NOTES ON PATIENCE (COBB) PARKER

The following notes on Patience (Cobb) Parker are taken from the The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, volume 112, July 1958, article on "Robert Parker of Barnstable, Mass." by Maclean W. McLean, of Pittsburgh, Pa.

PATIENCE (COBB) PARKER

      The records show that Patience (Cobb) Parker survived her first husband by more than forty years. Baptised in Barnstable 13 March 1641/2, she was among the heirs under the will, dated 1656, of her grandfather James Hurst, and she was named, also, in the will of her father, Henry Cobb See Below, in 1678. She married secondly, Dea. William Crocker, a widower and father of six sons and a daughter. In his Will, dated 9 Sept. and proved 22 Oct. 1692, Deacon Crocker bequeathed to "Patience, my loving wife, besides the liberty to dispose of all ye Estate which she brought with her or had at ye time of our inter-marriage, and besides ye £ 40 I then promised to give her in case she should survive me, I give unto her my best bedd and bedstead with all ye furniture thereto belonging". The will of her son, Daniel Parker, dated 10 Sept., 1724, gives certain property to Daniel's son, Samuel Parker, with the provision that the latter fulfill "to his grandmother", the testator's obligation.
      Patience (Cobb) (Parker) Crocker apparently had with her in her household her unmarried daughter, Alice Parker, until the latter's death on 20 Aug. 1727. Slightly more than two months later, the mother's own death occurred---23 Oct. 1727. She lies buried in the old "Lothrop's Hill Cemetery" in Barnstable, where her stone is clearly (in 1956) readable: "Here lyes ye Body of Mrs. Patience Crocker, wife of Deacon William Crocker, who died October ye 23rd, 1727 in ye 87th year of her age". Her oldest stepson was about five years older than herself and her daughter (Sarah Parker), married her step-grandson, Samuel Crocker. She outlived all of the children of her first husband's first marriage, all of her second husband's children (by his first wife) and four of her own eight children.

HENRY COBB

      Henry Cobb, b. in 1596 in the southeast part of the County of Kent, England. He was brought up in the Church of England, but in his young manhood, because of the wrongs tolerated in that Church, he broke away from the Establishment and joined the Pilgrims. He is said to have united with a Congregational Church in London, of which the Rev. Mr. Lothrop was then pastor. He probably came to America in "The Anne" in 1629. He moved to Scituate, Mass., in 1633, and from there to Barnstable, Mass., in 1639. He was Deacon or Ruling Elder in Scituate and Barnstable (Congregational Churches) 34 years. He also held various civil offices, among them that of Deputy to the General Court of the Colony for several years. He died in Barnstable at the age of 83 in 1679. He was m. (1) to Patience, dau. of James and Catharine Hurst of Plymouth, Mass., April, 1631. She d. May 4, 1648. (2) To Sarah, dau. of Samuel and Sarah Hinkley, and sister of Gov. Thomas Hinckley, Dec. 12, 1649. They had 16 children, three born in Plymouth, two in Scituate, and 11 in Barnstable... [from Cobb Family, L.H. Cobb, 1897]