This picture was taken circa 1949 - 1950 in Lyra, Ohio. Charles Parsons and his family at that time lived in Wheelersburg, Ohio where he owned a Garage. He was also a Primitive Baptist Minister. Pictured L to R - Daughters, Bonnie Jeanne Parsons and Shirley Louise Parsons, Evelyn T. Burton Parsons, second wife, born 11/9/1905, died 12/1/1964. and Charles S. (Charlie) Parsons.
Charles Sanford Parsons was born in Elliott, Co., Ky. on November 20, 1890 and died on June 13, 1980. He is buried in Vernon Cemetery, Porter Twp., Scioto County, Ohio with two of his wives. His first wife Ella (Ellen) Welch Parsons and his second wife, Tessie Evelyn Burton Parsons who is pictured here (she taught school in Olive Hill, Ky. before she married Charlie Parsons).
Charles's parents were Huston S. Parsons and Sarah E. (Ellen) Debord. Charles had a sister Luada, born April 09, 1889, died May 29, 1890. His father, Husten died on February 15,1891 and is buried in Mauk Cemetery along with Luada and Sarah Debord Parsons, who died on May 28, 1899. Sarah had remarried, a Meredith Waddell after Husten died. Sarah died during childbirth with her third child after she married Meredith Waddell. The baby is buried with her. Charles S. Parsons is listed as a stepson on the 1900 census of Elliott Co. , Sinking Precinct, Family number 188.
Charles's father, Husten Parsons, is shown on the 1880 Census, Elliott Co., Moccasin, Page #9 and Line # 19 as being the son of John Parsons and Hannah Ann Whitt. Charles's mother Sarah E. Debord is shown on the 1880 census as being the daughter of Solomon Debord and Mary Francis Mauk. These two families lived very close to each other during that time. Parsons being family number 57 and Debords being family number 60 on the 1880 Census.
Family reunion, circa 1953, Debord, I'm pretty sure, in Elliott Co. , Ky. My Great Aunt Minnie (3rd from L, back row and daughter of Solomon Debord and Mary Francis Mauk) and Doc Kegley, her second husband, (4th. from L ) are in the picture. My father Charles (Charlie) Sanford Parsons is 2nd. from the left on the front row. I would appreciate any information on who the other people in the picture might be.
Thanks to Shirley Barker, Donna Surgener, and Donna Kouns I now know that the first woman on the left is Lucreta "Creasy" Debord Middleton and the second woman from the left is Linnie Florence Debord Barker. They are sisters to my Great Aunt Minnie and my Grandmother Sarah Debord Parsons. The gentleman on the left is Will Barker, Linnie's husband. We think the third gentleman from the left is Coleman "Covey" Middleton, Creasy's husband. This still leaves the woman on the far right a mystery!
Debord family reunion, circa 1953, in Elliott Co. , Ky.
My father, Charles "Charlie" Sanford Parsons is on the right hand side and the man on the left is William Mason Barker, husband of Lennie Florence Barker and brother in law of Charles.
Submitted by: Bonnie Parsons Staten