America's FIRST SETTLERS
and all are Direct Ancestors
of Sarah Elizabeth Rose
A First Settler of Charles City Co. and Henrico Co., VA
My thanks to Cousin Jerry Rathmann,
and cousin Waunita Frye Powell
for sharing a lot of great data on this line with me.
1) Virginia Historical Magazine, "Virginia
Gleanings in England" -- commentary
on James Fowler's will, pertaining to
Richard Parker and family The testator
had evidently bought lands in Nansemond,
as his name does not appear in the land
grants. Daniel Sullivan was clerk of
Nansemond in 1702, &c., and Burgess
for the county in that year. He owned
the land on which Suffolk was
afterwards built. The fifty acres on which
the town was laid out belonged, in part,
to Jethro Sumner in right of his wife
Margaret, one of the two sisters and co-heirs
of Daniel Sullivan, Jr., deceased, who was
only son and heir of Daniel Sullivan,
also of Nansemond, deceased.
(Hening, V, 242, 243)
2) "Mr. Richard Parker" patented 400
acres on the south branch of
Nansemond River, October 5, 1654;
3) 300 acres on the north side of James
River in Henrico county, at the head
of Four Mile Creek,
4) October 28, [669; 314 acres in
Surry county on Blackwater Swamp,
December 20, 1670 (due to him in
part for coming twice to Virginia);
5) 100 acres in Nansernond at
Hood's Neck, February 24, 1675-6.
6) On April 23, 1681, Thomas, Richard
and Francis Parker, the three sons of Richard
Parker, deceased, were granted 1,420
acres on the south branch of
Nansemond River, at Parker's Creek,
&c., left them by their father's will.
7) At the end of the century these
three sons were living in Nansemond
county. See this Magazine, V, 444, 445.
8) Some members of this family
of Parker appear to have lived in
9) There is in Sussex county a deed
reciting that Thomas Jarrell, of Isle of
Wight county, by his will dated April 20,
1742, bequeathed a negro woman to
Thomas Parker, son of Richard Parker
and Sarah, his wife, who was daughter
of said Jerrell, and said Richard Parker,
by his will dated January 20, 1750, and
recorded in Surry, bequeathed the
negro to his daughter Martha Parker.
It seems certain that Richard Parker,
the patentee of 1654, was a son of
James Parker of Trangoe, Cornwall,
who was descended from the ancient
family of Parker of Browsholme.
10) An account of this Cornish branch
of the family was published in this
Magazine, V, 442-443, and soon
afterwards a descendant of the Nansemond
Parkers wrote as follows: I am the
son of Dr. Richard Henry Parker, died in
Portsmouth, Va., 1855, who was the son of
Willis Parker of South Quay, Nansemond
or Isle of Wight county, who was magistrate
of Nansemond in 18oo and whose wife was
a Miss ---- Harrison, daughter of a Col. Henry
Harrison of Surry or Isle of Wight, who was
a relative in some degree of the ancestors of
W. H. Harrison, who was President. Willis
was the son of a Richard Parker who was
the son of another Richard Parker and the
same from father to son back to the Dr.
Richard Parker who came from England.
Family tradition, as related by my mother
and other older members of the family,
was that our first Virginia ancestor was a
Dr. Richard Parker, one of a very large
family and whose wife was from
London and that other members
of same family also came to Virginia.
11) There were three sons and three
daughters. Some of the latter, or may
be two of them, died. The sons were
Thomas, Francis and Richard. This
tradition is so well corroborated by the
article of Maj. John Parker of Browsholme
Hall, Yorkshire, published Vol, V, No. 4,
of the Magazine, that I am inclined to
accept it as proof of the ancestry of this
branch of the Parkers. The family tradition
from my mother and aunt is to the
effect that from the emigrant Dr. Richard
Parker to my brother's son, Richard, that
with the one exception of my grandfather,
Willis, that it would be either nine
generations of Richards from father to son
or nine Richards with one instance of
another name. I do not think that Willis could
have been old enough to have served in the
Revolution, but his father, Richard, may
have been. I figure him out as born about 1730
or 1735 and I will thank you to try and find
record of this Richard or of the great
-grandfather, Henry Harrison. I believe,
from what I remember of tradition, that it is
possible that this Richard, father of
Willis, may have served in the Revolution
and in the North Carolina troops.
