H. CLAY PARRISH
From the 1887 History
of Vernon County, Missouri, p. 678-679:
H. Clay Parrish
Parrish is one of the important factors in the business and agricultural
interests of this portion of the county and on this account if for no
other reason deserves special mention at this place. He is a Kentuckian
by birth and bringing up—born in Nelson county, of the Blue Grass State
January 2, 1842, his parents being Benjamin F. and Minerva A. Parrish,
née Hamilton, also natives of that same State. The father during
life has followed farming exclusively; he still resides in Kentucky.
Eight children constituted the family, and of this number H. Clay was
the eldest. As intimated he was reared at his old home until about 14
years of age, when he came further west and subsequently obtained a good
education in McDonough county, Ill. There he taught school two years,
and in 1867 returned to Kentucky and resumed teaching for the same
length of time. In the year 1869, on the 29th of April, Mr.
Parrish was united in marriage with Miss Lydia A. Conklin, daughter of
Thomas Conklin, deceased. Like her husband she was also born in
Kentucky. The names of their two children are Emma G. and Robert A.
Since his location in this county Mr. Parrish has devoted himself
somewhat to a professional life in connection with the conduct of his
farm. He has practiced law to some extent, and at this time attends
when called upon to do so to the interests of those of his acquaintances
whose affairs need the protection of the law. In this capacity he is
well known and it is but the truth to say that he discharges his duties
in this direction to the utmost ability. Mr. P. is a member of the A.
F. and A. M. He owns 80 acres of land.