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William Stover Wilcox of Smyrna, N. Y.

Mary Adaline Parker, b. in Otselic, Oct. 5, 1827 ; d. at age of 16.
Dorothy Caroline Parker, b. in Otselic, Aug. 3, 1832 ; m.

Wegors, and had a dau., now Caroline (Wegors) Reed. The

family reside in Herbert, Boon Co., 111.

119. Mehetable Parker (Benjamin,^ Jostak,^ Josiak,^
yohn,^ Hanaiiiah,'^ T/i07nas'), son of Benjamin and Mehetable
(Tidd) Parker, was b. in Woburn, Oct. 23, 1786; m. in
Woburn, Nov. 8, 1810, Major Francis Johnson, the son of
Francis and Abigail (Brooks) Johnson of Woburn. He be-
longed to the mditary company of the town and had the title of
Major, by which he was known. His brother was Nathan
Johnson, who m. a sister of Mehetable Parker, and who also
lived in Winchester, then Woburn. He was a blacksmith
and d. of numb palsy, Nov. 16, 1846, aged 75 years.

Their children were :

I. Francis Johnson, b. April 18, 1S13 ; m. June 7, 1839, Elizabeth
Monroe of Lexington. They were fourth cousins. From
page 75 her ancient Monroe and Parker ancestry can be traced.
They lived in Woburn, now Winchester. He was a black-
smith. He d. in Winchester, June 16, 1876. She resides in
Lexington. Child :


1. Elizabeth Johnson, b. in Winchester, Sept. 19, 1841 ;
resides in Lexington.

2. Betsey Johnson, b. Aug. 15, 1815 ; m. in S. Woburn (now

Winchester), May 19, 1S36, Samuel Martin Rice of Nahant,
son of Jesse and Sally (Colman) Rice. They lived in Lynn
and Winchester. He was a merchant and selectman. She d.
in Winchester, April, 1856. He d. in Worcester, 1869, aged
54. Children :

I. Sarah Elizabeth Rice, b. in Lynn, March 7, 1837 ? "^•
Henry C. Whitten of Winchester, and they have had six

II. Ellen Louise Rice, b. in Woburn, Dec. 3, 1839; "^^
Albert Lane of Winchester. They have had four chil-

III. Charles Cushing Rice, b. in Woburn, Oct. 6, 1842 ;

m. He went to Chicago, 111., in 1866, and 1888 settled
upon a ranch in Martinsdale, Mont., where he now

IV. Frank Inman Rice, b. in Winchester, Sept. 6, 1851 ; d.

in Chicago, 111., Feb., 1875.

3. Mehetable Johnson, b. Oct. 23, 1824; m. Hon. Robert C.

Cristy of Johnson, Vt., whose occupation is farming, but has
been also selectman, assessor, representative. State Senator and
county commissioner. They reside in Johnson, Vt., and have
one son :

I. Charles Clark Cristy.

4. Warren Johnson, b. Aug. 27, 1827 ; m. (i) Hannah Caroline,

b. in Winchester, Feb. 15, 1830, d. April 21, 1882, dau. of
Marshall Wyman and wife Susanna Parker, the dau. of Nathan
Parker of Woburn. He m. (2) Oct. 8, 1885, Agnes, b. in
Winchester, Aug. 27, 1843, dau. of William and Judith M.
(Barker) Wescott of Winchester. Mr. Johnson has been
selectman seven years and assessor four years. He resides in
Winchester. Child :

1. Mary Agnes Johnson, b. Oct. 8, 1863 ; d. May 15, 1881.

Patty Parker (see page 144) (Benjamin,^ Josiah^^
yos/'ah,^ yo/in^i Hananiah,^ Thomas^ ), dau. of Benjamin and
Mehetable (Tidd) Parker, was b. in Woburn, June 11, 1789;
d. Nov. 14, 181 1, aged 22. Gravestone epitaph :


Sacred to the Memory of

Miss Patty Parker Dautr. of

Mr. Benjamin & Mrs. Mehetabel Parker

Who died Nov. 14, 181 1, -^t 22.

