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 Severn Lafayette Parks

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Severn Lafayette Parks

Birth
Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 23 Sep 1928 (aged 86)
Haxby, Garfield County, Montana, USA
Burial Glasgow, Valley County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 92126422 View Source

The son of Stephen Henry & Ruth Miranda Parks, in 1860, he was a boatman living in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, and stood 5' 7" tall with brown hair and light blue eyes.

Severn Parks twice enlisted during the Civil War but spent very little time on active duty. He first enlisted with his brother, Stephen Henry Parks, in September 1861, and mustered the following month in Harrisburg as a private with Co. F, 53rd Pennsylvania Infantry. Severn fell ill with "chronic rheumatism" and received a discharge by surgeon's certificate after barely a month in the army, never even leaving Harrisburg's Camp Curtin. On June 29, 1864, he gave it another try, enlisting in Bloomsburg, Columbia County, as a substitute for Exaviour Echard Smith (for which Severn received up to $300 from Mr. Smith) with Co. A, 87th Pennsylvania Infantry. Oddly, he borrowed his brother and father's name and enlisted as "Stephen L. Parks." Again, he spent much of his time hospitalized and was discharged by surgeon's certificate May 26, 1865, from Satterlee U.S. Hospital, Philadelphia.

He married Eura Jane Kitchen in 1865 in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, and fathered Robert E. (b. 12/10/75), Mary Jane (married Arthur Deary), and Eveline (married John Dullard). Eura Jane died September 10, 1886, and he then married twice-widowed Elizabeth Nelson, née Rollins, November 6, 1902, in Clay County, Minnesota. Although Severn died in Haxby, his stepdaughter, a resident of Brandenburg, buried him in her home county.

If you research Severn online using the Pennsylvania Archives ARIAS file, you will have to search for him as "Parks L. Severn."


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