History of Crawford and Clark Counties, Illinois, Vol. II.

William Henry Perrin, ed.

(Chicago: O.L. Basking & Co. Historical Publishers)

1883.

I. T. G. Parker, farmer, P. O. Heathville.  This gentleman, who is a descendant of one of our oldest pioneer settlers, came here when the Indians roamed at will through the deep forest and smiling prairies, and who were afterward forted at Ft. Knox, Ind.   Our subject was born April 18, 1839; he is a grandson of Jonathan Parker, whose son, Thomas N., was one of the most noted deer hunters in the county; he was married to Maria Jane Attaway, whose parents may be classed among our old pioneers.  Thomas N. was a soldier in the Black Hawk war, and teamed between here and Chicago with an ox team.   He is still living a hale, old man; his wife died in 1881; she was the mother of a large family.  Our subject is one of that family; he was married to Hannah Ann Montgomery, born January 3, 1840, daughter of William and Zerelda Highsmith, whose parents were among the very first settlers in this county, and after whom this township was named.   Mrs. Parker is the mother of six children living--Mary E., she is the wife of Francis M. Kent; Newman E., Flora A;, Maria E., Zerelda J. and George H.  Mr. Parker has a good farm of 240 acres of find land.  He obeyed the call of his country to protect the stars and stripes, and enlisted July 20, 1861, in the Eleventh Missouri Infantry Volunteers, Company H, participating with his regiment in many thrilling scenes and famous battles; he served till close of war.  In politics, Mr. Parker is a Republican.

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