Parker — Rowe

PARKER, William, son of Levi and Hannah (Geddings) Parker, b. in Lunenburg, Aug. 7, 1813, m. May 7, 1837, Mary E. (dau. of Warren Maynard and Nancy Holden), who was b. in Sudbury, Jan. 23, 1817. They settled in Bedford in 1842. He d. Feb. 18, 1889. Ch. William L. b. May 14, 1838. Albert F. b. Sept. 20, 1840, d. Feb. 24, 1873. Adelaide E. b. Mar. 19, 1843, d. Sept. 26, 1854. Lillie H. b. April 28, 1846, d. Nov. 16, 1889. Minnie E. b. May 28, 1853. George M. b. July 24, 1856.

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POLLARD, Oliver,^1 m. Feb. 1735-6, Hannah Hill. Ch. Oliver,^2 b. 1736-7, and others.

Oliver,^2 m. 1777, Mary Hill. (See epitaphs.) [*1] Ch. Oliver.^3 Jane, m. Thomas Smith, d. 1868. Obed.^4 Mary, m. Rev. William Gragg.

There were others of the name. Walter was a tavern keeper, q.v. The family is now extinct.

PORTER, Joseph, m. Bethiah Batchelder of Danvers, and settled here. (See Homesteads, old sites.) [*2] He d. July 13, 1770. Ch. Molly, b. April 23, 1743. Bethiah, b. Nov. 18, 1744. Israel, b. Sept. 2, 1746, settled in Cambridge as a tavern keeper. Joseph, b. Sept. 6, 1748, d Aug. 14, 1770. Jemima, b. July S, 1750. Desire, b. Feb. 11, 1752, m. Abraham Brown of Brookline. Edith, b. Mar. 1, 1754, m. William Caldwell; m. 2d, —— Pollard. Sarah, Sept. 29, 1756, m. David Woolley. h William, b. July 22, 1759. Lydia, b. Sept. 15, 1761, m. Benjamin Trask of Lexington. Olive, b. Dec. 2, 1765, m. Simon Hadley of Lexington.

William, m. May 4, 1779, Lucy Kibbey; m. 2d, Rebecca Page, widow of Jonathan Wilson. He d. Feb. 26, 1829: 2d wife d. Jan. 27, 1834. Ch. William, d. at sea. Polly (Mary) b. Sept. 28, 1781, m. Stephen Bacon. Lucy, b. Oct. 3, 1784, m. Samuel Sage. Betsey, b. July 1, 1786, m. Thomas Page. h Asa, b. ——. Joseph, b. 1790. (See epitaph.) [*1] Martha, m. Bradley V. Bowers; m. 2d, Moses Simonds. Sally, m. Israel Porter Hadley. Nancy, m. Edward Flint of Concord. By 2d wife, Rebecca P. b. Nov. 15, 1798, m. Thompson Bacon, Jr.

Asa, m. June 17, 1817, Mary Mulliken of Concord, d. Dec. 25, 1825 (?). Ch. Joseph Mulliken, b. Nov. 24, 1819. Mary Rebecca, b. Aug. 25, 1821.

PUTNAM, John,^1 and wife, Priscilla, the immigrants, came from Bucks County, Eng., to Salem, about 1640. Three sons came with them. Thomas,^2 b. 1618, was grandfather of Maj.-Gen. Israel Putnam^4 of Connecticut. Nathaniel,^2 b. 1621, was grandfather of Israel^4 of Bedford (see Homesteads, and epitaphs), who m. July 22, 1722, Sarah, dau. of Jonathan Bacon. [*3][*1] Israel,^5 b. Mar. 20, 1722-3, m. Sarah Hutchinson, had 5 ch. Benjamin,^6 b. Aug. 2, 1725, m. Eunice Rea; m. 2d, Rebecca Farley, had 1 ch. Jonathan,^5 b. July 16, 1727, m. Hannah Melvin of Concord, had Mary, b. 1750.


Jonas, of Roxbury, m. Mar. 14, 1811, Hannah Evans. (See Samuel Hartwell homestead.) [*3] He d. Mar. 18, 1818. She m. 2d, Moses Page, and d. Aug. 8, 1849. Ch. Jonas, b. Aug. 23, 1811, m. Emeline Tenny. He d. May 30, 1868; She d. Nov. 27, 1880. Samuel Hartwell, b. 1815. Lucy Desire, b. 1817.


William A. m. July 2, 1846, Mary Ann Smith of Westford and settled in Bedford as a tavern keeper. He d. Mar. 1871. Ch. Mary Augusta, b. Oct. 24, 1860, m. Wallace G. Webber.

