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(Davis) Bond. He was a merchant in Boston for
many years, and was the original manufacturer of the
celebrated Bond crackers. He d. in Waltham, Feb. 9,
1891, aged 73 years. Their children were :

1. Edward Smith Bond, b. Oct. 13, 1846; d. Aug. 31, 1847.

2. Nancy Smith Bond, b. Jan. 24, 1848.

3. Ellen Rebekah Bond, b. March 15, 1849; d- Dec. 18, 1849.

VII. Lydia Smith, d. in nine weeks.

John Pierce, b. in Waltham, Aug. 13, 1787 ; m. Sarah Tewks-
bury. They resided in Chelsea. Their children were :

I. Ephraim Pierce, b. June 16, 1813 ; d. June 2, 1833.
II. Sarah Ann Pierce, b. Nov. 4, 1814; d. Oct. 17, 1834,

III. John Payson Pierce, b. March 26, 1818; m. Dec. 5,

1847, Augusta Putnam, dau. of David and Orpha Put-
nam of East Boston (Revere). Their children were:

1. John Theodore Parker Pierce, b. Oct. 17, 1848; d. Aug. 20,

1849.

2. Heman Winthrop Pierce, b. Nov. 25, 1850. He is an artist.

IV. Lydia Maria Pierce, b. Jan. 12, 1821 ; m. Jan. i,

1 841, Joseph Fenno. He d. May 20, 1863. She d.
in June, 1886. Their children were:

Thomas Lillej Fenno, b. Oct. i, 1841 ; m. Addie E. Tucker.
Edward Augustus Fenno, b. Aug. 26, 1842 ; m. Sarah J.

Derby.
Charles Francis Fenno, b. July 30, 1844; resides at Revere.
Sarah Pierce Fenno, b. Feb. 22, 1847; m. Fred. E. Proctor.
Walter Pierce Fenno, b. May 20, 1850; m. Emma E. Tucker.
Fred Austin Fenno, b. Feb. 5, 1S53.
Morton Fenno, b July 6, 1855; d. Jan. 12, i860.
Herbert Fenno, b. Aug. 17, 1858.
Parker Fenno, b. May 10, 1862.

Almira Louisa Pierce, b. July 11, 1823 ; m. Oct. 29,
1844, Robert Aldersay Vinal of Somerville, son of
Robert and Lydia (Stone) Vinal. The father, Robert,
was son of Nathaniel Vinal of Scituate, where he lived
until he went into business in Boston. Lydia Stone
was dau. of John Stone of Charlestown, now Somer-
ville. The family resides in Somerville. Children :

I. Almira Louisa Vinal, b. Feb. 6, 1846. «

3. Robert Aldersay Vinal, b. Sept. 12, 1847.



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3. Marie Augusta Vinal, b. Nov. 8, 1849.

4. Arthur Pierce Vinal, b. June 14, 1854.

5. Alice Montague Vinal, b. Oct. 29, 1856.

6. Charles Walter Vinal, b. Aug., 1861.

VI. Elizabeth Payson Pierce, b. June 25, and d. June 28,

1827.
VII. Henry Augustus Pierce, b. Nov. 29, 1828 ; d. Feb.
21, 1863, in a military hospital at Washington, D. C.
He was an original member of Co. H, First Reg. Mass.
Vols., and he took part in every engagement of his
company from Bull Run to Fredericksburg.
VIII. Augusta Smith Pierce, b. Sept. 26, 1830; m. Oct.
26, 1853, Quincy Adams Vinal (brother of Robert),
son of Robert and Lydia (Stone) Vinal. They reside
in Somerville. Their children v^^ere :

1. Anna Parker Vinal, b. Aug. 12, 1854.

2. Mary Lowell Vinal, b. June 16, 1856.

3. Martha Adams Vinal, b. Jan. 6, 1858.

4. Quincj Pierce Vinal, b. April 2, i860.

5. Josephine Vinal, b. Oct. 30, 1861.

6. Sarah Augusta Vinal, b. Jan. 12, 1863.

7. Edward Lincoln Vinal, b. April 21, 1865.

8. Leonora Vinal, b. Dec. 15, 1866.

9. Isabelle Whitney Vinal, b. July 26, 1868.

10. Bertha Runey Vinal, b. Jan. 9, 1870.

11. Eva Neilson Vinal, b. Nov. 20, 1871.

12. John Henry Vinal, b. April 28, 1873.

13. Leslie Thorning Vinal, b. Oct. 29, 1878.

IX. Ephraim Pierce, b. Feb. 20, 1834; enlisted Sept., 1861,
in the Union army, was Capt. of Co. F, Third Reg.,
Minnesota Veteran Vols. He d. July i, 1865, at Du
Vulls Bluff; Ark.

