From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
Notes on the Parker Ancestry
Numerous descendants of the PARKER
family of Nansemond Co.,
VA state that "it seems certain" that Richard PARKER,
patentee of the 1654 and later land grants, was the son of James PARKER and Kateran BULLAR
of Cornwall. The research
of Waunita Powell conclusively shows that Dr. Richard Parker of Charles
City and Henrico Cos., VA is not the same person as
Richard Parker of Nansemond Co., VA. For example,
Dr. Richard PARKER was in Charles City County and another Richard
PARKER was in Nansemond County in 1654. And Dr. Richard PARKER
was born in 1630 and received his education in England, while
Richard PARKER of Nansemond County arrived in America prior to
Sally Moore Koestler shares the PARKER
line through the three
Richard PARKER generations and continuing through Elizabeth (PARKER)
HUNTER at Sally's
Family Place, including numerous source citations and document
Extensive information on this Parker
line appears in Following The Land:
A Genealogical History of some of the Parkers of Nansemond County
Virginia, and Chowan/Hertford/Gates Co.,N.C. 1604-2004, by
Raymond Parker Fouts (Cocoa, FL: 2005). This source is currently (2010)
out of print and has not yet been accessed, but numerous internet
postings, including some by the author, have provided valuable data
incorporated here. Ray Fouts includes the line from immigrant William
PARKER through the three Richard PARKER generations to Jonathan PARKER.
An extensive collection and review of
colonial Virginia records
concerning Richard PARKER, Chirurgeon, is found in Some Ancestors
and Descendants of Richard Parker, Chirurgeon, by Eleanor
Davis McSwain (LC 81-112279; CS71.P24 1980a), hereinafter referred
to as McSWAIN. Pages 1-13 of McSWAIN concerns the PARKER family
in England; pages 14-48 concerns Richard PARKER, Chirurgeon, and
his family; pages 169-80 concerns Richard PARKER II, III and IV
of Nansemond Co., VA and Chowan Co., NC; and page 291 makes the
connection from Richard PARKER III to Jonathan PARKER of Granville
Co., NC. Although McSWAIN errs in her conclusion
regarding the ancestry of the PARKERs of Nansemond Co., VA, her
book provides a wealth of information on the family in America.
Other publications provide varying
quanity and quality of
on this PARKER family lineage, most notable are the following:
Neeley Notes, by Hazel Gibson Jones (Lubbock, TX: about
The Roper Family Bible, by Mary W. S. Soper (Winchester, TN:
Thrice Three Times Told Tales, by Mary W. S. Soper
(Winchester, TN: 1979)
Virginia Historical Magazine, 1:4 (Apr. 1898), pp. 444-47
Virginia Historical Magazine, 19:2 (Apr. 1919), pp. 190-92.
and many caring and sharing PARKER cousins.
The Parkers in America
PARKER - b. about 1604, England; d. After 1655, Nansemond Co.,
VA. In VA by 1625 when on muster list of those with land in Nansemond
Children of William
- Richard - b. about 1624, VA; d. about
1680, Nansemond Co., VA.
- Thomas - b. about 1626, VA. See comments in the T. Parker narrative.
Richard Parker I
Richard PARKER - b. about 1624,
VA; d. about 1680, Nansemond Co., VA. Arrived in America prior to Dec.
22, 1643, when John CARTER received 300 acres in Nansemond County for 6
headrights for the transportation of Morgan Williams, Richard Parker,
Robert Pierce, Thomas Norice, Israel Harris and Hen. Bartholomew. On
Oct. 5, 1654, Richard PARKER received a grant of 400 acres for
transportation of eight people, one of a series of land grants
(totaling 1,420 acres on the Southern Branch of the Nansemond River at
Hoods Neck) to him that were recorded in Nansemond Co., VA. It's to be
noted that the land in the 1654 grant is described as "Joyning to his
own land," indicating that Richard PARKER obtained land prior to that
year, and records show that he owned 760 acres prior to 1654, obtained
from two prior owners. The latest land grant was for 100 acres on Feb.
24, 1675, adjoining his other land and that of Thomas PARKER. No Will
of Richard PARKER has been located, but may be referred to in a land
grant dated Apr. 23, 1681, transferring his lands to his three sons.
