William Benson "Bud" Parker

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William Benson "Bud" Parker

Parker, William Benson (Son of Willis Parker and Grandson of Jonathan Parker)
 
Hyperlinks are courtesy of Shawna Hall : http://www.shahall.com/ 

William Benson Parker married his first cousin, Clarinda Adams (Adams, Clarinda), daughter of Leoma C. Parker (Parker, Leoma C.). Leoma is the sister of Willis Parker (Parker, Willis). Willis Parker is the father of William Benson Parker (Parker, William Benson).

Thomas' Legion of Cherokee Indians and Highlanders (69th North Carolina Regiment)

THOMAS LEGION, COMPANY I OF THE FIRST REGIMENT MUSTER ROLL

31 August, 1863, through 31 October, 1863

1. Willis Parker, Capt.   Enlisted July 20, 1862, Valley Town, NC, by Col. W.H. Thomas. 
Listed as present.

65. Parker, William, private.  Enlisted July 24, 1862, S. Plains, TN by Capt.
Stringfield.  Present.  Made mark for pay.

 William Benson Parker, William Asbury Parker, and Willis Parker

All three served in Company I of Thomas' Legion (69th North Carolina Regiment). All three are recorded on Official Civil War Muster Records. Thomas' Legion is also known as Thomas' North Carolina Legion, 69th North Carolina Regiment, and Thomas' Legion of Indians and Highlanders.

William Asbury served in "Thomas' Legion" with his brother, Captain Willis Parker, and his nephew, Corporal William Benson (Willis' son). All three are listed on Thomas' Legion's muster roll: THOMAS LEGION, COMPANY I OF THE FIRST REGIMENT MUSTER ROLL.

Parker, William Benson (Served as a Corporal in Company I, Thomas' Legion, aka 69th North Carolina Regiment)

Birth: 8 DEC 1845 Cherokee Co, NC
Death: 14 APR 1918 Marble, NC
Burial: Willis Parker Family Cemetery, Cherokee County, North Carolina
Gender: Male
Parents:

     Father: Parker, Willis
     Mother: Vannoy, Adeline Amelia

              Family:

Married: 1871

Spouse:

Adams, Clarinda

Birth: 1848 Cherokee Co., NC
Death: 1920 Cherokee Co., NC
Gender: Female
Parents:

             Father: Adams, James Henry
             Mother: Parker, Leoma C.

Children:

Parker, Florence
Parker, Charles V.
Parker, Edwin Augustus

Notes:

William Benson Parker was a close friend of Lt. Colonel William Williams Stringfield of Thomas' Legion. He is recorded in W. W. Stringfield's Diary and Papers. The Parkers were very close friends with the Blythes, Greybeards (Census sheets sometimes reflect Graybeard), Adams, and Whitakers.

Willis Parker--Johnson Greybeard Cemetery*. The Parkers and Greybeards (Cherokees) were neighbors and close friends.
Photographed by the Editor

Parker Greybeard Cemetery.jpg

William Benson "Bud" Parker
Birth: 8 DEC 1845 Cherokee Co, N.C.
Death: 14 APR 1918 Marble, N.C.
Burial: Willis Parker/Johnson Greybeard Family Cemetery, Cherokee County, North Carolina
 
Willis Parker--Johnson Greybeard Cemetery
Photographed by the Editor

Parker Greybeard Cemetery.jpg

Clarinda Adams Parker
Birth: 1848 Cherokee Co., N.C.
Death: 1920 Cherokee Co., N.C.
Burial: Willis Parker/Johnson Greybeard Family Cemetery, Cherokee County, North Carolina

 
 
Willis Parker--Johnson Greybeard Cemetery
Photographed by the Editor

Parker Greybeard Cemetery.jpg

Clarinda Adams Parker (L) and William Benson "Bud" Parker (R)

*The Willis Parker--Johnson Greybeard Cemetery is a private cemetery and is located approximately 2 miles west of Andrews, North Carolina. I am indebted to Mr. William M. Palmer for allowing me access to the Willis Parker--Johnson Greybeard Cemetery. I am also very grateful to Mr. William M. Palmer for sharing his vast knowledge of the Parkers and Greybeards. Additional photos are available via request: thomas_legion@yahoo.com

Also, do you possess additional information, documents, references, corrections, or photos regarding Jonathan Parker and family? Are you willing to loan the information to http://thomaslegion.net
 
Respectfully, Matt Parker

thomas_legion@yahoo.com

Related Reading:
 
After the American Civil War, many Parkers relocated to Delaware and Sequoyah Counties, Cherokee Nation (one of the Five Civilized Tribes and former parent to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation), Oklahoma.

