|Birth: ||Sep. 23, 1873|
|Death: ||Sep. 27, 1875|
Sister and brother, Effa and Aaron Parker, were children of John William (Bill) Parker and Harriet Buckmaster Parker, early Washington Territory pioneers.
These are some possible corrections to their data, based on the family Bible of J W "Bill" and Harriet Parker.
The Parker family moved to White Bluffs, Washington Territory about 1872 and in 1875, when these deaths occurred, they lived on a farm there.
Effa's birth date and place, Sept 16 1870 in Klickitat County are correct. However, her date of death and place of death are not correct. Effa's mother records her date of death as Sept 25, 1875, and specifically notes "aged 5 years." If Effa's death had been Sept 25, 1876 as noted in the memorial record, Effa would have been 6 years old.
Just two days later, their mother had to record: "Aron Parker Died on the Night of 27 of Sept 1875 Aged 2 years." (The little boy's name was spelled Aron in the family Bible at both his birth and death, rather than as Aaron.)
The memorials for the children suggest that the deaths occurred in Yakima County, Washington Territory. However, our family records indicate that both deaths occurred within two days on the family farm at White Bluffs--a very isolated place. If they had lived in Yakima County, help would have been closer at hand (if they were sick with any ailment for which a treatment or cure was known in those days). Probably the deaths were recorded in Yakima County when the bodies were brought back to Union Gap for burial.
Further tragedy was close at hand. The father went for help--either because the other children or the mother were falling ill or because he was…we do not know. The closest help was at The Dalles, Oregon. The family had at least one farm hand who could help him get there. However, "Bill" Parker passed away at The Dalles on October 13, 1875, only about two weeks after his two youngest children died. He was only 40 years of age. His remains were also taken back to the Union Gap for burial with the children. The older three children and his wife survived whatever illness quickly took three members of the family and they moved back to Yakima.
Submitted by Julie Cheetham, great-great granddaughter of J.W. "Bill" and Harriet Parker
Created by: drbuck
Record added: Jun 05, 2008
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