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Parrish Surname

Our branch of the Parrish family is first found in North Carolina in the late 1700's, yet were probably related to the older Parrish families of Virginia. The Parrishes, as a whole, were of English origin. Over the past, the name has been interchangeable with "Parish", and has thus been difficult to research, considering its existence as a word in the English language.


1st Generation:

Henry Parrish was born circa 1765, probably in Virginia or North Carolina. He died in 1811 in Wilson Co., Tennessee.

He is the earliest known ancestor of our line of Parrishes, although he probably comes from the Parrishes of Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Henry was in Franklin County, North Carolina as a young man, where he married Elizabeth Strother prior to 1789, probably in about 1785. The family only lived in North Carolina for a few years and in about 1793, moved out west, settling in Wilson County, Tennessee. Henry and Elizabeth are proven to have had one known child: David (see next generation), although there were several others that were probably their children including: Fanny, William, Jane, Martha and Elizabeth.

Henry spent the remainder of his life in Wilson County, Tennessee. Not much is known of his life. He died sometime in the year 1811 in Wilson County, Tennessee, and his estate was administered by his son David and widow Elizabeth. In 1814, Elizabeth remarried to a man named Lewis Shepherd, and nothing is known of her after that date.

Henry married Elizabeth Strother circa 1787 in Franklin Co., North Carolina. She was born circa 1767 in Franklin Co., North Carolina. She died after 1814.

They had the following children:

1 David W. Parrish
2 Fanny Parrish was born circa 1791 in Franklin Co., North Carolina. She married Samuel R. Anderson on February 20, 1811 in Wilson Co., Tennessee.
3 William Parrish was born circa 1792 in Franklin Co., North Carolina. He married Martha Davis on February 11, 1812 in Wilson Co., Tennessee.
4 Jane Parrish was born circa 1802 in Wilson Co., Tennessee. She married John Penticost on October 10, 1822 in Wilson Co., Tennessee.
5 Martha W. Parrish was born on January 15, 1803 in Wilson Co., Tennessee. She died in 1880 in Mississippi. She married Hobson Ferrell on December 12, 1822 in Wilson Co., Tennessee.
6 Elizabeth Strother Parrish was born circa 1807 in Wilson Co., Tennessee. She died in May 1845 in Columbia, Lowndes Co., Mississippi. She married David Coolidge Richards on August 9, 1827 in Wilson Co., Tennessee.

2nd Generation:

David Whitlock Parrish was born on December 19, 1789 2,13 or December 19, 1790 9 in Franklin Co., North Carolina. He died on March 31, 1876 in Christian Co., Kentucky 2,9,13. He is buried in the Flat Lick Cemetery, near Herndon, Christian Co., Kentucky.

Father: Henry Parrish
Mother: Elizabeth Strother

In about 1793 (when he was about 3 or 4 years old) he moved with his family to Wilson County, Tennessee, where he spent the remainder of his childhood and adolescence. In 1811, David's father died and he served as the administrator of his father's estate. Not long after this, 22-year old David enlisted in the Calvary during the War of 1812, and had a year of service in Thomas Bradley's Company. Immediately afterwards, he returned to Tennessee, and purchased 100 acres of land in Sumner County, Tennessee, not far from Wilson County. In 1813, David married to a young woman named Lucinda Hunt. Sadly, within three years Lucinda had died. On June 5, 1816, in Sumner County, he married Lucinda's younger sister, Lutilda Hunt.

David and Lutilda lived in Sumner County, where they owned a farm of 120 acres off of Station Camp Creek. In the year 1833, they moved north and settled in Christian County, Kentucky. In that year they purchased 400 acres of land from a John and Martha Gilmer. Sadly, in 1835, David's wife Lutilda died leaving him with seven young motherless children. On March 8, 1838, David was married a third time to a young woman named Mildred M. Gilmer. She died in 1843 and he never remarried. David was quite wealthy. In 1860, he had real estate valued at $56,000.00 and personal estate at $23,000.00, an impressive sum for the times.

