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He settled in Lynn, Massachusetts, where he was
a proprietor in 1638. He was admitted a freeman
May 17, 1637. He removed to Lynn village, after-
wards called Reading, was appointed selectman in
1661 and served the town in that capacity for six
years, and was also appointed a commissioner for
trying and defending small causes. He was active
in the building of the church in the new settlement
and was elected deacon thereof. He died August
12, 1683 ; his will is dated August 3, and was proved
December 18, 1683. He was buried in the old grave-
yard on the east side of the Reading Common, and
in time the grave was neglected and the location
lost. In 1834 the gravestones of Thomas Parker
and others were discovered in building a new town
hall, and since then have been cared for in the
cemetery, in a lot set apart for the purpose.

Children of Thomas and Amy Parker were :

1. Thomas, born in Lynn, 1636, married Deborah
, had fourteen children, died July 17, 1699.

2. Hananiah, born 1638, married, September 30, 1663,
Elizabeth Browne, of Reading. 3. John, born in
Reading. 1640, married, November 13, 1667, Hannah
Kendall, and had thirteen children ; he was a ser-
geant. 4. Joseph, born 1642, died 1644. 5. Joseph,
born 1645, died 1646. 6. Mary, born December 12,
1647, married Samuel Dodge, of Beverly, son of
Richard Dodge, had eleven children, and died 1705.
7. Martha, born March 14. 1649. 8. Nathaniel, born
May 16, 1651, married, September 24, 1677, Bethia
Polly, daughter of John Polly. 9. Sarah, born Sep-
tember 30, 1653, died October 26, 1656. 10. Jona-
than, born May 18, 1656, served in the Indian wars,
died June 10, 1680. II. Sarah, born May 23, 1658.
Three other children died in early life. (Pope's
Pioneers of Massachusetts gives names of several
other children not given in the Parker Genealogy).

(II) Nathaniel Parker, son of Thomas Parker
<i), was born in Reading, Massachusetts, May 16,
1651. He married, September 24, 1677, Bethia Polly,
dauehter of John Polly, of Roxbury, whose wife
Bethia was the daughter of Deacon William Cow-
drey. She was baptized in 1659, and died August
23. 1748, at the age of ninety years. Mr. Parker
settled in the West Parish of Lynn, now the centre
of the town of Reading, Massachusetts, and built
the first house in the present town, of Reading. He
was admitted a freeman in 1691. He served as
ensign, also as selectman in 1718-24-25-32, and was
otherwise variously honored by his fellow citizens.
He donated land for a burial ground and he was the
first person buried in the graveyard at West Parish,
now Reading.

Children of Nathaniel and Bethia (Polly) Parker
were: 1. Bethia. born July 23, 1678, died young.
2. Nathaniel, born December 4, 1679. 3. Stephen,
horn June 14. 1684. died young. 4. Bethia. born
September 6, 1685. married, 1707, Ebenezer Emer-
son. 5. Susanna, born December 29, 1687. married,
1707. Joseph Underwood. 6. Ebenezer, born De-
cember 28. 1689: married 1714. Mercy Damon. 7.
Stephen, born April 21. 1602. married, 1713, Eliza-
beth Batchelder. 8. Caleb, born February 22, 1694,
died May 26, 1742. 9. Timothy, born February 24,
1696, married, September 18. 1718, Mary Scar-
borough. 10. Obadiph. born January 13. 1698. II.
Abigail, born September 25. 1699. 12. Amy, born
1701. died young. 13. Amy, born November 8, 1702.
74. Phineas. born September 27. 1704.