12) 1662. May 1 Will of John
Rowen. ... Wit: Richard PARKER,
Wm Fisher, Margaret Crewes.
Misc. Henrico Court Records 1650-1807,
Vol. I, p. 15.
13) 1669. Oct. 28 Mr. Richard PARKER
, 350A., 3 R., 16P., Henrico Co., S.[N.?]
side of James Riv., on the head of the
4 Mi. Cr., beg. at Harrowhaddo
Path. Trans. of 7 pers. Virginia
Land Patent Book, 6:279.
14) 1674. Sept. 26 Nicho. PERKINS,
537 acs., 3R., 20P., Henrico Co.,
N. side James Riv., adj. Richard
PARKE; Trans. of 11 pers.
Virginia Land Patent Book, 6:530.
15) 1707. Feb 8, recd 1 Mar 1707.
Darby Enroughty, son of Darby
Enroughty of Henrico Co., dec'd of
Henrico Parish, planter, for 600 lbs
tobacco, to John Pleasants of same,
a tract of land my mother now
liveth on, on north side of James
River on south side of Four Mile
Creek, bounded by Deep Bottom,
Nicholas PERKINS, Robert Sharp,
160 acres. Land was purchased of
Robert Sharpe by my father 20 Dec.
1686. Wit: John (I) Gyles, Robert
(RG) Green. Signed: Darby
Enroughty. Henrico Co, VA Wills
& Deeds 1706-1709, p. 79.
16) 1709. Sept 1, recd 1 Sept 1709.
John Pledge of Henrico Co., planter,
for £25, to Nicholas PERKINS, Sr.,
planter, of same, land in Henrico
Parish on north side of James River
up Four Mile Creek, adjoining
said PERKINS' land and John
Cannon, 100 acres, 50 of which
descended to me as heir of my late
father John Pledge, dec'd, and other
50 purchased of said Cannon. Wit:
Wm Frogmorton, Nowell Burton,
John Pleasants. Signed: John Pledge.
Dorothy, wife of Pledge, relq her
dower right. Deed of livery witnessed
by Wm Frogmorton, Nowell
Burton, Abraham Childres
and Peter (+) Baize. Henrico Co,
VA Wills & Deeds 1706-1709,
17) 1730. Sept 7, Recd 1st Mon.
Sept. Abraham PERKINS of St.
James Parish, Goochland Co., to Joseph
Woodson of County & Parish of Henrico,
for £32, land on north side of James River
on upper side of Four Mile Creek, bounded
as by a deed from John Cannon to Nicholas
PERKINS, and another from John Pledge to
Nicholas PERKINS, 200 acres. Wit: Amos (X)
Ladd, John Burton, Charles Griffith. Signed
Abraham (X) Perkins. Henrico Co, VA Will
& Deeds 1725-1737, p. 281.
18) 1632. June 20 William Dawkes,
Planter, 250 acs. in the upper part
neare the Neck of land commonly
called Verinas, butting E. upon
2 Mi Cr., W. towards land
of Thomas PARKER ...
Patent Book, 1:107.
19) 1632. Sept. 7 William Dawkes, of
Verinas, within the Corp. of Chas.
Citty, Planter, ... 200 acs. within sd.
Corp., Ely. upon 2 mi. Cr.,
W towards land of Thomas
PARKER ... Virginia Land
Patent Book, 1:114.
20) 1632/3. Mar. 15 William Dawkes,
of Verinas within the Corp. of Chas.
Citty, Planter, 50 acs., within
sd. Corp., W. towards land
of Thomas PARKER ...
Virginia Land Patent Book, 1:138.
21) 1633. 21 Mar John Ward,
Planter of Verinas, 25 acs. E.
upon his own land, W. towards
land of Thomas PARKER ...
