Daughter of James M. Ussery & Frances E. Mayfield (whom Parlee lost at a young age). The Ussery & Mayfield families were among the early settlers of the area near Vaughan's Church.
Parlee was raised on land originally owned by her grandfather, John Ussery, who lived until she was 19. Parlee married Confederate Veteran William Coleman Carothers, and told her granddaughters that he "worked himself to death on the Ussery farm." Widowed with 2 young children, she remaied in her father's house, where she took care of her elderly grandmother (Malinda McKinney Ussery), father (James Ussery), and 3 of her granddaughters (Reba, Jimmie, Ludie) after their mother died quite young of spinal meningitis. "Grandma Parlee Carothers" was remembered fondly by granddaughter Jimmie Carothers Gray, who told "how sweet and kind she was." The little girls would sometimes share a bed with her (and "loved to"). Jimmie said "there was a lot of love" in that house. Parlee divided her father's land after his death between her children: Jim & Mattie.
"We received a message this evening announcing the sad news of the death of Mrs. Parlee Carothers, who has been very low at her daughter's home for several weeks. She is survived by only two children, Mr. J. W. Carothers and Mrs. Mattie Hillingsworth, and several grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends who will be grieved to hear of her death. She will be buried Monday at Vaughan's Cemetery near Caledonia. It was indeed sad news to me, as she was the wife of my dear brother, Coleman Carothers, who died many years ago, but whose name and beautiful life is still imprinted in the memory and hearts of his many friends. My heart is so sad I can't write any more this week." - written by Mrs. Mary Carothers Waldrop
Parlee Carothers' Obituary-
"My two boys, Will and Homer, and my daughter, Blanche, and myself left home early last Monday and arrived at Vaughan's church at 11 a.m. to attend the burial of our dear sister, Mrs. Parlee Carothers. Quite a large crowd of sorrowing friends and relatives paid their last tribute of love and respect to her cold and silent body lying in the beautiful casket which hid from view the lifeless form of a devoted mother, and indulgent and kind grandmother, and a true and unfaltering friend to many who had been her neighbor, and who stood near by and could only shed tears of sorrow and say God's will be done. The services were very appropriately conducted by Bro. Worley, pastor of Caledonia church. The services were very impressive. We extend our heartfelt love and sympathy to the bereaved son and daughter and the dear grandchildren whom she had been a mother to. May God's richest blessing rest on each of them, and may they imitate her beautiful Christian character and all be reunited with her in that beautiful home on high."
James McKinney Ussery (1821 - 1899)
Frances E Mayfield Ussery (1829 - 1859)
William Coleman Carothers (1836 - 1880)
James Wilson Carothers (1868 - 1930)*
Martha Frances Carothers Hollingsworth (1874 - 1917)*
Maintained by: james brooks christoffer...
Originally Created by: nut4genealogy
Record added: Jan 29, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13166123