William Asbury Parker
William Asbury (aka Asbery) Parker (son of Jonathan Parker)
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Parker, William Asbury is recorded on muster records as a private serving in Company I, Thomas' Legion (69th Regiment, North Carolina). Few
documents I have studied reflect William Asbery, while most reflect William Asbury. In either case it is the
Thomas' Legion of Cherokee Indians and Highlanders: 69th North Carolina
Regiment: a.k.a. Thomas' North Carolina Legion, 69th North Carolina Regiment, and Thomas' Legion of Indians and Highlanders.
William Asbury Parker, William Benson Parker, and Captain Willis Parker
All three served in Company I, Thomas' Legion (69th North Carolina Regiment). All three are recorded on Official
Civil War Muster Records.
William Asbury served in Thomas' Legion with his brother, Captain Willis Parker, and his nephew, Corporal William Benson Parker (Willis' son). William Asbury is also listed on Thomas' Legion's muster roll: THOMAS LEGION, COMPANY
I OF THE FIRST REGIMENT MUSTER ROLL, 31 August, 1863, through 31 October, 1863. Numerous relatives served
in Thomas' Legion. William Asbury Parker is recorded in the National Park Service Civil War
William Asbury Parker (First_Last)
Regiment Name Infantry Regiment, Thomas' Legion, North Carolina.
Parker, William Asbury
Birth: 22 MAR 1835 Cherokee Co., N.C.
Death: 10 MAR 1914 Delaware Co., Oklahoma
Burial: Grove Cemetery,
Indian Territory, Oklahoma
Father: Parker, Jonathan
Mother: Blythe, Leoma
Spouse: Kimsey, Nancy
Birth: 22 DEC 1837 Union Co., Ga.
Death: July 1899
Burial: Grove Cemetery, Indian Territory, Oklahoma
Her father, James Kimsey - see below - first married Mary Malissa Parker (Parker, Mary Malissa), daughter of William S. Parker, Jr., (Parker, William S, Jr.). William S. Parker, Jr., is brother of Jonathan Parker (Parker, Jonathan). Jonathan Parker (Parker, Jonathan) is the father of William Asbury Parker (Parker, William Asbury). Meanwhile, her sister, Martha Jane Kimsey (Kimsey, Martha Jane ), married John Brown Parker (Parker, John Brown ), son of William S. Parker, Jr. (Parker, William S., Jr.)
Father: Kimsey, James
Mother: Russell, Sarah
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.
Thomas' Legion (Overview)
In the American Civil War, William served in Confederate Colonel Thomas' Legion of Cherokee Indians and Highlanders (Mountaineers)
with William Holland Thomas, James R. Love, William C. Walker, and William Williams Stringfield. The Legion consisted of Love's
Regiment, Walker's Battalion, and Levi's Artillery Battery. The Legion fought in the Cumberland Gap, Smoky Mountains,
Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia areas. They are known for the last battle of the Civil War in North Carolina,
also called The Last Shot
and the Last Battle of Waynesville, North Carolina. The Battle of Waynesville, N.C., also reflected the sheer
determination of the Western North Carolinians.
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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
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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.