Indian Stream Republic NH Native and Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin: Charles D. Parker (1827-1925)

When he was just nine years old, Charles D. Parker was with his father when he moved his family by cart from the Indian Stream Republic in Coos County New Hampshire, to Wisconsin.

Originally they settled where the village of Muskegon Center, Waukesha County is now located.  His father had been greatly involved in working to bring the Indian Stream Republic under the control of the state of New Hampshire.  Once in Wisconsin, Charles’ father Luther became involved in the politics and goverment of his adopted state.

Charles followed in his father’s footsteps, taking an active role in local politics.  In 1875 and 1875, he was elected, as a Democrat as Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin.  From 1880 to 1888 he served as a regent at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


**Additional Reading**

Muskego Historical Society: Luther Parker (and family)-

-Missing Places: Indian Stream Republic-

-Wikipedia: Charles D. Parker

Illustrated History of the State of Wisconsin


Deacon Thomas Parker, born abt 1605-1609 in England at Little Norton, Derbyshire. He was baptized 11 March 1609 at Little Norton, Derbyshire. He sailed from London on March 11, 1635, in the expedition of the ships Suzan and Ellin, fitted out by Sir Richard Saltonstall, and landed at Lynn, Massachuetts. The Lynn annals record his arrival: “1635. Came this year, Thomas Parker, a farmer, who embarked at London, March 11, 1635.”  He resided for several years at Lynn MA with his wife Amy (with whom he was probably married about Christmas 1635). He was the owner of 40 acres of land in Lynn, and in 1639 moved to Lynn village (called Redding/Reading in 1644, South Reading in 1812 and Wakefield 1868 to present).  Here he became deacon of the Reading church that was built about 1644. He died 12 Aug 1683 at Reading MA. His will was dated 3 August 1683 and names his wife Amy, sons: John, Thomas, Nathaniel, Hananiah; daughters: Mary and Martha; grandchildren: Samuel and Sarah Parker [Middlesex Probate 16812; “John of Lex.”)
Children of Deacon John & Amy (?) Parker:
1. Thomas Parker 1636-1699
2. Hananiah Parker c1638-1723
3. +John Parker c1640-1698
4. Joseph Parker, 1642-c1645
5. Joseph Parker, 1645-1646
6. Mary Parker, 1647-1717
7. Martha Parker, 1649-?
8. Nathaniel Parker, 1651-1737
9. Sarah Parker, 1653-1656
10. Jonathan Parker, 1656-1680
11. Sarah Parker, 1658-bef 1683

Sergt. John Parker, son of Deacon John & Amy Parker, b. c 1640 at Reading MA, died 21 Feb 1698/99 at Reading MA. He m1st) 13 Nov 1667 at Reading MA to Hannah Kendall, dau of Dea. Thomas & Rebecca (Payne) Kendall. She b. 29 Jan 1650 at Lynn MA and d. 8 July 1689 Reading MA. He married 2nd) 28 Jan 1689/90 to Thankful Weeks dau of Sergt Amiel & ELizabeth (Harris) Weeks. She b. 24 Feb 1660 at Dorchester MA, bap 29 Apr 1660 Dorchester MA. Thankful died bef 1699. John resided on Cawdrey’s Hill in Reading MA. He died intestate. Division of the estate named widow Thankful, eldest son John, Kendall, Rebeka, Elizabeth, Jonathan, Thomas, Hannah and David (Middlesex Probate, 16623).
Children of Sergt. John & Hannah (Kendall) Parker:
1. +John Parker, b. 16 Dec 1668 Reading MA
2. Thomas Parker, 1670-1689
3. Hannah Parker, 1672-1689
4. Rebecca Parker, 1674-1689
5. Kendall Parker, 1677-1755
6. Abigail Parker, 1679-1680
7. Jonathan Parker, 1681-1746
8. David Parker, 1686-1736
9. Abigail Parker, 1688-1689
Children of Sergt. John & Thankful (Weeks) Parker:
10. Hannah Parker, 1690-?
11. Rebecca Parker, 1691-?
12. Thomas Parker, 1694-bef 1718
13. Elizabeth Parker, b. posthumously 1698-bef 1719

John Parker, son of Sergt John & Hannah (Kendall) Parker, was b. 16 Dec 1668 at Reading MA and d. 11 Jan 1740/41. He lived in the West Parish where he built the third house there. He married 15 July 1691 at Reading MA to Elizabeth Goodwin, daughter of Nathaniel & Mary (Lunt) Goodwin. She was b. 5 Apr 1673 at Reading MA and d. 11 May 1731 at Reading MA.
Children of John & ELizabeth (Goodwin) Parker:
1. Elizabeth Parker, b. 1695, died 1703
2. John Parker, b. 1697, died same year
3. Abigail Parker, b. 1699, died same year
4. John Parker, b. 1701, d. 1790
5. +Benjamin Parker, b. 9 Apr 1703 Reading MA
6. Elizabeth Parker, b. 1704, died 1706
7. Elizabeth 2nd Parker, b. 1705, d. 1778
8. Joseph Parker, b. 1707, d. 1708
9. Mary Parker, b. 1709, d. 1794
10. Joseph Parker, b. 1711
11. Thomas Parker, b. 1716

