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John Parker

Male Abt 1720 - 1803  (~ 83 years)


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  • Name John Parker  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born Abt 1720  Edgecombe, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1784  Sampson, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Early Tax List 
    Residence 1800  Duplin, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 1800  Fayetteville, Sampson, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died 1803  [3
    Buried Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Roseboro, Sampson, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6
    Person ID I8529  tng Genealogy

    Family Rachael Sessoms,   b. 1733, Edgecombe, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1800, Duplin, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married Abt 1738 
    Children 
     1. Lewis Parker,   d. UNKNOWN  [natural]
     2. Frances Parker,   d. UNKNOWN  [natural]
     3. Josiah Parker,   b. Abt 1742  [natural]
    +4. Luraney Parker,   b. 1756, Sampson, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1849, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)  [natural]
     5. Elizabeth Parker,   b. Abt 1749  [natural]
    +6. John Parker,   b. 23 Feb 1753, Bladen, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1838, Bladen, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)  [natural]
     7. Sessoms Parker,   b. Abt 1755  [natural]
     8. Nicholas Parker,   b. 5 Jul 1758, Elizabethtown, Bladen, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1835, Roseboro, Sampson, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [natural]
    +9. William Parker,   b. 25 Oct 1759,   d. 7 Aug 1829, Sampson, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)  [natural]
    +10. Thomas Parker, Sr,   b. 26 Dec 1760,   d. 6 Jun 1861  (Age 100 years)  [natural]
    +11. Sarah Parker,   b. Abt 1765,   d. 1790  (Age ~ 25 years)  [natural]
    +12. Luke Parker,   b. Between 1770 and 1775, Sampson, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Family ID F3249  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map Click to display
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1720 - Edgecombe, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Early Tax List - 1784 - Sampson, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1800 - Duplin, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Andrews Chapel Methodist Church founded by John Parker
    Andrews Chapel Methodist Church founded by John Parker

  • Notes 
    • "Rachel Butler, born about 1800 and died between 1842 and 1850 in Sampson County, married John Parker, born about 1790, son of William Parker (son of John Parker and Rachael Sessoms) and Nancy Owen (daughter of John Owen and Anna Hayes). They had at least nine children. William and the children are listed in the 1850 Census of Sampson County." from The Heritage of Sampson County, North Carolina. Oscar M. Bizell, Ed. The Sampson Co. Historical Society, Newton Grove, North Carolina, 1983, p. 332.

      The Parker family tree (done by B. F. Bulard) found in the vertical file in the North Carolina Gen. Library lists only four children for John Parker and Rachael "Sessums." Additional info. on the children comes from a chart by William Alderman Parker. I am using his order and his dates for their births. "John Parker was born in Edgecombe Co., North Carolina, as was his wife, and after they were married they moved to that part of Duplin Co. which later became Sampson, or near Owensville, which name was later changed to Roseboro." - William Alderman Parker "John Parker moved from Edgecombe Co. to Sampson Co. In visiting the relatives back in Edgecombe he had to cross two rivers (Neuse and Tar) which placed them north of the Tar River. He and his wife rode horse-back on such trips. One John Parker of Edgecombe Co., bought 80 acres on Dividing Creek in Duplin Co. July 12, 1758, from Jeremiah Bullard, of Duplin Co." Information on this family comes from the North Carolina Genealogical Library vertical file. William Alderman Parker (b. 13 Mar 1879- d. ?) compiled the information. (p. 61)

      I have a copy of John Parker's will dated 23 Apr 1800. He gives his wife Rachel 1100 acres of land including the plantation he now lives on between the Little Coharie and South Rivers. He names his sons Josiah Parker, John Parker, William Parker, Nicholas , and______ Parker and his daughters _______ Clark and Elizabeth Parker. Others are also named but I can't read the will very well.

      "John Parker, who came from the Tarr River area, was founder of historical Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church (formerly Parkers Meeting House) of Roseboro." from The Heritage of Sampson County, North Carolina. Oscar M. Bizell, ed. The Sampson Co. Historical Society, Newton Grove, North Carolina, 1983, p. 543.
      The stained glass window over the door of Andrews Chapel reads: Andrews Chapel Meth. Church founded by John Parker 1785 Present Location 1842 "John Parker's home was a regular preaching place for as far back as 1785. He raised a large family, all of whom, with one exception, were worthy and pious persons." from The Heritage of Sampson County, North Carolina. Oscar M. Bizell, Ed. The Sampson Co. Historical Society, Newton Grove, North Carolina, 1983, p. 81.

