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Benjamin PARKER

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  • Name Benjamin PARKER 
    Born 1730S? 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration From AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 178 to 3  Camel: New York to Saint John to Beaver Harbour Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • See Bell and Holmes

      ECW: p 91 Camel arrived at Saint John 18 September.
    Residence June 1778  near Freehold? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Cornwallis's army took part of the Battle of Monmouth in Freehold and nearby areas in June 1778.
    Petition 1783 
    Military 24 Feb 1783 
    DeLancey 2nd Brigade 
    • Holmes, ECW
    Residence 20 Aug 1783  [NY] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Petition
    Arrived 15 Sep 1783  from New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Petition 1785
    Residence 10 Jul 1784  Beaver Harbour, Pennfield, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • http://carensecord.ca/locations/NewBrunswick/Lists/BeaverHarbourGroupSorted.html
      From Library and Archives Canada, Ward Chipman Papers, Muster Master General's Office - Loyalists Musters, 1776-1785
      (M.G. 23, D 1, Series I, Volume 24, pages 168-171) Microfilm C-9818
      The list below has been sorted in alphabetical order by surname, in order to isolate possible family groups.
      Roll of Loyalists &ce settled at Belle Vue in Beaver Harbour 10th July 1784
      Men: Benjn Parker, John Parker, Jonathan Parker, Jonathan Parker Jun, Joseph Parker, Robt Parker, Samuel Parker
      Women: Anne Parker, Eliz Parker
      Children under 10: Ephraim Parker, Nathl Parker

      https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/loyalists/loyalists-ward-chipman/pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=2643&
      Item: Benjamin PARKER
      Digitized page of Ward Chipman, Muster Master?s Office for Image No.: e003636809
      Given Name(s): Benjamin
      Surname: PARKER
      Group/Regiment: Loyalist
      Type of Records: Muster roll
      Year: 1784
      Volume: 24
      Page(s): 169
      Record Title: Roll of Loyalists settled at BelleVue in Beaver Harbour. 10th July 1784.
      Microfilm Reel Number: C-9818
      Reference: MG 23 D1, Series 1
      Item Number: 2643
    Petition 8 Sep 1785  for Moose Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Index to Land Petitions: Original Series, 1783-1918 (RS108)
      Name PARKER, BENJAMIN
      Year 1785
      County Charlotte
      Microfilm F1028
      See petition of RICKMAN, ALBERT
      14 other Petitioner(s) were on this Petition
      BARRET, ----- (CAPT.)
      BARRET, SOPHIA
      BEAVER HARBOR ASSOCIATION, -----
      DUNN, BENJAMIN
      DUNN, JEREMIAH
      DUNN, JONATHAN
      MOOSE ISLAND, -----
      PARKER, JONATHAN
      PARKER, SAMUEL
      RICKMAN, ALBERT
      RICKMAN, ANTHONY
      RICKMAN, PETER
      SMITH, ADAM
      WILSON, JOSHUA

      https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/78954?availability=Family%20History%20Library
      Land petitions, 1783-1857
      Authors: New Brunswick. Crown Land Office
      1785 McPherson, James - 1785 Smith, Josiah
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      1288450
      8130846
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008130846?cat=78954
      [413/876]
      To His Excellency Thomas Carleton Esq Captain General and Governor in Chief of the Province of New Brunswick, and Territories thereon depending &c &c &c

      The Memorials of Albert Rickman, Peter Rickman, Anthony Rickman, Jonathan Dunn, Jeremiah Dunn, Benjamin Dunn, Adam Smith, Joshua Wilson, Benjamin Parker, Samuel Parker, Jonathan Parker, and Mrs Sophia Barret Widow of Capt Barret; - of the Beaver Harbor Association, and now of Campo Bello; humbly sheweth

      That they are Loyalists who arrived in this province on the 15th September 1783, from New York, and have not yet drawn any Land.

      They therefore humbly pray your Excellency that their proportions may be allotted them on Moose Island, and

      As in Duty bound &c-

      St Andrews
      8th Sept 1785

      Albert Rickman: PA BH Campobello innkeeper
      Peter Rickman PA BH
      Anthony Rickman PA BH
      Jonathan Dunn farmer BH Campobello
      Jeremiah Dunn farmer BH Campobello
      Benjamin Dunn BH/Piscataway, Middlesex, NJ
      Adam Smith Engineer Passamaquoddy/NJ?
      Joshua Wilson BH Maine/Middlesex, NJ
      Benjamin Parker
      Samuel Parker
      Jonathan Parker
      Mrs Sophia Barret wid Capt Barret/Caleb Barret West Jersey Volunteers