The name of his wife has not been located. His wife may have been of
the MAULDIN family, but this should only be used as a suggesstion for
further research, since there appears to be some connection between
Richard PARKER and Dumplin Island residents Francis MAULDIN and Thomas
Virginia State Land Office, Patent Book
7 1679-1689, pages 93-94
[By a series of boundary changes,
portions of the described land
was successively in Nansemond Co., VA, Chowan Co., NC in 1728, Hertford
Co., NC in 1759 and Gates Co., NC in 1779. In terms of a modern map,
the land was located on the western edge of the Great Dismal Swamp,
near the present town of Corapeake, Gates Co., NC.]
To all people, etc. whereas, etc....
Now know ye that I, the said
Sr. Henry Chisheley, Kt., his Majesties Deputy Governor, do give and
grant unto Thomas, Richard and Frances Parker, the three sons of
Richard Parker, dec'd. one thousand four hundred and twenty acres of
land on the marsh adjoining, lying and being in the souther branch of
nansemond, beginning at a red oak standing on a point to the northward
of Cranny Creek mouth and opposite to a small island called Cranny Isle
and at Crain's ehancing, thence running down by the main branch side
according to the several curvings and windings of the said branch 'till
it comes to a great decayed white oak standing a little above the
creek's mouth which is called Parker's Creek; thence south east
crossing over the said creek twice and extending three hundred and
twenty poles to John Small his own white oak, thence south west one
hundred and eighty four poles to a small white oak being the beginning
head of the Crosse Swampe Pattent and runs the due courses of the said
Pattent First east north east two hundred poles to a small Gum, thence
south south east three hundred and twenty poles to a small Ash by a Gum
in a great reedy pocoson or inland swamp thence west south west two
hundred poles to a small Gum thence north north west one hundred and
sixty four poles to a marked Gum standing by a branch being in the head
line of Hood neck pattent thence south west by west one hundred and
forty six poles to a white oak standing by and towards the head of
Cranny Creek. Thence down by or nigh the said creek side to the mouth
thereof and thence as the southern branch runs down to the first
mentioned red oak including the said quantity three hundred acres as
hereof being formerly granted to William Hatfield by the two pattents,
the one for two hundred the other for one hundred acres dated the 24th
August 1638 and four hundred and sixty acre of the said land formerly
granted unto Randall Crews by pattent dated the 9th September 1648 all
which by deeds and surrendered became the propper right of Richard
Parker, Senr., dec'd. and four hundred acres more of the said land was
formerly granted to the said Richard Parker, Senr. by pattent the 18th
March 1662, and one hundred acres more being greatest
marsh also formerly granted to Richard Parker and of the now
Pattentees, by pattent dated the 24th. February 1675/6, all which by
the said pattents and their father's will being now the right and in
possession of the said Thomas, Richard and Francis Parker the one
hundred sixty acres residue, being over plus lands and march found to
be contained within the said bounds and due by me for the
transportation of four persons, etc.
To have and to hold, etc. To be
held, etc., yeilding, etc.
priviledge dated the 23rd day of April Anno Domini 1681.
Children of Richard Parker
- b. about 1645, VA; d. after 1704, VA. See the T. Parker narrative.
- Richard - b.
about 1653/4, probably in
Nansemond Co., VA; d. after 1714, Nansemond Co., VA.
- Francis - d. Parker's Creek, Nansemond
Co., VA. Resided in that
portion of Nansemond Co., VA which later became part of NC. Granted
land in the 1681 transfer of the land of Richard PARKER to his sons. On
Apr. 16, 1683, twenty acres in Upper Parrish of Nansemond Co., VA near
Hood's Neck was granted to Francis PARKER, being previously granted "to
his father, Richard Parker." In the 1704 Quit Rent Roll of Nansemond
Co., VA, he is listed as having paid tax on 170 acres. Son of Francis
PARKER: Francis, Jr. (on 1704 Quit Rent Roll).
- Other children - It is probable that
the three known brothers had other siblings.
Richard Parker II
Richard PARKER - b. about
1653/4, probably in Nansemond
Co., VA; d. after 1714, Nansemond Co., VA. Son of Richard
I. Resided in that portion
of Nansemond Co., VA which later became part of NC. Richard received
land by grant in 1681 after the death of his father. However,
patents for this land were not issued until Apr. 26, 1698, in
parcels of 100 and 400 acres. He received additional land patents
between 1698 and 1714 for a total of nearly 700 acres located
near his existing holdings and the head of Bennett's Creek in
what is now Gates Co., NC.
Miss PENDER - No further
information known. Surname
is from family tradition, and as recorded by Foxhall PARKER. A
PENDER appears on the 1704 Quit Rent roll of Nansemond Co., VA.
Son of Richard Parker
- Richard III -
b. about 1677, Nansemond
Co., VA; d. about 1752, Chowan Co., NC.
