m. 29 Mar 1610
Facts and Events
Named in a 1655 deed from Thomas Arnold, co-signed by wife Phebe, which names brother-in-law George Parkhurst of Watertown and "our Father George Parkhurst and his wife Susanna."
First appears in America when a highway was ordered by his house in Watertown on 10 May 1642. At the same time, he was granted 56 acres of land, but he does not appear in the town grants between 1636 and 1638. He married the widow of John Simson, who died in Watertown in June 1643. He acquired Simson's land, some of which he disposed of in November 1644, meaning they were married before then. He is then recorded in Boston in several deeds between 1645 and 1655. A 1695 suit involving his son George and some land of John Simson's, there is an affadavit that says George was "about 67" in 1655, that his family was in destitute condition, that his wife had had seven sons and three daughters in America (including two sons with Simson) and that she had gone to London with six of those children. She had found her family unable to help and George apparently wanted to sell his remaining land to go to her aid. If he indeed returned to England with her, it makes sense that he is the "Old George Parkhurst" who is buried at St. Lawrence, near where he was married and had children by his first wife.
Research in NEHGR 27:364 reveals the following: George Parkhurst Sr. of Watertown was the brother or brother-in-law of Ruth Dalton, wife of Rev. Timothy Dalton of Hampton. She provided in her will for his children, Deborah, wife of John Smith; Elizabeth, widow of Emmanuel Hilliard, wife of Joseph Merry; Phebe, wife of Thomas Arnall; George Parker [Parkhurst]; Joseph Parker [Parkhurst]; Mary, wife of Thomas Carter of Woburn. Other letters connect Benjamin and Joseph.
Early New York Families, Hudson-Mohawk Family Memoirs, Vo. III, page 1307 has an entry on George that mixes up several of the spouses: "George Parkhurst, born in England about 1590, came to America about 1638 or 1640, and settled at Watertown, Massachusetts, where he was living in 1642. He removed to Boston, and is supposed to have died there as there is a record of the adminstration of he estate. He married (first) in England, Rebecca _______; (second) Susanna Simpson, widow of John Simpson of Watertown. Children: George jr. born 1618; Joseph; Benjamin; Phebe married Thomas Arnold; Deborah married John Smith; Elizabeth, married (first) Emanuel Hilliard, (second) Joseph Merr; Mary, married Joseph Merry."