Elisha Parker was born 1630 in England. Emmigrated to Barnstable, MA, and died June 30, 1717. He married (1) Elizabeth Hinckley on July 15, 1657 in Barnstable, MA. He married (2) Hannah Rolph on March 26, 1691 in Woodbridge, New Jersey. He married (3) Ursula Craig on September 27, 1697.
Notes for Elisha Parker:
Elisha was four years old when he left England with his family in the company of Rev. John Lothrop
April 19, 1675, Elisha received a grant of land of 182 acres on the highway leading to Piscataway. Shortly after, he moved to Woodbridge NJ from Staten Is.
The births of Elisha's children who must have been born in Richmond City, Staten Island (previous to 1675) are all listed in the Woodbridge records.
Elisha was rate makers (assessors) in 1700 in Woodbridge
Ist Town Committee Woodbridge (7 men) met 30 Mar 1705 included Elisha Parker. At this first meeting, permission was given to Elisha to build a grist mill on Papiack Creek with a grant of land about 40 ('?) square. To be as near the bridge as possible.
Letter to Don Nye Parker 10/13/99 from JP (This in response to his letter blasting us for calling William (2) a scalawag.)
Dear Cousin Don - October 10th was the very first time I saw the Parker tree on the internet. It was delightful to "see" years of research, traveling, digging, knocking on strangers' doors and discovering family, tons of letters and documents flying between Massachusetts and Florida - or anywhere else we happened to be. Cousin Michael has done a tremendous service to our family in bringing so much information forward. He seems to have included everything possible, even some of my work-notes and off-the-wall comments! He kept saying I would "see the day" when it was all in print, and I surely have! I will try now to shed some light on your very valid questions, but first let's try to erase the apparent hurt from that unfortunate word scalawag.
Scalawag was a term used by the Southern Democrats toward any white Southern Republican during the Civil War Reconstruction period. Although the word implies a "scamp" or a "rascal", it is an opprobrious word - denoting approval. It's not really so bad to be descendant of a scalawag! The word didn't even exist in William's lifetime. Forgiven???
William (1) "came over" with his family either with the congregation led by Rev. Lothrop, or within that time period. All of the names of the passengers on the GRIFFIN are not listed. In the ANNUALS OF BARNSTABLE, William Parker's name appears with that group from the beginning of their Colonial Mission, and in each event. We do not know his wife's, name, as a female spouse frequently appeared as "Mrs. Husband". We do know he had children, but not how many. William (2) was the oldest and in 1634 was probably 14 or 15. Elisha was 4. There is a strong possibility that Robert was also a son, fitting into the age gap between the known children. All records indicate William and his family arrived in Scituate, MA in 1634.
About half of the Scituate Church congregation removed to Mattacheese (Indian name), which became Barnstable, in 1639. They needed more farming and family space. They were led by Rev. Lothrop.
William (2) was married to Mary Rawlins this same year, and he and his wife remained in Scituate. They had four children before the death of Mary Rawlins in August 1651. William married Mary Turner (13 Nov. 1651). Records also show a marriage to Mary Humphrey. Actually, William's 2nd wife was the daughter of Humphrey Turner. After a bit of sleuthing for true names, and comparing dates, it was determined that the record was erroneous. William (2) had two wives named Mary, and five more children from his second marriage, including twins.
Meanwhile - Elisha (my forebear), who was 9 or 10 when he was taken to Barnstable, grew up. He married Elizabeth Hinckley July 15, 1657. She was the sister, of Thomas Hinckley one-time Governor of the Massachusetts Colony. Elisha and Elizabeth had three children in Barnstable before moving to more spacious living in Staten Island, N.Y. (They left sometime between 1662-birth of Sarah in Barnstable, and 1669-birth of Samuel in Staten Island.)
Elisha's departure from Barnstable could hardly be called a "scat". He lived there at least from 1640 to 1663, then, undoubtedly, left to benefit his growing family.
On April 19, 1675, Elisha Parker, Sr.Yoeman of Woodbridge, N.J. received a grant of land, 182 acres on the highway leading to Piscataway. Shortly after, he moved from Staten Island, N.Y. to Woodbridge, N.J. (Just across the river.) Elisha married twice more as his wives died, and had several children. He held high offices in Woodbridge, including High Sheriff of Middlesex County, Representative of the County in the Provincial Assembly, and was appointed a member of Governor Hunter's Council.
Elisha's descendants lived who they were for the next four generations: English- men living in the British colonies of America. The families produced many illustrious men. James Parker, son of Samuel, set up and operated the very first printing press in New Jersey; Capt. John Parker, who became a Colonel in the 4th Battalion of the Royal Americans, and later in the 60th Royal Americans; James Parker who entered provincial military service as Captain, and in 1762 he was in command of the 27th regiment. He returned from military service to the Parker Mansion in Amboy to handle the extensive and complex family interests, and held many and various local offices.
The uprising precipitating the Revolutionary War included people who were, the Parker families' friends, neighbors, constituents, business associates. Those who continued to be as loyal Englishmen were called Tories. Their homes and properties were confiscated; their Businesses and equipment were destroyed. It must have been difficult for a Loyalist to understand that he was not who he thought he was through the last almost two centuries. Some, as with the military James above, remained carefully neutral as only a respectful military gentleman can. He was a diplomat when his home was used to billet "insurgents". Yet in the end James sympathetically traveled to New Brunswick, with his family along with other Parkers. James Parker stayed for two years until the Parker families were settled, then returned - all voluntarily. His property was not confiscated or destroyed, only used. (I guess his coast was clear!)
The Loyalist Parkers were finally herded into New York alone with almost 50,000 (including military families). The British military held New York for three years. Our people lived under terrible conditions, even with the best of intensions. The British tried to take care of the Loyalists, and eventually provided ships to transport those who wanted to go to British Canada. There were no alternate choices, and the hardships were unspeakable- traveling, landing in Wilderness, or living aboard the ships even as it ideas not possible to live otherwise.
It is hard for me to believe that this could he WILLING, "self exile". Another five Generations of building, Teaming, raising families, and again, as in Barnstable, the families needed more space and better opportunities. Times were hard, and many families emmigrated to places in the United States where they had heard jobs were available. They would be hard-put to understand that "the coast is clear".
Not one in 15 even knew that their ancestors had "fled" to this New Brunswick home of theirs. When we first started this genealogy search, hardly anyone even knew who his grandparents were let lone where they had come from or why. They were Canadians. The United States was a foreign, even if preferred, country.
No, Don, I would not say that your version of the events is "a fair approximation of what happened to the descendants of Elisha". We've all done pretty well here, too, these past five Generations.
Give it the Light touch, Donald Nye Parker. Not only are we all Cousins, we are all Children of God, and it's so wonderful when we discover another one of us - A Child of god Cousin. Blessings, June T. Parker (JP)10/13/99
More About Elisha Parker and Elizabeth Hinckley: Marriage: July 15, 1657, Barnstable, MA.
Marriage Notes for Elisha Parker and Elizabeth Hinckley: Following from web page: http://www.dec.tis.net/genealogy/gedhtml/rmontgomery5/d0004/g0000037.htm#I4344