- Samuel - Possible son. Granted land on
Hoods Mare Branch of
Bennett Creek in 1714 that was subsequently granted to Richard PARKER.
Possible sons: Richard and William.
- Jonathan - Possible son. Granted land with Daniel PARKER on Hoods
Mare Branch of Bennett Creek in 1718 that was originally granted to
- Daniel - Possible son. Granted land with Jonathan PARKER on Hoods
Mare Branch of Bennett Creek in 1718 that was originally granted to
- Sally - Possible daughter, if the passages concerning the PARKER
family in William BYRD's 1728 Diary and History of the
Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North Carolina refer to Richard
PARKER II, as a footnote claims. BYRD writes in Apr. 1728 that they
stayed "at the House of Richard Parker, an honest Planter, whose
labours were rewarded with Plenty," and "Our Eyes were entertain'd as
well as our Stomachs by the charms of pretty Sally the Eldest Daughter
of the Family." In Sep. 1728, the survey party returned to the PARKER
home and BYRD wrote that they "found things in much disorder, the good
Woman being lately dead & those that surviv'd sick. Pretty Sally
had lost some of her Bloom by an Ague, but none of her good humor."
Richard and Elizabeth (King) Parker
Richard PARKER - b. about 1677,
Nansemond Co., VA; d.
about 1752, Chowan Co., NC. Son of Richard
PARKER and Miss PENDER. Lived in that portion of Nasemond
Co., VA that became part of Chowan Co., NC in 1728, and appointed
a justice for Chowan Precenct 1731. He received patents between
1718 and 1749 to just over 1000 acres in Upper Parish of Nansemond
and near the head of Bennett's Creek in what is now Gates Co.,
NC. Will dated Sep.
22, 1749, and admitted to probate in Chowan Co., NC in Apr. 1752.
One of his wives died in the summer of 1728, but his will indicates
he was survived by another. Richard's lengthy will mentions 14
surviving children, and reveals that he, like his father and
acquired much land during his lifetime. Since his youngest two
sons received no real estate, it is possible that they had received
land transfers previously. His children are listed below in what is
believed to be birth order. Probably married second a Miss
SWAN, and possibly married a third time.
Elizabeth KING - Daughter of Henry
KING and Catherine.
Children of Richard and Elizabeth Parker
- Elizabeth - b. about 1698; d. before 1752. Married Isaac
HUNTER (b. about 1690; d. 1753, Chowan Co., NC), son of William HUNTER.
Isaac's will, dated Apr. 17, 1752 and proved Apr. 1753, names all his
children (including deceased daughter Jean PERRY). Children of
Elizabeth and Isaac HUNTER: Elisha married Ann WALTON; Jesse married
Ann ALSTON; Jean (or Joan) married Phillip PERRY; Isaac married Martha
ALSTON; Alice married Joseph PERRY; Hannah married first Joseph
RIDDICK, and second Benjamin PERRY; Elizabeth married Joseph PERRY;
Daniel did not marry; Rachel married first William WALTON, and second
Matthew SMALL; Sarah married Charles MOORE; and Jacob married Sarah
- Daniel - b. about 1700; d. 1780, Gates Co., NC. Daniel purchased
land in Chowan Co., NC in Dec. 1751 from his nephew Richard PARKER V,
the deed [Deeds, Book H-1, p. 249] stating in part, "which sd. tract
was granted to Richd Parker grandfather to the partie to these presents
who never had disposed of the same in his life time and dying without
will that is known of the sd. land descend to sd. Richad Parker
[Richard PARKER V] as heir at law to his Grandfather." Either his first
wife, or perhaps a second wife, may have been named Mary. The mother of
his children has not been identified. Children of Daniel PARKER: Luke
married; Mary married Mr. CHITREL; Judith (or Judah) married Mr.
GRIFFIN; Abigail married Mr. CHITREL; Sarah married Mr. HORTON; Dempsey
married Mary; Isaac married; Robert married Priscilla RIDDICK; and Ruth
married Micajah RIDDICK.
- Richard IV - b. about 1706/7. Reportedly married Mary BENTON,
daughter of John BENTON. Land transactions occurred between 1740 and
1755 from Richard IV to his son Richard V, and from Richard IV to his
brother Peter. His father's will names grandsons Richard and William,
probably sons of Richard IV. Children: Richard V married Miss HODGES;
and William married Elizabeth WALLIS.
- Jonathan - b. about 1713,
VA; d. June 1788, Granville Co., NC.
