1758 - 1836 (77 years) Submit Photo / Document
||Elder John Parker |
||5 Sep 1758
||Baltimore Co, MD
||19 May 1836
||Groesbeck, Fort Parker, TX
|Cause: Killed in Fort Parker Massacre |
- Fort Parker was founded about two miles west of present-day Groesbeck, Limestone County, Texas, USA by Elder John Parker (1758–1836), his sons, Benjamin, Silas and James, plus other members of the Pilgrim Predestinarian Baptist Church of Crawford County, Illinois. Led by John and Daniel Parker, they came to Texas in 1833. Daniel's party first settled in Grimes County, then later moved to Anderson County near present-day Elkhart. Elder John Parker's group settled near the headwaters of the Navasota River, and built a fort for protection against Native Americans.
- John PARKER was a Revolutionary Soldier, Serial # S32435. He served in the 2nd and 13t h Regiment of the Continental Army of VA. He had a brother named Daniel and a sister named Susannah. After the war, John and Sarah White-Parker moved to Elbert Co., GA. Here John was made an Elder in the Primitive Baptist Church. He moved to Bedford Co., TN and lived there for about twelve y ears, and then moved his family to Crawford County, IL in 1814. It was here on the 28th day of July, 1821 that Sarah "SALLY" WHITE died. It was also here that JOHN remarried. He married SALLY PINSON-DUTY, the 21st of March 1825. He and his wife were killed at the Parker's Fort Massacre, in Robertson's Colony now Limestone County, on May 19, 1836.
His application for a RS Pension was made while in ILL before he came to TX in 1833.
His grand daughter is known in TX history - Cynthia Ann Parker mother to the famous last chief of Comanches - Quanah Parker.
- John Parker was born September 5, 1758 in Baltimore County, Maryland and served with Virginia troops under General Nathaniel Greene in the American Revolution. In 1779 he married Sarah White and his family moved to Crawford County, Illinois where in 1827 a granddaughter was born named Cynthia Ann Parker. The family moved to Texas in 1832 and Reverend John Parker built a church.
The trip was hard and the survivors finally arrived at Fort Houston located near present day Palestine, Texas.
In 1833 the family started clearing trees to build a stockade located between the present towns of Grosebeck and Medina, Texas in Limestone County.
It was on May 19, 1836 that the large band of Comanche Indians approached the stockade under a white flag, but then attacked, killing five of the Parker family, and capturing Cynthia Ann Parker, who became the wife of Nacoma and the mother of Quanah Parker, chief of the Comanches.
John Parker was scalped and killed that day and buried in a mass grave at the Pioneer Cemetery near Fort Parker. The DAR placed a marker on the grave site in 1946. The SAR placed a marker at the mass grave site in the Fort Parker Memorial Cemetery near Groesbeck and at the Fort Parker State Park near Mexia in 2006. 
- For other persons named John Parker, see John Parker (disambiguation).
Elder John Parker (1758 - 1836) was an American settler and Predestinarian Baptist minister who immigrated to Texas before the Texas Revolution, and was killed during the Fort Parker massacre in 1836, along with several members of his family, and others of the "Parker clan".
Parker was born on September 6, 1758 in Baltimore County, Maryland. His family moved to Virginia while Parker was young, and in 1777, at age nineteen, he left home to fight in the American Revolution. Two years later, in November 1779, he married Sarah "Sallie" White before returning to war. After returning home in Virginia, the Parkers' first child, Daniel Parker, was born on April 6, 1781. Other children soon followed.
About 1785, Parker moved his family to Georgia in search of opportunities for a better life. In 1803, he once again moved the family, including Sallie, eight children, Daniel's wife, Martha "Patsey" Dickerson, and their daughter. They settled near Nashboro (present Nashville), Tennessee. By 1817, their family had grown to eleven children, many of whom had married and had children of their own. The family then moved to Illinois.
In 1824, Sallie died, and in 1825, Parker married the widow Sarah "Sallie" Duty, who had several daughters who had married into the Parker clan. At age seventy-five, Parker and most of his family moved to Texas in 1833.
During 1835, some of Parker's sons built a fort on the head-waters of the Navasota River, near present Groesbeck in Limestone County, Texas. Parker's Fort was built as protection for the families who all had land grants located on the frontier of what was then called the Comancheria.
On May 19, 1836, Parker and other members of the Parker clan were killed at the Fort Parker massacre. His wife was seriously wounded but eventually recovered. 
||Extended Families of Childress
||24 Jul 2015 |
||Sarah "Sally" White, b. 10 Jul 1759, Culpepper Co, VA , d. 28 Jul 1824 (Age 65 years) |
||Culpeper County, Virginia
| ||1. Elder Daniel Parker, b. 6 Apr 1781, Culpeper County, Virginia , d. 3 Dec 1844 (Age 63 years)|
| ||2. John Parker, b. 1783, d. 1811 (Age 28 years)|
| ||3. Mary Jane "Polly" Parker, b. 6 Mar 1785, Elbert County, Georgia , d. 19 Dec 1846 (Age 61 years)|
| ||4. Benjamin F W Parker, b. 13 May 1788, GA , d. 19 May 1836, Groesbeck, Fort Parker, TX (Age 48 years)|
| ||5. Pheobe Parker, b. 4 Jul 1790, Elbert County, Georgia , d. 1853 (Age 62 years)|
| ||6. Isaac Parker, b. 7 Apr 1793, Elbert County, Georgia , d. 14 Apr 1883, Parker Co., TX (Age 90 years)|
| ||7. Joseph Allen Parker, b. Abt 1795, d. Nov 1839, Houston, Harris Co., TX (Age ~ 44 years)|
| ||8. James W Parker, b. 4 Jul 1797, Elbert County, Georgia (Franklin County) , d. 1864, Houston County, Texas (Age 66 years)|
| ||9. Nathaniel Parker, b. 1799, d. 1855 (Age 56 years)|
| ||10. Silas Mercer Parker, b. 5 May 1804, Bedford County, TN , d. 19 May 1836, Limestone County, TX (Age 32 years)|
| ||11. Rachael Parker, b. 1805|
| ||12. Susannah Parker, b. 5 Nov 1807, Hickman Co. Tenn , d. 28 Jul 1875 (Age 67 years)|
| ||13. Sarah Parker|
|Born - 5 Sep 1758 - Baltimore Co, MD