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Benjamin Parsons

Also Known As: ""Bejamin" Parsons"
Birthplace: Sandford-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England
Death: August 24, 1689
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Hugh Parsons, of Great Milton and Elizabeth Parsons
Husband of Sarah Parsons and Sarah Tilton
Father of Sarah Dorchester; Benjamin Parsons; Abigail Richards; Samuel Parsons; Deacon Ebenezer Parsons and 3 others
Brother of Hugh Parsons, of Portsmouth

Managed by: Jim Parsons
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About Dea. Benjamin Parsons

Benjamin Parsons

  • Born: app 1627, Great Torrington, Near Exeter, Devonshire, England
  • Christening: Mar 17 1627 Sandford-On-Thames, Oxford, England
  • Died: 24 Aug 1689, Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts
  • Parents: Hugh Parsons (1561-1642), Elizabeth Bagshaw (~1588-)
  • Wives: Sarah Vore, Sarah Heald

Came to this country & was among the early settlers of Springfield, MA. Chief instrument in the formation of the Springfield church. Deacon & prominent citizen of exemplary moral character.


Benjamin sailed with his brother Joseph (Sic: not his brother) and others of the family from Gravesend, England, in the bark "Transport," bound for America in 1635. (Comment: also seen as immigrated in 1644, and as 1650).

He was born in Great Torrington, near Exeter, Devonshire, England (sic) and is supposed to have descended from Sir Thomas Parsons, of Milton Royal, who was knighted by Charles II, 1634. The record states that

"Benjamin Parsons was a grandson of Thomas Parsons, of Great Milton, Oxfordshire, England, who died in 1597." (2)

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


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 (sic: I dont think this is correct....).

  • ____________
  • '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
  • Child
  • ◦Sarah Parsons+ b. 13 Aug 1656, d. 27 Jun 1740
  • 'Family 2 Sarah Heald d. 1711
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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.)
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  1. Beniamyn Parsons Gender: Male Christening: Mar 17 1627 Sandford-On-Thames, Oxford, England Father: Hughe Parsons Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C06421-2 System Origin: England-ODM GS Film number: 952330
  2. Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worchester County, vol 1.2 


DEACON BENJAMIN PARSONS, an early settler of Springfield, was baptized May 01, 1625 at St Mary's Church in Beaminster, Dorset, England, son of William and Margaret (Hoskins) Parsons. He came to New England about 1650, and died at Springfield August 24, 1689. He married first at Windsor, 06 October 1653, SARAH VORE, who was probably born in Dorchester, MA, about 1635, and died at Springfield, January 01, 1675/76, daughter of Richard and Ann Vore (or Voare) of Crewkerne, Somerset, and Windsor, Connecticut.. He married second, in Springfield 21 February 1676/77, SARAH HEALD, who died there 23 November 1711, widow of John Leonard. She married third, at Springfield, 3 November 1690, Deacon Peter Tilton of Hadley, Massachusetts.

Children of Benjamin Parsons and Sarah Vore Sarah, 18 Aug.1656 - 27 June 1740 Benjamin,. 15 Sept. 1658 - 29 Dec. 1728 Mary, 10 Dec. 1660 - 27 Jan.1662/3 Abigail, 6 Jan.1662/3 - Aft. 1695 Samuel, 10 Oct.1666 - 17 Feb. 1735/6 Ebenezer, 17 Nov. 1668 - 12 or 23 Sept.1752 Mary, 17 Dec. 1670 - 3 Nov. 1758 Hezekiah, 24 Nov. 1673 - 18 Mar. 1756 Joseph, Dec. 1675 - 21 Oct. 1733

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Dea. Benjamin Parsons's Timeline

March 17, 1627
Sandford-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England

Near Exeter.

March 17, 1627
Sandford-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England
August 13, 1656
Age 29
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
September 15, 1658
Age 31
Springfield, Hampden, MA, USA
Age 35
Springfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
October 10, 1666
Age 39
Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States
November 17, 1668
Age 41
Springfield, Hampshire County, Province of Massachusetts
December 17, 1670
Age 43
Springfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
November 24, 1673
Age 46
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States