Dr. Richard Parker & Mary Perkins

“Dr. of Phyzicke” who “Went into Virginy”

Dr. Richard Parker 1630 – ca 1681 | his parents
& Mary [Perkins] | her parents
of Browsholme Co Cornwall England
& Charles City Co VA
& Henrico Co VA

This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!
based on the work of Waunita Powell of Paris Ill
no known relation to Sally

This is the Dr. Richard Parker who was the son of James [1590 – 1672] & Katterren Buller Parker [1600 – 1686] of Browsholme, County Cornwall, England.
Richard Parker was Christened 29 Nov 1630 in Warlegon, Cornwall, Eng.
His brother Rowland Parker on 1 Sept 1673 wrote in an account of the family “Richard ye 9th, Dr. of Phyzicke went to Virginy, married a Londoner and had issue six children, Liveth upon S’nt James River in ye Uplands of Virginy & hath been High Sherife of ye s’d County.”

“Richard ye 9th, Dr. of Phyzicke went to Virginy”
Richard Parker was listed as a head right for Capt Francis Morgan in 1652 for 510 ac in Glocester Co VA [Morgan had previously pat. in Charles City Co.
22 June 1656 in Charles City Co – William Fisher indentured himself to Richard Parker, Cheurgeon, for two years ten months to learn the profession of Dr. Richard Parker.
In 1656 in Charles City Co, Dr. Richard Parker was given order by the court to perfect the cure of the leg of John Matthews that he had treated for two years.

“Married a Londoner” Nicholas Perkins and his second wife Mary had their son Nicholas Perkins Jr Christened 11 Oct 1649 at Stepney St, Dunsten in London.
Nicholas Perkins patented 3 Aug 1650 in Bermuda Hundred – claiming 4 head rights: Mary Perkins, Wm Owen, and Richard Hughes
31 July 1656 – a marriage agreement. Charles City Co VA Rec pg 62.
This present writing witnesseth that I Richard Parker, do freely give consent to and with Mary Perkins that she shall make unto herself all the estate which her late dec’d husband left her by his will . .both here and in England, and further I do enjoyne myself to bring her children up to the learning to the true intent and meaning hereof. I, the said Richard Parker, hereunto set my hand, dated this last day of July 1656. Signed Rich’d Parker. Test: Richard Delabere. Rec- 5 Sept 1656.

First Sept 1656 Westover Court, Charles City Co pf 67 – Probate of the last will and testament of Nicholas Perkins, dec this day proved in court is granted to Richard Parker, who md. the relict of the said deceased.

“Hath been Sheriff of sd County”
3 April 1660 [p232 Charles City Rec.]
Depostition: I, Richard Parker age 31, or about, exaed. & sworn saith that having brought the warrent from Capt. Edward Hill for contempt of Wm. Hunt to appear before him, the Dept’ del’vd the said warrent to said Hunt in presence of Thomas Davis and another man, and sd. Hunt instead of – – – etc.

“Liveth upon Saint James River”
29 Oct 1669 Henrico Co VA Pat Bk 6 pg 279 – [Cavaliers & Pioneers]
Mr. Richard Parker L.P. 350 acs NS James River on Head of Four Mile Cr. beginning at Harradox Path . . .

“Uplands of Virginia”
Henrico Parish Bk. In 1755 the third precinct comprised “all between Chickamony Swamp & Upland Dist.” This is the area of Dr. Richard Parker & where Richard 2nd purchased land from John Woodson and area of Nicholas Perkins 2nd.

Children of Dr Richard Parker and wife Mary:
1. Richard Parker ca 1659/60 – 1726/7 Henrico Co VA
married Elizabeth ?Ballard d 7 Jan 1716/7 [prob. dau of John Ballard]
a. Ann Parker
married James Daniel [inv 21 May 1734 Goochland]
b. Elizabeth Parker
married Wm Atkinson at St John Parish
c. Mary Parker
married Lewis Jenkins of St James Parish Henrico Co VA
d. Richard Parker ca 1700 – 1782 Halifax Co VA
married Judith ?Watson dau of Benj.
married 2nd Myra ? no issue
2. Thomas Parker 1666 – aft 1709
married Mary the widow of Thos. Wells
?3. William Parker
married Lucy Turner dau of Abel
?4. Mary Parker d by 1686
married John Cannon [he married 2nd Ester Pledge]
?5. Katherine Parker
married John Crissey
married 2nd 1697/8 Francis Pierce 1663 –
?6. Susan Parker
married Thomas Holmes
??married 2nd Robert Smith

