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This is the only information I currently have as I just started looking up my family history on my fathers side.


My Grandmother was Wanda Faye Taylor. Her parents are Henry Taylor born in 1887 in Texas, Mora Taylor born in 1893 Arkansas. I am having trouble finding the connection from the Taylors to the Parkers. Of course, like most of us on here, we were told we are somehow related to the great Quanah Parker. Just about all my relatives that we know of have past on my fathers side except for my great uncle Kenneth Taylor. I am waiting to hear back from him with whatever information he may have.


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Comment by Wayne N. Parker on December 14, 2013 at 5:05pm

Hello Bryan Harris,

 I am enclosing a memorial from Find A Grave for you to look at. See below.

  What you need to do is look at the 1860 census reports and find the parents of Emma Georgianna Priscilla Parker born 1855 since Silas M. Parker who died in 1836 can not be her father.

 Have you traced the Taylor and Parker families using the census. if so then you need to post that information so we can help you with your research.  Please include the year. state and county where you found them.Then tell us what was the earliest that you found them on (1870,1860, 1850. 1840  or what ever the year you have) 


"Elder" John Parker family is part of y-DNA Parker Project FG#5.

Wayne N. Parker  FG#7 researcher

Silas Mercer Parker


May 5, 1804
Bedford County
Tennessee, USA


May 19, 1836
Limestone County
Texas, USA

Founder of Fort Parker. Served as a Sgt. during the Black Hawk War under Capt. Thomas B. Ross. After his release, he moved his family to TX, where they lived in several colonies before finally settling on a league of land that was granted to him in April 1835. This land was situated about 3 miles north of the site where the present town of Groesbeck is located in Limestone County. During the spring of 1835, he and his brother, James, built a fort on this land, which later became known as Fort Parker. On January 1, 1836, a daughter was born to Silas and Lucinda, who they named Orlena, and she was born at the Fort. In early May of 1836, General Sam Houston ordered the evacuation of Fort Parker, but Silas, believing the fort to be safe, refused to leave. About the 17th of May, scouts learned from friendly indians that an attack on the fort was scheduled for dawn on May 19th. This information was passed on to the settlers at the Fort but Silas stood firm. His family was not going to run. There were bitter arguments that threatened to erupt into violence and most of the settlers decided to leave. They left but Parker and his kinsmen remained. Early on the morning of May 19, 1836, the Fort was indeed attacked and Silas was killed. His wife and two youngest children, Silas, Jr. and Orlena were saved, but the two oldest children, Cynthia Ann and John were taken captive by the indians. (bio by: Helen L. Smith Hoke) 
Family links: 
  Elder John Parker (1758 - 1836)
  Sarah Pinson Parker (1758 - 1836)
  Lucinda Duty Roberts (1811 - 1852)
  Cynthia Ann Parker (1827 - 1870)*
  John Richard Parker (1830 - 1915)*
  Orlena Parker O'Quinn (1836 - 1887)*
*Calculated relationship


Fort Parker Memorial Park
Limestone County
Texas, USA

Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Helen L. Smith Hoke
Record added: May 12, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7433552


Comment by Bryan Harris on December 4, 2013 at 3:56pm

Okay I have gotten more information.


My grandmother Wanda Faye Taylor (b. 1927) mother was Mora Taylor (b. 1892) who's mother was Emma Georgianna Priscilla Parker (b.-1855) who's father was Silas M Parker (b. 1804) who father was Elder John Parker (b. 1758). Pheww!


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