After the Civil War though, his fortune was depreciated to more "normal" amounts ($5000 in 1870). This drastic difference in estate value also probably relates to the fact that during the 1860's, David had given all of his real estate to his son James, although they continued to live together. The Parrish estate was in the extreme southern portion of Christian County, Kentucky, probably partially in the city of Oak Grove and also what is now Fort Campbell. David Parrish died on March 31, 1876 in Christian County, Kentucky, at the age of 86.

David married first Lucinda Hunt on July 3, 1813 in Sumner Co., Tennessee 1. She was born circa 1793 in Franklin Co., North Carolina. She died between 1813-1816 in Sumner Co., Tennessee.

They had no known children. If any were born, they died in infancy.
Father: Sion Hunt
Mother: Sarah Hartsfield

Lucinda died not long after her marriage. Her husband later married her younger sister Lutilda.

David married second Lutilda T. Hunt on June 5, 1816 in Sumner Co., Tennessee 1.

They had the following children:

1 Eliza T. Parrish was born on June 27, 1817 in Sumner Co., Tennessee 2. She died on June 24, 1852 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 2. She is buried in the Flat Lick Cemetery, near Herndon, Christian Co., Kentucky.
She married William Donaldson on January 28, 1836 in Christian Co., Kentucky. (He was born circa 1812 in Kentucky 5 and died between 1850-1860 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee.)
They had the following children:
David S. Donaldson (1837-1838)
Presley W. Donaldson (c. 1840-1876)
md. Elizabeth Amelia Gilmer
Isabelle Frances Donaldson (1841-1842)
Laura Donaldson (1843-1849)
Gabriella Donaldson (1843-1898)
md. Benjamin Franklin Bacon
James William Donaldson (1850-1850)
2 Elizabeth Henry Parrish was born circa 1819 in Sumner Co., Tennessee. She died on December 27, 1848 in Yazoo Co., Mississippi.
She married first Micajah Walker Gilmer on August 18, 1838 in Christian Co., Kentucky. (He was born on December 8, 1804 in Georgia and died between 1841-1843 in Montgomery Co., Alabama.)
They had one child:
Sarah Jane Walker Gilmer (c. 1840-1921)
md. 1st. James Atwood Bullock
md. 2nd. Walter Scott Eckford
She married second James Ware on March 3, 1843 in Mississippi. (He was born on December 1, 1814 in Frankfort, Franklin Co., Kentucky and died on July 26, 1884 in Vicksburg, Warren Co., Mississippi.)
They had two children:
Julian Eugene Ware (1844-1920)
md. Amanda Jane Noland
Helen Elizabeth Ware (c. 1847-1943)
3 Martha A. Parrish was born circa 1821 in Sumner Co., Tennessee. She died sometime between 1848-1850 in Fayette Co., Texas.
She married Micajah Clark on December 3, 1845 in Christian Co., Kentucky 4. (He was born circa 1823 in Elbert or Newton Co., Georgia and died between 1850-1860 in Fayette Co., Texas.
They had one child:
James David Clark (1848-1941)
md. Lila Penelope Coppage
4 Mary W. Parrish was born on April 1, 1825 in Sumner Co., Tennessee 2. She died on March 31, 1906 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 2. She is buried in the Flat Lick Cemetery, near Herndon, Christian Co., Kentucky.
She married Collin H. Roberts in 1844 6. (He was born on June 18, 1816 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 2 and died on January 29, 1889 in Christian Co., Kentucky 2. He is buried in the Flat Lick Cemetery, near Herndon, Christian Co., Kentucky.)
They had the following surviving children:
Martha W. Roberts (1845-1846)
Mary A. Roberts (1847-1848)
James Taylor Roberts (1848-1935)
md. Katie S.
Charles W. Roberts (1852-1926)
md. May Donaldson
David Parrish Roberts (1854-1855)
Peter Edgar Roberts (c. 1857-1920)
md. Mary Virginia Beasley
Fannie G. Roberts (1861-1936)
Mary and her family lived next to her sister Lucretia Parrish Whitlock and family in southern Christian County, Kentucky.
5 James Strother Parrish was born on February 2, 1827 in Sumner Co., Tennessee 7,9. He died on January 9, 1908 in Montgomery, Montgomery Co., Alabama 9,10. He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Montgomery Co., Alabama.
He married first Zerilda Matilda West on December 6, 1847 in Christian Co., Kentucky 4. (She was born on June 22, 1829 in Christian Co., Kentucky 2 and died on November 20, 1864 in Christian Co., Kentucky 2. She is buried in the Flat Lick Cemetery, near Herndon, Christian Co., Kentucky.)
They had the following children:
Henry West Parrish (1848-1931)
md. Ida H. Beaumont
Frank Parrish (1853-1855)
David Parrish (1855-1857)
Dudley Parrish (1857-1859)
Charles B. Parrish (1859-1921)
md. Cornelia May Tanner
Mary Parrish (1862-???)
md. Fleming M. Ragsdale
He married second Margaret U. Poindexter on March 7, 1866 in Christian Co., Kentucky 8. (She was born on May 31, 1846 in Tennessee 2 and died on February 8, 1871 in Christian Co., Kentucky 2.)
They had one child:
Minor Q. Parrish (1868-1870)
He married third Jane Dabney Ward in 1871 in Christian Co., Kentucky 7 or on December 21, 1871 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee 11. (She was born circa 1842 in Tennessee and died on February 9, 1884 in Christian Co., Kentucky 12.)
They had one child:
David Walker Parrish (1873-1877)

