I am descended from George Parker fo "Popular Grove," in Accomac County, Virginia (1620 - 1674). He and his brother Thomas, of Isle of Wight County, Virginia (1629 - 1685), are said to be related to the Earls of Macclesfield in England. (Thomas' plantation in Virginia became knwon as Macclesfield, adding greater credence to this.)
The first Parker to be named an Earl of Macclesfield was Thomas Parker (c.1666 - 1732), not the same as the one in Virginia (as is apparent by the dates). The Earls of Macclesfield had previously been in the Gerard Family, but in 1702, upon the death of Fitton Gerard, the title became extinct, since Fitton had no heirs. Thomas Parker revived the title of Earl of Macclesfield in 1721; the only way one can revive a title is to show that they are of the same bloodline as the original holders of the title.
I have seen that the grandparents of George and Thomas Parker of Virginia were John Parker (c.1563 - 1639) and Marie Gerard. This would seem to be the Gerard connection.
Does anybody know what the connection of Marie Gerard was to the Gerard Earls? Further, does anyone know the lineage of Thomas Parker, the Earl, that would show his connection here as well?