PARKERS OF LAWRENCE COUNTY
PARKERS OF LAWRENCE COUNTY INFORMATION
Submitted by: Calista Parker
Henry PARKER 
Birth: ABT 1832 in Parker Cove, Bankhead Forest, Lawrence County, Alabama 
Death: 1862 in Shiloh, Tennessee (Civil War) 
Burial: Parker Family Cemetery Parker Cove, Lawence County, Alabama Military:
4th Alabama Calvary, CSA, Company A, Killed in the Battle of Shiloh, in Tennessee while 
fighting along side his brother, Washington Wilshire Parker. His body was brought home 
to Parker Cove and buried in the family cemetery.
ALABAMA MARRIAGES 1800 - 1920"
Spouse 1: Henry Parker Spouse 2: Elizabeth Cagle Marriage Date: 31 Jul 1856 
Marriage Place: Lawrence Surety/Bond Date: 
Performed By: Justice of Peace Surety/Perf. Name: John W. Gailey OS Page: 76
Father: John T. PARKER * b: 15 Jun 1808 in Tennessee 
Mother: Mary C. (Polly) NEELY * b: 15 Oct 1807 in Tennessee
Married:  1 Celia Elizabeth CAGLE b: ABT 1839 in Tennessee  
Married: 31 Jul 1856 in Lawrence County, Alabama
Children
1. Sarah Jane PARKER
2. Henrietta PARKER
3. John PARKER b: ABT 1859 in Parker Cove, Lawrence County, Alabama
John T. PARKER 
Birth: 15 Jun 1808 in Tennessee 
Death: 21 Apr 1878 in Parker Cove, Lawrence County, Alabama 
Burial: Parker Family Cemetery Parker Cove, Lawrence County, Alabama 
      