SiBBYL Pierce, b. in Waltham, Jan. 11, 1790; m. Horatio
Bird. She d. about 1826, aged 36 years. Children :

I. Horatio Bird, b. about 1812; d. about 1S42, aged 30
years. He left one dau., who went to Washington 45
years ago.
II. SiBBYL Bird, b. about 1814; d. 1836, aged 22.

III. Lydia Bird, d. in infancy.

IV. Oliver Hazard Perry Bird, b. about 1821 ; was a

sea-captain, when and wliere he d. is unknown to his
relatives. He left two daughters, who were in Chelsea
at the time of their mother's death about 40 years ago.



150 PARKER GENEALOGY.

47. John Parker (John,^ Josiah,'^ John,^ Hananiah,''
ZJ^ow/as'j, son of Capt. John and Lydia (Moore) Parker, b.
in Lexington, Feb. 14, 1761 ; m. in Waltham, Feb. 17, 1784,
Hannah Stearns, the dau. of Benjamin and Hannah (Seger)
Stearns. She was the seventh of a family of eleven children,
and was b. in Lexington, 1766, Hannah Seger was the
descendant of Thomas Seger, or Seager, who came to New-
bury before 1637.

" The descendants seem to have had a taste for frontier life.
Nathaniel, of uncertain date, was one of the earliest settlers of Bethel,
Maine ; the Indians carried him oft' into Canada, as they did many
another man and woman, when they could surprise them in the fields,
driving them thence through the desolate gaps in the White Moun-
tains, to make a bloody trail where now the summer streams of fash-
ion and invalidism so easily flow. Nathaniel had a very hard time
of it, which he must needs write about afterwards. Another mem-
ber of this family enlisted during the Revolutionary War ; was a
sergeant in Capt. Bryant's company of artillery, and went through
many an engagement. His captain lay mortally wounded after the
battle of Brandywine, within the enemy's lines, whence he brought
him away by night upon a litter, with two or three comrades help-
ing, though he too had sustained a severe wound that day. Stories
of the wilderness and of battle were told into greedy ears at the
winter firesides of the Lexington families." *

John Parker was 14 when his father drew the first sword
and captured the first weapon taken in the Revolution. He
was too young to fight, but he helped all he could by carrying
fresh water in wooden bowls to the thirsty soldiers.

John Parker was a stout able-bodied man, "uncommon
strong," could endure cold and heat and abstinence from food
and rest. He was a typical New England yeoman, a "quiet,
thoughtful, silent, reading man, of strong sense, of great
moral worth, reliable, honorable ; worked every day and all
day ; kept good discipline in his family, governed easily ;
taught his children to speak the truth ; always had a book in
his hand in the evening." f

In consideration that John Parker and Hannah Stearns
were the parents of the late Rev. Theodore Parker, world-

* Weiss' Biography of Rev. Theodore Parker.

fThe testimony of his grandson, Rev. Columbus Greene, Esq.



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famous for the advanced views of religion which he preached
in his time, it is interesting to observe their characteristics.
The following description of his parents comes mostly from
Theodore, himself, an affectionate, grateful and revering son,
who loved to speak of his parents ; scarcely ever failed to
record in his busy journal the anniversaries of their birth or
death, and never made such record without dropping the
tenderest words on their memories.

He was a skilful farmer, and had, perhaps, the best peach
orchard in Middlesex, and adopted nearly all the improve-
ments in farming that had proved valuable. But he was
more of a mechanic than a farmer. Like his father, grand-
father and great-grandfather before him, he was a worker in
wood, was expert in making and repairing, and pursued his
occupation of millwright and pumpmaker in his shop, while
the farm work he left mainly to his boys. The shop was
situated just above the house, it being the famous belfry tower
from which rang the peals that awoke the Colonies to action
in their glorious Revolution. He put brains into his work,
originated new methods, "made his head save his hands."
Theodore also informs us: "He was a man of much thought
and reading, with fine power of speech, but colloquial and
orattonal." " He was fond of mathematics, understood algebra
and geometry, plane and solid, and was 'great at figures.'"
He was also fond of metaphysics, psychology and all depart-
ments of intellectual and moral philosophy, and he had read
all the English books upon philosophy. When he got into an
argument, which was seldom, as controversy did not suit him,
he was very effective. He was a great reader, rising before
day in the winter to study, sleeping but about five hours :
was nice and acute in metaphysical analysis ; fond of Natural
History, and well acquainted with the plants of Massachusetts.
He was jovial and funny, but well mannered ; no clownish-
ness, profanity or indecency marred his humor. His towns-
people had a saying, "John Parker has all the manners of the
neighborhood."

