I attended the ancestry fair at Leslie this past year and met a very nice lady from the Van Buren Co. Historical Society. I told her I would send what info I have on the Miley Leaonidas "Nidy" Parish/Parrish family from Van Buren Co. AR.Unfortunately, I lost the slip of paper with her name and address.If someone from the historical society will contact me, I'll gladly forward the file so it can be shared with others.
I purchased the booklets on the family of John Peterson Parish, Daniel Parish, and Jesse Parish but have been unable to make any connection to Nidy's family.I strongly suspect there must be a connection as some of them are in the same township and living near each other.
Nidy/Nida married #1 to NANCY WARD and #2 to MATILDA WARD.I'm also interested in making contact with anyone researching the Ward family.
I have found the following names of children for Nidy and Nancy, although I certainly may have missed some:
1.Myles Leroy Parish 2.John William Parish 3.Lawson Parish 4.Isaac Larkin Parish 5.Margaret Parish Ward 6.Jack Parish (I don't know if his mother was Nancy or Matilda)
Children of Nidy and Matilda:
1.Marisa/Marsha (could not read the name in census...looks like Morucia). 2.Polly Parish 3.Fanny Belle Parish Cauley 4.Florence Parish 5.Julia Parish
Some of Nidy's sons moved to Independence Co. AR and are buried at Sulphur Rock Cemetery.That info is included in my file.
The direct line I'm researching is John William Parish who married LUCINDA JANE BENNETT (dau of WILLIAM PITTS BENNETT AND MARY ELIZABETH SANDERS).Their son, WILLIAM LESTER PARISH who married LUETTA/LOETTA WALLS (dau of JACOB AND ELLEN WALLS, who were also in Van Buren Co.).
Sharon Cauley said Nida, Nancy and Matilda are buried in Blackwell Cem.I would like to have whatever info is listed on their tombstones as I don't have much info on them.
William Lester Parish is buried at Cross Roads Cem., Cleburne Co. AR.I need to know if that's where Luetta and Mary are buried and info on them.What was Mary's maiden name?Also, if there are married records that are available I would like to know when Lester and Luetta married.They lived in Ind. Co. AR for awhile and then returned to Van Buren Co.