James Parshall

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ChartsAncestors of Edward Ambrose Cooke
James Parshall, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), was born between 1630 and 1640.1,2 He died at Southold, Suffolk Co., New York, 15 September 1701.3,1

James married Elizabeth Gardiner, daughter of David Gardiner and Mary Maschall, at East Hampton, Suffolk Co., New York, about 1678.1,4

James Parshall, in several records was syled "Gent of the Isle of Wight". He owned many tracts at Aquebogue, lived on the North Road, and left an estate to his sons.

He is first of record in a deed, 12 Dec 1679, "Between John Youngs of the Towne of Southold, on the one part and James Parshall of ye Ile of Whight in New England on the other part . . . doe grant and sell unto the said James Parshall, the first division of Acquabauk, being five lotts of upland . . . also five lotts of meadow . . . ."5,6

James left a will dated 14 October 1692, and proved 28 Oct 1701:
In ye name of God Amen--Southold this 14th of Oct. 1692 I James Parshall of the town of S'hold in ye County of Suffolk upon Long Island in ye Provicne of N. York being weak in body but of sound memory do ordain & establish these presents to be my last will & testamt. in manner & form following--

First--I bequeath my soul to Jesus Christ my merciful Redeemer & my body to ye earth by decent burial in ye assured hopes of its resurrection again at ye last day & as to my outward estate all my just debts being first paid & funeral charges allowed for by my Executors I do will & dispose of as followeth--

Impmis I do give and bequeath unto my two sons Israel & David all my accommodations of both upland and meadow to them & their heirs foever equally to be divided between them two only my eldest son Israel is to have the eastermost side of this my accommodation of upland in Occabauke with all the imprevements thereupon that is to say my dwelling house barn outhouses fences orchards & improved lands--also my will is that all my implements of husbandry & arms be equally divided between my sd two sons.

2ly I do give & bequeath to my beloved wife one bed with all the furniture thereunto belonging--

4ly Further I do give & bequeath her choice of my Indian Girls also my will is that my wife enjoy one room of my dwelling house & half my orchard during her widowhood and no longer--

5ly I do give & bequeath to my eldest daughter Mary one bed with all ye furniture thereunto belonging Also I give unto my sd daughter my other Indian Girl--

6ly My will is yt all ye rest of my estate shall be equally divided between my wife & all my surviving children--

7ly My will is yt & if my two grown Indian slaves do serve faithfully five years (that then & not else they shall be free)

Lastly my mind & will is yt my beloved brothers in law John Gardiner & David Gardiner together with my friend Mr Thomas Mapes be Executors to this my last Will & Testamt.

And I do advise them to put out my two sons to such trades as they shall incline to learn for the confirmation hereof I have hereunto set my hand & fixed my seal in Southold this 14 day of Oct. in ye year of our Lord God 1692.

     James Parshall [Seal]

Signed sealed published & declared before us
Evan Davise
Samuel Swazy
Tho. Mapes

By the tenor of these presents Know ye yt on ye 28 day of Oct. 1701 at ye Manor of St. Georges in ye County of Suffolk before ye Honoble Coll Will Smith Judge of the Prerogative Court in ye sd County was proved & approved ye last will & testamt of James Parshall late of S'hold in ye said County deceased on ye 15 day of Sept. 1701 who by his sd will did nominate and appoint his brothers in law John & David Gardiner & Thomas Mapes his Executors--and the administration of the goods & chattels of ye sd deceased was granted to ye sd David Gardiner & Thomas Mapes.7


Elizabeth Gardiner b. abt. 1659, d. bt 1690 - 1698
  • Mary Parshall1 b. abt. 1679
  • Israel Parshall1 b. abt. Mar 1680, d. 18 Apr 1738
  • David Parshall+1 b. Jul 1682, d. 25 Jan 1726
  • Benjamin Parshall1 b. say 1685, d. say 1686
  • Margaret Parshall1 b. say 1690
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  1. [S331] Frank Nellis Parshall and Homer Leroy Parshall, To and From James and Catharine Parshall(Manhattan, Kansas: s.p., 1968), 41-43, further cited as Parshall and Parshall, Parshall Family.
  2. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1146, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  3. [S1652] William S. Pelletreau, Early Long Island Wills of Suffolk County, 1691-1703: An Unabridged Copy of the Manuscript Volume Known as the "The Lester Will Book"; Being the Record of the Prerogative Court of the County of Suffolk, New York: With Genealogical and Historical Notes(New York: Francis P. Harper, 1897), 228, further cited as Pelletreau, Early Long Island Wills.
  4. [S1872] Torrey, New England Marriages (2011), 2:1146.
  5. [S1789] Curtiss C. Gardiner, Lion Gardiner, and his Descendants (1599-1890)(St. Louis, Missouri: A. Whipple, 1890), 93, further cited as Gardiner, Lion Gardiner.
  6. [S331] Parshall and Parshall, Parshall Family, 41.
  7. [S1652] Pelletreau, Early Long Island Wills, 226-228.