John Parrish1,2

(6 March 1642 - after 16 July 1715)

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Relationship8th great-grandfather of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Tracy
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
Our Tracy Family Pedigree
FatherThomas Parrish (c. 1612 - 18 Apr 1668); There is some question as to the parentage of John Parrish... most sources who give John a father and mother name Thomas Parrish and Mary (Danforth) Parrish as his parents.

The fact that there are no Thomases among John's six sons would seem to suggest that Thomas was not his father... and that John's daughter, Mary, appears to have been named after her own mother, Mary (Wattell) Parrish rather than a grandmother.

Without definitive contemporary confirmation, one can only propose this connection.3
MotherMary Danforth (3 May 1621 - 8 Aug 1674)

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildJohn Parrish was born on 6 March 1642, in Braintree, Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England. or, in Groton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony. There is some question as to the parentage of John... most sources who give John a father and mother name Thomas Parrish and Mary (Danforth) Parrish as his parents.

The fact that there are no Thomases among John's six sons would seem to suggest that his father's name was not Thomas...4,3,2,5
GroomHe married Hannah Jewell on 30 June 1664 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England. The Braintree, MA Vital Records, 1643-1793, Marriages, vol. I, pg. 126 shows their names as John Parris & Hanna Juell, and that they were married by Mr. Bellingham.6,7
Second MarriageOn 29 December 1685, in Chemsford, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England, John Parrish married second Mary Wattell, daughter of John Wattell and Mary Goole (Gould). Names: Parise (see also Paris), John, of Groton, and Mary Wattell, d. John.8,7,9
DeceasedHe died after 16 July 1715 in Preston, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England.4,10

Children with Hannah Jewell:

Children with Mary Wattell:

Some Life Events of Interest

There is some question as to the parentage of John... most sources who give John a father and mother name Thomas Parrish and Mary (Danforth) Parrish as his parents.

The fact that there are no Thomases among John's six sons would seem to suggest that his father's name was not Thomas... and that his daughter, Mary, was not named after a grandmother but rather her own mother, Mary (Wattell) Parrish.

Without definitive contemporary confirmation, one can only propose the connection.
Nipmuck Indians attacked Mendon... the first Massachusetts Bay Colony town destroyed in King Philip's War. Five members of the town's thirty-eight families were killed and several buildings burned. Several families moved back to Braintree and Weymouth, others stayed behind and built a "fort" to protect the town. By October, only half of the original families remained... they requested assitance from the Colony's General Court to help them remove to their original towns but were turned down and shortly made their own ways back to their home towns. The next February the Indians returned and what was left of the town was burned to the ground.11

Military

Military ServiceOn 17 March 1692 while living Ipswich, Essex Co., Province of Massachusetts Bay, New England,John Parrish John and others agreed to comprise a garrison for the security of the town during King William's War.4

Residences and Censuses

On 14 April 1672, John Parrish was living Mendon, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England. At a town meeting of Mendon regarding the division of the swamps, John was awarded (by lot) a proprietor's share of 5 acres of swamp based on his already being an owner of one proprietary lot.12,4
From c. 1687 to c. 1691, John Parrish and Mary Parrish were living Groton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England.4
From c. 1692 to c. 1702, John Parrish and Mary Parrish were living Chebacco Parish, Ipswich, Essex Co., Province of Massachusetts Bay, New England.4
From c. 1702 to 1715, John Parrish and Mary Wattell were living Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England.4

Church

Church AffiliationOn 15 September 1704, in Preston, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England,John Parrish and Mary Parrish were members of admitted to the Congregational First Church of Preston by letter from their church in Ipswich.

Will

John Parrish did not prepare a will and so died intestate. His sons William and Isaac were to receive all the lands that he had bought from Joseph Lamb of Stoningtown, and then pay their mother £20 apiece when they turned 21, and 50 shillings apiece per year thereafter, as long as she remained his widow. All of the rest of his heirs received monetary bequests of five shillings, except John who received his father's "great Bibeil," and Ephriham who was to be paid £10 if he stayed with his mother until became of age, or, if his mother saw fit to put him to a trade, then £5.5

Sources - Citations

  1. [S287] Melinde Lutz Sanborn - compiler, Index to the Deponent Records of the County of Middlesex, Massachusetts (Columbia Point, Massachusetts: Massachusetts Archives, 1930). available online at ancestry.com - subscription database.
  2. [S149] Mike Cattin - Compiler, online at http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=AHN&db=mdcattin&id=I2231 (RootsWeb's World Connect Project GEDCOMs), downloaded 23 Jan 2006.
  3. [S371] Leah Wilsey Millard Selected Families and Indivduals, online at: www.freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~millard/pafg116.htm#1988; accessed: unknown date accessed, accessed 10 2 2013.
  4. [S366] Roswell Parish Jr., "John Parish of Groton, Mass., and Some of His Descendants.", New England Historical and Genealogical Register vol. 63, pp. 364 - 367 (Oct 1909): pg. 365.
  5. [S367] John Parrish will (16 Jul 1715), Parish, John Will 151, New London Probate Records, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office.
  6. [S372] Waldo C. Sprague - transcriber, “Braintree, MA: Vital Records, 1643 - 1783,” Town Vital Records, New England Historic Genealogical Society, americanancestors.org: ( www.americanancestors.org ); Accessed: 10 Feb 2013.
  7. [S366] Roswell Parish Jr., "Descendants of John Parish", pg. 364.
  8. [S153] Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1904), Chelmsford Marriages pp. 282, 243;.
  9. [S1012] Gurdon Wallace Wattles, AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF GORDON WALLACE WATTLES (New York: author, 1922), names, events, dates, relationships, locations; pg. 195.
  10. [S342] Mike Cattin - Compiler, Compiler, The Cattin Family - Descendant Register - From Lt. Thomas Tracy (b.1610), online at: GEDCOM at http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=AHN&db=mdcattin&id=I2231; (RootsWeb's World Connect Project), accessed 23 Jan 2006.
  11. [S368] John G. Metcalf - compiler, Annals of the Town of Mendon, from 1659 to 1880 (Providence, Rhode Island: E.L. Freeman & Co., Printers to the State, 1880), pg. 56.
  12. [S368] John G. Metcalf - compiler, Annals of Mendon, pg. 56 (1673).
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