|Birth: ||Sep. 11, 1807|
|Death: ||Aug. 24, 1888|
Among the early settlers of St. Joseph township a conspicuous figure was Christian Parker, who was elected justice in 1834, county commissioner in 1839, and in 1844 as the whig candidate, representative in the state legislature, to which he was sent for four successive terms. He was born in Preble County, Ohio, September 11, 1807, of English ancestors. His grandfather, Amariah Parker, fled from Cornwall to escape impressment into the British army, and settled near Boston in 1761. He and his three brothers assisted in the revolutionary struggle, one of them falling at Bunker Hill, as a lieutenant-colonel. After the war, Amariah removed to New Jersey and married Tamar Munson, and lost all his fortune by the depreciation of continental money.
His son, Jacob Parker, was left an orphan at thirteen, without home, and he was bound out to a blacksmith at New York. Escaping from harsh treatment he reached Fort Washington, Ohio, and enlisted under General Anthony Wayne, and fought at the battle of the Maumee, August 20, 1794, receiving a wound there. After his discharge he settled near Middleton, Ohio, married Mary Loy, and settled in 1801 in Preble County, Ohio. Christian Parker was the son of this soldier under Wayne. He cut his way from Fort Wayne into the St. Joseph Township forests in October, 1833, and before the following February had a cabin built on section 20.
He brought with him his wife, Rachel, daughter of Henry Cassell, of Preble county, born August 1, 1807, in Virginia. They were married June 18, 1829, and had the following children: Samuel C, born April 24, 1830; Francis A. C, December 21, 1831; Harriet (deceased), August 22, 1833; Julia A. (died May 8,1868), August 7, 1835; Jacob H. (deceased), July 17, 1837; Allen H. (deceased), April 9, 1839; Caroline, May 10, 1841; Henry C. (deceased April 20, 1875), February 4, 1844; Maria (deceased), January 14, 1846; Oliver P., October 13, 1848; Mary E. (deceased), January 21, 1851; Winfield S. (deceased), July 19, 1853. Mrs. Parker died February 4, 1879, and Christian Parker passed away August 24, 1888.
Their son, Oliver P., was born on the St. Joseph township homestead, and there raised, receiving the common school education of those days. He now owns 160 acres of the old farm, a beautiful and productive tract of land. In 1868 Mr. Parker was married to Fanny Fike, born in 1844, by whom he had three children, two of whom are living, Ulysses Grant and Estella H. On December 24, 1876, Mr. Parker was married to Kitty Lischy, a native of Kosciusko County, born April 18, 1857, and they have two children, Mabel F. R. and Pansy D.
Valley of the Upper Maumee River: With Historical Account of Allen County and the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Volume 1, pub. by Brant & Fuller, 1889.
Jacob Parker (1777 - 1848)
Mary Loy Parker (1784 - 1861)
Rachel Cassel Parker (1807 - 1879)*
Flora Bainbridge Parker (1858 - 1884)*
Samuel C. Parker (1830 - 1903)*
Harriet Parker (1833 - ____)*
Julia Ann Parker Fletter (1835 - 1868)*
Caroline Parker Halter (1841 - 1924)*
Henry Clay Parker (1844 - 1875)*
Oliver Perry Parker (1848 - 1927)*
Mary Elizabeth Parker (1853 - 1854)*
Flora Bainbridge Parker (1884 - 1884)*
Peter Parker (1805 - 1869)*
Christian Parker (1807 - 1888)
Barbara Parker Brower (1814 - ____)*
Jacob Loy Parker (1819 - 1890)*
Nancy Parker Phillips (1823 - 1891)*
Moses Parker (1829 - ____)*
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Originally Created by: JC
Record added: Jul 19, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55174007
Christian is my great great grendfather through his son Samuel Christian Parker born in Preble County, Ohio, then Francis Marion Parker born in Ft Wayne, IN, then Herbert Newton Parker born in Algansee, MI.( Samuel moved to Branch County, MI)|
Added: Jan. 25, 2015