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Mary Parker

Birthdate: (38)
Birthplace: Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Death: July 27, 1694 (38)
Groton, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA) (murder by Abenaki during a raid on Groton)
Place of Burial: Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Abraham Parker and Rose Parker
Wife of James Parker
Mother of Mary Pierce (Parker); Deacon Samuel Parker; Phineas Parker; Elizabeth Eastherbrook (Parker); Capt. James Parker and 3 others
Sister of Anna Hamlet; John (Jonathan) Parker; Abraham Parker, Jr.; Lt. Moses Parker; Hannah Parker and 5 others

Managed by: Sherry Parker Rieger
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About Mary Parker

Daughter of Abraham Parker and Rose Whitlock. Married her first cousin James Parker. Among those killed at Groton during the Oyster River Raid July 27, 1694.

Find A Grave Memorial# 83917961;

Mrs Mary Parker Parker

  • Birth:  Nov. 20, 1655 Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death: Jul. 27, 1694 Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Among those killed at Groton during the Oyster River Raid July 27, 1694.
  • Mary was the daughter of Abraham and Rose Whitlock Parker.
    • I would expect them to be buried in Forefathers Burying ground in Chelmsford, but Abraham died before the oldest stone in that cemetery and if Rose is there, I could not find her.
  • Children:
    • I. Mary PARKER,
      • b. 21 Sep 1680 in Groton, MA, d. 17 Jan 1746 in Woburn, ma.
      • She married John PIERCE, married 1697 in Woburn, ma. 16. I have not found her.
    • II. Samuel Parker,
      • b. 22 Sep 1682 in Groton, MA,
      • d. 30 Oct 1775 in Coventry, Tolland, CT.
      • He married (1) Mary (Cordey) CARDER, married 1 Jun 1704 in Boston,
        • b. 1683 in Boston, d. 1724 in Coventry, Tolland, CT.
      • He married (2) Hannah Lathrop THOMPSON, married 1726 in Groton, MA, b. 1685.
      • He married (3) Martha SAVAGE,
        • b. 10 Jun 1697 in Middletown, MA.
    • III. Phineas PARKER,
      • b. 1684 in Groton, MA,
      • d. 13 Aug 1744.
      • His boyhood had its tragedy. Both his parents were butchered by Indians when he was but a few years old and he was carried into captivity and held by the savages until ransomed 4 years later.
      • He was, it was said, ever after lame.
      • From his father he easily took the place as the leading member of the family and was abundantly trusted for his honesty, prudence and good judgment.
      • As executor of his fathers' will, he had the task, and it was one of delicacy, of dividing the testators' residual property amongst his numerous grand children.
    • IV. James Parker,
      • b. March 24, 1686-7.
      • "went, when a young man, to Lynn, Mass. and thence to North Yarmouth, Me.
      • He is confused with his cousin James" (son of Samuel) who is linked below as a child. ref Parker in America p529-30.
    • V. Abraham Parker,
      • b. Jan 4, 1690.
      • No further information is recorded and it is suspected that he was killed during the raid.
    • VI. Rebecca,
      • birth not found;
      • m. Jabez Kendall of Woburn.;
      • ref. Parker in America p536. I have not found her.  

Family links: 

  • Spouse:  James Parker (1652 - 1694)*
  • Children:
    • Phineas Parker (1681 - 1744)*
    • Samuel Parker (1682 - 1775)*
    • James Parker (1686 - 1748)*
    • James Parker (1689 - 1732)* 
  • Burial: Old Burying Ground Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
    • Note: Memorial (no marker to be found)

7333. James Parker.

  • Born on 15 Apr 1652 in Woburn, MA.24
  • James died in Groton, MA, on 27 Jul 1694; he was 42.24
  • James was killed by the Indians.117
  • On 11 Dec 1678 when James was 26, he married Mary Parker,
    • daughter of Abraham Parker (6 Feb 1619-12 Aug 1685) & Rose Whitlock (-30 Nov 1691), in Chelmsford, MA.
    • Born on 15 Nov 1655 in Chelmsford, MA.
    • Mary died in Groton, MA, on 27 Jul 1694; she was 38.
  • James and Mary were first cousins; their fathers were brothers.
  • Children of James and Mary (Parker) Parker, born at Groton:
    • i. Mary Parker, b. 20 Sep 1680, m. John Pierce;
    • ii. Phineas Parker, b. ca. 1681, d. 13 Aug 1744 at Groton, m. Abigail Scripter (b. 28 Jan 1687 at Groton, d. there4 Feb 1721, dau. of Samuel & Elizbeth (Knapp) Scripture);
    • iii. Samuel Parker, b. 22 Sep 1682, m. Mary;
    • iv. James Parker, b. 24 Mar 1687, d. 21 Jan 1748 at Groton, m. Abigail Prescott (b. 8 May 1688 at Groton, d. there 14 Aug 1757, dau. of Capt Jonas Prescott & Mary Loker);
    • v. Abraham Parker, b. 4 Jan 1690 ; and
    • vi. Rebecca Parker, b. ca. 1692, m. Jabez Kendall.

