Sarah/2 Vore

F, #40371, (say 1632 - 1 January 1675)
Father-Candidate*Richard/1 Vore b. 1590, d. 22 Aug 1683
Mother-Candidate*Ann Harris b. c 1604, d. 7 Dec 1683
Last Edited:22 Aug 2017

Children with Dea. Benjamin/1 Parsons:

  • Sarah/2 Parsons3 b. 18 Aug 1656
  • Benjamin/2 Parsons4 b. 15 Sep 1658
  • Mary/2 Parsons5 b. 10 Dec 1660, d. 27 Jan 1662
  • Abigail/2 Parsons+6 b. 6 Jan 1662
  • Samuel/2 Parsons7 b. 10 Oct 1666
  • Ebenezer/2 Parsons8 b. 17 Nov 1668
  • Mary/2 Parsons5 b. 17 Dec 1670
  • Hezekiah/2 Parsons9 b. 24 Nov 1673
Sarah/2 Vore, of Windsor, Connecticut, there married, as his 1st wife, 6 Oct 1653, Dea. Benjamin/1 Parsons of Springfield, Massachusetts.1 She died at Springfield 1 Jan 1675.2

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S929] William Pynchon and John Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 65, Benjamin Parsons/Sarah Vore m.
  2. [S929] Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 66, Sarah Parsons d.
  3. [S929] Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 66, Sarah Parsons b.
  4. [S929] Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 65, Benjamin Parsons b.
  5. [S929] Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 66, Mary Parsons b.; d.
  6. [S929] Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 65, Abigail Parsons d.
  7. [S929] Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 66, Samuell Parsons b.
  8. [S929] Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 65, Ebenezer Parsons b.
  9. [S929] Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 66, Hezechiah Parsons b.

Cornet Joseph/1 Parsons

M, #40373, (25 June 1620 - 9 October 1683)
Father-CandidateFather/a? Parsons b. s 1590
Last Edited:17 Aug 2017

Children with Mary/2 Bliss:

  • Joseph/2 Parsons+7 b. circa 1647, d. 21 Nov 1729
  • Joseph/2 Parsons2 b. 1 Nov 1647
  • Benjamin/2 Parsons8 b. 22 Jun 1649, d. 22 Jun 1649
  • Capt. John/2 Parsons9 b. 14 Aug 1650
  • Samuel/2 Parsons10 b. 23 Jan 1652
  • Ebenezer/2 Parsons6,11 b. 1 May 1655, d. 2 Sep 1675
  • Jonathan/2 Parsons12 b. 6 Jun 1657, d. 27 Jun 1684
  • David/2 Parsons12 b. 30 Apr 1659
  • Mary/2 Parsons12 b. 27 Jun 1661
  • Hannah/2 Parsons12 b. 1 Aug 1663
  • Abigail/2 Parsons13 b. 3 Sep 1666, d. 27 Jun 1689
  • Abigail/2 Parsons12 b. 3 Sep 1666
  • Esther/2 Parsons6 b. 11 Sep, d. 11 Sep
  • Benjamin/2 Parsons6 b. 11 Sep, d. 11 Sep
  • Esther/2 Parsons6 b. 24 Dec 1672
Cornet Joseph/1 Parsons, of Great Torrington, Devonshire, married, 26 Nov 1646 at Hartford, Connecticut, Mary/2 Bliss, daughter of Thomas/1 Bliss and Margaret/1 Hulins.1,2 A juror in the paternity trial of Sgt. Samuel/2 Wright Jr., 24 Mar 16543, he was in the party from Northampton, Massachusetts, which, in 1670, surveyed, and in 1671, purchased from the Indians a tract six miles deep on both sides of the Connecticut River which later became the town of Northfield.4 He died 9 Oct 1683 at Springfield, Massachusetts, a. 63.5,2
     "From Dorchester, Eng; of Springfield, 1636, where he witnessed the first deed from the Indians to William Pynchon, July 15, of that year; removed to Northampton about 1655; was given possession of the first tract of land bought of the Indians at Squakheag, 1671, and was active in the settlement of the town ... Returned to Springfield, 1679; cornet of troops of horse; died: Oct. 9, 1683, (Savage) or March 25, 1684 (Allen)."6
     "A Cornet of the British cavalry, who was born about 1617-18 prob. near Great Torrington, Devonshire, England. Mr. Parsons, associated with Mr. Pynchon, was one of the most prominent men in the public business of the place and quite wealthy. He was a witness to the deed (for the Springfield Settlement) given by the Indians to Pynchon July 15, 1636. In 1654 they removed to Northampton, Mass."2

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S929] William Pynchon and John Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 66, Joseph Parsons/Mary Blisse m.
  2. [S269] George Sheldon and J.H. Temple, History of Northfield, 511.
  3. [S31] Joseph H. Smith, ed., Colonial Justice in Western Massachusetts, 104 (summary), 230–31 (transcript).
  4. [S269] Sheldon and Temple, Hist. Northfield, 51-53.
  5. [S929] Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 66, Joseph Parsons d.
  6. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Bliss Family in America (1982), 1:31.
  7. [S27] Thomas B. Warren, "Springfield Families," 476, Joseph (2.) Parsons.
  8. [S929] Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 65, Benjamin Parsons b.
  9. [S929] Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 66, John Parsons b.
  10. [S929] Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 66, Samuell Parsons b.
  11. [S269] Sheldon and Temple, Hist. Northfield, 73.
  12. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Sheldon, Hist. Northfield, 511.
  13. [S27] Warren, "Springfield Families," 175-176, John (5.) Colton.
In 1674 she was accused of being a witch; on this charge she was tried and acquitted the next year, at Boston.1

