Robert Parker

Robert Parker

Death 24 Feb 1901 (aged 80)
Saint George, Washington County, Utah, USA
Burial Washington, Washington County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 52832 · View Source
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He is a son of Thomas Parker (1784-1854) and Martha (Pollard) Parker (1781-1858)

He married Ann Hartley (1819-1899) on May 25 1843 in Burnley, Lancashire, England.


Four other children of Robert and Ann Parker. Gravesites not found.
Margaret Ann 8 Mar 1848 - 8 Mar 1849 Accrington, Lancashire, England
Arthur Hartley 18 Apr 1850 Accrington, England died 16 Jul 1869 White Pine, Nevada
Emily 16 Jan 1852 died infant Burnly, Lancashire, England
Robert 12 Jan 1858 - Feb 1859 Beaver, Beaver, Utah


Diane Miller -

1880 United States Federal Census

Name: Robert Parker
Home in 1880: Washington, Washington, Utah
Age: 60
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1820
Birthplace: England
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's Name: Anna
Father's birthplace: England
Mother's birthplace: England
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Occupation: Post Master
Marital Status: Married
Race: White Gender: Male

Household Members: Name Age
Robert Parker 60
Anna Parker 61
Caroline Parker 18
1900 United States Federal Census

Name: Robert Parker
Home in 1900: Washington, Washington, Utah
Age: 80
Birth Date: Mar 1820
Birthplace: England
Race: White Ethnicity: American
Immigration Year: 1856
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Father's Birthplace: England
Mother's Birthplace: England
Spouse's Name: Ann Marriage Year: 1843
Marital Status: Married Years Married: 57
Residence : St. George City & Washington City, Washington, Utah

Household Members: Name Age
Robert Parker 80
Ann Parker 81

Children are

i. Maximilian Parker141, born June 08, 1844 in Accrington, Lancastershire, England; died July 28, 1938 in Circleville, Piute Co., UT; married Annie Campbell Gillies July 12, 1865 in Beaver City, Beaver Co., UT; born June 12, 1846 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland; died May 01, 1905 in Panguitch, Garfield Co., UT.

ii. Martha Alice Parker, born May 22, 1846 in Accrington, Lancastershire, England; died December 17, 1925 in St. George, Washington Co., UT; married John Stillman Woodbury December 27, 1864 in Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Utah.

iii. Arthur Hartley Parker142, born April 18, 1850 in Accrington, Lancastershire, England; died Aft. 1900.

iv. Ada Parker143, born May 29, 1856 in Preston, lancastershire, England.

v. Robert Parker144, born January 12, 1858 in Beaver City, Beaver, UT; died Child.

vi. Ellen Parker145, born September 12, 1860 in Beaver City, Beaver, UT; married Charles Westover; born October 16, 1850 in Salt Lake City, UT.

vii. Ruth Caroline Parker146, born April 05, 1862 in Beaver City, Beaver, UT; married David McMullin; born June 10, 1856 in Heast Heber, Washington Co., UT.

(Submitted by Find A Grave contributor JKG)


One of my very favorite Pioneer Stories of all time comes from Ann Parker.
"The Red Shawl".

Falling asleep at the wrong place had greater hazards for six-year-old Arthur Parker. He had crept into the shade to rest during a morning break on a sultry June day in 1896 and had been left behind. His parents, Robert and Ann Parker, had assumed he was playing along the way with other children and did not miss him until they stopped that afternoon to make camp in the face of a sudden thunderstorm. It was then they realized Arthur was not with them.

Who can imagine the rising panic these parents felt in the next two days as the company remained while the men searched for their son? Finally, on July 2, with no alternative, the company was ordered west. Robert Parker went back alone to continue searching for his missing child. As he was leaving, his wife pinned a red shawl around his shoulders and said words such as these: "If you find him dead, wrap him in the shawl to bury him. If you find him alive, use this as a flag to signal us." Then with a sinking heart, she and their other children struggled on. Out on the trail each night Ann scanned the horizon for her husband, eyes straining for the sign. Day after frigthening day-nothing. Then, just at sundown on July 5, she saw a figure approaching from the east. In the last light of the setting sun she saw the glimmer of the bright, red shawl.

One of the diaries records, "Anne Parker fell in a pitiful heap upon the sand, and that night, for the first time in six nights, she slept." On July 5, Archer Walters recorded, "Brother Parker came into camp with a little boy that had been lost. Great joy through the camp. The mother's joy I cannot describe." It seems the little boy, sick with illness and terror, had been found by a woodcarver who had cared for him until his father had found him.


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  • Maintained by: Max Turpin
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 1 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 52832
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Parker (29 Mar 1820–24 Feb 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 52832, citing Washington City Cemetery, Washington, Washington County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Max Turpin (contributor 46863402) .