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Rev Josiah Lamberson Parrish
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Birth: Jan. 14, 1806
Onondaga County
New York, USA
Death: May 31, 1895
Oregon, USA

Rev. Josiah Lamberson Parrish was the son of Benjamin and Sally (Lamberson) Parrish. Elizabeth (Winn) Parrish was his 1st wife. They were married Palmyra, New York September 1833 and she died August 28, 1869. Jennie L. (Lichtenthaler) Parrish was his 2nd wife. They were married 186O and she died 1887. Mrs. Mattie A. Pierce Parrish was his 3rd wife. They were married 1888. Her 1st husband was Mr. J. O. Pierce. Before he came to Oregon he was a Local Preacher in the Genesee (now Western New York) Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. Parrish with his wife Elizabeth and three children left New York October 9, 1839 and arrived in Oregon, May 194O. They came on the ship Lausanne via Cape Horn and the Sandwich Islands in company with Rev. Jason Lee and arrived in Oregon May 184O. He was a blacksmith and also skilled as a harness maker, wagon maker and tool maker. In 1843 he established a mission at the mouth of the Columbia River and in 1849 was appointed Indian Agent for Oregon by Pres. Taylor. In 1842 he was selected as a trustee of the Oregon Institute (now Willamette University) and in 1843 voted in favor of creating the Provisional Government of Oregon.

Death Notice
Daily Oregon Statesman
Salem, Oregon
May 31, 1895
Rev. Josiah L. Parrish
Left New York 1839 Coming With Jason Lee Around Cape Horn In Ship Lausanne Arriving 184O
"Father Parrish Dead.--At 1:15 this (Friday) morning Rev. J. L. Parrish, one of the last of the early Methodist missionary pioneers and one of the best known men in Oregon, breathed his last at his residence at Capitol and Marion Streets, this city. He was born January 14, 18O6, consequently was close to 9O years old. He landed in Oregon in May 184O, and for 55 years has held an honored place among its people and has been one of the foremost among the builders of its prosperity. There will be wide-spread mourning over his bier. Time and circumstances make an inadequate notice this morning impossible. It will be given later. Funeral arrangements will be made and due notice given. A wife married in 1888, survives him; also three sons by a former wife--Samuel B. of Portland, Norman O. of this city, and Charles W. of Canyon City; also two daughters by another wife--one residing in New York, the other in Tacoma."
--see also Oregon Statesman, June 1, 1895, Page 3, Columns 2-4

Gaston, Joseph
Portland Oregon, Its History and Builders: In Connection With the Antecedent Explorations, Discoveries and Movements of the Pioneers That Selected the Site For the Great City of the Pacific, c1911, Pgs. 249-258
Biographical sketch of Rev. Josiah L. Parrish

Frederic George Young, Editor
Oregon Historical Quarterly
March 1921 - December 1921
Volume XXII, Number 1, Page 237
Portion of a letter written by Rev. William M. Roberts, 3rd Superintendent of the Oregon Mission to Rev. Dr. Pitman, Corresponding Secretary of the Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church
Oregon City, April 1, 1848
--"Josiah L. Parrish lives at the Oregon Institute and has charge of the Yamhill Circuit. He is a Local Deacon from the bounds of the Genesee Conference and came here as a secular member of the mission in 1849. His family consists of himself, wife, and three children, two under 14 years and one over 7 years of age. Yamhill Circuit was reported last year to have 135 members in Society but no Sabbath Schools."--
Yours in Christ,
Wm Roberts
Family links: 
  Elizabeth Winn Parrish (1811 - 1869)
  Martha Ann Hiatt Pierce Parrish (1849 - 1933)*
*Calculated relationship
"Rev J L Parrish
Left NY 1839
Coming with Jason Lee
Around Cape Horn
In ship Lausanne
Arriving 1840
Missionary To The Indians
Called By Them
The Man Of Peace"
Lee Mission Cemetery
Marion County
Oregon, USA
Plot: DS-17
Created by: Mary Jane Haight-Eckert
Record added: Jan 29, 2009
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Rev Josiah Lamberson Parrish
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Rev Josiah Lamberson Parrish
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Rev Josiah Lamberson Parrish
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