PARKER FAMILY OF VIRGINIA'S EASTERN SHORE
This document represents a trace of the direct lineage of the Parker family on the Virginia Eastern Shore. While this document contains many links to other Parker family members throughout the Delmarva Peninsula, beginning in 1634 and continuing through time until approximately 2004, it does not attempt to follow all Parker connections. Typically, I try to provide at least two generations of family connections to assist others in making their Parker family relations. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. The purpose of this historical trace is to further discover, explore and document my Parker lineage from the earlier work of my sister, Rosemary Revell O'Connell as published in "Our Family History - Mother's Family" in 1990 and continue this work back through time to the first Parker family immigrant to America. During this process I hope to learn of the many ancestors of Julia Dickinson Parker, my grandmother who was born in Portsmouth, Virginia in 1892 and lived her entire 96 years of life there nourishing her 3 children, 16 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren until her death in 1988. She lies buried next to her husband, Thomas Miley Rowe in St. Paul's Catholic Cemetery.
According to a review of Virginia Land Patents the Virginia Parker family history contains four main branches. Including:
1. Thomas Parker of Isle of Wight County (1647) son of Sir Edmund Parker
2. Richard Parker of Nansemond County (1654)
3. Robert Parker of Northampton County (1649) [Robert, George & John were brothers]
George Parker of Northampton County (1650)
John Parker of Accomack County (1655)
4. William Parker or Westmoreland County (1654)
The Eastern Shore branch of the Parker Family traces its origins to the family seat "Park Hall" located in Staffordshire, England and are descendants of the Earls of Morley and the Earls of Monteagle and of the same family as the Earls of Macclesfield and Barons of Boringdorn. It is rumored that the many of the Parker's being loyal to the King's party were forced to flee to the Colony of Virginia during the time times of the Commonwealth of England led by Oliver Cromwell.
The Eastern Shore Parker branch begins with George Parker (3A) born in Southampton, England and christened 25 May 1634 and who later married Abigail Barlowe (3A1) born ca.1634 also in Southampton, England. My Parker trace and history centers on this branch of the family tree.
Every caution has been taken to verify the accuracy of the data offered in this document. However, this remains a work in progress and the reader is cautioned that mistakes may have occurred. Further, this document concentrates in tracing only the male heirs of the Parker Family. Whenever possible the first and second generation of inter-family marriages is also provided to help establish co-lateral lines and reveal other family relationships that may help other researchers discover family tie-ins.
If after reading this expose you have additional information on Parker family relationships that should be included within this document, please forward those comment to me at email@example.com as I will provide updates from time to time.
First Generation: (English Heritage)
George Parker (1A) born ca.1520 married Margery Carpenter (1A2). Children are:
Second Generation: (English Heritage)
Margery Pyke (2B) born ca. 1565
Margaret Pierce (2C) born ca. 1567
Third Generation: (English Heritage)
Children of John Parker (2A) and Marie Gerard Parker (2A1)
Elizabeth Parker (3B) married Francis Rumbell (3B1)
Abstract of the Will of George Parker (3A)
of the Town and County of Southampton,
Dated 24 Oct 1638, Proved 9 May 1639
To be buried in the chancel of St. Laurence Church. To the parish of St. Michael, Southampton 10 shillings. I give out of the tenement in Eaststreet wherein John West now liveth 5 shillings a year for ever to be given every God Friday in Lent unto five old poor men twelve pence a piece. To my son, Robert Parker all my free land lying in and about the Town and County of Southampton and to his heirs for ever he or they paying out of the said lands unto four other of my children here under mentioned, Twenty Pounds a piece when they obtain the age of 21 years. To my son, George Parker and my three daughters Anne Parker, Elizabeth Parker and Abigail Parker. Twenty Pounds a piece to be paid by my son, Robert Parker his heirs and assigns at their age of twenty-one. To my son, John Parker and my daughter, Margery Parker Twenty Pounds a piece at the age of twenty-one out of the means which I shall leave unto my Executrix but if either or any of my children depart this life before the age of twenty-one, then the portion of the party or parties so deceasing shall be equally divided amongst the rest of my children surviving (my son, Robert excepted). To my Aunt Margery Pyke 10 shillings, to buy her a ring. To my sister, Elizabeth Crompton and her daughter, Elizabeth Mills, 40 shillings apiece. To my two nieces in Cornwail (Cornwall) by name Willmot and Mary, 50 shillings a piece. All other goods, chattels, etc. whatsoever to Abigail Parker, my now wife whom I make Executrix. My will is that my said Executor shall have the managing profit, etc., of all my said free land so given unto my said son, Robert Parker during his monage and when he shall be of full age of twenty-one years, then the same shall be delivered to him. Overseers my friends Peter Clongon and Mr. John Bengor of the aforesaid Town and County of Southampton and give them 10 shillings a piece to buy them gloves. Moreover I give unto my cousin, Margery Barlow of the City of Chichester, daughter of my Uncle Captain William Parker of Plymouth, 30 shillings.
Witnesses: Thomas Masion Henry Singleton
By a codicil Testator increases the number of old men to receive relief from five to six. Also that after my wife's decease my son, George Parker shall have the remainder of the lease of King's Orchard out of which he shall pay three legacies as is before ordained if my Executrix shall die before the children come to age.
Signed, Sealed and Delivered by Testator.
Witnesses: Thomas Mason Martin Peale
Fourth Generation: (First American Generation)
Children of George Parker (3A) and Abigail Barlowe Parker (3A1):
Robert Parker (4A) born ca. 1621 in Southampton, Hampshire, England, will died 1673 in
Bosham, Suffolk County, England. His will was written 13 Nov 1671proved 4 Apr 1673 in
England married 3 Jul 1650 to Jane Baxter (4A1) born 16 May 1631 at Meadhurst, West
Margery Parker (4F) born ca. 1628 in Southampton, England
Elizabeth Parker (4G) born ca. 1629 in Southampton, England died ca. 1680 Southampton, England
Robert Parker (4A) received a patent for 500 acres of land in Accomack County in 1649, it being on the Great Nuswattoks River from Mossacotanzic Creek mouth to Mattawompson Creek. In 1660 he added another patent for 250 acres at the head of the former patent to his holdings. Robert and Jane Parker returned to England where he died IN 1673. An abstracted copy of his will follows:
An abstract of the Last Will and Testament of Robert Parker (4A)
Written 13 Nov 1671 Proved 4Apr 1673
To wife and fellow traveler Jane Parker rents of free land in Bosham during her life according to lease granted by she and me to son, George Parker and by him to be paid to his mother Termeria vire; to said wife in free land or Burgage Tenure in Meadhurst during her life or minority of her and my son, John; also the third part of free land in Southampton during her life; also third part of profits de claro from land in Virginia. As said wife has desired to have only left her 25 pounds per annum during her life, with a room or two furnished. To which if she so pleases she acquitting the former bequests above mentioned, charging my son, George, who is of best ability and all the rest of her and my children to have special care of their dear mother. -To my son, John Parker, 100 pounds at 21 years of age, besides his living at Meadhurst. To my ingrateful son, John Martin, 13 pence which with 120 pounds which he has had already with my eldest daughter, Abigail is too much. To my daughters, Anne, Margaret and Constance (youngest daughter) 60 pounds sterling each at 21 years of age. If any of my daughters are willing to renounce legacies in England and go to Virginia, that daughter shall have her portion rights due to me, with plantation, housing and stocks to her and her heirs forever with patent in hands of Mr. John Wise at Onancock in Northampton County in Accomack the plantation in Anduen River. To Margaret Sherlock, my apprentice 20 shillings. To each of my servants, 5 shillings. To eight poor men, 8 pence apiece in the Parish of Bosham. My grandfather, John Parker, did give 13 shilling 8 pence to St. Laurence in Southampton ever out of demise in tenure of Mr. Peter Clarke, where he and my father but lie buried, to be further continued as it hath been before. My son, George Parker, Executor. Mr. William Peascod, of Bosham and John Rawlings, of Southampton, to take my son, John Parker into their tuition and shall be overseers. Witnesses: William Silverlock, Henry Payell, William Pescodd.
George Parker (4B) received a patent for 1,300 acres of land north of Anancock Creek, in Accomack County in 1661. Later this patent was reissued as 1,650 acres, it including surplus land found within the bounds.
The Last Will and Testament of George Parker (4B)
Written Feb 1673 Proved 10 Oct 1674
I, George Parker of Accomack County in the Colony of Virginia Government, sick and weak but of perfect sense and memory do make and ordain this my will and testament in manner and form following:
First, I give my soul to creator, etc. Second, I give and bequeath unto my son George Parker and his heirs forever all my land I now live upon and lying on the North side of Onancock Creek when he shall come to age of one and twenty years. During which time I do will that my wife do enjoy and possess the same. But in case should she marry before my said son should arrive at the age of one and twenty years, then my son George is to have possession of one half of the said land as also one half of the orchard and house standing and being thereon. But I do further will that my son shall not at any time sell or dispose of any of the aforesaid land to any one whatsoever or to leave the land for about one and twenty years.
Third, I give and bequeath unto my son John Parker and his heirs forever my land lying on the south side of Onancock obligating him not to sell or dispose of said land or leave the same as aforesaid.
Fourth, I give unto my aforesaid son, George all my lands in England and his heirs forever hereby requesting and imploring my overseers herein named to see and reserve for my said son my said land in England and to reimburse themselves of such charges or disbursements as there shall be out of said estate when removed or out of arranging of rents as shall be raised on the said amongst my four sons, now living.
Fifth, I do hereby give and bequeath unto my two youngest sons by names of Phillip and Charles Parker and their heirs forever all other land whatsoever which or shall hereafter be reported as found to me mine.
Sixth, My will is that all the female increase of all such cattle that is present reported and accounted to belong to my children or to any of them shall remain to their use and enjoyment.
Seventh, I give and bequeath unto my son, George that bay mare called "Jennie" that I formerly gave him, as also to my daughter Abigail, the gray mare called "Thomas Cooper's" mare. Her colt to son, John with their increase that shall herein after belong to them, to run upon the plantation until they my said children shall come of age. Except they shall otherwise think fit. And I do further bequeath unto my aforesaid daughter, Abigail, my best bed and furniture.
Eighth, I give unto my brother, John Parker my best suit of apparel and my best hat.
Ninth, I give unto Thomas Teagle, my horse "Bayard".
Tenth, All rest of my personal estate I give and bequeath unto my wife, Florence to be equally divided amongst my said children. Their personal part and share to be delivered to them as they arrive at their several ages.
Eleventh, Lastly, I do hereby ordain and appoint my beloved wife, Florence Parker my full and sole Executrix of this my last will and testament whatsoever hereunto by me declared. Further more making and appointing my well beloved friends Charles Scarburgh and Thomas Teagle, Gent, overseers of this my last will and testament. Desiring that no arrangement of inventory be taken of my estate but that shall be done to them my above named overseers. In witness whereof I do hereunto set my hand and seal this sixth day of January 1673.
Witnesses: Daniel Jenifer Ann Jenifer Frances Taler.
Source: Clerk of Court, Accomack County, Virginia Book of Wills Liber 1673-1676 Page 184.
John Parker (4C) received a patent for 600 acres of land in Accomack County in 1660, it being the land north of the present Broadway Road and extending from the bay to a short distance east of the neck road. Parker called his plantation "Mattapany" Later in 1687 John Parker was granted an additional patent for a 200 acre island off Matchatank Creek called "Parker's Island."
John Parker received another patent for 400 acres in Accomack County in 1672; it being the land bounded eastward on the present highway and southward by the Rue Crossroad. This acreage was referred to as "Little Gargaphia." John wrote his will 9 Jan 1692 and left this land to his son, Matthew. However, Matthew relocated to Sussex County, Pennsylvania (now Delaware) and John and his wife Amy sold this land to John Baker in 1694 prior to John's death.
Patented to John Parker of Mattapony 885 acres of land near Mappsville in Accomack County, Virginia. In John's LW&T he left 200 acres of this land to Thomas " To son Thomas 200 acres at the head of Messongo Branch" who sold this land to William Lucas in 1706 and 385 acres of this land to Anderson "To son Anderson Parker 385 acres near Bloxom Bridge" who relocated to Sussex County, Pennsylvania (now Delaware) and then sold it to all to Robert Brymer in 1707
John Parker also purchased 295 acres of land from Maximillian Gore that was 1/2 of the original land purchased by Richard Johnson from Christopher Thompson and later given to his two sons, Francis and Richard Jr., To son Thomas "plantation purchased of Maximillian Gore containing 295 acres" Thomas and his wife, Sarah Parker sold this land to Thomas Simpson in 1708.
In Josias Seward's will dated 22 Sep 1689 in Somerset County, Maryland, John Parker was named as an heir to 100 acres of land. John passed this land on to his sons Matthew and Thomas. Seward's will was probated 10 Jun 1690
John Parker of Mattaponi was buried in a garden at Mattaponi near the grave of his son, Robert Parker.
An abstract of the Last Will and Testament of John Parker Sr. (4C) of Mattapany
Written 9 January 1692 Proved 19 Sep 1695
To eldest son George Parker, 20 shillings. To each of his children sheep etc. To second son, John Parker plantation called Mattapany where I now live, containing 400 acres, after the decease of my wife Amy. To son John 1/2 my great sloop to hold in partnership with my wife. To son William Parker 300 acres in Pocomoke River in Somerset County MD called "Winter Quarter," also my sloop called "Arlington." To son Edward Parker 200 acres being part of 600 acres of Mattapany patent, as by deed of gift to him dated 21 December 1692. To son Matthew Parker my plantation called Little Gargaphia containing 400 acres, also 1/2 of the hammocks and marshes at Marumscoe in Maryland to hold with his brother Thomas Parker. To son Anderson Parker 385 acres near Bloxom Bridge. To son Thomas 200 acres at the head of Messongo Branch and plantation purchased of Maximillian Gore containing 295 acres and 1/2 the marshes at Marumscoe in Maryland. To grandson John Ayres. To William Williamson. balance of my estate including 1/2 of my great sloop to my wife Amy, wife Executor. Witnesses: Charles Scarburgh, Bennett Scarburgh, John Watts.