(III) Timothy Parker, Sr.. son of Nathaniel
Parker (2), was born in Reading. Massachusetts,
February 24. 1606. He lived in West Roxbury,
Massachusetts. In 1720 he purchased three acres



of land with house and barn at the corner of Boyls-
ton and Centre streets, and in 1727 he sold the
same to Samuel Gridley. On Parker's Hill, adjoin-
ing this lot, a company of Captain Trowbridge's
Connecticut men camped in 1775 during the siege
of Boston. The children of Timothy and Mary
Parker, born in Roxbury, now Jamaica Plain, were :
Solomon. Bethia, married (first) Caleb Steadman,
and (second) John Williams. Deborah, married
Thomas Cheney. Mary, married Samuel Gore.
Jonathan, born 1728. Nathaniel, born 1732.
Timothy, born 1734. Katherine, born May, 1735,
married, July 3, 1771, Joseph Curtis. Jonathan,
the fifth child, distinguished himself during the
revolution by smuggling out of Boston during
the siege of that city two cannon. He buried
them under a load of manure, and they were
used by the Americans at the battle of Bunker
Hill. Two others were smuggled by a companion
through the British lines at the same time. Two
of these four cannon are preserved on Bunker Hill,
according to the history of Holden, Massachusetts.
Jonathan Parker was also one of the tea party
which threw overboard forty-two chests of tea in
Boston harbor.

(IV) Captain Timothy Parker, Jr., son of
Timothy Parker, Sr. (3), was born in 1734. He
came to Holden, Massachusetts, in 1792, when about
fifty-eight years old. In early manhood he raised
a company and went out in the French and Indian
war, first as lieutenant and later as captain, and
was at Kingston, Canada, when it fell into the
hands of the American forces. He fought through
the revolution at the head of his company, from
Sturbridge, and was an active patriot before the
outbreak of hostilities. He was successful in busi-
ness and became well-to-do. . He lived first at
Jamaica Plain, then at Sturbridge. and in 1792 re-
moved to Holden, where he resided until his death,
November 28, 1809. He was elected September 28,
1774, by the town of Sturbridge as delegate to the
Provincial congress to be held at Concord, Massa-
chusetts. A biographer writes of him that he had
an exemplary moral and Christian character. He
was of unusual size, possessing prominent and
striking features. He married (first) Hannah Cur-
tis, and (second), March 12, 1767, Margaret White,
of Brookline, and they had eleven children.

(V) Aaron Parker, son of Timothy Parker,
Jr. (4), was born December 13, 1767. He came
to Holden, Massachusetts, before his father, and
formed a partnership with his cousin, Aaron White,
and kept a store in the house so long owned and
occupied bv him as a residence and which is still
in good condition. He died October 7. 181 1. his
death being caused by a bruise in the palm of his
hand from a spike pole in raising a barn on the
Timothy Parker place. He married, April 2, 1794,
Ruth Smith, who was born in Worcester, October 8,
1768. and died October 17, 1852. Their children
were: 1. Henry, born February 12, 1795, died May

27, 1799. 2. Aaron, Jr.. born October 10, 1796, mar-
ried, May 29, 1823. Asenath Raymond, who died
March 27, 1856. 3. George S.. born August 22, 1798,
died July 1, 1821. 4. Henry, born February 24. 1800,
died March 31. 1854. 5. Elizabeth, born September
2, 1802, died October 24, 1822. 6. Timothy, born
August 31. 1804. married, September 15, 1S33, Lois
Pollard Fiske. born March 17. 1806, died April

28, 1803. and had children, namely:

1. David Fisk, born September 13. 1834. died Sep-
tember 20, 1879. He married Hannah Maria Gar-
field, May 21, 1862 : she was born January 24, 1834.
He removed to Worcester where he was an active
citizen, member of Worcester Continentals, Me-
chanics' Association, board of overseers of the poor,



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highway commissioner from 1867 to 1872, re-elected
in 1876 and continued in office till his death. He
was connected with Masonic bodies having reached
the thirty-second degree. He was eminent com-
mander of Worcester County Knights Templar, pres-
ident of Relief Association and member of Wor-
cester Lodge and Wachusett Encampment of Odd
Fellows. He always took great interest in affairs
of Holden, his native town.

2. Ruth Elizabeth ,born February 19, 1836, died
August 26, 1863; married J. Howard Winn, at a sew-
ing circle at the home of the bride, October 7, 1857.
She left one 'child. Mr. Winn married (second)
Amanda S. Forbes, April 5, 1866. He died July
10, 1870. Children of J. Howard Winn were : Fred
Howard, born January 29, 1861 ; Mabel, born June,
1868, died May 15, 18S6.

