Gene Notes

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Sympathy Saturday - John Parker

In this county on Sunday night inst., at an advanced age, JOHN PARKER, Esq. The deceased was an old and highly respectable resident of Fayette county, was amongst the earliest settlers of Kentucky, and at the time of his death, the presiding Justice of the County Court. In all the relations of life he sustained an unblemished character for integrity and probity.

Tombstone Inscription:  John Parker, Sr., born in Pennsylvania, Sept 3, 1753; died May 28, 1837.  Was a soldier in Revolutionary War. Removed to Kentucky in 1784 and served the State of his adoption in many offices of trust and honor.

John Parker, Sr., was my great-great-great-great grandfather. He married Isabella Todd and they were the parents of Nancy Todd Parker who married William Bowman. Nancy and William were the parents of John Parker Bowman, my great-great grandfather. You can see the predilection for family names as middle names.  John Parker Bowman was the second son of Nancy and William. Their oldest son was Robert Todd Bowman, named for Nancy's grandfather. This naming convention was last seen in 1925 when my father, the second son, was named for his maternal grandfather, Frank Bowman.
Copyright 2011, ACK for Gene Notes

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