Biography of James A. Parish


Parish, James A., Tonawanda, has spent almost his entire life upon the waters of the great lakes. His father before him was also a sea captain and was drowned in Lake Erie in 1834. Mr. Parish was born at Ashtabula, Ohio, October 29, 1834, and removed with his parents to Tonawanda when but a child, where he received his preliminary education and at an early age began a career that was destined to last for fifty years. He began before the mast and has advanced from time to time, until he is now captain of the boat, Tam O'Shanter. He was married January 1, 1863, to Isabella Woods of Tonawanda, N. Y., and they have seven children. Mr. Parish is a member of the A. O. U. W., the Select Knights and the Buffalo Harbor Tug Pilots' Association.

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Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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