Note: y sources, Grace Parsons who took care of Sarah Todd in her illness appears to be her 60+ year old great grandmother. Grace was the widow of Robert Parsons who died as a young man in 1708. Their son William 1701-1757 was the founder of Easton in 1752. Grace’s daughter Sarah married Richard Cummins. Richard Cummins died 1729 and in his will named his children John Cummins and Elizabeth Cummins as well as son-in-law Thomas Todd and his grandchildren Sarah and Thomas Todd and Richard, John, Elizabeth and Sarah Cummins. Sarah Todd mentioned in her willl her cousins John and Elizabeth Cummins (who were children of her uncle John Cummins). The family connection to William Parsons may have contributed to Thomas b 1727, Caleb b abt 1730 and Benjamin b abt 1732, moving to Easton from Philadelphia. However, the recent discovery of the appointment in 1745 of Caleb Todd as overseer of Durham Twp, Bucks County which included what became Northampton Co PA suggests that Caleb might have been the father of the three boys. Since Sarah did not mention any brothers, this supports the theory that Caleb Todd the 1745 overseer was their father. WILL OF ROBERT PARSONS I Robert Parsons of Philadelphia in the Province of Pensilvania being at present weak in body but of a sound and perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say, FIRST I commend my soul unto the hands of Almighty God, Hoping through the Merits Death and Perfession of my Saviour Jesus Christ to have full and free Pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and to inherit Everlasting Life And my body I comitt to the earth to be descently buried at the direction of my executrix hereafter named and as touching the disposition of all such temporall estate as it hat pleased almighty god to bestow upon me I give and dispose thereof as followeth. FIRST my will is that all my just Debts and funorall charges be payd and disscharged by my executrix hereafter named. ALSO I give unto each of my children to Witt, Edith, William, Mary and Sarah Parsons the sum of ten pounds apiece this Country money to be paid them as they shall respectively Attain their full age of Twenty one years. ALSO I give Devise and Bequeath unto my Dear and Loving Wife Grace Parsons All my house and lott situate lying and being on the west side of the Second Street in Philadelphia aforesaid with all the improvements and Credit and Land appurtenances thereunto belonging And also all the rest and residue of my estate both real and personal and whatsoever and wheresoever TO HOLD to her and to her heirs [?] and Assigns forever. AND LASTLY I constitute and appoint my said wife to be sole executrix of this my last will and testament. IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal dated the Second Day of August in the year of our LORD One thousand seven hundred and eight. Robert Parsons [Wax Seal] Signed sealed published and delivered by the above named Robert Parsons to be his last Will and Testament of present William Wofsoncraft [?] William [X] Prigg Richard Heath Phila’ October 11 1708 CUMMIN, RICHARD. City of Philadelphia. Yeoman. February 2, 1729/30. February 27, 1729. E.124. Wife: Sarah. Children: John, Elizabeth. Friends: John Holme, James Bingham. Son-in-Law: Thomas Todd. Grandchildren: Richard, John, Sarah and Elizabeth Cummin, Thomas and Sarah Todd. Exec: Sarah Cummin. Wit: Edmund Woolley, Barnaby Barns, William Parsons. Sarah Todd remained in Philadelphia after the death of her father in 1732/3. Her mother seems to have died in the intervening 10 years also since Elizabeth Todd is not mentioned in Sarah’s 1743 will. Sarah mentions being taken care of by Grace Parsons, her kinswoman and mentions her cousins John and Elizabeth Cummins. As shown in the following chart, Grace Parsons was probably her great grandmother the widow of Robert Parsons. John and Elizabeth Cummins were her first cousins by John Cummins, their maternal uncle. Robert parsons d 1708 md Grace William Parsons b 1701-d1757 md 1722 Johanna Christina Zeidig (later Sarah Parsons md Richard Cummins d 1729/30 Elizabeth Cummins md 1722 Thomas Todd d 1732/3, Sarah Todd b abt 1722 d 1743 Thomas Todd b abt 1727 John Cummins Richard Cummins John Cummins Sarah Cummins Elizabeth Cummins The Will of William Parsons in 1757 makes bequests to “my late sister Mary’s children” and to “my sister Sarah’s two children”. And “my niece Elizabeth Cummins”. His executor was Evan Morgan whose name sake had a will witnessed by Joshua Todd in 1708. Possibly the reference to Elizabeth Cummins was to his great-niece Elizabeth Cummins. Will of Sarah Todd, Oct 14, 1743 Philadelphia, PA: The fourteenth day of Oct, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and forty-three: "I Sarah Todd, of the City of Philadelphia, Spinster, and being sick and weak of body, but of sound mind and memory, blessed by God for the same and all his other mercies and forever do think fit to make my Last Will and Testament in answers following that is today. First, it is my mind and will that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall be duly paid and discharged and as for and concerning that my meperage (?) and lot of ground thereto belonging, containing in breadth on Vine Street, fifty feet, and on Second Street, sixty feet, I give and bequeath the same unto my loving kinswoman, Grace Parsons, of the said City, widow, in consideration of her extraordinary care of me during my sickness. To hold to her the said Grace Parsons during her natural life and from immediately aft the determination of her (?) for life aforesaid. Then as for and concerning my said meperage (?) of lot, I give and bequeath thirty feet thereof in breadth on Second Street and fifty feet in depth ovine Street unto my cousin, John Cummins, his heirs and assigns forever. He paying unto my cousin, Thomas Bright, son of Anthony Brightby my (?) and his former wife, the sum of (?) pounds. And I give and devise the residue of my said lot, being thirty feet in breadth on Second Street and fifty feet deep, unto my cousin, Elizabeth Cummins, during her natural life and aft the determination of her my said cousin, Elizabeth, this estate for life. As aforesaid I give and bequeath the same last mentioned thirty feet lot unto such child or children as the my said cousin, Elizabeth, shall have living at the time of her death and to their respective heirs and assigns forever. And my said gift to my said cousin, Elizabeth, is upon this condition that she pay unto my said cousin, Thomas Bright, the sum of four pounds. And as for and concerning that my fifty foot lot of ground on the North Side of Vine Street aforesaid between ground lot of Thomas Storey on the west and ground of my said cousin, Elizabeth Cummins, on the east, I give and bequeath the same fifty foot lot with the (?)unto my said kinswoman, Grace Parsons, and to her heirs and assigns forever. The paying and discharging all my just debts and funeral charges, including the Proprietary Quit Rent now due on my first above-mentioned lot. And I do nominate and appoint her the said Grace Parsons to be the executor of this my Last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I, the said Sarah Todd, have hereunto set my hand of seal the day and year first within written (the x mark of Sarah Todd).Signed, sealed, published, and declared by the above names, testifying Sarah Todd as her Last Will and Testament in presence of us who have subscribed our names as in the presence of the said testators: Caparison, William Parsons, and Robert Greenway." Philadelphia on Nov 3, 1743: "then personally appeared Caspar Wiston,William Parsons, and Robert Greenway, the witnesses to the foregoing will and the said Caspar and William on their solemn affirmation and the said Robert on his oath respectively did declare they knew and heard of Sarah Todd, the testative within named. Signed, sealed, published, and declared the same to be her Last Will and Testament and that at the doing thereof, she was of sound mind, memory, d understanding to the best of their knowledge. Be it remembered that on the 3rd day of Nov 1743, the Last Will and Testament of Sarah Todd,decd, was proven in our form of law. Pete Evans, Registrar." (Sarahwas single).
Note: Based on the wills of Sarah Todd, Robert Parsons and Richard Cummins and other Parsons famil
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