character- 
istic vigor of life abide with him, and his interest in the im- 

Dea. John Parker. 


provement and welfare of mankind, which has distinguished 
him through life, is still an unfailing source of satisfaction. 

Original poems by Rev. Dr. George C. Lorimer and Corp. 
George H. Patch were read upon the occasion of John Parker's 
golden wedding, Sept. 3, 1873. The following is an extract 
from Mr. Patch's donation : 

"Know all bj these presents, that friend Parker, Esquire, 
Our dearly loved friend, who these lines did inspire, 
Has faithfully lived in the marital bond, 
For full fifty years, and been faithful and fond ; 
Upbearing the burdens and cares that assailed. 
With a kind loving heart, that never has failed. 
And his heart has always been cheerful and bright. 
In the pure steadfast beams of domestic delight : 
And tho' met by misfortune, has not felt its harm. 
While the loved ones at home were left to his arms. 
Who while mingling freely with the world and its strife, 
Has allowed no defilement to disfigure his life, 
And so we can trust him without any fears 
That he'll do just the same for the next fifty years. 

"You see his hair parts much wider to-day 
Than when he was basking in youth's noontide ray. 
And you see his kind eyes in integrity fail. 
As father Time's hand his vigor assails. 
But his heart is as young as when long ago 
He felt it throb quick with youth's springtime glow. 
And freshly and brightly its influence cheers, 
Despite the oncoming of gathering years. 

"Three cheers for a Parker; may his coronet shine 
With the wreath that our kindly affection entwines ; 
May the sweet flowers that spring 'mid the air of his home. 
Be wet with the dewdrops from God's heavenly dome." 

Their children were : 

Eliza Ann Parker, b. June 7, 1824; m. Barley Collins of South- 
borough. He d. Nov. 7, 1853. She d. Sept. 19, 1856. The 
whole family were buried in Westborough. They had one son : 
I. Dewitt Collins; d. Sept. 19, 1853. 

325. Charles Fales Parker, b. Aug. i, 1826; m. Julia A. 
Brigham of Milwaukee, Wis. 

Joanna Whiting Parker, b. June 16, 1833 ; m. June 19, 1857, 
Milton Day of Westfield. They settled in Westfield ; removed to 
Berlin, where he was a shoemaker and farmer and where he d. 
July I, 1889. She now resides with her aged father in Maiden 
at the home of her brother John H. Parker. 


326. John Henry Parker, b. Sept. 14, 1835 ; m. Annie E. 
Gilniore of Boston. 

Ellen D. Parker, b. June 22, 1837 ; d. Dec. 23, 1838. 

327. Sarah Letitia Parker, b. Dec. 17, 1839; ^- Homer E. 
Sawyer of Bradford, Vt. 

160. Ruth Parker (John,^ Peter J> John,^ yohn,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of John and Deborah (Lamb) 
Parker, was b. in Royalston, July 31, 1800; m. in Holliston, 
Sept. 12, 1821, Capt. Nathan Leland of Holliston. She was 
an interesting conversationalist, an attractive and most worthy 
lady. She, like her sister Deborah, m. a widower, and like 
her sister's famil}^ it was often jokingly remarked by the step- 
children that they never knew such a good mother-in-law. 
He was a farmer of Holliston, representative to the Mass. 
Legislature, selectman and captain of the militia. He d. in 
Holliston, 1842, aged 74. She d. in Erie, Pa., April 27, 
1856. Charles, Simeon and Warren Leland, the three well 
known and popular landlords of the Metropolitan, New York 
city, were nephews of Capt. Nathan Leland. 

Their children were : 

1. John Parker Leland, b. April 22, 1822; m. Lydia Morgan 

of Holliston, dau. of Jonathan Morgan. They lived in Hollis 
ton for a few years, after which they removed to Gangese, 
Mich. They are both deceased. Children : 

I. EvERARD Leland ; resides in Toledo, O. 

II. Nathan Leland. 

in. Emma Leland ; m. and resides in Michigan. 

IV. George Leland. And probably others. 

2. George Ames Leland, b. May 9, 1824 ; d. at age of 13 months. 

3. Leander Pales Leland, b. May 21, 1826; m. in Springfield, 

Sarah Price, dau. of Nathan Price of New York city. She d. 
in Marlborough, Feb., 1890. He enlisted in 1861 in Co. K, 
27th Mass. Reg. and served three years, mostly under Gen. 
Foster's command. He was given much picket duty and was 
o-enerally sent to the remotest outposts, positions of much 
trust and danger. During his service he was offered a cap- 
taincy, but he preferred to remain a private. The most trying 
time was the forced march from Newberne to Goldsboro, N. 


C, during which occurred the battle of Whitehall, and about 
16 days constant marching witli but few hours' sleep at any 
time. They were also besieged at Little Washington, N. C, 
for 17 days. He resides in Whitman. Children : 

I. Stark Leland ; m. Josephine Kimball of Holliston, dau. 
of Ebenezer Kimball. He is superintendent of a shoe 
factory in Calais, Me., and has two children : 
I. Frank Leland. 2. L,evoy Leland. 

II. George Leland ; who lived three years. 
III. and IV. Two children, who d. in infancy. 
V. Bertha Leland ; resides in Calais, Me., unm. 

4. Erastus Darwin Leland, b. Sept. 13, 1828; m. Serena Mor- 

gan (sister of Lydia Morgan). She d. and he m. (3) Harriet 

; she d. and he m. again. He resides in Lanark, 111., 

and has three children, one of whom is named EfFendi Leland. 

5. Polly Leland, b. June 27, 1831 ; m. in Springfield, Nov. i, 

1852, Henry Foulds, b. in Arnold, Eng., Jan. 28, 1826. 
They removed to Lanark, 111., where he was postmaster the 
16 years preceding his death. She resides in Burlington, la. 
Their children were : 

I, Alice Carey Foulds, b. in Springfield, Mass., March 

30, 1854. 
II. Lizzie Morse Foulds, b. in Wooster, O., June 14, 1858. 

III. Thomas Foulds, b. in Martin, O., Dec. 9, i860. 

IV. Mary Foulds, b. in Milford, Mass., April 17, 1865. 

V. Henry Morse Foulds, b. in Lanark, 111., March 31, 1869. 
VI. Eunice Foulds, b. in Lanark, 111., July 26, 1873. 

161. Abigail Parker (John,'' Peter, ^ Jo/w,^ John,^ 
Hananiah,^ Tho7nas^), dau. of John and Deborah (Lamb) 
Parker, was b. in Royalston, March 15, 1802; m. Jan. i, 
1829, Newell Ware of Walpole, b. 1806, son of Capt. Nathan 
and Eunice (Smith) Ware of Walpole. She was a very 
capable woman. He was a farmer and a very retired man. 
They lived in Walpole but later removed to Ashland. She d. 
in Walpole, Aug. 29, 1864. He d. in Ashland, May 10, 

Their dau. was : 

I. Elizabeth Deborah Ware, b. Nov. 21, 1829; m. in Boston, 
March 18, 1857, Elisha Morse of Hopkinton, b. Feb. 20, 1830, 


sonofDea. Samuel and Catharine (Sloan) Morse. He was 
a bookbinder. Lived in Hopkinton ; removed to Ashland, 
1865 ; removed to Worcester, 1886, where he d. May 29, 1888. 
She resides in Worcester. He was a soldier in Co. K, 44th 
Mass. Reg., in which he served nine months. Their children 
were : 
I. Martha Elizabeth Morse, b. in Westborough, March 

29, i860; d. Aug. 31, 1861. 
II. George Newell Morse, b. in Walpole, Jan. 31, 1863. 

He is a music teacher in Woi"cester, Mass. 

162. Josiah Parker (John,^ Peter, ^ Jokn,^ John,^ 
Hanamah,^ Thomas^), son of John and Deborah (Lamb) 
Parker, was b. in Roy alston, July 31, 1804; m. in Royalston, 
March 4, 1835, Caroline Peck, b. in Royalston, dau. of Bonona 
Peck, Esq. She was a school teacher. He m. (2) 1857, 
Harriet May of Winchendon. He was a most industrious 
man, worked every day and all day at his trade of crimping 
and treeing boots at which he was a very capable workman. 
The family lived in Ashland. Mrs. Harriet (May) Parker 
d. in Southville, Feb., 1884. He d. in Southville, March 21, 

His children were : 

328. Mary Jane Parker, b. Jan. 14, 1836 ; m. Edgar W. Lane. 

329. Sylvanus A. Parker, b. May 11, 1838; m. Mary Etta 
Gates of .Stowe. 

Ellen Frances Parker, b. in Hopkinton, Aug. 4, 1840; d. June 

16, 1842. 
Arthur Leroy Parker, b. Jan. 5, 1842 ; m. Caroline Gay of 

Hopkinton; d. Aug. 20, 1871. He served three years in the 

Union army. Their son was : 

I. Walter A. Parker, b. Feb. 2, and d. July 2, 1866. 

330. RosETTA Francena Parker, b. June 16, 1845 ; m. Morris 
Flint of Marlborough. 

331. John Francis Parker, b. Aug. 20, 1849; m. Mary C. 

332. Ella Annette Parker, b. Dec. 16, 1850; m. Edward E. 

163. Presson Parker (John,^ Peter, '^ John,^ John,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas' ), son of John and Deborah (Lamb) 


Parker, was b. in Royalston, Oct. 24, 1807 ; m. Mary Newton, 
b. in Southborough, Jan. 22, 1816, dau. of Abel and Laurania 
(Rice) Newton of Southborough. She was one of a family 
of 12 children. They removed to Ashland. Removing west 
he d. in Bloomington, 111., Oct. 8, 1858. Presson Parker was 
a large, handsome, well formed man, six feet in height, and 
wore a heavy, black beard. The family had the severe mis- 
fortune of losing all their children but one before reaching the 
age of 25 years. She still resides in Marlborough with her son. 
Their children were : 

Infant, b. and d, 

George Presson Parker, b. May 6, and d. July 31, 1838. 

333. Lysander Presson Parker, b. in Worcester, Oct. 2, 1839; 

m. Eleanor Wilkins of Marlborough. 
Minerva Ann Parker, b. in Southborough, Oct. 18, 1841 ; m. 

Dec. 25, 1864, William B. Wetherby of Marlborough ; d. April 

6, 1866. No issue. 
Georgiette Marion Parker, b. in Sutton, Jan. 10, 1844 ; m. May 

28, 1865, Daniel B. Bigelow ; d. Jan. 17, 1867. No surviving 

Roland Everett Parker, b. in Southborough, Aug. 4, 1847 ; d. 

Jan. 30, 1854. 

164. Harriet Parker (Nathan,^ Peter, ^ John,^ John,^ 
Hananiah,^ Thomas"^), dau. of Nathan and Catharine (Mur- 
dock) Parker, was b. in Framingham, Oct. 10, 1793 ; ni. 
March 20, 1821, Josiah Bigelow, b. Oct. 26, 1790. He was 
a carpenter and they lived in Framingham. He was the son 
of Joseph and Ruth (Parker) Bigelow of Holliston, thus 
making him cousin to Harriet Parker. She d. Nov. 2, 1861. 
He d. July 22, 1863. 

Their children were : 

1. John Preston Bigelow, b. Feb. 14, 1822. 

2. Henry W. Bigelow, b. Oct. 21, 1824; m. (i) Mary Langell. 

3. Catharine A. Bigelow, b. Sept. 8, 1827; m. Aug. 31, 1853, 

Job T. Perry, native of Belfast, Me. He owned the mills in 
Framingham, near F. A. Billings's. The family removed to 
Somerville. He d. April, 1884. Their children were : 
I. Everett T. Perry, b. Nov. 27, 1854. 
II. Hattie Maria Perry, b. Oct. 13, 1858. 
III. Catharine E. Perry, b. Dec. 22, i860. 


4. JosiAH Q. BiGELOW, b. June 18, 1828 ; d. young. 

5. E. Bigelow, b. June 2, 1S30; m. Marcia E. Terrell. 

He d. Dec. 15, 1885. 

6. JosiAH Q. Bigelow, b. Feb. 6, 1836. 

165. Maria Parker (Nathan,^ Peter, ^^ John,^ John,^ 
Hananiah,'' Thomas'), dau. of Nathan and Catharine (Mur- 
dock) Parker, was b. in Framingham, April 16, 1799; "^' 
Dec. 9, 1819, Abijah Fay of Southborough. He was a farmer 
in Framingham. They adopted one dau., but left no children. 

166. Dr. Peter Parker (Nathan,^ Peter, ^ John,^ John,^ 
Hanantah,^ Thomas'), son of Nathan and Catharine (Mur- 
dock) Parker, was b. in Framingham, June 18, 1804. In his 
youth he exhibited a remarkable thirst for knowledge and 
power of attaining it, together with an untiring industry and 
worth}^ ambition. He was an enthusiastic student from boy- 
hood and early showed a preferment for missionary labors. 
He graduated from Yale College in 183 1, after which he took 
up a course in the medical department from which he gradu- 
ated in 1834 with the title of M.D. He was licensed to preach 
Aug., 1833. 

Peter Parker was a renowned missionary, theologian, doctor 
and surgeon, and conspicuous in the early diplomatic relations 
between his country and China. His ability was not bounded 
by one profession. Wherever he went or whatever his duties 
his associates felt the blessing of his presence or beheld the 
improvement of his touch. 

Having studied theology, in which profession he took a deep 
interest, he was immediately appointed by the American Board 
of Commissioners of Foreign Missions as missionary physician 
to China. He was ordained by the Second Presb3^tery of Phila- 
delphia, May 16, 1834. He embarked for China June 3, and 
reached Canton Oct. 29. At Canton he established a hospital. 
It was originally intended to treat only those affected with the 
diseases of the eye, in which Dr. Parker was an expert, but 
soon applicants suffering from other ailments were admitted, 
and the tirst year he had taken in 2,000. The medical ability 
of Dr. Parker was a marvel. The natives appreciated his 
wonderful cures and showed him the greatest respect and 


gratitude. He also preached to the inmates of the hospital. 
He was the first known white man who ever saw the face of 
the Emperor of China. This was occasioned by the Emperor's 
illness, which necessitated Dr. Parker's educated skill. 

A worthy account of Dr. Peter Parker is by J. H. Temple, 
Esq., historian of Framingham, in which he thus writes know- 
ingly of his deceased neighbor and friend : 

"Soon after reaching Canton he went to Singapore to study the 
Fuhkeen Dialect ; returned to China, Aug., 1835, and Nov. 4 opened 
the Ophthalmic Hospital in Canton, originally intended for diseases 
of the eye but soon became, by force of circumstances, more general 
in its character. In 1837, Dr. P. visited Lew Chew and Japan, in 
the ship Morrisor/., to return to their homes some shipwrecked 
Japanese sailors. He was one of the founders of the Medical Mis- 
sionary Society of China, and, for many years, president of the same. 

"On the breaking out of the Opium War between England and 
China — at which date upwards of 12,000 cases had been treated at 
the Canton Hospital — Dr. Parker returned to America, visiting, also, 
England and Scotland. As a direct result of his efforts, a wide- 
spread interest was awakened in his work ; auxiliary societies were 
formed, and the sum of $6,000 was secured for the purposes of the 
Medical Missionary Society. 

"In Washington, D. C, March 29, 1841, Dr. Parker married 
Miss Harriet Colby Webster, dau. of John Ordway and Rebecca 
Guild (Sewall) Webster of Augusta, Me., and returned to China in 
1842, — Mrs. P. being the first foreign lady to reside in Canton. In 
1844, with the consent of the Pru. Com. of the Am. Board, he ac- 
cepted the appointment, by Hon. Caleb Cushing, U. S. Minister to 
China, of Chinese Secretary and Interpreter to the Legation. An 
historical fact of interest may here be recorded : A projet of a treaty 
had been prepared by Mr. Cushing, and translated into Chinese, 
prior to the arrival at Canton of the Imperial Commissioner, Ke 
Ying. This projet was referred to deputies named by each of the 
two Commissioners, to be examined in detail. One of the Chinese 
deputies was Pwan Tze Shing, son of Pwan Ting-kwa, a Hong 
merchant, from whom Dr. Parker (one of the American deputies) 
had successfully removed a large polypus in each nostril, and whose 
mother had also been his patient. When, in the progress of their 
examination, the deputies came to the 17th Article, which granted 
to Americans the right to rent sites and construct houses and places 
of business, also hospitals and cemeteries, Pwan Tze Shing — evi- 
dently as a graceful tribute of acknowledgment to the benefactor of 



his parents, as well as a public recognition of the claims of the 
Christian religion — proposed to add, ' and temples of worship.' The 
added clause was adopted, and was accepted by the Commissioners, 
and became a provision of the treaty. Whether the prompting of 
personal gratitude, or of a broader motive, this suggestion prepared 
the way for the Imperial Rescript of Dec. 28, 1844, granting tolera- 
tion to Christianity throughout the Chinese Empire. 

"In 1845 Dr. Parker was appointed by our government Secretary 
of Legation and Chinese interpreter, at which date his connection 
with the Am. Board of Missions ceased, though he continued his 
labors at the Hospital till 1S55, when 53,000 names of patients had 
been entered on its roll. He then returned to America ; but was 
soon appointed U. S. Commissioner, with plenipotentiary powers, 
to revise the treaty of 1844. He reached China in December, and 
after two years' service returned to the U. S. in 1857. ^^ afterward 
resided in Washington, though a love for his native town induced 
him to purchase the paternal homestead in Framingham, where his 
summers were passed. 

" Dr. Parker was made a corporate member of the A. B. C. F. M. 
in 1871 ; was elected Regent of the Smithsonian Institution in 1868 ; 
and was appointed in 1S71 by the Evangelical Alliance, one of the 
American delegates to Russia, to memorialize the Emperor in behalf 
of religious liberty in the Baltic provinces." 

Biographical notices of Dr. Peter Parker are also found in 
all standard encyclopaedias and in the History of Middlesex 
Co., Mass. He d. in Washington, D. C, Jan. 10, 1888. 

Their only child was : 
334. Peter Parker, b. in Washington, D. C, June 13, 1859. 

167. Charles Parker (Josiak,^ Peter, ^ John,^ Jokn,^ 
Hananiah,^ T/iotnas'), son of Josiah and Olive (Stone) Parker, 
was b. in Framingham, March 6, 1805 ; m. May 16, 1830, 
Mary H.WallingfordotClaremont, N. H.,b. in Dublin, N. H., 
1806, dau. of Ebenezer Blodgett and Mary (Hildreth) Walling- 
ford. He succeeded to his father's new homestead in Fram- 
ingham ; removed to Illinois ; removed to Bridgewater ; bought 
an estate in Framingham Centre ; removed to Roxbury, where 
he d. Jan. 16, 1885. He felt an interest in his genealogy, and 
to him much of the credit is due for the fulness of the Parker 
records in the History of Framingham. He properly appre- 
ciated the worth of his ancestors' noble lives and observed the 


many abilities which they had transmitted to their descendants. 
He was an enterprising and public-spirited citizen. Mrs. Mary 
H. Parker d. March i, 1870, aged 64. 

Their children were : 

335. Charles W. Parker, b. June 27, 1831 ; m. Mary Jane 
Schoft' of Newburyport. 

JosiAH S. Parker, b. Jan. 13, 1S34; d. Dec. 22, 1838. 
Elizabeth Leman Parker, b. July 4, 1835 ' ^^- Nathan D. Robin- 
son of Bridgewater. 

336. Edgar Parker, b. June 7, 1840; m. Frances Ames Hyde 
of Brid^ewater. 

168. Eliza Ann Parker (Josiah,^ Peter,^ Jo/m,^ 
yohn^i Hananiah,^ Thomas'^), dau. of Capt. Josiah and Olive 
(Stone) Parker, was b. in Framingham, July 17, 1810; m. 
in Framingham, Nov. 4, 1835, Thomas Hastings, Jr., b. in 
Framingham, April 18, 1809, son of Thomas and Nancy 
(Abbott) Hastings of Framingham. He d. June 6, 1886. 
She resides in Cambridgeport. 

Their children, all b. in Framingham, were : 

1. CouRTLAND EvARTs HASTINGS, b. March 21, 1843; ™- i" 

Chelsea, Florence Hubbard of Chelsea, dau. of Charles Hub- 
bard. He resides in New York city, where he is in the whole- 
sale jewelry business. Children : 

I. Lillian Hastings, b. Jan. 16, 1873. 
II. Alice Hastings, b. April, 1874. 

2. Frederic Ashburton Hastings, b. Sept., 1841^ ; m. Jan. 15, 

1872, Elizabeth Dow Ladd, b. in Newton, Feb. 4, 1846, dau. 
of William H. and Hannah B. (Goodridge) Ladd. He was 
of Portsmouth, N. H., and she was of Haverhill. Children: 

I. Ella May Hastings, b. in Jamaica Plain, June iS, 1S73. 
II. Clarence Frederick Hastings; b. July 2, 1877; ^' 

Nov. 21, 1877. 
III. Fred Parker Hastings, b. in Brighton, Aug. 9, 1878. 

3. Ella Webster Hastings, b. Oct. ii, 1849 '■> ^- Nov. 2^, 187:^, 

John Langdon Chapman, son of Eben and Eliza Chapman, 
b. in York, Me., Nov. 24, 1844. They reside in Cambridge- 



169. Emily Parker (Josiah,^ Peter, ^ John,^ John,^ 
Hauaiiiah,- T/ioiiias'), dau. of Josiah and Olive (Stone) 
Parker, was b. in Framingham, Nov. 17, 1813 ; m. Daniel 
Parmenter. She possessed good musical talent. They lived 
in Framingham, where they have both deceased. 

They had one son : 

I. Daniel Parmenter, who served in the Union army. It is 
said that he was shot in a Rebel prison while attempting to 
send a letter home. He was a graduate of Norwich (Vt.) 

170. Edward C. Parker (Artemas,^ Peter, ^ Johti,^ 
'John,^ Hananiah,- Thomas^), son of Artemas and Almy 
(Clark) Parker, was b. in Framingham, Sept. 26, 1806; m. 
May 17, 1832, Mary Leland, b. in Holliston, April 6, 1808, 
dau. of James and Betsey Leland of Holliston. He settled in 
Holliston in the east part of the town, where he built the house 
in which he still lives, adjacent to E. Holliston station. He 
was a farmer and station agent, which latter position he held 
for a great many years and which has now passed to his son. 
His wife d. Aug. 31, 1879. He was the last survivor of his 
family and d. in E. Holliston, Feb. 3, 1893, aged 86 years. 

Their children were : 

337. James Edward Parker, b. Feb. 19, 1834 ; m. Susan Mason 
of Southbridge. 

Joseph Stoddard Parker, b. March 28. 1839; m. just previous 
to his enlistment, Clara Thompson. Enlisted in 1862 for nine 
months in the 44th Mass. Reg. He served a part of the time at 
Port Royal, S. C. He is conductor on Pullman excursion cars. 

171. George Smith Parker (Artemas,^ Peter, '= John,^ 
yohn,^ Hananiah,- Thomas^ ), son of Artemas and Almy 
(Clark) Parker, was b. in S. Framingham, April 19, 1808; 
m. in New Scotland, N. Y., Oct. 14, 1829, Mary Ann White 
of Albany, N. Y., b. in New Scotland, N. Y., Sept. 2, 1816, 
dau. of Cobert and Sarah White. After three children were 
b. to them in Albany, N. Y., they removed May 7, 1837, to 
Holliston, where he was a shoemaker and where he d. Aug. 
I, 1875. She d. in Medway, Nov. 23, 1887. 


Their children were : 
George Smith Parker, Jr., b. Oct. 2, 1832 ; m. Mary Skahal. 

338. Melvina Parker, b. Dec. 9, 1834; "^- (0 Alvin B. Batch- 
elder, (2) William Batchelder. 

339. Eliza Jane Parker, b. Feb. 2, 1837 5 ^- Luther H. Turner. 
Mary Emeline Parker, b. Sept. 15, 1839; d. in Holliston, Aug. 

5, 1841. 
James William Parker, b. March 27, 1842 ; m. in St. John, N. 
B., Catharine C. Godsoe. They had three children. 

340. Charles Augustus Parker, b. Aug. 15, 1844 ; m. Eliza A. 
Pettis of Holliston. 

341. Henry Emerson Parker, b. Oct. 13, 1849; m. Ellen E. 
M. Jones of Medway. 

Edward Lorenzo Parker, b. July 2, 1852; d. in Chicago, 111., 
Nov. 20, 1872. 

172. Curtis Parker (Artemas,^ Peier,^ Jo/in,^ John,'^ 
Hananiah,^ T/iomas'), son of Artemas and Almy (Clark) 
Parker, was b. in Framingham, June 28, 1810; m. April 5, 
1832, Eliza Jane Horton, b. April 14, 1810, dau. of William 
and Hannah (Rice) Horton of Natick. He settled in Natick, 
where he d. Dec. 25, 1873. She d. in Natick, May 28, 1888. 

Their children were : 
Sumner Wheelock Parker, b. Dec. 10, 1835 ; d. Dec. 8, 1S41. 

342. Althea Wheelock Parker, b. Nov. 21, 1843; m. John 
Lovett Sanger of Natick. 

343. Sumner Horton Parker, b. Jan. 7, 1848; m. Emma Jane 
Fay of Natick. 

1 73. Lorenzo Parker (Artemas,^ Peter, ^ John,^ yohn,i 
Hananiah^ Thomas'), son of Artemas and Almy (Clark) 
Parker, was b. in Framingham, May 8, 1812. He learned 
bookbinding of O. Boynton of Framingham, after which he 
settled in Holliston and m. April 10, 1837, Mary E. Herrick, 
b. in Portland, Me., Dec. 29, 1812, dau. of Moses and Mary 
(Cogswell) Herrick. Moses Herrick was in the War of 1812 
and d. soon after its close. Mary Cogswell was dau. of Will- 
iam Cogswell of Lunenburg. Lorenzo Parker was a printer 
and bookbinder. He kept a bookstore in Holliston for many 
years, but in his later years he was a farmer. He lived on the 
place where his widow still resides. He d. July 11, 1887. 



174. Eliza Jane Parker (Artemas,^ Peter, ^ Jokn,^ 
yokn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Artemas and Almy 
(Clark) Parker, was b. in Framingham, June 6, 1817 ; m. in 
Natick, Dec. 17, 1834, David Washburn, b. March 7, 1815, 
son of Jedediah and Mitta Frost Washburn of Natick. He 
was engaged in the shoe business most of his Hfe. They lived 
in Natick. She d. March 12, 1884. He d. Aug. 17, 1887. 

Their children were : 

1. Almy Clark Washburn, b. Sept. 27, 1835; m. (i) Jan. i, 

1S56, Charles M. Felch of Natick, where they resided. He 
d. and she m. (2) Dec. 12, 1866, George W. Lewin. They 
removed to Fall River, where she d. Oct. 9, 1888, and where 
he still resides. Children : 

I. Charles Sumner Felch, b. Jan. 2, 185S ; m. Nov. 26, 

1884, Stella Daniels ; resides in Felchville, Natick, and 
has one dau. : 
I. Mabel Louise Felch, b. Sept. 10, 1886. 

n. Jennie Almy Felch, b. Dec. 26, 1857 ! ^^- Ceorge 
Winslow. They reside in Steep Brook, Fall River, and 
have : 
I. Charles Winslow. 2. Beula Winslow. 

III. Fannie Lewin ; resides in Fall River, unm. 

2. RoMANZO Neridin Washburn, b. July 4, 1839; m. Aug. 22, 

1865, Annie Church of Augusta, Me. They lived in Natick, 
where he d. March 22, 1887. She resides in Salem. Children : 

I. Lorenzo Parker Washburn ; resides in Salem. 

II. Walter Reynolds Washburn ; lived two or three years. 

3. Mary Eliza Washburn, b. April 4, 1845 ; m. Sept. 6, 1865, 

Sylvanus Stewart of Haverhill, where they reside and have 
one son : 

I. Ernest L. Stewart, b. Feb, 27, 1867; m. Bertha East- 
man ; resides in Haverhill. Child : 
I. EfRe Stewart. 

4. Oscar Jedediah Washburn, b. Jan. 28, 1850 ; m. in Sherborn, 

Jan. 8, 1876, Emma Jane Leland, dau. of Amariah and 
Martha (Anderson) Leland, b. in Eden, Me., Nov. i, 1852. 
He is a dentist and resides in Natick. Their child was : 
I. David Leland Washburn, b. in Natick, Nov. 16, 1879. 


175. Susan M. Parker ( Luther, t Philemon,^ yo7ias,i 
Andrew,'' John,^ Hanamah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Luther and 
Dolly (Byam) Parker, was b. in Chester, Vt., March lo, 1826 ; 
m. in Cavendish, Vt., Dec. 24, 1849, Horace Thompson of 
Chester, b. in Chester, May 16, 1825. They reside in Caven- 

Their children were : 

1. William P. Thompson, b. in Cavendish, Vt., Aug. 20, 1855; 

m. Nov. 28, 1878. He is overseer in a woolen factory. 

2. Hattie M. Thompson, b. July 10, i860; m. April 22, 1883, 

Alva T. Pierce of Cavendish. 

176. Lucinda A. Parker ( Luther, ^ Philemon,^ Jonas, ^ 
Andrew,'' John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas'-), dau. of Luther and 
Dolly (Byam; Parker, was b. in Chester, Vt., June 3, 1827 ; 
m. Sept. 12, 1850, Josiah Ayers, b. in Windham, Vt., April 
29, 1819, son of James Ayers of Windham. He was a farmer 
in West Pawlet, Vt., where he d. Feb. 5, 1890. 

Their children were : 

1. Horace J. Ayers, b. Aug. 13, 1851 ; m. Jan. 7, 1873, Ella 

Hicks, dau. of Daniel and Arathusa (Johnson) Hicks. Chil- 
dren : 

I. Addie L. Ayers, b. Jan. 28, 1876; d. Aug. 16, 1S88. 
II. Mardie R. Ayers, b. Aug. 24, 1882. 

2. George J. Ayers, b. Oct. 26, 1855 ; m. Feb. 17, 1878, Ida M. 

Woodard, dau. of Marcelar and Mary A. (Miller) Woodard. 
Their daughters were : 
I. IsMA C. Ayers, b. Aug. 15, 1879. 
II. Grace P. Ayers, b. July 3, 1882. 

III. May B. Ayers, b. July 5, 1884. 

IV. Leslie J. D. Ayers, b. July 19, 1886. 

3. Addie L. Ayers, b. Aug. 20, 1867 ; d. March 5, 1870. 

177. Sarah S. Parker (Luther,'' Philemon,^ Jonas,^ 
Andrew,^ John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas'), dau. of Luther and 
Dolly (Byam) Parker, was b. in Chester, Vt., June 21, 1840; 
m. April 5, 1868, Alvin W. Davis. 

178. Mary Ann Parker (Calvin,'^ Philemon.^' Jonas,^ 
Andrew,-^ John,^ Hananiah,' Tho7nas'), dau. of Calvin and 
Seba (Cutler) Parker, was b. in Chester, Vt., July 21, 1828 ; 


m. May i, 1849, Silas F. Baldwin, b. Oct. 4, 1822, son of 
Nahum and Philinda (Harvey) Baldwin. He is a farmer in 
Chester, Vt. 

Their children were : 

1. Elsie M. Baldwin, b. Feb. 23, 1853; m. Feb. 15, 1884, S. 

Lincoln Hutchinson of New York City. 

2. Oscar S. Baldwin, b. March 26, 1856; d. March 30, 1879. 

3. William P. Baldwin, b. May 6, 1870. 

179. Olive A. Parker (Calvin^'' Philemon,^ yonas,^ 
Andrew,"^ yohn,^ Hanantah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Calvin and 
Seba (Cutler) Parker, was b. in Chester, Vt., Nov. 5, 1829; 
m. March 12, 1856, Silas J. Smith, b. Jan. 7, 1825, son of 
William and Ruth (Blodget) Smith. He is a farmer in 
Chester Depot, Vt. 

They have one dau. : 

I. Grace O. Smith. 

180. Fannie E. Parker ( Calvin,"^ Philemon^^ yonas,^ 
Andrew,'^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Calvin and 
Seba (Cutler) Parker, was b. in Chester, Vt., April 18, 1835 '■> 
m. March 21, 1855, Calvin W. Bates, b. March 25, 1832, 
son of James and Mary (Grimes) Bates. She d. Feb. 22, 

Their children were : 

I. Forest C. Bates. 2. Cora F. Bates. 

181. James 'Pa.vV.O.viyokn,'' Philemon, ^yonas,^ Andrew,'^ 
yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas'^), son of John and Ellen (John- 
son) Parker, was b. in Chester, Vt., Dec. 14, 1825; m. (i) 
Sept. 2, 1850, Sophia Hopkins, b. in Springfield, Vt., Sept. 
26, 1835, dau. of Jotham and Esther (Perry) Hopkins. She 
d. June 30, 1863, and he m. (2) March 23, 1864, Susan 
Balch. He is a farmer and resides in Chester, Vt. 

The children of James and Sophia (Hopkins) Parker were : 

344. Emma S. Parker, b. in Chester, Vt., Aug. 17, 185 1 ; m. 
Henry Philips. 


George E. Parker, b. in Springfield, Vt., March 26, 1855. 
Abbie M. Parker, b. in Springfield, Vt., Sept. ti, 1857. 

345. Nellie L. Parker, b. in Springfield, Vt., March "i 

31, i860; m. Tyler Putnam. vTwins. 

Nettie L. Parker, b. in Springfield, Vt., March 31, i860. ) 

The children of James and Susan (Balch) Parker were : 
Frederic C. Parker, b. Dec. 14, 1864. 

346. Lizzie A. Parker, b. April 23, 1866 ; m. Gilford Ellison. 
Julia A. Parker, b. Aug. 29, 1871. 

182. Amos Earle Parker (Joseph,^ Amos,^ Amos,^ 
Andrew,"^ 'John,^ Hanaiiiah,'^ Thomas^), son of Joseph and 
Relief (Earle) Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, Feb. 26, 1802 ; 
m. Feb. 25, 1829, Matilda Converse of Bakersfield, by whom 
the first two children were born. She d. July 26, 1832, and 
he m. (2) June, 1833, Eunice W. Reid, by whom he had four 
children. Her father was a native of Townshend, Vt. She 
d. at the birth of her last child, July 24, 1842. He m. (3) 
Jan. I, 1844, Roxanna McAllister of Enosburg, Vt., no issue. 
She is still living, but he d. Sept. 25, 1881. 

When at the age of two years he removed with his parents 
to Bakersfield, Vt. At 24 he with about 20 other young men 
gathered at St. Albans, where they on Jan. i, 1826, started 
for New York with 22 yoke of oxen and 19 carts. They 
were on the road 22 days in this journey ; they then filled in 
low land for building purposes, which land is now in the busi- 
ness part of the city. He then engaged in the carpenter's 
trade, and during his three years' stay assisted as far as possi- 
ble in the growth of this great city. Returning to Bakersfield 
he was during the 23 years there a farmer, except the three 
years when he kept the hotel in Bakersfield. He then bought 
a farm in Fletcher, Vt. While in Fletcher he was honored 
with all the offices in the gift of the town. He was selectman 
for four or five years. In 1863 he was a recruiting officer and 
he gladly gave to the new soldier his commission of $15 for 
each recruit. He represented his town in the Legislature in 
1862 and '63, also at the extra session to ratify the Emancipa- 
tion Proclamation. He returned to Bakersfield in 1867, where 
he held various offices of trust until his death, which occurred 
Sept. 25, 1881. He was a large, finely proportioned man, five 


feet eleven in height, and his usual weight being about 200. 
In habits he was temperate in all things, as he neither used 
liquors of any kind, tea, coffee or tobacco. He was a keen 
critic and a despiser of shams, but large in charity and full of 
original wit that made him a welcome guest in any society or 

The children were b. in Bakersfield : 

HoLLis Parker, b. May, 1830; d. May 19, 1832. 

347. Fanny M. Parker, b. May n, 1832; m. Ralph Madison 

348. HoLLis Reid Parker, b. Aug. i, 1S35 ; m. Mary M. Mor- 
row of Pennsylvania. 

349. Jane A. Parker, b. June 20, 1838; m. Reuben H. Black- 

Sumner Earl Parker, b. Oct. 28, 1839; killed at the storming of 
Fredericksburg Heights, May 3, 1863. He was unm. 

350. Worcester R. Parker, b. July 24, 1842; m. (i) Emma 
F. Chase of Fletcher, Vt., (2) Hattie Pearson of Bakersfield, Vt. 

183. Mary Robinson Parker (Joseph;' Amos,^ Amos,^ 
Andrezv,"^ 'John,^ Hanaiiiah,^ Thofuas' ), dau. of Joseph and 
Relief (Earle) Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, Jan. 5, 1804; 
m. Matthew Gray of Bakersfield, Vt. She lived and d. in 

They had five children, of whom two survive : 

1. Seneca Gray. 

2. Mary Ann Gray; m. Cheeseman, and resides in Cam- 

bridge, Vt. 

1 84. Joseph Sumner Parker (Joseph,"^ Amos,^ Amos,^ 
Audrezu,'^ yoh)i,^ Hananiah,^ Thotnas^), son of Joseph and 
Relief (Earle) Parker, was b. in Bakersfield, Vt., Oct. 27, 

1806; m. Hall and removed to New York city, where 

they resided and where she d. April, 1885. He was twice m. 
He is deceased. He was a dealer in milk. 

Their only child was : 
Cornelia Susan Parker, b. in New York city, Dec. 22, 1832; 
removed after the death of her parents to Bakersfield, Vt., and m. 
in 1857, Henry Warner French of Barre, Vt., where she after- 
wards resided. She d. April 4, 1885 ; he d. Sept., 1874. Child : 


I. Adell May French, b. in Barre, Vt., July 3, 1S59; m. 

Sept. 29, 188 1, Ball of Barre, Vt., where she resides 

and has one son : 
I. Frank Warner Ball, b. Aug. 18, 1882. 

Sophia Bigelow Parker (see page 177), (Josepi,^ 
Amos,^ Anios,^ Andrew,^ John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. 
of Joseph and Relief (Earle) Parker, was b. in Bakersfield, 
Vt., April II, 1808; m. Dorastus Wright. They are both 
deceased, but left one dau. : 

1. Amanda Wright. 

185. Euridicy E. Parker (Joseph,'' Amos,^ Amos,^ 
Andrew,^ John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Joseph and 
Relief (Earle) Parker, was b. in Bakersfield, Vt., April 25, 
1811 ; m. July 4, 1845, Micha French, b. in Barre, Vt., Jan. 

2, 1803. They lived in Barre, Vt., where she d. April 27, 
1865, and he d. May 9, 1888. 

Their children were : 
[. CoLMAN Sumner French, b. Nov. 27, 1847; m. in Chicago, 
111., March 12, 1872, Abbie L. Southgate, dau. of Richard 
and Martha (Alden) Southgate. He is station agent at 
Hampton, la. Their son was : 
\. Fred Porter French, b. July 27, 1877. 

2. Alfred B. French, b. April 29, and d. Aug., 1830. 

3. Fred O. French, b. Oct. 10, 1855 ; m. at Clinton, Mo., May 

16, 1887, Bertha Custer, b. in London, O., Dec. 25, i860, 
dau. of Berthier J. and Nellie (Tyler) Custer. He is book- 
keeper for the Iowa Central Railroad Co. at Marshalltown, la. 

186. Frederick Appleton Parker (Joseph,' Amos,^ 
Amos,5 Andrew,^ John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas'), son of Joseph 
and Relief (Earle) Parker, was b. in Bakersfield, June 14, 
1813; removed to New York city; m. Caroline Maxson of 
Squankum, N. J. He was a hackman in New York. He is 
deceased. She resides at Lakewood, N. J. 

Their children were : 

351. Joseph Albert Parker, b. Aug. i, 1842; m. Samantha 
Wing Price. 

352. Christianna Parker, b. Jan. 17, 1844; m. Emil Neesen 

of Brooklyn, N. Y. 


353. Sarah Parker ; m. Henry Calenberg of Brooklyn, N. Y. 

354. George Parker; m. Louisa Ross. 

187. Betsey Lorinda Parker ( Joseph, ^ Amos, ^ Amos, ^ 
Andrew,^ yohii,^ Uananiah,^ Thomas^ ), dau. of Joseph and 
Relief (Earle) Parker, was b. in Bakersfield, Vt., Dec. lo, 
i8i8 ; m. July 7, 1845, Oliver F. Stebbins, son of Jotham 
Stebbins of Bakersfield. They lived first in Worcester, Mass., 
where their three children were born, and second in Athol. 
He is deceased. She resides in W. Medford with her son. 

Their children were : 

1. Adelbert O. Stebbins, b. May 3, 1846; d. April 29, 1861. 

2. Merrit E. Stebbins, b. Feb. 22, 1848 ; d. July 30, 1850. 

3. Herbert Warner Stebbins, b. March 15, 1857. -^^ ^^^ 

graduated from Dartmouth College in the class of '78 ; then 
entered the Theological Seminary at Andover, from which he 
was graduated in 1882. He is a Congregational minister. 
He m. Sept. 23, 1S86, Anna L. Spear. 

188. Amos Y*2iV\i^X ( Sylvester ,^ Amos ,^ Amos ,'^ And^-ew ,'' 
John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Sylvester and Alice 
(Davis) Parker, was b. in Westminster, Vt., Dec. 29, 1800; 
m. at Newark, Vt., June 8, 1825, Lorinda Fairbanks, b. 
April 17, 1802. They lived in Lyndonville, Vt. She d. 
Aug. 26, 1859. He d. Dec. 8, 1873. 

Their children were : 
Sarah Ann Parker, b. Aug. 22, 1826; d. Aug. 16, 1846. 

355. Horace F. Parker, b. in Kirby, Vt., Oct. 6, 1829; m. 
Mary Mianda Cole of Charleston, Vt. 

Harriet W. Parker, b. Feb. 9, 1833 ; d. Sept. 18, 1835. 

Abner R. Parker, b. May 7, 1835. Enlisted Nov. 19, 1863, in 
Co. B, nth Reg., Vt. Vol. Heavy Artillery, was wounded in the 
battle at Cedar Creek, Va., Oct. 19, 1864. He returned to the 
hospital at Brattleboro, Vt., but getting worse was sent home the 
5th of May, and d. July 31, 1865, aged 30 years. 

356. Sophia W. Parker, b. Nov. 5, 1837 ' "^' Joseph H. Smith. 

357. Ann Elizabeth Parker, b. Nov. i, 1840; m. Josiah D. 

189. Joel D, Parker (Sylvester,^ Amos,^ Amos,^ 
Andrew,'^ 'John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Sylvester and 
Alice (Davis) Parker, was b. in Westminster, Vt., Oct. 9, 



Amos Parker. 


1802; m. Dec. 13, 1827, Lucy Wyman of Barnstead, P. Q^ 
The}'^ settled in Hatley, Can. He d. in Hatley, Nov. 29, 
1881, aged 79, and his widow, Lucy Wyman Parker, survives 
him at Hatley, and enjoys vigorous health at the advanced 
age of 87. 

Their children were : 

358. Adaline L. Parker, b. March i, 1829; m. Asahel P. Parker. 

359. Levi E. Parker, b. Aug. 5, 1830; m. Maria Howe. 

360. Amanda M. Parker, b. June 23, 1836 ; m. Alfred Ives. 

361. EdwinjW. Parker, b. March 13, 1842 ; m. Adella Gordon. 

362. Alba W. Parker, b. June 18, 1S45 ; m. Ethel Emery. 

363. Orville H. Parker, b. June i, 1848; m. Betsey Bowen. 

Alice F. Parker, b. May 29, 1854; m. Sept. 3, 1880, H. F. Bar- 
low of Lennoxville, P. Q., b. Nov. 14, 1849, ^°" °^ Horace (who 
d. in St. Johnsbury, Vt., 1883) and Rachel (Glidden) (of Water- 
ville, P. Q:) Barlow. He is a general store-keeper in Magog, 
P. Q_., where they reside. 

190. Alice Parker ( Sylvester ^'1 Amos ^^ Amos y> Andrew,'^ 
yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Sylvester and Alice 
(Davis) Parker, was b. in Westminster, Vt., June 22, 1808 ; 
m. April 27, 1828, Henry Coburn, b. Aug. 3, 1799; d. Feb. 
18, 1870. She d. Sept. 6, 1887. 

Their children were : 

1. HoLLis P. Coburn, b. Nov. 24, 1828 ; m. March 25, i860, Flora 

A. Stiles, dau. of Wm. R. Stiles of Albany, Vt. They have : 

I. Clarence E. Coburn, b. Sept. 22, i86i ; m. Lucy E. 

Gallup. They reside in N. Troy, Vt., and have a son : 
I. Harry A. Coburn. 
II. Sidney R. Coburn, b. Oct. 13, 1869; m. July 25, 1888, 
Jennie Smith. They reside in Barton, Vt. 

III. Avis F. Coburn, b. Oct. 23, 1872 ; d. Feb. 25, 1879. 

IV. Roy W. H. Coburn, b. Jan. 20, 1881. 

2. Alice P. Coburn, b. March 25, 1S33 ; d. Feb. 27, 1835. 

3. Lucy Rosaline Coburx, b. in Lyndon, Vt., Dec. 6, 1835 ; m. 

Dec. 22, 1863, in Albany, Vt., Hiram M. Hunter, b. Aug. 

II, 1838, son of Ira and Nancy Hunter of Albany, Vt. He is 
a farmer in East Albany, near Irasburgh, Vt. Their dau. : 

I. Alice L. Hunter, b. in Albany, Vt., April 4, 1867 ; m. 
Sept. 12, 1889, George A. Sawyer. 


191. Amory 'Pa.vliLeT ( Sylvesier,^ Amos ,^ Amos ,s Andrew ,'^ 
'John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas"^), son of Sylvester and Alice 
(Davis) Parker, was b. in Westminster, Vt., April 15, 1811 ; 
m. Nov. 10, 1841, Susan Oilman of Lyndon, Vt. They settled 
at Island Pond, Vt., where they still reside. 

They have two children : 
Albert Parker, b. 1843 ; unm. Resides at Island Pond, Vt., 

where he is in the employ of the Grand Trunk R. R. 
Nellie Parker ; m. George W. Warner, and resides at Washburn, 

Byfield Co., Wis. 

192. Lucy 'POiXV.^V ( Sylvester ^T Amos ,^ Amos ^'i Andrew ^'^ 
yohn,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), dau. of Sylvester aud Alice 
(Davis) Parker, was b. in Westminster, Vt., May 24, 1813 ; 
m. Nov. I, 1836, John Alexander, b. Aug. 14, 1812, d. Aug. 
10, 1881, son of Abram Alexander, who was a private in the 
war of 1776, and who d. May 23, 1851, aged 92, and whose 
wife lived to the age of 86. She d. June 20, 1865, and he m. 
(2) Feb. 8, 1866, Mrs. Laura Dalgson. 

The children of Lucy Parker were : 

1. William W. Alexander, b. May 21, 1839 ; d. March 29, 1S42. 

2. Abram Alexander, b. April 30, 1841 ; m. July 20, 1874, 

Sarah M. Scranton. They reside in Cambridgeport, and have 

I. Lucy Alexander, b. Feb. 2, 1877 ; d. aged five weeks. 
II. Georgia Alexander, b. April 15, 1879. 

3. Betsey A. Alexander, b. May 9, 1843 ' "^- F^b. 11, 1864, J. 

H. M. Cochran. He d. Aug., 1885, without issue. She re- 
sides in Santa Ana, Cal. 

4. Lucy Jane Alexander, b. Sept. 14, 1845 ; d. April 29, 1865. 

5. Charles Henry Alexander, b. Feb. 3, 1853 ; d. May 12, 1874. 

193. Rhoena Parker ( Sylvester,"^ Amos,^ Amos,^ 
Andrew,'^ 'John,^ Hananiah^^ Thomas^), dau. of Sylvester and 
Alice (Davis) Parker, was b. in Westminster, Vt., July 24, 
1815 ; m. Jan. i, 1840, Silas N. Howe, then of Westfield, Vt., 
b. in Ludlow, Vt., Oct. 23, 181 1, son of Silas and Phebe 
(Newell) Howe, native of Holden, Mass. He was the fifth in 
a family of eleven children (b. between 1802 and 1822), some 
of whom removed to the State of Vermont. He was a farmer. 


They lived in Troy, Vt., from whence they removed to Iras- 
burg, Vt., March 8, 1854, where she d. July 6, 1881, and he 
d. Oct. 30, 1887. 

Their children were : 

1. Edward Sylvester Howe, b. in Troy, Vt., March 7, 1846; 

m. Sept. 17, 1868, Lavina Hammond of Coventry, Vt., b. 
in Coventry, Sept. 17, 1849. They reside at Barton Landing, 

2. George Newell Howe, b. in Irasburg, Vt., Sept. 10, 1871. 

194. Samuel ^.'PSiV^^V (Sylvester, t Amos, ^ A?nos,^ 
Andrew,'^ yohn,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), son of Sylvester and 
Alice (Davis) Parker, was b. in Westminster, Vt., Dec. 27, 
1820. He with his brother Amory are the only surviving 
members of the family of nine children of Sylvester and Alice 
(Davis) Parker. He was the youngest, and although in his 
infancy seemed the most delicate of all, yet since has developed 
a very strong and rugged physique. He was six months old 
when his parents removed to Lyndon, Vt., where he lived 14 
years. His early education was the plain, scanty instruction 
which the place and the limited means of the family afforded. 
He was, to quote his own words, " a better trout catcher than 
scholar." From early childhood he showed, as was necessary 
for one in his circumstances, an energetic and worthy applica- 
tion for work and industry. Removing from Lyndon to 
Derby, Vt., he worked on his father's farm living with and 
supporting his parents in their old age, also working at car- 
pentering summers and chopping cord wood winters at 25 
cents a cord, finally leaving for pastures new he took passage 
at Burlington for Whitehall, N. Y., on the first steamboat he 
ever saw ; thence proceeded to Albany and from there by 
canal packet to Buffalo, a distance of 300 miles in seven days ; 
thence by steamboats through lakes Erie, St. Clair, Huron 
and Michigan to Southport, which is now Kenuska, Wis. 
There he was first a carpenter, and later a maker of pipe 
organs. Being ingenious with tools and having a fine ear 
for music he continued in the latter business until 1847, when 
he returned to Bakersfield, Vt. He then, in 1848, m. Harriet 
Field, dau. of Ebenezer W. and Adah (Davis) Field of 



Samuel W. Parker. 


Bakersfield and settled in Coventry, Vt. He was a success- 
ful mechanic, made pianos, wagons and sleighs, also made and 
repaired furniture. He made four trips annually through the 
settled portions of the State in tuning pianos and organs. 

He removed with his family to Newport, Vt., in 1869, 
where he opened the music store which is still conducted by 
his successors. Ever an enterprising and public-spirited citi- 
zen, he has taken a personal part in the development of the 
West and South. He is thus very widely known and is as 
highly esteemed by all. In temperament his genial nature, 
hospitality and good will are ever bubbling to the surface. 
He has by his great industry and good judgment accumulated 
a very goodly estate from the smallest of beginnings. Owing 
to his interest and pains is partly due the fulness of the records 
of his own and allied families in this genealogy. 

Their children were : 
George O. Parker, b. Nov. 6, 1848 ; was drowned in Dec, 1859. 
Homer E. Parker, b. May 4, 1858 ; d. June 15, 1862. 
364. Eliza E. Parker, b. Aug. 5, 1853; m. Nov. 6, 1874, 

Edward H. Boden. 
Florence E. Parker, b. Dec. 29, i860; m. May 11, 1882, George 

H. Newland. They have no issue. 

195. Lucinda Bangs Parker (Bana,^ Amos,^ Amos,^ 
Andrezv,^ yo/i)i,^ Hanamah,^ T/winas^), dau. of Dana R. and 
Sarah Davis (Williams) Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, 
March 9, 1807 ; m. in Hubbardston, Aug. 28, 1832, Eli Gray, 
son of Simeon and Sarah (Treadwell) Gray of Templeton. 
They lived in Templeton, where she d. Dec. 30, 1856. He m. 
(2) Mrs. Maria E. Hutchinson, who survives. He d. at the 
age of 83 years, Jan. 17, 1889. 

