THE PARKER FAMILY OF MONROE COUNTY
Information collected by
Alderson, W. Va.
Reorganized and expanded by
C. Ralph Arthur, Jr.
THE PARKER FAMILY
1. JOSEPH PARKER
Joseph Parker, the ancestor of the Parkers in Monroe County, West Virginia,
came to this country from Ireland in his young manhood, probably about the l770’s. He
seems to have acquired quite a body of land from Hillsdale toward Pickaway, and in
other parts of the county; he lived and raised his large family about one-half mile west of
Hillsdale on the left of the road leading to Pickaway. There was a house under
construction on the right of the present road to Pickaway at the time of his death, and his
widow lived there. This house was afterward owned and occupied by his youngest son,
Andrew Parker, and later by his grandson, Fletcher Parker, and at this time owned by J.
Nelson Hawkins (1936).
So far as we can learn the records are as follows: Joseph Parker, Sr., was twice
married (name of first wife not known). The children of the first marriage were:
2a. James Parker
2b. Thomas Parker
2c. Jane (or Jenny) Parker
His second wife was Jane Rector. The children of this marriage were:
2d. Jesse Parker Jan. 11, 1799 - Dec. 23, 1847
2e. Joseph Parker, II May 1, 1801 - Dec. 9, 1883
2f. Samuel Parker May 8, 1804 - Apr. 19, 1871
2g. Mary (Polly) Parker May 2, 1807 - Aug. 10, 1888
2h. David Parker Oct. 27, 1809 - Mar. 1871
2i. Rachel Parker Jan. 8, 1812 - Feb. 11, 1843
2j. William Parker Mar. 3, 1815 - Jul. 3, 1900
2k. Andrew Parker Aug. 27, 1817 - Sept. 1, 1865
After the death of Joseph Parker, Jane Rector Parker married John Jones, and two
children were born to this union: Mary Jane and John Monroe. Mary Jane married Jack
Lynch and moved to Roane County, W. Va. Her brother also married and moved to
2a. JAMES PARKER
James Parker married but we do not know the maiden name of his wife. They had
3a. William Brownlee Parker
3b. Joseph Alexander Parker
3c. James Parker
3d. Elizabeth (Betty) Parker
3a. William Brownlee Parker
William Brownlee Parker was twice married: Kennedy and Mrs. Biggs. John U.
Parker was the only child of the first marriage while two daughters were born to his
second wife. They were Celia and Haney Parker. John U. Parker married and had two
sons, one of whom died when a young man (was in World War I). His other son, Ray,
lived at Alderson, W. Va. Celia Parker married J. L. Clarkson, and they had one daughter
who married Guy Dunbar. Haney Parker married Joseph Lee Daugherty. Their children
were Delores and Vina who died in youth and Myles L. Daugherty who is married and
has two children, Raymond and Billy.
3b. Joseph Alexander Parker
Joseph Alexander Parker was twice married: Dolan and Lively. Three children
were born to the first marriage, two daughters and a son:
4a. Beniah R. Parker.
The family moved to Kansas, where his wife and two daughters died, and his own health
failed. He returned to West Virginia with his son and later married Sarah Lively to whom
six sons were born:
4b. Joseph Morris Parker Apr. 28, 1862 - Jun. 23, 1932
4c. William Estill Parker Feb. 26, 1864 - May 8, 1934
4d. Cornelius P. Parker Apr. 9, 1866 -
4e. John F. Parker Mar. 15, 1869 - Was never married
4f. Alexander Summers Parker Nov. 19, 1871 - Oct. 1, 1911
4g. Brownlee Elliott Parker Aug. 21, 1874 -
4a. Beniah R. Parker married Sarah Ann Biggs and four sons and two daughters
were born to them: Charles, Homer, N. B., G. M., and Mrs. W. E. Vance, and Mrs. J. W.
4b. Joseph Morris Parker was twice married: Eliza Jane Lowe and Kate Pack. A
daughter, Lake, was born to the first marriage and a son, Clarence, to the second.
4c. William Estill Parker married Nora C. Wiseman and twelve children were
born to them; four of whom died in infancy. The names of the living are: Grace Ethel
Parker, Susie Mabel Sheets, Harry Ray Parker, Iva Irene Hannah, Hazel Lucile Hanger,
William Harold Parker, Earl Eugene Parker, and Joseph Vernon Parker.
4d. Cornelius P. Parker married May E. Cochran, and seven children were born
to them: Ora Gay Parker, Flossie Lee Kessinger, Frank Neil Parker, Cassie Pearl Rogers,
Clara Ray Thompson, Anna Esther Parker, and one deceased.
4f. Alexander Summers Parker Married Lina Deeds and three children were
born to them: Ona who married Stark Mills and Hazel and Matilda who are single.
4g. Brownlee Elliott Parker married Bertie Wiseman. They have no children
3c. James Parker
James Parker married Elizabeth Broyles. They have five children: Brownlee,
Columbus C., William, Mollie, and Burn (Bernard ?).
3d. Elizabeth (Betty) Parker
Elizabeth (Betty) Parker married Reben Bostick, and they had three daughters:
Mary who married Samuel A. Chisolm, Ellen who married Floyd Dodd, and a daughter
who died in young womanhood.
2b. THOMAS PARKER
Thomas Parker married, but nothing further is known of him to the writer.
2c. JANE PARKER
Jane (Jennie) Parker married Thomas Irons, a Scotchman, and they lived just
north of Hillsdale church on the place afterwards owned by Edward J. Nickell. They had
3a. John Irons
3b. Elizabeth (Betsy) Irons
3c. Margaret (Peggy) Irons
3d. Elinor (Nellie) Irons
3a. John Irons
John Irons married Susanna Young (of James, of Robert, of James). There were
five sons and two daughters born to this union:
4a. William Young Irons, a dentist, married Mary E. Knapp in 1872. They had
one daughter, Sue, and several sons two of which were William and Harry. Sue married
Frank Hutcheson and has two sons. Her brothers also married, but the writer does not
have the names of the children.
