A Parsons Story: 1570-1935
By William Marshall Crozier Jr. with Eileen Curley Pironti
Published April 2019
8.5 x 10.5 hardcover, 168 pages, illustrated
Beginning with William Parsons, born in Dorset, England ca. 1570 and encompassing the English Civil Wars, the story follows immigrant Benjamin Parsons, whose family settled in what is now Enfield, Connecticut. His great-grandson Hezekiah served in the French and Indian War and the early years of the American Revolution. Hezekiah’s son Jabez Parsons served for a full six years during the Revolutionary War, responding to the Lexington Alarm, participating in the Battle of Brooklyn, and serving as a quartermaster at the Valley Forge encampment and beside General Washington at the Battle of Monmouth. Arthur H. Parsons, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and great-grandson of First Lieutenant Jabez Parsons, was serving on the USS Saginaw when it ran aground on the reef surrounding Ocean Island in the Pacific in 1870. The family spread out across the U.S., settling in Ohio and Iowa, with episodes in Colorado, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The book also includes coverage of the related Sampson and Crozier families.