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fortune of losing all their children but one before reaching the
age of 25 years. She still resides in Marlborough with her son.
Their children were :

Infant, b. and d,

George Presson Parker, b. May 6, and d. July 31, 1838.

333. Lysander Presson Parker, b. in Worcester, Oct. 2, 1839;

m. Eleanor Wilkins of Marlborough.
Minerva Ann Parker, b. in Southborough, Oct. 18, 1841 ; m.

Dec. 25, 1864, William B. Wetherby of Marlborough ; d. April

6, 1866. No issue.
Georgiette Marion Parker, b. in Sutton, Jan. 10, 1844 ; m. May

28, 1865, Daniel B. Bigelow ; d. Jan. 17, 1867. No surviving

Roland Everett Parker, b. in Southborough, Aug. 4, 1847 ; d.

Jan. 30, 1854.

164. Harriet Parker (Nathan,^ Peter, ^ John,^ John,^
Hananiah,^ Thomas"^), dau. of Nathan and Catharine (Mur-
dock) Parker, was b. in Framingham, Oct. 10, 1793 ; ni.
March 20, 1821, Josiah Bigelow, b. Oct. 26, 1790. He was
a carpenter and they lived in Framingham. He was the son
of Joseph and Ruth (Parker) Bigelow of Holliston, thus
making him cousin to Harriet Parker. She d. Nov. 2, 1861.
He d. July 22, 1863.

Their children were :

1. John Preston Bigelow, b. Feb. 14, 1822.

2. Henry W. Bigelow, b. Oct. 21, 1824; m. (i) Mary Langell.

3. Catharine A. Bigelow, b. Sept. 8, 1827; m. Aug. 31, 1853,

Job T. Perry, native of Belfast, Me. He owned the mills in
Framingham, near F. A. Billings's. The family removed to
Somerville. He d. April, 1884. Their children were :
I. Everett T. Perry, b. Nov. 27, 1854.
II. Hattie Maria Perry, b. Oct. 13, 1858.
III. Catharine E. Perry, b. Dec. 22, i860.


4. JosiAH Q. BiGELOW, b. June 18, 1828 ; d. young.

5. E. Bigelow, b. June 2, 1S30; m. Marcia E. Terrell.

He d. Dec. 15, 1885.

6. JosiAH Q. Bigelow, b. Feb. 6, 1836.

165. Maria Parker (Nathan,^ Peter, ^^ John,^ John,^
Hananiah,'' Thomas'), dau. of Nathan and Catharine (Mur-
dock) Parker, was b. in Framingham, April 16, 1799; "^'
Dec. 9, 1819, Abijah Fay of Southborough. He was a farmer
in Framingham. They adopted one dau., but left no children.

166. Dr. Peter Parker (Nathan,^ Peter, ^ John,^ John,^
Hanantah,^ Thomas'), son of Nathan and Catharine (Mur-
dock) Parker, was b. in Framingham, June 18, 1804. In his
youth he exhibited a remarkable thirst for knowledge and
power of attaining it, together with an untiring industry and
worth}^ ambition. He was an enthusiastic student from boy-
hood and early showed a preferment for missionary labors.
He graduated from Yale College in 183 1, after which he took
up a course in the medical department from which he gradu-
ated in 1834 with the title of M.D. He was licensed to preach
Aug., 1833.

Peter Parker was a renowned missionary, theologian, doctor
and surgeon, and conspicuous in the early diplomatic relations
between his country and China. His ability was not bounded
by one profession. Wherever he went or whatever his duties
his associates felt the blessing of his presence or beheld the
improvement of his touch.

Having studied theology, in which profession he took a deep
interest, he was immediately appointed by the American Board
of Commissioners of Foreign Missions as missionary physician
to China. He was ordained by the Second Presb3^tery of Phila-
delphia, May 16, 1834. He embarked for China June 3, and
reached Canton Oct. 29. At Canton he established a hospital.
It was originally intended to treat only those affected with the
diseases of the eye, in which Dr. Parker was an expert, but
soon applicants suffering from other ailments were admitted,
and the tirst year he had taken in 2,000. The medical ability
of Dr. Parker was a marvel. The natives appreciated his
wonderful cures and showed him the greatest respect and


gratitude. He also preached to the inmates of the hospital.
He was the first known white man who ever saw the face of
the Emperor of China. This was occasioned by the Emperor's
illness, which necessitated Dr. Parker's educated skill.