      ECW/Holmes
    Residence Cumberland, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Holmes
    Residence [1775]  NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Baptist Heritage in Atlantic Canada
      Newlight Baptist Journals of James Manning and James Innis
      Edited by David G Bell
      Page 152
      Return of Loyalists called Anabaptists...actually embarked on board the Armed Ship Camel" 29 August 1783
      WO 60/33 Part 2 PRO
      The "former home" data are from an earlier and shorter version of the same list in the same source. A complete list (not just adult males) of the Baptists and Quakers is in the Camel musterbook: AD 26/9430 PRO
      ...
      Benjamin Parker (Jersey)
      John Parker (ibid)
      Samuel Parker (ibid)
      Jonathan Parker
      ...
      Jonathan Parker [another?] (Jersey)
    Residence War  [Long Island, NY] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Campobello History as taken from the notes of an unpublished manuscript of Mary Gallagher, extracted by Patricia McCurdy Townsend
      http://www.rootsweb.com/~nbcampob/camp5c.htm
      From the Beaver Harbor settlement came Albert Rykeman and wife Elizabeth; Jonathan Parker, Richard Matthews and one Hannah Smith. Also Jeremiah Dunn and his wife Margaret; Jonathan Morgan Owen; Thomas Kendrick. The last 3 settled first at Charlottetown and then moved across the harbor to Hunt's
      Neck.
      ....
      Jonathan Parker was a Beaver Harbor Loyalist reputedly from Staten Island.
      ....
      The Jonathan Parker family has an old tradition of wealth on Long Island, New York before the war.
    Residence [Staten Island, Richmond, NY] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 8 Sep 1785  Campobello, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died BY 1800? 
    • His widow is apparently the administratrix for his father.
    Person ID I54779  4 February 2018
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2020 

    Father Campobello PARKER 
    Family ID F18213  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rachel THROPP,   b. 1730S? 
    Married C 1760?  Monmouth, NJ? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Anna PARKER,   b. Bef C 1759,   d. Aft 28 Aug 1816  (Age > 57 years)
     2. John PARKER,   b. *[1760],   d. BY 30 Jun 1798
     3. Samuel PARKER,   b. [BEFORE 1762],   d. Bef 1823 ASSESS
     4. Jonathan PARKER,   b. *[1762],   d. Bef 1841 ASSESS
     5. Nancy PARKER,   b. *[BEFORE 1767],   d. [JANUARY 1858], Deer Island, West Isles, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Richard PARKER,   b. [1773],   d. Bef 1851 CENSUS
     7. Thomas PARKER,   b. [1775], NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1868, Hall's Harbour, Kings, NS Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Elizabeth PARKER,   b. 10 May 1776,   d. 1851?
     9. Mary PARKER,   b. *[1778]
    Family ID F17202  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Grants: Nil
      Petitions: 1785
      ECW: Similar to Holmes
      Old Soldiers: Nil
      Charlotte County Marriages - 1820: Extracted Parkers
      Charlotte County Registry Books 1: Nil
      All Saints Anglican: Checked
      Charlotte County Probate: Nil
      Early NB Probate: Nil
      NB Probate Index Charlotte, Kings, Queens, Sundbury, Saint John York counties: Checked at LDS. Nil
      Quaker Loyalists Settlers in NB and NS [1787], Arthur J Mekeel, Bulletin of Friends Historical Association: Nil
      Loyalists in the Southern Campaign 1, 2, 3: Nil
      UEL: Checked
      Sabine: Nil
      Nova Scotia Archives Land Papers: Nil
      Campobello 1841: John Parker, Thomas Parker, Saml Parker Jr, Robert Parker, James Parker, James M Parker, Owen Parler, Benj Parker, Richard Parker Jr
      Monmouth County Registry Books: Nil. Very few early records. Even fewer Parkers.
      Damages in New Jersey by the British and Americans, 1776-1782: Nil Parker in Freehold or Upper Freehold

      * * *
      Where does Holmes get Cumberland County origins for Benjamin Parker? There is a Benjamin Parker in Maurice River, Cumberland who is taxed in 1775. He m Eleanor Grace in 1775, both of Maurice River at the time. d? Ohio

      Where does ECW find Benjamin in 2nd DeLancey's?

      * * *
      There was a Loyalists Doctor Benjamin Parker on Staten Island who died in 1815. He was supposed to have a brother John. He is probably the same one due rent in the Carleton Papers document of 1782.

      * * *
      Children
      Petition 1783: 8 children [John, Samuel, Jonathan, Nancy, Richard, Thomas, Elizabeth, Mary] [If Ann was a child, she was married by this time and probably wouldn't be counted.]
      Muster on Camel 1783: Benjamin Parker farmer from New Jersey, his wife 2 children over 10 [Nancy, Richard] 3 children under 10 [Thomas, Elizabeth, Mary] [John, Samuel, Jonathan are adults]

      The list of passengers discharged from the Camel in 1783 include several Parker children: 2 over the age of 10, and 6 under the age of 10. An earlier list indicated that Benjamin Parker had 2 children over the age of 10, and 3 under. A later report, from 1787, shows Joseph Parker has 3 children, then over 10.

