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George Parkhurst, Sr.

Birthplace: Key Parrish, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in St. Lawrence, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Place of Burial: St Lawrence, Ipswich, Suffolk, Eng
Immediate Family:

Son of John Parkhurst and Sarah Parkhurst
Husband of Phebe Parkhurst and Susanna Simson
Father of Phebe Arnold; Mary Carter; Samuel Parkhurst; Deborah Smith; George Parkhurst, Jr. and 9 others
Brother of Thamar Parkhurst; Thomas Parkhurst; Sarah Parkhurst; Helen Parkhurst; Christopher Parkhurst and 11 others

Occupation: farmer
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About George Parkhurst, Sr.

George and Phebe had nine children. He had 5 more by his second wife, Susanna SIMSON. After Phebe's death, George married Susanna SIMSON, widow of John, on 13 Jun 1655. He acquired the land which had formerly belonged to John, and he sold the last of this land by permission of General Court, granted in response to his petition in which he asserts that he was then "near 67 years old"; that he and his wife and most of her children were in destitute condition; and that he wanted to sell land to go to the aid of his wife and children who had returned to England. He returned to England and is probably "Old George Parkhurst" buried at St. Lawerence, Ipswich, England. He is first of record in Watertown, MA, on 10 May 1642, and in Boston on 4 Oct 1645. "The History of Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, MA," (1966), p. 440; NEHGS, "English Orgins of New England Families," Vol 2, 2nd Series, pp. 835 - 40; N.E.H.&G.R., "The Family of George Parkhurst of Watertown and Boston, Massachusetts", Vol. 68, pp. 370-375; Threlfall, John B., "50 Great Migration Colonists to New England and Their Origins," (1990), pp. 257-259.


Residences: Ipswich, England and Watertown, MA.


It is not known exactly when George came to America or if he brought a wife with him. He did however bring at least 2 children with him : a son, George, and a daughter, Phebe (who later married Thomas Arnold). Daniel, baptized at the First Church in Boston could very well have been his son. It is also possible that Joseph Parkhurst of Chelmsford was a son [Watertown Genealogies ].

He resided in 1640 in Watertown, Middlesex, MA. in 1642, he was the proprietor of a homestall of 12 acres as well as 5 other lots of land in Watertown.

He was admitted freeman in Watertown 5/10/1643 (there is also a possibility that this referred to his son George, Jr.).  He married Susanna, the widow of John Simpson of Watertown in about 1645.  They moved from Watertown to Boston around 1645.  

On 10/4/1645, he (then a resident of Boston) sold a lot of his Watertown properties to John Coolidge and Thomas Hastings which he himself had bought of Hugh Mason.

12/20/1648, he sold to Thomas Arnold, his son-in-law, 30 acres of dividend land in Watertown. On 3/5/1648/9, he sold to William Page 10 acres near the Great Pond. On 6/13/1655, he sold to John Traine 10 acres which had been granted to John Simpson.

He is referred to as George Parkhurst, Sr. in Colonial Families of America (Online database,


  1. A Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas Carter By: Howard Willston Carter This book contains the history and genealogy of the Thomas Carter family of Massachusetts.  Published by the author. Connecticut. 1909. Page 17.
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George Parkhurst, Sr.'s Timeline

May 1588
Key Parrish, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
March 29, 1610
Age 21
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
October 29, 1612
Age 24
St. Mary's Parish by the Quay, Ipswich, County Suffolk, England
August 28, 1614
Age 26
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
February 2, 1616
Age 27
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
August 1, 1619
Age 31
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Age 31
England, United Kingdom
June 5, 1621
Age 33
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
October 19, 1623
Age 35
St Margrets, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
January 1, 1625
Age 36
St Margrets, Ipswich, Suffolk, England