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BORN. JANUARY 8th. 1818. 
DIED. MARCH 12Lh. 1855. 

C'ontriliiited by hi?; snn, 

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Contributed by liis son, W. Tunr.\'r>>x P.vkkki:. ^^. D., Xowjxnt, R. I. 

William TnoitNTox Pauker avus the son of Dr. IJenja- 
miii Parker. IIo. graduated at Dartimnitli. in 1S88; studied 
luediciiie with Dr. A. L. i*iei'soii. ot" Salem, and received 
liis medical degree at Harvard, LS-tl. Soon after receiving- 
Ins medical degree. Dr. Parker .settled in Sontli Postmi where 
lie estahlislied himself in an excellent practice and made; fi»v 
liimself an hon()ral)le re[)Utati(>n as a skilful pliysieian and 
surgeon and a devout and consistent Chuivhman. He 
was a man of great ahilitv. hoth in liis profession and 
in art — his anatomical atlas being a w(»rk of remark- 
able l)eauty ami })rofessional accuracy. He married 
Miss Clementina Morse, daughter of Hon. Elijah Morse, ot 
Boston, and granddaughter of William Jackson. Esq.. M. D.. 
of ]xtn(h>n, England, son of William Jacksrtn. one of the 
Aldermen of London. The marriage took place at 'I'rinily 
Churclu Poston. January 8th, 1S4'), Rev. Jose^jh Clinch 
orticiatiniJ-. He died at Jamaiin Plain. ^lass., March I'ith, 
IS')'), at^ed oT veai's. (See New l'hi<r. Cen. Kcjister, Jul\. 
1S87— p. •2<;:-{ et seq.) 

Dr. Parker's genealogy can he traced as follow >: His tir>t 
ancestor in .America was Abraham Paiker, who early st-ttleil 
in Woburn. .Mass.. being taxed there Sejiiember Stli. lt)4o. 
the fust tax [tiyer in the cmuitry on re ord. He wa > m nle 
frei'nian the same vear. He nciriied Xo\eniber Ixh. PJU. 



Mis-< Ivose Whitlork. 1>y wlioin lie liul the followiiii^' eliil- 
1. Aim, l)oi-n (>i't(>l)oi- 20, 1045.. 
'2. JdIiii, l)oni ()iii)1)er oO. 1<)4T. 
8. .M)rnliain. boni Xovemlier •'^. lti-")0: died 1(*")1. 
4. A1)ialiam. Ixnu Aiio-ust, lt!o2. 
.'). Marv, hoin Xovoinher 20, lOoo. 


Isaac, ItMiu SfjittMiilx'i- l->. lt!()0, 

Kli/.a. l)oiu A [nil li>. It'iiio. 

V-^'^?" ( Ix'iii :\Iarcli 24. \iW.K 
.)ae<)l>. \ 

Mr. Parker died Au-'ust 12. IdSK. 

Mrs. Parker .lied Xoveinber lo. PIOl. 

Abraham, son of the above, married Julv loth. l<tS2. Miss 
Martha Livermore. and removed to Chelmsford. Mass.. and 
later to iiradford where, on the lUth of Februarv. 17fi2, he 
was received into the Church, with Martha his wife. b\' let- 
ters of admission from the Church at ( helmsford. 

His children were 

1. Al)raham. 




• I. 


The followiuLi^ account of the familv of Abraham Parker 
will be found in \'ol. X\'I. of X'. K. (Jen. Pe^•ister. p. 41 ct 

.Vbraham Parker was the first of the family in this coun- 
try, ()f the date and locality of his birth there is no known 
evidence, but it is [(resumed that he came from W'ilk^hirc in 
Kui^dand. He first settled in Wobnrn. where he married 
Miss Uose Whitlock, Xovend)er iSth, l»i44. Was adinittcd 
freeman in.l»)4.') and removed to Clielmsford. [)robablv n[>on 
its iiieor[)oration in lt)."):^>. with his brothers Jacob. ,Iames a.nd 
•J<)se[>h, a fifth brother John liavinLj settled about the same 
time at Shawsheeii. now Andover. 'Idie homestead (»f Al)ra- 
ham Parker was set off to him Se[)tend*er 2'.'. P;tl2. and coai- 
[M)sed 24 acres near the middle of the town. He hel<Ise\ cial 
minor otfiees in the town, ami hi>> name a[t!»ears freunenily 

