Maj David Parry

Maj David Parry

Male - 1794    Has more than 100 ancestors and 16 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name David Parry 
    Prefix Maj 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Gender Male 
    Died 1794 
    Association Daniel Guion (Relationship: Business relation) 
    Person ID I1395416  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2012 

    Father Humphrey Parry,   b. 1686,   d. Abt 1744  (Age 58 years) 
    Mother Catrin Roberts,   b. 01 Apr 1694, Hafod-y-bwch, Esclusham, Wrecsam, Denbighshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1751  (Age 56 years) 
    Married 1714 
    Siblings 2 siblings 
    Family ID F1297471  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Catherine Jane Okeden,   d. 1788 
    Married 1774 
    +1. David Okeden Parry-Okeden,   b. Jan 1774, Little Critchell, Dorsetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1833, Bath, Somersetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
    Last Modified 13 Nov 2012 
    Family ID F1297472  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Cort v. Parry
    Cort v. Parry

    Links between Parry, Cort and Guion
    Links between Parry, Cort and Guion
    by Eric Alexander

  • Notes 
    • 3rd son

      goes into the army.
      By the end of 1759 he is captain in the Twentieth Foot, having distinguished himself at the Battle of Minden.
      His rank advances to major in 1770.

      From 1768 there is a business link between Parry and Henry Cort, which leads to litigation in 1775, the year of his last entry in the army list. We can assume he retires in 1776 (thereby missing the regiment's posting to America and their surrender at Saratoga), following the death of his father-in-law Edmund Okeden
      Okeden has no male heir: Parry is the main beneficiary of his will, as well as executor, and is henceforth "Major David Parry of Moore Critchell in the County of Dorset".

      In 1782, with Shelburne heading the Government, Parry is appointed Governor of Barbados. Codicils to his will in 1792 and 1793 show him suffering ill health, so we can't be sure whether he gives up the post before his death in 1794.
    • Parry v Cort etc
      Letters and promissory notes from Major David Parry to Henry Cort, described as [?regimental] "agent", defendant. Exhibits include a life assurance policy assigned by Parry to Cort.
      From PRO (online) catalogue for exchequer file E140/65/12.
      Mr Cort's agent was with Me this Afternoon & by a letter from Mr Hollis Mr Cort's Country Attorney informed Me that you have consented to take your Brother with Mr.Cort as security for your debt.
      From letter to David Parry from his attorney, 6 November 1776

      Major David Parry is not a navy man, but Cort seems to treat him the same way as navy clients - indeed, may offer favourable treatment. He continues to run an account for Parry after relinquishing his navy clients in 1773.
      That query "[?regimental] 'agent]" in the PRO catalogue (one researcher who spots it tells me "Cort was never a navy agent, he was an army agent"): most likely some rash cataloguer trying to explain Cort's connection with Major Parry, and unaware of his reputation as a navy agent. No other evidence has been found of Cort acting as agent for anyone in the army.
      Cort's role as Parry's agent appears to date from 1769. Most plausible explanation arises from repeated references in the files to an annuity that Parry is supposed to pay William Attwick (earliest payment covers a four-month period in 1771) but there are few clues how this arises.
      Parry's brother Roger, whose name crops up periodically in the files, manages to run up his own debt to Cort - possibly by overdrawing on a bond due to him. This debt figures in an attempt by Cort to settle his own finances a few years later.

      I cannot possibly entertain the favorable opinion you do of Mr Cort.
      From letter of David Parry to Daniel Guion, 4 November 1776.
      I would rather leave... and never more hear the name of Mr Cort, who has used me so ill.
      From letter of David Parry to Daniel Guion, 11 November 1776

      The Parry v Cort files contain many "bills of exchange" written (hurriedly, by the look of it) by Parry: effectively cheques drawn on his account with Cort . The suit arises after Parry complains that Cort won't provide a statement of this account. A charge easily enough countered. Cort's statement is part of his defence: it shows income and expenditure like a modern bank statement.
      It is a letter from Parry that establishes Cort's presence in Gosport in May 1776: his previous letter to Cort is addressed to Crutched Friars, August 1775
    • Quirks of History
    • Community Trees - Pedigree chart for Major David Parry

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