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Subject: Joseph Parker not? son of Capt. James Parker - proofs by Dr. S. A. Green
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2005 21:41:45 EDT
Joseph PARKER not? a son of Capt. James...proofs by Dr. S. A. Green
(my note: author refers to p. 421 of Caleb Butler's Hist. of Groton for
Joseph Parker brother to Capt. James Parker but on that same page it has the
children of Capt. James Parker and one is named Joseph Parker)? Janice
Dr. Samuel A. Green found Court ducuments as follows:
Subject: The PARKER Family
Source: Groton Historical Series by Dr. Samuel Abbott Green 1893.
John Parker was the eldest son of Captain James Parker and Elizabeth
(Long) Parker, of Groton, who had previously lived at Woburn, where the
son was born on January 18, 1649, according to the Woburn printed
records (Part I page 188); though Mr. Butler in his History (p.421)
gives February 28, 1649, as the date of birth.
A simple allusion to one of the same name is found in Mr. Savage's
Genealogical Dictionary, thus: John Parker, Malden, freeman, 1678;
but the following extract from the Middlesex County Court Records,
under date of June 17, 1679, shows clearly that Capt. Parker's son
and the freeman were one and the same person:
"Capt James Parker doth acknowledge himselfe to stand bound in 90 pounds
sterling by him to be payd to ye Trer (treasurer) of the Coun. (County)
On condiccon yt (that) he will truly adm'r ye estate of John Parker his
sonne lately dec'ed at Mauldon & respond ye same to ye order of ye
Coun (County) Court - an Inventory whereof he p'sented in Court on oath
Administration on the estate was granted to Captain Parker on April 7,
1679, so that the son died before that date, at which time his abode
was given as Chelmsford, where he had lived while the town of Groton
was abandoned after its destruction by the Indians.
In the records (IV.41 of the County Court, begun on June 20, 1682,
and held at Charlestown, it is entered:
"Capt James Parker is allowed clark (clerk) of the writts for the Town
Joseph Parker, of Chelmsford, mentioned in the following petition, was
a brother of Captain James Parker of Groton, in which town he was a
large landowner as well as in Chelmsford and Dunstable. He "was the
ancestor of the most numerous branches of the Parker families in Groton
and its vicinity," says Lemuel Shattuck in his "Memorials of the
Descendants of William Shattuck" (p.375). See "Collections of the New-
Hampshire Historical Society" (III.97) for a copy of the letter, giv-
ing an account of the attack made on Parker and one of his sons by
the Indians, early in the morning of February 15, 1675/6, when they
were returning from Nonacoicus. The affair took place only a short
time before Groton was assaulted and burned. He died in the year
1690, leaving a large property. His eldest son, Joseph Parker, the
administrator of the estate, died at Groton about the year 1725. By
two wives, Joseph Parker had seven children, having been born on
December 3, 1691.
"A Petition of Benjamin Parker of Groton, in the County of Middlesex
shewing That about Forty Years ago Joseph Parker of Chelmsford, and
Grandfather to the Petitioner died Intestate, and Letters of Administration
were committed to Joseph his eldest Son, and no Settle-
ment has been yet made on the said Intestates Estate, praying that
Administration may be now granted to one or more of the Heirs of the
said Intestate. Read, and the Question was put, Whether the Prayer
of the Petition shall be granted?"
It passed in the Negative.
Journal of the House of Representatives (pages 137, 138), December 2,
JOSEPH PARKER, JR.
The following petition is found among the Massachusetts Archives (XLV.
341,342), and from a genealogical point of view has some value. The
statements therein made are without doubt trustworthy, and will go far
toward clearing up the confused record in the early history of the
Joseph Parker, who signs this petition, was a son of Joseph Parker,
and the father of Benjamin (Parker) who presented the one to the
General Court on December 2, 1729, as just previously mentioned. The
paper shows that Joseph Parker's first wife was Elizabeth, the young-
est daughter of Richard and Isabel Blood.
"To his Excellency Joseph Dudley Esq, Gov. in Chief over her Majesties
Province of ye Massachusetts Bay in New England & Hon'ble Councill &
Representatives assembled In General Court. ye 5th Sep't 1705.
