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Finding a Place for Rachel Throop in My Loyalist Parker Family

Jonathan Parker of New Jersey, one of my 5X great grandparents, and a Loyalist who gave up home and friends to sail to Canada in the fleet of Fall 1783, left only a small paper trail.

Because of that, and maybe because he has hundreds, if not thousands of descendants today, online family trees in which he is found contain a LOT of undocumented information, suppositions and plain old fantasy.

My last Parker update was almost four years ago.

Since that time, I’ve seen the creation of a mythical person – Jonathan Benjamin Parker, who never existed.

My line of descent from Jonathan goes through his son Benjamin, born c1788 and Benjamin’s daughter, Sarah Ann Parker, who married Daniel Adams.

The Parkers sailed to New Brunswick on the Camel with three adult Parker men and their families on the passenger list:

  1. Jonathan Parker (Sr.) – He appeared alone on the 1783 ship’s list for the Camel. I surmised that he could possibly be the father of Benjamin. If he was the father of Benjamin, he likely was born before 1720.
  2. Benjamin Parker – with a wife, 3 children over the age of 10 and 2 under the age of 10. If his children were, say, 7, 9, 11, 13 and 15, then he could possibly be the father of Jonathan Parker Jr. He might or might not be the father of other Parkers on the list, but if he is the father of Jonathan, then Benjamin was probably born not later than 1743 and possibly quite a bit before then.
  3. Jonathan Parker Jr., born c1764, based on his age on the 1811 militia list of Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada.

Of these three men, Jonathan Parker Jr. is my ancestor. He was apparently unmarried and left New Jersey with a probable brother and either his father, an uncle or an adult cousin, also Jonathan Parker, but called Senior.

I don’t know what became of Jonathan Sr. but Jonathan Jr.’s movements around New Brunswick have been fairly well tracked by descendants, given the time period.

However, Benjamin Parker is the man who has recently caught my attention for two reasons.

First, a Parker from Campobello Island, part of the West Isles of New Brunswick, Canada where my Parker family settled, contacted me, hoping to share information about her Elizabeth Parker who married William McLellan and lived on Campobello.

Elizabeth was baptized as an adult and her birthday is entered in the church record as 10 May 1776, likely in New Jersey, as that was the Parker home before the American Revolution.

There is also a marriage record for Elizabeth and William – 6 August 1795 on Campobello Island.

Now, William McLellan is from Colchester, Nova Scotia, Canada, born c1768. This is important for more than one reason.

My Parker cousin has her Elizabeth as part of the tree of my Jonathan Parker. I am quite positive that is a mistake, as Jonathan is found on a West Isles militia list with his age, which makes him born in 1764. Not likely that a boy born in 1764 would be having a daughter born in 1776.

I believe her Elizabeth was the daughter of Benjamin Parker, found on the 1783 passenger list with the two Jonathans. Benjamin had six children in his family at that time, including two under the age of 10. Elizabeth would have been about 8 years old in 1783.

More importantly, I think I have finally discovered the source of the conflated, non-existent “Jonathan Benjamin Parker.”

Look what has turn up in the indexed FamilySearch Canadian records – one single record, but which may answer more than one nagging question:

Thomas Parker, 93, Widower, born NJ,
Parents – Benjamin Parker, Rachel Thropp Parker
died 4 September 1868, Halls Harbour

Thomas Parker was reported to be 93 years old when he died in 1868. That puts his birth year c1775.

Furthermore, his parents are named!

Benjamin Parker and Rachel Throop!!!

At some point, I think the mythical Jonathan Benjamin Parker was created to account for the unknown wife of Jonathan Parker.

Note, too, that Thomas Parker died in Kings County, Nova Scotia and that Elizabeth’s husband, William McLellan, was from Nova Scotia.

The Isles families were all fishermen. It wasn’t unusual for them to move from the mainland to islands and back again. My family lived on Deer Island and Adams Island as well as in Eastport, Lubec and Calais, Maine.

It appears that Benjamin and Rachel might have settled in the area that stayed Nova Scotia after New Brunswick was formed. I don’t think they were ever known to have lived on Campobello Island.

I think I will be digging around Nova Scotia records once more to see if I can piece together some of Benjamin’s and Rachel’s other children.

Robert Wilson & Dolly Holmes – Campobello Island: Maria Wilson – Grandchildren, Part 2

Today, Part 2 in this Wilson-Homes series will look at the life of the eldest daughter of Robert Jr. and Dolly (Holmes) Wilson.

Children of Robert and Dolly Wilson:

1. John Woodward Wilson, born c1792; died shortly before 11 November 1826.
2. Maria, born c1794; died before 25 October 1828;
3. Thankful, born c1797; died 24 March 1887, Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada
4. Daniel/David, born c1799; died about 14 November 1829
5. Silence Holmes, born c1801; died after the 1871 census of Campobello Island
6. Jeremiah, born c1803/06; died 7 February 1871

Maria Wilson, born c1794, is my 4X great grandmother. she  died before 25 October 1828 when her death was announced in the Eastport Sentinel. [Note below that Benjamin remarried in July 1828, so Maria may have died in early 1828]

Maria married Benjamin Parker (1788-1870), 12 April 1812. Maria is not mentioned in her father’s will. However, he left a bequest to his grandson, Robert Wilson Parker.

Benjamin married (2) Olive Mitchell, 28 July 1828 (3) Susan Herson, 19 December 1848.

Children of Benjamin Parker and Maria Wilson:

1. Robert Wilson, born c1813; died before 1871, but the family is missing in 1860/1861 U.S. and Canada; married Jerusha Wilson, 19 March 1838, Eastport, Washington, Maine. Jerusha was born c1816 and died 18 March 1889, Campobello Island. They were the parents of seven children – Melvina, Maria, Son (name smudged on 18151 census), Mandy, Lucy, Mary and Robert.

2. Sarah Ann, born 1817; died 24 January 1900, Calais, Washington, Maine; married Daniel Adams of Deer Island, 15 September 1836, Deer Island, New Brunswick, Canada. They were the parents of nine children – Benjamin William, Emeline M., Calvin Segee, Charles Edward, Frances Caroline, Nelson James, Angeline Jane, Bertha M. and Lowell Robert.

3. Eliza J., born c1822; died between 1891-1901, probably Deer Island, New Brunswick, Canada; married Robert Rogerson, c1843. He was born c1808, Scotland; died 17 March 1860, Deer Island, New Brunswick, Canada. They were the parents of five children – John, Jane, James, Isabel and Elvira.

4. Frances (Fannie), born c1823; died between 1891-1901, probably Campobello Island; married Thomas Mathews, c1843. He was born c1826; died between 1891-1901. they were the parents of three children – Cecilia J., James F., and John W.

5. Maria, born c1828; died between 1891-1901; married (1) Luther Brown, 2 January 1856. Luther was born 1828; died 9 March 1856, just 2 months after marriage. (2) John Mathews, 22 February 1864. He was born c1828; died between 1891-1901. As far as is known, Maria had just one child, a son, Martin Luther Brown, born c1856.

That’s it for the known children of Benjamin Parker and Maria Wilson.

Next in the series is Thankful Wilson, who married James Brown.