Their children were : 

1. Infant dau., b. and d. June 8, 1833. 

2. Marshall E. Gray, b. Aug. 27, and d. Oct. 11, 1S34. 

3. Lucinda Sophia Gray, b. Sept. 21, 1835; m. May 12, 1855, 

Leonard Hunting, b. in Hubbardston, March 19, 1826, son of 
Lemuel and Polly (Baker) Hunting of Hubbardston. They 
reside in Worcester. Their children were : 
I. Lewis Pratt Hunting, b. in Templeton, Aug. 13, 1S56 ; 
m. Nov. 13, 1878, Josephine Williams of Templeton, 


dau. of James Williams. He resides near Baldwinsville. 
Their children were : 
I. James Hunting. 2. George Hunting. 3. Herbert Hunting. 
II. LuciNDA Maria Hunting, b. in Phillipston, July 1 , 1857 5 
d. Jan. 30, 1858. 

III. Ada Louisa Hunting, b. in Templeton, April 5, i860; 

d. Nov. 13, r86i. 

IV. Frederick M. Hunting, b. in Templeton, Aug. 13, 

1863 ; resides in Worcester. 
V. Eli Adelbert Hunting, b. in Templeton, Oct. 25, 1864 ; 
m. Minnie Merritt of Templeton, dau. of John Merritt. 
They reside in E. Templeton. No surviving issue. 
VI. Leonard Leslie Hunting, b. in Templeton, Jan. 5, 

1867 ; resides in Worcester. 
VII. Charles Everard Hunting, b. in Templeton, Aug. 12, 

VIII. Alice Effie Hunting, b. in Templeton, June 18, 1875 ; 
d. Aug. 16, 1876. 

Eli Elbia Gray, b. Sept. 17, 1836; m. (i) in Fitzwilliam, 
May 29, 1862, Rebecca Elizabeth Newton, b. March 5, 1845, 
d. May 10, 1873, dau. of Asa and Rebecca Prescott (Dolbear) 
Newton. They had three children. He m. (2) Emma Briggs, 
b. May 20, 1844, dau. of Franklin and Lydia (Johnson) 
Briggs. He was a teamster in Templeton. Children : 
I. Hattie Lucinda Gray, b. in Templeton, June 20, 1863 ; 
m. in Baldwinsville, March 2, 1881, Fredric S. Coy, b. 
in East Cambridge, July 10, 1858, son of Horace S. and 
Lucy E. (Babb) Coy. He is a hotel-keeper. 
II. William Newton Gray, b. in Templeton, May 13, 1S66 ; 
m- Houghton of Athol. They reside in Baldwins- 
ville and have a son and dau. 
III. Mabel Evelina Gray, b. in Templeton, July 19, 1868; 
m. Frank Smith of Templeton. 

Simeon Dennison Parker Gray, b. Dec. 6, 1S41 ; m. (i) 
March 27, 1864, Almanza S. Clayton, and had: 
I. Alice Clayton Gray, b. Feb. 15, 1869. 
II. Herbert Gray, b. Jan. 29, and d. July 28, 1871. 
m. (2) Feb. 20, 1873, Susan E. Knowlton, and had: 

III. Edith Goddard Gray, b. Jan. 9, 1874. 

IV. Anna Louisa Gray, b. July 14, and d. Aug. 23, 1876. 

V. Eva Maria Gray, b. Jan. 16, 1880. 


6. Amos Wilberforce Gray, b. April 6, 1843. He enlisted as a 

recruit in Co. C, 27th Reg., Mass. Vols., in March, 1862. In 
April he joined his regiment near Newberne, N. C. Through 
the summer they were kept in that vicinity on guard duty. He 
was eight months in the service when he was taken sick and 
d. in the hospital at Washington, N. C, Dec. 5, 1862, at the 
age of 19 years. 

7. Infant son, b. and d. March 15, 1846. 

8. John Marshall Gray, b. April 6, 1847 5 ^- Joanna Wood. 

He d. Sept. 24, 1880, and left no issue. 

196. Sarah Davis Parker (Dana;> Amos,^ Amos,^ 
Andrew,^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Dana R. and 
Sarah Davis (Williams) Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, June 
7, 1808 ; m. March 18, 1830, Oliver Hale of Hubbardston, son 
of Luther Hale, who came from Leominster to Hubbardston 
about 1788, m. three times and had a family of 15 children, 
Oliver being the ninth, b. Sept. 28, 1804. In the midst of 
life, while en route for San Francisco, he w^as drowned off the 
southern coast of California by wreck and burning of steamer 
Independence in 1853, and was buried on Magdelena Island 
with 240 others who perished out of 800 passengers. He d. 
Feb. 16, 1853. His brother-in-law, Amory Parker, who now 
lives in Hubbardston, was on the same ship. She still resides 
in Hubbardston with her children. 

The three brothers, John Williams, Jonas and Dennison Robinson Parker, 
sons of Dana R. Parker, removed to New York city early in life. The issue 
of John W. as far as is known appears above. Jonas Parker m. Susan Ann 
Decker, and Dennison R. Parker m. Mary A. Vroome, both of Staten Island, 
N. Y. Thev each left families in or near New York city, but whose present 
whereabouts I am unable to state. Jonas Parker went to S. Carolina about 
1874; he was in Aiken, S. C, in 1SS6, and his dau. m. there. He is probably 
deceased. He had a son whose name was probably Amos Parker, who is sup- 
posed to be living in the vicinity of New York city. 

Dennison Robinson Parker is deceased. He had two daughters, who are 
supposed to be married, and it is supposed that one lives in the vicinity of 

"Of Dana R. Parker's descendants," writes one of them, " I can only say 
that they are in about as widely scattered pursuits at present as any I ever 
knew : bankers, railway managers, civil engineers, doctors, lawyers, steam- 
boat men and manufacturers. Had I the time I could write quite a history of 
their pursuits. I should say, however, that I never knew a politician among 
them. They are travelled, having been from Maine to California, where some 
are now. Some are silver mining in Mexico." 


Their children were : 

1. John Otis Hale, b. April 2, 1831 ; m. Nov. 7, i860, Lucy 

Browning of Hubbardston. He d. Dec. 8, 1873, and she d. 
Jan. 28, 1878. They left five children : 
I. Abby Calista Hale, b. July 21, 1862. 
II. Oliver Hale, b. Dec. 12, 1863. 

III. Joshua Browning Hale, b. June 14, 1864. 

IV. John Otis Hale, b. Dec. i, 1866. 

V. Lucy Dorrit Hale, b. Aug. 18, 1868. 

2. Sarah Maria Hale, b. Aug. 3, 1833 ; m. Aug. 31, 1S62, Luke 

Davis of Boston. He d. Aug. 29, 1883, leaving no issue. 
She resides in Newton. 

3. Minerva F. Hale, b. June 27, 1837 ; resides in Hubbardston. 

4. Catherine Swan Hale, b. June 8, 1841 ; unm. | ™ . 

5. Clara Swan Hale, b. June 8, 184 1 ; unm. I 

6. Seth p. Hale, b. Feb. 12, 1846; m. Dec. 2, 1867, Abby 

Bennett of Hubbardston. She d. March 8, 1888. Child: 
I. William Bennett Hale, b. May 14, 1871. 

John Williams Parker (see page i*] ()), (D ana, ^ Amos, ^ 
Amosy> Andrew,'^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Dana 
R. and Sarah Davis (Williams) Parker, was b. in Hubbard- 
ston, March 5, 1810; removed to New York city or vicinity; 
m. Jan. i, 1837, Nancy F. Barr of New York city, b. in New 
York city, 1817. She d. July 30, 1847. He d. about 1874. 

Their children were : 

George W. L. Parker, b. Jan. 20, 1840; was twice m. ; was a 
steamboat man and lived in East New York, L. I. 

Mary L. Parker, b. Dec. 26, 1S41 ; m. William A. Heywood (see 
page 322). 

197. Priscilla Elvira Parker ( Dana,'} Amos, ^ Amos, ^ 
Andrew,^ 'John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Dana R. and 
Sarah Davis (Williams) Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, Nov. 
28, 1811 ; m. Aug. 31, 1835, Seth P. Heywood of Barre, son 
of the Heywood family of Shrewsbury and connected with the 
Worcester, Gardner and Fitchburg families of this name. 
His mother, Alice (Pratt) Heywood, was also a native of 
Shrewsbury. Seth P. Heywood and wife settled in Barre 
and had two sons. She d. Dec, 1876, aged 65 years, and he 


m. her sister, Martha Maria Parker (see No. 201), and resides 
in Barre Plains. 

Their children were : 

1. William Austin Heyw^ood, b. Jan. 13, 1841 ; m. Mary L. 

Parker, b. Dec. 26, 1841, dau. of John Wilh'ams and Nancy F. 
(Barr) Parker (see page 321). She d. April 20, 1862, and he 
m. (2) Amanda Sanderson of Barre. They reside in Spring- 
field and have one son : 
I. Frank A. Heywood, in the employ of the B. & A. R. R. 

2. Phineas Heywood, b. July 9, 1845 ; m. Nov. 8, 1864, Hattie 

Louisa King, dau. of Charles and Harriet D. King, both of 
Rutland. He is station agent at Barre Plains. Children : 

I. Hattie Elvira Heywood, b. Oct. 11, 1868; d. March 

17, 1889. 
II. Ernest Pratt Heywood, b. Jan. 24, 1876. 

198. SophroniaPsLvliier ( Da na,T Amos, ^ Amos, 5 Andrew,^ 
yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Dana R. and Sarah 
Davis (Williams) Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, Nov. 26, 
1815 ; m. June 21, 1836, Henry Humphrey of Athol Centre, 
b. Nov. 7, 1795, d. Jan. 9, 1882. He was son of Dr. Royal 
and Eusebia Humphrey. He was the second physician of 
Athol. Dr. Royal Humphrey was son of Rev. James Hum- 
phrey, who was the first minister of Athol, where he was 
settled in 1750. She resides in Athol Centre. 

Their children were : 

1. Henry M. Humphrey, b. March 21, 1837 ' ^' ^" infancy. 

2. Henry M. Humphrey, b. Aug. 10, 1840; m. Oct. 18, 1866, 

Abbie F. Holton. He represented his district in the Legisla- 
ture of 1882, and was chairman of Athol's School Committee 
for four years. Their children were : 

I. John H. Humphrey, b. Aug. 6, 1867 ; m. Nov. 12, 1890, 
Clara H. Ward of S. Carolina. 

II. Helen M. Humphrey, b. Sept. 7, 1870. 

3. Helen A. Humphrey, b. Jan. 3, 1844; d. in infancy. 

199. Mary Parker (Dana,^ Ajuos,^ Amos, ^ Andrew,^ 
John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Dana R. and Sarah 
Davis (Williams) Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, Jul}^ 11, 


1821 ; m. May 5, 1842, George Raymond of Westminster. 
They are both deceased. 

Their son was : 

I. Joseph L. Raymond, b. June 14, 1857; ^- Nov. 19, 1878, 
Clara L. Miller, b. Jan. 26, 1861, dau. of George W. and 
Susan P. (Brooks) Miller. They reside in Westminster. 
Their children were : 

I. Louis Raymond, b. May 11, and d. June i, 1880. 
II. Arthur N. Raymond, b. Feb. 10, 1887. 
III. Alice F. Raymond, b. Dec. 17, 1888. 

200. Amos Parker (Dana,^ Amos,^ Amos,^ Andrew,^ 
yohn,^ Hanamah,^ Thomas^), son of Dana R. and Sarah 
Davis (Williams) Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, Feb. 12, 
1823 ; m. April 2, 1844, Lucy M. Shepard of Oakham, b. 
April 29, 1825 or 6, dau. of Samuel Shepard. Amos Parker 
d. in Worcester, Mass., Oct. 29, 1849. 

Their only son was : 

Amos E. Parker, b. in Barre Plains, Nov. i, 1S48 ; m. Oct. 15, 
1874, Ruth Eleanore Dorsey, b. in Roxbury Mills, Howard Co., 
Md., dau. of John Alrastus Dorsey, Esq., Judge of Orphan's 
Court, Howard Co., Md. He is a physician. They reside in 
Philadelphia, Pa. 

201. Martha Maria Parker ( Dana, t Amos, ^ A7nos,^ 
Andrew,^ 'John,T> Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Dana R. 
and Sarah Davis (Williams) Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, 
July 9, 1825 ; m. July 2, 1844, Lysander Batchelder of Athol. 
He d. March 20, 1872, aged 49 years, 7 months, 14 days. 
She m. (2) Aug , 1877, Seth P. Heywood, widower of her 
sister Priscilla Elvira Parker (No. 197). They reside in 

The children of Lysander and Martha Maria (Parker) 
Batchelder were : 

1. HuLDAH M. Batchelder, b. Feb. 12, 1846; m. George W. 

Richey. She is deceased. 

2. Angela Batchelder, b. May 6, 1852 ; m. John C. Dalton, Jr. 

They reside in Salem. No issue. 



202. Susan Elizabeth Parker (Dana,^ Amos,^Amos,5 
Andrew,'^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Dana R. 
and Sarah Davis (Williams) Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, 
April 9, 1823 ; m. Oct. 6, 1848, Henry Burr Howells of New 
York city, native of Hartford, Ct., son of William A. and 
Alice M. Howells. He d. May 12, 1889. She is a noted 
songstress ; resides in San Francisco. 

Their children were : 

1. Charlotte Elizabeth Howells, b. April 17, 1852; m. 

Henry Kunz of San Francisco. Their son : 
I. Charles H. B. Kunz. 

2. Vera Amoretta Howells, b. Nov. 7, 1854; ""•• Robert E. 

Astell, a resident of Canada. They have a dau : 
I. Lottie E. Astell, b. Feb. 27, 1877. 

3. Theodore H. Northrup Howells, b. Feb, 7, 1865 ; m. 

Beppie B. Lee of Weaverville, Cal. 

4. Edward E. Northrup Howells, b. May 30, 1866. 

5. Grace Aguilla Howells, b. May 30, 1871. 

6. Ralph Burr Howells, b. May 22, 1873. 

203. Amos Andrew Parker (Amory,^ Amos,^ Amos,^ 
Andrew,^ John,^ Hananiah,^ Thotnas^ ), son of Amory and 
Lydia (Parker) Parker, was b. in Bakersfield, Vt., Oct. 28, 
1814. He removed from the northern part of the State to 
Cavendish in April, 1835. He m. in Cavendish, May 4, 1837, 
Cynthia Pratt, b. in Reading, Vt., April 28, 181 1, dau. and 
sixth child in the family of nine children, of Luther and 
Susanna (Childs) Pratt. Luther Pratt was a native of Fitch- 
burg and his wife was the third dau. of David and Lydia 
(Stearns) Childs, who both settled in Westminster about 1775. 
Luther Pratt was brother to Levi Pratt and son of David Pratt, 
both of Fitchburg. Her sister, Nancy (Childs) Ward, the 
youngest of this family of nine children, was b. July 20, 1790, 
and is still living. She is a very remarkable lady and retains 
her memory well. She resides in Amsden, Vt., with her 
grandson Charles Ward. 

Cynthia Parker d. Nov. 14, 1857. Mr. Parker afterwards 
m. in Reading, Vt., Feb. 24, 1859, Almira Foster, b. in 
Reading, July 11, 1813, dau. of George Foster, a native of 


Dudley, Mass. Traditions in her family show that seven 
brothers of the name of Foster came from England at an early 
day and that her family were among the descendants of one of 
them. Her mother, Willaba (Chamberlain) Foster, was dau. 
of Abiel Chamberlain, was b. in Woodstock, Ct., Aug. 29, 
1772, and a descendant also of the Peak and Ainsworth fami- 
lies. The children of Mr. Parker were all b. before the de- 
cease of his first wife, Cynthia. He has great-grandchildren. 
Mr. and Mrs. Parker settled in Cavendish where they re- 
sided for over 20 years. He remained on the same farm till 
he m. the second time, then, in i860, he settled in Reading, 
Vt., her native place, where they still reside. He is a farmer 
in S. Reading, Vt. 

The children of Amos Andrew and Cynthia (Pratt) Parker, 
all b. in Cavendish, Vt., were : 

Earl Parker, b. Oct. 30, 1S38 ; d. May 4, 1840. 

Lydia Ann Parker, b. June 15, 1840; m. April 9, 1861, Joseph 
H. Adams, son of Samuel H. and Salome F. (Seaver) Adams of 
Cavendish, Vt. They reside at Cavendish. No issue. 

365. Sarah Emily Parker, b. Aug. 9, 1841 ; m. Lewis Russell. 
Amory Earl Parker, b. Oct. 22, 1842 ; d. July iS, 1S43. 

Dane Parker, b. Dec. 11, 1843 ; d. Nov. 3, 1846. ~) 

Dennison Parker, b. Dec. 11, 1843 ; served in the war | 

of 1861, enlisting when quite young. He d. in the Y Twins. 
Brigade Hospital at Union Mills, Va., June 21, 1863, I 
of typhoid pneumonia. J 

LucRETiA Jane Parker, b. Dec. 2, 1845 ; d. Nov^ 30, 1846. 

Helen Maria Parker, b. July 7, 1847 ; d. Aug. 31, 1865. 

366. Mary Frances Parker, b. May 9, 1849; m. Lyman L. 

Martha Augusta Parker, b. May 4, 1851 ; d. Sept. 13, 1870. 

367. George W. Parker, b. Nov. 25, 1854; m. Mary E. Rist. 

204. Elisha Sylvester 'Psirker (A^nory,^ Amos, ^ Amos, s 
Andrezv,^ 'John,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), son of Amory and 
Lydia (Parker) Parker, was b. in Bakersheld, Vt., Nov. 11, 
1819 ; m. a Miss Barnes for his first wife. They removed to 
New York city, afterwards lived in Mamaroneck, N. Y. He 
was a butcher in early life, later a farmer. He d. about 1885, 
and his second wife d. July, 1889. 


His children were : 

George A. Parker ; he served in the war for the Union, and has 
been a showman in New Haven. Ct. 

Harry M. Parker ; he is the originator and conductor of the well- 
known Parker's Circus d'Canine ; he has educated a troupe of 
remarkably well-trained dogs and has for years exhibited them 
with ability and success. 

205. Betsey Curwen Parker (Joel,^ Isaac,^ Amos,^ 
Andrezu,^ yokn,^ Hanainah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Joel and 
Hannah (Bond) Parker, was b. in Westborough, Jan. 20, 
1799 : m. May 14, 1823, Dea. Elmer Brigham of Westborough, 
b. Sept. 8, 1798; d. March 3, 1871. They lived in West- 
borough, where she d. Nov. 29, 1875. He was a farmer. 

Their children were : 

1. Ellen Elizabeth Brigham, b. March 3, 1824; m. May 12, 

1847, David W. Hill of Westminster. She d. Sept. 13, 1848, 
leaving no issue. He resides in Westminster. 

2. Jannette Hannah Brigham, b. Jan. 9, 1827; m. April 6, 

1848, Archelaus M. Howe of Westborough, b. April 21, 1823, 
son of Luther and Lucy (Brigham) Howe, a native of Vernon, 
Vt. Their children were : 

I. Arthur L. Howe, b. Nov. 27, 184S ; d. Oct. 13, 1849. 
11. Elmer Parker Howe, b. Nov. i, 1851. He is a law- 
yer in Boston. 

3. Merrick Putnam Brigham, b. March 9, 1829; m. May 21, 

185 1, Sarah E. Wellington. He d. Dec. 10, 1875. She re- 
sides in Attleborough. Their children were : 
I. Edward Brigham ; m. Elizabeth Brightman of Fall 
River. They reside in Attleborough and have four 
II. Sabra Brigham ; m. George Cole. They reside in 
Attleborough and have children : 
I. Ralph Cole. 2. Edith Cole. 

III. Walter Brigham ; m. Julia Briggs. He is deceased. 

Their son was : 
I. Charles Brigham. 

IV. Alfred Brigham ; resides in Attleborough ; is m. and 

has two children. 

4. Anna Parker Brigham, b. Sept. 18, 1832 ; m. Feb. 3, 1853, 

Cliarles A. Harrington. He resides in Westborough. She d. 
Feb. 26, 1870. No issue. 


5. Sophia Augusta Brigham, b. July 10, 1837 ' ^- April 17, 1842. 

6. Susan Parker Brigham, b. Jan. 4, 1840; d. Oct. 14, 1863. 

7. Charles Elmer Brigham, b. March 14, 1842 ; m. March 2, 

1866, Ellen Davis. He d, July 28, 1877. N° issue. 

8. Calvin Lloyd Brigham, b. July 30, 1844; m. (i) Oct. 11, 

1866, Mary Millerson Brown. She d. April 6, 1875, and he 
m. (2) June, 1875, Ethie Burpee of Sterling. He has one dau. : 
I. Alice A. Brigham, b. May 10, i868. 

206. Hannah Sophia Parker (Joel,'' Isaac, ^ Amos,^ 
Andrew,'^ yohn,^ Hanamah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Joel and 
Hannah (Bond) Parker, was b. in Westborough, April 5, 
1801 ; m. Nov. 3, 1826, Orestes Forbush of Westborough, b. 
1797 ; d. June 21, 1846. She d. July 26, 1833. 

Their children were : 

1. Lorenzo P. Forbush, b. Oct. 11, 1827; d. young. 

2. Andrew P. Forbush, b. Nov. 11, 1829; m. (i) Ward of 

Princeton ; nm. (2) Davis. He resides in Princeton. 

207. Achsah Forbes Parker ( Joel, t Isaac, ^ Ajuos,^ 

Andrew,'^ John,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), was b. in Westbor- 
ough, Sept. 2, 1803 ; m. April 10, 1826, Solomon T. Fay, b. 
Aug. 21, 1803, son of Benjamin Fay. He d. Nov. 11, 1872. 
She d. in Westborough, Aug. 9, 1891, at the age of nearly 
88. She had 28 grandchildren, 23 of whom are living. 
Their children were : 

1. Henry Clinton Fay, b. March 4, 1827; m. Carrie E. Tall- 

man. He is the pastor of the Congregational Church of N. 
Reading and resides in Somerville. They have children. 

2. George Ellis Fay, b. in Shrewsbury, Jan. 13, 1829; m. 

April 10, 1851, Eliza Ward, b. in Framingham, April 5, 
1829, dau. of Putnam and Betsey Ward, who were both 
natives of Southborough. They reside in Westborough. 
Their children were all b. in Westborough : 
I. Charles Ellis Fay, b. Dec. 9, 1852 ; m. Ella Dale of 
E. Exeter, Me., and have : 

1. Avis Arvilla Fay, b. in E. Exeter, Me., Nov. 24, 1881. 

2. Mildred Fay, b. in E. Exeter, Me., June 23, 1884. 

II. Austin Hamilton Fay, b. Oct. 21, 1857; m. Capitolia 
Aseneth Thompson. They have one dau. : 
I. Ethel Aseneth Fay, b. in Boston, Sept. 9, 1880. 


III. Evangeline Louana Fay, b. Feb. 6, 1874; m. Oct. 12, 
1891, Everett L. Metcalf of Butte City, Mont. 

3. Abbie Ann Fay, b. Nov. 28, 1830; m. April 7, 1855, B"^' 

Newman, b. in S. Egremont, Mass., Sept. 29, 1827, son of 
Samuel and Permelia (Curtis) Newman. Children : 

I. Henry Dexter Newman, b. in Shakopee, Scott Co., 

Minn., Feb. 5, 1856; d. Aug. 11, 1884. 

II. Annie Sherrard Newman, b. in Alton, 111., Dec. 9, 1857. 

III. Samuel Curtis Newman, b. in Delavan, 111., Nov. 13, 

1862; m. in Kenosha, Wis., Sept. 3, 1891, Alice Fel- 
lows. Their dau. was : 
I. Amy Fay Newman, b. Sept. 4, 1892. 

IV. Emma Newman, b. in Delavan, 111., June 7? 1867; m. 

Aug. 4, 1892, Elmer E. Giles. 
V. Fred Newman, b. in Delavan, 111., Jan. 17, 1870. 

4. S. Dexter Fay, b. Jan. 15, 1833 ; m. Aug., i860, Mrs. Mary 

Atwood (Robbins) Merriam,b. in Plymouth, April 11, 1833, 
dau. of Chandler and Elenor (Holmes) Robbins of Plymouth. 
They reside in Westborough and their children were : 
I. Louise Frances Fay, b. June 10, i860; d. July 2, 1885. 
II. Fred Dexter Fay, b. May 8, 1870; d. Sept. 18, 1876. 

5. Susan Augusta Fay, b. June 23, 1835 ; d. Aug. 12, 1837. 

6. Joel Parker Fay, b. March 30, 1838; m. Oct. 9, 1867, 

Susan E. Capen. Resides in Westborough. They have two 
children. One dau,, Gracie. 

7. Francis Taylor Fay, b. Nov. 6, 1840; m. (i) Julia Hamlin, 

and had four children ; m. (2) Jennie Holmes, and has three 
children. Resides in Stamford, Ct. 

8. Susan Augusta Fay, b. July 19, 1843 ; d. Oct. 6, 1863. 

9. Charles Gilbert Fay, b. March 27, 1846 ; d. Sept. 23, 1862. 

10. Sarah Maria Fay, b. March 5, 1848 ; m. in Westborough, 

Nov. 25, 1870, Edward F. Mellen, b. in Ashland, Sept. 9, 
1849, ^^'^ °^ Isaac and Sarah Mellen. He is a locomotive 
engineer. Their children were : 

I. Eddie N. Mellen, b. in Ashland, April 20, 1874; d. 
June 6, 1878. 

II. Ralph W. Mellen, b. in Ashland, Aug. 5, 1879. 

III. Edith L. Mellen, b. in Boston, April 8, 1883 ; d. June 

28, 1884. 

11. Martha Stowe Fay, b. May 9, 1850; m. Wilmot B. Rice. 

They reside in Stamford, Ct., and have four children. 


208. Elmina Augusta Parker (JoeUi Isaac, ^ Amos, '!> 
Andrew,'' yoJin,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Joel and 
Hannah (Bond) Parker, was b. in Westborough, Nov. i6, 
1806; m. April 10, 1827, Thomas Hubbard Fayerweather of 
Westborough (grandson of Thomas), b. May i6, 1806; d. 
Feb. 23, 1879. She d. Oct. 21, 1861. The Fayerweather 
family has long been prominently connected with the growth 
of the town. 

Their children were : 

1. John Lloyd Fayerweather, b. Sept. 27, 1827; d. Oct. 30, 

1892, unm. 

2. Charles Hubbard Fayerweather, b. April 22, 1830; m. 

Harriet Fay. They have had two daughters : 

I. Elizabeth Augusta Fayerweather, b. April 25, 1854 ; 

d. Feb. 23, 1889. 

II. Nellie Hubbard Fayerweather, b. Oct. i, 1859; "^• 

Charles Piper and resides in Boston. 

3. George Thomas Fayerweather, b. Aug. 27, 1840; m. Nellie 

Brown of Westborough. He d. March 8, 1893. Children: 
I. Frank R. Fayerweather ; in the Custom House, Boston. 
II. John Harrison Fayerweather ; res. Westborough. 

4. Henry Edward Fayerweather, b. April 26, 1843 ; m. Mary 

Bennett of Worcester. He was connected with the Worcester 
police force for several years, and since has been truant officer 
of the Public Schools of Worcester. 

209. Harriet Newell Parker (JoeUT Isaac, ^ Amos, '^ 
Andrew,^ yohn,^ Hana^iiak,^ Thomas^), dau. of Joel and 
Hannah (Bond) Parker, was b. in Westborough, Aug. 16, 
1815 ; m. in Westborough, April 19, 1834, Mendal Gilbert 
Fosgate of Berlin, b. in Vermont, May 16, 1809, son of Men- 
dall and Sally (Spofford) Fosgate. He d. in Washington, 
D. C, Feb. 2, 1885. She d. July, 1869. 

Their children were : 
I. Harriet Parker Fosgate, b. in Amherst, Aug. 27, 1835 ; m. 
(i) in Berlin, Nov. 2i, 1852, William L. Eager of North- 
borough, son of Nahum and Sally Eager. Children : 
I. Walter Ward Eager, b. in Fitchburg, March 6, 1855. 

II. Harry Lewins Eager, b. in Fitchburg, Aug. 14, 1857. 

III. Fannie Louise Eager, b. in Fitchburg, Aug. 6, 1862. 


IV. Herbert Lawrence Eager, b. in Fitchburg, Dec. 9, 1864. 
V. Arthur William Eager, b. in Fitchburg, Dec. 39, 1871. 
Mrs. Harriet Parker (Fosgate) Eager m. (2) in Westborough, 
July 2, 187S, Curtis Harrington, b. in Westborough, Jan. 6, 
1835, ^^^ ^^ Samuel A. and Catharine Harrington. They 
reside in Westborough, where he is a farmer. Child : 

VI. Robert Curtis Harrington, b. June 14, 1881. 

2. Martha Augusta Fosgate, b. in Keene, N. H., April 17, 

1837 ' ^' Robert H. Reed. She d. Sept. 19, 1883. He re- 
sides in Boston. Children : 
I. Charles Reed. ii. Frank Reed. 

3. Louise Gilbert Fosgate, b. in Northborough, Jan. 12, 1845 ; 

m. (i) Putnam ; m. (2) Charles A. Harrington of West- 
borough (brother of Curtis Harrington) . Shed. 1889. Their 
children were : 
I. Walter Harrington. ii. Hattie Harrington. 

210. Perley Parker ( Gardiner, ^ Isaac, ^ Amos,^ Andrew,'^ 
Jokn,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas'^), son of Gardiner and Asenath 
(Sherman) Parker, was b. in Grafton ; m. Betsey Mellen of 
Westborough, and settled in Hopkinton. 

Their children were : 

368. Emily Parker, b. Sept. 11, 1818; m. John Crooks of Hop- 

369. Gardner Parker, b. May 13, 1821 ; m. Mary L. Sawyer 
of Gloucester. 

370. J. Mellen Parker, b. March 30, 1829; m. Sarah Curtis of 

Joshua Parker. 

211. Daniel Parker (Otts,^ Isaac, ^ Amos, ^ Andrew,'^ 
'yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thojuas"^), son of Dea. Otis and Polly Ann 
(Nourse) Parker, was b. in Westborough, March 23, 1799; 
m. Jan. 13, 1829, Polly White, b. Aug. 16, 1804, d. Feb. 13, 
1866, dau. of Abel and Sarah (Wood) White of Phillipston. 
They later in life removed to Greenwich Village, but all the 
children were b. in Hubbardston. He was a man of strong 
body and mind. He was a miller ; a man of sterling integ- 
rity, more of deeds than words, and a humble follower of 
Jesus, his Saviour, whom he trusted to the last. He d. in 
Greenwich, Aug. 13, 1885, at the age of 86. 


Their children were : 

Susan Parker, b. Feb. 18, 1S31 ; d. Sept. 5, 1863. 

Mary Parker, b. Jan. 27, 1833 ; m. (i) March 5, 1863, Henry T. 
Sears of Greenwich, who d. in Amboy, 111., Oct. 3, 1866; m. (2) 
Aug. 12, 1868, Samuel B. Estey of Greenwich, who d. Oct. 31, 
1888. She resides in Phillipston. The dau. of Henry T. and 
Mary (Parker) Sears was : 
1. Nellie May Sears, b. April 28, 1865. 

Melissa Parker, b. Aug. 7, 1834; d. Dec. 9, 1855. 

371. Sarah Parker, b. Oct. 15, 1835 ; m. Henry C. Work of 
Hartford, Ct. 

Daniel Webster Parker, b. Sept. 26, 1837 ' ^* J"^y 24^ 1840. 
Isaac Parker, b. Sept. 12, 1839; d. July 29, 1840. 

372. Daniel Webster Parker, b. June 13, 1841 ; m. Fannie E. 

Lucy Augusta Parker, b. Oct. 30, 1843 ; resides in Greenwich 

Harriet Elizabeth Parker, b. May 9, 1845 ; resides in Green- 
wich Village. 

373. Abel Otis Parker, b. Dec. 20, 1847 '■> ^'"- Mrs. Fannie E. 
M. Parker. 

212. Mary Nourse Parker (Ot^s,^ Isaac, ^ Amos, 5 
Andrew,^ 'John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Dea. Otis 
and Polly Ann (Nourse) Parker, was b. in Westborough, 
Aug. II, 1803; m. Dec. 29, 1825, Alvin Waite of Hubbards- 
ton. She d. Oct. 16, 1833. 

Their children were : 

I and 2. Their two oldest children d. in infancy. 

3. Augusta Waite, b. in Hubbardston ; d. in Worcester, at about 

the age of i8. 

4. Clarendon Waite, b. Dec. 16, 1830; a graduate of Brown 

University in 1852, and of Andover Theological Seminary in 
1856, studied six months in the University of Halle, Prussia ; 
he was ordained and installed in Rutland, Feb. 25, 1858. Dur- 
ing the winter of 1864-65 he did good service in the Freedmen's 
Bureau, N. C. The winter of \Z66-6'i was spent in Cuba in 
search of health. He had accepted a professorship in Beloit 
College and was on his way thither when he was seized with an 
attack from which he died Dec. 16, 1867. During his ministry 
of eight years in Rutland 84 persons joined the Church there, 


and this statement is not even an indication of his success, 
though in some measure a tribute to his faithfulness. In Salem 
he won quickly the strong love of his people, which was shown 
in their thoughtful and generous deeds towards him and his. 
It were hard to tell whether by thoughtfully studied and care- 
fully written sermons or by warm hearted pastoi'al work he 
accomplished most for the Lord he loved. He m. June i6, 
1858, Harriet G. Baker, dau. of James and Lydia (Goulding) 
Baker of Phillipston. She resides in Worcester. Their chil- 
dren were : 

1. Anna Mary Waite, b. in Rutland, Aug. 18, 1862. 
II. Florence Sherman Waite, b. in Rutland, Aug. 19, 1865 ; 
m. June 5, 1890, George Arthur Smith of Worcester. 

213. Otis Parker, Jr. (Otis,"* Isaac. f" Amos,^ Andrew,^ 
John,^ Hananiah^^ Thojnas^), son of Dea. Otis and Polly Ann 
(Nourse) Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, Aug. 16, 1806 ; m. 
Nov. 4, 1829, Eunice Allen, b. April, 1813, d. Oct. 13, 1855. 
He d. Sept. i, 1876. 

Their children were : 

374. Lucy Parker, b. Nov. 25, [830; m. (i) James Baker of 
Worcester; m. (2) Charles Lester of Wisconsin. 

A son, b. and d. May 11, 1832. 

375. AvALiNA Parker, b. June 21, 1833; m. Joseph Willard 
Rice of Hubbardston. 

376. Elmer Parker, b. Aug. 30, 1836; m. Sarah J. Hallock of 

Elizabeth L. Parker, b. July 23, 1842 ; m. Oct. 8, 1862, John 

G. Allen of Pittsfield, Vt. " 
MiNAR R. Parker, b. Oct. 4, and d. Oct. 13, 1848. 

214. Nancy Patterson Parker (Jahez.i Isaac,^ 
Amos,^ Andrew,'^ 'John^^ Hanantah,^ Tkomas"^), dau. of Capt. 
Jabez M. and Nancy (Patterson) Parker, was b. May 2, 
1799; m. June(?), 1830, James Wakefield of Marlborough, 
N. H. (as his second wife), b. in Reading, 1782, son of 
Thomas and EHzabeth (Hardy) Wakefield. He d. in Marl- 
borough, May 21, 1864. He was a farmer. He lived first in 
Roxbury, N. H., where by his first wife, Hannah Hemen- 
way, he had several children, among whom was the distin- 
guished Cyrus Wakefield, b. 181 1, benefactor and namer of 


the town of Wakefield, Mass., that part of old Reading from 
which the Parker family sprung. James Wakefield lived later 
in Marlborough, N. H. He was a justice of the peace, select- 
man and representative. Mrs. Nancy (Parker) Wakefield d. 

Her dau. was : 

I. Julia Wakefield; m. in Marlborough, N. H., Oct. i, 1851, 
Obed Gilman Dort, b. in Surry, N. H., Jan. 25, 1828, son of 
Lois Bemis and Elizabeth Dort of Surry, N. H. She met her 
death in the steamboat Wes^ Point collision and disaster on 
the Potomac, Aug. 13, 1862, in which other New Hamp- 
shire ladies together with 80 soldiers lost their lives. She was 
returning from a visit to her husband, Major Dort, at New- 
port News, Va., where he was in the service of the 6th N. H. 
Reg. stationed there with Burnside's army. The son Arthur, 
of six years, who was with her, was also drowned. The sor- 
rowful event cast an added gloom over the people of this por- 
tion of the State to their already many misfortunes of war. 

Major O. G. Dort came to Keene in 1840 and learned the 
carriage painter's trade, and in 1S52 commenced the druggist 
business, following it practically until 1875, and from that date 
has been engaged in the banking business. In 1861 he raised 
company E of volunteers and joined the 6th Reg. N. H. Vols, 
as Captain, afterwards promoted to Major ; served with the 
Burnside expedition in N. Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. 
After the loss of his wife and oldest child he resigned and 
returned home to care for the remaining child and his druggist 
business. He is president of the Citizens' National Bank of 
Keene, N. H. Their children, all b. in Keene, were : 
I. Arthur Wakefield Dort, b. Feb. 25, 1856; d. Aug. 

13, 1862. 
II. Frank Oilman Dort, b. Dec. 17, 1857; '^* J^"- ^^1 

1885, Kate Bardvvell Cobb of Putney, Vt. They reside 

in Keene. Their son : 
I. Robert Gilman Dort, b. Aug. 10, 1893. 
III. Mary Ellen Dort, b. Feb. 13, 1861 ; d. Nov. 27, 1861. 

215. Jabez M. Parker, Jr. (Jabez,^ Isaac,^ Amos,^ 
Andrew,^ 'John^^ Hananiah^^ Thomas^), son of Capt. Jabez 
M. and Nancy (Patterson) Parker, was b. Nov. 12, 1800; m. 
Azubah P. Powers, b. 181 1, dau. of Oliver Powers of Phillips- 


ton. They resided in various places, but mostly on his father's 
place, to which he succeeded and owned when he died, in the 
north part of the town. They both d. in 1865. The place is 
now owned by Mr. Lovewell. He was a farmer and stone- 

Their children were : 

Isaac Myron Parker, b. in Phillipston, Nov. 17, 1S29 ; d. Dec. 
26, 1847. 

377. Addison Leslie Parker, b. in Phillipston, June 28, 1831 ; 
m. Dec. 15, 1854, Mary Melvina Buxton. 

378. Isabella Brown Parker, b. in Roxbury, N. H., Feb. 17, 
1834; m. 1855, Asa B. Turner. 

James Henry Parker, b. in Phillipston, Feb. 12, 1841 ; d. April 
15, 1859. 

216. Enoch Adams Parker (Jahez,'' Isaac,^ Amos,^ 
Andrew,'^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Tho)nas^), son of Capt. Jabez 
M. and Nancy (Patterson) Parker, was b. in Phillipston, Jan. 
14, 1802 ; removed to Sullivan, N. H., where he taught school, 
and was m. to Rebecca M. Gibbs, b. in Sullivan, March 27, 
1803, dau. of Dalphon and Asenath (Fay) Gibbs. The 
parents were natives of Sturbridge, Mass., where the father 
was b. Aug. 12, 1777 ; m. about 1800 and removed to New 
Hampshire, finally settling in Marlow, N. H., where he d. 
1859, aged 82. Dolphon, one of the nine children, resides in 
Worcester, Mass. He traces the genealogy of the Gibbs 
family back to Matthew Gibbs, who emigrated from Fenton 
or Venton, Darlington Parish, England, and settled in Charles- 
town, Mass. He was a planter. He later removed to Sud- 
bury, being one of the original proprietors of the town. The 
genealogical descent became Matthew,' John, ^ Thomas, 3 John+ 
of Sudbury, Jonathans of Sturbridge, Dalphon^ of Marlow, N. 
H., and Dalphon? of Worcester, Mass. Enoch Parker had a 
farm of 100 acres in Roxbury, N. H., was selectman, and d. 
July, 1839. She d. Feb. 26, 1854. 

Their children were : 

379. Pherona E. Parker, b. July 7, 1834; m. John S. Leach 
of Rockingham, Vt. 

Phedras E. Parker, b. Feb. 20, 1837 ; drowned May 23, 1852. 


380. Perry Ander Parker, b. Nov. 30, 1838; m. Mary Russel 
ofGilsum, N. H. 

217. Joel Dodge Parker (Jabez,^ Isaac,^ AmosJ 
Andrew, "^ yokn,^ Hananiah,^ Tko?nas^), son of Capt. Jabez 
M. and Nancy (Patterson) Parker, was b. in Phillipston, 
Aug. 17, 1804. His boyhood was passed upon his father's 
farm in the north part of the town. He was a skilful mechanic 
and builder, so following his inclinations he built a shop for 
manufacturing purposes, locating where is now "Golden Vil- 
lage," a short distance south of the centre of the town, thus put- 
ting to use the valuable water power of this section. He made 
improvements and additions and later built the brick factory 
which has assisted in the growth of this village. He took up 
the old Major Parker homestead (then in possession of Nathan- 
iel Powers), one of the oldest settled localities of the town. 
Here his son J. Damon Parker resides. 

Their children were : 

381. Joel Damon Parker, b. May 7, 1836; m. Dec. 36, 1S64, 
Catharine M. Whitney. 

Jason Goulding Parker, b. March 27, 1S40 ; cL.Oct. 26, 1864, 

while in the service of the Union army.* 
Hannah Maria Parker, b, June 24, 1843 ; d. Oct. 22, 1864. 

218. Emily Sophia Parker (Jabez,^ Isaac, ^ Amos, ^ 
Andrew,^ John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Capt. Jabez 
M. and Nancy (Patterson) Parker, was b. in Phillipston, 
April 13, 1806; m. March 3, 1834, Isaiah White, son of 
William and Esther (Maynard) White, b. in Marlborough, 
N. H., July 13, 1809. He was a direct descendant of Pere- 
grine White of Pilgrim fame. He d. Sept. 25, 1837. She d. 
May 28, 1867. He was a painter. 

* He enlisted at St. Louis, Mo., in Dec, 1861, joining Co. C, ist Mo. State 
Militia. He was with his regiment a short time doing Provost Guard duty in 
St. Louis, then was detailed as Orderly for Gen. Schofield. By order of 
the Brig.-Gen. he was detailed June 11, 1862, as clerk in the Asst. Adjt.- 
General's Office, Head Qj-s. Dist. of Mo. He remained there (being re- 
detailed when Maj.-Gen. Curtis took command, when they became the Head 
Qrs. of the Department of the Missouri), until his death, which occurred Oct. 
26, 1864. His detail was the oldest one in St. Louis at that time. After his 
regiment took the field he applied several times for leave to join his regiment, 
but was held at Head Qj-s, during all his service, much to his disapproval. 


Their children were : 

1. RoDOLPHus Harvey White, b. Feb. 15, and d. April 4, 1835. 

2. Emily Elmira White, b. July 9, 1836; m. April 7, 1857, 

George Hills Smith, b. in Alstead, N. H., Aug. 7, 1835, son 
of Ralph E. and Bia (Hale) Smith. He is a machinist and 
they reside in Harrisville, N. H. Children : 
I. Willie Hale Smith, b. Feb. 13, and d. Feb. 25, 1858. 
II. Anna Louise Smith, b. March 12, 1859; m. Jan. 5, 
1881, William D. Morrison of Marlow, N. H. Child: 
I. Helen Morrison, b. Nov. 23, 1887. 

III. Ethel Bia Smith, b. Sept. 24, 1865 ; m. Feb. 3, 1883, 

Herbert A. Davis of Keene, N. H. Children : 

1. Bertram Stuart Davis, b. Sept. 3, 1883. 

2. Alice Harriet Davis, b. Aug. 2, 1888. 

IV. Sarah Belle Smith, b. Sept. 32, 1867 ; m. Dec. 25, 

1886, Alvin W. Davis of Keene, N. H. She d. Nov. 
7, 1888. 
V. Harriett Buss Smith, b. Jan. 27, 1870; m. March 9, 
1889, George M. Towns of Keene, N. H. Their son : 
I. Charles Henry Towns, b. Jan. 9, 1893. 
VI. Bertha Inez Smith, b. Feb. 3, 1873. 
VII. Leon Henry Smith, b. July 16, 1875. 
VIII. Margaret Lillian Smith, b. Dec. 31, 1877. 

219. Beulah H. C. Parker (Jabcz,^ Isaac, ^ Amos, ^ 
Andrew,^ 'John,T> Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Capt. Jabez 
M. and Nancy (Patterson) Parker, was b. in Phillipston, 
April 21, 1809; m. Nov. 25, 1836, Walter Gunn Clapp of 
Holden, b. Dec. 27, 1812, now living (1889) at Cambridge- 
port, a descendant of Thomas Clapp, who came from England 
in 1633. (See Clapp Family in America, published by David 
Clapp & Son, Boston, Mass.). She d. Jan. 9, 1864. 

Their children were : 

1. Alphonso LaRoy Clapp, b. in Phillipston, Oct. 26, 1837; m. 

Dec. 22, 1862, Harriet Augusta Rose. He d. May 30, 1874. 

Two children : 

I. Charles Irving Clapp, b. in Troy, N. Y., Dec. 13, 

1866; d. Oct. 28, 1S67. 
II. Fred. Whitney Clapp, b. in Worcester, July 25, 1869. 

2. Addie I. Clapp, b. in Worcester, Oct. 28, 1839; m. 1872, 

Hiram Parker. One child : 


I. Warren Belding Parker, b. in Rochester, Aug. 3, 1873. 

3. Elam Smalley Ph^don Clapp, b. in Worcester, Jan. 5, 

1842. Entered the Sophomore class of Troy University when 
17 years of age; graduated second in his class in July, 1862; 
enlisted same day he graduated in Co. H, 125th New York 
Infantry, as a private ; promoted to Corporal before leaving 
the city, afterwards promoted to Lieutenant for bravery at the 
battle of Gettysburg ; was wounded at Chancellorsville at the 
battle of the Wilderness, May 12, 1864; died from the effects 
of his wounds, June 5, 1864. He was a very intelligent young 
man, finely educated and was a gentleman. In all of the 
engagements in which his regiment participated he distin- 
guished himself for bravery. 

4. Lillian Edna Clapp, b. in Phillipston, July 18, 1844; m. Jan. 

I, 1869, Sylvester Nelson Gardner of Troy (a descendant o£ 
the martyr John Rodgers). Their children were : 

I. Warren Sylvester Gardner, b. Sept. 22, 1869. 

II. Elam LaRoy Gardner, b. May 11, 1872. 

III. Beulah Edna Gardner, b. Feb. 16, 1875 ; d. Dec. 13, 


IV. Howard Nelson Gardner, b. May 23, 1877 ; d. Dec. 

12, 1882. 
V. Ernest Howard Gardner, b. Feb. 12, 1885 ; d. July 
16, 1886. 

221. James M. L. Parker (fadez,"^ Isaac,^ Amos,s 
Andrew,^ yohn,^ Hananiak,^ Thomas^), son of Capt. Jabez 
M. and Nancy (Patterson) Parker, was b. in Phillipston, 
Sept. 3, 1812; m. in Roxbury, N. H., April i, 1835, Polly 
Kidder, b. in Roxbury, N. H., Aug. 19, 1816, dau. of Aaron 
and Persis B. Kidder. She d. in Forestville, Wis., Jan. 7, 
1868. He was a carpenter and joiner by trade, also machinist. 
He resided in Phillipston, Mass. ; Roxbury, Peterborough, 
Hillsborough and Marlborough, N. H. ; and Racine, Ahnapee 
and Forestville, Wis. He held the offices of superintendent 
of schools, town clerk, supervisor and justice of the peace. 
He d. in Forestville, Door County, Wis., Sept. 25, 1877. 

Their children were : 

James Ansel Parker, b. in Roxbury, N. H., June 25, 1836. He 
was one of the crew of the whaling schooner Virginia^ which was 
lost at sea in Aug., 1854, with all on board. He was unm. 


382. Amine Cecelia Parker, b. in Hillsborough, N. H., July 
12, 1839; m. George Fowles of Ahnapee, Wis. 

Nancy Patterson Parker, b. in Phillipston, Dec. 26, 1842 ; d. 

June 4, 1857, in Ahnapee, Wis. 
Rosell Reone Parker, b. in Phillipston, June 28, 1845 ; d. July 

4, 1857, "^ Ahnapee, Wis. 

383. Maynard Tillotson Parker, b, in Roxbury, N. H., Oct. 
30, 1850; m. Mary Overbeck of Ahnapee, Wis. 

222. Harriet Ann Parker ( David, ^ Isaac, ^ Amos, 5 
Andrew,'' 'John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of David and 
Betsey (Eager) Parker, was b. in Barre, May 29, 1819 ; m. 
Nov. 16, 1841, John Walker, native of Holden, b. March 3, 
1815, son of John and Eunice (Metcalf) Walker of Holden. 
She d. March 16, 1878. He resides in Barre, where he is a 

Their children were : 

1. John Alfred Walker, b. Oct. 31, 1842; m. Jan. 19, 1867, 

Bessie Whitcomb of Boxborough. They reside in Boxborough. 
Their children were : 

1. Martha Jane Walker ; m. Burpee Steele and reside in 
Leominster. They have children : 
I. Clifton Steele. 2. Russell Steele, 

n. Marion Walker. She resides in Leominster, 
in. Bertha Walker ; m. John Perzanzon. They reside in 

IV. Bessie Isora Walker. 
V, Henry W. Walker. 
vj. David Parker Walker. 

2. Harriet Elizabeth Walker, b. Nov. 21, 1843 '•> '^- Nov. 11, 

1865, Harlow Foskett of Westminster. He d. June, 1870. 

She resides in W. Rutland. Their children were : 

I. Wallace H. Foskett, b. Sept. 25, 1866; m. Nov. 18, 

1889, Etta Himes, b. Jan. 11, 1870, dau. of Edwin and 

Mary (Leonard) Himes of Hubbardston. They reside 

in Worcester and have : 

1. Harold Eugene Foskett, b. Jan. 20, 1891. 

2. Delia May Foskett, b. June 30, 1892. 

II. Fred E. Foskett, b. 1S68 ; d. in Florida, aged 19, 1877. 

3. Lucy Maria Walker (twin of Harriet Elizabeth Walker), b. 

Nov. 21, 1S43 ; m. May 7, 1865, Charles Dennison Robinson 



" Twins. 

of Barre, b. Nov. 25, 1836, son of Marshall P. and Mary 
Elizabeth (Perry) Robinson of Barre. They reside in Worces- 
ter. Their children were : 
I. Arthur C. Robinson, b. March 28, 1866; m. Dec. 17, 

1890, Elmina M. Cole of Worcester, b. March 24, 1866. 

They reside in Cambridgeport. 
II. Albert D. Robinson, b. April 27, 1867 ; m. March 26, 

1892, Louise E. Hamberger of Willimantic, Ct. They 

reside in Worcester. 

III. Mary L. Robinson, b. Sept. 7, 1870; d. Oct. 27, 1870. 

IV. George P. Robinson, b. Oct. 27, 1871. 
V. Hattie L. Robinson, b. Dec. 5, 1875. 

4. George Chamberlain Walker, b. Sept. 4, and d. Oct. 20, 1845. 

5. Andrew McFarland Walker, b. Aug. 14, 1846; resides in 

W. Rutland, unm. 

6. George Frederick Walker, b. June 30, and d. 

Aug. 20, 1852. 

7. Georgietta Florence Walker, b. June 30, and 

d. Sept. 20, 1852. 

8. David Parker Walker, b. July 4, 1855 ; d. Jan. 5, 1876. 

9. Martha Davis Walker, b. March 11, 1861 ; m. March, 1882, 

Lewis Freeman, and reside in Spencer. No children. 

223. Persis Eager Parker (David^'i Isaac, ^ Amos, 5 
Andrew,'^ John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of David and 
Betsey (Eager) Parker, was b. in Barre, May 8, 1821 ; m. 
June 13, 1843, Samuel N. Howe of Holden. 

They had one child : 

I . Cecilia Howe, who d. at the age of i year, 8 months. 