      It is clear the 2 children under 10, namely Ann and Richard, were children of Benjamin. But there is little evidence to divide the remaining 6 children between Benjamin and Joseph. Thomas Parker and Elizabeth Parker, two of the children under 10, were known to marry and settle on Campobello, just as Benjamin and others in his family did. On the 1783 list, Thomas and Elizabeth were grouped together with Mary, while Ephraim, Joseph and Nathan were separately grouped together. So it is not unreasonable to conclude that Thomas, Elizabeth and Mary were Benjamin's children. And Ephraim, Joseph and Nathan were Joseph's children.

      * * *
      The petition that Benjamin made in 1783 before he left for New Brunswick indicates that he had 8 children. From the Camel lists, we have concluded that Nancy, Richard, Thomas, Elizabeth and Mary were his younger children. Richard is known to have a brother John, who is no doubt the adult John Parker also listed in the Camel lists, John making the 6th of his 8 known children. To be considered an adult, John would have been at least 21 years old, thus born before 1762, making him the oldest known child of Benjamin. His next eldest child would be Nancy, who was born about 1769.

      Who were the 2 other children? Adults Samuel Parker and Jonathan Parker were also dischared at Beaver Harbour. Jonathan was born about 1762.

      * * *
      John: Rachel administratrix of his estate. John and Richard called brothers in 1798 lease
      Samuel:
      Jonathan:
      Anna/Nancy:
      Richard: John and Richard called brothers in 1798 lease
      Thomas: named children Benjamin and Rachel
      Elizabeth: named a daughter Rachel
      Mary:
    • First Families

      PARKER: Jonathan Parker b. in NY, died after 1792, s/o Jonathan Parker: wife?s name is not provided: settled on Campobello Island, Charlotte County:
      Children:
      1) John Parker born -, died 1849, married and had issue: settled at Clam Cove on Deer Island:
      2) Richard Parker m. 5 Mar 1795 Catherine Mears:
      3) Benjamin Parker b. 1788, died by 1871, m. (1st) Apr 1812 Maria Wilson, (2nd) 19 Dec 1848 Susan Herson born 1814, died 1910:
      4) Thomas Parker m. (1st) 1801 Ann Mears, (2nd) Elizabeth - :
      5) William Parker b. - , d. at sea 22 Dec 1821:
      6) James M. Parker born 1792, d. 1877, married 1820 Euphemia Sinclair born 1800, d. after 1851: settled at Wilsons Beach, Campobello Island.
      Sources: MC80/21 Martha Barto?s Passamaquoddy: Genealogies of West Isles families, pgs. 179-180: see also MC80/2365 Kaye C. Nath?s The Clines of the Passamaquoddy, pages 215-217.
    • Loyalists to Canada: The 1783 Settlement of Quakers and Others at Passamaquoddy
      Theodore C Holmes
      Picton Press 1992

      p 93
      Benjamin Parker, a Baptist from Cumberland County, New Jersey, served with DeLancey's 2nd Brigade during the Revolutionary War. He was a passenger on the Camel, and was named in the Beaver Harbour muster roll of 10 July 1784 He was one of 12 Baptists who on 8 September 1784 signed a memorial stating that he was "now of Campobello"...[petition to Carelton]...

      Robert Parkes/Parker, a mason from Chester County, Pennsylvania, was a passenger on the Camel, and was named in the Beaver Harbour muster of 1784. He was one of 221 people who signed a protest on 10 January 1786 about the conduct of an election in Saint John.

      p 219
      Appendix 2
      [Public Record Office, London ADM 36/9430; from a transcript made by Professor David Bell of the University of New Brunswick, which copy is located at the Harriet Irving Library, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB. Reproduced here with his permission.]

      A List of Loyalist Refugees consisting of James Reed (Pilot) wife & 2 children & 30 children above 10 - 2/3 Rations

      [The list indicates that the Reed family embraked on board ship 21 August 1783 and disembarked 18 September 1783 at Saint John. It also indicates that Anne Rankin (and presumably the other 29 children above 10 embarked 23 August 1783 and disembarked 29 September 1783.]

      [Children above 10]
      ...
      Anna Parker [d Benjamin]
      Richard Parker [s Benjamin]
      ...

      Children under 10 1/2 Rations
      ...
      Thomas Parker [s Benjamin]
      Elizabeth Parker [d Benjamin]
      Mary Parker [d Benjamin]
      ...
      Ephraim Parker [s Joseph]
      Joseph Parker [s Joseph]
      Nath Parker [s Joseph]
      ...

      p 223
      Entered 23 May 83 Discharged 29 Sept Passamaquoddy
      ...
      Elisha Parker
      ...
      Benj Parker
      John Parker
      Samuel Parker
      Jonthn Parker (1)
      ...
      Jonn Parker (2)
      ...
      Robt Robbins
      Robt Parks
      ...
      Joseph Parker
      ...
      Jane Parker [m Elisha]
      ...
      Rachel Parker [m Benjamin]
      ...
      Eliz Parker [m Joseph]
      ...
    • American Loyalists to New Brunswick: The Ship Passengers Lists
      David Bell
      Formac Publishing 2015 Halifax

      p 18
      A small number of civilian Loyalists also sailed from New York to Saint John in September. The Royal Navy's Camel brought companies of Baptists, Quakers and a few others, totally 260, at mid-month.

      p 108
      Company #19: William Perrines
      Return of Loyalists Embarked on Board the Transport - for the Bay of Fundy
      Note: This is a list of persons who said that they would sail from New York in William Perrine's company, not necessarily those who did so.

