|Notes for Sgt. John PARISH|
|First wife was Hannah Jewell|
Isaac by his second wife is our ancestor. For details, see Pages 3,4 & 570
Marriage date is called a divorce, Page 282,87
He was a Sergeant in King William's War.
Note: Early Records of Groton, Gree: p. 88, John Parish a selectman,
10 Dec 1684; pg 94 John Parish a selectman, 10 Dec 1686; pg 101,
"Sargt" John Parish a selectman, Oct 27 1690.
Note: References: Savage; Farmer; Will of John Parish, Vital Records
of Braintree, Mendon, Groton, Ipswich and Boston Mass, and of
Norwich, Preston, Branford, Guilford, etc., Ct; Caulkins,;
Perkins; Church Records of Norwich, Preston and neighboring
towns in Ct; Groton, Mass. Historical Series; Annals of Mendon,
John Parish of Groton, Mass and also of Braintree, Mendon and
Stonington, born 1642; died 1715; was probably the first of the
line in New England. The difference in the way of spelling the
name of Paris and Parish, some using frequently two r's has led
to confusion,but there were apparently two distinct families,
one bearing the name Paris, the other Parish. Of the paris
family were the Rev. Samuel Paris of witchcraft fame, his uncle
John Paris, a planter of Barbados, and Thomas Paris who appears
on Long Island in 1683. Of the Parish name the earliest seem to
have been Thomas Parish of Cambridge, who came over in the
INCREASE in 1635; Captain Edward Parrish who settled in
Maryland; and John Parish of Groton. Savage has called this
John: perhaps a son of Thomas or a brother as seems more
likely," but as there is no Thomas among John's six sons
mentioned in his will, it is probable that neither of these
suppositions is correct. Nor does there seem to be any evidence
from wills for other sources of information to connect him with
the Paris family.
John Parish first appears in Braintree, Mass., where he married
(1) 6th month 30th 1664 (New Style, Auguest 30, 1664; 30 June,
Marriage Records before 1699, Clemens), Hannah Jewell, born
December 12, 1643, died_____, daughter of Thomas and Grizel of
the same place. After the birth of a daughter, Hannah, they must
have moved to Mendon, Mass., where John Parish took an original
proprietor's lot of twenty acres. The ANNALS OF MENDON mentions
his name in several records, the earliest being December 1,
1669, whenhe signed an agreement concerning the coming of a
pastor to the church. Either during King Philip's War, or just
after it, he went to Groton, for in the Concord records is found
an agreement of the inhabitants of Groton, assembled at Concord,
December 10, 1677, "that those present would go up in the
spring following, and begin to repair our habitations again,"
which agreement he signed. At Groton he was a member of the
council of safety which met in Boston 9 May, 1689, just after
Governor Andros was deposed and of which he ws the only
representative from Groton. On the same day he was elected a
representative to the General Court. On December 29 685, he
married (2) Mary Wattell, born August 1, 1668, died_____
daughter of John of Chelmsforcd, Mass. During King William's
War, and on March 17, 1691/2, in an agreement for the security
of the town,"engign John Lakin and John Parish"(he was called
"Sargt" in the town records), with others, were to comp0se one
of the garrisons. Having suffered one Indian attack while at
Mendon, John Parish removed to Chebacco Parish, Ipswich, Mass.
There four more children were born to him. From ipswich he went
to Connecticut, where on november 15, 1704, John Parish and Mary
his wife were admitted to the first church of Preston by letter
from the Ipswich church. Here he died. His will was proved
November 8, 1715, and the original is now at New London, Ct. The
children are given in the same order as mentioned in this will.
From Reference: "John Parish of Groton, Mass., and Some of His Descendants", by Roswell Parish, Jr. (in New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Vol. LXIII):
JOHN PARISH, of Groton, Mass., and earlier of Braintree and Mendon, was probably the first of the line in New England. The dates of his birth and death have not been ascertained. He settled first at Braintree, where he married, June 30, 1664, Hannah Jewell, daughter of Thomas Jewell of Braintree. She was born Dec. 12, 1643, and had died before 1685, since he married (2) Dec. 29, 1685, Mary Wattell.
About 1665 John Parish removed to Mendon, Mass. where he took an original proprietor's lot of 20 acres. He is first mentioned in the records on Dec. 1, 1669, when he signed an agreement concerning the coming of a pastor to the church. Either during King Philip's War or soon after, he removed to Groton, for in the Concord records is found an agreement of the inhabitants of Groton, assembled at Concord, Dec. 10, 1677, "that those present would go up in the spring following to repair our habitations again," which agreement he signed. At Groton he was a member of the Council of Safety which met May 9, 1689, just after Governor Andros was deposed, and the same day he was elected a Representative to the General Court.
During King William's War, and on Mar. 17, 1691/2, in an agreement for the security of the town, "Ensign John Lakin and John Parish," with others, were to compose one of the garrisons. Having suffered one Indian attack while at Mendon, John Parish removed to Chebacco Parish, Ipswich, Mass. From Ipswich he went to Connecticut, where on Nov. 15, 1704, John Parish and Mary, his wife, were admitted to the First Church of Preston by letter from Ipswich Church. He died at Preston, Conn., in 1715.
Another set of references: Groton Vit Rec Mg 11 p. 126; New Engl Hist Vol 2 B60 p. 314,
Vol 63 p. 375; New Eng Parish Family p. 4; Colonial Families of U.S.
New Eng Hist & Gen Reg Vol 63 p. 364-6.
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|Notes for Mary (Spouse 1)|
Page 282,87 Marriage date is called a divorce here.
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