- Peter - b. before about 1718. He recorded land transactions in
1739, 1749 and 1757 in Chowan Co., NC. Married Mary WALLIS. Sons of
Peter PARKER: Jonathan; Elisha; and Peter.
- Jonathan -
- Elisha - Will dated Aug. 26, 1793, and proved Feb. 1794.
Married first, on Nov. 13, 1752, in Chowan Co., NC, Rebecca WARREN, and
second Esther. Children of Elisha PARKER: Peter married Sarah BARNES;
John; Jesse; Elisha; Elizabeth married Mr. EASON; Mary married Mr.
GRIFFIN; Christian; and Nancy. Descendants lived in Chowan (now Gates)
Co., NC and Hopkins (now Webster) Co., KY.
- Peter -
- Francis - b. 1726, Chowan Co., NC; d. bef 1799, Northampton Co.,
NC. Married Sarah GARRETT (b. aft 1730, Chowan Co., NC). Children of
Francis and Sarah PARKER: Peggy; Priscilla; Martha; Susanna; William;
Lewis married Margaret MASON; Robert; Mary; Zachariah; and Sarah.
- Jonas - b. about 1733; d. 1775, Orange Co., NC. Will dated Oct.
21, 1771 and proved at May Court 1775, Orange Co., NC, witnessed by
Robert BUMPASS, William FOWLER, Grace FOWLER and Joanna PERSON. In his
will, Jonas names his wife, Rebecca, and children, who are listed here
in the order named in the will. Married Rebecca PERSON, daughter of
John PERSON and Priscilla COCKERHAM. Children of Jonas and Rebecca
PARKER: Richard; Stephen married Polly BREWER; David possibly married
first Clary MANGRUM, and married last Chloe ADCOCK; Powell married
Nancy LUMPKIN; Francis; Abner married Ann HOLLAWAY; Winny; Sally; and
- Ann - Married Mr. SPIVEY.
- Alice - Married Mr. DAUGHTERY.
- Jacob -
- Stephen -
- Robert - b. Abt 1745, Gates Co., NC; d. 1797, Gates Co., NC.
Married first Ms. RIDDICK, perhaps daughter of Willis RIDDICK and Mary
FAULK, or of Robert RIDDICK and Christian. Robert married second
Abigail. Children of Robert PARKER and his first wife: Christian
married James BROWN; Robert did not marry; Jane married Mr. BROWN;
Elizabeth married Mr. BULLOCK; Abraham married Sarah; Jesse married
Ann; Sally; Willis married; Priscilla married Benjamin HAYS; and
William. Son of Robert and Abigail PARKER: Richard.
- Patience - Unmarried in 1749.
Jonathan PARKER - b. about 1713, Nansemond Co., VA;
d. June 1788, Granville Co., NC. Son of Richard
PARKER and Elizabeth KING. Lived in Chowan and
NC. Served in the Revolution as a patriot of NC (DAR National
Number 577733). An abstract of his will dated June 3, 1788, and
proved Aug. Court 1788, reads as follows: "Jonathan PARKER
wills to son Jesse my daughter Rachel DIXON and my daughter Elizabeth
PARKER 5 shillings each; to my lawful wife Ann PARKER, after debts
are paid, 1/3rd of land, goods and chattels during her widowhood
or natural life and the rest of my stock and household furniture
to be divided between my children living at time of my decease;
all my land to be sold and equally divided between my three youngest
sons; Samuel, Elijah, George PARKER when they are of age. Exrs:
my son Samuel and John BADGET. Wts: Jonothan BADGETT, Elizabeth
HOWEL." Married first, in 1738, Charity BENTON (daughter of John
BENTON), the mother of his first five children. Jonathan married second
Ann COPELAND - d. after Jun. 1788. <TENTATIVE: If
the information to follow is for the second wife of Jonathan PARKER
and the mother of Elijah PARKER, and her approximate birthdate
is correct, she would have been about age 53 at the birth of her
youngest child. Though not inconceivable, this seems unlikely.
Further Copeland information on the following line available if
line is established.> b. about 1715, VA. Daughter of William
COPELAND (b. about 1687, Middlesex Co., VA; d. about 1753,
Chowan Co., NC) and Sarah CHAMPION, daughter of John and
Sarah. William COPELAND was son of William and Christian, and
grandson of William and Grace.
