Descendants of Thomas Leete

 

Generation 1

 

1.      THOMAS1 LEETE was born about 1423. Thomas is my 15th Great Grandfather.

 

Thomas Leete had the following child:

 

2.               i. THOMAS2 LEETE was born about 1444 in England. He died in Oakington, England. He married ALSE UNKNOWN.

 

Generation 2

 

2.      THOMAS2 LEETE (Thomas1) was born about 1444 in England. He died in Oakington, England. He married ALSE UNKNOWN.

 

Thomas Leete and Alse Unknown had the following child:

 

3.               i. THOMAS (II)3 LEETE was born about 1465 in Of Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England. He died on 12 Nov 1516 in England. He married Maria Slade in 1499 in England. She was born about 1470 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England.

 

Generation 3

 

3.      THOMAS (II)3 LEETE (Thomas2, Thomas1) was born about 1465 in Of Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England. He died on 12 Nov 1516 in England. He married Maria Slade in 1499 in England. She was born about 1470 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England.

 

Thomas (II) Leete and Maria Slade had the following child:

 

4.               i.    JOHN4 LEETE III was born about 1500 in Eversden, Cambridge, England. He died on

25  Dec 1551. He married Ellen Burgoyne, daughter of Christopher Burgoyne and Thomazin Freville about 1525 in England. She was born about 1500 in Of Everden, Cambridge, England. She died about 1574 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England.

 

Generation 4

 

4.      JOHN4 LEETE III (Thomas (II)3, Thomas2, Thomas1) was born about 1500 in Eversden, Cambridge, England. He died on 25 Dec 1551. He married Ellen Burgoyne, daughter of Christopher Burgoyne and Thomazin Freville about 1525 in England. She was born about 1500 in Of Everden, Cambridge, England. She died about 1574 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England.

 

Notes for John Leete III:

 

Fifty Great Migration Colonists to New England and their Origins:

 

JOHN LEETE of Eversden, Cambridgeshire, was apparently born about 1500. In the Lay Subsidy (tax) of 1522, a John Leete was assessed at £6 for goods on the Kingston roll. It is possible that this was actually his father of the same name, for John was quite young then; probably not yet married. On the other hand, if his father was then dead, then he, even tho a young man, might well have come into his estate and been subject to the tax. John Leete was taxed in the Subsidies of 1540 against Little Eversden, and in 1542 at Great Eversden. He was buried at Little Eversden on 25 December 1551. In 1594, his grandson, Giles Leete of Shelland, sued for recovery of the title deeds of his (the grandson's) father's estate in Kingston, Eversden and Tofts. These three parishes are adjacent to each other. By about 1526, John Leete married Helen (or Ellen) Burgoyne. On 10 October 1539, Ellen was described as a "gentlewoman" when she was named as godmother in the baptismal record of Alice Sutton at Toft. Administration on the estate of Helen Leete, widow, of Eversden, was granted to her son Thomas Leete on 2 May 1564.

 

10 November 1549 - Deed of sale by Walter Barnarde of East Hatley, husbandman, of £40 worth of lands, etc. in Great and Little Eversden inherited from his father Thomas Barnarde, to John Lete. (Queen's College, Cambridge University Archives, Eversden Deed 661) 20 December 1549 - Grant by William son of Oliver Taunte, deceased, late of Little Eversden, to John Lete, gentleman, Thomas Hinde, clerk, Alex. Graunden, Edmund Lete, John Reynolde, Robert Harwarde, Cuthbert Lindsey, Christopher Rogers, and other parishoners of Little Eversden of a tenement in Little Eversden and 8 acres, 1 rood in Great and Little Eversden, formerly Henry Taunte's.(Deed 662)

 

10 August 1550 - Deed of sale by Christopher Rogers of Little Eversden, husbandman, to Edmund Leete of Great Eversden, yeoman, of ½ acre in Little Eversden.