Census Tracking Sheets
1810 Buncombe Census
PARKER 97
1820 Buncombe Census
William S. Parker        000010-00101-0100
 
Census Haywood 1820 (Parker first appeared in Haywood census in 1820)
Parker, William Sin.     030001-01001-0100
Parker, William Jun.     000100-20100-0100
Parker, Solomon          201100-20010-0100
Parker, Jonathan         100010-00100-0100
 
Census Haywood 1830
PARKER, William Senr.   0000100100000-0000100010000     4 (In Household)
PARKER, William         2100010000000-0120010000000     8   " " "
PARKER, John            2000100000000-1200200000000     8
PARKER, Andrew          0002000010000-0001100010000             6
PARKER, Solomon         1110010000000-2201010000000             10
 
Census Macon 1830
Jonathan Parker; 1m 5-10, 1m 10-15, 1m 30-40; 2f 0-5, 2f 5-10, 1f 15-
20, 1f 30-40Parker, Jonathan

1840 census Cherokee
241 7   PARKER          Johnithan   pg00237
 
CENSUS: 1840 Unknown District, Cherokee County, NC: Johnthan Parker 2M under 5, 1M 5-10, 1M 15-20, 1M 20-30, 1M 40-50, 1F under 5, 2F 10-15, 2F 15-20, 1F 40-50.

Census Haywood 1840
PARKER, Andrew          0000200000001-0000001000100             5
PARKER, Solomon         0100101000000-1011010000000             7
PARKER, William V.              0000100000000-0000100000000             2
PARKER, John H.         1120010000000-1001010000000             8
PARKER, William S.              2212000100000-1100101000000             12
HAYWOOD COUNTY N.C. 1840 Census
PARKER, Andrew          0000200000001-0000001000100             5
PARKER, William V.              0000100000000-0000100000000             2
PARKER, William S.              2212000100000-1100101000000             12
 
1840 Macon Census
151 11  PARKER          Cornwell      pg00150
164 6   PARKER          Pleas.        pg00158
164 6   PARKER          Pleas.            0     1     0     0     0     1     0     0     0
 
1850 Macon Census
PARKER 336A-349B-359A-372B-378A
 
Census Haywood 1850
PARKER 167B-187B-188A-188B-189A-191A-195A
 
1850 census Cherokee:
775 PARKER
.... Jonathan...60 m...Farmer...SC
.... Leomi...53 f......SC
.... Leomi...23 f......NC
.... James...18 m...Farmer...NC
.... William A....16 m...Farmer...NC
.... Joseph...14 m......NC
.... Mary A....12 f......NC
.... Clarinda E....3 f......NC
 
790 PARKER
.... Willis...31 m...Farmer...NC
.... Adaline...22 f......NC
.... John R....7 m......NC
.... William...5 m......NC
.... Louisa M....3 f......NC
.... Sophia...1/12 f......NC

427 PARKER
.... Martin...41 m...Farmer...NC
.... Jane...41 f......NC
.... Nancy E....12 f......NC
 
1850 CENSUS OF UNION COUNTY, GEORGIA
Population: 6,958; 1,141 families
Value of real estate owned: $485,688
Attended school within the year: 1,103
Persons over 20 who cannot read and write: 1,215

238 PARKER
 John            23 NC
 Rebecca         29 NC
 William          2
 Andrew        5/12
 Jason           29 NC

256 PARKER
 Pleasant        41 NC
 Rebecca         37 NC
 Alfred         17 NC
 Nancy           15 NC
 Amanda          13 NC
 Levada  11 NC
 John             7 NC
 
785 PARKER
 William         26 NC
 Malinda         21 NC
 Chapel           2
 James        11/12
 
CENSUS: 1850 Unknown Township, Cherokee County, NC: 790/790 Willis Parker 31M Farmer 75 NC, Adaline 22F NC, John R 7M NC, William 5M SCarolina, Louisa M 3F NC, Sophia 1/12F NC.

1850 Unknown Township, Cherokee County, NC: 775/775 Johnathan Parker 60M Farmer 1000 SCarolina, Leomi 53F SCarolina, Leomi 23F NC, James 18M Farmer NC, William A 16M Farmer NC, Joseph 14M NC, Mary A 12F NC, Clarinda (L?) 3F NC, Jasper Moss 17M Laborer NC, Harret Moss 12F NC, Polly Moss 10F NC, Lucinda Moss 8F NC, Lauretta Moss 5F NC.