1850 LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL - 8th District, Taken December 17, 1850, Household # 822
John T. Parker, M, 42, Farming, $150, TN
Mary, F, 41, TN
William, M, 20, Laborer, AL
Sarah, F, 19, AL
Henry, M, 18, AL
Elizabeth, F, 16, AL
Lewis, M, 14, AL
Mary, F, 12, AL
Wilshire,M, 9, AL
Martha, F, 8, AL
Jane, F, 6, AL
Lona, F, 4, AL
Elijah, M, 2, AL
1860 LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL - Southern District, Household # 150
John T. Parker, M, 53, Farmer, TN, $1000, $2000
Mary, F, 52, TN
Sarah A., F, 28, AL
Elizabeth, F, 24, AL
Mary, F, 23, AL
Welshire, M, 21, AL
Martha, F, 19, Al
Jane, F, 16, AL
Cena, F, 15, Al
Elijah, M, 11, AL
James, M, 9, AL
Death:
"Moulton Advertiser, May 2, 1878"
"Departed this life, April 23rd, 1878, Mr. T. T. Parker, aged 71 years, 3 months, and 8 days.
In the year 1838 he was married to Polly C. Neely, daughter of John W. and Sallie Neely, 
then residing in Limestone County, Alabama, with whom he lived nearly fifty years and raised 
a family of 12 children.
He professed faith in Christ about 40 years ago, and joined the Primitive Baptist at 
Mountain Springs, Lawrence County, Alabama and was baptized by Elder David Borden.
He was a Delegate to the Muscle Shoals Baptist Association at the time the division took 
place on the Missionary question. He stayed true to his first love. Later, he became a 
member of the Elam's Creek Baptist Church in Lawrence County, where he was a leading member 
till his death."
Property: Accession/Serial #: AL3840__.262
BLM Serial #: AL NO S/N
State: ALABAMA
Patentee Name: JOHN T PARKER
Document #: 26691
Issue Date: March 1, 1858
Authority: April 24, 1820
SALE-CASH ENTRY (3 Stat. 566)
Acres: 82.66
Land Office: HUNTSVILLE Comments: ---
WSW 30/ 7-S 7-W No HUNTSVILLE AL LAWRENCE ---
Property: The United States of America
Certificate # 26691
To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting:
Whereas John T. Parker of Lawrence County, Alabama has deposited in the General land Office 
of the United States, a certificate of the Register of the Land Office at Huntsville whereby 
it appears that full payment has been made by the said John T. Parker according to the 
provision of the Act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820, entitled,"An act making further 
provision for the sale of the Public Lands", for the West half of the South West quarter of 
Section Thirty in Township Seven of Range Seven West in the District of Lands subject to sale 
at Huntsville, Alabama containing Eighty acres and sixty six hundredths of an acre according 
to the official plat of the Survey of the said land, returned to the General Land Office by 
the Surveyor General, which said tract has been purchased by the said John T. Parker.
Now, know ye, That the United States of America, in consideration of the premises, and in 
conformity with the several acts of Congress in which case made and provided, HAVE GIVEN AND 
GRANTED, and by these presents DO GIVE AND GRANT, unto the said John T. Parker and to his 
heirs, the said  tract above described: TO HAVE AND TO HOLD to same, together with all the 
rights, privileges, immunities, and appurtenances of whatever nature, thereunto belonging, 
unto the said John T. Parker and to his heirs and assigns forever.
In Testimony Whereof, I, James Buchanan, President of the United States of America, have 
caused these letters to be made Patent, and the Seal of the General Land Office to be hereunto 
affixed.
Given under my hand, in the City of Washington, the First day of March in the year of our Lord 
one thousand eight hundred and fifty eight and of the Independence of the United States the 
eighty second.
By the President James Buchanan
By:T. S. Albright. Secretary
S. N. Granger, Recorder of the General Land Office
BIOGRAPHY: "Warrior Mountain Folklore", by Rickey Butch Walker, Pg. 19.
"While two of his sons were fighting for the Confederate States of America in Mississippi, 
Tennessee, and northern Alabama, John T. Parker also faced a "Yankee" confrontation at his home 
in the "Parker Cove". "Yankee" soldiers learned from a traveling salesman that John T. Parker 
had bought salt from him. During the Civil War salt was a very precious item which brought 
extremely high prices. Salt became so scarce that women in northern Alabama even boiled dirt 
to obtain the salt from the soil. The "Yankees" assumed that if John T. Parker had enough 
money to purchase salt, he probably had additional money. When the "Yankee" soldiers rode up 
to his front door, John T. Parker, sick and aged, went out to meet them. The "Yankee" soldiers 
threatened to kill John T. Parker if he did not turn over this money. John T. Parker's daughter,
Elizabeth Parker, ran out to her father; a "Yankee" hit Elizabeth Parker hard with the butt of 
his gun and knocked her down to the ground. The "Yankees", convinced that they would get no 
money, rode out of "Parker Cove", but the memory of the "Yankee"             
confrontation remained in the minds and hearts of John T. Parker, Elizabeth Parker, and the 
