Joseph Park[er/hurst] A problem with this family

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I try to keep my eye on Middlesex County Mass Parkers of the 17th-18th centuries, most of them are mine.  So a Joseph Parker who died in Chemlsford in 1709 is of interest.  Looking at his child Abigail, I note that I previously suggested skepticism about her marriage to Crosby as that would indicate she was having children at the age of 72.  The more I dug into this fellow, the more it became apparent that he was a Parkhurst, not a Parker (not that those names are unconnected).  This looks like a tree that was put together with good intentions, but limited sourcing, that was imported and then abandoned.  I have faith that Joseph Parkhurst married Rebecca Re[e/a]d in Concord (recorded in Chelmsford) and died in Chelmsford, but I do not have faith that his parents are correct.  He is obviously the same fellow as Parkhurst-30.  Alas, I am no good at researching on the English side of things - would some kind soul come to my rescue?
WikiTree profile: Joseph Parkhurst
in Genealogy Help by Jack Parker G2G2 (2.8k points)

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Hi Jack and glad that you have found and are working on this problem in WikiTree.

I see a great number of problems with this lineage. I don't see anything that documents or shows a probability that the parents of Jack Parker/Parkhurst are the people attached. This profile has him born Cornwall and then you see the parents are supposed to be of Lancashire but somehow married in Cornwall and then returned to Lancashire. There are some notes in the Comment box re Cornwall as place of birth/death for the father that are worth running down. It seems to me the parents should be marked Uncertain and absent any documentation found over a period of time should be detached.

And, I see (once again) someone has cited Richardson Magna Carta (on father profile) with a link no one can access and does no give a full citation as to what Richardson is citing as evidence. Richardson is not a primary source and any citation to him should contain his primary source citations since his work cannot be viewed unless owned (contrary to the belief of some, errors have been found in Richardson's voluminous work). With all of the problems on these profiles, we have no way of knowing if the Richardson citations even apply to this individual.

Doing some searches at Ancestry, Find My Past, Free Reg, etc., I find no primary source documentation of a Joseph Parker or Parkhurst born even approximately 1629 anywhere in Cornwall or Lancashire (I am not suggesting these searchable sites have everything, just saying not found there). Nothing jumps out at me at American Ancestors, either. However, there are some 'hits' in the periodical search at AA that might be worth running down...the list is long but most hits can be discounted by location or time.

This doesn't help with the identification of the parents of the subject profile but I think it shows there's no primary or reliable secondary documentation yet found to establish a familial relationship.
by T Stanton G2G6 Pilot (178k points)
Browsholme again.  Why does everybody try to connect their Parkers to the Browsholme Parkers?  Rhetorical question.
Looking into the Richardson links.  One provides a list of children, 8 sons and 11 daughters.  None of those is named "Joseph".  Given that, as well as the obvious duplication to Parkhurst-30 - who has a different set of parents.  I am going to remove the parents, change his LNAB to Parkhurst and allow the merge to proceed.

Change my mind.
Sounds like a plan to me. I'd add a section on the detachment including why so the connection does not magically reappear.

Seriously, 19 children? Can he document them? At least that is 2 less than are currently listed on the profile.

I am reminded of the comment attributed to Groucho "I love my cigar too, but I take it out of my mouth once in a while.".  ;-)

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