224. Lucy Parker (Davtd,^ Isaac,^ Amos, 5 Andrezv,'^ 
'John,T> Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of David and Betsey 
(Eager) Parker, was b. in Barre, Sept. 2, 1823 ; m. April 3, 
1849, Lysander Crawford of Oakham, b. Feb. 2, 1824. They 
lived in Barre, where he was a farmer and where he d. April 
16, 1884. She resides in Barre. 

Their children were : 

1. Samuel P. Crawford, b. March 13, 1850; d. Dec. 14, 1852. 

2. Clare E. Crawford, b. June 17, 1853 ; d. April 4, 1854. 

3. Emma A. Crawford, b. July 15, i860 ; resides in Barre. 



225. Caleb Alexander Parker ( Lewis, i Isaac, ^ 
Amosy' Andrezv,'- 'John,T> Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Major 
Lewis and Elizabeth (Seaver) Parker, was b. in Sterling, 
Dec. 24, 1806. 

While still a young man he went to New Orleans, La., in 
the early thirties. After a few years' residence in that city he 
removed to Jackson, Miss., where for some years he success- 
fully prosecuted his business of builder and contractor, erect- 
ing the Mississippi State Capitol, the State Insane Asylum, 
Hinds County Court House and other public buildings. He 
also built a part of the New Orleans, Jackson and Great 
Northern Railroad, now the Illinois Central. He went to 
New Orleans again in 1859 ^*^ live, and many of the finest 
edifices in that city were erected by him, among them the St. 
Louis Hotel. 

He d. in New Orleans, Nov. 29, 1891, aged 85 years. He 
was a resident of Mississippi and Louisiana for more than 50 
years. The funeral took place from the residence of his son. 
Colonel C. Harrison Parker. 

"The cause of his death was old age, a wearing out of the body 
which had spent a long and busy life. He had been failing for 
weeks, but with the indomitable energy which ever characterized the 
man he would not yield even to the grim destroyer himself and lived 
for days after he was thought to be in the throes of actual dissolution. 
Once before he displayed the same characteristic. More than 50 
years ago, while foreman of one of the volunteer fire companies, 
exposure at a fire brought on an attack of pneumonia, from which 
his physician said he could not recover ; but the iron constitution had 
not then been sapped by age and the will of the man conquered death 
itself and he recovered. 

" He was much respected by those who knew him for his courage, 
his openness of character, his attachment to his friends and his many 
other Stirling qualities. He leaves children and grandchildren who 
are scattered throughout the Union. He was an old and valued 
member of the Masonic fraternity, which paid to his memory the last 
sad tribute of respect by i^eturning his body to the earth beneath the 
shadow of the acacia." 

He had a family of several children, who are in active life 
throughout the South and West. 



226. Abigail Sawyer Parker ( Lewis, ^ Isaac, ^ Amos,^ 
Andrew,'^ John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Major Lewis 
and Elizabeth (Seaver) Parker, was b. in Sterling, Oct. 15, 
1809; m. Jan. 24, 1830, Joshua Buxton of Lowell, b. Dec. 28, 
1799, ^^ youngest son of Ebenezer and Susanna Buxton of 
N. Reading. They settled in Woburn, where he was a cabi- 
netmaker. They finally removed to Stetson, Me., where he 
was a farmer until his decease, which occurred Feb. 13, 1877. 
Mrs. Abigail S. Buxton still survives him, residing in Stetson, 

Their children were : 

1. Susan Jane Buxton, b. in Sterling, Dec. 4, 1830; is a dress- 

maker and resides in Woburn. 

2. George Parker Buxton, b. in Woburn, Oct. 15, 1832 ; d. 

June 12, 1862. 

3. Joshua Thomas Buxton, b. in Woburn, Oct. 25, 1834; m. in 

Hampden, Me., Dec. 23, 1865, Mariah Emery, b. Feb. 23, 
1838, dau. of John and Sarah (Fernald) Emery. He is a 
farmer and they reside in Woburn. Their children were : 
I. George Buxton, b. April 8, i866; d. Jan. 25, \ 

1875. [-Twins. 

II. Frank Buxton, b. April 8, 1866. ) 

III. Harry Buxton, b. Dec. 15, 1868 ; d. Jan. 31, 1875. 

IV. William Buxton, b. April 2, 1870. 

V. Lewis Buxton, b. June 17, 1873 ; d. Feb. 5, 1875. 
VI. Edward Buxton, b. Jan. 23, 1876. 

4. Ann Elizabeth Buxton, b. in Woburn, Sept. 18, 1837 ; m. 

Charles Starkey of Stetson, Me. He is a merchant. They 

reside in Natural Bridge, N. Y. Their children were : 

I. Edgar Foe Starkey. He is connected with railroad 

II. Charles Starkey. He is a storekeeper with his father. 
III. Mary Starkey. 

Evelina Maynard Parker (see page 185) ( Lewis, ^ 
Isaac,^ Amos,^ Andrew,^ yokn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. 
of Major Lewis and Elizabeth (Seaver) Parker, was b. in 
Sterling, Nov. 23, 181 1. She was a very promising and 
beautiful young lady ; was a dressmaker. In May, 1833, she 
wet her feet in going to a neighbor's house and, it being a 


warm day, she remained in a room where there was no fire 
until her feet were dry. From effects of this she died in a 
fortnight, June 8, 1833. Hers was the first death of a young 
lady which had occurred in the town for a long time. Her 
handsome face was enclosed with black hair and curls, and 
she was already engaged to Reuben Sawyer, who always felt 
downcast after her death. Her loss was widely felt through- 
out the township and a very large gathering attended her 

227. Elizabeth Margaret Parker ( Lewis, ^ Isaac,^ 
Amos, ^ Andrew,^ yokn,^ Hananiak,^ Thomas^), dau. of Major 
Lewis and Elizabeth (Seaver) Parker, was b. in Sterling, 
Sept. 24, 1813 ; m. April 21, 1836, Gilbert Hamilton Howe of 
Sterling, b. March 6, 1810. They lived in the centre for 
several years; removed then to Minneapolis, Minn., where 
she d. Jan. 18, 1882, and where he still resides with his son, 
William Parker Howe. 

All of the children were b. in Sterling : 

1. Mary Augusta Howe, b. Jan. 8, 1838; m. Nov. 4, 1S60, in 
Sterling, James Henry Little, b. in Shirley, Mass., June 39, 
1838. She d. July 4, 1877 ; he d. Sept. 18, 1879. Children : 

I. Jane Elizabeth Little, b. Nov. 13, 1861 ; d. Sept. 8, 

II. Carina Hammond Little, b. Feb. 16, 1866 ; m. Jan. 18, 
1887, in Minneapolis, Minn., William Shutte Marshall. 
They reside in Omaha, Neb. 

III. Arthur Wilson Little, b. Aug. 8, 1867 ; resides in 

Superior, Wis. 

IV. Ora Howe Little, b. June 35, 1869; m. Nov. 5, 1887, 

Seymour A. Miller, who d. May 7, 1888. She resides 
in Minneapolis, Minn, 
v. Mary Helen Little, b. June 34, 1875. 

3. Henry Gilbert Howe, b. April 33, 1839; '^- (0 ^^7 2, 
1865, Josephine L. Bartlett, dau. of Perley Bartlett. She d. 
Jan. 16, 1866, in Minneapolis, Minn., and he m. (3) Dec. 3, 
1868, in Putnam, Ct., Louise Ann Willett, b. in Hartford, 
Ct., Feb. 33, 1839. He is now (1890) in Tombstone, Ariz., 
an engineering and mining expert, U. S. Deputy Mineral 
Surveyor and mine owner. Their children were : 


I. Gertrude Dean Howe, b. in Minneapolis, Oct. 15, 
1869; m. Sept. 26, 1889, in Tombstone, Ariz., Edward 
Warren Perkins. 
II. Charles Willett Howe, b. in Chicago, 111., Nov. 29, 

1872 ; d. July 8, 1873. 
in. Alvan Willett Howe, b. in Chicago, Nov. 25, 1873. 
IV. Louise Rogers Howe, b, in Chicago, Sept. 3, 1876. 

3. Charles Lewis Howe, b. Nov. 13, 1841 ; d. May i, 1861. 

4. William Parker Howe, b. Sept. 7, 1846. He is editor and 

proprietor of the important commercial periodical. The Trade 
Reporter. He resides in Minneapolis, Minn. 

5. Peter Osgood Howe, b. Oct. 8, 1848; d. Jan. 22, 1861. 

6. Silas Walter Howe, b. Aug. 15, 1850; d. Jan. 29, 1861. 

7. Herbert Kendall Howe, b. Feb. 18, 1853 ; d. April 23, 1861. 

8. Thomas Prentice Allen Howe, b. Jan. 23, 1855 ; resides in 

Minneapolis, Minn. He is Assistant Consulting Engineer of 
the Great Northern Railway Co., St. Paul, Minn. 

9. Annie Elizabeth Howe, b. Aug. 13, 1857; d. Aug. 22, 1858. 

228. Sarah Angeline Parker ( Lewis, 1 1saac, ^ Amos,^ 
Andrew,'^ John,^ Hanamah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Major Lewis 
and Elizabeth (Seaver) Parker, was b. in Sterling, Aug. 13, 
1815 ; m. in Sterling, Nov. 10, 1836, John Phelps of W. 
Boylston, b. June 23, 1810, son of Abijah and Maria Phelps 
of W. Boylston. They settled on Maiden Hill in W. Boyls- 
ton, where he carried on a farm of 120 acres in a very suc- 
cessful manner. He was a thorough temperance man from 
boyhood, and a member of the Congregational Church of the 
town from the age of 19 until his decease, which occurred 
May 30, 1859, fi'oni consumption. His widow, Mrs. Sarah 
Phelps, conducted the place for ten years following, devoting 
herself to the good of her family and the farm. She has long 
been a constant member of the Church in W. Boylston, in 
which place she still resides. 

Their children were : 

1. Angelina Parker Phelps, b. Oct. 29, 1837; ^- March 20, 


2. Henry Lewis Phelps, b. Nov. 13, 1839; m. May 6, 1869, 

Mary Ella Brown of W. Boylston, b. in Oakdale, June 19, 
1852, dau. of Dexter (of Sterling) and Rhoda Russell (Law- 
rence) Brown of Weld, Me. He conducts the Phelps farm on 
Maiden Hill, W. Boylston, where they reside. Children : 



I. Henry Edward Phelps, b. May 24, 1870. 
II. Mary Augusta Phelps, b. Jan. 12, 1872; d. Dec. 30, 

III. Minnie Addie Phelps, b. July 21 , 1876 ; d. Oct. 28, 1883. 

IV. Charles Walter Phelps, b. Dec. 9, 1879 ; d. Nov. 5, 

V. Ella May Phelps, b. April 10, 1883 ! d* Sept. 18, 1883. 
VI. Annie Maude Phelps, b. Dec. 15, 1888 ; d. April 2, 1890. 

3. Emily Caroline Phelps, b. Aug. 2, 1842 ; m. in W. Boylston, 

Nov., 1866, William Franklin Davis, b. in Ashby, June 30, 
1846, son of Jonathan P. and Emily M. (Mansfield) Davis. 
They reside in Worcester, where he is a watchman. Children : 
I. Nellie Loretta Davis, b. in Leominster, Oct. 19, 1867. 
II. Nettie Angeline Davis, b. in Leominster, July 23, 1869. 
III. Ruby Lura Davis, b. July 2, 1884. 

4. Ellen Louise Phelps, b. April 4, 1846 ; d. Nov. 13, 1863. 

5. Sarah Elizabeth Phelps, b. Sept. 14, 1849; m. in W. Boyls- 

ton, May 27, 1868, Josiah Samuel Davis, b. in Ashby, Jan. 8, 
1844, brother of William Franklin Davis. He lived in Fitch- 
burg, where he conducted a bakery and restaurant. He d. 
July 27, 1886. She resides in Fitchburg. Children : 
I. Sarah Annie Davis, b. June 5, 1869 ; m. Fred A. Lewis 

of Worcester, where they reside. 
II. Frank Henry Davis, b. May 3, 1883. 
III. Raymond Walter Davis, b. March 4, 1885. 

6. John William Phelps, b. Jan. 23, 1852 ; m. May 16, 1878, 

Addie M. Colby Adams, b. in Nashua, N. H., Jan. 27, 1858, 
dau. of John C^. and Amanda (Farmer) Adams of Nashua. 
Her parents, who were b. Nov. 22, 1830, and Jan. 8, 1837, 
respectively, d. before she was five years and she grew up in 
her aunt Colby's family, which caused a change in the name. 
They reside in Fitchburg. Their children were : 
I. Mira Addie Phelps, b. March 14, 1879. 
II. Minnie Alice Phelps, b. Nov. 11, 1885. 

230. HoUis Gardner Parker (Lewis,'' Isaac, ^ Amos, ^ 
Andrew,^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Major Lewis 
and Elizabeth (Seaver) Parker, was b. in Sterling, Sept. 30, 
1818 ; m. in Hartford, Ct., May 4, 1847, Laura A. Goodrich, 
dau. of Jared and Abigail Goodrich. He is a merchant in 
Manchester, Ct. She d. March 4, 1879. 


Their children were : 
George Hollis Parker, b. in Hartford, Ct., Feb. 21, 1851 ; d. 1855. 
Laura Ann Parker, b. in Philadelpliia, Pa., March 16, 1856; d. 

Sept. 5. 1857. 
Ella Goodrich Parker, b. in Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 28, 1859. 
384. Charles Duffield Parker, b. in Philadelphia, Pa., June 

19, 1861 ; m. Julia Skipper. 
William Lewis Parker, b. in Buckland, Ct., Jan. 18, 1868. 
Grace Adams Parker, b. in Buckland, Ct., July 10, 1873. 

Mary Anne Capen Parker (see page i86) (Lewis,'} 
Isaac,^ Amos,^ Andrew,^ John,^ Hajianiah,'- Thomas^), dau. 
of Major Lewis and Elizabeth (Seaver) Parker, was b. in 
Sterling, March 31, 1820. She went to Uve with Dr. Willard 
Parker of Woodstock, Vt., when quite young, removing with 
the Doctor's family to Pittsfield, Mass., where she lived several 
years, then to Cincinnati, O., where she d. March 5, 1834. 
This was the well known Dr. Willard Parker who later settled 
in New York city. He was descended from the emigrant 
ancestor, Abraham Parker of Chelmsford. 

Lucy Adams Parker (see page 186) (Lewis,'' Lsaac,^ 
Amos,^ Andreza,'^ 'John,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), dau. of Major 
Lewis and Elizabeth (Seaver) Parker, was b. in Sterling, 
March 4, 1825 ; m. in Hartford, Ct., Mr. Gourly of Worces- 
ter. They removed to Pittsfield, Mass., where she later died. 
She d. in Troy, N. Y. Her middle name arose from the coinci- 
dence of her date of birth with the inauguration of President 
John Quincy Adams. She had two children, who both died 
young and are buried in Worcester. 

231. Elisha H. Parker (Eliska,'' Elisha,^ Afnos,^ 
Andrew,'' 'John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Elisha and 
Eunice (Dean) Parker, was b. in Barnard, Vt., May 10, 
1818 ; m. Sept. 27, 1847, Alvira P. Ferrin, b. in Morristown, 
Vt., June 24, 1826. They resided in Morristown until 1879, 
when he removed to Middlefield, Ct., where he resides. 

Their children were : 
Julia A. Parker, b. Sept. 8, 1848 ; deceased. 
John F. Parker, b. Sept. 20, 1850 ; resides in Middlefield, Ct. 
Lizzie A. Parker, b. July 22, 1854; resides in Middlefield. 


232. Minerva E. Parker (Eltsha,^ Elisha,^ Amos,^ 
Andrezu,'t yohn,^ Hananiah^^ Thomas^), dau. of Elisha and 
Eunice (Dean) Parker, was b. in Bakersfield, Vt., May 13, 
1827 ; m. March 3, 1850, Josiah Converse, b. in Brookfield, 
Oct. 15, 1797, and came with his father to Bakersfield, in 
1804. She resides in Bakersfield. 

Their children were : 

1. Charles Converse, b. July 6, 185 1. 

2. Elisha H. Converse, b. July 8, 1853 ; d. June 8, 1854. 

3. Maria E. Converse, b. Sept. i, 1856; d. Aug. 7, 1889, leav- 

ing two sons. 

4. Cheney A. Converse, b. March 30, 1858. 

5. Burton H. Converse, b. June 19, i860; d. Feb. 19, 1864. 

233. Robert D. Parker (Elisha,'^ Elisha,^' Amos,^ 
Andrew^^ yohn,^ ffanantah,^ Thomas^), son of Elisha and 
Eunice (Dean) Parker, was b. in Bakersfield, Vt., May 6, 
1834. H^ removed to Worcester, Mass., and m. Sarah Hawes 
of Auburn. They lived in Worcester. Robert D. Parker was 
a strong, hearty man, a characteristic of his Parker relatives. 
His brother Elisha was also gifted with a remarkable physique 
in his younger days. The former was known to carry upon 
his back and up three flights of stairs a sugar barrel filled with 
coal. Robert D. Parker died from an accident at Lincoln 
Square in Worcester. He jumped from the team which he was 
driving and seizing a runaway horse b^'^ the bridle he succeeded 
in stopping him, but while thus engaged was dashed against a 
passing train and killed. His widow resides in Worcester. 

Their children were : 

Elizabeth Parker ; m. Frank M. Muzzy, and resides in Chicopee. 
Ralph H. Parker, b. Jan. 36, 1866. He is a letter-carrier in 

Clare Parker. 

Lee Raymond Parker. He is a farmer in Barre. 
Birney Parker. 

234. Charles Rollin Parker (Elijah,^ Elisha,^ Amos,'= 
Andrew,'^ 'yohn,^ Uatianiak,^ Thomas^), son of Elijah and 
Rhody (Butler) Parker, was b. in Bakersfield, Vt., Jan. 5, 
1814; m. (i) July 4, 1834, Porti'^i Adelia Harmon, b. Jan. 



21, 1815. He shared to a considerable extent in the arduous 
and manifold privations, often severe, of those who changed 
the dense forests of our country into an orchard, blossoming 
like the garden of the Lord. In this school he learned those 
habits of industry, economy and prudence which enabled him to 
overcome the great difficulties which stood in the way of his 
life's success. After his marriage he engaged in the lumber 
business in Niagara County, N. Y. His company ultimately 
failed and Charles R. Parker lost all his property. Penniless 
and burdened with a family he commenced the study of law. 
For a time he was clerk in the office of Ransom & Holmes. 
After his admission to the bar he became a successful prac- 
titioner of his profession and practiced in what is now the 
city of Lockport, N. Y., for nearly 50 years, without a stain 
upon his moral or professional character. By his industry, his 
close attention to business and his economy he accumulated 
not only a competence but a very considerable estate. He 
was prompt in the discharge of his duties, a safe counsellor 
and a trustworthy employee. Whatever he undertook was 
carefully attended to and well done. He was not gifted with 
eloquence, on the contrary he had an impediment in his speech 
which forbid his entering into that portion of legal practice in 
which lawyers are most conspicuous to the public, the trial of 
litigated causes. He was content to shun the paths in which 
he could not shine. He had a discriminating legal mind, 
good common sense and sound judgment, and above all he 
was an honest man, "The noblest work of God." 

Mrs. Portia A. H. Parker d. Dec. 21, 1842, and he m. (2) 
Feb. 14, 1843, her sister, Marcia Ann Harmon, b. Nov. 22, 
1824, d. Oct. 10, 1845. He m. (3) Mrs. Betsey Maria 
(Paige) Peckham, his cousin, of Bakersfield, Vt. She d. 
May 7, 1853, and he m. (4) Nov. 10, 1853, Harriet Newhall, 
b. in Conway, Mass., Dec, 1818, dau. of Daniel Newhall. 
He d. May 6, 1887. 

His children were : 

385. Charles Fessenden Parker, b. June 6, 1836; m. (i) 
Mary Dickerman of New Haven, Ct. ; (3) Kate Isadore Shipman 
of Girard, Pa. ; (3) Mary F. Ball of CoJumbus, O. 

Clinton Ranson Parker, b. Oct. 15, 1839; ^^- May 8, 1843. 


Albert Butler Parker, b. Feb. 18, 1842 ; m. Mary Kellogg of 

Leslie, Mich. Their only child was : 

I. Charles Rollin Parker ; d. in South Haven, Mich., March 
12, 1888, aged 8 years and 6 months. 
Adelia Parker (twin of Albert), b. Feb. 18, 1842; d. 1843. 
Ann Adelia Parker, b. May 8, 1845 ; d. Aug. 26, 1854. 
Mary Jane Parker, b. Nov. 29, 1846 ; d. Aug. 25, 1866. 

235. Cho Augusta Parker (Elijah,^ EHska,^ Amos,^ 
Andrew,^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^ ), dau. of Elijah and 
Rhody (Butler) Parker, was b. in Bakersfield, Vt., Aug. 10, 
1815 ; m. Feb. 5, 1834, Silas Hall, b. Oct. 8, 1805, son of 
Ralph and Mary Hall of Newburyport, Mass. He d. June 
I, 1883. 

Their children were : 

1. Herman D. Hall, b. in Cambria, Dec, 1834. He is in busi- 

ness in Gunnison, Col. 

2. John N. Hall, b. in Pendleton, Dec, r836. He is in business 

in Gunnison, Col. 

3. Addison Parker Hall, b. in Pendleton, Oct., 1839; m. 1863, 

Celia Warren of Tonawanda, N. Y. She d. 1880. Their 
surviving children are : 

I. Mary Jane Hall, b. July, 1866. 

n. Addie Augusta Hall, b. Oct., 1872. 

4. Caroline Augusta Hall, b. Dec, 1841 ; m. Nov. 25, 1863, 

Rev. Edward Payson Marvin, a descendant of Reynold Marvin 
of Lyme, Ct. They reside in Lockport, N. Y., and have four 
children : 

I. Cornelia Frances Marvin, b. 1864; m. Dec, 1885, 
Albert McDonnell, and have a dau. : 
I. Cho Augusta McDonnell, b. Feb. 2, 1888. 
II. Edward Payson Marvin, Jr., b. 1868. 

III. Walter Clark Marvin. 

IV. William Roy Marvin. 

5. Caroline A. Hall, b. Nov., 1845 ; d. May 28, 1864. 

6. Charles W. Hall, b. Dec, 1848; m. May, 1876, Rachel 

Cowles, and have had the following children : 
I. Willis Harold Hall, b. May, 1877. 

II. Charles Ralph Hall, b. 1879; d. 1883. 
III. Lee Butler Hall, b. Dec, 1883. 


7. Henry C. Hall, b. May, 1852; m. Sept., 1876, Addie Den- 

ning. Their children are : 

I. Emerson D. Hall, b. Jan., 1878. 
II. Raymond Hall, b. May, 1882. 

8. Alice M. Hall, b. July, 1854; in. Nov., 1879, Dr. John W. 

Gorman. Their children were : 
I. John Wesly Gorman, Jr., b. and d. 1882. 
II. Bruce Gorman, b. June, 1883. 
III. Percy Gorman, b. Sept., 1884. 
.IV. Alice Gorman, b. March, 1888. 

236. Caroline Miranda Parker (Elijah,'' EHsha,^ 
A^nosy> Andrew,^ yokn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Elijah 
and Rhody (Butler) Parker, was b. in Bakersfield, Vt., 
March 16, 1818 ; m. June 17, 1840, Stephen Decatur Scovell, 
whose mother was Annah Saxe, descended from the House of 
Saxe-Coburg, Germany. He was first cousin to John G. 
Saxe, the poet. They settled in Vermontville, Mich., where 
he d. Jan., 1850. She m. (2) June 18, 185 1, Argalus Sprague 
of Vermontville, where they reside. 

Her children were : 

1. JosiAH T. Scovell, b. July 29, 1841 ; tn. Dec. 25, 1877, Joanna 

Jameson of Lafayette, Ind. He was 20 years a professor in 
the State Normal School at Terra Haute, Ind. He is a doctor 
by profession and is now practicing in Terra Haute. Ghildren : 
I. Gada M. Scovell, b. Jan. 4, 1879. 

II. Ralph R. Scovell, b. June 24, 1884. 
III. Robert Scovell, b. Aug. 11, 1887. 

2. Augusta A. Scovell, b. July 18, 1843 ; d. Jan. iS, 1869. 

William P. Scovell, b. June i, 1846; d. Feb. 16, 1848. 
Alice L. Scovell, b. April 29, 184S ; d. Feb. 28, 1852. 
Amanda G. Sprague, b. Oct. 26, 1853. 

Ernest E. Sprague, b. Aug. 7, 1855 ; m. Ezra Potter of Ver- 
montville, Mich. They have two sons : 
I. George Glare Sprague, b. June 21, 1884. 
II. Milton W. Sprague, b. Aug. 11, 1886. 
Frederic P. Sprague, b. Nov. 7, 185S ; m. Garrie Sackett. 
Their children are : 

I. Augusta Scovell Sprague, b. Sept. 24, 1879. 
II. Lelia Sprague, b. May 18, 18S1. 
III. Rollin Argalus Sprague, b. Dec. 18, 1882. 


237. Isaac Butler Parker (Elijah;' Elisha,^ Amos,^ 
Andrew ^^ "John; Hananiah; Thomas^), son of Elijah and 
Rhody (Butler) Parker, was b. in Bakersfield, Vt., Nov. 19, 
1827; m. Oct., 185 1, Clarissa Gillett of Youngstown, N. Y. 
He was a lawyer and had just settled at Marshalltown, la., 
when he d. Dec. 26, 1862. 

Their children were : 

Edward Gillett Parker, b. in Warsaw, 111., Dec. 11, 1S52 ; m. 
(i) Oct. 18, 1S82, Tryphenia Pierson, b. i860. She d. Feb. 12, 
18S5, and he m. (2) March 8, 1888, Elizabeth Kane of Canan- 
daigua, N. Y., b. Sept. 3, 1854. He is continuing the law office 
of his uncle, C. R. Parker, Esq. 

Willis Frederick Parker, b. in Mitchell, la., April 2, 1859. He 
is a lawyer in Helena, Col. 

Clara Amanda Parker, b. in Mitchell, la., June 22, 1861. She 
is a teacher in Oneida, N. Y. 

238. Frederic Deforest Parker (Elijah; EHsha,^ 
Amos; Andrew; John; Hananiah; Thotnas^), son of Elijah 
and Rhody (Butler) Parker, was b. in Lewiston, N. Y., Aug. 
10, 1830; m. in Battle Creek, Mich., Dec, 1854, Helen 
Nickols. He d. Nov., 1856. 

Their son was : 

Frederick B. Parker, b. Dec, 1855 ; m. Jan. 5, 1881, in Brook- 
lyn, N. Y., Jennie Sarle. He d. in Maker, Col., Dec. 11, 18S8, 
and she d. in Brooklyn, N. Y., Dec. 12, 1888. Their son was : 
I. Howard Sarle Parker, b. Jan., 1882. 

239. Rebecca Ann Parker (Jonas; Elisha; Amos; 
Andrew; John; Hananiah; Thomas^)., dau. of Jonas and 
Lima (Freeman) Parker, was b. in Bakersfield, Vt., Sept. 
29, 1825 ; m. Sept. i, 1848, Langdon A. Marshall, and lived 
in E. Brookfield, Vt., until her death, which occurred April 5, 
1888. He d. April 8, 1890. 

Their children were : 

I. Eugene Langdon Marshall, b. Aug. 6, 1850; m. Aug. 19, 
1873, Alma Reed. He d. Aug. 2, 1880. Children: 
I. Anna Emily Marshall, b. July 12, 1877. 
II. Eugene Langdon Marshall, b. March ro. 1879. 


2. Lima Matilda Marshall, b. Nov. 2, 1858 ; m. April 14, 

1S79, Eugene V. Price, and have one dau. : 
I. Lima Marcia Price, b. Sept. 7, 1883. 

3. Minnie Sprague Marshall, b. Sept. 21, 1879. 

240. Joshua Freeman Parker (Jonas,^ EHsha,^ 
Amo's,5 Andrew,^ John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Jonas 
and Lima (Freeman) Parker, was b. in Bakersfield, Vt., 
Sept. 23, 1827; m. April 7, 1853, Caroline D. Seabury. 
They reside in Moretown, Vt. 

Their child was : 
George L. Parker, b. in Moretown, Vt., March 11, 1866. 

241. John Cortland Parker ( Jonas, t Eliska,^ Amos, ^ 
Andrew,^ yohn,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), son of Jonas and 
Lima (Freeman) Parker, was b. in Bakersfield, Vt., March 
15, 1831 ; m. (i) May 3, 1857, Oliva M. Wheeler of Walling- 
ford, Vt. She d. and he m. (2) July 8, 1863, Abigail P. 
Wheeler of Wallingford. 

His children were : 
Franklin J. Parker, b. Nov. 30, 1858; m. (i) Oct. 29, 1870, 

Mary Hathaway of East Montpelier, Vt. She d. and he m. (2) 

March 17, 1875, Elia Bennett of Calais, Vt. 
Carrie O. Parker, b. Oct. 7, 1864. 

243. Frederick A. Parker (Austin,^ Nahum,^ Amos,s 
Andrew,^ John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Austin and 
Susan (Martin) Parker, was b. in Westmoreland, N. H., 
1822 ; m. Clara M. Hyland, b. in Westmoreland. He resides 
in Gardner, where he is a mechanic. 

Their children were : 

Frank F. Parker. He resides in Gardner, unm. 
Marion M. Parker. 
Child, unnamed, b. and d. 

244. George Washington Parker (Amos A., 7 
Nahum,^ Amos,^ Andrew,'' John,T> Hananiah,^ Thomas'), 
son of Col. Amos A. and Miranda (Sanders) Parker, was b. 
in Concord, N. H., Aug. 14, 1824; m. Oct. 26, 1848, Julia A. 
Deeth, b. Nov. 2, 1828, dau. of Lyman and Julia (Chapin) 


Deeth. He was for a long time station agent at Fitzwilliam, 
N. H. They reside in Halifax, Mass. 

Their children were : 

Ellen Miranda Parker, b. in Fitzwilliam, July 17, 1849; '^• 
in Fitzwilliam, Jime 20, 1871, Herbert C. Keith, b. in E. Bridge- 
water, Oct. 18, 184S, son of Freedom and Minerva (Holmes) 
Keith. They reside in E. Bridgewater. 

386. Daniel Deeth Parker, b. in Fitzwilliam, June 29, 1851 ; 
m. Abby S. Holmes of Halifax, Mass. 

387. George Amos Parker, b. in Fitzwilliam, April 28, 1853; 
m. Jennie W. Richardson of Halifax, Mass. 

388. Caroline Sanders Parker, b. in Fitzwilliam, May 30, 
1855 ; m. Benjamin F. Thrasher of Halifax, Mass. 

Julia Frances Parker, b. in Fitzwilliam, April 28, 1861 ; m. 
Feb. 22, 1890, Edward Heywood Sawin of Gardner, Mass., b. 
Feb. 25, 1829, son of Levi Heywood and Lucy (Putnam) Sawin 
of Gardner. She graduated from Smith College, Northampton, 
Mass., in the class of '83. 

245. Andrew Parker (Amos A.,^ Nahum,^ Amos,^ 
Andrezv,^ yo/in,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Col. Amos A. 
and Miranda (Sanders) Parker, was b. in New Market, N. 
H., March 2, 1828; m. Feb. 12, 1851, Laura S. Morse, b. 
May 2, 1829, dau. of Isaac and Frances (Stevens) Morse of 
Winchendon. They reside in Brookl}^, N. Y. They have 
no children. 

246. Miranda Sanders Parker (Amos A.,'' Nahum,^ 
Amosy> Andrew,^ yoh)i,^ Hanajiiah,^ Tho)nas^), dau. of Col. 
Amos A. and Mary (McClary) Parker, was b. June 10, 1829 ; 
m. June, 1855, Anson Burt Smith of Fitzwilliam, b. July 25, 
1825. He was a prominent merchant in Winchendon for 
many years, where he d. Oct. 18, 1888. She resides in Win- 

Their children were : 

1. Frederick Parker Smith, b. Aug. 4. 1859; m. June 4, 1884, 

H. Isabel Snelling of Boston. She d. May 19, 1888, and he 
now resides in Boston. 

2. Charles H. Smith, b. July 26, and d. Aug. 6, 1S60. 

3. Herbert Anson Smith, b. Oct. 25, 1861 ; d. Feb. 28, 1875. 


247. Charles Henry Parker (Amos A.,^ Nahum,^ 
Amos,^ Andrezv,^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^ ), son of Amos 
A. and Mary (McClary) Parker, was b. in Amesbury, Mass., 
Sept., 1833; m. Nov. 23, 1859, Jane S- Ballon, b. June 17, 
1836, d. Jan. 6, 1862, dau. of James and Polly (Handy) 
Ballon of Richmond, N. H. He enlisted in the loth N. H. 
regiment in 1861. After a service of nine months he d. at 
Beute La Rosse, La., and was there buried. 

Their dau. was : 
Ada Parker, b. Nov. 5, i860. She resides in Keene, N. H. 

248. John McClary Parker (Amos A.,^ Nahnm,^ 
Amosy> Andrew,^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Amos 
A. and Mary (McClary) Parker, was b. in Kingston, N. H., 
Sept. 17, 1836; m. (i) Oct. 17, 1865, Catharine A. Adams, 
b. June 25, 1840, d. March 19, 1869, dau. of Capt. Jonathan 
S. and Abigail (Tower) Adams; m. (2) Sept. 21, 1870, 
Abbie H. Kimball, b. Jan. 10, 1838, dau. of John and Jane 
S. (Richardson) Kimball. 

He enlisted in the 3rd N. H. Reg. in July, 1861, and served 
constantly three years and three months, until toward the close 
of the war. The losses of this regiment ranked among those 
of the State next to the 5th. He was in the sieging of Fort 
Wagner, was before Petersburgh, Drewrey's Bluff, Secession- 
ville, S. C, and in man}' other important engagements. He 
was promoted from private to orderly sergeant, second lieuten- 
ant, first lieutenant, adjutant and sometimes led the company 
as captain. Mr. Parker has been several years moderator of 
the town meetings of Fitzwilliam, like his father and grand- 
father before him, the three generations making a total of over 
30 years. He has been for many years a merchant in Fitz- 
william, where they reside. 

His children were : 
Helen Adams Parker, b. Aug. 6, 1866. 
Francis Richardson Parker, b. July 19, 1873. 

249. Alfred A. Parker (Ephraim,^ Nahum,^ Amos,^ 
Andreza,^ John^^ Hananiah,^ Thomas'^), son of Capt. Ephraim 
and Lucy (Stone) Parker, was b. in New Boston (part of 




Winchendon), Mass., 1823; m. in Orange, March 30, 1857, 
Frances A. Whipple of Orange, b. Sept. 19, 1834, ^' Nov. 
6, 1891, dau. of John Rice and Martha (Holbrook) Whipple. 
While still young he removed in 1838 to St. Louis, Mo., where 
he became engaged in mercantile pursuits. He removed in 
1864 from St. Louis to Orange, Mass., where he now resides, 
and where he has been engaged in mercantile business up to 
the present time. 

Their children were : 
Alfred Whipple Parker, b. in St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 22, 1859; d. 

in Orange, Dec. 17? 1887. 
John Rice Parker, b. in Orange, Sept. 9, 1861 ; m. Jan. i, 1887; 

d. Dec. 19, 1889, without issue. 
Mary Powers Parker, b. in Orange, March 14, 1865. 
Martha Frances Parker, b. in Orange, Dec. 6, 1867. 

250. Edward Nelson Parker (Epiraim.'i Nahum,^ 
Amos,5 Andrew,'^ 'Joh^i,^ Hanamah,^ Thomas^), son of Capt. 
Ephraim and Lucy (Stone) Parker, was b. in Marlow, N. H., 
April 7, 1822; m. in St. Louis, Feb. 7, 1848, Louisa Moore 
Lackland, b. in Frederickton, Md., Feb. 6, 1826, dau. of 
Dennis and Eliza Lackland. She d. Nov. 12, 1869. 

Edward N. Parker came to St. Louis about 1843 and 
engaged in the business of merchant tailoring and gentlemen's 
furnishing goods. After the death of his wife he went to 
Washington, Mo., and was editor of the Franklin County 
Observer until shortly before his death, which occurred April 
28, 1881, of pneumonia, and he was buried in Washington. 

Their children, all b. in St. Louis, were : 
Eva Louisa Parker, b. Dec. 28, 1849 > ^- Sept. 10, 1850. 

389. Dennis Lackland Parker, b. April 28, 1S51. 
Margaret Ann Parker, b. Oct. 22, 1852 ; d. Nov. 4, 1854. 

390. Margaret Ann Parker, b. Aug. 31, 1854. 

391. Lulu Louisa Parker, b. Oct. 25, 1856. 

Edward Nelson Parker, b. Dec. 10, 1859; ^- J"'^^ 6' i860. 
Mary Susannah Parker, b. April 21, i860. She resides in Balti- 
more, Md., unm. 

251. Charles Adams Parker (Efhraim;< Nahum,^ 
Amos,^ Andrew,'^ 'John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Capt. 
Ephraim and Lucy (Stone) Parker, was b. in Fitzwilliam, N. 


H., 1833. Lived in St. Louis and Rock Island, where he 
was in the mercantile business. From Rock Island he went to 
California. He later became editor and publisher of a daily 
paper in Virginia City, Nevada. He was president and treas- 
urer of various mining companies. In 1882, when last heard 
from, he was at White Pine Mines in Nevada, unmarried. It 
is supposed that he is not living. 

252. Horace Milton Parker (Efhraim.i Nahum^^ 
Amos,^ Andrew,'^ yohn,^ Hanamah,^ Thomas^), son of Capt. 
Ephraim and Lucy (Stone) Parker, was b. in Fitzwilliam, N. 
H., 1835. He went to St. Louis and also engaged in the 
mercantile business in Illinois and Sulphur Springs, Mo. He 
was twice married. Both wives are deceased, leaving no chil- 

253. Eliza Ann Parker (Efhraim.i JVahum,^ Amos,5 
Andrew,'^ John^^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Capt. Ephraim 
and Lucy (Stone) Parker, was b. in Fitzwilliam, N. H., 1838 : 
m. in St. Louis, Jan. 6, 1852, Lucas C. Topping, b. in Chat- 
ham, Mass., 1823, son of John and Patience Topping. He 
has been a merchant in St. Louis. They now reside in 
Wichita, Kan., where he is a wholesale lumber dealer. 

Their son is : 
I. Charles Parker Topping, b. in St. Louis, Oct. 5, 1863. 

254. Janette Frances Parker (Efhraim.'J JVakum,^ 
Amos,^ Andrew,'' 'John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Capt. 
Ephraim and Lucy (Stone) Parker, was b. in Ashby, Mass., 
1840; m. Marshall Thayer of Springfield, Mass. 

Their dau. was : 
I. Grace Thayer, who is m. and is living in Boston. 

255. Thomas Maxwell Parker (^imcy,^ Ebenezer,^ 
Thomas,^ Audrezv,^ yo/m,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), son of 
Quincy and Patience (Brooks) Parker, was b. in Princeton, 
April 26, 1803 ; m. Aug. 9, 1829, in Providence, R. I., Esther 
Cole Luther, b. Aug. 4, 1802, d. Nov. 27, 1845, dau. of 
Mary and Theophilus Luther of Swansea, Mass. They re- 
sided in Providence, where he d. Dec. 9, 1884. 


Their children were : 

Frances Maria Parker, b. April 27, 1830 ; m. Feb., 1861, Edward 
S. McCashland. She d. June 12, 1862, at Newtown, 111. 

Helena Augusta Parker, b. Oct. 18, 1832 ; m. Jan. 18, 1853, 
William Eddy of Providence, R. I., b. Jan. 17, 1823. They 
reside in Providence. 

392. Benjamin Thomas Parker, b. March 22, 1836; m. Char- 
lotte A. Saunders of Augusta, Me. 

Esther Louisa Parker, b. Feb. 18, 1838 ; d. July 10, 1839. 

256. Joseph Brooks Parker ( jitney, ^ Ehenezer,^ 
Thomas,^ Andrew,"^ yohn,^ Hananiak,^ Thomas^), son of 
Quincy and Patience (Brooks) Parker, was b. in Princeton, 
July 31, 1805; m. Oct. 16, 1833, Mary Ann Morgan, b. in 
Brimfield, Dec. 28, 1809, dau. of Calvin and Polly (Forbush) 
Morgan. He settled in the house which he built for himself 
in W. Boylston, which stands near the grist-mill at the junct- 
ion of the roads. He was a true and active student in the 
teachings of Christ and a devoted follower of Him, his Master. 
In July, 1835, h^ w^s chosen deacon of the Orthodox Con- 
gregational Church in W. Boylston. He later removed to 
Clinton, residing near the depot in the house which his family 
still occupy and where he d. His widow survives. 

Aside from his home training, his early education was 
limited to the common district school of his town. At the 
age of 15 he was apprenticed to Joel Howe, a blacksmith of 
Princeton, with whom he remained six years. Completing 
his apprenticeship he entered the machine shop of Samuel 
Flagg of Oakdale. In this position he developed at once an 
uncommon tact for his new employment, for within a year 
he was appointed foreman of the shop, on account of which 
some of the senior workmen refusing to work under so young 
a man resigned ; but his apparent ability as a mechanic held 
for him his position and his manly demeanor won back his 
disaffected shopmates and made them ever after his true and 
faithful friends. His engagement with Mr. Flagg terminat- 
ing he commenced the machine business on his own account, 
occupying the shop formerly occupied by Mr. Flagg. Mean- 
while, E. B. Bigelow, then of W. Boylston, and since so dis- 
tinguished as an inventor, had conceived the idea of building 


a loom for weaving counterpanes. In his struggle to bring 
forth the invention he sought the aid of Deacon Parker. The 
coming together of these two men resulted in the formation 
of a company to complete the undertaking and put the loom 
in operation. The company consisted of E. B. Bigelow, 
Dea. Parker and Eli Holbrook, all young men of about the 
same age. This loom, however, was not a success. The 
company wanting means to carry on the work further the 
enterprise was for a time abandoned, though they full}^ be- 
lieved in the final success of the work. From this the inven- 
tive genius of E. B. Bigelow was turned to his coach lace 
loom, which at once came to better results. This loom was 
built by Dea. Parker and put in operation at Shirley Village, 
and later was removed to Clinton. In 1840 Dea. Parker 
removed his business to Providence, R. I. The success of 
the Messrs. Bigelow being assured, they, with others, formed 
a company, purchased the water power in Clinton, built a 
machine shop and made extensive preparations for operating 
their new inventions. After the trial of other machinists to 
build their machinery the Bigelows again sought the aid of 
Dea. Parker. He came from Providence to Clinton and 
was put in charge of the new machine shop built by the 
Clinton Company. This new position brought more fully his 
mechanical ability to the test. Following the coach lace loom 
came the reconstruction of the counterpane looms then run- 
ning, but which had not done satisfactory work. These were 
all rebuilt, resulting in the manufacture of a much improved 
fabric. Following these were the gingham and Brussels 
carpet looms, each of which was the_^rs^ loom of its kind ever 
in operation. All these were made under Dea. Parker's 
supervision. All were new, there being no models to work 
from or workmen experienced in that line of machinery build- 
ing. Everything was wrought out step by step without the 
suggestion or the aid of others. In the coach lace loom was 
found the germ of the Brussels carpet loom which was brought 
to its present state of perfection only by the protracted study 
of years. To invent or make such a masterpiece of machinery 
is honor enough for any man and justly entitles him to lasting 
fame. The idea of a machine being given him he could make 


it, which oftener than otherwise is the most difficuh part to 
perform. In 185 1 Dea. Parker went to England to superin- 
tend the setting up of Brussels carpet looms. He returned 
after eight months. Soon after he built a manufactory in Clin- 
ton. His business at once increased ; the machine shop was 
doubly enlarged and under his management it became an 
important business interest of Clinton, and it is still conducted 
under the name of The J. B. Parker Machine Co. His strong 
points as a man of business were his strength and clearness of 
mind. These were seen in everything. United with his intense 
application this quality was invaluable to him as a machinist. 
He was a man of superior judgment. This also appeared in 
all matters of every-day life. He was every man's counsellor 
though he never wore a title. In his business few men were 
his equal as a judge of machinery. Young men esteemed it 
a privilege to be taught the trade of a machinist by him. His 
ideal of a machine was perfection. Great care was taken to 
make every machine perfect. Nothing was allowed to leave 
his shop that was not so. This had much to do with his suc- 
cess in after life. His attention to all the details of his busi- 
ness was unremitting. He trusted nothing to others. And as 
it was continuously on the increase it was almost a matter of 
necessity that he be more and more industriously occupied 
with its cares and management. In the summer of 1859 ^^ 
and his family spent a day at the seashore in York, Me., 
which up to that time was the only holiday of the kind he had 
enjoyed. Few men are identified with the almost model town 
of Clinton more than Dea. Parker. In the variety and extent 
of his manufactures, in its rapid growth and continued pros- 
perity he took a constant and bore a conspicuous part. And 
could the town be photographed in its moral as well as in its 
material aspects it would appear that he was even more an 
important factor in it. A man of clear head, sound judgment 
and Christian character that always commanded respect and 
confidence. He with others did the most valuable pioneer 
service in laying the foundations of the moral and religious 
institutions of the town. He exerted a strong influence over 
young men and by his counsel and example was most useful 
in aiding them to make a good start in life. Though suffi- 


ciently conservative he was a man of reform, always headed 
in the right direction, always standing for the best things, no 
man ever doubting how he would talk or what he would do 
when the common good was at stake. 

Their children were : 
Mary Isadore Parker, b. in W. Boylston, Oct. 7, 1836; d. in 

Lancaster, July 14, 1845. 
Henrietta Eveline Parker, b. in Lancaster, Sept. 5, 1841 ; d, 

in Lancaster, July i, 1843. 
Mary Isadore Parker, b. in Lancaster, June 6, 1844 ; resides with 

her mother in Clinton. 
393. Henrietta Eveline Parker, b. in Lancaster, July 29, 

1847 ; m. Charles Murdock of W. Boylston. 

257. William Eaton Parker (^uncy,^ Ebeneze?-,^ 
Thomas,^ Andrew,'^ yohn,^ Uanamak,^ Thomas^), son of 
Quincy and Patience (Brooks) Parker, was b. in Princeton, 
June 6, 1808. He was very fond of travel and adventure. 
He went West, locating finally in Columbus, O., where he m. 

Unfortunately little is known of this family. His life was 
doubtless an active and interesting one, worthy of longer inser- 
tion here, if the facts could only be ascertained. He had 
several children, of whom a daughter is supposed to be living. 
Two of his children died of scarlet fever, and William Parker, 
his son, was killed in the war of the Rebellion. He, the son, 
joined McClellan's army and was killed at the battle of the 
Wilderness, where he was fighting in the foremost ranks. 

Priscilla Elvira Parker (see page 213), (^lincy.i 
Ebenezer,^ Thomas y- Andrew ^'^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), 
dau. of Quincy and Patience (Brooks) Parker, was b. in 
Princeton, April 26, 1809. She was teacher in the High 
School, Providence, R. 1. She was a very kind hearted and 
worthy lady. For many years before her death she kindly 
assumed the care of the children of her then deceased sister, 
Mrs. Eunice Herrick. She d. Nov. 6, 1872, aged 6-^, and 
was buried in the family grave-yard at Princeton. 

259. Ira Parker (^cmcy,^ Ebenezer,^ Thomas y^ Andrew,^ 
yohn,^ Hanamah,^ Thotnas^), son of Quincy and Patience 
(Brooks) Parker, was b. in Princeton, April 16, 1814; m. 


Maria Haskell, dau. of Moses and Kezia (Warner) Haskell 
of Providence, R. I., the latter being of the Warner family of 
Seekonk, Mass. He was a very industrious, hard-working 
man ; like his family was a good mechanic and enjoyed agri- 
culture as a recreation. He d. in Ashburnham. 

Their children were : 

Hannibal Parker ; d. young. 

394. Charles Hannibal Parker, b. March 22, 1839; m. Abby 
J. Rockwood of Ashburnham. 

Gilbert J. Parker ; d. young. 

395. Alfred Wright Parker, b. June 5, 1844 ; m. Clara Hallet 
of Yarmouthport. 

396. Julia Maria Parker ; m. Edward Saftbrd. 
Josephine R. Parker ; deceased. 

397. Frank Herbert Parker, b. in E. Boston, July 24, 1852 ; 
m. Marietta Story of Newburyport. 

260. Eliza Parker (^uncy,^ Ebenezer,^ Thomas,^ 
Andrew,"^ John,^ Hanamah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Quincy and 
Patience (Brooks) Parker, was b. in Princeton, Oct. 20, 
1815 ; m. in Providence, R. I., Dec. 16, 1840, Jonas Hunt, 
b. in Boylston, April 29, 1810, son of David and Nancy (Cut- 
ting) Hunt of Boylston. They removed to Clinton, where 
he was a machinist, and where he d. Aug. 20, 1892. She 
d. April 20, 1892, the last survivor of her family of 13 children. 
David Hunt of Boylston was b. in Sudbury, Feb. 12, 1784. 
Nancy Cutting was b. in Boylston, July 30, 1784. William 
Hunt was the first of the name in New England. He was b. 
in 1605 : came from Yorkshire, Eng., and settled early in 
Concord, Mass. From him was descended Isaac of Sudbury, 
Isaac, Isaac, Isaac, then Uriah of Boylston, who was the 
father of David above mentioned. 

Their children were : 

I. Elizabeth Laroche Hunt, b. in Providence, R. I., Oct. 14, 
1842 ; m. in Clinton, Oct. 2, 1873, Salem Wilder of Sterling, 
b. in Templeton, Aug. 30, 1842, son of Thomas W. and 
Martha B. Wilder. They reside in Clinton, where he is a 
belt maker. Their dau. is : 
I. Ethel Louise Wilder, b. in Clinton, Jan. i, 1879. 


2. Hanford Lavier Hunt, b. in Clinton, May 12, 1846; m. in 

Southbridge, Aug. 26, 1874, Flora Booth, b. in Baldwins- 
ville, N. Y., March 27, 1849, dau. of Thomas and Elizabeth 
Booth. He is a clothing merchant in Willimantic, Ct., where 
they reside. Their children were : 

I. Harry L. Hunt, b. in Willimantic, Nov. 12, 1877. 
II. Willie B. Hunt, b. March 13, 1880; d. Aug. 10, 1886. 

3. Alice Louise Hunt, b. in Clinton, Oct. 16, 1848. She is a 

teacher of art in Ann Arbor, Mich. 

4. Mary Emma Hunt, b. in Clinton, Dec. 29, 1854; m. June 22, 

1882, Eben H. Bailey, son of Oliver and Judith (Howe) 
Bailey of Rowley, Mass. They reside in Boston. 

261. Sally Parker (^imcy,^ Ebenezer,^ Thomas^^ 
Andrew,'' JohnJ> Hanamah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Quincy and 
Patience (Brooks) Parker, was b. in Princeton, March i, 
1817 ; m. Sept. 28, 1847, George Brown Thomas of Provi- 
dence, R. I. They settled on the west side of that city. He 
was a member of the old firm of "Thomas and Co.," tailors, 
and d. Feb. 18, 1875. Owing to her excellent memory and 
regard for her family many interesting items and important 
dates have been added to this genealogy. She resides on 
Warren Street, Providence, with her dau. and son-in-law, 
John Davis. 

Their children were : 

1. Anna Louise Thomas, b. Sept. 28, 1848; m. June 8, 1870, 

John Edward Davis of Providence. Their children were : 
I. Jane Louise Davis, b. Jan. 13, 1872. 
II. Bessie Alice Davis, b. Nov. 12, 1873. 
III. Blanche Nathalie Davis, b. Nov. 20, 1877. 

2. Frederick Parker Thomas, b. Jan. 9, 1853 ; d. May 20, 1854. 

3. Clarence Frederick Thomas, b. Nov. 20, 1857 ; resides in 

Providence, unm. 

