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labored valiantly and well for the patriotic cause. Mrs. Edith P. Roberts also helped greatly by cutting out and preparing the work for sewing, thus doing valuable and necessary service; and other members of the Chapter added their mite to the general contribution.

But much as these I have mentioned were deserving of praise, they must yield precedence to Mrs. Annie Fisher Cahoon, the official stenographer of the National Board, who is a member of our Chapter. In the words of Mrs. Draper, one of the noble committee, "she was always willing to work during lunch time, or out of hours, to help along the cause, and her services were deeply appreciated by us all.” To this I will add my tribute by saying that, being a hard worker and having but little time to spare, she deserves all the more credit for giving that time to the work of the Daughters of the American Revolution Hospital Corps.

Probably many Chapters have contributed more hard cash than ours, but according to our means we have done well, and such work as these members have done could not be paid for in money; and whenever their country needs them, the members of this Chapter will always be found ready and eager to do their part as true women and patriots.—LILIAN PIKE, Regent.

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BURKE in his list of the landed gentry of England says the name was originally de Parkere from a Norman knight and that it is one of the oldest and best names in England. The Earl of Morley was a Parker—also the Earl of McClesterfield; and the English Navy had more admirals of that name than of any other. There have been Admirals Sir Christopher, Sir Peter, Sir Hyde, and Sir William Parkers without number. The name is rarely found in the army list of England.

Admiral Sir Hyde fought and won the bloody battle of the Dagger Bank and his nephew, Sir Hyde Parker, commanded the British fleet in the attack upon Copenhagen in 1801, with Nelson as his second command. Captain Christopher Parker was killed at the attack on Boulogne, under Nelson. He was Nelson's most intimate friend, and Nelson said Parker was the best na val officer England produced. (Vide United Service Journal and the works of Captain Chanier R. N.)

Captain Hyde Parker was captain of the British frigate “Phoenix" when he was wrecked in the West Indies. (See Lieutenant Archer's narrative.)

Sir Peter Parker, admiral, commanded the British fleet in the attack on Charleston, where he was wounded, 1776. He was a cousin of old Judge Richard Parker, of Westmoreland County, Virginia, our great-grandfather. His son or nephew, Captain Sir Peter Parker, commanded the British frigate, "Euryalns,” in 1812-14, and was on the Potomac River. He

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CLEAN DRINKING MANOR, NEAR CHEVY CHASE, MARYLAND. The ancestral home of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Sinclair Parker Jones, daughter of Copeland Parker, of Norfolk, Virginia,

and niece of Colonel Josiah Parker.

recognized the Westmoreland Parkers as his cousins, and showed them some favors. He was killed in a skirmish off the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1814. (For an account of his life see British United Service Journal.)

It would take a volume to tell of the English Parkers in the navy. The United Service Journal says the first naval officer killed in their different wars has generally been a Captain Peter Parker.

After the death of King Charles I, 1649, many Cavalier families came to Virginia and settled generally on the Eastern Shore and what is called the Northern Neck. (See John Esten Cooke's History of Virginia.)

Two Parkers--brothers—took land, one in Isle of Wight County, the other in Accomac, in 1650. The first called nis seat MacClesfield, as he was descended from that family. Whether these gentlemen were the BROTHERS or cousins of the Earl of Macclesfield I do not know. The seat of the Isle of Wight Parker is still called MacClesfield. It was the seat of Colonel Josiah Parker of this branch of the family. (See Bishop Meade's book.)

Colonel Josiah Parker commanded one of the first Virginia regiments in the Revolutionary War. He was one of the best soldiers in the army, and much trusted by General Washington. (See Washington's letters.)

He distinguished himself at Brandywine (see Lee's memoirs) and in other battles, and was a member of the first Continental Congress. He left many letters from Washington, Lafayette, and other distinguished men of his day. (Vide Virginia Historical Society papers.)

I know very little about his descendants. The Accomac Parker was named George and Judge George Parker was his descendant.

The Upshurs were related to the Parkers by marriage. Judge Upshur, afterwards Secretary of the Navy and Attorney General of the United States, was named Abel Parker.

Our great-great-grandfather was Dr. Alexander Parker, a grandson of Judge George Parker, of Accomac.

He removed to Tappahanock, Essex County, Virginia. His will is of record there dated about 1770. His executors were his intimate friends, as he calls them, King Carter and John Tayloe of Mount Airy. The remains of Dr. Alexander Parker being disinterred for removal, there was found a silver plate on his coffin with the Parker coat of arms and motto as given here. Dr. Alexander Parker and his wife, Susanna left three sons, first Richard, second Thomas, and third William.

Richard, known in the family as “old Judge Parker," son of Alexander, removed to Westmoreland and studied law. His seat was called Lawfield (afterwards destroyed by fire). He married Mary, daughter of Captain William Beale, of Chestnut Hill, and his wife, Anna Harwar. The Beales were distinguished in the Revolution. General Richard Lee Turberville Beale, a distinguished Confederate general of cavalry, is of this family, also General Edward Truxton Beale, of Washington, District of Columbia.

Richard Parker was one of the first five Judges appointed in Virginia after the Revolution, and was one of the signers of the "Declaration" drawn up by the gentlemen of the Northern Neck.

Bishop Meade in speaking of an old graveyard says, “It was honored by the remains of the Washingtons, the Lees and the Parkers."

Judge Richard Parker died in his eighty-fourth year about 1815. In the Richmond Enquirer of that year will be found an obituary notice of him written by Judge Roane. He was called by Landon Carter the wisest man of his acquaintance.

He left sons, first, Richard; second, Alexander, third, John. fourth, William Harwar; fifth, Thomas, and daughters Anne Harwar, Frances, and Elizabeth. To begin with the daughters Anne Harwar married Mr. Sparks, of Southampton County, Frances married General John Blackwell, and Elizabeth married Leroy Daingerfield. Richard Parker (2) was born about 1752, entered the army in 1776, captain and major of the Second Virginia Regiment, served with his regiment at Trenton, Princeton, Germantown, Brandywine, and other battles. Distinguished himself at Trenton, where he was

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