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Isaac Duke Parker

Birthplace: Elbert County, Georgia, United States
Death: Died in Weatherford, Parker, Texas, United States
Place of Burial: Weatherford, Parker, Texas, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Elder John Parker and Sarah Duty
Husband of Anna Parker; Lucy W. Parker and Virginia Hill Parker
Father of Martha Parker; Lucy Parker; Ben Parker; Sarah Parker; Daniel Parker and 7 others
Brother of Elder Daniel Parker; John R. Parker; Abigail Dixon; Mary Jane Kendrick; Benjamin F.W. Parker and 8 others
Half brother of William C Parker; Amy Anne Stokes; Elizabeth Kellogg; Martha Parker; Lucinda Mercer Roberts and 10 others

Occupation: sheriff, JP, Congress, legislator, senator
Managed by: Ric Dickinson
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About Isaac Duke Parker

Isaac Parker, son of Elder John Parker and Sarah "Sallie" White, was born in the northeast corner of Georgia, probably in Elbert or Franklin County, on Apr. 7, 1793. With his family, he moved to Dickson County, Tennessee, in the summer of 1803. He moved to Robertson County, Tennessee, where he married LUCY W. CHEATHAM of Charlotte County, Virginia, on Aug. 13, 1816. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Crawford County, Illinois, to join other family members there. He was sheriff of Clark County in 1819-1820, later justice of the peace in Crawford County, and county treasurer in Coles County, whence he departed for Texas in late 1833. He settled at Mustang Prairie, Houston County, in 1834 and on Oct. 5, 1835, began a race across the southern United States to spread the alarm of the coming war with Mexico, and to call for volunteers to come to Texas.

In the fall of 1836, he served during the Texas Revolution as a member of Elisha Clapp's company of rangers. Parker represented Houston County in the House of the Third, Fourth, Sixth, and Seventh congresses (1838-40 and 1841-43) and was a senator for the District of Houston, Nacogdoches, and Rusk in the Eigth and Ninth congresses (1843-1845). He was a member of the Convention of 1845 and a signer of the 1845 Texas Constitution. He was a senator in the first four terms of the Texas legislature (1846-53) and represented Ellis and Tarrant counties in the House in 1855-56, at which time he introduced the bill to establish Parker County. In 1845, he made repeated efforts to secure the release of his niece and nephew, Cynthia Ann Parker and John Parker, who had been captured by Indians at Fort Parker on May 19, 1836.

He identified Cynthia Ann at Camp Cooper in January 1861, after her recapture at Birdville and later to Austin, where he succeeded in having bills passed granting her a pension and a league of land.

Four children were born to Parker and his first wife; she died on Aug. 29, 1867. He married VIRGINIA HILL SIMS on September 1, 1870, in Limestone County, and they had four children. Isaac Parker died on Apr. 14, 1883 near Weatherford, Texas and was buried in Turner Cemetery, six miles southeast of Weatherford.

Children by Lucy: Isaac Duke Parker (1821-1902), William Eldridge Parker (1825-1858), Virginia A. Parker (1828-1891), and Lucy Ann Parker Haile (1830-1875).

Children by Virginia: Rebecca Parker Boone Rawlins (1871-1956), Sallie (1875), and Adam (1879)..

at the location of his home in Parker County, a Texas State Historical marker has been erected. It reads: "To The Memory Of ISAAC PARKER "Pioneer, soldier, and law maker. Born April 7, 1793 in Elbert County, Georgia. Came to Texas in 1833. Served in Elisha Clapp's Company in 1836. Member of Congress of the Republic of Texas 1839 - 1845; of the Constitutional Convention in 1845. State Senator. Died April 14, 1883, in Parker County."

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Isaac Duke Parker's Timeline

April 7, 1793
Elbert County, Georgia, United States
October 23, 1821
Age 28
Illinois, United States
January 1, 1825
Age 31
Illinois, United States
Age 34
Illinois, United States
June 23, 1830
Age 37
Illinois, United States
November 2, 1871
Age 78
Limestone Co., Texas, United States
Age 81
Texas, United States
Age 85
Texas, United States