Codicil - 12 January 1692- Whereas I have 200 acres of marsh, being the northmost of Pungoteague Island not expressed in the foregoing will, the said 200 acres to be appropriated to my 400 acres at Mattapany and I give the same to my son John Parker; likewise I have 200 acres of marsh by a later patent upon Pungoteague Island to the southward of the aforesaid 200 acres which is also omitted in the aforesaid will, but is given by deed of gift to my son Edward Parker, which said 200 acres I give and bequeath to the said Edward. Wittnesses: William Anderson, George Hope, George Parker Sr."
Children of Robert Parker (4A) and Jane Baxter (4A1):
George Parker (5A)
John Parker (5B)
Abigail Parker (5C) married John Martin (5C1)
Anne Parker (5D)
Margaret Parker (5E) married
Constance Parker (5F)
Children of George Parker (4B) and Florence Cade (4B1):
John Parker (5H) born in Accomack County, VA wrote will 1 Dec 1730 proved 1 Apr
1731 married Tabitha Truett (5H1), will dated 12 Aug 1745 proved 4 Oct 1745 daughter of George & Eleanor Truett
Phillip Parker (5J) will written 21 Oct 1719 proved 4 Apr 1721 married
Charles Parker (5K) will written 16 Jan 1709 proved 2 Feb 1709 married Elizabeth Unknown
Abigail Parker (5L) married Joseph Robinson (5L1)
Margaret Parker (5M) married Josias Seward (5M1)
Robert Parker (5N)
Children of John Parker Sr. (4C) and Amy Anderson Parker (4C1):
Unknown (5R1) relic of William Orr. She was born ca. 1667 in Sussex County, PA (now Delaware)
William Parker (5S) born ca. 1666 in Accomack County, Virginia died Jan 1689 in Somerset County, Maryland blacksmith, married ca. 1687 to Elizabeth Scarburgh (5S1) born ca. 1672, daughter of Edmund Scarburgh and Ursula Whittington. Elizabeth remarried in 1700 to William Bagwell.
Abigail Parker (5T) born ca. 1666 in Accomack County, Virginia died ca. 1692 married ca. 1684
To John Ayres (5T1).
Matthew Parker (5U)born ca. 1668 in Accomack County, Virginia wrote will 14 Jul 1718 probated 5 May 1719 in Lewes, Delaware married ca. 1693 to Elizabeth Unknown (5U1) born ca. 1675, relic of Thomas Price. Relocated to Sussex County, Pennsylvania (now Delaware).
Thomas Parker (5V) born ca. 1670 in Accomack County, Virginia will written 24 Mar 1750 probated 25 Sep 1750 in Kent County, PA married ca. 1695 to Sarah Unknown (5V1) born ca, 1677. Relocated to Sussex County, Pennsylvania (now Delaware).
Anderson Parker (5W) born ca. 1672 in Accomack County, Virginia died on 16 March 1760 wrote his will 9 May 1759 proved 25 Mar 1760 married
Robert Parker (5X) born ca. 1674 died before his father and buried in the garden at Mattapany.
An Abstract of the Last Will and Testament of Major George Parker (5G)
Proved 7 Jul 1724
To son, George Parker 1/2 my land on the north side of Onancock Creek, being 825 acres. To sons George, Henry and Phillip, my large copper still. To son Charles, all my lands on Pungoteaque Creek containing 925 acres which I purchased of Justinian Yeo. To son, Henry land on Back Creek adjacent his brother George. To son, Bennet Parker, 1/2 my land at Indian Town in Somerset County, Maryland, called "Wickenoughs Neck" containing 300 acres. To son, Richard, the remainder of my land in Wickenoughs Neck, the whole containing 600 acres. To son, Phillip, all my land in my Neck on Onancock Creek not already given to my sons, George & Henry. To daughter, Ann. Son George to pay her 6 pounds. Children to receive their legacies as soon as my will is proved. Sons, George, Charles and Henry Executors. Wittnessed by Henry Scarburgh, Winnefred Scarburgh, John Bonwell.
Note: A near duplicate will was filed 7 Mar 1739 in the name of Major George Parker. The will names the same persons and contains the same witnesses.
Last Will and Testament of Phillip Parker (5J)
Written 21 Oct 1719 Proved 4 Apr 1721
In the name of God Amen I Phillip Parker of the County of Accomack in Virginia being very sick and weak of body but sound & prefect sense & memory thanks be to Almighty God for the same do by these presents make this my Last Will & Testament as followeth:
Imprimise: I Give & bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty that gave it & my body to the Earth from whence it was taking to such Christian like burial as shall be thought fitting by my Executor after to be named & as for my worldly Estate which God of his mercy hath been pleased to give me after my debts are paid I give & bequeath as followeth:
Item I give & bequeath unto my son Phillip Parker all my land & plantation at Nanduey whereon I now dwell by estimation two hundred & twenty acres & all my land & marsh that I have in Maryland. At a place called or know by the name of Rumbelde marsh to him, my son Phillip Parker and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever and for want of such heirs to the next heir at Common Law reserving to my loving wife the use & benefit of all the land till my aforesaid son shall come to the age of 18 years & then only to have her thirds during he natural life & then to my aforesaid son & his heirs as aforesaid & my Coopers tools & all carpenters tools & pistols & holsters.
Item I give & bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Parker alias West my land in Maryland at Pocomoke near the head of Pitses Creek containing two hundred Acres more or less to her my aforesaid daughter Mary & her heirs forever & one Negro called "Daniell".
Item I give & bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Parker one hundred acres of land lying near Wallops Road formerly bought of Thomas Smith the aforesaid land I give unto my daughter Elizabeth & her heirs forever & my seal skin trunk & one feather bed & boulster & 4 pair of blankets.
Item I give & bequeath unto my loving wife a Negro boy called "Cain" during her natural life & after her death to my daughter Winefreet Parker & her heirs forever. I give & bequeath all the rest of my personal estate after my death & legacies are paid to equally divided between my loving wife & my son Phillip & my daughter Winefreet immediately after my death & my will is that my daughter Winefreet may have priviledge always during her natural life to keep & pasture five head of cattle in the marsh which I have given my son Philip & heirs forever & my desire is that my brother George Parker, Mr. Teackel, Richard Rodgers & Arthur Laylor divide my estate according to the true intent of this Last Will & Testament.
Lastly, I appoint & make my loving wife the whole & sole Executor of this my Last Will & Testament revoking all other wills or will made by me at any time or times whensoever due by these presents declare this to be my Last Will & Testament as witness my hand & seal this eighth day of October Anno Dom 1719
Teste: Geo. Parker Arthur Laylor John Rodgers
The within Last Will & Testament of Phillip Parker deceased was proved in open Court of Accomack County by the oaths of Arthur Laylor, John Rodgers & Major George Parker the three witnesses to the same April the 4th 1721 which the Court admitted to record.
Teste: Chas Snead Cl Cur Recorded April the 12th 1721 pr Chas Snead Cl Cur.
Last Will and Testament of Dorothy Parker (5J2)
25 Jan 1730 Proved 4 Mar 1730
To son in law Sollomon Rogers and his wife, 217 acres on Indian River at Rumbly Marsh for life, then to my grandson, Matthew Rogers (under 18). To son Phillip Parker. To daughter, Winney Rogers. To Mary Budd. Son in law, Solloman Rogers Executor.
Witness: Thomas Johnson, George Dewry
Last Will and Testament of Charles Parker (5K)
16 Jan 1709 Proved 2 Feb 1709
To wife, Elizabeth all my real estate for life, then to my children. Should they die to my cousin, John Parker, son of my brother George Parker. land in Indian Town upon Pokemoke River near my brother, John Parker's land being 200 acres and land on seaside called "Rumly" in Somerset County, Maryland. And for want of heirs to Bennet Parker, son of my brother, George Parker. Should my wife die without heirs by me then to my cousin John Parker, son of my brother, John Parker land in Indian Town near the Great Bridge on Pokemoke River, containing by patent 400 acres and for want of heirs to Charles Parker, son of my brother, John. To cousin, Bayly Parker all my interest in my lands in Accomack. Wife Executor. Wittnessed by: George Parker, George Parker, Jr., John Istall.
George Parker (5P) was the grandson of Amy Fowkes, relic of Garrett Anderson and wife of Thomas Fowkes. In Thomas Fowkes will dated 10 Sep1673 in Accomack Co., VA, George was given 400 acres of land to be inherited after the death of his grandmother. In the will of his grandmother, dated 20 Aug 1678 in Accomack Co., VA, George was awarded this land.
Last Will and Testament of George Parker Senior (5P)
Written 1708 Proved 7 Jul 1713
One Thousand Seven Hundred & Eight Church of England I George Parker Senior (3P) in the County of Accomack Virginia being in good health praise be to almighty God for the same, I do make, ordain, constitute and appoint this my Last Will & Testament to be in manner and form as follows:
Imprimus: I bequeath my soul into the hand of the Almighty God who gave it and my body to the ground to receive such decent Christian burial as at the discretion of my Executrix hereafter nominated shall be thought most fitting and convenient in sure and certain hopes of a joyful resurrection in and through marsises of my blessed Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
Item 3: I give unto my son, George Parker the half of this track of land upon the westernmost side of the branch where I do now live on with the pasture and half the orchard and half to barns all the tenfats and tener & corrers towls and the other half of my said track of land to his and his heirs forever, when his mother do decease this life. My meaning is that half the produce of the orchard when the charge of keeping of the orchard in yearly repairs with fence or fences and trimming and any other charges which may or shall happen to the said orchard my son George or my trustees for to see it paid and the remainder of the profits to put him to coll and do also give him my Copor still with worm and tob after his mother's decease and my half of ship Rack Island the aforesaid fore hundred acs of land and this Island & still to him and his heirs forever but not for to be sold out of my blood nor for to be leased at one less for above teen years at a less If it doth please God that my son George should die without any lawful issue my will is that my daughters Abigail Parker alias Laufbury and Elizabeth Parker to them given as to their brother to them and their heirs forever the above mentioned land to be divided by a straight line from the head of my Tanners branch to the middle of my line between me and the land formerly called Jonathan Sturgisses and now called Sarah Nubys and Thomas Joneis the westernmost side of the aforesaid brunch and Line to her and her lawful heirs forever the other easternmost side of the aforesaid branch to my daughter, Elizabeth and her heirs forever and half the produce of the orchard for thirteen years after her brother George deceases as aforesaid. Land to be sold to each other as they shall think fit but not to any other (-----) as aforesaid to my son (-----.)
Item 4: I give unto my son, George Parker half my water mill & half my felling mill to him and his heirs forever that is not to be sold nor leased in a less but for to fall in the same manner as my land aforesaid is the immediate profits after the charges of the mill are discharged the half profits to put my son George to scowl with the profits aforementioned. I also give him my great gun and great spit and three cows and calf and six ewes and a ram and my carbine and a pare of pistols and holsters and my old small gun and my speed mare, and my great pot and a feather bed and furniture and four pewter dishes and four pewter plats.
Item 5: I do give to my loving wife, Mary Parker the plantation on the easternmost side of the branch with the houses and all other conveniences to it belonging and half the orchard and half the barn during her natural life, she being at the half charge of keeping of the orchard in repair and half the copper still & worm fall to my son, George Parker as is aforesaid mentioned. I do also give my wife liberty to put one booath my lands what cattle, horses or Mas ---------- hogs off her one during her natural life and after her I also give my wife half my water mill and half the fulling mill. She being at half the charge or charges that the said mill or mills shall accrue and grind for my daughter Abigail to be to all free and hoper free on grinding days, but if it should be known that she do sell either meal flower -------------- husband what meal soever (then for her or them for to lose that benefit forever), the aforesaid half mill I do give to my wife during her natural life and then for to fall to my too granddaughters Ruth Laufbery alias Parker and Mary Laufbery the daughters of daughter Abigail to them and their heirs forever for to sell to each other for to my son George or his heirs but not to sell to any person or persons Eals and if my daughter Elizabeth should live so nigh to my mill as to come to it for to have her Corn or wheat ground she shall bee hoper free and to all free according as she and Abigail shall come or send forst on grinding days but not fot to sell either meal or flower nor to bring any bodies Eals under pretence of theair one then they both then if either of them should do so then) do so shall loose the benefit, as aforesaid forever.
Item 6: I give unto my daughter Abigail Laufbury four hundred acres of Land called Mount Hope near Samuel Powell's and near the head of one of Saint Martins Branch that David Hudson do now live on the aforesaid land I give to her and her heirs forever I also give her thirty acres of marsh in Romly Marsh it being the third part of ninety acres of Marsh which I purchased of Edward Geesn called "Wocitt" to her and her heirs forever. And the other sixty acres to my daughter, Amy Hudson and my daughter, Mary Warrington and their heirs forever the land & marsh lying in Maryland.
Item 7: I give unto my cousin Scarburgh Parker, the daughter of my brother William Parker, the tract of land that her father, William Parker, gave to me lying on the head of the sound in Maryland. I give it to her and her heirs forever, lawfully begot of her body but if she do die without such then to my four daughters, Ann, Mary, Abigail, and Elisabeth, to them & their heirs forever. I also give my cousin, Scarburgh Parker, to young cows and cow calf to be delivered to her out of my stock at Romly Marsh the next May after she shall obtain the age of 18. The Land aforementioned for her and her heirs lawfully begot of her body & for lack of which to my daughters as afore mentioned.
Item 8: I give unto my daughter, Elizabeth hopson Choas I land commonly known by the name of "Kickotanck ", land which I bought of Colnel. Daniel Jenifer containing three hundred and seventy five acres I do give it to her and her heirs forever. I do also give her the new bed and furniture belonging to it and her choice of my two new guns.
Item 9: I do give Henry Sachell one hundred and fifty acres of land which I sold him on the south side of the Indian Town Branch bounded on the westernmost side on Gargathia Road and on the south side on Mr. Edmon Balys land on the east side on Mr. Henry Custis land be it more or less within them bounds I do give it to him & his heirs forever, he paying my Executrix at the Rent of three thousand a hundred It being more or less she paying for surveying of it.