262. Artimus Parker ( jitney ^"^ Ehenezer^^ Thomas ^^ 
Andrew,"^ yokn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Quincy and 
Patience (Brooks) Parker, was b. in Princeton, Feb. 22, 1819 » 
m. Susan Pierce of W. Boylston. They soon removed to 
Boston, and later to Kansas with the early settlers of that 
State. When the Kansas War broke out he was journeying 


from Columbus, O., and a curious experience he had. While 
proceeding through Kansas on horseback his attention was 
attracted by a mob, and curious to know its meaning hastened 
into its midst. He was immediately supposed to be one of the 
leaders of the mob, was arrested by the authorities and impris- 
oned for three months. Later he gathered his family together 
at Columbus and there settled. He d. Oct. 8, 1864. She 
was b. in Sutton, Mass., the dau. of John and Lucy (Carroll) 
Pierce, who owned a large farm there, and had a family of six 
sons and six daughters, of whom the only surviving one is 
William N. Pierce, Esq., of W. Boylston. Another of the 
brothers was Rev. John W. Pierce, a Congregational minister 
of Highgate, Vt. 

Their children were : 

Susan Emily Parker, b. Oct. 10, 1848 ; m. Sept. 21, 1872, William 
H. Ward, and removed to Skovvhegan, Me. They have : 

1. Walter Newell Ward, b. July 17, 1875. 

2. Ethel Carroll Ward, b. July 20, 1880. 

3. EsTELLA Parker Ward, b. March 14, 1883. 

4. Wilder Wheeler Ward, b. March 9, 1885. 

263. Quincy Parker, Jr. ( .^incy ^^ Ebenezer ,^ Thomas ^^ 
Andrew,'- yohn,^ Uananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Quincy and 
Patience (Brooks) Parker, was b. in Rindge, N. H., Jan. 12, 
182 1. Most of his childhood days were spent in Rindge, but 
he was for a while in Princeton and Boylston. At 14 he 
started out to earn his own living, and at 16 he determined to 
learn the moulder's trade, entering the High Street Foundry, 
Providence, R. L, in which city his mother was living. The 
trade he mastered in two years. Wishing to see something of 
the world he left home and let himself as a sailor on the whale- 
ship JVew England of Poughkeepsie, N. Y., bound for S. 
America. He felt perfectly at home on board ship and easily 
distinguished himself among his fellow-sailors. Prizes were 
offered by the captain for the one who first saw the whale. 
He was the first to win the prize. He loved to race his com- 
panions about the rigging, being exceptionally quick and 
strong. For six years he cruised at sea and visited Talque- 
hama, Callao, Lima and all places of any note along the 



QyiNCY Parker, Jr. 


coast of S. America. Like many sailors much might be said 
about his travels, his narrow and miraculous escapes from 
drowning, sunstrokes, etc. In the employ of the Peruvian 
government he explored the Andes Mts. and the wild parts of 
Peru. After satisfying his love for romantic adventure and 
witnessing many wonderful things he shipped for home. The 
captain of the vessel was a tyrant and was soon universally 
hated by the crew. While at sea he safely escaped from the 
ship and came the remainder of the way upon other vessels. 

Returning home to Providence he gave his mother and 
friends a great surprise, as they had received no word from 
him and all supposed him dead. In Providence he again 
worked at the moulder's trade, at which he was a very effi- 
cient workman, and continued at the Franklin Foundry for 24 
years. In 1848 he was m. to Almira Kent of Eaton, N. Y. 
They settled upon Smith Hill in Providence, where he still 
resides. Since the death of Milton Parker, his youngest son, 
he has engaged in the florist business at his home, besides 
being the maker oi Parker's Premium Tomato Catsup. Mrs. 
Almira (Kent) Parker, after a severe illness, d. Jan. 30, 1888. 
He m. (2) Nov. 20, 1889, Emerancy Kent, sister to his late 

His children were : 

398. Eugene Costello Parker ; m. Adelia O. Barker. 
Almira Eunice Parker ; resides with her father in Providence. 

399. Clara Emu Parker ; ni. Lorenzo Dupony. 
Milton Parker ; d. at age 18. 

Eugene B. Parker, b. March 28, 1849; d. Feb., 1850. 
QuiNcy K. Parker, b. Jan. i, 1853 ; d. Aug., 1855. 
A child, b. and d. April 8, 1861. 

264. Eunice Parker (^tncy,^ Ebenezer,^ Thomas,^ 
Andrew,'^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Quincy and 
Patience (Brooks) Parker, was b. in Rindge, N. H., Aug. i, 
1822 ; m. George Herrick. He won for himself the title of 
Colonel. He was a volunteer in the R. I. State militia ; was 
active in many engagements and was wounded at the battle 
of Gettysburg. She d. 1849. 

Their children were : 


1. Edwin Thomas Herrick, b. in Providence, R. I., March 28, 

1846; m. Jennie Knight, an adopted dau. of Edwin Knight. 
Their children are : 
I. Fannie Herrick; aged 15. 
II. George Herrick; aged 11. 

2. Mary Emma Herrick, b. in Providence, March 20, 1848 ; m, 

(i) in Providence, May 21, 1874, James H. McClenthan, son 
of James H. and Caroline V. McClenthan. She m. (2) in 
Minneapolis, Minn., April 14, 1887, Watson S. Taylor, son 
of Hector J. and Maria Taylor, b. in Jefferson, N. Y., May 
5, 1850. He is superintendent of the Red River Lumber Co. 
and they reside in Crookston, Minn. Her children, all b. in 
Minneapolis, were : 

I. Mabel McClenthan, b. Oct. 15, 1876. 
u. Frederick H. McClenthan, b. Aug. 18, 1880 ; d. July 

3, 1881. 
III. Herrick McClenthan, b. Feb. 18, 1882. 

265. Louisa Parker (Ebenezer^'^ Ebenezer ,^ Thomas ^^ 
Andrew^'' yohn,^ Uanantah,^ Thomas^)^ dau. of Ebenezer, 
Jr., and Hannah B. (Merriam) Parker, was b. in Princeton, 
Dec. 13, 1806; m. April lo, 1828, Eli Walker, b. March 2, 
1802, son of Hezekiah and Lucy (Raymond) Walker of 
Holden. They lived first near the homestead in the house 
adjoining that of Israel Howe ; second, in W. Boylston, being 
principally upon that place which is still occupied by their 
family. She d. Feb. 24, 1884, her death resulting from a fall. 
He belonged to a sturdy and long lived family. In his eighty- 
fourth year, then still smart and active, but very deaf, he was 
struck by a railway train, causing his death, June 9, 1886. 
All who knew him felt the loss of a kind neighbor and a valu- 
able citizen. 

Their children were : 

1. Melville Walker, b. Dec. 14, 1828; d. March 21, 1829. 

2. Julia Maria Walker, b. Feb. 3, 1830; m. May 4, 1852, 

Lovell A. Lesure, son of Simeon of Uxbridge and Hopy 
(Lovell) Lesure of W. Boylston. He is well known as a 
carriage maker and resides in Oakdale, where she lived until 
her decease, which occurred Aug. 5, 1889. Uniting in early 
life with the Baptist Church she filled with great Christian 
activity and zeal many important offices in the Church and 


mission circles while faithfully fulfilling with love and devotion 
all her home duties as wife, mother and friend. She was a 
very active member and treasurer of the Woman's Christian 
Temperance Union, and her words of encouragement did 
much to cheer the heai'ts of her co-laborers. Dea. Lovell 
Lesure m. (2) Sept., 1890, Mrs. Sarah Martin of West 
Boylston. The children of Julia Maria (Walker) Lesure were : 

I. Carrie Maria Lesure, b. Jan. 23, i860; m. Sept. 10, 

1885, Alfred H. Evans, son of Rev. William H. and M. 
(Barber) Evans. Their children were : 

1. Helen Barber Evans, b. Sept. 12, 1886. 

2. Ada Lesure Evans, b. July 23, 1887. 

3. Ralph Curtis Evans, b. Jan. 9, 1892. 

II. Waldo Haskell Lesure, b. Oct. 14, 1866; m. Sept. 

26, 1889, Annie G, Hastings, dau. of George M. W. 

and Olive (Lord) Hastings. They have one son, b. 

Sept. 16, 1890. 

III. Ada Chilson Lesure, b. Aug. 2, 1872 ; d. Sept. 27, 1876. 

Their adopted son was : 

Herbert Stearns Lesure, b. Oct. 22, 1850; adopted 
May =5, 1857; son of Abijah and Clarissa M. (Water- 
man) White. He is m. and resides in Worcester. 

3. Harriet Sophia Walker, b. Jan. 27, 1832 ; d. Jan. 18, 1850. 

4. Mary Louisa Walker, b. Feb. 24, 1834; m. April 12, 1854, 

Milton K. Howe, son of William and Eunice (Robbins) 
Howe of Princeton. Their children were: 

I. Edgar R. Howe, b. June 19, 1855. He is an optician 

in Worcester. 
II. Walter Arvine Howe, b. Aug. 25, 1S58 ; d. April 6, 

5. Melville Edward Walker, b. Feb. 23, 1836; m. in W. 

Boylston, Nov. 19, 1865, Louise Hutchinson of W. Sutton, b. 
in Oxford, Nov. 15, 1845, dau. of Stephen and Evelyn (Jenks) 
Hutchinson. They reside in Los Angeles, Cal., where he is a 
florist. Children : 

I. Clarence M. Walker, b. in W. Boylston, Aug. 27, 
1866; d. Aug. 10, 1867. 

II. May Walker, b. in W. Boylston, May 13, and d. May 

15, 1868. 

III. LoLiTA Gertrude Walker, b. in W. Boylston, March 

16, 1871 ; d. June 27, 1871. 


IV. LoLiTA Walker, b. in W. Boylston, Dec. 4, 1872; m. 
April 23, 1891, Bernard Berg. Child: 
I. CliflFord W. Berg, b. Feb. i, 1892. 
V. Walter Walker, b. in Pawtucket, R. I., March 16, 
1880; d. June 16, 1881. 

6. Emily Adline Walker, b. Sept. 3, 1840; m. April 17, 1861, 

Rutillius Dana, son of George and Ora (Newton) Dana of W. 
Boylston. They reside in W. Boylston and have one dau. : 
I. LiLA Gertrude Dana. 

7. William Raymond Walker, b. May 22, 1843 ; m. July 15, 

1868, Mary Bailey, b. in England, Oct. 10, 1843, dau. of 
Robert and Elizabeth (Butcher) Bailey of England. They 
reside in W. Boylston and have children : 
I. Franklin Eli Walker, b. Aug. 24, 1873. 
II. Alice Elizabeth Walker, b. July 3, 1875. 

III. Frederick Bailey Walker, b. Jan. 15, 1878. 

IV. How^ARD William Walker, b. May 29, 1883. 

8. Anna Eudora Walker, b. Sept. 9, 1849; m. in S. Dedham, 

Mass., Nov. 22, 1871, Edward Ross, b. in Preston, England, 
Feb. 21, 1847, ^^^^ °^ Alexander and Hannah (Tuson) Ross 
of England. They reside in W. Boylston, where he is a 
mechanic. They have had three children : 
I. Dillon Walker Ross, b. in W. Boylston, Sept. 23, 

1872 ; d. July 17, 1880. 
II. Alida Louisa Ross, b. in W. Boylston, Feb. 4, 1876. 
III. Walter Wyman Ross, b. in W. Boylston, Jan. i, 1884; 

d. March 2, 1886. 

266. Charles Augustus Parker (Ebenczer.i Ehene- 
zer,^ Thomas,^ Andrezv,^ 'yohn,^ Hanantah,^ Thomas^), son 
of Ebenezer, Jr., and Hannah B. (Merriam) Parker, was b. 
in Princeton, Aug. i8, 1808 ; m. Dec. 18, 1834, Sylvia A. 
Moore,* dau. of John and Sirena Moore of Princeton. They 
settled upon a part of the homestead estate. The house which 
he built by the north side of the pond is still standing and here 

* She was sister to Dr. George W. Moore, who d. in Amherst, N. H., Sept. 
8, 1866, whose eminence as a physician was well known. Another brother 
was Humphrey Moore, Esq., who d. in Baltimore, Dec, 1886, who gave a 
considerable portion of his property to found the " Humphrey Moore Insti- 
tute" for the benefit of young men, which gives promise of doing good work 
for Baltimore. 


Mrs. Sylvia Parker still resides. The location shares the 
natural beauties of the old homestead. While yet a young 
man he was school teacher at the district school near the 
homestead for several terms. From his manhood to the time 
of his early death he was a subject of asthma. He was, not- 
withstanding, very industrious and ambitious, and possessed 
much mechanical talent and ability. He was thus prevented, 
however, from maturing the plans of life which he had desired 
to follow and in which he would have doubtless been success- 
ful. He d. in Princeton, Sept. 5, 1854, aged 46 years. 
Their children were : 

400. Lucy Maria Parker, b. Nov. 8, 1835; m. Thomas R. 

401. Sarah Ann Parker, b. March 14, 1S39 ; m. Milton K. 

402. George Washington M. Parker, b. Aug. 19, 1841 ; m. 
Laura D. Hamilton. 

403. William Dwight Parker, b. Jan. 27, 1844; m. Margaret 
Smith of Worcester. 

Mary French Parker, b. Aug. 5, 1846; d. Aug, 23, 1851. 
Ellen Moore Parker, b. March 5, 1850; d. Aug, 29, 185 1. 

404. Emma Frances Parker, b, Sept. 23, 1853; m. Warren F. 
Bardett of Rutland. 

267. Y'vedGVicl^ ( -Edenezer ,7 £^denezer ,^ T/w?nas,^ 
Andrezo,"^ 'John^i Hananiah,^ T/iomas^), son of Ebenezer, Jr., 
and Hannah B. (Merriam) Parker, was b. in Princeton, June 
19, 1810; m. Nov. 28, 1833, Eunice C. Howe, b. Aug. 13, 
1812, eldest dau. of William and Eunice (Robbins) Howe of 
Princeton. He passed his boyhood partly upon the home- 
stead and partly upon that place which is now the Princeton 
Poor Farm. In 1837, he with his father, Ebenezer Parker, 
Jr., assumed charge of the old place, and with that place was 
identified all his life. He was a man of true and thorough 
character, was remarkably firm minded and positive in his 
beliefs. He was an able and successful farmer, a kind father 
and a true friend. He was selectman and assessor, also rep- 
resentative for his town in the Centennial year, thus making 
three successive generations upon whom this honor was ten- 
dered. He d. Sept. 4, 1883, at the age of 73. His widow is 
still living upon the homestead. 



Charles Augustus Parker. 

Frederick Parker. 



Their children were : 

405. Charles William Parker, b. Feb. i, 1837 ! tn-Inez Bullard. 

406. Amos Milton Parker, b. Sept. 12, 1839; m. (i) Anna J. 
Frizell ; m. (2) Esther A. Holt. 

Henry A. Parker, b. June 12, 1843 ; enlisted at the age of 19 in 
Co. K, 53d Reg. He d. while in the service of his country at 
Arsenal Hospital, Baton Rouge, La., from injury and sickness, at 
the age of 20 years and 14 days. 

Eunice H. Parker, b. July 5, 1851 ; m. Oct. 23, 1889, Levi Cush- 
man, b. Jan. 29, 1848, son of Levi and Cordelia (Hall) Cushman 
of Buckfield, Me. He was for a number of years a stock raiser in 
Grant and Diamond Counties, Oregon. They reside upon the 
Parker homestead in Princeton. 

268. Ebenezer Warren Y^Q.vk&r (Ebenezer,T Ebene- 

zer,^ ThhomasJ> Andrew,'' John,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), son 
of Ebenezer, Jr., and Hannah B. (Merriam) Parker, was b. 
in Princeton, Mass., Oct. 28, 1813 ; m. May 26, 1840, Chloe 

The Parker and Howe families of Princeton have often intermarried. The 
name is an old one in Holden and Princeton. The first of the name who 
lived in Princeton was Israel Howe, native of Sudbury. His first ances- 
tors in America were John and Marj Howe, who settled in Sudbury about 
1640. Thej had children, one of whom was Samuel,'^ whose son David^ 
had a son David, Jr.* David, Jr., had a son Israel, all which successive 
generations were born in Sudbury. This Israel Howe married Submit Kejes 
of Shrewsbury and lived first in Wilton, N. H., where their four children were 
born, and second in Princeton, where they removed in May, 1785. Israel 
Howe d. Oct. 25, 1816, and wife Submit Oct. 28, 1816. Their children were: 
I. Israel, Jr. 2. Eleanor, who m. William Soulale of Boylston. 3. William, 
who m. March 29, i8ii, Eunice Robbins. 4. Submit, who m. in 1802, Abijah 
Parker Smith, grandson of Thomas Parker of Princeton. (See page 122.) 

William and Eunice (Robbins) Howe lived in Princeton and had the follow- 
ing children : 

1. Eunice Howe, b Aug. 23, 1812; m. Frederick Parker of Princeton (No. 


2. Adaline Howe, b. Sept., 1814; m. William Joslin of Leominster. Their 

son, William Joslin, resides very near the old Parker homestead in 
Princeton, and has four children. 

3. Israel Howe; m. Deborah Parker of Princeton (No. 272). 

4. William Howe; m. Cornelia Everett and settled in Millbury. They have 

one son. 

5. Thomas R. Howe, b. Sept. 30, 1821; m. Lucy Maria Parker, dau. of 

Charles A. Parker of Princeton. 

6. Charles S. Howe; d. in Leominster of typhoid fever, unm. 

7. Milton K. Howe, b. Sept. 7, 1827; m. (i) Mary Louisa Walker, dau. of 

Louisa Parker (No. 265); m. (2) Sarah Ann Parker (No. 401), dau. of 
Charles A. Parker of Princeton. 



Ebenezer Warren Parker. 


A. Parmenter, b. Sept. ii, 1817, dau. of Solomon Parmenter, 
Jr. They removed in 1856 to Urbana, 111. The place was at 
that time an unbroken prairie. The town of Urbana has since 
been subdivided and the name of that part in which they are 
settled changed to Philo. Here he still resides and is a farmer. 

Their three children were b. in Princeton : 

407. Mary Adelia Parker, b. Jan. 27, 1S42 ; m. Pascal P. 

Parkman of Northfield. 
Emma Elvesta Parker, b. Dec. 7, 1846; d. Dec. 7, 1849. 
Ebenezer Calvin Parker, b. Sept. 7, 1850; m. July 3, 1872, 

Martha E. Baker, b. in Bellfontaine, O., Sept. i, 1851, dau. of 

Reuben and Susan (Kunbrough) Baker. They reside in Philo, 111. 

He is proprietor of the Philo Exchange Bank, and is an active and 

public spirited citizen. 
Louisa Florence Parker, b. Nov. 23, 1858. 

269. Adaline Parker ( Ebenezer, ~' Ebenezer,^ Thotnas,^ 
Andi-ezv,^ yokii,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Ebenezer, 
Jr., and Hannah B. (Merriam) Parker, was b. in Princeton, 
Oct. 24, 1815 (twin of Amos) ; m. Sept. 17, 1844, Stephen 
Smith, b. Jan. 27, 1816, son of John Smith, native of South- 
borough, and Martha (Hastings) Smith, native ot Boylston. 
They settled in W. Boylston, where she resided until her 
death which occurred May 23, 1876. He experienced an active 
life in town affairs. His service of selectman, assessor and 
overseer of the poor amounted altogether to 30 years. He m. 
(2) Mrs. Abby Florilla (Beaman) Keyes, b. in Princeton, 
Aug. 2, 1823, dau. of Phineas and Phebe (Merriam) Beaman. 
Her mother, Phebe Merriam, was sister to Hannah B. Merriam, 
and Phineas Beaman was a near relative of Jonas Beaman, 
who m. Lucy Parker. He d. in W. Boylston, June 17, 1891. 
She d. in W. Boylston, May, 1891. 

Her children were : 

I. Edna Carlona Smith, b. Oct. 9, 1852; m. Sept. 25, 1877, 
Oscar S. Whittemore, son of Woodbury and Nancy (Law- 
rence) Whittemore of Ballston, N. Y. They reside in Bridge- 
port, Ct. Children : 

I. Edith A. Whittemore, b. Aug. 7, 1879; d. Dec. 24, 


II. Harold O. Whittemore, b. Sept. 9, 18S0. 

2. John Smith, b. Sept. 3, 1856; m. Jan. 17, 1882, Fannie A. 
Keyes, dau. of Ezra S. and Abby F. (Beaman) Keyes of E. 
Princeton. They reside in W. Boylston and have children : 

I. Chester Milton Smith, b. July 25, 1S84. 
II. Myrtis F. Smith, b. Feb. 11, 1891. 

270. Amos Parker (Ebenezer,"^ Ebenezer,^ Tkomas^^ 
Andrew,'^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Ebenezer, Jr., 
and Hannah B. (Merriam) Parker, was b. in Princeton, Oct. 
24, 1815 (twin of Adaline) ; m. in Lowell, Aug. 15, 1842, 
Sarah Merrill, b. in Dunbarton, N. H., Jan. 22, 1818, dau. of 
Richard and Sarah (Whipple) Merrill. She was a native of 
Ipswich, Mass. He was a native of Dunbarton and son of 
Richard, who was a lieutenant in the Revolutionary war, and 
a native of England, coming to this country when very young 
in company with his father Richard. Amos Parker learned 
the chairmaking trade, which was then carried on by hand, 
and worked at this in E. Princeton ; later he was employed in 
a cotton mill in Ware, from whence he became an overseer in 
the Massachusetts Mills in Lowell. Removing to Worcester 
he made farm implements in the Court Mills. Following his 
marriage the first 15 years were mostly passed upon farms in 
Princeton, the second 15 following upon farms in Sterling. 
During this time he conducted the town farm in Princeton five 
years ; that of Sterling three years, and the Princeton Parker 
homestead place for a few years. They removed to Worcester 
in 1874, where they reside. 

Their children were : 

A dau., b. and d. in Princeton, June 26, 1S44. 

Frank Ellingwood Parker, b. in Worcester, July 21, 1849; d. 

Julys, 1851. 
Abby Dane Parker, b. in Princeton, Sept. ii, 1S51 ; m. Eben D. 

A son, b. and d. in Princeton, 1852. 
A son, b. and d. in Princeton, Sept., 1853. 

Hattie Louise Parker, b. in Sterling, May, 1855 ; d. Dec. 12, 1856. 
Hattie Frances Parker, b. in Sterling, Aug. 13, 1856; m. 

Frederick J. Miller, and resides in Worcester. 


271. George Parker (Ebenezer,"' Ebenezer^^ Thomas ^^ 
Andrew,^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^ ), son of Ebenezer, Jr., 
and Hannah B. (Merriam) Parker, was b. in Princeton, Feb. 
I, 1818 (twin) ; m. Sept. 14, 1841, Emily R. Collar, dau. of 
Rev. Hezekiah and Rhody (Robbins) Collar of Northfield, 
Mass. They lived in Lowell and for a few years upon the 
Princeton homestead. In 1856 he accompanied his brother, 
E. Warren Parker, to Urbana, 111., but soon returned. They 
removed in 1874 ^^ ^' Blackstone, where they resided up to 
the time of his death, which occurred Jan. 20, 1893, aged 74 
3^ears, 11 months, 20 days. He was a man of high conscien- 
tiousness of character, a kind father, quiet and retiring in his 
nature, and most highly esteemed as a man and a friend. 

Their children were : 

408. Walter E. Parker, b. in Princeton, Sept. 29, 1847; '^* 
(i) Anna Elliott, (2) Lida Willis, (3) Mary Beetle. 

Herbert Parker, b. in Lowell, April 23, 1850. He was freight 
transfer clerk in the employ of the Providence and Worcester R. R. 
for a few years preceding his death, which occurred Jan. 23, 1873. 

272. Deborah Merriam Parker (Ehenezer,'' Ebene- 
zer^^ Thomas,^ Andrew,^ yohn,^ Hanantak,^ Thomas^), dau. 
of Ebenezer, Jr., and Hannah B. (Merriam) Parker, was b. 
in Princeton, Sept. 9, 1819 ; m. Nov. 16, 1841, Israel Howe, 
son of William and Eunice (Robbins) Howe of Princeton. 
The fact is remarkable that three brothers and sisters of the 
Parker family and their two nieces married to four brothers 
and sisters of the Howe family. Israel and Deborah Howe 
settled in the immediate vicinity of the homestead place, where 
she resided until her decease, which occurred March 12, 1889. 
She was a most efficient and praiseworthy woman. She pos- 
sessed a tenacious memory and felt a loving interest in all her 
relatives and friends. Mr. Howe was a farmer. He d. in 
Hartford, Ct., March 21, 1893. 

Their dau. was : 

409. Ella R. Parker, b. Dec. 13, 1848 ; m. Benjamin W. Ken- 
yon of Provincetown. 

Of the ten marriages in the family of Ebenezer and Hannah B. (Merriam) 
Parker, those of Louisa Walker, Ebenezer W. , George and Amos were ripened 
after the half century into Golden Weddings, while Frederick Parker's death 
preceded his fiftieth anniversary of marriage but two months. 



George Parker. 


273. Rev. William Wheeler Parker (Ebenezer,^ 
Ebenezer,^ Thomas,'^ Andrew ^■^ "John,^ Hananiah.,^ Thomas^), 
son of Ebenezer, Jr., and Hannah B. (Merriam) Parker, was 
b. in Princeton, March 2, 1824; m. Aug. 27,- 1847, Emily- 
Walker, dau. of Joel and Diedamia Walker of Holden. Joel 
Walker is still living in great preservation of health. Eli 
Walker was his brother. 

On leaving home Mr. Parker was employed in F. H. Kinni- 
cutt's hardware store in Worcester for a year and a half. He 
prepared for college at Monson Academ}'- and Williston Semi- 
nary. He finished his college course by private instructors. 
After a business life of four years in Clinton he entered 
Andover Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 
1858. He first preached in York, Me., for two years as an 
evangelist, then received a call to Cambridge, Mass., and 
was there installed pastor of the Church on Second Street. 
He left Cambridge to go into the army to take charge of the 
Christian Commission Work in the loth Corps (Gen. Butler's). 
After the war was over he was next installed over the Union 
Church in Groton. This gave way to Williamsburg, his last 
settlement. He has since preached continuously, but in differ- 
ent places. He has resided in W. Boylston since 1872. 

Their adopted son was : 

William E. Parker ; m. Feb. 14, 1883, Luna Florence Keyes, 
dau. of Ezra Sawyer and Florella (Beaman) Keyes. He is a 
machinist and resides in Worcester. 

274. Edward Hanford Parker ( Ebenezer, ^ Ebene- 
zer,^ Thomas,^ Andrew,"^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son 
of Ebenezer, Jr., and Hannah B. (Merriam) Parker, was b. 
in Princeton, Dec. 28, 1825. His boyhood was passed upon 
the homestead place. He procured the common school educa- 
tion which the district school afforded. During his youth he 
warmly associated with the young men of the school and 
town, and is said to have been the fleetest runner and the best 
swimmer among them. At the age of 17 he apprenticed him- 
self to Mason H. Morse, a well known builder of Worcester, 
of whom he learned the carpenter's trade. He later worked 
with Alzirus Brown of Worcester. At the age of 26 he m. 

Edward H. Parker. 

Mrs. Mary C. (Browjm) Parker. 


Jan. 12, 1851, Mary Calista Brown, b. in Boylston, March 
13, 1832, dau. of Joel and Lucy (Whitney) Brown of Boylston. 
She resides in Worcester. Joel Brown was a native of Con- 
cord, and Lucy Whitney a native of Bolton.* Mr. Parker 
made Worcester his residence save for two years passed in 
Urbana, 111. His death, hastened by accident, occurred Feb. 
26, 1874, aged 47. He was a man of much judgment and 
intellect, firmness of integrity and purpose, and of true gener- 
osity and good will. He was a very efficient and active work- 

Their children, all b. in Worcester, were : 

410. Arthur Augustus Parker, b. April 5. 1S55 ; m. Lida E. 
Denton of Jersey City, N. J. 

411. Clarence Edward Parker, b. April 4, i860; m. Jennie 
See of Hastlngs-on-Hudson, N. Y. 

412. Edward Henry Parker, b. Jan. 4, 1S67 ; m. Lena A. Con- 
verse of Oxford, Mass. 

Theodore Parker, b. Sept. 8, 1869. He is the compiler of this 

275. Abigail Manning Parker (Josiah,^ Josiah,^ 
yosiah,^ yost'ah,^ yokn,^ Hananiah^^ Thomas^), dau. of 
Josiah, Jr., and Abigail (Carter) Parker, was b. in Woburn, 
Jan. 6, 1808; m. June, 1832, James Burton, b. in Woburn, 
April 18, 1809. They reside in Wilton, N. H. 

Their children were : 

1. John Burton, b. June 26, 1833 ; d. Nov. 5, 1857. 

2. James Burton, b. Jan. 6, and d. April 30, 1835. 

3. Martha P. Burton, b. March 7, 1836; m. Nov. 9, 1859, 

Charles G. Blanchard of Greenville, N. H. She d. July i, 
1882. He resides in Greenville. They had two children, 
who reside in Greenville : 

I. Ezra L. Blanchard, b. in Wilton, N. H., Dec. 5, 1863 ; 
m. in Woonsocket, R. I., Sept. 10, 1890. 

* Potter's genealogy of Concord families shows that the ancestral lineage 
of Joel Brown® was: Lieut. Samuel' and Elizabeth (Brown) Brown, Dea. 
Ephraim'' and Abigail (Wheeler) Brown, Thomas' and Hannah (Potter) 
Brown, Thomas' and Ruth (Jones) Brown, Thomas' and Bridget Brown. 
This Thomas, the emigrant ancestor, was settled in Concord in 1641. Lieut. 
Samuel and Elizabeth (Brown) Brown were third cousins. Joel Brown was 
the last of their family of 11. David Brown, late of Worcester, and Alzirus 
Brown of Worcester, were sons of Joel. 


II. Perley R. Blanch ard, b. in Milford, N. H., April 22, 


4. Abbie F. Burton, b. July 29, 1837; "^- J^"- ^' ^8^3' Solon 

Tarbell of Hancock, N. H. She d. May 27, 1887. He 
resides in Peterborough, N. H. No issue. 

5. Emily A. Burton, b. Sept. 21, 1S39; m. June 14, 1864, 

William H. Hopkins, b. Aug. 30, 1838, son of Benjamin 
Hopkins. They have two children, and reside in Wilton, 
N. H. 

6. Marietta H. Burton, b. Aug. 28, 1841 ; m. (i) April 24, 

1863, George W. Eaton, who d. Aug. 16, 1876; m. (2) 
Jonathan P. Snow, who was b. Nov. 9, 1848. They reside 
in Somerville. 

7. Augusta M. Burton, b. May 26, 1843 ; m. Nov. 2, 1865, 

Irving S. Farnsworth, son of Albert Farnsworth. They 
reside in Franklin and have one child. 

8. James A. Burton, b. Feb. 8, 1846; d. Dec. 23, 1856. 

9. Josiah H. Burton, b. April 3, 1S47. 

10. Clarissa J. Burton, b. Nov. 14, 1848. 

11. Lydia L. Burton, b. April 5, 1850; m. Willis H. Edson, 

native of Canada. They reside in Plymouth, and have one 

276. Susan Richardson Parker (Josiah,"^ Josiah,^ 
Josiah y- Jostah,^ yohn,^ Hanamah,^ Thomas^), dau. of 
Josiah, Jr., and Abigail (Carter) Parker, was b. in Woburn, 
May 26, 1809 ; m. Lyman Stone, b. in Nelson, N. H. He 
d. Nov., 1882. She d. Oct., 1883, leaving no issue. 

277. Hannah Gardner Parker (Josiah,"^ Josiah,^ 
'Josiahy' yosiah,^ 'Johny> Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of 
Josiah, Jr., and Abigail (Carter) Parker, was b. in Woburn, 
Feb. 23, 181 1 ; m. in Worcester, Sept. 24, 1850, Jonathan 
Snow, b. in Brewster, April i, 1813, son of David and Mercy 
(Clark) Snow. His first wife was Lydia Parker, sister of the 
above. He was a blacksmith and master mechanic. They 
lived in various places, finally settling in Milford, N. H., 
where he d. March 4, 1889. She survives him and resides in 
Milford, N. H. 

Their children were : 

1. Amelia Snow, b. in Worcester, June 18, and d. June 21, 1852. 

2. Emma Josephine Snow, b. in Worcester, June 30, 1853. 


278. Lydia Ann Parker (Josiah,^ Jostah,^ Josiah,^ 
yostah,'^ yohn,i Hanam'ah,^ Tho?nas^ ), dau. of Josiah, Jr., 
and Abigail (Carter) Parker, was b. in Woburn, Aug. 5, 
1813 ; m. Nov. 14, 1844, Jonathan Snow (see No. 277), son 
of David and Mercy (Clark) Snow. She d. March 4, 1849, 
and left three children. He m. (2) her sister, Hannah Gard- 
ner Parker (see No. 277). He d. in Milford, N. H., Feb. 
28, 1889. 

Their children, all b. in Concord, N. H., were : 

1. Anne Louisa Snow, b. Sept. 6, 1845 ; d. July 20, 1864. 

2. Adaline Frances Snow. b. May 4, 1847 ; d. July 14, 1864. 

3. Jonathan Parker Snow, b. Nov. 19, 1848 ; m. Marietta H. 

Burton (his cousin), dau. of James and Abigail (Parker) 
Burton (see page 378) • They reside in Somerville. No issue. 

279. John Flagg Parker ( Josiah, ^ Josiah,^ Josiah,^ 
'Josiah,^ John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Josiah, Jr., and 
Abigail (Carter) Parker, was b. in Woburn, Dec. 27, 1815 ; 
m. March 29, 1845, in Wilton, N. H., Martha Jane Jones, b. 
in Wilton, Dec. 27, 1815, dau. of Asa and Lucy Jones. 

Their children were : 
Ella Evora Parker, b. in Woburn, April 21, 1847 ; m. in Groton, 

Nov. 26, 1889, Thomas Gilson Hemenway, son of Phineas and 

Ann (McGraw) Hemenvvay of Groton. 
Everett Leland Parker, b. in Woburn, Jan. 22, 1849; d. in 

Woburn, Jan. 9, 1S54. 
Marion Jane Parker, b. in Woburn, Dec. 20, 1856 ; m. in Groton, 

Oct. 25, 1888, Maynard Sumner Prescott, b. in Dunbarton, N. H., 

April 20, 1854, son of George Washington and Susan Walker 

(Marshall) Prescott of Dunbarton. He is a poultry breeder in 


280. J osiah Parker ( yosiak ,7 yosiah ,* yosiahy> yosiah ,1 
yo/m,i Hananiak,^ Thomas^), son of Josiah, Jr., and Abigail 
(Carter) Parker, was b. in Wilton, N. H., April 10, 1819 ; 
m. Jan. 26, 1847, Nancy M. Wyman, b. in Woburn, Jan. 10, 
1823, dau. of Abel and Maria Wyman of Woburn. He d. 
Jan. 22, 1880, and the family reside in Woburn. 

Their children were : 


JosiAH Wyman Parker, b. May 28, 1847, 
Mary Frances Parker, b. June 39, 1S49. 
Austin Wilber Parker, b, April 14, 1863. 
Lillian Winthrop Parker, b. April 28, 1866. 

281. Andrew Jackson Parker (Josiah,^ Josmh,^ 

yostah,^ Josiah^^ yokti,^ Hanam'ah,^ Thomas^), son of Josiah, 
Jr., and Abigail (Carter) Parker, was b. in Wilton, N. H., 
May 26, 1821 ; m. Nov. 29, 1847, Abbie A. Tapley, b. in 
Wilton, March 2, 1823, dau. of Nancy and Gilbert Tapley 
of Wilton. They reside in Wilton. To Mr. Parker's interest 
and pains is largely due the fulness of the records of the 
Wilton Parkers. He is a carriage builder. 
Their son was : 

Charles Parker, b. in Worcester, Aug. 10, 1853; m. April 15, 
1883, Grace M. Wright, b. Sept. 3, 1856, dau. of John and Malissa 
Wright of Stoneham. They reside in Cambridge. 

282. Albert Parker ( Josiah ,7 Josiah ,6 Josiah ,5 Josiah ,4 
John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^)^ son of Josiah and Mrs. Betsey 
(Converse) Parker, was b. in Wilton, N. H., April 12, 1839; 
m. in Woburn, Nov. 2, 1862, Eliza A. Sawyer, b. in Ames- 
bury, July 8, 1839, dau. of John and Nancy Sawyer, then of 
Salisbury. He is a carriage blacksmith, residing in Merrimac, 

Their children were : 

WiLLARD Albert Parker, b. in S. Amesbury (now Merrimac- 
port), Dec. 25, 1863. He resides in Nashua, N. H. 

Frederic Eames Parker, b. in S. Amesbury (now Merrimacport), 
Dec. 8, 1866. He resides in Merrimac. 

George Atherton Parker, b. in Merrimacport, July 36, 1878. 

283. Oliver Hutchinson Parker ( Henry, 'j Josiah,^ 
Josiah,^ Josiah,'^ John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas"^), son of Henry 
and Abigail (Hutchinson) Parker, was b. in Woburn, June 
20, 1808 ; m. in Woburn, March 4, 1834, Patty Parker (his 
cousin), b. in Woburn, Oct. 12, 1812, dau. of Joseph and 
Betsey (Richardson) Parker. At the age of 20, upon the 
event of his grandfather's death, Jan. 20, 1829, he carried the 
sad news to his uncle Josiah at Wilton, N. H., where the 


latter was then living. He walked the entire distance, about 
50 miles, all in one day, and in this unpleasant season of the 
year. He d. in Woburn, Nov. i, 1867, aged 59 years, 4 

Their children were : 

413. Joseph Henry Parker, b. Sept. 16, 1836; m. Henrietta 
M. Young. 

Oliver Gardner Parker, b. Feb. 33, 1837; ^^- March 21, 1870. 

414. Martha Parker, b. Oct. 20, 1841 ; m. Joseph Linnell. 
Child, unnamed, b. and d. Nov. 14, 1S45. 

2 84. Martha Parker (Henry,'' Josmh,^ Josiak,^ Josiah,^ 
yokn,i Hananiak,^ Thomas^), dau. of Henry and Abigail 
(Hutchinson) Parker, was b. in Woburn, Aug. 17, 181 1 ; m. 
Charles Choate. 

Their child was : 
I. Martha Parker Choate, b. in Woburn, May 12, 1833; m. 
Aug. 9, 1855, Osgood Johnson of Worcester. He is deceased. 
She resides in Woburn with her dau. : 
I. Helen Johnson. 

285. Abigail Parker ( Henry, ^ Jostah,^ Josiak,^ 
yosiah,^ yohn,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), dau. of Henry and 
Abigail (Hutchinson) Parker, was b. in Woburn, March 26, 
1814; m. William Winn of Burlington, b. April 8, 1809, son 
of William and Abigail (Walker) Winn. 

Their child was : 

I. William H. Winn; m. (i) Nov. 11, 1863, Josephine Harriet 
Dow of Woburn, dau. of Stephen and Celinda Dow. She d. 
March 24, 1870, and he m. (2) Elizabeth J. Pollock. They 
reside in Woburn. Children : 
I. Fred Hartwell Winn, b. Nov. 10, 1S73. 
II. A dau., b. and d. Sept. 6, 1876. 

286. Louisa Parker ( Henry, ^ Josiah,^ Jostah,^ Josiah,^ 
John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Henry and Abigail 
(Hutchinson) Parker, was b. in Woburn, Dec. 14, 1816 ; m. 
Jan. 10, 1839, John Weston, b. Sept. 5, 1814, son of Jeremy 
and Priscilla (Perkins) Weston. They lived in Woburn, 
where he was a milkman and farmer, and where he d. Oct. 3, 
1873. She resides in Woburn. 


Their children were ; 

1. Helen Louisa Weston, b. Aug. 29, 1S40; m. April 26, 1S59, 

Phineas G. Hanson of Woburn. They reside in Woburn on 
Cambridge Street, near the site of the old Parker homestead. 
He is a farmer. Their children were : 
I. Flora Louisa Hanson, b. Aug. 22, 1S60. 
II. Howard Weston Hanson, b. March 6, 1S65 ; d. Sept. 
I, 1868. in Lexington. 

III. Helen Maria Hanson, b. Jan. 6, 1870 ; d. July 5, 1872. 

IV. Maria Alice Hanson, b. Aug. 24, 1875. 
V. John Weston Hanson, b. April 2, 1878. 

2. John Henry Weston, b. Jan. 10, 1843 ; m. Jan. 10, 1870, 

Ella Rowena Hanchett, b. in Natick, Dec. 25, 1849, ^^^- of 
William T. and Ede R. (Childs) Hanchett. He is a milkman 
and resides in Somerville. Their children were : 
I. Howard Hanchett Weston, b. in Somerville, Oct. 3, 

11. John Dana Weston, b. July 30, 1875. 

3. Mary Frances Weston, b. May 19, 1846; d. young. 

4. Charles Lewis Weston, b. Nov. 24, 1848 ; resides in Natick, 


287. Maria Parker (Henry,"' Josiah,^ Josiah,^ Josiah,^ 
yo/in,^ Hananiahr Thomas^), dau. of Henry and Abigail 
(Hutchinson) Parker, was b. in Woburn, July 5, 1819; m. 
Dec. 10, 1844, George Winn, b. in Burlington, Mass., Nov. 
12, 1811, son of Abel and Ruth (Richardson) Winn. He 
was a farmer and d. in Woburn, Dec. 25, 1S78. She survived 
him nearly ten years. She d. in Woburn, Nov. 23, 1888. 

Their children were : 
I. Alice Maria Winn, b. March 14, 1846; m. in Woburn, Jan. 
18, 1 87 1, Frank Murray Pushee, b. in Lyme, N. H., March 

12, 1844, son of Sylvester and Sarah (Emerton) Pushee. She 
d. in Woburn, June 4, 1883, and he m. (2) Marah B. Winn, 
dau. of John and Marah (Baldwin) Winn. The children of 
Frank M. and Alice (Winn) Pushee were : 

I. Etta Maria Pushee, b. in Nashua, N. H., March 14, 



II. George Winn Pushee, b. in Woburn, AjDril 25, 1880; 
d. May 12, 1S82. 


III. Walter Frank Pushee, b. in Woburn, May 28, and d. 

July 28, 18S3. 

IV. Harold B. Pushee, b. Jan. 16, 1890. 

2. Abbie Louisa Winn, b. Jan. 10, 1856; d. in Wobuin, March 
28, 1867. 

288. Frederick Chandler Parker ( Frederick, i Josiah,^ 
yosiah,^ yosia/i,'^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Fred- 
erick and Nabby (Thompson) Parker, was b. in Woburn, 
Jan. 16, 1829; m. June 30, 1857, Martha Abbie Hanson, b. 
in Peabody, Jan. 26, 1833, dau. of Isaac (of Wakefield, N. 
H.) and Eliza (of Peabody) (Batchelder) Hanson. He was 
one year selectman. He built the residence on Canal Street, 
where he now resides and where he conducts a business of 
leather currying. 

Their children were : 

415. Lydia Thompson Parker, b. April 4, 1858 ; m. J. Herbert 

William Chandler Parker, b. Aug. 11, 1S63 ; m. Aug. 7, 18S6, 

Charlotte M. Kelley. He has been captain of Co. G, 5th Reg. 

Inf., M. V. M. (Woburn Mechanic Phalanx). 
Mary Wellington Parker, b. Jan. 21, 1868. 

289. Josiah Parker (Frederick,^ yosiah/' yosi'ah,^ 
yostak,"^ yohfi,^ Hanantak,^ Thomas^), son of Frederick and 
Nabby (Thompson) Parker, was b. in Woburn, Oct. 25, 1832 
(twin brother of Hannah Maria Parker) ; m. Nov. 17, 1864, 
Sarah B. Hanson, b. in Peabody, Jan. 6, 1840, sister to Martha 
Abbie Hanson, and resides in Woburn. 

Their son is : 
Frank Flanders Parker, b. March 4, 1871. 

290. Hannah Maria Parker (Fredcr^ck,^ yosiah,^ 
yosiah,^ yosiak,^ yo/in,^ Hananiah,^ T/w?7ias^), son of Fred- 
erick and Nabby (Thompson) Parker, was b. in Woburn, 
Oct. 25, 1832 (twin sister of Josiah Parker) ; m. Jan. 6, 1852, 
Walter Wellington, b. in Lexington, Dec. 3, 1824, son of 
Marshall and Elizabeth (Kimball) Wellington, and grandson 
of William of Waltham, and resides in E. Lexington. 

Their children were : 


1. Charles Walter Wellington, b. Oct. 13, 1853. 

2. Abbie Elizabeth Wellington, b. Feb. i, 1856. 

3. Marion Elizabeth Wellington, b, Oct. 17, 1866. 

4. Arthur Bryant Wellington, b. Aug. 26, 1870. 

291. Betsey Fidelia Parker (Freder^ck,^ Josiak,^ 
yosiah,^ Josiah,^ yohti,^ Hanantah,^ 77^ow«5'j, dau. of Fred- 
erick and Nabby (Thompson) Parker, was b. in Woburn, 
June 7, 1836; m. Feb. 26, 1857, in Woburn, George Russell, 
b. in Charlestown, now Somerville, June 22, 1836, son of 
William Adams and Keziah (Teele) Russell. They reside in 
Woburn on Cambridge Street, very near her childhood home, 
the old Parker homestead of Woburn. 

Their children were : 

1. Emma Thompson Russell, b. in Somerville, Dec. 14, 1857 ; m. 

in Somerville, Feb. 26, 1879, Charles Henry Hartshorn of 
Medford. Child : 

I. Edward Russell Hartshorn, b. in Medford, Aug. 5, 
1879 ; d. in Woburn, Aug. 5, 1880. 

2. Carrie Russell, b. in Woburn, Oct. 19, 1861 ; m. in Woburn, 

June I, 1887, Charles Edward Sutherland of Woburn. 

3. JosiE Russell, b. in Somerville, Sept. 19, 1863. 

4. George Parker Russell, b. in Somerville, Aug. 28, 1868. 

5. William Adams Russell, b. in Somerville, June 9, 1874. 

292. Martha Ann Parker (Frederick,^ Josiah,^ 
'Josiahy' yosiak,^ yokn,^ Hanantah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Fred- 
erick and Nabby (Thompson) Parker, was b. in Woburn, 
May 24, 1841 ; m. in Woburn, July 14, 1863, Joseph Belknap 
McDonald, b. in Danville, Vt., June 28, 1839, ^on of William 
B. and Eunice P. (Wyman) McDonald. They reside in 
Woburn. He is a lumber dealer in Boston and the coal 
dealer of Woburn. 

Their children, both b. in Woburn, were : 

1. Fred Wyman McDonald, b. May 25, 1867. 

2. Joseph Belknap McDonald, Jr., b. July 7, 1878. 

293. Dorothy Flagg Parker (called also Dolly) 
(Benjamin,'' Benjamin,^ yosiah,^ yosiah,^ yohn,^ Hanamak,^ 
Thomas^), dau. of Benjamin, Jr., and Sally (x\llen) Parker, 
was b. in Fitchburg, Jan. 2, 1804; m. in Harvard, May 27, 


1827, Ephraim Barnard of Harvard, b. March 19, 1805, son 
of Phineas and Betsey (Whitney) Barnard. He was a shoe- 
maker and farmer in Harvard, where all of the children were 
born. She d. July 30, 1854. He d. April 11, 1883. 

Their children were : 

1. Eliza Ann Willard Barnard, b. March 30, 1828; m. Nov., 

185 1, John Wright of Charlestown. She d. March 7, 1852. 

2. Sarah Parker Barnard, b. April 13, 1830; m. in Harvard, 

March 29, 1853, George Whitney of Stow, b. Oct. 28, 1823, 
son of Asa and Sally (Brooks) Whitney. They reside in 
Harvard, where he is a farmer. Children : 
I. Frederick A. Whitney, b. in Stow, April 8, 1858. 
II. Georgiana Whitney, b. in Harvard, June 21, 1871. 

3. Ephraim Augustus Barnard, b. Aug. 28, 1832 ; d. of con- 

sumption, June 26, 1853. 

4. Emeline Jane Barnard, b. July 28, 1835 ; m. in Harvard, 

Feb. 4, 1864, Vandola E. Whitcomb of Littleton, b. in Little- 
ton, Jan. II, 1830, son of Emory Vandola and Sophia (Foster) 
Whitcomb. They reside in Bolton. 

5. Luther Allen Barnard, b. Dec. 24, 1837 ; m. Antoinette L. 

Taylor of Boxborough, dau. of Varnum and Mary (Bowers) 
Taylor. He d. of consumption, Nov. 17, 1867. They had a 
dau. who d. young. His widow married again and resides 
in W. Acton. 

6. Abigail Maria Barnard, b. May 27, 1840; m. in Hudson, 

Charles Frank Stone of Littleton, b. in Groton, Oct. 17, 183 1, 
son of Nathaniel (native of Groton) and Lydia (Page) Stone 
(native of Shirley). They reside in Littleton, where he is a 

7. Henry Albert Barnard, b. Nov. 30, 1842 ; m. Jan. 10, 1866, 

Ann Augusta Gates of Leominster, b. in Leominster, Nov. 
16, 1848, dau. of Edwin and Ann B. Gates. They reside in 
Leominster. Children : 

I. Cora Mabel Barnard, b. in Leominster, April 8, 1868. 
II. Charles Edwin Barnard, b. March 20, 1873. 

8. Waldo Gardner Barnard, b. Dec. 11, 1848; d. of con- 

sumption, Oct. 19, 1870. 

294. Mehetable Tidd Parker (Benjamin:^ Benja- 
min,^ yosiah,^ yosiah,^ yoh)i,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of 
Benjamin, Jr., and Sally (Allen) Parker, was b. in Harvard, 


March 17, 1806; m. Jan. 19, 1830, Thomas Cummings of 
Hollis, N. H., b. Aug. 22, 1805, son of Thomas and Mary 
Cummings. They lived in Harvard, where he was a farmer 
the greater part of his life. He was also a shoemaker. He d. 
March 20, 1885, and she resides with her son in Somerville. 

Their children were : 

1. Benjamin Thomas Cummings, b. in Boston, Nov. 26, 1830; d, 

Jan. 30, 1834. 

2. Charles Henry Cummings, b. Nov. 7, 1834; '""• ^^^' 2^» 

1856, Helen S. Farnsworth of Harvard, dau. of Jerome and 
Lydia Farnsworth. They lived first in Harvard, now in 
Somerville. He is a clerk in Chandler's dry goods house, 
Boston. Children b. in Harvard: 
I. Arthur Thomas Cummings, b. April 20, 1859; m. 

Sept., 1882, Laura Leavitt of Bangor, Me. They reside 

in Somerville. 
II. Cecil Henry Cummings, b. March 3, 1865. Resides in 

Omaha, Neb., unmarried. 

Eliza Richardson Parker (see page 228) (Josefh.t 

Benjamin,^ Josiah,^ 'Josiah^'^ yohn,^ Ilananmh,^ Thomas^), 
dau. of Dea. Joseph and Betsey (Richardson) Parker, was b. 
in Woburn, Aug. 27, 1808; m. May 17, 1827, in Woburn, 
Warren Fox, b. in Woburn, Jan. 16, 1804, son of Capt. 
William and Arathusa (Munroe) Fox. They lived on the 
West Side of the town. The Fox homestead stood on Lex- 
ington Street, near the old Parker farm. It is now unoccu- 
pied and is a part of the Colburn farm. Warren Fox was a 
leather dresser. Shed. Oct. 21, 1886, and he d. Jan. 22, 1887. 

Their children were : 

I. Warren Parker Fox, b. May 13, 1829; m. June 16, 1853, 
Maria N. Newhall, b. in Woburn, March 13, 1833, dau. of 
Alfred A. and Margery Fowle (Thompson) Newhall. The 
father was b. in Lynn, March 8, 1809, and the mother in 

Arathusa Munroe, the wife of Capt. William Fox, was b. in Lexington, 
March lo, 1773, dau. of Nathan and Elizabeth (Harrington) Munroe (see page 
74). Nathan, the father, was son of Marrett and Deliverance (Parker) 
Munroe; she. Deliverance, being dau. of Lieut. Josiah Parker of Lexington 
and sister of Capt. John Parker of Lexington and Lieut. Josiah Parker of 


Woburn, April 26, 1810. Mr. Fox resides on Kilby Street in 
Woburn. Their children were : 

I. Clara Maria Fox, b. Sept. 19, 1855 ; resides in Woburn. 
IL Everett Parker Fox, b. Sept. 10, 1S60; m. Nov. 29, 
1882, Elona S. Dennis of Boston, dan. of Ward and 
Caroline (Parker) Dennis of Lewiston, Me. She "d. 
Aug. 29, 1892. He resides in Woburn. Child: 
I. Elona Sybil Fox, b. in Woburn, Aug. 28, 1884. 
in. John William Fox, b. Feb. 14, 1863 ; m. Nov. 18, 1885, 
Carrie Belle Cook. They reside in Woburn. Child : 
I. Mildred A. Fox, b. Sept. 15, 1887. 