Strength of mind is a characteristic of the Parker family.
In this John Parker was no exception, he "was an independ-
ent thinker; in religion was a Unitarian, and in politics a



152 PARKER GENEALOGY.

Federalist, when there were but five in the whole town. He
was eminently just and magnanimous, fearless in the express-
ion of opinion, often arbitrator in quarrels, was guardian of
widows, etc., and administered estates, for there was no
lawyer in town."

He took great pains with the intellectual and moral culture
of his children. " Devoted to education," he was influential
in bringing into the common schools a better class of teachers.
He did not like poetry, but read the works of the leading
authors. He disliked Paley and Edwards. "Paley left us
no conscience," he used to say. He probabl}' disliked Edwards
because he left us no will, as will was a strong feature in the
Parkers. He watched the heavens also, and made himself
acquainted with the movements of the stars. His diligent
study of the Bible made him formidable in theological debate.

Hannah Stearns was the daughter of a well-to-do farmer.
Her son describes her as " a handsome woman, of slight form,
flaxen hair, blue eyes and a singularly fresh and delicate com-
plexion, more nervous than muscular." Her education was
inferior to her husband's, her mind less positive and independ-
ent. Her favorite reading was the Bible and Hymn Book,
but her mind was stored with passages of beauty from English
literature. "She was imaginative, delicate minded, poetic,
yet a very practical woman ; far sighted and so nice in her
perceptions and judgments that it used to startle me some-
times in the body and does now as I think of it." "She took
great pains with the religious training of her children, but
cared little for doctrines ; no bigotry, no cant, no fear. Relig-
ion was love and good works. She had what I call piety, the
ideal part of religion, love of God as well as morality."

Her rigid economy helped her to be generous to the poor.
The father read aloud to his family in the evening. In this
she took much delight, while she sewed and listened. This
kept her supplied with food for thought. He read until the
old, tall clock struck eight, then with a wave of his hand he
dismissed the children to bed. When the children took their
light and went to bed the day had still one grace in store for
them, as they listened till their mother came up to see that
they were well tucked in and to share the sweetness of their



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homely prayers. She was fond of romantic stories, of adven-
ture among the Indians, some of which were printed in books,
while others floated about in the form of legend. A fine
memory enabled her to repeat these wild tales, and to carry
about with her such literary stores as she had.

The drinking habits of the period were pure and simple,
and highly commended. However, one of the first recorded
instances of its disuse at funerals was at the house of Mr.
Parker on the occasion of his grandmother's death, 1760.
From this slight sketch it will be seen that John Parker was
a man ahead of his time in both thought and action, and far
ahead of his neighbors and countrymen. He well represented
the Parker family of his time ; intelligent, industrious, pro-
gressive, honorable, firm minded and independent.

She d. May 15, 1823, aged 59, and he d. Nov. 3, 1835,
aged 74. From his note-book, entitled "John Parker's Book,
1788," is copied the following precise account concerning Ms
family :

"Monday the nth day of April, 1785, Polly Parker was born
about 3 o'clock past midday." She m. June 25, 1816, Samuel
Greene, who was a kind and affectionate mother-in-law to her
sister's children. He d. Dec. 5, 1818, and she d. in Lexington in
1831.

" 1786. John Parker was born Thursday, 12th day of October at-
8 o'clock in the morning." He m. Maria Green of W. Cambridge.

"Tuesday, 2nd day of April, was born Lydia Parker, 25 minutes
after seven o'clock in the evening;" she '• departed this life April
25, between 4 and 5 o'clock in the morning in the year I'J^i, aged
2 years and 21 days. She died of the Quinsy."

129. "Tuesday, 15 day of March, 1791, Hannah Parker was
born about 3 o'clock in the afternoon." She m. Samuel Green of
Brighton.

130. "July I, 1793, was born Lydia Parker on Monday Morn-
ing at five o'clock." She m. Isaac Herrick of Brighton.

