1925 Biography - I Parker

Reverend I. A. J. Parker came to this county about the close of the Civil War from Mississippi having served in that war as a Lieutenant in the Federal Army. He taught in this county many years and was also a minister of the Christian Church. He understood music and frequently taught community singing in various neighborhoods. He represented this district in the Legislature as a Democrat, 1888-90. He married Jennie Clary, also of Mississippi. Their children are Addison (2), who is a physician of Dongola, Illinois (for family see Henard); Lucas (2) is a prominent business man of Vienna. He married Delia (see Clymer); Agustus (2) married Alice (see Harvick) and resides in California; Willis A. (2) fitted himself for a minister, graduated at Harvard and was connected with the Columbia University of New York as student and teacher. He followed the work of the ministry for some time, but later took up Community Service work. Myrtle (2) married Daniel (see Marberry). Ethel (2) is the wife of Rev Sears of the Christian Church and has one son, Parker (3). Beverly (2) is also a minister of the same denomination and resides in Kansas; Lilly (2) has been an invalid for many years, regardless of this handicap, she is a great influence for good and devoted to church work, which she carries on through her friends. Mrs. Parker is very active at the age of eight-six and rarely misses a service at her church, the Christian.

Extracted 08 Feb 2017 by Norma Hass from 1925 A History of Johnson County, Illinois, by Mrs. P. T. Chapman, pages 416-417.

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