Item 10: I do give Thomas Copes one hundred acres of land lying on the north side of the Indian Town Branch bounded westerly on Gargathia Road easterly on the land of wife part my and his cousin I do give the said land to Thomas Cops and his heirs forever. He paying of by Executrix as his bills do express and the fork of the Indian Town Branch. I do give to the County for to build a church on if they will except of it I do give it to the County for that use forever.
Item 11: I give my loving wife my Negro boy, Tom, during her natural life & after her decease to my son George Parker. I do give her a bay Mare and her bridle and saddle and three of my best steers hear at either of my lands & four of the beast steers at Romly Marsh after William Whitt is paid thirty eight pounds horkill money. Steven Warington is for to pay ten pounds and ten shillings of it & I did also leave thirteen and a half-yard of Carsi and twenty-one yard of linen to be sold for young cattle my brother Matthew
Parker do owe me seven pound and twelve shillings which he promised to pay Will: White also horkill money.
Item 12: I do give my daughter, Abigail Laufbury, five cows and calf, one ewe and six lambs & the sixth part of my pewter and a brass candlestick and three steers to be delivered her of either three or four years old and gun all to be delivered to her the next May after my decease. And I do give my son in law, John Laufbury, my sloop and all her rigging, if he and my daughter Abigail do not get the land that I have given them called "Mount Hope" but if they should get the land the sloop & rigging for to return to my estate again.
Item 13: I doe give my daughter, Elisabeth Parker six cows & six calves and four two-year-old steers to be delivered to her about on the next May after her marrying or third May after my death and my new trunk with the lock and key.
Item 14: I doe give unto my Granddaughter, Ruth, two cows and calf and two ewes & two ewe lambs & they for to be kept here and on one of the islands mail & female till they shall come to the number of ten head of each kind and then sum of them for to be sold for to put her to school by those that has her in keeping. The above cattle and sheep to be delivered to my daughter, Elizabeth for her use the next May after my death.
Item 15: I give to my Granddaughter, Mary Laufbury, one cow and calf and two ewes lamb and female to be delivered to her father, John Laufbury, for her use the second May after my death.
Item 16: I give my daughter, Amy Huchson, one iron pot or kettle and my case and bottles that is at the wido kinnits.
Item 18: I give to my godson, John Danell, one yearling heifer and a ewe & lamb to be delivered to him on the next May after my decease.
Item 19: I give to my goddaughter, Jane Shipard, a two year old heifer and it for to go on Hopson Choice Island with the female increase tell she shall obtain to the years of sixteen and also a ewe and ewe lamb with the female increase. All three to be delivered to her next may after my decease.
Item 20: I do give John Calvirt a three-year-old heifer and a calf at Romly Marsh the next May after my decease as for the rest of my personal estate which it hath pleased Almighty God for above my desarts to bestow on me (I give and bequeath the same when all my just debts is recorded and also my just debts paid I do.
Item 21: I give my loving wife, one half of it and the other half to my five children Amy Hutson, Mary Warrington, Abigail Laufbury, Elizabeth Parker and George Parker to be equally divided between them five. But if my said wife should marry, then what their shall be to equally divided between my son George Parker and daughter Elizabeth Parker.
Item: I do Constitute and Appoint my wife Mary to be sole executrix of this my Last Will & Testament revoking & disannulling and singular my other will or will testaments whatsoever by me formerly made declaring this to be my Last Will & Testament.
And I do desire my loving kinsman Major George Parker and my loving friend Captain Richard Drummond and my friend Henry Bagwell and Godson George Hope to be adin and assisting to my said Exetrix and children in what they lawfully require to be done and for to put my son George Parker to scowl with the profits aforesaid and for to execute as to the true performance of this my Last Will and Testament according to the true intent and meaning thereof or three of these four, (of these my good friends for to Act and do as if they all four (were present and in witness whereof I have set my hand and seal.
Witnessed: William Willett, John Read and Henry Read
This day John Parker appeared in Court together with the Clerk and produced a Copy of the Last Will & Testament of the above said: George Parker, deceased as far as they can make visible According to an order of Court dated June the 2nd 1713 and made oath to the same to be a true Copy: as far as they could make visible to them.
John Parker Charles Snead Clerk Cur: Com Accomack.
The within Last Will & Testament of George Parker Senior was proved in open Court of Accomack County by the oaths of William Willet, John Read & Henry Read the three witnesses to the same with the Court: admitted to Record July the 7th 1713.
Teste: Charles Snead, Clerk Cur ----------------- Recorded July the 15th 1713 P
Charles Snead, Clerk Cur: Com Accomack
Source: Clerk of Court, Accomack County, Virginia. Book of Wills 1692-1715,
Book XI, Page 602.
Last Will and Testament of Mary Donas (5P1), relic of George Parker
Written 2 Dec 1725 Proved 3 Sep 1733
"December the second day anno domini 1725, In the name of God Amen, I Mary Donas of Somerset County and in the Province of Maryland am sick and weak in body but in sound and perfect memory praised be almighty God for the same and knowing the uncertainty of this life on earth and being desirous to settle things in order do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following:
First and principally I commend my soul to Almighty God that gave it to me and my body unto the earth from whence it was taken to be buried in such decent and Christian like manner as my executor hereafter named shall think convenient and as touching my worldly estate my will and meaning is that the same be employed and bestowed as followeth and further I do revoke and make void all other wills by me formerly made either by words or writing and I do hereby declare this to be my last will and testament,
Imprimus: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Abigail Laufbury all my wearing
apparel that is made and what is unmade and one pair of sheets and all my pewter and after her decease the pewter to be equally divided between her two daughters Abigail and Casiah and also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Abigail Laufbury nine head of cattle now at Romley Marsh and one brook gray horse and one young mare and one gown and petticoat lined throughout with black silk which now is at or in the Costa of John Frances to her and her heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath unto my two granddaughters Abigail, Casiah Laufbury each of them one iron pot, one at Daniell Sturges and the other at Wm. Hostens to them and their heirs forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Abigail one feather bed bolster, two blankets, one rug to her and her heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath unto my son George Parker all my right one Negro man called, "Tom" now in his possession and one mare and horse colt to him and his heirs forever and seven bushels of corn I give unto the Negro man Tom which is at Wm. Mileses.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my son-in-law John Laufbury six bushels of corn or ten head of sheep which my son George Parker is indebted unto me and likewise two sides of leather and one skin which is at William Miles. Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Amy Hutson one pair of woostead comes. I leave my son-in-law John Larthbery my whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament as witness my hand and seal and acknowledged in the presents of Raise Cleark, Mary Bushap, John Holland
Testes September the 3rd 1733 came Raise Clark and Mary Bushap subserving evidences to the above will and made oath upon the Holy Evangels of Almighty God that they saw the testament Mary Donas signed and sealed and heard her pronounce and declare the above instrument of writing as her last will and testament that at the time of doing she was to the best of their understanding and apprehension of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding and that they the aforesaid Raise Clark and Mary Bushap subscribed tis will and further declared they saw the other evidence John Holland sign at the same time all in presents and at the request of the testator Mary Donas.
Sworn before Nehemiah King Deputy
Commissioner of Somerset County.
Source: Clerk of Court, Somerset County, Maryland Book of Wills 1730-1739 Liber
EB#9 Folio 155
Edward Parker (5R) and his wife Patience (5R1) of Sussex County Pennsylvania, [now Delaware] had been deeded 200 acres of the east end of the Mattapony plantation owned by his father John Parker, Jr. (4C). John Parker III (5Q) inherited the remaining original 400 acres to the west. John III purchased the 200 acres from his brother, Edward (5R) bringing the lands together again and matching the original patent.
Last Will and Testament of John Parker, Jr. (5Q)
Written 26 Jan 1721 Proved 7 Feb 1721
To son John land where he lives on in my Neck and 100 acres of land and marsh on the Island near Pungoteague. To two youngest daughters Bridget and Betty. To son Sacker Parker land adjoining that given John and also 100 acres on the said Islands. To sons William and George all my lands at Indian River known as "Piny or Ferry Neck" containing 500 acres by Maryland patent and 900 acres by a Pennsylvania patent. Daughters Abigail and Ann Parker. To daughter Frances Wise and her children George and Tabitha Wise. To daughter Amy Drummond and her children John, Drake and Patience. To John, Frances, Robert and William Parker, children of my son John. To Susannah, daughter of my son Sacker. Sons John and Sacker and wife, Executors. Witt: W. Bagge, Hilary Griffin, Thomas Leatherbury, John Stockley."
Last Will and Testament of William Parker (5S)
20 Jan 1689 Probated 6 Oct 1689
In the name of God, Amen! January 20,1689. Know all men by these presents that I William Parker of Somerset County in the Province of Maryland, Blacksmith, being at this present writing hereof very sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory, do make this my Last Will and Testament revoking all other former written wills. I give and bequeath my immortal soul to Almighty God that gave it with full assurance of free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins through the merits and precious blood of my blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. My body I bequeath to the earth from whence it was taken and as for the estate which has pleased god to bless me with in this world, I give & bequeath as followeth- making my brother George Parker my whole & sole Executor bequeathing unto him all my personal Estate. Which I have in the World, Debts, Dues and Demands only some things excepted. To my brother Matthew I give one set of plush breaches and one Black Hat. I give to my brother George Parker, being my Executer as aforementioned, giving all my debts unto him as followeth: from Tege Quilling - Three Thousand pounds of Tobacco, from Matthew Parker One Thousand Pound of Tobacco, from Jobe Tuit five hundred & fifty pounds of Tobacco, from Walter Reed upon the access of his son in law, One Thousand pounds of Tobacco, Edward Stevens, two pieces of Eight, also in Pennsylvania from William Dies - Six Pounds Sterling money as Witness my hand this day and year aforementioned.
William Richards Thomas Smith John Smith
Memory this day being the 6th day of October. John Smith & William Richards came before me & made Oath they saw the within written will Sealed, Signed & Deliverd as Witnesses.
My hand John Rennklyn? (Indorsement Recorded)
Recorded in Liber EB No. 5 folio 151 Test. Esme Bayly Regr.
Mrs. Elizabeth Scarburgh Parker (5S1) widow of William Parker complained that George Parker Sr. had in his custody Scarburgh Parker the daughter of William and Elizabeth and that George Parker refused to return her to her mother without an order of the court." An abstract of the second reads: Mrs. Elizabeth Parker, widow of the recently deceased William Parker petitioned that William who had 'departed this life in the Province of Maryland, had left a small estate there. Elizabeth had only a few items in her possession, an inventory of which the court ordered to be recorded: a bed, bolster, rug and blanket; a pewter tumbler and a small gold hoop ring. 'The list was signed on 2 June 1703 by Elizabeth Parker alias* Scarburgh. Elizabeth promised payment to anyone with a just claim against the estate, 'being wholly desirous to relinquish all manner of claim to any part or parcel of the said Parker's estate.
Deed of Matthew Parker (5U) and Thomas Parker (5V) to Alexander Maddux
7 Nov 1710
This Indenture made the 7th Day of November in the ninth year of the reign of the Sovereign Lady Anne by the Grace of God of Great Britain and Ireland Queen Defender of the Faith Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred & ten between Matthew Parker & Elizabeth his wife, Thomas Parker and Sarah his wife, of Sussex County in the territory of Pennsylvania of the one part, & Alexander Maddux of Somerset County in the province of Maryland of the other part. Witnesseth: that Charles absolute proprietary of Maryland, did by his patent or deed of Grant under the great seal bearing date the fifteenth Day of December of the fifth year of his dominion Anno Domini 1679 Grant unto Josias Seward of Somerset County aforesaid all that tract or parcel of land called "Linsey's Green" lying in the County of Somerset on the North Side of Marumscoe Creek at the mouth of the said Creek Bay. Beginning at a marked cedar standing on the North East Side of a Cedar Hummock thence with a line drawn South east thirteen perches thence with a line drawn south southwest Twenty perches, thence with a line drawn South West by West Two hundred and two perches thence with a line drawn north seventy two degrees Westerly one hundred and fifty perches in Marshes and from thence by a right line drawn to the fifth bounder containing one hundred acres more or less. Together with all Rights Profits and Privileges thereunto belonging (Royal Mines excepted) to have and to hold the same unto him the said Josias Seaward & to his Heirs forever. And the said Josias Seaward did by his Last Will and Testament give and bequeath all the aforesaid one hundred acres of marsh and hummocks to John Parker Senior of Mattapony in Virginia, as by the said Will appeared at large on the Records of Somerset County and the said John Parker did by his Last Will and Testament bearing date January the ninth Anno Domini 1692 give and bequeath all the aforesaid one hundred acres Linsey's Green to his Two Sons (Viz) Mathew Parker & Thomas Parker and their heirs forever to be held in joint Tenancy as by the said Will at large it doth and may appear. Now this Indenture Witnesseth That the above said Mathew Parker & his wife Elizabeth, Thomas Parker and his wife Sarah for Divers considerations them thereunto moving but more especially for and in consideration of the sum of Five Thousand pounds of Tobacco to them in hand paid before the signing and sealing hereof by him the said Alexander Maddux have Given Granted Bargained Sold Alienated Ensealed Conveyed and Delivered, and by these presents Do Give Grant Bargain Sell, Alienate, Enseale, Convey, Confirm & Deliver all the aforesaid land and premises being Marsh land and Hummocks called and known by the name being "Linsey's Green" as aforesaid containing one hundred acres to him the said Alexander Maddux and to his heirs forever to Have and To hold the same to him the said Alexander Maddux and to his heirs forever without any Mortgage Redemption use or limitation to Record after charge to determine the same free and clear, freely and clearly Acquitted Exonerated and Discharged of and from all and all manner of Former and other Bargains Grant Seale forfeitures Joyntures Dowries Surrenders, and of and from all other Claims and Demands Whatsoever from all manner of persons Whatsoever as they the said Mathew Parker and Elizabeth his wife, Thomas Parker & Sarah his wife, will forever warrant and defend from all manner of persons whatsoever to him the said Alexander Maddux and to his heirs and assigns forever in confirmation and full? aforesaid of the date above written we have hereunto set our hands and seals **** deed and state? with full and peaceable possession by way of Live*y and *** of mind to all the aforesaid land and premises called Linsey's Green containing one hundred acres of land. In Testimony whereof we have hereunto set hands and seals the day and year first expressed.
