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Parker, Henry J.
Age: 26, credited to Weston, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 9/18/62, m/i 10/23/62, CPL, Co. H, 16th VT INF, m/o 8/10/63
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Birth: 03/12/1826, Plainfield, NH
Burial: Oakland Cemetery, Springfield, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone photographer: Joie Finley Morris +
Findagrave Memorial #: 75551903
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 8/20/1884, VT; widow Adelaide E., 9/1/1897, VT
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Oakland Cemetery, Springfield, VT
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Parker, Henry J., of Andover, son of Benjamin and Betsey (Fullam) Parker, was born in Plainfield, N. H., May 2, 1836.
After attending the common schools, he continued his educational course at the Wesleyan Seminary of Springfield, and the Kimball Union Academy of Meriden, N. H. In the spring of 1855, he found employment in Boston, Mass., as a bookkeeper, but soon went to Ottawa, Ill., where he obtained his living by teaching and also served as a clerk in various establishments for four years, when he returned to Springfield.
He was united in marriage, Nov. 9, 1859, to Adelaide E., daughter of Timothy and Emily Putnam of Springfield. One child has blessed the marriage: Edwin H.
Mr. Parker in response to the call for volunteers to serve for nine months, enlisted Sept. 1, 1862, in Co. H, 16th Regt., from the town of Weston and was mustered out with that command.
After his return from the scenes of the struggle, he purchased an estate in Andover and this has since been his residence. He has made many improvements in the property, since he understands both the theory and practice of farming, making a specialty of dairy produce and maple sugar. For a quarter of a century he has been the general state agent for the Granite State Mowing Machine Co., of Hinsdale, N. H., and has traveled several years in the interests of A. P. Fuller & Co., dealers in granite and marble. He was one of the incorporators and a trustee of the Chester Savings Bank and since its formation director and treasurer of the Andover Dairy Association.
Through the confidence of his Republican associates, Mr. Parker has held nearly all the positions of trust and responsibility in the town, which he represented in 1874. Fourteen years later he was called to a seat in the Senate from Windsor county. Both these positions he filled with dignity and credit.
Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, pp. 299.
Judge Henry J. Parker
The sudden death of Judge Henry J. Parker Thursday of last week made a profound impression upon all the attendants upon county court. He had been in attendance upon his duties up to a late hour on the 19th, apparently in perfect health and vigor, and was on his way to his lodgings at the College Hill House. He started with a run to avoid a coming storm, when he fell upon the pavement near E. C. Howe's. Persons who saw him fall hastened to him, only to find him dead from heart failure. His body was taken into Mr. Howe's house, and Dr. O. N. Sherwin was summoned. His friends were at once notified of the sad event.
In the opening of the court on Friday morning, after the proper entries had been made in pending business, State's Attorney James G. Harvey announced in a former manner the death of Judge Parker, and on behalf of the bar presented to the court a series of resolutions expressing due appreciation of the many sterling qualities presented by the deceased as a citizen and judge, and the deep sympathy for his widow and family.
Judge Start very feelingly spoke of the departed as a man of great intelligence, who gave careful attention to the evidence on cases tried before him. Appropriate, though brief, remarks were then made by W. W. Stickney, W. E. Johnson, W. B. C. Stickney, Geo. L. Fletcher, J. G. Sargent, E. B. Flinn and Gilbert A. Davis, bringing to the attention of the court the salient points n the career of Judge Parker as a citizen, town official, member of the house and senate, a soldier and in all the tender relations of a husband and father. The court ordered the resolutions to be spread upon the records, a copy furnished to the widow and family and to the press for publication, and that out of respect for the memory of the deceased the court stand adjourned without delay.
At two o'clock p. m., a brief service was held at the residence of Mr. Howe, conducted by Rev. J. F. Simmons and Rev. Mr. Smith, and attended by the court, attorneys and court officials. The remains were taken to Andover, where funeral services were held on Sunday, 22nd, inst.
Judge Parker was born in Plainfield, N. H., May 2, 1836; was educated in the common schools, Wesleyan seminary at Springfield, Vt., and Kimball Union academy, Meriden, N. H. He was corporal of CO. H, 16th Regt. Vt. Vols. Very much of his early life was spent in Springfield, Vt., where his father now resides, having attained the ripe age of 86. Judge Parker located in Andover in 1864, and has since pursued the occupation of a farmer, with much success, bringing his farm to a high degree of cultivation. He has been active in the political affairs of his town, having held many town offices, such as superintendent of schools, auditor, selectman, lister and justice of the peace. He represented Andover in the legislature of 1874, and served on the committee on military affairs. He was elected a senator in 1888, and served on the committee on agriculture and on highways and bridges. He took an active part in the organization of the Congregational church in Andover in 1893. In May, 1896, he was appointed judge, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Judge Wm. Rounds, and was elected to the office in September, 1896, so that the present term was the third at which he had officiated. He had won the confidence and respect of his associate judges and of the members of the bar. He uniformly had an opinion of his own, but never asserted this opinion in an offensive manner. Judge Parker was a man in all respects; such as man as is found in every town, the product of the republican institutions of his country, a keen observer of current events, ever ready and capable of exercising an honest, intelligent judgment upon the current events of the day, and ever ready to do his full duty as a citizen a nd as an official.
Source: Vermont Journal, August 28, 1897
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.