About Benjamin Parsons
Came to this country about 1644.
Younger brother of Cornet Joseph Parsons
Christened March 17, 1627 at Saint Mary's, Beaminster, Dorset, England. Came to America & was among the early settlers of Springfield, MA. Chief instrument in the formation of the Springfield church. Deacon & prominent citizen of exemplary moral character.
- 'PARSONS FAMILY ASSOCIATION
- 'Benjamin (Deacon) PARSONS (Sr.)
- ABT 1625 - 24 Aug 1689
- TITLE: Sr.
- BIRTH: ABT 1625, Beaminster,Dorset,Canterbury Prov.,England
- CHRISTENING: 1 May 1625, St. Mary's,Beaminster,Dorset,England
- DEATH: 24 Aug 1689, Springfield,Hampshire Co.,MA,USA
- Father: William PARSONS
- Mother: Margaret (Margret) HOSKINS
- 'Family 1 : Sarah (Voare\Vove) VORE
- MARRIAGE: 6 Nov 1653, Windsor,,CT,USA
- 1 Sarah PARSONS
- 2+Benjamin (Lt.) PARSONS
- 3 Mary (A) PARSONS
- 4+Abigail PARSONS
- 5+Samuel PARSONS
- 6+Ebenezer (Deacon) PARSONS
- 7+Mary (B) PARSONS
- 8+Hezekiah PARSONS
- 9 Joseph PARSONS
- 'Family 2 : Sarah HEALD
- 'Benjamin Parsons
- M, b. circa 1629, d. 1689
- ' Benjamin Parsons was born circa 1629. He married Sarah Vore, daughter of Richard Vore and Ann, on 6 October 1653 at Windsor, Hartford, CT. Benjamin Parsons married Sarah Heald on 26 February 1677 at Springfield, MA. Benjamin Parsons died in 1689 at Springfield, MA.
- 'Family 1 Sarah Vore b. 6 Oct 1635, d. 1 Jan 1675
- ◦Sarah Parsons+ b. 13 Aug 1656, d. 27 Jun 1740
- 'Family 2 Sarah Heald d. 1711
ACCORDING TO THIS BOOK, THE PARENTS OF BENJAMIN AND JOSEPH PARSONS ARE UNKNOWN
- 'Parsons family: descendants of Cornet Joseph Parsons, Springfield, 1636 ... By Henry Parsons
- Pg. 30
- The letter of Rev. Jonathan Parsons of Newburyport, Mass., to his son. Gen. Samuel Holden Parsons, furnishes quite satisfactory evidence that his grandfather, 'Deacon Benjamin Parsons, was born at or near Torrington, in Devonshire, and came to this country soon after Joseph. It is also well settled by record evidence that Cornet Joseph Parsons and Deacon Benjamin Parsons were brothers, the following being some of the evidence :
- Pg. 33
- In the American Biographical Dictionary, by Allen (1852), is this record of the writer of the above letter :
- "Parsons, Jonathan, b. West Springfield, Nov. 30, 1705. Yale 1729. Ordained 1730, Minister Lyme."
- He was the son of Ebenezer Parsons, of Springfield, and Margaret, daughter of Samuel Marshfield, and Ebenezer was a son of 'Benjamin Parsons and Sarah Vore, his wife, of Springfield, Mass'. (Vol. I, N. E. Hist. & Gene. Reg.)
-------------------- Benjamin, an early settler of Springfield, Massachusetts, was baptized May 1, 1625 at St. Mary's Church in Beaminster, Dorset, England, son of William Parsons and Margaret Hoskins (I dont think this is correct....). He came to New England about 1650, met and married Sarah at Windsor, Massachusetts 6 October 1653. She was probably born in Dorchester, Massachusetts about 1635, daughter of Richard and Ann Vore.
Benjamin was still a resident of Beaminster in March 1649/50, when he surrendered his cottage there. He apparently left soon after, for he first appeared in Springfield, Massachusetts on 4 November 1651, when he was appointed a fence viewer.
Benjamin Parsons took an active role in town affairs in Springfield, serving as surveyor of highways, fence viewer, juror, constable and selectman. He was active in establishing the First Congregational Church there in 1679 and became a deacon. When he was chosen a selectman in February 1678/9, his name was not prefixed with a title, but at a meeting of the selectmen on 2 June 1679, he was designated as "Deacon” Benja Parsons. He owned land in Springfield, Suffield, and Enfield; the latter two towns then in Massachusetts but now in Connecticut.
He is one of six settlers that are named on the Enfield Plantation deed. That deed was negated with the Indians on 16 March 16 80. He never lived in Enfield, but was given more than one parcel of land. In 1691, B. Parsons, S. Terry & I. Morgan were given a tract of land to build a sawmill. This was the first building built East of Enfield. Two of Deacon Benjamin’s sons, Benjamin II and Samuel settled in Enfield.
The will of "Deacon Benja Parsons deceased - of Springfd," dated 20 February 1687/8 and probated 30 March 1690, named his sons: Benjamin, Samuel, Joseph, Ebenezer and Hezekiah; daughters: Mary "who is as yet unmarried," Sarah Dorchester and Abigail Richards; and grandsons: John Parsons, John Dorchester, James Dorchester, Benjamin Mun, John Mun and John Richards. His sons Benjamin and Joseph were to be executors.
-------------------- Came to this country about 1644
Younger brother of Cornet Joseph Parsons
Deacon Benjamin Parsons, of Great Torrington's Timeline
March 17, 1628
Great Torrington, Devon, England, (Present UK)
May 1, 1628
Beaminster, Devon, England, (Present UK)
November 6, 1653
Windsor, Hartford County, Province of Connecticut, (Present USA)
September 15, 1658
Springfield, Hampden, MA, USA
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
October 10, 1666
Springfield, Hampden, MA
November 17, 1668
Springfield, Massachusetts, United States