Obit: Parker, Hezekiah (1826 - 1904)
Surnames: PARKER MANDIGO BISSEL GARVIN
----Source: CLARK COUNTY REPUBLICAN & PRESS (Neillsville, Wis.) 02/18/1904
Parker, Hezekiah (4 JUN 1826 - 13 FEB 1904)
Once again death appears in our midst, and claims for his victim one of the pioneers of Clark County, Mr. Hezekiah Parker. Mr. Parker was born in the town of Rose, Green County, N.Y., on the 4th day of June, 1826, where he grew to manhood and married Miss Catharine L. Mandigo, on the 27th day of may 1846. In 1857 he moved with his family to Washington Co., Wis. where he resided for about eleven years, and joined the I.O.O.F. at West Bend. In 1868 he again moved, this time to Clark Co., and settled on a farm in the town of Pine Valley, where he has since resided. It was here that he was called upon to give up his loving and faithful wife who died on the 14th day of Jan., 1880. After living a lonely life for nearly two years he was again married, to Miss Emma Mead, on Nov. 26, 1881.
Mr. Parker when a very young boy learned to beat the drum and play the fife. In 1844, on Oct. 1st, he enlisted as a musician in a company of Light Infantry, in the 49th Regt., 37th Brig., 8th Division, N.Y. Inf., commanded by Ebenezer Calkins.
Being a strong believer in the principles of Odd fellowship, he was one of the first to help plant the order in Clark Co., being a charter member of the Staffordville Lodge and later a charter member of the Neillsville Lodge. In 1902 he received the Star medal for 25 years membership. Having been a member for over 44 years he would soon have received the fifty year medal.
When the winter first set in he seemed to be in such a condition that he could not stand the cold. This became worse until he had to take his bed on Dec. 30, then a doctor was called and all done that could be done, but it seemed that the final end was at hand and no relief was realized, and during his long sickness he was a patient sufferer and died as he lived, a kind and loving husband and father and neighbor, leaves not an enemy behind. His death came on the 13th of Feb. 1904. The funeral took place at the M.E. Church, Rev. G.W. Campbell officiating, under the auspices of the I.O.O.F. The funeral was largely attended by friends and neighbors. The deceased was the father of twelve children, six of which preceded him to the eternal sphere. He leaves a wife and six children to mourn his loss. The survivors are: Mrs. Emma Parker, Edward, John, Millard and Rettie Parker, and Isa Garvin and Lovilla Bissel. The remains now rest by the side of his first wife in the Neillsville Cemetery.
Re: Obit: Parker, Hezekiah (1826 - 1904)
Contact: Kay Parker
I am looking for Parents of Hezekiah Parker. Their names were Peter and Polly Parker. They were from New york. Also Hezekiah was married to Catherine Mandigo and had 9 children with her. Who were those children? After Catherine died Hezekiah married Emma Mead. They had two sets of twins.
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