Benjamin Parker, son of John & Elizabeth (Goodwin) Parker, born 9 Apr 1703 at Reading MA and d betwe 1762 and May 1785. He married 1) 8 Apr 1726 to Sarah Foster, dau of Samuel Foster of Reading MA. She was b. about 1701 and d 16 Oct 1741 at Reading MA.
Children of Benjamin & Sarah (Foster) Parker:
1. Benjamin Parker, b. 30 Jan 1726/27
2. Sarah Parker, b. 19 Dec 1728, m. Daniel Parker at Reading MA on 24 Oct 1749.
3. Phebe Parker, b. 7 May 1730
4. Elizabeth Parker, b. 28 Dec 1731
5. Reuben Parker, b. 4 May 1733
6. William parker, b. 19 Feb 1734/35
7. Lydia Parker, b. 9 Nov 1736
8. +Asa Parker, b. 24 May 1740
9. Elisha Parker, b. 29 Oct 1746
10. Simeon Parker, b. 30 May 1752

Lieut. Asa Parker, son of Benjamin & Sarah (Foster) Parker, b. 24 May 1740 at Reading MA and d. 23 Aug 1809 at Reading MA. He is buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Reading MA. He married 20 May 1762 to Hepzibah Nichols. She was b. c1744 and d. 18 May 1831 in Reading MA. She is also buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Children of Lieut. Asa & Hepzibah (Nichols) Parker:
1. Hepzibah Parker, b. 7 Apr 1763; d. 27 Jan 1837; m. Jonathan Temple; res Antrim NH
2. Elizabeth Parker, b. 25 Aug 1767
3. Asa Parker, b. 25 Feb 1770
4. +Joshua Parker, b. 15 May 1774
5. Loe Parker, b. 29 Apr 1777
6. Lucy Parker, b. 2 Nov 1779
7. Loe Parker 2d, [male] b. 11 Apr 1782; probably the same “Loey” Parker who d. 4 Nov 1814 in Fort Independence in his 33d year; prob same Loe who m. Anna –. Gilman Parker, son of Lieut. Loea and Anna was b. 14 Dec 1813; Anna Parker, wife of Lieut. Loea d. 20 Jan 1814 in her 36th year at Reading MA.
8. Levi Parker, b. 30 Apr 1784
9. Lucinda Parker, b. 17 June 1786

Joshua Parker, Sr., son of Lieut. Asa & Hepzibah (Nichols) Parker, b. 5 May 1774 Reading MA; m. 13 Nov 1796 in Reading MA to Polley Taylor [intentions filed 13 Nov 1796 between Joshua Parker and “Policy” Taylor. She was b. 11 Nov 1774. Between Feb 1798 and December 18 1798 the Parker family moved from Redding MA to Temple NH. Joshua Parker died June 1855 in Temple NH, and his wife Polly died there in September of 1856. He appears on the tax roll of 1827 until 1835 but he was assessed no poll tax and was never a resident at the Indian Stream Republic. [?1st marr 27 March 1760 in Reading to Sarah Upton] [Joshua Parker, b. 15 May 1774 in Reading MA, child of Asa and Hepzibah]
Children of Joshua & Polly (Taylor) Parker:
1. Joshua Parker, Jr., b. 16 Feb 1798 Reading MA, d. July 1878; enlisted in the War of 1812; removed to Indian Stream Republic in 1820 at the age of 22. Intentions of marrige filed for Joshua Parker and Eliza Hurd 1 Aug 1819 in Reading MA.
2. +Luther Parker, b. 18 Dec 1800 Temple NH, d. 15 June 1853
3. Ebenezer Parker, b. 19 Oct 1804, d. 3 Feb 1805
4. Edwin Parker, b. 30 June 1807, d. 7 July 1830
5. Asa Parker, b. 17 Sep 1810, d. 22 May 1895