residents of that household."
Timeline: 1830s- Moved to Borden Creek in the Bankhead Forest area of Lawrence County, 
Alabama 1850 - Moved to Parker Cove, a cove off the left hand side of HWY 33 at the head of 
Elam Creek, in the edge of the Bankhead Forest, in Lawrence County, Alabama  1858, March 1 - 
Purchased 82.66 Acres in Section 30, Township 7, Range 7, of Lawrence County, Alabama
SOURCES: "WARRIOR MOUNTAIN FOLKLORE", By Rickey Butch Walker, Printed October 1995, Page 44
' Parker Cove located in Section 30 of Township 7 South and Range 7 West and is named from the 
Parker family who settled the cove long ago. Parker Cove forms the headwater streams of 
Elam Creek on the north-central edge of Bankhead Forest. The cove still contains three old log 
houses that were used over 100 years ago. When going south on Highway 33, the main entrance to 
Parker Cove is along the first steep winding road turning east off of Wren Mountain. The deep 
cove is visible east of the Wren Mountain portion of the Wilderness Parkway which runs through 
the center of the Warrior Mountains.'
SOURCES: "Heritage Of Lawrence County, Alabama", 1998
There is a story passed down through the generations about three brothers and a sister who came 
to Lawrence County, Alabama from Kentucky through Tennessee. They were William D., Lewis, 
John T. and Rhoda Parker. John T. married Mary C. (Polly) Neely on December 5, 1828 in Limestone 
County, Alabama. Rhoda married Elijah Castleberry November 16, 1830 in Morgan County. Lewis 
married Mary Ann (Gentry) Shelton and William married Charity Castleberry and later Catherine 
Hardin. According to a transcript of the Moulton Advertiser, these brothers and sister came in 
1834 and settled "about 15 miles south of Moulton, where bears, panthers, and wolves were 
abundant, and still prowling about at pleasure".
Early church records of Elam Creek Church show John T. Parker and his family were active in the 
original church as it met at their home at times. The land where they settled was named Parker 
Cove. It is just off to the left side of Highway 33 as you start up the mountain into the 
Bankhead Forest.
SOURCES: "ELAM CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH MEMBERS 1869"
Revised 1869 Names of Members of Elam Creek Baptist Church pg. # 42
Number Name
1 . J. T. Parker
2 .Mary C. Parker
3 .Mary Langston Dismissed by Letter
4 .Margaret Neeley
5 .Sarah A. Parker Dismissed Feb. 74 by Letter
6. Elizabeth Parker
7. Martha B. Parker
8. Nancy J. Parker
9. Lewis C. Parker Dismissed by Letter
10. Martha J. Parker Dismissed by Letter Oct. 68
11. Seany C. Parker
12. Mary Johnson
13. Rachel Johnson
14. W. W. Parker
15. Francis Johnson Dismissed by Letter Aug. 69
16. E. H. Parker Excluded May 72
17. J. P. Henderson
18. Miranda Parker pg. # 43
19. Peggy Ann Flannigan
20. T. J. Chenault Excluded Aug. ? April 71
Lewis C. Parker Rec by Letter
Martha J. Parker Rec by Letter April 72
21. J. W. Kuykendall Rec by Letter
22. Mary E. Kuykendall Rec by Letter July 72
23. Mary B. Parker Rec by Letter
24. Charles M. Johnson Dismissed by Letter Oct 12
25. Francis Prince Rec by Letter July 73
26. T. K. Whitlow Rec by Letter Aug 73 
27. T. K. Whitlow Dismissed by Letter Sept 73
28. E. H. Parker Restored DEAD April 1876 (Marked out) Oct 73
29. Philip Borden Original Principals Sept 74 
30. James Henly Experience
31. Jenny Henly 
32. T. J. Chenault Restored
33. Sarah A. Chenault By Letter
34. Elizabeth Hill Original Princip'l
35. Martha Williams exp'r Dismissed by Letter
36. Minda Parker  Apr 1876
37. Jesse Borden By Letter
38. Rosanna Borden By Letter
39. Matilda Kuykendall By Letter
Elam Creek Baptist held services in the home of John T. Parker when it was first founded.
Father: John PARKER 
Married 1 Mary C. (Polly) NEELY  b: 15 Oct 1807 in Tennessee
Children
1. William Carroll PARKER b: 28 Feb 1830 in Lawrence County, Alabama
2. Henry PARKER b: ABT 1832 in Parker Cove, Bankhead Forest, Lawrence County, Alabama
3. Sarah PARKER b: ABT 1831 in Parker Cove, Bankhead Forest, Lawrence County, Alabama
4. Elizabeth (Aunt Liz) PARKER b: ABT 1834 in Parker Cove, Bankhead Forest,Lawrence County,Ala
5. Louis C. PARKER b: 10 Mar 1834 in Parker Cove, Lawrence County, Alabama
6. Mary(Polly) PARKER b: ABT 1838 in Parker Cove, Bankhead Forest, Lawrence County, Alabama
7. Washington Wilshire PARKER b: 11 Feb 1840 in Parker Cove,Bankhead Forest,LawrenceCounty,Ala
8. Martha PARKER b: ABT 1842 in Parker Cove, Bankhead Forest, Lawrence County, Alabama
9. Jane PARKER b: ABT 1844 in Parker Cove, Bankhead Forest, Lawrence County, Alabama
10. Lona (Zeeny) PARKER b: ABT 1846 in Parker Cove, Lawrence County, Alabama
11. Elijah PARKER b: 14 Apr 1848 in Parker Cove, Bankhead Forest, Lawrence County, Alabama
12. James D. (Jim) PARKER* b: 1851 in Parker Cove, Lawrence County, Alabama
John PARKER ? (Family Say's John)
Married 1 Spouse Unknown
Known Children
1. John T. PARKER * b: 15 Jun 1808 in Tennessee
2. William D. PARKER b: ABT 1799 in Kentucky/Tennessee
3. Lewis PARKER b: 15 Jun 1809 in Tennessee
4. Rhoda PARKER b: ABT 1804 in Tennessee