Mrs. Mary A. Putnam was the donor of the clock in the church tower.

REED, William and Mabel, were the immigrant ancestors who embarked from England in the “Defence,” July 4, 1635, and reached New England Oct. 6 of the same year. [*4] They brought three children with them, viz., — George, aged six years, Ralph, aged five years, and “Justice” or Justus, aged eighteen months (according to Savage). [*5] They first settled at Dorchester, and in 1639 went to Scituate,

where he was constable in 1644. They firmly adhered to the rites of the church. He sent his wife from Scituate to Dorchester on horseback with an infant, Israel, to be baptized in 1644. In 1648 he purchased a farm of sixty acres in Woburn. They soon returned to England, where he died at Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1656. He left a will, and Oliver Cromwell made his wife Mabel executrix on “the last day of October, 1656.” She returned to this country, and lived at Woburn with her children. She m. 2d, Henry Sumners of Woburn, and d. June 5, 1690.

William and Mabel had nine children, of whom George^2 m. Oct. 4, 1651, Elizabeth Gennison, who d. Feb. 26, 1665. He m. 2d, Hannah Rockwell. He d. Feb. 21, 1706, aged 77 years.

William,^3 seventh child of George,^2 b. Sept. 22, 1662, was a “captain” and a prominent citizen of Lexington, and lived on Bedford road. He m. May 24, 1685, Abigail Kendall of Woburn. She had extra fingers and toes, and from that blood the excrescence has appeared in recent generations of some branches of the family. [*6] He d. May 12, 1718; she d. Oct. 12, 1734. Ch. Abigail, b. May 29, 1687, m. Jonathan Fiske, and settled in Sudbury.

h William,^4 b. July 18, 1693. Mary, b. April 8, 1695, m. Dea. John Stone, d. Oct. 1, 1772. Benjamin,^4 b. Oct. 22, 1696, m. Rebecca Stone. Samuel,^4 d. young. Joshua,^4 b. June 20, 1702, m. Elizabeth Russell. Hepzibah, b. Dec. 10, 1705, m. Daniel Tidd.

William,^4 son of William.^3 “Esq. Reed,” was prominent in town and church of Lexington, was captain of militia, and was in the French war in 1755. He m. about 1719 Sarah, dau. of John Poulter, and d. Feb. 11, 1778; she d. Nov. 25, 1769. Ch. William,^5 b. Jan. 1, 1720, m. Abigail Stone. Samuel,^5 b. May 4, 1722, m. Eunice Stone. Sarah, b. June 3, 1725, m. Benjamin Brown. Mary, b. May 10, 1728, m. William Bowman. h Oliver,^5 b. Mar. 25, 1730. h John,^5 b. May 28, 1731. Hammon,^5 b. April 28, 1734, m. Betty Simonds. Eliot, b. April 28, 1737, m. Joseph Bridge. Hannah, b. Oct. 21, 1740, m. John Bridge. Nathan, b. Nov. 9, 1743, m. Mary Page.

Oliver,^5 son of William,^4 m. April 11, 1754, Sarah Bridge, and d. Sept. 18, 1811. Ch. h Oliver,^6 b. Dec. 11, 1755. Sarah, b. Oct. 4, 1757. h Reuben,^6 b. Dec. 21, 1759. (See Homesteads.) [*3] Mary, b. Sept. 12, 1763, m. Abner Ball.

Oliver,^6 son of Oliver,^5 m. May 18, 1786, Betty Abbott, who d. Oct. 22, 1802; m. 2d, Sept. 2, 1810, Mary Fitch, who d. May 31, 1812. He d. Aug. 15, 1837. Ch. h Nathan Oliver,^7 Mary Elizabeth, twins, b. Feb. 6, 1812. Mary Elizabeth m. Jarvis Mansfield.

Reuben,^6 son of Oliver, settled in South Bedford on farm now owned by C. L. Wait. He m. Mary Wilson, and d. Feb. 1, 1815; she d. July 14, 1843. Ch. h Lot,^7 b. Jan. 19, 1792. Mary, b. Sept. 19, 1793, d. 1814. Sally, b. Dec. 3, 1795, d. Mar. 12, 1870. Isaac,^7 b. Feb. 24, 1798. h Jesse,^7 b. Jan. 31, 1800. Louisa, b. Feb. 22, 1802, m. Elbridge Bacon. Betsey, b. d. young. Hiram,^7 b. Jan. 31, 1808. Betsey, b. Jan. 6, 1811, m. April 26, 1835, Rodney Clement; m. 2d, Nathaniel C. Cutler.

