Captain John A. Parker
52nd Georgia Infantry Regiment
LUMPKIN COUNTY, GEORGIA
Parker, John A.- Captain
March 4, 1862. Resigned,
Disability, August 20, 1862. (Born in Macon County, N. C.
July 10, 1821)
Captain John A. Parker is the only
ancestor listed as serving in a Georgia Unit? The 52nd Georgia Infantry Regiment recruited heavily from north GA. Captain
John A. Parker is also the sole "John Parker" serving in the capacity and rank of captain in any Georgia Unit.
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52nd Georgia Infantry Regiment
52nd Infantry Regiment was organized at Atlanta, Georgia, in April, 1862. Many of its members were drawn from the counties
of Habersham, White, Towns, and Fannin. It took part in the Cumberland Gap operations, and then moved to Kentucky and later
Mississippi. Here the unit was assigned to General Barton's Brigade, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, and was
active in the conflicts at Chickasaw Bayou and Champion's Hill. On July 4, 1863, when Vicksburg fell, it was part of the garrison that was captured. Exchanged and assigned to General Stovall's Brigade, the 52nd fought
with the Army of Tennessee from Missionary Ridge to Nashville. On February 23, 1865, it was detailed to guard wagon trains from Columbus, Mississippi. During December 1863, this
unit totalled 279 men and 197 arms, had 123 fit for duty in November 1864, and the few that remained surrendered on May 4,
1865. The field officers were Colonels Wier Boyd and Charles D. Phillips, Lieutenant Colonel Solomon H. Van Diviere, and Majors
J. J. Findley and John J. Moore.
Excerpt from OUR HERITAGE by Margaret Walker, the Miller Printing Company, Asheville, NC, 1956, p. 325 and 326:
Parker, the oldest son of Jonathan Parker, belonged to the State Militia, and assisted in the removal in 1838. He always said
the Indians should have been allowed to remain in their mountain homes. He and the Indians were always friends. The Indians
who remained here often came to his home to talk with him and to ask his advice. Willis Parker
and John A. Parker were Captains
of Volunteer Companies of the Confederate
in the War Between the States. Willis Parker's company in Cherokee County, and John A. Parker's
company in Ga
Willis Parker m. Adaline Vannoy, dau. of Joel Vannoy who moved his family in wagons from Wilkes County
to Cherokee County in 1839. He came to mine for gold, but not finding much gold, returned to Wilkesboro. Willis Parker bought
the farm owned by Vannoy. He and his wife lived there the rest of their lives and reared ten children. The fifth generation
are living on the farm at the present time. During the war, the home was ransacked by a posse posing as Federal soldiers,
thinking there was gold on the place, and threatened to burn the home when they failed to find it. Capt. Parker mined for
gold at his home and at Dahlonega, Ga., in the gold strike there.
MILITARY: Willis Parker was a Captain in County I,
NC Infantry, Thomas Legion, North Carolina Troops. Volunteers enlisted in Cherokee County into Colonel W. H. Thomas' Legion
of Indians and Highlanders, North Carolina Volunteers. He was listed as being 6' 2" and having a dark complexion, black eyes,
and black hair; farmer; resigned December 7, 1864. (Bulls Gap, Tennessee) His reason was that he was over 45 years of age.
1850 Unknown Township, Cherokee County, NC: 790/790 Willis Parker 31M Farmer 75 NC, Adaline 22F NC, John R 7M NC, William
5M SCarolina, Louisa M 3F NC, Sophia 1/12F NC.
1860 Murphy PO, Murphy Dist. Cherokee County, NC: 1427/1427 Willis Parker
41M Farmer 1000/1500 Macon County, NC, Adaline 33F Wilkes County, NC, John R 16M Cherokee County, NC, William 14M Cherokee
County, NC, Lewesa M 12F Cherokee County, NC, Sophea E 9F Cherokee County, NC, Eugene 6F Cherokee County, NC, Joseph 4M Cherokee
County, NC, Edwen A 2M Cherokee County, NC.
1870 Valley Town Township, Valley Town PO, Cherokee County, NC: 23/23 Parker
Willis 51M Farmer 400/500 NC, Adaline 43F Keeping House NC, William 25M Farm Laborer SC, Mariah 21F At Home NC, Sophia 18F
At Home NC, Parker Eugenia 16F At Home NC, Joseph 13M Farm Laborer NC, Augustus 11M Farm Laborer NC, Jefferson 9M Farm Laborer
NC, Mary 6F At Home NC, Johnathan 3M At Home NC.
1900 ED 9, Valleytown Township, Cherokee County, NC: 289/289 Parker
William B Head Dec 1845 54 M 25 SC NC NC, Clarinda E Wife June 1848 51 M 25 7/5 children NC NC NC, Florence B Daughter May
1873 27 S NC SC NC, Charlie V Son Aug 1875 24 S NC SC NC, Gustus E Son June 1880 19 S NC SC NC, Daisey Daughter July 1883
16 S NC SC NC, Mary M Daughter Jan 1885 15 NC SC NC, Willis Father Apr 1819 81 Wd NC NC SC, John Uncle July 1821 78 Wd NC
BURIAL: Willis Parker Family Cemetery inscription: WILLIS PARKER N.C. MTD. INF. CHEROKEE WAR APR. 12, 1819 MAR.
18, 1905 CAPTAIN IN CONFEDERATE ARMY.
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