           (Deed 663)

 

1 December 1557 - Lease by the College of Saint John to Thomas Leete of Little Eversden, yeoman, of the manor place called the Lordship Place in Little Eversden, together with other lands for 40 years at annual rent of £ 13.1 Os. and also one able and sufficient bore for brawne or 10s. at Christmas annually. (Deed 670)

 

    1 December 1557 - Bond in £20 in regard to above (Deed 671)

 

    26 April 1558 - Deed of sale by Thomas Lete of Little Eversden, gentleman, to the College of Saint John for £60 of certain lands in Great and Little Eversden.

    Full terrier attached; also bond of £100. (Deed 672)

 

    30 April 1558- Grant of above land to college and livery of seisin. (Deed 673)

 

20 April 1561 - Deed of sale. Thomas Lete of Little Eversden, gentleman, to Harry Scotte of Great Eversden, of 1½ acres of pasture in Great Eversden. (Deed 676)

 

The name Leete seems to derive from or have the meaning of light. This is evident from the family coat of arms which includes three lighted matches (fuses) and a lamp in the crest. The Leete family is an ancient one that can be traced back to before the Norman conquest of England. According to the Domesday Survey, Leit was a thane of Edward the Confessor, King of England from 1042 until his death 5 January 1065/6. The manor of Foxcote in Buckinghamshire, worth £3 annually, is mentioned as being formerly held by Leit.

 

John's surname seems to be derived from or having meaning of light. LEETE is an ancient name that can be traced back to

 

before the Norman conquest. According to the Doomesdsy Survey, a LEIT was a thane of Edward the Confessor, King of England from 1042 until Jan 1065/6. John was taxed in the Subsidies of 1540 against Little Eversden and in 1542 at Great Eversden.

 

Threlfall, John, "50 Great Migration Colonists to New England & Their Orgins," 1990, pg. 255; ancestry chart pg. 267.

 

[The Family Face, by Michael Leete, http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/l/e/e/Michael-Leete/index.html?Welcome=991659983 ] In the words of Joseph Leete, in the first edition, 'The John Leete whose name stands at the head of the Eversden pedigree was born anterior to the origin of parish registers, or the Visitations of Heralds' and 'we think it reasonable to conclude that John Leete, whose name stands at the head of the pedigree, was recognised during his lifetime as the head of the family.' He will have been born about the year 1500. His name is mentioned in the records of the Monastery of St Albans in 1544; he had a registered Swan Mark[1]; he was named in the Will of his son Edmond in August 1551 and a fragment of his own Will, proved in 1553, has been found in Cambridge. He was buried at Little Eversden on Christmas Day, 1551. Above all, he is named in two Visitations dated 1612 and 1619 and, by extension, heads the record of 1684. His wife was Ellen (or Helen) Burgoyne whose estate, surprisingly, was Administered by her youngest son Thomas in 1564 rather than the older Robert, then living in Cambridge. Put at its lowest, this may suggest that Thomas was more conveniently placed than at Bury St Edmunds. Searches for clues among the antecedents of the Burgoyne family to connect the Eversden and Oakington Branches produced a rare example of dating a baptism before the Parish Registers were ordered to be kept. It relates to a writ to prove the age of Richard Burgoyne, son and heir of John Burgoyne: 'He was born at Cambridge 20 Dec, 20 Edw IV and baptized in the church of St Botolph in that town the same day, as John Rumbold, aged 45 and more remembers ... Joan, daughter of Henry Lete (aged 59 and more) who is 21 and more, was born the same year.[2]' In other words, Joan Lete was born in 1480 and Henry Lete, her father, was born in 1443. It also seems probable that the witnesses will have had a good reason to recollect the event if they were to be believed. For instance, that a blood relationship existed between them.

 

Visitations began in 1529-30 during the reign of Henry VIII. The earliest official Visitation that we have for the family is that of Suffolk in 1612. This Visitation named the three generations to 'John Lete of Berry St Edmond', the son of Thomas Leete and grandson of John Leete of Eversden. The 1619 Visitation of Cambridgeshire was entered on the claim of Giles Leete of Kingston, another grandson, and this Visitation is extended by the version in the Harleian Manuscripts to a Visitation of 1575. The Visitation that falls between 1612 and 1619, that of Huntingdonshire in 1613, is headed by Thomas Leete of Oakington and the claimant was his son, John Leete 'de Dodington, in com. Hunt.'

