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209—3 Stephen, b. Aug. 8, 1767. 21044 Augustus, b. July 5, 1759.

(35) V. Maj. John Minot (80—1) m. Sarah Stow of Marlborough, Jan. 26, 1744, lived in Concord, where he d. July 31, 1802, a. 85. She d. Feb. 11, 1796, a. 75. They had 211-1 John, b. m. Hannah Hubbard.

(36) V. Benjamin Prescott, Esq., of Salemn, who gr. H. C., 1736, m. Rebecca Minot, (81—2) Nov. 26, 1741. He d. Aug. 18, 1778, a 61. She d. Oct. 8, 1761, a. 41. They had the following children;

212–1 Rebecca, b. May 20, 1742, m. Hon. Roger Sherman, May 12, 1763. 213—2 Martha, b. Nov. 23, 1744, m. Stephen Goodhue, Esq., of New Haven. 214—3 Benjamin, b. March 14, 1747, d. May 15, 1751. 21544 James, b. March 16, 1749, m. Rebecca Barrett, Oct. 28, 1783, daughter of

James Barrett, Jr. (181—1] 216—5 Elisabeth, b. Dec. 1, 1752, m. Henry Daggett, Esq., Nov. 26, 1771. 217—6 Mercy, b. Feb. 5, 1755, m. Henry Gibbs, Oct. 29, 1781. 218–7 Benjamin, b. Oct. 22, 1757, m. Hannah Blakely of New Haven. 219–8 Mary, b. May 9, 1760, m. Peter Barrett, July 8, 1779. (188—8]

(37) V. Capt. James Minot (82-3) m. for his 1st wife Rebecca Stow of Merrimac, and for his 2nd wife, a daughter of Col. Blanchard of Tyngsborough. He d. Aug. 2, 1773, a 47. She d. Feb. 9, 1767, a. 37. They had the following children, of whom I have not been able to obtain many particulars.

220—1 Rebecca, m. Isaac Newton; 221–2 Rachel, m. —- Anger and d. without issue; 222—3 Joseph, d. about 1776, a. 20; 223—4 James, d. about 1776, a. 18; 224—5 Sarah, m.

Upton; 225—6 Hannah, m. Darly; 226—7 Elisabeth, m. Smith; 227—8 Martha,

Squiers. (38) V. Rev. Josiah Sherman, minister of Woburn, m. Martha Minot, (83—4) Jan. 24, 1757. A biographical notice of Mr. Sherman is in the American Quarterly Register, Vol. XI., p. 188. They had the following children, born in Woburn, and perhaps others.

228—1 Roger Minot Sherman, b. Dec. 9, 1757, settled in Fairfield, Ct. 229—2 Martha,

b. Dec.

8, 1758. 230—3 Elisabeth,

b. March 26, 1761. 231–4 Mary,

b. Feb.

3, 1763. 232—5 Susanna,

b. April 7, 1765. (39) V. Lt. Ephraim Minot, [84–5] d. in Concord, Sept. 30, 1794, a. 53. He was an officer, and was wounded in the battle of Princeton. He m. Abigail Prescott, who d. Feb. 27, 1825, a. 78. Their children were 233—-1 Abel, b. July 10, 1765, m. Lydia Shed. He d. in Lincoln, Aug. 6, 1809, hav.

ing had 6 children. 234—2 Abigail, 5. Jan. 30, 1778, m. William Bowers, May 12, 1797. 235—3 Mary, b. Jan. 10, 1781. 236—4 George, b. Jan. 31, 1783. 237—5 Louisa, b. Feb. 10, 1787.

(40) V. Capt. Daniel Adams (85—1] removed from Lincoln, the place of his birth, to Townsend, where he d. Oct. 10, 1795, in his 75th year. He represented the town in General Court, and held_many important civil and military offices. He was thrice married. 1. To Kesia Brooks, daughter of Benjamin Brooks of Townsend, previously of Concord, March 1, 1744. She d. in childbirth, Aug. 21, 1754, having had 6 children, 5 of whom survived her. 2. To Mehitable Crosby of Town

send, by whom he had 10 children. She d. April 4, 1783, a. 49. 3. Widow Sarah Phelps of Lancaster, Jan. 30, 1784. His children were as follows; 239-1

d. in infancy. 239—2 Daniel, b. July 29, 1746, m. Lucy Taylor, May 21, 1772. He d. June 10, 1827,

a. 80. She d. Sept. 12, 1836. He was father to Dr. Daniel Adams of Mont

Vernon, author of several valuable school books. 240—3 Abner, b. Oct. 22, 1748, m. 1. Mary Sawtell. 2. Sarah Sawtell. 241— + Rebecca, b. July 6, 1750, m. James Campbell, Dec. 21, 1769. He lived in

