Imported only 1810 from Birth Date and marked as uncertain.
Place: Vigo Co IN
Note: Supposedly killed in a bank robbery.
Imported only 1844 from Death Date and marked as uncertain.
1810-1830 with father, possibly Isaac or Lemuel of Sullivan Co IN
1840 Vigo Co IN, Nevins Twp, p 793: Green Parker, 00001.../10001...
Land Grants, 1838, 1839. Both deeds I have where Greenberry Parker sold land in Clay and Vigo Co IN reflect the land grants he recorded per the Bureau of Land Management images: Vigo Co IN Deeds, 29 Apr 1837. NW 1/4 of NE 1/4 of Section 31, 13 N, 7 W. Also sold NW 1/2 of Section 28, 13 N, 7 W.
My grandfather told me this man was killed in a bank robbery, but apparently he may have meant Margaret's stepfather, Christopher Howard, who also died young.
Text: Monroe Co IN Probate record for Elijah Willoughby, 5 Sep 1835, with signature of Greenberry Parker made in Clay Co on 30 Sep 1835. Clay Co IN Deeds, 23 Feb 1839.
Text: Monroe County IN Marriage record, in Shirley Barnet Spetman, Our Tree and Its Branches.
Text: Pansy (Phillips) Peters, Mar 1975, letter to Evelynne Alvis. Pansy wrote that Greenberry had tuberculosis. "The doctor in Kentucky advised him to seek another climate. They went by wagon to Indiana. There was no road. The father and older brothers were observing Indians, close by, among the trees." If this is an accurate relation of the family's move to IN, it must have been before 1834, and does give some indication of Greenberry's family. Pansy wrote that Margaret Ellen was a child at the time and told to lie flat in the wagon, to avoid being hit by arrows. Actually, Margaret was born in Vigo Co and lived there at least until her marriage in 1861.
She also stated that, after Margaret Ellen's death, her mother Florence Jane told that Margaret had been born blind. "When [the family was] established in IN, her father took her to a young doctor's office.... The doctor in Kentucky had not been able to help her. The young doctor completely cured her. The first time that she had seen anything - she was 16 years old. Parker told Dr. Turner to make out his bill. Dr. Turner said, "My bill is, I want Margaret Ellen's hand in marriage." Many details in this letter make the story unlikely: Margaret was not born in KY, her father died before she was six; her 1880 census did not indicate she was blind.
Pansy adds, "[Margaret Ellen] always read like a starving child turned loose in a candy store. The librarian in Arapaho OK always sent someone to tell Grandma, when a new shipment of books came in. As an old lady she thought nothing of walking 3 miles to borrow a book from some friend. Her friend woud send word that she had pruchased a book. Grandma, after reading it, would walk the three miles to return it."
This letter also states that at the end of the Civil War Reuben Turner's father offered freedom to all his slaves; all but one chose to stay with the family. Since Greenville Turner was in IN by 1830, this is either totally fictitious or a reference to the family's leaving VA. In 1820 in Franklin Co VA, Greenville had one slave (who may be the one who chose his freedom). I have never loooked for sales of slaves or other slavery records in VA. there were no free colored people living with the family in 1830 in Fayette Co IN, and obviously no slaves; there were no entries on this page of the census for any people of color. Pansy had stories of her mother's childhood, when they lived with Greenville Turner during the Civil War, with lumps of maple sugar, a "colored mammie," and trips to a basement to turn the lumps over (presumably drying them). It is hard to tell what part of this story might be true.
Pansy was correct that the family crossed the Mississippi when Florence was about five. In the 1870 census, they were in Iowa, and all children except Samantha (1869) were born in Indiana.
Pansy was correct that Margaret Ellen's mother was a Willoughby, and that both the Parkers and the Turners lived in VA ("I think"), then KY ("I know"), before IN, then MO, then Oklahoma.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Greenberry by comparing test results with
carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in the same direct paternal or maternal line.
It's also likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share significant DNA: