When I first set out to explore my family's genealogy I thought I would merely be exploring and hopefully expanding on the information which had previously been gathered by my great, great grandmother, Hester Ann (Morrow) Anderson, taken up by my great grandmother, Olive Etoil (Anderson) Parker, who, also, started gathering and adding information on the Parker family and then taken up by my grandfather, John Clyde Parker. I had hopes of adding the story of my mother's ancestors which was steeped in mystery. What I have uncovered, mostly with the help of many wonderful people, is a wonderful compilation of a family which has some of its roots in early Colonial American history. Some of the words you will read in here are the original words of the authors who first compiled some of this information and who contributed it to the World Family Tree. Their names are unknown to me but their work is valued. Along the way I have encountered hopeful new connections only to have them shot down when I did further research. A couple of months ago I purchased a book entitled "Descendants of Roger Parke, Immigrant, 1648-1739" written by Cecelia B. Parke, copyright 2000 in which all the persons in the book are relatives, far to many to add to the file I have on the family.
Some exciting new information on my ancestry is the addition of the Stout family name going back particulary to Richard and Penelope (Kent) Stout who resided in the colonies when New York was still New Amsterdam and who became some of the founders of early New Jersey settlements. Penelope's story is a tribute to the courage of women in the New World, her endurance and stamina caused her to have, a source relates, 502 descendants born before her death at the age of 110 years. Through them comes a connection to the Pike family which includes the revolutionary soldier Zebulon Pike and his son, Zebulon Montgomery Pike, for whom Pike's Peak was named. Another book I recently purchased entitled "Ancestors and Descendants of Lewis Ross Freeman with related families" compiled by Patty Barthell Myers, copyright 1995 which I purchased when I thought we had many relationships with the Freeman family turned out to only prove that the connection I believed I had discovered did not exist; but, as Patty related to me by e-mail, it is just as important to disprove a genealogical connection as it is to prove it. It is a beautifully published book with photos and newspaper articles and full of historical information which did, in the long run, help me confirm some of the findings I had made.
Probably the biggest find for me, however, was the information on my mother's side of the family; the Butchers. Mom never seemed to know much about her ancestors beyond her grandparents and for years one of my brothers and I searched and searched for information until he discovered a cousin, Lola Faye Butcher Given, who had done most of the preliminary work on the line through access she had to several old Family Bibles. Without her invaluable research we might yet be groping around to find out the little we now know; thanks Lola!
I hope you will enjoy this updated work and some of the new added information included. Maybe you will find something within these pages which will help you with your own research.
- John Sterrett Parker, I (8 KB)
This is a print from a book about Westmoreland County, PA where my great, great, great grandfather was a farmer and merchant.
- Parker Family at Camp (166 KB)
1920 group shot of family of Frank R. and Olive Parker. (back)Frank R.,Sr.; Charlotte (JSP,II's second wife); Olive; (middle)John Clyde; Jane; May; Dorothy Jane; (front) Pauline; Frank R., Jr. and Albert.
- Jane Graham Parker (13 KB)
A photo of the wife of JS Parker,I who ran the family store in Reagantown, Westmoreland County, PA with the assistance of her children.
- Mary Elizabeth (Butcher) and Clyde David Parker (21 KB)
My mother and father, a connecting link for continuation of the story of our families.
- John Sterrett Parker, II (19 KB)
A photo of my great, great grandfather, taken about 1915, who started a mercantile store in Scottdale, PA (then known as Fountain Mills) first on Pittsburgh and Chestnut Streets and later moved to another site on Pittsburgh and Springs Streets. This store remained in family control until the Depression and went out of business. See notes on him for complete details.
- Pennsylvania Counties Map (188 KB)
A black and white map of the counties of Pennsylvania and the county seats.
- Four Generations (26 KB)
This is a photo of Elizabeth Sheppard Morrow, her daughter (sitting) Hester Ann Morrow Anderson, her granddaughter (standing) Olive Etoil Anderson Parker and her great granddaughter, Olive Gertrude Parker (infant).
- Pauline (Pelina or Lina) Ruff Parker (15 KB)
Wife of John Sterrett Parker,II, taken about 1880,she died from complications of childbirth in in 1891.Great, great grandfather remarried three years later, there were no children from that union.
- West Virginia Counties (197 KB)
A map of the counties of West Virginia.
- Parker Sisters and Brothers (24 KB)
This photo from 1915 contains the surviving children of J.S. and Jane Parker; L-R sitting: Euphemia (Parker) Hurst (76yrs); Harriett (Parker) Ruff (81yrs); Nancy Ellen (Parker) Smith (78yrs); L-R standing: Richard Parker (71yrs); John Sterrett Parker,II (73yrs); George Chalfant Parker (68yrs) [ages at time photo was taken].
- Frank Ruff Parker (13 KB)
Photo of my great grandfather from about 1920.
