Until November 2016 this WikiTree profile had at least two different, distinct and unrelated Parker lines (Elder John Parker yDNA (FG #5) line and the Nathaniel Parker and his father John Parker yDNA Parker (FG #18) line. Only 5 of 25 markers match and 23 of 25 need to match to be related. It was the yDNA FG#18 Nathaniel Parker who migrated from Hampshire County, VA. to Greenfield, Sumner County, TN. circa 1790 as documented below:
Additionally most family files suggest the wife of this Nathaniel Parker was Ann Clayton and that she was born about 1726 although they provide no supporting documentation. A Wikipedia chart shows the percentage of decline of ovarian reserve related to increasing age. Using the 1726 birth year, then statistically any of the Sumner County, TN. children listed as born after 1771 are unlikely to be a child of Ann Clayton. For most families who are actually descended from the Nathaniel Parker of Sumner County, TN who died in 1811 it means that Nathaniel Parker, Jr born 1775; Isacc Parker born 1776; Mary Parker born 1779; Aaron Parker born 1781; and Robert Parker born 1783 are statistically unlikely to be children of Ann Clayton as she would have been 49, 50, 53, 55 and 57 years old when they were born and her ovarian reserve would have been depleted.
Note, neither Nathaniel Parker's 1811 will or the 1851 letter written by Nathaniel Parker's 1st cousin Ohio Supreme Court Justice Thomas Scott reference: Francis Parker, Moses Parker or Daniel Parker who along with their possible brother the Elder John Parker belong to Parker yDNA Family Group # 5..
For further documentation see: There were 2 Nathaniel Parkers in Hampshire County, VA., but only one migrated to Sumner County, TN. circa 1790.
In a Sept 20, 1902 letter published in Parker in America on page 572 A.J. Hibbett, a grandson of Nathaniel Parker's son Thomas Parker, wrote:
"I am trying to trace the ancestry of my gr.grf., Nathaniel Parker, who lived in Hampshire Co., W.V. (now Mineral County, W.V.), and came to this county (Sumner, Tenn.) some time from 1780 to 1790. His father or grf. was John Parker who owned land on Patterson creek in Hampshire county. My grf., Thomas Parker, s. of Nathaniel, m. Susan, a dau. of William and Sarah Rogers of Hampshire Co. This William was a s. of Mathew Rogers of above county."
This is reinforced by the 1828 Francis & Pamelia (Parker) Duffy family bible which states: Susana Rogers wife of Thomas Parker was born 11th April 1773; she was the daughter of William Rogers and Sarah his wife. Susana was born in Hampshire County, Virginia
Jay Guy Cisco’s 1909 book Historic Sumner County, TN. states: Nathaniel Parker born about 1730 in Hampshire County, VA, migrated to Greenfield, Sumner County, TN and died there in 1803 and was buried near the old Morgan Fort. Among his sources was a g-grandson Hon. John H. DeWitt. What Cisco missed in his interviews was the M.B. DeWitt Family bible that states Nathaniel Parker was born in 1724, and that the Nathaniel Parker that Cisco wrote about did not die in 1803 but dated his Will 25 February 1811; and it was probated in March 1812. One of Nathaniel Parker’s last known acts was the deeding of land to his son Thomas Parker on 4 June 1811. There are no other Nathaniel Parker Sumner County, TN. Wills that predate this one..
Source: Tennessee Records: Bible Records and Marriage Bonds by Jeanette Tilotson Acklen; Genealogical Publishing Company, Dec. 1, 2009 pages 179-180: Family bible of M.B. DeWitt whose ancestor Nancy Caroline Parker married John Johnston Hibbett. Nancy Caroline Parker was the daughter of Thomas Parker, and the granddaughter of Nathaniel Parker. "His father, Nathaniel Parker, was born in Virginia in 1724. Nathaniel Parker, died in 1811, in Sumner County, TN."
A second Family Bible - the Francis Duffy Family Bible reinforces Nancy Caroline Parker as the daughter of Thomas Parker born 29 Feb 1768, and granddaughter of Nathaniel Parker and his wife Elizabeth.