3. Mary Paine, born December 23. 1837, married,
April 7, 1858, Captain Horace Hobbs, born Septem-
ber 2, 1S31. Children: Cora Louise, born June 12,
1861 ; William Herbert, born July 2, 1864. Horace
Hobbs was second son of General George Hobbs,
a major general in Massachusetts militia, and fourth
in descent from Josiah Hobbs, the emigrant an-
cestor, who came from England in 1671. His son
fitted at Worcester Academy, graduated in 1883 from
the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with degree
of Bachelor of Science, was principal of Boylston
high school winter of 18S3-84, took graduate work
in mineralogy, geology, chemistry and physics at
Johns Hopkins University, 1884-86, and at Harvard
University in winter of 1886-87. Was fellow in
geology at Johns Hopkins, 1887-88, received degree
Doctor of Philosophy there in 1888. Studied at the
University of Heidelberg winter semester of 1888-80
and traveled extensively in Europe during the year.
Joined the faculty of University of Wisconsin in
the fall of 1889 as curator of the Geological Museum
and instructor in mineralogy. In 1890 was made
assistant professor of mineralogy and metallurgy.
This title was changed to assistant professor of
mineralogy and petrology, advanced to professor of
those branches in 1899. Joined the United States
Geological Survey in 1885 as volunteer assistant,
serving later in the year as field assistant. In
1895 was commissioned assistant United States
geologist, position still held. Investigations for the
government have been largely within the region
of western New England, in preparation of a
geological map of that complex area. Was secre-
tary of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts
and Letters, 1891-1893. Was secretary of section E,
American Association for Advancement of Science,
1893-94. Was delegate of the United States gov-
ernment to the seventh international congress of
geologists at St. Petersburg in 1897. Has been
editor-in-chief of the Bulletin of the University of
Wisconsin since it started in 1894. Married, June
23, 1896, Sara Kimball Sale, of Green Bay, Wis-
consin. One daughter. Sarah Winnifred Weston
Hobbs. Has published many articles and books
and papers on mineralogy and science series.
Year books, Madison Litera'ry Club and dynamical
geology and petrology in International Encyclopedia
published by Dodd, Mead & Co., New York, 1902.

For past seven years has been on United States
Government Survey through Berkshire Hills. Grey-
lock and western Connecticut. 4. Albert Worthing-
ton. born December 23. 1839. died October t, 1866.
5. Horatio Paine, born February 22, 1842, died April
7. 1S60. 6. Naomi, born October 27, 1844, died June
3, 1864. 7. Alonzo, born July 29, 1845. died March
27, 1855. 8. Ellen, born March 5, 1848, died Sep-
tember 10. 1S66. 9. Emma Jane, born June 11, 1849,
married Wilber F. Rice, December 2, 1886, settled



in Arredonda, Florida. 7. Mary, born July I, 1806,
married, September 15, 1833, Horatio W. Paine,
and had one child, Mary Janette Paine, a graduate
of the Framingham Normal school, taught several
years in Holden and elsewhere, died in Geneva, New
York, October 26, 1892, leaving by will the greater
part of her estate to the Holden Congregational
church, of which she and her parents had been
members, as a memorial ; Mary Paine died Novem-
ber 29, 1880. 8. Ruth, born October 7, 1808, mar-
ried the Rev. Albert Worthington, had three chil-
dren, died April 17, 1871. 9. Naomi, born May 4,
181 1, died September 28, 1813.

(VI) Henry Parker, son of Aaron Parker (5),
was born in Holden, Massachusetts, February 24,
1800, and died March 31, 1854. He was but eleven
years old when his father died. He attended the
public schools and by improving every opportunity
secured a good education, excelling in penmanship.
He became a teacher, traveling extensively in the
west to teach penmanship, and upon his return east
built a house, store and cabinet shop in Millbury,
and lived there several years after his marriage. Four
of his children were born in Millbury. In 1834
he sold out his business there and removed to
Holden, living for three and a half years on the
old homestead. He then bought the Artemas Bart-
lett place, now owned by his son, Charles E. Parker.
He went west again, however, and selected a quarter
section in Illinois, then the far west, intending to
locate there. At this period, just before the out-
break of the civil war, the friends and foes of the
slave power were struggling for the possession of
the west, and Mr. Parker believed that the only way
to keep the west free from the extension of slavery
was to get northern men to settle there.