William D. PARKER 
 
Birth: ABT 1799 in Kentucky/Tennessee 
Death: 1878 in Lawrence County, Alabama 
Father: John PARKER ?
Married  1 Charity CASTLEBERRY
Children
1. Mary Elizabeth PARKER b: 1834 in Parker Cove, Bankhead Forest, Lawrence County, Alabama
2. Thersey PARKER b:           in Lawrence County, Alabama
3. Manerva PARKER b: 1838 in Lawrence County, Alabama
4. Bluford PARKER b
5. John Campbell PARKER
Marriage 2 Catherine HARDIN b: 1825   Married: before 1847
 Children
1. Eliza PARKER b: 1847
2. Margaret PARKER b: 1849
3. Samantha PARKER b: 30 Apr 1851 in Lawrence County, Alabama
4. Jefferson (Jeff)Cleveland PARKER b: 1853 in Lawrence County, Alabama
5. Joseph B.(Joe) PARKER b: 1856
6. Rhoda Lavinia PARKER b: 15 Oct 1858
7. Docinda PARKER b: 1859
8. William Henry PARKER b: 1861 in Lawrence County, Alabama
9. Sarah (Sally) PARKER b: 1864 in Lawrence County, Alabama
10. Susey Zora PARKER b: 1867

Jefferson (Jeff)Cleveland PARKER 
 
Birth: Sep 29, 1853 in Lawrence County, Alabama 
Father: William D. PARKER b: ABT 1799 in Kentucky 
Mother: Catherine HARDIN b: 1825
Married 1 Nancy (Nee Henderson) TURNER
Children:
1. William Hamby Parker b. Dec 12, 1874, d. April 17, 1951. 
Married Susan Melvinnie Aldridge. 
Buried Pocahontas Cemetery, Carbon Hill, Walker Co. AL 
2. Mary Catherine "Cate" Parker b. July 14, 1877, d. Feb 21, 1911. 
Married William Henry Richards. 
Buried Mt Springs Cemetery, Moulton AL 
3. Thersey Jane Parker, b. Sep 12, 1880, d. Jan 04, 1911. 
Married Pedro Blankenship. 
Buried Mt Springs Cemetery, Moulton AL 
4. John Jefferson Joseph Jackson "Jeffy" Parker b. Apr 28, 1886, d. Dec 26, 1909. 
Never married. 
Buried Mt Springs Cemetery, Moulton AL 
5. Nancy Zora Lee Parker, b. Apr 18, 1889, d. Feb 19, 1930. 
Married Cleve Spillers. 
Buried Mt Springs Cemetery, Moulton AL
PROPERTY: of Jefferson C. Parker
Accession/Serial #: AL5150__.155
BLM Serial #: AL NO S/N
State: ALABAMA
Patentee Name: JEFFERSON C PARKER
Document #: 13230
Issue Date: June 2, 1904
Authority: May 20, 1862
HOMESTEAD ENTRY-ORIGINAL
Acres: 160.22
Land Office: HUNTSVILLE
NE 35/ 7-S 8-W No HUNTSVILLE AL LAWRENCE ---

Samantha PARKER 
Birth: 30 Apr 1851 in Lawrence County, Alabama 
Death: 6 Jun 1929 in Lawrence County, Alabama 
Burial: "MOUNT OLIVE CEMETARY LISTINGS" - Winston County, Alabama
From Addison, Al., go west on Hwy 278 to county road 63. Turn right and go through Moreland 
and Grayson, Al. The cemetery is on the right after the Church of the Forest.
            
RIDDLE, Samantha Parker wife of W.S. Riddle 4/15/1851 - 6/8/1920
Father: William D. PARKER b: ABT 1799 in Kentucky 
Mother: Catherine HARDIN b: 1825
Marriage 1 William Straude RIDDLE b: 12 Dec 1841
Children
1. William RIDDLE
2. John Thomas RIDDLE b: 3 Oct 1883
3. Walter RIDDLE
4. James Calvin RIDDLE b: 17 Apr 1880 in Lawrence County, Alabama
5. Alventine RIDDLE
6. Sarah RIDDLE
7. Okla RIDDLE b: in Lawrence County, Alabama
Mary Elizabeth PARKER 
Birth: 1834 in Parker Cove, Bankhead Forest, Lawrence County, Alabama 
Death: ABT 1870 in Lawrence County, Alabama 
Burial: Mountain Springs Cemetery Bankhead Forest, Lawrence County, Alabama 
     
Father: William D. PARKER b: ABT 1799 in Kentucky 
Mother: Charity CASTLEBERRY
Marriage 1 William Jonathon VINES b: 18 Jul 1842
Married: 22 Nov 1865 in Short Creek, Jefferson County, Alabama
Children
1. Missouri Jane VINES b: 27 Jul 1866 in Alabama
2. Parker VINES b: ABT 1867
3. Frances Parilee VINES b: ABT 1867
4. Sarah Emeline VINES b: 1870
Marriage 2 William Jonathon VINES b: 18 Jul 1842
Married: AFT 1870
Children
1. Daniel VINES
2. Ben VINES
3. Martha Melissa VINES b: 12 Feb 1878 in Franklin County, Alabama
Missouri Jane VINES 
 
Birth: 27 Jul 1866 in Alabama 
Death: 16 Mar 1930 
Father: William Jonathon VINES b: 18 Jul 1842 
Mother: Mary Elizabeth PARKER b: 1834 in Parker Cove, Bankhead Forest, Lawrence County, Alabama
Marriage 1 William Dale (Rodney) PATE b: 22 Feb 1865 in Lawrence County, Alabama
Married: 18 Dec 1884 in Lawrence County, Alabama
Children
1. Mittie Ann PATE b: 1887/1888
2. William Franklin PATE b: 1887/1888
3. John Monroe PATE b: Mar 1889
4. Hattie Mae PATE b: 23 Jul 1894 in Lawrence County, Alabama
5. PATE
6. PATE