Details are sketchy about the remainder of Isaiah and Dicy's life after the Civil War started. Several of their sons enlisted and fought for the Southern cause. Interviews with several old timers in the Vernon area have verified over and over the following account about the young son of Isaiah and Dicy.
"Although Benjamin Parker was a slightly built lad, he nevertheless joined the Confederate Army with his brothers. Being such a young boy, he became cold and hungry, and left camp to visit his parents. It was during this time that several of the able bodied men in the area who did not choose to fight in the war banded together and called themselves the "Home Guard." They were really referred to as the "Jayhawkers." These jayhawkers robbed their neighbors, burned the homes, and mistreated the women and children that were left unprotected. When they heard that Benjamin had come home, supposedly illegally, they went into action. They shot Benjamin and a young Luttrell boy off their horses, and chased Isaiah, Elias Haymond, and little Columbus into the swamp. Dicy and the smaller children were left at the Haymond home and were abused by the jayhawkers. While in the swamp, young Columbus died and was buried there. Benjamin Parker was buried by several of the old timers in the area."
"After the terrorizing was over, Isaiah and his son-in-law, Elias Haymond, took the family by night to Alexandria and put them on a boat headed for Illinois. At that time the South still had control of the Mississippi River, and many people were still fleeing to the North. When the boat reached Vicksburg, it was reported that Isaiah died and was buried there. Mr. Haymond and Dicy Parker along with the remaining children proceeded on up the river to Cairo, Illinois. The steamboat that they had passage on was towing a small houseboat and Dicy would put the children to sleep each night on this craft. One day her small son, Jim, heard the officers of the boat whispering that the houseboat was leaking and they expected it to go down that night. Little Jim refused to sleep there that night and told his mother what he had heard. Dicy kept the children with her that night, and sure enough the boat sank. (It was this Jim Parker who told this story to his children.)"
"The Parkers and Elias Haymond remained in Cairo for about two years. During this time, Dicy, Amanda, and Mary Alice Parker died and were buried there. At the end of the war, Mr. Haymond brought the remaining members of the family back to Louisiana and settled on his old place. Shortly after this, Harriet Parker Haymond died and was buried on the old Haymond homestead. The grave was fenced with pickets as they were made in those days."
After the war there was no trace of Isaiah and Dicy Parker ever found.
Henderson Graveyard (Abandoned)
This graveyard existed during the 1860's in Vernon parish, and was originally located behind property belonging to A. M. White. Over the years, the burial site was abandoned and ignored, and sometime in the late 1800 or early 1900's, ownership of the property was transferred. The new owner plowed over the property, and the burials have been lost. Only two burials are known, but knowledge of these have been confirmed by: Isaac Temple (1959), Mack White (1961), John Boswell (1962), Fred Brewer (1964), Beulah Stewart (1967), Annie Parker (1972), and Billy Parker (1996).
Benjamin Parker - born ca 1842 MS / died 1862 - 1864 LA
Columbus Parker - born ca 1846 MS / died 1862 - 1864 LA
These two brothers were the sons of Isaiah Parker and Dicy Ann Calcote. Records indicate Benjamin F. Parker enlisted on 5 May 1862 as a Pvt. In Comany F, 28th LA Infantry (Grays) during the Civil War. He was on one roll only, and according to family historian, Annie Parker, Benjamin grew tired of the war and abandoned the effort. When he returned home, he discovered the Parker family was been terrorized by the home guard or Jayhawkers as they were called then. For reasons unknown, the Jayhawkers chased Benjamin off the Parker homestead and shot him in a ford of a nearby branch. He was buried in the Henderson Graveyard.
Columbus Parker was reported to have been in frail health from his birth. During the hardships of the war, perhaps afraid of the Jayhawkers, he wandered into the nearby Calcasieu swamp and died. He was also buried in the Henderson Graveyard.
As the Civil war continued, the "jayhawker" term came to be used by Confederates as a derogatory term for any troops from Kansas, but the term also had different meanings in different parts of the country. In Arkansas, the term was used by Confederate Arkansans as an epithet for any marauder, robber, or thief (regardless of Union or Confederate affiliation). In Louisiana, the term was used to describe anti-Confederate guerrillas, as well as free-booting bands of draft dodgers and deserters.
"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MCJQ-CMX : accessed 8 September 2015), Benjamin J Parker in household of Isaah Parker, Bienville parish, Bienville, Louisiana, United States; citing family 462, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
"United States Census, 1860," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFP7-Z75 : accessed 8 September 2015), Benj F Parker in household of Isaiah Parker, , Rapides, Louisiana, United States; from "1860 U.S. Federal Census - Population," database, Fold3.com (http://www.fold3.com : n.d.); citing p. 148, household ID 1063, NARA microfilm publication M653 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 803,423.
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