A worthy account of Dr. Peter Parker is by J. H. Temple,
Esq., historian of Framingham, in which he thus writes know-
ingly of his deceased neighbor and friend :

"Soon after reaching Canton he went to Singapore to study the
Fuhkeen Dialect ; returned to China, Aug., 1835, and Nov. 4 opened
the Ophthalmic Hospital in Canton, originally intended for diseases
of the eye but soon became, by force of circumstances, more general
in its character. In 1837, Dr. P. visited Lew Chew and Japan, in
the ship Morrisor/., to return to their homes some shipwrecked
Japanese sailors. He was one of the founders of the Medical Mis-
sionary Society of China, and, for many years, president of the same.

"On the breaking out of the Opium War between England and
China — at which date upwards of 12,000 cases had been treated at
the Canton Hospital — Dr. Parker returned to America, visiting, also,
England and Scotland. As a direct result of his efforts, a wide-
spread interest was awakened in his work ; auxiliary societies were
formed, and the sum of $6,000 was secured for the purposes of the
Medical Missionary Society.

"In Washington, D. C, March 29, 1841, Dr. Parker married
Miss Harriet Colby Webster, dau. of John Ordway and Rebecca
Guild (Sewall) Webster of Augusta, Me., and returned to China in
1842, — Mrs. P. being the first foreign lady to reside in Canton. In
1844, with the consent of the Pru. Com. of the Am. Board, he ac-
cepted the appointment, by Hon. Caleb Cushing, U. S. Minister to
China, of Chinese Secretary and Interpreter to the Legation. An
historical fact of interest may here be recorded : A projet of a treaty
had been prepared by Mr. Cushing, and translated into Chinese,
prior to the arrival at Canton of the Imperial Commissioner, Ke
Ying. This projet was referred to deputies named by each of the
two Commissioners, to be examined in detail. One of the Chinese
deputies was Pwan Tze Shing, son of Pwan Ting-kwa, a Hong
merchant, from whom Dr. Parker (one of the American deputies)
had successfully removed a large polypus in each nostril, and whose
mother had also been his patient. When, in the progress of their
examination, the deputies came to the 17th Article, which granted
to Americans the right to rent sites and construct houses and places
of business, also hospitals and cemeteries, Pwan Tze Shing — evi-
dently as a graceful tribute of acknowledgment to the benefactor of



his parents, as well as a public recognition of the claims of the
Christian religion — proposed to add, ' and temples of worship.' The
added clause was adopted, and was accepted by the Commissioners,
and became a provision of the treaty. Whether the prompting of
personal gratitude, or of a broader motive, this suggestion prepared
the way for the Imperial Rescript of Dec. 28, 1844, granting tolera-
tion to Christianity throughout the Chinese Empire.

"In 1845 Dr. Parker was appointed by our government Secretary
of Legation and Chinese interpreter, at which date his connection
with the Am. Board of Missions ceased, though he continued his
labors at the Hospital till 1S55, when 53,000 names of patients had
been entered on its roll. He then returned to America ; but was
soon appointed U. S. Commissioner, with plenipotentiary powers,
to revise the treaty of 1844. He reached China in December, and
after two years' service returned to the U. S. in 1857. ^^ afterward
resided in Washington, though a love for his native town induced
him to purchase the paternal homestead in Framingham, where his
summers were passed.

" Dr. Parker was made a corporate member of the A. B. C. F. M.
in 1871 ; was elected Regent of the Smithsonian Institution in 1868 ;
and was appointed in 1S71 by the Evangelical Alliance, one of the
American delegates to Russia, to memorialize the Emperor in behalf
of religious liberty in the Baltic provinces."

Biographical notices of Dr. Peter Parker are also found in
all standard encyclopaedias and in the History of Middlesex
Co., Mass. He d. in Washington, D. C, Jan. 10, 1888.