Signed Sealed and Delivered in sight and presence of us.
Children of Major George Parker (5G) and Ann Scarburgh Parker (5G1)
Henry Parker (6B) will written 15 Feb 1728 probated 5 Mar 1728
Phillip Parker (6C) married Tabitha Unknown (6C1)
Charles Parker (6D) dead by 27 Feb 1740, married Agnes Unknown (6D1) dead by 29 Jan 1760. Daughter Scarburgh Parker married 1st Henry Custis and 2nd Robert Russell.
Tabitha S. Custis married James Arbuckle
Margaret Custis married Dr. William Williams
Bennet Parker (6E)
Richard Parker (6F)
Anne Parker (6G)
Children of John Parker (5H) and Tabitha Truett Parker (5H1)
John Parker, Jr. (6H)
George Parker (6J)
Phillip Parker (6K)
Charles Parker (6L) born ca. 1730 died 1788 in Snow Hill, Worcester County, Maryland.
Samuel Parker (6M)
Eleanor Parker (6N) married Lazerus Dennis (6N1)
Tabitha Parker (6P) married John Nicholson (6P1)
Sarah Parker (6Q) married Valentine Dennis (6Q1)
Peter Parker (6R)
Leah Parker (6S) died 3 days after her father.
Children of Philip Parker (5J) and Elizabeth Scarburgh (5J1)
Phillip Parker (6U) married Tabitha Dewey (6U1)
Jacob Dewey Parker (died without issue)
Caleb Parker married Ann Maria Hall
Thomas Hall Parker born 1799 died 1819, married Peggy Jacob
Mary Parker (6V) married Scarborugh West (6V1)
Elizabeth Parker (6W)
Winefreet Parker (6X) married Soloman Rodgers (6X1)
Children of Charles Parker (5K) and Elizabeth Unknown (5K1)
Children of George Parker (5P) and Mary Unknown Parker (5P1)
Mary Parker (6AA) born ca. 1683 married Unknown Warrington (6AA1)
Amy Parker (6AB) born ca. 1685 married Unknown Hudson (6AB1)
George Parker (6AC) (born ca. 1687 (Millwright)
Abigail Parker (6AD) born ca. 1690 married John Laufbury (6AD1)
Elizabeth Parker (6AE) ca. 1692 died 1763 married Nathaniel Bradford (6AE1)
Children of John Parker (5Q) and Bridget Sacker Parker (5Q1)
Sacker Parker (6AG) born ca. 1690 in Accomack County, Virginia will written 3 Jul 1738 probated 2 Jan 1739 married Leah Johnson Laylor (6AG1) daughter of John Laylor and Anne Bradford. Sacker was a Burgess for Accomack 1736-1738.
Frances Parker (6AH) born ca. 1692 in Accomack County, Virginia married ca. 1714 to Johannis "John" Wise (6AH1) died Dec 1741 son of William Wise. Children are George & Tabitha Wise
Amy Parker (6AJ) born ca. 1695 in Accomack County, Virginia married ca. 1709 to John Drummond III (6AJ) born 21 Mar 1687will dated 19 Dec 1750 proved 30 Apr 1751, son of
John Drummond and Patience Hill.
William Parker (6AK) born ca. 1698 in Accomack County, Virginia wrote will 20 Dec 1757 probated 31 Jan 1758.
Ann Parker (6AM) born ca. 1700 in Accomack County, Virginia
Bridget Parker (6AN) born ca. 1704 in Accomack County, Virginia
Children of William Parker (5S) and Elizabeth Scarburgh Parker (5S1):
Scarburgh Parker (6BA) born May 1689 in Accomack County, Virginia
Children of Abigail Parker Ayres (5T) and John Ayres (5T1)
John Ayres (6BB) born ca. 1685.
Children of Mathew Parker (5U) and Elizabeth Unknown Parker (5U1)
Naomy Parker (6BC) married Abraham Wiltbanck (6BC1)
Children of Thomas Parker (5V) and Sarah Unknown (5V1)
Susannah Parker (6BD) married Unknown Bruce (6BD1)
Betty Parker (6BE)
Thomas Parker (6BF) will dated 7 Apr 1773 proved 12 May 1773
Matthew Parker (6BG)
Sarah Parker (6BH)
John Parker (6BJ)
William Parker (6BK) 1767 married to Sarah Whale died 1785, daughter of William Wale and relic of Abraham Taylor
Naomi Hill (6BL)
Children of Anderson Parker (5W) and Margaret Robins Parker (5W1)
Anderson Parker, Jr. (6BP) born ca. 1703 married ca. 1771 to Ruth Unknown (6BP1)
Peter Parker (6BQ) married after 7 Jan 1746 to Alice Rhodes (6BQ1) will dated 14 Nov 1783 proved 25 Nov 1783.
Sarah Parker (6BR) married John Fisher (6BR1)
Thomas Parker (6BS) dead by 9 May 1759
William Anderson Parker (6BT) dead by 9 May 1759.
Last Will and Testament of George Parker - Seaside (6AL)
Written 18 July 1748 Probated 29 Nov 1748
To wife Amey Parker. To son John Parker. To son George Parker. To son Sacker Parker. (under 19) To son William Parker. To daughter Amy Parker. To son William Parker. To daughter Rachel Parker. 3 youngest children Amy, Rachel, & William. To John Blackstone. Wife Amey & son John Executors. Witt: Nathaniel Sheaff, Elizabeth Bradford, Elizabeth Sheaff."
Last Will and Testament of George Parker - Seaside (6AL)
Written 18 July 1748 Probated 29 Nov 1748
In the name of God, Amen! This is the Last Will and Testament of George Parker, seaside being of perfect memory but visited with sickness made the eighteenth day of July 1745 as followeth:
First, I give and bequeath my Soul unto God that gave it to me and next my Body to the Earth from whence it came to be decently buried and my Worldly Estate as follows:
First, I give unto my wife, Amey Parker, to her and her heirs forever, her choice of one bed and furniture and her choice of one horse, bridle and saddle to her and her heirs forever.
Second, I give and bequeath unto my son, John Parker, three cows and a calf, six … and one … to him and his heirs forever.
Third, I give and bequeath unto my son, George Parker, two Negroes a boy called "Jonny" and the other a girl called "Rofs" to him and his heirs forever.
Fourth, I give and bequeath unto my son, Sacker Parker, two Negroes the other a girl called to him and his heirs forever.
Fifthly, I give and bequeath unto my son, Sacker Parker two Negroes girls the one called "Ivey" and the other called "Catherand" and also my Mill and all appurtenances to them belonging and also Negro, Tom for the miller to him and his heirs forever.
Sixthly, I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Amy Parker, one Negro called "Betty" to her and her heirs forever.
Seventhly, I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Rachel Parker, one Negro girl called "Sarah" to her and her heirs forever. And further I lend unto my Wife, Amy two Negro women, one called "Pahony" and the other called "Tabby" during her natural life then they and their increase, if any, to be divided between my three youngest children, Amy Parker and Rachel Parker and William Parker to them and their heirs forever. Further my will is that if any of my five children, George Parker, Sacker Parker, Amy Parker, Rachel Parker and William Parker dies without heirs their part or parts to be divided equally between the survivors and their heirs forever.
Further, I give unto my son, John Parker my still upon … he don't quit his mother, Amy Parker her thirds, and if he doth, the still to be given to my son, George Parker, to him and his heirs forever. And further my will is that the rest of my estate shall be equally divided among my five youngest children, George Parker and Sacker Parker, Amy Parker, Rachel Parker and William Parker to them and their heirs forever. Further, my will is that my son, John Parker shall have my wearing apparel to him and his heirs forever. Further, my will is that John Parker shall have one cow and a calf to be paid out of my estate to him and his heirs forever. And my will is that my wife, Amy Parker and my son, John Parker ….
Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Nathaniel Sheaff, Elizabeth Bradford, Elizabeth Sheaff."George Parker
Two wills are shown here to demonstrate the differences between an abstracted will and the original. By comparing the abstracted will on the top and the original will of George Parker it becomes very clear exactly how much data remains unreported.
Children of George Parker (6A) and Elizabeth Deshield Parker (6A1)
George Parker (7A) dead by 30 Dec 1755 married:
He died intestate and his property was divided in Land Causes 20 Jan 1757.
John Parker (7B)
Thomas Parker (7C) died Aug 1743 in Somerset County, Maryland
Levin Parker (7D) will written 14 Aug 1768 probated 26 Oct 1768 married Elizabeth Unknown purchased lots in Onancock Town (A71)
Ann Parker (7E)
Sarah Parker (7F) married Samuel Coulbourne (7F1)
Priscilla Parker (7G)
Betty Parker (7H)
Charles Parker (7J)
Clement Parker (7K) died in 1783 married Rosannah "Rosey" Unknown. Purchase 100 acres of A71 in 1756. Lot 22 in Onancock Town.
Clement Deshield Parker
Children of John Parker III (6AF) and Frances Coulbourne Parker (6AF1)
John Parker IV (7L) born ca. 1711 died 1757 married Sarah Riley (7L1) born 1713 died 1768.
Robert Parker (7M) born ca. 1713 will written 5 Aug 1774 probated 29 Nov 1774 married:
1st. Unknown Scarburgh (7M1)
2nd. Peggy Luker (7M2) died 1795 daughter of John and Abigail Luker.
Frances Parker (7N) born ca. 1714 married ca. 1733 to Nathan White (7N1) died 1754.
Captain William H. Parker (7R) was born in Accomack Co., VA circa 1717 will written 17 Aug 1781 probated 30 Mar 1784 married Leah Taylor (7R1), daughter of John Taylor and Ruth Unknown. William served as a Lieutenant in the Revolutionary War in 1776 and a
Captain from 1778 to 1781. He was awarded a land grant for his service.
Susannah Parker (7S) born ca. 1719 married John Wise (7S1)
Anderson Parker (7P) born ca. 1722.
Edward Parker (7Q) born ca. 1725 died 1776 married Unknown Scarburgh (7Q1)
Ann Parker (7T) married Unknown Lacey (7T1)
Betty Parker (7V) born ca. 1733 married
Bridget Parker (7W) born ca. 1735 married William Crowson (7W1) born ca. 1756 died 1796 son of William Crowson and Comfort Littleton
In late July of 1777, the Militia of Accomack County was organizing two battalions of two companies each. The officers of the Second Battalion were: Clement Parker, Colonel; William Parramore, Lt. Colonel; Henry Custis, Major; Charles Marshall, Captain of Company One; William Parker, Captain of Company Two; Robinson Custis, Thomas Clocumb, Southy Copes, Lieutenants of Company One; and Ismael Andrews, Francis Savage, Zerrobabel Watson, and Thomas Young, Lieutenants of Company Two. Their commission's were signed by Patrick Henry, Governor of Virginia.
Ordered that the following persons be recommended to his excellency the Governor as fitt persons to be Commissioned Officers of the Militia in this County viz.: Charles Marshall, Captain; William Parker, Captain; Robinson Custis, Lieutenant; Thomas Clocumb, Lieutenant; Southy Copes, Lieutenant; Ismael Andrews, Lieutenant; Francis Savage, Lieutenant; Zerobabel Watson, Lieutenant; Thomas Young, Lieutenant; Joseph Kelly, Lieutenant; Thomas Lillistone, Ensign; Stephen Marshall, ensign and George Truet Taylor, Ensign.
"William Parker, Soloman Smith, Joseph Kelly, George Justice, George Truet Taylor, Ismael Andrews, Francis Savage, Thomas Young, Zerrobabel Watson, John Dix and Southy Copes being Commissioned officers of the Militia in this County by his Excellency the Governor had the Oath of Office severally administered to them."
"Ordered that Johannis Watson be recommended as Captain in the room of William Parker who resigns" This order was rescinded and Southy Copes was appointed. 25 April 1781.
Lands were awarded by the state of Virginia to William Parker for three years service in the Revolutionary War as a Captain.Last Will and Testament of William Parker (7R)
Written 17 Aug 1781 Probated 30 Mar 1784
To daughter, Ruth Boggs. To daughter Frances Reed. To granddaughters Elizabeth & Sarah Nelson. To Elizabeth Taylor all my right & title to a Negro boy called "Israel". To daughter, Mary Boggs. To son Robert Parker Watts Island (A84) hand mill. To son, Michael Parker. To son, John Parker 100 acres where he now lives. To daughter, Sarah Smith. Son John Parker and William Crowson Executors. Witt. Bartholmew Taylor, John Smith, Zorobabel Hornsby.
Children of Sacker Parker (6AG) and Leah Johnson Laylor Parker (6AG1)
Susannah Parker (7AA) born ca. 1716 married William Barns (7AA1)
John Parker (7AB) born ca. 1717 alive in 1739
Jemimah Parker (7AC) under 21 in 1738
Keziah Parker (7AD) under 21 in 1738
Thomas Parker (7AE) under 21 in 1738
Cornelius Parker (7AF) under 21 in 1738
Hancock Parker (7AG) under 21 in 1738 will dated 10 Mar 1756 proved 30 Jul 1759
Sinah Parker (7AH) under 21 in 1738
Sacker Parker (7AJ) under 21 in 1738, died 1799
Sacker Parker Jr.
Leah Parker married William Turpin of Somerset County, MD.
Unborn Child (7AK)
Children of William Parker (6AK) and Unknown Parker (6AK1)
Sacker Parker (7AK) will written 23 Aug 1756 probated 28 Sep 1756 names brother as John Parker and wife as Mary. Land called "Ohio" was a part of A82
John Parker (7AL)
Sophah Parker (7AM) married Scott (7M1)
Children of George Parker (6AL) and Amy Major Parker (6AL1):
John Parker (7AN) was born in Accomack Co., VA circa 1724 married Ruth Unknown (7AN1).