"Taught in the Schools of Christ with Humble Mind
She breathed her last and left the world resigned.
Tis His to call our relations away,
Tis ours in sweet submission to obey."

120. Almira Parker (Benjamin,^ Josiah,^ Josiah,^
yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas,^), dau. of Benjamin and Meheta-
ble (Tidd) Parker, was b. in Woburn, Sept. 20, 1790; m. in
Woburn, Nov. 2, 1819, Nathan Brooks Johnson, brother of
Francis and son of Francis and Abigail (Brooks) Johnson of
Woburn. He was a blacksmith and lived in Woburn, in the
part which is now Winchester. He was deacon and select-
man and d. June 28, 1871. She d. Jan. 12, 1879.

The children were all b. in Woburn :

1. Almira Johnson, b. July 26, 1821 ; m. in Woburn, Sept. 19,

1844, Stephen Hall Cutter of Woburn, b. in S. Woburn, April

4, 1821, son of Stephen and Adeline (Wyman) Cutter. He
is a lumber dealer and resides in Winchester. She d. Oct.

5, 1881. Child:

I. Arthur Henry Cutter, b. Dec. 31, 1849; ^- ^^'* 7'

2. Mary Johnson, b. Jan. 26, 1823 ; resides in W. Medford, unm.

3. Harriett Newall Johnson, b. Oct. 4, 1829; d. Sept. 23,

1858, unm.

4. Edward Payson Johnson, b. Dec. 4, 1837 ; m. in Winthrop,

June I, 1865, Eliza S. Long, b. in Plymouth, Vt., July 29,
1840, dau. of Daniel and Eliza (Shewell) Long, both natives
of Hartford Co., Maryland. He was a manufacturer of sad-
dlery hardware. Resided in Montpelier, Vt. Child :
I. Alfred Edward Cutter Johnson, b. in Montpelier,

Sept. 29, 1882.
The family were all together in a summer sojourn to the Vine-
yard and reiurned in the fatal car from which few lives escaped
in the memorable railroad accident at Quincy, Mass., Aug. 19,
1890. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson were immediately killed and the
son only lingered for a few hours, dying at the Quincy hospi-


tal. The family were well known and very highly respected
in Montpelier, and their untimely and terrible death in this
manner was a shock to their many friends, which is better
imagined than described. The family were the only living
descendants of Almira Parker and Nathan B. Johnson of
Woburn. Thus this branch of the Parker- Johnson families
became extinct. F. J. Johnson of Montpelier, a relative who
accompanied the family on their summer trip, was also killed.
5. Martha Ann Johnson, b. Nov. 14, 1841 ; d. Jan. 6, 1878, unm.

121. Anna Parker (Benjamin ,^ yosiah,^ Josiah ,4 "John,^
Hananiah,^ Z%o;««5'j, son of Benjamin and Mehetable (Tidd)
Parker, was b. in Woburn, Sept. 9, 1791 ; m. in Woburn,
March 14, 181 1, Joshua Swan Robbins of W. Cambridge,
now Lexington. He was b. May 25, 1785, third child of a
family of 15 children, the parents being Philemon and Sarah
Swan Robbins of Lexington. He lived in Arlington ; was a
beef and poultry raiser; d. in Lexington, Aug. 3, 1817, where
he is buried. She d. in Woburn while upon a visit to her
father, July 30, 1814, aged 23 years.

Their children were :

I. John Robbins, b. Aug. 3, i8ri. After the early decease of his
parents he went to live in the family of Dea. Joseph Parker of
Woburn, his uncle, and there grew up as one of the family,
becoming strongly attached to them. He m. Susan Allen
Simonds, b. in Hillsborough, N. H., April i, 1819, dau. of
Daniel and Susan (White) Simonds. They reside in Woburn.
Children :

I. John William Robbins, b. Nov. 26, 1837; shoemaker
and musician; m. Mary S., dau. of Haskell and Mary
(Dean) Bancroft of Woburn. He has three children :

1. Mary Alice Robbins; resides in Woburn.

2. William Byron Robbins; resides in Woburn.

3. Ida Robbins; resides in Woburn.

II. Charlotte Ann Robbins, b. June 19, 1840; m. Joseph
J. Knox of New Hampshire. He is a carpenter. They
reside in Woburn and have children :

