Preservation and Celebration of the Parker Family History & Genealogy
I am a descendant of Edward Parker. He was born in Pitt County NC in 1754. Following is information taken from a statement for Pension as a Revolutionary War Soldier, on October 8th, 1832. "Bath County, Edward Parker, aged 78, makes oath: On March 8th, 1780 enlisted at Boonesborough under Capt. John Bailey. Discharged March 7th 1783. Was born in Pitt Co., North Carolina, 1754. When I was enlisted my home was at Boonesborough, Kentucky. Since the war have lived in Madison, Clark, and Bath Counties, KY."
This information was taken from his Family Bible, and records in Bath County, Kentucky. He lists no Father, Mother, or siblings in the bible. In addition, the court house and many records in Pitt County, NC were destroyed in a fire in the 1850s. My search has come to dead end here, any information would be helpful and appreciated.
Raymond and I match on 37/37 markers and our MRCA is John Parker (Wilkes Co, NC). His father, also John Parker, is who we're looking for, and Pitt Co seems to be a good place to be looking. We have a few cousins from Screven Co, GA who match 36/37 markers and their earliest documented ancestor is James Parker, Sr (Edgecombe Co, NC). Lots of folks are trying to tie James Sr with one or all of the Hardy Parkers moving down from Nansemond Co, VA through Duplin, Edgecombe, and New Hanover counties in NC. It seems like your Edward could be right in the middle of this gap.
Who'd you do your dna test with? I haven't gotten any heads up from FT DNA about a match, but Dennis West at the Parker project did alert my sister that you're right in the mix with us, though he hadn't updated the site yet to add you. Anyway, welcome aboard. I was glad to see Edward's Rev Pension Application. Interesting stuff.
Bill Parker (P95, Group 22)
I have been unable to go any further in confirmation certain than Edward Parker who was Born in 1754 in Pitt County, NC. He died in 1838 in Bath County Kentucky. Live most of his life in Montgomery, Clark, and Bath Counties. His youngest son John migrated to Carroll County Arkansas in possession of his family bible. It has been passed down from generation to generation, so the information is about as accurate as could be expected.
The bible did not have any information about his parents, or siblings unfortunately.
I am also in possession of a court statement made to obtain his Revolutionary War Pension, sworn to in court, and witnessed and confirmed by two others who served with him and knew of him and his service. It seems that he lived in Boone Station in 1780, and enlisted in the Militia of a Captain Bailey, part of the George Rogers Clark expedition to battle the Shawnee Towns. Any way the research I have done on Boone Station, indicates that Daniel Boone, after his escape from the Indian's, after the battle of Blue Licks and return to Kentucky, went back to the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina where his family had returned after his capture, and brought his family, and others back to Kentucky in the Fall of 1779, not to Booneborough, but to establish Boone Station. Point being that Edward enlisted in March of 1780 in Boonsborough. It seems that he must have come to Kentucky with Boone. It also seems that the Yadkin valley is next door to Wilkes County, the home of said John Parker.
I can trace back to Alexander Parker living at the fork of the Great Contentnea and Little Contentnea rivers in 1797. The land moved from Craven to Greene Counties and then Pitt County. He shows up in the Pitt County 1810 census for the first time. I have not access to census in Greene County NC for 1800. If you could look him I would appreciate it. Based on family naming an other information, I believe his father was John or Jonathan Parker in Dobbs/Craven/Greene Counties, NC.
Do you have the descendants of Edward Parker or relations to Edward Parker?
I have some info about Edward Parker thanks to my cousin who has put together a pdf document about our line of the Parkers. See below:
Notes for Edward Parker
Excerpts from "In Search of Morgan's Station" and "The Last Indian Raid In Kentucky", By Harry G. Enoch.
According to James Wad, Montgomery's Station was on the Step Stone, 4 miles from Mt. Sterling on the head of
the Step Stone. Settled in the fall of 1791 with 3 families. They included, William Oakley, Edward Parker, and
the Thomas Montgomery families.
Edward Parker was at Boonesborough in 1780 and served 2 yrs. as a Sargant in Captain Bailey's militia
Company. He was later awarded a Revolutionary war Pension. Parker died in 1838 leaving a widow, Elizabeth
and 6 children.
William Oakley was one of the first trustees of Owingsville,Bath Co., Kentucky. The 2 families appear to be
related, as Oakley and Parker both appear on the Madison Co. tax list of 1787. They were at Montgomery's
Station together and later settled in Bath Co., Kentucky.