 

John Leete of Eversden had five sons. Very little is know about the second and third except that the 1551 Will of Edmond mentioned his brother Henry who was, presumably, living at that time. Thomas Leete, the youngest, is discussed in the Chapter on the Oakington Branch and the remaining two, William and Robert, had families that merit separate descriptions.

 

"In the Lay Subsidy (tax) of 1522, a John Leete was assessed at£6 for goods on the Kingston roll. It is possible that this was actually his father of the same name, for John was quite young then; probably not yet married. On the other hand, if his father was then dead, then he, even though a young man, might well have come into his estate and been subject to the tax. John Leete was taxed in the Subsidies of 1540 against Little Eversden, and in 1542 at Great Eversden. In 1594, his grandson,Giles Leete of Shelland, sued for recovery of the title deeds of his (the grandson's) father's estate in Kingston, Eversden and Tofts. These three parishes are adjacent to each other."(Threlfall, p. 267)"The name Leete seems to derive from or have the meaning of light. This is evident from the family coat of arms which includes three lighted matches (fuses) and a lamp in the crest. The Leete family is an ancient one that can be traced back to before the Norman conquest of England. According to the DomesdaySurvey, Leit was a thane of Edward the Confessor, King of England from 1042 until his death 5 January 1065/6. The manor of Foxcote in Buckinghamshire, worth £3 annually, is mentioned as being formerly held by Leit." (Threlfall, p. 268) Another source lists Ellen Burgoyne's husband as "John DELEEDS", son of William LEEDS, born about 1430 in Everden,Cambridge, England. Son of William DE LEEDS, born about 1370 ofLeeds, Yorkshire, England. Son of Roger DE LEEDS, born about 1342 of Leeds, Yorkshire, England. Son of Roger DE LEEDS, born about 1327 in Holbek, Yorkshire, England. (Barbara Lamb Jones)

 

John Leete III and Ellen Burgoyne had the following children:

 

   5.               i. WILLIAM5 LEETE was born about 1520 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England. He died before 29 Jun 1560 in Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England. He married FLORA BROWNE. She was born about 1503 in Yorkshire, England. She died between 25 Apr-May 1580.

 

ii.       EDMUND LEETE was born in 1522 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England. He died before 22 Aug 1551 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England.

 

Notes for Edmund Leete:

 

Edmond's father, John, is named in his will dated Aug 1551.

 

iii.      HENRY LEETE was born in 1524 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England. He died before 04 May 1558 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England.

 

   6.               iv. THOMAS LEETE was born about 1528 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England. He died on 09 Jul 1564 in Oakington, Cambridgeshire, England. He married DOROTHY WARDE. She was born about 1528 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England.

 

   7.               v. ROBERT LEETE was born about 1525 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England. He died about 1597 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England. He married Alice Grundy on 06 Apr 1573 in Great Eversden, Eversden, Cambridge, England. She was born about 1545 in England. She died about 1610 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England.

 

Generation 5

 

5.      WILLIAM5 LEETE (John4 III, Thomas (II)3, Thomas2, Thomas1) was born about 1520 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England. He died before 29 Jun 1560 in Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England. He married FLORA BROWNE. She was born about 1503 in Yorkshire, England. She died between 25 Apr-May 1580.

 

William Leete and Flora Browne had the following child:

 

8.               i.    JAMES6 LEETE. He married UNKNOWN.

 

6.      THOMAS5 LEETE (John4 III, Thomas (II)3, Thomas2, Thomas1) was born about 1528 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England. He died on 09 Jul 1564 in Oakington, Cambridgeshire, England. He married DOROTHY WARDE. She was born about 1528 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England.

 

Thomas Leete and Dorothy Warde had the following child:

 

9.               i. THOMAS6 LEETE. He died in Oakington, Cambridgeshire, England. He married Unknown on 12 Nov 1568 in Oakington, Cambridgeshire, England.