      John Parker 1 man Farmer New Jersey recommended by William Perrine

      p 136
      Timothy Parker [details]

      p 147
      Company #45: John Ford
      "Return of Loyalists Enrolled in Capt John Fords Company actually embarked on Board the Transport Ship Mary - Robowatan mastr, bound for St Johns River in Nova Scotia" [4 October 1783]
      Jonathan Parker? 1 man 1 woman 3 children under 10 5 total "Recommended for Charity"

      p 186
      "Return of Loyalists called Anabaptists who humbly request to embark for the River St John Nova Scotia in the same Transport appointed to convey the company of Loyalists called Quakers" [29 August 1783]
      Note: This list is reliable in terms of those who sailed from New York to St John Harbour, although most passengers then sailed onward to Beaver Harbour

      Elisha Parker 1 man 1 woman [no occupation given] Jersey Caleb Barret
      Benjamin Parker 1 man 1 woman 3 children over 10 2 children under 10 Farmer Jersey Wm Curless?
      John Parker 1 man Farmer Jersey Wm Curless?
      Samuel Parker 1 man Farmer Jersey Wm Curless?
      Jno Parker 1 man Farmer Jersey Wm Curless?

      p 187
      Quaker and Baptist "Loyalist & Refugees" victualled on board the Royal Navy ship Camel late August - late September 1783

      Adult Males: Elisha Parker, Benjn Parker, John Parker, Samuel Parker, Jonathn Parker, Robert Parks
      Adult Females: Jane Parker, Rachel Parker,
      Children 10+: Anna Parker, Richard Parker
      Children -10: Thomas Parker, Elizabeth Parker, Mary Parker, Ephraim Parker, Joseph Parker, Nathl Parker,

      p 190
      ...rations issued to Provincial soldiers and their dependants were accounted for on a different sort of record.

      p 241
      Victualing Civilian Loyalists at Saint John 1783-1784
      [Original documents at War Office and Treasury records at National Archives UK WO 60 Volume 33 T 1 Volume 609]
      Timothy Parker [details]
      Jonathan Parker Farmer Unit 45 Ship Mary family 1 man 1 woman 3 children under 10 Family May 1784 same Family June 1784 same

      [Other Parkers not on this list, suggesting they were soldiers.]
    • Delancy's Brigade

      * * *
      Title: British Military and Naval Records (RG 8, C Series) - INDEX ONLY
      https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/mass-digitized-archives/british-military-naval-records-index/Pages/british-military-naval-records-index.aspx

      Parit, Nicholas - Pensioners, Chelsea 54 C-11843
      https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/mass-digitized-archives/british-military-naval-records-index/Pages/item.aspx?PageID=721181
      [123/6354]
      Benjamin Parker
      Private, 2nd Battalion De Lancey's Brigade
      24-2-1783
      C.1879 page 51

      https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/397529?availability=Family%20History%20Library
      Vol. 1876 - vol. 1881, p. 93 Loyalist muster rolls: De Lancey's Brigades, 1st & 2nd, 1777-1783; 3rd, 1777-1781 (NAC film no. C-4220)
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      1631545
      8341985
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008341985?cat=397529
      [476/783] Volume 1879 Page 51
      Muster Roll Captain Elijah Miles's Company in the 2d Battalion of Brigadier General DeLancey's Brigade Commanded by Colonel Gabriel G Ludlow Flushing 24th February 1783
      24 [Private] Benjamin Parker
      [452/ p 32 25 August - 24 October 1783]
      [No Elijah Miles in the Index for 1782 or 1783 besides these.]

      [124/]
      Benjamin Parker [Benjamin Peck. Not indexed correctly. See below]
      Private, 2nd Battalion New Jersey Volunteers
      2-3-1783
      Prisoner
      C.1855 page 70
      Vol. 1853, p. 35 - vol. 1856, p. 25 Loyalist muster rolls: New Jersey Volunteers, 1777-1783 (NAC film no. C-3874)
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      1631540
      8126642
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008126642?cat=397529
      [628/746 May not be precise]
      Muster Roll of Lieut Colonel Isaac Allen's Company 2d Battalion New Jersey Volunteers [Newton 2d March 178[3]
      Prisoners:
      Benjn Peck? [Sic]

      [636/ 24 June 1783 Benjamin Peck]