Mary/2 Bliss

F, #40374, (circa 1625 - 29 January 1712)
Father*Thomas/1 Bliss1 b. c 1590, d. c 1650
Mother*Margaret/1 Hulins1 b. c 1595, d. 28 Aug 1684
Last Edited:3 Jan 2016

Children with Cornet Joseph/1 Parsons:

  • Joseph/2 Parsons+5 b. circa 1647, d. 21 Nov 1729
  • Joseph/2 Parsons1 b. 1 Nov 1647
  • Benjamin/2 Parsons6 b. 22 Jun 1649, d. 22 Jun 1649
  • Capt. John/2 Parsons7 b. 14 Aug 1650
  • Samuel/2 Parsons8 b. 23 Jan 1652
  • Ebenezer/2 Parsons9,10 b. 1 May 1655, d. 2 Sep 1675
  • Jonathan/2 Parsons11 b. 6 Jun 1657, d. 27 Jun 1684
  • David/2 Parsons11 b. 30 Apr 1659
  • Mary/2 Parsons11 b. 27 Jun 1661
  • Hannah/2 Parsons11 b. 1 Aug 1663
  • Abigail/2 Parsons12 b. 3 Sep 1666, d. 27 Jun 1689
  • Abigail/2 Parsons11 b. 3 Sep 1666
  • Esther/2 Parsons9 b. 11 Sep, d. 11 Sep
  • Benjamin/2 Parsons9 b. 11 Sep, d. 11 Sep
  • Esther/2 Parsons9 b. 24 Dec 1672
Mary/2 Bliss, born in England circa 16251, married, 26 Nov 1646 at Hartford, Connecticut, Cornet Joseph/1 Parsons.2,1 Daughter Parsons and daughter Scot were bequeathed my wearing clothes, bedding & household Stuffe in their mother's will, 25 Jun 1684.3 She died at Springfield 29 Jan 1712.1
     See John Demos, The Enemy Within: 2,000 Years of Witch-Hunting in the Western World.4

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S269] George Sheldon and J.H. Temple, History of Northfield, 511.
  2. [S929] William Pynchon and John Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 66, Joseph Parsons/Mary Blisse m.
  3. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Bliss Family in America (1982), 1:29-30.
  4. [S59] The Boston Globe, 28 Sep 2008, "Books."
  5. [S27] Thomas B. Warren, "Springfield Families," 476, Joseph (2.) Parsons.
  6. [S929] Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 65, Benjamin Parsons.
  7. [S929] Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 66, John Parsons b.
  8. [S929] Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 66, Samuell Parsons b.
  9. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Bliss Family in America (1982), 1:31.
  10. [S269] Sheldon and Temple, Hist. Northfield, 73.
  11. [S918] Paul W. Allred, citing Sheldon, Hist. Northfield, 511.
  12. [S27] Warren, "Springfield Families," 175-176, John (5.) Colton.

Hugh/1 Parsons

M, #40378, (say 1623 - )
Father-CandidateFather/a? Parsons b. s 1590
Last Edited:17 Aug 2017

Children with Mary Lewis:

  • Hannah/2 Parsons+4 b. 6 Sep 1646
  • Samuel/2 Parsons5 b. 4 Oct 1648, d. circa 30 Sep 1649
  • Joshua/2 Parsons6 b. 26 Aug 1650, d. 4 Mar 1651
Hugh/1 Parsons married, 27 Oct 1645 at Springfield, Massachusetts, Mary Lewis.1
     
From the first settlement at Springfield, in 1636, there had been more or less excitement about witchcraft. Suspicion finally fell upon Hugh Parsons, a sawyer, who had married Mary Lewis … In 1649 Parsons was prosecuted by the Widow Marshfield for a libel uttered by his wife. The libel consisted in Mrs. Parsons' saying that Goodwife Marshfield had bewitched the Rev. Moxon's children, and the verdict being against him he was condemned to pay twenty-four bushels of Indian corn and twenty shillings in money; both Parsons and his wife declared that this was owing to false swearing. Parsons' first child was born October 4, 1649, and died within a year. His second child, Joshua, was born October 26, 1650, and soon thereafter the father was charged with witchcraft. The sickness of Mrs. Parsons deprived her of reason, and the course pursued after she was thus afflicted rendered her permanently insane. Her child died on March 1, 1651, and on the following May 1, Mrs. Parsons was sent to Boston and there imprisoned. She was indicted, first, for witchcraft, and secondly, for killing her child. She pleaded not guilty of 'familiarity with the devil as a witch,' and was acquitted on that count, but, pleading guilty of the infanticide, was condemned to be hung. She was ordered to be taken back to Springfield, and there hung. She was so returned, but died in jail before her time of execution had arrived …
     A jury had previously convicted her husband, Hugh Parsons, of the crime of witchcraft, by the practice of which, as charged, he had caused his child's death. After the long and tedious prosecution at Springfield, Parsons was sent to Boston, where the testimony was submitted to the General Court, when the previous confession of his wife and the impeachment of some of the witnesses led to his acquittal. He never returned to Springfield.2

     His Springfield homestead was acquired by Henry/1 Burt and next by his son Jonathan. "This homestead of Jonathan Burt's was where Broad street now is."3

Source Citations/Notes:

  1. [S929] William Pynchon and John Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 66, Hugh Parsons/Mary Lewis m.
  2. [S1108] Burt & Burt, Life & Times of Henry Burt, 117-118.
  3. [S1108] Burt, Life & Times of Henry Burt, 120-121.
  4. [S929] Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 65, Hannah Parsons b.
  5. [S929] Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 66, Samuel Parsons b.; bur.
  6. [S929] Pynchon, Index to Hampshire Records, 66, Joshua Parsons b.; Josua d.