Cynthia Ann Naduah PARKER John Richard PARKER Silas Mercer PARKER Orlena PARKER Lucinda DUTY Mini tree diagram
Silas Mercer PARKER

Silas Mercer PARKER6,2,5,4,2,7

5th May 18042 - 19th May 18361,3,5,4,2

Life History

5th May 1804

Born in Bedford County, Tennessee.1,2,3,4,2

(most likely)

5th May 1804

Born in Duck River, Elbert, Georgia.2

(less likely)

31st Aug 1824

Married Lucinda DUTY in Clark County, Illinois.1,6,2,3

29th Oct 1827

Birth of daughter Cynthia Ann Naduah PARKER in Crawford County, Illinois.2,4,8,9


Birth of son John Richard PARKER in Fort Lemott, Crawford, Illinois.4


Resident Moved to Texas from Illinois in Texas.2

4th Jun 1833

Birth of son Silas Mercer PARKER in Illinois.10,3,11,12,13,14

1st Jan 1836

Birth of daughter Orlena PARKER in Fort Parker, Limestone, Texas.2,8,13,15

19th May 1836

Died in Fort Parker, Limestone, Texas.1,3,5,4,2

Comanche attack

19th May 1836

Buried in Fort Parker Memorial Park, Groesbeck, Limestone County, Texas.1,2


  • Illinois Marriages, 1790-1860
    Lucinda Duty
    Spouse Silas M. Parker
    31 Aug 1824 Clark County, Illinois
    Source:  amily History Library, Salt Lake City, UT

    Family Data Collection - Deaths
    Silas Parker
    Death 19 May 1836 Fort Parker, TX USA

    Family Data Collection - Individual Records
    Silas Parker
    Spouse Lucy
    Parents Elder John Parker, Sarah Sallie White
    Birth 1804 Elbert County, Duck River, GA
    Death 19 May 1836 Fort Parker, Limestone, TX

    Texas, Land Title Abstracts,1700-2008
    Grantee James S. Reid
    Patentee Silas M. Parker
    17 Apr 1857
    319 Acres:
    Houston District, Nacogdoches, Henderson County
    Patent Volume 15, File #2663, Patent #365,
    Adjoining Van Zandt County
    Adjoining 99 Acres
    Class Nac. 3rd

    Silas Mercer Parker
    Birth May 5, 1804 Bedford County, Tennessee
    Death May 19, 1836 Limestone County, Texas

    Founder of Fort Parker. Served as a Sgt. during the Black Hawk Warunder Capt. Thomas B. Ross. After his release, he moved his family toTX, where they lived in several colonies before finally settling on aleague of land that was granted to him in April 1835. This land wassituated about 3 miles north of the site where the present town ofGroesbeck is located in Limestone County. During the spring of 1835,he and his brother, James, built a fort on this land, which laterbecame known as Fort Parker. On January 1, 1836, a daughter was bornto Silas and Lucinda, who they named Orlena, and she was born at theFort.

    In early May of 1836, General Sam Houston ordered the evacuation ofFort Parker, but Silas, believing the fort to be safe, refused toleave. About the 17th of May, scouts learned from friendly indiansthat an attack on the fort was scheduled for dawn on May 19th. Thisinformation was passed on to the settlers at the Fort but Silas stoodfirm. His family was not going to run. There were bitter argumentsthat threatened to erupt into violence and most of the settlersdecided to leave. They left but Parker and his kinsmen remained. Earlyon the morning of May 19, 1836, the Fort was indeed attacked and Silaswas killed.

    His wife and two youngest children, Silas, Jr. and Orlena were saved,but the two oldest children, Cynthia Ann and John were taken captiveby the indians. (bio by: Helen L. Smith Hoke)

    Elder John Parker (1758 - 1836)
    Sarah White Parker (1759 - 1824)
    Lucinda Duty Roberts (1811 - 1852)

    Cynthia Ann Parker (1827 - 1870)
    John Richard Parker (1830 - 1915)
    Orlena Parker O'Quinn (1836 - 1887)

    Daniel Parker (1781 - 1844)
    Mary Jane Parker Kendrick (1785 - 1846)
    Benjamin F.W. Parker (1788 - 1836)
    Isaac Parker (1793 - 1883)
    Phebe Parker Anglin (1796 - 1863)
    James W. Parker (1797 - 1864)
    Nathaniel Parker (1799 - 1855)
    Susannah Parker Starr (1807 - 1875)

    Burial Fort Parker Memorial Park, Groesbeck, Limestone County, Texas

    Maintained by Find A Grave, Originally Created by Helen L. Smith HokeMay 12, 2003
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #7433552,


  • 1. Barry Kirkland, Forum
  • 2. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 3. Childress Cousins
  • 4. Family Data Collection - Individual Records
  • 5. Family Data Collection - Deaths
    • Name: Name: Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001;;
  • 6. Illinois Marriages, 1790-1860
  • 7. Family Data Collection - Births
  • 8. 1870 Federal Census, Anderson County, Texas
    • [no date], PO Palestine, page 212, Hse #1540, Fam #1527
  • 9. Oklahoma and Indian Territory, Indian and Pioneer HistoricalCollection, 1937
  • 10. U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865
  • 11. 1870 Federal Census, Anderson County, Texas
    • [no date], PO Palestine, page 211, Hse #1535, Fam #1516
  • 12. 1850 Federal Census, Anderson County, Texas
    • 26 September, page 21B, Hse/Fam #143
  • 13. 1860 Federal Census, Van Zandt County, Texas
    • 20 June, Edom Beat, PO Edom, page 28, Hse/Fam #113
  • 14. 1880 Federal Census, Anderson County, Texas
    • 15 June, District 5, page 12, Hse/Fam #92
  • 15. 1880 Federal Census, Anderson County, Texas
    • 15 June, District 5, page 12, Hse/Fam #94

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