Son of Isabella Watson and John Paris.
He married Gabriella Lord and they resided at 806 West Third Street, Wilmington, De.
Father of Isabella S., Charles L., Thomas Taylor, John Lord, Rebecca Emmons, and William Paris.
He served with the 1st Delaware Infantry, Company D during the Civil War. In May 1863 he was wounded in the chest and shoulder at Chancellorsville and was later captured during the battle of Gettysburg on July 2.
He was first confined in Richmond, Va. and later transfered to Belled Island in the James River. While a prisoner he contracted typhoid and scurvy, which caused his right ankle to ulcerate, weaken, and separate from his foot.
John was released in a prisoner exchange on May 8, 1864 and he was moved to Camp Parole, Md. where he was admitted to the hospital. He was discharged after spending one year in the hospital.
As a result of his foot injury, John designed and made orthopedic shoes after the war with the help of his wife.
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The Morning News, Wilmington, DE, 30 Jan 1903 (Friday), Page 1:
John Paris, a well-known resident of this city, died at his home, No. 806 West Third street, last evening, after an illness of several days. He was born in Forres, Scotland, but had lived here for many years. He was a member of Delaware Lodge, I. O. O. F., and Smyth Post, G. A. R. Funeral services will be held on Monday and interment will be made in Riverview cemetery.
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