- 2nd Lieutenant Parker (29 KB)
Picture of my father after obtaining his officers commission in the West Virginia National Guard.He was a member of Co. A, 150th Infantry which later became an armored cavalry unit.
- Counties and County Seats of Kentucky (282 KB)
Counties and county seats of Kentucky.
- George Washington and Mary R. (Weaver) Butcher (20 KB)
Parents of Fleming Owen Butcher, Sr. and his siblings. This is a painting of them which my uncle, Thomas "Windy" Butcher, found behind a photograph of the Butcher "Homestead".Artist is unknown.My brother, Michael, photographed this painting with a digital camera.
- Olive Etoil Anderson Parker (16 KB)
My great grandmother, wife of Frank Ruff Parker. She took over the story of the genealogy of her family and began to add the story of the Parker family.
- Greatgrandmother Parker and me (42 KB)
This is a photo taken on a visit to see my ggrandmother Olive (Anderson) Parker the year I was born.
- A Map of Yorktown, Virginiain 1781 (51 KB)
A map depicting the positions of the American and Allied French forces as they confronted the British forces of Lord Cornwallis in 1781.
- Joseph Caldwell Morrow (10 KB)
One of the children of John C. and Elizabeth (Sheppard/Shepherd) Morrow. He was a large, imposing man and an auctioneer by profession.This photo was taken about 1900 in Pennsylvania in his "auctioneering clothes".
- Hester Ann Morrow Anderson (12 KB)
Great, great grandmother, the one who started the genealogy work of which the beginnings are the beginning of my own work. Mother of Olive Etoil Anderson Parker, wife of David Grove Anderson.
- The home of Frank R. & Olive (Anderson) Parker (33 KB)
This is photo taken by an internet friend of mine in 2006 of my ggrandparents home located at 411 Parker Ave., Scottdale, PA. Their daughter, Pauline (Parker) Porter and her spouse/children lived next door at 409 Parker Ave.
- Papers Wallet from Scottdale Savings & Trust Co. (388 KB)
A documents wallet provided by The Scottdale Saving & Trust Co. used by my grandfather, J. Clyde Parker.His grandfather's name, J. S. Parker, appears on flap of wallet as President of the establishment and Harry Laughrey as Sec'y and Treas.
- Maria (Dennison) Murphy (28 KB)
The eldest daughter of Patrick Aloysius,I and Catherine (Langley) Dennison and wife of William Murphy. [this is a photo of a photo]
- David Grove Anderson (10 KB)
My great, great grandfather, taken about 1890. He was a blacksmith and horse trainer. He and his brother ran a livery business and provided teams and conveyances for everything from funerals to heavy hauling.
- News Clip About My Grandfather (89 KB)
A newsclip about Clyde Parker and his relay team in a Y.M.C.A. notice.
- Page from Butcher Family Bible (51 KB)
The names of the children of F.O., Sr. and Stella (Naylor) Butcher. Although the pages have been smeared and stained by water one can still make out the names and dates without much difficulty. Fleming's and Stella's names appear at the bottom of the page.
- Elizabeth Sheppard (Shepherd) Morrow (14 KB)
A descendant of Michael Sheppard (Shepherd), wife of John Campbell Morrow, mother of Hester Ann Morrow Anderson. This photo was taken about 1909.
- A Newspaper Clip Concerning Granddad (36 KB)
Though his first name initial is wrong ("L" instead of "J"), this newsclip describes the life saving technique he and a companion used to save a drowning man.
- Mother and Twins (30 KB)
A photo of Olive Gertrude (Parker) Earhart, wife of Benjamin Brant Earhart, with her twin daughters, Pauline and Dorothy outside their home in Elizabethtown, PA.
- Newspaper Clip (2) About Granddad (38 KB)
Another article concerning my grandfather's part in resuscitation of near drowning victim.
- Mary Dilly Butcher (15 KB)
Daughter of Isaac Dilly and widow of Warwick Butcher, this photo taken about 1910 in West Virginia.
- 1923 Program Cover for AAU Swim/Dive Event (252 KB)
The program front-page regarding a swimming/diving event in which Johnny Weismuller appeared.See the inside of the program for further details.
- 1923 AAU Program/Inside/Competitor's List (344 KB)
The inside of the Program for AAU Swimming/Diving event in which Johnny Weissmuller and my grandfather, Clyde Parker, appeared. It does not appear that they competed against one another unless it was in an unscheduled exhibition event.
- John Campbell Morrow (10 KB)
Husband of Elizabeth Morrow,father of Hester Ann and my great, great, great grandfather.
- Family of David Grove and Hester Ann Anderson (61 KB)
(Front) Ed, Charley, DG, Hester, Bert and Walter(Back) Adeline, Olive, Ralph, Florence and Mary Kate.Photo taken in 1906.
