|Death: ||Dec., 1910|
Early settler in Pine Grove (now Parker), Colorado, after whom the town is named. Fourth son of Hiram and Sara Ann Parker who had seven children. Enlisted for the Civil War at Carlyle, Illinois as a "Wagoner" in Company A, 22nd Infantry Regiment of Illinois on June 25, 1861; mustered out as a private on July 7, 1864 in Springfield, Illinois; record is annotated "distinguished service."
Initially settled in Kiowa, Colorado as a stagecoach station manager after spending time as a bullwhacker and stagecoach driver. While at Lake Station (stagecoach station), met widow Martha (Mattie) Haynes Wallace (1839-1887); married her in Fort Wallace, Kansas, on April 30, 1868; four children born, Edith 1869, James A. 1871, Charles 1873 and a son Bela H. 1876. Remarriage on December 24, 1888 to Era Brond (1860-1930) brought a son, James ("Jay") Jr.
Postmaster in Pine Grove/Parker for 27 years; member of first Pine Grove District School Board over 10 years; Douglas County Commissioner; Justice of the Peace; 6th degree Mason; member of Union Lodge #7 F&AM in Denver.
In 1874 bought Twenty Mile House and through improvements in amenities and services established it as preferred stage stop on the Smoky Hill Trail and later rail stop. Envisioning a community at Pine Grove, he donated land for first school; donated land for J.S. Parker Cemetery; donated right of way for Denver & New Orleans Railroad and for the new Colorado Telephone Company through his property.
Sold his property in 1910 and moved to Denver. Upon his death a special train brought his remains to the cemetery he created in (by then) Parker.
Martha Haynes Wallace Parker (1839 - 1887)*
Bela H. Parker (____ - 1882)*
James A. Parker (1871 - 1921)*
Charles Parker (1873 - 1874)*
Jay Sample Parker (1891 - 1953)*
Plot: Plot 50, Grave 13
Created by: Fred Beisser
Record added: May 01, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8709993