Deliverance Dodge

F, b. March 1661, d. 1718
Father*John Dodge
Mother*Sarah Proctor b. 1646, d. 1706
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name2 October 1689As of 2 October 1689,her married name was Parker.

Child of Deliverance Dodge and John Parker

John Parker

M, b. 3 August 1664
Father*Hananiah Parker b. 1638
Mother*Elizabeth Browne b. 10 Dec 1647, d. 27 Feb 1697

Child of John Parker and Deliverance Dodge

Josiah Parker

M, b. 11 April 1694, d. 1756
Father*John Parker b. 3 Aug 1664
Mother*Deliverance Dodge b. Mar 1661, d. 1718

Child of Josiah Parker and Anne Stone

John Riley Parker

M, b. 13 July 1729, d. 1775
Father*Josiah Parker b. 11 Apr 1694, d. 1756
Mother*Anne Stone
  • John Riley Parker was born on 13 July 1729.
  • He was the son of Josiah Parker and Anne Stone.
  • John Riley Parker married Lydia Moore on 25 May 1755.
  • John Riley Parker died in 1775.
     John Parker (July 13, 1729 – September 17, 1775) was an American farmer, mechanic, and soldier, who commanded the Lexington militia at the Battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775. Parker was born in Lexington to Josiah Parker and Anne Stone. His experience as a soldier in the French and Indian War (Seven Years War) at the Siege of Louisbourg and conquest of Quebec most likely led to his election as militia captain by the men of the town.

He was in poor health from consumption (tuberculosis) on the morning of April 19. Tradition reports his order at Lexington Green to be "Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here." He witnessed his cousin Jonas Parker killed by a British bayonet. Later that day he rallied his men to attack the regulars returning to Boston in an ambush known as "Parker's Revenge."

This was his only military action in the American Revolutionary War. He was unable to serve in the Battle of Bunker Hill in June, and died of tuberculosis in September. Parker's grandson donated his musket to the state of Massachusetts. It hangs today in the Senate Chamber of the Massachusetts State House.

The Parker Homestead formerly stood on Spring Street in Lexington. A tablet marks the spot as Theodore Parker's birthplace; Theodore, a relative (grandson) of Captain John, was a transcendentalist and minister who was good friends with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.

Captain John Parker is still the symbol of one of the largest mutual companies, Sentry Insurance. His full-body profile (including musket and boulder) is the crest of all U.S. Army Reserve battalions' and regiments' coats of arms.[1]1

Child of John Riley Parker and Lydia Moore


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Anne Stone

Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationAnne Stone was also known as Anna.
Married NameHer married name was Parker.

Child of Anne Stone and Josiah Parker

John Parker

M, b. 7 December 1761
Father*John Riley Parker b. 13 Jul 1729, d. 1775
Mother*Lydia Moore b. 18 Jan 1731

Child of John Parker and Hannah Stearns

Theodore Parker

M, b. 24 August 1810, d. 1860
Father*John Parker b. 7 Dec 1761
Mother*Hannah Stearns b. 1766
     American preacher and social reformer, was born at Lexington, Massachusetts, on the 24th of August 1810, the youngest of eleven children. His father, John Parker, a small farmer and skilful mechanic, was a typical New England yeoman. His mother took great pains with the religious education of her children, “caring, however, but little for doctrines,” and making religion to consist of love and good works. His paternal grand-father, Captain John Parker (1729-1775), was the leader of the Lexington minute-men in the skirmish at Lexington. Theodore obtained the elements of knowledge in the schools of the district, which were open during the winter months only. During the rest of the year he worked on his father's farm. At the age of seventeen he became himself a winter schoolmaster, and in his twentieth year he entered himself at Harvard, working on the farm as usual (until 1831) while he followed his studies and going over to Cambridge for the examinations only. For the theological course he took up in 1834 his residence in the college, meeting his expenses by a small sum amassed by school-keeping and by help from a poor students' fund, and graduating in 1836. At the close of his college career he began his translation (published in 1843) of Wilhelm M. L. De Wette's Beiträge zur Einleitung in das Alte Testament. His journal and letters show that he had made acquaintance with a large number of languages, including Hebrew, Chaldee, Syriac, Arabic, Coptic, Ethiopic, as well as the classical and the principal modern European languages. When he entered the divinity school he was an orthodox Unitarian; when he left it, he entertained strong doubts about the infallibility of the Bible, the possibility of miracles, and the exclusive claims of Christianity and the Church. Emerson's transcendentalism greatly influenced him, and Strauss's Leben Jesu left its mark upon his thought. His first ministerial charge was over a small village parish, West Roxbury, a few miles from Boston; here he was ordained as a Unitarian clergyman in June 1837 and here he preached until January 1846. His views were slowly assuming the form which subsequently found such strong expression in his writing; but the progress was slow, and the cautious reserve of his first rationalistic utterances was in striking contrast with his subsequent rashness. But on the 19th of May 1841 he preached at Boston a sermon on “the transient and permanent in Christianity,” which presented in embryo the main principles and ideas of his final theological position, and the preaching of which determined his subsequent relations to the churches with which he was connected and to the whole ecclesiastical world. The Boston Unitarian clergy denounced the preacher, and declared that the “young man must be silenced.” No Unitarian publisher could be found for his sermon, and nearly all the pulpits of the city were closed against him. A number of gentlemen in Boston, however, invited him to give a series of lectures there. The result was that he delivered in the Masonic Hall, in the winter of 1841-1842, as lectures, substantially the volume afterwards published as the Discourse of Matters pertaining to Religion. The lectures in their published form made his name famous throughout America and Europe, and confirmed the stricter Unitarians in America in their attitude towards him and his supporters. His friends, however, resolved that he should be heard in Boston, and there, beginning with 1845, he preached regularly for fourteen years. Previous to his removal from West Roxbury to Boston Parker spent a year in Europe, calling in Germany upon Paulus, Gervinus, De Wette and Ewald, and preaching in Liverpool in the pulpits of James Martineau and J. H. Thom. After January 1846 he devoted himself exclusively to his work in Boston. In addition to his Sunday labours he lectured throughout the States, and prosecuted his wide studies, collecting particularly the materials for an opus magnum on the development of religion in mankind. Above all he took up the question of the emancipation of the slaves, and fearlessly advocated in Boston and elsewhere, from the platform and through the press, the cause of the negroes. He made his influence felt also by correspondence with political leaders and by able political speeches, one of which, delivered in 1858, contained the sentence, “Democracy is direct self-government, over all the people, by all the people, for all the people,” which probably suggested Abraham Lincoln's oft-quoted variant. Parker assisted actively in the escape of fugitive slaves, and for trying to prevent the rendition of perhaps the most famous of them, Anthony Burns, was indicted, but the indictment was quashed. He also gave his aid to John Brown (q.v.). By his voice, his pen, and his utterly fearless action in social and political matters he became a great power in Boston and America generally. But his days were numbered. His mother had suffered from phthisis; and he himself now fell a victim to the same disease. In January 1859 he suffered a violent haemorrhage of the lungs, and sought relief by retreating first to the West Indies and afterwards to Europe. He died at Florence on the 10th of May 1860.

