Elias and Lucinda Parker The Case for a Civil War Widow's Compensation PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Rosalind Ann Bauchum

Elias and Lucinda Parker The Case for a Civil War Widow's Compensation

Purpose Publiching LLC
Publication date: April 2012
ISBN: 9780982837955
Digital Book format: PDF (Adobe DRM)


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This book is a living history for the descendants of Elias and Lucinda Parker. The authors desire for this book is that the facts revealed will become a valuable source of information for the Parker and Johnson descendants. Elias Parker, a stonemason, artisan, and minister grew up in slavery and later served in the 38th United States Colored Infantry, Company I. The story of his life was passed down by my family through generations of personal story-telling, an art form brought to the United States by African slaves. These stories of Elias VanBuren Parker and his wife Lucinda Johnson Parker were frequently shared by his daughters Harriet Ann, Mary and Luvenia and his sons Elias Jr., and Thomas. All of the children were born in the eastern Pennsylvania borough of Mount Holly Springs, a settlement of former slaves from Virginia. Much of the unique story of Elias VanBuren Parker sat in the National Archives in Washington DC for over one century. I read through applications for a Civil War pension submitted by Elias in 1890 and a subsequent application from Lucinda in 1891. The content of these files allowed me to learn about their lives. While growing up away from the state of Pennsylvania, the author and her siblings had many questions about their ancestors. And man years later and upon the discovery of the pension papers found amongst historical doument the story of her ancestors Elias and Lucinda Parker, a story was discovered. The pension files uncovered a wealth of information regarding the Parker, Johnson, and Bowman ancestors. Because of slavery and the separation of husbands from wives, children from parents and siblings from each other, Rosalind Bauchum felt it was important to compile a document of facts revealed from the pension applications. The true story revealed in the pages of this book.
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