Brookline, N. H. She d. at an advanced age, leaving several children. 242—5 Benjamin, b. Oct. 15, 1752, m. Mary Stone of Ashly, July 16, 1778. He d. in

Cavendish, Vt.; had 7 children, 4 sons and 3 daughters. 243—6 Ephraim, b. Aug. 14, 1754, m. Lydia Knowlton, lived in Jaffrey, N. H. Had

one child, who died without issue. 244—7 Kesia, b.

m. John Sherwin. She d. May 25, 1782, a. 23, a few days after her marriage. 245–8 Elisabeth, b.

d. unmarried, Jan. 9, 1782, a. 19. 246—9 Mehetabel, b.

m. John Smith; lived in Brookline and had 4 sons and 2 daughters. 247-10 Mary, b.

m. Dea. John Giles, May 6, 1789. He had been previously m.; and his first wife d. Oct. 17, 1788, a. 24, by whom he had 5 chil.

dren. By his 2nd wise he had also 5 children. He d. Aug. 14, 1825, a. 62. 248–11 James, d. young. 249–12 Phebe, b. Dec. 18, 1770, m. Solomon Jewett, lived in Townsend and had 4

children: Solomon, Phebe, Kesia, and Rozella. 250–13 James, b. April 15, 1773, m. Sybel Gasset, lived in Townsend, and had 3

daughters. 251-14 Joseph, b.

m. Polly Brooks. Two other children d. in infancy. (41) V. Capt. Joseph Adams (87–3] d. in Lincoln, March 28, 1807, a. 83. He m. 1. Mary Eveleth of Stow, 1746. She d. July 10, 1794, a. 66, having had 11 children. He m. 2. Mrs. Priscilla Reed Martin, July 23, 1795. Children,

252—1 Mary, b. April 29, 1747, d. Jan. 4, 1748, a. 1 y., 1 m., 6 d. 253—2 Joseph, b. Jan. 4, 1749, m. Love Lawrence, Sept. 4. 1770. He was a phy.

sician; d. in England, Feb. 2, 1807, a. 58. He had 12 children. [303—21 254—3 Charles, b. Nov. 8, 1750, was a physician, and loyalist, d. at Annapolis in

Nova Scotia. 255—4 Nathan, b. Nov. 11, 1752, d. Aug. 11, 1756, a. 3 y.,

9 m. 256–5 Mary, b. Oct. 11, 1754, d. Aug. 17, 1756, a. 1 y., 10 m., 6 d. 257—6 Sarah, b. Sept. 13, 1756, m. Robert Eames, Sudbury, Aug. 14, 1783. 258—7 Mary, b. July 14, 1758, m. Elisha Wheeler, Sudbury, May 4, 1779. 259—8 Nathan, b, March 1, 1760, m. Hannah McCarty, d. in Charlestown without

issue, Sept. 25, 1830, a. 70. 260—9 Martha, b. July 15, 1763, m. Dea. David Lawrence of Littleton, Dec. 23,

1790. 261-10 Daniel, b. April 14, 1766, m. Sarah Goldthwait of Boston. 262–11 Love, b. March 21, 1749, m. Henry Willard of Keene.

(42) V. Capt. Nathan Brown m. Rebecca Adams, (89–4] March 10, 1749. He d. in Lincoln, Oct. 13, 1781. She afterwards m. Solomon Foster, Nov. 15, 1790. She d. Dec. 24, 1811, a. 84. Children, 263-1 Mary, b.

m. Benjamin Allen. 264—2 Rebecca, b. April 8, 1751, d. unmarried, April 27, 1773. 265—3 Elisabeth, b. Oct. 1, 1752, m. Dr. Richard Russell, Jan. 28, 1777. 206—4 Nathan, 'b. April 16, 1755, m. Lucy Garfield, 1775. He was killed in Con.

cord, by a load of wood passing over bim, Dec. 12, 1814, a. 60. 267—5 Daniel, b. Sept. 13, 1757, d. in the West Indies. 268—6 Eunice, 6. Feb. 13, 1761, m. William Lawrence of Lincoln, Nov., 1780. 269–7 Lydia, b. Nov. 12, 1763, m. Daniel Weston of Lincoln,

1793. 270—8 Kezia, b. Feb. 28, 1769, m. Solomon Foster of Lincoln.