1. Lottie Lillian Knox.

2. Walter Knox.

3. Ethel Knox.

III. Frank Harvey Robbins, b. Jan. 10, 1849; m. Laura P.
Weston, dau. of Asa Weston of S. Boston. He is



Assistant Bond Clerk, U. S. Custom House, Boston.
They have children :

1. Cora May Robbins.

2. Susie White Robbins.

3. Bertha Phebe Robbins.

4. Florence Robbins.

IV. Fred Swan Robbins, b. Feb. 3, 1858 ; unm. ; is a musi-
cian at the Boston Theatre.
2, Anna Robbins, b. in 1813 ; d. at age of 5 years, and was buried
from her uncle's, Joseph Parker's, of Woburn, Jan. 23, 1819.

122. Lydia Parker ( Benjamin ^^ 'Josiahy> 'Josiah^'^
John,^ Hanantah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Benjamin and Meheta-
ble (Tidd) Parker, was b. in Woburn, Aug. 15, 1796; m.
Nov. 15, 1814, Benjamin Wyer, b. in Woburn, May 19, 1790,
the son of Edward and Lucy (Eaton) Wyer, who were m.
March 20, 1788. Edward Wyer was probably from Charles-
town, where his ancestor, Edward Wyer, from whom all of
the name in America are descended, settled after coming from
Scotland. He was a tailor; m. in 1648 to Elizabeth Johnson,
and d. in Charlestown in 1693.

Benjamin Wyer was a bootmaker ; lived in Woburn but
finally removed to Lexington where he d. Lydia (Parker)
Wyer d. in Woburn, Sept. 9, 1840, aged 44 years.

Their only child was :

I. Benjamin Franklin Wyer, b. in Woburn, Dec. 28, 1816; m.
Nov. 24, 1842, Sarah Brown Page. He was a bootmaker
and storekeeper, and d. in Woburn, Jan. 19, 1884, aged 67
years and 22 days. His wife was the sixth of a family often,
was b. in Nashua, N. H., Feb. 2, 1822, the dau. of John and
Lucy (Fitch) Page, natives of Bedford. Lucy Fitch was dau.
of Dea. Moses Fitch of Bedford. Sarah B. Page Wyer resides
in Woburn. Children :
I. Lydia Annette Wyer, b. in Woburn, Jan. 5, 1846; d.

Sept. 20, 1847.
II. Sarah Allen Wyer, b. in Woburn, July 31, 1849;
resides in Woburn.
Benjamin Wyer (son of Edward) had a brother, George Wyer, of

Woburn, whose sons, Charles Wyer and Edward Francis Wyer,

with their families reside in Woburn.


123. Charlotte Parker (Benjamin,^ Josiah,^ Josiah,^
yokn,^ Hanaiiiah,^ Thomas^), son of Benjamin and Mehetable
(Tidd) Parker, was b. in Woburn, May 3, 1801 ; m. (i)
Oct. 2, 1823, in Woburn. Royal Caldwell, then of Woburn.
They lived in Burlington where he was a mechanic. She m.
(2) March 25, 1845, Nathan Buck of Wilmington, now de-
ceased and buried in Wilmington. She d. in Woburn, Dec.
23, 187 1, and was buried in Woburn.

Her child was :

I. Calvin Caldwell, b. 1824; d. Dec. 31, 1841, at the age of 17

124. Fanny Parker (Benjamin,^ yosiah,^ yosiah,^
yohn,i Hanantah,^ Thomas^), son of Benjamin and Mehetable
(Tidd) Parker, was b. in Woburn, July 22, 1803 ; m. Dec.
23, 1824, George Washington Butters, b. in Woburn, June
28, 1799, son of Willard and Sarah (Caldwell) Butters of
Woburn. He was a bootmaker and after the birth of his
family removed to Methuen.

