Rev. D. O. Parker

Its People and Institutions as I knew them
about Sixty Years ago.

A series of "sections" written by Rev. D. O. Parker in 1897

Roll Call - of the Berwick Baptist Church. Section 1 - Prologue Section 2 - The Landscape

Section 3 - David Shaw, Newcomb Bent

Section 4 - Ebbe Congdon, Elezar Woodworth, Dan & Dudley Woodworth

Section 5 - Samuel Beckwith, Miss Hinkle

Section 6 - Wm. Brennen, James Bryden Section 7 - Mrs. Curry, Philip Foster

Section 8 - The Tramp

Section 9 - Dr. VanBuren. Section 10 - Asa and Kerr Beckwith Section 11 - Deacon Abel Parker and his Wife
Section 12 - The Old Fashioned Flowers In My Mother's Garden Section 13 - Rev. Wm. Chipman. Section 13 - Corrected version and the beginning of sect. 14. Rev. Wm. Chipman
Section 14 - continued, Mr. Chipman and his Public Life Section 15 - Mrs. Wm. Chipman Section 16 - The Valley Meeting House
Section 17 - School Houses in prose only Section 17 - School Houses notes only Section 18 - Missing, appears to have been cut out of the paper, some time ago
Section 19 - Writing, Rebuke and Spelling Section 20 - In Memory of My Companions At School Section 21 - Meetings (church etc.)
Section 22 - On the Farm Section 23 - Quaint Fashions of The Men and Boys Section 24 - Female Attire
Section 25 - Husking Corn Section 26 - Whipping The Cat Section 27 - An Old - Time Funeral
Section 28 - Pine Knots

Note: Section 28 was the last section that I could find in the papers at the Register office. Sept. 29, 1897, is the last issue available for the year 1897. I will check the microfilm at a later date for more sections (if they exist).

"Historical Reminiscences of Berwick" September 13th, 1933. Written by the late Rev. D. O. Parker and published in The Register some thirty-three years ago will no doubt be of more than passing interest to many of our subscribers

Wednesday Evening, July 2, 1924

Reminiscent And Historical

The following clippings from the Messenger and Visitor (now the Maritime Baptist) of May 10, 1905, refer to the lives and death of Rev David Chase and his wife, in the year 1844, of whom reference was made in an item in last week’s issue of the Register. Mrs. Mansfield Nichols, granddaughter of Rev and Mrs. Chase, has requested us to publish these clippings, which should prove of great interest, especially to the older settlers of Western Kings.

Rev. David Chase

(Messenger and Visitor, May 10, 1905)

Often when reading accounts of the lives and grand deeds of departed ministers, such as William Hall, Dr. Welton, and others, my mind invariably turns to one noble man of God, and the wife also being worthy of such a husband. This man was the Rev. David Chase, the first person granted a license to preach from the Second Cornwallis (now Berwick) church. His wife was Jane Morse, a sister of Daniel Morse of Nictaux, after whom her son, also D. M. Welton, was named. No family, I think, is better known today in the Annapolis Valley among Baptist people. Old Mr. Daniel Morse of Nictaux was grandfather of Rev. L. D. Morse, of Wolfville. One sister was Mrs. Sidney Welton, mother of Dr. Welton, another, Mrs. Abel Parker, mother of Rev. D. O. Parker and Rev. David Freeman’s wife. This makes Mrs. Parker grandmother of Mrs. L. D. Morse, also of Mrs. Dr. Trotter of Acadia................(the rest of this article can be found at P.V.)


Thursday, October 19, 1905


An Autumnal Prayer.


We all do fade as a leaf. Isa. 64:6.

What makes the leaves, so green today,
Tomorrow, fall and fade away?
The worm, the frost, the storm and age,
Does each its chosen leaf engage,
And in its own peculiar way;
Remorseless, makes the leaf its prey.

The tender leaf upon the flower,
Oft comes and fades within an hour; -
It was a worm that nipped the leaf,
Which made its stay so sadly brief,
And, severed from its parent stem,
It fell to earth a faded gem;
And so the infant of a day,
From loving hearts is torn away.