4b. Benjamin Franklin Irons, a doctor, married Sarah Amanda Johnson, and
three sons and three daughters were born to them: Helen, Otey, Minnie, Frank, May, and
Fred. Helen married the Rev. Mr. J. E. Flow, and they have no children. Otey died in
young manhood. Minnie married Dr. Edwin Williams, and they have one son. Frank
married and has two daughters. May is single. Fred married a Miss Gibson and has two
sons and two daughters.
4c. Estaline Irons married J. J. Huffman Tracy, and they had four daughters and
two sons: Bessie, Lillian, Ada (Mrs. John Hall), Mabel (Mrs. Arthur Leach), Hubert
(single), and a son who died in young manhood.
4d. Sarah E. Irons married A. Y. Leach. They had three sons, and three
daughters: Osie, Minnington, Ida, Omar, Clyde, and Ela. Minnington died in young
manhood. Osie married Burdett and had no children. Ida married James Perry, and they
had three daughters. Ela married Thomas Conner and had no children. Omar and Clyde
married and have families. Omar is living in Oklahoma.
4e. John Calvin Irons, a dentist and a M. D., married Mary L. Suiter. They have
4f. Letcher Irons, a M. D., was twice married and has a family. He lives in
4g. Robert Young Irons married Elma Barlow, and they have children.
3b. Elizabeth (Betsy) Irons
Elizabeth (Betsy) Irons was twice married, first to John Nickell and then to Adam
B. Crosier. She had a daughter by the first marriage who was the first wife of James S.
Hawkins. She had three daughters and two sons by the second marriage. Demaris married
a Mr. Ritter and then a Mr. Lowe but had no children. Lizzie married Hugh Sweeney and
had a family. Isabel married Augustus Lynch, and they had a daughter, Edna. John
married and had two sons and two daughters. Thomas also married.
3c. Sarah (? ) (Peggy) Irons
Sarah (Peggy) Irons married David Robinson.
3d. Elinor (Nellie) Irons
Elinor (Nellie) Irons married a Mr. Leach, and they went west. (? Virginia
married James Young, a brother of my grandmother Parker. They had two children, Sally
Ann and Andrew. Sally Ann married John Skaggs and they moved to Bloomington, Ill.
Andrew went West and married.)
2d. JESSE PARKER, Jan. 11, 1799 - Dec. 23, 1847
Jesse Parker was married twice, first to Lydia Young and then to Isabel Hosey.
From his first marriage, he had two children:
3a. James Parker
3b. Nancy Parker
From his second marriage, Jesse Parker had five children:
3c. Matthew Parker
3d. Joseph Parker
3e. Martha J. Parker
3f. Thomas Burns Parker
3g. Jesse Newton Parker
3a. James Parker
James married Elizabeth Campbell, and they had three children: Floyd July 21,
1857 - Aug. 28, 1898 who died single as an epileptic, Martha (Mattie) who married S.
Rankin Nickell and had two children, Detret and Essie, and Jesse who married Anna
Steele and had a child, Carlos.
3b. Nancy Parker
Nancy married Joseph Charlton, and they had three children: Elizabeth Matilda
(Tillie) who died single, Mary who married Silas Hinton and had eight children, Grace,
Blanche, Arthur, Howard, Ethel, Carl, Gladys, and Lucille, and Jesse who died single
3c. Matthew Parker
Matthew Parker was killed at Chancellorsville.
3d. Joseph Parker
Joseph Parker died in childhood.
3e. Martha J. Parker
Martha J. Parker married the Rev. Mr. William Lewis Lynch of the Methodist
Episcopal Church South: They had seven children: Lillian, Charles, Clara, Blanche,
Mabel, Edith, and Frank. Lillian married Frank Lago but had no children. Charles was
twice married but died early in life. He left one son by his second marriage, Lewis, who
lives in Africa. Clara died in her teens and Edith in childhood. Blanche was twice
married. Once to a Mr. Ruffner, she was married and once to a Mr. Carr. Her only child
died. Mabel married her brother-in-law, Frank Lago and had one still-born child. Frank
Lynch is married and has two sons. He lives in Hagerstown, Md.
3f. Thomas Burns Parker
Thomas Burns Parker married Mary Shafer. They had ten children: Effie, Samuel,
Matilda, Myrtle, Hosey, Jessie, Burns, Cleveland, Lillian, and Arthur. Effie and Myrtle
were single. Matilda and Jessie died in young womanhood, and Samuel died in early
manhood. Hosey married and died in middle age. His children lived with their aunts. I do
not know about the other members of the family.
3g. Jesse Newton Parker
Jesse Newton Parker married Lizzie Shafer. They had two children: Elmo and
Shafer. Elmo married Florence Dakin of Botetourt Co., Va. and had three sons and four
daughters: Alice Elizabeth, R. Elmo, Sophia A., Louise P., Sarah D., Hunter D., and Jesse
D. Shafer married but had no children.
2c. JOSEPH PARKER, II, May 1, 1801 - Dec. 9, 1883
Joseph Parker, II, lived one-eighth mile west of Hillsdale in a house he built
himself on a farm of about 100 acres which he inherited. He sold the property to John
Calvin Beamer, his son-in-law about 1871 and moved to the Philip Beamer place nearly a
mile further from Hillsdale where he lived the remainder of his life. On account of an
injury from a fall on the ice, he was crippled in one of his hips and went on crutches for
the last years of his life. He was for some years a constable. He was also captain of the
militia company in the 1850s, just prior to the War Between the States, but was
discharged from the service on account of his age. He and John Burdett were clerks in
Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church. One sat on each side of the pulpit facing the
congregation. The minister would announce the hymn then one of the two would "Line"
it, the other would then "Raise the tune". He was one of the charter, ruling elders when
Hillsdale Presbyterian Church was organized in 1878, George Washington Reaburn was
the other charter elder. He was clever in the use of tools and used to work with copper;
making buckets, churns, and other items mostly out of red cedar and ash. In the absence
of a physician he was often called upon to reduce fractured bones and dislocated joints.
