Ebenezer Parkman (1703 - 1782) MP

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Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Westborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: minister in Westboro, Mass.
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About Ebenezer Parkman

Ebenezer Parkman, son of William Parkman, a shipwright, was born in Boston on Sept. 5, 1703. Soon after graduating from Harvard College in 1721, he became the first settled minister in the town of Westborough in central Massachusetts, faithfully serving the community from the day of his ordination, Oct. 28, 1724, until his death on Dec. 9, 1782. Parkman married 1) MARY CHAMPNEY (1699-1735/6), daughter of Samuel and Hannah Champney of Cambridge, in 1724, and 2) HANNAH BRECK (1717-1801), dau. of the Rev. Robert Breck of Marlborough, in 1737. Through his own marriages, those of his numerous brothers and sisters in the area, and those of his sixteen children (who were married), Parkman's family relations extended throughout much of New England. (American Antiquarian Society Manuscript Collections. Parkman Family Papers 1707-1879; the Ebenezer Parkman section).

Children (by Mary): Mary (9/14/1725), Ebenezer (8/20/1727), Thomas (7/3/1729), Lydia (9/20/1731-6/21/1733), and Lucy (9/23/1734).

Children (by Hannah): Elizabeth (12/25/1738-1/14/1739), William (2/19/1741), Sarah (3/20/1742), Susannah (3/13/1744), Alexander (2/17/1746), Breck (1/27/1748), Samuel (8/22/1751), John (7/21/1753), Anna Sophia (10/18/1755), Hannah (2/9/1758-1777), and Elias (1/6/1761).

The first minister settled in Westboro, going there in 1724, and remaining until his death in 1782. When he was first in Westboro, it was a long way into the wilds, and in his diary, which he kept, and a considerable part of which is preserved in the Library of the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, we get an interesting insight into the life of a minister in the pre-revolutionary times. It is in this diary that we learn that on August 20,1756, Isaac Baldwin (father of Jeduthan), called on Rev. Mr. Parkman and wife to ask their "approbation of his on Jeduthan proceedings with yr. Dauter Lucy." The wedding day was afterwards set for April 21,1757, but as the authorities appointed this day Fast Day, Rev. Mr. Parkman postponed the date of the wedding and it took place on April 28th..

Ordained in Westboro: 10/28/1724 married twice: 1) Mary Champney 9/14/1724 2) Hannah Breck 9/1/1737

Notes

Rev. Ebenezer Parkman was of Boston and was b. 1701. He graduated at Harvard College and in 1723 went to Westboro on horseback, but not without some danger from Indians, who were reported to be prowling in the vicinity of that town. He was installed pastor of the Congregational church there Oct. 28, 1724. the church was organized with thirteen members, all men. He died Dec. 9, 1782, aged nearly 80, having been in service llfty-eight years, and having received members into the church. Mr. Parkman was a dignified gentleman, a good scholar, and. while a disciplinanan, was also benignant and considerate. Undoubtedly he claimed full authority, as a New Testament Bishop, over his church. The severity with which he rebuked his flock, the naviete with which, in case of a dispute between one of them and himself, he poured out ex-cathedra denunciations against his opponent; never admitting for a moment that he himself could be in the wrong. His sermons were quaint and formal, but forcible and sometimes quite original. He was an important element in the first flft* years of that town and church, and when he died, there was a vacancy that was felt. He was descended from William Parkman. said to have been Duke of Devonshire, England, through William, Thomas, Elias, Elias, William, John, Ebenezer. Sources

  1. New England Historical & Genealogical Register Page: 55:322
  2. The Revolutionary Journal of Col. Jeduthan Baldwin 1775-1778, Bangor, Maine. 1906
  3. http://files.usgwarchives.net/ma/worcester/bios/baldwin110gbs.txt

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Rev. Ebenezer Parkman's Timeline

1703
September 5, 1703
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
1724
1724
Age 20
1725
September 14, 1725
Age 22
Westborough, Worcester, Massachusetts
1727
August 20, 1727
Age 23
Westborough, Worcester, MA, USA
1729
July 3, 1729
Age 25
Westborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
1731
September 20, 1731
Age 28
Westborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
1734
September 23, 1734
Age 31
Westborough, Worcester, Massachusetts
1737
1737
Age 33
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
1738
January 25, 1738
Age 34
Westborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
1741
February 19, 1741
Age 37
Westborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States