Captain Willis Parker
Willis Parker and Family
|Willis Parker Headstone
|Genealogy and Ancestry for Willis Parker
|Willis Parker House
Willis S. Parker
Trail of Tears to Thomas' Legion
Willis Parker (April 12, 1819-March 18, 1905), son of Jonathan Parker, was a lifelong resident of western North Carolina. During the Trail of Tears in 1838, a wealthy gentleman paid the 19 year old Willis Parker a
commutation fee* to be his "proxy soldier" during the Cherokees forced removal. (See also The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy.) Now Private Willis Parker, serving in Company L with Captain Isaac Truitt, reluctantly participated, not to
force the Cherokee removal but rather to be a traveling companion to his Cherokee friends and neighbors. Willis and family
had enjoyed a very harmonious relationship with the neighboring Cherokees and they had even intermarried.
*According to Willis Parker's great-grandson, Mr. William
M. Palmer of Andrews, NC, a wealthy man had paid Willis to be his substitute for the 1838 Indian Removal.
Thomas' Legion of Indians and Highlanders
Willis Parker served as Captain of Company I, Thomas' Legion
from July 24, 1862 to January 7, 1864. According to John H. Stewart's account of Company I, Thomas' Legion of Cherokee Indians and Mountaineers,
"Col. Thomas sent Captains Commissions to J.
W. Cooper of Cheoah and Willis Parker of Valley River late in 1861 or early in 1862 and asked each of them to get up
a Company to join his Regiment. They each made up a Company, Cooper's Company camped at what is now Robbinsville. Parker's
Company camped at what is now Marble and called it Camp Valley Town. I joined
Parker's Company. Both Companies drilled at their camps for a short time and then were ordered to Chilhowie [Chilhowee: as
the crow flies, it is about 20 miles from Andrews, NC], Tennessee and there drilled until further orders. From that time until
near Christmas 1864, the two Companies were together in the 69th Regiment part of Thomas' Legion. They were together every
day, in camp, on the march and in battles."
Although Parker was enlisted by Colonel William Holland Thomas on July 20, 1862, at Valleytown,
Cherokee County, North Carolina, he was elected as captain of his company on July 24, 1862. Company I, however, initially mustered as Company D, Walker's Battalion, at Valleytown. On September 27, 1862, when the Thomas Legion officially mustered at Knoxville, it became Company I, Infantry
Regiment, Thomas' Legion. After the Battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864, Companies C and I were temporarily consolidated under the command of Captain Nathaniel Green Philips. Company I was also involved in the Skirmish at Hanging Dog. (See also Captain Willis Parker: Compiled Military Service Record.)
Father, Family, and a Farm
During the American Civil War, anarchy ruled in the
Tar Heel State's poorest region termed Western North Carolina. President Jeff Davis, Governor Zebulon Baird Vance, and numerous Confederate corps and division commanding generals heard incessant cries and pleas from the local mountain
populace for protection against outliers, deserters and bushwhackers. The Shelton Laurel Massacre in Madison County, North Carolina, epitomized the region's lawlessness and anarchy. However, neighboring Cherokee County was also one of the bushwhackers' preferred areas to plunder and pillage. During a series of raids, when the bushwhackers
roamed Cherokee County with impunity (O.R.,
53, 313-314**), they were overjoyed while anticipating the loot from a particular farm.
As they approached the farm, one Unionist proclaimed
"that we are going to make a big mistake here, because this farm belongs to Captain Willis Parker; and he, his brothers, and
family will track us to the end of the earth." Parker was 6’2” and was a mounted infantry captain in Thomas’
Legion of Cherokees and Highlanders. Convinced that Captain Parker will exact complete retribution for any harm bestowed upon
his family--and that there were less hazardous targets of opportunity--Captain Goldman Bryson's Company detoured and sacked the county seat, Murphy, in October 1863.
Consequently, Goldman's Robbers received their fate at the hands of the Thomas Legion's Cherokee scouts. Although Parker had avoided, by some fate, the destruction of his farm, the toll of the Civil War was not so generous.
In the cold winter of 1863, Willis's son, Rufus, had contracted Typhoid while serving in the Confederate army in Virginia.
Willis resigned his captain commission and, as a loving father, retrieved his dying son Rufus from Virginia. Rufus only had
one prayer, "let me die at home." They made the very hazardous journey towards Cherokee County and evaded bushwhackers and
outlaws, and even foraged off the land. Although Willis safely arrived home in December 1863, in just a few days Rufus succumbed
to the disease and was laid to rest in the family cemetery. His home had not been burned to the ground and his prayer
was answered. See also hellish conditions in Western North Carolina: O.R., Series IV, pt. 2, pp. 732-734, O.R., Series 1, Volume 53, pp. 324-336, and O.R., Series 1, Vol. 32, pt. II, pp. 610-611.