He married Elizabeth (Betsy) Young Sept. 2, 1824, whose father was James
Young. Elizabeth was born Nov. 1, 1803, and died June 2, 1866. Joseph Parker, II, took
Mrs. Mary Hedrick McClung as his second wife Dec. 1, 1870. She died Oct. 30, 1894, at
seventy-seven years of age. Her sister Jeannetta (Nettie) Hedrick married D. R. P. Parker,
son of her husband, and her daughter, Nettie, married Wm. H. H. Parker, another of
Joseph Parker, II's sons.
Joseph and Elizabeth Parker's children were:
3a. The first child was still- born
3b. James Parker July 9, 1826 - Aug. 2, 1830
3c. Joseph Washington Parker May 27, 1828 - Aug. 18, 1830
3d. Susanna Jane Parker Feb. 8, 1831 - Feb. 26, 1899
3e. Alexander Kearns Parker Jan. 4, 1832 - Jan. 2, 1897
3f. Elizabeth Caroline Parker Nov. 14, 1833 - Mar. 28, 1883
3g. Virginia Parker May 25, 1835 - June 23, 1906
3h. David Robinson Preston Parker July 4, 1837 - Sept. 22, 1908
3i. William Henry Harrison Parker Jan. 1, 1840 - Apr. 8, 1885
3j. Robert Young Parker Oct. 5, 1841 - Jan. 2, 1920
3k. Mary Hannah Parker June 16, 1848 - Sept. 3, 1848
3d. Susanna Jane Parker, Feb. 8, 1831- Feb. 26, 1899
Susanna Jane Parker married James S. Hawkins, and they had seven children:
4a. Joseph Marion Hawkins Jan. 26, 1856 - May 10, 1886
4b. William Anderson Hawkins Aug. 14, 1863 - June 18, 1934
4c. James Nelson Hawkins May 21, 1860 -
4d. Robert Preston Hawkins Aug. 14, 1863 - Aug. 1, 1936
4e. Caroline Ann Hawkins Aug. 12, 1867 -
4f. Erastus Blair Hawkins Apr. 23, 1869 -
4g. Virginia Gray Hawkins June 16, 1872 - Nov. 13, 1875
4a. Joseph Marion Hawkins, who drowned in young manhood, was married
twice, once to Adella Dodds and then to Sarah Kincaid. From his marriage to Adella
Dodds Nov. 3, 1875, one child was born, Vernie Gertrude Oct. 1, 1876. Vernie was twice
married, first in 1895 to Marion Poole who she later divorced. They several children:
Robert Anderson Poole, 1896, Carrie Hawkins Poole, 1899, Grace Adella Poole, and
Dorothy Jane Poole (one or two died). Secondly, she married in 1924 Fred Hundemer.
Joseph Hawkins and his second wife, Sarah Kincaid, had two children: Howard Dodd,
Aug. 28, 1885, and Joseph Marian, Dec. 28, 1886. Howard Dodd Hawkins was not
married, however, Joseph Marian Hawkins married her first cousin, Frank M. Kincaid,
Oct. 15, 1907. They live in Chicago and have two children, Frank M. Kincaid, Jr. and
4b. William Anderson Hawkins married Laura Jane Beamer on Oct. 13, 1884,
and they have four children: Heber H. Hawkins, July 31, 1882- 1912, Arthur L. Hawkins,
Sept. 29, 1884, who did not marry, Kyle B. Hawkins, Sept. 1888- Dec. 6, 1892, and a
daughter who died soon after birth, May 18, 1893.
4c. James Nelson Hawkins married Sarah Virginia Irons, Nov. 2, 1882, and they
had several children: Nina Elizabeth, Dec. 14, 1885 -May 14, 1888, Lacy, who died in
infancy, and four other children who died at birth.
4d. Robert Preston Hawkins married Sarah Baird Simpson, Sept. 7, 1892, whose
father was an A. R. P. minister at Pickaway. Their children were: Robert Preston
Hawkins, Jr., Apr. 21, 1894, Susanna Moffett Hawkins, Apr. 18, 1896, Mary Elizabeth
Hawkins, Feb. 26, 1898, John Simpson Hawkins, Feb. 10, 1900, and James Blair
Hawkins, Feb. 21, 1902, Robert Preston Hawkins, Jr., an associate surgeon at the C. & 0.
Hospital, C. F., married Grace Vernon Reynolds, June 9, 1933. They have one son,
Robert Preston, III. Susanna M. Hawkins and Mary E. Hawkins are both single and
teachers. John S. Hawkins is also single. James Blair Hawkins, a B. S. in electrical
engineering from V. P. I., married Marjorie Stewart Frame of Schenectady, New York,
Sept. 19, 1931. They have one son, James, Jr.
4e. Caroline Ann Hawkins, a home mission worker for many years, has been in
delicate health all of her life—―Suffered many things of many physicians‖. She was
4f. Erastus Blair Hawkins married Frances Louise Daniel, Sept. 30, 1896, and
they had four children: Frances Louise Hawkins, Mar. 16, 1898, Joseph Blair Hawkins,
Sept. 6, 1899 -Nov. 1900, James Saxe Hawkins, Dec. 26, 1903, and Robert William
Hawkins, Aug. 28, 1906. Frances Louise married Milton Claude Chamberlain of
Washington, D. C., June 28, 1930. James Saxe was handicapped by a spinal affliction.
