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Thomas Parker

Male 1737 - 1822  (84 years)


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  • Name Thomas Parker  [1, 2, 3
    Born 21 Sep 1737  of Freehold, Monmouth, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 Jul 1822  Freehold, Monmouth, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9, 10
    Buried Old Tennant Churchyard, Tennent, Monmouth, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 8, 11
    Person ID I6598  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 29 Feb 2020 

    Father David Parker,   b. 1704, Monmouth, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Mary Rhea,   b. Abt 1708, Monmouth, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3904  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Sarah Stout,   b. 3 Oct 1757,   d. 20 Mar 1829  (Age 71 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Charles Parker,   b. 27 Apr 1787, Freehold, Monmouth, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1813, Forked River, Ocean, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
    Last Modified 23 Apr 2016 
    Family ID F3838  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Amy James,   b. 14 Jun 1749, Freehold, Monmouth, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1778, Freehold, Monmouth, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years) 
    Married 31 Oct 1761  [12
    Children 
    +1. Robert James Parker,   b. 7 Jan 1762, Freehold, Monmouth, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 1829, Sorel, Le Bas-Richelieu, Qu├ębec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    Last Modified 16 Feb 2016 
    Family ID F1498  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Some sources, including his Find a Grave page, claim him as a veteran of the American Revolution. In the graveyard in which he is buried, a modern stone lists inhabitants of Tennant who fought in that war, and that list includes a "Thos. Parker." But our Thomas Parker would have been 39 when the Declaration was signed. Parker in America (citation details below), citing Salter's 1890 history of Monmouth County, says that the third son of this Thomas Parker and Amy James was another Thomas, and it seems to us likelier that he's the "Thos. Parker" referred to on the stone.

      DNA testing by the Parker Family DNA Project suggests that this Thomas Parker was a descendant of Elisha Parker, born in England about 1630, who married Elizabeth Hinckley and died either in Barnstable, MA or Perth Amboy, NJ. Several unsourced family trees say that Thomas's father David was son of Thomas, son of another Thomas (wife, Mary Mott; he is said to have left the Plymouth colony and settled in or near Staten Island), son of Elisha Parker and Elizabeth Hinckley. Elizabeth Hinckley was a sister of Thomas Hinckley (1618-1706), the last governor of the Plymouth colony.

      The DNA results also suggest that this Elisha Parker was closely related to Robert Parker, also born around 1630, who emigrated to the Plymouth colony and lived in Barnstable.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1274] "Ruth Applegate, Wife of John Dye," in The Family of Hans Laurentszen Duyts 1644-1708 by John C. Butler.

    2. [S3741] New Jersey, Abstract of Wills, 1670-1817, on ancestry.com.

    3. [S3764] Handwritten Parker family records, reproduced in Genealogies of New Jersey Families, from the Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey ed. Joseph R. Klett. Volume 2. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996.

    4. [S3742] History of the Old Tennant Church by Frank R. Symm. 2nd edition. Cranbury, New Jersey: George R. Burroughs, 1904.

    5. [S1077] Findagrave.com page for Thomas Parker., year and place only.

    6. [S1273] Parker in America, 1630-1910 by Augustus G. Parker. Buffalo, New York, 1911., place only.

    7. [S3765] Genealogies of New Jersey Families, from the Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey ed. Joseph R. Klett. Volume 2. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996., year and place only.

    8. [S1077] Findagrave.com page for Thomas Parker.

    9. [S3742] History of the Old Tennant Church by Frank R. Symm. 2nd edition. Cranbury, New Jersey: George R. Burroughs, 1904., says "July 31, 1832", but his gravestone clearly says 1822..

    10. [S3765] Genealogies of New Jersey Families, from the Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey ed. Joseph R. Klett. Volume 2. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996., year only.

    11. [S3765] Genealogies of New Jersey Families, from the Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey ed. Joseph R. Klett. Volume 2. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996.

    12. [S1076] Findagrave.com page for Amy James Parker.