      * * *
      Carleton Papers

      https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/loyalists/loyalists-british-soldiers-1722-1784/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=41274&
      Item: Benjamin PARKER (41274)
      Given Names(s): Benjamin
      Surname: PARKER
      Regiment: Delancey's Brigade (2nd Battalion)
      Gender: Male
      Type of Document: Pay List
      Date (yyyy/mm/dd) : 1782-12-24
      Additional Information: PERIOD 1782/10/05 TO 1782/10/24
      Document Page Number: 6494 (2)
      Fonds: British Headquarters Papers (Carleton Papers or American Manuscripts)
      Microfilm: M-359
      Reference: MG23 B1
      Item Number: 41274
    • https://nbgs.ca/upload/files/Generations/2011-2015/Vol_37-4_Winter_2015.pdf
      Generations, the journal of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society, Inc. Winter 2015
      Loyalists of the 3rd Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers aboard the ship Esther River Saint John, Fall 1783 (Extracted from The King?s Loyal Americans: The Canadian Fact by B. Wood-Holt, Saint John, N.B., 1990, Appendix I) (contributed by Gayle Pittman)
      p 20
      Benjamin Parker NYAC farmer [New York Albany County]
    • Petition 1783

      Theodore C Holmes says this p 93:

      In a petition to Sir Guy Carleton in August 1783, a Benjamin Parker claimed to have assisted prisoners of Burgoyne's and Cornwallis's army in making their escape. He said that he had a wife and eight small children, and was distressed for money.

      [There is no such petition in the PANB index.]
      * * *
      https://archive.org/details/reportonamerican04grea/page/288

      Report on American manuscripts in the Royal institution of Great Britain .. (Volume 4)

      Benjamin Parker to Sir Guy Carleton.
      Petition. Assisted prisoners of Burgoyne's and Cornwallis's army in making their escape. Is distressed for money and has a wife and eight small children. Not dated, but with several certificates added, the first being New York, 20th August, 1783.

      Original. Vol. 38, No. 149. 2 pages.

      * * *
      https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/loyalists/loyalists-british-soldiers-1722-1784/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=41273&
      Item: Benjamin PARKER (41273)
      Given Names(s): Benjamin
      Surname: PARKER
      Gender: Male
      Type of Document: Petition
      Date (yyyy/mm/dd) : 1783-08-20
      Additional Information: SEEKS ASSISTANCE;DISTRESSED;AIDED PRISONERS OF BURGOYNE'S AND CORNWALLIS' ARMIES TO ESCAPE;HAS WIFE AND 8 CHILDREN
      Document Page Number: 8765
      Fonds:British Headquarters Papers (Carleton Papers or American Manuscripts)
      Microfilm: M-364
      Reference: MG23 B1
      Item Number: 41273

      The Humbel petitision of Benjamen Parker most Humbly Sheweth that he Some time ago presented a memorial to your Excellency Beging Reliefe, and not Receiving any answer I most humbly be of you will Excuse me in Presenting and approaching your Excellency once more to Remind you that In the time of Difficulty aided and assisted numbers of Loyallists and and of prisoners Boath of Burgoine and Cornwallis Army in makeing them Espace through the Rebel Country and fed them till oppertunities offerd to Send them with money food and Boats to make their Escape for which I was Bansihed my own home. I am now Distressed for money with a wife and eight small Children one of whihch is a Cripel accautioned[?] in his mothers womb By abuses of the Villins on hearin of my assistence to His Magesteis distressed prisoners for which I Refer to the Gentelmen of the army as well as thou who Hearunto Subscribed your Memorillist Begs your Excellency to take this Case into Consideration and if your Memorilist will as in Duty Bound Ever prays

      I do Hear by Certify that I did take a number of Burgoins and Cornwallises Solders from the House of Mr Benjan Parker and with His assistence Brought them Safe with in the British Lines Given Under my hand
      Newgh Augt 20th 1783
      Robert Robins

      I do Certify that I did assist in takeing the above Solds from Mr Parker and Bring them in to the British Lines
      Robert Woodard Ensg
      3 Betl NJ Vallenters

      * * *
      Battle of Monmouth outside of Freehold June 1778, one of the belligerents being Cornwallis. Burgoyne surrendered his army at Saratoga in October 1777.

      https://quod.lib.umich.edu/c/clementsead/umich-wcl-M-2947.3sar?id=navbarbrowselink;view=text
      After the surrender of John Burgoyne's army at the Battle of Saratoga in October 1777, the Continental Army held approximately 5,000 British, Canadian, and German soldiers as prisoners of war. These troops, which became collectively known as the Convention Army, were held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, until being relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1779, and then to Pennsylvania and Maryland.

      600 prisoners were said to have escaped during the march from Massachusetts to Virgina. It was probably those who Benjamin helped.

      http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~amrevhessians/military/hpnah.htm
      [Details of the march through 1779.]