“. . . the most interesting part of my work is how I was lucky enough to fulfil all
Dr. Richard Parker’s bro. Rowland stated about him.
Richard Parker was a Dr. of Phyzicke
Went to Virginy
married a Londoner
Had six children (hope I have all six)
Liveth upon the St. James River
in ye uplands of Virginy,
and Hath been High Sherife of ye s’d county.

It was this that proved Dr Richard Parker was of Charles City Co. and
Henrico Co., Va. and not either of the others, Richard of Nans. Co, and
Richard of Surry Co.
Waunita Powell -Paris Illinois

Richard Parker of Cumberland Co VA – Surveyor and Planter

Richard Parker 3rd ca 1700 – 1782 | his parents
& Judith ?Watson | her parents
& Henrico Co VA
& Cumberland Co VA

Children of Richard Parker and Judith:
1. William Parker 1723/5 – 1755/6 Cumberland Co VA
married ca 1748 [Sarah] Drucilla Colquitt will 1806 Halifax Co VA
2. Richard Parker d 1797 Halifax Co VA
married Francis Wooldridge dau of Thomas
3. Elizabeth “Betty” Finch
[?Henry Finch WP 1774 Halifax Co VA]
4. Benejh Parker [maybe named for Judith’s father]
5. Mary Parker [no record of marriage]
6. Judith Hubbard.

James Parker 1630 – ca 1681 | his parents
& Katterren Buller | her parents
of Browsholme Co Cornwall England


Browsholme Hall
in Yorkshire, England, near the border of Lancastershire

“Parkers of Browsholme, Yorkshire, England”

from the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography Vol 5, p 442

The following extract from an old common-place book now at Browsholme [pronounced Broosem] the old home of the Parker family in Yorkshire, may interest some of that name.

Septemb’r ye 1st, 1673, Will Parker, Arch Deacon of Cornwall & Justice of Peace of ye same County, was second brother of Tho: Parker of Browsholme, Esqr’r, who went from Browsh: into Cornwall about ye yeare 1580, whoe he married it is not knowne, but her Christen name was Joane, and was a mighty thrifty provident woman. and ye said Will: had two sonnes, James and Will: and his house is called Traugoe in ye parish of Wartegin, in Cornwall, about 16 miles of Launston, ye size towne of ye said county: James, his older sonne, was married to Katterren, eldest daughter of Sir Richard Buller, of Shillingham, in ye said sounty, her porcon was ¬£2500, ye said Buller beinge a man of ¬£7000 p. annum; Will ye younger brother, Parson of Stoacke in Cornwall, ye parsonage beinge worth ¬£300 p an and who was never married.