The Humble Petition of Joseph Parker of Grotton is as Followeth:
"May it please yo'r Hon's to take notice of ye suffering estate of
Issable Blood Widow & Relict of Richard Blood of sd Towne (who dyed
Inestate:) he had three sons and one daughter who I Marryed unto two
of which sons dyed & left smale children & the other living being
decrepid & unable to manage his owne affaires & sustaine his family
were not able to help his sd. Mother: soe yt (that) I was, as it were,
constrained to take the whole care of her & the Lands being scittuate
out of Towne I could make little improvement of them. Sd widow being
about 99 y'rs of age & having lost her sight & unable to doe any thing
towards a livelyhood I have kept now about 14 y's: she always intending
to make me recompenc out of her lands desired me to goe to ye Judg
of probate yt (that) she might be allowed to sell the Land her husband
dyed seized of for yt (that) end; sd Judg Informed yt (that) her Sail
(sale) would not be valled (valid) without an act of this Honor'rd
Court allowing Impowring thereof: whereupon sd Widow desired me in her
behalf to petition yo'r Hon's for liberty to sell sd land; for to
sattisfie for her keeping hitherto; & what further she may still need;
as also for her funerall expences; she having noe other way to discharg
ye same; or be kept from becomeing a Towne Charg.
yo'r petitioner humbly prayes that yo'r Excellency Hon's would in
your Wisdom & prudence pass such an act as yt (that) said Widow may be
enabled to make me such recompenc as may be thought Just & Right; by
selling such part of ye Land as shall answer the ends afores'd.
yo'r Excellencys & Hon's Most Humble Serv't Joseph Parker
In the House of Representatives
Nov'r 3, 1705: Read & Comitted.
6: Read. & a Report of the Comittee to whom it was referd Pass'd vix:
June 11, 1706: Read
In the House of Representatives
June 12, 1706.
"In answer to the within Petition.
Resolved That all the Lands which Richard Blood, late of Grotten dec'd,
died seized of, lying in the said Town, be Given and Granted to Joseph
Parker, the Petitioner his Heires and Assignes for ever in Consideration of
thee charge, the sd Paraker has been at in the maintenance of the within
mentioned Isabel Blood for fourteen years
last past, Provided that the sd Parker give her also a meet and com-
fortable Maintenance during her naturall life, and a decent funerall
at her Decease.
Sent up for Concurrence. Thomas Oakes, Speaker
June 13, 1706. Read & not agreed to.
That the Justices of the Superior Court at their next Session in the
County of Middlesex summon all persons concern'd to appear before them,
and to Examin into the matter of this Petition and Report the same to
this Court at their next Session. Is'a Addington, Secry.
Sent down for concurrance.
July 12, 1706. In the House of Representatives
Read and Pass'd a Concurrence. Thomas Oakes, Speak'r
[Indorsed]. Jos Parker: Petitioner
7ber 10, 1705 (date as recorded)
Nov'r 6, 1705 Referr'd to next Session
Joseph Parker, of Chelmsford, and Joseph Parker of Dunstable, both
mentioned by Mr. Savage in his Genealogical Dictionary (III.353), were
one and the same person.
His children were Joseph Jr., born on March 30, 1653 (by wife Margaret)
and five others by a second wife Rebecca Read, to whom he was married
on June 24, 1655. A comparison of the children's names and the dates
of their birth as there recorded, leads inevitably to this conclusion.
Joseph Parker, whose family is given by Mr. (Caleb) Butler on p. 421 of
his History, is identical with Joseph Parker Jr., just mentioned; and
he was a son of Joseph Parker and not of James Parker, as there stated.
And the signer of the petition to Governor Dudley and the General
Court. I have seen a list of James Parker's children made in the year
1656 by the Reverend John Fiske of Chelmsford and the name of Joseph*
does not appear among them.
Subject: James & Joseph Parker
Source: History of Groton by Caleb Butler, 1848
James Parker & Elizabeth Long of Woburn & Eunice, widow.
(married 23rd day 3rd mo., 1645 at Woburn
Elizabeth b. April 12, 1645 at Woburn
Hannah b. Jan 5, 1647 at Woburn, m. Nathaniel Blood
John b. Feb 28, 1649
Joseph b. 1651*
James b. ____m. Mary Parker
Josiah m. Eliz. Saxon of Boston
Samuel m. Abigail Lakin
Joshua m. Mar 13, 1658 at Chelmsford Abigail Shattuck
Zachariah b. Jan 14, 1659 at Chelmsford
Eleazer b. Nov 9, 1660 at Groton
Sarah b. Dec 12, 1697 was of wife Eunice and Sarah m. Jer. Shattuck
also p. 421
Joseph Parker & wives Elizabeth & Hannah
Sarah b. Nov 16, 1666;died Sept 15, 1704
Elizabeth b. Aug 31, 1679
Simon b. Aug 27, 1687
Joseph b.Mar 1, 1689 wasson of Hannah
Benjamin b. Dec 3, 1691 died Oct 29, 1769
John b. Aug 26, 1695.
Subject: James Parker
Source: Torrey - New England Marriages Prior to 1700.
James Parker (?1617-1700?) & 1st wife, Elizabeth Long (1621-); m. May 23,
James Parker (-1700 or 1701?) & 2nd wife, Eunice (Brooks) [Carter] (1655-)
the widow of Samuel Carter - she m. (3) John Kendall; aft 1693; b. 1697;
Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth