William Webb Parker

Born:May 22 1830 In:  Parkersville, PA
Died:Oct 17 1890 (at age 60)In:  Parkersville, PA

Immediate family

Anna Mary Parker (born Darlington)
His wife
Thomas Ellwood Parker, MD
His son
Joseph Walter Parker
His son
Rebecca Parker
His daughter
Edith Darlington Parker
His daughter
Mary Darlington (born Parker)
His daughter
John Parker, Sr
His son
William Darlington Parker
His son
John Parker, Jr
His father
Rebecca Parker (born Webb)
His mother
Hannah Jane Taylor (born Parker)
His sister
Rebecca Parker
His sister
Edward S. Parker
His brother


Westtown School


Farmer/Business/Public Serv

Contact information


Personal info

Religion: Quaker


Per, p. 203 he was educated first at the octagonal schoolhouse in Parkersville, then entered Westtown Friends School in 1842 , where he was an assistant teacher briefly after graduation. Mar 21, 1854 West Chester, Pa. VILLAGE RECORD: "Marriage on 5th day the 16th inst., Wm. W. Parker, of Pennsbury township, to Anna Mary Darlington, daughter of the late Thomas Darlington of Westtown township, Chester county." The Marriage Registration certificate is in the Parker box at CCHS. The "Darlngton Family"/Cope, reports he was secretary of the Board of School Directors of Pennsbury twp for 30 years. In 1887 he became the first chaiman of the Chester County School Directors Association. Have original of his Civil War draft notice, dated 15 Aug 1863, calling on him to report 28 Aug 1863 at West Chester for a period of 3 years. , pp 110, 111. US Census 1860 for Parkerville P.O., Pennsbury Twp., Chesco, Pa, shows: Parker, William W. 30 MW Farmer Real Est $18,000 Pers. $2,094 " , Anna M. 30 FW " , Thomas E. 5 MW " , Joseph W. 3 MW " , Rebecca 1 FW " , Hannah J. 28 FW [Sister] Had Real Est $1,500, Pers. $3,200 McElroy's Phila. City Directory for 1860 shows Wm. W. Parker, farmer, with stand at 139 Franklin Market, Phila., home in Chester County. WCDL historical article 3-25-1965 covering Pennsbury twp data reports that Wm. W. Parker had a mica mine in 1876. 1880 US Census from LDS CD: Census Place: Pennsburg, Chester, Pennsylvania Source: FHL Film 1255114 National Archives Film T9-1114 Page 233A Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace Wm. W. PARKER Self M M W 50 PA Occ: Farmer Fa: PA Mo: PA Anna M. PARKER Wife F M W 50 PA Occ: Keeping House Fa: PA Mo: PA T. Elwood PARKER Son M S W 25 PA Occ: Physician Fa: PA Mo: PA J. Walter PARKER Son M S W 23 PA Occ: Farmer Fa: PA Mo: PA Rebecca PARKER Dau F S W 21 PA Occ: At Home Fa: PA Mo: PA Mary PARKER Dau F S W 14 PA Occ: At School Fa: PA Mo: PA John PARKER Son M S W 12 PA Occ: At School Fa: PA Mo: PA Wm. D. PARKER Son M S W 7 PA Occ: At School Fa: PA Mo: PA WCDL obit 10-17-1890: "This morning at an early hour Wm. W. Parker, Esq., one of the best-known citizens of Pennsbury township, died of heart disease.. The deceased had been ailing for several weeks, but was able to attend to business. He was in West Chester only two or three days ago. Yesterday morning he was about the farm as usual and attended to the stock. After returning to the house he complained of severe pain in his left side and arm. He improved somewhat during the day and was very cheerful in the evening. He sat talking with members of his family until about eleven o'clock last night, when he retired and fell asleep as usual. His death occurred about 1:45 this morning. His wife, who was sleeping with him, heard a gurgling sound in his throat and called him, but he did not answer. She then called the rest of the family, but they found him already dead. Wm. W. Parker was born on the farm adjoining that on which he died, on May 21st, 1830, and was consequently in his 61st year at the time of his decease. He was a son of John and Rebecca Webb Parker, and a first cousin of John J. and the late Samuel J. Parker. He was educated at the Octagon School house in Parkersvile, and at Westtown Boarding School. He was married March 16th, 1854, to Anna Mary Darlington, a daughter of Thomas and Edith Green Darlington, at Westtown Friends Meeting. After his marriage he settled on the Wistar Parker farm, wherehe continued to live until the time of his death. It adjoins, as we have stated, the farm on which he was born. His wife and six children survive him. His oldest son, Dr. T. E. Parker, is a practicing physician at Woodbury, NJ. He was telegraphed for yesterday about noon and arrived in the evening. He prescribed for his father and was gratified to see him so much better, apparently, as the evening advanced. The family had no thought that death was so near, and the sudden decease of the husband and father was a great shock to them. Besides the Doctor another child, a daughter, lives in New Jersey. She is teaching school in Trenton. The rest of the children are at home. [Paragraph about his father deleted]. Wm. W. Parker, although never serving in the Legislature or filling a county office, was well known throughout the county as a prominent business man and active in every scheme to promote the public welfare. He was frequently a delegate to the county conventions of the Republican party, to which he adhered all his life, and for several years he served as a member of the County Committee for Pennsbury township, and two years ago was a candidate for Legislature from the Southern District, but was not successful. He was frequently appointed by the Court as a road juror, and served many a time as an arbitrator when disputes arose among neighbors. He was a very active member of the Board of Managers of the Chester County Agricultural Society and for many years Vice-President of the Board. He was for thirty years preceding his death a member of the School Board of Pennsbury Township, and during all that time Secretary of the board. When the Chester County Directors' Asoociation was organized about two years ago he was chosen their President, a position he still held at the the time of his death. He was in West Chester one day this week and was engaged in the preparation of a report to be read at the meeting of the Association to be held during the coming Teachers' Institute. He was also President of the Union Mutual Fire Insurance Company, with office in Kennett Square. He organized the Wind and Storm Insurance Company of Kennett Square, which was the first of its kind in Chester County, and was its President up to the time of his death. During his life time he held nearly every township office in turn and was for ten years a Justice of the Peace. He was a member of the Society of Friends, and was very faithful in his duties as such. From the begining of the Grangers' movement Mr. Parker took an absorbing interest in their work. He united with Kennett Grange, and continued his membership there until his death. He was the first Master of Pomona Grange, which is the county organization. When the State Grange was organized he was made a member of the State Executive Committee for several years. In many departments of work Mr. Parker was actively engaged up to the time of his death, and his unexpected demise will leave many vacancies to be filled by the different organizations to which he belonged." WCDL funeral report 10-22-1890: "The funeral of W. W. Parker , Parkerville, took place yeaterday. Upwards of 100 carriages followed the remains to the burying ground. .... Pallbearers were J. G. Parker, J. C. Heed, John Huey, John J. Parker, Isaac Richards and James G. Darlington." Chester County Directory 1870-1 lists him as Justice of Peace and farmer, in Parkersville.
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