The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 717, Indian Creek Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"C. R. PARCEL was born in Marion County, Ohio, January 5, 1828, and was the second of six children born to WILLIAM D. and HARRIET (HUMPHREY) PARCEL, natives respectively of Pennsylvania and Connecticut. WILLIAM D. PARCEL was married in Marion County, Ohio, and at Caledonia (which town was laid out by his father), in connection with a brother, owned and operated a saw mill, grist mill, carding mill, distillery and blacksmith shop, besides two large farms. In 1842, MR. PARCEL sold out his interests in Ohio, removed to Cass County, Indiana, remained two years, and then came to this township, bought 200 acres, and farmed until his death in the fall of 1871. C. R. PARCEL worked with his father until seventeen years old, and then worked at various points until the spring of 1848, when he enlisted in the Second United States Infantry, in Ohio, but was claimed as a minor by his father the same year. He returned to this county, where he has since worked at his trade,and been engaged in farming. In the spring of 1881, he purchased his present farm of eighty acres. In 1849, he was married to MARY E. WAGES, a native of Maryland. Thirteen children were born to this union, eight still living. MR. PARCEL is a member of the I. O. O. F., and a P. G. of Star City Lodge, No. 442. In politics, he is a Democrat, and has filled the position of County Commissioner."