Descendants of John Parent

Notes


10. Thomas Parent

Concerning: THOMAS PARRENT/PARENT

Camilla Parent Zahler and myself, Mildred Rodgers Tandy, have maintained constant contact by e-mail for the past three years. Camilla is descended from Samuel Parent, brother of our Josiah. Her aunt, Alyce Hanson Parent, started researching the Parent family years ago leaving many notes and documents.

I have found several clues to events surrounding Thomas. Camilla has done the research as she lives in New Jersey. She has exhaustingly searched archives, courthouses, churches, and many small towns in the area where Thomas Parrent /Parent once lived.

We found that the Parrent name was spelled differently for the same families and/or individuals. It seems that it depended on the author as to which spelling was used. So, that eliminates the theory held by other researchers that the different spelling indicated two different families

We found that Josiah's son Thomas and his sister Margaret were baptized in Old Tennent's Church, Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Josiah, his son Thomas, along with a William Parent, probable brother of Josiah, were in Augusta County Virginia in 1748 to 1751. According to depositions in the Hite-Fairfax Land Suit, Josiah had a land grant there. Several depositions attest to the fact that Josiah sold the land to which he did not have title and left the area. There is evidence that the trio were back in New Jersey in 1753.

We found a record of Thomas and Mary Lippincott’s marriage at Swedes Church in Philadelphia. Their son, David, was named in his Lippincott grandfather’s will. No other child of Thomas and Mary was named. Hence, we assume that he was their only child.

From research, it seems that our Thomas assumed the roll of head of the family. He was involved in many family matters concerning depositions, land, etc.

The next facts we found for Thomas were concerning his involvement in the Revolutionary War.

Our Thomas was arrested for Disaffection, apprehended and sent to prison in Philadelphia. Here he appeared before the Council of Safety, and being examined, took the Oath of Abjuration and Allegiance and was discharged. He then enlisted in the Continental Line. Whether he ever actively served is doubtful. No evidence has been found on any Continental Muster Rolls.

There were two Thomas Parent's listed on the NJ Volunteers Loyalist group stationed on Staten Island during the Revolutionary War. They were designated Thomas, Sr. and Thomas, Jr.
The Sr. and Jr. may have been used to distinguish between two men with the same name. Further events indicated that there must have been a close relationship between the two but doubt that they were father and son.

According to Muster Rolls, Thomas Jr. had been a prisoner of the Continental Army for a long period of time. At the same time he was released from prison, and returned to his company, Thomas Parent, Sr. enlisted. Thomas Sr. was in his late 40's and in poor health but, evidently, closely enough associated with Thomas Jr. to accompany him back to his Company and to serve for the remainder of the war. At the end of the war he went to New Brunswick Canada where he was listed on the Roll of Loyalists who settled at Belle Vue in Beaver Harbour.

In 1783 Thomas gave and signed a deposition for Gilbert Giberson (name changed from Guisbert Guisbertson). The deposition was testimony to the ownership of land before the war. Gilbert was Thomas's nephew.

Thomas appeared on tax rolls in New Jersey in 1779 - August 1780. He enlisted with the Loyalists in September of 1780 and was in Canada in 1783. He returned to the New Jersey Tax Rolls in 1789-1793. That is the last record we have found for our Thomas.

Camilla has visited several churches and cemeteries in the area where the Parent family lived hoping to find some record of Thomas and Mary’s deaths. To date she has found nothing.

International Genealogical Index / North America
Batch No.: Dates: Source Call No.: Type: Printout Call No.: Type:
C505891 1730 - 1823 974.946 T1 K2S Book 1001478 Film
1. MARGARET PARENT - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Female Christening: 31 MAY 1734 Old Tennent Scotch Presbyterian Church, Tennent, Monmouth, New Jersey
2. MICHALE PARENT - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Male Christening: 01 NOV 1772 Old Tennent Scotch Presbyterian Church, Tennent, Monmouth, New Jersey
3. THOMAS PARENT - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Male Christening: 19 JUL 1732 Old Tennent Scotch Presbyterian Church, Tennent, Monmouth, New Jersey
4. ROBERT PARENT - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Male Christening: 27 MAR 1743 Old Tennent Scotch Presbyterian Church, Tennent, Monmouth, New Jersey
5. SAMUEL PARENT - International Genealogical Index
Gender: Male Christening: 26 JUL 1747 Old Tennent Scotch Presbyterian Church, Tennent, Monmouth, New Jersey