**Official Records of
the Union and Confederate Armies.
War Records (Compiled Military Service Record)
Below is a transcription of Willis
Parker's resignation letter. It was addressed to General Samuel Cooper. Cooper, who served as both Adjutant
General and Inspector General of the Confederate Army, was one of only eight Confederate officers that obtained the rank of
full-general. Robert E. Lee is another example.
Camp Thomas Legion
December 26th[,] 1863
Gen[.] S[amuel]. Cooper[,]
Sir[,] I respectfully tender to
you my resignation as Captain of Co. [Company] I[,] Regiment of Thomas Legion[,] North Carolina Troops, believing as I do
that the interests of the country can be best subserved by having in the place I now occupy a younger man. I being over the
conscript age and not by any means in good health.
Your Obdt [Obedient] Servt [Servant],
Willis Parker[,] Capt.
I . Regt[,] Thomas Legion
Captain Parker tendered his
resignation on December 26, 1863, by reason of age and ill-health. General Samuel Cooper recorded Parker's resignation
for the Adjutant and Inspector General's Office (A&IGO), January 7, 1864. (Confederate War Record, National Archives).
On January 7, 1864, Captain Joseph Anderson Kimsey assumed command of Company I, Thomas' Legion. (See Joseph A. Kimsey.)
Thomas' Legion Muster Records: Company I – Cherokee County – Willis Parker,
Captain, and Jos. A. Kimsey [Joseph Anderson Kimsey], Captain; Sol. E. Egan, First Lieutenant, all of Cherokee County; N. G. Philips [Nathaniel Green Philips], First and Second Lieutenant, and P. B. Gailer, Second Lieutenant, both of Graham county. Number of officers and
Willis is mentioned in Walter
Clark's Regiments: An Extended Index to the Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North
Carolina in the Great War 1861-1865, by Charles C. Davis, page 345: Parker, Willis, (Capt, Co
I, 69th NCST, Thomas' Legion), volume III, p. 731. He is discussed more in detail in Vernon H. Crow's, Storm in the Mountains: Thomas' Confederate Legion of Cherokee
Indians and Mountaineers.
Willis S. Parker, William Benson Parker,
and William Asbury Parker
Source: Company Muster and Descriptive Roll. (Military
All three served in Company I of Thomas' Legion and are recorded on Official Civil War Muster Records.
Thomas' Legion is also referred to as Thomas' North Carolina Legion, 69th North Carolina Regiment,
and Thomas' Legion of Indians and Highlanders. (See A Guide to Military Organizations and Installations of North Carolina 1861-1865)
William Benson Parker, William Asbury Parker, and Willis
William Asbury served in Thomas' Legion with his brother, Captain Willis Parker,
and his nephew, Corporal William Benson (Willis's son). All three are listed on Thomas Legion's muster roll: THOMAS LEGION,
COMPANY I OF THE FIRST REGIMENT MUSTER ROLL. Willis's brother, John
A. Parker, served as a captain in the Fifty-second Georgia Infantry Regiment, which
also fought Sherman during his March to the Sea.
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, N.C., by Col. W[illiam].H[olland]. Thomas.
Listed as present.
65. Parker, William, private. Enlisted July 24, 1862, S[trawberry]. Plains, TN, by Capt. [William] Stringfield.
Present. Made mark for pay.
Parker History, Heritage and Genealogy
Excerpt from OUR HERITAGE by Margaret Walker Freel, the Miller Printing Company, Asheville,
NC, 1956, p. 325 and 326:
Willis Parker, the oldest son of Jonathan Parker, belonged to the State Militia, and assisted
in the removal in 1838. He always said the Indians should have been allowed to remain in their mountain homes. He and
the Indians were always friends.
The Indians who remained here often came to his home to talk with him and to ask his advice.
Willis and John A. were Captains of Volunteer Companies of the Confederate Army in the War Between the States. Willis Parker's
company in Cherokee Co., and John A. Parker's company in Ga. [John A. is Willis's brother]
Willis Parker married Adaline Vannoy, daughter of Joel Vannoy, who moved his family in wagons
from Wilkes Co. to Cherokee Co. in 1839. He came to mine for gold, but not finding much gold, returned to Wilkesboro. Willis
Parker bought the farm owned by Vannoy. He and his wife lived there the rest of their lives and reared ten children.
