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Capt. Clark Parker

The following article is from the Painesville Telegraph, 28 April 1847 and reprinted in the July 1996 "LakeLines," the newsletter of the Lake County Genealogical Society, retranscribed here by David Nelson and submitted by Sally Malone.



At his residence in Mentor, on the 12th inst., after a protracted illness and suffering, which was borne with Christian fortitude and resignation, Capt. CLARK PARKER, in the 66th year of his age.

Capt. Parker was born in Shaftsbury, Vermont, in July, 1781. At the age of sixteen he left his father's house for Ohio, and having joined a company of surveyors, assisted in running the first lines in the survey of the Connecticut Western Reserve, then an unbroken wilderness. He remained in the country, and in 1804 married and settled in what now is called Mentor, where he spent the remainder of his life sustaining the character of a Christian Patriot, and began at the time of his death the oldest settler on the Western Reserve except one. Immediately after Hull's surrender in the war of 1812, Capt. P. was the first to respond to the call of his country, and marching to Cleveland, was appointed captain of the first company sent Westward to check the advance of the British and their Indian allies. After having been stationed at Huron for two months, he mustered a company for six months service, and joined the army under Gen. Harrison, and with him endured the fatigues and privations of the winter campaign in 1813. He assisted in building Fort Meigs, which stood the memorable siege of May, 1813, previous to which however his term of service having expired - he returned to his family. During his service under Gen. Harrison, Capt. P. became intimately with the distinguished individual, and was ever after his warm friend, the active supporter of his Presidential canvasses. When Gen. H. became President, Captain Parker was appointed Post Master in Mentor, which office he held until the present administration came into power, when he resigned. He for many years was a professor of the Christian Religion, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was buried with the honors of Masonry, having been for many years a member of the fraternity. He left a widow, the companion of his youth, and a numerous family of children and grand-children to mourn his loss

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