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Parris, Samuel (1653–27 February 1720), merchant and minister, was born in London, England, the son of Thomas Parris, a merchant, and Susannah (maiden name unknown). In the 1660s Parris moved with his family to Barbados, where both his father and uncle, John Parris, had prospered as sugar planters and merchants. After attending Harvard College in the early 1670s, Parris returned in late 1673 to Barbados and soon became executor of his father’s estate. He spent seven years as a plantation owner and sugar broker on the island, but the sustained low price of sugar and a devastating hurricane revealed his vulnerability as a second-rate planter. Consequently, he sold the property and moved to Boston in 1680. There Parris struggled to compete with the merchant elite of the provincial capital. He married Elizabeth Eldridge shortly after his arrival in Boston; the couple had three children....