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Thomas Parker

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Marlborough, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, present United States
Place of Burial: Old Burying Ground, Wakefield, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Parker and Jane Bates
Husband of Amy Alyesworth
Father of John Parker, Sgt; Joseph Parker; Lieut. Hananiah Parker; Mary Dodge; Martha Parker and 6 others
Brother of Jane Parker; Elizabeth Parker; William Parker and John Parker

Occupation: Deacon
Managed by: Private User
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About Deacon Thomas Parker

Thomas Parker (1605–1683) was one of the founders of Reading, Massachusetts, and a deacon and one of the founders of the 12th Congregational Church in Massachusetts (now the First Parish Congregational Church).

Dea. Parker sailed from London on March 11, 1635, for Massachusetts. He settled first in Lynn, but in 1638 became either the first, or one of the first, settlers of what became the town of Reading. It was first known as Lynn Village, but was incorporated in 1644 as Reading, with a total of seven families living in seven houses. There is evidence that Parker was "conspicuous in naming the town" and that he was related to the Parker family of Little Norton, England, who owned land by the name of Ryddinge.

Parker was a selectman of Reading and was appointed a judicial commissioner. He owned 200 acres of land on the north side of the Ipswich River, but his homestead bordered the east side of the Wakefield (then part of Reading) Common, just northeast of today's Wakefield Town Hall.

Source for above: Wikipedia article on "Thomas Parker"

Thomas Parker who came from England in the Susan and Ellen in 1635 was tne emigrant ancestor of Arthur Henry Parker president and treasurer of the Parker Wire Goods Company of Worcester. The ship sailed March 11 1635. He gave his age as thirty and thus his birth must have occurred in 1605. 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, afterwards 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 was buried in the old graveyard 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. His will is dated August 3 and was proved December 18, 1683.

Children of Thomas and Amy Parker

  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 sergeant
  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 in Reading May 16 165 1 He married September 1677 Bethia Polly daughter of John of Roxbury whose wife was Bethia of Deacon William Cowdrey. She was in 1659 and died August 23 1748 at age of ninety years.
  9. Sarah born September 30 1653 died October 26 1656
  10. Jonathan born May 18 1656 served in the wars died June 10 1680
  11. Sarah May 23 1658

Three other children died early life. Pope's Pioneers of gives names of several other children given in the Parker genealogy.

  • Alternative Date of Birth: 3/11/1609
  • Alternative Birth Location: Browsholme, Wiltshire, England

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Deacon Thomas Parker's Timeline

1609
March 11, 1609
Little North, Derbyshire, England
March 11, 1609
Little North, Derbyshire, England
March 31, 1609
Marlborough, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
1635
December 25, 1635
Age 26
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, present United States
1640
1640
Age 30
South Reading, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts
1642
December 24, 1642
Age 33
Reading, Middlesex, MA
1645
1645
Age 35
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts
1647
January 28, 1647
Age 37
Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
1649
March 14, 1649
Age 39
Reading, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts
1651
May 16, 1651
Age 42
Reading, Middlesex, MA, USA