The 1828 Francis & Pamelia A. (Parker) Duffy family bible states:
Nathaniel Parker's 1st wife is reinforced by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Thomas Scott's 1851 letter to his children outlining their ancestry where in he states:
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Thomas Scott in his 1851 letter confirms that the Nathaniel Parker who married is aunt Elizabeth Scott and the Nathaniel Parker who married Mary (Ramsey) Bledsoe were one and the same by stating:
The 'did not live happily together' is reinforced by the publishing In the Knox Gazette dated 29 November 1794 where Nathaniel Parker stated that his wife Mary had left his bed and board and warned all persons that he would not be responsible for her debts or contracts. On November 21, 1800 Mary Parker sued for divorce from Nathaniel Parker. On November 12, 1802 a trial was held. The jury found that Mary Ramsey Bledsoe had not been mistreated by Nathaniel Parker any worse than she treated him and that Nathaniel had forced the defendant from his house. Twelve days later, on November 24 1802, the court entered it's final decree. The court awarded her separate bed and board and awarded her separate maintenance in the amount of $200 per annum to be paid quarterly. See: Legal Papers of Andrew Jackson by Andrew Jackson - Univ of Tenn Press 1987 and More Tales of Tennessee by Louise Littleton Davis 1998
In the name of God, Amen. I, Nathaniel Parker, Sr., of Sumner County and state of Tennessee, being weak in body, but of sound and disposing mind and memory, blessed be God for all his mercies, do make, ordain and establish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say.
First, I return my soul to the God who gave it, and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named.
Second, I give and bequeath to my son Robert, his heirs and assigns, the following described part of the tract of land whereupon I now live, to include my dwelling house and orchard, to begin at Hugh Rogan's southeast corner, thence south to a stake opposite the middle of my land that leads to my mill, thence east to David Shelby's line north with the same to the corner, thence east to Isaac Bledsoe's line, thence with it north to Isaac Parker's corner, thence with said Isaac Parker's lines passing a spring to Hugh Rogan's line, thence with it south to the aforesaid place of beginning. Third, it is my will and desire that all the rest and residue of the said tract of land whereupon I now live, with the mill and other improvements thereupon, together with all my horses, horned cattle and cogs, and my following named negroes, to wit, Burrough, Ned, Sawney, Pegg and her two children named Levi and Squire, Charlotte and her two children called Malinda and Isaac, shall be sold at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named, and the proceeds, after the payment of my just debts and funeral charges, I give and bequeath to my sons John Parker, Thomas Parker, Richard Parker, Isaac Parker, Nathaniel Parker, and Robert Parker to be equally divided amongst them, share and share alike.
Fourth, I give and bequeath to my daughter Betsy Collier, during her natural (?) negro girl Fan. And after her decease, I give the said girl Fan, and (?) to my said daughter Betsy's daughter called Betsy, her heirs and assigns forever.
Fifth, I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Thompson, her heirs and assigns, my negro boy Edmond, and no more of my estate, real or personal.
Sixth, I give and bequeath to my second wife's daughter Nancy Parker, one dollar and no more of my estate, real or personal.
Lastly, I nominate and appoint my sons Thomas Parker and Isaac Parker, Executors of this my last will and testament, revoking and annulling all former wills by me heretofore made, ratifying this and only this as and for my last will and testament. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 25th day of February 1811.
Test: Hugh Rogan
Nathaniel Parker, Sr. Sumner Co., TN WB 1:156
The Inventory of Nathaniel Parker, dec'd was taken 7 March 1812 by Thomas Parker and Isaac P. Parker. Sumner Co., TN Inventories, Settlements, and Guardian Accounts, p. 116
The Estate Sale was recorded in April, 1812. Slaves were bought by Robert Parker, Isaac Parker, Richard Parker, and Nathaniel Parker. Other items were bought by these and Thomas Parker, B. Parker, Henry Bledsoe and Isaac Bledsoe.
29 July, 1814--Settlement of estate of Nathaniel Parker dec'd. List of legatees: Nathaniel, Robert, John, Isaac, Thomas, Richard Parker and John C. Beeler (step-son of Nathaniel Parker's daughter Susannah and husband of Elizabeth Parker, daughter of Nathaniel Parker's son Thomas Parker) for himself and brothers...grandchildren of Nathaniel Parker. Sumner Co., TN DB 7:162
November, 1816--Another Settlement of Nathaniel Parker estate. Robert Parker is owed $17.50. Money is owed to Mark Marshall and John C. Beeler. The Executor has $1,016.38. Legatees are Nathaniel, Robert, John Parker, John C. Beeler, Isaac, Thomas and Richard Parker.
* - Page 482 of Parker in America has a Oct 11, 1904 letter written by Ernest H. Parker of Nashville, TN. wherein he states:
Shelbyville, Ky. is the county seat of Shelby County, KY which is where Justice Thomas Scott said John Parker (married Sarah Collier) and his sister Elizabeth Parker (married Michael Collier) migrated to.
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On 1 Jan 2016 at 03:21 GMT Stephanie Ledbetter wrote:
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