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 Chrles 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
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 information
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,
Thrice Three Times Told Tales, by Mary W. S. Soper (Winchester,
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
Richard Parker I
Richard PARKER - b. about 1624, England; 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 recieved 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. The will of Richard PARKER cannot be located,
but is 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 PARKER.
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, naer 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
- Thomas - b. about 1645, possibly in Nansemond Co., 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).
Richard Parker II
Richard PARKER - b. about 1653/4, probably in Nansemond
Co., VA; d. after 1714, Nansemond Co., VA. Son of Richard
PARKER 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 Richard PARKER.
- Daniel - Possible son. Granted land with Jonathan PARKER
on Hoods Mare Branch of Bennett Creek in 1718 that was originally
granted to Richard PARKER.
- 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 grandfather,
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 the
order they appear in his will. 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
- 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
PARKERe: Luke married; Mary married Mr. CHITREL; Judith (or Judah)
married Mr. GRIFFIN; Abigail married Mr. CHITREL; Sarah married Mr.
HORTON; Demsey married Mary; Isaac married; Robert; and Ruth married
- 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.
- Robert - b. 1713; 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; William; and Priscilla married Benjamin
HAYS. Son of Robert and Abigail PARKER: Richard.
- 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.,
- Peter -
- Jonathan - b. about 1713, Nansemond
Co., VA; d. June 1788, Granville Co., NC.
- 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 LUMKIN; Francis; Abner married
Ann HOLLAWAY; Winny; Sally; and Betty.
- 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; Daniel did not marry; Alice married
Joseph PERRY; Hannah married Joseph RIDDICK; Elizabeth married
Mr. PERRY; Rachel married first William WALTON, and second Mr.
SMALL; Sarah married William RIDDICK; and Jacob married Sarah
- Ann - Married Mr. SPIVEY.
- Alice - Married Mr. DAUGHTERY.
- Jacob -
- Stephen -
- 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.
- Patience - Unmarried in 1749.
Jonathan and Ann (Copeland) Parker
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 Granville Cos.,
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, a Miss HOWELL, the mother
of his first two children. Jonathan married second in 1744.
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 Parker and his first
- 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.
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. 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; and Elijah Asberry, Sr. married.
- Sally - b. Apr. 10, 1791,
Granville Co., NC; d. Oct. 17, 1884, Bedford Co., TN. Married
- 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: Elijah married Lucy; Lucy married Mr. BOX; Sally married
Mr. LOVE; Priscilla; Lawrence; Elizabeth married Hezekiah Terrell
ROSE; and Samuel married first Mina Louisa DUNN, and second Martha
- 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 (d. 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 Granger ADAIR.
- Priscilla - b. Apr. 10, 1797, NC; d. Aug. 27, 1889, 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), 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 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 FREEMAN; Martha Jane married Jesse
Mercer STANLEY; Lutitia married William Lucius STANLEY; Caroline
married Nathaniel DAVIS; Elizabeth married D. C. M. F. WAYNE;
John A. married Callister BAGWELL; and Alpha Ann married John
- 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 L. ROBERTS; Epps; Allen; Elijah; 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.
- Rebecca - b. Mar. 28, 1804; d. Feb. 1, 1806.
- Susanna - b. Feb. 29(?), 1806. Married Naphaniah SUGG and
lived in Dickson Co., TN.
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 W.; William T.; and Pricilla.
- 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 S.; Mary E. married Mason P. TURMAN; Lucy J. did not marry;
James F. 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 HOOD (brother of Eveline's
- Polly - b. Oct. 17, 1812; d. young.
- 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.; Mary A.; James H.; and Rick P. D.
- 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); second, Nancy DEAN (b. 1814; d. Aug. 27, 1852); and third, on
Apr. 18, 1853, Susan E. WHITAKER (b. 1826; d. 1893), widow of Wiley A.
GISARD. Daniel's first two wives were sisters and daughters of John
DEAN (b. 1763, SC) and Sarah (b. 1763, SC). 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 Francie
married Henry Porter FERGUSON; Sarah Ann died as infant; James Harvey
died at age 18; and Pinckeny Daniel married. Son of Daniel and Susan
PARKER: Henry Thomas married E. May SHOFNER. Henry incorporated the
dwelling of his grandfather into his home, known as Doddieland, and was
living there in 1936.