Robert William (Billy) married Ruth Kendall Hamilton of Clifton Forge, and they have
one son, Kendall Blair Hawkins, born Sept. 1, 1934.
3e. Alexander Kearns Parker, Jan. 4, 1832 -Jan. 2, 1897
Alexander Kerns Parker was in the mercantile business the greater part of his life,
having formed a partnership with his father before he was of age. He joined the
Presbyterian Church in 1885, and he was made a ruling elder. He had the respect and
confidence of all who knew him. He married Mary Anne Wylie, Oct. 25, 1855, and they
had eleven children:
4a. Elizabeth Helena Parker Aug. 25, 1856 - Feb. 11, 1861
4b. Virginia Susan Parker Feb. 16, 1858 - July 1, 1858
4c. James Elliott Parker May 9, 1860 - Dec. 11, 1917
4d. Laura Parker Feb. 9, 1862 -
4e. John Perry Parker Sept. 25, 1863 - Aug. 4, 1923
4f. Alice Parker Mar. 4, 1866 -
4g. Blanche Parker May 9, 1867 - Sept. 4, 1867
4h. Florence Parker Sept. 1, 1869 -
4i. Arthur Kearnes Parker July 4, 1873 -
4j. Lelia Parker Sept. 9, 1874 -
4k. Annie Wylie Parker Mar. 20, 1878 -
4c. James Elliott Parker and Mary St. George Hammond were married April 25,
1883, and they had five children. Susie Frances, Jan. 30, 1884, married Charles H.
Westbrook June 28, 1905, and had two children: a son who died in early childhood and
Catherine Westbrook who became a librarian. George Alexander, 1887, married Anna B.
Manville in 1912, and had two daughters: Mary Annette who married Fred Davis and has
a son, Fred, Jr. and Elizabeth (Betty). Elliott McDonald, 1891, married Laura Virginia
Montague June 14, 1918, and had two daughters: Catherine Sclater and Mary Montague.
William Scott and Katherine Mason, 1896, were twins. Katherine Mason died at the age
of two years. William Scott married Julia Pace Oct. 24, 1925, and had one child, Carolyn,
who was born June 1935.
4c. Laura Parker remained single.
4e. John Perry Parker and Annie Snow Clark were married June 5, 1889. John
Perry Parker, Jr. was born Feb. 26, 1894 and his mother died eight days later. He married
Ellen Hall of Parkersburg and one son was born to them, J. P. Parker, III. John Perry, Jr.
died at Akron, Ohio, in 1932 at 38 years of age.
4f. Alice Parker and the Rev. Mr. James William Holt were married Oct. 12,
1887, and they had three children: Alice May Nov. 2, 1889, Josie Alexandra July 15,
1893, and William White Dec. 6, 1895 - Oct. 6, 1918, who died in Walter Reed Hospital
in Washington, D. C. Alice May Holt married Robert S. Johnson on Oct. 15, 1919, and
they have a son, James Emerson born Jan. 25, 1925. Josie A. Holt married Carl Grady
Eades on Oct. 1, 1921, and they had two children: Mary Alice Eades Feb. 5, 1923, and
Carl Grady Eades Oct. 2,1925.
4h. Florence Parker and Bernard Jackson Leach were married Dec. 25, 1901,
and they had two children: Mary Pauline Leach Oct. 5,1903 and Roscoe Lyle Leach May
19, 1905 who remained single. Mary Pauline married Marshall Lee Miller on June 6,
1923, and they had three children: Barbara Florence, Mary Virginia, and Betty Lee.
4j. Arthur Kearnes Parker and Lucy Gordon were married June 10, 1909. They
had one son, Arthur Kearnes, Jr. who was born in June 1911.
4j. Lelia Parker and John David Withrow were married Dec. 26. 1900, and they
had five children: Archibald Alexander Sept. 17, 1902, Mary Wylie Apr. 5, 1904, John
David, Jr. June 9, 1907, Harriet Dec. 31,1909, Aubrey Parker Sept. 25, 1912, Robert
Wilson June 20, 1918. Archibald Alexander married Ann Chandler Sept. 13, 1930. They
have two children: Betty Ann Aug. 1, 1934, and Carolyn Chandler Sept. 4, 1938. Harriet
married Christopher Jones Burris June 23, 1928. They have two children: Christopher
Jones, Jr. and Billy.
4k. Annie Wylie Parker and Richard Coleman Heywood were married Mar. 22.
1904. They have no children.
3f. Elizabeth Caroline Parker, Nov. 14, 1833 – Mar. 28, 1883
Elizabeth Caroline Parker married Benjamin F. Beamer Oct. 25, 1855, and they
had eight children:
4a. Virginia Susan Beamer May 6, 1858 -
4b. Michael Alphonso Beamer Jul. 7, 1860 -
4c. Joseph Lee Beamer Jan. 12, 1862 -
4d. Ida Alice Beamer Aug. 7, 1866 - Feb. 9, 1891
4e. Augustus Simpson Beamer Sept.22, 1868 - Jan. 19, 1912
4f. Dona Beamer May 4, 1872 -
4g. Leslie Byrley Beamer Oct.29, 1876 - Mar. 13, 1924
4h. Mary Carol Beamer Aug. 17, 1880 -
4a. Virginia Susan Beamer and James Washington Wimmer were married May
30, 1884, and they had five children: Winifred Elmo Dec. 22, 1885, Mabel Ida July 23,
1891, Lois Elizabeth Oct. 25 1893, Bryan Franklin Oct 2, 1896, and Mary Caroline Aug.