George Parker (7AP) was born in Accomack Co., VA circa 1726. Alive in 1768
Anne Parker (7AQ) was born in Accomack Co., VA circa 1732 married Richard Justice (7AQ1)
Sacker Parker (7AR) was born in Accomack Co., VA circa 1730. Will written 2 Nov 1760 probated 30 Dec 1760
Amy Parker (7AS) was born in Accomack Co., VA circa 1734.
Rachel Parker (7AT) was born in Accomack Co., VA circa 1736. Rumored to have married Sebastian Cropper (7AT1)
Children of George Parker (7A) and Sarah Unknown (7A1)
George Parker, Junior (8A) born 28 Oct 1735 died Oct 1784 married:
1st. 8 Mar 1756 to Adah Bagwell (8A1), daughter of Thomas & Elizabeth Bagwell
Catherine Parker (8B)
Elizabeth Parker (8C)
Sarah Parker (8D)
Ann Parker (8E) rumored to have married William Meredith Kerr Scarborough son of Edmund
Scarburgh and Jean Kerr. Whitelaw report that the Scarburgh family in England originally spelled their name as "Scarborough" but that Edmund Scarburgh change the spelling shortly after arriving in the Colonies. This tradition continued for 150 years. And while most descendants continue with the shortened spelling but that in 1807 William M. K. preferred the original version and began using "Scarborough".
Susannah Parker (8F)
Children of John Parker (7L) and Sarah Riley Parker (7L1)
Captain John Riley Parker (8G) born 1741 died 1800 married in 1766 to Elizabeth Fletcher
(8G1) Died 1812, daughter of Henry Fletcher and Leah Corbin.
William Parker (8H)
Sarah Parker (8J) born 3 Apr 1773 baptized 18 Nov 1753 at St. George's Protestant Episcopal Church, Indian River
Mary Parker (8K)
Children of Robert Parker Sr. (7N) and Unknown Parker (7N1)
John Parker (8L) was born before 1774 in Gilford, Accomack County, Virginia
Anderson Parker (8M) was born before 1774 in Gilford, Accomack County, Virginia
Catherine Parker (8N) was born before 1774 in Gilford, Accomack County, Virginia
Scarburgh Parker (8P) was born before 1774 in Gilford, Accomack County, Virginia
Charles Parker. (8Q)
Robert Parker Jr. (8R) born before 1774 in Gilford, Accomack County, Virginia
Peggy Parker (8S) born before 1774).
Molly Parker (8T) born before 1774). married Unknown Carlisle (8T1)
Esther Parker (8U) born before 1774 in Gilford, Accomack County, Virginia
Children of Robert Parker (7N) and Peggy Luker Parker (7N1)
Samuel Parker Sr. (8V)
Children of Edward Parker (7Q) and Unknown Scarburgh Parker (7Q1)
Mary Parker (8AA) born before 1776 in Gilford, Accomack County, Virginia.
Nancy Parker (8AB) born before 1776 in Gilford, Accomack County, Virginia
Molly Parker (8AC) born before 1776 in Gilford, Accomack County, Virginia
Susey Parker (8AD) born before 1776 in Gilford, Accomack County, Virginia
Children of Frances Parker White (7M) and Nathan White (7M1) Unproven
Henry White (8AE)
Elizabeth White (8AF)
Parker White (8AG)
Sarah Parker White (8AH) married William Boggs (8AH1)
Children of Rachel Parker Boggs (7U) and John Boggs (7U1)
Catherine M. Boggs (8AJ) born 1752 in Accomac County, Virginia (1755)
Molly Boggs (8AK) born 1754 in Accomac County, Virginia. She died young (1752)
Abel Boggs (8AL) born 1755 in Accomac County, Virginia. He died young. (1767)
Hancock Boggs (8AM) born 1761 in Accomac County, Virginia. He died young. (1758)
William Boggs (8AN) born 1764 (1761)
John Boggs (8AP) born 1767in Accomac County, Virginia. He died young. (1764)
Rachel Boggs (8AR) born 1770 in Accomac County, Virginia. She died young.
Children of Betty Parker Guy (7V) and John Guy (7V1)
John Guy III (8AS)
Thomas Guy (8AT)
Robert Guy (8AU)
Children of Bridget Parker Crowson (7W) and William Crowson (7W1)
Agnes Crowson (8AV)
Sarah Crowson (8AW)
Susannah Crowson (8AX)
Peggy Crowson (8AY)
Catherine Crowson (8AZ)
Children of William Parker (7R) and Leah Taylor Parker (7R1),
Ruth Parker (8BA) ca. 1736 died Aug 1815 in Accomack County, VA married Francis Boggs (8BA1 will written 9 Sep 1811 proved 28 Dec 1812, son of Joseph Boggs and Mary Sill.
Frances Parker (8BB) born ca. 1747 married Unknown Reed (8BB1)
Mary Parker (8BC) born ca. 1748 died Feb 1801 married Joseph Boggs (8BC1) born ca. 1741 died Apr 1792, son of Francis Boggs and Mary Hack.
Robert Parker (8BD) born ca. 1745 married
John Sterling and Mary Travers and relic of John Cullen.
John Parker (8BE) born ca. 1750. 100 acres where he now lives
Sarah Parker (8BF) born ca. 1758 married John Smith (8BF1) died 1824 son of Robert Smith and Neomy Rogers
(8BG) born 1755 died 1845 in Accomack County, VA married 1778 to Rachel Crockett (8BG1) born 1757/9 on Smith Island, Wicomico County, Maryland, died 1830/40 in Accomack County, VA daughter of Joseph Crockett and Sally Tyler. Captain Parker held command of the American forces that successfully defended the mouth of Pungoteaque Creek against the British forces commanded by Lord Ross.
Children of George Parker, Junior (8A) and Adah Bagwell (8A1)
Children of George Parker, Junior (8A) and second wife Sarah Andrews Parker (8A2)
Sarah Parker (9F) born 5 Nov 1776 died Sep 1822 married George Kerr (9F1)
Children of John Riley Parker (8AG) and Elizabeth Fletcher Parker (8AG1)
Henry Parker (9J)
Charles Parker (9K)
Children of Ruth Parker Boggs (8BA) and Francis Boggs (8BG1)
Ruth Boggs (9L) born 22 Oct 1759 married 1780 to Benjamin Phillips (9L1) born 10 Sep 1760 died 1818 in Elizabeth city County, son of Benjamin Phillips and Susannah Fisher.
Comfort Boggs (9M) born ca. 1765 married Unknown Smith (9M1).
Francis Boggs (9N) born ca. 1772 married Agnes Crowson (9N1).
Ester Boggs (9P) born ca. 1784 married 13 Feb 1802 to James Taylor (9P1)
Children of Mary Parker Boggs (8BC) and Joseph Boggs (8BC1)
Francis Boggs (9Q) born ca. 1768 in Accomack County, Virginia
Mary Boggs (9R) born ca. 1771 in Accomack County, Virginia
Naomi Boggs (9S) born ca. 1775 in Accomack County, Virginia
Children of Robert Parker (8BD) and Leah Broadwater (8BD1)
James Parker (9T) born ca. 1770
George Parker (9U) born ca. 1772
Gilbert Parker (9V) born ca. 1775
Susan Parker (9W) born ca. 1780 married to Gilbert Milbourn
Children of Robert Parker (8BD) and Hannah Sterling Parker (8BD2)
Elizabeth "Betsy" Parker (9AA) born ca. 1784
Mary Parker (9AB) born ca. 1787
Leah Parker (9AC) born 9 Jan 1788
Josiah Parker (9AD) born ca. 1790 married Ester Unknown (9AD1)
Note: one of the last three daughters married Thomas Stevenson
Children of Sarah Parker Smith (8BF) and John Smith (8BF1)
Thomas H. Smith (9AE) born ca. 1777 in Accomack County, Virginia
Margaret Smith (9AF) born 22 Sep 1785 in Accomack County, Virginia
Jane Smith (9AG) born ca. 1787 in Accomack County, Virginia
Children of Captain Michael Parker (8BG) and Rachel Smith Crockett Parker (8BG1)
Mary Parker (9AH) 3 Mar 1824 married William Drummond (9AH1) born 1796 died 1853,
son of Richard Drummond and Catherine Milliner.
Children of Col. Thomas Parker (9A) and Elizabeth Andrews Parker (9A1)
George Bagwell Parker (10B) died as an infant.
Lucinda Parker (10C) died as an infant.
William Andrews Parker (10D) born 1787 died 1841 married 2 Dec 1811 to Margaret A. Parramore (10d1) born 26 Jul 1787 died 24 Apr 1816, daughter of Thomas Parramore and Anna
Elizabeth Parker (10E) born 1789 married 1824 to Dr. Mease W. Smith (10E1)
James W. Parker (10F) born 1791 relocated to Ohio
Susannah Parker (10G) died as an infant.
Lucy Parker (10H) born 1795 died 1818 married 15 Apr 1818 to Dr. John Upshur (10H1) died 1818.
George Parker (10K) born 1800 died 1845 married 1826 Sarah Ann D. Taylor (10K1) born 1807 died 1877, daughter of Thomas T. Taylor and Nancy Wharton
Children of George Parker (9D) and Margaret Eyre Parker (9D1)
General Severn Eyre Parker (10L) born 19 Jul 1787 member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Northampton County 1819-1821 married:
Sally Bagwell Parker (10M) born 5 Apr 1789 married 14 Apr 1814 to Hillary B. Stringer (10M1), son of John Stringer and Mary Godwin.
George Littleton Parker (10N) born 9 Jun 1791 died 1796.
Children of George Parker (9D) and Elizabeth Smith Parker (9D2)
George Littleton Smith Parker (110P) born 13 Dec 1803 died 26 Jun 1806
Children of John Andrews Parker (9G) and Harriet Burleigh Darby Parker (9G1)
Elizabeth Darby Parker (10Q) born 1 Apr 1803 died Jun 1803.
Caroline Burleigh Parker (10R) 20 Apr 1805 died Jun 1808.
Arinthia Darby Parker (10S) born 19 Feb 1807 married 21 Jun 1830 in Northampton County,
Virginia to James Macon Nicholson (10S1) born 1807 in Charles County, Maryland, son of James Hopper Nicholson and Rebecca Lloyd.
Sarah A. Parker (10T) born 2 Dec 1809 died 13 Aug 1814.
Children of Joseph Crockett Parker (9AJ) and Mary Ann Ambrose Parker (9AJ1) were:
Ann Elizabeth Parker (10AA) born 2 Aug 1833 in Portsmouth, Virginia died 11 Jun 1834
William George Washington Parker (10AB) was born 13 Apr 1835 died 4 Mar 1909 and Was known as William G. Parker, the elder, he married twice: (Founder of W&J Parker Wholesalers)
Mary Jain Parker (10AC) born 15 Mar 1837 died 16 Sep 1837
Mary Ann Parker (10AF) born 12 Mar in Portsmouth, Virginia 1844 died 10 May 1846
William G. W. Parker
William G. W. Parker, who for many was one of the foremost businessmen of Portsmouth, died suddenly yesterday afternoon about 3:30 O'clock, at his home, at London and Court Streets. He was 76 years of age. Mr. Parker suffered a slight attack of indigestion on Wednesday evening, while calling at the home of friends but he declined the remedies, which were offered him, saying the trouble would soon pass off. Yesterday he ate sparingly at breakfast and at dinner, and after the latter meals went to his setting room. A short time after his little daughter Genevieve herd a noise in the sitting room, and going in, found that her father had fallen from his chair, and was apparently lifeless.
Doctor George H. Carr, hose home is just across the street, was summoned, and pronounced Mr. Parker dead. Dr. Halloday the city coroner saw the body and said an inquest would be unnecessary.
Mr. Parker was in the service of the Confederate Government during the Civil War, being detailed to duty at Charlotte, NC and other points in the south, but principally at Charlotte. He remained away from Portsmouth until after the close of the war, when he returned and after a short time, entered the grocery business. His business career was highly prosperous and he enjoyed the confidence of the entire community. He retired from active business twelve years ago.
Mr. Parker was a brother of Joseph A. Parker of this city and the father of Joseph T., William G., Robert L., Dr. E. Arthur, Frank X., Dr. Leo A., James V., Aloysius A., Thomas P. and Raymond V. Parker, Mrs. O. J. Edgerton of Norfolk; Mrs. M. D. Magee, of Washington, DC and Misses Gertrude, Annie and Genevieve Parker of this city. His son, Joseph T. is now in Florida and his daughters, Miss Gertrude and Miss Annie are in Washington, and arrangements for the funeral, consequently will depend upon the return of these members of the family. No arrangements were announced last night. Mr. Parker was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church.
Sons of the Confederate States
Confederate Veterans at Portsmouth, VA
In 1905 Joseph A. Parker made application to join the STONEWALL CAMP of Confederate Veteran at Portsmouth, Virginia. In his application he stated that he was born in Accomack, VA and that he resides in Portsmouth, VA as a hosiery manufacturer. He joined Captain Hance McNeil's Rangers in Mooresfield, West Virginia in July 1864 as a private and served till he was discharged on 1 May 1865 due to Lee's surrender. Joseph participated in the Battle of Mt. Jacjson in the Shennadoah Valley where one hundred men under Capt. McNeil surprised and routed three hundred Pennsylvania troops capturing and killing a large number of them and capturing one hundred and twenty horses. In this engagement Capt. McNeil received wounds from which he died ten days after. Other engagements were the Battle of Mooresfield, when Capt. Jesse McNeil assisted by Capt. Woodson and his Missourians, engaged and routed a west Virginia Regiment, which had been sent to capture our command, having been promised a furlough for the balance of the war and a bounty of fifteen hundred dollars to each man, provided they succeeded. In this engagement we captured one twelve pound brass field piece with the eight horses attached, also cason, ambulance and a large number of horses. Cumberland raid, when sixty-five men under Captain Jesse McNeil went into Cumberland which was garrisoned with 5000infantry, 1500 cavalry and several batteries of artillery…surprising and capturing the pickets, entered the city, captured ..welly the Commander, General Crook, Chief of General Custer's staff, sixty-five horses, thirty flags, and destroyed the telegraph office. That night the temperature was down 17 below zero, consequently horses and riders had cold time fording the Potomac and had to fill General Kelly with Brandy to keep him from freezing. As he was over fifty, never the less we all got out with our prizes, and delivered them to General Lee, who complimented us on the daring feat. Never wounded, Never captured, Never missed a scout. Joseph A. Parker
Children of William George Washington Parker (10AB) and Elizabeth Ann Thompson Parker (10AB1)
Mamie V. Parker (11AH) born 8 Aug 1879
Children of William George Washington Parker (10AB) and Mary J. Parks Parker (10AB2)
Ann M. Parker (11P) born 10 Jan 1885 died 10 Jun 1929. Never married.