"December 10, 1795, was born Rebecca Parker between 2 and 3

of the Clock in the morning on Thursday." She d. Feb. 15, 181 2,

unni.
131.. "November 5, 1798. Isaac Parker was born on Monday

between the hours of 4 and 5 of the Clock in the afternoon." He

m. Martha M. Miller.



154 PARKER GENEALOGY.

"Ruth Parker, born on Wednesday, the 12 day of November,

iSoo, in the morning between one & two of the clock." Died

Dec. 27, 1812.
133. "July 16, 1S03, Hiram Stearns Parker was born on

Saturday between the hours of 2 and 3 o'clock past midday." He

m. Nancy Leavitt of New Hampshire.
"Emily Ann Parker born on Sunday, May the 11, 1806, between

the hours of 4 & 5 in the afternoon." She m. Charles Miller of

Somerville. and d. leaving no issue.
133. " August the 24th. iSio. Was Born Theodore Parker 5

minutes in the morning before three of the clock." He m. Lydia

D. Cabot.

48. Isaac Parker (yohn,^ JosiahJ yohji,^ Hanamak,^
Thotnas'), son of Capt. John and Lydia (Moore) Parker, b.
in Lexington, May 11, 1763. He seems to have inherited his
father's military spirit, and very early in life arrayed himself
against the British foe. He was fond of military adventures.
When old enough to run with a musket he served in the
Revolutionar}' war: he was in the battles of Saratoga and
Yorktown, was in garrison at West Point in 1782 and 83,
from whence an affectionate letter written his brother John
Parker is still among the family records at Lexington, as is
also a pass bearing date of Nov. 9, 1783, permitting "Nemiah
Fowler, John Farrer, Titus Baker and Isaac Parker to Cross
the Ferry and pass out in the Country and Return this Eve-
ning." He served many years in the Revolution, and seems
to have continued steadily in the service from his first enlist-
ment to the close of the war. After the war he removed to
Groton, Mass., where he was a merchant, but failing in biisi-
ness he went to South Carolina, and married a lady of means
at Charleston. He was living there up to 1820, the father of
one son. This son m. and had one dau., but he came to
an untimely end by the accidental discharge of a gun in his
hand while gunning.

49. Ruth Parker (Jo/m,^ Josiah^'' Jokji,^ Hananiah^'^
Thomas'" )^ dau. of Capt. John and Lydia (Moore) Parker, b.
Dec. 7, 1765 ; m. Nov. 14, 1787, David Bent. He was the
second or third son of Micah Bent who emigrated to Nova



PARKER GENEALOGY. I55

Scotia, probably about the middle of the last century. They
lived in Belisle, where, upon the old homestead, still reside
several of their great-grandchildren, the children of Rufus,
the third son. The descendants of both the Parkers and
Bents are numerous in this and the adjoining counties, and
they have in several instances intermingled by marriage.
There were several other sons born unto the Micah Bent
referred to above. Besides David there were William (whose
son is Dr. W. H. Bent of Argyle, N. S.), and Stephen (whose
grandson is J. G. H. Parker of Bridgetown, N. S., a lineal
descendant of the ancient Parker line of Groton, Mass.).
David Bent d. Aug. i6, 1831, aged 67 years. Ruth (Parker)
Bent d. March 12, 1838, aged 73 years.

The children of David and Ruth (Parker) Bent were :

I. Asaph Bent, now dead, m. Widow Vailes and had three
children : •

1. David Bent, m. Suzan Stronach. They reside in
Forest Glen, Annapolis Co., N. S. Children :

1. George Bent.

2. David Bent.

3. Susan Bent, m. George Stronach and had three children.

4. Ruth Bent, m. Hoyt Foster and had six children.

II. Isaac Bent, now dead, m. Arminella Young. Children:

1. Abigail Bent, m. James Lettinej and is now deceased.

2. Louisa Bent.

III. RuFUS Bent, now dead, m. Ann Starrit. Children :

1. Sarah Ann Bent, now deceased, m. James Moore.

2. George Bent, now deceased, m. Mary Ann Inglis, and their

children were : Frank Bent, A. Cliftbrd Bent and five
daughters. This family resides upon the old Bent horrie-
stead in Belisle, Annapolis Co., N. S.

3. David Bent, now deceased.

4. Zenas Bent, now deceased.

5. Elizabeth Bent, now deceased, m. Simeon Freeman and had

three children.

