PARKER, Henry I (c.1608-81), of Oldhall, East Bergholt, Suff.
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Family and Education
b. c.1608, 3rd s. of Sir Calthorp Parker† (d.1618) of Erwarton by Mercy, da. of Sir Stephen Soame of Little Thurlow, ld. mayor of London 1598-9; bro. of Sir Philip Parker. educ. ?Emmanuel, Camb. 1625; G. Inn 1628, called 1636, ancient 1650. m. (1) c.1644, Anne (d. 2 Nov. 1656), da. of William Cardinall of Oldhall and h. to her bro. William, 5s. 4da.; (2) lic. 25 June 1662, Sarah, da. and coh. of John Liebart, merchant, of London, s.p.1
J.p. Suff. 1645-d., Essex 1657-?Mar. 1660; commr. for assessment, Suff. 1648-9, Jan. 1660-80, Orford 1677-80, militia Suff. Mar. 1660; recorder, Orford 1669-d.; commr. for recusants, Suff. 1675; searcher of customs, Sandwich 1678-d.2
Jt. marshal of the Marshalsea 1661-d.
Parker, a practising lawyer, acquired the manor of Oldhall by his first marriage. A Presbyterian and a committeeman, he was more flexible than his brother, serving as j.p. throughout the Interregnum, and conforming after the Restoration. He was granted a life patent as joint marshal of the Marshalsea, and in 1678 his nephew, Sir Philip Parker, no doubt obtained for him his post in the Sandwich customs. He was elected for Orford, where he officiated as recorder, for the first and only time as a septuagenarian at the autumn election of 1679, and left no trace on the records of the second Exclusion Parliament. Presumably he opposed exclusion. He died in February 1681 before the next election. None of his descendants sat in Parliament.3