10, 1888 - Mar. 29, 1891.
4c. Joseph Lee Beamer and Virginia Burton were married in June 1884, and
they had eight children: William Alphonso Sept. 18, 1887, Leo Clifton Mar.12, 1890,
Paul May 31, 1892 - June 16, 1892, Robert Preston June 29, 1894, Bernard Burton
Apr. 20, 1897, Mary Clare Jan. 14, 1901, George Leslie May 2, 1903, and Ada Virginia
Dec. 22, 1905 - Apr. 11, 1912.
4d. Ida Alice Beamer and Joseph T. Alvis were married in 1890. They have no
4e. Augustus Simpson Beamer and Nannie L. Hale were married May 11, 1893,
and they had five children: Franklin Charles Feb. 27, 1894, Chief Petty Officer in the
U.S.N., married Emma Buchannon, and they have no children. Carl Lee Feb. 23, 1899,
married Viola Whittaker, and they have four children. Hazel Virginia June 14, 1902,
married Sam Brown, and they have three children. Julian Simpson Feb. 17, 1908, married
Hester Broyles, Dorothy May June 2,1912, married Albert Noel.
4f. Dona Beamer and William Franklin Ritenour were married June 15, 1898,
and they had five children: Mary Pauline July 10, 1899, married Clyde S. Williams, and
they had three children. Garland William Nov. 25, 1900, married Florence Tarking, and
they had two children: Leslie Edward Sept. 22, 1902 who was married. Bennie Lucille
Sept. 7, 1903, and Georgia Iris Apr. 25, 1905.
4g. Leslie Byrley Beamer and Alice Pearl Morris were married Dec 3, 1903,
and they had ten children: Dorothy Lee Sept. 9, 1904, married Sept. 12, 1928 (Wyrick),
Goldie Geneva Jan. 19, 1906, Ben Vinson Oct. 5, 1907, married May 9, 1934, Bryan
Herbert Feb. 13, 1909, Caroline Winfred Apr. 4, 1911, Ray Willard June 16, 1913,
George Arthur May 5, 1916, Earl Edward Sept. 11, 1918, Donald Leslie July 5, 1921, and
Lois Viola Nov. 6, 1923.
4h. Mary Carol Beamer and James A. Hare were married July 16, 1915, and
they had two children, James and Reba Duncan.
3g. Virginia Parker, May 25, 1835 - June 23, 1906
Virginia Parker and John Clavin Beamer were married Nov. 1, 1860, and they had
4a. Elizabeth Susan Beamer Jan. 11, 1862 (single)
4b. Hattie Morris Beamer Apr. 25, 1866 - May 27, 1883
4c. John Bird Beamer Sept. 18, 1867 - Mar. 1925
4d. Joseph William Beamer Aug. 17, 1869 - 1937 (?)
4e. Charles Adger Beamer Nov. 1, 1870 - 1874
4f. Nannie Catherine Beamer Oct. 27, 1872 -
4g. Bernard Parker Beamer Nov. 15, 1874
4h. Powhatan Reynolds Beamer Dec. 2, 1876 - 1922 (?)
4c. John Bird Beamer and Lannie E. Lynch were married Jan. 1, 1895, and they
had four children: Hattie who married William O'Neill and has nine children, two boys
and seven girls, Virginia who married Albert Bruner, three children, one son and two
daughters, John Cecil who is single and lives with his aunt, Betty Beamer, and a son who
died a few days after birth.
4d. Joseph William Beamer married Jennie Johnson of Botetourt Co., Va. They
have two children, Minnie who died at age five and Lionel who married and moved to
4f. Nannie Catherine Beamer and Emmett Russell Curry were married ca. 1898.
They had two children, Marlin Beamer Curry and a daughter who died in infancy. Rev.
Marlin B. Curry married May Dickerson ca. 1933, and they have two children, Thomas
Russell who was born July 5, 1934 and a daughter.
4g. Bernard Parker Beamer married Nannie C. Givens of Monroe County and
they had three children: Lacy Lee who married Louise Humphries of Greenbrier County
and has a daughter born in 1927, Weita Beamer, and Pearl Beamer.
4h. Powhatan Reynolds Beamer married Elizabeth (Bessie) Poole of Chicago.
They had two sons, Herman and Parker.
3h. David Robinson Preston Parker, Jul. 4, 1837- Sept. 22, 1908
David Robinson Preston Parker was a member of Bryan's Battery during the Civil
War. He married Jeannetta Hedrick of Greenbrier, and they had four children:
4a. Charles Bernard Parker
4b. Lora Parker
4c. Wellington Parker
4d. Frank Parker
4a. Charles Bernard Parker married a Miss Hughard, and after some years
moved to Ohio. They have several children.
4b. Lora Parker married Charles Dwyer of Greenbrier. She died a year or two
after their marriage. No children.
4c. Wellington Henry Parker, a physician, married Lillie Crookshanks, and they
had three children: Ray who married Courtney Anderson, a daughter of Rev. John
Anderson, and has a son, Ross who married Helen Tressell of White Sulphur Springs,
and has two or three children, and Roy who married Miss Callison of Renick in
4d. Frank William Parker married Belle McClung of Greenbrier County, and
they have three children: Lora who married William Hedrick, Frank Wilson, and Mary.
