I am looking for information on the individual listed below. He was my godfather and I am named for him. As he had no heirs, I would like to honor him by discovering as much as possible and remembering him to my children.
Parker, Gordon Victor
Born John Gordon or Gordon John
Born 08 Mar 1893 at Brooklyn, NY
Christened dd Mmm yyyy at ____________________
Died 19 Jul 1958 at Bridgehampton, NY
Buried dd MMM yyyy at _________________________
Married 01 Jan 1917 at Camp Wadsworth, Spartanburg, No. Carolina, to Vera Pauline Grill in military wedding ceremony. She was born 23 Jun 1895 at NYC and died 26 Nov 1980 at Southampton, NY.
They had no children.
Virtually nothing is known about Gordon’s father. One of his wife’s nephews, Albert Saenger, unearthed a John Parker in NYC around the right years who was an undertaker, but there is no substantiation.
Gordon’s mother was, by family reports, a Provost, descended from the Rev. Samuel Provoost, first Episcopal bishop of New York City at Trinity Church.
He also had a sister named Beatrice though no one seems to ever have heard her married name (presumably her maiden name was Parker).
Through his mother (presumably), Gordon was related to the Parfitt family of Brooklyn and summered with them at their home in Bridgehampton throughout his youth while his mother and sister went to England and/or Europe. Gordon’s wife Vera always referred to “Cousins Will, Mabel, Violet, Anna, Billie (Lillian), et al.” (see chart 1)
At age thirty Gordon “inherited from an uncle” shares of stock in the Wm. A. Cabble Excelsior Wire Co. in Brooklyn, NY, along with his sister Beatrice. Gilbert Cabble was his first cousin, and William, assumed to be Gilbert’s father, was his uncle. There was a problem when Beatrice died as Gordon was supposed to inherit her shares but a husband or some half-siblings in New Jersey contested and won. An interesting note about the Cabbles: there is a lineage of this family that traces back to Frome, Somerset, England, whence the Parfitts also hail.
Chart 1: My Mom and Dad knew the people marked in bold italics
I knew the people marked in bold print
3a Mary Ann Noad, daughter of John and Jane Bourne Noad, was born 29 January 1844, in Roade, Northamptonshire County, England, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1868, and died 26 February 1936, in Mt. Dora, Lake County, Florida. She married Walter Elliott Parfitt, son of Thomas and Anne Sarah Elliott Parfitt, on 31 December 1868. He was born 4 July 1846, in Frome, Engand. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1865, and died 23 September 1924, in Mt. Dora, Florida. Walter and Mary Ann Parfitt are buried in Bridgehampton Cemetery,
Bridgehampton, New York. Their children were:
4c William Armfield Parfitt, born 9 Jan. 1870 died 27 Nov. 1951
4c Nell Maria Parfitt, born 11 Nov. 1871 died 9, Aug. 1951
4c Ethelyn Maude Parfitt, born 17 Dec. 1875 died 11 Oct. 1948
4c Mabel Anna Parfitt, born 13 Dec. 1877
4c Violetta Emma Louise Parfitt, born 7 Jan. 1880
4c Anna Edith Noad Parfitt, born 21 Mar. 1883
4c Lillian Grace Parfitt, born Feb. 1885
4c William Armfield Parfitt, son of Walter Elliott and Mary Ann Noad Parfitt, was born 9 January 1870 and died 27November 1951. He married Mary Talmadge on 20 June 1895. She was born 2 July 1871 and died 28 June 1940.
4c Nell Maria Parfitt, daughter of Walter Elliott and Mary Ann Noad
Parfitt, was born 11 November 1871 and died 9 August 1951. She married Frank L. Hubbard on 9 June 1897. He was born 2 July 1871 and died in 1924. Their children were:
5a Walter P. Hubbard, born 24 Dec. 1897 died 28 Aug. 1923
5a Frank L. Hubbard, born 24 Jul. 1899
5a Robert L. Hubbard, born 7 May 1911
5a Walter P. Hubbard, son of Frank L. and Nell Maria Parfitt Hubbard, was born 24 December 1897 and died 28 August 1923. He married Dorothy Le Van on 15 June 1922. She was born 11 January 1902.
5a Frank L. Hubbard, son of Frank L. and Nell Maria Parfitt Hubbard, was born 24 July 1899 and died ? He married Marie Rode on 5 November 1932. She was born 12 March 1912 and died ? Their children were:
6a Frank L. Hubbard Jr
6a Mary Elizabeth Hubbard
6a Nell Maria Hubbard
4c Ethelyn Maude Parfitt, daughter of Walter Elliott and Mary Ann Noad Parfitt, was born 17 December 1875 and died 11 October 1948. She married George Zell on 5 October 1910. He was born 15 August 1872 and died in 1924.
4c Mabel Anna Parfitt, daughter of Walter Elliott and Mary Ann Noad Parfitt, was born 13 December 1877. She married Frank Howell on 3 September 1923. He was born 30 January 1869 and died 2 January 1927.