 

7.      ROBERT5 LEETE (John4 III, Thomas (II)3, Thomas2, Thomas1) was born about 1525 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England. He died about 1597 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England. He married Alice Grundy on 06 Apr 1573 in Great Eversden, Eversden, Cambridge, England. She was born about 1545 in England. She died about 1610 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England.

 

Robert Leete and Alice Grundy had the following children:

 

   10.            i. PHEBE LEETE was born on 20 Dec 1585 in Little Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England. She died before 1641 in England. She married George Parkhurst, son of John Parkhurst and Sarah Unknown about 1611 in Suffolk, England. He was born about 1588 in Ipswich, Co. Suffolk, England. He died on 18 Jun 1675 in Ipswich, Co. Suffolk, England.

 

ii.       SYMEON LEETE was born before 23 Jun 1573 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England. He died after 1606 in England.

 

iii.      JUDETH LEETE was born before 11 Jul 1574 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England. She married William Scotte on 02 Aug 1601 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England.

 

iv.      DEBORAH LEETE was born before 22 Jul 1576 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England.

 

v.       RUTH LEETE was born before 08 May 1579 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England. She died on 12 May 1666 in Hampton, Rockingham Co, NH. She married Timothy Dalton on 13 Jun 1615 in Gislingham, England.

 

vi.      MORDOCHIAS LEETE was born before 23 Jul 1581 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England. He died after 1606.

 

vii.     SUSANNA LETTE was born before 10 Nov 1583 in Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England.

 

Generation 6

 

8.      JAMES6 LEETE (William5, John4  III, Thomas (II)3, Thomas2, Thomas1). He married UNKNOWN.

 

James Leete and Unknown had the following child:

 

11.            i.    JOHN7 LEETE. He married UNKNOWN.

 

9.      THOMAS6 LEETE (Thomas5, John4 III, Thomas (II)3, Thomas2, Thomas1). He died in Oakington, Cambridgeshire, England. He married Unknown on 12 Nov 1568 in Oakington, Cambridgeshire, England.

 

Thomas Leete and Unknown had the following child:

 

12.            i. THOMAS7 LEETE. He died on 12 Nov 1616 in Oakington, Cambridgeshire, England. He married Maria Slade, daughter of Edward Slade on 02 Jun 1574 in Oakington, Cambridgeshire, England.

 

10.      PHEBE LEETE (Robert5, John4 III, Thomas (II)3, Thomas2, Thomas1) was born on 20 Dec 1585 in Little Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England. She died before 1641 in England. She married George Parkhurst, son of John Parkhurst and Sarah Unknown about 1611 in Suffolk, England. He was born about 1588 in Ipswich, Co. Suffolk, England. He died on 18 Jun 1675 in Ipswich, Co. Suffolk, England.

 

Notes for Phebe Leete:

 

Phebe (Phebe "unknown" in some early Parkhurst genealogies) was the youngest of seven children. She had a sister, Ruth, wife of Reverend Timothy Dalton, Rector of Woolverstone, which is five miles from Ipswich, England. Timothy Dalton and Ruth Leete were married on June 13, 1615 at Gislingham, Suffolk. Ruth died in New Hampshire without surviving children and left legacies to six Parkhurst children of her sister, Phebe, suggesting that Phebe's children Samuel, John, and Abigail had died young.

 

Notes for George Parkhurst:

 

George was born during 1588 possibly in May, probably in Ipswich, England. George and his wife, Phebe Leete, lived in Ipswich where their nine children were baptized, but after the last child was baptized there is no record of them in Ipswich and they may have lived elsewhere until their departure for New England.

 

George's arrival date in New England can be estimated by the marriage contracted by his children in Massachusetts prior to 1640. George first appears on record in New England at Watertown, MA in 1642 when it was ordered that a highway should be laid out to his house. He is not mentioned in the four grants of land made in Watertown between 7/25/1636 and 4/9/1638. Whether he brought with him his wife, Phebe, is unknown. If he brought her she died shortly afterwards, for about 1644, he married his second wife, Susanna Simson, the widow of John Simson, (who was buried at Watertown on 6/10/1643, leaving two sons and three daughters).