3i. William Henry Harrison Parker, Jan. 1, 1840 -April 8, 1885
William Henry Harrison Parker was a member of Bryan's Battery, Lowry's,
Chapman's, and perhaps Otey's which constituted the Thirteenth Battalion of Virginia
Artillery. He and Orlena Estaline Shirey were married Dec. 31, 1860, and they had three
4a. Charles Preston Parker Sept. 14, 1861 - May 19, 1862
4b. Viola Ida Parker Sept. 9, 1864 - Dec. 2, 1924
4c. Newton Alexander Parker Sept. 21, 1867 - July 1937
Orlena Estaline Shirey Parker died April 18, 1870, and William Henry Harrison Parker
married Mary Jeannetta McClung March 25, 1871. They had three children:
4d. William Edward Parker Sept. 22, 1872 - Dec. 21, 1879
4e. Alonzo Ezra Parker Mar. 10, 1875 - May 13, 1911
4f. Bryan McClung Parker July 4, 1877 - Jul. 19, 1902
4b. Viola Ida Parker and Joseph Plumer Leach were married May 27, 1891, and
they had six children: Ruth Alexandra Leach, March 23, 1892 at Crimson Springs, who
remained single. Mary Orlena Leach, July 27, 1894 at Crimson Springs, married Richard
H. Fife June 24, 1913 at Butler, Pa., and they had four Children, Frank Hartford Fife Feb.
8, 1914 at Canonsburg, Pa., David Elmer Fife Dec. 18, 1915 at Canonsburg, Pa., Dora
Virginia Fife Dec. 2, 1917 at Canonsburg, Pa., who married Harry Buchanan Hazlett
of Canonsburg, Pa., on November 12, 1937, and Mary Agnes Fife Apr. 17, 1921 -Apr.
18, 1921. Lacy Latimer Leach, June 30, 1896 at Crimson Springs, married Mrs. Evelyn
(Lintsenmeyer) McCann of Pittsburgh, Pa., on Feb. 6, 1930, and they had no children.
Joseph P. Leach, Jr., Apr. 30, 1899 at Crimson Springs. William Addison Leach, Aug.
13, 1902 at Crimson Springs, married Elizabeth Hazel Billingsley of Pittsburgh, Pa., on
Nov. 25, 1937. Harold Newton Leach, Nov. 28, 1907 at Morganza, Pa., married Violet
Marie Berger of Canonsburg, Pa., on Oct. 26, 1935, and they have no children.
4c. Newton Alexander Parker, a Presbyterian minister, and Leonard Lindsay
Dickerson were married Aug. 15, 1906 by Rev. J. W. Holt, and they had two children:
Newton Alexander Parker II, Jul. 8, 1907, at Iron Gate, Va., who married Marie Willette
Collier in 1929 (?) and has a daughter, Jeanne Carolyn Parker March 27, 1930, and John
William Parker who was born Jan. 20, 1910, at Iron Gate, Va.
4c. Alonzo Ezra Parker and Laura Jarrett of Genoa Junction, Wis., were married
and had a daughter who died in infancy of tuberculosis.
4f. Bryan McClung Parker went to Chicago and also developed tuberculosis. He
returned to Monroe County and died at his mother's home, Mrs. R. H. Martin.
3j. Robert Young Parker, Oct. 5, 1841 - Jan. 3, 1920
Robert Young Parker, like two of his brothers, was a member of Capt. Thomas A.
Bryan's Company of Virginia Artillery which was known as the Monroe Artillery, Bryan
Artillery, or Bryan's Battery. This Company was organized March 27, 1862, and served
in the 4th Brigade, Department of West Virginia, and in McLaughlin's Battalion of
Artillery. In battle it was Robert's job to fire "the piece," in other words, to put the torch
to the cannon.
According to family tradition, Robert was once saved during the Civil War by a
general. The troops were retreating under a Federal advance and Robert was in danger of
being captured or killed when a general came by and carried him away from the action on
Robert married Martha Campbell of Monroe County, West Virginia, and they had
nine children, seven of which lived to adulthood. Martha died of "apolexy," a cerebral
hemorrhage, and is buried in an unmarked grave in Monroe County.
At the persuasion of Will Gilliam, his son-in-law, Robert moved his family from
Monroe County to Zion Hill near Eagle Rock in Botetourt County, Virginia. Later in life,
he was to live with his daughter, Glenna Gilliam, at or near Radiant, Virginia, in Madison
County. He died there of an heart attack which he suffered when her home burned. His
son, Bob Parker, who was there at the time saved the family by getting them out of the
house into the snow. The shock caused the heart attack. He is buried at Walker's Chapel
on State Route 230 near Radiant.
Robert Young Parker and Martha Campbell had nine children:
4a. a son who died in infancy
4b. Ashby Parker
4c. Orion Creet Parker
4d. William Carlton Parker Mar. 16, 1883 - Jan. 7, 1956
4e. Joseph Oscar Parker
4f. Wade Hampton Parker
4g. Florence (?) Parker died in early childhood
4h. Glenna Elizabeth Parker
4i. Robert Rector Parker
4b. Ashby Parker, nicknamed Sash, married Emma King and lived in
Covington, Virginia. They had one son, Orion Everett Parker, who married Lola Mae
Armentrout. O. E. Parker lives in Covington, Virginia.
4c. Orion Creet Parker moved to Florida and married Lenora Williams. They
had six children: O. C. Parker, Jr. married Mary Emma _______, Eunice Parker married
James Loomis Anderson, Robert Parker married Hellen ______, Clarice Parker married
several times, Gwinn Parker was married, and Fred Parker married Emma ______.
4d. William Carlton Parker, Mar. 16, 1883 - Jan. 7, 1956, was born at Pickaway
in Monroe County, West Virginia. He moved to Botetourt County, Virginia, with his
father during his young manhood. One of his first business enterprises was Parker's Pure
Dairy in Zion Hill, Virginia. Another early business was photography. He would go from
farm to farm making family photographs and staying with the family a day or so. It was
in this way that he met his future wife, Mabel Clara Plewes, May 22, 1880 - May 4, 1967.