National Archives:Revolutionary War Pension Papers, Va., S-31292,Bath Co., Kentucky
Will Book C:,P. 489; (January 24, 1835),(Fhl Film # 272995)
1797 Tax assessment Roll has Edward and Ezekiel Parker families. Both listed as Head of Households.
Young, " Outline History of Bath Co.," P.-10; Sam McDowell, "Madison Co., Kentucky, 1787 Tax List,"
Kentucky Pioneer and Genealogy and Records 3(July1981}, Lawson, Bath Co., 1820-1840 Censuses"
Children of ELIZABETH OAKLEY and EDWARD PARKER are:
ANNA PARKER, b. November 22, 1789, Madison Co., Kentucky; d. December 25, 1819, Kentucky.
REV. JOEL PARKER, b. June 12, 1793, Bath Co., Kentucky; d. 1876, Rowan, Kentucky.
ELIZABETH (BETSY) PARKER, b. May 06, 1796, Clark Co., Kentucky; d. Aft. 1838.
DANIEL PARKER, b. May 28, 1799, Clark Co., Kentucky; d. August 29, 1808, Clark Co., Kentucky
I can send you the document my cousin researched that follows Edward’s descendents if you are interested. I am seraching for info on Amanda Brand? who married James Price Parker October 21, 1886. in Greenforest, Carroll Co., Arkansas. She was born Abt. 1867, and died Abt. July 1893 in Long, Oklahoma. This is my GGrandma and was Cherokee and that is all I know about her. I am not sure if I have her last name right but would like to be able to research her family. Any help from anyone on this site would be great. Thank you and let me know if you want my document.
Pitt County was formed in 1761 from Beaufort County. Edward's reference to Pitt County meant he was born in that part of Beaufort County. He must have lived sometime in Pitt County. There was a John Parker on the tax lists in Pitt County for 1761 and 1762. I believe he died with a will. You might check out this John Parker. Other than that there were not Parkers in the Pitt County census in 1790 or 1800. The Lacy Parker listed in 1790 is Larry Parks per my reading of the original census. The first Parker's showed up in the census in 1810 - James b abt 1785 and Alexander and William born about 1775. I believe James moved from Edgecomb County and Alexander and William came from Northern Craven County. You might trace James Parker. I believe his mother was Sarah Parker or Sary Parker, a widow of a Parker from Edgecomb. Look forward to anything you can find.
I have taken the DNA test yet, but I look forward to any clues I can find. I am descended from the Alexander Parker in Pitt County in the 1810 census.
I'm one of Doug's cousins, descended from John Parker (b1792 NC). Doug and I match on 29 of 30 common markers from the y-dna test, but haven't come up yet with our most recent common ancestor (mrca). Reading your emails referring to Alexander Parker from Pitt Co, and Doug's emails about Edward Parker, the possibility of establishing a connection between them seems especially tantalizing. I'd like to urge you to go ahead and get your y-dna tested and, hopefully, make that connection.
If you choose to be tested, I'd recommend Family Tree DNA. Five of the eight tested in Family Group 22 used FT DNA, so a direct comparison is available on all the markers tested. Doug, for example, used Ancestry so we could only compare 30 common markers. Had he used FT DNA, we could have compared all 37. And, finally, FT DNA has a sale on through the end of the year (sorry I didn't see your note earlier). You can check on the sale at this link: http://www.familytreedna.com/y-dna-compare.aspx
I hope you don't think me forward. I'm interested in a possible Edward/Alexander connection and since you mentioned the dna testing, I thought I'd pass on the info about the sale.
Thank you so much for your reply... I would love to have a copy of the pdf you have and anything else you an share such as the civil war pension statements. James Price was my great grandfather, his son George Henry was my grandfather. I was a smal child when he died but I have been told he would not talk about his mother because she was of Indian decent and in his youth he suffered because people were racist against Indians or people who were of Indian decent. My cousin Jackie Page has done all of the research but she and I have not had much contact and I no longer know how to contact her so I do not know if she has made any more progress. My father is the last surviving male from his line so I am going to try and get him to do the DNA test. We might be long lost cousins so let's stay in touch and I will send you any other info I find. You can contact me @ email@example.com. Talk to you soon!
Edward seems to be the last link found. What I have come up with is also what Steve discovered earlier. The only Parker in Pitt County in 1761 when it was created from Beaufort County was a John Parker. He also appeared in Beaufort County Tax Records in 1755, at the time of Edwards birth. I have not been able to find anything since.
Also, in Edwards Pension records, he stated that he lived in Boones Station at the time he enlisted in Boonesbourgh. In the spring of 1780. That being the case, the station was only established in the Winter of 1779, but Daniel and his brother, after returning to NC to retrieve his family and a few friends after the had left due to his capture, and eventual trial in Boonesbourgh. Which leads me to believe that Edward came to Kentucky from somewhere in the Yadkin River Valley in NC in the fall of 79 with the Boone family. All this is speculation, but I have not been able to chase it down and confirm it. At least it gives me a direction to look further, if I ever have the time I need to get back there and go through the records more in depth.