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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 Sarah Garfield; Phebe Parkhurst and Susanna Parkhurst
Father of Sarah Alger; Phebe Arnold; Mary Carter; Samuel Parkhurst; Deborah Smith and 12 others
Brother of Robert Parkhurst; Thamar Parkhurst; Thomas Parkhurst; Sarah Evans; Helen Parkhurst and 10 others

Occupation: farmer
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About George Parkhurst

George Parkhurst 'George Parkhurst about 1588 - 1675 (~ 87 years)

Name George Parkhurst

Born about 1588 Ipswich, Suffolk

Gender Male

Died June 1675 Ipswich, Suffolk

Buried 18 June 1675 St. Lawrence, Ipswich

Notes “It has not been ascertained at what time he came to America,

nor whether he brought a wife with him; but he brought at least two children,

viz., a son George, and a dr. Phebe, who m. Thomas Arnold.

Perhaps Joseph, who settled early in Chelmsford, was his son.” [1] Person ID I24157 Schirado Last Modified 17 August 2012

Father John Parkhurst, b. 29 October 1554, Guildford, Surrey, Eng. ,

d. about 1611, Ipswich, Suffolk, Eng

(Age 56 years)

Mother Sarah [Parkhurst]

Family ID F17652

Family/Spouse 1 Phebe Leete, b. about 1585, Little Eversden, Cambridgeshire ,

d. ca 1641/1645 (Age ~ 60 years)

Married about 1611 England

Children + 1. Phebe Parkhurst, b. about 1612, Ipswich, Suffolk ,

d. about 1700, Providence, RI   (Age ~ 88 years)

+ 2. Mary Parkhurst, b. about 1614, Ipswich, Suffolk ,

d. 27 March 1687, Woburn, MA (Age ~ 73 years)

	3. Samuel Parkhurst,   b. ca 1616/7, Ipswich, Suffolk ,  
d. before 1641, England   (Age ~ 23 years)

+ 4. Deborah Parkhurst, b. about 1619, Ipswich, Suffolk ,

d. about 1686, Edgartown, MA (Age ~ 67 years) + 5. George Parkhurst, b. about 1621, Ipswich, Suffolk ,

d. 16 March 1698/9, Watertown, MA (Age ~ 78 years)

	6. John Parkhurst,   b. about 1623, Ipswich, Suffolk ,   

d. before 1641, England (Age ~ 17 years)

	7. Abigail Parkhurst,   b. about 1625, Ipswich, Suffolk ,   

d. before 1641, England (Age ~ 15 years) + 8. Elizabeth Parkhurst, b. about 1628, Ipswich, Suffolk + 9. Joseph Parkhurst, b. about 1629, Ipswich, Suffolk , d. 30 November 1709, Chelmsford, MA (Age ~ 80 years) Family ID F17619 Family Group Sheet | Family Chart

Family/Spouse 2 Susanna [Simpson], b. about 1610, England ,

d. about 1690, London, England (Age ~ 80 years)

Married about 1644 Watertown, MA


	1. (A Son) Parkhurst,   b. about 1645, Boston Or Watertown, MA ,   d. London, England 

+ 2. Benjamin Parkhurst, b. about 1647, Boston, MA ,


d. about 1683, Elizabethtown, NJ (Age ~ 36 years)

	3. Daniel Parkhurst,   b. about 1649, Boston, MA ,   

d. London, England

	4. Joshua Parkhurst,   b. ca 1651/2, Boston, MA ,   

d. London, England

	5. Caleb Parkhurst,   b. ca 1653/4, Boston, MA 

Family ID F17653

Sources [S44] Henry Bond.

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  • George Parkhurst
  • Birth: May, 1589 Ipswich, Ipswich Borough, Suffolk, England
  • Death: Jun., 1675 Ipswich, Ipswich Borough, Suffolk, England
  • George was a son of John and Sarah Parkhurst.

He married Phebe Leete on Mar. 29, 1610/1611

and with her had at least nine children between 1612 and 1629:

Phoebe, Mary, Samuel, Deborah, George, Jr., John, Abigail, Elizabeth and Joseph.

  • George immirgrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1637.

There he married 2nd Mrs. Susanna Simson, the widow of John Simson,

who had died in Watertown in 1643. She had five children

with John and at least five more with George.

  • George and Susanna lived first in Watertown and later in Boston.

Susanna returned to England after 1650. George followed in 1655

after selling the remainder of the land she had owned with John Simson.

  • George died in Ipswich, Suffolk, England and was buried at St. Lawrence on June 18, 1675.
  • Family links:
  • Children:
    • George Parkhurst (1618 - 1698)*
  • Burial: Saint Lawrence Churchyard, Ipswich, Ipswich Borough, Suffolk, England
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 154537824
  • From:


  • George Parkhurst
  • M, #71469, b. May 1589
  • Father John Parkhurst1 b. 20 Oct 1554
  • Mother Sarah1 b. c 1556, d. a 1611
  • George Parkhurst was christened in May 1589 at Key, Ipswich,

Suffolk, England. He married Phebe Leete,

daughter of Robert Leete and Alice Grundy,

on 29 March 1610 at St. Mary on the Quay, Ipswich, Suffolk, England.