Thomas P. Parker (11R) never married. Owns citrus groves in Florida.
Doctor Aloysius A. Parker (11S) married Unknown (11S1) is a dentist in Brooklyn, NY
Raymond Vincent Parker (11T) born 20 Sep 1891 married Unknown (11T1) in California
Genevieve A. Parker (11U) married James E. Allen, Jr. (11U1) of Virginia Beach, VA.
Carroll G. Parker (11V) born 18 Mar 1895 died 26 Jun 1895 of meningitis.
Children of Seraphine Parker Bland (10AD) and John D. Bland (10AD1)
John D. Bland, Jr. (11W) born Jul 1863 died 9 Aug 1903 buried at Walk 17, Lot 698 Oak Grove Cemetery, Portsmouth, VA.
Grace Bland (11X) born 1865 married Jackson (11X1). Grace was young girl when her parents died. She was adapted and raised by her Uncle William G. W. Parker
Children of Joseph Ambrose Vincent Parker (10AE) and Mary Virginia Phillips Parker (10AE1)
Mary Ann Parker (11AA) born 4 Sep 1869 in Portsmouth, VA died 8 Dec 1946 buried in Portsmouth, VA married 24 Apr 1895 to Thomas Sumner Lawrence (11AA1) born 26 Nov 1866 in Portsmouth, VA died 24 May 1960 buried in Lakeland, Fla.
Lucy M. Parker (11AB) born 20 May 1871 died 1956 married 16 Jan 1902 to Frank A. Porter
(11AB1) born 1864 died 1 Apr 1909.
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF ANN M. PARKER
23 MAY 1928
In the name of God Amen!
I Anne M. Parker, unmarried, being of sound mind and disposing memory, and presently residing at 190 Hancock Street, in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, do hereby make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.
FIRST: As soon after my death as is practicable, I direct my Executor hereinafter named to pay my just debts and funeral expenses.
SECOND: To my sister, Genevieve Parker Allen, I give and bequeath forty (40) shares of the capital stock of Copper Plate Sheet and Tine Company, which I own and in addition thereto, five shares of capital stock owned by me in the Merchants and Farmers Bank of Portsmouth, Virginia, as well as two diamond rings.
THIRD: To my sister, Gertrude Parker Siegel, I give and bequeath ten (10) shares of the capital stock owned by me in the Copper Plate Sheet and Tube Company.
FOURTH: To my brother, James V. Parker, I give and bequeath the sum of one thousand ($1,000) dollars.
FIFTH: To my brother, E. Arthur Parker, M.D., I give and bequeath the sum of two thousand ($2,000) dollars.
SIXTH: To Emma W. Parker, wife of my brother, E. Arthur Parker, I give and bequeath the sum of two thousand ($2,000) dollars.
SEVENTH: To each of my godchildren, to wit, Genevieve Parker Allen, Mary Jane Allen, Morris Vincent Parker, Grace Morris Parker and Gertrude Siegel, I give and bequeath the sum of two hundred fifty ($250) dollars.
EIGHTH: To Mary E. Edgerton, I give and bequeath the sum of five hundred fifty ($500) dollars.
NINTH: To Grace Bland Jackson, I give and bequeath the sum of one thousand ($1,000) dollars.
TENTH: To my sister, Gertrude Parker Siegel, I give and bequeath all jewelry in my lock box, in the name of my sister Genevieve Allen, in the Seaboard National Bank at Norfolk, Virginia with the request that my said sister, Gertrude Parker Siegel divide the said jewelry between her children, living at the date of my death, as she in her sole discretion and judgement deems proper.
ELEVENTH: All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, be the same real or personal, I give devise and bequeath to Emma W. Parker, wife of my brother, E. Arthur Parker, M. D. and I request that it be used by her for having masses said for the repose of my soul by priests of her selection.
TWELVE: As Executor of this my last will and testament, I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my brother, E. Arthur Parker, M.D., and I direct that he be not required to give any bond or other security for the faithful performance of his said duties. I give my Executor full power and authority to pay any of the legacies herein before mentioned either in cash or by transferring to legatee or legatees such stock owned by me at the date of my death as he in his sole judgement and discretion my deem to be adequate satisfaction of the amount of each of the said legacies so paid by him, and whether or not the stock so transferred be that herein bequeathed to said legatee or legatees.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this 23rd. day of May 1928.
Anne M. Parker
Bernice G. Young
Charles G. Coster
Robert Lee Parker (11C) born in Portsmouth, VA on June 5, 1866 and Kate Louise Dickinson born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 21, 1868 were married by Rev. T. J. Brady of St. Paul's Catholic Church at the residence of her parents located at 421 Harrison Street, Portsmouth, Virginia April 24th 1889.
The residence of Boatswain Hallowell Dickinson, U.S.N. on Harrison Street was yesterday afternoon, the scene of a very pretty, but quite marriage. The contracting parties were Miss Katie Dickinson, daughter of the above named gentleman and Mr. R.L. Parker, son of Mr. William Parker, one of our most prominent business men. The pretty marriage ceremony of the Catholic Church was preformed by Rev. T. J. Brady. At the conclusion of which the happy pair received the congratulations of their many friends. The wedding presents were numerous and handsome, and most noticeable among them was a beautiful silver service presented to Mrs. Parker with the compliments of the Casino of which she was a brilliant and much loved member.
A reception was held until the hour of departure for Mr. & Mrs. Parker had arrived, and they were then driven to the New York steamer upon which they embarked to an extended bridal trip North. They will witness the centennial celebration in New York on the 30th and from there to "other points of interest, and then "Home Sweet Home" where they will enter upon the stern realities of this life.
The Enterprise Times throws the proverbial old shoe after them and wishes them a happy and prosperous voyage through the sea of life and a safe anchorage in that harbor where there is no storms or strife.
Copied from the Portsmouth Enterprise Times a local Tidewater Newspaper dated April 25, 1889
Crystal Wedding Celebration
The home of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Lee Parker at Duke and Elm Streets, Prentis Place was the scene of a brilliant reception last night in honor of the fifteenth anniversary of their marriage. The hours of receiving were from 9 to 12 O'clock and the parlors were filled with guests. The rooms were decorated with greenery and cut flowers and presented an exceedingly pretty effect. Mr. & Mrs. Parker have been recipients of many handsome presents of cut glass in honor of their crystal wedding anniversary.
Copied from the local Portsmouth Newspaper dated April 25, 1904
Death Claims R. Lee Parker
Was Engaged for Many Years in Business in This City
R. Lee Parker, a native of Portsmouth and actively engaged in for many years in the wholesale grocery and fuel oil business in this city, died at 12:52 o'clock yesterday morning at Sarah Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, after a short illness. He was vice president of the Parker Properties Corporation, of Portsmouth.
Mr. Parker's illness at the hospital had been only during the last three weeks although he has been in failing health for about a year.
He had large family connections here and in Norfolk. He held residences in Prentis Place and at Ocean View and had spent the winter for several years in Florida.
The son of the late William G. W. Parker and Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson Parker, his connection had been long with the firm W&J Parker, and while his activities with that firm had not in recent years been as extensive as they were previously, he always held his interest in the Portsmouth business.
The body was removed to the Brennan Funeral Home where it will remain until funeral services at 10 o'clock Monday morning at St' Paul's Catholic Church. Burial will take place in St. Paul's Cemetery.
Mr. Parker was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Home Insurance Company, Inc.
Mr. Parker is survived by his wife, Mrs. Kate Dickinson Parker, two daughters, Mrs. Thomas O. Ollice and Mrs. Thomas M. Rowe, of Portsmouth; two sons, Robert F. and Ralph J. Parker, of Portsmouth; six brothers, William G. Parker of Virginia Beach: Dr. Leo Parker and Dr. Allie Parker, of Brooklyn, New York; Thomas Parker of Florida; Frank and James Parker, of Norfolk; four sisters, Mrs. O. J.Edgerton, of Norfolk; Mrs. D. R. McAgee, of Washington, D. C.; Mrs. Edward Siegle, of Newport News, and Mrs. Genevieve Allen, of Rockport Center, Long Island, and 11 grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Copied from a local Tidewater Newspaper dated September 11, 1936
Last Will and Testament of R. Lee Parker
2 Jul 1935
I give all my property, both real and personal to my wife, Kate Louise Dickinson Parker. I respectfully request the court to allow her to qualify as administratrix without bond. To my children Robert F. Parker, Ralph J. D. Parker, Louise Lee Ollice and Julia D. Rowe, I leave my love and affection but no interest in my estate either real or personal.
R. Lee Parker
Ralph J. D. Parker Robert T. Ollice Robert F. Parker
Last Will and Testament of Kate Louise Dickinson Parker
3 April 1943
I, Kate Louise Dickinson Parker, of the City of Portsmouth, State of Virginia, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make, publish and declare this my Last Will and testament, hereby revoking all wills by me heretofore made, that is to say:
FIRST: I order and direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon as practicable and convenient after my death.
SECOND: All sums of money that are owing my estate by reason of personal loans that I have made my friends and relatives, I hereby cancel, and request my Executors, hereinafter named, to treat the same as having been paid.
THIRD: I give, devise and bequeath, in fee simple, unto my daughter, Julia Parker Rowe, all that certain lot, piece or parcel of land, with the building thereon, situate in that part of princess Anne County, Virginia known as East Ocean View, having a frontage of fifty (50) feet with a depth of one hundred (100) feet, and being parts of Lots 3 and 4 in Block 3, of the property conveyed to me by F. C. Tilghman, et ux; together with all the furniture, including piano, rugs, refrigerator and cooking utensils now located in the building on the above described property.
FOURTH: I give, devise and bequeath, in fee simple, unto my son, Ralph Joseph Parker, all that certain lot, piece or parcel of land, with the garage built thereon, having a frontage of fifty (50) feet with a depth of fifty (50) feet, and it being the rear of Lots 3 and 4 in Block 3, of the property conveyed to me by F. C. Tilghman, et ux; as heretofore mentioned.
FIFTY: All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, real, personal and mixed, I devise as follows:
My said Executors are to have full power and control of this one-fourth interest, with the right to sell and convey any real estate that may constitute a part of this estate. My Executors shall also have the right to invest the funds so left in trust in any manner that they deem wise and prudent for the best interests of my grandchildren. I hereby authorize my Executors, in their discretion, to use the income or corpus of this estate, but not exceeding the share of the grandchild for whom it is used, for the education of any of my grandchildren of my late daughter, Louise Parker Ollice, if any of them have a desire to take a higher education than is afforded at the public schools. I hereby direct that this trust shall continue until my youngest grandchild of Louise Parker Ollice reaches the age of 21 years, and in the event any of these children die unmarried and without issue before they reach the age of 21 years, then their share shall go to their surviving brothers and sisters.
SIXTH: I do hereby nominate and appoint Robert F. Parker and Ralph Joseph Parker, Executors of this my last will and testament, and having perfect confidence in their judgement and integrity, I direct that my said Executors shall not give security.
Given under my hand and seal this 3rd. Day of April 1943.
Kate Louise Dickinson Parker (Seal)
Signed, sealed, acknowledged and published by Kate Louise Dickinson Parker, being of sound mind, as and for her last will and testament, in the presence of us, who in her presence and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses this 3rd. Day of April, 1943
Etta Leah Marshall Fred R. Appenzella
Children of William George Parker (11B) and Mary I. Godwin Parker (11B1)
William Leroy Parker (12A) born 18 Mar 1892 Norfolk attorney died 1979.
Henry G. Parker (12B) born 18 Jun 1893 Director of Public Welfare, Norfolk, VA
Dr. Arthur Douglas Parker (12C)
Michael M. Parker (12D) Administrator Virginia Experimental Truck Station Virginia Beach, VA
Capt. Joseph Leroy Parker (12E) Medical Corps of US Navy
Gray G. Parker (12F)
William Leroy Parker dies;
Former museum president
Norfolk - William Leroy (Judge) Parker 87, a prominent local art collector, lawyer, and former president of the Norfolk Museum of Arts and science (now the Chrysler Museum) died Tuesday in a Norfolk hospital.
Parker, whose collection of Oriental art objects and antiques made his West Freemason Street home a stop for many years on local garden tours, guided the museum for 18 years as trustee and board president.
In 1973, Parker resigned from the museum board to begin a legal battle against the city's plans to bring Walter P. Chrysler's art collection to Norfolk, and install it at the museum. After a two-year court fight, Parker lost, but never retreated from his position that the museum- created as a charitable trust by the Norfolk Society of Arts- was immune to such a complete change of mission.
Chrysler succeeded Parker as board president in 1971, and his collection was donated to the museum, which was renamed in his honor.
A Portsmouth native, Parker graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1912, and received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School.
He set up practice in Norfolk, but left to serve as Lieutenant in the 80th. and 42nd. Artillery divisions during World War I. He fought in the Meuse-Argonne offensive.
After the war, he resumed his law practice in 1919, and was elected president of the Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association in 1946.
Throughout his life, Parker was an ardent collector of Oriental art objects and antiques, particularly Chinese porcelains.
Last year, he decided for health reasons to sell his home and enter a Norfolk nursing home. Parker told a reporter, he gave up a portion of his prized collection of Chinese porcelains to the auctioneer's gravel because "I didn't want to be reminded of happier days".
