Gene Notes

Some random and some not-so-random thoughts on family history.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sidetracked Again! John Parker, Senior, Part One

In yesterday's post, I mentioned I was making submissions to Find-a-Grave. One of the families is the Stanhope family, descendants of William Francis Stanhope which include William Francis Stanhope, II, III, & IV. I thought I would take a quick look over at to see if they had anything on said William Stanhope and did indeed find mention of him, but not in the way that I expected.

Instead, he was a contemporary of John Parker, Sr., my great-great-great-great grandfather who was a Revolutionary War soldier and more importantly a pensioner.
This document shows the name of William Stanhope and Abraham Bowman. Abraham Bowman was also my great-great-great-great-grandfather and his son, William married Nancy Todd Parker, one of the daughters of John Parker, Sr.William Stanhope, III married Nancy "Nannie" Bowman, daughter of Joseph & Elizabeth Bowman (cousins) and granddaughter of Abraham Bowman & Sarah Henry.

The intriguing thing about this 55 page file? It includes letters from people inquiring for family history. One was Elizabeth Neal Davis, a great granddaughter of William L. Todd and Eleanor "Nellie" Parker Todd, and thus the great-great granddaughter of John Parker, Sr. The other two people were from Williamsburg, Indiana and Ann Arbor, Michigan. I can see this is going to require further research.

Copyright 2011, ACK for Gene Notes


  1. What a find! How serendipitous that you checked a little further. Makes the hairs on my arms stand up!