Their only child was :
334. Peter Parker, b. in Washington, D. C, June 13, 1859.

167. Charles Parker (Josiak,^ Peter, ^ John,^ Jokn,^
Hananiah,^ T/iotnas'), son of Josiah and Olive (Stone) Parker,
was b. in Framingham, March 6, 1805 ; m. May 16, 1830,
Mary H.WallingfordotClaremont, N. H.,b. in Dublin, N. H.,
1806, dau. of Ebenezer Blodgett and Mary (Hildreth) Walling-
ford. He succeeded to his father's new homestead in Fram-
ingham ; removed to Illinois ; removed to Bridgewater ; bought
an estate in Framingham Centre ; removed to Roxbury, where
he d. Jan. 16, 1885. He felt an interest in his genealogy, and
to him much of the credit is due for the fulness of the Parker
records in the History of Framingham. He properly appre-
ciated the worth of his ancestors' noble lives and observed the


many abilities which they had transmitted to their descendants.
He was an enterprising and public-spirited citizen. Mrs. Mary
H. Parker d. March i, 1870, aged 64.

Their children were :

335. Charles W. Parker, b. June 27, 1831 ; m. Mary Jane
Schoft' of Newburyport.

JosiAH S. Parker, b. Jan. 13, 1S34; d. Dec. 22, 1838.
Elizabeth Leman Parker, b. July 4, 1835 ' ^^- Nathan D. Robin-
son of Bridgewater.

336. Edgar Parker, b. June 7, 1840; m. Frances Ames Hyde
of Brid^ewater.

168. Eliza Ann Parker (Josiah,^ Peter,^ Jo/m,^
yohn^i Hananiah,^ Thomas'^), dau. of Capt. Josiah and Olive
(Stone) Parker, was b. in Framingham, July 17, 1810; m.
in Framingham, Nov. 4, 1835, Thomas Hastings, Jr., b. in
Framingham, April 18, 1809, son of Thomas and Nancy
(Abbott) Hastings of Framingham. He d. June 6, 1886.
She resides in Cambridgeport.

Their children, all b. in Framingham, were :

1. CouRTLAND EvARTs HASTINGS, b. March 21, 1843; ™- i"

Chelsea, Florence Hubbard of Chelsea, dau. of Charles Hub-
bard. He resides in New York city, where he is in the whole-
sale jewelry business. Children :

I. Lillian Hastings, b. Jan. 16, 1873.
II. Alice Hastings, b. April, 1874.

2. Frederic Ashburton Hastings, b. Sept., 1841^ ; m. Jan. 15,

1872, Elizabeth Dow Ladd, b. in Newton, Feb. 4, 1846, dau.
of William H. and Hannah B. (Goodridge) Ladd. He was
of Portsmouth, N. H., and she was of Haverhill. Children:

I. Ella May Hastings, b. in Jamaica Plain, June iS, 1S73.
II. Clarence Frederick Hastings; b. July 2, 1877; ^'

Nov. 21, 1877.
III. Fred Parker Hastings, b. in Brighton, Aug. 9, 1878.

3. Ella Webster Hastings, b. Oct. ii, 1849 '■> ^- Nov. 2^, 187:^,

John Langdon Chapman, son of Eben and Eliza Chapman,
b. in York, Me., Nov. 24, 1844. They reside in Cambridge-



169. Emily Parker (Josiah,^ Peter, ^ John,^ John,^
Hauaiiiah,- T/ioiiias'), dau. of Josiah and Olive (Stone)
Parker, was b. in Framingham, Nov. 17, 1813 ; m. Daniel
Parmenter. She possessed good musical talent. They lived
in Framingham, where they have both deceased.

They had one son :

I. Daniel Parmenter, who served in the Union army. It is
said that he was shot in a Rebel prison while attempting to
send a letter home. He was a graduate of Norwich (Vt.)

