From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
Parker Ancestry in England
Richard Parker, Chirurgeon
and Mary Harris
Sally Parker and Richard Neely
Mary Ann Neely and John C. Turman
Elizabeth Caroline Turman and Mordecai S. Lawson
Richard and Elizabeth (King) Parker
Richard PARKER - b. about 1677, Nancemond 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.
Jonathan and Ann (Copeland) Parker
Jonathan PARKER - b. about 1713, Nancemond 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.Children of Jonathan and Ann Parker
Jesse - b. 1739, NC.Named in father's will.Son of Jonathan and his
first wife.Jesse married first Lucy WILKERSON, and second Piety HARRIS, accoring to NSDAR records.
- b. 1768, NC ; d. 1853, Bedford Co., TNGeorge - b. NC.Named in brother's and father's wills.Perhaps the George PARKER who married Piety HARRIS on Aug. 7, 1792 in Granville Co., NC, with Thomson HARRIS, bondsman, and W. NORWOOD, witness.
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Capt. Elijah and Mary (Harris) ParkerElijah 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 probated in Apr. 1853, with son Daniel as administrator.Elijah
was named in both his
brother's and father's wills.He
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 after May 1831, 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.
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 : 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 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 : 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 A. DUNLAP.Richard - b. Nov. 1, 1795, Granville Co., NC ; d. 1839, Choctaw (now Webster) 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., AL.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) : 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.
Children : 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.
Children : Elijah
married Mary KERR ; Elisha S. ; Mary E. ; Lucy J. ; James F. married Martha BEUSON ; Joel D ; Harvey Ebenezer Eb' married Elizabeth May HOOD ; Chaney ; Samuel Harvey PARKER married Mary Eliza KERR (according to DAR National Number 577733) ; and Eveline may have married George HOOD (brother of Eveline's sister-in-law).Polly - b. Oct. 17, 1812 ; d. youngNancy - b. May 24, 1814.Married William BOWDER and lived in MS.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.