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William J. Parker

Mother: Parker, Letitia  (Sister of Parker, John R.)
 
Birth: 10 APR 1808 in Henderson Co., N.C.
Death: 1902 in Cherokee Co., N.C.
Census: 1850 Haywood Co., N.C.
Census: 1880 Cherokee Co., N.C.
 
Children:
 
Birth: 18 SEP 1836 Henderson Co., N.C.
Death: 13 JAN 1897 Christian Co., Missouri
 
 Parker, George W.
Birth: 1842 Henderson Co., N.C.
Death: ABT. 1865 Civil War
 
Letitia Parker was born in Henderson County, North Carolina, in 1808; She was the ninth of ten children born to William Solomon, Sr. and his wife*. The 1840 Census for Henderson County under William Parker showed one male age 0-4 (William J.), one male 70-79 (William Solomon, Sr.), one female 30-39
(Letitia) and one female 70-79 (*). 

Letitia never married, and the presence of the male child corresponds to the family oral history that Letitia had a son out of wedlock in the middle or late 1830's. The oral history, as passed on to the author of this biography by Elizabeth Crawford Barton, well known historian of the Parker family, also says that a member of the Parker family may have been the father of this child.

Life of:

Birth: 18 SEP 1836 Henderson Co., N.C.
  Death: 13 JAN 1897 Christian Co., Missouri
Name: William J. Parker
Sex: M 
Census: 1850 Haywood Co., N.C.
Census: 1880 Cherokee Co., N.C.
Event: Moved ABT 1890 Southwest MO.
Military Service: 2 MAR 1862 Transferred into Co. D, N.C. 25th Inf.
Military Service: 30 JUL 1864 Wounded and left leg amputated at Petersburg, VA
Residence: BEF 1862 Cherokee Co., N.C.
 
Spouse:
Gender: Female
 
Children:
Parker, Victoria
Birth: 1857
Gender: Female
Parker, William
Birth: 1859
Gender: Male
Parker, John M.
Birth: MAY 1861
Gender: Male
Parker, Sarah E.
Parker, George B.
Parker, Lavinia

William J. Parker lost his leg in the The Crater, as portrayed in the movie Cold Mountain.

Enlistment:
- Residing in Cherokee County, NC, at time of enlistment
- Enlisted as Private

Mustering information:
- Enlisted
- Transferred on March 2, 1862
- Transferred to D Company, 25th Infantry, North Carolina, on Mar 2 1862

Listed as:
- Wounded on July 30, 1864, at Petersburg, VA (Left leg amputated)
- Absent, wounded on Nov. 30, 1864 (Through 02/65)

Sources:
- North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster, (1993)

Battle Wounds of William J. Parker

William J. Parker Pri. D 25 NC Inf. 7/5/62 7/30/64 PO Address: Cobbs;
Disability: Left leg shot off

He may have initially served in another regiment and then transferred into the 25th North Carolina Infantry Regiment on 15 July 1862, and about one year and one month after his younger brother George W. Parker enlisted in the same Regiment. There were at least three William J. Parkers in the area. Two are cousins and it is unknown if the number 3, as listed below, is any relation. He may have been a distant cousin. 1) William J. Parker should not be confused with his cousin 2) William J. Parker, the son of John R. Parker.

His cousin William J. Parker served in the 29th North Carolina Infantry Regiment. A 3) third William J. Parker also resided in the area. He enlisted in the 6th North Carolina Cavalry Regiment at Hendersonville, N.C. While assigned to the 6th North Carolina Cavalry Regiment he died of pneumonia on or about November 24, 1862, at Camp Roansneck. [Manarin and Jordan, N.C. Troops 2: 542]. The 5th and 7th North Carolina Cavalry Battalions consolidated into the 6th Cavalry Regiment, called the 65th North Carolina State Troops, and also referred to as the 65th North Carolina Regiment-6th Cavalry. 

William was assigned to Company D, 25th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, and the same Company as his brother George. William was wounded and lost his left leg. In October 1864 he was on the hospital muster roll of the 4th Division General Hospital, Camp Winder, Richmond, Virginia. The 1890 Veterans Census for North Carolina, under Cherokee County, had the following entry: 8) 2-2 (Conf) *William J. Parker, Private, Co. D, 25 NC If, 15 July 1862 to 30 July 1864, 2y15d, PO: Cobb's, "Left leg shot off".

Note: In the movie "Cold Mountain," it shows an excellent Civil War scene of the "Crater."

In the movie "Cold Mountain," William P. Inman or W. P. Inman (portrayed by Jude Law) was a member of the 25th North Carolina Regiment.

Life of:

Parker, George W.
Birth: 1842 Henderson Co., N.C.
Death: ABT. 1865 Civil War

George W. Parker enlisted in the 25th North Carolina Infantry Regiment on June 1, 1861. He enlisted about one year and fifteen days before his brother William J. Parker enlisted in the same regiment. George mustered into Company D. When his brother William enlisted, he was assigned to the same Company as George. 

George was present on the Muster Roll for the period of January and February of 1864. The last record retrieved shows he appeared on a "Roll of Honor" for the Regiment. No notation was made as to his death which is assumed. It is possible he was killed in the The Crater, the battle that wounded his brother William, and caused him to lose his left leg.

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Letitia "Lettie" Parker is the direct beneficiary of her cousin, Martin Parker's estate.

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