Nathan Oliver,^7 son of Oliver,^6 had the homestead, where he spent his life, q.v. He m. Dec. 18, 1834, Martha S. Fitch, who died Mar. 22, 1841; m. 2d, Nov. 10, 1843, Mrs. Nancy Fitch (widow of Abel). He d. April 27, 1865. Ch. Martha Fitch, b. Mar. 2, 1841. m. William Thomas, of

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Gladbrook, Iowa; by 2d wife, Mary Caroline, b. April 6, 1845. h Nathan Henry,^8 b. May 25, 1848.

Nathan Henry,^8 son of Nathan O.^7 m. Clara Parker of Billerica. Ch. Nathan Parker,^9 b. Dec. 13, 1874. Mary B. b. June 7, 1877.

Lot,^7 m. Lucebia Winship. [^1] He d. Sept. 25, 1821; she d. Feb. 24, 1871. Ch. Lucebia U. m. Enos Morgan. Emily A. m. Charles P. Robbins.

Jesse,^7 son of Reuben,^6 m. Oct. 28, 1819, Ruth Pool. He d. 1839; she d. 1874. Ch. Amanda, b. May 12, 1820, d. Sept. 15, 1846. Malvina, b. Feb. 5, 1823, d. July 18, 1844. Mary, d. young. Hiram,^8 b. Feb. 2, 1828, m. July 8, 1886, Jennie M. .Adams. Laura J. b. Mar. 7, 1835, m. Albert Buttrick.

Reuben,^8 b. and d. 1840.


John,^5 son of William^4 and Sarah Poulter, m. Jan. 18, 1753, Ruhamah, dau. of Daniel and Eliot Brown. He d. Nov. 20, 1805; she d. Jan. 9, 1798. Ch. Ruhamah, b. Dec. 11. 1753. m. John Lane, 3d. h John,^6 b. June 9, 1758. Grace, b. April 26, 1760, d. Sept. 16, 1778. h Roger, b. June 14, 1762. Eliot, b. Oct. 22, 1764, d. Aug. 24, 1780. h Poulter,^6 b. Feb. 18, 1767. (See Dominie Manse, in Homesteads.) [*7] Hannah, b. July 8, 1769, m. Joseph Colburn.

John,^6 son of John,^5 m. Dec. 1, 1785, Hannah Merriam, dau. of John.^5 He d. 1805; she d. 1839. Ch. Anna, b. July 2, 1787, d. Nov. 18, 1808. h Otis,^7 b. Mar. 27, 1791. Hannah, b. Sept. 6, 1795, m. —— Swain, d. Mar. 24, 1823. John^7 b. April 10, 179S, d. May 13, 1819.

Hannah Reed, wife of John,^6 gave the principal part of the communion service to the church connected with the Trinitarian Congregational society, and the “Back Common” to the town.

Roger,^6 son of John, had a share of the homestead, q.v., and m. Nov. 15, 1790, Sarah Webber. He d. June 8, 1844; she d. Feb. 8, 1849. Ch. Sally, b. Oct. 8, 1797; m. Alford Fitch. Eliot, b. Nov. 9, 1800, m. Charles O. Gragg.

Otis,^7 son of John,^6 m. Emily Winship. He d. 1829; she d. 1831. Ch. Anna W. b. Mar. 2, 1819, m. Thomas Stiles. H. Malvina Swain, b. Sept. 21. 1824, m. Sylvanus Lawrence.

Poulter,^6 son of John.^5 m. Sept. 1, 1789, Molly Hartwell, and settled in Littleton. Had 6 ch. Their son John Poulter,^7 b. Dec 22, 1805, m. April 4, 1832, Nancy Whitcomb, and settled in Bedford. After twenty-seven years they returned to Littleton, remained three years, and then settled in Lexington. John P. Reed was representative from Bedford in 1841 and 1843, and a man of influence and stability of character. Ch. John Henry, d. young. Nancy J. b. Oct. 4, 1835, m. Levi W. Webber. John Morton, b. Mar. 6, 1840, resides at Lexington.


David Reed,^6 a descendant from William^1 and Mabel, was a tavern keeper, and prominent in military and town affairs, m. Jan. 9, 1772, Hannah Raymond, who d. April 29, 1790; m. 2d, 1791, Abigail Simonds, who d. Sept. 1, 1803; m. 3d, Mar. 28, 1804, Martha Simonds, who d. Jan. 31, 1834. He d. Jan. 6. 1832. Ch. John^7 b. 1772, d. 1846. Polly, b. 1777, m. Jonathan Lawrence. Hannah, b. 1784, m. Joseph Colburn. h David,^7 b. 1787. By 2d wife, h Benjamin,^7 h. 1793. Nabby, b. 1794, m. William Colburn. By 3d wife, Susannah, b. 1806, m. Albert Bacon.