<;KNKAI.n(;v ( U" WILLIAM TJI. »|; Nrox I'A); ivF.l;. o 

jis a inomlKT of ^i^•i(>lls (.•nnimittees for tDwa purposes. Ii\' 
<lie(l at Clielin^fonl August \'2. Ms.'), His will, dateil six 
(lavs j.revioiis. Is on tilt- on Sutl'olk l^n.hate Jicc-ords. and was 
proved three years later I. e fore Sir Edmund Andros. His 
widow died Nov. oO, ICiil. Her will is on Hie on Middlesex 
I'robate Records. His children were luptize'l hv the Uev. 
.J. Fiske. Almihani. .h\. inarried ^Martha, daucrhter of John 
Liverniore, of ^\'at•'rtown. .Julv lo. \{\S± His • dauirliter 
Mary married li.-r eousin James, son of C'apt. James Parker. 
He was killed in firoton hy tlie Indians. Julv 27. Itim. 
Moses Parker. i)rother of Ahraham. Jr.. nr.irrieil Aliic^ail 
Hildreth. His son. Joseph I'arker. wa> Lieutenant in a snow 
sli(^e company formed 1724. to operate against the Indians. 
His son. Lt. Colonel Mo-^es Parker, was wounded at Hunker 
Hill and died a prisoner in I'oston. Julv 4. 177"). as^ed 4-> 

Ahel Parker was also at IJunkei- Hill and was severelv 
wounded in the ti.ohf. .Mareh 14. 1778. was made Ensi^-n in 
the (.'ontinental Army, ami ().-toh,'r. 1770. Lieutenant in the 
same; lS()2. Jud^e of Probate. CSeo '( 'ollections of the \. 
H. Soe.. V(.l. HL. [.. 2o8. ) 

These facts are contributed by Hon. Francis J. Parker, of 

Abraham Parker. Ji'.. was admitted into the Chun-h 
A[.rd 2:5. 17KL He with his wife. Elizabeth Brad- 
.street, were of the one hundred and one mem]>ers dismissed 
from the mother (dnirch to form its first colon v. The East 
I'recinct in Bradford, now the Church in Ciroveland. was in- 
cori)orated June 17. 172t!. 

His son. Bradstreet Parker, born July 2:], 1720. married 
about 174!t-.')(( Miss Rebecca Balch. daui^diter of the <listin- ' 
guished Rev. Dr. P)alcli. who was once ofTered tlie Piesi.lencv 
of Harvard Colle.ire. P^ebecca P.ahdi I'arker was l)orn 
Au.«rnst '.♦. 172'.t. and died May ♦;. 171M). Bradstreet Paikcr 
<lied A[)ril S. Isu',). Th.-ir children were: — 
1. Pjenjamin. born 17.")1. ilie<! 17o2. 

tl Cr.NKAI.ncV oi- >\rLLlAM fHoKNToN rAKKKi;. 

'2. Most's. 1)(>ni lT.')i). (lied \X'-\~. 

f>. Ilaiinali. Ixmii 1 7.*)7. dit'd ITn^). 

4. Ut'ujainiii, In. in IT.V.i. died IS4-"). 

."). Al>io-ail, l)(>ni ITtlo. difd lS'24. 

• >. Xatlian. Ixnn IT")-*), died 

7. Mary, honi 17t'>7. died 

8. r>radstreet. Iwuii 1770. died! 7'.is. 
1>. William liradstreet. l)(>ni 1772. 

10. Elizabeth, born 177-"). 

Tlin^ugh the mania;4'e of Abralriin Parker to !Miss Kliza- 
heth Bradstreet. the Parkers were related to the P>radstreet 
family, and by the luarriaov of liradstreet Parker to Miss 
P»aleh, to the family of ]^)alelis. 

The deseendents of Abraham Parker have made honorable 
reeords in tlie' military and eivil history of Xew Pn^-land an<l 
indeed their names are to be found in positions of honor 
north and south, east and west. 

IJenjamin Parker. A. .M.. .M. I), was born in tlie ol;! Par- 
ker homestead in P.radford. .Mass. This old house was l.uilt 
by his grandfatlier, A])raham Parker. Jr.. and is still 
.standino; and in the [)ossessh>n of the Parker famih . 
Dr. P>enianiin Parker was educated at Dummer At-ad- 
emy. then one of the most fam.>us scdiools in New luu^-- 
land. He was prepare<l for (•olleL,'-e bv ^bister .Moodv. a \e:'v 
eminent teaeher. He completed hi'- educatio!! at the I'lii- 
ver.sities of Harvard and Dartmouth. Soon after i^raduatir.L,'- 
in medicine he removed to \'iri,dnia. where he ac(|uired a 
bierative pnictiee. considerable [tropertv and a most lionora- 
ble reeonL Dr. Penjamin I'arker marrie<l for hi.> lir.^t wife 
jf .Mi-s. lirown. of \'iriL(inia. who died soon after the birth of 
her Hrst child. .Maria Parker. This (hiuirhter married (iov- 
ernor Dimand. of Rhode Island. For his second wife iie 
married Miss Hannah Moultou. of Athcnson. X. !{.. Srptem- 
b.-i- 2:5, Isp;. l)v. Pcnj.imin Park^-r was a manofLrreat al)ilit\- 
and intluence and of rfuuiiiaiidinLr [iresence. a frieiid of I):-. 
Henjauiin Push and of the Pa!idolph> of X'irLfinia. and was 
at one time thoui,dit of as a possilih- candidate for Picsident 