170. Edward C. Parker (Artemas,^ Peter, ^ Johti,^
'John,^ Hananiah,- Thomas^), son of Artemas and Almy
(Clark) Parker, was b. in Framingham, Sept. 26, 1806; m.
May 17, 1832, Mary Leland, b. in Holliston, April 6, 1808,
dau. of James and Betsey Leland of Holliston. He settled in
Holliston in the east part of the town, where he built the house
in which he still lives, adjacent to E. Holliston station. He
was a farmer and station agent, which latter position he held
for a great many years and which has now passed to his son.
His wife d. Aug. 31, 1879. He was the last survivor of his
family and d. in E. Holliston, Feb. 3, 1893, aged 86 years.

Their children were :

337. James Edward Parker, b. Feb. 19, 1834 ; m. Susan Mason
of Southbridge.

Joseph Stoddard Parker, b. March 28. 1839; m. just previous
to his enlistment, Clara Thompson. Enlisted in 1862 for nine
months in the 44th Mass. Reg. He served a part of the time at
Port Royal, S. C. He is conductor on Pullman excursion cars.

171. George Smith Parker (Artemas,^ Peter, '= John,^
yohn,^ Hananiah,- Thomas^ ), son of Artemas and Almy
(Clark) Parker, was b. in S. Framingham, April 19, 1808;
m. in New Scotland, N. Y., Oct. 14, 1829, Mary Ann White
of Albany, N. Y., b. in New Scotland, N. Y., Sept. 2, 1816,
dau. of Cobert and Sarah White. After three children were
b. to them in Albany, N. Y., they removed May 7, 1837, to
Holliston, where he was a shoemaker and where he d. Aug.
I, 1875. She d. in Medway, Nov. 23, 1887.


Their children were :
George Smith Parker, Jr., b. Oct. 2, 1832 ; m. Mary Skahal.

338. Melvina Parker, b. Dec. 9, 1834; "^- (0 Alvin B. Batch-
elder, (2) William Batchelder.

339. Eliza Jane Parker, b. Feb. 2, 1837 5 ^- Luther H. Turner.
Mary Emeline Parker, b. Sept. 15, 1839; d. in Holliston, Aug.

5, 1841.
James William Parker, b. March 27, 1842 ; m. in St. John, N.
B., Catharine C. Godsoe. They had three children.

340. Charles Augustus Parker, b. Aug. 15, 1844 ; m. Eliza A.
Pettis of Holliston.

341. Henry Emerson Parker, b. Oct. 13, 1849; m. Ellen E.
M. Jones of Medway.

Edward Lorenzo Parker, b. July 2, 1852; d. in Chicago, 111.,
Nov. 20, 1872.

172. Curtis Parker (Artemas,^ Peier,^ Jo/in,^ John,'^
Hananiah,^ T/iomas'), son of Artemas and Almy (Clark)
Parker, was b. in Framingham, June 28, 1810; m. April 5,
1832, Eliza Jane Horton, b. April 14, 1810, dau. of William
and Hannah (Rice) Horton of Natick. He settled in Natick,
where he d. Dec. 25, 1873. She d. in Natick, May 28, 1888.

Their children were :
Sumner Wheelock Parker, b. Dec. 10, 1835 ; d. Dec. 8, 1S41.

342. Althea Wheelock Parker, b. Nov. 21, 1843; m. John
Lovett Sanger of Natick.

343. Sumner Horton Parker, b. Jan. 7, 1848; m. Emma Jane
Fay of Natick.

1 73. Lorenzo Parker (Artemas,^ Peter, ^ John,^ yohn,i
Hananiah^ Thomas'), son of Artemas and Almy (Clark)
Parker, was b. in Framingham, May 8, 1812. He learned
bookbinding of O. Boynton of Framingham, after which he
settled in Holliston and m. April 10, 1837, Mary E. Herrick,
b. in Portland, Me., Dec. 29, 1812, dau. of Moses and Mary
(Cogswell) Herrick. Moses Herrick was in the War of 1812
and d. soon after its close. Mary Cogswell was dau. of Will-
iam Cogswell of Lunenburg. Lorenzo Parker was a printer
and bookbinder. He kept a bookstore in Holliston for many
years, but in his later years he was a farmer. He lived on the
place where his widow still resides. He d. July 11, 1887.



