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Parson Family History


Richard Parsons

Richard Parsons was born about 1690 in Virginia.  His will was recorded in Pittsylvania County, Virginia December 22, 1783.  In his will he mentions seven children.


Richard Parsons of Pittsylvania County, Virginia is supposed to be the son of Joseph Parsons, Jr. of Henrico County, Virginia.  He was a staunch Quaker.


John Parsons

John Parsons was born about 1720 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  John Parsons made his will out June 20, 1808 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  His will mentions his wife Sarah Parsons, and their ten children, seven boys and three girls.


Richard Parsons

Richard Parsons was born about 1758. His will as written November 2, 1817 and recorded on November 18, 1817, in Surry County, North Carolina.  It mentions six sons and three daughters, and his wife Betsy.  The first five male heirs were given a few shillings, and the remainder of the estate was given to his wife Betsy, until she remarried or died.  Upon her death or remarriage the estate was to be divided between Jonathan and Milly.  This statement makes us wonder if the first seven children were from the first wife, and Betsy was the second and younger wife.   Jonathan and Milly were underage when the will was written.  Milly died before 1820.  In 1830 it shows Jonathan as head of the household in Wilkes County, North Carolina.


Jonathan Parsons

Born in 1810 in North Carolina (Wilkes or Surry Co).  Jonathan was first married to Mary Church in the late 1820's.  Their marriage was short and there is no record of children from this union.

Jonathan's second marriage was to Nancy Jenkins on March 6, 1838 in the Methodist Church of Blount County, Tennessee.  Jonathan and Nancy had ten children born to them.  There were eight boys and two girls.  They lived in Bradley County, Tennessee in 1840, Murray County, Georgia in 1850 and in 1860 until their deaths they lived in Red Clay area of Bradley County, Tennessee.  The Red Clay area is on the Tennessee and Georgia state line.


They had three sons that fought in the Civil War.  Two fought for the Confederacy, and one fought for the Union Army.


James Anderson Parsons

Born December 22, 1853 in Bradley Country, Tennessee. He married Canzada Hix, February 9, 1854. She was born in Blairsville, Georgia, June 29, 1854 to Jesse and Armelia Hix. James and Canzada had seven children born to them.


In 1900 they lived on Central Avenue, east of the railroad in Cleveland, Tennessee.  Between 1900 and 1910 they left Tennessee by train and came to Shawnee Oklahoma.  There they bought a wagon and team and went to Brownsville, Texas.  From there they went to New Mexico, and not liking New Mexico they moved to Chickasha, Oklahoma and lived there a short period of time.  They finally made Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma their home.


James Anderson Parsons was a store merchant for the better part of his life.  James and his wife Canzada are buried in Shawnee, Oklahoma at Fairview Cemetery.  They are buried just Northeast of the Flag pole in Fairview Cemetery.


The above history was furnished by Don Moore, a Parsons descendant.