He issued a call "to all opposed to the extension
of slavery and would like to form colonies to emi-
grate to the west" to meet at the City Hall, Wor-
cester, Tuesday, April 18, 1854. This call was
signed "Plebeian" and published in the Daily Spy,
March 21, 1S54, and editors favorable to the idea
were asked to copy the notice. The anti-slavery
papers endorsed the movement and great interest
was aroused. The meeting was attended by dele-
gats from towns in Massachusetts, Connecticut and
Rhode Island. John Milton Earle, editor of the Spy,
called the meeting to order and stated that the
sudden death of the one who had issued the call
had prevented the making of any arrangements.
But the meeting was organized, letters from Charles
Sumner, Horace Greeley and Joshua R. Giddings
were read, resolutions were adopted, and other con-
ventions of the kind followed. The movement thus
began resulted in sending colonies to Kansas and
Nebraska, and Worcester was a centre of this form
of anti-slavery activity.

Mr. Parker married, April 9, 1828, Matilda
Perry, born April 4, 1805, died October 16, i860,
daughter of Deacon Moses Perry, of Worcester.
Their four eldest children were born in Millbury,
and the remainder in Holden. Their children were
as follows: I. Emeline Matilda, born April 13,
1829, died April 16, 1843. 2- Elizabeth, born June
23. 1830. died September 2r. 1853. 3. Henry Baxter,
born November 30, 1831, died November 21, 1897.
4. Charles Edwin, born October 20, 1833, attended
Leicester Academy, Amherst and Westfield Acad-
emy, taught school in West Boylston and Westboro,
learned the trade of carpenter, working summers
and teaching winters, served the town of Holden as
assessor, school committee, trustee of Damon
Memorial Library, and selectman in 1885-86-89-90.
He married. November 21, 1861, Adelaide S. Collier,
daughter of Francis A. and Eliza Collier, and their
children are : Samuel Perry, born December 30,



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1862; Jennie Mabel, June 12, 1864; Frank Carlton,
August io, 1867; Florence, June 25, 1870, died Au-
gust 13, 1870 ; Alice Louise, September 29, 1873 ;
and Charles Henry, June 12, 1871. 5. Theodore, born
November 10, 1835, married, June 28, 1869, Nannie
Vinnedge, died in Lawrence, Kansas, January 9,
1871 ; they had one child, Ida Amelia, born June
28, 1870. 6. Amelia, born December 9, 1837, at-
tended Holden high school in 1854, also Leland
Seminary, Townshend, Vermont, and Williston
Seminary, and graduated from Mystic Hall
Seminary, West Medford, Massachusetts, February,
1858, receiving a gold medal. She married, Decem-
ber 18, 1862, Isaac Hildreth, born April 5, 1832,
taught the senior department at Holden Centre, sum-
mer of 1858, and two winter terms subsequently,
and also in many districts outside, including Nos.
II, 3 and 6. They had two children: Lillian Matilda,
born February 1, 1S66, graduated in June, 1886,
from Worcester high school, received a diploma
from Holts Normal Music School in Lexington in
1892, received a certificate for one year's course in
Kindergarten in 1895, diploma for full course in
1896, and a diploma from Normal Art School in
Boston in 1S97; she died December 19, 1901. Wal-
ter Henry, born October 26, 1867, graduated from
Worcester high school in 1886, college course, 1887,
Amherst College, 1892, with degree of Bachelor
of Arts. He married Margaret Giles Bradford, born
November 4, 1863, graduated from Boston Uni-
versity in 1887. July 25, 1898, in the year at Am-
herst, Professor Genung suggested that he try for
the degree of Master of Arts by writing a thesis
on some subject pertaining to his work, accepting
his work in the New York News Bureau for six
years, as an equivalent for one year of post-graduate
work; he did so, and received the degree at the
commencement, 1904. 7. Alfred, born February 17,
1840, died March 2, 1840. 8. Edward, born No-
vember I, 1841, married, December 30, 1865, Mary
Augusta Chenery, of Holden, born May 24, 1847,
and their children are: Cyrus Chenery, born Au-
gust 10, 1867 ; Susie Adelaide, born February 19,
1870; and Edward Albert, born September 16, 1872.
The mother of these children died September 17,
1874. Mr. Parker married (second), May 7. 1879,
Hattie Louise Mee, born August 24, 185 1, and their
children are: Izetta Amelia, born May 17, 1885;
and Percy Edgar, born January 3. 1891, died Febru-
ary 13, 1891. Edward Parker enlisted in Company
вАҐD, Twenty-fifth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers,
mustered in September 27, 1861, and took part in
the following engagements : Roanoke Island, New-
hern, Kinston, Gum Swamp, Port Wathal, Arrow-
field Church, Drury's Bluff, Cold Harbor, and in
the trenches in front of Petersburg from June to
September, 1864. He was mustered out October 20,
1864. He returned to Tennessee and served in the
quartermaster's department until the close of the
war. He was then honorably discharged, and re-
ceived a pension for disabilities received in the serv-
ice. 9. Matilda, born February 6, 1844, a graduate
of Westfield Normal school, married, October 5,
1877. the Rev. George Morris, in San Jose, Cali-
fornia. George Morris was born in Bristol. Eng-
land. April 10, 1837, educated in University College,
London, England, and was foreign missionary in
the South Seas for nearly ten years. He went to
California, November, 1870, where he has con-
tinued his professional work as a minister of the
Congregational church. About five years since, by
apainful accident, he became almost blind, the partial
sight of one eye only being saved. He has been
an active temperance advocate, writer and lecturer,
and beside his pastoral duties Several churches have