174. Eliza Jane Parker (Artemas,^ Peter, ^ Jokn,^
yokn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Artemas and Almy
(Clark) Parker, was b. in Framingham, June 6, 1817 ; m. in
Natick, Dec. 17, 1834, David Washburn, b. March 7, 1815,
son of Jedediah and Mitta Frost Washburn of Natick. He
was engaged in the shoe business most of his Hfe. They lived
in Natick. She d. March 12, 1884. He d. Aug. 17, 1887.

Their children were :

1. Almy Clark Washburn, b. Sept. 27, 1835; m. (i) Jan. i,

1S56, Charles M. Felch of Natick, where they resided. He
d. and she m. (2) Dec. 12, 1866, George W. Lewin. They
removed to Fall River, where she d. Oct. 9, 1888, and where
he still resides. Children :

I. Charles Sumner Felch, b. Jan. 2, 185S ; m. Nov. 26,

1884, Stella Daniels ; resides in Felchville, Natick, and
has one dau. :
I. Mabel Louise Felch, b. Sept. 10, 1886.

n. Jennie Almy Felch, b. Dec. 26, 1857 ! ^^- Ceorge
Winslow. They reside in Steep Brook, Fall River, and
have :
I. Charles Winslow. 2. Beula Winslow.

III. Fannie Lewin ; resides in Fall River, unm.

2. RoMANZO Neridin Washburn, b. July 4, 1839; m. Aug. 22,

1865, Annie Church of Augusta, Me. They lived in Natick,
where he d. March 22, 1887. She resides in Salem. Children :

I. Lorenzo Parker Washburn ; resides in Salem.

II. Walter Reynolds Washburn ; lived two or three years.

3. Mary Eliza Washburn, b. April 4, 1845 ; m. Sept. 6, 1865,

Sylvanus Stewart of Haverhill, where they reside and have
one son :

I. Ernest L. Stewart, b. Feb, 27, 1867; m. Bertha East-
man ; resides in Haverhill. Child :
I. EfRe Stewart.

4. Oscar Jedediah Washburn, b. Jan. 28, 1850 ; m. in Sherborn,

Jan. 8, 1876, Emma Jane Leland, dau. of Amariah and
Martha (Anderson) Leland, b. in Eden, Me., Nov. i, 1852.
He is a dentist and resides in Natick. Their child was :
I. David Leland Washburn, b. in Natick, Nov. 16, 1879.


175. Susan M. Parker ( Luther, t Philemon,^ yo7ias,i
Andrew,'' John,^ Hanamah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Luther and
Dolly (Byam) Parker, was b. in Chester, Vt., March lo, 1826 ;
m. in Cavendish, Vt., Dec. 24, 1849, Horace Thompson of
Chester, b. in Chester, May 16, 1825. They reside in Caven-

Their children were :

1. William P. Thompson, b. in Cavendish, Vt., Aug. 20, 1855;

m. Nov. 28, 1878. He is overseer in a woolen factory.

2. Hattie M. Thompson, b. July 10, i860; m. April 22, 1883,

Alva T. Pierce of Cavendish.

176. Lucinda A. Parker ( Luther, ^ Philemon,^ Jonas, ^
Andrew,'' John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas'-), dau. of Luther and
Dolly (Byam; Parker, was b. in Chester, Vt., June 3, 1827 ;
m. Sept. 12, 1850, Josiah Ayers, b. in Windham, Vt., April
29, 1819, son of James Ayers of Windham. He was a farmer
in West Pawlet, Vt., where he d. Feb. 5, 1890.

Their children were :

1. Horace J. Ayers, b. Aug. 13, 1851 ; m. Jan. 7, 1873, Ella

Hicks, dau. of Daniel and Arathusa (Johnson) Hicks. Chil-
dren :

I. Addie L. Ayers, b. Jan. 28, 1876; d. Aug. 16, 1S88.
II. Mardie R. Ayers, b. Aug. 24, 1882.

2. George J. Ayers, b. Oct. 26, 1855 ; m. Feb. 17, 1878, Ida M.

Woodard, dau. of Marcelar and Mary A. (Miller) Woodard.
Their daughters were :
I. IsMA C. Ayers, b. Aug. 15, 1879.
II. Grace P. Ayers, b. July 3, 1882.