The leaves we fondly cherish here
Within a day are dead and sere,
When came the sun heat of the day
Then all their beauty fell away;
The hoary frost on them was laid,
And ruthless made them droop and fade; -
Death’s icy chill the home invades,
And youthful beauty droops and fades.

The leaves that on the branches hung,
Up where the robins perched and sung,
And seeming fit to live for aye,
A wild and tempest blast did sway;
They fell, and scattered all around,
Lie sere and fades on the ground;
So manhood falls by fell disease,
Like blasted leaves from smitten trees.

When with goodby the summer’s gone,
And autumn puts her glories on
And saffron robes the hills and dales,
And plenty comes from fields and vales,
Then ripe with age the leaves do fade,
And in their winter graves are laid;
Thus aged pilgrims pale and fall,
Like ripened leaves at autumn’s call.

And hence it comes, my text is true, -
The faded leaf to all is due;
The cradle yields its infant charms,
Torn rudely from its mother’s arms,
And no discharge has youth or age,
The Jew or Gentle, saint or sage,
And oh, the time is sadly brief!
Probation for our faded leaf.

Great God, who makes all bud and bloom,
Whose glory halos e’en the tomb,
When come our fading leaves and breath,
We lonely ford the stream of death;
O grant us then as now, Thy grace,
In Jesus’ love a resting place,
Where death and sorrow ne’er invade,
And leaves of glory never fade.

- North Springfield, Vt.

The Register

Thursday, February 1, 1906

Rev. D. O. Parker

The Rev. D. O. Parker, a native of Berwick, and for many years a resident of this place, passed away at West Springfield, Vermont, on Monday of last week, January 22nd.

Mr. Parker was in many respects a very remarkable man. Possessed of a good education, he could talk instructively on almost any branch of classical, literary, or scientific research. As a mechanic he was most ingenious, being a patentee of several curious and useful inventions. His pulpit addressees and his writings were categorized by originality and directness of expression. He was a poet of no mean order.

On the inception of the Free School system in Nova Scotia, in 1864, Mr. Parker was appointed Inspector of Schools for the County of Queens, a position which he held for some years.

For the last few years Mr. Parker has resided at West Springfield, his daughter, Miss Annie, making her home with him. Both his daughters were with him at the time of his death.

Berwick Register

10 May 1900



We deeply regret to have to announce the death of Mrs. D. O. Parker which occurred at her home in Dorchester, Mass., at 12 o'clock on Tuesday night.  Mrs. Parker was a daughter of the late Rev. Wm. Chipman, and the greater part of her life was spent in Kings Co.  The news of her death was heard with sorrow by all who knew her.  The remains accompanied by the bereaved husband and daughter arrived yesterday by the afternoon express, the funeral taking place on arrival of the train.  Rev. Mr. Simpson conducted the ceremony.  Sincere sympathy is felt for the bereaved family and friends.

(transcribed by Eleanor Tree)

From John Parker's Vital Statistics

Parker, Mary Alberta d/o Rev. D. O. Parker, formerly of Berwick, married at Springfield, Vermont, 10 Oct 1906 to Arthur Tretheway, Boston. [1 Nov 1906].

Parker, Rev. David Otho, died at West Springfield, Vermont, 22 Jan 1906, in 76th year. [1 Feb 1906, obituary + notice].

From John F Dugan's CD, The People of Cornwallis 1760 to 1901

Parker, Rev D. O. - (1831-22/1/1906)

Berwick Cemetery:

IMO Rev. D. O. Parker, died Jan 22 1906, aged 75 years, also his wife Mary E. C., died May 8, 1900, aged 62 yrs

Mary E. C. (1838-8/5/1900)

I believe these must be D. O. Parker's parents (and brother):

Parker Abel (1794-19/6/1868)

Berwick Cemetery:

Abel Parker, died June 19, 1868, aged 74 yrs.,
Susan (Morse*), wife of Abel Parker, died Nov 4, 1878, aged 81 years

 Susan - (1797-4/11/1878), nee Morse
 - William H. - (2/1829-17/3/1830)

Berwick Cemetery:

William H. Parker, son of S & A Parker, died March 17, 1830, aged 13 months