- A 50th Anniversary Celebration (70 KB)
The 50th Wedding Anniversary of John Campbell and Elizabeth Sheppard (Shepherd) Morrow surrounded by surviving members of their family.
- Grandmother and Me (28 KB)
A photo of my grandmother, Lucile Parker, and the author.
- Ruby Elizabeth Thomas and Fleming Owen Butcher (21 KB)
My mom's Mom and Dad. They had three children. Grandpa and his first wife, Stella Naylor who died from cancer, had six children, one of whom died at 3 years of age. Grandma had one other son, Billy, born out of wedlock whom we know nothing more about except that he is deceased; he was raised by grandma's mom.
- Mike, Pat and Tim (37 KB)
The first three Parker brothers; eventually there would be five.This photo was taken around 1959.
- Hospital Bill Issued For My Father's Birth (255 KB)
Bill issued by St. Joseph's Hospital in Parkersburg for care of my grandmother and her baby (my dad) sixty-nine years ago.
- John Clyde Parker (14 KB)
This is a photo of my grandfather in his World War I era (1918)uniform, shortly after his graduation from Scottdale (PA) High School.
- "Giddy-up, grandmother!" (49 KB)
This was a find!A photo of my grandmother, Lucile Dennison Parker as a young woman, sidesaddle on horseback.Until I found this photo and heard that she had, also, been a softball player, it never occurred to me that she was athletic.
- New Car Sales Ticket (271 KB)
Sales ticket issued to my grandfather for a new car in 1930 includes downpayment and trade-in.
- Lucile Madeline Dennison Parker (17 KB)
My grandmother as a young woman.
- A Map of Ireland (64 KB)
The homeland of many of my ancestors.
- 50th Wedding Anniversary of Frank and Olive Parker (512 KB)
This photo (taken August 1947) contains some of the descendants of my great grandparents.My dad standing behind his grandfather and his parents on the far right.
- Patrick Aloysius Dennison, I (21 KB)
My great, great grandfather and grandfather of Lucile Dennison Parker. He, his wife and some of his children emigrated from County Mayo about 1860; our family continues to try to unravel the puzzle of researching his line.
- Brigid Dennison (31 KB)
Sister of Patrick Dennison,II and Maria Dennison Murphy.A woman of true mystery.There is no known tradition about her in family memory and all there seems to be of her are an old photograph or two of her as a young woman.
- 2nd grade photo for CD Parker (166 KB)
My dad's second grade school picture.
- Catherine Langley Dennison (22 KB)
PA Dennison,I's wife and grandmother of Lucile Parker.
- Enos Silas Ruff and John Sterrett Parker,II (17 KB)
Uncle Enos, (circa 1910) as my grandfather referred to him, was Pelina Ruff's brother and a farmer who delighted his nephews and nieces by naming various plants they would bring to him with their English as well as their Latin names.
- Eleanor 2nd grade class picture (209 KB)
Class picture taken outside tar paper school house which was originally used as barracks by WPA workers during the depression to build the town of Eleanor, WV named in honor of the First Lady of the USA, Eleanor Roosevelt.
- Patrick Aloysius Dennison,II (21 KB)
My great grandfather taken in about 1925 in Parkersburg, West Virginia. He worked for the B&O Railroad and retired at age 75. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
- Cub and Boy ScoutTroop 100 (106 KB)
A photo of our Boy Scout and Cub Scout troop in Pratt, West Virginia, which was part of a calendar put out by the town [which is why the picture is so grainy looking].
- Frank and Olive Parker family (abt. 1914) (93 KB)
My grandfather (back center) and his siblings with my great grandparents
- Mary Vincent Acton Dennison (21 KB)
My great grandmother and Lucile Parker's mother. Unfortunately this is the only photo we appear to have of her.
- Clyde D. Parker and David Patrick Parker (34 KB)
My dad and I taking in a little sun on a summer day in 1954.
- Grandma Ruby (30 KB)
My mother's mom, Ruby E. (Thomas) Butcher
- Pratt Junior High School Trojans (317 KB)
The school no longer exists and what remains of the buildings left standing became part of the elementary school across the street.This is a photo of the team Mike and I played for.This photo was taken in 1968.
- John Clyde Parker (100 KB)
My grandfather as an infant(1898)taken in Scottdale, PA.
- The Parker Brothers (15 KB)
My brothers and I in a group shot Christmas Day, 1963.
- Olive Parker and her first 3 children (249 KB)
A photo of my great grandmother with my grandfather and his first two sisters.
- Newspaper clip of mom and dad's wedding. (70 KB)
This is the announcement of my parent's wedding on November 10, 1953.The main inaccuracy in the article is that my father was the one who attended West Virginia Institute of Technology, not Virginia Tech and was employed by C&P Telephone Company as a lineman.My mother never completed high school.