      * * *
      Also reported here:

      https://archive.org/details/reportonamerican04grea/page/516/mode/2up
      Report on American manuscripts in the Royal institution of Great Britain ..
      by Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts; Royal Institution of Great Britain; Stevens, Benjamin Franklin, 1833-1902; Howe, William Howe, Viscount, 1729-1814; Clinton, Henry, Sir, 1738?-1795; Dorchester, Guy Carleton, Baron, 1724-1808
      Volume 4 Page 288
      Benjamin Parker to Sir Guy Carleton
      Petition- Assisted prisoners of Burgoyne's and Cornwallis's army in making their escape. Is distressed for money and has a wife and eight small children. Not dated, but with several certificates added, the first being New York, 20th August 1783.
      Original. Volume 38 Number 149 2 pages
    • https://sites.rootsweb.com/~nbcampob/land/lease1.htm
      Register Book of Land Leases
      The following information was received from the Maine State Archives on microfilmed records. The name of the film is "W.F.W. Owen 1774-1857 Register Book and Survey Book".
      If a * is located in the last column in the chart below, additional information contained in that entry will be located below in another chart below. Look for the same file number as the indicated entry.
      Over time there will be over 500 entries added to these pages. I am abbreviating some words to save time and typing... yrs=years, acres=acres of land. In some cases I have added comments in ( ) such as (no location given).

      COMMENT Page in Book File # Lease To... Location/Acres of Land Length of Time Dated
      Surrendered 3 20 Richard Parker no location given (See note below) . 30 June 1798
      Page in Book File # Lease To... Additional Comments Dated
      3 20 Richard Parker Assignment of a lease Richard Parker to Thomas Parker, of a lot of land leased by D. Owen 12 Nov. 1792 to sons/send ?(not sure of word) Richard and John Parker (last deceased) 30 June 1798 [Richard s Benjamin m Rachel, John s Benjamin m Rachel]

      4 28 Rachael Parker Release by Rachael Parker, widow of John Parker of her husbands interest in a lease dated 12 Nov 1792 to the proprietors of Campobello. . 14 April 1800
      Page in Book File # Lease To... Additional Comments Dated
      4 28 Rachael Parker (The lease dated 12 November 1792 does NOT appear in this register book)... {Heather's addition.} [Rachel wid Benjamin]

      Surrendered 6 43 John Parker lot of land on Harbor de Lute 40 years 4 May 1805
      Page in Book File # Lease To... Additional Comments Dated [John 54827]

      https://sites.rootsweb.com/~nbcampob/land/lease2.htm
      Register Book of Land Leases Page 2
      The following information was received from the Maine State Archives on microfilmed records. The name of the film is "W.F.W. Owen 1774-1857 Register Book and Survey Book".
      If a * is located in the last column in the chart below, additional information contained in that entry will be located below in another chart below. Look for the same file number as the indicated entry.
      Over time there will be over 500 entries added to these pages. I am abbreviating some words to save time and typing... yrs=years, acres=acres of land. In some cases I have added comments in ( ) such as (no location given).

      COMMENT Page in Book File # Lease To Location/Acres of Land Length of Time Dated
      Expired 9 61 Benj. & Thos. Parker Lease of Casco Bay Island to Benjamin and Thomas Parker 1 yr 29 March 1815 [Benjamin, Thomas ss Benjamin]
      Expired 9 63 Dunn, Miars, Parker Lease of a weir privilege to J Dunn, S Miars, R Parker, in Whale Boat Cove 2 yrs 1 April 1815 [Richard s Benjamin]
      Expired 9 65 Dunn, Miars, Parker Lease of a weir privilege to Jeremiah Dunn, Samuel Miars, and Richard Parker in front of Miars Lot 3 yrs 1 April 1815 [Richard s Benjamin]
      Expired 11 76 Benjamin Parker Lease of a house, store on Casco Bay Island 1 yr 30 April 1817 [Benjamin s Benjamin]
      Expired 13 99 James M. Parker Lease of house and 1/4 acre of land 7 yrs 20 April 1822 [James s Benjamin]


      https://sites.rootsweb.com/~nbcampob/land/lease3.htm
      Register Book of Land Leases Page 3
      The following information was received from the Maine State Archives on microfilmed records. The name of the film is "W.F.W. Owen 1774-1857 Register Book and Survey Book".
      If a * is located in the last column in the chart below, additional information contained in that entry will be located below in another chart below. Look for the same file number as the indicated entry.
      Over time there will be over 500 entries added to these pages. I am abbreviating some words to save time and typing... yrs=years, acres=acres of land. In some cases I have added comments in ( ) such as (no location given).