6. Mary Bent, who resides in Belisle, N. S.

7. Edwin Bent, now deceased.

8. Caroline Bent, now deceased, m. Eli Boehner, tind had two

children.

9. Elizabeth Bent, resides in Somerset, Kings Co., N. S.

IV. Arathusa Bent, now deceased, m. Charles Barteaux.



156 PARKER GENEALOGY.

V. Abigail Bent, now deceased, m. Simon Starrit. Two
children :

1, Euphenia Starrit, now deceased.

2. Amanda Starrit, m. Edmund Bent, is now deceased.

VI. Rebecca Bent, now deceased, m. Joseph Starrit.
Children :

1. George Starrit, m. Emily Bentley, and has three children.

2. Benjamin Starrit, m. Clara Fowler, and has two children.

3. Stephen Starrit, now deceased.

4. David Starrit, now deceased, left two children.

5. John Starrit.

6. Abigail Starrit, now deceased.

7. Ruth Starrit, now deceased, m. Abel Wheelock.

8. Miriam Starrit, d. unm.

50. Rebecca Parker (John,^ Josiah,'^ John,^ Hana-
ntah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Capt. John and Lydia (Moore)
Parker, b. in Lexington, June 28, 1768; m. May 29, 1803,
Peter Clark of Watertown, now Belmont, whose first wife,
Sarah Grant of Watertown, having died Jan. i, 1800. He
was the son of Thomas and Sarah (Bright) Clark of Water-
town, whose ancestry is shown in '■'•The Genealogy of the
Descendants of Hugh Clark of Watertown.^'' He was a
farmer, lived in that part of the town which is now Belmont,
and d. May 2, 1859, aged 90. Peter Clark was intelligent and
fond of reading, but better than all, endowed with a sweetness
and liberality and a real courtesy which mere culture can never
bring. Rebecca (Parker) Clark was a very worthy woman.
She d. in Belmont, Jan. 10, 185 1, aged over 82 years.

Their children were :

1. Peter Bright Clark, b. May 2, 1S04; d. in Monroe, La.,

Sept. 9, 1834, unm.

2. Isaac Grant Clark, b. Jan. iS, 1806; d. in Belmont, Dec.

8, 1861, unm.

3. Harriett Rebecca Clark, b. Nov. 22, 1808 ; d. July 24,

1841, unm.

4. Sarah Grant Clark, b. March 10, 1810. She resides upon

the old homestead in Belmont, unm.

51. Robert Parker (fohn,^ Joslah,'^ John,^ Hana-
niah,^ Thomas^), son of Capt. John and Lydia (Moore)
Parker, was b. in Lexington, April 15, 1771 ; m. Oct. 22,



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1794, Elizabeth Simonds, who was b. in Lexington, July 4,
1772, the dau. of Joshua and Martha (Bowers) Simonds of
Lexington. The father, Joshua Simonds, was one of the
minute-men who met the British on the 19th of April, 1775.
It was he who went into the meeting-house for powder, and
finding himself cut off from his company, cocked his gun and
placed the muzzle on an open cask of powder, resolved to
blow up the church in case the British should enter it. The
dau. Elizabeth was then but three years old. Robert Parker
was a farmer and lived not Jar from his brother John Parker,
Esq. He was remembered by his nephew. Rev. Theodore
Parker, as a "tall, grave man." He lived in the west part of
the town on what is now the Neville place, on the Concord
road. Although a man of very quiet and gentle demeanor
his influence for good was widely felt. He d. Dec. 31, 1840,
aged 70. She d. April 11, 1849, aged 77. They were interred
in the graveyard at Lexington. Her gravestone epitaph shows
the motherly sentiment so characteristic of her :

"Father, I will that they also whom thou hast given me be with
me where I am."

Their children were :

134. Mary Parker, b. Dec. 26, 1794; m. Isaac W. Lawrence
of West Cambridge.

JosiAH Parker, b. July 6, 179S; d. Dec. 25, 1840, unm.
Thomas Parker, b. March 16 and d. April 30, 1800.

135. Eliza Eleanor Parker, b. Sept. 20, 1804 ; m. Nathan
Robbins of West Cambridge.

136. Almira Parker, b. Aug. 30, 1806; m. Joshua Robbins of
West Cambridge.

Jonathan Simonds Parker, b. Aug. 8, 1808; d. Feb. 13, 1813.