George Parkhurst was buried on 18 June 1675

at St. Lawrence, Ipswich, Suffolk, England.

  • Family Phebe Leete b. 20 Dec 1585, d. 24 Apr 1645
  • Children
    • Phebe Parkhurst+2 b. 29 Nov 1612, d. a 1688
    • Mary Parkhurst+3 b. Aug 1614, d. 28 Mar 1687
    • Deborah Parkhurst+4,1 b. 1 Aug 1619, d. 8 Mar 1676
  • Citations
  • [S11674], Ancestors of Stanley Elmer Allen.
  • [S11597], Submitted by Dixie L. Flahive.
  • [S11597], Submitted by rivernile11.
  • [S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC



  • PARKHURST, George
  • b. ABT 1588 Ipswich, England
  • Family:
  • Marriage: ABT 1611 England
  • Spouse: LEETE, Phebe
  • b. 20 DEC 1585 Little Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England
  • d. BEF 1641 England
  • Children:
    • PARKHURST, Samuel d. BEF 1641 England
    • PARKHURST, John d. BEF 1641 England
    • PARKHURST, Phebe
    • PARKHURST, Mary
    • PARKHURST, Deborah
    • PARKHURST, George
    • PARKHURST, Abigail b. 1 JAN 1625/6 Ipswich, England d. BEF 1641 England
    • PARKHURST, Elizabeth
    • PARKHURST, Joseph
  • Family:
  • Marriage: ABT 1644 Watertown, Middlesex, Mass.
  • Spouse: Susanna,
  • b. ABT 1610 England
  • d. ABT 1690
  • Children:
    • PARKHURST, Daniel d. London, Middlesex, England
    • PARKHURST, Caleb
    • PARKHURST, Benjamin b. ABT 1647 Boston, Suffolk, Mass. d. ABT 1683 Elizabethtown, NJ.
  • From:


  • The Rev. Thomas Carter (1608 – 5 September 1684) was a Puritan minister who was ordained in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1642.
  • Carter was born in Hinderclay, Suffolk, England, and baptized there on 3 July 1608. His father was James Carter, who was buried 3 May 1625. He had an older brother, James, baptized 14 June 1603, and an older sister, Mary, baptized 25 March 1605 or 1606. He studied at St John's College, Cambridge, receiving his B.A. in 1630 and his M.A. in 1633.[1] Carter was a student at Cambridge at the same time as John Harvard, and the two probably knew each other there. Like Harvard and many other Puritans, Carter immigrated to New England as part of the Great Migration, becoming a freeman of Dedham, Massachusetts in 1637. Carter was active in the church, both at Dedham, and at Watertown, Massachusetts, where he served as an elder.
  • Having demonstrated spiritual gifts during his time as an elder, on November 22, 1642, Carter was ordained at Woburn, Massachusetts and he became the pastor of the Woburn congregation.
  • In 1638, Carter married Mary Parkhurst (1614–1687), daughter of George Parkhurst and Phoebe Leete, whose cousin William Leete became Governor of the Colony of Connecticut. Together, they had eight children: Samuel, Judith, Theopilus, Mary, Abigail, Deborah, Timothy, and Thomas.
  • A painting by Albert Thompson depicting the occasion of his ordination is currently displayed at the Woburn Public Library. His ordination, as the painting suggests, included all of the major ministers of Massachusetts, including John Cotton, Richard Mather, John Eliot, Edward Johnson, John Wilson, with Increase Nowell sitting in the front row.
  • From:


  • Carter : a genealogy of the descendants of Thomas Carter of Reading and Weston, Mass., and of Hebron and Warren, Ct., also some account of the descendants of his brothers, Eleazer, Daniel, Ebenezer and Ezra, sons of Thomas Carter and grandsons of Rev. Thomas Carter, first minister of Woburn, Massachusetts, 1642 by Carter, Howard Williston
  • Pg.9
  • The birthplace and the parentage of the Rev. Thomas1 Carter, first minister of Woburn, Mass., cannot be stated with certainty, but there is no reasonable doubt that he was a native of Suffolk County, England, and there is ground for the belief that he was the son of James Carter, yeoman, of Hinderclay, Suffolk County, whose will, dated August, 1625, proved Oct. 1, 1625, is on file at Bury St. Edmunds. For a full discussion of this matter, the reader is referred to an article contributed by the writer to the Boston Evening Transcript, June 1, 1904.
  • .... etc.
  • Mr. Carter died September 5, 1684, .... etc.
  • There is little doubt that Mary, wife of the Rev. Thomas Carter, was Mary Parkhurst, daughter of George Parkhurst Sr. of Watertown and Boston, and that she was baptized in Ipswich, Suffolk County, England, August 28, 1614. If so she was daughter of Phebe, the first wife of George Parkhurst. .... etc.
  • She died at Woburn, March 28, 1687. (Reg. xvii, p. 51.)
  • No record of the marriage of Rev. Thomas Carter and Mary Parkhurst have been found, but their first child, Samuel, was born in Watertown, Aug. 8, 1640.
  • Children of Rev. Thomas1 and Mary (Parkhurst) Carter:
    • i. Samuel2 b. Augl 8, 1640. d. autumn, 1693. m. Eunice Brooks, 1672.
    • ii. Judith b. —— . d. 1676. m. (1) Samuel Convers, June 8, 1660. m. (2) Giles Fifield, May 2, 1672.
    • iii. Theophilus b. June 12, 1645. d. Feb. 15, 1649/50.
    • iv. Mary b. July 24, 1648. d. 1688. m. (1) John Wyman Jr., 1671. m. (2) Nathaniel Bachelor, Oct. 31, 1676.
    • v. Abigail b. Jan. 10, 1649. d. Before 1684. m. John Smith, May 7, 1674.
    • vi. Deborah b. Sept. 17, 1651. d. Dec. 14, 1667.
    • vii. Timothy b. June 12, 1653. d. July 8, 1727. m. Anna Fiske, May 3, 1680.
    • 2. viii. Thomas b. June 8, 1655.
  • 2. THOMAS2 CARTER (Rev. Thomas1) was born in Woburn, Mass., June 8, 1655. The exact date of his death is not known, but he was living at least at late as Sept. 21, 1722, when he and his wife, Margery, acknowledged a deed originally given by them in 1688. .... etc.
  • He married in 1681, Margaret (or Margery) Whittemore, (or Whitmore), b. Sept. 9, 1668, d. Oct. 5, 1734, dau. of Francis Whittemore of Cambridge and his wife, Margaret Harty (or Hartz).
  • .... etc.
  • .... etc.
  • On the Parish Registers of Ipswich, Suffolk County, England, are found the following baptisms : —
    • Phebe, dau. of George and Phebe Parkhurst, Nov. 29, 1612.
    • Mary, dau. of George Parkhurst, Aug. 28, 1614.
    • Samuel, son of George Parkhurst, Feb. 2, 1616/17.
    • Deborah, dau. of George Parkhurst, Aug. 1, 1619.
    • George, son of George Parkhurst, June 5, 1621.
    • John, son of George Parkhurst, Oct. 19, 1623.
    • Abigail, dau. of George Parkhurst, Jan. 1, 1625/6.
    • Elizabeth, dau. of George Parkhurst, May 18, 1628.
    • Joseph, son of George Parkhurst, Dec. 21, 1629.
  • In the so-called "Dalton Deed" (Reg. xxvii, p. 364), Ruth, widow of the Rev. Timothy Dalton, conveys by deed dated March 22, 1663/4 certain property to her "constituted heir," Nathaniel Bacheller, he paying her a certain sum down, and agreeing to pay the sums mentioned below to the persons named, after her death :
    • To Deborah Smith, wife of John, £50
    • To Elizabeth Merry, wife of Joseph, £20
    • To Phebe Arnold, wife of Thomas, £20
    • To Joseph Parkhurst, £20
    • To George Parkhurst, £20
    • To Mary Carter, wife of Thomas (Carter of Woburn), £20
  • The identity of the six names in the two lists is striking, but in addition to this, at least three of the persons mentioned in the Dalton deed are known to be children of George Parkhurst Sr.
  • Nathaniel Bacheller, the grantee above, had married Deborah, dau. of the above John and Deborah Smith. In 1669 George Parkhurst Jr. writes Bacheller concerning the money coming to him from "my aunt Dalton," which letter Bacheller endorses as from "my uncle, George Parkhurst."
  • Joseph Parkhurst also wrote Bacheller about the money coming to him from "my aunt Dalton." Hence George, Joseph and Deborah must have been children of George Parkhurst Sr.
  • As to Ruth Dalton, wife of Rev. Timothy Dalton, from all the facts known to the writer it would seem that she was not a sister of George1 Parkhurst, but was more likely a sister of his first wife, Phebe. No record of the first wife is found in America, though he again married, about 1643, Susanna, widow of John Simpson.
  • Unfortunately no record of the marriage of Rev. Thomas Carter and his wife Mary has been found, and the same is true of the marriage of George Parkhurst and his wife Phebe, as also of Rev. Timothy Dalton and his wife, Ruth.
  • .... etc.


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.


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,


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's Timeline

May 1588
Key Parrish, 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, 1626
Age 38
Ipswich, Suffolk, England