(43) V. James Adams (89—5) m. 1. Kezia Conant, Jan. 15, 1756, by whom he had 3 children. She d. Aug. 22, 1765, in her 37th year.

He m. 2. Delia Adams, daughter of Edward Adams of Sudbury, June 5, 1766, by whom he had 12 children. She d. in Boston, Dec, 9, 1813, a. 70, and was buried in Lincoln. He d. in Lincoln, March 10, 1805, a. 71. His children were

271-1 Betsey, b. Jan. 22, 1757, m. Benjamin Adams of Sudbury, Nov. 20, 1777. 272—2 James, b. Jan. 14, 1759, m. Nancy Tarbell of Lincoln, Nov. 15, 1796. 273—3 Kezia, b. Nov. 6, 1762, d. March 30, 1769, a. 6 y., 4 m., 24 d. 274–4 Delia, b. May 26, 1767, m. Ebenezer Woodward of Hanover, N. H., Feb.

26, 1795. 275–5 Andrew, b. Oct. 9, 1768, m. Polly Hartwell of Lincoln, Sept. 10, 1795. 276-6 Eli, b. March 14, 1770, m. Sarah Swift of Boston. 277–7 Samuel, b. June 7,1771, m. Margaret Austin of Charlestown, Sept. 15, 1797. 278–8 Kezia, b. Feb. 19, 1773, m. Ephraim Jones of Boston, Dec. 6, 1827. 279–9 Joseph, b. Nov. 7, 1774, d. July 7, 1775, a. 8 m. 280–10 Rebecca, b. April 4, 1776, d. Sept. 23, 1780, a. 4 y., 3 m., 19 d. 281–11 Joseph, b. June 17, 1778, d. Sept. 13, 1780, a. 2 y., 2 m., 26 d. 282-12 John, b. Nov. 13, 1780, d. in Havana, Oct. 15, 1809, a. 29. 283–13 Mary, b. July

9, 1782, m. Silas P. Tarbell of Boston, March 10, 1808. 284-14 Joseph, b. May 6, 1784, m. 1. Betsey Archibald of Maine. 285–15 Daniel, b. Feb. 20, 1789, d. Nov. 20, 1789.

(44) V. Abel Miles m. Lydia Adams, [90—6] Feb. 26, 1756. He removed from Concord to New Ipswich, N. H., where he d. Dec. 6, 1814, a. 81. She d. March 20, 1804, a. 68. He had the following chil. dren, all born in Concord ;

286—1 Lydia, bapt. Feb. 20, 1757, m. David Rumrell, Feb. 20, 1800. 287—2 Elisabeth, b. Dec. 4, 1758, m. John Shattuck, Dec. 11, 1783. 288—3 Polly, b. July 8, 1760, d. unmarried in N. Ipswich, Nov. 14, 1804. 289–4 Rebecca, b. Jan. 3, 1762, m. Levi Mansfield, Jan. 21, 1781. 290-5 Abel, b. Oct. 17, 1768, m. Betsey Shipley, Nov. 10, 1794.

(45) V. John Adams (91—1] lived in Lincoln. He m. 1. Lucy Hubbard, Dec. 12, 1749, who d. Dec. 24, 1791, and 2. Beulah Baker, Feb. 20, 1794. He had the following children,

291–1 John, b. April 15, 1751 ; 292—2 Edward, b. March 27, 1753; 293—3 Abel, b. March 8, 1755, d. July 9, 1756; 294—4 Abel, b. Feb. 20, 1757; 295—5 Thomas, b. March 22, 1761; 296—6 Bulkeley, b. March 14, 1759, m. Persis Stone of Framingham, 1785; 297–7 Lucy, b. June 2, 1763 ; 298–8 Ephraim, b. Feb. 24, 1765, d. Dec. 24, 1765; 299–9 Rebecca, b. Feb. 28, 1767; 300—10 Ephraim, b. Aug. 16, 1769, m. Susanna Flagg, 1789; 301-11 James, b. June 8, 1772.