Virginia Land Patent Book, 1:146.
22) 1635. 12 Feb Elizabeth PARKER,
Widdowe, 100 acs. in Varinaes,
Henricoe Co., Between land granted to
William Dawkes on the E. & the Gleab
land on the W., abutting on the Long field
towards the maine river, Sly. Nly. into the
woods & S.W. adj. (land) in the tenure
of the sd. Elizabeth. 100 acs. in the right
of her first husband William Sharpe, an
Ancient Planter in the time of Sir
Thomas Dale, & 100 acs. for trans of
2 servts. ... Virginia Land Patent
23) 1636. July 12 Elizabeth PARKER,
Widdowe, 500 acs. Henrico Co., Between
Curles & Varinaes, S. upon the maine
river, E. upon 4 Mi. Cr., W. towards the
3 Mi. Cr. & N. into the woods. Due in
the right of her late husband Serjeant
William Sharpe, whoe, as by certificate from
the Ct. of Henrico dated 25 Apr.
1636, transported 9 servants
& 2 Negroes: ... Virginia Land
Patent Book, 1:373.
24) 1637. Aug. 17 Elizabeth PARKER,
Widdowe, 950 acs. Henrico Co., E.
upon 4 Mi. Cr., W. upon land of Seth
WARD, S upon the river & N into the
woods. Due in right of her late husband
Serjant William Sharpe, & Thomas
PARKER, whoe at their own
costs & charges trans. 19 pers
. ... Virginia Land Patent
25) 1684. dated 1 Apr, recd. 1 Apr.
Edward Hatcher of Henrico to
Thomas Jarvis of Kiquotan in Elizabeth
City Co, Gent. who m. relict of Nathanie l
Bacon decd 50a in Varina Parish,
next to land formerly belonging to widow
PARKER and now in occupation of
Will Byrd, Esq., part of 200a formerly
belonging to Will Danks, purchased by
Will Hatcher, Jr. and Hen. Hatcher of
Robert Bullington and Hen. Rowing
and Alee his wife in two deeds dated
1 Feb. 1661, and by Hen. Hatcher, the
survivor of the joint purchasers, sold
to said Edward Hatcher 20 Aug. 1667.
Wit Hen. Randolph, Wm Hatcher.
Henrico Co, VA Wills & Deeds
1677-1692, p. 269.
26) 1692/3. Feb. 13, Recd. 17 Apr.
1693. Robert Sharp of County & Parish
of Henrico, to John Baugh of Bristol
Parish, Henrico Co.; witness that
Elizabeth Baugh, alias PACKER,
alias SHARP, died by will recorded in
Henrico Co. 1 Feb. 1650 give to her dau
Dorothy PACKER all land she bought of
John Baugh, commonly called "Peircyes
Toyl", ... and by right devised by Dorothy
PACKER, now dec'd, sister to John Baugh
above by the mother's side ... Now
said Robert Sharp, grandson and heir
of said Elizabeth, for £20 released to
said John Baugh all the above lands ...
Wit: Henry Randolph, James Baugh.
Signed Rob (RS) Sharp. Katherine,
wife of Robert, relq. her dower right.
Henrico Co, VA Wills & Deeds
1688-1697, p. 389.
27)This is the Dr. Richard Parker
who was the son of James [1590 - 1672]
& Katterren Buller Parker [1600 -
1686] of Browsholme, County
28) Richard Parker was Christened
29 Nov 1630 in Warlegon, Cornwall,
29) His brother Rowland Parker
on 1 Sept 1673 wrote in an account
of the family
29a) "Richard ye 9th, Dr. of Phyzicke went
to Virginy, married a Londoner and
had issue six children, Liveth upon S'nt
James River in ye Uplands of Virginy
29b) & hath been High Sherife of ye s'd County."
30) Richard Parker was listed as a
head right for Capt Francis Morgan
in 1652 for 510 ac in Glocester Co
VA [Morgan had previously pat.
in Charles City Co. 22 June
1656 in Charles City Co
31 William Fisher indentured himself
to Richard Parker, Cheurgeon, for
two years ten months to learn the
profession of Dr. Richard Parker.
