|Joseph Vogan Parrish|
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|Birth: ||Jun. 10, 1839|
|Death: ||Dec. 24, 1915|
From the December 30, 1915 Skidmore, Missouri New Era, page 8:
"Joseph Vogan Parrish was born in Boone County, Indiana, June 10, 1839 and died at his home in Skidmore, Mo. Dec. 24, 1915. He was married to Amy Caroline Hobbs July 26, 1864. To this union eleven children were born, seven of whom are now living, five were at his bedside to witness his death. Besides the living children he has twenty-one grandchildren, six great grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. James Burrows of Kansas City, Mo., one brother, L. F. Parrish of Ottawa, Kan. Both were unable to attend his funeral, a half sister, Miss E. A. Hobbs of Colo, a half brother, A. L. Hobbs of Preston, Kansas. These with a host of friends were left to mourn his loss.
The deceased was a blacksmith and worked at his trade until the year 1861, when on the 27th day of July he enlisted to serve his country for a term of 3 years during the war as a private in Captain Albert Murphey's Co. G of the 26th Ind. Reg U.S. Infantry. Was discharged from service on the tenth day of March 1864 by reason of physical disability.
He soon after moved to Harrison County, this state, and after a few years went to work at his trade.
He moved to this county in 1872 opening a shop southeast of town in Union Valley. He was appointed post master and served in that capacity while living in that vicinity.
He next moved his shop down at the foot of the hill west of town - just east of the bridge and was located there when Skidmore was laid out. He purchased lots at the town lot sale in 1880 and soon moved his shop up town.
He was a good workman and quite ingenious, having patented several articles. Way back in those times repairs for farm machinery were not so easily obtainable and the blacksmith had to do much more difficult work than at present and it was a very common remark, when a piece of machinery was broken to hear, 'Well, if Joe Parrish can't fix it you'll have to send to the factory.'
He had been a constant sufferer for years and in the last five had not been free from pain. Since the death of his wife his children have administered to his every want as only loving children could.
At one time Mr. Parrish was an active member of the Baptist church - still retaining his letter from the church of his membership at his death. There being no church of that denomination here, he had never united with any other church. But on being asked if he was ready to go, he answered that he was."
From page 4 of the November 10, 1899 Skidmore Standard:
"Last Monday, the firm J. V. Parrish & Son, blacksmiths, sold the stock to John Orton, who continues the business at the old stand. Joseph Parrish has been operating a shop in Skidmore since the founding of the town. He built the first ship here and was the first man to strike a hammer on an anvil. This was nineteen years ago in the town's first days. Wesley Clark was erecting a shop at the same time but did not complete it until several days after Mr. Parrish was ready for business. Mr. Parrish also claims to have built the first residence in the town, and the first marriage was that of his daughter, Belle, to Hamilton Deffenbaugh. He is a mechanical genius and is noted for his skill with tools. For several years, ill health has disabled him from active work and his son, James, who has also proven himself a master hand with tools, has had control of the shop. James will work in the shop this winter for the new proprietor and intends to move to Colorado in the spring. John Orton has been in the employ of Parrish & Son during the past two years and thoroughly understands the business."
Note: He also had a daughter, Martha M. Parrish, who married Alfred A. Gill on September 27, 1898. See the Skidmore Standard, September 30, 1898, page 1 for an article about the wedding.
Lewis Parrish (1815 - 1855)
Ann Ary Vogan Hobbs (1817 - 1904)
Amy Caroline Hobbs Parrish (1847 - 1911)
Wattie A Parrish (____ - 1883)*
Ara Belle Parrish Deffenbaugh (1865 - 1944)*
Jennie Elizabeth Parrish Barrett (1866 - 1926)*
Lydia E Parrish Manchester (1867 - 1947)*
James Isaac Parrish (1870 - 1942)*
Mary Elizabeth Parrish (1875 - 1928)*
Thomas J Parrish (1879 - 1890)*
Emma F Parrish (1881 - 1883)*
Edith Ruth Parrish (1884 - 1911)*
Co G 26 Ind Inf
Plot: Row 5
Created by: Robin Riat
Record added: Aug 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75196624