Rev. Ebenezer Parkman (1703-1782) wife Hannah Breck sons Samuel & Breck Parkman grandson Robert Breck Parkman & Westborough, MA

Ebenezer Parkman sketch and signature

Reverend Ebenezer Parkman 1703 – 1782

His Motto:

“Thy Heart is not right with God. Let me bear this saying in mind that I may keep clear of such a charge upon me !”

For a glimpse at the Reverend Ebenezer Parkman’s Diary that he kept for 65 years (printed by the University Press of Virginia):


Reverend Eli Forbes oil portrait is essentially identical to his father-in-law Reverend Ebenezer Parkman’s pencil sketch above. Eli married 4 times including Ebenezer’s daughters Mary and Lucy.


Hannah Breck Parkman

Hannah Breck Parkman’s Wedding Shoes – Married 1737

Samuel Parkman (looks a lot like George Washington – likely painting by Gilbert Stuart that Samuel commissioned to paint George Washington standing in front of his white horse – see full size oil painting that now hangs in Boston Museum of Fine Art and prior to that in the Faneuil Hall – as posted further on in this blog). Samuel, born 22 Aug 1751 in Westborough, MA and died 11 Jun 1824, son of Rev. Ebenezer Parkman.>

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Samuel Parkman’s Manse @ Bowdoin Square, Boston, Mass

Samuel Parkman’s Manse @ Bowdoin Square circa 1880 & built circa 1816 – Boston, Mass

Samuel Parkman House, Bowdoin Square, Boston, MA by Philip Harry 17-2Collections_Parkman-House_cso

Samuel Parkman house, Bowdoin Square, Boston, MA painting by Philip Harry 1847


Reverend Ebenezer Parkman’s Parsonage is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located at the Parkman Parsonage Historic District in Westborough, MA.



Reverend Ebenezer Parkman Parsonage – Homestead – House – Home


Breck Parkman

Breck Parkman’s Shop, above, and as told by his dad Rev Ebenezer Parkman:




Honorable Robert Breck Parkman (son of Alexander and grandson of Rev Ebenezer)

Page from a Sermon of Rev. Ebenezer Parkman

Parkman Graves Site – Westborough, MA

Tribute to Rev. Ebenezer Parkman

Worcester County, MA- Probate File Papers, 1731-1881 (1).jpg

Worcester County, MA- Probate File Papers, 1731-1881.jpg

Last Will & Testament of Rev. Eb. Parkman 1782

The desk of Elias Parkman, son of Rev. Ebenezer Parkman

Reverend Ebenezer Parkman Church Communion Cup and Baptismal Basin kept @ the Westborough Historical Society along with the Wedding Dress of Hannah Breck Parkman (see link below)

Parkman Farm House (Westborough, Mass.) Scan number: 000420-0048. Parkman Farm House, June 4, 1892. (1892)

Link about Parkman’s relationship with Acadians :

For a glimpse at the Reverend Ebenezer Parkman’s Diary that he kept for 65 years (printed by the University Press of Virginia):


Farms on Powder Hill

A half mile west of the Forbush Farm-Tavern on the hill where the first meetinghouse was built were the farms of Edmund Rice and John B. Maynard. Although the area was virtual wilderness, it was settled by the homesteads of approximately 27 families. But the threat of wolves, bears and Indian attacks was always a major concern.

In 1704, Edmund Rice’s three boys were playing with their two cousins at the Thomas Rice farm when they were attacked by Canadian Indians. Four of the boys were taken hostage while the youngest was slain during the Indian retreat. A second attack in 1707 in the Stirrup Brook area prompted the town of Marlborough to increase the number of garrisoned homes. The Edmund Rice farm and the Samuel Forbush farm became garrisoned in 1711 to serve as safe houses for the families in the immediate area.

The original settlement, referred to as Chauncy Village, was incorporated as the Town of Westborough in 1717. In November of 1720, the construction of the first meeting house commenced on land donated by Edmund Rice and John Maynard. But it was not until 1724 and the town held its first March town meeting in the crudely built 30×40 foot structure that did not have heat, a floor or benches.

