Capt Jackson Van-Buren Parker


Capt Jackson Van-Buren Parker

North Clarendon, Rutland County, Vermont, USA
Death 4 Sep 1871 (aged 36)
Brandon, Rutland County, Vermont, USA
Burial Brandon, Rutland County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 71923650 View Source
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Jackson V. Parker was born in North Clarendon,Vermont on August 2,1835.He was the 5th of 11 children of Ruel Parker and Emily (Hatch) Parker. Between 1850 and 1860 he traveled during the summer months with his father from North Clarendon,Vermont to Newport,Minnesota,building a future homestead.He married,Julia Ann Clark on October 19,1859.Julia was the daughter of Abraham Lawrence Clark(1807-1880) and ,Laura Kelsey (1812-1874).At the beginning of the Civil War ,Jackson and his wife,Julia resided in Brandon,Vermont.Julia,a teacher of music,and Jackson have three boys all born in Brandon,Vermont.Their children in order of birth were as follows..

1-Frederick Clark Parker b Mar 24 1861,d Jan 22 1930

2-Ruel Lawrence Parker b Mar 1869,d Nov 3,1952

3-Charles John "Johnnie" Parker b 1870.d 1876

Enlisting at the age of 26,Jackson was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of Company B, Seventh Vermont Infantry Regiment, January 6, 1862. He was promoted 1st Lieutenant, December 9, 1862, replacing Darwin A. Smalley, who had been promoted to Captain of Company A. Jackson was subsequently promoted to Captain on October 22, 1863, replacing Captain William Cronan, who resigned May 30, 1863. He mustered out with the regiment March 14, 1866, and returned to Brandon where he lived until his death.

At the Vermont Historical Sociey library is a file containing letters Jackson wrote his parents during the Civil War.The collection contains photo copies of seven letters written by Captain Jackson V. Parker to his parents between 1862 and 1865, while they were living with his sister,Sarah Parker Willoughby ,in Newport,Minnesota. The letters describe his journey by ship to Ship Island, Mississippi and the conditions there, life at Fort Pike. Louisiana and a raid on a confederate gunship (one page is missing), and garrison duty at Fort Barrancas,Florida, where he writes of two officers who escaped from a Confederate Prison in Macon Georgia and who traveled to Florida. While based in New Orleans in late 1864,Jackson describes the social life in the city and complains of the expense.During Jackson Parker's first year of service his younger brother,Pvt Charles A Parker who also served in Company B,7th Vermont Infantry is co-author in several of the letters.Jackson's letters are full of news about both he and his brother Charles.

One letter dated April 12,1862 sent from Ships Island,Mississippi,Jackson speaks of a long letter he recieved from his wife Julia.Telling his parents in the letter how,Julia encluded a hand print of their young son,Fredie Parker in the letter.Jackson describes this by saying "She couldn't hold down anything more precious to please and gratify my feelings than this simple act" ,he goes on to say " I hope to return to find them both well as I left them and I shall never regret this act enlisting and serving as a soldier"

On Sep 2,1871 Jackson Parker dies at the age of 36,leavig his wife,Julia a widow.Julia is able to maintain a living and raise her children by teaching music.By 1873,two years after Jackson's death,she is doing well and has sixteen pupils under her direction.


Died Sept. 9,1871, Aged 36 years.

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