Children of Jonathan Charity Parker
- Priscilla - b. about 1733, Chowan Co., NC; d. Before 4 Aug 1817,
Granville Co., NC. Married John BADGETT (b. 1740; d. Nov 1810,
Granville Co., NC). Son Jesse B. Badgett was a signer of the Texas
Declaration of Independence. Children of John and Priscilla BADGETT:
Peter; William; James married Margaret HARRISON; Andrew; Benton married
Lavinia PARTEE; Jesse B.; Drucilla; and Jonathan.
- Elizabeth - Married Jul. 4, 1781 Joseph HESTER (b. 1756; d.
1802). Children of Joseph and Elizabeth HESTER: Joseph; and Elijah.
- William -
- Jesse - b. 1739, NC; d. 1810, Knox Co., TN. Named in
father's will. Death year and names of wife and children from a family
record in the form of a scroll. Moved to Knox Co., TN about 1806.
Married Christeen COPELAND. Children of Jesse and Christeen PARKER:
Howell; Milly Amelia; Jonathan; Molly; Sarah; Elizabeth; Anne; Zilla
'Lilly'; and Jesse.
- Rachel - b. 1743, NC. Named in father's will. Married Mr. DIXON.
Children of Jonathan and Ann Parker
- Cader - b. 1745; d. Aug. 12, 1780, Granville Co., NC. Cader
served in the Revolution, never recovering from wounds received in the
service. He received a land grant in Sumner Co., TN. Will dated Aug.
12, 1777, and recorded Nov. Court 1780. Being never married, he wills
to his brothers Elijah and George PARKER all land in Granville Co., NC;
to 3 sisters Jemima, Elizabeth, and Pharada, all else - with Jonathan
PARKER and John BADGET, exrs.
- d. 1777. Not named in either brother's or father's will. Probably
maried Sarah. A researcher cites a petition for land division filed in
Orange County in 1794 by Thomas SNEED on behalf of his wife Ann PARKER
and Sarah PARKER, as a widow's dower. Sarah PARKER's estate was
inventoried in Person COUNTY in 1795 by Thomas SNEED. This researcher
believes that Jonathan PARKER, Jr. and Sarah were the parents of John
PARKER (d. 1790) and Nelson.
- Jemima - b. NC; d. NC. Named in brother's will. Married George
- Elizabeth - b. NC; d. NC. Named in brother's and father's wills.
Married Joseph HESTER on Jul. 4, 1781 [NSDAR].
- Pharada - b. NC; d. NC. Named in brother's will.
- Samuel - b. about 1763; d. Jan. 1, 1809, Raleigh, Wake Co., NC.
Executor of father's will. Married on Dec. 14, 1784 in Granville Co.,
NC to Lucy HARRIS (b. about 1768, Granville Co., NC; d. after Sep. 14,
1831, Granville Co., NC), with Samuel HARRIS, bondsman, and Bennet
SEARCY, witness. Lucy was the daughter of Richard HARRIS and Priscilla
HOLMES, and her sister Mary HARRIS married Samuel's brother Elijah
PARKER. At the time of his death, Samuel was "Member of the Assembly
from Granville county" [Raleigh Record, Jan. 5, 1809, page 3,
col. 5]. Children of Samuel and Lucy PARKER: Ann married John Peace
LEMAY; Priscilla married William WESTHERS; possibly Nancy; possibly a
daughter married Mr. SNEED; and possibly Cader married Nancy ADCOCK.
- Elijah - b. 1768, Granville Co., NC; d.
Mar. 1853, Bedford Co., TN.
- George - b. NC. Named in brother's and father's wills. George
married first Lucy WILKERSON on Dec. 10, 1789 in Granville Co., NC,
with Bowling ADCOCK as bondsman, and A. HENDERSON as witness. He
married second Piety HARRIS on Aug. 7, 1792 in Granville Co., NC, with
Thomson HARRIS, bondsman, and W. NORWOOD, witness.
- Perhaps died young, or perhaps the same daughter as Jemima or
Pharada. Ann is not named in either brother's or father's will. She may
have been the Ann 'Nancy' PARKER (1774-1811) who married Col. Thomas
SNEED (1772-1825) of Person County. Children of Col. Thomas and Ann
SNEED include: Johnathan Parker; and Dudley married Jacobina PARKER.
- Nelson - Possible son. A Nelson PARKER appears on a Jonathan
PARKER deed of 1760, and John PARKER (d. 1790) named his second son
Capt. Elijah and Mary (Harris) Parker
Elijah PARKER - b. 1768, Granville Co., NC; d. Mar.
1853, Bedford Co., TN; bur. Parker Cemetery, Raus, Bedford Co.,
TN. Son of Jonathan PARKER and Ann COPELAND.