The fifth generation is living on the farm. During the war the home was ransacked by a posse
posing as Federal soldiers, thinking there was gold on the place, and threatened to burn the home when they failed to find
it. Capt. Parker mined for gold at his home and at Dahlonega, Ga., in the gold strike there.
Military: Willis Parker was a Captain in Co. I, NC Infantry, Thomas' Legion, North Carolina
Troops. Volunteers enlisted in Cherokee County into Colonel W. H. Thomas' Legion of Indians and Highlanders, North Carolina
Volunteers. He was listed as being 6' 2" and having a dark complexion, black eyes, and black hair; farmer; resigned January
7, 1864, at Bulls Gap, Tennessee. (His reason was that he was over 45 years of age and in ill-health.)
Parker, Willis S.
Birth: 12 APR 1819 Haywood Co., N.C.
Death: 18 MAR 1905 Cherokee Co, N.C.
Willis Parker/Johnson Greybeard Cemetery, Cherokee Co., N.C. Inscription: WILLIS PARKER N.C. MTD. INF. CHEROKEE WAR APR. 12,
1819 MAR. 18, 1905 CAPTAIN IN CONFEDERATE ARMY.
Father: Parker, Jonathan
Mother: Blythe, Leoma
Vannoy, Adeline Amelia
Birth: 18 MAR 1827
Death: 20 AUG 1897 Cherokee Co., N.C.
Burial: Willis Parker/Johnson Greybeard Cemetery,
Cherokee Co., N.C.
Father: Vannoy, Joel
Mother: St.Clair, Elizabeth
Parker, John Rufus
Birth: 12 NOV 1843 Cherokee Co., N.C.
Death: December 1863,
Cherokee Co., N.C. (While visiting the Willis Parker/Johnson Greybeard Cemetery in September
2006, Mr. William M. Palmer--the great grandson of Captain Willis Parker--stated the following history: "While
serving in the Confederate Army in Virginia, Rufus contracted Typhoid. Willis
escorted his son Rufus to Cherokee Co., where Rufus succumbed to the
disease. John Rufus is believed to have served in Thomas' Legion of Indians and Highlanders." Burial: Willis Parker/Johnson
Greybeard Family Cemetery. Inscription: RUFUS PARKER 1843--1863 CONFEDERATE ARMY DIED IN SERVICE)
Parker, William Benson "Bud" (Thomas' Legion, buried Willis Parker/Johnson Greybeard Cemetery. See also William Benson Parker)
Parker, Louisa Maria
Parker, Eugenia Vannoy
Parker, Joseph Vannoy
Parker, Edwin A.
Birth: 1 FEB 1859 Cherokee Co., N.C.
Parker, Jonathan Carl
Parker Family Cemetery
Willis Parker's original headstone shown with the new headstone partially visible to
the left. The Greybeards reportedly purchased the new headstone, but it, yes, a Confederate headstone, was
factually provided at no cost, including shipping, by the Federal government. Willis Parker--Johnson Greybeard Cemetery.
Willis Parker's great grandson, Mr. William M. Palmer, is holding the original headstone for Willis
Parker. The Greybeards were Cherokees and very close friends with the Parkers. Photo September 2006.
Location: Willis Parker--Johnson Greybeard Cemetery. Inscription:
WILLIS PARKER N.C. MTD. INF. CHEROKEE WAR APR. 12, 1819 MAR. 18, 1905 CAPTAIN IN CONFEDERATE ARMY. Photo September 2006.
Willis Parker's headstone was provided by the United
States government and erected in 1928. This, however, was a UNION issued headstone. While there was a completely
different headstone furnished for Confederates, this may have been issued solely on Mr. Parker's U.S. service during
the Trail of Tears in 1838, making an oversight of Parker's Confederate military service from the 1860s a more plausible
scenario. See also Confederate Headstones.
|Captain Willis Parker
|Willis Parker Headstone Application
Willis Parker (April 12, 1819 - March 18, 1905) headstone application, dated
July 20, 1927, submitted by his granddaughter Pearl Vivian Parker (March 16, 1888 - March 24, 1959). Application shows
approval and shipment date of government headstone application for Confederate Captain Willis Parker by United States War
Department. In the politically correct era that we now live in, while vandals and hoodlums are desecrating all things Confederate,
the United States government once recognized the Confederate military service of all persons. (The U.S. government states by law
that Confederate and Union Veterans are Equal.) This Confederate headstone was made by the US government for the late Captain Willis Parker and was then shipped
to the next of kin on April 20, 1928. See also Confederate Headstones.
About Confederate headstones provided by the United States government:
Headstones for Confederate soldiers and sailors “who died in Federal
prisons and military hospitals in the North and who were buried near their places of confinement” were authorized by
an act of March 6, 1906 (34 Stat. 56), which required the headstones to be “similar to those recently placed over the
graves in the ‘Confederate section’” of Arlington National Cemetery. An act of February 26, 1929 (45 Stat.