Mabel Clara was the daughter of William Plewes and Emily Alice Bush. Her
father was a miller, and she was born at Bennett's Mill in Montgomery County, Virginia.
They later lived at Howell's Mill near Fincastle, Virginia, where she and William Carlton
met. Her family moved to Eagle Rock, Virginia, where her father worked for Cash and
Allen at Eagle Rock Roller Mill. It was here in Eagle Rock at her father's home that
Mabel Clara and William Carlton were married, April 8, 1908.
Later they lived in Covington, Virginia, where he ran a studio and sold Maxwell
cars. In 1918 they moved their family to Roanoke, Virginia, where he continued his
photography until his death. They both died in Roanoke and are buried there in Evergreen
William Carlton Parker and Mabel Clara Plewes had five children:
5a. William Carlton Parker, Jr. Apr. 12, 1909
5b. Alton Bernard Parker Mar. 7, 1911
5c. John Wesley Parker May 6., 1913
5d. Robert Plewes Parker Jun. 13, 1917
5e. Mary Ruth Parker May 11, 1919
5a. William Carl ton Parker, Jr., photographer, was born at Eagle Rock. He
married Della Hortence Johnson and they have one son, William Carlton Parker, III. Billy
married Suzanne Steinbeck, and they have two sons, Michael and Gregory.
5b. Alton Bernard Parker, photographer and Boy Scout leader, was born at
Covington. He is single.
5c. John Wesley Parker, pen salesman, was born at Covington. He married
Hilda Carder, deceased, and he has two children, John Wesley Parker, Jr. who has been
married twice and has one son and Judy Parker who has been married twice.
5d. Robert Plewes Parker, Methodist minister and educator, was born at
Covington. He married Joye Brantley, and they have four sons: John Brantley Parker who
married Patsy Pollard and is divorced, Robert Plewes Parker, II, who married Christy
Guy, Dana Carlton Parker, and Christoper Stewart Parker.
5e. Mary Ruth Parker, housewife and realtor, was born at Roanoke. She married
Charles Ralph Arthur, Methodist minister and educator (Aug. 5, 1917 – Oct. 13, 1970),
on Jan. 22, 1944. They have four sons: Charles Ralph Arthur, Jr., Dec. 17,1944, who
married Sarah Elizabeth Shively, Oct. 14, 1947, on Dec. 22, 1968; Thomas Carlton
Arthur, Jul. 11, 1946, who married Carolyn Scott Fisher, Sept. 30, 1947, on June 15,
1968; Richard Allen Arthur, May 4, 1949, who married Jane Elizabeth Vaiden, May 11,
1949, on March 11, 1972; and Parker Alexander Arthur, June 27, 1957.
4e. Joseph Oscar Parker married Clara Merritt and they lived in Bedford
County, Virginia. They had two daughters, Noreen and Lucille who were both single.
4f. Wade Hampton Parker married Mary Padgett, and they lived at Forest,
Virginia, in Bedford County. They had three children, a child who died young, Orion
Parker, and Houston Parker who lives in Lynchburg, Virginia.
4h. Glenna Elizabeth Parker married Will Gilliam who was killed by lightning
while sitting on a bed holding a child. The child was thrown free. They lived in Orange
County, Virginia, and at Radiant, Virginia, in Madison County. They had six children,
Erma Gilliam who married Claude Carter, Jack Gilliam who was unmarried, Myrtle
Gilliam who married a Pritchett, Aubrey Gilliam who was married, Mary Gilliam who
married Clark Pertian, and a son who died in young manhood.
4i. Robert Rector Parker married Fannie Weeks, and they had no children.
2f. SAMUEL PARKER, May 8, 1804 – Apr. 19, 1871
Samuel Parker married Jane Johnson of Johnson's Cross Roads in Monroe
County. Annie Parker was their only child. She married William Maddy, and they had
two daughters, Amber Maddy and Ulma Maddy. Amber Maddy first married a Boyd, and
they had a son, William J. Boyd, who died at three months. She then married James
Burdett, and they had a son. Ulma Maddy married Bevis who was a merchant at Gauley
Bridge. They had a son, Ralph, who married and had several children.
2g. MARY (POLLY) PARKER, May 2, 1807 – Aug. 10, 1888
Polly Parker married John Lively, and they moved to Coalton, Ohio. They had
four children: Milton Lively who was married, Lorenzo Lively who was married, Lydia
Lively who married Allen McGhee and had several children, Mary Lively who was a
hunchback because of a fall that married and died with the birth of her first child.
2h. DAVID PARKER, Oct. 27, 1809 – Mar. 1871
David Parker married a Humphreys, and they had three children: Sena Parker,
Hannah Parker, and Hugh Parker. After David Parker died his children moved to Roane
County, West Virginia, where their descendants live.
2i. RACHEL PARKER, Jan. 8, 1812 – Feb. 11, 1843
Rachel Parker married John Humphreys, a brother of David Parker's wife. They
had three children, Ann Humphreys, John Manelius Humphreys, and Addison
Humphreys. Rachel died at the age of 31 and her husband a few years later. The children
were raised by their Humphreys grandparents.
3a. Ann Humphreys married a Blackburn who deserted her before the birth of
her daughter, May. May Blackburn married Otey McCormick, and they had three
daughters and two sons, one of whom drown when a young man. Ann Humphreys and
her family lived in Covington, Virginia.
3b. John Manelius Humphreys married twice, Sallie Dolan and Sarah E.
Dunsmore. He had ten children: John Preston Humphreys who married a Pitzer and had
several children, Charles Luther Humphreys who died in infancy, Boyd Elmer
Humphreys who was unmarried, Margaret Ann Humphreys who was unmarried, Nora A.