1860 Murphy PO, Murphy Dist. Cherokee County, NC: 1427/1427 Willis Parker 41M Farmer 1000/1500 Macon County, NC, Adaline 33F Wilkes County, NC, John R 16M Cherokee County, NC, William 14M Cherokee County, NC, Lewesa M 12F Cherokee County, NC, Sophea E 9F Cherokee County, NC, Eugene 6F Cherokee County, NC, Joseph 4M Cherokee County, NC, Edwen A 2M Cherokee County, NC.

1860 Valley Town PO, Valley Town District, Cherokee County, NC: 1369/1369 Jonathan Parker 68M Farmer 3100/1000 Union County, GA?, Leoma 62F Greenville Dist, SC, Frances Adams 39M Jackson County, NC, Mary Ann 21F Cherokee County, NC, Lucreta 2F Cherokee County, NC.

1860 census Cherokee:

1223 PARKER
.... William L....68 m...Farmer...Surry Co., NC
.... Jane...63 f......Rowan Co., NC
.... Martha J....26 f......Jackson Co., GA
.... Jesse M....22 m......Jackson Co., GA

1224 PARKER
.... William C....26 m...Farmer...Jackson Co., NC
.... Manda M....23 f......Towns Co., GA
.... Roda L....2 f......Cherokee Co., NC
.... Sarah L....6/12 f......Cherokee Co., NC

1237 PARKER
.... Bithline...64 f...Widow...Lumpkin Co., GA
Parker, John...41 m......Lumpkin Co., GA
Parker, Joseph...50 m...Miner...Lumpkin Co., GA
Shook, William...12 m......Jackson Co., NC
Shook, John...5 m......Towns Co., GA

1368 PARKER
.... Elizabeth...32 f...House Keeper...Macon Co., NC
.... Elizabeth...10 f......Cherokee Co., NC
.... Ivy Ann...8 f......Cherokee Co., NC
.... Martha ...6 f......Cherokee Co., NC

1369 PARKER
.... Jonathan...68 m...Farmer...Union Co., GA
.... Leoma...62 f......Greenville Dist. SC
Adams, Francis...29 m......Jackson Co., NC
Adams, Mary Ann...21 f......Cherokee Co., NC
Adams, Luereta...2 f......Cherokee Co., NC

1370 PARKER
.... William A....24 m...Farmer...Cherokee Co., NC
.... Nancy...26 f......Macon Co., NC
.... Sarah E....4 f......Cherokee Co., NC
.... John...2 m......Cherokee Co., NC

1427 PARKER
.... Willis...41 m...Farmer...Macon Co., NC
.... Adaline...33 f......Wilkes Co., NC
.... John R....16 m......Cherokee Co., NC
.... William...14 m......Cherokee Co., NC
.... Lewisa M....12 f......Cherokee Co., NC
.... Sophia E....9 f......Cherokee Co., NC
.... Eugene...6 f......Cherokee Co., NC
.... Joseph...4 m......Cherokee Co., NC
.... Edwin A....2 m......Cherokee Co., NC

421 PARKER
.... Alexander...33 m...Farmer...Macon Co., NC
.... Mary...31 f......Buncombe Co., NC
.... John...9 m......Macon Co., NC
.... Josephine...7 f......Cherokee Co., NC
.... Harriet...5 f......Cherokee Co., NC
.... Ellen...3 f......Cherokee Co., NC

949 PARKER
.... Lilly...59 f...Widow...Henderson Co., NC
.... George W....17 m......Henderson Co., NC

1085 PARKER
.... Nathan...43 m...Farmer...Jackson Co., NC
.... Anna ...^^ f......Spartanburg Dist. SC
.... Vina...14 f......Cherokee Co., NC
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.... Alfred...9 m......Cherokee Co., NC
.... Mary J....7 f......Cherokee Co., NC
.... Nancy M....2 f......Cherokee Co., NC

1870 Valley Town Township, Valley Town PO, Cherokee County, NC: 23/23 Parker Willis 51M Farmer 400/500 NC, Adaline 43F Keeping House NC, William 25M Farm Laborer SC, Mariah 21F At Home NC, Sophia 18F At Home NC, Parker Eugenia 16F At Home NC, Joseph 13M Farm Laborer NC, Augustus 11M Farm Laborer NC, Jefferson 9M Farm Laborer NC, Mary 6F At Home NC, Johnathan 3M At Home NC.

