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June 2017: Who Were The Parents of David Parker?

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June 2017: Who Were The Parents of David Parker?
Posted: 05/30/2017 - 7:55 am
Your Name:  Ann Marie Thompson
Describe Your Brick Wall:  Seeking information concerning the parents of David PARKER, born 1 April 1764 in Scituate, Providence County, Rhode Island.  According to his pension application, David moved with his father from Scituate to Adams, Massachusetts in 1777 (“the year General John Burgoyne was taken”).  He enlisted in the Revolutionary Army  in 1779, 1780 & 1781 at Adams, Berkshire County, Massachusetts; each time for six months.  He said he later moved in 1785 to Clarendon, Rutland County, Vermont, where he died on either the 3rd or 4th of October 1851.  David had two wives:  1) Lydia Thorton and 2) Betsey White (m. 18 Apr 1822 in Middletown, Rutland County, Vermont).
What Do You Know:  Date and location of birth are from his Revolutionary War pension application.  He is also mention in the pension application of his brother Peter PARKER.  Ancestry user-submitted family trees indicate his parents were Peter and Catherine PARKER of Coventry, Kent County, Rhode Island.  However, Ann Marie does not think that is correct since she can account for all of the children of Peter and Catherine.  She has not been able to match him to any of the eight other PARKER families living in Scituate at the time.
Where You Have Searched:   David appears in the Vermont federal census records covering the period 1790 through 1850; also the 1794 Rhode Island state census and the 1777 Rhode Island military census.  David does not appear in the town minute records or in any of the church or court records.  Ann Marie has not yet followed the Vermont land records down to the disposition, or final sale, of the land Peter owned.