Humphreys who married Fletcher Alford and had no children, Rutherford A. Humphreys
who was twice married, a Reynolds and a Pitzer, and had five children, Otho,Adger,
Sydney, Harry, and Susan, Renick Ashby Humphreys who married Susan Dixon, Burman
W. Humphreys who married Lona Ingles and had four children, Ruth, Mark, Georgia,
and Jewell, B. Alrelda Humphreys who was unmarried, and Luella B. Humphreys who
3c. Addison Humphreys was twice married, once to a Tinsley and to Susan
Burdett. He had one son, William, who born to his first marriage. William died in young
manhood. Addison had five children by his second marriage, Lena Leoti Humphreys who
married James William Dixon and had six children, William Lacy Dixon who married
Jane McKinney and had two children, Mary Louise and James McKinney, Czerny A.
Dixon who married Helen Riffe and had a son, Billy, Nina Dixon who was twice married,
McCall and Jens, and had a son by the first marriage and a son and a daughter by the
second, Zula Dixon married Robert Rigg and she had a son and a daughter, and Mary
Dixon who married Roy Whitman and had a son and a daughter; Samuel Humphreys
who married a Worsham and had several children; Florence Humphreys who married a
Lockhart and had no children; Willanna Humphreys who married a Lockhart, brother to
her sister's husband, and had two daughters and two (?) sons who lived in California; and
Ernest Humphreys who married and had no children.
2j. WILLIAM PARKER, Mar. 3, 1815 - July 3, 1900
William Parker sold the land he inherited near Hillsdale and moved to the lower-
end of Monroe County. He was twice married. His first wife was Lydia Sullivan who
died in young womanhood leaving a daughter.
3a. Virginia Parker married Andrew Daugherty
William Parker's second wife was Sarah Upton, and they had eight children:
3b. Andrew Parker died young, two children
3c. Joseph N. Parker daughters-Fannie, Nannie
3d. George W. Parker married twice
3e. Samuel A. Parker married
3f. J. Harvey Parker married twice
3g. Lydia Parker married
3h. William Henry (Rector) Parker Jan. 3, 1867 - Aug. 11, 1932
3j. Mary I. Parker May 30, 1868 - Nov. 24, 1933
3d. George W. Parker, a Baptist minister, was twice married. His first wife was
Callie Brown, and they had three sons and two daughters. Two of the sons died, and the
other married and had no children. One of the daughters, Grace, died and the other
married and lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His second wife was Ella Young.
3e. Samuel A. Parker married a Miss Kincaid, and they had one child, Marian
who was a Methodist minister.
3g. Lydia Parker married James Allen and had five children.
3h. William Henry Parker, a Baptist minister, was twice married. His first wife
was Nora Belle Neal, and they had three children: Beulah Florence Parker, a registered
nurse, who married John Ballard of Monroe County and lived in New York City, William
Oscar Parker who married Lura Hall and had five children, Henry D., Ruth, Beulah M. ,
Emmett, and Nora, and Lacy Chambers Parker who married Elizabeth Mann and had
three children, Hazel, Elizabeth, and Spurgeon.
3i. Mary I. Parker married Thomas M. Broyles on Dec. 31, 1890, and they had
nine children, one of which died in infancy. Their children are: A. L. Broyles of
Montgomery, West Virginia, Roy W. Broyles of Charleston, West Virginia, Clyde C.
Broyles of Clay, West Virginia, Paul F. Broyles, Mrs. L. Hammack, Mrs. O. M. Wykle of
Sarton, West Virginia, Mrs. Cecil Bowles, Mrs. A. B. Balderson of south Charleston,
West Virginia, and Mrs. Paul T. Hammacks of Charleston who is an R. N.
2k. ANDREW PARKER, Aug 27, 1817 - Sept 1, 1865
Andrew Parker married Mary Katherine Upton, and they had six children:
3a. Mary Jane Webb Parker Aug. 13, 1852 -
3b. Martha Ann Frances Parker Jan. 23, 1855 -
3c. Marion Fletcher Parker Aug. 12, 1857 -
3d. William Harvey Parker Feb. 17, 1860 -
3e. Joseph Alexander Parker 1861 - Nov. 13, 1913
3f. Charles Lewis Parker Jan. 11, 1865 -
3a. Mary Jane (Mollie) Parker married John Keenan Burdett, a member of
Bryan's Battery and a deacon in Hillsdale Church. They lived many years near the old
home place then moved to Hinton and from there to Alderson where they both died. They
had no children.
3b. Martha Ann Frances Parker married twice. Her first husband was Andrew
Burdett who died shortly after their marriage. Her second husband was Addison Tinsley,
and their children were: Otey Tinsley, Ruby Tinsley, Homer Tinsley, Alex Tinsley, Susie
Tinsley, and several who died in childhood.
3c. Marion Fletcher Parker married Mollie Brown, and they had four children:
Harry Parker who was twice married and had two (?) children, Courtney Parker who was
single, Gordon Parker who was single, and Helen Parker who married Alton L. Fry and
had three children, two daughters and a son.
3d. William Harvey Parker was a victim of dementia and died in an asylum.
3e. Joseph Alexander Parker died single. He was a successful merchant and a
commissioned Lieut. Col. in the West Virginia National Guard.
3f. Charles Lewis Parker married Lutie McVey,and they had several children.
The only additions made to Laura Parker's work were in the Robert Young Parker
and William Carlton Parker families. This information was obtained from Robert Plewes
Parker, Alton Bernard Parker, and Mary Ruth Parker Arthur, children of William Carlton
Parker and grandchildren of Robert Young Parker.