Sergeant Ezra Parker

Sgt. Ezra Parker

Ezra Parker was born December 13, 1745, in Wallingford, Connecticut. He died July 7, 1842, in Royal Oak, Michigan, and was buried in the Royal Oak Cemetery. Ezra Parker was Benedict Arnold’s Orderly Sergeant on his memorable march to Quebec. After his return from Quebec, a commission was offered to him by the state of Massachusetts, but he declined. Still, as a sergeant, he was engaged among the troops in eastern New York and fought in the battles of Bennington, Bemis Heights, and Saratoga. He married a young woman, Sarah Tuttle, who lived but a few months but left a little daughter, Sarah. In 1772 he contracted a second marriage with Elizabeth Perry who bore him ten children. Ezra Parker was the great-grandfather of Ella Parker Benjamin, a charter member of Ezra Parker Chapter, NSDAR, the second great-grandfather of Grace Parker, a former member of our chapter, and the third great-grandfather of late member Helen Class Potter. On July 15, 1928, the chapter dedicated a bronze marker in his honor at his grave in the Royal Oak Cemetery.

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