Madison County History and Genealogy

History and Genealogy



Martin Parker Obituary

DEATH DOINGS: Parker......After an illness and suffering of eleven weeks, Martin Parker, one of London's oldest and most respected citizens, joined the Army in the great beyond last Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock at his residence on West Center Street. As all are aware, Mr. Parker fell one morning at his home shortly after rising, breaking his right limb just below the hip joint. Owing to his feeble condition and advanced age, the bones did not unite, a! nd terminated in his death. The deceased was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, May 14, 1805, and was therefore at the time of death 86 years, 8 months, and 1 day. He was the son of John and Sarah Parker, the former a native of Maryland and the latter of Kentucky, and was one of twelve children, six of whom survive – John, Vermillion County, Illinois; William, Indianapolis; Henry, Catlin, Indiana; George, Pendleton, Indiana; and Mrs. Mary McDonald, of this city. Mr. Parker came to Ohio in April, 1827, locating in Oak Run Township, and has lived in this county ever since. He was united in marriage to Miss Alice Winchester, daughter of the late Alvah Winchester, August 4, 1850. To this union, were born six children, one dying in infancy. The five surviving are Foster, of Brackettsville, Texas; Alvah, of Spalding, Iowa; Mrs. R. L. McKillip, of Wichita, Kansas, and Clara and Sarah, at home. Martin Parker was a man esteemed for his honesty and upright dealings. At the time the old Columbus and Xenia 7#8211; now the Pan Handle – railroad was built he assisted in its construction, and afterwards held a position as an express agent. He had for several years previous to his death been janitor at the Central Bank. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. W. L. Slutz at his late home Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock and was largely attended. The remains were laid to rest in Oak Hill cemetery.

From "A London, Ohio Newspaper". Mr. Parker died January 15, 1892. Submitted by Lisa Showers