of the rnitt'(l Status. C)f tiu- Paikor faiiuly, 1 )i-. ('«'L:<\vtll. 
of liradfonl. has sahh -'I'hcv all had ahuiulaiu-t' and ilirif 
was not a poor one among- them. Dr. Uenjamin Paik.-r 
married well and \ always a marked individuak a perfi'ct 
j:^entleman of the ohl school, a faithful and honoraole plivsi- 
fiau and a sincere anil devout Christian. The arms uf thf 
Parker family have been carefully [)reserved. The crest is a 
leopard's head, guardant. erased at the neck: or. ducallv 
Ijorged: ga. Arm;: ga. A clievroa i>et\veen three leoiiar(K" 
heads; oi-. Supporters; two leo^iards' regardant l'[»r-: culIi 
Sforged with a ducal coronet: gu. The motto is Dare to he 
Just. 'Jdie same amis and motto are now held l>y Sir Tliomas 
Parker, Earl of [Macch-stield. 1-higland. ( )f Dr. A\'. Thornton 
Parker, his son. the following notices from the Uoston Medi- 
cal Journal of March 22. 1S.>"). are slight tokens of his worth. 
They Avere written hy his friend and classmate, ^^'m. \\'al- 
lace ^[orland, A. M., M. D.. of iJoston. Mass. 

P>y the death of Dr. Parker. Ixith the Profession and the 
community have su.>tained a real loss. To eminent profes- 
.^ional ahilities he ad<led that sound judgment, highly honor- 
ahie feeling and excee<ling kindness of heart, which. unitecL 
coiLstitute the trulv -'jood pln/sician." From early and in- 
timate a.qnaintance with him we feel that we can speak witii 
coatidence of his attainments, his exertions for usefiilne-->. 
his (qualities of heait and mind. For many yeai-s "we ha\t.- 
hjeii friend-; together." and the sadness which the departur*- 
of a valued associate hrings with it is mingled with an unu>- 
iial amount of very grateful and [)lt-asant reminiscen<e. 
Active and industrifuis in hLs liahits. Dr. I^irker estaldisli-d 
an extensive [»rdctice for himself, in South Potson. ininudi- 
ately after taking his medic:il degree. There are many in 
that [xtrtion of our citv who can testifv to his untlinciiin:.; 
integrity, his entire devotion to the intere>t>of tho.-.- cntni.-t- 
ed to his medical care, hi- acute discrimin.ition ot di>fa-<'. 
a!id liis f lithfuluess. tf) the very last of his caieer a> a [liac- 
titi(»ner. To this trait, indeed, is nuicii of his ill hralth. 
litterlv. ai<-ril>,'d. ()verwi»rk did a vast deal towaid- dcvil- 

S cF.xr.ALocY OK \\'ii.r,iA>r tiiokntox I'Ai;i<i:i;. 

oniiiL'- u\c ^lt)\v l)iit sure dist-.i-it' ofwhirli lie ditMl. l'ii\\illii:<>- 
to yield, he stniofLj"led on. visitin<j his patients contiuuonslv. 
often leavinjjf hi-^ hed for several sneeessive nig-hts. when ill 
ahle so to do. C'oni|)elled at la-;t to (|uit an exeellent [)rae- 
tiee ajid to resio-n the home comforts his indnstrv had oath- 
ered. lie sought health Ix^th in Cuba and hy a resideiiee of 
some UK^nths in EnroiH-. hut ^\■ithout avail, ^\'itll a stronir 
will and a large share <if got^l spirits whieh onee animated 
him. he toiled aluK^st to the la>t day of his life, to su[i[)lv 
the failure of the means foririerly afforded hy his professional 
exerti(^ns. Oeeupation was his life. He never seemed un- 
liapjn- when emplovt'd. Pleasantly retired in a ])eautifid 
iieighhoring town, he wrought ^vith pen and })eneil. amid 
mueh physical trial. Itut surrounded with warm friends and 
delightful inriuenees. To most of his medii'al l)i-ethren here. 
his skill as an artist is well known, ^^'e do not know, in thf 
ranks of the [)rofes-;ion. anyone whn at all approached him in 
tlie art of delineation and design. In pen-drawing he wa-; an 
adept; in c(»h)ring. his hand wa- unrivalle<l. We have seen 
liis copies from the nnxst splendid anatomical plates, whic-li 
we literally prefer to the original. In sket(diing. as well as 
in copying, he was [leculiarly felicitous. ( )ne of the most 
touching circuuLstances connected with our remarks upon 
this accom[)lishment. is the fact that the f<isf work done 1»\ 
his liand was executed for the writer of this slight trihute to 
worth. These (h~a wings, finished only a few days hefi-rc \n> 
death, have a value that can attaeh to such works alone. He 
who could so use the pencil might tind in it almost a support. 
\>y a medical man. espeiially in these days of minute inves- 
tigation, the talent cannot he t(»o highly e.-;timated. 