2. Mary Eliza Fox, b. Sept. 10, 1832 ; m. in Woburn, March 19, 

^^57^ John Samuel Wheeler, b. in Bolton, June 3, 1833. 
They lived in Woburn, where he still resides. She d. April 
9, 1889, leaving no issue. 

3. Sarah Jane Fox, b. June 30, 1835; m. (i) Silas Nowell 

Bedelle of Somerville ; m. (2) in Woburn, Jan. 24, 1872, 
Mosely N. Brooks. She d. Nov. 24, 1885. Her children were : 
I. Joseph Warren Bedelle, b. in Woburn, Jan. 3, 1856; 

m. Rebecca Louis Fowle, b. Sept. 20, 1858, dau. of 

Josiah L. and Rebecca Fowle of Woburn. He is a 

leather dresser in Fitchburg. 
II. Mary Brooks, b. in Woburn, Dec. 12, 1872 ; d. July 20, 


III. WiNTHROP Brooks, b. Sept. 3, 1874; d. Aug. ^ 

25> 1875. ' j 

IV. Waldo Brooks, b. Sept. 3, 1874. He lives 1- Twins. 

with his uncle, Charles Brooks, in Franconia, I 
N. H. J 

4. Celinda Thompson Fox, b. July 27, 1840; m. in Woburn, 

April 24, 1864, Jacob C. Whitcher. He d. She resides in 
Woburn. Their children were: 
I. Arthur Warren Whitcher, b. Oct. 3, 1865. 
II. Jacob Franklin Whitcher, b. March 31, 1S69 ; d. Dec. 
7' 1875. 

III. Jennie Eliza Whitcher, b. Dec. 13, 1870; d. May 2^ 


IV. Mary Celenda Whitcher, b. Oct. 29, 1874. 
V. Carrie Louise Whitcher, b. Jan. 28, 1877. 

295. Joseph Addison Parker (Joscfh,^ Benjamin,^ 
Josiah, 'i Josiah,^ John,^ Hananiah^ Thomas'), son of Dea. 
Joseph and Betsey (Richardson) Parker, was b. in Woburn, 
July 7, 1815 ; m. Dec. 31, 1839, Rebecca Jane Cutler, dau. 


of Amos and Rachel (Flagg) Cutler of Lexington, later of 
Mason, N. H. She was b. in Lexington ; d. in Woburn, 
April 14, 1849. H^ "^- (2) ^" Woburn, June 11, 1854, Emily 
Hewes, native of Fairlee, Vt. They reside in Woburn, where 
Mr. Parker has always lived. He is a leather dresser. 

Their children were : 
Joseph Addison Parker, Jr., b. Oct. 16, 1840. He entered the 

service of the Union army, and d. in Woburn, Oct. 19, 1S61, from 

the effects of the battle of Bull Run. 
Maria Jane Parker, b. Aug. 8, 1845 ; d. April 8, 1881. 

296. Ann Parker ( Joseph ,7 Benjamin ,6 Josiah ,s Josiah ,4 
John,T> Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Dea. Joseph and Betsey 
(Richardson) Parker, was b. in Woburn, Oct. 23, 1816 ; m. 
in Woburn, June 4, 1840, Elijah Marion of Burlington, b. 
Dec. 28, 1812, son of John C. and Martha (Carter) Marion. 
He was highway surveyor, overseer of the town farm of Burl- 
ington and a representative to the General Court in 1872. 
They lived in Burlington, where he was a farmer. She d. 
March 20, 1879. He d. June 19, 1884. 

Their children were : 

1. Elijah Parker Marion, b. in Burlington, Dec. 28, 1841 ; m. 

in Woburn, June 24, 1878, Evelyn E. Manning, b. in Burling- 
ton, July 3, 1845, dau. of William and Elizabeth (Shedd) 
Manning. They reside in Woburn, where he is a garden 
farmer. Children : 

I. Edith Evelyn Marion, b. in Woburn, June 22, 1879. 

II. Guy Elwood Marion, b. in Woburn, March 25, 1882. • 

2. Ann Elizabeth Marion, b. in Woburn, May 14, 1843 ; m. 

Oct. 5, 1865, John Pollock of Woburn. She resides in Burl- 
ington with her daughters : 
I. Ida Pollock. ii. Harriet Pollock. 

3. Charles Edward Marion, b. in Woburn, Aug. 16, 1846 ; m. 

in Chelsea, Oct. 12, 1870, Kate Downs, b. in Westbiook, Me., 
May 10, 1845, dau. of Samuel W. and Irene Downs. He is a 
farmer in Burlington. Their children were : 
I. Henry Elmer Marion, b. in Woburn, Sept. 15, 1871. 

II. Francis Herbert Marion, b. in Woburn, Sept. 29, 1876. 

III. Everett Hancock Marion, b. in Burlington, Jan. 6, 

and d. April 8, 1882. 


IV. Emily Elva Marion, b. inJBurlington, April 11, 1883. 

4. William Chester Marion, b. in Burlington, May 33, 1852. 

He resides in St. Paul, Minn. 

5. Ella Chestina Marion, b. in Burlington, Dec. 7, 1854. 

She resides in Burlington. 

297. Benj amin Parker ( Josef h ;> Benjamin ,^ Josiah,^ 
yosiah,^ yohn.i Hana7iiah^^ Thomas^), son of Dea. Joseph 
and Betsey (Richardson) Parker, was b. in Woburn, Jan. 25, 
1820; m. in Woburn, Nov. 19, 1846, Mary Elizabeth Waitt, 
b. in Maiden, Sept. 10, 1828, dau. of James and Deborah 
Waitt. They lived on Bedford Street in Woburn. He was a 

Their children were : 

Elizabeth Frances Parker, b. Sept. 11, 1847; "''• in Woburn, 
Nov. 24, 1886, Capt. John William Ellard of Woburn, b. Dec. 9, 
1854, son of William and Elizabeth A. Ellard. He is a leather 
splitter and stock raiser. They reside in Woburn. He was for 
two years Capt. of the Woburn Mechanic Phalanx. 

416. Benjamin Franklin Parker, b. Sept. 8, 1850 ; m. Mary M. 
Childs of Woburn. 

417. Susan Emma Parker, b. April 31, 1854; '""• Clarence M. 

418. Lucy Augusta Parker, b. Jan. 24, 1858 ; m. Asa W. Bout- 
well of Woburn. 

Herbert Wallace Parker, b. Nov. i. 1869. 

298. Samuel Thurston Parker (Samuel;' Benjamin,^ 

yosiah„^ yosiah,"^ yohn^ Hananiah^ Thomas^ )^ son of Samuel 
and Lydia Thurston (Allen) Parker, was b. in Fitchburg, 
Mass., June 11, 1805; removed with the family to Otselic, 
N. Y. ; m. in Smyrna, N. Y., Oct. 16, 1829, Mary Bates, b. 
Feb. 19, 1806, in Nova Scotia, dau. of Daniel and Sally 
(Hinman) Bates. He was a carpenter and farmer. He d. 
March 17, i860, She d. Nov. 30, 1873. 
Their children were : 

419. Samuel Dwight Parker, b. Dec. 29, 1830; m. Hannah R. 

Thomas Leroy Parker, b. in Georgetown, N. Y., vSept. 18, 1832 ; 
m. in Belvidere, Boone Co., 111., Oct. 7, 1855, Amanda E. Brown, 
b. in Parkman, Ohio, Oct. 6, 1835, eldest dau. of Alonzo and 


Hannah Brown. He went to Illinois in Sept., 1853. He was a 
farmer; moved to Clayton Co., Iowa, in 1S58. He enlisted in 
Co. B, 2ist Reg., Iowa Inf. Vols., in Aug., 1862. He partici- 
pated in five battles, viz.: Port Gibson (Magnolia Hills), Cham- 
pion Hill, Black River Bridge, Vicksburg and Jackson, all in 
Mississippi. He d. while on a furlough, Sept. 30, 1863. He 
had no issue. She resides at Strawberry Point, Iowa. 

420. Henry Norton Parker, b. in Georgetown, N. Y., June 
16, 1834; '■"• (0 Hannah M. Glynn, (2) Mary A. Cooley, (3) 
Martha Bowers Cady. 

421. John Lasson Parker, b. in Georgetown, N. Y., July 6, 
1836 ; m. Lydia A. Vanhovenburgh. 

422. Lucy Lizzette Parker, b. in Smyrna, N. Y., July 17, 
1838 ; m. Lewis Jones. 

Mary Parker ; d. young. 

423. Albert Monson Parker, b. in Madison, Co., N. Y., Oct. 
10, 1843 ; m. Elizabeth Van Zandt. 

424. Edwin Eugene Parker, b. in Madison Co., N. Y., Dec. 5, 
1846; m. Nellie Heath. 

425. William Charles Addison Parker, b. in Otselic, N. Y., 
Aug. 5, 1S49; m. Emma O. Crandall. 

Benjamin Allen Parker (see page 229) (SamueUi Ben- 
jamin,^ Jos/ah,^ Josiah,^ John,^ Hanamah,^ Thotnas'), son 
of Samuel and Lydia Thurston (Allen) Parker, was b. in 
Worcester, Mass., Dec. 31, 1806. He removed at an early 
age with his parents to Chenango Co., N. Y., and when of 
age to Chardon, Ohio. In 1863 he visited Kansas, and in 
1864 moved his family to Spring Hill, Johnson Co., Kansas, 
where he d. July 10, 1870, and now lies in the cemetery at 
Spring Hill. He m. about 1831 or 1832 Orpha Stebbins, b. 
in Longmeadow, Mass., Jan., 1814. She removed to Chardon, 
Ohio, when only two years old. She d. at Chardon, Oct., 

Their children were : 
Harriet Parker ; d. at 11 years of age. 

426. Thomas Allen Parker, b. in Chardon, O., Nov. i8, 1834 ; 
m. Margaret Ann Lindsey. 

Charles Burr Parker ; d. at nine years of age. 

Martha Jane Parker ; d. at two years and eleven months. 

427. HosEA Stebbins Parker ; m. Martha D. Wilson. 

428. Mary Louisa Parker; m. Benjamin Sprague. 


299. Lydia Lucretia Parker (Samuel,'' Benjamin,^ 
yostak,^ Josiah,"^ yohn,^ Hanantah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Samuel 
and Lydia Thurston (Allen) Parker, was b. in Fitchburg, 
Oct. 4, 1808 ; m. in Smyrna, N. Y., William Riley Orvis, b. 
April 17, 1803, son of Joseph and Mabel Orvis. He was a 
farmer. They lived in Sumner, la., where he d. Aug., 1892. 
They had ten children. 

1. Lucy A. Orvis, b. March 19, 1835; m. Richard J. Quinlan. 

He was a shoemaker. He d. and she m. (2) Joseph W. 
Mertz, b. May 10, 1S13. He has been a farmer in Odebolt, 
la., where they still reside. Her children were : 
I. Thomas B. Quinlan, b. in Sherburne, N. Y., April 4, 

1845 ; resides in Covington, la., where he is a merchant 

and postmaster, and has three children. 
II. Frank B. Quinlan, b. in Sherburne, N. Y., May 10, 

1847 ; resides in Shurdon, Green Co., Iowa, where he 

is a farmer. He has four children. 

III. James R. Quinlan, b. in Schoolcraft, Mich., Dec. 29, 

1849 ; resides in Sherwood, Branch Co., Mich. He has 
three children. 

IV. Miriam L. Quinlan, b. in Schoolcraft, Mich., "^ 

May 2, 185 1 ; m. and resides in Coldwater, 
Mich., and has three children. 
V. Frederick D. Quinlan, b. in Schoolcraft, 
Mich., May 2, 1851 ; resides in Way land, 
Allegan Co., Mich. 
VI. Ellen Quinlan, b. in Schoolcraft, Mich., Nov. 10, 1855 ; 
m. Joseph Henton. He is a farmer near Farnhamville, 
Calhoun Co., la. 

2. Lottie A. Orvis ; m. in Fayette, la., Dec. 3, 1879, William T. 

Wade, b. in Elizabeth, N. J., Dec. 27, 1818. They reside in 
Sumner, la., where he is a farmer. 

300. Charlotte Elmira Parker (SarmieWJ Benjamin,^ 
yosiak,^ yostah,^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Samuel 
and Lydia Thurs'.on (Allen) Parker, was b. in Fitchburg, 
June 8, 1814: m. 1830, William Wilbur. She d. June 11, 
1831, leaving a daughter four weeks old. She grew up in her 
grandmother's, Mrs. Samuel Parker's, family. Her name 
was : 

\ Twins. 



1. Ellen Maria Wilbur, b. May 13, 1831. She removed West 
with some of her relatives. She m. Henry Dennis and d. in 
Chicago, 111. She had three children. 

Harriet Emeline Parker (see page 230) (Samuel,'^ 
Benjamin,^ yostah,^ "Josiah,^ yo/m,^ Hananiak,^ Thomas^), 
dau. of Samuel and Lydia Thurston (Allen) Parker, was b. 
in Fitchburg, June 18, 1816 ; m. Nov. 30, 1834, Lorenzo Dow 
Miles, b. March 4, 181 2, son of William and Charity Miles. 
They lived in Otselic, N. Y., where he d. Feb. 23, 1891. 
She d. in Otselic, N. Y., Oct. 2, 1883. He was a farmer. 
He was assessor for three years. 

Their children, all b. in Otselic, N. Y., were : 

1. Francis E. Miles, b. July 2, 1S35 ; m. Emma Bishop. She 

d. Aug., 1882. He resides in Otselic, N. Y. Children: 
I. Charles Miles. hi. Adelbert Miles. 

II. Lamott Miles. iv. Floyd Miles. 

2. Henry A. Miles, b. July 13, 1837 '■> f"- Sept. 13, 1857, Rebecca 

Ann Kinzon, b. Nov. 7, 1839; ^- Oct., 1880. He d. Oct. 6, 
1862. They had one child : 

I. Carrie Florence Miles, b. Feb. 24, 1862; m. Feb. 15, 
1880, William Conley of Smyrna, N. Y. Children : 

1. Lucy H. Conley, b, Nov. 29, 1880. 

2. Nellie E. Conley, b. July 22, 1882. 

3. Lois R. Conley, b. Dec. 15, 1885. 

3. Orpha E. Miles, b. June i, and d. Aug. 28, 1839. 

4. George B. Miles, b. Oct. 10, 1840; m. Jan. 29, 186S, Rebecca 

Ann (Kinzon) Miles, his brother's widow. He resides in 
Otselic, N. Y. He is a farmer. Their son : 
I. Burton P. Miles, b. March 3, 1870; m. June 21, 1891, 
Nora E. Brown of Otselic, N. Y. They have a son : 
I. Max Merton Miles, b. June 3, 1892. 

301. Francis Edwin Parker ( Samuel,^ Benjamin,^ 
yosiah,^ yosiah,^ yohn,^ Hafianiah,^ Thomas'^), son of Samuel 
and Lydia Thurston (Allen) Parker, was b. in Fitchburg, 
May 3, 1819 ; m. in Lebanon, N. Y., Aug. 24, 1843, Amanda 
Minerva Lindsay, b. Nov. 4, 1819, dau. of David and Jemima 
(Crane) Lindsay. She d. in Belvidere, 111., Jan. 19, 1872. 
He was a farmer in Boone Co., 111., until shortly before his 


wife's death, when they removed to Belvidere, 111. He m. (2) 
Mrs. Nancy Powell. He d. Dec. 19, 1876, in Belvidere, 111. 
Their children were : 

Emma Matilda Parker, b, in Cook Co., III., April 3, 184S; d. 

Jan. 29, 1869. 
429. Mary Ellen Parker, b. in Lake Co., 111., May 13, 1851 ; 

m. Stephen Abraham. 

302. Abigail Elizabeth Parker (Samuel,"^ Benja- 
min,^ 'yosiahy> yostah,'^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of 
Samuel and Lydia Thurston (Allen) Parker, was b. in 
Otselic, N. Y., June 11, 1823 ; m. in Otselic, N. Y., June 16, 
1840, Dr. G. E. Lawrence, b. in Oneonta, Otsego Co., N. Y., 
Nov. 18, 1816, son of Charles and Hannah Lawrence. He 
d. in Smyrna, N. Y., Aug. 8, 1887. She resides in Smyrna. 

Their children were : 

1. Edward Fayette Lawrence, b. in Sherburne, Chenango Co., 

N. Y., April 15, 1843 ; m. Oct. 20, 1870, Emily S. Wells of 
Evansville, Ind., b. in Madison, Ind., March 14, 1841, dau. of 
Hiram K. and Emily S. Wells. He is assistant business man- 
ager of the Elmira Advertiser^ N. Y. Their children were : 
I. E. Winifred Lawrence, b. in Norwich, N. Y., Feb. 7, 

iL Harry Lawrence, b. in Smyrna, N. Y., June 4, 1877. 

2. Mary Amelia Lawrence, b. in Sherburne, Chenango Co., 

N. Y., Aug. 9, 1846; m. Feb. 28, 1868, Floyd Brooks of 
Smyrna, N. Y. They have children : 
I. May Malissa Brooks. 
II. Chauncy D. Brooks. 
III. FLOREifCE Amelia Brooks. 

3. Lewis Adelbert Lawrence, b. in Sherburne, Chenango Co., 

N. Y., Aug. 17, 1851 ; d. Aug. 3, 1873. 

4. Frank Jamia Lawrence, b. in Smyrna, N. Y., March 25, 181^5. 

5. Freddie Lawrence, b. in Smyrna, N. Y., July 16, and d. 

Sept. 1 1, 1862. 

303. Ann Maria 'PaxVi^r ( Samuel ,t Benjamin ,^ Josiah,^ 
yosiah,^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Samuel and 
Lydia Thurston (Allen) Parker, was b. in Otselic, N. Y., 
Feb. 25, 1825 ; m. in Smyrna, March 25, 1847, William 


Stover Wilcox, b. in Smyrna, Aug. 28, 1821, son of Thomas 
and Jemima (Stover) Wilcox. He was a farmer and d. in 
Smyrna, May 4, 1869. She resides in Woodhull, N. Y. 
Their children were : 

1. Laura Ann Wilcox, b. in Smyrna, N. Y., Dec. 29, 1847 ' "^* 

in N. Norwich, N. Y., May 22, 1870, Edwin G. Brown, son 
of Sylvester G. and Rebecca (Martin) Brown. They reside 
in Woodhull, Steuben Co., N. Y. Their children were: 
L Lynn D. Brown, b. Oct. 8, 1871. 
n. Eva Maria Brown, b. Feb. 17, 1873. 

III. Bertha Brown, b. April 14, 1885. 

2. Delia Av arena Wilcox, b. in Otselic, N. Y., July i, 1849; 

m. in Smyrna, N. Y., Nov. 8, 1870, Lawrence H. Goodrich, 
son of Eleazer and Hannah (Way) Goodrich. They reside in 
Norwich, N. Y. Their children were : 
I. Lena A. Goodrich, b. Sept. 28, 1871. 
II. Cora E. Goodrich, b. April 25, 1873. 
in. Etta H. Goodrich, b. Nov. 5, 1875. 

IV. Willie O. Goodrich, b. April 26, 1877. 
V. Clara V. Goodrich, b. April 29, 1878. 

VI. Lynn E. Goodrich, b. July 28, 1883. 
VII. Dean Goodrich, b. Jan. 24, 1885. 

3. Ella Maria Wilcox, b. in Otselic, N. Y., April 20, 1852 ; m. 

in Smyrna, N. Y., Dec. 16, 1874, Everett A. Dodge, son of 
William and Mary Ann (Colton) Dodge. They reside in 
Brooklyn, Ct. Their dau. was: 

I. Anna Belle Dodge, b. March 14, 1889. . 

4. Cora Elizabeth Wilcox, b. in Smyrna, N. Y., Dec. 3, 1857 5 

m. in Sherburne, N. Y., Oct. 9, 1877, George F. Harrington, 
son of Ezekiel and Emeline (Alexander) Harrington. They 
reside in Norwich, N. Y. Their children were : 
I. Lewis E. Harrington, b. July 29, 1884. 
II. Pearl W. Harrington, b. Nov. 8, 1887. 

5. Hattie Amelia Wilcox, b. in Smyrna, N. Y., July 4, i860; 

m. in Smyrna, Sept. 27, 1882, George W. Sumner, son of 
Daniel and Mary (Smith) Sumner. 

6. William Stover Wilcox, b. in Smyrna, N. Y., April 11, 

1862; m. in Lebanon, Madison Co., N. Y., Jan. 31, 1884, 
Ella J. Gavin, dau. of John Gavin. They reside in Brooklyn, 
Ct. Their son was : 
I. George S. Wilcox, b. Aug. 19, 1885. 


7. Katie Belle Wilcox, b. in Smyrna, N. Y., July 11, 1868 ; m. 
June 29, 1892, Horace D. Covell of Pomfret Landing, Ct., 
where they reside. 

304. Martha Ann Parker (Isaac,'' John,^ John,^ 
yosiak,"^ yohn,^ Hananiah.^ Thomas'^), dau. of Isaac and 
Martha M. (Miller) Parker, was b. in Lexington, June 16, 
1831 ; m. Oct., 1855, William W. Dingee of Philadelphia 
Co., Pa. They reside in Racine, Wis. 

Their children were : 

1. Gertrude Parker Dingee, b, Nov., 1857. 

2. Theodore Parker Dingee, b. Jan., 1863 ; d. Dec, 1869. 

305. Abigail Anna Parker (Hiram S. ,? John,^ John,z 
yosiah,^ yo/m,^ Hanamah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Hiram S. and 
Nancy (Leavitt) Parker, was b. in Lowell, Aug. 24, 1828 ; 
m. in Lowell, July 17, 1850, Charles William Rea, b. Nov. 
10, 1827, in Hereford, P. Q^, eldest son of Alexander and 
Betsey Rea. They lived many years in Toronto, Ont. They 
reside in Everett, Mass. He is a carpenter. 

Their children were : 

1. Emma Matilda Rea, b. in Lowell, Aug. 24, 185 1. 

2. Annie Isabel Rea, b. in Lowell, May 19, 1853 ' '^- '" 

Compton, P. Q., June 6, 1877, George H. Reneau. 

3. Charles Henry Rea, b. in Lowell. Jan. 12, 1856. 

4. George Frazier Rea, b. in Lowell, Feb. 24, 1858. 

5. Alexander Rea, b. in Lowell, May 20, 1859. 

6. Allan Rea, b. in Lowell, Nov. 2, 1861. 

7. Frederick Parker Rea, b. in Compton, P. Q., March 17, 

1863 ; m. Feb. 14, 1888, Mary Augusta Kennedy. Their 
children are : 

I. Mary Kathlene Rea, b. March 5, 1889. 
II. Frederick Rea, b. Oct., 1890. 
III. Marguerite Genevieve Rea, b. July 4, 1892. 

8. Hiram Miles Rea, b. in Compton, P. Q. 

9. Minnie Susie Rea, b. in Compton, P. Q., Aug. 21, 1867. 

10. Abbie Nancy Louise Rea, b. in Compton, P. Q., Jan. 11, 
1870; m. Jan. 26, 1889, William James Hanson Bastard. 
Child : 
I. Donald Rea Hanson Bastard, b. Jan. 10, 1890. 


306. Charles Leavitt Parker (Hiram S,,^ John,^ 
yohn,^ "Josiah,^ yohn,^ Hananiak,^ Thomas^)^ son of Hiram 
S. and Nancy (Leavitt) Parker, was b. in Lowell, Aug. i, 
1839; "^- ^" Nashua, N. H., Oct. 23, 1867, Maria Barker, b. 
in Sandwich, Mass., Sept. 25, 1847, dau. of John and Rebecca 
(McLane) Barker of Sandwich. They reside in Lowell. 

Their children were : 
Arthur Leavitt Parker, b. Jan. 19, and d. Feb. 7, 1872. 
Hiram Theodore Parker, b. Aug. 9, 1873. 
Charles Henry Parker, b. March 4, 1876; d. April 19, 1S7S. 
John Leavitt Parker, b. Jan. 4, 1879. 
Leona Bell Parker, b. Nov. 22, 1881 ; d. April 22, 1885. 
Minnie Graves Parker, b. Aug. 10, 1884; d. Jan. 16, 1887. 
Annie Rea Parker, b. Oct. 28, 1887. 

307. Susan Weatherbee Parker (see page 244) 

(Hira^n S.,'' yo/in,^ Johny' Josiah,^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ 
Thomas^), dau. of Hiram S. and Nancy (Leavitt) Parker, 
was b. in Lowell, Nov. 24, 1841 ; m. in Lowell, March 19, 
1864, George Edgar Wentworth of Lowell, b. in Alstead, N. 
H., March 14, 1842. He was a scholar at the Franklin School 
in Lowell. Enlisting as a private in the 30th Mass. Reg., 
he was appointed to the Lieut. Colonelcy of the 88th U. S. 
Colored Reg., which position he honored with his high courage 
as an officer and warm hearted humanity. He was severely 
wounded and carried to his grave one bullet which could not be 
extracted. He was a most efficient soldier and he won the con- 
fidence of his superiors. He was offered a captaincy, which 
he declined. He was a gentleman of refined manners and con- 
siderable culture of mind and heart and was a public spirited 
citizen. He was Collector of Internal Revenue and Clerk of 
the U. S. Courts at Pensacola, Fla., at the time of his death, 
Oct. 14, 1881. Mrs. Wentworth resides in Pensacola. 
Their children were : 

1. Nancy Louisa Wentworth, b. in Lowell, Aug. 13, 1869. 

2. Alice Kate Wentworth, b. in Pensacola, Fla., Aug. 3, 1871. 

3. Ellie Grace Wentworth, b. in Pensacola, March 16, 1875. 

4. George Parker Wentworth, b. in Pensacola, June 18, 1877. 

5. Warren Pierce Wentworth (twin of Emma Annie), b. in 

Pensacola, March 25, 1879. 


6. Emma Annie Wentworth (twin of Warren Pierce), b. in 
Pensacola, March 25, 1879. 

Theodore Henry Parker (see page 244) (Hiram S.,^ 

yo/m,^ John,^ yosiak,'^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of 
Hiram S. and Nancy (Leavitt) Parker, was b. in Lowell, 
Nov. 4, 1833. He was educated in the public schools of 
Lowell. The pure patriotism which ever burned within him 
led him to enlist upon the outbreak of the Civil War in the 6th 
Mass. Reg., Capt. Hanson, Co. B, and was in the service 
nine months, during all of which time he acquitted himself as a 
brave and true soldier. After his return he was a book-keeper 
in Boston for 15 years. In 1886 his health failed and he de- 
clined gradually until his death. He was a talented and much 
gifted man ; possessed a most tenacious memory, was fond of 
books and was a great reader. He was thus, in a measure, 
like his uncle, the Rev. Theodore Parker. He was a favorite 
with all ; was generous to a fault and belonged to a Masonic 
order in Boston. He d. June 5, 1891. 

307. Abby M. Parker (see page 272) (yoiiat/ian,7 
Robert,^ yokn^z yosiah,^ yokn^^ Hananiak,^ Thomas^), dau. 
of Jonathan S. and Abigail (Tuttle) Parker, was b. in Lexing- 
ton, April 23, 1847 ; vci. Feb. 17, 1869, George H. Cutter of 
Arlington, son of Jefferson and Sarah E. (Thorpe) Cutter of 
Arlington, formerly W. Cambridge. They reside in Lexington. 

Their children were : 

1. Frank P. Cutter, b. Jan. 25, 1870. 

2. Henry E. Cutter, b. Nov. 9, 1871 ; d. July 22, 1S73. 

3. Harry N. Cutter, b. March 25. 1875. 

308. Georgiana Tuttle Parker (yonathan:> Robert,^ 
yohn,^ yosiak,^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Jona- 
than S. and Abigail (Tuttle) Parker, was b. in Lexington, 
Oct. 12, 1849: m. Aug. 14, 1872, Charles William Converse, 
b. in Woburn, July 29, 1849, son of Charles S. and Joanna 
Converse of Woburn. He d. in Marietta, Ga., March 26, 
1888. She resides in Woburn. 

Their children were : 
I. Charles Atherton Converse, b. Sept. i, 1873; d. July 29, 


2. Wallace P. Converse, b. Jan. 9, 1876. 

3. Helen M. Converse, b. July 18, 1883 ; d. in Marietta, Ga., 

Oct. 22, 1887. 

309. Josiah Bowers 'PsiT^i&r (William B.,t Robert,^ 
Johuy' yosiah,^ yohn,^ Hanatiiah,^ 77i'o;;/rt5'^, son of William 
Bowers and Priscilla E. (Garfield) Parker, was b. in Charles- 
town, Aug. 31, 1848; m. July 17, 1873, Christina Alice 
Savage of Everett, dau. of Patrick and Ann (Doroty) Savage, 
natives of Ireland. They reside in Everett. 

Their children were : 

William Bowers Parker, b. April 23, 1874. 

Henry Joseph Parker, b. July 23, 1876; c1. Jan. 21, 1888. 

Theodore Otis Parker, b. Dec. 26, 187S. 

Anna Josephine Parker, b. Feb. 13, 1882; d. Jan. 11, 1888. 

Mary Alice Parker, b. April i, 1885. 

310. Albert Parker ( Samuel ~' Levi,^ Joseph,^ Josiah,'^ 
yohn,^ Hananiah^^ Thomas^), son of Samuel and Lurania 
(Aikins) Parker, was b. in Potsdam, N. Y., Oct. 19, 1823; 

m. in Potsdam, Nov. i, 1848, Turner, b. in Watertown, 

N. Y., May 25, 1828, dau. of Thomas and Polly (Gleason) 
Turner. He is a mechanic and resides in Potsdam. 

Their children were : 

Anna Elizabeth Parker, b. July 23, 1852 ; m. Gilbert J. Lemon. 
Morton Louis Parker, b. July 9, 1853 ; m. Alice R. Hawkes. 
Nellie Foster Parker, b. Oct. 28, 1865. 

311. Lucy Ann Parker (Isaac,^ Levi,^ Joseph,^ 
Josiah,^ yohn,^ Hananiak,^ Thomas^), dau. of Isaac and 
Mary (Linsted) Parker, was b. Dec. 17, 1838 ; m. Shubael 
Crandall of New York State. The}^ removed to Pierrepont, 
N. Y., then to Potsdam, N. Y., where they reside. 

Their children were : 

1. Minnie Crandall; d. aged 21. 

2. Edith Crandall; m. Aug. 19, 1889; d. Nov. 17, 1889. 

3. Jessie Crandall. 

312. Mary Hammond Parker (Isaac,'' Joseph,^ 
yoseph,^ yosia/i,^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Isaac 
and Lucy (Dunsmore) Parker, was b. in Waltham, March 4, 


1827; m. (i) July 2, 1845, Shubael Treat. They lived in 
Waltham in the house, still standing, which he built. He d. 
and she m. (2) in Victoria, Vancouver Island, B. C, May, 
1867, Mortimer Lewis. They reside in San Francisco, Cal. 
Her children were : 

1. Mary Harriet Treat, b. July i, 1846; m. Aug. 25, 1S64, 

Warren Lane Pope of Waltham. They reside in Waltham. 

2. Francena Maria Treat, b. Jan. 28, 1848 ; m. in Waltham, 

Dec. 24, 1868, Frederick Richard Eaton of Newton, b. in 
Boston, June 11, 1847, son of William Green and Elizabeth 
(Boylston) Eaton. They reside in Waltham. He is a 
mechanic. Their son was : 
I. Warren Mosely Eaton, b. in Waltham, June 11, 1884. 

3. Charles Shubael Treat, b. Aug. 13, 1850; d. Nov. 30, 1851. 

313. Isaac Parker, Jr. (Isaac,'' Josef h,^ Josef h,^ 
Josiah,'^ John,^ Uanamah,^ Thomas^), son of Isaac and Lucy 
(Dunsmore) Parker, was b. in Waltham, March 4, 1829; 
removed to Seattle, Puget Sound, Washington, where he m. 
Sept. 9, 1867, Lydia Greenlief Rowell, b. in Bangor, Me., 
Aug. 20, 1845, dau. of Stephen and Mary (Caldwell) Rowell. 
He first went to San Francisco, Cal., earl}^ in 1850. He 
later went to Mexico, where he superintended mining machin- 
ery. He was later in similar work at Gold Hill, Cal. At 
the time he set up his lumber mill in Seattle there were but 
two others in that territory. He went to the territory when the 
first settlements were being made ; the country and society 
were then in a very primitive form. He is a mechanical engi- 
neer for which he served an apprenticeship with Hinkley &, 
Drury of Boston in 1846. He was appointed in 1872 Govern- 
ment Inspector of Steamship Boilers for Puget Sound District. 
He was elected in 1888 City Treasurer of Seattle for one term. 
He is prominently connected with the Masonic bodies. He 
became a Mason in Feb., 1867, and has filled positions of 
honor and degree in the lodges of Seattle. They reside in 

Their children were : 
George Frederick Parker, b. hi Seattle, Oct. 17, 1868; m. in 
Portland, Oregon, Aug. 20, 1892, Hattie Howe, and resides in 
Boise City, Idaho. 



Ben Stepler Parker, b. Sept. 9, 1870. 
Isaac Curtis Parker, b. April 5, 1879. 

314. George Endicott Parker (haac;i Joseph,^ 
yose-ph,^ yosia/i,^ John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas'^), son of Isaac 
and Lucy (Dunsmore) Parker, was b. in Waltham, Feb. 4, 
1834. ^^ commenced the trade of a machinist at the shop of 
Mr. Pettis, Newton Upper Falls ; removed to Springfield ; 
removed to Colt's Armory, Hartford, Ct., where he remained 
nine years, taking contracts for pistol frames and parts of the 
revolving rifle. He removed to Newark, N. J., in 1864, 
where he resides and conducts a machine shop for model and 
experimental jobbing work. He is unmarried. 

315. Lowell Parker ( Isaac, ^ Joseph,^ Joscp/i,^ Josiah,^ 
John,^ Hananiah,- Thomas'^), son of Isaac and Lucy (Duns- 
more) Parker, was b. in Waltham, April 24, 1840. At the 
age of 14 he went to sea, and on his first trip went to S. 
America : on his second to Antwerp ; third to England ; fourth 
around the " Horn" to California and Puget Sound, where he 
was a steamboat engineer. He then joined his brother at 
Gold Hill, Cal., and became engineer on the mining engines 
there. From California he went to Newark, N. J., where he 
joined his other brother in the machine business, now known 
by the name of Parker & Co. He resides in Newark, unmar- 

316. Lucy Caroline Parker (Isaac,^ Joseph,^ Joseph,^ 
yosiah,"^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Isaac and 
Lucy (Dunsmore) Parker, was b. in Waltham, June 9, 1846; 
m. in Waltham, Sept. 11, 1871, Warner Wells Carpenter, b. 
in Linden, Vt., March 23, 1842, son of Ira and Hannah 
(Skinner) Carpenter. Ira Carpenter was a well known music 
teacher. They reside in Waltham. He is a postal clerk on 
the Boston and Troy R. P. O. 

Their children were : 

1. Hamilton Lowell Carpenter, b. Sept. 36. 1843. 

2. Lucy Blanche Carpenter, b. April 3, 1875 ; she lived one 


3. Georc;e Warner Carpenter, b. June 8, 1S76. 

4. Isaac Parker Carpenter, b. Sept. 10, 1878. 


317. James H. Parker (Isaac,^ EUsha,'' Josef h,'= 
yostah, ^yohn,^ Hanantah,^ Thomas^), son of Isaac and Flavila 
R. (Crosby) Parker, was b. in Stoughton, March 22, 1827 ; m. 
Oct. 9, 1852, Martha A. Haskell, b. in Deer Isle, Me., Jan. 
25, 183 1, dau. of Edward Y. and Martha M. (Haskell) 
Haskell. They reside in Cambridgeport. He is a machinist. 

Their children were : 

Frank Henry Parker, b. in Charlestown, Nov. 9, 1855 ; m. Nov. 

9, 1877, Eliza A. Spoflbrd of Deer Isle, Me., dau. of William and 
Lucy Spoffbrd. They lived in West Newton, from whence they 
removed to San Juan Del Rio, Mex., where they reside. Child : 
I. Alice Eliza Parker, 

Nellie Rosetta Parker, b. at Deer Isle, Me., Aug. 26, 1872; 
m. April 9, 1892, Charles A. Jarvis of Cambridgeport, b. March 

10, 1872, son of Amos B. and Ellen A. (Joy) Jarvis of Cam- 
bridgeport. They reside in Cambridgeport. 

318. Benjamin Skinner Parker (Elisha,^ Elisha,^ 
yoseph,^ yostah,'^ yohn,^ Hanmiiah^^ Thomas^), son of Elisha 
H. and Charlotte (Skinner) Parker, was b. in S. Windsor, 
Ct., Feb. 12, 1835 ; ni- (i) i^i S. Windsor, Sept., 1858, Julia 
Wolcott of Windsor, dau. of Hiram Wolcott; m. (2) in Wind- 
sor, April, 187 1, Mary Ford. They reside in S. Windsor, 
where he is a farmer. At the time of his father's decease he 
was still a boy, but he took charge of the farm and has con- 
ducted it from that time. His valuable estate of 100 acres is 
well known throughout his section, and he is a leading tobacco 
farmer. He is sexton of the village, is one of the school com- 
mittee, and is a carpenter as well as a farmer. He is a staunch 
democrat ; is well known as a man of sound sense and judg- 
ment, good nature and hospitality. 

Their son : 
Harry Venner Parker, b. in S. Windsor, Jan. 27, 1872. 

319. Frances Janet V2iX\i^r ( Elisha, i Elisha,^ yoseph,^ 

yostah,'^ yohn,^ Uananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Elisha H. and 

Charlotte (Skinner) Parker, was b. in S. Windsor, Ct., Dec. 

8, 1836; m. in Hartford, Ct., Jan. 18, 1856, Samuel S. Case, 

b. in Killingworth, Ct., March 9, 1827, son of Rev. William 

Case. They removed in 1869, and reside at Oak Park, 111. 



Their children were : 

1. Mary Parker Case, b. in S. Windsor, April 26, 1857; ^' 

Joel Gurley of Chicago, 111. 

2. Fannie Antoinette Case, b. in S. Windsor, Jan. 12, 1859. 

3. Nellie Maria Case, b. in S. Windsor, March 24, 1861 ; m. 

Frank Durkee of Lake Geneva, Wis. Their children were : 
I. Maurice Durkee, b. at Lake Geneva, March 24, 1884. 
II. Margerie Durkee, b. at Lake Geneva, Aug. 9, 1886. 

4. KiTTiE Ward Case, b. in S. Windsor, Feb. i, 1863 ; m. Chan- 

ning Taylor of Chicago, 111. Their child was : 

1. Ottilene Taylor, b. at Oak Park, 111., Nov. 17, 1886. 

5. Ottilene Stoughton Case, b. at Oak Park, Dec. 9, 1873. 

320. Emma Sarah Parker (Elisha;' EUsha,^ Joseph,^ 
Josiah,^ John,^ Hanamah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Elisha H. and 
Charlotte (Skinner) Parker, was b. in S. Windsor, Jan. 4, 
1843; m. in Hartford, Ct., July 16, 1869, Albert K. Fuller, 
b. in Stafford, Ct., May 6, 1843, son of Robert S. and Hannah 
(Bugbey) Fuller. They reside at Feeding Hills, Mass., 
where he was postmaster four years. He is a merchant. 

Their children were : 

1. Bertie E. Fuller, b. in Windsor, May 5, 1870 ; d. at Feeding 

Hills, Mass., Feb. 29, 1S84. 

2. Jennie Emma Fuller, b. in Windsor, May 18, 1874. 

3. Albert Edward Fuller, b. in W. Hartford, Ct., Oct. 16, 


321. Charles Elbridge Parker (Jonathan C.,t Elisha,^ 
Josef h^'^ Josiah,'' yohn,^^ Hananiak,^ Thomas^), son of Jona- 
than Capin and Martha Ann (Briggs) Parker, was b. in 
Stoughton, May 21, 1844; m. in Stoughton, July 14, 1867, 
Harriet Abbie Minzy, b. in N. Bridgewater (now Brockton 
Heights), July 14, 1849, ^^^' ^^ George W. (of Dorchester) 
and Harriet (Lynnfield) Minzy (of E. Stoughton, now Avon). 
Mr. Parker served an apprenticeship to the carpenter's trade, 
which he learned, and became a cabinet maker. He entered 
the service of the J.J. Phinney Counter Co. and has remained 
with them 24 years, repairing and building machines. He 
is one of the Stoughton Grenadiers. He is constable. He is 
also connected with the Masonic and Odd Fellow fraternities. 


Their children were : 
Charles Everett Parker, b. In Stoughton, March 31, 1870; m. 

July 26, 1892, Nellie Hallett Reynolds, dau. of George (of New 

York city) and Ellen (Churchill) Reynolds (native of Stoughton). 

They reside in Stoughton. He is a woodworker. 
Etta Abbie Parker, b. in Stoughton, April 21, 1877. 

322. Elisha Melville Parker (Jonathan C.,7 EHska,^ 
Josef h,^ Jostahy^ John,^ Hananmk,^ Thomas^), son of Jona- 
than Capin and Martha Ann (Briggs) Parker, was b. in 
Stoughton, April i8, 1848; m. March 31, 1869, Caroline 
Frances Coots of Stoughton, b. in Dorchester, June 29, 1850, 
dau. of William and Sarah (Dwinnel) Coots of Stoughton. 
They reside in Stoughton, He is a storekeeper. 

Their children were : 
Melville Augustus Parker, b. June 24, 1870. 
Carrie Mattie Parker, b. Feb. 25, 1885. 

323. Hiram Chamberlain Parker ( Peter, ^ John,^ 
Peter, ^ John,^ John,^ Hanamah,^ Thomas^), son of Peter and 
Emily (Chamberlain) Parker, was b. Oct. 5, 1833; m. Han- 
nah Laurania Newton of Woodville, b. in Hopkinton, Feb. 16, 
1845, dau. of Charles and Hannah M. Newton. They reside 
near Woodville, Hopkinton. 

Their children were : 
Louis Frances Parker, b. in Hopkinton, April 21, 1861 ; d. 1863, 

aged 17 months, 11 days. 
Florence Gertrude Parker, b. in Hopkinton, June i, 1873. 
Edwin Owen Parker, b. in Hopkinton, Aug. 16, 1875. 
Charles Otis Parker, b. in Hopkinton, July 29, 1878. 

324. Milton Bridges Parker ( Peter, ^ John,"^ Peter, ^ 
John,'' John,T> Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Peter and Emily 
(Chamberlain) Parker, was b. in Hopkinton, Feb. 17, 1834; 
m. in Hopkinton, Sept. 20, 1854, Harriet Jane Ward, b. in 
Hopkinton, June 12, 1834, ^^^^- ^^ Sylvester and Cynthia 
Ward. He d. May 9, 1863. She d. in Hopkinton, May 9, 

Their children were : 
430. Milton Augustus Parker, b. Sept. 2, 1855 ; m. Mae Hap- 
good of Cambridge. 


Mary A. Parker, b. March 30, 1857 ? "^^ "^ Framingham, 1873. 
Frank A. Parker, b. Sept. 25, 1859 ; removed to Clyde, O., where 

he m. Dec. 19, 1883, Flora Eva Stevenson, dau. of B. W. and 

Elizabeth A. Stevenson. They reside in Clyde, O. Mr. Parker 

is a farmer. 
Emma Mehetable Parker, b. Nov. 13, 1861. She was adopted 

when very young. Her name was thus changed. She is married. 

325. Charles Fales Parker (John^i John,^ Petcr,^ 
yohn,'^ yoh7i,i Hananiah,^ Thomas^)^ son of Dea. John and 
Mary Ann (Fales) Parker, was b. Aug. i, 1826; m. in Mil- 
waukee, Wis., April 12, 1855, Julia A. Bingham of Milwaukee, 
b. in Rochester, N. Y., March 5, 1834, dau. of John Bingham, 
b. in Chesterfield, N. H., July i, 1790, and Lucy Gage, his 
wife, b. in Norway, N. Y., Feb. 6, 1798. He is manager of 
the Metal Last and Tree Co., 88 Lincoln Street, Boston. 

Their children were : 

Lucy Mary Parker, b. in Boston, Feb. 12, 1856; m. in Boston, 
Feb. 7i 1877, Warren B. Hopkins, son of Samuel B. and Rebecca 
Hopkins. They reside in Boston, where he is a wholesale cloth- 
ing merchant on Summer Street. Children : 
I. Anxie Louise Hopkins, b. in Boston, Jan. 21, 1878. 
3. Ethel May Hopkins, b. in Boston, Oct. 31, 1881. 
3. Alice Hopkins, b. in Boston, Oct. 9, 18S6. 

LiLA Ann Parker, b. Nov. 6, 1857 ; m. in Maiden, Oct. 6, 1886, 
Harry P. Ballard of Maiden (brother of Minnie Waters Ballard), 
son of Capt. Henry A. and Lydia (Brown) Ballard of Maiden. 
They reside in Maiden. Child : 
I. Edith P. Ballard, b. in Maiden, Dec. 30, 1887. 

Grace Louise Parker, b, Sept. 4, 1864; m. in Wollaston, Oct. 
10, 188S, Frank E. Wallis, b. in Eastport, Me., June 14, 1862, 
son of Richard C. and Sarah H. Wallis. They reside in Mont- 
clair, N. J. Child : 

1. Richard Parker Wallis, b. in Montclair, N. J., Aug. 31, 


2. Charles P. Wallis, b. in Montclair. N. J., March 22, 1893. 

326. John Henry Parker (John;< Johnfi Peter,^ 
'John,'' yo/ni,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Dea. John and 
Mary Ann (Fales) Parker, was b. Sept. 14, 1835 5 in- March 
30, 1859, Annie E. Gilmore. They reside in Maiden. He 


conducts the boot and shoe business of John H. Parker, 103 
Bedford Street, Boston. He removed to Brookfield in 1861 
and was during the time of the war superintendent of the 
factory of the well known boot and shoe firm of Kimball, Rob- 
inson & Co. He removed from Brookfield to Holliston in 
1863, and from thence to Maiden in 1864. At this date he 
became the partner with his brother in the firm of Charles F. 
Parker &. Co., Boston. The name has since been changed 
to John H. Parker & Co. He united in 1856 with the First 
Baptist Church in Boston. He has ever since taken an active 
part in religious work. He is also an active temperance 
advocate and a public spirited citizen. He is superintendent 
of the Sunday School in Maiden. He was warden nine years 
and has been auditor of the Industrial Aid Society of Maiden 
since its foundation 17 years ago. 

Their children were : 
Ellen Letitia Parker, b. May 21, i860 ; m. Oct., 1889, Benjamin 

S. Cudworth of Maiden, son of Jesse Cudworth. They reside in 

Melrose. Children : 

1. Robert Parker Cudworth, b. Oct. 31, 1891. 

2. Dorothea Cudworth, b. April 7, 1893. 

431. John Freeman Parker, b. July 15, 1862; m. Minnie 

Waters Ballard of Maiden. 
Charles Lincoln Parker, b. April 12, 1865. 
Anna Mabel Parker, b. May 26, 1870. 
Mary Caroline Parker, b. March 19, 1872; m. Dec. 2, 1891, 

Harry E. Converse of Maiden, son of Hon. E. S. Converse. They 

i-eside in Maiden. 
Harry Day Parker, b. Feb. 12, 1875. 

327. Sarah Letitia Parker (John:' John,^ Peter, '^ 
John,'' yohn,^ Hananiah: Thoinas^), dau. of Dea. John and 
Mary Ann (Fales) Parker, was b. Dec. 17, 1839; "^- O'^t. 
28, 1858, Homer E. Sawyer of Bradford, Vt. He d. in New 
Orleans, Oct. 12, 1867. She d. in Nerva, near Genoa, Italy, 
Jan. 4, 1888, and was buried in Holliston. She was a talented 
musician. She was a prominent singer. She secured the best 
musical education that London and Paris could afford. She 
sang at the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston and for 13 
years at Dr. Webb's Congregational Church, Tremont Street, 


Their children were : 

1. Anna Belle Sawyer, b. Oct., 1863 ; d. Jan. 8, 1865. 

2. Homer Eugene Sawyer, b. Aug. 8, 1866; m. Nov. 24, 1890, 

Mary Buckley of Detroit, Mich. They reside in Maiden. He 
is assistant superintendent in the Boston Rubber Co. Child : 
I. Homer Eugene Sawyer, b. April 8, 1892. 

328. Mary Jane Parker (yosiah,i John,^ Peter, ^ 
John,'^ 'John,T> Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), dau. of Josiah and 
Caroline (Peck) Parker, was b. Jan. 19, 1836 ; m. Edgar N. 
Lane. They reside in Stoughton. 

Their children were : 

1. Carrie P. Lane, b. Sept. 28, 1854; m. May 9, 1877, Frank 

M. Packard of Brockton. Child : 

I. Laila E. Packard, b. Sept. 13, 1S78. 

2. Emory E. Lane, b. June 20, 1856; ni. Nov. 10, 1877, Mary J. 

Howe of Randolph. They reside in Stoughton, Child : 
I. Edward E. Lane, b. July 22, 1878. 

3. George C. Lane, b. Jan. 15, i860. 

4. Elmer E. Lane, b. Dec. 26, 1861 ; m. and resides in Stoughton. 

5. Eliza N. Lane, b. June 12, 1867 ; d. young. 

6. Alice N. Lane, b. Oct. 16, 1869; resides in Stoughton. 

7. Bert L. Lane, b. Sept. 2, 1876. 

329. Sylvanus H. Parker (Josiah,'' John,^ Peter,^ 
John,'' John,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), son of Josiah and Caro- 
line (Peck) Parker, was b. in Southborough, May 11, 1838; 
m. April 20, 1859, Mary Etta Gates, b. in Stowe, April 9, 
1840, dau. of Ephraim and Lydia (Wolcott) Gates. Mr. 
Parker enlisted July 29, 1861, in the 13th Reg., from Marl- 
borough, for three years. He was connected with the Army 
of the Potomac, was in Slaughter Mountain and Second Bull 
Run ; discharged for disability, but afterward re-enlisted in 
1864 and was stationed at Baltimore for three months. He 
resides in Marlborough. 

Their children were : 
Stephen Roland Parker, b. in Marlborough, July 9, i860 ; resides 

in Marlborough. 
Caroline Olivia Parker, b. in Stowe, Jan. 28, 1862 ; d. May 23, 



Lizzie Frances Parker, b. in Marlborough, July 16, 1863; m. 

Robert E. Toomes of Boylston. 
Floria May Parker, b. in Berlin, Sept. 15, 1876. 

330. Rosetta Francena Parker (Josiah,^ John,^ 

Petery' fohn,^ yohn,^ Hananiah^'^ Thomas^), dau. of Josiah 
and Caroline (Peck) Parker, was b. in Ashland, June i6, 
1845 ; m. in Fayville, Jan. 9, 1865, Walter Morris Flint, b. in 
Lowell, Jan. i, 1833. They reside in Marlborough. 
Their children, all b. in Marlborough, were : 

1. Minnie Parker Flint, b. May 19, 1866. 

2. Walter Morris Flint, b. June 26, 1872. 

3. Arthur Francis Flint, b. Dec. 30, 1880. 

331. John Francis Parker (Josiah,^ Jo hn, ^ Peter, z 
yokn,^ yohn,i Hanatitak,'' Thomas^), son of Josiah and Caro- 
line (Peck) Parker, was b. in Ashland, Aug. 20, 1849; '^• 
in Westborough, Nov. 16, 1861, Mary E. Gassett. He d. in 
Westborough. She m. again and resides in Winnemissett, Fla. 

