Thursday, August 27, 2015

Distant Cousin James Harvey Parker--d. 1899, son of Joseph Parker born in 1761!

This man is much closer kin to Margie Parker Brantley than to me--but an interesting life, born late in Joseph Parker's life. The COMMONWEALTH (Scotland Neck, NC) 22 June 1899.

 [I think this is accurate.]

              He and his excellent wife were noted far and near for their lavish hospitality. Years ago when he lived on his beautiful estate near Whitaker’s Chapel, his home was the scene of many a social gathering, and in the festivities which followed no one took a livelier interest than he did. He was kind, gentle as a woman, and always considerate of the rights and feelings of others. No man in Halifax county had more friends than James H. Parker had, and the writer can recall many happy hours spent at his hospitable home. In his death Enfield loses one of its most valued citizens, and the community at large a friend whose place cannot be filled by another.
              The funeral services took place Saturday afternoon at 5 o’clock, and were conducted by the Blue Lodge of Masons. St. Aldemar Commandery, Knights Templar, acted as escort, and the Royal Chapter 52 also escorted the remains to the cemetery, where the interment took place. People were present from all sections of the country and it was one of the largest funeral processions ever before seen in Enfield. Mr. Parker was one of the oldest Masons in the county and was at one time a member of Halifax Roal Arch Chapter. At the time of his death he was a member in high standing, of Enfield Lodge, 447 and of St. Aldemar Commandery, No. 12, Knights’ Templar.

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