His will was written
May 12, 1832, one year after the death of his wife and mother
of his children, and was probated in Apr. 1853, with son Daniel
as administrator. It is surmised that the will was written in
anticipation of Elijah's re-marriage since it includes the statement
that it was his "desire to do Justice to all my several sons
and daughters." Elijah was named in both his brother Cader's
and father's wills, and was administrator of the estate of his
son-in-law Richard NEELY. Elijah moved to Bedford Co., TN in 1807,
and was a Justice, a Trustee of Dixon Academy, and a Commissioner
of School Land. A letter dated Nov. 15, 1808 from brother-in-law
Charles HARRIS was addressed to "Mr. Elijah Parker, Bedford
County, Tompsons Creek, Tennessee." Elijah belonged to the
Flat Creek Baptist Church, and built a log home on a hill overlooking
Thompson's Creek on the Parker Farm, eight miles from Tullahema
on the road to Shelbyville, in Bedford Co., TN. Elijah is listed
on the 1812 tax returns, being number 85 on the return of Capt.
Richard NEELY. He became the assignee of military land grants
totaling 140 acres on Thompsons Creek, with his interest being
recorded Jan. 1, 1816 [Book F, pages 215 to 219]. Elijah's grave,
located on the Parker Farm, has a memorial
marker [photo] inscribed
with words taken from his commission in the North Carolina Militia.
Richard Dobbs SPAIGHT (1758-1802), signer of Elijah's commission,
was also a signer of the U. S. Constitution on Sep. 17, 1787.
Elijah was administrator of his son Charles' estate, which was
settled in Oct. 1850. Elijah married first Feb 3, 1789, Granville
Co., NC, with Jonathan BADGETT, bondsman, and Henry POTTER, witness
(Bond No. 2588). Married second, probably in or shortly after
May 1832, Rosannah (BARRINGER) COVEY (b. Mar. 28, 1785, Montgomery
Co., VA; d. Dec. 7, 1875, New Herman, Bedford Co., TN; bur. there
on Parker Farm), daughter of Adam BARRINGER and Catherine STROEVER,
and widow of General Joseph COVEY, son of Samuel COVEY and Elizabeth K.
KNAPP. Rosannah and Elijah PARKER
had no children.
Mary HARRIS - b. 1770, Granville Co., NC; d. May 4,
1831, Bedford Co., TN; bur. Parker Cemetery, Raus, Bedford Co.,
TN. Her death date and the birthdates of her children were obtained
from the Parker Family Bible in 1936, at Doddieland, the home
of her grandson Henry Thompson PARKER. She was buried beside her
husband on the Parker Farm, with her grave marked with an uninscribed
sandstone tablet, now crumbled. Daughter of Richard
HARRIS and Priscilla HOLMES.
Children of Elijah and Mary Parker
- Lucy - b. Sep. 23, 1789, Granville Co., NC; d. Little Rock, AR.
Married Wiley BEASLEY (b. about 1782, NC), son of Ephraim BEASLEY and
Ms. HARRIS. Lucy and Wiley lived at Pulaski, Giles Co., TN, in
Wilson Co., TN in 1805, in Bedford Co., TN in 1810, in Greene Co., AL
in 1819, and at Little Rock, AR by 1850. Their sons lived in Fayette
Co., AL, Choctaw Co., MS and Chickasaw Co., MS before Jesse settled in
Navarro Co., TX, and Elijah settled in Angeline Co., TX. Children of
Lucy and Wiley BEASLEY: Jesse married Elisabeth W. ROBERTS; Elijah
Asberry, Sr. married Martha; Sarah married John W. MORELAND; and John
- Sally - b. Apr. 10, 1791,
Granville Co., NC; d. Oct. 17, 1884, Bedford Co., TN. Married Richard NEELY.
- Samuel - b. Feb. 19, 1793, Granville Co., NC; d. Oct. 5, 1856,
near Alva, Choctaw Co., MS. Married Frances 'Fannie' MILLER (b. Aug.
22, 1793, GA; d. Dec. 9, 1822, Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa Co., AB). Lived
in Webster Co., MS. Children of Samuel and Fannie PARKER: Mary 'Polly'
married Benjamin Powell LAWRENCE; Elizabeth married Hezekiah Terrell
ROSE; Richard died as infant; Lucy married Reuben Franklin BOX; Martha
Jane married Allen JOHNSON; Elijah married Ellen Douglas STEPHENS;
Samuel married first Mina Louisa DUNN, and second Martha A. HAYS (or
DUNLAP); Priscilla; Lawrence; and Sally married Mr. LOVE.
