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CORNET JOSEPH PARSONS, one of the founders of Springfield and Northampton, 
Massachusetts, was baptized in St. Mary's Church at Beaminster, Dorset, England, 25 June 1620, son of William and Margaret (Hoskins) Parsons. He came to New England about 1635, and died at Springfield 9 October 1683. He married at Hartford, Connecticut, 26 November 1646, MARY BLISS, who was born in England about 1628 and died at Springfield 29 January 1711/12, daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Hulins) Bliss of Gloucestershire, England, and later Hartford, Connecticut.

Children of Joseph Parsons and Mary Bliss:
Joseph, perhaps in Conn., Ca. 1647 - 21 or 29 Nov. 1729
Benjamin, ? - 22 June 1649
John, 14 Aug. 1650 - 19 April 1728
Samuel, 23 Jan. 1652/3 - 19 Nov. 1734
Ebenezer, 1 May 1655 - 2 Sept. 1675.
Jonathon, 6 June 1657 - fall of 1694
David, 30 April 1659, d. young
Mary, 27 June 1661 - 23 Aug 1711
Hannah, 1 Aug. 1663 - 1 April 1739
Abigail, 3 Sept. 1666 - 27 June I689
Esther (recorded as Hester), 4 Dec. 1672 - 30 May 1760


DEACON BENJAMIN PARSONS, an early settler of Springfield, was baptized May 01, 1625 at St Mary's Church in Beaminster, Dorset, England, son of William and Margaret (Hoskins) Parsons. He came to New England about 1650, and died at Springfield August 24, 1689. He married first at Windsor, 06 October 1653, SARAH VORE, who was probably born in Dorchester, MA, about 1635, and died at Springfield, January 01, 1675/76, daughter of Richard and Ann Vore (or Voare) of Crewkerne, Somerset, and Windsor, Connecticut.. He married second, in Springfield 21 February 1676/77, SARAH HEALD, who died there 23 November 1711, widow of John Leonard. She married third, at Springfield, 3 November 1690, Deacon Peter Tilton of Hadley, Massachusetts.

Children of Benjamin Parsons and Sarah Vore
Sarah, 18 Aug.1656 - 27 June 1740
Benjamin,. 15 Sept. 1658 - 29 Dec. 1728
Mary, 10 Dec. 1660 - 27 Jan.1662/3
Abigail, 6 Jan.1662/3 - Aft. 1695
Samuel, 10 Oct.1666 - 17 Feb. 1735/6
Ebenezer, 17 Nov. 1668 - 12 or 23 Sept.1752
Mary, 17 Dec. 1670 - 3 Nov. 1758
Hezekiah, 24 Nov. 1673 - 18 Mar. 1756
Joseph, Dec. 1675 - 21 Oct. 1733


THOMAS PARSONS, an early settler of Windsor, Connecticut, was probably the Thomas 
baptized at Beaminster, Dorset, 8 February 1608/9, son of William and Margaret (Hoskins) 
Parsons. He came to New England probably about 1635, and died at Windsor 23 September 1661. He married at Windsor 28 June 1641, LYDIA BROWN, who was born in England about 1616, and was still living at Windsor on 7 November l67l. She married second, at Windsor 30 November 1664, as his third wife, Eltweed Pomeroy, who was baptized at Beaminster, Dorset, 4 July 1585, and died at Northampton, in March 1673, son of Richard Pomeroy. Thomas Parsons was one of the earliest settlers and founders of Windsor, one of the first settlements made by the English in Connecticut. It would appear that he was settled there by 1636, for in the spring of 1637 he served in the Pequot War from Windsor. For this service he received 50 acres of land, which was given to his sons Ebenezer and Samuel by the General Court of Connecticut 13 October 1698.

Children of Thomas Parsons and Lydia Brown
Bethia, b. 21 May 1642.
Abigail, b. 21 Jan. 1643; bur. at Windsor, 5 Dec. 1659.
Thomas, b. 9 Aug. 1645.
John, b. 13 Nov. 1647.
Mercy/Marcy, b. 23 July 1652.
Ebenezer, b. 14 May 1655.
Samuel, b. 18 July 1657.
Joseph, b. 1 May 1661; d. prob. young.

For additional information on Thomas Parsons and his descendents see “The Early Parsons
Families of the Connecticut River Valley” by Gerald J. Parsons. Originally printed in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register.


JEFFERY PARSONS, 1631-1689. Wife - Sarah Vinson/Vinton 1644- 1707/08

Children of Jeffery Parsons and Sarah Vinson/Vinton
James Parsons 1658-1733
Jeffery Parsons II 1660/61 - 1750
Sarah Parsons 1663 - ?
Elizabeth Parsons 1665 - ?
John Parsons 1666-1714
Jeremiah Parsons 1672 - ?
Nathaniel Parsons 1674/75 - 1722
Abigail Parsons 1678 - ?
Ebenezer Parsons 1680 - 1680
Ebenezer Parsons 1681-1763


Listed below are the first New England Ancestors of Parsons Family Association Members. If you are a member of the Association and are not a descendant of one of the lines below, please send us information about your first New England ancestor so that we may add them.

Cornet Joseph Parsons of Springfield/Northampton, MA
Deacon Benjamin Parsons of Springfield , MA
Thomas Parsons of Windsor , CT
Jeffery Parsons of Gloucester , MA
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