Luther Parker, son of Joshua & Polly (Taylor) Parker was born 18 Dec 1800 in Temple NH. He died 15 June 1853 in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. He received his early education in the common school at Temple NH. About 1816 he learned the shoemaker’s trade at Stoneham MA. He returned to Temple and attended the New Ipswich Academy. Completing his studies there, he taught district school in Albany, New York.  In 1825 and 1826 he taught school in Stratford NH in Coos County NH. Here he met and married 1st) 18 Feb 1827 to Alletta “Lettie” French, a student in the Stratford school where Luther taught, and one of ten children of Thomas Giles French of Brunswick VT. She was b. 11 June 1803, and d. August 1849 of typhoid fever in Wisconsin. She was buried in the Durham Hill cemetery, south of the Parker estate. Soon after they married, they settled in what was then known as the Indian Stream Republic. [Aletta French was a descendant of John French of Essex County England and Dorchester & Braintree MA.] Luther probably ran a small store from his residence in Indian Stream Republic. He was one of the framers of the Indian Stream Constitution, and preferred New Hampshire allegiance to that of Canada. In June of 1835 he was arrested by the Canadian authorities, which increased the tensions between New Hampshire and Canada. In 1836 he drove a team of of animals from the Indian Stream Republic to the shores of Lake Michigan when he moved to Wisconsin. In 1845 Luther was chosen a member of the territorial legislature of Wisconsin representing part of Milwaukee county. In October 1846 he served as a grand juror in Waukesha county. He was a Democrat, then a member of the Free Soil party.  In 1851 he was elected a member of the county board from Muskego. In April 1850, Luther Parker married 2nd) Susan G. Goodman. Luther and Alletta Parker are buried together with the tombstone reading: “LUTHER PARKER died June 15, 1853, Aged 58 years. What thou art, I was. What I am, thou soon wilt be. // Also his wife ALLETTA died August 26, 1849, Aged 47 years. Those who knew her best loved her most.” [More info on Indian Stream Republic]
U.S. Census > 1850 United States Federal Census > Wisconsin > Waukesha > Muskego
Luther Parker 67 M Farmer 5000/N.H.
Susan Parker 25 F CT
Persis Parker 19 F N.H.
Ellen Parker 18 F N.H.
Benjamin Titus 18 M Laborer Wisconsin
Children of Luther & Aletta (French) Parker:
1. Charles D. Parker, b. 27 Dec 1827 Indian Stream Republic, Coos County NH
2. Persis Euseba Parker, b. 24 August 1830 Instead Stream Republic NH; attended Mrs. Baker’s Female Seminary at Waukesha Wisconsin.
3. Ellen Augusta Parker, b. 16 March, abt 1831 NH; attended Mrs. Baker’s Female Seminary at Waukesha Wisconsin.
4. Amanda Melvina Parker, b. 8 Sep 1835 Indian Stream, d. 8 August 1838 Muskego, Wisconsin
Child of Luther & Susan G. (Goodman) Parker:
5. Mary S. Parker, b. 17 January 1852