All the children were b. in Woburn :

1. Fannie Maria Butters, b. June 20, 1826; deceased.

2. Martha Butters, b. May 11, 182S ; d. Aug. 12, 1873, unm.

3. George Albert Butters, b. July 7, 1830.

4. William Henry Butters, b. Feb. 10, 1834; m. in Deny,

N. H., Jan. 21, 1866, Lucinda Perkins Nickols, dau. of Wood-
burn and EHza K. Nickols, b. in Derry, July 3, 1834. They
i-eside in Methuen. He is a farmer. Child :

I. George Henry Butters, b. in Methuen, Nov. 7, 1870.

5. Charles Butters, b. May 3, 1836; m. in Haverhill, Oct. i,

1856, Catherine A. Webster, b. in Lynn, June 24, 1832, dau.
of William and Matilda Webster. Children :

I. Carrie Parker Butters, b. in Haverhill, April 28,
1857 ; m. Wm. M. Webster of Bradford. Child :

I. Carl Howard Webster, b. July i, 1884.

II. Charles Sumner Butters, b. in Haverhill, Aug. 3,
1861 ; m. Harriet Chase. Child :

I. Frederick Butters, b. June 20, 1885.

6. Lucy Parker Butters, b. April 30, 1838 ; d. April 30, 1841.


125. David Johnson Parker (Edmund,^ Josiah,^
yosiah,^ John,^ Hananiah,'^ Thomas^), son of Edmund and
Lydia (Johnson) Parker, was b. in Woburn ; m. in Woburn,
Jan. 5, 1815, Rebecca Carter of Wilmington. He d. in Wo-
burn, Feb. 12, 1830.

Their children were :
David Parker, b. 1815 ; d. in Woburn, Feb. 17, 1819, aged 3^

Lydia Parker, b. March 11, 1818 ; d. in Woburn, July 3, 1871,

aged 53 years, unm.
James Parker, b. Sept. 17, 1819; m. Oct. 18, 1846, Mary Ann

Laethe. He d. in 1872. She resides In San Francisco, Cal.
Marv Parker, b. Sept. 7, 1823 ; m. Charles Swan of Woburn.

b. [probably] April, 1824, and d. same month.*

Elizabeth Parker, b. Jan. 12, 1825 ; m. 1844, Thomas Rice of
Chailestown, son of Thomas and Sarah Rice, b. March 25, 1822.
Their dau. was :

I. Mary Elizabeth Rice, b. 1S48 ; lived to the age of 19 years,

1 1 months, 7 days. She was a school-teacher ; besides was

a handsome and very promising girl. In four days' sickness,

however, she d. with the spinal meningitis upon the day set

for her marriage I The mother's residence, if living, is


David Bradley Parker, b. June 13, 1828 ; m. He is somewhere

in the west, if living.

126. Polly Parker (Nathan,^ Josiak,^ Josiah,^ John,^
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Nathan and Polly (Richard-
son) Parker, was b. in Woburn, March 23, 1794; m. in
Woburn, Aug. 4, 1812, Joshua Reed, Jr., b. in Woburn, July
24, 1790, the son of Joshua and Ann Reed of Woburn. He
was a shoe manufacturer. She d. Jan. 7, 1834, aged 40 years.
He d. of consumption, July 9, 1844, aged 82 years.

Their children were :
I. Mary P. Reed, b. April 21, 1813 ; m. May 30, 1833, Samuel
G. Neville. She d. Dec. 30, 1881. Children :
I. Henrietta Neville, b. July 4, 1836 ; d. March 15, 1840.
II. Lewis W. Neville, b. Aug. 7, 1838; m. March 16,
1862, Harriett F. Stevens.

♦This birth is inserted on account of an entry in the Woburn town records,
which reads : " , a child of David Parker died April, 1824."


HI. Marietta Neville, b. March ii, 1841 ; m. Oct. 20,

1879, John Fickett.
IV. Charles H. Neville, b. July 20, 1847; m. April 4,

1871, Bessie M. Maddison. They have six children.

V. Elizabeth Neville, b. May 13, 185 1 ; m. June 30,

1875, Samuel Tripp Eldridge. They have four children.

