Josiah Parrish, Sr. (1771 - 1846)

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Birthplace: Duplin, NC, USA
Death: Died in Columbia, FL, USA
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About Josiah Parrish, Sr.

Josiah Parrish moved to Alachua County, Florida about 1823 or 1824. He served in the Florida Indian Wars (1835-1842). His first service was as Captain of his own mounted militia in 1836 for 4 months. Four of his sons two in-laws and two grandsons served in this unit in November 1836, he enlisted as a private in Captain William Cason's 1st Florida militia. His son-in-law John Alfred Osteen was killed on Dec 15th 1836 at Garry's Ferry. -------------------- Josiah Parrish was born c. 1771 in North Carolina to Henry and Mary Ann (Monk) Parrish. His father was a Revolutionary War soldier. Soon after the war, he moved his family to Wilkes County, Georgia. After a few years there, he moved again and made his permanent settlement in Bulloch County, Georgia. Josiah Parrish first married c. 1793, but his first wife's name and the place of their marriage is not known. About the time he got married, he was serving in the Washington County, Georgia militia as a private under Captain John McKenzie. His father died in Bulloch County, in 1800. His estate was settled in 1802 and Josiah purchased part of his estate.

On September 5, 1806, he was commissioned a captain in the Bulloch County militia for the 45th District.

By 1820 he was living in Camden County, Georgia. The census for that year listed him as "Joseph Parrish." He was a fortunate drawer in the 1821 Georgia land lottery but he did not take out this land grant. He let it revert back to the State and it was later sold to the highest bidder. Camden County land tax records show him paying taxes there until 1823. Between 1823 and 1824, he and his sons Allen and Tyre moved their families to northern Florida, settling in Alachua County. The 1830 Alachua County census lists Josiah Parrish and family living near the Suwannee River, St. Mary's River, Olusty Creek, & St. Afee River.

His first wife died sometime between 1830 and 1836. He remarried September 1, 1836 to Cassandra (Cassey) Cason, in Columbia County, Florida. She was the widow of Eli Cason. She was born May 10, 1799, to John and Ada (Weeks) Osteen.

Josiah Parrish served in the Florida Indian Wars (1835-1842). His first service came when he was commissioned a captain in his own mounted militia on May 22, 1836. Four of his sons, two sons-in-law, and two grandsons also served in this unit. After four months of service, his militia was mustered out on September 22, 1836, at Fort Mills. He was paid $324 for his captain's service.

The next day he enrolled in Captain William Cason's First Florida Militia, as a private. This unit was involved in some Indian fighting at Wahoo Swamp on November 21, 1836. This unit recorded that private John Alford Osteen was killed by the enemy on December 15, 1836, at Garry's Ferry. Osteen was a son-in-law of Josiah Parrish. His enlistment ended January 22, 1837 at Fort Mills, East Florida Territory.

His service continued in Captain Cason's militia. He reenrolled as a private on January 23, 1837, at Fort Mills. He served four months and fourteen days and was paid $91.74. His discharge took place on June 5,1837.

The 1840 census had Josiah Parrish and his family (including step-children from his first marriage) living in Columbia County, which was formed out of Alachua County in 1832. Josiah Parrish continued to live on his farm in Columbia Co., until his death on November 29, 1846. His widow lived with her son James Cason. She is listed in his household in the 1850 and 1860 census records. “Cassey” Parrish received 160 acres of land from the government for his military service in the Indian Wars. She sold this bounty land to Abraham Mott. Her death occurred sometime after 1860.

SOURCES: Henry Parrish's last will and testament, Bulloch County, Georgia; census: 1820 Camden Co., Ga., 1830 Alachua Co., Fl., 1840 & 1850 Columbia County, Fl.; 1821 Georgia Land Lottery; Camden County land taxes; muster rolls for the Florida War 1835-1842; Josiah Parrish's bounty land application (issued to his wife Cassey).

All the information above was provided to me, most graciously, by Phyllis Borden of N. Ft. Myers, FL.

[The foregoing information is slightly paraphrased but taken almost verbatim from:

http://members.fortunecity.com/pioneerofsouthgeorgia/parg04.htm]

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Josiah Parrish, Sr.'s Timeline

1771
March 17, 1771
Duplin, NC, USA
1793
1793
Age 21
Camden, Georgia, United States
1794
1794
Age 22
Georgia
1796
December 17, 1796
Age 25
Georgia
1798
1798
Age 26
Georgia
1802
1802
Age 30
Georgia
1803
1803
Age 31
Wilkes, GA, USA
1805
1805
Age 33
Camden, GA, USA
1809
1809
Age 37
Georgia
1812
1812
Age 40
Camden, GA, USA