Re: Parker Family in Maine
This is source ifo for John Parker II b. April 20, 1601
Ancient Sagadahoc by E.J.Chandler "A Story of the Englishmen who welcomed the Pilgrims to the New World"
Page 6: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.
Page 100:On Sept.7th 1636, John Parker II was head of household in the Winter Harbor book of rates and assessed a tax of 1 pound for support of the minister.
Page 101:John II 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 evidence for all of this, but the clues when pieced togetger 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.
Page 102:All their children were born in England so John did not move his family to Winter Harbor until after Mary was born in 1635.
Page 103: Today nothing is known of the day to day life at the Winter Harbor Station during Parker's presence 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.
Page 132: The next record of John II reveals that he had a crew of fishermen stationed at Damariscove on the 20th of May 1645, just 6 mos. before Vines would leave. The elder Parker would have then been 77 yrs., so it would seem likely this was his son, age 44. It appears that John II, as district manager was responsible for numerous stations including Damariscove, but according to those deeds had not moved his family to Damariscove.
Page 135: Massachusetts court records involving John II state on 20th of May 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, according to depositions, soon very drink and giving it away. John Parker II 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 deter his men from getting drunk. Testimony of John Parker II "John Parkar of Damarills Cove affermeth that Robart nash being with him gaue & sould 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 goe to Sea in the prime tyme of fishing whereby the said parkar & his company lost 40 or 50 pownds by the misdemeanors of said nash"
Page 145: John Parker II moved his family from Winter Harbor (Biddeford) to Sagadahoc after 1645 and probably before 1651. 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.