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From: Pat McCoy <>
Subject: Re: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] "Profits in the Wilderness .." (book)(PARKER)
Date: Sat, 5 May 2012 05:02:57 -0700 (PDT)
Is there a possibility that a copy could be at the
Library of Congress?
Pat McCoy, M.S.
Slow Down and Enjoy Your Garden!
From: Ms Betty Fredericks <>
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Sent: Saturday, May 5, 2012 6:49 AM
Subject: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] "Profits in the Wilderness .." (book) (PARKER)
I've been thinking about my PARKER ancestors this week. I only have 2, small connections. Abraham PARKER arrived in Chelmsford, and his daughter, Lydia Parker, married John KIDDER of Billerica. And, the 2nd connection is that John's father, James KIDDER (1626-1676) of Billerica had a large homestead taking up half of what is now Billerica Center. His homestead and the next homestead of the DANFORTH family went down the hill to the shore of the Concord River. But, James KIDDER's "in-laws" with the PARKER name took over the property and it later would be known as the PARKER homestead.* Unfortunately, the KIDDER name has disappeared from Billerica, only appearing once on a house in North Billerica.
This morning I couldn't remember whether there is a "PARKER book." I first checked Google/Books and accidentally found the name of a book I had not seen mentioned before. This seems like an interesting book to read, but I checked WorldCat and it is mostly only available at college and university libraries, and at NEHGS.
"Profits in the Wilderness: Entrepreneurship and the Founding of New England Towns in the 17th Century"
by John F. Martin and published in 1991
Then I discovered a book about Abraham PARKER which I had not known about:
"New England War Veterans of the American Revolution: and of Later Wars of Abraham PARKER's Family and of his Brothers, James, Joseph, John, and Jacob," compiled by his great, great, great-grandson, William Thornton PARKER, b1849, published in MA in 1923.
When I went to the on-line catalog for my local libraries, I found PARKER-books by authors, Addison PARKER, Lena Parker GOODWIN, and Marion Louise GOODWIN. But, those seem to be only available in the Special Collections Room of the local libraries - so not available to request.
I just went to the library-catalog for NEHGS and see some other PARKER books mentioned, one by William H. MANNING, and a .manuscript about the PARKER and BANCROFT families of Reading, MA, which I would like to look at. (I have a mysterious ancestor, Robert BANCROFT, with no known origin.)
Just an FYI for you.
Betty (near Lowell, MA)
(on Lists and Boards for 10 yrs.; now an Admin for 9 Lists and 3 Boards)
I'll have to look in the "History of Billerica" to remind myself of the KIDDER / PARKER connections in the 1700's.
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