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The history of the name Parsons dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a person who worked as the parson or clergyman. This individual probably lived or worked at the parsonage.

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The surname Parsons was first found in Buckingham where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Parsons has undergone many spelling variations, including Parsons, Parson and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Parsons research. Another 288 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1704 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Parsons History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Parsons Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Parsons family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Parsons were among those contributors:

Parsons Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Parsons settled in Virginia in 1619
  • James Parsons settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Phillipp Parsons, aged 10, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Richard Parsons settled in Virginia in 1637
  • James Parsons, who landed in Virginia in 1638
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Parsons Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hannah Parsons, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Lawrence Parsons, who arrived in New England in 1740
  • George Parsons settled in Virginia in 1747
  • Mary Parsons, who arrived in Virginia in 1752
  • Jasper Parsons, who arrived in New York in 1797

Parsons Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joanna Parsons, aged 35, landed in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Thomas Parsons, aged 42, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • Arthur W Parsons, who arrived in New York, NY in 1841
  • Charles Parsons, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Elizabeth Parsons, aged 38, landed in New York in 1862
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Parsons Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Raymond Howard Parsons, who arrived in Alabama in 1920
  • Henry Samuel Parsons, who landed in Alabama in 1923

Parsons Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Parsons, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ms. Esther Parsons U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 she was part of the Penobscot Association
  • Mr. Nathaniel Parsons U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Penobscot Association
  • Ms. Tabitha Parsons U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. William N Parsons U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784
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Parsons Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Parsons, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • William Parsons, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Parsons, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Edward Parsons, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • John Parsons, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
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Parsons Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Parsons, aged 24, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Emma Parsons, aged 24, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Eliza Sophia Parsons, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • William Parsons, aged 22, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Parsons, aged 21, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
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  • Jordan Parsons (1990-2016), American mixed martial artist who died as a result of a hit and run driver hitting him
  • Donald James Parsons (1922-2016), American Episcopal prelate, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Quincy from 1973 to 1988
  • Jamie Parsons (1941-2015), American politician, Mayor of Juneau, Alaska (1991-1994)
  • Wyley Parsons, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 1936, 1944
  • William H. Parsons, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1884
  • Walter Leak Parsons (b. 1858), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives, 1887-88, 1907-08; Member of North Carolina State Senate 21st District, 1913-14
  • W. Paul Parsons, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1944
  • Vaughn Parsons, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1964
  • Timothy Parsons, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Redding, 1837
  • Thomas Jefferson Parsons (1804-1890), American politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives, 1833-34; Member of New Hampshire State Senate 1st District, 1835-37
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Parsons Historic Events



HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Thomas Henry Parsons (b. 1918), Welsh Leading Seaman from Wales, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Li Wo and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Jack Parsons, British Air Mechanician 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Harry Parsons, British Petty Officer Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Charles J Parsons, British Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Archibald Ernest Parsons, English 2nd Class passenger residing in New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Edward Parsons (d. 1912), aged 35, English Chief Storekeeper from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Richard Parsons (d. 1912), aged 18, English Saloon Steward from Ashbrittle, Somerset who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Frank Alfred Parsons (d. 1912), aged 26, English Greaser from Liverpool, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • The Parsons Family: Descendants of Cornet Joseph Parsons (C. 1618-1683), Springfield, Mass. by Gerald James Parsons.
  • Parsons Family History by American Genealogical Research Institute.
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    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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