Timothy Sparhawk: parents

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This is a question about Timothy Sparrock/Sparrawk/Sparrowhawk/ Sparhawk, born about 1717, and "of Medf'd"  The abbreviation of town name from the source referred to Medfield, Massachusetts, not Medford, but I did check both.  No birth record nor reference to him as a child have been found. He married Lydia Gay in 1745, they lived Sherburne and Natick, Massachusetts and raised their family there.  (one of which is a son also Timothy).  This is not the son of Samuel and Sarah Sparhawk who was born much later.  This Timothy died in 1754 "in his 37th year" and is buried in Natick., (findagrave memorial # 67827146 )  I don't agree with the accepted parents of Nathaniel and Priscilla Hemans Sparhawk, as there is no mention of Timothy and Nathaniel died about the time Timothy was born.  That would explain why he wasn't in Nathaniel's will, but not why he wouldn't be mentioned in Priscilla's (who remarried and was very specific in her will), nor why her 2nd husband Mr. Waldo wouldn't mention him along with her children he did specifically mention. There are multiple records for his marriage, births of their children, and his residency, but nothing about his beginnings.  His birth year is only an estimate from age at death I need evidence!!  Can you find Timothy's parents??

  

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Yes David, that's definitely him.  There are multiple records for his life and family in that area once he marries Lydia Gay.  Before that ???  The only other mention I can find is a one time list with "Timothy Sparhawk" as an early settler in Keene NH in abt 1740, but nothing about him after that, so I don't know whether it is him or not. (the Gazeteer of Cheshire County, N. H., 1736 - 1885 ) There is another whole family grouping of Sparhawks in NH, so he's probably a different one.   He just seems to materialize as a man marrying Lydia with no beginnings.  Puzzling!

Thank you for looking,

Jo W G

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