Their children include:

  • 19536 i. Mary Parker (21 Sep 1680-17 Jan 1747)
  • 19537 ii. Rebecca Parker (ca 1692-)
  • 19538 iii. Dea. Samuel Parker (22 Sep 1682-30 Oct 1775)
  • From Northeast Captivity Stories covering fellow victims "William and Deliverance Longley and their eight children, ambushed by Indians and murdered in their own home":


  • The expedition against Groton was planned in part by the Indians at a fort called Amsaquonte above Norridgewock, in Maine.
    • It was arranged also in the plan of operations that Oyster River - now Durham, New Hampshire - should be attacked on the way;
    • and the assault on that town was made July 18, 1694, nine days before the one on Groton.
    • At Oyster River more than 90 persons were either killed or captured;
    • the prisoners from the two towns appear to have been taken to Maine, where they were brought frequently together during their captivity.
  • On the fatal morning of July 27, 1694, the massacre of this family took place.
    • The Indians appeared suddenly, coming from the other side of the Merrimack River, and
    • began the attack at Lieut. William Lakin's house, where they were repelled with the loss of one of their number.
    • They followed it up by assaulting other houses in the same neighborhood.
    • They made quick work of it, and left the town as speedily as they came.
  • With the exception of John Shepley's house, it is not known that they destroyed any of the buildings; but they pillaged them before they departed.
  • They carried off 13 prisoners, mostly children, and perhaps all, who must have retarded their march.
  • Testimony of Hezekiah Miles, friendly Indian, on preparations of attack on Groton and Oyster River:
    • "Hezekiah Miles, a ____Hector Indian of full age sworn, saith that his being employed in his Majesty's service against the Indian enemy, and posted at Major Frost's garrison at Barwick in the year 1691,
      • was surprised and came away captive by the Eastern Indian enemy and became servant to Sampson Hegin with whom he continued for the space of now four years,
      • having his chief residence at the new Fort called Amsaquonte above Norridgewock and
      • that in this month of July, 1694, there was a gathering of his Indians at the said new Fort and
      • preparations to go forth to war, and two or three days before they intended to set out, they killed and boiled several dogs and held a Feast whereas was present Egesemet, Bomaseen, Warumbe__, and
      • Ahasombaniet with divers others of the chief among them;
      • they discoursed of falling upon Oyster River and Groton, and
      • Bomaseen was to command one of this company the five days before they intended to set forth,
      • myself with four Indians more were dispatched away to Canada with a letter from Fryar (?) , and
      • were upon our voyage thither and back again about __ days and brought down about two barrels of powder, Shot proportionable and some firearms.
      • About the time of our return, the Indians came in after this mischief at Oyster River and Groton, and in particular I saw Bomaseen in his canoe which was well-laden.
      • There was four (?) English captives, some scalps and a large pack of plunder brought in that canoe, and Bomaseen two or three days after they returned home, went away to Canada.".......
      • signed, Hezekiah Miles
      • Sworn 31st May, 1695, Bomaseen being present.

From: "The Salem witch trials: a day-by-day chronicle of a community under siege" By Marilynne K. Roach

  • July 12, 1694 - Thursday, Boston:
    • Governor Phips wrote to the Earl of Nottingham that he had received the King's command, and would embark as soon as possible.
    • First, however, he had to sail Eastward to secure the peace.
    • He had hopes of an expedition against Villebon's headquarters on the St. John River, which had supplied and armed war parties in the past.
    • He had heard rumors too that some sort of attack was in the offing.
    • Phips had ordered the "Nonsuch" to the St. John's River.
    • But the frigate's new captain, recently sent from London to replace Phip's appointee Thomas Dobbins, claimed that he never saw the French vessel that resupplied Villebon, though his men thought it was about to attack.
  • July 18, 1694 - Wednesday, Oyster River, New Hampshire:
    • Although Lieutenant Villieu, the French officer of Indian affairs, had been unable to dissuade Madockawando's party from the Pemaquid treaty, his agents had since encouraged other sachems, who opposed it.
    • Word of a planned attack was common knowledge in Quebec as early as May, even among the English hostages there, who could do nothing to help.
    • Today, just before dawn, a French and Indian force attacked Oyster River, New Hampshire, slaughtering over 50 people before the settlement could defend itself.
    • The attackers carried off about 40 hostages, burnt 13 homes, killed all the cattle they could find, and destroyed the corn crop.
  • July 19, 1694 - Thursday, Boston:
    • Lieutenant Governor William Stoughton had begun collecting depositions against Governor Phips.
    • But the whole process was suspended today so that the governor could deal with the attacks Eastward.
  • July 20, 1694 - Friday, Boston:
    • Governor Phips sailed Eastward again knowing that this moment was the worst possible time for him to leave for England.
    • New Hampshire's lieutenant governor John Usher had asked Phips for help,
    • but the latter responded that he could not send troops out of the province without the consent of the legislature.
    • He would, however, strengthen the adjoining frontiers and would see to the Eastward territories, which were part of Massachusetts.
    • (In Phip's absence, Lt. Gov. William Stoughton ordered militia to New Hampshire. Their home territory was at risk, and it was the height of the growing season, however, and the men refused to go.)
  • July 21, 1694 - Saturday, Strawberry Bank, New Hampshire:
    • The French and Indian raiders fell upon some men and women harvesting at a farm on the south bank of the Piscataqua River, some distance from the relative safety of Strawberry Bank.
  • July 27, 1694 - Friday, Groton:
    • Unseen, the enemy war party circled inland to enter Massachusetts and to fall on Groton at dawn.
    • A hundred mounted militia rushed to the town's aid, but found no sign of the raiders or their 13 captives - only 20 or so corpses.
  • July 28, 1694 - Saturday, Boston:
    • The night after the Groton attack, even Boston stood under alert.
    • (There, Rev. Samuel Willard, once minister of Groton, faced the additional sorrow of his daughter Sarah's death at age one-and-a-half.)
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Mary Parker's Timeline

November 20, 1655
Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
April 20, 1656
Chelmsford, Middlesex, MA
April 20, 1656
Chelmsford, Middlesex, MA
November 20, 1656
Age 1
August 31, 1679
Age 23
Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
September 20, 1680
Age 24
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
September 22, 1682
Age 26
Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 28
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
March 24, 1686
Age 30
Groton, Middlesex County, Dominion of New England (Present Massachusetts)
January 4, 1690
Age 34
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States