Parkersville, Westtown School, Phila. Friends Sch
Colliery & Mfg Plant Supt
Religion: Quaker, Phila MM, Northern District (Noble St.)
WCDL obit 10-6-1891, probably wrritten by John Jackson Parker. This article, and JJP notes on pp 79 & 80, include the following information about William Jones Parker, Sr: He started schooling at age of six in Phila Friends school, at the age of 9, in 1833, he was sent to live with his uncle, John Parker, at Parkersville, for 3 years of study at the Parkersville octagonal school, and for farm work in the summers. In 1836 he returned to Phila Friends school, then in 1838 he entered Westtown School in Chesco. About 1842 he was apprenticed to Isaac P Morris Iron Foundry, serving 5 yrs, 7 mos. In 1847 he left I P Morris & Co., and took charge of a Particular branch of the business at the Franklin Works. In 1849 took charge of Jacob Baily's Foundry. In 1852, accepted the charge of Norris Cornish Engine Works, Norristown, and moved his family there in 1855. In 1856 he accepted the Superintendency of a Colliery at Pottsville. During Civil War, he served 3 mos in Co. G, 39th Regiment, Col. Nagle. Pa. Archives, Vol. 1, pp 421, 422: "W. J. Parker, Pvt. Co. A, 27th Regt P.V.M. Mustered 19 Jan 1863." Schuykill County records show that in June, 1863, Lee invaded Pennsylvania for the 2nd time, and a 27th Regiment PVM way formed to defend Harrisburg area; a W J Parker was listed as Private in that regiment. 1850 US Census for Kensington Ward 4, Phila, Roll 806, Pg. 262, shows: William J. Parker 25 Molder Frances Parker 22 William F(?) Parker 4 Josephine Parker 2 Ellen Parker 1/12 Per Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers (At Federal Archives): Parker, William J. Pvt/Pvt Co A 27 Pa Mil Inf Emerg 1863 Parker, William J. Pvt/Pvt Co H 125 Pa Inf Are either or both of these William Jones Parker? In 1865 he took charge of Port Carbon Works, and in 1866 established and superintended a Foundry for Pottsville Coal, Steel & Iron Co. In 1874, at an increased salary, went back to Colliery Works; there until 1880. !870 US Census for Schuylkill County, Pa., Pottsville M593, Roll 1447, ED 315, Pg 253B 8-19-1870, shows:Wm. J. Parker, 43; Frances, wife, 41; Wm. J. Jr, son, 24; Josephine, dau, 22; Ella J., dau, 19; John J., son, 17; Thomas C., son, 12; Passmore, son, 4. 1880 US Census for Pottsville, Roll 1193, ED 223, sht 20, shows Wm. J. Parker, 56; Frances A., wife, 52, born Del.; Thomas, son, 20; Passmore W., son, 14; Frances Lingard, granddaughter, 6. In 1880, took charge of Isaac S Cassin & Co's Union Hydraulic Works, Phila., where he was working at time of his death. He was survived by his wife, Frances, and sons William, Jr., Thomas S., & Passmore Williamson; daughters Josephine & Ellen J. Records of Philla MM, Northern District record his birth, show he was disowned [temporarily] on 7-1-1845, for marriage contrary to discipline of Quakers. McElroy's Phila City Directory 1860 shows Wm. Parker, moulder, at 6 Winter's Ct. , 1882-6 William J. Parker, moulder h 842 Almond St., Phila. , 1890 William J. Parker, Treas. h 639 N. 32nd St., Phila. Phila. Public Ledger Oct. 8, 1891: "William J. Parker, in his 67th year. Relatives and friends of the family, also employees of L. Cashin & Co., invited to attend funeral at his residence, 1410 Hanaover St. Burial pvt.
At CCHS check "History of Pottsville & Schuylkill County", index 17B6, pp 10c, 27c, 231, 638, also 131, 708. Ref W. & William Parker. William Jones Parker in Pottsville ca 1856-1880. At HSP, Swarthmore, LU Quaker records for Pottsville, Pa for families of Caleb Parker and William Jones Parker. Check Civil War records for Wm. Jones Parker, Sr & Jr. Check records of Phila MM, Northern District, for burial of Wm. Jones Parker, Sr.
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