Gloucester Township       
1870 Census -  Transylvania County, NC 
55  Parker, Pleasant 60    M W  Farmer    [blk] 100
    ",  Rebecca  60    F W

1900 ED 9, Valleytown Township, Cherokee County, NC: 289/289 Parker William B Head Dec 1845 54 M 25 SC NC NC, Clarinda E Wife June 1848 51 M 25 7/5 children NC NC NC, Florence B Daughter May 1873 27 S NC SC NC, Charlie V Son Aug 1875 24 S NC SC NC, Gustus E Son June 1880 19 S NC SC NC, Daisey Daughter July 1883 16 S NC SC NC, Mary M Daughter Jan 1885 15 NC SC NC, Willis Father Apr 1819 81 Wd NC NC SC, John Uncle July 1821 78 Wd NC NC SC.

Recommended Reading: Storm in the Mountains: Thomas' Confederate Legion of Cherokee Indians and Mountaineers (Thomas' Legion: The Sixty-ninth North Carolina Regiment). Description: Vernon H. Crow, Storm in the Mountains, spent 10 years conducting extensive Thomas Legion's research. Crow was granted access to rare manuscripts, special collections, and privately held diaries which add great depth to this rarely discussed Civil War legion. He explores and discusses the unit's formation, fighting history, and life of the legion's commander--a Cherokee chief and Confederate colonel--William Holland Thomas. Continued below...

Numerous detailed maps and rare photographs allow the reader to better understand and relate to the subjects discussed. It also contains rosters which is an added bonus for researchers and genealogists. Crow, furthermore, left no stone unturned while examining the many facets of the Thomas Legion and his research is conveyed on a level that scores with Civil War students and scholars alike.

 

Recommended Reading: The Life of Johnny Reb: The Common Soldier of the Confederacy (444 pages) (Louisiana State University Press) (Updated edition: November 2007) Description: The Life of Johnny Reb does not merely describe the battles and skirmishes fought by the Confederate foot soldier. Rather, it provides an intimate history of a soldier's daily life--the songs he sang, the foods he ate, the hopes and fears he experienced, the reasons he fought. Wiley examined countless letters, diaries, newspaper accounts, and official records to construct this frequently poignant, sometimes humorous account of the life of Johnny Reb. In a new foreword for this updated edition, Civil War expert James I. Robertson, Jr., explores the exemplary career of Bell Irvin Wiley, who championed the common folk, whom he saw as ensnared in the great conflict of the 1860s. Continued below...

About Johnny Reb:

"A Civil War classic."--Florida Historical Quarterly

"This book deserves to be on the shelf of every Civil War modeler and enthusiast."--Model Retailer

"[Wiley] has painted with skill a picture of the life of the Confederate private. . . . It is a picture that is not only by far the most complete we have ever had but perhaps the best of its kind we ever shall have."--Saturday Review of Literature 

 
North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster (Volume XVI: Thomas's Legion) (Hardcover: 537 pages), North Carolina Office of Archives and History (June 26, 2008). Description: The volume begins with an authoritative 246-page history of Thomas's Legion. The history, including Civil War battles and campaigns, is followed by a complete roster and service records of the field officers, staff, and troops that served in the legion. A thorough index completes the volume. Continued...
Volume XVI of North Carolina Troops: A Roster contains the history and roster of the most unusual North Carolina Confederate Civil War unit, significant because of the large number of Cherokee Indians who served in its ranks. Thomas's Legion was the creation of William Holland Thomas, an influential businessman, state legislator, and Cherokee chief. He initially raised a small battalion of Cherokees in April 1862, and gradually expanded his command with companies of white soldiers raised in western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and Virginia. By the end of 1862, Thomas's Legion comprised an infantry regiment and a battalion of infantry and cavalry. An artillery battery was added in April 1863. Furthermore, in General Early's Army of the Valley, the Thomas Legion was well-known for its fighting prowess. It is also known for its pivotal role in the last Civil War battle east of the Mississippi River. The Thomas Legion mustered more than 2,500 soldiers and it closely resembled a brigade. With troop roster, muster records, and Compiled Military Service Records (CMSR) this volume is also a must have for anyone interested in genealogy and researching Civil War ancestors. Simply stated, it is an outstanding source for genealogists.

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