His children were : 
Arthur L. Parker, b. Oct. 13, 1873 ; d. Aug. 28, 1874. 
NoRMON Francis Parker, b. Aug. 18, 1875. 

332. Ella Annette Parker (Josiah, 'J John,^ Peter,^ 
John,'' John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Josiah and Caro- 
line (Peck) Parker, was b. in Ashland, Dec. 16, 1850 ; m. in 
Ashland, Nov. 16, 1869, Edward- E. Leighton, b. in Mt. 
Vernon, Me., May 13, 1847, son of Nathaniel and Mary 
Leighton. They reside in Westborough. He is a carpenter. 

Their children were : 

1. Edward P. Leighton, b. in Ashland, Dec. i, 1870; m. and 

has a dau. : 

I. IvA B. Leighton, b. March 4, 1892. 

2. Lester L. Leighton, b. in Mt. Vernon, Me., Nov. 7, 1872. 

3. Daisy G. Leighton, b. in Southville, Feb. 21, 1881. 

333. Ly Sander Presson Parker (Presson,i John,^ 
Peter, ^ John,'' John,^ Hanamah,^ Thomas^), son of Presson 
and Mary (Newton) Parker, was b. in Worcester, Oct. 2, 
1839. ^^ enlisted May 9, 1861, aged 21, in the volunteer 
service of his country for three years. He served in Co. I, 


13th Reg., Mass. Vols. He was promoted to corporal Nov. 
I, 1862, and served as color guard until Feb. i, 1864, when 
he was promoted to 3rd sergeant and soon after to ist sergeant. 
He was ver}'^ actively engaged with his regiment. He was in 
all the engagements in which his regiment figured up to June, 
1864, when in the battle before Petersburgh he was wounded 
in the hand by a bursting shell. He was taken prisoner at 
Gettysburg, July i, 1863, but was paroled three days later. 
During this period of service (May 9, 1861 — June, 1864) he 
took part in 25 battles and skirmishes, among which were 12 
important battles, viz. : Cedar Mountain, Second Bull Run, 
Chatilly, Antietam, First and Second Fredericksburg, Chan- 
cellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Har- 
bor and Petersburg. He was in City Point Hospital until 
July 17, 1864, when he returned to his regiment. He was 
discharged Aug. i, 1864. He m. Oct. 2, 1867, Eleanor 
Wilkins, b. Feb. i, 1843, dau. of Louis and Phebe Wilkins 
of Marlborough. They reside in Marlborough. 
Their children were : 

Gertrude Lillian Parker, b. March 35, and d. Oct. 2, 1871. 
Presson Lewis Parker, b. Oct. 5, 1872. 
George Everett Parker, b. Oct. 7, 1S77. 
Ralph Albert Parker, b. June i, 1879. 
LuLA Maud Parker, b. Jan. 14, 1882. 

334. Peter Parker ( Peter, 1 Nathan,^ Peter, ^^ John,'^ 
'yohn,i Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Dr. Peter and Harriet 
Colby (Webster) Parker, was b. in Washington, D. C, June 
13, 1859; "^- ^" Washington, June 5, 1890, Fanny Stuart 
Wilson, b. in Washington, Jan. 24, 1868, dau. of William 
Van Syckle and Marie (Stuart) Wilson. He resides in Fram- 

335. Charles Wallingford Parker (^C/2«r/^5, 7 Josiah,^ 
Peter, '= yohn,^ yohn.} Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Charles 
and Mary Hildreth (Wallingford) Parker, was b. in Framing- 
ham, Mass., June 27, 1831. His father's farm, where he 
passed his boyhood, was the original Parker homestead of the 
Framingham branch ; it was where John Parker, who came 
from Lexington, settled, and the farm had been in the posses- 


sion of the family for more than 150 years. He was educated 
in the district school and Framingham Academy. At the age 
of 16 he was employed in a small retail clothing store in 
Worcester in which Addison Macullar and George B. Williams 
were salesmen. Two years later Mr. Macullar opened a simi- 
lar store on his own account, and Charles Parker went with 
him as store boy, salesman and book-keeper, the only em- 
ploye. In Feburary, 1852, the firm's name being Macullar 
& Williams, they established a house in Boston for the manu- 
facture of clothing for wholesale, retaining their Worcester 
retail store, and Mr. Parker came to Boston as book-keeper 
for the firm. After three removals the firm became located at 
192 Washington Street, and at this time Mr. Parker was 
admitted to the firm, the name being made Macullar, Williams 
& Parker. In 1864 they removed to the present site, into a 
new store built for them by the trustees of the Joshua Sears 
estate. This was destroyed in the great fire of 1872, and the 
present larger and finer structure was completed in 1874. -^^ 
J 880 their quarters were enlarged by the addition of the adjoin- 
ing store, formerly occupied by Palmer & Bachelder. Mr. 
Williams retired from the house in 1879 and the firm name be- 
came Macullar, Parker & Company. Mr. Parker's business 
connection with Mr. Macullar continued for over 45 years, and 
their house has long occupied a foremost position in its special 
line in New England. In February, 1893, this great store, 
covering 11,000 fp:t of land, was purchased by Mr. Parker 
for the continued use of his firm. He is much interested in 
letters and art and has travelled extensively abroad. He was 
m. in Chelsea, Nov. 30, 1854, to Mary Jane Schoff, b. in 
Newburyport, Aug. 6, 1832, dau. of Charles E. and Ann 
(Huse) Schoft\ 

Their children were : 

Mary Parker, b. Aug. 26, 1S56. 

Charles Schoff Parker, b. March 23, i860. 

Herman Parker, b. Jan. 2, 1866; m. April 15, 1891, Lillian H. 

Percival of Boston. 
Allston Parker, b. June 20, 1869; d. Feb. 6, 1870. 
Ross Parker, b. June 17, 1871. 


Elizabeth Leman Parker (see page 303) ( Charles, 'i 
yosiah,^ Petery> yohn,'^ yohn,^ Hanamak,^ Thomas^), dau. of 
Charles and Mary Hildreth (Wallingford) Parker, was b. in 
Framingham, July 4, 1835 '■ ^' June 2, 1859, Nathan Dyer 
Robinson of Bridgewater. She d. in Roxbury, Nov. 8, 1885. 

Their children were : 

Harry Parker Robinson, b. June 22, 1861. 

Edward Standish Robinson, b. Aug. 19, 1863. 

Helen Wallingford Robinson, b. April 3, 1865 ; d. Dec. 15, 

Nathan Stone Robinson, b. Nov. 28, 1866. 
Channing Robinson, b. May 5, 1869. 
Ethel Robinson, b. Jan. 13, 1873 ; d. Jan. 31, 1874. 
Waldo Pierce Robinson, b. Feb. 18, 1875 ; d. Dec. 16, 1879. 
Charles Edgar Robinson, b. March 5, 1876. 
Elizabeth Dyer Robinson, b. March 31, 1884. 

336. Edgar Parker (Charles.^ yosiah,^ Peter, ^ yohn,^ 
yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Charles and Mary Hil- 
dreth (Wallingford) Parker, was b. in Framingham, June 7, 
1840. He graduated from the Norwich Military University 
in 1859, ^"^ ^^ M.D. from Harvard University in 1863. He 
then entered the army as assistant surgeon in the 13th Mass. 
Inf. He was taken prisoner twice and was severely wounded 
at the Battle of Gettysburg. He was in practice at Saxonville, 
Mass., 1866-70. He relinquished the practice of medicine in 
1870 and adopted portrait painting as a profession, in which 
he achieved great success and a world-renowned reputation. 
Edgar Parker was a man of marked and general ability. 
He continued in his profession as an Artist, at his studio on 
Washington Street, Boston, returning daily to his home in 
Bridgewater, until he retired on account of his health, which 
was in the service of his country so roughly exposed. The 
painting of Charles Sumner which hangs in the State House 
is one of his works. He m. Jan. 28, 1864, Frances Ames 
Hyde of Bridgewater, dau. of Joseph A. Hyde. He d. in 
Bridgewater, April 9, 1892. 

Their child was : 
Joseph Hyde Parker, b. Dec. 12, 1865 ; d. May 24, 1866. 

'(^C-^^^-CH^ s^'' Cl^, 


337. James Edward Parker (Edward C.,7 Artemas,^ 
Peter y> yohn,^ yohn,^ Hanaiiiah,^ Thomas^), son of Edward 
C. and Mary (Leland) Parker, b. Feb. 19, 1834; "^- Nov. 6, 
1855, Susan Mason, b. April 13, 1833, dau. of Oliver and 
Maria Mason of Southbridge. He lived for 30 years in Fram- 
ingham and Westborough, during which time he was in the 
straw hat business and was a manufacturer of straw hats a 
part of that time. He now resides in E. Holliston, where for 
nine years he has been station agent and postmaster. 

Their children were : 

Bessie Maria Parker, b. in Westborough, Nov. 27, 1864. 
Edward Oliver Parker, b. in Westborough, Oct. 23, 186S. 

George Smith Parker (see page 305) (George S.,^ 
Artemas,^ Peter y> John,^ yokn,^ Uanantah,^ Thomas^ )^ son 
of George S. and Mary A. (White) Parker, was b. in Albany, 
N. Y., Oct. 2, 1832 ; m. in Framingham, Oct. 10, 1853, Mary 
A. Skahal. He resides in W. Medway, Mass. They have 
had seven children, of whom two are living: 

I. George Henry Parker. 2. Eva L. Parker. 

338. Melvina Parker (George 5. ,7 Artemas,^ Peter, ^ 
'John,'' yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of George S. and 
Mary Ann (White) Parker, was b. in Albany, N. Y., Dec. 
9, 1834; "1- (i) ^'^ Medway, May 24, 1854, Alvin B. Batch- 
elder; m. (2) William Batchelder, who is also deceased. 

Children by her first marriage were : 

1. Francis Batchelder. 2. Eliza J. Batchelder, 

339. Eliza Jane V2iT\i^X ( George S.J Art emas,^ Peter, ^ 
'John,'' John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of George S. and^ 
Mary Ann (White) Parker, was b. in Albany, N. Y., Feb. 

2, 1837 : m. in Holliston, Aug. 15, 1852, Luther H. Turner, 
b. in Dedham, Oct. 22, 1832, son of Sabin and Deborah 
(Shephard) Turner. He was a ladies' hat bleacher. She 
resides in Chicago, 111. 

Their children were : 

I. Herbert W. Turner, b. in Holliston, Oct. 5, 1858 ; m. Matilda 


2. Nellie Louise Turner, b. in Holliston, April 13, 1861 ; 


3. Arthur Warren Turner, b. in Holliston, May S, 1864; 


4. Henry Luther Turner, b. in Holliston. Maicb 17, 1866; m. 

Sophia Louise Kramer. Their child : 

I. Matilda Magdelene Turner, b. Jan. 27, 1888. 

5. Ernest Sabin Turner, b. in Chicago, 111., Feb. 20, 1S68; 


6. Mabel Eliza Turner, b. in Chicago, Sept. i, 1870; deceased. 

7. Frankie Turner, b. in Chicago, Maich 20, 1S73 ; deceased. 

340. Charles Augustus Parker ( Georg-e S. ,t Artemas,^ 
Peter ^'^ yohn,^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of George 
S. and Mary Ann (White) Parker, was b. in Holliston, Aug. 
15, 1844; m. in Ashland, Aug. 7, 1864, Eliza A. Pettiss, b. 
in Sherborn, Nov., 1848, dau. of George E. and Sarah Pettiss. 
She d. in Oct., 1880. Mr. Parker was a leather cutter in 
Holliston. He enlisted for three years' service March i, 1862, 
in the First Unattached Co., Mass. Heavy Artillery, in which 
he served. He resides in Togus, Me. 

Their children were : 
Warren W. Parker, b. July 13, 1S67. 
Alfred C. Parker, b. June 17, 1872. 
Mabel Parker, b. Aug. 7, 1874. 

341. Henry Emerson Pdiryier ( George S.,^ Artemas,^ 
Peter ,^ 'jfohn,'^ yohn,^ Hananiah^^ Thomas^), son of George 
S. and Mary Ann (White) Parker, was b. in Holliston, Oct. 
13, 1849; "^- ^'^ Woonsocket, R. L, May 22, 1870, Ellen E. 
M. Jones, b. in Medway, Aug. 29, 1852, d. in Holliston, Sept. 
I, 1880, dau. of Ellen M. and John Paul Jones. Mr. Parker 
is overseer in a shoe factory in Medway. 

Their children were : 

Harrison Walter Parker, b. in Holliston, Feb. 11, 1871 ; m. 
July 18, 1889, Nellie K. Ainslee, b. in Cohasset, Nov, 11, 1866, 
dau. of Edward P. and Eleanor (Runey) Ainslee. 

Bertha Ellen Parker, b. in Holliston, Oct. 10, 1874. 

342. Althea Wheelock Parker (Curtis,"' Artemas,^ 
Peter, ^ John,'' John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Curtis 
and Eliza Jane (Horton) Parker, was b. in Natick, Nov. 21, 



1843 ; m. in Natick, Nov. 19, 1868, John Lovett Sanger, 
native of Framingham, where his parents, Edwin and Harriet 
(Boynton) Sanger, are still living. He is a descendant of 
Richard Sanger, the emigrant ancestor of the name, who was 
among the early settlers of Sudbury and Watertown. He is 
in the shoe manufacturing business. They reside in Natick. 
Their children were : 

1. EsTELLE Sanger, b. and d. Oct. i. 1870. 

2. Talbot Parker Sanger (adopted son), b. Oct. i, 1870; d. 

July 24, 1871. 

3. Herbert Boynton Sanger (adopted son), b. March 27, 1870. 

4. Florence Virginia Sanger, b. July 16, and d, Dec. 8, 1872. 

5. Edwin Townsend Sanger, b. Dec. 14, and d. Dec. 15, 1874. 

343. Sumner Horton Parker ( Curtis, ^ Artemas,^ 
Peter, ^ John,'^ John,^ Hanmiiah,^ Thomas^), son of Curtis 
and Eliza Jane (Horton) Parker, was b. in Natick, Jan. 7, 
1848; m. Nov. 21, 1873, Emma Jane Fay, b. in Grafton, 
Sept. 26, 1853, dau. of Wyman Fay. They lived in Natick. 
He d. May 28, 1886. 

Their children were : 

Ethel Althea Parker, b. in Melrose, April 2, 1874. 
Sumner Wyman Parker, b. Aug. 26, 1876. 

344. Emma S. Parker ( James, ^ John,^ Philemon,^ 
Jonas,^ Andrezu,"* John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^ ), dau. of 
James and Sophia (Hopkins) Parker, was b. in Chester, Vt., 
Aug. 17, 1851 ; m. Henr}'- Philips. 

Their dau. was : 
I. Belle Philips, b. Oct. 30, 187S. 

345. Nellie L. Parker (Jatnes,^ John,'' Philemon,^ 
Jonas,^ Andrew,'^ John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of James 
and Sophia (Hopkins) Parker, was b. in Springfield, Vt., 
March 31, i860; m. Tyler Putnam. 

Their children were : 

1. Aden Putnam, b. June 28, 1875. 

2. Solon Putnam, b. May, 1877. 

3. Arthur Putnam, b. July, 1S79. 

4. John Putnam, b. Feb. 22, 1885. 


346. Lizzie A. Parker ( James, ^ John,^ Philemon,^ 
y anas y> Andrew,^ 'John,^ Hananiah,^ T/iomas^ ),da.u. of James 
and Susan (Balch) Parker, wash. April 23, 1866; m. Gilford 

Their dau. was : 
I. Bertha Ellison, b. Jan. 8, 1887. 

347. Fanny M. Parker (Amos £:.,^ Joscfh.i Amos,^ 
Amos,^ Andrezv,'^ John,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), dau. of Amos 
Earle and Matilda (Converse) Parker, was b. in Bakersfield, 
Vt., May II, 1832; m. March 16, 1858, Ralph M. Blaisdell, 
b. May 14, 1813, son of Daniel and Mary Blaisdell of N. 
Cambridge, Vt. They reside in E. Fletcher, Vt. 

Their son was : 
I. Leon Parker Blaisdell, b. April i, 1861. 

348. HoUis Reid Parker (Amos E.,^ Josef h,^ Amos,^ 
Amos,^ Andrew,'^ John,^ Hananiah,- Thomas^), son of Amos 
Earle and Matilda (Converse) Parker, was b. in Bakersfield, 
Vt., Aug. I, 1835 ; "1- Mary M. Morrow of Penn., b. 1845, 
They reside in Chicago, 111. They have one daughter. 

349. Jane A. Parker (Amos E.,^ Joseph,"^ Amos,^ 
Amosy> Andrezv,-^ John,^ Haiianiah,^ Thomas"^), dau. of Amos 
Earle and Matilda (Converse) Parker, was b. in Bakersfield, 
Vt., June 20, 1838 ; m. July 17, 1859, Reuben H. Blackstone, 
b. June 27, 1834, son of Daniel Blackstone, a native of Maine. 
The original ancestry of this family in America were the three 
brothers of this name who, it is said, came from England and 
settled in Maine. Mr. Blackstone served in the late war, from 
which he contracted disease, owing to the hardships which he 
endured. He d. in N. Groton, N. H., Oct. 20, 1884. 

Their children were : 

1. Sumner Earle Blackstone, b. Jan. 2, 1S68 ; is now practic- 

ing law in E. Saginaw, Mich. 

2. Susie Belle Blackstone, b. Oct. 20, 1874. 

Sumner Earl Parker (see page 310) (Amos E.,^ Josef h.i 
Amos,^ Amos,^ Andrczv,^ Jo/in,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), son 
of Amos Earle and Matilda (Converse) Parker, was b. Oct. 


28, 1839. ^^ enlisted in Co. H, Second Vt. Reg., in 1861. 
He was with his regiment in every battle in which it was en- 
gaged until he fell at the storming of Fredericksburg Heights. 
One-half hour of intense suffering and the loyal soldier breathed 
his last. With his last breath he said to his comrades, "Tell 
father I died at my post." His was one noble life among the 
many given for his country in the hour of peril. 

350. Worcester R. Parker (Amos B.,^ Joseph,'^ 
Amos,^ Amos,^ Andrezv,'^ yo/zn,^ Hananiah^^ Thomas^), son 
of Amos Earle and Matilda (Converse) Parker, was b. in 
Bakersfield, Vt., July 24, 1842 ; m. (i) Feb. 13, 1867, Emma 
F. Chase, youngest dau. of Isaac N. Chase of Barre, Vt., and 
who was of the same family as Chief Justice Chase of the U. 
S. Court. She d. Dec. 12, 1872, and he m. (2) Hattie 
Pearson, youngest dau. of Charles and Jane (Greenleaf) 
Pearson, and reside in Fletcher, Vt. Mrs. Jane G. Pearson 
is still living, being the only survivor of the remarkable family 
of 22 children. Mr. Parker is a farmer. 

The dau. of Worcester R. and Emma F. (Chase) Parker 
was : 

Eunice M. Parker, b. Sept. 30, 1871. 

351. Joseph Albert Parker (Frederick A.,^ Josefh,^ 
Amos,^ Amos,^ Andrew,"^ yohn,^ Hananiah^^ Thomas^), son 
of Frederick A. and Caroline (Maxson) Parker, was b. Aug. 
I, 1842; m. in New York city, Dec. 31, i860, Samantha 
Wing Price. They reside in Philadelphia, Pa. 

Their children were : 

432. Charles Frederick Parker, b. March 4, 1864 ; tn. Emma 

George Washington Parker, b. July 14, 1867. 
Joseph Albert Parker, b. Nov. i, 1868. 
Ida Frances Parker, b. Aug. 26, 1870; d. March 28, 1S73. 
Roberta Bayne Parker, b. Nov. 6, 1874 ; d. March 28, 1S85. 
James Benjamin B. Parker, b. Feb. 6, and d. May 14, 1880. 
Theodore De Kline Parker, b. June 12, 1881. 
John Richard Parker, b. June 21, 1885. 


352. Christianna Parker (Frederick A.,^ Jos€-ph~i 
Anios,^ Amos,5 Andrezv,^ yohti,^ Hananiah^^ Thomas^), dau. 
of Frederick A. and Caroline (Maxson) Parker, was b. Jan. 
17, 1844; m. June 10, 1867, Emil Neesen, son of Baldwin 
and Bertha Neesen of Brooklyn, N. Y., where they reside. 

Their children were : 

1. Otie Neesen, b. Oct. 28, 1S69. 

2. Victor Neesex, b. Sept. 2, 1S72. 

3. Harry Neesen, b. Aug. 20, 1874. 

4. Florence Neesen, b. July 3, 1877. 

353. Sarah Parker (Frederick A.,^ Joseph,^ Amos,^ 
Anios,^ Andrezc',^ yo/ni,^ Hananiah,'^ T/wmas^), dau. of Fred- 
erick A. and Caroline (Maxson) Parker; m. Nov. 30, 1862, 
Henry Calenberg, w^ell known as a manufacturer of pianos, 
of Brooklyn, N. Y. They reside in New Rochelle, N. Y. 

Their children were : 
1. Emma Louise Calenberg, b. Sept. 23, 1863. 

Henry Calenberg, b. Oct. i. 1S65. 
Sarah Calenberg, b. Oct. 21, 1867. 
Mary Ida Calenberg, b. June 4, 1871. 
LiLLiE Calenberg, b. July 31, 1S74. 
Blanche Irene Calenberg, b. Oct. 22, 1879. 
Edna Marion Calenberg, b. Nov. 6, 1883. 

355. Horace F. Parker (Amos,^ Sylvester, ^ Amos,^ 
Amos,5 Andrew,'^ yokn,^ Hananiah,- Thomas^), son of Amos 
and Lorinda (Fairbanks) Parker, was b. in Kirby, Vt., Oct. 
6, 1829; Charlestown, Vt., May 30, 1853, Mary Mianda 
Cole, b. March 25, 1832, dau. of Lathrop Cole of Charles- 
town. They reside in Denver, Col. 

Their children were : 

Cora I. Parker, b. in Charlestown, Vt., Dec. 4, 1S55 ; m. Jan. 2, 
1876, C. W. Warner of St. Johnsbury, Vt. They reside in Den- 
ver; Col. 

Amos L. Parker, b. in Hatley, P. Q_., Feb. 20, 1S60; m. in Dan- 
ville, Vt.. June II, 1884, Nanena S. Chaffee. They reside in 
Denver, Col. 

356. Sophia W. Parker (Amos,"^ Sylvestcr;> Amos,^ 
Amuses Andrezi',^ yohn,^ Hananiah,- 77/c/;/«5'^, dau. of Amos 
and Lorinda (Fairbanks) Parker, b. Nov. 5, 1837 '- ™' i" E* 


Burke, Vt., March ii, 1857, Joseph H. Smith, b. Sept. 10, 
1833, son of Olney Smith and grandson of Eric Smith. They 
reside in Lyndonville, Vt. 
Their children were : 

1. Eleanor A. Smith, b. June 24, 1859; '^' J'^"- '' 18S4, Frank 

H. Davis. Their children : 
I. Fred E. Davis, b. Jan. i, 1886. 
II. Willie H. Davis, b. May 17, 1889. 

2. William H. Smith, b. Feb. 20, 1863 ; d. March iS. iSS6. 

3. Herbert B. Smith, b. Jan. 8, 1871 ; d. June 9, 18S0. 

354. George F. Parker (Frederick A.,^ Joseph, ^ 
Amos,^ Amos,^ Andrew,'^ yo/in,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son 
of Frederick A. and Caroline (Maxson) Parker; m. April 28, 
1874, Louisa Ross, b. in New York, Aug. 7, 1854, *^^^- ^^ 
Wendall and Eva Ross, and resides in New York city. Mr. 
Parker is in the piano business. 

Their children, all b. in New York city, were : 
George Edward Parker, b. April 30, 1875. 
Carrie Eva Parker, b. Aug. 3, 1S76; deceased. 
Arthur Wendall Parker, b. July 29, 1S78; deceased. 
Frederick Andrew Parker, b. June 18, 1880. 
Eva K. Parker, b. Sept. 29, 1881. 
Ferdinand Charles Parker, b. June 11, 18S6. 
Sadie Kath Parker, b. Nov. 19, 1888. 

357. Ann Elizabeth Parker ( Amos, ^ Sylvester ;> Amos, ^ 
Amos,5 Andrew,^ John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Amos 
and Lorinda (Fairbanks) Parker, was b. Nov. i, 1840; m. 
in E. Burke, Vt., May 26, 1858, Josiah D. Smith, and reside 
in Burke. 

Their children were all b. in Newark, Vt. : 

1. Mary L. Smith, b. Jan. 13, 1864; m. Jan. i, 1SS4, Frank B. 

Garfield of Newark, Vt. They have two children : 
1. Lulu M. Garfield, b. Sept. 22, 1884. 
II. Leon Garfield, b. Jan. 23, 18S6. 

2. Charles L. Smith, b. Nov. 14, 1871. 

3. Edward J. Smith, b. Jan. 19, 1873. 

358. Adaline L. Parker (Joel D.,^ Sylvester, ^ Amos,^ 
Amos,^ Andrew,'' John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas"^), dau. of Joel 



D. and Lucy (Wyman) Parker, was b. in Hatley, P. Q^, 
March i, 1829; m. Asahel P. Parker, son of Daniel and 
Cynthia (Huntington) Parker. Daniel was son of Thomas 
and Betsey (Porter) Parker, who came in 1800 from "Charles- 
ton No. 4" to Compton, P. Q^ Asahel and Adaline Parker 
reside in Hatley. 

They have one dau. : 
Velaria A. Parker, b. Oct. 31, 185 1 ; m. Frank \V. Maloney, 

They have one son : 

I. Percy H. Maloney, b. Jan. 15, 1S78. 

359. Levi E. Parker (Joel Z>.,s Sylvester,^ Amos,^ 
Atnosy> Andrew,^ yokn,^ Uananiah,^ Thomas^ ), son of Joel 
D. and Lucy (Wyman) Parker, was b. in Hatley, P. Q^, 
Aug. 5, 1830; m. Maria Howe. He is a general merchant in 
Hatley, where he resides. 

They have one son : 
Lindsay E. Parker. 

360. Amanda M. VslT^L^V ( Joe ID., ^ Sylvester ,'J Amos, ^ 
Amos, i Andrew, 'i John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Joel 
D. and Lucy (Wyman) Parker, was b. in Hatley, P. Q^, 
June 23, 1836: m. Oct. 15, 1869, Alfred Ives of Hatley, b. 
Oct. 3, 1822, son of Harley and Martha (Sleeper) Ives. They 
reside in Hatley. 

They have one dau. : 
I. Myrtie Ives, b. Sept. i, 1874. 

"Harley Ives' paternal grandfather's name was Joseph Ives. He 
m. Clarissa Hall. They were both from Meriden, Ct., and came to 
Canada in 1793. The family have no authentic account of their 
ancestry, but tradition says they were among the early emigrants to 
the New England colonies. He was a man of energy and his pos- 
terity with hardly an exception have been intelligent and useful mem- 
bers of the community, some of whom have occupied prominent posi- 
tions in public life. We find them generally identified with the 
difierent branches of the Christian Church. His (Alfred's) maternal 
grandfather's name was Hezekiah Sleeper. A famil\' of this name 
came from England about the year 1700 and settled in New Hamp- 
shire. The branch of this family described in this sketch remained 
loyal to the government of England during the struggle of the Colo- 


nies for independence. And Hezekiah Sleeper, then a child, re- 
moved early in life to Vermont, where he married Hannah Batchelder. 
Not satisfied with the government and laws they came in 1801 to 
Canada and settled in Stanstead. Mr. Sleeper was a captain of militia 
and took an active part in the War of 181 2 in organizing companies 
to defend the border against invasion. This couple lived to see their 
ten children, five girls and five boys, grown up and settled in life. 
No one in the community was more esteemed than Mr, Sleeper. He 
died the 23rd of Sept., 1849, at the age of 79 years. His wife lived 
to see her great-great-grandchildren and died in Aug., 1871, at the 
age of 93. The oldest child, a daughter, married Harley Ives of 
Hatley, neither of whom are living." 

361. Edwin W. Parker (JoelD.,^ Sylvester, i Amos,<^ 
Amos,^ Andrew,'^ John,'^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), son of Joel 
D. and Lucy (Wyman) Parker, was b. in Hatley, P. Q^, 
March 13, 1842; m. May 6, 1868, Adella H. Gordon, dau. 
of John Gordon and granddau. of Phineas Gordon of New 
Hampshire. Mr. Parker began active life at the age of 20, 
when for six years he was a successful teacher and teacher 
of music. He then entered the mercantile business in com- 
pany with his brother, L. E. Parker, and continued for ten 
years. The four years following he was in business alone in 
Hatley, after which he with his family removed to Martinville, 
Que., and opened trade in a general store which has been 
successful. Mrs. Parker is president of the W. C. T. U. 
Mr. Parker and his wife are both earnest workers in the tem- 
perance cause. 

Their children were : 
Edwin Gordon Parker, b. April 23, 1869. 
Albert L. Parker, b. May 23, 1871. 
John J. Parker, b. Feb. 22, 1877. 

362. Alba W. Parker (Joel Z>.,s Sylvester, ^ Amos,(> 
Amos,^ Andrew,^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Joel 

D. and Lucy (Wyman) Parker, was b. in Ayers Flat, P. Q^, 
June 18, 1845. When of age he engaged himself as head 
clerk of a Minnesota hotel, which position he held two and one- 
half years. Returning home he was with his brother, Levi 

E. Parker, in the mercantile business for one year, until Nov., 
1872, when he became connected with the Passumpsic R. R. 



At first telegraph operator, express agent and spare station 
agent he soon became regular station agent, which position he 
held for 15 years. Mr. Parker, characteristic of his family, has 
always been a very busy man. While at Ayers Flat 15 years 
he had in connection with his railroad business a general store, 
was engaged very extensively in buying and selling hemlock 
bark and railroad wood and ties, and was sheriff for five j^ears. 
Resigning in Nov., 1887, he raised an excursion party of 46 
which he brought through to the Pacific coast. Since that 
time he has been engaged in the mercantile business, at present 
at Los Angeles, Cal., where he and his family reside. He m. 
July 2, 1875, Ethel Emery, b. May 24, 1859, ^^^' ^^ Lucius 
Emery, a well-to-do farmer of Canada. 

Their children were : 

Bertha M. Parker, b. July 5, 1876. 
Frederick E. Parker, b. Feb. 22, 1878. 
Gertrude M. Parker, b. April r4, 1880. 

363. Orville H. Parker (Joel D.,^ Sylvester, ^ Amos,^ 
Amos,5 Andrezv,'^ John,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), son of Joel 
D. and Lucy (Wyman) Parker, was b. June i, 1848; m. 
Sept. 10, 1872, Betsey Ann Bowen, b. Sept. 10, 1850, dau. 
of Benjamin F. and Mary (Putney) Bowen of Compton, 
Canada, and granddau. of Joseph Bowen of Compton and 
Caleb Putney, native of Peacham, Vt. He is a farmer in 
Hatley, P. Q^ 

Their children were : 

Walter Davidson Parker, b. June 26, 1S73. 

Mary Ann Parker, b. April 24, 1875. 

Edna Luella Parker, b. July 30, 1877. 

Cora Louise Parker, b. July 27, 1878; d. Feb. 25, 1S79. 

Elsie Rhoena Parker, b. March 16, iSSi. 

Leon Herbert Parker, b. Dec. 9, 1883. 

Ethel Florence Parker, b. Jan. 5, 18S9. 

364. Eliza E. Parker (Samuel,^ Sylvester, ^ Amos,^ 
Amos,5 Andrew,'^ yohn,^ Hanantak,'^ Thomas^), dau. of 
Samuel W. and Harriet (Field) Parker, was b. Aug. 5, 1853 ; 
m. Nov. 6, 1874, Edward H. Boden. They reside in Duarte, 
Los Angeles Co., Cal. He is a cultivator of oranges. 


Their children were : 

1. Grace F. Boden, b. May 12, 1878. 

2. Susie H. Boden, b. Nov. 27, 1883. 

3. Bertha G. Boden, b. June 6, 1885. 

365. Sarah Emily Parker (A?nos A., ^ A?nory,'^ A7?ws,^ 
Amos,^ Andrezv,'^ John^^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Amos 
A. and Cynthia (Pratt) Parker, was b. in Cavendish, Vt., 
Aug. 9, 1842 ; m. in Cavendish, June 9, 1864, Lewis Russell, 
b. Sept. 21, 1821. They reside in Cavendish. 

Their children were : 

1. Lydia Maria Russell, b. March 10, 1S65 ; m. in Cavendish, 

Feb. 4, 1883, Elmer Buck, b. Jan. 3, 1839. ^'^^ (\'aw. : 
I. Addie Alice Buck, b. Oct. 30, 18S6. 

2. Julia Emma Russell, b. Oct. 15, 1867. 

3. Martha Ann Russell, b. March 10, 1870; m. in Chester, Vt., 

April 29, 1889, Albert H. Reed, b. in Andover, Vt., April 
13, 1869. 

4. Flora Lena Russell, b. Sept. 17, 1S76. 

366. Mary Frances Parker (Amos A.,^ Amory,^ 
Amos,^ Afnos,5 Andrew,'^ John,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), dau. 
of Amos A. and Cynthia (Pratt) Parker, was b. in Cavendish, 
Vt., May 9, 1849; m. March 23, 1871, Lyman Howard of 
Windham, Vt. They reside in N. Windham, Vt. 

They have two children : 

1. Levi Joseph Howard, b. in Rockingham, Vt., ") 

Dec. 25, 1872. i ^^.^^^ 

2. Lyma Andrew Howard, b. in Rockingham, Vt., f 

Dec. 25, 1872. j 

367. George W. Parker (Amos A.,^ Amory,'' Amos,^ 
Amos,5 Andrew,'^ yo/in,^ Hanamak,^ Thotnas^), son of Amos 
A. and Cynthia (Pratt) Parker, was b. in Cavendish, Vt., 
Nov. 25, 1854: m. Oct. 13, 1880, Mary E. Rist, b. Feb. 7, 
1850, in No. 14, Warren Co., N. Y., dau. of Elijah and Mary 
Rist. Elijah Rist was a native of Reading, Vt., while his 
wife Mary was b. in No. 13, Warren Co., N. Y., March 13, 
1821. Mr. Parker is a farmer in So. Reading, Vt. 

Their children are : 

William Darius Parker, b. Jan. i, 1886. 
Lois Alzina Parker, b. July 8, 1889. 


368. Emily M. Parker (Perley,^ Gardiner,^ Isaac,^ 
Amos, ^ Andrew,^ yo/iJi,^ Hanantah,^ Thomas^), dau. ofPerley 
and Betsey (Mellen) Parker, was b. in Hopkinton, Sept. ii, 
1818 ; m. in Northborough, Feb. to, 1841, John Crooks of 
Hopkinton. He was a boot and shoe cutter. They reside in 

Their children were : 

1. John Parker Crooks, b. Aug. 39, 1846; m. Dec. 24, 1868, 

Jennie O. Grout. They reside in N. Brookfield. Children : 
I. Emmie L. Crooks, b. Oct. 15, 1870; m. Aug. 28, 1888, 
Arthur Thompson of N. Brookfield, and had two chil- 
II. Henry B. Crooks, b. Nov. 10, 1872. 

III. Stearns Crooks, b. March 29, 1875. 

IV. George F. Crooks, b. Oct. 15, 1879. 

V. Florence Crooks, b. May 12, and d. Aug. 10, 1882. 

2. Stearns S. Crooks, b. April 30, 1851 ; m. Sept. 12, 1S75, 

Carrie Coryell of Deti'oit, Mich. Children: 
I. John S. Crooks, b. July 6, 1878. 
II. Fred Crooks, b. Sept., 1878; d. June, 1879. 

369. Gardner Parker (Pei-ley,^ Gardiner ^"^ Isaac, ^ 
Amos,^ Andrew,^ yokn,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), son ofPerley 
and Betsey (Mellen) Parker, was b. in Hopkinton, May 13, 
1821 ; m. Dec. 9, 1844, Mary L. Sawyer of Boston, b. in 
Gloucester, Dec. 5, 1823, dau. of Capt. George P. and Judith 
R. Sawyer. He was a trader in Hopkinton and a dealer in 
horses. He is now a slate dealer and proprietor of the Parker 
House in Poultney, Vt. 

Their children, all b. in Hopkinton, were : 

433. Emma Eliza Parker, b. Nov. 2, 1845 ; m. Roswel I. Frail 
of Hopkinton. 

Mary Carrie Parker, b. March 20. 1847; m. in Poultney, Vt., 
May 13, 1874, Martin D. Cole. They removed to Castleton, Vt., 
where he was cashier of the bank, and where she d. Nov. 8, 1878. 
He survives her. No children. 

434. George Gardner Parker, b. in Hopkinton, Oct. 25, 1849 ; 
• m. Mandana Hyde of Poultney, Vt. 

435. Edgar Vinton Parker, b. in Hopkinton, Aug. 18, 1855 » 
ni. Lillie C. Buttcrworth. 


370. J. Mellen Parker (Perley,^ Gardiner, ^ Isaac,^ 
Amos,^ Andrew,'^ John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Perley 
and Betsey (Mellen) Parker, was b. in Hopkinton, March 
30, 1829; m. Sarah L. Curtis of Hopkinton. 

Their son : 
Curtis Parker, b. in Hopkinton, Sept. 4, 1S54. 

371. Sarah Parker (Daniel,^ Otts,^ Isaac, ^ Amos,^ 
Andrew,'^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Daniel and 
Polly (White) Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, Oct. 15, 1835 5 
m. Jan. i, 1857, Henry C. Work of Hartford, Ct. She d. 
Oct. 2, 1882. He d. June 7, 1884. 

Their children were : 

1. Waldo F. Work, b. in Chicago, 111., Oct. 2, 1857 ' ^- '^^ Green- 

wich Village, July 2, 1871. 

2. Willie L. Work, b. in Hyde Park, 111., Dec. 10, 1861 ; d. 

July 22, 1862. 

3. Ellen L. Work, b. in Hyde Park, 111., Oct. 9, 1863 ; m. 

Robert Austin of Brooklyn, N. Y., where they now reside. 

4. Clara E. Work, b. in Vineland, N. J,, April 13, and d. Aug., 


372. Daniel Webster Parker (Daniel,^ Otis, i Isaac, ^ 
Amos,^ Andrew,'^ 'John,'^ Hanaiiiah,'^ Thomas^), son of Daniel 
and Polly (White) Parker, wash, in Hubbardston, June 13, 
1841 ; m. Aug. 7, 1865, Fannie E. Morse. He d. Oct. 10, 
1875, and she ni. June 7, 1880, his brother, Abel Otis Parker, 
and resides in Greenwich Village. 

Their children were : 

Frank Leon Parker, b. Oct. i, 1868. 

Charles Morse Parker, b. Jan. 28, and d. May 14, 1S71. 

373. Abel Otis Parker (Daniel,^ Otis,'^ Isaac, ^ Amos, ^ 
Andrew, '< yoJin,^ Hanariiak,^ Thomas^), son of Daniel and 
Polly (White) Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, Dec. 20, 1847 ; 
m. June 7, 1880, Fannie E. (Morse) Parker (widow of Daniel 
Webster Parker) of Greenwich. They reside in Greenwich 

Their son : 
Webster Morse Parker, b. July 4, 1S83. 



374:. Lucy Parker (^C^/^/^,^ Otis ^t Isaac, ^ Amos, ^ Andrew,'^ 
yohn,^ Hanantah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Otis and Eunice (Allen) 
Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, Nov. 25, 1830; m. (i) May 
I, 1849, James S. Baker of Worcester, b. in Stamford, Vt., 
Nov. 26, 1827, son of Bazaleel C. (native of Salem, Mass.) 
and Mary I. (Brown) Baker (native of Cape Cod). He was 
an iron moulder. He d. Jan. 7, 1859. ^^s- Lucy (Parker) 
Baker m. (2) Sept. 16, i860, Charles Lester of Wisconsin, b. 
in Sandy Creek, N. Y. They reside in Adrian, Minn., where 
he is a farmer. 

The children of James S. and Lucy (Parker) Baker were : 

1. Cecelia L. Baker, b. Jan. 18, 185 1 ; d. of consumption, March 

6, 1872. 

2. Edna A. Baker, b. Sept. 24, 1853 ; d. of consumption, Aug. 

6, 1868. 

3. James H. Baker, b. Sept. 26, 1S55. He lives in Adrian, Minn. 

4. Henrietta M. Baker, b. Jan. 10, 1858 ; d. of dropsy, Dec. 

21, 186S. 

The children of Charles and Mrs. Lucy (Parker) (Baker) 
Lester were : 

5. Esther A. Lester, b. Sept. 2, 1861 ; m. Feb. 31, 1882, Erastus 

R. Gibbs. She d. of consumption, Jan. 2, 1891, leaving three 
sons : 

I. Roy R. Gibbs, b. July 30, 1883. 
II. Otis W. Gibbs, b. March 6, 1885. 
III. Ora H. Gibbs, b. Oct. 9, 1889. 

6. William O. Lester, b. Feb. 10, 1866; m. Nov. i, 1891, Bell 

Osher. He is editor of 27ie Citizoi, Hecla, So. Dakota. 

They have dau. : 

I. Cora Esther Lester, b. Aug. 12, 1893. 

7. Amanda I. Lester, b. June 11, 1867; d. July 14, 1869. 

8. Elmer R. Lester, b. Aug. 28, 1870. 

375. Avalina Parker (Oth,^ Otis,^ Isaac,^ Amos,^ 
Andrew,^ John,^ Hananiah,'^ Thotnas^), dau. of Otis and 
Eunice (Allen) Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, June 21, 
1833 ; m. in Hubbardston, Nov. 19, 1854, Joseph Willard 
Rice of Hubbardston, b. April 7, 1822, son of Ralph Rice. 
They removed (i) to Worcester, Mass., (2) to Crawford Co., 
Wis., from whence he enlisted and served in the War of the 


Rebellion. He was wounded in battle and died two weeks 
afterwards from its effects, Dec. 13, 1862. Mr. Rice was a 
carpenter and millwright. She m. (2) Barnett Daywitt of 
Wisconsin. They removed to Minnesota. She d. in Win- 
dom, Minn., July 13, 1878. He d. May, 1886. 

The children of Joseph W. and Avalina (Parker) Rice 
were : 

1. John Willard Rice, b. in Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 20, 1856; 

m. in Amo, Cottonwood Co., Minn., May 3, 1886, Charity 
L. Clough, b. in Jackson, Minn., Dec. i, 1866. She d. May 
27, 1888. He is a carpenter and resides in Windoni, Minn. 
Their son : 

I. Jesse Willard Rice, b. in Windom, Minn., March 8, 

2. Frederick Otice Rice, b. in Crawford Co., Wis., Nov. 28, 

1859; ^- Nov. 21, 1862. 

3. Harriet Elizabeth Rice, b. in Crawford Co., Wis., June 20, 


The children of Barnett and Avalina (Parker) (Rice) Day- 
witt were : 

4. Alvin B. Daywitt, b. in Crawford Co., Wis., April i, 1865. 

5. Cora E. Daywitt, b. in Crawford Co., Wis., June 28, 1867; 

m. Feb., 1882, James Ward. Their children are: 

I. AvA Ward. ii. Allie Ward. hi. Jennie Ward. 

376. Elmer Parker (Otis,^ Otis,^ Isaac,^ Amos,^ 
Andrew,'^ John,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), son of Otis and Eunice 
(Allen) Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, Aug. 30, 1836; m. 
Sarah J. Hallock, b. in New Milford, Ct., April 30, 1837, 
dau. of Russell and Sally (Whitehead) Hallock. They settled 
first in Ashland ; removed to Worcester, where they now re- 
side. He enlisted from Templeton, Aug. 5, 1862, in Co. D, 
13th Mass. Reg. He served two years, being discharged 
Aug. I, 1864. He was most of the time on detached service. 
He was 11 months assistant steward at Alexandria, for seven 
months he had charge of the deserters' eating quarters. Mr. 
Parker is a woodworker. 

Their son : 
Otis R. Parker, b. July 28, 1866. He resides in Worcester, 


Elizabeth L. Parker (see page 332) (Otis,^ Otis, t Isaac, ^ 
A?nos,5 Andrew,"^ yohn,^ Uanamak,^ Thomas^), dau. of Otis 
and Eunice (Allen) Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, July 23, 
1842; m. in Rochester, Vt., Oct. 8, 1862, John G. Allen of 
Sterling, b. May 22, 1833, son of Nathan and Harriet (Green- 
leaf) Allen. They reside in Sterling. 

Their children were : 

1. Charlks O. Allen, b. July 28, 1864; m. in Pittsfield, Vt., 

March 12, r888, Effie Martin of Pittsfield, Vt. 

2. Hattie E. Allen, b. June 20, 1867. 

3. Miner S. Allen, b. Aug. 6, 1873. 

4. Frank E. Allen, b. May 17, 1875. 

5. Alice L. Allen, b. April 8, 1S78. 

6. Archie Allen, b. July 14, 1882. 

7. J. WiNFiELD Allen, b. March 24, 1884. 

377. Addison Leslie Parker (Jabez,^ Jabez,^ Isaac, ^ 
Amos,^ Andrew,^ yohn,^ Uanamah,^ Thomas^), son of Jabez 
M. and Azubah P. (Powers) Parker, was b. in Phillipston, 
June 28, 1831 ; m. Nov. 15, 1854, Mary M. Buxton. They 
reside in Keene, N. H. 

Their children were : 

Henry Eugene Parker, b. in Phillipston, March 22, 1859; m. 
Dec. 25, 1884, Sadie E. Towne, b. Aug. 23, 1858. Tiieir son : 
I. Eugene Henry Parker, b. in North Adams, June 9, 18S6. 

Ida Elmira Parker, b. in Phillipston, Oct. 31, 1861 ; d. 1874. 

Earnest Leslie Parker, b. in Keene, N. H., Jan. 22, 1867; m. 
July 14, 18S8, Bertha C. Tasker, b. June 16, 1869. Their dau. : 
I. Ida Bertha Parker, b. in Attleborough, Aug. 14, 1S89. 

Alice Mary Parker, b. in Keene, N. H., Feb. 26, 1873. 

378. Isabella Brown Y*diV\iQr( Jabez, ^ yabez,^ Isaac, ^ 
Amos,^ Andrezv,^ 'John,'^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), dau. of Jabez 
M. and Azubah P. (Powers) Parker, was b. in Roxbury, N. 
H., Feb. 17, 1834; '"• 1^55' ^^^ ^' Turner. They reside 
in W. Gardner. 

Their children were : 

1. Hattie E. Turner, b. 1856; m. 1877, Frank P. Sawyer, and 

reside in Clinton. 

2. Herbert L. Turner, b. and d. 1863. 


379. Pherona E. Parker (Enoch,^ Jabez,^ Isaac,^ 

Amos ^'^ Andrew ^^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thonias^), dau. of Enoch 
A. and Rebecca (Gibbs) Parker, was b. July 7, 1834; m. 
Sept. 2, 1857, John S. Leach, son of Joseph Leach of Rock- 
ingham, Vt., and Jerusha Allen of Hopkinton, N. H., natives 
of Sturbridge, Mass. They reside in Westminster, Vt. 
Their children were : 

1. Emma E. Leach, b. Sept. 11, 1858. 

2. Walter P. Leach, b. March 26, i860. 

3. Herbert W. Leach, b. Dec. 27, 1861. 

4. John E. Leach, b. Feb. 6, 1864. 

380. Perry Ander Parker ( Enoch, ^ Jabez,^ Isaac, ^ 
AmoSy> Andrew,'^ yohn,^ Uanamah,^ Thomas^), son of Enoch 

A. and Rebecca (Gibbs) Parker, was b. in Roxbury, N. H., 
Nov. 30, 1838 ; m. in St. Charles, 111., March 22, 1861, Mary 
Russell, b. in Gilsum, N. H., July 17, 1838, dau. of Joseph 

B. and Sidia (Farr) Russell. He is a teamster. They reside 
in Aurora, 111. 

Their children are : 

436. Richard E. Parker, b. in Keene, N. H., Oct. 5, 1861 ; m. 
Hattie Grout. 

437. Carrie B. Parker, b. in Westminster, Vt., Nov. 8, 1863; 
m. Gilbert C. Sibley. 

438. Ella M. Parker, b. in Sugar Grove, 111., March 9, 1865 ; 
m. Frank McCannon. 

LiLLA E. Parker, b. in Sugar Grove, 111., Oct. 22, 1871. 
Katie M. Parker, b. in Plainfield, 111., Jan. 24, 1874. 

381. Joel Damon Parker r 7^^/,^ Jahez,^ Isaac,^Amos,^ 
Andrew,'^ John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of Joel Dodge 
Parker, was b. May 7, 1836; m. Dec. 26, 1864, Catharine 
M. Whitney, b. in Dorchester, Dec. 26, 1843, dau. of Francis 
N. and Catharine (Bird) Whitney. They reside in Phillips- 
ton upon the old homestead formerly owned by Major Elisha 
Parker. Mr. Parker is a manufacturer of chairs in what was 
formerly the cotton factory. 

Their children were : 

Jason Damon Parker, b. Oct. 2, 1865 ; d. April 13, 1878. 
Edward Myron Parker, b. Sept. 23, 1869. 


Francis Wood Parker, b. Sept. 12, 1872. 
Alice Edna M. Parker, b. July 2, 1885. 

382. Amine Cecelia Parker (James M, L.,^ Jahez,^ 
Isaac,^ Amos,^ Andrew,'* 'John,'^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), dau. 
of James M. L. and Polly H. (Kidder) Parker, was b. in 
Hillsborough, N. H., July 12, 1839; m. George Fowles. 
They reside in Forestville, Door Co., Wis. 

Their son : 
George Ansel Maynard Parker Fowles. 

383. Maynard Tillotson Parker (James M. L.,^ 
Jabez,T Isaac, ^ Amos, ^ Andrew,'^ John,'^Hananiah,^ Thomas^), 
was b. in Roxbury, N. H., Oct. 30, 1850; m. July i, 1880, 
at Ahnapee, Wis., Mary A. Overbeck, b. in Lake Mills, Wis., 
Nov. 25, 1854, ^^^- of Rev. Henry and Hannah F. (Vollmer) 

Maynard T. Parker came with his parents to the West 
about the year 1854, ^^^^ settling at Racine, Wis., removing 
with his parents from that city to Ahnapee, then called Wolf 
River, in 1855, and has ever since been a resident of that 
place. He received such common school training as was 
obtainable in a Western town in those days, later spending 
some time as a student at Ripon College. He was for a time 
after leaving school engaged in teaching ; later took up the 
study of law and was admitted to practice in October, 1879, 
and has since practiced his profession. Mr. Parker was 
engaged in newspaper work as one of the editors and proprie- 
tors of The Ahnafee Record, from 1881 to 1884. He has 
held several offices of honor and trust, among them being that 
of city clerk, which office he held for several terms. He was 
city attorney two terms, and held the office of district attorney 
of Kewaunee County by appointment of Gov. Rusk. He is 
now serving his fifth term as mayor of the city of Ahnapee, 
having been five times elected to that office without opposition. 
Mr. Parker is a senior member of the law firm of Parker & 
Decker, solicitors of the Ahnapee & Western Railway Com- 
pany. Besides the practice of law he is engaged in several 
business enterprises, being a stockholder and the present sec- 


retary of the Ahnapee Veneer and Seating Company, and is 
also engaged in the insurance and real estate business. Mr. 
Parker is a Republican in politics and is secretary of the 
Republican Club of his city. 

Their children were : 

Mabel Cecelia Parker, b. in Ahnapee, Wis., Aug. 20, iSSi. 
Edgar James Parker, b. in Ahnapee, April 19, 1886. 
Ione Louise Parker, b. in Ahnapee, Nov. 23, 1S88. 

384. Charles Duffield Parker (Mollis G.,^ Lewis, i 
Isaac,^ Amos,^ AndrezvA John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son 
of Hollis Gardner and Laura A. (Goodrich) Parker, was b. 
in Philadelphia, Pa., June 19, 1861 ; m. in Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 
22, 1879, Julia ^- Skipper, b. in Charaw, N. C, Sept. 10, 
1856, dau. of Edmond and Nancy Skipper. C. D. Parker is 
a cabinet workman and joiner. 