James Parker and Katterren Buller had 21 children:
1. Katteren Parker, ye eldest, died younge
2. Allice Parker
married Mr. Smith, a Lawyer of Linneowe in S’nt Niot p’ish
had two daughters
3. Will: Parker
married daughter of Maior Syks and had in porcon £2500
15 children viz: Will: and Robt, the rest are daughters, and is yet a child bearing woman, ye said Will: doth live in Tregrite in St. Maybias parrish in ye said county, being 7 miles from Treugoe, his father’s home; there hath been sutes betwixt his father and him which hath empared the estate.
4. Katterren Parker – died about 7 yrs of age
5. Robt. Parker was a prentice in London and died within halfe a yeare yt he came from his prenteship.
6. James Parker – Captain of a foote Company – died about 35 years of age
7. Cordelia Parker –
married to Mr. Father, parson of Stoacks in Cornwall – had issue three children
8. Anthony Parker – died young
9. Rich’d Parker – Dr. of Phyzicke, went into Virginy, married a Londoner & had issue 6 children. Liveth upon S’t James River in ye Uplands of Virginy & hath been High Sherife of ye s’d county.
10. Mary Parker
married Mr. Lower, of Biefindte in ye parriah of Wartegin in s’d county.
11. Francis Parker was prentice in London to Mr. Threvenhir, a Lininge Draper in Cheapside: served about four years of his time & then went into Portingall. Soe came back and is at present a Corporal to Colonel Sulker in ye Duke of York’s Regiment of foote and is Clarke of ye said Company [added in a later hand] afterwards his legs shott of upon w’ch he imediately died.
12. Jane Parker – a maid and lives w’th her father at Traugoe.
13. George Parker – prentice to a wollings draper at Huntinton 12 miles of Exeter, went from there into Virginy.
14. Eliz. Parker – died about 14 yeares of age
15. Jo. Parker – Master of Arts at Oxfor’d and Minister of Milo in Cornwall; married ye widdow of Justice Trevenhir and had issue by her one sone.
16. Joan Parker –
married Mr. Nicholls, Minister of Larrick in Cornwall; had issue two dau.
17. still born
18. died unchristened
19. died unchristened
20. Rowland Parker is a Corporall in Prince Ruperd’s Regiment of Dragonnes; Sir Jo. Tabot is Leiuetenant Colonell, James Walker his Captain, now quartered at Hull, who gave this information at Browsholme, 1673, Sep. ye 1st.
21. Katterren married to one Mr. Bray, a Shopkeeper in London at ye Signe of ye Cap in hand at ye back syde of S’nt Clemans, and hath issue one daughter. Since removed to ye Maypole in ye Strand.

The Arms of the Parkers of Browsholme Hall
“Unmoved by either wave or wind”
“Keepers of the deer in the Royal Forest of Bowland”

7 thoughts on “Dr. Richard Parker & Mary Perkins”

  1. Any further detail on why Thomas Parker (m. Mary Wells, widow) was a definite son of Dr. Richard? I assume that is why there is no question mark in front of his name. I do know they owned land in the same area. And I believe Thomas was later a sheriff of Charles City Co. So that is some commonality between them. I think Thomas might have been father to my John Parker of Brunswick Co, VA.

  2. Any evidence that any of the children of Nicholas Perkins and Mary assumed the Parker name after Mary remarried?

    My male surname line is Parker, but my y-dna test connects me to descendants of Nicholas Perkins. Its a mystery. We can only trace the Parkers back to 1800 and then it stops.

  3. Dear Sally:

    Everything was great until I got back to James Parker and children. He had no son named Rowland.

    So sad. I so badly wanted to tell my mother (a Parker herself) of the new developments in learning our ancestors.

    Thank you for your hard work!

  4. Dear Sally,

    I figured my initial immigrant was Richard of Trangoe and I’m so glad you said he probably was, as well. I’ve spent 10 years studying the other (Nansemond) Richard and could never prove it. Maybe now I’ll get somewhere on this life long obsession of mine to find my forbears. I just LOVE this stuff as I know you and so many folks who visit your site, do. What a wonderful passion.
    I have a picture of my Dad that he and another sailor took together in one of those booths they used to have, at amusement parks, back in the 1940s. The name of the other sailor (“a cousin,” according to my Dad,) was “Richard Parker,” and he looked SO much like my Dad. They were good friends and I remember my Dad telling me what fools they were, when together — like once when they got up real close behind another car on an icy, snowy day, and pushed it faster than the driver was driving it, over the Granby Street Bridge, in Norfolk, Va. He used to laugh so hard remembering that. Oh, the poor driver!!! After listening to my Dad over the years, I still think it’s a wonder I ever got born!

    Blessings to you, and thanks so much for your input!

    Mary Jo

    1. My dad had told me we have a family in England especially the Cornwall area and York Shire . It should be different, for example the surname : Parker , Perkins , Gibbon , Peters and other as well. I think he said some names a family of him had researched in England , one called Dr. Richard Parker married to Elizabeth Parker and next wife Mary Perkins Parker . I therefore asked him directly how to find out our common DNA for my Parents and me . He replied that it was only possible to settle down in England , for example , if a doctor was sought and received a blood tes test that he sends between another machine reading of our DNA , ie , if it is common DNA matches from the test.

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