      COMMENT Page in Book File # Lease To Location/Acres of Land Length of Time Dated
      Expired 15 109 Jas. M. parker Lease of Dunn's Lot 7 yrs 14 April 1823 [James s Benjamin]

      Expired 14 107 Jonathan Bartlett Lease of Bartlett's store and wharf 7 yrs 31 Aug 1822

      Expired 16 124 John Dunovan Lease of lot of land on Tibbett's Beach, Head Harbour 7 yrs 9 June 1824

      Expired 18 139 Thomas Parker Junior Lease of a shore privilege on which to erect a Smoke House on Friar's Bay 7 yrs 29 Aug 1827 [Thomas s Richard]

      Expired 19 143 Thomas Parker Permission for occupation of orchard House (no location given) not given 22 July 1828 [Thomas s Benjamin]

      https://sites.rootsweb.com/~nbcampob/land/lease4.htm
      Register Book of Land Leases Page 4
      The following information was received from the Maine State Archives on microfilmed records. The name of the film is "W.F.W. Owen 1774-1857 Register Book and Survey Book".
      If a * is located in the last column in the chart below, additional information contained in that entry will be located below in another chart below. Look for the same file number as the indicated entry.
      Over time there will be over 500 entries added to these pages. I am abbreviating some words to save time and typing... yrs=years, acres=acres of land. In some cases I have added comments in ( ) such as (no location given).

      COMMENT Page in Book File # Lease To Location/Acres of Land Length of Time Dated
      Expired 20 152 Geo. Parker Lease of Casco Bay Island 7 yrs 25 March 1831 [George s Thomas m Ann Mears]
      Expired 20 156 J.M. Parker Lease of Tuckers Lot 7 Yrs 25 March 1831 [James s Benjamin]
      Expired 20 158 J. & G. Parker Lease of Head Harbour Island 7 Yrs 25 March 1831 [James s Benjamin & George s Thomas m Ann Mears]
      Expired 20 159 Samuel Parker Lease of Lyon's Lot 7 yrs 25 March 1831 [Samuel s Benjamin]
      Expired 21 160 B. Parker & Daniel Mitchell Lease of Holmes Lot 7 yrs 25 March 1831 [Benjamin s Thomas m Ann Mears]

      https://sites.rootsweb.com/~nbcampob/land/lease5.htm
      Register Book of Land Leases Page 5
      The following information was received from the Maine State Archives on microfilmed records. The name of the film is "W.F.W. Owen 1774-1857 Register Book and Survey Book".
      If a * is located in the last column in the chart below, additional information contained in that entry will be located below in another chart below. Look for the same file number as the indicated entry.
      Over time there will be over 500 entries added to these pages. I am abbreviating some words to save time and typing... yrs=years, acres=acres of land. In some cases I have added comments in ( ) such as (no location given).

      COMMENT Page in Book File # Lease To Location/Acres of Land Length of Time Dated
      Expired as to John Parker. Rent Book Page 105 23 9 Edward Snell Transfer of lease of Head Harbour Island from John Parker to Edward Snell, with continuation of same to said Ed. Snell for 7 yrs after 1 May 1838; dated 8 May 1837 7 yrs 8 May 1838
      Rent Book Page 60 28 39 Jas. Manning Parker Lease of a Pendicle on Church Hill, renewable 7 yrs 14 Sept 1838 [James s Benjamin]
      Rent Book Page 62 28 40 Nehemiah Mitchell & Benjamin Parker, jointly Lease of a Pendicle on Church Hill, renewable 7 yrs 14 Sept 1838 [Benjamin s Thomas m Ann Mears]

      Page in Book File # Lease To... Additional Comments Dated
      24 18 Confirmation and transfer of Pendicle and improvements there on at Rubble (made by JM Parker;) to Hubbard Mitchel, with bond of Hubbard and Joseph Mitchell for the price of the same to W.F.W. Owen 28 Oct 1837
    • Theodore C Holmes says this p 93:

      In a petition to Sir Guy Carleton in August 1783, a Benjamin Parker claimed to have assisted prisoners of Burgoyne's and Cornwallis's army in making their escape. He said that he had a wife and eight small children, and was distressed for money.

      [There is no such petition in the PANB index. In 1783 Benjamin had at least 5 children, probably no more.]
      * * *
      https://archive.org/details/reportonamerican04grea/page/288

      Report on American manuscripts in the Royal institution of Great Britain .. (Volume 4)

      Benjamin Parker to Sir Guy Carleton.
      Petition. Assisted prisoners of Burgoyne's and Cornwallis's army in making their escape. Is distressed for money and has a wife and eight small children. Not dated, but with several certificates added, the first being New York, 20th August, 1783.

      Original. Vol. 38, No. 149. 2 pages.

