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Sometimes you have to think outside the box,,,,,

May 2, 2017


Have a brick wall you cannot bust through?  I think all genealogist have been there at one point or another.  I have been there for years with my great great grandfather Benjamin Burlin Parker.  I track down every lead I come across.  Several times I thought I had it figured out but could never find and concrete proof to confirm the theory.  He was born in 1816, birth records were scarce back then.  Sometimes you are lucky and find what you need, other times,,,  not so much!!  We do not know for sure where BB Parker was born.  One census shows his father was born in Connecticut.  But I have not found any concrete leads there.

A while back I posted a newspaper article which stated my great grandfather, George W Parker was first cousins with Alton Brooks Parker, which if were true would mean that Alton Brooks Parker's father and my great great grandfather were brothers.  I searched that direction until the cows came home only to find no evidence that it was true.  :-(  I believe there is a family connection, but not first cousins.  But still, no proof and that search has run dry.

Time to think outside of the box.  There was 2 other Parker families in the same town as my Parker family, at the same time.  Neither have proven to be a connection at this time although, I suspect there is.  The one that I am currently researching is that of Charles M Parker, born 1836 and died 1864.  He was just 28 years old when he died.  He left behind a wife and 3 children.  One of which was a daughter Kate Parker, born ant. 1861.  My great grand aunt, Mary Amelia Parker was born act 1847.  Below is a picture of Kate and a picture of Mary Amelia.  Do you see the resemblance?


Kate is on the left and Mary Amelia is on the right. Slightly different ages and time frame but look at the face.  Do you see the resemblance?  The jaw line, the mouth and nose.  To me, they could be sisters, even though I know they are not.

So, because of this resemblance I have decided to research the family of Charles M Parker to see if there is a connection and perhaps break through my brick wall.  And maybe even help a descendant of his family in the process.

I found a Phineas Parker who I believe was Charles' father and low and behold, he was born in Connecticut!!  Possible connection?  Maybe!!  Age wise, I am leaning towards the possibility of him being my Benjamin Parker's uncle.  Which would mean he would be a brother to Benjamin's father.  So, now I need to find Phineas' father and siblings.  Fortunately, Connecticut seems to have good church records and with any kind of luck I will find a birth record for Phineas which will lead me to his parents.  Now I just have to find the time to do it, LOL.  I also have a couple of books about Parkers in America that I need to go through as well.  I often do not think there are enough hours in the day, LOL.  Actually, I think most genealogist feel that was from time to time.

Until next time,,,,,,


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