Ancestors and Family.-- Thomas Parker, of Browsholme, 1609.--Emigrates, 1635.-- Jonathan, 1680.--Hananiah, at Port Royal, 1710.--Benj. Stearns and Hannah Seger, 1754.--Capt. John Parker, April 19, 1775.--John Parker and Hannah Stearns.--Theodore Parker, Aug. 24, 1810.
IT is surprising to find how many farmers of Eastern Massachusetts can still trace their lineage directly back to ship-board, whence their ancestors descended to possess the new soil. These sturdy men draw a straight furrow across two hundred years, but the waters of the bay obliterate it, and its course can be seldom resumed beyond. Of the English annals of the Parker family, only a few disconnected scraps exist. Names and places are confused, and many Parker families are scattered over the kingdom.* As nearly as can be now determined, our branch of the Parkers came from the parish of Browsholme, in the county of York, and this family appears respectable and flourishing early in the sixteenth century. A coat of arms, profusely blazoning leopards' heads, stars, and a stag pierced by an arrow for a crest,____________________