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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 8 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.

-------------------- From Fifty Great Migration Coloniests to New England, by John Brooks Threlfall, Madison, Wisconsin, 1990; pp. 257-277. GEORGE1 PARKHURST, (JohnA, ChirstopherB, GeorgeC) was born about 1588, probably in Ipswich, England. About 1611-12 he married PHEBE LEETE, the daughter of Robert and Alice (Grundy) Leets of Eversden on 20 December, 1585, the youngest of seven children. They lived in Ipswich where their children were baptized, but after the last one until their departure for England, there is no record of them and they may have lived elsewhere. George first appears in New England on record at Watertown in 1642 when it was ordered that a highway should be laied out by his house. He is not mentioned in the four grants of land between 25 Jul 1636 and 9 Apr 1638. When he arrived and whether he brought with him his wife Phebe is unknown. If he brought her, she died shortly, for about 1644, he married SUSANNA (-?-) Simson, the widow of John Simson, who was buried at Watertown on 10 June, 1643, leaving two sons and three daughters. By this marriage George acquired most of the real estate of the deceased. She deeded some of it 9 Nov 1643 and George sold two acres of it on 16 Nov 1644, indicating that they married between these dates. By 4 Oct 1645 George Parkhurst was styled "of Boston" in a deed whereby he sold 6 acres which he had purchased from Hue Mason to John Cooledge and Thomas Hastings of Watertown. On 13 Jun 1655 he sold the last twelve acres of what had been John Simson's land for £21. This last conveyance was made by permission of the general Court, granted 23 May 1655 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, that she had had ten children during her twenty years residence in America - seven sons and three daughters (five sons by Parkhurst), that she had gone to London, England with six of her children but found her mother, brothers and sisters unable to do what she had expected, that four of her children had remained in America, and that the petitioner desired to sell the land (apparently all that remained) in order that he might go to the aid of his wife. He probably returned to England as soon as possible after this deed was signed, his last act on record in New England. He was probably the "old George Pakhurst" buried 18 Jun 1675 at Saint Lawrence, Ipswich, England. He may have been living with his cousin Nathaniel Parkhurst, who had six hearths in the Suffolk Hearth Tax of 1674. The children Phebe took back to England probably remained and grew up there, never to return to America, except Benjamin who, if he was taken back, apparently returned as a young man to his American brothers abnd sisters and then migrated to New Jersey. A letter of 25 June, 1669 from George, Jr. To his cousin requesting payment to his brother Benjamin of £5 of the £20, which would be due him from his Aunt Dalton (his legacy), shows that Benjamin lived to maturity, had dealings with his brother, and was probably then in New England, further support to the identity of the Benjamin Parkhurst in New Jersey the next year. The letter follows: "Loveing Cousn Bashelder: after my kynde love remembered to you and all the rest of my friends, these fue lines are to desire you if you plese to paye unto my brother Benjamen, fife pounds of that twenty which will bee due to me from my ant Dolton, which I understand you are to paye; and if you will plese so to doue, this shall be your discharge for that fife pounds. As witnese my hand. George Parkis haveing nothing alrd. Att present of, rest your loveing frind. Endorsed: My unkell Georg. Parkes his letter: sent by bejeiman Parkes" Phebe, George's wife, had a sister, Ruth, wife of Reverend Timothy Dalton, Rector of Woolverstone, which is five miles from Ipswich, England., She died without surviving children and left legacies to six of the children of her sister Phebe, suggesting that Samuel, John and Abigail had died young. Timothy Dalton and Ruth Leete were married on 13 June 1615 at Gislingham, Suffolk, where Ruth had cousins. George and his first wife Phebe, had four sons and five daughters, all born at Ipswich, England:

  • i. PHEBE2 PARKHURST, bp 29 Nov 1616, St Stephen; m (1) at Wolverstone, Suffolk, home of her Aunt Ruth, 27 Mar 1635 DANIEL DAN, "both single"; m (2) THOMAS ARNOLD; res Watertown, MA & Providence, RI; had at least 4 children (not named) ii. MARY PARKHURST, bp 28 Aug 1614, St Lawrence, parish of St Mary-at-the-Quay; d 1687; m 1638 Rev THOMAS CARTER, 1st minister of Woburn; had 8 children (not named) iii. SAMUEL PARKHURST, bp 2 Feb 1616/7, St Margaret; prob d young iv. DEBORAH PARKHURST, bp 1 Aug 1619, St Margaret; m JOHN SMITH of Watertown, MA; moved 1644 to Hampton, NH; res 1653 Edgartown; had 5 children (not named) v. GEORGE PARKHURST, bp 5 Jun 1621, St. Margaret; d 16 Mar 1698/9, age 81 Watertown, m (1) 16 Dec 1643 SARAH d/o Abraham BROWN, had 2 children; m (2) 24 Sep 1650, widow MARY Veazie (or Pheza), d 9 Mar 1680/1 vi. JOHN PARKHURST, bp 19 Oct 1623, St Margaret; prob d young vii. ABIGAIL PARKHURST, bp 1 Jan 1625/6, St Margaret; prob d young viii. ELIZABETH PARKHURST, b parish of St Margaret; bp 18 May 1628 St Mary-le-Tower parish; m (1) EMANUEL HILLIARD, 20 Oct 1659 lost in a boat; m (2) 14 Dec 1659 widower JOSEPH MERRY, d -- Apr 1710 Edgartown; 1678 moved to Edgartown ix. JOSEPH PARKHURST, bp 21 Dec 1629, St Margaret; d 30 Nov 1709; m Concord, MA 26 Jun 1656 REBECCA, bp 27 Sep 1627, d/o Esdras REED; res Chelmsford; had 5 children (not named)

George and Susanna had five sons:

x. BENJAMIN PARKHURST, bc 1645-7, Watertown or Boston, MA; d bef inventory of estate taken 16 Feb 1683/4 at Elizabethtown, NJ; m (1) MARTHA, prob sister of Benj Homan or Oman who d a bachelor 1684, leaving bulk of his estate to her; c 1670 settled Woodbridge, NJ xi. -- (a son) PARKHURST, bc 1645-7, Watertown or Boston, MA; returned to England w/ mother xii. DANIEL PARKHURST, bp 10 Jun 1649, 1st Church of Boston, ca 11 days old; returned to England xiii. JOSHUA PARKHURST, bp 7 Mar 1649, 1st Church of Boston; returned to England w/ mother xiv. CALEB PARKHURST, bp 26 Feb 1653/4; 1st Church of Boston; returned to England; prob the one with wife SARAH of St Giles, Cripplegate, London with 5 children bp there (Ref: NEHGR 27:364; 68; Bond's Watertown; New Jersey Index of Wills, III, V. VI; The family of Leete, by Joseph Leete & John C. Anderson, London, 1906; Parish Registers.)

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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
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
May 18, 1628
Age 40
Ipswich, Suffolk, England