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Joseph Parsons

Male Abt 1647 - 1729  (~ 82 years)


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  • Name Joseph Parsons  [1
    Born Abt 1647  Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 Nov 1729  Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 5, 6, 7
    Alternate death 29 Nov 1729  Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I9587  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 26 Dec 2015 

    Father "Cornet" Joseph Parsons,   b. 1617-1618,   d. 9 Oct 1683, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Mary Bliss,   b. Abt 1625, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1712, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years) 
    Married 26 Nov 1646  Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 8
    Family ID F1468  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Strong,   b. 24 Feb 1648, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1736, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 17 Mar 1669  Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Children 
    +1. Josiah Parsons,   b. 2 Jan 1681, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1768, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    +2. Abigail Parsons,   b. 1 Jan 1690, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1763, Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F339  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Elizabeth's husband was a fur trader, lawyer, first judge of Hampshire County Court, and a founder of Northampton, MA." [Freeman" target="_blank">http://kinnexions.com/smlawson/index.htm">Freeman Family Lines, from the files of Stephen M. Lawson (via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine)]

      From the Wikipedia article about Joseph Parsons, Jr.:

      "Joseph Parsons, Jr. (1647-1729) was an early settler and prominent colonial leader in Northampton, Massachusetts. [...]

      "Parsons, Jr. was involved in several business enterprises in and around Northampton, including grist mills, sawmills, and iron. He later became active in politics; in 1696, he was commissioned as one of the four judges on the Hampshire County Court of Common Pleas, which at the time included all of Western Massachusetts. He served in this capacity until 1719. Parsons, Jr. also served as a representative in the Massachusetts General Court; he represented Springfield in 1706 and 1708, and Northampton from 1711-1715, 1717, 1721, and 1724. In addition, he held several other minor offices; in 1700, he was appointed as the first town moderator in Northampton history, and he also served as justice of the peace for a number of years.

      "Throughout most of Parson, Jr.'s life in Northampton, Solomon Stoddard was the pastor of the church. However, by 1725 Stoddard was 82 years old and unable to fulfill all of his pastoral duties alone. So, the town voted seven members onto a committee to find a suitable candidate to assist, and upon Stoddard's death, replace him as pastor. Joseph Parsons, Jr. was one of the members of this pastoral search committee, which ultimately chose Jonathan Edwards, whose tenure as pastor would lead to the Great Awakening."

      It's not mentioned in the Wikipedia article, but Joseph Parsons and Elizabeth Strong were also ancestors of early Caltech rocket scientist, JPL co-founder, and Aleister Crowley disciple Marvel Whiteside "Jack" Parsons (1914-1952), famous for having (1) welcomed the pre-Scientology L. Ron Hubbard into his life, (2) having his wife, yacht, and savings stolen by Hubbard, and (3) later dying as the result of a chemical explosion in his garage.

  • Sources 
    1. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    2. [S256] The Parsons Family: Descendants of Cornet Joseph Parsons, by Gerald James Parsons. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1984.

    3. [S682] Gerald James Parsons, "The Early Parsons Families of the Connecticut River Valley." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 148:215, July 1994.

    4. [S899] The Mary Bliss Parsons Trial, website developed by Historic Northampton and the Center for Computer Based Instructional Technology (now the UMass IT Center for Educational Software Development [CESD]) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

    5. [S390] Freeman Family Lines, from the files of Stephen M. Lawson (via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine).

    6. [S899] The Mary Bliss Parsons Trial, website developed by Historic Northampton and the Center for Computer Based Instructional Technology (now the UMass IT Center for Educational Software Development [CESD]) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst., month, year, and place only.

    7. [S899] The Mary Bliss Parsons Trial, website developed by Historic Northampton and the Center for Computer Based Instructional Technology (now the UMass IT Center for Educational Software Development [CESD]) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst., year only.

    8. [S387] Hale, House and Related Families, Mainly of the Connecticut River Valley, by Donald Lines Jacobus and Edgar Francis Waterman. Hartford, Connecticut: Connecticut Historical Society, 1952.