VI. Annie M. Neville, b. Dec. 11, 1857.

2. Maria Reed, b. Feb. 9, 1814 ; d. Jan. 18, 1815.

3. Joseph Reed, b. April 19, 1817; d. in the west.

4. Maria Reed, b. April i, 1819; m. March 12, 1853, Luther E.

Hinckley. He d. Nov. 18, 1869, aged 47 years. She sur-
vives him. Their dau. was :

I. Josephine Smith Hinckley, b. June 9, 1858.

5. Sarah Ann Reed, b. June 10, 1821 ; m. in Woburn, Dec. 15,

1844, Aaron Thompson, son of Aaron and Rhoda (Lamb)
Thompson, b. in Feacham, Vt., Dec. 9, 1816. He was supt.
of the Woburn Gas Light Co. from 1855 to 18S7. He d. June
18, 1888. She resides in Woburn. Children :

I. Caroline W. Thompson, b. April 20, 1846.
II. Fannie Thompson, b. Oct. i, 1848.

III. Katie Thompson, b. Jan. 10, 1852 ; m. Oct. 26, 1876,
F. A. Winn. Their dau. was :

I. Dora A. Winn, b. July i, 1878.

6. Harriet Reed, b. Aug. 7, 1824; m. Nov. 20, 1842, Joseph

B. Sawtelle of Woburn. He d. in Woburn, May 14, 1890,
aged 70 years, 8 months. She resides in Woburn. Children :

I. Harriet Alice Sawtelle, b. Dec. 20, 1843 ; d. April
10, 1846.

II. Harriet Alice Sawtelle, b. Jan. 31, 1846; m. Aug.

4, 1864, Fred G. King. They have two children and
two grandchildren.

III. Emma L. Sawtelle, b. May 2, 1848; m. Dec. 23, 1872,

William Davis.

IV. Joseph E. Sawtelle, b. Feb. 23, 1851 ; m. May 8, 1876,

Harriett Newell.
V. Nellie E. Sawtelle, b. Jan. 18, 1854 ; d. Sept. 24, 1855.

VI. Nellie M. Sawtelle, b. Feb. 21, 1857; '"• Nov. 14,

1877, Charles Dexter Wade. They have had three

VII. Frank A. Sawtelle, b. March 8, 1864 ; d. July 31, 1864.


127. Maria Parker (Nathan,^ Josiah,^ Josiah^ John,^
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Nathan and Polly (Richard-
son) Parker, was b. in Woburn, July 9, 1801 ; m. 1829,
Simon Adams, b. in Carlisle, Nov. 4, 1796, son of Timothy
and Joanna Keyes Adams. He was a trader. They lived in
Lowell. He was one year a member of the Mass. House of
Representatives. He d. in Lowell, Sept. 7, 1847. She d. in
Concord, Jan. 19, 1861.

The children were b. in Lowell :

1. Clara Maria Adams, b. Aug. 3, 1S30; resides in Boston.

2. Mary Julia Adams, b. July 9, 1S33 ; m. in Concord, Aug. 21,

1856, Abel Gardner Heywood, b. in Concord, June 12, 1835,
son of Abel B. and Eliza (Lawrence) Heywood. He was an
innholder ; d. in Concord, Feb, 9, 1873. She d. in Worcester,
Nov. 17, 1S85. Child:

I. Annie Maria Heywood, b. in Concord, Oct. 3, 1861 ;

m. in Boston, Dec. 28, 1S82, Charles Howard Webber,
b. Sept. 20, 1857, son of Moses H. and Susan D. (Bur-
gess) Webber. Their children were :

1. Velina Briard Webber, b. in Boston, Sept. 24, 1883.

2. Ruth Webber, b. in Winthrop, March ii, 1S90.

3. Elizabeth Bartlett Adams, b. Aug. 12, 1836 ; m. in Charles-

town, June 12, 1861, George, b. in Roxbury, Dec. 9, 1836,
son of Elisha and Henrietta (Mayo) Tolman. They reside in
Concord. Mr. Tolman is a journalist. He is also an experi-
enced genealogist, having spent a share of his life in this re-
search for the benefit of Concord families, of whose genealogy
he is the best authority. Their children were :

I. Adams Tolman, b. in Boston, April 15, 1862 ; m. in
Roxbury, June 6, 18S8, Harriett L., dau. of Daniel L.
Giles of Concord. Their son was :

I. Edward Mayo Tohnan, b. in Concord, June 3, 1S90.

II. Mary Mayo Tolman, b. in Concord, Oct. 8, 1863 ; d.

in Northfield, Vt., July 31, 1866.