(46) Rev. William Lawrence, minister of Lincoln, m. Love Adams, (942.) He d. April 11, 1780, a. 56. She d. Jan. 3, 1820, a. 95. (See Hist. Concord, p. 304.) They had children,

302—1 William, b. April 10, 1752, m. Eunice Brown, Nov., 1780. 303—2 Love, b. April 18, 1754, m. Dr. Joseph Adams, Sept. 4, 1770. (253—2] 304–3 John Prescott, b. Dec. 24, 1755, m Abby Kaine, d. Jan. 28, 1808. 305—4 Susanna,

b. Jan. 4, 1758, d. March 12, 1836, unmarried. 306–5 Sarah, b. May 12, 1760, m. Samuel Bass, Esq., of Randolph, Oct.

29, 1783. She d. Oct. 12, 1822. He gr. H. C. 1782, d. Feb. 1, 1842. 307-6 Phebe, b. Jan. 2, 1762, m. Rev. Edmund Foster of Littleton, Oct. 29, 1783. 308—7 Anna, b. March 15, 1764, m. James De Wolf, d. Dec. 8, 1807.

Mary, b. Nov. 1, 1767, m. Asa Brooks, d. Sept., 1812. 309—8 Abel,' b. Aug. 23, 1771, m. Mary Hodge, d. Sept. 1, 1800.

(47) Capt. Jonas Minot (108—2) m. 1. Mary Hall, daughter of Rev. Willard Hall of Westford. She was b. July 30, 1738, and d. Nov. 3, 1792, in her 49th year. He m. 2. Mrs. Mary Dunbar, widow of Rev. Asa Dunbar of Salem. She d. in Boston, Aug. 2, 1830, a. 82. He d. in Concord, March 20, 1813, a. 78. A great part of Wilmot, N. H., was granted to him.

310—1 Mary, b. Feb. 21, 1761, m. Rev. Laban Ainsworth of Jaffrey, Dec. 4, 1787. 311–2 Sarah, b. Jan. 14, 1763, m. Josiah Melvin, Jan. 28, 1790.

312—3 Jonas, b. Feb. 13, 1765, m. Miriam Barrett, Nov. 18, 1790. She was the dau.

of Col. Nathan Barrett. (182—2] 313—4 Elisabeth, b. Aug. 22, 1767, m. Daniel Page, Jan. 25, 1791. 314—5 Abigail, b. Sept. 3, 1769, m. John Stanyan, Oct., 1818. 315—6 Martha, b. Oct. 17, 1771, m. Charles Barrett, Jr., of New Ipswich, Oct. 15,

1799. He was the son of Charles Barrett. 1176-3) 316—7 Samuel, b. April 1, 1774, m. Hannah Stow of Concord. 317–3 Stephen, b. Sept. 28, 1776, m. Rebecca Trask, Nov. 9, 1809. 318—9 James, b. July 4, 1779, m. Sally Wilson of Nelson, Feb. 8, 1809.

(48) Dea. George Minot (111—5) settled in the eastern part of Concord. He commanded a company in the Revolution, at Saratoga, (the taking of Burgoyne,) and in several other places; and was a highly meritorious officer. He was chosen deacon of the church, Aug. 3, 1779, and continued in office until his death, which took place April 13, 1808, a. 65. He m. 3 wives, all by the name of Barrett His ist wife was Rebecca, daughter of Col. James Barrett, (184—4) whom he m. Jan. 17, 1765, and who d. March 3, 1775, a. 33. His 2nd wife was Elisa. beth, daughter of Humphrey Barrett, [151—1] whom he m. Dec. 12, 1776, and who d. April 10, 1789, a. 45; and his 3d wise was Lydia, daughter of John Barrett and widow of Silas Mann. [169—3.) He had the following children all by his first wife;

319–1 Rebecca, b. Feb. 4, 1768, m. William Heywood. 320—2 Dorcas, b. April 19, 1769, m. James Barrett, a grandson of Col. James B.

[181–11 321–3 Lucy, b. April 27, 1770, m. Abel Barrett (159—9.]

(49) V. Stephen Minot (115—1) m. Sarah Clark, only daughter of Jonas Clark, Esq., of Boston, June 10, 1736. He d. Sunday, Jan. 14, 1787, a. 75. He graduated H. C. 1730, and was a merchant of Boston. His wife d. June 10, 1783, in her 64th year. They had the following children;