been built under his supervision and labors. He
first settled in Alameda, then went to the Catalina
Islands, California, but later returned to Alameda.
Their children were : Albert Howard, born Janu-
ary 26, 1879; Earnest Theodore, born September 12,
18S0; Clarence Edwin, born June 18, 1883; and
Raymond Irving, born March 18, 1886. 10. Free-
man, born September 10, 1846, died October 8, 1846.
11. Gilbert, born July 28, 1848, married, September
13, 1870, Jennett Sophia Palmer, born February 8,
1851, in Nova Scotia, who bore him two children:
Alva Gilbert, born March 3, 1872, died October 7,
1872; Louella Jennett, born March 9, 1873, mar-
ried Albert A. Wilder. 12. Gilman, born July 28,
1848, married, December 30, 1869, Angela Maria
Morey, born September 25, 1851, and their children
are: Berthier Gilman, born April 24, 1S71, married
Sofia Carlson, October 17, 1900; she was born Feb-
ruary 9, 1857. Eva Angie, born March 1, 1874,
married Herbert Leander Jillson, June 3, 1896, he
was born September 19, 1869.

(VII) Henry Baxter Parker, son of Henry
Parker (6), was born in Millbury, Massachusetts,
November 30, 1831. He was only four years old
when the family moved to Holden and settled there.
He was educated in the Holden public schools and
at Leicester Academy. He learned the trade of car-
penter. Most of his ancestors in the Parker line
had been carpenters and wood workers. He settled
in Northfield, Massachusetts. He married in Chi-
cago, Illinois, September 18, 1856, Hannah Maria
Caldwell, born February 19, 1833, died January 20,
1899. At the time of his marriage he went west
to Leavenworth, Kansas, and bought a quarter sec-
tion of land and located on it, but for various
reasons sold out and returned to Northfield, Massa-
chusetts, early in the year i860, where he built a *
sash and blind shop at Gill Station, on the Con-
necticut river, where he conducted a thriving busi-
ness for many years. Henry Baxter Parker died
November 21, 1897. Their children were as follows:
1. Arthur Henry, born in Northfield, Massachu-
setts. March 4, i860, married Alice Edson Stone,
April 20, 1886: she was born April 28, 1865, died
December 9, 1890; they had one child, Alice Ruth,
born November 28, 1890. He married (second),
June 5, 1894, Eva Maria Wilson, born in Wor-
cester, June 7, 1869, and they are the parents of
one child, Edith Mabel, born September 26, 1898.
2. Ida Maria, born Februarv 27. 1862, graduated from
Glenwood Seminary, Brattleboro, Vermont, 1883. She
had been teaching in Shenandoah, Iowa, for a year,
when she was brought home to Northfield on a bed
and died in about two weeks of consumption, her
death occurring Sunday, Fehruary 22. 1885. 3. Wil-
lis King, born August 1, 1863, married, in Orange,
Massachusetts. December 23, 188;. Jennie Clara
Deloy. born August 24. 1864. in Warwick. Massa-
chusetts, and their children are : Leon Wilis, born
September 16. 1886: and Harrv King, born Sep-
tember 15, 188R: Willis King Parker died Tanuary
14, 1800. 4. Ella Mav. born March 23. 1866, mar-
ried. May '27, 1807, Charles Willistnn Paine. born-
November 14. 1S53 : he has one child by his first
wife. Ida Paine. 5. Cora Matilda, born August