Their children were : 

Grace Parker, b. in Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 15, and d. June, 1881. 
HoLLis Edmond Parker, b. in Atlanta, March 28, 1883. 
William Alexander Parker, b. in Atlanta, April 3, 1S85. 
Blanche Aidele Parker, b. in Chattanooga, Tenn., July 15, 
1887 ; d. March 20, 1S88. 

385. Charles Fessenden Parker ( Charles R. .^Elijah,'' 
Elisha,^ Amos^^ Andrew,'^ yohn,^ Haiianiah,^ Thomas^ )^ son 
of Charles R. and Portia A. (Harmon) Parker, was b. June 
6, 1836; m. (i) in Mt. Carmel, Ct., Jan. i, 1864, Mary E. 
Dickerman. She d. at Dansville, N. Y., April 14, 1865. 
He m. (2) Dec. 12, 1865, Kate Isadore Shipman, dau. of 
Rev. Charles L. Shipman of Girard, Erie Co., Pa. She d. 
in Lockport, N. Y., Oct. 12, 1875. He m. (3) in Washing- 
ton, D. C, May 29, 1878, Mary F. Ball, eldest child of John 
D. Ball of Columbus, O. They reside in Chattanooga, Tenn. 

The child of Charles F. and Kate L (Shipman) Parker was : 

Luna Adelia Parker, b. in Girard, Pa., Jan. 15, 1870. 

386. Daniel Deeth ^2iX\i&c ( George W.,^ Amos A.,"^ 
JVa/tum,^ Afnos,^ Andrew,^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), 
son of George Washington and Julia A. (Deeth) Parker, was 


b. in Fitzwilliam, N. H., June 29, 1851 ; m. March 20, 1877, 
Abby S. Holmes of Halifax, dau. of Martin and Jane Standish 
Holmes. Daniel D. Parker graduated in class of '76 from the 
New Hampshire Agricultural College. They reside in Halifax. 

Their children were : 
Laura Abby Parker, b. in Gardner, Oct. 17, 1878; d. March i, 

Daniel Holmes Parker, b. in Gardner, Jan. 5, 1882. 
Miriam Holmes Parker, b, in Gardner, Jan. 18, 1885. 
A daughter, b. Sept. 8, 1884. 
Helen Holmes Parker, b. in Halifax, Sept. 8, 18S7. 

387. George Amos PavkeT ( Georg-e W.,^ Amos A.,"^ 
JVahtim,^ Amos,^ Andrew,"^ 'J'o/in,^ Hanania/i,^ Thomas^)^ son 
of George Washington and Julia A. (Deeth) Parker, wash, 
in Fitzwilliam, N. H., April 28, 1853 ; graduated in class of 
'76 from Massachusetts Agricultural College ; m. Dec. 6, 1876, 
Jennie W. Richardson, b. Oct. 12, 1851, dau. of Andrew and 
Harriet N. (Waterman) Richardson of Halifax, Mass. They 
reside in Halifax. 

Their children were : 
Arthur Parker, b. in Poughkeepsie, N. Y., Sept. 6, 1877. 
Andrew Richmond Parker, b. in Poughkeepsie, June 12, 1881. 
Robert Lyman Parker, b. in Halifax, July 16, 1886. 

388. Caroline Sanders Parker r<9^cr^^ W.,^ Amos 
yl.,7 liahnm,^ Amos, ^ Andrew,'^ yokn,^ Hanamak,^ Thomas^ )^ 
dau. of George Washington and Julia A. (Deeth) Parker, 
was b. in Fitzwilliam, N. H., May 30, 1855; m. Oct. 20, 
1880, Benjamin F. Trasher, b. in E. Bridgewater, Oct. 6, 
1852, son of Benjamin Burse and Abigail Vaughn (Bryant) 
Trasher. They reside in Halifax, Mass. 

Their children were : 

1. Mertice Parker Trasher, b. in Gardner, Nov. 29, 1881. 

2. Francis Parker Trasher, b. in Gardner, Aug, 10, 1885. 

3. Caroline Mildred Trasher, b. in Gardner, April 12, 1888. 

389. Dennis Lackland Parker (Edward N.,^ 
Ephraim,'J Nakum,^ Amos,^ Andrew,'^ 'John,^ Hananiahy^ 
Thomas^), son of Edward Nelson and Louisa M. (Lackland) 


Parker, was b. in St. Louis, Mo., April 28, 185 1 ; m. in St. 
Louis, July 8, 1873, Jennie R. Mahoney of Washington, Mo. 
He is a passenger conductor on the Missouri Pacific R. R., 
and resides in Washington, Mo. 

Their children, all b. in Washington, Mo., were: 

Lulu Maud Parker, b. May 19, 1874. 
Maggie Mary Parker, b. Oct. 25, 1875. 
Edna Nelson Parker, b. May i, 1885. 

390. Margaret Ann Parker (Edward N.,^ Efhraim.-i 
JVahum,^ Amos,5 Andrew,'^ Jokn^^ Hanamah,^ Thomas^), 
dau. of Edward N. and Louisa M. (Lackland) Parker, was 
b. in St. Louis, Mo., Aug. 31, 1854; "i- May 2, 1878, James 
M. Beecher. He is in the insurance business. 

Their children were : 

1. Samuel Edward Beecher, b. Feb. 21, 1879. 

2. William Lackland Beecher, b. Sept. 22, 1881. 

3. Walter Dennis Beecher, b. Sept. 24, 1885. 

4. Mai Ledgewood Beecher, b. Jan. 12, 1890. 

391. Lulu Louisa Parker (Edward JV.,^ JEpkr aim, ^ 
' Nahxtm,^ Amosy> Andraw,^ yohn,^ Hanamah,^ Thomas^), 

dau. of Edward N. and Louisa M. (Lackland) Parker, was 
b. in St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 25, 1856; m. in St. Louis, April 
30, 1880, James W. Owens of Washington, Mo. He is an 
attorney at law. They reside in Washington, Mo. 

Their children are : 

1. Emily Elizabeth Owens, b. May 6, 1881. 

2. Lulu Louisa Owens, b. Jan. 10, 1SS2. 

3. Helen Owens, b. July 20, 1888. 

392. Benjamin Thomas Parker (Thomas M.,^ 
^cincy,^ Ebcnezer,^ Thomas,^ Andrew,'^ John^^ Haiianiak,^ 
Thomas^), son of Thomas Maxwell and Esther C. (Luther) 
Parker, was b. in Providence, R. L, March 22, 1836; m. in 
Boston, July 25, 1862, Charlotte Augusta Saunders, b. June 
3, 1837, ^au. of Jonas B. and Sarah H. Saunders of Augusta, 
Me. They reside in Medford, Mass. 

Their children were : 


Charles Sumner Parker, b. May 8, 1863 ; d. Jan. 5, 1868. 

Benjamin Austen Parker, b. Oct. 24, 1864; m. in Reading, Oct. 
30, 1888, Emma Florence Adams, b. Feb. 25, 1861, dau. of Ben- 
jamin Franklin and Mehitable (Foster) Adams. They reside in 

393. Henrietta Eveline I*2iV^&v (Joseph,^ ^uncy, 'J 
Ehenezer,^ Thomas,^ Andrew,"^ John,^ Hananiah,^ Thonias^)^ 
dau. of Dea. Joseph and Mary Ann (Morgan) Parker, was b. 
in Lancaster, July 29, 1847 ; m. in Clinton, by Rev. William 
Murdock, May 18, 187 1, Charles C. Murdock, son of David 
C. and Adaline (King) Murdock of W. Boylston. He is 
book-keeper and treasurer of the J. B. Parker Machine Co. 
They reside in Clinton. 

Their children were : 

1. Evelyn Louise Murdock, b. Aug. 14, 1874. 

2. Cora Alice Murdock, b. March 28, and d. Aug. 31, 1878. 

3. Harrison Parker Murdock, b. Dec. 11, 1880. 

4. Anna Morgan Murdock, b, Jan. 25, 1S83. 

394. Charles Hannibal Parker (Ira,^ ^imcy,^ 
Ebenczer,^ Tho7iias,^ Andrew,^ John^^ Hananiah,'^ Tko}nas^), 
son of Ira and Maria (Haskell) Parker, was b. in Providence, 
R. L, March 22, 1839; ™- Abby J. Rockwood of Ashburn- 
ham, b. Dec. 20, 1839, ^^^- ^^ George Rockwood, formerly of 
Wilton, N. H., and Anna Baldwin Stickney, native of Town- 
send. He enlisted in Co. G of the 21st Mass. Reg. in Aug. of 
1861, for three years service. His companions were his Ash- 
burnham friends. The sturdy qualities in Mr. Parker were soon 
recognized, and upon leaving Worcester was appointed ser- 
geant. After eight months of service he received the com- 
mission of lieutenant. During this short time he was in seven 
important engagements, including the Battle of Antietam, 
where, Sept. 17, 1862, he was wounded in both legs by one shot. 
He came home, but in two months he was again following his 
regiment, in time to take part in the Battle of Fredericksburg. 
Finally, his wounds troubling him, he resigned his commis- 
sion and returned home. Mr. Parker is a man of powerful 
strength and vigorous constitution. It is interesting that not- 
withstanding all the engagements, rough marches, exposure 


and excitement which his company passed through, and his 
own extra duties on account of his commissions, he was, up 
to the time of his misfortune at Antietam, improved in health, 
and had increased his weight 50 pounds. Mr. Parker is under 
six feet in stature, but is very largely and firmly built. 

Their children were : 
Winona Parker, b. in Ashburnham, June iS, 1S67. | Twins 
Winifred Parker, b. in Ashburnham, June iS, 1867. j 
Charles Brund Parker, b. in Chelsea, Jan. 4, 1871. 

395. Alfred Wright Parker (Ira,^ ^c^ncy,^ Ebene- 
zer,^ Thomas^^ Andf'ezu,'^ yohn,^ Hanamah,^ Thomas^), son 
of Ira and Maria (Haskell) Parker, was b. in Providence, R. 
I., June 5, 1844; m. Aug. 22, 1871, Clara Hallett, b. Oct. 

26, 1845, dau. of Benjamin Hallett, 2nd, of Yarmouthport. 
He is connected with the Boston Bridge Works. They have 
since 1883 resided in Waltham. 

Their dau. : 
Mary Parker, b, Sept. 14, 1872. 

396. Julia Maria Parker (Ira,^ ^uncy,^ Ebcnezer,^ 
Thomas^^ Andrew,^ 'John.,^ Hananiah.,'^ Thomas^), dau. of 
Ira and Maria (Haskell) Parker, was b. in E. Boston, July 

27, 1848; m. Edward Safford. They lived at Mt. Auburn, 
Mass., and Strafford, N. H. She is deceased. 

Their children were : 

1. Lois Maria Safford. 

2. Edward Safford. He d. young. 

3. Clarence vSafford. 

397. Frank Herbert Parker (Ira,^ ^lincy,^ Ebene- 
zer^ Thomas,^ Andrew,'^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son 
of Ira and Maria (Haskell) Parker, was b. in E. Boston, July 
24, 1852 ; m. Jan. 31, 1877, Marietta Story, b. Aug. 2, 1850, 
dau. of Elisha Story of Newburyport. He and his brother 
Alfred are employed in the Boston Bridge Works. He resides 
in Cambridgeport. 

Their children were : 

Eulalia Parker, b. Aug. 16, 1878. 
Clara Parker, b. June 25, 1882. 



398. Eugene Costello Parker (^imcy,^ ^iincy,^ 
Ebenezcr.,^ Thomas^' Andrew^'' yokn,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), 
son of Quincy and Almira (Kent) Parker, was b. in Provi- 
dence, R. I. ; m. Aug. 29, 187 1, Adelia O. Barker. 

Their children were : 

William Quincy Parker, b. March 15, 1872. 
Charles Eugene Parker, b. Jan. 26, 1873. 
Louis Frances Parker, b. June 10. 1S74. 
Mabel Travers Parker, b. Aug. 26, 1875. 
Frederick Thomas Parker, b. Feb. 17, 1877. 

399. Clara Emu Parker ( ^cincy ,^ ^cincy ,t Ebenezer,^ 
Thomas,^ Andrew,'^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of 
Quincy and Almira (Kent) Parker, was b. in Providence, R. 
I. ; m. Sept., 1876, Lorenzo Dupouy, native of Cuba, and 
resides in Providence, R. I. 

Their children were : 

1. Raphael Salvador Dupouy, b. March r8, 1S77. 

2. Milton Amejio Dupouy, b. Aug. 17, 1880. 

400. Lucy Maria Parker (Charles A.,^ Ebenezer,^ 
Ebenczcr,^ Thomas,^ Aiidreiv,^ yo/in.^ Hananfak,^ Thomas^), 
dau. of Charles Augustus and Sylvia A. (Moore) Parker, 
was b. in Princeton, Nov. 8, 1835 5 ^'^- J^^^ 8, 1858, Thomas 
R. Howe, son of William and Eunice (Robbins) Howe of 
Princeton. They reside in Holden, where he is a farmer. 

Their children, b. in Holden, were : 

1. Waldo Emerson Howe, b. May 13, 1859; ^- ^'^^- "^li 1865. 

2. Walter Thomas Howe, b. Oct. 17, 1S66. He is a clerk in 

Worcester, Mass. 

401. Sarah Ann Parker (Charles A.,^ Ebenezer^i 
Ebenezer^^ Thomas,'^ Andrew,^ yohn,^ Ilanantah,^ Thomas^)^ 
dau. of Charles Augustus and Sylvia A. (Moore) Parker, was 
b. in Princeton, March 14, 1839; n^- Nov. 24, 1864, Milton 
K. Howe (see page 370). They reside in Worcester. 

Their dau. was : 

I. Mary Louisa Howe, b. Nov. 6, 1868 ; d. Sept. 16, 1869. 


402. George Washington M. Parker (Charles A.,^ 
Ebenezer^'' Ebcnezer,^ Thomas,^ Andrew,'^ yohn,^ Hananiah^^ 
Thomas^), son of Charles Augustus and Sylvia A. (Moore) 
Parker, was b. in Princeton, Aug. 19, 1841 ; m. Dec. 14, 
1866, Laura D. Hamilton, b. in Augusta, Ga., Oct. 24, 1844. 
They reside in Champaign, 111. 

Their children were : 

Annie Eliza Parker, b. in Alexandria, La., Oct. 23, and d. Nov, 

15, 1867. 
Harvey E. Pakker, b. in Champaign, 111., Feb. i, 1869. 
Netty F. Parker, b. in Champaign, May 13, 1871. 
Carrie E. Parker, b. in Champaign, Nov. 23, 1873. 
George A. Parker, b. in Champaign, Jan. 3, 1876. 
Calton W. Parker, b. in Urbana, Aug. 28, 1878. 
Walter G. Parker, b. in Champaign, Aug. 25, 18S6. 

403. William D wight Parker (^C/z«r/e5^.,8^3e«^^^r,7 

Ehenezer^^ Thomas y> Andrew,'^ John^'^ Ilanamah,^ Thomas^ ) ^ 
son of Charles Augustus and Sylvia A. (Moore) Parker, was 
b. in Princeton, Jan. 27, 1844; ™- D^c. 25, 1866, Margaret 
Smith, b. in Newport, R. L, July i, 1838, dau. of Morton 
and Mary (Knowles) Smith. He is an organ maker. 

Their children were : 

Louis D. Parker, b. June 12, and d. July 20, 1872. 

Herbert Dwight Parker, b. Sept. 26, 1877. 

Charles Augustus Parker, b. June 3, and d. Aug. 24, 1884. 

404. Emma Frances ^SiV^^r ( Cha7'les A. ,^ Ebenezer,'^ 
Ebenezer,^ Thomas,^ Andrew,^ "John^^ Hananiah,'^ Thotnas^), 
dau. of Charles Augustus and Sylvia A. (Moore) Parker, 
was b. in Princeton, Sept. 23, 1853 ; m. Dec. 24, 1888, War- 
ren F. Bartlett of Rutland. They reside in Plainfield, N. J. 
Mr. Bartlett is a machinist. 

Their daughter : 

I. Edith Marion Bartlett, b. in Plainfield, N. J., Aug. 23, 1892. 

405. Charles William Parker ( Frederick,^ Ebenezer .t 
Ebenezer,^ Thomas ^^ Andrew, "^ yohn,^ //anantah,^ Thomas^), 
son of Frederick and Eunice (Howe) Parker, was b. in 


Princeton, Feb. i, 1837 ; m. Oct. 12, 1859, ^^^^ Bullard, dau. 
of Hiram Bullard, then of Littleton, N. H. They lived (i) 
in Worcester, where he was for a while one of the common 
council of that city. Later they removed to Princeton and 
settled upon the homestead, where they still reside. 

Their only son : 
Charles Frederick Parker, b, March 25, and d. Sept. 13, 1863.* 

406. Amos Milton Parker (Frederick,^ Ehenezer,^ 
Ebenezer,^ T/io7nas,^ Andrew,^ 'John^T> Hananiah^^ Thomas^), 
son of Frederick and Eunice (Howe) Parker, was b. in 
Princeton, Sept. 12, 1839; "^- April 18, 1861, Anna J. 
Frizell, b. in Norwich, Ct., Sept. 28, 1837, dau. of Lorenzo 
and Priscilla Frizell. His school advantages were those of 
his native town and the Millbury Academy. At the age of 16 
he became clerk in the store of F. L. Cutting, Oakdale, and 
the year following, 1856, entered the employ of A. Y. Thomp- 
son, dry goods merchant of Worcester, with whom he remained 
until the war of the Rebellion. Believing his duty was at the 
front he immediately enlisted, knowing not for how long a 
service or whether he was to receive pay for so doing. His 
company was the Worcester City Guards, Capt. A. B. R. 
Sprague. The day after his enlistment he was married. 
Upon the famous April 19 his company proceeded first to 
Annapolis and second to Fort McHenry. Here violent sick- 
ness of malarial typhoid fever prevented his further service 
with his company and confined him to the hospital. His very 
vigorous constitution enabled him to reach home alive in 
company with his brother Charles. He was confined to his 
bed until Christmas time and was unable to work for three 
years. But still fired with patriotism he attempted to re-enlist 
again in the 53d and 57th Mass. Regiments respectively, in 
the former of which he was offered a commission, but was 
twice rejected. In 1865, however, he raised a company of 

* This son made at that time four generations who were all living upon the 
homestead. Hiram Bullard was son of Daniel Bullard of Linesboro, N. H., 
who in 1820 travelled through the wilderness upon ox-sleds hy the aid of 
marked trees and settled in Hjde Park, Vt. He d. 1869, aged 79, a respected 
and worth_y citizen. Hiram Bullard spent the last portion of his life upon the 
Parker homestead in Princeton. 



Amos M. Parker. 


militia and was its captain, under a commission issued by 
Gov. John A. Andrew. He was also a member of the old 
"State Guard," of which he was lieutenant in 1870 and '71. 
After 1864 he was connected with the clothing and furniture 
business until 1868, the latter part of which time the company 
was known as Parker, Denny & Co. The ten years following 
he was general agent of the Mass. Mut. Life Ins. Co., since 
when he was auctioneer and appraiser several years, and later 
with the furniture house of Putnam & Sprague. In 1888 he 
was elected one of the city assessors for three years and in 
1891 was re-elected for a second term. 

Mr. Parker was commander of Post 10, G. A. R., in 1869 
and in 1889. He is a member of Montacute Lodge of Master 
Masons, is also a member of Blake Lodge, Knights of Pythias, 
and his Church relations are with the First Universalist Church 
of Worcester, of which parish he is one of the trustees. 

Mrs. Anna C. Parker, after a sickness of five years, d. July 
3, 1888. Mr. Parker m. (2) Sept. 18, 1889, Esta A. Holt, 
b. in Denmark, Me., June 27, 1850, dau. of Joseph and 
Mehetable (Miller) Holt. 

The children of Amos M. and Anna C. (Frizell) Parker 
were : 

Fredric Melville Parker, b. Dec. 20, 1863 ; m. in Bellefontaine, 
O., July 13, 1892, Kittle H. Cranston, b. Feb. 3, 1868, dau. of 
George and Mary (Sanderson) Cranston. He is a designer for the 
Worcester Carpet Works, in which city he resides. 

Henry Walford Parker, b. April 2, and d. Aug. 27, 1868. 

Harry Nichols Parker, b. June 3, 1872. He Is a clerk in the 
Qiiinsigamond National Bank of Worcester. 

407. Mary Adelia Parker (Ebenezer,^ Ebenezer^'' 
Ebenezet-,^ Thomas,^ Andrew,-^ yo/in,^ Hananiah^^ Thomas^), 
dau. of Ebenezer Warren and Chloe (Parmenter) Parker, 
was b. in Princeton, Jan. 27, 1842 ; m. June, i860, Pascal P. 
Parkman of Northfield. He d. Jan. 13, 1869, and she d. 
Aug. 12, 1874. 

Their children were : 

I. Emma Sarah Parkman; m. Sept. 10, 1S77, Irving A. Baker 
of Bellefontaine, O. Children : 

Wai.ter E. Parker. 


1. Franklin Arthur Baker. 
II. Roy Parchal Baker. 
III. Harry Archibald Baker. 

2. Charles Elvester Parkman. 

3. William Warren Parkman. 

Abby Dane Parker (see page 373) (Amos,^ Ebenezer,^ 
JSbenezer,^ Thomas y> Andrew,"^ yohn,^ Hanamah,^ Thomas^), 
dau. of Amos and Sarah (Merrill) Parker, was b. in Prince- 
ton, Sept. II, 185 1 ; m. in Sterling, Nov. 29, 187 1, Eben D. 
Blood, b. in Deering, N. H., April 20, 1850, son of Eben 
Preston and Eliza Jane (Dix) Blood. They reside in Sterling 
Junction. He is engineer for the Old Colony R. R. 

Their children were : 

Frank Henry Blood, b. Aug. 15, 1872. 
Alice Eliza Blood, b. Oct. 28, 1873. 
Harry Earnest Blood, b. March 29, 1876. 
Arthur Prescott Blood, b. Jan. 30, 1878. 
Sadie Bernice Blood, b. June 24, 1883. 
Florence Bertha Blood, b. Oct. 22, 1885. 
Percy Eben Francis Blood, b. Oct. 20, 1887. 

408. Walter Edward Parker (George,^ Ebenezer,'^ 
Ebenezer,^ Thomas,^ Andrew,'^ yohn,^ Haiiatnah,^ Thomas^), 
son of George and Emily R. (Collar) Parker, was b. in 
Princeton, Sept. 29, 1847; m. (i) Oct. 12, 1870, Anna 
Augusta Elliott of Woonsocket, R. I., dau. of Nathaniel and 
Olive A. (Jenks) Elliott. She d. Feb. 24, 1875. He m. (2) 
May 2, 1877, Alida Charlotte Willis, b. in N. Dana, Mass., 
Jan. 26, 1849, dau. of Rev. John H. and Charlotte (Gleason) 
Willis of College Hill. He m. (3 ) Jan. i , 1888, Mary Bradley 
Beetle of Lawrence, dau. of John and Harriet (Brown) Beetle 
of Nantucket. Mr. Parker resides in Lawrence. With his 
parents he passed the four years from 1857 to 1861 in Illinois, 
from whence the family returned to New England and settled in 
Woonsocket, R. L Early in 1863 he entered the employment 
of the Social Mill, Woonsocket, as office clerk, while he con- 
tinued his studies and attended school. This lasted two years, 
after which he devoted his whole time to the mill duties, save 
a few months which he spent at a drawing school in Boston at 


about this time. Starting with the Social Mill when but a 
mere boy he worked his way steadily and with persistent 
energy to responsible positions. On Oct. 27, 1876, he became 
superintendent of the Globe Mill of Woonsocket, which con- 
tinued until April i, 1881, when he left the Globe Mill to 
take charge of the cotton department of the Pacific Mills* in 
Lawrence, and later, Jan. i, 1887, was made agent of all the 
mills of the Pacific Corporation, in which capacity he still 
serves. While in Woonsocket he was elected member of the 
town council and president of the council for one year. He 
was a director in the Producer's National Bank for 14 years. 
In Lawrence, upon the organization of the Merchants' National 
Bank, he was made the Vice-President and a member of its 
board of directors. He has for several years been a member 
of the board of trustees of Essex Co. Savings Bank and is 
now Vice-President of that institution. He was President of 
the New England Cotton Manufacturers' Association in 1889, 
'90 and '91, and is a member of the American Society of 
Mechanical Engineers. He was made a Mason in 1869, and 
was master of Morning Star Lodge of Woonsocket in 1877, 
and commander of the Woonsocket Commandery of Knights 
Templar for two years. 

Child of Walter E. and Anna A. (Elliott) Parker : 
Herbert S. Parker, b. Oct. iS, 1874. 

Child of Walter E. and AHda C. (Willis) Parker: 
Helen Parker, b. June 37, 1878. 

410. Arthur Augustus Parker (Edward H.,^ Ebene- 
zer^^ Ebcnezer,^ Thomas,^ Andrew,'^ Jokn,^ JJanamah,^ 
Thomas^), son of Edward H. and Mary C. (Brown) Parker, 
was b. in Worcester, April 5, 1855 ; m. Sept. 16, 1882, Lida 
Eliza Denton, b. May 13, 1858, dau. of James W. and Sarah 

*The Pacific Mills rank among America's greatest factories. Thej are 
devoted to the making and printing of cotton and worsted into calicoes and 
delaines. They were incorporated in 1853 with a capital of $1,000,000; in- 
creased in 1855, '^^S^ ^nd 1862 to $2,500,000. Probably no mill is known 
throughout the country at large as the Pacific, which has succeeded for many 
years in keeping at the front and whose diversified fabrics have won for it the 
popularity fairly earned. 

Edward H, Parker. 

Arthur A. Parker. Clarence E. Parker. 

Theodore Parker. 


A. (Lovell) Denton.* He is fence agent of the Washburn & 
Moen Mfg. Co., conducting the construction of the wire fenc- 
ing contracts of this corporation. Resides in Jersey City, N. J. 

Children : 

Walter Denton Parker, b. and d. April 3, 1885. 
Arthur Denton Parker, b. Sept. 4, 1886. 
Ralph Augustus Parker, b. May 25, 1889. 
Mary Lovell Parker, b. and d. Jan. 21, 1891. 
Mary Grace Parker, b. May 3, 1892. 

41 1. Clarence Edmund Parker (Edward H.,^ Ehe- 
nezer^'J Ebenezer,^ Thomas,^ Andi'ew,'^ yokn,^ Hananiah^^ 
Thomas^), son of Edward H. and Mary C. (Brown) Parker, 
was b. in Worcester, April 4, i860 ; m. Aug. 26, 1886, Jennie 
E. See, b. in Yonkers, N. Y., Sept. 27, 1864, dau. of Benja- 
min A. and Ellenf (Lafarge) Seej of Yonkers, N. Y. The 
parents of Benjamin A. See were David and Elizabeth (Austin) 

* James W. Denton was son of Ebenezer Denton of Braintree, Mass., whose 
wife was Eliza W. Hollis, daughter of Capt. John Hollis of Braintree, and a 
ladj of great worth. She was a descendant of Peregrine White of Pilgrim 
fame. Two brothers, William and Rev. Paul Denton, are said to have come 
from England and settled in Plymouth Co. as early as 1638. Rev. Paul 
Denton removed to Long Island, while William Denton became the ancestor 
of the Dentons of Braintree. Lida E. Denton is sister to Prof. James Edgar 
Denton of Jersey City, N. J. ; and the father, James W. Denton, has been for 
many years an instructor in the Hoboken Institute of Technology. 

Sarah A. Lovell was daughter of Stephen Lovell of Weymouth, Mass., in 
which town lived each of her successive ancestral generations from her own 
back to the Lovell ancestor of 1635, who came from Weymouth, England. 

t Ellen Lafarge was born in Hastings-on-Hudson, N. Y., Aug. 5, 1827, dau. 
of Isaac and Jane Lafarge. 

J Benjamin A.. See still enjoys rugged health in his advanced age of 82. 
The Lafarge family in America have come from two brothers, so attested by 
tradition, who sought America for the free worship of their Protestant beliefs. 
One of them settled in the Hudson River valley, where his descendants are 
more or less numerous at the present day. Many of them were active in the 
Colonial Revolution and rendered all possible service to the common cause. 
In their section, that part of the State adjacent to New York city, occurred 
much contest, and in this hotbed of the struggle which lasted so long were 
many personal experiences and trials of the Lafarge family. The great-grand- 
father lived in the neighborhood of Dobbs Ferry. His farm was near the 
Hessian camp and suffered accordingly. The family were obliged to keep 
their food in a secret spaceway under the kitchen floor. The homestead was 
but a few miles from either White Plains or from the place where Maj. Andrfi 
was taken. 


See. Mr. Parker resides in Yonkers, where he is a fence 

Their dau. : 
Elsie Ellen Parker, b. in Yonkers, N. Y., June 12, 1SS9; d. 

Feb. 16, 1892. 

412. Edward Henry Parker (Edward H.,^ Ebene- 
zer,^ Ebenezer,^ Thoinas^^ Andrew,'^ yohn,^ Uanantah,^ 
Thomas^), son of Edward H. and Mary C. (Brown) Parker, 
was b. in Worcester, Jan. 4, 1867 ; m. Sept. 9, 1886, Lena 
A. Converse, dau. of Hiram S. and Delia A. (Moffitt) Con- 
verse of Oxford. Since 1884 he has been connected with the 
Washburn & Moen Mfg. Co. of Worcester, in which city they 

Their dau. : 
Myrtis Idella Parker, b. Aug. 7, 1887. 

413. Joseph Henry Parker (Oliver,^ Henry, ^ Josmh,^ 
Jostah,^ yosiahA 'John,T> Ha^ianiah,'^ Thomas'-), son of Oliver 
H. and Patty (Parker) Parker, was b. in Woburn, Sept. 16, 
1836; m. Dec. 4, 1867, Henrietta M. Young, b. in Woburn, 
June 25, 1840, dau. of Sumner and Mary A. Young. 

Their son : 
Joseph Henry Parker, Jr., b. April 16, 1S71. 

414. ^aviha. J^SiVl^er ( Oliver ,^ Henry ,7 yos/a/i,^ yosm/i,^ 
'Josiah,'^ Jokn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Oliver H. and 
Patty (Parker) Parker, was b. in Woburn, Oct. 20, 1841 ; m. 
Joseph Linnell, b. in Orleans, Jan. 25, 1836, son of Gould and 
Paulina Linnell of Orleans. They reside in Woburn. 

Their son : 
I. James Houston Linnell, b. in Woburn, Sept. 24, 1874. 

415. Lydia Thompson Parker (Frederick C. ,^ Fred- 
erick,"^ Josiah,^ yosiah,^ yosiah,^ yokn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), 
dau. of Frederick Chandler and Martha A. (Hanson) Parker, 
was b. in Woburn, April 4, 1858 ; m. J. Herbert Richardson. 

Their dau. : 
I. Grace Parker Richardson, b. March 16, 1881. 


416. Benjamin Franklin Parker (Benjamin,^ Josef h,^ 
Benjamin,^ Josiahy' Jostak,'^ yohn,^ Hanantah,^ Thomas^), 
son of Benjamin and Mary Elizabeth (Waitt) Parker, was b. 
in Woburn, Sept. 8, 1850; m. in Woburn, Dec. 24, 1878, 
Mary M. Childs, b. March 24, 1854, ^^^- of Prentiss and 
Esther F. Childs. They reside in Woburn. 

Their children ; 

Louis Franklin Parker, b. Aug. 11, 1879. 
Earnest Elmore Parker, b. Dec. 13, 1S80. 
William Chester Parker, b. Aug. 24, 1883. 
Elsie May Parker, b. Feb. 21, 1888. 

417. Susan Emma Parker (Benjamin,^ Josef h,"' 
Benjamin,^ Josiah,^ Jostah,^ John,^ Uanamah,'^ Thomas^), 
dau. of Benjamin and Mary Elizabeth (Waitt) Parker, was b. 
in Woburn, April 21, 1854; ™- '^'^ Woburn, Feb. 2, 1875, 
Clarence M. Crowell, b. on Martha's Vineyard Island, March 
21, 1849, ^*^" o^ Capt. Joseph M. and Abbie P. Crowell. 
They reside in Woburn. 

Their children : 

1. Benjamin Parker Crowell, b. Aug. 2, 1877. 

2. Harry Edmund Crowell, b. Aug. 9, 1880. 

3. Fred Gilbert Crowell, b. Aug. 24, 1886. 

4. Bertha Wallace Crowell, b. Sept. 16, 1889. 

418. Lucy Augusta Parker (Benjamin,^ Josef h,^ 
Benjamin,^ Jostah,^ Jostah,'^ Jokn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^)^ 
dau. of Benjamin and Mary Elizabeth (Waitt) Parker, was b. 
in Woburn, Jan. 24, 1858; m. in Woburn, Feb. 6, 1889, Asa 
W. Boutwell, b. Dec. 4, 1863, son of Asa and Lorinda A. 
Boutwell. They reside in Woburn. 

Their son : 
I. Dana Sylvester Boutwell, b. in Woburn, May 21, 1890. 

Dorotha Caroline Parker (see page 230) (Samuel,'^ 
Benjamin,^ Josiah,^ Josiah^'^ John,^ Hanamah,^ Thomas^), 
dau. of Samuel and Lydia Thurston (Allen) Parker, was b. 
in Otselic, N. Y., Aug. 3, 1832; m. in Chicago, 111., March 
30, 1854, Henry Wiggers, b. in Mariensee, Hanover, Ger- 
many, June 2, 1829, son of William and Caroline (Hulke) 



Wiggers. He d. in Chicago, Feb. 5, 185 1. She d. in 
Chicago, March 30, 1854. ^^ ^"^^^ ^ manufacturer of and 
dealer in mouldings. 

Their children were : 

1. Emma Wiggers, b. Oct. 19, and d. Oct., 1S52. 

2. Caroline Alida Wiggers, b. Feb. 23, 1S54; """• ""* Spring, 

Boone Co., 111., Feb. 22, 1876, Fred Augustus Reed, b. in 
Spring, Jan. 8, 1855, son of Hon. George and Eliza Ann 
(Wait) Reed. He is a farmer and they reside in Herbert, 
Boone Co., 111. Their children, all b. in Spring, 111., were : 
I. Myrtie Maud Reed, b. Nov. 19, 1876 ; d. Aug. 28, 1881. 
II. Albert Eugene Reed, b. Dec. 23, 1878. 

III. Earl Victor Reed, b. Aug. 24, 1882. 

IV. Pearl Eliza Reed, b. June 14, 1885. 
V. Thomas Glen Reed, b. Aug. 27, 1887. 

419. Samuel Dwight Parker (Samuel T.,^ Sanmel,^ 
Benjamin,^ Josmh,^ Josiah^^ yohn,^ Hananiah^^ Thomas^), 
son of Samuel Thurston and Mary (Bates) Parker, was b. 
Dec. 29, 1830; m. Oct. 27, 1850, Hannah R. Congdon, b. in 
Pompey, N. Y., Sept. i, 1833, dau. of William and Ervilla 
Congdon. He resides in De Ruyter, N. Y., where he is a 

Their children : 

Elmera E. Parker, b. in De Ruyter, N. Y., March 27, 1854; <J* 

Sept. 19, 1872. 
Eva May Parker, b. Oct. 2, i860; m. Oct. 10, 1878, A. Clenden- 

ing. She d. May 31, 1879, leaving a son : 

I. Ando I. Clendening, b. Oct. 30, 1879. 

420. Henry Norton Parker (Samuel T.,^ Samuel,^ 
Benjamin^^ yosiahy> Josiah,'^ John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), 
son of Samuel Thurston and Mary (Bates) Parker, was b. in 
Georgetown, N. Y., June 16, 1834; "i- (^) March 15, 1857, 
Hannah M. Glynn; m. (2) Dec. 31, 1861, Mary A. Cooley, 
b. Jan. 22, 1841 ; m. (3) March 12, 1889, Martha Bowers 
Cady. He is a farmer in New Woodstock, N. Y. 

His children : 

Macius I. Parker, b. in Smyrna, N. Y., Jan. 8, 1S63. 


439. Mary Ellen Parker, b. in Smyrna, June 21, 1S64; m. 
April 19, 1S84, Frank M. Cash. 

Sarah Adalaide Parker, b. in Smyrna, Nov. 2, 1865 ; m. Oct. 
29, 1890, Edward Knickerbocker, 

440. Alice Amanda Parker, b. in Smyrna, Aug. 10, 1868 ; m. 
Dec. 27, 1883, George Hitchcock. 

Myson Henry Parker, b. in Smyrna, June 4, 1S72. 
Edna May Parker, b, in Smyrna, Dec. 7, 1881. 

421. John Lasson Parker (Samuel T.,^ Samuel,'^ 
Benjamin,^ yosiah,^ 'Josiah,'' 'yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), 
son of Samuel Thurston and Mary (Bates) Parker, was b. in 
Georgetown, N. Y.,July 6, 1836; m. in Georgetown, Feb. 
II, 1864, Lydia A. Vanhovenburgh, b. in Schenectady, N. Y., 
Aug. 6, 1838, dau. of William and Jane Vanhovenburgh. He 
is a carpenter in Smyrna, N. Y. 

Their son : 

Clinton Dewitt Parker, b. in Georgetown, N. Y., Sept. 20, 1866. 

422. Lucy Lizzette Parker (Samuel T.,^ Samuel,i 
Benjamin^^ yosiak,^ yosiah,'^ yohn,^ Hananiak,^ Thomas^), 
dau. of Samuel Thurston and Mary (Bates) Parker, was b. 
in Smyrna, N. Y., July 17, 1838 ; m. in De Ruyter, Madison 
Co., N. Y., June i, 1865, William Lewis Jones, b. in Smyrna, 
N. Y., July 9, 1839, SO" of John I. and Sarah (Lewis) Jones. 
He was a farmer. He d. Sept. 28, 1872. She resides in 
Smyrna, where all the children were born. 

Their children were : 

1. Minnie Laverna Jones, b. March 19, 1S67 ; m. in Smyrna, 

N. Y., Feb. 3, 1887, John S. Weaver. She d. Dec. 29, 1888. 

2. Eugene Luzerne Jones, b. Nov. 4, 1868. 

3. Floy Lanette Jones, b. June 8, 1870. 

423. Albert Monson Parker (Samuel T.,^ Samuel, ^ 
Benjamin,^ yos/ah,^ yosia/i,'^ yohn,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), 
son of Samuel Thurston and Mary (Bates) Parker, was b. in 
Madison Co., N. Y., Oct. 10, 1843; m. in Sioux City, la., 
Aug. 13, 1869, Elizabeth Van Zandt, b. in Cincinnati, O., 
April 21, 1840, dau. of Jacob and Sarah Van Zandt. They 
reside in S. Sioux City, Neb. 


Their children : 
Charles A. Parker, b. May 5, 1870. 
Sarah E. Parker, b. March 6, 1S72. 
George O. Parker, b. June 20, 1875. 

424. Edwin Eugene Parker (Samuel T.,^ SamueU^ 
Bcnjamin^^ 'Josiahy> Jostah,"^ yohn,^ Hananiah^^ Thomas^), 
son of Samuel Thurston and Mary (Bates) Parker, was b. in 
Madison Co., N. Y., Dec. 5, 1846 ; m. in Willow, Union Co., 
Dak., July 7, 1867, Nellie Heath, b. in Upper Canada, April 
2, 1839, dau. of Mitchell and Jeannett Heath. Mr. Parker is 
a house-mover. He resides in Sioux City, la. 

Their children : 

Harry V. Parker, b. in Covington, Neb., March 8, 1872. 
Fred Parker, b. Dec. 7, 1874. 

425. William Charles Addison Parker (Samuel 
T.,^ Samuel ^t Benjamin^^ 'Josiahy> 'jfostah,'^ yohn,^ Hana- 
niah^^ Thomas^), son of Samuel Thurston and Mary (Bates) 
Parker, was b. in Otselic, N. Y., Aug. 5, 1849; m. in Smyr- 
na, N. Y., Dec. 22, 1869, Emma O. Crandall, b. in Smyrna, 
June 9, 1854, dau. of Timothy D. and Amy E. Crandall. 
They reside in Norwich, N. Y. He is a car repairer. 

Their children : 

Lizzie M. Parker, b. May 26, 1871 ; m. in Norwich, N. Y., Nov. 

12, 1890, Oliver M. Jones. Their son : 

I. Hazel Jones, b. in Norwich, N. Y., Nov. 19, 1891. 
Mary E. Parker, b. Sept. 4, 1874. 
Charles E. Parker, b. Jan. 8, 1877. 
L. Belle Parker, b. Sept. 6, 1880. 

42 6. Thomas Allen Parker (Benjamin A.,^ Samuel, ^ 
Benjamin,^ yosiah,^ yosiah,^ yohn,^ Hanamak,'^ Thomas^), 
son of Benjamin Allen and Orpha (Stebbins) Parker, was b. 
in Chardon, C, Nov. 18, 1834; ^- ^^ Fayette Co., O., Aug. 
27, 1857, Margaret Ann Lindsey. At 17 years of age he 
began teaching in the public schools, and going to school a 
term occasionally when he could save enough money to pay 
his way ; was a member of the Hiram Eclectic Institute (after- 


wards Hiram College) during the fall terms of both 1853 and 
'54, while Gen. Garfield was a student there. From there he 
went to Fayette Co., O., and was appointed a member of the 
Board of County Examiners, which position he resigned on 
removing to Kansas, after teaching two years in the public 
schools and conducting a normal school one year at Bloom- 
ingburg, Fayette Co., O. April i, i860, he first beheld the 
prairies of Kansas, since which time his avocations have been 
various, sometimes teaching, sometimes farming, keeping a 
hardware store, surveying, etc., etc. 
Their children : 

Eva Cora Parker, b. June 2, 1859, 

Charles Carlos Parker, b. April, 1861 ; d. Aug., 1864. 
Mary Elizabeth Parker, b. Jan. 10, 1868. 
Frederick Le Grange Parker, b. Nov. 13, 1873. 
Minerva Maude Parker, b. April 7, 1878. 

42 7. Hosea Stebbins Parker (Benjamin A . ,s Samuel, i 
Benjamin,^ Josiah,^ Josiah,'^ yohn,^ Uanam'ah,^ Thomas^), 
son of Benjamin Allen and Orpha (Stebbins) Parker; m. in 
Spring Hill, Kan., Sept. 11, 1867, Martha D. Wilson, b. in 
Blount Co., Tenn., Oct. 21, 1844, dau. of Alexander M. and 
Mary Jane Wilson. He was a farmer in Spring Hill, Kan. 
For about ten years preceding his death he was sergeant in 
the Home Militia, also clerk in the school district one term. 
He d. in Spring Hill, July 28, 1875. His widow survives him 
in Melvern, Osage Co., Kan. 

Their children were : 

441. Mary Emogene Parker, b. in Spring Hill, Kan., Aug. 34, 

1869; m. John Stucker. 
Allen Wilson Parker, b. Aug. 3, 1873 ; d. Jan. 23, 1874. 
HosEA Robert Parker, b. Dec. 4, 1874. 

428. Mary Louisa Parker (Benjamin A.,^ Samtcel,i 
Benjamin,^ Josiah,^ Josiah,^ John,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), 
dau. of Benjamin Allen and Orpha (Stebbins) Parker; m. 
Benjamin Sprague. She d. Dec. 23, 1873, and was buried at 
Spring Hill, Kan. He was a telegraph operator. They lived 
at Tye Siding, Wyoming, on the Union Pacific R. R. 

Their children were ; 


1. Orrie Sprague ; m. George Dobbins, and resides in Marce- 

line, Mo. 

2. John Sprague ; d. young. 

429. Mary Ellen Parker (Francis E.,^ Smtiuel^i 
Benjamin,^ 'Josiahy' 'Josiah.,'' yokn,^ Hanamak,^ Tho?nas^), 
dau. of Francis Edwin and Amanda M. (Lindsay) Parker, 
was b. in Lake Co., 111., May 13, 1851 ; m. in Belvidere, 111., 
Feb. 17, 1869, Stephen Abraham, b. in New York city, Oct. 
I, 1848, and resides in Genoa, Dekalb Co., 111. He was 
deputy sheriff and town constable. 

Their children : 

1. Emma M. Abraham, b. in Spring, Boone Co., 111., Nov. 22, 

1869 ; d. Jan. 27, 1872. 

2. Willis L. Abraham, b. in Spring, Dec. 24, 1870. 

3. Lindsay Abraham, b. in Spring, June 26, 1872. 

4. Edwin Abraham, b. in Spring, April 17, 1874. 

5. Frederick S. Abraham, b. in Genoa, Dekalb Co., 111., Oct. 

27, 1876. 

430. Milton Augustus Parker (Milton B.,^ Peter, 'j 

yohn,^ Peter, ^ 'John,'' 'John,'^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), son of 
Milton B. and Harriet J. (Ward) Parker, was b. Sept. 2, 
1855; m. in Cambridge, Oct. 21, 1885, Mae Hapgood of 
Cambridge, dau. of Oliver and Mary J. (Sanderson) Hapgood. 

Their children were : 

Chester Curtis Parker, b. in Cambridge, Aug. 6, and d. Dec. 

II, 1886. 
Roy Milton Parker, b. in Charlestown, Oct. 3, 1887. 
Harold Bryant Parker, b. in Natick, Dec. 22, 1892. 

43 1 . John Freeman Parker (John H.,^ John,'J John,^ 
Peter, ^ John,'< John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son of John 
Henry and Annie E. (Gilmore) Parker, was b. in Brookfield, 
July 15, 1862, and soon removed with his parents to Maiden. 
After his school life in that city he studied the practical side of 
the shoe business at his father's manufactory. He afterwards 
took charge of the manufacturing and the customers' depart- 
ments. He was one of the first members of Co. L, 5th Reg., 
M. V. M., rising from private by competitive drill to corporal 



Lieut. John F. Parker. 



sergeant and finally commissioned first lieutenant. He m. 
Oct. 24, 1888, Minnie Waters Ballard of Maiden, dau. of 
Capt. Henry A. and Lydia (Brown) Ballard. Lieut. Parker 
was appointed military instructor at the Maiden High School, 
serving in that capacity to the time of his death, occurring June 
5, 1890. His sickness of typhoid fever was brief. He was 
well and favorably known, and his death while in the full vigor 
of early manhood caused profound sadness. He was very 
thorough and proficient in whatever he undertook, and was a 
man of great promise. He was buried at Forestdale Cemetery, 
Maiden, Mass. 
Their dau. : 
Marjorie GiLMORE Parker, b. Nov. 24, 1889. 

George Henry Parker (see page 411) (George S.,^ 
George 5. ,7 Artemas,^ Peter, ^ John,^ John,^ Haiianiah,'^ 
Thomas^), son of George Smith and Mary A. (Skahal) Parker, 
was b. in Sucotock, Mich., Oct. 7, 1856; m. Jan. 12, 1878, 
in E. Medway, now MilHs, Nancy E. Ross, b. in Natick, 
July 24, i860, dau. of Roswell P. and Helen L. (Lawrence) 
Ross. They reside in W. Medway. 

Their dau. : 
Helen Louisa Parker, b. in Medway, April 3, 1879. 

Eva L. Parker (see page 411) (George S.,^ George 5.,? 
Artemas,^ Peter,^ John,'' Jo/m,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. 
of George Smith and Mary A. (Skahal) Parker; m. Amos 
Hurd, and resides in W. Medway, Mass. 

432. Charles Frederick VdiX^tx (Joseph A., "^ Fred- 
crick A.,^ Josef h,^ Amos,^ Amos,^ Andrew,^ John^'^ Hana- 
niah,'^ Thomas^), son of Joseph A. and Samantha W. (Price) 
Parker, was b. in Philadelphia, Pa., March 4, 1864; m. 
Emma Kunzig. They lived in Philadelphia, where their 
children were born. To improve his health he removed to 
San Francisco, where they resided. He was a very promis- 
ing and successful teacher there, when very sadly, while 
swimming on July 20, 1890, he ventured out too far and was 


Their children were : 
I. Bertie Parker. 2. Walter Parker. 

433. Emma Eliza PsLVkev ( Gardner, 9 PerUy,^ Gardi- 
ncr,^ Isaac,^ Amos J Andrew,'^ yohn,^ Uanamah,^ Thomas^), 
dau. of Gardner and Mary L. (Sawyer) Parker, was b. in 
Hopkinton, Nov. 2, 1845; m. May 8, 1865, Roswel I. Frail 
of Hopkinton. They reside in Hopkinton. 

Their children are : 

1. Mary Carrie Frail, b. in Hopkinton, Jan. 11, 1869. 

2. Gardner Parker Frail, b. in Hopkinton, March 26, 1872. 

434. George Gardner Parker (Gardner, 9 Perley,^ 
Gardiner,'^ Isaac,^ Amos,^ Andrew,'^ Jokn,^ Hananiah,^ 
Thomas^), son of Gardner and Mary L. (Sawyer) Parker, 
was b. in Hopkinton, Oct. 25, 1849 ; m. Oct. 7, 1869, Mandana 
Hyde of Poultney, Vt. They reside in Poultney, where Mr. 
Parker is in the slate business. 

Their children are : 
Fred Hyde Parker, b. in Poultney, Vt., May 7, 1872. 
Theodore John Parker, b. in Poultney, May 2, 1876. 
Mary Carrie Parker, b. in Poultney, Aug. 18, 1878. 
Raymond Arthur Parker, b. in Poultney, May 11, 188 1. 

435. Edgar Vinton Parker (Gardner,'^ Per ley, ^ 
Gardiner, ^ Isaac,^ Amos,^ Andrew,'^ 'yohn,^ Hananiah,^ 
Thomas^), son of Gardner and Mary L. (Sawyer) Parker, 
was b. in Hopkinton, Aug. 18, 1855 ; m. in Warren, May 12, 
1880, LilHe C. Butterworth. They reside in Poultney, Vt. 
He is a slate dealer. 

Their children are ; 

Warren Henry Parker, b. in Poultney, Vt., Jan. 23, 1S83. 
Albert William Parker, b. in Poultney, Jan. 20, 1885. 
Edith Marion Parker, b. in Poultney, March 17, 1887. 
Gardner Vinton Parker, b. in Poultney, June 16, 1890. 
Carl Parker, b. in Poultney, Nov. 16, 1892. 

Henry E. Parker (see page 426) (Addison Z.,9 Jabez 
M.,^ Jabez J/. ,7 Isaac,^ Amos,s Andrew,^ John,^ Hananiah,^ 
Thomas^), son of Addison L. and Mary M. (Buxton) Parker, 


was b. in Phillipston, March 22, 1859 ; m. Dec. 24, 1884, 
Sadie E. Town of Keene, N. H. He is a railroad engineer 
and resides in Fitchburg. 

Their children are : 
Eugene H. Parker, b. June 9, 1886. 
Grace Parker, b. July 2, 1S91. 

Earnest L. Parker (see page 426) (Addison Z.,9 Jabez 
M.,^ Jabez J/. ,7 Isaac,^ Amos,^ Andrew,^ 'John^^ Hananiah^^ 
Thomas^), son of Addison L. and Mary M. (Buxton) Parker, 
was b. in Keene, N. H., Jan. 22, 1867; m. July 14, 1887, 
Bertha E. Tasker of Providence, R. I. He is a druggist and 
resides in Everett. 

Their children are : 
Ida B. Parker, b. Aug. 14, 1889. 
Leslie Parker, b. March i, 1891. 

436. Richard E. Parker (Perry A.,^ Enoch, ^ Jabcz,^ 
Isaac,^ Amos, 5 Andrew,^ yokn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), son 
of Perry Ander and Mary S. (Russell) Parker, was b. in 
Keene, N. H., Oct. 5, 1861 ; m. in Bellows Falls, Vt., June 24, 
1890, Hattie Grout. They reside in West Fitchburg, Mass. 

Their children : 
Ruby Parker, b. April 17, 1880. 
Perry E. Parker, b. Feb. 23, 1891. 

