|Birth: ||Apr. 6, 1781|
|Death: ||Dec. 3, 1844|
DANIEL PARKER, moved with his parents from Virginia to Tennessee, still later to Illinois. He was ordained as a Baptist Minister in 1806. He was elected Senator from Clark and Crawford Counties to the third General Assembly of Illinois on the 7th say of August, 1826. With the intention of organizing a church, he, his brother JAMES and his father, went to Texas in 1832 . Texas under the Mexican rule would not allow any church to form in Texas except the Catholic Church. Daniel would not give up and went to see Stephen F. Austin, who told Daniel that h e could not start up a church in Texas, but if he already had a church when he got there, h e would be allowed freedom of worship. The Parker's headed back to Illinois and the PILGRIM CHURCH was formed, on the rolls of that Primitive Baptist Church were the following : ELDER DANIEL PARKER; PATSY PARKER; JOHN PARKER; JULIAN CRIST ; RACHEL CRIST; SALLIE BROWN; and PHOEBE PARKER; Then following the enumeration of the Elders of the four Illinois Churches,Gladys PARKS, Mt. Zion, Grand Prairie and LAMONT, who represented the Presbytery organizing the church. It was agreed that they were to have their first meeting in the home of Elder Daniel PARKER. They met on the 11th day of August 1833 and at that time, four more members were received. This made the little church eleven members.By the time this little church headed to Texas, it was made up of friends and neighbors to have a wagon train of twenty-five strong! The minutes of the church on the 20th day of October 1833; Which was held in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, records the following new members, ELDER GARRISON GREENWOOD; RICHARD EATON: HIS WIFE, POLLY EATON ; JOSEPH JORDAN: NANCY FAULKENBERRY;
RACHEL EATON: and ELIZABETH EATON. When the meeting adjourn, it was signed by DANIEL PARKER, Moderator; ROBERT DAVIDSON, Clerk.
They arrived in Austin's Colony on the 28th day of January, 1834. This little church finally settled near present day Elkhart in Anderson County. Daniel PARKER, his wife and many relatives are buried in the church cemetery near the church, which still exist. Daniel's son,BENJAMIN, succeeded him as Pastor of the church.
Many members of the Parker family were killed by the Comanche Indians and several were kidnapped by them, the most famous being CYNTHIA ANN, daughter of SILAS and Lucy DUTY PARKER. She was raised by them and after she was married and had a family, two boys and one girl, The Parker's kidnapped her back along with her little girl,but Cynthia had become to love the Indians and their way of life. Her little girl soon died and Cynthia Ann grieved herself in an early grave. After peace finally came, her son came for her remains and took her back to Oklahoma to be buried among the people she had come to love. She was brought back by funds granted by the United States government in 1910. The rest of the money was used to erect a monument in her memory.
The Parker descendants, both Red and White can be proud of their Parker ancestors.
(bio by: Jo Ann Pipkin Londot)
Elder John Parker (1758 - 1836)
Sarah White Parker (1759 - 1824)
Patsy Martha Dixon Parker (1783 - 1846)
Abigail Parker Kennedy (1804 - 1850)*
Dickinson Parker (1812 - 1844)*
Phebe Parker Wells (1816 - 1872)*
Benjamin Parker (1819 - 1896)*
Rachel Parker Bennett (1821 - 1843)*
Isaac Parker (1824 - 1881)*
Daniel Parker (1781 - 1844)
John Parker (1782 - 1831)*
Mary Jane Parker Kendrick (1785 - 1846)*
Benjamin F.W. Parker (1788 - 1836)*
Isaac Parker (1793 - 1883)*
Phebe Parker Anglin (1796 - 1863)*
James W. Parker (1797 - 1864)*
Nathaniel Parker (1799 - 1855)*
Silas Mercer Parker (1804 - 1836)*
Susannah Parker Starr (1807 - 1875)*
Pilgrim Cemetery (White section)
Maintained by: Nancy Franklin-Walling B...
Originally Created by: Norida Meredith
Record added: Dec 05, 2000
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