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Updated July 8, 2009

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Over 175 years ago, sometime between 1832 and 1834, four siblings, William D. Parker, John T. Parker, Lewis Parker and Rhoda Parker left their parents home for unknown reasons. Their parents are suspected to be John Parker born around 1773 in South Carolina and Elizabeth Mary (Currells) Parker born around 1775 in North Carolina. This suspicion is due to family lore that suggests William D. Parker was born in Knox County, KY around 1799. Both John and Elizabeth Mary Parker appear on the 1850 census taken in Knox County, KY. He is noted at age 77 and she at age 75. The siblings travels took them south through Tennessee, across the Tennessee River possibly via Browns Ferry and into Lawrence County just south of Moulton where they originally settled on Borden Creek where according to a transcript of the Moulton Advertiser, bears, panthers, and wolves were abundant, and still prowling about at pleasure. Around 1850 they moved a little further south to the mouth of Elam Creek and John T. Parker purchased 82.66 acres in Section 30, Township 7, Range 7 on March 1, 1858. This area soon became known as Parker Cove naturally named after its new settlers. Parker Cove forms the headwater streams of Elam Creek on the north-central edge of the Warrior Mountains or what is now known as the William B. Bankhead National Forrest.

Once settled, these siblings began to marry and raise their families in their new home. William D. Parker, born around 1799, probably in Knox County Kentucky and the eldest of the four, married a woman by the name of Charity Castleberry and had five children, Mary Elizabeth, Thersey, Manerva, Bluford and John Campbell Parker. Later, for unknown reasons, he married again to a woman by the name of Catherine Hardin and had ten more children, Eliza, Margaret, Samantha, Jefferson Cleveland, Joseph B., Rhoda Lavinia, Docinda, William Henry, Sarah and Susey Zora Parker. William entered 40 acres of land in the Henderson Cove area in Section 28 of Township 8 South and Range 8 West on January 28, 1859. The 40 acre tract of land was just north of Flanigan and Borden Creeks. William D. Parker is noted as being the man who got gored by a bull. William was trying to castrate the bull to make a steer for plowing and pulling wagons. After being gored and realizing he was dying, William told the family to "get the steer well and sell it to help raise the family". Shortly after he was gored by the bull, William died of the wound. According to a notice on July 11, 1878 Moulton Advertiser, states, "We have just learned of the death of our good friend William "Will" Parker who was killed by the gore of an ox one day last week near Moulton.

Rhoda Parker, born around 1804 probably in Jackson County Tennessee and the second eldest of the four, married a man by the name of Elijah B. Castleberry and had one child, Riley J. Castleberry. Rhoda died sometime after 1860 and is now buried in Bunyan Hill Cemetery in Lawrence County AL.

John T. Parker, born June 15, 1808 probably in Jackson County Tennessee and the third eldest of the four, married a woman by the name of Mary "Polly" Neely and had twelve children, William Carroll, Henry, Sarah, Elizabeth, Louis C., Mary, Washington Welshire, Martha, Jane, Lona, Elijah and James D. Parker.

Lewis Parker, born on June 15, 1809, probably in Jackson County Tennessee and the last of the four siblings, married a woman by the name of Mary Ann O. "Polly Ann" and had eight children, Tabitha, Henry Campbell, William C.J., Mary Ann O., John B.L., Washington Newton, Blooming Elizabeth and Thomas Benton Parker.

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