to. 1868, married. Anril ,"?o. rfoo. Ozro Daniel Adams,
born in Sherburn. Vermont. January 2S. t86i. and
they have one child. Florence Hannah, horn in Put-
ney. Vermont, Anril it, tSoi. 6. Charles Rufus,
horn Jnlv 15. 187a. married. March 31. 1806. in
Bernardston, Massachusetts. Fannie Mav Kellv. horn
Iowa FalK Iowa. Mav 27. 1860. daughter of Enos
and Sar->h (LaiVl Kellv. and thev have four chil-
dren: Walter Raymond, born Jnnuarv 14. 1809;
Helen May, born January 29, 1900; Willis Kelly,



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born June 27, 1902 ; and Ernest Albert, born Janu-
ary 24, 1904. 7. Leon Percy, born December 29,
1878, died February 18, 1879.

(IX) Arthur Henry Parker, son of Henry B.
Parker (8), was born in Northfield, Massachusetts,
March 4, i860. He attended the public schools of
his native town. His first position was in the factory
of the New Home Sewing Machine Company at
Orange, Massachusetts, where he had a part of the
middle finger on his left hand cut off by a circular
saw. About the year 1878 he came to Worcester
and followed the trade of carpentering and wood-
working, which his ancestors have followed for hun-
dreds of years. He worked for three years for
W. H Hackett, the grocer, and then entered the
railroad business as telegraph operator. He was
employed for eight years on the Worcester & Nashua
Railroad and on the Fitchburg Railroad. He was
station agent at Holden, Massachusetts, on the Fitch-
burg Railroad, but left there to become clerk for
the superintendent of the Worcester division of the
Fitchburg Railroad in Worcester. He left the rail-
road business in Worcester to enter a new line
of work at which he has been very successful and
for which his early training and mechanical ability
thoroughly fitted him. He began in the wire goods
business as salesman and afterwards was general
sales agent for the Wire Goods Company of Wor-
cester, which was organized by Charles G. Wash-
burn, and he retained his connection therewith for
thirteen years. In 1901 he organized the Parker
Wire Goods Company, of which he is president and
treasurer, and began manufacturing in a shop_ at
No. 1 Assonet street. He manufactures many special-
ties in wire and wire hardware, and the business
has been exceedingly prosperous. He was also the
founder and is serving as treasurer of The Wor-
cester Supply Company, No. 9 Pleasant street, Wor-
cester, dealing in photographic supplies and sport-
ing goods.

Mr. Parker is well known in Masonic circles.
He has been prominent in the various bodies for
many years. He is a member of Quinsigamond
Lodge, Eureka Chapter, Hiram Council and the
Worcester County Commandery, Knights Templar;
the Worcester Lodgs of Perfection ; Goddard Coun-
cil, Princes of Jerusalem; Lawrence Chapter, Rose
Croix; Stella Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star;
Aletheia Grotto, M. O. V. P. E. R. ; Aleppo Temple,
Mystic Shrine. He is a life member of Worcester
County Mechanics' Association. He is a member
of the Worcester Board of Trade, the Frohsinns,
the Hancock Club, the Tatassit Canoe Club, the Wor-



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