On a visit to the area, Parkman’s diary entry of August 1723 reads; “I walked to the Meeting House with a Pistol in my Hand by reason of the Danger of the Indians. When I returned was much affrighted with the sight of an Indian as I supposed; but drawing nigher I perceiv’d it was my Landlord. In the afternoon about 4 o’clock, there was an alarm in the North and people hastened with their arms, But it came to little.”

When Rice became unsuccessful at negotiating for the return of his boys he sold the 100 acre farm (excluding the meetinghouse) to Captain Daniel Howe of Marlborough to pay the ransom on the boys, but Silas and Timothy Rice were never returned. On April 2, 1724, the heirs of Capt. Daniel Howe deeded the farm to the town’s first seated minister, Ebenezer Parkman.

In October 1724, Parkman was ordained pastor, “Town Minister,” of the fledgling community and the same year took a wife, Mary Champney of Cambridge, and moved into their new home. The farm became the parsonage and home for the Parkman family for the next 28 years. The Parkmans had four surviving children here, but Mary died in 1736 and two years later Reverend Parkman married Hannah Breck of Marlborough. They had seven children at the Powder Hill Farm and four more at the new parsonage.

During the next twenty eight years, the meetinghouse was remodeled and enlarged to accommodate a growing church population and became the center of not only the town’s religious needs but also the political affairs. It served in that capacity until 1748 when it was taken down and salvaged for the new meetinghouse built in the newly-established center of town.

Although Parkman’s ministerial duties kept him very busy, the farm for the most part was managed by his parishioners and family. Parkman and Hannah continued to live on this farm until a new pastoral home was built near the second meetinghouse. After moving into the new parsonage built in 1752, Parkman’s eldest son, Ebenezer Jr., and his new wife moved into the old homestead but continued to raise livestock and grow vegetables and fruit for the family.

The farm was sold by Parkman in 1764 to Captain Stephen Maynard who days later transferred ownership to John Beaton, a Scotsman from Hopkinton. The farm remained in the Beaton family until 1822 when Colonel William Beaton deeded the Powder Hill Farm to Silas Wesson. Wesson operated the farm for approximately ten years. In 1825, Wesson set aside a portion of the property on the Turnpike and built the Wesson Tavern. The area then became known as Wessonville.

In 1832, Wesson was experiencing financial difficulties and sold the homestead and 80 acres to William White. White dismantled the former Parkman home and built a new house on the existing foundation. The farm was sold by widow Nancy White in 1850 to Emmons Raymond. It was then sold again in 1865 to Whittemore Rowell. In 1859, Rowell had partnered with Cyrus Brigham to form the largest milk distribution business in the world (four to five thousand hogsheads [63 gals] of milk annually sent from town) amounting to a million dollars per year. The partnership was dissolved in 1873.

Rowell sold the farm to Bela J. Stone, who had moved to Westborough in 1871 from Sturbridge. Stone was a successful and well respected breeder and livestock farmer. Stone named his farm the Linden Wood Milk and Fancy Stock Farm. In 1877, it is recorded that Stone sold at auction 25 head of prized Ayshire bulls, cows, and heifers.

In April 1885, the farm – consisting of 79 acres of land, house, barn, grainier and hen houses – was purchased from Stone by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for $14,000 and became part of the campus of the Lyman School for Boys. The house was named Maples Cottage.

Parkman Westborough history:;view=1up;seq=27

more Reverend Ebenezer Parkman history:

Ebenezer Parkman

Birthdate: September 5, 1703
Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Death: Died December 9, 1782 in Westborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Westborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family: Son of William Parkman and Elizabeth Parkman
Husband of Mary Parkman and Hannah Parkman
Father of Mary Forbes; Sgt. Ebenezer Parkman;Thomas Parkman; Lydia Parkman; Lucy Forbes;Elizabeth Parkman; William Parkman; Sarah Parkman; Susannah Parkman; Alexander Parkman;Breck Parkman; Samuel Parkman; John Parkman;Anna Sophia Brigham; Hannah Parkman; Elias Parkman and Robert Breck Parkman « less
Brother of Mary Parkman; Capt. John Parkman; Elias Parkman; Samuel Parkman; Susana Parkman and 4 others
Occupation: minister in Westboro, Mass.



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