Wesley Parks

Wesley Parks

Birth
Stafford, Monroe County, Ohio, USA
Death 14 Nov 1925 (aged 81)
Marr, Monroe County, Ohio, USA
Burial Monroe County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 39285323 · View Source
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Wesley Parks
Captain Thomas Wilson’s newly-formed Company K, 92nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry arrived at camp in Marietta, Ohio at the latter part of August, 1862. Among the some 100 recruits for Company K, was one Wesley Parks. At age 19, Wesley had enlisted on August 16th at Stafford, Ohio and had marched to Marietta along with the rest of the new recruits. Wesley had been born to James Parks (1812-1883) and Elizabeth (Arters) Parks (1816-1893) on December 1, 1843 at Stafford, Monroe County, Ohio.
August 16, 1862, was a hot Summer’s day in Monroe County, Ohio. Wesley Parks and his father James Parks were working on building a fence when along came the “boys” from the neighborhood marching by on their way to Marietta. The boys had volunteered for the Union Army and they were headed for Camp Putnam there to be officially mustered into service. Wesley stopped work for a moment to watch as his friends marched by; he knew them all. As they marched by, the boys naturally yelled at Wesley,
“Come on, Wes!” “Come along with us!”
“We’ll have a great time! “Come on!!”
As it happens, Wesley had been thinking for some time he might like to enlist, but his mother was very anxious and urged him not to do so since she was afraid he might never return. Wesley’s father was also standing there watching his son’s friends march by and as he looked at them and then looked at his son, he could see his son’s reaction as his friends teased him. The day was hot, very hot and Wesley’s father said to him:
“Wes, go to the house and fetch me a jug of water.”
Obeying his father’s request, Wesley went off to fetch the water; however, while he would return with the jug of water, it would not be until three years later(!) when the war and his term of enlistment was over.
Wesley’s father knew his son and understood how much he wanted to go with all his neighborhood pals. Mr. Parks had sent him for the water knowing he would use the opportunity to slip away and join his friends on their way to Marietta. Mr. Parks also knew that if he had just let Wesley go with his friends, his mother would most certainly have been quite angry, especially with him; so, Mr. Parks used this ruse of sending Wesley for water so as to avoid his wife Elizabeth’s wrath.
Wesley served throughout the war at many locations: Point Pleasant, Kanawah and Cumberland Rivers, Nashville, and Carthage, Tennessee. By the time he participated in “The Battle of Chickamauga,” he had been appointed Corporal on April 29, 1863. He was wounded twice, at “The Battle of Rock Face Ridge,” in Georgia, on February 25, 1864, receiving a serious gunshot wound to his right shoulder.,
He was also with Union General William T. Sherman’s army on its “March to the Sea” through Georgia. He was finally mustered out of service on June 10, 1865, at Washington, DC and much to his mother’s delight and relief, returned to his family home at Bethel Township, Ohio. He married Miss Nancy Ellen McVey (1856-1919) on January 13, 1869. The couple was living in Marr, Bethel, Township where he had taken up his father's profession as a farmer and when their first child, Elizabeth was born May 26, 1870. Wesley Parks was living in Marr, Monroe County, Ohio in 1883, when he received a Veterans’ Pension. He and Nancy would have 9 children and after a full-life; he passed away at his home in Marr, Bethel Township, Monroe County, Ohio on November 14, 1925 He was buried there in Mount Hope Cemetery with his wife Nancy, who had died six years earlier on June 8, 1919. Corporal Wesley Parks was 82 years old.
Contributor: Mark Haselberger (49836369) • Cheiro9@yahoo.com


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  • Added: 10 Jul 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 39285323
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wesley Parks (1 Dec 1843–14 Nov 1925), Find a Grave Memorial no. 39285323, citing Mount Hope Cemetery, Monroe County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Kym (contributor 47148470) .