Constantly occu[)ie<l through the past winter, andeiijoviii'^'- 
much of that social comfort whitdi w.i-; ever gi-ateful to him. 
he has at last gently passed from earth, solaced ])\ the conso- 
lations and hopes of religion. \'iolciit hemorrhage from the 
lungs was the final agent in tiie gradual process of dissolu- 
tion. A first and coni[)aratively slight attack, a fortnight 
since, when ahle to h.- aliout hi> house, was suc-cee<le(l l)\pio- 



fusf hlcftliuL;- shortly after. lie slnwly sank, and after a 
restless nio'lit ou Sunday, lltli inst.. went into a (piiet sleep 
on Monday niornint;-. from wliieli he awoke in "tlie hetter 
land." . ^ 

At a meeting" of the I'oston Society for Medical Tni[)rove- 
mt'Ut. Monday evening-. I'Jth iiist.. Dr. Storer referred to the 
deeease <^f Dr. I'arker. and offered the following- resolution: — 

"liesoli'eJ — That this Soi-iety has heard with re^'ret of the 
deeease of their late associate William 'J\ I'arker. ^I. I)., 
wlio had endeared himself to many of his medical hrethreii 
hy his luLrh-miiided. lionorahle eon<luet. and to a lar^'e eirtde 
of friends hy his uinforndy kind and faithful devotion to the 
duties of his eallinij". until compelled hv dcclinin<j- health to 
relin(|uish tlicm."" 

Voted, 'I'hat the Secretary transmit to his widow this ex- 
pression of our ret^'ret for liis memory, with our deepest 
sympathy for hei' loss. 

The foUowiuLT appreciative notice of Dr. Parker is taken 
from \'ol. rX, Medical ( 'ommunications of the .Mass. Mcdicad 
Society for IS.").'). 

He had imjiroved well his opjxirtunitifs for studv; and 
hy gentlemanly manners, constant industry, and with tlie air 
and resolve of one who knew lie should succeed, lie ver\' 
soon acquired an extensive practice in South lioston. where 
he chose his residence. It was a location wliere. at that 
time, a vast deal of lal)or had to InMlone for a comparatively 
small remuneration. I>ut he was none the less ready and 
faithful for all that: and. when overwork Ijeijan to under, 
mine his health, he could not in season [)ersuade himself ti> 
deny anyone, to favor liimself. ('om[»elled at last to relin- 
(juish a practice alreaitv lucrative, and to resii^u the honu' 
comforts liis industry had L;athered. lie repaired to ( 'uija and 
afterwai'ds to Italy, without anv henetit: and then stdmiit- 
ted to his fate*. Ife retired to the heautiful vilhiLje of 
Januiica Plain. There, amid much phv>ii-al sufferiiiiif, and 
surrounded hy warm friends and (hdit^ditful influences. :\ ith 
cheerfulness anrl determination lie toiled almost to the Li--t 

lU (iKNKALoCV Ml-; WILLIAM Tl It ti;Xl( »X I'AK-KKL'. 

(l;iy of Ills lifi'. to su])|ily. iii sonu' iii'Msurc. x\iv means fm- 
merly deriviMl tVoiu exoitioiis. as well a> to 
matifv liis iiil)rtMl thirst for orcui)atii>ii. He iievt-r seeiiuMl 
unha[>[»y wlu'ii t'in[»loye(l. IIa[)pily he had uiieouinion skill, 
both witli the pen and })eneiL Ilis aeenrate and liighlv-liii- 
islied anatomical di;u\"inq-s are well known to most })hvsi( ians 
in the viiinity of Pxistun. Indeed, he had a eritieal ap})reeia- 
tioil of art, as well as nice, praetieal skill; and his comments 
on the works of the great masters whicit he s^aw at Floi-tJitee, 
show him to have been a true eonnoiseiir. I>v o-reat ])ru- 
dence, l>y the eheerinijc sympathies of friends, and the 
sustaining intluenees of profound religious hi^pe, his life was 
prolonged mueh heyond his own expectation: but at last 
profuse hemorrhage sitddenly laid him low: and he died 
Mari'h 12, ISoo, aged thirty-seven years. 


•'For all the Saints who from their labors rest, 
Who Tliee by faitli befoie the world confessM. 
Thy Xame, O .lesu, l>e forever bless'd. 

Alleluia I'