III. May B. Ayers, b. July 5, 1884.

IV. Leslie J. D. Ayers, b. July 19, 1886.

3. Addie L. Ayers, b. Aug. 20, 1867 ; d. March 5, 1870.

177. Sarah S. Parker (Luther,'' Philemon,^ Jonas,^
Andrew,^ John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas'), dau. of Luther and
Dolly (Byam) Parker, was b. in Chester, Vt., June 21, 1840;
m. April 5, 1868, Alvin W. Davis.

178. Mary Ann Parker (Calvin,'^ Philemon.^' Jonas,^
Andrew,-^ John,^ Hananiah,' Tho7nas'), dau. of Calvin and
Seba (Cutler) Parker, was b. in Chester, Vt., July 21, 1828 ;


m. May i, 1849, Silas F. Baldwin, b. Oct. 4, 1822, son of
Nahum and Philinda (Harvey) Baldwin. He is a farmer in
Chester, Vt.

Their children were :

1. Elsie M. Baldwin, b. Feb. 23, 1853; m. Feb. 15, 1884, S.

Lincoln Hutchinson of New York City.

2. Oscar S. Baldwin, b. March 26, 1856; d. March 30, 1879.

3. William P. Baldwin, b. May 6, 1870.

179. Olive A. Parker (Calvin^'' Philemon,^ yonas,^
Andrew,"^ yohn,^ Hanantah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Calvin and
Seba (Cutler) Parker, was b. in Chester, Vt., Nov. 5, 1829;
m. March 12, 1856, Silas J. Smith, b. Jan. 7, 1825, son of
William and Ruth (Blodget) Smith. He is a farmer in
Chester Depot, Vt.

They have one dau. :

I. Grace O. Smith.

180. Fannie E. Parker ( Calvin,"^ Philemon^^ yonas,^
Andrew,'^ yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau. of Calvin and
Seba (Cutler) Parker, was b. in Chester, Vt., April 18, 1835 '■>
m. March 21, 1855, Calvin W. Bates, b. March 25, 1832,
son of James and Mary (Grimes) Bates. She d. Feb. 22,

Their children were :

I. Forest C. Bates. 2. Cora F. Bates.

181. James 'Pa.vV.O.viyokn,'' Philemon, ^yonas,^ Andrew,'^
yohn,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas'^), son of John and Ellen (John-
son) Parker, was b. in Chester, Vt., Dec. 14, 1825; m. (i)
Sept. 2, 1850, Sophia Hopkins, b. in Springfield, Vt., Sept.
26, 1835, dau. of Jotham and Esther (Perry) Hopkins. She
d. June 30, 1863, and he m. (2) March 23, 1864, Susan
Balch. He is a farmer and resides in Chester, Vt.

The children of James and Sophia (Hopkins) Parker were :

344. Emma S. Parker, b. in Chester, Vt., Aug. 17, 185 1 ; m.
Henry Philips.


George E. Parker, b. in Springfield, Vt., March 26, 1855.
Abbie M. Parker, b. in Springfield, Vt., Sept. ti, 1857.

345. Nellie L. Parker, b. in Springfield, Vt., March "i

31, i860; m. Tyler Putnam. vTwins.

Nettie L. Parker, b. in Springfield, Vt., March 31, i860. )

The children of James and Susan (Balch) Parker were :
Frederic C. Parker, b. Dec. 14, 1864.

346. Lizzie A. Parker, b. April 23, 1866 ; m. Gilford Ellison.
Julia A. Parker, b. Aug. 29, 1871.

182. Amos Earle Parker (Joseph,^ Amos,^ Amos,^
Andrew,"^ 'John,^ Hanaiiiah,'^ Thomas^), son of Joseph and
Relief (Earle) Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, Feb. 26, 1802 ;
m. Feb. 25, 1829, Matilda Converse of Bakersfield, by whom
the first two children were born. She d. July 26, 1832, and
he m. (2) June, 1833, Eunice W. Reid, by whom he had four
children. Her father was a native of Townshend, Vt. She
d. at the birth of her last child, July 24, 1842. He m. (3)
Jan. I, 1844, Roxanna McAllister of Enosburg, Vt., no issue.
She is still living, but he d. Sept. 25, 1881.

