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  • Born 5 May 1804 - Bedford County, Tennessee
  • Deceased 19 May 1836 - Fort Parker, Limestone, Republic of Texas,aged 32 years old
  • Buried 19 May 1836 - Fort Parker Memorial Park, Groesbeck, Limestone County, Texas

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Illinois Marriages, 1790-1860
Lucinda Duty
Spouse Silas M. Parker
31 Aug 1824 Clark County, Illinois
Source: amily History Library, Salt Lake City, UT

Family Data Collection - Deaths
Silas Parker
Death 19 May 1836 Fort Parker, TX USA

Family Data Collection - Individual Records
Silas Parker
Spouse Lucy
Parents Elder John Parker, Sarah Sallie White
Birth 1804 Elbert County, Duck River, GA
Death 19 May 1836 Fort Parker, Limestone, TX

Texas, Land Title Abstracts,1700-2008
Grantee James S. Reid
Patentee Silas M. Parker
17 Apr 1857
319 Acres:
Houston District, Nacogdoches, Henderson County
Patent Volume 15, File #2663, Patent #365,
Adjoining Van Zandt County
Adjoining 99 Acres
Class Nac. 3rd

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Silas Mercer Parker
Birth May 5, 1804 Bedford County, Tennessee
Death May 19, 1836 Limestone County, Texas

Founder of Fort Parker. Served as a Sgt. during the Black Hawk War under Capt. Thomas B. Ross. After his release, he moved his family to TX, where they lived in several colonies before finally settling on a league of land that was granted to him in April 1835. This land was situated about 3 miles north of the site where the present town of Groesbeck is located in Limestone County. During the spring of 1835, he and his brother, James, built a fort on this land, which later became known as Fort Parker. On January 1, 1836, a daughter was born to Silas and Lucinda, who they named Orlena, and she was born at the Fort.

In early May of 1836, General Sam Houston ordered the evacuation of Fort Parker, but Silas, believing the fort to be safe, refused to leave. About the 17th of May, scouts learned from friendly indians that an attack on the fort was scheduled for dawn on May 19th. This information was passed on to the settlers at the Fort but Silas stood firm. His family was not going to run. There were bitter arguments that threatened to erupt into violence and most of the settlers decided to leave. They left but Parker and his kinsmen remained. Early on the morning of May 19, 1836, the Fort was indeed attacked and Silas was killed.

His wife and two youngest children, Silas, Jr. and Orlena were saved, but the two oldest children, Cynthia Ann and John were taken captive by the indians. (bio by: Helen L. Smith Hoke)

Parents:
Elder John Parker (1758 - 1836)
Sarah White Parker (1759 - 1824)
Spouse:
Lucinda Duty Roberts (1811 - 1852)

Children:
Cynthia Ann Parker (1827 - 1870)
John Richard Parker (1830 - 1915)
Orlena Parker O'Quinn (1836 - 1887)

Siblings:
Daniel Parker (1781 - 1844)
Mary Jane Parker Kendrick (1785 - 1846)
Benjamin F.W. Parker (1788 - 1836)
Isaac Parker (1793 - 1883)
Phebe Parker Anglin (1796 - 1863)
James W. Parker (1797 - 1864)
Nathaniel Parker (1799 - 1855)
Susannah Parker Starr (1807 - 1875)

Burial Fort Parker Memorial Park, Groesbeck, Limestone County, Texas

Maintained by Find A Grave, Originally Created by Helen L. Smith Hoke May 12, 2003
-- Find A Grave Memorial #7433552, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=5107902
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 Sources

  • Individual: Illinois Marriages, 1790-1860 - - Lucinda Duty & Silas M. Parker, 31 Aug 1824 Clark County, Illinois; S - ource: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT
    Find a Grave Memorial Registry - - Lucinda “Lucy” Duty Parker, BIRTH 1811 Laurens, Laurens County, Sout - h Carolina, USA, DEATH 1852 (aged 40–41) Groesbeck, Limestone County - , Texas, USA; BURIAL Fort Parker Memorial Park, Groesbeck, Limeston - e County, Texas, USA; Parents: Richard Duty & Sarah Pinson Duty; m 1 - 824 Silas Mercer Parker in Clark Co Ill. (FG 7433552); Silas died in t - he Fort Parker Massacre, daughter Cynthia Ann Parker & son John Richar - d Parker & 2 other children were taken by the Indians during the massa - cre; Orlena & Silas Jr were not taken; Lucy married an Usry, had a so - n Benjamin Milam Usry, divorced Mr Usry, married W W Roberts -- Fin - d a Grave Memorial 204873901, https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/2048 - 73901/lucinda-parker - @M10630@
    Edmund West, comp. - Family Data Collection - Deaths - Ancestry - - ource Medium: Ancestry.com - - Silas Parker, Death 19 May 1836 Fort Parker, TX USA
    Family Data Collection - Individual Records - Ancestry - - ource Medium: Ancestry.com - - Silas Parker, Spouse Lucy, Parents Elder John Parker, Sarah Sallie Whi - te, Birth 1804 Elbert County, Duck River, GA, Death 19 May 1836 Fort P - arker, Limestone, TX
    Find a Grave Memorial Registry - - Silas Mercer Parker, Birth May 5, 1804 Bedford County, Tennessee, Deat - h May 19, 1836 Fort Parker; Early on the morning of May 19, 1836, th - e Fort Silas had built on his land was indeed attacked by Comanches an - d Silas was killed; Parents: Elder John Parker (1758 - 1836), Sarah W - hite Parker (1759 - 1824); Spouse Lucinda Duty Roberts (1811 - 1852) - ; Burial Fort Parker Memorial Park, Groesbeck, Limestone County, Texa - s -- Find A Grave Memorial #7433552, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-b - in/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=5107902
    Family Data Collection - Births - Ancestry - - ource Medium: Ancestry.com, Edmund West, comp. - - John Parker, Father Silas Mercer Parker, Mother Lucinda Duty, Birth 18 - 30 Crawford [County] IL, USA - Family Data Collection - Births, www.ancestry.com, John Parker, Fathe - r Silas Mercer Parker, Mother Lucinda Duty, Birth 1830 Crawford [Count - y] IL, USA.

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