Biography of James J. Parsons
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JAMES J. PARSONS, farmer, P. O. Marionville, was born in Clarion county, Penn., February 17, 1844, and is a son of David and Maria (Wilkey) Parsons, who cleared a large farm in Clarion coimty, and afterward moved to Ohio, settling in Mahoning county. He affiliated with, the Democratic party, and was with the one-hundred-day men, commonly called the "Squirrel Hunters." in the Morgan raid. He died in Ohio in 1868, a member of the Presbyterian Church; his widow now resides in Brookville, Penn. They reared four children: Catherine (wife of Munson Cotton, in Reynoldsyule, Penn.), Elizabeth (wife of Harvey Craig, in Bethlehem, Penn.), John (went west when about twenty years of age, and while there raised a company and entered the service of his country as a captain, rising to the rank of colonel; he was killed at Atlanta, Ga.) and James J., who remained on the homestead until 1831, when he came to Marienville, and lived with Col. John D. Hunt until he attained his majority. In April, 1861, he enlisted in Company K, Eighth Pennsylvania Volunteers (three months' troops), and served the term of his enlistment; then re-enlisted in Company B, One Hundred and Fifth Pennsylvania Volunteers. In 1863 he re-enlisted as a veteran in the same company, and served as lieutenant of same until the close of the war. He was wounded at the battle of Fair Oaks and at Gettysburg, also at Deep Bottom, Va., and was struck in the right breast with a grape shot, at Chancellorsville, also struck on the buckle of his belt and knocked off of the works at Spottsylvania. He never left his command except on account of wounds received at Fair Oaks and Gettysburg. though they were all severe. After the close of the war he returned to Forest county, and has since followed lumbering and farming. He married, May 4, 1868, Miss Marien F., daughter of David S. and Emeline Eldridge, of Jenks township, and they have seven children: Reid, Bertha, William, Ella, Mable, David and Nellie. Mr. Parsons is an active member of the Republican party. and has served as county commissioner since 1887. He was postmaster at Marienville four years, and has filled various township offices. He is member of Capt. George Stowe Post, No. 224, G. A. R.

From:
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk and Forest,
Pennsylvania
With Biographical Selections.
J. H. Beers & Co., Publishers
Chicago, 1890.


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