 

The time period when George and Susanna were married can be determined by sales of Simson's real estate. Susanna held title after John's death and deeded some of the land on 11/9/1643. George sold two acres of Simson's land on 11/16/1644, having acquired title by his marriage to Susanna. They were living in Boston by 1645 as evidenced by a deed George made there on 10/4/1645 selling six more acres in Watertown.

 

On 6/13/1655, George sold the last 12 acres of what had been John Simson's land for 21 pounds. THis conveyance was made by permission od the General Court, granted 5/23/1655 in response to his petition in which he asserts that he was then "near 67 years old", that he and his wife, who was in England, and most of her children were in destitute condition, that she had had 10 children during her 20 years of residence in America - seven sons and three daughters (five sons by Parkhurst therefore), that she had gone to London, England with six of her children but found her mother, brothers and sisters were unable to do what she had expected, that four of her children had remained in America, and that the petitioner desired to sell the land (apparently all that remained) in order that he might go to the aid of his wife. George probably returned to England as soon as possible after the deed of 6/13/1655, his last act on record in New England.

 

George was probably the "old George Parkhurst" buried 6/18/1675 at Saint Lawrence, Ipswich, England. He may have been living with his cousins Nathanial Parkhurst, who had six hearths in the Suffolk Hearth Tax of 1674.

 

George Parkhurst and Phebe Leete had the following children:

 

i. PHEBE PARKHURST was born before 29 Nov 1612 in Ipswich, Co. Suffolk, England. She died about 1700 in Providence, Providence Co, RI. She married (1) DANIEL DAN on 27 Mar 1635 in Wolverstone, Co. Suffolk, England. She married (2) THOMAS ARNOLD, son of William Arnold and Katherine Unknown about 1640 in Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA.

 

ii.       MARY PARKHURST was born on 28 Aug 1614 in Ipswich, Co. Suffolk, England. She died on 28 Mar 1687 in Woburn, Middlesex Co., MA. She married Thomas Carter, son of James Carter and Mary Unknown before 1640 in Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA.

 

Notes for Mary Parkhurst:

 

Mary's husband, Thomas Carter, was living in Watertown, MA before 1637. Mary's first child was born early in August 1640 in Watertown. This places Mary in Watertown by 1639. She probably arrived with her father and some of her siblings and this helps to date the arrival time of George and his family to 1638 or 1639.

 

iii.      SAMUEL PARKHURST was born in 1616 in Ipswich, Co. Suffolk, England. He died before 1641 in England.

 

Notes for Samuel Parkhurst:

 

Samuel probably died young in England since he was not mentioned in his Aunt Ruth (Leete) Dalton's will.

 

iv.      DEBORAH PARKHURST was born before 01 Aug 1619 in Ipswich, Co. Suffolk, England. She died on 08 Mar 1676 in Edgartown, Dukes Co., MA. She married John Smith about 1638 in Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA.

 

Notes for Deborah Parkhurst:

 

Deborah probably married shortly after she arrived with her family at Watertown, MA.

 

   13.            v.  GEORGE PARKHURST was born on 05 Jun 1621 in Ipswich, Co. Suffolk, England. He died on 16 Mar 1699 in Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA. He married (1) SARAH BROWNE, daughter of Abraham Browne and Joan Shelton on 16 Dec 1643 in Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA. She was born about 1626 in England. She died about 1649 in Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA. He married (2) MARY UNKNOWN on 24 Sep 1650 in Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA. She was born before 1635. She died on 09 Mar 1681 in Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA.

 

vi.      JOHN PARKHURST was born before 19 Oct 1623 in Ipswich, Co. Suffolk, England. He died before 1641 in England.

 

Notes for John Parkhurst:

 

John probably died young in England since he was not mentioned in his Aunt Ruth (Leete) Dalton's will.

 

vii.     ABIGAIL PARKHURST was born on 01 Jan 1626 in Ipswich, Co. Suffolk, England. She died before 1641 in England.