Lydia Moore

F, b. 18 January 1731
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name25 May 1755As of 25 May 1755,her married name was Parker.

Child of Lydia Moore and John Riley Parker

Hannah Stearns

F, b. 1766
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name17 February 1784As of 17 February 1784,her married name was Parker.

Child of Hannah Stearns and John Parker

Hananiah Parker

M, b. 1638
Father*Deacon Thomas Parker d. Aug 1683
Mother*Amy (?) d. 15 Jan 1690

Child of Hananiah Parker and Elizabeth Browne

Elizabeth Browne

F, b. 10 December 1647, d. 27 February 1697
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name30 September 1663As of 30 September 1663,her married name was Parker.

Child of Elizabeth Browne and Hananiah Parker

Deacon Thomas Parker

M, d. August 1683
  • Deacon Thomas Parker married Amy (?).
  • Deacon Thomas Parker died in August 1683.

Child of Deacon Thomas Parker and Amy (?)

Amy (?)

F, d. 15 January 1690
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Parker.

Child of Amy (?) and Deacon Thomas Parker

Hannah Dodge

F, b. 1671, d. 1757
Father*John Dodge
Mother*Sarah Proctor b. 1646, d. 1706
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Woodbury.

Child of Hannah Dodge and (?) Woodbury

(?) Woodbury


Child of (?) Woodbury and Hannah Dodge

Hannah Woodbury

F, b. 1691, d. 1727
Father*(?) Woodbury
Mother*Hannah Dodge b. 1671, d. 1757
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Perkins.

Child of Hannah Woodbury and (?) Perkins

(?) Perkins


Child of (?) Perkins and Hannah Woodbury

Elizabeth Perkins

F, b. 1720, d. 1791
Father*(?) Perkins
Mother*Hannah Woodbury b. 1691, d. 1727
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Stevens.

Child of Elizabeth Perkins and (?) Stevens

(?) Stevens


Child of (?) Stevens and Elizabeth Perkins

Nehemiah Stevens

M, b. 1752, d. 1822
Father*(?) Stevens
Mother*Elizabeth Perkins b. 1720, d. 1791

Child of Nehemiah Stevens

Rebecca Stevens

F, b. 1782, d. 1856
Father*Nehemiah Stevens b. 1752, d. 1822
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Bennett.
  • Rebecca Stevens married (?) Bennett.
  • Rebecca Stevens was born in 1782.
  • She was the daughter of Nehemiah Stevens.
  • Rebecca Stevens died in 1856.

Child of Rebecca Stevens and (?) Bennett

(?) Bennett


Child of (?) Bennett and Rebecca Stevens

Nathan Murray Bennett

M, b. 1806
Father*(?) Bennett
Mother*Rebecca Stevens b. 1782, d. 1856

Child of Nathan Murray Bennett

William Proctor

M, b. 1506
  • William Proctor was born in 1506.

Child of William Proctor

Ne Graye

F, b. 1561
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was Proctor.

Child of Ne Graye and John Proctor

John Lonsdale

M, b. before 29 June 1620

Child of John Lonsdale and Elizabeth Proctor

Grace Lonsdale

F, b. before 7 September 1656
Father*John Lonsdale b. b 29 Jun 1620
Mother*Elizabeth Proctor b. 11 Jun 1620

John Turner

M, b. September 1560
Father*Robert Turner
  • John Turner was born in September 1560 at Manchester, Lancashire, England.
  • He was the son of Robert Turner.
  • John Turner married Katherine Whitehead on 25 August 1577.

Child of John Turner and Katherine Whitehead

Katherine Whitehead

Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name25 August 1577As of 25 August 1577,her married name was Turner.

Child of Katherine Whitehead and John Turner

Robert Turner


Child of Robert Turner