The collection brought more than $118,000.00 at the prestigious Sotheby Park Bernet auction galleries in New York City.
Parker is survived by a daughter, Mrs. J. William Hubbard of Hilton Head, SC; a sister, Mrs. John P. Tyler of Annapolis, Maryland; two brothers, Joseph L. and Michael M. Parker of Virginia Beach; and two grandchildren. His wife, Mrs. Sarah Harrison Parker, died in 1972, and another son, William L. Parker, Jr. died in 1968.
A graveside funeral service will be held Friday at 11 AM in the cemetery of Eastern Shore Chapel in Virginia Beach. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apartments in Norfolk is handling the arrangements.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to a favorite charity.
Printed in the Norfolk Virginian Pilot in 1978 accompanied with a picture of William L. (Judge) Parker
Children of Robert Lee Parker (11C) and Kate Louise Dickinson Parker (11C1):
Louise Lee Parker (12H) born Saturday, 14 Mar 1891 9:30 PM died 22 Dec 1942 married 26 Nov 1913 to Thomas Oswald Ollice (12H1)
Robert Francis Parker (12K) born Tuesday, 24 Mar 1896 8:40 PM died 8 Mar 1951married 20 Dec 1923 to Kate Alice Squire (12K1)
Ralph Joseph Dickinson Parker (12L) born Monday 27 Aug 1900 at 8:30 PM died 17 Jul 1996 married Ruth Ellen Marshal (12L1) born 4 Feb 1900 died 16 Jul 1990, daughter of John Henry Marshall and Ruth Collins. Ruth and Ralph Parker are buried in Olive Branch Cemetery
Tom and Louise (12H) were really our second set of parents. We were always so close. Louise stayed home most of the time while Mama (12J) enjoyed going shopping, to the Garden Club or Sewing circle. Louise always watched us. Tom was also a homebody loved working in the garden. He had a big workshop - made furniture and did beautiful woodcarvings. He was very talented.
John Ollice (13C) was just months older than Julia Elizabeth (13F). We often heard how Mama would go out and leave Julia E. with Louise and Louise would breast-feed both babies.
I could always talk to Louise and she understood my problems. Although she was ill a long time (kidneys) when she died it was extremely difficult for me.
I can hear Tom's voice now as he phoned about 7 A. M. Dec 22nd. 1942 and I answered the phone. He said, " Louise just died" I went to pieces.
As far as Mama (Julia Parker Rowe) All her life she craved curly hair. Her mother (Kate Louise Parker) often told the story of the time when Julia was a little girl and she had sent her to bed for the night and had decided to check on her. She peeped through the bed room door and Mama was kneeling by her bed saying her prayers a loud "And Dear God, please make my hair curly" then she jumped up and ran to the mirror to look at her hair - them back to her knees with "Dear God, please make my hair curly". Now that is faith only a child could have.
Johnny Glenn called me today. I really appreciate his calls. He was telling me they were asking Bob (Bob Ollice) about his war experiences recently. I know you always want to hear stories about the family, so thought I would pass them on to you.
Bob was in the infantry - a Sargent when he was discharged. He was in the invasion D-day plus 6, there were 1100 men in his unit and all except 234 were killed. Eventually, all of the 234 men except 11 were wounded. Fortunately, he was one of the eleven.
He was in the Battle of the Bulge. They were taught to huddle up to another. One night he was in a foxhole and held closely to another soldier all night. When he awoke in the morning the soldier was dead - and he was a German!
He said the closest he got to being injured was one night he went into the field to answer natures call. He had his pants pulled down and was taking care of business when an enemy shot at him and the bullet went between his legs. That was close.
He returned from overseas Dec 24, 1945, they were at Stanton Island, New York and were told none of them could leave - they would spend their Christmas there. One of the men said his home was only ten miles from there, he was going to sneak out and spend Christmas at home then come back. Five or six other soldiers decided to go with him. They climbed a fence and were walking down a path when some officers so them and ordered them to halt. They knew they were in deep trouble, however the officers said, "we are going with you".
Written by Frances Rowe Adams
It's so hard to comprehend that Mama (12H) will have been dead 51 years this year and Granny 50 (11C1). I can still remember vividly, Granny with her fingers filled with diamonds playing her "Rag time tunes" on the piano. We all heard stories of she and her sister, Julia singing duets at churches and also on stage in this area.
I have a small button-hook that Granny gave to me that was a gift from the Commandant of the Naval Hospital when she sang with the Naval Post Band, on the steps of the hospital, on Memorial Day when she was 13 years old.
At that time ladies wore long buttoned gloves for formal wear and a buttonhook wrapped around and slide each button into place.
Granny loved to dress up. She like bright colors and she had a long necklace of cut crystal beads that she wore on special occasions. With her rings and 1/2-carat diamond earrings she actually glittered.
Papa (11C) was always so proud of her and so good to her and they traveled together so much that after he died she never wore any of her jewels, giving them away and never wearing any color but black from them on.
Mama was as opposite of her Mother in her taste of clothes and jewelry, as one could be. She liked neat, almost tailored clothes and seldom wore any jewelry except her wedding band.
She was so talented on the piano. She could play any tune she heard and had "such a touch" as they used to say. Before she and Daddy were married one of their friends got a band together and Mama played with them quite a bit.
Sometimes my brothers and I would ask Mama and Daddy to play for us. It was beautiful with him on the mandolin and her at the piano. She had such a beautiful voice I can still remember the lullabies and hymns she used to sing.
She actually " whistled while she worked". When that song from "Snow White" came out I thought of her and still do when I hear it.
She and Daddy were ideal parents. They worked together on projects in their house and also the garden.
Mama wasn't the "clinging Vine" type. She had a great sense of humor and never knew a stranger. She was the neighborhood nurse. Anything that happened that needed first aid they came to Mama first, then to the doctor, if necessary.
The yard was Daddy's hobby also carving. I remember the Christmas when I was 12 years old Mama and daddy had fixed me a dollhouse and it was set up in the living room. We had a very large living room. The dollhouse was about the size of a large closet. After the holidays, Daddy dismantled it and set it up in the yard. It eventually became the hull for daddy's workshop.
Our yard was beautiful with a grape arbor that had real grapevines on it and benches to sit on. We also a fence with a trellis that held "rambling roses", a tiered rock garden and a swing.
When my parents gave me the lots to build my house on, they gave me so much of themselves.
Written by Louise Ollice Glynn 1993
Children of Doctor Edward Arthur Parker (11F) and Emma P. Woeltje Parker (11F1)
Charles W. Parker (12XX) born 19 in Brooklyn, NY
Children of Frank X. Parker (11K) and Amelia Bell Parker (11K1)
Margaret Amelia Parker (12M) died in 1911 aged 2 years.
Son Parker (12N)
Son Parker (12P)
Son Parker (12Q)
Children of Gertrude Parker Siegal (11M) Edward V. Siegal (11M1)
Edward V. Siegal, Jr. (12R)
Daughter Siegal (12S)
Daughter Siegal (12T)
Children of Jams V. Parker (11Q) and Grace Morris Parker (11Q1):
William G. W. Parker (12U) born 21 Jan 1910 died 28 May 1916.
John H. Parker (12V)
Daughter Parker (12W)
Children of Genevieve Parker Allen (11U) and James E. Allen, Jr. (11U1)
Daughter Allen (12X)
Daughter Allen (12Y)
Children of Mary Ann Parker Lawrence (11AA) and Thomas Sumner Lawrence (11AA1)
Ruth Parker Lawrence (12AA) born 18 Jul 1897 in Portsmouth, VA married 6 Nov 1923 in
Martha S. Lawrence (12AB) born 26 Dec 1898
Thomas Sumner Lawrence, Jr. (12AC) born 16 Oct 1901
Children of Lucy M. Parker (11AB) and Frank A. Porter (11AB1)
Stillborn 1904 (12AD)
Stillborn 1906 (12AE)
Ruth Parker Porter (12AF) married 18 Feb 1932 to Lawrence M. Proctor (12AF1)
Children of Harry Ambrose Parker Vincent Parker (11AC) Alexina Electra Porter (11AC1)
Harry Ambrose Vincent Parker, Jr. (12AJ)
Children of Eula Cecilia Parker New (11AE) and T. Edwin New (11AE1)
J. Edwin New (12AK) born 7 Aug 1905
Children of Vincent Luke Parker (11AF) and Ola Fennell Parker (11AF1)
Vincent Luke Parker, Jr.(12AM) born Nov 1920
Thomas Alfred Parker (12AN) born Mar 1923
Children of Laura Gertrude Parker Griffin (11AG) and William Sully Griffin (11AG1)
William Sully Griffin, Jr. (12AP) born 1 Dec 1904
Rosalie Griffin (12AQ) born 10 Apr 1909 married John Lohmaan (12AQ1)
Joseph Parker Griffin (12AR) born 2 Jun 1914
Kenneth R. Griffin (12AS) born 2 Jun 1914
Lawrence A. Griffin (12AT) born 28 Nov 1926. He became a Roman Catholic priest.
Children of Genevieve E. Parker (Hawkins (11AH) and Morris. S. Hawkins (11AH1)
Genevieve Parker Hawkins (12AU) born 9 Jan 1915
Children of Ambrose Dominic Parker (11AL) and Mary Talbot Parker (11AL1)
Ambrose D. Parker, Jr. (12 AV) born 30 Sep 1924 died 2003 married Mary Melon (12AV1) born 14 Oct 1935 died 11 Jan 1989.
Robert Francis Parker
By Robert "Bob" T. Ollice
Robert Francis Parker was the third child of R. Lee and Kate Louise Dickinson Parker. He was born March 24, 1896 and died at a fairly young age on March 8, 1951. The other three children of the union were:
Louise Lee Parker Ollice, born March 14, 1891, died December 23, 1942;
Julia Dickinson Parker Rowe, born November 23, 1892, dhed April 16, 1988; and
Ralph Joseph Dickinson Parker, born August 27, 1900, still living.
Robert married Kate Alice Squire on December 20, 1923 and their only child, Kate Louise was born December 6, 1925. Kate Louise married George S. Hughes and they have three children, a boy and two girls.
Robert and Kate had a house in the downtown area of Portsmouth in the 700 block of Dinwiddie Street. Kate's sister, Grace who was a schoolteacher for thirty-nine years also lived with them. Robert and Kate had a nice automobile, a deluxe Essex, four-door sedan, about late 20s or early 30s vintage, not sure of the exact year. They did not keep it at home, it was garaged at the store in a covered shed. It was seldom used because Grace had a car, the store had a car, and Kate didn't drive.
Robert's father owned a city block in Portsmouth, Virginia, the 1400 block of Elm Avenue in the Prentis Park area. When this land was purchased it was on the outskirts of Portsmouth. I believe the intent was to give each of his children lots in this block as they grew up and married. William G. Parker, Robert's father's brother owned the 1500 block of Elm Avenue.
R. Lee Parker built a home on the corner of Elm Avenue and Duke Street whereas his brother built his house in the middle of the 1500 block. Both homes were very large houses with large porches, attached laundry rooms and close by large two-story stables and barns. Robert grew up in this environment.
Robert's father and uncle ran a wholesale grocery and feed store and a retail coal yard under the name of "W&J Parker." They had purchased the business from their father and uncle who were the original W & J. The business was initially founded in 1857. Robert and his brother, Ralph purchased the business from their father and uncle and it had been in continuously in operation more than 100 years when it was closed and the property sold. The business was located at 701 Crawford Street. When the Parker property buildings were torn down, the City Hall and Courts Building of the City of Portsmouth was erected on this site.
I am told that as a youngster Robert was quite mischievous because of such antics as follows: Robert wanted to make some money so his father consented to buy him a cow. Robert established a milk route and sold what wasn't used at home. One day he got angry at Louise for something she had not done to him and when he milked the cow, he dumped the whole pail of milk on Louise's head. Louise and Julia used to say that Robert was so good at saving his money that as a grown man he still had the first $500.00 he made from his milk route.
In Robert's youth, doctors made home visits. Robert's father was a shrewd business- man and he arranged a yearly contract with a Doctor Parker (no kin) to service his family whenever called for one annual fee. Robert did not like Doctor Parker and one day on one of the doctor's visits to see Robert's mother, as the doctor was leaving he was in the downstairs hall with his hat in his hand preparing to put it on, Robert urinated through the upstairs banisters into the doctors hat. The doctor told Robert's mother that she must have a leak in her upstairs bathroom, not knowing what really happened. I can't imagine what kind of punishment Robert got for that one.
When the United States became involved in World War I, Robert was just the right age to go. He was put in the US Army Infantry and became a heavy machine gunner. He went through the war in combat and as far as I know was not wounded but came close to being gassed. He told of sleeping on top of a hill with several of his buddies whereas a number of the men in his company decided to sleep down in the hollow. During the night, the Germans gassed the area, the gas sought the lower levels and many of the men in the hollow were gassed but those up on the hill escaped. He told of other instances where fields of fire (incoming enemy bullets) were so heavy it became necessary to throw the machine gun through an opening then dive through behind it, hoping to make it without getting hit. However, he did not speak too often of his war experiences, probably because the memories were quite dreadful.
Even though Robert and his brother, Ralph were in business together, they were completely different characters. Ralph was the larger of the two, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing about 220, heavily muscled and strong as an ox. He would have made a good football player. Ralph was mechanically inclined, a good jack-of-all trades, and loved hunting as a sport. He was more the more gruff of the two and more serious and business like. He was an early riser and usually the one who opened the store each day.
Robert was about 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighed about 210 and was strong too, but his belly was so big it belied his actual muscular ability. He was the more jovial of the two brothers but was a night person. He liked to come to work about 10 or 10"30 AM, but thought nothing of staying at the store until 1 or 2 AM. He only lived about four blocks from the store so it was a short walk to and from. Robert had little mechanical ability, taking after his father in this regard. He loved to count money and would count it more than once to make sure the count was right. He never got in too much of a hurry and had favorite things he would to do at work. He was good at warehousing and seemed to have an instinctive ability to know exactly how to criss-cross and bind together high stocks of material to prevent them falling or leaning and as a measure of his strength, he could use his big stomach to push stacks of material to straighten them up from leaning.
