Biography of William Parr
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Parr, William, Stockholm, was born at Brasher Iron Works, N. October 9, 1842. His father was Moses S., son of Thomas Parr, the latter a native of Vermont, where he married a Miss Sweet, by whom he had nine children. Mrs. Parr died in 1836, and he married second a Miss Truebell In an early day Mr. Parr went to Bombay, Franklin county, and there died in 1854. Moses S. Parr was born in Vermont, March 27, 1800, and came to Franklin county when a young man. His wife was Sarah Babcock, a native of Vermont, born December 10, 1804, and they had four sons and two daughters. In an early day Mr Parr and family went to Helena, St. Lawrence county, and afterward to Brasher Iron Works, where they resided until 1857, when they went to Brasher Falls. Mr. Parr was a Republican in politics and held the office of constable for twenty years. They spent their last days in Stockholm with their son, subject of sketch, William Parr. The latter received a common school education, and previous to the war he worked as a machinist, also at farming. He spent a short time in a pail factory at Bicknellville and in a shingle mill at Brasher Iron Works. He was at the latter place when the war broke out. July 21, 1863, he enlisted in the Fourteenth N. Y. Heavy Artillery, Company A, but served in the infantry. He was in the following battles: Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Weldon Road, before Petersburg and Fort Steadrnan. At the close of the war he received his discharge and returned to Brasher Falls, where he spent two years in the machine shop, since which time farming has been his occupation. November 12, 1867, he married Ellen Morris, a native of Canada, born October 28, 1849. She was one of nine children of Hugh and Sarah (Thompson) Morris, natives of Ireland, who emigrated to Canada and later settled in this country, in Brasher, where Mr. Morris died in 1886, and his wife in 1891. He was in the battles of Fair Oaks, Seven Days before Richmond, and at Yorktown. Mr. Parr and wife have five children: Fred, Lavina S., Willie H., Hugh, and Lottie. He is a Republican, and he and wife are members of P. and I., Banner Lodge No. 160. He is also a member of P. of H., Winthrop Lodge. Mrs. Parr is a member of the Catholic church. Subject has but one brother (Joel) now living. He resides at Brasher Falls, He also has a sister, Mrs. Eliza B. Dustin, who resides at Brasher Falls. Amanda, his oldest sister, married Sylvester Rich, and they had three children, all of whom are dead. Newell Parr, a brother, was in the Mexican War and died at Vera Cruz.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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