1307), authorized headstones for “soldiers who served in the Confederate Army” buried in any place. An act of
July 1, 1948 (62 Stat. 1215), extended the privilege of a government-provided headstone to all members of the U.S. armed forces
who died while in service or who had been honorably discharged.
The Cemetery Branch was established shortly after the Civil War in the Office of the Quartermaster General.
Much of the branch’s work involved establishing, maintaining, and improving national military cemeteries as the last
resting place for the war dead. On March 3, 1873, Congress granted burial rights in
national military cemeteries to all honorably discharged veterans of the Civil War (17 Stat. 605). An act of Congress
of February 3, 1879 (20 Stat. 281), extended the privilege of government-provided gravestones to soldiers buried in private
cemeteries. Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs is responsible for overseeing burials, including headstones, of all our nation's veterans.
Adeline Amelia Vannoy Parker (L) and Willis Parker (R) (Willis Parker--Johnson Greybeard
Cemetery). Photo September 2006.
Rufus Parker buried at Willis Parker--Johnson Greybeard Cemetery. Mr. William
M. Palmer--the great grandson of Captain Willis Parker--stated the following history: "While
serving in the Confederate Army in Virginia, Rufus contracted Typhoid. Willis
escorted his son Rufus to Cherokee Co., where Rufus succumbed to Typhoid.
John Rufus is believed to have served in Thomas' Legion of Indians and Highlanders." Burial: Willis Parker/Johnson
Greybeard Family Cemetery. Inscription: RUFUS PARKER 1843--1863 CONFEDERATE ARMY DIED IN SERVICE.
Willis Parker--Johnson Greybeard Cemetery. Photo September 2006.
Willis Parker's home from 1890-1905. Mr. and Mrs. Willis Parker spent their
latter years in this home. The home is located adjacent the Valley River and approximately 350 yards from the Willis Parker--Johnson
Greybeard Cemetery. Willis' father, Jonathan Parker, is interred adjacent Willis' house in the Jonathan Parker Family
Cemetery. Photo September 2006.
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 and for sharing his vast knowledge of the Parkers and Greybeards.
Also, do you possess additional information, documents, references, corrections, or photos regarding
Jonathan Parker and family? If so, please contact me. Regards, Matt Parker email@example.com
and 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.
In the name of God Amen
I, Jonathan Parker being low in health but of
sound mind do make this
my last Will and Testament.
I will my Soul to God who gave it and body
to be buried in Christian like manner
the will of my friends.
Now as to the Estate or property with which
it has please God to bestow ? me with in this
I do will and bequeath as follows ( Viz. )
First I will to my beloved wife Naonary (sic)
Parker my home
Plantation containing one hundred & sixty
seven acres ( more or less ) and also a Small Tract
of Land on the waters
of Snowbird Creek containing
one hundred acres together with all my live stock
such as Horses, Cattle, Sheep and Hogs----and
Household I Kitchen Furniture together with the
Plantation tools--during the lifetime of my said wife
(sic) Parker. And at her Death the remainder
of the property which She may have on hand--I wish it to
be put up
and sold to the highest bidder & the proceeds
Equally divided among her children--In
witness whereof I the said
Jonathan Parker have
hereunto set my hand & seal--this Fifth day of October
( Seal )
Attest E.G. Morvan
T. N. Colvard
I do hereby appoint my two sons Willis Parker &
Parker as my Lawful Executors.
In witness where of I set my hand and Seal this
20th day of May 1866
Parker ( Seal )
T. N. Colvard
E. G. Morvan
State of N. Carolina}Court of pleas
quarters Sessions Cherokee County}July (unreadable) 1867
There was brought into open Court a paper writing
to be the last Will and Testament of
Jonathan Parker desc. & which proven by the Oath of
E. G. Morvan one of the
thereto for the purposes therein contained.
D. Weeks Clk.
Minute Docket page 82
Will Book page 5
Record of Deeds Probated, 1837-1875: Deed of conveyance of 640-acre tract from several Indians to
Apr., 1838; deed of conveyance and power of attorney from John Welch (Indian) to Jonathan
Blyth and Jonathan
Parker, June, 1838; power of attorney from Peggy, Samuel, Williston, and
William Jones (Indian) to Dillard Love,
1810 Buncombe Census
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.