III. William Nickols Tolman, b. in Dorchester, Nov. 2,


IV. Charles Edward Tolman, b. in Concord, Sept. 12, 1871-
V. James Henry Tolman. b. in Concord, Aug. 29, 1876.


128. Susanna Parker (Nathan,^ Josiah,^ Josiah,^
yohn,^ Hananiah^- Thomas^), dau. of Nathan and Polly
(Richardson) Parker, was b. in Woburn, July 28, 1799; "^'
in Woburn, April 10, 1821, Marshall Wyman, b. in Woburn,
July II, 1792, deacon, son of Daniel and Hannah Wyman.
They lived in Woburn. He d. July 10, 1869. She d. Nov.
3, 1876.

Their children, all b. in So. Woburn, now Winchester,
were :

1. Henry Marshall Wyman, b. Oct. 3, 1S23 ; m. Emma Palmer

of Boston. He is deceased and she is living in California.

Children :

I. Henry Parker Wyman; d. in Arlington, aged 22.

II. Charles Crosby Wyman ; resides in California.
IK. Fred Roswell Wyman; d. in Chicago, 111., aged 21.
IV. Herbert Edward Wyman ; resides in Chicago, III.

2. William Augustus Wyman, b. Sept. 25, 1825 ; m. Lucy Fair-

banks of Boston. He is deceased and she resides in Brooklyn,
N. Y., where her family live also. Children :
I. Helen Eloise Wyman.
II. Marshall Fairbanks Wyman.
III. Maud Wyman.

3. Nathan Parker Wyman, b. Feb. 14, 1828 ; d. of typhus fever,

Sept. 29, 1845, aged 17 years.

4. Hannah Caroline Wyman, b. Feb. 15, 1830; m. Warren

Johnson of So. Woburn, b. Aug. 27, 1827, son of Major
Francis and Mehetable (Parker) Johnson (No. 119. See
page 229 for Warren Johnson.) She had one dau. :
I. Mary Agnes Johnson, b. Oct. 8, 1863 ; d. May 15,
1881. The mother d. in Winchester the year following,
April 21, 1882.

5. Abigail Fiske Wyman, b. Ma}' 4, 1833 ; she is deceased.

6. Mary Eliza Wyman, b. Jan. 11, 1835 ; d. aged 24.

7. Susan Ann Wyman, b. Feb. 14, 1838; d. Sept. i, 1S76.

8. Clara Maria Wyman, b. April 19, 1840; resides in Arlington.

John Parker (see page 153) (John,^ John,^ Josiah,^
yokn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^ ), son of John and Hannah
(Stearns) Parker, was b. in Lexington, Oct. 12, 1786; m.
at the residence of her brother, Leonard Greene, in W. Cam-
bridge, Harriet Maria Greene, b. in Weston.


Their children were :

Emeline Augusta Parker; m. Gilman ; resides 112 Broad-
way, Chelsea. She has filled responsible positions. A treasured
family relic, Capt. John Parker's fannily Bible, is in her preserva-
tion. It was printed in 1769 and contains records in Capt. John's
strong and legible hand. Its cost was five pounds.

Caroline Eliza Parker ; m. George W. Stearns. She resides in

John Brooks Parker ; resides in Everett.

129. Hannah Parker (John,^ Jolm,^ Josiah,^ John,^
Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of John and Hannah (Stearns)
Parker, was b. in Lexington, March 15, 1791 ; m. March 15,
181 1, Samuel Greene,* then of Brighton, but a native of
Weston. Samuel Greene went to Burlington, Vt., in 1815,
where he was soon joined by his wife and two children. She
d. there, however, Oct. i, 1815. Her oldest sister, Mary
Parker, was previously sent for. She arrived in time to wit-
ness the sad funeral, and assisted the family as she could.
The year following, June 25, 1816, she and Samuel Greene
were married. "A more kind and affectionate mother-in-law
children never had." He d. Dec. 5, 1818, and she with the
only surviving son returned to Lexington, where she d. at the
homestead in 1831.

