New Jersey Obituaries - 1899 - Mrs. Augusta F. (Allen) Parker

Last Wednesday Mrs. Augusta F. Parker, mother of Collector Benjamin John Parker, died at her home at Shrewsbury. Mrs. Parker was over 76 years of age and her death was due to old age, combined with an attack of the grip. She had been an invalid nearly two years. The funeral was held at Christ church, Shrewsbury, on Friday afternoon. The service was conducted by Rev. W. N. Baily, the rector of the church, and the body was buried in the Episcopal graveyard, beside that of her husband. The bearers were William R. Stevens, W. L. Borden, John E. Davis, Frederick Van Vliet, George Appleby and John R. Sickles.

Mrs. Parker was the daughter of Anna and George L. Allen. She was born on the Allen homestead at Shrewsbury, now known as the Washington L. Hope place. This property has been in the Allen family over 200 years and it is now occupied by Mrs. Parker's sister, Mrs. Helen C. Hope, widow of Washington L. Hope. Forty years ago Mrs. Parker, who was then Miss Allen, married John W. Parker. Immediately after their marriage they began housekeeping in the house at Shrewsbury now occupied by Collector Parker. This had been Mrs. Parker's home ever since her marriage. They had three children, one daughter and two sons. The daughter and one son died in infancy and the only child now living is Collector Parker.

Mrs. Parker leaves four sisters. They are Mrs. Sarah M. Barclay, widow of Joseph Barclay of Eatontown; Louisa, wife of Henry Campbell of Freehold; Mrs. Hope, widow of Washington L. Hope; and Mrs. Mary W. Parker, widow of Benjamin C. Parker of Shrewsbury. Mrs. Parker and Mrs. Mary W. Parker, were twin sisters, and her husband and Benjamin C. Parker, who married her twin sister, were twin brothers.

Mrs. Parker was a most hospitable woman and she possessed many virtues. She had a very large circle of friends and her funeral was attended by most of the older residents of Shrewsbury.

Mrs. Parker left an estate valued at about $25,000. She left a will which has not yet been offered for probate.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, September 20, 1899