Sunday, May 20, 2018


My 9x great grandfather William Parker was a bit of rebel. He's the first of my Plymouth Colony ancestors who was fined for entertaining Quakers in his house, and for not attending church services. Here's what Samuel Dean wrote about him in his History of Scituate:
                                                           WILLIAM PARKER
was a freeman 1640. He had sixty acres of land north of Edward Foster's North river lot. His house stood in Parker lane, west of the small brook. In 1639, he married Mary, the daughter of Thomas Rawlins: and again 1651, Mary, the daughter of Humphry Turner. His children, Mary born 1639, William 1643, Patience 1648, Miles 1655, Joseph 1658, Nathaniel 1661. This family has spread wide in the country. Some descendants are in Boston. Joseph remained in Scituate : his children, Alice, Mary, Joseph, Judith, Miles, from 1684 to 1702. His son Joseph was the last who lived on the paternal spot, save his only daughter Ruth, born 1711, who lived to a great age, and is remembered as the last of the family. William, jr. had sons, (his wife Mary Clark 1693), Alexander, Joshua and Elisha, but they all removed. Nathaniel died in Phipps's Canada expedition, 1690. His brother Miles was then living in Scituate. William Parker died 1684. His will gives "To Joseph 10 acres near the land formerly John Bonpasse's, and 3 acres near where the Sweede's old house stood. To daughter Patience Randall—to grandchild Stephen Totman—wife Mary the homestead during her life, then to be divided between Miles, Nathaniel, William, Lydia, Mary, Judith.
" -P320

History of Scituate, Massachusetts: From Its First Settlement to 1831  James Loring, Boston, Ma. 1831

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