Biography of David Curtis Parker
FROM: History of Livingston County, New York
By James H. Smith
Assisted by Hume H. Cole
Published By D. Mason & Co. 1881


David Curtis Parker was a son of William and Sarah (Curtis) Parker, the latter of whose father, Mr. Curtis, of Connecticut, was a surveyor and one of a company sent by the government to survey the lands of the Holland Purchase. William Parker was born in Connecticut in 1767. He moved to Lima at a very early day and settled on the farm now occupied by his son Charles L. He died in 1842, his wife in 1833. To Mr. and Mrs. Parker were born the following children : —Rhoda. born in 1800; Betsy. in 1805; William B., about 1807: David Curtis. May 2, 1810, died May 14, 1879; Edmund J., born in 1812; Sarah Ann, in 1817: and Charles L., in 1819: of whom Charles L., and William B. are the only ones living. and both reside in Lima.

David C. remained at home till twenty-three years of age, being most of the time engaged in working the home farm, and assisting his father whenever an occasion offered itself. His education was necessarily limited as he could only attend the common school of the town in which he resided.

February 13, 1833, he was married to Eliza, daughter of George and Eliza Wiggins. She was born in New Jersey December 1, 1810, and moved with her parents to West Bloomfield, where her mother died in 1816, leaving four children. Her father married for his second wife Polly Fay, a sister of his deceased wife. By her he had ten children. Those left him by his first wife were: — Jonathan, born in New Jersey in 1808, (deceased): Eliza, as already mentioned; David Sargeaut, born in 1812, died in 1867: and James Baldwin, now living at West Avon.

After his marriage, David C. lived one year with his parents and then purchased the farm on which he resided till his death. Here the best years of his life and most noble efforts were devoted to improving and developing his property, and he ranked among the best and most scientific agriculturists in the county.

He was never an office-seeker, but was a plain unpretentious man, whose reputation was without a stain. His character was never questioned and he was highly respected for that fact. In politics he was a Republican. and took a lively interest in the success of his party, always sustaining its measures consistently. He attended the Universalist church at North Bloomfield, but was never a member of any congregation.

Having no children of his own, he adopted his wife’s nephew, Curtis P. Wiggins. when he was eight years old, and lavished upon him the tenderest care of a kind parent, which the young man fully appreciated. and he inserts this portrait and sketch from pure affection and in reverence for his memory.

Curtis Parker Wiggins was born August 26. 1838, and was married to Pliebe A., daughter of Robert and Fanny Huntington, of West Bloomfield, Ontario county, N. Y. She was born August 24. 1839. Two children have been born to them: Fannie E.. and Ida M.

Mr. Wiggins lives on the farm left him by his adopted father, which is beautifully located about three miles northeast of Lima. The place is kept in the highest state of cultivation and Mr. Wiggins is surrounded with all the comforts of a happy home and fireside.

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