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Northampton in Hampshire County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Cornet Joseph Parsons

A Founder of Northampton, Massachusetts

 
 
Cornet Joseph Parsons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Russell C. Bixby, November 21, 2009
1. Cornet Joseph Parsons Marker
Inscription.
In Memory of
Cornet Joseph Parsons
c. 1618-1683
A founder of Northampton
and his wife
Mary (Bliss) Parsons
c. 1628-1711/12

 
Location. 42° 19.331′ N, 72° 37.592′ W. Marker is in Northampton, Massachusetts, in Hampshire County. Marker can be reached from Bridge Street (Massachusetts Route 9). Touch for map. Building is part of the Historic Northampton complex on Bridge Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 46 Bridge Street, Northampton MA 01060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hadley (approx. 1.2 miles away); Holyoke Range and Skinner State Parks (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Florence Eagles (approx. 2.6 miles away); Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Anti-Slavery Community (approx. 2.6 miles away); Florence Manufacturing (approx. 2.6 miles away); Hatfield (approx. 2.6 miles away); a different marker also named Hadley (approx. 5.4 miles away).
 
Regarding Cornet Joseph Parsons. Mary and Joseph Parsons had a total of eleven children. They were granted the first license to run an ordinary (tavern) in Northampton and eventually became one of the
The Parsons House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Russell C. Bixby
2. The Parsons House and Marker
Shown here is the "Parsons House," built circa 1730 by Nathaniel Parsons, grandson of Mary and Joseph Parsons.
wealthiest families in the early colonies. They left Northampton in 1679 or 1680, amidst lingering questions, gossip and rumors that Mary was a witch. The links below provide a rich history of one of Northampton's first families.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historic Northampton. Historic Northampton is a museum of local history in the heart of the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts. Its collection of approximately 50,000 objects and three historic buildings is the repository of Northampton and Connecticut Valley history from the Pre-Contact era to the present. The museum maintains a permanent exhibit chronicling the rich history of Northampton in its main gallery and features changing exhibitions in its rotating exhibit space. (Submitted on November 21, 2009, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts.) 

2. Biography of Cornet Joseph Parsons. (Submitted on November 21, 2009, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts.)
3. The Mary (Bliss) Parsons Story. "The Parsonses were one of the first families of Northampton and Mary Parsons was the subject of witchcraft-related trials: in 1656, 1674, and possibly again in 1679." (Submitted on November 24, 2009.) 

4. Cornet Joseph Parsons one of the founders of Springfield and Northampton, Massachusetts. An 1898 biography by Henry M. Burt, published by A. R. Parsons (Garden City, Long Island, N.Y). (Submitted on November 24, 2009.) 
 
Additional keywords. Pioneer Valley Western Massachusetts Connecticut River Valley Witchcraft Witch Trials
 
Categories. Colonial EraLandmarksSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2009, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 2,246 times since then and 68 times this year. Last updated on November 26, 2009, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 21, 2009, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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