Notes for Abigail Parkhurst:

 

Abigail Parkhurst probably died young in England since she was not mentioned in her Aunt Ruth (Leete) Dalton's will.

   

     14.            viii. ELIZABETH PARKHURST was born in 1628 in Ipswich, Co. Suffolk, England. She died in Martha's Vineyard. She married (1) EMANUAL HILL(I)ARD about 1650 in

                          Hampton, Rockingham Co., NH. He died in Oct 1675 in Martha's Vineyard. She married (2) JOSEPH MERRY on 14 Dec 1659 in Hampton, Rockingham Co.,

                          NH. He was born in 1607. He died on 15 Apr 1710 in Martha's Vineyard.

 

               ix.      JOSEPH PARKHURST was born on 21 Dec 1629 in Ipswich, Co. Suffolk, England. He died on 30 Nov 1709 in Chelmsford, Middlesex Co., MA. He married Rebecca

                          Reade, daughter of Esdras Reade and Elizabeth Watson on 26 Jun 1656 in Concord, Middlesex Co., MA.

 

Notes for Joseph Parkhurst:

 

Joseph probably came to Watertown, MA before 1640 with his father and siblings. Joseph was a proprietor (original settler) of the New Field (a new district or "town") in Chelmsford, MA and was allotted 12 acres on 3/12/1666/67. His house lot was located "west by town highway to the mill, north by land of Thomas Sewell, east by town common, south by land of John Wright". This location is now on Stedman Street, Lowell, MA.

 

On the ministerial tax list of 1672, Joseph was listed with eight acres (tillable?), three cows, two oxen (1 - 2 years old), two yearlings, five swine, and one horse. Sometime later Joseph moved to the Stoney Brook district, which is now in Westford, where he died.

 

Generation 7

 

11.      JOHN7 LEETE (James6, William5, John4  III, Thomas (II)3, Thomas2, Thomas1). He married UNKNOWN.

 

John Leete and Unknown had the following child:

 

i.        JAMES8 LEETE. He married UNKNOWN.

 

12.      THOMAS7 LEETE (Thomas6, Thomas5, John4 III, Thomas (II)3, Thomas2, Thomas1). He died on 12 Nov 1616 in Oakington, Cambridgeshire, England. He married Maria Slade, daughter of Edward Slade on 02 Jun 1574 in Oakington, Cambridgeshire, England.

 

Thomas Leete and Maria Slade had the following children:

 

i.        JANE8 LEETE. She married RICHARD DALE.

 

ii.       REBECCA LEETE. She married THOMAS FOWLER.

 

iii.      RICHARD LEETE. He died on 19 May 1629 in Oakington, Cambridgeshire, England. He married Elizabeth/Isabella Rogers in Oakington, Cambridgeshire, England.

 

iv.      JOHN LEETE was born about 13 May 1575 in Dodington, (Hunts) Kent, England. He died about Dec 1648. He married ANNA SHUTE.

 

13.      GEORGE PARKHURST (Phebe Leete, Robert5 Leete, John4 Leete III, Thomas (II)3 Leete, Thomas2 Leete, Thomas1 Leete) was born on 05 Jun 1621 in Ipswich, Co. Suffolk, England. He died on 16 Mar 1699 in Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA. He married (1) SARAH BROWNE, daughter of Abraham Browne and Joan Shelton on 16 Dec 1643 in Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA. She was born about 1626 in England. She died about 1649 in Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA. He married (2) MARY UNKNOWN on 24 Sep 1650 in Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA. She was born before 1635. She died on 09 Mar 1681 in Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA.

 

Notes for George Parkhurst:

 

George Jr was the oldest surviving son of George Parkhurst and Phebe Leete. He came as a boy to Watertown with his father and siblings and remained in Watertown the rest of his life, even when his father returned to England. He settled on the old Parkhurst farm in a part of Watertown that later became part of Waltham. His farm was located on the east side of Beaver Brook and on the north side of the old country road. The house stood a few rods east of the cottage of Thomas Page.

