NameGeorge Parkhurst
BirthMay 1589, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Deathbef 18 Jun 1675, St. Lawrence, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Burial18 Jun 1675
FatherJohn Parkhurst (<1554-1611)
MotherSarah (~1572->1612)
Misc. Notes
alternate death: 1655 Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts

George was born during 1588, possibly in May, probably in Ipswich, England. George and his wife, Phebe Leete, lived in Ipswich where their nine children were baptized, but after the last child was baptized there is no record of them in Ipswich. They may have lived elsewhere until their departure for New England.
George's arrival date in New England can be estimated by the marriages contracted by his children in Massachusetts prior to 1640. George first appears on record in New England at Watertown, Massachusetts in 1642 when it was ordered that a highway should be laid out to this house. He is not mentioned in the four grants of land made in Watertown between July 25, 1636 and April 9, 1638. Whether he brought with him his wife, Phebe, is unknown. If he brought her she died shortly afterwards, for about 1644 he married his second wife, Susanna Simson, the widow of John Simson.
The time period when George and Susanna were married can be determined by sales of Simson's real estate. Susanna held title after John's death and deeded some of the land on November 9, 1643. George sold two acres of Simson's land on November 17, 1644, having acquired title by his marriage to Susanna. They were living in Boston by 1645 as evidenced by a deed George made there on October 4, 1645 selling six more acres in Watertown.
On June 13, 1655, George sold the last 12 acres of what had been John Simson's land for 21 pounds. This conveyance was made by permission of the General Court, granted May 23, 1655, in response to his petition in which he asserts that he was then "near 67 years old," that he and his wife, who was in England, and most of her children were in destitute condition, that she had had 10 children during her 20 years in residence in America - seven sons and three daughters (five sons by Parkhurst therefore), that she had gone to London, England with six of her children, but found her mother, brothers and sisters were unable to do what she had expected, that four of her children had remained in America, and that the petitioner desired to sell the land (apparently all that remained) in order that he might go to the aid of his wife. George probably returned to England as soon as possible after the deed of June 13, 1655, his last act on record in New England.
George was probably the "Old George Parkhurst" buried June 18, 1675 at Saint Lawrence, Ipswich, England. He may have been living with his cousin Nathanial Parkhurst, who had six hearths in the Suffolk Hearth Tax of 1674.
Birthbef 20 Dec 1585, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Death24 Apr 1645, near Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts
FatherRobert Leete (~1525-<1597)
MotherAlice Grundy (~1545->1598)
Marriage29 Mar 1610, St. Mary On Quay, Ipswich, England
ChildrenMary (<1614-1687)
Last Modified 12 Jun 1999Created 4 Sep 2012 using Reunion for Macintosh