      * * *
      https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/loyalists/loyalists-british-soldiers-1722-1784/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=41273&
      Item: Benjamin PARKER (41273)
      Given Names(s): Benjamin
      Surname: PARKER
      Gender: Male
      Type of Document: Petition
      Date (yyyy/mm/dd) : 1783-08-20
      Additional Information: SEEKS ASSISTANCE;DISTRESSED;AIDED PRISONERS OF BURGOYNE'S AND CORNWALLIS' ARMIES TO ESCAPE;HAS WIFE AND 8 CHILDREN
      Document Page Number:8765
      Fonds:British Headquarters Papers (Carleton Papers or American Manuscripts)
      Microfilm: M-364
      Reference: MG23 B1
      Item Number: 41273

      The Humbel petitision of Benjamen Parker most Humbly Sheweth that he Some time ago presented a memorial to your Excellency Beging Reliefe, and not Receiving any answer I most humbly be of you will Excuse me in Presenting and approaching your Excellency once more to Remind you that I'm the time of Difficulty aided and assisted numbers of Loyallists and and of prisoners Boath of Burgoine and Cornwallis Army in makeing them Espace through the Rebel County and fed them till oppertunities offerd to Send them with money food and Boats to make their Escape for which I was Bansihed my own home. I am now Distressed for money with a wife and eight small Children one of whihch is a Cripel accautioned? [accosted] in his mothers womb By abuses of the Villins on hearin of my assistence to His Magesteis distressed prisoners for which I Refer to the Gentelmen of the army as well as thou who Hearunto Subscribed your Memorillist Begs your Excellency to take this Case into Consideration and if your Memorilist will as in Duty Bound Ever prays

      I do Hear by Certify that I did take a number of Burgoins and Cornwallises Solders from the House of Mr Benjan Parker and with His assistence Brought then Safe with in the British Lines Given Under my hand
      Newgh Augt 20th 1783
      Robert Robins

      I do Certify that I did assist in takeing the above Solds from Mr Parker and Bring them in to the British Lines
      Robert Woodard Ensg
      3 Betl NJ Vallenters

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      http://www.uelac.org/SirGuyCarleton/PDF/V_CLI.pdf
      Carleton's Loyalist Index -- Sir Guy Carleton Branch, UELAC
      John Vanderhoven
      Petition
      August 1783
      Certified Memorial of Benjamin Parker
      Male
      8765 (2)
      V118
      M-364
    • https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/loyalists/loyalists-british-soldiers-1722-1784/Pages/introduction.aspx
      Carleton Papers - Loyalists and British Soldiers, 1772-1784
      British Headquarters Papers, New York (also known as the Carleton Papers)
      https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/loyalists/loyalists-british-soldiers-1722-1784/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=41274&
      Item: Benjamin PARKER (41274)
      Given Names(s): Benjamin
      Surname:PARKER
      Regiment:Delancey's Brigade (2nd Battalion)
      Gender:Male
      Type of Document:Pay List
      Date (yyyy/mm/dd) :1782-12-24
      Additional Information:PERIOD 1782/10/05 TO 1782/10/24
      Document Page Number:6494 (2)
      Fonds:British Headquarters Papers (Carleton Papers or American Manuscripts)
      Microfilm:M-359
      Reference:MG23 B1
      Item Number:41274

      Abstract of outstanding Demands due by the Crown in the Department of the of the Commissary Generatl under the Direction of Peter Parmier Deputy Commissary General at New York the 31st of May 1782
      No. To whom and for what due. New York Currency
      ...
      24. Benjamin Parker. Rent. 25 - -
      ...
      Errors excepter Peter Parmier Cepy Commr Genl
      ...
      We have examined all the Vouchers Mr Parmier has laid before us in Support of the Several Articles in his abstract amounting to 51,178 15 3 1/2 And we have seen an Account of the Sums said to be due to many persons. But as Mr Parmier declares that he has no money in his hands to pay those last in order to enable him to make payments & produce Vouchers, We Judge it will be proper to put into his hands Fifty thousand Pound
      Board of Commissary's Account
      New York the 28th August 1782
      James R oConnor
    • Prisoner New Jersey Volunteers

      Benjamin Parker British Military

      Title: British Military and Naval Records (RG 8, C Series) - INDEX ONLY
      https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/mass-digitized-archives/british-military-naval-records-index/Pages/british-military-naval-records-index.aspx

      Parit, Nicholas - Pensioners, Chelsea 54 C-11843
      https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/mass-digitized-archives/british-military-naval-records-index/Pages/item.aspx?PageID=721181
      [123/6354]
      Benjamin Parker
      Private, 2nd Battalion De Lancey's Brigade
      24-2-1783
      C.1879 page 51

      [124/6354]
      Benjamin Parker Private, 2nd Battalion New Jersey Volunteers. 2 February 1783 Prisoner C.1855 Page 70

      Vol. 1853, p. 35 - vol. 1856, p. 25 Loyalist muster rolls: New Jersey Volunteers, 1777-1783 (NAC film no. C-3874)
      Family History Library
      United States & Canada Film
      1631540
      8126642
      https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/008126642?cat=397529
      [623/746]
      Muster Roll of Lieut Colonel Isaac Allen's Company 2d Battalion New Jersey Volunters [Long Island?]
      ...
      Prisoners
      Martin Young
      Benjn Parker
      John ?
      Petr Henderson
      Jacob Tuffords