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John Parker (b. Apr 20, 1601, d. 1648)John Parker (son of John Parker and Katherine Dennis) was born Apr 20, 1601 in Georgeham, Devon, Eng., and died 1648 in Sagadahoc, ME.He married Mary Crocome on Nov 16, 1622 in Georgham, Devon, Eng., daughter of William Crocome and Marjorie UNKNOWN.
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A Story of the Englishmen who welcomed the Pilgrims to the New World"
There is no record of who raised young John Parker.It is more likely he was raised by John and Katherine Dennis, because he would grow up and marry a girl from Georgeham, and because Dennis is another family name that would soon appear along the banks of the Kennebec River in maine.
Parker's son John 2nd, now 27yrs, may well have been serving on Gorges vessel which was transporting dried cod from Monhegan and perhaps other Maine stations.Later he will move his family to Winter Harbor (Biddeford Pool) and will take over his father's duties for Gorges.
On Sept 7, 1636, John Parker 2nd was head of household in the Winter Harbor book of rates and sssessed a tas of 1pound for support of the minister.
John2nd appears to have remained in Gorges employ and in 1636 is found managing the fishing station at Winter Harbor.It appears that he will become the district manager, taking over his fathers duties for Gorges network of stations along the maine coast.There is no concrete evicence for all of this, but the clues when pieced together would suggest this chronology.The historian Rev. Henry O. Thayer, wrote a biography of John Parker which can be found in one of his scrapbooks.Thayer recognized that there were 2 adult John Parkers in 1636, but was not aware of their relationship as father and son.He places one at Sagadahoc and the other at Winter Harbor correctly.He fails to see the son moving his family to Arrowsic Island to join his father following Vines departure in 1645.
All their children were born in England so John did not move his family to Winter Harbor until after Mary was born in 1635.
Today nothing is known of the dat to day life at he Winter Harbor Station during Parker's prosence there, or at any of the other stations scattered along the Maine coast, with the one exception of Richmond Island.From the Trelawney Papers we can catch an intimate glimpse into the lives of a family and their employees on the Maine frontier in the early 17th century.
The next record of John 2nd reveals that he had a crew of fishermen stationed at Damariscove on the May 20, 1645, just 6mos. before Vines would leave.The elder Parker would have then been 77yrs., so it would seem likely this was his son, age 44.It appears that John 2nd, as district manager was responsible for numerous stations including Damariscome, but accorking to those deeds had not moved his family to Damariscove.
Massachusetts court records involving John 2nd state on May 20, 1645, Robert Nash, a coastal trader our of Mass Bay on a voyage downest, stopped in to Strattons Island Plantation.He began selling sack, a white wine imported from the sout of Europe, to the island fishermen.Nash was himself consuming a large quantity and was, accorking to depositions, soon very drink and giving it away.John Parker 2nd also arrived there about this time with a number of fishermen either to or from Damariscove, and his men quickly joined the islanders in lining up for free drinks, as did Nash's own crew.From all accounts Parker did not join in, but couldn't dere his men from getting drunk.Testimony of John Parker 2nd "John Parker of Damarills cove aftermath that Robert Nash being with him gave & sold so much sack to his men that nash himself and parkers men were all so drunk for seuarall dais together that his men could not go to sea in the prime time of fishing where by the said parker & his company lost 40 or 50 puonds by the misdemeanors of said nash"
John Parker 2nd moved his family from Winter Harbor (Biddeford) to Sagadahoc agter 1645 and probably before1651.He purchased a 100 acre tract at Squirrel Point on Arrowsic Island from John Richards.He made out a will in October 1651, and it appears that both he and his father died between then and 1654.John Parker fisherman, Damerills Cove, testified in 1645 to the loss of time to his fishing company which arose from the performances of nash and others at Stratton's island.
THE GREAT MIGRATION BEGINS
George Cleeve called "Captain Edward Gibbens of Boston" "my loving friend" in a letter from Casco Bay Feb 2, 1643.John Parker wished to be remembered to "Major Gibbons" in a letter from Barbados June 24, 1646, as did Richard Vines from Barbados July 19, 1647.Givvons was agent for the Earl of Warwick in August 1646.
PIONEERS ON MAIN RIVERS USA/MAINE
Author Wilbur D. Spences
Publication: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc. Baltimore, Me 1973
Obtained land on York River from Edward Godfrey.
The settlers who came to Saco with Vines in 1630 appear to have been Ambrose Berry, Henry Boade, George Cleave, John Cousins, Theophilus Davis, George Frost, Thomas Purchase, JOHN PARKER, William Scadlock and John Wadley.
PARKER, john, of Bidford, Devonshire, England, 1st mate of the Mayflower at New Plymouth, 1620; Saco; Damaris cove, 1645; Sagadahoc, 1648; died 1661.Widow Mary; Children: Thomas, John, born at Sacok, 1634 Mary, born 1637, and married Thomas Webber of Charlestown.
This was one history that mistook the "first ship from Plymouth" as the Mayflower instead of a Plymouth Company ship.In retrospect it seems that his father was the mate reffered to. It was sworn to by John Phillips 3rd of Charlestown on Nov 20, 1750 stating that John parker, his father's uncle "was mate of the first ship that came from England with the Plymouth people."That historian concluded that "Plymouth people" were the Pilgrims and the first ship was the Mayflower.But it actually was refering to the town of Plymouth in England, and the Plymouth Company ships in 1607.
The birth place of the younger John Parker must have been a Biddeford, in 1634, and his sister mary was born there three years later.These children, with their mother Mary and her eldest son Thomas, composed the entire family of the immigrant, whose home was located on Parker's neck at Biddeford Pool, then called Winter Harbor, on the outer point described in the Province Map before 1653 as a "Neck of Land."
Saints & Strangers
by George F. Willison
Hailing from Rotherhite, Surrey, Skipper Christopher Jones was close to forty and a hard rough sea dog, as all skippers of the day had to be, but under his quarterdeck manner he was really a kind and reasonable person and a more humane master than most.Under him were four mates and a master gunner.The first officer John Clarke, a man of many adventures and always a good friend of the Pilgrims, had been in the New World at least twice before.The other mates were Andrew Williamson, John Parker, and Robert Coffin usually referred to as the pilot
Appendixes of The Real Founders of NewEngland Appendix B Early Settlements and Their Founders
Monhegan Island, off Premaquid Point
Page 171 1629 A fishing post there (Jenney's John Parker Monhegan, P34).
PARKER, John, mate of the Mayflower, 1620; spent the winter at Plymouth, 1620-21; at Monhegan 1629 and perhaps much earlier; Saco, 1636; died before June, 1661; uncle of Col. John Phillips of Charlestown; owned Parker's Island (Georgetown), maine.See M.H. s. Proc., April, 1927, P. 216.Also Mass. Sup. Jud. Ct. Files, paper 2164.children, Thomas, John, Mary.
More About John Parker and Mary Crocome:
Marriage: Nov 16, 1622, Georgham, Devon, Eng..
Children of John Parker and Mary Crocome are:
- +Thomas Parker, b. Feb 03, 1629/30, Rascohegan Island, ME, d. Nov 13, 1684, Georgetown, Lincoln, ME.