David,^7 son of David,^6 m. April 23, 1812, Abigail Dan-

forth. Ch. Abigail, b. Feb. 3, 1813. Hannah R. b. Jan. 14, 1823.

Benjamin,^7 son of David,^6 m. April 7, 1817, Sally P. Danforth. He d. Nov. 2, 1838; she d. June 15, 1869. Ch. h William D.^8 b. Dec. 16, 1817. h David,^8 b. June 28, 1819. Lucy Pollard, b. Nov. 21, 1825, m. Eldridge Hartwell. George W.^8 b. and d. 1828. Sarah R. b. April 1833, d. Oct. 7, 1846.

William D.^8 son of Benjamin,^7 m. April 20, 1843, Lydia S. Butters of Burlington.

David,^8 son of Benjamin,^7 m. April 15, 1848, Sarah Butters of Burlington. She d. Dec. 7, 1886. Ch. George Fred, m. Fanny Mason. Ida May, b. and d. 1863.

RICE, David, son of David and Sarah (Brown) Rice, b. Jan. 28, 1782, in Langdon, N.H. He came when quite young to Massachusetts, and learned the trade of a blacksmith, after which he settled in Bedford and followed that occupation. (See Industries.) [*8] He m. Abi Willis, who d. Oct. 30, 1820; m. 2d, Jan. 31, 1822, Mrs. Nancy Robbins, dau. of Jonathan and Rebekah Page. He d. Jan. 1849; she d. April 8, 1855. Ch. Sarah, b. June 22, 1811, m. Oliver A. Wilson. Dorcas, b. Jan. 13, 1813, m. Alexander Mann. By 2d wife, Harriet, b. Jan. 14, 1823, m. Stephen Hull.

ROBBINS, Parley, m. Jan. 23, 1814, Nancy Wilson. Ch. Charles P. m. Emily A. Reed, d. Sept. 6, 1876. Ann, m. Frederick Bacon, d. June 19, 1882.

ROBINSON, William,^1 resided on a farm of 200 acres in Cambridge. He was one of the original petitioners for the separation of “Newtowne” from Cambridge in the year 1678. He m. Elizabeth ——, and d. about 1693. Ch. Elizabeth. Hannah, b. at Concord, July 13, 1671 (called Ann). She d. in Cambridge, Oct. 5, 1672. William,^2 b. July 10, 1673. Mercy, b. Aug. 7, 1676. David,^2 b. May 23, 167S, “lame and helpless in 1695.” Samuel,^2 and h Jonathan,^2 twins, b. April 20, 1680. They were all living, except Hannah, when the will was probated in 1693.

Jonathan,^2 son of William,^1 m. Ruth ——. He d. 1753; she d. April 25, 1759. Ch. h Jonathan,^3 b. Feb. 21, 1706-7. Ruth, b. Jan. 29, 1708-9. Abigail, b. Feb. 4, 1710-11, m. Nathaniel Bacon of Lexington. James,^3 b. Aug. 30, 1715, m. Anna Trask. Lydia, b. Aug. 29, 1718, m. Caleb Simonds. Hannah, b. Jan 8, 1720-21.

Jonathan Robinson^2 is thought to have m. Ruth Cutler of Cambridge, dau. of Richard, in whose will, made in 1693, is the following:

“For the two Robinsons, grandsons to the deceased.”

(This was found in papers left by Jonathan Robinson.) Isaac Powers of Cambridge sold to Jonathan Robinson of Cambridge, weaver, in 1706, a lot of land at Cambridge farms (Lexington). Jonathan was tything-man in 1735, and in 1744 was on a committee to

“dignify and seat the meeting-house.”

Jonathan,^3 son of Jonathan,^2 m. Elizabeth ——. He d. 1748. Ch. Elizabeth, b. June 20, 1732. Jonathan,^4 b. Sept. 29, 1733. h Jacob,^4 b. Feb. 3, 1738-9. Submit, bap. July 17, 1743.

Jacob,^4 son of Jonathan,^3 m. Elizabeth Draper. They were admitted to church Mar. 21, 1775. He d. June 18, 1776; she d. Sept. 24, 1830. Ch. Jacob,^5 b. Oct. 28, 1762, m. Hannah Simonds. Elizabeth, d. young. h Jesse,^5 b. July 14, 1767. Jonathan,^5 b. June 20, 1769, was twice married. Betsey, b. Feb. 26, 1772, m. White of Watertown. Anna, b. June 28, 1774, m. Gardner of Cambridge. Nathan,^5 d. young.

