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This image was sent by a friend who found it in the book, Stage-Coach and Tavern Days by Alice Morse Earle. The tavern was located in Springfield, MA. Our ancestors settled Springfield in the 17th century. 
Parsons Memorial Bench
The Parson's Memorial Bench is located in the garden of the Nathaniel Parsons House in Northampton, MA.

At our annual reunion on July 28, 2006 it was decided to purchase a "Parsons Bench" to be placed at The Parsons House on the grounds of Historic Northampton on Bridge Street in Northampton, Mass. 

As written on the seat of the bench, it was "Dedicated for Outstanding Achievement in Preserving the Parsons Family History". The first three persons to be so honored were Josiah Waite ParsonsEarle P. Parsons and Gerald James Parsons whose names were engraved on the back rest of the bench below the PARSONS name. There is ample space on the back rest for additional persons who attain this level of achievement.

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A NOTE FROM BOB HEATH:

"On our web site you have a picture of the Parsons tavern in Springfield, Mass. I have done a brief search concerning the tavern. It may have belonged to Aaron Parsons a Grandson of Cornet Joseph who lived in Springfield and was called an Innkeeper on several occasions. He moved to downtown Springfield Circa 1745 and was called an Innkeeper at that time. I got this information from Gerald's [Parsons] book. Henry Parsons in his book called Aaron's father Daniel an Innkeeper but, Gerald says that he did not find any reference to Daniel being an Innkeeper. There is no mention of the Parsons Tavern being owned by Aaron. However, it does seem logical and Aaron was an Innkeeper in the mid 18th century. 1750ish. It is also said that George Washington stayed at the Inn on more then one occasion.

After having said all of that after reading further Gerald states, on page 569 of his book, that Aaron's son Zenas bought property in 1773 in Springfield and this property became known as "Parsons Tavern". Gerald also states that indeed GW did stop there on occasions.

If you have Gerald's book check out page 569".
The Genealogy of the Bliss Family in America by Aaron Tyler Bliss states that, "According to a Salt Lake City, Utah newspaper (1979), Mary Bliss Parsons was a seventh great-grandmother to the late Hollywood screen actor, John Wayne, who was b. Marion Michael Morrison May 26, 1907 at Winterset, IA and d. in 1979." (page 31)

More at the link below:
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Estelle Parsons, film and TV actress, writer and director is a Parsons cousin. She began her career as a singer before she established herself on Broadway.

For the role of Blanche Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde (1967), she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. 

She was born Nov. 20, 1927 in Lynn, MA, the daughter of Eben Parsons and Elinor Matttson.
Plans are in the works to add two more names to the bench this year. Those so honored will be The Rev'd Frank Eugene Miller and Dr. Stuart "Stu" Overton Parsons Jr. Both took great interest in the Parsons Family Association and did much to earn mention on our family bench.
A brief biography of "Stu" Parsons can be found on the In Memoriam page on this website.

The Rev'd Frank Eugene Miller was born in February 1865 the son of Brayton 
Bela Miller and Ellen Marie Parsons. His grandfather was Deacon Stanford Parsons. He married Bertha Emelia Erhardt. He was an evangelist and lived in Lowville, NY. Rev'd Miller was the founder of our family organization, first called the Parsons Family of America. In 1923, the first meeting was held in Lowville with 75 people in attendance. The second and third meetings were also held in Lowville. He was descended from Cornet Joseph Parsons through his son Samuel and Rhoda Taylor. Samuel and Rhoda are buried in the Old Cemetery at Durham, CT.
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