437. Carrie B. Parker (Perry A., "^ Enoch, ^ Jabez,i 
Isaac,^ Amos,^ Andrew,-^ John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. 
of Perry Ander and Mary S. (Russell) Parker, was b. in 
Westminster, Vt., Nov. 8, 1863 ; m. in Manchester, la., Dec. 
16, 1884, Gilbert C. Sibley, b. in Penn., Feb. 7, 1862, son of 
John and Emily Sibley, now of Owego, N. Y. They reside 
in Mt. Vernon, S. Dak. 

Their children : 

1. Stella Sibley. 3. Willie Sibley. 

2. Harry Sibley. 4. Bessie Sibley. 

438. Ella M. Parker (Perry A., 9 Enoch, ^ Jabez, 7 
Isaac,^ Anios,^ Andrezu,'^ John,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), dau. 
of Perry Ander and Mary S. (Russell) Parker, was b. in 


Sugar Grove, 111., March 9, 1865 ; m. in Aurora, 111., March 
14, 1881, Frank McCannon, b. in Essex, Vt., June 15, 1857, 
son of Thomas and Sarah McCannon of Burlington, Vt. 
They reside in Sugar Grove, 111. 
Their children : 

1. May a. McCannon, b. April 26, 1880. 

2. Maude C. McCannon, b. Jan. i, 1883. 

3. Mattie McCannon, b. Aug. 14, 1884. 

4. Benjamin McCannon, b. Sept. 5, 1886. 

5. Minnie McCannon, b. Oct. 20, 1888. 

439. Mary Ellen Parker (Henry N.,9 Samuel T.,^ 
Samuel,'^ Benja?nm,^ 'Josiahy> yosiah,^ John,^ Hananiah^^ 
Thomas^), dau. of Henry Norton and Mary A. (Cooley) 
Parker, was b. in Smyrna, N. Y., June 21, 1864; m. April 
19, 1884, Frank M. Cash. 

Their children : 

1. Earl Cash. 

2. Eva Cash. 

440. Alice Amanda Parker (Henry N. ,9 Samiiel T. ,^ 
Samuel, ^ Benjamin,^ Jostah,^ yosiah,'^ yokn,'^ Hanantah,^ 
Thomas^), dau. of Henry Norton and Mary A. (Cooley) 
Parker, was b. in Smyrna, N. Y., Aug. 10, 1868; m. Dec. 
27, 1883, George Hitchcock. 

Their children : 

I. Henry Hitchcock, 

Henry Hitchcock, ) 

Harry Hitchcock, T' J"^>^ ^^^ '^^7- 

441. Mary Emogene Parker (Hosea S.,9 Benjamin 
A.^ Sainuel^T Benja^nin,^ yosiahy> yosiak,'^ yohn,^ Hana7iiak,^ 
Thomas"^), dau. of Hosea Stebbins and Martha D. (Wilson) 
Parker, was b. in Spring Hill, Kan., Jan. 24, 1869; m. in 
Lyndon, Osage Co., Kan., Sept. 12, 1888, John Martin 
Stucker, b. in Emporia, Kan., Feb. 10, 1867, son of Eli and 
Hannah Stucker. He is a farmer. They reside in Melvern, 

Their children are : 

1. Gale Edwin Stucker, b. in Melvern, Kan., June 28, 1889. 

2. Raymond Eli Stucker, b. in Melvern, Feb. 24, 1S91. 


Col. C. Harrison Parker (see page 340) (Caleb A.,^ 
Lewis ^T Isaac ^^ Amos, ^ Andrew, '^ yohn,^ Hananiak,^ Thomas^ )^ 
son of Caleb Alexander Parker, was b. in Jackson, Miss. 
From his early manhood he has followed the profession of 
journalism. He has held prominent positions on many of the 
leading journals of New Orleans, and has secured along with 
his acknowledged great energy reputation as an uncompro- 
mising reformer. In 1881 he was editor-in-chief of the Picay- 
une, and he inaugurated a fight in the Democratic party which 
culminated in the election of Gov. Nichols in 1888. He was 
appointed State Tax Collector by Gov. Nichols. He was 
one of the organizers of the Anti-Lottery League, and was 
chosen chairman of the executive committee and conducted 
the correspondence incident to the organization of the move- 
ment throughout the State. He organized a company organ- 
izing the New Delta, and he has been the editor and manager 
of that paper since its foundation. The New Delta fought 
the combined daily press of the State, backed as it was by 
Lottery millions ; but its cause, though one of the most une- 
qual, was one of the most gallant in the history of journalism. 


A fragment of an autobiography by the late Rev. Theodore 
Parker, which was commenced at Rome shortly before his 
death, is printed here in its original condition. When he 
found that he could write no more he closed the manuscript 
with a caveat to the reader, which was printed in the com- 
mencement of the first volume of the "Life and Correspond- 
ence of Theodore Parker," by John Weiss. It is of much 
interest to our family and is reprinted here. 

N. B. Caveat Lector. — This will require careful rewriting, and 
as it stands may contain many errors of detail, for I write it when 
too ill to read and with no memoranda to aid me. I should like to 
consult the deeds of the early settlers in my neighborhood to learn 
the original ownership of land, the date of the houses and the names 
of the places like "the great meadow." Few men, if any, will 
remember the name, but I have found it in old deeds. 

I began this at Rome, March i6, i860. It is not likely I shall get 
far in it. I have waited more than a year for strength to begin it 
and now commence at my weakest point. 

The material and human surroundings about a man in his early 
life have a strong and abiding influence upon all, especially on those 
of a sensitive disposition, who are both easily affected by such exter- 
nals and rather obstinate in retaining the impression made on them. 

Of the Material Surroundings. 

About 1710 my grandfather's grandfather, John Parker, then some- 
what advanced in life, with a part of his grown up children removed 
from Reading, where a family of Parkers had settled about 1640, to 
the Cambridge Farms, since called Lexington, where he had bought 
a considerable quantity of land with one small house upon it, proba- 
bly of logs. The next year he built him a large and commodious 
house and furnished it with the usual out-buildings necessary for a 
farmer's business. The situation was pleasant, a considerable val- 
ley, a mile or more in length and half a mile wide, with a fresh 
meadow at the bottom, called in deeds of the time "the great 


meadow," wound among hills tall and steep on the western and 
northern side, while on the south and east the hills were of less 
height and more gradual in their slope. Indeed, it is the general 
character of the hills in that part of the country to be steep on their 
southern and eastern side, and of gradual ascent on the opposite side. 
A brook steals through the valley or percolated through the soft, 
spongy meadow, and following a continuation of the valley it falls into 
Charles river at length. The stream was then much larger than at 
present, for now the hills have nearly all been stripped of their trees 
and the meadows drained, and the brook is proportionally shrunk, 
except when a sudden melting of snow floods the meadow and re- 
stores it to more than its original size. Near the upper end of this 
valley, in about the centre of his farm lot, the old settler built his 
house, in which children to the fourth generation were born to him. 
It stood about 80 or 100 feet above the present surface of the great 
meadow on the southeast side of a high hill, which gently sloping 
in front of the house rose steep and abrupt behind. 

As the old man at sunrise stood at the front or south door of his 
new house on some fine October morning of 171 2 he could see but a 
single house, and that half or three-quarters of a mile oft', the other side 
of the valley, two other columns of pale blue smoke in that direction 
might tell him of other neighbors, while not far off" in the same valley 
were two others, hid by wooded hills, in a different direction one 
more house had been built earlier than his own, but on the north 
side of the hill which sheltered him. 

Agriculture was at a low stage, that part of the country was cov- 
ered with thick woods, and when the farmer cut down or girdled the 
trees and run the ground over with fire the land must have looked as 
we see it now in parts of New Hampshire and Vermont, like "the 
abomination of desolation." However, he planted many apple trees, 
importing them from England, but they had not been grafted and so 
many of them bore sorry specimens of fruit. Many of those which 
it is said he set out were standing in my boyhood. He, or his son 
Josiah, who succeeded to a part of his lands at Lexington, planted 
also locust trees, whose white blossoms used to fill the air with 
sweetness in June. He also brought lilac bushes, a common orna- 
ment about the houses of New England in the last century, and 
planted a barberry bush, which in my boyhood had grown to prodig- 
ious dimensions, besides having increased and multiplied and replen- 
ished that part of the earth with its descendants. 

In the rear of the house was a monstrous elm which endangered 
the building and was removed as a nuisance, that was a full-grown 
tree in the days of my grandfather's grandfather ; other huge oaks 


and elms once stood close by but they had all perished before my 
birth, and only a white ash with a great round top stood at the north- 
west corner of the house. It was planted by my grandfather and 
was the largest tree of its kind I remember ever to have seen in New 
England. Huge boulders lay scattered about along the valley and 
its tributaries, some were of the hard, bluish greenstone which forms 
the skeleton of all the hills in that neighborhood, but others were of 
whitish granite, brought many miles from their original site to the 
northwest of that locality. Loose stones abounded, indeed, a more 
unattractive piece of land for a farmer to work could scarcely be 
found than that whole section for miles around in all directions. 
There were stones enough within a foot of , the surface to fence all 
the land into acre lots, each surrounded with a strong "balance wall." 
The most common trees were numerous species of oak, the white 
pine, the pitch pine, and a variety of it called the yellow pine, the 
hemlock and spruce ; on the rocky hill sides the juniper or red 
cedar, and in the swamp the cypress or white cedar ; maples, the 
white or gray, black and yellow birches, the elm, white and black 
ashes, poplars, buttonwood, walnuts, chestnut, beech, sassafras and 
wild hop or hop-hornbeam, willows ; three species of sumach occur- 
ring on the homestead, indeed, most of the trees of New England 
grow within a few miles of my home. 

The handsome flowering shrubs and plants of New England could 
mostly be found in the immediate neighborhood, the shadbush, the 
rhodora, the viscous or white azalea, the pink flowered species was 
farther ofl', the numerous cornels, though only a single instance of 
the large flowering cornel, the several viburnums and the andromedas 
the narrow leaved kalmia, and even the broad leaved kind, grew 
in a thicket in the vicinity, the choke cherries, the sporieas, both 
pinkish-white flowered and the other with steeple-shaped purple 
spikes, wild roses and sweet briars, the clethra, blossoming from 
July to October. In the meadows spongy with soft mosses were the 
arathusas and the cymbidium and the rarer painted cup, successively 
disclosing their native beauties, while a little later the pitcher plant 
offered its curious flower and leaf to the most careless eye. The 
cranberry bore in midsummer its rich pale-red flowers and covered 
whole acres, from whence the farmer hoped, often vainly, to win as 
fair a harvest to season his winter food. The beautiful water lily 
grew abundantly in a shallow pond, not far oft", and also in many 
brooks of sluggish water, nay, it did not refuse the benediction of its 
presence in ill-formed ditches whence peat had been cut for fuel or 
for manure. Here the fringed gentian, not then to be seen, has 
happily since taken up its abode, the soapwort gentian was uncom- 


mon, the trilliums rare, but along the brooksides the cardinal flowers 
hung out their brilliant colors. 

On the hard land saxifrage and columbine grew on the sunny side 
of all the red rocks. Blue violets and white were to be had every- 
where, the yellow species were rarer and anemones nodded their 
handsome heads on the south side of every wall where nature had 
her own way. In the woods the lady's slipper hung out its myste- 
rious beauty ; the several pyrolas opened their blossoms, they with 
the ground pine, the partridge berry, the boxberiy or Mitchella, 
kept a green life in the woods under the snow all winter through. 
What need to mention the humbler beauties of the New England 
flora, such as the meadow pride, the white cicely, the craneflower 
and the buttercups. There were also red lilies and yellow, some of 
them stately and queen-like plants, on a single stalk. I have seen 
49 buds and blossoms, nor should the humbler name of the dogtooth- 
violet be forgotten in the names of its liliaceous sisterhood. My 
sisters cultivated the crimson peony, white and yellow narcissus, 
daffodils, white and red roses of the most delicious fragrance. 

In the thick, dark swamps corki-fungi grew on the trunks of old 
maples, but more especially on the white birches, and curious puff' 
balls shot up in the hot, muggy nights of summer and in two days 
became mysteriously as large as a quart bowl, while the usual variety 
of other fungi sprung up in their appropriate places, and the Indian 
pipe of seeming make and mould, while lichens, some as large as a 
modern Kossuth hat, covered the north side of rocks and trees. 

My ancestors had planted the white locust not far from the house 
and a beautiful grove had grown up ; some of the trees were very 
large and sweetened the air for a week or two in June and the grass 
all the summer through. When the autumn came — 

"Every bush did put its glory on 
Like a gemmed bride." 

How red the maples were, how yellow the birches and the walnuts 
and what richly tinted leaves did the chestnut shake down ! — last of 
New England trees to blossom and bearing the richest, sweetest fruit 
the savage found in the austere land. Even the ivy and the poison 
dogwood were clad in more glory than the Queen of Sheba intent on 
wooing the King of Israel's son ; nay, Solomon himself in all his 
glory was not arrayed like one of these. From the middle of May 
when the introduced trees, the plum, peach, cherry, apple and pear, 
began to bloom till the middle or end of October, the eye need not 
seek a landscape of humble, quiet New England beauty more attrac- 
tive than this, and all winter long the white pines, which seemed so 


cool and attractive in July and August, had a warm, motherly look 
and told of life still sleeping in them, around them, everywhere. 

Of the Human Surroundings. 

At the age of 45 my grandfather, Capt. John Parker, died on the 
17th of September, 1775. He was sick on the day of the Battle of 
Lexington but did his duty from 2 A. M. till 12 at night. On the 
17th of June he was too ill to be allowed to enter the turmoil of the 
Battle of Bunker Hill, so he discontentedly commanded troops who 
did no fighting tliat day. He was never well afterwards and an epi- 
demic dysentery in September found him an easy prey ; he died at 
an early age for his long lived family and left three sons and four 
daughters, with a widow who died at the respectable age of 92, pass- 
ing a portion of the last 47 years of her life in a second marriage 
which both she and her children had bitter cause to repent. The 
respectable property of Capt. John Parker was wasted, the relict 
obliged to take her new husband and his children home to be sup- 
ported on "the widow's thirds." When my father married Hannah 
Stearns, the daughter of a neighboring farmer, he went back to the 
original homestead to take care of his mother while he should sup- 
port his handsome young wife and such family as might happen. It 
was the day of small things — he wore home-made blue yarn stockings 
at his wedding, and brought his wife home over the rough winding 
roads, riding in the saddle of his tall gray horse, with her upon a 
pillion. The outfit of furniture did not bespeak more sumjDtuous 
carriage — the common plates were of wood ; the pitcher, mugs, tea- 
cups and saucers were of coarse earthenware, while the great carving 
dishes were of thick well kept pewter. The holiday service "for 
company" was of the same material. Yet a few costly wine glasses 
were not wanting and two long-necked decanters, a few china tea- 
cups and saucers of the minutest pattern, and the pride of the buffet 
a large china bowl. Besides the young bride could show patchwork 
bedquilts and counterpanes, and a pretty stoi^e of linen towels, and a 
tablecloth of the same, white as the snow, and spun, woven and 
bleached by her own laborious hands ; and her father raised the flax 
which her brother pulled, and rotted, and broke, and swingled, and 
hackled and combed. Hannah made their work into linen. 

In the course of many years ten children had been born to John 
and Hannah (one had slipped out of life an infant) when their fourth 
son and eleventh child came into the world on the 24th of August, 
1810, lagging a little more than five years after his youngest, and 
afterwards his favorite, sister. I think I was the last child born in 
the old house, which then numbered just 100 years. 


1. In my earliest childhood the family at home consisted (to 
begin in the order of age) of my father's mother, more than 80 at my 
birth. A tall, stately, proud-looking woman : she occupied an upper 
chamber, but came down stairs to dinner — other meals she took in 
her own room — and sat at the head of the table on the woman side 
thereof, opposite my father, who kept up the ancient Puritan respect 
for age — always granting it precedence. She busied herself chiefly 
in knitting and puttering about the room, but passed the Sundays in 
reading the large Oxford quarto Bible of her husband, bought for the 
price of more than one load of hay, delivered up at Boston. She 
had also the original edition of the " Puritan Hyme Book" printed at 
Cambridge, which was much in her hands. She read the news- 
papers, the Columbian Centinel^ which then appeared twice a 
month ; but common mundane literature she seldom touched. It 
was a part of my childish business to carry the drink to my venerable 
grandmother, twice a day, at 11 A. M. and 4 P. M., this was flip in 
cool weather, and in spring or summer was toddy or punchy the 
latter was, however, more commonly reserved for festive occasions. 

2. Next were my father and mother: grave, thoughtful, serious 
and industrious people. From an ancestry of five generations of his 
own name, who had died in New England, my father had inherited 
a strong and vigorous body ; in his youth there was but one man in 
town who could surpass him in physical strength and few who were 
his equal. He could endure cold and heat and abstinence from food 
and rest to a degree that would be thought impossible by men brought 
up in the effeminate ways, which so often are thought to be the 
curses of civilization. He was a skilful farmer, though as he lived 
not on his own land, but on the widow's thirds, he was debarred from 
making costly improvements in the way of buildings, fences and apple 
trees, which are long in returning profit to him that plants. But he 
yet contrived to have, perhaps, the best peach orchard in the County 
of Middlesex, to graft valuable kinds of fruit upon the old trees and 
to adopt nearly all the improvements in farming as they were tested 
and found valuable. He was also an ingenious mechanic ; his father 
and grandfather were mechanics as well as farmers and did all kinds 
of woi"k in wood, from building saw-mills, cider-mills, pumps, to 
making flax spinning-wheels and turning wooden bread bowls of 
maple stumps. He had religiously kept the tools of his father and 
grandfather, and like them continued to do all kinds of ordinary jobs ; 
indeed, both he and they were such mechanics as men must be in a 
new country, and should not be in one where industry is more elab- 
orate and able minded men are ready to turn their hands to anything. 
Mechanical talent was hereditary in the family for several genera- 


tions, and appeared in my remote relations, and even among women, 
on whose shoulders this mantle seldom falls. My father was a 
thoughtful man, turning his large and active brain and his industri- 
ous hand to the mechanical and agricultural work before him ; he 
was an originator of new and short ways of doing many things and 
made his head save his hands. In this respect his father and grand- 
father resembled him. 

His education — his schooling ended when the Revolution begun — 
was of course much neglected, but he was an uncommonly good 
arithmetician, often puzzling the schoolmasters with his original prob- 
lems. Works on political economy and the philosophy of legislation 
were favorites with him. He had learned algebra and geomehy, and 
was familiar with the use of logarithms. He read much on Sundays, 
in the long winter evenings, sometimes in the winter mornings before 
it was light and in the other intervals of toil. His favorite works 
were history — that of New England he was quite familiar with — 
biography and travels, but he delighted most of all in works of phil- 
osophy which give the rationale of the material of the human world ; 
of course he read much of the theology of his times, and the litera- 
ture of progressive minds found its way to the farmer's kitchen. He 
had no fondness for poetry. In his latter years his reading was 
chiefly of novels, not to instruct, but to amuse the old man, whose 
mortal life was all behind him. His fathers before him had been 
bookish men. 

My mother, a woman of slight form, flaxen hair, blue eyes and a 
singularly fresh and delicate complexion, more nervous than muscu- 
lar, had less education than my father. Her reading was confined 
mainly to the Bible, the hymn-book, stories of New England captives 
among the Indians, of which there were many in the neighborhood, 
some in manuscript and perhaps never printed. Ballads and other 
forms of poetry gave her a great delight. Of course the newspapers 
passed through her busy hands. My father often read aloud to her 
and the rest of the family in the long winter evenings, while her 
fingers were occupied with sewing or knitting, making or mending. 
She was industrious, as indeed were all the women of the neighbor- 
hood, but like them found opportunities, though too rare, for social 
enjoyment with them. Dinner was always at noon, and after that 
was over and its paraphernalia put in order, the household work 
was done, and a more comely dress took the place of the blue check 
of the morning. 

She was eminently a religious woman. I have known few in 
whom the religious instincts were so active and so profound, and who 
seemed to me to enjoy so completely the life of God in the soul of 


man. To her the Deity was an Omnipresent Father, filling every 
point of space with His beautiful and loving presence. She saw 
Him in the rainbow and in the drops of rain which helped compose 
it as they fell into the muddy ground to come up grass and trees, 
corn and flowers. She took a deep and still delight in silent prayer 
— of course it was chiefly the more spiritual part of the Old Testa- 
ment and New Testament that formed her favorite reading, the dark 
theology of the times seems not to have blackened her soul at all. 
She took great pains with the moral culture of her children — at least 
with mine. 

3. Come the brothers and sisters, nine in number, and one in 
infancy laid away in the grave. Some of these were much older 
than I and had gone to seek their fortunes in the various trades and 
callings of the time. There was still a houseful at home ; all of 
them but three had a decided fondness for literature ; they read all 
the good books they could lay their hands on, and copied the better 
parts. At school they were always among the best scholars. 

4. The uncles and aunts come next. On my father's side there 
were two uncles and twice as many aunts ; one of the former, a 
farmer not far off", a tall, grave man ; the other, a more restless char- 
acter, had served many years in the Revolutionary war ; he was in 
the battles of Saratoga and Yorktown, had failed in business, gone 
to South Carolina, and married a woman of some property in 
Charleston, where he then lived, the father of one son. Of the 
aunts, one was a maiden, an uncommonly intellectual woman ; 
another was a widow living in an adjoining town, while two were 
the wives of farmers, one living in Nova Scotia, the other in Water- 
town not far oft'. On the maternal side, there was one aunt, a 
strange, eccentric woman, and ten uncles, rejoicing in the names of 
Asahel, Jepthah, Noah, Ammi, Ishmael, Habakkuk and the like, 
which if not euphonious, are at least scriptural. They were farmers 
and laborers, some rich and some poor. 

Besides, the brothers and sisters of my grandmother still continued 
to live, though aged people. Other relations from the Parker side of 
the family dwelt in more remote towns who occasionally paid my 
father a visit, in special one very old and tall man, to whom he sur- 
rendered the head of the table and invited to say grace. 

5. The neighbors about us were farmers: a shoemaker lived a 
mile oft' on one side and a blacksmith within two miles on the other. 
These were generally, perhaps universally, honest, hard-working 
men : they went to meeting Sundays, morning and afternoon. 
"Their talk was of bullocks and they were diligent to give the kine 
fodder." In their houses, generally neat as good houswifery could 


make them, you would find the children's school-books, commonly a 
"singing book,'' Billings Collection, or some other, perhaps a hymn 
book, and always a good quarto Bible kept in the best room, some- 
times another Bible, inherited from some Puritanic ancestor, these 
with an almanack hung in the corner of the kitchen chimney made 
up the family library. Perhaps a weekly or semi-weekly newspaper 
was also taken and diligently read. Two families not far off were 
exceptions to this poverty of books. Yet now and then the life of 
some great thief, like Stephen Burroughs, or some pirate or high- 
way man, would show itself. In other parts of Lexington, "on the 
great road" in "the middle of the town," perhaps there was a better 
show of books. I only speak of my immediate neighborhood. 

From Birth till the age of Eight. 

On the 24th of August, 18 10, early on a hot, sweltering morning, 
I came into this world of joys and sorrows. It seems one of my 
sisters thought an eleventh child improbable, for she had finished 
the "Family Tree" with the tenth, five years older than myself. 
However, a place was soon found for the new comer, both in the 
needle-work and the hearts of the household. As the youngest child 
it may be supposed that I was treated with uncommon indulgence, 
and probably received a good deal more than a tenth pai"t of the 
affection distributed. I remember often to have heard neighbors say, 
"Why, Miss Parker, you 're spilin' your boy! He never can take 
care of himself when he grows up." To which she replied, "She 
hoped not," and kissed my flaxen curls anew. 

Among the earliest things I remember is the longing I used to feel 
to have the winter gone, and to see the great snow banks sometimes, 
when new-fallen, as high as the kitchen window, melt away in front 
of the house. I loved though to run in the snow barefoot and with 
only my night shirt on, for a few minutes at a time. When the 
snow was gone the peculiar smell of the ground seemed to me 
delicious. The first warm days of spring, which brought the blue 
birds to their northern home and tempted the bees to try short flights, 
in which they presently dropped on the straw my provident father 
had strewn for them over the snow about their hives, filled me with 
emotions of the deepest delight. In the winter I was limited to the 
kitchen, where I could build cob houses or form little bits of wood 
into fantastic shapes. Sometimes my father or one of my brothers 
would take me to the shop where he pursued his toilsome work, or 
to the barn, where the horse, the oxen and the cows were a perpetual 
pleasure. But when the snow was gone and the ground dry I had 
free range. I used to sit or lie on the ground in a dry and sheltered 


spot and watch the great yellow clouds of April that rolled their huge 
masses far above my head, filling my eye with their strange, fantastic, 
beautiful and ever changing forms and my mind with wonder at 
what they were and how they came there. 

But the winter itself was not without its in-door pleasure, even for 
a little fellow in brown, home-spun petticoats. The uncles and 
aunts came in the sleighs full of cousins, some of whom were of my 
own age, to pass a long afternoon and evening, not without abundant 
good cheer and a fire in "the other room," as the humble parlor was 
modestly called. They did not come without a great apple or a 
little bag of shagbarks, or some other tid-bit for Mrs. Parker's baby, 
for so the youngest was called after he ceased to merit the name. 
Nay, father and mother often returned these visits, and sometimes 
took the baby with them ; because the mother did not like to leave 
the darling at home, or perhaps she wished to show how stout and 
strong her eleventh child had come into the world. 

I must relate one example to show, as well as many more, the nice 
and delicate care she took of my moral culture. When a little boy 
in petticoats in my fourth year, one fine day in spring my father led 
me bv the hand to a distant part of the farm, but soon sent me home 
alone. On the way I had to pass a little "pond-hole," then spread- 
ing its waters wide : a rhodora in full bloom — a rare flower in my 
neighborhood and which grew only in that locality — attracted my 
attention and drew me to the spot. I saw a little spotted tortoise 
sunning himself in the shallow water at the root of the flaming 
shrub. I lifted the stick I had in my hand to strike the harmless 
reptile ; for though I had never killed any creature, yet I had seen 
other boys out of sport destroy birds, squirrels and the like, and I 
felt a disposition to follow their wicked example. ^But all at once 
something checked my little arm and a voice within me said, clear 
and loud, "It is wrong!" I held my uplifted arm in wonder at the 
new emotion — the consciousness of an involuntary but inward check 
upon my actions, — till the tortoise and the rhodora both vanished 
from my sight. I hastened home and told the tale to my mother and 
asked what was it that told me it was wrong. She wiped a tear 
from her eye with her apron, and taking me inj her arms, said, 
" Some men call it conscience, but I prefer to call it the voice of God 
in the soul of man. If you listen and obey it, then it will speak 
clearer and clearer and always guide you right. But if you turn a 
deaf ear or disobey, then it will fade out little by little and leave you 
all in the dark and without a guide. Your life depends on heeding 
this little voice." She went her way careful and troubled about many 
things, but doubtless pondered them in her motherly heart ; while I 


went off to wonder and think it over in my poor childish way. But 
I am sure no event in my life has made so deep and lasting an 
impression on me. 

Thus it closes, but not abruptly, with the incident which 
marked the opening of his religious consciousness, for the life 
itself flows naturally on, drawing in both experience and educa- 
tion to make the whole of his career an amplification of the 
story, as he set free and vindicated in himself and others, the 
Life of God in the Soul of Man. 


"Mrs. Lydia D. Parker, widow of Theodore, the eminent divine, 
died at her residence, 143 Chandler Street, Saturday evening. Mrs. 
Parker was a daughter of John Cabot and was born in Newton, 1814. 
Mrs. Parker was possessed of a tender and confiding nature, which 
coupled with her sympathetic and philanthropic spirit caused her to 
be dearly beloved by her large circle of friends and acquaintances. 
She was a prominent member of the Twenty-Eighth Congregational 
Society, which her husband founded and exercised a pastoral care 
for during his lifetime. She was very domestic in her habits and 
essayed but little in the literary line although she rendered her hus- 
band excellent service in the way of copyist and when his biography 
was compiled assisted the historian to a great extent in deciphering 
the manuscript of her husband, who was an indifferent penman. 

"Some 18 months since she met with a severe accident, being 
knocked down by a team in the street in which she lived, and since 
then was confined to the house nearly all the time. Her remains 
were interred at Mt. Auburn." 


William D. Bowditch of Brookline and Wendell Phillips were the 
executors of the will of the late Lydia D. Parker, widow of Rev. 
Theodore Parker. No bonds were required of them. The will is 
dated April 25, 1879. The chief public interest is in the first two 
sections of the will, which are as follows : 

" First. To the city of Boston I give all my books which I do not 
otherwise dispose of by memorandum herein disclosed, that they may 
be deposited for use in the Public Library of Boston with the other 


books which my late husband bequeathed to said library, upon the 
conditions affixed to his bequest. The study desk and table is also 
to be deposited at my death in the Public Library, also the marble 
bust of my late husband by Story ; and I do desire the same to be 
placed near the books bequeathed by him to the said library; also 
the crayon portrait of my late husband by Cheney ; also the one of 

"Second. To Franklin B. Sanborn of Concord, Mass., I give all 
the manuscripts, sermons and lectures, bequeathed to me by my late 
husband, all copyrights and extensions of copyrights that may be in 
my possession at my decease ; all note books, bound and unbound, 
all journals, letters and diaries, and the literary property generally, 
to do with as he shall see fit ; also the blocks of wood engravings in 
Weiss's Biography of Theodore Parker ; also the stereotype plates." 

In the remainder of her will a large number of bequests of small 
sums of money are made to her relatives and friends. To Juliette 
Frances Ridlar, a member of her family, she gave $10,000, her piano, 
silverware, including the large silver candlestick given her by her 
husband in 1853, and her personal wardrobe. To George C. Cabot, 
once her husband's ward, $7,000, to be held in trust for the benefit ot 
his children — also silverware and her husband's gold pencil case and 
pen. To Mary T. Drew, her esteemed friend, $5,500. To Miss 
Hannah E. Stevenson the large inkstand which for many years had 
stood on Mr. Parker's desk. To Emeline P. Oilman of Chelsea 
the silver cup given to Mr. Parker by his Watertown pupils in 
1834. All the residue of her household furniture, plate, engravings 
and pictures and all articles in her dwelling house, not specially 
bequeathed in her will she left to Sarah W. Jackson and Juliette 
Frances Ridlar, in trust, to give and distribute as she requested in a 
memorandum which was enclosed in her will. According to this, the 
furniture in the house, which came from Mrs. Parker's family, the 
Cabots, was all to be returned to her brother, who lived in Lawrence. 
The remaining articles, connected with herself and Mr. Parker, are 
most of them divided between her nephew, George C. Cabot of South 
Boston, and her adopted daughter, Mrs. Wardell of North Andover, 
formerly Miss Etta Ridlar. To her housekeeper, Mary Drew, who 
had lived with her about 30 years, she left a portion of the rest, and 
then distributed the articles which Theodore Parker mostly used and 
which were connected most closely with his daily life and studies, 
to Mrs. Robert E. Apthrop, Miss Hannah E. Stevenson, Miss Caro- 
line C. Thayer and sister. Miss Sarah Jackson and sister, Mrs. 
Willey and Miss Carew of Weymouth, Wendell Phillips and Miss 


Kate Johnson of Andover, sister of the Rev. Samuel Johnson. To 
Mrs. Ralph Waldo Emerson she left the very fine photograph of 
Mr. Emerson w^hlch always hung in Mr. Parker's parlor, and to Mr. 
John Brooks Parker, formerly treasurer of the Eastern Railroad, and 
nephew^ of her husband, she left the Parker family Bible. The 
residuary legatees were Juliette Frances Ridlar, who received half 
of the property, and the legal heirs of Theodore Parker. 


As arranged by Mm at about 1850. 

She died Jan. 

15, 1G90. 


iThomas Parker m. Amy 

born 1609 (epilapli 
in Reading grave- 
yard). Sailed from 
London, March 11, 
1635, adm. freeman 
1637, one of seven 
who founded the 1st 
Church at Reading 
abt. 1645 ; died Aug. 
12, 1683. 


SHANANiAn Parker m. (1) Elizabeth . 

of Reading, born 1638; (2) MaRY (BRIGHT) BURSHAM. 
died March 13, 1723H1. i siie was living in 1731. 


sCharles Stearns m. (1) Hannah 

Adm. freeman May 6, 


who d. in Watertown. 

(2) Rebecca Gibbon. 

June 22, 1654, dau. of John 
and Rebecca G. of Cam- 


6J0HN Stearns m. (1) Judith Lawrence. 


3JOHN Parker ui. Deliverance 

She died at Lexington, 
March 10, 1717-18. 

of Reading, b. 
Aug. 3, 1664. He 
moved from 
Reading to Lex- 
ington and died 
there Jan. 22, 


4Lt. Josiah Parkrr m. Hannah Stone 

o£ Lexington, born 
April 11,1694; m. Dec. 
■2S, 1718; died Oct. 8, 

Probablv the Han- 
nah S., Wat. Gen., 
p. 585. d. of Nath. 
S. and Hinck- 
ley, who was dau. 
of Gov. Hinckley. 


•iJoHN Parker m. Mary Moore. 

of Lexington, b. 
July 13, 1729; m. 
May 22, 1755. 

T. P.'smemo.of 
Lydia Moore. 


4JOHN Parker in. Hannah Stearns. 

of Lexington, b. 
Feb. 7, 1761; m. 
In Waltham, 
Feb. 17, 1785. 

seventh generation. 

1. Mary. 

2. John. 

3. Hannah. 

4. Lydia. 

5. Lydia. 

6. Rebecca. 

7. Isaac. 

8. Ruth. 

9. Hiram S. 

10. Emily Ann. 

11. Theodore. 

(Carpenter), b. in 
Cambridge, Jan. 
24, 1656; died in 
Lex. Feb. 22, 1722. 

(2) April 2, 1713, 

Mary Norcross. 

third generation. 
■-Benjamin Stearns m. Hepsibah Shattuck. 

bap. June 22, 1690; m. 
Sept. 6, 1721. 

b. 1687, widow of Nathan- 
iel Shattuck and dau. of 
John Hastings. She m. 
Shattuck April 14, 1714. 


''Benjamin Stearns ra. Hannah Segar 

Newton, b 

b. in Lexington, Dec. 
27, 172S; m. in Newton, 
Sept. 11, 1754. 







of -----, - 

Jan. 25, 1736, the 
10th and youngest 
child of Ebenezer 
and Ruth (Bur- 
rage) Segar. 







Hannah married John Parker. 



[Hepsibah (Hastings) (Shattuck) Stearns,^ John 
Hastings,^ Thomas H.i of Ipswich.] 

Benjamin Stearns of Lexington. See Genealo- 
gies and History of Watertown, p. 137. 

Hannah Segar. See Jackson's Hist, of Newton, p. 
404. Hannah.s Ebenezer,-* Job^ aud Mary, Henry^ 
and Mary (Bishop), Thomas Segari of Newbury. 

IT. P.'s MSS., p. 125., Gen.,524, note. T. P.'s MSS. 3 Wat. Gen., p. 524, note, 
'rims of Boston, p. 136-7. Gen. and History of Watertown, p. 558-9. * Wat. Gen., 524. 
i'Wat. Gen., 553. ' Wat. Gen., p. 558. 

Bridgeman's Pil- 
5Wat. Gen.,552. 



November: 6^ 1688: in Redding 

The bounds of Deacon Thomas Parkers 2°^ devision loot in the 
Comon Land to note the Hundred acres bounded on the sowe east 
Corner a white oack by Clarks and Samul Fitches slodg marked 
I P and sowtherly on hede of Loots Adam Calson Thomas Burnap 
John Eatton to a maple marked H P : I E I F so northerly to a maple 
marked H P I F N G and then Eastwarly to a maple In the swamp 
H P N G and so Eastwardly to a high black oack on a Rocky hill 
with a heap of stones about it marked H P N G ner onkl John Par- 
kers loot. 



Parker of Redding in y® County of Middlesex within her Maj''*» 
Province of the massachusets bay in Newingland Joyner Sendeth 
Greeting Know ye y' he y^ said John Parker for and in Consideration 
of a Valluabl sum of mony to him in hand paid at or before y" enseal 
ing & delivery of these pressents by Nathanil Parker of Redding Ju° 
cooper in y* county of middlesex above s*^ y* Resepth wherof y^ s*^ 
John Parker to his full Content & Satisfaction doth here by Acknol- 
edge and their of and of Evry part and parcill their of doth acquit 
Exonerate and discharge him y® s^ Nathanil Parker his Heirs Exec- 
utors and Administrators for ever by these piesents Hath given 
granted bargained sould aliened enfeoffed and confirmed and by these 
presents Doth fully frely clearly & absolutely give grant bargain sell 
alien Enfeofte and confirm unto him the said Nathanill Parker his 
heirs and Asigns for ever Eleven achors of Upland mor or lees Lying 
in y* bounds of Redding and is a second devison lot and y^ thirty Second 
lot & Lyeth ner Samuel Hitches sledg so caled y^ South East corner 
being a whit oack marked TP and HP and so southarly on y^ beds 
of y* Lots to a mapl tree marked TP and HP at y^ south west corner 
and so to a litle pitch pine on a Rocky knol at y'^ nor west corner and 
so norwarly by y® Land of Nathanil goodwin to a hep of stone about 
a black oak marked HP and TP on a Rocky knoull at y* nor east cor- 


ner which was Laid out to Decon Thomas Parker of Redding and 
now in y*^ posesion of John Parker above s^ Together with all y*^ 
profits privelidges Rights comodities appurtinances what so evr their 
unto be Longing or in any kind appertaining 

To Have and to Hold y*^ Eleven acors mor or less as above s^ 
with all other y^' a bove barganed premises unto him the s** Nathanill 
Parker Jun his heirs Assigns to his and their only proper use benifit 
and behoofe forevr &c y*^ s*^ John Parker for himselfe his heirs Exec- 
uttors and Adminstrators Doth hearby Covenant promis and grant 
to and with y*^ s*^ Nathanill Parker his heirs and asignes in manr 
following that is to say that att y'" time of y*^ ensealing and delivering 
of thes presents to the s*^ John Parker hath in himselfe full pouer 
good Right and Lawfull authority to grant bargain sell and convey 
and a dower y*^^ same as a for s*^ and that y*" said Nathanil Parker his 
heirs and asignes shall and may from hence forth and for evre her 
aftr by force and vertue of thes presents Lawfuly peacably and quieatly 
have hold use ocupie poses and injoy y*^ above granted premeses 
with their appurtinances and evry part their of with out y*^ lest denial 
interuption or Evacuation of him the s'' John Parker : or Deliver- 
ance his wife their heirs excutours Adminstratours or asignes or of 
any other persons whom so evr claming and having any Lawfull 
right their too or Intrest their in In Witness wher of the s"^ John 
Parker and Deliverance his wife in Testemony of heir free and vol- 
untary consent to this act and deed of her husband her unto set their 
hands and seals y*^ twenty sixt day of April Anno Dominie one 
thousand sevn hondred and five and in the ftburth year of the Rain 
of our souvraign Lady Queen Anne 

Sined sealed and Delivered /] O CO 

In the presents of us 


William Briant ' ^ -R 

WiLiAM Sawyer his x mark j io.(\ Cv, /n OJn e^ cl >~J^ P h. 

Middlss June 6 1705 

then John Parker pei^sonly apered 

befor mee the subskriber one of her 

majty Justises of the pece for the 

County afors*^ and acknoledged this Instrumnt 

to be his act and deed 

Jn Brewer 
Charles Towne July 10* 1708 Reced and accordingly 
Entened with the Registry of Deeds &c for midl'^ 
Lib 140 A=: pag 555 By Sam'''' Phipps Reg 

.P^n ^^i^ 



To ALL People to whom this present Deed of Sale shall Come 
Greeting, Now Know yee, that I John Cutler Jun"' : of Cambridge 
In the County of middlesex in the Province of the massachusetts 
Bay In New England husbandman for & in Consideration of one 
hundred and thirty pounds currant mony of New England to me 
in hand well & truly paid by John Parker Sen'' : of Redding in 
s*^ : County Joiner, the receipt whereof I do by these presents 
acknowledge unto my full satisfaction, & of & from every part & 
parcel thereof do fully absolutely and for ever acquitt & discharge 
him the s^ : John Parker, his heirs, exec'' : & assigns by these presents 
Have Given, granted, bargained, sold, aliened, enfeofled, & con- 
firmed, & do by these presents Give, grant, bargain, sell, aliene, 
enfeoff, Convey and Confirm unto him the s*^ : John Parker one certain 
messuage, or tenement lying & being situate In Cambridge aboves*^ : in 
the farm, containing one small mansion house, & about Sixty Acres 
of Land more or less and is bounded westerly by Lef® : Cutler from 
a black oak in the norwest corner to a black oak at a corner in 
Watertown Line, Southerly upon s*^ : Watertown Line Partly, & partly 
by s*^ : Cutler, southeast, & east upon Dan^ : White, & northerly parti}' 
by John Stone, & partly by Thomas Cutler ; to Have, and to Hold 
s** : Lands so bounded, or however otherwise bounded, or reputed to 
be bounded with all the fences, edifices, wood, water wayes, eas- 
ments, & emoluments whatsoever, with all other the Rights, Titles, 
priveledges & appurtenances to the same belonging unto him the s*^ : 
John Parker his heirs, exec° : & assigns and to his & their sole proper 
use benefitt, & behoofl:Tor ever. And I the s*^ : John Cutler do hereby 
Covenant promise & engage that before and untill the sealing & de- 
livery of these presents I am the sole and proper owner of the above 
granted premises with each of their appurtenances, and that I have 
in myself good right full power and Lawfull Authority to Convey the 
same as afores*^ : and that the same are free & clear acquitted and dis- 
charged of & from all other and former Gifts, Grants, bargains, Sales 
Leases, Mortgages, Thirds, Intails, & Incumbrances whatsoever, and 
that it shall & may be Lawfull for him thes*^ : John Parker his heirs, 
exec" : & assigns from time to time & at all times for ever hereafter 
to Have, hold, use, Improve, occupy, possess & enjoy the same, 
peacably & Quietly without the Lawfull Lett, Suitt, denial, or dis- 
turbance, contradiction, or expulsion of me the s** : John Cutler, my 
heirs, exec''^ : or assigns, or any other person or persons by from or 
under me or my procurement. And the Sale hereof as aboves*^ : I 
will for ever warrant save harmless & defend from all manner of 


persons makeing any Lawfull claim thereunto, and will make per- 
form, and execute all such other & further Act, & Acts, thing & 
things, Device & devises as is in Law or Equity can be devised, ad- 
vised, or required for the Confirmation hereof according to the Laws 
& Customs of this Province. In wittness whereof I the s*^ : John 
Cutler with Hannah my now married wife have hereunto putt our 
hands & seals this third day of June, Anno Dom' : one thousand 
seven hundred & twelve. In the eleventh year of her Maj*' : Reign. 

Signed, Sealed, & delivered 
In presence of JOHN CUTLER Jun^ [seal.] 

John Mason. his -f" mark 

Thomas Cutler. HANAH CUTLER [seal.] 

her -f- mai^k 

Midle''' ss Redding y^ 25 June 171 2 John Cutler jun"" personally, 
appeared before me y^ subscriber one of her Majesties Justices of y* 
Peace for s*^ County & acknowledged this above written instrument 
to be his voluntarie act & deed. Jno. Prescot. 

Charlestown : July: 5*: 171 2: Reced and accordingly entered 
w^ ye Records of Deeds &c for Middlesex: Lib: 16*^, pag" 
104 — 105. By Sam^' Phipps, Reg^. 


To ALL People to whom these presents Shall Come Greeting, 
Know yee, that I John Parker of Lexington in y^ County of middle- 
sex in y* Province of y^ Massachusets bay In New England Joiner, 
for & in Consideration of Six hundred pounds In good bills of Credtt : 
of y^ Province aforesd : to me in hand well and truly paid by Joseph 
Brooks of Weston in y* County aforesd : husbandman, the receipt 
whereof I do by these presents Acknowledge unto my full satisfac- 
tion, & of & from every part and parcel thereof do fully absolutely 
& for ever Acquitt, and discharge y^ s*^ : Joseph Brooks his heirs, 
Exec : Adminr : by these presents. Have Given, granted bargained, 
sold, aliened, enfeoffed & Confirmed, & do by these presents Give, 
grant bargain, sell, aliene, enfeoff'. Convey, & Confirm to him y^ s** : 
Joseph Brooks one certain messuage or tenement lying in Lexington 
aforesaid Containing one mansion house, one barn, two outhouses, & 
one hundred Acres of Land more or Less, bounded Westerly by Ben- 
jamin Cutler, from a stake and stones strait to y° corner of y*^ wall 
that divides between John & Josiah Parker, that is to say up to y^ 
westerly end of y^ wall as far as tis now built. Southerly by John 
& Josiah Parker by y'^ s*^ : wall & by a maple to y* Ditch in Palfrys 
meadow, & so as the ditch runs to Daniel Whites Land. Easterly & 


Northerly by Daniel White. Southerly by y' ditch of andrew Par- 
kers meadow, & so round as y*^ trees are marked & partly by y^ same, 
to a stake & stones, next to Daniel Whites Land, and so directly to 
y® mark tree between Daniel White, John Stone and Matthew 
Bridge. North East by Matthew Bridge to a walnut marked, so to a 
red oak marked : which is Palfrys corner. Northerly by Palfry to a 
walnutt mark'. North East by Palfry to a black oak & so to Andrew 
Parkers wall ; then tis bounded by Andrew Parker as y*^ fence stands 
that divided between him & his father to Joseph Stones Land, then 
Northerly by Joseph Stone as y^ fence stands to Benj"^ : Cutlers Cor- 
ner, TO Have and to Hold s*^ : messuage with all y^ buildings, 
fences, profitts, priveledges, & Conveniences to y® same belonging 
unto him y* s*^ : Joseph Brooks his heirs Exec : & Adminrs : and to 
his & their sole proper use, benefitt and behoofF for ever. And I the 
sd : John Parker do hereby Covenant & engage that at y® executing of 
these presents, I am the sole & proper owner of y* above granted 
premises, and that y* same are free & clear Acquitted & discharged 
of & from all other & former gifts, grants, bargains, sales, Leases 
mortgages Thirds Intails, & Incumbrances whatsoever, excepting a 
way reserved thro y* premises for Josiah Parker his heirs & assigns 
to Lexington meeting house thro Gates or bars, & Liberty for An- 
drew Parker to Fetch hay from his meadow thro y^ premises. And 
the said John Parker doth grant to y* sd : Joseph Brooks his heirs & 
Assigns a bridle way which he hath reserved thro Andrew Parkers 
Land to meeting, and a way or passage thro s*^ : John Parkers Land 
to Watertown. and the sale hereof as aboves*^ : I will for ever War- 
rant and defend from all manner of persons makeing any Lawfull 
Claim thereunto, free & clearly to Hold use Improve, occupy, pos- 
sess & enjoy y^ same peacably & quietly without the Lawfull Lett, 
Suitts, denial or contradiction of me y* s*^ : John Parker my heirs or 
assigns, or any other person or persons by from or under me or my 
procurement, and will make perform & execute all such other & 
further Act, & Acts for y° Confirmation hereof to y® said Joseph 
Brooks his heirs or Assigns as by his & their Council learned in y* 
Law shall be devised, advised, or required. In Wittness whereof I 
the s*^ : John Parker with Sarah my wife have hereunto putt our 
hands, & seals this twenty seventh day of March Anno Dom' : one 
thousand, seven hundred & twenty five in y'' eleventh year of his 
Maj'" : Reign. 

Signed sealed, & delivd : JOHN PARKER 

In presence of 

John Hancock 

Ebenezr Hancock 



^ttottj an itf « i»a mm gtmnt^ f i john parker of Fram- 

ingham in y® County of Midd^ in y*^ Province of y^ Massachu' : Bay 
in New England Yeoman am holden & firmly Bound & obliged unto 
John Parker of Lexington in y^ County above s*^ turner in y* Penal 
sum of thirty Pounds Currunt mony of New England to y* which 
Payment well & truly to Be made & Don unto him y" s*^ John Parker 
his heirs Execrs : Admrs : asigns or Lawfull Attorny I Binde my- 
self my heirs Execrs Admrs : firmly by these Presents Sealed with 
my seal this second Day of march anno Dom one thousand Seven 
hundred & thirty seven Eight & in y^ Eleventh Year of his majesties 

The Condition of this above written Obligation is such that if y® 
above Bounden John Parker his heirs Execrs Admrs : or Assigns 
Shall well & truly Pay or Cans to be Paid unto him y* s*^ John 
Parker his heirs Execrs Admrs : asigns or Lawfull Attorny y^ full & 
Just Sum of fifteen Pounds Currnt mony of New England or Good 
Bills of Creddet on y* Province above s*^ of y^ old tenour at on or Be- 
fore y^ twenty fift Day of Desember next Lisuing y^ Date hereof & 
that without fraud or furder Delay then this obligation to Be void and 
of none Efect But Else to Remain in full force Power and Vertue. 

Signed Sealed & Delivered 
in Presents of us 

^crfiQiA J(MJet ^ J^ofm. jOi/yxe/r 

Mary Parker 


Know all men By these Presents that we John Parker and Andrew 
Parker Do fully & fi^eely Consent and agree that Josiah & John 
Parker, ju : or their heirs or assigns shall have full Right and Law- 
jull authority to take Emproove & Injoy for Ever all y^ Moovable 
Estate Belonging to John Parker my Hon*'''^ : father of what kind or 
nature soever it may be and we Likewise Promise that we will not 
either Directly nor in Directly keep or Conseal any thing or things 
that shall or may at any time appear to be y^ s*^ : John Parkers 
movable Estate upon Penalty of Paying all Damage' : that may arise 
by our withholding any of y* Goods of y^ nature above s*^ 

Except all such movebles as are needed for house keeping which 
at y* Deacese of our Hon^''^ : Parents : John Parker & Sary his wife 


are to be Eaqualy Divided Between Andrew : Josiah & John Parker 
or their heirs 

As Witness our Hands and Seals this fourth Day of January 
David Mead JOHN PARKER [seal.] 

Jabez Kendall ANDREW PARKER [seal.] 

[The following is the copy of a Royal decree issued to Capt. 
John Parker of Lexington. It was one of the Stamp Act 
documents so unwelcome to the unrepresented colonists. It is 
preserved at Lexington.] 


Province of 

[royal seal.] 

The Honorable HARRISON GRAY, Efq; 

Treasurer and Receiver-General for His Majeftj faid Province. 
To JOHN PARKER, Conf table or Colleaor of Lexington, 

Greeting, &c. 
D T Virtue of an A61 of the Great and Ge^teral Court or A^embly 
of the faid Province, begun and held at Bofton, on Wednefday 
the Twenty-feventh Day oflAdiy, 1767, in the Seventh Tear of 
His Majefty's Reign, entitled. An A61 for apportioning and 
affeffing the Sum of Porty Thoufand Pounds, &c. 

^HESE are in His Majeftfs Name to will and require you to 
collect all and every the Sums of Money mentioned in the Lift 
or Lifts of the Tax or Affefsment of your Town, Biftria, 
Parifh or other Place, inade by the Afefors or Seledi?nen of 
the faid Town, Biftrid, Parifh or other Place, and comtnitted 
to you to collect : Amounting in the whole to the Sum of 

Seventy Eight founds nineteen shillgs & 10 ^j ^ 

In Manner following: That is to fay. To colled the whole of 
each refpediive Sum affeffed on each particular Perfon, fet down in 


the faid Lift or Lifts, fo that you duly pay in the Sum-Total of the 
faid Lift or Lifts unto, and make up and iftue your Accompt of the 
Whole thereof with Myfelf, His Majefty's Treafurer and Receiver- 
General of His Revenue within this Province, my Deputy or Deputies, 
or Succeftbrs in the faid Office, at or before the Thirtieth Day of March 
next, which will be in the Year of our Lord One thoufand feven 
hundred and fixty-eight. And in Cafe any Perfon or Perfons shall 
refufe or neglect to pay the feveral Sum or Sums, whereat he or they 
are fet at in the faid Aftefsment, and to pay the fame upon demand 
made, it shall and may be lawful for you, and you are hereby author- 
ifed and required for Non-payment, to deftrein the Perfon or Perfons 
fo refufing or neglecting, by his or their Goods or Cha