Elder Benjamin F Parker

Elder Benjamin F Parker

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  • Name Elder Benjamin F Parker 
    Born 10 Feb 1819  Crawford County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Texas legislator and Baptist minister 
    Died 28 Dec 1896 
    Buried Pilgrim Cemetery, Elkhart, Anderson Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • PARKER, BENJAMIN F. (1819-1896). Benjamin F. Parker, Texas legislator and Baptist minister, was born on February 10, 1819, in Crawford County, Illinois, the eighth child of Daniel and Patsey (Dickerson) Parker. In November 1833 he moved to Texas in a wagon train with his parents and a group of Baptists who, because they were already an established congregation, did not violate the Mexican law (see MEXICAN TEXAS) against forming a non-Catholic church in Texas. Parker received a third of a league of land (1,476 acres) as a grant for a single person. He moved to land now in Houston County in 1834 and was one of the first settlers in what is now Anderson County. Parker married Irena Douthell on March 8, 1846. He was a farmer, surveyor, and schoolteacher. Although he had only a limited education, he had common sense and practical experience to offer his students. He represented Anderson County as a Democrat in the Texas Legislature in 1855 (Sixth) and 1859 (Eighth). On April 8, 1861, the legislature passed a bill for the relief of Cynthia Ann Parkerqv and her daughter, in which Benjamin and Isaac Parkerqv were listed as guardians. On December 19, 1863, Benjamin and Irena Parker joined the Pilgrim Predestinarian Regular Baptist Church of Jesus near Elkhart, Texas, and were baptized. Parker was licensed to preach by the Pilgrim Church on January 16, 1864. On October 9, 1864, he was ordained a minister at the Union Primitive Baptist Association meeting by request of Pilgrim Church and elected clerk of the association, a position from which he resigned in October 1891. Parker was called to serve as assistant pastor of Pilgrim Church on November 19, 1864. He became pastor there on July 17, 1869, and served in that position until his death, on December 28, 1896. He was blind the last four years of his life. He was buried in the cemetery of the Pilgrim Primitive Baptist Church.

      BIBLIOGRAPHY: William DeRyee and R. E. Moore, The Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature, 1860 (Austin: Miner, Lambert, and Perry, 1860). Grace Jackson, Cynthia Ann Parker (San Antonio: Naylor, 1959). [1]
    Person ID I5498  Extended Families of Childress
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2019 

    Father Elder Daniel Parker,   b. 6 Apr 1781, Culpeper County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 1844  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Martha Patsey Dickerson,   b. 17 Jan 1783, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1846, Elkhart, Anderson Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 11 Mar 1802 
    Family ID F1978  Group Sheet

    Family Irena Douthit,   b. 1 Jun 1828, Crawford County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jul 1900, Elkhart, Anderson Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 8 Mar 1846 
    Children 
     1. Daniel Parker,   b. 26 Dec 1848, Elkhart, Anderson Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1926, McLennan Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     2. Miles Parker,   b. 1852,   d. 1901  (Age 49 years)
     3. Sarah "Sallie" Parker,   b. 3 Jun 1854, Elkhart, Anderson, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1912  (Age 58 years)
     4. Rebecca Parker,   b. 1 May 1856, Anderson Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 May 1925, Grapeland, Houston Co, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     5. Infant Parker,   b. 25 May 1860
     6. Parthena Parker,   b. 31 Oct 1861
     7. Lilly Parker,   b. 23 Sep 1864
     8. John Parker,   b. 26 Oct 1850, Elkhart, Anderson Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1917, Henderson Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     9. Addie Parker,   b. 5 Jul 1872, Elkhart, Anderson Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1954, Houston, Harris Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     10. Benjamin Parker, Jr.,   b. 2 Aug 1869, Elkhart, Anderson Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1906, Elkhart, Anderson Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
     11. Patsy Parker,   b. 13 Jan 1847, Elkhart, Anderson Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1915, Elkhart, Anderson Co., TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F1992  Group Sheet

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  • Headstones
    Benjamin Parker and Irena Douthit
    Benjamin Parker and Irena Douthit
    Pilgrim Cemetery, Elkhart, Anderson Co., TX

  • Sources 
    1. [S293] Handbook of Texas - online.
      http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/PP/fpa16.html