32) In 1656 in Charles City Co, Dr. Richard
Parker was given order by the court to
perfect the cure of the leg of John
Matthews that he had treated for two years.
33) Nicholas Perkins and his second
wife Mary had their son Nicholas Perkins
Jr Christened 11 Oct 1649 at Stepney
St, Dunsten in London. Nicholas Perkins
patented 3 Aug 1650 in Bermuda
Hundred - claiming 4 head rights:
Mary Perkins, Wm Owen, and \
Richard Hughes 31 July 1656 -
a marriage agreement.
Charles City Co VA Rec pg 62.
34) This present writing witnesseth that
I Richard Parker, do freely give consent
to and with Mary Perkins that she
shall make unto herself all the estate which her
late dec'd husband left her by his will . .both
here and in England, and further I do enjoyne
myself to bring her children up to the learning
to the true intent and meaning hereof. I, the
said Richard Parker, hereunto set my
hand, dated this last day of July 1656.
Signed Rich'd Parker. Test: Richard
Delabere. Rec- 5 Sept 1656.
35) First Sept 1656 Westover Court, Charles
City Co pf 67 - Probate of the last will and
testament of Nicholas Perkins, dec this
day proved in court is granted to
Richard Parker, who md. the
relict of the said deceased.
36) "Hath been Sheriff of sd County"
3 April 1660 [p232 Charles City Rec.]
Depostition: I, Richard Parker age 31,
or about, exaed. & sworn saith that having
brought the warrent from Capt. Edward Hill
for contempt of Wm. Hunt to appear before
him, the Dept' del'vd the said warrent
to said Hunt in presence of Thomas
Davis and another man, and sd.
Hunt instead of - - - etc.
37) "Liveth upon Saint James
River" 29 Oct 1669 Henrico Co
VA Pat Bk 6 pg 279 - [Cavaliers &
Pioneers] Mr. Richard Parker
L.P. 350 acs NS James River on
Head of Four Mile Cr. beginning
at Harradox Path . . .
38) "Uplands of Virginia" Henrico
Parish Bk. In 1755 the third precinct
comprised "all between Chickamony
& Upland Dist." This is the area of Dr.
Richard Parker & where Richard
2nd purchased land from John
Woodson and area of Nicholas
39) Children of Dr Richard Parke
r and wife Mary: 1. Richard Parker
ca 1659/60 - 1726/7 Henrico Co VA
planter married Elizabeth ?Ballard
d 7 Jan 1716/7
[prob. dau of John Ballard] a. Ann Parker
married James Daniel [inv
21 May 1734 Goochland] b. Elizabeth Parker
married Wm Atkinson at St John Parish c.
Mary Parker married Lewis Jenkins of St
James Parish Henrico Co VA d. Richard
Parker ca 1700 - 1782 Halifax Co VA married
Judith ?Watson dau of Benj. married 2nd
Myra ? no issue 2. Thomas Parker 1666 -
aft 1709 married Mary the widow of Thos.
Wells ?3. William Parker married Lucy
Turner dau of Abel ?4. Mary Parker d by 1686
married John Cannon [he married 2nd Ester
Pledge] ?5. Katherine Parker married John
Crissey married 2nd 1697/8 Francis Pierce 1663 -
?6. Susan Parker married Thomas
Holmes ??married 2nd Robert Smith
40) ". . . the most interesting part of my work
is how I was lucky enough to fulfil
all Dr. Richard Parker's bro. Rowland
stated about him. Richard Parker was
a Dr. of Phyzicke Went to Virginy married
a Londoner Had six children (hope I
have all six) Liveth upon the St. James
River in ye uplands of Virginy, and Hath
been High Sherife of ye s'd county.
41) It was this that proved Dr Richard Parker
was of Charles City Co. and Henrico Co., Va.
and not either of the others, Richard
of Nans. Co, and Richard of Surry Co.
Waunita Powell -Paris Illinois
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