      [William Alderman Parker lists John Parker (born ca. 1720) as one of the children of Isaac Parker (along with Jonathan Parker). The birthdates of the other, apparently older children since they were listed before John, Jonathan (1735) and James (1736), do not seem to support this idea. John Parker's first child Luke was born in 1739. A letter from Robert Wallace Parker to William Alderman Parker found in the Vertical file in the North Carolina Gen. Library mentions Isaac Parker of Northampton Co., North Carolina, and his children: Joseph, Samuel, Jonathan, Sarah, Jonas, Charity, Chestnut, Mary, Nancy, and James. Susannah and John, whom William Alderman Parker names as children in the same family are not named. Joseph and Chestnut are not listed in W. A. Parker's listing. Until I am able to positively identify a direct link between Isaac and John Parker, I am going to assume that they are not directly related. John Parker had roots in Edgecombe Co. and Isaac Parker and his family seem to have been from Northampton Co. SCS]

      from Susan Parker Caison Sharp

      John Parker, who was born about 1725 in North Carolina, moved from Edgecombe County to Duplin County about 1757. He settled along the west side of Little Coharie Creek in the part of Duplin that became Sampson County in 1784. John Parker became a prominent landowner and planter is considered the first Methodist in Sampson County. Services were held in his house as early as 1785. In 1788, Bishop Francis Asbury of the Methodist Church preached at the Parker home on his trip through North Carolina. A "skeleton pulpit" was built for the occasion and was kept by family members for many years. John's son, Francis, became a Methodist minister and was reportedly ordained by Bishop Asbury. William, Thomas, Sessums and Nicholas Parker, all sons of John, were "worthy and pious men" who helped establish Methodism in Sampson County.

      After John's death about 1805, the old home place where services had been held for twenty years, passed to his son Luke Parker, who was considered irreligious. Luke, however, deeded two acres of land for ten shillings on October 2, 1809, for the purpose of erecting a house of worship for the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1816, a log church was built on the property at the urging of Nicholas Parker and was known as Parker's Meeting House. In 1842, the church moved to its present location, a short distance from the original site and is known today as Andrews Chapel Methodist Church.

      It is interesting to note that although John Parker was a devout Methodist, he owned a still to produce alcoholic spirits. In his will, he included a specific bequest of the "still" to his son, Luke Parker. The inventory of his estate, taken in 1806, included "1 Three gallon jug the same full of brandy" and "1 case of 14 half Gallon Bottles 7 of them full of brandy." Stills were valuable property owned by prosperous persons in early America and were commonly passed on by the owners to their wives or children in their wills.

      Sources: "From Rev. Miles P. Owen's Journal of 1867 About Methodism in Sampson," Andrew Methodist Chapel, File 3254, Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina and Oscar M. Bizzell, ed., The Heritage of Sampson County, North Carolina (Newton Grove, NC, 1983), 75-76, 81.

      http://www.parkerfamilyhistory.com

      http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/a/Andrew_Methodist_Chapel.html

  • Sources 
    1. [S446] Bizzell, Oscar McArthur, The Heritage of Sampson County, North Carolina, Page 332.

    2. [S324] Will.
      John Parker II Will
      [ View Source Document]

    3. [S541] U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;), http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=66507529.
      Record for John Parker
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=FindAGraveUS&h=29191370&indiv=try

    4. [S505] North Carolina Census, 1790-1890, Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp., (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 1999;).
      Record for John Parker
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=nccen&h=17280133&indiv=try
      [ View Federal Census Document]
      Name: John Parker
      Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Duplin, North Carolina
      Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 2
      Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over: 1
      Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
      Number of Household Members: 5

    5. [S415] 1800 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;).
      Year: 1800; Census Place: Fayetteville, Sampson, North Carolina; Roll: 32; Page: 531; Image: 541; Family History Library Film: 337908
      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1800usfedcenancestry&h=340979&indiv=try
      [ View Federal Census Document]
      Name: John Parker
      Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Fayetteville, Sampson, North Carolina
      Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over: 1
      Number of Slaves: 2
      Number of Household Members Over 25: 3
      Number of Household Members: 6

    6. [S122] FindaGrave.com, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=66507529
      http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=66507529.