4c Violetta Emma Louise Parfitt, daughter of Walter Elliott and Mary Ann Noad Parfitt, was born 7 January 1880. She married Otis Downs on 12 September 1903. He was born 18 August 1880. Their children were:
5b Mary Malvina Downs
5b Violetta E. Downs
5b Mary Malvina Downs, daughter of Otis and Violetta Emma Louise Parfitt Downs, was born 10 September 1904 and died 5 October 1935. She married Harold Low on 1 December 1928. He was born 25 July 1906. Their children were:
6b Harold Day Low
6b Philip Low
5b Violetta E. Downs, daughter of Otis and Violetta Emma Louise Parfitt Downs, was born 12 June 1913 and died ? She married Louis Juengst on 11 September 1938. He was born 20 May 1912 and died ? Their children were:
6c Robert Juengst
6c Peter Juengst
6c Letty Lou Juengst
4c Lillian Grace Parfitt, daughter of Walter Elliott and Mary Ann Noad Parfitt, was born 9 February 1885. She married Frederick MacMahon on 25 June 1907. He was born 24 July 1884.
A clipping from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, or the New York Times, Dec 1918 (?)
Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Parfitt Celebrate Golden Wedding
Mr. and Mr. Walter E. Parfitt of 2006 Benson Ave. are today celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage on December 31, 1868 in old Williamsburg. Mr. Parfitt retired a little over a year ago after a career of more that forty years as an architect, who created many well known buildings, including 18 churches in Brooklyn.
Mr. Parfitt was born at Frome, England, July 4, 1846, and his wife was born in Road, England, January 29, 1844. He came to the United States in June 1865, and three years later sent for his sweetheart in England. She arrived in Brooklyn on December 30, 1868, and the next day the couple were married, by the Rev. John B. Brackett of the First Baptist Church of Williamsburg.
Soon after settling in Brooklyn Mr. Parfitt and his brother
Henry (later joined by their brother Albert) formed a partnership as architects and the firm was not long in establishing a reputation. Since Mr. Parfitt’s retirement his son William A. Parfitt has carried on the
When Bensonhurst was laid out by the late James D. Lynch, Mr. Parfitt purchased the old Benson homestead, which was built before the Revolutionary War, and remodeled it. The family has resided there ever since, though spending the summers at their Bridgehampton, L.I., home.
Mr. and Mrs. Parfitt have six daughters and one son, William A. Parfitt. The daughters are Mrs. Frank Hubbard, Mrs. George Zell, Mrs. Le Roy Barton, Mrs. Fredrick MacMahon, Mrs. Otis H. Downs, and Miss Mabel Parfitt. The celebration today takes the form of a family reunion and dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Parfitt have always been prominent in church and social circles and a host of friends will extend congratulations on their golden wedding day.
The person you are looking for is the Rev. Samuel Provoost. He was a graduate of the first class of King’s College, rector of Trinity Church, chaplain to Congress, and Bishop of New York, 1786. He was the son of John Provoost (1714) and Eva Rutgers. John was the son of Samuel Provoost (1687) and Maria Sprat. Samuel was the son of David Provoost (1642) and Tryntie Laurens. David was the son of David Provoost (1608) and Margaret Gillis Tan Waart. I have nothing on the descendants or siblings of the Rev. Provoost. You may eventually be able to fill this void with what you know. Hope this helps.
Gutielmus Wilhelmus Provost, born about 1545 in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Married 1574 to Elizabeth Tam Waart in Seine, Paris, France
Buried in Barnstable, MA, USA
David Provoost 1608 Margaret Gillis Tan Waart
David Provoost 1642 Tryntie (Catherine) Laurens
Samuel Provoost 1687 Maria Sprat
John Provoost 1714 Eva Rutgers
The Rev. Dr. Samuel Provoost, a patriot, is appointed Rector of Trinity (1784-1800) in 1784. The New York State Legislature ratifies the charter of Trinity church, deleting the provision that asserted its loyalty to the King of England. Whig patriots are appointed as vestrymen.
Dr. Provoost is consecrated as the first Bishop of the newly formed Diocese of New York.
Following his inauguration at Federal Hall, George Washington attends thanksgiving service, presided over by Bishop Provoost, at St. Paul's Chapel. This structure, a chapel of the Parish of Trinity Church, is the oldest public building in continuous use in New York City. Washington continues to attend services there while the capital of the new republic is in New York City.
For further information, call Jessica Silver, Parish Historian, at (212) 602-9687, fax (212) 602-9641 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Somewhere in all this is a link that unites the Provost-Parker-Parfitt-Cabble families all together. I don’t know if the connection was made in England prior to emigration or here in NYC, but it must exist. Any help is tremendously appreciated and anything I discover will be freely shared.
Gordon Victor Paulson
Bayside, Queens, NYC
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