John Parker and Elizabeth —

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John Parker married Elizabeth —. Elizabeth was granted administration of John's estate in December 1554. John was a resident of Barton Bendish, Norfolk, England at the time of his death. Elizabeth's will was dated 1555 and she was then a widow of Barton Bendish, Norfolk, England. The will was proved 25 April 1558.

Richard L. Bush theorized that Alice Parker, the wife of Simon Bensley was the daughter of this couple. She was mentioned in the will of Thomas Parker as Thomas' sister (other members of the Elwyn family, her daughter's family, were mentioned as well) and Alice's husband Simon's will mentions Thomas as Alice's brother. According to Bush, a search of wills in that area at that time turned up only two wills that include siblings named Thomas and Alice Parker, that of Richard Parker (who mentions his siblings Thomas and Alice) and of widow Elizabeth Parker (whose children include a Thomas, Alice, and Richard). A widow Elizabeth Parker is also found being granted administration on her husband John's estate.

John and Elizabeth’s children (all mentioned in Elizabeth's will) are:

1 William Parker, died before his mother, according to a note in Elizabeth's probate file.
Richard Parker, resided in Fincham, Norfolk, England, will dated 3 Feb 1563 and proved 5 Jun 1565.
3 Thomas Parker, married Marjory —, resided in Stalham, Norfolk, England, a gentleman, will dated 7 Oct 1607 and proved 24 Oct 1607, will mentions sister Alice Bensley, Bensley nephews (Robert, Edward, and Simon), nephew Thomas Elwyn, the children of nephew Thomas' late wife Elizabeth, and kinswoman Alice Fydell.

Wife: Marjory —.
4 Grace Parker, mentioned in mother's will but not brother Richard's will and may have died before Richard made his will.
5 Alice Parker, married Simon Bensley 22 September 1566 in Mulbarton, Norfolk, England, will dated 26 Jun 1622 and proved 8 Aug 1622, buried 20 Jul 1622 in Ranworth, Norfolk, England.

Husband: Simon Bensley, grandson of Thomas and Agnes Bensley, will dated 5 Feb 1595/6 and proved 1 Mar 1595/6, bur. 11 Feb 1595/6 in Ranworth, Norfolk, England.
6 Margaret Parker.

Summary of Sources

Records related to Thomas and Agnes Bensley but not copied below due to copyright considerations:

  1. Bush, Richard L., "The English Ancestry of Michael and Sarah (Elwyn) Metcalf of Dedham, Massachusetts," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 166 (Jan 2012), pgs. 28-39.

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