- Richard - b. Nov. 1, 1795, Granville Co., NC; d. 1839, Choctaw
Co., MS; bur. Edgeworth Cem., Webster Co., MS. He is named as a son of
Capt. Elijah in a deed of 161 acres from Jeremiah SPAN on Aug. 29,
1820. Married on Feb. 20, 1816 in Bedford Co., TN to Priscilla EPPS (b.
Feb. 1902, Amelia Co., VA; d. Sep. 6, 1899, MS; bur. Edgeworth Cem.,
Webster Co., MS), daughter of John EPPS and Martha ALLEN. Her
grandparents were Joshua and Lucy (NEUMAN) EPPES, and Daniel and
Frances (NEAL) ALLEN. Richard and Priscilla lived in Green Co., AB.
Priscilla was living at Walthall, Summer Co., MS in June 1879, and died
in MS in 1899 at age of 97. Eight children (3 sons and 5 daughters) of
Richard and Priscilla PARKER: John never married; Martha married James
HITT (ancestors of Mary Waller Shepherd Soper); Rebecca; Lucy married
Jett Thomas WORTHAM; Frances married James G. YOUNG; Samuel Epps
married Minerva Caroline SCOTT; James H. married Sarah A. 'Sally'
HEMPHILL (ancestors of Homie Parker Holly); and Mary J. married Isaac
- Priscilla - b. Apr. 23, 1798, NC; d. Aug. 27, 1889, Tuscaloosa
Co., AL; bur. Stanley Cem., Tuscaloosa Co., AL. Married Jul. 12, 1812,
Bedford Co., TN, Miles CHAPPELL (b. Jun. 5, 1791, Amelia Co., VA; d.
Mar. 24, 1887, Tuscaloosa Co., AL; bur. Stanley Cem., Tuscaloosa Co.,
AL), son of Abner CHAPPELL and Susannah MOORE. They lived in Fayette
Co., AL for over 60 years before moving to Sterling, Tuscaloosa Co.,
AB, where they are buried in Stanley Cemetery. Miles was a pensioner of
the War of 1812, applying from Fayette Co., AB (1883 List of
Pensioners, WC 34903 BLWT 15818-80-55). Children of Priscilla and Miles
CHAPPELL: Lucy married George Washington JOHNSTON; Sarah married Robert
Cates BERRY; Permelia married Jehu Chaney KIRKLAND; James Harvey
married Lucy FREEMAN; Susannah died young; Mary married Oliver P.
DAVIS; Catherine married Samuel WHITSON; Palatine married John Collier
FREEMAN; Martha Jane married Jesse Mercer STANLEY; Lutitia married
William Lucius STANLEY; Caroline married Nathaniel DAVIS; Elizabeth
married D. C. M. F. WAYNE (aka D. C. M. T. WINN); John Abner married
first Callister BAGWELL, and second Margaret K.; and Alpha Ann married
- Jonathan - b. Apr. 9, 1800; d. 1837, Bedford Co., TN. [One source
gives birth month as March.] Married about 1820 Frances A. EPPS,
daughter of John EPPS and Martha ALLEN. After his death, his land was
inventoried at 223 acres, including 183 acres on Thompson Creek.
Children of Jonathan and Frances PARKER: Pricilla married Thomas Lacy
ROBERTS; Epps married Margaret M. CUNNINGHAM; Allen married Emily
Euphemia CRAWFORD; Elijah married Martha Lucinda CRAWFORD; and Martha
married A. J. PITMAN.
- Elijah - b. Jun. 13, 1802. Elijah PARKER and Elijah PARKER, Jr.
are mentioned in Bedford Co., TN Chancery Court Records in 1839.
Married Susan (or Martha Susan) ROBERTS. They lived in MS in 1849, and
later moved to TX. Children of Elijah and Susan PARKER: Elizabeth
married Leighton E. HOLT; Daniel; M.; S.; P.; T.; and Susan A.
- Rebecca - b. Mar. 28, 1804; d. Feb. 1, 1806.
- Susanna - b. Feb. 29(?), 1806; d. TN. Married in 1826 to
Naphaniah SUGG (b. 1802) and lived in Dickson Co., TN. Children of
Susanna and Naphaniah SUGG: William T.; Martha M.; Sarah E.; Nancy J.;
Jane A.; and Susan E.
