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Linda’s father’s (Harry Laing) mother’s maiden name was Lulu Parsons. Her father was Samuel Parsons who was born in England in 1853 and married in Ontario. His first two children were born in Ontario but his last four were born in the United States. Lulu (Linda’s grandmother) married her husband (Arthur Garfield Laing) when the family was living in Ridgetown but they moved to Detroit early in their marriage and their children, including Linda’s father, were all born in the US.

Linda obtained most of this early ancestor information from Alison Parsons of New Zealnd, who has researched the Parsons line back to Richard Parsons.

Richard Parsons may well have been old enough for service in the Civil War; certainly in the second one, to overthrow Cromwell’s regime he would have been active, coming as he did from the West Country.

Since the John Fox scroll was carried by the Parsons family for some 400 years, it might have been that Richard Parsons married into the property as a millowner. He did not own enough land to be called yeoman.

The will of Richard Parsons is dated May 30, 1681.

He leaves a property called ‘Target Sivening’ in Churton to his son George and after him, to George’s son, also George. [Note from Diane Colgrave: Churton was probably Cheriton which lies near Wincanton and North Cheriton]

To Richard Parsons he leaves an acre which lies in Batchpoole for ever upon condition to pay tenne pounds in tenne years to his grandson Henry Parsons, son of Francis Parsons.

To Francis he leaves the mortgage of Joseph Cogrell’s house in Frome Selwood, also 11 acres of ground in Frome, with the house which I have in Wincalnton’ for the term of his natural life. [Note from Dianne Colgrave’s booklet called the History of the Family of Parsons Peters: Wincanton lies on the river Calne hence the awkward ‘l’ in the old spelling]. After Francis it goes to John Parsons and finally back to George.

In his will he mentions his son and grandson both named Richard. Richard is named as executor but it does not say which one.

The will was declared invalid and a sentencing had to be carried out in Court. The dispute was whether or not the son Richard or the grandson Richard would inherit. Judgement was given to Richard the son.

When Richard dies he is living in Kington Magna but does not mention it in his will. Therefore he did not own that property. His second wife already owned the Kington Magna property. Moses inherited the Kington Magna property from his mother

Elizabeth might be descended from John Fox, Gentleman of Chacumbe, Northampshire. the clue is a little parchment scroll, three inches wide and about seven feet long, dated 1592. At sometime it was carried from Northants to Dorset and then to Somerset, being kept in the Parsons family for more than 400 years.

It is an inventory of the goods, chattels and debts of this John Fox. From it we see his owning considerable farm and household implements. The fact that he listed as a gentleman means that he owned the property. 1678; died Abt. 1735.

Know all Men that I Moses Parsons of Kington in the County of Dorset being possessed of worldly substance and being sensible that life is very uncertain am willing to dispose of my substance by this my last will and testament in manner and form following .. first I give and bequeath to my son Moses Parsons twenty pounds of lawful money I also give and bequeath to my daughter Ruth Mead twenty pounds and to my daughter Martha Goding I give and bequeath the sum of thirty pounds and to my son John Parsons I give and bequeath my dwelling house with garden orchards and all appurtenances thereto belonging call’d Bow Hutt situate near Bow Bridge I also give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Chislet the sum of ten pounds of lawful money I also give to my grandson Moses two pounds to be paid him at the age of eighteen years I also give to my grand daughter Dinah the sum of two pounds I also give to my grand daughter Mary Chislet the like sum of two pounds And all the rest of my Estate goods and effects whatsoever and wheresoever I give and bequeath to my two sons William and James Parsons between them share and share alike. And I appoint them my joint executors of this my last will and testament Nevertheless I hereby bind my son James Parsons one of my executors to pay my wife Marth Parsons the sum of two shillings weekly and every week during her natural life for her support and maintenance And making void all former wills I declare this to be my last will and testament signed seald and delivered this fourth day of January 1787 The mark of Moses X Parsons

witness Jonathan Gray Hary(?) Gray

George Parsons was a tenant of the Manor House from the Wingfield Digbys, Charlton Horethorne by 1817 followed later by his son Uriah and grandson Weston Peters Parsons. On 25 Nov 1827 the Duke of Rutland and Colonel Wingfield Digby signed a deed conveying much property in the village to the Parsons family. The sale price was 15,500 pounds and the Parsons family then became lords of the manor. The farmhouses with cottages, buildings and land became known as Manor Farm, in total 477 acres and included two cottages with their gardens and also the vicar’s house.

It would appear from the details recorded on the family vault that George and Jane had many children including five sons who died in infancy and another son William died age 11. We do not have birth dates of the first 5 children, doubtless born at West Stour. Their death dates and ages are recorded on a Chest Tomb in Charlton Horethorne churchyard, standing over the family vault. Also 5 others, unnamed, who died in infancy.