137. Jonathan Simonds Parker, b. July 30, 1812; m. Abigail
Tattle of Lexington.

138. William Bowers Parker, b. Jan. 13, 181 7; m. Elizabeth
Garfield.

52. Susanna Parker (Josrfh,^ Josiah,^ Jo/in,^ Hana-
niah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Joseph and Eunice (Hobbs) Parker,
b. in Weston, Dec. 31, 1760. It is supposed that it was she
who m. a Gregory, probably a Lincoln man, as it is known



158 PARKER GENEALOGY.

that one of the daughters of Joseph Parker m. one of that
name. Where she Hved is at present unknown ; likewise her
issue. Research among the Gregory family may soon reveal
her posterity.

53. Levi Parker CJosefh^^ yosiah,^ 'yohn,^ Hananiah,^
Thomas'), son of Joseph and Eunice (Hobbs) Parker, was b.
April 16, 1762. He was soon after living in Roxbury, as his
venerable son, Isaac Parker of Chicago, informs us. He
writes :

" My fiither, Levi Parker, was thirteen years old when the Battle
of Bunker Hill was fought, which he witnessed. When he was
seventeen he enlisted for the remainder of the war, and was a soldier
over three years. He was given his discharge by Gen. Knox of
Boston. After the war he went to Hubbardston to live and married
my mother there. Her name was Mary Lyon. They lived there
until they had six children, then they moved to Royalton, Vermont,
where the other three were born."

The date of his marriage was Oct. 26, 1786. She was the
dau. of Bazael and Mary Lyon of Hubbardston. He with
cousins Hollis and Isaac Parker, who later settled in Shrews-
bury and Westborough, respectively, lived in the same great
division in Hubbardston, in the southeast corner of the town,
which part was later set off to Princeton. His cousin Amos
Parker lived in the other extremity of the town. Levi Parker
was a mason by trade. Upon his removal to Royalton, Vt.,
he bought 100 acres of timber land, cleared it up and made a
farm. He d. in Royalton, March, 1813. The widow, Mary
(Lyon) Parker, went to live with her son-in-law, Horace
Garfield, in Potsdam, N. Y., and there passed the remainder
of her days. She d. there aged 88.

Children b. in Hubbardston :

139. Samuel Parker, b. March 4, 1787 ; m. Laurania Aikins.

140. Martha Parker, b. Nov. 19, 1788; m. Shubael Crandall
of Connecticut.

141. Aaron Parker, b. Feb. 20, 1791.

Polly Parker, b. March 14, 1793; m. Horace Garfield. They

had three sons ; one still resides in Potsdam, N. Y.
John Parker, b. Aug. 7, 1795 ; d. April 7, 1825, unm.
Elisha Parker, b. Oct. 25, 1798; m. Alvira Colburn.



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Children b. in Royalton, Vt. :

142. Anna Parker, b. April 13, 1801 ; m. David Paige.
Miriam Parker, b. May 5, 1804; m. Harvey Edgarton. No issue.

143. Isaac Parker, b. Dec. i, 1806; m. Mary Linsted of Har-
rington, Mass.

54. Lois Parker (Josefh,^ Josiah,'^ John,^ Hananiah,^
Thomas^), dau. of Joseph and Eunice (Hobbs) Parker, b. in
Lincoln, Nov. 17, 1763 ; int. of m. entered on Weston records
to John Coburn of Weston, Sept. 14, 1782. He was a farmer
and lived in Weston. He d. in June, 1796, and she m. 2nd,

Holbrook. She lived in that part of Lincoln through

which the British troops marched on the famous 19th of April,
and often related the story of the excitement of the family, as
she described how she and the other "women folks" retreated
to the woods on this occasion. She was then but 12 years
old, and it plainly shows in which part of Lincoln was Joseph
Parker's home.

All the children were b. in Weston :

1. Sarah Coburn, b. March 11, 1785; m. Thomas Heard of

East Sudbury, now Wayland, where he was b. May 34, 1776.

He d. in Waltham, March 7, 1S32. She d. in Watertown,

Sept. 4, 1809, leaving dau. :
I. Jane E. Heard, b. in Watertown, April 11, 1806; m.
at Waltham, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Aug. 24, 1834,
Daniel Emerson of Walthau), son of Peter and Molly
(Muzz}') Emerson. She d. Nov. 16, 1870. She was
his second wife. He was b. in Sandown, N. H., Sept.
16, 1788. He came to Waltham in 1814, and d. there



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