6 Frances "Fannie" David Parrish was born on October 16, 182814 in Sumner Co., Tennessee. She died on August 16, 1880 14,15 in Christian Co., Kentucky. She is buried in the Flat Lick Cemetery, near Herndon, Christian Co., Kentucky.
She married first William Thomas Whitlock on October 17, 1848 14 in Christian Co., Kentucky. (He was born on December 18, 1819 in Christian Co., Kentucky 2 and died on December 7, 1856 in Christian Co., Kentucky 2. He is buried in the Flat Lick Cemetery, near Herndon, Christian Co., Kentucky.)
They had no children.
She married second John A. Keesee on December 3, 1860 14 or December 4, 1860 8 in Christian Co., Kentucky . (He was born on March 8, 1822 16 in Tennessee and died on December 18, 1896 16. He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.)
They had no children.
7 Lucretia Parrish
David married third Mildred Meriwether Gilmer on March 8, 1838 in Christian Co., Kentucky 4. She was born in 1805 in Georgia 3. She died on November 2, 1843 in Christian Co., Kentucky 2. She is buried in the Flat Lick Cemetery, near Herndon, Christian Co., Kentucky.
Mildred was the daughter of Nicholas Meriwether Gilmer and Amelia Gatewood Clark of Oglethorpe Co., Georgia and later Christian Co., Kentucky. Only a few months after her marriage, Mildred's step-daughter Elizabeth Parrish married her brother Micajah Gilmer.
They had the following children:
1 Amelia Clark Parrish was born on July 27, 1840 in Christian Co., Kentucky 3. She died on June 15, 1925 in Christian Co., Kentucky 3. She is buried in the Fairview Cemetery, Bowling Green, Warren Co., Kentucky.
She married first John Churchill Blakey on November 25, 1858 in Christian Co., Kentucky 8. (He died between 1858-1860 in Christian Co., Kentucky.)
They had no children.
She married second James Andrew McKenzie on August 16, 1864 in Christian Co., Kentucky 8. (He was born on August 1, 1840 in Christian Co., Kentucky and died on June 25, 1904 in Bowling Green, Warren Co., Kentucky. He is buried in the Fairview Cemetery, Bowling Green, Warren Co., Kentucky.
They had eight children:
David Parrish McKenzie (1866-1872)
William John McKenzie (1868-1871)
Gilmer Ewing McKenzie (1870-1872)
Wallis Gillespie McKenzie (1872-1872)
Mary Louise McKenzie (1873-1956)
md. 1st. Hubert Pleasant Potter
md. 2nd. Jonathan Bailey Browder
John Atherton McKenzie (1874-1882)
Katherine Amelia McKenzie (1876-1963)
md. Henry Lamar Monarch
James Andrew McKenzie (1878-1941)
md. Mary Jane Willis
4 Maybelle Parrish was born on January 21, 1841 in Christian Co., Kentucky 2. She died on August 21, 1842 in Christian Co., Kentucky 2. She is buried in the Flat Lick Cemetery, near Herndon, Christian Co., Kentucky.
3 William H. Parrish was born on February 28, 1841 in Christian Co., Kentucky 2. He died on October 30, 1861 in Christian Co., Kentucky 2. He is buried in the Flat Lick Cemetery, near Herndon, Christian Co., Kentucky.

3rd Generation:

Lucretia Parrish was born in August 1831 in Sumner County, Tennessee 5. She died on May 11, 1903 in Longview Pct. (now Oak Grove), Christian Co., Kentucky 2. She is buried in the Flat Lick Cemetery, near Herndon, Christian Co., Kentucky.

Father: David W. Parrish
Mother: Lutilda T. Hunt

Lucretia moved with her family from Sumner County, Tennessee to Christian County, Kentucky in 1833, when she was about 2 years old. Her mother died in 1835, when she was not quite 4 years old. Lucretia spent the remainder of her life in the extreme southern portion of Christian County, Kentucky. Her family were wealthy slave owners and influential citizens.

Lucretia was married in 1852 to John Whitlock, an aspiring young farmer from the area. John was the younger brother of William Whitlock, who was married to Lucretia's sister Frances. After the marriage, John and Lucretia apparently lived for a short time in or near Cadiz in Trigg County, Kentucky, where their first child was born. By 1855, they had settled in southern Christian County, where they remained until their deaths. Their farmland was in Longview Precinct and is within the current city limits of Oak Grove. In 1871, Lucretia was deeded land from her brother James Parrish.

Lucretia married John Robert Whitlock on February 7, 1852 in Christian Co., Kentucky 8.
For information on their children, see his page.

Sources:

1. Marriage records, Sumner Co., Tennessee
2. Cemeteries of Christian County, Kentucky. Christian County Genealogical Society, 2004.
3. Family Histories, Christian Co., Kentucky. Christian County Genealogical Society, 1986
4. International Genealogical Index
5. Assorted US Federal Census records
6. Death notice of Collin Roberts, Nashville Christian Advocate, May 16, 1889
7. Perrin, William H. County of Christian, Kentucky, Historical and Biographical. F.A. Battey Pub. Co., Chicago & Louisville, 1884
8. Kentucky Marriages, 1851-1900, Ancestry.com
9. DAR Genealogical Research System. http://services.dar.org/Public/DAR_Research/search/
10. Obituary of James S. Parrish, Hopkinsville Kentuckian, Jan. 11, 1908, Pg. 3
11. Marriage registers, Montgomery Co., TN
12. Obituary of Jane D. Parrish, Semi-Weekly South Kentuckian, Feb. 15, 1884, Pg. 3
13. Obituary of David W. Parrish, Clarksville Weekly Chronicle, Apr. 15, 1876, Pg. 3
14. Obituary of Fannie D. Parrish [Keesee], Clarksville Weekly Chronicle, Sep. 18, 1880, Pg. 3
15. Tombstone inscriptions, Flat Lick Cemetery, Christian Co., KY
16. Tombstone inscriptions, Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, TN