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Ruth Eleanor Parker, 1882
1865 - ; married, 1904, Benjamin Stuart Murphy; parents: John Dalling Parker and Charlotte Howard Sargent; lived on Walnut St.

Both parents died at an early age. Her father returned as a captain from fighting in the Civil War, married in late 1864, and was living with his wifeís family in Boston by 1865. There is evidence that Ruthís parents may have moved to Tarrytown, NY where her mother died in 1869, at the age of 29, when Ruth was 3. As of the 1870 census Ruth was living in West Roxbury with some of her motherís siblings, including a younger sister, Alice Wentworth Sargent. In 1871, her father married Alice. He died in 1878 in Mattapoisett MA when Ruth was 12.