H. - b. Jul. 13, 1808; d. 1850, Bedford Co., TN. Married in 1830 to
Nancy BOWDEN (b. about 1814, SC; d. between 1853 and 1857), daughter of
William BOWDEN (about 1773-1842) and Nancy WIGGINS (about 1776-1860) of
Coffee Co., TN. Nancy was married second about Jul. 1854 to Carter
BLANTON. The estate of Charles was administered by his father Elijah,
and settled in Oct. 1850. The children of Charles and Nancy were under
the guardianship of Daniel PARKER in Oct. 1850; G. E. BOWDEN was
guardian of the minor children in Oct. 1853; and Epps PARKER was
guardian of the minor children in Aug. 1858. Children of Charles and
Nancy PARKER: Samuel; James P.; Nancy married James T. BAXTER; Guili
Elmus; Daniel Wiggins married Rachel Elizabeth WOODWARD; William T.;
- James Harris - b. Sep. 22, 1810, Bedford Co., TN; d. Apr. 10,
1888, Pittsboro, Calhoun Co., MS. Family documents record his middle
name as Harvey. However, a land grant dated Dec. 5, 1843 (certificate
15468) consistently gives his full name as James Harris PARKER (five
places). Married in Oct. 1835, Bedford Co., TN, Mary Brockman BOBO (b.
1819, Bedford Co., TN; d. May 21, 1861, Calhoun Co., MS), daughter of
Elisha BOBO (1788-1865) and Lucy DEAN (1789-1840). James and Mary lived
in Bedford Co., TN, and from 1839 in that part of Chickasaw Co., MS
that became Calhoun Co., MS. James was termed "of Chickasaw County,
Missisippi" in a certificate dated Dec. 5, 1843 for land described as
"South West quarter of Section Twenty five, in fractional Township
Thirteen, of Range Two, West, in the District of Lands subject to sale
at Pontotoc, Mississippi, containing, one hundred and sixty Acres and
seventeen hundreths of an Acre." The death date for Mary may be in
error, or James was remarried sometime after the 1870 census and before
the 1880 census to another Mary of about the same age. According to DAR
National Number 577733, James and Mary had a son Samuel Harvey PARKER,
however Samuel Harvey PARKER was a grandson of James and Mary, and the
son of Elijah PARKER and Mary. Children of James and Mary PARKER:
Elijah married first Mary, and second Eliza; Elisha Simmie; Mary E.
married Mason P. TURMAN; Lucy J. did not marry; James Frank married
Martha BEUSON; Joel Dean married Ida SULLIVAN; Harvey (or Henry)
Ebenezer 'Eb' married Elizabeth May HOOD; Chaney Bobo married Macey
Ella WHITWORTH; Samuel Buchannan 'Buck' married Susanna STEWART; and
Evaland Grace married George William HOOD (brother of Eveline's
- Polly - b. Oct. 17, 1812; d. as infant.
- b. May 24, 1814, TN. Married William BOWDEN (b. about 1811, SC), son
of William BOWDEN (about 1773-1842) and Nancy WIGGINS (about 1776-1860)
of Coffee Co., TN. The family lived in Monroe Co., MS at the time of
the 1850, 1860 and 1870 censuses. Children of Nancy and William BOWDEN:
Samuel W. married Nancy C. SMITH; Mary A. Married William B. ATKINS;
James H.; and Richard Parker D. 'Rick'.
- Daniel - b. Sep. 17, 1816, TN; d. Feb. 7, 1886, Bedford Co., TN.
Married first Polly Ann DEAN (b. Mar. 13, 1818; d. Sep. 18, 1845,
Bedford Co., TN), daughter of Henry DEAN and Frances PARKS; second,
Nancy DEAN (b. 1814; d. Aug. 27, 1852), daugter of John DEAN and Mary
FARROW; and third, on Apr. 18, 1853, Susan E. WHITAKER (b. 1826; d.
1893), widow of Wiley A. GISARD. Daniel was named as brother of
Charles, and guardian of the children of Charles and Pricilla by the
Oct. 1850 Court of Bedford Co., TN. Daniel was the administrator of his
father's estate. Children of Daniel and Polly PARKER: Lucy
Frances 'Fannie' married Henry Porter FERGUSON; Sarah Ann died as
infant; James Harvey died at age 18; and Daniel Pinkeny married Laura
A. GRISARD. Children of Daniel and Nancy PARKER: Laura; and James. Son
of Daniel and Susan PARKER: Henry Thomas married Mary Elizabeth
SHOFNER. Henry incorporated the dwelling of his grandfather into his
home, known as Doddieland, and was living there in 1936.