When at the age of two years he removed with his parents
to Bakersfield, Vt. At 24 he with about 20 other young men
gathered at St. Albans, where they on Jan. i, 1826, started
for New York with 22 yoke of oxen and 19 carts. They
were on the road 22 days in this journey ; they then filled in
low land for building purposes, which land is now in the busi-
ness part of the city. He then engaged in the carpenter's
trade, and during his three years' stay assisted as far as possi-
ble in the growth of this great city. Returning to Bakersfield
he was during the 23 years there a farmer, except the three
years when he kept the hotel in Bakersfield. He then bought
a farm in Fletcher, Vt. While in Fletcher he was honored
with all the offices in the gift of the town. He was selectman
for four or five years. In 1863 he was a recruiting officer and
he gladly gave to the new soldier his commission of $15 for
each recruit. He represented his town in the Legislature in
1862 and '63, also at the extra session to ratify the Emancipa-
tion Proclamation. He returned to Bakersfield in 1867, where
he held various offices of trust until his death, which occurred
Sept. 25, 1881. He was a large, finely proportioned man, five


feet eleven in height, and his usual weight being about 200.
In habits he was temperate in all things, as he neither used
liquors of any kind, tea, coffee or tobacco. He was a keen
critic and a despiser of shams, but large in charity and full of
original wit that made him a welcome guest in any society or

The children were b. in Bakersfield :

HoLLis Parker, b. May, 1830; d. May 19, 1832.

347. Fanny M. Parker, b. May n, 1832; m. Ralph Madison

348. HoLLis Reid Parker, b. Aug. i, 1S35 ; m. Mary M. Mor-
row of Pennsylvania.

349. Jane A. Parker, b. June 20, 1838; m. Reuben H. Black-

Sumner Earl Parker, b. Oct. 28, 1839; killed at the storming of
Fredericksburg Heights, May 3, 1863. He was unm.

350. Worcester R. Parker, b. July 24, 1842; m. (i) Emma
F. Chase of Fletcher, Vt., (2) Hattie Pearson of Bakersfield, Vt.

183. Mary Robinson Parker (Joseph;' Amos,^ Amos,^
Andrezv,"^ 'John,^ Hanaiiiah,^ Thofuas' ), dau. of Joseph and
Relief (Earle) Parker, was b. in Hubbardston, Jan. 5, 1804;
m. Matthew Gray of Bakersfield, Vt. She lived and d. in

They had five children, of whom two survive :

1. Seneca Gray.

2. Mary Ann Gray; m. Cheeseman, and resides in Cam-

bridge, Vt.

1 84. Joseph Sumner Parker (Joseph,"^ Amos,^ Amos,^
Audrezu,'^ yoh)i,^ Hananiah,^ Thotnas^), son of Joseph and
Relief (Earle) Parker, was b. in Bakersfield, Vt., Oct. 27,

1806; m. Hall and removed to New York city, where

they resided and where she d. April, 1885. He was twice m.
He is deceased. He was a dealer in milk.

Their only child was :
Cornelia Susan Parker, b. in New York city, Dec. 22, 1832;
removed after the death of her parents to Bakersfield, Vt., and m.
in 1857, Henry Warner French of Barre, Vt., where she after-
wards resided. She d. April 4, 1885 ; he d. Sept., 1874. Child :


I. Adell May French, b. in Barre, Vt., July 3, 1S59; m.

Sept. 29, 188 1, Ball of Barre, Vt., where she resides

and has one son :
I. Frank Warner Ball, b. Aug. 18, 1882.

Sophia Bigelow Parker (see page 177), (Josepi,^
Amos,^ Anios,^ Andrew,^ John,^ Hananiah,^ Thomas^), dau.
of Joseph and Relief (Earle) Parker, was b. in Bakersfield,
Vt., April II, 1808; m. Dorastus Wright. They are both
deceased, but left one dau. :

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