 

George Parkhurst and Sarah Browne had the following children:

 

i.        JOHN PARKHURST was born on 10 Jun 1644 in Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA. He died on 12 Sep 1725 in Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA. He married Abigail Garfield, daughter of Edward Garfield and Rebecca Johnson in 1670 in Watertown, Middlesex, Mass. She was born on 29 Jun 1646 in Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA. She died on 18 Oct 1726 in Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA.

  

Notes for John Parkhurst:

 

According to the Suffolk Co Deeds Book 1, page 78, William Page, with wife Anne, took John, son of George Parkhurst, Jr to bring up in 1646.

 

John spent his entire adult life in Watertown, MA. His name is on the "returns" (of men eligible for military service) during King Phillip's War in 1675. 58 years later his son, John, received a land grant for this service.

 

At the annual town meeting held November 4, 1678, he was chosen one of the two hogreeves (responsible for the prevention or appraising of damages by stray swine) for the coming year. The next year he was again so appointed, with the regulation of fences added to his duties. John was a Watertown selectman in 1694 and 1695. No gravestone has been found for either John or his wife.

 

ii.       SARAH PARKHURST was born on 14 Sep 1649 in Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA. She died before 1659 in Watertown, Middlesex Co, MA.

 

Notes for Mary Unknown:

 

Mary was the widow of Robert Veaze or Pheza when she married George Jr. Mary and George did not have any children.

 

14.      ELIZABETH PARKHURST (Phebe Leete, Robert5 Leete, John4 Leete III, Thomas (II)3 Leete, Thomas2 Leete, Thomas1 Leete) was born in 1628 in Ipswich, Co. Suffolk, England. She died in Martha's Vineyard. She married (1) EMANUAL HILL(I)ARD about 1650 in Hampton, Rockingham Co., NH. He died in Oct 1675 in Martha's Vineyard. She married (2) JOSEPH MERRY on 14 Dec 1659 in Hampton, Rockingham Co., NH. He was born in 1607. He died on 15 Apr 1710 in Martha's Vineyard.

 

Notes for Elizabeth Parkhurst:

 

Elizabeth moved to Martha's Vineyard in 1670 with her second husband. It is not known when she died and no stone marks her grave.

 

Elizabeth was probably living with her Aunt Ruth (Leete) Dalton in Hampton, NH prior to her first marriage in 1650.

 

This prominent pioneer of Tisbury is first found as a resident of Haverhill, Mass., in 1640, where he lived with a wife named Mary until about

 

1654, when he removed to Hampton, N. H. There his wife died April 4, 1657, having given birth to one child of record, Joseph, b. Dec. 19, 1654.

 

The father, Joseph, was a carpenter by trade and plied his craft in Hampton as he had done before in Haverhill. Shortly after his wife's death he

 

bought a house and ten acres of upland in Hampton, of Thomas Coleman, Sept. 29, 1657, and at the age of 47 years found himself a widower,

 

with possibly a child to care for in his new home. But this was not long to remain so. Emanuel Hilliard of that town was drowned shortly after

 

this in October, 1657, leaving a widow Elizabeth, daughter of John and Phebe Parkhurst of Ipswich, England, and sister of George Parkhurst of

 

Watertown, Mass. The young widow was then about 29 years old, and before two years had passed she entered into a marriage covenant with

 

Joseph Merry, who was then 21 years her senior. In this agreement he gave her the house and ten acres he had recently acquired, and sometime

 

about Dec. 13, 1659, when the covenant was dated, they set up housekeeping, and four children were born to them in rapid succession, who

 

later spent their days on the Vineyard. This explains the curious epitaph on the gravestone of Joseph in the West Tisbury cemetery "That being

 

verified in him Psalms 92 14 They shall bring forth fruit in old age," a reference to his second marriage after middle life and the raising of a family.

 

Joseph Merry and Elizabeth Parkhurst had the following children:

 

i.        CHILD MERRY.

 

ii.       CHILD MERRY.

 

iii.      CHILD MERRY.

 

iv.      CHILD MERRY.