I Charles Parsons of Marston Magna in the County of Somerset Yeoman make my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say I give devise and bequeath all my real and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto my cousin James Parsons of Horsington in the County of Somerset Gentleman and my Nephew Charles Parsons of Stalbridge Park in the County of Dorset Gentleman To hold to them their heirs executors and administrators respectively Upon the Trusts following that is to say Upon trust to permit and suffer Ann my wife to occupy and enjoy or receive and take the rents issues and profits of my dwelling house garden and orchard at Marston Magna aforesaid for and during the term of her natural life in case she shall so long continue my Widow and unmarried and from and after her decease or second marriage which shall first happen Upon trust for my son Charles Parsons his heirs and assigns he paying thereout to my sons Richard and Uriah and to my daughters Ann Elizabeth and Mary the sum of Forty pounds sterling apiece but in case my said son Charles shall decline to accept the said premises on such terms then Upon trust for my said son Richard his heirs and assigns he paying thereout to his other brothers and sisters (except his brother Edward Parsons and his sister Harriet Willis) the sum of Forty pounds sterling a piece And in case the said Richard Parsons shall refuse to accept the said premises on such terms Then upon trust for my said son Uriah his heirs and assigns he paying thereout to his other brothers and sisters (except the said Edward and Harriet) the sum of Forty pounds sterling a piece And in case all my said sons Charles Richard and Uriah shall refuse to take the said premises on the above mentioned terms Then upon trust to sell the same either publicly or privately as my said Trustees or the survivor of them his heirs executors or administrators shall think fit And out of the monies arising therefrom to pay each of my said daughters Ann

Elizabeth and Mary the sum of Forty pounds a piece and to pay the residue of such monies equally between my said sons Charles Richard and Uriah and as to my said personal estate Upon trust that my said Trustees do and shall pay thereout to my said daughter Harriet Willis for her separate use and so that her receipt alone shall be a sufficient discharge the sum of Eighty pounds sterling in one year after my decease And do and shall apply the remainder of my personal estate at their discretion for the benefit of the said Ann my Wife my said sons … Richard and Uriah and my said daughters Ann Elizabeth and .. during the life of my Wife if she shall so long continue my … and unmarried And from and immediately after her decease or second marriage which shall first happen Upon trust to pay thereout .. sixty pounds sterling to each of my said daughters Ann Elizabeth and Mary and to pay the residue thereof in equal shares between my sons Charles Richard and Uriah Provided always that my .. and dispose and convert into money my personal estate as they think fit or otherwise And I appoint my said cousin James Parsons and my said nephew Charles Parsons executors of this my Will I give to my said Trustees all protections and indemnities and power of reimbursing themselves out of the Trust Estate . are usual in like cases InWitness whereof I have hereto signed and subscribed my name the sixth day of August 1846 Charles Parsons signed by the said Testator Charles Parsons in the presence of us who .. presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed .. .. as Witnesses Thos Fitzherbert Vicar of Marston Magna John Nicholetts South Petherton Solr

This is a Codicil to my above written Will I revoke … appointment of my Cousin the above named James Parsons .. … Trustees and Executors of my said Will and in lieu thereof … my son Charles Parsons one of my Trustees and Executors .. .. my above named nephew Charles Parsons And I give devise .. all my real and personal Estate unto my said Nephew Charles Parsons and my said son Charles Parsons their heirs executors and administrators respectively accordingly Upon the trusts .. several .. intents and purposes mentioned in my above Will In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand the twenty second day of August 1846 Charles Parsons signed by the said Testator Charles Parsons in the joint presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses the words of my said Will having been first underlined Charles Parsons of Sandford Simeon Baker

57. George6 Parsons (Thomas5, Moses4, Moses3, Moses2, Richard1) was born Abt. 1828 in Horsington, Somerset, EN, and died Bef. Jul 1881 in Wincanton, Somerset, EN. He married (1) Betsy Hallett 24 Feb 1849 in Baptist Chapel,
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Wincanton, Somerset, daughter of George Hallett and Judith. She was born Abt. 1830 in Horsington, Somerset, EN, and died Bef. Oct 1858 in Horsington, Somerset, EN. He married (2) Mary Ann Cross 13 Sep 1863 in Baptist Chapel, Wincanton, Somerset, daughter of John Cross and Maria. She was born Abt. 1825 in Stoke Trister, Somerset, EN, and died Bef. Jul 1903 in Wincanton, Somerset, EN.

In 1841 England census there is an Albertina Lewis living either with or right beside William and Mary Parsons, and Mary’s maiden name is Lewis and her first daughter is named Albertina. Both Mary Parsons and Albertina Lewis are listed as 25 years old, they might have been twins. Parsons, died at her residence, Thames street north, on Thursday 10th February, at the advanced age of 87 years. The deceased lady has been for the last 15 years a highly respected citizen of Ingersoll, her devoted Christian life and many kindly deeds having endeared her to all with whom she came in contact, and her memory will long be cherished, not only by the family, but by a large circle of friends. Mrs. Parsons retained full possession of her faculties until a few days ago, when she was taken with la grippe, which was followed by paralysis, causing her death. Ry., Grand Rapids; Mrs Gould, of Beachville; and Misses Albertina and Ellen Parsons, who are at home. Mrs. Parsons was a consistent member of the Church of England, for many years.

Of Kington Magna Dorset, Charlton Horethorne, Somerset and then Kaikoura, New Zealand.

George immigrated to New Zealand with Elizabeth Ann in 1874 from Somerset to join his three sons who had already settled in Kaikoura. George died aged 69 years.
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