I'm a direct descendant of a man named Zephaniah Parker (1820-1855). According to my research he was born in 1820 in New York state. The 1850 census places him in Harford, Cortland County, New York. The census was taken in September of 1850 and states that he is 30 years old. He is married to Philinda Parker (Moffatt) who is 31. His children Fernando (7), John (5), Almira (3), and Zephaniah (1).
I have found some evidence that his father may be Able Parker (1769-1846). The problem is the date of birth. The evidence I found shows Able Parker as the father of two sons named Zephaniah. One born to Sarah King in 1797. One born to Nancy Goodspeed in 1805. In this research I have found evidence that the later Zephaniah was married to Philinda Moffatt. Could this be the same person? I wasn't sure because of the birthdate descrepancy.
There is one piece of research that leads me to believe they might be father and son. Abel Parker had a son named Abel born in 1813. The 1860 census places Abel Parker Jr. and his family on a farm in Deerfield, Wi. The neighboring farm is owned by Zephaniahs widow, Philinda, her new husband Timothy, and Zephaniahs children.
I just found another piece of information. Abel Parker Jrs first wife was named Lucy Moffatt. Possibly Philinda Moffatts sister. Now I'm very confused.