Parker Lieurance

by Laurel Litke Navinsky


My Great Great Grandfather Parker Z. Lieurance was born in Clinton County, Ohio near Morrisville, on October 8, 1839 to Henry and Sally Brown Lieurance. Parker was the 9th child of 10. The last child of Henry and Sally Lieurance was Harvey who was born August 16, 1942. Sally died on August 8, 1848 when they were 5 and 8. Henry died June 7, 1850 when they were 7 and 10. They were now orphans. The youngest four children including Parker and Harvey then lived with their cousin Alexander Lieurance, his children and his mother Hannah Phillips Lieurance.

Parker enlisted in 48th Ohio Infantry of the Union Army on January 1, 1862 at the age of 22, when President Lincoln called for troops. Parker served for three years. He was with Company H of the 48th Ohio Infantry, and with Company D of the Ohio 83rd Infantry after the two regiments were merged. On April 8, 1864 he was captured at the Battle of Sabine Crossroads and was a prisoner of war at Camp Ford, Texas. His younger brother, Harvey enlisted on October 11, 1862 in the 48th Ohio Infantry at the age of 20.

After he mustered out on January 5, 1865 in Natchez, Mississippi, Parker purchased a wooden suitcase, and his wedding suit then returned to Clinton, County. The suitcase is on display at the Kaw Mission Museum, in Council Grove, Morris County, Kansas. On October 21, 1866, he married Martha Ann Hildebrant in Ohio. Their first son, Orrin was born near Jamestown, Green County, Ohio in 1868. They joined the Cezars Creek Baptist Church of Ohio in 1869. At the time of the 1870 Census, Parker, Martha, son, Orrin and Martha's mother, Margaret Jane Hamilton Hildebrant, were living near Techumseh, in Shawnee County, Kansas. Later in 1870, they settled on a farm south of Paxico, in Newbury Township, Wabaunsee County, Kansas when it was still the frontier. Five children and at least one granddaughter were born here. After a long illness and much suffering, Parker Lieurance passed away at his home on Saturday evening, June 22, 1912, at nine o'clock. He was 72 years, 8 months, and 14 days old. He had lived in Kansas and on their farm for more than 40 years.

His wife, Martha Ann survived him, and five children: Orrin S., Alvah S., Calista V. Quiett, Jennie M. Olson, and Minnie Z. Colyer. A son, Arlie died in infancy. All of the children were present at his funeral, on Monday, June 24, 1912, at 2 p.m., at the home. The Rev. A.S. Clark of Topeka officiated. Parker is buried at Bethlehem Cemetery, on Snokomo Road, south of Paxico, Newbury Township, Wabaunsee County, Kansas. He was a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Paxico since 1900. He was "a truly good man in every respect". "He was respected by all and will be greatly missed." (From Parker's Obituary, June 1912.)




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