Charles D. Parker, son of Luther & Alette (French) Parker, was b. 27 Dec 1827 in Indian Stream Republic, Coos Co NH. In 1836 he removed with his family to Wisconsin.  He died in 1925. In 1849 he was sent east to attend the New Ipswich (NH) Academy where his father had also studied. He married 8 Nov 1853 to Angeline Flora Southworth at Muskego Wisconsin. She was born July 1831 in NY. In 1859 they settled at Pleasant Valley, St. Croix Co., Wisconsin. He was a member of the Wisconsin assembly in 1869, Lieut. Governor 1874-78, served 12 years on the state board of control and 3 years as a university regent. He lived in River Falls after 1895. SEE BIOGRAPHY ABOVE FOR MORE ABOUT CHARLES D. PARKER.  AND SEE COMMENTS BELOW REGARDING ChARLES D. PARKER’S MIDDLE NAME.
U.S. Census > 1860 United States Federal Census > Wisconsin > St Croix > Pleasant Valley
C.D. Parker 30 M Farmer 1200/3000 NH
Angline F. Parker 28 F NY
Eva Parker 6 M [should be F] Wisconsin
Samuel Parker 5 M Wisconsin [probably should read Charles]
Mario Parker 2 F [should be Marco, Male] Wisconsin
Lincoln Parker 2 M Wisconsin
Byron Webster 21 M Farmer Mass
Robert Tweys 33 M Carriage Maker 2000/300 England
U.S. Census > 1870 United States Federal Census > Wisconsin > St Croix > Pleasant Valley
Parker, Charles D. 42 M W Farmer 12,000/3000 NH
Parker, Angeline 39 F W Keeping House NY
Parker, Eva 15 F W at school Wisconsin
Parker, Charles 14 M W works on farm Wisconsin
Parker, Marco, 12 M W works on farm Wisconsin
Parker, Lincoln 10 M W Wisconsin
Parker, Elmer 8 M W Wisconsin
Parker, Esmar 1 F W Wisconsin
Parker, Rupert 5/12 M W Wisconsin Dec
[farm laborers and domestic servants]
U.S. Census > 1880 United States Federal Census > Wisconsin > Saint Croix > Pleasant Valley > District 224
Parker, C.D. W M 52 Farmer NH NH NH
Parker, Angeline W F 48 wife Keeping House NY NY NY
Parker, Marco L. W M 22 son at home Wis NH NY
Parker, Lincoln H. W M 20 son at home Wis NH NY
Parker, Elmer H. W M 18 son at home Wis NH NY
Parker, Rupert M. W M 10 at school Wisc NH NY
Ameny Olia W F 19 servant Iowa Iowa Iowa
U.S. Census > 1900 United States Federal Census > Wisconsin > Pierce > River Falls > District 113
Parker, Charles D. Head W M Dec 1827 72 married 47 yrs NH NH Vermont capitalist
Parker, Angeline F. wife W F July 1831 68 married 47 yrs 8 children 4 living NY NY PA
White, Ethel M. grand-dau W F Apr 1880 20 single Minnesota Wisconsin Wisconsin school teacher
White, Hattie M. gr dau W F Feb 1882 18 single Minnesota Wisconsin Wisconsin at school
White, Eva P. gr daughter W F June 1888 11 single Minnesota Wisconsin Wisconsin at school
Showerman Ellen sister W F March 1832 68 widow 3 ch 3 living NH NH Vermont
—living next door—
Taylor, David N. Head W M Apr 1825 75 married 18 yrs NY VT VT
Taylor, Charlotte wife W F Oct 1830 69 married 18 yrs 0 ch 0 living NY VT VT
U.S. Census > 1910 United States Federal Census > Wisconsin > Pierce > River Falls Ward 2 > District 145
Parker, Charles D. Head W M 72 m1x NH MA VT
Parker, Angeline F. wife F W 79 m1x 57 yrs 8 ch 4 living NY NY NY
Krause, Elizabeth M. servant F W 21 single — Wisconsin Germany Germany
Children of Charles D. & Angeline Flora (Southworth) Parker:
1. Eva Parker, b. abt 1854/55 Wisconsin; m. — White. Had at least 3 children, Ethel, Hattie and Eva who were living with Eva’s parents in 1900.
2. Charles Parker, b. abt 1856 Wisconsin
3. Marco L. Parker, b. abt 1858 Winsonsin; m. Mary Jane Eads
4. Lincoln H. Parker, b. April 1860 Wisconsin; in 1900 living St. Paul, Ramsey Co, Minnesota with wife Lena L. –. She b. Oct 1871 in Wisconsin. In 1910 both living in Duluth, St. Louis County, Minnesota.
5. Elmer H. Parker, b. abt 1862 Wisconsin; in 1910 living in Minneapolis, Minnesota  with wife Ida J.
6.Esmar? Parker [female] b abt 1869 Wisconsin, probably died young
7. Dr. Rupert Merrill Parker, b. 2 Feb 1870 in Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin; He graduated from the State Normal School of Wisconsin in 1890 and the University of Wisconsin in 1892 with a B.S. He graduated from Northwestern University Medical School with an M.D. in 1896, post-graduate work at the University of Vienna, Austra 1900-1. He married 1902/1909 in Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin to Jessie F. Scofield. In 1910 living in Chicago IL with wife Jessie S., son Charles Theodore, and dau Marion [children b. in IL, wife born in Wisconsin]. In 1930 living in Chicago IL with wife Jessie, sons Charles and Thomas, and daughter Marion. He began practice of medicine in Chicago in 1896 and was a member of the Chicago Medical Society and Southwestern and Illinois State Medical societies. He was an Independent Democrat. His office and residence was at 3603 Indiana Avenue.

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6 Responses to Indian Stream Republic NH Native and Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin: Charles D. Parker (1827-1925)

  1. Dan Geister says:

    Charles M. Parker’s home still stands in River Falls, Wisconsin on East. It is the only Italianate home in River Falls. Parker lived in it from 1884 to 1925. It was said when Tim Early and family lived there in the early 1970s, they thought they found Charles Parker’s ghost as documented in Michael Norman’s Book Haunted Wisconsin.

    Dan Geister
    Pierce County Historical Association
    River Falls, Wisconsin

  2. Ron Parker says:

    Charles was my great grand father. I have the presentation watch the Wisconsin senate gave him in 1875.

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  4. Kentaro Yamamoto says:

    Charles D Parker is my wife’s great great great grand father through Eva Parker-Elwyn White-Eva Bartels-Joyce Ruberti-Lisa Yamamoto. As you can see they are all maternal links.

  5. Kentaro yamamoto says:

    Eva Parker(d1888) and William Charles White(1846-1888) had 7 children (Charles Oliver1874, William Elwynn1875(my wife’s lineage), a daughter died1877, Ella Angie1878, Ethel Marie1880, Harriet May1882, and Eva1888). Eva Parker died of child birth. Lincoln H Parker shot William Charles Parker on July 31 and died on Aug 11 but found not guilty by reason of insanity. All children were raised by Charles D Parker.

  6. Judy Tenner says:

    Does anyone know anything about Asa Parker b. Feb 25, 1770? Was he married, and did he have children?

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