Parrish Family

Believed to be Wesley Abner
and Susan Emma Parrish with
their children Otto (top) ,
Flossie, and Rosa Lee (L-R).

The Wesley Abner Parrish came to Burke from Tennessee via Mississippi between 1906 and 1920. They were the only branch of the family to leave Tennessee at the time, and the Tennessee relatives lost track of them until the last member of the family in Texas had passed on.

Wesley Abner Parrish was born in 1864/9 in Perry County, Tennessee, the son of Wesley Allen and Sarah E. WIlson Parrish. Allen was also born in 1835 in the same area, the son of John and Matilda Parrish, and Sarah was born in 1852. Their children were:

Wesley Abner Parrish moved west to Dyer County, Tennessee where he first married Mary Frances Dixon. They had one child:

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Rosa Lee Parrish


Lizzie Parrish

Wesley then married Susan Emma Davis before 1900. They had the following children all born in Tennessee:

Lizzie and Rosa never married, and they lived in Burke for the rest of their lives. Lizzie served as Postmistress at the Burke Sustation until it was consolidated with the Diboll post office.

Because of her service to the community, Mayor Zusle Rush, Jr., signed a proclamantion designating August 25, 1975 as Miss Lizzie Parrish Day.

Because of her service to the community, Mayor Zusle Rush, Jr., signed a proclamantion designating August 25, 1975 as Miss Lizzie Parrish Day.

Upon her death Lizzie willed her home to the Burke Methodist Church.



Sources:

  1. 1860 Census, Perry Co., Tennessee, Page 74, Dwelling 474 (John Parish)
  2. 1870 Census, Perry Co., Tennessee, 3rd Civil District, Page 14, Dwelling 103 (A. W. Parrish)
  3. 1880 Census, Perrry Co., Tennessee, 3rd. Civil District, Page 8, Dwelling 62 (Wesley Parish)
  4. 1900 Census, Dyer Co., Tennessee, 6th Civil District, Page 12, Dwelling 123 (Wesley F. Parrish)
  5. 1920 Census, Angelina Co., Texas, Precinct 4, Page 16, Dwelling 155 (Wesley Parrish)
  6. 1930 Census, Angelina Co., Texas, Precinct 4, Page 19, Dwelling 173 (Y. A. Parrish)
  7. http://www.bjrodgers.com/
  8. Barbara Rogers, Personal Corresponcence
  9. M. Lee Murrah, Personal Recollections