Their children were :
I. Columbus Greene, b. Feb. 13, 1812; m. 1839, Martha Dow
Webber, who was b. in Rumney, N. H., May 6, 181 1, dau.
of Benjamin, whose father, Benjamin Webber, was one of the
three men who in 1756 bought land on the south side of
Baker's river, and were the first settlers of what is now the
town of Rumney, N. H. It has already been shown that
when a child of three years he accompanied his mother to
Vermont in her removal there in 1S15. Mr. Greene has
several faint recollections of the journey. Upon the death of
his parents his mother-in-law was anxious to place him under
her father's, John Parker's, care, and they returned to Lexing-
ton in 1819. Being the oldest of Mr. Parker's grandchildren
he became associated during his youth with many of the brave
patriots who composed his great-grandfather's, Capt. Parker's,

* It is supposed that the families by the name in America of Greene who
spell the name with the e final are descended from the same common ancestor.

/■ '^T>=^,

Columbus Greene.


military company, who fought so hard for the blessings of
liberty which they finally attained, and to whose accounts of
adventures he was very fond of listening. He was but two
years younger than Theodore Parker, and with him and some
of the other sons of John Parker he worked, played and studied.
They were boys together upon the old Parker homestead, then
as previously well filled with youthful activity and hope. In
speaking of his grandfather, Mr. Greene says : " I will only add
that he was all to me that my father could have been if he had
lived, and often said he knew no diflerence between me and
his own children, and he certainly never manifested any, and
in his declining years expressed a desire that I should remain
with him, but I was too young to take the responsibility and
wisely declined. His influence over me was a great blessing,
which I shall never forget."

It was with sad heart he left his grandfather in 1832 at the
age of 20 to reside in Lowell, and at his first opportunity
signed a temperance pledge. In process of time the anti-slav-
ery movement began, and opposition was so great for a time
that it was only safe for the leaders to hold their meetings for
consideration in private. However, while yet young, he iden-
tified himself with the cause, and through all the years has
been a true friend of the colored race.

As might be expected this man had other conscientious be-
liefs. At this time he was a decided Unitarian and active in
advocating their views ; "but," to quote him exactly, "finally
decided that I would say no more upon the subject of religion
pro or con ; would lay aside all opinions for the time being
and sincerely read the New Testament to learn what it taught
as necessary to salvation, and that I would pray to God to
help me to learn the truth, and this absorbed my attention for
months, and the result was I became a christian and united
with the First Baptist Church in Lowell. It was a new era
in my life ; I became active in Church work ; finally consented
to my pastor's request to hold meetings in different places
which he considered profitable, and thus years passed."

Columbus Greene was ordained pastor of the Baptist Church
in Colchester, Vt., June 11, 1840. He enjoyed his work there
and preached with success for about six years, when his health
failing he engaged in the manufacture of furniture. In 1847
he removed to Montgomery, Vt., and engaged in a mercantile
business. In 1S49 he was instrumental in forming a division


of the New England Protective Union. He was soon after-
ward appointed postmaster at the centre of the town and held
the office for a period of 25 years ; also filled some town
offices, and during the Civil war drew the State pay for the
soldiers. Upon the breaking out of the war in 1861 he did his
best, publicly and privately, by orations, writing and personal
influence, to stir up the fires of patriotism and defend the heri-
tage our fathers gave us. He was a leader in his town, a man
whose ability and righteous example was felt by all, and his
name will live as long in Montgomery as the town itself. In
1863 and '64 he represented the town in the legislature, and
was also elected in 1S65, but did not serve. For more than
20 years he had charge of the Division store without the least
disagreement among the officers, and succeeded beyond all
expectations. He removed to Cazenovia, N. Y., in 1875, but
after a few years removed to Washington, D. C, where he
passed the remaining years of his life with his son. He d. in
Washington, D. C, Aug. 2, 1893. His remains rest in Rock

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