322—1 Jonas Clark, b. Aug. 20, 1738, m. Hannah Speakman. 323—2 Stephen, b. Feb. 14, 1740, merchant in Jamaica, d. single. 324-3 William, b. Feb. 7, 1743, m. Mary Collson, July 1, 1773, one of the first

setilers in Camden, Me., d. in Boston, Nov., 1773. 325—4 John, b. Oct. 21, 1744, m. Mary De Rue of Boston; was master of a vessel

in the West India and Surinam trade, d. of fever at sea, leaving one child,

Stephen. 326—5 Francis, b. Aug. 9, 1746, d. single in Marlborough, where he had been for his

health. He was a merchant in Boston. 327—6 Sarah, b. Nov. 7, 1749, m. Gilbert Warner Speakman, by whom she had 6

children. She d. Aug. 29, 1786. 328–7 James,

b. Dec. 5, 1751, m. Mary Deming of Boston. 329—8 Christopher, b. March 8, 1751, m. Elisabeth Mayhew of Plymouth. 330—9 George, b. Sept. 6, 1756, d. March 2, 1758. 331–10 George Richards, b. Dec. 22, 1758. He grad. H. C. 1778, and was the histo

rian of Massachusetts. He d. Jan. 2, 1802. He m. Mary Speakman. (50) V. Jonathan Minot [130—4] lived in Westford, where he d. Feb. 7, 1806, a. 83. He married Esther Proctor of Chelmsford, who d. March 30, 1808, a. 53. They had

332–1 Esther, b. May 23, 1747, m. Samuel Wright of Westford. 333—2 Jonathan, b. Aug. 23, 1749, m. Hannah Eastman, Sept. 3, 1771. He d. in

Westminster, Ms. 334–3 Joseph, b. Jan. 13, 1751. He was killed in the battle of Bunker Hill. 335—4 Oliver, b. Jan. 14, 1753, m. William Reed of Westford. 336—5 Elisabeth, b. Jan. 13, 1755. 337-6 John Marston,

grad. H. C. 1767, lived in Castine, Me. 338—7 Jesse, b. Nov. 5, 1759, m. Betsey Adams. 339—3 Joash, b.

Hildreth of Westford. 340–9 Patty, b.

m. John Clark.

m.

THE PARSONS FAMILY.*

As it respects the origin of the name of Parsons, some have supposed that it was derived from the word parson, a clerical title, given from the fact that a clergyman is the principal person in the church. Hence in law he is termed ecclesice persona, and has full possession of all the rights of a parochial church. The s is added for euphony's sake, or from the faci that the individual was the parson's son.

Others have derived it from the word parish, as parish-son, meaning the son of some parish, one supported or educated by the parish.

And others again have supposed that the name is the same with Person, Peerson, Pierson, and Pearson, modified in the spelling.

Peirson or Peerson is derived, according to Camden, from son of Peter or Peterson, the former coming originally from the French word, Pierre.

It does not appear that there has ever been any attempt to collect even the materials for a history of the English fainily of Parsons, so far as has come to our knowledge, notwithstanding there have been many individuals among them of great distinction; as knights, baronets, and noblemen. Those of the name are, and have been for a long period, found in several counties; as Devonshire, Buckinghamshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, &c.

Prior to 1672, Andrew Parsons, gent., was of Somersetshire, and Philip Parsons, gent., of Worcestershire. But the earliest record we have noticed is in

1290. WALTER was then a resident of Mulso in Ireland. How long before this he or his ancestors went there we know not. The name is still extant there, and something above one hundred years ago, Bishop Gibson remarked, (in his edition of Camden's Britannia,) “ The honorable family of Parsons have been advanced to the dignity of Viscounts, and more lately, Earls of Ross.”

1481. Sir John was Mayor of Hereford, who had for his armorial bearings, Gules, a leopard's head between three crosses patee, fitched in the foot ar. Crest, a halberd headed az. embued gules.

1546. Robert, afterwards the noled jesuit, was born this year, and died April 18, 1610, a. 64. He appears to have been the first of note of his family. His father lived near Bridgewater, Eng., at a place called Netherstoway. Robert was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, and was early distinguished for his abilities, but being accused of some irregularities he forsook his country and resided for a time at Antwerp, Louvain, Padua, Rome, Paris and Valladolid. Becoming a convert to the Romish faith, he propagated that doctrine with all his ability, and was no small instrument in stirring up the benighted vassals of Philip II. to attempt the conquest of his native country. The event of that attempt will always be viewed with an intensity of interest.

How much Father Parsons had to do in circulating the Pope's bulls and inflammatory tracts in England at the period of the Armada can never be known, but from his knowledge of the country, the people,

* This account of the antiquities and pedigree of the Parsons Family was prepared principally from manuscripts in the possession of Samuel H. Parsons, Esq., of Hartford, Ci, by ihe "Corresponding Secretary of the New England Historic, Genealogical Society.

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