The Rev. Ebenezer Parkman (1703-1782) served as the first minister of Westborough, Massachusetts, from 1724 until his death. Throughout his ministry, he kept records for the church, made regular entries in his diary, wrote sermons, kept up an extensive correspondence, and served as clerk of the Marlborough Association of Ministers. Parkman’s extensive extant manuscripts, only some of which have been published, and the records of the town of Westborough provide one of the most complete pictures of life in a rural New England town during the colonial period.
Please note: The development of this website starts with the full text of Parkman’s Diary, which is now available. Links to other works by Parkman will appear here once they are available.
Links to the Writings of Rev. Ebenezer Parkman:
- Parkman Diary – Parkman kept a detailed diary of his life from 1719 until his death in 1782. This blog brings together all of his extant diary entries and makes them searchable for the first time using transcriptions by Ross W. Beales, Jr. (Professor Emeritus, College of the Holy Cross)
- Westborough Church Records – Parkman kept meticulous church records while serving as Westborough’s minister. Images of these records are available through the New England Hidden Histories digitization project at the Congregational Library and Archives.