Parker, Solomon 201100-20010-0100
Census Haywood 1830
PARKER, William Senr. 0000100100000-0000100010000 4
PARKER, William 2100010000000-0120010000000
8 " " "
PARKER, John 2000100000000-1200200000000
PARKER, Andrew 0002000010000-0001100010000
PARKER, Solomon 1110010000000-2201010000000
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,
1840 census Cherokee
241 7 PARKER Johnithan
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
PARKER, Solomon 0100101000000-1011010000000
PARKER, William V. 0000100000000-0000100000000
PARKER, John H. 1120010000000-1001010000000
PARKER, William S. 2212000100000-1100101000000
HAYWOOD COUNTY N.C. 1840 Census
PARKER, Andrew 0000200000001-0000001000100
PARKER, William V. 0000100000000-0000100000000
PARKER, William S. 2212000100000-1100101000000
1840 Macon Census
151 11 PARKER Cornwell
164 6 PARKER Pleas.
164 6 PARKER Pleas.
0 1 0 0 0
1 0 0 0
1850 Macon Census
Census Haywood 1850
1850 census Cherokee:
.... Jonathan...60 m...Farmer...SC
.... Leomi...53 f......SC
.... 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
.... Willis...31 m...Farmer...NC
.... Adaline...22 f......NC
.... William...5 m......NC
.... Louisa M....3 f......NC
.... Sophia...1/12 f......NC
.... Martin...41 m...Farmer...NC
.... Jane...41 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
Persons over 20 who cannot read and write: 1,215
Rebecca 29 NC
Pleasant 41 NC
Alfred 17 NC
Amanda 13 NC
Levada 11 NC
William 26 NC
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:
.... William L....68 m...Farmer...Surry
.... Jane...63 f......Rowan Co., NC
.... Martha J....26 f......Jackson Co., GA
.... Jesse M....22 m......Jackson
.... William C....26 m...Farmer...Jackson
.... Manda M....23 f......Towns Co., GA
.... Roda L....2 f......Cherokee Co., NC
.... Sarah L....6/12 f......Cherokee
.... Bithline...64 f...Widow...Lumpkin
Parker, John...41 m......Lumpkin Co., GA
Parker, Joseph...50 m...Miner...Lumpkin Co., GA
m......Jackson Co., NC
Shook, John...5 m......Towns Co., GA
.... 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
.... Jonathan...68 m...Farmer...Union
.... 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
.... William A....24 m...Farmer...Cherokee
.... Nancy...26 f......Macon Co., NC
.... Sarah E....4 f......Cherokee Co., NC
.... John...2 m......Cherokee
.... Willis...41 m...Farmer...Macon
.... Adaline...33 f......Wilkes Co., NC
.... John R....16 m......Cherokee Co., NC
.... William...14 m......Cherokee
.... Lewisa M....12 f......Cherokee Co., NC
.... Sophia E....9 f......Cherokee Co., NC
.... Eugene...6 f......Cherokee
.... Joseph...4 m......Cherokee Co., NC
.... Edwin A....2 m......Cherokee Co., NC
.... Alexander...33 m...Farmer...Macon
.... Mary...31 f......Buncombe Co., NC
.... John...9 m......Macon Co., NC
.... Josephine...7 f......Cherokee
.... Harriet...5 f......Cherokee Co., NC
.... Ellen...3 f......Cherokee Co., NC
.... Lilly...59 f...Widow...Henderson
.... George W....17 m......Henderson Co., NC
.... Nathan...43 m...Farmer...Jackson
.... Anna ...^^ f......Spartanburg Dist. SC
.... Vina...14 f......Cherokee Co., NC
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Shooting Creek District;
P.O.: Shooting Creek
p.166 - 250A
.... 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.
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.
Genealogy and Family History: A Heritage
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Mountains (338 pages). Description: Trotter's
book (which could have been titled "Murder, Mayhem, and Mountain Madness") is an epic backdrop for the most horrific
murdering, plundering and pillaging of the mountain communities of western North Carolina during the state’s darkest
hour—the American Civil War. Commonly referred to as Southern Appalachia, the North Carolina
and East Tennessee mountains witnessed divided loyalties in its bushwhackers and guerrilla
units. These so-called “bushwhackers” even used the conflict to settle old feuds and scores, which, in some cases,
continued well after the war ended. Continued below...
were highly organized ‘fighting guerrilla units’ while others were a motley group of deserters and outliers,
and, since most of them were residents of the region, they were familiar with the terrain and made for a “very formidable
foe.” In this work, Trotter does a great job on covering the many facets of the bushwhackers, including their: battles,
skirmishes, raids, activities, motives, the outcome, and even the aftermath. This book is also a great source for tracing
ancestors during the Civil War; a must have for the family researcher of Southern Appalachia.
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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,
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