Sunday, July 6, 2008

Loose Ends - Parker, Allen, Monroe

I've been trying to settle loose ends the past few days without a lot of success. I am still intrigued by the potential relationship the first wife of Joseph Parker (named as Mrs. Mary A. Hall, daughter of David Allen in her son Elijah Parker's bio) may be the sister of my gg-gmother Rebecca Allen (m. Mathew Hooper Monroe). Joseph Parker's 2nd wife was Nancy Monroe (d/o James Monroe and Jane Dawdy) so we know Joseph probably knew Mathew and Rebecca. William F. Parker (s/o Joseph and Mary) may be the Wm J Parker age 24 in 1860 Hart Co., KY census of F. A. Allen (m. Lydia Ann Bratcher). I believe F. A. Allen is most likely Francis A. Allen and a nephew of Rebecca (and Mary?) and he and William F. Parker are (first?) cousins. A number of years ago I had some brief correspondence with a descendant of Francis A. Allen. This person was living just south of Tribune, KS and said his Francis Allen was born in Hart Co., KY and for a period of time he lived in Rice Co., KS. Just the same places where Rebecca Allen's descendants were! He didn't know who Francis' parents were. Francis Allen's first wife Lydia Bratcher died young and he married again and this person descended from the second marriage. I lost track of the correspondent when his email changed. We emailed very little during the time we had contact as his grandfather had recently died and he was the one dealing with all the estate issues, etc. Surely would like to find him again!

I checked Joseph Parker's 1840 Barren Co., KY census today. There is one male < 5 (Robert Allen Parker), one male 5-9 (William F. Parker), one male 30-39 (Joseph), 1 female < 5 (Sarah Parker), 1 female 10-14 (perhaps a daughter of Mary Allen by Mr. Hall?) and 1 female 30-39 (Mary Allen Hall Parker). I could not find a Barren Co. marriage to fit for a Hall female 1840-1850 that I could for sure identify with Mary or Joseph. This young woman is not with Joseph and second wife Nancy Monroe in 1850 census.

I would very much like to tie all these folks together. If anyone can help, please chime in. Thanks!

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