The store was in an area of primarily wholesale establishments with the closest retail place a Jewish delicatessen across the street. It was several blocks to a confectionery store where soft drinks and knick0knack snacks could be purchased. This led to the store purchasing a large Coca Cola ice chest, stocking it with soft drinks and having a small supply of retail candy, nabs, and such readily available.
In the beginning this was put in as a convenience. However, the City Jail was just around the corner and the policemen soon found it convenient to walk across the street for a soft drink as did other people who worked in other establishments in this close-by area. As a result, this little corner of the store brought in a little money. Customers helped themselves and put money on the counter in the office. Since everything in that corner in those days was only five cents, the biggest problem was keeping the drink box full.
Robert was its best customer. He drank as many as fifteen or twenty soft drinks every day. He drank Coke at first, which was in 6-ounce bottles, then Pepsi came out in 10 ounce bottles, and he drank those. This is not an exaggeration; Robert actually drank that many soft drinks a day. In addition, he smoked 60 or more cigarettes each day. He usually kept a flat 50 tin of cigarettes on his desk, a pack of cigarettes in his pocket and a bag or roll your own tobacco in his desk drawer.
Robert was a big tease, and he usually had a nickname for almost everybody. His sister, Louise, who weight well over two hundred pounds, he called "Puny," his sister, Julia, who was sort of flighty and subject to fainting, he called "Hacklehead". He didn't have a particular nickname for his brother, Ralph, but occasionally called him "Rabusso". Only Robert knew what that meant. He called his nephew, Bob Ollice, "Eck". I am not clear of what was the derivative of this name. He nicknamed most of the workers at the store and coal yard. One individual, who wore the most ragged clothes imaginable, he called, "few-Clothes", another who was short and strong and built like an ape, broad shoulders, narrow waist, and short legs, and real light skinned, he called "Pinky". As well as I remember, he didn't nickname, Norman Cherry or Charles Rainey. Norman at first drove the coal truck and later progressed to the store driver and deliveryman. Norman was a very stable individual and intelligent, with a good education, he could have made something of himself. Rainey was the oldest of those who worked there. Rainey went to New York one time to seek his fortune. He came back about two years later looking for a job. When asked about New York he said those people don't even know that you are alive and could care less. But down here, I know I can always find a place to stay and can get something to eat. Rainey got drunk one time, and was robbed; stripped of all his clothes he had on, and left in a field. He woke up stark naked on a Sunday morning, and somehow got somebody to call me at home to please come to such and such a location and bring him some clothes. When I got to the area where he was hiding with something for him to wear, all he had on that the thieves had left him was one sock.
Rainey always came to my house on Christmas day. He would say, I come for my Christmas present." He was looking for Christmas dinner, a big drink of whiskey (an iced tea glass full, about 8 ounces), and a token present like about $2.00 cash plus any discarded clothes I had.
Robert had several cronies who often hung around after the store closed. I think they sort of used it as old times did a country store. It was a good place to sit and talk and tell tall stories (shoot the bull). Buzz Munds was one such crony. He grew up in Prentis Park and had known Robert since they were kids together. Buzz was an alcoholic (when he had the price) but he was a good-hearted soul who would go out of his way to do a favor. Buck Jones was another crony. He lived in an upstairs apartment across the street from the store, and would come over as a place to sit and talk. George Brown from Newtown would also stop by occasionally. It was a real education to just sit and listen to that group swap experiences. I know some of their stories were out and out lies but they were still interesting.
Robert and Ralph ran the store and coal yard during the big depression when times were really hard. I worked for them for about ten years from the time I left Business College until I was drafted in World War II. I almost followed Robert's footsteps in that I was put in the infantry and sent overseas in combat as soon as I finished basic training. But I was an 81MM Mortar Gunner instead of a Heavy Machinegun Gunner.
Robert and Ralph suffered a terrific set back while operating the store. In August 1933 a big hurricane hit this area. It hit on a high tide, which caused unusual flooding. The first floor of the store was under about three feet of salt water and everything at that time which was stored on the first floor was ruined. The store catered to the small backers in Portsmouth, which at the time was Cartright's, Caffee's, Wood's and Bodner's. As a result they carried flour in 98-pound bags, sugar and salt in 100-pound bags, etc. This was all stored on the first floor and ruined. I remember in the back area where sugar and salt was stored and which melted during the flooding, it was like walking in about three-inches of molasses, when the clean up began. Robert's Essex, which was under a shed in the coal yard, and which had only about 10,000 miles on it was completely under water for several days and I think was eventually junked. As an idea of how drastic the flooding was, Willoughby Spit was completely under water from just beyond Harrison's Pier and the way to the end, Little Bay met Big Bay. There was so much water in various areas of Ocean View Avenue east of the Amusement Park that vehicles could not get in or out. Papa and Granny were at the Ocean View house where George & Kate (Hughes) live now and their daughter Louise, her husband and children were there also. As the waves broke on shore the water would go down each side of the house. We were preparing to evacuate to the high sand dunes which existed on the south side of Ocean View Avenue at that time, but which have long since been whittled away by the truck load for fill sand, etc., when the storm abated and the Bay waves started to calm down. I shall never forget that particular storm nor will anyone else who was in this area at that time.
After the 1933 hurricane and the mess at the store was cleaned up, Ralph constructed platforms about three feet high all over the first floor of the store for storage of material so in case of another flood, the merchandise would not be ruined.
Ralph loved to hunt and he took a day off periodically to go in hunting in season. Robert and I ran the store on those occasions. Robert did not have such a hobby. I truly believe his hobby was the store. He did like baseball and night baseball was played often. They often gave away a car at the games to boost attendance. Portsmouth had a better baseball team than Norfolk and the Portsmouth games were better attended. Robert, Ralph, myself and whoever else wanted to go went to quite a few of the night games.
Robert loved his Mother and after Papa died in September 1936, Robert visited her often. She never went back to the big Ocean View house after Papa died and gave it to Robert. She built a smaller house further down the beach at East Ocean View (Julia Rowe's house) and lived there off and on until she her death.
Robert was a good coal man. He could look at a pile of coal and estimate how many tons were in the pile and come pretty close to the actual tonnage. Back in those days, lots of coal was sold in bags. The grocery stores carried bag coal and the store sold it already bagged or by the ton if a merchant choose to bag his own. Since it was a dirty operation most retail merchants bought it by the dozen bags. A small bag, which weighed about 8 pounds, sold retail for about ten cents, the next larger bag retailed for about 15 cents and the largest bag sold for about a quarter. Many poor people bought bag coal in those days because a bag of coal would keep them warm long enough to eat an evening meal and stay up a while before going to bed. Most bag coal was Splint coal, which is easy lighting, fast burning, soft coal which can be lit with old newspaper and makes a good hot fire. However, it creates a thick black smoke.
Bagging coal in the coal yard was piecework which paid the bagger one- half cents per bag. Since it was depression days there was always someone willing to bag coal because other work was hard to come by. It was hard, dirty work but a good bagger could make two or three dollars a day. The darkies often chanted while bagging. They kept up a steady rhythm and could bag faster that way. They usually sat on a box or upturned five-gallon bucket and used a shovel with the handle cut off and the sides bent in so it would easily fit the bag.
Robert and Ralph made a living running the store but nothing exceptional by todays standards. After I was drafted and went into the Army, I guess they made some money during the war. I sort of lost track when I went into the service and when I was discharged in 1946; I went to work for the Federal Government instead of attempting to go back to work at the store.
Granny, Robert's mother, died in 1943 the same year I was drafted. I didn't even know about it until she was already buried because I was in the process of being transferred to Oklahoma for basic training and didn't get the telegram until three weeks after everything was over. My mother, Louise, had died at Christmas only the year before.
I was shocked when Robert passed away since he was fairly young, only in his fifties, and to this day, I don't remember much about his funeral. I know Robert would have loved to have lived long enough to have seen his grandchildren grown.
I never thought of Robert or Ralph as my uncles. Partially I guess because I worked with them, and both preferred to be called by their first names instead of Uncle Robert or Uncle Ralph. I thought more of them like they were older brothers and I often wonder how different my life may have been had I gone back to work at the store after the war.
P.S. Bob Ollice died in 2000 and is buried with his wife, Mary Ann in North Carolina.
Bob was a great storyteller and is missed by his family and friends.
He played on Wilson's first teams
Many people look at Ralph Parker and figure he is in his 70s. He's balding, and he wears glasses and a hearing aid, but he still gets up at 4 A.M. to go hunting a couple of times a week. He still serves as an usher and is on the board of trustees at trinity Episcopal Church.
Many people who don't know him well are surprised when they learn that he played on Woodrow Wilson High's first football and baseball teams.
After all, he will be 92 in August.
Needless to say, Parker has seen a lot of changes in his life and in sports - particularly football, his favorite.
"For one thing, we didn't have uniforms except what the boys provided themselves," Parker recalls. "The school didn't furnish them. "We played our home games at a field at the corner of Lincoln and Washington streets and they would pass the hat to cover the admission. A lot of people, probably 2,000, used to come to our games, and the best teams around were Maury and Newport News."
But the biggest change to Parker involves substitutions in a game. There wasn't as much traffic going on and off the field as there is in these times.
"We only had about 15 players on the team." He recalls, "and if you went out of a game in the first half you couldn't come back until halftime, and if you went out in the second half, you were out for the rest of the game."
Nearly everyone played offense and defense, and starters usually stayed in a game unless they had to be carted off the field. Parker, a stocky 210 pounds at the time, played fullback on offense and tackle on defense.
"I didn't run the ball much, and when I did, it was usually into the line," he says. "But I really liked football best. My father didn't want me playing any sports because he was afraid I'd get hurt and cost him something. So, he didn't know, but my mother did."
Parker was a right-handed pitcher in baseball, but says he threw so hard that he lost several games because the catchers often dropped the third strike. He never cared much about basketball, but did some wrestling and claims to have once defeated the Virginia State champion in a YMCA bout. He was a good swimmer, but didn't participate in many water sports.
Parker was born in Portsmouth, but didn't start school until he was nine years old. He was small for his age at first and his parents wanted him to grow a little before they sent him off to school.
He attended Portsmouth High School, which became Briggs Elementary when Wilson High School was built in 1920.
Following graduation, he went right to work for his father at W&J Parker, a wholesale grocery firm, and his sports playing days were over. He continued to hunt and fish and follow sports, but Parker didn't even play any semi-pro ball.
And while he doesn't hunt quail anymore because he can't keep up with the dogs, Parker has no problem sitting in a deer stand. And so far he has bagged 67.
Through the years he has become a Washington Redskins fan and he enjoys watching some sports, such as wrestling, on television.
Meanwhile, he married and had two daughters. Both Jean Colonna and Ruth Spears still live in Portsmouth, and Parker lives with Jean Colonna most of the time. His wife of 65 years died two years ago.
Jean Colonna says that with two daughters and four granddaughters people kid Parker about his harem. Some suggest that living around so many women has contributed to his longevity. He only smiles at that comment.
He admits that he doesn't get around like he used to and that he has slowed down, but Parker walks about a half-mile a day in the neighborhood.
His weight has dropped to about 170 and he looks trim for his 5-9 height. Parker has never broken a bone in his body, and says he is seldom sick.
Parker was too busy working to join civic clubs or have hobbies, but he served on the board at Portsmouth General Hospital for 40 years because he was interested in Portsmouth having a local hospital.
Although he was reared a Catholic, he later joined trinity Episcopal and has been an active worker with the church. Parker has even been known to repair the famous old brick wall that serves as a perimeter for part of the church.
Printed in the Virginian Pilot Currents 26 April 1992
Copyright March 2004 by James R. Revell, Sr. 1524 Lauren Ashleigh Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23321-1846
Document includes approximately 53 pages in Word format using 10-point font.
Last Update made 25 Apr 2004 Pictures & photographs not included.
James R. Revell, Sr.
1524 Lauren Ashleigh Drive
Chesapeake, Virginia 23321-1846
Extra Persons and facts that have not been fitted into the Parker family history as yet.
William O. Parker and Henry Parker died ca. 1819 were brothers. (P731-732 & 912)
William O. Parker died intestate ca 1820
Tully Parker died prior to 1868 wife Susan A. Parker died 1868
John W. H. Parker died 1900 married Sarah A. Topping died 1916, daughter of Nathaniel Topping
Tully W. Parker Jr. died 1931 married twice 2nd. Eva H. Parker
Henry Parker died 1819 (P724 & 731)
George W. Parker wife Drusilla 1877-1900 Owned ferries that connected Norfolk, Hampton & York. Son-in-law Charles W. Murry. Grandson Parker F. Norfolk.
William H. Parker wife Agnes sold land given by father, Henry in 1832 (P802)
George Parker died 1748 wife was Amy Major Parker left to son P1133
John Parker land on A118. John Parker in 1758 (wife Sarah) left same land to son John Parker.
In 1801 John Parker left to wife Patience and son John Parker.
John Parker married Nancy Unknown
William Coard Parker
In 1807 John Parker (wife Nancy) sold their portion of this land.
Elizabeth Fooks married Isiah Evans died 1754, married next to John Parker died 1766 (P928)
Revell Parker buys land (A70) in 1825, died in 1878 (P895)
John M. Parker died 1885
Margaret H. (Parker) Twiford married to Philander T. Twiford
Mary S. Parker
William H. Parker wife Sarah owned William Knight's Shoal near Linen Bar. Sold property to Gov Henry A. Wise after the Civil War (P52)
In 1811 William B. Savage wife Susanna Smith left to daughter (P224)
Mary Ann Savage. Mary Ann married twice:
1st John C. Wilson (no issue)
2nd George Parker
Susan Parker (1833) of Baltimore, MD sold property.
Researched, Written, Complied, and Transcribed by James R. Revell, Sr. 19 April 2004
James R. Revell, Sr. 1524 Lauren Ashleigh Drive Chesapeake, Virginia 23321-1846Page added January 14, 2004 (wls)
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