Jesse,^5 son of Jacob,^4 m. Nov. 21, 1793, Rebecca, dau.

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of Samuel Tidd of Acton, who was at the battles of Lexington and Bunker Hill. He d. 1843; she d. 1863. Ch. Rebecca, b. Feb. 14, 1795, m. Diar Quimby. h Jesse,^6 b. June 4, 1797. Sarah, b. Aug. 29, 1800, m. Diar Quimby, and lived in Charlestown, had several Ch., d. 1871. Anne, b. Aug. 6, 1804, m. Nathaniel Paine of Hyannis. Had one son. Eliza. Mary. h Charles,^6 b. April 10, 1816. Martha. (For Eliza, Mary, and Martha see epitaphs. [*1] See also homesteads.) [*9]

Jesse,^6 an old-time schoolmaster, m. Asenath Buttrick of Pelham, N.H. He d. Nov. 1876. Had 8 ch., of whom Jesse Orin^7 resides at Mount Vernon, N.H., and has two sons and two daughters. Edwin^7 resides at Littleton, and has two sons and one daughter. He is deacon of the Baptist church in that place. Charles Henry^7 volunteered for three years in the rebellion, and died in the service.

Charles,^6 son of Jesse,^5 m. Sept. 1840, Sophia Billings of Acton. She d. July 2, 1882. Ch. Ellen S. b. June 11, 1842, d. Mar. 31, 1887. h Charles F.^7 b. Sept. 15, 1844. h Walter B.^7 b. Sept. 20, 1846.

Charles Robinson^6 lived at the homestead in Bedford until 1867, when he removed with his family to Natick. He was a faithful man in the town and church, and a member of the school committee for a series of years.

Charles F.^7 son of Charles,^6 m. April 19, 1869, Cornelia F. Clark of Gorham, Me. Ch. Ernest Frederick^8, b. Feb. 5, 1870, a physician in Maynard. Edward Henry,^8 b. June 12, 1873, d. July 27, 1877. Cora Belle, b. Sept. 14, 1875, d. April 5, 1879. Charles Walter,^8 b. June 3, 1878. Twin boys, b. May 27, 1880, d. at birth.

Charles F. Robinson^7 resided in the West for about nine years immediately succeeding his marriage, but removed to Natick in February, 1878, and later to Marlboro, where he is a successful business man. He is deacon of the Orthodox Congregational church. (See military history.) [*10]

Walter Billings,^7 son of Charles,^6 m. June 5, 1870, Ella M. Bullard of Sherborn. She d. Mar. 25, 1872. He m. 2d, Clara F. Mason of Vermont. Ch. Ada Sophia, b. Mar. 5, 1871. Charles Frederick,^8 b. Aug. 15, 1875. Ella F. b. Nov. 3, 1877. Ethel, b. Dec. 1880. Frank Billings,^8 b. Dec. 1885.

Walter Billings Robinson^7 removed from Bedford to Natick in 1867, where he is a coal and lumber merchant and a man of prominence.

ROWE, Moses E. b. in Candia, N.H., Feb. 21, 1823, m. Nov. 27, 1850, Rose A. Morse, b. in Maine, Nov. 27, 1824. Ch. Emma J. b. Mar. 2, 1852, d. Oct. 31, 1856. Minnie E. b. Nov. 24, 1853, m. John Brainerd. Frank H. b. Feb. 12, 1856, m. Ada Champney. Fannie B. b. Nov. 23, 1865, m. A. Elmer Blake. Hattie L. b. July 15, 1868, m. Dana B. Clark.

Moses E. Rowe settled in Bedford on the Ephraim Jones farm. He has occupied many positions of trust in town; was chosen a deacon of the Church of Christ, Mar. 29, 1886. which office he now fills.



  1. Lucebia ∨ Lucretia [*11]


  1. cf. (in this work) pp 88-89
  2. cf. (in this work) p 106
  3. cf. (in this work) pp 96-98
  4. “the ‘Defence'”: a ship called ‘the Defence’
  5. cf. Savage’s Genealogical dictionary of the first settlers: Volume III (1861) p 519
  6. “excrescence”: abnormal outgrowth
  7. cf. (in this work) p 93
  8. cf. (in this work) p 39
  9. cf. (in this work) p 101
  10. cf. (in this work) p 69
  11. cf. (in this work) II: p 48
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